stevez

stevez

Lives in United States Long Island, United States
Works as a camera sales
Has a website at http://peaklight.com
Joined on Jul 12, 2000

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leuallen: I have successfully used Marumi CPL filters so I got a variable density one. Mistake. Lens lost all semblance of sharpness visible even on the LCD.

Larry

I agree. I've tried several brands of variable ND filters and all of them have resulted in poor image quality (detail) when set to anything darker than 6 stops of ND.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 13:06 UTC
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stevez: Wonderful article and very well written as. Canon an Nikon are not stupid from a marketing perspective. I think they both have pro CSC lenses and bodies on the drawing board but are just waiting for a more significant drop in DSLR sales. Only time will tell if that's a mistake. Personally, I couldn't wait and dumped over 20 DSLR lenses and bodies for one of the pro mirrorless systems. Absolutely no regrets.

I switched to Olympus MFT, chswofford. Many bodies and lenses. Getting rid of 20+ years of Nikon stuff paid for most of it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 02:05 UTC

Wonderful article and very well written as. Canon an Nikon are not stupid from a marketing perspective. I think they both have pro CSC lenses and bodies on the drawing board but are just waiting for a more significant drop in DSLR sales. Only time will tell if that's a mistake. Personally, I couldn't wait and dumped over 20 DSLR lenses and bodies for one of the pro mirrorless systems. Absolutely no regrets.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 16:51 UTC as 220th comment | 3 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1392 comments in total)

The only thing, and I really mean the only thing I don't like about this camera is the removal of the accessory port which means I can no longer use my previously supplied pop up flash, fiber optic macro light, accessory viewfinder or accessory microphone.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 17:03 UTC as 239th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1906 comments in total)

Nicely done DPR. I especially like that you've tested other cameras besides the D750 and found similar results. I remember on rare occasion finding unusual flare even on my D700. Makes me glad I've switched to mirrorless with none of those flare or focus issues.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 14:33 UTC as 142nd comment | 2 replies
On Real-world samples: Sony Alpha 7 II in Kauai article (227 comments in total)

I like that you've shown a large variety of images with different lighting, lenses and exposure combinations. CA is virtually nonexistent at least to my eye. Colors are very natural although I'm not overly impressed with the level of detail, mostly in low contrast areas. I suspect that may be the JPEG engine?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 13:23 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On DSC01462 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (14 comments in total)

I like that you've shown a large variety of images with different lighting, lenses and exposure combinations. CA is virtually nonexistent at least to my eye. Colors are very natural although I'm not overly impressed with the level of detail, mostly in low contrast areas. I suspect that may be the JPEG engine?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 13:22 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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Shiranai: They want to rival $5000 DSLRs? Well thats a lot of confidence putting their small APS-C against fullframe. Especially considering their less than optimal lens-range which still lacks a 50mm 1.4 or a 300mm zoom.

And yes, there is something that DSLRs do better - its that their viewfinder has no lag at all. Because even if its 5 milliseconds it can be the moment you miss.
And talking about small sized, the NX1 isn't really small sized, they intentionally made it this big to attract DSLR owners, so thats complete marketing-bull.

I don't think 5 milliseconds is much to worry about considering that the average human reaction time is 250 milliseconds.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 14:08 UTC
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greypixelz: They should have bought Pentax when they had the chance and make a name for themselves under the Pentax brand.
Who buys a Samsung camera?! Answer: very few, very few indeed.
So the point is mute for them, no matter which sells better as they are simply not in the game; they're just pitching from outside the course.

