Month: May 2019

Liam Photography Podcast: Episode 22 – Fuji’s New 102 MP Medium Format Camera & More…

In this episode I talk about FujiFilm’s new 102MP Medium Format beast, Yongnuo’s new Canon EF to Sony E mount MK2 adapter, New Canon rumors on camera bodies, and Sony is slashing prices on their camera bodies to stir up the mirrorless full frame market.

FujiFilm’s GFX100

Yongnuo’s new EF to E mount adapter MK2

Canon camera rumors on the 90D and a new EOS M

Canon’s roadmap for 2019, included an EOS R camera that no one is expecting? [CR2]

Sony’s new “Step Up to Sony” Summer Sale

Sony Just Slashed Its Mirrorless Camera Prices by Up to $1,000

Transcript by, there may be grammatical errors.

Liam 00:01 Fuji releases a 102 megapixel medium format. Mural is camera young. New has just released a new autofocus Canon Elf to Sony Mount Adapter and ends roadmap for 2019 and Sony just slashed prices on its mirrorless cameras. All this on episode 22 of the Liam photography podcast

Liam 00:53 you’re listening to the Liam photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas and this is episode 22 I want to thank all of our listeners for rating, subscribing, rating, and reviewing and iTunes and any other pod software that they might be using. We appreciate you all and thank you all so much for being part of this podcast. So in episode 22 this episode of the podcast, the first subject I want to talk about is Fujifilm’s new GFX, 100 model, medium format, mirrorless camera. Now Fuji has just released this camera. It has a 102 megapixel sensor is a compact and lightweight body. This is per Fuji. I’m getting this data from Fuji Films, website, weather resistant structure, 55 millimeter diagonal lengths, large format cmos sensor x processor for in body image stabilization, four k 30 movie, 10 bit color depth on the forecast, 30 movie mode and phase detection pixels across the entire sensor.

Liam 02:07 Now this is a new monster of a camera and Food Gee’s. Ben Making a muralists medium format cameras for awhile. Now this is their new heavyweight and as far as physical size, it’s fairly similar in size to the Canon one, dx mark two or the Nikon d five more or less. Um, but like I said, it does sport a 102 megapixel sensor. The new sensor specifically developed for this camera measures approximately 55 millimeters diagonally and boasts in effective pixel count of approximately 102 million when combined with the fourth generation x processor for it delivers the world’s finest level of image quality quality with exceptional color reproduction unique to Fujifilm and the ultrasound or sharp Fujinon GF lenses.

Liam 03:07 Generally speaking, the higher the pixel count and image sensor has the higher the likelihood of camera shake to avoid this threat. Fuji has image to their image quality. Fuji has designed in body image stabilization specifically for the new 102 megapixel large format censure sensor, which gives up to five and a half stops of image stabilization that GFX 100 inherits GFX 50 ss popular detachable EVF system that can be adjusted to various angles. When using the EVF tilting adapter, which is the EVF dash t l one the world’s highest class resolution 5.7 6 million dot. O e l panel has been used to develop the GFX 100 high definition EVF unit. If you find her has a magnification of 0.86 times and contains five optical glass elements including a spherical elements and has been specifically designed for the hundred and two megapixel sensor, which requires extreme focusing accuracy.

Liam 04:21 Now from what I’ve read on this a new camera, it has over, I believe it’s 6,000 auto focus points, which covered the majority of the sensor. So you get fairly close to 100% coverage and and side to side, top to bottom. And this does look like, it’s definitely going to be an amazing camera system for any of you out there that are interested or are are writing, shooting in medium format and you maybe want to upgrade to a new platform. Now the retail price on this unit, it’s $10,000 and $10,000 is quite a bit of money. But when you compare it to some of the other medium format systems out there, like the hassle bladder and the phase one camera systems, it’s fairly reasonable. I mean a hassle. Glad we’ll run you upwards of $60,000 and the phase one cameras can run a believe you can get a refurbished use one for about $10,000.

Liam 05:32 I’m a new one is going to run you, I believe 30 to 60,000 as well. Um, so Fuji Fuji has definitely, um, creating a little bit of competition for the other medium format manufacturers. Mostly, you know, like I said a moment ago, Hasselblad and phase one, now I’ve never, I’ve, I’ve shot with Fujifilm cameras in the past and I always liked their cameras. They make cameras. Um, I don’t own any of their interchangeable lens cameras. Uh, I use some of their point and shoot cameras are higher end ones a number of years back, you know, for vacation photos and stuff like that. But I have not owned any of their interchangeable lens systems, although, you know, I’ve read a lot of good things about them and, and I never put down anybody’s camera systems on this show. That’s not what the show is about. I tell people all the time, it doesn’t matter which system you go with, the important part is that you’re creating, that you’re being creative, that you’re making beautiful images.

Liam 06:37 The rest of it is all semantics. Each manufacturer excels a certain things that are better at one thing and not as good at the other. And then the other manufacturer is better at that thing. But not as good at the other thing and so on and so forth. So it doesn’t really matter. But this is definitely an impressive looking muralists medium format system. I definitely would not mind picking one up myself. I don’t have that $10,000 to spend on one right now. So I’ve been wanting to go medium format for quite awhile and uh, it seems like every time I’m in a position where I could probably afford to buy one, uh, I just go debating a law and I consult with some of my old professors and they disagree. They don’t think it’s a good idea. You know, if you’re going to use medium, you know, you’d get a job where you need medium format, just rent one.

Liam 07:29 I would much rather own one, especially because generally with a medium format systems, especially once you buy as a system, you never have to buy one again. Generally, uh, the body’s last for a very long time and where anytime the manufacturer puts out new software updates for it, it’s basically like getting a new camera all over again. Uh, because a lot of the, the muralists medium format cameras are pretty much, they’re almost like a computer with a sensor and the ability to Lens, because like I said a moment ago, and I’ve heard this from photographers, the own, like the hassle bloods in the phase one systems and they, you know, they basically told me, yeah, you know, anytime they release a major software update for the system that you own, it’s basically like getting a brand new camera all over again because they pack so many new features and, and changes and new items into their software update.

Liam 08:28 It’s basically, it’s basically you’re like installing a new operating system on your existing hardware and you, and now you have a new camera. So that part is pretty cool. And I know, uh, like I said, just because I know mirrorless, our medium format cameras are not cheap digital medium format cameras, whether they’re muralists are not. And also the lenses are not cheap by their soul. There’s the, the kind of catch 22 for me, even if I had the $10,000 to spend on the body, it’s like, yeah, then you blow 10 grand on the body. Now you’ve got to blow another six to 10 grand to get a set of lenses for it because none of the lenses are cheap either. But it is an impressive beast of a camera and they have some really cool, uh, sample images on the Fuji Film website. Uh, the sub section of the website for this model that you can check out.

Liam 09:19 I will put a link to the information on this new camera, on the show notes for this episode, and you can go and read the specs and look at the sample images for yourself and see what you think. Is this a system you might pick up? Um, or is it just something you like me, you just, uh, you’d like to dream about stuff like this, you know, the American way. Bring them about things we can’t afford but would be nice to have. So, uh, you’ll have to, uh, be sure to leave a comment. Um, either on the, uh, Leo photography, website or a in the Facebook group. And let me know if you’re planning on picking up one of these monsters anytime soon. It is definitely a, an impressive camera system. The next topic I wanted to discuss in this episode, young, new just released an autofocus Canon Elf to Sony Mount Adapter.

Liam 10:16 It’s only $99. Yes, you heard that correctly. Now some of you out there listening may be familiar with young, new and some of you may not. Young new is a Chinese company that makes a camera accessories. They make lenses and different objects and of course they make these mounts adapters. And in the early days there stuff was fairly low quality, um, and they were direct rip offs of the major manufacturers. So in other words, you know, you could buy a Canon 50 millimeter 1.8, the one they call the nifty 50 or the plastic. Fantastic. And you know, that Lens was, I don’t know, like 120 bucks or something like that. Or if you went on Amazon, you could buy the young new version of that same lens and it was a direct rip off of the Canon. I mean it looked exactly like the Gannon one and you could get the young new one for like 40 bucks.

Liam 11:22 So it was a substantial savings and it was an okay Lens. Um, the image quality wasn’t as good as it was on the Canon nifty 50, but it wasn’t bad. Now, over the years, young new has really stepped up their game. They’re starting to spend more money in research and development and on improving their own products. Uh, they, uh, I think it was last year they came out with their 50 millimeter 1.8 mark two, um, which isn’t quite as big a rip off of the Canon 50 millimeter 1.8 SDM model. That’s the newest Shannon nifty 50. Um, and, uh, the newer young new stuff, they’re starting to make more of their lenses with metal bodies instead of all just cheap plastic stuff. So they are improving the image qualities even getting better and they’re starting to come into their own and now they’ve just released this FTE mark two lens mount adapter with auto focus for the Canon e f and efs lenses so that you can use them on a Sony email body.

Liam 12:34 It’s equipped with the USB socket for firmware updates, supports both phase and contrast. Detect auto focus is supports Canon’s image stabilization as well and like I said, it’s only 99 99 now according to the description of the list and listing which was added to Amazon and allows f and f s series lenses or lenses to be compatible with the Mount Camera System. It’s equipment USB interface to improve product performance supports forum or upgrade and lens data analysis through a Usb port as to focus systems with focusing system selection switch supports a f focus system and mixed focus system. Both focusing systems require a camera support for normal use is equipped with a function key and it says it is possible to achieve more practical functions in the future. Please pay attention to the official announcement from them to get the latest information and it has a one quarter inch screw hole at the bottom so it can be installed on a tripod or other fixed bracket system easily.

Liam 13:48 So in other words, you can use this mount adapter to not only put let’s say one of your large canon lenses on a Sony e mount body. You know like the 100 to 400 mark, two l Lens Wildlife Lens, and if you didn’t have the tripod leg rang, that comes with a 100 to 400 well you don’t have to worry about it because this mount adapter as a plate on the bottom of it, that’s part of the mount and it has a quarter inch screw holes so that you could use that to attach the heavy lens to your tripod or a monopod or whatever you’re using. A, it is compatible with the lens anti shaped and one particularly interesting feature of this adapter ring is that it has the function button that I mentioned a little bit ago which can be configured to perform various tasks or at least it will in the future.

Liam 14:47 Looking at the manual for the FTE two adapter though doesn’t appear to do anything just yet. That’s supposed to be calming and future for more updates. It says that functionality will be coming soon and will require the update of the firmware but not what that firmware update will allow users to do. And there’s some really cool, uh, uh, zoomed in, uh, views of the different areas of the Lens. The USB interface that you auto focus system switch, the gold plated electric contacts, the one quarter inch screw hole, the function button as well as the lens locking latch and release. This is by far the least expensive EFT eat mount adapter out there that allows autofocus and full electronic communication. How it’ll stand up to longstanding respected adapter is like the Sigma Mc 11 is another matter or metta bones for that matter. A lot of people like to use the metal bones adapters.

Liam 15:49 The MCO 11 wasn’t always as good as it is today. So there’s learning for, you know, for this adapter to grow, especially with the ability to update its firmware using a Usb port that’s built into the adapter itself. So I could definitely see this as being something really cool. For those of you that have decided to go ahead, decided to move from Canon to Sony bodies, but you didn’t want to lose money by getting rid of all your Canon l glass. Um, so you want to use your candidate l glass with your new Sony email body. You can now use this adaptor instead of some of the more expensive options. Um, you may want to rank one and try it out first or possibly, um, maybe get one from Amazon, which has a really good return policy. So that way if you try it out and you don’t like it, you can always, you know, return and get your money back and you’re not really out anything.

Liam 16:45 Now you will be able to find more details about this adapter on the young new website. And I will include a link to the website in the show notes for this episode so that you can check it out for yourself and let me know what you think. If you decide to pick one up, whether it’s on Amazon or elsewhere, and give it a try, feel free to leave a comment, um, with the uh, this episode and let me know how it worked out for you. If it did work as advertised or if it didn’t work, what kind of issues you ran into, feel free to share that information with all of my listeners. And you know, it’s always good to help people out in any way you can. So if you’re one of the first people to grab one of these adapters and try it out with your Sony email body, sharing that knowledge and your experience with the other listeners is always greatly appreciate it.

Liam 17:36 Now the next item I want to get onto is Canon’s roadmap for 2019, which includes an Eos, our camera supposedly that nobody is currently expecting. Now, according to Canon rumors, they’ve been told by a fairly reliable source of theirs who has a good track record but not a perfect track record. Uh, this is a little bit of what we can expect the rest of the way from Canon and the 2019 calendar year. First up, it’s not a secret anymore, but we’re going to get the Canon Eos 90. Now if you remember, I talked about the possibility of the 90 [inaudible] in a couple of my earlier episodes. And I also did mention in one of the previous episodes that the 70 mark two will not get a replacement. That Canon is discontinuing the 70 line. And I know a lot of users of the 70 and 70 mark two are really bummed out when I mentioned that in the episode where I talked about that.

Liam 18:37 And the 70 is a very, very capable and popular camera. It’s not super expensive. It’s capable of, I believe it’s 10 frames a second. So it’s a good inexpensive, albeit crop body, a crop sensor body. Uh, but it worked great for shooting sports, especially, you know, fast paced sports like baseball, football, NASCAR or anything like that. And it’s a very capable camera with a great image sensor and it just makes fantastic images and a lot of people are really, really happy with that camera. And they were hoping including my, uh, my friend Jeff Harmon from the master of photography podcast. Uh, he shoots high school sports a lot and he, and a lot of my other friends that have the 70 mark two had been hoping that Canon was going to announce the 70 mark three this year, but they did, uh, make it known about a month ago that they’re actually discontinuing the 70 line.

Liam 19:38 And the rumors had been swirling that they were actually going to release a hybrid or combination body. Um, because the ads already out there and they can and had the double digit d bodies for quite awhile. You know, the 10 to 20, the 30, the 40, 50, 60, 70, 80. And there had been rumors that they were going to announce a 90 d this year. Gannon is almost all but confirmed that and the beliefs are, and according to Canon rumors, the 90 d is going to be an upgraded body from the add, but it’s going to combine technologies from both the add and the 70 mark two so the 70 mark three is not going to happen, but Canon doesn’t want to guilt their customers that had been faithfully shooting with the 70 and the 70 mark two. They don’t want to leave them hanging high and dry and basically tell them, well, the only way you’re going to get a good sports camera now is to spend $6,000 on a one dx mark two or marks were you.

Liam 20:47 When that comes out next year, now Gannon is actually going to look out for their customers and release the 90 [inaudible] which as I said, is rumored to be a combination of the add and the 70 mark two but with upgraded hardware. So more than likely a new image sensor, uh, the new digit eight processors and maybe it’ll have dewalt digit eight processors. I don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see. But since that line, the 70 line is being killed off cannons and not going to leave their, their customers high and dry, that loved the 70 mark two. Now whether they’ll up the frame per second count on this new body, the 90 [inaudible], Eh, remains to be seen. Like I said, I believe on the 70 mark two they can, it can do 10 frames a second. Maybe they’ll give us, give a 70 shooters, 12 frames a second and I’ll love it.

Liam 21:42 More than likely they’ll stick with 10 they don’t want to dip too hard into their one dx pool. The one DX can do 14 to 16 frames a second depending on what file format using Yada, Yada, Yada. Um, and they’re not going to want to take away from the capabilities of the one dx mark two and the mark three, which is rumored to be coming out the beginning of next year. So I don’t think they’re going to up the frame per second count at all. Or if they do, they’re only going to up it by maybe one or two. Maybe make an 11 frames a second or possibly 12 but that’s, that’s kind of iffy. Now we’re also told to expect an announcement near the end of August on the possibility of that 90 d and apparently there’s also a new ios and body that will come at the same time. It has been described to use a very well specked and aggressively priced.

Liam 22:39 It’s going to be a well specked and aggressively priced body with Canon wanting, wanting to show that the eos and line up is not dead. No specifications have been provided to anyone at this time. There are no other eos and cameras or lenses scheduled for 2019 other than this one ios and body that’s rumored to be announced at the end of August alongside the 90 [inaudible]. Now what about the Eos? Our system, well the according to Canon they’re same source is telling them that a new Ios, our camera is coming later in 2019 and that it is a head scratcher and not at all what anyone is expecting. Now we have no idea what that means at this time, but we hope to hear some more soon. What sort of niche market could benefit the eos are. There was nothing mentioned about lenses for the RF now, but we are assuming the remaining five RF mount lenses need to be officially announced and shipped before we see any additional RF mount lenses.

