Photomonkey

Photomonkey

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

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Sergey Borachev: So, Olympus, this is admission that there is a shutter shock problem with the E-M1?

Good to know that there is a solution for the E-M1. Could it not be used to fix the E-P5, which is by all account ruined by a more severe shutter shock problem. And, shouldn't it be used for the E-M5 and also all future OM-D cameras, if not all Olympus cameras?

Let us have the firmware updates for the other cameras, Olympus.

I think Olympus is changing. Lens hoods for the 12-40mm and then the 25mm f/1.8 lenses. Firmware updates that actually provide additional features in the E-M5 and E-M1. Bravo, Olympus. Keep it up.

I scarcely feel that the EP-5 "is by all account ruined by a more severe shutter shock problem".
While it and other mirrorless cameras will exhibit shutter shock. (and BTW DSLRS exhibit mirror shock) it has hardly "ruined" them or all the other cameras that have vibration issues.
In the end, a craftsperson learns their tools and works around their foibles and gets the job done.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 15:43 UTC

Olympus does a Fuji. Yay.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 15:39 UTC as 37th comment
On Zeiss announces Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30mm T2.9 lens article (62 comments in total)

Don't like the price? I suppose you aren't too familiar with the cine world then.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 23:35 UTC as 20th comment
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justinwonnacott: Ahhhh.... a body of work with a clear subject, treatment, and identifiable time and place where the photographs and the photographer present something concrete to look at that has something thoughtful to say about the scene in front of the tripod. Not a safe, pretty, cliche. So "American" when seen together and full of ironies about their land and the people on it. Did he shoot them from so far away because access was difficult, was he afraid to approach the prisons, was he intentionally juxtaposing the roadsides and neighborhoods with the distant prisons as social commentary? It is bizarre that these banal places are dominated by these bright lights in the distance, I look at these pictures and think about the law, the land and the human drama that creates these sad vistas. When I think about it, black and white seems like a good choice - colour would have presented many distractions that would have undermined the constant device of looking toward the light in the distance.

Thanks Justin. Much better worded than my response.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2014 at 15:46 UTC

I find this a thoughtful project. I use the word thoughtful because like most real art one needs to think about the work for a bit and ask questions.

You may little interest in the "expression" but a fair "listening" of the work should be offered.
Art takes a little more time to "get" because of the non-verbal nature and the need to spend some time thinking. Just as one person finds an emotional lift from a photo or painting from a flower another gets a more complex response from viewing "Guernica" or a Rothko painting.
Yes, these photos are not a display of a super sharp lens, a staggering tour-de-force of PP or a bokehlicious bit of photo porn but this artist has chosen to place his emphasis on content and not tools and technique.

I love the fact that DPR shows various artists. I don't love all the artists but no can be expected to.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2014 at 15:45 UTC as 42nd comment
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Der Steppenwolf: No point, no nothing just snaps of far away prisons. Why is this "work" being presented here ??
I hope this Stephen guy has a proper job..

Artistic work in any medium is not generally a universally appreciated thing. It is the effort of an individual to express something that may only be appreciated by some on their wavelength yet it is an effort to connect and create an empathic response in another. In this work, the artist has attempted to express the isolation, separation and despair of prison while also capturing the proximity or distance of these facilities to areas of habitation. I feel it successfully creates an uncomfortable awareness of the miserable consequences of incarceration while at the same time raising questions of how and why our society has gotten to this state.
The work is supposed to make you stop and think about what someone is "saying" in a non-verbal medium. The fact that you choose to withhold any effort to "hear" is not the artist's problem.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2014 at 15:10 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review preview (318 comments in total)
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itsastickup: No bokeh no buy.

You have to pay a bomb to get anywhere near the bokeh of an APS-C 35/1.8.

m4/3 is fine for many purposes, but without affordable bokeh it's off many of our radars.

That 25/1.2 should be a maximum $200.

Who are they kidding. Grow up, Olympus. Get some cojones and do what you know you have to do.

Troll or fool. You decide.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 05:10 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review preview (318 comments in total)
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itsastickup: It's a beautiful camera.

However:

Show me the bokeh, show me the bokeh, show me the bokeh!!!

And not at $900, FFS. These clowns won't crack mirroless until they realise that the common man wants everything but his kid's face out of focus. And he gets it from APS-C for less than $200

Bokeh refers to the quality of the OOF image. That is a characteristic of the lens.
The AMOUNT of OOF image is a function of the sensor size/lens aperture/ subject distance.
You are not talking about bokeh so stop using the term.
Your preoccupation with a narrow DOF does not imply any creative sensitivity or knowledge but a fanboy waving of the "I'm a dork flag".

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 05:07 UTC
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Jogger: Seems ok for budget video folks.. but, why would anyone buy this for stills when the A7 is cheaper, much smaller, better built, and with 4x the sensor size... at this size and price, you might as well go for the D610.

Seems ok for budget folks? The WHOLE DSLR video save is for budget folks.
This just happens to be the current best in the DSLR video world just as the GH3 was before it irrespective of the FF obsession too many seem to have.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2014 at 14:23 UTC
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love_them_all: I was hoping the Cmos Sony sensor ver would be 30-40% cheaper than their CCD ver. But they are pretty much the same price.

