AlexBakerPhotoz

AlexBakerPhotoz

Lives in United States NY, United States
Works as a Retired IT Director
Has a website at http://alexbakerphotoz.com
Joined on May 29, 2009

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I've has 2 good Tokina WA lenses, the 12-24 DX and the 16-28 FX lenses for Nikon and liked them both. I have the Tamron 24-70 f/2/8 VR lens now and it's a terrific lens, very sharp on my D800E. I think it will be very hard to Tokina to compete in this range with the Tammy costing about the same and having very effective VR. I traded the Tokina 16-28 in and got the amazing manual focus Samyang 14mm which is so much smaller and lighter and sharper and CHEAP!

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2015 at 18:56 UTC as 7th comment
On Field Test: Sigma 19mm, 30mm and 60mm F2.8 DN lenses article (160 comments in total)

I have the 19 and 60mm Sigmas for my Sony a6000. The 19 is good and the 60 is truly wonderful and very sharp, especially when price is considered. I use a Nikon D800E and D600 and all those heavy DSLR lenses for much of my work, but for personal travel and walk around I stick the a6000 with it's collapsible 16-50 kit lens in one pocket and the 2 Sigmas in the other and I'm off. Having the APS-C size sensor and these light little lenses is a real treat and the images are as good as any other APS-C kit around. I have a couple of big trips coming up and while I really want to drag the big Nikons along, I probably will confine myself to this little set and my back and neck will be much happier.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2015 at 15:45 UTC as 19th comment

Businesses lay people off and re-hire them as freelancers/consultants so they don't have to pay them any benefits, d'oh. Welcome to America in the 21st century. This is how it works now folks. Being good is not that important. Plenty of people are good at whatever it is and there is always someone cheaper than you if you've been doing this for a while, especially if you are over 50. Now the same photographers will just have the privilege of doing the same work for less.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 22:00 UTC as 39th comment

I'm sure this will work well to make for the deficit in tax receipts from the top 1% and corporations.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 15:19 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

Meh, I like the bat thou.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2014 at 19:49 UTC as 14th comment

Someone owes that monkey some money. . .

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 14:47 UTC as 206th comment
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AlexBakerPhotoz: I totally gave up on stock photography sales and any commercial photography and now only do Fine Art work, my true love anyway. I do maintain a website and enjoy having it as a portfolio but know full well that internet sales are a pipe dream. Steal my work at alexbakerphotoz.com

Many, but oddly, some of the photographers I most admire are the famous photojournalists (Cartier-Bresson, Elliot Erwitt, et. al) but that's just not what I do. So of course, Ansel Adams, the f64 group, Elliot Porter, and many other landscape photographers who work in B&W and color. I'm a really big fan of my contemporary, Clyde Butcher, who works with large view cameras in B&W.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 18:13 UTC

I totally gave up on stock photography sales and any commercial photography and now only do Fine Art work, my true love anyway. I do maintain a website and enjoy having it as a portfolio but know full well that internet sales are a pipe dream. Steal my work at alexbakerphotoz.com

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2014 at 15:19 UTC as 54th comment | 6 replies
On Behind the Shot: Shredded article (79 comments in total)

Very nice to see the whole workflow and thought process so fully explained. Most people just don't know what a professional photographer actually does and how much thought and expertise goes into making one excellent image. Thank you for your generosity in sharing this is such detail.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 13:49 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On Female Ruby Throad in flight in the Mid-flight challenge (2 comments in total)
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bluemoonman: Amazing capture, how this only finished in 22nd place is a puzzle.

Thanks. These challenges can be a puzzle for a variety of reasons.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 03:11 UTC
On Gardens: English Country Garden challenge (4 comments in total)

What about English country gardens that are not in England? It's a type of garden transplanted (usually by the English) all over the world.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 20:16 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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AlexBakerPhotoz: Well, good. I did have mine fixed once already a year ago and at that time they replaced the shutter and the CCD and it's clearly been much better. I also wonder if I sent it in again if I'd get the D610 shutter or another D600 one. I'm thinking D610. What would be the point of using the old ones if they even have any left in inventory.

