PeakAction

PeakAction

Lives in United States San Antonio, United States
Works as a Photojournalist and Cinematographer
Has a website at http://darrenabate.com
Joined on Mar 2, 2010
About me:

Pro shooter based in Texas, specializing in photojournalism, pro sports, and magazine
editorial, as well as video and cinematography.

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PeakAction: I bought this lens the day it was available, and I haven't looked back. It's so good, I sold my 300/2.8 because the PF actually performs better. It's *very* sharp, with excellent contrast and color rendition. Focus is spot-on even with shooting action (I'm a full-time wire and pro sports shooter), and the VR is actually usable when shooting sports, believe it or not. It's the first VR lens I've owned where the VR actually stays on for games (mostly NBA and hockey). On my D4 bodies, it even had no problem covering MotoGP races. The images in the gallery are NOT representative of what this lens can do, trust me. It's an awesome lens. You won't believe how small and light it is.

Two reasons: Primarily, I will always have a 70-200 and a 300 active at the same time, on two bodies, while shooting. Secondly, I simply don't like teleconverters. I don't want to compromise on sharpness and AF performance. Also, a 70-200/2.8 by itself is quite a bit heavier than the 300/4 PF, & even more so with a teleconverter.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 19:06 UTC
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bmwzimmer: Images aren't super impressive, just ok. It lacks the punch other long teles have. Perhaps raise the shadows 6 stops and add a bit of contrast will help

::facepalm::

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 18:09 UTC
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PeakAction: I bought this lens the day it was available, and I haven't looked back. It's so good, I sold my 300/2.8 because the PF actually performs better. It's *very* sharp, with excellent contrast and color rendition. Focus is spot-on even with shooting action (I'm a full-time wire and pro sports shooter), and the VR is actually usable when shooting sports, believe it or not. It's the first VR lens I've owned where the VR actually stays on for games (mostly NBA and hockey). On my D4 bodies, it even had no problem covering MotoGP races. The images in the gallery are NOT representative of what this lens can do, trust me. It's an awesome lens. You won't believe how small and light it is.

98% of what I've shot with it so far has been agency work, so I can't repost those images, but I'm happy to upload what I can. Will probably be mostly hockey shots. NBA work can't be posted.

I understand about the higher resolution sensors. I sold my D800 a while back so I have no frame of reference above the D4 and Df.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 18:07 UTC

I bought this lens the day it was available, and I haven't looked back. It's so good, I sold my 300/2.8 because the PF actually performs better. It's *very* sharp, with excellent contrast and color rendition. Focus is spot-on even with shooting action (I'm a full-time wire and pro sports shooter), and the VR is actually usable when shooting sports, believe it or not. It's the first VR lens I've owned where the VR actually stays on for games (mostly NBA and hockey). On my D4 bodies, it even had no problem covering MotoGP races. The images in the gallery are NOT representative of what this lens can do, trust me. It's an awesome lens. You won't believe how small and light it is.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 17:17 UTC as 9th comment | 8 replies
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macjonny1: Every time I see these huge lenses I'm glad I got rid of my old clunky DSLR. Less reasons every day to own one.

Huge? It's smaller than my X-T1's 50-140. And it weighs nothing. It's literally almost the same size as the Nikon 24-70.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 17:13 UTC
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bmwzimmer: Images aren't super impressive, just ok. It lacks the punch other long teles have. Perhaps raise the shadows 6 stops and add a bit of contrast will help

Don't put too much trust in these "real world" images; they aren't showing the real detail that the PF delivers. I bought the PF the day it was available, and I'm so happy with it I sold my 300/2.8. It's incredibly sharp, unbelievably small, and it weighs nothing. VR is also actually usable when shooting action.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 17:11 UTC
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tinzi1: The Tamron 2470 has marvelous optics WITH vc that could be had for $1000. I don't see why anyone want to purchase this even at $899; at $1200, Tokina's really daring to see this world full of morons.

Considering that every Tamron lens I've ever used has been garbage, and every Tokina AT-X lens I've ever used has been sharp as hell, this is one moron who would happily pay more for the Tokina.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2015 at 05:16 UTC

I'll bet a grilled cheese sandwich that someone at Phase One wakes up from their nap and kills this project before it gets to market. ROI seems to me to be pretty minimal. But hey, I've been wrong before; ask my ex-wife.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2015 at 22:58 UTC as 5th comment

That 100-400 prototype he's holding looks nice and chunky. Can't wait to try one of those out...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 20:34 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
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RichRMA: Something I don't get about the Fuji cameras, specifically, the XT-1. Why in tests are the images soft compare to other brands? I'm referring to the studio shots in the review done here and the recent Steve Huff competition. I thought (the reason) might be that Fuji was softening the images in order to show very low noise from the APS sensor, which seemed to be the lowest until the new Samsung came along.

