Clyde Thomas

Clyde Thomas

Lives in United States St. Louis, MO, United States
Works as a Photosopher
Has a website at www.ctphotographx.com
Joined on Dec 4, 2010
About me:

Commercial/Editorial/Fashion photographer for nearly four decades.
Here to help. Here to learn.

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Kubilay: Competition is only for professional photographers. Who is the professional photographer? Is there any clear definition of professional photographers?

Enthusiast togs:
Can make great photos any time they feel like it.

Pro togs:
Must make great photos even when they don't feel like it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2016 at 02:14 UTC
On article 1.4 and More: Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II comparison (240 comments in total)

Great job Canon...

... from a Sony user with both Sig35/1.4 and FE35/1.4.

The difference in color between the Canon and the Sigma seems similar to the difference between the FE and the Sigma, which is slightly copper toned by comparison. The Canon and the FE are neutral balanced, and slightly brighter at f1.4.
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DPR... In relation to the two Canon lenses, the Sigma looks slightly front focused on the Lens Align comparison. At such close distances, this would exaggerate the Sigma rear bokeh fringing by comparison.

Looking at the square box around both black and red ZERO's, the Sigma is focused on the bottom of the square. So much so that the FOUR square top is in focus as well. The Canon lenses are more correctly focused on the ZERO center line.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 17:58 UTC as 74th comment
On article A classic reinvented? Domke Chronicle Review (90 comments in total)

Looks just like my Domke from 1981... 82-ish? The only bag to have at the newspaper. Good to see them still around.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 04:36 UTC as 33rd comment

Wow. A hinge.

From the folks who patented the white backdrop studio lighting setup.

Sony's gotta be so jealous.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 21:52 UTC as 8th comment
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Simone S: Link to the Metz website doesn't work...
I wonder if the LED modeling light function will work also with Sony Mirrorless cameras...if true this will partially solve the big problem Sony has with external flash AF-assist light not working with their mirrorless cameras.
Here my petition to Sony:
https://www.change.org/p/sony-corporation-kazuo-hirai-enable-the-use-of-af-assist-lamp-from-external-flash-on-sony-mirrorless-cameras?recruiter=297208305&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

I hope your petition goes well. I signed it and added additional suggestions.

This is one of many problems with Sony flash. Please fix it.

Make locking adapter for iISO conversion. The $100 microphone has a lock. But no lock for a $400 flash is ridiculous.

Move AMount shoe forward to stop flash from bumping forehead. It is a painful thing to use, especially now with tensioner screws instead of the preferred iISO quick snap.

Return flash ready light inside viewfinder. Currently no viewfinder indication of flash status.

For EMount, allow AMount style shutter speed and aperture controls to be changed after AF has locked. Currently, the controls are locked out after AF has acquired lock.
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A real tragedy how Sony destroyed the elegant Minolta flash system. Floundering in speedlight limbo. I really don't think anyone at Sony cares at all. But their decisions have hurt my business by crippling the shooter experience. Not good to be crippled in front of a client.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2016 at 15:04 UTC
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (195 comments in total)
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chriscotec: I'm a long time lens adapter, to Canon EF, M4/3 and now Sony FE (A7RII). I have a pretty large pile of lens adapters.

The Sony A7RII has taken this to a new level as it has great AF performance with Canon EF lenses. It doesn't matter that I don't have the money to replace my prized Canon EF lenses with the native Sony versions, some of them, especially fast ones, don't exist in the Sony FE mount. For architecture I HAVE to adapt my Canon TS-E lenses.

I don't just have the Metabones Smart adapter for E-mount, I also bought the Speed Booster, so I can use my lenses on the (extremely useful) 18MP cropped portion of the A7RII's high resolution sensor. This in effect means each full frame lens has two focal lengths, without cropping, making for a quicker, less data intensive workflow, when it suits.

I think that in this stage of Sony's lens range evolution, adapters, especially smart ones, are almost a necessity for a versatile professional system.

a7RII crop mode is extremely convenient and excellent IQ for many assignment needs. I use it with FE crop lenses most of the time and shoot 4K vid. The 42mp stills is an option reserved only for jobs that absolutely require it.

