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rfsIII

rfsIII

Lives in United States Midland, MD, United States
Works as a Writer and Photog
Joined on Sep 9, 2006
About me:

I take a lot of pictures. Sometimes for money.

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On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (206 comments in total)
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lem12: Just curious.. how much photojournalist have to pay for just 35mm lens to capture a good story.

Photojournalism is definitely not about lenses. I just spent two weeks with the cream of American photojournalist core covering presidential candidate speeches in Iowa and I can tell that for real photojournalists it's all about movement. The great ones are part ballet dancer, part wolf. It's beautiful to watch them work.

They're hunched down on the ground in front of the speaker one minute, then suddenly they're way up on a balcony shooting down. Look away for a minute and they're behind the subject shooting over his shoulder into the crowd or climbing atop a wall. They radiate intensity, but they're so good at what they do, they look like they're having fun.
Even more impressive, they do it with a 1DX and a zoom lens over each shoulder plus a 400mm on a sling (one guy even had a folding step-stool hanging from his shoulder).

You never see or hear them move, but they take 1000 breathtaking shots from 20 unique angles in the time it would take you or I to get our lens cap off.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 20:40 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (206 comments in total)
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Gary Martin: I can't tell the ads from the articles any more ...

But we like the record. It's familiar and that's comforting to us. You go enjoy your Katrina and the Waves and we will stay here with the curtains closed and listen to Joy Division

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 20:11 UTC

Looks like a perfect second camera for video. Or buy three and you could produce some very sophisticated television programming.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 15:18 UTC as 13th comment | 5 replies

I hate hate hate C/A so to me this lens is worth every penny. Software gets rid of most aberration but it's not perfect. Sadly, I'm a Nikon guy. Hopefully Nikon is working on something similar.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 15:10 UTC as 8th comment

Is it because I'm so old that the amount of noise in the Screaming Females picture looks just right to me?
I expect a photo taken in low light to have some signs of struggle—grain/noise are the wounds inflicted during the battle between photographer and photon.
That picture would look odd without any noise—and not at all punk rock.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2015 at 00:53 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha 7R II: Real-world ISO invariance study article (334 comments in total)

This reminds me of the Canons of a few generations ago when photogs figured out that certain higher ISOs on the 5D's were better than lower ISOs. They had quite a thing going there for a while.

My main question would be what do you tell a client when he or she sees the photos coming off your camera and they're way too dark. 99.9% of people cannot make the exposure adjustment in their mind so you'ld end up with a pretty freaked out client. In the Cinema world we can load look up tables to correct the image before it goes up onto the monitor for everyone to see. maybe there something you could do similarly with these images.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 00:16 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies
On Picture this: Our revamped galleries system is now live article (115 comments in total)

Given the predilections of the various DPR editors, you also need a tab that lets you sort by breed of cat; vintage, make, and model of car (with sub category racing or street); national cuisine; genre of musical group; and nose ring vs. no nose ring.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 00:49 UTC as 59th comment | 1 reply
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left eye: ...many of these A7R II shots from ACR:
Sharpness +50 (1px)
Detail +25
Colour Noise Reduction 25

looking at the 5DS R gallery, this page in particular (taken with a wide zoom): http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/albums/canon-eos-5ds-r-real-world-samples-gallery-beta#page=3

many of these shots from ACR:
Sharpness +25 (1px)
Detail +25
Colour Noise Reduction 25

...so the Canon files have been processed similarly, though given less sharpening, interestingly I see much more grain in the Sony shots, and detail looks clunky - angular - digital, while the Canon colours and beautiful detail rendition has a medium format quality.

I'm not sure Canon has lost this one yet!

BTW I own neither any Sony or Canon equipment - but thinking between the two.

So there you have it...if you're shooting sculptures, you need the most rectilinear lens possible and one which also lets you correct for perspective; so your best choice would theoretically be a medium-format back on a baby-size view camera with a cool old wooden tripod. But then your other criteria get in there. I can't pretend to know enough about museum photography to say what you should get, but which companies have tilt-shift lenses available in their lineups...and which have specialty flat-field lenses for shooting things like artwork? My guess is Canon and Nikon, but again, I defer to the lens experts on this site.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 18:05 UTC
On photo in sample gallery (1 comment in total)

What is this guy doing and how was it lit? The lights look like film industry 9-lites, or are they some kind of amazing strobe?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 16:41 UTC as 1st comment
On photo in sample gallery (2 comments in total)

What is this guy doing and how was it lit? The lights look like film industry 9-lites, or are they some kind of amazing strobe?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 16:41 UTC as 2nd comment
On a7RII-RS-DSC09240-ISO_800 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

What is this guy doing and how was it lit? The lights look like film industry 9-lites, or are they some kind of amazing strobe?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 16:41 UTC as 1st comment
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left eye: ...many of these A7R II shots from ACR:
Sharpness +50 (1px)
Detail +25
Colour Noise Reduction 25

looking at the 5DS R gallery, this page in particular (taken with a wide zoom): http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/albums/canon-eos-5ds-r-real-world-samples-gallery-beta#page=3

many of these shots from ACR:
Sharpness +25 (1px)
Detail +25
Colour Noise Reduction 25

...so the Canon files have been processed similarly, though given less sharpening, interestingly I see much more grain in the Sony shots, and detail looks clunky - angular - digital, while the Canon colours and beautiful detail rendition has a medium format quality.

