spqr_ca

spqr_ca

Lives in Canada Toronto Area, Canada
Works as a Senior Manager, Software Engineering
Has a website at http://www.grumpyjohns.com
Joined on Oct 19, 2009

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On photo IMGP8135 in spqr_ca's photo gallery (2 comments in total)
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Kater Karlo: I really like this picture. I can feel the lightness of the bird and the joy of the man, trying not to move, breathing slowly. Nice!

Thanks! He feeds the birds around there regularly, I think he quite enjoys being around them.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 16:03 UTC
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M1963: One for the extra patient.
Normally, the use of ND filters results in cheesy pictures made by people who have no taste but believe they master photographic techniques.

I actually laughed out loud. You amuse me.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 15:48 UTC
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M1963: One for the extra patient.
Normally, the use of ND filters results in cheesy pictures made by people who have no taste but believe they master photographic techniques.

@M1963 - Your troll-fu is a little weak and your response was entirely predictable. Have a great day!

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 14:42 UTC
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M1963: One for the extra patient.
Normally, the use of ND filters results in cheesy pictures made by people who have no taste but believe they master photographic techniques.

The "I'm so good that I don't need to show my work to demonstrate how good I am" is an interesting approach to debate if nothing else...

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 04:25 UTC
On article Week in Review: One for the history books (160 comments in total)
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odpisan: I do not understand some writers of comments here.

Are they so extremly stupid?

For K-1 we have plenty & all kinds of diferent lenses which work perfect on FF.

But some poeople think that if Pentax did not make FF-camera until today there also is no lenses for FF - or what? Why they show their stupidity here & do not first look in the Pentax site?
>:o(((

"A Pentax user with lot of old lenses wouldn't switch either."

Not true. I sold two K5s and 10 lenses on a switch to the D800 a few years ago when it was looking like the Pentax FF was a dead dream. I don't regret that, I really like the D800, but I wish Pentax had moved faster. I'm not the only one that did this, there's a rather prominent professional fashion photographer that did this around the same time as well... The history of which is actually in these forums, I listed my gear for sale here.

So, the idea that a system switch is a big issue depends. There are many Nikon/Canon shooters with crop bodies and matching lenses, so they are often in for a full upgrade if they decide to jump to full frame (yes, I realize that you can use a crop lens on a FF body on Nikons, but then you crop, which eliminates the reason to move up). At that point, it's worth the look around because, if nothing else, you'll educate yourself into a decision.

Still not sure what your beef with Pentax is

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 03:33 UTC
On article Week in Review: One for the history books (160 comments in total)
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volks 1: Canon D6 or Nikon D750 are better choices, maybe not on paper but everywhere else where it counts. But hey, who am I to judge.

Jorge seems to be disputing it... You'll note that I agreed it wasn't the be all and end all, I do shoot Nikon now, after all. For sports and such, not seeing how it beats a stabilized lens, but for other purposes, well... Clearly astrophotography, super high resolution, AA filter on demand, and so on is a massively clear advantage of the concept when executed well.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 11:34 UTC
On article Week in Review: One for the history books (160 comments in total)
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odpisan: I do not understand some writers of comments here.

Are they so extremly stupid?

For K-1 we have plenty & all kinds of diferent lenses which work perfect on FF.

But some poeople think that if Pentax did not make FF-camera until today there also is no lenses for FF - or what? Why they show their stupidity here & do not first look in the Pentax site?
>:o(((

"No brand is better than the other one but Pentax users won't get it."

Even if that were true, and I don't know that it is, why would you care? Is this some kind of life mission for you? A Pentax shooter once beat you to shot or something?

"I don't see fans of other brands getting that fanatic about their gear."

Then you're not looking.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 11:30 UTC
On article Week in Review: One for the history books (160 comments in total)
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odpisan: I do not understand some writers of comments here.

Are they so extremly stupid?

For K-1 we have plenty & all kinds of diferent lenses which work perfect on FF.

But some poeople think that if Pentax did not make FF-camera until today there also is no lenses for FF - or what? Why they show their stupidity here & do not first look in the Pentax site?
>:o(((

@Jorge - your recent activity, your history is visible you realize, suggests that your protestations of camera agnosticism is rather suspect. We get it, you're not a fan of Pentax. Not sure why your self-worth is wrapped up in that fact...

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 02:48 UTC
On article Week in Review: One for the history books (160 comments in total)
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volks 1: Canon D6 or Nikon D750 are better choices, maybe not on paper but everywhere else where it counts. But hey, who am I to judge.

