A Owens

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Auckland, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Joined on Jun 10, 2003

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On article NAB 2017: Hot products and trends (34 comments in total)

Is there much crazy still at U2 concerts? Not so sure. But it's reassuring to see Zeiss enter the segment recently vacated by Hasselblad.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 14:45 UTC as 9th comment
On article Sphere of frustration: Nikon KeyMission 360 review (132 comments in total)
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EricCul: I wonder where this technology is going.

360 video seems odd to me. I watched some sample 360 news content recently and found the scrolling around a bit more effort than it was worth. I guess that it's more meant for the full immersive VR experience, but again I'm wondering what the market demand for it will be.

Yes, they are very much a VR product. If VR takes off then it will be an important market to be in. But that's a big"if".

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 07:08 UTC
On article Sphere of frustration: Nikon KeyMission 360 review (132 comments in total)
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tomjar: Is there any area of photography/video gear (except the high-end DSLR segment) in which Nikon still manages to get it right and to actually deliver a competent new product once in a while? Really sad and hard to believe, it seems as if they have lost their compass, what happened to this company??

Their recent press release indicates they are exiting the consumer end of the market and leaving it to smart phones. They will concentrate on high end pro and prosumer offerings. I think they have the 3 top scoring cameras (D500, D5 and D810) in DPR current reviews.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 07:06 UTC

Really enjoyed this feature. It was good that you did not have sunshine. They photograph much better in soft light IMO. Do you have a nectar-eater species of bird that is attracted to these blossoms? They make a spectacular backdrop for photographing such birds.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 16:56 UTC as 8th comment

The photo of Wenmei wearing an umbrella on her head may well have been taken by a photographer wearing an umbrella on their head. Certainly much to reflect upon.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 07:25 UTC as 75th comment
On article 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners for photography announced (168 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: Unhappiness porn. A kind of glorified gossipping.

This kind of intrusion on people's private griefs and agonies shouldn't be published.

Sure, it's sensational and we love to goggle at it, but like gossip it's also wrong.

Money making photojournalism? Gimme a break.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 19:25 UTC
On article 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners for photography announced (168 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: Unhappiness porn. A kind of glorified gossipping.

This kind of intrusion on people's private griefs and agonies shouldn't be published.

Sure, it's sensational and we love to goggle at it, but like gossip it's also wrong.

It is unhappy. But it's not porn and it's not gossip. It is real and it's victims deserve this voice.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 17:38 UTC
On article We try out the new HassleVlad (100 comments in total)

Don't hassle Vlad. You might get to Leica him.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 11:15 UTC as 48th comment | 2 replies
On article Things we found at CP+ 2017 which had been cut in half (89 comments in total)
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Mike Sandman: Ok, the sandwich has been cut in half, but not lengthwise, so it's not symmetrical. What good is that?

And the pickles haven't been cut at all.

Actually, only 8 of those 15 slides have legit cut-in-half stuff. Actually, I can't believe I just spent 30 seconds doing that.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 09:03 UTC
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nikonianer: 100th anniversary with:

- DL line dropped
- no mirrorless in sight
- not really competeting compacts
- dissapointing keymission

not bad at all, nikon!!

- D5
- D500
- D750
- D810

That's quite an anniversary already. But please, no more nasty little mirrorless things to gather dust when they next iteration is released 9 months later.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 09:23 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1570 comments in total)
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barrym1966: actually it aims to be in the same league as the D5 and the 1DX

It murders the D810 and the 5D IV

barrym, do you mean there is no 14 bit lossless raw option? How else can 42mp raw files be smaller than 36 or 30? Regarding comparing it to 5d and 810, really?

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 19:13 UTC
On article Google AI adds detail to low-resolution images (150 comments in total)

Goodness this is a tough audience. I would not have even picked that the bottom left one was a face. Remarkable.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 03:14 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
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Steve in GA: Something tells me Mr. Von Wong has an agenda.

@c45, do we have the freedom to destroy the planet?

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 00:32 UTC
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Dragonrider: Environmentalists need to quit screaming about specific commodities and start addressing the basic issue of excess population. It is the root problem and a damn hard one to solve (probably why they don't want to address it).

I agree @JackM but neither do rich nations. Not really. Not beyond posturing and rhetoric. We just keep on polluting and driving around in our monster trucks. And poor nations have no notion of the consumption of rich nations.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 21:17 UTC
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Dragonrider: Environmentalists need to quit screaming about specific commodities and start addressing the basic issue of excess population. It is the root problem and a damn hard one to solve (probably why they don't want to address it).

I agree with @Kharan. While increasing human population is problematic, it is rich nations' lifestyle that is the main issue. We need to find a way of living that is less dependent upon rapacious exploitation of natural resources. The planet's dire state is due to the lifestyles of the minority.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 20:59 UTC

I am unlikely to ever buy this sort of camera but I hope enough people do. Somehow I am a tiny bit reassured to know someone still wants to make something like this.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 22:16 UTC as 175th comment

Fabulous image. These are not easy images to make. A few years ago an Australian photographer made a similar image of the moon rising over a visitor lookout on Mt VIctoria in Wellington, New Zealand. But he made it as a movie using 1300mm effective focal length. https://vimeo.com/58385453
Wait a few seconds into the movie until people move into the scene and you can see how fast the moon moves into the frame at this perspective. The photographer does not have long to get the right composition.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 21:59 UTC as 34th comment

Does anyone know who makes the sensor in these things and its base ISO rating?

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 21:01 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply

There must be a paucity of innovation at this show when new colour options qualify as a "gem". Such accolades should be reserved for the announcement of the wooden grip and crocodile leather half-case.

Surely if something deserves the "utterly unnecessary" tag in the context of image making tools, this is it?

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 18:00 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply
On article Dell's 8K monitor goes on sale in March for $5000 (215 comments in total)
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EskeRahn: It does sound a bit like overkill on a 32" monitor, unless you use it really close...

Most people can just distinguish details down to around 1/12000 of the viewing distance. At my age it is more like 1/7000. I have met a single eagled eyed guy with a 1/25000 limit though, I'm sure he would love it.

I have made some test-sheets where you can test your eyes in seconds, that can be found here: http://eskerahn.dk/wordpress/?p=32

Yes, these are very valid points regarding viewing distance. Personally I find it difficult to justify going over 5k for an editing screen at this time. However as prices come down, an 8k screen in larger sizes (nicely framed or mounted) will make for a very nice viewing screen in a lounge, office, gallery etc.

Of course we will need capture devices upwards of 40mp to do justice to such a viewing screen.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 01:04 UTC
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