armanius

armanius

Lives in United States Houston, TX, United States
Works as a Attorney
Joined on Feb 22, 2009

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On Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 article (215 comments in total)
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Melbourne Park: I think your twilight shot is artistically brilliant, on several levels.

Worth the article just for that shot.

By the way, which lens was that taken with?

BH in NY has early April as the estimated release date.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2012 at 23:11 UTC
On Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 article (215 comments in total)
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Jonathan McGee: For those of us with a non-micro 4/3'rds investment, I wonder how well the larger 4/3'rds lenses will balance on it. Is the 12-60 simply going to be an unwieldy beast?

The 12-60 is tough to balance on the GH2, which is more or less the size of the OMD. AF speed is attrocious when combined with the GH2 as well.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2012 at 23:10 UTC
On Book Review: Vivian Maier, Street Photographer article (150 comments in total)
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Anna Schlecht: Since reading the NYT Magazine article about Maier I'm transfixed. Like many people, I'm riveted & awaiting the remaining 90% of her work to be revealed.

To the nay-sayers: I've seen a lot of utter crap exalted as fine art. Maier's work is deeply affecting. I share the perspective from other reviews that Maier photographed the way that Studs Terkel wrote - capturing the street life of everyday people. And yes, her story, or what little we know of it infuses one's appreciation. But that is often the case with great artisits - - Modigiliani, Basquait & Capa to name a few.

Other nay-sayers discredit Maier's lack of sophistication or training. Bear in mind that many of the greatest photographers had precious little if any training - Weston had 6 months. Clearly she had a sharp eye for composition, the timing of when to shoot and the confidence to know that the single shots she took were indeed what she wanted to capture

Big thanks to Britton for this review.

I am with you! I find it humorous that anyone would criticize Maier for lacking sophistication or training. Her photos speak for themselves. If anything, Maier's purported lack of training highlights her natural talents as a photographer.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2012 at 17:07 UTC
On Book Review: Vivian Maier, Street Photographer article (150 comments in total)
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armanius: I rank Vivian Meier right up there as one of the great street photographers. Her photos capture the moment and the personalities in an emotionally inducing manner. I ordered this book from Amazon more than two weeks ago. Still waiting for it to arrive. I assume they didn't print too many books.

Thanks WT21! I got it at retail price, or at least I "ordered" it at retail price when Amazon itself was carrying it. It's ridiculous how these re-sellers buy a $30 book, and then try to resell it for $100+ just because the supply is low.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2012 at 21:06 UTC
On Book Review: Vivian Maier, Street Photographer article (150 comments in total)

I rank Vivian Meier right up there as one of the great street photographers. Her photos capture the moment and the personalities in an emotionally inducing manner. I ordered this book from Amazon more than two weeks ago. Still waiting for it to arrive. I assume they didn't print too many books.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2012 at 19:44 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)

Can anyone explain to me why Olympus always chooses to limit what functions the user can assign to the FN buttons?? On the EP3, we weren't allowed to assign ISO to the top FN buttons. Now, ISO can be assigned to four out of the five FN buttons, BUT, metering can't be assigned to any of the five buttons.

Is there a logic to Oly restricting camera user's ability to FULLY customize the buttons?? I just don't get it.

It can't be that much harder or costly to allow full FN button customization. Please some explain this to me ...

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 at 06:37 UTC as 380th comment | 1 reply

Five customizable FN buttons. And metering can't be assigned to any of them. WHY????

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2012 at 06:33 UTC as 40th comment
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!!! Why isn't metering assignable to ANY of the 5 FN buttons?????

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 at 06:04 UTC as 386th comment
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)

Canceling the NEX7 preorder and getting OMD instead. Woohoo! Not ready to cancel the XP1 .... yet!

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:59 UTC as 387th comment
On First full-res Fujifilm X-Pro1 images appear on the web article (216 comments in total)

Got hit with the virus too. Although from a link from another site connecting to the "sample" images. Whoever hacked the site to insert the viral link figured that there would be a lot of folks interested in seeing the photos.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2012 at 19:48 UTC as 33rd comment
On Fujifilm X-Pro1 preview (756 comments in total)

Any information on what type of manual focus aids the XP1 will have? Peeking, magnify, electronic rangefinder, something else?

