stefpix

Lives in United States Brooklyn, AK, United States
Works as a photographer
Has a website at stefpix.com
Joined on Dec 4, 2012

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stefpix: Why would I need a NFT when I can just grab a screenshot or download an image I like to enjoy it for personal use?

Maybe the star bought from cosmonova is going to finance scientific research. So it is basically a donation for scientific projects

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2022 at 22:36 UTC
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stefpix: Why would I need a NFT when I can just grab a screenshot or download an image I like to enjoy it for personal use?

Buy a print, printed by the photographer or according to his/her guidelines, on photo paper and signed is not like a photo downloaded from a website and printed on an inkjet home printer.

But an nft jpg, how is it different than the image saved from a web browser?

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2022 at 22:35 UTC

Why would I need a NFT when I can just grab a screenshot or download an image I like to enjoy it for personal use?

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2022 at 12:58 UTC as 14th comment | 7 replies
On article Hands-on with Nikon Nikkor Z 24-120mm F4 S (227 comments in total)
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papajohnny: It looks like a very nice lens, but on the other hand I don't feel like I need another lens in between 24-70 and 24-200.

@kerensky97 are you going to sell the 24-70 or the 24-200?
Is the 24-120 much heftier than the 24-200?

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2022 at 14:34 UTC
On article Hands-on with Nikon Nikkor Z 24-120mm F4 S (227 comments in total)
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papajohnny: It looks like a very nice lens, but on the other hand I don't feel like I need another lens in between 24-70 and 24-200.

@Andyyy yes, I agree. My Nikon Z5 stabilization is pretty good for video, I used with the 50mm. Yet the times I shot video with the 24-200, I was impressed by the stable footage, especially coming from Sony.

But the 24-120 without stabilization should cost under $1000. The price seems the same as the Sony 24-105, which has OSS stabilization. One of the appeals of Nikon Z are the less expensive lenses compared to Sony, and the better skin tones/natural colors out of the camera.

I would have sold the 24-200 and 24-70 to get the 24-120 if it had stabilization. Now I am on the fence. The 24-200 may be better for shooting video handheld outdoors, and the 24-70 is smaller.

I bought the 24-70 used like new at around $550, so I would not lose much by selling it.

If the 24-120 price will decrease 20% I may get it. But for the current price, I wish it had good VR

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2021 at 15:48 UTC
On article Hands-on with Nikon Nikkor Z 24-120mm F4 S (227 comments in total)

This lens appears in some tests as good as the 24-70 f4.
I have the 24-70 f4 I bought used, and the 24-200, which came as a kit with the camera. I would have sold both for the 24-120, if the new lens had image stabilization. For the price it should.
For video it is nice to have a stabilized lens. I can’t justify now selling the 24-200, which is stabilized. The dslr version of the 24-120 have VR/stabilization. I wonder why Nikon did not go the same road on the Z version.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2021 at 13:24 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
On article Hands-on with Nikon Nikkor Z 24-120mm F4 S (227 comments in total)
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papajohnny: It looks like a very nice lens, but on the other hand I don't feel like I need another lens in between 24-70 and 24-200.

I have the 24-70 f4 I bought used, and the 24-200, which came as a kit with the camera. I would have sold both for the 24-120, if the new lens had image stabilization. For the price it should.
For video it is nice to have a stabilized lens. I can’t justify now selling the 24-200, which is stabilized. The dslr version of the 24-120 have VR/stabilization. I wonder why Nikon did not go the same road on the Z version.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2021 at 13:23 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: Interesting that the a6100 has reached "EOL" after just, what, 2-3 years? I wonder if it was a slower seller compared to the a6400 and a6000 (a6000 we know sold very well). I guess this comes as a bit of a "shock" perhaps because it seems that Sony is not really known for quickly discontinuing products. I mean , maybe Sony is preparing for the worst, and reallocating semiconductors to other better selling models, and discontinuing either older models or models that don't sell well. Usually, it seems Sony just let products age and then simply stopped making them, but when they reached an age like 4-6 years. But the a6100 has only been on the market for about 3 years. (The a7 II I can understand as it is now 2 generations old).

yes. the A6100 at full price was not worth the savings compared to the A6400. But often it was discounted $150 or so, making the A6400 about 50% more expensive.
On the other hand the A6400 I have never seen discounted.

