Steve Bingham

Steve Bingham

Lives in United States Payson, AZ, United States
Works as a Retired Photo Instructor. Now does Fine Art Photo
Joined on May 25, 2001
About me:

I have been actively involved in all aspects of digital photography for the past 25 years. Used Photostyler before Adobe bought them out and came out with Photoshop 2.5 for the PC (now use PS CC 2019). I currently use the Nikon D810 and D7200 (wife's) with the Nikon 14-24mmf2.8, Nikon f2.8 24-70, Nikon 12-24 f4, Nikon 50mm f1.8, Nikon 16-80mm f2.8-4, Nikon 70-200mm VR f2.8, Nikon 300mm f4, Nikon 105mm VR, as well as a Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro and Tamro 2.8 28-75. . . and others. I change lenses often. Induro 3 section carbon tripod (and a Velbon carbon fiber tripod) coupled with Kirk ball heads. Epson 3880 and 2880 (wife's), and a wide format Epson 7900. Flash is Nikon SB800 and Sigma EF500 with 5' umbrellas in the field, etc. Studio units are Elinchrome 1200 ws with 3' x 4' soft boxes.

I am an over-the-hill, retired photography instructor (MS in Photography from Brooks Institute). I no longer do corporate reports, weddings, portraits, stock photos, catalogues, or submit to magazines. I just shoot for FUN! (http//www.dustylens.com) (http//www.ghost-town-photography.com)
For this reason the nature of my work has changed. It no longer appeals to the average person. Some hate it. Some love it. It matters not. Even as I review my own work I can see some photos are very weak - and some are excellent. Funny thing is, few people agree with me on which is which!!! And that`s good.

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Horshack: Please adhere to social distancing guidelines when forming the line at your local camera store to buy the ZX1.

What a camera! Ha, ha, ha,ha,ha,ha, ha. Just don't take any pictures with it. Just polish it daily and gaze lovingly at it. It was meant to look at . . . kind of like a status symbol!

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2020 at 22:40 UTC

I see we might be talking about the same thing. If mechanical goes to 1/4000 I am happy. I rarely use anything faster. However, if I need faster, 1/8000 might well be fast enough (in ES mode). Too bad about the front curtain.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2020 at 20:22 UTC as 150th comment | 1 reply

Thanks! However the picture shows MECHANICAL shutter, not ELECTRONIC. Mechanical shutters often stop at 1/4000 where electronic shutters frequently go to 1/32000. You still could be correct, but I don't think so. Don't mean to insult you, but this is an important question for me. I own two X-H1 cameras and have ordered this one. It NEEDS to have a faster shutter speed.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2020 at 20:06 UTC as 151st comment | 7 replies

Gear junkie. I see this is your 1st post. Are you sure the official specs are incorrect?????

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2020 at 19:29 UTC as 152nd comment | 1 reply
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Steve Bingham: Copied from specs:
Shutter speed Mechanical Shutter P mode: 4sec. to 1/8000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/8000sec. S/M mode: 15min. to 1/8000sec. Bulb mode: up to 60min.

Have you seen the actual camera? Why are the official specs incorrect? ?????

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2020 at 19:26 UTC
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CBlais: "Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec".
Can anyone confirm this?

Copied directly from specs:
Shutter speed Mechanical Shutter P mode: 4sec. to 1/8000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/8000sec. S/M mode: 15min. to 1/8000sec. Bulb mode: up to 60min.
Wrong? Who knows.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2020 at 17:24 UTC

Copied from specs:
Shutter speed Mechanical Shutter P mode: 4sec. to 1/8000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/8000sec. S/M mode: 15min. to 1/8000sec. Bulb mode: up to 60min.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2020 at 17:18 UTC as 153rd comment | 3 replies

Will any of the 4 "C" choices handle 1/4000 shutter speed?

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2020 at 16:23 UTC as 154th comment | 3 replies
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photo_rb: Useful for those few camera operators who take photos on paid assignments.

