MikeFairbanks

MikeFairbanks

Joined on Oct 1, 2012

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Craigiri is right. After he wrote his comment I researched for verification. Indeed, Home Depot is selling it as well under a different name and color.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 17:50 UTC as 3rd comment
On Behind the Shot: Dali's Dream article (101 comments in total)

That was awesome. Thank you for showing the photo all the way through each stage.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 13:40 UTC as 26th comment

I drive a Honda Civic. Maybe as a social experiment I'll put BMW badges on the front and back of my car and see what happens when I drive slowly by people.

I bet I'd get compliments. It would be an easy mark to measure, because NOBODY compliments you when you drive by in a Honda Civic.

NOTE to DP Review: Just because it's news doesn't mean you really have to print it. I'm sure there are a lot of issues and announcements in the industry that you choose not to cover. Things like this should be included in the pieces you choose to disregard.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 23:38 UTC as 115th comment | 3 replies

Honda makes outstanding automobiles. People buy them and trust them.

Years ago when SUVs were becoming extremely popular in America (very late 90s and gas was under a dollar per gallon), Honda wanted to get in the SUV market, but they weren't ready.

They wanted in so badly and so quickly that they hired Isuzu to build them an SUV. It was the Isuzu Rodeo, and Honda slapped their own stickers on it.

It was junk and Honda looked foolish.

Now, Sony isn't junk, but Hassy should know better than to hire out what they should be doing themselves.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 23:35 UTC as 116th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (825 comments in total)
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Tom Goodman: You give this camera a higher rating than the Sony RCX100 III yet in virtually every respect the Sony has equal or better performance specs. 85% vs 82%, the percentages are, as usual, misleading and completely arbitrary.

P.S. I don't own the Sony so all of you poised to accuse me of being a fan-boy are going to have to do better than that!!!!!!!

Wait, so you're saying that the Sony (which is truly pocketable) is scoring better in image quality than a camera that has a sensor 1.5 times the size?

That sounds like an argument in favor of the Sony.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 20:42 UTC
On DJI launches Inspire 1 drone with 4K video recording article (97 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: These are great, but there are cheaper and safer alternatives (but with less mobility). You can purchase a helium balloon with a four or five-foot diameter for a couple hundred dollars (totally reusable) that will fit in the back of a mini-van. It will only lose a bit of helium and then will retain most of it (once the pressure is gone). The thicker materials of these balloons (you see them occasionally at car dealerships with a trail of those colorful triangular flags) keeps most of the helium from escaping.

They can generally pick up a couple kilograms. It's easy to make an attachable platform for a dslr, and with a little work you can put rotating gimbals on it for panning, etc. Being tethered to the ground makes it much safer. But like with anything, the weather and wind can send you home early.

These drones will get cheaper and safer as time goes on, and they are something we just have to get used to seeing. They're here to stay.

All good points. I suppose it depends on your application, how often you need it, etc.

I used to do kite aerial photography quite a bit, but found it frustrating. Flying the kite was easy enough, but Murphy (he wrote at least one law) had amazing timing. Once the kite was up a couple hundred feet and I was getting the rig and camera attached, that's when Murphy's law would kick in and strange meteorological events would occur.

Helium balloons can actually be an inexpensive alternative to drones if you know how to source the equipment, make the equipment, etc. I could do an entire setup (without camera) for under 500. But it's very dependent on still conditions and more.

These little drones are great. The more the technology improves to prevent crashes the better. It's getting close to foolproof, but not quite yet.

And yes, helium is going to run out. We can't make it (unless we blow up a city. Then there's a lot made). ;)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 14:05 UTC
On DJI launches Inspire 1 drone with 4K video recording article (97 comments in total)

These are great, but there are cheaper and safer alternatives (but with less mobility). You can purchase a helium balloon with a four or five-foot diameter for a couple hundred dollars (totally reusable) that will fit in the back of a mini-van. It will only lose a bit of helium and then will retain most of it (once the pressure is gone). The thicker materials of these balloons (you see them occasionally at car dealerships with a trail of those colorful triangular flags) keeps most of the helium from escaping.

They can generally pick up a couple kilograms. It's easy to make an attachable platform for a dslr, and with a little work you can put rotating gimbals on it for panning, etc. Being tethered to the ground makes it much safer. But like with anything, the weather and wind can send you home early.

These drones will get cheaper and safer as time goes on, and they are something we just have to get used to seeing. They're here to stay.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 04:00 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies

What's the deal with "backs" anyway? can't someone just make a medium format digital camera without having the back latch on or off? Or am I getting it wrong?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 00:18 UTC as 52nd comment | 4 replies

Sounds really good, and the price isn't as high as I thought it would be. Two grand for this lens (if it has better image quality than the older model) is a really great deal for such a wide range.

I doubt I'll afford it anytime soon, but it sure seems like a winner on the surface.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 15:14 UTC as 34th comment

but is a Lexus not a Toyota, an Infinity a Nissan, and an Acura a Honda!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 00:16 UTC as 188th comment | 9 replies

once upon a time, Jaguar released a car that was a Mazda 929 with the labels removed and Jaguar labels added. Wasn't a great idea.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 00:12 UTC as 192nd comment | 4 replies
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 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/

I'm not talking about opinion on pollution or global warming, etc. I'm just talking science for fun.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 18:32 UTC
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 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 (389 comments in total)

But can it go to eleven?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 18:38 UTC as 62nd comment
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 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 (389 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 237th comment
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 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 239th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1422 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 67th comment | 2 replies

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 11th comment
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