Lives in United States D.C. Metro, VA, United States
Works as a Rock & roll photog, computer geek
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Joined on Feb 2, 2013
About me:

Goal: develop the proper shooting techniques and technical skills that allow for the most unusual and hard to obtain shots. This necessarily involves using equipment "incorrectly" and modifying or ignoring many accepted shooting styles.

A good deal of my current effort is directed at musicians on dimly lit stages:

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  • Of course we all know this does not matter at all, and in no way affects the final picture nor the process of taking it... so what I am about to write is completely without importance and should ...
  • Replied in Poe's law?
    I am beginning to think a particular poster on this forum does not even own a camera, and is merely trying to win a bet at how many retorts can be generated by commenting in a particular way. If ...
  • That is an interesting point. If I think that smashing the camera is in my best interests, am I in the right? What if later, it turns out my decision to smash was based on a misunderstanding... ...
  • Replied in Too sane?
    With all due respect, a sane analysis such as yours has no place in this thread.
  • At worst, wouldn't this be 10 to 15mm added to the mount end of the lens? At best, wouldn't it be a minor change to the rear-most element and thus a (slightly) shorter lens? It may be that using ...
  • Replied in Yes
    Of course he would.
  • The most likely problem is encountering a Mac without an optical drive. Otherwise, the process you outlined ought to work on almost anything... even most DVD players.
  • I have to admit that I though face/eye/smile tracking was a gimmicky toy... until I tried smile recognition. Wow. I then tried face tracking with video... wow. I doubt I will ever use them except ...
  • That menu does not exist on the a99 (at least not with the latest firmware). Ah, well. At least I can use the custom slots on the mode dial.
  • Replied in Fn button?
    How do you do that?
  • I have tried a number of other cameras, but for the majority of the work I do I have not found anything I like better or (for me) is more comfortable. My "must have" lenses to replace would be: (1) Zei ...
  • Replied in #2
    I'm going to put you in category #2 :)
  • Replied in AF relevance
    You were. I often shoot with 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm lenses at f/1.4— and quite a bit of that is MF. It has a great deal of relevance for me, even if I will never buy an Otus. I think it was trying to ...
  • I assumed since you were replying to a post about MF + OVF with an Otus that your examples were of MF + OVF with an Otus. AF samples using a different lens are interesting, but irrelevant to the ...
  • You shot those with an Otus? Impressive. I would would think that focus peaking would make MF at f/1.4 much easier, but these shots are quite sharp for MF on a OVF camera. Did you get a good keeper ...
  • Replied in Let me guess...
    Without reading this thread, I am going to summarize it by guessing the categories the responses fall into: (1) OVF fanbois; who extol ad nauseam about how an OVF + mirrors are necessary for their ...
  • I hear ya. I have been shooting almost exclusively at f/1.4, so I guess I am giving the whole system a pretty severe test!
  • I got the same lens (in Sony A-mount, but of course otherwise the same). I immediately appreciated the optics, it is apparent as soon as it was on the camera. But the AF was horrible, and no ...
  • Replied in New Fuji lens
    Looks like Fuji has decided to steal some of the Sony STF thunder with their latest lens, featuring a built in apodization filter.
  • Replied in No sticker?
    So if I get the new Otus, I will not be able to brandish a sticker on it that proclaims for all the world to see that I am using the (DxO) #1? What a rip off. I want my sticker.
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