If the XP1 is any good IQ-wise, and it provides a good MF aid, I'd probably dump the M9 even though the XP1 is not full frame.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 18:22 UTC as 213th comment
On Fujifilm X-Pro1 preview (756 comments in total)
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agilestyle: Bulky and expensive!
Given the numbers above, a presumable 35mm kit will come at least at 2300$.
With that bucks you can buy a Canon 5d Mark 2 body sparing 200$ to invest into some serious glass...
Ok, mirrorless camera are the fashion of the moment, but i am happy with my GF1+20mm kit at 700$.
Sorry pals, target missed!

The target is "pro." A 5D2 body only is $2000. L lenses are $1200+. Fuji seems like a bargain compared to those $, assuming the XP1 turns out to be a good one.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 15:01 UTC
On Fujifilm X-Pro1 preview (756 comments in total)
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Jens_G: At this physical size, it really should've been FF.

Fuji claims it outresolves the 5D2's sensor. I think the camera would have been bigger and the lenses as well with a full frame sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 14:56 UTC
On Preview:canong1x (1032 comments in total)
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GodSpeaks: Camera makers must STOP using 'G' and 'X' in naming their products.
Seriously.
Enough already.

Agreed!!! Especially X!

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 14:59 UTC
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alfa: If this can get anywhere close to what the FT 12/60mm SWD can do then anyone who has owned that lens will be be able to tell you why this one exists. Forget prices, performance, size, everything. The 12/60 is the best walkaround lens ever made.

I still have the 12-60 and it's awesome. BUT, the aperture range was 2.8-4!!! And f4 at 60mm! Granted it's a chunky lens (relative to the m4/3 lens). But at least it was a combination of fast and awesome glass.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 15:31 UTC

I like my X10 a lot and the white blob hasn't affected my everyday use very much. While I have come across them in isolated situations, I still think it's one of the best P&S cameras ever. However, Fuji's response that the X10 is working within prescribed tolerances does not instill consumer confidence. It means one of two things. Fuji's tolerance for problematic sensor is quite high (a.k.a., low standards), and therefore, the white blob problem is acceptable to Fuji. And/or, it means that Fuji believes its customers are overeacting to something they should just accept. At least companies like Pentax humbly admitted that they had a dirty sensor problem. Fuji needs to step up by acknowledging that the problem is a problem, instead of saying, "c'mon, that's nothing .... but I'll see what I can do ..."

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2011 at 06:09 UTC as 27th comment | 5 replies

Looks like all Sigma is doing is disabling the stabilization motor in the lens. The size is identical, and the weight is only 15 grams less than the stabilized version. Similar to other Sigma and Tamron pricing moves, I sincerely doubt Sigma will charge less for the non-stabilized version (as compared to the IS version).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2011 at 18:07 UTC as 6th comment
On Fujifilm updates X100 firmware to v1.10 article (108 comments in total)
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opticaloptimum: The sad thing is that software cannot fix the X100's main weakness: that the lens is very soft when wide open, especially when focussed close. This is stated clearly in the DPReview review and is evident in the review's photo of a little girl, whose face is not sharp even though in the centre of the picture. What is the point of having a f2.0 lens if it cannot take sharp pictures? The main use of f2.0 for me would be portraits where the face is sharp but the background is out of focus. In my opinion the X100 fails in this respect. It seems that Fuji gave keeping the lens small priority over being sharp.

Not true at all. At macro range, the X100 is soft at F2. However, at normal portrait range, the F2 is very good. Stop it down to F2.8, and it's excellent.

Moreover, with an equivalent focal length of 35mm, the focal length itself is not designed for close up head only portraits. 35mm is more of an all around focal length that is good for some head and shoulder photos, as well as environmental portraits, street shooting, landscape and architecture.

Lastly, 35mm is not going to get super shallow DOF unless you get really close to the subject and the background is far enough. And for portraits, you don't want to do that anyway with a 35mm lens, because 35mm is going to distort the face at close ups.

In conclusion, if you were/are looking to use 35mm for heads only portrait, you are barking up the wrong tree.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2011 at 17:54 UTC
On Fujifilm updates X100 firmware to v1.10 article (108 comments in total)

Biggest quirk was not addressed -- auto ISO and ISO control should be on the same menu!!!

Also would like to have seen the following addressed:

- why is the user able to change ISO with the upper control lever when using the OVF, but is forced to use the lower control jog wheel when using EVF????

- allow user to assign a function to the RAW button, similar to the Fn button

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2011 at 15:56 UTC as 35th comment
On Fujifilm Canada offers sneak peek at X100 firmware article (47 comments in total)
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akhyar: The Auto ISO should be included in the ISO menu....

I hope they did. One of the most annoying quirks in the current version.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2011 at 03:35 UTC
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