dave gaines

dave gaines

Lives in United States Southern California, CA, United States
Works as a Structural Engineer
Joined on Nov 7, 2005
About me:

Photography is art when it makes us see something familiar in a new way, when it evokes emotion and when it is not only pleasing to the eye but strikingly vivid.
An Underwater photographer, I also capture topside nature, landscapes, scenics, wildflowers, historic architecture, ocean scenes, people, birds, bugs and other animals.
Nikon D800e
7 Nikon FX lenses
Olympus E-330
Olympus C-8080
Underwater Ikelite housings for the E-330
Ikelite DS-125 strobes
UW I always use a focus light on a swivel mount

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On Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK article (218 comments in total)

Price includes a VAT of 20%. If they sell to a buyer in the US is this tax applicable? Free shipping worldwide, BTW. Good thing too since the case weighs more than the lens.
This lens could be useful for photographing polar bears, grizzlies, California Condors, cougars, yacht races, race cars on a track, rock climbers, beach bunnies and other subjects you wouldn't or couldn't get close to.
Not a good lens for an insulated mug, but maybe a large thermos. At 33" by 9" you'd need a pump spout. You coudn't lift it if it were full of coffee or margaritas. The MPB Photographic link has some practical info and spec's about the lens.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 19:37 UTC as 61st comment
On Nikon announces full-frame D810 with no OLPF article (98 comments in total)
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Chaitanya S: Quite funny even a "pro" camera from Nikon cannot control more than 2 groups of speedlights. Also they dont offer a radio trigger or radio speedlights.

Good question. You can control 3 groups of flash by using the Nikon SU-800 Command Unit placed on the hot shoe. You can control many more groups by using the Paul C. Buff, CyberSync Command Unit. For a few dollars more, anything is possible. Nikon does offer a radio trigger and the speedlights are radio triggered.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 17:11 UTC

This is a fine article on the different lens designations. I recently switched from Olympus to Nikon FX. After 6 months of buying and using Nikon equipment I have been trying to figure out these differences and how these lenses work with my FX camera body. Thanks for writing this.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 16:01 UTC as 4th comment
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' article (334 comments in total)

What a good chuckle. Right after selling my legacy 350 mm f/2.8 lens and all of my Olympus 4/3 gear, the folks here at dpreview announce the next DSLR offering from Olympus. Yuk, Yuk. And did you know the word gullible is not in the dictionary.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 17:08 UTC as 188th comment

Sigma is not likely to stop making lenses in Nikon mounts. That would be cutting their noses off to spite their own face. It's a huge market and the only difference between Nikon and other formats is the flange, set-back distance and electronic connections.
If Sigma build a Sigma 5DmkIII or Sigma D4s or Sigma OMD-EM-1 m4/3 MILC body that used the same tech, you can be sure Canon, Nikon and Olympus would all sue for monetary damages. Same goes for any of their lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 22:41 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply

The news doesn't say which six (6) Sigma lenses used the Nikon VR technology. Does this mean these 6 lenses will end production? If Sigma has to pay Nikon 15% of revenue on these lenses it removes the profitability of producing and selling them. If production ends, product support will end shortly after that, within a few years. Not a good scenario for anyone who bought them.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 22:29 UTC as 60th comment
On 12 stunning photos of Godafoss - Waterfall of the Gods article (78 comments in total)

I really like the silky smooth, flow of the waterfall. In a few of these it's obvious it was dark, overcast or the blue hour at the time the photo was made so they had to shoot on a tripod with a long exposure. Given that everything in the scene is one form of water or another, the waterfall offers contrast from the ice and frost. The swirling pools are dynamic. A fast shutter would have been a static shot.
These are all superb. Would love to see this place.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 05:32 UTC as 40th comment
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dave gaines: There's no comparison to those outstanding lenses mentioned in the review, the Olympus 14-35 mm f/2 or the longer 35-100 mm f/2. Literally no comparsion to the Olympus 14-35 or 35-100, partially because DxO Mark has not tested these two very sharp, fast lenses from Olympus, one in nearly the same mid-range zoom, 28-70 mm EFL.
What's up DxO Mark? Test these two lenses. There's a new, improved Olympus DSLR on the way by year's end.

Obe Wan yabokkie,
I had the E-3 before the E-5 and these lenses focus plenty fast. Faster than most photog's can react. Focus is a function of the camera more than the lens. I'm sure they focus faster than you can in manual focus mode.
You're comparing the size and weight of a Canon f/4 lens to an Olympus f/2 lens. The 24-70 f/2.8L costs $2300, is one stop slower, is larger in diameter and weighs 810 grams. The Sigma review is about an APS-C lens. A better comparison might be the Canon 16-35 mm f/2.8 L II USM with the same diameter as the 24-70 at $1700. None of these 3 Canon lenses have OIS. All Olympus lenses have IBIS.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 23:58 UTC
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dave gaines: There's no comparison to those outstanding lenses mentioned in the review, the Olympus 14-35 mm f/2 or the longer 35-100 mm f/2. Literally no comparsion to the Olympus 14-35 or 35-100, partially because DxO Mark has not tested these two very sharp, fast lenses from Olympus, one in nearly the same mid-range zoom, 28-70 mm EFL.
What's up DxO Mark? Test these two lenses. There's a new, improved Olympus DSLR on the way by year's end.

