weisman

weisman

Lives in United States NY, United States
Has a website at http://www.tomweisphoto.com
Joined on Jun 4, 2008

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I wish I still had my Ricoh GR1... I could sell it now for a million bucks.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2020 at 00:21 UTC as 36th comment
On article Tested: Four travel tripods for every budget (355 comments in total)

Articles like this continue to perpetuate the major brands, and c'mon only 4 tripods compared?

The best travel tripod I've found is the 3 Legged Thing Punks Brian Travel Tripod.
• Carbon fiber.
• Maximum height: 187 cm / 74” taller than any of the tripods in this article, and primarily why I bought this tripod.
• Minimum height of just 11 cm / 4.33”.
• Detachable monopod leg.
• Feet unscrew to accept optional cleats, etc.
• Tripod Weight 1.45kg / 3.0 lbs
• Load Capacity - 14 kg / 30 lbs - OK take that with a grain of salt, but if true that gives this tripod a 10:1 Max Load to Weight Ratio. Besides, how many of us plan to travel with a single 30 pound camera & lens combo?
• Responsive customer service via email.
• The ball head is top notch.
• $299

3 Legged Thing makes a variety of other lightweight travel tripods if you need one really small. I don't work for the company - I'm merely a satisfied customer.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2020 at 01:22 UTC as 60th comment | 1 reply
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Kharan: The problem isn't "excessive competition" - it's iteration without innovation. All of the Japanese manufacturers have been stuck in this toxic loop for a decade now, and seem hellbent on self-destruction.

Where are the full photographic systems, like there used to be in the '60s and '70s? Not just lenses, but the whole shebang - viewfinders, flashes, grips, connectors, and a million other things that 3rd parties produce now?
Where is the proper smartphone/social media integration? One that is fast and seamless?
Where is the modularity, to prevent cameras from becoming "obsolete" so quickly?
And then, the existing equipment is already tremendously good, so why upgrade?
Where are the products to attract younger clients?
Where are the solutions to people's real problems? And no, "train/horse/flying turd AF" isn't that, as aren't more megapixels.

There's just so much wrong with this industry :(

"...viewfinders, flashes, grips, connectors, and a million other things that 3rd parties produce now?"

Have you seen the prices of the OEM grips and flash units? One Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight = 4 Godox flashes, and the Godox has a transceiver system that is very good. Nikon crippled the SB-5000 by only including the receiver... gotta spend more $$$ for the transmitter that only works with a few Nikon bodies.

I feel the days of the $500 on camera flash are over unless you're a Profoto user. Nikon gave up on vertical grips for the same reason... no provision for a vertical grip on the Z bodies, or the D780.

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"There's just so much wrong with this industry..."

I've always gotten the impression that camera engineers have never actually worked as photographers. Do you think any of them have photographed a wedding? A riot? Professional sporting event? I doubt it because if they did they wouldn't make some of the idiotic design decisions they make.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2020 at 04:31 UTC
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Kharan: The problem isn't "excessive competition" - it's iteration without innovation. All of the Japanese manufacturers have been stuck in this toxic loop for a decade now, and seem hellbent on self-destruction.

Where are the full photographic systems, like there used to be in the '60s and '70s? Not just lenses, but the whole shebang - viewfinders, flashes, grips, connectors, and a million other things that 3rd parties produce now?
Where is the proper smartphone/social media integration? One that is fast and seamless?
Where is the modularity, to prevent cameras from becoming "obsolete" so quickly?
And then, the existing equipment is already tremendously good, so why upgrade?
Where are the products to attract younger clients?
Where are the solutions to people's real problems? And no, "train/horse/flying turd AF" isn't that, as aren't more megapixels.

There's just so much wrong with this industry :(

@Shadowfox3141 - the ergonomics would sort of suck

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2020 at 04:19 UTC
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Mitrajoon: Too bad they haven't listened to customers and folks like Thom Hogan who have repeatedly exhorted them to come into the 21st century and improve the usability of their cameras rather than focusing on cramming more pixels into their sensors. Ironically, improving their UI's would probably be a lot cheaper than redesigning and manufacturing new hardware.

