Ben Raven

Ben Raven

Lives in United States United States
Joined on Apr 17, 2011
About me:

Incarnate . . . AGAIN !

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On LensRentals looks into the Canon EF 16-35 f/4 IS article (61 comments in total)
In reply to:

Peiasdf: Isn't Roger "Len's Rentals" so why is he saying management tell him this and that?

Always enjoy reading his lens test and disassembly.

Roger,

You're even smarter than I thought !

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2014 at 21:34 UTC
On I'm looking at you in the Nikon SLR Challenge challenge (4 comments in total)

G,

I could not deduce that you had darkened the background (acceptable in this case of the pursuit of art, IMNSHO) thus taking the pic out of NatGeo strict standards, but give me my due as I did nail it that YOU were NatGeo worthy.
I look forward to viewing your gallery, and other challenge entries.

B
ps Tho I do not own it, I have many times been impressed with the Tamron capabilities.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 06:35 UTC as 1st comment
On I'm looking at you in the Nikon SLR Challenge challenge (4 comments in total)

A truly arresting and creatively unique shot.
NatGeo-worthy.

A well deserved 1st, M.

BTW, What lens ?

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2014 at 06:20 UTC as 3rd comment
On April Storm in the The Month - April challenge (4 comments in total)

Superb, j !

A hands down 1st for your magnificent capture of this flash moment of nature's power and its scale . . . complete with bird in flight.
April showers bring May flowers, as the ditty goes, and apparently,
great pics too.

(pleeez don't tell me the birdie was added in post, Ha).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 01:29 UTC as 4th comment
On Maroon Bells temperature inversion. in the 16:9 aspect ratio: Landscape challenge (7 comments in total)

C'est magnifique !
Your talent and your timing is impeccable.

You earned it and you got it -- both the pic and the win !
Congrats on 1st place, well deserved.

Thanx for taking us all along for the ride.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2014 at 15:37 UTC as 2nd comment
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Ben Raven: HELLO, SONY -- A7r Electronic First Curtain Update !
PRONTO !

Get on this same EFC shutter firmware update for the A7r.
You've already got it in the A7 . . .

Let us say 'Ba-Bye' to shutter shock and clunk-clunk.

Thank you for your prompt attention.

Thanks guys.

I have not yet abandoned all hope tho, read on:

** The estimable Lloyd Chambers had proposed another fix to Sony:
(Perhaps THIS is possible thru firmware update)
-- Set 2 second self-timer
-- Press shutter button (or use remote)
-- Shutter immediately closes, vibrations die down in the 2 secs.
-- when exposure occurs, shutter opens
VOILA !
Explained better than I here:
http://diglloyd.com/blog/2013/20131220_3-SonyA7R-shutter-vibration.html

Or, A7r owners could simply screw in
a 20 pound depleted uranium billet -- Done and done!

LLOYD, OH DIGLLOYD . . .
do you hear me in cyber space:
Have You Heard Anything From Sony ?
I think I may call out to him from the Sony E forum too.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 18:59 UTC
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Ben Raven: HELLO, SONY -- A7r Electronic First Curtain Update !
PRONTO !

Get on this same EFC shutter firmware update for the A7r.
You've already got it in the A7 . . .

Let us say 'Ba-Bye' to shutter shock and clunk-clunk.

Thank you for your prompt attention.

BB,
Are you saying that sony HAS explained why ?
If true, that would be news to me.

I, as a pending A7r purchaser, and several friends who own A7r's have been carefully following the EFC shutter shock Saga, and none of us are aware of Sony saying anything one way or the other about it.
Where did you see that ?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 16:51 UTC

HELLO, SONY -- A7r Electronic First Curtain Update !
PRONTO !

Get on this same EFC shutter firmware update for the A7r.
You've already got it in the A7 . . .

Let us say 'Ba-Bye' to shutter shock and clunk-clunk.

Thank you for your prompt attention.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 16:10 UTC as 36th comment | 6 replies
On Child's Play in the Children - The future generation challenge (3 comments in total)

Congrats, well done, R !

Compelling artistically, and real life wise.

Am I right in seeing that this is the childhood world and playground
of poor, possibly homeless, children at play in "their" dump ? Where ?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2014 at 09:59 UTC as 1st comment
On Zic Zac in the Interesting Insects challenge (12 comments in total)

Congratulations Miroslav on a Gold and a Silver in the challenge.

The caterpillar is not only photographed with great technical
expertise, but you've managed to capture it in a
wonderful point in its unique way of moving.
Superb !

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2014 at 15:32 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Muskoka Chairs in the Take it Easy (my Easy Chair) challenge (2 comments in total)

AAAAAAAHHHH !

Well done.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 09:21 UTC as 1st comment
On cold buggy in the Horse Cart challenge (3 comments in total)

A classic elegant image.

Congrats.

Query: Do Amish Swat teams also use this buggy ?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 23:41 UTC as 3rd comment
On daisies in the Creative Processing challenge (8 comments in total)

Captivating !
Hypnotic !

A well deserved win.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 08:42 UTC as 6th comment
On Blue eyes in the Beautiful Eyes challenge (2 comments in total)

Superb !

A wonderful portrait of a wonderful kid -- the very definition of "smiling eyes"!

Good luck, you've got my vote, in spades.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 01:13 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

cjf2,

Starting with the fact that this is a head-on 400mm shot of a bird in flight (!), congrats on rising to the considerable technical and real world challenges -- in order to achieve a most impressive purity and elegance of image !

Kudos on a bullseye hit on the challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 06:45 UTC as 5th comment
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

DPReview: Just a wee suggestion:

How about adding the D800E !!!

The Sony A7's just came out, and you've already got both of 'em on, as well you should -- but still NO D800E.

I, and I'm sure many others, would like to be able to compare the A7r with it's sister-sensor D800E . . . for all the far more than obvious reasons !!
(as well as comparing the D800E to any other cam, of course)

Get on it, already ! What are you waiting for ?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 00:21 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On upwards ... in the high heels (legs only) challenge (10 comments in total)

Well deserved win, grapher !

A fresh vision in what could have been just the 'same old same old'.

Love the juxtaposition of the vibrance of the colorful, glistening nylon sheathed legs, and shiny shoes set against the dark, drab, rusty old stairway -- Kudos !

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2013 at 00:30 UTC as 3rd comment
On Marco Bohr investigates 'hipster photography' article (105 comments in total)
In reply to:

justmeMN: Hipsters try to be cool, which by definition, is uncool.

Exactly (!) justmeMN, exactly !

Hugo808: NO ! (tho I of course get your well put sarcasm)

Just be.
TRYING to be anything ? Well . . . then again, who am I to say?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2013 at 21:23 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)
In reply to:

Ben Raven: Question for DP and everyone:
Do the A7 and A7R have an AF FINE TUNE function ?

With FF cameras of this high resolution,
and critical pinpoint focus requirement, this to me,
is a valuable and indeed necessary capability.

Thanx harold and viking, for the swift answer, clarification,
and article reference.
Been stuck in Phase-land too long !

I will now focus (sorry) on educating myself further, in full detail.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 16:22 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)

Question for DP and everyone:
Do the A7 and A7R have an AF FINE TUNE function ?

With FF cameras of this high resolution,
and critical pinpoint focus requirement, this to me,
is a valuable and indeed necessary capability.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 15:55 UTC as 550th comment | 3 replies
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