Lives in United States St. Louis, MO, United States
Joined on Mar 30, 2010
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amateur photographer
nature subjects


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Grip and control ergonomics and the viewfinder/LCD/electronic viewfinder quality and operation are key to the user experience. If a camera is too small to grip, too big to grip (or too heavy or poorly balanced), controls don't fall easily to hand, or the viewfinder isn't bright enough (big enough, for EVF acceptable lag), the user won't take it out as often. I am a big fan of buying in a brick and mortar store where one can handle the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 16:28 UTC as 156th comment

Buy a Sigma Merrill for $500.00 new if you want a non-interpolated-pixel camera for B and W.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2016 at 00:32 UTC as 42nd comment | 8 replies
On article Have your say: Best High-end Compact of 2015 (12 comments in total)

maybe it is 2014

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2015 at 07:58 UTC as 9th comment
On photo Slimemould pow-wow in the Nature's Macro Marvels challenge (1 comment in total)

Nice photo of an unusual subject.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2015 at 22:50 UTC as 1st comment
On article Canon 35mm F1.4L II: a photojournalist's perspective (86 comments in total)
In reply to:

moimoi: Thanks for this article again. It always nice to hear feedback from other 35mm fanboys (I am one of them).

This new 35mm f/1.4 II is on my wishlist.

PS: The photo with the cowboys/hats is fantastic. It has a Magnum feel!

I do like this FL, and have the Sigma Art 35.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 17:38 UTC
On article Canon 35mm F1.4L II: a photojournalist's perspective (86 comments in total)
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D200_4me: I like a fixed focal length lens now and then, but if it comes down to a situation I can't control and I want to get the shot, a zoom is the best tool for the job. Can someone make great images with only a 35mm lens? Sure...obviously. But that person will obviously be limited to what he/she can come away with. It all depends on what you're willing to accept. If you're subject is 100 feet away and it's not possible to get physically closer, a 35mm is not the right option. I guess that's already common knowledge though, so don't say "tell me something I don't know". :-) For the new(er) shooters though, just be careful not to mistakenly believe a 35 or a 50 or 85 is ALL you need because someone posts great photos from a prime lens. Use the right tool for the task at hand.

On the other hand, one may be looking harder for shots that work well with the prime, rather than just take the obvious shot with the zoom.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 17:36 UTC

The latest hunter's gadget is the hand muff on a belt. Put a chemical hand warmer or a zippo in the center zip open pouch, and keep hands (and maybe a long wired remote or a radio remote) in the muff. Interesting idea for those times when one is shooting a stationary target (nest) or an occasional event from a tripod.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2015 at 20:51 UTC as 18th comment
On photo Big White in the Toys for big boys II challenge (1 comment in total)

I'd like the set-up too, but I must say that a nice crop like the 60D and EF 400f/5.6L is actually fun to hand-hold and shoot birds in flight.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 19:14 UTC as 1st comment
On photo F L A T B O W in the Toys for big boys II challenge (2 comments in total)

An old-fashioned recurved wooden bow! I hardly see these anymore - deer bow hunters are using cross-bows mostly.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 19:12 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Doctors Old N New in the Its Occupational-Doctors and Nurses challenge (1 comment in total)

Oh yes, the Learn-to-do-a-pelvic-exam dummies.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 01:56 UTC as 1st comment

Some of the Voigtlander lenses are terrific, some are merely good. Some of the Zeiss non-Otus lenses are terrific, some are merely good.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 00:19 UTC as 35th comment

This shouldn't be a big surprise. The Japanese make a substantial fraction of the world's medical optical imaging instruments as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 18:58 UTC as 41st comment
On challenge Gay love II (5 comments in total)

also, because some straight folks get their knickers in a twist if they see same-gender couples in public displays of affection - holding hands or arms around waists, kissing, the uncontroversial stuff straight people do in public. The easily offended can just skip the photos of gay PDAs.

The #1 photo is reminiscent of one from Russia (with 2 men) that won a world press association award.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 01:04 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Wood winter home for birds in the Man-Made Bird Homes challenge (7 comments in total)

Eurasian Tree Sparrows, I see. Convivial creatures, they are. I am rather fond of them, they are my town's (St. Louis, MO, USA) #1 birding attraction, having been imported from Germany in the late 1800s and having settled only within 50 to 70 miles radius from St. Louis.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 20:59 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

There's something to be said for buying a $499.00 Sigma Merrill Foveon sensor camera with fixed prime lens (color sensor, but all color info at same photosite, unlike the Bayer array) and doing B&W conversion. Sure, it's a Foveon sensor, so you can't run it at ISO6400, but at the old ASA/ISO 100-1600 range that was the B&W film standard, it works well - and the lenses are excellent too.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 20:11 UTC as 145th comment | 1 reply

Adjustable torso length or multiple sizes would be nice. I am awaiting my Kickstarter copy of the women's size Loka-equivalent, Kickstarted about 6 to 8 months ago.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 15:23 UTC as 12th comment

I am hoping that this DPQ0 lens has similar quality to the current iteration of the Zeiss 21mm Distagon design, a wonderful lens.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 14:54 UTC as 13th comment
In reply to:

ozturert: Sigma DPs lose in:
- Speed (or slowness). I can live with slow AF, but writing RAW+JPEG on my DP2 Merrill took loooong time.
- Speed (or slowness) of editing RAW files. I used Sigma's software to convert all RAWs to TIFF, then edit in ACR and PS. That took ages.
- Strange blooms on bright light sources (like a sun reflection on a window, a small light source etc..)
- Horrible high ISO performance. Above ISO800, the files behave worse than a 12-year DSLR.
They win big time in:
- Incredible detail, and in DP2's case, near-perfect lens characteristics. Incredible detail from one corner to another at f5.6, same or better performance then Sigma 50mm Art. You really use one to see this, that 30mm f2.8 lens is excellent.
- Interesting color in JPEGs, and very good color accuracy in RAWs.
- Very silent leaf shutter with up to 1/2000s flash sync.
It's obvious what to improve, but I don't see the response from Sigma. They REALLY must license Faveon to Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony etc..

Both the DP2M and the DP3M lenses are outstanding, and the DP1M lens is quite good. The SPP converter/ editor is the rate-limiting step in landscape and close-up photography. I haven't tried Iridient RAW Developer yet, used by some Merrill-shooters (no Quattro in Iridient, likely due to the novel file structure).

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 14:52 UTC

I slap a Marumi achromat 5 diopter accessory lens on the DP3M, and it works quite well up to approximately 1x. Bare DP3M lens does 1:3.5 to 1:4, which is great for flowers.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 14:48 UTC as 14th comment

Thanks for highlighting this.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 00:25 UTC as 24th comment
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