RichRMA

RichRMA

Joined on Feb 17, 2013

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On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (153 comments in total)

Nikon's 58mm is an overpriced standard lens. The Sigma clobbers it, at less than 1/2 the price. My favorite 50-ish lens was the Voigtlander 58mm Nokton, but it's not as good as this lens.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 07:23 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On 1991 Nikon-Kodak hack was first DSLR in space news story (38 comments in total)

And now NASA can't even launch people, without Russian rockets...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 02:41 UTC as 15th comment
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (314 comments in total)

Fixed lenses = boring and limited. Nikon and Canon continue to treat mirror-less system cameras like a rabid dog.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 22:19 UTC as 68th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (482 comments in total)

Fuji, I hereby arrest you for molestation...of RAW files.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 03:53 UTC as 27th comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (482 comments in total)
In reply to:

MV Atlanta: I am trying to decide between the E-M1 and X-T1 with a focusing speed (both outdoor and low light) being a priority. It is frustrating to repeatedly read "focus improved over X-E1" or "fastest focusing Fuji so far" - This is virtually useless information for comparing the two cameras. Both I and Usain Bolt are faster than a sloth but saying that "I am faster than a sloth" does not inform anybody how I compare to Usain. This is beyond obvious I have seen a virtually similar language in other professional review sites and no discussion on how it compares to E-M1 focusing speeds in REAL LIFE settings.

The only logical explanation is that the manufacturers sensor some observations in exchange of providing free samples, early access, etc. Nothing negative about the DPR staff, the site is great; this is just a reality of life.

I've used both, but obviously with different lenses. The M1 IMO is faster.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 03:51 UTC
On Pulitzer Prize 2014 winners announced for photography news story (26 comments in total)
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himmelblaugrau: It is insane to give an award to images of human tragedy.

How often would a helping hand be better than the cold glass of a camera lens ?

Can a Pulitzer winner ever sleep with a quiet conscience?

A lot of questions occur.....

Pulitzer isn't a ART photography prize!! Jeez!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 01:43 UTC
On Pulitzer Prize 2014 winners announced for photography news story (26 comments in total)
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Henrikw: Boston bombing, Kenya mall attack, Syria - interesting how many of the entries relate to the suffering caused by religious brainwash

Heh. Nothing changes over time, does it?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 01:42 UTC

Jobs. "640k is enough memory for anyone." "No one is going to buy a big smartphone." Sure he was such a god visionary he's purported to have been?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 01:25 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (482 comments in total)
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J2Gphoto: "A high-end camera is nothing without optics to match, and while the X-system is little more than 2 years old, the lens line-up is starting to look distinctly mature."

Personally the lens line up and the price of their lenses are what are steering me toward going with the E-M1. Also does anyone else think the white balance is way off on the E-M1 sample images? I've used the E-M1 and have never seen whites look so yellow.

Using AWB with incandescent sources? There is only so much AWB can do. You'd have to look at the EXIF data.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 05:02 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (482 comments in total)

Why do Fuji RAW's at high ISO look like other camera's JPEGs? What I mean is that although their RAW's look clean, they look NR washed, for lack of a better term. The grain is massaged away. If I look at the RAW's and switch on other camera's JPEGs at 1600 or higher, in the studio scenes, I see more commonality.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 04:47 UTC as 61st comment | 3 replies
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (482 comments in total)

The EVF updating IMO, seems very slow on panning. It produces a real juddering effect at pan speed, though I noticed very little colour skewing. I don't see that juddering with the Sony and Olympus EVF's, especially when the Olympus is set on 120Hz. Is the EVF refresh rate adjustable on the X-T1?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 02:51 UTC as 67th comment | 2 replies
On Ricoh announces medium-format Pentax 645Z news story (143 comments in total)

This is not a sports camera. Time for Pentax to go mirror-less here.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 02:11 UTC as 37th comment | 7 replies
On Blood moon eclipse: Night of April 14-15 news story (64 comments in total)
In reply to:

Lee Jay: "The large apparent size of a moon low on the horizon is partially an optical illusion."

Not partially.

"The longer lens you can get, the better. "

Filling the frame with the moon will require about 2500mm equivalent.

