Photomonkey

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

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Toselli: Great news! It would be even greater if someone would make some "mid-range" full manual cameras. I mean something in the middle of a new film leica and plastic cameras with 1 shutter speed and 2 apertures... I know there is the used market, but fully manual cameras were made up to the early '80s, they are starting to get quite old! I wouldn't want something more modern like a film eos, as their user experience is too close to digital cameras. A needle light meter is the most modern thing I'd like!

There are literally thousands of superb cameras available used.
As long as we are going analog here let us also celebrate the classic manual focus lenses that made us happy back then.
Film users will want to be deliberate as they are limited to 36 shots and thus manual focus fits perfectly.
A further benefit is the ability to use cameras that don't need batteries. You will want a light meter and the knowledge to use it.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 20:01 UTC
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munro harrap: Fine, IF you develop and print in a proper darkroom. For those who scan, a warning. I used to scan. I stopped. Why? I stopped because scanning records the emulsion in 3D: it records and registers as image the chemical lumps. The higher the scan resolution, the more clearly they are revealed, such that you get almost a contour map of the image, and, le pire!, is that as the scan moves across the image the light creates a record of the shadows cast by the chemicals in the emulsion. You might like this, but I much prefer to do it as the process intends: in a darkroom with chemical baths etc.

High end drum scanners are not found everywhere and when found, are expensive.
I suspect most will try to "scan" using a DIY interneg setup.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 19:58 UTC
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philm5d: You are all completely barmy (US translation - crazy), just like the latest fad to produce music on vinyl. I thought I was behind the times being born in the early 50s but it's all the king's new clothes - it's different - so it's better or should I say "cool". I grew up with film, when anything over iso 400 was special order, had to be kept in a fridge and had grain like a coal heap (Fuji 1600 trannie film). I spent countless hours in smelly darkrooms - goodbye to all that and good riddance. My local Maplins (like Radioshack) is full of record turntables to play the "new" vinyl music records. Me? Well I still wince when I play a certain ABBA track that I scratched on Vinyl back in the 70s - now it's on CD I still can hear the loud click in my head when it comes to that part on the CD track - as I said you're all barmy...

The article said "professionals and enthusiasts rediscovering the artistic control offered by manual processes and the creative satisfaction of a physical end product.
I cannot think of any pros wanting to re-visit the nightmare of endless bracketing, lab bills (not to mention a lab worth squat) and THEN scanning and retouching.
Maybe a few hipstah pros working with a few hipstah ADs all whom were born after 1990.
Amateurs I understand. Novel experience and all that but will they really look for projectors? Or will they start looking for scanners and end up pixel peeping all over again?
I know they will not put up with a Type R print (if it can be found) and Cibachrome has been dead for these many years.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 19:56 UTC
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RGiskard: I shoot no video, so this may be an uninformed question, but... how far off is the GH5 going to be from "real" cinema cameras made by RED and others? Miles apart, or are the capabilities converging somewhat?

As Bhima78 notes, a good DP will get great footage.
A good DP knows how to use light and when to bring in light.
Far too many people lean on DR to salvage footage from poorly planned and executed shoots.
The RED definitely excels in PP flexibility but that is gravy for the good DP.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 02:47 UTC
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oldfashioned: minor improvements , still you need to buy a real video camera if you need a servo zoom wide to tele (and that's marketing, good old marketing)

Apt name: oldfashioned

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 02:38 UTC

So, more ignorance in the wedding client field. Nothing new.

Wedding photography is profoundly challenging because every job is a new client.
They need to be educated, coddled and nurtured to sign the contract. Then the photographer expends massive effort to plan, organize, and execute the shoot on the Big Day, all the while keeping the various miscreants happy.
Then post processing and delivering the huge job and dearly hoping for happiness and referrals.
THEN you have to do this all over again after you have been trolling for a new client.

You don't even have time to go to the bar and strut about telling everyone who will listen that you are a professional photographer. Then of course you miss out on the fistfights over your wanky Fuji camera. ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 22:22 UTC as 261st comment | 1 reply
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JordanAT: On paper, as a still camera, this looks like a rebadge and a price bump. Similar lens (range, aperture), same sensor, same size, same battery life, same sensitivity, frame rate, and shutter speed range, and a bit heaver. So, for still photogs, they're adding a touchscreen for $400?

For the still shooter it seems like a small-ish increment. However the DFD focus would mean faster AF. The EVF is an improvement and may be a deciding factor for some; Especially eyeglass wearers.
Couple that with moving the AF point via touch and one can argue that it is better camera for events and other subjects requiring responsiveness.

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2016 at 18:42 UTC
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Pets of New York: Technology-wise, MF still can't keep up even when it is only slightly larger (44x33, not 60x45 like actual 645 MF) than FF.

With the X1D versus the Sony a99 II, there is no comparison. The a99 II has 12 FPS (vs. 2 FPS), 1/8000 shutter (vs. 1/2000), 1.229K resolution LCD (vs. 0.92K), 102.4K Max ISO (vs. 25.6K), 5-axis Image Stabilization (vs. 0), an Articulating Screen (vs. none), and 4K Video (vs. regular). Not to mention that there are 128 A-Mount lenses available (vs. 2) at this time.

