Bill Bentley

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

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StevenE: Nice ... but why in the world does Sony not put touchscreen on the A7 and 6300 cameras? It's an obvious must-have feature that would give touch focus pulling in video

Can this not be done via phone and app? Would much rather control video focus this way vs. actually touching the camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 17:01 UTC
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jonny1976: canon is the most boring photo company in the world really..

So is Honda for cars, and look where that got them.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 15:58 UTC
On article Adobe releases Lightroom mobile for Android (3 comments in total)
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Impulses: Seems kinda backwards they released it for phones before tablets (you cab side load it but it's buggy and crashes, go figure).

The way I read it was that the editing works fine on a tablet but that the tablet camera is not connected. I don't shoot with my tablet but would prefer to make the edits there vs. on my phone. Or did I read it wrong?

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 16:50 UTC
On article Photo Mate R3 brings improved Raw editing on Android (12 comments in total)

Looks good.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 19:09 UTC as 4th comment

I can't see a mention of space limits anywhere. How many GB's does this include? Unlimited image hosting?

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 17:09 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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watson076: Over the last few years manufacturers have really lost touch with what photographers love, but I believe Fuji really hit the reset button. 40-50 mp this and that, 4k video, blah blah blah - who the f**k cares ? What I want is a true photographic experience (and I speak for many friends of mine who feel the same way). Fuji concentrates on what true photographers want, not what focus groups tell them to manufacture. Thank god someone is listening.

@watson076, sandy b did not miss your point or put a spin on it. And your lengthy, defensive reply was childish.

You want a camera you can "connect" with? Good photographers can make good images with $25 instant cameras. Of course ergonomics are important too, but that is not what this discussion was about.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 17:02 UTC
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halfwaythere: The penultimate shot, the one with the dog, is quite horrendous image quality wise: very noisy to the point of asking myself is this was shot at ISO 3200 or higher and the CA in the tree is quite "spectacular".

I see the appeal of a camera like this but I don't understand the hype.

@ Pandimonium. You haven't been here that long, have you? ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 16:40 UTC
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Horshack: I was going to comment on how the USA has influenced Barney's speech when I saw 'reckon' in the second sentence. But after a quick google search I learned the word is common in British English, which is surprising considering it's only common here in the south. Interesting how certain words have uncommon bedfellows.

http://separatedbyacommonlanguage.blogspot.com/2006/06/reckon-and-figure.html

I was alarmed at the use of the word "gotten". My grade 12 English teacher (a wonderful 65+ year old English gentleman with a waxed handlebar mustache and thick black rimmed glasses) always reminded us that gotten is rotten. :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 16:34 UTC
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kenneth_manila: These gloves look similar to the Freehands Thinsulate Gloves I bought from B&H when I was in NYC 4 years ago.

I won't keep SD cards in my gloves, and I won't use a microfiber strip integrated into gloves to clean my lenses, so I don't see the advantage of these gloves over the Freehands version.

BTW, the Freehands version was around US$35.

Freehands has the SD pocket now and also improved their design (per customer feedback) to include a liner for the "exposed" thumb and forefinger. $39 USD.

http://www.freehands.com/mens-softshell-photography-glove/

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 17:14 UTC
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falconeyes: These gloves have a severe design flaw ...

... they don't second-act as flash diffuser when drawn over. Was it this hard to find a transparent material?

Right glove for daylight, left one for tungsten (comes in yellowish color).

Ha, and would be just in time for spring flower macros too. ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 16:59 UTC
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Ken Takes Photos: I feel bad for the developers of this product reading these comments. :-(

I don't think they care though. ;-)

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Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2015 at 17:05 UTC
On article Lumu Power meters light, flash and color temperature (21 comments in total)
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whyamihere: For those who complain about the lack of Android support, I can only respond by reminding people how utterly fractured the OS really is:

http://opensignal.com/reports/2015/08/android-fragmentation/

Samsung produces dozens of Android devices running different versions of Android that are forked by varying TouchWiz modifications. Lumu, being a small company, does not have the resources to test what would be hundreds of combinations of software and hardware to ensure compatibility.

And that's just one manufacturer.

It probably make sense for Lumu to put their efforts into a platform that only has a handful of devices, where most users tend to use the latest version of the OS, and which can be more-easily tested for QA. Testing the latest stock version of Android on a few ubiquitous devices is simply not representative of the majority, and they'd likely not want to have bad press because their device failed to work with your Samsung Galaxy Rectangle Note S6+ Whatever.

Very simple solution then. Only focus on making the device compatible with the very best Android camera devices. LG4, Samsung S6, Sony Experia, etc. There are really only about 6 or so at the present time. These are the people who would buy this, not the person with the $50 Moto E or whatever.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 22:42 UTC
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Neodp: Great new software. Now a word about non-destructive.

Why is this a selling point? Current (non)reality mean it is and that's great for this new software. But what is the deal with "non-destructive".

I spent years with Lightroom (Lr) and it's claim to fame was "non-destructive" edits. This is really crap and snake oil (mostly). Editors do this with something like the Lr "catalogs". We bought this because a lot of folks start off with JPEG only and want to edit them. It is what it is; but as you know every time you save a compressed JPEG it then degrades. EVEN if you only shoot JPEG then are you afraid of accidentally saving over it or what? Aren't they backed up anyway?

Also, the idea is to have tens of sprawling version of the one original file. Such a B&W and the one with a chickens head on a squirrel; that took you a week to get right. Thus protecting the base mother file. Else what makes the most sense is one highly edited picture from which many other rendition are made....

Non-destructive is merely a term that means the original file (RAW, jpeg, etc) remains unaltered. It's a selling point because you do not need to remember to do a "save as" before you go and edit each image and risk making irreparable changes to your original file.

Your last paragraph makes little sense. The whole idea is to have multiple versions and "looks" of the same base image. How can this be done from ONE highly edited image? You can't just turn a nicely edited color image into a nice B&W image simply by clicking the B&W button. I spend as much time (if not more) working on a B&W image than I do a color one.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 18:25 UTC
On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (218 comments in total)
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Aroart: Very cool.. someone give me a call when you can do this in video than I'll be realy impressed.. Non the less nice to see co trying out new ideas. ..I can see a great use for this in sports and action photography..

"Burst images in 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) are shot at 30 fps while detecting up to 49 areas of a frame for focus points at different depths of field."

I doubt this technique will work for sports/action, where one second is an eternity. You notice that all the examples they showed were stationary subjects. The camera needs one second to capture a series of bracketed of shots as dr. noise mentioned in his post. ^

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 22:09 UTC
On article PIX 2015: Tim Grey and reframing your story (16 comments in total)

Excellent tips. I'm going to share this with my camera club.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 19:23 UTC as 14th comment
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RichRMA: It's a tiny smart phone sensor so who cares how it performs? It was like BSI sensors, that took forever to reach a decent size. Come back in five years.

@RichRMA I'm sure secretaries said the same thing about typewriters when word processors came about.

You do realize we're probably on the cusp of being able to wear a device like Google Glass and just "think" about taking a picture and it will snap one. Not that I use one on a regular basis, but the quality of the cell phone camera keeps improving each year. It's only a matter of time.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 22:32 UTC
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