SRHEdD

Lives in United States Viera, FL, United States
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SRHEdD: I'd take a good eye with a crap camera over a crap eye with a good camera any day. At my wedding some years ago, I asked my university Photo II class students to show up and shoot away. They loved shooting for their teacher, and getting a few beers and a piece of cake for their efforts. You never saw so many K1000s in one place in your life. Alas, I've just moved in the past week and the album is packed away still or I'd scan a couple to post. They were an insightful, creative, and vastly different group of photos (and films), and we loved them all.

We weren't lucky, we just had a different set of expectations. We did not require technically perfect photos, just photos of us and our friends celebrating a day. More akin to a shotgun versus a rifle. We had numbers in our favor, and photographers who were excited to participate, rather than a gear wrangler with an eye on his/her portfolio. I've personally photographed nearly 500 weddings with everything from a Pentax 67 to an Oly IS-10 to Leicas to Nikon D3s, never once did the camera jump up an make a stellar contribution on its own. I on the other hand I managed to get some decent shots out of all of them. I stopped when I woke up on wedding day dreading the hours ahead. More wedding photographers should consider the same path, and leave the work to those excited to shoot regardless of their camera. Nothing is worse at a wedding (and we've all seen it) than a passive-aggressive photographer wishing he/she was elsewhere, but wants the check.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 13:41 UTC

I'd take a good eye with a crap camera over a crap eye with a good camera any day. At my wedding some years ago, I asked my university Photo II class students to show up and shoot away. They loved shooting for their teacher, and getting a few beers and a piece of cake for their efforts. You never saw so many K1000s in one place in your life. Alas, I've just moved in the past week and the album is packed away still or I'd scan a couple to post. They were an insightful, creative, and vastly different group of photos (and films), and we loved them all.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 03:42 UTC as 204th comment | 7 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom (48 comments in total)

I had the Leica version!
https://www.dpreview.com/articles/7988880748/leicadigilux43

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 15:29 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (870 comments in total)

I was about to complain about the lack of an SD card reader, but then I remember I have/use a 3" Lightning to SD card reader with my phone. Love this little guy.

http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MJYT2AM/A/lightning-to-sd-card-camera-reader

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 12:31 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2157 comments in total)

I will say this VERY negative thing... I stopped by my local camera store last week and tried the SAL55300 on a LA-EA4 on my A6300, hoping on hope that it would suffice. Not even close. In broad daylight at ISO800, I still had a VERY low number of acceptably sharp shots. That's just CRAZY, and my hands don't really shake that much for an old guy. I need OSS or IBIS or VR whenever possible.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2016 at 19:40 UTC as 299th comment | 3 replies
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2157 comments in total)

I have both cameras, a Nikon Df for lowest light requirements, and a D7100 just save the others when I need to shoot a high number of frames (kids' lacrosse and football). They all serve me very well. I was happy to open the A6300 and get a better build quality and the ability to add my copyright info. That and similar to A6000 performance is perfect for me, I had no real complaints about the A6000 other than those two niggles. If I shoot APS-C, either Sony is preferable to the D7100, but the lack of a reasonable 300mm for the Sony keeps me using the 70-300VR on the D7100. The A7ii was a very nice camera, but the Nikon Df is a better tool for me. I may still go back to the A7ii though. It crosses my mind regularly that I miss the IBIS. The other two A7 bodies are just more than I care to spend. The biggest change for me over the years has been that I can have as many "systems" as I like. I don't have to choose one over the other when "both" is a perfectly fine answer.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2016 at 19:40 UTC as 300th comment | 1 reply
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (391 comments in total)

I bought a silver Nikon DF because it had only what I needed and was full frame. I have other cameras for function, but the DF is a blast to take out for the fun stuff. The Oly E-P5 is the same way for me but was replaced by the A6000, which does most everything well. I love the look of this one, too, just don't know if there is a hole in my bag for it.

I'm lucky to have seen most of the originals these new cameras are sorta based on, and lucky enough to be able to afford both a work bag and a fun bag of kit.

Great article. Pieces like this keep me coming back to dpreview, even after the Amazon tie-in tainted the actual reviews (IMHO).

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 22:32 UTC as 53rd comment
On article Nikon announces Coolpix AW130 and S33 rugged compacts (32 comments in total)

Don't overthink this camera, it is what it is! I have the AW100, took it to the theme parks here in Florida, got great SNAPS with no worries! My sons are playing in the pool, and I throw it in after them. They get priceless SNAPS. I paid $150 for it on closeout at Office Depot, and it has been worth every penny. Low expectations are very easily satisfied. I think it does exactly what it was intended to do, but then I'm not Jacques Cousteau.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 00:46 UTC as 1st comment

Really nice, but I can put a 35 or a 50 on my A6000 and save enough to pay for the trip to go someplace spectacular and shoot. I have an A7ii, and even it gets left home sometimes in favor of the A6000. I do appreciate the exercise, and hope some of this trickles down to the A7000(?) though...

