Guidenet

Guidenet

Lives in United States Orlando, US, FL, United States
Works as a Retired Corporate Photographer
Has a website at http://faithartsvillage.com/
Joined on Sep 27, 2007
About me:

I'm a 64 year old retired corporate photographer who has also been a software engineer. My academia is largely based on Vision and my dissertation was on Fluids. Much of my post work was involved in research mostly in the realm of massively parallel systems like BSP. I have a small studio and gallery which I enjoy on occasion. My specialty is bird photography, and I've been lucky to have had a few attempts published over the years. For the past twenty years, I worked for a large Fortune 500 company as their in-house photographer for the communications, publicity and care departments. I’ve also done their corporate meetings and events. As the company owns several television stations, making the opportunities endless.
I had to retire because I suffered a massive right side stroke in the spring of 2013. My small portrait studio and gallery are doing better than ever.
I have a daughter who is a successful Wedding Photographer. As I’ve embraced retirement, I've taken more and more shooting contracts, but only those I enjoy like the local little league baseball teams. I occasionally act as a cruise photographer for some of the cruise lines here in Florida when requested by organizations.
I also spend more and more time teaching basic photography for several resources locally as well as out of my studio located at FAVO (Faith-based Art Village of Orlando). As well as Photography, I am also a Water Color and Acrylic painter and enjoy recreating some of my favorite work in those mediums. Learning how to create art is a lifelong passion.
I'm seriously passionate about people learning exposure and the Zone System of Photography before considering themselves sufficiently astute in this craft. I’ve held several Zone System Workshops over the years as well as one Cruise based workshop. I’m also passionate about Ansel Adams’ ideas about pre-visualization. Pressing the shutter button and the camera are just one small part of the image creation process.
I started at eight years old in 1959 when my dad and I built a darkroom, him more than me. My father taught me the Zone System at a very young age. I continued as a youthful photographer, buying glass with lawn mowing money through my high school and then into college with odd jobs. I paid most of my tuition as an undergraduate shooting weddings and baby pictures as well as for the university newspaper. Many of those years I shot 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10 field cameras and sheet film. In small format, I shot Pentax until 1968 when I switched to Nikon, needing a better more professional system tool. I still shoot Nikon today as well as Nikkor lenses for some of my large format gear. I also mostly shoot digital but still maintain a darkroom for up to 5x7 format. 8x10 is stored in the attic and is only black and white. I even have a Nikkor enlarging lens. Over the years, I believe Nikon has been instrumental in the creation of truly great glass.

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On article Nikon D7200 Review (644 comments in total)
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Papi61: Nowadays lots of videographers buy DSLR's and mirrorless cameras for video. Canon and Nikon are deliberately ignoring this and their camera sales are going south accordingly.

I'm a Nikon shooter and I would have loved to buy a D7200 with 4K video. Instead I bought a Samsung NX1. To my surprise, it bested my D5300 and even D750 (except for high ISO on the latter) even as a still camera. If Samsung keeps releasing bodies like this and adds a sufficient number of lenses to become competitive with Canon/Nikon, I seriously doubt I will stay in the Nikon camp in the future.

Papi61, that's the point. Nikon and Canon might indeed be losing the battle over the best video camera for the shoestring Indie crowd, but the problem with your logic is this shoestring Indie crowd is not a "crowd." Instead, it is an extremely, almost to the point of a vanishing minority of camera buyers regardless of what segment you may consider from entry to professional.

A camera company can win or lose that niche market battle and not in any way affect their bottom line. This new D7200 will swamp the sales generated in any category of the likes of a GH4 or NX1. This is the problem with attempting to apply such a narrow view to the global nature of photographic interests.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 02:05 UTC
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (717 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: princecody,

There's no LCD on the back of the M246? Odd, the M240 has one, as does image 7 above.

AF is over-rated, except for sports.

@mediasorcerer These are just trendy things people say sometimes. Seen it for years, but something different each time. People often ignore history. It's cool and hipster to be retro. ;-)

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 15:12 UTC
On article Nikon D7200 Review (644 comments in total)
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Guidenet: Personally, I think DPR puts way too much emphasis on Liveview and movies. This is mostly a still camera forum. I know some shoot video, but I'm not sure it's something to emphasize in cameras past a certain level. I know, Liveview is generally not very important at the higher level models. When many use Liveview it's on a tripod and/or macro work when you're looking for accuracy, not speed. For any action, it's eye-level. This is not targeted at beginners.

Maybe DPR would do well to look at their own polls. Since 2/3rd of the voters consider manual controls and interchangeable lenses the most important interest, maybe those type things should get 2/3rd of the emphasis. Since WiFi and Touch Screen have almost zero interest, maybe they and similar items shouldn't get much. Small size is a distant 3rd place. I think some might get caught up with a jaded view of what they believe is innovative without paying attention to what we want in a camera.

