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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Mike Brunette: This is a true game changer, if you're serious about photography & more importantly video this is a killer piece of glass.

Suffice it to say that the super heavyweight 200mm/2.0 lenses that most pros want, yet can't afford is way more expensive (list price $9,500), and harder to transport, not to mention the big canon is almost 1/2 stop slower.

Dimensions = φ60.7 x 51.7mm / φ2.39 X 2.04 in.
Weight = 165g / 5.82 oz.

vs

Canon EF 200mm f/2.0

Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches ; 5.6 pounds

The Olympus is about the size and weight of the Canpn's lens hood.

Mike, no offense intended in the least, but you have no unearthly idea on whether or not this is a killer lens, I've see no tests nor heard of any. For all you and I know it's a dog. I doubt it, but it could be. All this nonsense this early on a product is just that.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2012 at 00:20 UTC
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Digital Suicide: I don't get it...
What's the point previewing this lens without sample shots. I can't find them in this preview. Are they hidden somewhere?

They usually come out with sample shots at some point after the initial preview or wait for a review. I'm not sure it matters though. Internet displayed photographs can be very misleading. You really have to be able to download a RAW file and process it yourself, then maybe print it fairly large to get a basic understanding as to the characteristics of a lens. Even then, it sometimes really takes a few months or years working with a lens to really get to know it.

All glass can look good or bad online depending on the photographer's skill and the processor.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2012 at 11:15 UTC
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Guidenet: I think there is no excuse for leaving out modern sonic ring focusing motors in a new lens today, especially at this price point. Giving old technology a new name doesn't help except for the fan faithful. These days, we demand that a modern Sigma lens have HSM (their name for sonic ring type). We demand that Tamron's newest be USD (same thing). Nikon owners require all new lenses be AFS. Canon owners have long required USM (ultra sonic motors).

Pentax and Sony have been slow to adopt probably because it is expensive. Only Pentax's top "Star" lenses seem to have SDM (Sonic Drive Motor). There maybe one or two others, but they are just now moving that way. Their two new medium format models of course use the newer technology.

So what's the excuse for not using modern sonic ring motors in a new $900 lens from Olympus? The lens isn't that small. A good AF design would be worth it even if it required a little more width to handle it. Most excuses are going to not make much sense really.

I appreciate the reasonable answers. I'm not sure I agree, but most are reasonable. I think a micro motor or screw drive are chosen for cost reasons. They certainly are slower than a sonic ring model. I know Oly has the newer technology and never said they didn't. Pentax does too, but it's only used on the more expensive glass.

I think the way a motor racks in and out for a particular type of AF is semiconductor controlled and can work regardless. Sonic ring is silent, accurate and fast compared to other systems. Moreover, it has an instant clutchless manual override which is welcome.

I might be wrong. This indeed might be a rare case where the old technology micro motor is a better solution technologically. Maybe it wasn't chosen because it was cheaper and easier to implement. I hope those who think this is a good idea are not just going on blind faith of the brand faithful.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2012 at 11:10 UTC

I think there is no excuse for leaving out modern sonic ring focusing motors in a new lens today, especially at this price point. Giving old technology a new name doesn't help except for the fan faithful. These days, we demand that a modern Sigma lens have HSM (their name for sonic ring type). We demand that Tamron's newest be USD (same thing). Nikon owners require all new lenses be AFS. Canon owners have long required USM (ultra sonic motors).

Pentax and Sony have been slow to adopt probably because it is expensive. Only Pentax's top "Star" lenses seem to have SDM (Sonic Drive Motor). There maybe one or two others, but they are just now moving that way. Their two new medium format models of course use the newer technology.

So what's the excuse for not using modern sonic ring motors in a new $900 lens from Olympus? The lens isn't that small. A good AF design would be worth it even if it required a little more width to handle it. Most excuses are going to not make much sense really.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2012 at 03:25 UTC as 51st comment | 9 replies
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zzapamiga: Just wondering what the advantages and disadvantages are of the new MSC screw drive autofocus and how does it compare to a micro motor or ultrasonic lens?

http://www.olympus.com.au/Learn---Explore/Core-Technologies/MSC-lens-technology.aspx

I think they might use it because it requires less weight and doesn't increase the size of the lens. I think it's nonsense about scanning because it's the AF logic in the camera that does that, not the mechanics of the lens. It doesn't matter if it's phase or contrast. Either one tells the lens where to focus.

