Sarge_

Lives in United States Jackson Hole, WY, United States
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Apr 14, 2007

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As someone who is constantly getting jerked around by finger reader fails... hell yes! Give me facial scanning, or retina type scanning, or something that works whether your fingers are perfectly dry or not...

But give me my headphone jack back first.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 17:58 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply

I'm decades deep in Nikon pro gear, and I'm pretty open-minded creatively, but that music is terrible - it makes it unwatchable. At the very least, play it with the music but ditch the terrible, terrible vocals... Yeesh.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 16:47 UTC as 11th comment
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El Jeffe: I want to know what kind of speakers the DJ should have.

That's not half as important as what brand of hard drive the music is played from. Cheap hard drives sound terrible.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 23:37 UTC

This is such garbage advice. Everyone knows Canon's sensors are a decade behind the times. Just look at their DXOmark rankings. Brides should only choose photographers using Nikon D810's, and they should only use Zeiss Otus lenses. I know this, from looking extensively at millions of pixels. /theonion

In all seriousness, the highest-priced wedding photog in my market (upwards of $15k/wedding) shoots only 35mm film... Chew on that, "Brides Magazine".

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 23:35 UTC as 242nd comment
On article DJI announces new Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 drones (63 comments in total)
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semorg: DJI Is proving they're not only becoming the leading drone hardware company, but with this rate the leading camera maker as well. I'm a recent drone convert (DJI P4) and I love it. however, it's as if DJI was in my head and listened to all my wish lists and delivered the P4 pro. It has all the things I was reasonably expecting maybe more.
I'm really impressed by DJI and how they were able to release 3 new drones (they're upgraded but it might as well be new drones given how much the changed) in a short time frame. I'm very impressed by them.

They've release the Mavick, P4 Pro, Inspire 2, and 600 all just recently... Impressive stuff. Time will tell if they're all reliable, but DJI has an excellent track record. But then so did Samsung...

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 19:33 UTC
On article DJI announces new Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 drones (63 comments in total)

Why do you have to pay for the CinemaDNG license, or the ProRes license to get the better camera on the I2??? That seems absurd.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 14:59 UTC as 11th comment
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (150 comments in total)

Look! It's half of a Macbook Pro!

They should have thrown in a CF card reader while they were at it...

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 15:47 UTC as 15th comment

Even so, so what? I don't want a bunch of fv#$ing dongles to have to carry around with me all over the country every time I shoot on location. No more Macbooks for me.

Apple makes products for Starbucks-bound housewives, not creative professionals.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 16:14 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply

First they turned the Mac Pro into a suppository, then they abandoned their pro creative apps, then they stopped evolving the MBP for almost five years, then they made the iPhone into the iDongle, and now they've ensured pro photogs and other 'on-location' creatives will switch to PCs. Apple has nothing of value to offer us.

As a pro photographer, the last thing I need are dongles to leave at home, one more piece of gear to lose on the plane, in the car, etc, and/or more batteries to charge. I have no interest in 'dongle life'.

Pro creatives, willing to pay up for superior gear, created the Apple 'mystique'. Those people have been abandoned. Looking at Microsoft's recent announcements, they're more than ready to deliver, and Apple no longer is...

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 01:16 UTC as 258th comment | 1 reply
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Sarge_: As someone who earns a living in a small market as an architectural photographer, I've been holding out on switching from Nikon to Canon in hopes of a Nikon version of Canon's $2,100 17mm t/s lens.

At $3,400 for 19mm, I am highly likely to finally jump ship to Canon. The financial justification is finally there. I'll likely wait a little while to see if they reduce the price, and see the reviews, but I can't see staying with Nikon, since this is as wide a t/s lens as they will make for the foreseeable future, and 17mm is just that much more useful for me.

Very disappointing.

Thanks. I'm not sure that's robust enough for me; I need to be able to change ISO settings without moving/touching the camera, and then I need to be able to trigger it from a hundred yards away sometimes, and/or in environments with competing Wifi. I basically push the limits of the Camranger wifi system, and anything less won't work for a lot of exterior architectural work.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 01:01 UTC
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Sarge_: As someone who earns a living in a small market as an architectural photographer, I've been holding out on switching from Nikon to Canon in hopes of a Nikon version of Canon's $2,100 17mm t/s lens.

