mandm

mandm

Lives in United States USA, United States
Works as a Pro Photographer for over 39 years, Photo Industry
Joined on Jan 27, 2006
About me:

First Nikon purchased in 1969 the 'F' with 50mm 2.0; (added on 11-07 a 250 Exposure back & Motor Drive, the old 'F' could do 4 FPS.). 24mm 2.0; 8.5cm-25cm 4.5 & Honeywell 800 Flash with 510 Volt batt. pack.
Current two D2x, two D300
'The F',
10.5mm fisheye, 12-24, 24-84, two 28-75 2.8, 70-200 2.8 VR, two 50 1.4, plus 60 2.8 macro with ring flash, 4 SB800 and more.
Bronica 645; 4x5; Olympus OM series

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On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1662 comments in total)
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Samuel Dilworth: Given that Canon ran an ad in the New York Times about this, I doubt it’s anything that will interest us here.

Maybe Canon’s doing the fashionable thing and pumping another couple of billion into medical, the better to compete with all the other beleaguered camera brands shifting to medical?

What camera brands are 'Shifting 'to medical???
Nikon, Olympus and Pentax have all been into medical for decades. It was their products like microscopes that got them into lenses and then cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 16:25 UTC
On Nikon D4s and Lexar 400x or 1000x memory card problems article (37 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: Would be interesting to know what exactly causes the problem, why only some cards are affected, and why the problem surfaced (or was recognized) only when used in the D4s...

'a very small percentage of Lexar CompactFlash cards produced over 18 months ago are incompatible with Nikon’s newest firmware release'

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 01:47 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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GPW: What! it's not DX

Yes it can shoot in DX format with DX only lenses, all Nikon FX cameras can.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 23:37 UTC
On Nikon Df Review preview (1614 comments in total)
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DSLR depreciation rules: At first I was pumped about this camera, then real disappointment came to me when I first held it - I expected it to feel as solid as my FE2, instead it feels like an N80 in my hands - light and fragile. Then I learned about its gimped feature set and I was nearly sick. It's disgusting how much praise this camera has garnered. It is a gimped, overpriced, retro-look DSLR and nothing more. The lack of video capability, fixed focus screen and light, unsolid feel are inexcusable. What is the point of making a retro-looking DSLR then gimping it to the point where using many excellent, fast, old lenses is not realistic because it is nearly impossible to focus them? Getting accurate selective focus on an old <f2 lens is nearly impossible without a split prism or microprisms. The "dot" and rangefinder don't cut it.

How about the film advance lever to turn the camera on and off.
I will be getting the Df. I learned on The ‘F’ back in high school in 69 and I still put a roll of film thru it every year.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 21:55 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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NCB: I think people are missing the point with this camera. Forget about the retro looks. It's the retro controls which are important; direct access to the things which photographers have been using since way back. It's a camera for photographers who are at home with those sort of controls. The looks follow from having those controls. Yeh OK they've made sure it looks like the Nikons of old, but all camera makers pay full attention to the marketing side of things, why not?

And people who complain about the rear looking like a digital camera rear are also missing the point; it IS a digital camera, a fully fledged one. Nikon aren't fool enough to cripple the digital side of things in pursuit of some retro ethos.

This camera is what Nikon says it is; a fusion of traditional controls with a totally up-to-date digital engine. Stop looking at the looks; its a serious camera for a particular type of photographer.

NCB, it's not Nikon that's only selling the Df with a 50mm 1.8 in the UK, it's Nikon UK, your own local importer for Nikon that made the decision not to sell just the body.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 04:39 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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fastprime: Shouldn't it have a faux frame advance lever?

The film advance lever could be the On/Off switch. Note: I will purchase this camera.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 04:21 UTC

The headline and first line states 24-150mm 4.0 but everything after that including the lens in the photo states and shows a 24-105mm 4.0, except it states 24-70 at the top left of the photo.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 17:25 UTC as 18th comment
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jaygeephoto: This is Pentax's chance to go after the fat cats pushing their wears at every consumer point. I know that marketing is expensive and breaking into markets is arduous. As good as this camera is it won't make a dent in the market unless it's sold well.

Boy, I sure feel sorry for all the saps that buy BMW cars, I didn't know how outdated their cars must be, but with BMW's low production numbers, they must be using Ford Model T tech, right Henry.
How much does Canon & Nikon spend on advertising compared to Pentax. Any chance that's where the extra $$$ C&N make with their volume goes to.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2013 at 03:24 UTC
On Nikon 1 AW1 preview (587 comments in total)
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goloby: 1/60 flash sync. Ha, good luck getting sharp results at that speed

How did I get 10's of thousands of sharp photos with my Nikon F's slow flash speed of only 1/60 with a Honeywell 800 Strobonar flash! The bigger question must now be, why did soooo many people/pro's by the Nikon F with it's 1/60 flash sync speed over the 14 years it was produced starting in 1959?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2013 at 23:43 UTC
On 17 signs that you were alive before digital photography article (149 comments in total)
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MrScorpio: Stupid article since it do not say what the displayed articles were for. More frustrating than informative IMO.

Dear showmeyourpics, please redo your reply to MrScorpio in proper Chinese, that’s not too much to ask from someone as intelligent as you want others to believe you are, now is it. It only takes a second to click on someone’s ID on this site, and had you known that, you would have noticed that MrScorpio lives in Shanghai; that’s in China.
The good news is that MrScorpio has been an active member on this site and has learned to ignore people like you, but how many other new members have you chased away by correcting their English.
Waiting for your reply in Chinese, Wu dialect please, but you knew that with MrScorpio living in Shanghai, right.
I’m also waiting for your reply to correct my English and Chinese.
ʑ̻iaja noŋ

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2013 at 16:34 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop article (327 comments in total)
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ianm2k4: The prices are no better than buying from BH or Adorama. No incentive to use GearShop.

