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Denis of Whidbey Island

Denis of Whidbey Island

Lives in United States Whidbey Island, United States
Works as a photography
Has a website at www.whidbeypanoramas.com
Joined on Oct 5, 2002
About me:

More than 50 years into photography, professional experience started in early '70s at Stock Car Racing Magazine.
More interesting past gear has included a new Nikon F back in the day, Widelux 1500, Art Panorama, Roundshot 65EL, Roundshot Super 220VR, Fuji GX617, Noblex 150U, Canham 5x7, Sinar P, Toyo field, Fuji Texas Leica, Rollei SL66, Hasselblad 500C ...

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On BSI Boss? Sony Alpha 7R II added to studio scene article (317 comments in total)
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Ednaz: It's impressive, but I compared with Nikon D800E and D810, at ISO 1600, 3200, and 6400, all raw, and there's a little back and forth on which system does better depending on what parts of the test image you look at, but in general the Nikon gear doesn't lose anything on resolution, and is cleaner.

Lens systems have a lot of gravity... if I've got 10 top end Nikkor lenses that cover the types of things I shoot a lot of, there's a lot of pull to stay with that system. Switching systems and replicating the kit would be a huge economic hit. A system would have to hugely outperform, not just at the margins.

Sony's doing impressive things, but they're competing against 50 years of lenses: f1.2 lenses, f1.4 at every major prime focal length, 2.8 zoom kits, a set of super-telephotos. I acquired my lens kit over 15 years. It'll take a rocket ship to break free of that gravity, and sustained lack of innovation from Nikon.

Still, nice work, Sony. You're in the game of leapfrog now.

Just returned from the post office where I dropped off the last of my Nikon gear. My goal is a concise/compact kit around the a7RM2 and a6000. Nikon's reluctance to seriously pursue mirrorless cost them a faithful customer of 35 years.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2015 at 23:08 UTC

Did I miss the part of video with the demonstration of shooting in portrait orientation?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 17:40 UTC as 7th comment
On DJI Phantom 3 Standard photography drone unveiled article (72 comments in total)

Kinda irritating that this came out shortly after I got the Phantom 3 Advanced. This would have worked for my purposes at lower cost. So will they add those additional flying modes (Follow Me, Waypoint Navigation and Point of Interest flight planning) via firmware to our more expensive Phantom 3s?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 22:35 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply

Saw the video on this a few days ago; nice bag but not cheap! I'll stick with my old Temba Messenger.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 19:40 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies

France (a country I love, having lived there in my youth) has been photographer-hostile for a while. Back in the '90s I got chased off the Trocadero while shooting with a tripod-mounted (obviously) Roundshot. The cops watched until I packed up and left. Then I inquired what it would take to shoot in the Versailles palace gardens and learned it would cost $2000US.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 15:05 UTC as 175th comment

Having used an older 500mm f/4 (two generations back?), the weight reduction will be welcome. Ditto for the 600mm, the last of which I used being manual focus.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 04:10 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR article (331 comments in total)

Well, it's July 2 somewhere.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 04:07 UTC as 97th comment
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(unknown member): did I read this right " + - shift at normal distances" ????

To shift on FF would require a larger image circle. I know little about optics design, but understand that it's more challenging to achieve a larger image circle (sensor coverage) at short focal lengths.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 13:43 UTC

It will be interesting to read an objective review of the real-world shooting experience with this. Like the similar Sony device, DxO has left Nikon (which I use) and Canon in the dust as far as trying to cater to the phonera crowd, allowing real instant connectivity. Having been a DxO Optics Pro user for years, I suspect that this will produce some good images.

OTOH, as a Samsung phablet user, I'm happy to see that the Apple crowd gets to shell out the price of a Sony 1" compact for a more cumbersome imaging device.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 14:14 UTC as 129th comment
On Sony RX100 IV compact shoots 4k, uses a stacked sensor article (310 comments in total)
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Rob Sims: This may just be the upgrade I've been waiting for (from my current RX100m1). EVF, tilty screen, faster lens, faster AF and now with 4K video and slow mo modes, I could imagine carrying this along side my RX1/A7 for just the video features alone, as well as carrying just this when I don't want any bulk.

Does anyone know how much the image quality would have improved over 4 generations? Is noise likely to be better controlled? I shoot RAW but always felt that a lower resolution would have been a good trade-off at the time for lower noise as it's visible even at relatively low ISOs, let alone anything 1600+. Or is this just a compromise you have to live with shooting a 1-inch sensor?

