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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Kelvin L: I'll definitely get on board with a mirrorless system once decent perspective control / tilt-shift lenses start appearing for them. I think the only mirrorless with a kinda-native TS lens is the Canon EOS-M (with adapter).

Good to see Fujifilm acknowledging tilt-shift, even if it's low priority.

Good response. That gives me some reading and thinking about what can be done with T/S lenses. I've not really pushed what is possible here besides theoretically because I've not owned one yet. I have admired Bruce's work with the 50mm though and that's the kind of stuff I want to do with one. Thanks Kelvin and have a great week.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 14:26 UTC
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Kelvin L: I'll definitely get on board with a mirrorless system once decent perspective control / tilt-shift lenses start appearing for them. I think the only mirrorless with a kinda-native TS lens is the Canon EOS-M (with adapter).

Good to see Fujifilm acknowledging tilt-shift, even if it's low priority.

Neodp--off topic but you should also consider the pros of EVF because when all pros of OVF are matched without any cons, you'll get so much more than equal.

Kelvin, how do you intend to use TS lenses because I do not see them needing to be as wide because you can shift to get brilliant wide FOVs with less distortion than a single ultra-wide perspective. Check out Bruce Hood who uses a 50 Schneider exclusively for stunning panos.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 13:25 UTC
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Triplet Perar: Yes, tell me the day when execs will openly say, "We have no idea what we're doing, we're just throwing mud to see what sticks to the wall, and will pay no attention to whatever you ask because we will take another, the cheapest option and say *you* asked for it".
This is closer to truth these days, when the global economy and finances are totally screwed up: industry suffocates and buying power of everyday people is killed because all money goes to repay ever rising debts and no money is left for genuine spending.

True. But one shouldn't assume either that because they are expected to be optimistic, that there is nothing to be optimistic about. Sure, some execs will talk like it's sunny even when the sky is falling, and others will actually be enjoying a favorable forecast and proud of their work. How does one know the difference? Well same can be asked of anyone who markets a product--so don't be naive but also there is not necessarily insincerity about being up on a product one is proud of making.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 04:46 UTC
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Triplet Perar: Yes, tell me the day when execs will openly say, "We have no idea what we're doing, we're just throwing mud to see what sticks to the wall, and will pay no attention to whatever you ask because we will take another, the cheapest option and say *you* asked for it".
This is closer to truth these days, when the global economy and finances are totally screwed up: industry suffocates and buying power of everyday people is killed because all money goes to repay ever rising debts and no money is left for genuine spending.

Or maybe execs who don't believe in their product or feel optimistic about their direction just don't last because that don't make sense or money.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 04:13 UTC
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Kelvin L: I'll definitely get on board with a mirrorless system once decent perspective control / tilt-shift lenses start appearing for them. I think the only mirrorless with a kinda-native TS lens is the Canon EOS-M (with adapter).

Good to see Fujifilm acknowledging tilt-shift, even if it's low priority.

For every mirrorless company there are a lot of tilt-shift options with adapter. That's a great thing about mirrorless and since native tilt/shift are typically manual focus anyhow get a good adapter and you are set. Samyang 24mm f3.5, Canon FD 35mm f2.8, Hartblei has a 40mm, 80mm, 120mm, and then up the food chain there are the Canon and Nikon options and the excellent Schneider 50mm Super Angulon and 90 Makro Symmar. The Canon 24mm, Canon FD 35mm, and Schneider 50mm are the ones that speak to me.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 04:09 UTC
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SirSeth: These bags look like they actually bring some new ideas and solutions to common problems. Magnetic closures--are they any problem for technology? I avoid any bag with velcro which leaves me with limited options sometimes, and I really like the stretch expansion and departure from traditional side press quick release closures and zippers for some compartments.

