Fred Mueller

Lives in United States MA, United States
Works as a Recording Engineer
Joined on Apr 5, 2007

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On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (283 comments in total)

The era of the piloted fighter jet is fast closing .... replaced by swarms of drones ... so to the era of the the "photographer" and his/her big camera ... replaced by the cell phone camera and the inescapable fact that "being there" where ever and when ever something occurs counts for more than the limited reach of the trained journalist ...

there is/was something special about Nikon's 12 mpx cameras ...

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 03:24 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (828 comments in total)

My FE a marvel of simplicity; terrific viewfinder with the "B" screen from an FE2 ... shooting somehow feels special with this class of film cameras.

Still have my first Nikon too - a Nikkormat from 1967

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 03:27 UTC as 98th comment

With software like DXO Viewpoint 2 and now the new perspective correction tool in Adobe Camera Raw as wall as the traditional Transform functions in Photoshop, you really don't need the shift function to make verticals parallel in RE/architectural photography. Nor do you need to shoot into a space with your camera leveled (and on a tripod).

The standard reply to this claim is that software interpolation robs sharpness - is theoretically true - but practically speaking, not much of an issue at all.

Here is a Drop Box link to a recent mundane RE shoot. Most of these shots are 3-5 frame HDR brackets (Nik HDR EFX Pro) and have been geometrically manipulated by software. Tell me they are not sharp enough for intended purpose ... ? Most were shot with a Nikon 14-24 and D750.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qrz85xq0zpxjsfi/AADIBLqpF10JBnB_qFfINKz4a?dl=0

Photographers who want to chase the RE market should buy a general purpose very wide zoom first and learn virtual correction first.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 02:01 UTC as 1st comment | 35 replies
On article Field Test: Birds in flight with the Nikon D500 (92 comments in total)

love these videos you have been making ... a good look at the gear without too much hype

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 03:24 UTC as 33rd comment
On article Throwback Thursday: when studio lenses retire (205 comments in total)
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Suave: Sure. My D7000 is used only with manual focus lenses. Ai-d Nikkor-O 35/2 is my absolute favorite.

nikkor 35mm - O is a great lens ... lots of flare if you are not careful but a great look to the image

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 08:24 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: when studio lenses retire (205 comments in total)
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Fred Mueller: all kinds of comments will pop up about how later designs are optically better than these old D lenses - and that may be true in some narrow technical sense - but all these older D lenses can make stunning pictures "in the right hands" and stunning photography always requires "the right hands"

all true - but having little to do with making a great photograph - in my day job I am a recording engineer at Berklee College in Boston - I can tell you with confidence almost all of the great vocal recording microphones, by common consensus, are older designs which "measure" badly for the most part, but they easily sound better than many many models that are much more highly specified but just boring sounding ...

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 02:14 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: when studio lenses retire (205 comments in total)

all kinds of comments will pop up about how later designs are optically better than these old D lenses - and that may be true in some narrow technical sense - but all these older D lenses can make stunning pictures "in the right hands" and stunning photography always requires "the right hands"

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 22:41 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
On article Making a splash: Nikon D500 real-world sample gallery (225 comments in total)

Certainly going to be a great camera for action and general use ...

Just from what I can see here, I'd still go for my 750 for file quality that is just a little bit better all around ... but can't hold a candle to the speed and, likely, AF accuracy of this new body

Will be interesting to see the DXO scores when they appear ...

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 16:44 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply
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Charrick1: I wonder if Nikon is trying to wean themselves off of Sony sensors and not doing a good job of it... I don't know. Whatever the case, this is a big deal and whoever doesn't think so - and wants to keep people in the dark who are considering a $6,000 purchase - must be saying that just to satisfy their brand loyalty. I even read someone's comment saying that this camera is better than a camera that came out in 2007, and that no clients ever complained about pictures from that camera. Well said! Now you can go back to your cave and play with your 2007 technology and never have to buy another camera again in your lifetime. For the rest of us, we're actually interested in the cutting edge and what performance specs a camera has. We're not interested in keeping quiet so as to not hurt your feelings.

D5 has exactly the same DR at ISO 200 as the D700 ... and probably produces magnificent files ... all this bother about base iso DR is overblown

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 17:02 UTC

exactly the same dynamic range as my old D700 at base iso and about two more clean stops a high iso ... I'd say its a fab camera

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 02:40 UTC as 140th comment
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Yake: I'm happy to see Canon improving their sensors, but this testing is still unrealistic & over-rated. A 5- / 6-stop underexposure represents an extreme situation — something that most photographers won't need in a photography lifetime.

Virtually all of the history of photography was made without this extreme "shadow lifting". That includes millions of photo books, advertisements, news pics, portraits, wedding pics, record/CD covers, magazine covers, etc. And nearly every fine art photo in books, galleries & museums.