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2021 at 14:17 UTC
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stefpix: Depreciate the A6600? What does Dpreview? I don’t see any other mention of lower cost for that camera.

Weird that the A6100 is discontinued as there is no new basic apsc low cost camera.

No EVF makes the camera unusable in bright sunlight on fast-paced shoots.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2021 at 20:59 UTC
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Malling: The A7ii, A5100, A6100 and A6400 dos not really make sense anymore so it is fine if Sony discontinued them.

The ZV-E10 will be fine as the low cost entry point as those consider these probably is still the Vlogging type, if they eventually start producing them again. The A6600 just need to be replaced by a new version with up to date technology that is actually worth such a pricetag. So It should also be discontinued as well and I’m sure we might have seen the last as there has been heavy rumour of a new top end APS-C, but then there just is also the chance Sony just dump APS-C altogether.

The A7C will be produced again when they have the necessary chips to support the production of it and the a7iii, the latter is certainly at risk of a production halt, I kinda just wait for the announcement. With the discontinuation of A7ii I anticipate a noticeable price reduction of A7iii down to about $1500 and €1300

The EVF is necessary for a working photographer. I am considering the ZV-1 as a camcorder, but I would not get the ZV-E1, the lack of viewfinder would not allow a photographer to shoot reliably. The A6400 seems a good compromise, although the A6100 offers the same IQ and AF performance for less.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2021 at 20:56 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: Interesting that the a6100 has reached "EOL" after just, what, 2-3 years? I wonder if it was a slower seller compared to the a6400 and a6000 (a6000 we know sold very well). I guess this comes as a bit of a "shock" perhaps because it seems that Sony is not really known for quickly discontinuing products. I mean , maybe Sony is preparing for the worst, and reallocating semiconductors to other better selling models, and discontinuing either older models or models that don't sell well. Usually, it seems Sony just let products age and then simply stopped making them, but when they reached an age like 4-6 years. But the a6100 has only been on the market for about 3 years. (The a7 II I can understand as it is now 2 generations old).

I wonder if the A6100 cannibalized the A6400.
2 years ago I was going to get an A6400, but the A6100 went on sale and I got 2 of those instead. My main con of the A6100 is that I can not choose minimum shutter speed in Auto ISO, so when in P for street or travel photography the camera tends to choose shutter speeds too slow for action shots. Also, the viewfinder seems lower resolution.

Otherwise, I would get the same image quality and autofocus. It seems really weird that the A6100 is discontinued so quickly. I just got the Tamron 18-300, I hope Sony is not killing the APSC cameras.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2021 at 20:53 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: Interesting that the a6100 has reached "EOL" after just, what, 2-3 years? I wonder if it was a slower seller compared to the a6400 and a6000 (a6000 we know sold very well). I guess this comes as a bit of a "shock" perhaps because it seems that Sony is not really known for quickly discontinuing products. I mean , maybe Sony is preparing for the worst, and reallocating semiconductors to other better selling models, and discontinuing either older models or models that don't sell well. Usually, it seems Sony just let products age and then simply stopped making them, but when they reached an age like 4-6 years. But the a6100 has only been on the market for about 3 years. (The a7 II I can understand as it is now 2 generations old).

Yes it is weird the A6100 is being discontinued, while the A6000 has been available for years. The A6400 is quite more expensive.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2021 at 13:39 UTC

Depreciate the A6600? What does Dpreview? I don’t see any other mention of lower cost for that camera.

Weird that the A6100 is discontinued as there is no new basic apsc low cost camera.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2021 at 13:34 UTC as 35th comment | 5 replies
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stefpix: The reviewer used the Action 2 in a way that is not really designed for small action cameras. Music shows in dark venues and a hyperlapse in some dim stairwell.

The main camera module is completely sealed, without any doors or movable parts that may fail and leak.
This makes it the most water resistant action camera without a dive case.
It could be mounted on a dive mask, a speargun, a helmet without the heft and weight of a GoPro Hero 10.

The battery life is much longer than the 20 minutes of the insta 360 Go 2. It also has a rear screen and activity LED in the rear to show when it is filming.

I wish the base internal storage would be 64 or 128GB at this price.

I hope it can come down in price or gets updated.
I think it has its place. A silicone sleeve and tempered glass screen protector will solve the “too hot to hold” issue and the vulnerability of the lens.

