Jock Elliott

Jock Elliott

Joined on Jan 9, 2012

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On article PIX 2015: An interview with Joe McNally (28 comments in total)

Wow! That is easily the best interview on a career in photojournalism that I have seen McNally presents a lot of wisdom, and I think anyone getting started would do well to take his advice to heart. (As a fulltime freelance writer who shoots photos to illustrate his stories, I have, perhaps, some standing for saying so.) The interviewer did an excellent job as well.

The comments about establishing rapport with subjects and the fact that the photographer needs "food for the soul as well as food for the body" are right on target.

On a scale of 1-10, this interview is at least a 12. Well done.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2015 at 12:35 UTC as 4th comment

Jordan,

What an excellent story! Very even-handed, very informative. I read it because I am interest in photographing moving wildlife, which I figure is a bit like photographing moving sports participants.

I wanted to lay before you a crazy, crazy suggestion: how about repeating the experiment, but this time with two wildly alternative cameras: a Panasonic FZ300 and a Nikon 1 V3 with the 70-300. The FZ300 offers 25-600mm (e) with constant f2.8 and the focus/defocus system is reputed to be super quick. The Nikon 1 also is reported to have a very quick autofocus system and the lens offers a ton of reach.

Now before you call for the men in the white coats and the canvas sport coat with the wrap-around sleeves, let me explain that I have been a full-time freelancer for 17 years, writing stories and shooting pix to illustrate them. I have had images shot with the FZ150 and FZ200 published in national magazines, with nary a complaint about image quality.

How about it?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 11:09 UTC as 46th comment | 1 reply
On article Opinion - Erez Marom: Whatever it Doesn't Take (191 comments in total)

Some time ago there was a photo critic for the NY Times who said (in effect) "The only thing that matters is the image. All the other stuff -- the camera, the technique, whether you took it hanging upsidedown from the landing gear of a biplane, is inconsequential. The image speaks for itself." I agree.

Further, we often fail to see the wonder of the ordinary around us, to see it and photograph it in ways that move people. Where I live, in the Northeastern US, photographing the dynamic epic grandeur of the daytime sky is constant and fascinating challenge. It's the greatest show off earth, and it is easily accessible but under-appreciated.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2015 at 11:27 UTC as 11th comment
On article Shooting with the Canon PowerShot G3 X (322 comments in total)
In reply to:

Jock Elliott: Those who practice what I call "wildlife photography for the rest of us" -- ie, long-range photography with (relatively) light, nimble superzoom cameras and generally without tripods -- might be interested in the "figure of merit" calculations for this camera.

Figure of merit calculates the total reach potential of a camera/lens combo by multiplying the equivalent focal length squared times the number of pixels. It does not factor in the quality of the pixels.

Here are some of the numbers for various cameras and combos (the higher, the better):

FZ200 -- 4.320
FZ1000 -- 3.216
D3300 with 70-300 -- 4.860
Olympus M5 with 100-300 -- 5.760
Nikon D810 with 400mm tele -- 5.760
Nikon 1 V3 with 70-300CX -- 14.580
Canon G3X -- 7.272

So the G3X comes off pretty well. I own and shoot with the FZ200.

For more about this concept, check out this: http://www.photographerslounge.org/threads/30576/
Be sure to check out the link to the original article.
Cheers, Jock

For some examples of the quality that the combo of long lens and small sensor can produce, here are some examples:

These were taken with the FZ150: http://www.photographerslounge.org/threads/20418/

These were taken with the FZ200:
http://www.photographerslounge.org/threads/29478/

And these were a series of experimental shots to show the quality of the FZ200 at various stages of optical and digital zoom:
http://www.photographerslounge.org/threads/35032/

Cheers, Jock

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 10:00 UTC
On article Shooting with the Canon PowerShot G3 X (322 comments in total)

Those who practice what I call "wildlife photography for the rest of us" -- ie, long-range photography with (relatively) light, nimble superzoom cameras and generally without tripods -- might be interested in the "figure of merit" calculations for this camera.

Figure of merit calculates the total reach potential of a camera/lens combo by multiplying the equivalent focal length squared times the number of pixels. It does not factor in the quality of the pixels.

Here are some of the numbers for various cameras and combos (the higher, the better):

FZ200 -- 4.320
FZ1000 -- 3.216
D3300 with 70-300 -- 4.860
Olympus M5 with 100-300 -- 5.760
Nikon D810 with 400mm tele -- 5.760
Nikon 1 V3 with 70-300CX -- 14.580
Canon G3X -- 7.272

So the G3X comes off pretty well. I own and shoot with the FZ200.

For more about this concept, check out this: http://www.photographerslounge.org/threads/30576/
Be sure to check out the link to the original article.
Cheers, Jock

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 10:13 UTC as 24th comment | 4 replies
On article A second glance: two takes on the Leica X (402 comments in total)
In reply to:

yslee1: I thought this was a camera review site, not a luxury goods showcase. :P

Selecting manual focus did not resolve the problem.I returned the D3300 due to "creative differences" with the Nikon design team.

