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Nikon D810,D800E,D800
Canon 1DM3, Olympus EM5,EM1
Lots and lots of lenses


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What if you have an eye tic????????????

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 21:14 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On article 2016 iPhone Photography Award winners announced (75 comments in total)

As with any camera, good light, composition, timing and technique lead to a good photography.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 22:28 UTC as 6th comment
On article Photographing fireworks: The basics and then some (66 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: Simply "moving away" is not going to produce adequate results in getting city skyline, just like in the example here. The idea here is to get the skyline exposed well enough to get at least 1/3 of the attention, giving the rest two thirds to the fireworks.

The trick is to expose it for long enough to make the sky blue. Do not worry about overexposure, as the fireworks are moving, and all you get is longer traces. What you get in return is perfectly exposed fireworks and the city skyline against the lighter toned sky. Below is the example.

Absolutely wrong. You get way overexposed fireworks. The finale lights up the city like daylight. The problem with this advice is it assumes one rocket is going up at at time; that is not the case with modern professional displays. Many rockets go up and it's way too bright for the suggested approach.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 19:39 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2617 comments in total)

A nice camera but a bit late to the party.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 19:34 UTC as 371st comment | 2 replies
On article Photographing fireworks: The basics and then some (66 comments in total)

Today's fireworks shows involve multiple rockets going up at once. It's just too bright for the old f8 and bulb approach.

For the last two years I've been using aperture priority, ISO 100 and f 8 to f22 depending on how long I want the shutter open.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 19:23 UTC as 16th comment

Well, never liked this image. Love Ansel Adams and his work in general.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 21:45 UTC as 37th comment | 3 replies
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (802 comments in total)
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Nicholalala: I used to shoot on the street with a Hasselblad, and medium format (and square) were always my preferred format. My perfect camera is probably an Alpa with a digital back. This is for all practical purposes that camera more refined. As somebody said on Luminous-Landscape, “If you don't see that as a breakthrough, then pick up a Phase XF body with an IQ350 back and three LS lenses and take a nice long hike or walk around a city for the day.” Just take the camera on a walk.

So, why would I buy a camera like this? Three things: It’s medium format and 50mp, so it has larger pixel sensors. It has 16 bit color depth. I’m sorry if color is not appreciated in photography. I look at my film images and am simply shocked by the color difference. The camera is reasonably priced for what it delivers in the package size. I paid $500 for 20x24" Cibachrome paper in 1990. Seriously, this camera will be useful for a decade.

I bet that I see a lot of these at weddings and environmental photo shoots.

Look at the lenses - expensive and slow. Do you really want an f4.5 90 mm lens for $2600?

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 19:46 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (802 comments in total)

Interesring camera, I wish them well. I owned a lot of Hassie equipment at one time.
Medium Format is not a road I'm going down again, though:
Too limiting in lens choices and lens speed
Too large, heavy, cumbersome
Too expensive
Ultimately I found I was getting more photos I was happy with more easily with 35 mm equipment.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 12:45 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies

When VR connects directly to the brain... then we'll have something to get excited about.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2016 at 12:50 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article Processor designer ARM acquires Apical (29 comments in total)

Sounds like a good move.
(I've never heard of either of these companies)

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 12:17 UTC as 5th comment | 4 replies

I'm bummed! Always enjoyed his insights. Goodbye Michael.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 22:58 UTC as 118th comment
On article Benchmark performance: Nikon D810 in-depth review (255 comments in total)
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AKH: Great images from Iceland.

AF in low light: " we found it to be a nuisance at dim wedding receptions, or romantic candle-lit dinners". Personally I think that the D810 AF is much better than the D800 in all kinds of light also at weddings where I have found no problems with AF at all.

-2EV corresponds to ISO 6400 at 1/8 sec at f/1.4, and in such low light a flash must be used as you cannot shoot handheld anyway.

The AF is in a different league than the D800/E and can be used very confidently as a sports camera with long burst and very fast action (limited of course by 5 frames in FX mode or 7 in DX mode). The buffer has also increased a lot compared to the D800/E- in 14-bit lossless compressed format 28/97 images in FX/DX-mode. (58/100 in 12-bit compressed format)

“High ISO performance surpassed by peers” – yes but by how much - maybe ¼ of a stop? I have compared the D810 to the D3S and they show around the same amount of noise when the D810 files are down sampled to 12 MP.

Have to agree with AKH and disagree with Rishi.
Wonder if the testing methodology was flawed.
There is a difference between precision and accuracy.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 23:03 UTC
On article Benchmark performance: Nikon D810 in-depth review (255 comments in total)

Well, I don't find the low light AF to be worse than the D800, D800E or 5D3 (I own all of these)>
I have no blurry images from shutter shock (though I rarely use VR).
Other reviewers did not find these problems.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 00:32 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply

We're one big accident away from the ban of drones.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2016 at 17:01 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon D5 real-world low light, high ISO samples (281 comments in total)
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gordonpritchard: Is it my imagination or is it correct that the dynamic range in the RAW files is not very wide? They seem to have blown highlights and plugged shadows in some of the concert shots.

You are correct: higher ISO, lower dynamic range; at ISO 400,000 and above there is almost no DR. Its physics, dude.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 02:34 UTC

Certainly disappointing, no matter that it's a sports camera.
Image quality is ultimately the thing.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 12:42 UTC as 82nd comment | 3 replies

Nice camera, but 3 million is well beyond terrible.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 16:54 UTC as 84th comment

For what it's worth, installed LR 6.5 and no problems.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2016 at 10:48 UTC as 10th comment
On article 'Details matter': Ian Goode on visual storytelling (26 comments in total)
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MarkMAlaska: I really hate this misuse of the word 'narrative.' Nothing he is describing is a narrative. Changing the color and contrast of a landscape photo does not change it into a story. A story is something that unfolds over time; photographs don't do that. If that landscape photo suddenly became a story, then tell me that story - start at the beginning and walk me through the narrative until the end. You can't because there is no narrative communicated by the image. What does change is the mood, affect, and connotation and that is really an interesting thing to analyze, but we never get there if we insist on focusing on buzzwords like 'narrative' and 'story-telling.'

An interesting photo tells a story.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2016 at 12:38 UTC
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Flashback: Mr Go Tokura, what are your thoughts on sliced bread?

Well, if we see any demand for this, we may consider it in the future☺


Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 23:22 UTC
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