NewEraPhotographer

NewEraPhotographer

Lives in United States Little Rock, AR, United States
Works as a Senior Account Manager
Joined on Nov 22, 2016
About me:

Photo enthusiast who enjoys capturing a moment forever.

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worldaccordingtojim: So they add add raw video and a few FPS and Canon fan boys are like, drop the mic. This camera is close to $7000, where is the IBIS, the hybrid EVF, and will there be any "Canon Cripples" in RAW video such as a crop, no DPAF, or no 24p.

If you remove raw video, there is no other significant updates, and are the target audience, sports/Olympic professionals, even asking for raw video.

@SteveAnderson... let's be real, most people shooting with this will be sports photographers posted up with big glass on a monopod. It will primarily be used in the same spaces that the Sony A9II will be and absolutely should be compared to it as they will be competing for the same type of shots. Yes, the 1DXIII is better suited for "war zones", but how many of them will actually be there? At the end of the day, this is probably a $7k camera. Theres not going to be just tons of them anywhere.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2019 at 06:14 UTC
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IdM photography: For such monolight units you need someone to help as they are heavy and break if they fall... If you want to sometime shoot without help, buy rather an Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL that has a very light head, the battery unit stays safely on the ground...

So... go with the $2000 system that requires an external battery because it is lighter??? Lol ok. I'll stick with my Flashpount system with as good or better color consistency, half the cost, no external battery, and incredibly easy to use.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2019 at 01:36 UTC
On article Hands-on with the new Peak Design Travel Tripod (308 comments in total)
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mfinley: Moving in the right direction but still too long folded up, and still too heavy. I can create awesome long exposure images with a $30 plastic tripod. It's all in using your head when it comes to travel.

Add another two leg extensions, reduce length to under 12" and engineer it to sell for $100 and you got a winner.

$600 and 16" long folded up and 2.5lbs or 3.5lbs, not me. You're getting closer

@mfinley And if you are going to quote me... use the actual words I used. When you don't it's only proof that you are trying to spin the debate to fit your viewpoint... in a weak way.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2019 at 02:37 UTC
On article Hands-on with the new Peak Design Travel Tripod (308 comments in total)
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mfinley: Moving in the right direction but still too long folded up, and still too heavy. I can create awesome long exposure images with a $30 plastic tripod. It's all in using your head when it comes to travel.

Add another two leg extensions, reduce length to under 12" and engineer it to sell for $100 and you got a winner.

$600 and 16" long folded up and 2.5lbs or 3.5lbs, not me. You're getting closer

@mfinley I didn't say I knew exactly how they determine price, and I didn't say that manufacturing costs have nothing to do with it. I did say they will choose their price based on the value they think it will have. That value may be determined solely by cost and profit margin they want to receive, but they may also sell it at a loss with the hopes that it gets them name recognition for future products, or so they can win contracts for something that would make them much more money. WE DON'T KNOW HOW THEY CALCULATE THE VALUE TO THEIR COMPANY. You don't... I don't. But they do, they make the decision based on some factor/s that they deem to be most beneficial for them in the short or long term. I tried to explain what I meant by saying it doesn't matter if it is $400 cost or $4 cost, but all you want to do is twist my words and feel superior. Congrats! I hope you do, because you look idiotic now. Nobody cares how successful you are. They see you as a cry baby.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2019 at 02:34 UTC
On article Hands-on with the new Peak Design Travel Tripod (308 comments in total)
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mfinley: Moving in the right direction but still too long folded up, and still too heavy. I can create awesome long exposure images with a $30 plastic tripod. It's all in using your head when it comes to travel.

Add another two leg extensions, reduce length to under 12" and engineer it to sell for $100 and you got a winner.

$600 and 16" long folded up and 2.5lbs or 3.5lbs, not me. You're getting closer

@mfinley was a matter of time before you started the measuring contest... lol. "Wildly successful"... "retire at age 50"... come on buddy. It's not a competition, and it's pathetic to throw out things about your success with nothing to back it up. You know how many millionaires and tough guys there'd be if it was based on what people said on the internet? The fact remains that there isn't a tripod with this type of quality or feature set + more for $100... nor will there be until superior products drive the cost down, if then. You sound like a crybaby, and it's not just me that thinks it. Calling out my knowledge of business looks stupid on your part since you know nothing about me. My point was that PD decides their price at the end of the day. We don't know why they choose the exact price because we don't work for them.