I bought an LX100 and really enjoy it. Here's a link to my initial throughts about it. http://www.photographerslounge.org/showthread.php?t=32152&highlight=lx100+good

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 11:10 UTC
On article A second glance: two takes on the Leica X (402 comments in total)

Both reviews are very helpful.

I had a simiilar refusal-to-do-what-I-ask problem with a Nikon DSLR. You can check it out here: http://www.photographerslounge.org/showthread.php?t=31746

I think cameras should allow photographers to take bad images if they want to. Sometimes bad ideas produce good results.

Also, I wonder if Sam Spencer moonlights as leader of the Zac Brown Band.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 11:06 UTC as 80th comment
On article A second glance: two takes on the Leica X (402 comments in total)
In reply to:

yslee1: I thought this was a camera review site, not a luxury goods showcase. :P

I ran into the same "nanny state" problems with a Nikon DSLR. check it out here: http://www.photographerslounge.org/showthread.php?t=31746

I reserve the right to take technically awful pictures if I want to!

Also,I want to know if Sam Spencer moonlights as leader of the Zac Brown Band.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 10:47 UTC
On article Nikon Coolpix AW110 (101 comments in total)

Jeff,

I have read and respected your reviews for years, so I am have difficulty reconciling two things: (A) the silver award and (B) "The OLED display on the AW110 looks great when you're indoors. It's bright, vibrant, and has a wide viewing angle. But, as mentioned above, the one on the back of the AW110 is nearly impossible to use outdoors, and not much better underwater, which is disappointing on a camera designed to be used in those situations. "

Where else would you use a rugged camera except outdoors or underwater? If you can't see the display, in the absence of any other viewfinder, how do you compose a picture? It strikes me that inability to see to compose a picture is as close as you can get in any camera, let alone a rugged camera, to a fatal flaw in the camera's design.

I get that the Nikon and the TG2 have a lot of other virtues, but lack of a decent way of composing an image strikes me as a very serious problem.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2013 at 10:52 UTC as 59th comment | 4 replies
On article 10 Photo Editing Programs (that aren't Photoshop) (352 comments in total)

I saw no mention of Picasa. It's free, ubiquitous, and does a fine job at a rudimentary level.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2013 at 11:00 UTC as 110th comment | 1 reply
On article A Serious Rangefinder Compact Camera (137 comments in total)

I think Easycass has pretty well nailed it by including just about everything I would want:
- dial for shutter with auto setting
- dial for aperture with auto setting
- dial for ISO with auto setting
- weather proofing
- quick autofocus but the ability to do manual focus with focus assist button
- fast lens
- good zoom range
- ability to fit protective filter and/or add-on tele lens
- ability to use AA batteries in a pinch
- reasonably compact
- a button to highlight the controls

As a fulltime freelance writer who often shoots photos to illustrate his stories, I use small-sensor cameras (FZ150 and G12) professionally. I have had hundreds of pictures published and not once has an editor complained about photo quality. Unless you know that you are going to be making very large prints, I think in many cases large sensors are simply not needed. Recently I covered an event with two cameras, and an ultrabook, and the bag weighed less than a DSLR and 2 lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 12:32 UTC as 56th comment
On article Preview: Canon PowerShot G1 X large sensor zoom compact (776 comments in total)
In reply to:

Jon Stern: This is the G-series camera I always wanted.

I can't believe the whingeing in these comments. The specs are well balanced for what it is. As with any point and shoot, it's designed to give you everything you need 99% of the time.

If you want 24mm and F2.0, buy a CSC and spend a couple of grand on the body and a series of lenses, and deal with the pros and cons of that (pros = flexibility, cons = having to carry several lenses and swap them out at times). Or you could buy an X100 (as I did) and deal with the limitations of that.

I don't expect any camera with this level of portability to replace my full-frame DSLR, but something that doesn't have me filled with regret every time I leave the SLR at home and see a great shot opportunity sounds like a good compromise. The G1 X looks like it might just keep me happy in those situations.

At $799 it sounds like a bargain to me (don't tell Canon).

For $799 this seems like a bargain to me (don't tell Canon I said that).

Jon,

I agree with you, and for virtually the same reasons you enumerate. This is a G12 on steroids, very nearly as good (IMHO) as an X100 without the limitations or eccentricities.

I am a fulltime freelance writer who shoots photos often to illustrate stories or blogs. I couldn't afford a Leica, the X100 is too limited. the new X camera looks a winner but too rich for my blood, and the mirrorless cam systems don't really bring anything that you can't get better and very nearly as portable in a small SLR. (And I don't want the hassle and weight of an SLR system.)

Provided Canon didn't bugger something up, it looks to me like they hit a home run.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 18:38 UTC
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