Humm, I've been thinking about a new FF backup body. Wonder if I get a Nikon Referb D600, will it have the new shutter? Or if I just buy a used D600 from Adorama for $1400 and then sent it in to Nikon will they replace the shutter and clean it all up for free?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 16:14 UTC

Well, good. I did have mine fixed once already a year ago and at that time they replaced the shutter and the CCD and it's clearly been much better. I also wonder if I sent it in again if I'd get the D610 shutter or another D600 one. I'm thinking D610. What would be the point of using the old ones if they even have any left in inventory.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 15:59 UTC as 47th comment | 3 replies
On Miggo Strap and Grip review article (86 comments in total)

The strap, the bottom tripod mount is a deal breaker for my larger DSLRs. The grip looks tempting though for my Nex-6. I found a little case for it and already use either a wrist strap or a small strap, by the wrap-up wrist strap/case looks like a good to eliminate the need for any other case for such a small camera. I'd like to try one in person.

Hum, I looked at some other pictures and see the long strap used angled over the opposite shoulder, so maybe used that way the length is necessary. Still the big round connector looks really frustrating and would interfere with changing cards and batteries on many cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2014 at 14:55 UTC as 29th comment
On Iconic photographer Don McCullin on war and landscapes article (74 comments in total)

Really sobering. Makes me glad I do landscapes. But I also agree with EcoPix, thanks to photographers we al have a much clearer understanding of what horrors the human race is capable of because of photography. Those poor saps marching off to every war in history prior to WWII had no idea what they were in for. Now, more and more people see the reality of war, politics, pollution, unequal distribution of wealth and resources and more and more ask "Is it worth it?"

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2014 at 18:59 UTC as 7th comment
On SmugMug Films: Pulse-pounding aerial photography article (33 comments in total)

Very cool. I love Smugmug! Had an account there for quite awhile and the new web interface is wonderfully flexible and customizable.
alexbakerphotoz.com

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2014 at 18:07 UTC as 14th comment
On Sony a7R teardown! Roger Cicala gets his hands dirty article (135 comments in total)

Very interesting! There's something to be said for a company that makes many different types of electronics making a camera. Engineering expertise is transferable knowledge.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 14:41 UTC as 43rd comment
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (503 comments in total)

I recently bought a Nex-6 for a walk around pocket camera to compliment my Nikons and got a Fotodiox Pro adaptor for it and presto, I can use all my old Nikkor 35mm lenses from the early 70's on it and it's great and easy. Doing this on FF is very tempting. The Nikon Df would be a pretty expensive experiment, the Sony a7R might be a better and less expensive way to get to 36MP FF with these old lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 15:15 UTC as 44th comment
On Wyoming's stunning weather and landscapes in time-lapse article (231 comments in total)

Beautiful, bravo! I went to your website. terrific work!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 18:11 UTC as 41st comment
On Nikon Df Review preview (1625 comments in total)

I still have a Nikkormat EL and some classic pre-AI lenses from the early '70s - 135mm f/2.8, 55mm f/3.5 Macro, 50mm f/1.4, so when the Df was announced, I was pretty excited about it. But now that I have calmed down some I realize that my D600 (dust problem all fixed now) is really wonderful. I traded my D7000 for a Sony Nex-6 that fits in my pocket and amazingly I got a Fotodiox adapter that allows me to use all the old Nikon lenses on the Nex-6! So I'll pass on the Df, but I think it was courageous of Nikon to make it. If anything, I may wind up getting a D7100 as a backup for the broader AF area and no anti-aliasing. If I were starting all over from scratch, I'd have to say the new FF Sony's sure look tempting.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 15:28 UTC as 269th comment | 2 replies
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