tex

tex

Lives in United States baltimore, MD, United States
Works as a Artist, visual arts professional
Has a website at www.texandrewsart.com
Joined on Nov 22, 2003
About me:

Working artist [photography only one aspect], MFA. Began photography 1978 (1967 as a kid), 35mm, MF and LF photography, darkroom. Independent curator, art wrangler, fine arts repro photographer, appraiser; former collegiate gallery director, former program director for an alternative space, 10 yrs undergraduate teaching, 2 yrs chair of the department; Exhibits specialist at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Former supermoderator of the late Lightcrafts' LightZone forums. Co-founder and webmaster of The LightZone Project, www.lightzoneproject.org

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On article Nifty fifty: Hands-on with the Hasselblad H5D-50c Wi-Fi (121 comments in total)

So, um, it would be kinda cool if DPR finally did reviews of the current crop of digital medium format cameras, starting with the Pentax 645Z....the one that is the most "affordable" (actually, after just recently dropping the price down to $6,999.00, getting even closer...). It's pretty pertinent now especially, with the current crop of high mp FF cameras , with more undoubtedly coming. I hope DPR doesn't wait until it's all irrelevant...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 00:10 UTC as 22nd comment | 6 replies
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Teila Day: It's hard to make a compelling case for Hasselblad today, even this "deal" isn't a deal when Pentax offers practically the same performance sans sync speed (which can matter a lot on location using strobes... not that 1/800 is earth shattering but it's better than 1/125); true focus and also a host of menu nuances.

I would have a very hard time (mentally) ordering a Hasselblad today for portraiture/landscape with the Pentax 645z as an option that is probably better made, more reliable (did I say more reliable?), and weather sealed. To add insult to injury, the 40mp Pentax (645D) can be had for under $4k.

With only $15k you can have a Medium Format Pentax 645z (50mp CMOS), 90mm macro lens with stabilization, and two Profoto b1 strobes which are perfect for location and can be used TTL./HSS with your favorite Nikon or Canon.

If Pentax its bottom, offer premium leaf shutter lenses (shame on them!), clean up the menu/buttons, etc.. and Hasselblad will left in the dust.

Clearly, nicolaiecostel, you clearly have not had much time with the Pentax. I happen to know from experience falling off a ladder on a location that it is pretty bomb-proof. The Hasselblad doesn't feel nearly as solid, imo, much more plastic-y by comparison.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 00:14 UTC
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Luke Kaven: They had room to move on the price for this model. This is the same Sony sensor that is in the Pentax 645Z, at way under $10k.

As in, $6,999.00 usd currently on the Pentax website, down from the $8,500.00 usd when released in 2014.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 22:38 UTC
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Teila Day: It's hard to make a compelling case for Hasselblad today, even this "deal" isn't a deal when Pentax offers practically the same performance sans sync speed (which can matter a lot on location using strobes... not that 1/800 is earth shattering but it's better than 1/125); true focus and also a host of menu nuances.

I would have a very hard time (mentally) ordering a Hasselblad today for portraiture/landscape with the Pentax 645z as an option that is probably better made, more reliable (did I say more reliable?), and weather sealed. To add insult to injury, the 40mp Pentax (645D) can be had for under $4k.

With only $15k you can have a Medium Format Pentax 645z (50mp CMOS), 90mm macro lens with stabilization, and two Profoto b1 strobes which are perfect for location and can be used TTL./HSS with your favorite Nikon or Canon.

If Pentax its bottom, offer premium leaf shutter lenses (shame on them!), clean up the menu/buttons, etc.. and Hasselblad will left in the dust.

I believe there are now HSS options for the Z. And, although they only synch up to 1/500, the 2 older LS Pentax lenses, the 75 and the 135, can still be found, if you look hard enough. I know, I found and have both.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 22:36 UTC
On Connect post Lumu Power meters light, flash and color temperature (21 comments in total)
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tex: WHYYYYYYYYYY????????? is this only for iPhone? The iPhone is hardly ubiquitous. I see as many Galaxy's now as iPhones.

