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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PeakAction: My main bodies are Sonys now, but I still have a K-1, which was my commercial body before the A7RIII. Even though I don't need it any more, I can't bring myself to sell it because it's just such a good camera. Its autofocus tracking is crap, but other than that, it's just great. I like that Pentax concentrated its feature set around the movable sensor. Pixel shift, astral trace, & composition adjustment, for example, are all great features special to the K-1. I wish I had reason to use it more often.

The camera processes them automatically; I’ve never had to do anything in post to combine the exposures. After it shoots it combines them and spits out one raw file.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2018 at 22:46 UTC
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PeakAction: My main bodies are Sonys now, but I still have a K-1, which was my commercial body before the A7RIII. Even though I don't need it any more, I can't bring myself to sell it because it's just such a good camera. Its autofocus tracking is crap, but other than that, it's just great. I like that Pentax concentrated its feature set around the movable sensor. Pixel shift, astral trace, & composition adjustment, for example, are all great features special to the K-1. I wish I had reason to use it more often.

Really, the only complaint I have is that autofocus tracking issue. Other than that, it’s just a really great camera. The sensor is superb, as are the ergonomics and build quality. I use it mostly for architectural work and art reproduction but I’ve also used it for event coverage and some fashion work. I put it against my friend’s 645Z when doing some reproductions of large architectural paintings, and I actually preferred the images I shot with the K-1 using pixel shift over the images I shot with a 645Z.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2018 at 13:35 UTC

Leica did 90% of the grunt work on this already. Why doesn't someone start a Kickstarter campaign to straight-up copy the R9/DMR with modern components? Just rip off their R&D and do a second Kickstarter to cover the legal settlement. I'll happily pay. :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 02:07 UTC as 58th comment

My main bodies are Sonys now, but I still have a K-1, which was my commercial body before the A7RIII. Even though I don't need it any more, I can't bring myself to sell it because it's just such a good camera. Its autofocus tracking is crap, but other than that, it's just great. I like that Pentax concentrated its feature set around the movable sensor. Pixel shift, astral trace, & composition adjustment, for example, are all great features special to the K-1. I wish I had reason to use it more often.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 02:01 UTC as 15th comment | 5 replies
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PeakAction: Three of my cohorts are at the Winter Olympics right now, and one of them sent me a pic he took yesterday of another shooter who has the Sony 400/2.8. When asked about it, he said that so far it's been flawless, and apparently it's lighter than he thought it was going to be. I'm a full-time sports/news shooter & I switched fully to Sony months ago. In my experience the A9 and A7RIII are too good in the field to ever look back to my Canon & Nikon DSLR days. It's not about size for me, it's about quality & speed. Sony nailed it as far as I'm concerned.

No worries bud. But they really are that good. ;-)

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 14:26 UTC
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PeakAction: Three of my cohorts are at the Winter Olympics right now, and one of them sent me a pic he took yesterday of another shooter who has the Sony 400/2.8. When asked about it, he said that so far it's been flawless, and apparently it's lighter than he thought it was going to be. I'm a full-time sports/news shooter & I switched fully to Sony months ago. In my experience the A9 and A7RIII are too good in the field to ever look back to my Canon & Nikon DSLR days. It's not about size for me, it's about quality & speed. Sony nailed it as far as I'm concerned.

No, my name is Darren, and I’m a full-time stringer who used his own hard-earned money to buy my Sony gear. No sponsorships here. Any other questions? Maybe about cameras?

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 13:48 UTC

Three of my cohorts are at the Winter Olympics right now, and one of them sent me a pic he took yesterday of another shooter who has the Sony 400/2.8. When asked about it, he said that so far it's been flawless, and apparently it's lighter than he thought it was going to be. I'm a full-time sports/news shooter & I switched fully to Sony months ago. In my experience the A9 and A7RIII are too good in the field to ever look back to my Canon & Nikon DSLR days. It's not about size for me, it's about quality & speed. Sony nailed it as far as I'm concerned.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 04:54 UTC as 7th comment | 5 replies
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jhinkey: Years in jail for the responsible party(s).

Years in jail? Come on. I think we already have enough people in prison for stupid crap. In this case a brutal fine and probation will suffice. And maybe he can wear a sandwich board sign stating what an idiot he is.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 23:17 UTC

As someone who builds his own PCs and uses Lightroom, I only have one opinion about this, and it is one that I've held for a long time: Adobe needs to update its code for all CC products (but ESPECIALLY Lightroom) to make use of multiple cores instead of single-core optimization. Even the most pedestrian of contemporary desktops have 4-core CPUs, and soon 6-cores will be the norm, but Adobe still refuses to optimize their software to take advantage of the evolving CPU and GPU architecture. In short, Lightroom is a fat pig, and needs a crash diet.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2018 at 03:17 UTC as 55th comment
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Dan's choice: Sony a9 (343 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Another overpriced camera from the company that gave us Lossy Compressed "RAW", and excessive JPEG compression. Still like their audio stuff, mind you.

Brian

The A9 gives the option of compressed or uncompressed RAW...

