fmian

fmian

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Photographer/Re-toucher/Consultant
Has a website at www.primephotography.com.au
Joined on Mar 28, 2010
About me:

If you're reading this it's probably because I've been a smart a$$ or rubbed you the wrong way from some uncomfortable truth. Don't worry. You'll get used to it and it doesn't mean I don't love you.

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bakhtyar kurdi: For anyone wants to buy these kind of totally manual focus lenses, I recommend to buy only Nikon version whatever camera you have, you can then buy a cheap $7.00 adapter to convert it to Canon , If you are using Sony E mount, probably you already have a Canon to Sony E mount adapter, this way you have the lens for 3 systems with $7.00 extra, and you are not loosing any function, also if you change your system you don't stuck with your lens, resale price also will be higher on the Nikon version than any other mount.

bakhtyar kurdi: Which Nikkor 85mm f/1.2 should people buy instead of this lens? Or which Nikkor 50mm f.0.95 for that matter?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2015 at 23:32 UTC

Too much electronics in cameras and lenses these days...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 23:14 UTC as 19th comment
On Apple buys camera-technology company LinX post (73 comments in total)

Curious to see working samples and how this compares to Lytro technology.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 23:07 UTC as 20th comment
On Fujifilm XF 16mm F1.4 moves from roadmap to retailers article (219 comments in total)
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wootpile: While I applaud the quality of Fuji's lenses, I can't see the benefit of 1.4 in a wideangle. Perhaps someone can explain how a ultra fast wideangle that is heavier, larger and more expensive makes any sense as a photographic tool.

A 2.2 lens would have cost half, been substantially smaller and been easier for Fuji to achieve optical results from...

Group portraits in night clubs with ambient light perhaps?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 05:45 UTC
On Fujifilm XF 16mm F1.4 moves from roadmap to retailers article (219 comments in total)
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wootpile: While I applaud the quality of Fuji's lenses, I can't see the benefit of 1.4 in a wideangle. Perhaps someone can explain how a ultra fast wideangle that is heavier, larger and more expensive makes any sense as a photographic tool.

A 2.2 lens would have cost half, been substantially smaller and been easier for Fuji to achieve optical results from...

Pfft... why are you not taking photos of brick walls in the middle of the night?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 05:29 UTC
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Combatmedic870: Nikon actually offers a specially boxed film makers kit now.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0060MVJ1Q/ref=s9_simh_gw_d0_g421_i8?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=mobile-2&pf_rd_r=0WX0F1KTGFGAM6GAFRAE&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2072522802&pf_rd_i=mobile#

The existence of this kit makes it clear to see that Nikon know nothing about film makers as no serious one in their right mind would purchase those lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 23:30 UTC
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SKPhoto12: The high resolution/sharpness problem makes it much more advantageous to choose a mirrorless system with IBIS, such as Olympus. Also, one always has the possibility of choosing lower resolution for subjects that do not require very high amount of details, such as weddings, travel in general,family, etc. For the rest, the D810 requires a tripod, an old, tested and true method.

But.. many mirrorless cameras suffer from shutter shock which can make shooting at normal handheld speeds an issue. Even if it's on a tripod. Solution: Add a delay to the shutter.
And the high res mode of the EM-5M2 requires you to use a tripod and slow shutter speed as a MUST. At least with the D810 you can shoot at a faster shutter speed to obtain a high res image.
Points which you ignore for some reason..

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 23:26 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1033 comments in total)
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fmian: My feeling is that this camera won't have much of an impact on anything but specification comparisons on a chart.
As far as video goes the Sony A7S release has overshadowed the GH4 for serious compact video work. Pros want lens adaptability and a good frame size to suit the image circle of most lenses out there.
APS-C sits in an uncomfortable middle ground where there are lots of lenses for M43, HEAPS of lenses for full frame, and very few lenses for APS-C.
Sure, it's very close to Super35 size but why would anyone serious enough to use those kinds of lenses look at this over the A7S that can also use every full frame lens ever made to their maximum capability??
While Samsung have created a very good product in it's own right, it ends up being a bit of a black sheep that many people wish was a dark horse.
Just my 2c.

The GH4 also makes everything but M43 lenses redundant for use on it.
For enthusiasts that's fine. Of course they don't want to spend additional money on stuff.
For pro users $2000 is a drop in the ocean of their production budgets.
Keep in mind my perspective is from that of someone who see's film and TV production crews day in/out. Large anamorphic cine lenses. Expensive rigs. Custom machined plates and adaptors etc. Red, Arri, Panavision, Black Magic, Sony Cameras. $2000 is what is spent on backup batteries.
Of course mine isn't the only perspective.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 02:24 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1033 comments in total)
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fmian: My feeling is that this camera won't have much of an impact on anything but specification comparisons on a chart.
As far as video goes the Sony A7S release has overshadowed the GH4 for serious compact video work. Pros want lens adaptability and a good frame size to suit the image circle of most lenses out there.
APS-C sits in an uncomfortable middle ground where there are lots of lenses for M43, HEAPS of lenses for full frame, and very few lenses for APS-C.
Sure, it's very close to Super35 size but why would anyone serious enough to use those kinds of lenses look at this over the A7S that can also use every full frame lens ever made to their maximum capability??
While Samsung have created a very good product in it's own right, it ends up being a bit of a black sheep that many people wish was a dark horse.
Just my 2c.

