Nikonparrothead

Nikonparrothead

Lives in United States Longboat Key, FL, United States
Works as a Editor
Joined on Mar 21, 2004

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OBI656: Expensive, Studio need at least 3 lights means $3,600.00. For this amount of money you approach territory of ProFoto.

Won't dispute the value of Profoto it's industry standard gear for a reason but there's a definite niche for the Indra. It'll take a bite out of Quadra sales and likely push other manufacturers (Elinchrom, Broncolor, Metz and the China-based manufacturers) to work on their own TTL compatible units.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 12:59 UTC
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Top Dog Imaging: Elinchrom quadras are better

Have to agree with Plum, the Quadras ( and I own two) are different and in truth older technology since they're not TTL. More importantly the Quadra heads are just the bulb while all the crucial electronics are in the pack. The Indra is essentially a DC head with all the guts self contained. The battery pack is just that, a battery. And of course there's the AC inverter unit. Thiugh with the lead acid Quadra at least, it's possible to just plug in the battery while shooting.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 12:54 UTC
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Nikonparrothead: They use contract photographers now (Dave Black comes to mind) and will do that or take advantage of wire services. Heck, contract photographers have been shooting the swimsuit issue for how long now? Stock photography doesn't enter into it.

But I looked at a recent SI and it had virtuallyno advertising. I suspect a cutback to monthly is in its future as well.

And how big a "staff" did that editor deal with? He was dealing directly with the audience/readers, as opposed to the people producing those articles/illustrations/photos dealing with the audience/readers. Was he the founding editor? The only one that publication ever had?

While publications employ a variety of people to gather content (at least they did prior to the internet) the personality of a publication is frequently a reflection of the top editor. That's true be it newspapers or magazines (or web sites).

Except in rare occasions readers interact with magazine, picking based on interest in the sport, not author.

Quick sample of SI (based on my iPad since I don't subscribe), based on the cover photo and the images on the content page. the main cover shot was a (former) staffer, the inset photo a contract photographer. Of the eight photo credits on the content page, one was an archive photo from the Red Army, two were staff photos, five were from from contract photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2015 at 02:47 UTC
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Nikonparrothead: They use contract photographers now (Dave Black comes to mind) and will do that or take advantage of wire services. Heck, contract photographers have been shooting the swimsuit issue for how long now? Stock photography doesn't enter into it.

But I looked at a recent SI and it had virtuallyno advertising. I suspect a cutback to monthly is in its future as well.

The freelancer I know who does quite a bit for ESPN Magazine, NY Times and a few othes is fairly well paid for his work. Yes it's sad that six people lost their jobs. But these are not newbies who will fighting it out for $500 weddings.

Case in point from Bill Frakes' Wikipedia page (which notes he's had a sidebusiness in addition to being on the masthead for S-I for a few years too.). "Bill Frakes is an American photographer who has been on the masthead of Sports Illustrated since 1993. On January 22, 2015, he and five other Sports Illustrated photographers were laid off. [1][2] In 2008, he cofounded Straw Hat Visuals, a Southern Media Company."

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2015 at 22:00 UTC

They use contract photographers now (Dave Black comes to mind) and will do that or take advantage of wire services. Heck, contract photographers have been shooting the swimsuit issue for how long now? Stock photography doesn't enter into it.

But I looked at a recent SI and it had virtuallyno advertising. I suspect a cutback to monthly is in its future as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2015 at 13:16 UTC as 30th comment | 6 replies

Apparently Cactus is finally working on a Macintosh-based firmware updater as well. That too is welcome news.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 03:32 UTC as 9th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (896 comments in total)

But with reportedly better in-camera JPEG processing, does that mean the Leica version is actually worth the extra $ for people who primarily shoot JPEGS?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 18:05 UTC as 243rd comment | 2 replies

Historically hasn't the Leica offered a two-year warranty while Panasonic offers one? (Apologies if that's changed -- I haven't been keeping up on that).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 18:28 UTC as 78th comment | 2 replies
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (338 comments in total)

Another lens priced to rent.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 02:20 UTC as 102nd comment | 4 replies
On Flashpoint 180 Monolight Review article (37 comments in total)

Kind of. an interedtng product and half the price of the Godox bare bulb options ( that Adorama is marketing under its Flashpoint brand now too). It's clearly just a fill light outdoors but definitely a bargain.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 11:50 UTC as 14th comment

Nice little addition. Pricing is on par with the Leica grip addition for its M series.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 12:41 UTC as 9th comment

I believe they reserve the articulated screen for the D5xxx model line.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 12:35 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On Nikon Df Review preview (1619 comments in total)
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mholdef: I like Dpreview but this review confirms that it is more oriented towards high tech gear and spec sheets than the photographic experience.

