tex

Lives in United States baltimore, MD, United States
Works as a Artist, visual arts professional
Joined on Nov 22, 2003
About me:

Working artist [photography only one aspect], MFA. Began photography 1978 (1967 as a kid), 35mm, MF and LF photography, darkroom. Independent curator, art wrangler, fine arts repro photographer, appraiser; former collegiate gallery director, former program director for an alternative space, 10 yrs undergraduate teaching, 2 yrs chair of the department; Exhibits specialist at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Former supermoderator of the late Lightcrafts' LightZone forums. Co-founder and webmaster of The LightZone Project, www.lightzoneproject.org

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hmmm...this looks better than I remember the film looking (used it all the time way back when). So: is it?, or are we looking at digital processing?

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2018 at 16:40 UTC as 84th comment

Sigh....wish the Pentax people were half as cool, and responsive to their customers, as this guy. Maybe Sigma can get big enough to buy Pentax?

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2018 at 15:20 UTC as 81st comment | 1 reply
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Clyde Thomas: Good day for Canon fans!

I'm a Sony shooter, and a Canon fan.

I used to be a Canon shooter and a Minolta fan.
Minolta shooter and a Nikon fan.
Nikon shooter and an Olympus fan.
Olympus shooter and a Yashica fan.

I never shot with a Pentax. Pentax is for weirdos.

I'm a weirdo, shooting professionally, 645Z and K1 converted now to mkII. And all of my Z lenses are downward compatible if I wish through a native adapter. If I had to get out of Pentax, I'd move back to Sony I think based on what I'm seeing from Nikon and Canon.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2018 at 12:44 UTC

A luxury photo product to be sure, but definitely will taste better than a Leica. Me, I'll just use the money for more whisky.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2018 at 14:19 UTC as 62nd comment
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tex: Sigh. Sure wish Pentax would send their marketing people over to Sony to learn a thing or two.....

Oh, and one other thing: Huge kudos to Sony for the Alpha Female program. Compared to the mis-steps at Nikon and Canon, not only enlightened, but cutthroat as well. Sony don't mess around....

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2018 at 15:05 UTC

Sigh. Sure wish Pentax would send their marketing people over to Sony to learn a thing or two.....

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2018 at 14:55 UTC as 185th comment | 2 replies

Hmmmmm....So, no mention of Sony at all? Seems odd, considering Sony did this with APSC and FF, and 4/3 is looking more and more like a shrinking niche (I'm an Oly fan, had those cameras from 2002 to 2010, not a h8r). And, only Nikon and Canon are "major players" at this point? Well, at least that's been defined now. Glad to see the reference to Pentax, though. Nice bit of forgotten history. But overall, it's good to see Panny and Oly getting this credit for innovation.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2018 at 13:37 UTC as 179th comment | 4 replies
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tex: You answer a question below about why it took a while to get this review up, and said that the process was interrupted but now you had a chance to get another copy.

Will you be making the effort to do that with the 645Z? It would seem to me now, that even after all this time, it would make sense to get reviews up for all of the "affordable" DMF cameras. I wouldn't think it would be that hard to get a Z, maybe from Lens Rentals? They have them, and you seem to have a friendly relationship with them.

@ Richard Butler.
Thanks for taking the time to reply, and for giving a clear account of DPR's situation. Thanks also for acknowledging that the situation is unfortunate, and I believe you when you say you would prefer it to be otherwise. I'm not certain I entirely agree that there have been other reviews that DPR wouldn't have added to with at least some different nuances. It's a real pity, as both the D and the Z were truly groundbreaking cameras.

I'll only add that in the event that Pentax comes out with a successor, that DPR ought to redouble its efforts to prioritize and complete that review.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2018 at 21:22 UTC
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tex: I guess this makes sense? I found the parallel companies a little confusing---I have products from both. Mindshift is the better value, IMO, for the most part. The belt system is an exception.

@panther fan:
I've got the Mindshift Dual 36L, and it is excellent. I can carry both my 645Z and a few lenses (depends on which ones I pick...) plus my backup K1 and a few lenses, plus flashes, chargers, and etc. It still fits in the overhead bin, and is within regs (as long as they don't weigh it!). Great for travel, and the bag itself does not weigh much. Plus, all that weight rides fine on my back, so that is also well designed. My Think Tank stuff is not as well designed....

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2018 at 19:58 UTC

You answer a question below about why it took a while to get this review up, and said that the process was interrupted but now you had a chance to get another copy.

