MediaArchivist

MediaArchivist

Lives in United States D.C. Metro, VA, United States
Works as a Rock & roll photog, computer geek
Has a website at www.mediaarchivist.com
Joined on Feb 2, 2013
About me:

Goal: develop the proper shooting techniques and technical skills that allow for the most unusual and hard to obtain shots. This necessarily involves using equipment "incorrectly" and modifying or ignoring many accepted shooting styles.

A good deal of my current effort is directed at musicians on dimly lit stages:
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marcio_napoli: Of course mirrorless guys have their rights for opinions, so do I.

Just yesterday I was handling my GH4 (unused for many months. I keep it for video only), and looked into the EVF.

Absolutely boring. Boring, boring, boring.

Just like looking into a tiny TV, what's so special about that?

Is that what mirrorless guys really want to take over?

A world where you can't escape from electronic screens even in your photography time?

BTW, I have little reason to care, as I have decades of amazing DSLRs to choose from even if we had no new DSLRs announments from now on.

But it seriously amazes me, how can you guys prefer to see the world throw TVs instead of a clear, real window?

Is the purpose of a camera to take photos? Beautiful pictures, to be enjoyed for many years by many people? Or is the purpose of camera to immerse the photographer in an effervescent aura of almost mythical (and certainly epic) sense of classic photographic/ideological purity of form and essence? The former is forever, and for everyone. The latter is a fleeting moment, and just for you.

BTW, I have little reason to care. I value the destination more than the journey, despite the journey (for me) being quite fulfilling despite not even using a viewfinder-- optical or otherwise.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 06:07 UTC
On article Sony a7 III sample gallery updated (176 comments in total)
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Anulu: For those who say Sony have bad colors: just stop using awful adobe raw converters like LR. Capture One using each cameras own LCC profile instead of LR wich is forces adobe's generic profile (what is terrible) to all cameras. So the problem here is the software what you use, not Sony colors...
And talking about skin tones from SOOC jpegs is ridiculous. We don't know what WB they use what picture profiles etc. Maybe Sony jpg engine not the best but in RAW they have best IQ and best colors

You can import Sony arw files into LR and have LR apply the one of the camera's profiles instead of the Adobe default. Most Sony's have about eight distinct profiles. You can even pick which of the camera profiles you want as the new default.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2018 at 09:35 UTC

Was "frog eye coating" explained somewhere and I missed it?

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 11:46 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the Sony a7 III (584 comments in total)
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ozturert: I think someone needs to do honest tests about these vertical and horizontal stripes issue. I'm not talking about result-should-not-upset-Sony type of study, I'm talking about I-don't-care-what-the-result-will-be type of thing.

I often shoot directly into a light, so this could (potentially) affect my shots. I patiently await further updates.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2018 at 05:42 UTC
On article Sigma introduces 70mm F2.8, first Art series macro (86 comments in total)
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Great Bustard: The Sigma 70 / 2.8 macro still remains one of my favorite lenses. It will be interesting to see how the newer 70 / 2.8A macro compares. To be honest, I was hoping to see OS in an update of this lens, but then again, I'm surprised to see that Sigma updated that lens at all -- the original, though amazing, wasn't that popular.

Perhaps their lack of OS is because they feel the future is with mirrorless and IBIS, which would make sense -- no need to add size, weight, cost, and possible decentering to the lenses.

Wow... that design is nothing like the old one. Not even close.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 11:51 UTC
On article Sigma introduces 70mm F2.8, first Art series macro (86 comments in total)
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Great Bustard: The Sigma 70 / 2.8 macro still remains one of my favorite lenses. It will be interesting to see how the newer 70 / 2.8A macro compares. To be honest, I was hoping to see OS in an update of this lens, but then again, I'm surprised to see that Sigma updated that lens at all -- the original, though amazing, wasn't that popular.

Perhaps their lack of OS is because they feel the future is with mirrorless and IBIS, which would make sense -- no need to add size, weight, cost, and possible decentering to the lenses.

Perfection leaves little room for improvement. I'm curious to compare the optical layouts of each version, I'm sure the diagram for this lens will be available soon.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 10:40 UTC
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Edmond Leung: Where is the Sony A9 in the Winter Olympic?
I can see lot of Canon and Nikon but no A9 there!

No Leica, Hasselblad, or Phase 1 either. No fast prime lenses. I will never again buy a camera or lens that I do not see used at the Olympics.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 08:57 UTC
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Kirk Bruner: It would have been interesting to include the Sony a99 II in the comparison.

My a99ii "kit" is the Zeiss 24/2, 50/1.4, and sometimes the 135/1.8 (screw drive). I notice no real-world difference in accuracy with the screw drive vs the SSM lenses, and all three are extremely sharp-- wide open-- even at the edges and corners. The 135 is the oldest design, yet most comparative tests I have seen do not find it lacking. I also usually have the Minolta 35/1.4G and/or 85/1.4G (since not every venue is conducive to 135mm). Both are screw drive and dead-on accurate even at the far edge of the focus points (and yes... also have "character").

