Richard

Richard

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Joined on Sep 28, 2001
About me:

I use Nikon and Canon cameras with a number of lenses and other equipment.

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On Fast and full-frame: Nikon announces 24MP Nikon D750 article (406 comments in total)
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HiRez: This looks like the true upgrade for my D700 that I've been waiting the better part of a decade for. Unfortunately, in the meantime I've fallen for Fuji's high-quality but much more compact (and less expensive) X system. I've been considering selling off all my Nikon gear and going all-in on Fuji X. But this camera will make that decision harder, since I already have some good Nikon lenses. Large, 100% optical VF is hard to beat and still can't get the FF DOF with APS-C.

I am sure Nikon knew or at least they suspected. Canon had the 16.5mp IDs II released in 2004 and the 1ds iii was released in Aug 2007 with the 21mp sensor. Nikon knew the 5d was due for an update and they suspected that Canon would probably update the 5d with a new higher resolution sensor, thus the price of the D700, which at 12mp was already behind in 2007 and a year later was introduced. They had no choice, 12mp was already 4 years old in the 5d and 21mp a year old when the D700 was released. While the camera body of the 5d2 was not as good as the Nikon, Nikon had no answer to Canons high resolution sensors. Even in 2012 the D4 was 16mp as was the D4s even later. The 5d series was highly successful. The D700 as did all Nikon sensors for years to come loomed in the shadow of Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 10:42 UTC
On Fast and full-frame: Nikon announces 24MP Nikon D750 article (406 comments in total)
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HiRez: This looks like the true upgrade for my D700 that I've been waiting the better part of a decade for. Unfortunately, in the meantime I've fallen for Fuji's high-quality but much more compact (and less expensive) X system. I've been considering selling off all my Nikon gear and going all-in on Fuji X. But this camera will make that decision harder, since I already have some good Nikon lenses. Large, 100% optical VF is hard to beat and still can't get the FF DOF with APS-C.

I don't think they made a mistake. You have to realize, Nikon only had the 12mp sensor for the D700/300 while Canon had higher resolution imagers. I think Niion compensated with a better camera and it worked. You get a pro level camera with a 12mp sensor. That is not the case now. Why mate a competitive sensor with pro body when Canon is not doing that. The pro levele feature 1/8000 and 250x sync will be left on pro level cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 10:02 UTC
On Fast and full-frame: Nikon announces 24MP Nikon D750 article (406 comments in total)

I think people are missing something. Back in the D700/300 days, Nikon was behind (or perceived behind) in the processor race with 12mp sensor. I believe they tried to make up for it with a more professional level camera mated with a 12mp sensor. Most photographers were happy with this and it gave them a level of camera that was not seen by any other company including Canon. Now the field is different in the processor dept. We are seeing more differentiation in the cameras. I don't think you will see a D700/300 camera. You see what we have now, nicer cameras but when you go camera feature to features, the new cameras are lacking compared to those. Just a thought.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 09:54 UTC as 7th comment
On Windows XP is dead. Long live Windows XP 'Bliss' article (119 comments in total)
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jimvandamme: I replace XP with Linux anywhere I can, usually Mint, sometimes a flavor of Ubuntu, maybe Bodhi or Puppy. I usually use DigiKam for tweaking photos, and Gimp for retouching. Hasta la Vista, Microsoft!
Sometimes I use a Bliss wallpaper with an overlaid rude reference to the inferiority of Windows.

I still have windows xp installed on my system in Multi boot system for windows 7 and a abuntu. Windows xp is still more useful than any version of Linux out there for photo/ music/ video editing and any hardware compatibility it still is a superior operating system even though it is not supported compare to Linux

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 00:56 UTC
On daisies in the Creative Processing challenge (8 comments in total)

Originally called Topaz Vivacity, it is now called Topaz Clean. This is a very beautiful effect. Fortunately it was used heavily when it first was produced an then pretty much forgotten. Now used in just the right moment and on rare occasion, it produces wonderful images. Old has become new again. Very nice use of the effect.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 18:18 UTC as 2nd comment
On Adobe leaks 'Lightroom Mobile' app article (210 comments in total)
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Richard: I pay 34.99 for 40mb internet speed per month and Adobe thinks they are going to charge me $99 for an android app or even a computer program. LOL

Adobe is smart though. The send out a fake announcement saying 99 dollars, everybody screams blue bloody murder, then they introduce it at 30 dollars and everyone says, yes I am stupid and will buy this product. LOL

I own Photoshop Touch for Android. $10 and I own it. LR for android should be 15 dollars one time charge max. If anyone pays more than that, they are getting soaked by Adobe. I cannot believe that anyone in the android community would pay rent even 10 dollars a year for this thing let alone 10 dollars a month. But I have been wrong before.

