Clyde Thomas

Lives in United States St. Louis, MO, United States
Works as a Photosopher
Has a website at www.ctphotographx.com
Joined on Dec 4, 2010
About me:

Commercial/Editorial/Fashion photographer for nearly four decades.
Here to help. Here to learn.

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On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (384 comments in total)

Olympus OM-1. Still, by far, the largest viewfinder I've ever found. No other 35mm format camera even comes close. The OM-1 viewfinder is more the size of a Fuji GX680 with prism.

I heard a fun story once that OM (and Pen) designer Yoshihisa Maitani created the OM-1 viewfinder, with Zuiko 55/1.2, as a combo specifically designed to emulate the perspective of the human eye. This allowed the photographer to leave both eyes open in vertical portraits and realize the same projection. Whether that story is true or not, I must say it was a joy to use, and made the camera feel to disappear between photographer and subject.

I've also always missed the shutter speed dial around the lens mount, with aperture control in front of focus ring. Photographer never had to remove finger from shutter button just to change settings.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 13:39 UTC as 231st comment | 1 reply
On article Sony FE 85mm F1.8 sample gallery and first impressions (137 comments in total)

Any comment on the tactile feel of the fly-wire focus? Does it accelerate? Or does it provide predictable linear action for video focus pulls and critical manual focus?

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 00:28 UTC as 21st comment

Nice to see at least two images (19 & 34) with no tilt up or down.

#19 tells me a lot. At f8, the image looks slightly front focused upon very sharp backpack sitting atop bridge. The house is sharp-ish, but focus was missed, and background fell to blur. Wondering if all these images are suffering a little front focus.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 00:24 UTC as 38th comment

LOL

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 01:09 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Throwback Thursday: the Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L (111 comments in total)

This is "TOSS" back Thursday". "THROW" back is at least ten years earlier, 1991-93ish, when all the 28-70/2.8's were available (and just as popular) from Minolta G, Sigma, Tokina... Tamron decided on 35-105/2.8 SP. All variants and forbearers of the current 24-70's.

Sure the new lenses are sharper, mostly. But the old ones are far more compact and lightweight. The old Minolta G in particular features internal zooming without extending. And oddly, it exhibits absolutely no focus breathing for video.

I'll go one step further and claim the old Nikkor 43-86/2.8 (1963?)... and then 35-70/2.8 was the grandfather of all bright aperture midrange zooms. You could carry a 20mm and a 135mm prime alongside and have greater range without much weight difference from one of the newest 24-70's.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 12:45 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1559 comments in total)
In reply to:

ovlov: Too bad Sony has all but abandoned the A-mount lens wise.

Please explain yourself.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 03:49 UTC
On article This camera is made of 32,000 drinking straws (177 comments in total)

I want some of what they're sipping.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 04:09 UTC as 15th comment

I wonder if the DSLR style camera will still exist when these kids grow up.

They'll probably be wearing their phones rather than holding them.

I get nostalgic with my father's old Nikkormat. I wonder if these children will get the same nostalgic feeling from this neat little gizmo. Pretty cool.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 01:20 UTC as 11th comment
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Clyde Thomas: Canon mount but focuses Nikon direction...? That's why I didn't buy the last one. But I did buy the 45/1.8 and 15-30/2.8 for AMount because they focus in same direction as the native system.

First Sigma, now Tamron... Why are you guys inconsistent with focus and zoom directional rotations? Why not provide native direction to the mount it's designed for... Like Zeiss.

Otherwise, I'm sure these are nice. I'm always very pleased with my "proper" tamron lenses, with many current and legacy SP's going back to 1991... still in use today.

Hi setaside2... You are good to make it work for you. I admire a mind that can incorporate different equipment into one kit. I'm a simpleton. And as I enter my fifth decade self employed photographer, I've come to appreciate equipment that all works the same, and feels like a unified system, like a family of gear with a similar feel... rather than completely opposite. In this way, the equipment disappears, and I can concentrate on working with my subject, rather than making equipment work for me. I don't want it to feel like work at all.

I have native system for that. The Sony 70-200 focuses/zooms identical to all others in the family. The Tamron doesn't. Not even the same to its own brethren primes or ultra wide and tele zooms. It changed from previous versions for some reason, Tamron decided to make that one not match the others. Good for Tamron if that works for them. It doesn't work for me because I don't work for my equipment. It's supposed to work for me. Then I play.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 14:37 UTC
In reply to:

Nikolai Vassiliev: 70-200 Tripod collar, FINALLY has an Arca-Swiss foot integrated (as a 150-600 G2).
Why they don't do it for decades already?

Manfrotto fans would cry foul.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 06:53 UTC
On article Google AI adds detail to low-resolution images (150 comments in total)

New portrait photography copyright laws will insist the photographer be identifiable in the eye reflection of the subject. Everyone else is screwed.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 22:51 UTC as 10th comment
On article Flat metalenses now work with a range of colors (43 comments in total)

Can't wait until imperfection comes back into vogue.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 22:44 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply

Canon mount but focuses Nikon direction...? That's why I didn't buy the last one. But I did buy the 45/1.8 and 15-30/2.8 for AMount because they focus in same direction as the native system.

First Sigma, now Tamron... Why are you guys inconsistent with focus and zoom directional rotations? Why not provide native direction to the mount it's designed for... Like Zeiss.

Otherwise, I'm sure these are nice. I'm always very pleased with my "proper" tamron lenses, with many current and legacy SP's going back to 1991... still in use today.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 22:39 UTC as 7th comment | 5 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta's prosumer DiMAGE 7 (177 comments in total)

Flash sync at any shutter speed, as I think I remember. But I believe it could also utilize Minolta high speed sync with 5600HS, which still syncs to modern Sony ILC-E.

The grips on these Dimage series cameras got really really hot. Almost as hot as modern Sony ILC-E.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 22:33 UTC as 35th comment
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1559 comments in total)

This camera is not for you. Stay away. Handling one for five minutes will cause you to question everything in your current gear collection. You'll lie awake at night calculating how much you can sell your current gear for. You'll monitor eBay constantly for special deals on AMount lenses. You'll go down the rabbit hole researching old Minolta AF lenses. You'll wonder why you never paid any attention to the thirty year AMount 9 series legacy. You will fall in love again, with a camera...

DON'T GO THERE...!

Love hurts.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 14:59 UTC as 295th comment | 16 replies

I can't quite make up my mind on that Broncolor bokeh.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 01:18 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Leica Boss: Hands-on with new Leica M10 (169 comments in total)

Great battery door. Just... great.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 01:47 UTC as 24th comment

This post gets a thumbs down.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 01:44 UTC as 19th comment
On article GearEye is an RFID-based gear management system (45 comments in total)

Seems I've misplaced my GearEye controller.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 05:55 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On article Happy Holidays from DPReview (150 comments in total)

Happy Holidays to you too!

Group photo looks like a Netflix Original sit-com promo. I'd watch...

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2016 at 17:25 UTC as 95th comment
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