I'm not sure Canon has lost this one yet!

BTW I own neither any Sony or Canon equipment - but thinking between the two.

When picking a camera brand, you're buying into a system, so first you need to figure out what you want to shoot, then which companies have the lenses and other peripherals that will allow you to do that. If you're into shooting wild animals, you need the company with the most awesome telephotos. Microscopy would be a different company. If it's portraits, you have to figure out who has the best portrait lenses.
Once you do that, the brand picks itself and you don't have to go through endless iterations of choices...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 16:26 UTC

The part that raises privacy considerations is that with their algorithm you can now get a clear look at what's being reflected in the window. Will be great for crimefighters though.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 18:32 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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Mike5076: Nifty, I thought I saw another application/function for taking multiple pics of the same scene (stationary camera) and the software would remove any transient objects (tourists). Similar but now with a moving camera?

Photoshop has the same function for eliminating moving objects from a scene. It's FILE>SCRIPTS>STATISTICS and then you load a bunch of photos from the same position and the computer mathematically takes out whatever changes from photo to photo. It's quite eerie when used to take photos of a crowded place like St. Mark's Square.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 18:28 UTC

May I say that I've been looking at these DPR test charts since about 2004 and while I can see difference between the eras of sensor development—sensors made in the 2005-06 period look different from those in 2008-10—I just can't see a practical difference between contemporaneous sensors. At the time they come out, they're all great.
I presume this is because there's only so many scientific and engineering discoveries you can make in a given interval.
Am I blind, or are things just so competitive in the sensor industry that no one can really get too far ahead of anyone else?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 18:01 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
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ric63: Well after seeing those images I will definitely NOT be rushing out to buy a RX10II.
My RX10 would slap this silly.
I agree with Jeff Greenberg, a comparison would be great, and I know which one would win straight away.
If your not into video or slow mo, get an RX10 before they are gone.
I have always laughed at people saying "oh no never buy the first of a new model, Ill wait till the second one"
I have had A100, H1, HX100 and now RX10, all first models, all take amazing images, and all had poor effort second models.

In America it's called the "sophomore slump." Like when a musician comes out with an amazing first album and follows it up with a mediocre second one. It's because they perfected the first one for years, but have to hustle out the second in just months.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 13:47 UTC

From just the thumbnails I can always spot a Dan Bracaglia gallery—clean graphic images, single subject, beautiful leading lines within the frame. PopPhoto lost a lot when they let you escape.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 13:44 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
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Beckler8: A general comment about new zoom lenses - why don't they have power (motorized) zoom? They do realize their SLR's shoot video now, right? Several mirrorless camera lenses like Sony, Panasonic, have power zoom - what, they have some special use that calls for it? No, rather it's needed for all video and would be useful for stills too if there was a control on the body because it would mean you don't have to fiddle with lens controls if you don't want. Yes, I know you don't want to zoom constantly during video. I've said this before here and the objections are generally nonsense. Anyway, think of it this way: every video camera/camcorder ever made has power zoom; DSLR's are video cameras too.

Sony has a 28-135 power zoom.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 13:27 UTC
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brownie314: Is Nikon not aware of the current situation in the camera market? Why throw more uber high priced lenses at a market where people are willing to spend less money?

It's about the price of a nice table saw and less than a professional lawnmower. If you want to make money, you have to invest in equipment. In terms of tools, photography requires about the same outlay as being a plumber.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 13:25 UTC
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SETI: Heh, green skintones again =)

Yes, there's probably a shrub or tree next to her, but nevertheless when there's even a hint of green in a skintone Nikons seem to pop it more strongly than Canons in a way that drives me nuts. But I've developed a work around that seems to handle it.

And as for the sunset shots on the Sigma 24-35, those extremely warm skin tones look natural because the viewer can see the color of the light behind them; the eye is used to that situation. So no it doesn't bother me.

And finally, when shooting jpgs if i'm not using a custom white balance, I find I have to dial in about a half a unit of amber and a half of magenta to get skin tones looking decent.

But that's just the way my rods and cones are calibrated, as always YMMV.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 02:14 UTC
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