How do you know this? Do you work for them? If this is the case. They should have corrected this and said it would not cost this price. If I hated Adobe would I own Adobe Photoshop touch? No, but I do because it is a reasonable price and I do not have to rent the software. Adobe set up a rental at outrages prices and many people are not going to buy it. That is not hatred. That is how capitalism works. And being able to express dissatisfaction with Adobes prices is called free speech. The ability for Adobe to set their own prices is called free market. The abilitty for Adobe to go down the drain asking too much for their product is what happens when a company gets greedy. Only time will tell if they charge to much. But I will not rent software, that is not hate. It is wisdon. If I were a pro and could write it off as an expense it may be worth it but Adobe abandoned the consumer in favor of the pro, now it reaps the reward. Not hatred but wrose, not buying.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 13:24 UTC
On Adobe leaks 'Lightroom Mobile' app article (210 comments in total)

I pay 34.99 for 40mb internet speed per month and Adobe thinks they are going to charge me $99 for an android app or even a computer program. LOL

Adobe is smart though. The send out a fake announcement saying 99 dollars, everybody screams blue bloody murder, then they introduce it at 30 dollars and everyone says, yes I am stupid and will buy this product. LOL

I own Photoshop Touch for Android. $10 and I own it. LR for android should be 15 dollars one time charge max. If anyone pays more than that, they are getting soaked by Adobe. I cannot believe that anyone in the android community would pay rent even 10 dollars a year for this thing let alone 10 dollars a month. But I have been wrong before.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 03:44 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
On Roger Cicala cynically re-defines photography article (54 comments in total)

Not funny. Did not even bring a smile to my face, just as iI started to fall asleep I thought to myself, "can I get these few minutes of my life back?" It was not all bad though, it put me into a wonderful deep sleep. A word to the wise, don't give up your day job.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2013 at 04:29 UTC as 8th comment
On Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer article (628 comments in total)
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sebastian huvenaars: Imagine this scenario in 1983.

Photographer has a dark room at his house but needs to pay every month to get access to it.

Sound too unrealistic to be true, but here we are in 2013...

Not really correct. More like you had to pay $10 a month to access the dark room and your negatives. If you don't pay, you can no longer access the room or your negatives.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 04:11 UTC
On Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer article (628 comments in total)
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wireless: I guess you guys won't be happy until you get it for free. Education, health care, food, college, housing, only when it's for free. Plenty of other products out there. Can't afford $120/yr - you should let your camera make jpg's and edit for you. I guess a $100 a month for cell phone or cable TV is okay but $10 for LR and PS is outrageous.

I don't want it free. I want to buy it and own it. I don't lease cars or software. At least with a car lease you can own the car at the end of the lease if you buy it, you will never own adobes software.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 04:04 UTC
On What just happened?! Looking back on last week article (98 comments in total)
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r0brwy: We old timers will want to stick with Optical Viewfinders, We also would like to bring back horse drawn buses and super constellation aircraft.

DSLRs will die very slowly, but die they will. Floppy mirrors will go the way of floppy disks. Optical Viewfinders will disappear like phones with dials.

Small sensors will dissolve in the face of FF, MF and eventually something even bigger.

Its just life.

I don't want a horse drawn carriage, I like my turbo car. I don't want to return to floppy disks. I don't want a dial to replace my touch screen, but all of those old things are less than the new stuff. They have less features and are backwards. Mirrorless is less than OVF, it is not a step forward, it is a step back. I agree the mechanical part of the mirror shows its engine, but so does the gasoline engine and look how long that has been around and I know in my lifetime I do not want an electric car. The mirror may go away, but not in my lifetime so I am happy, it is you young people who will have to deal with an EVF, or maybe not, they may come up with a way to make the mirror better.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2013 at 01:17 UTC

This is smart, they set your expectations, and everyone said no, then they set the real price and everyone thinks well that is not so bad, But it is. You still never own the software and it is shut off when you quit paying. This is exactly what they want and people are going to buy it. I just hope the photography communitiy is wise to this old sales trick. These people want in your pocket the rest of your lives.

