garyknrd

garyknrd

Lives in Thailand
Works as a Retired
Has a website at www.birdsthatfart.com
Joined on Jan 2, 2011
About me:

Retired. Hobby, bird photography

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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.

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

What a bunch of nonsense.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 19:47 UTC as 20th comment | 18 replies
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (214 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.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 09:34 UTC
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (214 comments in total)

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

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 01:25 UTC as 45th comment | 8 replies
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (618 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!

Direct 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.

Direct 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...

Direct 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.

Direct 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.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2016 at 22:21 UTC as 85th comment
On article DxOMark Mobile report: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (26 comments in total)

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

Direct link | 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 (667 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.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2015 at 23:28 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (667 comments in total)

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

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2015 at 05:03 UTC as 78th 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

Direct 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.

Direct 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. :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 20:44 UTC as 46th comment
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Donnie G: Unfortunately for the camera makers, photographer wannabes have finally figured out that smartphones and selfie sticks are all that 90% of them want or need. Serious enthusiasts need to get use to the idea that their gear is going to become a lot more expensive to buy. If you don't like where camera prices are at now, just wait, because they're about to go even higher. The good news is that you can still catch a fire sale on some great kits that aren't selling fast enough if you're patient. :))

Strange statement. The internet has driven the prices down to historical lows. Grey market camera's and lenses are pouring into the internet for sale.
Not that it can't happen. But, at this point it is going the opposite direction IMO.
Definitely a buyer's market right now for camera body's.

The sad part of all this is the mom and pop businesses are going out of business.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 11:35 UTC
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ttran88: Don't worry guys Canon 5DS/R , M3 and M10 will pull cannon out of the slumps. Oh and don't forget the XC10, which was said to be very important. 4th quarter will be stellar.

LOL Good one.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 11:24 UTC

I agree with the folks that say. If they had something to buy worth the money I would buy in a heart beat. Gouging the customer IMO with outdated tech (camera bodes). My money stays in the bank.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2015 at 22:00 UTC as 50th comment

Accounting scandal?
CEO in Board room. How in the hell did this happen. And who is responsible.
Well sir, we hired an accountant from Olympus a few years ago. You know the one that drives that new Lamborghini.
Seems he accidentally moved the decimal point to the right a few digits and didn't think it was important.

He did apologize. Ok, as long as he apologized.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 05:14 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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T3: I just wonder if there's really enough of a market for another big, chunky FF DSLR at a time when FF mirrorless is coming into play. We're at the beginning of an inflection point in the camera market. Pentax may be a little too late to the game with this FF DSLR product line. I think it would have been a lot more interesting, and future-forward of Pentax to have introduced a FF mirrorless body instead.

I live in Asia. I rarely see a DSLR anymore. Mirror-less allot, Mostly tablets and smartphones. They still have have a good showing in the malls. But, I just do not see them in the wild.
Maybe I travel to the wrong tourist attractions... LOL

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2015 at 04:04 UTC
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