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billbourd

billbourd

Lives in United States NY, United States
Joined on Jan 5, 2010

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When reporting a lost or stolen item the police [and I believe your insurance company] require a serial number to properly describe it in the NCIC [National Crime Information Center] data base. Without the serial number if an item is recovered there is no reasonable way to prove or show ownership. In my opinion Panasonics response to the problem indicates a total lack of understanding all the issues involved, which go beyond the warranty. And I don't think Panasonic is alone in this "cut costs to keep the shareholders happy" mentality where a robotic engraving a serial number will cost somewhat more.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 12:06 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2251 comments in total)
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billbourd: I'm surprised Leica chose not to machine the camera out of titanium instead of the cheaper, softer aluminum. If it were titanium I might have had to invest in one. :)

Agreed to a point. Aluminum, I believe, is not a metal used to make watches, rings, etc. as titanium is. So my attempt at humor or sarcasm was to make a truly luxury product it should have been made using a 'higher' [more expensive] grade of metal.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 14:19 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2251 comments in total)

Another thought just occurred to me. If the T sells well they can market a new model, the Ti for a grand more.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 12:58 UTC as 398th comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2251 comments in total)

I'm surprised Leica chose not to machine the camera out of titanium instead of the cheaper, softer aluminum. If it were titanium I might have had to invest in one. :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 12:51 UTC as 399th comment | 10 replies
On Homemade rig captures extreme macro shots of snowflakes article (186 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: reversing a ~50mm lens to do extreme macro cheaply is nothing new, but Alexey definitely went a bit further than most, and the results are fantastic.

Here's a shot I took of air bubbles in a glass of orange juice with coloured papers in the background. Ten years old, made with a 4MP Casio QV4000 (the poor man's Canon Powershot G2), but it's still one of my personal favourites:
http://www.pbase.com/gbleek/image/17736911

Greg,
You just caused me to lose time from my schedule admiring your galleries. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.
Billbourd

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 20:45 UTC
On Ten items you should have in your camera bag article (288 comments in total)
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justmeMN: And in the US, some people never go anywhere without bringing a handgun along.

This is a good point made by someone who obviously has street smarts. Thank God they are not needed elsewhere. :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2013 at 20:01 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1200 comments in total)
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solarider: Hello and greets,

My Q's to DPR staff,TIA!:

To what degree would Olympus brand lenses function with the GX7? Is there significant loss of function in some way? Bad idea?

Does panning work with IBIS or is there need to disable IBIS? Would a camera like the GX7 even be doable for BIF's?

What degree of tracking is working with this camera if any? Bad choice for BIF's?Are any of the mft's cameras even close to being BIF-able :-p ? probably barking up the wrong tree. Nevertheless, what long lenses would be usable for bif on this cam?

I've read marvelous things about Olympus making the very best lenses out of Japan, how do the Panasonic lenses compare?

Whew! :-)

Why are you saying there is a limitation of Panny lenses with OIS? Just turn it off.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 21:27 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop article (316 comments in total)

I would guess the product pricing would be the same on the Gear Shop as on Amazon?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 00:47 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
On DPReview launches GearShop article (316 comments in total)

At first glance I do not like this concept. I do shop often at Amazon and am quite happy with my experiences there and I have always gone to DPReview for information on anything photographic. However this puts a different slant on both.
I have been a longtime subscriber to Consumer Reports. They have a reputation for true independence on their reviews and if they opened a shopping site I would feel betrayed for having been an avid subscriber. I know that might seem irrational, but the fact is that is how I would feel.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out and to wonder if I will be able to feel comfortable continuing to be a follower of DPReview amd shopper at Amazon.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2013 at 12:23 UTC as 72nd comment
On US Judge rules for Eggleston in dispute with collector article (300 comments in total)

If I paid a quarter mil for a photo I would have been sure to have had a contract with the photographer that I owned the image and the copyright on it. I believe if you buy a painting you own it outright. Why should a photo be any different, unless as in the latter case there were two prints and you bought it knowing that. I cannot understand anyone who would spend that kind of money without having full ownership.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2013 at 19:37 UTC as 128th comment | 3 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Preview preview (416 comments in total)

I'm surprised there is not an audio in for remote mike and audio out for monitoring sound considering the cameras assumed video quality. Did I miss this in the specifications?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 02:09 UTC as 112th comment | 3 replies
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1362 comments in total)

A short while ago I placed my pre-order with Amazon, Silver body only. Will use my 20 1.7 and 14-140 with it for now. I read thru the manual today and must say that and what I have read and seen on this site and others convinced me to pre-order. Will gift my GH1 to my daughter.
Bill B.
ps. the link to the manual is:
http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/manual/omd/man_em5_e.pdf

Posted on Mar 17, 2012 at 04:13 UTC as 65th comment
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