babart

Lives in United States ME, United States
Works as a Pharmacist
Has a website at www.brucebartrug.com
Joined on Jun 23, 2008

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babart: Nice video, I must admit, and I can only imagine how nice it must be to afford $8000 worth of camera equipment.

OK, call it envy, but just once I'd very much enjoy seeing photos/videos of some spectacular place or event made with equipment most of us could afford to own.

Because most people couldn't afford this equipment. No offense, but you're missing the point.

Your comments, however, do ring true. I don't know this photographer.....maybe he worked his ass off to buy this equipment. How do I know? So the coincidence of this lovely video with my mini-tirade may not have been appropriate.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2016 at 15:37 UTC
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babart: Nice video, I must admit, and I can only imagine how nice it must be to afford $8000 worth of camera equipment.

OK, call it envy, but just once I'd very much enjoy seeing photos/videos of some spectacular place or event made with equipment most of us could afford to own.

@Moon0326: I thought the video awesome, and never said anything different. My comments concern the continual promotion of artists that use expensive equipment and go to the extremes of the earth. Not that I don't enjoy seeing these, but when was the last time you saw beautiful photos of the Hudson Valley by someone that lives in New York and uses an inexpensive APS-C camera? I think that type of work is also valid and deserving of being shown. That said, I suspect my basic frustration is with the sour grapes of reduced income during retirement and being priced out of the market. Maybe I should keep that to myself. Thanks for the comment.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2016 at 14:32 UTC
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babart: Nice video, I must admit, and I can only imagine how nice it must be to afford $8000 worth of camera equipment.

OK, call it envy, but just once I'd very much enjoy seeing photos/videos of some spectacular place or event made with equipment most of us could afford to own.

@Impulses: You have a good point. And I come here to see the gear.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2016 at 14:23 UTC
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babart: Nice video, I must admit, and I can only imagine how nice it must be to afford $8000 worth of camera equipment.

OK, call it envy, but just once I'd very much enjoy seeing photos/videos of some spectacular place or event made with equipment most of us could afford to own.

@Poul Jensen: You've hit my weakness. I have a friend who is great at self-promotion, but when I watch the time and effort she spends on that I know I couldn't do the same. Necessary though it is. There are quieter ways.

A couple years ago, I stopped taking photos I thought others might want to buy, and opted for photos I wanted to show. To me It's the mind frame that produces work that might cause emotion in others, as it does in me. I know. Just another way to insure obscurity. But to me art comes from the heart, and it seems dishonest not to acknowledge that.

I trundle along, selling art pieces through small local galleries and aim photography at books and historical articles for local venues. I do, however, keep an eye out for tight sequences appropriate for Behance and others. I keep in touch with the Guild of Natural History Illustrators.

Very much enjoyed the trailer for Beneath the Aurora. Beautiful work.

Thanks for your comments,
BAB

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2016 at 14:21 UTC
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babart: Nice video, I must admit, and I can only imagine how nice it must be to afford $8000 worth of camera equipment.

OK, call it envy, but just once I'd very much enjoy seeing photos/videos of some spectacular place or event made with equipment most of us could afford to own.

Thanks to both Poui Jensen and Yak 27. Jensen stated precisely what I intended, and would have if I had not allowed bitterness to color same. I've been a photographer since I was 13....that was 61 years ago. Today it seems that one must have lots of cash to get noticed, which was not always the case. There was a time when good photos and some personal drive were enough. Too, although most who visit here, including myself, love to see great work, much of that is done with the latest $$ and greatest $$ equipment, and how does that inspire someone with average camera gear?

Yak27 is absolutely right.....self-pity and envy do nothing to promote creative work.

Maybe my work just isn't good enough. Judge for yourself.....and note I do illustrations and fine art as well: http://www.brucebartrug.com/new-pagephotography/

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2016 at 02:50 UTC
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babart: Nice video, I must admit, and I can only imagine how nice it must be to afford $8000 worth of camera equipment.

OK, call it envy, but just once I'd very much enjoy seeing photos/videos of some spectacular place or event made with equipment most of us could afford to own.

Many amateurs could not (should not?) afford such gear. I do real estate photography and I'm a stringer for a local newspaper and I'm currently photographing 18th and 19th century buildings in New England for a book I hope to publish.....I don't know if that qualifies me as a pro or not, and I don't care. Because I'm also retired.....wait til you stop working and see if you can afford 8kilobucks worth of hardware every couple years.

Too, I did NOT criticize his work. My criticism is aimed at DPR. Where are the great shots of amateur enthusiasts who, although they may not be able to afford equipment such as this, are still capable of producing interesting work. Very few DPR readers are pros.

As for comparing $8000 to Hollywood movies, you're in the same class with Justme above, who also wants to compare $8000 to the Hubble telescope and trips to the moon which both cost millions of dollars more than the most expensive Hollywood movie.

Sorry. Nothing personal.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2016 at 00:23 UTC
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babart: Nice video, I must admit, and I can only imagine how nice it must be to afford $8000 worth of camera equipment.

OK, call it envy, but just once I'd very much enjoy seeing photos/videos of some spectacular place or event made with equipment most of us could afford to own.

@Justme: Everything you mentioned cost a lot more than $8000. You are correct, of course, but I don't see much of that every day greatness from reasonably priced equipment paraded on DPR, or anywhere, with glorious headlines. Nothing personal but I can't stand YouTube and never go there.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 20:08 UTC

Nice video, I must admit, and I can only imagine how nice it must be to afford $8000 worth of camera equipment.

