Greg7579

Greg7579

Lives in United States San Antonio, TX, United States
Works as a Retired Military
Joined on Sep 20, 2014
About me:

Been shooting as a serious hobby since I was 15 (48 years). I study photography constantly as a continued life-long passion.

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On article Fujifilm GF 120mm F4 Macro sample gallery updated (84 comments in total)

I have been playing with the GF 120 and the MCEX-45G extension tube. You need that tube to get to 1:1 macro. GFX shooting is DOF challenged anyway. With this beast you have to focus stack and it is fun to do with the new Fufi auto focus bracketing app in camera. Shoot raw and export to Helicon Focus from LR as DNG files and render as a DNG stacked image. I did a 175 file stack the other day for fun and it turned out pretty well. Stacking 175 GFX 100 raw files takes a bit of PC power to do it quickly but it is not that big a deal. I think the resulting DNG file was about 800 MB, but it exported as a full size 50 MB jpeg at 85% quality. No worries. I have a bunch of focus stacked GFX 100 images here but only a few 1:1 macros.
Greg Johnson, San Antonio, Texas
https://www.flickr.com/photos/139148982@N02/albums

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2021 at 14:02 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

Great job. I love these little overviews and discussions. You are brave to compare the top cameras from these vicious competitors in the FF Wars. These are all great cameras and I have come close to buying them all.
You did not include Fuji GFX, but that is of course in a different league and has its own set of plusses and minuses. GFX has far better image fidelity, the MF Look and much better GF glass, but there are tradeoffs to get there (including price, size, weight, loss of DOF, nimbleness, big reach, BIF, wildlife, sports, etc...).
Oh but the gains in image fidelity/res/pop/look (or whatever you want to call it) are astounding.
Great work. I really enjoy these.
Greg Johnson, San Antonio, Texas
https://www.flickr.com/photos/139148982@N02/albums

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2021 at 15:01 UTC as 42nd comment
On article Fujifilm GF 63mm F2.8 R WR sample gallery (83 comments in total)

I own every GF lens but the 63 because I am not a big fan of Nifty 50 equivalent, but I guess I too will get this lens. I like the Medium Format Look and the GFX system is a lot of fun.
Greg Johnson, San Antonio
https://www.flickr.com/photos/139148982@N02/albums

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2021 at 17:38 UTC as 10th comment

Roger - I mean it... Teach me. I gotta do this for every GF lens. I have the perfect grassy hill spot filled with detail. I want to do it right. It won't be a scientific test. Just a quick check. But the boys on the MF Board will want to hear my general observation about each lens as I do it. Jim does the hard detailed scientific stuff which is awesome, but I want to do your technique. But I need help. I gotta do it right. Tell me how to move that focus point using blue high focus peaking.... Where to start and where to move the focus plane. Then maybe give me a clue on that filter. I'm an old PS guy but I just use LR now. Don't worry - I'm not a lens tester and make no money on photography. I just want to do this one simple non-scientific quick check on every GF lens. (I don't own a test chart and NEVER shoot brick walls.) I shoot normal stuff and judge on my own. I have a good eye for glass because I buy a lot of it. What am I seeing on those grass shots?

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2020 at 23:07 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
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PPX: Roger - thanks for this very informative post. Your content is always detailed and authorative. It has long bothered me that lens tests often report on soft edges without any indication of the cause. I care little about field curvature as edges are rarely in the same focal distances as the center in my images anyway. Maybe a handful of architecture shots. But I do care about lenses that may be soft toward the edges when focused at the edges. It is an easy comparison when testers are using standard charts or longer distance shots to show edge comparisons when focused at the center and then at the edge and I wish they would do that more.

I just did that with the GF 110 (that Jim K and two portrait pros made me buy) and posted it and was told I was too far away and that atmospheric conditions threw off my non-test test shot. But I had a downtown field full of distant windows filling the frame and with the GFX 100 and GF glass you can see someone picking their nose in a window at 400 meters and a wide angle lens. I thought it would be a good test of corners at infinity. It was sharp as a razor. But that was just one scene at a distant landscape. Every situation is different when you are shooting. It takes time to fall out of love with a lens or for your lust to increase. I start with a deep love for every lens I buy. Then I slowly fall out of love over time (or my love turns to lust) after many shooting situations.
But I'm a mediocre to good photographer. I just love lenses!

