historianx

historianx

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On Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G ED VR II review preview (6 comments in total)
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Samlivas: If u have body like D800E . This lens is pointless . U will achieve better result with Nikkor 85mm F1.4 or other sharp prime lens and doing crop.Save money , save space ...

Not all of us can afford a D8xx so "pointless" is just ignorant. This is one fantastic lens, on DX and FX

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 21:21 UTC
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Terry Breedlove: I don't see the attraction to the XT1 anymore. The Sony is just as small but with a bigger sensor and IBIS. Better ISO, better DOF and adapted FF lenses stay what they are meant to be. The Sony does lack in native lenses but I can remember when the Fuji's had the same issue. So for Mirrorless cameras you want small go with MFT. You want high iq go with Sony.

some want a real camera, not a Play Station disguised as a camera ;)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 19:28 UTC
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fleckster48: Great video. I have a question when shooting with studio flash. When you use your flash meter to determine the exposure, you basically set the shutter to X sync (you set the meter based on the closest value to what the X value is for your camera. Then you set your f stop. The problem here is that in manual mode the camera does not let you view the image easily with the lens wide open. The modeling lights are not powerful enough for you to see the image or am I missing something.

Turn OFF "Preview Exposure in Manual Mode."

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 19:21 UTC
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historianx: OK you guys have a good video on fashion *studio* applications with the X-T1, but as a fashion photographer I need to know how it will perform with the 50-140 F2.8 on the *runway* at shows with inconsistent lighting condtions, especially with focus speed and accuracy (I already shoot with Fuji so I know high iso will be fine). In eventually replacing my Olympus E-5 and 50-200 F2.8-3.5 SWD Zuiko for that work, which is lightning fast focus wise and accurate, but noisy as all get out above iso 800, it has come down to the X-T1/50-140 F2.8 with grip or a Canon 7Dmkii with grip and 70-200 F2.8 IS.
I have no interest in going with m4/3 and the E-M1 because 1) Im moving away from 4/3 (thanks Fuji), 2) Im not big on the m4/3>4/3 adapter for the otherwise stellar 4/3 50-200, and 3) I have a colleague that shoots runway who tried that combo out and was disappointed with the focus lock lag and that anything above 1600 was too noisy, at least for his use. thanks :)

Good points, thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 18:58 UTC
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phazelag: I am curious what aperture you landed on for most shots. I usually use f5.6 to f8 depending on the camera and sensor. You mentioned the f1.2 I am guessing you were not going for shallow DOF.

F8-13 is what I usually use in the studio for this kind of work. Need DOF.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 17:21 UTC
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audiobomber: Fashion photography seems a pretty easy gig for any half decent camera system. Lots of light and small apertures is a forgiving combination for focussing, lens sharpness and aberrations. Timing is rather leisurely, so you can fiddle with features and setup. Most any m4/3 or APS-C body with premium lenses could have handled this assignment.

I think fashion photography is mostly about creativity and post-processing.

Runway is not. It's very challenging, and very few people do it right; only those that can deal with inconsistent lighting conditions and the runway's unpredictable nature can excel. Also, those that have professional experience in shooting sports seem to adapt to it well....

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 17:17 UTC
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Ben O Connor: Fuji´s suck ! Microfourthirds rocks !

Just admit it folk! You wish to have that Olympus or Panasonic, don´t you
:D

m4/3rds trolls are so deluded

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 17:13 UTC
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Peiasdf: I still wish Fuji would have gone with 2nd gen X-tran sensor but I guess it have to be pushed back for X-Pro2. Still, as a X-E1 user, I feel I don't trust Fuji cameras as much as I would Olympus and Nikon. The AF is not as great and Fuji have some eccentricity with its menu and file name.

The X-T1 has the 2nd gen X-Trans sensor and processor...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 17:06 UTC

OK you guys have a good video on fashion *studio* applications with the X-T1, but as a fashion photographer I need to know how it will perform with the 50-140 F2.8 on the *runway* at shows with inconsistent lighting condtions, especially with focus speed and accuracy (I already shoot with Fuji so I know high iso will be fine). In eventually replacing my Olympus E-5 and 50-200 F2.8-3.5 SWD Zuiko for that work, which is lightning fast focus wise and accurate, but noisy as all get out above iso 800, it has come down to the X-T1/50-140 F2.8 with grip or a Canon 7Dmkii with grip and 70-200 F2.8 IS.
I have no interest in going with m4/3 and the E-M1 because 1) Im moving away from 4/3 (thanks Fuji), 2) Im not big on the m4/3>4/3 adapter for the otherwise stellar 4/3 50-200, and 3) I have a colleague that shoots runway who tried that combo out and was disappointed with the focus lock lag and that anything above 1600 was too noisy, at least for his use. thanks :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 16:50 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (453 comments in total)
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wolfie: About to be shamed by the the smaller Lumix LX100 with M43 sensor and faster zoom ...

