PeakAction

PeakAction

Lives in United States San Antonio, United States
Works as a Photojournalist and Cinematographer
Has a website at http://cinema.camera
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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On Lytro adds 3D viewing capability to its photos article (46 comments in total)

I bought a Lytro, had some fun with it for about two hours, and then set it on the table and admitted to myself that it had no practical use whatsoever. I returned it the next day.

Best Buy had a sale on them, so I picked one up. It was a neat little thing, but it was hamstrung by the company from the start. You can't DO anything with the images except display them on the Lytro website. If they had made it possible to at least export the images to other formats like Quicktime, at least they could have been used creatively in web design. I had a developer friend look crack open one of the raw files, and he said there were 45 images contained in it. I don't see why they couldn't at least be turned into GIFs.

It's simply a novelty, and not a lasting one, either.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2013 at 06:33 UTC as 3rd comment
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

I guarantee the new Df is going to exhibit some crazy-good image quality. And if you're complaining about what it doesn't have (movie mode), then there are about a hundred other DSLRs out there that have all the features you're looking for; this one is for stills, and I for one WELCOME the fact that I will be able to buy a body that hasn't had its price driven up even more because it can do things I will never use it for. THANK YOU to Nikon for making this one just about stills. If you're thinking about a DSLR that will be your only body, and want to shoot movies with it, then look elsewhere. The D600 is a killer body that also shoots very nice HD footage, and it's economical. As for me, I'm going to take the deal Nikon is offering: D4 quality for half the price.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 21:25 UTC as 475th comment | 5 replies
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

First I saw the price, and thought, "Hm. Well, maybe if it has the right features..." Then I saw that it had the D4 sensor, and that was good. Then, I read this part: "...the Df is a 16MP, full-frame DSLR with the sensor and processing guts of the company's flagship D4"

That's what I was waiting to hear. If this camera has the sensor AND the processing of the D4, then I'm happy to spend the money on it. As a professional photojournalist and commercial shooter, I currently have in my bag: Two D3's, a D800, and a D600. For all their more modern features, the D800 & D600 still can't match the high ISO perf (RAW or JPG) and general smoothness of my old D3's (when in JPG mode). If the Df has the brains of a D4, then I feel it's worth the money because no other body, save the D4 itself, can boast that. Naming convention aside, this is essentially the "new" D700 (which the D800 is not, having jumped several hurdles and gone chasing after the MF market), which shared its guts with the D3.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 21:24 UTC as 476th comment | 2 replies

Very nice article! Thanks for posting it for us to read.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2013 at 18:06 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon 1 AW1 preview (587 comments in total)

Now this is something interesting! Nice surprise from Nikon!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 06:05 UTC as 56th comment
On Just posted: Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 Review article (366 comments in total)

I have now officially lost count of how many Rebel models there are.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2013 at 18:24 UTC as 49th comment | 7 replies

As soon as I see the name "Eric Kim" in a headline I know immediately that the article is worthless. Stop trying to make us believe this guy is any kind of an authority on photography. Social media, maybe, but not photography.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2013 at 18:23 UTC as 18th comment

Oh please.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2013 at 08:56 UTC as 33rd comment

I'm guessing 2800.00

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2013 at 22:58 UTC as 188th comment

I have one. It's a fun toy, but they got the orientation of the camera:film wrong. It needs to be rotated 90-degrees; as it is, the film is presented horizontally to a vertically-mounted camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 20:46 UTC as 13th comment
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)

It's a 600-dollar camera with a 2,200-dollar red dot on it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 20:42 UTC as 57th comment | 4 replies

Ugh. It seems today's crop of Hasselblad execs went to the same high school as the Leica execs. No, this is worse; at least Leica still makes most of their own products.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 19:39 UTC as 203rd comment

Here's a promise to you, Adobe: No way will I ever subscribe to CC. Never. I will use CS6 begrudgingly, through clenched teeth, forever, before I cave to your creative cloud model. You're hanging a lot of people out to dry with this. It may work for some, but it *doesn't* work for a lot more.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2013 at 19:54 UTC as 677th comment
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avbee: additional of glasses will degrade some quality. even the best coating and best material of UV will degrade the quality of the picture........

Comparing digital resolution reduction to optical image circle reduction is comparing apples and oranges. Did anyone read the white paper? The glass and design of this adapter appear to be of the highest quality; read the white paper and look at their image samples. The results are quite wonderful. BTW, the two gentlemen who designed this adapter are also responsible for designing 12 new prime lenses for Panavision's 70mm motion picture system, so I'm betting they got a mirrorless lens adapter right.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2013 at 17:23 UTC

Those of you freaking out about price and comparing this camera to the Canon C series, and complaining about the "extra" modular components that you "must" purchase before shooting are the people who are NOT expected to use this camera. This is NOT a "videographer" camera; it is a cinematographer's camera. This is a camera that one could film a "Prometheus" or a "Hugo" with, and even with all of the modular accessories, it's still cheaper than the pro cine film camera systems that it's intended to replace.

Even ultra low budget feature films can have seven-figure budgets, so suddenly the cost of this camera isn't so high when you consider who is supposed to be buying or renting it for their productions.

It's like complaining to Ferarri that they aren't making super cars cheap enough for Corvette drivers to afford, and then calling them stupid for it, like you know something about their market that Ferarri doesn't.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 13:12 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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dark goob: Conveniently did not mention price. haha

I'm guessing six figures for all components in that picture?

I've heard 20K for the R5 recorder, and 20-25K for the F5 body. Expect the F55 to be much higher.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2012 at 22:15 UTC
On Photokina 2012: Schneider Kreuznach Stand Report article (17 comments in total)

These lenses would be so nice to have on my AF100. My only wish would be for manual aperture rings.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2012 at 13:49 UTC as 4th comment
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alfaflash: Sorry, but this is pathetic. I have tried almost all the mirrorless cameras, and none have been able to replicate the reality of shooting with a DSLR. Every one of them has the same issue - great sensor, lousy focusing. Unless you are into shooting from the hip and understand zone focusing (which is almost impossible with the new cameras), save your money and your frustration, and get a decent FF DSLR.

Whaaat? I've used the Lumix GF1, the Fuji X100 and the X-Pro 1, and all three of them had great autofocus. Sure, it isn't as fast as my D3 bodies, but it's perfectly acceptable. They CERTAINLY don't warrant relying on zone focusing to make them work.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2012 at 07:21 UTC
On Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms article (628 comments in total)

If they want me to drop Big Coin on a camera, give me a larger than FF square chip in a body that can mount the real Hasselblad lenses via an adapter. You can even leave off the wood grip if you want.

Putting the Hasselblad name on THAT would make sense.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 16:47 UTC as 121st comment

If Leica wants to support reporters, they should release a digital M camera that photojournalists can afford to actually use in the field... Like they used to.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 18:15 UTC as 40th comment | 2 replies
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