Mako109

Lives in United States San Francisco Bay Area, United States
Works as a Management Consultant
Joined on Jan 31, 2009
About me:

Former film SLR guy, jumping into DSLRs with both feet after a 27 year hiatus from SLR type cameras.

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The Siros L series looks beautifully designed and made. I think they will make a wonderful addition to those already invested in the Broncolor ecosystem, or a great option to those just entering into high end strobe work.

But as others have alluded, there doesn't appear to be anything compelling enough to make existing users of competing high end systems to cross over (?). In my case, I've already invested so much into the Profoto B1/B2 ecosystem and I love it.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 17:25 UTC as 6th comment
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nwcs: We all knew that Nik was dead when Google bought it. A few minor fixes and one project that was already nearly done when they bought it. Nothing done to further the plugins or do anything new.

It's a good bargain for those who never had it before. A lot of us moved on to newer and better tools. It's a shame... Nik had so much promise. Ironically it would have been better if Nikon had bought them. It would have been a win-win instead of a smash and grab.

What are the "newer and better tools"?

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 17:52 UTC
On article Profoto launches collapsible OCF Beauty Dish (33 comments in total)

Reviews of similar collapsing beauty dishes (such as Broncolor and Chimera) are very positive verses the traditional rigid/metal designs, so I'm optimistic this will be just as good.

- I wonder how the quality of light between the OCF 2' Octa Softbox differs from the OCF Beauty Dish?
- I wonder if the egg-crate grid for their OCF 2' Octa Softbox will fit on the beauty dish as well?

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 19:58 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Profoto launches collapsible OCF Beauty Dish (33 comments in total)
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EDWARD ARTISTE: Looked great until you see that it doesn't come with a speedring.

Totally ridiculous, and yes it is profoto, but cmon. 175 for a 'fake' beauty dish.

+grid
+speedring

just buy a regular beauty dish.

It does come with a speedring...as long as you buy a B1 or B2 for just $2k more :o)

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 20:12 UTC

This is par for a DPReview Photo Contest...

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2016 at 18:52 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
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scottcraig: Just a thought. Has Adobe ever offered anyone any form of compensation for the inconvenience caused by this failed update?

ROTFLMAO...sarcastically.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 19:52 UTC

To be followed by the Photography Hat with built-in diffuser, then the Photography socks with built-in sensor cleaner.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2015 at 04:53 UTC as 42nd comment

The first image evokes the same emotion I get whenever I see a Chrysler Series K car in beige (or another other color for that matter)...yawn.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 19:12 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On article DSCO by VSCO simplifies GIF-creation (18 comments in total)
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shleed: For hipsters, by hipsters.

Hey, hipster's lives matter.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2015 at 18:01 UTC
On article DSCO by VSCO simplifies GIF-creation (18 comments in total)

Well at the very least their background music track isn't the tired old UKULELE themed music that unimaginative marketers of almost single app maker and their sister uses to help illustrate how simple their app is to use.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2015 at 04:00 UTC as 9th comment
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nunatak: my Gitzo's are keepers. but so too are my Benro and Sirui carbon legs. they're all solid.

Gitzo may add an iteration of "finish" to their products over most competitors, but when it comes to the critical functions of weight/support, Gitzo only equals some of their much less expensive Chinese made cousins.

all things being equal, i'd prefer to blow my budget on better glass than pay tribute to a slightly better finished set of legs. JMO.

Well said :o)

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 23:38 UTC
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Mako109: "... while the internal O-ring achieves softer operation and reduces dust and grit from entering the locks and hindering operation."

Gitzo has been resting on their laurels for far too long letting many new companies sneak up and surpass them. So now they finally wake up and decide to copy the Chinese made Benro which is sold for at least half the price.

