SirSeth

SirSeth

Lives in United States Hagerstown, United States
Works as a Teacher
Has a website at wallygoots.smugmug.com
Joined on Feb 8, 2004
About me:

My plan is to ever improve my trade, my hobbies, and my relationships with family, friends, and my God. My trade is teaching Math and Computers. My primary hobbies are lutherie (guitar building) and photography. My God is slow to anger and abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us for our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is His love for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us. If you have questions or gripes about my God, I always enjoy talking with someone who is a seeker. Rock throwers are rarely convinced of anything spiritual and I can respect their desire to believe differently than myself.

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This is the first time I've ever really wanted a GoPro!

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2018 at 16:17 UTC as 30th comment
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VENTURE-STAR: Is this what things have come to? Stupid colors? JHC! Personally, I would never buy another camera that wasn't black, as I want a low profile for my equipment. Turning cameras into silly bits of jewelry is nothing short of pathetic. Is anyone who uses amateur equipment actually interested in taking good quality pictures? Might as well stick to a phone and shoot everything, especially videos in portrait mode at arms length.

Artists mustn't care about aesthetics... that would be ridiculous. They must all conform and be the same as all-caps gear head man. Wish I could post a picture here of my blue or red snake skinned OM-1s for the rest of us jewelry lovers to drool over. :)

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2018 at 15:46 UTC

Next few years, just make cameras in this finish/color. Maybe a blue one and a black one.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2018 at 02:19 UTC as 28th comment
On article Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 for E-Mount Sample Gallery (222 comments in total)
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FrequencyDancer: A great set of samples Carey, thanks.

I don’t think the performance is quite up to matching the 42MP sensor, and to be honest I’d rather see it tested on the 24MP A7 range as I think that is more likely the target, although for A7Riii owners on a budget (if there is such a thing) it’s probably still going to produce great images in all but the most demanding scenarios, as your samples nicely show.

I shoot with the kit 28-70/3.5-5.6 on an original A7 and on the 24MP sensor it’s a lot better than it’s generally given credit for, but this Tamron definitely looks a notch higher and with the great advantage of constant f/2.8.

A tempter for sure, but any chance of some 24MP testing, pretty please?

This Tamron looks a lot better than my copy of the 28-70mm kit lens that came with my A7. Not sure I've seen many posts from users using that kit lens on a 42mp sensor to see if it falls flat, but the Tamron is looking good imo.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2018 at 23:58 UTC
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entoman: The average tourist, who wants to show a few photos on social media or make small prints, may be very happy using a Panasonic for wildlife photography.

But, I doubt that any "serious" or professional wildlife photographer (other than someone being paid by Panasonic) would consider doing so.

Wildlife is often photographed under poor lighting conditions requiring high ISO, and that requires APS, or better still FF, in order to keep luminance noise within acceptable levels.

Fast and often unpredictably moving animals and birds are difficult to frame perfectly, so many images require significant levels of cropping - and that requires more megapixels than Panasonic provide in their current cameras.

The only real advantage of using an M43 camera for wildlife is that the cameras and lenses are very compact, which makes them light and easy to carry and manouevre.

It's more about cost than size between the G9 and Sony FF. If you want to debate size, it's more about mirrorless vs. DSLR where the DSLR FF cameras are quite a bit more bulky. We've been around this barn a million times. The lenses are just not that much larger with Sony FF (excepting you cherry pick a few wide angle zooms). The 2x crop of the 4/3rds sensor means you can use shorter focal lengths and smaller lenses and still fill the frame of a more distant subject. This works well with the excellent IBIS and hand holding. The Sony FF, especially high rez means more crop to achieve a similar effect. I think when you want to shoot wildlife, you want as fast and large as possible/practical/affordable--but then talking about how small the 4/3rds lenses are is a side issue. For any mirrorless system you can buy a few small primes--but that's not likely your preferred kit when trying to stalk a wolf or bear in Yellowstone.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2018 at 00:10 UTC
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FLruckas: So its not weatherproof....
After all....
:=)

In the pacific NW of the USA, summers are usually cloudy with a chance of fire.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2018 at 23:56 UTC
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entoman: The average tourist, who wants to show a few photos on social media or make small prints, may be very happy using a Panasonic for wildlife photography.

But, I doubt that any "serious" or professional wildlife photographer (other than someone being paid by Panasonic) would consider doing so.

