Alec

Alec

Lives in United States New York City, NY, United States
Works as a Photographer / imaging artist
Has a website at http://karasevstudio.com/
Joined on Oct 24, 2000
About me:

* More architectural and recreational sports photography in the off-season (skiing and scuba);
* Roll out blog feature on the web site
* Put articles, more photos and video online
* Minolta archive!

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"*Image should be delivered in Adobe sRGB (1998), 72 DPI, .png file format and sized 1000 pixels on the largest dimension."

Adobe sRGB (1998) - that's a tricky color space, isn't it? :) I hope they aren't trolling us.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 26, 2014 at 08:11 UTC as 3rd comment

I am wondering if the anonymous buyer who is a huge fan of Peter Lik's works ... isn't Peter Lik?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 02:54 UTC as 126th comment | 1 reply

Minolta was way ahead back in 1983 with this, ironically http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Minolta_Disc-7

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 21:07 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
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frosti7: At last something interesting and original

http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Minolta_Disc-7 ironically I think, aside from digital, this Casio is WAY behind that Minolta

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 21:06 UTC
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frosti7: At last something interesting and original

Actually there's a Minolta disc camera in my submini camera collection, that had a likewise curved mirror next to the lens. For selfies.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 21:04 UTC

where's the duck lips mode?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 21:03 UTC as 38th comment

I think there was no point to ruin a perfectly good Sony cam which was made to be used. Hasselblad should have carved the entire camera out of that wood. Lens, front, back, everything. No, I'm serious.

Then everything falls into place and begins to finally make sense:
- stands alone as a BOLD, yet refined expression
- A rich palette of fine woods was utilised both on the camera and packaging
- realised for the rare few that truly appreciate
- not intended to be judged against other cameras
- conceived and crafted exclusively for Aficionados, Collectors and Connoisseurs

Don't waste an actual camera on this - just sell those folks a wood block - it will take about as many pictures as these cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 06:31 UTC as 71st comment
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cgarrard: "Fuelled by our ongoing collaboration with Sony and Zeiss, the pocket-sized Stellar models are proving extremely popular....

Bull, Sheet.

No, I think the statement is valid but market size wise, they just got the plural wrong in the following sentence, which ought to have said:

"A photographer could be delighted to have the option of owning ..."

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 06:22 UTC
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kadardr: Why don't they (or anybody) sell the grip only for say a $100?

Or better yet NOT sell a grip.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 06:19 UTC
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andix: OK.

How many of you here drive a Lexus, Acura or Infiniti? Or a Cadillac? Or a Lincoln?

Y'know. Just asking. *innocent whistle*

I think there's a little difference - those upscale sub-brands may be based on cheaper models but they represent a relatively substantial redesign for a given % price difference. Imagine if they did as little as Hasselblad and increased the price vs base model by the same % as Hasselblad. I think they'd be ridiculed and rightly so.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 06:18 UTC
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Alec: "not intended to be judged against other cameras"
LOL and this is the best BS they could come up with?
Even their BS sucks.

I'll be happy to pay for one of these ... with monopoly money "not intended to be used as legal tender"

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 06:13 UTC

"not intended to be judged against other cameras"
LOL and this is the best BS they could come up with?
Even their BS sucks.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 02:11 UTC as 93rd comment | 2 replies
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Alec: They would have been better off instead of focus purely on the superficial, to have SONY tune the hardware towards higher end shooting. Like, add 100% quality JPEG, add higher bit depth raw (even if it results in a slowdown and just a small quality improvement from given HW), add ISO25, add in-camera multi-shot HDR that generates raw, add encrypted watermarked digitally signed raw with checksum.

If insisting to redesign a case, for SONY A99, integrate the vertical grip (non-detachable) - not because it's better, but because it is legitimately different and may appeal to some.

There was a lot they could have done that would have been more constructive and less insulting to the buyers' sensibilities.

Also, digitally signing, watermarking, encryption and also multi-shot HDR or bracket/noise reduction, or focus stacking, with the output merged into a raw file, would all find their fan base and are all purely 100% software functions.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 19:51 UTC
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Alec: They would have been better off instead of focus purely on the superficial, to have SONY tune the hardware towards higher end shooting. Like, add 100% quality JPEG, add higher bit depth raw (even if it results in a slowdown and just a small quality improvement from given HW), add ISO25, add in-camera multi-shot HDR that generates raw, add encrypted watermarked digitally signed raw with checksum.

