koolbreez

koolbreez

Lives in Thailand Bangkok, Thailand
Works as a Photojournalist
Joined on Sep 29, 2010

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The high guide number makes this a very bright unit when stopped down to 1/32nd, 1/64th, and the 1/128th settings to stop motion, making extreme closeness of shooting not a problem when the flash is stopped down to take advantage of the 20,000th of a second motion stopping capabilities.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 02:27 UTC as 6th comment
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (822 comments in total)
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koolbreez: With this increased body size, why not a single mention of the "No Flash" issue, especially in the conclussions, as it is a big negative factor? Smaller,lighter models have flashes, why not this one, and why no talk at all about this issue?

In every A7 iteration before this A7 II, no flash was listed as a Con, why all of a sudden has this changed? The D750 it is compared to even has onboard flash. It seems only because Sony has again chosen to not include onboard flash, DPReview has changed their stance on it being a Con, yet in every other A7 model it was a Con.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 12:54 UTC
On Nikon D5500 Review preview (358 comments in total)

From looking at the comparisons with the D5300, the only useful thing upgraded is the battery life. They both use the same sensor, and processing engine, so no difference in image quality. They both have the same resolutions, although the high end is listed now as regular instead of extended, which actually means no difference. Buffers are the same, shutter speads are the same. The GPS has been removed, and can't be considered an upgrade, even if people didn't use it. So how can this review state that the D5500 is an upgrade in every respect, when only one useful item has been upgraded? A better grip? There never was a problem with the old grip contributing to shaky images...lolol. This simply looks like a review to sell cameras, not print the real truth. As more time passes DPReview gets less and less reliable.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 12:30 UTC as 47th comment | 14 replies
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (822 comments in total)

With this increased body size, why not a single mention of the "No Flash" issue, especially in the conclussions, as it is a big negative factor? Smaller,lighter models have flashes, why not this one, and why no talk at all about this issue?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 11:50 UTC as 126th comment | 7 replies
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dougster1979: How disappointing!! I was looking to upgrade my d7000 but i think i'll pass.

The increased sensor size, to 24.2 from 16, and the extra 1.3 crop factor switch are significant improvements from the D7000, and justify the upgrade, but not from already owning the D7100.

The D7200 is a huge upgrade from the D7000, just as the D7100 was.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 06:09 UTC

I don't really see a reason to upgrade from already owning the D7100. Increased buffer, and built in WiFi, as opposed to the plugin module, don't justify spending $1200 for these minor upgrades. There are no significant improvements to justify the cost IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 06:05 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies

This isn't the end of SI, far from it. This just means they no longer have to pay expensive medical insurance premiums, unemployment benefit payments, retirement programs (if they did in the first place), travel costs, yearly raises, and a few other expenses tied in with having staff employees. The most expensive part of most businesses is employee cost, and it doesn't go down. Hiring independently contracted staff (freelancers) has always been cheaper. In all likelihood the same photographers will still supply images to SI exclusively. The term contributing photographer will be used, instead of staff photographer, just as the bulk of National Geographic stories are credited.

There are lots of highly talented local photographers shooting every sporting event in the world, and a good post production expert can give you most any style you want in your publication if he has raw digital files to work with. I see this as jobs opening up, not going away.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 14:10 UTC as 42nd comment | 7 replies
On Have your say: Best Lens of 2014 article (119 comments in total)

I have bought three lenses in the last year, and just as others are saying the Tamron 150-600, with VR, should have been on this list. It is much better than the Tamron lens that was listed.

This lens opened up a category previously reserved for lenses costing over $6000. It is a superb lens, and I was surprised it was so cheap after using it, and marveling over the image quality. It is putting out pro caliber images, attached to my Nikon D7100, that I have no problem selling. By the way, on my D7100 set to 16megs, that puts the lens crop factor at 1200mm, at F6.4. Try buying that lens for under $10,000, and hand holding it.

Your list looks more like a manufacturer sponsored holiday shopping promotion.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 07:44 UTC as 36th comment

The question also has to be raised as to who owns the monkey? In a zoo setting all animals are owned by the zoo, and property releases have to be obtained to use their animal's photos for commercial purposes.

Do the same rules apply for game reserves, and national parks? The legal question would be who owns the monkey, and is a property release required for the commercial use of the monkey pictures, no matter who took them.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 11:43 UTC as 351st comment | 1 reply

The photographer did not willingly give the camera to the monkey with the intention of the monkey taking the pictures.

