Gary Dean Mercer Clark

Gary Dean Mercer Clark

Lives in United States Miami Beach, FL, United States
Works as a Photographer/Videographer
Has a website at www.garymercer.us
Joined on Feb 29, 2004
About me:

Life's a beach with a camera

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On article Yongnuo YN 85mm F1.8 lens now available (241 comments in total)
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Chris Yates: Just buy a used Canon 85mm f1.8 on ebay or craigslist for around $250 and be done.

Good to know what the Canon 85mm f1.8 is going for on Ebay since I'm selling the same lens on craigslist. :)

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2017 at 02:14 UTC
On article Extremely dramatic video touts Canon's CMOS technology (189 comments in total)
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Gary Dean Mercer Clark: wow. Free advertising for Canon from Dpreview.com. Nice advertisement!.

Fantastic for Sony! Didn't know Sony gets all that free advertising on dpreview.com 24/7. WOW. Thanks for clearing that up! Good for Sony!

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 16:14 UTC
On article Extremely dramatic video touts Canon's CMOS technology (189 comments in total)

wow. Free advertising for Canon from Dpreview.com. Nice advertisement!.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 13:37 UTC as 49th comment | 3 replies
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1478 comments in total)
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tbcass: I have issue with this;
"The screen can be used at all sorts of angles, but finding the right position to shoot from below waist level in portrait orientation is confusing, and makes the Sony look unnecessarily clumsy next to anyone using a typical professional DSLR. If the screen could spin on its base hinge freely without hard stopping points, the mechanism would be much more useful, but the hard stopping points force it to be used in specific ways, making it more cumbersome than a fully articulated screen."

Bull!!!!!! It's the same system that's in my A77ii and I have no problems at all. Apparently the reviewers are just uncoordinated oafs. In addition most professional DSLRs have fixed screens.

I use the articulated screen on the A77mK II which is identical to the A99MK II and have never had a problem using it in the portrait position---Like to understand how it is clumsy? This is the dpreview reviewer's subjective opinion, nothing more.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 18:27 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1478 comments in total)
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DualSystemGuy: Another mind-blowing specification list translating into mediocre real-world performance, particularly in the AF department. I'm always rooting for Sony but this always seems to be the outcome :( Impressive speed though, 12 FPS at 42MP is over 500MP/s.

Can you share the links to the youtube videos showing that the A99ii against the D5? That would be interesting to view.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 18:23 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1478 comments in total)
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Ralf B: This post https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/59120737 says enough.

I completely concur with Gary Fong's assessment of the Sony A77mK II. Been using the SLT since 2012 & scratched my head at the Sony A77mK II review. I even did the same bicycle test and also did the test photographing skateboarders in a similar fashion with a 11 out of 12 frame in focus hit rate and I posted the test results a year ago. I've done this over and over again, consistently. Now we get the same review and story with the A99 MK II review? Why? Is your test protocol flawed? I'd be asking the question of why and how full time pro sports shooters like Davey Wilson are getting such great results compared to the review.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 18:07 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1478 comments in total)
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John Koch: Lots of interesting basketball shots to assess the AF and burst performance. Too bad no companion video shots of the same action. The sole video sample involves face recognition of a stationary subject.

DPR gives the a99ii a respectable score of 85, despite repeated, blurry misgivings about the AF. Is the score good because of other strengths? Or is the AF really on par for its class after all? Exactly how does the a99ii AF rank relative to the a7rii, 5Div, D810, or perhaps the a6500 or OM-D EM1ii?

A FF camera that shoots its best video in APS-c mode is a nagging paradox.

That is not an apple to apples comparison. How can dpreview compare performance at 5 fps to 12Fps and say the lower frame rate camera performed better ? Didnt compare results at the same frame rate. Not a valid test comparison. Fail.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 16:53 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1478 comments in total)
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lhkjacky: The Phoblographer Review: Sony a99 II
http://www.thephoblographer.com/2016/12/28/review-sony-a99-ii/

Quote:
Autofocus:

Here’s where Sony is really taking the cake. In the entire time I used the camera, it maybe misfocused once. That’s it. Canon and Nikon are no slouches either, but the tracking AF on Sony is faster and more accurate.

For years, both Canon and Nikon beat Sony. But this time around, Sony is winning at autofocus speeds over more traditional DSLR cameras.

