coasttocoastphoto

coasttocoastphoto

Lives in Atlanta
Works as a Artist/Photographer
Has a website at www.coasttocoastphoto.com
Joined on Feb 28, 2018
About me:

I like to go places where everybody else hasn't been. I have an Airstream and a Leica. Get off the Interstate and turn left or right. Get lost.

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coasttocoastphoto: Sending some well wishes to Nikon here. Thanks for providing me with endless hours of enjoyment and now thousands of negatives and prints. As I recall, I had an FM2, an F3HP, a Nikonis V and an 8008, not to mention a host of lenses and accessories. Perhaps Mitsubishi will breathe some new life into this venerable brand. That Nikonis V took some kick ass pictures. Buy a camera and leave your crappy phone at home. Oh yes, you hipsters with your skinny pants and cell phone imprint in your front pocket look silly. I know, my generation had it's own look as well, but I'm calling you out on this one. And for God sakes, stop putting grease in your hair. There's a reason guys stopped using Vitalis in the 60's. Your pillows must be disgusting.

Correct, Nikonos.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2021 at 18:45 UTC

If I were young with good eyesight, serious and deliberate , and planned to be in it for the long run, I would consider a Leica M and try some Voigtlander lenses. It will spark your creativity.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2021 at 18:07 UTC as 4th comment
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DGrinb: I wish I had guides to photography back in 80's when I was a teenager. That would lure me stronger to a photography side.
I missed so many things not doing the film, now I'm just too lazy, as digital is so easy.

Intelligence seeks its own level. Rise, "poor Ansel", rise!

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2021 at 17:29 UTC

Printing is just like anything else where there are levels of quality. On an "A, B, C, D, E, F" scale, I would give Costco a "C". There's so much focus on equipment and film selection, then why isn't everyone concerned what the final product looks like?

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2021 at 17:09 UTC as 12th comment
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Marty4650: There are plenty of good reasons why instant cameras went from "exciting new technology" to "obsolete." Those reasons are well documented for anyone who wants to do a web search.

Despite that, there are ALWAYS a few bold souls who crave obsolete technology. You can see that in the revival of vinyl records and the current strong interest in film cameras among some. The real question is whether there is sufficient interest to sustain any business selling very expensive cameras and very expensive film for a product that most consumers have already rejected.

I wouldn't be shocked to see a kickstarter program for "Project VHS" someday, because there are probably a few people who crave video tape machines too. And some enterprising group will create a product to cash in on that. Some people will always crave whatever isn't popular because they march to their own drummer.

@trebor1, thanks for these links. I'm always up for something with substance, but I will still maintain that the vast majority of Polaroid cameras were used by amateurs taking mediocre pictures of family members. I agree that they were a serious tool for various applications. If you look at my Insta page @coasttocoastphotoatl, you will see me contemplating the purchase of an SX-70 in 1974. The quality of images coming out of my SRT-101 pretty much smoked my Polaroid, but you didn't have to wait a week to get your pictures back. I remember my father using Polaroid as a way to teach me about the stock market. He said that if you have your money in the right place and something big comes along, you can do pretty good.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2020 at 14:18 UTC
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Marty4650: There are plenty of good reasons why instant cameras went from "exciting new technology" to "obsolete." Those reasons are well documented for anyone who wants to do a web search.

Despite that, there are ALWAYS a few bold souls who crave obsolete technology. You can see that in the revival of vinyl records and the current strong interest in film cameras among some. The real question is whether there is sufficient interest to sustain any business selling very expensive cameras and very expensive film for a product that most consumers have already rejected.

I wouldn't be shocked to see a kickstarter program for "Project VHS" someday, because there are probably a few people who crave video tape machines too. And some enterprising group will create a product to cash in on that. Some people will always crave whatever isn't popular because they march to their own drummer.

I bought Polaroid cameras when they were selling new. There's a reason that these products fell out of fashion and that reason is they didn't produce very good images. Most people using Polaroid cameras did so for special occasions like birthdays, graduations, proms and holidays. Don't believe me? Look through your family photo bin at the Polaroids. What do you see? People right? Nobody was really using these cameras for artistic purposes or taking pictures of gas stations. So now with the help of all-knowing twenty-something year old Youtube influencers, we are led to believe that these cameras produce "amazing" images. The reality is that they don't, but they can be fun to use. And if you do go in that direction, you too will have some pictures in a bin. Take pictures of yourself doing stupid things. Those are the best ones.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2020 at 04:24 UTC

