iAPX

iAPX

Lives in Canada Montreal, Canada
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at http://hairshooter.com
Joined on Jan 29, 2012
About me:

Photography is a side-line, fashion photography as a job (won awards), portraiture and street photography as an "amateur" hobby. Strangely I "create" pictures, but on the long term, I discovered other things in my pictures, I am not constructing them or choosing them, when I look at the past 20 years, they have things in common, the creation is probably more than the creator, even an hidden part of him...

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On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (267 comments in total)
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iAPX: Creamy, sharp, beautiful colors.

First, with FF 42Mp, there are few if not rare lenses that could cope with this definition. There are some that are great for FF 24MP, not so rare, but frankly not all, they are prime lenses-only.

Second the right eye (on the left) is close to the to the edge, where we won't expect a perfect resolution of the lens, still it's there, it's nearly as good as on the other eye (she have two!). Awesome!

Third, this is wide-open at f/1.4, a value used when we lack available light, and we expect the lens to capture light, at a loss with resolution, and overall quality. This is clearly not the case here, it's beautiful at f/1.4, it's an incredible achievement.

For myself, playing with a 50mm f/1.4 on a Nikon D300, this lens is nearly perfect, a pure gem!

In fact, this lens and maybe it's 80+mm, 35mm and 24mm siblings, this is a good reason to buy a Sony body!

PS: some ppl don't see it's a 50mm, not portrait-oriented 70+mm, nor a 35mm...

Depend on the value of your own photos, or the value of my time as a portraitist or fashion photographer. It's not expensive, it's an investment.

Maybe you keep shooting with a 1024x768 digital compact camera because investing in high-end gear is of no value for you. In fact it's not high-end gear (Hasselblad X1D is, and I am looking forward to play with!).

If you or your client don't see he difference, so this lens is not for you.

PS: didn't post anything on your gallery http://www.dpreview.com/members/7950243706/galleries ? :)

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 23:03 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (267 comments in total)
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John C Tharp: If you're comparing this lens to 50/1.4 lenses of yore (which both Canikon varieties are), or even the 'premium' 50/1.2L/58/1.4G, you're wrong.

This lens is built more like a Sigma Art, with an eye toward high-resolution sensors that the Canikon lenses were not themselves built for; further, it does everything the Sigma Art does, but better.

This is a lens that's designed to make the Sony full-frame system relevant for professional work.

@john C Tharp

I could not agree more with you, at f/1.4 wide open, the quality is awesome, even close to the edge!

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 22:57 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (267 comments in total)
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Joel Benford: The vignetting... Not awful, but not the best. That hurts if you want the lens for low light.

@Rishi Sanyal

The sensor is really imperfect, with as much noise as Sony 24MP sensors on Nikon D750 (or D610 too) but at least on ISO 1600, not ISO 500.

I did photography on ISO 6400 with a Nikon D610, because I like the idea that the medium (wether it's sensor, AA filter, or film) is part of photography, and the noise was beautiful and interesting, because perfection is not what I am looking for.
(there are some at ISO 6400 ISO with D610 on my gallery, RAW processed on my taste, no noise reduction)

Maybe it's much more visible due to the RAW processing, as I checked the JPEG only, but still, there's too much noise today.

And the fact is, it's not due to this incredibly exciting lens...

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 22:48 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (267 comments in total)

Creamy, sharp, beautiful colors.

First, with FF 42Mp, there are few if not rare lenses that could cope with this definition. There are some that are great for FF 24MP, not so rare, but frankly not all, they are prime lenses-only.

Second the right eye (on the left) is close to the to the edge, where we won't expect a perfect resolution of the lens, still it's there, it's nearly as good as on the other eye (she have two!). Awesome!

Third, this is wide-open at f/1.4, a value used when we lack available light, and we expect the lens to capture light, at a loss with resolution, and overall quality. This is clearly not the case here, it's beautiful at f/1.4, it's an incredible achievement.

For myself, playing with a 50mm f/1.4 on a Nikon D300, this lens is nearly perfect, a pure gem!

In fact, this lens and maybe it's 80+mm, 35mm and 24mm siblings, this is a good reason to buy a Sony body!

PS: some ppl don't see it's a 50mm, not portrait-oriented 70+mm, nor a 35mm...

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 22:37 UTC as 23rd comment | 9 replies
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1190 comments in total)
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bernardf12: Copy this...... Japan.