Interesting. Thanks Mosswings.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 22:34 UTC

These bags look like they actually bring some new ideas and solutions to common problems. Magnetic closures--are they any problem for technology? I avoid any bag with velcro which leaves me with limited options sometimes, and I really like the stretch expansion and departure from traditional side press quick release closures and zippers for some compartments.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 21:15 UTC as 18th comment | 5 replies
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Peak freak: Outstanding image, one of my new favorites!
As an hobby adventure photographer myself, I could see the huge potential with drones and started investigating, but a 'basic' set-up with a Nex 5 was around 15k Australian - forget it.
The days of it being about the photographer, and not the gear, are well and truly over. This shot is about technology and budget. I think a lot of photographers have 'ideas' about shots like this, but nowhere near the means.
However, a basic set of remote transmitters have let me do all sorts of things on a small budget which has been a lot of fun (and adventures).

Yes, I like the picture, the effort, and the tech leveraged to get the shot, but I'm not blind to this being a marketing video to highlight what can be done with fancy equipment.

And let's give some props to the paddler who shot a waterfall in the dark after being blinded by strobes. ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 15:14 UTC
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Rishi Sanyal: This is awesome. Both the last shot and the last sunstar and the message about evolving.

Yes! It really hit me when she said that the sheer mass of pictures taken means one has to really push the boundaries to produce a unique vision. I think it implies that the increasing competence of more artists spurred on by access to better equipment and inspiration from internet sharing has helped photography but made it more difficult to stand out. It seems lousy sameness has proliferated by a factor of 10000 and really good unique photography by a factor of 10 in the last decade.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 15:11 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)

Sharp and nice transitions and color.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 13:49 UTC as 77th comment
On article Under pressure: Canon vs. Nikon in a hydraulic press (296 comments in total)

This is actually really funny. I'd like to see a modern flagship built body in there to see what happens. How about the Olympus E-1? Probably pop out of there like a grape seed.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 03:36 UTC as 86th comment | 1 reply
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1296 comments in total)
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CosminMunteanu: A new boss in the mirrorless world :-) ...one can hardly ask more from it, Fujifilm did it again (and there are more to come, like the much expected 23mm f:2.o WR lens).
IBIS could be a good adition but, yet again, the world did not jump in the Pentax or Minolta (then Sony SLT) because they have IBIS (unlike Canikon) ;-)
Fuji's sensors (this 24 Mpx evem more) seems to hadle image noise better then other APS-C sensors (not to mention m4/3). True, in the real world this is not much of a difference and many times when the aperture jumps over f:5,6 towards f:11 even the out of focus areas (I mean DOF :-D ) of, a let say, 24 until 85 mm lens is less obvious while compared with a FF system.
All in all, Fujifilm has become the best APS-C sensor size mirrorless system.

Fuji becoming the best APS-C mirrorless camera system is a great observation. Especially since Sony isn't going all out with APS-C to protect their FF offerings and Canon/Nikon are still in DSLR land. Olympus/Panasonic are 4/3rds and Samsung quit the game (though the NX1 still stacks up quite nicely against the XT-2 despite it's age).

Kind of like the hand being voted consecutive years as best to pick things up with. Not like any of this is a bad thing. I think companies refining their niche is a good thing and Fuji is certainly rocking it. I'd say the dual cards and 3 batteries option is huge progress for mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 22:03 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 real-world sample gallery (145 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Nice photos, but as far as I can tell, the pixel shift is the only thing that sets these images apart. So you have to be knowledgable enough about cameras to appreciate pixel shift, yet willing to roll the dice on a Pentax system. The night shot of Mt. Saint Helens is cool but so much has been done to it, it seems that the camera is almost secondary.

