tex

Lives in United States baltimore, MD, United States
Works as a Artist, visual arts professional
Has a website at www.texandrewsart.com
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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pookipichu: Zhong Yi, anyone, please come out with new lenses for the Pentax 645Z, please.

@Teila Day Mostly agree, although maybe IBIS is a big challenge above FF? But I do think the Fuji situation is developing in such a way (now the pro support, and those 3rd party fast lenses, although I think they're a bit of a gimmick...) that Pentax needs to do a thing or two. Why not refresh that 45? It's the only "dud" of the old lenses (and not that big a dud...) Basically all the older lenses could be given a coatings refresh---Pentax ought to offer a refurb path for our lenses, that would be cool to get new coatings. I think they could redo some lenses as WR also, and they need that T/S lens, which they could do with maybe the 45 from the 6x7 line...And then they really need a wide prime to take the place of the discontinued 25. Oh, and support....

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 20:33 UTC
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obsolescence: Both K-1 and 645Z need a range of T-S lenses to make them really useful architectural and studio photography cams.

@obsolescence. That's because they are weird people ;-} Not as enlightened as museum folk. We would never accept the distortions that come with forcing verticals beyond the reasonable. Of course most of our work is of smaller stuff, not some 40 plus story building. Then there's Gehry---how would one know it's distorted? (again, smirking...). In all seriousness, though, a lot of time in interiors you can get those straight lines if you've got a good lens to begin with plus PP. I feel like T/S or shift lenses are more outdoor things, unless it's a very big interior space, like a train station...But I'll assume you know best as an architectural photographer . It really is a pity Pentax hasn't done something here...they have the 6x7 designs! Enough circle there I would think to make a 645 T/S....

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 20:22 UTC
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pookipichu: Zhong Yi, anyone, please come out with new lenses for the Pentax 645Z, please.

Oops, yes, brain infarction. Long day is all I can say, on my 15th hour with 3 to go...

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 23:21 UTC
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pookipichu: Zhong Yi, anyone, please come out with new lenses for the Pentax 645Z, please.

Yes, since the flange back distance is greater in the Z, these might be able to adapt just as Samyang's have for E-mount. Might....

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 22:20 UTC
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attomole: Almost completely pointless

Continued...

As to what consumers want? Don't ask me! I think social media is stupid, so what do I know? I bet it will come down to price. I can certainly see this sort of thing being sold alongside wedding videos, for instance, for other events, music videos, in the construction trades, forensics, military applications, surveillance, and a host of other things.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 20:07 UTC
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attomole: Almost completely pointless

Indeed, as you say, in many instances one wants to see around an object that is centrally located, but in those cases standard VR techniques can be applied, or the accessibility issue is less of a problem---the wheelchair bound may have more or less as good a view of something as anyone else.

It's in limited access room situations that we run into a problem, or in historic homes or even archaeological sites where making something truly accessible is either prohibitively expensive, or compromises the site, or is just plain impossible. In these cases we are indeed more in a situation of central viewer looking out and around themselves. The addition of , in this case, the K1's excellent still files to enhance the detail at key points really makes this kind of wonderful. The project we did was great, but a little lo-res overall, I guess 1080. Decent, but you could see the dots. How I wish we'd been able to use this system if it had been ready. Would've been killer.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 20:03 UTC
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attomole: Almost completely pointless

well, for most it probably is. But at my museum we have a real use for this. In our latest exhibition we had to provide some kind of user experience to meet ADA requirements---we had several installations that could not be made accessible for the wheelchair bound. We went with VR, and partnered with Samsung on the phones and goggles. It was pretty good! And now the rest of the Smithsonian system is looking into it. I predict every museum, historic home, & etc will be getting on board with this tech within only several years. It's far, far cheaper than any other alternatives (construction...). Add in the ability to include hi-res captures from the K1 (see link in my post below) , and you've really got something. Like I said below, I sort of had your attitude (not as harsh...) until I saw it in action, then saw how it could be used to solve a real problem.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 11:49 UTC

I never thought I'd be interested in this sort of thing, but after seeing one demo'd last fall at PhotoExpo, I actually am intrigued. Then I saw this: https://pentaxrumors.com/2017/02/26/ricohs-multi-imaging-technology-connects-a-pentax-k-1-with-a-theta-s/

Then I got REAL interested. Biggest issues for me: current models had limited storage, it wasn't swappable, and no connector/adapter for mains power.

Fix those things in the new one (another version can already do this, but at 2K), and I'm in. BTW, I met a professional photographer at my museum shooting something I had worked on, and he was on his 3rd Theta. He loves it.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 17:03 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
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DPPMetro: What's funny is that everyone was claiming (with no evidence) on the Pentax forums that the next update for the K-1 would fix lots of problems and enhance features and then they release this puny update that doesn't do anything. Almost seems like it was released to give some signs of life in the company after the credible Nikkei report about the questionable future of Ricoh in photo imaging.

