Wally Brooks

Lives in United States Austin, TX, United States
Joined on Jan 15, 2011
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I live in weird yet humble town of Austin, TX

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Tactical Falcon: I am intrigued by the Foveon sensor. I heard shooting flesh tones or portraits it is quite good. I have heard many negative comments about this system. Would love to try one myself to see, because at least in concept it makes sense to me.

I have a DP2M & DP3M not the Quatro . They are slow to process images in camera, the SPP software is slow to process Quattro images- slow-slow-slow-slow you get the point here it is slow! The cameras are ugly. Battery life terrible. High ISO for color a complete joke. Best use is carry a big heavy tripod, show up at dawn, use shutter delay for vibration control, pray the wind does not blow due to low ISO requirements.

Shoot B&W? google how to use the blue trick for 1600 ISO wth little noise a complete surprise!

If you can stand all of this - the fanboys/girls don't, stupid!- you get the most remarkable image quality with the Foveon trademark look for under $1000 there is. I clam On par with Leica Cannon, Nikon and MF like Pentax and new Hassy.

This is a camera for practicing the craft.

X 4X5 zone system film shooter

PS Ugly Cameras on a tripod don't draw attention compared to DSLR on Tripod!

The police never bother a 4x5 view camera shooting "old time cameras"

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 12:00 UTC
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tkbslc: It's a prime that zooms!

Prime Zoom Zoom Prime! :-) ;-) :-p &-)

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 12:28 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Hands-on with new Sigma SD cameras and lenses (308 comments in total)
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unbelievable: Well the question is not whether Sigma can create good camera's and lenses, but when it is no longer required to use hellish software.

I do not know if there is a good alternative. i have nor used Sigma software other than convert o tiff. I am not certain if there is any other way of image manipulation other than Sigma Software or to convert to Tiff.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 14:00 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Hands-on with new Sigma SD cameras and lenses (308 comments in total)

My Merrill DP 2&3 = last "normal" body design- fat body too. Weird Look = Sigma!

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 12:53 UTC as 9th comment
On article CP+ 2016: Hands-on with new Sigma SD cameras and lenses (308 comments in total)
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unbelievable: Well the question is not whether Sigma can create good camera's and lenses, but when it is no longer required to use hellish software.

Sigma Merrill DP 2&3 user. Convert to Tiff in Sigma and use Processing software of choice!

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 12:50 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Hands-on with Nikon DL compacts (319 comments in total)

For APSC I shoot a Nikon D7200. I like the design on the Sony RX 10 better than the 24-500. Talking only about how the camera looks.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 00:09 UTC as 16th comment

As a Sigma Merrill DP 2&3 user I want to see how high we can set the ISO before noise becomes an issue. ISO limits and noise has been a weak point for Foveon sensors. You can get around low ISO with good technique like tripod cable release/Delayed shutter setting. Higher ISO does have its place and the Merrills have to be shot at low ISO to minimize noise. Looking to see what improvement Sigma is bringing to the market.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 03:09 UTC as 15th comment

What's wrong with shooting at ISO 200? I still shoot a view camera at ISO 300.

If this provides superior image quality will you use it?

Disclaimer i have a Sigma Merrill DP 2&3, a D7200 when pixel depth is needed, and a rx100 when a pocket camera is needed.

i get it you want iso 6400 to shoot at midnight so choose a sony of get a used D3!

Body looks sigma wierd! Right side viewfinder?

view camera technique: show up at dawn, heavy tripod, cable release, pray for no wind, anything else change gear.... stupid.

A guy I work with prints lots of nice pic taken on a mobile phone.

Gear has nothing to do with vision....

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 13:07 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies

I shoot stills and occasionially video of my grand children usually on a cell phone in spite of good gear (D7200 and Panny GX7). I'm guessing this is the camera makers banding together to set the stage for the next round of ... wait for it.....marketing!

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2016 at 13:34 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Google launches Cardboard Camera VR app for Android (20 comments in total)

Analog 3D!

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2015 at 14:34 UTC as 8th comment
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Just a Photographer: Am I correct that these new PW IV only have TTL passthrough for the hotshoe and not have a wireless TTL function like the TT-series?

PW's always served me well, but they are a 'little' overpriced.
If I had to start from scratch I think I wouldn't opt for Pocket Wizard.

the problem on canon deals with elctronic interfearnce which as part mechanical allowing radio waves into the circutry by not reg shielding for the compnents succeptable to interfearnce and part elctronic using a combination of radio frequences that allowed for the interfearnce to happen. Poor engneerng design or management decision....

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2015 at 11:20 UTC
On article What difference does it make? Sony uncompressed Raw (618 comments in total)
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Gosman: This is why I refuse to look at Sony seriously right now. Two years ago, I said I would wait another 3 years on Sony. Looks like my prediction is about to come true.

You have hit on the real issue for Sony and the other camera manufacturers- it takes multiple iterations and time to get the underlying technology optimized!

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2015 at 11:40 UTC
On article Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II (600 comments in total)

14 bit Raw?

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 00:58 UTC as 9th comment

And it shoots RAW! i want to handle it to see how it works with my smart phone! it looks really intriguing!

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 00:33 UTC as 33rd comment
On article Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? (1076 comments in total)

Do the impossible? Not till they include 14 & 16 bit Raw......No lossy Raw compression..........A complete lens lineup too........ DUH!

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2015 at 20:44 UTC as 35th comment
On article Sigma dp0 Quattro announced with 14mm F4 lens (139 comments in total)

14MM + Crop factor looks close to the Zeiss 21 MM prime. The all time king of wide angle lenses for producing images closest to the human eye without line distorsion. As a dedicated optimized system will it produce images as good as the Zeiss on an inter-changeable lens camera given that it should be able to shoot higher ISO than the DP 1,2,3 Merrills???? Cue Fanboy/FanGirl Rant.....

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 18:12 UTC as 1st comment

View Camera method. Big Heavy Tripod, Shutter release cable, wait for the wind to stop blowing......

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 11:24 UTC as 5th comment

I have a Surface Pro 3 and use it in the field for offloading images and processing in lightroom. The Surface Pro has either i5 or i7 processors needed for using Photoshop or Lightroom and is a true laptop replacement. The Surface and its Atom processor may not be strong enough to run Lightroom and Photoshop. It would be great at off loading imqges in the field.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 01:44 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies
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