Photomonkey

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

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On article Nikon D850: First full-res sample images (362 comments in total)
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vkeew: The large RAW size is for people that think 46MP bayer sensors resolve 46MP of detail. The medium RAW size is for people that realise 46MP bayer sensors can only resolve 23MP of Luminance information. The small RAW size is for people that realise 46MP bayer sensors can only resolve 12MP of Color information

You are a brand new poster with a Foveon hard on. Got it.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 16:25 UTC
On article Nikon D850: First full-res sample images (362 comments in total)
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vkeew: D850 delivers 11.4MP of color information from Red and Blue photosites. Now you can finally print A4 at 4:4:4 color resolution at 300 DPI. and A3 at 4:2:2. Perfect for a crisp 2-page spread in a magazine, which used to be the domain of 6x7 medium format film.

I guess you haven't noticed the brilliant work being done these many years that has surpassed film.
I would also note that a two page spread in a publication is hardly a test of color reproduction with the gamut restraints of CMYK.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 16:23 UTC
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ttran88: Why would anyone get a D5 now?? You can get two of these for the price of one D5.... Nikon is out for blood.

A better question might be "Who is buying D5's anyway?"
Maybe they have nothing to lose.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 05:27 UTC

Bravo Nikon!
Massive feature set and a shockingly affordable price.
This is certain to be in short supply.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 05:26 UTC as 207th comment
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Photomonkey: So... if a skank, once dead Russian company can make FF digital cameras why don't we see a bunch of startups in the USA doing the same?

Actually, Kodak cameras WERE made in America at one time. No digital ones were but then it was a shadow of itself and had adopted the outsourcing model wholeheartedly.
My original question is actually serious in the sense that design and assembly could be done in America. I get that the components would be largely foreign sourced but with a decent margin and some clever design it seems that the labor costs would not necessarily be a hurdle.
Leica uses this model and I know they have a price structure that is unpopular with many but there does not seem to have been any serious research into the possibility.
Buff designed and built sturdy, affordable flash units in the US. I know it is a different product but still the model exists.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 17:48 UTC

So... if a skank, once dead Russian company can make FF digital cameras why don't we see a bunch of startups in the USA doing the same?

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 20:55 UTC as 30th comment | 4 replies

Odd, This photo:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1b/John_Quincy_Adams_-_copy_of_1843_Philip_Haas_Daguerreotype.jpg

is at the same session it seems but is sharper and has a better expression and the hands are not moving.
This is the classic portrait we have been seeing all theses years.
It seems he gave the bum one as a gift.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 23:51 UTC as 21st comment
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panchorancho: 4 hipsters shoot the same boring hipster model with thick framed glasses my old man in the 80s used to wear, while filming in that saturated/desaturated look every hipster on Instagram uses. They even bust out the over used LED lights. I'm surprised they also didn't bust out the prism for some rainbow effects and an image projector with a generic artsy fartsy image overlayed on the model. After that, I'm sure they went to a run down part of town to open an overpriced cafe and thrift shop!

I agree on the near ubiquity of this style of photography. However it seems that among many young photographers aspiring to a professional career, the only genre they dream of is fashion.
If an alien were to visit from another planet they could be excused for thinking that photography was a form of worship of young women.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 21:20 UTC

Thanks for this bit of history.
I was a Minolta owner at this time and I have to say I thought I was well informed on all things Minolta but this was news to me.

Thanks for making me better informed.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 02:20 UTC as 52nd comment
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TheDigitalDonbavand: Citizen clocks in Sony factory :-O

Are there Sony clocks?

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 18:00 UTC

As an architectural photographer I am sometimes asked if I offer drone images.
After a lot of research I found these things:
1. Drones are banned in most places I shoot.
2. Clients don't want to pay for drone images (its just a snap or two!)
3. It occupies a disproportionate amount of time in relation to the potential revenue.
4. Every guy in the world seems to offer drone photography for $50.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 13:26 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies
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Peiasdf: Good luck shooting a drone on the move consider the military don't have buck shot.

Sorry, a bit optimistic. I do have familiarity with shotguns and hunting waterfowl and drones aren't going to be as low or as slow.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 20:45 UTC
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Peiasdf: Good luck shooting a drone on the move consider the military don't have buck shot.

I think the challenge is greater than a solution of just a shotgun.
While a shotgun will be effective on low flying drones, it is useless on the ones flying at greater altitude and high speed.
The threat of a drone with a bomb that can be flown into a structure or a bomb that can be dropped is very real and very hard to defend against.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 18:51 UTC
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Biowizard: I can just imagine an A-10 Warthog Tankbuster taking on a DJI Inspire 2, missing, then sucking the drone into its engine and crashing.

"OF COURSE NOT", comes the "informed" military response, "a plastic toy like that is no danger to our aircraft".

EXACTLY! Something I have been saying for a LONG time. There is FAR too much "Drone Mania" about at the moment. How about the military taking out anyone seen carrying a GUN? That would do the world FAR more service.

Brian

A-10's were designed specifically to endure the sort of abuse that comes from low level attack flight. Military pilots know what they can and cannot do and they are also ready to eject if necessary. A plane full of passengers is not.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 18:48 UTC
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Dr_Jon: It's trivial to see what a drone is sending back home (if it's encrypted the volume of data will be obvious if it's more than simple diagnostics) so presumably it isn't as serious as some people are suggesting or there would have been a bigger stink. Or possibly they have changed their mind about some of the diagnostic data. Maybe it's just they want a buy American policy. I'd be surprised if there was anything serious here, it's just too difficult to do vs the chance of getting away with it.

I think the fact that electronic hardware and software sourced from China and containing unknown code and firmware is a serious concern. The notion that eavesdropping is occurring is of course alarming, but the idea that the device can actually be hijacked is even more concerning.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 04:49 UTC

Let's see.... Chinese product stuffed with Chinese electronics and GPS. What is not to love for a security minded person?

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 04:45 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On article Nine new lens adapters announced for the Fujifilm GFX (90 comments in total)
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TwoMetreBill: And still no smart adapter for the thousand times more popular X-mount. Not too smart.

@CCD FTW, You are correct. I misunderstood the comment.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 14:27 UTC
On article Nine new lens adapters announced for the Fujifilm GFX (90 comments in total)
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TwoMetreBill: And still no smart adapter for the thousand times more popular X-mount. Not too smart.

As the X mount was designed for APS-C, I can only imagine a very slim advantage in mounting these lenses on the GFX.
Vignetting in most cases would be significant and the IQ near the edge of the image circle would fall far short of the center.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 04:39 UTC
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PLShutterbug: Good for Polito.

However I am shocked that her lawyer posted that diatribe. It is disgraceful that a "professional" acted in such an unprofessional manner.

You clearly have not heard many lawyer statements then.
This is very much in keeping with the practices of demonizing one's opponents.
There is scant civility in civil law despite the fantasies many entertain.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 22:40 UTC
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Impulses: What are the odds they pay out the damages? I'm surprised the trial only took a week after they spent so long trashing the photog (or maybe because they did?), you would've thought they'd have an attorney ready to drag it out.

I was involved in a lawsuit that was similar in complexity to this one and it took two years to settle.
Fortunately everything came out my way but the defendant in my case took 18 months of payments to finally settle.
Then he went bankrupt.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 16:48 UTC
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