I'm getting a clearer picture now of why the mods elsewhere are deleting your posts....

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 14:56 UTC
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AndreStMaur: I still have an A850 and use it regularly. It is quite competent compared with present cameras, if you don't need faster frame rate than 4 pictures/s and can live with an AF system that is accurate but not blazingly fast. The viewfinder is a joy to use, the noise level is not as high as people believe in raw mode, dynamic range is quite good, etc... It is actually interesting to see that "reviews" exaggerate the difference between cameras and that the progresses have been much smaller in practice than one would believe. Unless you really want to photograph the milky way or need extreme dynamic range, the prints will be just as good as the ones from the latest and greatest.

Yes, in that time period I didn't find the noise a problem at all. Had a decent grain-like look. And remember, I am pretty sure those were the days when both Nikon and Canon were serving up raws that weren't really raw, as reported here and elsewhere---and part od that was applied NR you couldn't turn off.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 16:53 UTC

This helps to be sure. I do rather feel that the Image Transmitter software should have come with the Z, or else ought to be discounted for Z owners. I wouldn't balk at the $199 price tag if it was fabulous software, but it isn't.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 16:48 UTC as 4th comment
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obsolescence: Both K-1 and 645Z need a range of T-S lenses to make them really useful architectural and studio photography cams.

That would be best, but there is Hartblei. I have a 45 shift from them. Also, though, while not optimal to be sure, today's PP corrections work pretty well for many things, especially if you are not trying to fully correct (which I think looks very odd...)

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 16:45 UTC

I first saw this at a PDN PhotoExpo show in NYC, and was really surprised and impressed. Was also pretty impressed with the price. It was quite a camera when launched, and several sites were comparing it to DMF output. Shots being uploaded with the Zony 16-35 really wowed me.

Then along came the A850, the first sub $2K FF camera. Truly the first "affordable" FF camera I believe. That was a remarkable feat---and I was able to get it. Had been using an E-3, which I loved, but the A850 enabled me to get my photographic work close to where I really wanted it. Loved the camera, and used it alongside my A7R until I got my 645Z, when it became a trade-in sacrifice (as did the A7R later for a K1). It twanged my heartstrings to let it go.

The A900 and A850 were the cameras where Sony first threw down the gauntlet imo. It's been success after success and innovation after innovation since then. The Sony H8R's are starting to look pretty ridiculous now. Kudos to Sony.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 12:10 UTC as 82nd comment
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)

Sigh...so, first of all, 1041 posts in 7 hours has to be a record?
2, Canon and Nikon are not dead, for gawd's sake. It's idiotic to say so.
3, yes, this is a terrific camera, and Sony really is moving the ball down the field, all you dumb H8R's.

We'll see soon how well it works in fact. If it does, then it's a significant advancement. If it has issues, even significant ones, it's still notable for pushing the envelope. Meanwhile, digital medium format is also getting better and cheaper. Meanwhile, APSC is also getting better. Meanwhile the video capabilities of these devices are getting better. And all of this in the midst of an overall shrinking digital camera-only market (because phones are also cameras now, so, actually, the digital camera market is growing....).

I have never seen such amazing photography gear, and I go back into the '60's. Can't any of you be happy? wow, man....

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 23:25 UTC as 143rd comment | 1 reply
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)
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Retzius: If they get the AF right this could be a real shot across the bow of Canon and Nikon. Nice work!

More like a broadside than a shot across the bow.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:05 UTC
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Wye Photography: The one thing that really outrages me is how easily people are outraged.

Well, what amazes me how little outrage there is about major issues....

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 14:25 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (899 comments in total)
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MarkInDallas: Gold? What the hell Rishi? I thought this camera sucked?

"Pick up a Phase One with 100MP back, or a Pentax 645Z, & try & get pixel-sharp images hand-held without workarounds like Mirror Up & Live View AF, & you'll appreciate how easy it is to get them w/ the Fuji - all the while getting Fujifilm's beautiful color science."
???? Not my experience with the 645Z, nor the experience of those using the camera over at Pentax Forums dot com in the Medium Format forum there.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 17:20 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (899 comments in total)
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zakaria: May I ask
Gold award against whom.
May I ask again why reviewing the new Fuji while the Pentax 645z is with you since a 2 years +.
Dpr I dont understand you.

@ Richard Butler:
Do you need me to send you my Z and several lenses for you to complete your review? Actually, I will be in Seattle for several weeks doing an install (Yayoi Kusama) for the Seattle Museum of Art beginning May 31st and I can bring it with me---was going to anyway. No, I am not being sarcastic or facetious. I am serious.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 23:34 UTC

Well, apparently NFP: Not For Pentax....

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 20:46 UTC as 28th comment | 16 replies
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illumidata: Wow, 1100+ posts and rising.

That sure was some quality bait...

@kodachromeguy
Exactly. I just gave up my last MF film camera this past fall.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 16:38 UTC
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