craigvolpe

craigvolpe

Lives in United States Eugene, OR, United States
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at http://craigvolpe.com
Joined on Mar 10, 2009
About me:

I'm a wedding photojournalist based in Oregon that has been documenting weddings across the US since 2004.

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Similar experience with a D3 and 35mm f2D back in the day. One time I documented almost an entire wedding with just that one lens. I wouldn't go to that extreme any more, but still a good 2/3 of my photos are shot at that focal length.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2020 at 19:19 UTC as 84th comment
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shadowz: What function does that the black tape on the sides of the D700 serve ...just asking you know...:)

There can be a variety of reasons. Some possibilities:
Functional in that it's less prominent in reflections. Photojournalists, especially those that are fond of 35mm focal length, often like to make layered photos, and reflections are a great way to add layers.
Functional in the hopes of making the camera look less valuable, and hopefully make it less likely to be stolen as a result.
Aesthetic in that some people don't like branding plastered over everything.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2020 at 19:09 UTC
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craigvolpe: It says it comes with a 10 pack of zink paper, but anyone know how many sheets of zink the camera can actually load at one time? Just one, or multiple?

The 20 and 50 refer to how many sheets come in retail packs of zink paper, not how many sheets the camera holds. The camera would be prohibitively fat to hold 20 sheets at once!

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 18:46 UTC

It says it comes with a 10 pack of zink paper, but anyone know how many sheets of zink the camera can actually load at one time? Just one, or multiple?

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 18:35 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies

Probably a dumb question, but if linear response creates excess information in highlights, why don't they make sensors or image formats that map light logarithmically?

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 17:36 UTC as 76th comment | 13 replies
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melgross: What the hell is wrong with guys like this? Are they so removed from the real world that they don’t see this, at least, as being dangerous to their reputation and careers?

That’s beyond the fact that this shouldn’t be done simply because it’s just demeaning, and wrong.

I know that a friend of mine assisted Mr Frakes many years ago and he was a creepy perv to her. Not sure about this current case, but he does have a reputation for being inappropriate with much younger female assistants.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 01:28 UTC

Doesn't surprise me. Years ago, I remember a photojournalist friend of mine (not going to name names) told me she assisted Mr Frakes long ago and that he made unwanted advances toward her.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 01:25 UTC as 4th comment

Fuji X100T and XT1 with 12mm F2 lens works well for me and is a pretty light setup. Some recent photos using the combo: https://www.instagram.com/craigvolpe/

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 00:47 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (499 comments in total)
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JPR.lda: Why is nobody complaining about:
- the lack of AF assist when using a flash?
- the fact that the cameras focus at shooting aperture and any aperture smaller the F8 the AF struggle to focus.
- all A7 cameras are useless for events and weddings because of the above problems. (unless you use them for video only)
I am not trolling, I use A7r2 everyday but I find it incredible that these problems are not addressed by Sony after six A7 cameras and a A9

X1T-S focus light does NOT work on Sony's mirrorless bodies. From Flash Havoc:

"Godox are aware of this issue, though its not really a bug. The AF assist light will only work on Sony DSLR’s like the a99 and a77II etc."

http://flashhavoc.com/godox-x1-s-ttl-triggers-for-sony-released/

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 21:20 UTC
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (499 comments in total)
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noflashplease: It's not immediately clear to me who Sony is targeting with the A9? After all, why pay $4,500 for a camera with a 5 frame per second mechanical shutter? Sony doesn't have the professional infrastructure to compete with Canon in the flagship sports/photojournalism market. Sony's lens lineup is also sparse, overpriced (even by professional standards) and generally uninspiring.

In the end, the A9 looks like a repeat of the same form factor that we've been seeing since the A7II, albeit at 3 times the price and with an extra control dial. It's really not a camera for professionals, as much as wealthy hobbyists who pride themselves on being early adopters.

