Ednaz

Ednaz

Lives in United States United States
Works as a just another photo hack
Has a website at www.onemountainphoto.com
Joined on Feb 4, 2004

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On Surf's Up: Clark Little's incredible wave photography article (53 comments in total)

I would not want to be his health insurance company.

Really spectacular work. Proof that getting close pays no matter what you're shooting.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 15:13 UTC as 11th comment
On DxOMark recommends best lenses for the Nikon D800E article (72 comments in total)
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rfsIII: These guys aren't kidding. I have rented that Zeiss 135 and for portraits it is unbelievable on the D800E. People look beautiful with it.

telling a subject that their skin isn't so appealing is a great way to kill your portrait business.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 13:51 UTC
On Street photography tips with Zack Arias article (149 comments in total)
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montoniphotography: what Zack make is documentary and cityscape, but not street photography.

The idea that street photography involves shooting pictures of people without their awareness or tolerance is completely wrong. All of the legends had at minimum the indifference of their subjects, and often tacit agreement.

I've shot in countries and locations where I was the first camera they'd seen in years, and in places where there are thousands of cameras a day. The former is much easier. The latter, you're dealing with the result of the lack of respect and sneakiness of the few thousand pretend street photographers who came before you.

Zach connects with his subjects, at some level. That's the source of what works.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 23:41 UTC
On Street photography tips with Zack Arias article (149 comments in total)
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forpetessake: Fuji is offering lessons in voyeurism, aka "street photography".

Jay Maisel, after the 9/11 attacks...

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 23:34 UTC
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Ednaz: As someone who's tried to get sea spray off of a multi-coated filter, taking countless lens tissues and eclipse fluid...

...and who's had to try to clean elephant snot (or whatever it is that comes out of an elephant's nose) when it snorts a foot or two from your ultra-wide angle lens, depositing disgusting slime on the front element of a 17-35mm zoom...

I here and now demand that Nikon create a retrofitting service so I can replace the front element of the half-dozen lenses that I use the most.

I shoot a lot in bad weather, worry about the image first and gear last, and swore off UV filters long ago other than when I know I'm going to be in a lens coating risky situation, like shooting in the surf. Whatever fluorine coating adds to the cost of the lens, I'll sign up for, because it would give me back hours of time every year.

I have a friend whose 2 year old recoated one of his lenses with crayons and Sharpie marker who'd probably sign up for the coating too.

My emergency filters are a combo of b&w and hoya hmc thin, but they only go on the camera when needed for a dodgy shoot. I shoot into the light a lot, and even those filters add a reflective artifact to an image that wouldn't have one without them.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 18:07 UTC

As someone who's tried to get sea spray off of a multi-coated filter, taking countless lens tissues and eclipse fluid...

...and who's had to try to clean elephant snot (or whatever it is that comes out of an elephant's nose) when it snorts a foot or two from your ultra-wide angle lens, depositing disgusting slime on the front element of a 17-35mm zoom...

I here and now demand that Nikon create a retrofitting service so I can replace the front element of the half-dozen lenses that I use the most.

I shoot a lot in bad weather, worry about the image first and gear last, and swore off UV filters long ago other than when I know I'm going to be in a lens coating risky situation, like shooting in the surf. Whatever fluorine coating adds to the cost of the lens, I'll sign up for, because it would give me back hours of time every year.

I have a friend whose 2 year old recoated one of his lenses with crayons and Sharpie marker who'd probably sign up for the coating too.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 12:31 UTC as 33rd comment | 7 replies
On DxOMark recommends best lenses for the Nikon D800E article (72 comments in total)

Articles like the DxO are in the category of "huh, that's interesting." But in terms of actionable, not so much.

The best lens for a D800E is the one you have on it when something amazing happens. All the rest is chatter.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 12:17 UTC as 4th comment
On DxOMark recommends best lenses for the Nikon D800E article (72 comments in total)
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rfsIII: These guys aren't kidding. I have rented that Zeiss 135 and for portraits it is unbelievable on the D800E. People look beautiful with it.

