NatuRaOx2

Lives in United States Pekin, IL, United States
Works as a Live Music Photographer and Videographer
Joined on Jun 20, 2015
About me:

Owner of LMV Productions Company.Owner of Troy, live music photography. We at LMV Productions shoot usually 6 cameras at live music events . We edit them for TV use and are in the process of making a series for a local PBS channel. Also we do music videos for bands or musicians.

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On article Nikon Z 50mm F1.2 S sample gallery (249 comments in total)

Nikon is really killing the competition in the lens department. Virtually no lens breathing on an f/1.2 is crazy good . So many of their lenses have a cinema quality design but without that super huge price tag and with autofocus.
If people don’t see what they are getting for the price their crazy. Many of the times when testing we don’t here much on lens breathing unless testing for video. This is a property mostly for cinema lenses that cost astronomical prices and it’s hard to do and design out all the other aberrations . Take this into account and think about it , Nikon is kick some super butt . Bravo Nikon

Link | Posted on May 12, 2022 at 13:08 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies
On article Nikon Z 50mm F1.2 S sample gallery (249 comments in total)
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Dr_J: There's no denying that there are some great benefits of having a lens this fast. But at the same time with great power comes great responsibility, i.e. you really need to know how to use it properly.
Maybe it's just me, but in the first photo there is just too little DOF. The man with the dog looks like a cardboard cutout superimposed over the blurry background.

Like most super corrected lenses with many elements the image looses the inner tonal detail. The subjects loose shape and dimension. The subject image looses the details of light and shadow or all the different shades of grey. Then it looses shape or “roundness “ but has sharpened high resolution edge detail
This gives that cardboard 2d cutout look . It’s becoming the look of the future. The really good Zeiss and Leica lenses may not win the “tests” and cost a ton but many not all have the microcontrast to give shape and dimension to a subject at a big wide open aperture.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2022 at 12:49 UTC
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M Lammerse: Is it possible to connect this directly to a Z9 camera of Nikon by USB-C and copy images/video on the fly to that drive....I guess not?

The Z9 usbc is for charging though. For the Atomos it is an hdmi ( out ) . I don’t know how these things work but for the hdmi it’s usually an ( in ) or an (out )

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2022 at 15:41 UTC
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M Lammerse: Is it possible to connect this directly to a Z9 camera of Nikon by USB-C and copy images/video on the fly to that drive....I guess not?

If so that would be an inexpensive option over the internal cards for video. I’d go that route. That’s one reason my production company uses the Atomos recorders and captures ProRes HQ. Nikon has that in camera. So no recorder then USBC out to the T7 would be inexpensive and a small compact system for sure .

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2022 at 13:07 UTC
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Indohydra: I believe the consensus is that there is no longer any advantage in using Leica lenses over Sony GM.

Like others are saying there is the “look” different lenses produce over others . And as for Sony lenses I have several G and G Master lenses. Their “look” is ugly . I do video for live music and the background lighting of Sony GM lenses is downright ugly . The lenses themselves don’t render any special quality. I just saw a comparison review of the Sony 20mm G f/1.8 vs the Sigma Contemporary i series 20mm f/2.0 by Tony Northrop . The Sony WON the tests . But I have that 20mm Sony lens and the 24 and 35mm GM lenses. I also for live music videography and photography purchased the 65mn and 90mm Sigma o
i series for their distinct “look” at how they flare , ghost , render background lighting ect . I even purchased a Sigma 28mm art for my gimbal work over the Sony 24 and 35 GM lenses as my now Main gimbal stage lens . The Sigma has a better look to the background lighting and a natural vignette that draws the viewers eye .
So these Leica lenses have the “Leica Look “ .

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2022 at 13:50 UTC
On article Nikon announces $730 660GB CFexpress Type B memory card (150 comments in total)

I’m sure the price of this card will come down . People are not wanting to pay the price of the Delkins . Buy several card and you can buy another camera or nice lens . I understand you’re buying speed and reliability while shooting the highest video RAW codecs and this will maintain the fastest speeds . So the cost !

