David Hart

David Hart

Lives in United States Boston, United States
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Joined on Nov 19, 2002

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On Photokina 2014 Video: The Canon G7 X article (140 comments in total)
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robbinsbox: we are giving away a g7x to anyone who will comment.
Canon Inc

I'll take one, please... (grin)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 15:16 UTC
On Photokina 2014 Video: The Canon G7 X article (140 comments in total)

I have the S95 and it looks like the G7X would be a nice upgrade. There are two things that slightly disappoint me:

- No 24fps in movie mode. Perhaps this can be added through a firmware update?

- No built-in GPS. Though, I get that this was not included due to battery life and, perhaps, to keep the camera small.

Still, I would love to have one of these. So, if the first comment below is valid, that Canon is giving one away... PICK ME!!! (grin)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 15:15 UTC as 27th comment
On Size matters: Hands-on with Canon PowerShot G7 X article (173 comments in total)
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Jim: It's not much smaller than the G1X Mk II. Both appear not to be shirt pocket-able but both do appear to be jacket pocket-able. Given this and the fact that the G1X Mk II isn't much more money, why not buy a G1X Mk II instead of the G7 X?

The G7X is lighter than the G1X MKII but that is because the G1X MKII has a 1.5" sensor and bigger lens. There isn't that much difference in size.

Either way, neither are the type of camera that you would thrown in your pocket when going out to dinner or a night club. However, they would fit in a jacket pocket or cargo shorts so would be decent for hiking or walking around on vacation.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 06:15 UTC
On Size matters: Hands-on with Canon PowerShot G7 X article (173 comments in total)
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Thsoft: No 4K. Canon now is follower.

I could do without 4K. What I hoped for was that they would at least have a 24fps movie option.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 06:06 UTC
On Canon unveils PowerShot G7 X with 1"-type sensor article (51 comments in total)
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cgarrard: It will be popular with Canon shooters- no doubt. But how about calling it an S series camera Canon, which it is? Now you've muddied the G series water, which is sort of a pity.

On first glance, the lack of front grip of any kind is a bummer- they had it right with the S100 (or should say, more correct).

The era of the 1 1/7" sized sensors is coming to an end.

C

I agree. It's definitely an S replacement. It's about 100g heavier and .25" wider than the S series. Beyond that, it has a number of upgrades over the S series (at least over my S95), not the least of which is the 1" sensor.

The one thing that I wish it had was GPS. Granted, having GPS turned on lessens battery life, but it's nice having GPS coordinates embedded in the photo information.

The price, though, is a bit high. It's $700, about $250 more than the S120 and about $100 less than the G1 X mk II (1.5" sensor). I would have expected pricing to be in the $500 - $600 range, about mid way between the two. Personally, I think that it's priced too high. Anyone looking at this would likely look at the G1 X MK II as it's only $100 more for a larger sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 16:34 UTC
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Photo-Wiz: I see the colors did not survive. This area of Germany is full of beautiful colors.

I don't think that Photo-Wiz meant that there was anything wrong with B&W or that it isn't artistic. My thought is that he/she was just expressing his/her preference for colour.

Personally, I don't see the appeal of B&W photos. But that is simply a matter of taste. For example, I'm sure that the ceiling and chairs in the church photo had interesting wood colours and accents. But it's completely lost in the B&W photo.

Of course, the cool thing about photography is that people see things differently.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2014 at 05:05 UTC
On Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses article (368 comments in total)
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David Hart: I have the 24-105 F/4L on my 40D and love it. I paid $1040 for it in 2008. Today, it's selling for $100 more ($1150) for a new one on Amazon. The pre-order price of the 16-35mm is about $50 more.

Since I have the 24-105mm, I was wondering if having the 16-35mm would be useful on my 40D, allowing for the 1.6x crop factor. The 16-35mm would be equivalent to starting at 25.6mm and the 24-105mm would be equivalent to starting at 38.4mm.

I found this image on canonlensblog.com which gives an approximate of the difference . Personally, I'm thinking that the 16-35mm increased wide angle would be worth adding to my camera bag.

http://canonlensblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/24mm-vs-28mm-vs-35mm-lenses-viewing-angles-difference1.jpg

I just wish that Canon had made this lens a 12-32mm as it would have been a more useful range for a crop camera, given the 24-105mm. However, I understand that they also need to appeal to the FF crowd as they will sell more that way...

I had thought about getting the 17-40mm a couple of years back but never pulled the trigger. It's currently going for $450 less ($739 on Amazon), with a $100 rebate, than the 16-35mm but with the crop factor I would lose about 1.6mm.

