Photomonkey

Photomonkey

Lives in United States CA, United States
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Oct 28, 2002

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fmian: Is it just me or are the Metz flashes overpriced and overrated?
The few recent models I have handled in camera stores seemed very flimsy with poor choice of materials/build. When re-positioning the head the top sections were kind of loose rather than rigid. Even the $50 YN flash I bought ages ago felt better than the 58 model Metz.

Overpriced means poor value. As a long time user of Metz I have to say they are not overpriced. As to price, they have always been less expensive than the comparable Canon models. I do not know about the 600RT but for previous models this was true.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 18:03 UTC
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RobertSigmund: Why so expensive? :-(

Because it is not a Chinese flash.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 18:00 UTC
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yehudakgtbnet: No HSpeed mode?

I would hope that Li-ion batteries become the standard. My Ving 850 is a treat. This Metz and Li-ion would be delightful.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 18:00 UTC
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Menneisyys: They could consider decreasing their prices. After all, you can get excellent action cameras (for example, the SJ4000) for one-third of the price - no wonder a lot of people get the cheaper option. OK, the SJ4000 is not capable of 1080p60 or 4kp12/15 but, as an inexpensive, GoPro mount-compliant solution with very cheap additional batteries (4 USD as opposed to the $20 ones of GoPro), they are an excellent value.

Hooray! Another marketing genius that says "lower the price". Hmmm GoPro has the premium brand position and an affordable camera AND a large ecosystem of accessories AND a large and supportive user base. This is realized BECAUSE they have the revenues to research and develop products that created this community. The "competitors" you cite have price only. Zero environment of users.
I find it astonishing that ONLY "innovation" that would be advisers have is "lower the price and add a Death Star".
STFU

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 16:48 UTC
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3dreal: A model with exchangeable lenses is needed. and perfect 3dstereo-videosynch and manual settings.

Apply for a job!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 16:43 UTC
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Almeida: What is the equivalent aperture godmanit?!

So... you're interested in super narrow DOF with your new ultra wide zoom?
Boy I hope we get over this fashion soon.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 04:47 UTC
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SirSeth: Why the cost? Just curious. It seems like a good lens but I thought Ricoh was trying to bring affordable medium format to morals.

They have to cover R&D and manufacturing over the five units they will sell. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 04:45 UTC

Horses for courses.
Both are excellent in their respective niches.
Carping that one is obviously better than another is a futile exercise as there will be users of both cameras that will make magic and a lot who will make rubbish.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 15:59 UTC as 181st comment
On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (84 comments in total)

No mention made of Feisol's ridiculous rubber feet. They come off at the first use and unless you are very careful are immediately lost. Despite having threaded ends, no thought is given to providing threaded rubber feet. Nor does the distributor seem to think it is a problem.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 23:09 UTC as 13th comment
On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (171 comments in total)
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lbpix: Excellent set of lenses from Fuji. However I just need them to bring in a tilt shift before I dump my Nikon kit completely. Fuji - please take note!

The Samyang tests poorly and would not be the choice for the user looking for the high quality its competitors deliver.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 03:40 UTC
On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (171 comments in total)
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kwa_photo: I do love how Fuji is about as open and transparent as they can be to help their users make informed decisions. It enhances loyalty to the brand IMO.

@Dorkington,
Is it? Leica still uses its M mount on a FF sensor.
Also, Fuji seems to be making such a great line of nice fast primes the opportunity to miss shots with a low DOF is easily available on APS-C. :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 18:23 UTC
On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (171 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: For wedding photographers, that should have been a 16-55 F2 lens.

Sigma's lens, while quite a feat, is still a far cry from the range you are looking at.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 18:19 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)

Still waiting for the guys who say they hate the name "drone"

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 01:56 UTC as 2nd comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (682 comments in total)
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JanMatthys: This should be a very popular camera with parents videotaping their kids at baseball, soccer, football games etc. Being able to record 4k video at 30fps, with continuous AF and picking out individual 8mp Stills for print up to 8x10! for $900? Wow, great set of features for sure

Still capture form 4K is a real advantage. However, expecting sharp images from any action may be optimistic.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 21:50 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (682 comments in total)
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Wubslin: I owned a Panasonic camera once and it made me give up photography.

I used to adhere to the "no camera heritage" faith for a long time but I have to admit that consumer electronic companies such as Panasonic and Sony are producing cameras that give the "heritage" brands some real competition.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 21:48 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (682 comments in total)
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Biological_Viewfinder: This review is nothing new at all.

I have purchased Panasonic cameras because of DPR reviews, and EVERY SINGLE TIME I WAS EXTREMELY DISSAPOINTED.

I'm never going to fall for it again.

I have owned cameras from many manufacturers including Panasonic and have been happy with all my choices. Any dissatisfaction would stem from:
1. Inadequate research and actually handling the camera.
2. Poor reliability of the product.

In this internet age option 1 is far more common.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 21:45 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)

Oh! the joyful buzz of the photo drone...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 14:08 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Amnon G: 8MP frames from a video creates a whole new capability of extracting the best photo out of a video instead of continuous shooting. This could be very handy for many things, from sports to kids to animals.

I could see weddings shot this way.
Oh, I guess they already are with 50Ds and a heavy finger.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 04:53 UTC
On Getting off the ground: Cheap drones for photography article (145 comments in total)
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racin06: I’m an experienced RC airplane and helicopter pilot/enthusiast. I want to clarify the legalities of performing aerial photography with multi-rotor RC helicopters (MRRCH)…I hate the term “drone.” There is no license required to fly a MRRCH as a hobby or for not-for-profit. Currently, it is only illegal if you are flying MRH commercially and/or for pay. Now, even though you may be conducting aerial photography as a hobby or for not-for-profit, there are still rules that must be followed to fly RC aircraft in a safe manner. I strongly encourage visiting the Academy of Model Aeronautics (http://www.modelaircraft.org), which is the sanctioning body for the RC aircraft hobby. These RC aircraft are not toys and command respect and proper training to learn to fly. Anyway, below is a rent video of my flying my electric-powered 87” Sbach 300 RC airplane. This is a fantastic hobby!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeDB6q4t6vg

Touchy aren't we?
To the vast public they will always be drones no matter what you want call them. Saying "my MRRCH took a dump "will elicit a blank stare.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 18:26 UTC
On Getting off the ground: Cheap drones for photography article (145 comments in total)
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racin06: I’m an experienced RC airplane and helicopter pilot/enthusiast. I want to clarify the legalities of performing aerial photography with multi-rotor RC helicopters (MRRCH)…I hate the term “drone.” There is no license required to fly a MRRCH as a hobby or for not-for-profit. Currently, it is only illegal if you are flying MRH commercially and/or for pay. Now, even though you may be conducting aerial photography as a hobby or for not-for-profit, there are still rules that must be followed to fly RC aircraft in a safe manner. I strongly encourage visiting the Academy of Model Aeronautics (http://www.modelaircraft.org), which is the sanctioning body for the RC aircraft hobby. These RC aircraft are not toys and command respect and proper training to learn to fly. Anyway, below is a rent video of my flying my electric-powered 87” Sbach 300 RC airplane. This is a fantastic hobby!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeDB6q4t6vg

Drone sounds way cooler.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 13:16 UTC
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