Al Valentino

Lives in United States NJ, United States
Joined on Oct 25, 2012

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On article Bentley creates a 53 billion pixel car commercial (165 comments in total)

So does this picture make you want to buy a Bentley more or less?

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 14:00 UTC as 67th comment | 1 reply
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Al Valentino: I would rather wait to see test of the finished, tweaked, product before judging. These type of reviews of unfinished products tend to create a bias of the good and bad.

K10D,

I didn't watch so I couldn't judge the preliminary version, unlike your judging me.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 10:35 UTC

I would rather wait to see test of the finished, tweaked, product before judging. These type of reviews of unfinished products tend to create a bias of the good and bad.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 14:41 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (327 comments in total)
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Valterj: For Nature Photography (macro) which is the best?

For nature macro neither. Fuji removed the long awaited 120mm f/2.8 stabilzed macro lens and now has onky an 80mm macro on the roadmap for next summer, if it ever happens, at the earliest. As a nature photographer that loves long macros for outdoor work, this is a setback. I have been using a tamron 90mm f/2.8 adaptall macro but often wish for more reach. Samyang/Rokinon has a 100mm manual macro for Fuji mount for under $500. in my experience, 90mm or less is ideal for indoor macro/closeuo work, and 100mm or more is better for outdoor work. The longer FL not only gives more reach but the narrower FOV allows dor much better background control. I may take my 90mm tamron adaptall macro and move over to m43 EM1 mark ii next year to get more reach and handheld options.

Depite what fuji says, they cannot please everyone. But of course that is true of all brands. We pick the right tools for the job - at least the ones that we can afford 😃

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 17:38 UTC
On article Samyang teases 'summer blockbuster' lens announcements (122 comments in total)
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PeaceKeeper: I'd love to see some AF lenses, but I'm not sure they would be able to compete with the Fuji AF lenses that are available for my X-T1. They'd end up priced too close I think. Maybe I will just hope for more wacky MF lenses on the cheap. Hah!

Agreed. All systems offer great results these days. An experienced shooter knows what he likes to shoot and matches the tool to the job with his choice tempered by his bankroll. I like nature and architecture, so i lust for more DOF and shoot mostly at low ISO. High ISO bodies and shallow DOF are the more expensive tools that I can easily live without. Love to hike so less weight is always welcome.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 13:16 UTC
On article Samyang teases 'summer blockbuster' lens announcements (122 comments in total)
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PeaceKeeper: I'd love to see some AF lenses, but I'm not sure they would be able to compete with the Fuji AF lenses that are available for my X-T1. They'd end up priced too close I think. Maybe I will just hope for more wacky MF lenses on the cheap. Hah!

Babart,

I do not own th Samyang/Rokinon 100mm f/2.8 macro. I know it is metal, manual focus with aperture ring, and comes in several different camera mounts including fuji. Check BH for the 100mm macro by either name, they are both the same lens

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?atclk=Fixed+Focal+Lengths_100mm&ci=17912&N=4196380428+4099560882+4261208110

Personally, i use the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 adaptall version 72B (most recent but discontinued in 2013). Adaptall is manual and has no camera mount so for a small price one buys the adapter for the mount making it versatile to work with any camera mount. I was waiting a long time for th Fuji 120mm OIS macro but they decided to scrapt it and start again with an short 80mm FL so not interested at all. I might even switch to Olympus next year so I can stalize the lens on the camera and get a longer effective reach. Fuji wants their lenses to be short and hip and not long which is far more useful for closeup nature work.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 10:20 UTC
On article Samyang teases 'summer blockbuster' lens announcements (122 comments in total)
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PeaceKeeper: I'd love to see some AF lenses, but I'm not sure they would be able to compete with the Fuji AF lenses that are available for my X-T1. They'd end up priced too close I think. Maybe I will just hope for more wacky MF lenses on the cheap. Hah!

Don't forget the 100mm macro lens

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 00:10 UTC

Magnificent!!!

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 17:06 UTC as 25th comment
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JeffreyJC: I think the pictures are cool but are they real? What i mean is i fiddle around with my pictures i saturate, sharpen and do these things and i get the same old comments is that real?The problem i have is when a pro does it, it's ok... why?
When i look up into the night sky it does not EVER look like those pictures.

The night sky looks like that but not to the human eye which needs a minimal amount of light just to register color, has to do with rods and cones in the eye sensor. Anyway, this is why very long exposures are required to capture this amount of light. Long meaning several minutes at ISO 200 but that is too long to shoot since the earth moves so 20 -30 seconds at higher ISO is fhe formula, which only a few cameras can do without excessive noise.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 12:48 UTC

Superb set of work.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 09:53 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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Iamnotarobot: So he was basically a Photoshop master... if we put it in today's term... don't have too much respect for that...

