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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Ednaz: Size and weight matter in a lot of ways. As much as I love my Nikon D800E bodies and Nikkor lenses, I can pack a three zoom, two prime, and two body m4/3 kit in the same space as one D800E and two zooms. I have my Fuji kit because it slots in nicely between the two options - better noise performance than the m4/3, but still light weight, quiet, and small compared to the DSLR kit. XPro1 and four fast primes in the space of a D800E and two zooms that cover the same focal length range, but the Fuji lenses are across the board wider aperture, for more light gathering. (I know f1.2 translates to something like f2 in DOF... but f1.2 in terms of light gathering is f1.2.)

I'd like a few more pixels so I'm not stressing an image so much when printing 20x30, and I'd like a more functionally good XP rangefinder, and an ultra wide prime would basically fill out my complete wish list for Fuji beyond what they have now. They're doing great stuff, and own a range of my work.

@daniel, the difference is similarly large. The f2 12mm Olympus lens... I could probably fit four of them in the Nikkor 24mm case, and two in the Fuji 14mm case. The 43mm f1.2 is much smaller than the 56mm f1.2 by Fuji and way way smaller than an 85mm f1.4. The gx7 body is way smaller than my xpro, , although the Gh4 is close to the size of the xt1. Which is why I don't have one. For real fun put the Panasonic 12-35 f2.8 next to the Nikkor 24-70. I can store the 12-35 in the Nikkor lens hood. And it's about half to 2/3 the size of Fuji 18-55, the closest zoom equivalent.

I'm not near my gear cabinet now so the above is working from memory, but I can stick a m43 3 fast prime and body kit in the same size camera bag compartment that would take two Fuji primes. Have done.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 22:25 UTC
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Ednaz: Size and weight matter in a lot of ways. As much as I love my Nikon D800E bodies and Nikkor lenses, I can pack a three zoom, two prime, and two body m4/3 kit in the same space as one D800E and two zooms. I have my Fuji kit because it slots in nicely between the two options - better noise performance than the m4/3, but still light weight, quiet, and small compared to the DSLR kit. XPro1 and four fast primes in the space of a D800E and two zooms that cover the same focal length range, but the Fuji lenses are across the board wider aperture, for more light gathering. (I know f1.2 translates to something like f2 in DOF... but f1.2 in terms of light gathering is f1.2.)

I'd like a few more pixels so I'm not stressing an image so much when printing 20x30, and I'd like a more functionally good XP rangefinder, and an ultra wide prime would basically fill out my complete wish list for Fuji beyond what they have now. They're doing great stuff, and own a range of my work.

So let's check that out, focusing on fast aperture:

D800, 24, 35, 85,105 = 121 oz
D800, 14-24, 24-70 = 99 oz
Xpro1, 14, 23, 35, 56 = 56 oz

The Fuji kit is all f1.4 or 1.2, as is the Nikon kit other than the 105mm.

And in terms of space, when my newbie photographer friends ask me about what camera system to buy into, I let them pack a bag with each of my three systems (m4/3, Fuji, Nikon.) The primes only take up the same space as zooms if you stack them on top of each other, and they weigh more. To get any Nikon kit down in weight and size you have to be happy with f4.

A couple of pounds doesn't sound like a lot until you've got it on a shoulder for 16 hours, with water bottles, protein bars, spare batteries, ND filters, a flash.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 13:49 UTC

Size and weight matter in a lot of ways. As much as I love my Nikon D800E bodies and Nikkor lenses, I can pack a three zoom, two prime, and two body m4/3 kit in the same space as one D800E and two zooms. I have my Fuji kit because it slots in nicely between the two options - better noise performance than the m4/3, but still light weight, quiet, and small compared to the DSLR kit. XPro1 and four fast primes in the space of a D800E and two zooms that cover the same focal length range, but the Fuji lenses are across the board wider aperture, for more light gathering. (I know f1.2 translates to something like f2 in DOF... but f1.2 in terms of light gathering is f1.2.)

