Gary Dean Mercer Clark

Gary Dean Mercer Clark

Lives in United States Miami Beach, FL, United States
Works as a Pro Photographer
Has a website at www.garymercer.us
Joined on Feb 29, 2004
About me:

Photography is my life's passion. Life is a Beach....

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On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (499 comments in total)

I looked at the studio scene shots and the .jpeg and .raw images from the Sony A77 MK II look soft. Why is that? I've not seen any images shot raw out of my A77 mK II that look this soft and lousy. I find the quality of the images posted in the studio scene to be questionable. The quality should be better.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 15:27 UTC as 34th comment | 10 replies
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (499 comments in total)

Sony, PLEASE provide Sony play memories app compatibility with the Sony A77 MK II. Please provide open source code so third party app writers can add operational features to the Sony A77 via apps like those that are available for the Sony A7 II. Thank you.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 15:09 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply

Once again play memories apps ignore the Sony A77 MK II. The A77 MK II gets snubbed once again.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 14:06 UTC as 23rd comment
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1457 comments in total)
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Gary Dean Mercer Clark: Been shooting with an APS-C sized sensor camera for the last three years nonstop, doing fashion/model photography, Art reproduction, landscapes. Even shot architectural stuff for a client. Why would I spend $3000 to $6000.00 on a full frame camera for my professional work when I can buy 2 Sony A77MK IIs, have a back up camera and have superb performance across the board?
I have no intentions of going full frame in the near future. Don't want or need it.

You've only proved one thing to me here. 1. You are anonymous. Too afraid to share your name online with your comments?
2. You have no photographs in the galleries, or a website to showcase your photography expertise anywhere in your profile. 3. You have a really new dpreview.com account with limited threads and posts. Prove you are real--let us all see your work and how great a photographer you are. Please share your name and post examples of what you are talking about. Prove you know what you are talking about and are not just parroting something that you read in a photography forum. I'm not taking your troll bait any further. I'm real, am a real person with a real name and a real photography business. Go bother someone else as you have in your 20 other posts in this thread.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 21:36 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1457 comments in total)
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Gary Dean Mercer Clark: Been shooting with an APS-C sized sensor camera for the last three years nonstop, doing fashion/model photography, Art reproduction, landscapes. Even shot architectural stuff for a client. Why would I spend $3000 to $6000.00 on a full frame camera for my professional work when I can buy 2 Sony A77MK IIs, have a back up camera and have superb performance across the board?
I have no intentions of going full frame in the near future. Don't want or need it.

1.Don't need a full frame camera. 2.Can correct in software without using a Tilt/shift lens with negligible image quality loss.
3. I have plenty of f1.8 lenses in my bag that allow me to address any DOF needs that I might have. 4. I know of 9 full time professionals photographers in the Miami Beach/Miami photography market that are shooting exclusively with APS-C cameras from Sony to Nikon to Canon including myself, so maybe those professionals shooting in the APS-C format might know something about it and have good reasons for shooting in the APS-C format and see no need to buy full frame cameras that are not needed.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 17:38 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1457 comments in total)
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Gary Dean Mercer Clark: Been shooting with an APS-C sized sensor camera for the last three years nonstop, doing fashion/model photography, Art reproduction, landscapes. Even shot architectural stuff for a client. Why would I spend $3000 to $6000.00 on a full frame camera for my professional work when I can buy 2 Sony A77MK IIs, have a back up camera and have superb performance across the board?
I have no intentions of going full frame in the near future. Don't want or need it.

In ten years shooting professionally , I have never needed to shoot full frame. The depth of field argument is a myth. Tilt shift lens? --don't need it when there are programs that correct these issues beautifully. So it's laughable when someone makes a comment to an established pro--telling him he "needs" to shoot full frame when I've been thriving as a pro shooting with an APS-c sized sensor. A ridiculous argument. If I ever need a full frame--I'll get one for my business , but after 10 straight years of not needing one--I think I know what is best for my professional work and business---not you or anyone else's opinion.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 15:03 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1457 comments in total)

Been shooting with an APS-C sized sensor camera for the last three years nonstop, doing fashion/model photography, Art reproduction, landscapes. Even shot architectural stuff for a client. Why would I spend $3000 to $6000.00 on a full frame camera for my professional work when I can buy 2 Sony A77MK IIs, have a back up camera and have superb performance across the board?
I have no intentions of going full frame in the near future. Don't want or need it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 13:45 UTC as 216th comment | 18 replies
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CopCarSS: But where was the press release announcing that there would be a press release to announce that there will be some products announced sometime in the future?

LOL---I read this and laughed so hard. Pentax wins the award for most ridiculous press release of 2015 already!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2015 at 23:42 UTC
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Douglas F Watt: Despite all these new images for several cameras, there are STILL no studio images for the A77ii JPEGs?? And, as you guys admit, there might be better lenses than the Sony 50 1.8? Any chance of those being shot before 2015?

