ericwestpheling

ericwestpheling

Joined on Aug 18, 2011

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On Sony unveils FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS cinema lens article (118 comments in total)

Maybe if it was 18-135mm.... for Super35 cameras this is a non-starter. I don't think there a lot of A7s shooters who want this big of a lens. Now for F7 and FS700 owners, thats another story.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 23:54 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply

so they didn't fix any of the ergonomic issues, added no evf, and they abandoned the main draw of full-color sampling for each pixel...go team Sigma! You will make a great wikipedia footnote about bad product design.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2014 at 14:17 UTC as 49th comment | 9 replies
On Manfrotto 190 Series Carbon Fiber Tripod Review article (72 comments in total)
In reply to:

ericwestpheling: I own a set of Manfrotto CF legs (055MF4) that had ONE plastic locking tab break off after 6 years of use. This was 1 of 9 small plastic tabs, so it was bound to happen.

After searching I found there were no spare parts available online (either from the vendor or 3rd party).

I sent the legs to Manfrotto for repair and waited over 3 weeks for a reply. I was quoted $70 to do the repair: replacing a small plastic tab.

I asked for the parts to be sent to me and I could do the replacement and was told that was not an option. I was offered to replace my product with a new version with a $40 discount. This would cost $300 out of pocket.

I was told that 6 years was "A long time" for this set of legs to have lasted.

If you are working with gear, do the math: investing $300 every 4-6 years adds up.

$70 for a small plastic part is not acceptable.

I implore you to avoid Manfrotto if you like your gear and don't want to needlessly replace it when THEY say its beyond its lifespan.

Just FYI- I purchased my new set from Sachtler.

Look around when you are working- you'll see Oconnor, Cartoni, Sacthler equipment thats 30+ years old, still getting it done flawlessly, and still able to be serviced!!

They may cost a LOT more but you won't be paying more than once!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 04:05 UTC
On Manfrotto 190 Series Carbon Fiber Tripod Review article (72 comments in total)

I own a set of Manfrotto CF legs (055MF4) that had ONE plastic locking tab break off after 6 years of use. This was 1 of 9 small plastic tabs, so it was bound to happen.

After searching I found there were no spare parts available online (either from the vendor or 3rd party).

I sent the legs to Manfrotto for repair and waited over 3 weeks for a reply. I was quoted $70 to do the repair: replacing a small plastic tab.

I asked for the parts to be sent to me and I could do the replacement and was told that was not an option. I was offered to replace my product with a new version with a $40 discount. This would cost $300 out of pocket.

I was told that 6 years was "A long time" for this set of legs to have lasted.

If you are working with gear, do the math: investing $300 every 4-6 years adds up.

$70 for a small plastic part is not acceptable.

I implore you to avoid Manfrotto if you like your gear and don't want to needlessly replace it when THEY say its beyond its lifespan.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 04:02 UTC as 18th comment | 5 replies
On Richard Franiec creates accessory grip for Sony RX100 article (115 comments in total)

no link to the guys site for pre-order?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2012 at 15:25 UTC as 34th comment
On Android and iOS App Tools For Photographers article (70 comments in total)

This is missing a few of the best iphone apps including:
Helios - The best sun prediction software, with an inclinometer mode, several compass based modes, and google maps/satellite view overlays on most modes. This has been incredibly useful in planning magic hour shoots at various locations around the world, or even calculating when a facade will be sunlit.
Pcam- Invaluable for most photo calculations, including depth of field, angle of view, matching lenses across different formats, and many others. There is even an incredible function where you can preview the field of view of any lens at any working distance with a single person, two persons, or a vehicle- which has been INCREDIBLY useful when planning shoots.
Artemis- A directors viewfinder for the iphone, will show you the actual frame for any format/any lens by cropping or overlaying the image from the iphone camera, and will log any relevant info (lens, camera format, compass heading, tilt angle, etc) onto a screenshot.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2011 at 04:19 UTC as 46th comment | 2 replies

wake me up when they have this for the Sony F3

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2011 at 04:18 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
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