Phil Flash

Phil Flash

Lives in United States San Francisco, CA, United States
Works as a Garbage Man
Joined on Jun 23, 2001
About me:

Equipment:
Two eyeballs (blue, sometimes need a little USM).

Canon 5d (image quality makes me forgive near-Kafkaesque ergos)
Canon 24-70 2.8 (almost too big and heavy, but super sharp)
Canon 35mm 1.4L (very nice, but 24-70 nearly as good)
Canon 50mm 1.8 MKII
Fotodiox pro Nikon --> EOS adapter (fun to use, but not for fast shots)
Canon 430EX flash
Minolta Autometer IIIf

THE BEST 35MM FILM CAMERAS EVER:
Nikon FM2 chrome (just enough dings that I'm fearless with it)
Nikon FM chrome and beautifully mint
Nikon FM black and beat up bad, but still working fine
Nikon 24mm 2.8 (pre AI)
Nikon 28mm 2.8AIS (focuses down to 3'!)
Nikon 35mm 2.0AIS (my old friend)
Nikon 45mm 2.8p (silver version, looks cool on chrome bodies)
Nikon 50mm 1.4 AI
Nikon 105mm 2.5 (pre AI)
Nikon 135mm 2.8 AIS
Nikon 20mm 2.8 AF (bought used for $200)
Tamron 80-210 3.8/4 adaptall mount (don't laugh, surprisingly not bad, only worth about $30 used, so I just keep it as a lightweight telezoom)

SMALLCAMS:
Oly 3030
Fuji F30
Olympus XA
Olympus XA4 (28mm lens)

MEDIUM FORMAT TRI-X EATERS:
Minolta Autocord (charming, but not for action)
Fuji GW690II (who knew a 6x9 could be lighter than a Nikon F5?)
Super Ricohflex 2 1/4 TLR (vintage 1950s)
Voitgtlander Vito (my father's old camera)
Zeiss Ikonta folding 6x9 camera (my late grandfather's camera)

DARKROOM
Beseler 23cII XL
Various enlarging lenses 50mm to 150mm and in between
Saunders 11x14 easel
Loads of Ilford paper

EQUIPMENT PREVIOUSLY OWNED
Sigma 30mm 1.4
* my favorite lens on DX. If you have a Nikon DSLR, failure to own this lens should be a photographic crime
Sigma 10-20mm 4/5.6
* Stunningly sharp 12-20mm, nice colors, funhouse mirror distortion 10-12mm
Nikon 80-200 2.8 push/pull AF oldie
* Very sharp, surprisingly decent focus speed, huge, too big to handhold below 1/250 sec
Nikon 85mm 1.8 AFD (if you take portraits, this is a must. makes me wonder how the 1.4 version could be any better)
Nikon 24 2.8 AFD (Acceptable, but I expected better in a prime)
Nikon 50mm 1.8 AFD (plastic fantastic! so light it's like not having a lens on the camera at all)
Nikon D100 (a very nice camera, but I always wished for a better viewfinder)
Nikon 24-85 AFS (sharp stopped down at F8, soft more open than that. Would have liked my D100 more if this hadn't been my only lens for the first year)
Nikon 70-210 f4/5.6 nonD (this lens was soft, but compact -- I fail to see the reason why it is a cult lens)

EQUIPMENT COVETED:
Canon 135mm F2L
Canon 85mm 1.8
Canon 17-40L
Sigma 12-24
Sigma 150mm 2.8 macro
Canon remote flash trigger

Comments

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Their 40mm F2 is my main lens on my Nikon D700. Fantastic and sharp. Not sure I need this one as I already have the Nikon 28,, 28 AIS and it's only slightly bigger than this one.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2012 at 20:15 UTC as 11th comment
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Phil Flash: I think with the original 5D and Nikon D700, the DSLR had finally matured at the full-frame level. The cameras lacked nothing in image quality, had good dynamic range, and enough resolution for enlargements up to 16x20 or so.

Everything else that is coming afterward is only gravy -- gravy with video.

