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 Portfolio: Photography student Luke Evans article (172 comments in total)

Some cool stuff, but I'm left wondering why it's being featured on the DPR front page... Slow photo news day?

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2014 at 23:00 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
On BBC examines 100 years of Leica article (24 comments in total)

"Ninety years of indispensable tools for the discerning photojournalist; ten years of insufferable douchebaggery."

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 11:13 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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PeakAction: Yes! More people complaining about the price of a lens that they would never need in the first place. If you were someone who would actually use this lens professionally, you would understand that this is an expected price tag. Are you a newspaper, wire agency, stock agency, or rental house? Are you a major sports network or magazine? No? Then don't bother complaining about the price. This isn't a lens for shooting house cats and flowers in your back yard. They don't just make up these numbers from thin air; considering unit cost, projected sales, and required profit margins, I would say that the price is precisely calculated. Plus, if the price were too low, then *everyone* could suddenly be an awesome sports shooter.

In a nutshell, I would know which people need this lens because I've been a professional wire/sports shooter for about two decades now. Fellow freelancers like myself, and the agencies we shoot for, are the exact people these lenses are mostly designed and marketed to. I'm very, very sorry that you resent whatever it is you resent, but the fact remains that the pro:amateur ratio of 400/2.8 owners isn't going to be close at all. Nowhere did I say that non-pros couldn't appreciate a lens like this; merely that non-pros aren't the ones Nikon is marketing a lens like this to.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 01:51 UTC

Yes! More people complaining about the price of a lens that they would never need in the first place. If you were someone who would actually use this lens professionally, you would understand that this is an expected price tag. Are you a newspaper, wire agency, stock agency, or rental house? Are you a major sports network or magazine? No? Then don't bother complaining about the price. This isn't a lens for shooting house cats and flowers in your back yard. They don't just make up these numbers from thin air; considering unit cost, projected sales, and required profit margins, I would say that the price is precisely calculated. Plus, if the price were too low, then *everyone* could suddenly be an awesome sports shooter.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 21:15 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies
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photoholiko: Just curious, does anybody really use f2.8 on a 300? to me that's a big price to pay for one f stop.

It isn't just about using the lens at f/2.8, but also about AF speed and accuracy. For example, when shooting indoor sports, the amount of light an f/2.8 lens lets in opposed to an f/4 lens means that the AF performs better, even if the lens is set to shoot stopped down. And yes, while shooting sports professionally, exposure is usually set to f/2.8 to f/3.5 depending, to better separate athlete from background.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 21:06 UTC
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chiane: Why are all the 3rd party fast lenses manual focus?

Two words: Cost, and Video.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2014 at 03:12 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)

I wish people would stop using the term, "rangefinder style mirrorless" to describe every camera that simply has a flat top plate. It doesn't even have a built-in EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 21:16 UTC as 382nd comment | 1 reply
On 1939: England in Color (part 1) article (220 comments in total)
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Daniel Bliss: A pleasant surprise in Stiffkey, Norfolk, image number 17; I went into Google Streetview, continued over the bridge and hung a left at the junction to see if I could get a view from the other side. Sure enough, the bulding to the left is actually still there; but from the bridge you'd never know because of all the trees successive owners (or who knows, a single owner isn't out of the realm of possibility there) have allowed to grow up around it.

You could never photograph Monk Bar like that again in nice weather . . . too many tourists.

I did the same, delighting in spending a few minutes "investigating" the then-to-now status of the Stiffkey bridge. It seems that the building's roof is gone, and the windows that were in the wall facing the water have been bricked over. I wonder if the building suffered a fire, and so it was simply turned into an outdoor area, such as a courtyard or something like that.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 20:22 UTC

"Photography in its purest form?!" The Leica of old could have used this tagline, but not the Leica we have today. Guess what, Leica: my M glass works just fine on my X-T1 as well.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 23:46 UTC as 32nd comment

Please. Please... enough of Eric Kim.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 04:56 UTC as 12th comment

That thing is just for show. The real calibration tool is sitting on the table at far right.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 03:00 UTC as 23rd comment

The Crushinator

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 02:59 UTC as 24th comment
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Jogger: Meh, i will stick with my laptop PC thanks; tablets are best left for media consumption or gaming. I also dont need to have the NSA snooping on my photos via the backdoors that Google built into Android.

Er... The NSA has back doors into everything. They have back doors into front doors...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 00:44 UTC
On Homemade rig captures extreme macro shots of snowflakes article (186 comments in total)

That is an Imperial flake.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 02:10 UTC as 50th comment
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
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