Lives in United States D.C. Metro, VA, United States
Works as a Rock & roll photog, computer geek
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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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  • Replied in 135
    I really want to get that lens at some point :)
  • Loving this pairing!
  • Replied in It might help...
    It might help if we knew which lens (be specific) and which camera you are using. Your question will be easier to read if it is not in all bold type :)
  • Replied in Yes!
    That reminds me of the title for my next paper on advanced thermodynamics: "Active Thermal Energy Dissipation via Optical Viewfinders" I can only assume that I will be competing with you for the ...
  • With all due respect, you have no idea how this forum works and much too much faith it the attention span of its members. You go with your gut, and pick one of the first few anecdotal reports. ...
  • I have been using my a99ii extensively since I got it, but only (so far) for stills. Roughly 9000 shots since May 3rd (25 days). I have not had any issues whatsoever with overheating. (1) All of my ...
  • Replied in Definitions?
    What is AFL? What is BBF?
  • Replied in Best?
    I don't think there is universal "best," but FWIW this is what I do on my a99ii (with LR and a USB3 card reader on my Mac): (1) Format the card. If you do it on the computer choose FAT32 or ExFAT, and ...
  • Especially when I can macro at the same time.
  • Replied in A-mount
    For A-mount, I have everything I need or want. OK, maybe a few wants still need a scratch but I have options available to appease those itches. While I appreciate that some people's wants and ...
  • Shouldn't the headline be "30mm 1.4 Art"?
  • What? Too soon?
  • Replied in Used Lens
    I assume you mean "I want to get the best deal I can on a used lens"? The specifics are a little different from camera system to camera system, if you could give us some details of what you are ...
  • Replied in Pretty good!
    I do mostly concert photography, punk bands in dimly lit dive bars and that sort of thing. I don't use a flash. I have been shooting mostly with: (1) AF-C (2) flexible spot or expandable flex spot
  • I'm not so sure that is correct. Glassless adapters eliminate anything in the optical path, so the only thing left that could affect IQ is the tolerance of the flange. What's left are features such...

  • Replied in DSLR?
    No. I used a phrasing that is more likely to match the terminology used in posts and marketing material. I even highlighted the key term (in quotes) to make it easier to search, should the OP ...
  • Replied in DSLR?
    Sony's DSLRs are the 3-digit models from their first line of cameras compatible with the Minolta (and now Sony) A-mount. These were last produced in 2010, after the A580 subsequent Sony A-mount ...
  • Maybe the Kyiv 60 variant?
  • Replied in Equivalent?
    A 13mm f/0.5 or f/0.7 lens? Not impossible but close to the physical limits of lens design, am I right?
  • Replied in 3 tips:
    (1) Try setting the peaking level to "low" which makes it less sensitive (less likely to show peaking unless the contrast is really high).
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