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 CameraMator connects your mobile devices and DSLR post (57 comments in total)
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Suave: A used Galaxy s2 off craigslist was $120, DSLRController was $10, and now I can control not "some" but pretty much any function of my camera.

As much as I like DSL controller, it requires a cable, and only works with a very limited set of cameras as of yet (and does not look like it will work with a lot more).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2013 at 01:48 UTC
On CameraMator connects your mobile devices and DSLR post (57 comments in total)

This sounds like the best way to get a really good large screen remote view and also have lots of remote control over the camera. I'm waiting for a Android version that works with Sony RX-100 and Sony NEX cameras. It would also be extremely useful for it to work with video with all of the cameras. Great product and excellent pricing.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2013 at 01:46 UTC as 5th comment
On Fujifilm X100S Digital Split Image focus - how it works article (101 comments in total)
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rogerhyam: What I would like is manual focus feedback in the *optical* viewfinder so these cameras behaved more like "real" range finders.

I find EVFs horrible to use. It feels like you are losing touch with the subject and going to watch TV instead.

As I get long sighted with age back-screens are becoming worse. I either need longer arms or half moon glasses - not sure which is worse.

This leaves me with DSLRs or Leica's as my only options. We need to eat so Leica's are out.

It is a shame as these Fujifilm cameras are soooo nearly right. Oh and Raw support on Mac would be nice ;)

Get yourself eyeglasses that focus at the correct distance for your cameras LCD screens (measured for comfortable arm position). Bifocal or Trifocal should do the job and still allow you, normal reading, camera LCD, and long distance vision.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2013 at 23:39 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S Digital Split Image focus - how it works article (101 comments in total)

A very good explanation of this feature. We need more articles of this caliber.

Another reason to admire Fuji for innovative thinking and the courage to be different.



Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2013 at 23:36 UTC as 27th comment

Fuji deserves a lot of credit for innovation in sensor technology, look and feel, and for common sense design such as manual zoom lens control.

I'm very happy for the success of their newest set of cameras beginning with the X1 etc.

It's great when a company like Fuji is not simply doing the me too copycat routine - lacking innovation of its own.

Congratulations! and may you have well deserved success with these new models.


Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 21:52 UTC as 12th comment
On Toshiba making Lytro-like lens for smartphones post (13 comments in total)

I would have liked to find out whether they licensed the Lytro technology or developed their own version to avoid licensing fees.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2012 at 19:01 UTC as 2nd comment
On The Lightroom catalog article (315 comments in total)
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rambler35: I believe Adobe made a big initial mistake by using the term "Import".

So often we hear of people being deterred from using LR because they think the word implies that somehow an extra copy of the file is always being created and/or moved to some special LR location on the HD.

I suppose the phrase "Make Lightroom aware of where the file is located, or being placed, on your hard drive" would have been more accurate (but wordy!) description of what is happening.

Trouble is, that like Adobe, I can't think of another word or simple expression which could be used instead of that slightly misleading word "Import".

-- Richard --

manage or index

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2012 at 07:15 UTC
On The Lightroom catalog article (315 comments in total)
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Pythagoras: how is this better than picasa? free software integrated with my email and websharing that has allowed metadata (tags) for years. as well as multiple organizing options and simple editing tools.
this is a real question. i haven't used lightroom, and i want someone to explain to me why i should use lightroom instead of picasa.

As far as organizing your images it is not better, it's just version of a data base and in my opinion not all that good.
However the editing power of Lightroom is very good. I don't care for enforced database management so I'm happy using Photoshop and one of several other image management programs with database management features which supplement Photoshop Bridge.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2012 at 07:13 UTC
On 500px expanding into the cloud post (34 comments in total)

A very good and even handed review of this site, but it would be extremely important to discuss the licensing issues, that some commenters have brought up.


Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2012 at 17:47 UTC as 3rd comment
On Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras article (420 comments in total)
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Ron Outdoors: I'm don't see a mention of video quality.

Also, the page menus, usually on the right, are not there. Makes it a little hard to navigate. Maybe I'm missing the video page.

These days video features are, in my opinion, so much a part of the versatility of these smaller cameras that leaving it out is a terrible mistake.

Imagine a review of smartphones with little or no mention of still and video capabilities, even though the primary function is telephony.

As for the navigation for this review, once again, you have chosen for your convenience not for the viewers convenience.

Your new article system may make publishing these articles more convenient, but if the reader would like to re-read a section of the review without having to hunt page by page for a particular camera she/he is out of luck.

Does it take all that much work effort to have a table of contents for each camera and the conclusion section?
Do you think you have done your best to make the presentation excellent?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2012 at 19:44 UTC
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Cane: So funny watching all the old men enthusiast brick wall testers in here get their adult diapers in a wad when someone comes out with a product like this that's obviously not made for them. "What, your not taking pictures the same way it's always been done! This is blasphemy!"

