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Retired. Hobby, bird photography


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Watching this made me go pull out some old prints I made years ago. I used to get rolls of Tec pan 2415 and Konica 1600. Pull them off the roll in a changing bag and onto a large spool and Hyper the film. Pulling a vacuum on the container then cooking it. Then back onto the roll and into the camera for a nights shooting. LOL. Then back home to the bathroom for processing. I still have an old Besler 23 C around somewhere. What a mess.
Makes you appreciate Digital.. But a lot of fun back then.
Did any of you old timers do any of this kind of processing?

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 14:53 UTC as 39th comment | 6 replies
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (680 comments in total)
In reply to:

Glenn Barber: Have the 70D and 7DII. Really looking forward to what the next generation of sensor can do on a 7DIII. My only complaint with the 7D2 is lifting noise on shadows and darker bird plumage. Looks like we are finally addressing that. 4K would be nice - and yes - I want to be able to turn on touch screen on the 7DIII.

I don't have either camera but, what you said about the 7d III will persuade me to buy in a heart beat.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 02:43 UTC
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Mikael Risedal: Nikon has done a reverse Canon, take a look here

Why Nikon have chosen to use this type of sensor in D5 with high read out noise at base ISO they only know.
time will tell.

Sony starting to squeeze there third party buyer's?
Interesting to see what unfolds.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 23:30 UTC
On article Field Test: The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV in Mexico (135 comments in total)

Looks like you guys had a lot of fun. A great place. I love it down there.
Nice video.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 07:53 UTC as 30th comment
On article CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present (152 comments in total)
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Aroart: Looking forward to the K-9 and taking it for a walk....

Dr. Who. Great show by the way.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 20:58 UTC
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garyknrd: What a bunch of nonsense.

Worked in fab plants and very tight tolerance parts plants. Aviation parts, chip manufacturing and assembly.
The big change that I saw was analog to digital control. And the advances in tolerances they could bring.
Been in electronic think tanks as an ignorant observer.
Digital control, the algorithms developed and devices that the controllers controlled got so good the quality control improved dramatically!
Just observing the lens market in the last few years is amazing. The quality is at an all time high. Just a few years ago you could not buy consumer grade optics at this level. The quality is way up.
And as an amateur astronomer. Which has nothing to do with manufacturing, I ground my own flat, and designed and built my own Schmidt camera. Interesting part of that design and build was the corrector plate. I used the vacuum method used by Schmidt himself. Google it if interested.

I like some of the tear down articles this guy has. But, this article smells IMO.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2016 at 02:27 UTC

What a bunch of nonsense.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 19:47 UTC as 21st comment | 18 replies
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (217 comments in total)
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garyknrd: For a industry that is dying. This has got to be the best time in history to be an amateur photographer.

Guess I should of said suposidly dying!
I'm quite frankly amazed at the current offerings.
Couldn't have asked for a better time to retire as an amateur photographer! It will just get better IMO.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 09:34 UTC
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (217 comments in total)

For a industry that is dying. This has got to be the best time in history to be an amateur photographer.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 01:25 UTC as 46th comment | 8 replies
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (617 comments in total)
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spiderhunter: It would be good if advancement in technology meant smaller camera sizes.

"Try playing with a 300 f/2.8 or 500 f/4 lens and you will not want to use smaller bodies."
I disagree with that comment, but everyone is different.
But, I am really looking forward to my first FF camera body after several years of shooting crop. The new 1dx II looks to be exactly what I have been waiting for. Thanks Canon!

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 00:57 UTC

Right now the Asian currency's are at a all time low. Canon has cut the incentive programs on the lenses where I shop. Just plugging holes in the currency game. If anyone wanted a good deal on a lens you should of jumped on the wagon in Asia a few months ago. There were some fantastic deals to be had. Now, to late..:(
You can still save a few bucks, but not like it was a few months ago.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 09:19 UTC as 61st comment
On article Pride and joy: shooting the Olympus PEN-F in Austin (285 comments in total)
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daddyo: "Wander the streets of Austin, an unabashedly hip (and hipster-filled) town and there are times that you’d be hard-pressed to tell that you’re actually thousands of miles away from the west coast."

