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:
http://www.roxplosion.com/
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I will be making an announcement soon about my impressions of this video.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2018 at 04:24 UTC as 293rd comment | 3 replies

I'd want to try a walkaround with a fake camera to see how easily and often I miss the standout mount lock. Ah, it's patented! The dealbreaker (for me) is I would have to give up gripping my VG, and gripping (for me) is the reason I use a VG.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2018 at 04:11 UTC as 34th comment
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tedolf: Who needs 48mp resolution?

8mp works fine.

tEdolph

I do. 8Mp is not nearly enough for me. About a year ago I had to shoot with my old 10Mp camera and I really, really missed 24Mp. Now I've got 41Mp and I don't want to go backwards. Gimme all the pixels, more more more! I'm not sure about such resolution on a phone, but I am sure there are sufficiently clever people who can make use of that.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2018 at 21:07 UTC
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Ilia Snopchenko: So the 80s vogue is coming back? What next, a Mötley Crüe reunion? :)

Where and when are they playing?

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2018 at 01:28 UTC
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Elonlukatski: Is this something similar to the old Nikon 105 and 135 defocus AF lenses ?

That was my first thought, too. It also might be a variation (update?) of a typical adjustable soft-focus lens, like the 135/2.8.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2018 at 01:27 UTC
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Marc dbr: As a photographer I don't want to be noticed all that much with these white lenses. So what I do is I cover my white lenses with tape so they don't stand out any more. I really don't get why canon even considers making the lens WHITER as part of an UPGRADE...

One of the key target markets for this lens is outdoor sports. A white lens does not get as hot in direct sunlight. There may be other reasons (e.g. "it looks cool") but I don't think the heat issue can be dismissed.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2018 at 05:55 UTC
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jor23: The best part is the flip and articulate screen. Every camera should have this!

Agreed. Excellent feature add.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2018 at 11:41 UTC
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marc petzold: Nice article, well written. And two of my all stars also being mentioned, Canon 5D and Sony R1.

Time travel back into 2005, the two most anticipated Cameras have been the Sony R1, and the Canon EOS 5D, when you've been serious about Photography. Luckily, i could afford the R1 into spring 2006, whereas i ever used it so, and still do...and the 5D a few years later, and also still being using it.

Both have been way long being superseeded by successors, but they still "get the job done" and both have some kind of unique look.

I won't depart from them, even it would being hard into some couple years, when there is no more internal years clock....so the EXIF would being wrong then.

Sony innovated right from the start of the digital camera evolution, let's say DSC-S70, S75...for instance, 717, their Mavica "floppy" cameras, and many others before, and after the mentioned cameras....the A850/A900 FF DSLRs, have been designed by Minolta, but came under the Sony brand then...because...

I used my R1 last year for a concert while my main camera was in the shop. I got more than acceptable results, but with a whole lot more effort (and misses). Outdoors, or with better than super-low light, the old R1 still works quite well.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 10:55 UTC
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Richard in UK: Go to any major event - sport, news or culture - and see the complete absence of Sony equipment. It's just there for all to see.

I totally get the emphasis on innovation, and the focus on 'photo-enthusiasts'. But the photographers in the field need battery life, weather-proofing and reliable service.

When I can bring a dropped lens into a Sony workshop at the Olympics to get a replacement or repair on the spot - that's when they'll challenge Nikon and Canon.

Olympics? Phase 1: zero. Hasselblad: zero. Leica: zero. If I don't see it in use at the Olympics, it is not gear worth owning. For the same reason, I will never buy a fisheye lens, softbox, wide aperture prime, ND filter, extension tube set, or lots of other stuff I know might be useful for photography other than sports. "Hey, look at all these photographers crammed into the end zone! A few of them are using the same camera I have!"

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 00:51 UTC
On article CMOS image sensor sales at all-time high (77 comments in total)

I recently bought a new car for the first time in twelve years. It has a rear view camera for backing up, which at first I thought was a bit of a gimmick. It was not an option, so I was not paying anything extra for it.

Now I find it indispensable.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2018 at 10:18 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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Arastoo Vaziri: Isn't that photograph considered work made for hire, according to the US Copyright Act? The copyright owner is actually Monkey Goose Magazine, unless there's a contractual clause providing otherwise.
This, of course, is no excuse for the rudeness and for using the photo without consent. It's awful that people should feel entitled to use someone else's photos for free.

"It depends"... When I am paid to do a concert, it is usually the band or the promoter hiring me. They agree to my contract, which gives them complete freedom to use the photos *but* I retain the copyright. My part of the agreement is, in part, to not complain if they use them— so when they do I don't. Other times I am collecting the photos for my own use (to promote a future show with the acts I am shooting), so I request that any re-use by the band or venue is done with credit given to me. So far, that has worked.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2018 at 21:04 UTC
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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 (175 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
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