Once you throw out SR, the price difference, the robust build/weather sealing, the unique LCD mechanism, lens compatibility, and pixel shift, then there really isn't much setting it apart from the competition. But what's wrong with that? There are few weaknesses with any of these cameras; just priorities. I think the camera (Pentax in general) is different enough from the others to be compelling depending on what one does. Same with Sony who has gone a different direction with their A-series which I shoot and like. But this Pentax looks great from where I'm sitting.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 02:10 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 real-world sample gallery (145 comments in total)
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PeterAustin: No difference between pixel shift and without in the Punch Bowl Falls images (I used the magnifier, didn't download the images, though). I do have a high res screen, and used my reading glasses :) What am I missing?

And what you are not missing is that the sensor is producing detail rich sharp results that look great on almost any viewing medium if not artificially enlarged for pixel peepers. Not that someone won't find a way to milk every advantage out of the pixel shift technology and I'm in favor of doing so, but really the camer seems to be doing really well with and without pixel shift.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 01:59 UTC
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Fujica: Another Vivian Maier?
At least another person leaving a lot of roll film on the shelves until he dies. Hope they get all the film processed.

Watching the promo video made it more clear that Levi considers every undeveloped roll of film a treasure even if it doesn't have artistic merit. That someone clicked the shutter without ever bringing the images to light is enough reason to "rescue" the images. I don't totally disagree, especially in this case where the photographer seemed so intent on packaging and cataloging the film the way he did. It doesn't have to be a Vivian to merit spending the time and money to see why the photographer did this and what is on there. Historical significance of 1200 rolls of images from the 50s is news enough without it being Vivian Meier quality art.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 13:14 UTC
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Fujica: Another Vivian Maier?
At least another person leaving a lot of roll film on the shelves until he dies. Hope they get all the film processed.

It's easy to imagine brilliance and eccentricity leading to unseen glories on any roll of "lost" film. I doubt this is a repeat. Eccentricity is much more common than brilliance--but it's the rare Vivian that stirs our curiosity and makes us want to peak.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 21:01 UTC
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EcoR1: Aarrg. Read some commments below and I'm just astonished by the ignorance of some people. This Panasonic lens will gather as much light as any f2.8 full frame lens when mounted on the full frame camera. There is no debate. There is no "other" truth. If you think otherwise you are wrong, and that's it . If you wan't to consider the possible size/weight benefits for any full frame lens, the only comparison must be made for the 24mm f2.8 lens. That's it people.

Insistent language doesn't make one more right.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 14:25 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Semi-Pro Interchangeable Lens Cameras (265 comments in total)
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Jonathan F/2: How the heck does the A7R II wins this round? It doesn't even have dual card slots. Lenses cost an arm and a leg and battery power sucks compared to a traditional DSLR. I don't think DPReview thinks about the practical aspects of what a semi-pro body should be capable of.

It is evident that DPReview thinks a whole lot about what the capabilities of a semi-pro body should be. They just disagree with you; which is alright. Isn't that why they use the category title "semi-pro"? So those who are kvetching about torrential sealing, or 2000 battery life, or dual card slots... well just read with comprehension and understand why the D5 and ilk are not in this roundup.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 22:34 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Semi-Pro Interchangeable Lens Cameras (265 comments in total)
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Azathothh: OMG the Sony can autofocus 3rd party lenses!! And incredible AF precision and speed? lolz

They don't mean third party lenses like Sigma, they mean you can put Canon EF lenses on a Sony now and retain auto-focus. This is an industry first. Also, the AF hit rates were across multiple shoots so nitpickers would have something else to go off of than an assumption that the camera can only perform in "ideal circumstances." So yeah, lolz.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 22:17 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 1 - Crop-Sensor (180 comments in total)
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mastermoose: After reading this article I can now see why the Samsung NX1 was such an amazing cost effective and versatile camera. Such a shame it was not taken seriously!!!

That is the way forward for NX--to be bought out by someone. Like Konica bought Minolta and Sony bought KM. Of course it would change things significantly and there is no guarantee that they would keep the NX lens mount, but if Nikon bought them out and didn't hold back to protect their FF offerings I could see the D8000 or D500ii being mirrorless and I think that would be great.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 19:58 UTC
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