Yes, the C-198 is heavier because it has the articulating center post feature as I mentioned. If you were to add that feature to the Gitzo it would have bumped up the price another $400 or so (back in 2010), in addition to adding weight making comparably heavy as the Benro. I don't know what would be comparable to the newly announced Gitzo, nor do I care as I have a stable of good tripods that will last the rest of my life. My original post only points to the fact that the "new" O ring feature touted by Gitzo is old technology that can be found on tripods that cost less. If you are in the market for a tripod you might want to keep your eye on Sirui. They're a Chinese company that used to be one an OEM for Gitzo, but have since gone independent. I purchased one of their monopods recently and was blown away by the quality. Sirui has been getting a lot of attention and very positive reviews lately. Good luck and hope you find something that fits your needs.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 23:16 UTC
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erotavlas: Stop complaining about the prices. If it's too much for your wallet, you have the choice to buy cheaper products made using Chinese factory slave labor. Be thankful to have a product from alternative manufacturing and country of origin.

@erotavlas
I'm not defending the practice and actually agree that it is hard to avoid. My point here is the reference to "Chinese factory slave labor". I don't disagree, but did you know before Sirui became part of the Mac Group they were OEM manufacturers for Gitzo? Sirui is based in ZhongShan, China. So tripods bearing the label "Gitzo" carry a price tag 3x that of the same bearing the name of Sirui (with only cosmetic differences) and whomever else they used to manufacture for.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 21:52 UTC
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Mako109: For those prices I'd rather buy RRS who offer a whole line up of accessories that are READILY AVAILABLE for purchase, offer easily obtainable parts, an online and hardcopy catalogue that I can understand, made in the USA (or at least US company), have US based customer service, and have an easy exchange/return process.

@tyyreaun
...and do you know where Gitzo gets their graphite? Hint, this is a global economy ;o)

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 21:20 UTC
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erotavlas: Stop complaining about the prices. If it's too much for your wallet, you have the choice to buy cheaper products made using Chinese factory slave labor. Be thankful to have a product from alternative manufacturing and country of origin.

@erotavlas
"...using Chinese factory slave labor. Be thankful to have a product from alternative manufacturing and country of origin."

Sure, as long as you don't use American slave labor by ordering products from Amazon.com ;o)

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 20:24 UTC
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nathantw: Wow. Look at those prices. Yikes!

My father has a mid-priced professional tripod purchased from Sears Roebuck in 1950. He was professional wedding photographer while working his way thru school. It's a heavy beast by today's standard, beat up from decades of use but functions perfectly. Point is you don't have to spend Gitzo prices to get lifetime quality.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 20:19 UTC
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Mako109: "... while the internal O-ring achieves softer operation and reduces dust and grit from entering the locks and hindering operation."

Gitzo has been resting on their laurels for far too long letting many new companies sneak up and surpass them. So now they finally wake up and decide to copy the Chinese made Benro which is sold for at least half the price.

@wjan -- Yes, in 2009 I was in purchasing for KRON news. We purchased 15 Benro tripods for our video crews for evaluation. The evaluation process included breakdown of the tripods and the internal O rings was definitely noted in the Benros. Granted we evaluated only 2 of their high end models. Not all of their models include that feature, but the fact remains they have been using the O rings for a long time. Personally, I own 3 Gitzos from 2010, one of them the Traveller GT1541T. Based on my experience with our station's use of the Benro's, I purchased a variation of Benro's travel tripod for personal use, Model C-198cn, a traveller with articulating center post (model # has changed by now). This has an internal O ring within the twist locking mechanism.

PS. I don't dislike Gitzo, I like them very much and own several. However, I do feel their prices have grown out of line with today's competitive landscape. For that kind of money I would buy RSS, which I also own.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 20:03 UTC

"... while the internal O-ring achieves softer operation and reduces dust and grit from entering the locks and hindering operation."

Gitzo has been resting on their laurels for far too long letting many new companies sneak up and surpass them. So now they finally wake up and decide to copy the Chinese made Benro which is sold for at least half the price.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 16:28 UTC as 13th comment | 5 replies
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