camerashopminion

camerashopminion

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Humberto_Yaakov: all photographers should boycot such demand by any band and let them rotten in ther own sheet!!!!

Worse yet, expectations become yet more unrealistic on account of people underselling and gutting the market. The final straw that led to dismantling my studio was a month where I had 4 shoots arranged, and all of them expected me to do it for absolute peanuts. When it dawned on me I'd make more money just pulling some overtime, I did!

And of course, the saddest part is that a lot of these have-a-go types will deliver unsatisfactory results, and have a negative impact on the image of the professional photographer.

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Sad Joe: Well I say STUFF EM ALL - all celebrities rely on the oxygen of public exposure - so don't give them any - there will be thousands of (poor) images snapped by the crowd and on the way to the net long before the end of their gigs so why should professional photographers even bother to turn up anymore? Just another example of people trying to earn a living taking pictures being pushed ever outwards. It just ain't worth all the work.....

Being an ex professional photographer I would not recommend it as a career to anyone. Attended a wedding this weekend ( we do wedding car hire services now ) their 'professional' photographer took a few images then said they had to sort out their parking - took over 20 mins by which time the guests had arranged the pictures for themselves and most of them had left for the reception !!

I know I must sound like an old fossil - but really - where have all the real pro's gone?????

Priced out of the market by all the have-a-go's, to some extent - or at least, that's what my customers tell me. I know a lot of them who now have to have jobs on the side, as offering competitive pricing doesn't allow them to put food on the plate.
I'm wondering if the tour will end up being photographed by students who are "doing it for experience" at this rate - which would be sad, because they'd be selling themselves short.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2012 at 11:26 UTC
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Labbai: It's like the original 10cc re-uniting, and they are bigger than God and the whole motherfucking Stone Roses and The beatles together, because The Beatles are more or less dead by now... I think I'd be annoyed with all those useless flashes. Why in earth all the newsphotographers need the flash for? Who the needs a flash outside the studio nowdays? Strange... (this post was first rejected because of the swear words??) What the wreck are those?)

If memory serves, standard form is for flash photography to be allowed during the first three songs of a set. But this is going back to my teenage years, so my information may be out of date.
And the flash thing - just a daft question. Plenty of people, is the answer. High ISOs and wide apertures create different visual effects, particularly when you're shooting under coloured stage lights. But if you want a more solid answer, ask that question again in the Pro forum.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2012 at 11:18 UTC
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Louis_Dobson: I'm always ready to jump on people who say "such and such is too expensive!" because all that means is "I can't afford - or am too mean to pay for - such and such" and how is that our problem? Get a better job, poison your rich uncle, or buy something you can afford and shut up.
But really, Leica pricing is offensive. It's so insane it is clearly designed to put off actual buyers so that stuff can be sold to a tiny club of people with infinite money and no sense who can then be milked. If Leica sold their probably rather good new lens for $700 there would be endless banging on about it being "too expensive". At seven thousand dollars the value-for-money merchants are stunned into silence, and the sheep are queueing up to be sheered.
Which leaves the rational amongst us to tell Leica where they can put their $7,000 50mm f2, but it might hurt a bit. And to howl with laughter at anyone gullible enough to pay for one.
The B&W camera, the 7K f2 50mm lens - this is therapy, not photography.

That's one of the best ways of summarising Leica products I've seen to date (the first paragraph, not the second) - have to make a note of it for future use when customers ask after the little red dot.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2012 at 12:28 UTC
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bergat: Leica now is non for photographers, bur for collectionists.....

"Control the process of photography" is the sort of guff that our old resident Leica user used to come out with. He wasn't a bright man.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2012 at 12:14 UTC
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Zigadiboom: This camera's images is like a Porsche 911 doing 0-60mph in 11.49 seconds.

This camera's 230,000 dot LCD screen is like a BMW 7 series with wind up windows.

Ansell Adams used large format cameras despite their size, weight, setup time and film cost because of the high resolution and sharpness he was able to gain from his images. Hence if he was alive today I'm pretty sure he'd be using the latest and best photographic tool money can buy.

This camera is certainly not one of them.

I'd say your car analogy is a bit off - this feels more like someone stripping down the BMW completely to reduce the weight and let it go a little faster, at the expense of all the mod cons, the upholstering on the seat, the air con, etc etc.

And while there's never going to be a vast market for that, I think it's nice that cameras like this are being made. Might not fit my tastes or yours, but someone somewhere will think this is the best thing since sliced bread.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2012 at 12:12 UTC
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joeletx: If I pay $3,000 for a body, I expect the camera put together right and works without any leak the first time. Regardless whether or not the tape was cheesy fix.

My user name should be a hint - I (well, we - a bunch of us use this login) work in a large camera shop. They're all problems with cameras that have been present when they went to market, and the various manufacturers have either recalled stock from us, or at the very least made a public announcement.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2012 at 11:17 UTC
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joeletx: If I pay $3,000 for a body, I expect the camera put together right and works without any leak the first time. Regardless whether or not the tape was cheesy fix.