Liam 23:47 So we already know we’re getting five more lenses in the RF mount this year. Canada has already made their official announcement on those lenses and rumors are right now that they’re not going to announce any other RF lenses for 2019. I believe according to the roadmap, they are going to be announcing some more RF lenses in 2020. So we’ll have to uh, stay tuned and see what happens and that department. Now, the last, uh, item I wanted to touch on today is the fact that Sony has just slashed the prices on its mirrorless camera systems by up to $1,000. And that is huge. So if you’ve been eyeing a Sony mirrorless camera, now, might be the time to pull the trigger and go ahead and pick one up. Sony has just announced a major summer sale in which the prices of many of its popular camera models had been slashed by up to a thousand dollars.

Liam 24:51 These are the lowest prices ever recorded, especially for Sony cameras, both for muralists cameras in general, especially full frame Lens. The step up to Sony Promotion will run until June 22nd and the following deals are what you can expect the snag over the next few weeks in descending order of savings, the Sony a nine which currently sells for $4,498 will drop to $3,498 which is a savings of $1,000 or 22% off at 34 98 Sony’s flagship camera is now the lowest price it has ever been. Features and specs include a 24.2 megapixel full frame sensor, a 693 point aff system, 20 frame per second, shooting a 3.7 million. Dot. O. L E D e F EVF internal four K video recording five axis image stabilization, a three inch, 1.4 4 million. Dot. Tilting touchscreen, which is an LCD and Iso Max Iso of 204,800 and in additionally has dual card slots and of course there’s quite a bit more to it, but those are the highlights.

Liam 26:11 Uh, the Sony a seven r three, which normally retails for $3,198 will drop to $2,598, which is a savings of $600 or 19% off. Features and specs of the a seven r three include a 42 megapixel full frame, backside illuminated sensor, a 399.8 f system, 10 frames per second shooting four k video with h, an s three gamma’s, a 3.6 9 million. Dot. True Finder, O, l e d e v. F. A three inch, 1.4 4 million. Dot. Tilting touchscreen. And if five axis image stabilization with the high end ISO being at 102,400 and of course there are other specs a available on that camera as well, which you can read more about. Uh, by going into Sony’s website. I’m just gonna give you the high level in here. The Sony a seven r two which currently sells for 1,998 we’ll be dropping to 1,498 or $500 off, which is 25% the a seven r two may be the predecessor of the r three but it’s still packs a mean punch features and specs include a 42 megapixel full frame sensor, 399 point aff system, five frames per second burst mode, internal 4k with s log to gamma five axis image stabilization in body image stabilization, a 2.3 6 million dot.

Liam 27:55 True Finder O, l e d e B f a three inch, 1.2 3 million. Dot. Tilting LCD and a top ISO range of 102,400 the Sony a seven s two normally sells for 2198 you’ll be able to pick this body up or $1,998 which is $400 off or a savings of 17% a seven s two is renowned for its low light abilities. Features and specs include at 12.2 megapixel full frame sensor, internal four k video s log three gamma five axis in body image stabilization, a 2.3 6 million dot. True finder o, l, e d e vF , a three inch, 1.2 3 million dot tilting, LCD screen, and a top end ISO of 409,600 with fraught five frames per second. Continuous shooting speed, the a seven two which is normally 1398 we’ll be dropping to eight 98 which is $500 off or 36% off. Now of course this is an older body, but it’s still a darn good body and you can’t go wrong with picking one of these up, especially at that price.

Liam 29:18 Features and specs for the a seven to include a 24.3 megapixel full frame sensor, five axis in body image stabilization, hybrid f five frame per second, continuous burst mode. Full HD video with s log to gamma, a 2.3 6 million. Dot. O l e d e v f a three inch, 1.2 3 million. Dot Tilting, Lcv and many more features as well. And last but not least, the Sony a seven two and Sony f e 28 to 70 combo kit. Uh, the 28 to 70 is an x 3.5 to 5.6 oss in a lens, which is their optical stabilization Lens, I believe is what oss stands for. Uh, normally retails for 1598, but during this sale you will be able to get this bundle for nine 98, which is $600 off or 38% off. You are getting the Sony a seven two bundled with the versatile $398 Sony Effie 28 to 70 f three five to five six oss lens for a nice savings of 38% off the entire kit.

Liam 30:39 Now these are only some of the special deals in the step up to stony summer sale. You can find out the complete list of included products by going to the website. And I will of course put that link in the show notes for this episode. So what do you think about all of this? A Sony is announced this huge sale and of course it’s because they’re trying to steal a bigger piece of the pie and the interchangeable lens camera market or Ilc market. Now I did also read, uh, this week that Sony has taken the number two spot from Nikon. So Gannon is still number one in the interchangeable lens camera market, but Sony has now passed the Nikon and moved up to the number two slot and they keep saying that their, their goal longterm is to take over the number one spot and to hold it for as long as possible.

Liam 31:30 Uh, whether or not there’ll be able to pull it off, I don’t know. It may be possible because Sony has been a serious threat to canon and Nikon ever since they started doing the full frame mirrorless bodies especially. And they’re currently ahead of everybody else. Um, because they were the first ones to do mirrorless full frame bodies. Um, technologically they’re ahead of Canon and Nikon. Most people say by five years, which is probably true, but as I’ve mentioned in previous episodes can, and especially, I don’t think it’s gonna take them long to catch up with Sony. And the reason why I say that again is because Canon, uh, like Sony has very deep pockets there. Our portfolio is very diverse as far as technologies and platforms that they make their money off of. They only make a small portion of their money off their interchangeable Lens Cameras, uh, Dan and makes a lot of their money off their medical imaging equipment and stuff like that.

Liam 32:27 So I don’t think it’s going to take 10 along to catch up to Sony. A lot of the Sony fanboys boys say, Oh, Canada’s already got her own. He’s already got a five year headstart Dan and it’ll never catch them. Yeah, good luck with that. Good luck with that thinking cupcake because I don’t think it’s going to take Canon more than 18 to 24 months to give Sony a serious run for its money. But anyways, I don’t want to, I don’t want to beat that horse to death again, who I’ve talked about that I don’t know if previous episode. So I will go ahead and wrap up. Episode 22. Uh, like I said, be sure to leave a comment on the Liam photography website or in the Facebook group. The Facebook group is free for any listeners to join. Um, I do require that you answer a question to join.

Liam 33:12 And the question is the name of the host of this podcast, which is myself, Liam, or you could put Liam Douglas. And the main reason why I have that question there is to keep out the spammers and bots and all of that nasty stuff. We want to keep it a, a clean clutter free Facebook group. And as I’ve mentioned before, you are free to post your own original images in the Facebook group, the Liam photography podcast, Facebook group. Please do not post other people’s photos in there. We don’t like it when people steal other people’s photographs, especially being a photographer myself, of course I’m not going to like that. And most of my listeners, um, not all of them, a good share of my listeners are also photographers and they’re not going to be happy if you’re stealing other people’s work and trying to pass it off as your own.

Liam 34:02 So let’s not do that folks. Please only post photographs that are yours that you have taken yourself and you’re welcome to share. Don’t go crazy. But you know, you’re not limited. No, only posted one photo a day. You can put a few of them up, you know, either and uh, uh, four or five at once or six at once or you can spread them out and you know, post one to the group every couple hours throughout the day, whatever the case may be. Because I’d love to see, I love to see other people’s work in photography and I always tried to be as supportive of other people’s work as much as possible. And if you do ask, you don’t have to, but if you decide to post a photo and ask for constructive criticism, you’re allowed to do that as well. And I will give you my objective opinion and it’s not gospel.

Liam 34:51 I’m not the world’s foremost expert on photography. But if you, if you would like a CC, you can post your photo and Nash for one. Now, next week will be episode 23 and I’m going to try to line up another interview. I haven’t done one for a few weeks. We’ll see how it goes. I have a couple of people that I’m reaching out to. Um, and I also will be doing an episode that will be a review of the new Ronan and f 14 millimeter f 2.8 RF. Now Lens, a roping on a Sam Gang, which is the company that owns roping on a head announced a little bit earlier this year that they were going to be the first third party manufactured or release RF mount lenses they have done. So the RF 14 millimeter lens came out not too long ago. And, and uh, I’ve been trying that one out for my full time real estate photography job and I really love it. It’s a fantastic lens. So I may be doing a review of that Lens for next week’s episode or it might be hopefully doing interview. We’ll have to wait and see. But I’m going to go ahead and wrap up episode 22 of the land photography podcast. Thank you once again for subscribing, rating and reviewing and I will see you next time.

Liam Photography Podcast: Episode 21 – Fake Batteries, Nikon Issues & More

In this episode I talk about Fake batteries sent out to B&H customers, Nikon Service Advisory, Peak Design enter tripod market and an airport in Canada partners with photographers.

Fake batteries Slip past B&H

B&H is Replacing a ‘Subpar’ (i.e. Fake) Batch of Nikon Batteries

Technical Service Advisory for Nikon Z 6 & Z 7

Travel Tripod by Peak Design

Jean-Lesage International Airport partners with photographers

This Airport Made Fence Holes for Planespotting Photographers

Transcript by there may be grammatical errors.

Liam 00:01 B&H is replacing subpar or fake batteries. Technical Service advisory for users of the Nikon z six and Z. Seven a new travel tripod made by peak design in an airport that works with their local plane spotting community. All of this on episode 21 of the Liam photography podcast

Liam 00:48 podcast. I’m your host league and Douglas and this is episode 21 some B and h customers who had recently purchased a Nikon e n Dash l 15 be battery received an unusual email. The retail giant says it’s sold a subpar batch of batteries or possibly counterfeit batteries and would be replacing all of this model of battery sold within a specific timeframe. Icon rumors first reported on the email sent out posting a screenshot of it which read in part. It has come to our attention that we unfortunately received a subpar batch of Nikon and a h e l 15 B rechargeable lithium ion batteries. Since it is impossible for us to ascertain which of our customers receive from the affected batch. We will be replacing all of these batteries sent you our customers regardless of which battery they might have received. With regard to the battery you have received, please discontinue use and take the battery to the nearest recycling program.

Liam 01:56 A resource will help you find a location near you and they included the link. The battery should not be thrown in general trash and please do not attempt to shift the batteries back to us as it is potentially dangerous to do so. The Nih says the replacement batteries will be sent out for free to affect your customers within the next day or two. So it looks like, um, not only do sometimes a small consumers, uh, buying from places like Amazon gets earned with counterfeit batteries are memory cards, but it looks like even on occasion of big company like Bnh can get caught up in the counterfeit battery market as well. The Nikon N Dash l 15 be batteries cost around 60 to $70 or in are compatible with a number of the companies, DSLR and Merrill has cameras including the e six and Seven d eight 50 the d 500 and the 7,500 as BNA age notes in the email, genuine Nikon e n Dash l 15 be batteries were sold alongside the counterfeit.

Liam 03:05 So if you did receive a real one from your purchase, your replacement will score you a second. Real Battery for free. Icon has issued notices about the counterfeit products over the years. Warning of everything from fake assessors to fake DSLR cameras. So I mean this is getting to be pretty prevalent and a lot of these retailers now, they do their best to try to eliminate the possibility of their customers being affected by counterfeit products. And you can’t really knock them because some of the counterfeits are really, really good. I mean they do a good job of looking like the real McCoy, if you will. And I do remember from awhile back when there was an issue with counterfeits, Sandisk SD cards being sold on Amazon, that the only real way you could tell the counterfeits from the real thing where the counterfeits all had a little yellow plastic locks slider on the side of them where the genuine sandisk ones, they were always a light gray in color.

Liam 04:16 But you know, your average consumer, especially if they’re just getting into photography, they might not realize that that slide lock was supposed to be gray and not yellow. And a lot of people didn’t know that. I knew about it because of the fact that I’ve worked in it for a long time as well as photography for a long time. Uh, luckily I’d never ended up in any of any of those counterfeit SD cards. And I can say that Amazon’s done a pretty good job of, of getting most of the counterfeits off their platform. So I do have to commend them for that. And a, I do feel bad for B and h that they got schnockered by a batch of counterfeit batteries. And the thing is, a lot of these, most all of these counterfeit products to be honest, are made and manufactured in China.

Liam 05:02 And the Chinese have been notorious, as I’ve mentioned before in other podcast episodes, they’ve been notorious for not honoring patents or copyrights or trademarks of other nations. So they basically let companies in their country just blatantly rip off and counterfeit products all the time. Uh, anything from SD cards do you camera batteries to full on, you know, Chinese knockoff replica’s of Rolls Royce Cars if you can believe it. But, uh, it’s definitely said to see the Bnh gotten burned by this and you know, and I also feel bad not for Bnh, but I feel bad for the Nikon customers, you know, and it’s not enh his fault really, that their customers got schnockered, you know, it was completely by accident. Enh didn’t know in July after they had already shipped out a bunch of these batteries that they had gotten a counterfeit batch. And of course by then it was too late to go back.

Liam 06:01 It’s pretty much impossible to go back and track through, you know, which costs customers. Got a legitimate battery in which customers didn’t. So the only way being HQ can get around this or remedy this problem is to just replace all of those model batteries to all of their customers that bought within a specific timeframe, within specific window of 30 days or 60 days or whatever the case may be. And that’s going to be determined probably by how quickly they turn over a batch of batteries, you know, so in other words, if they get in, you know, they order those batteries, you know, 10,000 at a time or 5,000 a time where the case may be and they know that, you know, in a 30 or 60 day period, they go through the entire 5,000 count batch and then they have to order another batch of 5,000 then it gives them a pretty good idea of at least the timeframe, you know, what two months, you know, any of the orders for the, that battery came in over a two month period, you know, then they have a reasonably good idea of which customers were affected.

Liam 07:01 But it’s just really sad to see, you know, even a large company like this getting snookered by counterfeit products, um, especially photography products is, it’s just really disappointing and I’m glad that B and h is really stepping up and looking out for their customers. B and h has always been a fantastic company. I’ve bought a lot of merchandise from them and they are super reputable. They’re a really great bunch of people that work there and they have a really great photography podcasts that I enjoy listening to as well. So it’s great that they’re looking out for their customers. I want to say Kudos to them for being proactive on this and not waiting until they received a much of complaints from our customers, you know, um, you know, or complaints about batteries exploding or something like that, which of course, you know, a company like Bnh isn’t going to allow that.

Liam 07:52 Something like that to happen. Unh, you know, they have mechanisms in place on their side to try to mitigate any kind of issues like that, you know, customers getting paid products. So it’s just really great to see that they caught it as quickly as possible and they reached out to all of their customers than an ordered that particular model battery and made them aware of the potential issue and said, hey look, we’re going to make it right. We’re going to send you a replacement battery free of charge. And that’s really great and it’s really great that they’re looking out for their customers because I mean there are a company that their reputation is everything and I can understand that, especially in the photography world, they’ve been around for a long time and just like Canon, you know, their reputation is everything to them and they don’t want it to be solid over a bad batch of batteries.

Liam 08:45 So I say Kudos to them for looking out for their customers and taking excellent care of them. Like they always do. Anytime you need to buy something, a photography or even electronics, uh, I recommend checking out Bnh a, they’re not a sponsor of the podcast, so I don’t want you to think they are. I’m just somebody who’s been a customer of theirs for a few years now and I have always had a good business relationship with them. You know, on the products that I’ve bought off their website, whether they have photography products or other electronic products. They’ve just been a standout company, so I definitely recommend that you check them out if you haven’t already. All right. The next item I wanted to talk about on this episode is a Nikon Technical Service advisory for users of the Nikon z six z seven cameras and I’m getting this right from Nikon imaging USA website.

Liam 09:41 Then I kind of USA website and let’s see. Here are the issue. While Nikon is taking great measures to ensure the high quality expected them Nikon products, it has come to our attention that the vibration reduction or VR feature and some of the Nikons six and z seven cameras may not function fully. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. A solution I’ve gone is resolve this by making available corrective service for effective z six and e seven cameras free of charge including the cost of shipping, the effected c six and c seven cameras, two Nikon as well as it’s returned back to the customer. Even if you’re as aesics or z seven camera warranty is already expired, which I’m not sure how that would’ve happened because if I remember correctly, Nikons warranty on their camera bodies is usually a year and be in the Z six and z seven just came out in September.

Liam 10:39 I don’t know how anybody would already be out of the warranty period for it, but I’m sure there are lawyers probably had them put it in there just to cover their butts. Ah, that’s the one thing I can assume. Um, there is a way to identify the effective products and to request service to determine whether your camera is one of those effected. Please click on the appropriate to check Searle number button below and enter the serial number of years aesics or z. Seven cameras indicated and there’s a separate link for each body type. And I’ll put the link to this when it’s a subsection of Canon USA [inaudible] website in the show notes for this episode. And if your camera is one of the effective models, instructions for requesting service, including receiving your free shipping label will be displayed on screen. You may also contact knock on customer relations by visiting Nikon for assistance if you are Z six or z seven camera is not one of these effects, those affected this’ll be displayed on screen and you continue using your camera without cause for concern of this issue.

