ujay

Joined on Jun 23, 2011

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On article The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need (1100 comments in total)

I have been following dPreview since 2003 and it has always been great to read about newer cameras and I noticed we hit a point of sufficiently mature cameras about 10 years ago with the D700.
The cameras got insanely good at the D600/ D750 point and I cannot complain the level of IQ and usability at that level. ( I am putting D600 and D750 at same generation because the sensors are very similar) and files are almost identical.

I do own two D600s and a D750 and a D3s. I just reach for the D600s. Insanely good camera at ridiculously low prices in the used market now.
The D750 is only for use with 70-200mm lens. But the D600 is perfectly capable of shooting weddings.

After this point I lost interest in new cameras.

The D850 is great for top shelf photographers who can get return on investment very quickly for the beginners and also small time pros I think its important to consider the return of investment. Clients really don't care about file sizes.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 21:26 UTC as 132nd comment
On article Don't buy another lens, buy a flash instead (336 comments in total)

I see a lot of people commenting saying "Flash looks" bad and natural light always looks nice, but I don't agree,
The important thing here is if a client is paying money, better use or learn to use flash. Its better to have less "artistic" photo than to call a blurred and out of focus image an "Artistic choice". A D750 with fast prime may capture enough light but it will capture "muddy" colours and yucky skin tones.
With flash, you will have better hit rates and consistently exposed "professional" looking images. Thats why top shelf pros rely heaving their F2.8 zooms and flashes for versatility and consistency in their images.

Flash doesn't look bad if the user knows how to make flash mimic natural light. Just needs a lot skill to get it right and TTL flash is insanely good and works 99% of the time perfectly. The last 1% of the time, use Lightroom to fix any over or under exposure or switch it off and use the DSLRs massive latitude and to make it look "Artistic".

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 01:05 UTC as 55th comment | 3 replies
On article Ask the staff: wedding season weirdness (273 comments in total)
In reply to:

ujay: I love the Uncle bob types in a wedding.... they make good subjects and they are usually fun to talk with.
Once I shot a pic of an uncle bob who was shooting with his Leica and lens cap closed. I showed him the pic and we had a good laugh.

At least uncle bobs won't get in the way as the Facebook generation does with her brand new iPhones and iPads. These are the people who posts the bride's photos before the bride gets to do it.... and their stupid phones always get in the frame.

I never had an uncle bob get in the way during a wedding. They may own 1Ds series cameras with 70-200L, while I would be using a 50D type cameras but they knew that I was being paid to do the hard yakka and I respect that.
People who love and understand photography do not get in the way of pro. shooting for bread and butter.
We just make fun of Uncle bobs, but they are not the bad guys here.

Only because of these uncle bobs, the photography industry manages to sell a lot of high end gear which eventually brings R&D costs down and working pros and other hobbyists can actually afford cameras.

I have seen people taking videos on their stupid mobile phones while the bride had already hired two pro videographers - who were already shooting with very high end cameras! ...at least 10 people were shooting video on their phones!

Whats wrong with people these days?

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2017 at 21:09 UTC
On article Ask the staff: wedding season weirdness (273 comments in total)

I love the Uncle bob types in a wedding.... they make good subjects and they are usually fun to talk with.
Once I shot a pic of an uncle bob who was shooting with his Leica and lens cap closed. I showed him the pic and we had a good laugh.

At least uncle bobs won't get in the way as the Facebook generation does with her brand new iPhones and iPads. These are the people who posts the bride's photos before the bride gets to do it.... and their stupid phones always get in the frame.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2017 at 12:09 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies

I hope Carey was carrying a phone with a decent camera as well.

I couldn't help giggle when I saw the shot of the elephant and read "Forcing myself to work with the 50mm focal length was a challenge that often forced me to see scenes in front of me a little differently than I would with a wider lens"

Its not a question of sensor or quality of optics or stabilisation or the skill of the photographer, just not the right tool for the job in this case unfortunately.

Compromise and composition are not exactly the same thing.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 11:40 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies
On article Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know (614 comments in total)

They still haven't learned have they?

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 04:38 UTC as 167th comment
In reply to:

Joed700: I think dpreview should wait at least a year before giving GOLDEN AWARDS to new cameras. This isn't the first time that a camera gets high marks by Dp and ended up with design flaws...

Thanks to the much hyped issue with D600 and D610 which was introduced as damage control, I managed to buy two perfectly good and extremely capable cameras in form of D600 for about $1000 AUD each. :)

Sold my Old Classic 5D for almost $500 and bought almost new D600 for $1000! I also sold my 5DMkII and MkIII and old 5D and I am very happy with the D600. What are people afraid of? Nikon said they would replace them if they develop problem.
(Thank you Chinese government )
The sensors are clean on both my D600 ( I just use sensor swabs to clean them when needed), the camera works great and the IQ is just amazing, especially the shadows and RAW files are so flexible than my canons. On the sad part, I miss those beautiful canon colours and 135mm f2. But still its a good compromise.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 05:45 UTC

Just what I was waiting for.

Now I can use a manual focus 100mm macro lens on it with an future adapter and get a super duper telephoto lens !

Love the massive crop factor!

LOL....seems like I am the only one actually waiting all this time why aren't camera makers make excellent compact cameras with interchangable lenses? after nearly 10 years of wishing Pentax made it come true. HUrrah.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2011 at 21:38 UTC as 62nd comment
On article Pentax Q Hands-on Preview (281 comments in total)

of course...i hope the price will drop to 300-400 dollar mark. I dont even want that lens. Just the body.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2011 at 07:37 UTC as 166th comment
On article Pentax Q Hands-on Preview (281 comments in total)

I am probably the only one who thinks its a good idea. Actually I have been hoping that somebody would make a interchangable lens P&S camera or make a camera like Canon G11 where you could take the lens off.

Lo! pentax did it.

Reason: I want to use a cheap supersharp telephotos on this with an adapter to get great magnifications for bird photography.
This option is smaller, lighter and portable and I will be able to use silky smooth MF lens on cheap 135 or 200mm lenses with a great LCD and take bird photos at equivalent of 600-900mm or even greater magnifications.

with patience and some luck.....I am sure we can get amazing photos. Sure to beat Digiscoping!

For the rest of the things...I have my 40d, 50d, EOS 50 and a speed graphic.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2011 at 07:35 UTC as 168th comment | 3 replies
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