Graham Best

Lives in United States Eastern, United States
Joined on Jun 30, 2006
About me:

Sony a7r, a850, a77, Sigma 20 f/1.8, CZ 24 f/2, CZ 28 f/2.8 distagon (Leitax adapter), Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, Sony 50/1.4, CZ 55/1.8 FE, Sony 70-200 f/2.8 G, Tamron 90 f/2.8 macro, 135 f/3.5 SMC Takumar (M42), Sigma 400 f/5.6 apo Tele-macro, (Mirex tilt/shift adapter, Mamiya 645 M 35mm f/3.5, Mamiya 55mm 645 M f/2.8, Mamiya 645 M 120mm f/4 macro) Sony HVL-F56AM flash, Sony HVL-F20AM flash, 4x Yongnuo YN560 flash

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Bodkins Best Photography: I sincerely doubt that light is 1000 lumens. Sounds more like the "bigger is better" advertising BS.

The true output of the light is immaterial to the story. The flashlight was demonstrated on video successfully illuminating the scene for the photograph

Other than identifying the flashlight model (which contains the company claimed output in it's name) for anyone who wants to duplicate the equipment, what difference does the true output make?

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2018 at 12:34 UTC
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beenthere: Having just carried an RX100V most of the length of the John Muir Trail, I made some observations:
1) Smartphone photos are convenient but the lack of control and IQ are definite minuses.
2) Love to have more of the iPhone programmability and SW ecosystem adopted by Sony.
3) The RX100 may be small, but it's heavy. This camera looks considerably lighter.
4) Why on earth would I care how many card slots it has? My iPhone 8 has none at all.

RX100V: 10.55 oz. with battery and memory card.
HX99: 8.6 oz. with battery and memory card.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2018 at 20:48 UTC
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KE_DP: "Compared to it's rivals -"
Fujifilm GFX 50S Pentax 645Z

and........D850? = NOT a Medium Format Camera :-/
Comparing Apples to Bananas here. Given this MF=FF comparison - then the Sony A7R2/3 should be listed as well.

"The D850's base ISO of 64 allows it to gather as much light as the 50c at its base ISO of 100, putting them on a similar footing, image quality-wise. The Sony A7RIII cannot compete on these terms."

The only way to prove that is with empirical evidence. Show images where the difference is perceptible. DXO Mark scores the Hasselblad at 102, and the Nikon and Sony both at 100.

I expect the ability to differentiate prints made from the 3 cameras would be difficult to impossible.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2018 at 12:40 UTC
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dbo: Asking 199 USD for a L-bracket is just a piece of impudence.
There is absolutely no justification for that.

The 75 € I paid for my former used Sirui L-bracket (unfortunately they don't offer one for the A7R3) was already close to the limit I'd be willing to pay for such accessory.

I am in the TK business and doing special projects where I sometimes need either aluminium or stainless steel brackets for fixing micro-cabinets. Mostly Z-brackets, but sometimes L-brackets. Depending on the complexity (threaded holes, special varnishing, etc.) I rarely pay more then 120€ for a pair - and that price is based on quite high German labour cost.

"milkod2001
It is super overpriced indeed. I found noname L bracket for our D810 on Amazon at around $30 bucks and it does exactly the very same job. It is just piece of metal after-all."

I don't use Nikon cameras, so your L bracket may work as well. On Sony bodies, the wired remote port is on the left side of the camera. Unless the L bracket has a provision to slide, one can't mount a wired remote in portrait orientation on a tripod.

I've never seen a cheap L bracket that is made to slide. My RRS L bracket's base remains fixed in place, with only the "L" arm sliding to accommodate the wired remote.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2018 at 11:57 UTC
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eastwestphoto: Nice! Since the demise of photo magazines getting the word out on new products is a real problem. Only DPreview and PetaPixel cover new products with any clarity!

Almost all of PetaPixel's articles appeared on other sites first (many are from DPR).

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2018 at 12:05 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI first impressions (273 comments in total)
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Graham Best: From the article: "Without an ND filter, or any way to easily attach one, ... ."

Several companies make adhesive backed low profile adapters one attaches to the front bezel of RX100 series cameras. For under $25, one has 52mm threads to attach filters, or a lens hood.

Small Rig makes a nice RX100 cage, that allows one to mount any number of accessories including a matte box.

Google "Lensmate Sony RX100 V Quick Change Adapter Kit". There's other versions on the market that are one piece, adding threads only "Kiwifotos Filter Adapter Lens Ring Adapter for Sony Cyber-shot RX100".

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2018 at 18:10 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI first impressions (273 comments in total)

From the article: "Without an ND filter, or any way to easily attach one, ... ."

Several companies make adhesive backed low profile adapters one attaches to the front bezel of RX100 series cameras. For under $25, one has 52mm threads to attach filters, or a lens hood.