The reason you'd be hard pressed to tell Austin from the West Coast is simply because the entire West Coast is moving here. Austin's charm is a hold over from the days when it was a primarily a small university town and the Texas Capital. There was great food, some really great blues dives, low property prices, and very little crime.
Then the high tech industry moved here, then the West Coast started moving here, and the charm you talk about is now just a shadow of what it used to be.
And trust me, if you want some real charm and really, really great food, just go visit some of those small 'stereotypical' Texas towns -- but please don't move there. :-)
Sorry for the mild rant.

A true statement if there ever was one.
I lived and worked there when the hi-tech companies were moving in.
When i retired i left Austin for good. Great memories...

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 22:55 UTC
On article Going Pro: We interview Fujifilm execs in Tokyo (367 comments in total)

Funny, I spend a lot of time in Thailand. A few years ago Canon and Nikon were the dominant player for sure. Now? I have passed several of the chain stores in the mall's that do not even carry Canon in the windows. Nikon, yes.
Went to a photography trade show in Georgetown, Malaysia, the Nikon and Canon booths were there with no people around. The mirror less cameras, Sony, Fuji(especially popular), Olympus were packed with folks trying and buying.
For now, Canon and Nikon have lost there momentum over here for sure. Let's hope they can come back strong, but I feel it is too late.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 23:06 UTC as 95th comment

A lot of mu-la! Kinda makes me curious what the next Pentax 645 will offer.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2016 at 22:21 UTC as 87th comment
On Article:4584121353 (26 comments in total)

How does this compare to the Sony 100 IV. Is there a huge difference? Just curious.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 at 10:30 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (729 comments in total)
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Bob Janes: This seems to me like a very good review, although some seem to be dissatisfied. To sum up the cons:

•Raw dynamic range...
Well yes, but better dynamic range than other Canons and they have been used rather successfully.

•Base ISO images can be noisier than the best of the competition
Noisier, but not really noisy…

•Low light performance limited...
Ok, so avoid coal-holes and ensure there is a little bit of light around.

•ISO cap of 12,800...
Maybe, but that is quite high…

•JPEGs not as sharp ...
Who buys a camera at this level for the JPGs?

•AF subject tracking...
Not the end of the world

•Mirror and shutter vibrations...
This is always going to be visible because of the extremely high resolutions.

•No spot-metering linked to AF point
Sort of thing they could sort in a firmware fix

•Limited video features...
Lord knows why no peaking, but only an issue for live view and you don’t choose an SLR for its live view…

•Slow AF in Live View...
As I said before…

They all want to nickel and dime you to death. Canon, Nikon, Sony. But, I would rather be nickeled and dime'd to death with a good sensor.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2015 at 23:28 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (729 comments in total)

Just don't buy Canon cameras. It would not take long before they would address the sensor issue.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2015 at 05:03 UTC as 98th comment | 2 replies

Kinda funny. I just bought a new lens. I looked at my options. Looked back over the last few years of use (so far as holding up to my abuse). Did a bit of bitching on here about the Canon sensors. Then bought another L quality lens.. LOL

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 21:00 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II USM real-world sample gallery (128 comments in total)
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Fog Maker: I checked image 25 and CA is present. And what about all that (almost banding like) noise? What on earth did they do to those cameras?

I will get this lens

I have to agree with @desaint. IMO not good.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2015 at 09:41 UTC
On article Video Field Test: Theron Humphrey and the Sony A7R II (188 comments in total)

I go every year. The birding is unreal. I am surprised you did not go to the Chisos Basin? The sunsets in the mountains there are otherworldly.
Very nice video that makes me homesick. :)

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 20:44 UTC as 46th comment
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