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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MeganV: The paradigm shift underway, here, saddens.

Google says, "use Snapseed for mobile instead of these old desktop applications." OK, but Snapseed for mobile doesn't do nearly as much, nearly as well.

Adobe says, "use Photoshop Fix and Lightroom mobile or Lightroom for the Web and edit wherever you are!" OK, but Photoshop Fix and Lightroom Mobile can't even touch big RAW files without a convoluted ingest-on-computer-then-sync workflow. They can't do as much, nearly as well.

Apple says, "the iPad Pro is our bold, uncompromising vision for the future of personal computing. Windows users, come on over!" Ok, but how does one even get his or her Windows files ON to an iPad? Dropbox? And where are all the professional-grade apps? Like, how would I edit a really big spreadsheet with v-lookups and data qualifiers and deep sorts? The iPad Pro can't do as much, nearly as well.

Welp, I guess it's a future of JPEGs and instagram filters. We'll have to figure out how to make it work.

If a tablet is what you want to use for some serious editing / processing, etc., then a couple of tablets stand out.
Microsoft Surface Pro comes in various grades, and the high-end has an i7 processor. That's quite powerful, and quite expensive.

Samsung's latest tablet, running Windows 10 is much less expensive, and has reasonable processing power, but don't expect it to be near an i7-powered tablet.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 19:44 UTC
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papa natas: Well...GOOGLE...THANKS..!!!!
I had it for free as an extension to my Adobe CS3 until last year, then, somehow it stopped to work. I was left with Picasa3, as it was the ONLY available FREE editor since you bought PICNIK, and left many of us hanging there with half the yearly subscription paid in advance.
Now, I see you went to the confessional and got remorse.
Nice to see your half human side.
Now, and excuse my ignorance on how you manage to be liked by us, but may I suggest: A combination of PICASA3+NIK offered on a decent year subscription as it was with PICNIK? (30$/year) I'll be a happy camper.
Because with PICASA3 you get beautiful results.
With NIK...You get HOOKED..!!!!

Picasa has been discontinued. Google announced that a while back.
It's a rudimentary editor at best.
There are plenty of free, and much more capable editors.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 19:23 UTC
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Neodp: This is great. Try all if you have the time; but before you do lets get in the "helicopter" view.

All this stuff is very doable in numerous different ways. Sharpening, Film looks, "Filters", artistic analog emulation, repair, alterations etc... The EXACT same outcomes. So this is 1000 ways to "skin a cat". The issue with trying everything is LEARNING MANY different ways, menu's, angles of "attack" and levels of automation. Such as presets and the amount of flexibility tweaking them. Then the other way; can you also opt for full manual for maximal control? One program may do vignetting (for one example) slightly different. This is not a reason to put down any one of them. Change abidance is a human issue and change by itself best not beat your metric.

But we hate change. Just some less than others. So we grasp for the best reviewed so that we might find some semblance of a STANDARD. The lie is some programs are "professional" and you will be labeled a "pro" if you use them...........

I use other RAW and HDR software, although PSP can handle both as well, but I find specialized software to handle better.
For example, after trying many HDR packages, I have found Photomatix to be the best, especially for alignment.

You may swear by the GIMP, but I had given up on it bringing a half decent interface.
It is the least user friendly of any photo processing software I have used over the past 25 years.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 19:08 UTC
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Neodp: This is great. Try all if you have the time; but before you do lets get in the "helicopter" view.

All this stuff is very doable in numerous different ways. Sharpening, Film looks, "Filters", artistic analog emulation, repair, alterations etc... The EXACT same outcomes. So this is 1000 ways to "skin a cat". The issue with trying everything is LEARNING MANY different ways, menu's, angles of "attack" and levels of automation. Such as presets and the amount of flexibility tweaking them. Then the other way; can you also opt for full manual for maximal control? One program may do vignetting (for one example) slightly different. This is not a reason to put down any one of them. Change abidance is a human issue and change by itself best not beat your metric.

But we hate change. Just some less than others. So we grasp for the best reviewed so that we might find some semblance of a STANDARD. The lie is some programs are "professional" and you will be labeled a "pro" if you use them...........

