Octane

Octane

Lives in United States Los Angeles, United States
Joined on May 9, 2004

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lorenzo de medici: Rishi is a fine photographer, and optically the lens appears to be excellent. I'm just not a fan of close up portraits, or wide angle shots with a shallow DOF. So while I commend Sigma for producing a unique product, it's not one that I would buy or use.

@thebustos
That's a common misconception. The phase detection AF only 'sees' a certain aperture that it's designed for. Most AF systems only see at f2.8 and at f/5.6. The brighter viewfinder is definitely an advantage, of course

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 14:16 UTC
On Sony: An eye on focus article (758 comments in total)

This is great to see! Messing with AF micro adjustments on various lenses and bodies is a major PITA. I shoot wide open with many different lenses and getting accurate AF is still an issue, despite all the advances made. Measuring AF on the image sense takes care of all this once and for all. To see how advanced Sony's AF is in terms of subject tracking is very encouraging.
Of course there are still a few things Sony has to catch up on when looking at it from a whole system, but the pace at which Sony has been working on it is impressive.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 07:06 UTC as 24th comment

Love it!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 19:19 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (832 comments in total)

Excellent review with lots of useful information!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 00:00 UTC as 47th comment

Two very interesting lenses that I have been hoping for.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 20:39 UTC as 47th comment
On Avaree at the tracks in the Strike a Pose challenge (17 comments in total)
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Paul Petersen: I am sorry but I really wish sites would put a blackout on people shots on railroad tracks. These are most often taken illegally trespassing on railroad property. This trend has resulted in many fatal results and near misses.

Paul, as I have written in the caption, these tracks are definitely not in use. They have just not been taken out because the city doesn't want to waste money on it. There is a physical blockage so no trains can be there.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2015 at 04:20 UTC
On Avaree at the tracks in the Strike a Pose challenge (17 comments in total)

Thanks to everyone who voted and commented!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 06:00 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon 1 AW1 preview (590 comments in total)

Let me order already :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 07:32 UTC as 158th comment
On Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Review preview (341 comments in total)

quote from the review
"... when focusing manually with most Nikon SLRs you have to remember to set the aperture to F1.8 before entering live view, as they're incapable of adjusting the lens's diaphragm during viewing."

Definitely not true for Nikon cameras and lenses in general. Just tried it with my D800 and 85/1.4 and it works just fine adjusting the aperture in live view. It even works with old mechanical link aperture lenses (like the AF DC Nikkor 105/2)

Maybe it doesn't work with Sigma lenses, but that is then their incompatibility.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 05:43 UTC as 78th comment | 2 replies
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ArcaSwiss: What's film ?

@inFocus You mean the movies that are shot on digital cameras, processed in a 100% digital workflow and have plenty of CGI in the visual effects scenes which make up 80% of the movie? That kind of 'film'? :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2013 at 17:08 UTC
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CFynn: So now we know. DPR editors read Nikon Rumors too

Sure, after you saw it in Nikon Rumors you started to do research. :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2013 at 19:15 UTC
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utomo99: If it is retro style why it did not use AA Battery ?
AA Battery easier to find everywhere

for the same reason cell phones don't use AA batteries. Lithium is 3 times smaller and lighter than AA at the same capacity. Electricity to recharge a battery is easier to find than a store that sells AA batteries.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2013 at 17:26 UTC
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skytripper: Instant photography is like instant coffee: Not too terrible if you've never tasted the real thing.

What is 'the real thing' in terms of photography?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 19:52 UTC
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Octane: I would visit 'connect' more often if there was actual journalism, not this. Once again, a quickly thrown together page using a subject that hopefully getting a discussion/controversy going, trying to generate some traffic here.

@chj There are several websites and blogs that cover the mobile device market with excellent articles.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 19:49 UTC

I would visit 'connect' more often if there was actual journalism, not this. Once again, a quickly thrown together page using a subject that hopefully getting a discussion/controversy going, trying to generate some traffic here.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 00:47 UTC as 22nd comment | 5 replies
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1200 comments in total)

One slight problem I see is that all of these elements are made from synthetic dies and materials. While they are colorful, they are no what nature offers in terms of color. Yet the majority of subjects we photograph are nature and of course people (natural skin). A printed photo of a person is a very reduced representation of what real human skin is like in terms of colors, shades, how light gets broken, absorbed and reflected to create it's unique look.

Of course I'm aware it's impossible to have a real person be part of a test scene that has to be 100% constant over years. OTOH I know from owning about 20 different digital cameras over the years that some cameras produce wonderful looking photos from artificial colored scenes, they do poorly when it comes to resolving very fine differences in colors and shades which is key for natural looking scenes, especially when it comes to portraits (and landscapes).

Again, I don't really have a solution, but something to think about.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2013 at 21:51 UTC as 68th comment

so many experts here that all know better how to run a large company. LOL

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2013 at 04:13 UTC as 68th comment | 1 reply
On Camera shipments continue to fall article (133 comments in total)
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GPW: The market is swamped with to many DSLR in a manufactures lineup. Nikon for example has the D3100,D5100, D7000,D7100, in DX lineup. If Nikon had ONE enthusiast DX and ONE pro DX that satisfied the two classes, that would save a crap load of money right there. The technology is there to make ONE excellent enthusiast camera to satisfy everyone from the beginner(auto settings) to the advanced user(manual settings), eliminating the unnecessary saturation of the market. Same goes for pro DX.

Expert right here! LOL I'm sure you know better how to do business than Nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 17:16 UTC
On Camera shipments continue to fall article (133 comments in total)
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hea: I remenber my uncles back in the late 60s, 70s, most people who bougth SLR/Rangefinders, both pro's and amateurs, expected to stay with the camera and lenses for 10-15 years, have no need to be upgrading every year or two.
I bougth my first DSLR a D40 6 or 7 years ago, still is functioning well, I made an upgrading only recently, a D7100, in the mean time I had no need to upgrade, and I think I will maintain my D7100 for years, If not is broken accidentally.

Yeah that was 50 years ago. The world has changed.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 17:14 UTC
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (592 comments in total)

As you say, you are not a professional any more so getting exactly the shot needed or required is not the top priority any more. The much more convenient way of shooting with smaller and simpler cameras makes more sense to you now. That makes sense. I'm exactly the same way. I'm a full time professional. When I work, 'convenience' is not the point. It's all about getting the shot right so I use my SLR and a lot of different lenses and lighting gear.
Once I'm done with work and shoot just for fun I use my phone or maybe my compact. I think the same is true for enthusiastic amateurs. They want to get the shot right, they don't mind the extra size or weight when doing that. They love photography and love using their gear.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 18:49 UTC as 262nd comment
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