Jim Salvas

Jim Salvas

Lives in United States West Chester, PA, United States
Works as a Photography/Writing
Has a website at camerajim.com
Joined on Mar 24, 2006
About me:

Serious photographer for 60+ years.

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bmwzimmer: Why does the Sony lens look bigger than Canon's? Shouldn't it be smaller?

Flange distance. The Canon is 44mm. The Sony is 18mm. So, the Sony lens is longer.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 19:00 UTC
On photo The smile is the icing on the cheek! P8315719 in the Smile of people challenge (4 comments in total)

A wonderful shot and smile. I certainly don't understand the seven low votes.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 19:38 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Our Queen Anne in the Victorian House challenge (3 comments in total)
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MichaelIsGreat2: Where is it located?

West Chester, Pennsylvania. Built in 1881. We have owned it since 2002.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 17:38 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1173 comments in total)

Still no EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 16:23 UTC as 72nd comment | 8 replies
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Toni Genes: SLRGEAR tested this lens and found it exceptional: very sharp and excelent IS.

About difraction they said: "Exceptional sharpness is maintained as you stop down, though we do see minor diffraction-related softness come into play around most around ƒ/16-ƒ/22, but it's quite minor. "

I hope this helps some people here. Go an read the review before judgeing the lens.

Did you bother to read it? It was a full review, with both samples and bench tests. You seem resistant to facts.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 14:30 UTC
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xiao fei: So... 6 stops.. that's handheld at like 1/15th of a second right? 1/(1000 / (2^6))

There are plenty of subjects where 1/15 is just fine. BIFs aren't the only reason to buy a long lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 14:26 UTC
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DVT80111: 4 x $2500 = $10000 equivalent Full frame lens, WTF.

The Canon 600/4 is about $12,000, so you're pretty close.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 06:16 UTC
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xiao fei: So... 6 stops.. that's handheld at like 1/15th of a second right? 1/(1000 / (2^6))

Right. Imaging Resource claims 100% good shots at 1/15 and 90% good at 1/8 in their tests.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 06:14 UTC
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matthew saville: Too bad this "sharpest lens ever" is probably sharpest at its wide-open aperture and maybe ~1 stop down, thanks to diffraction on the 2x crop sensor.

Pentax is finally making a full-frame camera, will Olympus seriously spend the rest of its days dedicated to the 2x crop sensor size? Seems a shame... But then again there's a whole new generation coming that has never stopped down their lenses more than one stop, since they're obsessed with bokeh. Too bad 2x crop is counterproductive to that as well. 'Round in circles the debate goes...

Imaging Resource has a full test of the lens posted. They show it as "exceptional sharpness" all the way through f/11 and only "minor diffraction related softness" at f/16.

http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1840

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 05:13 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1173 comments in total)

I'd buy it. But I would have to travel back in time two years to when I sold my D300.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 20:04 UTC as 332nd comment
On photo Lightning Storm in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (6 comments in total)

Who says lightning only strikes once?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 06:51 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo A lightning storm, under a starlit sky in the Lightning strike challenge (7 comments in total)

Congratulations, Martin. I knew this one was a winner.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2015 at 03:19 UTC as 7th comment
On photo The Tree, Sunrise in the Nature's Early Morning Light challenge (6 comments in total)
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hagmamad: one of the few good uses of HDR I have seen. in fact I did not detect HDR until I saw Ruth's Comment.
I am still wondering if this is bracketed or single capture.

very beautiful. Congrats

Thank you. Yes, it was a 5-shot bracket. The dynamic range was really wide that morning. The middle exposure from the bracket left the ground around the tree in deep shadow and the area around the sun blown out. I've been using HDR for about 5 years and, though I started with the typical overcooked stuff, I've learned to be more sparing in my treatments.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 05:36 UTC
On photo The Tree, Sunrise in the Nature's Early Morning Light challenge (6 comments in total)
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thejohnnerparty: I think this capture is as good as it gets. Very nicely done. If anything gives credence to m4/3, this must be it. ;-)

Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 01:55 UTC
On photo The Tree, Sunrise in the Nature's Early Morning Light challenge (6 comments in total)

Thanks, Ruth!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 00:37 UTC as 3rd comment
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $1200-2000 (325 comments in total)
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Jim Salvas: With the recent price drop, the E-M1 should have been included in the previous camera group. It's now under $1,000.

I missed that qualification, but it seems irrelevant to prospective buyers, who supposedly represent the audience for these round ups.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 00:33 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $1200-2000 (325 comments in total)

With the recent price drop, the E-M1 should have been included in the previous camera group. It's now under $1,000.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 22:00 UTC as 43rd comment | 6 replies
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ric63: Hi Jim,
After looking at your gallery, it seems you DO know a thing or two about photography.

Are you not happy with the winners or the images themselves and their technique.

Just asking as an interested photographer, as I too, while don't mind the images, don't feel they are anything truly special.

My comment is restricted to the winning photo. I think the runners up have more merit.

I find both the content and the technique lacking in the winner. The subjects look artificially posed, responding simply to the photographer's instruction to "look here" from the left and "look here" from the right. The lighting is just awful, as is the staging. The framing and composition are just short of accidental. If this was staging that was meant to look like a snapshot, it fails on that basis. If it was meant to look like a composed studio shot, it fails again.

It's art as a blank canvas. I guess it's supposed to be about non-communication. It certainly does not communicate. At all.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 20:07 UTC

After 60 years of it, I apparently know nothing about photography. At least, according to these judges.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 04:31 UTC as 55th comment | 3 replies
On photo abandoned, eastern Oregon in the Dismal challenge (4 comments in total)

Nice image. My wife loves shooting decaying farm structures. She calls them "reclamations," as they are slowly being reclaimed by the earth.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2015 at 16:57 UTC as 2nd comment
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