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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Lensjoy: Read the public's comments at this link:

http://1.usa.gov/1x4r1l0

My own comment is below:
http://www.lensjoy.com/Blog/Blog_home.htm

Please make sure to add your voice.

I wonder if anyone has gone thru all 163 pages of comments to see if there was even ONE positive – or even neutral – comment. Because I didn't see one on the pages I saw, that's certain.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 05:25 UTC
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Sir Nick of High Point: Sweet! Part of me wishes that they would delete the LCD screen. The whole Leica philosophy involves keeping your head up and eyes peeled, not buried in a useless tiny screen.

If they were to revive the R-D1 now, I feel it would sell like crazy.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 23:14 UTC
On article Fast and full-frame: Nikon announces 24MP Nikon D750 (406 comments in total)
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HiRez: This looks like the true upgrade for my D700 that I've been waiting the better part of a decade for. Unfortunately, in the meantime I've fallen for Fuji's high-quality but much more compact (and less expensive) X system. I've been considering selling off all my Nikon gear and going all-in on Fuji X. But this camera will make that decision harder, since I already have some good Nikon lenses. Large, 100% optical VF is hard to beat and still can't get the FF DOF with APS-C.

I rather enjoy using my Nikon glass on my X-T1 and X-E1, both with and without a speed booster. The great focus peaking in the X-T1 makes MF a snap. In fact, I just picked up an old Nikkor 35/2 that looks amazing on my Fujis. I've been having fun with that as well as the 105/2.8 VR Micro-Nikkor on my X-T1.

I keep both Nikon and X system bags. When on newspaper and sports assignments, the Nikons still have the edge, but the Fujis are superb for more unobtrusive and low-light assignment work.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 19:41 UTC
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Sir Nick of High Point: Sweet! Part of me wishes that they would delete the LCD screen. The whole Leica philosophy involves keeping your head up and eyes peeled, not buried in a useless tiny screen.

Ah, the R-D1... I never should have sold mine. Now THAT was a camera series that truly deserved to be continued.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 19:34 UTC
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DouglasGottlieb: I hope this inspires Fuji to hurry up with the XPro 2 and make it weather sealed, with dual card slots, a giant cache and no red dot or red dot price. :)

I too would love to see an X-Pro 2, but my fear is that Fuji are thinking of replacing the X-Pro series with the X-T1. As an X-T1 shooter myself – and don't get me wrong, I adore the camera – I hope that doesn't happen; the X-Pro 2 would be a very welcome addition to my bag.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 19:32 UTC
On article Fast and full-frame: Nikon announces 24MP Nikon D750 (406 comments in total)
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Suhas Sudhakar Kulkarni: Looking at the specs, I wonder why would I buy this over D610 (Unless of course I have extra cash just to burn)..

AF speed and accuracy matters independently of fps.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:34 UTC
On article Fast and full-frame: Nikon announces 24MP Nikon D750 (406 comments in total)
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JDThomas: This is pretty much what the D610 should have been in the first place. It's got a lot of great specs and will be a great camera for a lot of people.

However, this is not a D700 replacement. I think Nikon is trying to bury the D600 stigma by using a name that people equate with one of the best cameras Nikon ever produced.

It's relatively cheap at only $2300, but I would have paid $3000 for these guts in a D810 body.

Agreed. This is definitely not a pro body. The specs are superb, but it's definitely *not* a D700 heir; it's more like a juiced D610. It surely should have gone into the D810 chassis instead.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:28 UTC
On article Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm (340 comments in total)
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Jun2: A LOT comments for a lens that few people will buy.

What do you mean, "few people"?

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 18:07 UTC
On article Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm (340 comments in total)
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junk1: No auto focus - really? Who could ever focus it perfectly enough to take advantage of the lens...unless you have a 1:1 pixel display, you won't consistently get 1:1 focused images - you can't by definition since you can't see what you are doing! Will the AF system (contrast detection, or via pahse sensors on the imager) confirm once you have it focused?

Yes, the AF focus confirmation light works with these lenses. And if your camera features focus peaking, then that's another bonus. I regularly use my 35/1.2 and 50/1.1 Voigtlanders on my Fuji X-T1, wide-open, with great results.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 17:13 UTC
On article Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm (340 comments in total)

4500.00 is not unreasonable for optics of this caliber. Zeiss didn't design this lens for "the rich." They designed it with working professionals in mind, and this price is well within a reasonable budget for a successful working professional. And, if you've ever worked in the motion picture world, you'd know that 4500.00 for a lens of this quality still falls into the "bargain" category.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 17:12 UTC as 29th comment
On article Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK (218 comments in total)
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Dave Oddie: £99K? Wonder how much the original selling price was and how much, adjusted for inflation, that would equate to now?

If I remember correctly, I think the original price was around $100K.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 10:10 UTC

Maybe if they didn't have that huge-a$$ booth at NAB every year... That thing was almost as big as Panasonic's.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 05:13 UTC as 13th comment
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supeyugin1: I think this is the most iconic photo of WW II:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/7/6078/6078646328_9b8668bc64_z.jpg

Aleksey Gordeyevich Yeremenko. He was killed seconds after this frame was made.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 07:48 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1988 comments in total)

Anyone want to buy my D800? It sounds like the 810 is worth the upgrade, IMO.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 21:44 UTC as 318th comment | 3 replies
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1988 comments in total)
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Galbertson: Have isolated my next camera to nikon d810 or pentax 645 Z. I have many older manual nikkor glass as well as many pentax 645/67 manual glass. Certainly 645Z better image quality and dynamic range. Know well its other pros and cons for my particular use. I strictly shoot landscape, concern for large prints. Only tripoded, f16 and above, 1/15th second and slower.

Pentax lots more money, for sure.

But my question, can older manual f lenses use resolving power of d810, or hinder it. If i have to start building bew lenses, pentax looks affordable.

All of my older Nikon lenses fail the D800 resolution test for the most part. The new nano crystal glass, however, is amazingly sharp. If you are curious about using your old Nikon glass on the D800/810, I'm of the opinion that you will be disappointed unless you're sizing down the photos. It is a camera that really needs the latest in optics technology in order to realize its full potential. I used to have a D600 however, and that was a different story; the 24MP sensor looked great when used with my D series lenses.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 21:43 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1988 comments in total)
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RodneyG: Can anyone explain what this line means: "Uncompressed output over HDMI with simultaneous writing to memory card"

Is the output to the card compressed while at the same time we can capture somewhere else with no compression?

Yes, that is exactly what that means. You can write to a field recorder, such as the Atomos Ninja, while also writing to the internal memory card for backup or proxy files.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 21:39 UTC

Every one of these is a winner. Great work!

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 04:32 UTC as 25th comment

This gives me pause only to laugh at how perfect it is that he now works for Facebook.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 18:53 UTC as 35th comment
On article Portfolio: Photography student Luke Evans (157 comments in total)

Some cool stuff, but I'm left wondering why it's being featured on the DPR front page... Slow photo news day?

Link | Posted on May 27, 2014 at 23:00 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
On article BBC examines 100 years of Leica (24 comments in total)

"Ninety years of indispensable tools for the discerning photojournalist; ten years of insufferable douchebaggery."

Link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 11:13 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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