JDThomas

JDThomas

Lives in United States Austin, TX, United States
Works as a photographer / author
Has a website at NikonDFG.com
Joined on Jul 2, 2012
About me:

Entertainment photographer for Corbis Images / AP Images, Nikon Digital Field Guide & Concert and Live Music Photography author, Gretsch guitar strangler.

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Geekapoo: Konost? What is a Konost? Better be good as this sector is going to be incredibly competitive over the next couple of years..

Oh jesus. Here come the inane "hipster" comments.

Everything you don't approve of some how turns into "hipster" to you. Do you even know what a hipster is?

I bet you learned the term "hipster" from the dummies on Nikon Rumors.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 05:15 UTC
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Frank_BR: Those guys seem to believe in "Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door".

If they really think they have a good idea, it would be much simpler to sell this idea to Leica than trying to design a camera from scratch.

@Tom K:

I can focus just as fast if not faster than AF in many cases. And just because someone prefers manual focus doesn't mean they're pretending to be an "artiste"

People have they're own personal preferences.

Automatic transmission cars are easier too, but I prefer my 6 speed manual. Does that mean I'm trying to be a "racecar driver"?

One could say by your reasoning that Autofocus cameras just help you to become a lazy complacent boring photographers.

I like the challenge of manual focusing. I don't do it because I want to pretend I'm an "artiste". I do it because I like knowing that I have nothing to blame but myself if I miss the focus.

I'll bet about 98% of people bitching about the lens or camera being messed up simply don't know how to use their AF correctly. But they have an easy out. 'Damn AF must be screwed up..."

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 05:10 UTC
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Timlo: Not only is a rangefinder camera expensive to buy but to own too. What I've heard owners send in their cameras for inspection and service regularly, usually for checking the alignment of the rangefinder. In this regard this Konost with its digital ghost patch is really ground breaking in my opinion, no more maintenence!

Anyone with a bit of mechanical prowess can adjust a rangefinder mechanism. I don't send my camera in to have it adjusted. I do it myself.

Also there would have to be a mechanical linkage, if it was contrast based then it would be just like an EVF. A split rangefinder patch is exactly what phase detect AF is based on.

It would be like a more horrible version of the Fuji Hybrid VF.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 04:56 UTC
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J A C S: Lenses?

@ Luke Kaven:

Voigtlander, Zeiss, Leica, Canon, SLR Magic, Mitakon, Rokkor, Konica, Rollei, Ricoh. Those are just the proprietary M-Mounts

You also have M39 that can be adapted for M-Mount, which encompasses a ton of weird cheap Russian and European lenses.

Just because you're not aware of the lenses out there doesn't mean they don't exist.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 04:49 UTC
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Glen Barrington: I wish this company and this camera well. But is this REALLY gonna sell in numbers large enough to last more than a year and get a few collectors excited?

It might function well enough to spur other manufacturers to explore this quasi-rangefinder focusing mechanism, (I'd love to see something like this in m43s, it could revitalize the moribund Pen line, for example); but I would be very surprised if this particular camera was in any way successful.

@liquidstereo:

And what crystal ball did you see this in?

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 04:44 UTC
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Marty4650: There seems to be a real disconnect between making an "affordable camera" for lenses that cost between $4,000 and $10,000.

I mean... why bother?

Can't the Leica lens owner afford a Leica camera?
If someone can't afford those lenses, they why would they buy this camera?

Did I miss the part where Konost was planning to create a few affordable lenses for their affordable camera?

I'd say Konost is solving a problem that doesn't exist. Perhaps they might have been better off creating an affordable rangefinder camera that uses Nikon F lenses?

HowaboutRAW:

If you can't see the sarcasm in his statement you should be banned from the internet.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 04:42 UTC
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Marty4650: There seems to be a real disconnect between making an "affordable camera" for lenses that cost between $4,000 and $10,000.

I mean... why bother?

Can't the Leica lens owner afford a Leica camera?
If someone can't afford those lenses, they why would they buy this camera?

Did I miss the part where Konost was planning to create a few affordable lenses for their affordable camera?

I'd say Konost is solving a problem that doesn't exist. Perhaps they might have been better off creating an affordable rangefinder camera that uses Nikon F lenses?

It's possible that F mount lenses may be used because of the electronic rangefinder sensor which I assume overlays an EVF rangefinder patch on in the OVF.

I have a Nikkor F to Leica M adapter that I use to mount my Zenitar fisheye onto my M9. Zone focus and shoot blind, but I've gotten some wicked shots with it.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 21:48 UTC
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Marty4650: There seems to be a real disconnect between making an "affordable camera" for lenses that cost between $4,000 and $10,000.

