PeakAction

PeakAction

Lives in United States San Antonio, United States
Works as a Photojournalist and Cinematographer
Has a website at http://darrenabate.com
Joined on Mar 2, 2010
About me:

Pro shooter based in Texas, specializing in photojournalism, pro sports, and magazine
editorial, as well as video and cinematography.

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On article Shooting the Presidents Cup with the Sony a9 (239 comments in total)

I've been using a9's since they started shipping, mostly to cover professional basketball, soccer, and hockey. I use about 75% of one battery per game/match.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2017 at 23:45 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply

I spent the last two days shooting unit stills for a cable network. When I got to my hotel, I decided to give Lightroom CC a fair shake. I got as far as the part where it said that my high res images will be transferred to the cloud. Really? Considering I'd shot 59GB worth of RAW files that day alone, I don't think this is a viable option unless you're sitting on a fat fiber connection.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 02:18 UTC as 7th comment
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LuizLeite: Every time I hear about firmware update I miss my NIKON F2AS.

When I'm shooting film, I reach for my F2AS and my R8 before all others. One of the best cameras of all time.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 00:51 UTC
On article Hawks Factory announces new 35mm F2 in M-mount (67 comments in total)

For that price it had better be rangefinder-coupled. Designing an M lens to be focused with live view is the dumbest thing ever.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 06:20 UTC as 8th comment
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villagranvicent: What an ugly set up. Specially with the "gold" finish. I you want speed for your Nikon AF lenses why don't get a proper Nikon camera?

I'm a Nikon stills shooter but a Sony video shooter. l have a feeling that this product will be more popular with people like me who would like to use their extensive Nikon lens collection on their A7 & FS bodies.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 21:18 UTC
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JEROME NOLAS: The whole cinema lens market go crazy! And Hollywood still makes so many crapy movies...:)

Only because people keep paying to see them. The real problem is with what people accept as entertainment. So... people. The real problem is people. People suck. That's what I'm getting at.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 02:55 UTC
On article Meyer-Optik Goerlitz launches 3-element 95mm F2.6 (124 comments in total)
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xmeda: No Pentax mount?

rubbish

I thought the same! This lens seems perfect for the K-1.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2016 at 23:45 UTC

Finally! Been screaming for this for years!

Link | Posted on May 2, 2016 at 17:18 UTC as 34th comment
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)
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ZurichPhoto: Without hesitation I will upgrade from my capable but aging D3S to the D5 if the ISO performance is as good as I hope it will be. Less concerned about fps and AF -- neither has been a problem. But I always need more light to go with that speed. I shoot primarily (75%) fall and winter sports (football, hockey, basketball) -- a lot of bad/tricky lighting in gyms and rural stadiums. I can't wait to try one.

You're still going to be waiting a while, why not get a D4? When I upgraded from the D3 to D4 I was in heaven. So much better, and we know how good the D3 was to begin with.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 16:30 UTC

1700.00? I hope they don't plan on selling too many...

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 03:32 UTC as 29th comment
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d2f: Can anyone here truthfully claim that they can do a better job than Mr. Oosting?

Indeed, Marshall, they were not only tools to get the job done, but they were the very best tools to have. Just as Leica used to be before they became boutique jewelry.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2015 at 18:57 UTC
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d2f: Can anyone here truthfully claim that they can do a better job than Mr. Oosting?

I think so, yes.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2015 at 09:30 UTC
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PeakAction: I bought this lens the day it was available, and I haven't looked back. It's so good, I sold my 300/2.8 because the PF actually performs better. It's *very* sharp, with excellent contrast and color rendition. Focus is spot-on even with shooting action (I'm a full-time wire and pro sports shooter), and the VR is actually usable when shooting sports, believe it or not. It's the first VR lens I've owned where the VR actually stays on for games (mostly NBA and hockey). On my D4 bodies, it even had no problem covering MotoGP races. The images in the gallery are NOT representative of what this lens can do, trust me. It's an awesome lens. You won't believe how small and light it is.

Two reasons: Primarily, I will always have a 70-200 and a 300 active at the same time, on two bodies, while shooting. Secondly, I simply don't like teleconverters. I don't want to compromise on sharpness and AF performance. Also, a 70-200/2.8 by itself is quite a bit heavier than the 300/4 PF, & even more so with a teleconverter.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 19:06 UTC
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bmwzimmer: Images aren't super impressive, just ok. It lacks the punch other long teles have. Perhaps raise the shadows 6 stops and add a bit of contrast will help

::facepalm::

Link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 18:09 UTC
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PeakAction: I bought this lens the day it was available, and I haven't looked back. It's so good, I sold my 300/2.8 because the PF actually performs better. It's *very* sharp, with excellent contrast and color rendition. Focus is spot-on even with shooting action (I'm a full-time wire and pro sports shooter), and the VR is actually usable when shooting sports, believe it or not. It's the first VR lens I've owned where the VR actually stays on for games (mostly NBA and hockey). On my D4 bodies, it even had no problem covering MotoGP races. The images in the gallery are NOT representative of what this lens can do, trust me. It's an awesome lens. You won't believe how small and light it is.

98% of what I've shot with it so far has been agency work, so I can't repost those images, but I'm happy to upload what I can. Will probably be mostly hockey shots. NBA work can't be posted.

I understand about the higher resolution sensors. I sold my D800 a while back so I have no frame of reference above the D4 and Df.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 18:07 UTC

I bought this lens the day it was available, and I haven't looked back. It's so good, I sold my 300/2.8 because the PF actually performs better. It's *very* sharp, with excellent contrast and color rendition. Focus is spot-on even with shooting action (I'm a full-time wire and pro sports shooter), and the VR is actually usable when shooting sports, believe it or not. It's the first VR lens I've owned where the VR actually stays on for games (mostly NBA and hockey). On my D4 bodies, it even had no problem covering MotoGP races. The images in the gallery are NOT representative of what this lens can do, trust me. It's an awesome lens. You won't believe how small and light it is.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 17:17 UTC as 11th comment | 8 replies
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macjonny1: Every time I see these huge lenses I'm glad I got rid of my old clunky DSLR. Less reasons every day to own one.

Huge? It's smaller than my X-T1's 50-140. And it weighs nothing. It's literally almost the same size as the Nikon 24-70.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 17:13 UTC
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bmwzimmer: Images aren't super impressive, just ok. It lacks the punch other long teles have. Perhaps raise the shadows 6 stops and add a bit of contrast will help

Don't put too much trust in these "real world" images; they aren't showing the real detail that the PF delivers. I bought the PF the day it was available, and I'm so happy with it I sold my 300/2.8. It's incredibly sharp, unbelievably small, and it weighs nothing. VR is also actually usable when shooting action.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 17:11 UTC
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tinzi1: The Tamron 2470 has marvelous optics WITH vc that could be had for $1000. I don't see why anyone want to purchase this even at $899; at $1200, Tokina's really daring to see this world full of morons.

Considering that every Tamron lens I've ever used has been garbage, and every Tokina AT-X lens I've ever used has been sharp as hell, this is one moron who would happily pay more for the Tokina.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2015 at 05:16 UTC

I'll bet a grilled cheese sandwich that someone at Phase One wakes up from their nap and kills this project before it gets to market. ROI seems to me to be pretty minimal. But hey, I've been wrong before; ask my ex-wife.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2015 at 22:58 UTC as 7th comment
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