SaltLakeGuy

SaltLakeGuy

Lives in United States Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Works as a Portrait, Product and Landscape Photographer.Sales
Has a website at www.pbase.com/traveler
Joined on Oct 20, 2003
About me:

Professional Musician, Professional Portrait, Wedding and Product Photographer(semi retired).

(1) Sandisk Extreme Pro HS-II Card, 2 16gb Sandisk Pro Class 10 SD Memory Cards
B+W Pro MRC Nano Variable 5 stop ND filter
B+W Kasemann Thin circular polarizer and B+W MRC Nano Coated UV Filter, Gary Fong Collapsible Lightsphere, Velbon El Carmagne 530 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Manfrotto 488RC4 ballhead/release plate., Manfrotto 681B Monopod, Manfrotto 394 low profile quick release adapter, Tamrac Toploader Pro9 Bag, Tamrac Velocity 9x Sling Toploader bag, Lowepro Rezo 170 and Edit 100 bag. Photoshop CS5 with Noiseware Pro, Lightroom 5.3, Topaz Plug-In Suite, EpsonStylus Pro 3880 Printer. Colorvision Spyder Suite calibration system, Wacom Intuous2 6x8 Tablet.

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

I preordered mine from B&H today and they assured me I'd be on that 1st shipment supposed to occur on Aug 1st. Looking forward to seeing just how good a 13x19 print can look as that is my typical large print. I too am tired of the multiple lens collection thing and always looking for another lens. Hopefully this will end my quest for that.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 22:28 UTC as 62nd comment

Such typical banter regarding the 18-55 "kit" lens. It is perhaps the most wrongly maligned lens out there. I've had the Nikon, Canon and Sony so called equivalents and they don't deserve to be in the same room as the 18-55 OIS. It is exceptional assuming of course you haven't gotten a duff copy which I don't happen to think there are many out there of. As for this new kid on the block, I'm sure for many it will be an essential tool. I prefer the faster 18-55 and frankly I don't shoot in rain conditions nor terribly dusty either so it's of no advantage to me. If I really need longer focal ranges I'll slap on my all time fav the 55-200 OIS which always gets it done as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 14:22 UTC as 42nd comment | 7 replies
On ISO125-P6050389 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

woah smudge city. But I suppose it will be fine for a typical consumer

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 14:15 UTC as 1st comment
On Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images article (175 comments in total)

What you DON"T seem to see with images from this camera are the super crisp images I'm used to with larger sensored cameras, let alone the handling of bright vs. dark subjects. I'm thinking the amount of on chip noise reduction going on limits the sharpness it's capable of rendering (certainly without noise) even at base ISO's. It's a nice try, and I'm suitable for those less demanding.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 16:37 UTC as 32nd comment
On DSCF8260 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

I'm going to guess this shot was processed in Adobe Lightroom and such. Sadly Adobe does NOT do a great job on shots with detail such as this at this time. Lightzone, Capture One and best of all PhotoNinja are far better choices for the X-Trans sensor. Oh well.....

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 22:24 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (564 comments in total)

At a time when you virtually can't buy a "Bad" camera the X-T1 brings some interesting character to the table. Like so many things intrinsic to particular brands, the Fuji's sensor does in fact imbue a unique character to it's files. You either fall in love with it (as I have) or you dismiss it for some other beloved feature set of another manufacturer. As a complete package the X-T1 does a fine job of being a effective photographic tool whether you're a seasoned professional or a budding serious enthusiast. It's strengths are undeniable. It's quirks are there as they are with virtually ANY manufacturer. Once past those however one is certainly capable of finding the X-T1 a very highly satisfying camera system.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 22:11 UTC as 107th comment | 2 replies

I will be preordering this for the Fuji mount for sure. Love the manual control on the back a'la' EF-X20, the build is sure to be better than other Fuji offerings and the size is just wonderfully small yet still has all the articulation necessary for pro work. Even comes with the flip up reflector, flip down diffusor and a nice fitted white diffusor for the outside. Metal mount. Sounds like Nissin sure hit the mark here.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 21:20 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' article (332 comments in total)

Nearly had me going there. I surely wouldn't be hard to slap the Sony 36mp sensor in a Olympus body and make it replete with all the joyful functionality of a EM1. BUT then they would have to come out with an entirely new series of FF autofocus lenses. That would take a huge cash outlay I'm not sure they are prepared to lay out. It's a nice dream, and I assure you IF Olympus ever did such a thing all the serious shooters in Europe and the U.S. would buy the heck out of it. But alas indeed this isn't reality. They are pretty darned embedded with the mft.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 21:41 UTC as 99th comment
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (597 comments in total)

No doubt they are testing the waters. Can you even imagine a camera of the likes of the capabilities of a D4s in a smaller mirror free package? I bet they are already working on the technology. Good stuff to come down the pike in the next few years....you just watch.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 04:13 UTC as 247th comment | 1 reply

Based on the size of what I'm seeing, I'll be sticking with my 18-55 and 55-200 OIS lenses. Those are HUGE and frankly I was intending to get away from physical size when I went away from DSLR. No worries these lenses are doing the job for me so I'm not going to complain.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 03:20 UTC as 16th comment
On Fujifilm X-E2 Review preview (302 comments in total)

