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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Wild Light: Hasselblads Carerra is not the H. It is the original 500 and 200 designs, the best medium format design in history. It is, IMO, possibly the best ever camera and lenses ever and it is a design that the entire customer base was passionate about.

Hasselblad lost it's way entirely and to stick with the Porsche analogy, Porsche had enough sense not to follow it's 924, 928 design and go back to the 911. The H is the 928. Heavy, ugly, bigger and a mistake that should be ended!

The 928 was an awesome car, especially the later S models. They could outrun just about everything else on the road.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 18:57 UTC

I like this quote: " The questions you have to ask are, how do your lenses deal with a 50-million-pixel sensor, how is your software and how are your ergonomics?'" That seems like the perfect set of criteria and the right order to use when evaluating cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 18:53 UTC as 16th comment
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le_alain: I prefer the original coolpix 4500 :)-

we all do

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 17:15 UTC

Could you add a photo of the top of this thing; I can't see the hotshoe.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 17:05 UTC as 97th comment | 5 replies
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (561 comments in total)
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rfsIII: I can't tell from the internet jpgs, but does it do that Leica 3-D thing where the thing that's in focus stands out from its surroundings in the way that only images from a Leica can? That would make it worth the four grand.

Cool. The Leica look AND the benefits of autofocus. Could be something worth renting for certain projects.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 08:17 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (561 comments in total)
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SanPedro: First time I've actually thought 'Hey that Leica looks good value'
How much is a stand alone Summilux? A quick Google suggests $2000 - $4000, depending on focal length and aperture.

So that's a whole camera for the same price as a lens. Sounds like a good deal to me.

And he spec is good. FF, fast lens, quality EVF, exposure compensation dial, high quality LCD, compact size. This addresses all the issues people had with the X cameras.

I still can't afford one, but it's a lot more affordable than an M. Brings the dream a little closer. Thanks Leica.

It's all about the lens, baby. That's what gives your images their style, their life, their POW! You can stick a great lens on an old third-rate camera and have amazing shots. But a bad lens on a great camera gives you bupkisā€”basura.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 05:00 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (561 comments in total)

I can't tell from the internet jpgs, but does it do that Leica 3-D thing where the thing that's in focus stands out from its surroundings in the way that only images from a Leica can? That would make it worth the four grand.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 04:50 UTC as 71st comment | 2 replies
On Nikon D7200 Review preview (534 comments in total)
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ritholtznue: Hi,
Are all AF points are cross type? Based on specs center 15 are cross type. Any idea why Nikon made every focus point sensitive to -3EV instead of making all cross types. I guess, it is still amazing. I am just trying to understand their decision to make single focus points sensitive to -3EV which looks like a rare case.

You are right about the weight... That's why I use an SB600. It works a treat when shooting backstage in theaters or other places where flash isn't allowed or would spoil the mood. Combined with an f/1.4 lens and iso 8000, it's possible to take sharply focused, totally sellable photos in almost pitch dark conditions.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 21:12 UTC
On Nikon D7200 Review preview (534 comments in total)
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ritholtznue: Hi,
Are all AF points are cross type? Based on specs center 15 are cross type. Any idea why Nikon made every focus point sensitive to -3EV instead of making all cross types. I guess, it is still amazing. I am just trying to understand their decision to make single focus points sensitive to -3EV which looks like a rare case.

When you need to focus in really dim light but can't use flash, put your speedlight in the hotshoe but cover the front (the clear window where the flash tube is) so no light can escape, set it to minimum power and then use its autofocus assist light. It throws out a trippy red cross hatch pattern and your focus will be absolutely dead on when you capture the image.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 02:51 UTC
On Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (622 comments in total)
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VENTURE-STAR: Pardon my obvious stupidity, but where's the actual preview for this camera? There are a series of images that don't even show the back of this camera - is that the preview? Wouldn't a bit of technical spec and comment have been useful?

Leicas are lovely things and nice toys for lottery winners who have an interest in photography, but what's the point of a camera body that only does monochrome even if the images are fractionally cleaner? What's the advantage over making whatever you want monochrome on your PC? I'm afraid the point of this camera body seems to be going right over my head. It must be aimed at an extraordinarily small specialized market! I certainly don't know anyone who would seriously consider buying it.

It's internet hypnotism. The editors show us beautiful pictures of the beautiful camera so that you're unconsciously implanted with a burning desire to come back again and again to see updates.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 15:59 UTC
On Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (622 comments in total)
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dcolak: Dynamic range of only 12 stops? In 2015? WTF?!