I'd like a few more pixels so I'm not stressing an image so much when printing 20x30, and I'd like a more functionally good XP rangefinder, and an ultra wide prime would basically fill out my complete wish list for Fuji beyond what they have now. They're doing great stuff, and own a range of my work.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 12:46 UTC as 31st comment | 6 replies
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Ednaz: I have to admit, I can't even begin to get my head around this camera setup and system. It completely baffles me. I walk by the big Sony store in NYC a lot and while I see people trying all the other cameras out at some time or another, I've never seen this rig in someone's hands.

Sony's had the hybrid phone/camera out there for quite awhile. If no one thought that was worth handling (and that store is VERY busy with people handling the gear) I don't think this is going to change things much. When the latest version of the rx100 arrived there was a line waiting to handle it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 18:30 UTC

I have to admit, I can't even begin to get my head around this camera setup and system. It completely baffles me. I walk by the big Sony store in NYC a lot and while I see people trying all the other cameras out at some time or another, I've never seen this rig in someone's hands.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 16:59 UTC as 57th comment | 7 replies
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (332 comments in total)

I was wondering when someone would just write the AA simulator in code.

I like the colors. I had a blue Panasonic m4/3 and I used to tell people that the blue cameras took sharper pictures... but more seriously, for cameras that I'm using just for personal work, I really liked the unconventional look of the camera. Oddly, the blue camera got less attention than any of my black cameras when shooting events.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 22:27 UTC as 42nd comment | 2 replies

Not only a fun concept but a great tool for getting into a good history discussion with kids about not just what but why.

I'm struck by the re-emergence of "battle rattle" hundreds of years later.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2014 at 17:38 UTC as 5th comment
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (379 comments in total)
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Frank C.: Dlsrs are a dying breed, passé, living in the past, yes the core (pros) will always be there but the masses, the masses! Nikon needs large sensor mirrorless cameras or Sony et al. will eat them up! Nikon will end up catering to a niche market only! Hey Nikon, how about a mirrorless Df to compete with the A7r? As Sony gets mightier day after day there will come a time when they may consider cutting sensor supplies to 3rd parties completely, and then what Nikon? run to Canon?

Frank, tell me what amount of money that would result in you begging in the street for the rest of your life, and I'll take your five year bet at a match level. Full disclosure... I do economic research on disruptive technologies, and have done so for 20 years, and am currently paid by some of the camera manufacturers. (fuller disclosure: they don't agree with you either, and I'm not talking Nikon or Canon.) I believe it's "dominance in five years." To me that means being first in market share in interchangeable lens cameras. Five years it is (I'd take the bet - as would my clients - at 10 years.) Come on down! I'll bring the lawyers and the contracts.

Even in the internet economy, that's been a sucker's bet. I love being on the other side of suckers' bets.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 00:36 UTC
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (379 comments in total)
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Ednaz: Put the recalls into perspective - auto defects that need recalls can kill you. GM is recalling near 100% of several model lines over five years. Makes Nikon's track record look pretty good - and nobody died from D600 oil spots.

Complex stuff breaks in complex ways. More complexity equals more complex ways to fail, and less certainty in stress testing. That's true whether it's cameras, cars, or word processing software.

Hmmm. $1800 and the need to clean sensors frequently versus $40,000 and dying. Hmmm.... Yep, I must have my values out of whack.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 00:29 UTC
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (379 comments in total)
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newe: Personally I think this camera is already out of date...bright spots should never be happening at this point in imaging. I'm waiting for the D820...in the meantime my camera phone will suffice.

I think that a camera phone is perfect for your needs, based on a quick check of your posts in the last 12 months. You shouldn't have a hobby that makes you so unhappy - assuming the posts reflect how you really feel. BTW, hope your iPhone isn't one of those that Apple is recalling...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 21:25 UTC
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (379 comments in total)

Put the recalls into perspective - auto defects that need recalls can kill you. GM is recalling near 100% of several model lines over five years. Makes Nikon's track record look pretty good - and nobody died from D600 oil spots.

Complex stuff breaks in complex ways. More complexity equals more complex ways to fail, and less certainty in stress testing. That's true whether it's cameras, cars, or word processing software.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 21:21 UTC as 50th comment | 9 replies
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (379 comments in total)
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Frank C.: Dlsrs are a dying breed, passé, living in the past, yes the core (pros) will always be there but the masses, the masses! Nikon needs large sensor mirrorless cameras or Sony et al. will eat them up! Nikon will end up catering to a niche market only! Hey Nikon, how about a mirrorless Df to compete with the A7r? As Sony gets mightier day after day there will come a time when they may consider cutting sensor supplies to 3rd parties completely, and then what Nikon? run to Canon?

