Paul Petersen

Paul Petersen

Lives in United States Hillsboro, OR, United States
Works as a Field Service Engineer
Joined on Nov 27, 2002


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On Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR article (329 comments in total)

My burning question is with an electronic diaphragm I should be able to adjust aperture on my D7200 if the camera will support it since it is no longer controlled by the mechanical system that did not get upgraded like the D750/810 did.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 00:48 UTC as 16th comment

I really love the production quality of these promotional videos. Much better promotes and explains the camera than what the manufactures put out.
I really love the concept of small high quality compact. However I think Canon left really missed out not putting a viewfinder, they are just too useful in bright light and otherwise for folks with poor close up vision who's arms are not long enough to focus without glasses.
The bar shots really show how good the 1" sensor is at high ISO but in reality is not much better than early DSLRs in low light.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2015 at 03:53 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (564 comments in total)

I think I would get better results with a Sigma 18-35 on my D7200 and have some flexibility all the way around. Leica's 24mp FF seems to be a bit of dog in sensor performance. But I would look so cool with one to those that actually know what a Leica is.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 22:43 UTC as 75th comment | 10 replies

The Sigma DSLRs all shoot B&W very well due to their vertical filter not creating any lateral interpolation. The SD1M software supports native Monochrome development in and allows mixing of the colors in post versus fiddling with filters on the front of the lens. Plus they can be switched to IR by removing the filter that doubles as a dust cover for the mirror box.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 04:32 UTC as 89th comment | 1 reply

Just marketing BS if a DSLR shooter wants to travel lighter just add one of the latest affordable Nikons or Canons, way lighter than what they show in the mocumentury. There are plenty of lighter lenses to uses and you still can use all their good big stuff.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 17:39 UTC as 54th comment | 4 replies
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)

I have read some griping about the mirrorless revolution wiping out the DSLR but seems they are only getting traction with the buyers when they mimic the gestalt of the familiar and functionally practical DSLR layout. Yet they do bring all of mirrorless's improvements such as mechanical simplification, lens size reduction, WYSIWYG in the viewfinder and tilting touchscreen. AF off the sensor has gotten really good but still has its issues but is now plenty good for most folks to take the leap.
Give the market what it wants kick back and watch the sales move in the right direction. The digital boom will never see the sales levels again but profitable stability will be found.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 04:58 UTC as 33rd comment | 3 replies

I will have my interest piqued when they manage to build 4/3 & APS sized sensors with ExmorR technology to catch up with Samsung.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 20:43 UTC as 16th comment | 9 replies

Am I missing something but I don't see a zoom controller. How can you do a nice slow zoom with out one. Seems somewhat of a 1/2 axx attempt at what they are aiming for.
Maybe they will get it right in 2 years on the XC20.
BTW if Canon wants to be taken more seriously they need to UP the Quality of their products. Both Canon camcorders that I have owned experienced hard failures. Also everyone I know that has had a 5D has had the mirror break and even fall out along with most of 7D owners I know have theirs fail.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 23:06 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On Avaree at the tracks in the Strike a Pose challenge (17 comments in total)

I am sorry but I really wish sites would put a blackout on people shots on railroad tracks. These are most often taken illegally trespassing on railroad property. This trend has resulted in many fatal results and near misses.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 20:59 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1114 comments in total)
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mosswings: This is a sign that this is the last D7xxx. Want a DX DSLR? Get a D5xxx. We know you're mostly interested in convenience and lightness. Are you a DSLR enthusiast that wants control and a compact body? Go FX, specifically the D750. REAL enthusiasts don't want DX.

On the other hand, we really didn't need more than 3 DSLRs in the Nikon pro/sumer lineup, anyway: D5500, D750, D810.

Yeah it would be nice to just ditch DX. But the 750 costs 1100 more than the 7200 plus I suspect many folks are like me and have some nice DX glass they are happy with and would have to upgrade. I would have to drop at least another 1000 dollars to do that. There is very much a place for the 7200, I just feel Nikon dropped the ball not using basically the same body as the 750. Kind of like the 7100 and 610 were basically the same body. Companies need to keep moving the ball or pay the price. This will not keep the mirror-less defectors at bay.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 23:26 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1114 comments in total)

