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JDThomas

JDThomas

Lives in United States Austin, TX, United States
Works as a photographer / author
Has a website at NikonDFG.com
Joined on Jul 2, 2012
About me:

Entertainment photographer for Corbis Images / AP Images, Nikon Digital Field Guide & Concert and Live Music Photography author, Gretsch guitar strangler.

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On Samyang announces 12mm 1:2.0 NCS CS wideangle for mirrorless news story (139 comments in total)
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PicOne: Why am I confused on this matter? Ok, it's 12mm. 12mm is 12mm. BUt how does a 12mm offer the same angle of view (98.9 degrees per above), irregardless of the sensor's crop factor (eg. M43 vs. APSC, etc?)

"irregardless" isn't a word.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2014 at 08:36 UTC
On Behind the scenes: Garry Winogrand at work news story (51 comments in total)
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Cane: It's funny how taking people pictures of strangers in the photography world has clout, but taking people pictures of those related to you (family pics) has none.

Ever heard of William Eggleston? He featured his children in his photos all the time. Check out the documentary "Imagine | The Colourful Mr Eggleston"

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 04:05 UTC
On Behind the scenes: Garry Winogrand at work news story (51 comments in total)
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webrunner5: I would think about anyone of us would take a few good pictures if we had the nerve he did and took 100 thousand shots.

@fad: One cursory glance at your website and I see everything you fault Winogrand for on an even larger scale. Your images are nothing more than snapshots. I saw not one image of yours that even came close to being as good as the worst Winogrand photo I've ever seen.

You seem to have a strong opinion about what photography should be, but for some reason you lack the ability to take those ideas and translate them into great works of art.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 19:43 UTC
On Nikon D3300 real-world samples gallery news story (25 comments in total)
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Reilly Diefenbach: Not one picture of a landscape to show what 24MP can really do?

The new kit lens is very good with this sensor. The D3300 is a great little camera. I have some samples up at NikonDFG.com

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2014 at 16:37 UTC
On Fujifilm UK previews customized X-series cameras at TPS news story (125 comments in total)
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jaygeephoto: Perhaps "signature" leather or other finishes associated with other high profile name brands would be the way to go here. If you're going down this route at least have some look associated with a brand that has some cache, not some silly box of crayon colors. Imagine the cameras in Porsche Cayman red leather with a neck strap the same color as the yellow seat belts! Look, Hasselblad made a Ferrari red edition of it's camera. You can see one (in captivity) at the Dubai mall, if you're interested. But I digress. April 1st is coming up fast; so get busy with your best Photoshop or Solidworks skills and make something truly interesting.

Many guitar companies have signature colors as well. Gretsch guitars is well known for their Gretsch Orange guitars.

I have an 2 orange, 1 green, 2 red, 1 mahogany, 2 white and 1 black guitar. Why shouldn't I have a choice of color with my cameras as well?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 22:50 UTC
On Fujifilm UK previews customized X-series cameras at TPS news story (125 comments in total)
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jaygeephoto: Perhaps "signature" leather or other finishes associated with other high profile name brands would be the way to go here. If you're going down this route at least have some look associated with a brand that has some cache, not some silly box of crayon colors. Imagine the cameras in Porsche Cayman red leather with a neck strap the same color as the yellow seat belts! Look, Hasselblad made a Ferrari red edition of it's camera. You can see one (in captivity) at the Dubai mall, if you're interested. But I digress. April 1st is coming up fast; so get busy with your best Photoshop or Solidworks skills and make something truly interesting.

When Ferrari was started do you think the term "Ferrari Red" existed? Nope. It was just a color from a silly box of crayons.

Maybe in 10 years there will be a "Fuji Fuchsia", will having a brand moniker make the color more suitable to you then?

Maybe "Leica Leatherette" would be a nice option as well.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 17:06 UTC
On Fujifilm UK previews customized X-series cameras at TPS news story (125 comments in total)
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JohnEwing: I can't imagine a serious photog tarting up his kit with this sort of thing, but
if Fuji can milk the decadent to keep the company producing superb cameras, more power to them. It's not as if they were producing pearl-handled rosewood-gripped hyperuglified models of someone else's cameras.

Yes, a "serious photog" eschews all color from his personal possessions lest anyone accuse him of being, god forbid, UNSERIOUS.