The monkey took the pictures on its own, with no instruction, or payment from the photographer to do so. This might have been a different case if the photographer had paid the monkey, with maybe fruit, for the monkey's work in taking the pictures, but as no form of payment took place, from the accounts of what happened, the monkey owns the copy-write, and with not contesting the creative commons designation by the monkey, the copy-write is lost, except for commercial purposes.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 06:00 UTC as 405th comment | 4 replies
On Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 article (148 comments in total)

He's real lucky one of the monkeys didn't grab his cell phone. They really like shiny objects, and don't give them back. One of those older macaques could easily rip his arm out of its socket if they would have grabbed his 1020, and they are fast doing it too.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2014 at 07:23 UTC as 80th comment | 4 replies
On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (89 comments in total)

I find it disheartening that Giottos is never considered in their reviews. Probably because they are too much of a challenge for any of those reviewed. The Giottos VGR8265-M2N will give any of these a run for their money, and it has the added feature of one of the legs being able to be removed for use as a full size mono pod, something none of these offer. The center column can be reversed for the lowest shooting capabilities, and in normal set-up reaches a little over 66". With its Arca compatible quick release ball head, the Giottos brand shouldn't have been left out of these reviews. This unit meets most every situation a traveling photographer might run into, and should have been featured.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 16:19 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (182 comments in total)
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Prognathous: The only thing you need to know: the $10 photography bundle is a trap.

Quote from Adobe's membership contract:

"The price of your one-year commitment (as reflected in the monthly installment amounts) may change for your next annual renewal, and we’ll provide you notice of a change by email"

In short, nothing but a teaser price. Get ready to pay through the nose as soon as you've created enough project files and can't properly open them by anything else. Good luck being Adobe's hostage.

They do state that at the end of the first year you are automatically renewed at normal price, which now is $19.98 a month, and it would be automatic at one full year renewal payment, so actual cost will double after the first year, and be billed for the full year, not billed monthly.

There is also no mention about how the LR license is treated at the end of the first year, or if it upgrades throughout the first year for free.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 04:41 UTC
On Seven photographic hacks, one short video article (35 comments in total)

I've used the string before, but never from both feet. Another steadying DIY device I've used quite a bit, is a small fat bean bag, and a short 12, or 18 inch bungee cord. Place the bean bag on the post, fence rail, tree, or whatever you find, then the camera goes next, keeping the bean bag between the object, and the camera, then strap it all down with the bungee cord wrapped around everything. The bean bag makes it possible to steadily adjust the direction the camera points, rather than depending on the angle of the post. Finger pokes to the bean bag do wonders in adjusting the direction the camera points. This works real good on round, or irregular surfaced posts, and trees, but the bean bag has to be fat so it doesn't flatten out in the middle leaving nothing except cloth between the camera and the supporting object. Focusing is best achieved by going manual, then use remote shutter release, or the camera's timer.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 10:36 UTC as 24th comment
On Judge strikes down fine against drone photographer article (131 comments in total)
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racketman: Amazon will be hoping the appeal by the FAA is unsuccessful assuming they intend to go ahead with their drone delivery service.

In the case of the drone falling out of the sky, in all likelihood the person hit, or finding it just got himself a new toy, not the case with the truck.

For these drones, and the cases I foresee coming up very soon are invasions of privacy issues. Photographers already have shooting boundaries defined by what they can see from a public location standing, but how will this be interpreted with drones that can shoot from higher altitudes, but still not cross the established fence, or property line?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 10:12 UTC
On Getty and Flickr to cease partnership article (19 comments in total)

This eliminates any chance in the future to make money with your images on Flickr. I suspect this is fallout from the recent buyout of Getty by the original owners, or a signal of quality fall-off in Flickr uploads.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 08:25 UTC as 10th comment

Don't overlook the term "net revenue". Getty currently takes 70% from its photographers. Couple this with a 50% split after that by EyeEm supplying them, just as a photographer would, and the net revenue gets pretty small.

There are much better avenues out there to sell images through. Getty is banking on a contributor accepting pennies on the dollar, rather than a perceived nothing because they don't know the other higher revenue selling outlets.

For news images, and owned by Corbis Imaging, the other giant in the stock market, is Demotix. When an image is sold by them, Corbis doesn't take a cut off the top, the contributor gets an actual 50% split.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2014 at 02:10 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On Hands-on with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition article (216 comments in total)
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raztec: A well researched comparison of all the different action cameras would be far more useful than a simple hands on review of one camera which can be found by the dozens on the internet.

I personally like the ISaw series of action cams over the GoPro, both for contrast, cost, and battery life. I wish they would be compared here. Mounting hardware is interchangeable.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2014 at 17:17 UTC
On Hexapoda - But Different challenge (52 comments in total)

What a crock of SH*T. Who in their right mind decides after the challenge is long over, and voted on to disqualify all the images he doesn't like? Your crack dealer sold you some bad sh*t.

Get off the drugs dude. You wrongly penalize us for YOUR f*ckup. If you can't keep up then get off the bus dude. Someone should bust your crack pipe so you can at least think straight.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 04:23 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On Have Your Say: Best DSLR / SLT of 2013 article (335 comments in total)

It's interesting that even though the K-3 did good, three times as many people actually bought the Nikon D7100. I have to wonder why it was not rated the best of the year if more people in fact bought it than any other DSLR? More people bought it than those that even wanted to buy the K-3.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 15:40 UTC as 5th comment
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