mls149

mls149

Lives in United States NY in Summer, CA in Winter, United States
Works as a Professional Photographer
Joined on Apr 23, 2010
About me:

Bi-coastal, just now retiring from the Industrial photography biz. I did this large format for 30+ yrs, and also did Newspaper & Magazine work. Started right out of College as a darkroom printer in Vietnam for the wire services - a great experience. Also did some freelance in the Far East for 5 years, based in Tokyo. I now shoot mostly for me, but also do Events, Weddings, Stock, some Newspaper stuff; and sell Fine Art prints.

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On article Sony a9 shooting experience (1284 comments in total)

for greenieadi....
or....
4) one of many Pros who tried to make the Sony switch and had such a terrible experience with the breakage/repair/support experience of the A7 series that he wouldn't touch another with a 20ft pole

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 04:26 UTC as 125th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (536 comments in total)
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huck56: Nikon is pushing all professional DX users into the D500 - which is fine. It's bad for the D7200 Pro's who saved money on the cheaper body, as now they need the D500 to get the features they need. The single SD card really rules this out for a profession on the job, but fine for enthusiasts.

As for the D7500 - it's great for what it is. The awesome sensor from the D500, 8 fps, the incredible white balance, and the amazing group AF from the D500. Sadly it does not have Multi-CAM 2k but same AF engine as the D750.

The D7500 is the enthusiast camera with built-in flash and one SD card which is good or fine for that market.

It also lacks the D500's 200K shutter, which is disappointing.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 03:45 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (536 comments in total)
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Franka T.L.: By stripping away some important and much loved D7200 but yet do not offer proper true enthusiasts level in key performance area. NIKON is trying hard to sway people to buy D500. I think its too hard in fact. The 4k 2.55x crop is a joke. People want super 35 coverage when they have a super 35 sensor. Lack of dual card slot is a big disappointment not to mention lack of support for up to date fast i/o on memory cards. I was on the fence waiting for the D7500 but NIKON give me now every reason not to get one and no not the D500 either.

You can actually get a used D500 with a 6 month warranty from mpb.com in like new condition with...1 shutter actuation on it (yes, one) for a bit over $1400. Not a hard choice for me over the 7500.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 03:44 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (536 comments in total)
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TerryCM: How many people on this site, started on film ? In 1982 I bought a Nikon F3 and never felt the need to "upgrade". What is it with people that just want more and more ? I have done weddings with a 6 Mpx camera twelve years ago, and with an F3 film camera 25 years ago. All of my customers were happy with the results. Still use the F3, my current DSLR is a 16 Mpx Pentax and I still have satisfied customers !

Amen Kim, and by the way DAS, the 11 year old Canon 30d only weighs 700 grams - lighter than a current Sony full frame A7, and you need a porter to carry it??

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 03:40 UTC
On article Extremely dramatic video touts Canon's CMOS technology (196 comments in total)
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KrisAK: Careful with the comments, people. If Mr. Bezos concludes that that dPreview message boards no longer provide a positive, useful experience for the vast majority of users, he might shut this down too. (Just like IMDB.)

You must love going to the Dentist if you think the forums here are "fun"...a root canal, followed by 2 hours of reading forum drivel...what a great night !!

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 03:47 UTC
On article Fujifilm XF 23mm F2 R WR sample gallery (284 comments in total)

Beautiful baby; Make Prints !!!! Ignore all the other comments.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 13:03 UTC as 61st comment

sorry...the 12-100

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 12:43 UTC as 36th comment

Carey...did you actually bring girls with you to Thailand? It must have changed a lot since the last time I was there. Shoulda brought the 24-100 instead of the 50

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 12:09 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1376 comments in total)

One more thing - I believe the dollar/yen valuation is certainly resposible for at least part of the price increase. Just look at the jump from the Sony 6300 to the 6500 in a short time period; and get ready for more of this!!

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 16:10 UTC as 125th comment | 1 reply
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1376 comments in total)

Very fair review. I have been using mirrorless professionally for 4 years now and have no regrets. I have a X Pro2 and E-M1/M5 II system, and because of my increasing arthritis, this camera will likely become my main shooter. The whiners about picture quality of MFT have likely never used them professionally. Yes, there are drawbacks, but you can get great quality and large blowups from them with no problem if you work at it a bit. Going by specs means nothing. Due to my physical limits now, I could never go back to FF, as the Oly shake reduction is so good. One thing I noticed in the "cons" - you mention the second card slot being just UHS-1. Are there any cameras that have dual UHS-2? I have never seen you mention this as a con before for other cameras. It certainly IS a con, but should be a con for all - NO?

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 16:08 UTC as 127th comment | 2 replies
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2204 comments in total)
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mls149: Regarding the remark "Slightly excessive noise reduction can sometimes over-smooth skin detail at high ISO" I have been using X cameras professionally for a number of years, and like other prof X users, I never see this, as I find that just setting the noise parameter to -2 eliminates the issue. The Fujifilm X-Pro2's I use don't really have a lot of noise anyway, especially in B&W, where it is pretty much complementary to the B&W effect at reasonable ISO levels.

Richard, I just downloaded that shot at 12800 iso, and opened it in Iridient 3.1.1. I recommend you (and any X shooters) do the same and take a look at the difference. It's totally amazing in Iridient - absolutely no "waxiness" and it looks like an iso 800 shot at most. Truly an eye opener. If this doesn't make you switch, nothing will. WOW!

