1971_M5

1971_M5

Lives in United States Seattle, WA, United States
Works as a Consultant
Joined on Jul 23, 2005

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On photo Into the wild grey yonder. in the grey challenge challenge (15 comments in total)

Nice! Excellent IQ. High shutter speed is also the key. The 200-500 will shoot good @ f/5.6, but I also find that f/6.3 is a sweet spot for balancing the ISO/SS/IQ tradeoffs. Sometimes just a little difference makes a difference.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2020 at 17:41 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On photo Wet Chinatown in the A Rainy Day challenge (6 comments in total)

Very nice pic! It feels good.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2020 at 17:24 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On article Tamron 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 Di III RXD sample gallery (133 comments in total)

Not impressed. And it doesn't make the 60 MP camera look very good, either.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2020 at 23:39 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On article Are mechanical film cameras better than electronic? (365 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: Pentax ME Super is a lovely camera but it has a known weakness that bit me twice, badly.

Sometimes it can fool you into thinking the film got successfully picked up when it did not. I lent it to a friend on a cycling holiday in the mountains, with a graduating ND filter and polariser, and there was nothing to show for it. Another time I convinced my sister's friends to spend a day setting up photos artistically, and I was very excited to see what they had come up with. Nothing. Sigh. And it was I who wound it on, so there's no pointing fingers at the inexperienced.

Quietest and with a huge large viewfinder, and tiny. But that killer flaw....

Meanwhile the Zenit sounds like a tank, looks like a tank, and I think it has a diesel engine it, but never let me down that way; passive light-meter included (no batteries needed).

I agree Bond... you are right. The "slots with pin" in the take-up spool on my old AE-1 was more fool-proof than the "series of plastic fence posts" that Pentax was using back then. The film could indeed slip out at times! Agreed.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2020 at 03:53 UTC
On article Are mechanical film cameras better than electronic? (365 comments in total)
In reply to:

The Name is Bond: Pentax ME Super is a lovely camera but it has a known weakness that bit me twice, badly.

Sometimes it can fool you into thinking the film got successfully picked up when it did not. I lent it to a friend on a cycling holiday in the mountains, with a graduating ND filter and polariser, and there was nothing to show for it. Another time I convinced my sister's friends to spend a day setting up photos artistically, and I was very excited to see what they had come up with. Nothing. Sigh. And it was I who wound it on, so there's no pointing fingers at the inexperienced.

Quietest and with a huge large viewfinder, and tiny. But that killer flaw....

Meanwhile the Zenit sounds like a tank, looks like a tank, and I think it has a diesel engine it, but never let me down that way; passive light-meter included (no batteries needed).

Back open. Load the film, press the shutter, actuate the film advance lever one time -- WITH THE BACK OPEN. Looks good? Then close the back. You might lose a frame, but the film makers typically accounted for this.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2020 at 20:18 UTC
On article Are mechanical film cameras better than electronic? (365 comments in total)

Pentax ME Super -- an EXCELLENT camera to hold and the viewfinder is awesome. Just the right balance of electronics and mechanicals.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2020 at 15:54 UTC as 116th comment

I had the AE-1 (non-program) back in the late-1970's and early/mid 1980's... with a 20/2.8, 35-105, and a 200/4. But what really stoked my photo passion was working in the darkroom. There was a local "photographic center" (PCNW) where you could rent darkroom time -- and it was magical. I would shoot B&W, develop-only with a contact sheet (to save money) and then take the negatives into the darkroom and print. The sweet smell of the chemicals. Grain focusing. Dodge and burn. It was a lot of fun to create a B&W print.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2020 at 19:24 UTC as 61st comment
On photo Crunchie in the get moving challenge (12 comments in total)

Nice! Well done. More to it than meets the eye -- I'm sure!

Link | Posted on May 12, 2020 at 23:42 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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james_the_first: WHAT!!! - no Knonika Minolta DiMAGE- Z - At least one of them is enough to turn milk and there were tonnes of iterations - I was most offended by the first - Z1 but some of the others just got funky on the riff

see
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/konicaminoltaz2/2
for the somewhat less gruesome Z2

Yesssssss!

Link | Posted on May 12, 2020 at 20:25 UTC

Back in the day, I always wanted a Sony F707! Got the Nikon CP990 instead (2000-ish) -- similar design concept.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2020 at 20:23 UTC as 134th comment

The 12 MP images are excellent.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2020 at 17:10 UTC as 27th comment
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Julio Sánchez: Many cameras had changed my photografic life from the time ma father buyed a SLR, this was a EDIXA it has, still working, interchageable lenses and the viewfinder exposure times up to 10 sec. The second was a Konica T2 with very shap Konica lenses.
In the digital world my FZ50 is enjoyable, the best color I have had. I still use it sometimes.

Yes! FZ30 for me.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2020 at 19:38 UTC

Excellent camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2020 at 19:38 UTC as 21st comment

Nikon D810... vintage 2014. Purchased lightly used, mint condition... November 2018. Very happy with this rig.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2020 at 04:42 UTC as 117th comment
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Hello123: For a phone, I guess they're okay. That said, I won't be ditching my D90 anytime soon.

tkbslc... hits the nail on the head. These images are fairly decent IQ wise under the conditions (assuming they are all handheld) and I'm guessing the extent of the PP (at most) is simply light editing w/built-in app features. Yes, IQ from a dedicated camera is much better under controlled conditions (tripod, lighting)... much, much better. Where DSLRs/MILCs are clearly ahead and cannot be touched (for now) is telephoto. But for close-in shots handheld with available light and minimal fuss (night or day) and also very decent IQ... phone cams are hard to beat. And, when you consider the sensor and lens system (and the software)... it is really incredible what phone cams can do. It is thin and fits in your pocket. Plus, it is way more than a stills camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2020 at 06:31 UTC

Looks REALLY good.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2020 at 19:00 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Have your say: Most important cameras of the 2010s (422 comments in total)

Nikon D800 (not on the list). That camera (2012) ignited the MP escalation (and related IQ improvements) during the early part of the decade -- which carries on today. The leap to 36 MP back then was a big deal.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2020 at 07:47 UTC as 13th comment
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StevieF: Ken Rockwell’s review is up.

LOL. Very good.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2019 at 11:54 UTC

Looks like a landscapers dream.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2019 at 03:19 UTC as 37th comment | 7 replies
On photo The Venetian Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas in the Your City - Hotels challenge (17 comments in total)

Sweet.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2019 at 01:31 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
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