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) Panasonic FZ1000 Camera
(1) Nissin i40 Flash
(1) Sandisk Extreme Pro HS-II Card,1 32gb Sandisk UHS-1 Class 10 SD Card
B+W Pro MRC Nano Variable 5 stop ND filter, Hoya Moose Warming Circular Polarizer,
, 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 5.6, NIK Google Collection, EpsonStylus Pro 3880 Printer. Colorvision Spyder Suite calibration system, Wacom Intuous2 6x8 Tablet.

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On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (988 comments in total)

It's just sad Nikon didn't have the balls to come out with something a bit more groundbreaking than this. The real knife in the back for a camera that even pretends to be considered a professional tool, they neutered it with a 1/4000th sec shutter speed? Truly now what were they drinking...er I mean thinking. other than the flippy screen it brings virtually NOTHING new to the table. Not sure why they bothered. If they had half a brain they would have not crippled the shutter speed AND they would have allowed it to shoot at least 8fps. Oh well just wait another 2 years an just maybe they'll get it right. But probably not.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 03:30 UTC as 75th comment | 4 replies
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (988 comments in total)

The 1/4000th shutter limit tells you something about the shutter quality/build. it's NOT up to the standards of others that have come and gone in the line where they didn't limit the shutter speeds. That's just for starters. For me and many the D750 will be another "no starter".

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 22:43 UTC as 113th comment | 10 replies
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (317 comments in total)

There is essentially NO compelling reason to want this camera. Slow lenses, average performance overall and just a repetition of what's already available from several other manufacturers. I call this "marketing suicide", which I've never thought Pentax would go for. Perhaps Ricoh is the poor influence on this decision. And it's a whooper of a bad one IMHO.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 22:39 UTC as 136th comment | 4 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (651 comments in total)
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SaltLakeGuy: ordered mine from a West Coast dealer today Saturday for next day delivery on Tuesday. Planning on some one on one full sized image comparisons against the Sony A77MkII just to see what this thing is made of. If it even so much as compares I'll keep it. I may be expecting too much, but I might just be surprised what it can do in stills. I won't pull punches however so we'll see.

Yes, you can check out the threads that have the sample comparison photos there. I'd suggest you ignore the rants and arguments that followed. Typical for when one compares things and the so called "better" camera doesn't fair as well as they might think. So here are the links.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54106512
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54106688
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54106752

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 02:29 UTC

I meant to follow up on the ISO performance:
* IF (and I do mean IF) you require the FULL sized file to crop from you may want to look elswhere. Viewing a 100% image of a higher ISO (above ISO 800) can be rather ugly.
* On the bright side however, because this camera renders such a HUGE file size if you were to view a higher ISO file at say 50-60% they look AWESOME and virtually free of artifacts and noise. Ironically the vast majority look at a fitted screen size in which case you can shoot with pretty much careless abandon with this camera and expect excellent result. Considering typical print file size used is around that 40-50% range one should typically be just fine. It is a joy to hold I will tell you that. Sony did a fine design job if I do say so.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 16:10 UTC as 2nd comment

I worked with the MkII and 16-50 f2.8 and 70-300G for a few weeks doing some vendor analysis for them. My conclusions are:
* It is supremely well built and ergonomically laid out
* Indeed the autofocus in half way decent light is leagues better than most anything available out there at any price, HOWEVER get it in very low light (which I'm sure is rare) and it won't lock focus at all. We are of course talking about light where only a -3EV or -4EV rated camera would lock focus
* Their LCD is to die for, color accurate and rich and vibrant even outdoors
* On bright reflective subjects the SLT mirror will STILL rear it's ugly head with a hazy reflection in the picture
* Love love love that first curtain shutter. The shutter is a pure delight
* The 16-50 f2.8 is an ideal kit type lens providing near NO compromise performance. The 70-300G's on the other hand are very "copy dependent"
* If you have the $$ get a 70-400G those lenses are unreal