Sure, the camera itself is an achievement for Samsung and no doubt they will release more as time goes on.
However keep in mind that enthusiasts buy cameras based on it's specs and then move on to the next camera when that's released. Real pros buy cameras based on how it's compatible with a given set of lenses and other accessories.
So Samsungs test will be how the professional market receives this camera and it's overall system.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 01:19 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1033 comments in total)

My feeling is that this camera won't have much of an impact on anything but specification comparisons on a chart.
As far as video goes the Sony A7S release has overshadowed the GH4 for serious compact video work. Pros want lens adaptability and a good frame size to suit the image circle of most lenses out there.
APS-C sits in an uncomfortable middle ground where there are lots of lenses for M43, HEAPS of lenses for full frame, and very few lenses for APS-C.
Sure, it's very close to Super35 size but why would anyone serious enough to use those kinds of lenses look at this over the A7S that can also use every full frame lens ever made to their maximum capability??
While Samsung have created a very good product in it's own right, it ends up being a bit of a black sheep that many people wish was a dark horse.
Just my 2c.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 00:29 UTC as 185th comment | 9 replies
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fmian: A much better product than that silly modular LED one that was written about earlier.
I'd consider buying one and I don't do much macro work at all.

Title of article: 'Adaptalux introduces portable lighting studio for macro photography'

First lines of the article:
'Adaptalux has introduced a new portable lighting studio, likewise called Adaptalux, which is designed specifically for macro photography. The design is modular in nature, allowing photographers to 'rebuild' it in different ways to meet their current needs.'

No mention of video use in the DPR article.
*shrugs*

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 02:39 UTC

A much better product than that silly modular LED one that was written about earlier.
I'd consider buying one and I don't do much macro work at all.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 01:17 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
On Lensbaby introduces Velvet 56mm f/1.6 article (165 comments in total)
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fmian: Anyone know what size the image circle is?
Will it cover 135 format?

Thanks for the link drh681 but that doesn't make anything clear. It classes 5D and 7D cameras in the same category so they are not taking sensor size into account with that table.
I only ask because never seen a 56mm lens be put in the 'classic portrait' category. Usually that's 85-135mm equiv.
Scottelly: Really don't want to crop. What's the point of using a full frame camera then? Might as well buy a proper one made for 135

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 23:54 UTC
On Lensbaby introduces Velvet 56mm f/1.6 article (165 comments in total)

Anyone know what size the image circle is?
Will it cover 135 format?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 23:14 UTC as 36th comment | 4 replies
On Readers' Showcase: Rajesh Bhattacharjee article (45 comments in total)

Very nice use of foreground and background elements. And colour. And time of day :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2015 at 23:56 UTC as 8th comment
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fmian: Seriously needs to have a faster lens.
When I can buy a medium format system camera with f/2.8 lens for $250 why would I want this? Add a bit more money and I can get a polaroid back for it as well. And that would be a well known brand as well instead of an unknown.
Anyway, good luck to them. At least it will get more people interested in analog photography.

The Davinator - With a polaroid back, yes it will make an instant print. Which is what I said in my comment.
Khizer - Bronica ETRS system. KEH.com - Eat your heart out.
Edit: In fact, for $252 you can get a body, polaroid back, waist level finder and F/2.8 lens. So it's cheaper than I thought.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 01:57 UTC

Seriously needs to have a faster lens.
When I can buy a medium format system camera with f/2.8 lens for $250 why would I want this? Add a bit more money and I can get a polaroid back for it as well. And that would be a well known brand as well instead of an unknown.
Anyway, good luck to them. At least it will get more people interested in analog photography.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 00:05 UTC as 17th comment | 10 replies
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fmian: Overkill for something you could make out of LED torches and gaffa tape.

That's right, a torch and gaffa tape will give you much more positioning options, it'll be potentially much more powerful, it will have user replaceable batteries, will let you use more than 5 lights at once, and you can use them for just normal torch use as well.
What happens to all your light arms and modifiers if the power hub box breaks? The entire system stops working because it is dependent on one component.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 23:27 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Raymond Pang article (62 comments in total)

Some lovely photos like 1 and 6 (my fave) but a couple of 'meh' ones in there too. Takes a long time to develop ones style though. Keep it up Raymond.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2015 at 22:23 UTC as 10th comment

Overkill for something you could make out of LED torches and gaffa tape.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2015 at 01:26 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies
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