Photomonkey

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

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On article Olympus 17mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (413 comments in total)
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Akgbkd: In not a hater but for me it still can't match the separation of a bigger sensor.

Yes, because the only reason we take photos is to throw the BG OOF.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2017 at 15:15 UTC

Loved this article.
She is smart and creative and really is using photogrpahy in a wonderful way.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 16:11 UTC as 53rd comment
On article Panasonic G9 added to studio scene comparison (168 comments in total)
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Pixnat2: Similar RAW IQ than E-M1-MK II, Pen F, GX8 and GH5, no surprise.
Differences are so minimal that it's like splitting 1/10 of a hair.

IRL almost all cameras deliver the same results when printed at most sizes up to 11x14.
What is at work is the obsessing over slight differences at huge magnifications that satisfy the pixel peepers.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 05:44 UTC
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Chriscotech: Leica's strong Revenue growth may be attributed to a global trend of tax cuts to the extremely wealthy.

@shigzeo, not so much wannbe socialists, just accurate identification of the economics at play.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 06:54 UTC
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Chriscotech: Leica's strong Revenue growth may be attributed to a global trend of tax cuts to the extremely wealthy.

Not so much tax cuts to the globally wealthy but the increase of the numbers of very wealthy at the expense of the less so.
50 years ago there were never as many brands chasing the luxury niche as there is now.
That niche is lucrative for small producers who can get their attention and maintain massive margins.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 06:54 UTC
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Sirandar: Growth is a relative term .... It compares where you are to where you were, unless it is projection.

400 million euros? That is a lot of cameras even at Leica prices ....

Interesting ..... In Canada I have not ever seen one Leica camera in my entire life being used in the real world ..... not one.... that says a lot about many things when you think about it .....

@Proxy. You don't understand.
The reason you see a lot in Silicon Valley is because there are a ton of well paid engineers who like Leica.
There is no center of the photographic universe unless you believe that such a place exists and its inhabitants declare photographic orthodoxy that we ignore at our peril.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 06:48 UTC
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Sirandar: Growth is a relative term .... It compares where you are to where you were, unless it is projection.

400 million euros? That is a lot of cameras even at Leica prices ....

Interesting ..... In Canada I have not ever seen one Leica camera in my entire life being used in the real world ..... not one.... that says a lot about many things when you think about it .....

There are plenty in Silicon Valley.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 17:23 UTC
On article Sony a7R III sample gallery updated (83 comments in total)
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jay jay02: A nice gallery, but NOT impressed by image quality.

Maybe actually using a camera will change your opinion.
As we can all agree, most cameras are capable of stunning images in the right hands. However not all cameras make all people happy for reasons other than IQ.
Currently, the reviewers across the web are uniformly positive in the attributes of this newest camera.
Carping about a few specs or anecdotes that you have not experienced first hand is a meaningless exercise.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 18:41 UTC

This perfectly true. It is one of the best cameras available. It is also arguably the best mirrorless camera available.
This does not make other cameras crap, just not as high achieving.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2017 at 17:53 UTC as 51st comment
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shigzeo: I ended up throwing in for the GFX because of the focal plane shutter. I used digital backs previously (CMOS and the other one) and focused through the ground glass. I really dislike the GFX-50s as an all-in-one camera, but I was about to purchase a HCAM FPS unit for the Hassy CVF-50 and 50c. The Fuji saves time, provides the same image quality, and lets me use a single unit rather than two, plus wifi tethering.

Can't go wrong.

But if Hassy add a FPS to the X1D and/or get an adapter for it, I'll switch.

That is probably true. In addition I believe one can adapt LS lenses to the Fuji but I don't know if you can use the shutters.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 04:18 UTC
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shigzeo: I ended up throwing in for the GFX because of the focal plane shutter. I used digital backs previously (CMOS and the other one) and focused through the ground glass. I really dislike the GFX-50s as an all-in-one camera, but I was about to purchase a HCAM FPS unit for the Hassy CVF-50 and 50c. The Fuji saves time, provides the same image quality, and lets me use a single unit rather than two, plus wifi tethering.

Can't go wrong.

But if Hassy add a FPS to the X1D and/or get an adapter for it, I'll switch.

I understand.
I like the X1D design but wish that it was better developed and that it had a better range of lenses.
For me LS is very important as I am using flash in bright sun all the time.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2017 at 20:00 UTC
On article The Leica CL is (almost) what the TL should have been (421 comments in total)

It is a beautiful design echoing designs from the '20s. However it will still attract a lot of haters because it is not a Japanese do-everything toy. The price will also annoy but it is still an attractive design.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2017 at 16:19 UTC as 70th comment | 1 reply
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Ebrahim Saadawi: 645z is selling on B&H at 5500$!!