Despite all this, the A99 II costs $3K versus $8K for this 'blad. I just can't imagine a serious photographer choosing this camera over a modern Full Frame unless all they did was studio portraits... and even then specifically ones in which a shallow DOF is never desired or needed.

Very narrow market they are shooting for.

Well, cr@p, my FZ1000 does 15 fps, has a tilty-flippy screen and has a flash sync at all speeds, shoots 4K video and has a built-in 25-400mm lens so there...

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2016 at 02:58 UTC
On article Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III real-world sample gallery (121 comments in total)
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DualSystemGuy: Over FOUR stops vignetting? Holy crap. That is unacceptable on a lens at this price IMO. If you correct that you will get an awful, noisy looking perimeter to the image. Some crop sensor lenses don't even vignette that bad on full frame.

Looks very much like a niche lens for PJ use. The average user is probably much better served by a third party option or something like the 16-35/4 IS.

@thx1138 . That image is a far more demanding test of falloff than event photography.
Considering that it is virtually invisible at f2.8 on a sky image it seems that they could have measured a 20 stop vignette for all its impact on that image.
This is a perfect example of how numbers are meaningless in comparison to real world use.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 03:16 UTC
On article Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III real-world sample gallery (121 comments in total)
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aaronbass813: I would be really disappointed if I spent $5,700 (5D MKIV + 16-35 III) and that was the image quality that I was getting out of the combo.

By your own standards it seems you might not be happy with anything made in the last 5 years.
So I guess the price is the only criteria left.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 21:56 UTC
On article Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III real-world sample gallery (121 comments in total)
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DualSystemGuy: Over FOUR stops vignetting? Holy crap. That is unacceptable on a lens at this price IMO. If you correct that you will get an awful, noisy looking perimeter to the image. Some crop sensor lenses don't even vignette that bad on full frame.

Looks very much like a niche lens for PJ use. The average user is probably much better served by a third party option or something like the 16-35/4 IS.

The very first image is shot wide open with no lens corrections.

Doesn't look like 4 stops vignetting to me.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 21:52 UTC
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maxnimo: Besides distant landscapes and product photography, what other markets would this camera be used for? The DOF is really narrow even at F8.

The problem here is that it is taken as an article of faith that shallow DOF is desirable above all else.

In the vast bulk of my commercial work I desire a moderate to deep DOF and a large sensor is a hindrance in that I need to use a smaller aperture and thus more flash power or a longer exposure. Both things that may be a challenge in some cases.

For event work I now use a 1 inch sensor camera because I can shoot at f4.5 and still get a good DOF. For other work needing higher res or the occasional shallow DOF I use FF35.

As for the issue of diffraction on this sensor, it is not true that "Any lens loses sharpness after f8". Diffraction does soften the image after a certain point as defined by the pixel pitch of the sensor but this is not extreme and on the Sony 50MP on can safely shoot at f22 and f32 with superb results.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 00:25 UTC
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nycgazelle: The composition of images in general leave a lot to be desired. You have one of the most exciting cameras to be released in a while and this? I'm constantly blown away how lack luster these images are. Lets try and sell the camera with beautifully lit and shot images.

The manufacturers hire pros to very expensively produce artful images that fool consumers into equating the content of the image with the IQ of the camera.
DPR is is getting images that show real world IQ challenges that can help a prospective user evaluate performance to some degree.

The real proof is in using it yourself.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 00:10 UTC
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PropaPH: It will be interesting to compare these images to to those of the the Sigma Quattro SD H

Especially at ISO 1600.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 00:09 UTC
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Henry McA: Hey Fuji, that´s how you should render fine detail.

Maybe he is referring to the target of IQ for Fuji's upcoming GFX.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 00:08 UTC
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nicolaiecostel: If you would have shown me this gallery without telling me what camera was used, I would have never guessed it's a MF camera. They look like pictures from any other camera.

If you show anyone on the web a gallery without telling them what camera was used they would not have been able to tell you what camera was used.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 00:05 UTC
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (124 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: Only lens I have ever pre-ordered.
Looks like it will deliver on the hype.

Very interested in their TS TC combo that makes this a 17mm TS.

Shift only is fine with me. Tilt is nearly useless on my Canon 17TS-E and is a nuisance on the odd occasion it comes off zero.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 21:00 UTC
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (124 comments in total)

Only lens I have ever pre-ordered.
Looks like it will deliver on the hype.

Very interested in their TS TC combo that makes this a 17mm TS.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 20:47 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (124 comments in total)
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piratejabez: Interesting gallery. Where were these shot?

Yes, but how do the pictures look when we take them in the US? ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 20:46 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)
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Artpt: we're reaching Market saturation with Digital Imaging from various formats. the high camera bodies are really wonderful but very high in price and expectedly low volume production. What are real challenge for all the executives across all camera brands

It is very hard to create excitement in a camera these days. Gone are the opportunities to intro something like dramatically more MP or video.

Improvements are now incremental and have only slight effect on IQ or even the shooting experience. These days a menu re-vamp is as wild as things can get.
Wishing for more is fine but it costs money and there is the risk that it will not be well received. Thus the caution and erosion of the market as hobbyists lose interest in the upgrade cycle that funds innovation.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 01:25 UTC
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