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 04:54 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2204 comments in total)

Regarding the remark "Slightly excessive noise reduction can sometimes over-smooth skin detail at high ISO" I have been using X cameras professionally for a number of years, and like other prof X users, I never see this, as I find that just setting the noise parameter to -2 eliminates the issue. The Fujifilm X-Pro2's I use don't really have a lot of noise anyway, especially in B&W, where it is pretty much complementary to the B&W effect at reasonable ISO levels.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 19:22 UTC as 78th comment | 7 replies
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (746 comments in total)
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Snapper2013: DPR gets my Low Score Award for failing to get these reviews out in a timely manner.

These cameras have been reviewed by other sites along time ago! A huge delay leaving nothing new to read!

Where is the DPR review of the D810 1DX and other cameras for that matter ???????

It's amazing to me how Nishi cannot accept ANY criticism, huge ego or what?

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2015 at 17:11 UTC
On article 2015 Roundups: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (231 comments in total)
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MarcMedios: I fail to see the allure. Buying a quality point and shoot is still buying a point & shoot. Bottom line, you have a lens that some anonymous engineer decided for you, can't change it, can't zoom in, change your framing... seems like a self-defeating thing to do.

The Sony is a $3300 point and shoot, over spec'd camera that shouldn't even be in this comparison. I notice you didn't list the price as a dislike!

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 23:48 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 makes leap to 20MP (167 comments in total)
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Tom_A: I find it looks quite a bit like my XE-1.

It looks just like Panasonics old LC-1, but smaller.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 19:29 UTC
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emfor: Stressing the pure sensor score is like comparing cars just based on their engines output.
The complete system matters as well as the intended purpose.
For many professionals 50 MP for printing outweigh less dynamic range.
Advanced mirror control helps to reduce camera shake and make a 50 MP camera usable hand held which may outweigh less dynamic range, too.
Others need the best dynamic range available and will have to accept trade-offs elsewhere (lossy raws for example or the need for a tripod to avoid shake).
So some will go for Canon, other for Niko, Sony etc.
What's the problem?

BTW, waiting for another article about lossy raws, just to emphasize this lack of A7ii >:)

So Rishi:
did you do a comparison when a shot like your nice tulip photo is bracketed (as any pro ((me)) would do), and then compare the results? I am wondering whether the differences in shadow noise, etc, would be different? I seem to have NO problems with DNR on my Canon 5D MK III, yet the way you talk, the Canon Dslrs are almost crippled compared to the Sony sensor cameras. I always bracket and exposure blend any high ev range scene (when possible) as do almost all of my pro friends. I would do the same with ANY DSLR camera, Sony sensor or not. If you have a payday riding on a shot, you wouldn't take a chance on screwing it up . It should be an interesting comparison in either case, as no one I know would just take a 13-14 ev shot and hope for the best, no matter what the camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 05:39 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1561 comments in total)
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CaliforniaDave: I just received a retail purchase RX100IV, and I don't think that the six applications that you mention are "included."

When I choose Application List on my RX100IV, I get three items:
Smart Remote Embedded
PlayMemories Camera Apps
Application Management

Is the camera you are reviewing a new retail purchase, or has it had applications added to it?

The one missing ingredient in all the Sony reviews I have read is this: what happens when it breaks? Sony now has a professional repair service, which has some pretty stringent requirements, and that’s OK, but what about the consumer stuff? My personal experience with Precision Camera is very poor, especially when compared to the CanNikon services. How about the old “on hold for 30minutes routine”, sending a camera back without ANY repair being done, etc, etc. Just do a bit of Googling on Precision for yourself. I think it would be nice to see some mention of what happens when your camera breaks in the reviews. I know this is not Consumer R*****s, but a $900 doorstop is something to think about. Again the new Sony Support Service Program for Pros is great, but you may not qualify.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 00:02 UTC
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Dragonrider: Further to below. Also, that 2.5 stop advantage at base ISO drops to 1.75. If you throw a D800E into the mix, it moves the high ISO numbers up to match the 5DS R , but no material change in the base ISO relative to the D810. The difference between these numbers and DXO's are probably not really significant in the real world, but it is tiring that DXO (and DPR with DXO's numbers) keeps pounding at Canon over one issue and exaggerate the problem to add insult to injury. If you are shooting 50 megapixels at base ISO, you best have the camera on a tripod (Where HDR is usually practical) in the vast majority of cases. From ISO 400 up (where almost all hand held shots will need to be taken at that resolution just to get sufficient shutter speed), the 5DS R is equal to or better than any of the full frame competition and only 1/3 of a stop off the 645Z mark. I am finding the camera takes amazing pictures, so enjoy it rather than whining about one tiny corner of the performance space.

Give up, Rishi will never stop trashing Canon. I can't believe they even send DPR cameras to test anymore.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 04:54 UTC
On article Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? (1069 comments in total)
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radissimo: I bet my bum that this camera will be reviewed at 90- 92% (clear Gold Award sprinkled with a Platinum dust)

He just "pre" reviewed it and showed off his photos in one swelled foop!! Gosh, how do you even fit your head thruoght the door at work Ansel?

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 03:16 UTC
On article Nikon D750 Review (2019 comments in total)

Why can't Nikon put a 1/8000 shutter speed on this "pro" camera. It certainly is a desirable feature to this 43 yr pro. Can it add that much to the cost?

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2014 at 00:45 UTC as 317th comment | 8 replies
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