MikeFairbanks

MikeFairbanks

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On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (309 comments in total)
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Picturenaut: ROFL! This is made for rich Russian dons, fits perfectly to their golden Rolexes, guns, and teeth.

Don't forget the Addidas track suits. Gotta wear those as well.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 18:46 UTC
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (309 comments in total)

But can it go to eleven?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 18:38 UTC as 21st comment
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (309 comments in total)
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DuxX: Someone dies of hunger, and someone buys gold plated camera. This world definitely needs a new ice age. Global reset and fresh start from scratch because mankind is definitely made some errors in the meantime. 8/

There's no such thing as depleting the planet's resources. All we can do is push them around, so to speak. Convert (change) the resources physically or chemically.

In fact, the earth's resources are growing. According to NASA, about 100 tons of dust enter our atmosphere each day from space. Shooting stars, etc. So the earth is gaining weight.

As far as I know, nothing escapes. Possibly hydrogen gas and helium escape, but it's possible they just rise to the top and settle. I'm not sure.

But oil, while being pulled up and burned, is still with us. It's chemically changed. That's all. But the mass is still here.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 17:35 UTC
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (309 comments in total)

Mr. T: "I pity the fool who doesn't like this camera!"

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 19:54 UTC as 191st comment
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (309 comments in total)

I sent mine back. It has a problem with gold dust on the sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 19:52 UTC as 193rd comment | 3 replies
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1163 comments in total)

I'm a Canon user who once owned the Nikon D7000. It was a good camera but had the oil splatter issue that the D600 had. I got rid of it.

I am, however, interested in the D750. I currently use a Canon 6D and find the autofocus to be disappointing (which I knew it would be, but...).

My question is this: Is the kit lens (24-120mm) that comes with the D750 considered to be on par with the Canon L-class lenses or is it a mid-grade lens like the Canon 28-135?

Thanks

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 16:51 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply

I'll keep my options open. Right now I'm using just about every format you can think of. I have an iPhone for my music, fun photos, photo collections from my 6D, light photo processing, social media, etc., and I'm considering picking up an iPad.

My work computer has Office Suite and I use it daily. It's a Dell as is my new desktop computer at home (which I use for my professional photography).

I also own a Chromebook and use their line of products (gmail, Google Drive, etc.) to work with my students who have Google acounts.

I have no idea what the future holds, but one of them will eventually pull it all together in a way that works for those of use who need elite units.

I have to have real computing power for processing 200-300 RAW files on Lightroom, Photoshop, etc., and I need mobile convenience (like an iPad) to show potential clients samples of my work, and I have to make/receive texts, phone calls, emails, etc.

This fight isn't over yet. Nobody has perfected it all.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 16:45 UTC as 16th comment

I had the Theta 360 for about three months. I won it. I used it daily for a couple weeks and then boxed it up and gave it away.

I don't miss it.

The 360 degree idea is great. But the image quality was (no exaggeration), worse than a Hello Kitty digital camera in plastic bubble wrap on a hook near the cash register at Walmart for $19.99.

My super old flip phone with 1.3mp took better images.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 16:28 UTC as 10th comment
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PhotoKhan: I am amazed on how, amidst all the bubbling-coffee-house-hipster sea of gadgetry that recurrently hits our tech shores, people seem to be failing to see how actually radically-innovative this particular proposal truly is.

All that's true (immersion) if it really looks real. If you can see wavy lines, pixels, blur, etc., then you're not there.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 13:00 UTC
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PaulChapman: I was quite excited by this until I saw the image quality. Which is a pity. Could be a good idea if the IQ was a lot better.

I owned the Ricoh Theta 360 (won it in their contest. They gave one to 360 people). I gave it away, shipping it to a teacher in Mexico who was using it for class projects. The primary reason I gave it away was the poor image quality. It was really bad, akin to the photo quality of the old flip phones and nowhere near the quality of even the iPhone 4.

Maybe it's because I'm a photographer that this was a problem, but even using multiple blended exposures, lightroom, photoshop and more, the image quality was still less than a typical 49-dollar Hello Kitty digital camera in plastic packaging hanging on a hook near the checkout in Walmart.

Maybe this camera ball is different. Maybe the quality is outstanding. But if not, forget about it. Poor quality images are poor quality, regardless of their three-dimensional-ness (so-to-speak).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 12:54 UTC
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JKP: Maybe next version will have narrower bezel. Top and bottom are quite wide. I would rather see those areas occupied by a larger screen.

I understand Apples desire to hold back. They make excellent computers, and if their tablets could do everything a Mac could do then, well, sales of either tablets or computers would suffer (both probably) and as it stands now they typically sell both to each consumer.

