jimkahnw

jimkahnw

Lives in United States Norwalk, CT, United States
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at www.jimkphoto.com
Joined on Jul 31, 2008
About me:

Life-long photographer, full-time pro for many years, now part-time. Day job: photo research and offset printing image prep for calendars and coffee table books.

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mxx: Mirrorless is the future everybody says, but that future sure looks expensive.

And heavy and large.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2018 at 19:01 UTC
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capeminiol: I liked the iView MediaPro DAM, much better than LR imho. Unfortunately, Microsoft acquired it and promptly laid it to rest.

...oh, and works, with kinks, over a network. We share catalogs between 5 users.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2018 at 18:24 UTC
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capeminiol: I liked the iView MediaPro DAM, much better than LR imho. Unfortunately, Microsoft acquired it and promptly laid it to rest.

I've been using MediaPro since it's inception as iView in 2001. It's a mature DAM application, with numerous ways to tag, rank, collect and transfer files. Multiple catalogs can be opened and searched simultaneously. Try that Lightroom! PhaseOne has only made compatibility improvements; it's long overdue for an undo. I use if for my own photo achieve in conjunction with Lr and Ps and at my day job as Director of Photography for a small publisher. I keep searching for a replacement, but nothing comes close at its price. Let me know if you find one.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2018 at 18:23 UTC
On article Nikon dominates World Press Photo 2018 camera breakdown (385 comments in total)
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Reactive: Quite a poor showing for Olympus... oh they're not there at all!

Yes, and I wonder why. I sold my Nikon gear in favor of OMD in 2013 and while I'm semi-retired, I have no regrets. Please note that several National Geographic photographers use OMD; perhaps they didn't enter the contest. As said elsewhere in this thread, the sample here is small.

It's not the camera, it's the photographer.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2018 at 16:59 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 review (875 comments in total)
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jimkahnw: Beyond mentioning the optional eye cup as necessary to supress glare when using the EVF, could the reviewer comment on the quality of the EVF, especially refresh-rate and image clarity? Thanks.

Yes, a disappointment. A great EVF is a must; if you can't see it you can't shoot it. I received a GX9 yesterday, put in the battery and looked through the viewfinder. Yick. Vastly inferior to the Olys I have. Didn't put a card in the slot. Repacked it and sent it back. However, the EVF in G9 is quite impressive and superior to the OMD EM1 Mk2.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2018 at 19:44 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 review (875 comments in total)

Beyond mentioning the optional eye cup as necessary to supress glare when using the EVF, could the reviewer comment on the quality of the EVF, especially refresh-rate and image clarity? Thanks.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 20:29 UTC as 121st comment | 2 replies

What kind of photographer gives away work? You can't be a professional if you don't get paid. And what about releases? Both the platform and the photographer can be sued. I saw on picture on Unsplash that had been downloaded over 42,000 time in a year. https://unsplash.com/photos/qDY9ahp0Mto Have the parents signed a release? This is lunacy.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2018 at 17:41 UTC as 4th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review (1024 comments in total)

I know this camera is well respected and seems like a fine little solution for light travel and street. But, but, but, it's becoming obsolete. Waiting for an upgrade may be like waiting for Godot, given the decline in sales for this class of camera. Can some one suggest an alternative--small, with at least a m43 sensor? I would even consider some combination of ILC.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 16:41 UTC as 19th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review (1024 comments in total)
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User8461851375: As questioned below 7 months ago, this model is getting a little long in the tooth. I'd love to know if there is a Mark II version in the works. I thought they might introduce one at CES but that didn't happen. I've pretty much decided this fits what I want from my next camera but would hate to buy it only to have either a significantly improved version debut and/or a large price drop on this one.

On the wish list for the Mk II are a tilting LCD, higher resolution sensor, better noise reduction, perhaps a little longer max focal length and perhaps a touch screen for autofocus point selection. Keep the size and price the same and that would really be worth waiting for.

I agree. But, given the consumer trend away from compacts in favor of mobile phone cameras, I think we may be waiting for Godot.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2018 at 18:40 UTC
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Gmon750: I will take anything that Adobe says in terms of Lightroom performance increases with a grain of salt.

That being said, I have a 2015 iMac Quad i7 with 64GB RAM and it's just shameful how Lightroom just runs turtle slow on photos with heavy editing. There's just no excuse for that.

I'm paying subscription so that I can remain current on Lightroom and Photoshop. That means updates, which as far as I'm concerned are very few and far between. Get with the program Adobe. Fixing this issues with Lightroom should be a top priority.

I have a 2013 MBP, i7 Quad, with 16GB RAM and LR runs fine, going back and forth to PS for layers. Files can be up to 500MB; I have no complaints on speed. Do you think there might be other problems than LR?

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2018 at 00:48 UTC
On article Shooting with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III in Moab (122 comments in total)
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CaPi: To the m43 experts around: what would be your recommendation as a travel camera and what m43 vendor would you suggest?
Money isnt the issue.. travel, street, event, some architeture photography vs portability are what I'd do like. I tried to move to Fuji from my Nikons - some 3k+ euro later that did not work out for me. (AF performance, LR compatibility and ergonomics)

Love, love, love my OMD EM1 Mk2 and the 12-100 f/4. Does just about everything I need. Also, my 9-18 wide-angle is small and light enough to go every where and be there when I need it. Add primes and you've got an amazing kit. I also have the EM10 Mk2, and a couple of original EM1s. Life is good.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 01:34 UTC
On article These are the best cameras you can buy right now (482 comments in total)
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wondrouslightdotcom: In my 50+ years of photography initially as an amateur and then as a part-time pro I have worked with all kind of formats, gear and subjects, and not developed a true brand loyalty. Since 2000, I have used digital cameras from Canon, Nikon, Minolta, Fuji, Pentax, Panasonic and Olympus. Today, I shoot outdoor/fine art with a couple of EM5II bodies and a bunch of Olympus and Panasonic lenses, both the pro and the minuscule but good "normal" glass. My choice is due to the M43 combination of portability, IQ, price, lens selection and fun to use which is hard to duplicate. It is obviously not good for every kind of photography but if one wants small and light with publishable IQ then the system shines. I got into it with the Pana GH1 and then moved to the Oly cameras (EM10, EM10II, EM5II) because Pana bodies got ever bigger and I take video with a camcorder. I find that often the M43 system, especially Olympus gear, does not get enough consideration.

