Dan Tong

Dan Tong

Lives in United States Chicago, United States
Works as a Computer Consultant, Photographer
Joined on Jan 3, 2003
About me:

Olympus 2100UZ
Minolta Dimage 7i
Canon S400
Canon EOS 300D

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On The GigaPan EPIC Pro article (40 comments in total)

Carsten,

This is a superb review. Not only do you go over all of the important details of the product, but supply excellent illustrations of the resulting images. Furthermore you appear to have a really good objective approach giving both the pros and the cons of the device as well as the bundled software and the forum features.

Great Job.

My question is it not possible to configure the controlling process to increase the "settle down" time between each shot? This would allow any vibrations to settle down after moving from one position to the next, assuming that the vibrations are cause by the position stepping, and thus eliminate the motion blurring.

Thanks very much,

Dan Tong

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2013 at 00:50 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies

The current price is listed at 365 pounds.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2013 at 05:31 UTC as 1st comment
On The Precious One in the Candle people challenge (5 comments in total)

This is a Wonderful portrait.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2013 at 00:15 UTC as 1st comment

Google's User Interfaces, as witnessed by, the confused, frustrating GMail, and all of it's related programs and apps is one of the worst in the industry, in my opinion.

For example, making folders along the left side disappear with one of their interface upgrades, is one of the worst ideas I have come across. They really don't understand how people work, especially, how frustrating it is to first time users to not find what they are looking for.

Unlike Apple, which is or was driven by Jobs who was one of the few industry leaders who understood that User Interface, was extremely important, Google, I would guess, is led by persons who just don't understand this at all. What a shame. I hope they learn this lesson soon.

Still, I will probably check it out - I think I already joined up, because I can't stand Facebook. One of the problems is that Google makes it somewhat difficult to go from GMail into one of their other "Apps".

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2013 at 04:05 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
On 10 Photo Editing Programs (that aren't Photoshop) article (353 comments in total)

ACDsee's policy is to force users to do a version upgrade in order to get RAW file compatibility with new cameras, just like Photoshop. This does not endear them to customers.

This is even more intolerable because free Image Management programs such as FastStone, XnView, and Picassa, all keep up with RAW converters as soon as new cameras become available, and each also have some limited Image Editing features. If free programs are willing to keep up with RAW conversions programs then ACDSee who force their customers to pay for a new version upgrade cannot claim that the cost of doing this is prohibitive.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2013 at 03:21 UTC as 141st comment | 4 replies

I'm going to download and play with Gimp. I had no idea it had any of the content aware stuff.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2013 at 03:14 UTC as 4th comment

http://www.change.org/petitions/adobe-systems-incorporated-eliminate-the-mandatory-creative-cloud-subscription-model

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 22:45 UTC as 49th comment

Seems pretty clever, based on video, for just the basic functions for $15.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 22:42 UTC as 14th comment
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micahmedia: The petition is up to 13k sigs! Is Adobe paying attention yet?!

http://www.change.org/petitions/adobe-systems-incorporated-eliminate-the-mandatory-creative-cloud-subscription-model

Gee, with this announcement they stopped their stock tailspin. Imagine if they announced the continuation of a PS CS option? One can only wonder about the possibilities...

You really ought to have new thread just for the petition.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2013 at 22:59 UTC

I'm seriously considering boycotting all Adobe products in order to respond to the subscription only feature of Photoshop. Not only is it overpriced, but when you buy into it you have no idea if there is anything beyond the "new focus" feature at this point. While the "focus" feature sounds great, I expect that 3rd party plug-in makers will make it available for the current non-subscription CS6 or alternative "PShop" software programs.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2013 at 22:53 UTC as 147th comment

The answer is that I will no longer upgrade to Photoshop, if they're going to completely refuse to listen to customers. Once they lose a lot of money they are likely to come around.

Arrogant jerks!

It has little to do with piracy and everything to do with increasing Profits.
Just as I have nothing to do with renting new versions of Microsoft Office I use my old Office 2003 as well as the free Open Office, I will find alternatives to Adobe Photoshop if rental is the only option.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 10:10 UTC as 542nd comment
On Scientists demonstrate 'paint-on' batteries article (108 comments in total)

I will rarely or never buy any product with a non-replaceable battery if a similar alternative product exists, unless the battery life is likely to be longer than the entire product.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2013 at 05:08 UTC as 7th comment
On Hard Liquor. in the Shattered! challenge (16 comments in total)

Thank you for sharing your technique of your incredible Shatter photo. It's all very ingenious. You're a very creative and smart cookie for sure !

Thanks,

Dan

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2013 at 20:09 UTC as 3rd comment
On We put the HTC One's ultrapixels to the test post (172 comments in total)

You need to check your article and correct the 2 upside down iPhone images.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2013 at 18:39 UTC as 27th comment | 7 replies
On Just posted: Sony Alpha NEX-6 Review article (330 comments in total)
In reply to:

Emacs23: So, I can make a conclusion now.
I shoot with NEX-5n from the November 2011 exclusively and I cannot say anything bad about IQ (with the little exception the DR could be better for about 1-1.5 stops, after Pentax K-5), I have many shots I like, but the shooting experience is UGLY, this thing is anti-ergonomic and not because of its size but rather poor design, because with RX100 I have much quicker access to the essentials — that's why very many photographers love this little guy . It looks like Sony intentionally makes NEX very hard to control. It managed to spoil very basic controls, make it inconvenient to use. This thing is the typical example of what how not to make camera.
I expected they will significantly improve experience with 5R and 6, but they didn't, it still sucks hard.

I'm glad you like the RX100 interface. Wish I did, but it frustrates the hell out of me at times (eg macro settings, sweep panorama limitations to f1.8 only etc).

So, I assume I would be even unhappier with the NEX-5,6,7 interfaces in general.

I guess I'm spoiled by Canon's interfaces which are far from perfect, but relatively, a lot better based on my experiences with other brands.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 01:08 UTC
On Just posted: Sony Alpha NEX-6 Review article (330 comments in total)

By Dan Tong (2 min ago)

While the NEX series offers close to full control in video mode, for my uses, the lack of touch screen control (for video use) is a strong negative. If there was an app that allowed full remote control using a smartphone, or tablet, including touch screen functions, that would be a mitigating factor. Also I'm not crazy about Sony's interfaces and much prefer Canon's.

Any information about the overheating problem with this new NEX-6 as reported with some older NEX models when doing long video shoots?

For the reasons above the Nex-5R comes closer to meeting my needs, even though it lacks a built in EVF (optional add on is available), so I'm anxiously waiting for a full review of the 5R, as well as the Panasonic GH3, which at this point sounds like a far better camera for video applications.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 01:06 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply

wrong posting

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 00:59 UTC as 17th comment
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dengx: "The good news also is that future upgrades will be included for free :)"

Hmmm

Hopefully not true. The pricing 2-3 yrs ago for these plugins was so high (over $200 each) that not too many bought them. Once it costs $149 for the entire suite, the volume of sales may produce as much or more profit than the previous pricing scheme.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2013 at 23:34 UTC
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Stalyon: Did your free download email come from nikcollection-noreply@mailus.niksoftware.com address? Just making sure this was legit.

Yes. It's an exe file which can install all of the plugins.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2013 at 23:32 UTC
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TZ Photo: I bought the software today, installed it with succes (used th elink from an email) and I used it for several hours. Then due to some problem wit usb socket I had to restart my computer (with the reset button) and after the restart the plug-ins stopped working. The splashcreen says that my trial has expired and I only have option to Exit or to Buy. Can anybody help?

call Nik tech support.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2013 at 23:30 UTC
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