jwkphoto

jwkphoto

Lives in United States Albuquerque, NM, United States
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at jwkphotodesign.com
Joined on Jul 28, 2011

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I have a $45 Bogen 3001 tripod from 1987 with a $45 ten year old no name Chinese ball head. I've used them thousands of times in my job as a real estate photographer. I've been told by other RE photogs I need to get a $1000 unit. I say hogwash! What I have works perfectly good for my purposes with my Sony A6000 camera. The system is light weight and easy to move from room to room.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 15:17 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
On article Facebook Live: Sony a9 impressions so far (104 comments in total)

People are complaining about the price of the Sony a9. I bought the Canon 5D when it first came out in late 2005 and it cost $3,300. In today's money that is $4,231, almost the cost of the a9. The a9 is by far a much better camera in every way than the 5D ever was.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 15:36 UTC as 26th comment
On article Facebook Live: Sony a9 impressions so far (104 comments in total)
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jwkphoto: OK DPR, how do I listen to this? there is nothing going on FB, it's blank!

OK, you finally got on but the sound is cracking up and I can't stand to listen to it

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 16:42 UTC
On article Facebook Live: Sony a9 impressions so far (104 comments in total)

OK DPR, how do I listen to this? there is nothing going on FB, it's blank!

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 16:38 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)

WOW! Simply amazing too. As for the high price people are complaining about, with the cost of living increase, the A9 is about the same price as the Canon 5D from 2005.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 16:56 UTC as 288th comment
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jwkphoto: I remember reading on DPReview back in 2006 when Sony brought out it's first DSLR, the Sony 100, that Sony could not make it and Nikon and Canon would put Sony out of the DSLR camera business very quickly. My, how times have changed!

In 1985 Minolta made the first auto focus camera SLR that worked. Honeywell sued Minolta for patent infringement. Minolta lost and had to pay, I believe, $121,000,000. Minolta never recovered from that and asked Sony to buy the company. My first SLR camera was the Minolta SR 7 in 1963. Minolta was, in my opinion, by far the most innovated camera company. There were times they sold more cameras than Nikon or Canon. I still have auto focus Minolta lenses from 1985 that work perfectly on my Sony A mount cameras and with an adapter, the E mounts.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 01:55 UTC

I remember reading on DPReview back in 2006 when Sony brought out it's first DSLR, the Sony 100, that Sony could not make it and Nikon and Canon would put Sony out of the DSLR camera business very quickly. My, how times have changed!

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 00:30 UTC as 91st comment | 5 replies

When I was using a Canon 5D, my favorite lens was the 24-105, a great all around lens.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 22:53 UTC as 8th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta's prosumer DiMAGE 7 (209 comments in total)
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marc petzold: I still own my Dimage A1, which is 2003 tech, and the worlds 1st bridgecam with anti-shake (image stabilizer) built-into back then, 5 MP and a great zoom lens.

It features a 2/3" sensor, so it was bigger than these days 1/1.8" sensors back than - and is the direct Dimage 7 Series Sucessor. Into the End, the A1 was all the Dimage 7 Series was, but much better & more advanced, and it was also being succeeded by the A2 & A200 Series, albeit the A200 was a lowcost Bridgecam back into it's day - and plastique-drastique, mediocre build quality - no more being a al-mg body.

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/minoltadimagea1

.edit. my DSC-S75 is still fine and working like new.

But later, the Olympus C-8080 WZ (Widezoom) 2004 have had the best lens of the Bridgecam crowd (5x Zoom & 8 MP) and was a year later being dethroned by the Sony DSC-R1, with Carl Zeiss T* 24-120/2.8-4.8 Zoom, and (almost) APS-C Sensor size.

I do still use & like my R1 today, occasionally.

When Minolta brought out their DSLR with IBIS in the early 2000s, Canon and Nikon said IBIS can't work. I guess they still believe it. From the 1960s to 2000, Minolta was by far the most innovative camera company. Seems like every time they brought out something new, like auto focus, N and C said it wont work.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 17:57 UTC
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (339 comments in total)
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Magnar W: I wonder what kind of photography people are doing when a camera like the Sony A6500 and available E-mount lenses is not good enough! Looking at some treads and albums makes me wonder ever more! :-)

Rob, I agree. Ten years ago, my 5D @12MP was near the top. Yes, I made some really good images with it but today the crop sensor 24+MP cameras can run circles around it. Sensors have greatly improved and I'm wondering how much better they will be 10 years from now.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2016 at 20:45 UTC
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (339 comments in total)
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Magnar W: I wonder what kind of photography people are doing when a camera like the Sony A6500 and available E-mount lenses is not good enough! Looking at some treads and albums makes me wonder ever more! :-)

"And which photo can only be made with an A6500 which can't be made with a 10 year old Canon 5D"

My $500 two year old Sony A6000 outperformed my 10 year old $3,200 Canon 5D in every way! And it sounds like the A6500 is even better. Anything over ISO 1,200 on the 5D was very noisy, with poor shadow and highlight detail and long shutter lag.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2016 at 23:16 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon EOS 5D (232 comments in total)
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jwkphoto: I got my 5D in Jan. 2006. Great image quality for the day and used it for all kinds of photography, portrait, scenic, real estate and photojournalism. By May, 2008, the shutter release button stopped working, it stopped auto focusing and there was a 2 second lag before the shutter would release. It had slightly over 8,000 frames on the shutter. I had 3 jobs to photograph and my Canon DRebel could not handle two of them because of the long shutter lag it had, a horse show and dance recital at night in an auditorium. Because I was a long time Minolta user, I bought the newly released Sony a300. It handled the 3 jobs superbly with a very short shutter lag, morning horse show, afternoon indoor high school 50th reunion and a night dance recital in a large auditorium. On the following Monday, I had a house to photograph for a real estate listing. With the 5D on a tripod I needed to to bend down to see the LCD screen but the 300 I had a flip up - flip down screen with made it easier.

