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.precioussunshineinc.com
Joined on Feb 29, 2004
About me:

Photography is my life's passion. Visit my website.

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Pavel Sokolov: Who need an unscratchable lens when you should buy new iphone every year? ;)

The iphone is not a status symbol. It just works. Its a tool, nothing more. I own one---who cares? No one.

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On Apple releases version 1.1 of iPhoto for iOS article (15 comments in total)

more goodies for us photographers!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 22:35 UTC as 9th comment

FAIL? No way. Pentax improves the already outstanding K5. Low light focusing improvement is a big plus. Congratulations.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 02:01 UTC as 16th comment

Happy Days! Finally a TS lens for thr Sony Alpha line

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2012 at 03:54 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On Is Instagram 'debasing photography'? article (291 comments in total)

Who cares what people do to their images? Ummn...I don't.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2012 at 21:17 UTC as 161st comment
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solarsky: Well it's about time Sigma issued an update to bring the 15 MP Foveon sensor up to the advertised 46 MP! ;-) And for Nikon: By Foveon-means they should be more humble and revamp their advertisements for the D4 down to a mere M43- or a 4 resp. 5.3 MP FF cam. // End of logic chain (it IS Friday at last).

It is well established that the SD1 produces an image comparable to a 24 to 30 MP camera depending on the colors in the image. It is still a young technology compared to the refined bayer sensor technology. I would love to see Nikon license the foveon technology from Sigma produce a Nikon foveon camera as Nikon has superb engineering know how. Sigma is a tiny company, so expect a slower development cycle. I think Sigma is in it for the long haul---hopefully.

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topstuff: You can always expect evolution rather than revolution with Canon.

Conservative and lazy?

Or cautious and clever?

They will sell loads of them. But with their competitors innovating and pushing hard, is Canon doing enough?

Hmmn. What happened to Minolta? Sony bought Minolta and all their lens manufacturing facilities and patents. Minolta world class innovation is still happening under the guise of Sony. Sony is the innovator here---but Minolta technology and expertise and patents are its foundation. Sony Alpha SLT and EvF is the future.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2012 at 04:12 UTC

The CS6 trial seems to be an improvement over CS5 but I'm really not feeling the love for Adobe right now. I'm glad they are owning up to the problem and working on a fix. That is the right thing to do and it will help repair their tarnished image a bit.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2012 at 11:01 UTC as 6th comment
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richardginn: hahahahaaaaa I can't believe it took them so long to respond.

LOL---SD1 support from Adobe? They didn't support the SD15. While I like lightroom---I'm not feeling the love for Adobe......

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2012 at 10:52 UTC
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Rubenski: Won't be long before we have the first Pulitzer prize winner that took a picture with his iphone. Mamma mia, what an terrible outlook for such a beautiful profession!

That would be so cool to get a pulitzer prize for an iphone image! The future looks very bright for us.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2012 at 20:47 UTC

Chuck's a great pitchman for Canon---I thought he retired? Did he come out of retirement for this launch or something?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2012 at 05:20 UTC as 36th comment
On Lijang in the Smoke challenge (5 comments in total)

Nice Image.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2012 at 20:30 UTC as 1st comment
On Just Posted: Sigma SD1 / SD1 Merrill review article (374 comments in total)
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Vitruvius: Cameras like this are for people who simply want them and have the money. Technology is leapfrogging over old fashioned image acquisition paradigms like sensor size and high quality glass with new interpolation methods, algorithms, smart filters, light folding lens technology, and 41 megapixel camera phones like the Nokia 808. Spending thousands of dollars and lugging massive equipment like this around is starting to be a pure status symbol and an attempt to impose some perception of competence and authority. Of course I am going to get a better image with my 8x10 Linhof. But how many shots am I going to miss because it wasn’t in my shirt pocket at “that” moment? Buy it if you want but stop pretending that it won’t be surpassed by some sort of P&S camera in a couple of years.

