mr moonlight

Lives in United States Miami Beach, United States
Works as a Graphic Designer/Photographer
Joined on Dec 7, 2006

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On article Pro Services: Are they worth it? (151 comments in total)

I used to be a CPS member and the service was outstanding. Repair turnaround times are ridiculously fast. I once sent a lens out on Monday and had it back Wednesday morning. On the other hand, there's a limit to how fast you can physically ship a lens out, get it repaired and get it back. You have a shoot the next day or even the same day, and a piece of gear isn't working, there's not much you can do besides rent or buy. Now I just have multiple back ups and cross coverage of focal lengths, so if something goes down, I can live without it for a few weeks. Obviously it costs more to double up on gear, but there's less worry. A 24, 35, 50, 85, 135 and 200 can all be covered by a 24-70 and 70-200. You can double up with consumer lenses to keep costs down if you need.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2018 at 20:49 UTC as 18th comment
On article Why brand market share shouldn't matter to you (552 comments in total)

When it comes to buying into a system, I figure a huge portion of the advertising is aimed at new photographers. Even though most of them will not be buying higher end professional lenses or gear for years, it's important to get them interested and confident in whatever system they are buying into. For all of us who are pros or serious amateurs that are well invested into a system... there's little chance of us changing. I shoot Canon and any marketing they do on me would be wasted $$ as I'm already hooked. I'm not going to jump ship at the cost of tens of thousands simply because Sony or Nikon's current flagship camera has a few nice features that Canon doesn't have yet. Over the years, I've seen very very few photographers ever switch systems.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2018 at 14:55 UTC as 27th comment
On article Film vs Digital: Fashion photography shootout (401 comments in total)

Film, enlargers, darkroom space, chemicals, time... are all additional costs that really add up and it's not something most clients are willing to pay a large premium for. While I love shooting film, it's just not practical for me to use it.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 05:28 UTC as 123rd comment | 3 replies

I used to be a member. I didn't use it that many times, but when I did, I had my gear back in 3 days. Meaning I sent it next day air on Monday evening for AM delivery, had it back in my hands Wednesday morning. Can't get better than that. I never needed any loaner gear since I have backups of everything. Even a next day loaner can be a day late.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 04:05 UTC as 2nd comment
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Flat Earther: Who needs EXTREMELY ACCURATE colors?

Accurate color is pretty essential if you have a large workflow and don't want to waste ink/paper. My workflow gives pretty accurate colors straight out and if I do need to adjust, it's slight and the second print is dead on. My NEC monitor is pretty much, WYSIWYG.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2017 at 21:42 UTC
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BobT3218: I don't want to have to fiddle with a monitor to get it right? I want a monitor that provides correct colours straight out of the box and stays there, in other words, a plug-n-play reference monitor. Is there such a thing?

Closest thing I've used is the NEC. Great monitor and very accurate. Calibrating will obviously give you better accuracy, but out of the box it's pretty close to printing what you see on screen. Of course you have to have a good printer too.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2017 at 21:38 UTC
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dash2k8: I've never used a textured background before and admit my complete lack of knowledge in this area. Could someone tell me the benefits of using a physical textured background versus green- or bluescreen and then applying it in post? Seems to me that for the same amount of work setting up the background (actual background vs bluescreen) a post-produced background is much more flexible (as long as the masking is done right) and you can get any kind of background imaginable. I fail to see the usefulness of this product.

Besides the additional photoshop work involved with green screens, it's nice for the client to be able to see what they're getting during the shoot. Plus it makes the session feel more unnatural to your subject with a big green background behind them. A few hundred bucks for a backdrop isn't much if it's a timesaver and you're a working photographer. Plus, I like the way it's curved. That will really make a difference when you're in a cramped space and you want to get different angles or you have a larger group.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 19:44 UTC
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dash2k8: I want that flash! So small yet so powerful, why hasn't any of the major brands made something like this yet? Canon, Nikon, Sony et al., are you guys seeing this!?

Most likely made by Graflex.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2017 at 18:37 UTC
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talmy: I've seen plenty of TV shows where you can hear the film advancing in a DSLR. Don't expect any accuracy here in a horror flick! And possessed Polaroid film has shelf life measured in hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

Since many cameras have a fake film advance sound, I give them a partial pass on that one.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2017 at 18:30 UTC
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Steve in GA: If you try to use logic to explain a film like, "Polaroid", you're missing the point.

Zdman, Nightmare on Elm Street was totally realistic.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2017 at 18:25 UTC

The capacitor screeching is pretty typical of many older P&S cameras with built in flashes. Yes, louder than my studio strobe setup. Of course, this camera was able to flash whilst missing the flashbar. Now that is spooky!!!

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2017 at 18:21 UTC as 8th comment
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ozturert: It's a mystery to me how this company can stay in the market. Do many people really buy these sh..., I mean, lenses for outrageous prices?

