Saturday, July 18, 2009

PHOTO OF THE DAY July 18 , 2009


A cold early spring day in Coney Island with the D700 and the 16-85 3.5-4.5 DX Lens.

Friday, July 17, 2009

A plea to Sigma for new Foveon Cameras

The purchase by Sigma of Foveon, opens many new posibilities. The advantages of this sensor that like film reads the three primary colors at each site, but at different depths - film has layers - makes the Bayer pattern and macro lenses not needed and also does away with the low pass filter and the interpolation needed to put it all together. The minimizing of reflections caused by the shiny micro lenses is onother great advantage. But the greatest benefit of the Foveon has been its incredible image quality with a smooth film like look free of many artifacts that plague other sensors.
There are two drawbacks, the sensor is still not very large -it has a multiplier factor of 1.7 and it is restricted to Sigma DRLR's that use only Sigma lenses. I have used many great Sigma lenses and still have a few at hand and some have been excellent. However, many shy away from them. As there are two main camps Nikon and Canon. it would be advantageous to Sigma and to many photographers if Sigma did as Kodak once did and made their DSLR's in Nikon and Canon mounts as well as Sigma's. A larger sensor [either FF or with a 1.3 factor] would also be great. It would open many new creative possibilities to many more photographers who have Nikon and Canon lenses. It would be a win win situation for everyone. We can only hope. It would be a great development.

PHOTO OF THE DAY July 17 , 2009


It's the NY Botanic Garden in the fall of 2007. A Canon 20D with the Canon 100 2.8 Macro lens.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Photo of the day, July 16, 09


Something different. A stll life resulting from a test of the D200 with the 60mm 2.8 Micro Nikkor.

As the bard said, 'that is the question"

To paraphrase the BARD: " to upgrade or not to upgrade, that is the question"....
This is the most frustrating thing about digital. It's not necessarily the need to get a better camera but the perceived need and the fear that what we have at hand will be obsolete. We get on this escalator and cannot get off at a floor that we deem satisfactory so we keep on going up and up. Take the 5D for example, it a superb camera that takes superb photos, It has it's problems like all cameras but it is, in my opinion, a classic. I have two of them and will not give them up. Do I want a 5DII? Of course I do but what real advantages based on what I use the camera for are there? Of course it does video superbly etc. I use the "old" 5D outdoors in day time mostly so noise is not an issue. As for resolution, I believe that 13.9 mega pixels is quite enough especially when shooting raw. The files are really huge.
As I have posted before, professionally, I use the D700, but this is a personal choice and has nothing to do with which brand is better. So as I lust over the 5DII. I must ask myself the basic question of why. And that is the hard question. When the mark II came out the original still took great shots and it still does. So what is all this angst! Are we really falling for the marketing hype? Will be ever be satisfied and get off that escalator?
Surely the new models are better but will hey make us better photographers? This is the larger question. There are people using Olgas who are creating incredible images, for example.
I believe that we should all take a deep breath and count to ten before we upgrade.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Photo of the day, July 15, 09


Another photo of Venice. The pigeons in Piazza San Marco. Taken in 2007 with a D200 and the 18-85 3.4-4.5 lens. It's impossible to leave Venice. The polenta con bccala' is to die for. Viva L'Italia.

Monday, July 13, 2009

PHOTO OF THE DAY July 14 , 2009


The Throngs Neck Bridge late in a June day. Taken with a Canon 30D and the 24 to 85 35-4.5 lens.

Micro 4/3 marches on.


What I thought to be an unimportant new fornat, micro 4/3 is apparently picking up speed. The offering by Olympus has apparently stimulated the makers. These adapters will open many possibilities to Nikon F mount lens and Pentax K mount lens users. There are literally millions of them. Wow!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

PHOTO OF THE DAY July 13 , 2009


A photo taken yesterday, Sunday in the Park with My LX 3. Again, its NYC - Washinghton Square Park - and the camera is again the LX 3. I was trying the external viewfinder and I kept the ISO at 400.