mgblack74

mgblack74

Lives in Canada Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Has a website at www.mikeblackphotoworks.com
Joined on Oct 31, 2007

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ScottD1964: I wonder how some of these newspapers would have handled this situation with their IPhone laden photo staffs? Chicago Sun-Times are you reading this.

Camera app would still be loading. :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 21:50 UTC
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mlewan: If that photo is the best reason why the world needs professional photographers, it seems we do not need any professional photographers.

I really hope one can find more convincing reasons.

Most people would be running for the doors, some people would soiling themselves, a smart phone would still be focusing or loading the camera app after swiping right. Here is a journalist with a proper camera who got the shot. I think it's convincing enough.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 21:49 UTC
On article Have Your Say: Best Gear of 2016 (99 comments in total)
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Derek Z photo: I vote for Nikon 105 1.4E
a great but heavy lens

@Mared. You missed my point. It's not a heavy lens.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 21:33 UTC
On article Have Your Say: Best Gear of 2016 (99 comments in total)
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Derek Z photo: I vote for Nikon 105 1.4E
a great but heavy lens

Lol. Compared to what? Other 105 1.4's?

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 11:48 UTC
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Snapper2013: The Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH, would make a great stocking stuffer!

You're gonna need a bigger stocking.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 19:20 UTC
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nofumble: Learn a little Photoshop skills and save a ton

PS is great for the one off image. But not when you might have hundreds. Or even consistency from one to the next. Sometimes easy repeatiblitiy in camera and speeding up your work flow is far far cheaper than forgoing hardware and "saving cost" via software. The early Lens Baby's, for example, were a poor man's tilting lens. But you had to hand hold the tilt. Difficult for repeating the same shot. So, eventhough T/S lenses cost thousands more, they actually save you money in time spent repeating technical photos (if only thinking in tilting movements). Replicating a f/0.95 in PS gets real tedious, real fast.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 03:49 UTC

So many people wishing for the death of a North American company and then wondering why there are no jobs. Apple was in worse condition in 1999. Now look. Secretaries with stock options are gazillionaires now. Sometimes you have to take a step back to take two steps forward. But yes, GoPro products are expensive compared to the Chinese competitors, but the Chinese competitors have near zero marketing dollars compared to GoPro, so they can get away far less prices. (Somebody has to pay for action sport athlete sponsorships etc. It's not GoPro, its the consumer). I had a couple of GoPros but sold my last one off after not having used it in a year. But they do make for great surf and turf family vacation cams.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 03:59 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)
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Mariano Pacifico: That is right, Nikon should eliminate 1,000 jobs. They are so behind the curve. They lost their race in digital format with Canon. They even blame Fukushima earthquake for failing to produce Nikon DL premium cameras. What is funny it is still in their website.

Whatever you're smoking must be really potent.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 15:49 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)

Hey @dpreview, Nikon has come out to flattly deny this report. You should update your post.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 04:03 UTC as 130th comment | 3 replies
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peeyaj: Why it is slow at F4?

At 19mm there isn't a big difference or benefit to be 2.8. Size and cost would be much more. But as far as DOF etc, this is not the lens for that. As a technical lens, you can make f/8 look like 1.8, or f/4 look like f/16. And for light gathering ability, again, this is most likely to be used on a tripod under controled situations or at least in situations where there is plenty of light to be able to focus, and then you don't need to bother with again.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 04:51 UTC
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steelhead3: Does Nikon upgrade this lens every couple of years?

Mmmm, 7 years since the 70-200VRII. And there were 10 years between 70-200 VRI & II. This is a flaghship lens for Nikon. It typically has the best of current tech in it. And I speculate that the E designation for electromagnetic diaphragm is really a cover for compatible operability with some upcoming mirrorless camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 04:32 UTC

Fantastic lens. Finally caught up with the independant tilting and shifting. Price, not so much. But if you need it, you need it and will probably pay for itself quickly. Bravo Nikon!

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 04:26 UTC as 41st comment
On article UPDATED: Sony RX100 Mark V real-world samples (275 comments in total)
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JT26: Not sure how much better this camera is than the MK IV but the images are superb. £1000 is a steep sum. Seems to go up £150-200 every year. So in 10 years the MK 15 will be £3000?

By then, 20 mp FF sensors from 2015 will be in the cameras. :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 19:24 UTC
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Marcos Villaroman: I wonder if Sony improved the length of time you can shoot 4K video before the camera overheats.

I also wonder if Sony improved the cameras connectivity for use as 4K video.

4K video on my RX100 M4 really wasn't implemented that well. It was also disappointing that the M4 didn't support snapping a still image while recording 4K video.

OTOH, I do appreciate that Sony has kept the form factor relatively the same as the earlier cameras. That water proof enclosure that's backward compatible with my RX100 M4 looks interesting for beach/pool use. Should also mean that the more expensive 3rd party enclosures suitable for diving would also work.

Oh how spoiled we've become. Lol. I mean no harm. I bought my first DSLR in 2006 and all it did was take pictures. Now we can take 4K video underwater and put the camera in our pocket. Good times.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 15:40 UTC
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Sonyshine: Imagine that sensor in the new Nikon V4....or J6....or DL....

Maybe they'll never release the DL and just go to the DL"S" lol. Utilizing this chip of course.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 14:31 UTC

So can dpreview add a MF forum so we can chat about this? ;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 14:22 UTC as 109th comment
On article Nikon 105mm F1.4E ED sample images (279 comments in total)
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otto k: Is there a point in specifying weight in both oz and lb, but not in kg for the rest of us?

My 3.6 litre engine produces 265 "horse power" and 261 lbs/ft of torque. Lol. Mixing metric with imperial with farm animals. European engine specs, while quantifiably more accurate, get lost on us North Americans.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 20:45 UTC
On article Nikon 105mm F1.4E ED sample images (279 comments in total)
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otto k: Is there a point in specifying weight in both oz and lb, but not in kg for the rest of us?

We Canadians are metric too, but are used to translating units of measure that our imperialist Americans friends use. We measure distance, speed, liquid volume etc metrically, but informally we use lbs and feet/inches for height and weight. It's good to be bilingual :-). Why the freezing point of water is a seemingly arbitraty "32" F is puzzling. 0 Celcius makes more sense. Actually, Kelvin makes the most sense.... especially for photographers who think colour temps in Kelvin.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 15:33 UTC
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Saurat: Total cost under $10,000? For the body and selection of lenses or body only? Fuji are not generally known for inexpensive kit.

Body, 63mm f/2.8 lens, and EVF. That's a pretty good deal I think. Hasselblad's X1D is $8999 body only.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 14:10 UTC
On article Hands-on with Nikon's latest kit at Photokina (130 comments in total)
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beavertown: Super yawn zzzZZZZZZZ, I shoot Nikon but what is this company doing?

I have a feeling, and a vague inside scoop, that they were going to announce something big. But something must have happened and didn't want to do a DL fiasco again. That said, Fuji likely would have still won Photokina 2016.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 03:39 UTC
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