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 12:39 UTC as 18th comment | 6 replies
On article Consumer DSLR Camera Roundup (2014) (128 comments in total)

Check this out!

http://www.vieragraphics.com/A58metal.jpg

$22 in parts and 3 minutes and my A58 sports a Sony-sourced metal lens mount. Works perfectly, tested heavily, nice and snug, but not too. Easy upgrade.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 21:58 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply

The inclusion/exclusion of any one feature wouldn't keep me from buying a camera if it was well spec'd overall. There is always a want list generated by a new model. I really like Sony's design aesthetic. Not bulbous, or with odd design elements for "style." No red triangles in the grip that morph from model to model. A clean, simple, functional device. You want a grip, we'll make one you can add, no problem.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 12:06 UTC as 4th comment
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SRHEdD: I have the RX100 and the WX350. I find I can crop the larger sensor to my desired image and get a better result than using the zoom on the WX350 to compose. Just the diff between the 1" and 1/2.3" sensors I guess. You can find the original RX100 for less than either of these now, AND it shoots RAW. That might be better money spent.

I would add, however, that the WX350 is an awesome little camera. I only went looking for a pocket cam with A, S, M on the mode dial, and the RX100 popped up on craigslist for $250 NIB.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 11:16 UTC
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SRHEdD: I have the RX100 and the WX350. I find I can crop the larger sensor to my desired image and get a better result than using the zoom on the WX350 to compose. Just the diff between the 1" and 1/2.3" sensors I guess. You can find the original RX100 for less than either of these now, AND it shoots RAW. That might be better money spent.

I seldom shoot at the long end of that zoom. I have other cameras for that kind of reach. One of these pocket cameras stays with me in my briefcase for note-related photos and general snaps. In MY use, I can often crop the RX100 images to gain a little more reach and get a better result than the WX350 gave me before I had the RX100. The comment wasn't meant to be taken so literally, but as a practical-use comment in my photo taking situations. Your results may vary.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 02:46 UTC

I have the RX100 and the WX350. I find I can crop the larger sensor to my desired image and get a better result than using the zoom on the WX350 to compose. Just the diff between the 1" and 1/2.3" sensors I guess. You can find the original RX100 for less than either of these now, AND it shoots RAW. That might be better money spent.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 01:58 UTC as 69th comment | 5 replies
On article Sony Alpha a7 II Review (852 comments in total)

I sure hope they don't recall my Sony for flakes of dark material in the mirror box, or white spots in my pho... oh wait, that was my old Nikon kit. I'll take my A7ii any day over my old Nikons. Pick at it if you wish, but the entire shooting experience and resulting imagery is just much more pleasing. My friends and family see it, my clients see it. Even the A6000 is an improvement over the D7000 I unloaded when Nikon wouldn't honor its warranties on my kit. Not a Sony fanboy, just a real world user getting better images easier thanks to Sony.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 20:28 UTC as 121st comment

Bought my A7ii mid-January, my SEL2870 was already running the updated version.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 19:34 UTC as 1st comment
On article Sony Alpha 7S Review (496 comments in total)

Damn near a year in coming, but a POS low-end Canikon gets here in a month. Thanks.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 18:01 UTC as 46th comment | 6 replies

So glad I jumped to Sony.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 21:55 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon D750 Review (2017 comments in total)
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RanL: A very nice review. Would have been nicer if it said something about the (alleged) flare-blockage / internal reflections / "black bandit" issue that's been so extensively debated on the forums (here and elsewhere) lately. It would have been nice to get a word on this from an authoritative and reliable source.
Right now that (possible) issue is the only thing holding me back from ordering this camera (I find myself shooting backlit scenes quite often).

After flakes in my D600 and white spots on my D800, this is no longer an option. Moved to Sony and MUCH happier. I agree there are limited lenses in comparison, but Sony has the lenses I needed.
Much happier with my A77ii, A6000, and now my spankin' new A7ii. I'm not going back until Nikon begins to innovate again, and fixes these nagging quality issues.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 17:31 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 77 II firmware update improves AF speed (153 comments in total)
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Serious Sam: Now can we have our 7D2 VS A77ii performance test??

If you used an A77ii for a few days, you'd literally forget it was an EVF. No so on the A6000, but you would on the A77ii. It is that good an EVF. THEN, when you'd NEED it, touching that exposure comp dial and SEEING your adjustment is sublime! Or WB, or manual exposure, or DOF... you just have to let go of your old ways and embrace the technology. In SOME cases it is THAT good.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 13:13 UTC
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