dmurphey

dmurphey

Lives in United States Honolulu, HI, United States
Works as a photographer
Has a website at http://davidmurphey.com
Joined on Mar 22, 2012

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Nicely done.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2018 at 16:19 UTC as 22nd comment
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kayphoto: Many Kickstarters are good and many are just trying to grab the money and run. Also 50k$ goal is somewhat low for R&D or even to buy a tooling machine. Anyway all for the best for them to succeed!

People (or companies) often set their funding goal low to improve their ranking on Kickstarter. The site has an algorithm to rank projects based on how quickly project reaches funding, or how many multiples of their goal is met. At least that's how Kickstarters ranking system was setup when I did a project a few years ago.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2018 at 23:16 UTC

Would love to see an update to support the Fujifilm GFX 50S.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 16:53 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
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JT26: I do not understand why Leica cannot seem to design a small lens for the SL. Its ridiculous actually. Baffled.

This was the same with their R lenses, especially the tele primes which were like drain pipes. Really odd.

This lens is as big as the Sony GM 2.8 constant and its 0.5-1.5 stops slower.

You can use fast prime M lenses if you need the speed and smaller size. Leica already has a full line of M lenses that work perfectly on the SL. If you want convenience, use a zoom.

Smaller lenses have optical limitations. You need bigger lenses and more glass to optically correct (like Zeiss Otus). I like my Fujifilm cameras, but most of the lenses are software corrected. Smaller, lighter, cheaper.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2018 at 21:13 UTC
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mikeodial: This sort of extends the market here to FF users who may want higher res on occasion and makes those with a lot of glass looking for a mirrorless body have an alternative to Sony. (Yes, its a lot more money, but still much less than Hasselblad)

Exactly why I just bought one this week. Plus, I can use my Canon tilt-shift lenses with an adapter.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2018 at 20:00 UTC
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arhmatic: I understand that the business is destroyed, but I assume that the photographer has a website that would survive a lawsuit. After all, it only takes $10-20/month to pay the hosting and leave the website running. Link, anyone?

The bad reviews on Yelp never expire. Your negative reviews will show up in searches long after your business has closed.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2018 at 04:02 UTC

It's crazy how a bad apple on social media can destroy a business. It's a tough time being a photographer.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2018 at 03:57 UTC as 28th comment

I used Elinchrom for many years. I started with the 1100ws Ranger series and moved to the 400ws Quadra. They make awesome packs and lights!

When my Quadra broke last year, I replaced it with a budget Godox AD600. I was quite surprised as to how well it preformed. It's not built as well as Elinchrom, but it's 1/3 of the price. Not sure where Elinchrom is getting the claim of "most powerful". The newer AD600Pro is TTL at 600ws.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2018 at 16:42 UTC as 12th comment | 5 replies
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theprehistorian: Think I'd go for the XT2. I just don't see the point of an APS-C camera that's so big and costs so much.

If I'm not bothered about size I've got two Nikon FX cameras, with huge optical viewfinders, infinite battery life, jaw dropping speed and responsiveness etc. The whole point of the X cameras is that they're supposed to be small and light...

I have a X-T2, but I just ordered a X-H1. I really like the larger sized grip. If I need a smaller sized body, I'll carry an X-E3. Each body serves a specific function. I think the X-H1 will be more comfortable to use on all day shoots. Not a camera for everyone. I think if size is the issue, you'll get the same image quality from the X-T2 or E-3.

Like you, I also have full frame cameras (Canon). But Fuji does video much better than both Canon and Nikon. Also, I use the electronic shutter for silent shooting a lot. The Fuji cameras seem to be more well rounded.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 01:05 UTC
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Percival Merriwether: They should also consider changing their name to RES...Really Expensive Stuff

Completely agree. But I have all 3 ballheads. The oldest is 14 years old and goes out on assignments 2-3 days a week. It's still solid after all these years. Built like a tank!

You get what you pay for. :)

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 17:40 UTC
On article DJI Mavic Air: What you need to know (136 comments in total)
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madsgrand: This slideshow format is still annoying!

The reason for the slideshows is so DP can sell 16 pages of ad space instead of one page. The format is all about the $.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2018 at 17:21 UTC
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thx1138: Luke use the back pack!

Where's the pouch to hold your lightsaber tripod?

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 20:39 UTC
On article Leica CL: first sample images (39 comments in total)

I was hoping the CL + 18mm combo could replace my Leica Q as a travel camera. Smaller, with interchangeable lenses (the 18-56 is sharp). But most of these samples look like there's a thin veil of haze over the entire frame. Like there was a film or residue on the sensor.

I downloaded the DNG files and tried adding a little clarity, but it doesn't have the crispness as the Leica Q. It's too bad, because the Q is only $500 more than the CL + 18mm combo.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2017 at 18:31 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On article Canon EF 35mm F2 IS USM gallery (152 comments in total)
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KLO82: This or EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM - which one is a better walk around/ general purpose lens on a full frame Canon?

I have the 28 IS, 35 IS and 35 f1.4L II. I prefer the 28 IS for street / landscape photography. The 28 IS has more of a planar design (flat field) while the 35 IS has a light field curvature with the front corners being a little sharper. Both are sharp in the center wide open. By f7.1 the corners are equally sharp. I hardly use the 35 1.4L. It's the sharpest out of the 3, but it gets heavy after a while.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 08:45 UTC
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matthew saville: All of a sudden I feel like browsing Despair.com again...

Thanks for reminding me of a great website. Despair.com has some pretty cool stuff!

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 00:33 UTC
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cgarrard: "Oh I wish I was a little bar of soap (bar of soap..."

:)

Exactly =}

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 17:13 UTC

Not the camera I was hoping for. I bought a TL last year and sold it after only 1 week of use.  That slippery fish has terrible egromomics.  If I want ot use a smartphone interface, I'll use my iPhone.

 I use the Leica Q for travels and I was hoping to get a small, system with a viewfinder. Leica could have a best seller if they just made it useable and not trendy.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 17:12 UTC as 34th comment
On article Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 sample gallery (180 comments in total)

My absolute, all time favorite lens for M43. It's sharp and a perfect compromise in field of view. Wide enough for landscapes, tight enough for 1/2 body portraits. https://www.instagram.com/dcmurphey/

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 22:02 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (838 comments in total)

The DPREVIEW lens tests are from a studio test target around 3ft away. The Fuji pancake lens isn't at it's best at close distances (documented since the X100). If you us it at it's ideal distance range 5ft to infinity, I think you'll be pleased with it's sharpness. Great fro street photography and scenics.

I did a mini test of it's sharpness and posted the high-res files here: http://www.davidmurphey.com/x100f/ Feel free to download the files as long as it's for personal use.

It's not as sharp as my Leica Q, and the Leica files look smoother (and resolves fine details better). But for $1200 bucks, I think the X100T is a great deal.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 07:32 UTC as 116th comment | 3 replies
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Digital Imaging Technician: Whyyyyyy 28mm? This is nothing but a strange focal length for a non-ILC (yes, I'm looking at you too Ricoh GR) that Leica has not historically embraced. If there was a 35mm version I would buy this. Please Leica, it's a dream come true, but 7mm to wide... :-(

My 28mm practically lives on my Canon 5D mKII when I'm out shooting landscapes. I love the focal length and have been waiting for a fixed lens camera like this.

I have the Fuji X100T but almost always wish it was a little wider.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 15:50 UTC
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