nathantw

nathantw

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Peiasdf: Was this back when photographer still have access to Whitehouse or are these staff photographer's work?

Also. I can only imagine how much better the quality would be if a modern FF was used without flash.

I wouldn't douibt if many of these were likely shot with a Leica M.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 19:48 UTC
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nathantw: Actually looks good. Thanks for the samples. One tip, though, 85mm is good for closeup portraits and the 24mm isn't.

Barney Britton, you definitely called it. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 18:48 UTC
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nathantw: Actually looks good. Thanks for the samples. One tip, though, 85mm is good for closeup portraits and the 24mm isn't.

Holy smokes, Rishi Sanyal. Did you drink too much coffee? Calm down.

I guess you didn't see what lens I shoot the most with, it was at the end of my post, it's a 24mm lens. Yes, a 24mm lens where people's heads are big and their feet are small in full body closeup photos. Where faces are elongated and noses are Pinocchico-lying large in closeup head shots. You didn't see portraits of people in my gallery (at least I have some photos in my gallery) because I don't post photos of people if they aren't in a public area where they expect to be photograph. I've been shooting with the 24mm for over 30 years so I know that focal length's strengths and weaknesses pretty well. Assuming I'm narrow-minded is, well, ass/u/m(e)-ing.

The example photo of the different focal lengths isn't my photo. I just grabbed the link from a quick search.

By the way, not that you would care what I think, but I like the photos you posted in your example to your prove your point.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 17:24 UTC
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nathantw: Actually looks good. Thanks for the samples. One tip, though, 85mm is good for closeup portraits and the 24mm isn't.

Okay, Rishi Sanyal. To each his own. I'm sure your models just love the pronounced noses and elongated faces. When's your next portrait seminar?

I'm sure you already know, but for those that don't here are samples of the differences between focal lengths. http://johncarnessali.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Portrait-Focal-Length-II.jpg

That said, ask me what my favorite focal length is. Go ahead, ask. Yeah, 24mm. It's my most used lens for everything.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 06:54 UTC
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Mister Joseph: Another massive lens for my massive FF camera to compliment my other massive lenses.

And don't forget your massive backpack/camera bag and tripod that your massive FF camera kit will need.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2015 at 21:37 UTC

Actually looks good. Thanks for the samples. One tip, though, 85mm is good for closeup portraits and the 24mm isn't.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2015 at 21:36 UTC as 34th comment | 18 replies

This is really cool. I enjoyed it.

As for using the D810 and sticking out like a sore thumb, he probably wouldn't if he decided to use a small prime lens instead of a hulking giant lens like the 24-70mm f/2.8.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 15:39 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (153 comments in total)
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smozes: In my opinion, the Joby SLR Zoom model could've been a better match, since it is smaller. However, it uses an integrated ball head which is not compatible with any other plate.

I was really hoping to just carry the Joby SLR Zoom, and be able to mount my MILC to either it or a CapturePro clip, but because of the the ball head, I can't and had to settle for the Joby Focus, which is huge and clearly meant for professional DSLRs.

I agree that it sags after adjustment, especially if the camera is in the vertical position. I actually wondered how they could call it a "DSLR Zoom" when it didn't do what it was supposed to with a zoom lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 17:28 UTC
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (153 comments in total)
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smozes: In my opinion, the Joby SLR Zoom model could've been a better match, since it is smaller. However, it uses an integrated ball head which is not compatible with any other plate.

I was really hoping to just carry the Joby SLR Zoom, and be able to mount my MILC to either it or a CapturePro clip, but because of the the ball head, I can't and had to settle for the Joby Focus, which is huge and clearly meant for professional DSLRs.

You are aware you can take the ball head off and replace it with whatever you'd like, right? I use the SLR Zoom and change the head periodically.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 19:51 UTC
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (153 comments in total)

What they need is a lightweight tripod that extends out to 4.5' or so. Vivitar had a mini tripod in the 80s and maybe the 90s that did that. It was about 12" or less when folded but extended to almost 5'. The only problem was that it was heavy. Mine recently broke but I was lucky to find another on our favorite auction site. It held at least 2 or 3 pounds too.

If there was a lightweight one, though, I'd try that. As for the ones tested here, I use the Gorilla Pod. The only problem is that it does get unstable when you put a DSLR camera with a lens like a 85mm f/1.4 on it. Frustrating.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 14:55 UTC as 60th comment
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Terry Breedlove: Either there are many people posting without reading the article or they just can't understand anything they ever read.

I didn't feel you said anything bad. I just felt bad that perhaps you felt that way (negative) about my comment.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2015 at 20:14 UTC
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Terry Breedlove: Either there are many people posting without reading the article or they just can't understand anything they ever read.

Richard, I wasn't trying to be a d*** about it. Sorry about that.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2015 at 08:05 UTC
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Terry Breedlove: Either there are many people posting without reading the article or they just can't understand anything they ever read.

