Nikonparrothead

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On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 first impressions (382 comments in total)
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joelakeland: For an m43 enthusiast with specific tech needs, this looks to be a great solution. For dedicated stills shooter seeking the best available image quality this is not the answer.

I've owned and like Panasonic cameras in the G and GX series. For me, this one jumped the shark with its size alone.

Body size is not the only advantage of M4/3. Lens size factors in too. Though realistically any camera body with an extra battery grip is going to be oversized compared to the original intent of the format.

Image quality comes down to preferences of the end user. For newspaper work (what few are left) and most web work, the IQ is just fine.

Time will tell if this or the Oly EMI II be one must carries for daily shooters who earn money.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 13:07 UTC

Nice way for Godox to broaden its appeal.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 17:45 UTC as 6th comment
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Charley123: I don't think we can pick a side when we've only heard one side.

However, I have personally worked as a computer programmer and photographer. As a programmer I worked sometimes as employee and other times as contactor. They both have their,good and bad points. An objectionable situation occurred with one company that called me a subcontractor on the books, but treated me as a contactor when it benefited them, and treated me as an employee when it benefited them. That's not acceptable.

I know age discrimination is common in many professions. It's not acceptable.

One question I have is why did he stay 10 years?

We'll agree to disagree. I've worked both as a salaried employee and a correspondent for newspapers for, well, my entire career (only five months as a correspondent — I left it when I got a full-time job with another paper, with benefits).

There is, in at least the newsrooms I've worked in, a vast distinction between what freelancers are and what full-time staffers are and what jobs they can and can't do.

If he spent the last 10 years ignoring the fact that the paper was laying off full-time staff left and right and expected to get hired on, then it was a mighty opaque set of blinders he had on.

There's an outside chance that the USA Today piece, which was AP was shot while he was at the Times, but Youth Today is a nationally distributed publication. I just searched that site and he had photo credits there for four years (2013-16).

He's a freelancer and not a staffer. But the judge will decide.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2017 at 19:30 UTC
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Charley123: I don't think we can pick a side when we've only heard one side.

However, I have personally worked as a computer programmer and photographer. As a programmer I worked sometimes as employee and other times as contactor. They both have their,good and bad points. An objectionable situation occurred with one company that called me a subcontractor on the books, but treated me as a contactor when it benefited them, and treated me as an employee when it benefited them. That's not acceptable.

I know age discrimination is common in many professions. It's not acceptable.

One question I have is why did he stay 10 years?

No, the guy NEVER HAD A JOB with the New York Times. He was an independent contractor/freelancer who accepted assignments from the Times. He contracted with them for at least 14 years, the first two while working overseas and then 10 consecutive years (more or less) stateside. For what it's worth, I searched his name and Newsday and came up with this https://nwsdy.li/2z1VSd1 (in 2010 where a fellow photojournalist refers to him as a FREELANCER) as well as with USA Today in 2014 and came up with this: https://usat.ly/2yLVM83 which credits him along with AP ad this http://n.pr/2gx5sZP which ran on the NPR web in 2015 when he was shooting for "Youth Today."

He's done some nice stuff but as a freelancer — and didn't even freelance exclusively for the Times.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2017 at 15:29 UTC

It would be nice to see the contract he signed. I suspect there's nothing in it that either guarantees him work every day or obligates him to work for the Times every day.

Friends here in Florida who have worked as freelance photographers receive a day rate, with the understanding that they'll deliver X amount of photos. The Times called them to give them assignments. That is when they would have the parameters of when and where they had to be. Again, they're paid on a day rate.

Sometimes they'd say no because other gigs were booked.

Clearly the Times called Solarik regularly for work in the NYC area. I suspect they called him more frequently as they LAID OFF staff photographers -- a common practice in the past decade. Our photo staff went from 14 to 3.

I wish him well but I suspect there's no case here. Freelancers aren't guaranteed work.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2017 at 00:44 UTC as 14th comment
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PHOTOJOE55: This camera would look nice on a mantle or shelf. Definitely a conversation piece.

This is one of those cameras that will sell to "collectors" after all it's already overfunded on Kickstarter. The only thing I can guarantee on the future is I'll be taking a pass on this.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 12:34 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: I think this is a bad idea... there are many non-pros that would like a mirrorless from Nikon, but I'm assuming that a FF mirrorless will be costly to most (especially newbies and hobbyists and others who are doing photography for fun and not as a form of income). They need to rethink this strategy in my opinion. It's like they're abandoning perhaps 1/4 to 1/3 of their potential market. DSLRs will die off at some point (probably a long ways a way, 10-15 years yet) but if Nikon doesn't take the mirrorless market more seriously, they will be left behind. Hopefully this new mirrorless system, whatever it is from Nikon, can be like what the Macintosh or Apple II was for Apple (which the Mac technically replaced the Apple Lisa.... which was a bloated, overpriced machine that from what I know, never really worked right or even made it to market--or at least never gained any steam as a viable computer).

