Peter Nelson

Lives in United States U.S.A., United States
Works as a Artist/Photographer/Designer
Joined on Apr 1, 2005
About me:

Abstract painting, Landscape & Portrait Painter & Photographer.
Photo Restorations.
Bird Photography.
Doing Wedding's and event work when I can.


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On article Just Posted: Canon EOS 5D Mark III review (672 comments in total)
In reply to:

Joe Ogiba: Looks like the GH2 kills it in video mode.
"Although the specification on the box says 1080p, with regards resolution the 5D Mark III is a huge let down and the $600 Panasonic GH2 offers a far more detailed 'true 1080p' image (whilst maintaining a relatively large sensor for video and interchangeable lens mount). The 1080p mode is not really full HD at all in terms of the real amount of detail in the image - more like 720p.
The 5D Mark III is vulnerable since it is not a huge step from the 5D Mark II in terms of the overall image in video mode. Other cameras such as the $5000 Sony FS100, $800 Panasonic GH2 and $3000 Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera offer significantly more in the ways of features and image quality for low budget video production."

Who cares about video. Get a cam corder. This is a "still's camera forum. Get it!

Link | Posted on May 23, 2012 at 00:57 UTC
On article Extreme contrast edits in Lightroom 4 and ACR 7 (132 comments in total)

CS2 can do this using the lasso tools and the highlight sliders.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2012 at 17:24 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply
On article First Impressions: Using the Nikon D4 (183 comments in total)

With the advent and advances in m4/3 I have to say that I am not interested in another FF Pro DSLR fror anyone. I have two (2) FF DSLR's, a Canon 1DsMkII and an older Kodak SLR/n FF. I have an even older Nikon D1H Pro Camera as well. I like the IQ from all three. But, I am tired of the weight and size. When are Nikon and Canon going to realize that the day's of these large cameras are over due to advances in electronics and sensor's.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2012 at 00:43 UTC as 101st comment | 6 replies
On article Kodak to stop making digital cameras (141 comments in total)
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slncezgsi: I feel sorry for all those that will loose their jobs, but I do not recall Kodak producing interesting compact digital cameras in several years (or was it just a marketing failure?) and there were no DSLRs in a long time. I wonder what went wrong with their high-end digital market.

Kodak's high end digital market, the DSLR market was a contest between one single American DSLR camera maker Kodak the inventer against all of Japan and it's DSLR makers, especially Canon and Nikon.
Kodak invented digital photography and the DSLR. However they had to outscource DSLR parts from Japan as there were no American companies that were assisting Kodak in the mfr process. Once the Japaneses were able to make their own sensors they "Slit Kodak's" throat by not suppling any more bodies. Nikon even went so far as to instruct the NYC Nikon importer to stop suppling Rochester N.Y. Kodak with any additional Nikon film bodies. Koday had to actually go into NYC and purchase Nikon film camera bodies in a store and then turn them into Kodak DSLR's. Tough to survive doing that.
I have a Full Frame 14MP Kodak DSLR the SLR/n and I would not trade it for anything. It's good enough in operation, the IQ is definetly good enough or better than other DSLR's and the body size is perfect for me.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2012 at 21:17 UTC
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cre8unique: I'm really not a natural customer for superzoom cameras with high zoom ratios (very rarely use anything longer than a 35mm equiv. 100mm), but as I have a Nikon P500 that I won in a competition, I do have some limited experience of this type of camera...

The Nikon P500 at its maximum focal length of 800mm is almost totally unusable. Its almost impossible to even find you subject in the viewfinder, never mind hold the camera steady (even with IS). In fact the P500 is practically useless at anything more that 300mm.

But the wide angle setting of 22mm on the P500 is really nice to have and provides unique perspectives for a camera like this. So to give up even a couple of mm at the wide end for an utterly meaningless 200mm at the telephoto end is such a waste.

Zoom ratio is just an alternative to megapixels as a way to generate excitement on the sales floor... like an extra couple of megapixels it is utterly meaningless in practice. IMHO this type of camera is gadget 1st and camera 2nd.

No offense but since you stated that your experience is with lenses no more than 100mm, for you to judge any superzoom camera does not reflect a qualified opinion. I have been shooting DSLR's with 300mm, 400mm, 500mm, 800mm and I also use a 1.4 Tele-converter on these lenses. I also use a Bridge superzoom that has an 800mm equivalent lens. It takes a long while to become really profiecient using supertele lenses. Perhaps years. Now along you come and with very little expereince with supertele's you are bound to fail at first. Did to go through a 2 to 5 year year learning curve? I think not. Therefor your opinion must be taken with the caveat that you do not know what you are doing in regards to using superzoom cameras. In another words you are to be ignored in that regard.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2012 at 19:13 UTC