I'm still trying to figure out why it is that the results they are getting vs. what I'm getting are near worlds apart. I'm using a X-T1 which is quite similar optically and electronically. Perhaps it's because they are using what I'm considering to be the unacceptable processing option of Adobe product. I have it (both Photoshop and Lightroom-the latest ones) and neither produce acceptable results for my fussy eyes in either Jpeg or Raw. Now on the other hand PhotoNinja produces a file I've found not only significantly exceeds a EM1 Olympus output but even a Canon's 6D output. Go figure. So as I say I have no idea what THEY are doing but glad I'm not doing it their way. The X-T1 files are ROCKIN in detail and lack of artifacts or false color.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 19:59 UTC as 91st comment | 5 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)

There's that all too familiar mottling (noise) in the sky portion of the shot along with the classic crunching of distant detail due to noise reduction and loss of detail, which caused me to recently divest myself of all my micro 4/3rd gear. I'm sure for many it's not a big deal. For me it was........

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 20:52 UTC as 35th comment | 5 replies
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)

I have seen some defensive and rationalizing behavior before, but regarding the resolution and lack of noise of the mft sensor, it seems there has been a good amount of KoolAid laced with D-nial in it. I'm sorry but there is absolutely NO way on this earth that the mft sensor is pulling lpm's (lines per millimeter) resolution like the X-Trans sensor. Say what you will but it just ain't reality. So I hope the owners of said cameras can for once pick up their ego's and take a dose of reality. They are wonderful cameras no doubt (plenty of those around these days) but it's NOT doing what an X-Trans outfitted camera is going to do for shear resolution and micro detail and contrast (especially without noise. Geez get a life folks....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 02:47 UTC as 86th comment | 5 replies
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)

Sadly yet another "back handed" quick review. I had a EM1 prior to picking up an X-T1 after researching the heck out of it. I had determined I was well tired of the all ISO noise of the mft cameras and loss of fine micro detail at higher ISO's as well. The Fuji X-T1 is perhaps he best camera I've owned (and that would be quite a few) since my D700. In fact in many ways to my eyes and hands it is a mini D700. it focus tracks like a wildcat in my tests so far with moving subjects. The colors are simply sublime (and you guys need to get it together and process the files for this camera in PhotoNinja if you expect a perfect result). The viewfinder didn't even get mentioned and is also a step forward. Personally I had NO problems adjusting to use of this camera after having had a EM1. I can well see their intention of the button design, it was this way to attempt to avoid mis steps in selection. It's more a question of "getting used to it" and once you do it is NO issue. Try again...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 21:35 UTC as 99th comment | 4 replies
On DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 article (396 comments in total)

regarding the 12-40 f2.8 lens alone, having owned great copies of the pro Canon and Nikon 24-70 f2.8 lenses in the past, all I can say is they have NOTHING on the Olympus version. In fact wide open the Oly is the sharpest into the corners, but then a lot of that may well have to do with the sensor format. Either way it is a real pleasure to have a lens you can use from one end to the other wide open and not have any aspect of the frame compromised. Since the Nikon and Canon these days are more like $1800 it's hard to complain too bad about $1000... especially since the Oly is less than half the physical size to lug around.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2013 at 19:28 UTC as 62nd comment
On Pentax K-3 real-world samples gallery article (150 comments in total)

That kind of was my point. After reading so much about the technology provided by this new camera, and all the upgrades I fully expected to see some images that would go toe to toe with a D610 for example. Based on the Dpreview examples my EM1 blows this camera away, and it shouldn't. So where is the real deal?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 19:27 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply
On Pentax K-3 real-world samples gallery article (150 comments in total)
In reply to:

marike6: Try these K-3 Samples:

http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/k-3/ex/

The two portraits done with the DA 70 f/2.4. Yowza. That's what I'm talking about...

WHOAH you're not kidding. What a huge difference. Much cleaner and sharper to say the least.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 17:55 UTC
On Pentax K-3 real-world samples gallery article (150 comments in total)

I know this won't be received well, but come on now. I'm looking at the 100% view of these shots and there is either movement or a filter on them or the lenses just aren't that sharp. What gives? I have samples I could show you of Port Angeles and Deception Pass Bridge taken with the original Canon 1D pro body (4mp) and some L lenses that are legions better than what I'm seeing. There's nothing wrong with my eyes that's for sure. I'm mightily disappointed at these samples. If this is all the K3 can do than I don't see it being a significant move forward at all. My EM1 Oly has better output than what I'm seeing......

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 16:14 UTC as 42nd comment | 7 replies
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1333 comments in total)

Across the board I see NO advantage of the 70D's output over my current OMD-EM5, in fact in most cases the OMD is crisper pulling better resolution. It's a nice try on Canon's part to improve upon the LiveView. Keep working on it I'd say.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 18:33 UTC as 156th comment | 1 reply

I still have CS5 so I guess that will be the end of Photoshop for me. I've been far more active with Lightroom. If they go subscription only on all their products I'm moving to another platform, just that simple. I'm sure they won't miss me (and I guess I won't miss them either). What an attitude.....

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 19:17 UTC as 153rd comment | 1 reply
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