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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Ross the Fidller: I'll stick with my much better & useful Lowepro Flipside 400 AW (with smaller models for those that want it that way). The only downside with that design is a lack of space for a laptop, but how often would you want that when all you need are cameras, lenses, flashes etc for a number of occasions. The laptop could be in its own bag & left at the hotel (or home), if that is what the day use of the camera bag is.
http://store.lowepro.com/flipside-400-aw

Indeed! I've been using a Flipside 300 for years. I chose the size specifically to limit the weight I'd pack into it. Top handle design is as good as I've seen. Only wish the waist strap were more substantial and that the chest strap hadn't come loose early. For me the design benefit is the ability to flop it on the ground more than security.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 05:42 UTC
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Jefftan: 14mm F2.8 can use lens filter or not?
It seem to have a build in lens hood that would stop the use of filter
anyone know?
Thanks

I agree that the language is ambiguous. "The 67mm filter diameter brings the maximum amount of light into the lens to create the best work of light in photography." and "The 67mm filter diameter is also the result of years of R&D for best handling ..." Magnifying the provided image shows filter thread on the 50mm and none on the 14mm, unless that's threading all the way out the hood.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 14:08 UTC
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rsf3127: If you travel eith you stuff only to civilised places, maybe this or one of the Ona priducts may fit the bill. Anywhere else, I prefer my backpack with the opening hiden from bad intentioned hands.

My lower case roller is less impressive than your Roller.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2016 at 23:58 UTC
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rsf3127: If you travel eith you stuff only to civilised places, maybe this or one of the Ona priducts may fit the bill. Anywhere else, I prefer my backpack with the opening hiden from bad intentioned hands.

Different bags for different jobs. That's why I have a big roller, a medium backpack with opening against back design, a messenger and a couple of conventional small bags.

You can put some of the cameras in all of the bags and you can put all of the cameras in some of the bags, but you can't put all of the cameras in all of the bags.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2016 at 19:07 UTC

Meh. My old Tenba messenger works for a lot less $$$.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2016 at 14:05 UTC as 67th comment
On article Swirly bokeh: Lensbaby announces Twist 60 lens (120 comments in total)

Actually, this is a price point that might make it interesting. Wouldn't the intensity of the swirl be diminished by stopping down? I'd like to see the bokeh difference between FF and APS-C bodies.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 17:22 UTC as 25th comment

To those who lament having recently paid the silly small price of the suite since Google has owned it, be aware that Nik charged some of us a lot more ($100 each for Viveza and HDR Efex) when they sold the plug-ins individually.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 20:45 UTC as 62nd comment | 1 reply

These guys, http://www.zoerk.com/, have made MF-to-FF adapters (sans optics) for more than 20 years. It was handy to use an MF lens as a shift lens on 35mm.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2015 at 13:37 UTC as 8th comment

Would knowledge of large format black and white photography with a digital insert qualify?

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 23:38 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
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The Photo Ninja: You can pay for a lot of professionally printed photos for the price of this.

I've been doing my own prints for gallery sales for nearly 20 years. Epson 2000, 7600 and 4000 were none too reliable, but more profitable than lab prints. For five (?) years I've been using the Epson 3880; it's dead reliable, never clogs, does a great job.

I do have larger prints done outside, but pigment prints are often expensive from those sources and my customers don't grab chemical prints as rapidly as that ones I print.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 16:35 UTC
On article RX aeternus? Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II review (270 comments in total)

Typo in IQ summary, refers to, "... the original RX10 II ..."

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 20:39 UTC as 94th comment | 1 reply
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falconeyes: @Brittany Hillen:
> Sans an adapter

I read "Sans" is archaic and used by foreign speakers more than native speakers. It is French for without. Also in this thread, I see this word causes quite some confusion.

My question: Did you use this word for a reason, came it natural for you, or thinking about it now, would you use 'without' instead?

Are you a native speaker, US or UK?

I ask because I am curious to learn about the language. My native language is German.