Over the years, I have used more than 2 or 3 dozen graphics/photo processing programs, free and paid, including multiple attempts at various versions of the GIMP and GIMPShop.

The GIMP never appealed to me. I personally found the user interface to be "horrible" at best, and far from being logical.
The learning curve is extensive.

I never liked Adobe products either. I don't like their interface or their prices.
I like Corel's PaintShop Pro (PSP). I love the interface, and the price is reasonable. Every now and then it goes on sale at Amazon and other outlets for around $20 to $30.

With PSP, I do not find myself needing any plugins, aside from rare cases, although there are tons of plugins, and it's compatible with Photoshop plugins as well.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 19:07 UTC
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Neodp: This is great. Try all if you have the time; but before you do lets get in the "helicopter" view.

All this stuff is very doable in numerous different ways. Sharpening, Film looks, "Filters", artistic analog emulation, repair, alterations etc... The EXACT same outcomes. So this is 1000 ways to "skin a cat". The issue with trying everything is LEARNING MANY different ways, menu's, angles of "attack" and levels of automation. Such as presets and the amount of flexibility tweaking them. Then the other way; can you also opt for full manual for maximal control? One program may do vignetting (for one example) slightly different. This is not a reason to put down any one of them. Change abidance is a human issue and change by itself best not beat your metric.

But we hate change. Just some less than others. So we grasp for the best reviewed so that we might find some semblance of a STANDARD. The lie is some programs are "professional" and you will be labeled a "pro" if you use them...........

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Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 19:06 UTC
On article Taking it easy: Canon EOS 80D shooting experience (293 comments in total)

Thanks Dan, great job.

Nice improvements, overall, but I'll stick to Canon's FF and "L" lenses, although I do use my A6000 (beside others) when I don't feel like carrying something that would bruise my neck at the end of a long day!!

I'm a bit perplexed (unless I misunderstood the statement) at your attempt to select a point on the touch screen while, simultaneously, shooting through the OVF.
I would think that is a situation that is not usually encountered, at least for me. When I'm shooting through the VF, the screen would usually be turned off.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 18:13 UTC as 23rd comment | 4 replies
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PetaPi: I think Canon paid a lot of money to get a positive article about the 80D.
Or did some favours to Amazon.
Grasping at straws.
Canon now has better blacks ? Is that it ?

@PetaPi,
Essentially, you are accusing DPR staff of having been bribed by Canon to publish this positive review.
You don't have any data, information, or a proof to show the world that the DPR staff is essentially, according to your statement, a bunch on unethical folks.
You have the right to dislike Canon, but your are making false statement, and the facts (presented by the article) are far louder than your shoot-from-the-hip false statements

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 17:40 UTC
On article DPReview is hiring! Software development manager (109 comments in total)
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SDPharm: Number 1 task: make the site retina display compatible. A photography gear site not able to take advantage of modern high resolution display is shameful.

@PhotoKhan
"People like to buy Apple products to be "trendy" in spite of their consumer-abusing "walled garden" approach and their continued failure to deliver top-tech products.".

Good description.
Need to add that they like to brag about the outrageous price they paid as well!!
Kind'a reminds me of my wealthy neighbor who knew nothing about photography.
Back in the late 1990s, he bought a top of the line Nikon 35mm camera and a couple of expensive lenses.
Every time he wanted to mount or remove a film from the camera, or anything to do with batteries, he came knocking on my door so I'd do that for him.
I had set the camera for him to fully automatic, and that setting never changed!!
He loved to look "trendy", and to show off expensive gadgets that he hardly knew how to use!
After all, to each their own but I certainly do not have the image quality complaint that Apple hardware users seem to complain about.
Of course I never was, and never will be an Apple product customer.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 15:39 UTC
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sh10453: Why is the Canon version (S) $200 more expensive than the Nikon version?

That's what I said.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 01:54 UTC
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sh10453: Why is the Canon version (S) $200 more expensive than the Nikon version?

