Denis of Whidbey Island

Denis of Whidbey Island

Lives in United States Whidbey Island, United States
Works as a photography
Has a website at www.whidbeypanoramas.com
Joined on Oct 5, 2002
About me:

More than 50 years into photography, professional experience started in early '70s at Stock Car Racing Magazine.
More interesting past gear has included a new Nikon F back in the day, Widelux 1500, Art Panorama, Roundshot 65EL, Roundshot Super 220VR, Fuji GX617, Noblex 150U, Canham 5x7, Sinar P, Toyo field, Fuji Texas Leica, Rollei SL66, Hasselblad 500C ...

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These guys, http://www.zoerk.com/, have made MF-to-FF adapters (sans optics) for more than 20 years. It was handy to use an MF lens as a shift lens on 35mm.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2015 at 13:37 UTC as 8th comment

Would knowledge of large format black and white photography with a digital insert qualify?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 23:38 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
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The Photo Ninja: You can pay for a lot of professionally printed photos for the price of this.

I've been doing my own prints for gallery sales for nearly 20 years. Epson 2000, 7600 and 4000 were none too reliable, but more profitable than lab prints. For five (?) years I've been using the Epson 3880; it's dead reliable, never clogs, does a great job.

I do have larger prints done outside, but pigment prints are often expensive from those sources and my customers don't grab chemical prints as rapidly as that ones I print.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 16:35 UTC
On article RX aeternus? Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II review (268 comments in total)

Typo in IQ summary, refers to, "... the original RX10 II ..."

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 20:39 UTC as 93rd comment | 1 reply
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falconeyes: @Brittany Hillen:
> Sans an adapter

I read "Sans" is archaic and used by foreign speakers more than native speakers. It is French for without. Also in this thread, I see this word causes quite some confusion.

My question: Did you use this word for a reason, came it natural for you, or thinking about it now, would you use 'without' instead?

Are you a native speaker, US or UK?

I ask because I am curious to learn about the language. My native language is German.

I'm a native speaker (born in Mo., the heartland) and it comes naturally to me. I also own an OED and a shelf of style guides and other books on usage. There's nothing wrong with not writing to the lowest common denominator.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2015 at 14:56 UTC
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falconeyes: @Brittany Hillen:
> Sans an adapter

I read "Sans" is archaic and used by foreign speakers more than native speakers. It is French for without. Also in this thread, I see this word causes quite some confusion.

My question: Did you use this word for a reason, came it natural for you, or thinking about it now, would you use 'without' instead?

Are you a native speaker, US or UK?

I ask because I am curious to learn about the language. My native language is German.

I'm sans ennui over the use of sans.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2015 at 04:07 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2124 comments in total)

After six days intensive shooting in coastal Maine, my main gripe about the a7R2 is how easy it is to accidentally bump a control and mess up settings. Mostly it would slip to the wrong ISO setting, which is NOT convenient when the situation demands auto ISO and it slides into the 50 position! I've learned to keep an eye on the settings display.

That problem is probably offset by the goodness of the dedicated exposure compensation dial and the many custom buttons.

But this experience has not made me regret defecting from Nikon after 45 years.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2015 at 16:07 UTC as 337th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2124 comments in total)
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adengappasami: The battery life on this camera is super bad. U need atleast a couple of additional batteries to get over a day. Around 500 shots is where it will drop dead. Luckily i have a bunch of batteris from my Sony A7r

Just got back from six days shooting in Acadia NP, Stonington, Rockport, Maine. Never used more than two batteries a day with the a7R2, including lots of bracketing and surf-breaking-on-rocks sequences. About 3,000 captures with the a7R2. Carried a total of five batteries for the a7R2 and a6000 and was fine even when I didn't have time to fully recharge all at night. YMMV.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2015 at 16:02 UTC
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Philnw2: OK - point well made. But can anyone show me a camera that is perfect? There are none - they are all a set of compromises. I've only had my A7Rm2 a week today - but i love it - artifacts, warts and all. Its got the largest VF out there on a FF camera. Its quieter than the DSLRs i tried, and about 1/2 their weight. No micro phase calibrations anymore - Nearly every shot i've taken has been sharp with this camera, in manual mode or AF.
I've joined a really cool gallery recently, i'm the only photographer, and i've discovered that none of the painters is concerned about the artifacts with their paint strokes. I know that is a shocking fact for some.

I hope that Sony will fix this problem, but i won't be returning this camera, its too dang good in so many other ways. There is no other FF mirrorless camera out there. I shot with a Nikon D4 in a blind before i bought the Sony. And the racket from the shutter was so loud this stellar jay looked up to find the noise.