I don't think there is any advantage in design for the old fashioned screw drive nor the old noisy unreliable micro motors. There is no doubt in my mind that USM/ASF/HSM/USD type sonic motors are superior to any other way of doing it. If they could have figured out how to go that way without growing the lens much more or without raising the price much more, then they probably would have done it. I think anything else is just the manufactures excuse for using an older design.

It looks like a well build looking lens, but it's expensive and uses an outdated AF system. We'll have to wait for tests to see how sharp. Anyone here want to translate f/1.8 to equivalent aperture FX.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2012 at 02:59 UTC
On The One-Light Studio article (94 comments in total)
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Guidenet: Great article. Thank you. So many don't consider a single light as studio lighting or try Strobist when a single monolight might be a better alternative so Kudos for this. This type of thing just helps people think about getting into a home studio situation or even carrying a single monolight with a battery pack on location.

So many think you have to start with three, four or five lights. I started with two and have over six now, but don't use them all very often. Many times I take only one and a reflector into the field.

Again, Thank you and Kudos to DPReview and Thomas Park for a great job.

Daryl, a monolight is a strobe and it doesn't matter for this kind of thing. For demo, he has to use continuous or a modeling lamp. Movies obviously can't use a strobe. Regardless the techniques are the same. Hot continuous lighting is often a pain for live models. Cool continuous is often not powerful enough.

Again, the techniques are the same. Most people use strobe type monolights or pack and head lights for studios. To learn more try www.paulcbuff.com

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2012 at 00:53 UTC
On The One-Light Studio article (94 comments in total)

Great article. Thank you. So many don't consider a single light as studio lighting or try Strobist when a single monolight might be a better alternative so Kudos for this. This type of thing just helps people think about getting into a home studio situation or even carrying a single monolight with a battery pack on location.

So many think you have to start with three, four or five lights. I started with two and have over six now, but don't use them all very often. Many times I take only one and a reflector into the field.

Again, Thank you and Kudos to DPReview and Thomas Park for a great job.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2012 at 18:33 UTC as 43rd comment | 7 replies

I think it's a good looking camera with some good specs. I could care less about the goofy features and syles, modes or whatever you want to call them.

What I like is that it has a real optical glass pentaprism viewfinder that neither NIkon nor Canon has in this price range along with a 100% viewfinder. Look also that like Nkon, the back LCD panel is directly below the optical viewfinder. I wish it were dead center, but this is close enough, unlike Canon which mashes it way over to the left.

It has a real metal frame under the plastic more like Nikon than Canon's all plastic models. The only thing missing is the top mounted LCD. The K5 has that though or the Nikon D7000. Great two cameras.

Weather stripping I think is a bit gimmicky but it sells cameras these days, so I suppose that is a good thing.

In closing, I think Pentax hit a home run with this camera. Kudos to Pentax again. Great job addressing the needs of more seasoned photographers in a budget priced model.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2012 at 23:04 UTC as 76th comment | 5 replies
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Plastek: D3200 killer :)
Better high ISOs, tiltable LCD, much bigger viewfinder with 100% coverage, AF motor, better continuous shooting mode, immersely better video (one that's usable by people who don't have entire rig set up for filming with manual focus or strugglig with contrast detection which doesn't work more often than does) including stereo sound (! lol nikon Mono mode), stabilization for all lenses including Primes, lighter, smaller, 100$ cheaper! (for 100$ you can get 50mm prime in addition to kit lens which is something must-have for beginners IMO).

Nikon gets nicer accessories and +-5 EV exposure compensation which is good feature in did, but... on the other hand you get crapload of fun-features in Alpha: panoramas (including 3D), build-in teleconverter, and god-knows-what-else (cause I don't care about them).

