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April 30, 2012

Street portraits: Nikon D800 with 50mm f1.8G, Sony Nex-7 and 50mm f1.8 OSS

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Nikon D800, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G, 1/500, f2.2, ISO 280

After the first snaps with the D800 it became obvious that the Nikkor 24-120mm f4G struggles to deliver on this sensor wide open. Today I tried the Nikkor 50mm 1.8G and really like the results. One of my subjects offered $10 bucks for the camera. I asked for $50 and he just shook his head. Told you Gaffa tape works :) the rest after the break
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April 28, 2012

First snaps with the Nikon D800

Filed under: City Life,Gear Reviews,Street Photography — mike.kobal @ 10:49 am

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I had a some time this afternoon and took the D800 for a spin, full size and 100% crops after the break
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April 27, 2012

First hour with the Canon 5D mark III and Nikon D800

Filed under: Gear Reviews — mike.kobal @ 11:31 am

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I will tell you everything I noticed as a photographer and ignore video for the moment. As a long time Nikon and Canon shooter – yup, you guessed it, I have no problems with polyphotogamy and there are no laws against enjoying everything from mirrorless to SLT with one or two DSLR’s on the side :) I feel right at home with the Nikon D800. Its good to be back!
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April 22, 2012

Sony Nex-7 or Fuji X Pro1: which one rings your bell?

Filed under: City Life,City Life Portraits,Gear Reviews,Street Photography — mike.kobal @ 10:20 am

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Shot with the Fuji X Pro1 and the 35mm 1.4
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Over the last few weeks, many of you emailed, wondering if the Canon 5D3 is a worthy 5D2 successor. The answer is yes. The other question I frequently get is which one to buy, the Fuji X Pro1 or the Sony Nex-7. Much trickier to answer. In general, I favor versatile equipment and expect my compacts capable to serve as B cameras on video shoots and as emergency back up on travel assignments. However, I always had and still have a soft spot for rangefinder cameras. Establishing a rapport with my subjects appears to be easier. Of course rangefinder cameras have limitations, parallax discrepancies during close ups and working with telephoto lenses isn’t much fun either. On the plus side, I can observe what is going on outside the frame and spot if the subject blinks at the moment of exposure. And the pleasant, almost inaudible shutter sound. check past the break to see what this means
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April 20, 2012

Model of the day: Elizaveta Bulokhova

Filed under: Models Fashion,Photography Fashion,Portrait Photography — mike.kobal @ 3:33 pm

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Shot with the Fuji X Pro 1 and the 35mm 1.4 wide open.

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