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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On article Sony takes five at the 2018-19 EISA awards (260 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 (260 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 4th 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 43rd comment | 8 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 21st comment

Fanboys: basically make a replica of A7iii (incl price), but in a way that gives us deniability that it's a replica of A7iii.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2018 at 13:05 UTC as 403rd comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon teases mirrorless with video and microsite (1290 comments in total)
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vtpeters: Hope Nikon provides an adapter to it's high end AF-S lenses so I could use this mirrorless (if it performs well for my type of photography) with my current set of glass. Otherwise using this camera as a second (or first) body next to my D810 is NOT going to happen any time soon. Abandoning a system and buying into a new system is a very costly affair.

They'll necessarily make an adapter available. It's probably going to cost more and work (hopefully) a little bit better than the 6th version of Nikon to Sony adapter.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2018 at 14:12 UTC
On article Nikon teases mirrorless with video and microsite (1290 comments in total)
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Debankur Mukherjee: Nikon will have to work hard and gain a place in the mirrorless market now or else it will have the same faith as their One system..........they need to accelerate their product line and marketing.........

Sure Stu - because they have 0 momentum and A7iii is overpriced, undereatured, and doesn't sell.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2018 at 14:06 UTC
On article Nikon teases mirrorless with video and microsite (1290 comments in total)
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digitallollygag: Can anyone take a guess at the lens mount diameter on that body? It looks as if it could accommodate an f/0.95 aperture lens!

3mm bigger than sony's

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2018 at 14:03 UTC
On article Nikon teases mirrorless with video and microsite (1290 comments in total)

Hello cheap nikon glass! Time to buy that af nikon to sony adapter.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2018 at 14:03 UTC as 88th comment | 1 reply
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DrGerm: Impressive. The trouble with the MRI image example, however, is that the thing that is most important in each MRI is the one crucial detail that is unique to that particular image. For example, that tumor or aneurysm that is going to kill the patient.

Sadly, this very detail, because it is unique, will hardly be captured by any ML-based algorithm, which by its very nature is designed to generalize from other examples.

Not to worry, hospitals and insurance companies will have that written in the contract that customers' families can't sue their AI or hurt its feelings by posting on social media.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2018 at 12:44 UTC

So NASA says it was inside the unsafe zone, and Ingalls says the opposite?

I wouldn't have expected a "bare" camera with a plastic lens hood within the "unsafe" zone, unless one wanted a cool melted camera. NASA is very industrious, and a fire retardant and padded against debris "one size fits all dslr hoodie" would seem like something that they'd make a lot of and use by default, but I guess not.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2018 at 20:38 UTC as 83rd comment
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