I am not going to do it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2013 at 23:05 UTC as 243rd comment | 3 replies

The only way a compact camera will compete with a camera phone is.
Higher ISO with lower noise
Faster lens (than the LX5) with better bokeh
Pocketable
4K video, mic input, headphone monitor
Lens little wider than the LX5 and as long as the RX100
Wifi capable and USB to phone or laptop with ez upload social apps built in
Pano, focus stacking, IS
Instant on, fast focus, good FPS
Good built in image editing
Great ez mode and manual mode for focus and exposure
Larger sensor than phone cameras
The standard feature set on current pocket cameras (face recog etc..)
Some new innovative features that separate it from camera phones
$299 price point.

The Galaxy S4 is at $139 with contract. I expect it to be free or $49 on black friday and during Christmas. Pocket cameras need low price and set apart features or it will disappear just like M4/3

Here is an idea, on the LX5, there is a lens bump, how about a removable lens that retracts into the camera, so you switch lens and still be pocket able.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2013 at 02:42 UTC as 21st comment
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Richard: Utter garbage. I for one find satisfaction in researching and finding the right product to suit my needs. I find satisfaction in knowing I did not get ripped off by paying too much. Even when I make the wrong decision, I have the satisfaction of knowing I researched it and made the best decision at the time.
There is an old saying, no one regrets buying the best, but many regret half stepping. In my decision making I err to the maximizer size, and again am not disappointed. These generalized ideas do not work very well. People are not robots and do not think the same way.

But as you said, a maximizer cannot be happy or satisfied, I am both with my cameras. I have wanted a new FF but have waited since the original 5d but was satisfied with a APS-c until the price and feature set have become what I wanted. I may even buy a 5d4 or D900, or the 5d3/d800 if the price drops low enough.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 04:18 UTC

Utter garbage. I for one find satisfaction in researching and finding the right product to suit my needs. I find satisfaction in knowing I did not get ripped off by paying too much. Even when I make the wrong decision, I have the satisfaction of knowing I researched it and made the best decision at the time.
There is an old saying, no one regrets buying the best, but many regret half stepping. In my decision making I err to the maximizer size, and again am not disappointed. These generalized ideas do not work very well. People are not robots and do not think the same way.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 02:16 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies

Buying gear makes me happy, but I don't have G.A.S. But I did not buy the Nikon Data Link system for my N90s either. I know that my next upgrade for my Nikon camera will be a good one and make me very happy. I have the D200, I skipped the D300 and all the lower end cameras, I skipped the D700, I skipped the D600. I may purchase a D800 or I may wait until the next model, the reason, the camera I have right now works very well and the upgrade camera must have the features I want at the price that I want. This is how I know I don't have G.A.S, I know what cameras will not make me happy and I don't upgrade needlessly buying them. There are sometimes I do not take the D200 shooting, that is when I must use high ISO. The D800 or the following model will work well for that and I will be very happy.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2013 at 02:40 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On 10 Photo Editing Programs (that aren't Photoshop) article (353 comments in total)

They did not mention Corel aftershot pro. It is a raw editor but it also has layers like Photoshop, called adjustment layers, (I don't think lightroom has this but am not sure) The interesting thing is it will edit jpgs with almost all the parameters (several are raw only) so is closer to photoshop than you might think.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2013 at 04:17 UTC as 73rd comment
On Roger Cicala compares Zeiss and Canon 135mm f/2 lenses article (87 comments in total)
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mike kobal: call me old fashioned but since I shoot moving subjects I will take the one with AF ;)

For sure, I plan to keep my Canon 135 2.0 I shoot wide open with it all the time.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2013 at 21:36 UTC
On Two Red Phone Boxes (holga) da2 photo in DickyUK's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Where is the blue one with the Doctor in it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2013 at 04:57 UTC as 1st comment
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compay: a typical american family..living in freedom and democracy...and telling the world that a free society and democracy is all you need....to be.....really human...

The opposite is to say it is better to live in socialistic/communistic society where there is little freedom, little opportunity, gov taking your money (freedom) away for taxes and spending it on what they want. Freedom does have downsides, it allows people to drink alcohol and get drunk, this is a problem everywhere. More so in America where it is less expensive, lower taxes, cheap gas to drive to the bar.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2013 at 11:38 UTC
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