AlanG

AlanG

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

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On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2269 comments in total)
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NCB: OK, you go out and snap away with the T just as you might with say a Sony CSC, and it's not the same. DPReview didn't like the Nikon Df either, for much the same reasons. I have the Df. It's a dream of a camera and I wouldn't be parted from it.

Not all of us go around with our digicam glued to the eye and snapping at everything which moves. For a start, you miss a lot of good scenes that way. Some of us take our time. I see a scene which has got something and mentally frame the possibilities before ever I get the camera out. I turn it on and twiddle the odd setting, if necessary, before it gets to the eye. There's nothing in the operation of the T which you've run through which would put me off. In the slightest.

I want sharp pics with the right colour and exposure. The JPGs might be a tad flat; seeing what alternative settings could do would be useful. But the colours are superbly natural. The T has distinct attractions.

Expensive? Not for a Leica. Or other options for that matter.

I don't see why you can't use any camera as slowly and methodically as you would want. But if the camera won't work as quickly as you need, you are out of luck.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 01:10 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2269 comments in total)
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The Customer: I've already read enough about the camera, on line, to know that if I could afford one, it would almost certainly be my daily shooter. Beautiful!

Exquisite lines and, from the footage I've seen about its creation, craftsmanship! I especially like the colourful body skins -- very stylish and high-tech while still conveying a playful air! I think that's what appeals to me the most about this camera, the feeling that it's been designed for people who want to fit precision, performance, and Leica's rich tradition in their pockets, while still being able to have fun. It's a camera that says, "Hello friend, let's play!"

Those colorful skins may not have been so well thought through. This comment is copied from a Leica forum....

Looks are indeed great but what a disappointment in use. It not only is very hard to put on or to remove, but you have to do this every time to acces the SD card or USB port or to replace the battery. On top of that I did not figure out yet how to remove or put on the T snap without detaching the strap (left side)

So every time you need to charge the battery you need to do the following :
- search for the "pin" to detach the strap (where do you guys put the pin so that it is always with you and does not get lost )
- detach the strap left side
- detach the lens
- try to remove the T-snap (good luck to do that in less than half a minute)
- put the lens on or a body cap to prevent dust on the sensor while charging
- remove, recharge battery and replace
- detach lens again or body cap
- put the T snap back on
- attach the strap left side
- mount the lens

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 00:59 UTC
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AlanG: I bet photos made of the region by RIT photo students over the decades would probably encompass an interesting documentary collection.

Also keep in mind how many serious amateur photographers lived in Rochester all of those years. Including former Kodak employees. They must have documented the heck out of that city and facility.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 03:14 UTC

I bet photos made of the region by RIT photo students over the decades would probably encompass an interesting documentary collection.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 01:39 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
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rowlandw: I spent some time in Rochester around 2000 and perceived it as a good value proposition to move to (from Boston) but stayed put. Sorry it's on hard times and hope it doesn't become a little Detroit. I hope RIT (great school) can help buoy the city's fortunes. BTW I'm in Maine now which IS a good value proposition!

I attended RIT from 70-74. Keep in mind that RIT is in South Henrietta and not really in Rochester. So if anything, it draws people and businesses away from the city. I believe the University of Rochester is the area's largest employer.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 01:34 UTC

Yes, as mentioned, having a curved sensor will simplify lens design in general. Lenses can be designed for a specific curve and still have a lot of imaging advantages even if the ideal solution would be a different curve for each lens. (I guess someday a curved sensor could be built into each lens on an interchangeable camera as Ricoh did.)

Btw my guess is these are concave sensors not a curve in one direction on an otherwise flat sensor. But I'm not sure.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 23:14 UTC as 47th comment

Why no removable baseplate?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 00:40 UTC as 122nd comment
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Markol: I sometimes see people using tablets for taking photos, so I guess that's the connection to this article being posted on the dpr site. Otherwise I would think that it's slowly turning into a tech-blog.

Well this can be a photo accessory. I use DSLR Controller software to connect my Samsung Galaxy phone to my 5DIII for tethered shooting. You connect them with a USB cord and the software starts up instantly on the phone. I could see using a larger tablet for this also.

Also, a lot of photographers use a tablet for a portfolio.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 17:54 UTC
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (158 comments in total)
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W5JCK: Bridge cameras like this one and the RX10 or still what I consider to be sub-enthusiast level. The 1" sensor is too small to deliver quality IQ at any low light level. That f/2.8 lens on a 1" sensor is equivalent to a f/5.0 lens on an APC-S camera. Pretty darn slow for wide open, and thus rather lacking in low light capability. A f/4.0 lens on a 1" sensor is equivalent to a f/7.1 lens on an APC-S camera. So this camera basically has a f/4--f/7.1 zoom lens compared to APS-C DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Meh! For the price of the RX10 you would be better off with a a6000 and a few good lenses. This one is cheaper, but still not worth the price for anyone who wants an enthusiasts level and above IQ. This is a mom/dad camera used to take little pictures to post on the internet. Again, meh!