No sir, that will simply not do. One must have a black camera with which to create only the most serious photographs.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 17:01 UTC
On Fujifilm UK previews customized X-series cameras at TPS news story (125 comments in total)
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topstuff: Well done Fuji. It is important to make cameras fun to own.

I dare say they are appealing to a much younger, optimistic and care-free customer segment than the resident old grumps on DPR.

Photography is a creative art. It is ultimately about self expression. If a photographer wants to cover his Fuji with a custom colour covering, then good luck to him /her.

I know of more than one very serious pro who would love this !

We are meant to have some fun while on this planet.

Everyone wants to be a stealthy street photographer these days.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 16:52 UTC
On Fujifilm UK previews customized X-series cameras at TPS news story (125 comments in total)
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kimnk: Aki Asahi have been offering custom skins for years!

http://aki-asahi.com/store/html/X100/leather/X100LeatherKit.php

I got one for my E-P1 back in the day - amazing quality. Great fit and the finish is as good and durable as original.

I would continue to support these guys, the original.

My Contax is covered with leather from Aki Asahi and it's perfect. As long as you take your time and do it right there's no reason to be wary.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 16:49 UTC
On Fujifilm UK previews customized X-series cameras at TPS news story (125 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: I was about to order the X-T1 but now I rather wait for the porcupine foreskin covered version. Leica's paper edition does not appeal to me anymore.

I guess that it is about time to create new segment of cameras clearly dedicated for fashion freaks, not photographers. DPR - be the first, surely, others will follow.

The beige option is for semi-serious photographers only.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 06:25 UTC
On Fujifilm UK previews customized X-series cameras at TPS news story (125 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: I was about to order the X-T1 but now I rather wait for the porcupine foreskin covered version. Leica's paper edition does not appeal to me anymore.

I guess that it is about time to create new segment of cameras clearly dedicated for fashion freaks, not photographers. DPR - be the first, surely, others will follow.

Nah, B&W is for arty types. Those art people are fashion victims of course.

Only color photography for serious photographs. The caveat is that the subject must be monochromatic.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 01:03 UTC
On Fujifilm UK previews customized X-series cameras at TPS news story (125 comments in total)
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JaimeA: Please do not post any comments until we get a full review of the Fuji X-E2.
How long can we wait???
The camera appeared months ago and has been on sale since.
No excuses please.

One time, instead of waiting for a camera review, I went to a camera shop and I tried out a camera.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 00:37 UTC
On Fujifilm UK previews customized X-series cameras at TPS news story (125 comments in total)

Why do people get so bent out of shape when a camera is offered in colors?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 00:33 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm UK previews customized X-series cameras at TPS news story (125 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: I was about to order the X-T1 but now I rather wait for the porcupine foreskin covered version. Leica's paper edition does not appeal to me anymore.

I guess that it is about time to create new segment of cameras clearly dedicated for fashion freaks, not photographers. DPR - be the first, surely, others will follow.

I bet you drive a grey car, wear only plain grey cotton clothes and grey canvas shoes , live in a grey house with grey trim filled with grey furniture, huh?

Color is only for fashion victims, not serious photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 00:31 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)
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tjbates: Whichever way I look at it - the E-M10 looks like a marketing mistake in favour of the consumer. That doesn't happen very often.
The E-M10 is marketed as an entry level OM series camera - however on paper and I'm sure in reality - this camera looks to perform (purely in terms of image quality) as well as the E-M1. That's pretty special for a camera about half the price of it's bigger brother.

How do you figure Nikon gives cheaper models inferior sensors? The D7100, D5300, and D3300 all share the same sensor. The D600/610 and D800 both have sensors that sit alone in their own class. The D4/s and Df both have the same sensor.

All of Nikon's sensors are regarded highly. Not a cheap inferior sensor in the whole lineup.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2014 at 23:28 UTC
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JDThomas: The market had downturn and it won't come back up. It will eventually plateau. After the digital boom of the 15 years companies are used to making money hand over fist. They're not "losing" money, they just aren't raking it in as fast. And it's unlikely that the business will ever boom like that again unless a radical new technology appears again.

It's always good to be in a business that makes products that are rapidly developing. It's an exciting time and technology is growing by leaps and bounds. People are thrilled by the fast pace of change and want to have the newest and best thing out there.

It's been 15 years since the digital photography revolution started and the technology has reached a point of maturity. They are running out of amazing new features to add.