Liam 11:46 And that goes on to explain how to find your camera’s Soro Lumber, um, which is on the camera’s on the back of the camera and the serial number will be the seven digit number printed on the label of fixed to the camera body is indicated by the red frame and the image above. Um, so like I said, I’ll go ahead and, and put the link to this page in the show notes for this episode. And I know this isn’t the first time that Nikon has had a service issue with one of their cameras. I know if I remember correctly, there was a total of, I think three different recalls on the d seven 50. Um, and I can’t remember if they were all for the same issue or if they were for a variety of issues, but I do remember, um, herons from some of my photography photography friends they shoot Nikon, that the d seven 50, I believe it was, had ended up having two or three recalls.

Liam 12:44 So looks like a Nikon is struggling with some quality control issues in or camera division. I don’t know, but it definitely doesn’t sound good. I don’t personally know of Canon or Sony or Fuji or any of the other companies having two or three recalls for the same camera body. But I could be wrong. And yet, and again, I’m not trying to bash Nikon. I just thought it was awful weird. Uh, it’s great that they’re looking out for the customers just like Bnh was with the counterfeit Nikon batteries. But, um, like I said, hopefully this will be the only recall issue for this [inaudible]. I know they’ve been fairly popular cameras and a pretty good overall a first attempt at a mirrorless full frame for Nikon. And so hopefully things will continue to look up for them moving forward and that they’ll uh, dingy continue developing their marital is full frame, full frame line like a canon and Sony and some of the others.

Liam 13:46 And we will continue to benefit as consumers of their Meryl is full frame bodies. So that is it for that segment. Now the next segment I wanted to talk about is pretty exciting and I don’t know how many of my listeners are familiar with them or not. Uh, depends on how much shopping you do for photography related accessories. But peak design has been around for quite awhile now. I did some blog articles about some of their products in the past on my blog portion of my website, my lay of photography, uh, dot net website, but, uh, a made straps. Uh, they’ve made carrying bags, messenger bags, backpacks, um, and straps for your camera. I think next straps as well. Um, as well as some interesting, um, camera mounting hardware, um, clips that you could put like on the shoulder straps of your backpack where you could lock your camera into a special plate that attached to your backpacks shoulder strap and you can hang your camera from that special plate and have it readily handily available.

Liam 15:02 Especially if you’re using a backpack that’s not necessarily a photography backpack. Let’s say you’re somebody that’s a very outdoors type person. You’d like to go hiking and camping and stuff like that, but you’re also into photography. You could be out on a weekend hike and camp out, you know, somewhere in the mountains or whatever and you know, you’re carrying your standard outdoor type backpack. You’ll have all your gear in it, your bedroll and all of that good stuff. But you want to take your camera to snap pictures of any interesting wildlife that you find on the way or while you’re out there in the wilderness for the weekend. And he designed has made some really cool mounting systems that will go on a regular backpack shoulder strap and allow you to safely and securely anchor your camera body there. So it’s at the ready when you do spot something interesting that you want to shoot.

Liam 15:54 Well now take designed these, decided to get into the tripod arena as well. So they’re calling it the travel tripod and it is a full feature tripod and a truly portable form and we’ll, it looks interesting about this tripod that there, and this is up on Kickstarter right now. They’re, they were raising, backing forward on Kickstarter. Uh, they were hoping to get a pledge of $500,000 is their goal and they’ve already hit three point $6 million, uh, from 88,180 backers, um, with 56 days to go on their Kickstarter can. Mate, peak design has been extremely successful on Kickstarter and they make some really, really awesome high quality, uh, photography related year. And I definitely recommend them to any photographers that are looking for something a, whether, like I said, it’s a hand strap for your camera. So when you’re out doing street photography in a city like Atlanta or New York, you don’t have to worry about somebody running up and snatching your Gammar and taken off with it.

Liam 17:01 Uh, when I did photography street photography on a regular basis, when I worked in downtown Atlanta, I always had the camera that I used, that I took to work with me. I always had a hand strap on. So that way I was not only holding the camera in my hand, but it was actually strapped to the wrist. So if somebody ran up and tried to snatch the gamma and run off with it, they weren’t getting too far because the camera would stay attached to my arm. And uh, so I didn’t have to worry about that. But like I said, peak design has been making fantastic products for a long time in this try a travel tripod of theirs looks very, very compelling. It has quick attaching and intuitive compact ball head as a single ring for total head adjustment. It has a deployable center column Knob.

Liam 17:50 It’s optimized for a full frame DSLRs and telephoto lenses and includes a stowable phone mount and soft gaze. And the architecture I definitely agree with them is groundbreaking. Um, and it eliminates a lot of wasted space and tripods. Basically the way this tripod works, so a standard travel tripod, usually when they’re completely collapsed, you actually have basically like four cylinders. You add the cylinders, three cylinders that represent the individual legs, and then you had the center column cylinder. Well with peak design, with their travel tripod, they’ve actually designed it, you know, and when the standard travel tripod, when it’s folded up, when it’s collapsed all the way, you still have a fairly large triangular shaped package. And the way peak is designed theirs, when their tripod is fully collapsed, you end up with a more round profile of their travel tripod and they say it’s basically the size of a water bottle when it’s completely folded up, which is pretty impressive.

Liam 19:01 And it says they spent four years designing the trial, redesigning the tripod from the ground up to eliminate as much dead space as possible and minimize pack down size. Now the one thing that does worry me a little bit, and I’m not saying this because Pete doesn’t make quality products, they do absolutely. But the one thing that worries me looking at the images of this tripod is when it’s fully deployed, the legs have five sections to them altogether. So by time you get down to the very bottom of the tripod, that section of each leg is fairly skinny. And I’m just worried about how strong they’re going to be when they’re fully extended like that. That’s one of the things that does worry me. Now, like I said, peak design makes fantastic gear. They make very high quality products along. I’m assuming it’s going to be okay.

Liam 19:57 But for me personally in the past, I’ve always stayed away from these kinds of tripods because I never felt that they were strong enough that they would be secure enough to be holding, you know, several thousand dollars in heavy camera gear on, um, with the legs, that skinny at the very bottom, you know, when you have fully extended, if you have all of the sections extended out at one time, and the ones that are actually making contact with the ground or the smallest and skinniest in diameter just makes me a little bit nervous. So I’m not sure how crazy I would be about using one of these tripods. I mean, it does look great and it’d be great if it, if it’s very sturdy, which I’m assuming it will be, uh, again, because this peak design, uh, but I’m not sure if it’d be the kind of tripod I would want to carry.

Liam 20:49 Now it is cool that they made the, they made this tripod so that the whole thing can be deployed and then pack down again really rapidly. Uh, they say nearly twice as fast as the traditional tripod. And one of the things that is really cool about it is the, the latch mechanisms for extending legs. The unique way that they shape the latch mechanism. Puke can actually unlock all five sections with a single movement. So if you’re gonna, you know, extend it out to its maximum height, you can more quickly deploy it because you can flip all of those latches with one move and extend it all out and then flip them all locked again with one move. So that, that part is pretty cool. And I do like the fact that it comes with a type of ball head. Um, as part of the tripod itself, I’m sure it’s removable.

Liam 21:49 Uh, most drive ons, you know, the heads are removable and replaceable. You can swap them out, you’d go over the ball head or you can change it out to a pan until head or you know, any of a number of different styles of heads. And I do think it’s cool that it also comes with the universal phone mount. Uh, and the universal phone, I actually stoves within the center column so you can actually extend the very center of the center column upward where normally the center of column you know, um, is how you extend the head area of the tripod to get a little more height, um, where the way this one’s designed, you not only have that but then in the center of the center column and actually has a subsystem that can pop up past the head and that actually acts as a phone mount.

Liam 22:42 So you could use your, uh, you can use the tripod with your iPhone or android phone to do panoramas quickly and easily. So that’s pretty cool as well. And their whole mantra is pro performance at half the size. And like I said, it does look really impressive. It looks like it’s going to be another really popular product of theirs that everybody in the photo photography community, especially the pros are going to really embrace and they’re going to offer it in both aluminum as well as carbon fiber. So you will be able to order one from the Kickstarter campaign page. You can make a small venation and not get anything or you can make more substantial, um, donation or pledges, I guess you could say to the project for a pledge of two 89 or more, you get the aluminum travel tripod, which is going to retail for 349 95.

Liam 23:43 So you’re getting $61 off and includes the legs, the ball had to quick release play, mobile mount load hook, hex key and protective case, and they’ll ship it anywhere in the world. Estimated delivery is December of 2019. So the whole goal with this project is to get these into production and time to ship them out for the 2019 holiday season. And it also says below that if you make a pledge of four 79 or more, you can get the carbon fiber model at $121 off its retail price, which will be $600, um, when, once it becomes available on the market. Um, and again, ships December, 2019 to anywhere in the world. And so they’re going to offer in two different versions, the aluminum and the carbon fiber, which is really cool. Some people prefer aluminum. I kind of prefer a carbon fiber. Um, due to some injuries I sustained in the last few years, I like to have my tripod be as light as possible.

Liam 24:49 So that’s why I prefer a carbon fiber. And because carbon fiber is extremely strong and resilient, um, it’s not cheap, but as strong and resilient. And so I, I mean I do have tripods that are aluminum. I only have one carbon fiber one, but, uh, and then I do have a couple of aluminum ones, but primarily I use my carbon fiber one of these days just because of the fact that it’s considerably lighter in comparison to my aluminum one. But this is definitely exciting and it looks like it’s going to be a really cool new entry into the world of photography. Tripods is if it isn’t already a crowded field, but with the reputation that peak design has and their reputation, especially for quality products. I can definitely see this being a big threat to the rest of the tripod manufacturers on the market. So we’ll have to wait and see how this fleshes out.

Liam 25:45 But it’s definitely some exciting news and I definitely recommend the, you at least stop by the Kickstarter page and, and check out the images and also watch their project videos that they have. Um, it is designed to go, uh, super low as well for shooting flowers and stuff like that. If you’re into macro photography and the legs do fold out to where it’ll pretty much lay flat, the lights completely flat, so your camera’s only a few inches off the ground, what you, most of your good tripod’s a these days have that capability. So, uh, definitely something for the macro photographers get excited about. And like I said a, I will go ahead and put the link to the Kickstarter page in the show notes for this episode so that you can stop by and check out the, the article itself on Kickstarter or see the images as well as see the demonstration videos.

Liam 26:39 Uh, certainly looks like it’s going to be a fantastic product for all the photographers out there. The last thing I wanted to talk about before I wrap up this episode is an article I found on pet a pixel about an airport that has made lives easier for photographers that like to do plane spotting. This airport is actually made sections of it’s fencing that are specifically designed for photographers that like to photograph airplanes is they’re coming and going and there’s a fairly large community of plane spotting photographers around the world, uh, who like to camp outside airports to photograph to planes and, and get photographs of the runways and the tarmacs and all that good stuff. And now a major airport in Canada has decided to serve its local photographers by creating dedicated holes in its fence for the camera lenses to poke through the genre.

Liam 27:40 Sage International Airport of Quebec, Canada’s 11th busiest airport and also last week that it has partnered with the Quebec based plane spotting community. Why QVE aviation to install a special panels around the perimeter of the airport to provide photographers with a variety of views of the runways and the tarmac and notice on each of the panels states that it is an area reserved for photographers only and if you’d like to visit the airport there’s a map showing where the 10 photography holes can be found on the a pixel article and the airport says happy plane spotting. It’ll be interesting to see if this idea takes off and is picked up by other major airports around the world. Although I don’t know if it’s something that would happen in the u s because I know Tsa and airport security has been really, really, really heavy since, you know, the nine 11 attacks in 2001 so I doubt we’ll see anything like this around American airports anytime soon.

Liam 28:45 But who knows, maybe a, maybe they’ll uh, let photographers have dedicated spots to photograph to planes, but uh, I doubt it, but it would be interesting to see if maybe some of the other airports around the world and other countries like Spain or Greece or the UK or Japan or someplace like that might follow the lead of follow deleted this Quebec airport and make it a little bit easier for shutterbugs to get photographs of the planes is they’re coming and going. Um, I liked photographing planes from time to time myself on my girlfriend, Janice and I have actually stopped along the interstate outside of Atlanta here I 85 where runs north and south. We’ve actually parked along the interstate with our cameras and photograph to planes as they’re going in and out of Hartsfield Jackson, Jackson International Airport and can be pretty cool. And you get some really awesome shots, especially, you know, if you’re parked in the right spot where the planes that are coming in for a landing or pass and directly overhead, you know, you’re pretty much in a straight line with the runway they’re headed to.

Liam 29:55 Um, as you’re sitting along the interstate. We’ve been lucky enough that any of the times we’ve done it, we have an hassled by any of the police, uh, which is a good thing. I don’t know if they’d be really happy with us doing that. I have, it’s not like we’re causing a road hazard. We always stop along. An area of IAT five were there. There’s a really, really wide paved shoulder that you can pull way off of the interstate and be totally out of the way of traffic so you’re not impeding, you know, the flow of the traffic to and from Atlanta. And we’ve done that. We actually stayed out there one day for a good hour. I think it was and took photos of the planes as they were coming and going and we didn’t get hassled by any of the highway patrol or anything like that.

Liam 30:43 So, um, I honestly don’t know if any, any police officers drove by while we were out there doing that or not. Um, but I would imagine probably one or two did because it’s a heavily traveled road. But uh, you know, like I said, I don’t know if it’s something they would be cool with or not, but it is definitely a lot of fun to get the unique perspective, uh, of a plane as it’s taking off or coming in for a landing that you can only get if you run a direct line with the runway that they’re using. You know, because he, as it goes overhead, you can get shots of the belly of the plane as it’s coming in with the landing gear extended. If it’s one coming in for a landing and well, even if it’s taken off cause the landing gear is going to be down for a certain amount of time after a first takes off, you know, before they retract it.

Liam 31:30 Um, and you can get some really cool, especially if you’ve got a good telephoto Lens, you get some really cool closeups of, you know, the decals and stuff like that on the plane and get good views of the paint scheme and stuff like that, which can be a lot of fun. Uh, if you’re into stuff like that, which I am. Um, but it definitely, like I said, it’ll definitely be interesting to see if any other or airports around the world decided to follow this airport’s lead and offer up these special panels to photographers so that they can more easily take pictures of planes without having to try to shoot through chain link fencing, uh, which if you know anything about photography, shooting through fencing can be a real pain. Um, I’ve seen a lot of people that have tried to shoot, you know, photograph animals at the zoo and stuff through the defensing of their enclosure.

Liam 32:21 And it usually doesn’t throw him out very well. You either have to be lucky to be tall enough that you can shoot over the fencing or um, or take a tripod or monopod that allow you to get up tall enough to be, get your lens of the fencing so that you can get a clean, clear shot on. And then of course if you’re doing that, then you can’t yeah. Age how good your composition is. You know, you can’t see your composition and framing if you’re camera’s above your head when you’re trying to get a photo. But you know, people, people try that all the time, especially with selfie sticks and things like that at different monuments around the world, they can get annoying but will definitely be a, I think it’s definitely a cool idea. And uh, it’ll definitely be interesting to see if other airports follow suit.

Liam 33:10 That is all I have for you this week on episode 21 of the Liam photography podcast, I want to thank my listeners again for subscribing, rating and reviewing an iTunes or anywhere else that you catch this podcasts, which now includes Spotify as well. I’m still trying to get on a Pandora as well as but I haven’t heard back from either of those uh, platforms yet. I don’t even know for sure if they’ll send me a confirmation email if I do get on them, but I keep checking every so often to see if my podcast is showing up on there. And so far, no love, but at least we’re on Spotify as well as iTunes, stitcher, Google play in many others. So I appreciate everybody for listening, subscribing, rating and reviewing like I mentioned a moment ago. And please also check out the Liam photography podcast and you can also join the free Facebook group, Leon photography podcast, Facebook group.

Liam 34:15 I do require that you answer a question to get accepted into the group. The question is simple, who is the host of the show? Which is myself, Liam, all you have to do is put Liam or Liam Douglas. Either one will work fine and you’re in. And I do that to keep down, right? Help eliminate the possibility of bots and the spammers and all of that nasty stuff that we don’t want to put up with. They’re garbage cluttering up our feed. And a, you are welcome to post your own original photos in the podcast group. Uh, just please do not post photos that are not yours. We asked that you only post photographs that you actually took yourself. Don’t share or steal other photographer’s work. And I will see you next time. In Episode 22

Liam Photography Podcast: Episode 20 – Grande Being Sued, Nikon Releases Their EyeAF & More

In this episode I talk about Ariana Grande being sued over posting to Instagram, Nikon releases their 2.0 Firmware with EyeAF, Adobe updates Lightroom with a new Texture Slider and also rename Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC, but there is still name confusion. DJI release their Osmo Action camera as a direct competitor to the GoPro and more in this episode.

