Photomonkey

Photomonkey

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

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On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (655 comments in total)

The complaints about it not being mirrorless are a little short sighted. While it would have created a real stir among enthusiasts a mirror less camera still would have required expensive R&D that is amortized over a small production run. This camera allows Ricoh to hopefully create an upswell of interest that can result in sales volume that will justify a ML 645 in the future.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 17:52 UTC as 126th comment | 2 replies
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (655 comments in total)

I am sure that this will greatly improve the quality of photos uploaded to FB

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 15:43 UTC as 135th comment
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Kodachrome200: Im actually surprised that its more expensive than the 35mm 1.4. Traditionally that would be a more expensive lens

Sigma IS moving away from its usual customers if that means those people who want cheap lenses and are willing to put up with spotty QC. I would also note that the design of this lens is far more ambitious than the 35 and the price reflects the development costs, material costs and competitive considerations.
Their target market is pixel peepers with fat wallets of which there seem to be a lot.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2014 at 20:44 UTC

While all these cool video cameras are interesting, the NAB show has turned all my camera sites into video sites.At least for this week.
The total market for these magical new machines is vanishingly small compared to even the sad DSLR market.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 14:02 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
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MrTaikitso: This is one of those machines that I would like to own purely because it is so cool and would be so much fun to use. A bit like a Harley, a Hummer or a Lambo, you can get by with less, but the URSA mixes superb industrial design with great performance. I just want to grab it, touch the screens and fiddle with the physical controls. Make a movie? Get from A to B? Phuh! Who cares! The journey is the reward!

Is the Blackmagic Design URSA true gadget porn?

;)

You would be the baddest Dad at the zoo.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 13:56 UTC

The new A7s will be the darling/demon of the moment....until the next shiny thing comes along.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 16:03 UTC as 36th comment | 4 replies
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Mssimo: Best low light camera of all times?

Maybe ... for today.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 22:56 UTC
On Apple patents bayonet mount for mobile devices post (72 comments in total)

If it doesn't have an EVF I'm not buying it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 05:07 UTC as 27th comment
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (229 comments in total)

Did I miss the complaints about the lack of a FF sensor?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 03:23 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
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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 (322 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 (322 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
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