Which digital camera does have a factory installed split prism again? Thought so. Like it, fine. Don't like it? Fine too. But what you consider a flaw may be a blessing to another.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2013 at 12:33 UTC
On Nikon Df Review preview (1619 comments in total)

A solid balanced review. As an aside, what exactly do you people do to your cameras that have the doors falling off!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 00:18 UTC as 366th comment | 1 reply
On 5 photography apps to download to your new iPad post (157 comments in total)

I think all those apps work for every iPad with a camera.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2013 at 12:32 UTC as 55th comment
On Nikon 1 AW1 preview (588 comments in total)

I kind of like where this is going. having owned two point and shoots with underwater housings (Panasonic TS-1 and Canon S-95) I can say that adjusting controls of a camera inside a housing isn't exactly easy. Yes, this is at best a snorkeling camera but it could also be the best snorkeling camera. And valuable for those who shoot, say, underwater portraits in swimming pools, etc.

I know there's a 1 system underwater housing for previous Nikon 1 cameras (a local camera shop has it) so there should be some idea of how useful the body is underwater. And until Nikon comes out with flashes, can't a third-party flash be used as well, since there are several that sync via the built-in flash of smaller cameras anyway?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 16:25 UTC as 94th comment

Hmm I happened to have bought the book after watching Adler's Kelby video. The two apparently were done more or less at the same time. It's a common sense, plainspoken approach to mid-day lighting issues.

It definitely provides more of a shoestring approach to lighting issues than Joe McNally's solutions (own all of his books, a big fan but sometimes his solutions are a touch more "throw money at it" in the form of multiple speedlights and strobe packs). Not as familiar with Syl's book but I seem to recall him being a happy medium. All three approaches (and the multiples in between) can work in a given situation.

The fact that the author likened available light/shoestring approaches to lighting issues with those that would only have an appeal to beginning photographers left me with the impression that I spent more time reading the reviewer's work than he did the book he critiqued.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 04:20 UTC as 5th comment
On Fashion Shoot: Tips from a Pro article (82 comments in total)
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GMack: Interesting reading and thanks for sharing.

I sort of got a chuckle out of the models not working until midday or later, aside from the $10K to even get out of bed. An 8AM makeup and hairstylist call is way more than some can handle. Waking up at the crack of noon is more like it. Some seem to change agencies almost weekly. Maybe they flake out as "No shows" and get let go. Worse is some agencies do not update their online talent folios, but leave what they have online "forever" and keep adding to it even though some have long since left. Looks good to have 100 models verses maybe 6.

I do wonder how much longer the fashion photographer will be around though without branching out into teaching, blogging, writing books, weddings, or whatever. I find more magazines are paying less, or none at all, for any model fees and doing more CGI and computerized art stuff instead. Paying much less for articles as well since "free blogs" are prolific too. Sign of the times I guess.

Mack

Many an accomplished photographer branches out into teaching.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2012 at 23:04 UTC
On Photokina 2012: Interview - Dirk Jasper of Nikon article (216 comments in total)
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Shamael: what makes me laugh is this eternal affordable camera stuff. Even at 1500$ it is only affordable to those who have the money. You can sell anything at any price if you find a sucker who pays that.

Is it not time to speak about a cheaper FX camera, not an affordable one. We are far away form a budget pricing anyway. If you consider that a D600 is a D7000 with FX sensor and that it's development and production costs not more than the first, the price is much too high anyway. All that prices are scaled in a way to protect other models of the brand, but not with any affordable or budget for anyone in view.

When the D70 hit the $1,000 price point, a $500 level DSLR seemed unlikely. Then came the D50, D40 EI al.

There's clearly wiggle room to go lower by dropping an AF motor but if Nikon "cripples" a camera to go significantly below $2,100, will it gain market share?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2012 at 11:16 UTC

They lowered the price to roughly what the last M8 (prior to the M8.2) cost. When one considers the low volume, this is indeed a great price. Given what the typical Leica shooter wants this will sell exceptionally well. Those who can't grasp that, it's not the camera you're looking for. Plenty of others out there.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 22:08 UTC as 77th comment
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