Kabe Luna

Kabe Luna

Lives in United States Redmond, WA, United States
Works as a Grapher Designer + Photographer
Has a website at http://www.garlandcary.com
Joined on Sep 25, 2006

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Edymagno: I had high hopes for this lens performance but the "lowly" price under $1k will keep my expectations at bay. There's no way the Sigma will approach the Otus IQ. After all, you get what you pay. I truly hope to be proven wrong. Maybe Canon will get it right at around $2k.

So far, there has been NO downside to Sigma's recipe. My Sigma 35/1.4 Art is fantastic on every body I mount it on. I owned the Canon EF 35/1.4L for a year and in no regard is it a superior lens, let alone a superior value. And I work with files from the Nikon 35/1.4G and I know, optically, it's not better than the Sigma. I expect the Sigma 50/1.4 Art to trounce all contenders short of the Zeiss. I'll be getting one for sure, since the 50/1.4 is my second most-used lens and I love shooting them wide open.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 20:22 UTC
On Nikon D4s: CP+ Hands-on and interview news story (54 comments in total)
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Clueless Wanderer: The amount of time and money and cutting edge technology involved in this camera is mind boggling.

I have but one question:

Has Nikon solved the problem of the 'growing' rubber grips that plague all nikon's?

D200 and a lens had a whole new set and my D700 is on its third 'trim' with the scissors and carpet tape to hold the grip on and my 24-70mm focussing rubber grip is looking like a life saver on a cocktail stick.

..Sort it out Nikon, its beyond a joke.

Amen on the rubbers! The thumb hump rubber on my Dƒ is already starting to slide. It's barely two months along. Damn shame!!

To be fair, Canon seems to have moved in the direction of Nikon's stickier, grippier rubber as I've seen countless 60D cameras shedding their grip rubber and the vertical grip for my 5DIII was beginning to cough up its rubber at the time I sold it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 23:23 UTC

What's happened to the front command dial? How does one control shutter speed in manual exposure mode? Did I miss that detail?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 19:37 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon Df Review preview (1595 comments in total)

Got a Dƒ yesterday. It''s not perfect, but I'll be damned if it's not a really well sorted product. It feels much smaller than it is. The shutter is nice and muted. The AF works exceptionally well within its limitations. Image quality is superb (even if I've gotten spoiled by the detail resolution of the D800's 36 MP sensor). The viewfinder, while not MF-era friendly, is easier to focus manually than any prior Nikon...and, more than anything else, it feels like a manual SLR in that it forces me to slow down and be more deliberate about my photography. This is the Dƒ's greatest trick. So far I'm loving this camera. The only thing I'd change is adding the 5:4 image area, as well as a 1:1 option, and reconfigure the position of the ISO lock, which really should be toward the front of the body so I can rotate the dial with my thumb.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2013 at 04:40 UTC as 87th comment | 4 replies
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows news story (1513 comments in total)

This is as close to ideal as I could expect (or imagine) a major manufacturer coming! Bravo, Nikon! Unless your asking price is absurd and/or the viewfinder is a sub-96% porroprism, you've just sold a Dƒ to me!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2013 at 16:33 UTC as 62nd comment
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topstuff: The comments below are, in the main,very very depressing...

Is Photography not a creative thing?

Is it not fair to assume that aesthetic issues, or design issues, are a subject that should resonate with creative people?

If so, how is it that so many people so HATE CHANGE ?? Why do so many people accept the fact that camera design has not essentially changed for 60 years?

Why are people so accepting that the black plastic lump that is every single DSLR on the market, is so universally clunky and ugly?

And why is it whenever anything comes along that simply questions this ethos, it gets shot down by DPR?

The degree of conservatism and neophobia on DPR always surprises me. Maybe it shouldn't. Maybe this is truly a place for gear heads and their black plastic boxes, scared of change and the shock of the new.

As for Jony Ive's interpretation of Leica, It is pleasant and nice enough. Infinitely more attractive as an object than any Canikon out there, that is for sure.

As much as I like the look of classic, minimalist SLR and rangefinders, I actually far prefer the feel and ergonomics of the SLRs ushered in by the AF generation. They are vastly easier to hold for long periods, generally lighter and provide easier access to controls. I have no attachment to anything except whatever is best. When a form factor and/or UI comes along that makes photography easier and more enjoyable, I'll be first in the queue.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 20:02 UTC
On 6 things iPhone photographers want from Apple post (66 comments in total)

So many things could be better... AWB, control software (i.e., provision for easy and extensive manual control), color fidelity... More pixels are pointless when so many other more significant aspects of image quality are left unattended.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 21:30 UTC as 24th comment
On Sigma USB Dock quick review article (137 comments in total)
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Thomas Kachadurian: It is impossible to make every lens match every camera given today's high resolution. This is the best solution.

