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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On Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi article (392 comments in total)
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ThomasSwitzerland: I am fully satisfied with my D5100, still having another D5000 as backup and second camera for telephotos in order not to change lenses. I would not buy the D5200.

I do not see a mandatory upgrade. But, for someone not having this line of cameras, the D5200 will be very interesting, worth buying.

To me, the 5000er series has excellent weight and ergonomic handling, and you get fantastic pictures. Over the many decades, from analogue to digital, Nikon seemed the right long term choice for me. I am not a Nikon fan as I use so many makes. Just a statement from an investment point of view.

Rattle and shake is often floating elements in Nikon's close range correction invented in the 1960s. Many modern Nikon lenses out-perform Zeiss easily. Many are made in Japan. Zeiss are also made in Japan by Cosina. I think it might be better learn a bit about them first.

To Syriac, there are several great Nikon Prime lenses that with autofocus on the D5200 and have superb output if you do your part. The build is also excellent. You could look at the Nikon 24 f/1.4 AFS or the 35 f/1.4 AFS. These are expensive, but you pay for high quality fast glass.

There is also the Nikon 28 f/1.8G which came out this year. It's a notch down from the previous two but quite reasonable in pricing. It is a real gem as far as image quality is concerned and includes the latest in Nano coatings.

For a lot less money, you could look towards Sigma's wide primes. I personally do not care for their performance, but many do.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 13:16 UTC

Gotta love the lens reviews again. Thanks guys and great job.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2012 at 22:53 UTC as 57th comment
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Simon Joinson: could someone please complain about us doing reviews?

Some moderator needs to ban this guy. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2012 at 22:50 UTC
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SHood: Great Review. It would be interesting to see how this lens compares to say the FZ200 and m43 100-300 at the long end.

Apples to Oranges. The 18-300 is a fairly wide to fairly long 16x ratio, whereas the 100-300 is a 3x lens even if only considering the long end. That makes little sense. Why not compare Nikon's 300 f/2.8 AFS VRII prime to the 100-300 at the long end?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2012 at 22:49 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax K-30 full review article (272 comments in total)
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Mescalamba: Well, camera itself seems capable. RAW files are reasonable durable, tho it has quite a lot of noise in blue channel at ISO 100. Not suprising these days..

That 16-50mm f2.8 lens is obviously for something else than landscapes. :D Im not particulary sure for what its good cause output from this lens and camera combo is terribly flat and it takes a LOT of PP massage to get something reasonable from it.

I always wondered, where are those beautiful images that could be done with Pentax in film days? Cause they aint in those current Pentax dSLRs, neither in their lens..

Im sure, most will be happy with camera overall performance and high ISO capability (and DR, yup thats good). Maybe pairing with Zeiss lens would help.. well if they still made it in ZK mount, which they dont..

Dont get me wrong, it seems as great camera (most Pentax cams are very photographic friendly, more than rest). Im just sorta disappointed with latest dSLR development concentrated on high ISO/DR and mpix count.

Hubertchen we mostly agree. I didn't say lenses don't count. I was saying that a good photographer trumps all of it. Any of today's modern lenses can produce good images when limitations are understoood and one works around those limitations. Mescalamba had made a broad statement about Pentax losing IQ over older film cameras, and I say that's not the camera.

Concerning RAW files looking different between cameras. That just shows somewhat of a misunderstanding on what a RAW file is. They are not images. You can't see them. They are merely a digital stored file of the red, green and blue dots the sensor stored. Some algorithms might have been applied to help prevent noise, but essentially it's just RAW storage.

At some point, your converter must demosaic that file and create an RGB image from it. What you see might or might not have camera settings applied as a starter point, so what are you talkig about, Mescalamba? How can you know or compare those RAW files from the same sensor?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2012 at 11:26 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax K-30 full review article (272 comments in total)
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marike6: Well done review, I agree with most of the conclusions. The K-30 is a solid DSLR with a fantastic grip and superb IQ.

A minor note, I don't know why DPR bothers with JPEG DR as with an 8-bit file DR is going to lag way behind 12 and 14-bit RAW files. Making a point of give the K-30 a Con for JPEG DR is just nitpicking.

With all the great editors like LR 4, I don't know why anyone would want to start off with an heavily compressed, 8-bit JPEG file. It's sort of silly to use a DSLR, and shoot JPEG, IMHO. Kind of like buying a Porsche with an automatic transmission.

Thanks for the review. Good job.

