sh10453

sh10453

Lives in United States Michigan, United States
Works as a Electrical & Computer Engineer
Joined on May 2, 2010
About me:

Been shooting since the days of Adam and Eve!

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On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3352 comments in total)
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Terry Breedlove: Ok so 50 MP is cool for some but way over kill for most. It just seems that Canon and Nikon are still in the megapixel wars when other companies such as Olympus and Sony are innovating and producing new cameras chocked full of technologies most of us really want and need. The two big boys at the top are living in yesterdays reality building boring plastic bubble cameras.

All of the players seem to be stuck in the gimmicky megapixel race, which we had hoped (from long time ago) would go away.

A full frame camera keeps growing its megapixel count like a plant, a flower, producing millions of seeds.

The original full frame 5D was 12 megapixels, and that kept growing with the 5D II and III, until we got to this 50 megapixels, with the same sensor size. Must be pure pressure from their marketing department.

Canon here is only an example, but all manufacturers still think the digital photographer is still as naive about camera technology as he/she was in the late 1990s.

It's really time to stop this ridiculous race, and to resist marketing departments unwise pressures.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 17:48 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3352 comments in total)
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webrunner5: These stupid cameras will not even Shoot 4k, let alone 8k. Total fail on their part.

It's clearly stated that this camera is not for video photographers. Its target is a different audience.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 17:29 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3352 comments in total)
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OortCloud: This is ridiculous. Why would anyone but billboard photogs need this resolution?I'm not about to start shooting my weddings with a tripod or print wall murals for my brides. Where's the 5D Mark IV?

This resolution becomes of an incredible help and advantage when you need to blow up a small section (a crop) of a frame, and still maintain good resolution.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 17:26 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1458 comments in total)
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wildkat2: As a Pentaxian with no FF body to choose, this is a very interesting article. I had no idea that Canon crippled their APS-C lenses. Im glad Pentax doesnt. Im even more glad that a significant number of Pentax "APS-C" lenses are actually quite capable Full Frame glass. Some day…..

Like others I very much enjoy the smaller size and greater reach of APS-C. When I was shooting film I lusted after telephoto lengths and never imagined I should afford a fast zoom that went to 300mm (70-200 f/2.8).

I disagree on the assessment of a 24-70 being "odd" - 35-105 is a range I shoot in all the time. It works great for both street and portrait.

Bottom line, there is no "bad" in the equation, just different. ASP-C is amazing. So is FF. At the end of the day, its the person holding the camera that matters most.

Thanks to all of you and to your kind replies.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 16:40 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1458 comments in total)
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wildkat2: As a Pentaxian with no FF body to choose, this is a very interesting article. I had no idea that Canon crippled their APS-C lenses. Im glad Pentax doesnt. Im even more glad that a significant number of Pentax "APS-C" lenses are actually quite capable Full Frame glass. Some day…..

Like others I very much enjoy the smaller size and greater reach of APS-C. When I was shooting film I lusted after telephoto lengths and never imagined I should afford a fast zoom that went to 300mm (70-200 f/2.8).

I disagree on the assessment of a 24-70 being "odd" - 35-105 is a range I shoot in all the time. It works great for both street and portrait.

Bottom line, there is no "bad" in the equation, just different. ASP-C is amazing. So is FF. At the end of the day, its the person holding the camera that matters most.

@wildkat2
Canon has made a reputation of screwing their customers.
This is not the first time they do it.
When the new autofocus EOS system came out (EF lenses), their new EOS cameras were (and still are) incompatible with Canon's long line of FD lenses.
I personally had spent a fortune on a very large number of their top of the line "L" FD lenses, which I really loved, to find them suddenly obsolete.
Not only the lenses, but the flash guns are not compatible, the bellows are not compatible, ..., etc.

I really hated what Canon had done, especially that I was a Canon user (and a fan) for more than 20 years, and had owned no less than a dozen of their high end film cameras back then.

Whatever excuses Canon had come up with are just BS, as far as I am concerned. It's just greed, just to sell newer lenses, plain and simple.

We live and learn, and we dump manufacturers the same way they dump us. It's only fair.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 03:03 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1458 comments in total)

Since the article's title starts with the word "Opinion", then I don't think we should label it as BS. The author is entitled to his opinion, just like everyone else is. However, we are also entitled to agree or disagree.

