Mach Schnell

Lives in United States Chicago USA, United States
Works as a Market Research Manager
Has a website at www.pbase.com/fotofanatik
Joined on Apr 8, 2004
About me:

Semi-pro photographer. Shoot weddings, family portraits, produce prints for other photographers. 5 Nikon SLR bodies, 15 lenses, 3 flashes, and way too many camera bags.

www.pbase.com/fotofanatik

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On a photo in the Nikon D850 sample gallery sample gallery (4 comments in total)

Why do you bother posting images like this that are not really in focus anywhere?

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 17:34 UTC as 4th comment
On article Nikon D850 Review (2036 comments in total)
In reply to:

LightBug: One sticking point for me about the D850 from the review is the requirement for focus adjustment for different subject distances. This seems rather cumbersome. Is this true for any other brand DSLR such as Canon or Pentax?

Live view?

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 17:30 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2036 comments in total)

Stop that 24-120 down to f/8 (instead of f/5.6) and you'll see a noticeable improvement in sharpness away from the center of the image.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 17:26 UTC as 130th comment
On article Shooting with a used DSLR kit that cost me just $80 (265 comments in total)

Aside from dynamic range, the only other substantial weak point of 10 year old cameras is the LCD screen on back. Monitor technology has improved a lot in the last 10 years.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 18:29 UTC as 80th comment | 3 replies
On article Shooting with a used DSLR kit that cost me just $80 (265 comments in total)
In reply to:

DesmondD: 10 megapixels isn't only good enough for social media and viewing on screen - you could print billboards or full page magazine shots with it. I still use my $30 Nikon D50 for some shoots :)

Agree completely. I have fantastic 12" x 18" prints taken with a 6 megapixel Nikon D70.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 18:28 UTC
On article Ten things we're hoping for from the Nikon D850 (481 comments in total)

Screens that articulate up and down are only useful for horizontal compositions. They do not help at all on vertical compositions. So why don't we see more of the fully articulated screens such as the one on the D5500/5600 bodies. Camera companies are missing the boat on this issue.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 17:20 UTC as 84th comment | 1 reply

consequential... revolutionized... reorganized... restructured...

You are absolutely gushing over Apple and Steve Jobs' ability(?) to change the world of photography. That is giving a lot of credit to Steve Jobs and Apple. Did they have an impact on photography? By the time you factor in all the other smartphone makers (Apple sells less that 20% of all smartphones), sure. Many, if not most smartphone owners use their phone as their only camera. But the consumer electronics industry was heading this direction anyway. Smartphones just accelerated it. If you are in love with your iPhone, that's fine. The rest of us will continue shooting with our Canons, Nikons, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony etc. And we'll create all kinds of images that are simply not possible with a smartphone camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 17:41 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies
On article Serious speed: Sony a9 real world samples gallery (557 comments in total)

When viewed at full resolution, most of these images look pretty soft. If that is the best it can do with Sony's premium 70-200 lens, I would be disappointed.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 17:17 UTC as 102nd comment | 4 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta DiMAGE X (135 comments in total)

All digital cameras had tiny LCDs back then, even the digital SLRs. The Nikon D100 and D70 bodies had only a 1.8" LCD monitor, which was considered fine at the time. The D70s graduated all the way up to a 2" monitor.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 14:00 UTC as 51st comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Nikon D70 (220 comments in total)

Also my first digital SLR after multiple film SLRs. The D70 and its 'creative lighting system' (flash commander) opened new doors for me. I photographed a number of weddings with this camera, and it never let me down. The weak AA filter yielded images that were incredibly sharp and blew away my film scans. I still have 12x18 prints from this camera that look fantastic. Ultimately, 2 cameras later, I gave away my D70 to one of my sons. He still shoots with it. Aside from the small display screen, I'd be very happy shooting with this camera today.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 17:48 UTC as 66th comment

Why is this article in DPReview? Sure, iPhones have a camera. But they are first and foremost a smartphone, not a portable camera. Isn't this site supposed to be dedicated to cameras? Serious cameras? Tablets have cameras too. Are we going to start seeing tablet reviews in DPReview? How about laptops, and refrigerators, and every other consumer device that happens to capture images?

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 23:30 UTC as 56th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon D5600 sample gallery (163 comments in total)

This is a pretty nice set of sample photos. More variety than we sometimes see in these example sets. And several lenses used as well. It is obvious that the prime (35mm DX f/1.8) excels in both sharpness and nice blurry backgrounds. I would have like to see the long lens shot stopped down one stop or so. Posting 300mm shots taken wide open shows the lens at its weakest point. Yes, people buy the lens to shoot at 300mm. But there is often enough light to stop down, at least 1 stop. I suspect it would perform considerably better, but we can't see from these sample shots.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 21:58 UTC as 16th comment

Okay, so it is obvious they are Canon fans. No issues with that, even though I shoot Nikon. Wouldn't it have been a lot more useful list to show the top 10 most frequently rented items?

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 20:14 UTC as 42nd comment | 6 replies
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (377 comments in total)

How much harder would it have been to make the lens f/1.8 instead of f/2.8?

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 16:49 UTC as 53rd comment | 11 replies

You can achieve the same thing (less the shift) by mounting an extension tube in front of a wide angle prime. I've done this with a 24mm f/2.8 lens. The results can be very interesting but there is no working distance. The subject will be very near or touching the front element of the lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 17:05 UTC as 16th comment
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $1200-2000 (328 comments in total)

Where is the Nikon D7200 in this roundup?

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 17:53 UTC as 59th comment | 9 replies

Sad response from Nikon. They are willing to accept an interview, but avoid as many questions as they can. They did more dodging than answering. Disappointing.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 16:58 UTC as 30th comment
On a photo in the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II real world samples sample gallery (1 comment in total)

None of the roller derby action images work for me. The backgrounds are too sharp. Need more depth of field separation.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 17:21 UTC as 1st comment
On photo ISO-5000-P1010227 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

None of the roller derby action images work for me. The backgrounds are too sharp. Need more depth of field separation.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 17:21 UTC as 1st comment

Apparently it takes a class action suit to get Nikon to stand up and take notice.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 18:01 UTC as 46th comment
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