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larrytusaz

larrytusaz

Lives in United States Tucson, United States
Works as a Database Design
Has a website at http://bit.ly/1DT7VSN
Joined on Aug 20, 2005
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Equipment:
Sony NEX-6
16-50PZ
50mm 1.8 OSS

Nikon 1 J1, 10-30VR

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scottcraig: Newer generation prefer to opt for the easier way of doing things which accounts for many people turning to their smart phones to take pictures. That said while there are some devices which can produce bitingly sharp photos, a true photographer takes pride in his or her technique to achieve their desired result. Everyone wants to be a photographer but few want to do the hard work.

Exactly, and it's ridiculous. If the principle was "everyone wants to take photos, but not everyone wants to be a photographer, they're ok with snapshots," that would be ok. But when they want to be PHOTOGRAPHERS yet not do any of the work, yes that's ridiculous. It's like saying "I want to make food just like the chefs do, but I don't want to have to learn all of their techniques or use more than my microwave." That's just plain lazy.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2015 at 19:34 UTC
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larrytusaz: The one poster at that page (Andrew Freeman) is spot on. It's laziness, and people not appreciating fine craftsmanship.

WHO CARES if a Kodak Instamatic soccer mom finds a camera like my Sony A6000 "complex?" WHO CARES if they don't know what all the buttons are for? I do. Let them have their smartphones or Kodaks, but cameras like the A6000 aren't meant for them. They're meant for people who know what they're doing.

It's like the one person said, people are getting lazy with everything. You see it in grammar too, people mixing up your vs you're and it's vs its, and them saying "who cares, it doesn't matter" when you point out the proper spelling etc. That's lazy. It DOES matter. Get it right.

"The best camera is what's with you"--more excuses. Pop a Sigma 30mm 2.8 on my A5000 and it's tiny. They also make the Sony RX series, and they can upload to a smartphone for instant sharing. Soccer moms are one thing, but REAL photographers take a REAL camera with them. To not do so is lazy.

It's not a stretch, they ARE lazy in that they don't care about quality. Quality matters, one need only have the decency and taste to appreciate it. Yes, I will admit it and I am not ashamed--I do tend to think "those 20 people are stupid, whereas I'm smart" or at least I'm more serious about it anyway. Why should my excellence have to be dumbed down on account of their apathy? Why should their habits subsidize mine? I don't see chefs worrying about what McDonald's is doing. If we are having to worry, then that is what needs to change, and without a Sony A6000 suddenly costing $5000 or whatever.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 02:17 UTC
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larrytusaz: The one poster at that page (Andrew Freeman) is spot on. It's laziness, and people not appreciating fine craftsmanship.

WHO CARES if a Kodak Instamatic soccer mom finds a camera like my Sony A6000 "complex?" WHO CARES if they don't know what all the buttons are for? I do. Let them have their smartphones or Kodaks, but cameras like the A6000 aren't meant for them. They're meant for people who know what they're doing.

It's like the one person said, people are getting lazy with everything. You see it in grammar too, people mixing up your vs you're and it's vs its, and them saying "who cares, it doesn't matter" when you point out the proper spelling etc. That's lazy. It DOES matter. Get it right.

"The best camera is what's with you"--more excuses. Pop a Sigma 30mm 2.8 on my A5000 and it's tiny. They also make the Sony RX series, and they can upload to a smartphone for instant sharing. Soccer moms are one thing, but REAL photographers take a REAL camera with them. To not do so is lazy.

Nope, don't care. Do you think painters care what is going on in the Crayon business? Do you think fine chefs care how McDonald's is doing?

Then I don't care what snapshooters like. They have their tool. I don't buy a Kodak griping about its limitations, so snapshooters have no business griping that a Sony A6000 is too complex for them.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 19:02 UTC
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larrytusaz: The one poster at that page (Andrew Freeman) is spot on. It's laziness, and people not appreciating fine craftsmanship.