The Sony A77 MK II has been around longer than the Canon 7D MK II but but it still has no review and still no examples loaded in the comparator? Sounds like a conspiracy to me. LOL

Direct link | Posted on Dec 25, 2014 at 15:50 UTC
On Sony Alpha 77 II firmware update improves AF speed article (152 comments in total)

What EVF lag? Been shooting with A77 and now A77mk 2 and find NO slow down with it. I turn off image review and it shoots just like an OVF. The A77 Mk 2 is the fastest and most versatile camera I've shot with hands down. It might edge out the 7D mk2---but who cares which camera gets bragging rights as fastest? I don't. Both cameras are stellar. My fellow pro buddies shoot Canon 7DMk 2 and I shoot Sony. Let's be honest---these cameras are amazing and make shooting moving subjects a pleasure. Like to see unbiased reviews and real objective focus and speed tests, but the A77mk2 depending on how you choose to shoot high speed action, type of lens, third party or not, screw drive versus hypersonic lens, is going to give you stellar results. There is no limitation for magazine work, double spread photos with either camera. Just be honest. The EVF is fantastic. May not be someone's cup of tea, but I love it. These claims of a lag with EVF as unsubstantiated. The original ones were lousy--but not the A77 series. Competition drives innovation! Your turn Canon!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 15:41 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
On Sony launches support program for pro photographers article (116 comments in total)

Good move Sony!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 13:39 UTC as 11th comment
On Sony G Series XQD format v.2 memory cards introduced article (43 comments in total)

Nice. Now support your existing cameras Sony.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 14:23 UTC as 9th comment
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (571 comments in total)

Sigma bests all other lenses in this glass except a $4000.00 Otus? Sigma has stepped up its game. Good Job Sigma! Make a $1000.00 lens that competes with the sharpest ever tested lens? Great! Been using Sigma lenses for professional work for years and this lens is going benefit my work even more! Yeah!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2014 at 16:31 UTC as 123rd comment
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tinzi1: I would buy Sigma lens over Nikon anytime now, and yah, Nikon could earn my share of money through Sigma as long as i am not being hugely rip off.

Nice that you pointed out how superior Sigma's Art and Sports glass lines are! best lenses that I've shot with beyond my overpriced OEM lenses. So you are correct with part of your statement. sigma top of the line lens are superior.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2014 at 12:44 UTC

Makes the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | A lens look like a bargain comparing the optical tests. Zeiss lenses are overrated and overpriced in my humble opinion.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 19:04 UTC as 47th comment | 3 replies
On Adobe releases subscription-only Photoshop CC article (397 comments in total)

Why do I need to verify my subscription every 30 days? If I buy a years subscription up front---you mean to tell me that Adobe can't figure that I have purchased the right to use their software for a year?
New coveted bells and whistles that I just can't live with? LOL. There are plenty of third party photo editing programs that do a VERY good job.
I prefer to buy something--not rent it, just like I don't lease cars long term as well. Adobe can do whatever it wishes. It doesn't and will not affect my studio because we are moving away from photoshop anyway. Who cares? Photoshop is becoming irrelevant.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 13:03 UTC as 84th comment | 2 replies
On Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Preview preview (347 comments in total)

Sigma once again innovates and brings something new to the photography market,just like the fact that they introduced the first fixed lens APC sensor sized mirrorless compact---the others followed. Introduced the worlds first three layer sensor---the others are following and now prepare to introduce the worlds first 18-35 mm f1.8 lens at a below $1000.00 dollar price and people are still complaining about Sigma's effort. Complaining it isn't optically stabilized etc. Well just put it on a Sony Alpha mount DSLR or DSLT or any of the lovely Pentax DLSRs and you will automatically have a optically stabilized lens.
I'm so thankful that this site exists--so it give miserable and unhappy people a place where they can complain about things anonymously. Myself and every other pro photographer that I've spoken too--including world class model photographer John Fisher can't wait to get their hands on this new lens. Small privately held Sigma does it again!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 12:31 UTC as 32nd comment
On Samsung unveils Galaxy S4 Zoom camera/phone hybrid article (222 comments in total)

This will not replace my tiny Sony RX100 or my iPhone. Both slip into my pockets comfortably and are paid for......

Always happy to see new technology and innovation.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 20:48 UTC as 40th comment
On Samsung unveils Galaxy S4 Zoom camera/phone hybrid article (222 comments in total)
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dylanbarnhart: Time has changed. Photography isn't just about the absolute image quality anymore, just like cars aren't just about horse powers anymore. There's a threshold where megapixels are enough and low light performance is adequate. Today, most people usge photography as a way to communicate rather than as an art. As a communication device, the GALAXY S4 ZOOM is king.

How do most people use photography today? They snap what's happening, add some descriptions, optionally perform post processing, upload to facebook/instagram to share with their friends, then read friends comments on the picture. Can a D800 do that? Sure, but it's a lot more klunky. The amazing D800 doesn't have 3G/4G connection, nor does it have facebook built-in. Can an iPhone do that? Sure, but headshots look bloated and bird shots look like a dot in the sky.

Thus is the raison d'être for this hybrid camera. It's not about 2 devices in one, it's the one device that works best for today's typical usage of photography.

Yeah--give a journalist a crappy point and shoot and call him a photojournalist---thanks Sun Times!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 20:39 UTC

Control the Press and content and you control the world.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2013 at 19:28 UTC as 103rd comment | 2 replies
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