I was hooked, it cost $250 for Canon to fix the release button, for which they said was a know problem with the 5D. I sold it on EBay and most of my Canon lenses and switched to Sony forever. Because of the flipping LCD screen, it changed the way I see my images. There is an old saying I learned many decades ago, it's "Look up, Look down, look all Around!"

By the way, I still have my Canon DRebel from 2003, it still works perfectly with over four times of frames on it than the 5D had.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 17:08 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon EOS 5D (232 comments in total)

I got my 5D in Jan. 2006. Great image quality for the day and used it for all kinds of photography, portrait, scenic, real estate and photojournalism. By May, 2008, the shutter release button stopped working, it stopped auto focusing and there was a 2 second lag before the shutter would release. It had slightly over 8,000 frames on the shutter. I had 3 jobs to photograph and my Canon DRebel could not handle two of them because of the long shutter lag it had, a horse show and dance recital at night in an auditorium. Because I was a long time Minolta user, I bought the newly released Sony a300. It handled the 3 jobs superbly with a very short shutter lag, morning horse show, afternoon indoor high school 50th reunion and a night dance recital in a large auditorium. On the following Monday, I had a house to photograph for a real estate listing. With the 5D on a tripod I needed to to bend down to see the LCD screen but the 300 I had a flip up - flip down screen with made it easier.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 17:03 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
On article Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: What you need to know (149 comments in total)
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jwkphoto: Nope, I don't need to know anything about a Cannon camera. My last Cannon was the original 5D and was a piece of junk. The shutter button fell apart at 8,000 frames after 1 year and 3 months. Cost $250 to get it fixed and sold it on Ebay. In May, 2008, I went to Sony and love it!

Nope, not a user issue, 40% of the time I was using the Canon shutter release cable. Sounds like you got a good one. Canon told me it was a problem with the camera, not all, just some. I sold most of my Canon lenses and the 5D on Ebay and kept three for use with my DRebel from 2003, 13 years old and it still works perfectly. By the way, in my first post above I said my 5D was junk, not all Canons were junk. I have no desire to switch camera makes again. I started out with a Minolta SR7 in 1964 and used only Minolta until 2003 when I got the DRebel. All my Minolta autofocus lenses from 1985 and later work perfectly on the Sony a65 and with the Sony E mount AF adapter they work perfectly on the a6000.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 16:55 UTC
On article Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: What you need to know (149 comments in total)
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jwkphoto: Nope, I don't need to know anything about a Cannon camera. My last Cannon was the original 5D and was a piece of junk. The shutter button fell apart at 8,000 frames after 1 year and 3 months. Cost $250 to get it fixed and sold it on Ebay. In May, 2008, I went to Sony and love it!

It wasn't just the 5D that had shutter button problems, I was told by the Canon repair shop in New Jersey 3 other models,20D, 30D and 40D, had the same problem. Canon should have repaired it for free but didn't because it was three months out of warranty. As for Sony, the 5D replacement was the a300 and after over 60,000 frames it still works perfectly. Two years ago, I had it converted to infrared. For color images I've got the a65 and a6000 with each one 30,000+ images and with no problems.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 00:07 UTC
On article Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: What you need to know (149 comments in total)
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jwkphoto: Nope, I don't need to know anything about a Cannon camera. My last Cannon was the original 5D and was a piece of junk. The shutter button fell apart at 8,000 frames after 1 year and 3 months. Cost $250 to get it fixed and sold it on Ebay. In May, 2008, I went to Sony and love it!

OK here is the proper way to spell it, Junk!

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 15:25 UTC
On article Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: What you need to know (149 comments in total)

Nope, I don't need to know anything about a Cannon camera. My last Cannon was the original 5D and was a piece of junk. The shutter button fell apart at 8,000 frames after 1 year and 3 months. Cost $250 to get it fixed and sold it on Ebay. In May, 2008, I went to Sony and love it!

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 14:31 UTC as 22nd comment | 10 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: when studio lenses retire (205 comments in total)

Twenty years ago I bought a used Nikkor 50 F1.4 from KEH for $25. It was very well used but the glass and mechanical was in perfect condition. My Nikon camera died 16 years ago but I kept all the lenses for it and now use them on my Sony E-mount cameras. The other three lenses were well used lenses too when I bought them, 35 F2, 85 F2 and 105 F2.4, all great glass!

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 14:18 UTC as 31st comment

It says 70-200 teardown but the video is 24-70. Some one made a boo boo.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 16:44 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply

Only from the mind of Minolta!

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 15:44 UTC as 9th comment
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