Small Rig makes a nice RX100 cage, that allows one to mount any number of accessories including a matte box.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2018 at 13:21 UTC as 31st comment | 4 replies
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI first impressions (273 comments in total)
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scotthunter: The RX100 series is too big to fit into your jeans pocket, so you may as well benefit from the improved ergonomics, fully articulating LCD, weather-sealed body, more comfortable EVF and larger sensor of a Canon G1X III, unless you really need the extra reach of the zoom lens which this offers.

I have no problem fitting my rx100m3 into my traditional cut jeans pocket. There's no "skinny" jeans in my wardrobe.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2018 at 13:11 UTC
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zdys: I really dislike Adobe.

Adobe is a commercial company that makes a product. If one feels there's value in that product, one uses (and pays) for it. If not, there's other options.

I don't derive income from my photography. Although I used the reasonably priced Adobe photo plan (~$10 monthly) that included PS and Lightroom for several years, I no longer subscribe.

I have a purchased copy of PS CS5, which does everything I need of PS, and I use C1 pro (for Sony) for my capture processing. I use the excellent (free) DaVinci Resolve for video editing.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2018 at 21:10 UTC
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Jonathan F/2: Good job Sony, it took you almost 3 years to slightly edge out the D750! :D JK

I think what makes the A7 III more compelling is that it's probably the most well-rounded 24mp camera on the market. It's the total sum of it's parts that make this camera interesting.

I wonder who makes the d750 sensor?

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2018 at 13:21 UTC
On article Have your say: Best high-end ILC of 2017 (169 comments in total)
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dlb41: What about the Canon 1DX MK II or the Nikon D5 ?

Both cameras introduced in 2016.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 03:19 UTC
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mdspivey: Camera specific, properly fitted L brackets for RC2 plates. Yes, please.

Really Right Stuff's L bracket features a sliding portrait arm to solve the predicament you describe.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 21:03 UTC
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(unknown member): Probably developed by Konica Minolta and Sony just took the blueprints when they acquired the photo division of that company.

I had the 7d. The a700 is a completely different camera. The 7d used a ccd sensor, the a700, a cmos sensor. The a700 was released 3 years after the 7d.

By the way, my 7d is still in use by a family member.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 13:50 UTC
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Curtis Khan: I still use mine. I've shot kings and queens, prime ministers and presidents, beggars and terrorists with mine. I've shot over 450,000 images with it and it still ticks. It is my most reliable camera.

I purchased mine pre-release. It's still in use by a family member.

Great camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 12:48 UTC
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(unknown member): Probably developed by Konica Minolta and Sony just took the blueprints when they acquired the photo division of that company.

That could be said for the a100, which was based on the KM Maxxum 5d, but not the a700.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 12:47 UTC
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biza43: I have 3 Gitzo tripods, older one is about 20 years old now, still going strong. Recently bought a Traveller Series 2 CF, for hiking. Top quality.

For all the negativism here, no one forces you to buy their stuff.

Manfrotto and Gitzo are both owned by the Vitec group, along with various other brands.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 14:51 UTC
On article Sony a9 first look videos (299 comments in total)
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shigzeo: This is the first Sony that makes me re-think the E-mount since selling the A7r two years ago. Its properly sized AF joystick and dedicated AF-ON button are necessary ergonomic features that everyone but Leica have failed at. And Leica's SL AF nipple has the problem of sticking out too much.

I bought into the SL system because I wanted a simple interface with large, glove-friendly buttons, and a large body. The A9 is still too small, but button placement and their apparent shape and size are great.

Will revisit this camera in a few months.

Great work, Sony.

Other than size and mount, I can't think of 2 more dissimilar cameras than the a7r and a9. I've used and enjoyed my a7r since it's introduction.

The a9 looks to be a great camera for sports/action, but it's not the best tool for a landscape shooter.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 10:46 UTC
On article Erez Marom: On causality in landscape photography (105 comments in total)

Enjoyed the images.

I wonder. Is there a reason Ansel Adams never felt the need to explain his images? I'd wager the word "causality" never crossed his lips.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2017 at 12:03 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies
On article Belgian wins €15,000 Zeiss Award for Faroes project (50 comments in total)

Beautiful images of the Faroe Islands.

According to the website of the Faroe Islands, ~50,000 inhabit the various islands, with cities and a Michelin rated restaurant. The islands have positive emigration/immigration and birth/death ratios (as of 2015). I have no doubt the report of dwindling population for the individual island the photographer visited is accurate, but the nation as a whole appears to be robust.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 10:47 UTC as 10th comment
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Rick Knepper: Seattle Post-Intelligencer = Seattle PI

I spent 3 years as a guest of Uncle Sugar in beautiful Bellevue, NE. You must have missed all the beautiful areas around the Missouri River within miles of Offutt.

How about western NE, or a daytrip to the Saline wetlands around Lincoln? I enjoyed the SD/NE border area, with the several Indian reservations. A little further north, and one is in the badlands. Colorado is a day's drive.

I haven't had the opportunity to visit the Seattle area, I'm sure it's beautiful. In my experience, there's few spots in the US where one can't find beauty in or near.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 18:21 UTC
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