Ariana Grande Lawsuit:

Adobe Texture Control

Nikon EyeAF video by Jared Polin, AKA FroKnowsPhoto

DJI Osmo Action

One of my Landscape photos on today’s Tony and Chelsea Live!

Transcription by there may be grammatical errors.

Liam 00:01 Ariana Grande being sued for posting photos of herself on Instagram. DJI unveils the Osmo action to rival the Gopro. Adobe adds a texture control slider to light room and camera raw and Nikon finally releases their firmware, which gives their z six and z seven cameras. Eye Detect autofocus all this and more on episode 20 of the Liam Photography podcast.

Liam 00:58 welcome to the Liam photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas and this is episode 20 I want to thank all the listeners for subscribing, rating, and reviewing and iTunes and any other software that you might be using to listen to this podcast. We appreciate you all so much and appreciate you listening every week to our new episodes, whether they’re just camera news or interviews. We appreciate y’all so much. Be sure to stop by the lamb photography podcast, Facebook group and join so you can stay up on the no and you’re also welcome to post your own photos there. Made sure that they are photos that you took yourself. Do not steal other people’s photos and post them to the group or you will be banned. Everyone is free to join. The group. The only requirement is that you answer a simple question, which is the name of the host of this podcast, which is myself, Liam, and I do that to keep the bots and spammers and advertisers and all that other garbage out of the group so that people can enjoy it more.

Liam 01:57 All right, so let’s get on with episode 20 of the lamb photography podcast. Ariana Grande Day is being sued for posting photos of herself on Instagram. So if you know anything about a little bit of the history with Ariana Grande’s, she’s a pop star I guess. Uh, here in the U S I don’t know a whole lot about her. Um, I only listened to eighties music myself. That was the era I grew up in, but she made headlines a couple of months ago for striking back at what she called greedy photographers with a concert tour or photo contract that demands that she retains full copyright for any photos taken of her at any averse shows and concerts. But now the singer is being sued by a photographer for posting his photos of her without permission on Instagram. So apparently back in August of 2018 the 25 year old grand day posted side by side photos of herself leaving a building while holding a bag displaying word sweetener, which apparently was the name of her fourth studio album.

Liam 03:05 The caption read happy sweetener day, but it turns out those photos were shot by New York based Paparazzi photographer Robert Barbara who says grand aid never asked for or received his permission to publish the shots. Barbara just filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Grind Day yesterday in the US District Court for the southern district district of New York. Barbara is the author of the photographs and has at all times been the sole owner of all right title and interest in and to the photographs, including the copyright there to the lawsuit states Rondae in fringed on his copyright in the photographs by reproducing and publicly displaying the photographs on her Instagram page. And apparently it’s kind of a big deal because I guess she has like 154 million followers just on Instagram. Uh, it says Grand Day is not and has never been licensed or otherwise all authorized to reproduce, publicly displayed, distribute or use his photographs.

Liam 04:09 The photographer is demanding either 25,000 for each of the photos or profits ground a generated from posting it to our 154 million plus followers on Instagram. That post has racked up at least 3 million, 392,000 likes prior to it being taken down. And this is according to the lawsuit. So it’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out in the courts. I’m sure they’ll probably reach some sort of settlement agreement. A lot of times that’s what happens with these kinds of cases. Um, but it is interesting that, you know, I’m, like I said, I don’t know a whole lot about her and I’m not, and I’m not trying to bash or anything, but I mean, I’m sorry, but to me she’s got one heck of an ego thinking that anybody that takes photographs or heard any of her shows or concerts is just going to forfeit all rights to their photos to her.

Liam 04:58 And she can do whatever she wants with them. And people have talked about this on other podcasts and youtube videos and I agree with what a lot of them say, just don’t sign the release. It’s as simple as that. Um, you’d be crazy to give up your rights to your own work. And as somebody who is an artist herself, I think it’s kind of ridiculous for her to expect other artists to surrender their copyrighted works to her. Um, just because she’s a musician. Uh, I just think that’s totally out of whack and she’s definitely off the rails with that, with that whole a concert photography contract that she’s trying to force on, on everybody at all of her shows nowadays. I, the girls got one heck of an ego if you ask me. But like I said, that’s the latest news on the situation with her and it’s like I said, it’s going to be interesting to see how it plays out, but I, I’m assuming that more than likely they’ll reach some sort of settlement outside of court.

Liam 05:58 Uh, I mean it’s possible it could go through the entire court process, but you know, usually people like this, uh, in cases like this, they usually settle them out of court. So I imagine that’s probably what’s going to happen in this case. So the next episode or item I wanted to talk about on this episode is Dji unveils the Osmo action camera to rival the Gopro. So if you know anything about action cameras, of course Gopros, not the only company that makes them, but they’ve been pretty much the top dog ever since they came on the scene. They started the action camera craze, um, and the gentleman that founded a Gopro, a was the surfer himself and he kind of put together what he did. Originally it was, he bought these inexpensive Chinese cameras and then he created his own waterproof housings for them and wrist straps and he sold them to other servers up and down the California coast.

Liam 06:55 And that’s how his company got started. And so he was the first one to create the action camera and the action camera craze. And then of course other people have gotten involved. Sony’s got their align. Other companies have done action cameras, there’s a lot of Chinese knockoffs to the Gopro, but use the same mounts and everything. Um, but Gopro has always been the top dog. And this is really interesting because Dji of course is the top name and drones and drone photography and cinematography a, their drones are used by a Hollywood for a lot of movies and TV shows because it’s a lot cheaper than hiring a crane trucks, um, and having to pay 80, $90,000 a day for a camera truck to follow a, a hero car down streets and stuff like that and shoot the footage from the crane boom or whatever it is on the truck and stuff like that.

Liam 07:47 So a lot of, a lot of studios have gone use the Dji drones for those kind of shots. Uh, too much success. And it saves the studio a ton of money because like I said, the old way with using those boom trucks, you paid 80, $90,000 a day to rent those trucks. And then of course, you had to pay the driver and the camera operator that was in the boom and all that stuff. And nowadays they can go out and buy two or three of the Dji, um, as, um, um, inspire. I think it’s the inspire one drones, um, which are the, uh, the commercial grade drones the Dji makes. And, um, you, you know, a studio can buy three, four, or five of those. I mean, yeah, they’re not cheap or three to 5,000 a piece, but when you’re a multibillion dollar studio, that’s chicken feed, you know, and he could buy four or five of those drones and use them over and over and over again, and you’re still saving a ton of money versus, you know, renting one of those boom trucks and, you know, hiring a driver and a boom operator and all that stuff.

Liam 08:53 And the Nice thing about the commercial d Dji drones is they can actually be set up and controlled with two radio controllers at the same time. So you can have two people, um, working each one of the drones. You can have a person that’s the pilot flying the drone and a separate person who’s the camera operator. Are you using the, the uh, sister remote and, um, so, and I say it like I said, a saves the studios a lot of money. But anyways, I’m getting off track here. So anyways, Dji has announced the Osmo Action Camera, which is a new product that they’re just coming onto the market with and go pro tried to rival Dji drones back in 2016 and I’m sure you might be aware by launching the Dji a Karma. But I mean, I’m sorry, the Gopro Karma, uh, but it wasn’t a very good drown and they ended up having to recall them all because they had a lot of issues.

Liam 09:47 They ended up discontinuing the entire, a Karma drone line in less than two years. So now Dji has decided they’re going to return the favor by releasing their own action camera. And the thing that’s interesting as it looks like it does take a similar amount to the Gopro, if not, um, the same kind of mounting system. So I don’t know if there’s any kind of copyright infringement there. I wouldn’t think so. Uh, I don’t know for sure. But like I said, there’s a lot of Chinese companies that make their own action cameras that are very similar to the Gopro and the mounts are exactly the same, but then again, China does not or anybody else’s intellectual property or trademarks or patents or anything like that. So that’s probably how they’ve been getting away with it. But, um, the thing that’s interesting about the Osmo action camera is the fact that it has two screens.

Liam 10:38 So the Gopro in a way has two screens. It has a touch screen on the back, which you can preview your footage, um, Adrian shooting it or your stills. You can swipe it, uh, to go through the menu and the preferences and all that good stuff. But on the Gopro, and I have a few of the Gopros, the screen on the front is a plain black LCD screen and it generally just shows you what mode you’re in. Um, how many minutes of battery life you have left, how many shots you have electric are doing stills versus videos. And you know, how many minutes of video record time you have left, stuff like that. But the difference with this Osmo action is the screen on the front is a full color selfie screen. So if you’re into using action cameras, you can set up your shots, frame your shots a lot better with the Osmo action camera because the fact that it has a selfie screen on the front of it, it’s full color instead of just the black LCD screen that the Gopro has.

Liam 11:45 So it’s definitely gonna gonna shake up the market quite a bit. And just like the hero seven, the Osmo action does have built in stabilization. And I was, uh, my girlfriend and I were watching Kai Juan’s a video about this camera the other day, I think it was yesterday or the day before on you on his youtube channel. And he demonstrated the builtin stabilization and it does work really, really well. Uh, and in many cases that actually did a better job of stabilizing than the builtin stabilization of the hero seven black. So it’s definitely going to shake up the action camera world. And the other thing that’s interesting is the retail price for the Osmo action is $349. So they’re even selling their camera for 50 bucks less than the GoPro seven black goes for. Although I’m Gopro has done sales on the seven black where you can get a better price on it and stuff like that.

Liam 12:45 You can save some money and made various times, you can get a, you can get a coupon code from them that’s good for like 10 days that you can use on air webstore and save a hundred bucks off the price. So, but it’s definitely going to be interesting now that a Dji has decided to get into the action camera market. And you know, I honestly think he did it too. It’s kind of a slap back to a few Gopro for trying to get into their market with the wood, their failed drone, you know, in the last few years that, you know, that just fizzled out real, real miserably. And of course Dji still dominates the drone market and I don’t think there’s going to be any kind of con serious competition for them anytime soon. There’s a couple of other companies that make, okay. Drones, uh, other Chinese companies because Dji is a Chinese company, um, and their drones are so, so, but uh, you just don’t see people snatching them up like you do the, the Dji Phantom line, especially in the inspire line.

Liam 13:46 Um, those things just sell like hotcakes. It’s, it’s crazy how popular their drones are, but it oh yeah. And Looking, I’m scrolling down the, uh, the article about the Osmo action and that does use the exact same mounting system as the Gopro. So that’s definitely interesting right there. Um, I, like I said, I don’t know if Gopro has that mount, um, copyrighted or trademarked or patented or whatever you want to call it. But, uh, apparently not. And now the Osmo action is slated to hit store shelves on May 22nd. So the, this new drug, uh, Action Camera, I’m sorry, not drunk. This new action camera will be out soon. Um, it is capable of shooting at 10 80 p 30 frames a second. It has dual microphones, a speaker, slow motion, eight x at 10 80 p 240 frames per second or four x at 10 ADP at 120 frames per second.

Liam 14:42 It does time lapse manual exposure and it has and you know, like, uh, like I was saying a minute ago, it has compatibility with a large ecosystem of accessories because it uses a lot of the same third party accessories as the actual Gopro. So it’s definitely gonna make things interesting. Um, it can shoot four K at 60 frames a second just like the, uh, the Gopros, Ken. So it’s definitely going to create some turbulence. I have a feeling in the action camera market. Now. I’ve got some, but I got this information on this action camera, not only from Kai’s video but also from an article on Petty and I will make sure that I include the article, uh, the Pettit Pixel article in the show notes for this episode so that you can check out the demonstration videos that are there from Dji is a youtube channel and you can check us out for yourself.

Liam 15:33 It’s definitely a, an interesting little camera. It’s a great little action. Cameras, fully waterproof and everything, um, without a special housing like the newer, uh, Gopros are. So I think it’s really going to shake up the extra action camera market and it’s going to be interesting to see, um, exactly what this means for Gopro. Because if you know anything about Gopro, they’d been kind of, the company has been kind of dying the last uh, few years, uh, just with some of the crazy stuff, the founder and CEO of the company and financially and some other things he’s done. Uh, their, their stocks took a huge hit and uh, they haven’t been doing a very good job at recovering. So, uh, with this new challenger, with this new camera from Dji, it might be a sounding the desk bell for Gopro. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Liam 16:24 All right, the next uh, object or item I wanted to get to you in this episode. Now, Adobe recently updated light room. And if you didn’t already know, um, one of the things would light room more recently since they’ve gone to their creative cloud subscription licensing for all of their software, Adobe, that is uh, Adobe made things kind of confusing because they came out with a cloud only version of light room that you could still run on your machine. But it has to be constantly tied to the Internet because it’s a cloud based version of light room. And they decided to name that one Adobe Lightroom cc and the standalone software, which now also has a subscription. Um, you can’t get a, a permanent license key like you could in the old days they called that version Adobe Lightroom classic cc. And it was extremely confusing for everybody because both of them had Lightroom cc in their name so people would get mixed up on which one was the cloud only version, which one was the desktop version that they were used to using.

Liam 17:31 When, you know, when Adobe did the whole cs line, uh, creative suites, you know, one through six and so on and so forth. While with their most recent update, Adobe has decided to rename light room again. So now from what I can see, they are calling the cloud only version of light room, Adobe light room and the standalone program that runs on your desk but still has to talk to the Internet to verify you have a license at least, um, is now called light room classic. So I don’t know if that’s going to help people a whole lot as far as the confusion and that with the similar naming, I’m not sure if that’s going to help her or if it’s going to be just as confusing for a lot of people as it was when it was Lightroom cc and Lightroom classic cc. Um, but they did make that name change recently and the new update, uh, I think it’s eight dot.

Liam 18:29 Three also introduces a new slider control slider in the develop module for both light room and camera rall called the texture control. And this slider is really cool. I’ve actually played around with a little bit. Uh, the Nice thing about this is you can give more emphasis to textures in your images. Um, you can raise the texture, the quality of the texture, or you can take some of the way. In other words, you can, you can, you can modify the intensity of textures in your photos, whether it’s spoilage in a landscape shot or, uh, let’s say, uh, the details and the tires on a race car that you photographed in a NASCAR or formula one race or something like that. And you can also use it with portraits. Um, although I would suggest going very, very easy with using this in portraits or you’re going to end up with some really weird stuff going on in my opinion anyways.

Liam 19:30 I mean, I, I’ve seen in other photographers have talked about seeing, you know, people over process their photos and uh, uh, you know, especially their portraits and the people end up looking like they’re made out of plastic instead of being an actual, you know, flesh and blood human being. Um, but this texture slider is definitely interesting and, and it’s nice to have, it’s a, you know, a new item for the develop module and a loop deck. If you have a loop Jack plus, um, editing keyboard like I do, they just recently released an update for the new version of light room. There a loop deck setup software. Uh, they originally released version two, six two. Dot. Six. Dot. Two yesterday, uh, which was supposed to be for the New Light Room and give you the ability to control the texture slider with one of the dials on the loop deck plus keyboard.

Liam 20:21 Uh, but they made a mistake, um, that they didn’t catch in quality control of their code. Um, so I installed a, the new version of the loopback software and all of a sudden I didn’t have support at all for light room anymore. And it was because when Lupe deck released their update, they forgot about the fact that Adobe had changed the names on light room. And so their software wasn’t looking for the new folder name on Mac or windows. It was looking for the old folder name. So since it wasn’t finding the folder, it just didn’t give you the option to use the, the editing keyboard would light room at all. And I, uh, made Luke deck aware of that on their Facebook page and they were kind enough to, uh, release an update this morning, two dot. Six Dot. Three which fixes the issue in Mac.

Liam 21:11 But as of the time I’m recording this podcast, they have not released to dot six dot. Three for windows, yet I can only assume they’re still working on it. So if you do have a loop deck plus editing keyboard, you cannot update two, two dot six dot three which will give you all of your functionality for the latest updated version of light room, a eight dot three. And you’ll have the ability to control the new texture slider with editing and keyboard. And, uh, you’ll be here, you’ll be a happy editor again. But, uh, so the texture or share similarities with existing controls, the nondestructive tool ranges from minus to plus 100 minus 100 to plus 100. Um, and it’s somewhat between positive clarity and sharpening and on the negative end at something like noise reduction. So it’s, it’s similar to those other tools but gives you more control.

Liam 22:07 Uh, the sharpening works on the high frequency, quote unquote high frequency areas of a photograph, uh, the edges and find details, texture targets, the mid frequency areas. Um, so like I said, if you have a landscape photo in which you’d like more definition and some shrubs, uh, jacking up sharpening all the way causes noise in the photo to overwhelm the extra detail that you get. But if you turn up texture all the way, certain details or enhanced while noise is largely unaffected. So that is definitely a, a bit of a game changer for those of us that are using light room. Um, and I will post a link to the article about, uh, the texture slider, a also for pet pixel where you can see some demonstrations, uh, that light or our Adobe has released with this, uh, where you can see the before and after with using the, uh, the uh, texture slider and poor crits landscapes and things like that.

