Marc PoKempner

Lives in United States Chicago, IL, United States
Works as a photojournalist
Has a website at
Joined on Jul 3, 2006
About me:

Photographs on assignment for publications, and projects of my own invention.


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On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (385 comments in total)
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Marc PoKempner: Why did DPR avoid the obvious comparison between the X-T20 and the X-T2, and even the EX-2? Could it be that Fuji doesn't want consumers to know and that DPR / Amazon goes along? Disappointing!

Sorry - I meant the other camera with the new 24mp sensor - the Fujifilm X-A3. It would be useful to know the differences, since the sensor and presumably IQ are the same...

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 03:04 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (385 comments in total)

Why did DPR avoid the obvious comparison between the X-T20 and the X-T2, and even the EX-2? Could it be that Fuji doesn't want consumers to know and that DPR / Amazon goes along? Disappointing!

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 18:33 UTC as 35th comment | 4 replies
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (488 comments in total)

Aside from the "mystique", etc. there are a few reasons to use a Leica: for shooting with an off-camera fill flash, it's possible to train yourself to see the shot when shooting, without stopping to look at the playback, and the small, quiet form factor does make a more unobtrusive way of working possible. The key word is "working". These cameras have advantages for serious, intense work, especially in intimate, low light situations, where the rangefinder may be easier to focus accurately than an sir, and is certainly more maneuverable. The disadvantage is the red dot, and associated price, which draw a lot of unwanted gawkers' attention. I'm sticking with the Fuji X100, and my film Leicas are gathering dust...though I miss the brighter OVF. It would be nice if someone at DPR really did low-light reportage.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 17:27 UTC as 46th comment

Hopefully the nominal settlement was in addition to attorney's fees!
Thankfully the message that cops can and will be held accountable is spreading.
Law enforcement is a VERY tough job! Those who do it right should be honored and respected and those who can't do it right should be stripped of their badges & guns!

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 21:08 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? (327 comments in total)

OK - I have a closet full of Nikon lenses and will probably continue using a D-750 for my professional work - partly indeed because showing up with a mini camera doesn't inspire confidence in clients and subjects. But the X-30 is darn near perfect for my personal shooting and I'm hoping that not much changes with its replacement! An even better sensor and more magnification for focusing and playback would be nice, but the fast zoom, good low light performance and especially manual focussing are the best I've founding a small body. I shoot in dimly and oddly lit nightclubs, and used to use film Leicas for most of this. The X-30 produces much better images! Amazing!

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 22:23 UTC as 4th comment
On article Fujifilm X100T Review (697 comments in total)
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lawamainn: Way too expensive, limited usage (fixed 23mm), low resolution.....Compared to, say, A6000, it seems pretty miserable! Why did Fuji make this camera?

There are those, photographers, rather than camera-review buffs, who realize that any given picture is made with one camera and one lens, and have developed a way of moving in the world and shooting that works with a small, quiet rangefinder and 35mm lens. I've made many of my best photos with this combination. One learns instinctively what the frame will be, and doesn't fiddle with zooming, changing lenses, etc. It can be a very direct and engaged way of working. Also, the feeling of a particular camera, which as Cartier Bresson noted, becomes an extension of your hand and your eye, gives a certain satisfaction.
The x100 series has for many become the "Leica with 35 Summicron" of the current era. It's less expensive that the Leica lens alone, and more technologically advanced than the overpriced, bulky Leica digital bodies. Also, the whole machine is optimized for just that one lens. The quality is outstanding, in any light!
I'm very happy Fuji took a chance on this series!

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 17:26 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100T Review (697 comments in total)

I handled one of these and in playback could not see how to move frame to frame while enlarged. Has this feature been eliminated?? The degree of enlargement needed to be improved ( and could be now that the screen is higher res). Has it? Is the frame to frame feature hidden in a menu?
Also - I've never understood why a mirrorless camera has MORE shutter delay than a DSLR. A film Leica and a digital Nikon seem to release almost instantaneously - capturing fleeting expressions. I shoot the x100s and always, even in OVF mode, need to anticipate significantly to get the right moment.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 15:36 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
On photo Playing with Fishes. in the Fun in Bare Feet challenge (7 comments in total)

pleasant and sexy idea, well executed = lovely!
suggestion: minimize the flash shadow on the far leg through retouching

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2013 at 15:56 UTC as 4th comment
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