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2020 at 22:58 UTC

Roger, I have every Fuji GF lens and previously I had every Fuji XF lens. But I never in my life shot a test chart. I just shoot and peep and judge.
I want to try your sloped grass field technique but I'm not sure I understand where to start the focus, where to move it and how far. I hear my beloved 32-64 for my GFX 100 has a lot of field curvature, and one of the best photographers in the world (I think anyway) told me he didn't like it for landscapes because of FC. But I love that lens for landscapes - especially walking landscapes (hiking).
I'm not sure how to do the edge filter either but I can figure that out.
Tell me how to focus again. I'm going to do this on every GFX lens and post it on the DPR MF Board and credit you. Maybe I will find out I have an actual bad copy of a lens. I don't think so or I would have spotted it by now. I also want to see the degree of any field curvature on each lens so I can use it to my advantage. I need MF DOF! DOF charts are all wrong.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2020 at 22:45 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On article Tested: Four travel tripods for every budget (516 comments in total)
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Greg7579: What.... I just saw this.... Big mistake DPR. Rare for you. What are you thinking? You said for any budget. Plus you included the Gitzo so that opens it up for RRS and the best travel tripod in the world (by far) is the Really Right Stuff TFC-14 Mark II. It has been the best for many years and in 2018 they came out with the second version of it. The BH-30 LR ball head goes with this it and has the quick lever release.
And no travel tripod should ever have a center column! I don't care how tall you are. When you travel, you bend down a little if you have to. That is one of the sacrifices to get compact and light stability. Center columns are a huge no-go, especially for light travel tripods.
Greg Johnson
San Antonio, Texas
https://www.flickr.com/photos/139148982@N02/albums

Tsai, I have been a photographer for a long time and I must say I totally disagree with you. Center columns on a travel tripod is a rookie mistake for so many reasons.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2020 at 17:56 UTC
On article Tested: Four travel tripods for every budget (516 comments in total)
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mferencz: By the cheapest that works for you. It's like buying a cane.

Then you are a smart person. You would be not smart to spend 1400 bucks on a RRS tripod and head if you don't shoot with a tripod a lot. I shoot with a tripod a lot....

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2020 at 22:29 UTC
On article Tested: Four travel tripods for every budget (516 comments in total)
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mferencz: By the cheapest that works for you. It's like buying a cane.

That may be true if you are on a very tight budget and have to have a tripod right now. But I have been through my share of cheap tripods. I finally said to heck with it and got a RRS. That or Gitzo or FLM....

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2020 at 21:24 UTC
On article Tested: Four travel tripods for every budget (516 comments in total)
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Hubertus Bigend: How come this months-old article turns up again?

My comment: Slik Sprint Mini III, $80, 33.5 x 8 x 8 cm, 860 g.

Personally I have and use the even more compact version I which, unfortunately, isn't made anymore. Wouldn't want to carry anything heavier when travelling.

Barney, I didn't even know about that new tripod! Wow, just looked at it. I don't know much about it except the advert. But it has some kind of integrated head? I don't like that it has a center column. But worth a look and it is super compact and strong. Anyway, I was talking about the old tried and true great travel tripod Really Right Stuff TFC 14 with BH-30 ball head. I also have the TFC 24 with BH-40 ball head, but that is for more at home.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2020 at 19:05 UTC
On article Tested: Four travel tripods for every budget (516 comments in total)
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Hubertus Bigend: How come this months-old article turns up again?

My comment: Slik Sprint Mini III, $80, 33.5 x 8 x 8 cm, 860 g.

Personally I have and use the even more compact version I which, unfortunately, isn't made anymore. Wouldn't want to carry anything heavier when travelling.

Barney, if it is a republication, then why didn't you learn from me and include the best travel tripod in the world (by far - not even close)?
Didn't I tell you guys that last time and you said it was too expensive? But now you included the expensive Gitzo! That opens up the review for the best tripod in the world.... RRS. Come on....

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2020 at 14:07 UTC
On article Tested: Four travel tripods for every budget (516 comments in total)

What.... I just saw this.... Big mistake DPR. Rare for you. What are you thinking? You said for any budget. Plus you included the Gitzo so that opens it up for RRS and the best travel tripod in the world (by far) is the Really Right Stuff TFC-14 Mark II. It has been the best for many years and in 2018 they came out with the second version of it. The BH-30 LR ball head goes with this it and has the quick lever release.
And no travel tripod should ever have a center column! I don't care how tall you are. When you travel, you bend down a little if you have to. That is one of the sacrifices to get compact and light stability. Center columns are a huge no-go, especially for light travel tripods.
Greg Johnson
San Antonio, Texas
https://www.flickr.com/photos/139148982@N02/albums

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2020 at 13:58 UTC as 21st comment | 5 replies
On article Tested: Four travel tripods for every budget (516 comments in total)
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ornitho1: Who would want to pay 1000$ for a tripod?

Deed, you have to be insane like me to get a GFX 100. 😁 But the GFX 50r? It is smaller and lighter than you think (but no IBIS). I shot it a lot on the BH-30 ball head....

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2020 at 21:51 UTC
On article Tested: Four travel tripods for every budget (516 comments in total)
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ornitho1: Who would want to pay 1000$ for a tripod?

