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Mike, a wise teacher of mine told me once that the hardest thing about being good is you have to prove it every day. He was right, of course. It still doesn't make easier, but it helps. With that said I would love to be able to shoot an 85, let alone a 62. But I don't make a living playing golf, just a hobby.
Mike, Excellent post. I couldn't agree with you more. I have recently gone through a purging of the gear shed and am trying to resist re-stocking it with another brand and just focus on the art of Photography. That is what is important. I love the idea of buying a cheap lens on Ebay and just trying it for awhile to see how it performs. If you don't like it, you could probably sell it for what you paid for it, and be no worse off. We would all be better off using the extra money we spend on gear taking a photo trip, or buying a book rather than a new lens. Thanks for reminder. Also Happy Belated Birthday, you are about to enter the best years of your life. I have really enjoyed the 60's, just stay healthy.
Toggle Commented Feb 29, 2016 on Change Your Head at The Online Photographer
Mike, quick suggestion drop the pool table, and set up a 501 c(3) a not for profit charitable corporation for educational purposes, and then fund the gallery from Kickstarter. It sounds like a wonderful idea, and you probably could get some of the local business leaders and public officials involved in the idea to make a true "public purpose" out of the concept. You would save money in lots of ways from both a tax standpoint and maybe some additional grant funds. I could see a place for art lectures and exhibits as well as classroom work. Maybe you could enlist the local community college in the process. Just a suggestion.
Mike, great review. I have been eyeing this lens ever since I have pared down my Nikon lens collection to fund my Fuji glass. I still need at least one good general prime lens and find the 35mm focal length, the perfect choice for much of my work. I love this type of review, no charts, just a "real world" way to look a the lens. Thanks again for all your good work.
Mike Just spent way too much time reading this article, and I have to admit it is some fine scholarship. It took a lot of digging and determination to get this story. I would encourage anyone interested in the history of Photography to take the time to read it. It is both sad and interesting at the same time.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2016 on Vivian von Maier? at The Online Photographer
Mike this is an excellent comparison between the D500 and the Fuji with the same size sensor. In addition, Fuji has developed some very fine prime lenses for the XT-1, and Nikon has virtually abandoned the DX prime market. It makes no sense to switch from a Fuji to a Nikon DX. I had a D300 and like a lot of folks wanted to upgrade with DX but went for the D700 instead that lead to a D800 and ultimately a D750. A great camera to be sure but too large and bulky for travel. Thus the Fuji XT-1 with a couple primes fit perfectly into a small camera bag and stores nicely under a seat in an airplane. Thanks for the comparison you cured my GAS for the Nikon D500. All the best in 2016
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2016 on Your Inner 10-Year-Old at The Online Photographer
Mike, thanks for your good words in 2015. You taught me a lot, all the best in 2016 and keep the words coming. Eric
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2016 on Here's to Another... at The Online Photographer
Mike, my favorite Fuji lens is the 10-24 f4. It is an incredible lens, solidly built and tack sharp. I would recommend this lens to any Fuji shooter. I just bought the new 35 f2 lens for my XT-1 and I think I will really like the lens. I did read that we need to have the most current firmware on the camera for it to work properly. The most recent firmwear is 4.1, this is just an FYI to your readers. I just updated my firmwear today, very easy upgrade. Just an aside it appears that Fuji is really paying attention to camera issues, this is the second upgrade since I bought the camera several months ago. Maybe Nikon should take note, I am not sure they had a firmwear update for awhile.
Toggle Commented Nov 18, 2015 on Favorite Fuji Lenses at The Online Photographer
Mike, I don't know if you live in an area that can burn your leaves? In my town, it is not allowed for environmental reasons, not sure exactly what those are, but I grew up with burning leaves, and really miss the smell. It is not Fall without the wonderful smell of burning leaves. Hope you can enjoy the smells of Fall along with the sounds of leafblowers and lawnmowers. For those of us lucky enough to live in the northern climes we know what is next-Snowblowers. Good luck
Mike, I am not sure what that camera would be but I would love to have a camera that I so truly loved I would not look at another. I don't think that camera exists, at least not for me. I love photography and the tools that we all use to make pictures. I don't think it is possible to ever have the perfect camera. It is a concept or an ideal that we all strive to achieve but never completely accomplish. Like the Greek fellow who kept pushing the rock up the hill and as he got close to the top it would roll back down again. It was an endless and impossible task. The perfect camera may be out there somewhere, but I know I will never own it. Great question.
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2015 on What's It Gonna Be? at The Online Photographer
Mike, congratulations on the new house and new location. You have been missed. I am somewhat familar with the country having spent summers in my very early years at Chautauqua Lake. One of the prettier spots in our country. I hope the new location will provide you with inspiration for both writing and photography. Weocome back.
Toggle Commented Aug 21, 2015 on Move Complete at The Online Photographer
Mike, sounds like a good move for you, good luck to you and your friend. Change is never easy, so I admire you for your courage to pack up and leave at your age. Look forward to some New York posts along with pictures.
