Guidenet

Guidenet

Lives in United States Orlando, US, FL, United States
Works as a Retired Corporate Photographer
Has a website at http://faithartsvillage.com/
Joined on Sep 27, 2007
About me:

I'm a 63 year old retired corporate photographer who has also been a software engineer. My academia is largely based on Vision and my dissertation was on Fluids. I have a small studio and gallery which I enjoy on occasion. My specialty is bird photography, and I've been lucky to have had a few attempts published over the years. For the past twenty years, I worked for a large Fortune 500 company as their in-house photographer for the communications, publicity and care departments. I’ve also done their corporate meetings and events. As the company owns several television stations, making the opportunities endless.
I had to retire because I suffered a massive right side stroke in the spring of 2013. My small portrait studio and gallery are doing better than ever.
I have a daughter who is a successful Wedding Photographer. As I’ve embraced retirement, I've taken more and more shooting contracts, but only those I enjoy like the local little league baseball teams. I occasionally act as a cruise photographer for some of the cruise lines here in Florida when requested by organizations.
I also spend more and more time teaching basic photography for several resources locally as well as out of my studio located at FAVO (Faith-based Art Village of Orlando). As well as Photography, I am also a Water Color and Acrylic painter and enjoy recreating some of my favorite work in those mediums. Learning how to create art is a lifelong passion.
I'm seriously passionate about people learning exposure and the Zone System of Photography before considering themselves sufficiently astute in this craft. I’ve held several Zone System Workshops over the years as well as one Cruise based workshop. I’m also passionate about Ansel Adams’ ideas about pre-visualization. Pressing the shutter button and the camera are just one small part of the image creation process.
I started at eight years old in 1959 when my dad and I built a darkroom, him more than me. My father taught me the Zone System at a very young age. I continued as a youthful photographer, buying glass with lawn mowing money through my high school and then into college with odd jobs. I paid most of my tuition as an undergraduate shooting weddings and baby pictures as well as for the university newspaper. Many of those years I shot 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10 field cameras and sheet film. In small format, I shot Pentax until 1968 when I switched to Nikon, needing a better more professional system tool. I still shoot Nikon today as well as Nikkor lenses for some of my large format gear. I also mostly shoot digital but still maintain a darkroom for up to 5x7 format. 8x10 is stored in the attic and is only black and white. I even have a Nikkor enlarging lens. Over the years, I believe Nikon has been instrumental in the creation of truly great glass.

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Mssimo: AF-S Nikkor 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
(Not compatible with the D2 series, D1 series, D200, D100, D90, D80, D70 series, D3000, D60, D50, D40 series, 35mm film cameras)

Works with the Nikon 1 series......Score!!!

It's not non-compatible with those cameras. It just won't auto-focus at f/7.1 with that converter on there. That's what they're talking about. Without the converter, it should AF on any of them and with the converter just might, or focus manually. Besides, if you can afford a lens of that price, you can afford one of the newer cameras that can AF at f/8.

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Guidenet: We'll just have to see if this flies. If one can add 4 elements to an existing formula which we already do with a teleconverter and get better performance and if that smaller somewhat noisier sensor suddenly magics into something other than what it is, then we'd have something here. Like I said, we'll have to see.

I'm betting we'll end up in a year with something along the lines of the Lycro camera where it does not live up to the hype. Either way, I'll stick with full frame DSLRs and continue to use quality glass. Others can go ahead and stick largish Canon EF lenses on this jobby and put that on their Nex.

I guess some of the same people who trumpeted telecentric lenses for Olympus will trumpet this optics here. Talk about bending light?

@Juck. Yes I get it too. One image in his gallery. Member of forum for 10 months with only one forum post asking for software help as well as owning an entry level Canon. So, are you sticking with your blah? Do you even understand this technology? How about photography? And, when you say "We get it" Who's "We." Other new folks to photography? Your friends? Family members? One person per village? ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2013 at 20:00 UTC
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straylightrun: Wow, so many people being negative and complaining about all the negative technicalities. Do you guys even have fun taking photos?

That's the point. People bothering with this type of hardware instead of taking photos with the lenses that are actually made for your camera.

What makes you think people who believe this is a bit foolish don't take photos? For example, you have two photos in your gallery and both are of a camera bag. LOL You have no other link to photos on your profile. What you do have is a mix of posts on various forums about connecting gear and building travel kits. None I can see are on actual photography. Plenty about which gear to buy and various camera controls.

On the other hand, I have, good or bad, 643 pictures on this gallery alone at DPReview. Who is the one who has "fun taking photos?"

Another example of the pot and black kettles. So, my question to you might be "Do you guys even have fun taking photos?" ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2013 at 07:56 UTC

We'll just have to see if this flies. If one can add 4 elements to an existing formula which we already do with a teleconverter and get better performance and if that smaller somewhat noisier sensor suddenly magics into something other than what it is, then we'd have something here. Like I said, we'll have to see.

I'm betting we'll end up in a year with something along the lines of the Lycro camera where it does not live up to the hype. Either way, I'll stick with full frame DSLRs and continue to use quality glass. Others can go ahead and stick largish Canon EF lenses on this jobby and put that on their Nex.

