utphoto

utphoto

Lives in United States UT, United States
Works as a Landscape, nature, travel, stock photography
Joined on Aug 17, 2006

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On Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras article (323 comments in total)
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fatdeeman: Seems like they have been going in that direction for a while now, a lot of the stuff they put out that has me drooling is way out of my price range but it's still impressive to see them innovating so much while the giants rest on their laurels. I think in the long run we'll see some pretty amazing stuff from the other companies too when they finally wake up. The next decade is going to be pretty cool I reckon!

Nikon is not financially healthy. They are struggling according to reports I've read in financial journals. The SONY sensor and playstation divisions are doing very well and helping support other losing divisions.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2015 at 20:32 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Sarnim Dean article (35 comments in total)

Truly excellent captures and post processing. The night sky image Path Through the Portal is stunning.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 18:12 UTC as 14th comment
On Pentax K-3 II added to studio test scene comparison article (177 comments in total)
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Old Baldy: Great camera, but the Studio comparison not very impressive to me. Even the cheapie A5100 beats it in IQ, IMO.

Only if you compare JPGs. Switch to RAW, turn on Pixel Shift, do the comparison, then compare at ISO 400, 800, 1600, 3200--then get back to us.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 06:11 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1389 comments in total)
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megafolie: Who cares about 4K. How many here have a 4K tv at home. Even then, true 4k content is nearly non-existent. Finally, the difference between 1080P and 4K on a 40" or 50" display is not that visible to the normal human being.

That said, nice camera.

You obviously don't understand the positives of 4K in addition to just higher measured and observed resolution. If you can't see the difference between 1080 and 4K on a 40" you should see an eye doctor. There is now substantial content on Netflix and Amazon, and even then while their streaming 4K content isn't the ultimate in 4K, it is still leagues ahead of any 1080 you'll see off the air or satellite/cable.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 20:18 UTC

Sorry, the low quality in this day and age of 4K and coming 8K, make it nothing more than a curiosity rather than a useful tool.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 16:21 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review preview (431 comments in total)

The video clips are tagged 3180x2160. I'm assuming you mean 3840x2160. Also, do you ever use a spell check? The review has a number of spelling typos.

The video clips are stunning for a sub-$1K camera. It's unbelievable that Canon (especially), Nikon and Pentax can't get their video act together.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 15:40 UTC as 111th comment
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (249 comments in total)
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Cooleator: I can see the logical differences compared to lower mp FF, however I'm pretty sure a 30mp+ FF Foveon sensor would trounce this 50mp MF sensor at low ISO...

The Foveon is a very limited sensor. Above base ISO it falls apart rapidly...no thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 23:07 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (249 comments in total)
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leblase: This seems like a very disappointing camera: I find the quality of the pictures displayed pretty lousy, lacking sharpness and detail. It also seems either the machinery or the lenses provide quite a poor color separation ability.
Really, quite a surprise, as I was hoping for something better or at the least more mature.
I do not see anything in it that gives sense to the medium format advantages, and many of its inconveniences.
All in all (except for the price), when compared to the Blad, it's really not a good deal.
As pointed by the authors one really has to wait for someone to come up with a better proposition

The image samples on www.luminous-landscape.com and www.imaging-resource.com give a hint of what the 645Z is capable of. DPR continues to be inept in presenting high quality imagery.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 23:05 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (249 comments in total)
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riman: Eight thousand dollars for this??!! I have some prime land in Florida I would like to sell you...right next to the Everglades..
You say Nikon is not afraid of this.. I own a D 750 and neither am I..

Hate to be rude but I have to keep it real, bro. Nothing here to rave about..

A clueless amateur?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 23:02 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (249 comments in total)
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extraone: images are fine to me, IQ is just ****. soft, and low contrast and horrible colors and no sharpness and crap bokeh. this is a joke, right?

damn that D810 is looking even better right now. bravo Nikon!

Don't judge the Z by the images posted here...typical Seattle blah weather I would guess. As for the IQ, my 645D outperformed a D800e that I shot against it for a month and my 645Z outperforms the D. Happy shooting with your 810.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 23:01 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (249 comments in total)
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jorg14: Granted for a working pro in a studio situation (rare for most of us) the Pentax would be a good tool. But do you really need the IQ the Pentax has over a good FF camera? Do your customers actually see the difference?
For years I've lusted over full frame to replace my Leica M3 of old. But now I've come to the conclusion that APS-C is more than enough. In fact my latest toy is the Sony RX1002 and I've gotten some amazing pictures.