He he he. Been doing this for many years for money. Shhhh.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2020 at 22:14 UTC
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amateurphotographer: I recently bought Luminar 4 , solely for their sky replacement function. Which helps me to speed up my workflow when replacing the sky for architecture shoots. I've found some sky issues with Luminar 4 that seems like the AI can't cope with and the outputs are unrealistic. This may be expected under some circumstancing given this early function, but was hoping it was easy to correct. However it seems like there is no full control of the sky replacement in luminar 4. With this photoshop version sky replacement the main thing i see is the layers and masking are in full view, which means you have full control of the sky replacement. Of course we have to see how accurate is the sky replacement and realistic, but at least it's a good function to have and will surely improve with time.

I use Luminar 4 with hundreds of my own skies - at full resolution (16 x 24 inch) perfect prints.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2020 at 22:11 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: "Photoshop knows the difference between the sky and the foreground". That's not something you can say about Luminar.

Adobe doesn't say if it's smart enough to work with the user's own images. If it isn't, all the photos on Zillow and Trulia (and Flickr) will have the same sky.

It does. Luminat adds your own sky, of which I have hundreds.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2020 at 22:08 UTC
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PhotoFactor: They're chasing Luminar now.
Next comes the face replacement tool.
What could possibly go wrong?

He he. Luminar 4 has it free with Fuji stuff.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2020 at 22:05 UTC
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Chris Butler: It may be time to highlight an ugly truth. Digital photography is mostly about post-processing. No shame in that. Ansel Adams is mostly famous because of his darkroom talents. I hope dpreview will create a new division that educates readers and reviews promising new software. Personally, I'm excited.

Exactly. With Luminar 4 doing it free with Fuji stuff, why not!

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2020 at 22:03 UTC
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UllerellU: CAPTURE ONE is much better

Capture One is Much better? Ha ha. I don't think so.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2020 at 16:52 UTC
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RubberDials: Great idea for a series of articles. Feels overdue - but that's not a complaint!

Thank you. It really brought out the Canon boys! :) I will continue to use ACR! (Sure, all raw converters are good . . . it's just that some are a little bit better.)

I would really like to see ACR vs Capture One's raw converter. Both are NOT free (in the pro versions). I feel that ACR is faster than Capture One. Your thoughts. Being a current Fuji and Sony user as well as a former Canon and Nikon user I might be prejudice.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2020 at 16:40 UTC
On photo Body Surfing in the monthly motion challenge challenge (3 comments in total)

I used to bodysurf . . a lot. In the old days the hands were at your side and your stomach was sucked in. Easy to body surf into 2' of water!!!!! Sometimes less. The wave was always behind you! Nice shot

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2020 at 23:11 UTC as 1st comment
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Phil Flash: This survey really misses the point by insisting on some auto exposure mode. Back in the film days, beginning students were told to buy manual cameras, specifically the Pentax K1000, so they could learn to control everything. It's not hard to use a manual camera. So I will color outside your lines and recommend Pentax K1000, Pentax MX, Olympus OM1, and my favorite of them all the Nikon FM/FM2.

I taught for 30 years with the Pentax K1000. I learned to hate it. Why? They (we) had a dozen of them because they were cheap. They were always in the repair shop having their cheap pot metal gears replaced!

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2020 at 22:31 UTC
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PortraitLover: where is the SRT and k1000 ?

The glass was good, the camera was junk . . . based on use of 12 cameras. ALWAYS in for repair!

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2020 at 22:24 UTC
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Eduardo from Colombia: You missed the best 35mm slr beginners camera: The Pentax K1000. In production for more than 30 years and a real performer.

. . . taught with these. Pot metal gears. Cheap construction. Out of the dozen we had, rarely were 10 in use at one time. Why? They were in for repair.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2020 at 22:21 UTC

Taught with cheap Pentax cameras. Pentax K-1000 I believe. Pot metal gears instead of brass. Every year we sent at least 2 back to the factory. Crummy guts. The Pentax 6x7 was a different story. I loved the glass.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2020 at 22:18 UTC as 17th comment
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