Scottelly

Scottelly

Lives in United States United States
Works as a Photographer, videographer, photo/video editor
Has a website at http://ffphotos.zenfolio.com
Joined on Aug 26, 2011
About me:

Shooting photos for about 30 years (with a little hiatus in my twenties), I am an "aspiring" art photographer with a little experience shooting products, portraits, fashion, weddings, glamor, landscapes and various other stuff.

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On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1682 comments in total)

Wow. Canon finally catches up to the Sony A77 . . . almost. Oh wait . . . this thing doesn't have a fold-out screen, does it?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 20:05 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
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rufusrm44: This statement is false:

"Quite simply, the smaller sensor will receive less light at matched exposures (same shutter speed and aperture) and this means more noise."

It's only true if the pixel pitch is lower (meaning the pixel density is greater.) But if the number and size of the pixels are identical, that less light received on the m43 sensor is equivalent to the 'more' light gathered by full frame because the full frame requires more light to cover the larger sensor.

Imagine if you had a sensor that was cut 1/4 the size of the full frame sensor. That means it only needs the same shutter speed and aperture to produce the same quality of image, but that image would be only 1/4 the pixels of the ff sensor, and would therefore only need 1/4 the light.

What he is getting at is NOT invalid. Think about photons. The same lens will project the same number of photons through it at the same focus and aperture settings, no matter what size the sensor is. Now . . . it matters what the image circle is. One lens that is 150mm might make a huge image circle at f8 (such as the 150mm lens for my 4x5 large format camera), while another lens, such as the Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro will make a much smaller image circle at f8. Do you think that if you put a full-frame sensor behind both lenses that you will get the exact same amount of exposure with the same shutter speed? NO the light projected by the large format lens gets "spread" out, rather than focused on a smaller area . . . or am I mistaken? If I am indeed mistaken, then how can the Metabones Speed Boosters work? http://www.metabones.com/assets/a/stories/Speed%20Booster%20White%20Paper.pdf

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 16:37 UTC
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shaocaholica: The GH series really needs to be able to record 422 10bit or better internally by now. Sony is behind here but still they should be able to as well.

I suspect Panasonic will make the GH5 capable of this. Let's hope so. Certainly UHS-2 SD cards are big enough and fast enough.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 16:21 UTC

Go Panasonic!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 16:20 UTC as 14th comment
On Beginner's guide: shooting high-key at home article (68 comments in total)

I shot this photo in the woods with a black cloth backdrop and a piece of rope. I had to take lights and a battery with inverter with me, but it worked great, as you can see:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110304/07/4d71023be27b8.jpg

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 23:33 UTC as 6th comment
On Sony unveils FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS cinema lens article (104 comments in total)
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Morpho Hunter: Oh wow .. Sony just does not get it ...i.e. ... where the hell is their macro lens?

Bring out one of those ..and I ..and many others .. will dump Canon/Nikon/Olympus..........

Cheers,

http://www.pbase.com/plusiotis/insect_freaks_and_aberrations

www.normanday.net

Why not just get an adapter and use any Sony mount lens, like the Sony 30mm f2.8 macro or the Sigma 70mm f2.8 macro or 105mm f2.8 OS macro? Tamron makes a nice 90mm macro in Sony A mount I believe.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 19:29 UTC
On Sony unveils FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS cinema lens article (104 comments in total)
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Fredy Ross: Just disappointed as I don't take videos but would love to have a travel fe lens with a longer zoom than 70mm. also the weight is too heavy with such a lens over a kilo. Sony is innovative with cameras but very slow with lenses to match. Pity as I am sure people moved like myself from canon or Nikon to go smaller and lighter.

Yeah . . . a good, inexpensive, light 24-135mm f3.5-5.6 with optical stabilization would be a godsend to people with an A7 or A7r . . . especially if they bought it as a compact carry camera. Having just 2 or 3 relatively compact, fast lenses is nice, but it doesn't give much reach or versatility, does it? (I figure a 35mm f2, 50mm f2, and 85mm f2 would be a great set of compact lenses for such a camera, but I'd like to keep the zoom on there most of the time.)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 19:27 UTC
On Sony unveils FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS cinema lens article (104 comments in total)

Wow! Sony innovation! Nice work Sony!

Downscaling photos from an A7r to 12 MP will produce image quality very similar to the A7s, so there is no need to get the A7s, while it is selling for more than the A7r, right?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 19:21 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (993 comments in total)
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backayonder: No worries about that tilting screen mechanism failing

DP review have been flipping it non stop for the last 36 hours and it still looks as good as new.

