Bill Bentley

Bill Bentley

Lives in Canada British Columbia, Canada
Joined on Sep 13, 2004

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Sabud: This is a rather big lens, will be a nice range of 240-960mm on new 7DM2

No kidding. The poor barn swallow will never stand a chance against that combo. lol

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 15:10 UTC
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johnvr1: Doesn't 'hands on' mean your hands on and you can tell us how it feels and performs?

They're talking about the pretty German girl.

"So tell me Fräulein, exactly how many inches long is this lens."

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 15:08 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1716 comments in total)
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FrankS009: As someone who has moved into "enthusiast" photography from point and shoot, I am trying to come to grips with this camera. Actually, I should literally grip one to try a camera that weights more than twice my Panasoniic GX7 - plus a 24-200 lens. This is a design and cultural statement from an different and older world of photography.

In an age when IQ is becoming the same for practical purposes between m4/3rds, ASP-C and FF, I can now go much lighter with the new Panasonic GM5 at one end of the spectrum, or medium format at the other with the 645z. What is this then?

I conclude that a camera like this is a fashion accessory, something to make a statement of a particular kind. It says "big honking camera" to people who are impressed by big cameras in a similar way that big watches are impressive, or pickup trucks or SUVs. What what does it do - significantly - that a GH4 or a Sony A7R cannot do, or the GM5 for that matter? To each his or her own preferences and purposes.

This camera (and the 7D before it) are targeting people who need fast and accurate focusing, fast frame rates and the ability to balance high quality, heavy glass. None of the cameras you mentioned are up for that. It's a big honking camera for a reason. Weaklings need not apply.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 21:54 UTC
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Freeman-Jo: Some of you said this will be your next smartphone. i could be wrong but from the pictures shown here, I don't see any lens cap. And we know where we keep our cellphone, in the pants along with the keychains and whatever else that could scratch this big & awesome lens.
Just a thought.

Nobody wants an aftermarket cap for this and the lens is not well protected by any means. This design is flawed. It should have a small built-in lens cap that opens and closes when the camera function button is activated. Especially for this NOT inexpensive price.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 21:46 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (994 comments in total)
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HomoSapiensWannaBe: $485 for yet another battery grip model -- which uses the same EN-EL15 battery as the D600/610. I doubt there was any need other than greed to change the battery grip from the D600/610. Oh well, in a few months we'll have one or more compatible 3rd party grips for $80 or less.

Even $385 for a hollow piece of screw on plastic is obscene.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 15:15 UTC
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tripodfan: The music on the promo video is outstanding.

LOL. Samyang just want to remind us they are not OEM.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 15:38 UTC
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Bill Bentley: I don't quite understand the Google connection. Is this a formal arrangement between them and Pics.io? And if yes, why? Google already has Snapseed and the Nik Collection they could develop further if they wanted to go in this direction.

Okay, so then if I understand correctly you are modelling your business plan like Adobe. PS/LR "online" bundle for editing and then upload to Adobe's Revel cloud service for storage. With monthly access fee of course.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 22:17 UTC

I don't quite understand the Google connection. Is this a formal arrangement between them and Pics.io? And if yes, why? Google already has Snapseed and the Nik Collection they could develop further if they wanted to go in this direction.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 20:25 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
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Bill Bentley: Price = Ridiculous.

But I like that the tech is slowly edging in this direction. Soon enough we will have close to APS-C equivalent quality in a smartphone body for about $300-$350. That will be great.

Of course not this phone Lars, but I'm thinking of maybe 2-3 years from now. It's the same with the phones as it is with television sets.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 15:02 UTC

Price = Ridiculous.

But I like that the tech is slowly edging in this direction. Soon enough we will have close to APS-C equivalent quality in a smartphone body for about $300-$350. That will be great.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 22:42 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
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marc petzold: OMG..that's sooo.....exciting....zZzZzZzzzZzzzz....

Sorry... but who enters photo competitions like this anymore? It's become a game where they offer one major prize, a few smaller trinkets and then take ALL the rights to every photo submitted so they can turn around and sell them.

There are still worthwhile competitions out there. This just isn't one of them.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 21:47 UTC
On CreativeLive to host one-day event with Art Wolfe article (33 comments in total)
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Michael Piziak: I tried to see it twice and it didn't work. Oh well.

???.........It hasn't started yet.

EDIT: The first link in the article is broken. Use the link near the end of the article.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 15:07 UTC
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RichRMA: This is where you thank the optical gods for the polarizer.

Lens hood is shown on camera right off the top of the video.

But agree, not in plane.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 16:32 UTC
On Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (201 comments in total)
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saralecaire: Still more expensive than the brand new and 4K capable Panasonic FZ1000.

Sheesh, is it so hard to understand that you can only capture a live event ONCE. So why not capture it in the highest quality possible? You can always create a 1080p file from the footage and work with that until computers catch up (aren't we basically there yet though). Just upload a 720p file to You Tube if you want.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 19:01 UTC
On Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (201 comments in total)
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saralecaire: Still more expensive than the brand new and 4K capable Panasonic FZ1000.

People, please understand that 4K capability is not just about use today, it is for future use too. You cannot go back and re-shoot today's memories. So why not record them in the highest quality possible.

Look at re-runs of Star Trek - The Next Generation. It was a great series for it's time. But the 4:3 format looks all wrong on today's tv screens. I'm sure they now wish they shot it in a different format at the time.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 17:15 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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mark moe: I'm not a fanboy owned MANY products from both companies....

Sony has three camera features I use all the time:

1. Twilight mode: many shots a merged to reduce noise-- great
2. sweep panorama -- easy and good results
3. Hand held HDR-- awesome.

panasonic May equal or best these features now but-- I'd like to see proof. If they do, they cut Sony's lead or bested them.

These useful little things I use over and over are why my Sony cameras displaced my Panasonic and Canon cameras in the past.

@ Eleson. Here is the tool that can do it.
http://www.photographers-toolbox.com/products/lrenfuse.php

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 15:24 UTC
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SantaFeBill: I admit I'm not much into video, but still ... U.S.$900 for the camera, then another $5000 for a TV to view my badly done amateur 4K videos (since there is yet no 4K broadcast content in the U.S. - heck, HD TV here is still 1080i or even 720, not 1080p.) Plus of course 4K-enabled video editing sw and a monitor that would give some idea of what the 4K video looks like. Plus a computer or at least a graphics card/CPU upgrade.

For that amount of $$$, I could get a great FF DSLR plus a very good lens, probably two.

I'm sure I'm missing something ... . Just not sure what it is. :-;

What you're missing is the fact you can record 4K video NOW and then wait for the prices to come down on the other bits you mentioned. No reason you can't display regular HD quality from this on your current TV set

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 18:29 UTC

Is this the thing that was developed and beta tested under the name Project 1709? It was absolutely brutal when I signed up for it over a year or so ago. Nothing worked, and you couldn't even delete photos. No response to user feedback. I think it was just a ploy to get a hold of free images. Maybe it still is.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 19:32 UTC as 8th comment
On Canon USA brings white EOS Rebel SL1 to America article (120 comments in total)

This will look great in the hands of a female Russian spy at a ski resort in the next James Bond film.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 15:49 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
On Behind the Shot: Shredded article (84 comments in total)
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cseiler: Reading this is like hearing that a very nice meal I just had was full of glutamate!- I guess sometimes its better not to know the recipe.

He started with a RAW file. RAW, like uncooked food. Other than maybe oysters, herring and sushi, do you eat much raw meat? Do you think this image was over-processed? If you do, then you're mistaken.

Thanks for sharing Erez. Always appreciated.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2014 at 20:29 UTC
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