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pinnacle

Lives in United States Portland,, OR, United States
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Joined on Sep 20, 2005
About me:

Fujifilom X-E1, X-T1, Fujinon 14mm f2.8, 27mm f2.8, 35mm f1.4, 60mm f2.4, 18-55mm f2.8-4, 55-500mm f3.5-4.8, 56mm f 1.2, Fujifilm flash EF42 Think Tank Retrospective 5 and 7, Bogen tripod, Alien Bees B800

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On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2291 comments in total)

Uh-oh.....expensive jewelry and a bit of the two step with a bit of software assistance? What ever is the world coming to?

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 23:47 UTC as 266th comment
On Updated: Creating the Leica T article (196 comments in total)

If you need a "prestigious" name to brandish like a fine piece of jewelry, this is another piece of jewelry from Leica.

A brand new mount?
No viewfinder option?

For those who feel inclined to use Leica lenses, why not use adapters on existing cameras with better offerings in ergonomics and more features?

When I see the rare Leica in public I am not impressed in the way the owner may hope to impress me. I am wondering for a few seconds if the user has a skill set to produce quality images with their camera. I am sure that some Leica owners are fine photographers as well as wealthy enough (or vain enough) to have purchased the brand in the first place. I do believe that the vast majority of Leica owners are a lot more driven by a potential badge of social status than the desire to produce compelling photographs.
Dan

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 17:23 UTC as 53rd comment | 5 replies
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (611 comments in total)

To all of those who have doubts about the realities of what the X-T1 can produce in actual image IQ, please find a way to get your hands on one with one of the excellent Fujinon primes. Use a demo version of Photo Ninja to process a RAW file and then pass judgement.

Seriously, this camera has gotten a lot right. The handling, the ergonomics, the image IQ...

I am thinking that the reason so many people are making quick and mistaken negative judgements about what it actually can do quite well is because the camera is a game changer and has a lot of owners of expensive DSLRs thinking long and hard about whether or not it is time to consider buying an X-T1.

Do your own field test and process the images using Photo Ninja. Many of you will be pleasantly surprised and many of you will not be surprised because you have already seen how well Fujifilm has done previously.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 19:18 UTC as 45th comment | 4 replies
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (611 comments in total)
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Kwick1: What happened to the "waxy" images when taking portraits that were mentioned in the Preview?

The images aren't waxy when processed correctly. Fujifilm's skin tones are actually quite good.

I'm guessing that the reviewer figured that out during additional testing.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 19:08 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (611 comments in total)
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J2Gphoto: This Fuji got my attention and I was giving it serious thought. Like I posted before I like the Olympus lens line up better. But now after reading Steve Huff's review of it and seeing the SOOC JPEG's and several other things he said the E-M1 does much better I am now convinced the E-M1 will be my next system. I'd advise anyone considering this camera to read Steve's review. He never pulls punches and gives honest real world use reviews.

Steve Huff's opinion's are worthless. He has one goal in his photographic world and that is to drive content and his income with "click-thrus" on his useless web site.

He loves controversy because it attracts people to his site. He doesn't care how he gets traffic. He will post anything there to get attention.

People should steer well clear of him and his opinions.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 18:48 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (611 comments in total)
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philinnz: this is the first sentence in the conclusion "The X-T1 is Fujifilm's most ambitious camera to date, and we'd have to say, probably its best"

Has DPR forgotten about the Fuji S5 Pro? That was Fuji's best camera

Have you used any of the current X system lenses? The IQ is outstanding from almost all of them.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 18:41 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (611 comments in total)
In reply to:

(unknown member): I think Fuji did this camera for compete with OMD family...

Looks like Fujifilm did their homework. The migration of M43 users to Fujifilm should have Olympus and Panasonic a little concerned.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 18:39 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (611 comments in total)
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Maverick2007: Perfect Water color effect!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/thegoosenoir/13276200455

Also Bonus is you can get Nice shadow too !!!!! Very impressed by post processing by Fuji! Wait a sec, there should have been button to add additional artifacts with one click of button like sweat or artificial rain etc? Hows that Fuji?

Lightroom isn't there yet. Photo Ninja is there and you can get excellent detail from foliage and other problem image elements. Adobe just hasn't been able to figure it out.

Once I learned how well the X-Trans processor and Photo Ninja worked together I changed my workflow and images look very, very good.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 18:37 UTC
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JamesMortimer: It's a stupid, foolish thing to say..

The basic definition of "professional" is that you get paid to do something.
"Amateur" means that you don't.

It has nothing to do with experience or skill or quality of work - I've seen many amateurs who kick the arses of "pro" people.

So...Based on the dictionary reference to an "occupation" (as part of your reference definition of professional), you believe that the next time you sell that single, solitary horse (never having sold a horse previously nor will you likely ever sell one again) you decided to get rid of, now you can represent yourself as having the "occupation" of professional horse salesperson? And selling your used car every three years would entitle you to state that you have the occupation of "used car salesperson?"

Unless you can still truthfully and accurately assert that selling that one horse qualifies you as having the occupation of professional horse sales person, you just undermined your own argument.

And...since you rely on a respected dictionary...Here is a link for the definition of "occupation."
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occupation

I just gotta' read your reply to this...Sheesh!
Dan

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 19:10 UTC
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JamesMortimer: It's a stupid, foolish thing to say..