The ideal solution, in my opinion, would be a table that seamlessly (and seamless is the key word) control of a desktop computer. Yes, you can actually control your high-power desktop computer from a tablet, phone, or other computer, but there's a strong lag effect with even the best software (from my experience).

But I could be wrong. After twenty years of marriage that's been proven many times. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 13:45 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: I'm going to move toward real computing tablets that can run regular applications, nut just the crashy ones and filter apps.

Yes, true. I haven't looked much into it. I'm still going to wait. The tablet market is fantastic with pretty much any brand if you are surfing the net, watching videos, enjoying music, and most games. But I do a lot of photo editing, and no tablet on the iOS or Android system can do serious photo editing (as far as I know).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 00:11 UTC

I'm going to move toward real computing tablets that can run regular applications, nut just the crashy ones and filter apps.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 23:43 UTC as 20th comment | 6 replies
On Google launches Nexus 6 with 13MP and OIS post (101 comments in total)

I just re-read the article and it says they won't be available for a while and pre-orders coming soon. I wish they would stop this trend and, instead, release them the very day (or next day) after announcement. But that's just me.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 18:35 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On Google launches Nexus 6 with 13MP and OIS post (101 comments in total)

I'm thinking of switching from Apple (5s) to something like this. My workplace is built entirely around Chrome and Android, so that kind of helps push me in the Google direction.

Unfortunately, I have slightly over a year left on my cell contract. I have no idea how that translates to cost when wanting to switch. I don't want to leave Verizon.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 17:33 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1666 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: When someone in sales/marketing starts flapping their gums with a bunch of adverbs and adjectives, it's fair for the consumer to say, "Get to the point."

My father used to say, "Stop beating around the bush."

Canon's executives are spending way too much time in meetings (the alternative to work), and this ad campaign shows.

Will it work? I have no idea. I'm no expert, but as a prosumer of gear it's not working on me. I find it annoying, condescending, contrived, and useless. But if it causes the average Joe to get pumped up and buy Canon products, then it will be a success.

Hype is a way to sell to the consumer who doesn't like to think or research. It's a way to assume (probably correctly) that most people are easy to manipulate.

And I agree with Canon (if their assumption is that people are easy to fool with hype). Look at the ebola epidemic. Right now there are people on motorcycles or on flimsy ladders worried that they might catch ebola, all because the TV hyped it.

Donnie G, why do you keep saying "Who's next?" Unless you're the moderator of this thread, it's quite presumptuous of you to keep saying that. Plus, it implies that somehow the comments people are making are failing to prove a point.

Are you on Canon's payroll?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 17:52 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1666 comments in total)
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justmeMN: Canon estimates that, this year, they will sell 9.5 million compact cameras, and 7.0 million DSLRs.

Not bad, for a company that does everything wrong, and that everyone hates. :-)

Who here said they do everything wrong or that everyone hates them? I think the discussion is about the effectiveness of an advertising campaign.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 14:09 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1666 comments in total)

When someone in sales/marketing starts flapping their gums with a bunch of adverbs and adjectives, it's fair for the consumer to say, "Get to the point."

My father used to say, "Stop beating around the bush."

Canon's executives are spending way too much time in meetings (the alternative to work), and this ad campaign shows.

Will it work? I have no idea. I'm no expert, but as a prosumer of gear it's not working on me. I find it annoying, condescending, contrived, and useless. But if it causes the average Joe to get pumped up and buy Canon products, then it will be a success.

Hype is a way to sell to the consumer who doesn't like to think or research. It's a way to assume (probably correctly) that most people are easy to manipulate.

And I agree with Canon (if their assumption is that people are easy to fool with hype). Look at the ebola epidemic. Right now there are people on motorcycles or on flimsy ladders worried that they might catch ebola, all because the TV hyped it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 13:58 UTC as 51st comment | 13 replies
On SherpaFund raises money after Everest avalanche article (21 comments in total)

They endure a lot to prepare for their climbers, so I hope a lot of money is raised for the families.

On a separate note, I don't like what happened to Everest. The climbing routes are covered in discarded oxygen tanks, tattered abandoned tents, human waste that doesn't decompose, and worst of all, over two hundred dead bodies, preserved forever (or until they are removed by avalanche or people).

It's a tragedy that they couldn't go home and it's a tragedy that they are still there. It's also a tragedy for one of the most beautiful pieces of nature in the world. Imagine if Crater Lake had 200 dead floating, preserved, on its surface each day. Not cool.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 19:31 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies

There is a lot of negativity here. Yes, it's possible that they are trying to get royalty-free images for free, but nobody is forced to enter the contest, and it's a little presumptuous to assume the worst of the people running the contest.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 14:49 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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