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FroKnowsPhoto Show #007 – SXSW

Jared Polin March 30, 2011 26

This is Part 1 of 2 of the FroKnowsPhoto Show #007. Most of this show relates to our trip to SXSW, the Nikon D7000, BlackRapid and capturing the band SINAI.

We had the chance to follow the band SINAI from Philadelphia all the way to Austin TX for SXSW 2011. The entire time we were capturing photos and video testing out the Nikon D7000 and its capabilities. Find out what we thought about it in this video.


  1. brandy March 28, 2011 at 11:00 am -

    I have a D7000 and I have an old D80, I found that lens’s that where naturally sharp on my D80, needed no calibration and tac sharp. On my D7000 I had to calibrate. I tried a 24-70, it was soft, I tried a used 17-50, it was VERY soft but used so I think the lens had an issue (returned both of those). I then got a Tamron 17-55 and it’s VERY sharp, but as it’s a crappier lens its sometimes wacky but I know it’s the lens and not the camera. I have not run a firmware upgrade yet, and I also had trouble with auto-focus in video (I don’t even bother with auto-focus on it but I don’t shoot a lot of video).

    The metering system on the D7k is AMAZING, way better then my D80, the colors are noticeably different (and I set mine to neutral and its still fantastic). The D7k is pretty amazing, I think it’ll be a while before we figure out what exactly is going on with the sharpness vs focus. I think there is an issue with lens calibration based off my experience with those 3 lens’s, I also used my fiddy 1.8 on it which was tac sharp on my D80, but again I had to calibrate to +3 to get it equally as sharp.

    I don’t give one less crap about more focus points, I use the center point and re-composs and always have. I would be shocked if Nikon took a step back with low light focus. I also have a 5D Classic, thats a pretty amazing old clunky camera! I like using them both, for different reasons.

  2. brandy March 28, 2011 at 11:01 am -

    and I shoot raw, and work in manual 😛

  3. Dan March 28, 2011 at 11:29 am -

    Jared, you were probably picking a focus point that was not cross type (only 9/39 are). Thats the only reason I can think of that you would have trouble focusing.

  4. Chedd March 28, 2011 at 11:51 am -

    I Shoot Raw New Era snapbacks please 😀

  5. Mike March 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm -

    The problem with the 5D Mk’s autofocus system isn’t that it’s only 9 points.

    It’s that only the center point is useful! In fact, it’s the same old autofocus system from the original 5D!

    It’s stuff like this that has me thinking about a switch to Nikon when the D700 successor comes out.

    I love the look from my Canon gear, but Nikon puts better features into their affordable bodies. Outside of video where Canon rules, the 60D is junk compared to the D7000.

  6. NikonCoupleSoFlo March 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm -

    I just got my D7000 though I have only used the Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 (non-VC) and the Nikon 85mm f1.4D no focusing issues on either both very sharp. Metering is A1 – faster focusing than the D90 too. So far so great!

  7. Peter Dudek aka Wishmaster March 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm -

    My good! When Greg’s hold this D7000 in he’s hands it look a toy camera, what a GRIP!!! Good video but I wish to know more about these focusing in dim light and any overexposed images outside in bright light?

  8. Offel March 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm -

    “have you ever shot the dark side?” 😀 fantastic

    great movie

  9. Mike in Tulsa March 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm -

    When are you going to start selling those hats????

    • Jared Polin March 29, 2011 at 9:20 am -

      soon soon

  10. John March 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm -

    I like how Gred is having the carpet under his chair, is that cause Jared didnt want you, Greg, to make holes in the grass? :)) Just joking no offense. I might be wrong also :)

  11. SchultzPhotographic March 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm -

    I watched the Hebrew Hammer on Netflix last night! Solid!

    • Jared Polin March 29, 2011 at 9:20 am -

      ha how was it

  12. Stephen Cameron March 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm -

    If the hats a fitted new era, flat brim, would look so good. Would buy one, Oh yeah, Id buy a I shoot Raw Vneck too =)

  13. Jade March 28, 2011 at 10:09 pm -

    Hi guys. Your shows and your information ROCK~!

    If the Fro ever gets made into a movie, I could qualify as stunt double for Greg. I was wondering if in a future show if Greg could model his big-guy camera strap setup. I know Fro uses the well-publicized Black Rapid, but I’m not sure of Greg’s setup!

    Thanks again for the show guys~! I’m an avid viewer~!


  14. JV March 28, 2011 at 10:14 pm -

    Video looks identical to both my camera phone and Sony point-and-shoot. Hmm.

  15. Raymond March 28, 2011 at 10:42 pm -

    FRO whens the next part coming out!?!?!?!?!

  16. jimmy March 29, 2011 at 9:04 am -

    Aren’t metering is totally useless when you are on M mode?

    Can’t wait for the 2nd part!

  17. Scott Rouse March 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm -

    I am sure you already know this so forgive me if I am telling you your business…..I recommend a Fader ND for your video work on your D7000. Have you tried them?

  18. JV March 30, 2011 at 12:59 am -

    Video with awful audio running in the background of this episode was highly distracting.

  19. Mitch March 30, 2011 at 3:01 am -

    Will you post other street interviews, or was that it?

  20. Littleoldman March 30, 2011 at 10:43 am -

    I can’t Shoot

  21. Alex March 30, 2011 at 11:22 am -

    Toooooooo Much BLA-BLA-BLA

  22. Angel AKA Bean Dip March 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm -

    I love this pre recorded show better, its fluid and clean. Great job guys!

  23. padlockd March 30, 2011 at 3:26 pm -

    I still haven’t received my Black Rapid from the RAW self portrait bonus round yet… :( I hope it gets here this week!

    Oh yeah, I’d buy a hat too. =D

  24. AL March 31, 2011 at 12:49 am -

    What model Sony mic were you guys using and where did you have your flag box customized or was it DIY?