The point is that for some reason dynamic range has become this Holy Grail when in actuality it's not really that big of a deal. Over the years photographers developed an infinite number of workarounds and we need to use them.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 15:18 UTC
On Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (622 comments in total)
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dcolak: Dynamic range of only 12 stops? In 2015? WTF?!

If it's a choice between dynamic range and awesome Leica lenses, I'm going for the lenses. And dynamic range should be very far down on any photographer's list of concerns. It is easily tamed with a reflector or two and some scrims. If you're low on funds a plain white bedsheet from the Salvation Army store and some Pony clamps will let you rig either or both.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2015 at 20:25 UTC
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Photo Pete: What is this obsession with giving big companies all your data?
What's wrong with backing up to a couple of hard drives which you keep at different properties? (eg one at home and one at work)

What are people doing that means they need immediate on the go access to ALL their images, rather than just the ones they're currently working on?

Some of us work at home so we need an offsite source. Granted, giving your images to Google is probably a bad idea especially the way that they have pretty much abandoned or killed every other product they've come out with. But that has to be balanced with its convenience. Can't be any worse than iCloud.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2015 at 15:32 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 real-world samples article (102 comments in total)
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Gavril Margittai: These images are very similar to each other. I did not learn from them too much. With plenty of daylight my wife's Iphone6 can do just as well. Maybe not if you pixel peep, but these are not images worth pixel peeping.
I would expect DPR to take the trouble of putting more variety in. How about some night shots? how about a nice portrait in available (low) light inside a subway station?

Should I learn from these "real world samples" that the G7 is only good for snaps? I don't believe this is true.

That's why I love the fact that you guys are willing to venture outside your comfort zone and shoot somewhere other than Seattle's all-forgiving overcast. Next assignment: do more testing of fill flash accuracy. You guys don't need it, but for many of us it often makes the difference between a salable photo and a blown assignment. It's amazing what a largely invisible kiss of flash set 1 2/3 stops below your overall exposure can do to make visual magic.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2015 at 19:17 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 real-world samples article (102 comments in total)
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Gavril Margittai: These images are very similar to each other. I did not learn from them too much. With plenty of daylight my wife's Iphone6 can do just as well. Maybe not if you pixel peep, but these are not images worth pixel peeping.
I would expect DPR to take the trouble of putting more variety in. How about some night shots? how about a nice portrait in available (low) light inside a subway station?

Should I learn from these "real world samples" that the G7 is only good for snaps? I don't believe this is true.

Don't be so hard on old Sammy...I shot a job last weekend in a similar situation and full midday sun is one of the hardest environments for any camera because the range of tones from light to dark is HUGE. So on the one hand it makes certain aspects of the camera look better (like autofocus and grain) on the other it really tests metering algorithms, and ability to hold highlights. The only useless tests are the ones they do on overcast days in Seattle where everything really does look good.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2015 at 15:57 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 real-world samples article (102 comments in total)

Thanks again for getting out and shooting test photos in the real world.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2015 at 15:49 UTC as 10th comment

As noted below, there are once again concerns about whether Google can use the photos you store for their promotional purposes. To me it sounds very ambiguous which means that Google will push to the limits and a little beyond.

Executives in Silicon Valley are actively hostile toward the property rights of artists and photographers, so I'm going to wait a little while before I start uploading to this service.

Here's what the user agreement says:
"The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones."

"promoting" is the operant term here. Sounds to me like they can use your pix to promote their service without paying you.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2015 at 15:43 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera review post (243 comments in total)
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Artak Hambarian: Close, but not yet there. Adding even a very limited optical zoom would be welcome. A bit of additional size is OK IMHO.

The world is waiting for someone to create an adapter for this phone that would let you attach converter lenses like Panasonic's VW-T4314H Tele Conversion Lens. Maybe it could be you?

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 21:38 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera review post (243 comments in total)
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rfsIII: So Lars, if I'm a multi-media journalist on deadline, know how to use a tripod, and have good camera skills, would this camera phone be the best choice to shoot and upload stills and video for use by newspapers and television stations?

Thanks! Great way to balance pluses and minuses.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 21:34 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera review post (243 comments in total)

So Lars, if I'm a multi-media journalist on deadline, know how to use a tripod, and have good camera skills, would this camera phone be the best choice to shoot and upload stills and video for use by newspapers and television stations?

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 14:00 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
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