Great review guys, as I think most all are. I do agree with marike6 though. Judging most anything by Jpeg output really doesn't make much sense to me. Yes, novice shooters mostly shoot Jpeg and yes, many probably don't even mess with their in-camera software settings from factory default, and yes, those probably should stick with a cheaper camera, maybe a bridge. But, the fact that you can make Jpeg edits and setting changes means you really can't compare to another camera unless you could somehow equalize those settings between two cameras.

That brings up another issue. People who look at Jpegs using a monitor to decide on a camera or lens, or for that matter, looking at RAW conversions. Few have callibrated monitors. Many have cheap TN LCD monitors of 6 bit or so. You can't tell a thing about a camera or lens by Web posted images. Nothing, and that especially holds true with 8 bit Jpegs at default settings on most novice photographer's monitor.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2012 at 01:52 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax K-30 full review article (272 comments in total)
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Mescalamba: Well, camera itself seems capable. RAW files are reasonable durable, tho it has quite a lot of noise in blue channel at ISO 100. Not suprising these days..

That 16-50mm f2.8 lens is obviously for something else than landscapes. :D Im not particulary sure for what its good cause output from this lens and camera combo is terribly flat and it takes a LOT of PP massage to get something reasonable from it.

I always wondered, where are those beautiful images that could be done with Pentax in film days? Cause they aint in those current Pentax dSLRs, neither in their lens..

Im sure, most will be happy with camera overall performance and high ISO capability (and DR, yup thats good). Maybe pairing with Zeiss lens would help.. well if they still made it in ZK mount, which they dont..

Dont get me wrong, it seems as great camera (most Pentax cams are very photographic friendly, more than rest). Im just sorta disappointed with latest dSLR development concentrated on high ISO/DR and mpix count.

The output of a camera and lens combination is mostly the job of the photographer, period. Zeiss labeled Cosina lenses from Japan are not a panacea either. Pentax makes some fine lenses that compare well with anything on the market. You can mount some older Pentax primes and Nikkors on them which also compare well with anything available.

If you're incapable of creating compelling images with today's modern Pentax camera, you're incapable of doing so with an older film camera too, and that's a fact. Pentax's sensor is the same thing as what's in a Nikon D7000 or for that matter the D5100 and the Sony A57. Make a RAW file and you should have just about the same thing with any of them. How you process and bring it alive is the difference, not the camera or lens. That's foolishness.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2012 at 01:35 UTC
On Hands-on with the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR article (258 comments in total)
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Kodachrome200: 200mm lenses need tripod collars pretty bad. even if cannon does it too 200 dollars extra for something shoulld not only be included but built in and is frankly somthing that sould cost like 50 bux is pretty messed up. Again i am aware the cannon one works the same way but 2 wrongs don't make a right

The Tamron is not a 70-200 f/4 like the Nikon and Canon. The Tamron is an f/2.8 lens and like all of them, does include a collar. I'm not sure what it should cost until I see one.

Moreover, I'm certain both RSS and Kirk will offer alternative solutions which may be both better and less expensive. Nikon's collars have not been that good over the past few years, allowing too much flex.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2012 at 11:08 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Hands-on Preview preview (624 comments in total)
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ThomasSwitzerland: Signal and data processing picks up, the importance of sensor size lowers. The same is that lenses on less than full frame cameras get better step by step.

I am not sure whether full format cameras will maintain the present market share in the future. I think the peak of full format has been passed.

Thomas, we professionals and many advanced amateurs require and demand the best image quality we can get. This makes it easier to produce the best image we can produce. The "big players" are Nikon, Canon and maybe now Sony who supply the gear we want and need and who also understand that supplying our need also drives a good bit of the amateur market.

Sure, entry level and average photographers don't really need full frame, but they want it to be like the professionals, assuming it will help their images. The fact you might not like this scenerio is not relevant. Neither is the possibility you don't understand it. Never the less, the FX market is expanding fairly rapidly as the "above entry level" way to go.

Your last remark really needs no answer as it was semantically zero. Nobody said good photos only depend on the sensor size. Nice try, errr.. well maybe. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 15:10 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Hands-on Preview preview (624 comments in total)
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Guidenet: What a beautiful and interesting camera Sony came up with. Bravo. Many of us love this retro look. I especially love that beautiful optical viewfinder by Zeiss. With a non-SLR, this type of optical viewfinder always seems best when matched to it's lens. Leica has them for most of their wide angles.

