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Dan Tong

Dan Tong

Lives in United States Chicago, United States
Works as a Computer Consultant, Photographer
Joined on Jan 3, 2003
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Olympus 2100UZ
Minolta Dimage 7i
Canon S400
Canon EOS 300D


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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 543rd 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 !



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
In reply to:

dengx: "The good news also is that future upgrades will be included for free :)"


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
In reply to:

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
In reply to:

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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Randy Redford: I am a former user of Silver Efex pro, and got the email about free versions, but the only thing that downloads is a doc that windows will not open. Any advice....?

Make sure you save the file to a folder that you label. It should have an exe extension.When you double click it should run the install.
Possibly you downloaded an early version which did not have an exe file. Try downloading it again.

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

What a fantastic deal for first time buyers, or for people who already own at least one plugin.

I can certainly recommend Viveza, SilverFX, and the ColorFx plugins since I have used them extensively.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2013 at 23:28 UTC as 73rd comment

I am looking forward to the FULL Preview for this "video optimized " camera of most interest because of it's highly touted VIDEO features and performance, rather than it's still image capabilities, so I hope that getting this review done has a high priority, and that extra attention is paid to the Video features. It would be very useful to compare the GH3 video features and performance with those of other cameras that have superior video control such as Sony NEX 7, 5R, 6, RX-1, RX100, Canon Mark II, Mark III, Nikon 800 etc.

Most other cameras whose latest versions are, as you often say, simply small incremental updates, there is not that much unexpected news. Then there are those cameras that are real news because they create a an innovative new class of camera such as the Fuji X series, Sony RX1, RX100, Nikon E800, if not entirely new, with some breakthrough features, which any enthusiast wishes to know more about.

Thanks for the great reviews !


Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 00:58 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On First Impressions: Metabones Speed Booster article (354 comments in total)

Very interesting and informative review. This is exactly the type of reviews we need more of.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 04:33 UTC as 96th comment

A very useful article. Here is what would have made it better:

1. Discuss any differences in how Photoshop Bridge w Raw Processor works and differs from Lightroom.

3. Discuss the cons of the database management in Lightroom etc. For example how the whole thing breaks down when backup to a new device or decide to re-organize your files, without fully understanding how the database in Lightroom works.

2. Have a detailed evaluation of batch file naming and renaming in each of the programs.

3. A Summary Table would have been nice showing how each program was ranked with each of the task evaluations.

Error in text: Additional Features page you state that Capture One focus Mask tool is highlighted in red, when in fact the illustration shows green highlights.

In summary a very nice job. We need more comparisons like this.



Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2013 at 23:40 UTC as 82nd comment | 2 replies
On CameraMator connects your mobile devices and DSLR post (56 comments in total)
In reply to:

KenEis: Wonder if I can use a cable and not the hot shoe for my Nikon D800 with this devise. HDMI or usb cable???

You don't have to use the hot shoe (it's simply for mechanical mount), and you use an L bracket w hot shoe and USB cable to connect the device to your camera.
See their web page w L bracket photo here:

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2013 at 02:04 UTC
On CameraMator connects your mobile devices and DSLR post (56 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 (56 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
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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

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
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