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Mike, just change the title of your site to "The Online Blogger". Oh wait, you have to be online to be a blogger. Maybe just "The Blogger"? "TB"? That doesn't work so well either. Nevermind.
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2015 on This is Not a TOP Post at The Online Photographer
What do you do if you need a different focal length? I run into this limitation all the time using my camera phone. Being limited to one focal length has taught me that sometimes I need more than one lens.
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2015 on OC/OL/OY at The Online Photographer
I need money too. Could you please donate because I'm a nice guy, and well, I'm entitled too. Thanks. [The nice thing about the affiliate programs is that the "donation" doesn't come out of your pocket. Well, it does, but it would have anyway--it would have gone to B&H or Amazon. They pay a little "finder's fee" or referral fee from out of their profits. So to support TOP (or any of your favorite sites) it doesn't cost you anything *extra*. Assuming you were going to shop online anyway, that is. --Mike]
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2014 on A Favor at The Online Photographer
I was feeling old today BEFORE I saw this. Now I feel suicidal lol (not really). Just sayin'.
It's hopeless to resist.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2014 on O Lawd Hep Me at The Online Photographer
Are you kiddin' me? It's about hating America and eradicating anything patriotic. We're all global citizens now you know. Pathetic.
This reminds me of the type of article that used to be published in Mike's Photo-Techniques: more information than you wanted or needed, but fun to read nonetheless.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2014 on Our Favorite Cameras at The Online Photographer
It's a great time for camera makers. The challenge of serious photography still exists, as always.
To Nikon “micro” means "macro", or at least it seems that way. Yet I never hear Nikon throwing around the term “macro”, so maybe it means both. As a Westerner, there’s no denying that “micro” means “small”, yet “affordable” seems to now mean “unaffordable”. Go figure.
I’d get this MBP instead: It keeps you around the thousand dollar mark, has 8GB of ram. The SSD is small (128GB), but use an external drive for image storage, etc.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2013 on Very Cheap Apple? Or—? at The Online Photographer
Fair enough Lance. I suspect I was thinking of John Camp’s X100 review here while I was responding to you. I think we can agree that the Fuji X100S is a terrific camera, probably just short of the Leica M 240 which is exponentially more expensive and full-frame.
Lance, the X100S sports split-image & focus peak highlight manual focusing options, and contrast-detect/ phase detection AF over the X100. The 16MP X-Trans sensor is a substantial improvement over the 12MP sensor. The conversions glitches have been addressed in Lightroom 4.4 and 5.2 respectively. The addition of the Q Menu button replacing the useless Raw button and a much improved menu system in general are more logical and much more user-friendly. The X100 compared to the X100S is like the buggy beta sister that never should have been released before its time. I fully understand that the X100S is a painful reminder to buyers of the X100 of the full potential not unleashed by the original release, and that it’s exasperating to realize that a Fuji X100 buyer has pulled the trigger too soon.
"Seems I remember that John Camp was going to buy a pair of GX7's. I'd be interested in his user review of this camera if he would be willing to share his insight.” Speaking of John Camp, he really needs to update his Fuji X100 review to reflect the release of the X100S. The X100S is really a different camera with its X-Trans 16mp sensor, wickedly improved auto and manual focus, and Q menu. When I read John’s review of the X100 after acquiring my own X100S, I felt I wasn’t even reading about essentially the same camera.
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2013 on Pining for Gilda at The Online Photographer
I’ve settled on APS-C; the image quality is plenty good enough for me. Speaking of APS-C, my Fuji X100S X-Trans sensor blows away anything I’ve ever shot with, including my D700. It proved to me that there’s more to picture quality than just the size of the sensor.
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2013 on Do You Really Need FF? at The Online Photographer
"My initial impression is that the Df looks as if Nikon took a D700 (or D610) body and squeezed it into an FM2-like shell.” Egads! I meant the opposite: an FM2-like shell squeezed onto a D700 body. Mike, I don’t know how you get all your exquisitely written words to behave, but my hat’s off to you. ['Tis akin to herding cats, veritably. --Mike]
My initial impression is that the Df looks as if Nikon took a D700 (or D610) body and squeezed it into an FM2-like shell. It’s retro in the way that the modern Volkswagen Beetle is retro: a Beetle body on a Golf chassis.
It’s a nice picture, and I’m sure it would look nice hanging on a wall somewhere, but it seems as if I’ve seen this picture so many times, to me, it’s a cliche. I certainly agree about the color—lovely. I look at this picture and I think that the photographer has seen many pictures like it, as have I, and he just wanted one of his own. It’s a great picture in the way that an apple is a great piece of fruit.
According to Nancy, "You have to visit the site before you know what’s in it."
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2013 on Big Picture Guy at The Online Photographer
My solution to the traditional lens set these days is an untraditional lens set consisting of the lovely, wonderful Fujinon Aspherical Super EBC 23 f2 lens welded onto Fuji’s terrific X100S, and that’s it. In the words of the great universal mind of Henry David Thoreau, "Simplify, simplify, simplify.” Works for me.
I went to a Capa exhibition, circa 2000, at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts. What stood out for me, aside from the photographs themselves, was a sense that this hallowed photographer was just a photographer, sort of the same as me. The prints were very modest in size, mostly 8x10s, and of course black and white. Whomever had printed the pictures didn’t seem to be a more proficient printer than myself, but the artistry of Mr. Capa seemed to be in a different league altogether, yet I realized that Robert Capa put his pants on one leg at a time., and the difference between a photographer and a great photographer was largely a question of circumstance, of being in the right place at the right time, and having the courage to be there.
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2013 on Robert Capa Centennial at The Online Photographer
"The Dying Minister," if anything, reveals that a photograph dripping with meaning is not necessarily a great photograph, or even a good photograph, in a visual sense. I couldn't imagine myself hanging this one on a wall, or even spending much time looking at it. But your point is well taken.
I think the OM-D E-M1 looks great, but I'm a sucker for knobs levers, and buttons. My initial thought was that it looked like a smaller, tighter facsimile of the beloved Nikon F4: I admired the chunky knurled knobs on that camera with its affirmative ratchet-like clicks; but alas, I'm sure that like everything else digital it'll prove to be illusory once in the hand.
Toggle Commented Aug 21, 2013 on Uber Oly Leaked at The Online Photographer
Difficulty is inversely proportional to talent.
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2013 on Photography Is Difficult at The Online Photographer
Just to add Mike, the audio on these MacBooks is pretty dreadful. I got a Logitech UE Boombox that I use Bluetooth connected with my 13" MBP and it's a huge improvement for those times on the road you might want to listen to music, or even any type of audio, voice or whatever. I also added a 2TB Western Digital My Passport for Mac for backing up and storing large files, photos, music, etc. that I don't need on my hard drive all the time. Also, it's USB 3.0 which is almost as fast as Thunderbolt. The Apple DVD drive, while a little pricey, is a great addition as well. Not a problem for me but it's not BluRay (if that's important to you). Most of us mere mortals need a DVD drive.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2013 on Air or Pro? at The Online Photographer