Franklin J Ellias

Franklin J Ellias

Lives in United States NoviMI/Mid-West/USA, MI, United States
Works as a Semi-Ret. Fee Based Life & Health Ins. Counselor
Joined on Mar 31, 2004
About me:

Yes, that is my car with me behind the wheel at Michigan International Speedway. Started drag and track racing in 1961. Photography as a hobby in 1974...bought a used Leica.

Comments

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On MIT algorithm predicts photo popularity article (97 comments in total)

As a person that has enjoyed photography for most of my 7+ decades, I just smile. I am sure that many of you remember waiting until we could get into a darkroom, to a photoshop (brick and mortar) or for Kodak's labs to process our Kodachrome. Then arranging in slide trays or photo albums and carefully storing negatives. Next cataloging and trying to remember the exact time of day (if we misplaced our notes) F-stops, lens and locations.
WOW! We have come a long way. Hard for me to keep up but I love it.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 14:29 UTC as 4th comment
On Review: Ona Lima camera strap article (142 comments in total)
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Franklin J Ellias: Black Rapid!

The most comfortable strap I've ever owned. I have owned many straps over 53 years. From leather, leather with rubber snap-ons, nylon, neoprene and then the tech at my camera shop suggested that I try the Black Rapid. What a relief, I thought I would have to stop walk around photography because I have arthritis in my neck. The weight rests on my left shoulder and the camera in my right hand. LOVE IT!

$10.00 or less (including shiping) on eBay.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 14:50 UTC
On Review: Ona Lima camera strap article (142 comments in total)

Black Rapid!

The most comfortable strap I've ever owned. I have owned many straps over 53 years. From leather, leather with rubber snap-ons, nylon, neoprene and then the tech at my camera shop suggested that I try the Black Rapid. What a relief, I thought I would have to stop walk around photography because I have arthritis in my neck. The weight rests on my left shoulder and the camera in my right hand. LOVE IT!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 12:30 UTC as 48th comment | 2 replies
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Kim Letkeman: Wow ... the one manufacturer that seems to have figured out how to make superior lenses for a very good price takes a bullet from what used to be my favourite manufacturer. Sheesh ...

It is not only about the price of manufacturing. I some situations it takes years of product sales to recover the cost of research and development. This is especially true when working with a limited commodity with a short shelf life. This is why we have and enforce patent laws both domestic and international. If one does not defend a patent vigorously the right to protect it is lost. I say BRAVO to Nikon, Apple and any company that defends their investments in R & D.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 13:39 UTC

I don't have, won't add the Adobe Cloud. However, I do have a few Adobe programs on my computer and I had to reset my password on Saturday. So much for only cloud users!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2013 at 13:44 UTC as 15th comment
On Studio Test Scene article (55 comments in total)

This is great.
I am always concerned about various tests since 90+% of my shoots are not taken in a studio with controlled lighting and the opportunity to "set up the shot".
If I read this notice correctly; you will be covering most of the situations that many of us find ourselves in.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 15:17 UTC as 23rd comment

I have found the forums and comments on DPR to be very helpful and informative. After reading your reviews and the comments that follow it has helped me make purchases and photographic decisions.
Many times the comments bring information that is helpful for those of us that have not had the varying experience of others.
Yes, there are those that only have negative comments about a given brand of products or are always challenging a finding. However, within a short time there is another response clearing up the issue.
Now that I am semi-retired and actively pursuing my love for photography; when I read an article of interest and have questions they are answered by comment-ors as well as your staff.
Please continue...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 12:22 UTC as 105th comment
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JDThomas: Are people actually READING the article? It's about Anthony Karen's methodology on photojournalism and trust. The subject is beside the point.

@JDThomas: I guess we agree. I can't believe that those that are truly interested in education want to close out all that they disagree with. The only way to understand what those that hold differing views think, are about, is to communicate with them and understand them as much as possible. This does not mean that you agree with them.
To condem the author/photographer is controlling the flow of knowledge. The censorship of information leads to ignorance. I read and view as much as possible about all points of view. It helps me better understand the world that we live in. Your comments about the glorification of organized crime being acceptable and the KKK is not are well taken.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2013 at 17:54 UTC
On Pro DSLRs, Pro Photographers article (126 comments in total)

Great shots, by excellent photographers. It takes education and an artists eye to achieve this quality of work. Like in everything else "it's not the arrow, it's the Indian"!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2013 at 13:48 UTC as 20th comment
On Printer Primer 1: Choosing a Photo Printer article (8 comments in total)
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Brent Douglas: It should be mentioned, if you plan to leave the printer unused for weeks on end (say 2+) at one go, clogging of print heads could be a consideration, especially on Epson’s. I have a 4900 with all 11 colors clogged. Printer-based cleanings aren't going to fix it this time. In the service manual for the 4900, it recommends service techs tell consumers to run an auto-clean every week.

A new head is $1200 and I have to drive it to a service center 3 hours by car away; a new printer is $1700 at my door. I love having a pro-grade printer at home, but the maintenance costs are never talked about…they should be as they can be very high! I have a local camera and print shop here in Austin. I may just use their services instead of repairing/replacing this 4900.

I encourage Amadou to add a section about Maintenance and Cost of ownership. This goes far beyond buying new ink(s).

Regards,
Brent

Well written!
A friend offered the use of his pro printer for a picture that I wanted in higher quality than my HP all-in-one. He "fired it up" after it had been idle for over 10 days and he spent over an hour unclogging it. I don't know how much ink he has waisted or how many times he has had to clean the print heads...
We both agreed that the $10 for the first 8 X 10 and $2.50 for each additional print at a prints shop was far less expensive.
Cost of ownership + cost of supplies + cost of maintenance / by number of prints = very expensive per print for less than constant shooting, printing pro.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2013 at 14:56 UTC
On Canon EOS 6D preview (1044 comments in total)

I am considering upgrading my t2i to a full frame...this review is disheartening. I don't want to (can't) spend $6,000+ and I have great Canon lenses in my bag including my favorite EF 100/2.8. The only EF-S is my 18-200 that I would be willing to give up (trade in) for another travel lens. I am not a pro, I am a mildly advance amateur that enjoys photography as a hobby.
I too would like to see you complete review of this camera (6D) and the Nikon D600 before I make a decision to jump ship.
Is the new Sony worth considering?
Should I just move to the t4i?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 20:25 UTC as 128th comment
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