Photomonkey

Lives in United States CA, United States
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Oct 28, 2002

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On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (268 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: My take on this gallery is that the PNW is a brilliant place in the Summer.

I live near-ish to San Diego. Was there today as a matter of fact. However I have kids in Seattle area and relish any excuse to get there. I don't care whether it is rain, shine, fog or snow. It is a beautiful place.
I live in the desert and am a full time pro. Yesterday I had a job that started at 6PM and the temp was 108. Job ended at 8PM, temp was 104.
PS, My Son-in-Law is an MIT grad, Army vet and getting his PhD in Math.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 02:16 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (268 comments in total)

My take on this gallery is that the PNW is a brilliant place in the Summer.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 14:50 UTC as 37th comment | 4 replies
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Chuck2: Selling gear gets you fraud Selling to a known store gets you dimes on the dollar. It's a bit like giving away your gear. Meeting at the police station gets you robbed on the way home. Ebay is full of scams and fakery.

I have found that after the Post Office delivers a package the tracking number will often show a delay in delivery.

B&M stores cost more but everyone complains and rushes to online sellers.
I understand there are a lot of good online vendors but when the local shops are gone we will have lost a valuable resource.
Of course smart asses quack about being ripped off on the cost of a filter or the ignorance of a new clerk. Yes, there are weaknesses but their obstacles are enormous.
They have to deal with a long line of snarky jerks who "learned" everything online an hour earlier and sneer about clueless clerks who don't have the gear announced a day earlier in Japan.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 03:52 UTC
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BeefCoffee: I just hope the mount is supported. Still love my 400rx Gemini heads. They've made their cost back a couple times over now.

The mount seems to be public domain

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 16:20 UTC

It's not even April yet.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 15:49 UTC as 43rd comment
On article SainSonic launches 50mm F1.1 lens for APS-C cameras (243 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: Well, it sounds reasonable to me that a Chinese company could achieve that. That's what China's for. To make companies from developed countries---that have been the ones spending more in development and quality of production, in safety, in labor costs, etc---look like greedy companies in the eyes of folks that don't mind where a product is produced, the story behind it or behind who makes it, and all the effort to make the wellbeing of each employee a very high priority. Chinese companies are the antithesis of all that. I don't buy Chinese products (unless I have no choice, of course) and Trump is right when he tries to review trade agreements.

@captura, The jobs that were moved overseas was a simple business decision. China represented a cheap source of manufactured goods, shareholders demand bigger profits every year, close the factory here and open shop in China. Voilá! Instant profits.
More ridiculous was the agreement by US firms to hand over their IP and trade secrets as a condition of doing business in China.
So you see it is basic American corporate greed (what some call free enterprise) that has driven jobs overseas, driven wages down and created the sort of social tension that has been exploited by other self serving individuals and groups for their benefit.
Again, always at the expense of the American worker.
Yes, a lot of the trade deals are self interested deals for companies. But at the same time they keep us in the game at some level as opposed to being completely screwed by being hosed by protected industries (1970's Detroit anyone?) or losing entire industries completely (steel, beef, wheat, and lumber)

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2017 at 05:29 UTC
On article SainSonic launches 50mm F1.1 lens for APS-C cameras (243 comments in total)
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RaghavBaijal: I hope they make a version with an APD (Apodization Filter) like the Sony 100mm STF or the Fuji 56mm 1.2 APD. This is Manual Focus anyways. Even if you loose a couple of stops of light that would be still ok since its a f1.1 lens. If they could improve the Bokeh with that APD Filter, that would be awesome.

The apodization infatuation seems ripe for being upended with a screw on filter.
I get that the filter being near the aperture would work better but the filter would get you 80-90% of the way for less money and the advantage of a lens that is actually fast with the filter removed.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 15:57 UTC
On article SainSonic launches 50mm F1.1 lens for APS-C cameras (243 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: Well, it sounds reasonable to me that a Chinese company could achieve that. That's what China's for. To make companies from developed countries---that have been the ones spending more in development and quality of production, in safety, in labor costs, etc---look like greedy companies in the eyes of folks that don't mind where a product is produced, the story behind it or behind who makes it, and all the effort to make the wellbeing of each employee a very high priority. Chinese companies are the antithesis of all that. I don't buy Chinese products (unless I have no choice, of course) and Trump is right when he tries to review trade agreements.

America has used its trade agreements over the years to press for improvements in worker conditions, environmental practices and IP concerns.
Trump has actually retreated from agreements that advance these protections.
As for China, he is ignorant of the role they have played. He is only interested in his personal economic advantage as evidenced by his schizophrenic comments on the topic.
So don't think that blowhard pronouncements made on the campaign trail to people who have no understanding of what trade policies are, how their jobs were affected by AMERICAN corporate action, or simple economics are going to have any meaningful benefit to Americans when, if implemented, would actually accelerate the damage to American workers.
I would note that in the last week other nations have been signing significant trade deals that effectively disadvantage the US precisely BECAUSE of Trump's reckless pronouncements.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 15:51 UTC

I guess the phone market margins beat that of video cameras.
Who knew that making money in photo gear was so hard?

