MadDog357

Joined on Jul 1, 2008

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MadDog357: I suppose this is the natural progression of technology but where does it all lead? I remember when photography was more of an art. Because film and processing was expensive, every shot required some degree of thought. Now it's shoot away and post process your snapshot into a work of art. Now we're into "computational photography". Gee, what's next? I challenge all to contemplate how useless many human skills will be to the world in another few decades as AI and robotics are proven to be able to replace the vast majority of human efforts at minimal cost to the owners of this technology. Is human inginuity about to render humans obsolete?

Alex, interesting take of this subject. "If unthinking machines . . .", what were you referring to? If it's a non-digital old school film camera, there was a thinking machine behind it - a human.

Obsolescence, good points you raised. I never intended to denigrate digital art or the artists that employ such techniques. I'm just an old school dude watching technology slowly replace unique human abilities. But like you said, the other side is that more people can join the game. Not sure what you meant by "The added tech benefits coming from smartphones will enable greater achievements by those who invest in dedicated camera systems." I must have missed the point.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2020 at 03:35 UTC

I suppose this is the natural progression of technology but where does it all lead? I remember when photography was more of an art. Because film and processing was expensive, every shot required some degree of thought. Now it's shoot away and post process your snapshot into a work of art. Now we're into "computational photography". Gee, what's next? I challenge all to contemplate how useless many human skills will be to the world in another few decades as AI and robotics are proven to be able to replace the vast majority of human efforts at minimal cost to the owners of this technology. Is human inginuity about to render humans obsolete?

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2020 at 01:01 UTC as 15th comment | 4 replies
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 III (189 comments in total)
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MadDog357: Good Day,
I'm in need of good advice. I have an older Nikon DX body (D7000) which is still working but has a small sensor defect due to fungus damage (not in main image area) BUT all my DX lenses were destroyed by fungus. Options?: Replace lenses for my old body and plan to upgrade to a newer DX body later, or jump ship to something like this Olympus, Fuji, or other brand? I have reservations regarding moving to the smaller M43 sensor, however, some comments here say it's not a big problem, all things considered.
I shoot mostly stills, landscapes, scenic vistas, city walks, street scenes, family & friends, and not much video - just impromptu stuff like my cats catching prey, street events, and cultural shows during travel. I shoot in bright and low light situations. I need a relatively light system IOT reduce neck and back strain. At the same time, I need a capable camera, one that gives me access to frequently used functions without having to access the menu much.

Thanks guys! I'll be ordering a humidity controlled cabinet to control the fungus plus exposing the lenses to sunlight more frequently. Fungus dies when exposed to UV. That was an expensive lesson to learn.

I'm kinda disappointed by what I'm hearing about the M43 sensor's low light capabilities and decline in image quality at relatively low ISOs compared to APS-C sensors. That might be a deal killer. But IBIS is really appealing for hand held shooting. And is the EVF really that bad in actual use, or just bad when compared with the newer EVFs on rival systems?

Maybe the Fuji is the way to go. I held a friend’s and it didn’t seem that large or heavy, definitely less so than Nikon & Canon APS-C DSLRs. Both brand's (Ni & Canon's mirrorless systems need refinement. I’ve never considered Sony due to grip ergonomics and lens prices.

I've always wondered why Olympus went all in with such a small sensor. Seems their bodies/lenses could stand on their own with a APS-C sensor.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2020 at 01:52 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 III (189 comments in total)

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The system I envision is a good camera body, three lens combo (Ultra-wide zoom, moderate tele zoom, a fast prime), and small accessory flash (if not part of the body).

Usage: I expect to use the system about 50% for travel, and 50% for other stuff, so having a camera system that's not too large and heavy (I returned a Nikon D750 w/24-120 f4.0 lens due to weight issues) is important. I know that if the system is a chore to pack and carry around (sometimes for hours), I already know I'll stop using it which defeats the whole purpose. I can afford many of the available options, just not the pro level stuff. I've been into photography for over 40 years so I'm not intimidated by lots of manual controls.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2020 at 05:45 UTC as 9th comment
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 III (189 comments in total)

Good Day,
I'm in need of good advice. I have an older Nikon DX body (D7000) which is still working but has a small sensor defect due to fungus damage (not in main image area) BUT all my DX lenses were destroyed by fungus. Options?: Replace lenses for my old body and plan to upgrade to a newer DX body later, or jump ship to something like this Olympus, Fuji, or other brand? I have reservations regarding moving to the smaller M43 sensor, however, some comments here say it's not a big problem, all things considered.
I shoot mostly stills, landscapes, scenic vistas, city walks, street scenes, family & friends, and not much video - just impromptu stuff like my cats catching prey, street events, and cultural shows during travel. I shoot in bright and low light situations. I need a relatively light system IOT reduce neck and back strain. At the same time, I need a capable camera, one that gives me access to frequently used functions without having to access the menu much.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2020 at 05:38 UTC as 10th comment | 12 replies
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