Les Kamens

Lives in United States United States
Has a website at www.thephotogroup.com
Joined on Aug 1, 2002
About me:

shooting pro since 1972

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On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (282 comments in total)

and I was going to sell my D3s for a D820...

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 15:13 UTC as 14th comment

I use a bit of Think Tank stuff. glad to hear they are always innovating. Personally putting wheels on a back pack means its not going to be carried any more. Had a Lowepro version of that and carried it once. Most of the photographers that work with us have all converted to TT as well. if i need to leave my bag some place there's a cable and lock that will stop someone who is looking for a quick grab and forgot to bring their wire cutters. Good to have insurance anyway.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 14:21 UTC as 8th comment
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1905 comments in total)
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redhed17: Odd that even with all this data having to be recorded Sony still haven't put (their own design) XQD cards in one of their cameras, sticking with SD cards. :-/

Makes me think why the Nikon D5/D500 needed XQD, and the Canon 1DXII needed CFast cards. Are they both that far behind Sony in the electronics dept!

@tbcass.. Sorry that did come out right. I just bought a mac book pro 2016 w/out an Ethernet port. I really do believe this computer is worth it.
BUT I went back to the apple store (online) and saw the desk tops all have ethernet ports. My Bad.
But i do see the trend - SCSI ports, fire wire, floppy drives etc.
Like the above mentioned lap top and every portable device... no ethernet port and they connect.
also on an enterprise level, technology is moving to wireless.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 13:52 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1905 comments in total)
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redhed17: Odd that even with all this data having to be recorded Sony still haven't put (their own design) XQD cards in one of their cameras, sticking with SD cards. :-/

Makes me think why the Nikon D5/D500 needed XQD, and the Canon 1DXII needed CFast cards. Are they both that far behind Sony in the electronics dept!

Guess you haven't been to the store lately.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 13:09 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1905 comments in total)
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redhed17: Odd that even with all this data having to be recorded Sony still haven't put (their own design) XQD cards in one of their cameras, sticking with SD cards. :-/

Makes me think why the Nikon D5/D500 needed XQD, and the Canon 1DXII needed CFast cards. Are they both that far behind Sony in the electronics dept!

That was my exact take away. But then an Ethernet port??? they are leaving those off computers these days and now they are showing up on cameras? I guess there was an over production of those ports and sony put them to use.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 12:49 UTC
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Luke Kaven: Nikon has not introduced a new FX DSLR since the D810/D5. The D810 is still a top contender of course. But Nikon won't see an FX sales bump until they introduce a new FX camera. I think this is next on their list. And I really think they are going to invest in a "seriously, this time" mirrorless design.

Good news for Sony, who has achieved impressive things. But don't count Nikon out of the full-frame camera market.

@Tommi K1 some people do change cars out every year or two. But most importantly a larger group of photographers change out their equipment every year or two as well. Especially if something new comes out making your job that much more easier and better. or simply ;that you shot over 300,000 shots and want to sell it off before (and i just heard this term) it gets digital rot and becomes more worthless as time goes on. I keep saying this... We are New in the advancements of Digital cameras. Like cars for the first 50 or so years changes were important. should we include a roof or a heater or windshield wipers. now it is color and comfort. We are still holding something that was built to run film thru its back. Perhaps that whole design will change. my .02 cents

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 14:08 UTC
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Mr Low Notes: DPR I believe your graphic is missing some text at the bottom that other sites left intact.

https://cdn.photographylife.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/US-Full-Frame-Camera-Market-2017.png

editing can wipe a whole company off the charts.
Thanks for the complete post. Shame on you DPR!!!!
you guys above all should know the power of your pen.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 13:53 UTC
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Les Kamens: Yeah yeah yeah. When sony came out with the A7sll I thought by the specs that this was going to be the camera. Went to B&H picked up the sony and did the obligatory shots of across the room, zoom in on signs, people looking at stuff,etc. then went over to the Nikon table. picked up a d750, d810, d5. I felt the images from the sony seemed over proscessed. not a big d750 fan but i did like the images from that over the sony and both the 810 and D5 tied for first. My Test, my opinion. Not dumping my Nikon bags. Sony and Canon are very strong in the video market and sales im sure reflect that. Remember the D90? First DSLR w/ Video. Chevy, Ford, Tesla. They all get you to the same place...almost ;)