I live in Baltimore, work in DC. Travel to Philly and NYC relatively frequently. Just sayin', not like I'm in some little rural area---pretty major population centers. In Europe and Turkey when last there, saw more other devices than iPhones. Same in Japan this Fall, Ecuador this past summer

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 23:36 UTC
On Connect post Lumu Power meters light, flash and color temperature (21 comments in total)

WHYYYYYYYYYY????????? is this only for iPhone? The iPhone is hardly ubiquitous. I see as many Galaxy's now as iPhones.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 11:52 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
On article 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: $25-100 (10 comments in total)
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tex: LumoPro LightSwitch is flippin brilliant, AFAIC. Those I'll buy (or have on my list for Yule gifts).

The difference being that the LightSwitch converts to and from a zippered flash pouch. That's the brilliant bit---it's not something extra, but something you'd use anyway that turns into something else dead useful.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 23:43 UTC
On article 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: $25-100 (10 comments in total)

LumoPro LightSwitch is flippin brilliant, AFAIC. Those I'll buy (or have on my list for Yule gifts).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 14:41 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony brings uncompressed Raw to a7S II, a7R II and... (562 comments in total)
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joyclick: thank God at last it dawned on Sony.Wish they listened more to people.

To Just a Photographer, above:
Wow. Just wow. Why even comment? You seem to be the exact, 180 degree opposite of a fanboy, which is just as bad. For my part I'm loving the ability to use legacy lenses from almost any manufacturer on my A7R. The only issues have been ultra wide RF lenses, as far as I've experienced. And as of now, there is a more than decent lens lineup for the Sony e mount FF cameras, with more coming shortly. T/S lenses are the only glaring gaps I can see. But of course you can mount the Rokinon, Nikon, or Canon T/S lenses on the A7 series....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2015 at 16:53 UTC
On article Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test (148 comments in total)
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Top Dog Imaging: Lots of detail, "medium format" control of depth-of-field, fine dynamic range, archaic body. ...So?

To BorisK1 above: I'm not finding that at all true. In fact, I am struggling to get enough DOF for landscape shooting, going to f16 and f22. There's no trouble getting very shallow DOF with medium format, digital or film, so there's not a "significant advantage". In your example above, shooting an 85 at f1.8 gives such shallow DOF that focusing becomes difficult. It's a question how desirable it is to have, in a 3/4 portrait for instance, the one side of the near eye in focus and the other not. I have seen few great portrait photographers who work this way. Tiny DOF is a bit of a mania, imo.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 12:24 UTC
On article Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test (148 comments in total)

Well, I'm very glad to see DPR beginning to look at medium format digital more seriously. Here's hoping that an actual review is in the works for the 645Z and for this system, too. I think doing a bit of retro work, cooperating with Roger Cicala and Lensrentals, taking a look at the older 645D and maybe one of the higher MP backs, and doing a "state of digital medium format" hybrid semi-review concentrating only on the IQ gains(and much less the camera mechanics of button placements, menus, etc) might be very illuminating to the DPR readership, given the closeness in price of , say, a used 645D, and a new A7RII or the new Canon 5DS.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 13:08 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply

Absolutely well-deserved. I saw a show of here work in the U.S. in the last several years and was very impressed.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 22:33 UTC as 17th comment
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RichRMA: Think of a Leica lens like a medical grade sensor. It costs 10x as much as a commercial grade sensor because it is about 10% better in-terms of uniformity of pixel output. But that is what is required. The Leica is required by some people who value quality above everything, including price. But Leica is not alone. Nikon and Canon put a similar effort into the optics of their long, fast lenses, and they cost what it does for such optics. A Nikon 200mm f/2.0 is $5000 because it is a superior lens. No one whines about that. It is nice that those lenses are available for people who want that quality just as it is nice that Samyang primes can be had for $500 that have excellent optical quality for the price as well.

