Michael Erlewine

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    Big Rapids, MI USA
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    Lenses, Focus Stacking, APO, Medium Format
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    Nikon D810, Hasselblad X1D
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  1. Nikon D810, El Nikkor APO 105mm, Zerene Stackers
  2. Nikon D810, Voigtlander 125mm APO-Lanthar, Zerene Stacker
  3. Those of you interested in the Cambo Actus Mini and want to use the Fuji GFX can order the new version, which has risers (front and back) and swappable camera boards. However, those of us with the existing Actus Mini and cameras like the Nikon D810, the Sony A7R2, and other small cameras know that with our earlier versions we cannot swap camera boards, but rather have to (and with VERY tiny screws) mount a camera bayonet for the camera required. This is no fun. Although not listed in the standard Cambo catalog, there is a special-order that gets you a rear-standard replacement for the Mini Actus you already have, with no riser, but with swappable boards. It is less expensive than trying to get the whole GFX-ready Cambo Mini Actus and with less weight and no riser (which makes the whole system more stable). If interested, you would want to order: Actus EDU Multi-Mount Rear Standard ($739). Cambo Actus Camera Bayonet Swappable Board ($214) for each board. You can transfer your current bayonet easily and can save money (and vibrations), plus you can swap this new rear standard with your current rear standard in seconds. This version of the upgrade for the Mini is a little hard to get, but if you contact Steve Hendrix at Capture Integration and explain you want the EDU (educational) version of the swappable version, I imagine he can order if for you. That’s how I did it. Here is a quick photo of my older Cambo Mini Actus with the new rear standard with swappable bayonets. Note: the more expensive (and higher and more weight) GFX version includes levelers and a geared rear-standard shift knob. I don’t need the levelers or the geared knob, and would rather have the smaller size, less weight, etc. Plus, I still have my old rear-standard that swaps out with the new in seconds. Note, the photo here of my Mini Actus has a longer rail and bellows, which helps a lot. The Sony A7R2 is mounted on the Actus.
  4. SELLING MY X1D After shooting some 1100 or so shots with the Hasselblad X1D system, I have decided that it is not what I need for my work. I’m sure, many will point out that I don’t get it, but I am only trying to “get it” for my own work. It’s embarrassing to admit this, after all my praise, but at my age, who cares? I have put my X1D system, including the 45mm and 90mm lenses, plus the lovely RSS L-Bracket and 5 batteries for sale on Ebay under my nickname ALLMUSIC. Although there are a number of druthers and small reasons for giving up the camera, the two main reasons are: (1) The lack of lenses I need now for the camera. I have waited months for the 30mm and, of course, probably will would have waited for the announced 120mm Macro, as well. This is summer, and now is the time I need those lenses. As a close-up photographer, neither the 45mm or 90mm can get me close enough, especially since there are no extensions available. (2) And secondly, having very carefully done hundreds of test shots for overall sharpness, I am, despite what others say, disappointed with the degree and kind of sharpness I can attain with the X1D system and their lenses. Please don’t ask me to prove this. It’s just my opinion. No one is more sorry than I am, and perhaps selling this system is a stupid thing to do. I lose a bunch of money. Or, is it that I’m hooked on the Nikon system and how the D810 works? I am not arguing that the D810 IQ is better than the X1D, but only that what I am able to get from the X1D is not worth what I have to put up with to get it. And, of course, there are all the great lenses I have that will never work on the X1D, but that is a minor thing. And finally, for me and the work I do, the X1D is just not ready with what I need. I should have waited for perhaps the second edition. And, I can always get another copy, should an X2D comes out. Meanwhile, I will wait for the rumored 46 Mpx D820 and have to be happy with that. I have TRIED to love this system, but I can’t get there from here. I will say that the X1D haptics are extraordinary and that, if I wanted to afford what for me would basically be a $20k system, I would keep it. The system is easy to use and I love the touch-screen of the LiveView. So, there you have it. I report this because I owe it to those who have read any of my other comments on this system. C'est la vie
