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 Connect post Google to offer all of Nik’s software plugins for $149 (222 comments in total)
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.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2013 at 23:32 UTC
On Connect post Google to offer all of Nik’s software plugins for $149 (222 comments in total)
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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.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2013 at 23:30 UTC
On Connect post Google to offer all of Nik’s software plugins for $149 (222 comments in total)
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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.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2013 at 23:30 UTC
On Connect post Google to offer all of Nik’s software plugins for $149 (222 comments in total)

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.

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 !


Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 00:58 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On article First Impressions: Metabones Speed Booster (355 comments in total)

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

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 04:33 UTC as 97th 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.



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

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2013 at 02:04 UTC
On Connect post CameraMator connects your mobile devices and DSLR (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).

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2013 at 01:48 UTC
On Connect post CameraMator connects your mobile devices and DSLR (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.

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.

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.



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.


Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 21:52 UTC as 13th comment
On Connect post Toshiba making Lytro-like lens for smartphones (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.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2012 at 19:01 UTC as 2nd comment
On article The Lightroom catalog (304 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

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2012 at 07:15 UTC
On article The Lightroom catalog (304 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.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2012 at 07:13 UTC
On Connect post 500px expanding into the cloud (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.


Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2012 at 17:47 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras (424 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?

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.

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.



Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2012 at 21:07 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
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