I dunno where the sensor come, but I would like to see Sony extending the RX1R II (RX1 BUT II ?!?), into an RX2R with a medium-format sensor and a 50mm or better a 40mm f/2.8 lens.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 23:19 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1190 comments in total)
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alcaher: 8k dollars?????!?????

Yes only that, and the price of a lens.

Is there any medium format that could cope with it, for high quality street photography?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 23:16 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1190 comments in total)

A medium-format 50MP new system, by a medium-format specialist, for just $9000?!?

I am not into that at this point, but if there's a bundle with a f/2.8mm 90mm for portraiture, with a beautiful bokeh, even at this price tag, I would consider it.
I tried Fulll-Frame, after so many years with APS-C (Nikon D70 then D300, I forgot the Pentax that was really great but hadn't any interesting lens and loose any value out-of-the box). Full Frame gave me something else, and I clearly dream about going big, bigger, medium format is clearly better, until someone fix quantum physics to enable more real-life resolution (not noise resolution of the 30MP+ FF dslr that is perfect, for noise!).

I retired from fashion studio shoot, I am just doing portraitures and street photography, with my old D300 and a 50mm, all Manual. Just want to get ride of computers when I do photography, too many lens choice, technology taking on my photos and eventually on myself.

This camera is a breakthrough!

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 23:13 UTC as 47th comment | 3 replies

I am thinking about buying a drone to try ne things in photography, not trying to have the best IQ possible, but instead working to frame life, people and place differently.

There's a world of possibility, for photography and also naturally for filming.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 22:49 UTC as 6th comment

Now that we have 20Mp or more on a smartphone, what is this good for?
I am pretty sure it's no good for selfies...

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 22:40 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply

Interesting move from India, that might be followed by Pakistan and China (not so interesting for many people, but look at the demographic datas!).

I don't know why they did it, but it's a clear trend actually for US company : don't rule us. And these countries are the future (trust me or not).

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 23:55 UTC as 9th comment
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jim bennett: "Now that the D5 has 20.8 megapixels a shutter speed of at least 1/2000th is needed to freeze most fast moving sport. What many people don’t realise is that the more megapixels you have the faster shutter speeds necessary to freeze the same action. "
This is the first time I have heard this. I have always been under the impression that it was about having a high enough shutter speed in relation to the focal length of the lens, and taking into account any crop factor that changes the equivalent focal length, but needing a faster shutter with more megapixels is news to me.

This is something I experienced when going from D300 to D610, it was pretty interesting to experience with that, with another factor being the D610 weighing less, something I saw in the old days when I took portrait with both Nikon F4s and F80.

Weight is not necessary a concern, it could be a clear advantage, even with a 50mm f/1.4!

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2016 at 11:13 UTC

Wonderful work, creative, respectful, and I like people that consider para-athletes too, I have an happy smile looking at your photos!

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2016 at 23:01 UTC as 19th comment
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)

I was awaiting for this test, as a D300 user.

This is probably my next camera, when the firmware will be updated to fix the problems. As a RAW photographer (that differentiate me from other pro that are doing JPEG to transmit them as fast as possible to their medias), looking at the best results with Tamron 85mm f/1.8, it will probably be my next gear, with this perfect lens for portraiture.

It is much more versatile than D750 (FF 24MP with eye-focus), for action photography (I include kids into that category!), solid as a rock (or a D300!), and may probably last 8 to 10 years too!

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 22:53 UTC as 130th comment | 1 reply
On article Samsung offers NX1 and NX500 firmware updates (159 comments in total)

The NX500 is an incredible camera, a Sony a6300 1 year before it, an incredible vision for the future!

Link | Posted on May 21, 2016 at 18:34 UTC as 5th comment
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)
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iAPX: I will wait for the definitive review from DPReview, but it smells like my D300 is on it's last year with me.

Even if I had a Full Frame D610, the D300 is on a class by itself. It was on a class by itself, now there is the D500, at least, after 8 years of professional and perfect work. Work first time, work any time, last longer than anything else on rough or tough conditions.

The D300 is for me the perfect professional APS-C camera, just as an old truck, it just work and don't stay between you and your goals...

Alien 4 Resurrection show what may happens in this case, and it happened to a video camera on the morning of my own wedding: the charger discharged it, and I was too stressed about it, I just crushed it against a wall and bought another one. Sometimes the camera, or it's price are worth nothing compared to the event, at least for you!