Liam 23:05 And it’s really cool. Uh, there’s also a testing out the new Adobe light room slider texture video, um, at the bottom of that article. So you can, you can play back that video and watch that as well. And I think that that’s pretty cool and something that a lot of people are, are probably going to enjoy in their editing, especially if, like I said, if you’re a light room user, which a lot of people are like, rooms still wanted the most popular if not the most popular, um, editing photo editing software on the market. And there are some other really good ones out there, lumen, uh, especially with version three of women are and I think they just updated the yesterday. Uh, they added libraries and some other features that you have in light room as matter of fact. Luminaires kind of cool because in many ways it’s like a combination of light room Photoshop because unlike light room and luminar you can do layers and stuff like that.

Liam 24:01 Um, where on the Adobe side you have to go take your photo from Lightroom to Photoshop to do layers and then save it back into light room. So that has definitely, uh, definitely some new and interesting things for, for everybody to using a light room. And I think you’ll enjoy the texture slider. I know I have, I’ve only played around with it a little bit, but I think it’s really, really cool. Now, the last item I wanted to talk about in this episode is Nikon has officially released the firmware update for their z six and z seven. Meryl is full frame cameras, which now you have those two cameras. The ability to have I detect auto focus and it’s okay. Uh, Jared Poland, uh, released a video to his youtube this morning on how well it works and he compared it to Sony and Canon by using the three cameras set up side by side on tripods with a Atomos recorders tied into him too.

Liam 24:59 You could see exactly what’s going on directly through the viewfinder of the camera. And he recorded, he did a great job of this video. The, the big takeaways are that Nikons, I detect autofocus. It works fairly decent. It’s nowhere as near as good as Sonys of course. And, and neither is Canon’s for that matter on the Eos are, um, but it works halfway decent. Uh, the autofocus system does tend to get confused. Um, if a person turns away from the camera so that the I detect auto focus can no longer attract their eyes or they move out of the frame and come back and you could see all listened Jerrod’s video. Uh, I’ll put a link to that in the show notes as well. Jared does a great job of demonstrating, um, are, are showing his viewers how the I detect auto focus works and how it stacks up to Sony and cannons.

Liam 25:52 Uh, but it does, if the person moves out of the frame and then back into the frame, the autofocus system, we’ll sometimes get confused and it’ll stay locked on an object that’s in the background and not go back to the person when they come back into the frame. Um, it does work from a greater distance away from the camera than canons currently does. A Sony still works by far for much further away from the camera than anybody else’s of course, because Sony has had the technology for a lot longer. So of course there’s is more ironed out and more perfected. But this is a really, really good start to the, I detect auto focus for Nikon. So they, you know, they finally gotten to the party. They got there later than everybody else, but they did get to the party and their first version of, I detect auto focus does work halfway and um, I can only expect that they’re going to make massive improvements to it as time goes forward.

Liam 26:50 You know, with new firmware updates, uh, down the road, I’m sure both Canon and Nikon, we’ll make massive improvements to their, I detect autofocus. Uh, the new firmware version is too. Dot. Oh, just to let you know that you can go over to Nikon support site on Nikon USA website and download the update now the Nikon, um, just like the canons, it’s really quick and easy to do a firmware update. You download the firmware, our file for your camera model, whether it’s the six or the seven, and you just copy the file into the root of your SD card, pop the SD card into the camera, go through the menu to the firmware section in the menu. Tell it you want to update to a new firmware. It’ll check the SD card and we’ll see the new file. It’ll say, this is the version you have.

Liam 27:36 Is this the version you’re going to go to? You confirm and, and it does the install, uh, which is the same way Canada does things. I’ve never done a firmware update on a Sony, but I know, uh, from Jared talking about in his video and Tony a Northrop as well, talking about in videos, I guess on Sony Cameras, a firmware update is a real bear. It can be extremely difficult to pull off, uh, just because they don’t have a straightforward, simple and easy way to do it like Canon and Nikon do. So Canon and Nikon definitely had the leg up on Sony when it comes to implementing firmware updates. Now in addition to adding I detection to the aff for detecting and tracking subject’s eyes, it cameras are also getting improved. Autofocus performance in low light from minus one to minus two eve in the z seven minus two to minus 3.5 EDB on the z six and minus four Eby to minus six e v on the z six in low light a f mode.

Liam 28:38 Now one of the catches and well on the Nikon with using the IDA tech auto focus is you have to have area autofocus turned on. So in other words, unlike the Canon and the Sony, you can’t use a single AAF point. And I detect auto focus together. A Nikon does not allow that. You have to have all out of focus points enabled in order to be able to, um, enable the, I detect auto focus, which I think is kind of a crappy way to, to deploy it. But like I said, it’s a start and one can only assume that in a future version of the firmware they’ll give you more control, uh, with being able to use a single point, autofocus point and still use the, I detect auto focus at the same time. We’ll have to wait and see if that does flesh out that way.

Liam 29:27 In a future version a, the, I detect aff for still photography is highly anticipated feature that detects and focuses on humanize and both AFS and AFC using the auto area f mode only when the eyes and multiple subjects are detected, the multiselect or, or some selector can be used to select the eye upon which the cameras should focus. This is coming from Nikon. This enables precise focus on the eye of the intended individual even when looking through the electronic view finder. Now one thing that you will see, and Jared Polin Aka fro knows photos, a video as a, that the, I detect autofocus box on the icons a bit larger than it is on the Sony. And when Canon did their firmware update, their last one, uh, go on to, uh, I think it was one dot two. Dot Zero from Um, Dannon actually gave you the option has smaller autofocus boxes.

Liam 30:29 You could, you have the normal size, which was larger than a smaller size, which is what I prefer on the Nikon. You can’t do that. There are, there are auto focus boxes are a bit bigger and a coordinated Jareds testing. And his video, one of the downsides of that is the, I detect autofocus, we’ll frequently lock onto the subjects eye lashes instead of their eye. Um, so they do still have some, some bugs and issues that they’ve got to flesh out in that, but I’m sure, you know, in a future firmware update, it’s going to be, you know, they’re good. They’ll get things more ironed out just like Gannon. Well, and it’s not going to be too long before Nikon. And so our canon will be able to give Sony a real run for their money on the, I detect autofocus side. We’ll have to wait and see.

Liam 31:14 Uh, like I said right now, Sony is the king when it comes to that, but the other two are actually in the party now and so it’s Fuji. Fuji does have a, I detect auto focus as well and some of their cameras. So it’s definitely going to be interesting to see how this goes. You know, how things go moving forward. But it definitely makes things a lot greater for all of those of us. The enjoy photography, whether you’re doing it as a hobby or as a paid professional, uh, the more useful technology and tools you can have in your camera, the better it is for everybody. Right. I did have one other item I wanted to talk about on this week’s episode and it almost completely slipped my mind. Um, and it is a little bit exciting. Uh, Janice and I, as I was out doing my real estate photography and we were riding in the car today, we were watching the, a youtube video for Tony and Chelsea Northrop’s live show that they do every Thursday at 4:00 PM on Youtube.

Liam 32:11 And they were critiquing landscape photography this week. And I had actually submitted one of my photographs that I shot back in 2014 of a sunrise on Tybee island, Georgia with the sun coming up over the Atlantic Ocean. And the photo has been really popular on Getty images. I’ve sold about 800 copies of it the last couple of years, um, which I’m, I’m pretty proud of and I was really stoked that they actually chose my photo is of the ones that they critiqued on their youtube channel today. So I’ll also put the link in the show notes to the, a segment of their video where they’re looking at my photographs from talking about it and, uh, my listeners can check it out for themselves. All right, so that is all I wanted to talk about in this episode of the podcast, the Liam photography podcast, episode 20. I want to thank all of my listeners again for subscribing, rating, and reviewing and iTunes or wherever else you may be listening to us from. And that includes Spotify. And I will see you next time. In episode 21

Liam photography Podcast: Episode 19 – A New Portrait lens, Discounts and Firmware

In this episode I talk about the just announced Canon RF 85mm F/1.2L USM lens. Savings from Canon and Nikon to save those shooters some money, as well as new firmware for Sony and Nikon cameras and new praise from DxO Mark on the Panasonic S1R full frame sensor.

Canon RF 85mm announcement from Canon Rumors

Canon savings article from Canon

Big Canon EOS R price drop, save up to $500 and still get the EF-RF adapter for free

Nikon firmware update for DSLRs

Nikon D850, D7500 and D5600 firmware updates released

Panasonic’s S1R sensor story from Peta Pixel

Panasonic S1R Ties Nikon D850, Sony a7R III for Top 35mm Sensor: DxOMark

Nikon’s sales event

Transcript by, there may be grammatical errors.

Liam 00:01 Canon announces its first RF Mount Portrait Lens Canon and Nikon. Both are offering savings on their muralist, full frame bodies and Nikon and Sony have released new firmware or their camera systems. All this on episode 19 of the Liam photography podcast
Liam 00:45 hello everybody. This is William Douglas again with a lamb photography podcast. You’re listening to episode 19 so on May eight Ken and unveiled the RF 35 millimeter f 1.2 L it’s first portrait lens for the new RF mount on the Ios are an RP full frame mirrorless bodies. The New Standard Prime Lens is the first one to pack Canon’s proprietary belief spectrum refractive optics technology which greatly reduces chromatic aberration and faster lenses. According to cannon, the Br optical element first introduced in the last 35 1.4 l mark too is inserted into the lens and refracts blue light between the concave and convex lenses. Gannon says this enables the convergence of the entire wavelengths of light to one point resulting in higher image quality from the center to the edges of the frame. Features and specs of the RF. 85 1.2 l include a minimum focusing distance of 2.79 feet or 0.85 meters.
Liam 01:57 A customizable controlling for or adjusting exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture, Iso, a 12 pin communication system, dust and weather resistance, ceiling, fluoride and coding for resisting smudges in air sphere coating that reduces flare and ghosting. Now this new Lens is supposed to be released in June of 2019 at a cost of $2,700 now if you may remember I’ve talked about the RF lenses for cans. Ios are an RP in previous episodes and I’m still trying to grapple with the idea that some of the lenses they released for the RF mount are just ridiculously more expensive and their ETF cousins, if you remember I mentioned before that the RF 50 millimeter 1.2 l is $1,000 more than the eff 50 millimeter 1.2 l the 28 to 70 f two is about $1,300 more expensive than the 24 to 70 f 2.8 in the eff mount. And now we have the same thing with the RF 85 millimeter 1.2 l portrait Lens.
Liam 03:16 This lens is running for about 13 or $1,400 most more expensive than the mark two version of the eff. Now 85 millimeter portrait lens. Now on trying to get some, I’ve been trying to get some information from Canon on and why their pricing is so all over the place. And the reason why I say that is if you remember from the previous episode, the RF 35 millimeter 1.8 I s Stn Lens is the same price is there. Eff 35 millimeter F I s Lens. And the same is true with the 24 to one oh five f four l I s Lens. The RF version of that lens has better glass, makes better images than even the mark two of the eff mouth and yet they sell for the same price. So I’m still not sure why Canon is going ridiculously more expensive on some of the El Lenses. And then other lenses in the RF mal, they’re selling for the same price as their ETF cousins. Now I did send an email yesterday to one of the executives at Canon USA and I’m waiting to hear back from him on that and I’m hoping maybe even to possibly, uh, get him to do a brief interview on the show and talk about Dannon’s thoughts on the pricing model for these particular lenses.
Liam 04:41 Now, some good news for anybody out there that’s a current canon or Nikon shooter and you’ve been debating whether or not you should pull the trigger and buy their mirrorless full frame offerings. You have the Nikon z six and c seven as well. As I mentioned, the Canon Eos are an RP while Nikon has announced as of May, third price drops for what they call capture the savings sales event. Now this will allow you to get into one of their newsy meritless full frame bodies at a significant price break. Nikon, we’ll be providing several special offerings on the innovative Nikons email system, including up to $600 instant savings on the Nikon z seven and $200 instant savings on the z six so now would be a good time if you’re a Nikon shooter to grab one of these two bodies and save yourself a little bit of coin in the process. I think it’s a great thing. A lot of people complained when Nikon released the z six and c seven that the z seven especially with priced kind of out of range with everybody else. Disease six was selling for 1999 so now you can get that for $200 off. You can get it for 1799 and at 1999 it’s on par with the pricing for the Sony and Ken and offerings. But the z seven
Liam 06:05 okay
Liam 06:05 was retailing for $3,500 which is a significant amount of money, especially when it doesn’t have all of the capabilities that the Sony mirrorless full frames have or less money.
Liam 06:19 Okay.
Liam 06:20 So these price breaks on the Nikon z systems I think are really awesome. Now the price breaks do also apply to certain Nightcore lenses as well as some of their cool pics point and shoot cameras.
Liam 06:35 Yeah,
Liam 06:36 you can get the
Liam 06:38 Nikon d eight 50 also for $300 off it either otter Adorama or B and h. The coolpix p 900 is $100 off the d 3,400 with the 18 to 55 VR kit is $100 off the Nikon d 500 body only as $200 off the Nightcore 50 millimeter f 1.4 g is $40 off. And then I con 24 to 70 f 2.8 g is currently $350 off, so that’s a great time. Like I said, it’s a great time to pick up any of these items that you might have been kind of on the fence about, especially if you want to transition from shooting Nikon Dslr to icon Merrill was full frame. Now’s the time to make that plunge.
Liam 07:27 Yeah.
Liam 07:27 Now in addition to the sale that Nikon is currently offering, Canon has also announced price drops on there, Esr and RP where customers can save up to $500 and still get the eff to RF adapter for free. Under this current sale, you can get the Canon Eos, our body for 1999 which saves you a $300 plus. You’ll get the eff to RF adapter for free, the basic adapter. And then the Canon Eos are with the 24 to one oh five f four l I s you can save $500. That package bundle is currently selling for 2,899. So there again for Canon shooters, here’s your opportunity to get into mirrorless full frame and save yourself some money. I was a little bit bummed out when I first heard about this sale because I’d already bought mine in Janice’s, um, eos, ours back in February and be in Canon. Didn’t offer the sale until late April.
Liam 08:31 Going into May, I wasn’t able to get the refund on the extra money that I paid. I had inquired about it because I got my cameras through Bnh and, and one of the Eos are camera groups that I’m in on Facebook. One of the other members had posted that they got a $300 rebate back from Bnh cause they had bought their ios are through B and h and it was only two weeks before Canon announced the sale. So BNH h reached out to him and said, hey, we’re going to send you back $300 a week you spend on your body because it’s been less than 30 days since you bought it and cannon offer at this price break. So B and h really takes care of their customers. They’re a fantastic company to get anything camera related, video related, uh, any kind of electronics, a bleed. They sell Mac books and other electronics like that. They’re just a really great company. They’re located in New York City and I’ve done a lot of business with Bnh and Adorama. Don’t get me wrong at, or Ron was a great company as well. They’re headquartered Ella cat of California and they offer a lot of fantastic deals on,
Liam 09:36 yeah,
Liam 09:37 photography and videography, cameras, lenses and assessors. So definitely check out either one of those next time you want to buy something for your camera or for your videography hobby. Now. The next item I wanted to touch on as of today, Canon or Nikon, excuse me, has announced new firmware for the d eight 50 the d 7,500 and the d 5,600
Liam 10:07 d eight 50 firmware update version 1.1 offers the following. The camera now supports direct wifi connections to devices running snapbridge. For more information on that, you can see the denim to the user’s manual in which this feature is described before. Using this feature upgrades to the following version of the APP snapbridge version 2.5 0.4 or later. This burn were also fixed. The issue where the camera sometimes had trouble focusing on subjects in the focus points at the edge of the frame. For the Nikon d 7,500, the 1.1 firmware update now also supports direct wifi connections to devices running snapbridge just like with the DA 50 the same, uh, refer to the addendum to the user’s manual in which the features described. And you must of course update your snapbridge version of two dot five dot. Four or later. Now for the d 7,500 to the firm are also fixes the following issues at the mode dial was rotated from p d u one and then back to p ISO sensitivity would be set to the value selected for you one repeatedly pressing the zoom in and zoom out.
Liam 11:25 Buttons during movie live view would cause unexpected behavior when three eight 38 40 by 2160 30 frames per second was selected for the frame size and rate in the movie shooting menu for the Nikon d 5,600 the firmware update version same as a with the other two cameras. It enhances the direct Wifi connection support the snapbridge, but again have to have your snap bridge version updated to two dot five dot four later and for this camera, it also fixes the issue where the touch fn would sometimes not be available. So if you have any of these Nikon Dslrs, I highly recommend that you get over to Nikons website, their support section, and download the firmware and get it installed on any of the DSLR bodies that you might own.
Liam 12:23 Yeah,
Liam 12:24 and now for all of my listeners that might be Sony shooters, I don’t want you to feel like I’m leaving Sony out that I only talk about Canon or Nikon on this show. Sony has recently released firmware version 5.04 it’s flagship, a nine mirrorless camera, the major software upbring update brains, AI powered autofocus capabilities, better image quality and workflow improvements. The AI based autofocus first announced back in January of this year, bringing Sony’s powerful new realtime tracking mode for fast and accurate subject tracking. It uses artificial intelligence based object recognition to detect and follow subjects through the frame with unprecedented accuracy. Now I was watching the other day a video by Jared Polin from fro knows photo and he has tested this new firmware extensively and he said that the real time tracking was just insanely, insanely accurate. He was testing out the this new firmware, a filming a flyers game in Philadelphia and even when he was using the video feature and filming the hockey match and he would have one player as his subject for his filming segments and other players would come in and out of the frame.
Liam 13:50 Yay. Nine submersion five firmer with stay locked onto the primary subject of the video that he was shooting. The IAF can be activated with a half press. The shutter release and it works even at the subject’s eyes are temporarily obscured during shooting. If you want to see a, an idea of how well the eye auto tracking works and how accurately it is is at reacquiring the eye of the subject moves their head or turns around or something like that. You can see a simulated movie video clip on pet of pixels website and I’ll put the link to that in the show notes so you can check that out. So Sony is definitely raising the bar considerably. This new version 5.0 firmware update, they first released these new capabilities in the a 6,408 PSC mirrorless body. And now those same capabilities are available on there a nine, which is their flagship sports shooting.
Liam 14:53 Diaz are a mirrorless full frame body. It’s capable of 20 frames per second. Now I know I watched a lot of videos and read a lot of reviews when the a nine first came out. And even though when I had said, uh, con converse with Tony Northrop via email, he was telling me that it was extremely accurate, but I wasn’t buying that at the time because as I mentioned, I had been watching a lot of videos on youtube by reputable photographers and reading a lot of blog posts on various, um, highly reputable photography sites. And the consensus from most of those people was that the, I detect auto focus and the focus tracking, we’re only about 54% accurate. So in other words, only 54% of the time with the tracking me completely accurate if you’re trying to shoot any kind of sports. Well, according to Europe, Poland, I don’t have one of these cameras, so I can’t test it out myself.
Liam 15:48 But I trust Baird. I’ve known him for a long time. And with this new version 5.0 firmware, the a nine is incredibly accurate. It tracking moving subjects for any kind of sports, whether it’s hockey, Nascar, basketball, baseball, it doesn’t matter. The a nine now does a fantastic job of tracking and maintaining a lock on your primary subject, whether you’re shooting stills or video. Now you can download the new firmware if you haven’t already installed it, just head over to Sony website to download the update for windows or Mac. And I will include both of those are, I will include those links in the show notes as well. So exciting times. If you’re a Sony, a nine shooter, this is definitely a firmware update that you’re to want to grab. Now on a final note, one final item that I wanted to talk about Panasonic’s s one are highs, Nikon, d eight 50 and the Sony a seven r three for top 35 millimeter sensor according to Dx.
Liam 16:56 So mark. Now this is significant because most people when they’re thinking of these type of camera bodies, they’re usually talking about Sony Nikon, Canon and the likes, but according to Dx, so mark, the new Panasonic s one are actually has a sensor that is comparable in quality and performance to the Nikon d eight 50 which is one Nikons, top of the line, full frame DSLRs and the Sony a seven r three which is one of Sony’s top full frame mirrorless bodies. Now according to the Dex Oh mark, while the hassle bled x one d dash 50 c and the Pentax six 45 z medium format cameras remain number one and number two on the leader board respectively. The s one received the same score of 100 that ranks it as the best sensor you can find on a full frame body. So this is pretty significant for any of my listeners that are shooting with Panasonic price wise, the Panasonic s one our costs 36 98 while the Nikon d eight 50 and Sony a seven r three currently costs 29 97 and 27 98 respectively.
Liam 18:14 So although this new news from Dex, oh, mark reveals that they, Panasonic sensor is every bit as good as the sensor in the Nikon and the Sony Panasonic does self were considerably more money. You’re talking about a thousand dollars higher priced than the Sony and you’re talking about eight, $900 higher in price over the Nikon d eight 50, which is significant. So if you’re already shooting Panasonic, you’re probably going to stick with those. Panasonic shooters are fairly loyal to their, uh, platform as our food. You shooters and most every other shooters out there. You will occasionally see people bounce from like Canon or Nikon to Sony and back again, stuff like that. But the Pentax and a sonic, oh, shooters and Fuji, they tend to stick with their platform. They’re extremely loyal and so some of them can be extreme fan boys and girls, uh, as well when it comes to there. Preferred camera platform system.
Liam 19:26 Well, that’s about everything I wanted to cover on episode 19 of the Liam photography podcast. I want to thank my listeners again for subscribing, rating and reviewing and iTunes and anywhere else that you might listen to this podcast. Be Sure to stop by the podcast, Facebook group and request to join. Uh, you are required to answer a single question and that is what is the name of the host of this podcast, which is myself, Liam Douglas. You can just put Liam or you can put Liam. Doug was either one will do and I do that to keep the spammers and bots out of the Facebook group. If you join the Facebook group, you’ll not only know when new episodes are dropped, sometimes even before your devices notify you that the new episode has been released, but you are also free to converse with other photographers and people that had just enjoy looking at photography and you can also post your photos in the Facebook group so I don’t restrict it too heavily. You’re free to post your beautiful images in the Liam photography Facebook group. Also be sure to check out [inaudible] photography, where you can see all of the episodes past and present, as well as the show notes. And I will see you next time in episode 20