Done debating you now.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2019 at 01:38 UTC
On article Hands-on with the new Peak Design Travel Tripod (308 comments in total)
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mfinley: Moving in the right direction but still too long folded up, and still too heavy. I can create awesome long exposure images with a $30 plastic tripod. It's all in using your head when it comes to travel.

Add another two leg extensions, reduce length to under 12" and engineer it to sell for $100 and you got a winner.

$600 and 16" long folded up and 2.5lbs or 3.5lbs, not me. You're getting closer

@mfinley My post was based on your complaint that it's a $600 tripod and you saying it couldn't have $400 in cost... and besides, I'm curious to see why you think I have no knowledge of business and economics? Can't wait for your theory...

Link | Posted on May 23, 2019 at 01:02 UTC
On article Hands-on with the new Peak Design Travel Tripod (308 comments in total)
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mfinley: Moving in the right direction but still too long folded up, and still too heavy. I can create awesome long exposure images with a $30 plastic tripod. It's all in using your head when it comes to travel.

Add another two leg extensions, reduce length to under 12" and engineer it to sell for $100 and you got a winner.

$600 and 16" long folded up and 2.5lbs or 3.5lbs, not me. You're getting closer

@mfinley Just because it's a travel tripod doesn't mean that it is for the "normal photographer". This is obviously designed for someone who is really trying to minimize bulk on their setup, and it looks like it has hit the mark in that regard. The reviews I have seen show it being very stable... something I have not seen from most $100-$150 travel tripods. I don't know how much manufacturing cost they have in this, but, it doesn't matter if there is $400 in cost or $4 in cost. They choose the price based on the value they think it has. You and I may not agree on it, but it is what it is. Guess what... I don't think it is worth it for me to buy either, but I don't cry and complain about it like you.

And "Peak Design needs to discover a better method of manufacture"... that's just ridiculous. You know nothing about their method. Nothing! Peak Design caters to photographers with money to spend. I think they will be just fine, however, if people don't buy it, they will drop the price.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2019 at 16:18 UTC
On article Hands-on with the new Peak Design Travel Tripod (308 comments in total)
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mfinley: Moving in the right direction but still too long folded up, and still too heavy. I can create awesome long exposure images with a $30 plastic tripod. It's all in using your head when it comes to travel.

Add another two leg extensions, reduce length to under 12" and engineer it to sell for $100 and you got a winner.

$600 and 16" long folded up and 2.5lbs or 3.5lbs, not me. You're getting closer

@micsmics... no... I don't make outlandish requests just because something isn't valuable enough to me to purchase. I respect that higher quality products aren't cheap enough for anyone to buy, and if they probe to not be worth the money, then the costs will drop, although probably not by 2/3 +

Link | Posted on May 21, 2019 at 17:18 UTC
On article Hands-on with the new Peak Design Travel Tripod (308 comments in total)
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mfinley: Moving in the right direction but still too long folded up, and still too heavy. I can create awesome long exposure images with a $30 plastic tripod. It's all in using your head when it comes to travel.

Add another two leg extensions, reduce length to under 12" and engineer it to sell for $100 and you got a winner.

$600 and 16" long folded up and 2.5lbs or 3.5lbs, not me. You're getting closer

Are you the type that also wants your car to have 300 more horsepower, better audio, twice the features in your navigation unit, etc... all for a price tag of $7,500? The feature set you want for this tripod with the quality provided simply isn't possible for $100...

Link | Posted on May 21, 2019 at 15:22 UTC
On article Hands-on with the new Peak Design Travel Tripod (308 comments in total)
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jor23: The TFC series from RRS is quite compact as well. The central column looks flimsy/skinny.

Is this Arca-Swiss compatible?

If you'd read the article it tells you...

Link | Posted on May 21, 2019 at 15:19 UTC
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Howard: Just because a photographer was involved does not mean that this story belongs on this site!!! Are you kidding? Are you trying to ruin this website?? I hope other readers chime in on this story.

@Howard What is wrong with the content posted here? I don't get what you are upset about. The reference article absolutely has to do with Digital Photography. It's 2019 and there is simply far more info on photography related subjects than there was in 2007... why not post all of it and let the people decide what they find valuable. If you don't like it, DON'T READ IT! I know there are people who use DPReview from the area that this photographer "works", and I'm sure they want to know if there is a deceptive business who knowingly continues to essentially steal money and not provide agreed upon services. Obviously, the judgments in a court of law aren't stopping this guy from hurting others... I think DPReview has a duty to help curtail this type of behavior if they have learned of it. The guy is a stain on the photography community. You're not Scott Sockett, are you? That's the only reason I could imagine you wouldn't approve of this... LOL

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2019 at 21:56 UTC
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cxsparc: All those posts about the fee of 1400 USD being too low for serious work.

