Jim Salvas

Jim Salvas

Lives in United States West Chester, PA, United States
Works as a Photography/Writing
Has a website at camerajim.com
Joined on Mar 24, 2006
About me:

Serious photographer for 60+ years.

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Jim Salvas: Micro four thirds seems to have had a pretty good Photokina, not only with the announcements of new cameras and lenses from the two leaders, but also from the entry of new players. The announcement of the Laowa 7.5 f/2 lens had a lot of people on the m43 forum excited and it doesn't hurt that there is now another body manufacturer with the YI M1.

I think it's funny the YI M1 is now at the top of the DPR "Most Popular Cameras" list, ahead of the Canon 5D Mark IV, but as an m43 user it is nice to see new competition in this format.

Rest of the pack? In camera bodies, that would include Black Magic, Kodak Pixpro and DJI. For lenses, there are Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, Samyang, Laowa, Voigtlander, Kowa, Mitakon, Veydra, SLR Magic and I think a couple of others.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 18:47 UTC

Micro four thirds seems to have had a pretty good Photokina, not only with the announcements of new cameras and lenses from the two leaders, but also from the entry of new players. The announcement of the Laowa 7.5 f/2 lens had a lot of people on the m43 forum excited and it doesn't hurt that there is now another body manufacturer with the YI M1.

I think it's funny the YI M1 is now at the top of the DPR "Most Popular Cameras" list, ahead of the Canon 5D Mark IV, but as an m43 user it is nice to see new competition in this format.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 15:50 UTC as 27th comment | 5 replies

Ebay sellers loved these floppy disk Sonys. It was just so easy and understandable to take the shots, pop the floppy in the computer and upload the auction photos. These sellers clung to these models long after they became obsolete, because they were matched to the job and the resolution was just fine for the purpose. The Sony Mavicas first made eBay practical for regular people.

I had a website with pointers for eBay product photography and often recommended better cameras, but many would not part with their floppy disks, no matter what I said.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 16:58 UTC as 24th comment
On photo Natures Frame in the Local Park challenge (27 comments in total)

Beautiful, Robert. Congratulations.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 03:25 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
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Jim Salvas: Publicity stunt. He could easily have developed a random sample of rolls to see if this is worthwhile. The few images he has shown look like rank amateur snaps. On the other hand I recently saw a gallery show of similar quality.

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And then there is the matter of rushing to print with a claim that this project is worthy. This might not be a publicity stunt, but it smacks of opportunism and hucksterism. These qualities may be all the rage these days, especially in the art world, but I don't value them and I don't think they are worth supporting.

Photography's claim as a form of art has always had a tenuous grasp. Silly stuff like elevating not only the unknown, but the unseen, stomps on the fingers that grasp that tiny ledge.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 02:30 UTC
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Jim Salvas: Publicity stunt. He could easily have developed a random sample of rolls to see if this is worthwhile. The few images he has shown look like rank amateur snaps. On the other hand I recently saw a gallery show of similar quality.

Part 1.

I regret that I used the inflammatory phrase, "publicity stunt," but there is little logic or substance to this project.

With so few images processed, there is no evidence that this is worth the time or money. I have a huge stash of my own negatives from the 50s through early years of this century. Considering that I have actually established a quality level, via publication and exhibit, I could make more of a case that my output is worthy of investment. You haven't seen my negs, but then, you haven't seen the ones in this case, either. The same argument could be made for the thousands, possibly millions, of other old, avid photographers. The only thing different here is that these are unprocessed rolls. Big deal.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 02:29 UTC

Publicity stunt. He could easily have developed a random sample of rolls to see if this is worthwhile. The few images he has shown look like rank amateur snaps. On the other hand I recently saw a gallery show of similar quality.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 19:46 UTC as 69th comment | 15 replies

A little too much is made of knowing the correct exposure for the moon. EVERY photographer should know the Luny 11 rule for the moon: the shutter speed is the reciprocal of the ISO at F/11.

The biggest value of this video is to stress the importance of creating the image in your mind, rather than just a faithful reproduction of "reality." Reality is for journalism. The interpretation of a personal vision is the rest of the art.