Wildlife is often photographed under poor lighting conditions requiring high ISO, and that requires APS, or better still FF, in order to keep luminance noise within acceptable levels.

Fast and often unpredictably moving animals and birds are difficult to frame perfectly, so many images require significant levels of cropping - and that requires more megapixels than Panasonic provide in their current cameras.

The only real advantage of using an M43 camera for wildlife is that the cameras and lenses are very compact, which makes them light and easy to carry and manouevre.

Meh. So much bias and speculation. I use Sony A7 along side the E-M1. About $1000 cheaper than the G9 for the pair of them and I share a 500mm f4.5L between them. Sometimes the A7 is the superior choice and other times the E-M1 is preferred. It's like having a 2x teleconverter with IBIS as a bonus or higher resolution (to crop) with better DR and low light. It's just pros and cons, but all this crud about "no serious pro".... blah blah blah is mostly hogwash. It's trying to push a single colored perspective on everyone else.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2018 at 19:34 UTC
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gdabx: I was at yellowstone for the long weekend. Really disappointed at the scenery and wildlife I see. There are just too many people around them. Everytime a grizzle(no cubs) is sighted, there are at least 20 people stopping their car and a huge traffic congestion will follow. I was at Banff and area for 2 weeks before I got down to Yellowstone. Crowded park as well becuase Victoria Day weekend. However, there were not a lot of people stopping for bears. Maybe because there were more of bears or something different about Canadians.
However, I could say the best bear shot I got was from bear 399 at Teton. She was standing up on two foot and looking at the huge crowd(hundreds) around her. The snow covered mountain as background is just perfect.

If you go at the same time of day and during the same season everyone else goes, then you will get the same pictures as the other gathered around a bear jam. Get up early or get off the beaten path and even in peak season you can see things few others see. The added bonus is the light is better early and late, but for all day shooting in your own personal Yellowstone, I recommend when Yellowstone is open to bicycles before cars every year--just you and the wildlife.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2018 at 19:28 UTC

Last 2 seconds of the video was priceless! Overall a good show.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2018 at 19:18 UTC as 28th comment
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MikeStern: Canon selling cmos sensors?
Pppfff. Canon should fix their own cameras before ruining other camera brands.

Tommi K1 The attitude to fix is not the DPR community. Canon simply hasn't done much recently. Sony has. DXO just measures, so again Canon would have to put something out for DXO to get involved there. If you don't like bias, don't wear Canon blinders.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2018 at 13:22 UTC

The black ice shots are snazzy! Very jealous and wish for ice skates!

Link | Posted on May 13, 2018 at 02:55 UTC as 10th comment
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SirSeth: Why can't people just be happy that GFX users have a new lens? No one has to buy this if their hypothetical equivalence garbage puts them in FF bliss land.

vscd, the reason why I can't just don't read comments is that some people add to community, civility, and interest rather than just subtract. I'm happy for Fuji medium format folks. Looks like a great new lens that wasn't there before in the lineup of a genuinely different product. Just because I choose to use Sony & Olympus doesn't mean I need to assemble a tirade against the product.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 04:26 UTC
On article Sony a7 III Review (2194 comments in total)
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IvanM: When I look at this sony a7mk3 studio scene and compare it to my 'old' 6D, the 6dmk2 and the Leica M10 its quite clear that for all practical proposes these sensors are very close to each other ito noise ...sharpness looks similar as well but one has to take into account focusing errors and lens quality variations...I think we have reached a point where one can safely say that image quality is not the differential but rather body types: mirrorless or dslr or rangefinder -Leica- and then of course ones budget, accessories and lens requirements.

Personally I have been sitting on the fence re 'upgrading' my 6d to the mk2, I just dont know if it is worth the extra cost .... but I'm staying with Canon because of the lenses...who else has a 24TS? and a 'cheap' 40f2.8 ? and probably most important of all my subconscious familiarity with the button placement on the camera and menu...