I shoot with an X-T1, X-E1, and X-Pro1, and they are all tack sharp. Lenses used are 10-24/4, 50-140/2.8, and Touit 32/1.8. I've never had a problem with sharpness, even when compared to my Nikon D3's and Df. I can stand by the notion that the problem may be coming from the RAW conversion. I use LR5, and it does a pretty darn good job for me. Does anyone know what the best X RAW converter is?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 20:33 UTC
On Canon announces EOS C100 Mark II article (279 comments in total)

An 8-bit, AVC, 1080 camera for 5500.00? Get... bent...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 04:38 UTC as 21st comment
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1656 comments in total)

I went to the interactive site to see if it was offering any new/useful information, but it essentially just told me how much they are willing to spend on web developers. It's a really nice looking time waster. After you finally do get to the point, there's nothing new.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 19:40 UTC as 55th comment
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Lensjoy: Read the public's comments at this link:

http://1.usa.gov/1x4r1l0

My own comment is below:
http://www.lensjoy.com/Blog/Blog_home.htm

Please make sure to add your voice.

I wonder if anyone has gone thru all 163 pages of comments to see if there was even ONE positive – or even neutral – comment. Because I didn't see one on the pages I saw, that's certain.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 05:25 UTC
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Sir Nick of High Point: Sweet! Part of me wishes that they would delete the LCD screen. The whole Leica philosophy involves keeping your head up and eyes peeled, not buried in a useless tiny screen.

If they were to revive the R-D1 now, I feel it would sell like crazy.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 23:14 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (650 comments in total)
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JaimeA: Reading the specifications we found out that this camera has NO image stabilization. Totally nuts if you like closeups, interior and night shots.

And to think, all those photos I've made over the last twenty years would have been so much more acceptable if only I had IS!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 19:48 UTC
On Fast and full-frame: Nikon announces 24MP Nikon D750 article (406 comments in total)
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HiRez: This looks like the true upgrade for my D700 that I've been waiting the better part of a decade for. Unfortunately, in the meantime I've fallen for Fuji's high-quality but much more compact (and less expensive) X system. I've been considering selling off all my Nikon gear and going all-in on Fuji X. But this camera will make that decision harder, since I already have some good Nikon lenses. Large, 100% optical VF is hard to beat and still can't get the FF DOF with APS-C.

I rather enjoy using my Nikon glass on my X-T1 and X-E1, both with and without a speed booster. The great focus peaking in the X-T1 makes MF a snap. In fact, I just picked up an old Nikkor 35/2 that looks amazing on my Fujis. I've been having fun with that as well as the 105/2.8 VR Micro-Nikkor on my X-T1.

I keep both Nikon and X system bags. When on newspaper and sports assignments, the Nikons still have the edge, but the Fujis are superb for more unobtrusive and low-light assignment work.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 19:41 UTC
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Sir Nick of High Point: Sweet! Part of me wishes that they would delete the LCD screen. The whole Leica philosophy involves keeping your head up and eyes peeled, not buried in a useless tiny screen.

Ah, the R-D1... I never should have sold mine. Now THAT was a camera series that truly deserved to be continued.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 19:34 UTC
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DouglasGottlieb: I hope this inspires Fuji to hurry up with the XPro 2 and make it weather sealed, with dual card slots, a giant cache and no red dot or red dot price. :)

I too would love to see an X-Pro 2, but my fear is that Fuji are thinking of replacing the X-Pro series with the X-T1. As an X-T1 shooter myself – and don't get me wrong, I adore the camera – I hope that doesn't happen; the X-Pro 2 would be a very welcome addition to my bag.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 19:32 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1418 comments in total)
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RStyga: Does it come with free oil replacement in the first 2000 shots?

You still have the option of a D3 or D3s. They may be old, but they sill hold their own, and they're cheap as hell. My main assignment cameras are still two battle-hardened D3 bodies, and I have a D800 for commercial work.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:45 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1418 comments in total)

Someone please tell me why the grip is 485.00...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:41 UTC as 386th comment | 2 replies
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