Liam Photography Podcast: Episode 18 – Interview with Portrait Photographer Reuben Njaa

In this episode I interview Reuben Njaa who is a professional portrait and landscape photographer in San Antonio, Texas. He is also a Professor of Photography.

You can see his work at his website

And on Facebook

Transcription by forgive any grammatical errors.

Liam 00:00:01 You’re listening to the Lillian photography podcast. I am your host Liam Douglas and this is episode 18 and today’s episode I’m going to be interviewing Ruben [inaudible] who is a professional portrait and landscape photographer in Texas. He was also a full time professor of photography with the art institute, my Alma Mater, and he is still also teaching with one of the local universities in San Antonio, so he will be joining us on the line and just a moment or episode 18

Liam 00:00:58 you’re listening to Liam photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas and this is episode 18 and this week’s interview I will be speaking with Ruben [inaudible] who is a professional portrait landscape photographer in the San Antonio, Texas area. I usually try to prepare a few questions ahead of time to ask my interviewees, but it’s been kind of a hectic week this week and I didn’t really get the opportunity to, so I informed Reuben before I did the intro that will be kind of flying by the seat of our pants this time. So we will see how things go. Hey Ruben, I’m back on the line with you. How are you doing?
Reuben Njaa 00:01:38 Are you there?
Liam 00:01:41 Yup. There we go. Sorry about that. Some sort of technical hiccup. I’ve never had that happen before. So how are you doing? Good. Good. So I was telling the listeners that as you had had to inform me, you work mostly in portraiture and landscape right now and I wanted to know, first of all, could you give my listeners a little bit more of your background in photography? How you got started in photography?
Reuben Njaa 00:02:07 Yeah, sure. Yeah. When I first started college, learned to pick or study about that
Reuben Njaa 00:02:39 and I think about my third year I met a girl who was taken together for that class and it just seemed, uh, I was pretty excited about that I thought was kind of interesting for sure. Dad. And uh, I ended up in New York or New York or broke up and I stayed on in New York for a little while. He was working in a money, never word, not how work in the studio up and coming artist creative place. We’re nervous and artists were sort of New York, a lot of wear out, a whole lot of other artists around and I stayed in Minneapolis or something like that. I up to move back. Yeah. And the best time San Antonio, we’re sort of a sleepy little town. They are bigger and better able to come here. A pretty good portfolio going. Uh, started working my way around. I was able to go back to Minneapolis and go to New York. There’s a lot of work trusted or twice, lots of weird, uh, how I got involved with photography. I went back and got my art. You’re not playing to her about it. It’s a lot of hard work.
Liam 00:06:46 Yeah, absolutely. Now when you left Texas the first time and went to New York, did that cause any kind of tension with your family because you didn’t stay there to take over the reins?
Reuben Njaa 00:06:58 Yeah, that would cut me off or money or I first author, author tried that ranch for a long time. No rodeo scholarships. Most of my life, no more comfortable when the ranch and during those times I was in New York are Dell back home, my father and my mother. And it wasn’t all that deal after all.
Liam 00:08:10 Well that’s good. I’m glad that uh, you know, over time you guys were able to just smooth things over so that you had a good relationship again. And I was gonna I was gonna ask you if the ranch was still in the family, but you already answered that one.
Reuben Njaa 00:08:22 Yeah.
Liam 00:08:24 You don’t have to worry about anything being a long story. The, the interview episodes, I like to be longer format, usually an hour. When I did my interview with Jill, we went for just about an hour and 40 minutes. So that’s not a problem. Yep. You can take all the time you need to, to, uh, to talk. Uh, now I’m assuming, and I could be wrong, cause I know you’re a few years younger than I am at a, that when you first got into photography, you were shooting film of course. Like I was, yeah. What was the, uh, what was one of the first film cameras that you used?
Reuben Njaa 00:09:09 A lot of that was kind of torn off. I never, so cameras at my parents, hello, most kind of cameras, but this was the first and we’re 35, uh, uh, first, uh, you know, cameras have ever had. And so I rented one hour old, I had a local house. I Love Scotch, Crawford, San Marcus, we’ll call it. I put, uh, once I got that for a minute course when you go to news about it up, I had a sort of modeling larger shank spare meg and then we’ll color darker. And I just really enjoyed that a lot over the next 20, 30 years or so. 20 new again, you know, I’d always had a dark room. She had access to a darkroom earlier in Jordan and I worked very low, I guess you could say getting into the digital, uh, tried it two times. We’ve seen a little smaller cameras are spread excited to drive away. But [inaudible] was saying wasn’t really enough, has really embraced her within pickle and I was working for [inaudible] are during work forward, you know, headed in that direction. So I needed to sort of adapt. I don’t work in the digital world.
Liam 00:11:08 Even to this day. You still shoot a a bit of film on occasion, correct.
Reuben Njaa 00:11:16 Pin Hole. The ocean had a pinhole camera, film would that panel. And that was really something I enjoyed a lot, having not up a lot of shows before. I do. I used to be when there were half a dozen laughter pound, but you could drop off the dark room. Now I have to just shut it all off of a male. I don’t know. But uh, so I haven’t really shot at a lot of denim ops or two in the freezer. I should probably break out with what I try to, I have pod darker was university there our work yet? Hello? Oh one course. It’s a dark course, which I’m region, those classes fill up classic pick, college art, the dark, you know, it’s just amazing when they watch those stages, when they see the prints coming up and look no upper or or you know, a lot of times developed the founder, it’s all black and you say a lot of disappointment on assignment third trigger that they shouldn’t have negative and that shoots a little images on there, a manager but Christmas. But you know, that’s kind of fun and I can share this form. I wanted to, I could still work in that dark room. Uh, I really had the urge to do that as much lately, but I’m thinking about breaking up the four by five. Yeah.
Liam 00:13:24 Yeah. I can imagine developing in high school I developed some of my own film cause I was in the camera club at my high school, uh, for the four years I went to high school. And, and yeah, the first time, you know, you’re developing the film, your own film, it’s kind of exciting. Um, you feel like a little kid, you know, watching this quote unquote magic happened. But, but then, you know, over time I got into the world of digital photography and, um, uh, actually the first, I think if I remember right, the first digital camera I had was a Sony Magica, one of the ones that took the floppy disks.
Liam 00:14:05 Yeah. You put the three and a half inch hard floppy disk in the side of it. And that’s what it records your images too. It was kind of slow, you know, of course being I was a floppy drive. It wasn’t anything as, as fast as what we have now with SD cards and CF cards and all that good stuff. But yeah, I, uh, one of the first cameras I ever played with was an old Kodak instamatic Kenny. Remember now which model it was. It was a little, uh, square camera was brown. We’d like silver bands and it took one 10 film was one of the ones my, uh, my uncle had when I was about four or five years old. He gave it to me to play with when he got a new camera, a film camera, he got to use Shika and he let me play with the Kodak.
Liam 00:14:51 And when I got a little bit older, so I had a better understanding of how to actually use the camera for a while, it was just a play toy. But, um, then I would buy, I would buy one 10 film and I would just go around, uh, cause I’m from out in the country in Pennsylvania, northeastern Pennsylvania. So it was all farm country where I grew up and I, you know, I’d go out and take photographs of the pastures and, and what the Mount Pisgah and, and shoot some sunrise and sunset stuff on occasion, stuff like that. Um, and then like I said, once the digital came out and I started moving towards digital cameras, I still like film and there’s just something about it, but I just don’t, I don’t dabble in it anymore to be honest. Uh, I, as you, I’m sure you’re aware, cause I posted pictures on Facebook from time to time.
Liam 00:15:39 I have quite a collection of film cameras. Uh, antique and vintage film cameras. I wrote up local antique malls and when I find one I’ll, I’ll snatch it up to add to my collection. I’ve got some brownies here and you’re, she goes and Pentax and some others and uh, Minoltas and I just collect them now. I don’t, they’re all functioning cameras. I use, I don’t know, I don’t have the desire to buy film and she fell many more and then it’s being, it’s getting harder and harder to find places that develop film. Of course the cost goes up and I’m like, that’s just too much expense these days. So I just stick with the digital side of things.
Reuben Njaa 00:16:20 I remembered what working commercially, what Pentax camera or whether we’re shaped like a 35, where’s the camera? Those are so welcome. I’m really loved. Those characters were in favor of sharp and then negative.
Reuben Njaa 00:17:17 Oh, just switching gear offline or those were fun times. A lot of days I had a dark room where I could shoot her right away.
Liam: 00:17:39 Yeah,
Reuben Njaa 00:17:42 I think about it should do something with that issue. How welcome Sharon? Pretty sure my credit deteriorated to the point where I probably probably what I’ll end up.
Liam 00:18:13 Yeah. That’s what a lot of people do these days that they develop the negatives and then they just scan a man and turn them into digital and then they can touch him up in light room and Photoshop and stuff. As a matter of fact, one of my friends, he was a coworker from one of my jobs a few years back, Tim Weaver, and he lives in Arizona, Phoenix Area I believe, and he still likes to shoot film. He’s got digital cameras, but he loves film and he develops his own film. He has a dark room in his house and, and he still gets a note. As a matter of fact, anytime I post one of my and my film cameras from my collection, he’s always messaging me and he’s like, man, if you’re not going to run through film through that thing, sent it to me, I’ll use it. I’m like, Nah, I’m not going to run films or oh, but I’m not going to give them to it because I like to collect. And I just, I think I’ve always been a technology person. You know, I work in it as well as doing currently doing full time real estate photography and I’ve always been a technology person and I, I love the new stuff, but I also love the old stuff. So
Liam 00:19:20 yeah, one of my friends posted on Facebook earlier today, a list of the five things I said that people no longer have in their homes, DVDs, cds, and I can’t remember what the other three items were. And they said, come back if you actually still have one of these items. And I’m like, I have all five. And one of my other friends is like rarely as big a tech nerd as you are, you still got all that old obsolete stuff. And I’m like, Hey, I like old tech. I liked new tech both. So.
Liam 00:20:11 Oh yeah, absolutely. And the problem is technology changes so fast cause for many years, um, I would do what they called white box feces. I would build my own computers, I’d go to a place where I could buy the motherboard and the CPU and memory and all the other components and I would build a complete system myself. Cause that way I got what I wanted. You know, I didn’t have to hurt, I didn’t have to go to Dell or gateway or whoever and get assistance from them and pay way more than it was worth it to get a mediocre system. I could build it myself and have a more high end system and yeah, it still wasn’t. But if you’re cutting out the manufacturing costs, that saves you some money there. So I would buy the components and then just build the whole system myself. And I did that for a long time.
Liam 00:20:56 But you know, technology was changing so fast that it would seem like, you know, uh, the latest CPU today would be obsolete in six months. So it was just crazy. It was a never ending battle of keeping everything upgraded, you know, technology wise, because it’s changing so fast and it’s been that way with the digital cameras too. But I think, I think it’s kind of tapering off a little bit more now, although now everybody shifting into the world of mirrorless full frame cameras. So then you got the news, he got the mirrorless camera wars going on, you know, everybody trying to outdo each other and Canon and Nikon, you know, were tardy to the party so to speak. And you know, uh, Sony has been dominating and uh, in the mirror was full frame cameras. But now that Nikon and Canon have got their hat in the ring, I don’t think, especially cannon, I don’t think it’s going to take a long to catch up with Sony and universal and Sony Fan boys tell me I’m crazy.
Liam 00:21:53 But it’s like, well, look at it logically. Nikon, not so much, but Canon and Sony both are heavily divested in all kinds of other technologies. You know, Sony has got televisions and DVD players and Blu ray players and all this other stuff. There are video game consoles. They don’t make all of their money just from there. Their camera and lens line, that’s just a small portion of the revenue string. And it’s the same way. It was kind of, cannon does a lot of medical imaging technology, MRI machines and stuff like that. So with both of those companies, cameras and lenses are just a small part of how they make their money and both companies have very deep pockets so they’ve got way more money to spend on research and development. Then some of the other companies do. And wait, you know, with Canon and Nikon both being around for over a hundred years, I don’t see either one of them went out of business anytime soon and I’ve been predicting that Nalat cannon’s got mirror was full frame bodies.
Liam 00:22:53 They released two so far and there’s a rumor that they’re going to release a pro one yet. So there third body this year. Uh, we’ll have to wait and see if that actually happens. But uh, there there’s pretty strong rumors indicating that they are and it’s going to be a 60 mega pixel plus sensor, dual memory card, probably even more enhanced. I detect auto focus to better compete with Sony’s IAF. And I keep telling people, it’s like, look, now the look has gotten into the, gotten into this party of mirrorless wolverine. I don’t think it’s going to take them more than 18 to 24 months before they’re completely caught up a Sony.
Reuben Njaa 00:23:33 I see a lot of articles about mirror. I had a summary, what was the rear camera and the London and I go to New York. I could walk around with that little Cameron. I Dunno, this is so small. I’m going to my daughter last year. Um, I think I’m probably all set on my camera gear now. MMM. And there’s probably what I was trying to ignore. All the while we advertise via our bodies are working.
