Scottelly

Scottelly

Lives in United States United States
Works as a Photographer, videographer, photo/video editor
Has a website at http://ffphotos.zenfolio.com
Joined on Aug 26, 2011
About me:

Shooting photos for about 30 years (with a little hiatus in my twenties), I am an "aspiring" art photographer with a little experience shooting products, portraits, fashion, weddings, glamor, landscapes and various other stuff.

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Let's see them try to enforce such B.S.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 16:29 UTC as 152nd comment

Obviously Nikon isn't planning to move completely to mirrorless any time soon. I wonder if they'll make a mirrorless line of cameras with m4/3 size sensors to go with (or enhance) their 1 system. Then they'd have 2.7x, 2x, 1.5x (their APS-C DSLR range), and full-frame (like the D4s, D610, D750, and D810) camera bodies.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 16:56 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On White House ban on photos and social media has ended article (60 comments in total)

If people could still shoot photos in the Whitehouse after President Kennedy was killed, then why ban shooting photos in the Whitehouse years later? I just don't get it. They should have NEVER banned people from shooting photos in the Whitehouse. It's OUR building! WTF?!?

It's about time someone stopped the ridiculousness!

This makes me feel better about the Obamas, even though there are a lot of things I don't agree with, like Obama Care and the new "secret" trade agreement and a lack of real support for green energy, like solar. Has anyone here really taken a close look at Sunshot? It's pathetic. Elon Musk is doing more to push solar than Obama! Sad.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 14:28 UTC as 10th comment
On White House ban on photos and social media has ended article (60 comments in total)

It's about time. This is a sign . . . to me . . . that the Obamas are better than so many people claim. People can take a Sony RX100 or similar camera into the Whitehouse and get decent photos in there now. That's pretty great, and that's the way it should have been for a long, long time. In fact, I don't understand why they would have the 3" limitation. I mean if someone was going to bring in a dangerous thing, they could pack it into a 3" device. Why not make the limitation 6" so that almost every normal camera could be brought into the place and used?

BTW, I think the Sony A7 bodies with a small lens could be used, no? From the mount to the front of the lens is 36.5mm and from the back of the camera to the front of the mount is about 50mm. That's about 87mm or 3.3" - might get by security, no? A Panasonic GX7 could definitely be used with the 40mm f1.7. That lens is less than 26mm long. That camera is only about 40mm from the back to the front of the mount. How about the Sony RX1r?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 14:13 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On White House ban on photos and social media has ended article (60 comments in total)
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arhmatic: If anyone in power is reading this, please relax the rules around the US embassies. I happened to be outside the US embassy (in a NATO country, if this makes any difference to some) in the street... when I was violently approached by US Embassy security. Totally useless use of force.

Apparently, you can't pull your phone out of your pocket in the vicinity of a US Embassy fence. You can't stop a car by the curb... and so on.

There are a million ways for terrorists to take out an embassy. It would be so easy that it's quite surprising it doesn't happen every day. I mean look at how many terrorist organizations there are around the World. They could fly over in a rented plane or helicopter and drop a few grenades out the window . . . or they could buy a plane or helicopter or use one owned by a doctor they could coerce by threatening his family. Or they could use a mortar mounted on the roof of a nearby building. By the time the people in the embassy figured out where the mortars are coming from, they'd almost all be dead from the dozen or more mortars that have landed on the embassy. Imagine the devastation from a terrorist cell with six guys using two mortar tubes and a couple dozen mortars each? I frankly can't understand why this type of thing isn't happening around the World every day to police stations, embassies, etc. It's as if the terrorists aren't serious. It's almost as if the whole idea is fake.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 14:02 UTC
On White House ban on photos and social media has ended article (60 comments in total)
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arhmatic: If anyone in power is reading this, please relax the rules around the US embassies. I happened to be outside the US embassy (in a NATO country, if this makes any difference to some) in the street... when I was violently approached by US Embassy security. Totally useless use of force.

Apparently, you can't pull your phone out of your pocket in the vicinity of a US Embassy fence. You can't stop a car by the curb... and so on.