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2022 at 13:27 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies

Steve you’re a class act brother.
I have watched your videos and read your articles since I started into digital photography about 8 years ago. Pretty sure it’s been that long seems way shorter.
I started with a Nikon d7000 and now have three Nikon dslrs the d500,810 and d850 along with the Sony a7siii.
The Z9 will be one of the next bodies I get but probably not this lens .
I love the review you have done of this Nikon Z , 800 f/6.3 PF .
This is definitely a lens I’d love to have and is so affordable.
I shoot live music videography and photography. My long lens is the Nikon 400mm f/3.5 ais . Love this lens and talk about a buttery smooth bokeh, ooooooooooo so nice .
I will definitely be watching for the next test you do for this phenomenal lens .
Thanks for all you do for the photographers out there! You are very appreciated by us brother!!!

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2022 at 13:14 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
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whitelens: Steve does not annoyingly scream " I KNOW PHOTO", but the pictures he takes tell me that he definitely does. Great shots, as usual.

Definitely a class act .

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2022 at 13:03 UTC
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Francis85: 'just' 600 dollars for a 512Gb card...
Prices are going insane these days.

I love having the internal fast storage and good codecs to work with in camera. We shoot video at festivals and need tons of storage . Much of it is for shows we make for tv or our YouTube channel. We shoot both at the same quality. We shoot mostly to 1tb sdd cards out to Atomos recorders. These are $110-135 each vs these cards .
It’s tough trying to afford storage and speed for higher codecs .
The Nikon Z9 has the CF Express B cards and can shoot ProRes HQ internal. At the moment this is the least expensive super fast cards .
CF Express A’s are stupid high in price . So for my Sony a7siii I shoot these V90s . I did away with the Atomos with it for compactness.
You pay for a small foot print

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2022 at 16:13 UTC
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NatuRaOx2: I like the look and ordered 5 rolls of each 35mm and 120 straight off .
I shoot people a lot and live music in particular. With how this is rendering skin , highlights and shadows I think it’ll give me the “look” I’m wanting.

@4photos thanks a lot brother for the info , much love

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2022 at 10:48 UTC
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NatuRaOx2: I like the look and ordered 5 rolls of each 35mm and 120 straight off .
I shoot people a lot and live music in particular. With how this is rendering skin , highlights and shadows I think it’ll give me the “look” I’m wanting.

@Greg Ohio yes iso can get crazy shooting live music and the right venue or what I’d do with this is shoot it for band pics or artists pics .
Many of my video setup I set lighting for is for iso 640-800 for our cameras.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2022 at 22:24 UTC

I like the look and ordered 5 rolls of each 35mm and 120 straight off .
I shoot people a lot and live music in particular. With how this is rendering skin , highlights and shadows I think it’ll give me the “look” I’m wanting.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2022 at 14:52 UTC as 3rd comment | 11 replies
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bergat: I don't know why Nikon is not able to build the new lenses made by metal and not by plastic

Maybe one day again if they can make their comeback from the brinks of hell .

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2022 at 12:03 UTC
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Imager of: Micro 4/3rds is so 2010! We’ve moved on now. Full frame and larger please.

For sure

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2022 at 17:35 UTC
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AvailableMight: Are M43 cams still used? 4x3 monitors are gone %-P

We have a metabones adapter for our gh4 to give it a ff image and better low light capabilities. This is to compete with our ff and apsc cameras otherwise it can’t give us a quality image in low light . The small sensors have gotten better but so has everything else bigger. Bottom line is for the future of what I do and the large majority of videographers our photography also is so important. It’s a hybrid world that is demanding on equipment and lighting situations . The smaller sensors can make beautiful imagery but are less versatile. The ff sensor is so easily accessible and easily produces a better image in a wider range of applications. We need Swiss Army Knives these days .

