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jtan163

jtan163

Lives in Australia Adelaide, Australia
Joined on Oct 25, 2010
About me:

Just another guy with a camera.

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On Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review article (546 comments in total)

The thing that surprised me most about the C-AF sequence is the CA in frame 6.

I have the 45mm ƒ/1.8 and I have not noticed any CA on my EM-5 I.

Is that actually CA (around he guy's helmet) or am I mis-interpreting the pic?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2015 at 06:28 UTC as 8th comment

Late reply I know but reading through the comments it's clear a lot of people don't understand how close focus distance is measured.

Focus distance is not specified from the front element.

Focus distance is specified from the sensor/film plane.

Most cameras have a little symbol a crossed circle somewhere on the body. That is where the sensor/film plane is and that is where focus distances are measured from. It's usually somewhere near the rear of the body on the top or side.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 23:07 UTC as 2nd comment
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Jim Evidon: I really don't see the advantage to this device. It is larger and heavier than a simple tripod plate such as the standard Acra. You can buy several Acra type tripod plates for the cost of this device and simply leave them on your camera.
I'd rather leave the Acra plate on the camera (s) than this overbuilt monster.
I'll pass.

It's probably more intended for video people. Edelkrone is a video gear company, and video shooters often need to move their cameras to different kit ina day.
E.g. slider, tripod, shoulder rig, crane/jib, drone, dolly, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2015 at 21:47 UTC

NIfty. Edelkrone make some really innovative products.
Pity they get knocked off so fast by Indian and Chinese companies.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2015 at 21:45 UTC as 15th comment
On Fujifilm X100T successor rumored to feature new lens article (296 comments in total)
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JeffNYC: I wonder if Fuji has experimented with a full frame prototype.

Their execs have certainly suggested FF is an area they can not ignore.

Wouldn't be surprised to see an MF either.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 18:13 UTC
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Jonathan F/2: A lot of haters on here. I don't see other manufacturers churning out the amount of new glass like Nikon. If Nikon does one thing right it's lenses. The fact that I can mount 100s if not thousands of lenses spanning several decades is a testament to the bedrock of the F mount.

The F mount is fine.
Crappy nikon QC, and the Nikon aperture lever?
Not so much.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 22:04 UTC

A Nikon exec must have accidently stumbled onto a photography forum... "oh testing. testing. Hey you guys, over their in production are we testing these things? All these consumer people want us to test this crap before we ship it... who knew? Can't hurt can it?"

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 22:03 UTC as 3rd comment
On Sony Alpha 7R II: Real-world ISO invariance study article (333 comments in total)

My first DSLR was a D7000 and I've been using similar techniques since I had it - I shot a lot of architecture at night off a tripod.

One technique I used for composition and focus is to to use LV and jack the ISO up, punch in if necessary, then reset ISO to base and shoot.

In some conditions you may need to open the aperture too.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 20:45 UTC as 47th comment
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Augusto F S: This lens, Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f5.6E ED VR, does not come with crystal nano cover (2006 technology), but comes with integrated super cover (1970 technology). Could explain me why this regression? How is the correction of shadows and ghosts without coverage nano crystal instead of the old thecnologie (SIC)?

@Joe Porto - I agree - not quite sure how the game has changed, but something is happening.
Perhaps it just a response to Tamron and Sigma's price/performance or simply a way to keep enthusiasts in Nikon (i.e. to compete with the Canon 400mm ƒ5.6 which may have been important differentiator between between Nikon and Canon) perhaps it is more than that, but pricing a lens this well specified is IMO a signal of change in the way Nikon sees the market.

About time.
Wonder if we will see a camera with similar sport/wildlife appeal to match at a price point less than the flagship.
E.g. a juiced up (higher FPS, deeper buffer) D750 or the fabled D400.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2015 at 03:10 UTC
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Beckler8: A general comment about new zoom lenses - why don't they have power (motorized) zoom? They do realize their SLR's shoot video now, right? Several mirrorless camera lenses like Sony, Panasonic, have power zoom - what, they have some special use that calls for it? No, rather it's needed for all video and would be useful for stills too if there was a control on the body because it would mean you don't have to fiddle with lens controls if you don't want. Yes, I know you don't want to zoom constantly during video. I've said this before here and the objections are generally nonsense. Anyway, think of it this way: every video camera/camcorder ever made has power zoom; DSLR's are video cameras too.

Beckler8 I'm not sure about the many mirrorless camera lenses with some kind of PZ, but I know most stills lenses aren't and there is a extra cost associated with parfocal lens designs.

I do know about the Sony 28-135. Thats a $2700 ƒ/4 that is especially designed for video (It's a kit lens on the FS7) and may well be near or parfocal.
Sony probably have a decent amount of in house experience in parfocal lenses and probably so do panasonic, both being video camera makers.
NIkon probably don't.
That is one of the big things that a lot of ppl overlook when talking about stills makers like Nikon and Oly not having this or that video optimised feature - those companies unlike Canon, Panny and Sony can't draw on their decades of existing R&D work ad engineering experience.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 00:25 UTC
On Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras article (453 comments in total)
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Chillbert: Ironically I just bought a new Sony lens (35/1.8) for my trusty NEX 5N on the same day as this announcement. I have been assuming that Sony was bound to produce a great next-generation "back" such as the alleged a7000... The article doesn't go so far as to say they will stop innovating in the APS-C line, but it does give me pause. Maybe I'll switch to Fuji after all, for the long haul.