There are some valid points in this "Opinion", but I respectfully disagree with many arguments, and no need to repeat what other readers have already pointed out.
Just one "personal" example: My investment in top quality FF lenses, prior to switching to an FF camera, proved to have been a wise investment when I made the switch.
Richard must have been under the influence when he wrote this "Opinion". It seems to me that parts of the article are not even coherent!!!
Cheers!!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 02:41 UTC as 271st comment
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1929 comments in total)
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Vikram Jit Pal: Just bought the hottest camera in the world D750. It can talk to my phone via inbuilt Wifi, Great!! But why do I have to buy an additional GPS accessory when the same data is available in my phone and can be transferred to the camera if the manufactures try.

Because they want you to pay an arm and a leg for their GPS unit, Nikon price

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 00:48 UTC
On Canon EOS 5D Review preview (15 comments in total)
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SculptedPhotography: The 5D was and is my first digital camera. It has served me with spectacular results. It's main minus for me has been its inability to use the higher ISO's, as anything higher than 200 produces visible grain in images that I print very large on my epson 24" printer. I almost always shoot with a monopod to assure the results.
Technology has changed and improved and I am searching for a replacement. I am invested in excellent Canon lenses and want to stay with Canon. I also want a camera that is not as heavy as my 5D (I am old and am fatigued by the weight of the 5D which I affectionately call "my brick".) Price is an issue too.
Still casting about trying to find a replacement.

Since you have invested in Canon lenses, I think the Canon 6D is what you are looking for, if you are still looking.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 05:19 UTC

I do not believe for a split second that these pictures are "selfies" taken by a wild monkey.

Of course I don't believe that this wild animal is suddenly becoming a technical guru, capable of operating a modern-day camera, and becoming a challenger to Ansel Adams.

Mr. Slater brings his reputation 100 meters below ground level with such a ridiculous story.
It's amazing to see so many naive folks who actually believed this BS!

As for the copyrights, and since Slater had brought it onto himself, the copyrights belong to the monkey, the wild animal monkey, that is!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2014 at 13:23 UTC as 168th comment | 5 replies
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 article (102 comments in total)
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justmeMN: Big camera: 17% wider and 9% taller than a Canon SL1 /100D DSLR.

But you you forgot to add a 400mm lens to the SL1 (let alone the entire range of the FZ1000's lens)!!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 14:14 UTC
On High-end pocketable compacts 2013 roundup article (264 comments in total)
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johnsaxon: I've been shooting with a Canon S90 (earlier version of S120) for many years. This camera fits very easily in the front pocket of my jeans or shorts and it's small and light enough that I don't even realize that it's there. The lens doesn't stick out much and the corners are rounded so it's very easy to slip in and out of the pocket. You just can't beat this camera for portability. It takes great sharp pictures and focuses close at all focal lengths. I think the RX-100 is too chunky to be carried constantly in my pocket, so the extra pixels don't really matter to me. I can just shoot with my Canon 5D if I'm needing a large file.

I just bought the LF1 yesterday, to add to my large collection.
I like it a lot. Image quality is very pleasing. WiFi is very convenient. I like the ring as well.

I'm impressed with Panasonic products (I have 2 FZ-200 also).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 03:57 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)
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JJLMD: You're fixation with clicking dials cost me money. I've been using the RX100 and RX100m2 with astonishing results. Both my brother and brother-in-law bought one when they saw the IQ coming out of something they can stuff in their pockets. Because of your persistent criticism of the RX100s as uninvolving, I bought the Olympus XZ-2. Yes, it has clicking dials and the colors were nice but the noise, limited dynamic range, and inferior resolution compelled me to sell it after one outing. Oh, and it's about as big as my RX1R.

With that experience, to see you dwell again on this issue strikes me as petty. The RX100s produce class-leading IQ, are built well, are snappy performers, and allow a lot of creative control even for experienced photographers.

Good job Richard!
Pointing out the weaknesses is as important as pointing out the strengths, fixation or not.
Much appreciated, and very helpful.

With nearly a dozen pocket cameras in my collection, I'm not in a rush.
I'll wait for some competitive products that are coming out soon, especially from Panasonic.

Keep up the good and honest work!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2014 at 01:27 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)

Thanks for this good report that pointed out the strengths and the weaknesses of this camera.
I don't agree with some voices that very much wanted to suppress pointing out any weaknesses simply because they owned one or another version of the RX-100.
This report helped me decide to wait for other competitive products that should be coming out soon.

Without pointing out the weaknesses, products don't get improved.

Now only if you guys get on Panasonic's tail and let them issue a firmware update for the FZ-200!!! It's long overdue!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2014 at 01:19 UTC as 106th comment
On Leica M Monochrom now available in grayscale (sort of) article (137 comments in total)

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Just my humble opinion. Fanatics (with money burning holes in their pockets) please hold your horses!

