Denis of Whidbey Island

Denis of Whidbey Island

Lives in United States Whidbey Island, United States
Works as a photography
Has a website at www.whidbeypanoramas.com
Joined on Oct 5, 2002
About me:

More than 50 years into photography, professional experience started in early '70s at Stock Car Racing Magazine.
More interesting past gear has included a new Nikon F back in the day, Widelux 1500, Art Panorama, Roundshot 65EL, Roundshot Super 220VR, Fuji GX617, Noblex 150U, Canham 5x7, Sinar P, Toyo field, Fuji Texas Leica, Rollei SL66, Hasselblad 500C ...

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Denis of Whidbey Island: Reminds me that my all-time best selling shot was taken with the first generation 70-300mm ... on film, of course. These 70-300s are not exciting, but useful when used within their limits.

https://whidbeypanoramas.smugmug.com/Whidbey-Island/i-LRWcS8x/A

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 16:06 UTC

If production costs are realistic, I can imagine this technology taking hold in enthusiast grade fixed lens cameras first.
As someone else suggested, it would create a market for adapters to make existing lenses with longer flange distances adaptable to interchangeable lens bodies.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 16:04 UTC as 24th comment

Reminds me that my all-time best selling shot was taken with the first generation 70-300mm ... on film, of course. These 70-300s are not exciting, but useful when used within their limits.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 04:46 UTC as 49th comment | 2 replies
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OlyPent: It's like going back in time with adapted G lenses. Remember lenses in the 70's that had two aperture rings? The one to set the aperture point where you wanted it, the other to turn and actuate the diaphragm just before you took the shot, so you wouldn't have to focus stopped down, or "feel" for the right f-stop? That's how these more advanced adapters work.

I remember my first wide lens, a Soligor 28mm with preset aperture.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 04:27 UTC
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rwbaron: Doesn't surprise that it still works. I've seen cameras subjected to much more tortuous conditions and still keep working. The interesting part is that the owner would buy a new camera and leave it where his/her dog had access to it which is unfortunate and frankly, stupid.

I wonder if you mean "torturous." I've always found Corgi's suitable pets for photographers, they can't reach high enough to grab most stuff.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2017 at 19:31 UTC

Moving from Nikon's 14-24mm to Sony with a 16mm limit was painful for me. Then came the Voigtlander hyperwide, opening up the kinds of compositional opportunities discussed in this article. But make no mistake: the 10-11mm range also tempts one to abuse the wide coverage. Coming from a background including rotational panoramic film cameras, I suggest that you'll know if the extreme wides are for you; you'll have already visualized many shots impossible with mere superwide lenses.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 19:22 UTC as 66th comment
On article Nine tips to help you win at photography competitions (100 comments in total)

#3 keeps me from entering competitions. Many even demand the right to use all images entered, not just winners.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 17:34 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
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DualSystemGuy: $2B? LOL. This crazy lady will be lucky to get a free meal voucher. Outrageously unrealistic lawsuits like this should be discouraged as well, as they waste absolutely everyone's time involved. I personally hope the courts put her in her place and she wastes a bunch of money.

Looks to me like a crazy "pro" photographer thought he could get away from not having a model release, and someone in the restaurant's marketing department was lazy in not verifying that the photog provided a release for everyone in the shot. You can get wound up about the amount of the suit, but if you think the case is invalid your knowledge of applicable law is wanting.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 23:29 UTC
On article DJI announces new Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 drones (63 comments in total)

Now this is a good reason to upgrade from my vintage Phantom 3: a well-priced drone with 1" sensor.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 18:32 UTC as 8th comment
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (151 comments in total)

What next on this site, press releases about the tires that go on the vehicle that you drive to the shooting location? Please declutter DPREVIEW and omit this "peripheral" stuff.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 19:56 UTC as 48th comment

How about a feature in Premier to filter out that woman who keeps hooting obnoxiously?

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 15:06 UTC as 86th comment | 1 reply

Ban them from the US, permanently, after they pay a $50,000 fine each and spend 90 days in jail.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 15:22 UTC as 63rd comment
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (766 comments in total)

Some of those celebrity photogs must have started five minutes ago. My first camera was a Brownie Hawkeye, followed by a Petri Racer. The Nikon F Photomic Ftn was the start of 45 years of that brand.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 04:48 UTC as 252nd comment | 1 reply
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Denis of Whidbey Island: I gave up my search for a belt clip that works with Arca-Swiss plates. Seems strange that vendors don't cater to that large market.

I think I've looked at these and they are supplying the plate. I already have plates by RRS and Pro Media Gear (L plates) that I use.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 02:50 UTC

I gave up my search for a belt clip that works with Arca-Swiss plates. Seems strange that vendors don't cater to that large market.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 21:39 UTC as 29th comment | 5 replies
On article UPDATED: Sony RX100 Mark V real-world samples (275 comments in total)
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BRPWS: samples are not loading on 3 different browsers

Ditto

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 14:26 UTC
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Hans vdC: I love Sony but I'm really gutted by this, having bought the a6300 at a very large premium due to price increases. And I would love IBIS for my Zeiss 24. Damn you Sony. Damn you. Feels like I bought a beta version :(

And I keep making money with my old a6000 as complement to the A7RII, which will no doubt become "obsolete" long before it stops doing the job for me.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 16:25 UTC
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Denis of Whidbey Island: Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems that a system using an A7RII could be cobbled together for about half the price and you'd be able to change lenses.

I'm not doing this just because I'm not competent to cobble such, but others are and could be systems integrators and might be happy with a profit margin of less than 200%. Not sure what "industrial grade" quality of the 'blad improves images and function but I'd be tickled to move from Phantom 3 image quality to images from my a6000 or A7RII. I don't think viewers would discern the industrial difference.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 14:22 UTC
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Denis of Whidbey Island: Tried this solution but gave up when it never worked on several Nikons. Choked on the price of the Camranger but it worked and facilitated my work.
Now I shoot Sony and the wifi is inbuilt, though the app is weak. Is there a good 3rd party app for Sony?

I'd prefer for Sony to publish the API to the cameras (do they?) so a developer can directly adapt such apps to Sony cameras. I'd pay $20-40 for a solid version of Camranger or DSLR Dashboard via native Sony wifi connection.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 14:15 UTC

Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems that a system using an A7RII could be cobbled together for about half the price and you'd be able to change lenses.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 04:55 UTC as 27th comment | 5 replies
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