Sad to realize what agony is sparked by the fact that some of us consider the a7R2 a useful tool. Happily, your choices contrary to my own cause me no pain.
I would really like to have an uncompressed raw option, but won't lose sleep over it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2015 at 04:57 UTC
On article BSI Boss? Sony Alpha 7R II added to studio scene (535 comments in total)
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Ednaz: It's impressive, but I compared with Nikon D800E and D810, at ISO 1600, 3200, and 6400, all raw, and there's a little back and forth on which system does better depending on what parts of the test image you look at, but in general the Nikon gear doesn't lose anything on resolution, and is cleaner.

Lens systems have a lot of gravity... if I've got 10 top end Nikkor lenses that cover the types of things I shoot a lot of, there's a lot of pull to stay with that system. Switching systems and replicating the kit would be a huge economic hit. A system would have to hugely outperform, not just at the margins.

Sony's doing impressive things, but they're competing against 50 years of lenses: f1.2 lenses, f1.4 at every major prime focal length, 2.8 zoom kits, a set of super-telephotos. I acquired my lens kit over 15 years. It'll take a rocket ship to break free of that gravity, and sustained lack of innovation from Nikon.

Still, nice work, Sony. You're in the game of leapfrog now.

And how's that Nikon D810 banding problem you were complaining about a month ago? You seem awfully confident in your qualifications to dis other photographers ... especially considering your plea for help formatting an SD card when you first moved up to a professional Nikon.
I suspect that any photographer confident in his choice of equipment won't feel emasculated by another photographer selecting something different.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 04:57 UTC
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JOrmsby: Kudos to you guys for looking into this. And I agree, uncompressed RAW should certainly be included on a $3500 high MP camera aimed at professionals.

Agreed! I was not losing sleep over this issue, but didn't realize, for example, that the reduction to 12-bit applies when bracketing is turned on. Sony, please give us a firmware patch with uncompressed raw!

I also cringe at the thought that these reports undermine the biased-reporting claims of the DSLR-forever crowd. What will be left for them to post about?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 16:28 UTC
On article BSI Boss? Sony Alpha 7R II added to studio scene (535 comments in total)
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Ednaz: It's impressive, but I compared with Nikon D800E and D810, at ISO 1600, 3200, and 6400, all raw, and there's a little back and forth on which system does better depending on what parts of the test image you look at, but in general the Nikon gear doesn't lose anything on resolution, and is cleaner.

Lens systems have a lot of gravity... if I've got 10 top end Nikkor lenses that cover the types of things I shoot a lot of, there's a lot of pull to stay with that system. Switching systems and replicating the kit would be a huge economic hit. A system would have to hugely outperform, not just at the margins.

Sony's doing impressive things, but they're competing against 50 years of lenses: f1.2 lenses, f1.4 at every major prime focal length, 2.8 zoom kits, a set of super-telephotos. I acquired my lens kit over 15 years. It'll take a rocket ship to break free of that gravity, and sustained lack of innovation from Nikon.

Still, nice work, Sony. You're in the game of leapfrog now.

Just returned from the post office where I dropped off the last of my Nikon gear. My goal is a concise/compact kit around the a7RM2 and a6000. Nikon's reluctance to seriously pursue mirrorless cost them a faithful customer of 35 years.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2015 at 23:08 UTC

Did I miss the part of video with the demonstration of shooting in portrait orientation?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 17:40 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On article DJI Phantom 3 Standard photography drone unveiled (73 comments in total)

Kinda irritating that this came out shortly after I got the Phantom 3 Advanced. This would have worked for my purposes at lower cost. So will they add those additional flying modes (Follow Me, Waypoint Navigation and Point of Interest flight planning) via firmware to our more expensive Phantom 3s?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 22:35 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply

Saw the video on this a few days ago; nice bag but not cheap! I'll stick with my old Temba Messenger.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 19:40 UTC as 46th comment | 2 replies

France (a country I love, having lived there in my youth) has been photographer-hostile for a while. Back in the '90s I got chased off the Trocadero while shooting with a tripod-mounted (obviously) Roundshot. The cops watched until I packed up and left. Then I inquired what it would take to shoot in the Versailles palace gardens and learned it would cost $2000US.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 15:05 UTC as 176th comment

Having used an older 500mm f/4 (two generations back?), the weight reduction will be welcome. Ditto for the 600mm, the last of which I used being manual focus.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 04:10 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR (331 comments in total)

Well, it's July 2 somewhere.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 04:07 UTC as 98th comment
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(unknown member): did I read this right " + - shift at normal distances" ????

To shift on FF would require a larger image circle. I know little about optics design, but understand that it's more challenging to achieve a larger image circle (sensor coverage) at short focal lengths.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 13:43 UTC

It will be interesting to read an objective review of the real-world shooting experience with this. Like the similar Sony device, DxO has left Nikon (which I use) and Canon in the dust as far as trying to cater to the phonera crowd, allowing real instant connectivity. Having been a DxO Optics Pro user for years, I suspect that this will produce some good images.

OTOH, as a Samsung phablet user, I'm happy to see that the Apple crowd gets to shell out the price of a Sony 1" compact for a more cumbersome imaging device.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 14:14 UTC as 130th comment
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