He was a master printer as well as a master photogrpaher. Without techniquesto control shadow and highlights results would be flat or too contrasty with blocked shadows. The result is a beautiful picture that allowed others to see and appreciate the beauty of nature and inspire may to go out and do the same. It is both a science and an art, and artists/painters have been taking license to accentuate or attenuate their work since the the beginning.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 15:25 UTC
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TheWhiteDog: One suggestion to Fuji, you need a 16-70mm f4 kit zoom. an equivalent to the SONY/Zeiss one but optically better and weather resistant. it would be the PERFECT high end kit zoom for the XT-2. The difference between 16 & 18 is meaningful and the difference between 55 and 70 gives far more portrait flexibility. And the constant aperture is great for those with lighting systems. Yes, the current 18-55 is very good, but lacks the range, weatherproofing and constant aperture so it is not a substitute. I believe that instead of the 18-135 the 16-70mm f4 would find far more takers. Look at how many 24-105mm f4(the FF equivalent) Canon has sold bundled with their high end bodies. And Nikon's 500D comes bundled with a 24-120mm zoom(though not constant aperture). Come on Fuji, you can do it! Otherwise, the lens lineup looks really nice, perhaps a high speed long telephoto could be added. No need for a fisheye as there are aftermarket ones and autofocus isn't needed with those.

Koly,

The difference between a constant aperture and variable aperture ring is that a constant aperture allows markings on the ring for the various f/stops. However, for some reason Fuji did not mark the aperture ring on their 10-24mm f/4 zoom.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 23:07 UTC
On article Under pressure: Canon vs. Nikon in a hydraulic press (293 comments in total)

I would love to set them crush a Sony A7(any variety) - just for kicks 😈

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 21:55 UTC as 96th comment | 1 reply
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (123 comments in total)
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Mike Sandman: The less mushy buttons and the criticism that a lot of mirrorless cameras are afflicted by much control prompt a question (from a Sony Alpha 7Rii owner): Could the mushiness be fixed if a camera repair shop installed stronger springs under the buttons on some of these cameras? (Maybe we need a teardown from iFixIt or LensRentals to show us how).

No. The buttons were mushy because they were small or thin. So were not very tactile, especially with any type of gloves. Bigger buttons, not stronger springs is the fix.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 18:38 UTC
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TheWhiteDog: One suggestion to Fuji, you need a 16-70mm f4 kit zoom. an equivalent to the SONY/Zeiss one but optically better and weather resistant. it would be the PERFECT high end kit zoom for the XT-2. The difference between 16 & 18 is meaningful and the difference between 55 and 70 gives far more portrait flexibility. And the constant aperture is great for those with lighting systems. Yes, the current 18-55 is very good, but lacks the range, weatherproofing and constant aperture so it is not a substitute. I believe that instead of the 18-135 the 16-70mm f4 would find far more takers. Look at how many 24-105mm f4(the FF equivalent) Canon has sold bundled with their high end bodies. And Nikon's 500D comes bundled with a 24-120mm zoom(though not constant aperture). Come on Fuji, you can do it! Otherwise, the lens lineup looks really nice, perhaps a high speed long telephoto could be added. No need for a fisheye as there are aftermarket ones and autofocus isn't needed with those.

Throw in close-focusing abilities like the Olympus 12-40 f/2.8 has and it would fly off the shelves.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 16:53 UTC

I was awaiting a long time for the 120mm macro and using a 90mm manual Tamron f/2.8. 80mm is a real dissapointment and just too short for outdoor nature work. So it seems they went with a less useful focal length to keep this more a hip street camera system instead of a working nature photographers tool.

I will pass on this and might even switch systems in the near future to m4/3 since my 90mm lens on a olympus EM1 mark II will be 120 aps FOV and stabilized. The Olympus 40-150 f/2.8 is also close focusing and even closer with a 1.4x TC. fuji lenses are not designed for close focusing. Anyway, it is what it is.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 10:15 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply

Wonderful photo opportunities well captured

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 12:58 UTC as 26th comment
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Terry Breedlove: Don't worry this technology will never see the light of day. The free market will destroy Apple if they try.

I was actually referring to crony capitalism. Where certain companies get some advantages and laws written to open doors, while for others, roadblocks prevent them from succeeding. I don't want to get into details or examples, but hopefully you get the idea. That is what I meant by nit as free as they used to be - with a wink and a nod 😉

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 23:49 UTC

They watch us, but they do not want us watching them.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 14:46 UTC as 79th comment | 1 reply
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Terry Breedlove: Don't worry this technology will never see the light of day. The free market will destroy Apple if they try.

The free market is not as free as it used to be.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 14:46 UTC
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