jadot

jadot

Lives in United Kingdom Surrey, United Kingdom
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at http://alexanderleaman.com
Joined on Aug 27, 2010
About me:

Professional Photographer - Weddings mostly, Portraits of real people are high on the list.

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On article Throwback Thursday: Nikon D70 (220 comments in total)
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sgt gatr: Am I the only one who thinks the D70 is one of the best looking DSLRs Nikon has ever produced?

No.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 12:15 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Nikon D70 (220 comments in total)
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dwill23: They should mention the controversy with Nikon naming it the D70.

I was selling these at Ritz camera way back when.

The canon D30 and D60 were selling 10 to 1 over Nikons so Nikon swooped in and stole Canon's naming convention. People heard of a "D70" and thought it was after the D60 from Canon. Don't worry, I told everyone how sleazy Nikon was to try and trick people by riding on Canon's coat tails. What a scam.

Yes. That's why the D1, the 1D, the 5D, the D50, the D200, The 40D, and the D5 etc all got their names. Because people count numbers and that's how they value things. The D5600 is so far into the future it's mind blowing.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 12:13 UTC
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LFPCPH: I'm sorry Fuji - But I cannot allow myself to be seen with a camera in those colours.

justmeMN - I agree. I'm probably going to get the green one, because - why not?

For any photographers who want to be completely serious and manly about stuff they can buy the instax 90 or whatever it's called, which looks like a real man's camera in it's faux retro way. That way their disposable, soft, questionably exposed, fun pictures, will be graced with the seriousness of art, and everyone will be glad and relieved that you have a camera that you have allowed yourself to be seen with.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 16:39 UTC
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LFPCPH: I'm sorry Fuji - But I cannot allow myself to be seen with a camera in those colours.

What difference does the colour make?

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 12:05 UTC
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SimenO1: "water down to depths of 98 ft, and pressure/impacts up to 750psi."

- I don't know how long a typical foot are. They certainly vary with age, sex, part of the world and so on. Body parts are not suitable for measurements. That goes for psi too. There are many reasons these units are dead and buried all around the world*. Please translate to understandable SI units.

* Except only one country that accounts for just 4% of the world population. Ignore them.

Joking, right?

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 23:48 UTC
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XeroJay: I'm not big on pushing any product or app, as most are cash grabs at best. Fundy Album Designer is one tool that I can whole heartedly recommend though. There have only been a couple of tools that I can honestly say have saved me more than than their sticker price worth of my time, and Fundy is one of them. I do 100 page books for my clients, and about 20 of those per year. I've calculated that Fundy has saved me about 5 hours of time per book, or 100 hours per year. I value my time at $200/hr, so you do the math.

That's great if you're replacing the saved time with actually charging $200 per hour. In other words, if Fundy saved you 100 hours have you billed that extra $20000 over the year and made that as income?

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 16:11 UTC

There are more directories than there are wedding photographers. (it seems)
There are more workshops than there are bookings, (it feels)
There are more blogs being serviced free content by wedding photographers.
There are more industries today to help wedding photographers part with their money.
When margins are as low as they are for photographers, and those margins are swallowed up by (often unnecessary) outsourcing, it's easy to see why some are finding it hard to turn a profit.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 15:22 UTC as 3rd comment
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cirtapfotos: You know...I am going to pass on the Fuji GFX 50S and wait for the Fuji GFX 100S with Sony's 100MP. It will be announced in Dec/2017 or Early/2018. While I believe Fuji has a darn good camera here with the GFX 50S....I know the next model will be even better.

@peterwr erm, that was meant as a joke. Rolleiflex wont be making much of anything any time soon. Sorry to get your hopes up there bud...

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 20:36 UTC
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cirtapfotos: You know...I am going to pass on the Fuji GFX 50S and wait for the Fuji GFX 100S with Sony's 100MP. It will be announced in Dec/2017 or Early/2018. While I believe Fuji has a darn good camera here with the GFX 50S....I know the next model will be even better.

