jwkphoto

jwkphoto

Lives in United States Albuquerque, NM, United States
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at jwkphotodesign.com
Joined on Jul 28, 2011

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On Sony a6000 Review preview (785 comments in total)

I'm a professional real estate photographer and I have the A6000 with the 16-50 kit lens. This camera replaces a Sony A65 with a Sigma F4-5.6 10-20 lens. I find the 6000 to be superior to the 65 in nearly every way. For my photos I find the 16-50 to be optically better than the Sigma. the 6000 does in camera lens corrections for lens distortion and color correction which greatly reduces my photography and post processing time by 30%. I know there has been lots of discussion about how bad the quality of the kit lens is but I've made very sharp 16x20 prints from it and it can go even larger.

I love my little A6000 and everything about it!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 04:03 UTC as 8th comment
On The Wild Southwest: Jory Vander Galien's landscapes article (60 comments in total)

I've been to most of these places and I think overall Jory Vander Galien did an excellent job photographing them.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2015 at 03:13 UTC as 20th comment
On Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup (2014) article (14 comments in total)

I bought a Sony A6000 five weeks ago to photograph houses for real estate listings and for the past year I've been using a Sony A65. Two weeks ago I started using the 6000 to see how it would work in my job. One thing I thought I would miss is the built in level. Well, I don't, the 6000 is so easy to lineup it's not needed. The 16-50 kit lens works perfectly for this kind of work. The camera automatically adjusts for color and lens distortions making it very easy to line up the vertical lines in the image. The image noise has been greatly reduced and the 6000's color engine has been improved to the point where what I see on the LCD matches what I see in real life. By using the 6000 I've cut my in house photo time by 33% and the post processing time by 33%.

I love this camera, the best I've ever used by far!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 23:01 UTC as 3rd comment
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jwkphoto: I'd love to see some lower priced good quality lenses for my A6000. The 16-50 kit lens copy I have is not bad, I've already made sharp 16X20 prints with it.

These lenses look like they are standard Alpha lenses with an extended rear case to make for the longer FL. Why not make E mount lens cases shorter for the shorter body depth, something like my 16-30 is now. It would reduce weight, cost and increase lens quality .

It seems to me, Sony is trying to get rid of it's Minolta heritage, the best flash foot design ever, the best auto fill flash, in body stabilization among other things.

I hope it doesn't break for you, I've had many break on Canon, Nikon, Pentax and pre-1990 Minoltas

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 03:16 UTC

I'd love to see some lower priced good quality lenses for my A6000. The 16-50 kit lens copy I have is not bad, I've already made sharp 16X20 prints with it.

These lenses look like they are standard Alpha lenses with an extended rear case to make for the longer FL. Why not make E mount lens cases shorter for the shorter body depth, something like my 16-30 is now. It would reduce weight, cost and increase lens quality .

It seems to me, Sony is trying to get rid of it's Minolta heritage, the best flash foot design ever, the best auto fill flash, in body stabilization among other things.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2015 at 02:11 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)

For Sony - I am a very long time Minolta-Sony user, I have Maxxum lenses going back to May 1985 and Sony A mount from 2006. I love the system and I will not switch to E-mount cameras and lenses. Will there be any more A mount cameras and lenses? If not I WILL leave Sony forever!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 03:31 UTC as 64th comment
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1658 comments in total)
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jwkphoto: My first digital camera was the Digital Rebel (300D) which I got 11 years ago today. Great camera and I still have it. I updated to the first 5D in Jan. 2006 which gave me beautiful full frame images. Fast forward to May, 2008. I had three jobs to photograph on Sat, the 17th so I got the 5D out to check it out to make sure it worked. On the fiifth frame, the shutter button fell apart with only 8,000 frames on it. The shutter still worked but with a half second delay and it would not focus. On Sat. I had a horse show, a high school reunion and dance school recital. I could use the DRebel for the reunion but not for the action photos because of the slow shutter lag. I ended up buying a Sony A300 because I had lots of Minolta lenses. The A300 has a very short lag and I got good action photos. It cost $250 to get the 5D fixed and I sold it on EBay. I've had Sony cameras ever since and never a problem and I'll never buy another Canon.

