Smartypants

Smartypants

Lives in United States San Francisco, CA, United States
Works as a Photographer & Photoshop PixelPeeker
Joined on Feb 23, 2011
About me:

After the closing of my three generation old family photography studio in 1997 I changed careers and became an IT professional and manage server/storage and virtualization for a large not for profit organization. I continue to make money shooting events for a newspaper and work through a small agency primarily as an assistant and providing high-end Photoshop/Lightroom “pixel peeking” for prepress and weddings.

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On Photokina 2014: Hands on with the Tamron 15-30mm F2.8 article (40 comments in total)

I've been planning on buying the Nikon 14-24 for awhile but have waited for two reasons, first the filter issue (I have a big investment in 49,55,72,67,77 filters) and have been avoiding lenses that require me buying a Lee system.
The other is that the fabulous Nikon is getting just a little old.
It's been my experience that todays sensors and digital in general can show the faults even in the finest lenses and every lens supplier is rushing to design new optics for what I see as the coming 50MP+ world.
I'm eager to purchase a zoom in this range and can't wait to see the rumored sigma (I own both the 35 and 50 Art lenses) before I open my wallet.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 14:00 UTC as 4th comment
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peevee1: From $220? What's up with hundreds of $$$ for a freaking bag? How are they 5.5 times better than $40 bags from Target?

Okay...
You spend over $3k for a camera body, and spend another $8 to $10k in lenses and stuff and you want a $40 bag!
Really?
I'm always looking for a better, stronger, easer to use bag and if it costs $300 then it costs $300
But then again maybe you spent $300 for your complete kit

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2014 at 17:36 UTC
On Get more accurate color with camera calibration article (208 comments in total)

Great tool!
Important part of my workflow!

I’m always surprised to read on blogs people who discount the process of establishing correct color. In simple terms the color we see is the reflection of light from a surface. Anyone that has selected a tie and shirt to go with a suit in the store and then taken it home a discovered a different reality understands this. We don't see color we see the reflection of light from a object. The florescent lights in the store may have a color temp of 4400 kelvin mixed with maybe some halogen point sources at 3500k and then took it all home under incandescent at 2800k. Photography is all about light and color photography is all about how the reflection of a color source off an object is rendered.
Today’s cameras do a good job assigning color but they are not always correct so using a tool like this is important for those of us who that images we create seriously.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 14:42 UTC as 58th comment

I’m pretty sure I’m going to buy this lens.
Over the last few years as I’ve moved from 12MP, 24 and now 36MP on my D800E and I’ve learned how important good optics are and I think that 50mm is a good length on a full-frame. I use primes almost all the time except for sporting or fast moving street/event photography when I “need” zoom (70-200/f2.8 24-70/f2.8) and stabilization otherwise I shoot with the new Sigma 35/f1.4, Nikon 85/f1.8, and Zeiss 135/f2. I find that these lenses give me consistently sharp images even in aggressive post cropping something I can’t always get away with shooting through a normal old-school 50 like my 50m/f1.8.
Yes, it big and heavy but I don’t care as it’s all about the image.
Over the last two years I’ve become big fan of Sigma lens.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 14:29 UTC as 26th comment
On Sigma announces all-new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' lens article (244 comments in total)

I'm looking forward to reading the first reviews

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 04:13 UTC as 48th comment
On Nikon Df preview (2816 comments in total)
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vFunct: Only talented people can use this camera.

Untalented people have to use Sony or Canon or Olympus.

Also, it is a mark of amateurs to use cute baby mirror less cameras.

Aww how cute - a newb photographer with a mirror less camera!

Maybe one day the mirror less camera photographer will grow up and use a Reflex system like the big boys do.

Yay! We're rooting for you, cute little mirror less camera kiddos!

As of now all of the various mirrorless cameras (Sony) have to many downsides for me and my photography but in a few years I sure all of the issues will be gone as the technology improves.
Mirrorless of some sort is the future, I'm not sure anyone can argue that SLR design is the past.
Now I've said it.......it's time to duck

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 21:08 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2816 comments in total)

I think the camera fills a small opening in the market for Nikon.
Sony is blazing the mirrorless trail and everyone else is watching and waiting for all of the necessary technologies to come together. Sony has some cool cameras but lenses are still a big problem for many Sony shooters that aren't into adapters and want AF.
I'm thinking in a year or two when my D800E is ready to be replaced Nikon will have a mirrorless system that hopefully uses the same lens mount as the current body design and I'll get that. If not, then I buy into a new system.
It's not that big of a deal; cameras and lenses are not that expensive, and even if I needed to replace all of my lenses we are only talking about $10k USD
I like the DF; it reminds me of my old Nikormat my dad got for me in the 1970's

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 20:58 UTC as 487th comment

wow
$3K for an A-Mount 70-200/f2.8
The prices on many of the recent full-frame A-Mount lenses have been way higher than Nikon, but are they any better?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 14:18 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
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Fixx: Does this work with RAW-photos or does the processing produce JPEG-files? That is, if I have distortion control enabled in my camera, do I get corrected NEF-files to my Lightroom library?