I'm still waiting for the digital TLR Rolleiflex are going to probably make. Until then, I'm sticking with my Nikon D40, because KEN.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 17:31 UTC
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jadot: Nikon should probably make a large mirrorless camera by now. Something that's good.

Because that's what the market wants to see from Nikon, thus re-invigorating their core customers who probably feel lift way behind.

Nikon make awesome cameras, but they don't innovate or even develop current technologies for fear of eating into their precious DSLR market. They *could* make awesome mirrorless cameras and help push cameras into the future, embrace the technology, but it appears that they're more intent on pretending that EVFs and mirrorless systems simply don't exist. If they don't look they might go away.

And there's the irony right there. Customers who used to be locked on that DSLR market are away with the dazzling new futures in gadgets and toys and spending a lot of money doing it.

I'm not that fussed about brands, but there is a turnaround coming and the future doesn't have a prism I'm afraid.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 18:51 UTC

Nikon should probably make a large mirrorless camera by now. Something that's good.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 17:44 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies

I love Elinchrom. I've always had their lights, from EL500's through to packs, and The Quadra when it first came out. These 1200s look awesome.

I'm not going skydiving any time soon, though. It's just not my thing.

I wish that just once a lighting or camera company would make a promo video that wasn't showcasing how you can use the gear on your extreme sports day out. Granted, it's pretty mind blowing that you CAN shoot in this kind of situation, but it's not something that I can relate to, and I'd bet that the majority of Elinchrom's customer base probably don't either.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think I'm not the only photographer who shoots with lights that doesn't jump out of aeroplanes or off the side of a mountain on a regular basis.

I feel totally inadequate.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 13:36 UTC as 5th comment | 4 replies
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Tactical Falcon: It is about options. Lots of cheap flashes out there less than $100.00 if you want. Or this one, or the speed lights from the camera companies. Options.

So it's about options. And added power is the key. And having power to choose something, based on the options you have.

Riiiight.

Cuckoo

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 21:41 UTC
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P Hartung: Don't expect 200ws from these. I like the form factor and their integration into the larger Godox ecosystem, but the AD360 is much more powerful for almost the same amount of money...

The AD360 is more hassle than it should be. It's a pig to set up in a hurry and really not that portable.

200w/s is plenty of power for the kind of shoot this is for. It's a compromise I'm willing to live with for the sake of the form factor. It's not expensive either, especially when you put it next to one of Nikon or CANON's (or FUJI, Sony etc) top line speed lights.

I'm likely going to get two of these and get rid of all of my speed lights while I'm at it. If I want more light than that I'll plug in the studio lights and get into that, but for untethered out and about these Godox lights are going to be hard to beat.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 21:37 UTC
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Tactical Falcon: It is about options. Lots of cheap flashes out there less than $100.00 if you want. Or this one, or the speed lights from the camera companies. Options.

It's actually about power and portability - this has both. Cheaper speed lights are good for what they do but along with the Nikons and Canons they just aren't as powerful.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 15:38 UTC
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tbcass: I was interested until I saw the price.

Sorry, how much does a Nikon or Canon top tier speed light cost again?

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 22:34 UTC
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jadot: I want this. UK availability and pricing anyone?

Thanks, though I think it's sensible to warn people of customs charges when doing the China/Honk Kong camera gear from eBay thing. It's more hit than miss in my experience, and could easily turn that £300 into £450.

Meanwhile, I've seen amazon have a basic kit on pre-order for £275.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 13:08 UTC

I want this. UK availability and pricing anyone?

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:02 UTC as 21st comment | 8 replies

Quite a bit of unnecessary sarcasm.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 18:29 UTC as 49th comment

In this kind of shoot the photographer has been something like an operator for some time. It's product photography for marketing. For that this will be an incredibly enabling bit of kit and probably something that someone will be able to be creative with beyond the superficial technical boundaries it might first appear to have.

For portrait, fashion, and perhaps anything with character as well as a sense of realism, I don't think it works, but then, that's not what this is for.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 21:54 UTC as 35th comment
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