@Albert Silver Yes, touch screen and WiFi are not important to me, but that wasn't the point. Maybe read the post. I said to note the online poll presented by DPR. With around 4000 or more voters here at DPR, when asked for what was important, WiFi and Touch Screen together didn't amount to 2 1/2 percent of those taking the poll. Those are DPR readers. The point is who are these reviews aimed at? If they are aiming at DPR readers, then why give WiFi its own bar in the conclusion, right up there with image quality? WiFi by itself only is of primary interest to under 1 and a half percent. That's nothing.

So while these type of gee gaw features may float your boat, they don't for the vast percentage of readers, especially for these better spec'd cameras. The poll points at manual controls and interchangeable lenses for 2/3rds of all voters. That's more in line with my thoughts and probably other people who might buy a D7200 over a playstation type camera. YMMV and obviously does. ;-)

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 10:52 UTC
On article Nikon D7200 Review (644 comments in total)

Personally, I think DPR puts way too much emphasis on Liveview and movies. This is mostly a still camera forum. I know some shoot video, but I'm not sure it's something to emphasize in cameras past a certain level. I know, Liveview is generally not very important at the higher level models. When many use Liveview it's on a tripod and/or macro work when you're looking for accuracy, not speed. For any action, it's eye-level. This is not targeted at beginners.

Maybe DPR would do well to look at their own polls. Since 2/3rd of the voters consider manual controls and interchangeable lenses the most important interest, maybe those type things should get 2/3rd of the emphasis. Since WiFi and Touch Screen have almost zero interest, maybe they and similar items shouldn't get much. Small size is a distant 3rd place. I think some might get caught up with a jaded view of what they believe is innovative without paying attention to what we want in a camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 02:27 UTC as 124th comment | 11 replies
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (717 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: princecody,

There's no LCD on the back of the M246? Odd, the M240 has one, as does image 7 above.

AF is over-rated, except for sports.

I know exactly why one might use sheet film. I still have two clients who require sheet film for their product material. One requires a minimum of 5x7 for some reason I've really never fathomed, but I will do it for him. If I have to go the the effort to break down my metal 4x5 and break out my old wood Deardorff 5x7, it's going to cost him, and I'm not cheap to start with. ;-)

And what about black and white? Your eyes generally see in color frequencies under most conditions. When it gets dark, we switch to monochrome and don't see as well. So, the basics are color. I shot black and white for years, but that was because black and white was a mature technology and a color darkroom was too expensive for a teenager.

Today, the case is altered. Color is no longer more expensive and it's become a mature medium. We can now go back to the basics more easily by shooting color. That is unless you're wanting to be trendy and be perceived as artsy. Whatever floats your boat. ;-)

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 22:41 UTC
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (717 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: princecody,

There's no LCD on the back of the M246? Odd, the M240 has one, as does image 7 above.

AF is over-rated, except for sports.

@HowaboutRAW You can stand by your comment all you want, but the vast percentage of jobbing professionals would disagree with you as I also do. Sure we manual focus sometimes, but AF is no longer a simple luxury.

And as far as a fashion statement, I'll stick to that. Also all the faux Leica look alikes like some of the Fuji models. They are often worn as a fashion accessory. That doesn't mean they're a bad camera, just the reason many buy them. I know doctors and well to do business people who buy a new Leica to go with their new Rolex watch. If they can't afford that Leica, they go get a Fuji to go with their Bolex watch. Same thing.

How many serious photographers really need a B&W camera this expensive with a 35mm sensor? If they were serious about black and white, they'd go get a sheet film field camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 18:42 UTC
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (717 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: princecody,

There's no LCD on the back of the M246? Odd, the M240 has one, as does image 7 above.

AF is over-rated, except for sports.

@HowaboutRAW Maybe you failed to read or understand what I was saying. I was a professional Nikon user for over forty years and full well know its history and appreciate their use today. I also said they almost have caught up to what they lost to Canon by under-rating AF back 25 or so years ago. Look at my profile and gear list.

Of course there's no AF in M mount. It's a rangefinder, and that also wasn't the point. I've also owned a Leica for over fifty years. What's new? I just don't consider my camera to be a fashion statement. It's a tool to make a living for me. Nikon is also my chosen tool to drive my passion to make images.

The point was, AF is not over-rated. It's important as a tool for both professional and amateur use.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 17:39 UTC
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (717 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: princecody,

There's no LCD on the back of the M246? Odd, the M240 has one, as does image 7 above.

AF is over-rated, except for sports.

