Phil Flash

Lives in United States San Francisco, CA, United States
Works as a Garbage Man
Joined on Jun 23, 2001
About me:

Equipment:
Two eyeballs (blue, sometimes need a little USM).

Canon 5d (image quality makes me forgive near-Kafkaesque ergos)
Canon 24-70 2.8 (almost too big and heavy, but super sharp)
Canon 35mm 1.4L (very nice, but 24-70 nearly as good)
Canon 50mm 1.8 MKII
Fotodiox pro Nikon --> EOS adapter (fun to use, but not for fast shots)
Canon 430EX flash
Minolta Autometer IIIf

THE BEST 35MM FILM CAMERAS EVER:
Nikon FM2 chrome (just enough dings that I'm fearless with it)
Nikon FM chrome and beautifully mint
Nikon FM black and beat up bad, but still working fine
Nikon 24mm 2.8 (pre AI)
Nikon 28mm 2.8AIS (focuses down to 3'!)
Nikon 35mm 2.0AIS (my old friend)
Nikon 45mm 2.8p (silver version, looks cool on chrome bodies)
Nikon 50mm 1.4 AI
Nikon 105mm 2.5 (pre AI)
Nikon 135mm 2.8 AIS
Nikon 20mm 2.8 AF (bought used for $200)
Tamron 80-210 3.8/4 adaptall mount (don't laugh, surprisingly not bad, only worth about $30 used, so I just keep it as a lightweight telezoom)

SMALLCAMS:
Oly 3030
Fuji F30
Olympus XA
Olympus XA4 (28mm lens)

MEDIUM FORMAT TRI-X EATERS:
Minolta Autocord (charming, but not for action)
Fuji GW690II (who knew a 6x9 could be lighter than a Nikon F5?)
Super Ricohflex 2 1/4 TLR (vintage 1950s)
Voitgtlander Vito (my father's old camera)
Zeiss Ikonta folding 6x9 camera (my late grandfather's camera)

DARKROOM
Beseler 23cII XL
Various enlarging lenses 50mm to 150mm and in between
Saunders 11x14 easel
Loads of Ilford paper

EQUIPMENT PREVIOUSLY OWNED
Sigma 30mm 1.4
* my favorite lens on DX. If you have a Nikon DSLR, failure to own this lens should be a photographic crime
Sigma 10-20mm 4/5.6
* Stunningly sharp 12-20mm, nice colors, funhouse mirror distortion 10-12mm
Nikon 80-200 2.8 push/pull AF oldie
* Very sharp, surprisingly decent focus speed, huge, too big to handhold below 1/250 sec
Nikon 85mm 1.8 AFD (if you take portraits, this is a must. makes me wonder how the 1.4 version could be any better)
Nikon 24 2.8 AFD (Acceptable, but I expected better in a prime)
Nikon 50mm 1.8 AFD (plastic fantastic! so light it's like not having a lens on the camera at all)
Nikon D100 (a very nice camera, but I always wished for a better viewfinder)
Nikon 24-85 AFS (sharp stopped down at F8, soft more open than that. Would have liked my D100 more if this hadn't been my only lens for the first year)
Nikon 70-210 f4/5.6 nonD (this lens was soft, but compact -- I fail to see the reason why it is a cult lens)

EQUIPMENT COVETED:
Canon 135mm F2L
Canon 85mm 1.8
Canon 17-40L
Sigma 12-24
Sigma 150mm 2.8 macro
Canon remote flash trigger

Comments

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60mm -- a pretty useless focal length equivalent.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2022 at 13:33 UTC as 16th comment | 5 replies

What next? Posting Tony and Chelsea Northrup links?