IMO: Now there's no reason to get Nikon besides being proud of Nikon sticker at the front of camera.

There's a lot of good reasons for Nikon as well as good reasons for any other brand. One might be a huge legacy of lenses and accessories as well as probably the best world wide support in existence. Buying into the F mount provides a gateway into this treasure trove from the 1950s until present.

We all know it's the photographer more than the camera. If one can't get a better image from a D700 then one need only look in the mirror. Obviously that camera is not for you.

If downsizing is a bad thing, then I suppose there's just about not a camera made today that produces good prints most of the time. If you can see no advantages in a 36 mp $3000 camera, obviously a D800/e is not for you.

Nikon has coexisted with Canon, Pentax, Minolta and others for over fifty years. I guess they can do so with Sony. They are an optical glass company and that's what they do. They don't spend R&D on televisions or office copiers. They do cameras and lenses and yes, Nikon owners are proud of that.

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2012 at 11:35 UTC
On Leica M-Monochrom preview (449 comments in total)
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Guidenet: I too am a bit underwhelmed. Most monochrome I see these days are failed color images where the photographer chose to go b&w in an attempt to be artsy, to same the failed image. I even see it here in critiques where people tell the photographer to try the same image converted to monochrome.

We look at some of the old greats like Ansel Adams and point at wonderful images, but that was the best medium available in those days. As technology improved, Adams moved forward. Today I believe he'd be shooting digital color and use Photoshop CS5.

I think it can be fun and rewarding to shoot B&W, and I too do these days, but it's with film and multi contrast paper printed high contrast. For those who still want great B&W, there you have it for much less money than this baby and you're not just trying to be artsy. For $7000, you can buy a complete darkroom, a nice 4x5 field camera & lens along with most everything else needed to really do B&W right. The image was meant that way from the start.

RR, nobody said B&W was a bad idea. What I said was that most B&W I see these days are attempts to save a failed color image. I have full respect for a monochrome image that was planned to be that way from the beginning. We're talking about the pre-visualized image where the photographer wanted to take advantage of the traits of monochrome photography.

IMO, to really take advantage of monochrome one needs to dive into where those traits lie, and I think this is B&W film photography, not removing the Bayer array from a color sensor. With film you have not only the characteristics of a B&W composition you mention but the characteristics of the film developer, paper and paper developer. You can choose to go more blue on multi contrast paper for that hard high contrast look, or more of a green light. This whole B&W endeavor all can contribute to the monochrome experience.

I think blowing $8000 on a camera might be fooling oneself into thinking they will get a wonderful B&W of old.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2012 at 11:23 UTC
On Leica M-Monochrom preview (449 comments in total)
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dstate1: Leica perfectly understands their customer base...masochists with money (or credit). What will they take away for the next release? How about the lens mount?

Thank you sir, can I have another?

"Thank you sir, can I have another?"

Love it! ;)

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2012 at 01:16 UTC
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OXwing: So why it still needs a COLOR LCD SCREEN ????
I would go for a B&W LCD, and -$1000 on MSRP.

So, where's Leica going to purchase this monochrome screen and for less money than they are paying for this 230k pixel 2.5 inch crap? Just curious.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2012 at 01:14 UTC
On Leica M-Monochrom preview (449 comments in total)

I too am a bit underwhelmed. Most monochrome I see these days are failed color images where the photographer chose to go b&w in an attempt to be artsy, to same the failed image. I even see it here in critiques where people tell the photographer to try the same image converted to monochrome.

We look at some of the old greats like Ansel Adams and point at wonderful images, but that was the best medium available in those days. As technology improved, Adams moved forward. Today I believe he'd be shooting digital color and use Photoshop CS5.

I think it can be fun and rewarding to shoot B&W, and I too do these days, but it's with film and multi contrast paper printed high contrast. For those who still want great B&W, there you have it for much less money than this baby and you're not just trying to be artsy. For $7000, you can buy a complete darkroom, a nice 4x5 field camera & lens along with most everything else needed to really do B&W right. The image was meant that way from the start.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2012 at 01:12 UTC as 130th comment | 7 replies
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delete: "Wedding, event and studio photographers" are no professionals, since according to dpreview the D800, which "is an exciting prospect indeed" to them, is just a semi-pro camera.