As for AF, the D700 is more than fine for me. I tend to MF anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2012 at 17:58 UTC

I think with the original 5D and Nikon D700, the DSLR had finally matured at the full-frame level. The cameras lacked nothing in image quality, had good dynamic range, and enough resolution for enlargements up to 16x20 or so.

Everything else that is coming afterward is only gravy -- gravy with video.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2012 at 20:27 UTC as 38th comment | 11 replies
On Images of Panasonic GF5 start to appear article (130 comments in total)

GirlFriend 5! I think having tiny M43 options is great, even if they are driven by annoying menus.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2012 at 20:19 UTC as 21st comment
On Just Posted: Nikon D800 hands-on preview article (287 comments in total)
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neilc1: Same old story with the pricing in the UK. $2999.95 in the States here $3,788.72 again we're ripped off ......... WHY!

I'll gladly pay your prices if everyone in my country was covered by decent health care.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2012 at 19:09 UTC
On Nikon D800 preview (1118 comments in total)

Sexy.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2012 at 16:37 UTC as 296th comment
On Tamron and Tokina join Micro Four Thirds article (94 comments in total)

Tokina, please simply adapt your 11-16 2.8 for M43 right now.

Then get to work on M43-specific designs.

It shouldn't be too hard to innovate the heck out of Oly and Panasonic.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 00:18 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
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psn: As long as they don't pull a Sigma SD-1...

Somehow I doubt the camera will look and feel anything like the old OM-4. I'd buy it in a heartbeat if it does, specially with the same OM mount.

Somehow, the ergonomics of SLRs never got better after the classic pre-autofocus period. So many greats. All the OM 1, 2, and 4. Nikon FM2 and FE2. These were Fuji X100 SLRs. Simple, direct control. I miss those days, and I will never sell my Nikon FM2 bodies.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2012 at 20:34 UTC
On Fujifilm produces limited edition of 10,000 black X100s article (100 comments in total)

Call me crazy, but I prefer the chrome!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2012 at 00:18 UTC as 6th comment

These are unexciting focal lengths for m43. Plenty of better alternatives already exist. For NEX, maybe.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2012 at 01:58 UTC as 3rd comment

I seem to remember the day when a Canon QL17 film rangefinder was inexpensive, high performance, and easy to use. The world has gotten a little too complicated.

It sort of feels like Fuji is trying to take us back to simple times, but it's going to cost you.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2012 at 03:14 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply

Pity that they are concept-only. If it takes a year for Panasonic to bring these to market, it may really hurt them. I'm guessing the final aperture will be 2.5, like the 14mm pancake, after it was initially mentioned as being a 2.8

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2012 at 01:02 UTC as 46th comment

Gee, 6.3 at the long end. Thanks. That'll come in handy. /sarcasm.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 17:38 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply

It'd be cool to see that camera with the new X zoom lens.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2011 at 15:35 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
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fmian: Why on earth Nikon didn't just make a DX format mirrorless is beyond me.
They could have kitted them single lens with the 35mm 1.8, 10-24 or 40mm macro, with the same size body as the V1, and made bazillions of dollars in the process.

I agree. If they are trying to protect DX sales, that's ridiculous. It will take the public a long time to leave traditional DSLRs. By then the competition will have established mirrorless systems.

My love of Nikon is based on the old FM/FE/F3/F100 film cameras and the great AIS manual focus lenses. This is why I stick with Nikon.

When it comes to this new format, the Nikon name means nothing to me.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2011 at 17:35 UTC

Most of these companies take a long time to figure out that what enthusiasts really want out of a compact camera is compact fast primes, like Panasonic's m43 20mm 1.7 and 14mm 2.5. We don't want the same big clunky zoom or a blah F3.5/5.6 kit lens.

I'm not impressed by the camera's sensor size. With its Nex system, Sony managed to make a similarly-sized camera with the same sensor used by DX DSLRs. APS-C lenses can be compact.

I do believe mirrorless is the future of where ALL digital photography is headed. I'll take a wait and see approach before I judge this particular camera. The menus look like a nice change of pace from Sony and Panasonic's. But I can't get over the fact that it will be hampered by a small sensor and clunky slow-aperture lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2011 at 17:28 UTC as 29th comment
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