I'm a native speaker (born in Mo., the heartland) and it comes naturally to me. I also own an OED and a shelf of style guides and other books on usage. There's nothing wrong with not writing to the lowest common denominator.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2015 at 14:56 UTC
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falconeyes: @Brittany Hillen:
> Sans an adapter

I read "Sans" is archaic and used by foreign speakers more than native speakers. It is French for without. Also in this thread, I see this word causes quite some confusion.

My question: Did you use this word for a reason, came it natural for you, or thinking about it now, would you use 'without' instead?

Are you a native speaker, US or UK?

I ask because I am curious to learn about the language. My native language is German.

I'm sans ennui over the use of sans.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2015 at 04:07 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2157 comments in total)

After six days intensive shooting in coastal Maine, my main gripe about the a7R2 is how easy it is to accidentally bump a control and mess up settings. Mostly it would slip to the wrong ISO setting, which is NOT convenient when the situation demands auto ISO and it slides into the 50 position! I've learned to keep an eye on the settings display.

That problem is probably offset by the goodness of the dedicated exposure compensation dial and the many custom buttons.

But this experience has not made me regret defecting from Nikon after 45 years.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2015 at 16:07 UTC as 354th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2157 comments in total)
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adengappasami: The battery life on this camera is super bad. U need atleast a couple of additional batteries to get over a day. Around 500 shots is where it will drop dead. Luckily i have a bunch of batteris from my Sony A7r

Just got back from six days shooting in Acadia NP, Stonington, Rockport, Maine. Never used more than two batteries a day with the a7R2, including lots of bracketing and surf-breaking-on-rocks sequences. About 3,000 captures with the a7R2. Carried a total of five batteries for the a7R2 and a6000 and was fine even when I didn't have time to fully recharge all at night. YMMV.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2015 at 16:02 UTC
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Philnw2: OK - point well made. But can anyone show me a camera that is perfect? There are none - they are all a set of compromises. I've only had my A7Rm2 a week today - but i love it - artifacts, warts and all. Its got the largest VF out there on a FF camera. Its quieter than the DSLRs i tried, and about 1/2 their weight. No micro phase calibrations anymore - Nearly every shot i've taken has been sharp with this camera, in manual mode or AF.
I've joined a really cool gallery recently, i'm the only photographer, and i've discovered that none of the painters is concerned about the artifacts with their paint strokes. I know that is a shocking fact for some.

I hope that Sony will fix this problem, but i won't be returning this camera, its too dang good in so many other ways. There is no other FF mirrorless camera out there. I shot with a Nikon D4 in a blind before i bought the Sony. And the racket from the shutter was so loud this stellar jay looked up to find the noise.

Sad to realize what agony is sparked by the fact that some of us consider the a7R2 a useful tool. Happily, your choices contrary to my own cause me no pain.
I would really like to have an uncompressed raw option, but won't lose sleep over it.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2015 at 04:57 UTC
On article BSI Boss? Sony Alpha 7R II added to studio scene (514 comments in total)
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(unknown member): 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.

And how's that Nikon D810 banding problem you were complaining about a month ago? You seem awfully confident in your qualifications to dis other photographers ... especially considering your plea for help formatting an SD card when you first moved up to a professional Nikon.
I suspect that any photographer confident in his choice of equipment won't feel emasculated by another photographer selecting something different.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 04:57 UTC
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JOrmsby: Kudos to you guys for looking into this. And I agree, uncompressed RAW should certainly be included on a $3500 high MP camera aimed at professionals.

Agreed! I was not losing sleep over this issue, but didn't realize, for example, that the reduction to 12-bit applies when bracketing is turned on. Sony, please give us a firmware patch with uncompressed raw!

I also cringe at the thought that these reports undermine the biased-reporting claims of the DSLR-forever crowd. What will be left for them to post about?

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 16:28 UTC
On article BSI Boss? Sony Alpha 7R II added to studio scene (514 comments in total)
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(unknown member): 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.

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?

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 17:40 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
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