No it is not false, they are not the same price, as of now.
Scroll up.
At the moment, Amazon has reversed the price.
The Nikon mount is now $1,999, and the Canon is $1,799.
I'm assuming it's just an error. Eventually they'll get it right.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 19:15 UTC
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pshummer: AF speed of my Sigma 150-600 C has substantially improved after I installed the new firmware update by a Sigma dock. Nikon/Canon should follow the Sigma's idea. The Sigma dock is such a huge time saver.

What is the maximum length of the lens (at max extension)?

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2016 at 02:13 UTC

Why is the Canon version (S) $200 more expensive than the Nikon version?

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2016 at 01:51 UTC as 4th comment | 5 replies
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DualSystemGuy: "Up to" haha, I hate that qualifier. It's like a sale at the store, "up to 50% off". 99% of the stuff is 10% off, but there is a lone pair of socks somewhere in the back of the store that's 50% off.

Hopefully the Sigma update means real noticeable improvements for the majority of users.

Actually Sigma's statement says "Depending on shooting conditions, it is expected to increase autofocus speed by approximately 20%, to a maximum of 50%, during normal shooting as well as when using “Speed Priority” set through SIGMA Optimization Pro."

That sound to me like the user has to specify a focal length for the maximum improvement (optimization), and it means to me the "maximum" improvement cannot be achieved consistently across the entire zoom range.
In any case, 20% improvement is better than nothing.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2016 at 01:40 UTC
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greypixelz: lame sony lame

do better next time: _listen_ to yr customers!

Actually it is nice to see Sony supporting customers with a firmware update, even for the 3 years old A6000.
That is much better than Panasonic, which has ignored customers issues with the messed up RAW files, in burst mode, on the LF1 and FZ200, which I have verified multiple times (and I would assume on other Panasonic cameras in high-speed burst mode; perhaps due to a common piece of the firmware).
That is the main reason I no longer buy Panasonic cameras.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 13:49 UTC
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Paul Auclair: Is there any reason then that (fw2.0) A7mk2 owners whom will not be using G Master lenses need apply the new firmware?
Some folks seem to think that only the more 'important' features of firmware updates are stated by the manufacturers while other less important features are not stated.

The download page has a complete list / detail about the update, what it fixes, and what it adds.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 13:30 UTC
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Konstantin Mineev: Wow! Update for my old Sony a7!
But I'm using only manual lenses: helios, takumar, fisheye & lensbaby,
some my examples: http://zoomvrn.ru/blog/lensbaby
It turns out that I do not get anything new? :(

On the download page of the firmware, there is a complete list of what the update will fix and / or the features it will add.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 13:14 UTC

Thanks for this update, Sony.
I wish Panasonic would take note and issue a firmware update to the LF1 and the FZ200 to fix the messed up RAW files in burst mode.
The update went fine. I see slight improvement on the A6000 when initially turned on.
This is just an initial observation after I updated last night.

The turn-on delay time was a bit annoying, but the most annoying thing on the A6000, for me, is the odd and very tight location of the SD card.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 13:10 UTC as 7th comment
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Juck: As someone pointed out on thedigitalpicture site,,, the exif on provided samples pics prove the samples have been extensively, almost comically, photoshopped.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/News/News-Post.aspx?News=17853

I did (from a Chinese web site), after a kind person here gave me a link.
RAW images look quite impressive.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 04:52 UTC

See this thread in the forum (someone here, "J_K", was kind enough to refer me to it).
The last link (with the password "cfae" has a zip file you can download. The file contains Canon RAW images.
The zip file is about 230MB in size.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57094466

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 17:07 UTC as 10th comment
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sh10453: Looks good on paper (f/2, T/3.2).
Real world, out-of-the-camera images, reliability, build quality, etc., remain to be seen.
If the lens proves to be a serious competitor to the Minolta/Sony version (in all the above aspects), then they've got themselves a hell of a winner.

For now, I'll wait for the RAW images and the reviews by "Verified Purchasers" on various sites, such as Amazon.

Thanks. Downloaded 2 sets of images (one set is RAW files).
Very sharp images. Smooth bokeh.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 16:58 UTC
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