Sending some well wishes to Nikon here. Thanks for providing me with endless hours of enjoyment and now thousands of negatives and prints. As I recall, I had an FM2, an F3HP, a Nikonis V and an 8008, not to mention a host of lenses and accessories. Perhaps Mitsubishi will breathe some new life into this venerable brand. That Nikonis V took some kick ass pictures. Buy a camera and leave your crappy phone at home. Oh yes, you hipsters with your skinny pants and cell phone imprint in your front pocket look silly. I know, my generation had it's own look as well, but I'm calling you out on this one. And for God sakes, stop putting grease in your hair. There's a reason guys stopped using Vitalis in the 60's. Your pillows must be disgusting.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2020 at 03:48 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
On article Leica SL2-S initial review (447 comments in total)
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King Penguin: All these people moaning about price don’t get it, Leica saves you money in the long term, I purchased a M10 when launched along with a 35mm f2 Summicron, over the next year I purchased second-hand the latest 6 bit 21mm Super Elmar, and 50mm Summicron lenses and apart from a 15mm Voigtlander Super-Wide Heliar, I’ve spent nothing on any other photo gear in the past 5 years or so and expect a trouble free next five years.

Whereas the previous 10 years as digital progressed, I got through an Olympus E420, Pana GF1, Nikon D5100, a D600, a D610 and a Df + all the lenses, all sold on eBay.

Finally when i sell my Leica kit, sure I’ll lose money on the body but not on the lenses!

I agree, my Leica glass is steadily holding its value, and some lenses are increasing. In fact, I need to adjust for insurance purposes.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2020 at 12:16 UTC
On article New Leica SL2-S is a more accessible, video-focused SL2 (103 comments in total)
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LakeSuperior1: I really want this! But I need to sell some body parts first. Anyone need a kidney or a well used liver??

A well used liver, you say? I wouldn't trust anyone who didn't have a well used liver.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2020 at 20:56 UTC
On article Leica SL2-S initial review (447 comments in total)
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PPierre: Well, I'd still get an R6 with a f1.2 prime over this camera, but Leica is finally delivering some nice mirrorless cameras spec-wise. Though I'm not sure specs are what Leica buyers are looking for. Actually, I'm quite curious about this : do traditional Leica users like these SL bodies and lenses ? The Leica rangefinders seem so much more appealing to me.

I'm a long-term shooter and have several Leica's including an SL and 3 SL lenses. I much prefer this system to any Minolta, Nikon, Canon that I have owned. My SL handily outperforms the 5DSR and 5D4 that I once had. Leica cameras are simpler to use, and the lenses are optically superior. My take on anti-Leica sentiments come from those who don't know the brand. I'm not opposed to reading spec sheets and do so frequently, and I'm impressed by Sony's AF performance. But it's ultimately the photographer and the lens that make the shot.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2020 at 09:00 UTC
On article Leica SL2-S initial review (447 comments in total)

Leica prevails in build quality, simplicity of use, and imaging. I'm interested in video, but I don't see myself buying a camera covered in buttons with a stagnated menu system, which is why I've held off from other brands. I've got an SL and am in the Leica ecosystem, so this camera might be the best choice for an upgrade. I'm also very much interested in its low light performance. As for autofocus, I've only not been able to achieve focus in a few instances with the SL. Once, I was shooting a fast moving dog chasing a ball. I understand the limitations of the system and simply shot with several lenses and changed my position. if you go to my Insta page @coasttocoastphotoatl, scroll down until you see the dog with the football. Super fast autofocus is nice, but I would rather have better optics. And another thing, Leica holds its value better than most other brands.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2020 at 14:01 UTC as 51st comment

I had a Tamron 500mm mirror lens 40 years ago. Yea, Ok, so it gave me some reach, but I never liked the results and quickly sold it. I recently posted an image of the Chrysler Building on my insta page @coasttocoastphotoatl

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2020 at 10:27 UTC as 9th comment
On article Photokina is cancelled indefinitely (368 comments in total)

I've attended a number of trade shows. It was a highlight for me to see new things, meet and talk to reps, fill my backpack with brochures- some of which I still have from decades ago, and get hands on with new things. Disappointingly, I have witnessed a trend where manufacturers ceased attending the shows. Leica's absence was sorely missed. OK, as with anything, photography has evolved. Pouring over the back pages of Popular Photography has given way to spending countless hours on Youtube. And I must admit that I am taken aback at the popularity of some reviewers and the number of followers that they have amassed. Twenty somethings walking around with film cameras posting videos with lackluster photos, unfulfilling commentary, and tinny soundtracks are uninspiring. The blind are leading the blind. At least at the show, there was interaction and room for questions. Some of you Youtubers need to work on your craft. And oh yes, my cameras don't make phone calls.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2020 at 10:00 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article Zeiss ZX1 initial review (540 comments in total)
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Peter1976: "There's no subject tracking nor face detection, and I ended up with more mis-focused shots of static subjects than I'm used to on modern cameras"

So you have a camera that costs thousands of Dollars, has a terrific lens and a capable sensor. And then you spoil it with a very poor AF system? I don't get it...
What is a superb lens good for if you miss so much shots (even static objects)? I prefere a very good over a terrific lens if it gets more shots in focus.

