smafdy

smafdy

Lives in United States Washington, DC, United States
Works as a Creative Director/Photographer
Joined on Nov 8, 2002

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On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (162 comments in total)

Shorter Adobe: "Here, let me show you a trick — put these handcuffs on . . ."

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 22:28 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (494 comments in total)

So, Oly made a less than stellar camera. It will be interesting to see if they can actually fix this problem.

Regardless, Oly's performance and product development over the past decade, or so, has been first class.

For the sake of the good will the company has developed, I hope there is a fix. If there isn't, I hope Oly is treated no more or less harshly than the big two.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 16:05 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On Little beauty: Nordin Seruyan's macro images article (352 comments in total)

I think he should try for a more 'Thomas Kkinkade" look — maybe a little church in the background to go with the praying mantises. Or build a diorama and have all of the bugs playing poker. Y'know — REAL art.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2014 at 04:13 UTC as 62nd comment
On Little beauty: Nordin Seruyan's macro images article (352 comments in total)
In reply to:

G Davidson: These really are beautiful. I only wish I had such talent and vision.

Lots of free/cheap taxidermy on craigslist.

Just get you a moose head, and you've taken the first step.

No need to thank me.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2014 at 04:08 UTC
On Little beauty: Nordin Seruyan's macro images article (352 comments in total)

"I was out in my back yard, when I happened upon a praying mantis on a frog's back! Is nature great, or what?!

Then, I walked a little further, and I saw a snail on a toadstool! OMFG! Can you believe it!

So, I ran into the house to get some tinsel, glue, and my bokiest lens, and I came back, glued that F'er down and made art!

Next week, I'm going to catch me a squirrel and super glue a walnut in it's mouth for a formal portrait."

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2014 at 04:06 UTC as 63rd comment
On A travel-sized large-format 4x5 camera? article (218 comments in total)

I'm going to hold off until Apple introduces the 4X5 iPhone.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2014 at 19:25 UTC as 83rd comment
On Olympus Stylus SH-1 real-world samples gallery article (61 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: I think picking up an used RX100 is a better idea. f/3.0-6.9 is really slow.

Nice camera, too.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 14:33 UTC
On Olympus Stylus SH-1 real-world samples gallery article (61 comments in total)

These images look good. In fact, they look very good (typical for Oly, but the same can be said for most digital cameras, nowadays).

What is striking is how much better these images are than anything captured on a comparable film system (speaking technically, here). The lens range and apparent quality across the frame at so many focal lengths is also astounding.

I've been half-intending to buy a pocketable P&S, for a while now. After checking these samples, I'm going to have to start comparison shopping, in earnest.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 14:30 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (644 comments in total)
In reply to:

Michael Piziak: If Ansel Adams were alive today I think he would use this camera.

If Ansel Adams were alive today, he'd be scratching at the lid of his coffin.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 15:17 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (644 comments in total)
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completelyrandomstuff: There is only one serious competitor I can think of, that can match this resolution at a lower price point:

http://www.gearfuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/terapixel-camera.jpg

and the ubiquitous cat shot.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 20:07 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (644 comments in total)
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kadardr: This CMOS-based MF camera outshines D800 class in just a few domains, e.g. like large-scale prints. If any manufacturer comes up with a 48-55 MP FF-size sensor, the advantages may be diminishing fast. The MF class attraction is more the CCD-based sensor's quality and image style than size itself. The MF CMOS sensor may take these cameras more to outdoor shooting sessions, but the CMOS rendering is not what everybody wants in this class. No wonder Sony tries to implant this sensor in every current MF camera.

The last Kodak CCD Oly used (in the e-330, I believe), sure had sweet pixels (for lack of a better term). Something about that sensor . . .

If a comparable sensor was available at the Pentax MF price (even with the tech limitations), I'd buy it, in a heartbeat.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 20:06 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (644 comments in total)
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LittleMonkeyMojo: Why do I find medium-format cameras to be so pretty and desirable?

Because they are sexy.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 20:03 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (644 comments in total)
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ali alriffai: Everything in this camera is hot but flash syn @ 1/125 is a big downside :-(

OTOH, I can remember when 1/60 was it (unless you had a leaf shutter).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 21:19 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (644 comments in total)

As usual, Pentax offers the highest quality and feature set in a camera format, at a comparably affordable price, and . . .

. . . some people have an immediate sh!t hemorrhage over it.

Everybody knows that it would have been much easier to just make this pocket-sized, with a mount that would accept any lens ever made, a pop-up 72" Octobox w/1600 WS internal flash, red-eye reduction, noise-free ISO 50 - 102400, high speed (2,000 fps) video capture, waterproof to 3,000 meters, and a few more essential features like a screw driver, bottle opener, scissors, a compartment to hold emergency gear (firestarter, fish hook and line, at minimum), and a secret message decoder.

Pentax just can't get it right.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 18:23 UTC as 119th comment | 3 replies
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (644 comments in total)

Why would anyone buy this or any camera when they can have a smart phone that does the "same thing."

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 16:21 UTC as 126th comment | 2 replies
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (644 comments in total)

As soon as I can come up with $10K, I'm buying a kit.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 16:04 UTC as 128th comment
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (644 comments in total)
In reply to:

Jay Williams: Shouldn't they stop calling it a 645?

As soon as everyone stops referring to "full frame" in 35mm terms.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 16:03 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (498 comments in total)

Dollar for dollar, Pentax DSLRs are far and away the best value in image-capture devices, perhaps ever. I love Nikons and Olys (never been comfortable holding a Canon), but they're an old love. Anyone who has used one of the big two extensively (to the point that adjustments/settings/menus become automatic), will immediately notice those areas where Pentax shines (whisper quiet shutters, for one).

The weak point of the Pentax system, IMO, is the implementation of flash photography as a seamless component of the system.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 14:32 UTC as 65th comment
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (498 comments in total)

So far, I've made major investments in two systems that were laughed at by the Canikon crowd: 4/3ds and Pentax.

Now, I'm laughing all the way to the bank.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 17:51 UTC as 148th comment | 1 reply
On Orion DVC210 DLSR Crane Review article (35 comments in total)
In reply to:

RichRMA: "LaRue? Is that at crane shot?? It's a CRANE SHOT!!"
Guy Cabalero to Johnny LaRue, "Second City TV."

I was telling someone about that episode of SCTV, just yesterday. Amazing minds. Candy finally got his Xmas boom shot.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2014 at 02:48 UTC
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