I use the same Sony guide and get stellar results shooting with the Sony A77mk2 and have thousands of sports images and tracked series of photos as proof. My real life test results don't match dpreview's review of the A77mk2 so now that we see the same comments in the review of the A99mk2, it makes me wonder if Dpreview reviewers actually followed Sony's 4D focus guide recommendations? I concur with Davey Wilson's assessment of the A77mk2 and now the A99mk2 as his comments and experience shooting SLT are in line with my mine and neither of us are Sony sponsored. What's in it for us to promote Sony cameras like some fanboy? Nothing. Instead of Dpreview staff being so defensive of criticism of their testing methods and results---maybe dpreview needs to consult with full time sports shooters like Dave Wilson and others and find out why they are getting better results? Criticism is an opportunity in my humble opinion.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 16:46 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1478 comments in total)
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ovlov: Too bad Sony has all but abandoned the A-mount lens wise.

TrojMacReady---the sigma 85mm f1.4 is not available in the Sony A-mount. The Sigma 18-35 1.8 is in A-mount. Here are the Sigma lenses that support the A-mount currently: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/standard-lenses?sigma_mount=12064

Really hoping Sigma will make all of its Art series glass available in the A-mount. Not sure if Sigma is planning to continue support for the A-mount

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 14:50 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1478 comments in total)
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Orchideon: Buy it, try it, I have it since November 2016 ...
It´s very great instrument to get quality photos and very great 4k videos ...

But, but, but, my great american friends, I can show you for example another review, world are not only "Trumpies", but Europe too ... If you can a little bit German, try to read this one, please :

http://www.chip.de/bestenlisten/Bestenliste-Vollformat-DSLR-und-Vollformat-DSLM--index/index/id/1361/

Thanks for your attention !

Use google translate

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 13:58 UTC

Bizarre!

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 11:17 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Fotodiox LED100WB-56 quick review (56 comments in total)
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PeterNMIF: Some mention of cost would be helpful. It would help me, and others I think too, determine how much time to spend reading the article. Perhaps I missed it as I have to admit that though I read the article I have not looked at the videos.

I've seen the alien bees --DigiBee by Paul C. Buff. It's a better value ---allows both flash and continuos lighting. Fantastic product --best of both worlds.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 12:27 UTC
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NaBalam: Wow he must have one hell of a camera

NO---He is one hell of a photographer. Its the photographer who made these great images---not the camera. Any camera bought within the last few years has the potential to make great images like this. His knowledge , skills and application of the art of photography is what makes the photographs so compelling and wonderful.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2017 at 17:10 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1 Mark II Iceland sample gallery (83 comments in total)
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Alpha Whiskey Photography: I took Olympus equipment to Iceland recently. It didn't disappoint. (EM5 Mk1)
(Although I kept the DSLR handy for the auroras ;))

http://alphawhiskey.slickpic.com/photoblog/post/Postcards-From-A-Drive-Around-Iceland

A Nice gallery of photographs!

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 13:36 UTC
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Mike99999: Judging from the trollfest in these comments, many Canon and Fuji affectionados are getting their panties in a bundle over this lens.

This lens seals the deal for Canon being an outdated system.

The Batis, Loxia, Sony Zeiss and GM lens lines have taken away Fujis crown of most desirable mirrorless lenses.

I can understand why people are lashing out.

My dog is better than your dog.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 23:19 UTC
On article A photographer's guide to Cuba (46 comments in total)
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Gary Dean Mercer Clark: Covered the biennial art fair in Habanna in 2009 for an art magazine .

Whoops---here is the link to the assignment images shot in 2009 in Habanna.
https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/7757585116/albums/cuba-assignment

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 14:44 UTC
On article A photographer's guide to Cuba (46 comments in total)

Covered the biennial art fair in Habanna in 2009 for an art magazine .

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 14:39 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1179 comments in total)

Fabulous. Finally---a true DSLR sized medium format digital camera. NICE! Like to see a telephoto lens offered in addition to the wide angle 45mm and normal 90mm lens.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 15:20 UTC as 200th comment
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

The white version is easiest to read. White text on black background is more difficult for some to read including myself. At night, or reading in a dark room, the black background works better. Can Preview please keep both options for readers? Bravo!

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 18:19 UTC as 378th comment
On article Apple launches battery case for iPhone 6 & 6s (147 comments in total)

Ugly.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2015 at 13:57 UTC as 6th comment
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