TimR32225

TimR32225

Lives in United States FL, United States
Works as a Architectural/Interior Design/Wildlife Photography
Has a website at www.timrucci.com
Joined on Mar 23, 2006
About me:

Cameras:
Canon 1DX
Canon 1D Mark 4
Canon 7d
Canon 10d

Lenses:
Canon 500L f4 IS
Canon 300L f2.8 IS
Canon 70-200L f2.8 IS
Canon 100-400L IS
Canon 100 f2.8 macro
Canon 24-105L
Canon 17-40L f4
Canon 50mm f1.8
Sigma 20mm f1.8
Canon 15mm f2.8 fisheye
Canon 1.4x extender
Canon 2x extender

Other:
Canon 580EX II Speedlite
Canon 580EX Speedlite
Alien Bee AB400 studio lights & umbrellas
Gitzo 3541LS Tripod
Bogen 055v Tripod
Wimberley WH200 gimbal head
Canon TC-80N3 Remote timer
Bogen Monopod 680 B w/3232 & 625 QRP
Bogen 488 RC0 Ballhead & QRP
Flash mounted foam reflectors

Joined: Sunday, May 12, 2002 (5/12/2002)
My previous profile:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/postersprofile.asp?poster=hyixikilhz
(from May 12, 2002 to March 22, 2006)

Comments

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On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (522 comments in total)

Translation: They did not include the Canon 1DX and Nikon D4s because those are the two best cameras available and it would prevent them from touting the Sony offerings that DPR is so fond of.

Since this article is entitled "HEAVY HITTERS" doesn't it seem strange to anyone that they omitted the 2 heaviest hitters of all?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2014 at 18:24 UTC as 5th comment | 4 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (511 comments in total)
In reply to:

ThePhilips: Did Canon paid to DRP for this infomercial? Did Nikon paid DPR for the D750 infomercial?

If not, DPR, you do realize that you actively help perpetuating perception that only CaNikon is producing pro gear?

Where is the infomercial for K-5? Or GH4? Or A7S? Or X-T1? Or E-M1? Or their predecessors? Or other not-so-pro looking cameras from other manufacturers? Ask the producers - they too would gladly pay photographers to write an "opinion" piece for DPR.

Re: ThePhilips
DPR has not done a review on the last 2 Canon Flagship cameras ie. 1DX and 1D Mk4, and those two cameras are/were probably used by more professional sports photographers than any other camera. We don't see much other than Canon or Nikon on the sidelines of professional sports, and that speaks volumes for which gear delivers the goods in challenging situations. Reality is that there is far more interest in Canon/Nikon than anything you mentioned.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 21:48 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Canon stand report article (70 comments in total)
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tom43: Very weak performance of ALL companies for the world’s leading imaging fair. Two boring DSLRs from Nikon and Canon, nothing from Sony, an over-priced Zeiss lens, no new Sigma ART lens, no new Software from Adobe (LR 6?)....

It's amazing how many crybabies post here. Some will never be satisfied no matter what is announced. Seems to me the problem is folks demand to know what is coming out in advance, and after the information leaks, there is nothing left to surprise anyone. Thus their disappointment.

If noone had known that there was a 7D Mk2 coming, and then Canon announced basically a cropped sensor 1DX for $1799, people would be drooling all over themselves in excitement. But as it stands now, we see the opposite reaction.

For the record, I'm glad Canon did not include a reciprocating LCD because it's basically a damage-prone amateur feature that compromises the integrity of the build.

I'm probably not purchasing the 7D2 but that's only because I already have a 1DX, 1D4, and 7D, and the 7D rarely gets used anymore. But the 7D Mk2 sure has a great feature set. For folks who want the reach of the cropped sensor and the responsiveness of a 1-series level body, this is it, and it's a bargain.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 21:04 UTC
On Canon updates firmware for EOS-1D X article (72 comments in total)
In reply to:

Albino_BlacMan: According to FredMiranda they also added exposure comp when using manual mode and Auto ISO which is pretty sweet.

Does "AF point switching according to camera orientation" mean that if I select an AF point on the right side of the AF layout when shooting landscape and than turn the camera to portrait than the AF point will still be on the right side (not the top or bottom as they would if the points stayed "frozen")? If so that's a pretty sweet feature too.

