Alec

Alec

Lives in United States New York City, NY, United States
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at http://karasevstudio.com/
Joined on Oct 24, 2000
About me:

I'm a photographer serving New York City’s theatre and fashion industries as well as industrial and advertising photography needs of the city’s businesses. My O2 (Optically Opinionated) blog contains ideas, tips, and industry commentary.

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Dubblefilm: for folks who have 0 imagination of their own, but are willing to buy it for €12.00 plus cost of processing.

Seriously, the only buyer type I envision is that idiot friend, who brings you a roll and says "Here, I got you something interesting that you'll love."

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2018 at 13:05 UTC as 20th comment
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aris14: Usually these surveys do not offer anything that their potential clientele do not already know. They are rather general, the questionnaire is somehow conditioned, the proposed synopsis is rather indifferent to the manufacturers/retailers more or less. The reasons to buy it are to verify an already conducted study for their behalf or a detail that might have some kind of interest in terms of trend setting in cross reference with their data. In any case they provide a reassuring alibi to those are feeling they need it.

@pannumon as iffy as that estimate is, it'll be many times less iffy compared to how people's own expectation of what they will do match what they actually end up doing. Especially if you get invited by an important company into an impressive room in an impressive building in an impressive part of town, where refreshments are served and a pair of attractive guides give out papers and nice pens. Of course you're going to pick up photography, ballroom dancing, learn to cook and mix drinks, lose 10 lbs, travel to Laos, sometime in the next few years.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2018 at 15:02 UTC
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aris14: Usually these surveys do not offer anything that their potential clientele do not already know. They are rather general, the questionnaire is somehow conditioned, the proposed synopsis is rather indifferent to the manufacturers/retailers more or less. The reasons to buy it are to verify an already conducted study for their behalf or a detail that might have some kind of interest in terms of trend setting in cross reference with their data. In any case they provide a reassuring alibi to those are feeling they need it.

Exactly. Plus the questions are posed in an ineffective manner. "Are you planning to do something in the next 5 years?" - Well, of course, everyone is planning to do everything in the next 5 years. A proper question would be something like:
- In the last 5 years, what % of your friends and peers have done XYZ?

As much as we like to point out our individuality, 95% of people are what their friends are, nothing more, nothing less.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2018 at 10:28 UTC

That vertical grip shape though! When they can print any shape they please, they please to print one that communicates very clearly its bolted on and does NOT try to fuse tightly with the body or follow its curves. #becausetheywillbuyanyway

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2018 at 03:57 UTC as 52nd comment
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Krav Maga: Just one card slot, no eye AF, didn't include the lens adapter with the camera at the price point.

Fail, fail, fail.

Hell, I would have been good to go without eye AF, but one card slot and no accommodation for the bazillion F-mount lens users out in the wild?

All they had to do was put something out that was comparable to Sony's offerings at a similar price point along with a value proposition (the adapter) and they couldn't even do that.

As someone who has been hanging on to their D750 waiting for Nikon to finally come out with their mirrorless offering, I'm hugely disappointed.

> Does anyone besides Sony users care about Eye AF?
Only photographers

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2018 at 03:49 UTC
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PankajDubey: I am not sure what z6 or z7 will be good for but the prospect of being able to use my old Nikon lenses with autofocus makes me stop changing to Sony.I am in no rush to buy though.
Till then, it is Nikon Df and D5300 for me.

You do realize you can use those Nikon lenses on SONY mirrorless today, right? I'm assuming it's about something other than the name on the box, so what is it?

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2018 at 03:46 UTC
On article Nikon Z6 is a lower resolution, less expensive Z7 (413 comments in total)
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Bobthearch: Resolution. The should have gone to 36MP considering the price and sensor size. 36MP would have placed it less than the Z7 but higher than the entry-level DSLRs.

contadorfan 100% agree. If the sensors had out-resolved the lenses, there would be no need for either low-pass filters OR anti-moire algorithms, by definition.

