Thomas Kachadurian

Thomas Kachadurian

Lives in United States Traverse City, United States
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at www.kachadurian.com
Joined on Dec 29, 2002

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On article Tamron files patent for 115mm F1.4 VC lens (62 comments in total)

My assistants fight over my Tamron 45f1.8. It might be the best lens I own. If I had to replace everything I had my first lens would be that Tamron.

If this makes it to market, I will be the first in line to buy it.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 00:28 UTC as 15th comment
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (423 comments in total)

I'm a Canon guy in FF, but I'm heavily invested in M43 mirrorless. I'd ship to Canon tomorrow if they got serious about the M line.

All they would need is 3 or 4 fast primes, two f2.8 zooms, and a body with a built-in viewfinder to be a major player overnight, just by getting back their own customers.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 19:31 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
On article Throwback Thursday: when studio lenses retire (203 comments in total)

I used an OLD, Really OLD, Nikkor 50mm f1.4 from the early 1960s well until I changed to Canon mount in the 1990s. IT was not the sharpest, not flare resistant at all, but made some of the best film camera images of my career. It's only recently in the Tamron 45 f1.8 that I've seen the magic that lens had for me.

Old does not mean useless.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2016 at 19:56 UTC as 52nd comment
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Thomas Kachadurian: I'm not a nikon guy, but this is the first really ground-breaking lens news we have gotten in a while.

Josh152: I've been around long enough to have once been a Nikon guy and can tell you that in the era of "85mm is the portrait lens," and the "135L is the bees knee (it is)" it's easy to lose sight of the past. There was a time when the Nikkor 105 f2.5 lens was the first lens you had to buy if you were a professional. Look at portraits from the 1960 through about the mid 1990s and they were shot with a Nikkor 105. It only stopped with digital because Nikon didn't have a FF sensor for so long.

To this day I'd rather be shooting with a 100mm when I'm shooting an 85 or a 135.

But nikon didn't do what Canon would have done: made an update like a 105 f2 IS. OR a 105 f2.5 MkII. They made a totally new version, way different from the first. A lens that no first line lens maker has created.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 16:27 UTC
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (406 comments in total)

oooh I want one.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 16:27 UTC as 104th comment

I'm not a nikon guy, but this is the first really ground-breaking lens news we have gotten in a while.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 16:14 UTC as 33rd comment | 6 replies

I have a great Gitzo Traveller, so I'm not in the market, but I will tell anyone that FLM hardware is first rate. I have one of their Center Ball Heads and it is rock solid. They are high quality hardware. My Gitzo/PhotoClam travel leg/head cost me about $700. Their head legs combo for $575 is very reasonable, and I'm guessing the FLM will match it in quality. If I didn't have one already I'd be ordering one

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 15:57 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply

Okay, think of it this way. Forget they are film presets and think of it as 300 presets for different ways to process a raw file. In those terms I find it interesting.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 01:55 UTC as 6th comment
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Thomas Kachadurian: They were using titanium in the 1960s? I had one of these I bought with a 50mm f1.4 for $65 in 1979. I used it for quite a few years, and I'd swear it had a cloth shutter, like they all did.

Something doesn't sound exactly right here. My Pentax MX had a cloth shutter. Were those all woven titanium?

Pretty sure you guys are wrong. Titanium shutters didn't show up until the f3

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2016 at 23:45 UTC

They were using titanium in the 1960s? I had one of these I bought with a 50mm f1.4 for $65 in 1979. I used it for quite a few years, and I'd swear it had a cloth shutter, like they all did.

Something doesn't sound exactly right here. My Pentax MX had a cloth shutter. Were those all woven titanium?

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 03:08 UTC as 13th comment | 5 replies
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GabrielZ: I don't know...no matter how good they are (and they are from most of the reviews I've eyed over, about them) Panasonic's Lumix range of cameras just don't interest me very much. Maybe its name recognition...or lack there of, or that they use (to me the undesirable) 4/3rd's format. But then I like Fujifilm's range of MILC's and their X-100 variations too. And they're a relatively new brand in the mirrorless sector as well.

New? The Lumix G1 was the first mirrorless out of the box. There are more native lenses for M43 than any line but Nikon and Canon SLRs.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 17:27 UTC

As a Photoshop user since 2.1, I am always interested to look in on the workflow of others. This is a great tutorial and I thank the author.

I don't like the effect, and won't use it, but I'll try something in these steps before the end of the week. Just to see what I can learn from it.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 19:50 UTC as 33rd comment
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Old Cameras: The 85 f1.8 should be no more than $500 to compete with the Nikon equivalent. It's not terribly challenging to build a good 85mm focal length. Tests of the existing 35 and 45 were just okay and VC on a short lens is not the most important feature. Weather sealing is also not so important in a fixed focal length lens, more important on an air pump style zoom. And the anti-smudge coating is also not critical since you'll have a protective filter anyway. Who cares about all the extra features if it doesn't perform. For equal money I'd take the Nikon version and appreciate the fact that it lacks VC and it therefore cannot break in that regard.

Did you miss the part about VC. I'll bet 750-850. And Tamron has a real 5 year warranty.

Yes, I'm a fan.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 00:48 UTC

I'll be first in line. I love my 45 f1.8 VC

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 00:43 UTC as 8th comment

Is it just me or does this ring of desperation?

They are marketing a capable interchangeable lens camera with PASM modes to teens who are perfectly happy with their smartphone cameras.

Do we not get it because Japan is such a different culture.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2016 at 18:00 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies
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Thomas Kachadurian: This is about the best pocket camera there is. I loved mine.

If it had any sort of IS I would still have it. But without IS, or a viewfinder, it's too hard to use if you have even a slight tremor.

I hope there's a GR3 with IS someday.

Funny. I developed an essential tremor when I was 28 years old. It's genetic and about 25% of the population will develop a tremor at some point in their lives. It tends to reveal itself earlier in later generations. Two of my nephews started showing tremors in their teens.

It hasn't stopped me from an enjoyable and successful career as a photographer. Bigger cameras are no problem at all, but with essential tremor, the most common sort, small things are hard to hold steady. For example, spoons and little cameras.

Here's the thing about us "old guys" we have the money to buy these cameras, so it's wise for manufactures to offer the features we want. It's not like Ricoh is having a hard time keeping up with the demand for the GR.

And SR, I'm 57. You'll wake up any day now and find you are "old" too.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 17:08 UTC

This is about the best pocket camera there is. I loved mine.

If it had any sort of IS I would still have it. But without IS, or a viewfinder, it's too hard to use if you have even a slight tremor.

I hope there's a GR3 with IS someday.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 14:51 UTC as 11th comment | 6 replies
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (740 comments in total)

Is it just me or does 10 months to get a review out say something about the reviewers' attitude toward the camera. and brand.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2015 at 14:06 UTC as 123rd comment | 4 replies

Seems a bit apologetic, like back in the days when Nikons topped out at 6 megapixels and DPR said it didn't matter until the first release of Nikon 36mpx sensor and then it did.

A lossy compressed file is not, and never can be a raw file. A raw file is a direct sensor dump without alteration.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 20:56 UTC as 233rd comment | 3 replies
On article Holga Digital camera project launched on Kickstarter (150 comments in total)

No one has pointed out that digital is not film. It does't have the latitude and other characteristics that make the holga possible.

I see a future with a mass of poorly exposed picture with photoshop artifacts. But hey, it's cute.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2015 at 21:27 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply
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