Teila Day

Teila Day

Lives in United States FL, United States
Has a website at www.teiladay.com
Joined on Apr 5, 2005

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pookipichu: Zhong Yi, anyone, please come out with new lenses for the Pentax 645Z, please.

@pookipichu... Amen. I'd be a lot happier with the 120 f/4 if I could send it it to have the same coatings applied that are on the newer lenses. I really like Pentax's lens range, but Ricoh really needs to do a "refresh" of their offerings. I'd like to see either IBIS (next gen. 645) or more stabilized telephoto lenses. If Ricoh simply keeps up with sensor tech. and sizes, refreshes their lens offerings (stabilization for some, modern coatings for the rest), and gets off their behind when it comes to customer service, I'll be (mostly) happy.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 17:42 UTC
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Photomonkey: This should satisfy the minimum DOF fans.....if they can focus them.

@J A C S ... finally... nice to read someone talking sense about fast lenses on MF or any other camera/sensor size for that matter.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 17:22 UTC
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Internet Enzyme: I want to make a comment about how damn fast that really is when compared to full frame but as I have learned from previous articles, aperture equivalency is a very touchy subjetc around these parts

@Terry Breedlove: "Besides shooting anything like that with such shallow depth of field that these lenses will bring would be way to difficult. For those types of shots i have smaller lighter quicker systems"

It's not difficult at all. Even on film you'd be looking at a DOF of 'round 7-10ft if you're shooting say, a group of people smoking on a stoop. stopping down a few ticks to f/2. That can be very useful on the street. On the Fuji you'd get a DOF of about 5ft. or so wide open and around 10ft. stopped down to f/2..... as opposed to twice that at f/4. Definitely a use for fast glass... however...

Your sentiment is 100% correct in my opinion. The "equivalence" speak has gone off the rails, with too many focused on "equating" as opposed to looking at the benefits that save time, money, and headache. When it comes to most (typical) paid work involving MF, f/4 is quite fast enough, which is another important reality-based point.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 17:13 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (340 comments in total)
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DouglasGottlieb: Great article. But do they justify the price leap over a Sony A7Rii system?

@Douglas ,no offense meant. No argument; just stating the obvious? Irrespective of sensor size, if a system offers more general utility in a single camera body, then that's attractive to many engaged in commerce, because it's less to deal with on the business/frame/print/processing end of things. If flat colours and 50mp can save yourself and 2 retouchers 20% in time, that's significant. That's utility that directly relates to income or "worth it". :)

If leaf shutters allow for not having to calibrate or screw around with flash power and camera settings like what is sometimes required when dealing with low powered HSS or hyper-sync, then that's worth it to many... especially if more than one person is using the camera and a variety of flash, strobes, packs are used.

It seems many forget about the business end of things, which is arguably most important if you shoot-to-eat. A single feature on a product offering more utility can be very significant to many small businesses.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 01:29 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (340 comments in total)
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Robemo: Impress would-be clients with gear? Really? Is it just me having bad luck for more than 40 years with much more cirtical and smarter customers? The first thing most clients ask is your portfolio and references. Rarely do they show any interest in the gear I use. Actually most of them don't give a hoot .... unless they have photographic knowledge and very specific demands. Again, that's rare ...

@Robemo ... and likewise I was sharing my experience with you. I had no "trouble" with your experience, quite the opposite, it's interesting to read how experiences differ. I'm not at all surprised when another photographer's experiences differ from mine. Please realize that I used the word "ignorant" in the context of 'one not knowing something', not as a rude judgement. Word of mouth is indeed golden, works far better than any portfolio as far as I'm concerned :) Best in photography to you Robemo!

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 03:05 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (340 comments in total)
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Robemo: Impress would-be clients with gear? Really? Is it just me having bad luck for more than 40 years with much more cirtical and smarter customers? The first thing most clients ask is your portfolio and references. Rarely do they show any interest in the gear I use. Actually most of them don't give a hoot .... unless they have photographic knowledge and very specific demands. Again, that's rare ...

What's amazing is the number of photographers that are ignorant to the fact that many ** well paying clients ** ARE judgmental about what your camera looks like. Just because you (and I) may not like the idea of people being so ridiculous doesn't mean ridiculous doesn't exist.

Your experiences do not define the experiences of other working photographers. So what if *you've* never heard a developer say the following before hiring you:

"I saw you folks photographing properties on the beach with your thousand dollar cameras and five hundred dollar lenses and knew you were true professionals..." (Did you just cringe like we did?) Do you come off pompous by informing him that they're actually $6,000 cameras and $5,000 lenses or just accept the well paying job and keep your mouth shut and skillfully work it into a conversation about cameras weeks later.. ;)

Fact: Many paying people will judge you by what you wear, drive, where you live, and what gear you have.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 01:58 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (340 comments in total)
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DouglasGottlieb: Great article. But do they justify the price leap over a Sony A7Rii system?