I mean... why bother?

Can't the Leica lens owner afford a Leica camera?
If someone can't afford those lenses, they why would they buy this camera?

Did I miss the part where Konost was planning to create a few affordable lenses for their affordable camera?

I'd say Konost is solving a problem that doesn't exist. Perhaps they might have been better off creating an affordable rangefinder camera that uses Nikon F lenses?

Voigtlander, Zeiss, Leica, Canon, SLR Magic, Mitakon, Rokkor, Konica, Rollei, Ricoh. Those are just the proprietary M-Mounts

You also have M39 that can be adapted for M-Mount, which encompasses a ton of weird Russian lenses and more.

There's also the fact that not all Leica lenses are super expensive. You can buy an older Leica prime for less than many DSLR zooms and a lot of the high-end primes.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 21:41 UTC
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KonstantinosK: CMOSIS? Any other camera using a sensor from this brand?

Leica M240

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 21:32 UTC
On article Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D (298 comments in total)
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En Trance: I am a Champion of the Rebel Line, but Canon has lost my faith with these marketing tactics. I won't pretend that there are good reasons to offer 2 slightly different T6 cameras. It is utter foolishness.
IMO, the Rebel Line was/is underpriced because at 18 MP, picture quality rivaled some of the best pro cameras in the industry. Its not my opinion that enthusiasts should have such access to quality, so "for me", Canon was very welcome to increase the price of the Rebel. They won't go to a mid-sized body, simply because they want to differentiate between some of the other lesser Ds that they are marketing.
I like the 24 MP, because MPx is the most essential design characteristic of ANY digital camera. Don't let the Goons fool ya.
Even though I maintain and old Rebel as a favored backup to my A77. When I purchase my next 36+ MP pro camera, I will be maintaining my A77 as my primary backup, and I will have to pass on the T6 Rebel. I am serious about cameras. Go play with someone else.

I flagged him all over the place. Got tired of him.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 19:28 UTC
On article Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D (298 comments in total)
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En Trance: I am a Champion of the Rebel Line, but Canon has lost my faith with these marketing tactics. I won't pretend that there are good reasons to offer 2 slightly different T6 cameras. It is utter foolishness.
IMO, the Rebel Line was/is underpriced because at 18 MP, picture quality rivaled some of the best pro cameras in the industry. Its not my opinion that enthusiasts should have such access to quality, so "for me", Canon was very welcome to increase the price of the Rebel. They won't go to a mid-sized body, simply because they want to differentiate between some of the other lesser Ds that they are marketing.
I like the 24 MP, because MPx is the most essential design characteristic of ANY digital camera. Don't let the Goons fool ya.
Even though I maintain and old Rebel as a favored backup to my A77. When I purchase my next 36+ MP pro camera, I will be maintaining my A77 as my primary backup, and I will have to pass on the T6 Rebel. I am serious about cameras. Go play with someone else.

"senseless and pointless DRIBBLE"

The REALLY funny part about that statement is the fact that he capitalized the word "DRIBBLE" to make a point, but the word he is looking for is "DRIVEL".

To put it in his own words - "Just Laughable Foolishness. God gave us Comedy instead!"

Yes, you are hilarious. "dribble" indeed.
hahahahahahahahaha!

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 13:04 UTC
On article Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D (298 comments in total)
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CNY_AP: Worrisome that a pro (the author) would think 18MP is "middle ground" when 24MP came out not very long ago and is way more than 99.9% of us need. The D70 is "only" 20MP yet costs more, so he must really dislike that camera. Only newbies buy cameras based solely or mostly on resolution, but there are a lot of those buyers, so in that regard, it was a wise and necessary move.

That's what happens when you let forum readers, not actual authors write articles. And Amazon is pushing for more and more click-bait, so they let hacks write.

Just like Steve Huff lets his readers write incomprehensible "reviews" on things so he gets more content without doing any of the work. More content = higher ranking in searches.

I'll give Ken Rockwell some credit. At least he writes (or copy/paste) all of his garbage himself.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 12:46 UTC
On article Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop (356 comments in total)

I can't wait to see what new ways they come up with to fleece their consumers in the next 25 years.

I'm thinking that not only with they only 'rent' you the software, but they'll have an additional price for every tool. You want content aware fill? $5/mth extra. How about that pen tool? $3/mth. The paint brush? Well that's gonna cost an extra $10/mth.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 06:30 UTC as 90th comment | 5 replies
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Kodachrome200: The prize is not a camera the prize is you are loaned a camera and you produce images for hasselblad that i am sure the fine print says they can do as they please with. So the prize is you work for free for hasselbald.