There is a potential interface problem with new ideas for most people. Not implying anything about you here, just that we don't really have to guess at this. It's a boon that one can mount Canon glass and many pieces have been thoroughly tested--one can just ask. Amazing that one has the option of filling a lens catalog with Canon pieces they already have + Sony pieces you want instead of a full on switch as is usually required. I would love for Sony to make a good TS--do you have that lens--then isn't it worth a try? The 40 should be no problem if that is what is holding you back. You are right on one thing, all current bodies are very good and one has to decide what strengths they want.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2018 at 14:26 UTC

Why can't people just be happy that GFX users have a new lens? No one has to buy this if their hypothetical equivalence garbage puts them in FF bliss land.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2018 at 14:15 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
On article Sony a7 III Review (2194 comments in total)
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IvanM: When I look at this sony a7mk3 studio scene and compare it to my 'old' 6D, the 6dmk2 and the Leica M10 its quite clear that for all practical proposes these sensors are very close to each other ito noise ...sharpness looks similar as well but one has to take into account focusing errors and lens quality variations...I think we have reached a point where one can safely say that image quality is not the differential but rather body types: mirrorless or dslr or rangefinder -Leica- and then of course ones budget, accessories and lens requirements.

Personally I have been sitting on the fence re 'upgrading' my 6d to the mk2, I just dont know if it is worth the extra cost .... but I'm staying with Canon because of the lenses...who else has a 24TS? and a 'cheap' 40f2.8 ? and probably most important of all my subconscious familiarity with the button placement on the camera and menu...

Can't you mount your Canon glass on the Sony? Pretty sure you can.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2018 at 01:56 UTC
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Nikoncanonfan: In total agreement with this article, I got abuse last year saying prisms and mirrors are ridiculous in 2017 and looks like I was right. I don't see any future for DSLRs it's not got the retro appeal of rangefinder in leicas. Let's have new mounts too not some daft sad compromise and move on to an exciting future. Next prediction is to dump second rate Sony gear before values fall when the big boys appear can't wait

I think you underestimate brand loyalty and confirmation bias. When Canon releases a FF mirrorless a whole new breed of troll will form.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 16:07 UTC
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Nikoncanonfan: In total agreement with this article, I got abuse last year saying prisms and mirrors are ridiculous in 2017 and looks like I was right. I don't see any future for DSLRs it's not got the retro appeal of rangefinder in leicas. Let's have new mounts too not some daft sad compromise and move on to an exciting future. Next prediction is to dump second rate Sony gear before values fall when the big boys appear can't wait

It takes longer for the forum banter to see a new generation than it does for technology to make major shifts. There will be hundreds that claim they predicted mirrorless and were derided and that's simply because many forum members grew up with film but forgot that they predicted the rise of digital and were derided for it a decade ago.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 15:31 UTC
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Old Cameras: I'd argue it isn't to mirror or not to mirror, mirrorless isn't the end of invention. Nor is a mirrorless camera superior in every respect, there are disadvantages.

The chief advantage of mirrorless is that there are no real physical roadblocks to continued innovation and those disadvantages that DSLR users have quibbed about are eroding. Just like the sensor and lens size is a physical roadblock to complete cell phone domination in the photo market for the foreseeable future, the mirror has been a physical roadblock to video, small size, low cost, and viewfinder information. This is why I think it is mirror or not to mirror. The DSLR mirror is the roadblock in that technology. As soon as Canon and Nikon release serious mirrorless, most holdouts will likely agree.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 15:26 UTC

Yeah. Steel tariffs. Makes sense. ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 02:49 UTC as 119th comment
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Vit Adamek: I was tempted by this camera a bit but as an amateur enthusiast I cannot really justify £2000 camera body when I have perfectly ok A7 MK1. Should it have 4k 60p and fully articulated screen I may rethink but I am waiting for my new Panasonic G9 to arrive instead, which I got a great price on, £1030 for brand new body. So in G9 I am going to have the features I was after for essentially half price. I love pictures coming out of my A7 MK1 in combination with the popular Canon 85mm F1.8 USM and other Canon lense (FD too) I use this lens via cheap commlite adaptor (£50) and the AF is acceptable for portraits and similarly in good light. Even the EYE AF works although I find its implementation on MK1 bit silly. Why do I have to press extra button for it to start focusing on eye? Of course I want eyes or closer eye in focus when I have face detection on so I find Panasonic's or Olympus's implementation much better. This has probably changed since MK1. Anyhow I hope I will love the G9.

I haven't had a problem with sensor reflection. Would love the battery, slots, and ergonomics of the new body though. A7Rii will probably be the best value used in the next year.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2018 at 13:56 UTC
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