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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On Fast and full-frame: Nikon announces 24MP Nikon D750 article (406 comments in total)
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Suhas Sudhakar Kulkarni: Looking at the specs, I wonder why would I buy this over D610 (Unless of course I have extra cash just to burn)..

AF speed and accuracy matters independently of fps.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:34 UTC
On Fast and full-frame: Nikon announces 24MP Nikon D750 article (406 comments in total)
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JDThomas: This is pretty much what the D610 should have been in the first place. It's got a lot of great specs and will be a great camera for a lot of people.

However, this is not a D700 replacement. I think Nikon is trying to bury the D600 stigma by using a name that people equate with one of the best cameras Nikon ever produced.

It's relatively cheap at only $2300, but I would have paid $3000 for these guts in a D810 body.

Agreed. This is definitely not a pro body. The specs are superb, but it's definitely *not* a D700 heir; it's more like a juiced D610. It surely should have gone into the D810 chassis instead.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:28 UTC
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (338 comments in total)
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Jun2: A LOT comments for a lens that few people will buy.

What do you mean, "few people"?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 18:07 UTC
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (338 comments in total)
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junk1: No auto focus - really? Who could ever focus it perfectly enough to take advantage of the lens...unless you have a 1:1 pixel display, you won't consistently get 1:1 focused images - you can't by definition since you can't see what you are doing! Will the AF system (contrast detection, or via pahse sensors on the imager) confirm once you have it focused?

Yes, the AF focus confirmation light works with these lenses. And if your camera features focus peaking, then that's another bonus. I regularly use my 35/1.2 and 50/1.1 Voigtlanders on my Fuji X-T1, wide-open, with great results.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 17:13 UTC
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (338 comments in total)

4500.00 is not unreasonable for optics of this caliber. Zeiss didn't design this lens for "the rich." They designed it with working professionals in mind, and this price is well within a reasonable budget for a successful working professional. And, if you've ever worked in the motion picture world, you'd know that 4500.00 for a lens of this quality still falls into the "bargain" category.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 17:12 UTC as 29th comment
On Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK article (218 comments in total)
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Dave Oddie: £99K? Wonder how much the original selling price was and how much, adjusted for inflation, that would equate to now?

If I remember correctly, I think the original price was around $100K.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 10:10 UTC

Maybe if they didn't have that huge-a$$ booth at NAB every year... That thing was almost as big as Panasonic's.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 05:13 UTC as 13th comment
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supeyugin1: I think this is the most iconic photo of WW II:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/7/6078/6078646328_9b8668bc64_z.jpg

Aleksey Gordeyevich Yeremenko. He was killed seconds after this frame was made.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 07:48 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1601 comments in total)

Anyone want to buy my D800? It sounds like the 810 is worth the upgrade, IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 21:44 UTC as 191st comment | 3 replies
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1601 comments in total)
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Galbertson: Have isolated my next camera to nikon d810 or pentax 645 Z. I have many older manual nikkor glass as well as many pentax 645/67 manual glass. Certainly 645Z better image quality and dynamic range. Know well its other pros and cons for my particular use. I strictly shoot landscape, concern for large prints. Only tripoded, f16 and above, 1/15th second and slower.

Pentax lots more money, for sure.

But my question, can older manual f lenses use resolving power of d810, or hinder it. If i have to start building bew lenses, pentax looks affordable.

All of my older Nikon lenses fail the D800 resolution test for the most part. The new nano crystal glass, however, is amazingly sharp. If you are curious about using your old Nikon glass on the D800/810, I'm of the opinion that you will be disappointed unless you're sizing down the photos. It is a camera that really needs the latest in optics technology in order to realize its full potential. I used to have a D600 however, and that was a different story; the 24MP sensor looked great when used with my D series lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 21:43 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1601 comments in total)
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RodneyG: Can anyone explain what this line means: "Uncompressed output over HDMI with simultaneous writing to memory card"

Is the output to the card compressed while at the same time we can capture somewhere else with no compression?

Yes, that is exactly what that means. You can write to a field recorder, such as the Atomos Ninja, while also writing to the internal memory card for backup or proxy files.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 21:39 UTC

Every one of these is a winner. Great work!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 04:32 UTC as 22nd comment

This gives me pause only to laugh at how perfect it is that he now works for Facebook.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 18:53 UTC as 35th comment
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 (2251 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 388th comment | 1 reply
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