Tom Ames

Joined on Oct 16, 2005

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artwalaszek: It's an interesting thought experiment ... but why not just get a Ricoh GR? It has an outstanding sensor-lens combination, is smaller and cheaper than the Fuji X100f, and has a very intuitive UI. Not surprisingly, it is superb as a street camera - and I've also found it to be great for landscapes and for monochrome conversions. (For what it's worth, I shot my top two photos on Flickr with respect to number of favorites with the Ricoh GR.) If you must have 35mm, the Ricoh GR has a crop mode, or you can just crop during post-processing.

Admittedly, the Ricoh GR is overdue for a significant update - but I think it remains the best serious, pocketable camera on the market.

Yes, I am serious, but taste differs of'course :-) Main focus should of'course be that it works well, but looks matter to me and GR is not to my liking. But we are all different, so good that someone likes the GR.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 10:34 UTC
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artwalaszek: It's an interesting thought experiment ... but why not just get a Ricoh GR? It has an outstanding sensor-lens combination, is smaller and cheaper than the Fuji X100f, and has a very intuitive UI. Not surprisingly, it is superb as a street camera - and I've also found it to be great for landscapes and for monochrome conversions. (For what it's worth, I shot my top two photos on Flickr with respect to number of favorites with the Ricoh GR.) If you must have 35mm, the Ricoh GR has a crop mode, or you can just crop during post-processing.

Admittedly, the Ricoh GR is overdue for a significant update - but I think it remains the best serious, pocketable camera on the market.

It looks very ugly!

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 08:07 UTC
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PaulDavis: Just buy a used x100t for $500-600.

To have an option to do some cropping is always welcome, 24mp gives room for this. I have wanted to X100 serie for a long time, but 16mp just didn't cut it, but the X100F is on my shopping list now.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 08:06 UTC
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Fujica: No serious pro would ever consider slow lenses like the:
- Sony 35mm F2.8, S while there is a 35mm f1.4
- 85mm F1.8, while they will most often use a 85mm f1.2
- Sony Zeiss Batis 135mm F2.8 where they will use a 135mm f2.0
- Sony 16-35mm where they will use a 16-35mm f2.8
- Sony 100-400mm where they can use either a 200mm f4, a 300mm f2.8 or a 600mm. Then there are also zooms available that do perform better.

This article is nothing more then shameless promotion article.
DP reviews is getting another low score for credibility and objectiveness.

You need to read up on Sony lenses:
Sony FE 35mm1.4
Sony FE 85mm 1.4
Sony 24-70 2.8GM
Sony 70-200 2.8GM
The 16-35 2.8 will be released later this year

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 13:03 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1905 comments in total)
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elementare: I cannot lol because I'm in the middle of a lot of people.

"It can shoot at 20 frames per second for more than 200 Raw frames" for a camera that with battery grip will have something like 1000 stills before requiring to substitute the battery, which will mean 500 stills for the next session assuming that you are not so fast to dismount the battery grip, put another battery for a complete reload and reassemble it to the camera.

Nikon d5 has 3750 stills before you need to change the battery.

20 fps for a camera like this means too much pictures in short time that shorten in turn a yet poor battery life camera.

Without counting that you will need a number of batteries equivalent to the price of the camera itself to be "in game"

Brian Smith did more than 2000 shots and had 30% left on the battery. Putting the grip on the A9 with two batteries you're up there in number of shoots and size of a D5.
You do not have a valid point.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 19:16 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (269 comments in total)
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TN Args: The general rule that it's worth upgrading every second generation, but not every generation, still applies, and I don't see why Nikon is being criticised for fitting to the general rule.

Well said Elliot!

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 17:12 UTC
On article Sigma 135mm F1.8 Art Sample Gallery (123 comments in total)

Very nice gallery!

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 12:28 UTC as 8th comment
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Fujica: Sony will have lots of troubles staying in the position they are in as soon as Nikon and Canon will enter the mirrorless market with some serious cameras.

I am pretty sure that a majority of people who made the move from Canon to Sony or from Nikon to Sony will be back to Canon or Nikon, the moment that 'CaNikon' will bring out some super professional mirrorless systems.

People have hold on to most of their lenses. They have never fully made the switch, and I am sure many dislike the way their Sony camera works and operates - they do like the IQ though - But that will be not enough for Sony to keep growing the moment the two giants wake up from their sleep.

By not willing to open up a roadmap people will not give Sony enough trust and confidence for future commitments.

Where is Nikon's roadmap? :-)
You have good points, but Sony has had so many years alone with FF mirrorless and the lens selection is getting quite good, so it will take Nikon and Canon some effort to win back marked shares.
By the end of this year, there will be a few more lenses for the Sony system, a few more new and very likely very good sensors. And also there is rumored a pro body FF mirrorless from Sony. All this will count positive for Sony, when Nikon and Canon goes FF mirrorless this or next year.
Your points would have been more valid one or two years back.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 08:20 UTC

Shouldn't this have been posted 1.april....