I guess some of the same people who trumpeted telecentric lenses for Olympus will trumpet this optics here. Talk about bending light?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2013 at 03:41 UTC as 61st comment | 5 replies

I really don't see the point. Sticking 4 extra elements of glass in there can't be great for resolution. There is absolutely going to be degradation in IQ and for what? So you can undo some crop factor? Crop factor is not optical. This is. This is a sort of negative teleconverter. How often do you really need a wider lens you can't purchase for your body. M4/3rds has already excellent super wides.

The only thing this may help is give additional mediocre solutions for the lack of glass available for Sony Nex bodies where they have a poor selection already. Hense the release of Canon EF to Sony Nex released first. For everything else, I just don't see a point and for Nex, I just see it as another mediocre workaround to a poor selection of mostly kit type glass.

If I were going to do this, I'd rather a normal adaptor with no glass elements and maybe no degredation in IQ. This is just not worth a stop and $500. No real point in it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2013 at 20:38 UTC as 78th comment | 7 replies
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ProfHankD: Brilliant! I didn't think a focal reducer would be feasible.

This is definitely going to make things very interesting for APS-C vs. FF. Right now, the Sony NEX-7's 24MP APS-C is looking darn good against the new crop of 24MP FF... this makes it an even closer battle....

I'm not sure why you think this is very interesting. Why does this bode well for Nex-7 against FF cameras? What's this about a battle?

Just like a teleconverter, no doubt there is certainly going to be image degredation. Moreover, I'm not sure any gain in f/stop is as much as there was a loss in the first place. The APS-C sill has a higher pixel density and all that goes with that.

As far as degredation goes, anytme you stick extra glass in there, you're deviating from the optical formula and in this case, by quite a bit. This is a one size fits all type thing where you're adding the same extra formula to all lenses. Some will probably degrade a lot more than others.

What it boils down to is that I'd not put one of these on a camera I owned under any circumstances. One would have to be a real gearhead to go so far as something like this. I mean, Why?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2013 at 20:23 UTC

Disregarding the two toy lenses available, what glass do they offer for this interchangeable lens camera body? I mean what's the point in a tiny interchangeable lens camera, if they fail to offer some decent choice in glass options?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 20:58 UTC as 3rd comment | 3 replies
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Francis Carver: Wow, this Nikon V2 camera is so butt-ugly, it must have been designed in the German Democratic Republic in the mid-1960s, and then never placed in actual production because even then, it was decided that she was just too butt-ugly. The word "homely" does not begin to describe its sheer vast ugliness.

Wow. These replies sound like they come from non-photographers with serious cases of Nikon envy. Nothing much about IQ, build quality or anything like that. Just comments about sex appeal and looks. Makes you wonder at their reasoning for why to buy some tool over another. I wonder if they sleep with their Fuji Camera or an Echo Chain Saw? LOL

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2013 at 18:22 UTC
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max metz: Even a hint of being disparaging to anything Nikon can be thwart with danger on here, so suffice to say the marketing strategy of this Nikon series has always seemed an enigma to me.

Small sensor, slow lenses, good build quality and premium price would seem an unusual mix; though as this V2 camera represents the second generation its clearly seen as having a future.

Perhaps a small black $500 lunchbox with a phone camera embedded in the top corner of the hinged lid would find a market if it had white Nikon emblazoned on the side.

Heheheh.. Typical Nikon envy perhaps.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2013 at 18:07 UTC
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I bought the J1 for my gal to replace her compact camera not her DSLR and she likes it. I avoided the V1 because of the lack of a PSAM wheel. I'll probably buy the V2 mostly to use and play with my long glass like my 300 f/2.8 and 500 f/4. That 2.7 crop ought to be fun for some birding.

I can't believe how some denigrate cameras over looks, though I think this one looks pretty good myself. I mean what kind of photographer pays attention to the looks of a camera? I suppose someone would have to not know much about photography to have to resort to this as a comment. Really.

I guess I'll have to get used to the EVF instead of optical on all my FX Nikons. That's the cost of going to such a small body and large crop factor. I just hope it's fast enough for BIF. If not, it will just have to be used for perched birds. The high frame rates are certainly nice. I'm also happily surprised over the apparent quality of a 1 inch sensor at higher ISOs. It's not my D700/D800 but good enough. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2013 at 17:56 UTC as 16th comment
On Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? article (1511 comments in total)
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obeythebeagle: The 800 is too big, too heavy, too expensive and the files are too large! I tested the 600 which took the most incredible digital photos I have ever seen.

@Kim, if you read his post, he says "too heavy, too expensive and the files etc." That might mean "can't afford," but I was speaking to the broader "you." My statement was that if a person can't afford the pro-grade D800, the D600 is the next down. If that's condescending, so be it.

Size doesn't bother me much. I'd rather have the large sensor and all that goes into it as well as the far more robust body for my day in day out work. I need high quality and I need a great rought and tough build. The D7000 does not give that to me and certainly Panasonics do not. That's why they make different cameras.