WHO CARES if a Kodak Instamatic soccer mom finds a camera like my Sony A6000 "complex?" WHO CARES if they don't know what all the buttons are for? I do. Let them have their smartphones or Kodaks, but cameras like the A6000 aren't meant for them. They're meant for people who know what they're doing.

It's like the one person said, people are getting lazy with everything. You see it in grammar too, people mixing up your vs you're and it's vs its, and them saying "who cares, it doesn't matter" when you point out the proper spelling etc. That's lazy. It DOES matter. Get it right.

"The best camera is what's with you"--more excuses. Pop a Sigma 30mm 2.8 on my A5000 and it's tiny. They also make the Sony RX series, and they can upload to a smartphone for instant sharing. Soccer moms are one thing, but REAL photographers take a REAL camera with them. To not do so is lazy.

You didn't read, I said that for a soccer mom type that's one thing, but for someone to call themselves a "photographer" and find carrying an A5000/Sigma 30mm or Sony RX to be too much, that's lazy.

I DON'T CARE about the "vast majority of people," I'm not them. The vast majority of people would be satisfied playing basketball with $20 shoes from PayLess, but I doubt LeBron James would be.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 18:05 UTC

The one poster at that page (Andrew Freeman) is spot on. It's laziness, and people not appreciating fine craftsmanship.

WHO CARES if a Kodak Instamatic soccer mom finds a camera like my Sony A6000 "complex?" WHO CARES if they don't know what all the buttons are for? I do. Let them have their smartphones or Kodaks, but cameras like the A6000 aren't meant for them. They're meant for people who know what they're doing.

It's like the one person said, people are getting lazy with everything. You see it in grammar too, people mixing up your vs you're and it's vs its, and them saying "who cares, it doesn't matter" when you point out the proper spelling etc. That's lazy. It DOES matter. Get it right.

"The best camera is what's with you"--more excuses. Pop a Sigma 30mm 2.8 on my A5000 and it's tiny. They also make the Sony RX series, and they can upload to a smartphone for instant sharing. Soccer moms are one thing, but REAL photographers take a REAL camera with them. To not do so is lazy.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 17:11 UTC as 173rd comment | 10 replies
On Palm-sized: Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-T10 article (91 comments in total)

Why is everyone posting about what the camera looks like? WHO CARES? It's a camera, not a woman in a bikini. If it takes good photos and is ergonomically sound, who cares what it looks like?

I practice what I preach too--I recently picked up a red (yes, red) Nikon D5300, it being red isn't my thing, but I got it for cheap (only $120 more than what I got from selling my Nikon D5000 which is 3 generations older) and its sensor is great. With the good photos I've been getting from it, I forget about the ugly red body real quick.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 14:27 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (360 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: I picked up a Nikon D5000/18-55mm kit for only $175 around two weeks ago, it even included a portrait grip, 2 spare batteries, a Toshiba case and a 4G card. It would totally blast any of these to pieces. Yes it's large--so? When you care about quality, you only use the good stuff, not the stuff the Kodak/Polaroid crowd is using. Besides, if you can't deal with an SLR, there's always a Sony RX100 or Panasonic LX100, or the Sony NEX-6 which I also have and which, with Wi-Fi, can beam your images to a device for instant sharing, if that really matters so much.

No, but you can stick a RX100 or LX100 into one.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 05:46 UTC
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (360 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: I picked up a Nikon D5000/18-55mm kit for only $175 around two weeks ago, it even included a portrait grip, 2 spare batteries, a Toshiba case and a 4G card. It would totally blast any of these to pieces. Yes it's large--so? When you care about quality, you only use the good stuff, not the stuff the Kodak/Polaroid crowd is using. Besides, if you can't deal with an SLR, there's always a Sony RX100 or Panasonic LX100, or the Sony NEX-6 which I also have and which, with Wi-Fi, can beam your images to a device for instant sharing, if that really matters so much.

It would seem to me that it would be a good thing for one to recognize an SLR's superior image quality and possess the dedication to almost always have it on them, or at least an RX100 type of camera.