If insisting to redesign a case, for SONY A99, integrate the vertical grip (non-detachable) - not because it's better, but because it is legitimately different and may appeal to some.

There was a lot they could have done that would have been more constructive and less insulting to the buyers' sensibilities.

Absolutely right about the analog to digital converter being hardware. However for raw, going with the Adobe Camera Raw format with a higher bit depth (even if least significant bits are useless) instead of SONY's proprietary format, would have its fans. And for JPEG, so much is done in software - and there are so many processing choices of "fast + battery efficient vs good" that Hasselblad could tune more towards good that it would "feel" more like a medium format camera - somewhat slower but also somewhat better.

I agree abt the Canon example - I think Nikon does a much better job getting the most out of SONY hardware.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 19:47 UTC
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Alec: They would have been better off instead of focus purely on the superficial, to have SONY tune the hardware towards higher end shooting. Like, add 100% quality JPEG, add higher bit depth raw (even if it results in a slowdown and just a small quality improvement from given HW), add ISO25, add in-camera multi-shot HDR that generates raw, add encrypted watermarked digitally signed raw with checksum.

If insisting to redesign a case, for SONY A99, integrate the vertical grip (non-detachable) - not because it's better, but because it is legitimately different and may appeal to some.

There was a lot they could have done that would have been more constructive and less insulting to the buyers' sensibilities.

That would be the point - however, my understanding is these are purely software algorithms, even implementable by Hasselblad with a modicum of SONY cooperation (to provide original algorithm and software interfaces, and help integrate the updated algorithms back in). I imagine, the battery life and frame rate might take a hit, but otherwise it'd be doable.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 13:08 UTC

They would have been better off instead of focus purely on the superficial, to have SONY tune the hardware towards higher end shooting. Like, add 100% quality JPEG, add higher bit depth raw (even if it results in a slowdown and just a small quality improvement from given HW), add ISO25, add in-camera multi-shot HDR that generates raw, add encrypted watermarked digitally signed raw with checksum.

If insisting to redesign a case, for SONY A99, integrate the vertical grip (non-detachable) - not because it's better, but because it is legitimately different and may appeal to some.

There was a lot they could have done that would have been more constructive and less insulting to the buyers' sensibilities.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 14:49 UTC as 19th comment | 5 replies
On Kodak introduces PixPro SP360 action cam article (62 comments in total)

so if you take a circular fisheye lens (180 deg) you get to say 360 deg because it's round and you turn its peripheral strip into a crappy stretched image?

in that case my 50mm f/1.8 is a 2000mm f/1.8 lens with "digital zoom"

i wonder if by the same token, they accept monopoly money as payment for this

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 07:41 UTC as 7th comment
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 comments in total)

You can't buy taste or reason, so some people will be buying this in lieu.

Personally I find Donald Trump's gold shitter a far smarter buy.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 07:06 UTC as 24th comment
On Sony launches support program for pro photographers article (114 comments in total)
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Donnie G: Well, it's a step in the right direction for Sony. Now all they need are a couple of pro bodies, about 30 or 40 pro E-mount lenses for those bodies, and maybe 100 or so very brave working pro photographers who are willing to switch from the known pro gear and support sources, Canon and Nikon, to the unknown, Sony. It won't happen overnight, but it could happen. Good luck Sony!

I've been operating a pair of A900s to earn a living with the 24-70ZA and 135/1.8 plus some glass from Minolta days. I think this program is a great idea, depending on the specifics of the service. The $100 might go towards free overnight shipping of spares or whatnot, or to simply weed out the "computer chair pros" who make a lot of noise about the problems they theoretically need solved.

Lenses: "build it and they will come" has toxic risks for Sony as a business investment. If someone hadn't come after the A900 and 24-70 Zeiss - just those two pieces - they're probably several times more expensive users to acquire (if at all possible). I'd love for SONY to make some exotic lenses but not if that makes them over-extend themselves like what happened with Minolta.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 05:57 UTC
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 comments in total)

Seems kind of weird they left that lcd on the back as a gaping void of lowly black plastic, instead of gold plating over it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 04:31 UTC as 132nd comment
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