Read the Fuji interviews - IIRC their execs are saying they can't ignore FF they're just not there yet.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 14:37 UTC
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Beckler8: A general comment about new zoom lenses - why don't they have power (motorized) zoom? They do realize their SLR's shoot video now, right? Several mirrorless camera lenses like Sony, Panasonic, have power zoom - what, they have some special use that calls for it? No, rather it's needed for all video and would be useful for stills too if there was a control on the body because it would mean you don't have to fiddle with lens controls if you don't want. Yes, I know you don't want to zoom constantly during video. I've said this before here and the objections are generally nonsense. Anyway, think of it this way: every video camera/camcorder ever made has power zoom; DSLR's are video cameras too.

Because a mnotorized zoom is not all that useful for video unless it is parfocal.
You seen the price of cine/broadcast zooms?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 14:13 UTC

Interesting - B&H is listing the 200-500 as Nano Crystal and SIC.
With 3ED that sounds like a real bargain.

This really interests me even if B&H is wrong.
I've been eyeing off second hand orignal versions of the 80-400, but this is kinda sounding decent.

Have to see the test shots, but mmmmm....

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 14:10 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
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Nien: Did anyone notice that there is NO RAIN COVER on this backpack?

I have done an exhausting research recently to choose the right backpack for my growing set of equipment + notebook. This was among the best options I found due to size, durability, protection and other details. The price is also a plus.

But no rain cover? This is pretty basic in my opinion and it was extremely disappointed with CaseLogic.

After all I ended up with the original best choice - Lowepro Pro Tactic - and I am really happy with that choice. The details make the difference - great build, solid, great material, great straps. I honestly don't see the other manufacturers competing with it in a decent level.

@Nung, not sure what you call and everyday pack, but I'd suggest taking a look at Aarn packs.
They are proper packs designed for bush, but they also have day and overnight sized packs.
They are not photography packs though.
However....

They have some large pockets called balance pockets which fit to the front of the harness and distribute the load better and help you stand upright (instead of bending over).
They have two sets of balance pockets designed for photographers.

And you can reach your photography gear while your pack is on.

I don't have them, but I am pretty sure I'll end up with at least one Aarn pack and photography balance pockets.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 23:43 UTC
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Miki Nemeth: By December Sony will announce A7Sii with ISO 16 million for $2500, IBIS, EF (via Metabones) support, 4K internal with a FF BSI sensor being developped these days. Even today pros use A7S for low light a hell lot. No chance for Canon to kick A7S position for low-light videography.

I'm not in professional video/film at any level but I read/watch a number of blogs/vlogs of people who are.

I get the impression that at the low end of town a lot of people are shooting A7S's instead of C100/300s. An A7S for a wedding shooter give usable footage and depth of field in a church and costs way less than a C100.

I think some ENG/new videographers shooters are also using the A7S because it's small form factor is handy in terms of more covert/low key coverage and convenience in fast moving situations.

I think at the mid and higher levels A7S's are being used as supplements to a variety of cameras making low light work possible.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 12:37 UTC

BTW why is sh[i]t swearing and crap not?
At worst it's vulgar, coarse. Like the swear filter.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 10:01 UTC as 23rd comment

A $30 pledge now gets your a $10 discount later?
So that reward is you get to pay $20 more than someone who does not pledge?

I really like Peake Design's products and have bought a number of them. including multiples copies of some.

But I think that is a really crappy way to reward someone who is willing to invest when you need it most - before the product ships.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 10:00 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On Flickr brings back Pro account option article (74 comments in total)
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MeganV: The internet needs less photography-mediated-by-Marissa-Mayer and more photography-mediated-by-photographers.

I wish people weren't so intimidated by HTML <IMG> tags.

Because that's really what Flickr is, right--it's an HTML avoidance system. It lets you post photographs by learning to use Flickr instead of the <IMG> tag. It lets you share photographs with links to Flickr's domain rather than with links to *your* domain. It keeps your conversations and interactions within its walled community rather than within your e.mail box, on your messenger, or on *your* web site.

But basic HTML and <IMG> tags aren't hard! If you can use Flickr, you can whip up some tags.

True, web hosting isn't free. But you can get your own domain, comprehensive analytics, and unlimited storage for $5 - $8 / month with just about any provider you might choose. That's not much of a premium over this new Flickr "pro" arrangement.

Believe me, Flickr defeats my Mum, let alone HTML!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 09:49 UTC
On Flickr brings back Pro account option article (74 comments in total)

There's no such thing as Pro Photographers - Marissa "Backflip" Mayer.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 09:47 UTC as 9th comment
On Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR article (331 comments in total)
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kevin_r: I suppose it would have cost an extra $500 if
nikon had added two more aperture blades.....???!
What an idiotic, stingy decision on their part for a lens in this price range.

No 7 aperture blades and a variable aperture leaves room for a $1500+ constant aperture with 9 blades.
It'll be releases with the D400, I guess. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 13:28 UTC
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