It IS the culture of police just about everywhere. Don't deny they are a bunch of A-holes, when it comes to "defending" themselves or their territory. They act like everyone is a terrorist . . . and that is what they have been trained to do . . . to believe that everyone is a potential terrorist, and that is true. Still, why not just build the embassies the way they should? If they were to build 1 m thick walls 4 or 5 m high around the building, it would be like a fortress, and they wouldn't have to worry about someone pulling up in a car, which might have a bomb in it. Besides, the whole idea that they can stop a terrorist attack by being a-holes to everyone is absurd. Their policy doesn't work, and they should stop acting like total a-holes! If I was a terrorist, willing to die for Alla, I could pull up in a truck full of explosives and press the detonation button, and take out the a-hole with me and the whole building. Nothing they do would stop that (unless they built a wall).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 13:57 UTC
On Otus Readings: the Zeiss 85 F1.4 Otus Comparison article (222 comments in total)

It does appear that the Nikon D810 with the Nikon 85mm f1.8 G is the best value, but it also appears that the Canon 5 D sr has greater ultimate potential, and nothing beats more megapixels (all else being equal).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 21:00 UTC as 24th comment
On In photos: Swimming with jellyfish article (23 comments in total)

My favorite is the fifth photo.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 13:46 UTC as 1st comment
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Antony John: I guess we'll also see a 12-24 Art lens at some time which, with this 24-35, would make quite a nice 2 lens setup for those interested in wide angle photography.
The 24-35 makes sense as a first introduction because I'd imagine the 24 - 35 F/Ls will probably have more 'universal' appeal amongst the 'wide' lenses.

Yes, the 24-35mm f2 A is a good introduction, especially if Sigma makes a 35-70mm f2 A next.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 13:42 UTC

This is a very weird lens. 24-35? WTF? If it were a 21-35mm f2 or a 24-50mm f2, then I'd think, o.k. This is just such a short zoom range that I think it's really a silly range to produce. I predict there will be very few sales of this lens.

Maybe they're expecting people with the 50mm f1.4 A to want to add it to their collection, rather than two other wider lenses (the 24mm f1.4 A and the 35mm f1.4 A). There definitely are people who would rather carry (and pay for) just one lens instead of two lenses, and most people don't care that a wide-angle opens up to f1.4 or f2.8. Since this one opens to f2 it offers something special. Hopefully their next wide-angle Art lens will be a 14-24mm f2.

Add this lens and the 50mm f1.4 A to a Nikon kit with the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 G and the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR II, and you'd have quite a nice kit with just four lenses.

So maybe my first statement was a little rushed.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 22:22 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply

I'm glad I don't have to use a device like this, which requires its own battery, in my Sony A65, which already has a good GPS built into it, as all DSLR cameras should have. I'll never understand why a $200 waterproof point-and-shoot camera can have this feature, and it works just fine, not draining that tiny battery significantly faster, while big, expensive DSLR cameras come with this helpful feature absent. It's absurd. To make things even more absurd, Sony has removed this nice feature from their newest cameras, including the updated model of their A77 line, the A77 II. Pft . . .

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2015 at 22:10 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review preview (433 comments in total)
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Cane: Does it still feel like a plastic piece of junk compared to cameras from Pentax, Fuji, Olympus and Sony?

My Sony A65 feels just as plastic as the Canon Rebels and the Nikon D5300 and D5500 cameras.

Certainly the new Sony A77 II is a much better camera for almost the same money as this one though. Unfortunately Sony has dropped the ball with developing their A-mount system lately, presumably because they've been dedicating so many resources to quickly building up their new FE mount system, which seems to be coming along as a very good system. I just wish they would have included GPS and a fully-articulating screen on their upcoming A7r II and other FE mount cameras with IBIS.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2015 at 17:38 UTC
On Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review preview (433 comments in total)
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kewlguy: Basically DPR tells you to buy D5500 over the overpriced Rebels ;)

I'd say it depends on your priorities as to which is better. Certainly this new Canon has the LCD on top, so if that's important to you, then the Canon T6s is better than the Nikon D5500. If it's not important to you, you can get the cheaper T6s.

Still, the Canon has the better live-view focusing ability, which is pretty significant. As far as 60 fps video is concerned, it doesn't matter much if the video is out of focus. Nikon needs to get on the stick!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2015 at 17:34 UTC
On Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review preview (433 comments in total)
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thoth22: At least it shoots 1080p 60fps, oh wait...sorry, going to have to get the 7d2 for that option. I don't mean to troll but I had a 7d for a couple years (before that 5d, 30d, xt) and thought most cameras couldn't focus in video very well or do 60fps, then I bought an open box nex-6 for $400 in early 2014 and I was blown away. I know Canon has it now in a couple cameras but they sure take their time adding features other cameras have, eventually you just feel disgruntled a little.