Until we reach the Nyquist spatial sampling frequency for the old lenses (many of which resolved 80 or more line pairs per mm), it's just marketing talk. 80 x 2 (pair) x2.1 (Nyquist) for a 24x36mm area translates into roughly 90 megapixels - assuming a theoretically perfect de-bayer algorithm, or closer to 200mp where we're guaranteed no moire i.e. the sensor fully captures the image formed by the lens.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2018 at 23:42 UTC
On article Sony takes five at the 2018-19 EISA awards (303 comments in total)
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mgblack74: Hmmm. We're only half way through 2018. Canon and Nikon haven't released any cameras this year. But Sony "wins" best camera for a period of 2018-2019? That's kinda weird. If it were 2017-2018 I could see, but then that would open some debate about best camera. But we're only a quarter of the way through the award period and EISA has been paid, uh er, I mean has given the award to Sony. Hmmmmm...

"the absolute deadline for supply of products to member magazines is 26th May 2018, but preferably before 31st March 2018, to ensure sufficient time for thorough testing. [...] Finally, to qualify for an EISA Award 2018-19, the nominated product(s) must also be available for sale in at least 10 European countries before 1st October 2018."
https://www.eisa.eu/faq-rules/

I agree, taking out the next year from the award name wouldn't be a bad idea, like with Olympics that don't put date range even though they're once every 4 years. But just like Olympics, there are significant qualifying requirements and timelines leading up to the game, and if the timing doesn't work out in favor of a particular athlete, tough kittens.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2018 at 13:12 UTC
On article Sony takes five at the 2018-19 EISA awards (303 comments in total)
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mgblack74: Hmmm. We're only half way through 2018. Canon and Nikon haven't released any cameras this year. But Sony "wins" best camera for a period of 2018-2019? That's kinda weird. If it were 2017-2018 I could see, but then that would open some debate about best camera. But we're only a quarter of the way through the award period and EISA has been paid, uh er, I mean has given the award to Sony. Hmmmmm...

The award period refers to the cameras actually available during that time. Even the A7iii and the D850 are merely borderline available - I've checked B&H and they're both on back-order. Certainly if Canon and Nikon announce anything it's good to know, but until those cameras make it to photographers, it's not relevant to talk about awarding them anything.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2018 at 12:36 UTC
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anticipation_of: All of these features are things that cameras should be able to donright out of the box. There's zero reason why any modern camera can't have a built-in intervalometer, a built-in sound/motion trigger, and the ability to be triggered remotely from your phone. Many cameras can in fact do some of these things (my TG-4 has an intervalometer and both it and my RX10 IV offer remote control from their rather janky iPhone apps) but to my inowledge none can do all of them. In 2018 this is pretty frustrating. The third-rate quality of the phone apps that camera makers put out is inexcusable as well—I pay over $1000 for a piece of state-of-the-art electronics and this is really the best they can do? Camera makers are leaving so much on the table in terms of software-based features, it's insane. This is one of those areas where smartphones are eating traditional cameras' lunches, yet the camera manufacturers seem to be asleep at the switch.

Eric, I absolutely agree. I remember SO MANY people on the forums saying they specifically did NOT want LiveView ("makes me look like an amateur"), and later the same for Video mode ("a camera should be a camera - that's what video cameras are for"). Needless to say, nowadays none of them would be willing to buy a camera that actually catered to those wishes.

It leads me to think that votes aren't equal when it comes to shaping the future camera direction. People's feedback should be considered relative to the strength of their portfolio and experience with a variety of equipment to achieve a variety of results in a variety of situations. This would hopefully filter out a good chunk of the most asinine advice. But for the extremely innovative features, I'm afraid Steve Jobs was right - no consumer can really be trusted.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2018 at 16:50 UTC
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Alec: They say "inspired by" - which means literally nothing. I'm inspired by Dostoevsky - doesn't mean anything specific about the actual quality of my current writing. The Noct has hand-ground aspherical front elements. Those hands have all retired - good luck getting anyone in this day and age able to make anything by hand with micron precision cost-effectively.

LOL. Brothers Karamazov. Or so I claim. I've only recently learned that Godfather is a rewrite of that.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2018 at 15:31 UTC

They say "inspired by" - which means literally nothing. I'm inspired by Dostoevsky - doesn't mean anything specific about the actual quality of my current writing. The Noct has hand-ground aspherical front elements. Those hands have all retired - good luck getting anyone in this day and age able to make anything by hand with micron precision cost-effectively.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2018 at 13:01 UTC as 88th comment | 2 replies
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sh10453: It's perplexing to see so many comments and opinions about f/1.2 lenses from people who never used, let alone owned, an f/1.2 lens.
If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on your porch and just learn from others.