I don't intend to hurt the pride of any professional photographer, but when I compare the required training and equipment to a medical doctor or an engineer who earn 50 Euro max per hour after years of costly education, this whole business is overcharged. Furthermore, 1400 USD is a lot of money for many US and European citizens to spend only on photography.

In certain countries the wedding celebration goes over the top in Holly/Bollywood fashion, and drives some close to ruin. Strangely, the amount of money spent on the party does not appear to correlate with the success rate of the marriage.

I'd rather prefer a photog being present as integrated friend unobtrusively observing and recording the moments of real life and real persons, like Kim Smith-Miller does.

@cxsparc I get it... of course there are doctors and engineers who make 40-50 Euros/hour. Just because you your ex-wife made 42 Euros/hour doesn't mean that that is the max that people make. That's just stupid. There are plenty who make the equivalent of 75, 100, 150 euros/hour, etc. And personally, I know multiple engineers making well over the equivalent of 50 Euros/hour. My father being one, brother-in-law being another, and a good friend from college being a third. I didn't say that making 40-50/hour isn't a good living... just that it isn't in line with what is reality. And I don't get where the US medical system comes into play here... or how the infant mortality rate in the US compares to 3rd world countries. BTW, the US is in the 75%+, so I don't know where you get your statistics, not that it even matters.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2019 at 18:57 UTC
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cxsparc: All those posts about the fee of 1400 USD being too low for serious work.

I don't intend to hurt the pride of any professional photographer, but when I compare the required training and equipment to a medical doctor or an engineer who earn 50 Euro max per hour after years of costly education, this whole business is overcharged. Furthermore, 1400 USD is a lot of money for many US and European citizens to spend only on photography.

In certain countries the wedding celebration goes over the top in Holly/Bollywood fashion, and drives some close to ruin. Strangely, the amount of money spent on the party does not appear to correlate with the success rate of the marriage.

I'd rather prefer a photog being present as integrated friend unobtrusively observing and recording the moments of real life and real persons, like Kim Smith-Miller does.

@tailings There's one other thing you aren't taking into account... the value of once in a lifetime images is greater than that of other "normal services" that might be used over and over again. How do you put a value on images that people look at for a lifetime and place some of the highest sentimental value on? Well you sure don't value it the same way that you do when you mow a yard or sell a meal or drive someone from point A to point B.

I think you are greatly missing the point here...

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2019 at 20:24 UTC
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cxsparc: All those posts about the fee of 1400 USD being too low for serious work.

I don't intend to hurt the pride of any professional photographer, but when I compare the required training and equipment to a medical doctor or an engineer who earn 50 Euro max per hour after years of costly education, this whole business is overcharged. Furthermore, 1400 USD is a lot of money for many US and European citizens to spend only on photography.

In certain countries the wedding celebration goes over the top in Holly/Bollywood fashion, and drives some close to ruin. Strangely, the amount of money spent on the party does not appear to correlate with the success rate of the marriage.

I'd rather prefer a photog being present as integrated friend unobtrusively observing and recording the moments of real life and real persons, like Kim Smith-Miller does.

@tailings I'm not exactly sure what you are getting at... I was trying to be funny, but don't know where I came off as entitled... there are NUMEROUS doctors and engineers that make far, far greater than the amount stated in the OP. And I wasn't implying that 6-8 hours is the only amount of work that wedding photographer is working... just pointing out the absolute minimum that it takes to simply shoot the wedding. Of course that is the smallest part of labor. I've shot athlete portraits for teams, and there is hours upon hours of editing... weddings would take far longer...

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2019 at 20:01 UTC
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jwalker019: I see all the negative comments but ... I'm a total klutz with flash. And the Profoto flash (plus gels and diffuser dome, etc.) looks really slick.

So if I were starting from scratch (which I am, as my existing flash is 10+ years old now), I'd be VERY tempted to buy into this system plus the new controller.