I hardily concur. M43 gets far too little coverage. Conventional wisdom derides the small sensor, arguing it cannot possibly produce "professional" results. What rubbish. Clearly, no one sees the results, they just assume it cannot be. I do photo research for a living and source images from the smallest digital cameras through medium format backs and even film. True, there is a difference at the pixel level, but it seems only ill-informed photographers make comparisons that closely. When the ink hits the paper, the M43 is indistinguishable from all the rest.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 14:14 UTC
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PWPhotography: It'd be nice if DPR could do an official review of all those major LR or Photoshop alternative software compared to LR Classic CC or Photoshop CC - pro and con so we could have better understanding and choose accordingly.

Yes, how about a side-by-side comparison. The same retoucher would not even need all the software, just a test file, or several test files, that anyone can download and process with their application of choice. Post the comparisons and maybe the tools used.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 21:33 UTC

For a DAM to be truly competitive it needs most of the features in MediaPro. Anybody using it? It costs a fraction of Extensis and works well on solo systems and reasonably well on a small multi-user network. PhaseOne owns it now and really hasn't done much with it since acquiring the software from Microsoft several years ago. It could use an Undo function--amazing it's missing. However, it's extremely robust and full-featured with numerous ways to select, sort and organize a collection, along with a decent Metadata editor and custom fields. I'm not sure of it's size limit, but it does support multiple databases that can be opened and searched simultaneously--something LR should do.

I've been using it since it's inception in the early 2000s. I'm not thrilled there has been few advances, so I'm eager to see if MacPhun can up the ante in DAM software. It must be extremely difficult to do it right. CameraBits has been promising a DAM for years, but it's still vapor.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 17:48 UTC as 14th comment
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2740 comments in total)

I jumped to the conclusion first. Wow! 89%. Yes, an impressive instrument, but with that list of "Cons" has dpreview inflated the score? A few of the complaints would be a deal breaker for me: Base ISO dynamic range lags existing Sony full frame cameras, Lock-On subject tracking still less dependable than Nikon 3D Tracking, Auto white balance can struggle under artificial lighting; and there are several more! I'll look elsewhere.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 17:44 UTC as 113th comment | 3 replies
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rurikw: Never heard about DCI-P3. How does it relate to Adobe RGB?

It's very similar, but intended for cinema. Apple makes iMac and MacBook Pro displays using this color space. See; http://www.dslrbodies.com/newsviews/another-new-color-space.html

Link | Posted on May 1, 2017 at 18:09 UTC
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Hanoise: Adobe is a company who has worked out how to rip customers off completely and utterly.
They have worked out how to charge all adobe user to pay for EVERY SINGLE UPDATE and pay through their teeth!

My subscription has finished this month, and I am looking for different options now for video and stills editing software. I would be much happier to pay a one off fee of many hundreds then keep giving adobe money mo th after month for ever.

It will be much more affordable to pay a lot in one hit, then have money ripped out of your account every month forever,.

ADOBE, YOU HAVE BECOME THE TWO HORNS OF THE WHOLE INDUSTRY.......

Please be reminded that at one time more than 60% of Photoshop downloads were pirated. The current licensing method assures Adobe a return on investment. Software as sophisticated, reliable and capable as Photoshop/LR is NOT free. As a professional who uses Adobe CC daily, I cannot survive without it. And the entire suite is a bargain. Though I wish Adobe tech support was as good as Apple's. If you do not like the price, there are numerous other RAW convertors and even a few applications that support layers and masks. But, please acknowledge the superiority of Adobe software and stop whining about the price.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 17:09 UTC

Why bother? I remember shooting skiers. One batch the snow had a cyan tint, another batch, magenta, a third blue. Scratches, dust spots and storage. Oh, and the cost of film and processing and waiting at least a week for turnaround. And, then you have to scan and process the scan. I don't have the time or the money. No wonder Kodak is a zombie.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 19:39 UTC as 113th comment | 5 replies
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jimkahnw: I was hired as a contract worker to demonstrate the QT100 to customers visiting ComputerTown, in suburban Boston. As a professional photographer, I thought the camera was completely inadequate. 24 shots, as I recall, filled the memory, dismal dynamic range, no exposure control of any kind, not even +/- compensation, fixed lens. If some one came into the store to ask about the camera I would demonstrate it, but on one did. As I look back, I should have said something to the product team and suggest improvements. Then maybe today I'd be a big-deal photo guru. But, I won't play the what-if game.

Ooops. I guess I did. And, lost, as usual.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 00:30 UTC

I was hired as a contract worker to demonstrate the QT100 to customers visiting ComputerTown, in suburban Boston. As a professional photographer, I thought the camera was completely inadequate. 24 shots, as I recall, filled the memory, dismal dynamic range, no exposure control of any kind, not even +/- compensation, fixed lens. If some one came into the store to ask about the camera I would demonstrate it, but on one did. As I look back, I should have said something to the product team and suggest improvements. Then maybe today I'd be a big-deal photo guru. But, I won't play the what-if game.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 17:30 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
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