They say "inspired by" - which means literally nothing. I'm inspired by Dostoevsky - doesn't mean anything specific about the actual quality of my current writing. The Noct has hand-ground aspherical front elements. Those hands have all retired - good luck getting anyone in this day and age able to make anything by hand with micron precision cost-effectively.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2018 at 13:00 UTC

First thought from this article's thumbnail image, before reading the text: "Yes, a solid dark chocolate Nikon D850 is a fantastic promo. Def. would buy... and eat."

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2018 at 12:25 UTC as 8th comment
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Nikoncanonfan: I just don't accept what they're saying. With new mirrorless lines from canon and nikon imminent surely their rollercoaster just peaked..

One of the reasons I got the A7iii (my first mirrorless, after using Sony A-mount A900 full-frame for stills and Nikon D800 for video (and tilt / macro with their 85mm tilt) is that I get to use all my lenses with adapters. I have the Sony mirror adapter for my Sony & Minolta screw drive a-mount lenses, and it works ridiculously well. Other adapters are manual focus (as the Nikon tilt lens is manual, and so are some f/1.2 Minolta MD lenses I got). Love the system. Just love it.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2018 at 22:43 UTC
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Nikoncanonfan: I just don't accept what they're saying. With new mirrorless lines from canon and nikon imminent surely their rollercoaster just peaked..

xPhoenix, we'll need to wait and see how expensive they'll be out of the gate. Or, more precisely, Canon and Nikon die-hard fans will have to wait and see - while the rest, including myself, are happily using A7iii (in my particular case).

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2018 at 16:15 UTC
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Nikoncanonfan: I just don't accept what they're saying. With new mirrorless lines from canon and nikon imminent surely their rollercoaster just peaked..

That assumes SONY will stop or pause the innovation - which, based on what we've seen so far, is a whale of an assumption. Sure if Canon or Nikon introduce full frame or larger mirrorless that has 8K 16 bit raw video PLUS undercuts the A7iii on price, they can quickly steal the lime-light. However the reality is, they're much more likely to come out with something "merely" roughly equivalent to the A7iii, trailing the A7iii by many months. If they keep innovating and delivering cameras that beat future SONY A7x for the next 2-3 generations on respective timing of availability and overall performance, they could, over time, regain their spots above SONY.

But given the current lead and momentum difference in SONY's favor that they have to make up, neither brand is likely to pull that off in a single camera generation. 2-3 generations, if they keep pushing harder than SONY - perhaps. And if so, more power to them.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2018 at 14:20 UTC
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Alec: Dr. Immes wasn't an assembly line worker; obviously the Kickstarter lenses have been already designed, including manufacturing specifics (and paid for). So his accident could in no way impact current products if those had been viable in the first place.

If a company launches multiple kickstarters under multiple cute names - as opposed to its own - that should have already given people the hint they don't necessarily intend to stick around.

JensR, I agree that acquiring companies, and even resurrecting the dead brands, has been used successfully by legit businesses. This is why, far from asserting it's automatic, I said "hint" and "don't necessarily intend to". As in, it's a data point into the overall "gut feel".

If SONY introduced a medium format system and chose to call it "Digital Autocord" (being a medium format brand of Minolta's - on whose camera business's acquisition SONY's photo division is based) - that brand use would not be a signal into the "real or vaporware" equation, because SONY has an ample cache of legitimacy and intent/ability to execute. But if folks whose track record isn't even a rounding error vs SONY open multiple kickstarters under multiple brand names - that's more akin to a person trying to obtain multiple loans under different aliases; a red flag. Not a 100% certainty of that being their intent, but still a probability (vs. SONY or Audi) that that's what will in fact come to pass.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2018 at 16:15 UTC

Dr. Immes wasn't an assembly line worker; obviously the Kickstarter lenses have been already designed, including manufacturing specifics (and paid for). So his accident could in no way impact current products if those had been viable in the first place.

If a company launches multiple kickstarters under multiple cute names - as opposed to its own - that should have already given people the hint they don't necessarily intend to stick around.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2018 at 18:36 UTC as 47th comment | 9 replies

I had a chance to play with it. Truly a leading camera. Nikon A7III, and the adapter (similar to Commlite v6) supports most Nikon lenses with AF and AE.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2018 at 22:35 UTC as 22nd comment
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