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Never EVER do this on your Photo Website: Not So Rapid Fire Critique

Jared Polin March 4, 2014 Comments Off

You know I am not one for definitives but this is one thing I highly highly recommend you never do on your website. Never have music that auto-plays!!!!

This is something that was done more years ago when people thought it was cool to have music playing on their websites. All I know is it’s annoying for one and in many cases you don’t have permission to play that persons music. You may like the song and find it to be the most inspiring thing in the world but someone else may just leave your website when they hear it.

I know the first thing I do if a site has music is try to find out to turn it off. You have to think about people who may be in a work environment and don’t know that their speakers are set to loud and BOOOOOM the music starts playing.

So right there I say, never have music that auto plays on your website.

Nikon 35 F1.8G FX VS Nikon 35 1.8G DX

Jared Polin March 1, 2014 Comments Off

This unboxing and sniff test at Allens Camera started off like many of the ones I have done in the past. This time around it was time to unbox and sniff the new Nikon 35mm F1.8G ED FX. This lens is priced at just under $600 and I am here to tell you if I think it is worth spending the money.


Like many of my previews I take sample images and allow you to download the RAW files for yourself to pixel peep as much as you would like. Being that this is a preview and I am just giving my first thoughts on the camera I generally look at the sample images while I am at Allens.

What happened this time was slightly different. I took sample images with the new FX 35mm and noticed at 1.8 a ton of vignetting. Now many of you know that Nikon has a 35mm F1.8G for the dx cameras and I personally own one. That lens is very interesting, it is meant for the DX but you can use it on the FX with pretty good results.

Since I noticed so much vignetting with new lens I figured I would compare it to the older version that is not even meant to go on the FX cameras. What I found was at 1.8 there was more vignetting as expected with the DX that you can slightly correct with lightroom.

This proves once again it’s not the Camera it’s the Photographer: Rapid Fire Critique

Jared Polin February 27, 2014 Comments Off

Time and time again people prove that it’s not the camera it’s the photographer. Don’t you love when someone says what camera is that, it takes fantastic pictures? It’s like saying wow that food was amazing what oven to you own?

People are always asking what do I look for when I am selecting sets for the rapid fire critique? I simply look for a set of images that has potential to give me a lot to teach. I don’t look at the settings or anything else other than a few of the images when I am deciding. The reason is the settings and camera don’t matter it comes down to the images first and foremost.

The images in this set were captured with the Nikon D40 a camera that was released somewhere around 2006. Like I have said a million times a lot of what you do comes down to having the proper settings as well as quality glass.

This set shows us that the photographer has an eye, a way to see the world and capture it no matter what camera is in their hands.

If you would like to submit your set of images for a critique please click the submit images tab above. Please keep in mind I do not get to everyones sets as I can only critique roughly 40 a year.

New ATOMOS Blade Announced

Jared Polin February 26, 2014 Comments Off

Atomos just announced a NEW NINJA called the Blade. I have one of these in my hands right now and I can tell you that the new screen on it is amazing. It now has a IPS 5 inch screen that is not only easier to touch, it’s more accurate and easier to see outdoors.

I will be showing this off on a future RAWtalk as well as highlighting the new features that Stephen and I are really excited about.

The price of the new Ninja is $995 and the Ninja 2 is still $695.

NinjaBladeSlider1 New ATOMOS Blade Announced

Nikon D4s Preview

Jared Polin February 24, 2014 Comments Off

After announcing the development of the Nikon D4s a few months ago, Nikon has officially announced the D4s. Thought this camera adds an s I personally think it adds much much more.

There has always been this idea that when Nikon replaces their top of line model after two years all they do is add an s and some minor changes. But once you hear what changes have actually been made I think you will be very happy.

First off who is this camera for? It is for working professionals who need the best of the best with honors. There is a difference between needing the best and wanting the best. Most people out there want the top of the line but don’t actually need it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting the best of the best by the way.

Before I get to ahead of myself let me tell you about the specs that I find to be the most important.

The Nikon D4s has a brand new 16.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor. They say this is a newly designed sensor which means it is not the same as the one that is in the Nikon Df. It’s always nice to know that the sensor that you have in your flagship model is not the same as in a sub $3k body.