Certainly these are plenty for the selfie crowd, absolutely, but for an aspiring hobbyist, you get the good stuff and make sure to have it with you.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 01:03 UTC
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (360 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: I picked up a Nikon D5000/18-55mm kit for only $175 around two weeks ago, it even included a portrait grip, 2 spare batteries, a Toshiba case and a 4G card. It would totally blast any of these to pieces. Yes it's large--so? When you care about quality, you only use the good stuff, not the stuff the Kodak/Polaroid crowd is using. Besides, if you can't deal with an SLR, there's always a Sony RX100 or Panasonic LX100, or the Sony NEX-6 which I also have and which, with Wi-Fi, can beam your images to a device for instant sharing, if that really matters so much.

Exactly (brownie314). I'm well aware of what other things smartphones can do, I have a 6" one in fact. However I still take a camera of some sort with me practically always because its image quality is superior. Instant uploading won't matter when you're looking at them later, whereas the better quality will.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 22:15 UTC
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (360 comments in total)

I picked up a Nikon D5000/18-55mm kit for only $175 around two weeks ago, it even included a portrait grip, 2 spare batteries, a Toshiba case and a 4G card. It would totally blast any of these to pieces. Yes it's large--so? When you care about quality, you only use the good stuff, not the stuff the Kodak/Polaroid crowd is using. Besides, if you can't deal with an SLR, there's always a Sony RX100 or Panasonic LX100, or the Sony NEX-6 which I also have and which, with Wi-Fi, can beam your images to a device for instant sharing, if that really matters so much.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 17:39 UTC as 78th comment | 14 replies
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1114 comments in total)

Not enough cross-sensitive AF points, the 7D II has 65 AF sensors and ALL of them are cross-sensitive. We shouldn't have to be doing "focus center, recompose" on a $1000+ camera.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 15:33 UTC as 124th comment

McDonald's sells more hamburgers than the local place which makes fresh hamburgers, but that hardly means that McDonald's hamburgers are better. It just means some people are either lazy, in a hurry, or have no taste.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 07:18 UTC as 68th comment | 4 replies
On Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review post (206 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: No thank you. I have an NEX-6 that would just smoke this thing (and via Wi-Fi can still share quickly), and if I needed something really small I could always get an RX100. These sorts of cameras remind me of the junky Polaroid SX-70 candy cameras of yesteryear, I didn't care for those either.

My opinion is real photographers would NEVER use their fruit-phone camera. That's my opinion, and it's not changing. Get over THAT

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 17:22 UTC
On Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review post (206 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: No thank you. I have an NEX-6 that would just smoke this thing (and via Wi-Fi can still share quickly), and if I needed something really small I could always get an RX100. These sorts of cameras remind me of the junky Polaroid SX-70 candy cameras of yesteryear, I didn't care for those either.

"Anything" meaning that use use its built-in camera when real cameras are readily at your disposal. "Real camera" is defined as being a camera that doesn't mutate or moonlight as a platform for playing Angry Birds. By that definition, a Nikon 1 is definitely a real camera. (Then again, so is a Coolpix, so that definition could probably use more refining.)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 17:49 UTC
On Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review post (206 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: No thank you. I have an NEX-6 that would just smoke this thing (and via Wi-Fi can still share quickly), and if I needed something really small I could always get an RX100. These sorts of cameras remind me of the junky Polaroid SX-70 candy cameras of yesteryear, I didn't care for those either.

If you use a "fruit phone" as a deliberate choice for ANYTHING, then right there, automatically, by my definition,-you are not a professional photographer, REGARDLESS of your portfolio. Those are the actions of a con artist, or at least someone with no taste. What's so hard about "lugging" around something like a Sony RX100. What kind of an attitude is that, are you kidding me? Anyone with any sense of decency and even the most remote amount of a work ethic has to be laughing hysterically at that notion.

