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Jeff1000
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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: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/897201-REG/Apple_md212ll_a_13_3_MacBook_Pro_Notebook.html 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
Deciding between a 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display and a 13" MacBook Air isn't the easiest decision you'll ever make. To me, the most outstanding difference between the two (and the reason I chose the MacBook Pro) is the 2560x1600 Retina display versus the 1440x900 MacBook Air. Text is just simply way clearer and cleaner than any other display out there. Also, the MacBook Pro’s screen is brighter at 313 lux versus the 263 lux of the Air’s lower resolution display. The MacBook Pro has an extra Thunderbolt port (2 total) and an HDMI port as well as including the two USB 3.0s and an SDXC card slot that comes with the Air. The MacBook Air has a little better performance with the new Haswell processor as well as better battery life (12 hours versus the MBP’s 8 hours). The MacBook Pro has more upgrade options. The MacBook Air is cheaper and probably represents a better value. If you are able to appreciate the slightly more glossy and higher resolution Retina display, and I can’t imagine a creative type who wouldn’t, I’d get the MacBook Pro. If you’re on a budget, or more of a value shopper, the MacBook Air could work out very well as long as you are able to refrain from looking at any Retina displays.
Toggle Commented Jul 20, 2013 on Air or Pro? at The Online Photographer
Hey Mike, if you're looking for a bag to carry a MBP, IPad, KIndle, and a bunch of assessories it's tough to beat the STM Velo: http://www.amazon.com/STM-Shoulder-Integrated-MacBooks-dp-4003-01/dp/B006JVMT26/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374263674&sr=8-1&keywords=stm+bags+velo I got the medium size Velo and store my 13" MBP, Kindle PaperWhite, a Canon P-208 scanner, a bunch of office supplies, paperwork, etc. It's a mobile office for me. I could probably even fit my Canon iP100 printer in there too but I carry that separately. It's a great bag all around, but it doesn't address the photo bag conundrum, obviously, which your post was specifically addressing. I'm just so happy with my STM Velo I had to share my pleasure somewhere :-).
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2013 on Mo' Baggism at The Online Photographer
Hey Mike, you can't go wrong with a 13" Macbook Pro with Retina display. B&H has a great deal on the 256 GB SSD/ Flash drive version, $1479 I believe. I've been a PC guy since the early 90s but this MBP is the best computer I've ever owned. This would be an ideal mobile office/ mobile TOP headquarter's device. Install a copy of Lightroom and PS Elements and it's great for web photo editing too.
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2013 on Gone Fishin'? at The Online Photographer
Like the Sphinx, I never thought I'd ever see Ivan Lendl smile. Congrats to Andy Murray! A job well done.
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Jun 7, 2013
Western Digital makes a nice 2TB hard drive for $149.00 at B&H: the 2TB My Passport for Mac USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive. The Mac version is formatted for a Mac but the regular My Passport can be formatted for either Windows or Mac. Actually the My Passport for Mac can be formatted for Windows too.
Toggle Commented May 29, 2013 on PSDs and Permanence at The Online Photographer