"it is all about advertising. some folks think that IBIS is the holy grail of photography."

Hyperbole much? It isn't, but if you have IBIS, you can have both, as having IBIS doesn't prevent lens-based stabilization. If you don't have IBIS, well... Not a lot out there yet, but if I recall correctly, Sigma did lens-based stabilization for Pentax and Sony a couple of times, so it's an option you can't get on a Nikon or Canon body.

In any case, if you're on a camera line where there is a lot of old glass kicking around, as is the case with Pentax, then IBIS is a very, very, useful feature.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 02:42 UTC

I recently picked up the Air A01... This would look funny as heck on that which, admittedly, makes it tempting.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 03:45 UTC as 41st comment
On photo IN BLOOM in the pastels challenge (3 comments in total)

That's gorgeous. Congrats on the win.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2015 at 13:05 UTC as 1st comment

I think we can now, officially, lay to rest the idea that Nikon or Pentax, or any of the others, are particularly unique when it comes to issues like this. On the upside, this will now save you from having to apply the "polka dot Instagram filter" in Photoshop...

Link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 02:29 UTC as 133rd comment | 4 replies
On article Datacolor offers Spyder5 with redesigned calibrator (115 comments in total)

I have the Spyder4, a very good device. I don't think I have a need to upgrade, but if you haven't got one at all, I would recommend it.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 00:43 UTC as 32nd comment
On challenge Yellow Stone Wild Life (8 comments in total)

FYI - http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm (don't make Yogi mad at you)

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 03:37 UTC as 3rd comment
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digiart: If memory doesn't fail me Pentax have done this several years ago (in a APS-C). A bit late IMO, but well done Nikon!

Pentax enabled astro-tracking using sensor shift managed by their GPS unit. A brilliant use of their in-body stabilization capability in my opinion. Perhaps they should consider a similar camera to this with their upcoming full-frame release... 36 mp with sensor shift aligned to Earth's rotation would be incredible.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 01:07 UTC
On article Nikon D750 Review (1987 comments in total)
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turvyT: D750 looks wonderful until you compare it in lab test section with Pentax 645z. Then, image quality wise, D750 looks just like one more of the pack. I know that IQ only doesn't say much about usability, but the difference is impressive.

Well, I suppose if you have an extra $6K to spend, not counting lenses, then this comparison might make some sense... The 645z is a wonderful camera, but it's hardly in the same market as the D750.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2014 at 03:52 UTC
On article Nikon D750 Review (1987 comments in total)
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Digital Mike0697: Has anyone notice there is a problem with lens flare on D750? Nikon Rumors, is stating there is a problem. I want to know before I buy the camera.

Thank you.

DPR say they haven't encountered it and, well, I've read quite a few other reviews and none of them mentioned it either. While I think there's probably a manufacturing issue with some cameras, I doubt it's as common and thus as "devastating" as some would have us believe.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2014 at 03:46 UTC
On article BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs (204 comments in total)

The problem with killing JPEG isn't about coming up with a better algorithm, those have existed for a while, what you need to do is get the camera makers to buy into it and that's a much bigger doing. Adobe has been trying to get them to go DNG for raw data for ages, with little luck, so while I admire Fabrice's coding skills, he's got a hard slog ahead of him if killing the JPEG is his goal.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 02:24 UTC as 54th comment
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AmateurSnaps: Cute Orangutan in rain wins it for me :)

One of those moments caught on camera that I can enjoy.

Yep, my reaction to that was "that's awesome!"

Overall, however, some truly fabulous photography.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2014 at 14:37 UTC
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call me Skippy: I have to say, I find the ruling outragous. Ownership and right of property have no intrinsic value whatsoever in my opinion. In my opinion it is functional: As long as it is beneficial for the whole society to guaranty these rights, they should be protected. In this case, this work of art occupies public space (the memorial I mean) and I dont think it is beneficial to guaranty any right of ownership in this case to the artist. Such rights impede on usage of public space in this case. People may feel otherwise - which is ok. But looking at the proliferation of creativity one can observe, all this money-grabbing might get very nasty. If a public administration - for example a local authority - commissions such work of art, the should really make the treaties water-tight and buy all the rights in order to prevent such rulings. Artists who dont want to go along shouldnt get the job. Just give the newcomer a chance - who will be happy to be paid at all.

So, as soon as your work is publicly displayed we're free to take and use as we see fit? Even for massive profit for ourselves and none for you? That may be okay with you, not so much by me. Fortunately, the law in most countries sides with me, for good reason.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2013 at 10:44 UTC
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