AlanG

Lives in United States Silver Spring, United States
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at www.goldsteinphoto.com
Joined on Mar 3, 2003

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I expect the next model won't have the continuous shooting option and will cost even more. An add on bulky $2000 "Mot" is the way to go retro.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 13:39 UTC as 94th comment

I love the lack of LCD. It's best for many to delay as long as possible seeing how bad their pictures are.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 11:53 UTC as 102nd comment

Can it pause for a couple of minutes after shooting 36 exposures? That's a feature I need.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 00:35 UTC as 171st comment | 7 replies
On Connect post Huawei P9 Leica-branded dual-cam made by Sunny Optical (79 comments in total)
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AlanG: I guess this is no different than the Trump brand on shirts. It is only about money.

More like certifiable.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 14:15 UTC
On Connect post Huawei P9 Leica-branded dual-cam made by Sunny Optical (79 comments in total)

I guess this is no different than the Trump brand on shirts. It is only about money.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 11:10 UTC as 14th comment | 8 replies
On article Pelican lightens up with Air cases (52 comments in total)
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gskolenda: They are way over priced! They need some stiff competition.

I use a Porter rolling case that serves double duty as a luggage cart. It holds the cameras in the bottom and a laptop in the top. It is very handy and has a gasket seal but may not be quite as sealed as a Pelican case.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 15:50 UTC
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Magnus Wedberg: The Meyer-Görlitz Domiplan 50mm F2.8 (as well as other similar lenses) is readily available in M42 mount, has the exact same optical construction, and sells for a couple of bucks. But I guess they are gunning for the hipster crowd.

After reading this post from Magnus I looked up on my shelf and there was a 50mm Domiplan on an old Praktica. Somebody gave me that camera years ago. It can't get much cheaper than that.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 15:22 UTC

Such a deal. Only $1299 for a very slow 50mm 3 element manual focus lens.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 15:18 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2053 comments in total)
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marc petzold: The A6300 really deserves optically from IQ-terms a much better "kitlens" than the average, mediocre SEL-1650P Powerzoom lens. Please, Sony! It was already not a good match onto the A6000 & NEX-6 predecessors.

I have numerous lenses that can fit my a6000 but rarely use them as the basic Sony lenses are so convenient.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 19:33 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2053 comments in total)
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marc petzold: The A6300 really deserves optically from IQ-terms a much better "kitlens" than the average, mediocre SEL-1650P Powerzoom lens. Please, Sony! It was already not a good match onto the A6000 & NEX-6 predecessors.

I do not always correct the distortion. it is very good to have barrel distortion when people are near the edges. I sometimes use DXO to add barrel distortion (anamorphosis) to my "distortion free" lenses.

I am an architectural shooter and I do use high quality TSE and prime lenses on my Canon for most assignments. However if you consider most shots of homes or buildings, the corners consist of sky, grass, roads, etc... stuff you don't need incredibly detailed. Interiors often have blank walls, ceilings, and floors in these areas.

I have been using the a6000 with 16-50 kit lens along with 55-210 for a number of projects and the results are excellent.

I sometimes get assignments from ad agencies to show the amenities in a neighborhood. These lenses are fine for that. Here is an assignment I shot last week using those two inexpensive lenses:

http://alangoldstein.photoshelter.com/gallery/Takoma-Silver-Spring-NW-Georgia-Ave-16-4/G0000FqxBBc.TPcQ/C00006dPeNvCsLWo

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 18:46 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2053 comments in total)
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marc petzold: The A6300 really deserves optically from IQ-terms a much better "kitlens" than the average, mediocre SEL-1650P Powerzoom lens. Please, Sony! It was already not a good match onto the A6000 & NEX-6 predecessors.

I have two of these 16-50s and am happy with them. I find the lens to be much better than many say. (I always shoot raw and use DXO for conversions so that may be a factor.) It is very inexpensive and very compact. Size and weight for a carry around camera was my primary importance. Edge sharpness is the least important to me. I did not buy the Nex 7 when it came out because its kit lens was too large for what I wanted in a compact camera.

In addition the power zoom allows me to zoom via remote control when camera is flying on my quadcopter.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 16:50 UTC

They are leaving money on the table. Why don't they gold plate it and write "Trump" on it and say "It's the best."

