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/
https://www.facebook.com/Roxplosion/
https://instagram.com/roxplosion/

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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 (383 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? (1079 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? (1079 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 46th 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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Tarantula Guy: nice idea, but their is too many idiots putting landscape tags on their selfie!

Solution: Don't follow #landscape since the tag has become too generic.

Problem solved. Where do I accept my Nobel Prize?

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2017 at 15:19 UTC
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Albert Valentino: Interesting that the “Sony” sample image is essentially a static composition so no motion blur can occur over the time from first to last capture. Yet, the article other day about the high resolution pixel shift mode of the “Panasonic” G9 was all about moving elements which resulted in blurred area and artifacts. Apple and Oranges articles which make on brand look great and the other a bit flawed

The article on the "G9" made a point that it was, in "part", an experiment of the feature "with" moving parts of the scene. Apples to oranges and presented "as" such.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2017 at 16:15 UTC
On article Leica Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 sample gallery (214 comments in total)

These are very nice LensBaby Twist60 photos :)

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 15:26 UTC as 88th comment
On article First samples: Leica Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 (223 comments in total)
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Albert Valentino: Looks like a fun,must have lens for $199. But for over six grand, i just don’t get it. A Lens Baby might be a better deal 😉

I was thinking about Lensbaby as well. I like my Twist60 and Edge80, neither cost more than $150. Neither have "Thambar" in their name, so there's that...

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 18:39 UTC
On article Demo: Sony a7R III's impressive Eye AF (134 comments in total)
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Stigg: learn to focus by eye and there's no need for eye auto focus. the camera companies are enfeebling the photographer rather than enabling him with so much automation.

I've taken photos of active bands on stages, manually focusing lenses of a variety of different focal lengths. It does take a little time to develop the skill, and is (for me) fun. Nonetheless, I would prefer to have the *option* to AF on the eye or face so I can concentrate my efforts on other aspects of the shot. Content specific AF can be a game changer, but you really need to try it to fully appreciate it :)

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 17:45 UTC

"...under iOS 10 and older operating systems data has to be transferred to cloud servers."

Sounds good to me, what could go wrong?

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 17:07 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On article Review: Affinity Photo 1.5.2 for desktop (301 comments in total)

I've been using it for a while. It does everything I need, which is overlaying text and creating composites of multiple photos (for concert promotions). I have no doubt it can handle more than what i am throwing at it. I have an older (2012) Mac Mini and am using 41Mp files exported out LR. The performance is pretty peppy, but I have not yet used it to open raw files.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 13:48 UTC as 100th comment
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MediaArchivist: "...focus and aperture controls are all handled manually."

If the aperture is fixed at f/8, what controls are there for "aperture controls"?

I don't see anything that looks like a transmission control, and the link to the "news page" is, in fact, to the Kenko home page.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 17:56 UTC
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