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 03:03 UTC as 12th comment
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Snapper2013: Overreaction in my opinion. How many aircraft have been brought down by a drone really??!

Actually what is more interesting is your single minded defense of the indefensible.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 15:07 UTC
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Snapper2013: Overreaction in my opinion. How many aircraft have been brought down by a drone really??!

Drones haven't been around for as long as birds nor have their numbers been approaching that of birds.
You fall into the fallacy of "It's never happened, why should we care?".
Until 9-11 no one had deliberately flown an airline into a skyscraper.
Until some guy concealed a bomb in his shoe, we could go through airline security wearing our shoes.
Until someone started hijacking planes, we could wander around airports at will.
And so on.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 14:29 UTC
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fPrime: Thanks CMOS sensors for the line scanning and cool rolling shutter effects!

Now, can we have back our CCD sensors for proper photography at base ISO? No rolling shutter concerns there. ;-)

And welcome back noise, low DR and high power consumption.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2017 at 00:43 UTC
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Photomonkey: Looks like just the camera the FF Canon faithful were looking for.
Great value and good feature set.
The absence of 4K will, no doubt set some howling.

Canon is VERY aware of their customer base. They have a very large video division and they are being very careful not to cannibalize their market.
Despite the street wisdom paraded here, Canon is the most successful manufacturer in this industry.
Every one else loads 4K into their lineup as they have nothing to lose. Sony and Panasonic do have video lines but they are desperately trying to be meaningful in the still camera space.

Canon may intro 4K in lesser models but as they see no dip in sales they figure they calculated correctly.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 22:51 UTC
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Photomonkey: Looks like a solid upgrade.
The lack of dual slots and 4K will disappoint a few but as they note, large capacity cards are not expensive. Redundancy, however is not available for those who desire the security of the second card.

Pros are using consume grade cameras and have been since the film days. The reliability of modern cameras exceeds every V series Hasselblad I used in the 70's and 80's. Moreover, a pro carries a second body.
Many of us shoot tethered also.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 04:32 UTC
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Photomonkey: Seems to be an excellent lens at a decent price for such a premium product.
Well done Sony.

Sony is collecting the hooks.
I shoot Canon and have a lot of Canon lenses but as a working pro I really needed some credible ultrawides for architectural work. I can adapt a 17TS-E but native lenses are always preferable.
I also use zooms for their versatility. The 70-200, 24-70,16-35 are all well covered now and the addition of the 12-24 makes it a very solid line. The prices are fair for the quality.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 04:13 UTC

Looks like a solid upgrade.
The lack of dual slots and 4K will disappoint a few but as they note, large capacity cards are not expensive. Redundancy, however is not available for those who desire the security of the second card.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 04:08 UTC as 48th comment | 5 replies

Looks like just the camera the FF Canon faithful were looking for.
Great value and good feature set.
The absence of 4K will, no doubt set some howling.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 04:03 UTC as 71st comment | 3 replies

Seems to be an excellent lens at a decent price for such a premium product.
Well done Sony.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 21:49 UTC as 29th comment | 9 replies
On article Now we know: Sony a9 is sharper than we thought (394 comments in total)
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pixtorial: Sorry, but just more evidence that the technical reviews from sites like DPR should be weighed heavily with skepticism. There are so many variables in the shots from the test scenes, and it would take substantial scientific rigor to create true apples-to-apples comparisons, much more than has been applied. The closest we have to more objective testing are Roger's posts over at LensRentals and a few trusted forum members who have the optical engineering know-how to provide meaningful data.

As many here have suggested, the only true way to evaluate a camera and lens combination is to get out and shoot, process, evaluate, and share.

And I disagree with the conclusion of the author at the end of the article. In the real world, we do evaluate our digital photos at high magnification, because it ultimately does impact the ability to confidently throw away pixels in cropping, latitude in post-processing, and the acuity of the image across multiple publishing channels.

The real world?
That's just crazy talk.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 05:18 UTC
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Photomonkey: Despite all the criticism of IQ on an unreleased lens, this promises to allow a lot of flexibility for APS-C users.
The design is leveraging the compact sensor to produce a small lens that will not be burden to leave on the camera at all times.
IMO the IQ issues will be small as the vast bulk of images appear online, on phones and in small prints.
More joy, less hassle.

It is perfect for most as most are not pixel peepers.
The shortcomings that bother you are of no concern to them. Perfection is not important.
It is not sad that most do not share your preoccupation with gear.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 02:10 UTC
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