A quick selection of some of day-one issues that have led to recalls or returns of units;
NEX3 and NEX5 - Battery drain when switched off
5D mk2 - Loose bottom plate on some units
1D mk3 - Autofocus problems
D3 - Lubricant on sensor
D800/V1/D7000 - Bad batch of batteries
D5000 - Bad batch of batteries
X10 - Orbs (cue massive argument...)
X100 - Sticky aperture blades
Plenty of cameras have had problems when first released that were hastily (or not so hastily, Fuji) rectified. Heck, half the time when there's a new major release we play "guess what the fault will be".

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2012 at 12:22 UTC
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altenae: The Surgery on the 5D Mark III is hilarious....

Time to open up a Nikon and see if there is tape inside....

Really get a life an take some pictures....Instead of trying to find another FLAW in the 5D mark III which is not going to be an issue ever in real shooting.

Cheers

A good few Nikons use double sided tape to attach the rubber grip to the frame. Not so sure about Canons, other than the 550D which certainly does.

The tape is everywhere! We should embrace it! :P

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2012 at 12:08 UTC
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Dan Pettus: Does anyone take photographs with their cameras? We use the MK III’s for our work including weddings, portraits and engagements. Like all our Canon gear they work and they work tough. We’re not gentle. They are tools of the trade. Is the 5 D MK III worth the investment? Yes. It is simply better in every aspect over the MK II. And the MK II is no slouch to a hard day’s work. Do we care how the guts inside are done? Nope. If it didn’t work then Canon would fix it. But they do work and provide a positive return on investment over and over.

Recent Engagement Session http://danpettusimages.com/engvelasco/
Recent Wedding http://danpettusimages.com/dewalsche/

@ AbrasiveReducer - that's beyond daft. As a working professional, he has plenty more to be concerned about than you or I, seeing as his livelihood depends on it.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2012 at 12:06 UTC

My D7000 had an accident once, guess what holds that together these days? Same goes for the loose battery door on my F5. And my D300 had a fair bit of black tape covering areas where I'd damaged a part that was previously weatherproof.

As my colleague stood behind me just said, would you rather it's fixed with electrical tape, or not fixed at all?

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2012 at 12:03 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
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iae aa eia: I admire Canon very much and think they are the kind of brand that takes risks, differently from Nikon, which I also admire almost the same level (not that often), but that plays much more in the conservative or tried-and-tested (by others) side. But, I have to tell you, a light-leak problem coming from Canon and in a camera like this one did impress me. I've never imagined such thing could happen. It looks like amateurs, beginners fail; something easily forgiven in a handmade camera.

Don't wish to start a brand-war argument, but that statement is dripping with provocation - to say that Nikon do not take risks is just daft. The camera industry is positively peppered with risks, you'd be hard pushed to find a manufacturer who doesn't make risky moves.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2012 at 12:00 UTC
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bassandbligh: This camera is amazing!! Haven't seen the 'orbing' issue on any of the X10's we've sold. Over 30!! Think it's something of nothing to be honest. Half of the people who dislike it, don't even own one!

Seems a slightly inflated figure, we've only sold 18 so far, and that's as a pretty large shop with a resident X10 fanatic pushing it like crazy. Still, I won't dismiss it completely.

Oh, and Cy Chese - thankfully most customers are well informed and aware of the orbing issue, so we don't need to warn them - but that said, you'll be unlikely to find anyone in the sales industry who will come out and say to a customer "this product has the following flaws; would you like to reconsider?".

Me, I just avoid selling it altogether.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2012 at 14:48 UTC
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R Thornton: I 've had a fair share of new camera failures in my time (I am looking right at you Nikon!) and let's say I was less than impressed by how I was treated as a customer. So, I wouldn't be all too harsh on Fuji for this one, 'cause it seems like it will all play out well.
However, if they packaged the repaired-sensor camera as a "new" model, x10s or y11 or whatever, and sold it at a slightly higher price to wrench the cost of their failure from the customers after all, that I would resent.

I must admit, this is the opposite of my experiences - my X100 was frightfully unreliable, in contrast to my Nikons which I've always adored and only ever had positive experiences with the supplier. Maybe Nikon UK are friendlier than your national branch, R Thornton? Regardless, Fuji scared me off and Nikon are the ones I trust. I suppose it's all down to personal experience, though - use what you like, use what you trust, use what you enjoy, and the heck with what other people say!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2012 at 12:35 UTC
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Hen3ry: Now let’s hear the sucking sound of withdrawals from all those who worked themselves into a froth damning Fuji and affirming they would not deliver!

Well done, Fuji, and well done DPReview for rushing these images through.

Cheers, geoff

Got to admit, when push came to shove it was Fuji's complete lack of customer support and inability to test before release that made me get rid of my X100 today. While the fault with the first unit I owned was unfortunate enough, it astounded me that they managed to release a firmware that created more problems than it resolved, including making my camera lock up in bulb mode at random intervals! Did nobody test it first? And the fact that they still won't admit to the sticky aperture blades - offering to service it is one thing, but without an open admission you have no long term reassurance, and quite a few people have had a repeat of the problem on their 'repaired' units. It's such a shame, the whole X series are such lovely cameras, in design, ergonomics, build quality, and IQ. But they all have these fatal flaws that, addressed or not, leave you questioning your purchase. And at these price tags, you shouldn't have a doubt in your mind. Won't be selling Fuji to anyone from now on.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2012 at 12:23 UTC
On Interview: Tetsuya Yamamoto of Nikon article (208 comments in total)
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svx94: I will get one after Nikon put a tilt/swivel LCD.