Yes, improving the UI of all the cameras, but also why not add Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. to the camera itself for super quick and easy uploads? Why is there no Nikon, Sony, Canon App store? Why not add web browsers to cameras? Most new-ish cameras have WiFi, Bluetooth, and HDMI outputs - hook up the camera to an LCD display (or just use the camera display), pair it with a wireless keyboard & mouse, hop onto WiFi and you're online with your camera. Hell, add Photoshop to the camera too, for those who want it.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2020 at 04:16 UTC
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User7146803616: The i-phone photographic competition proves what you can get out of a mobile is only limited by the imagination of the photographer.

As to routine studio photography, the mobile phone can far more agile than any DSLR or mirrorless as a recent job proved - photographing the assembly of a prototype for a manual. The customer is more than happy with with pictures not quite in minutes but pretty quick, the manual is a digitally printed download and no adverse comments on picture quality. The only concession to traditional photography is a bespoke tripod mount. And the phone - an Apple SE.

The Nikon D810 and a very recent D780 have been left on the shelf, making me begin to question why I bought the D780 in the first place.

If all you need is the iPhone then great for you. I need to be able to use flash and studio strobes with light modifiers. Yes I know about the Godox A1, but it sucks. I also need telephoto lenses.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2020 at 03:59 UTC
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rhlpetrus: Well, yes, likely more changes, mergers, buyouts, failures will follow. Just classical Shumpeterian capitalist destruction, not always creative. Sony and Canon will survive, possibly Leica and Hassy, Nikon may go the way of Olympus, concentrate no other areas, who knows. There will always be a few camera companies.

On 30 June 2011, private equity firm Ventizz announced it had acquired a 100% stake in Hasselblad.

In late 2015, aerial photography and drone manufacturer DJI acquired a minority interest in Hasselblad. In early January 2017 DJI acquired the majority interest.

In July 2018, DJI's Mavic 2 PRO drone was advertised by UK based retail shopping company Argos. This drone was the first to carry a camera featuring the Hasselblad branding.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2020 at 03:52 UTC
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Frank C.: Camera sales
2010 = x
2020 = .1x
2030 = .01x
look out below!

Just wish the Leica zoom lenses were constant f2.8...

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2020 at 03:46 UTC
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JackM: That stupid m4/3 sensor looks comically small in that big body. Rest In Pieces.

The Olympus system delivered on it's promise to me - smaller, lighter, sharp lenses even wide open, great IBIS, true 1/250th flash sync, face & eye detection, 2 card slots, fantastic ergonomics. I can cover an all-day event like a wedding and my back doesn't hurt at the end of the day. The image noise "problem" is over-stated. The files look great printed at 16x20 if you know how to properly expose.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2020 at 03:41 UTC
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QuarryCat: But the Nikkor is by far to heavy
As the Sigma 120-300
and both are impractical frontheavy.
I like 2.8/300 mm a lot more.
And the Nikon price is crazy.

I agree $10K is not an insignificant amount of money, but a working photographer who feels this lens gives him/her an edge when shooting photojournalism or sports or whatever could borrow the money, and write off the depreciation and/or loan payments over the next 3 - 5 years.

An entity like the Associated Press, Reuters, a major publication, a production house, or a rental house (See what i did there?) might buy several of these.

As for the weight, I suggest a monopod.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2020 at 02:48 UTC

Hmmm I'm puzzled by the lack of battery power, especially with TTL and HSS as features. I'm trying to decide if the prices are reasonable... less than Profoto anyway.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2020 at 05:22 UTC as 6th comment
On article Nikon interview: "We’re at a transitional stage" (495 comments in total)
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weisman: • Only 1 card slot.
• Eye & tracking AF not nearly as good as Sony.
• Frame rate sucks with AF-C.
• No two-button reset or format.
• Nikon does not recommend user sensor cleaning. Really? At least Canon protects the sensor with the shutter when changing lenses.
• No vertical release grip, not even a PROVISION for a vertical release grip (none on the D780 either - what is going on here?). Lame battery grip is an Epic Fail.
• No flip out screen. Seriously??
• The Zs can't be used while charging the battery in the camera via USB-C.
• The battery can't be charged with an external battery pack via USB-C. It has to be plugged into the wall.
• Nikon dumbed down the true flash sync from 1/250th to 1/200th.
• No dedicated Z class speedlight w/ green AF assist beam and transceiver. Never mind - a Nikon flash like this would cost $700. Godox is just fine.