Yes, until the subject starts moving.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 21:29 UTC
On Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Preview preview (352 comments in total)

I'm so excited to see Sigma really delivering the goods with its current generation of lenses. The 50/1.4 EX (optically) and 35/1.4 DG (mechanically and optically) are both so great I have purchased not for their price but for their performance. If I were an APS-C shooter, I'd get this zoom in a heartbeat.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 18:39 UTC as 18th comment

Maybe this will work out for Adobe, but it won't get my continued patronage. I have never upgraded every 18 months because the updates aren't typically significant for the work I do, so a subscription actually will cost me MORE money than an outright purchase amortized over 24-36 months. I'll replace InDesign with QuarkXPress (thank goodness they managed to persevere) or whatever the best option is at the time I need new capabilities. Photoshop? Hardly use it anymore, but there are enough image editing programs out there to handle what I do use it for. Illustrator has always sucked (too bad Adobe bought Macromedia to kill Freehand, which was a far superior illustration software). And if Lightroom goes down the same road at some point, I've got Aperture and Capture One Pro. The integration of the Creative Suite has been convenient and mostly efficient this last decade, but its not so great that I'll have this subscription service forced down my throat. Cya, Adobe!!

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 16:08 UTC as 227th comment | 1 reply
On David East: Stills photography with a GoPro news story (29 comments in total)

mook360, what do you feel is inherently more beautiful or different about these images compared to any other fisheye/ultra wideangle photos? The subject matter isn't particularly novel, nor is the lighting and/or mood evoked. Just wondering about the basis of your comment.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2013 at 20:46 UTC as 17th comment

In twenty-plus years of shooting, I've only suffered theft once–and it was by far because of my own carelessness. I don't need (or want) Nikon or Canon or any other manufacturer to protect me from myself or any potential miscreants because, honestly, what are the chances that the thief will know (or care) that all my gear is "registered" and, therefore, unusable to anyone but him. Likely by the time that happens, it's already been stolen (and maybe I've been assaulted in the process). So, other than the inconvenience of yet another password to remember (and/or forget), what *really* does this gain me?

And let's be honest–what electronic security systems can't be defeated by a knowledgeable and motivated enough person?

Yet another reason to stay away from further investment in Nikon gear.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2013 at 15:26 UTC as 24th comment

Maybe ultimately he'll produce a set of strong images, but the ones currently on display warrant neither the expense of the setup nor the aggravation afflicted upon the subjects. I wonder if these will have a life beyond the digital realm where the appetite for editorial content is voracious, opening the door for 10 minutes of publicity for just about anyone.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2013 at 17:25 UTC as 31st comment

Why in the world would I want to make full resolution images freely available to the public?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2013 at 20:05 UTC as 17th comment | 5 replies
On Samsung launches Galaxy S4 superphone post (108 comments in total)

Smart pause is creepy. The only way that works is if the front facing camera is always leering at you, using facial recognition to know when you're not facing the screen. Who knows what privacy-averse Google is doing with that video stream. No thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 18:03 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies

Nearly double the cost of the outgoing lens? Fantasy pricing for this slow lens - unless, that is, build and optical quality are beyond reproach. We'll have to see.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2013 at 08:21 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies

Yikes on the price for this slow optic! IQ had better be beyond reproach across the zoom range for that price.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2013 at 08:09 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D7100 Hands-on Preview preview (493 comments in total)

I wonder why they (rather unconvincingly) faked the "In Your Hand" photos rather than just take pictures of the camera in the hand? Think they didn't actually have a D7100 to preview?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2013 at 04:47 UTC as 142nd comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D7100 Hands-on Preview preview (493 comments in total)
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EDWARD ARTISTE: Canon just got served. Look at that base price for the body. WOWO.

Seriously contemplating going Canon + Nikon...who the f wants to wait months for an overpriced, feature cut 70d.

Oh, one more thing- Nikon has raised prices in the past before a launch. With the reaction this cam is going to get, its always a possibility.

Good show, nikon.

Hard to know if Canon has been "served" without knowing the specification of the 60D replacement. But this certainly does eclipse the 60D in most respects. As it should, being three years newer.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 17:20 UTC

Ha! This is why I keep my images on my own private web site, and share images with those I want to specifically via FTP. Anytime you put your photos–and other sensitive information, now that "the Cloud" is all the rage–you take a risk.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2013 at 21:00 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies
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