There may be much to quibble about, but "screw drive lenses not being accurate" and "no lenses that stand up to inspection" are not among the issues a99ii users have to contend with. For example, I'm concerned about low gain inter-tonal details that define micro-contrast :)

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 06:24 UTC
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Old Cameras: Now let's see it hooked to the Sigma 2.8/200-500 mega-zoom! $25,999, free shipping!

I think they include a free luggage-style padded box as well.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2018 at 09:32 UTC
On article Why you should own a 135mm F2 lens (384 comments in total)
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StephenCA: The Carl Zeiss 135mm 1.8 lens on the Sony A mount produces astonishing images. It’s well worth the price if superior quality is your highest priority.

I just got the Zeiss 135/1.8 to go along with my 135 STF. When the weather is nicer I will do a proper comparison, but for the immediate future I'll be using the Zeiss indoors and improperly :)

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 09:46 UTC
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cosinaphile: the real deal,,,,

http://www.eddievegas.com/store/details/Jimi-Hendrix-1969-Woodstock-Ace-Guitar-Strap-with-Picture-Of-Jimi.php

I'd probably prefer that :)

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 05:02 UTC
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KrampusClaus: The inventor in me has long had the ability to store numerous backup mem cards.

I have for decades now these newfangle devices called POCKETs, and also my non canon cam straps have Velcro'ed pockets conveniently on them for mem cards.

So for decades i have had at least 2 mem card storage devices !!

So maybe you all can go out and buy my decades old mem card storage devices yourself too !! ** - buy 1 size larger if LOTs of storage needed !! ;)

Merry KrampusChristmas All !!

Gandhi: “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” OR "Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians - you are not like him."

Trick question— Gandhi was strictly a film nerd.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 00:56 UTC
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KrampusClaus: The inventor in me has long had the ability to store numerous backup mem cards.

I have for decades now these newfangle devices called POCKETs, and also my non canon cam straps have Velcro'ed pockets conveniently on them for mem cards.

So for decades i have had at least 2 mem card storage devices !!

So maybe you all can go out and buy my decades old mem card storage devices yourself too !! ** - buy 1 size larger if LOTs of storage needed !! ;)

Merry KrampusChristmas All !!

Gandhi: “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” OR "Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians - you are not like him."

My camera strap has a little pocket just for memory cards. I'm struggling to imagine a use case for this product, but good luck to them!

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 00:32 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1092 comments in total)
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panzini: D850 hands down. I own them both and am getting rid of the Sony.
The build quality of the Nikon is peerless, as are its ergonomics and energy efficiency.
With a mirrorless camera you are disconnected from your subject, effectively watching it on TV. A reflex camera maintaints that connection. I felt blind with the Sony; and the quality of the images suffered; I spent two entire studio shoots angry and frustrated; wasted time and money. With the D850 I feel like I'm in charge and not some computer operator.

I'm the opposite-- looking through an OVF seems completely disconnected from the photo taking process. It's as if I am looking through a telescope, and the shutter does something something when I press it-- which may or may not be capturing what I expect. I have no doubt that it works for other people, but I just don't "feel" like I am immersed in the process of taking a photo.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 12:38 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1092 comments in total)
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Sammy Yousef: When I see major sporting events, motorsports and airshows being shot with predominantly mirrorless cameras, I'll know the time to switch is in the next few years.

People under-estimate how important focus tracking is for various kinds of photography. Not everything of course. Wouldn't make a difference for landscape oraAstrophotography, but unless you're shooting very still things, good focus is a large part of the battle.

I'm middle-aged now. So it may or may not happen for me. Right now it's not even close.

Jousting guides most of my camera gear purchases.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 12:35 UTC
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getochkn: Or maybe this is for people who want to try to take an artistic photo and not have some $1000 lens and worry about DPAF and how many MP and what ISO did you shoot that at, and why did you edit it for 4 hours in LR when CO is so much better.

You know, photography is supposed to be about the photo, the moment, the art, not the technology.

Photography is about whatever the photographer wants it to be. Oops... no... that's not right. It's about whatever I declare by fiat that is should be, for me and everyone else.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 00:17 UTC

[whew] It's about time, because I have tired of all the amateur pinhole lenses.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 00:15 UTC as 48th comment
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PWPhotography: It'd be nice if DPR could do an official review of all those major LR or Photoshop alternative software compared to LR Classic CC or Photoshop CC - pro and con so we could have better understanding and choose accordingly.

Isn't this aimed at Photoshop, and not LightRoom?

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 20:51 UTC
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derfotograf: It is a hilarious development: The eye lashes are sharp in focus, the eyebrows, the tip of the nose, the hair and ears are completely unsharp.

None of my customers would pay a cent for an unsharp portrait...

I'd like to see it, not calculate it. I've taken many, many shots at 58mm and f/1.2 and "hilarious" was never among the comments I received. Is 75mm that much different than 58mm in this regard?

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 17:24 UTC
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derfotograf: It is a hilarious development: The eye lashes are sharp in focus, the eyebrows, the tip of the nose, the hair and ears are completely unsharp.

None of my customers would pay a cent for an unsharp portrait...

I didn't see any sample photos, do you have a link?

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 15:55 UTC
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