These two lenses shine on the E-5. If you want to know how good 4/3 can get look at the E-P5 or OM-D E-M5 with Olympus's current best sensor. This is the same size sensor and could be put in a 4/3 DSLR today. The Olympus f/2 lenses are even better on these m4/3 cameras due to the improved sensor, but they are slow to focus on the sensor with CDAF. Sensors and bodies keep improving. There will be an upgrade to the E-5 with the latest greatest sensor. No, it won't be another m4/3 OM-D or E-Px and a lens adapter but a DSLR with a new sensor, an OVF and 4/3 mount. Add Olympus's lenses to that and you've got a winning system that will easily compete with any APS-C body and lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 21:36 UTC

There's no comparison to those outstanding lenses mentioned in the review, the Olympus 14-35 mm f/2 or the longer 35-100 mm f/2. Literally no comparsion to the Olympus 14-35 or 35-100, partially because DxO Mark has not tested these two very sharp, fast lenses from Olympus, one in nearly the same mid-range zoom, 28-70 mm EFL.
What's up DxO Mark? Test these two lenses. There's a new, improved Olympus DSLR on the way by year's end.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 18:36 UTC as 29th comment | 15 replies

At last, Pentax has built a camera that can capture those difficult yellows.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 23:04 UTC as 23rd comment
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Les Kamens: Stand Strong!!!!!!! The music industry is notorious for poor deals regarding images and their usage. When i was a Kid and went to shoot Santana and wanted to get paid from the management...His response was," there are 10's of thousands of people out there with cameras willing to give me photo's for passes to the next show. Why would I want to pay you?" Was an eye opener and decided to move specialties to still life and table top. What did I learn? Agency's pay and rock and roll not so much.

Next we should turn our efforts on FaceBook that blatantly say all images posted are theirs no if, ands, or buts.

This is a big deal. Facebook has it buried in their terms and agreements. As a result I only post small, low res images on FB. More people should be aware of this.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2012 at 20:07 UTC
On Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8 Preview preview (213 comments in total)
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Calvin Chann: Sorry, but for me the colour of the thing is a serious point. I haven't bought any of the Oly lenses that are mentioned in this preview, because of the colour of the things. All my camera bodies are black (except a white G3 that I bought by mistake) and to me, a silver lens on a black body is not discrete enough.

Looks like Oly have lost me as a potential customer!

Get some black paint. This lens will be worth the trouble. Or get a silver body. Practically speaking, silver stays cooler in the sun, reducing thermal effects on the glass elements, inner workings, etc. And you can find it in a dark closet too!

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2012 at 18:10 UTC
On Olympus shares suffer as former CEO goes on the attack article (193 comments in total)

This news is affecting their stock value. It has nothing to do with the great value of their cameras and lenses. Olympus will continue to produce the most popular mirror-less ILC and the versatile 4/3 format DSLR's that make fine photography with excellent optics affordable.
The Wall Street Journal had an article on Monday describing the conflict. He was fired by a stacked board. Is this SOP for Japanese companies?
So on being fired he went public with the damaging info. Once its revealed and verified he'll have reason to sue for wrongful termination. And why not, they sacraficed his career to protect corporate corruption.
The Journal can't come right out and say Olympus exec's are corrupt but it's pretty clear if you read the facts and put 2 and 2 together. This kind of corporate greed and corruption is common throughout the world. European and US corporations are no exception. This story may explain why Olympus doesn't spend more money on R&R.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2011 at 22:12 UTC as 75th comment

Clearly the video is a duplication of the photograph. They copied the photo as closely as they could, down to the shape of the room, positiion of doors windows and furniture, radiating colors in the windows, colors and stripes on the wall and number and appearance of the players. The color of the "singer's" hair. The idea for and creative portrayal of S&M is copied. There is nothing original in the DefJam video that can't be found in the David LaChapelle photograph.
If my work were copied like this I'd sue. If others have gotten away with this plagersim in the past it is no resaon to tolerate it today. Just because copyrights have been infringed upon in the past doesn't mean it's okay for anyone to commit the crime today
In the digital age when copying is so rampant and easy, the penalty should be stiff. Finding and catching the thief is very hard. The penalty should be high.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2011 at 19:40 UTC as 59th comment | 1 reply
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