@ _Federico_ You manually focused on the little girl and with luck got some birds in that depth of field. You didn't manually focus on those flying birds, so your point isn't in the least taken. Sell that idea to Facebook users where it might be believed and where it belongs. ;-)

When you buy a camera like the Sony A7s, you'd better think manual focus is a joy, because Sony makes almost no lenses in FE mount.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 17:26 UTC
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (717 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: princecody,

There's no LCD on the back of the M246? Odd, the M240 has one, as does image 7 above.

AF is over-rated, except for sports.

Though I've made a good living with Nikon and will continue to do so now in retirement, I know Nikon also under-rated AF and lost a lot of their professional base to Canon because of this failure. Not just sports shooters, but across the board. There was a huge ship jumping and Nikon has just barely caught back up. It was a complete and utter failure in understanding the importance both professionals and amateurs place on reliable autofocus.

Of course, AF is now ubiquitous and rightly so.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 17:13 UTC
On article Light Field Cameras - Focusing on the Future (142 comments in total)

By obvious necessity this Lytro design is tied completely to the software, whether Web based or your computer. Therefore, one must consider that computer to be an integral part of the camera. Personally, I think this is why it fails and will continue to do so.

Secondly, I see very little real want or need for refocusing after the image is captured. Any camera can do this prior to the capture and that's the important time. That's when you decide how you want the scene to be imaged. I personally could care less if the next viewer wants to change my composition. Moreover, I doubt few would.

I think the design plays mostly to non-photographer techno minded individuals who are more interested in the unique technology rather than creating compelling imagery. Once they show their friends and get the obligatory ooos and ahhhhs, the game is over. Now you have a dust collector. Next time you upgrade your computer, you probably won't bother to load the required software.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 22:30 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Canon issues product advisory for Rebel T6i/T6s (143 comments in total)
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Guidenet: It's certainly not just Canon nor just Nikon but all companies in this global economy who have let their quality control slip below the bar, in my opinion. Do we forget Fuji's X10 wonderful white orbs, as an example. Took a while to iron that one out. We can't reward these type failures, I believe.

Even as a Nikon loyalist, I'm probably never considering a D6xx line of cameras and there's other cost cuttings I won't support. I'd never buy a Nikon lens where the hood was optional. Not going to reward them, period. Fixed or not, T6 cameras should maybe be ignored for a while. The only way we can protest is to vote with our wallet to let these companies know we're not interested in beta testing their gear and don't like the idea of gouging us $30 for an optional hood which costs 85 cents to make or $25 for an optional $2 lens pouch which should be in the box. I wish Fuji owners hadn't purchased X10s to reward the white orb issue. I certainly would not have.

We have short memories.

@AbrasiveReducer Good points all. Lens hoods really are a constant pet peeve of mine. Even going back to the 1970s I used to write Nikon when I purchased a new lens, asking where my hood was, unless it was built in. LOL

I feel a hood is an integral part of any lens, not an options and I've made myself a minor pest with NPS forums and Nikon care for many years, also suggesting others to request the free included lens hood which was obviously accidentally left out of the box. I act shocked when told it's optional. This approach has never worked, but it gives me some pleasure and hope it might have some small impact. Nikon now tends to include a hood. Don't need but expect the pouches because I use custom knitted socks for that purpose or a padded belt pouch which I'd not expect to be supplied.

With shrinking profits, camera stores have probably requested hoods to be optional especially with fewer people falling for the UV protection filter sales pitch. I don't like it though. :-)

Link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 21:55 UTC
On article Canon announces EF 50mm F1.8 STM lens (309 comments in total)
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Canon EOS 60D: Canon sold its old 50mm 1.8 Mk II design to Yongnuo because China has been longing to manufacture its very own Chinese brand lenses. For sure after Yongnuo's release of 35mm f2, Canon would release a 35mm f/2 STM.

@otto k Spot on with your remarks. I agree. As a "gateway drug" I really think Canon needs an EF-S version of Nikon's ubiquitous 35 f/1.8 DX which they sell for $199. Canon's 40 f.2.8 is almost there but with Canon's slightly smaller sensor, comes out a tad too long looking. For Canon, a sub-$200 30 f/1.8 EF-S with a similar to Nikon's build level would sell off the shelves to APS-C owners, would be my guess. I wager they will release this soon. It would fit so neatly with this new 50mm making it a high volume, high profit venture.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 21:31 UTC
On article Canon announces EF 50mm F1.8 STM lens (309 comments in total)
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Canon EOS 60D: Canon sold its old 50mm 1.8 Mk II design to Yongnuo because China has been longing to manufacture its very own Chinese brand lenses. For sure after Yongnuo's release of 35mm f2, Canon would release a 35mm f/2 STM.

