Catallaxy

Catallaxy

Lives in United States VA, United States
Joined on Dec 14, 2008

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On Accessory Review: Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod article (48 comments in total)
In reply to:

David Hurt: I have older Bogen(Manfrotto tripods) & they work great - about $179.00 invested in the whole thing - legs & a head. No way I would pay $250.00 for tripod legs!!

Where is the test to determine how many pixels of blur we have at a given shutter speed with this rig?

The statement "... I didn't have a problem with stability" is just an opinion with no facts, photos etc. to back it up.

Poor review. Where is my downthumb icon? I need to use it for this Review.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2012 at 20:35 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system news story (736 comments in total)

The forums look so terrible right now.
contrast issues
font colors
cannot see OP name
voting taking up a lot of space
line spacing is bad, takes up a lot of space and makes posts hard to read
hard to see which threads have been updated since last checking
hard to tell new posts in a thread versus older posts
mobile on iphone is unusable
Naming of forums - harder for newbies to figure out where to post

Overall just bad design. I am dropping offline for a while (few weeks maybe?). I'll check back to see what they fixed. I hope it is a lot as I like coming here, but I probably won't stay unless they make major changes so that the forums are easy to use and read again.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 23:46 UTC as 119th comment
On Nikon D600 Hands-on Preview preview (718 comments in total)

1/4000 shutter, the poor 39 point AF (compared to CAM3500 in the D300/D700), and max 5.5 fps with no boost from the grip. These are the three things that will keep me from upgrading from my D700.

Lets hope they bring out a D400 that is better than this for wildlife and sports.

I wish Nikon success and they will probably sell a ton of the D600s, but it does not fit my needs.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 05:20 UTC as 250th comment | 4 replies

Just got mine from Stephen at Cameraquest.com (I put down a deposit a while ago).

The lens is small and lightweight. Perhaps a tiny bit smaller than my Voigtlander 40 f/2 (new model) and the focus ring is very smooth and damped. I am putting it through testing now, but so far it is a joy to work with. Inside shots look good with nice bokeh. It is easy to focus on my D700. The light is just getting good so I should be able to tell more about the lens after shooting it outside this evening.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 21:44 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

The reviewer failed to review one of the most important points about a battery grip - how it does on a tripod. Some of the third party grips have a bad reputation for flex or give or otherwise not being a sturdy platform when the camera plus grip is mounted on a tripod. Just because the body/grip interface does not appear to flex in normal operations does not mean that it will not flex or contribute to vibrations on a tripod.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2012 at 20:45 UTC as 33rd comment | 3 replies
On Updated: Panasonic DMC-FZ150 studio samples re-shot news story (50 comments in total)

Bravo to DPReview for not only updating the jpegs in the widget, but for putting this front page. The photos show that there is visible difference in IQ from the shots taken with the early firmware. And a bravo to Panasonic for updating the firmware for better jpeg output.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2011 at 00:58 UTC as 19th comment
On Five of the best tripods for under $450 article (82 comments in total)

Worthless article. How about actually putting a camera on the things (say a D5100 and 18-55 and heavier test such as D7000 plus 105 VR) then show us the blur graphs or even better the actual photos? Be sure to do the tripod tap test and the MUP test and the burst test so we can see how they respond under different conditions. A shiny gold star to the reviewer who actually sets a test in a wind tunnel to see what wind vibrations do to the stability!

How are we to tell if these "highly rated" tripods are even stable? And what is the basis for the star ratings?

Meh. Not much actionable information here that could not also be gleaned by a quick browse of the tech specs on the manufacturer's web site or from a retailer.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2011 at 23:06 UTC as 49th comment
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