Yes, you do need large file sizes when you sell mural size wall landscapes to picky individuals wanting to decorate their 2nd or 3rd trophy home. Smaller formats require stitching when you're dealing with print sizes of 40"x 50+" or more. The Z does it with one frame.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 14:44 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Dali's Dream article (103 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: I loved Erez's Kolmanskop series when they were posted and found this explanation extremely useful for the community.

I would just like to point out that, although the A7 (...and specially the A7II, it seems...) are a technology"tour-de-force", the mirrorless "to go to" at the moment, this is an instance where the praise to it's impressive DR capabilities is a displaced one, since the final photo was created through multiple exposures.

Notwithstanding resolution, I could as easily have created this with my EOSM2.

Except the sensor in your EOSM2 won't have the DR of the SONY sensor to begin with, so your efforts might not have matched Erez's. And the EOS sensor certainly isn't as clean in the shadow area as the SONY sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 13:21 UTC
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dgeugene1: Has anyone else noticed how many "legendary" photographers have goatees?

Facial hair helps keep you warm when it's -20 in Yellowstone.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 11:25 UTC
On Pentax 645Z added to studio comparison database article (141 comments in total)
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Artistico: Nice IQ. Digital medium format is getting better and better value for money.

It would have been nice if Mamiya and Fuji also competed with Pentax for this market segment of high-quality affordable MF cameras - just like in the film days. It would accelerate the development of a digital MF camera within the economical reach of more enthusiasts.

Even with the introduction price, though, Pentax is getting really close to being just that.

Pentax MF systems, from film days to present, have been primarily aimed at nature/landscape shooters. Why would I want to use a Mamiya/Leaf 22 meg system that is arguably not as robust, has poorer ISO and resolution performance, and costs more? The 645D CCD sensor will outperform the 22 meg leaf at far less cost.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 18:36 UTC
On Pentax 645Z added to studio comparison database article (141 comments in total)
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Artistico: Nice IQ. Digital medium format is getting better and better value for money.

It would have been nice if Mamiya and Fuji also competed with Pentax for this market segment of high-quality affordable MF cameras - just like in the film days. It would accelerate the development of a digital MF camera within the economical reach of more enthusiasts.

Even with the introduction price, though, Pentax is getting really close to being just that.

Wrong. Current Mamiya and Hasselblad systems with a 40 meg CCD sensor and 80mm lens start at nearly $15,000.00--about $5500.00 more than a 645Z with a 51 meg CMOS sensor. Or stated another way, almost 3x the cost of a 40meg 645D with a 75mm AF lens.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 15:36 UTC
On Pentax 645Z added to studio comparison database article (141 comments in total)
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Felix E Klee: In a professional context, for example for fashion photography in a studio, what is the advantage of a medium format camera today?

Today's full frame sensors and optics provide more than enough resolution for even very large printed ads, and dynamic range there is plenty as well. Furthermore, in a studio environment, I expect lighting to be perfect and the pro photographer to frame close to the final result.

For landscape photography medium format is interesting, but that's not my question.

A clueless reply from someone that no doubt has not shot with the 645Z.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 13:33 UTC
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forpetessake: Color reproduction has been always problematic for Panasonic and it still is.

Simply not true if you know your way around ACR. I own a GH4 along with several other bodies including a 645Z. Panasonic color can look however you want it to look and quite frankly, looks quite decent right out of the camera as a JPG.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2014 at 19:14 UTC
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Everlast66: I think it is laughable to call anything associated with the M4/3 system "PRO"!!

Surely there would be one or two enthusiasts, but no normal professional will rely on a M4/3 sensor for their professional work.

Tell that to the thousands of pro videographers/still shooters now using the GH4. You're a nitwit.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 17:36 UTC
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Zephir 750: Let's at least hope that these PRO lenses won't break off at the bayonet plastic mount as it occurred to some 12-40mm PRO. When it comes to reliability m4/3 system leaves much to be desired and can hardly be defined "PRO".

Another ignorant, uninformed comment.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 17:35 UTC
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maxnimo: Okay, I'm trying hard to not burst into laughter, but what would a serious photographer use a 7-14mm lens for?

The only thing I can think of is a sneaky, dishonest realtor who wants to make a small room appear huge.

Are you serious? Most ignorant comment I've seen in quite awhile. Try photographing some southwestern landscapes and see how far you get without a wide angle. Clueless.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 17:34 UTC
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