Have you ever heard of the fold-out screen on the Nikon D5000 failing? How about the D5100 or the D5200 . . . or the D5300? No? Neither have I.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 06:08 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (993 comments in total)
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LukeLT63: In Europe currently is on the "new market", this series of Nikon camera bodies: (D3100_D3200_D3300) (D5100_D5200_D5300) (D90_D7000_D7100) (D300S_D600_D610_D750 "soon") (D DF) (D800_D800E_D810) (D4) for a total of 18 camera bodies (9 entry level, 8 semi-pro, professional 1. Are you new to buy a camera? Can choose how you want! Do you want an upgrade? Warning! Make sure that it is really an upgrade! You are not satisfied with the new model? Continue to take with your old camera and expect to change in the near future something new! Still not satisfied? My friend ...... then learn how to build a custom camera ..... life is also often a compromise!

. . . unless they offer something unique, like Sigma.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 06:07 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (993 comments in total)
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LukeLT63: In Europe currently is on the "new market", this series of Nikon camera bodies: (D3100_D3200_D3300) (D5100_D5200_D5300) (D90_D7000_D7100) (D300S_D600_D610_D750 "soon") (D DF) (D800_D800E_D810) (D4) for a total of 18 camera bodies (9 entry level, 8 semi-pro, professional 1. Are you new to buy a camera? Can choose how you want! Do you want an upgrade? Warning! Make sure that it is really an upgrade! You are not satisfied with the new model? Continue to take with your old camera and expect to change in the near future something new! Still not satisfied? My friend ...... then learn how to build a custom camera ..... life is also often a compromise!

They are offering people more choices, which means they will be more likely to give people exactly what they want, compared to Canon and Sony, who are not doing that so much. It's very smart. Have you seen what Mercedes is doing lately? It seems like they have more than 100 models! Buyers have the opportunity to get exactly what they want, rather than being forced to choose between just three or four models. THAT's smart marketing. It's the way it SHOULD be. Just take a look at the computer industry. See how many Toshiba models there are? Even Apple, a company that has traditionally tried to keep things as simple as possible has jut introduced their new iPhone in three different models, rather than just one, like they used to do. The future is choice. Samsung has been eating Apple's smart phone business because they offer choice in a product line of comparable quality and price. The same will happen to any camera company that does not offer people the choices they want . . .

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 06:07 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (993 comments in total)
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backayonder: Just curious why you would buy a D610 now that the D750 has come along?

It's cheaper . . . and for some people, who don't care about wi-fi and think a fold-out screen would be useless or fragile, there is absolutely no reason to get the D750 vs. D610 (they're both 24 MP with AA filter and they both shoot at about 6 fps). I am not in that group, but some people are. Plus . . . the D610 has already dropped to less than $1,800, while the D750 will be well over $2,000 for quite a while. That 2 makes a big difference for most people.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 05:58 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (993 comments in total)
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Zoron: welll...should we be expecting a D850 with an articulating screen in 2015....same trick with D750...;p

AZBlue . . . what exactly do you think Nikon has been doing for the past 10 years? Do you think the D300s was a big upgrade from the D300? How about the D3s vs. D3? Small upgrades. Skip one if you like, but don't skip the D750 . . . if you have a D600 or D610, unless you just don't care about having built-in wi-fi and a tilt screen. This D750 is a really good upgrade for D700 owners who have been on the fence about buying a new camera. Can you blame Nikon for making a lot of new models? I applaud them for doing that.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 05:56 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (993 comments in total)
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LukeLT63: With so many possibilities between new and used how is it that they do not find a good compromise?
Maybe they spend too much time on how to unnecessarily spend their money and little time to take pictures.

I think the D750 is a very good compromise . . . while being a great innovation for Nikon too. They FINALLY made a full-frame camera with a fold-out screen. Yay! Canon doesn't have that. Sony does, but in a camera that many people see as handicapped by a fixed semi-transparent mirror in the way of the image being projected to the sensor. Nikon is the ONLY company making a full-frame DSLR with a fold-out screen. The D750 is a camera with features the D610 doesn't have and a price much lower than the D810. I call that a good compromise.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 05:52 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (993 comments in total)
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Carl Sanders: All these silly in between models, how about reducing the price of those that work instead of wasting money? A couple of good proven bodies instead of the wasteful rushed failures?

The fact that the D800 and D600 bodies were plagued by some manufacturing defects is good reason to upgrade them both to "new" models. Why are you complaining about that? To call the D750 a camera that is not proven is just silly. It's the next generation of a body that is VERY proven . . . but if you mean that it's not proven because it's new . . . what do you expect? Really. Do you expect a new body to be somehow proven? Please tell Nikon how that would be possible, because they would like to know.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 05:49 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (993 comments in total)
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Via Lactea: Nikon is not clear with it's product-policy in FX.
first they should have introduced a D400, the D300 gave a lot of revenue!

