Bill Bentley

Bill Bentley

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

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mosc: I'd so much rather have 16-150 than 16-300 if the image quality were even slightly improved. Where is all this demand for the long end coming from? APS-C DSLR's can't focus at f6 in anything but direct sunlight and anything you have to be that far away from is most likely moving. I never understood the market for slow tele.

It's APS-C, it should be cheaper than FF to get some decent aperture telephoto lenses. Why are all real telephoto lenses FF? Show me something past 150 that's faster than f5.6 for APS-C and not FF? Pentax, champion of APS-C makes 60-250 f4 which is incredibly expensive ($1400) and 250 f4 isn't that impressive. Minolta had a FF 210 f4 more than 20 years ago and it never cost that much nor does it weigh 2.2 lbs!

I have Canon 600D and 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS. Great lightweight, budget combo. You can buy the lens used for $350, but even $650 new is not too bad. I have many good shots, both action and static with this combo.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/billbentley/13574334104/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/billbentley/13574328674/in/photostream/

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 21:04 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II real-world gallery article (132 comments in total)
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JapanAntoine: Thanks but would like to see more shots in dark situations, with ISO pumped up, or portrait shots with wide aperture, to evaluate the bokeh.
Thank you!

Agreed. I'd like to see the night city skyline shot at f8-f11 too. Looks a bit soft at f4-f5.6 to me, although the bridge shot isn't too bad. Decrease Av, increase ISO, increase Tv.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 23:10 UTC
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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Mssimo: I still only see 4 pages. Need to add the other 6.

Shouldn't have to go and clear the browser cache to see it though Barney.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 20:23 UTC
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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Mssimo: I still only see 4 pages. Need to add the other 6.

Not that I'm looking to buy a K3, but this camera has to be the biggest soap opera ever on this site.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 20:21 UTC
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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Tim Streater: Not having a rotatable rear screen is a big PLUS as far as I am concerned.

Why? Canon's implementation of the swivel screen is sublime. Sturdy enough and when tucked away is barely noticeable. I have used mine on many occasions.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 20:17 UTC
On Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores article (195 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: Wow, I purchased $20,000 in studio and darkroom gear from them back in the late 80's .

Sounds like they could have used another 20K from you last year.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 21:24 UTC
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Rage Joe: This seems like an untrue story. Maybe he earned $15,000 one day.... and the next days and weeks and month just about nothing?

That what the heading says. In ONE day. Not PER day.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 23:04 UTC

Honestly, the world baffles me these days. More specific, it baffles me what people spend their money on.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 23:03 UTC as 35th comment
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Bill Bentley: DPReview should contract user EOSHD to provide the video summary for all their still camera reviews.

*not joking*

Very good Richard. Carry on then, and nevermind little old me. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 03:47 UTC

DPReview should contract user EOSHD to provide the video summary for all their still camera reviews.

*not joking*

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2014 at 20:29 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies

So for non-commercial images is it best for us "enthusiasts" to watermark our photos then? I know that if someone wants a photo "bad" enough they will still steal it and try and remove the watermark. But maybe it's a small deterrent, just like having security company stickers on the doors and windows of your home or business. You hope you thief will just move on to a simpler target.

Edit: I'm talking about uploading of images to other sites, not Getty.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 16:28 UTC as 25th comment
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yabokkie: the lens looks good. would like to see it on X-A1 and be compared against other super wide APS-C zooms.

also I would appreciate if focal length, shutter, aperture, and ISO be displayed under album thumbnails. like "10mm/6.4, 1/300s, ISO800" for 1024mm_DSCF2293.

If you are using Chrome as your browser you can install an extension that will give you this functionality for any picture on the web that has the data still encoded. If you hover your mouse above the top left of the image it displays the exact info you mentioned in a small blue bar. It's very handy.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/exif-viewer/nafpfdcmppffipmhcpkbplhkoiekndck

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 21:01 UTC

Wow, the high ISO shots (4000+) look very, very good to my eye. I can even see the fine honeycomb texture in the ceiling in image 1024mm_DSCF2285. There may be a fine amount of NR smearing going on in the ISO 6400 shots, but it's certainly something I could handle.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 20:56 UTC as 16th comment
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medon78: Look at
1024mm_DSCF1820

... strange colors on the left side of the building. Doesn't look like a regular lens flare?

I suspected as much Barney, and it makes total sense what you did. That building shot wouldn't be a keeper though. If the lens had of produced a ring effect then maybe.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 20:53 UTC
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medon78: Look at
1024mm_DSCF1820

... strange colors on the left side of the building. Doesn't look like a regular lens flare?

It's not a pleasant "ring type" lens flare, but it's definitely lens flare. I get this with my Canon 10-22 sometimes too.

I wonder if a hood was used at all? Probably not since this is essentially a pre-production model.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 20:44 UTC

Laptop > desktop
Tablet > laptop
Smartphone > cheapish compact camera
Quality compact camera > DSLR??

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 20:14 UTC as 104th comment

Looks like Kai Wong from Digital Rev wearing the white gloves in pic #5?

Maybe David Hobby did convince him that X100s is a great cam after all. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 16:40 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (805 comments in total)
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gskolenda: Please, Please update these reviews, it's 2014!!
We need more info on Video Specs!!!!!!!

Bit Rates!! File type!!! Uncompressed Video? video focus modes?

Hello McFly!!

LOL, +1 for Marty.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 23:31 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Sony a6000 article (102 comments in total)

That pop-up flash makes this look like WALL-E.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 17:49 UTC as 19th comment
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (899 comments in total)
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Kwick1: Where, exactly, are the "first impressions"?

First impressions don't always have to involve hands on shooting.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 16:28 UTC
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