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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Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 05:07 UTC as 34th comment
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Clyde Thomas: I'd like to see a monthly assessment to reveal black on white vs white on black viewer usage. Just interested to see how it changes over time.

Well be careful with that. DPReview is respected and might start a trend for camera LCD menus to reverse their color schemes.

Woe to those known as trendsetters.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 22:08 UTC

White text on black background viewers get a text box as black on white. If I change to the other black on white mode, can I get a reversed text box that types white on black?
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EDIT:
I just checked. Nupe. Text block is always black on white regardless of viewing mode.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 22:02 UTC as 153rd comment

I'd like to see a monthly assessment to reveal black on white vs white on black viewer usage. Just interested to see how it changes over time.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 22:01 UTC as 154th comment | 2 replies
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (455 comments in total)

Finally, a single mirrorless 35mm FF body with interchangeable sensors and lens mounts.

g.a.m.e...c.h.a.n.g.e.r... for sure. But not necessarily g.a.m.e...o.v.e.r.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 22:32 UTC as 177th comment

I considered the iPad Pro but it didn't provide for Sony a7RII tethering. Vaio Z Canvas allows tethering and full PS. Faster than my Macbook Pro Retina and gives the iMac 5K a real race.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 01:27 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies
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Kiwisnap: I hoped the iPad Pro would be the first actually useful iPad: It wasn't.

I bought a Surface Pro 4 instead and run full Adobe CC, USB 3 hard drives and so on. The iPad is a solution to a problem that does not exist - it is nothing more than a 'nice thing'. A Surface Pro is more use and a Kindle better to read on.

I'm with ya but went with the Vaio Z Canvas. It's tempted me away from my 5K iMac too. Very convenient to use... But...

Windows 10 has a big problem with the Action Center popping up on any scroll bar close to the side. System would be darn near perfect if W10 would allow turning that off. But any swipe or near edge pen movement jumps the Action Center on top of my PS project.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 01:24 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (479 comments in total)

Make me four Full Frame 42mp versions... with full LCD articulation.

15-50mm f4.
30mm f1.4.
40-110mm f2.
100-300mm f4
and front mount 1.5x, 2x, 3x tele converters for the tele cams.

Charge $2500 each and I'll trade all and buy all.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 19:13 UTC as 136th comment | 1 reply

Blown away.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2016 at 13:25 UTC as 9th comment

SX-70 Alpha 1 is still one of my most satisfying and enjoyable cameras to use.

Wish a smart monkey would create a 10mp full coverage digital cartridge for that thing.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2016 at 00:00 UTC as 33rd comment

Used to be... togs just needed to be dedicated.

Then togs had to be talented.

Now they expect togs to be smart?

Come on man. That's just asking too much.
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EDIT: I just got lost in the GettyImages link provided by DPR and forgot all about my troubles for a second. Really great images on there. If I owned them, I sure wouldn't want anybody messing with them. I'm heading back to Getty now.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 00:39 UTC as 30th comment

"I have tens of thousands of them. But they aren't mine to share."

I understand if this comment is purely respectful sentiment. But make the legal side clear for those who don't understand photo copyright laws.

"...he told me that the photos were art and needed to be shared"

Well...

... and well done Brian. Congratulations on your time with Prince.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2016 at 00:40 UTC as 45th comment | 2 replies
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marcio_napoli: I'd just like to add a different opinion.

People usually see this camera as a wildlife, sports, photojournalism camera only. Never intended for fashion shooting.

Well, contrary to most opinions, personally I'd take a Nikon D5 before any of those D800 and 5ds series to a fashion shoot.

Stay with me:

Whenever people are illustrating a thought, they usually refer to broader examples, the "top of the mind" examples.

Like refering Steve McCurry whenever one talks about Nat Geo.

The thing is: reality is never that black or white.

Between light and darkness, there're lots of shades of grey.

Fashion photography is not all about Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino or Steven Meisel.

There're small guys too, and I used to be one of them, shooting for many different small brands and magazines.