@Douglas... Oh for the love of peaches get off the size difference in the sensors. Why are you even applying APSC to FF sensor differences to MF to FF? .. as if the size ratio not being the same has anything to do with utility. What does that have to do with whether the larger sensor's cost makes business sense?

How much difference was there between a Nikon D3X and D3? Was the $8,000 price "worth it"? To you maybe not. To photographers who could make money off of having more cropping and printing latitude, maybe.

You have to realize that when it comes to a camera's worth, image quality isn't always the difference between getting paid or not... it's all the other stuff that often matters, which is the point of having most of all the other stuff in on camera body.

... but many tire kickers and gear heads aren't into caring about things that actually matter to people trying to get paid which is ridiculous because it's those things that make a camera "worth it".

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 01:34 UTC
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great Javier: So expensive, so fuji.

@Jnd, my advice is to either shoot MF and compare it to FF yourself under a varied conditions (e.g. shoot indoors at the camera store, then shoot just outside of the camera store where you capture sky, foliage, etc., then compare the raw files as-you're-processing-them as well).

Or...you can ask someone who owns and shoots both the 5Dsr and also the 33x44 Sony sensor whether it be in a Hasselblad, Pentax, Phase, or Fuji.

Accurate colours? Phase, Leaf, Hasselblad, etc., all have slightly different colour personality irrespective of software used. Lenses also have their own colour personalities. A Zeiss 100 f/2 doesn't give the same colours as a Canon 85 f/1.2 on the same camera.

Shooting charts is for gearheads. What about having to consider print/border sizes, frame sizes, crop-to-taste requests, heavy post work, enlarging parts of a file to make an 11x17'ish, etc., ...from files shot at 100 iso to 12,800 iso.

See any real-world tests like that online?

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 08:15 UTC
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Bangers and Mash: This is absolute nonsense. How many photos have we seen of people posing on streets. No cars around mind you. Has anyone reacted in this way about street shots. Perhaps, living in this politically correct society, this is because it is a woman standing on the tracks. Maybe, and I'm just guessing now, if it was a man standing on the tracks, would anything be said. By the way, I think the photo is awesome.

;)

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 21:04 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1877 comments in total)
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Terry Breedlove: I smell the coming end of the DSLR reign.

@DualSystemGuy I haven't seen any Sony shooters in a press box (as if that has anything to do with this camera), **probably because Sony hasn't offered the same utility as Nikon/Canon over the years. I can find, buy, rent, or borrow a Nikon/Canon lens, battery, camera & 3rd party accessories practically anywhere. Sony in the last 5 years has put their game face on and has become rather popular across the board. Heck, even Broncolor (pro lighting) caters to them now. I'm not a sony camera fan, but I give credit where it's due.

"You don't need 20 FPS for many types of photography either - if any"

Actually, many people in many areas of photography can benefit in a variety of practical ways from 20fps, which is probably obvious to most photographers.
I prefer the larger Nikon/Canon clunky brick pro bodies.... but what does my personal preference or what people in a press box shoot, have to do with whether or not 20fps is useful to many people shooting action? Nothing is what.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 21:02 UTC
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phoenix15: And Ricoh is sleep tight.

@nicolaiecostel yes, the Pentax 645 28-45 f/4.5 is retails around $5,000, and offers a cheaper alternative to buying Hasselblad lenses to cover the same range. It is an excellent lens that's also stabilized and has wonderful lens coatings and is nicely weather sealed. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1072808-REG/pentax_hd_pentax_da645_28_45mm_f_4_5.html

I'd rather it over paying Hasselblad $2.7k (45mm), $4k (30mm), $5.2k (35mm) and $6.2k (28mm)... total of $18,000. (1) I like the idea of being able to take most of my Pentax lenses and put them on a medium format film camera and go! (2) I like the idea of being able to use most of my lenses in conjunction with a notably larger size sensor.

I don't find the 645Z viewfinder to be an issue, though the info bar at the bottom when looking through the viewfinder can disappear if my eye isn't ideally seated in the eyecup. Not an issue for me. Pentax might croak, but the 645z allowed me to do what I couldn't with my FF bodies. :)

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 19:10 UTC
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Josh Leavitt: I'd love to see Samyang launch a fast manual focus portrait lens for the GFX. Something like a 110mm F1.2, essentially the equivalent of their EF mount 85mm F1.2. And it would be a really compelling choice if they could retail it for $1,499 USD.