I was told by the repair shop that not only the 5D had this problem, the 20D, 30D and 40D had it too. My DRebel with over 40,000 shots on it still works perfectly. What sold me on the Sony was the movable live view screen and the short shutter lag. It opened up a new way of seeing and instantly my photos improved. With the Canons I was still stuck in the old ways of seeing the world.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 22:38 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1658 comments in total)

My first digital camera was the Digital Rebel (300D) which I got 11 years ago today. Great camera and I still have it. I updated to the first 5D in Jan. 2006 which gave me beautiful full frame images. Fast forward to May, 2008. I had three jobs to photograph on Sat, the 17th so I got the 5D out to check it out to make sure it worked. On the fiifth frame, the shutter button fell apart with only 8,000 frames on it. The shutter still worked but with a half second delay and it would not focus. On Sat. I had a horse show, a high school reunion and dance school recital. I could use the DRebel for the reunion but not for the action photos because of the slow shutter lag. I ended up buying a Sony A300 because I had lots of Minolta lenses. The A300 has a very short lag and I got good action photos. It cost $250 to get the 5D fixed and I sold it on EBay. I've had Sony cameras ever since and never a problem and I'll never buy another Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 15:35 UTC as 420th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1422 comments in total)
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SaltLakeGuy: 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".

My 1992 Minolta Maxxum 9xi has a 1/12,000th sec shutter speed and 1/300th flash sync speed. Not many cameras today can beat that.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 00:58 UTC
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Dougbm_2: I have been using viewpoint 2 for quite some time now for my Real Estate work but as with DXO Optics Pro it is far too slow. If I want to use Viewpoint to open files from a folder it will often refuse to save the file and I can't close the file. Also the way the keystone lines are implemented is much slower than the way it is done in Optics pro - but that is also flawed by insisting on a side by side before and after window making it awkward and forcing you to zoom and pan all the time. And we trust (?) these guys with sensor ratings. Hmmm… I am giving up on Viewpoint 2 and just using Edit/Transform/skew for all but the most awkward fixes..I don't have the time to wait for the plug-in app to open EVERY TIME or for the Desktop app to never save.

I do real estate photography too and I use the tools in Camera Raw to correct for the distortions. But some of the time, CCPS makes them worse. That's when I go to Viewpoint 2. Yes, it's slow but it works when LR and PS lets me down.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 00:50 UTC
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Rick DeBari: These are release candidates and NOT final versions! Personally I will wait until the final versions are released. It most likely will only be a few weeks until this happens.

They ARE the final versions!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2014 at 02:55 UTC
On Sony a7R teardown! Roger Cicala gets his hands dirty article (135 comments in total)
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aris14: It is said that in the WW2 when Goering inspected the first shoot down Spit and saw its nuts and bolts he said that these screws could be the reason why Nazis will loose the war.
Sony and presumably Pana, no matter what they bought/cooperated or whatsoever (Minolta, Leica, Zeiss, Schneider etc) seems they went back to to the drawing board and started from a blank sheet of paper and a pencil, so t say.
Older firms just tried to put it in, producing a huge batch, I think that they divorced their original creativity in enginnering.
No matter the gentle memories we have some of us from some of them, it's more than obvious why they are quickly disappearing as brands.
I think this is called natural selection, no?