I think Leica has no idea what direction to take. Leica needs to get rid of its marketing staff, or at least the top figures in that department.

This company used to be (long, long, long time ago) a photographer's company, and it needs to get back to be a photographer's company.

Nowadays it is targeting the wealthy who hardly knows how to take pictures, but buys the camera for bragging rights, and to keep up with the Jonses!

$8,000 for the M-Monochrome? Is that really targeted at photographers, enthusiasts, or journalists? ... Sorry, I forgot to add the 10% local taxes, but it is simple to calculate!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2014 at 16:51 UTC as 1st comment
On Leica M Monochrom now available in grayscale (sort of) article (137 comments in total)

Part - 2

The company went bankrupt not too long ago, but even after coming back to life they haven't learned the hard lesson.

If it wasn't for the powerful Panasonic keeping Leica alive, by using its Leica lenses on many of its cameras (including one of mine), I doubt very much that Leica would survive, or would have survived!

I hope that Leica would get back to its roots, and start making affordable products that are for photographers and enthusiasts / hobbyists.
Take some lesson by looking at what Sony, Fuji, and Panasonic are doing.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2014 at 16:50 UTC as 2nd comment
On Sony a6000 Review preview (833 comments in total)
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Hazza1: Microphone jack is neither here nor there. A 3.5mm unbalanced mic is only marginally better than the inbiult mic. If you want decent sound, shoot double system.

This camera is only a disappointment because it is curently top of the line Sony mirrorless APSC.

I have a Nex-7 and Zeiss 16-70 (which DXO Mark has never reviewd - work that one out), and which side by side with my tests with a 5D MK3 with crappy 24-105 so-called L series - even in low light , is superior to the 5D.
So what I want Sony is an APSC camera with the performance of a 1DX.

I want a "high end" APSC mirrorless. - no I don't want to switch to Fuji.

Why have Sony abandoned the high end APSC format philosophy? The Nex-7 with phase detection a/f (and continuous focus on burst) + weather proofing would be my dream camera.

I must be out of touch!!!

When did the Canon 24-105mm L become "crappy", and "so-called L"?

I don't think that you'd find many who would agree with such a statement.
If you have a "scientifically accepted" comparison test, we would love to see it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2014 at 15:32 UTC

11 million images!!!
If they were to scan 100 images a day, for 300 days a year, including post processing corrections and enhancements, wouldn't they need about 367 years to finish this collection???
Formidable task!

Good entry by DPR. Many, if not most, of us didn't know that this collection or project existed before this article.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2014 at 16:45 UTC as 1st comment
On Lomography launches Russar+ for L39 and M mount cameras article (120 comments in total)
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TWIZEEL: just few words to clear off skeptics -
BRASS - that is perfect optical instruments material, very stable for time.
Hand made - means all lenses have been setup on optical bench for adjusting. That is not mass production conveyor stuff. So it no need software corrections inside or outside camera.
No batteries, no wires : ))

You cant buy it ten bucks per kilo in moscow streets. I've visited russia in the past and last year and it is now definitely not USSR. Shops full of people and goods. Salary and wages much better, people looks happy. So may be some of you cant bear mr putin but russians likes him.

You maybe right about Russians like him, but Germans liked Hitler as well back then, and you know where he drove Germany (and the word) to!

Is history about to be repeated? It looks like it, but let's hope not.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 19:39 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7S in low-light: See video at ISO 409,600 article (244 comments in total)

The bar continues to be raised, and pretty fast, by all camera manufacturers.
While I have always used Canon equipment, I think Sony's Alpha 7, 7R, and now 7S, are very impressive full-frame small cameras.
I am leaning towards getting one of these, but only if I could use my stash of Canon L lenses on them.

If Sony has not caught up with Canon or Nikon sensors, as some comments have suggested, I have no doubt it won't be long before they surpass Canon and Nikon.
Teaming up with Zeiss gives them a source for lenses that is second to none!

The other camera manufacturer that will most likely make big surprises down the road is Samsung.

Good job Sony; no one was even dreaming of, or imagining, a 400,000 ISO, just a short while back!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 19:25 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies

So many innocent lives have been lost, so many widows, so many orphans, so many destroyed homes, ...

The more killing, and the more destruction, the more profits for our (civilized) Western weapons manufacturers, and the more ego satisfaction to our corrupt politicians.

Photojournalism in war zones is an extremely dangerous business, but it brings to us the sad and ugly face of war.

What a sad ending for this woman!!

May all of those who innocently lost their lives be resting in peace.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2014 at 23:17 UTC as 25th comment | 6 replies
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