Peter CS

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hate to say anything negative, but just wish that the second lens was a 70-80mm, 35mm equivalent, instead of 56mm. Just my own wishlist! Not sure how I feel about the omission of a earphone jack, given the state of BT...

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 00:22 UTC as 349th comment

...just to point out, an O'Hara AR (anti-reflective) coating is not necessarily a multi-coating, so reflections and flare may be an issue and a problem, both in shooting lights at night as well as when the sun is around!

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 23:54 UTC as 17th comment
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (336 comments in total)

Please increase these penalties substantially! Jail-time preferred, since a $400+ is not going to do it! Also, please do not lump respectful landscape photographers with shameless, disrespecting, self-aggrandizing, selfie-photographers who are only out to get more loves and likes on social media! To think that such a person risks life and limb to get themselves in a photograph, hurts themselves - a predictable risk factor/outcome- only to have them and their friends blame the natural artifact and ruin it for everyone else, is both despicable and beyond comprehension! I am personally going to no longer like or love (on FB and Instagram) any selfie photos of anyone on any kind of remotely fragile structure, and invite everyone else who cares to do the same....

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 19:03 UTC as 18th comment
On article Brooks Institute announces closure (131 comments in total)
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Melchiorum: As a European, I find the tuition fees in colleges and universities of USA to be simply insane. About $100,000 in total for a higher education? In Sweden, Denmark, Germany and many other European countries you get it for free. Like, totally free. And you don't even have to be a citizen of that country. I have studied for 7 years and got a double Master's without paying a cent with the exception of the entrance egzam fee (about 150 bucks in total) and some books (non-mandatory ones, because mandatory are provided as well).

On top of that, American big business likes to hire these foreign, debt-free graduates -through ever-increasing HB1 visas- from those European countries and other countries like India and China, to keep wages down in the U.S., while Americans become become indentured servants because of their crushing education, consumer, and housing debt!

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 21:17 UTC
On article Brooks Institute announces closure (131 comments in total)
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lester11: They could just re-incorporate as a not-for-profit, surely?

Maybe the real "profit center" for Brooks is the selling of their real estate. After so many years, it would be safe to assume we are talking about complete equity on some prime real estate, that can provide a real windfall for the owners, as compared to collecting ever-declining tuition!

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 21:07 UTC
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (230 comments in total)
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Andrei L: You know what I don't get about DPReview's scoring bars ? The compare feature. If you compare the X-E2s to the X-T1, despite sharing the same sensor (and perhaps having some minimal sensor generation differences in the JPEG profiles), X-T1 comes out as better for High ISO and IQ overall. X-E2, same thing. I own X-E2, it's the same in every possible way, except for the protruding grip, back button labeling and the S having the actually quite welcome Auto (aka Hand it over to a noob to snap some).
While I do get it that the bar raises with each passing year, I'm wondering what value is there in the comparison feature, since it's so unreliable as long as 'expectations' change with almost every season?

They need to have numbers, either in place or on top of the current "poor to excellent" scale, which is way to arbitrary. These numbers could then just be raised to accommodate sensors, features, autofocus, etc., that become better and better. At least this way you could actually compare a XE-2 with a XT-2 and it's new sensor/image quality in an overview. In other words, if an old sensor scored 9 out 10, then a newer sensor could score 12 out of a maximum of 15, for example, which would show/denote a three point, significant improvement and indicate some kind of yardstick overall.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 13:53 UTC
On article Meyer-Optik Goerlitz launches 3-element 95mm F2.6 (124 comments in total)

Thank God I am mainly shooting Pentax cameras, so I can avoid all the nuanced thoughts and discussions on this lens, and save myself a bundle in the process! Willing to become a convert though, should posted results reveal an astounding "fourth dimension" to images and/or render super-natural bokeh!

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2016 at 17:15 UTC as 1st comment
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Peter CS: So this looks like a great and very full-featured camera for landscape photographers= bravo for Ricoh/Pentax!
However, much more important than the new version 55-300mm, we need a weather-sealed ultra-wide zoom and ultra-wide primes to really make this new DSLR useful outddoors! (11-24MM, 10-24MM, 10-20MM). Pentax now has a ridiculous amount of variations of the 18-55mm, 55-300mm, but keep avoiding those crucial , weather-sealed lenses...

Thanks for all the supportive comments! However, after using the Sigma, non-sealed 10-20mm for the last few years, I need at least a starting focal length of 11mm, but would prefer 8-9mm! Ultra-wides are addictive, once you start using them and often, the wider the better! That is why the best lenses for FX are the Nikon 14-24mm and the newer Canon 11-24mm, not to mention the Pentax 15-30mm! A WR, refreshed version of the 12-24mm just won't cut it for me and, I suspect, for many others...

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 19:10 UTC

So this looks like a great and very full-featured camera for landscape photographers= bravo for Ricoh/Pentax!
However, much more important than the new version 55-300mm, we need a weather-sealed ultra-wide zoom and ultra-wide primes to really make this new DSLR useful outddoors! (11-24MM, 10-24MM, 10-20MM). Pentax now has a ridiculous amount of variations of the 18-55mm, 55-300mm, but keep avoiding those crucial , weather-sealed lenses...