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 16:04 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On 03-ISO200-DSC00284 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Hmmm noise at ISO125. I noted this as well which I consider unacceptable in a larger sensor such as this. Too bad as the detail isn't bad where it's in focus, but still there is a lot of competition at this price point.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 18:04 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On DSC_8934 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

I would surely like to know why there is so much noise in so many of these shots, and we're talking low ISO as well. Very disappointed in what I'm seeing here. I'd be hanging onto my $$. Not impressed.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 13:22 UTC as 1st comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (651 comments in total)

Picked mine up today at Pictureline in Salt Lake. Took immediately to my tests against the Sony A77MkII. Sounds like a very unlikely match doesn't it? Well you might be rather shocked at some of the results. I am by no means a newbie. Been all digital since 1995 and on this forum since 1999. I didn't in any way skew the results, but ironically the FZ1000 not only kept up with the Sony but spanked it on macro and at 400mm. I was getting shots I was literally unable to get clear with the Sony at the tele end. Im' pretty sure the OIS system inside this camera is a clone of the Olympus setup. You can even hear it at work if you put your ear up near the flash area in a quiet room. I've either got a freak or this Leica lens on that 1000 is just darned amazing. Better contrast @400mm than a 70-300G Sony lens which is no slouch. You can see my posts (in 3 parts) with sample images included full size. I think you'll be amazed. Now tomorrow time to play with the 4K

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 05:11 UTC as 62nd comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (651 comments in total)
In reply to:

SaltLakeGuy: ordered mine from a West Coast dealer today Saturday for next day delivery on Tuesday. Planning on some one on one full sized image comparisons against the Sony A77MkII just to see what this thing is made of. If it even so much as compares I'll keep it. I may be expecting too much, but I might just be surprised what it can do in stills. I won't pull punches however so we'll see.

I was only using Fuji as one example of a APSC sensor. In particular as compared to a Mft sensor. Mft does well in many regards, but it won't keep up with resolving at the higher ISO's where they fall apart. At least with Sony's sensor designs both the APSC and FF sensors they are fabricating do better than any mft can. It's just physics. In the end if that's what works for you it's all good. I had a Fuji X-T1 before and indeed they do well at higher ISO's. but in reality their ISO3200 is the same gain as ISO 1600 on many other cameras so not too surprising. The Sony A77MkII I am currently working with does quite nicely up to ISO3200 with plenty of dynamic range. I'll also be playing with a FZ1000 on Tuesday and comparing their output so it should be quite interesting in the end.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 00:22 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (651 comments in total)
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SaltLakeGuy: ordered mine from a West Coast dealer today Saturday for next day delivery on Tuesday. Planning on some one on one full sized image comparisons against the Sony A77MkII just to see what this thing is made of. If it even so much as compares I'll keep it. I may be expecting too much, but I might just be surprised what it can do in stills. I won't pull punches however so we'll see.

in your dreams princecody. I've had several top Mft bodies and their top lenses including the EM1. When I did a shootout last January with an EM1, Fuji X-T1 and Canon 6D....guess which one won? The X-T1. There is already shot noise at ALL ISO's with the EM1 which I got tired of. The 6D has some magic applied in NR but sadly it sacrifices detail to get their. The X-T1 had superior color and low noise at higher ISO's and great bokeh. Just compared to those. So your assumptions are out there and not real world sad to say. I'm just curious if the shot noise on the FZ1000 is as low as indicated in samples I've seen, so I'll be looking for that. No such luck with Mft. You either live with that and love it or you don't. I don't.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2014 at 16:20 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (651 comments in total)

ordered mine from a West Coast dealer today Saturday for next day delivery on Tuesday. Planning on some one on one full sized image comparisons against the Sony A77MkII just to see what this thing is made of. If it even so much as compares I'll keep it. I may be expecting too much, but I might just be surprised what it can do in stills. I won't pull punches however so we'll see.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2014 at 05:30 UTC as 67th comment | 8 replies
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 (580 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 114th 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 (334 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 101st comment
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