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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I was hoping for a repulsive coating. I guess repellant will have to do.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 01:20 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (303 comments in total)
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smafdy: Lord have mercy. Sensor size becomes a stand-in for who has the biggest . . .

Sensor size is irrelevant to the art of photography. If it were not so, the only photos worth looking at would come from only the largest sensor cameras.

To paraphrase the as yet indicted war criminal, Donald Rumsfeld:

You don't go on a photoshoot with the camera you wish you had — you go with the camera you have (and can afford*).

* Thanks to Mr. Rumsfeld's use of the National Credit Card, expense was no object, for him. Everything is cheap if you have unlimited access to money — especially OPM.

Wow. I didn't realize the x-30 was a telephone, too!

what will they think of next?

I could still shoot a "good" photo with a 15 y.o. cell phone camera. You got one?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 19:01 UTC
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (303 comments in total)

By photoreddi (1 hour ago)
smafdy> BTW: You can buy a top-of-the-line Stratocaster and be put to shame by some dude with a ukelele.

Not really. The only dude that has that ability is Tiny Tim, and he strummed his last strum.
________________

Apparently your greatest "talent" is ignorance of the world around you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHmGUrpOgAU

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 17:55 UTC as 83rd comment
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (303 comments in total)
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smafdy: Lord have mercy. Sensor size becomes a stand-in for who has the biggest . . .

Sensor size is irrelevant to the art of photography. If it were not so, the only photos worth looking at would come from only the largest sensor cameras.

To paraphrase the as yet indicted war criminal, Donald Rumsfeld:

You don't go on a photoshoot with the camera you wish you had — you go with the camera you have (and can afford*).

* Thanks to Mr. Rumsfeld's use of the National Credit Card, expense was no object, for him. Everything is cheap if you have unlimited access to money — especially OPM.

BTW: You can buy a top-of-the-line Stratocaster and be put to shame by some dude with a ukelele.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 15:55 UTC
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (303 comments in total)
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smafdy: Lord have mercy. Sensor size becomes a stand-in for who has the biggest . . .

Sensor size is irrelevant to the art of photography. If it were not so, the only photos worth looking at would come from only the largest sensor cameras.

To paraphrase the as yet indicted war criminal, Donald Rumsfeld:

You don't go on a photoshoot with the camera you wish you had — you go with the camera you have (and can afford*).

* Thanks to Mr. Rumsfeld's use of the National Credit Card, expense was no object, for him. Everything is cheap if you have unlimited access to money — especially OPM.

Craft expertise and talent are far more important than the tool you use.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 15:52 UTC
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (303 comments in total)

Just to make sure I hadn't forgotten my studies, I went and reread Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

Nothing about photography there — although "creativity" is included in the bottom quintile (if you invert the pyramid), and self-esteem in the bottom quartile (actually, the 4th quintile).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 15:49 UTC as 100th comment
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (303 comments in total)
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ruicarv79: Do we really need the Fuji X30? In one word: NO!

Do we "need" any camera?

No.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 15:45 UTC
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (303 comments in total)

Lord have mercy. Sensor size becomes a stand-in for who has the biggest . . .

Sensor size is irrelevant to the art of photography. If it were not so, the only photos worth looking at would come from only the largest sensor cameras.

To paraphrase the as yet indicted war criminal, Donald Rumsfeld:

You don't go on a photoshoot with the camera you wish you had — you go with the camera you have (and can afford*).

* Thanks to Mr. Rumsfeld's use of the National Credit Card, expense was no object, for him. Everything is cheap if you have unlimited access to money — especially OPM.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 15:31 UTC as 105th comment | 7 replies
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (248 comments in total)
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smafdy: Boy, I sure hit a nerve.

Here's a good breakdown of professional photography incomes in the US (from the BLS):

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes274021.htm

In the US, the cost of this camera, at current conversion rates, would be $49,543.49

Note, that the highest decile income for US professional photographers is $66,360.

Good luck getting a bank to lend you $50K, based on a $66K income.

Don't hate on me, hate on reality.

Disclosure: I'm fairly well above the earnings of the top decile, so JDThomas' criticism of me seems to be based on little more than prejudicial disdain:

"you lack the talent, drive, contacts, or whatever, that there aren't thousands of photographers around the world working for a day rate that compares to your annual salary."

Name ONE, other than Annie L..

psn: Yours might be the most vapid comment I have ever encountered on the internets tubes.

Equivalent: I didn't bother to read the book, because the cover was closed.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2014 at 15:39 UTC
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (248 comments in total)
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smafdy: I wonder how much a photog using one of these would have to charge, and how many shoots they'd have to do, in order to get an ROI. The end users of the images must be loaded — they, after all, have to foot the cost of the camera, the photographer, and profit margin.

IMO, most of these will be sold to non-pros who can afford them — bankers and such.

Why are you sorry?

I've flown on a 6 passenger Lear jet with one of the wealthiest people in the US (as a guest), on numerous occasions.

An example you might understand:

Jay Leno and cars.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2014 at 01:13 UTC
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (248 comments in total)
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smafdy: Boy, I sure hit a nerve.

Here's a good breakdown of professional photography incomes in the US (from the BLS):

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes274021.htm

In the US, the cost of this camera, at current conversion rates, would be $49,543.49

Note, that the highest decile income for US professional photographers is $66,360.

Good luck getting a bank to lend you $50K, based on a $66K income.

Don't hate on me, hate on reality.

Disclosure: I'm fairly well above the earnings of the top decile, so JDThomas' criticism of me seems to be based on little more than prejudicial disdain:

"you lack the talent, drive, contacts, or whatever, that there aren't thousands of photographers around the world working for a day rate that compares to your annual salary."

Name ONE, other than Annie L..