FX-lineUp could be like this:
D4 / D4x (36M/54M) logical
D810 / D810s (16M)
FX in a D5300 Body = D750 at 24M
D610
Df could be dropped and replaced by a D810s
...

I'm not sure where you're coming from with the D810s comment. The DF is a specialty "throw-back" camera for old people who yearn for the good-old-days of film cameras like the F2 and F3. It also appeals to people who like everything from the 1970s and 1980s. It's a nostalgia piece, like so many of the Fuji and Leica cameras.

It seems pretty obvious by the number designations, prices, and features of the various cameras that Nikon is making, that Nikon's offerings are quite logical. I'm surprised you say that is't "not clear" to you.

You commented about them making a D400 . . . but I think Nikon is reserving their three-digit numbers for their FX line now, and they have decided to use four-digit numbers for their DX line, including the D3000 line, D5000 line, and D7000 line. What they really need to do is make a D8000 or D9000, which will be a kick-ass, weather-sealed, fast-shooting 24 MP APS-C beast, with two UHS-2 memory card slots and a huge buffer for shooting raw.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 05:45 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (993 comments in total)
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Albert Silver: As someone who had the 6D on the radar for the end of the year FF upgrade, this is looking like the new top of the list. I just do not see myself getting the 24-120, and would replace it with the Sigma 24-105.

As an aside, I wonder how this will stand against the soon to be announced 7D replacement by Canon, expected to cost around $1999? For buyers not committed to any system, will it really be competitive? One is crop and probably an extra 2 FPS, while the other is full-frame, super low-light focusing, wifi, tilt-screen (a big plus for anyone who has used one) for only $300.

Has Nikon stolen Canon's thunder?

Different beasts. The Canon will be a sports shooter's camera, with faster FPS and smaller sensor, with 1.6 x crop factor. The Canon is unlikely to have a fold-out screen, but for shooting sports, like basketball and football and soccer, that is really not very important. Fast shooting and a smaller sensor are key to such a camera. For Nikon, it's weddings they're after, and this camera is a perfect 5 D Mk III killer, with higher resolution, faster shooting rate, built-in wi-fi, lower price, and the advantage of a fold-out screen, for shooting down on the bride and groom, while they dance amongst the crow at the reception. High-angle and low-angle shots, video, and creative use of placing the camera between the bride and groom, while still being able to compose the shot, because the camera has a fold-out screen, all add up to making this D750 a perfect wedding photographer's upgrade to their D700.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 05:38 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (993 comments in total)
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rfsIII: You know why Nikon cameras are so screwed up? Because of you people and your negative comments. The engineers at Nikon are people with feelings just like you and when they read these words—even in translation—it must be devastating to their professional pride and their egos.
So instead of innovating boldly and giving us amazing cameras, they design out of hurt feelings and confusion and fear of further criticism. Hence, we get timid cameras that are confusing. Creative people thrive on positive feedback. You need to praise the good behavior, ignore the bad.
So, if you don't like what Nikon is doing, you have only yourselves to blame.

Huh? Nikon is doing just fine. They probably designed this camera based on feedback they get from professionals and other customers who have used lots of different cameras, including a wide variety of Nikons. They have probably been asked by a bunch of photographers why they haven't made a full-frame camera with a fold-out screen, like their D5000 series cameras. Finally they did it . . . and they included wi-fi, like they should have already done with the D610. What I'm most surprised at about this new camera is the light weight . . . 100 grams less than the D610. I think that's amazing, considering they added the fold-out screen. Another thing that's great about it is the longer battery life, even though it shoots at the same MP and faster fps.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 05:30 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (993 comments in total)
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saikou: Next year we will have a nikon D760 with ...
1/250 x-sync
1/8000s
AF-ON button

Marketing...

Now they can make a D850 with a fold-out screen and wi-fi . . . and maybe some other feature, including dual-Expeed 4 processors and 7 fps. Then they can make a D900 with a 48 MP sensor and 7.5 fps, followed by a 24 MP D5 that shoots at 12 fps and has a 3.5" fold-out screen. Then, eventually, they can make a D950 with a 48 MP sensor and the same 3.5" fold-out screen and shoots at 8 fps.

How would THAT be for a wide variety of choice?

;)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 05:25 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (993 comments in total)
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David Hull: What is with that fold out screen? At least that is one thing that Canon does right.

Finally people are starting to realize that fold-out screens should have been in pro level gear all along. It's ABOUT TIME.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 05:21 UTC
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