Deed, you would not be using the 25. You might get by with the 30 OK unless you mount the 250. The GFX 100 is about like holding a D850 w grip....

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2020 at 18:44 UTC
On article Tested: Four travel tripods for every budget (516 comments in total)
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ornitho1: Who would want to pay 1000$ for a tripod?

Deed, I have a BH-25 (for my table tripod) and BH-30 for the travel tripod and that was great for all Fuji X and the GFX 50r with smaller lenses. My BH-40 is for GFX. Some say you need the BH-45 for the GF 250, but that is not true.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2020 at 14:19 UTC
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Greg7579: I love reading camera reviews and DPR does it the best. Good job. I have never completely understand the rating system but a camera at this position in the great line of Fuji X bodies and this low price probably doesn't get a Gold. Maybe that is reserved for the flagship models. I don't know. But good job on the review. Well written as usual. But when you guys review the lower bodies of Fuji, it might be helpful to mention that they allow cheaper entry (with still solid capability) to the wonderful world of Fuji XF Glass. Fuji makes some of the best lenses in the world for their sweet spot (APSC), and the very best glass in the world for GFX (which is another story). Good job.
Greg Johnson
San Antonio, Texas
https://www.flickr.com/photos/139148982@N02/albums

Well said. All modern cameras are incredibly good. That is why I said it is important to know that if you get this camera and were previously shooting another system or sensor size, that this camera enters you into the world of Fuji XF glass. I know of one GFX Medium Format pro who is getting this camera, but he already has an arsenal of Fuji XF glass....

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2020 at 16:48 UTC
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Greg7579: I love reading camera reviews and DPR does it the best. Good job. I have never completely understand the rating system but a camera at this position in the great line of Fuji X bodies and this low price probably doesn't get a Gold. Maybe that is reserved for the flagship models. I don't know. But good job on the review. Well written as usual. But when you guys review the lower bodies of Fuji, it might be helpful to mention that they allow cheaper entry (with still solid capability) to the wonderful world of Fuji XF Glass. Fuji makes some of the best lenses in the world for their sweet spot (APSC), and the very best glass in the world for GFX (which is another story). Good job.
Greg Johnson
San Antonio, Texas
https://www.flickr.com/photos/139148982@N02/albums

OK. That makes sense, but if that is so, nobody claims to get anywhere near Fuji when it comes to APSC. APSC is what Fuji does. Of course that does not mean that every X camera they make should get a Gold rating.
I don't shoot Fuji X anymore, but if I wanted APSC I don't think I would be looking at Sony, Canon or Nikon. They are the FF guys and do a great job at it.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2020 at 16:33 UTC

I love reading camera reviews and DPR does it the best. Good job. I have never completely understand the rating system but a camera at this position in the great line of Fuji X bodies and this low price probably doesn't get a Gold. Maybe that is reserved for the flagship models. I don't know. But good job on the review. Well written as usual. But when you guys review the lower bodies of Fuji, it might be helpful to mention that they allow cheaper entry (with still solid capability) to the wonderful world of Fuji XF Glass. Fuji makes some of the best lenses in the world for their sweet spot (APSC), and the very best glass in the world for GFX (which is another story). Good job.
Greg Johnson
San Antonio, Texas
https://www.flickr.com/photos/139148982@N02/albums

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2020 at 14:12 UTC as 47th comment | 6 replies
On article Hähnel launches lantern diffuser speedlite accessory (148 comments in total)

These things are fun to make fun of, but I have the Fong sphere and the MagMod Sphere. They do sometimes in a pinch. They throw light everywhere but it can work well in certain circumstances and is better than raw flash for sure.
I wonder how this compares to those two more circular and bulb-like spheres?
Greg Johnson
https://www.flickr.com/photos/139148982@N02/albums

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2020 at 12:45 UTC as 25th comment
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Stujomo: Well a DSLR is a perfectly good option. What is it with a lot of mirrorless users that seem to thing that everyone has to go to mirrorless bodies right now. The idea that not everyone wants or can stand to even use a EVF seems beyond many.
We've DSLRs with great AF and focus tracking and some actually like them and want to continue using them. Some don't want to compose their photos using a EVF.

Personally I like mirrorless and what it offers but I don't see the need to tell others that the DSLR is out of date or that video is king or any of that bulls**t.

Most hobbiest into photography couldn't give a rats a** about video, thats why they are into PHOTOGRAPHY not VIDEOGRAPHY. They want to take still images because that is what they mainly enjoy doing. Sure they may sometimes use the video features of the camera but it's just not that important to them.
Most aren't shooting content for a VLOG or YouTube most take pictures and either print them or look at them on a decent display.

Stujomo,
I agree with you about the video, but have you looked though a really good new EVF? The EVF is why I left DSLRs 6 years ago. It opens up a whole new world.
The EVF is why DSLR died.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2020 at 14:38 UTC
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