Wish Sony would allow format selection to be included within the quick menu. Hate the menu dive for that often used setting. Can't even transfer to APS-C with a memory setting. Always a menu dive. I keep some crop lenses handy for convenience of the switch.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2015 at 15:42 UTC
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (195 comments in total)
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Clyde Thomas: For Sony EMount, don't forget the often overlooked original Minolta Maxxum lens lineup. Great range from 16mm to 600mm. The original lineup is great compact aesthetic match for the a7 series cameras. Glass is small, lightweight, very very sharp with legendary Minolta colors. Far smaller than the modern Zeiss ZA for Alpha. The old Minolta primes (even with adapter) are generally no bigger, and often smaller than their EMount native counterparts, especially the 35/1.4.

Get full AF, Auto IBIS, and Exif with Sony LAEA-4 adapter.

Get full Auto IBIS and Exif with Sony LAEA-3 adapter.

Get manual aperture control and manual IBIS with any cheap EMount to AMount adapter.

Great lineup with family of f1.4 lenses, compact super sharp 100/2, 135/2.8 and even super tele. See all the high praise user reviews at Dyxum.com.

Just weird how little conversation there is about Minolta Maxxum AF adapted to EMount. Such an obvious and logical combination.

That's good to hear about the Sig 85 with LAEA-3. I like the 50 and 35 ART's very much.

All I'm saying is that the old first gen Minolta AF lenses are a pretty smart and safe option, even with dumb adapter or LAEA-3, or converted 2. Much cheaper than the Loxia or Batis and more compatible than other adapted legacy solutions,,, There are some real keepers there.

I may check out that Sig 85/1.4. Thanks for the confirmation with LAEA-3.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2015 at 15:33 UTC
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (195 comments in total)
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Clyde Thomas: For Sony EMount, don't forget the often overlooked original Minolta Maxxum lens lineup. Great range from 16mm to 600mm. The original lineup is great compact aesthetic match for the a7 series cameras. Glass is small, lightweight, very very sharp with legendary Minolta colors. Far smaller than the modern Zeiss ZA for Alpha. The old Minolta primes (even with adapter) are generally no bigger, and often smaller than their EMount native counterparts, especially the 35/1.4.

Get full AF, Auto IBIS, and Exif with Sony LAEA-4 adapter.

Get full Auto IBIS and Exif with Sony LAEA-3 adapter.

Get manual aperture control and manual IBIS with any cheap EMount to AMount adapter.

Great lineup with family of f1.4 lenses, compact super sharp 100/2, 135/2.8 and even super tele. See all the high praise user reviews at Dyxum.com.

Just weird how little conversation there is about Minolta Maxxum AF adapted to EMount. Such an obvious and logical combination.

Huh...? What am I hearing here?

Only for AF, but don't "have" to use LAEA-4... and it's not "outdated". Very current and SLT is much faster AF than native EMount or any other adapter solution with any brand lens. Very consistent too, working with all screwdrive and SSM lenses equally well.

How else will you get an autofocusing 85/1.4? Mino has four different models and Zeiss has one. Don't know how or if the Sigma works at all.

LAEA-3 provides AF only for SSM. But it's not as surefooted as LAEA-4. My Sig ART 35/1.4 works great with it. But the Sig ART 50/1.4 doesn't work at all with LAEA-3. Odd it seems to work with Canon mount on Metabones though. The Canon 400/4 DO doesn't work at all with Metabones adapter. Not all Canon lenses cooperate.

I've tested Canon 70-200/2.8II on Metabones alongside Sony 70-200/2.8G with LAEA-3. They work about the same. But neither comes close to LAEA-4 performance with the Sony lens.