Eat your apple sauce, this isn't made for you. And here's a shocker, you don't make up the target demographic for anything except maybe medicine and adult scooters, and especially most camera products. College and high school kids that aren't camera nerds far outnumber you. This is for them. They can have fun with this and anything new to the camera market isn't a threat, it's an asset. You don't have to buy it for it to succeed. You will be long gone by the time this is mainstream.

I don't think it has to do with age, but more with brains.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2012 at 21:09 UTC

Even if you have no interest in buying a Lytro camera you have to be impressed by the technological breaktrough that it represents, as well as how fast it went from the laboratory to an actual commercial product.

It's also a good indicator of the stupidity and arrogance of many of our posters, who smirk and insist on airing their ignorance whenever Lytro is discussed.

It reminds me of the many inane comments about other early digital camera innovations which these like minded "geniuses" dismissed.

It is often associated with the attitude that "If I have no interest in it (fill in whatever) then it is of no interest to anyone else and it is just plain dumb".

I can imagine a not too distant future where Light Field technology is used to make films and the director and editor will be able to change the DOF as well as some of the perspective after the film is shot.



Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2012 at 21:07 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
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nicolaiecostel: Lytro is a joke. A cellphone takes better pictures. Just watch the DigitalREV review on youtube, it's a cracker :)

It's a joke only to someone who is ignorant and does not even know it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2012 at 20:54 UTC
On Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers article (54 comments in total)
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Camediadude: I came here just to gaze at the girl.

I agree wit h S. Dilworth to some extent, especially after the rather inane tutorial by M. Evening we had recently.
There is no question that a pretty face captures my attention pretty quickly, so that serves the marketing of such books very well. But would it not be more interesting to do something a bit more creative? rather than the usual high fashion look. Isn't the goal of great photography to be creative rather than Slave to Fashion? : )

So, even though I agree w S. Dillworth, I think he goes a bit too far.


Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 23:39 UTC

A truly creative image. It's great to have the story of how it was done. I also enjoyed his comment on how it reflects the difference between the Powered (or Powerful) and the Powerless.

The more I look at this image, the more I appreciate it the angle of view, so dependent on the height, the framing angle (focal length & distance), the color tone, etc. Clearly you will not find an image like this on microstock : )

Iwan Baan is one photographer who, based on this example of his work, well deserves his success.



Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 23:26 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
On Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers article (54 comments in total)

I have an earlier version of Martin Evening's book (CS4 I think) and although chuck full of detail, a lot of new features are really far better served with video tutorials, even though for review a written summary is better than having to search through a video. I note that on-line materials, available to purchasers, include video tutorials, but have no idea how much.

I have been really impressed with the CS6 tutorials found on lynda.com, which costs $25 per month, or less if you get a longer period of subscription. I found a ton of material that I did not know about and found very valuable. There are free video's that you can try in each section, so you can judge for yourself.

At this point I find I get a much more out of video tutorials than when I simply read information on a page with anything that is a bit more complicated than the very simple stuff.


Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 03:47 UTC as 23rd comment

The modularity is a really important feature too which, as far as I know, only RED was pushing at these price ranges ($15k and under).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2012 at 01:03 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On A Serious Rangefinder Compact Camera article (137 comments in total)


Nicely done with some great ideas.



Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2012 at 22:16 UTC as 12th comment
On Announcing connect.dpreview.com article (250 comments in total)
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Isca: The snobbery of the "real" photographers using "real" cameras is astounding. The best camera is the one that you have with you, ever heard that phrase before? I've been shooting a photo a day for 6 weeks, many times when the other 3 "real" cameras are at home. The iPhone forces me to look at subjects differently so I welcome this refreshing direction that dept has taken (this post typed on my Canon 5D Mk 2).

Re: Wetsleet

I think larrytusaz makes some good points, eve though your point is well taken.

Ever talk to real chefs? You could not take their "tools" away from them without a fight. They have their favorite knives, pots and pans, blenders, etc.

The rational view is that both GOOD EQUIPMENTt and TALENT are necessary. You don't need the world's newest and fanciest equipment if you have talent, but some achievements will be out of reach with inadequate, crappy tools, just as without real talent the world's best tools will not help the un-talented create anything really worth discussing.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2012 at 04:06 UTC
On Announcing connect.dpreview.com article (250 comments in total)

Interesting but disappointing tablet review!

The Specs fail to include connectivity (hdmi, usb, plugin storage upgrade type and max capacity). These things need to be spelled out clearly including for example if hdmi port is standard or micro etc.

It is not difficult to collect this information -although in rare cases, sometimes manufacturers web sites, may to some extent hide this information. However, any reviewer who actually has hands on access simply needs to look at the product. Is the reader supposed to run around and waste time to collect this information?

I'm afraid this is the kind of inexcusable oversight that you see in the typical advertisements or specs on "know very little" print and web ads and catalogue pages.

Anyone who would like to upgrade storage, or would like to connect an dSLR or some other camera needs to know this information.

I would therefore downgrade these reviews, regardless of the rest of the review quality and thoroughness.


Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2012 at 03:59 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
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