Liam 00:24:26 Yeah, I can understand that. And same way with me, one of the first mirrorless cameras that I had was an aps. It was a Sony Nex. Uh, I had the next six, um, and it was a good little camera. I got some great images with it, but it was one of their earlier crop buddy mirrorless cameras and the evs wasn’t the greatest in those days. Matter of fact, um, when they were doing the next series of APC mirrorless cameras, the camera didn’t even come with the electronic viewfinder. You had to buy it as a separate piece to add onto the camera. So you know, when you bought one out of the box, by default, all you had was the, the LCD screen on the back. Then you had to shoot live view mode using the back of the camera. But luckily I bought mine used from a guy phone on craigslist and, and he already had the EVF added to the next six that I bought from him.
Liam 00:25:19 So I didn’t have to worry about that part. And it, like I said, it was in the early days of Sony mirrorless technology. So the EVF which kind of slow and clunky and um, it was hard to really, it wouldn’t keep up with what you were trying to do as well as they do these days. And the other big problem in the early days of the mirrorless cameras was they were small. I have big hands myself. Most of my bodies appear pretty good sized bodies. And um, so that part I didn’t like the ergonomics wasn’t that great and their battery life was terrible. I mean, my next six, I think I would get like a hundred, 150 shots before the buy, the battery would be completely dead because they were putting these tiny batteries in them and they just didn’t last. You know, the EBF was running, running constantly, and the EVF technology was old.
Liam 00:26:11 You know, it was the early days, the EVF. So they were a huge drain on the batteries in those cameras. So Sony has come a long way with the technology, you know, now that they’re doing the a seven series and the [inaudible] and stuff like that. But it was slow going and, and that’s one of the things I keep telling people. I’m like, look, you got to look at how Canon and Nikon, especially Kannon do things versus Sony. And I liked, uh, for an analogy, I always say Canon and apple are very similar in how they do things and Sony and Samsung, Samsung on the smartphone side are very similar. Sony and Samsung, we’ll both just throw the latest technology into something, you know, a product that they’re going to put on the market, who cares if it works properly or not. And that’s why you would, you’d hear the stories and read these stories online where you know, when Sony released their first muralist, full frame camera that had four k video, it’s like, oh yeah, it’s got four k video a yeah, but it’s four k video really only in theory because yes it has four gay video, but four k video, a full frame means the camera gets hot and about a minute and a half and then you can’t use it until it cools down.
Liam 00:27:22 So, and everybody’s been crying about the fact that Canon didn’t go four k full frame and their first marital was full frame bodies. It’s a one seven four crop factor when you want to shoot four k video. But it’s because of the fact that you’ve got to get the hardware ironed out to the point where you can do full frame four k without the camera glowing red. And I subscribed to Tony and Chelsea, Northrup and Connecticut, they’re big on youtube and you know, their photography youtube channel is pretty massive. And I remember, uh, and one of the videos Tony was talking about, you know, the early days with the Sony’s with the four k video and he says, yeah, we were on vacation one time in Florida and I was carrying the camera in my hand, walking around the beach with a turned off in my hand. I turned it on to shoot some video and as soon as it booted up, it said it was already too hot.
Liam 00:28:20 So, and you know, that’s what I tried to get people to realize that Canon has a more cautious approach because to them, their reputation is everything. They’ve been around for over a hundred years and they’re used by a lot of pros, especially sports shooters, wildlife shooters, you know, national geographic people and, and the people that shoot the Olympics and all these other professional sports and canons reputation is everything to them. So they’re not going to release their first mirrorless, full frame camera and put full frame four k video in it and it has a camera constantly hot and locking up or crashing and user, you know, they want to have the best customer experience. So they’re going to wait to put that newer technology in a future Eos, our version of their camera when it’s more properly vetted rather than just throwing it on the market. And who cares if it works completely or not?
Liam 00:29:17 We’re not, we’re not technically alive cause it does have four k video. You just can’t use it because the camera gets dude off. And uh, and uh, you know, some people just don’t seem to grasp that, that it takes time for new technology to flesh out and it’s, and it’s the same way in the smartphone world. You know, Apple’s slower to adopt new technology in their phones because the technology has to be properly vetted and proven before apple will put it into their smartphones or their iPods because they’re the same way as Canon. Their reputation is everything. And Sony just like, or a Samsung, just like Sony, they don’t care, so they’ll throw 10 watt wireless charging in their phones and on. Then all of a sudden you’re seeing all these customers that are complaining that their phones are getting super hot or the batteries explode because it’s only a 10 watt wireless charging isn’t a perfected technology yet.
Liam 00:30:14 It’s just crazy and it’s hard to keep up with all that stuff. And for my part, I love the cameras I have. I’ve got old canon gear, I’ve got one or two third party lenses. I got one Sigma Art Lens and I got a couple of lens babies and stuff like that. But most of my glasses can and my bodies are all cannon. You know, I have three DSLRs and one mirror was full frame. I bought the Esr and I love it. It’s a great camera and I don’t need to have the latest technology and my first mirror was full frame body because I still let my DSLR, so I don’t care. Yeah, I don’t care if they an Esr can’t do 20 frames a second because my one dx mark do. You can do 16 a second so I’m perfectly fine with that.
Liam 00:31:00 And you want to get into your medium format at some point, but I want to wait until I get to the point where I can afford to get a digital medium format. I know I can buy Amea is all day long on Ebay or Amazon or Greg’s list. I find them all the time for a few hundred bucks, but I just don’t want to, you know, I don’t want to deal with the hassle of developing film. It’s just too much costs. Too much time involved. Now you have, yeah. You have medium format film bodies, don’t you?
Reuben Njaa 00:31:31 No, not the more. I know what, I’m sorry. I’m so all my, I have a Cutler, we’re back in the day when I told him everything around digital cameras, I made an format to our door a lot depends on how you tripod or a good way to go quite in that category. I don’t shoot that shallow, but I have a project five years ago and I rented a one back and I ran into, say I had at that time had like a hundred megabyte image. I shot the job and I still had a couple of barriers left the rentals. I was out at a park and slow me down. I flipped the land off and I put this, I made this hole pinhole camera when I went out the next day and shot with this how to megabyte a digital camera with this dollar and a half pimco rooms and then it was fun because I like photography can be challenging. The chance to come into my work. I don’t, I don’t like everything to be quite, so not all like nowhere to exactly what I’m going to get a trophy, you know, tracking as a parent whole anyway. Was that sort of uncertainty in that sort of skirting or wouldn’t you had to go up slow, methodical kind of work? What the tripod maybe format other than the way to go?
Liam 00:34:11 Yeah, I’ve been kicking around the idea. I just haven’t pulled the trigger on buying them on yet. I do like to do some tripod work cause I like to shoot landscapes. I have a and I’m sure yard, no, cause I posted about it a hundred times when I was still going to school but I have that one, a sunrise shot on Tybee island beach and, and George out by Savannah has been really popular and sold. I sold uh, getting close to 800 copies of that I’m getting now. And so I would love to have a medium format to use for that kind of stuff. Went on to, you know, I get up at four o’clock in the morning, I get some quick breakfast and a couple of copies in me and drive out. I never stay on Tybee island cause it’s pretty much a tourist destination so it’s really expensive to get a hotel there.
Liam 00:34:59 So my girlfriend, I’ll usually stay at a hotel in Savannah and then we’ll drive out. And that particular year when I got that shot, we got up about four in the morning. We had some breakfast and coffee and we did the 30, 35 minute drive out to the island and got there before the sun came up. And I was right there on the beach as the sun came up over the Atlantic and it was just perfect. I had my tripod all set up and I wasn’t even using a full frame in that day. I was using my, uh, I think I was still using my 50 d and uh, I had my, uh, 28 to one 35, a USM with image stabilization and I had it set up on the tripod and as assigned come up over the Atlantic. It was a perfect shot. And I, you know, I snapped it.
Liam 00:35:46 And the thing that is so, it was so funny about that day is it was just luck, I guess you could say because it doesn’t always happen. But the light, the way the light was when the sun came up over the Atlantic that morning gave a orange glow to everything. And I’ve had people ask me, they’re like, well, what’d you do to that? And post processing to get that orange look. And I’m like, I didn’t do anything that’s straight out of the camera and only one shop that morning came out that way. Just the first one I shot came out like that. I didn’t do it. Yeah. I didn’t do a thing with the shot. I’ve sprayed out of the camera in it into light room and I was like, that looks awesome. And I posted it and, and I’ve sold a lot of copies of it on Getty and uh, but it’s a great shot.
Liam 00:36:32 So I would love to have a medium format for doing that kind of stuff from time to time. And I’d also like to eventually get into doing a commercial or product photography. And I know a lot of times for, for that kind of work, the clients that, you know, a client that’s going to go out, and I’m not going to get to that point anytime soon, but you know, a client that goes out and hire somebody like chase Jarvis to do one photograph or a new product and they’re going to pay him $300,000 for one shot that they’re going to have to put in every magazine ad on the planet. Every magazine they run ads with and they’re going to turn it into a billboard or whatever else. You know, those clients that are paying that kind of money, they usually want the photographer, they hire shooting medium format because of, you know, the largest sensor.
Liam 00:37:16 You get more dynamic range, you get more detail. Um, I’m somewhat close to that. The, the people go back and forth about it. Um, but a lot of people say that the five Dsr than I have from Canon is about as close as you can get the medium format without actually having one because it has a 50 megapixel sensor and it has a massive amount of dynamic range to it. And I do get amazing photographs with it, but I just as Sunbae I’d like to have a medium format. I wish Canon make made one, but they don’t. So you know, if I’m going to buy medium format, I’ve got to go with phase one or Fuji Film or Hassle Blab. Um, I don’t think there are.
Liam 00:38:01 Oh, here. Oh, are they? I hadn’t heard about that. Yeah. The only problem is like, it’s so bloody expensive. Yeah. Because, uh, I know Hasselblad did the, um, the x one d meritless medium format camera and uh, it’s $10,000 just for the body with no lenses. And then by the time you buy a decent that you can only get the lenses of course, from Hasselblad. So, uh, the lenses, the lenses aren’t cheap either. So you pay 10 grand for the body and then you know, one lens is like 3,500 bucks and it’s like, oh my God. But
Reuben Njaa 00:38:43 yeah,
Liam 00:38:45 yeah, absolutely.
Reuben Njaa 00:38:49 Okay.
Liam 00:38:51 That’ll probably be the route I ended up going unless I hit the lottery or something down the road. But I doubt that will happen.
Reuben Njaa 00:39:06 Yeah.
Liam 00:39:09 Yup. Absolutely. Well, the other big thing that intrigues me with Sunday, getting a, a medium format, digital cameras, the fact that if you, let’s say you buy a hassle bland, one of their, maybe not their top of the line model that’s 50 or 60 grand, um, uh, you know why if you could come up with the money to buy one, it’s 15 or $20,000 or even a used one for that range. Or if you can get lucky enough to find one for 10. The big thing that I like about the digital medium format cameras is the way they release software updates for the camera. It’s basically a lot of times like getting a whole new camera because they change the software so much. The medium format camera, the digital medium format cameras from everybody I’ve talked to, they’re more like a computer than a camera.
Liam 00:40:00 So every time they release a major software update for that particular hassle, bland body, it’s like getting a brand new camera all over again. So if you’re lucky enough to have the money to buy one, it’s like you could buy up one time and you probably never have to buy one again depending on how long you live. Um, I know one, a photographer that does product photography, commercial work that I follow on Youtube, he’s in the UK, his name is Carl Taylor, and he just got the, uh, not too long ago. He bought the, I think it’s the [inaudible] 100 d or something like that. It’ll do 100 megapixel images. It’s a hundred megapixel sensor, but the way they do this stacking or whatever, you can actually create 400 megapixel images with it. But that camera, just the bodies like $60,000. And I guess he made, he makes you enough money shooting for big corporations that he was able to go out and buy one. But, uh, but that was one of the things he was saying and one of his videos, he’s like, yeah, the Nice thing about this is it might be a $60,000 camera. I don’t need to buy it again. I can shoot with the same body for the next 20, 30 years because every so often they just released a new major software update for the camera. It’s like having a whole new camera again when you install it.
Liam 00:41:23 Yeah. So that, that aspect of it is pretty cool. And uh, I don’t know about you used Hasselblad’s because I don’t really see their medium format used around where I live in and I’m in Atlanta, but I don’t think there’s a whole lot of people that shoot hassle blood in this area. But I know like you mentioned earlier, um, phase one, um, they’re actually headquartered here in Atlanta and I’ve looked on their website. You could actually buy, um, excellent condition, used a medium format system to theirs for like nine, $10,000. And the Nice thing is, uh, being their local, to me here in Atlanta, a lot of times they’ll have used ones that they fully serviced and everything before they resell them. And for $10,000 you’ll get the camera, you know, with the back and everything and it’ll come with at least one lens included as well. Yeah. It’s not quite so bad if you spend a nine, $10,000 for a used one and you’re getting a free lens as part of the package. But you know, because medium format lenses, we’re just not cheap at all. They’re very, very expensive.