You guys tested this stuff? I have.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2015 at 08:06 UTC
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (195 comments in total)

For Sony EMount, don't forget the often overlooked original Minolta Maxxum lens lineup. Great range from 16mm to 600mm. The original lineup is great compact aesthetic match for the a7 series cameras. Glass is small, lightweight, very very sharp with legendary Minolta colors. Far smaller than the modern Zeiss ZA for Alpha. The old Minolta primes (even with adapter) are generally no bigger, and often smaller than their EMount native counterparts, especially the 35/1.4.

Get full AF, Auto IBIS, and Exif with Sony LAEA-4 adapter.

Get full Auto IBIS and Exif with Sony LAEA-3 adapter.

Get manual aperture control and manual IBIS with any cheap EMount to AMount adapter.

Great lineup with family of f1.4 lenses, compact super sharp 100/2, 135/2.8 and even super tele. See all the high praise user reviews at Dyxum.com.

Just weird how little conversation there is about Minolta Maxxum AF adapted to EMount. Such an obvious and logical combination.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2015 at 20:41 UTC as 45th comment | 9 replies

Really hope Hassy will find a way to compete and profit.

Tough crowd.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 21:12 UTC as 51st comment | 2 replies
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PeaceKeeper: $800?!?!

Those can't cost more than $50 to produce...

I'd say Casio's marketing department is doing something right. Doesn't say anything for the rest of the company, however.

Cheaper to hire a beauty tog and stylist.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 01:13 UTC

Bravo Casio. Way to ... make up... for past mistakes. Hope folks don't... brush off... your new success. Now make "Macho Man" version for puny twerps like me to get Ahh-nulled.

Next version should put mini beauty dish directly above lens, and reflector mirror pop out underneath lens. Call it the "Cosmo"... Send my royalty check!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 01:09 UTC as 38th comment

Seems more Wabi-sabi than zen.

Nice work.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2015 at 18:22 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (551 comments in total)

DPR, your justified praise for electronic viewfinders does not hinge upon a mirrorless camera. A third implementation is the all too often overlooked a99/77 SLT AMount system, which doesn't sacrifice battery life and excellent AFC for the benefit of EVF. With SLT, sensor stays cleaner, mount is more stable, and no one has to suffer the unpredictability of fly-by-wire focus for manual focus video pulls and critical wide aperture portraits.

Really a shame that AMount SLT doesn't get more cred where it is due. My a7RII's sit awaiting video jobs. All stills work goes to a99 for ease of operation. If Sony provided 4K for AMount native, then I'd ditch the EMount immediately. Perhaps that's why they don't.

As well, Sony EVF cameras don't allow for custom white balance when shooting studio strobes. They are very difficult for white background viewing because EVF gains down to compensate viewing, even with settings effect off. OVF still has a place in many arenas.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 23:28 UTC as 101st comment | 1 reply

Can't really put my finger on it... but I like em'! SD card pocket really handy.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2015 at 02:35 UTC as 54th comment

Love these specialty efforts. In a day when some manufacturers are pulling out of entire markets because of downward predictions, Pentax/Leica move ahead with specialty/luxury gear for extremely limited markets.

I mean, did Pentax conduct a trend report concluding that MF IR cams were going to be the next big seller? Kudos to Pentax for making photographers their first priority. This is great news for our industry and strengthens my entire perception of Pentax all around.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 16:16 UTC as 38th comment | 3 replies
On article Readers' Showcase: Tom Goodman (90 comments in total)

Excellent presentation. Encourages to see through, and recognize reality interacts with barriers. Transparent vision. Highly satisfactory.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2015 at 01:32 UTC as 34th comment

How does Samsung fail with mass market high tech prosumer offerings, but Leica and Pentax survive and even announce new luxury and/or boutique offerings?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 00:52 UTC as 218th comment | 5 replies
On article 4K video: What you need to know (285 comments in total)

The new design is contemporary. Like a $24 Wordpress theme. Far from the unique and stable identity that DPReview has crafted over the years.

Any temporary Kickstarter campaign would be proud to have the new design. I personally prefer consistency in my regular web site visits. The dark background provides late night viewing ease.

Thanks for the informative advertorial.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 02:16 UTC as 107th comment

Congratulations David. Well seen.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 21:01 UTC as 20th comment
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