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 20:14 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Dan's choice: Sony a9 (343 comments in total)
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Paul Petersen: I hope this technology filters down into the A7, because at its price point it would hit the sweet spot for a lot of Pro/AdvAm like myself to move to mirror-less.
Although for sports,action can the A9 go from standby to ready to shoot as fast as my Nikon DSLRs can since 2005? And I mean seeing subject in viewfinder.
Paul

The stacked CMOS sensor really is the genie in the A9's bottle. It's fantastic. When and if it makes it down to the A7 line, then you are going to see a real shake-up.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 21:47 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Dan's choice: Sony a9 (343 comments in total)
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PeakAction: If anyone is interested in the opinion of a full-time sports and news shooter (me):

For 20 years I shot Canon & Nikon. The A9 specs were too good to ignore so I bought one & the 70-200 & 24-70. IMO the A9 outperforms any other DSLR I've used. It's so good for sports, using it almost feels like cheating.

I didn't think I'd like the feel of a smaller body in my hands but after getting used to it I'm hooked. I used one of my D4 bodies to shoot hockey last week and I only lasted half a period before I found myself diving into my bag to get my A9.

Weather sealing: I covered Hurricane Harvey, spending four days shooting with it in the rain. The camera was *wet* every day & it never flinched. I can vouch for its seals.

It does take some getting used to because the AF system is so fundamentally different. It took me a few days to figure out which settings worked best for me when covering different sports. But once I got it dialed in... So good.

Instagram: @peakaction to see A9 samples

@lonewolf1983 I too am anxiously waiting for the 400/2.8 to fill that huge hole in my field sports wish list. I got the 100-400 in the mean time just so I could have a long lens, and I must say that it's better than I thought it would be. It focuses very quickly and is very sharp. It even works well for shooting NBA from the elevated position. My exposure in the AT&T Center in San Antonio, which has very nice new LED lamps, mind you, is ISO 4000 at 1/1000 f5.6. On the floor, though, the 70-200 is very much the king. The 100-400 doesn't do as well with up-close fast focus changes like you get under the basket. Great for down-court action though. It's also really nice as a long lens for shooting hockey from the glass because it fits in the photo holes.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 21:41 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Dan's choice: Sony a9 (343 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Another overpriced camera from the company that gave us Lossy Compressed "RAW", and excessive JPEG compression. Still like their audio stuff, mind you.

Brian

I can't comprehend why more RAW options are bad. If you don't like compressed, then switch to uncompressed. Simple. And for the record, as someone who shoots full-time and having used Canon, Nikon, and now Sony for my daily work, the Sony A9's out-of-camera Jpegs win in quality, with Nikon being a close second. I respect your opinion that Olympus Jpegs are your favorite, but the last time I checked, Olympus doesn't have a body that can compete with the A9, 1DXII or D5 on the sports/journalism front, which is what the A9 was designed for.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 21:36 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Dan's choice: Sony a9 (343 comments in total)
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PeakAction: If anyone is interested in the opinion of a full-time sports and news shooter (me):

For 20 years I shot Canon & Nikon. The A9 specs were too good to ignore so I bought one & the 70-200 & 24-70. IMO the A9 outperforms any other DSLR I've used. It's so good for sports, using it almost feels like cheating.

I didn't think I'd like the feel of a smaller body in my hands but after getting used to it I'm hooked. I used one of my D4 bodies to shoot hockey last week and I only lasted half a period before I found myself diving into my bag to get my A9.

Weather sealing: I covered Hurricane Harvey, spending four days shooting with it in the rain. The camera was *wet* every day & it never flinched. I can vouch for its seals.

It does take some getting used to because the AF system is so fundamentally different. It took me a few days to figure out which settings worked best for me when covering different sports. But once I got it dialed in... So good.

Instagram: @peakaction to see A9 samples

@FuhTeng Correct, they are the f2.8 GM lenses.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 19:42 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Dan's choice: Sony a9 (343 comments in total)
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PeakAction: If anyone is interested in the opinion of a full-time sports and news shooter (me):

For 20 years I shot Canon & Nikon. The A9 specs were too good to ignore so I bought one & the 70-200 & 24-70. IMO the A9 outperforms any other DSLR I've used. It's so good for sports, using it almost feels like cheating.

I didn't think I'd like the feel of a smaller body in my hands but after getting used to it I'm hooked. I used one of my D4 bodies to shoot hockey last week and I only lasted half a period before I found myself diving into my bag to get my A9.

Weather sealing: I covered Hurricane Harvey, spending four days shooting with it in the rain. The camera was *wet* every day & it never flinched. I can vouch for its seals.

It does take some getting used to because the AF system is so fundamentally different. It took me a few days to figure out which settings worked best for me when covering different sports. But once I got it dialed in... So good.

Instagram: @peakaction to see A9 samples

Thanks very much!

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 09:00 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Dan's choice: Sony a9 (343 comments in total)

If anyone is interested in the opinion of a full-time sports and news shooter (me):

For 20 years I shot Canon & Nikon. The A9 specs were too good to ignore so I bought one & the 70-200 & 24-70. IMO the A9 outperforms any other DSLR I've used. It's so good for sports, using it almost feels like cheating.

I didn't think I'd like the feel of a smaller body in my hands but after getting used to it I'm hooked. I used one of my D4 bodies to shoot hockey last week and I only lasted half a period before I found myself diving into my bag to get my A9.

Weather sealing: I covered Hurricane Harvey, spending four days shooting with it in the rain. The camera was *wet* every day & it never flinched. I can vouch for its seals.

It does take some getting used to because the AF system is so fundamentally different. It took me a few days to figure out which settings worked best for me when covering different sports. But once I got it dialed in... So good.

Instagram: @peakaction to see A9 samples

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 06:18 UTC as 15th comment | 8 replies

Well, this is just awful.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 01:11 UTC as 57th comment
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
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