May I kindly ask what exactly are the requirements dpreview needs to be fulfilled to tag a camera as professional?

Yes, Nikon considers any gear they have on their NPS qualifying list to be Pro gear. That's about the only thing to go by for the sake of discussion. Obviously anything you use to make money is professional, but we're talking build and feature set.

As far as DPReview saying SemiPro, I'm ok with that too. I don't need a review site, marketing department or anyone else to define things for me. The wording doesn't change anything about the camera. I think DPReview did a great job on this review.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2012 at 19:22 UTC
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Gesture: The real question may be, where do digital SLRS go from here. I think the next frontier could be bringing full-frame down to the lower-priced models in each line.

PeeVee, that just isn't true. I'm not sure SLRs will ever be replaced by your mirrorless models. There are just too many advantages to an SLR. The others may overcome some n the future, but not now. There's not a mirrorless camera made that does what I like to do with is birding. EVF just can't keep up and no way to frame fast enough on the back panel. Sports and children running around the back yard also come to mind.

Then consider the small DSLRs out there. The tiny Canon T3i, Nikon D3200 or Pentax KR are so small it's almost ridiculous that someone might have an issue. They are hollow plastic and light weight as well.

I think Nikon and maybe Canon later will introduce full frame enthusiast priced cameras and you'll see a resurgence in these models when people really want that IQ and ISO performance that a true 35mm sensor gives. Look out for a Nikon D400 or D600 this year for the price of a Nex 7 or a little more. Look at a D700 right now.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2012 at 19:13 UTC
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Guidenet: There are huge computers in modern cameras. These computers have operating systems and applications just like your home computer. When a new operating system for Apple, Windows or Linux is released, we can expect a few crashes here and there until it gets ironed out. It's fairly normal. Even with huge beta periods and a lot of testing, computer bugs crop up after release. Nobody likes it, especially the releasing company. No matter how un-rushed you are to market, it happens.

There are two types of errors; syntactical and logical. Syntax errors are usually all caught in beta and other testing. This is where you made a grammatical error in your coding. A logical error is much harder to find. It will only crop up when that logic is tested. It might mean a series of events simultaneously triggering another series of events where something in the middle tried to divide by zero.

Finding these bugs is not that hard and pretty trivial to repair. I'd buy one today without issue.

I think for starters, some don't know what an operating system is. They can be fairly trivial all the way to very complex. Your camera's computer has an OS. As others have mentioned, it is not so simplistic as a simple systems level OS designed for an assembly line. There are literally millions of possibilities for input and output. There is no way to beta test all variations. That's why problems can creep up years after release. I'm not putting down the folks that don't understand this. Just trying to explain. Someone has to try to break something in beta in order to find a problem. If nobody thinks of that way to break it, it won't be discovered. Simple as that.

But, that's why we call it "Software." Fixing it is trivial. It's designed to be replaced. It's designed to be fixed. It's designed to be able to add features later when you think of them. It's not like a design mistake like a light leak or white orb creating sensors. It's SOFTware. Software gets updated all the time.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2012 at 22:18 UTC

There are huge computers in modern cameras. These computers have operating systems and applications just like your home computer. When a new operating system for Apple, Windows or Linux is released, we can expect a few crashes here and there until it gets ironed out. It's fairly normal. Even with huge beta periods and a lot of testing, computer bugs crop up after release. Nobody likes it, especially the releasing company. No matter how un-rushed you are to market, it happens.

There are two types of errors; syntactical and logical. Syntax errors are usually all caught in beta and other testing. This is where you made a grammatical error in your coding. A logical error is much harder to find. It will only crop up when that logic is tested. It might mean a series of events simultaneously triggering another series of events where something in the middle tried to divide by zero.

Finding these bugs is not that hard and pretty trivial to repair. I'd buy one today without issue.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2012 at 19:09 UTC as 50th comment | 9 replies
On Pentax K-01 preview (376 comments in total)
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keekimaru: I really enjoy this camera.