I also own the RX100m1 and would opt for slightly lower resolution. But after testing the waters with an a5000, I gave up on the pocket camera concept and went to a two-lens a6000 kit as my "carry everywhere" rig.

The killer pocket camera these days will be the RX100m3 as the price comes down.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 17:22 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: Please do your part to keep Ken Rockwell-isms out of DPR. If you're going to use the term "coma" please also use the right term for sunstars.

It is my understanding that the correct term is "diffraction spikes."

The initial comment (not by me) sparked a rant that began with, "No one cares ...". I refuted that assertion. If I care, someone does care. Now it's clearly fine for someone to try to discredit the position of the original post, but any defense of the poster's right to his opinion justifies a screed worthy of a Rush Room. Just as I once suspected that RL was a comedy act, I thought your response was designed to elicit a chuckle.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2015 at 04:10 UTC
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Denis of Whidbey Island: I wish the LR CC install would work on my Win 7 64-bit system. Bridge CC and ACR 9 installed OK but no luck after three tries with LR CC.

Happily the sign out / sign in solution worked for me, at least to get LR CC to run. I suppose you don't get LR 6 by default if you get LR CC.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 14:04 UTC
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vesa1tahti: LR CC doesn't get opened ! Tested many hours, but no! Windows 7. On CC platform is written that LR CC (2015) is ok, but I can't open it. On the icon, only ''Lightroom'' is written. What is going on with Adobe? People are doing thousands of hours of work, without results. ADOBE, WHY DON'T YOU SAY ANYTHING !

What solution?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 14:00 UTC

I wish the LR CC install would work on my Win 7 64-bit system. Bridge CC and ACR 9 installed OK but no luck after three tries with LR CC.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 15:57 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply

Wonder if it's compatible with Nikon teleconverters.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 20:24 UTC as 48th comment
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Vlad S: The horizontal angle of view is 117.8 deg, and vertical is 94.6. It means that if one takes a picture from the corner of a rectangular room, then even in the portrait orientation both adjacent walls would be visible in the frame. I imagine the real estate photographers will go gaga over this.

Frankly, I am very upset by real estate pictures that look like a palatial ball room in the photo, and like a broom closet in real life.

Real estate photography is part of my business, and the balance of showing the space vs. distorting the size of the space is something serious RE photographers consider. With the Nikon 14-24mm, 14mm is often not the appropriate FL. But composition is just as critical to the creation of a realistic image of a space.

I don't feel a need for wider than 14mm, but it could be useful for auto, aircraft and boat interiors, bathrooms and a variety of specialized photography in seriously confined spaces.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 17:01 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: Please do your part to keep Ken Rockwell-isms out of DPR. If you're going to use the term "coma" please also use the right term for sunstars.

It is my understanding that the correct term is "diffraction spikes."

Do the name calling, misuse of ampersand, poor punctuation, screaming capitalization and hubris come naturally, or are you expressing irony?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 14:39 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: Please do your part to keep Ken Rockwell-isms out of DPR. If you're going to use the term "coma" please also use the right term for sunstars.

It is my understanding that the correct term is "diffraction spikes."

"No one cares," is false since someone does care. It remains false even if s/he who cares is not the ultimate arbiter of correctness you are, GlobalGuyUSA.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 03:39 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: Please do your part to keep Ken Rockwell-isms out of DPR. If you're going to use the term "coma" please also use the right term for sunstars.

It is my understanding that the correct term is "diffraction spikes."

I care ... about slowing the "living language" down so it can be understood. It's one thing for usage to evolve to adapt to a changing world or to communicate more clearly. It's another matter to allow incorrect usage to become the norm due to sloth.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 21:57 UTC
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RichRMA: "Easily corrected" in ACR or post-processing. Does anyone enjoy having to do that? Let this be done in-camera automatically when possible.

So the only undegraded image is an in-camera JPEG with all lens correction and color/contrast/curves turned off ... and don't do any tweaks in your computer; everything degrades image quality?

Seriously, folks, many working photographers rely on ACR lens profiles or DXO body:lens corrections to earn a living. Perhaps the best lenses are perfect and get mounted on perfect bodies, with perfect photographers at the controls. Pat yourselves on the back while the rest of us happily use the tools it takes to get the jobs done.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 21:54 UTC
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