John_A_G

John_A_G

Lives in United States OH, United States
Joined on Nov 10, 2004

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  • I'm not sure we'll ever get to any agreement on a forum to the question:  What is art?  But, this statement drives to an important distinction of art vs. business.  Most times, the two do not ...
  • The notion of using a clear or UV filter for protection is what is dubious.  The front element of any decent lens is much sturdier than any filter.  Any piece of glass you add has the potential to ...
  • Generally speaking, the above advice is spot on.  Where image stabilization can still help is when you're dealing with a heavier lens that you need to hand-hold.  Let's say you're sitting the ...
  • That simply tells me you were unprepared.  You shouldn't have to pull the flash out DURING the event.  The flash would be on PRIOR to things starting. An external flash can be used for fill as ...
  • I'll buy the notion of using on board when it's an emergency. I'll buy the notion that you might not have brought an external flash because of the extra bulk But trying to suggest that on-board ...
  • Yes.  But in the case of the OP, he already owns it.  My advise was to the OP specifically. In a broader sense, if you're that concerned about some functionality of new gear, don't be an early ...
  • You are learning a very important message - know when to stop reading and listening to the internet.  Honestly, if the results of your gear meet YOUR expectations, stop paying attention to other ...
  • Like most enthusiasts, Mike probably shoots a variety of subjects.  Not everyone can afford top end gear from multiple systems.  What I appreciate about Mike's posts is he knows what he is doing ...
  • Nice series.  Good, vibrant exposures.  Subjects are in decent focus.  It's a tough sport to shoot from the stands - they kind of prevent you from getting to the interesting curves so you don't ...
  • Ron - it might look different in the original images but in these, it appears the entire slope is in the same focal plane.  In essence, the camera could have focused on the animals or any part of ...
  • Replied in yep
    Post examples with the EXIF attached.  We'll go from there.  Sports photography can get complicated - there isn't a simple set of 5-6 bullets to getting good photos.  Since you've already started ...
  • Fantastic series.  Great action with quality subject isolation and good exposures.  Great to see quality shots of something completely different!
  • Yep, see the terminology bit me :) A couple things come to mind:  One of the biggest challenges with panning at slow speed isn't the focus system - it's technique and matching the movement of your ...
  • Terminology.  Tracking technically refers to the focus array tracking the subject from one point to another - "handing off" the subject.  Most people simply use the term to refer to the camera's ...
  • The reason there is no reliable testing is the same reason why Pentax and some other companies struggle with AF for moving subjects - it is an extremely complex concept.  There are a tremendous ...
  • Replied in not surprising
    New optical design for a premium ZOOM New AF motor/protocols for a premium lens Not really surprising that testing came up with some issues.  Certainly much better to catch it in testing than ...
  • Replied in Well said
    I agree completely.  A GREAT sports photo elicits an immediate reaction.  A GREAT sports photo doesn't require knowledge of the sport.  It is the ultimate lead-in - it makes the viewer want to ...
  • Well, here's the challenge - when you get to full field soccer and baseball, 200mm is woefully short - even if you have access to shoot from the field.  If your son will be playing on a full sized ...
  • Replied in exactly
    in some instances, it doesn't matter how the OOF background is rendered - it has very minimal impact to the final image. But in others, depending on the patterns of the background, the rendering ...
  • Replied in advice
    My advice is:  forget the idea of a camera, she is unlikely to use it.  She uses her phone because she always has it with her.  You have to accept that as a hobbyist, you place a higher value on ...
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