I owned a K-r for a short period of time before I sold it for this and I don't have buyer's remorse for doing it.

Things I like:
-The thing isn't plastic. And it doesn't feel it.
-The picture quality in RAW...
-The controls are simple.
-Because it is designed for a screen, live view can be used all the time and not drain the battery quickly like it did on the K-r. That is of course if you like the live view.
-When you put on the kit lens this camera takes up the same space as a 4/3rds. Most times you carry a camera around and want to take quick shots you don't need a zoom anyways. It is a slightly genius maneuver to make the lens smaller as that is what half the size of the 4/3rds cameras are, the lens.

More Detail :
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00740MR78/tipfla-20

You are the target audience. You are a point and shooter who found that DSLRs were too complicated but wanted to use the same lenses, I suppose. You say

"Most times you carry a camera around and want to take quick shots you don't need a zoom anyways."

And this is totally off the mark mostly for all but point and shoot mentality. Snap snap on vacations and such. That is not what most serious photographers do. The don't just wear the camera for quick shots. Where's the part about pre-visualizing your image and making careful compositions?

I just think the whole camera is a little expensive for that group of people who might consider a camera with no viewfinder. You see all the time people asking for compacts with a viewfinder and lamenting they about don't exist. You never see someone looking for a better camera, but asking for no viewfinder. I can see zero advantage for not including one other than price, and at $899 that's not the reason. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2012 at 14:38 UTC
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CJ Lan: I am neither Canonian, Nikonian, Pentexian, or micro 4/3 users. I use/like a camera as long as it is good in features and practical. Honestly speaking, I do not quite understand the philosophy behind the Pentax design engineers. Not getting into full frame market before jumping into very expensive medium format 645, interchangeable lens system with tiny p&s sensor (Q), now a bulky mirrorless camera. and who knows the next in the future. Correct me if I am wrong. I thought the main purpose getting rid of mirror is to achieve portability of a interchangeable lens camera system. What does K-01 try to accomplish in this regard? If just for using the existing line of lenses, I would rather stick with K-5 or any other Pentax APSC for their professional looks, not this as bulky and toy-looking "SLR".

CJ Lan, it might be interesting to note that people seem to disagree with you, but failed to even attempt to answer your question properly. The reason might be there is no answer. I agree with you in that the primary advantage for a mirrorless design is so that you can make the whole thing smaller by shortening the registration distance usually taken up by the mirror box. The camera makes little sense to me.

Another thing is the lack of a viewfinder. I can't imagine serious photographers considering a model with no viewfinder or really a way to add one. Even a lot of point and shooters complain that compacts no longer have even a rudimentary viewfinder. I'm just not sure who Pentax is marketing this to. I would imagine it might be to someone who bought a Pentax DSLR, found it too complicated but wanted to preserve their lens collection. Seems to me to be a narrow audience.

Actually, I love the looks though. So I have strange tastes. ;)

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thejohnnerparty: I can appreciate some of the opinions expressed here, but I say they might be a tad over stated. I think the quality is quite good, but can probably had with cheaper equipment. But no matter. My question is "How easy was to get those photos?" If WB, AF, exposure and overall handling were all straight forward then the camera might be worth it. ..... I've been looking to buy a new camera, all beit a lesser one than this class of camera, and it has been difficult. Almost every camera that I've looked has something that you have to work around - very disappointing.

This is the part your not understanding. You can't Xerox life. You can't get it Right in the camera. There is no correct white balance. You are creating an image. It can't be what you saw. What you see might be different from what I see. Quit trying to capture pretty things. There's no art in that and it's impossible anyway. You end up with boring snapshots.

You have to visualize what you want to create. Set it up. Capture the best you can towards that end in the camera. Then you process that image to bring it alive, to create what you visualized from the start.

If you just wander around looking for compelling images, you will not succeed. They don't exist really in nature. Life consists of 3 dimensional views which includes sound, smell, and movement through time. Try to catch that, you end up with boring 2D attempts. You have to create your own compelling images with what you have which includes your camera and digital darkroom.

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