"With a big lens and a subject at such a distance even a small amount of motion results in an out of focus photo. "

Not "out of focus", motion blurred. They are different.

"The moon is very bright, even during an eclipse."

At totality, it will be very dark.

"...the moon is bright white"

The moon is a dark charcoal gray.

"Even a little bit of ground light can ruin a shot of the moon."

That's just total baloney. The moon (except during totality) is far, far brighter than the worst light pollution.

"Bring a flashlight with a red bulb or gel."

You don't need good dark-adaptation for the moon.

"Shoot with manual focus. The moon is tricky to focus on and it’s best to rely on your eyes instead of the camera’s autofocus."

That's almost total baloney too.

Also, if you are using a long lens (1000mm plus) and you are shooting what can be a very dark totality, the motion of the Earth's rotation can be enough to blur the moon's image because the exposure may be too long. In this case, the only solution is to use a high ISO, or a driven mounting.
http://photo.stackexchange.com/questions/30263/what-is-the-rule-of-600-in-astrophotography

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 20:38 UTC
On Blood moon eclipse: Night of April 14-15 news story (64 comments in total)
In reply to:

Lee Jay: "The large apparent size of a moon low on the horizon is partially an optical illusion."

Not partially.

"The longer lens you can get, the better. "

Filling the frame with the moon will require about 2500mm equivalent.

"With a big lens and a subject at such a distance even a small amount of motion results in an out of focus photo. "

Not "out of focus", motion blurred. They are different.

"The moon is very bright, even during an eclipse."

At totality, it will be very dark.

"...the moon is bright white"

The moon is a dark charcoal gray.

"Even a little bit of ground light can ruin a shot of the moon."

That's just total baloney. The moon (except during totality) is far, far brighter than the worst light pollution.

"Bring a flashlight with a red bulb or gel."

You don't need good dark-adaptation for the moon.

"Shoot with manual focus. The moon is tricky to focus on and it’s best to rely on your eyes instead of the camera’s autofocus."

That's almost total baloney too.

What happens when general science writers and (eesh!) non-science writers attempt to tell people specifics about any kind of astrophotography.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 20:33 UTC
On Blood moon eclipse: Night of April 14-15 news story (64 comments in total)
In reply to:

Biowizard: Lovely clear weather for once ... just happen to be in the wrong time zone! :-(

Brian

This one might be better for you:
http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OH2014.html#LE2014Oct08T

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 19:47 UTC
On Blood moon eclipse: Night of April 14-15 news story (64 comments in total)

Use the longest lens you've got, unless you are shooting against a background for effect. To fill the frame with the moon (top to bottom) you need the equivalent of 2000mm on a FF Camera. So, 1000mm on a m4/3 and 1500mm on an APS.
Meanwhile, after a few warm, sunny days, the outlook in the U.S. NE is rain/snow and 2 degrees for the eclipse!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 19:45 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On In photos: Taking the lid off America's trash cans news story (39 comments in total)

Recycling is now a $500 billion year business. It's also a monumental scam in some cases, making money for select companies while taxpayers subsidize collection. The business is so large now that Hillary Clinton was at a meeting of recyclers the other day.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 05:04 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On Samsung NX30 First Impressions Review preview (353 comments in total)

Why would you need a grip that deep, as opposed to the NX20 grip? So you can get your fingers stuck between it and the lens?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2014 at 07:32 UTC as 15th comment | 8 replies
On Sony Alpha 7S in low-light: See video at ISO 409,600 news story (234 comments in total)
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Karroly: Unless you are a spy, or for video surveillance purpose, what is the advantage of shooting this scene @ 409.600 ISO ? This, by far, does not match what your eyes can see. You do not record the true "mood" of the scene...
Personnally, when I shoot in low light, I set the camera so it records what I can see actually. In other words, I underexpose most of the time. I do not want the picture to look as if it was shot under bright sun !

Why not? People pay tens of thousands of $'s for night vision gear, which has much poorer resolution and no colour. But I agree that I prefer shots that look like what I saw. I can however see the value in going beyond that.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2014 at 04:37 UTC
On Lomography launches Russar+ for L39 and M mount cameras news story (112 comments in total)

Even if the lens is ancient, and slow, Sony users will be ok, it's probably a lot better than the NEX 16mm...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2014 at 03:47 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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