Zeiss and Voigtländer also have this type of wonderful optical viewfinder to match most of their wide angle rangefinder lenses. I'm glad Sony saw fit to have one available here. Some rangefinders back in the day used to have two top shoes so you could keep two viewfinders or one and a flash up top.

Again, bravo to Sony for creating this exquisite retro full frame 35mm camera. If it were more reasonably priced, I'd be standing in line to own one.

The only thing I find a bit interesting is all the people who never seem to have seen this fairly common type of external viewfinder. It's been around a long time.

Mcm, I understand what you're saying, but this type of external viewfinder is perfect for this kind of camera, especially a wide angle. If you don't have an SLR where you can optically look through the lens, and if you do want an optical viewfinder, how do you do it on a compact camera? On a rangefinder, gridlines only go so far then become pretty useless. Parallax also becomes a problem.

Voigtländer, Zeiss, Leica and others all solved this with exquisite detachable optical viewfinders like this a long time ago. Look in a modern Zeiss Ikon catalog or a new Leica catallog as well as a Cosina Bessa catalog for Voigtländer glass. This is the solution for an optical viewfinder for non-slr cameras.

Even if it were not the best optcal solution, it is certainly the most exotic and retro looking solution. The fact that this Zeiss viewfinder is so usable is a plus. I would assume it is as well crafted as the others in the Cosina mix. I'm sure that is who made it and the lens under Zeiss.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 14:49 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Hands-on Preview preview (624 comments in total)
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ThomasSwitzerland: Signal and data processing picks up, the importance of sensor size lowers. The same is that lenses on less than full frame cameras get better step by step.

I am not sure whether full format cameras will maintain the present market share in the future. I think the peak of full format has been passed.

I think you're so completely wrong. Look at Nikon, Canon and now Sony. Full frame is not only not dead but increasing in sales for the enthusiast market and above. Nikon now has four FX SLRs in their catalog. Canon has several. Sony now has two and generally the pricing seems to be falling. I expect full frame models at $1500 shortly and pushing $1000 within a years. Let's see what Photokina also has left to offer in the Full Frame arena.

I now shoot only full frame with three of them and would never consider a crop camera again other than a fun backup or loaner. All my primary shooting is FX.

Lenses and sensors do get better step by step, but then that same technological advancement also occurs in the FX market as well. The very finest glass out there is still for the larger formats.

I believe that crop will be relegated to entry level and mirrorless P&S upgraders over a short time. Take a hard look at the big players now.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 14:30 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Hands-on Preview preview (624 comments in total)

What a beautiful and interesting camera Sony came up with. Bravo. Many of us love this retro look. I especially love that beautiful optical viewfinder by Zeiss. With a non-SLR, this type of optical viewfinder always seems best when matched to it's lens. Leica has them for most of their wide angles.

Zeiss and Voigtländer also have this type of wonderful optical viewfinder to match most of their wide angle rangefinder lenses. I'm glad Sony saw fit to have one available here. Some rangefinders back in the day used to have two top shoes so you could keep two viewfinders or one and a flash up top.

Again, bravo to Sony for creating this exquisite retro full frame 35mm camera. If it were more reasonably priced, I'd be standing in line to own one.

The only thing I find a bit interesting is all the people who never seem to have seen this fairly common type of external viewfinder. It's been around a long time.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 14:15 UTC as 185th comment | 4 replies

Ok, I know it doesn't have VR/IS and I know IBIS really doesn't accomodate that long of a focal length. I also know f/5.6 is a bit slow for $7000. But, even given that, I welcome Pentax entering into the longer focal length range for birders and wildlife shooters. Hopefully this is not going to be the only one. I also hope it's a stunning performer. That might be what compensates for the slow speed and lack of IS.

There is just enough wrong with this lens to stimulate my curiosity. It only has 6 elements in 5 groups. Its lack of usable IS, the slow speed for the price and the kind of strange mid focal length of 560mm. That's a lot of kinda weird stuff to me. What's Pentax doing? Is there something new and cool that it works with coming out. Maybe a full frame or a 645 adaptor or something? There has to be something. There's just too many strange metrics otherwise. What do you think?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2012 at 04:22 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
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LoonSailor: For years, I shot with a view camera and loved the tilt-shift functionality, mostly for perspective control, which I really missed in SLRs. Now, though, with excellent perspective control available within Lightroom / photoshop, I don't really miss it nearly as much. Why is a tilt-shift lens better than a software-based correction? Is it primarily for depth of field control, or in order to use the entire frame more effectively (seems like not as big a deal with 30MP sensors), or to improve visualization at time of image capture? Or, is it just, somehow, "better"?