"This 1" sensor camera. Anyone who thinks this little sensor camera can be set to f/2.8 and duplicate the photo exposure, low noise, an IQ of FF or even a APS-C using the same settings is quite delusional and extremely confused."

Yes but that is only one way to look at it.

The smaller lens and sensor will give much more depth of field at f2.8, so if that is what you are looking for, it may be a solution.

I found similar improvement in gaining more depth of field by moving from 4x5 to 6x9cm. I ended up needing f16 on some interior shots instead of f22 due to the shorter lens. This meant needing half the number of flash units or fewer multiple pops.

Now I am shooting on FF 35mm instead of 6x9 and may only need f8 with a 24mm lens. Thus I can use much lighter strobes.

If you go to a 1 inch sensor with 9mm lens & can use f2.8 and get enough DOF for a group photo, or interior for instance, it will be possible to use much weaker supplementary lighting at a given ISO.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 23:29 UTC
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (158 comments in total)
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W5JCK: Bridge cameras like this one and the RX10 or still what I consider to be sub-enthusiast level. The 1" sensor is too small to deliver quality IQ at any low light level. That f/2.8 lens on a 1" sensor is equivalent to a f/5.0 lens on an APC-S camera. Pretty darn slow for wide open, and thus rather lacking in low light capability. A f/4.0 lens on a 1" sensor is equivalent to a f/7.1 lens on an APC-S camera. So this camera basically has a f/4--f/7.1 zoom lens compared to APS-C DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Meh! For the price of the RX10 you would be better off with a a6000 and a few good lenses. This one is cheaper, but still not worth the price for anyone who wants an enthusiasts level and above IQ. This is a mom/dad camera used to take little pictures to post on the internet. Again, meh!

If I am considering buying a small sensor camera with a fast lens for low light work I understand that alternatively, I can shoot in the same low light level with similar noise characteristics using a larger sensor with a slower lens and a higher ISO. All of these factors make up the end result... ISO, focal length + lens speed (light transmission and depth of field,) sensor size, resolution, and noise quality.

However, I am not sure if anyone is making tests for the entire package - e.g. the way to get the best low light performance in terms of resolution, dynamic range and noise, using the smallest camera and lens with the most depth of field.

Understanding all of the possibilities is how to decide what camera to use for what application.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 21:33 UTC
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (158 comments in total)
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W5JCK: Bridge cameras like this one and the RX10 or still what I consider to be sub-enthusiast level. The 1" sensor is too small to deliver quality IQ at any low light level. That f/2.8 lens on a 1" sensor is equivalent to a f/5.0 lens on an APC-S camera. Pretty darn slow for wide open, and thus rather lacking in low light capability. A f/4.0 lens on a 1" sensor is equivalent to a f/7.1 lens on an APC-S camera. So this camera basically has a f/4--f/7.1 zoom lens compared to APS-C DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Meh! For the price of the RX10 you would be better off with a a6000 and a few good lenses. This one is cheaper, but still not worth the price for anyone who wants an enthusiasts level and above IQ. This is a mom/dad camera used to take little pictures to post on the internet. Again, meh!

Of course f2.8 is still f2.8 regardless of the focal length. But another way to look at this may also be to consider how high an ISO is usable across different size sensors. All else being equal, maybe you can re-interpret f stop "usefulness" based on ISO and noise.

So let's say hypothetically that a full frame camera will give three stops higher ISO performance than a smaller sensor camera, you could then say that this is also similar to having a lens that is three stops faster.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 16:12 UTC
On Adobe teases new 'Focus masks' feature article (64 comments in total)
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Jogger: Im surprised this is just being developed now. The underlying algorithms are probably similar to focus peaking.. with the added step of creating the selection mask.

I know this creates a mask layer for retouching and C1 does not. But the point is this is generated the same way as what C1 does using similar technology. I was responding to the post about the algorithm being similar to focus peaking.

However, I don't see why C1 could not use the focus mask to generate a retouching layer should they wish to. But C1 has limited retouching capabilities although it does have local masking and layers. So most people would retouch in PS or some other program.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 03:11 UTC
On Adobe teases new 'Focus masks' feature article (64 comments in total)
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Jogger: Im surprised this is just being developed now. The underlying algorithms are probably similar to focus peaking.. with the added step of creating the selection mask.