So, the firmware change is designed to correct optics by adjusting it at the body. Isn’t that what Sigma offers with its USB interface at the lens and how different is that than making focusing adjustments on the body using firmware was many of us do now.
I don’t see how that messes up the concept of RAW.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2013 at 15:18 UTC
On Lens reviews update: DxOMark data for Sony NEX primes article (54 comments in total)

As camera sensors grow above 24 - 36 MP the quality of the optics are more important. I think all manufactures are having problem shrinking optics and keeping corner to corner sharpness. When I buy into a camera system its the lenses that are the most important element.
I would love to replace my Sony a850's and my Nikon D800E systems with something smaller but for me Sony's NEX system just isn't there yet with the optical range, speed and sharpness for me.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2013 at 14:54 UTC as 20th comment

I've been a loyal Adobe Photoshop buyer from day one and have paid the costs for every new release as it ships. But recently I'm finding that Lightroom and a few well picked add-ons from third parties often does the job.
Maybe its time that I stop spending for a program I'm not using on every workstation in my studio, or at least stop buying as many licenses.

AND maybe I should stop renewing my NAPP at Photoshopuser.com

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2013 at 20:20 UTC as 658th comment

A year ago I would have pre-ordered both the Zeiss 50 d the white 70-400 G without question.
As a happy a850 shooter I really didn’t have plans to replace the 850 with the a99 but was interested in the rumored second, or follow-on, higher MP body that was to be released this year. Alas that rumor turned-out to be wrong.
I would love to be buying both of these new lenses and the new Sigma 35 as well, but without a clear Sony A-Mount upgrade path past the a99 I worry that next year there still won’t be a new Sony full-frame besides the a99 SLT camera and I’ll have even more A-Mount gear to unload on eBay than I have now.
Decisions, decisions………….

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2013 at 15:00 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply

A photographer’s work often has more to say about the artist behind the lens than the objects in front. Posters to sites like this often decry others, and criticize others work but where is their offerings?
Put-up or shut-up!
Maybe then you’ll have firm grounding for an opinion and some credibility

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2012 at 14:55 UTC as 9th comment
On Photoshop CS6: Top 5 Features for Photographers article (98 comments in total)

A great tool for photographers that have the skills to use it.
I spent 20 years in a darkroom and the last 10 years using PS.
Lightroom is part of my workflow and PS is used when needed to finish.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2012 at 03:11 UTC as 41st comment
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Hans Christian S: @BobYIL - since the NEX-5N have a (marginally) larger sensor than all of your mentioned cameras, then why not also a better IQ performance?
Size isn't everything, but NEX got's it's surprises. The sensor is bigger than the one in my 7D etc....!

Edit: IQ added before 'performance'.

Han's - I do believe that the Nikon D3200 is 24MP APS-C
Canon APS-C IS a little smaller, but not enough to matter.
Is that's wnat you mean by bigger?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2012 at 15:45 UTC

I guess this is Sony's new kit lens. How many is that now?

It would be nice to see a lens or two or TEN that are good enough to stay in the line-up for a few years.
The old 85/f1.4 has been in the line-up since 2006 and its still good product, needs a new motor and sealings and other refreshes but it's still has good optics.
We need more lens like that and not a new ket lens each season like this one looks to be!

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2012 at 07:27 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
On Canon EOS 5D Mark III low-light ISO series samples article (319 comments in total)
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Tape5: Photography can also be a sickness. When I talk about photography I am thinking about Blakemore's tulips, not a sweaty girl hitting a baseball bat at high speed. I understand high ISOs believe me. Photography will always be pulled between information and art. I am only saying that most photographers are knowingly or otherwise in need of artistic expression in their lives and are not earning their family income by taking 9 fps indoor shots of fast moving things. And if anyone takes a picture with ISO 12000, I love to see that too. We all have different priorities and different mortgages.

Tape5,
Some of us here pay some or all of our mortgage through this “sickness” you claim to know about and need to deal with both the technical and artistic elements of capturing an image on a daily if not hourly basis. Sorry if I’m being rude, but I just wanted to let you know that photography for some of us is more than a hobby or a way to take picture of the kids it’s what we do to pay the bills.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2012 at 05:35 UTC
On Canon EOS 5D Mark III low-light ISO series samples article (319 comments in total)

Really Tape5,
Reviewing the thousands of photos cataloged in my Lightroom database I see many over ISA 400.
My Alpha 900 in auto ISO mode routinely sets ISO between 400-800 and I believe many other cameras do this also.
I use ISO to help create depth of field and adjust it as needed up to 1600 and down to 100 as part of my settings when I shoot in manual mode to help me hit the sweet aperture setting on my optics.
I don’t agree at all.
It would be nice if and when ISO could be made useable higher with good noise control but now at least for my camera an ISO of 3200 is about the limit

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2012 at 16:38 UTC as 28th comment
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Dan Ortego: As a proud owner of the A900 and some ZA glass, I believe this puppy will change the cynical views of many.

Do you know that Dan also has a 135/f1.8 lens that he really likes?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2012 at 14:45 UTC
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