Chances are they'll do both. The're taking out patents for DX and FX lenses. Te D7000 DX and D600-Df-D750 series bodies were basically all variations of the same body.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 21:28 UTC

It's clearly a niche product. For Profoto shooters who want to work a speedlight into their kit. Hope it works but not something I'd look into personally.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 20:39 UTC as 24th comment
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Karroly: A lot of marketing BS with one key parameter missing : the guide number.

The Elinchrom trigger is based on a Phottix one. The only reason to use the Elinchrom protocols is to attempt to integrate those two systems. Meanwhile, I've had great (flawless) luck with my HS triggers. Friends with Godox have (admittedly anecdotally) had worse luck.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 11:33 UTC
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jhinkey: Any idea of the actual flash duration - 1/8000 sec shutter speed sync doesn't actually say how fast the actual duration is. Could not find it in their technical info section.

The PHOTONICZ ONE is vaporware, being marketed on Kickstarter. At least Rotolight has the larger Aerosmith that does exactly what the Neo2 does, this is a mini version of that.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 11:29 UTC
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Nikonparrothead: It's the little brother to the Aeos. Both have been pushed hard by Jason Lanier. Though the Aeos doesn't use the Elinchrom. trigger system (yet). There are enough YouTube videos on the original Neo. I'm sure Lanier will post more on the Neo2.

I'm intrigued because it should in theory integrate with other Elinchrom gear. But I suspect it would be most useful off camera and close to the subject.

It may be underpowered for the needs of mavy on this thread but at least it's not vaporware like that Kickstarter project seeking funding for one big LED-based flash.

Probably not. Definitely not something to overpower the sun in daylight in an on camera mode. People interested in the unit will try it for themselves (I'd consider renting one or two for off-camera applications). Those who don't see the need will pass.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 11:25 UTC

It's the little brother to the Aeos. Both have been pushed hard by Jason Lanier. Though the Aeos doesn't use the Elinchrom. trigger system (yet). There are enough YouTube videos on the original Neo. I'm sure Lanier will post more on the Neo2.

I'm intrigued because it should in theory integrate with other Elinchrom gear. But I suspect it would be most useful off camera and close to the subject.

It may be underpowered for the needs of mavy on this thread but at least it's not vaporware like that Kickstarter project seeking funding for one big LED-based flash.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 01:43 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
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AKH: Not sure why this test is so interesting. Sony A9 sits between two chairs as pro sports shooters will not touch it and it is too expensive for most people except a few amateurs (in the best sense of the word). Also the Nikon and Canon will probably be of no interest at all to those amateurs due to the size.

Longtime Nikon guy here, but I have a friend who used Nikon at the newspaper (pool gear), and Canon for personal work. He mostly does sports and movie production stills these days and opted for the A9 -- given the lack of mirror and fact that he doesn't need a bulky blimp for noise.

All tools find a niche, or fade away.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 12:05 UTC
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evilmagicnut: I wonder what percentage of people that respond viewed the photos on a properly calibrated monitor.

Does that really matter? What matters is they viewed the test on the device they normally view images. After all this is a subjective test.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 11:59 UTC

Joey L was the only photographer I knew of prior to this little exercise. I'll probably peek at the YouTube page. Did I learn anything? No. But it was amusing.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 23:16 UTC as 11th comment

This website only works if people willingly submit their photos. I agree with EasyClick about the copyright issues. I see no good to come of it. It's akin to social media services that "sell" meaningless followers.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 15:00 UTC as 93rd comment
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tedolf: Ok, why not just resurrect the old Nikon SP rangefinders with the S mount, put a FF sensor in it and hybrid AF. You would only need to develop maybe a half dozen lenses, and could still use the old SC lenses with manual focus.

Basically what the Leica M10 should be and sell it at 1/4 the cost?

Tedolph

Interesting thought but what makes you think Nikon would come in with a brand new, full frame and AF product for $1,700 to $1,800. Where are they recouping all the R&D costs?

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 20:48 UTC
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fedway: Nikon would not be putting out this kind of response to DPR if they were not coming out with a significant apsc body this this year, and perhaps FF next year. I would not even be surprised if the new body this year is FF although they will wait a few months so as not to steal the thunder from the upcoming d8xx release so perhaps just in time for the Christmas purchase season. Even though they are coming in from behind, they can leap frog everyone with an impressive FF release, perhaps using same basic sensor and processor as d8xx which would cut down on development cost and time.

Long-term, the more interesting question is lens mount strategy.

I wholeheartedly agree with your last sentence ... the more interesting question is lens mount strategy. If they preserve the F-mount -- either directly or with some sort of seamless full-functioning adapter -- that would make the mirrorless an easier purchase for people like me, heavily invested in F-mount legacy lenses.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 20:40 UTC
On article Hot mess: Remembering the Leica M8 (157 comments in total)

I remember mine fondly. Boy could it eat batteries. I need as many batteries as I did SD cards. But a fun camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 17:45 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On article Serious speed: Sony a9 real world samples gallery (557 comments in total)
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J A C S: Imagine how outdated this camera will look like when the A9II gets released with 40fps...

Newer and better cameras MAY give the photographer an opportunity to create/capture better images. Of course then there's the definition of " better" since this is aimed at sports, let's go for peak action well-timed by the photographer, in sharp focus.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2017 at 13:01 UTC
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