My hiking boots are larger and weigh more than my camera. A 9 month term pregnant woman carriies more around daily. My canteen of water is as large and weighs more than my D3S. I don't whine about them. I'm in my 60s and am somewhat disabled yet still work every day with several bodies and lenses as that's what I do for a living. It matters not what others use nor how they justify it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 06:32 UTC
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JuanSu: I'm sure "Best" is different for everyone, but I choose the "BEST" for me and that was the Nikon D800. What an amazing piece of photographic and technology! it's changed the way I pursue my photography and has made it fun in whole different level. Great other choices in this list, but this one made it tops for me.

Woah, The D800 isn't a hobby camera. It's a serious camera. Leave the junk like GPS and WIFI off it. Less is better on a pro-grade camera. Fortunately Nikon understands this.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 06:19 UTC
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RonHendriks: Not in the list, and understandable but my favorite camera for 2012 is the Pentax K-01. I just love my Yellow brick and got a chance to make some wonderfull images with it. But then again the love for this camera is not widely spread:

http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-k-01/208640-fenomenal-image.html

No viewfinder. Major mistake for most of us.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 06:13 UTC
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Marty4650: The only camera on that list that represented something totally new and innovative is the Sony RX1, so it got my vote.

Everything else was just a refinement of something else.

It said "Best Camera." It didn't say new or innovative. It will take some serious marketing to make a full frame compact fixed lens camera be worth the $2800 you have to lay out for it. I think it's pretty cool, just not that cool.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 01:50 UTC
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obeythebeagle: The 800 is too big, too heavy, too expensive and the files are too large! I tested the 600 which took the most incredible digital photos I have ever seen.

The D600 is a great choice if you can't afford the D800/E. That's why they made an enthusiast level FX camera. My old Vista Laptop running 3 gigs of ram and Photoshop CS6 easily handles 48meg non-lossy RAW files from the D800. Same with my old desktop. In fact, I shoot RAW plus Jpeg on all my cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 01:44 UTC
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maxdance: I think that Fuji’s X-Trans sensor is a step forward in sensor design and have consequently voted for the X-Pro1. The newer X-E1 also qualifies for the same reason and is possibly even better “bang for buck”. It will be interesting to see how far Fuji can develop their new sensor concept in future models.

I think Fuji won the Bright Orb Award last year, didn't they?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 01:40 UTC
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Maverick_: Hi Guys, It's a nice idea for sure. But having been around DPReview for 11 years, I think people will vote based on the brand that they like or use. So, this will be a popularity contest. not an indication of a camera's true award worthiness.

The OM-D guys will pick that and the Canon diehards will never vote for any other brand and the Nikon fans will say the survey is fixed, because Canon will most probably win anyway.

No, the Canon guys know a better camera when they see one. They'll vote D800/E this time. Just makes sense.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 01:38 UTC
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I don't know. I'm sure it's an excellent lens and will do the job, but other than 2/3rd of a stop, I'm not sure it's any better than Nikon's superb 28 f/1.8G for a couple hundred less dollars and Nano Crystal coating. In fact, it might not be quite as good. I don't know. My Nikon 28 f/1.8G performs so well, I can't really imagine needing a 3rd party 35 f/1.4 for any use.

I perfer a slightly wider field of view when I can get it. I'm completely sold on Nikon's Nano Crystal coating. I love the light weight of the new 28. So far, I've not seen any field curvature nor focus shift some have reported. What more could one ask for for $200 less USD? Why would I need a 35mm? My 35 f/2 AFD already is retired to the shelf.

Moreover, it would probably be a rare day I'd use a wide angle at under around f/4, more likely being at f/5.6 or f/8. To even consider the f/1.4 over f/1.8 seems to not be a worry in the least. Again, I'm sure it's a great lens, but..

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 12:41 UTC as 15th comment | 4 replies
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tarnumf: DPR awards becoming the jokes no one laughing about...

Giving Gold to G series when removing such rare feature in P&S class as articulating screen? And dumping one control wheel too? And Canon doing this to G second time in series history?!

Huh... I wish you dump that "award" and per cent ratings altogether, before you got drowned in readers' frustration.

I think it's a bit silly to consider the overhead shooting idea as anything but a very rare occurance. I certainly wouldn't want it considered very closely as anything but a very very minor metric towards any rating. If such a thing is important, just add some goof rating of your own and buy on that account.

IQ, ease of normal controls, AF, and other factors are much more important to most of us than shooting over other's heads.

On the other hand, Two control wheels is an important everyday shooting requirement for many.

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Kodachrome200: do people who buy superzooms even care? why not review lenses that there is some question of the optical quality. A sigma superzoom is bound to be optically weak. maybe it will be good compared to its class. but again i ask when people buy these lenses we know are weak do they really care.

"Meanwhile", me thinks you're making up a bunch of silly poorly thought out nonsense. If you have made the tradeout for convenience over quality images, just admit it. These super ratio zooms generally cost well more than a twin lens solution. It has nothing to do with poverty. You've been given a break. Think it over and try again.

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