Phase One has had a focus masking feature for a long time. The main application is for the photographer or an assistant to quickly see if the subject is moving out of the focus range while shooting tethered.

I don't think it can be used to mask an area for retouching since C1 has limited retouching capabilities anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 21:18 UTC
On Picquest wants to be the Uber for photography post (24 comments in total)
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ryanshoots: A ride in a car is a ride in a car, so let's choose photographers the same way. Another platform to race to the bottom with.

I see the app working this way, You click on it and a guy next to you taps you on the shoulder and says he can shoot photos for you with his iPhone.

I agree this would only be for very low end assignments but I can't even understand who would be looking for this and how often they would hire a photographer. Maybe if you needed a passport photo and didn't want to travel far.

It is pretty easy to find a photographer on the web. And you can examine their work and choose a specialist. So I can't see what kind of client would need to find a photographer that way. Of course you want to judge a photographer's work by looking at their portfolio on your cell phone while you are in a hurry.

And it isn't as if the photographer needs to be within a mile of you. They do have cars. Once someone finds a photographer this way, are they ever going to use the app again?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 02:30 UTC

I wonder what Karel Donk is moving on to do. What a great opportunity for the real Chuck Westfall to now make a Fake Karel Donk blog site.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 23:42 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies

Keep in mind that if copyrights are to have meaning, copyright holders must go after infringers... both to get compensation and to educate the public that they should not infringe the work of others.

Surely many people infringe unknowingly or simply think they'll never get caught and thus are putting themselves and their businesses at financial risk.

I have been using Google Image search to track down infringement of my work. So infringement is much easier to find now. I register my images with the copyright office and in order to defend my own rights and the rights of other photographers, I have no choice but to turn over all examples I locate to an attorney. I have a right to receive statutory damages that are much higher than what I may have charged for licensed usage.

Once some of these cases are resolved, I may do my own posts illustrating what photographers can and should do... partially as a reaction to the attitude by some that what's on the web should be fair game.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 20:53 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

The only comment I can think of is it seems to be a better deal than a $100,000 razor.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2009401/Worlds-expensive-razor-goes-sale-100-000--SAPPHIRE-blades.html

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 01:30 UTC as 48th comment
On Sony a6000 Review preview (714 comments in total)
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justmeMN: DPR: "The a6000's kit lens isn't great from an image quality point of view, regularly producing images with very poor corners ..."

That's a significant flaw, that should have prevented it from getting a Gold Award.

I have the Nex 6 and like the 16-50 kit lens because it is so small and light. I rarely care that much about corner sharpness wide open. And the barrel distortion often enhances the photos and can be corrected easily when needed. So what is not to like for only about $150 more? I really don't want an expensive camera/lens combo for something I typically carry around for fun which may take some bumps along the way. I t could be better but is good enough for my purposes.

As mentioned there are "better" lenses available too, but this compact lens sold me on the Nex 6 in the first place.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2014 at 21:30 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)
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DigiMatt: DPReview are you or will you be paid by Sony to promote this camera? Your Sony marketing machine seems to be in overdrive.

I agree with moe lem. I think it is obvious that Sony is pushing technology pretty hard and keep coming out with interesting cameras that are differentiated from what anyone else is offering. That makes their products news worthy. By comparison, the Leica T also got a lot of attention, and what is special about that?... a minimized touch screen interface for better or worse, and a high price for a camera with fairly outdated technology and sluggish performance. It does not even have a built in EVF and look at how small a camera Sony fit that into.

The fact that this small camera has such good video, fast lens and a built in EVF is extremely impressive and may make the price justifiable to many. Sony has to recoup their high level of R&D costs somehow.

I am a Canon shooter who also owns a Nex 6. I sure would like to see Canon make something similar to an A7r but so far they have not. If Capture One could directly tether to the A7r I would be using one with my Canon TSE lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2014 at 19:28 UTC
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love_them_all: Thanks to the F- stoppers for digging this up! Now I know how to remove the water mark off my grad photos. I won't know how to do that if it weren't for you guys! Who would go into such depth on the net to dig up a blog post that won't even show up on the first few pages of google search!

Whatever your opinion is about the rights of any subject in a photo does not make it OK for anyone to advocate stealing any photo they don't want to pay for.

Separately, you make it out that these subjects were offended by the photos when there is no evidence of that. The author is suggesting that if you like your photo, you can download it and remove the copyright notice and use the photo as you please. You would be unlikely to want to steal it if you thought it was a bad photo of you. Thus the mere act if downloading and altering establishes that the image has value and is useful to someone.

And how is this author limiting his encouragement to steal photos just to graduation photos of yourself?

The only reason this watermark is placed over a photo is to discourage theft, not to make someone look bad.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2014 at 13:25 UTC
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