MarkByland

Lives in United States Noneofyourbusiness, VT, United States
Joined on Sep 23, 2011

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On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)
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newe: I'm betting this camera is at least 2 years away, and by then Canon will have taken over the so-called "pro" niche.

People still submit work from D3s all the time.

12MP.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 01:05 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2158 comments in total)
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Simon Stanmore: This is perhaps the first truly ground breaking DLSR in terms of spec and stills capability since the original 1DS and 5DmkII, but here's the rub (for me) ... It won't make *my* pictures (currently via Canon FF) any better for my clients or myself. On every practical level I think this sentiment applies to the vast majority of long-term photographers too.

It's actually not a DSLR. It's a mirrorless. There is no reflexing going on inside the shutter compartment. Just wait until the other camera companies come out with the next big thing. But then, by next fall, Sony will be up to the A7Smmxcviii, so who knows.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 01:03 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Tudor ApMadoc (41 comments in total)

#3 & #8, only one suggestion on the Milky Way shot (#11), boost the exposure, back all the way off on the presence and boost the contrast and you'll be amazed at the dust lane details that become visible. I see a lot of night sky images that have had the black point clipped way too low. There is so much dust and detail in the sky that is misinterpreted as noise or unwanted background information. Explore the depths of the noise floor and unlock a ton of potential in your night sky shots.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2015 at 13:20 UTC as 20th comment
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snapperista: This is a great lens for shooting Milkyway coupled with D810A on a motorized mount :)

With a head lamp selfie, in every composition, no less!

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2015 at 11:26 UTC

*sigh*

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 12:55 UTC as 263rd comment
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MarkByland: I think the accuracy of the D750 is the information to glean from this video. The A7 seems relatively soft in all the shots. Also Using a D21 focus point array in low light is photo suicide for any action like live bands. Spot metering is the only way to fly, and using of AF point selection during key anticipated moments.

I have used the Sigma 50/1.4 EXTENSIVELY when shooting live bands with a Pentax K-5, traditionally, not much of a low light focus performer. Average 9/10 in focus, properly exposed for the scene, and never hunted.

Then, there's manual focus. In which I prefer to trust over any AF mechanism. It worked for decades and still does. Long live the OVF and turning the hand slightly for better shots.

"people limit themselves and deal with inferiority for the sake of loyalty that is both one sided and unappreciated by the companies."

Oh, so dumping gear every time a new super higher mega wonder pixel device made by a company that sells Refrigerators, Washers and Dryers & Playstation is the answer?

I am not a devoted consumer of new products. I continue to shoot what I know and trust and will not be brainwashed about EVFs and pixel density in the process.

"That kind of misplaced faithfulness is not in an individual's best interests and it can hinder progress."

An individual's progress is measured by how many megapixels they have?

I stopped coming to DPR a year ago but kept my account. It is because of threads like this that I don't come her any longer. It is impossible to say any thing without people going batsh*t fanboi on a person.

And as primeshooter mentioned, confirmation of said focus is, well, in the comment above.

Attack him next. I'm done with this chat. Good day!

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 01:48 UTC
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MarkByland: I think the accuracy of the D750 is the information to glean from this video. The A7 seems relatively soft in all the shots. Also Using a D21 focus point array in low light is photo suicide for any action like live bands. Spot metering is the only way to fly, and using of AF point selection during key anticipated moments.

I have used the Sigma 50/1.4 EXTENSIVELY when shooting live bands with a Pentax K-5, traditionally, not much of a low light focus performer. Average 9/10 in focus, properly exposed for the scene, and never hunted.

Then, there's manual focus. In which I prefer to trust over any AF mechanism. It worked for decades and still does. Long live the OVF and turning the hand slightly for better shots.

I guess if you are unable to see the differences in the video on a 21" screen at full res then I am the one who is wrong?

Awesome circular logic there, MeganV! Equally as entertaining is your reasoning.

And if any one's dedication is to self-preservation and their wallet, then why dump all your gear and move to another manufacturer when Nikon will be delivering an equivalent or better machine in a year or two?

The sony sensor resolution ball keeps getting passed around from manufacturer to manufacturer. Every one gets to play with it for a while until Sony develops a new sensor for their cameras, and then, subsequently adapts that technology for other companies. Nikon rolled it out first, then Sony, then Pentax, then Canon.

Rinse and Repeat. Pull your wallet out again for the next resolution jump that every one just has to have.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 17:19 UTC
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MarkByland: I think the accuracy of the D750 is the information to glean from this video. The A7 seems relatively soft in all the shots. Also Using a D21 focus point array in low light is photo suicide for any action like live bands. Spot metering is the only way to fly, and using of AF point selection during key anticipated moments.

I have used the Sigma 50/1.4 EXTENSIVELY when shooting live bands with a Pentax K-5, traditionally, not much of a low light focus performer. Average 9/10 in focus, properly exposed for the scene, and never hunted.