My clips with action cameras are usually about 1 minute. So I do not really see the issue.

Miguel. what is your experience/impression with it? Would be interesting to know. I am surprised the reviewer for DPreview shot some low-light music performances instead of some outdoorsy activities/water sports. What have you used it for?

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2021 at 00:04 UTC

Ps
I am not a fan of sealed, non user replaceable batteries, but in this case you get a more water resistant unit.

I wish the reviewer would have used the action 2 in more appropriate settings, not in these where a full frame mirrorless camera would have been more appropriate.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2021 at 14:58 UTC as 18th comment

The reviewer used the Action 2 in a way that is not really designed for small action cameras. Music shows in dark venues and a hyperlapse in some dim stairwell.

The main camera module is completely sealed, without any doors or movable parts that may fail and leak.
This makes it the most water resistant action camera without a dive case.
It could be mounted on a dive mask, a speargun, a helmet without the heft and weight of a GoPro Hero 10.

The battery life is much longer than the 20 minutes of the insta 360 Go 2. It also has a rear screen and activity LED in the rear to show when it is filming.

I wish the base internal storage would be 64 or 128GB at this price.

I hope it can come down in price or gets updated.
I think it has its place. A silicone sleeve and tempered glass screen protector will solve the “too hot to hold” issue and the vulnerability of the lens.

My clips with action cameras are usually about 1 minute. So I do not really see the issue.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2021 at 14:58 UTC as 19th comment | 5 replies
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AbrasiveReducer: This lens looks like it goes with the camera, not like the camera is some small accessory that attaches to the back of a lens.

It would be nice if you would just compare the actual size and weight of the Tamron, rather than hiding it behind 60% longer and 80% heavier. But it beats the number of Nocts, I suppose.

THe US decades ago had committed to metrication at the federal level. Even if I live in the USA, I find US units often clunky and hard to compare, especially regarding weight. Pushing the envelope by adopting the metric system units only would do a favor and help Americans abandon an archaic and clunky system.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2021 at 13:29 UTC
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evaeva0705: So many people complaining about plastic mount on a 100g lens. Funny. If you look at the teardown of those F2.8 zoom lenses which easily weight over 1kg, their inner barrels are mostly plastic. The fact is modern AF lens are mostly made out of plastic.

I don't know why suddenly it becomes an issue.

@old cameras. I am ok with plastic for cameras. But I wonder if a plastic mount mounted on metal camera mount will wear faster. Anyway I just may get it. $299 is nice.
If nikon would have charged $309 instead with a metal mount it would have been better.

How much can a metal mount cost?

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2021 at 14:46 UTC
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evaeva0705: So many people complaining about plastic mount on a 100g lens. Funny. If you look at the teardown of those F2.8 zoom lenses which easily weight over 1kg, their inner barrels are mostly plastic. The fact is modern AF lens are mostly made out of plastic.

I don't know why suddenly it becomes an issue.

Although a plastic mount grinding on a metal bayonet mount each time you change lenses may make it loose in the long run.

I had a nikkor 18-55 years ago and it did not feel mounted as tight as the metal mount lenses

I am not against plastic in general (apart from single serve bottles and cups), but in this case it may be an issue after a while.

Anyway, I am interested in the lens, even if I have the 50mm already.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2021 at 12:31 UTC
On article Sony ZV-E10 review (303 comments in total)

Most YouTubers are pumping this camera. Is the selfie stick rambling crowd so important?

I have the A6100. Good luck without the EVF at shooting video in bright sunlight on a mountain or at the beach. Sony could have just produced a $50 firmware update to give the A6100/A6400 electronic image stabilization and cinema profiles.

The 16-50 is not a good lens. The RX100v has a brighter and better lens that gives better bokeh, for those interested.

I have been shooting for years with Sony, but at the end of 2020 I got also a Nikon Z5 with 50mm and 24-70 f4 (used, half price). Now I use the Nikon for portraits, because even in RAW with Lightroom the skin tones are a lot better.

Sony has a better eye AF, even when the subject is small in the frame, so I use the Sony cameras for less static photos. But this latest camerais a let down. A rebadged A6100, without the EVF and some improvements.

Sony should have at least produced a new and better kit lens for this.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2021 at 11:23 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
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