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2022 at 11:21 UTC as 19th comment | 9 replies

The minimum focusing distance of 7" is impressive.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2022 at 14:38 UTC as 11th comment

Good looking lens. Wish this version were available for Nikon Z instead of the retro designed one.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2022 at 22:37 UTC as 15th comment

This makes me want to take up fly fishing as a hobby. I need another way to relax. It also makes me think there is a market for a large-sensor (m43 or larger) "tough camera" that is waterproof at least to a certain mild depth. I just lost an old Fuji X100s due to a splash in Hawaii. Still works, but the on/off switch is very stiff and every now and then the shutter button sticks. We need a digital Nikonos. No housing. But a robust camera with a built in zoom and "big controls" to be used with gloved hands.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2022 at 21:38 UTC as 101st comment | 2 replies

Nice. Now please make a 23mm 1.8 or faster (35mm equiv) or a 40mm equiv pancake. Then your Zfc will really sell like hotcakes.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2022 at 23:20 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies

NFT is a nifty way to part fools from their money.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2022 at 23:57 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
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Savviest: Panasonic .... Now that's a name I haven't heard in a long long time. Long time.

I have a Panasonic VCR I'm about to put on Craigslist for $40. Wish me luck.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2022 at 15:23 UTC
On article TTartisan 90mm F1.25 Sample Gallery (88 comments in total)

I fail to see why anyone would put the money into this lens rather than saving up almost twice as much for what you really want -- an OEM 85mm 1.8 such as the Nikon Z. Yeah, yeah, I know this is F1.2, but that means your subject's eyes are in focus but their nose and ears are not.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2022 at 16:03 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies

The colonoscopy itself is not so bad. Get knocked out by anesthesia, wake up and it's over. It's the prep that is awful, which still has to be done with this device.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2022 at 00:03 UTC as 74th comment | 2 replies

Love Gordon's commentary on cameras. Here's a guy who doesn't need a gimmick, or need to shout. I had the Oly C3030. 3mp. Still have some frames images from that one. Actually shot a friend's wedding with it, at his request!

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2022 at 19:00 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply

So the solution to the design problem they have is to buy another of the company's products?

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2022 at 19:29 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies
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whumber: LOL, Northrup just posted his price prediction yesterday and was literally off by 100%.

I can't watch him.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2022 at 16:29 UTC

That red button is so tacky. Is the guy who designed Pentax's K-01 (the ugly yellow camera) working at Canon now?

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2022 at 16:25 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On article Leica M11 initial review (804 comments in total)

The Leica Man will be happy.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2022 at 16:33 UTC as 181st comment
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Einride: Nice review but unfair to not mention the perfect fit 28mm f2, 40mm f2 and 50mm f2. Sure they’re full frame but the 28 and 40mm lenses are as light or lighter than many apsc lenses and comparable in price.

And the Nikon 85/1.8S isn’t really any more expensive, large or heavy than the Fujifilm xf 90mm f2.

Sure, still not a lot of lenses, but it’s those two primes will cover A LOT of customers. Most amateurs buy a single prime and would be well served by either the 28 or 40mm.

Yeah, but Fuji offers a couple of actual pancake lenses (the Nikons are mostly "muffin-sized") that truly make for a compact package.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2022 at 20:58 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Nikon Z 40mm F2 (118 comments in total)
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blse59: Since this has a plastic mount and no rubber gasket the price should be $200 or less. At $300 it's pure highway robbery and way overpriced. Remember nifty fifties with metal mounts, rubber gaskets, bigger apertures (f1.8) easily came in at under $200. This looks like a lot of greed and profit taking from Nikon.

Whelp, there's no pleasing some people.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2021 at 20:39 UTC
On article Nikon Z9 review: a DSLR-like stills/video monster (3185 comments in total)

Nikon always comes through. They aren't the first or the flashiest. But in the end, they deliver. Every time I switch from Nikon out of impatience, I regret it.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2021 at 03:44 UTC as 186th comment | 4 replies
On article Sony a7 IV review (2320 comments in total)

Impressive capability in a body that is just about as ugly as a Sony Betamax.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2021 at 04:20 UTC as 302nd comment | 7 replies

The only question is... black or silver?

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2021 at 17:01 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
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