The reviews on fredmiranda.com has the 17-40mm rated as a 9, but it tends to have soft corners on FF cameras. I wouldn't see it with my crop camera, but if I ever upgraded...

I do think that the 16-35mm will end up being a better lens, but only time and samples will tell. Yeah, I think the 16-35mm will be the way to go...

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 05:56 UTC
On Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses article (368 comments in total)

I have the 24-105 F/4L on my 40D and love it. I paid $1040 for it in 2008. Today, it's selling for $100 more ($1150) for a new one on Amazon. The pre-order price of the 16-35mm is about $50 more.

Since I have the 24-105mm, I was wondering if having the 16-35mm would be useful on my 40D, allowing for the 1.6x crop factor. The 16-35mm would be equivalent to starting at 25.6mm and the 24-105mm would be equivalent to starting at 38.4mm.

I found this image on canonlensblog.com which gives an approximate of the difference . Personally, I'm thinking that the 16-35mm increased wide angle would be worth adding to my camera bag.

http://canonlensblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/24mm-vs-28mm-vs-35mm-lenses-viewing-angles-difference1.jpg

I just wish that Canon had made this lens a 12-32mm as it would have been a more useful range for a crop camera, given the 24-105mm. However, I understand that they also need to appeal to the FF crowd as they will sell more that way...

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 05:23 UTC as 85th comment | 7 replies
On Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK article (165 comments in total)

Um... a strong magnetic strip on the end of the lens cap... Not a good idea...

I can just picture forgetting the clip and dropping the lens cap in my pocket with the memory card full of a couple of day's worth of vacation pictures...

Also, remember to keep this out of the hands of any young kids. Swallowing strong magnets never ends well..

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/08/08/210200382/swallowing-tiny-magnets-can-lead-to-big-trouble-for-kids

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 23:08 UTC as 73rd comment | 3 replies
On Want to remember something? Don't take a photo article (185 comments in total)

I have no problems remembering the scenes and narritive around my photos. Maybe it's because I'm not trying to force it or trying to capture every moment or every scene. I wait for inspiration and simply take a photo of scenes that I find unique or interesting in some small way. This allows me to experience the activity or moment without "having" to take a picture.

While there have been times when I would have wished to have taken a photo, there isn't once where I would have wished to have missed the moment....

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2013 at 18:12 UTC as 15th comment
On Ten items you should have in your camera bag article (288 comments in total)

Any camera bag list that does not include a Lenspen is severely lacking. They are 1000x better than microfiber cloth in my opinion. Every time I've use microfiber cloth it just smudges the glass, while the Lenspen gets it clean!!!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 22:07 UTC as 123rd comment | 1 reply

"'If they [the client] ordered 10 slides, I’d shoot 12. It was cheaper to shoot extras than to go back and reshoot."

If I understand this correctly, these are the leftovers of the photos that he took for his clients. Presumably, they got the best of the bunch. It also appears that he didn't catalog them in any way so there is no idea, unless you go visit, what the subjects are and how many of them are actually decent photos.

It's like someone having a hockey card collection where all of the popular and mint condition cards were sold off and the rest were thrown in a box.

Is it really worth the effort? After all, presumably the actual art pieces and the original photos provided to the clients still exist.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2013 at 20:24 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply

I have the DSC-HX30V and it is a mediocre to decent camera but an excellent video camera. I've taken high-def hand-held videos with it on a rigid-inflatable boat bouncing over the waves and the IS works wonders. Increasing the zoom range from 20x to 30x while keeping the same quality IS system would be quite cool, assuming Sony pulled it off.

On my last trip, I paired the HX30V with a Canon S95. The S95 was used for most of my photos, but the HX30V was used for zoom and videos. It was a lot lighter than carrying a huge zoom lens on my 40D and a video camera.

While most of the enthusiasts here won't like this camera, the HX30V has been very popular with everyday people who like to travel. I would expect the HX50V to be just as popular.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 13:05 UTC as 39th comment | 3 replies
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starwolfy: Where is DxO sensor sharpness test chart for this camera ? Couldn't find it and it's all what matters.

The review forgot to add this to Pros:

*Survival in Ocean with Underwater case: 5 Years

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 23:52 UTC
On Just posted: Hands-on preview of the Canon EOS 100D/SL1 article (379 comments in total)
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rabbitzilla: They are not making this camera to a vacation pro.
But Canon wants to give a choice to its Powershot fans before they are consumed by Oly & Sony.

For the ones who are waiting for the new M, just keep waiting. ^^

I'm waiting for the M2.... I'd like to have a APS-C sensor camera that will replace my s95 for portability. My 40D is a bit large to lug around on vacation...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2013 at 05:15 UTC

It's always nice to see someone work hard and be given a second chance. Good luck Daniel!!