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2022 at 17:34 UTC
On article Hands-on with Nikon Nikkor Z 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 VR S (290 comments in total)
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User122621: When asked about the focus motor and whether there are any trade-offs, Barney Britton said:

"There definitely is - there's also a tradeoff in video AF performance. But we don't want to overplay this - the 100-400mm (referring to the Nikon's Z) isn't a 'slow' lens for focus by any means."

I am glad Nikon prioritizes Video performance unlike the other 100-400 in the market. Better Video AF and No Focus Breathing which plagues the other mount system.

I’m so glad for this too . I’m not into the Z system yet but still dslrs from Nikon and a Sony a7siii. Do wish Nikon had better manual focus built into their Z body lenses to make them more like an old manual focus lens . Make nice for putting gears on the lens and pulling focus and good consistent stop and start points. Make them with more damping too
But other than that they are killing it with these new lenses

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2021 at 16:58 UTC
On article Hands-on with Nikon Nikkor Z 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 VR S (290 comments in total)
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Savviest: Sigh, I go to the comment section to see what other Nikon users think and what do I find? A litany of disparaging comments from insufferable Sony fantrolls that are out of control here at DPReview.
I have never seen anything quite like this from the users of other systems. Only the Sony fantrolls seem to have the urge to take over the comment section of any article or review about something not released by or for Sony. They are really giving Sony users a bad reputation.

It’s the anti trolling comments that generate the most posts and stirr the controversy.
Just ignore the Sony fan boys . I got me a Sony a7siii this summer to go along with my 3 other Nikon bodies and almost 30 Nikkor lenses going back to 1960. I’m adapting old manual focus Nikkors. I needed a camera body that will do mostly what the Z9 does but needed it now not a year from now . I was waiting for the Z9 but it wasn’t coming so grabbed me a Sony . I’m now going to go into the Sony video camera line and the Nikon Z body line too .
The Z9 and a Sony fx6 will be my next two cameras.
Don’t hate but innOvate y’all

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2021 at 16:47 UTC
On article Hands-on with Nikon Nikkor Z 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 VR S (290 comments in total)
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Savviest: This lens continues to tempt me, but for now I think I will stick with my 300mm f/4 Phase Fresnal and 1.4TCIII combo (which is a pound lighter) than this new zoom.

The long telephoto Z lens I am really looking forward to is the Z 400mm f/4 or 4.5 Phase Fresnel. I had better start saving up for that one now. It's probably gonna be at least $3,500.

I like the Zoom aspect it prefer a constant aperture. I also see a little quality difference in prime photos . There is just less glass and you get a bit better microcontrast.
That said having a Zoom is so handy too but like them with a large aperture and constant. Constant f/4 or f/2.8. But whatever happened to f/3.2 lenses of the 70’s and 80’s . I have a 400mm f/3.5 Nikkor and the dof is so shallow there is almost no need for f/2.8 except a touch more light .

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2021 at 16:39 UTC
On article Sony a7 IV sample gallery (DPReview TV) (141 comments in total)
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Kenneth Arthur Owen: Thanks for the samples.
Here's a thing:
For any given camera hardware combo, can you reliably quantify the 'number of keepers per number of individual shots attempted' in a rapidly varying shooting situation?
I cover events, I have to get the shots - not whinge over the ones that got away because I was faffing with settings or general clunkiness. Ultimate image quality is not a priority for me.

Yes I know what you mean about getting in the way (I think) . I shoot live music and festivals . I need to feel a natural flow to my photography. Like in the ol film days moving and focusing and clicking . I have this Sony a7siii and feel this . It’s so easy with single point af tracking .

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2021 at 14:20 UTC
On article Sony a7 IV sample gallery (DPReview TV) (141 comments in total)
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semorg: No video?
I guess Jordan and Chris are working on the Z9 review.

Hope so !!! That is the camera I want but this Sony is probably the I will get .
I have both Sony and Nikon F glass so I’m staying in both systems. $2500 is much easier to come up with and it will do 90% of what I need .

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2021 at 09:31 UTC
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