Jim Cockfield

Jim Cockfield

Lives in United States Savannah, GA, United States
Works as a IT Consultant
Joined on May 29, 2000
About me:

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Here's the customary list of digital cameras I've acquired over the years (film cameras are not included). I've sold some and kept some.

Nikon Coolpix 950, 990, Olympus C-2500L, Sony DSC-F505, Epson PhotoPC 3000z, Sony DSC-P10, Konica Revio KD-510z, Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D, Sony Alpha 700 (and I've used more digital cameras than I've owned).
Digital cameras still used from time to time (I've held on to these so far):

Nikon Coolpix 950, Konica Revio KD-510z, Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D, Sony Alpha 700

Lenses used with the Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D and Sony Alpha 700 include the Minolta 28mm f/2, 50mm f/1.7, 100mm f/2, 135mm f/2.8, 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 35-70mm f/4 Macro; Konica Minolta 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6; Tamron 20-40mm f/2.7-3.5, Tamron 35-105mm f/2.8; Vivitar 70-210mm f/2.8-4. All Autofocus (and all stabilized on the Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D and Sony DSLR-A700).
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On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
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Camediadude: Dpreview, please, please, -Please- don't keep defaulting us to the 'threaded view' in the forums (unless there is a new some new advanced setting to change this that I missed??) Thanks in advance! It would be so nice to be able to customize this, so that everyone could be happy. I know I am not the only one flabbergasted by this seemingly small annoyance, which adds up over time as it grates on the nerves due to it happening so many, many times over the years for a frequent visitor!

Some of us that have been around for a long time prefer the benefits the Threaded View provides, and we think that Phil was a real genius in designing the forums that way to begin with.

The "flat" view didn't come until much later, and made it much harder to view forum threads and find the responses you're looking for, versus the much simpler Threaded View that the forums started out with. Of course, the "Flat View' also adds to I/O requirements and bandwidth usage, making it harder and more expensive to give you that view versus the much nicer Threaded View.
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Personally, I'd get rid of the "flat view" entirely and stick with the [far more] efficient Threaded View for forum threads.

But, to each, their own, as I guess the dpreview.com staff has to accommodate forum users that don't realize how the flat view detracts versus enhances forums usability.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 20:26 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)

This may have already been reported. But, one issue with the new layout is that when you click on a post in your own recent activity list, or in another member's recent activity, you're taken the the first post in the thread.

So, you have to scroll through the thread to find the one clicked on. With the old forums software, you were taken directly to the post you clicked on.

Another issue is that the Complaint button doesn't have a way to add more info now. If you look at member names Mattfart, Dannyloff, Raffaelken alen, Raffaelken Srarawat, and GabrielNar, they all recently joined and making posts plugging the same product (probably the same person using different e-mail addresses, etc.). See their posts in this thread:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/39337044

Here's a thread someone started about that issue 2 days ago (spammers promoting the same product), and the spam is still there (despite being reported):

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50027884

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2012 at 02:13 UTC as 41st comment
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Jim Evidon: DNG has all of the advantages of all other formats and none of the disadvantages, since it is an open format. For those who are committed to their camera proprietary formats nothing more can be said. Serious photographers use post processing in LR, CS, DXO, etc. and find it damned annoying that every time they buy a new camera, they have to wait until these excellent processing engines incorporate yet a new format among another 1000 or so other proprietary formats. Surely camera manufacturers, Leica and Pentax excepting, should realize by now that serious photographers do not use their clunky proprietary processors that they supply with their cameras. But I suppose it is like p-----g in the wind to say this. As the saying goes, you can't teach a pig to sing. it's a waste of time and it annoys the pig.

"...it has almost certainly significantly reduced the total number of raw file formats in the world. It has reduced confusion, not increased it."

There are too may options that are not well documented. Look at the compatibility choices in the DNG converter. I've already seen users state that they couldn't open DNG files with the Camera Raw plugin they're using. There's no doubt the same issues occur with third party software.

Now, we've got compression and I've seen software developers state that lossy DNG is just an attempt to lock users into Adobe Products because it's not well documented in their outdated SDK source code..

As a result, only Adobe products may be able to use them.. Take a raw file from a popular camera and you can find loads of products that can convert it. But, with so many options now if you convert it to DNG, good luck unless you're using an Adobe product or are very careful to stick with older compatibility options and avoid compression.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2012 at 02:34 UTC
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Jim Evidon: DNG has all of the advantages of all other formats and none of the disadvantages, since it is an open format. For those who are committed to their camera proprietary formats nothing more can be said. Serious photographers use post processing in LR, CS, DXO, etc. and find it damned annoying that every time they buy a new camera, they have to wait until these excellent processing engines incorporate yet a new format among another 1000 or so other proprietary formats. Surely camera manufacturers, Leica and Pentax excepting, should realize by now that serious photographers do not use their clunky proprietary processors that they supply with their cameras. But I suppose it is like p-----g in the wind to say this. As the saying goes, you can't teach a pig to sing. it's a waste of time and it annoys the pig.