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 17:11 UTC as 35th comment | 6 replies
On article X-ray: iFixit looks inside the Fujifilm X-M1 (33 comments in total)
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dpfan32: A1 and M1 are pretty Cheap cameras ... But when the target buyer wants to buy a new lens he will realize that the lenses are very very expensinve. I don't get the point why Fuji sells cheap cameras as well and offers only overpriced lenses. If you want cheap lenses there is no alternative to Canon EOS

There is both a cheap and very good 16-50mm and 50-230mm zoom, as well as the inexpensive 27mm Fuji. Further, the Fuji works well with manual focus, inexpensive legacy lenses with adapters as well as the Fuji-X Rokinon lenses. Love the 16-50mm II and Rokinon 12mm, as well as several adapted Canon FD and Konica lenses. Have the X-A1 and the X-E1. I use both with heavy, add-on grips and love the results. My younger brother swears by the Samsung NX system, but he has not convinced me...

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 19:28 UTC
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blakevanderbilt: I went an borrowed one of these lenses to test for myself, and realised that though the Tamron is a stellar performer, I wonder if it really achieved what it promised: a Nikkor 14-24/2,8 competitor. I've heard this line numerous times from reviewers and Tamron marketers, and I took their word for it, until I tested the lens out for myself. The 15mm on the Tamron is basically a 16mm on a Nikkor... I'm not a technical person, but as with the Tamron 24-70/2,8 VC, Tamron hasn't been very honest in the naming of their lenses. I don't see what's wrong with marketing this lens as a 16-30/2,8 VC, and making it a Canon 16-35/4 or Nikkor 16-35/4 competitor. For those who absolutely need the FOV, I wonder if Tamron is really an alternative. I was prepared to sell my Nikkor 14-24/2,8, but I held my horses. Not to say that Tamron can't still be a great landscape lens, but they need to be a little more modest in their marketing...

Just curious - how does changing the F-stop make a lens more wide. Defies physics and my thirty five years of experience in the field? Can you provide images to substantiate this claim? Not trying to be belligerent, but this is a lens phenomena I have never heard about before...

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 14:07 UTC
On article A look at the Lomography Petzval 85mm F2.2 lens (185 comments in total)

I would only be interested in buying one, but only with built-in aperture blades as well as the creative waterhouse-style aperture slot (Yes you can have both!). Also, I do not understand why the black lens should cost more than the brass one?

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 17:40 UTC as 8th comment
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Peter CS: Never mind a weather-sealed x-mount, fixed focal length lens. Biggest weather threat is changing lenses in a harsh environment. For this reason, I want the Fuji- X mount 10-24mm and all their other zooms to be weather-sealed for my landscape and hiking trips! I have a hard enough time just keeping my sensor clean - while changing lenses - in good weather...

Thanks for the reminder - this is indeed a very good, WR lens! However, I still need wider! So far, only Canon, Sony, and Nikon have addressed this issue in ultra-wides - mostly in FX lenses. Fuji has the opportunity here to create a clear advantage over other DX/aps-c sensor lenses, including Sigma, Tokina, and Tamron. I cannot find any weather-sealed DXultra-wides for any of these manufactureres...

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 16:35 UTC
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Peter CS: To the negative reviewers:

Please let this child have his day in the sun!

Quite frankly it is refreshing to see an innocent child learning and enjoying photography and instant photography!

I started out the same way half a century ago with a Polaroid Swinger...

Sending positive thoughts and vibes...

Peter CS

I think that even a five year old child would probably be tickled and proud to have a book of his photographs and adventures put together for all to see, though most young children would not care or be aware of the commercialization POV/aspect. Maybe the money will go towards more trips or his educational fund - who knows! Ironically, it seems that there are many people who are putting money towards this Kickstarter endeavor. Seems like almighty capitalism rules the day for this toddler and, if money talks, is declaring his project a success,for better or worse...

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 23:02 UTC

Never mind a weather-sealed x-mount, fixed focal length lens. Biggest weather threat is changing lenses in a harsh environment. For this reason, I want the Fuji- X mount 10-24mm and all their other zooms to be weather-sealed for my landscape and hiking trips! I have a hard enough time just keeping my sensor clean - while changing lenses - in good weather...

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 22:45 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
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Peter CS: To the negative reviewers:

Please let this child have his day in the sun!

Quite frankly it is refreshing to see an innocent child learning and enjoying photography and instant photography!

I started out the same way half a century ago with a Polaroid Swinger...

Sending positive thoughts and vibes...

Peter CS

Thanks for your feedback. Not crazy about the commercialization aspect either, but it is the father and/or child's right to make and fund their book, and instant film and photography excursions are not cheap!
Personally, I will not buy the book, choosing to spend my money on a book by an accomplished, master photographer instead!
However, I still recommend taking the high road and sending a message of positive encouragement...not knowing who and why is behind this book and Kickstarter book project.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2015 at 15:38 UTC

To the negative reviewers:

Please let this child have his day in the sun!

Quite frankly it is refreshing to see an innocent child learning and enjoying photography and instant photography!

I started out the same way half a century ago with a Polaroid Swinger...

Sending positive thoughts and vibes...

Peter CS

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2015 at 15:04 UTC as 31st comment | 6 replies
On article War Rigs: The tech used to shoot Mad Max: Fury Road (54 comments in total)
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Gollan: I've been reluctant to see the new Mad Max movie because I felt it would be swamped with cartoonish CGI in an effort to top the wonderful, practical special effects in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. These photos make it look like computer imagery is being used to complement acting, rather than replace it. If the whole thing is like that, I really should give the move a chance.

Thanks for your keen observation. It does seem like CGI and effects have replaced a good plot and stimulating/entertaining dialogue...

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2015 at 18:21 UTC
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Peter CS: If it had a tripod mount for drone and tripod attachment, I would have already purchased this! However...

Not visible or mentioned???

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 19:16 UTC

If it had a tripod mount for drone and tripod attachment, I would have already purchased this! However...

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 00:14 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies
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