JMichaelsPhoto

JMichaelsPhoto

Lives in United States Atlanta, GA, United States
Works as a Electronics
Joined on May 5, 2010
About me:

Someday, I plan to be a professional portrait and event photographer. For now, I just like to take pictures of my friends and family.

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On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (639 comments in total)

I would have liked a dedicated ISO dial instead of ex. comp. I don't know why this bothers me about this camera. It's awesome in every other way, but if retro styling is part of the design, I don't know why there isn't one. But I suppose if I've put up with a lack of any such dials on my Nikon DSLRs, I can live without it on this camera. But why? It's retro. I guess I just don't see how an ex. comp. dial is more useful than an ISO dial on a digital camera. That's my only real complaint.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 16:32 UTC as 31st comment | 9 replies
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1422 comments in total)
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astigmate: As a D700 owner, I feel...hum kinda betrayed by Nikon. So, this entry level, crippled camera is supposed to be the D700 successor ?! feel like an FF D5300 !! I'm tired of waiting for them. I'll keep my D700 until it dies and will look into fuji or sony stuff now on.

Oh, btw, the Sony Full-Frame A7 (24mpx also) cost HALF the price asked for the D750 and it has 1/8000s shutter, focus peaking, nice EVF etc

I don't understand what you mean by "crippled". If what you're looking for is a D700 successor, your gripe is best aimed at the D810 in terms of form and function because we've already seen Nikon's departure from the numbering system since the D7000. The D750 is meant to be positioned between the 610 and 810. The reasonable assumption is that it's intended to fix the 610, and not to be the successor to the D700. I can tell you as a 610 owner that it is definitely not a crippled camera from where I sit. And since where you sit isn't any better, I ask again...what do you mean by "crippled", if we're talking about a camera positioned between the 610 and 810? That's not what I see. I shouldn't bother even asking if you think it's a FF D5300, it shows you've never even held a 610 in your life.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 17:41 UTC
On Sigma announces two 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM zooms article (137 comments in total)

Lets hope they anticipate demand better than Tamron did with theirs so people can actually buy one when it goes on sale.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 15:00 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1422 comments in total)

This camera is what the D600/610 should have been to begin with.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 14:48 UTC as 273rd comment
On A look at the Lomography Petzval 85mm F2.2 lens article (164 comments in total)

I'm sorry, but if you're a nikon person, buying a [comparatively] slow lens with rack and pinion focusing that uses drop-in aperture disks for $699 (the cost of the black petzval) because it's lent from an older and optically inferior design all for the purpose of doofy bokeh, when a used Nikkor 85 1.4D can be found in good condition for about the same price that is superior in almost every aspect, is effing ridiculous. Again, I'm sorry. This is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. Especially considering, if doofy bokeh and a small area of center-sharpness is what you're into, the edge 80 optic with a lensbaby is available for $500. At least the edge 80 is sharp.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 00:00 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon Df preview (2816 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: Calistoga_Guy:

Thank you for attempting to correct the notion that the D800 is better than the D700/D3 in lowlight. Though so many have the opposite assertion fixed in their minds that I think your post, if read, will not be apprehended.

How does one "apprehend" a post?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2013 at 14:27 UTC
On Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' article (552 comments in total)
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Higuel: $3,000 for body only for a camera that does less then the others?!? o_O

And I quote, "Nikon Rumors has been reporting possible specifications all week."

Yeah, you're pretty ignorant, a lemming, following the will of the mob without knowing what you're talking about. This may well be a $3K camera, but don't pretend you know more than anyone else, which is nothing.

This is a reblog, nothing more. Follow the actual source
http://nikonrumors.com/

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 17:15 UTC
On Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' article (552 comments in total)
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Higuel: $3,000 for body only for a camera that does less then the others?!? o_O

There's no official announcement, no confirmed price. 3K is one of many unsubstantiated rumors. "Hipster bling"? Jesus you people are ignorant.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 17:00 UTC
On Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' article (552 comments in total)
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Higuel: $3,000 for body only for a camera that does less then the others?!? o_O

There's no reason to assume this new Nikon won't be at least as capable as the Alpha A7, and no more or less expensive.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 16:45 UTC
On Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' article (552 comments in total)