History is repeating.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2012 at 04:57 UTC
On Just Posted: Sigma SD1 / SD1 Merrill review article (374 comments in total)
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rich12: I forgot to add that color accuracy on the Sigma is still terrible. It's been that way for 10 years. I guess they can't get rid of all that excess purple.

And the camera is still slow as molasses. 15 seconds to save? What am I supposed to do, get coffee between exposures?

I think getting coffee and having a nice break between exposures is a great idea! LOL

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2012 at 18:44 UTC
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jkokich: There are SO MANY cameras that can produce great shots at low ISO in studio settings. SO WHAT? For this much money, it is simply not a good camera.

Photographers will spend large amounts of money to get that high level of moire free resolution and the camera should work perfectly controlled studio lighting--even shooting .jpegs. Imagine super high resolution .jpegs of fabrics and patterns--something that is very difficult to do with Bayer censored cameras. It is not a bad camera---it is a very specific camera aimed at studio and landscape photographers---thats all and worth it. I ordered one.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2012 at 02:55 UTC
On Just Posted: Sigma SD1 / SD1 Merrill review article (374 comments in total)
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Cipher: So this camera has one thing going for it. Resolution...and only at ISO 400 or lower. The colors are way off (must be the "Foveon" look). AF isn't that great. Slow write speeds. Too many negatives. It wasn't worth $10K...$6.9K...nor the current $2.3K. It should be priced at $1100.

Would you buy this camera for $1100.00 if it were available today? Or are you just complaining? I just ordered one. Of course I shot with one for 30 day on loan to me from Sigma--it sold me on buying one.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2012 at 02:49 UTC
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Schweikert: No raws will download on the comparison page. An error shows. Please fix! Raws for any other camera compared works fine.

As stated by others, superb image quality at low ISO. But with such a crappy camera and slow speed, just seems to be a waste of money.

That sensor should have gone to any one of the other camera companies who know hold to build cameras.

For low ISO studio work, this sensor would be wonderful. But buying a Sigma camera is never going to happen in my photo business.

I ordered an SD1M for my photography studio. It will work very nicely for my work.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2012 at 02:19 UTC
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happy snapper uk: just compared 800 iso and above with the fujifilm x10.that has a tiny sensor and was beaten by miles ..Is the x10 so good or is the sd1 so bad?

Professional Photographers that use flash photography are idiots and don't know how to shoot high ISO? When did the use of flash diffusers, bounce and other flash techniques become the realm of idiots? You have an interesting take on professional photography.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2012 at 01:44 UTC
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Gary Dean Mercer Clark: I'm shooting with an SD1 on loan from Sigma USA right now. I can produce enlargements up to 45x60 using photozoom pro and looking at the images at 100 percent--there are no sharpening or interpolation enlargement artifacts.

The nature of the foveon image lends itself to easy enlargements without artifacts seen from Bayer sensored cameras. I shoot professionally with a Canon 5D MK II and have to be extremely careful with my enlargements to prevent enlargement artifacts/ problems.
The soft image detail is incredible---something that I can't reproduce with a Bayer sensored camera. With Sigma's very best glass and some patience, I can produce stellar images that I can't produce with any other camera system out there. I've seen the preproduction samples posted from the Nikon D800 and they suck. However, I applaud the development of the D800. Competition is good! :)

http://www.pbase.com/garydmercer/image/141835493

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2012 at 20:19 UTC

I had the opportunity to shoot with an SD1 for a month on loan. I shoot with a Canon 5D MK II and am very happy with it. However as a result of my experience with the SD1---I'm going to purchase one. Here is one of the images I shot with the SD1. http://www.pbase.com/garydmercer/image/141835496. It is one of many test shot images I posted from the SD1. It performed wonderfully with a prime 50mm prime lens. I love the build and the camera has one of the quietest silkiest shutters I've ever experienced in a DSLR.
The SD1 is a success and the price drop was a good move by Sigma in addition to the support program for buyers who paid the higher price. Smart move Sigma!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2012 at 01:23 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
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