babart

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On article DPReview on TWiT: Is the Sony a9 worth $4500? (223 comments in total)

After all the hype this camera has generated, I'm wondering if it's even worth looking at, let alone buying. Twenty frames a second....wow, all the wedding photogs in the world will want one !! Really? Just the upload, sorting, and processing time could blow the photographer's budget right out the window. Nice the electronic shutter doesn't band, and sports pros might like double the frames per second, but if I shot Nikon at sports events I certainly wouldn't want to change systems just for the increased speed.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 13:24 UTC as 48th comment | 10 replies
On article Google will no longer develop Nik Collection (390 comments in total)

B/W conversion, occasionally denoise and output sharpening.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 19:06 UTC as 149th comment
On article Roadtrip Review Redux: The Fujifilm X100F (173 comments in total)
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Satyaa: The idea of a fixed focal length APSC camera is hard to digest for me at this point, even though I learned photography on a 35 mm rangefinder B&W film camera.

If a similar camera was made with 24 to 85 mm lens (at the least 28 to 75 mm), I would like that. I don't know how large that lens would have to be for APSC sensor. That might beat the intent of a 'small' camera.

With the cameras available today, I would rather go with like LX100.

The shot of sunrise through the trees was my favorite. Thanks for the article.

Respect your opinion, but pancake primes are much to my liking. Probably because I began photography in the 1950s before zooms. I have the Fuji E2 and like nothing better than to put the pancake 27 (40mm equiv) on for general use. Minimalist. I prefer a 45mm +/- 5mm simply because most rangefinder cameras of my era came with that length prime. I still have a folding rangefinder with a 50mm lens given me by my grandfather. 35mm equiv is fine but my inner "eye" is tuned to something a bit longer. I often take much better photos when I'm confined to one lens and need to make the pic instead of zooming it. I do have both the 18-55 and 55-200 zoom, and carry and use them often. The 18-55 and 14/2.8 are a great combo. But I'm seriously thinking of buying an 18pancake and 50/2 to combine with the 27/2.8 for a very small and light travel kit. To each his own.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 13:40 UTC
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babart: Besides the Fuji 23/2, one can acquire an 18/2, 27/2.8, 35/2, and 50/2 for very reasonable prices. Three of these are weather resistant....23, 35, 50mm (35, 50 and 75 equivalents). Not a bad range in what is a very decent camera system.

@kreislauf: I've asked Fuji to produce a 16/2 WR lens. Probably not soon, as I also asked for 16/4 shift :).

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 00:47 UTC

Fascinating article, and the advice to travelers is right on the money. I've been lucky enough to have traveled in many less developed countries and Vasquez's experiences, especially with the often remarkably open and friendly people in those locations, echo (and surpass) my own. Experienced in person, the traveler will immediately reject that elitist term 'third world,' and will bring home an understanding of world conditions and peoples very few learn to appreciate. Hopefully his travels will encourage others to do the same.

I also found his detailed accounting of the equipment he takes and how he takes care of it while flying very helpful. Scaled down, or up, to one's personal needs, Vasquez gives the traveler very solid advice. Especially since airlines are not the most cooperative organizations when it comes to cameras and electronics.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 18:42 UTC as 3rd comment
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Sparky86: That sounds like a weird prize...a whole year's worth of travelling. Who wants to take a whole year out of their life for this - " a photographer who will ultimately spend a year 'identifying and living 365 new stories ' " sounds like Canon wants to use the winner to get a good story with accompanying images for each of the 365 days to use for marketing...

