Bmark

Lives in United States St Louis, United States
Works as a Tax Accountant
Joined on Jan 9, 2006
About me:

My plan is to continue to build an assortment of quality Nikon and third-party lenses. I shoot everything related to nature, landscapes, animals, birds, flowers, insects, etc.

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Bmark: I went to Samsung the last time around primarily because of the storage options. My Samsung takes a mini SD card and I presently have a 512 gig card so that I can load many of my photos at full resolution (Nikon D850). Apple makes you pay $350 to get the 512 version over the 64. To me that is a huge difference.

While I agree that Apple equipment tends to be more user-friendly, and I envy their battery life for PCs, there customers seem to be okay with overpaying for certain things, like storage.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2018 at 19:04 UTC

I went to Samsung the last time around primarily because of the storage options. My Samsung takes a mini SD card and I presently have a 512 gig card so that I can load many of my photos at full resolution (Nikon D850). Apple makes you pay $350 to get the 512 version over the 64. To me that is a huge difference.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2018 at 15:15 UTC as 17th comment | 6 replies
On article Three EF-to-RF adapters available for EOS R (294 comments in total)
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Bmark: I certainly like the idea of a drop-in filter and wish Nikon would offer that kind of option. Of course, it only works with glass that is not native to the new mount.

Nikon certainly does not make it easy, I have two of their exotic lenses and they do not take the same filter holder. Crazy.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2018 at 20:12 UTC
On article Three EF-to-RF adapters available for EOS R (294 comments in total)

I certainly like the idea of a drop-in filter and wish Nikon would offer that kind of option. Of course, it only works with glass that is not native to the new mount.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2018 at 14:43 UTC as 30th comment | 5 replies

I think there might be a lot more people interested in the Z6 than in the Z7 because of the frame rate, the megapixel count, and more importantly, the price.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2018 at 20:29 UTC as 77th comment | 2 replies
On article A wildlife photographer's perspective on the Sony a9 (528 comments in total)
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Bmark: That is no surprise, pretty much any competent camera and lens combination could capture those images. When I shot Alaskan bears I used both a D800 and D810 along side people that were using D5s and D500s. They probably got a few different poses because of their faster frame rate and larger buffers. But I think my images are every bit as good as what you have posted in this article. And at the time I was shooting a 400 f2.8 and the 200-500 and Sony did not have anything in that category for their A9. https://markburgess.zenfolio.com/p531239040

Well, it is an equipment site and that is what we do here, discuss equipment or the lack thereof. How long have Sony owners bashed Nikon for the lack of a serious mirrorless entry?

And that is exactly my point, Sony is no Nikon because for a long time they have ignored the sports and wildlife segment of the market, which is a very difficult and expensive market to enter. I never said mirrorless was not up to the task of sports or wildlife, but for 12 years Sony had no lenses in that category. I'm not sure what the remainder of your post is trying to say, certainly a 300mm lens is not sufficient in my book.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2018 at 20:15 UTC
On article A wildlife photographer's perspective on the Sony a9 (528 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Nice to see some Sony coverage. Maybe, after Nikon makes their announcement, DPR can have a 24-hour window that's Sony-free, before returning to delivering the day's Sony news.

Delusions? Not quite. They are reality that is playing out very slow. In a week we will see what Nikon is releasing. I really have nothing against Sony and in fact I own two of their cameras, but my bet is that Nikon will up the game with their mirrorless entry. In theory their platform is superior with its larger mount, but we will have to wait and see.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2018 at 20:09 UTC
On article A wildlife photographer's perspective on the Sony a9 (528 comments in total)
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Bmark: That is no surprise, pretty much any competent camera and lens combination could capture those images. When I shot Alaskan bears I used both a D800 and D810 along side people that were using D5s and D500s. They probably got a few different poses because of their faster frame rate and larger buffers. But I think my images are every bit as good as what you have posted in this article. And at the time I was shooting a 400 f2.8 and the 200-500 and Sony did not have anything in that category for their A9. https://markburgess.zenfolio.com/p531239040

Great, after 12 years Sony has caught up to Nikon in a few areas. Now where are the 500 f4, 600 f4 and 800 f5.6? While Nikon is on its way to PF versions of it's extreme telephotos.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2018 at 18:44 UTC
On article A wildlife photographer's perspective on the Sony a9 (528 comments in total)

That is no surprise, pretty much any competent camera and lens combination could capture those images. When I shot Alaskan bears I used both a D800 and D810 along side people that were using D5s and D500s. They probably got a few different poses because of their faster frame rate and larger buffers. But I think my images are every bit as good as what you have posted in this article. And at the time I was shooting a 400 f2.8 and the 200-500 and Sony did not have anything in that category for their A9. https://markburgess.zenfolio.com/p531239040