Personally, I'm hoping for an F3 form factor with modern guts and backward/forward compatibility with all of my lenses, AI-s to AFS. I see many comments from the peanut gallery about this being a Hipster's wet dream, they wish. Many of us started on cameras like the FE, FM, and F3 back in the 70's/80's, I've still got my FE2 and F3 and I loved both, to us this won't be some throw-back fad, it'll take us back to our roots. The possibilities are endless and whatever is revealed, I'll be ready and willing. This is the best news I've heard from Nikon in a while.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 16:38 UTC as 91st comment

Many of us photographers sure are an unimaginative bunch when it comes to change but personally, I like Flickr's new landing page and overall layout. As a former pro account holder, I was happy to see the implementation of a free account with 1 terabyte of storage included with full resolution sharing- which pretty much negates the need for the old "pro" account. After a while of being dormant, I didn't see the benefit of continuing to pay for a pro account and I see no reason to pay $50 now for an ad-free experience when ABP (Ad Block Plus firefox plugin) is free and blocks all the ads in the first place. I prefer the finished layout of the new flickr to smugmug's portfolio account, which I was considering, at $80 annually, and I still wouldn't own my domain, so this new flickr is a pleasant and welcome surprise.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 13:10 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Preview preview (380 comments in total)

The reason I've only ever purchased one olympus and will never again was the fact that I paid so much money for the E-P1 when it first came out, like $900, and in 6 months the E-P2 was announced for $600. And again, a new PEN digital is now exorbitantly expensive as the first and there's absolutely no reason for most people, even those interested in mirrorless cameras, to buy one. It's not the prettiest, it's not even the most advanced. I honestly do not understand this company, or why they believe people will just run out and buy their cameras when there are much better options out there. You're either a m4/3 fanboy and will stand behind any piece of crap that olympus makes, or you're an enthusiast who already has a bunch of cameras and for me, I've got no incentive to buy this camera. I've got an E-P1 already and replacing it for $1300 isn't an option for me. I use my Nikon D7000 more anyway.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2013 at 15:05 UTC as 46th comment | 3 replies

Could achieve the same effect for a lot less money with a lensbaby.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2013 at 22:18 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On Ethics of prize-winning photo debated article (151 comments in total)
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JMichaelsPhoto: This issue reflects a greater problem evident in mass media today, the fabrication of facts to suit the agenda of the reporter. And there isn't a single news source immune from it. Take a look at any news outlet on any issue, if you can honestly say that what you see is impartial, as it was observed, the facts and only the facts, you are as naive as you are incredibly stupid. For example, to this day, it is still being reported that Adam Lanza used an AR-15 to shoot those kids in New Town despite a coroner's report lacking any evidence of the sort, along with conflicting reports that the rifle was even present at the scene. It's all about the spin. If it can't be proven otherwise, the media is content to draw whatever conclusion that supports their agenda. This guy [Pellegrin] knew exactly what he was doing. He was making a statement. Which is fine. It is editorial at best, nothing more. So don't call it journalism.

I don't really care what you think is appropriate, Vic. I made my statement irregardless of your opinion of it. If you're too lazy to research current events in your own state, that's your fault not mine. The facts are there to whomever chooses to find them. And lets be honest, Vic....it wouldn't be the first time a state police agency was mistaken about its own investigations or what it chooses to make public knowledge. Fortunately for us, the freedom of information act means we don't need the statement of the Conneticut state police chief. Draw whatever conclusion you want, but don't lecture me about what is or is not appropriate in an internet forum because I could give a sh!t.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2013 at 20:46 UTC
On Nikon D7100 Hands-on Preview preview (492 comments in total)

This Nikon is pretty slick....and this is coming from a canon guy, pretty slick indeed. I like it. It has everything a $1200 DSLR should have, great resolution, speed, ISO performance, *don't care about video*, classic Nikon slick-handling (I shot both a D80 and D90), a great AF system....it is honestly, quite taxing to read all of the Nikon guys complaining about this camera! And where did dpr find these writers? You guys are almost as bad as those dudes at engaget. You'd have to be blind not to spot the differences between the D7000 and D7100....um, 16mp vs 24? It used to be that resolution was the ONLY advance we saw in a camera, especially at this level. You dudes should be lucky Nikon is building this camera for you....maybe me too if canon doesn't figure something out at this price point. I'll wait to see what they do with the 70D and it'll be on! Good show, nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2013 at 00:31 UTC as 108th comment
On Ethics of prize-winning photo debated article (151 comments in total)