Orientation linked focus points is something that the camera has had from the start. The update is just a variation on that.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 20:33 UTC
On Breaching Humbpack in the Alaska: Wildlife challenge (2 comments in total)

I could not help but laugh when I saw that someone (an obvious sandbagger) actually had the nerve to rate this photo 0.5. If the person who did that had any backbone at all, they should post here and identify themself, and tell everyone what in the world they were thinking and how they arrived at that rating. Better yet, that voter should show himself/herself and reveal to everyone which photo they entered in this challenge, and were trying to protect. I suspect that would be even funnier.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 03:32 UTC as 2nd comment
On Trouble Bruin in the Alaska: Wildlife challenge (6 comments in total)

Nice shot; congrats!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 03:26 UTC as 5th comment
On 20130911-_m5s3821-defish photo in Bob Tullis's photo gallery (6 comments in total)

This is an amazing image. Congratulations!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2013 at 17:05 UTC as 5th comment

Thank you all for your kind comments. This was the trip of a lifetime and my first ever trip to Kenya. We were in Amboselli National Park for 2 days and ironically, Kilimanjaro was hidden by clouds the entire first day. I was not optimistic that I would even see it, so I was really happy when the clouds cleared the 2nd day and I was fortunate to see the elephants and create this image.

I am very pleased and honored that so many people felt it was a good image. It is one of my favorites from my trip which consisted of visits to 7 different national parks and wildlife refuges. If anyone would like to see any of my other trip images, you can click on the wildlife link on my main website listed in my profile. I will not post the link here because I am not sure it is allowed.

Thanks again!
Tim

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2013 at 21:27 UTC as 2nd comment
On 1911 Avro Triplane in the Weird things that fly challenge (4 comments in total)

Congratulations on a well deserved win. I rated your image as the best in this group, and apparently others felt that way was well.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2013 at 00:52 UTC as 4th comment
In reply to:

Petka: Serious question: Why a constant aperture zoom with built-in converter, not a longer 200-560mm zoom with maximum aperture going from f/4 to f/5.6 in the long end?

This lens is really two lenses in one: 200-400mm f/4 and 280-560 f/5.6. It is not possible to zoom past 400 without flipping a switch and loosing one f-stop at that moment. With a 200-560mm you would start loosing speed after 400, but would hit f/5.6 at 560mm, before it it would be faster.

I also believe that it is possible to make a similar quality 200-560 f/4-5.6 zoom lighter, cheaper and mechanically more reliable.

Was this just a blunder from Canon design department ("I have this great idea, let's have a built-in extender!") or is it a marketing and brand image decision? Would a f/4-5.6 200-560mm lens look less "professional", even if in practice it would be more convenient and even slightly faster for 400-560mm range?

I think they have not really thought this over, even if it is a great lens.

I think Samual Dilworth probably hit the nail on the head. I know from using smaller zooms (original 100-400) that the aperture drops a lot before you can zoom in very far, and I would bet that if this were a 200-500 f4-f5.6 lens, you would be at f5.6 long before you would get to 400mm.

His other point is the kicker: It's better to have a 2x zoom for some of the range than a 2.8x zoom for all of the range.

I agree that the price is steep, but so are all the new version super teles. I have the older 500 f4 and 300 f2.8 and I won't be purchasing this new 200-400.

But there is a good case made for having an internal TC to eliminate the time and issues involved in adding/removing TCs. I got lots of dust in my 1DX on an Africa trip from going back and forth with the 1.4x on my 500 f4 lens.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2013 at 17:27 UTC
In reply to:

PhotoHawk: I am against buying CS as a service (in the cloud). It is very much in Adobe's interest to have me work with CS in a subscription model and very much not in my interest. Adobe can artificially create a "burning bush" by making new features available only in the cloud but frankly all they will do is alienate me and I'll find an alternate such as Capture One for example that recognizes that not everyone wants a software as a service model.
Frankly I think Adobe is a getting a bit too pushy and is putting long term alienation of its user base at the altar of short term profits.
But then most of us have been saying that for years.

We are also screwed if we want to upgrade our cameras because Adobe will not be updating camera raw anymore and therefore you will need to subscribe to get the latest raw converter.

So now, when your camera is obsolete and you want to upgrade it to a new one, you can no longer use photoshop unless you subcribe. I usually only upgraded every other version, with the exception being when I purchased a new camera and was forced to upgrade to the latest version of photoshop to avoid having to convert Canon RAW files to DNG to keep using my present version of photoshop.

This latest move by Adobe really disappoints me. I've seen it coming from Microsoft with Office and other software, but I just got blindsided by Adobe doing this with Photoshop. If you ask me, this deal really sucks !

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2013 at 22:52 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Hands-on Preview preview (626 comments in total)
In reply to:

snooper: When you own a Leica you keep the lenses for the rest of your life, and probably for the next generation.
When you buy a RX1, you will trash everything as soon as they will offer a 40mpix sensor, let's say in 2 years.
At the end of the day, between buying and resale prices, I'm not sure this is cheaper than a Leica.
But Im sure that it's not the same camera :-)

When I first saw this item, I had to make sure today was not April 1st. That is the only setting where I would expect to see such a product ad. I can hardly believe Sony is serious about this. In my mind, it's a joke.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 22:47 UTC
On ISO_12800 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (34 comments in total)

The 12,800 iso images are the cleanest I've ever seen. If the raw images look this good when cleaned up with your software of choice, Canon surely has a winner. I am leaning toward purchasing the 1Dx when it's available, and I see nothing in these G1X images to change my mind.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2012 at 23:26 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On Preview:canong1x (1032 comments in total)
In reply to:

micahmedia: "The G1 X's front element is too large for an automatic lens cover as found on the G12, so instead the camera comes with this chunky clip-on cap."