Minolta disappeared because Honeywell sued them for patent infringement on the auto focus system in 1992 and Minolta lost and had to pay $121 million. It made no difference that Honeywell could not make autofocus work well and Minolta did. Minolta was the most innovative of all the camera companies but because of the millions they paid, there was nothing left for new designs. Many of the Minolta designers went to work for Sony and that's part of the reason Sony is moving ahead with so many changes.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 06:13 UTC

I have a Sony A57 and I needed some extra batteries to carry with me but I could not afford to purchase the original Sony batteries. Amazon had some no names for $5 and I bought 3 of them. What's so amazing about them is the Sony battery gives me about 450-500 shots and the cheepos are giving me around 650. They work perfectly with no problems and the digital % readout is right on.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2013 at 04:40 UTC as 98th comment

This reminds me of Polaroid suing Kodak for infringement over instant film and camera twenty years ago and winning. Then in wasn't long before Polaroid went under. About the same time Honeywell sued Minolta for infringement for their autofocus system. They both went out of business. Honeywell could not make it work well and Minolta did. Minolta paid 121 million for that and ended up selling out to Sony ten years later.

It seems like the end results is they all go out of business. Is Nikon next?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2013 at 04:29 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On DPReview on CreativeLIVE article (142 comments in total)
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mosc: Another topic: Flange distance! The heart of the mirrorless sales pitch is removing the space between lens and sensor (along with it's bulky optical viewfinder). We've seen the advantages in size and weight (as long as your in the EVF >= OVF camp) but it does have a pretty big impact on lens design as well. What are the positives and negatives of shorter flange distances on lens design? Are there reasons why today's mirror less cameras are at a disadvantage due to a shorter flange distance? If not, might we see even shorter flange distances to further cut size/weight?

It use to be rangefinder cameras had sharper lenses because the lenses were easier to design than SLR lenses because of the flange distance. Now it seems the lenses for mirrorless camera lenses cost more than the same F stop/FL for DSLRs.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 22:59 UTC
On DPReview on CreativeLIVE article (142 comments in total)

Personally, I've seen many of the CreativeLIVE! workshops and I've learned quite a bit from them. I've even purchased a few for further study. I'll be there, 10AM MST!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 02:43 UTC as 69th comment

This is great and beautifully photographed!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 04:32 UTC as 25th comment
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)

I have many Minolta Maxxum lenses going back to 1985 that work perfectly on my A57. Yes, they have a converter for those lenses which to me is ugly and ungainly. It sounds like Sony wants to forget about all it's Minolta heritage. I'm sure they could have put full frame sensors using the existing body size and with steady shot inside too. Unless Sony changes coarse, my A57 will be my last Sony. I can easily switch back to Canon which I already have many lenses and accessories.

It seems to me with all the directions Sony is going, it two years they will have a totally new system. And two years after that.....

By the way, I love my A57, the image quality and handling is superb!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2013 at 01:51 UTC as 278th comment
On Ten items you should have in your camera bag article (288 comments in total)

About the duct tape thing. Do you know what duct tape and the Force from Star Wars have in common? They both have a dark side, a light side and they both hold the Universe together!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2013 at 20:02 UTC as 22nd comment
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jwkphoto: I have two Lensbaby lenses I bought nine years ago. I never got the look I wanted. In Jan. 2006 I was looking around a dollar store and I came across some magnifying lenses that were made of plate glass, 60mm Di. and 200mm FL. I bought two of them and went to an auto parts store, bought a generic rack and pinion boot that look like a very large Lensbaby tube. I took the two lenses and squeezed them into tube, stuck a T-mount adaptor in the other end making a 100mm F2 lens.

Twenty years ago, I was at a telescope making convention, Stelaphane, and bought an iris diagram for 5 bucks. It was used on the front of a telescope to stop down the lens. I used it for burning in prints for many years in the darkroom. This thing fitted perfectly on the front of my homemade Lensbaby. From it I could adjust the lens from F2 to F8. The more I stopped down, the sharper the lens became.

When used wide open to F2.8 I get the most wonderful blur and when I twist the lens like the LB lens it changes the the way light goes through the two lenses giving even more distortion. I get all kinds of color fringing and when converted to B&W I get the most wonderful bokah I've seen. All of this for an investment of $25.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2013 at 02:28 UTC
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