This issue reflects a greater problem evident in mass media today, the fabrication of facts to suit the agenda of the reporter. And there isn't a single news source immune from it. Take a look at any news outlet on any issue, if you can honestly say that what you see is impartial, as it was observed, the facts and only the facts, you are as naive as you are incredibly stupid. For example, to this day, it is still being reported that Adam Lanza used an AR-15 to shoot those kids in New Town despite a coroner's report lacking any evidence of the sort, along with conflicting reports that the rifle was even present at the scene. It's all about the spin. If it can't be proven otherwise, the media is content to draw whatever conclusion that supports their agenda. This guy [Pellegrin] knew exactly what he was doing. He was making a statement. Which is fine. It is editorial at best, nothing more. So don't call it journalism.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2013 at 00:17 UTC as 45th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm X20 Preview preview (201 comments in total)
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xiod_crlx: $600 for this?

right now G15 and P7700 cost $200 less without side effects like

- size is too big
- lack of proper support from third party raw converters

but there is a definite segment of market for people that like "old-school" look and feel. so they have to pay =)

Except, neither of those cameras have on-chip phase detect autofocus capability and the ability to switch between it and contrast detect automatically, nor the larger sensor, or faster lens (the G15 does have a faster lens, but not the larger sensor), worth $200 alone to anyone smart enough to discern this camera from a dressed up compact such as the G15 and P7700...plus, a useful viewfinder with info overlay. I think there's a bit more to it than the "old-school" look and feel. This camera is absolutely worth $600 as an "advanced" compact. Which ironically, is what the G15 and P7700 are both supposed to be. Fuji has proven it's willing to put useful tech in it's cameras, instead of canon and nikon's incremental features that aren't really useful. If this commands a premium, there are people who will gladly pay it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2013 at 23:09 UTC
On Canon EOS 6D preview (1035 comments in total)
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Jason Racey: I currently own a Canon 60D and for a while was certain I was going to upgrade to FF via the Nikon D600. I went to my local camera shop and played with both the Nikon D600 and Canon 6D camera bodies and changed my mind.

I found the buttons and menu system on the Nikon totally foreign to me. The menu system in particular felt kind of tacky. It had a built-in flash and creative exposure modes that I would never use. The LiveView was awkward in that it doesn't allow changing aperture while engaged. Then of course there's the issue of the sensor oil/dust problems and me not having any Nikon lenses.

The #1 criticism of the 6D has been the number of AF points. I find this to be pointless. If you need to shoot moving subjects then you shouldn't be considering this camera in the first place. Look to the 5D3 or 7D. I am a landscape fine art photographer. I'm almost always shooting manual focus, bracketed manual exposure, from a tripod. Add in the low-light capability and it's a perfect fit.

Totally agree. Besides, the 5D (original, mark I) had the same AF layout with 9 points and was perfectly useful to many photographers for many years, still is in fact for a lot of people. AF points are a gimmick, IMO. All you really need is the one in the middle. And the 6D's is more sensitive than even the 5DIII's. There's something to be said about that.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2013 at 20:18 UTC
On Canon EOS 6D preview (1035 comments in total)
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maboleth: I eagerly waited for 6D to come and was thinking to go from 7D to FF on the budget. However, with all the shortcomings, there's no way for me to go from superior machine and ergonomics to inferior 6D.

Major let-downs for me:
1. Lack of M-Fn button and joystick.
2. SD card instead of CF
3. Inferior autofocus
4. Plastic camera top without the flash (really makes no sense)
5. Only 1/4000 and 1/180 flash-sync
6. Don't mind 97% VF coverage, but yeah... 7D has 100%

Unfortunately, I'll just have to wait to earn more money and go straight to 5DMk3.

These are things you should have known going into buying to be honest. You can't honestly say you weren't already aware of the button layout, media card format, max shutter, build material, AF setup, and VF coverage BEFORE you bought it, could you? How are these things a let-down when these are the specs of the camera? A let down is when you thought high-ISO would look better, or it's really slow, or maybe it didn't turn on when you first bought it.....not discovering specs you already knew the camera had before you bought it...So why bother if these things are an issue? You're one of those people....

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2013 at 20:07 UTC
On Canon EOS 6D preview (1035 comments in total)

Why hasn't this camera been in-depth reviewed yet?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2013 at 19:58 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
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