Buy a Godox TT685, watch 15 minutes of videos on YouTube from Robert Hall Photography, and you're good to go... If that is too difficult, then I guess wasting a ridiculous amount of money on an overpriced, under-featured system might be right for you. OCF isn't that scary. There is a world of information at your fingertips...

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2019 at 19:04 UTC
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cxsparc: All those posts about the fee of 1400 USD being too low for serious work.

I don't intend to hurt the pride of any professional photographer, but when I compare the required training and equipment to a medical doctor or an engineer who earn 50 Euro max per hour after years of costly education, this whole business is overcharged. Furthermore, 1400 USD is a lot of money for many US and European citizens to spend only on photography.

In certain countries the wedding celebration goes over the top in Holly/Bollywood fashion, and drives some close to ruin. Strangely, the amount of money spent on the party does not appear to correlate with the success rate of the marriage.

I'd rather prefer a photog being present as integrated friend unobtrusively observing and recording the moments of real life and real persons, like Kim Smith-Miller does.

Good god... in what country do you think doctors and engineers make a maximum of 50 euros/hour?!?! What is that... like $60/hour or $120k/year here in America? You must be delusional or talking about North Korean, Iraq, Afghanistan or Mongolian doctors... right? $1,400 for multiple wedding services over the course of probably 6-8 hours is very cheap. I used to mow lawns and charge $45 for about 20 min of work... the fact is, when you break up the amount of time for the service and the number of services you're getting, $1400 isn't much at all.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2019 at 17:00 UTC

The hilarity of this product shows how dumb some natural light photographers are, as this is what they chose to take the fear out of flash to entice those photographers to enhance their skills with OCF. And you gotta love the intelligence of shooting in the middle of a street with flash directly at people driving directly towards them... nothing smarter than distracting drivers with bright flashing lights while they steer 2,000-4,000 pound chunks of metal.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2019 at 16:41 UTC as 29th comment
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NewEraPhotographer: Shame on this production company for shooting a bunch of losers jumping around and showing their ignorance by waving around guns like they are hard or something... have some self respect and tell these "rap" losers to kick rocks if they want to jump around like uneducated idiots in front of a camera. And shame on the rap & hip hop communities for allowing hot garbage trash music like this to be popular. That these clowns make even a dollar making music like this is pathetic and shows why a majority of America has no respect for any of them.

Y'all are seriously delusional... I will however cede that there is good music to be had, however, finding it absolutely is exhausting. You can hate on the industry of yesteryear, but the fact is that when I was growing up, studios picked great music for us to find at a much higher percentage than what you have to wade through now. I don't see that as a bad thing. Yes, you can say that having a more accessible path to disseminate music is a good thing... but in my opinion it is also the worst thing. Because now, to find the music I like, I get so fed up looking that I simply don't want to listen to any of it even 1/10th as much as I used to. And to top it off, the bigger studios are throwing bad music at us too... fans are just hit with so much of it that they become numb and start to accept good music as great, average music as good, bad music as average, and trash music as acceptable... This continues long enough and trash music is seen as good, which I believe is where we are now.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2019 at 08:26 UTC
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NewEraPhotographer: Shame on this production company for shooting a bunch of losers jumping around and showing their ignorance by waving around guns like they are hard or something... have some self respect and tell these "rap" losers to kick rocks if they want to jump around like uneducated idiots in front of a camera. And shame on the rap & hip hop communities for allowing hot garbage trash music like this to be popular. That these clowns make even a dollar making music like this is pathetic and shows why a majority of America has no respect for any of them.

Thenoilif... so 1 album from 1 rapper speaks to the state of the entire genre? You've got to be kidding me... nobody can be that stupid...

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2019 at 00:38 UTC
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NewEraPhotographer: Shame on this production company for shooting a bunch of losers jumping around and showing their ignorance by waving around guns like they are hard or something... have some self respect and tell these "rap" losers to kick rocks if they want to jump around like uneducated idiots in front of a camera. And shame on the rap & hip hop communities for allowing hot garbage trash music like this to be popular. That these clowns make even a dollar making music like this is pathetic and shows why a majority of America has no respect for any of them.

Cosinaphile... I did not say that it didn't. Kendrick is one of the very few putting out great music... and some would say that DAMN is only his second or third best album. Unfortunately, for every Kendrick Lamar, you have 1000 different Tekashi69, Trippie Redd, Migos, Lil Xan, & 21 Savages diluting the genre with crap.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2019 at 00:37 UTC
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