Did you read the link? The range of incomes is there, as well as a buttload of other information regarding photography and income. It refutes his comment. Did I mislead anyone? No. I have offered ample opportunity to prove my comment "wrong."

You don't think that baselessly accusing someone of misleading others — in a public forum, no less — is aggressive?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 22:52 UTC
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (248 comments in total)
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SirSeth: Looks like a nice camera. I'd like to try one. The cost is more than my net financial worth, but heck, I'll take two. ;) Do they make one with a Brazillion Rosewood grip? This sure makes the Pentax 645Z look like a deal to me if I were really wanting medium format.

IMO, all of the DSLRs Pentax has developed over the past few years are great deals.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 22:44 UTC
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (248 comments in total)
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smafdy: I wonder how much a photog using one of these would have to charge, and how many shoots they'd have to do, in order to get an ROI. The end users of the images must be loaded — they, after all, have to foot the cost of the camera, the photographer, and profit margin.

IMO, most of these will be sold to non-pros who can afford them — bankers and such.

Research? You mean you got all uppity and insulting without anything of actual substance behind your comment? You just "know" it?

Okay. You're "pathetic" (to borrow a term from you). Got it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 22:38 UTC
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (248 comments in total)
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smafdy: I wonder how much a photog using one of these would have to charge, and how many shoots they'd have to do, in order to get an ROI. The end users of the images must be loaded — they, after all, have to foot the cost of the camera, the photographer, and profit margin.

IMO, most of these will be sold to non-pros who can afford them — bankers and such.

By the way, JD, YOU brought up incomes. If you don't want to talk about it, then don't bring it up.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 17:00 UTC
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (248 comments in total)
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smafdy: I wonder how much a photog using one of these would have to charge, and how many shoots they'd have to do, in order to get an ROI. The end users of the images must be loaded — they, after all, have to foot the cost of the camera, the photographer, and profit margin.

IMO, most of these will be sold to non-pros who can afford them — bankers and such.

Name me some photgs that earn in a shoot what I earn in a year.

That was your contention. You said there were thousands, so cough up some names, Sparky.

You can't.

How weak.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 16:45 UTC
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (248 comments in total)
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smafdy: Boy, I sure hit a nerve.

Here's a good breakdown of professional photography incomes in the US (from the BLS):

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes274021.htm

In the US, the cost of this camera, at current conversion rates, would be $49,543.49

Note, that the highest decile income for US professional photographers is $66,360.

Good luck getting a bank to lend you $50K, based on a $66K income.

Don't hate on me, hate on reality.

Disclosure: I'm fairly well above the earnings of the top decile, so JDThomas' criticism of me seems to be based on little more than prejudicial disdain:

"you lack the talent, drive, contacts, or whatever, that there aren't thousands of photographers around the world working for a day rate that compares to your annual salary."

Name ONE, other than Annie L..

BTW: Your suggestion that I have been misleading is low brow, and in poor form. Please quote where I said anything misleading.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 16:42 UTC
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (248 comments in total)
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marcio_napoli: For those saying the price is absurd:

I'm a really, really small fish as a fashion photographer, I can't charge not even a fraction of what this camera cost.

But I've once heard that a big name, national level fashion photographer, charged 60 K for a fashion catalog.

There's another big name I can think of, that shoot bedding and product photography.

His average price is around 30, 40 k per job! I've once heard he charged 95 grand for a larger job.

See? That's where these cameras are finding homes.

For big name photographers, who have their huge reputation tested job after job, nothing makes more sense than a Hasselblad and Phase One.

3 k DSLRs like the D800 only complement their kit for specific needs (higher ISO, more flexibility, need for weather sealing on a beach shooting), and are not their main camera.

Phase and Hassel are their average DSLR.

I once charged $44,000 for two weeks worth of product shots (fewer than 150, delivered for color separations). Shot the small stuff w/a Nikkormat and an old 55mm Micro Nikkor. The large products were shot with a Mamiya 6x7 (I believe we shot on Kodachrome — no silver crystals in a scan of chrome film). The client was a well known Defense contractor, offering computer integration to the Federal Government, back when that was the Big New Thing).

So, what are the names of these folks you know?

I've been at this for more than 30 years, and I have worked for a handful of Fortune 500 companies (I'm seldom hired by agencies, as their interests are not necessarily my interests — working directly with a client serves both of our interests better). Agency CDs like my work, because it's tight and usable.

I'll stand by my original observation that the ROI on equipment like this does not make it a very good choice for the vast majority of professional photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 16:30 UTC
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (248 comments in total)
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smafdy: Boy, I sure hit a nerve.

Here's a good breakdown of professional photography incomes in the US (from the BLS):

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes274021.htm

In the US, the cost of this camera, at current conversion rates, would be $49,543.49

Note, that the highest decile income for US professional photographers is $66,360.

Good luck getting a bank to lend you $50K, based on a $66K income.

Don't hate on me, hate on reality.

Disclosure: I'm fairly well above the earnings of the top decile, so JDThomas' criticism of me seems to be based on little more than prejudicial disdain:

"you lack the talent, drive, contacts, or whatever, that there aren't thousands of photographers around the world working for a day rate that compares to your annual salary."

Name ONE, other than Annie L..

So, what is relevant? Your opinion in a vacuum? Not so much.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 16:18 UTC
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (248 comments in total)
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Black Box: Just wondering. Who would need a 200MP photo and what for? Isn't this just another megapixel race only on a much higher price level?

PS I'm very happy for Hasselblad, though. With Don Luca finally nursing his bruised [donkey], the company is returning to what it does well. The winter of our disconent is gone?

Such as?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 13:25 UTC
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (248 comments in total)
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MediaDigitalVideo: How many pixels do our eyes have ?

We have lots of pixels, but our lenses aren't all that durable.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 13:16 UTC
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