Will you be making the effort to do that with the 645Z? It would seem to me now, that even after all this time, it would make sense to get reviews up for all of the "affordable" DMF cameras. I wouldn't think it would be that hard to get a Z, maybe from Lens Rentals? They have them, and you seem to have a friendly relationship with them.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2018 at 19:51 UTC as 108th comment | 7 replies

I guess this makes sense? I found the parallel companies a little confusing---I have products from both. Mindshift is the better value, IMO, for the most part. The belt system is an exception.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2018 at 17:52 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
On article Review: The Wandrd Prvke is a near-perfect camera bag (342 comments in total)

Don't see how this is superior to the Mindshift line. Their Ultralight Dual 36L is pretty hard to beat, for instance (and has a camera cube...)

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2018 at 03:20 UTC as 89th comment | 1 reply
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(unknown member): Because this is a tech site, and just to put the cat among the pigeons:

The cameras used to produce these images are –

Specialist astro-photography gear - 4
Canon dslr – 4
Nikon dslr – 2

No Sony, Fuji, Olympus, Pany, Pentax. No ‘mirrorless’, just proper cameras.

Um, excuse me? "just proper cameras"...? Well, this tells us much more about you than anything else.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2018 at 00:42 UTC

Ummmm...Haven't pinhole cameras always been affordable?

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2018 at 17:18 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On article Video: 6 in-camera video transitions in 120 seconds (30 comments in total)
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falconeyes: Nothing beats the "bone-club and a satellite in orbit", the two subjects of the "graphic match cut" in "2001 A Space Odyssey".

Hmmmm...unless it's Lawrence of Arabia match to sunrise (which was amplified by a previous scene involving the match...)

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2018 at 18:03 UTC
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Jonathan Mac: The real problem with copying negatives using a digital camera is not the lighting or holding the film flat but getting the colours and contrast right in post-processing. It's amazing there's still no simple tool for doing this.

@PhilDunn: Got one, but it's a process. If this is simpler, then....

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2018 at 21:30 UTC
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Jonathan Mac: The real problem with copying negatives using a digital camera is not the lighting or holding the film flat but getting the colours and contrast right in post-processing. It's amazing there's still no simple tool for doing this.

@Jonathan Mac: right you are, but then there's loads of family snapz stuff where the only thing that could be called "critical" is ok focus. Digitizing all of the negs we have of family stuff from years and years ago daunts me, and I've got a good scanner. I'd be happy with a simple down-and-dirty solution for a ton of stuff, and wouldn't be hyper sensitive about correct color or contrast for those things.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2018 at 16:14 UTC

Want it!

Link | Posted on May 15, 2018 at 20:15 UTC as 38th comment
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1542 comments in total)
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hikerdoc: Sounds like they are going to retest it. That should move it up to Silver award, AF will reemerge as the point of discussion, it will move up from budget option to the top tier listings in ‘Best Landscape Cameras, a comment section of similar length will ensue. Hopefully the level of angst unleashed by the exposure here translates into actual sales numbers sufficient to meet corporate expectations.

@silversalts: you may be right about the score, and I'm glad that R.B. is instigating a re-test. But I'll point out that there are cons in the K1II list (heavy and bulky, for instance...)that don't appear in the D850 review---but the D850 is only 5 grams lighter but significantly bulkier...So, hopefully not only do we get a re-shoot of the test shots, and a re-evaluation there, but also a more even-handed pro-con list. BTW, the D850 is almost 2x the cost, and while it has some things the K1II doesn't, the K1II has several important things the D850 doesn't...I think all of these sorts of things need to be taken into account, to be fair.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2018 at 16:05 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (791 comments in total)
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tex: What interests me most about this is not the problem or the fix---I've come to expect problems from one thing or another in my entire life, and appreciate fixes whenever they come about. Like other problems, this one seems to occur under certain circumstances? But when it does it does look a bit serious. Artifacts are of concern to those of us who have exacting standards, or who must work to imposed exacting standards.

What interests me more are the reactions, both from DPR staff and among posters here so far, which seem to me to be demonstrating implicit/unintentional bias in every direction, both in favor of Sony and against it. It is interesting to me because it puts the lie to the concept of complete and total objectivity and neutrality. I don't expect such from readers. But at this point in DPR's development, I do rather want to see more neutrality from DPR. It's (past) time for some independent editorial review mechanism.

@Eric Hensel. Not an interesting concept, but an impossibility. Knowing that is all the more reason to develop a mechanism to backstop the editorial process with independent review.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 16:24 UTC
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