Steve Jobs was replaced by a Pepsi CEO.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2015 at 06:15 UTC
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Mrrowe8: Sadly much like the T-Rex , Hasselblad & Leica days have come and gone .. They use to be what ALL real photographers aspired to own as it represented the BEST .. Now however they are in most cases overpriced hipster junk .. If they focused on specialty fields maybe they can inch back into the real world .. But now they are just a dull filler story ..

I shot some photos in a studio the other day. I used the Nikon D810 with a 85mm f/1.4G. Then near the end of the session I used a Hasselblad 553ELX with my favorite 120mm lens. Great camera to use with focusing manually. Ah, a split image rangefinder. How I missed that. Anyway, I used black and white film.

I ended up editing the D810 photo in Lightroom and Photoshop and it came out spectacular. The black and whites that I shot came out just as good. I edited those in Lightroom and Photoshop also. However I had to take extra time to spot out dust and white dots. That was one part I don't miss with film. In the end I printed those out too and they looked just as good as the D810. That made me wonder why I even bothered with the Hasselblad.

So, my point is that in the end we're just after getting the image and the D810 does that job as well as any camera and I kinda want to say as good as a film Hasselblad.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2015 at 02:59 UTC
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nathantw: The Stella wasn't a bad product, it was just way overpriced. In fact, that's where the problem lie, the products are overpriced. Instead of selling more of the same product at a lower cost to make a profit they swung for the fences and tried to make a person's monthly salary in one sale. The "profitable" CFV50c is the same. When there are alternatives, entire cameras, selling for almost half of what a digital back sells for with the same capabilities, then there's a problem.

I'm actually excited about the direction Hasselblad is going if they are indeed going back to their roots. Hopefully they'll come out with a new X-Pan with a digital sensor or a Flexbody with a digital sensor built in. Maybe we'll see an updated V-series that's well built but modern? Guess we'll just wait and see.

We know, stefanprofiler.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2015 at 02:44 UTC
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Richard Schumer: Some history: Hasselblad went belly-up some years ago; its trademarks and assets were acquired by another company, who tried to market restyled Sony cameras to rich Asians in Hong Kong. Even with retailers in the mix, the plan was a failure and the CEO was replaced. The new CEO dissolved the design house and dropped the lines developed with Sony.

Now, let's translate some of the interviewee's other statements.

1. Hasselblad, whatever the previous CEO thought and acted on, is not a luxury brand, but it is a (high-priced) tool.

2, They are going back to their roots, starting with a brand-new aerial camera design, as their first product was also an aerial camera.

3. Perhaps they can convince the US to take their new camera to the moon again.

4. Let's ignore that Phase One has them on momentum and Pentax has them on price.

5. They have no other products in the pipeline.

6.. "This better work, or my career is s***".

Right. The camera was already designed and produced (100 of them...collectors item) and they were fulfilling a contract with Sony by announcing it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 16:33 UTC
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Donnie AI: A Hasselblad DSLR.. or even a Mirrorless Camera. I wonder how much those would be priced.

I hope to see one day, That leaf shutters be introduced to DSLR's / Mirrorless Cameras. Just as what Fuji did on their X100S / T

Calvin, if you don't mind it being analog then why not just buy a used one? I saw one on sale with the 3 lenses that they made for the camera. If I had the money I might have purchased it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 16:21 UTC
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The Squire: If Hassy had teamed with Sony the way Leica teamed with Panasonic, it might have worked.

I remember a story about Honda and Alfa Romeo working together, in the 80s I think. Great technology/manufacturing with Italian design/style? Nope. Italian engines and Japanese style. Ooops.

The innards of the new Leica Q include Panasonic cleverness. What could Hassy do with their bodies, ergonmics and design, but Sony tech under the hood. Mmmm.

The XPan was a Fuji camera also.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 16:10 UTC

The Stella wasn't a bad product, it was just way overpriced. In fact, that's where the problem lie, the products are overpriced. Instead of selling more of the same product at a lower cost to make a profit they swung for the fences and tried to make a person's monthly salary in one sale. The "profitable" CFV50c is the same. When there are alternatives, entire cameras, selling for almost half of what a digital back sells for with the same capabilities, then there's a problem.

I'm actually excited about the direction Hasselblad is going if they are indeed going back to their roots. Hopefully they'll come out with a new X-Pan with a digital sensor or a Flexbody with a digital sensor built in. Maybe we'll see an updated V-series that's well built but modern? Guess we'll just wait and see.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 15:43 UTC as 94th comment | 3 replies
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nathantw: I like the way this looks, but I'm sure if I buy it people will think it's a murse (man purse). It just has "that look" of my wife's purse. Leica sell other bags at their store in San Francisco that are probably better for guys (different colors and types) like the Brixton bags. https://www.leicastoresf.com/store/other/cases-bags

Here's a photo of a guy carrying the bag featured above. http://leicarumors.com/2015/05/20/new-ona-x-leica-berlin-ii-black-messenger-bag-launched.aspx/

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2015 at 04:01 UTC
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