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2015 on Blog Note at The Online Photographer
Mike, you tickled my GAS with your post about the Fuji XT-1 so much that I went out and bought a used X100s on E bay for $600. I have just begun to play with the camera, but I am shocked how good the JPG's are right from the camera with no help from LR6. I am still in love with my EM-1, but this little gem may win my affection. I noticed you have not said much about the Sony cameras. My local camera stores seem to be "pushing" them a bit. I think they are great cameras, but I don't see a gain between Sony and Nikon since the lenses are about the same size. This old body of mine needs something smaller, lighter and simpler, not something heavier, larger and more complex. Thanks for all your good work and insightful posts.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2015 on New Lens at The Online Photographer
Mike, first I want to say that the portrait of Sally Mann was terrific. We need to see more of your work, particularly some of your older film work. The article was troubling but not unexpected. I have seen the book in the past, but never owned it just got it from the library. I was unaware of the controversy that surrounded the publication of the book until this article. This book was published in a pre-FB( Facebook) era, I am wondering how it would be received in today's post FB era. I still to this day refuse to put any pictures of my beautiful granddaughter on FB for these reasons. Although, I have posted them on Flickr and Zenfolio. Not sure what the difference is between either of these social media is. Maybe there is comfort level with Flickr and Zen that you are dealing with Artist and not the general public as you are with FB. Maybe I am just being foolish and should reconsider my stand with Zen and Flickr. Just my two cents, thanks for pointing out the article, I missed it in my daily reading of the NYT.
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2015 on The Sally Mann Article at The Online Photographer
Mike, interesting post. I read Dillard book about 30 years ago and can't remember much of it except that I liked it. I may put it on the iPad and try it again. Really enjoy the posts on what you are reading, and glad you are not reading all photo books. Books like hers provide an eye toward life that we should appreciate and savior.
Mike, thanks for all your posts in 2014, I don't know if I am a better photographer as a result of your insights, but I sure did enjoy all your writing this year. Good luck with the move, they are never fun, and have a Happy and safe New Year.
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2015 on Song Six (OT) at The Online Photographer
Mike, I just needed to add my two cents to the discussion. I have rented and used the Fuji XT1 series camera and really liked it. It was light, portable and easy to use. I tested and reviewed the files and compared them to my files from my OMD EM1 and could not see a difference. Maybe it was just me, and maybe I didn't want to see any difference, because I really love the little Oly camera. Especially when I attach the Panasonic 25 to its front. It is really all that I need to have a fun day of shooting. I took it on a major trip this summer and the whole kit including a 17mm lens, 25mm and a 12-40 lens weighed less than 4 lbs. That was less than my D800 with a 24-120 lens weighted. I have since added the 45mm and will take that kit with me from now on when I travel. Just wanted to put forth my opinion to the group discussion. Your blog is great, and the comments are always insightful and interesting, you have some great followers. Have a great Holiday and a Happy and successful New Year.
Mike and Peter, Excellent article. This is the type of article I love, and the reason I stop by your site. I know there have been some real good values on cameras recently, and I know you need to have folks buy through your site, which I try and do as often as I purchase gear, but this is photography, not the gear. Thanks for the interesting articles in 2014. Have a great Holiday season, and a healthy and safe 2015.
Mike, you deserve a weekend off, enjoy, and if you are sick get well.
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2012 on Unfortunately... at The Online Photographer
Mike, excellent essay as usual. A code of life we can all live by. But oh so hard to do. Thanks for your words of wisdom, hope you feel better tomorrow. Eric
Mike, take care of yoursellf. We would be lost without you. Maybe you should back a way from your coffee a bit, and you might feel better. I love coffee as well, but too much is not a healthy. More Coleman and less time in front of a computer. Eric
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2012 on Blog Note at The Online Photographer
Mike, love your blog and follow it every day. I am also a d800 shooter. I own or have owned most of the lenses on the recommended list, including the 85 and 35 1.4 g models. My favorite lens bar none is the 24-120 f 4 gold ring model. I sold my 24-70 f2.8 after I did some personal testing. This lens along with the 50 is my favorite travel companion, my wife excluded.
Mike, you will love the camera. I have had mine since spring and have approximately 5000 clicks on it so far. I generally shoot with a 24-120 or the 28-300 and like them both. The camera makes the whole process easy and you will love the images. Please post your progress with the camera as well as images, as you move along. Good luck. Eric
Mike, I have both the lenses you referred to the 35/1.4 and 85/1.4, and love them both; however, when I got the D 800 (no E), I also purchased the 28-300 lens. I have to tell you that is a terrific lens, and generally the one I carry with me when I shoot. Especially when I go out to the woods to shoot nature and such. I would strongly recommend the lens on the d800 or d800E. You wouldn't be disappointed.
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2012 on D800E Haptics at The Online Photographer
Mike, thanks, this was an inspiring article. I have been struggling with several themes this past year and nothing has hit, but I feel better knowing that I am not alone in not finding the "perfect"theme. Eric
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2010 on Shooting to a Theme at The Online Photographer