I know several PJs and pro sports photographers that are interested in the a9. Yes, Sony is lacking in the lens department. But my impression is many sports photogs would continue using their Canon lenses.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 23:22 UTC
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (499 comments in total)
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JPR.lda: Why is nobody complaining about:
- the lack of AF assist when using a flash?
- the fact that the cameras focus at shooting aperture and any aperture smaller the F8 the AF struggle to focus.
- all A7 cameras are useless for events and weddings because of the above problems. (unless you use them for video only)
I am not trolling, I use A7r2 everyday but I find it incredible that these problems are not addressed by Sony after six A7 cameras and a A9

JPR.lda Those were things I also disliked about the A7RII. I also really hated that there's no medium and small RAW file options.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 23:07 UTC
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (499 comments in total)
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JPR.lda: Why is nobody complaining about:
- the lack of AF assist when using a flash?
- the fact that the cameras focus at shooting aperture and any aperture smaller the F8 the AF struggle to focus.
- all A7 cameras are useless for events and weddings because of the above problems. (unless you use them for video only)
I am not trolling, I use A7r2 everyday but I find it incredible that these problems are not addressed by Sony after six A7 cameras and a A9

Alex Permit As far as I can remember, Godox X1T AF Assist doesn't work on Sony bodies.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 23:05 UTC
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (499 comments in total)
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(unknown member): As this is the 1st of the A9 series it is better to await its successor. Think Canon 1Ds, Canon 1Ds MkII, or Nikon D700, Nikon D800 or Sony Nex7, Sony a6000. It'll be better and cost less, and maybe a case and an extra battery and Capture one or DXO ?

D3 was perfectly fine camera compared to D3s, thank you very much.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 23:03 UTC

Fascinating!

Was this a typo on slide 14? "If this were done in the traditional (non-automated) manner it would take about 3 days per element." Are you sure it's not 3 days per lens or 3 hours per element?

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 20:15 UTC as 8th comment

I had one, but this is one camera I ended up not liking. I found it too slow and fiddly to use.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 19:19 UTC as 16th comment
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Marksphoto: nothing will outperform a quality lens.

Marksphoto "But yet...your claims are flawless." And what claims are those? When someone makes a claim, it's up to them to provide evidence to support it, not others to disprove it.
For example:
Claim: "apples will never be purple."
This is an unreasonable claim because it's possible apples could be purple in the future and without knowing the future there's no way to prove that they won't be. Others don't need to prove that they will be purple for it to be an unreasonable claim.
"Nothing will outperform a quality lens" is an unreasonable claim for the same reason.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2017 at 00:39 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2163 comments in total)
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Fredy Ross: Did I read that it is silent? I hardly use my A7r except for landscapes as it is so noisy. If silent a lot more people would buy it/

Actually, you can use it with flickering light sources. You just have to be careful what shutter speed you use to minimize banding. This is normal behavior for electronic shutters, but I read one of Canon's new cameras implements some kind of anti-banding algorithm or something.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2017 at 00:23 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus E-10 (168 comments in total)

This was my first serious digital camera. I still have it but sadly it won't power on any more.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2016 at 02:05 UTC as 21st comment
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2163 comments in total)
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Fredy Ross: Did I read that it is silent? I hardly use my A7r except for landscapes as it is so noisy. If silent a lot more people would buy it/

The silent shutter mode is nice, but unfortunately you can't use it with a lot of other things such as flash or continuous shooting mode.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 01:04 UTC
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Marksphoto: nothing will outperform a quality lens.

Marksphoto, you're the one that made the unsubstantiated claim that nothing will ever outperform a lens. One doesn't need an unlimited understanding of physics to point out the flaw in that claim. The only way for your claim to be reasonable is for the one making it to have an unlimited understanding of physics, which obviously no one has, and therefore it's a silly claim for anyone to make. Next time, I suggest adding a clause such as "I suspect" to claims like that.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 21:27 UTC
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