Short run specialty lens = higher price point. It's like a recreation of a vintage car. It may not work nearly as well as the average new car, but people are still willing to pay high premiums for them.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2017 at 20:44 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (410 comments in total)

When your current camera stops working or starts to lose you money.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 01:26 UTC as 31st comment
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lambert4: This is a great bag, I have a similar set up now that was an apparel sample bag from me sales days. It is a huge set up but that is what is needed to accommodate and protect the essentials. The $599 is the toughest pill for me to swallow, that is Pelican case territory for expense.

Actually, it's beyond Pelican case territory for expense. You can get a slightly larger Pelican case for $130 less. A soft case does have it's place, but I agree, it's hard to justify a purchase like this when you can get a more spacious Pelican for a lot less.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 03:51 UTC

Would there be an issue if the photographer had a model airplane that he flew over the spot while he took the shot? Or secured a small model with clear fishing line?

I'm not saying what the photographer did was right, but where do we draw the line between what is real and fake, discovered and staged? Every photograph has some level of influence by the photographer be it as simple as framing or as in depth as bringing in lighting and models to create a scene.

Avedon's Dovima and the Elephants is one of the most iconic images in all of photography, yet was entirely staged. Does this fact make it any more or less of an image than Bresson's Derriere la Gare Saint-Lazare? How much darkroom work was done on both these images?

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 19:52 UTC as 62nd comment | 1 reply
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (391 comments in total)

Looks a bit crowded when it comes to dials and buttons with a lack of a dedicated shutter speed and aperture dial. Seems kind of pricey for a m43 as well.

All in all a nice looking camera and one feature I absolutely love is the ability to flip the screen all the way around. It's not a new feature by any means, but it's a nice touch to be able to hide the lcd away.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 17:09 UTC as 125th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the Fujifilm X70 (262 comments in total)
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attomole: I think its too crowded market now for this spec, Panasonic and Sony have more attractive offerings.
As Snapchick said of the D500 , I am afraid it might be too little to late.

Wait for clearance prices and it will be a cracking little carry everywhere camera though!

Wow, this looks like an awesome little camera. An APSC sensor with a fixed wide lens wide, compact body, and manual dials! I love my X100, but sometimes, for just hanging out with friends I need something a bit wider and smaller. This would be perfect. I don't really see much else on the market that gives you all these specs. I don't see how one can compare an APS-C to an M43 camera. Different format.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 15:14 UTC
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Reactive: Isn't this a classic case of a solution looking for a problem? I wasn't aware my existing UV filter's tiny weight was a problem - it's insignificant compared with the lens weight. I wasn't aware it needed to be 10x stronger, as I've never been stupid enough to smash it against objects. I wasn't aware it needed to repel water and oil, since an occasional clean with IPA keeps it spotless. I wonder if Sigma will charge 'Art' prices for their completely clear glass filter? If so, they should move into homeopathy. Perhaps their next product will be a military-grade nuclear-hardened titanium lens cap?

I agree with AbrasiveReducer. Hoya makes good quality filters. I've been using Hoya and B+W for years and while B+W has a slight edge, it's not by much. Optically it's tough too see the difference even with a side by side comparison.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 18:36 UTC
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Akos Kozari: I'm thinking on what Oskar Barnack would say about creating a machine that not aiming to make the photography as easy as possible. I think it does not fit to the original philosophy... It is my 2 cents. On the other hand: i can confirm: Leica has a feeling and i would be happy to own one. Now if i would have money i would rather choose Fuji X-T1 instead. That follows the philosophy i meant...

For a photographer who shoots in manual mode, this is about as simple as it gets. If it was smaller, lighter, monochrome, and not so expensive, I'd pick one up.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 13:48 UTC
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Jan Bohme: Looking into the forum section of dpreview for the first time in a long while, I immediately realised why I quit posting in the first place: There is nothing ever as pig-headed as a photographer involved in a discussion who is wrong. :)

The legal issue is crystal clear: If the animal, as Slater claims, has pushed the trigger and pointed the camera by its own free will, that is the core creative moment, and Slater can't have copyright. Because it is not human, nor can the monkey. If we just discuss de lege lata - i.e. discuss the law as it stands - there is nothing more to discuss. While it is technically correct to say that the rulings of the US Copyright Office are only legally binding inside the US, there is nothing bizarre or outlandish in neither the US copyright legislations, or the specific ruling at hand, in this matter. The ruling will be the same in most, and very possibly all, countries signatory to the Berne convention.

@mariuss. That's the creative process leading up to "the creative moment" not "the creative moment". If I'm on vacation and ask a stranger to take a photo of me, I'll choose the place, lens, focal distance, settings, etc... but "the creative moment" still lies with the stranger who framed the shot and pressed the shutter. It would be the stranger who owns copyright. If all my work setting up the shot amounted had any more than a minimal effect on the outcome, those vacation shots by strangers would have actually come out half decent vs. utter crap.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 14:34 UTC
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