I'm not even a pro, yet I have the decency and the taste to carry at least a Nikon 1-series EVERYWHERE I GO. I would sooner jump in an active volcano before Ieft the house without a camera in tow. It's not hard, and I'm not lazy like that, acting like doing such is just SUCH a hardship. Come on.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 06:54 UTC
On FroKnowsPhoto guide to DSLR video now available article (154 comments in total)

There's no need to spend the time and money on this. I can summarize it easily--buy a dedicated video camera. Done.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 14:56 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply
On Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review post (206 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: No thank you. I have an NEX-6 that would just smoke this thing (and via Wi-Fi can still share quickly), and if I needed something really small I could always get an RX100. These sorts of cameras remind me of the junky Polaroid SX-70 candy cameras of yesteryear, I didn't care for those either.

Yes, different people draw the line at different places. That's because some people clearly have no sense of taste. You can say you like Kool-Aid better than real grape juice--you have that right, but I still say it's poor taste. Someone calling themselves a "photographer" but using a fruit phone's camera by choice--same thing, as is a newspaper firing photographers who actually know what they're doing, not that it would be the first time a business took the cheap way out & excellence suffered because of it.

Like I said, if it were up to me--it isn't, but regardless--professional photography would be a licensed endeavor, just like being a doctor or attorney is. It would be REQUIRED by the licensing committee that you NEVER use a camera phone for any shoots. Break this requirement--wham, your license to practice pro photography is revoked. Pro photography is supposed to be a totally separate world from the world of teeny-boppers taking selfies with a Polaroid-quality toy. Please.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2014 at 14:22 UTC
On Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review post (206 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: No thank you. I have an NEX-6 that would just smoke this thing (and via Wi-Fi can still share quickly), and if I needed something really small I could always get an RX100. These sorts of cameras remind me of the junky Polaroid SX-70 candy cameras of yesteryear, I didn't care for those either.

One may say it's "apples and oranges," but I don't see a legion of golfers practicing their craft with broomsticks, or even "laymen" grade golf clubs. They want the BEST for what they do, because in being the best you not only have to have the best skill, but it's only natural to want the best equipment as your toolkit.

The same goes with basketball players and the shoes they wear, baseball players and what sorts of bats and gloves they purchase, cyclists and the bicycles they acquire, and you sure as heck don't see someone participating on the racetrack using a "stock" Toyota Prius.

The same goes here. You want to call yourself the best, USE the best tool available for the job. OK, I can understand not toting a 4x6 view camera everywhere, or using a Nikon D3300 instead of a D4s, or heck, using an RX100 instead of an A7, but come on, you've got to draw the line somewhere.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 14:16 UTC
On Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review post (206 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: No thank you. I have an NEX-6 that would just smoke this thing (and via Wi-Fi can still share quickly), and if I needed something really small I could always get an RX100. These sorts of cameras remind me of the junky Polaroid SX-70 candy cameras of yesteryear, I didn't care for those either.

I agree with IcyPepsi. No phone can replace an SLR or mirrorless etc for people who actually CARE. Show up for my daughter's wedding using a smartphone as a camera while calling yourself a professional and I will personally throw you out on your butt.

Yes smartphones have replaced the Powershots and Cybershots of the world, yes, but we're talking about Polaroid and Instamatic types for the masses who think Spaghettios is the same thing as real spaghetti served in a bistro. That's fine if that's all you want, but enthusiasts are supposed to strive for excellence.

In fact, I think pro photography should be licensed & usage of a real camera should be one of the stipulations for being able to practice your craft professionally. Use a phone--license revoked. I'm totally serious.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 16:36 UTC
On Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review post (206 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: No thank you. I have an NEX-6 that would just smoke this thing (and via Wi-Fi can still share quickly), and if I needed something really small I could always get an RX100. These sorts of cameras remind me of the junky Polaroid SX-70 candy cameras of yesteryear, I didn't care for those either.

Real photographer s know lighting & such of course, but they ALSO use a camera commensurate with their aspirations. Just like people who aspire to be something of a golf enthusiast don't use broomsticks on the golf course, or people who have baseball aspirations try to get a quality bat and baseball glove etc even though they COULD just use a stick, the same goes here.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 01:43 UTC
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