You've got to be kidding ("none of the disadvantages...")

I've already seen issues where users didn't select the correct compatibility options with the DNG Converter to allow older versions of Adobe Camera RAW to work with files converted to DNG, because newer conversion options wont' work with some of the older Camera Raw Plugins..

DNG is just another file format that's going to cause confusion.

Camera owners are much better off sticking to their camera's native RAW format, versus trying to convert to DNG and hoping that the software they want to use supports the latest DNG format they converted to.

At least that way, they know that the original format as produced by the camera is intact, versus trying to choose between multiple DNG formats that may or may not be compatible with the software they're trying to use to view/edit those files.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 22:37 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
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Jim Cockfield: So far, I hate it.

My feedback.... leave a good thing alone, and let members here keep the old look and feel. I dunno... perhaps use a different theme for the old look and feel or something, so that we don't have to keep putting up with changes that just makes the forums look worse than they did before each round of enhancements.

BTW, I really don't like the removal of a My Threads link at the top of of the threads list with a Keyboard shortcut taking it's place. I'll often browse the web for hours at a time with a wireless mouse in my hand sitting in a recliner, without touching a keyboard. More keyboard use required = bad.

In any event, the Keyboard Shortcut for My Threads (a.k.a., Recent Activity) quit working not long after you switched over to the new look anyway..

Now, we can't get to My Threads at all. This just returns a page not found error now (the page you're sent to if you use the M shortcut key):

http://forums.dpreview.com/members/me/forums/RecentActivity

"I found the bug in that - delete the word "Activity" at the end and it'll work."

Thanks. It's working again using both the M shortcut key and the link from under your member name (both options were broken when I made the above comment).

"...you don't have to 'keep putting up with changes' to the forums - we update them on average once every 7 years. We've also offered options to keep the index pages looking somewhat like they used to. "

7 years? More like one year.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/39352547

Yea... those were not too bad once you got used to the new colors. This time, we'll have to see how long it takes to become accustomed to the changes. But, first impressions are not good. Something about the look of the forum post you're currently viewing just rubs me the wrong way. I dunno.. I guess you can't please everyone. But, I just don't like the new look (and I suspect that a lot of others will share my view).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 23:07 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)

So far, I hate it.

My feedback.... leave a good thing alone, and let members here keep the old look and feel. I dunno... perhaps use a different theme for the old look and feel or something, so that we don't have to keep putting up with changes that just makes the forums look worse than they did before each round of enhancements.

BTW, I really don't like the removal of a My Threads link at the top of of the threads list with a Keyboard shortcut taking it's place. I'll often browse the web for hours at a time with a wireless mouse in my hand sitting in a recliner, without touching a keyboard. More keyboard use required = bad.

In any event, the Keyboard Shortcut for My Threads (a.k.a., Recent Activity) quit working not long after you switched over to the new look anyway..

Now, we can't get to My Threads at all. This just returns a page not found error now (the page you're sent to if you use the M shortcut key):

http://forums.dpreview.com/members/me/forums/RecentActivity

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:47 UTC as 358th comment | 3 replies
On Site Updates and New Features article (102 comments in total)
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PaulParis: on Linux this site doesn't work good. If I click on "forums"and then I select a certain one, then I get a page with the whole list of forums, and then I have to select once again.

Regulary the site blocks now; on the old version these problems were absent.....

P.S.

I haven't updated the software on my wife's laptop lately. It's running Mepis 11 (using a Debian Stable base), and it's got Firefox 10.02 on it right this minute (as I just haven't taken the time to update to a newer version in a while).

The Forums menu choice works fine with that version of Firefox, too (as I suspected it would). I've also got Opera 11.51 on it (as she likes it), again, not current because I just haven't updated the software on it lately, and it also works fine with the Forums Menu choice here.

If you're using some kind of odd browser choice (or an older version that may have issues with newer site features), you may want to try something more mainstream instead, like a recent version of Firefox or Chrome.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2012 at 15:47 UTC
On Site Updates and New Features article (102 comments in total)
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PaulParis: on Linux this site doesn't work good. If I click on "forums"and then I select a certain one, then I get a page with the whole list of forums, and then I have to select once again.

Regulary the site blocks now; on the old version these problems were absent.....

Your problem is more likely a browser issue versus operating system issue. The Forums choice at the top of the page works fine for me (I get a drop down list of forums with a "mouse over" and when I click on one, I go directly to the selected forum). I only go to a page that has a list of forums if I click on the Forums Menu choice directly versus using a mouse over and selecting one.

I use Firefox in Linux most of the time (and I just tried it with FF 14 and it works fine, but I don't recall having issues in earlier Firefox versions either).

I also tried it with both Chrome ( 21.0.1180.57) and Konqueror (older 4.5.3 release) and I don't see any problem like you're reporting. I get a drop down list of forums with a "mouse over" of the Forums menu choice at the top of pages here (like from the page this article is on), and I go directly to the selected forum when I click on one of the choices.

What browser are you using? You may want to try a different one.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2012 at 15:00 UTC
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