ragmanjin

ragmanjin

Lives in Canada Drumheller, Canada
Works as a Researcher/Photographer/Journalist
Has a website at www.scratchpics.com
Joined on Jun 21, 2012

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On Post-Photokina polls - Tell us what you think article (198 comments in total)
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Canon EOS 60D: "With good enough image quality, would you consider a built-in lens camera as your only camera?"

No. Because each type of situation requires different angle, perspective, etc. If the one lens to rule them all exists (e.g. full frame lens 14-200mm f/0.95), then my answer is yes.

I'd be happy with a 10-135 f/1.4 so long as the CA was kept in check.
< / sarcasm>

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 05:43 UTC
On Week in review: Photokina is in the air... article (62 comments in total)

"Enjoy your asterisk, Q fans." Very well played, you guys are obviously getting used to the hecklers among us :D

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2014 at 01:51 UTC as 10th comment
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maxnimo: I didn't know water causes a camera to lose color. Bummer.

Pretty sure it's those expensive B+W filters that give that effect.
Glad you're alright Greg, you may be out a camera but you'll always have a story to tell.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 05:17 UTC
On Hell Drummer in Drumheller in the FEAR ** READ THE RULES ** challenge (1 comment in total)

My deepest fear is someday having to face the fact that Satan is a far better drummer than I am.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 01:59 UTC as 1st comment
On FEAR ** READ THE RULES ** challenge (11 comments in total)

"I will DQ entries with ANY form of identification or Watermark including any name in the Exif data"
Why would you ask anyone to put an unmarked photo onto a public site without even their copyright info in the exif data? Between that and the ISO limit...seriously even ISO 25,600 can look good down sampled to your 1MP size requirement.
Control for the sake of control, anyone?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2014 at 19:05 UTC as 4th comment
On Am I missing something here? article (637 comments in total)
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ragmanjin: You know how many Nikon 1 cameras I've sold in my two stints as a camera salesman? One. And that one was only because it was pink, sold to one of those chachi 16-year-old rich kids with a chihuahua in her purse. She returned it 12 days later when it stopped working.
Nikon 1 is a joke.
The kind of bad joke you tell when you're too drunk at a work-related social event. The kind of bad joke that, when told whilst drunk at a work-related social event, instead of getting a bunch of gut-busting laughs like you ignorantly expected when you told it, you get mostly awkward staring and one gut-busting laugh from the other guy you work with who knows no discretion.
The Nikon 1 series is for that one hilarious nobody you work with who laughs at it in public and cries himself to sleep in secret.
And also rich soccer moms.
But, like their DSLRs, Nikon pays us camera salesmen (comparatively) very well to sell them to you, so please buy them all.
< / rant>

Reached 9th-leading camera salesman in the leading chain in Canada when I worked there, after calculating in return rate and accessory attach. I mean, a lot of the other guys sold a lot more Nikon 1s than I did, but they got returned 9 out of 10 times since the other guys were selling them to make money rather than because they actually fit the customers' needs.
If I wanted to make money I'd be selling them, too. If I want to keep making my customers happy, though, I'm going to continue selling ANYTHING ELSE.
Thanks though.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 07:18 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (637 comments in total)

You know how many Nikon 1 cameras I've sold in my two stints as a camera salesman? One. And that one was only because it was pink, sold to one of those chachi 16-year-old rich kids with a chihuahua in her purse. She returned it 12 days later when it stopped working.
Nikon 1 is a joke.
The kind of bad joke you tell when you're too drunk at a work-related social event. The kind of bad joke that, when told whilst drunk at a work-related social event, instead of getting a bunch of gut-busting laughs like you ignorantly expected when you told it, you get mostly awkward staring and one gut-busting laugh from the other guy you work with who knows no discretion.
The Nikon 1 series is for that one hilarious nobody you work with who laughs at it in public and cries himself to sleep in secret.
And also rich soccer moms.
But, like their DSLRs, Nikon pays us camera salesmen (comparatively) very well to sell them to you, so please buy them all.
< / rant>

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 06:20 UTC as 207th comment | 3 replies
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ragmanjin: So....did they follow through on all that?

Don't all answer at once...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 06:32 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (618 comments in total)

I've been playing with the EM-10 lately and have to say I'm thoroughly impressed with what Olympus has been bringing to the table lately. I have absurd knobbly spaghetti/gorilla/alien fingers that make the body and lenses feel just a bit too small compared to what I'm used to (even my Pentax kit feels a little small having just transferred back from medium format), but the OM-D's viewfinder is generous and the quality is an absolute mind-blow — especially given the sensor size. BTW, have you seen a side-by-side comparison with the 35mm OM-1 from the early 70s? Absolutely uncanny. Makes you wonder how they ever fit a roll of film in their old OM lineup.
Anyways, it's no wonder they're finally projecting some profits in their camera division's near future :D

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2014 at 03:57 UTC as 28th comment

So....did they follow through on all that?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 04:59 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary article (535 comments in total)
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Mirfak: Perhaps the most interesting camera from Canon in a long time. Amazing lens range and speed on such a large sensor. Glad to see that they retained a movable LCD of some kind. Shot-shot time with RAW capture and AF speed will be a make or break for this camera.

