jeffharris

jeffharris

Lives in United States NYC, United States
Works as a Architectural Designer
Joined on Dec 28, 2007

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On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (35 comments in total)
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qwertyasdf: I have always thought that travel size CF tripods have no advantages over aluminium ones, and the recent reviews seem to agree with my observations.

BTW, I don't think it's sensible to have separate reviews for CF and AL tripods, because if a person is in the market for a tripod, they'd certainly compare both.

Carbon Fibre tripods weigh less than aluminum tripods!

If you walk, hike, bike and travel without a car, you'll appreciate every ounce that carbon fibre tripods save! My current CF tripod, with similar size/height specs, weighs just over a pound less than my aluminum tripod! That's a big deal and well worth the expense.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 12:48 UTC
On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (35 comments in total)

I have a Gitzo GT1542T. It's a great tripod.

I chose a Really Right Stuff BH-30 PF over Gitzo ball heads because they work better and are modular, so that if I ever decide to use Arca plates, I can just swap out the platform.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 12:42 UTC as 14th comment
On Quick Review: That Steady Thing article (65 comments in total)

Good idea, but $97.00 shipped to the US!!!
I DON'T think so!

A trip to the hardware store would be way cheaper and a LOT more fun!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2014 at 20:09 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies
On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (226 comments in total)

With such small sensors, If manufacturers would keep the megapixels LOWER the image quality could be much better! 10MP or below is perfectly good for cameras like theses.

I have Olympus TG1 and an earlier Tough camera (TC130?)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 22:10 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
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iAPX: Interesting new camera, with a premium tag price, clearly justified by an incredible handcrafting and solid metal body. Kinda mix of a D4/1D durability, with a consumer-oriented interface, and probably solid photographic performance.

I hope Panasonic will explore this way with the same Leica T-mount, with hopefully less pricier bodies (but not so well built!).

Supposedly, if rumors are correct, Panasonic is manufacturing the lenses, obviously to Leica specs.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 12:35 UTC
On Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK article (165 comments in total)
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Peter Mackey: Sorry but anyone wearing a tie with a lens cap attached cries out I am a photo jerk.

They're probably wearing a Bluetooth headset and a phone on their belt, too.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 12:04 UTC
On Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK article (165 comments in total)
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mediterranean: "You can pre-order a HACKxTACK from $24CAD".

You can also get 4 aftermarket lens hoods for $24 on eBay.

Generic replacement lens caps are even cheaper.

I always replace stock (logo encrusted) lens caps with El Cheapo caps. If I lose the cap, big deal.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 12:01 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)
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cantsin: All currently available Micro Four Thirds cameras suffer from too many/too small pixels on their sensors, resulting in worse signal-nosie-ratios and limited high ISO/dynamic range compared to its APS-C competitors. In these days, there's not even a size or cost advantage of Olympus OM-D series over Sony's, Fuji's and Samsung's mirrorless offerings.

MFT could be much more competitive if Megapixels were cut. An MFT camera with a 9 Megapixel sensor could be as good in color, dynamic range and high ISO as a Nikon D800 with its 36 Megapixels (if one considers that MFT has 25% of full frame's sensor surface).

@Mike99999

Why would you ever want a lens faster than f2.8?

Why not make them all f4 so they'll be even smaller!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2014 at 14:25 UTC

Try pushing the envelope with a decent user interface!

The VCR era mess they have now makes Olympus cameras far less appealing than they should be!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 15:07 UTC as 50th comment | 5 replies
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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red fuji: Here is a nice camera bag for this camera

http://www.louisvuitton.com/front/#/eng_US/Collections/Men/Mens-Bags/products/Camera-Bag-DAMIER-GRAPHITE-N58027

Cheapskate!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 00:19 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)

It's too small!
How will I ever fit it in my pocket? ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 00:18 UTC as 172nd comment | 1 reply
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Pooshka: I wish Apple got into camera/lens business.

Apple DOES make cameras… iPhone and iPod! ;-)

I'd love to see Apple design a user interface for cameras!

They've gotten so ridiculously complex, difficult to learn and setup properly, there simply MUST be a better way!

Also, it would be great if the tool sets were in some way modular, so you could simply shut off or completely remove stupid things like in-camera editing, "art" filters, scene modes, etc..