You make a valid point in your comparison. In 2016, I was in Samy's looking to buy a medium format system. I chose the Leica S over the Hasselblad due to the Hasselblad having software issues. Given the choice in between the Zeiss and Hasselblad, I'd go for the Hasselblad. For about the same money, you get a bigger sensor and interchangeable lenses. Auto focus is a nice feature, but if it went away tomorrow, I wouldn't find myself too bent out of shape. If you want to spend some money with Zeiss, then put an Otus on your camera and compare the results to your Canon/Nikon/Sony/Sigma in LR. I'm betting you will become a Zeiss owner after all.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2020 at 09:30 UTC

Thanks to Chris, Jordan, and DP Review for another informative review. Given the 4 choices presented, I believe the Panasonic has the best rendering. Looking back over my 50 year love affair with photography, if I could do it over again, then I might make some different choices. I don't know that I would want bags full of gear from any of these manufacturers. I'm currently scanning about 100 pounds of negatives, and while the results are good, I think I would take a different path and buy a Leica M and 3 lenses or maybe even one medium format camera with one lens. You don't need autofocus. You don't need all the features. All the buttons will just get in the way. The menus will confuse you. Stick to the basics, go for the biggest negative or sensor, and choose the best optics. Learn to practice good technique, and enjoy the journey. @coasttocoastphotoatl

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2020 at 10:29 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies

The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau used to be a special that aired on network TV. It was mesmerizing to see divers with cool air tanks and space like suits swimming under the ocean gliding over reefs and interacting with marine life. And then there was Jacques with his French accent describing every detail. It made this kid want to learn to dive and to become a Divemaster. I bought a Nikonos V and used it on land and under water for years. It was built like a tank and took great pictures. I kept it on my boat most of the time, but I also used it for travel and general photography. I'm scanning about a hundred pounds of negatives and old pics at present and will be posting some photos soon. @coasttocoastphotoatl

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2020 at 04:30 UTC as 2nd comment

Roger, you have a significant amount experience with a lot of different equipment. How does Leica glass compare?
Thanks,
Bill
Coast to Coast Photo
@coasttocoastphotoatl

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2020 at 03:57 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies

I have a 55mm Zeiss Otus and Zeiss binoculars. I'm also a long-term Leica owner. The optics are as good as it can get. Don't write off Zeiss just because this camera doesn't suit your taste. Zeiss glass is optically superior and is on par with Leica. Upgrade your kit by adding a Zeiss lens and savor the results. @coasttocoasphototatl

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2020 at 16:56 UTC as 40th comment
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AndreasOberg: I do not see that much differences on these images, not here on the webpage at least, but that does not mean that the difference is not there. We have a collection of Zeiss Otus lenses, (you can get them quite cheap these days) and when you look online the difference is not that large, however when we photograph with them the difference was bigger than we thought. Much sharper and no chromatic aberration. We compared with for example Canon's new 85 1.4 IS that has done well in tests and it performed very poorly compared to the Otus equivalent.

My point is that I could imagine the Leica lenses could be similar, that in real usage the difference is larger than you would think. Of course those that buy Leica do not only do it for the image quality, but for several other reasons.

*continuation from previous post-
If you are making beautiful images with another brand, then I salute you. However, I suggest that you should get acquainted with as many brands as possible and not fall prey to contrived test results. You may love the brand, or you may not, but that's the beauty of photography- to grow as an artist and to chronicle life. @coasttocoastphotoatl

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2020 at 03:09 UTC
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AndreasOberg: I do not see that much differences on these images, not here on the webpage at least, but that does not mean that the difference is not there. We have a collection of Zeiss Otus lenses, (you can get them quite cheap these days) and when you look online the difference is not that large, however when we photograph with them the difference was bigger than we thought. Much sharper and no chromatic aberration. We compared with for example Canon's new 85 1.4 IS that has done well in tests and it performed very poorly compared to the Otus equivalent.

My point is that I could imagine the Leica lenses could be similar, that in real usage the difference is larger than you would think. Of course those that buy Leica do not only do it for the image quality, but for several other reasons.

I have 4 Leica bodies and eight Leica S and SL lenses and one 55mm Zeiss Otus. I use the Zeiss on my SL via a Novoflex adaptor. The results between the Leica and Zeiss glass are almost indistinguishable. But there are other benefits- the Otus is manual focus which is an awesome feature. Leica and Zeiss are in a whole different class from anything that I have used previously from Nikon, Canon, Tamron or Sigma, although I did get some crazy sharp results from my Canon 300mm 2.8. If you are new to Leica or Zeiss, then you are in for a treat. Here are some of the benefits: optical superiority, a simplified and more intuitive interface, smoother operation, more tactile feel, thoughtful ergonomics, robust and balanced construction, and a second-to-none viewfinder. The lenses are designed to have more contrast, to produce corner-to-corner sharpness, and demonstrate a noticeable quantitative difference. *comments continued on next post-

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2020 at 03:08 UTC
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