Agree with RichyjV - portraits with a D800E require an ungodly amount of post processing to make your subject look great, unless you're shooting half-body shots.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 12:14 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)
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Ednaz: Now there's enough difference to get me thinking about upgrading from my "ancient" RX100. In my regular camera gear, I seldom shoot above 85mm, and shoot a lot below 35mm, so the focal length range on the III is a better match for me. I can certainly believe it won't be such a good match for others, but with 20mp to work with, you can crop to a 140mm equivalent and still have enough pixels for an 8x10 print.

Tilt screen is one thing I really missed on the original. The EVF I'm not so sure about. On a camera this small, won't it feel like you're putting your fist in your face? Even if, getting the camera up to your face leads to a much steadier holding geometry, so it is likely to improve low light shooting.

I never go anywhere - not even to the pharmacist - without my RX100. It's captured some lovely pictures for me. The II wasn't enough of a difference, but the III will tug cash out of my wallet.

Maybe... I had an Olympus XA, which was smaller than the Rollei and had an OVF, and it felt pretty crowded to me. I distinctly remember holding it a tiny bit away from my face as opposed to right up on it, but that didn't keep me from using the daylights out of it.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 16:11 UTC
On Nikon issues firmware update for D800/D800E article (38 comments in total)
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abortabort: Changelog:

1. Breaks compatibility with third party batteries.
2. Breaks compatibility with third party lenses.
3. Dangles some minor fix carrot to ensure users 'update' to 'take advantage' of features *1 and *2.
4. Fixes bug that allowed users to downgrade firmware to earlier versions.

Love

Nikon

I can tell you that the third party batteries aren't up to Nikon standard, based on what I've heard from photo workshop participants who've used third party batteries in Nikon and other cameras, and based on my experience with two in my D2X days - they were backups to my main batteries and Nikon batteries at the time were in a shortage. Several of the workshop participants had issues with suddenly dead batteries, two I remember actually had camera damage (one battery died in a way that caused a surge that fried the electronics). I bought my two third party batteries six months after the two Nikon batteries, and both of them died in just over a year, one just stopped working, one only could hold a charge for a few shots, while the Nikon batteries were still strong a year after that. I've heard too many stories of short life/suddenly dead to discount them... and I need my cameras working reliably.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 16:05 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)

Now there's enough difference to get me thinking about upgrading from my "ancient" RX100. In my regular camera gear, I seldom shoot above 85mm, and shoot a lot below 35mm, so the focal length range on the III is a better match for me. I can certainly believe it won't be such a good match for others, but with 20mp to work with, you can crop to a 140mm equivalent and still have enough pixels for an 8x10 print.

Tilt screen is one thing I really missed on the original. The EVF I'm not so sure about. On a camera this small, won't it feel like you're putting your fist in your face? Even if, getting the camera up to your face leads to a much steadier holding geometry, so it is likely to improve low light shooting.

I never go anywhere - not even to the pharmacist - without my RX100. It's captured some lovely pictures for me. The II wasn't enough of a difference, but the III will tug cash out of my wallet.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 11:51 UTC as 656th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon issues firmware update for D800/D800E article (38 comments in total)
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abortabort: Changelog:

1. Breaks compatibility with third party batteries.
2. Breaks compatibility with third party lenses.
3. Dangles some minor fix carrot to ensure users 'update' to 'take advantage' of features *1 and *2.
4. Fixes bug that allowed users to downgrade firmware to earlier versions.

Love

Nikon

Spend $3000 on a camera.

Complain about how expensive the Nikon batteries are... $17 price difference to 3rd party mystery manufacturer batteries, knowing that there are real risks to the $3000 camera.

Very odd.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 15:35 UTC
On Nikon issues firmware update for D800/D800E article (38 comments in total)

Finally, proof that the internal commander mode was flakier than a good croissant.

I can't find much to fault in the third party battery wars. I owned a few in D2X days, and they all died of various causes at about 1 year or so, where the Nikon batteries soldiered on heartily. I also know of several people who had camera damage or charger damage (in two cases, fires) with third party batteries. The system complexity of today's cameras is so massive that the odds are against smooth integration of third party batteries.

