michi098

michi098

Lives in United States OH, United States
Joined on Mar 27, 2008

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On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary article (532 comments in total)

I have tried so many options. I have a S100, a G10, a EOS-M, a 7D and a 5DII. I thought the EOS-M would be the perfect travel camera, compact enough but great quality, but somehow am not happy with it and seeing that it's not really supported in the US, I gave up on it. Plus I don't feel like investing in another set of lenses. I love my G10 but it is getting old and high ISO images are lacking severely. The G1X looked great but with so many issues. Around Christmas the SL1 was on sale for $350 and I gave it a try. It's now my favorite camera. It's smallish, I get to use all my favorite lenses, handles a lot like the big DSLR's (yes, even back button focus) and the quality is outstanding. My favorite lens on it is the 15-85. Results are excellent. I know, it's not that small, but the best trade off for me so far. Would the G1XII be able to replace this combo? Hm, quite possibly, but I don't think I'm willing to spend the money right now.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 14:37 UTC as 102nd comment | 1 reply

Yes, this can happen, but man, it sure happened at a bad time for Adobe. Makes you think twice abut subscribing with them. Not that I would anyway...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 19:48 UTC as 32nd comment
On Adobe Photoshop CC: What it means for photographers news story (1879 comments in total)

I really wish there was another product to compete with Photoshop and Lightroom. I hate everything about Adobe, their policies, their prices, give me a chance to jump ship and I will. Heck, at this point, I'm ditching them either way. There is no way I am paying them a monthly fee. I am a hobby photographer, sometimes I don't use Photoshop for a month, and they still want me to pay? No way...

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 04:28 UTC as 224th comment | 4 replies

Oh wow. Go Sigma. I haven't bought a Sigma lens in many years as I always had problems with them. Although Sigma customer service is fantastic and always made things right, at least back then. Either way, the lenses they are announcing lately are really very tempting. This lens in particular seems very tempting for crop. On the other hand, I pretty much decided to only follow the full frame route now, so I'll skip this. I agree with the other commenter, give us something similar for full frame and I'll leave my dollars with you!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2013 at 21:03 UTC as 45th comment

Would love the 30mm 1.4 but I have mostly moved to Canon full format sensors. (Still have a 7D but not buying any more APS-C lenses). I think that quite a few people are doing the same. Kind of a shame Sigma is ignoring a growing market with their new lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2013 at 15:04 UTC as 21st comment | 4 replies
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JacquesBalthazar: When I buy stuff, I look at the price/performance ratio like everyone else, and price is important. But I try and add another dimension to the value equation, and put a high weight on the sustainability/CSR side of things. I am prepared to pay a higher price for items that carry brands that belong to companies who have a publicised policy on those matters. That includes production conditions, fair employment, sourcing policies, environmental impact, etc.

I try and avoid giving my money, directly or indirectly, to sweatshops and environmentally irresponsible producers.

Nikon has a CSR policy. The Nikon point of view is here:

http://www.nikon.com/about/csr/index.htm

I tried to find information on Pixel's supply chain and CSR policies, and found nothing. They might be a good outfit (their management is proud of their production lines) or they might be pirates, I do not know at all, but if I purchase a grip for my D800, I'll buy it from Nikon, partly for that reason.

Barbu, what's your point??
No matter the price of gas in Europe, those who live on other continents have their lives and salaries adjusted to whatever the current prices are, or were. A four times increase hurts everyone, no matter how much the base price is or was...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2012 at 13:17 UTC
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JacquesBalthazar: When I buy stuff, I look at the price/performance ratio like everyone else, and price is important. But I try and add another dimension to the value equation, and put a high weight on the sustainability/CSR side of things. I am prepared to pay a higher price for items that carry brands that belong to companies who have a publicised policy on those matters. That includes production conditions, fair employment, sourcing policies, environmental impact, etc.

I try and avoid giving my money, directly or indirectly, to sweatshops and environmentally irresponsible producers.

Nikon has a CSR policy. The Nikon point of view is here:

http://www.nikon.com/about/csr/index.htm

I tried to find information on Pixel's supply chain and CSR policies, and found nothing. They might be a good outfit (their management is proud of their production lines) or they might be pirates, I do not know at all, but if I purchase a grip for my D800, I'll buy it from Nikon, partly for that reason.

There is another reason to buy cheaper items. Look at how expensive things have gotten. Here in the US, the gasoline price has increased four times in the last ten years. Natural gas, electricity, food (in supermarkets and dining out) has also gone up. No need to mention cameras. But my salary? Not even close, it's maybe 10% more than it was ten years ago. I'm sure many are in a similar position. If I can get a $99 grip, compared to a $500 grip, I'll save the money for more important stuff.
And yeah, I also find it odd that DPR reviews one specific knock off grip here, where there are hundreds out there for pretty much any camera for years and years now. Why now, why this one? Why not a few more lens reviews?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2012 at 15:34 UTC
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xlotus: I don't know what's wrong with these people, whining about the focal length.

m43 has 20mm (=40mm FF). There. It's not just Canon.

It's small and inexpensive. I will get one for sure.

For example if you go on vacation and just want take minimal gear. I could get away with a 5DII and a 24-105. If I have a tiny 40mm pancake, I might as well shove it in a side pocket. This will give me a smaller form factor and a little bit of a light advantage. So yeah, it could be beneficial. Especially if it turns out having excellent optics.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2012 at 16:50 UTC
On Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad article (43 comments in total)

Sorry if this was mentioned somewhere and I didn't see it. I am fine with the 1600x1600 resolution output, but can I import pictures which are larger? I.e., if I am on the road and take a picture with my point and shoot, can I work on those pictures with Photoshop Touch or will it not even import them since they are bigger than 1600x1600? Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2012 at 19:46 UTC as 5th comment
On Just Posted: Canon Powershot S100 studio comparison samples news story (134 comments in total)
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Haim Hadar: Dark goob, saying the same thing over and over doesn't make it true. If DPReeview test were so "flawed" how come they are so consistent throughout other ISO values and cameras? Such an ambitious lens in a tiny package, as admirable as the effort is, is prone to inaccuracies, and cramming more pixels requires a heavier-handed NR (noticed the feathers?).

I think we figured out what you think about this review, dark goob...
Overall, from what one can take from this review, is that the S100 is not a revolutionary marvel. However, considering its wider range lens, it seems to be doing fairly well, even in the corners. ISO performance seems to be, I don't know, a tad better than its older siblings. I have the S90 and was thinking about upgrading. After seeing this, I will wait for some more reviews to be published.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2011 at 04:23 UTC
On Lytro Light Field Camera first look with Ren Ng article (224 comments in total)

The whole concept sounds pretty neat. I would be willing to try one. However, the fact that I can't share my pictures except by going through their website is an absolute no-go. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2011 at 20:28 UTC as 75th comment | 9 replies

I have had a few of my pictures ripped off, all non-US countries. One is a big flight school in the Netherlands. They never answered my emails and avoid phone contact. Got a hold of their ISP, turns out I have to file a complaint at the nearest local police station, before they can even give the flight school a warning. I gave up, it's ridiculous, to me the Millenium Act is worthless...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2011 at 08:34 UTC as 5th comment
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