Gary Martin

Lives in United States Montclair, CA, United States
Works as a Graphic Designer
Joined on Feb 18, 2005

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On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (384 comments in total)
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zakaria: Ricoh GRII my pocket camera cheaper and has a biger sensor!

Just move in closer ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 23:56 UTC
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Nikonandmore: Great shots & kudos for Michael Bonocore's brilliant work! Thanks for this share and inspiring photos!

But sorry folks, I have an iPhone 7 Plus and the reality goes like this:

Looking at VGA size photos on the web, all looks sharp, detailed and dandy. However, blow them up on the screen, print them any larger than pint size, or shoot in anything out of pitch-ideal lighting conditions (specially using the much slower and not-stabilized telephoto secondary lens), and the iPhone 7 camera/s fall apart like a fly squashed by an elephant's foot. Just about most current 1-inch sensor points-and shoot and some M43 pocket wonders like the LX100, for LESS than the cost of an iPhone 7 plus, eat it for breakfast, digest it for lunch and burp it for dinner.

This endless marketing obsession and ridiculous overblown hype about the iPhone, makes me sick. Reality bites and the truth stinks!

But that's just it: VGA on the web reaches an order of magnitude more viewers than any print. This is the primary medium that photography is now consumed, and the photographer here tailored his tools to his medium, like any good artist would.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 15:33 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (332 comments in total)

Very well done review. I'm glad that you're *finally* not judging the JPEGs solely by the default settings, and pointing out that you can customize the output to get "better" results. For some reason, Pentax has always used poor defaults, IMO.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 23:08 UTC as 57th comment
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Paul Petersen: At this price why not spend another 200 USD on an XT-2 that is weather sealed, and has an amazing lens system and control layout.

Systems are more important (IMO) than individual cameras, which are constantly replaced by newer models. I personally find Fuji's lens lineup to be more attractive than Sony's.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 16:22 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F707 (137 comments in total)

I had one and loved it; it was an ugly beast but the design was actually very useful and the image quality was stellar for its time. I sold it to a friend and it *still works*. Too bad that Sony was pushing that stupid Memory Stick, but glad to see they're on board with more common standards now (relatively speaking!).

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 15:54 UTC as 64th comment | 1 reply
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phoenix15: This is what Pentax should really do. Long ago, Pentax can claim as the king of APS-C due to its various lenses. But now, the crown is taken by Fuji.

As a Pentax user I agree: Fuji has been killing it with their lens releases. We've had weather-sealed bodies for *years* but still don't have a weather-sealed prime wider than 55mm. Hopefully the new lenses promised for 2017 will fill that obvious hole in the lineup.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 15:36 UTC
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rafalvonbur: a backpack for only $250? hold my beer....

If you're going to spend several thousand dollars on photo gear, it seems sensible to buy quality bags to carry it around in. Think Tank gear is built to last, and quality doesn't come cheap.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 04:10 UTC

Large, heavy, expensive, won't fit my camera - and I still want it ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 14:41 UTC as 40th comment
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)
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Gary Martin: Pixel-shift is the killer app for me, and it's a technology that undoubtedly will be improved. Even with current subject movement issues, I find it to not be a big problem: just combine a shifted and non-shifted image in Photoshop, and use a layer mask to remove problem areas. The results are stunning for a sub $2k camera.

Also landscapes and architecture if you're willing to do a bit of post-processing (as I explained in my previous post).

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 22:14 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)
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SungiBr: Nice review. But sad to read the poor AF performance.
I was expecting a better performance, at least, with single shoot and dark environments, because previous bodies aren't that bad.
Maybe it's a buggy firmware, as the system is claimed to be, at least, better than the K3 (wich you DPreview guys reviewned and it didn't get that amount of failures).
Maybe that better Pentax AF system will come with their next APS-C flagship...

As I said, that doesn't match the experience of any regular user I know of, YMMV.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 21:55 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)
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Gary Martin: Pixel-shift is the killer app for me, and it's a technology that undoubtedly will be improved. Even with current subject movement issues, I find it to not be a big problem: just combine a shifted and non-shifted image in Photoshop, and use a layer mask to remove problem areas. The results are stunning for a sub $2k camera.

There is no IQ advantage, it's just a matter of process. I can frame a pixel-shift image in the viewfinder and know exactly how the finished image will be composed and laid out. I find that much harder to do with stitching. But with stitching you can of course generate much higher resolution, even with your "ancient" camera, depending on just how many images you want to use.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 21:54 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)
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SungiBr: Nice review. But sad to read the poor AF performance.
I was expecting a better performance, at least, with single shoot and dark environments, because previous bodies aren't that bad.
Maybe it's a buggy firmware, as the system is claimed to be, at least, better than the K3 (wich you DPreview guys reviewned and it didn't get that amount of failures).
Maybe that better Pentax AF system will come with their next APS-C flagship...

I'm not quite sure what the problem was here, as virtually every K-3 shooter I know, who upgraded to a K-1, reported *improved* AF. I suspect that it takes some experience and tweaking to the default K-1 settings to get good, consistent AF. But there are plenty of K-1 shooters out there already who seem to be doing just fine shooting birds and planes.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 19:08 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)

Pixel-shift is the killer app for me, and it's a technology that undoubtedly will be improved. Even with current subject movement issues, I find it to not be a big problem: just combine a shifted and non-shifted image in Photoshop, and use a layer mask to remove problem areas. The results are stunning for a sub $2k camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 19:03 UTC as 397th comment | 4 replies
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Gesture: Slides don't make sense?

But one nice thing. I can buy 3 Pentax K-1s for the cost of a Canon EOS01D X Mark II and have money left over for a lens.

Hey, I just bought a K-1, but the Canon is a remarkable tool that can do things that the Pentax cannot, and to a pro can be critical.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2016 at 22:10 UTC
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Mister Joseph: What's the lens used on the K-1? Outside of the image center seems to be out of focus or just soft?

I agree; even the APS-C K-3 looks sharper, except for the Pixel Shift which is stunning. I wonder if it's a lens issue, or vibration-related.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 19:56 UTC
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (378 comments in total)
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Ishpuini: Metering with manual lenses? In manual mode press the green button for stop down metering. Works like a charm.

Good information for the rest!! Tx

Also: if you're shooting wide-open you can just set it to Aperture Priority and shoot away.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 23:26 UTC
On article Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 ED VR real-world sample gallery (112 comments in total)
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John Swenson: Love these shots of the desolate Eastern Washington farm country in winter, old farm equipment and Palouse Falls! I can appreciate them even more because I've done a lot of shooting all over Eastern Washington myself over the years.

I got so caught up in appreciating the actual photos that I forget we were supposed to be analyzing every shot for sharpness, bokeh, chromatic aberrations, color saturation, etc. I never got past focusing on the actual photography. Imagine that ;-)

You have a good attitude, but this is a *gear* forum.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 20:47 UTC
On article The new Canon 35mm F1.4L II will be a thing of beauty (227 comments in total)
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Gary Martin: I can't tell the ads from the articles any more ...

My apologies; I just didn't care for the headline, the article is actually worth the read ;)

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 19:18 UTC
On article The new Canon 35mm F1.4L II will be a thing of beauty (227 comments in total)

I can't tell the ads from the articles any more ...

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 18:57 UTC as 48th comment | 11 replies
On article Fujifilm XF 16mm F1.4 moves from roadmap to retailers (227 comments in total)

Dear Ricoh: please make some lenses like Fuji, and I'll give you some of my money.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 15:58 UTC as 20th comment
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