If I were young and single I'd go for it.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2017 at 13:54 UTC

Besides the Fuji 23/2, one can acquire an 18/2, 27/2.8, 35/2, and 50/2 for very reasonable prices. Three of these are weather resistant....23, 35, 50mm (35, 50 and 75 equivalents). Not a bad range in what is a very decent camera system.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 23:50 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies

Interesting option, though there are lighter weight primes. Voigtlander, for instance (on a Sony alpha.) Great photos, too, and I see your point about including more foreground to give depth.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 11:24 UTC as 88th comment
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (503 comments in total)

Well, let's see. If I were a sports pro and shot high-end Canon or Nikon......I would keep what I had because changing systems can be prohibitively expensive. I would suspect the A9 to appeal more to younger photographers just starting out. But then, what do I know?

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 20:23 UTC as 63rd comment
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (503 comments in total)
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trungtran: EVF's are getting better.

One day we won't need windscreens on our cars.

That's very true. However, cameras can fail as well, and having an optical viewfinder is no help in that situation. Too, those of us who don't shoot much action and are on in years may actually prefer the magnified focusing options of EVFs. One type viewfinder isn't the be all, end all, for everyone, and photographers can still choose which they prefer for their own style of photography. Cheers.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 20:21 UTC
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Studor13: What if you first level your tripod and then level your head?

Isn't this the same thing?

If one does a lot of panoramas, a separate leveling adapter between tripod and ballhead is a very worthwhile attachment. These usually will only compensate for a maximum of 15degrees in any direction, but it sure beats fiddling with tripod legs once the tripod is in the ball park.

Of course, if one has an Arca-Swiss PO, a separate leveler isn't necessary and you've also saved a minimum of $200.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 22:03 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)

Great price!

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 19:10 UTC as 214th comment
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)
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lucidum: I have read some of the most popular posts and conclude that people will triple their wedding photography business thanks to this fantastic $4500 camera.

As well as the number of photos they have to sift through and process. Said tongue in cheek.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 19:09 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)
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elementare: Almost the 99% of the over enthusiastic comments here about the destruction of the caninkon flagships in favor of this camera come from people that have never shoot sports or any kind of serious fast action / long time session photography.

This kind of cameras with their poor ergonomics with sport lenses or almost every lens that surpasses their wight or size, unbalancing the entire working experience, and low battery life will never be a real issue for canikon and their d5 - 1dx professional audience.

People can complain about the silliest things.....ad nauseam.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 19:07 UTC
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babart: Umm.....I've carried a regular umbrella (and used it effectively) in places as diverse as London and Costa Rica. I still have and use same umbrella, which cost me $11.

@Tan68: Yes about changing lenses. If you have a shoulder bag that is rain proof, it helps (more or less) to stick the butt of the umbrella into the bag. Same if you wear a belt. :)

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 20:46 UTC

Umm.....I've carried a regular umbrella (and used it effectively) in places as diverse as London and Costa Rica. I still have and use same umbrella, which cost me $11.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 13:06 UTC as 58th comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (348 comments in total)
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Bobthearch: "The Pentax 645Z is the granddaddy of 'affordable' medium format."

If you say so. I've had $200 burning a hole in my pocket since I did a professional shoot last year. Lol.

Bobthearch: Too true. One can't see the facial expression of the writer, nor hear his/her tone of voice.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 15:08 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (348 comments in total)

Excellent practical review. Thanks much!

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 23:54 UTC as 13th comment
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (348 comments in total)
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Bobthearch: "The Pentax 645Z is the granddaddy of 'affordable' medium format."

If you say so. I've had $200 burning a hole in my pocket since I did a professional shoot last year. Lol.

@Bobthearch: I've given up on tongue-in-cheek comments on DPR. It seems there are many who can't quite believe there might be something mildly funny about any aspect of photography. I once found myself responding to people that seemed terribly angry at a satirical comment made here. One even replied, "Well, this is a serious forum, you shouldn't be making comments like that." So I don't anymore. And it's not just photographers. :)

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 23:39 UTC
On article Western Digital launches its first portable SSD (143 comments in total)

Nice, but I think I'll stick to standard WD 2tb passports at $100. The solid state will come down in price in a few years. Or maybe a few months. A few days.....things move so fast today? :)

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 23:12 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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