The basic definition of "professional" is that you get paid to do something.
"Amateur" means that you don't.

It has nothing to do with experience or skill or quality of work - I've seen many amateurs who kick the arses of "pro" people.

Of course you are...you are a professional in whatever you decide to call yourself a professional in...have a garage sale and call yourself a professional garage sale guy...go sell your used Honda before you buy your new car and voila! You are a professional car salesman! Help your daughter sell her Girl Scout cookies and yessir! You are a professional cookie salesman! Is your self esteem so bankrupt that you need to change the meaning of the term professional to make you feel like you have value?

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 00:44 UTC
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JamesMortimer: It's a stupid, foolish thing to say..

The basic definition of "professional" is that you get paid to do something.
"Amateur" means that you don't.

It has nothing to do with experience or skill or quality of work - I've seen many amateurs who kick the arses of "pro" people.

The "basic" definition of "professional" is not that "you get paid to do something." Your elderly neighbor may pay you to mow their grass each week but, that does not make you a professional in lawn maintenance. The definition of professional is what the answer to the question of "What is your profession?" is. If you can without equivocating state that "I make my living wage as a photographer", then you are a professional photographer. Just because a high school senior's parents paid you $500 to photograph their daughter because they liked the images they had seen on your Flickr site, doesn't magically change your profession into something other than whatever it is that you do to earn a "living" wage.

I earn a few thousand dollars a year with my camera. I am not a "Professional."

And yes, there are plenty of people who somehow make a living wage with their cameras just as there are many amateurs who will put many professionals to shame with talented photographic output.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 23:30 UTC
On My Camera Bag! (Capture Date Rule) challenge (1 comment in total)

I am hoping to see some of the more well made leather, washed canvas, canvas, and newer designs for mirrorless camera gear in the contest.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2013 at 22:08 UTC as 1st comment

Its kind of fun reading the DSLR user comments. They are starting to actually get nervous about these whipper-snapper micro four thirds cameras.

It's just the beginning guys. AF is getting much better. IQ has made big gains in the last year. Canon is trying to get into the game quite a bit late and with a questionable entry but, they had to do something.

And...look at how much the lens selection has grown for the micro four thirds market. Woo-hoo!

I love it!
Dan

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 18:52 UTC as 90th comment

I am all for them improving the site. I am a long time user and think they still do many things well.

Dan

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2012 at 00:28 UTC as 109th comment
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Sean65: If Nikon were to release a compact version of the D4 (D800 maybe) it would be in a similar price and I've no doubt it would wipe the floor with the Fuji.

I don't like the Fuji tactics. Release the details of the camera, monitor the buzz and then pull a price out of the hat based on the reaction of the market.

Have you seen the images produced by previous Fuji cameras and optics? You may want to take a look. Fuji optics are in the Leica/Zuiko SHG class of performance. As for Fuji sensor technology, look at their ability to produce high DR compared with comparable era manufacturers of other cameras.

You don't like Fuji's marketing tactics. O.K. Don't pay their price for their products. Vote with your wallet. The market will let Fuji know what it thinks with its wallets.

I'm betting it will be a very fine product at a price that enough people will pay to satisfy Fuji's corporate decision makers.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2012 at 16:52 UTC
On CES 2012: Olympus article (34 comments in total)
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dark goob: All of Olympus' ILCs including SLRs are all full-frame. No they are not 135-format, nor are they medium-format or even 4x5 format... They are 4/3" format full-frame cameras. LEARN THE MEANINGS OF WORDS. "Full-frame" just describes when a sensor matches the lens's native format! This is the case with all FourThirds and MicroFourThirds cameras and lenses.

He gave you a technical definition which is "technically" correct. You are referring to the colloquial use of the term. Most people have adopted the colloquial use which does indeed contrast other sensor sizes with the older 35mm size of 24mmx36mm.

As for your "in other words.." He stated that FF means that the sensor matches the lenses native format. He is correct because when you use the MMF-2 with a 4/3 lens on a m4/3 body, the 4/3 lens native lens format is already matched with the sensor size. The adapter merely allows for physical differences between m4/3 and 4/3 camera bodies.

He came on a bit strong in his comment. Maybe we can all pull back a bit and not take things quite so seriously? Dan

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2012 at 23:05 UTC
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Greg Pavlov: "Is this emphasis on printing everything an American thing?...."

Maybe, but the vast number of photos taken by the "Americans" I know are not printed, and the majority of them don't print any at all.

I would love to be directed to the statistical data used to support the "Maybe, but the vast number of photos taken by the "Americans" I know are not printed, and the majority of them don't print any at all." statement.

And why are generalizations being made about a particular nationality? How is that content useful to the thread?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2011 at 17:45 UTC
On Secret in the woman challenge (4 comments in total)

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Will I learn from life's lessons or will I lose my faith in the goodness life's promise had to offer?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2010 at 20:10 UTC as 1st comment
On Secret in the woman challenge (4 comments in total)

I like this image a lot. I am very surprised it didn't place much higher in the contest. Your fiance looks like a beautiful woman and you captured an image that portrays her in an interesting moment of thought. I have to ask myself, "What might she be thinking about?"

Very well done and I hope you post more entries in the contests and I wish you well as you unite in marriage with your fiance.

Dan

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2010 at 19:12 UTC as 4th comment
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