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 14:54 UTC as 18th comment
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Chaitanya S: Thats a big bag, but since this bag exists there must be some market for it.

I've been shooting interior work using strobes for decades. Before that I assisted a guy who used very heavy cases and hated it. I break my lighting gear down to several reasonable size and weight cases.

If you are carrying packs that heavy, you can use them to anchor your stands and don't need such heavy stands. (Older packs had a stand attachment for this.)

FWIW I started out using LF cameras & heavy and bulky Ascor and Speedotron gear. I moved to the Balcar P4 system which was lighter and more versatile.

Shooting digitally I only need to get f8 or so at ISO 100, I use Alien Bees and lightweight stands. I can fit 4 Alien Bees into a small hard case that originally was used for transporting a slide projector. The compact size and light weight allows me to move and setup much faster. Those Profoto heads are bigger and heavier than an AB. What features requires some to go on location with large packs rather than monoblocks? There are many advantages to monoblocks.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 15:26 UTC

Let's see, this video is used on a commercial site that has paid advertising. That is a violation unless the operator has a 333 exemption. Was the operator a licensed sport pilot or higher? Was there a spotter? Even if those requirements were met it is a safety violation to fly over people or within 500 feet of people or buildings.

Yes some of these rules seem unreasonable. But if the FAA doesn't come after the pilot for this then why do they have these rules and when will they enforce them?

I think DPReview has a responsibility to know the rules before posting a video that violates them. Otherwise they are encouraging this type of use which really hurts the legal operators out there.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2016 at 14:46 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies
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Max Iso: And so it begins. Soon we will see this thing flying in residential areas with a 300mm (600 equiv) lens, followed by police investigation.

Ban binoculars and telescopes while you are at it.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 17:14 UTC
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mgm2: Drones, quadcopters or what ever you call them are becoming a real problem in natural areas. Wildlife are being harassed to the point where some game agencies are considering banning them from state game lands.

FWIW they are banned from all US National Parks.

BTW, to use them commercially in the US (including selling photos or videos) requires an FAA 333 exemption and Pilot In Command operation by a licensed airplane pilot (Sport License or higher) along with a spotter. Other restrictions apply. The new FAA category of a license for small UAV operators is way past the date it was supposed to be available.

Peculiarly, hobbyists have way fewer restrictions even though they are likely to be way less qualified and less careful.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 16:12 UTC
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Joe Ogiba: I would prefer the Yuneec TORNADO H920 Multi-Rotor hex-copter with MFT or full frame 4K Sony A7s II low light camera.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_YIzSdBbUU

Yuneec has teamed up with Intel and is going to be giving DJI a run for their money. The Typhoon H is coming out soon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOFmlOj224c

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2016 at 18:55 UTC
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paulbysea: I guess this means the drone shot will become even more common in TV shows. I remember the days when aerial shots were a novelty now it is hard to find a show without one.
That being said, if I had the money I would love to have one. Think I will be looking at a more entry level one though on my budget.

I have several including an Inspire. Another craft I own carries an APS size camera for still photos. Often I use this only 10 to 30 feet off the ground to get a slightly elevated view of a home and its landscaping or decks.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2016 at 18:51 UTC
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mgm2: Drones, quadcopters or what ever you call them are becoming a real problem in natural areas. Wildlife are being harassed to the point where some game agencies are considering banning them from state game lands.

To the contrary. UAVs are being used in various aspects of wildlife management. This was some of the earliest uses for them before large numbers of hobbyists and filmmakers got involved.

https://www.avinc.com/public-safety/applications/environmental

http://www.suasnews.com/2013/03/first-hand-look-at-unmanned-aircraft-for-wildlife-management/

Additionally, numerous nature shows have used devices similar to the Inspire.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2016 at 18:45 UTC
On article How to: iFixit disassembles the Fujifilm X100T (109 comments in total)
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jantar: Can somebody explain to me what was the purpose of this silly exercise except ruining a camera by loosing track of some screws and a spring? Not to mention the entry of dust and possible maladjustment... OK, DPR can buy another one, but others? Quite expensive Lego game...As a photographer I am interested what comes out not what is in. And the most interesting is that all the comments go about details of this exercise and not about its silliness. Really weird.

I plan to make my own camera from scratch so these teardown guides are very helpful.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 12:26 UTC
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