Prices are the same as other big mail order dealers because of the MAP pricing from the US distributers. MAP = Minimum Advertised Price.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 06:46 UTC
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yabokkie: I have a problem with the word "super-fast". it isn't. this lens is an equivalent of 24.6-53.7mm f/2.8 on Nikon and Sony APS-Cs. it's just as fast as an f/2.8 zoom on 35mm format.

p.s., it's a 25.8-56.4mm f/2.9 on Canon APS-Cs.
the real range and f-number may be different that we will likely have a slightly narrower range and less fast zoom.

mister_roboto; I agree, my Sekonic L-358 does not have any way to show what size film I'm shooting and I do 4x5, 645, 35mm or if I'm digital in FX or DX? I have never noticed any exposure issues when using digital to check exposure when shooting 4x5.
Maybe this is just an issue in theory, but not in reality!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2013 at 01:15 UTC
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zodiacfml: EVFs are going to have a story similar to the megapixel race.

There are people now who think dust/marks on the mirror or viewfinder affect the image, they will also believe they need the highest pixel count EVF to get the best image.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2013 at 05:05 UTC

'The panel will enter mass produced in summer 2013.' Mass production on something that will be replaced in a few months by a higher Rez Sony with OLED.
Note: I don't have any inside info, but Sony will not give up the parts business.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2013 at 04:20 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On DxOMark examines lenses for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III article (60 comments in total)

Some have claimed that the high-end f2.8 zooms are as good or even better than prime lenses, checking the charts it was all primes on top, including Canon and Nikon’s primes. So, am I reading the charts wrong or does the Nikon 28 f1.8 and 85 f1.8 top every zoom lens made at any price?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2013 at 05:27 UTC as 7th comment
On Service lets you order prints of any Facebook photo post (115 comments in total)
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Clyde Thomas: Hi mandm,

The photographers don't own the copyrights to yearbook photos. They work for companies, and those companies own them. The companies bid for contracts which release rights for reproduction into yearbook... and now days, the photo studios are probably handling the yearbook printing too.

Now there could be a problem if just anyone sent in a yearbook for reproduction. The photo studio could step in to deny that.

No rights are granted for reproduction by individuals, simply because they purchased a copy. Just like you can't legally make a movie copy for a friend, free or not. Purchasing a copy does just that, it gets you a copy. But a purchase of a copy doesn't grant copyrights for further reproduction.

Most of the yearbooks on ‘Classmates.com’ were sent in by the students who purchased them in high school. I base this on the 20 yearbooks I checked from 10 different states; everyone had the comments from classmates written in them.
So not only has ‘Classmates.com’ scanned the former student’s yearbooks and posted them on their website, they are selling reprints of them. The most current yearbooks I found were from 2003.
They also list why they can do it and what a photographer must do to claim they have violated their copyright.
‘Classmates.com is in compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’ ("DMCA"), we have established the procedure outlined below to address alleged copyright infringement on the Services’.
Signed into law by President Bill Clinton on October 28, 1998, the DMCA amended Title 17 of the United States Code to extend the reach of copyright, while limiting the liability of the providers of on-line services for copyright infringement by their users’.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2013 at 01:49 UTC
On Service lets you order prints of any Facebook photo post (115 comments in total)
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Clyde Thomas: Hi mandm,

The photographers don't own the copyrights to yearbook photos. They work for companies, and those companies own them. The companies bid for contracts which release rights for reproduction into yearbook... and now days, the photo studios are probably handling the yearbook printing too.

Now there could be a problem if just anyone sent in a yearbook for reproduction. The photo studio could step in to deny that.

No rights are granted for reproduction by individuals, simply because they purchased a copy. Just like you can't legally make a movie copy for a friend, free or not. Purchasing a copy does just that, it gets you a copy. But a purchase of a copy doesn't grant copyrights for further reproduction.

Hi Clyde
Up until the mid-70's the schools in my area (suburb of Minneapolis, MN) would have a deal with a studio and everyone had to get their yearbook photo done by them. The school claimed they wanted the background to be the same for everyone and the printer needed all the photos to be the same size.
That one studio would supply a photographer at no charge for special events, plays and team photos. Parents checking prices at other studios found that they could save money going elsewhere for their kid’s portraits and that’s what ended the deals with just one studio.
That changed in the mid 70's and students could have anyone shoot their photo as long as it was the right size and didn’t have a bright/distracting background. So now the yearbooks have portraits from dozens of photographers and a few parents with a pocket camera.
My kids are all in their 20’s now, but when they were in high school the mailings from photographers totaled 100+ full color postcards to multi page ads.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2013 at 01:37 UTC
On Service lets you order prints of any Facebook photo post (115 comments in total)

The last few years ‘Classmates.com’ has been scanning and selling reprints of school yearbooks! They used to just post announcements for school reunions and help get classmates together, but the last few years they have been asking people to send in their school Yearbooks/Annuals so they can scan every page and post them on their website, they now have thousands of yearbooks to view! They are offering to sell reprints of the yearbooks they have scanned for $99.00; these yearbooks include all the individual student portraits usually shot by real professional photographers. How can they do this?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2013 at 23:30 UTC as 16th comment
On Minox announces tiny, retro-styled DCC 14.0 camera article (154 comments in total)

Wide angle and tele lens! .67x and 1.5x that screw on the front of the standard lens.
They also have a 5 MP camera that looks like the thin spy camera from the 50's.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 15:10 UTC as 30th comment

A 20 day Rebate!!!
March 31st is the end of the fiscal year for Pentax USA, someone there must have just noticed how far sales are off for these items and they need to get them out of their warehouse by the end of the month.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 15:06 UTC as 10th comment
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