At $3,400 for 19mm, I am highly likely to finally jump ship to Canon. The financial justification is finally there. I'll likely wait a little while to see if they reduce the price, and see the reviews, but I can't see staying with Nikon, since this is as wide a t/s lens as they will make for the foreseeable future, and 17mm is just that much more useful for me.

Very disappointing.

@probert500 - have you found anything like Camranger for the A7r2? I'm considering that combination, but almost all of my work is high end composite shooting with strobes, so I absolutely NEED a wifi control for trigger and all camera settings.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 20:39 UTC
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nachos: Another obligatory pricing discussion... here's my thoughts, and I'm a working architectural photographer.

- Comparisons between the Canon 17 and Nikon 19 are going to be made, however the Canon 17 is getting a bit old (so are the other Nikons!) and isn't great on the higher res cameras. It's not terrible, but could be better. I expect this Nikon is designed for high performance at high resolution, and may indeed be why its 19 and not 17. I look forward to reviews!

- Professional equipment has a professional price. Rodenstock and Schneider technical camera lenses make this look affordable.

-I expect a 20% price drop next summer. I picked up the new 24-70 with such a discount a few months ago. The early adopter tax is real.

- On the creative side, I like 19mm more than 17. To me, 17 is for documenting tight technical spaces - the spacing between objects begins to look unreal when wider than 19.

There are approximately zero brick buildings where I am, so I don't have that issue, but I will probably wait to see what the reviews of the lens look like, and then wait to see if either the price drops, or I can find a decent used example.

While no one usually prefers the 'look' of super wide optics, many clients require it when the intended use is to show the scale of various rooms (VRBO type use), so it would be nice to have 17 vs 19, but I can continue manipulating the 14-24mm output in post I guess. Nevertheless, at $3,400 the lens better be so useful that it basically lives on the camera, and I don't think I'd find that to be the case at 19mm...

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 20:36 UTC
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Sarge_: As someone who earns a living in a small market as an architectural photographer, I've been holding out on switching from Nikon to Canon in hopes of a Nikon version of Canon's $2,100 17mm t/s lens.

At $3,400 for 19mm, I am highly likely to finally jump ship to Canon. The financial justification is finally there. I'll likely wait a little while to see if they reduce the price, and see the reviews, but I can't see staying with Nikon, since this is as wide a t/s lens as they will make for the foreseeable future, and 17mm is just that much more useful for me.

Very disappointing.

Looking on ebay, I can buy a used Canon 5D MIII and a 17mm TS lens for the cost of just this lens from Nikon... Makes it a pretty easy to stick my toe in the Canon pond.

Add their recent 11-24mm lens and, as an architectural photographer trying to shoot on FF vs medium format, it's pretty tough to stay with Nikon. I've always preferred the Nikon raw file look, and ergonomics, but they aren't delivering competitive lenses at competitive prices for my niche.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 20:30 UTC
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falconeyes: I read a lot of criticism about this lens and its price point.
However, if rumors about it being really sharp are true, it may be the only TS lens which really does make sense. Because a pano head and software stitching yields very high rez architectural results, using lower rez TS lenses might fall short in competitivity.

Stitching is a nightmare when you're shooting composite images with strobes. I sometimes do it with my 24mm PC-E, and I really was hoping this one would be a 16mm or 17mm PC-E at a price competitive with the $2,100 Canon 17mm.

$3,400 and 19mm are both very disappointing, as it seems highly unlikely they'll ever offer anything wider. The cost, for someone in a small market, is a deal killer.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 03:43 UTC
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nachos: Another obligatory pricing discussion... here's my thoughts, and I'm a working architectural photographer.

- Comparisons between the Canon 17 and Nikon 19 are going to be made, however the Canon 17 is getting a bit old (so are the other Nikons!) and isn't great on the higher res cameras. It's not terrible, but could be better. I expect this Nikon is designed for high performance at high resolution, and may indeed be why its 19 and not 17. I look forward to reviews!

- Professional equipment has a professional price. Rodenstock and Schneider technical camera lenses make this look affordable.

-I expect a 20% price drop next summer. I picked up the new 24-70 with such a discount a few months ago. The early adopter tax is real.