  5. Meanwhile, back in the jungle (so to speak), I continue to vet the Hasselblad X1D. I’m long past the time-period I could return it, so it’s mine. Right now, the X1D is limited by the lenses available to me. I’m not about to buy the adapter to mount the old and too-bulky Hasselblad lenses, not to mention the T/S adapter as well. I had bought one to try out (120mm Macro), but it was HUGE, so I sold it back on Ebay. IMO, the X1D sensor is a better sensor than my D810, but the lenses (90mm and 45mm) are not better lenses than, say, the Zeiss Otus 55mm and their APO kin. So, who wins out? Well, so far (in my use) the Otus lenses win out and that means the D810 is still the camera I am most-often reaching for. This could change if I had the XCD 30mm and especially when the XCD 120mm Macro finally shows up, if that lens is up to speed. I find the Hasselblad X1D easier and easier to use. As for any focusing issues, I find myself not using the focus points at all, but just double-tapping the point on the LiveView screen I want and magnifying that. For me, that works great and I can drag the magnified point around with my finger to where I want it. It is so easy. However, I do find myself automatically trying to tap on the LCD screen of the D810, which tells me that I like this approach. Right out of the chute, the color of the X1D seems better than what I can get out of my D810. The images of both cameras have to be color-tweaked, but to my eyes the X1D color is much closer (or at least somewhat closer) than that from the Nikon D810. I’m not a techspert, but lately I have been doing my own form of testing, comparing the X1D and the D810, using many hundreds of tests. Looking closely at the results at many f/stops, I find the quality of the Otus lenses beat out anything I can get in terms of fine detail from the X1D 90mm lens, although I am sure most folks could care less to even look. Yet, if they did, that is what they would find. I am so used to the X1D by now that (aside from the LiveView turning itself off after 15 seconds, which should be soon fixed) I find the X1D very easy to use. In fact, anyone could use it, including more technical folks like me. Haptic-ally I like this camera. And since I finally got a bunch of extra batteries, that helped a lot. Do keep in mind that I am only using the X1D in manual focus mode. I never use autofocus or almost never. I have yet to do any family walk-around shots or things like that. Right now, I am trying to duplicate my standard type of work, and have not come up with a match. It is getting obvious that the X1D has qualities of its own and means a shift to seeing what this camera can do outside of what I’m used to.
  6. Nikon D810, Schneider Kreuznach 80mm f/4 Componon-S, Zerene Stacker
  7. Nikon D810, Zeiss Otus 55mm APO, Zerene Stacker
  8. No, I have never seen a D500 body, so I just expected it to be like the D810.
  9. Huh? I imagine it is a D810 replacement, with a D810 body-type, etc.
  10. This latest rumor of the replacement for the Nikon D810 looks pretty reasonable to me. https://nikonrumors.com/2017/05/04/new-set-of-rumored-nikon-d820-camera-specifications.aspx/ Not all of what I want, but probably at least a baby-step forward.
  11. I have had my new Hasselblad X1D on the back burner for a couple of weeks, while waiting for a lens that I can do close-up work with. Instead, I have been doing close-up photography with my trusty Nikon D810 with and without the Cambo Actus. And I have been getting some great shots. But I thought to just do a little X1D shooting, getting as close-in as I can with the 90mm and 45mm lenses that I have for that camera. So, I took a few stacked photos, making just short stacks of several images. I was a little shocked to see the IQ of the X1D images, compared to the Nikkor lenses I have been using, like the Otus 55mm APO, the El Nikkor 105mm APO, and some others. There is a sense of space and light with the X1D that is pretty much missing from the Nikon images. Hmmmm. There is a darkness and almost a viscosity to the Nikon images that is not there in those from the X1D. I almost feel naked when I look at the X1D images, or it’s like walking from a darker room out into the sunlight, so much space and transparency. Of course, I don’t have any close-up lenses for the X1D, as mentioned, not yet, so if I did that would “close me in” to good degree and make things more equal. But, right now, I am impressed anew with the quality of the Hasselblad images. And I also see the challenge of MF in terms of focusing and putting images together. Because the lenses are not fast, there is little depth-of-field; everything is mostly in focus. And I guess the larger photosites gather more light. So, the X1D is definitely for a different kind of photography than the more impressionistic photos I tend to take. I will continue to do those on the Nikon D810 and on the X1D, who knows? I’m going to have to learn that as I go.
  12. This is the Nikon D810
  13. Nikon D810, Printing Nikkor, Zerene Stacker
  14. On point. This is where it is heading.
  15. Attention to process, IMO, is never too much trouble.