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Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 22:17 UTC

Yeah yeah yeah. When sony came out with the A7sll I thought by the specs that this was going to be the camera. Went to B&H picked up the sony and did the obligatory shots of across the room, zoom in on signs, people looking at stuff,etc. then went over to the Nikon table. picked up a d750, d810, d5. I felt the images from the sony seemed over proscessed. not a big d750 fan but i did like the images from that over the sony and both the 810 and D5 tied for first. My Test, my opinion. Not dumping my Nikon bags. Sony and Canon are very strong in the video market and sales im sure reflect that. Remember the D90? First DSLR w/ Video. Chevy, Ford, Tesla. They all get you to the same place...almost ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 12:44 UTC as 51st comment | 2 replies

I have a couple of old mac pro's in our office and they have been good to us. was looking at upgrading but the new buy in on the 2013's are to rich for our blood. was looking into a beefed up iMac 27". to replace what we have. Just got the new Mac Book Pro 2016 and love it a lot. i went out and got 4 USB-c > USB connectors Keep them in the laptop case as I need to plug in card readers and hard drives ect. no problem at all. now my usb devices have white ends on them.... not an issue. As mentioned above, I plug in card readers because not all my cards are SD. Love the fact that this thing is very thin.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 17:59 UTC as 46th comment

I'm ready for a new 70-200.... Not so ready for $2800.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 23:00 UTC as 36th comment | 5 replies

I had the 260 because it had a PC sync

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 03:32 UTC as 20th comment

yayyyyy

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 03:19 UTC as 25th comment
On article Nikon 1 V3 Review (651 comments in total)
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Les Kamens: How come Nikon didn't release something that would be more comparable to Sony's A7s. I would be all over it.

I was referring the the Hi ISO, Silent shutter, and full size sensor ... unfortunately even in quiet mode DSLR's make noise
I'm an NPS member check my equipment list...it makes no sense for me to carry two systems.. not sure why Nikon didn't jump in more seriously. :(

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 19:11 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3 Review (651 comments in total)

How come Nikon didn't release something that would be more comparable to Sony's A7s. I would be all over it.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 14:46 UTC as 39th comment | 4 replies
On article SherpaFund raises money after Everest avalanche (21 comments in total)

My Heart goes out to their family and friends.
Gate' Gate' Paragate' Parasamgate' Bodhi Svah'a'

Link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 15:04 UTC as 5th comment
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Abu Mahendra: Right. Hasn't Canon had this for a few years now?

get off the name game doesn't matter who's first, just that we all get to use cool technology... could say the same about Nikon have higher iso first. so glad our canon friends can use that tech as well. But I guess the real question is nice for lens but how about extending that to our filters that are on the front lines.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 14:53 UTC
On article Calumet Oak Brook, Illinois store reopens this Sunday (42 comments in total)

I always found the NYC store to be the best calumet outlet out of all the ones out there. SF being the worst... I hope they reopen NYC. Those folks that work there don't deserve the corporate hatchet. some whom worked there for over 20 years. THE BEST RENTAL Dept. bar none. Best Customer Service BAR NONE. I wish B&H took lessons from them. But I guess as far as retail goes they were the medium expensive spread.

MY 2 cents

Link | Posted on May 10, 2014 at 12:32 UTC as 15th comment
On article Samsung Galaxy NX Hands-on (195 comments in total)
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Minolta4Life: I'm still waiting on the digital camera that can be surgically implanted in my eye, and the cell phone that is an implanted chip in my tongue. Anything else is archaic.

Google Glass is well on its way... not sure if that is good or bad

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 14:41 UTC
On article New CompactFlash card to allow RAID-style 'mirroring' (100 comments in total)

I find this an interesting idea... I use the other slot in camera as backup or extra storage. I have only had one card in the past 12 years fail and i think that was due to handing it over to an editor that mysteriously gave it back corrupted. I don't transfer files that way any more and have not had any troubles with cards as well.

So my question is how many others out there have had real bad card issues using Sandisk or Lexar cards

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2013 at 13:53 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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