@halfwaythere I've read that as well. No serious tests though.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 12:12 UTC
On article Canon issues product advisory for Rebel T6i/T6s (143 comments in total)

It's certainly not just Canon nor just Nikon but all companies in this global economy who have let their quality control slip below the bar, in my opinion. Do we forget Fuji's X10 wonderful white orbs, as an example. Took a while to iron that one out. We can't reward these type failures, I believe.

Even as a Nikon loyalist, I'm probably never considering a D6xx line of cameras and there's other cost cuttings I won't support. I'd never buy a Nikon lens where the hood was optional. Not going to reward them, period. Fixed or not, T6 cameras should maybe be ignored for a while. The only way we can protest is to vote with our wallet to let these companies know we're not interested in beta testing their gear and don't like the idea of gouging us $30 for an optional hood which costs 85 cents to make or $25 for an optional $2 lens pouch which should be in the box. I wish Fuji owners hadn't purchased X10s to reward the white orb issue. I certainly would not have.

We have short memories.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 12:09 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
On article Canon announces EF 50mm F1.8 STM lens (309 comments in total)
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beavertown: Budget users should forget about Nikon from now on. This lens makes the Nikon 50mm 1.8 prime lens look exorbitant.

And therein lies the problem. If you're worried about the minor price difference between the AF-D and AF-S, then you probably have a body which can't autofocus the AF-D. If you're buying a D7100 or better camera and need a 50 f/1.8, you'll probably be able to afford a couple of hundred for the AF-S lens.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 09:25 UTC
On article Canon announces EF 50mm F1.8 STM lens (309 comments in total)
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Canon EOS 60D: Canon sold its old 50mm 1.8 Mk II design to Yongnuo because China has been longing to manufacture its very own Chinese brand lenses. For sure after Yongnuo's release of 35mm f2, Canon would release a 35mm f/2 STM.

Yongnuo 50 f/1.8 at Adorama for $84.95 but backordered.

http://www.adorama.com/YN5018CAEF.html

Link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 09:11 UTC
On article Canon announces EF 50mm F1.8 STM lens (309 comments in total)
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beavertown: Budget users should forget about Nikon from now on. This lens makes the Nikon 50mm 1.8 prime lens look exorbitant.

Not only that, but it isn't a hundred bucks. This new Canon will probably sell at $129 for a while. The Nikon sells for around $215. Now considering the Nikon comes with a hood and lens pouch which don't seem to come with the Canon, and the gap narrows. Canon will probably sell the hood for $25 and a pouch would be maybe $25 for their cheaper soft case, so now the Canon 50 f/1.8 costs $180 equivalently equipped. So at $35 difference, I think the Nikon 50 f1.8 with its superior optical formula and what still looks to be a more solid build level, makes it look the bargain here. Of course you could buy an off brand hood and pouch, but the Nikon uses Nikon so that's how I matched them, based on B&H pricing. Never the less, we won't know about these things until we try it out in hand and camera.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 08:56 UTC
On article Canon announces EF 50mm F1.8 STM lens (309 comments in total)

Well, this will certainly be a welcome improvement, I hope. The older model used double sided tape in its manufacturing, plastic mount, and a focus ring which was useless. You couldn't even mount a hood without an adapter.

This new model seems to cover most of those bases, but I still don't see screws so I hope they're not using that double sided tape still. I like the real bayonet hood connection, but they really should include the hood. Making you pay for what I think is a necessary part of a lens is unfortunate, and raises the price. Buy a hood and a pouch which are included with the competition and you're no longer so attractive, price-wise.

I also like the 7 blades over 5 and the closer focusing over the previous model. The overall build quality also looks better, whether or not it is. Overall, a nice offering for Canon users. Next, they need a 35 f/2 along the same lines and under $200 for their crop cameras.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 04:45 UTC as 65th comment
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Dimit: Canon sensor...Rebel body...would anyone expect something outstanding???
We live in 2015,in a reasonable consumer world Rebels shouldn't sell over 1k pieces..totally..worldwdle !!

fmian One is fun playing around and the other is a heated political statement where both sides can back up with evidence, but I'm not going to restate this anymore. I'm only contributing to the furthering of political remarks.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 02:23 UTC
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Dimit: Canon sensor...Rebel body...would anyone expect something outstanding???
We live in 2015,in a reasonable consumer world Rebels shouldn't sell over 1k pieces..totally..worldwdle !!

@Azurael "And neither point is really relevant to faulty filters on Canon's sensors." And is why a hot political view has no place when I was just teasing about the word Rebel. Whether true or no, even your contribution is politically argumentative at the best and highly contentious at the worst. There are many intelligent, cultured, and educated individuals on both sides of this issue, each with reams of supportive statistics, regardless of your personal viewpoint.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 11:29 UTC
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