MPA1

MPA1

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at www.marcusadamsphoto.co.nz
Joined on Jun 14, 2010
About me:

Professional commercial and editorial photographer. Organiser and guide for private small group photography tours throughout New Zealand.

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On Rest in peace in the photoshop composite challenge (1 comment in total)

Normally I am not a fan of this kind of thing - it is art not photography in my view - but I have to say this made me smile! For some reason it reminded me of Monty Python.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 10:47 UTC as 1st comment

Useless high ISO in RAW.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 21:30 UTC as 79th comment | 5 replies
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MPA1: Not specific to the monkey shot here (as I have no idea of it's origins) but as a general comment, photography of captive animals in a zoo has to rate amongst the least inspiring uses of a camera I can imagine. Personally I wouldn't allow that in competition images.

I just think zoo animals - or any shot that was actually set up regardless of content - have no place in competitions. I know of one that was commended in a NatGeo contest that was a complete set up - the monk did the same thing a dozen times until the photographer got the shot. That's fine for commercial work but it is missing in spirit for travel images I think - unless you make it clear, rather than pretending you just happened to be there when that moment occurred spontaneously.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2014 at 07:05 UTC

Not specific to the monkey shot here (as I have no idea of it's origins) but as a general comment, photography of captive animals in a zoo has to rate amongst the least inspiring uses of a camera I can imagine. Personally I wouldn't allow that in competition images.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 20:20 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies

There's one born every minute...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 09:48 UTC as 37th comment
On WaterWeight rethinks the sandbag approach to stability article (77 comments in total)

And just where would a wilderness photographer find the water?!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 09:43 UTC as 12th comment
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (523 comments in total)

Again why does the story link go to a pointless holding page instead of the actual article?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 23:11 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup 2013 article (295 comments in total)

Again with the dead landing page with yet another link to click...

Go straight to the roundup. this landing page serves no purpose at all.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 10:03 UTC as 31st comment
On Enthusiast interchangeable lens camera 2013 roundup article (468 comments in total)

Why when I click the Enthusiast DSLR roundup item in News do I end up at a dead page on which I have to click yet another link to see what I am trying to get to?

Shoddy site design!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 10:02 UTC as 70th comment
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (263 comments in total)

Shame they could not get a second card slot in.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 03:38 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply
On Enthusiast compact camera roundup (2014) article (185 comments in total)

Honestly, none of those seem especially good considering what could be done.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 03:52 UTC as 54th comment

I expect Ken Rockwell will get a couple for the guest suites in his footballers wives McMansion...!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 03:50 UTC as 83rd comment
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1434 comments in total)

More kid and animal pictures. Can we please have some actual professional work instead of soccer mum images?!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 22:41 UTC as 45th comment
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vladimir vanek: I hate the "business of today" as we're getting flooded by Chinese products through Walmarts and the like and real brands are closing their business one after the other because they just can't compete with china even if they're higher quality... Everything is focused on income, or better growth of income (if a company makes the same money as before, they consider it a loss) and quantity. There are many things that we just throw off if they break despite they could be repaired, but we already saw the ad on the newer and newest model. Cars be a good example of this consumer era.

But would you want to pay Leica prices for all your camera gear? That is the alternative.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 04:43 UTC

Will be interested to see how this fares - at least they have sealed the body this time!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 02:50 UTC as 83rd comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (821 comments in total)

Shame they didn't make it a competitor for the over-priced Sony RX1r which is a better camera in IQ terms.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 22:48 UTC as 163rd comment | 1 reply
On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (386 comments in total)
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JPnyc: There used to be only 2 parts of cameramaking which both required great craftsmenship: manufacturing of the housing and - separately - the optics.
Today, the largest (and third) part of a camera are electronics - which change so fast, by the time you are finished developing them, they are already outdated.
Leica has since the digital age clearly focused on the perfection of the housing, which they do beautifully like no other. But the BEST cameras are built by others. The problem is, who wants to spend this much money on a camera which is already outdated when new, not to mention a few years down the road?
Maybe Leica could lead the way and design a camera with partially interchangeable electronic hardware, like the sensor/display/interface parts of the camera (the stuff which gets old fast) while keeping the housing and lens.
Because someone should start to do something about the terrible planned obsolescense in the camera industry, and Leica would be a great company to start.

I entirely agree and have said the same thing many times. Leica's dual film/digital R was a work of under-appreciated genius.

I also think one day sensors will be available on a roll like film - a new clean sensor for every shot..!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 03:45 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: Not sure I see the need if the filters are in brass mounts. Aluminum does jam but that's because it's not brass. Still, this seems like a good idea, and if it catches on all filters will soon have knurled rings.

I'm not sure I see the need for UV filters period. Modern lenses no longer suffer from the issues they were invented to cope with (except possibly at very high altitudes) and I've never scratched a front element yet - all the lens accidents I have had were bad enough that no filter would have made any difference at all!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 00:24 UTC

I hope the next iteration of the EM-1 gets much better high ISO performance and two card slots - then I can finally get my DSLR kit sold off.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 20:55 UTC as 76th comment | 9 replies
On Sony launches support program for pro photographers article (114 comments in total)

I wonder if they will offer it in New Zealand. Nikon do not offer NPS here.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 19:59 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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