That being said, I personally have never really liked black & white photography and this photo is no exception. I always wonder how much better the photo would look in full color, what the brown rolling dust would look like, how the green trees in the background would contrast with the ground, etc. As always, art is in the eye of the beholder.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 16:16 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies

Looking through the posted pictures, the only photos that stood out for me were from Toby Smith and Nadya Wasylko.

Toby's photos makes me curious about each location. It makes sense that he's worked with National Geographic.

Nadya Wasylko's Photos are staged model photos, but they feel fresh. Perhaps it's just because I never read fashion magazines.

The other photos just didn't grab my attention.

It does seem like the photographers were picked for their commercial endeavours. There is nothing wrong with using this criteria and I'm happy for their success.

I do think that the use of the word "Emerging" is confusing, given each photographer's resume. I was expecting to read about photographers who were just starting out (i.e. first job, first gallery show, etc.).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2013 at 23:49 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
On Simple Photo Tips: 6 steps to sharper photos post (8 comments in total)

Carry a cloth to clean the lens? What is this, the dark ages?

I would recommend a small Lens Pen. All a cloth does is spread oil and dust around and scratch the lens. Use the brush side of the Lens Pen to clean away dirt and dust off the lens. Then use the round tip end, and it's carbon compound, to clean up the remaining oil smudges. You'll be amazed at the results.

Use a micro-fiber cloth to clean fingerprint smudges on your phone or tablet. Anything else can remove coatings and,over time, reduce touch sensitivity.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2012 at 16:17 UTC as 3rd comment
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Kim Letkeman: This article was nice, but ultimately really disappointing. I want to know how to replace a laptop and / or external storage with a tablet, as in the full work flow from transfer to storage to editing. Not how to use its crappy camera in place of the much better m4/3 cameras I am already carrying. Some of what I am interested in was alluded to, but unless I had a world-class brain fart, this article did not actually go into any depth on how it might be possible to live with a table and your cameras only while on the road. It ends up being a puff piece and unworthy of DPReview. I can get this kind of high level info on CNET or one of the many gadget sites :-(

I returned from a cruise a few weeks ago. I took with me an Asus Infinity TF700 64GB tablet (replaced laptop), an Asus port to powered USB adapter, a USB multi-card reader, and a 500GB Toshiba USB 3.0 Cavio hard-drive formatted with NTFS. The Asus also has a built-in microSD card slot.

My planned storage and backup workflow was to copy all photos, once a day, to the tablets internal memory then backup from the tablet to the hard-drive. Plan B was to buy some thumb drives. Plan C would be to backup the photos to a microSD card (I had 2x 32GB cards), but this would mean deleting movies that I brought for the plane ride.

I had no problems reading the hard drive, but Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.x) would crash when writing. I ended up buying 2x 32GB USB thumb drives and 1x 32GB microSD, which I used for backing up.

A week or so ago Asus rolled out Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) for the Infinity. It fixes the NTFS write issues. I'm now able to use my hard-drive storage workflow.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2012 at 16:03 UTC
On Announcing connect.dpreview.com article (250 comments in total)
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David Hart: Personally, I think that mobile photography is actually as different a form of photography from enthusiast/professional photography as video is to photos. You don't see a lot of discussion about videography on this site because it requires a different set of skills and a different attitude towards the subject. The same applies to mobile photography. Mobile photography is about getting a good to great photos while on the go with the least amount of equipment. It's not just about camera phones, but that is definitely part of it. I am beginning to embrace this attitude as part of my travel photography.

I have a DSLR (40D) with heavy lenses. I also have a S95 and a 13" HP laptop that I used to backup photos, etc.

For my recent Italy cruise, I took the S95 for primary quality photos (Lensmate adapters with UV and Circular Polarizer, RAW+JPG), bought a Sony HX30 for 20x zoom and HD video (produced some of the best HD video that I have seen), and bought a ASUS Infinity TF700 tablet (9hr battery life) for photo backup and Internet access. My travel backpack ended up being 10lbs to 15lbs lighter without the DSLR and the laptop + spare batteries.

There were a couple of times where I wished I had the DSLR with me, primarily in low light situations (interior of churches and night shots when coming into Venice), but with manual settings on the S95 I was still able to get good photos in these situations.

What surprised me during the trip was that the majority of tourists with DSLR cameras were young women and mothers. Most guys had Canon G-Series type cameras. There was one woman retiree running around taking all of her pictures using her iPad, which I thought was both amusing and interesting.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2012 at 05:18 UTC
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