@Fri13: How dumb are you really? Can't you understand that they loan you equipment to make photos for the book and exhibition, I'm guessing the REALLY expensive stuff. AND you get a FREE CAMERA TOO! It's probably one of the mirrorless cameras, but it's FREE.

Seriously. Read the damn thing the whole way through. And read it for comprehension, don't skim through it. Then THINK about what you read. Then come back and post something that makes sense.

Stop posting lies or the misconceptions you got from being too lazy to read or too dumb to understand a very plain set of rules.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 06:16 UTC
On article Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D (298 comments in total)
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matthew saville: Nikon finds themselves in a similar situation, with the D3300 and D5300/5500. The D5300 / 5500 buyers probably should just get a D7100/7200 if they're super serious about photography, and the ones who THOUGHT they weren't serious enough about photography to buy any more than the D3300, will eventually regret not getting a D5300/5500.

In short, the bottom-of-the-barrel camera is only there to entice, it's really not a camera that anyone serious enough to actually buy an ILC system would be OK with in the long run.

IMO Canon and Nikon could both benefit from just consolidating this "baseline" DSLR lineup to one model, charge as little as they can for it, and put the rest of their energy into working harder on a MILC system...

@matthew saville: Stop making sense. You're going to confuse everyone.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 06:07 UTC
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Aaron801: I don't think that being a pro photographer necessarily has all that much to do with one being a great artistic photographer. Sure, for categories like wedding and product shots nearly everyone doing it is pro... bit for the rest, I'd be willing to bet that a lot of my favorites would come from the amateur crowd. Pro's are the ones who can take the most consistent photos in any situation because they tend to really know the technique, but I don't think that they really have any corner on the creative vision part of it... I think that it's a kind of sad oversight that they competition isn't open to all.

No. It's the fact that I don't care enough to read the self-indulgent ramblings of some kook.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 18:57 UTC
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Aaron801: I don't think that being a pro photographer necessarily has all that much to do with one being a great artistic photographer. Sure, for categories like wedding and product shots nearly everyone doing it is pro... bit for the rest, I'd be willing to bet that a lot of my favorites would come from the amateur crowd. Pro's are the ones who can take the most consistent photos in any situation because they tend to really know the technique, but I don't think that they really have any corner on the creative vision part of it... I think that it's a kind of sad oversight that they competition isn't open to all.

That was a lot of stuff. So I didn't read it. There's a reason why they have limits on how long posts can be. Most people don't want to read long diatribes from fanboys.

So I hope you had fun typing up a rebuttal that will never be read.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 17:27 UTC
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Aaron801: I don't think that being a pro photographer necessarily has all that much to do with one being a great artistic photographer. Sure, for categories like wedding and product shots nearly everyone doing it is pro... bit for the rest, I'd be willing to bet that a lot of my favorites would come from the amateur crowd. Pro's are the ones who can take the most consistent photos in any situation because they tend to really know the technique, but I don't think that they really have any corner on the creative vision part of it... I think that it's a kind of sad oversight that they competition isn't open to all.

And you have psychic powers that says that she "DID" have aspirations? Nope.

Here's a quote from "the dude who a made the film about her:
""She was a Socialist, a Feminist, a movie critic, and a tell-it-like-it-is type of person. She learned English by going to theaters, which she loved. ... She was constantly taking pictures, which she didn't show anyone."

Re-read that last sentence Einstein. The guy you are defending said it, so it MUST be true, right?

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 05:03 UTC
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Mescalamba: Public vote.. hm. Ok, not even worth trying.

Didi you read the actual rules? There's a panel of professional judges who chose the photos. Then they put it to the public vote. Then another panel of professionals narrows it down. They take into "consideration" the public vote, but ultimately the decision is made by a panel of professional photographers

See you sit there and bitch about it, but you don't even bother to look at the rules.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 04:53 UTC
On article Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path (1621 comments in total)
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Son of Thunder: Every Photographer wants the best Camera there money can take them. I got into Photography back in around 1997 or 98. So near the end of film r&d and the beginning of Digital. Film isn't dead but no one has made a new film camera in how long. when Canon came out with the 10D and the Rebel how much money went into high end point and shoots. Now full frame is affordable aps-c won't go anywhere just not a lot of new money will flow into from the big two.

"Film isn't dead but no one has made a new film camera in how long. "

Leica made a new film camera a few months ago. The Leica M-A (typ127)

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 23:28 UTC
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