Not buying into the Z system until they fix these problems. It's sad because the lens lineup is looking promising, but great glass on a crippled camera doesn't help me.

I wish Mr. Britton had been more aggressive in addressing these glaring shortcomings of the Z system.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2020 at 02:42 UTC
On article Nikon interview: "We’re at a transitional stage" (495 comments in total)

• Only 1 card slot.
• Eye & tracking AF not nearly as good as Sony.
• Frame rate sucks with AF-C.
• No two-button reset or format.
• Nikon does not recommend user sensor cleaning. Really? At least Canon protects the sensor with the shutter when changing lenses.
• No vertical release grip, not even a PROVISION for a vertical release grip (none on the D780 either - what is going on here?). Lame battery grip is an Epic Fail.
• No flip out screen. Seriously??
• The Zs can't be used while charging the battery in the camera via USB-C.
• The battery can't be charged with an external battery pack via USB-C. It has to be plugged into the wall.
• Nikon dumbed down the true flash sync from 1/250th to 1/200th.
• No dedicated Z class speedlight w/ green AF assist beam and transceiver. Never mind - a Nikon flash like this would cost $700. Godox is just fine.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2020 at 02:42 UTC as 75th comment | 6 replies
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III review (1553 comments in total)
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DtBB: PROS:
-Joystick. FINALLY!!
-Better stabilisation: Was anyone even ASKING for more?

CONS:
-OLD sensor with ONLY 20mp. POOR resolution in 2016, POORER in 2020
-SAME 121 AF points (Even ol'a6300 has WAAAAY more)
-SAME 80mp HHRS?! Unless subject is perfectly STILL you endup with an ARTEFACT MESS!
-OLD body & NO improvement
-Still NO ISO 100? WHYY??
-SAME 18fps? GREAT! If you like ROLLING SHUTTER!
-SAME OLD EVF/LCD/12 bit files/etc
-NO 4k60?! Pana & Fuji have it!

How many times will they RE-release the SAME cam? Are you HANGING with CANON?

I wouldn't even be SURPRISED if the processor is the SAME but just with a NEW name!

This BARELY competed in the 2016 market, imagine how OUTDATED will be in 2024!!!

If you own the PREVIOUS model do yourself a FAVOUR & think THRICE before spending such cash for a JOYSTICK.

This cam should've been named E-M1 Mark 2.1. LOL!!!

And DON'T get me started on the PRICE! LOL!

Please refill your prescription for Clozapine.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 14:11 UTC
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HaroldC3: I guess Sony can breathe easier.

@Thoughts R Us
1. I agree the Sony ergonomics are terrible, but that's a personal choice which doesn't affect the level of "Pro" a camera possesses.

2. Today I attended the B&H Depth of Field conference, and listened to pro sports photographer Patrick Murphy-Racey say how the A9 Mk II is the greatest sports camera ever. Hmmmm maybe Sony is paying him? I have no idea. Anyway, he's a Pro and he's using the A9, and he loves it.

3. With regards to pros who have used Nikon or Canon their entire careers... yes of course much of operating a camera is muscle memory. I've used Nikon for 20+ years. Last year I bought an Olympus kit and it took months before I could operate that camera without thinking, AND to be able to switch back and forth between the two systems without going crazy. Overnight? No. Can an old dog learn new tricks? Sure, with time.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 05:11 UTC
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HaroldC3: I guess Sony can breathe easier.

@Thoughts R Us Please explain how the Sony A9 II is not a true pro body. Don't get me wrong I don't use Sony... just curious for your opinion.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 04:43 UTC

Hey you can lock it up with a Kensington cable lock... good for securing a remote (unattended) D6. Just sayin'.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 04:40 UTC as 171st comment
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MikeRan: Nothing very compelling here. Incremental upgrades over the D5 and the 1DXIII and A9II will likely outperform it handily...

"Handily"? Hmmm not so sure the performance differences will be that great.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 04:37 UTC
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iShootWideOpen: That's it?

Kinda how I felt too...

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 04:28 UTC

Other than the rubber pad, I don't see any anti-twist mechanism. I guess use this device with small-ish cameras and small-ish lenses.
Still I might get one for my E-M1 Mk II when using the 7-14mm for architecture shots. Hmmm...

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2020 at 20:03 UTC as 44th comment
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