That's why I still have and use a 8 years old D300: no surprise. Great results each time (not perfect or awesome).

I dropped my F4s equipped with a 80-200, while on a wedding meeting, on concrete ground, from 3 to 4 feet high (a support that wasn't as stable as I expected while putting it in).

Lens had the focus blocked where it was, and was a little crushed, but working perfectly for on-focus subjects (!!!). I decided to drop it to buy a new one.

Body worked perfectly (was hit on the upper-side, with flash grip crushed too, was solved with tools! lol). I still used it for 2 years thereafter, and ended-up giving it as a gift to a photography student while he bought one of my lens.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 22:39 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)
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iAPX: I will wait for the definitive review from DPReview, but it smells like my D300 is on it's last year with me.

Even if I had a Full Frame D610, the D300 is on a class by itself. It was on a class by itself, now there is the D500, at least, after 8 years of professional and perfect work. Work first time, work any time, last longer than anything else on rough or tough conditions.

The D300 is for me the perfect professional APS-C camera, just as an old truck, it just work and don't stay between you and your goals...

Alien 4 Resurrection show what may happens in this case, and it happened to a video camera on the morning of my own wedding: the charger discharged it, and I was too stressed about it, I just crushed it against a wall and bought another one. Sometimes the camera, or it's price are worth nothing compared to the event, at least for you!

That's why I still have and use a 8 years old D300: no surprise. Great results each time (not perfect or awesome).

And I has D200 and D2X too. Sensor and noise was their problems. The D300 was the fix for that, everything perfect.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 23:55 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)
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alexpaynter: Why is this camera better than the NX1?

I would be curious how they compare in focus speed.

Apart from battery life and lens availability, the NX1 does everything this does.

That rated 87% before a significant software update.

Maybe you just have to look at noise at base ISO. Or consider available lenses. Or camer availability and price.

The NX500 was an incredible camera at an awesome price, without the lenses it deserved. The NX1 was as good (or better), but at this price, without any quality lens, it's a no-brainer: no.

And you still have to consider the build quality, the roughness, the durability. After 8 years using a D300 I could witness it is on a class by itself.

In fact, I would bet a Krug Clos du Mesnil (a treat!), that a D300 woud physically crush a NX1. And still work thereafter.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 23:49 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)
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iAPX: I will wait for the definitive review from DPReview, but it smells like my D300 is on it's last year with me.

Even if I had a Full Frame D610, the D300 is on a class by itself. It was on a class by itself, now there is the D500, at least, after 8 years of professional and perfect work. Work first time, work any time, last longer than anything else on rough or tough conditions.

The D300 is for me the perfect professional APS-C camera, just as an old truck, it just work and don't stay between you and your goals...

Alien 4 Resurrection show what may happens in this case, and it happened to a video camera on the morning of my own wedding: the charger discharged it, and I was too stressed about it, I just crushed it against a wall and bought another one. Sometimes the camera, or it's price are worth nothing compared to the event, at least for you!

That's why I still have and use a 8 years old D300: no surprise. Great results each time (not perfect or awesome).

@sean65 there are great slr, and I think many people would do awesome photography with them.

But it's exactly that. 8 years. Dependable. Trustable. Rough and Tough conditions.

As a professional I am not expected to do something perfect at some point, but something great, each time, any time, never fail. That describe perfectly the D300. Or my F4s before.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 22:56 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)
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Gesture: Wonder why finally released when Nikon already has D7200? (+D5X00 and D3X00 series).

As a D300 owner (and user, still after 8 years, including pro photography), also a D610 owner.

I could say the D300 is in a class by itself, and now the D500 is probably a genius junior.

Not the smartest kid on the block, but the toughest one, and the more reliable one. 8 years after, in rough and tough conditions, still work perfectly exactly as on the first day. great results. dependable.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 22:52 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)
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justmeMN: Nikon's recent products appear to be very good.

(Their DL line is delayed, but should feature best-in-class autofocus speed.)

Nikon DL are exciting, and for myself could not choose between 24-85mm "classical" range, or wide-range DL 18-50 as I did shoot NYC with a 11-16 on a D300 last summer (equivalent 17-24mm).

Is it correct to buy both?
Will be clearly hard to explain to my beloved one, until I hide it, as they seems like real twins...

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 22:48 UTC
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