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2014 at 16:49 UTC
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Chris2210: The housings of these lenses don't look like the original 43 Kowas, they're almost a dead ringer for the barrels on the Voigtlander Noktons. I wonder if there's some tie-up on the m43 mount?

I own the three M4/3 Voigtländer Noktons and the Kowas look nothing like them.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 20:13 UTC
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cfh25: The 4/3 version 8.5/2.8 is $1245 here:

http://www.rmaelectronics.com/kowa-lm8xc-1-3-4-3-8-5mm-f2-2-manual-iris-c-mount-lens-8-megapixel-rated/

Nope, that's an 8mm f2.2 C-mount lens, with a M4/3 mount, rated for 8 megapixels. A different beast entirely.

If that costs $1250, who knows what the 8.5mm f2.8 M4/3 mount lens will go for? And will it be for general photography use, rather than rated for video use?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 01:41 UTC
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Paul Guba: Great to see some more makers enter the market. Obviously they feel there is a profit to be made.

In many respects, M4/3 is the most interesting and flexible system out there. From the GM1 to the GH4, PENs and OMDs and GX7… plus more than 70 native mount lenses covering 7mm to 300mm (14mm to 600mm - 135 equiv) there's something that can do almost anything a photographer would want. If not, then you can adapt almost any lens made in the past 60 years.

So, seeing yet another third party manufacturer jump into the M4/3 ring is great news!

I can't wait to see image tests of these lenses when they finally ship!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 17:02 UTC

8.5mm f2.8! Excellent!
I only wish the front elements were BLACK!
Oh well, can't have everything, I guess. ;-)

M4/3 users have been itching for an ultra-wide prime… wider than 12mm and faster than f4… for quite some time.

Hopefully the image quality is on par with the Panasonic 7-14mm f4, the Olympus 12mm f2 or the SLR Magic Hyperprime 12mm T1.6.

So, what about the price and shipping date?
I suspect M4/3 users will be lining up for this one!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 16:51 UTC as 39th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (471 comments in total)
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pellicle: Quick question. You say "During live view (before a half-press of the shutter button),"

what other view does the GH have?

There's Constant Preview, available only in M mode, that shows you exactly what your exposure is without needing to press a preview button.

When you change you f-stop or shutter speed you'll see the exposure change instantly. It's a Constant Live Preview.

For some odd reason, only the GH-series, GX7 and GM1 have that feature.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 04:05 UTC
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Joel Benford: If very shallow focus was my great interest in life, MFT is not the system I'd buy into. So I'm not really sure who this is for.

Maybe it's for people who don't do shallow focus much, but when they need it they need it bad?

Are there people like that?

Or is for people who like a Leica badge...

Fast lenses? Why?

Let's see…
Low, available light, handheld, keeping ISO low and shutter speeds as high as possible?
Wider apertures are made for this sort of situation.

It ain't all about DoF.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 21:18 UTC
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KrisAK: Here's an honest and somewhat goofy question, so everyone please take a deep breath...

Given the amount of in-camera correction that I understand is normal (and in fact one of the benefits of) m43 cameras, then isn't there a point of diminishing returns when it comes to stellar optical quality and the associated astronomical price?

The converse, I suppose, would be it's always best to start with the best image possible. But at some point do expensive improvements to the optics become, I don't know, redundant to downstream processing? (I said it was a goofy question.)

@agentul…
The correct US list price for the Voigtländer Nokton 42.5mm f0.95 is $999, not $1200. The US distributor is http://www.cameraquest.com (scroll down a bit to find it).

I often notice Amazon inflating list prices to give people that "oy, such a deal" feeling.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 11:20 UTC
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jeffharris: For $1600, I guess I'll be sticking with my Voigtländer 42.5mm f0.95 for $999.

http://cameraquest.com/voigt_M43_42.5.htm

@Archiver
With the Voigtländer 42.5mm the amount of veiling has to do with your distance from the subject.The close focusing distance (9" - 30cm ±) can exacerbate it, too.

At f0.95 and close distances, it's very gauzy looking, but as soon as you step back a few feet, veiling pretty much goes away.

It's truly is a joy to use and image quality is wonderful.

I look forward to a head-to-head comparison with the Nocticron!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2014 at 14:19 UTC
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