While the sensor may be cheaper at some nominal level, they are still produced in very small quantities and thus don't have a cost advantage due to economies of scale. This also applies to the cameras themselves. The selling price is a function of the tremendous R&D costs, production costs, distribution costs, warranty costs and marketing spread over a small unit sales volume.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 03:54 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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TXforester: With lenses faster that f2.8, why would Fuji have a top shutter speed of 1/4000 and the lowest ISO in raw of 200? You are stuck stuck at f2.8 in bright sunlight unless you add at least a one stop ND filter. At least with film you can stick in a roll of slow film to make up for lower top shutter speeds. :) Other than that, the camera looks good to me.

With film cameras in the 70's 1/1000 was generally the fastest shutter speed we got unless someone was lucky enough to own a Leicaflex that had 1/2000. We were only thinking of freezing motion, never being obsessed with a shallow DOF in bright sun. We used B&W almost exclusively and tried to avoid Panantomic -X because it was so slow. A large aperture was of no interest to us for the most part.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 04:07 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: A good update to a fine camera. Not everything that everyone wanted but good nonetheless.

This may be Nikon's last top end DSLR.
We may see a move to mirrorless (donning flame suit) for the next generation.
Buy your piece of history today.

As for those claiming that action is a business model today, please point me in the direction of this market as it seems to be the province of soccer dads/moms and SI wannabes. All of which make no money at it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 17:37 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: A good update to a fine camera. Not everything that everyone wanted but good nonetheless.

This may be Nikon's last top end DSLR.
We may see a move to mirrorless (donning flame suit) for the next generation.
Buy your piece of history today.

@Vfunct. Your response is amusing considering it completely ignores the inevitable march of technology. Mirrorless was originally useless. Today the TT-1 is making DSLR manufacturers envious/nervous.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 17:34 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)

A good update to a fine camera. Not everything that everyone wanted but good nonetheless.

This may be Nikon's last top end DSLR.
We may see a move to mirrorless (donning flame suit) for the next generation.
Buy your piece of history today.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 07:17 UTC as 249th comment | 7 replies
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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Terry Breedlove: Fuji nor Sony have anything even close to this.

They are trying to make money with what they are selling rather than making troll candy for whiners who won't buy anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 07:14 UTC
On Hands-on with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition article (209 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: GoPro has created an ecosystem with their camera that wannabes will find difficult to beat or even match.
The camera is only the starting point for the action/extreme photographer . Accessories and software tools allow for a large range of application plus post processing.
Those detractors focusing on sensor size and IQ need to see properly PP video from these cameras. Most all of us have seen the output as they use these cameras in almost every action film and scores of television shows for the otherwise impossible to get footage.
It does perform at the cinema level assuming proper use and handling.
Of course proper use and handling of cameras is harder than carping about the lack of features that the self appointed expert believes are necessary in any camera they have never owned or used.

Other films include The Avengers, Transformers (all of them), Fast and Furious. Almost every film covered in American Cinematographer each month includes a film using GoPro as part of their gear list.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2014 at 23:26 UTC
On Hands-on with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition article (209 comments in total)

GoPro has created an ecosystem with their camera that wannabes will find difficult to beat or even match.
The camera is only the starting point for the action/extreme photographer . Accessories and software tools allow for a large range of application plus post processing.
Those detractors focusing on sensor size and IQ need to see properly PP video from these cameras. Most all of us have seen the output as they use these cameras in almost every action film and scores of television shows for the otherwise impossible to get footage.
It does perform at the cinema level assuming proper use and handling.
Of course proper use and handling of cameras is harder than carping about the lack of features that the self appointed expert believes are necessary in any camera they have never owned or used.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2014 at 15:51 UTC as 58th comment | 8 replies
On Hands-on with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition article (209 comments in total)
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Jogger: I wish Sony would come out with an action cam using their 1 inch sensor. The QX100 is maybe 50% of the way there.. its just needs to be a bit smaller and have a fixed UWA lens. It can be done and the video quality would blow away these 1/2.3 sensor action cams (GP3+, AS100, etc).

They would be creating a new niche for themselves.

One key aspect of the smaller sensor and related circuitry is the lower power requirements. A larger sensor would need a larger battery and thus defeat the small format objective.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2014 at 15:14 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II article (200 comments in total)
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jaygeephoto: As a professional photographer I fully understand that equipment is not always pleasing to look at - I used to own a Rollieflex twin lens! However for a family/vacation/survey camera this thing is absolutely hideous - especially with the optional viewfinder attachment. Does anyone remember something called the Vsioflex that attached to Leica M cameras? It made an otherwise panache´looking camera into something that resembled a Russian moon lander.

^ Rube Goldberg? You mean a rectangle? Clearly you have been ignoring camera shapes since you fell in love with your Exakta VX500.
This camera is actually very cleanly designed and has great features for walk around photography for those wanting good quality and light weight.
For me it is appealing as it promises to be a Leica Vario replacement with silence, good fast zoom, and good IQ; a perfect candid shooter.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 22:48 UTC
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G Sciorio: Small body with a larger sensor means larger lenses. If the majority of the weight and bulk is in the optics...and if there are so few native lenses I don't see any major advantage over a DSLR.

The short flange distance only helps a bit. The fact is that very small lenses have a
very short throw to the sensor that creates problems with sensors that did not happen with film. Note the problems with short Leica M lenses on the A7/R and other mirrorless cameras

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 21:26 UTC
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