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/

MediaArchivist's recent activity

  • Replied in Indeed!
    I regularly shoot with a pair of modern Zeiss lenses... and a pair of old Minoltas. The Zeiss lenses are certainly sharp, AF is fast, flare control, etc. The Minoltas aren't "better," but are ...
  • Replied in spec vs design
    Big difference, in fact. This carries over to all branches of engineering. The city writes up the specifications for a new bridge. How much traffic to expect, will there be tolls, etc. Based on ...
  • Replied in 70-300
    I have nothing but good things to report about the Tamron 70-300 Di USD (not the "macro" model). Well, the bokeh could be better but I don't know if that's a reasonable expectation for a 4x zoom. O ...
  • Replied in I know when
    IMHO, "a static scene with artificial light" in insufficient to counter the real world observations made by many. Lack of evidence is not the same as evidence of lacking, yet you have developed a ...
  • I reported an observation with a high quality filter that matched the observations that many other photographers also posted. These are posted in this thread, and I know you have seen them because ...
  • Replied in Dunno...
    I have the older Sigma 70mm macro, it is a stellar lens but the aperture is only f/2.8 on the wide end. I also have an old 1960s Rokkor 58/1.2, I converted the mount so it would fit my camera. I ...
  • Replied in What camera?
    My best guess is you want a fast (wide aperture) "normal" lens. That would be (roughly) 50mm on a FF camera, 35mm on a APS camera, and 25mm on a m4/3 camera. Most manufacturers have a reasonably ...
  • Replied in Observations?
    I have not claimed to have conducted tests, I have merely reported my own observations : filters sometimes add flare and veiling haze. I further observed that sometimes they don't. I have also ...
  • Replied in I know when
    When light hits a surface at an oblique angle every additional transmission surface can add aberrations. Please note that the phrase "can add aberrations" does not mean "always will" or "often ...
  • Replied in Corrosion?
    I did not see anything on the contacts, so I don't know for sure what it was. It may not have been anything; my experience could be coincidence or the swiping motion could have ever so slightly ...
  • Replied in I remember...
    I remember when I got mine. It arrived in time for the event I was hoping to use it for, but the event was canceled. It was also raining outside. I ended up with a few hundred shots of my dog and ...
  • So far, the downside(s) appear to be limited to a need to clean the lens contacts annually. If I discover further downsides I will update this thread :)
  • Replied in The wise?
    The wise do not make blanket statements for all of photography.
  • Replied in I know when
    I have encountered many situations where my CPL added flare and veiling haze. In situations where I think a CPL might be advantageous (not many, but enough to justify owning one), I balance the ...
  • I am fixin' to get ready to explore the same. The ones I have seen are spectacular.
  • Created discussion thread a99ii inconsistent focus?
    I swap lenses. A lot. Five or six times per outing, maybe more. After over a year with my a99ii, AF was starting to be very inconsistent. Everything would start great, in AF-C mode with face ...
  • Replied in 12Mp, unless...
    There is a story that a little girl once asked Abraham Lincoln how tall a man should be. "Tall enough so his feet reach the ground" was his reply. I want as many megapixels as I can get! Each ...
  • Replied in Sidelines?
    I think you are the only photographer on the NFL sidelines that cares about looking cool, or avoiding looking consumer-ish. Sports photographers care about the shots they are getting (or missing). ...
  • Replied in Camera bags...
    I have been using a diaper bag from time to time. I want any would be ne'er-do-wells to think I am carrying around a literal bag of crap (and yes, the word "literal" is used correctly here). Then ...
  • Replied in Not me!
    I don't know about "anyone", but that certainly was not the case for me. I had the foresight (or luck) to have purchased mostly FF lenses, so when I got a FF camera I was using the same lenses I ...
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