Some people will point out that this tech lets them make certain photos more easily — and that's good — but it's not as if photographers had no way of dealing with extreme contrast for the past ~180 years. For one thing, photographers weren't persnickety about showing detail in *everything*, but rather made artful decisions about what should go black & what should go white. Besides that, they had other tools: bracketing, lighting, reflectors, graduated filters, etc.

you can actually think of "all of the history of photography" as one long exercise in managing a lack of dynamic range ... think of all the things you can hardly take a successful picture of that we can plainly see; dramatic light is usually very high in contrast, or contra ... if we had displays that had 14 stops of brightness, you'd vey quickly understand why you might want ever higher dynamic response than the current state of the art ...

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 04:02 UTC
On photo DSC_5398_1 in Fred Mueller's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

the most "3D" Nikon lens ...

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 21:50 UTC as 1st comment
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2673 comments in total)

5 User memory recall positions - thats pretty impressive

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 10:18 UTC as 477th comment
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (784 comments in total)
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Tyr-Sog: Wish there was a version without the flip screen, touch screen, and video for a little less $$$.

flip screen - on my 750 never deploys accidentally and I practically forget it is there - until I need it - and then can do things that are really useful and impossible with OVF - like interior photography, on tripod, backed up against a wall, to get the whole room = switch to LV and flip the screen up to compose ... brilliant!

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2016 at 02:32 UTC
On article Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II USM real-world sample gallery (129 comments in total)
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Fred Mueller: no idea if the lens is worth the money ... but boy there sure is a lot of blocked shadow and blown highlight in these samples ... nasty!

"matter of taste" - but also a matter of just how the camera body tends to "look" - ie great resolution, but not so great dynamic envelope; I was surprised.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 15:52 UTC
On article Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II USM real-world sample gallery (129 comments in total)

no idea if the lens is worth the money ... but boy there sure is a lot of blocked shadow and blown highlight in these samples ... nasty!

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2015 at 02:49 UTC as 6th comment | 5 replies
On article Nikon D610 Review (404 comments in total)
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ebuliavac: This seems to be the first review of a Nikon DSLR on this site in a long time that did not complain about overexposure by 1/3 stop. Is it true that this camera does not do this? Interesting that the new D750 overexposes according to dpreview. It would be helpful to know about the D610 for a number of reasons: 1. Setting exposure compensations to - 1/3 EV constantly is bound to underexpose some shots. 2. It will be hard to tell from the LCD readout whether a scene is overexposed by such a small amount. 3. If details are in fact blown out, you can't get them back. Please let us know dpreview. Thank you so much in advance.

Some follow-up thoughts are: Why would Nikon produce cameras consistently with this problem? Seems easy to address?

Why doesn't anyone else complain about this?

Thanks again. My D70S is spot-on with exposure. I have a Sony NEX 7 for high ISO needs. Still, an optical viewfinder and Nikon (or Canon) colors are hard to beat.

i have a 600 and a 750 ... my perception of both cameras is that they both under expose slightly. Don't agree with the DPR claim of overexposure at all.

I shoot Real Estate professionally. The 750 is a fine fine camera. I upgraded from the 600 because the bracketing feature is more complete in the 750, and the tilt screen is useful while on tripod ...

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2015 at 20:31 UTC
On article Nikon D7200 Field Test: Desert dance photo shoot (101 comments in total)

great !

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2015 at 10:25 UTC as 24th comment
On article The travel photography of HDR guru Trey Ratcliff (235 comments in total)

good eye for composition ... processing a little too flashy for me in some of these

who cares about the method finally ... ?

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2015 at 11:40 UTC as 8th comment
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Renato60: I have used the 5dsr for a couple of weeks and the combination between the sensor and the latest Canon lenses is simply breathtaking, not only in terms of resolution. Images are almost three-dimensional, resembling the effect of an old Kodachrome. I suggest not focusing only on specific aspects (i.e. DR, noise, ...), all things that can be easily adapted in Photoshop, but on the final result.

Apparently the same photo of the tulips has been shot with the 5DS and with the 7S. I also made the same consideration.

Agree ... and I have Nikon gear ... 750 right now. There is some validity to pointing this out (endlessly) I guess, but if I was a Canon shooter I wouldn't jump ship for 2 ev in shadow recovery at base iso. These issues really don't affect our photographic abilities much. Just a touch of NR in the Canon "Tulip" shot and it's good to go IMO, and has the same visceral photographic appeal (kudus Rishi) even without that. Plenty of photographers (who can easily grasp the technical significance) will ignore it or compensate where necessary, and do splendid work with these new bodies ...

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 13:16 UTC
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