Joe Shaffer

Joe Shaffer

Lives in United States Nashville, TN, United States
Works as a Photojouralist
Has a website at www.gfbnews.com
Joined on May 30, 2012

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Monarch scopes aren't new. I've had one for a couple years, they were advertised as big game scopes when I bought mine. Why is this suddenly an issue?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2013 at 01:11 UTC as 96th comment | 3 replies
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what_i_saw: "In addition, she has been told by law enforcement officers that physically intervening, 'would have likely only made the situation worse, endangering me, and further endangering [the victim]'.

She might have taken the little girl away from the scene. Or would that have endangered someone in some way? Honestly I have very little respect for such photographers. Hope she enjoys her little "Sunshine" of attention.

I shudder to think what negative effect this will have on the little one. Why people have kids when they can't provide a proper home environment for them?

She's a journalist, ethically speaking it's her job to remain a dispassionate observer.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2013 at 14:43 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A99 review article (498 comments in total)
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jonikon: With the recent price drop announcements* for the Nikon D800 body to $2799.95, and the Nikon D600 24-85 VR kit now reduced by $700, to only $1999.95, it is obvious to any reasonable person that the Sony a99 is WAY overpriced at $2800 for the body only. A thousand dollars to high!

How DPR ignored these huge price discrepancies in their value rating for the a99 is anyone's guess, but unless Sony substantially reduces the exorbitant price on the a99, they will not be able to sell very many of them, DPR gold award notwithstanding.

*
http://nikonrumors.com/2012/12/13/for-tonight-200-price-drop-on-the-d800-free-24-85mm-lens-with-the-purchase-of-the-d600.aspx/#more-50272

-Jon

The a99 has dropped $150 since release and another price drop is expected after the new year...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2012 at 23:19 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A99 review article (498 comments in total)
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Joe Shaffer: So it preforms on par or better than "professional" cameras but you keep using the words "SLR enthusiasts" for the people who would buy it. Why enthusiasts and not professionals? Is it because it doesn't say Canon or Nikon on it?

I shoot an a77 professionally all the time. The lens rental is admittedly an issue, since you cant stop by your local shop and get one for a day. Lensrentals has a full lineup of Sony lenses available though, everything from the 300mm f/2.8 G to the the Zeiss 24-70mm.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2012 at 19:49 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A99 review article (498 comments in total)

So it preforms on par or better than "professional" cameras but you keep using the words "SLR enthusiasts" for the people who would buy it. Why enthusiasts and not professionals? Is it because it doesn't say Canon or Nikon on it?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2012 at 18:00 UTC as 42nd comment | 7 replies
On Updated: DSLR and Lens Buying Guides article (44 comments in total)
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Airless: The advantages of DSLRs to compact and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras:

Umm...they make you look like a rich pro? Surely nothing to do with actual photography.

... Seriously?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 03:51 UTC
On A Serious Rangefinder Compact Camera article (137 comments in total)

If they made this I'd be at the front of the line for it, and I'm not a Nikon guy in the least. Great job.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 02:37 UTC as 84th comment
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 sample images article (294 comments in total)
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jwang88: I love the detail and skin tone of the camera but if you look closely to the shadow area you can see lots of wired unevenness (splotch) which is really a surprise to me as those shots were shot at ISO 100. As a FF camera with such a high end lens should produce very smooth graduation in the shadow area.

I noticed this too. I suspect this is something they'll iron out in the final push before it hits shelves.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2012 at 05:19 UTC

Pointless?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 04:33 UTC as 11th comment

As nice as it'd be to go lighter... I can't justify that amount, the NEX7 is looking better and better.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 02:05 UTC as 8th comment
On Accessory Review: Tamrac Zipshot Tripod article (94 comments in total)
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Agnius Griskevicius: Save your money.

I bought one of those a while back (yes, it is NOT a new product) and there are just too many compromises - it is wobbly, can't adjust height easily, can't set it up on uneven ground, did I say it is wobbly - especially if it is windy. I did not like it at all.

Ended up buying Gitzo traveler and Arca P0, much happier now.

Some things can be made flimsier and still work OK, but this tripod is just too light and not ridgid enough - rubber bands don't hold it tight enough - hence wobble.

Yes.. a Gitzo/Arca setup also costs right around $800.. You're comparing an apple to an orange right now.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2012 at 20:11 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A57 review article (235 comments in total)
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Mannypr: The mayority of the people that will use this camera will most likely be shooting JPG's .

I've had an A57 since a week after release and I've NEVER shot in anything but RAW.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2012 at 20:33 UTC
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Joe Shaffer: I'm going to have trouble choosing between this and the A99. I'm a photojournalist, and it would be really nice to not have to drag my DSLR around anymore.

I tried the EM-5. I actually decided on the A57. It's actually a really good compromise. I feel like the NEX-7 might have been a little bit better. I'm happy thus far though.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 20:40 UTC

I'm going to have trouble choosing between this and the A99. I'm a photojournalist, and it would be really nice to not have to drag my DSLR around anymore.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 15:48 UTC as 22nd comment | 4 replies
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mavic: Hi,

I'm quite a big fan of the Sony Alpha system (and own an Alpha 55) but this body makes no sense to me.
Which professional would be jumping on a Sony Alpha FF body just reviewing the line of FF compatible glasses (either from Sony or Tamron or Sigma). There is only a very few as most of those lenses has been designed for APS-C bodies. Why should I limit myself?
Are there any plans / rumors for more lenses in the A-mount domain?
regards

Sony is bringing out a large number of FF lenses over the next few months. Also, all the old Minolta AF lenses will work vastly better than they do on the current APS-C bodies. My Minolta 50mm F 1.7 has been through three different camera bodies (Maxxum 7000i, A55, and currently lives on my A57.) and remains my favorite 50mm prime.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 16:30 UTC

Finally. I need to start saving my pennies now.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 14:07 UTC as 27th comment
On The Fish Tank! challenge (6 comments in total)

So is the contest limited to personal aquariums or not? In the first page I see two pictures that clearly are NOT home aquariums as prescribed in the contest description.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 06:50 UTC as 2nd comment
On Sony SLT A57 preview (198 comments in total)
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ZWTang: I'm thinking of upgrade from A55 to A57 for the better EVF, longer battery life, no overheating and a margin of picture quality. However, when I tested one A57 in Best Buy, I found it won't refocus when I used continue shooting, while A55 does well. I did notice that if you set shooting mode to sport then A57 can continue refocus. It's really disappointed since I use continue shooting a lot to capture my kids' moving. I'm not sure if there is one option to switch the continue refocus on/off. Please let me know if you have a solution. Thanks.

The new firmware fixes the AF issue in the Intelligent mode(s).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2012 at 04:49 UTC

It looks nice and I really hope it's an improvment over 75-300 they offer currently in this range. The ELD glass should help against the pitfall of that lens, chromatic aberration.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2012 at 00:30 UTC as 9th comment
On Sony SLT A57 preview (198 comments in total)
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s3nsit: i am thinking that this will be my next camera. i was willing to buy a pentax k-r but due to focus problems i read on various forums i think i made my mind for a57 or pentax k30 (waiting for first review)
but i want to ask you something about sample jpegs. i find the a bit 10% soft. especially the lady portrait. of course it could be the lens or default sharpening or focus point but anyway just wondering if its only me i spotted this.
thank you.
what about sony lenses? are there any good prime ones affordable? under 200$?

I just picked up an A57 for the exact same reason and I love it. I got the SAL50F18 50mm prime for around $150 and it is drastically better than the kit lense. Is it a Zeiss lense? Not by a long shot, but it is remarkable for the price.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2012 at 05:50 UTC
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