But when you're a small guy like I was, chances are that you're gonna get PITA clients most of the time.

All true Megan.

I'm fortunate that my clients appreciate the 135 style because I'm mostly location lifestyles, fashion, commercial people on the move. Still tied to the tether though.

Funny, they don't want instant transfer. The directors simply pull their cell phones and shoot my laptop screen... and each send to their individual buyers.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 17:55 UTC

Did I just notice the missing home button icon on these pages? Am I going blind? Has my vision been compromised? Am I having a senior moment? Has my browser gone bonkers?

Seriously, I can't find the DPR home icon at the top of this page. Please tell me where it is... without sending me to bottom of page.
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Have you seen my car keys?

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 07:24 UTC as 14th comment
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marcio_napoli: I'd just like to add a different opinion.

People usually see this camera as a wildlife, sports, photojournalism camera only. Never intended for fashion shooting.

Well, contrary to most opinions, personally I'd take a Nikon D5 before any of those D800 and 5ds series to a fashion shoot.

Stay with me:

Whenever people are illustrating a thought, they usually refer to broader examples, the "top of the mind" examples.

Like refering Steve McCurry whenever one talks about Nat Geo.

The thing is: reality is never that black or white.

Between light and darkness, there're lots of shades of grey.

Fashion photography is not all about Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino or Steven Meisel.

There're small guys too, and I used to be one of them, shooting for many different small brands and magazines.

But when you're a small guy like I was, chances are that you're gonna get PITA clients most of the time.

Our methods are so different.

Shooting model portfolios... sure... 12mp is more than enough. Probably cool for city magazine spreads too.

But brand clients want, need ultra high MP for extended media potential. An energetic producer and pre-pro meetings are essential. Stick to the shot list. Live easy.

You do work from a shot list... right?

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 07:15 UTC

Very cool. Cameras everywhere.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 06:18 UTC as 13th comment
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

No bright for me.

Dark is more attuned browsing for my low key calibrated editing environment.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 16:39 UTC as 295th comment

Dear Hasselblad,

please make me an 18mp real square sensor in a compact medium format mirrorless body with EVF... old school style like ya use'ta.

I dare ya. What... are you afraid you couldn't keep them in stock because consumer demand would be so high?
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Dear Polaroid... Please make me an 18mp FF cartridge to fit inside the original Alpha 1 SX-70. Hurry before Hassy sees this post...

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 07:43 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies

Well, I'm on there. But they don't know anything about me and put my location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Mysteriously exclusive don't you think?

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 12:45 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
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Clyde Thomas: Just picked mine up from dealer. Been comparing it to the ZA24-70/2.8 AMount. This new G is a little longer at 70mm. Larger filter and virtually same size as the ZA with LAEA-3 adapter.

The G, surprisingly, seems to have a little stronger contrast than the ZA. Sharpness is a wash without further analysis.

The ZA with adapter allows for more finger room around the a7XII grip. The G is much too close to knuckles (like the 35/1.4FE), with the sharp edge right where the grip knuckles are.

Seriously, the ZA on a99 is far better balanced and useable than this G on tiny EMount camera... even with the uncomfortable battery grip. There is no size advantage.

The focus ring is still fly-by-wire, yet feels more refined than cheaper EMount lenses. It's less jumpy, but still not suitable for consistent video focus pulls. I don't understand why Sony doesn't allow user options to turn off accelerometer, or adjust for more linear feel.

So much more to say but DPR caps amount of text.

a7RII, yes, even with AF-C.

a7II, yes, but not with AF-C

a7R, no with lens button, but Eye-AF does work with any other custom button in Single or DMF only. Not with AF-C.
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Seriously though, using the lens button on this new G for Eye-AF is not the best setting for portraits. My work is vertical for magazine, album, and print. The single button on this new G is on left side. Good for horizontal. But lousy lousy lousy for vertical comp with camera swinging left or right. It puts the button either at top or bottom, where no finger can go with comfort in standard shooting posture.

I'll still be using the back button and reserve the lens button for something rarely needed.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2016 at 02:06 UTC
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