Correct. You've answered your own question :)

"Question: For which kind of portrait do you need a f1.2 equivalent lens? f1.2 in fullframe is way to shallow... on mediumformat it's nearly useless."

Because at many portrait distances the DOF isn't that shallow, and the larger aperture helps with AF and a brighter viewfinder. The same applies to medium format.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 18:46 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1877 comments in total)
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net1994: Jesus H Christ!!!!

(chuckle) Not a phrase that I use, but I have wondered how the "H" got in there. Same with (an explicative that starts with F) "A". What in the world is the "A" at the end of "Fracking" A? .. just always strange verbiage to me is all :)

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 18:42 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1877 comments in total)
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Terry Breedlove: I smell the coming end of the DSLR reign.

@DualSystemGuy You nailed it.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:21 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1877 comments in total)
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Boomanbb: Finally (for me), an interesting sports camera from Sony. Based on current Sony cameras, do they have a battery grip for two batteries AND is it capable of taking at least 6,000 photos (not all at 20fps)?

@nicolaiecostel.... the same reason why people benefit from 3, 6, 10, 12, and 14fps. Think of how many more "slices" of action you get in a 3 second burst in an action packed boxing match with two boxers really throwing and landing punches, compared to the person next to you shooting 10 fps.. You have 24 more frames to choose from just on that particular violent engagement between the two boxers than the person standing next to you shooting a Nikon D5.

It would also come in handy during events/wedding photography. The number of photos ruined due to someone blinking or their (or someone else's) hair in front of their eyes is significant. Having 5 - 10 more photographs to choose from in, say, a 1/2 second burst can be very beneficial in many areas of photography; not just sports.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:20 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1877 comments in total)
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net1994: Jesus H Christ!!!!

.... What's the "H" stand for?

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 16:55 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1877 comments in total)
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LDunn1: It's really great seeing a manufacturer really being innovative and moving photo taking on like this, regardless on the name on the camera. I don't think the specs are really what I seek, but I'm impressed none the less. Well done Sony, I'm looking forward to DPR review now!

Exactly. I love what Sony has been doing over the last few years. Maybe Nikon/Canon will stop moving at a snail's pace. Canon should've had an option to shoot at least 20fps without the mirror flapping, back when it debuted the 1Dx2 or it should've *at least offered 36mp* adding much more utility (sports + portraiture, etc.)

I can't bring myself to spend money on tiny incremental changes that don't positively affect the bottom line by at least reducing my workload or making things easier (file easily fitting various frame sizes, etc.) I hope Sony keeps up this pace as I like the prospective affect it'll have on the dslr and medium format markets.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 16:55 UTC
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great Javier: So expensive, so fuji.

@Jnd... Premium APS-C bodies mated to premium lenses provide images that most photographers couldn't discern from FF in many situations; so? What does that have to do with the utility of shooting FF? Nothing is what. Same for MF.

You don't get the same utility shooting a Canon 5dsr as you do shooting MF. The raws do not process or look the same. The raw colour isn't the same (flat allows more photographer options). You don't get that information from test charts and debating equivalency and a Zeiss Otus mated to a 5Dsr doesn't change those facts.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 16:25 UTC
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Eloise: Max Format Size: 645

Does this meat that the GFX (like the Pentax potentially could) will scale to larger 645 (50x40) rather than having to stick with the 44x33mm sensor currently used?

@Toselli... many 645 lenses aren't any larger (to your hand) than a common Canon/Nikon lens.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 16:14 UTC
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ChrisH37: The only issue with MF news propagating through to the 'mainstream'? People who for whatever reason refuse to understand what the point of MF is, and equate EVERYTHING to their APS-C or FF body and lenses.

It's the new FF/APS-C/M43 equivalency debate, but with actual added equivalency debate included just to really hit home how silly this all is.

@jnd The point is that 3 years ago, you couldn't shoot a 50mp FF camera at low or high iso and get the same result that you could from a Hasselblad 50c. Today, you can't either (fact), especially if you don't fancy mirrorless. FF comes close in many respects and makes more sense than MF in some areas that routinely used MF in years past (fashion catalog work).

There are other nuances to be considered as well, which go beyond equivalency and image quality; nuances that directly affect how long one spends in post, which is directly tied to how much money one loses spending time in post. The flat raw colours of the 645z allow more freedom as opposed to contending with saturation baked into a lot of other raw files (e.g. 5dsr), etc.. the kind of real world benefits one doesn't realize comparing MF to FF apertures, etc... stuff that has to do with actually making money (as opposed to physics), saving time, increasing utility per *other* photographer's needs. Not those of your own.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 16:03 UTC
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