OK, call it envy, but just once I'd very much enjoy seeing photos/videos of some spectacular place or event made with equipment most of us could afford to own.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 14:06 UTC as 13th comment | 18 replies

Still have an Mju ii, and it still works. The only camera I took on trips to India and Argentina. It makes a very funny noise when taking photos but other than that it was a perfect travel compact. Now I use a Canon S120 and Fuji X-E2 with a pancake lens, but do remember the ease of use of this little film-era gem.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 19:57 UTC as 17th comment
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NoviceRomano: Does someone get why this form factor is not appropriate for left eye shooter? I really don't understand...

@Barky: I also began photography in that era, the early 1950s. I still have the Retina II folding rangefinder camera given me by my grandfather when I was age 14. I also refer to my E2 as a "poor man's Leica," a statement I used originally for the Panasonic GF1 with 20/1.7 lens. Fuji has MFT beaten hands down....in my humble opinion, of course....and the larger X-trans sensor is the reason.

Interesting idea about making a right and left side model of rangefinder style body....you should send that recommendation to Fuji on one of the Fuji X forums.

You are absolutely right with your statement, "....and how to treat one's customers with firmware upgrades...." I'm certain Fuji has attracted many loyal customers with that policy. If firmly hope they continue to upgrade the rangefinder style body, as it's certainly my favorite. Now I don't mind not being able to afford a Leica M3 :).

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 19:43 UTC
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NoviceRomano: Does someone get why this form factor is not appropriate for left eye shooter? I really don't understand...

OK.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 19:29 UTC
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NoviceRomano: Does someone get why this form factor is not appropriate for left eye shooter? I really don't understand...

@MartinDixon: You misinterpreted my comment. I agree with you completely, and enjoy having the viewfinder off to the side. Too, it's good to be able to have both eyes open. Someone earlier mentioned it looks silly to have your face visible next to the camera.....aha, perhaps you are responding to dcolak above?
Cheers.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 17:57 UTC
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fullstop: My X-E2 has a old manual canon 50mm (75mm) lens and a voigtlander 21mm(31mm), auto focus not a problem . I don't own any Fuji lenses , I back this up with a Panasonic GM5 12-32mm lens. Suits my style of image making don't see any reason to upgrade change etc.

zzzxtreme: Look at Samyang/Rokinon lenses.....I believe they just released a 20mm f/1.8 ? Inexpensive and very decent IQ. I have the 12mm f/2 (18mm equivalent) and find it more than worth the $300 I paid for it. I also have a Canon FD 20/2.8 that I use on a Sony a7. Nice lens, but rather large and may not be fast enough for what you want.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 12:39 UTC
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NoviceRomano: Does someone get why this form factor is not appropriate for left eye shooter? I really don't understand...

It may look silly, but it sure keeps sunscreen off the LCD. And my vision isn't limited by the EVF......I can see a scene unfolding while snapping photos. Of course, considering the sunscreen problem, maybe I just have a long nose :).

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 12:03 UTC
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babart: I traded my E1 for an E2 and updated the firmware. Wow, what a great little camera. Especially like the improved autofocus and the extra Fn buttons. Complaints in this review about the menu are nonsense in my humble opinion....try wading through the menu on the Sony a7. Continual warnings about the 16mpix sensor getting a "bit" old may be a "bit" true, and I would love to see the 24mpix sensor in the E3. On the other hand, 16mpix is still large enough for magazine and newspaper photos of 6x9 or smaller, so I'm not in a hurry to upgrade. In large measure, I have zero complaints. Small, light, easy to use and customize, great lenses, and a great sensor. What's to complain?

Seeky, in a way you're right....once (finally?) set up, all I do with the a7 is format the card. However, there's the initial set up phase....which can take quite a while once (and if?) one figures out the menu. I used the DPR review for the a7 to decipher its menu :).

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 11:56 UTC
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sportyaccordy: This is a bummer. Looks like a much needed X-E3 with the new 24MP sensor will be a while

Sadly, they will put the 24mp sensor in higher priced bodies for a couple years. Then the E3 will be revamped to have auto-focus more in keeping with the new sensor, and it will not be a $600 piece of equipment. However, I would love to see this anyway, as the body style of the E2 is super usable.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 02:05 UTC
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PeaceKeeper: 5 page review for a firmware update(be fair, that's what it is)... Interesting. I suppose the material was already written, so, why not? :-p

Still waiting to pounce on a used X-E2 for a backup body...

Regretfully.......oh, never mind :).

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 02:01 UTC
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Peiasdf: Fuji's lack of innovation is really showing. Same old sensor and SoC with poor AF. Cheating on ISO number to cover up the age of the sensor. Rely on film simulation and B&W because X-tran's RAW processing issue.

There's no raw processing issue.....even ACR does a bang up job, despite the raging arguments from the fringe groups.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 22:20 UTC
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PeaceKeeper: 5 page review for a firmware update(be fair, that's what it is)... Interesting. I suppose the material was already written, so, why not? :-p

Still waiting to pounce on a used X-E2 for a backup body...

You won't regret it.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 22:17 UTC
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (229 comments in total)

I traded my E1 for an E2 and updated the firmware. Wow, what a great little camera. Especially like the improved autofocus and the extra Fn buttons. Complaints in this review about the menu are nonsense in my humble opinion....try wading through the menu on the Sony a7. Continual warnings about the 16mpix sensor getting a "bit" old may be a "bit" true, and I would love to see the 24mpix sensor in the E3. On the other hand, 16mpix is still large enough for magazine and newspaper photos of 6x9 or smaller, so I'm not in a hurry to upgrade. In large measure, I have zero complaints. Small, light, easy to use and customize, great lenses, and a great sensor. What's to complain?

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 22:14 UTC as 57th comment | 5 replies
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