Shame on you for talking negatively about this, DPR! This is a feature, not a bug! The number two point of mechanical failure on P&S cameras is the crappy leaf type lens covers. This points out something I've never noticed about your reviews: you never critique reliability in a consistent way.

Number one point of failure on designs like this G1X camera: motorized zoom (expands/collapses with power on/off). It took some digging and looking at your pics to figure out that this is indeed a motorized zoom lens here. Essential this is a large sensor disposable camera.

Funny... Fuji X1 Pro costs $1700 plus lenses.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 08:04 UTC
On Preview:canong1x (1032 comments in total)
In reply to:

micahmedia: "The G1 X's front element is too large for an automatic lens cover as found on the G12, so instead the camera comes with this chunky clip-on cap."

Shame on you for talking negatively about this, DPR! This is a feature, not a bug! The number two point of mechanical failure on P&S cameras is the crappy leaf type lens covers. This points out something I've never noticed about your reviews: you never critique reliability in a consistent way.

Number one point of failure on designs like this G1X camera: motorized zoom (expands/collapses with power on/off). It took some digging and looking at your pics to figure out that this is indeed a motorized zoom lens here. Essential this is a large sensor disposable camera.

I think your comment about the ON/OFF switch is absurd. The switch is a button that is recessed into the body. It's very unlikely that this camera would accidentally turn on when dropped in a pocket or purse with the button designed in this way. Also note that the button is on the lower level portion of the top part of the camera. This makes it impossible for the button to be activated accidentally by making contact with any flat surface object. It would take a small object pressed directly against the recessed button, in order for it to turn on accidentally.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 17:03 UTC
On 10 Photography Accessories for Under $250 article (62 comments in total)
In reply to:

Earthlight: Thanks Dpreview, what a nice read this was. I'm not into market to buy any of these (I have more than enough gear as it is), but it sure was nice to read your thoughts about them.

What about a microfiber cloth comparison. I'm serious: the quality differences are vast! My best cloths are no-name chinese cheapos plus a cloth that came with my Serengeti sunglasses. Some of the brand name cloths have been a total waste of money.

The hotshoe spirit levels also seem to have loads of quality variation... Some of them are skewed. Plus I lose so many of those that it is not even funny.

Most importantly, why not carry out a filter comparison. You could, of course, test the optical quality, but also be sure to test how easy it is to clean a big fat thumb print from the glass. There are big differences there. It would be great to see that kind of stuff. The daily stuff of active shooters.

What about a comprehensive article about sensor wet cleaning? DIY spatulas and pec pads? Stuff like that.

If you want a microfiber cleaning cloth, just go to any fabric store and buy microfiber fabric. You can get a whole yard of it for around $8, and you can cut it into dozens of cleaning cloths for future use. Why pay a premium for a little square of microfiber when you can buy it yourself locally for basically pennies.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2011 at 14:06 UTC
On Drop shot in the Challenge of Challenges 2009 challenge (15 comments in total)

If it's real, it's an amazing shot!

Too bad the photographer himself has not shed any light on it here or answered any of the questions asked.
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Gallery at: http://www.pbase.com/tim32225
Photoblog at: http://timrucciphotography.blogspot.com/
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Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2010 at 01:49 UTC as 4th comment
On Drop shot in the Challenge of Challenges 2009 challenge (15 comments in total)

How in the world could you time the shutter release to capture the bullet in the frame?

As I said, if it's real, it's an amazing image.

bross1 wrote:
> It's the flash duration. Provided the exposure setting didn't allow any exposure via the ambient light, and the entire exposure of the scene was created solely by the strobe(s), then the strobe flash duration of 1/10,000 is essentially equivalent to having a 1/10,000 second shutter speed. That's plenty fast to capture this image, but notice that the bullet is still a little soft.
>
> Crazy image! What a creative idea and technological accomplishment.

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Gallery at: http://www.pbase.com/tim32225
http://www.pbase.com/tim32225/image/120586956/medium.jpg

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2010 at 16:56 UTC as 10th comment
On Drop shot in the Challenge of Challenges 2009 challenge (15 comments in total)

Somebody explain this to me. How can you get a sharp image of a moving bullet at a shutter speed of only 1/10 of a second, even with flash, and how can you possibly time it to even get the bullet in the frame? It's an amazing shot if it's real.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2010 at 23:29 UTC as 12th comment
On Reflection of a Savior in the God's Address challenge (1 comment in total)

This is a very unique and effective composition, and the symmetry makes it a winner. I scored it highly and I'm glad to see that others must have agreed. Congrats!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2009 at 00:28 UTC as 1st comment
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