Cons:
Video has taken a back seat, which is why Pannys are often a better buy. No mic out, no mention of ND filter (removed from the GiX??), no mention of focus peaking, and worst of all, no 1080/24p and 1080/60p modes. Then again, video output from Canon cameras have always been pretty lousy, so the lack of these features probably don't matter anyway. Anyone buying this camera will be doing so for photography purposes mainly.

I doubt they'd have taken the 3-stop ND filter out of it, that's something that even comes standard in the G15's line. Unless they've added a filter ring attachment to make you buy all that separate, too, but I doubt it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 19:38 UTC

It wants to be a hockey stick.

....damn that's a Canadian comment.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 08:31 UTC as 274th comment
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ragmanjin: They've said in a bunch of interviews that their next MF should be mirrorless, I'm hoping that's what they're going to do. THAT would scare the pants off every other ff/mf manufacturer out there...medium format with the same quality as the latest-generation Phase/Hassy offerings at a size comparable to the D4 and D1X or even 5DIII and D800 — and a price less than the new 35mm "Hasselblad" single-lens translucent, nonetheless.

....
Sorry, just drooled on the keyboard a little.
On the other hand, if they pull the same "mirrorless" thing with the 645DII as they did with the K-01 (same mount and therefore size as before) I think they might miss a big opportunity. If Leica can break into the market so late with a limited line of lenses, there's no reason they shouldn't be able to change the mount to a 35mm-typical flange distance with adapters to provide compatibility to those with legacy glass.

Just my two cents.

Alex, they sure did. I would post a link to the full, translated interview but it's on that blocked site. You can still check it out here, though: http://photorumors.com/2011/12/17/pentax-is-working-on-a-mirrorless-full-frame-and-medium-format-cameras/

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 20:31 UTC

They've said in a bunch of interviews that their next MF should be mirrorless, I'm hoping that's what they're going to do. THAT would scare the pants off every other ff/mf manufacturer out there...medium format with the same quality as the latest-generation Phase/Hassy offerings at a size comparable to the D4 and D1X or even 5DIII and D800 — and a price less than the new 35mm "Hasselblad" single-lens translucent, nonetheless.

....
Sorry, just drooled on the keyboard a little.
On the other hand, if they pull the same "mirrorless" thing with the 645DII as they did with the K-01 (same mount and therefore size as before) I think they might miss a big opportunity. If Leica can break into the market so late with a limited line of lenses, there's no reason they shouldn't be able to change the mount to a 35mm-typical flange distance with adapters to provide compatibility to those with legacy glass.

Just my two cents.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 00:50 UTC as 32nd comment | 4 replies

Again eight people say they've already "had" the XT1 despite the fact that it's not even shipping until the end of next month. I call BS

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 23:32 UTC as 4th comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)

How is it somebody has already owned and sold this?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 05:45 UTC as 429th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1605 comments in total)
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driftnomore: ..the pentax k-3 review is left in the cold....

other websites has reviewed it with fair results.you may not review it,dpr anyway..

Marty, it's the fact that they've reviewed a bunch of cameras announced weeks or months after the K-3 that's bothering people. If the A7 came two weeks after the K-3, it makes sense that Sony followers should wait two weeks after the K-3 review is finished to get theirs. Same with the Nikon Df, but that one was released a month or more later and got its review before the holidays, showing us exactly how quickly the talented DPR editorial team can push out a review if it meets whatever obscure brand/format/style guidelines they seem to use to determine potential reader interest or whatever.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 09:21 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1605 comments in total)

Kicking the dead horse again here but this camera, too, was released later than the Pentax K-3. When is that review slotted for again?
It would be nice if reviews happened in chronological order rather than by preference. At the least it would save you a lot of back-peddling and accusations of favouritism.
Just my two cents.
-Raj

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 09:11 UTC as 278th comment | 6 replies
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jaygeephoto: Who's CMOS would have the best image quality if scaled up to 645 size? Will Leaf and Phase One follow?

No, the way I see it, next these MF cameras and backs will be "video capable" and lose all their photo quality to heavy AA filtering...I mean, if Canon does end up buying into the format, anyways.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 08:36 UTC
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plevyadophy: This is a stupid move for a medium format cam maker. Whilst CMOS sensors offer higher ISO settings, CCD sensors are BY FAR superior in image quality at low to moderate ISO settings and medium format should be about quality and NOT bragging rights on a spec sheet.

Hassy would have been better employed commissioning Sony to use their talents to design an improved CCD sensor.

First Hassy buy discontinued Sony cams and pimp them up and sell them at silly prices and now this CMOS thing. It's really sad to see what Hassy is becoming .................. a shadow of its former self.

I hope Phase One ignore this spec sheet CMOS bragging rights nonsense and stick to CCD sensors

Dalsa (Phase One sensor suppliers) actually makes CCD and CMOS sensors, plus Canon's made 645-sized CMOS sensors before. It's not about what's been viable or available, it's what works better for the market they're building these cameras for.
I don't know what Hassy's thinking with this, but I doubt it's going to be a big step up at the low ISOs 80% of their customers use 80% of the time.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 08:33 UTC
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