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 Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (242 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 (242 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 (242 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 (242 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 (242 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 (101 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 (139 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 (139 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 (139 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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mosc: odds of a review?

Forget this site, the reviews you need are at www.imaging-resource.com or www.pentaxforums.com. Better comparison images and better depth of reviewing.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 02:41 UTC
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kdphoto: Great camera images are fabulous but here is the problem. Ricoh is way behind the ball when it comes to a professional workflow for studio shooting with a tether solution. Transmitter 2 is still not available in the USA and when it does get here it's no Capture One for sure! Also very questionable since they are selling their own software that they will not have a SDK for Lightroom, even though you'll be able to shoot to a hot folder it's going to be slow. Lastly Capture One is never going to allow it in on there workflow as it's pretty much competition for Phaseone camera backs.
So the big question before you buy the Pentax 645Z is how important is it to shoot tethered into a fast and easy workflow?

Not at all important. I and probably the majority of 645Z owners shoot landscapes/nature. Heaven forbid that Pentax might actually someday deliver a tethering system that works, then there would be nothing to complain about. As for ease of work flow, I come home from a day out with the camera, pop the SD card into the reader and go to it. Tethering is irrelevant for me and most Z users.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 02:39 UTC
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Abbas Rafey: This is great camera much better than those MF that make laud noise but actual quality are far way from Pentax I have shot some of them at photokinda and the image quality of 645z was way better than those brands both at high iso and low. My advice to medium format users this was the best MF unless you are paied for there advertisement.

Hassey and Phase place ISO limits on the sensor while Pentax does not. Pentax lenses stopped down F8-16 range for landscape/nature shooting, are pretty much the equal of the Hassey and Mamiya lenses. If you're anal about Hassey glass, you can get adapters.
If you need leaf shutters for shooting models, subjects outdoors or studio work, then Hassey or Mamiya is probably the way to go. Pentax have always designed their MF film and digital cameras primarily for landscape, nature work.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 02:36 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (475 comments in total)

"Is 100 Mbit/s 4k downscaled to 1080p really better than 200Mbit/s 1080p24 GH4 can record? Especially when fast panning or a lot of movement in the scene is present?"

Yes, 24 fps, no matter what the Mbit rate, sucks for fluid movement.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 16:23 UTC as 33rd comment | 5 replies
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Erick L: They could cut cost by reducing the ridiculous amount of packaging.

I agree there. Their packaging is designed for retail showroom displays. Each additional accessory is in it's own expensive case. When you order from Amazon or wherever, a GoPro with accessories, you receive a box with all the retail packaging. There is no coherence and it's a clusterf..k of bits and pieces that don't go together with a great deal of ease. The company has also done some crazy things such as release a product with a foil label inside the battery compartment that frequently shorted out the battery causing freeze ups and other glitches. Unless you're really into action video or leading edge, adrenalin-producing sports, the GoPro is probably not for you, and more pain than it's worth. Go to eBay and check out how many used systems are for sale.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 19:01 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (425 comments in total)
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OliverNZ: Hi,

No surprises here!!
They ditched their video editing program too a few years back - just when all the Apple users thought it was the best thing!

Adobe is going to love this!! I personally use Silkypix and LR. Very nice program.

My 2c.
Oliver

Perhaps...after you spend forever learning it. The most counter-intuitive GUI I've ever experienced.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 21:41 UTC
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