For really casual shooters, it may not matter much because they wouldn't stress the system, but the damage that I know of occurred with relatively casual shooters. The difference in battery life alone equalizes the costs.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 12:15 UTC as 6th comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (1977 comments in total)

{shrug} If there's any proof that digital cameras have hit a ceiling from many different performance perspectives, this is it. The only novelty is how it looks.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 15:43 UTC as 531st comment

No OIS? Bummer.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 14:35 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
On Am I missing something here? article (632 comments in total)

I really don't get their strategy on the 1 line either. As a long time film to DSLR Nikon shooter I know that Nikon is superb at developing ultra-wide lenses - many of my Canon-shooting friends have Nikkor wides adapted to the Canon mount. They are also excellent at fast lenses. Either they are in fact seriously worried about the enthusiasts moving to the 1 line instead of DSLRs (but if those people would move to the 1 line, odds are they'll just as happily move to m4/3, which has a great stable of fast lenses) or they're struggling to understand the need for the camera line, so keep getting it wrong.

I'm a pretty brand-loyal guy, and in cameras that's easy to be - no one manufacturer is ever significantly better or worse, and they leapfrog forward. But when I wanted a smaller but still very capable setup behind my Nikon DSLRs, I ended up with m4/3 because Nikon had no answer. And I'm staying there because it seems like they still have no answer.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 13:17 UTC as 162nd comment
On Fujifilm UK X Signature service officially launched article (125 comments in total)
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Ednaz: I'm excited, I've found that blue cameras are much sharper than black ones.

I had a blue Panasonic camera, G, I think, and when I joked on m4/3 forum about blue cameras being sharper, there were actually a couple people who took it seriously and wanted to argue about how that could be. There is a serious sense of humor deficit among camera people.

That said, I did like that blue body quite a bit, and if it wasn't for the insane price, I'd get my XPro1 done.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 17:39 UTC
On Fujifilm UK X Signature service officially launched article (125 comments in total)

I'm excited, I've found that blue cameras are much sharper than black ones.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 13:34 UTC as 20th comment | 5 replies
On Tamrac launches rugged-looking photo messenger bags article (106 comments in total)
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arhmatic: All this camera bags are just screaming they are camera bags.
Just waiting to be stolen.
Terrible style.

Just put your camera in a pouch, then throw it into any bag, so it looks like any random bag.

If it's a larger SLR, then it might eb tricky, but with mirrorless and 2-3 lenses, you can fit it into any shoulder bag. And all this "protection" worries are non-sense. You are not in a war zone

T3 - when two guys ride by on a motorbike and grab that camera bag that you've got slung across your body, you're going down hard and they'll be off with your bag. I've seen a couple of those - a few years ago in Vietnam, another time in Indonesia. Helped convince me to shoulder carry cameras and bags. There are places where it's wise to choose your gear carefully - my big wonderful f2.8 zooms and D800 don't go with me into the Bronx, but my Fuji xpro with a couple of primes in a threadbare messenger bag doesn't look much like a camera anyone wants. It's not an issue in a lot of places, and therefore not for a lot of people, but it is something worth paying attention to if what you want to shoot is in an area where your gear equals a couple months of income for the average person around you.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2014 at 14:37 UTC
On Tamrac launches rugged-looking photo messenger bags article (106 comments in total)
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Daedbird: Unfortunately, this is just a series of camera messenger bags that continue to look like camera bags to me. Its a nice effort, but it looks like a camera bag with a flap....

I feel my only option is to buy a laptop messenger bag, and install some collapsable padded pockets inside to hold the camera.

In some locations in the world, wearing a camera bag that's readily identifiable as such makes you a preferred target for snatch and grab thefts. If your bag looks generic and ambiguous, they look for someone with a bag that's not ambiguous. I know some photo journalists who carry extensively modified lunch bags, cheap messenger bags, etc, to be less visible.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 23:56 UTC
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