Had my Powershot G5 for nearly a decade now and the LCD is still doing fine...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 15:43 UTC
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Dan: I think Nikon made a mistake giving this system such a small sensor. People aren't going to buy it if enthusiasts don't endorse it. I am an enthusiast (D300 shooter), and I was recently asked if the J1 was any good. I did some research on the net and found that you can't use an external flash with it. A $600 camera that can't use an external flash? To me that is ridiculous. I suggested to my friend to look at the Sony NEX-5N as it has a much larger sensor. I think Sony has done it right by using a larger sensor in its CSCs. Now Nikon, where's that D400? I've been waiting for a DSLR upgrade with video mode, and no, the D300s doesn't cut it...not even close! That A77 is mighty tempting but I know you can do hi-ISO better! Now if only you could do color like Fuji...

To be honest with you, this isn't the sort of product that benefits from endorsement by you and I and our D300's. People that see our photos and go "ooh, that's nice" will go buy a D3100 or D5100, because they think DSLRs are the best thing since sliced bread. The kind of people the J1 is aimed at are the people that come into a camera shop with very little idea what they want, or who have seen a few Nikon TV adverts, and we have to answer their questions and do the rest of the work. What Nikon really need to do is make it more attractive for me to sell - I don't like it, I don't want to inflict it on other people, none of the Nikon reps have been able to excuse the 1/60 shutter speed in 60fps mode that gives you a ton of blurry action shots, and to be honest I'm not mad keen on bringing my customers into a system with such limited potential for aftersales, unlike micro four thirds. I move customers over to Olympus or Panasonic every time.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 15:41 UTC
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lajka: Everybody`s babbling about the sensor technology and Fujis let downs and the duds bought and so on. The truth is, ask Alex Jones, that it is an invasion of WHITE ORBS under way and every sane mind would see it. In case you don`t know what White ORBS are, I`ll reveal that much, that it`s a kind of zombie syndrom inflicted by the NEW WORLD ORDERs ILLUMINATI executives on the gullible population of slave consumers. The most common signes are the eyeballs white orbing when, for example the customer realizes that his newly bought 1K$ cameras sensor´s blooming while his bloom tree`s not. . It`s a worldwide conspiration connocted on mt. FUJI and relayed throught mt.Olympus to the mt.McKidding. Get rid of the WHITE ORBS. Put the film back on your eyes and start to SEE!

Have personally sold over 10 units on this camera, not a single complaint.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2012 at 09:31 UTC
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lajka: Everybody`s babbling about the sensor technology and Fujis let downs and the duds bought and so on. The truth is, ask Alex Jones, that it is an invasion of WHITE ORBS under way and every sane mind would see it. In case you don`t know what White ORBS are, I`ll reveal that much, that it`s a kind of zombie syndrom inflicted by the NEW WORLD ORDERs ILLUMINATI executives on the gullible population of slave consumers. The most common signes are the eyeballs white orbing when, for example the customer realizes that his newly bought 1K$ cameras sensor´s blooming while his bloom tree`s not. . It`s a worldwide conspiration connocted on mt. FUJI and relayed throught mt.Olympus to the mt.McKidding. Get rid of the WHITE ORBS. Put the film back on your eyes and start to SEE!

it is common practice for camera's to become cheaper several months after launch. f 1.8 to f2 is not a great advancement.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2012 at 14:46 UTC
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lajka: Everybody`s babbling about the sensor technology and Fujis let downs and the duds bought and so on. The truth is, ask Alex Jones, that it is an invasion of WHITE ORBS under way and every sane mind would see it. In case you don`t know what White ORBS are, I`ll reveal that much, that it`s a kind of zombie syndrom inflicted by the NEW WORLD ORDERs ILLUMINATI executives on the gullible population of slave consumers. The most common signes are the eyeballs white orbing when, for example the customer realizes that his newly bought 1K$ cameras sensor´s blooming while his bloom tree`s not. . It`s a worldwide conspiration connocted on mt. FUJI and relayed throught mt.Olympus to the mt.McKidding. Get rid of the WHITE ORBS. Put the film back on your eyes and start to SEE!

The X10 orb issue has been rumbling on for some time, most of the hysteria is unjustified. i have photographed at night in moscow a recent rammstein concert and numerous other occasions with the x10, and not an orb to be seen! the colour, sharpness are all first class, and it is a great little camera. i now have an x100 in addition, and my wife has started using the x10, she is a painter and requires a high quality camera, the x10 is such a thing. please lets not confuse the issue, a camera is a tool and it is the job of the photorapher to get the best out of the machine, one small flaw does not a bad camera make!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2012 at 09:31 UTC
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