Then, there's manual focus. In which I prefer to trust over any AF mechanism. It worked for decades and still does. Long live the OVF and turning the hand slightly for better shots.

@fatdeeman - I was born with 20/10 eyes. There is a distinct different in the video. Based upon edge highlights of hairs. The D750 is accurate, while the Sony looked softer. There is a crispness in those shots that the sony didn't have upon showing the individual shots from the Sony.

After all the years of people RAVING about Nikon's low light performance and now suddenly it gets trashed over Sony?

I can't believe how many brand-t̶r̶a̶i̶t̶o̶r̶s̶ switchers there are!

Seeing how Sony is pushing for total world domination in the electronics world, I may pre-order my new smart refrigerator because I'm sure it will keep my food colder, better, and tell my phone/watch/laptop it is doing so at the time.

Also, Playstation XXVII coming soon!

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 15:12 UTC

I think the accuracy of the D750 is the information to glean from this video. The A7 seems relatively soft in all the shots. Also Using a D21 focus point array in low light is photo suicide for any action like live bands. Spot metering is the only way to fly, and using of AF point selection during key anticipated moments.

I have used the Sigma 50/1.4 EXTENSIVELY when shooting live bands with a Pentax K-5, traditionally, not much of a low light focus performer. Average 9/10 in focus, properly exposed for the scene, and never hunted.

Then, there's manual focus. In which I prefer to trust over any AF mechanism. It worked for decades and still does. Long live the OVF and turning the hand slightly for better shots.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 13:05 UTC as 223rd comment | 19 replies

Sweet. I'd love to load Whistler up and test the suspension. That's where the lightweight Photosport 200 AW fell a little short. Love the pack, hate the shoulder straps.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 10:01 UTC as 3rd comment
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davids8560: What I want to know is, can any DSLR take a shot like this?

Yes.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 11:04 UTC

Updated two days ago. Waiting for the update that actually allows me to start the app to run it. It acts like it wants to run for about 5 seconds and then shuts back down.

Hoping Lr6 will just automatically be what the CC members are allowed to install.

Failed roll out AFIAC.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 09:52 UTC as 29th comment
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MarkByland: While working for a camera shop in Peoria, IL, a guy from RedBull walked in one day and wanted to look at the new Tamron 24-70/2.8. He said he had heard good things. Toting a 1Dx, he puts the lens on and we head outside for a few test shots, tracking focus ability and such. Upon him pixel peeping, I see some raised eyebrows. He is impressed.

He asked if we had VII of the Canon 24-70/2.8L and we did not. Off to another local higher-end dealership he went to test the lens. I even called them for him to see if they had it in stock. About 45 minutes later he came back and picked up the Tamron ...

TL;DR

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 02:25 UTC

While working for a camera shop in Peoria, IL, a guy from RedBull walked in one day and wanted to look at the new Tamron 24-70/2.8. He said he had heard good things. Toting a 1Dx, he puts the lens on and we head outside for a few test shots, tracking focus ability and such. Upon him pixel peeping, I see some raised eyebrows. He is impressed.

He asked if we had VII of the Canon 24-70/2.8L and we did not. Off to another local higher-end dealership he went to test the lens. I even called them for him to see if they had it in stock. About 45 minutes later he came back and picked up the Tamron ...

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2015 at 17:43 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
On article CP+ 2015 Sigma Interview - "small office, big factory" (194 comments in total)

<3 Sigma.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 00:01 UTC as 72nd comment
On article More things we found cut in half (CP+ 2015 edition) (136 comments in total)

Here's the token 'When will they figure out how to cut prices in half?' comment.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 14:48 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply
On article CP+ 2015: Canon shows off new EOS 5DS and 5DS R (124 comments in total)
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Phil4All Photography: "These will be the best cameras ever made. See you again in 2022"

Ha! Until 2016 rolls around and some one drops the next increment of über ridiculous resolution sensor on the market and makes the same claim.

I'm having flashbacks to the 36MP announcement ...

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 11:37 UTC
On article CP+ 2015: Nikon shows off new D810A (65 comments in total)
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montxsuz: CP+ 2015: Nikon shows off ... nothing

They're busy waiting for every one to catch up ...

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 11:35 UTC
On article CP+ 2015: Canon shows off new EOS 5DS and 5DS R (124 comments in total)

Sort of false representation taking 100 photographs, stitching them together, and presenting them as some thing that would come straight out of camera. Why not do side-by-side 1:1 series taken from a MkIII? Or, wait, a D810? Show us what you've got, not what can be done with major digital processing.

Also, does this 5Ds R come with a free, multiple terabyte, cloud based storage account?

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 11:30 UTC as 10th comment | 7 replies

I loved my Sigma 15-30 with the exception of the push-pull MF/Af switching and that silly filter ring/hood. It seemed to cause a ton of Vignette at 15-17mm even with super low profile filters. That said, this would be a nice addition at f/2.8.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 18:56 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
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