I want to want this lens, because it would be fun to play with and bring back great memories of my bellows days, but why does one NEED it?

Software won't do tilt and even these lenses won't do it quite like a real technical camera where I have front and rear movements. Never-the-less, I will probably purchase this lens if it fits properly and if the price is reasonable.

To design one PCE lens to properly clear the font pentaprism bulge on so many cameras by so many makers seems to me to be a great design job. We'll see. I'd also like to know the price tag.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2012 at 10:35 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha NEX-5R hands-on preview article (127 comments in total)
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xoio: More crappy 'wave the camera around - Iphone Style' rubbish.

Poking a camera on the end of straps is just not very stable and it doesn't work well in LIveView.

And for Heaven's sake, Leica is a RangeFinder camera which never had a mirror. It's been around since before SLRs were invented. Photographers moved to SLR so they could have through the lense optical viewfinders. The way you're thinking a rangefinder is a new thing people will migrate towards.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2012 at 02:00 UTC
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RAG64: "This new concept of PlayMemories Camera Apps is the world’s first application download service in an interchangeable lens camera that allows consumers to install new functions on demand, tailoring their cameras to fit their personal shooting needs. Available apps at launch, outside of “Direct Upload” as mentioned earlier, will include “Picture Effect+”; “Bracket Pro”; “Multi Frame NR”; “Photo Retouch”; and “Smart Remote Control. A variety of other apps including “Time-Lapse” and “Cinematic Photo” are also planned for release."

So let me see if I get this right: the purpose of a NEX apps store is to allow me to pay extra money for extended capabilities which would have otherwise been included for free by Sony with the camera upon their development, added to the software package or made available by 3rd party hacks...? Cool! :P

That doesn't make them free. It makes them stolen. If theft is rampant then people won't bother to develop for it and other companies won't come out with apps. This idea would die early and that would be a shame.

If it just happened to Sony apps, it would give Sony the clear sign they'd need to become draconian about software theft, something they've done more than once in the past.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2012 at 01:44 UTC
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shademaster: No pancake zoom announcement? Boo-hiss.

In my opinion, Sony really needs to up the lens offerings as to quantity and quality for their E mount. At this time, the selection really is quite pitiful. You have a line of interchangeable lens cameras with not a lot of selection where one can match the glass to the job.

Secondly, the selection that does exist isn't really bad, but they don't look that good either. Most look like kit type zooms with fancier silver shells. Where's the quality glass to choose from?d

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2012 at 01:36 UTC
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jeerzz: 99 phase-detection points!!!

are those all cross-type?

I'm not sure why one would really care.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2012 at 01:29 UTC
On Window in the - The Quiet Street- (Provide a Border, Title and Date) challenge (5 comments in total)

I thought the rules said no HDR or Composites. The halo on the building edges looks like fairly strong tone mapping. Am I missing something?

Personally I love well done Tone Mapping and/or composite images. I was just surpised when I saw is not allowed in the rules after I admired the image. I don't think any type of post or processing should be excluded, but again it was here.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2012 at 00:39 UTC as 4th comment
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Mariusz of PL: the size of the sensor mattered most so far. Now, it occured it does not matter! well, the ladS selling cameras in MEDIA MARKT and FOTOJOKER say so, the guys from different magazines say so, ... so I ask-what is goin' on?Why do you prize so much the camera with such a small sensor while other compact cameras using the same or simiral are gone down?

For starters, it really isn't the size of the sensor so much as the pixel density, so you have to know that. Secondly, as technology advances, the ability of these sensors gets better and better. Sony and Nikon together are doing some pretty crafty stuff with sensors in the past few years. Pentax has also taken advantage of it. For example, the sensor in the Nikon D5100, Pentax K30, and Sony A580 as well as several other cameras by those companies do pretty much as well as or better than full frame cameras from just a couple years prior both in low light, noise and dynamic range. They clearly are the best at this size.

The Nikon technology derived from the D2H's 4 megapixel sensor was used in the D700 and D3 sensor to create an unbelievable, at the time, sensor for low light performance.

So what do we have with this new sensor? Ive not followed it carefully, but we have some things we've never had before in a sensor. We have phase detection AF right on the sensor. Amazing.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2012 at 21:42 UTC
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