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Welcome to Michael's blog. Michael Andrew, (aka Michael The Maven) is a freelance producer, photography instructor, tech innovator, and when needed, disaster aid specialist. Disclaimer: Michael is a participant in Bhphoto & Amazon affiliate programs that provides an advertising commission if you purchase through links on this website.


 

02.18.19         photography  

The REAL Reason Fuji 200mm f2 is $6,000! | Hands on Review


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Hands down the best Fuji lens Ive used! Absolutely incredible, felt like magic but.....what does this really mean? Here are my thoughts!

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02.16.19         movie reviews  

Cold Pursuit


I was pleasantly surprised. If you like Liam Neeson films, you will enjoy it in theaters, otherwise it is a solid rental!

02.15.19         video  

Bit Depth & Chroma Subsampling Basics



02.15.19         movie reviews  

Alita Battle Angel


Pinocchio + Star Wars + The Wizard of Oz Only...it was AWESOME!
Probably the most emotionally engaging Sci Fi Movie since Avatar, ....and surprise, James Cameron helped write the screenplay.

The CGI was the best Ive ever seen, down to micro-expressions all with a great story and premise.
SEE IT!!

02.14.19         customer service  

Buyer Beware | GoDaddy's No Hosting Refund Scam


Just a heads up. I ran into some huge issues with Godaddy.com this last week, who I have been using for the last year without problems.

On Feb 1st, we ran into some kind of a server incompatibility with our store. Myself, and my programmers spent many hours with Godaddy Support, including escalated hosting support, none of who could resolve an issue we were seeing on their side. They insisted it was in the code of the website, and the incompatibility was locking customers from checking out on the store.

After about a week, I brought in a second specialist to confirm what the first was saying, it was on the server side. I spent about $2,500 between the two to try to figure out what was going on.

The fix? Move to another hosting company. As soon as we did this, it was resolved, literally that fast. Had the server not had any issues in the first place, I wouldn't have needed to spend $2500 on programmers. Bad enough right?

So this is the CRAZY part. I paid for 2 years in advance hosting with Go Daddy, or about $480 (this was in April of 2018), so I used about 10 months of the plan, or $200.

So you would think a $280 pro-rated refund would be in order right? Wrong!

GoDaddy’s company policy is to not give pro-rated refunds, even if they are unable to fulfill their service! Even if it is paid in advance! Meaning, that I would have had to have paid, no matter if their service was working or not! Even for 14 months of unused service!

This is literally insanity. You would think a manager could clear this up? Nope! I spoke with Supervisor Arbri Butiastia who confirmed it is Godaddy’s policy to not refund, even in cases such as mine, even if it was their fault! This is jaw droopingly dishonest in my opinion.

So in short, if you are thinking about using Go Daddy for hosting, there is no way I would ever recommend them to anyone. Their policy is set up to not give prorated refunds after a set number of days from the original purchase, even if you pay for years in advance. What this means is, once that initial payment / refund period expires, you are locked in no matter what they do!

Turns out, if you do just a few internet searches, you can see many others who have had similar problems.

I’m not sure how this is legal, but it sounds like a class action lawsuit is on the way.

Well, you got me for $280 Go Daddy, plus the additional $2500 I spent trying to figure out why your hosting stopped working! I hope it was worth it.

Have you had a problem with GoDaddy? If so leave your story in the comments below!

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02.11.19         instagram  

Fuji’s 200mm F2 is just ridiculous. Sharp, amazing...


Fuji’s 200mm F2 is just ridiculous. Sharp, amazing IS, incredible bokeh, incredible build and $6k! I have a review coming soon to my YouTube channel. #fujifilm #fuji

02.11.19         photography  

Why Larger Sensors = Less Noise | Why Sensor Size is Related to Image Noise


Here are some great articles I used in preparing this video. (Side note, there are actually a few articles out there from respected sources who get this wrong, so buyer beware!)

Clark Vision has the Best Article Explaining it, some of his writing can be technically deep, but its all here. GREAT info:

Clark Vision Part 1

Clark Vision Part 2

Summary On Wikipedia

SNR Equation, Shot Noise Follows Poisson Distribution

More on Other Sensor Noise

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02.07.19         the maven nation - efficiency podcast  

How Camera Fanboyism Hurts Photographers | Maven Nation Podcast #67


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02.04.19         photography  

Old Lens, New Camera


My father recently gave me a nearly 50 year old camera, a Konica Autoflex T (full 35mm). When I inspected the lens, a 52mm 1.8 prime, it had a UV filter on it, but once removed, I could see it was in pristine condition.I was curious to see how it would do on my Sony A7iii, so I found a 3D printable file online for Konica AR to Sony E and a half hour later I was shooting (with manual focus of course). I decided to do some side by side shots with a Canon 50 1.5 adapted over with a Metabones Adapter and was very happy with the results. For the cost, its pretty awesome! Enjoy!

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02.02.19         instagram  

All that was missing tonight was you watching this...


All that was missing tonight was you watching this amazing sunset with me. One day... #sun #sunset #maui #luckywelivehawaii

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