It is ironic, however, that Adams was one of the founders of the f64 group, which called for a return to realism, after the excesses of the "pictorial" photographers. Oh, well. It is a constant tussle between photography as science and photography as art.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 13:56 UTC as 57th comment | 1 reply
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1196 comments in total)
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Jim Salvas: The leaf shutter both gives and takes away. You get that nice 1/2000 sync speed, but you get a slow fps rate. The lenses are also slow (36/2.8 equivalent for the 45mm) and you can't adapt other lenses to the body because it doesn't have a shutter. And you can forget about doing other mirrorless tricks, like in-camera focus stacking or a hi-res mode. Right now, a lowly Olympus E-M5 II in hi-res would compete against it well for product photography.

I can see this for fashion photographers and well-heeled landscapers, but it appears to be boxed out of most other applications by those shutters.

Take a look at the comparisons with a Pentax 645z in this article.

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/olympus-e-m5-ii/olympus-e-m5-iiTECH2.HTM

Almost equal resolution and detail, with better control of moire on the Olympus.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 14:52 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1196 comments in total)

The leaf shutter both gives and takes away. You get that nice 1/2000 sync speed, but you get a slow fps rate. The lenses are also slow (36/2.8 equivalent for the 45mm) and you can't adapt other lenses to the body because it doesn't have a shutter. And you can forget about doing other mirrorless tricks, like in-camera focus stacking or a hi-res mode. Right now, a lowly Olympus E-M5 II in hi-res would compete against it well for product photography.

I can see this for fashion photographers and well-heeled landscapers, but it appears to be boxed out of most other applications by those shutters.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 14:17 UTC as 240th comment | 8 replies
On photo Urban snowfall in the Show me the snow challenge (14 comments in total)

That cold walk in the snow has really paid off for you, Bob. As I recall, you came away with at least a few others just as good that night.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 14:18 UTC as 7th comment

I'm thinking this must show better on a print, because it's not showing well on my monitor.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2016 at 13:10 UTC as 73rd comment | 2 replies

I just loaded the comparison for the OlympusE-M5 II pixel shift and it looks very close to the K-1. It will be interesting to see this technology advance.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 20:57 UTC as 141st comment
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Jim Salvas: It would be nice if it allowed direct uploads to Apple's iCloud, where I have a lot more storage space than I have on my mobile devices.

The problem isn't so much RAW files as it is the new video files. Video gobbles space and I expect to also be shooting 4K soon.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 18:13 UTC

It would be nice if it allowed direct uploads to Apple's iCloud, where I have a lot more storage space than I have on my mobile devices.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 18:29 UTC as 18th comment | 4 replies
On article Flickr makes Auto-Uploadr tool a Pro-account exclusive (97 comments in total)
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Jim Salvas: I mistakenly let that auto uploader take over and it uploaded thousand of template and system images. It's a pain to have to delete them and now my private photostream is clogged with lots of pics of patterns, blue skies, textures and such. I'd pay a little to get Flickr to autodelete them.

It uploaded approximately 5,000 files. It's not easy to delete them.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 14:28 UTC
On article Flickr makes Auto-Uploadr tool a Pro-account exclusive (97 comments in total)

I mistakenly let that auto uploader take over and it uploaded thousand of template and system images. It's a pain to have to delete them and now my private photostream is clogged with lots of pics of patterns, blue skies, textures and such. I'd pay a little to get Flickr to autodelete them.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 22:04 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies
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bmwzimmer: Why does the Sony lens look bigger than Canon's? Shouldn't it be smaller?

Flange distance. The Canon is 44mm. The Sony is 18mm. So, the Sony lens is longer.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 19:00 UTC
On photo The smile is the icing on the cheek! P8315719 in the Smile of people challenge (4 comments in total)

A wonderful shot and smile. I certainly don't understand the seven low votes.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 19:38 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Our Queen Anne in the Victorian House challenge (3 comments in total)
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MichaelIsGreat2: Where is it located?

West Chester, Pennsylvania. Built in 1881. We have owned it since 2002.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 17:38 UTC
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