Tom_A

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On article Five useful photo apps for travelers (67 comments in total)

I recommend to add Hipstamatic. IOS.
I don't use it as a camera, rather mainly to immediately create great looking black and white pictures without much fiddling. Nike AO "film" and Akira "lens" is a good combination for example.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 15:08 UTC as 28th comment
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Tom_A: This discussion reminds me tangentially of a personal experience, some 20 years ago in the film days.
A friend of my sister insisted that I would do the photos for her wedding. I said I am just a hobby photographer but she wanted me to do it. A reason for not a pro photographer was simply to save much needed money. Actually I would have preferred just to party along, but ok, in the end I did it for free and gave her the films and prints as my wedding gift. Would a professional photographer have done it better? Probably even if simply because they know inside out how to best do weddings, but at least the results weren't embarassing and good enough for the cash-stripped couple.
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The interesting thing was when a pro photographer of a next door ceremony noticed me, probably my nikon f601 (decent amateur slr) gave me away as an amateur, and he complained to me that I was taking away the job of a real photographer. I thought that was mightily arrogant of him. My sister's friend wouldn't have paid for him anyway.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 01:48 UTC

This discussion reminds me tangentially of a personal experience, some 20 years ago in the film days.
A friend of my sister insisted that I would do the photos for her wedding. I said I am just a hobby photographer but she wanted me to do it. A reason for not a pro photographer was simply to save much needed money. Actually I would have preferred just to party along, but ok, in the end I did it for free and gave her the films and prints as my wedding gift. Would a professional photographer have done it better? Probably even if simply because they know inside out how to best do weddings, but at least the results weren't embarassing and good enough for the cash-stripped couple.
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Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 01:47 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On article Nine new lens adapters announced for the Fujifilm GFX (90 comments in total)
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Tom_A: I would have expected adapters for vintage medium format system lenses, to aboud any corner vignetting.

Should normally be possible, the fuji doesn t have a mirror, hence it is a matter if laking the legacy lenses longer with a tube which is possible, reducing would not be possible.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 11:18 UTC
On article Nine new lens adapters announced for the Fujifilm GFX (90 comments in total)

I would have expected adapters for vintage medium format system lenses, to aboud any corner vignetting.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 01:53 UTC as 13th comment | 4 replies

Whatever they do, some people will find a reason to complain.
I see a company that has promptly reacted to a regrettable error.
i don't have a Leica, but this no nonsense behaviour wins points if goodwill for me. I seem to remember that Nikon's slr goofs were less promptly fixed.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 11:39 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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GregFranklin: Although it won't help IQ, I find the coloured rings on the barrel really attractive. This is a cool looking lens.

Actually there is so much chromatic aberration that the rings indicate where each colour focuses, handy for macro!

(A joke of course)

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 00:56 UTC

It is quite shocking that this wasn't found with the most superficial pre-release testing.
Of course they will fix it but this is so glaringly basic a bug I don't get how it was released.
Otherwise I find the TL2 absolutely beautiful. Which yes, for me is a plus. Most pretty camera for me is still the classic Nikon F3 though. I would rather buy the Q though, a friend has it and I found it remarkably good for walkaround photography.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 02:08 UTC as 40th comment | 2 replies
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daddyo: This article is painful for me. I have always been saddened that Tamron chose not to pursue a digital back system for Bronicas. They allowed one of the finest camera brands to die on the vine.
Had they elected to develop a reasonably priced digital back for the GS-1, SQ, and ETRS I would still be shooting with them.
I shot weddings and portraits for years with two GS-1's and it pained me to sell them off for peanuts, rather than simply let them age in my equipment closet. I still wince every time I look at used Bronica lens prices -- superb optics.

I remember when bronica launched their awesome 645 rangefinder, a beauty. But it came out just when digital was truly emerging and hence was largely overlooked.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2017 at 02:12 UTC
On article New product overview videos now available: Fujifilm GF (69 comments in total)

When one day sensor costs become trivial, a perfect travel camera sould be a classic Fuji GS645S or the GA645, with true 645 sensor. I won't even need a screen!

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2017 at 13:06 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
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Tom_A: The lens might be good, but when you buy an expensive Leica rangefinder, I'd expect that the main attraction is to use Leitz lenses which are expensive but also very very good (even Leica detractors can't argue with that). Hence I find it a bit a false economy.

because it may not be worth the big investment of a leitz for occasional use, and the cosine lens will still be quite good.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 08:45 UTC
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Tom_A: The lens might be good, but when you buy an expensive Leica rangefinder, I'd expect that the main attraction is to use Leitz lenses which are expensive but also very very good (even Leica detractors can't argue with that). Hence I find it a bit a false economy.

First experiences online about these lenses mention general okish image quality but noticeably lower contrast than leitz and even some chromatic aberration.
Hence I think it is better to save longer for a leitz, possibly a zeiss lens; and for focal lengths you only occasionally use perhaps a voigtlander.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 02:26 UTC

The lens might be good, but when you buy an expensive Leica rangefinder, I'd expect that the main attraction is to use Leitz lenses which are expensive but also very very good (even Leica detractors can't argue with that). Hence I find it a bit a false economy.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 13:31 UTC as 3rd comment | 4 replies

I wonder if there were would be an edit where it goes through the small metal ring that the kid holds?

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 04:57 UTC as 29th comment
On article Through the lens of black women photographers (203 comments in total)
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a1shot: Who would even consider this Title? -- Bad Choice --
The camera & photographer should remain colorless and in the background...

Badscience, it is not a contradiction, the fact that I don't know the photographer's etnicity, and my statement that art wiml be influenced by one's culture and environment will not be mutually contradictory.
Someone further down gave a beautiul example, if you are a black guy who are regularly stopped by police, then for sure that will influence your art.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 01:00 UTC
On article Through the lens of black women photographers (203 comments in total)
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a1shot: Who would even consider this Title? -- Bad Choice --
The camera & photographer should remain colorless and in the background...

Of course I wouldn't know how the photographer looks.
However my point is that your culture and environment will have an influence on your visual storytelling.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 11:38 UTC
On article Through the lens of black women photographers (203 comments in total)
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Hinder: There are millions of photographers who go unrecognized and unrepresented no matter what color they are. Do we have to post our race when entering a challenge now? Looking at photos, never once in my life have I ever thought about the color or gender of the photographer.

It is interesting for photography because your background and environment will influence the kind of art you make. Hence I don't see the issue.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 10:36 UTC
On article Through the lens of black women photographers (203 comments in total)
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a1shot: Who would even consider this Title? -- Bad Choice --
The camera & photographer should remain colorless and in the background...

It is interesting for photography because your background and environment will influence the kind of art you make. Hence I don't see the issue.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 10:36 UTC
On article Through the lens of black women photographers (203 comments in total)
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Just A Number: Like WOW, just WOW! Like, I can't even!

I suppose it was just a matter of time until even photography gear sites get targeted by social justice warriors, feminists and the likes.

@dpreview: Do you really think it is a good idea to politicize a photography gear review site?

Time to pack up and move on, I guess. For me at least.

It is interesting for photography because your background and environment will influence the kind of art you make. Hence I don't see the issue.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 10:35 UTC
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Tom_A: I had an xe1 which makes wonderful pics but its AF is a bit too slow for photographing kids. Hence recently I bought the xt2 (graphite edition, yes it is vain!) and it is superb, and moreover everyone of my friends who eagerly tried mine briefly, was immediately impressed.

Fujica, how it works is not important. Fact is that my xe1 had slow AF compared to many of its contemporaries. I didn't mind then.
Brw I am a fuji dan myself with 3 medium format film fujis.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 11:35 UTC
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