You guys crack me up. There's no such thing as a "m4/3rds sensor." It's a 4/3rds sensor. "M" refers to smaller, "mirrorless" lens mount on the interchangeable lens cameras.

IOW the LX100 has a 4/3rds sensor, just like my trusted and battered E-5.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 21:14 UTC

Used Metz 45-CT4s back in the film days for all my reportage and freelance wedding and fashion work. I have a 58AF-2 now, and while a decent flash, on-the-fly adjustments are bottlenecked by a cryptic menu system that makes quick adjustments difficult. And why do they call the Slave function Servo? weird.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2014 at 18:26 UTC as 10th comment
On Fujifilm announces weather-resistant XF 50-140mm F2.8 article (223 comments in total)
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maxnimo: 23 glass elements? Anything over 6 glass elements makes me real nervous. I hope they know what they are doing.

It's all BS

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 21:56 UTC
On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (386 comments in total)
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ecube: I looked at all the photos in this article BEFORE reading the text.
To my dismay, the sailboat is the only one close to what I expect from a Leica.
I wish I kept my old (vintage 1930s) Leica so that I can objectively make comparison.

As for the car, I tend to avoid assessing the ability of a camera to take photo that are enhance by post processing.

I wonder if David Wentworth purposely took those unflattering shots.

I think Leica offers DNG as an in camera file option

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 19:34 UTC

Amazon can kiss my grits.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2014 at 19:24 UTC as 17th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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fireplace33: I've read in the reviews and comments here that the flash is inconvenient (forget to take it with you) and also rather primitive (no swivel, no tilt)

2 questions:
- does that flash get its power from the camera?

-Are there other flash units avaialable either from Panasonic or a 3rd party that would be completely compatible and also light and small, but better, without being (much) bigger & heavier?
Thanks

Micro 4/3 flash? There's no such thing. Oly flashes are just rebranded Pannys, so all should work, inc all flashes that are Panny compatible from Metz, Yongnou, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 16:26 UTC
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dynaxx: The Lumix LX100 is a very interesting design for serious photographers looking for a more portable camera ; people that care about IQ and don't give a fig for touchscreens. Best to compare it downwards ( to DSLR's ) rather than upwards ( to P&S's ) and the focal length range becomes its achilles heel. Not using the full sensor area matters not a jot. I think the Leica equivalent model ( D-Lux type 109 ) deserves a mention as the price differential, for once, is not absurd.

Sony deserve some credit here too ; without their pioneering camera designs Pansonic/Leica would not have pushed to create such a good camera.

I must agree with the post below that criticised the writing style. I am sure I have seen Damien's work before ; the graffiti on the walls outside Victoria station, possibly ?

kudos to Panasonic for NOT putting a touchscreen on this camera. It's just feature-creep, and Im glad they resisted.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 15:19 UTC
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zodiacfml: This is a serious camera compared to the GM1. I have seen many tricked out LXs throughout the years. It is also not comparable to the GX7 when taking lens quality alone.

Now that the LX100 is out with a fixed lens m4/3, I would love to see Panny with a prime lens m4/3, with the same philosophy of the Ricoh GR or the Sigma or a m4/3 sensor in a CM1.

it's not a fixed lens m4/3. it's a fixed lens 4/3. There's no such thing as a m4/3 sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 15:16 UTC
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biza43: I am sure the LX100 will be a fantastic compact camera. However, for someone on a tight budget (like myself) I can highly recommend the GX1 with the 12-32 lens. I know the lens is slower, but it's good nonetheless.

Why Panasonic decided not to put a touch screen on the LX100 is beyond comprehension...

re no touch screen: great decision.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 15:11 UTC
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photo perzon: So which is the smallest flash I can put on the LX100

Any olympus flash is fully compatible with Lumix cameras, because the O flashes are rebadged Panasonic units.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 15:10 UTC
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photo perzon: The Panasonic LX100 is gonna have to fight the Fujis in order to play at the same IQ. Fuji colors, skin tones, are immaculate. So far Pana jpegs have been at best "not as bad as before."

I would consider the LX100 as a complimentary camera to my outstanding X100S for street photography.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 15:08 UTC
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