Well thats a bucket of cold water on my hopes. I am a D90 shooter ready to upgrade... I was anticipating based on rumors basically a D750 body with a cropped sensor. I need to shoot good video and a tilting screen would be very valuable and a 5500 is not an option. I have big hands so the grip would have been better. Also I shoot stage productions and would love the highlight weighted metering but it looks like the better meter is needed for that.
Well I have a couple of months to wait before I have to decide.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 06:27 UTC as 248th comment | 3 replies
On Eye-Fi Mobi Wi-Fi SD card review article (105 comments in total)

My MOBI works great, I like to shoot raw and if I get a shot I want to share online I just convert it in camera to JPG and turn on MOBI and connect and away it goes from my iPhone. That keeps the phone from getting clogged with unnecessary shots and then I can clear the card when I get back to the MacBook quickly with the built in SD card reader. As good as iPhone cameras are they are no substitute for a real camera. A added bene is it will transfer video from my D90 also.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 00:29 UTC as 7th comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2251 comments in total)
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J Parker: Leica gets a disproportionate share of animosity that I'm still trying to figure out.

Leica introduces an $8,000 monochrome camera and many of us are outraged.
But Phase One introduces a monochrome camera that costs 5x the price ($40,000!) and the forums here are silent -- no outrage -- nothing.

It must be a Leica thing...

My auto fanatic friends look forward to the next model by Ferrari, Lamborghini, or Spyker, etc. None of them will ever buy a car that costs $500,000, but they don't whine and complain because Ferrari prices it how they choose. And these vehicles have a several month waiting list if you can get one at all. This is the same crowd that buys Leica. Exotic cars and exotic cameras are marketed to individuals who often do not have the same budget considerations as most of us. Leica has the same right to cater to this market as Ferrari does.

My auto fanatic friends don't stop enjoying their Mustangs when Ferrari puts out a new model. Enjoy the camera you have.

I suspect a lot of old film M users will go for one with the adapter to continue using their old lenses digitally and be quite happy. A lot easier to swing than coming up with the cash for an M7 or M240.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 16:39 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2251 comments in total)

Wow what a great design. A thoroughly modern Leica. Yes its really just their interpretation of CSC based on the APS-C sized sensor. This size of sensor will be the standard for years to come as far as the the size/value/performance will go. Its all about the limitations and economics of semiconductor manufacturing.
Yes the 45 mins of hand polishing is a waste, but sounds great to the more money than brains club that can pick up a system with out a thought. They will love and enjoy it and maybe get a few great pictures with it.
If you are worried about the cost or not able to justify it it, wait. I suspect by this time next year there will a couple of much more affordable unibody versions of other CSC systems with a knock off of the T's minimalist interface.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 16:35 UTC as 394th comment | 2 replies
On 1939: England in Color (part 1) article (222 comments in total)

Wow what a treasure to find. Thanks for sharing with the world!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 16:14 UTC as 106th comment
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (347 comments in total)

The Air is not the bet choice as far as mobile Macs for photography. The new MacBook Pro with the retina display is slightly bigger and much more powerful and oh the beautiful screen. Price wise a loaded one is about the same as the Air.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 15:11 UTC as 76th comment
On Sigma fixes Nikon D5300 lens compatibility issues article (38 comments in total)

This is really getting old with the bullies at Nikon picking on Sigma.
It has most likely been going on for a while. The last round was a lawsuit over supposed patent infringement of image stabilization technologies. Not much ever came of it but it matched up well with the introduction of the SD1 with superior resolution to anything out there at the time. The D800 was the first to beat it.
Now Sigma has been on a tear with their "Global Vision" product line. All pretty much outperforming most lenses at greater prices. Now a new Nikon body makes all Nikon lenses malfunction. Very suspicious. Gotta love the agility of Sigma to get a fix out. It seems rather prescient of Sigma to introduce the USB adapter for their new lenses. They must have saw this coming after past skirmishes and figured Nikon would engage in these games next.
Checkmate to Yamaki-san

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 00:19 UTC as 20th comment | 5 replies
On Zeiss announces 'no compromise' Otus 55mm F1.4 article (488 comments in total)

But will it out resolve the much cheaper Sigma 35 F1.4? I know they are different focal lengths but just saying.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2013 at 10:21 UTC as 135th comment | 4 replies
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1311 comments in total)

Where is the GPS like the 6D its full frame plastic brother has?

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 21:41 UTC as 393rd comment

The question is how many connected devices do a person need or can afford to pay for? I think this is a solution to a problem that has already been solved with the WiFi connectivity of existing cameras to Smart Phone or Tablet app. A serious camera needs real control buttons, knobs and switches. This is a technology exercise with no real purpose.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2013 at 15:58 UTC as 18th comment
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