Define "mighty". The highest share of any mirror less manufacturer in Japan is 9% of total DSLR sales in Japan, a market that's way more into mirror less than most of the rest of the world. And that largest share is NOT Sony, they're behind Olympus. Nikon and Canon split over 90% of the DSLR market 50/50 with everyone else in single digits, and Sony declining in that market. For interchangeable lens cameras, it's a Nikon/Canon world. The overall interchangeable lens camera market declined - ILCs 16.5%, DSLRs 15%. Fixed lens cameras declined too. "Mighty" may optimistically define Sony in the mirror less market alone (#2 in market share is "mighty"?) but in interchangeable lens cameras (you're comparing DSLRs with mirror less...), that's probably not the right word to use. The facts pretty much contradict you 100%. Facts are good.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 21:16 UTC

When companies take positions like this, you can be sure that they take similar liberties elsewhere. Ambiguities in the law like this are tests of character. I thought Wikimedia was better than this. I am wrong.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 21:50 UTC as 506th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1571 comments in total)
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stevevelvia50: Comparing the paint tube lettering, and other small edge details at ISO 800 and above, the D 800 and D 800E appear to have slightly better detail. Perhaps the Nikon D 810s noise suppression is overly aggressive on extremely fine detail? Maybe they used a different lens? From these samples I see no "Visible advantage " to using the D810.

uh, did I say I was shooting directly at a light? Don't think so. I was shooting musicians performing in a 30x30 room that was lit only by a CF that was probably equivalent to a 60 watt incandescent bulb. I don't think there's a much better test of dim light. Also shot a rodeo recently where I was up to ISO 10000 from time to time but never below 6400 (which was only 1/180 at f2.8) and several of the shots are now posters for the show. No banding.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2014 at 12:12 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1571 comments in total)
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stevevelvia50: Comparing the paint tube lettering, and other small edge details at ISO 800 and above, the D 800 and D 800E appear to have slightly better detail. Perhaps the Nikon D 810s noise suppression is overly aggressive on extremely fine detail? Maybe they used a different lens? From these samples I see no "Visible advantage " to using the D810.

I routinely shoot my D800Es at 6400, and I've never seen cyan and magenta banding. Even higher. Even under light like a compact florescent (one of them) in a light fixture 10 feet from the floor in a huge room. It doesn't get much worse (compact fluorescents are missing huge parts of the spectrum, so colors can get very weird, but that's a light source problem not a camera problem.)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 23:21 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1571 comments in total)
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huyzer: Moire and color artifacts around such are worse in the D810.

it's funny, shooting with my d800e bodies since the camera came out, i've not had one issue with moire. shooting with my d700 bodies before that, i had a number of issues, some of them really horrible. (doing a waist-up portrait with the subject wearing a high end oxford cloth shirt is almost a guaranteed moire producer. one investment banker looked like he was wearing a psychedelic shirt.)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 20:34 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1571 comments in total)
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beavertown: What a joke, Nikon can't even produce its sensors.

sensors are commodities. system integration is where all the value comes from.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 20:29 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1571 comments in total)
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stevevelvia50: Comparing the paint tube lettering, and other small edge details at ISO 800 and above, the D 800 and D 800E appear to have slightly better detail. Perhaps the Nikon D 810s noise suppression is overly aggressive on extremely fine detail? Maybe they used a different lens? From these samples I see no "Visible advantage " to using the D810.

Lossy raw as the only raw option for the A7R means the performance is by no means equal. That decision made by Sony is still absolutely baffling to me. As to adapting old lenses, you may be quite disappointed by the results. Old lenses seem to do OK at 16mp, but at 24mp and above, many really show their age. Going from d700 to d800e was the jump that killed a number of favorite older lenses for me. If 36mp is important, cutting corners shouldn't be.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 20:28 UTC
On Surf's Up: Clark Little's incredible wave photography article (54 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 12th 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
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