As others pointed out, cameras are now good enough that most people don't need a new one every year. And contrary to popular belief the majority of consumers aren't on the forums geeking out over the newest junk.

@jeremyclarke; don't think mirrorless is going to do away with DSLRs at all. They will exist side-by-side. What you call "wasted space" isn't so to some photographers. The reason why pro DSLRs are so big is because that space is needed for for buttons that can access EVERY important feature immediately. Mirrorless camera are too small even at their largest to provide for that. They have a few function buttons that can be programmed, but I've yet to find one that didn't have me menu diving at some point to change a key setting. I never have to do that with with a D700 or D800 or even my Df for the most part.

One key aspect which a mirrorless can never replace a DSLR for me is the optical viewfinder. No matter how fast the refresh rate or how clear the screen is, it will always be a bright LCD in my eye. I shoot a lot in the dark and when I take my eye away from the EVF I can hardly see out of that eye. The OVF is the only way go for me.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2014 at 16:59 UTC
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JDThomas: The market had downturn and it won't come back up. It will eventually plateau. After the digital boom of the 15 years companies are used to making money hand over fist. They're not "losing" money, they just aren't raking it in as fast. And it's unlikely that the business will ever boom like that again unless a radical new technology appears again.

It's always good to be in a business that makes products that are rapidly developing. It's an exciting time and technology is growing by leaps and bounds. People are thrilled by the fast pace of change and want to have the newest and best thing out there.

It's been 15 years since the digital photography revolution started and the technology has reached a point of maturity. They are running out of amazing new features to add.

As others pointed out, cameras are now good enough that most people don't need a new one every year. And contrary to popular belief the majority of consumers aren't on the forums geeking out over the newest junk.

@ZorSy: 4K video on a phone. Genius. Let's take a situation where you're likely to have the worst video capture imaginable and put it up on an 84" 4K Ultra-HD TV so that you can show it to everyone in all its shaky and badly composed glory.

@jemermyclarke: Mirrorless cameras aren't representing a change in imaging technology. It's just a change in form factor. And right now small cameras are "in". A few years ago people buying entry-level cameras were clamoring to buy grips so they could have a big camera that looks like the pros. In a few years the mirrorless cameras will be too small too be ergonomically usable (The a7 is already bordering on that) and the new fashion will be usable mid-sized cameras. Remember when cellphones were huge then eventually got so stupidly small you couldn't use them? Now they're mid-sized again. The MILC market is going to do the same. The X-T1's larger form factor than the X-E2 is already showing movement in that direction.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 03:06 UTC

The market had downturn and it won't come back up. It will eventually plateau. After the digital boom of the 15 years companies are used to making money hand over fist. They're not "losing" money, they just aren't raking it in as fast. And it's unlikely that the business will ever boom like that again unless a radical new technology appears again.

It's always good to be in a business that makes products that are rapidly developing. It's an exciting time and technology is growing by leaps and bounds. People are thrilled by the fast pace of change and want to have the newest and best thing out there.

It's been 15 years since the digital photography revolution started and the technology has reached a point of maturity. They are running out of amazing new features to add.

As others pointed out, cameras are now good enough that most people don't need a new one every year. And contrary to popular belief the majority of consumers aren't on the forums geeking out over the newest junk.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 22:53 UTC as 71st comment | 6 replies
On Nikon 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR II real-world samples gallery news story (34 comments in total)

I see a lot of people complaining on here about a lens they haven't used and don't plan on buying.

I picked up the lens with a D3300 the other day and I took it out for a quick spin around town. I'll tell you what, this lens is really sharp. I think it may better than the first 2 versions. The focus motor has gotten a lot quieter and it seems a bit faster.

I don't think this lens is boring at all. It's uncannily sharp. It's collapsible, and the focus motor seems to be faster.

No, it's not the lens for people who are gear snobs. If you are afraid of looking like a tourist you will hate this lens. Stick to the pro gear of you gotta look like a pro. Once you grow bored of looking the part, you'll find out that "cheap" lenses can be great.

The only issue I had with the lens is that the distortion is very badly controlled. Lots of barrel at the wide end.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 09:59 UTC as 1st comment
On CP+ 2014: Nikon stand report news story (47 comments in total)
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pew pew: I like the D4s design

I think it looks suspiciously Canon-like...

Conspiracy?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 09:38 UTC
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