I like this camera a lot. But, I like my Seiko/Epson R-D1 even more. I am so glad that I have an R-D1, the worlds First Digital Rangefinder mirrorless camera. It has the most manual controls of all. Not Leica nor this nice new FujiFilm X-Pro1 has as many usefull manual controls as my R-D1. I am now considering purchasing a second R-D1.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2012 at 01:21 UTC as 65th comment | 3 replies
On Article:2667964461 (16 comments in total)

I got a new Nikon D1H in 2006. I really think it's a good camera even today. It has a max shutter speed of 1/16,000 and I do not know of another DSLR with that specification. The body is very rugged and I'm not affraid to take it everywhere as a walk around camera. The last time I used it was last night January 2, 2012 indoors at ISO1600 for taking portriats of my wife indoors. I have made excellent 13" x 19" color prints with my D1H.
I also have a Kodak SLR/n purchased second hand and at base ISO 160 it's really very very good. I use it like a film SLR.
My Canon's? 1DsMkII, 50D, 450XSi, 20D, XT, 300D all still work.
I used the D1H this past Holloween outdoors from afternoon till dark. Why? Because I can count on it to get the shot. Also I appreciate the smaller file size. I can shoot all the images I could ever want or need with this camera. Anyway the D1 was first and it did need the improvements of the D1H and D1X. -Peter

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 at 02:12 UTC as 13th comment
On article The 15 Minute Makeover: Photoshop Beauty Retouching (168 comments in total)

Her retouched eye looks fake. Sorry but as a painter, and someone who draws portraits as well as photograph portraits I think he went too far.
I use either Canon 1DsMkII FF DSLR and Canon 85mm f/1.2 at f/1.2 or a crop sensored DSLR. Sometimes I use the Canon 135 f/2 L at f/2.
Also I use the FF DSLR Kodak SLR/n with Nikon Ai 85mm f/2 at f/2.
These provide the softening of the details that woman require. Because used wide open on FF the DOF is so slight everything but the pupil in the eye's is getting softer the further you move from the focal point of the pupil of the eye.
But go ahead use his techniques woman will love you for it and you will save money by not purchasing a true portrait lens and camera. Just do not over do it.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2011 at 16:25 UTC as 47th comment
On article Software Technique: Creating and Adding Textures (81 comments in total)

It was only yesterday I provided much of this same information in a reply in someone's post who has real talent for seeing foggy mornings and the effects this has on our world. This article is a reinforcement of my lesson, although the topic is a little different they both work very well. I was instructing on the lasso tool and how you can create seperate layers and make PP adjustments like contrast, sharpness, brightness to specific areas of a photograph to improve the final image or at least make it closer to what you saw or what you envision. It's a good idea for DPR to be providing this kind of tutorial information where everone can see it. We can come here for knowledge and less so for the squabaling going on in many forums over camera gear. So thanks DPR staff!

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2011 at 13:47 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Buyer's Guide: 10 Essential Color Management Devices (58 comments in total)

Control of colors is ok with me, just remember that outside in the real environment lighting changes frequently and that means colors do as well. So it's best not to spend too much money on these things as even if you got the color correct at the moment of capture, many times mother nature has already changed this color an instant later. So what's the point of spending a lot of money on this? Good enough is good enough and what we are already seeing is good enough.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2011 at 17:56 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On article Leica Noctilux: Overkill or Necessity (37 comments in total)

I would love an M9 and Noctilux 50mm f/.09. I have an Leica M5 and 50mm f/1.4 Summilux First Version and it's my favorite lens. I have to muddle along with my Seiko/Epson R-D1 digital rangefinder with that Summilux and Canon 1dsMkII and 85mm f/1.2 L first version. That Canon lens on FF is simply a treat. The Nikon 50mm f/1.4 in Ai woks well with my FF Kodak SLR/n. But out of all these choices I would still prefere the Leica M9 and Noctilux 50mm f/.09.
Size and the way you use a rangefinder camera are two things to be considerd, but so is the way the image looks from the Noctolux.
I believe the original saying when using a Noctilux is: Taking photgraphs in available darkness. Cheeky but true! -Peter

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2011 at 03:20 UTC as 17th comment

If I was not retired I'd get this Leica. Manual focus is as fast as AF and since the photographer selects the exact area to be in focus, manual focus is more consistant than AF. The limitation would be the frame rate in certain sports. But for people shots then this camera is fast enough. Yes Leica does indeed have telephoto lenses, starting back from before WWII, made for the Olyympics.
I use an Leica M5 and a Seiko/Epson R-D1 both have a single frame manual shutter advance and a rangefinder focusing mechanism. I rarely ever miss a shot with these cameras. But it does require skill, and experience.
I agree this is a Leica Pro M series camera, and in the right hands it's as good as any other camera on the market today.
For the most fullfilling photographic experience nothing compares with a Leica. The image quality is right up there for even the most demanding applications.
I really wish I was still working because I would purchase camera right now. -Peter

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2011 at 02:56 UTC as 52nd comment
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