That's quite mind boggling isn't it?!

I can get the best IQ there is for that price now?

I can even add a freaking 75mm f/2.8 smc for 500$ more. I mean what the?

I am now SERIOUSLY considering a 5DIV upgrade, first time I did since I bought one. It's not keeping me needing anything more but still, this is a state of the art MF DSLR, seems like an end-of-life bargain.

You might look at the new 85 1.4 from Canon. But of course a lot of money.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 21:52 UTC
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Ebrahim Saadawi: 645z is selling on B&H at 5500$!!

That's quite mind boggling isn't it?!

I can get the best IQ there is for that price now?

I can even add a freaking 75mm f/2.8 smc for 500$ more. I mean what the?

I am now SERIOUSLY considering a 5DIV upgrade, first time I did since I bought one. It's not keeping me needing anything more but still, this is a state of the art MF DSLR, seems like an end-of-life bargain.

Ebrahim: I borrowed a friend's 85 1.2L and came away unimpressed. It is sharp but the only reason to buy it is to use it at f1.2. At that aperture focus is particularly difficult and unless your subject is quite close and the BG quite far the bokeh is not significantly different from lesser lenses. For me the best portrait lens value is the 135 f2. Relatively cheap used but still a stellar performer.

As for MF another disadvantage I forgot to mention is that the shallower DOF requires a smaller aperture to get the necessary DOF needed. Thus more strobe power.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 14:48 UTC
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barringtonpro1: "Expect twice the resolution and speed from the next Fuji GFX and Hasselblad X1D"

So, why is Pentax left out again?

While the main benefits of increased processing speed are for CDAF, the Pentax will still show real improvement.
More importantly, should Pentax choose, they could implement the larger sensor currently available at 100MP at lower cost and trump the others in terms of sensor size.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 02:36 UTC
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Ebrahim Saadawi: 645z is selling on B&H at 5500$!!

That's quite mind boggling isn't it?!

I can get the best IQ there is for that price now?

I can even add a freaking 75mm f/2.8 smc for 500$ more. I mean what the?

I am now SERIOUSLY considering a 5DIV upgrade, first time I did since I bought one. It's not keeping me needing anything more but still, this is a state of the art MF DSLR, seems like an end-of-life bargain.

I considered both the GFX and the 645Z but opted for a Canon 5DsR as I got a very good deal on a lightly used one.

In fairness, it IS high res but the images are exactly like any other 5Dx file one has seen in terms of color and tone.

The Pentax is a stellar deal with a line of lenses that makes a great argument for the working pro. However, as my work is largely architectural interiors, the lack of UWA lenses and TS alternatives tilted me towards the GFX.

I plan on renting the GFX to see if it really will give me something different.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 02:29 UTC
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BobT3218: Wow! A few more iterations of this carry on and the expensive telephoto lens becomes redundant. Just crop as small as you want.

And curse your crappy focus.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 02:17 UTC
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shigzeo: I ended up throwing in for the GFX because of the focal plane shutter. I used digital backs previously (CMOS and the other one) and focused through the ground glass. I really dislike the GFX-50s as an all-in-one camera, but I was about to purchase a HCAM FPS unit for the Hassy CVF-50 and 50c. The Fuji saves time, provides the same image quality, and lets me use a single unit rather than two, plus wifi tethering.

Can't go wrong.

But if Hassy add a FPS to the X1D and/or get an adapter for it, I'll switch.

I don't understand.
You just said the Fuji gives you the same image quality as the Hasselblad and it has the advantage of using adapted lenses because of its FPS.
The X1D is lovely but a bit of a kludge yet in its early stages of development.
Their LS allows full flash sync but if that is not what you want, why go there?

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 02:16 UTC

The real beneficiary of the 150MP sensor might be the Pentax 645Z as it has the space to accommodate the larger sensor.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 02:09 UTC as 5th comment
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Photomonkey: 50MP is already a PP pain.

Have all that but 50MP files will just go slower than smaller ones irrespective of the computer.
PS and LR have been criticized for their laggard ways of late and the issue with 50MP files rendered into 2 GB layered, 16bit TIFF files means that I spend more time feeling slowed down.
The time savings of faster computers never got me home any faster but the sluggishness of 50MP files has made me stay late.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 04:06 UTC
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