- On the creative side, I like 19mm more than 17. To me, 17 is for documenting tight technical spaces - the spacing between objects begins to look unreal when wider than 19.

That's true, and it's why a 17mm would be worthwhile for me. So much so, and given the cost (a used 17mm t/s Canon is $1,700 on ebay), I may finally have to abandon Nikon. They'll never offer a 17mm PC-E, and the price is just way too high.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 02:37 UTC

As someone who earns a living in a small market as an architectural photographer, I've been holding out on switching from Nikon to Canon in hopes of a Nikon version of Canon's $2,100 17mm t/s lens.

At $3,400 for 19mm, I am highly likely to finally jump ship to Canon. The financial justification is finally there. I'll likely wait a little while to see if they reduce the price, and see the reviews, but I can't see staying with Nikon, since this is as wide a t/s lens as they will make for the foreseeable future, and 17mm is just that much more useful for me.

Very disappointing.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 19:23 UTC as 6th comment | 9 replies
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chriscotec: I shoot architecture for a living and can't imagine life without my T/S-E 17mm. Most projects I do needs a lens that is wider than 24mm for some shots. My 17mm lives on my camera.In the rare cases it is too wide I move the tripod a step in.

Welcome back too architectural photography Nikon (almost).

Between not being 17mm, and being overpriced by 50%, my wait to switch to Nikon (as an architectural photographer) is probably over.

19 vs 17, and $3,400 vs $2,100 is probably finally going to push me to Canon.

Very disappointing, indeed, Nikon.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 19:12 UTC
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dbo: This lens looks awesome. If it is already calculated for higher res sensors it would justify the price although 3.4k is quite steep compared to available offerings on similar quality level.

As Sony FE user I would wish for something like this in native mount (using currently Canon TS-E's via MBIV).

There is a native mount solution available with the Walimex 24mm TS (German branded Samyang/Rokinon). I tried out last year, and found it in several aspects ok, but it had abrasion issues which made me doubt about durability.

The price of the 19mm PC-E is 50% above the Canon 17mm, and 17mm is of more use to me (I own the 24mm PCE) than 19mm.

I earn a living in a small market, and it might take a few month's profit above operating costs to make back the price of this lens.

I've been holding out on switching to Canon for the 17mm t/s lens (after a decade with Nikon), but the price of this 19mm will be the stick that breaks the camel's back. I'll wait to see the reviews of the lens, but I can't see sticking with Nikon at that price point. Selling all my Nikon gear will be a nuisance, but $1,000 savings to get a more useful, wider 17mm t/s lens is probably worthwhile.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 19:08 UTC
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nachos: Another obligatory pricing discussion... here's my thoughts, and I'm a working architectural photographer.

- Comparisons between the Canon 17 and Nikon 19 are going to be made, however the Canon 17 is getting a bit old (so are the other Nikons!) and isn't great on the higher res cameras. It's not terrible, but could be better. I expect this Nikon is designed for high performance at high resolution, and may indeed be why its 19 and not 17. I look forward to reviews!

- Professional equipment has a professional price. Rodenstock and Schneider technical camera lenses make this look affordable.

-I expect a 20% price drop next summer. I picked up the new 24-70 with such a discount a few months ago. The early adopter tax is real.

- On the creative side, I like 19mm more than 17. To me, 17 is for documenting tight technical spaces - the spacing between objects begins to look unreal when wider than 19.

As someone who earns a living as an architectural photographer in a small market, I've been waiting for the 19mm for a while (I currently use a 14-24 and a 24 PC-E for most work, with the 24-70 and 70-200 for longer range shots.)

I have to say the price, for me, is disappointingly high, and 19mm is a bit disappointing (I could use wider, like 17mm or even 16mm). I can justify $2,500, but $3,400 is just too rich. If it were a 17mm, it would be a better partner to the 24mm PC-E. $3,500 for 5mm... ??? ouch.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 18:48 UTC

Is there any stabilization built into the software, like the iPhone has, which might also eliminate 4th axis 'bumps' when walking? That remains the biggest challenge for 'follow cam' type shots, and the only solution I'm aware of is a $3k 4 axis gimball from turbo ace, which seems to get mixed reviews.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2016 at 19:43 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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