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2018 at 17:44 UTC as 69th comment | 4 replies

Its difficult to vote based on the above. What I want is everything that I have in my D850 plus whatever advantages a mirrorless might have over a DSLR. Focus peaking in the viewfinder, maybe IBIS (just so the lenses are less expensive), is pixel shifting something inherent with IBIS? To me the size/weight differences are so immaterial that I don't care. Maybe because I shoot mostly heavy telephotos so most of the weight is in the lens anyway.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2018 at 19:13 UTC as 238th comment | 5 replies

Amazing image of Andromeda with a relatively inexpensive rig.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2018 at 19:49 UTC as 26th comment
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Bmark: What they seriously need is to increase the size of the sensor and find other ways to increase dynamic range while reducing noise.

Are there any phones that incorporate stacking software? It would be great if they had automatic image stacking to decrease noise and for HDR. No reason a phone could not take three quick images and combine those images.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2018 at 21:40 UTC

What they seriously need is to increase the size of the sensor and find other ways to increase dynamic range while reducing noise.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2018 at 20:05 UTC as 45th comment | 13 replies
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Alan2dpreview: People who call it fake are missing the point. Even 30 frames per second "movie" recordings are fake in the sense you're recording and "seeing" 30 individual frames. It's then your brain that puts it all together into a "smoothe" view. Well, nvidia is doing what you brain is doing between 30fps and 120fps.

Still, it seems more like computer generated animation than reality and not the same as true high speed film that is then slowed down. Suppose I was actually filming at 480 fps, there could be detail captured that is wholly missed by extrapolating 30 fps.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 19:59 UTC
On article Review: Peak Design Capture Clip V3 (242 comments in total)
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Bmark: It would have been great to have tested it on heavier equipment hanging from a waist belt. When in the field I was shooting with another photographer that had a 600 f/4 as their primary lens, but had another camera and a long zoom (such as 150-600) hanging from their waist with a Spyder clip. So how's it work with 10 lb of equipment, that is the question?

I'm assuming one could also mount the plate on the lens foot to solve that potential issue

Link | Posted on May 31, 2018 at 15:08 UTC
On article Review: Peak Design Capture Clip V3 (242 comments in total)

It would have been great to have tested it on heavier equipment hanging from a waist belt. When in the field I was shooting with another photographer that had a 600 f/4 as their primary lens, but had another camera and a long zoom (such as 150-600) hanging from their waist with a Spyder clip. So how's it work with 10 lb of equipment, that is the question?

Link | Posted on May 31, 2018 at 13:21 UTC as 66th comment | 9 replies
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (275 comments in total)

Frankly, I thought the reviewer was more negative on the Sigma than the results warranted and it was a pretty one-sided review. The Sigma was compared against the Canon 11-24, which the reviewer stated was the sharpest wide angle lens in existence, and the Sigma did pretty well. Additionally, not everyone shoots Canon, so that option is not available to many of us. Additionally, the Canon lens costs twice as much. I give this review a 60% and the lead award.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2018 at 12:48 UTC as 6th comment

I'm curious about the number of people that use those shorter-length macros, especially one that grows in length. Personally I prefer macros in the 150 mm to 200 mm range to get some working distance. For me a short macro (for flowers, travel, etc. is in the 100mm range.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2018 at 15:44 UTC as 87th comment | 1 reply
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Bmark: I gave up my iPhone the last time I upgraded and went to Samsung. At the time, better camera, better screen, and for someone like me that has a lot of hi res photos on their phone, the ability to add a micro SD card. I'm tired of Apple's approach of "lets see how much money I can tweak out of the consumer" with things like their charge cords and no memory card slot.

I agree, those persons don't seem to understand that if they demanded more from Apple they would get more. Instead they stand in mind-numbing awe of the Apple greatness.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2018 at 21:13 UTC
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Bmark: I gave up my iPhone the last time I upgraded and went to Samsung. At the time, better camera, better screen, and for someone like me that has a lot of hi res photos on their phone, the ability to add a micro SD card. I'm tired of Apple's approach of "lets see how much money I can tweak out of the consumer" with things like their charge cords and no memory card slot.

Unfortunately they have so many fanboys that will never go away from iPhone. I also had the frustration that my iPhone would no longer sync with the store using my Windows computer, which limited functionality. I just got tired of dealing with Apple's lack of flexibility.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2018 at 19:05 UTC
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