A sensible, reasonable remark? Where am I?

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 11:16 UTC

Ummm..."light" touch? Looks heavy handed to me, both in the processing and the humor.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2015 at 17:23 UTC as 17th comment
On article Elinchrom announces new ELB 400 portable flash system (23 comments in total)

Why are these, and others, so no knock on Elinchrom per se, so doggone expensive? Considering what cameras are and can do today, and what they cost, I don't get it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 10:27 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
On article ACDSee Ultimate 8 introduces layer-based editing (67 comments in total)

Hmmm...

"Create, reorder, merge and manipulate layers individually"

"Manipulate individual parts of an image without affecting another area for more precise editing"

LightZone has been doing those 2 things since 2006

"Apply filters and effects to layers"

"Apply Pixel Targeting to layers"

And these 2 things since about 2009 (if I understand it correctly).

ACDsee does some things that LightZone doesn't do, of course, but those 4 above jumped out at me. BTW, LightZone has also been free and open source for 3 years now. We share a problem with ACDsee, though: reliance on another source for part of our raw demosaicing (dcraw).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 19:12 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
On article Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z (250 comments in total)

several counter points to the above "user reviews"

One, there are leaf shutter lenses available on the used market, and they work with the Z. in 645 there is the 75 and the 135, both sharp, and in 67 there is the 165. These aren't that hard to find, although the used 645 market is a lot tighter now than in was when the Z was released. Prices for used lenses have gone up, but used A and FA lenses are pretty cheap.

Tethering is coming.

Using this camera as an impromptu street shooter, well, of course there are going to be problems! It's not stealthy in any way, and the significance of the sensor size and resolution combined mean magnification of flaws (which were probably present in smaller formats but less evident in enlargement). Analogous to parking a crew cab truck on city streets---it can be done, with care, but it's easier to park that Fiat 500. I disagree about the viewfinder, it's the easiest OVF focusing I've done.

They both missed the biggest problem: the LCD auto gain

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 13:10 UTC as 71st comment
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AllOtherNamesTaken: LOL...Manfrotto announces....a KATA bag!

There's also no chest strap, which makes them less than ideal for long trips.

Look into F-Stop bags for the best of the best.

None of the F-Stop bags seem to be as flexible as the 3N1's. Been using them for a few years now, and I think THEY are the best out there , in terms of what they do.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 23:22 UTC

Looks like a Kata 3N1 to me...no surprise, since Manfrotto was the distributor...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 19:07 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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nicolaiecostel: The aperture is not equivalent for anything, it's a fixed value. The DOF equivalence is a different thing.

People thought that if Pentax brings a cropped MF sensor to the market, in a oversized DSLR body, at 2.5-5 times cheaper than a Hassy, Phase One, they found the chicken with the golden eggs. They forgot that MF glass is MF glass expensive and all things MF come at a price.

So here you are, having just spent 5000-8500$ on a "bargain" MF Pentax, wanting to buy a modern, bespoke wide angle and realising you have to shell out 5 grand on either this zoom or that other wide angle they anounced, and that you're stuck with a cropped MF sensor that you can't remove from the camera and use in other cameras, that has 1/125 flash sync and you shoot on SD cards with limited teathering.

Why didn't they put a central shutter in the lens ? It would have been much more usefull than that OS they put in, seen the ISO and the fact that MF users shoot in controlled, stabilised environments.

Yes, these new lenses are expensive. In the meantime, I've managed to purchase 3 FA lenses (2 zooms and a prime), 2 leaf shutter lenses, a wide prime, a macro, and a portrait prime, and a shift lens, all of which cover true 6cm x 4.5cm, for less than $3K. All of these lenses are very good to excellent on the 645D and will be on my 645Z. How is it that the availability and pricing of new lenses somehow precludes accessing the used market? And since all but 3 of my lenses are A series, there are hardly any electronics to go bad. And while we're talking about MF lenses, remember that these are built to pro spec, durability wise.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 11:56 UTC
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