Some 100th anniversary logos on existing products, wow :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 08:50 UTC as 66th comment | 6 replies
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W5JCK: To date the only Sony app I have found to be useful is the Time Lapse app which I use as an internal intervalometer. But that app is totally clunky and kluge and has limited value. I merely use it for the intervalometer feature to time my photos. Once done shooting I transfer the RAW images to my computer, process them in Lightroom and/or Photoshop, then create my video with another app. I don't ever allow Sony apps to process my files as they will make a mess of them.

This new app seems to be in the category of useless to me. I can just shoot bracketed images or multiple images from a tripod, then better process them in LR and/or PS. Sony apps like this will take too long to set up and will be too clunky to use. The moment will be long gone by the time you get that darn app set up to take the photo. Sunset will have already passed and the middle of the night will be upon you!

The smooth reflection app is sweet. I use it a lot.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 17:45 UTC
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Sir Nick of High Point: I'm digging this revival. As digital sensors get better/cheaper, film scanning should theoretically get better and cheaper. And that's kind of an ideal setup in my mind. You get the large latitude of film, capturing more dynamic range in a given scene, and the high resolution and bit depth of a digital sensor for pulling the most out of the film. Plus, there are so many great analogue cameras on the used market.

http://pic.templetons.com/brad/photo/pixels.html

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 08:52 UTC
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Photomonkey: For all the "advice" posted here about what Nikon or any other camera manufacturer should do it seems obvious that the posters are unaware of the high costs of development and the uncertain markets the planners have to contend with.

It is always easy to be an armchair engineer and make pronouncements but sadly the real world doesn't work out that way.

EVF
Silent Shooting
Electronic shutter for shooting fast lenses wide open at daylight
Electronic shutter for reducing vibration
Eye tracking focus
In body stabilization

I hope Nikon will pull it off.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 12:35 UTC
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Photomonkey: For all the "advice" posted here about what Nikon or any other camera manufacturer should do it seems obvious that the posters are unaware of the high costs of development and the uncertain markets the planners have to contend with.

It is always easy to be an armchair engineer and make pronouncements but sadly the real world doesn't work out that way.

I had the D810, before I switched to Sony. This Christmas I met my cousin, who has a D810 and I had forgotten how big it was compared to my A7tII:
http://camerasize.com/compact/#624.580,557.353,ha,t

If you need fast high end glass, I'm aware that there is nothing to gain lenses. I have the 35mm2.8, 50mm1.8 and Batis 85mm 1.8 along with me Sony A7rII and it is a very lightweight kit indeed.

Silent shooting is very handy at times, electronic shutter for shooting wide open at daylight and EVF is something I cannot get from Nikon FX cameras.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 22:06 UTC
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Photomonkey: For all the "advice" posted here about what Nikon or any other camera manufacturer should do it seems obvious that the posters are unaware of the high costs of development and the uncertain markets the planners have to contend with.

It is always easy to be an armchair engineer and make pronouncements but sadly the real world doesn't work out that way.

It's not like mirrorless emerged just yesterday. They have had years and years to make a decision.
I crossing my fingers that either Canon or Nikon will go fullformat mirroless this year. If one goes, the other will follow in the mirrorless direction. A year or two from now, there is not any substance in claiming Fuji and Sony are missing lenses in their system either.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 18:11 UTC

Too bad the wingtip is in focus and the northern lights are not....

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 09:23 UTC as 25th comment | 7 replies
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Tom Ames: Could've been taken with an Iphone

He he, you think so.
Hitman: "Okay for all of you shooting pictures with your dslr's, but you guys taking photos with your phones are in big trouble: :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 10:12 UTC

Could've been taken with an Iphone

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 08:22 UTC as 102nd comment | 3 replies
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eazizisaid: SUDDENLY, larger sensors are relevant once again for the Fuji Folks...

Expect a new lesson with a stick & a slate from Zack Arias soon.

Nonetheless, kudos to Fuji !

Like the Pentax clan talked down ff, but heard nothing from them in the past 6 months :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 16:19 UTC
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (399 comments in total)
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Sylvain G: Barney,

Thanks for the article, I think I'd like the addition of firmware specific differences, if any.
I think I remember the A7RII allowing more control on the auto iso settings? to name only one, but there are perhaps more ?
Maybe other "soft" differentiators ?

Thanks,

Yes, and that shutter setting option in Auto ISO, is a very important difference. Actually enough for me to not consider the A7II, when I bought my A7rII!

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 08:45 UTC

I will donate, but not before 10-15 random rools have been developed, to see if it is worth pursuing.
Very strange to have only developed one roll before starting such a big project and before going out begging for money.

Give us some more samples from random rolls and the money will start rolling in (Pun intended) :-)

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 08:49 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply
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