Everyone, including me, said the same thing about Sony several years ago and look at what they're doing now.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 13:58 UTC
On WaterWeight rethinks the sandbag approach to stability article (77 comments in total)

This cracks me up. We spend our money on light weight carbon fiber tripods and now have to carry an extra 3 pounds to stabilize them.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 12:56 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
On Real-world test: Nikon D750 at the Museum of Flight article (281 comments in total)

I'm really enjoying these superb videos you're producing. Keep it up.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 17:22 UTC as 31st comment | 3 replies
On Consumer SLR Camera Roundup (2014) article (121 comments in total)
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photog4u: Nikon makes some pretty good stuff. And Canon,yes. But Sony is on FIRE! Fast AF with reliable tracking, well implemented focus peaking with magnification, legacy glass, smoking good EVF, FULL FRAME and now with FIVE AXIS IS! All for under $2k! "Despite the emergence of mirrorless cameras, the market is still dominated by conventional DSLRs" I doubt very much if you will be able extol that statement for very much longer.

DSLRs evolved from film SLRs, hence the mirror. With the high quality electronic viewfinders today, the mirror and hence the DSLR is no longer needed, IMHO.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 20:19 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (929 comments in total)
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SirLataxe: Very nice - but lacking in two essentials: no articulating screen and no facility to mount a wide angle conversion lens.

An articulated screen would make the camera so much more useful, especially for close-ups, street photography and video, where taking the pictures from waist or lower level makes such a difference.

A high quality add-on WA lens would make the camera an ideal tool for landscapes taken during longer walks in difficult terrain, where the weight of a larger camera and lenses would be tedious.

Perhaps not "essential", but I agree that those features would make the camera much more versatile.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 14:23 UTC

I'm confused as to why the Apex filter appears pink. All the hot mirror filters I've seen have a cyan cast, which to me makes more sense when trying to filter out IR light.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 13:13 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (89 comments in total)
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Alan Ernst: My favourite "rig" for travelling light and for hiking is the Promaster 525t. If you can get this brand in the area you live, do consider it as well (in Canada it is sold through Photo Source). Combined with an older Manfrotto 486 ball head and a Cullmann quick release plate, specs are as follows:
Weight 1.4 kg (just over 3lb)
Lowest height with center column removed 22cm (9")
Extended without center column, 127cm (51") incl. ball head and q.release
Extended with center column raised 147cm (59")
Folded 45cm (18")
This carbon fibre model has five sections but is easy and fast to set up. Included are a bubble level, insulation on one leg, hook on center column to add weight.
Have used it for two years and no issues whatsoever.

If weight is an issue but I need more height, I use the 3 section Promaster T325P which is still ideal for travel and also very light but, with ball head, extends to 170cm max (68") with center column raised.

Ditto for me regarding the Promaster T525P. Very well made and flawless leg locks. I use mine with an old Gitzo 175 ball head which is super light.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 23:03 UTC
On Readers' showcase: Landscape photography article (90 comments in total)

Considering the lack of new equipment news of late, I think DPR is doing a great job with other topics and this one's no exception. I imagine it was a big job going through all the submissions and the results are just extraordinary. Congratulations to all of you whose images were chosen.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 12:37 UTC as 16th comment

A 36MP camera is all about image quality, so I'm happy to see that Nikon has addressed the shock problem with mirror box improvements and an optional electronic first curtain. Wondering if the electronic first curtain mode will slow down the 5 FPS ? I am a little disappointed with the bracketing only offering a maximum of 1EV separation.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 13:26 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply

Interesting technology. I remember there was an old Kodak Brownie camera that had curved film rails and pressure plate to match, which combated the problems of a very basic lens design.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 19:12 UTC as 52nd comment
On 2014 iPhone Photography Awards winners announced article (102 comments in total)

Wonderful images. Photography has always been about composition and light. It matters not what you use to capture it, as long as you're comfortable with it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 13:03 UTC as 12th comment

I could be mistaken, but aren't most of those © imbedded images rather small to do anything with other than share online? If that's the case, why make a big deal out of it. As someone else said, there are plenty of instructions available on how do remove a watermark despite the legality issue. I guess the issue here is that someone working for a company as large as FB, should either know better or have been censored.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 21:01 UTC as 26th comment
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