Liam 00:42:32 So, I wanted to talk to you a little bit about your work. Um, you sent me the link to your website and I remember you posting some of the images from this one project of yours that you call mine. And I really love these images. Could you share with my listeners a little bit behind the story behind how you, what the inspiration was for this project? These are really amazing images.
Reuben Njaa 00:42:57 Yeah. Um, graduate school, I had quite a bit in Chicago, very famous photographer, a portrait on the wall lobby or movie star from that error. And they all had black turtle. Hitchcock was more of a man and he shot. Um, so the place was up all those black. So I don’t know if for some reason my mind always year one, I’m looking for something. Do I thought about that? So I bought a couple of, I started shooting class people in the long term. The other weird thing as sort of happened,
Reuben Njaa 00:44:29 I haven’t been here at giving directions, put him in a Turtleneck, I put them on the spot and turn off a lot when I’m sure no court and people are really having some top, oh, what we’ll do, we’re gonna work what to do. And I just didn’t figure that I looked at them, they looked at me, I’m looking through the camera and I just waited there and going on salts, I click it. And it was well wonder whether that do, I was comfortable and they were little mannerisms or every day or most people don’t even realize. And so I, it was just a waiting game and I would really like a standard about us. But you know, this is something I’ve really live through. It put up a Notre throughout campus and you’re done. And everybody stopped by this fear of, you know, and I would assume they had a archer in the town.
Reuben Njaa 00:45:59 So I just went up, uh, uh, you know, they’re not shot well another 60 people all with this shame, say my bed basically streamlining and another job in the radar are when your version is around. I heard the same thing. So all total, I, you know, I might have, I might have purchased 200 people in this one series a, all of this turtleneck, all this trending. And it wasn’t until I was there, I have a show up late. All these prints out which ones I wanted that home project, this sort of Gel together. People, you know, we’re not necessarily uncomfortable, some of them more, but I’ve had this natural look to them. Nothing I didn’t, you know, look over this way or look over that way. And so I really enjoy that, that hole. And a couple of weeks ago I thought about revising that here we a couple of people, but it’s hard to go hard for me to go pack how to do something again that I’ve already pre world close to going off.
Reuben Njaa 00:47:28 But why are you this came together and the people and you know, I had little kids, grandparents, uh, well I look at it, she’ll remember some of the people were asking me, what do you want me to do? I just, uh, I’ve been so used to telling them what to, it was hard and that’s why I left. I had to just bide my time and I’m looking through the camera layer. I’m just waiting. I’m just waiting. And they get mad that it happened. You know, once I talked to four or five shots, that was, oh wow. I never knew I did that.
Liam 00:48:26 Yep.
Reuben Njaa 00:48:28 Yeah. I mean, I don’t know. I don’t play your mother to try that again, but I don’t know if very thing knew I could add to it over and over again. So I started doing that by painting portrait something. That was another challenge. I’m pretty happy with that, with that whole, that whole shit.
Liam 00:49:00 Yeah, I love this series. I love that it’s a fairly simple, basic concept but it’s also fantastic and I love the different expressions you’ve gotten from the different people and and to me the idea of having the black background as well as the black turtle neck, so all that really sticks out of the person as their hair and their face and maybe their hands is just make some really awesome images. I’ve always loved this series of yours,
Reuben Njaa 00:49:28 right? You can’t, you don’t know what, what you got on a lot of money or what sort of set up very simple.
Liam 00:49:54 Exactly. The first guy that you have on your website and the series, cause even got a black knit hat on the hat and the turtle neck and, and he’s got the full beard and it’s just a really good image. I like that one a lot. I like all of them. They’re really fantastic images and it’s just such a basic concept but I mean the images are fantastic.
Reuben Njaa 00:50:27 Yep, absolutely. I was going to try to do a lot of people going through a real complicated multiple lights set up and I thought I could get enough separation with this one. I think overall it met all my expectations.
Liam 00:51:01 Yeah, really love on your website is the incontrovertible apparatuses and I see you’ve got three parts to that now. This is, this is all light painting
Reuben Njaa 00:51:36 three times a year that have what they call a community garage. One time when I was there, this woman had the tools and there were some older tools. Some of them I had never seen before and so I bought a couple pick him home. I just liked the way they failed or they look like I started playing around with life and they’re once I liked it. But that possibility when I was starting to drop a hundred dollar bill country buying to photograph, I’ve got a whole garage full of tools and that’s why they did that. But you know, unlike the people are still around, so we’ll let them figure out where the shoot of our day.
Liam 00:52:47 Yeah. Yeah. That’s cool.
Reuben Njaa 00:52:53 Well, my wife,
Liam 00:52:55 yeah, I really love this series because I love how some of the tools are like virtually brand new and others, you know, they had the rust and the more of the Patina and it just creates a really cool image. I always love any kind of image that has texture into it is really awesome.
Reuben Njaa 00:53:18 We’re brand new, the other stuff, bottling garage sales or junk store if I happened to be around there. But uh, yeah, I, I think one of the interesting parts of photography I like try to get as much texture I can and the flashlight or different angles and could look a regular a strobe or not alive. So, you know, just the way to bring out more tactical rush to someone I really do. And you know, it working where,
Liam 00:54:15 yeah, I like it. I, like I said, I think it makes for a fantastic images. The rusty texture is really great. That’s always something I enjoy and I’m into old stuff like that. Probably because I spent a lot of time with my mom’s parents when I was growing up and my grandpa kiss guard and I, we, we’d go out to flea markets and all kinds of places like that because he had different things. He liked to collect metal tools. He loved to collect, um, and powered saws. So he actually, yeah, he worked at, he worked at a strip mine at first strip mining company. He was there, there a chief diesel mechanic for older strip mining vehicles and stuff like that. He did that for like 35 years. And um, when he first retired he made the cover of the, the largest newspaper, our area.
Liam 00:55:06 The day after he retired from working for state aggregates, he decided to go out with his two man handsaw but by himself and cut down this huge hickory tree they had in their yard. They had over the years, cause they lived, my grandparents live on an s curve and grandpas passed away now, but they lived on this s curve on this. But a state highway or may actually I think it might give you just a county highway and people would always take that term way too fast. And over my lifetime that Hickory tree claimed, I don’t know how many cars that was down at the far end of their property because it sat probably 40 50 feet from the road and people would just come through that s curve way too fast. They’d always end up going through the bottom corner of their yard and hit and that Hickory tree. And so the day after he retired he cut it down with a two man hand saw by himself and then split it all up and put it out for sale as firewood or as what he did the first day he was retired. Did that or uh
Reuben Njaa 00:56:20 oh yeah. I don’t know. I don’t know how many per ones they are, but I really, really enjoy about going to get rid of all those four or five and a half. Yeah. Yeah. Cause they’re really the same. Interesting.
Liam 00:56:47 Yeah, they’re really cool. That was the other thing my grandfather collected tool wise. He collected handsaws and those planes. And, and then the other thing he was into was the, uh, the old colored glass, like cobalt blue glass and stuff like that. Yeah. His favorite was the cobalt blue and he liked to collect the, uh, the Ruby red colored glass as well. The original, the original stuff, not the repop stuff that they, they mass produce these days, but the old stuff, and that’s one of the reasons why I love to go and I’m a big thing and the Atlanta area is antique malls where it’s basically there, it’s like a flea market, but it’s inside a massive building and yeah, and the person that runs it, you know, they, they ran out small spaces for people to come in and sell their vintage and antique stuff. And I’d love to just walk through a big multistory antique mall sometimes on the weekend and just photograph all the things that catch my eye as I’m walking around there. And then of course, I always end up buying any antique cameras they got to add to my collection
Reuben Njaa 00:57:55 power about here are the usual round top. And the only thing in that house or, and when the handbook or whatever the highway that runs through this little path there in Macau of nothing but some of them are high and sell low Amala pop. But our people this time of year and do that little power and go over a couple of weeks ago all the way back from Houston. And it’s just amazing. If you had a wish you could fill it in. That shares are just amazing. Luckily I’m not in the collective mode but I was definitely a pack there.
Liam 00:58:55 Yeah. My favorite shows on TV is a American pickers on the history channel cause I’m like Mike, I’m always fascinated by rusty goals. Yeah. I don’t know. I’ve just always been mesmerized by the texture of rusty metal and I always think it makes great for photographs. Maybe
Reuben Njaa 00:59:21 y’all do these tools and try to figure out another way. I can come up with a different way or photograph, uh, with some of the technique. And I thought about bringing out my for about five and just doing this direct positive, put a sheet of paper in the, in the film holder and ordered, they’re happening, but you don’t have a negative, it’s just a positive and just kind of an insurance thing. I did, I let, try to have our artists some positive, negative, try it that way, but we’re going to give up on the rock now. My daughter wants me to, she got to get rid of those things before you die. I can’t have them.
Liam 01:00:09 They can take care of all that stuff.
Reuben Njaa 01:00:14 Well, and I said,
Liam 01:00:16 as right, you’re being left all of these tools.
Reuben Njaa 01:00:23 Yeah. Hello.
Liam 01:00:30 I liked this. I liked your enticement series too with the fishing lures. I, I’ve never been a a fishing person myself. My Dad tried to get me into it when I was younger, but I was always more into hunting. And he took a, myself and a couple of my brothers. One weekend we went fishing. We did like a camp out along the social and Hannah River in Pennsylvania. And, uh, we, we’re gonna fish all weekend and he went to, he drove into town to get some stuff at the grocery store and while he left his, his line in the water and while he was gone, his line managed to snag a carp. And I wrote, I wrestled with that thing for like 45 minutes and it finally snap the line and got away. And I was like, that’s it for me. I am not wasting 45 minutes trying to reel something that ended that I won’t eat anyways. Cause I, I’ve never liked fish for tuna fish out of the and that’s it.
Reuben Njaa 01:01:40 And when I got home I could do with a photograph played around with them. Uh, when I was in graduate school by the coach, sorry, sorry, I got all these that my daughter had.
Liam 01:02:33 You can leave for her. These are, these are definitely old bores and I say that because looking through the series of photographs, there’s four or five of them here that I recognize. My Dad having an his tackle box. Yeah, he fished for a very long time.
Reuben Njaa 01:02:57 Got a couple of them. A couple of, I know some of them are fresh water or salt water. Salt water. Yeah. I just like I didn’t say it was a pretty cool idea to be some sort of designer and come up with the design. Something that will tie just like I like that creativity that went into these big trouble there.
Liam 01:03:47 Yeah, I think it was a fitting project and the title of enticements cause that’s just like you said, that’s exactly it. When they’re trying to come up with a design for a lure and and what color and they’re going to use, they’re trying to come up with things that are going to attract a particular species of fish or multiple species will be attracted to the same thing. I know my dad was big into bass fishing. That was one of his favorite things to do. So I know definitely some of these ones here are definitely fast followers. And the craziest, the craziest thing is one of the times I did go fishing with him, uh, before the incident on the Susko Hannah back when I was still about maybe 11 or 12, we are efficient in a friends, a pond on their farm
Speaker 8: 01:04:34 and
Liam 01:04:35 yeah, there’s, there was a good size bass in this pond that everybody had been trying to catch
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Liam 01:04:44 people been trying everything, different types of wars and different types of Bait and believe it or not, my dad was the one to finally caught that and you would not believe he caught that large mouth bass with a piece of aluminum foil for Ms. Pack of cigarettes. He put up the balls, it up, stuck it, stuck as hook through it, dropped it the water and eat that thing. Nailed it within like a minute. He had that thing on the line. I was like, are you kidding me? All those lowers you have in your tackle box and that stupid fish went for a piece of aluminum foil.
Liam 01:05:21 Crazy, crazy, crazy. He’s like, yeah. My Dad’s like, well yeah, that’s the thing with bass. They love shiny objects. I was like, yeah, but you had all kinds of shiny lowers. It wouldn’t judge. Just something about that. The aluminum foil that draw drew and PSI and it went right for it and he could snag that sucker real quick and it was just so funny because so many guys in the area had been trying to catch that large bash. Everybody knew was in there but nobody could seem to catch it. While there was a similar story with one of my dad’s other friends that he worked with for a long time, this guy’s name was Bob Bristol and he lived on one of the two mountains that bordered my small town in Pennsylvania. He lived on Armenia Mountain and there was a stag that was like a world record stag at the time.
Liam 01:06:10 This was many, many moons ago in the 80s and it was like a 28 point buck. It was an older buck and everybody was all over Armenia mountain during deer season trying to get that stag just cause everybody wanted the rack. Everybody wanted the rare and Bob and his wife, they’re house was actually a log cabin on the side of Armenian mountain and he got up one Saturday morning, went out through his kitchen, started to brew his pot of coffee and looked out the window over a sink and there that stag was in his backyard and he just stepped out on the back porch with this bow and shot it. There had been people from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, the comb that mountain trying to find that stag and he walks out on his back porch and she took with this po better to be lucky than good. And that’s what he always said too. And He, and he did, he uh, he started had the head’s stuck with the rack and put it about ms fireplace in the cabin. Just crazy sometimes how things work out like that.
Speaker 5: 01:07:24 Yup.
Liam 01:07:25 It’s definitely been fantastic having you on the show this week. Reuben, I appreciate your time and I love, like I said, I love these projects a year as you’ve got some really cool images here and of course I’ll be sharing out a Rubens website on the show notes for this episode. Definitely encourage all that. Oh my listeners to check out your projects cause you got some really beautiful images here. Really great stuff.
Liam 01:07:49 Perfect. Yup. And I would definitely love to have you on the show again sometime down the road. Oh look, I’ll come up with, come up with something else that we can talk about photography related, uh, and uh, hopefully have you back as a guest again down the road. I know Joel looking forward to coming back and she was all gung Ho. She was all gung Ho to come back by the time we finished the burden. Um, but yeah, I’ve always loved your work. I never got lucky enough to have you for one of my portfolio classes. Um, but I’ve always loved your work and you’re a really great person. I enjoyed talking to you and, and I always enjoy hitting you up on Facebook and, and Jackie on there as well, so. Yup. I would say definitely keep adding.
Reuben Njaa 01:08:37 Never make it down.
Liam 01:08:39 Oh, absolutely. Uh, I haven’t been to Texas for a while. I used to get while I believe or not, I used to go through Texas all the time. Years ago when I drove tractor trailer for a living. I used to go to Texas all the time. I drove for a Schneider national carriers and I was always going back and forth for us. Texas, uh, east, west and north, south Bose. I was Waco, I was in San Antonio. I was all over the place. Dallas, Fort Worth, uh, fort worse and yeah, they had me all over the place. I haven’t been out there a number of years, so, and I’ve been wanting to go back to San Antonio, so, uh, definitely. Yeah,
Reuben Njaa 01:09:16 I helped him surely write down.
Liam 01:09:19 Yup. I definitely let you know, uh, if I do get a chance to put it out there sometime in the next, I’d like to go out there and the next year or so at the most, um, just cause I’m always loved Texas. Texas is such an awesome state and I almost moved there. Um, I got laid off from my one it job back in 2010 and for the longest time I couldn’t find another job, which you think would be crazy in the Atlanta area. And I was about ready to pack up and move to San Antonio. And then a company called me up off of me. Really good money and I ended up staying here. But, uh, I’ve always loved Texas. That’s a great state.
Reuben Njaa 01:10:00 There you go.
Speaker 5: 01:10:03 Okay.
Liam 01:10:03 Yup, Yup. Um, one of my managers that I worked with at a pure one web hosting, she was from San Antonio. Here’s a really nice lady. She’s like, yeah, San Antonio’s Great. And she’s like, that’s a lot cheaper to live out there. And then it is here in Atlanta.
Reuben Njaa 01:10:17 Yeah. Was there,
Liam 01:10:25 okay.
Reuben Njaa 01:10:26 A lot of company.
Liam 01:10:31 Yeah. And that that you guys were always had all the military bases there as well? Yup. When I was in the army, I went to a back in the, in the 80s when I was in there. When I first went in the army, I went to sniper school and in those days it was at Fort Sam Houston and now they’ve moved to sniper school down here to Columbus, Georgia and a Fort Benning. Which is ironic because that’s where I went for basic and jump school and now they got both jammers.
Reuben Njaa 01:11:07 Sure.
Liam 01:11:11 I enjoyed doing it, but when I, when I was going through the training, it was tricky because one of the things you had a, you had to, you have to have patience to be a sniper and so one of the things they did as part of our training is they take you out on this range with a big peg board and they would inflate balloons and tack them to the board and you had to pop one balloon with one bullet. Good. And of course they didn’t take you out there on a calm day. They took you out there on a day when the wind was blowing. So you’re not only having to, it was not only a patient’s exercise, but it was a timing exercise as far as making sure you didn’t waste a bullet. Cause that’s the whole mantra was sniper one shot, one kill. So they wanted to see how many of those balloons you could pop.
Reuben Njaa 01:11:56 Yup.
Liam 01:11:57 But, uh, I enjoy doing that in the military. I really, that was one of the things I did. My father, my, my adopted father had done was he was in the army during the Vietnam War. He was a ranger with a hundred and first and, and uh, I didn’t do high school sports like he did. I did track, track and cross country and he did wrestling and football. And, uh, he was kinda disappointed that I didn’t go for those sports, but I thought to myself, well, wow, most of the men in my family had been in the military. So I said, well, I’ll make them happy. I’ll go in the army like you did. So that’s what I did. And he was tickled to death with that. My younger brothers, they played football and did the wrestling part, but since I was the oldest, I like, well I know he, he doesn’t like to say it, but I knew he was kind of heartbroken that I didn’t play football or do wrestling. So I’ll go in the army. That’ll mean, you know, he’ll like that. And uh, he did. Yup. Cool. Yeah, I miss him. But, uh, he was a great guy.
Liam 01:12:59 All right, well let me go ahead and, uh, we’ll wrap this up. I still gotta eat my dinner yet. Uh, we were running a little bit late getting home this evening, so I haven’t had a chance to even have suffer yet. But, uh, we’ll definitely look forward to having you again and I appreciate you for giving me your time and coming on the show and talking to me about your, your photography work cause you got some beautiful images here, some great projects. Yup. You got it. You have yourself a good Reuben. We’ll talk to you again.
Reuben Njaa 01:13:30 Yup. Bye. Bye.
Liam 01:13:33 Well there you have it folks. Uh, that was my interview with Ruben Nahah of San Antonio. He was, like I said, one of my professors when I was one of the professors when I was at the art institute of Pittsburgh Online Division. And he also teaches at one of the universities in the San Antonio area and he does portraiture and landscape photography himself, and he’s got some really cool projects that he has shot that are part of his website. I definitely recommend that you check it out at Ruben [inaudible] dot com and I will definitely have a link to his website in the show notes so that you can check it out. I want to thank all my listeners again for subscribing, rating, and reviewing and iTunes and anywhere else that you might listen to the show. And I will see you next time. And Episode 19