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Nikon D4s Unboxing and SNIFF TEST

Jared Polin March 6, 2014 Comments Off

I did not have to wait to long to get my hands on my NEW Nikon D4s. I got the call from Allen at AllensCamera.com and than I was on my way to the store to pick it up.

But no NEW Camera purchase would be complete without the Unboxing and Sniff Test from the store. There is not much to report different than the D4 other than the adding of the S, a strap that now has an s on it and a battery charger that is now grey. All the major changes take place inside the camera and have me excited to get out and shoot with it. The only major news to report back to you guys is that this camera now has more nipples, a lot more nipples.

What you guys can expect over the next few weeks or months. I do plan on doing a full review of the camera and not one where it’s sample shots shot in a lab. It is one thing to “test” a camera it’s another to actually get out into the world and use it. I am all about getting it out there to use it and not wasting my time pixel peeping or seeing how high the iso will go to shoot that dark corner over there in my loft.

This camera will be shooting a lot of video. It will be used to capture my angle on RAWtalk as well as film many of my other videos for the website.

I look forward to sharing the results with you and I will be sure to upload some RAW files to play with.

If you are looking for any NIKON gear be sure to check out AllensCamera.com or give them a call at 215.547.2841. They are a mom and pop store that can compete with the big boys and win on customer service.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Max Jackson Speaks Out For the First Time

Jared Polin March 5, 2014 Comments Off

Right Click Here and hit save as to download this interview as an MP3.

A little over a week ago I got an email from Max Jackson’s father asking if we wanted to conduct the only interview with his son Max. For those who don’t remember who Max is we discussed his situation in great detail on RAWtalk Episode #073.

The quick of it is he took photos of a Color Run event that the Color Run ended up asking for permission to use. They came to an agreement via a Facebook conversation where Color Run could use the images online in exchange for linking back to Max’s Facebook page. Fast forward a few months and Max’s photos started showing up in advertisements which was not part of the agreed upon usage rights.

A lot went down after that including Max being sued by the Color Run and the short of it is that the case has settled out of court.

So here we are with the first and only interview with Max since the entire thing started. I want to preface the interview by saying I had to choose my questions very carefully. I really could not dive to deep into the issues that put Max and the Color Run into the situation they ended up since they have a non disparage agreement.

With that said I think there are some really solid take home points in this interview. We now know more about Max and his future endeavors than before.


A Professional Wedding Photographer is Trying to Crowd Fund a D4s: My Take

Jared Polin March 5, 2014 Comments Off

Recently I saw a tweet about a professional wedding photographer who has taken to GoFundMe in the attempt to raise money for a new D4s. Now before you jump down the guys throat like so many people already have you have to look at the idea in whole. You have to ask yourself, is this a good idea, does this make me look desperate or should I never had done this in the first place.

Click the Video Above to hear a phone call with the photographer Stephen Yanman.

In theory there is nothing wrong with crowd sourcing. You offer something in return for donations and boom you get funded. In this case the photographer is offering something and not just looking for a handout. But the key thing to remember is “PERCEPTION”, how will people perceive what you are trying to do.

Here is the exact campaign as it is being presented to the public.

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.