The NEX cameras have IBIS too, something Canon doesn't seem interested in offering to their customers . . . one of many reasons I switched away from Canon and Nikon to Sony. Fortunately Sony's new A7r II has IBIS too. It does 4K video too, so I might get one of those babies. I just wish it had GPS, like my Sony A65.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2015 at 17:30 UTC
On Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review preview (433 comments in total)
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qwertyasdf: I never understand why the top LCD screen is a good thing. I have used many many different models, and prefer looking at the settings in the rear LCD, isn't that a more convenient location???

Having the information in both places is better than just having it in one location. I miss the LCD on top of the camera, which I had on my Canon 20 D and my Canon 5 D. I started using cameras with no LCD screen a few years ago, when I got my Nikon D5000. Now I have the Sony A65, and it has no LCD either. I do miss the LCD, and I plan to get a Sony A77 partly because it has that LCD (but mostly because it has weather seals, micro-focus adjustment, and can shoot faster).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2015 at 17:22 UTC
On Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review preview (433 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: The HDR video is intriguing even with its limitations.

I agree that Canon is dragging their feet with regard to video quality, though they did finally make the focusing work properly, when they introduced the 70 D. This camera is definitely an update, though it falls short by not including 1080p60, like it should. In fact, by now it's time for Canon to start making cameras that can do 4K. Panasonic's GH4 did 4K more than a year ago, and now Sony is finally introducing cameras with 4K capability (A7r II), though that is limited to their most expensive camera at this point. I'd like to have seen 4K in the upcoming 5Ds and 5Dsr.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2015 at 17:15 UTC
On Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review preview (433 comments in total)
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mugupo: T6s would be great except there's already Canon 70D which has more feature and actually cheaper as well with import or bundle. I don't see the appearing of T6s when there's exit of 70d. There are test been that show 70d does better focus than t6s for some strange reason despite is the same system.

For a sport shooter you may have a point (it does do 7 fps instead of just 5 fps), but the 70 D does not have NFC or a touch screen. This camera is being launched at the exact same price as the 70 D is now, and I think it will drop to $899 pretty quickly, so it will be less expensive than the 70 D soon. Plus, this camera has a 24 MP sensor, while the 70 D has a 20 MP sensor, making this new camera better for landscapes and nature photographers. A lot of people will see that as a significant advantage, just like they saw the 18 MP cameras as having a significant advantage over the 15 MP cameras. I guess we'll probably see an 80 D come out in a few months, with that new 24 MP sensor in it. No doubt the 80 D will do 1080p60 too. Hopefully it will do 4K at 30p also.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/986389-REG/canon_8469b002_canon_eos_70d_dslr.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1116103-REG/canon_0020c001_eos_rebel_t6s_dslr.html

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2015 at 17:11 UTC
On Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review preview (433 comments in total)

This seems like Canon's answer to the Nikon D5500.

With only 1080p30 video and no IBIS, I'll stick with my Sony A65. The Nikon looks like a better deal to me, since it's $100 less and offers almost everything this Canon has, plus a bunch of functionality that Canons don't have. Frankly, I think I'd get the older Nikon D5300, which has Wi-Fi and does 1080p60 for $200 less. The only things these newer cameras seem to have that's new is the NFC and the touch screen. Of course this new Canon does have that status LCD on top, which is definitely a nice feature, which I do miss from time to time. It makes the camera like a more professional camera too.

This camera does have better/faster live-view focusing though, so it has two advantages over the Nikon D5500: better live-view focusing and the LCD display on top. The Nikons have 3.2" articulating displays though, while this camera has only a 3" display. Also, the Nikons can do 1080p60 (far less rolling shutter effect) instead of 1080p30.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2015 at 16:59 UTC as 95th comment | 6 replies

960 fps at 1080p? That alone makes this camera worth buying. The 4K capability and weather sealing are the bonuses. I think I'm going to get one of these beasts.

The problems with the RX10 II are . . .

No GPS
It can't shoot as fast as Nikon's old 1" sensor cameras.
The screen only tilts, but does not twist/articulate.
It takes an FW50 battery instead of the bigger FM500H battery.
The lens is not interchangeable.

How can it do 1/32,000 second shutter speed?!?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 20:37 UTC as 18th comment | 4 replies
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Azbeen: Please Sony.....create an RX10 'Landscapers' version with a 20-100 (equiv) lens !

Then I'll open my wallet !!!!!

Just get a Sigma DP0 Quattro, and you'll be stunned, rather than having that piddly little 1" CFA sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 20:29 UTC
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