Spectro

Spectro

Lives in United States WA, United States
Joined on Jul 9, 2012
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architect and photonerd

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Donnie G: I love my six ink tank Canon MG8220 all-in-one printer. It does everything that I need it to do, including proofs, DVD labels, and document scans. I've never had an issue with the printer, probably because I stick with Canon inks instead of using 3rd party substitutes. Why anyone would expect cheap, crappy 3rd party inks to work in a high quality printer as well as the OEM's inks, then complain when it doesn't work out for them, is a mystery to me. Crap in equals crap out. Oh well, different strokes I guess.

your canon has 2 black and one grey, while other printers has has light cyan and light magenta. Canon higher end photo printer has light cyan and magenta. I use regular canon ink on mp560 since they chipped it. The i960 wasn't chipped so you can use whatever you want. If you you don't use your printer for an extended period of time it will dry doesn't matter if it oem or 3rd party.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 15:50 UTC

Had the i960 for years, ink disappeared if u dont use it. But it wasnt chipped so i used 3rd party and refill. Then got the current ink system 560 and that is it, went epson since their multiprinter had more ink color tanks. Epson ink is a little better, but not by much that it doesnt dry and clog so fast, but is chipped too. Epson even replaced my printer which they bricked it when I try to install a cis and used a demel. I also have a laser for normal print, no clog or drying ever. Canon basically give out their printers for free all the time, 75% off at frys. They get u back on the higher ink prices later.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 01:03 UTC as 6th comment
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (307 comments in total)

is this hot pixel (long exposure), I remembered the d7000 having hot pixel for video and that was fixed by a firmware. If it is a dead pixel then yeah, you got to return that. The first thing I check on any new TV/monitor/ laptop are for dead pixels.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 18:57 UTC as 49th comment
On Readers' Showcase: Astrophotography article (40 comments in total)
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rrccad: so out of all these, only one would I consider the be "astro-photography" which is a challenging discipline in it's own right.

the rest i consider nightscapes. it's a shame that only one DSO made it on this list, as photographing DSO's is a technological challenge , extreme patience and time far exceeding that of the regular nightscape photograph.

the miilky way shots are a form of astrophotography, but I agree, it isn't the (much harder) specialized telescope astrophotography people think of seeing enlarge stars and nebula. I don't have a tracking telescope, nor have the patience/skills to photo stack tons of 40min exposures together. I like the astronomy group on flickr as well as nasa photostream.

https://www.flickr.com/groups/astronomy

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 06:12 UTC
On Accessory Review: Drobo Mini RAID article (143 comments in total)
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Spectro: Drobo gets a lot of mac press since they use thunderbolt compared to regular NAS or any external HD.

Is this product any good, maybe. I don't use external usb/firewire/thunderbolt external storage, I use a NAS. Most NAS buyers would past on it as short term option or not as full feature of some NAS (networking, can be use online for some web hosting). Not like you move a nas around much, the size doesn't really matter. Most NAS you can pull the HD out quickly and they have a little key lock too. This does look like a better version of my usb jumbo hardrive device that I have.

I edit all my raw photos, even some video off my NAS with CAT6 cable. I haven't raid my 5-bay NAS yet, but will after I buy a new 4tb HD and I will have 3 bays left for future expansion.

good info on NAS:
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/

....yes the fastest speed on the network is based on the slowest component on the network. I work on big files with other people at work on the corporate network also. 3D program like revit have multiple user in it and saving to it at the same time. home users tend to stay with direct connection saving option.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 23:50 UTC
On Accessory Review: Drobo Mini RAID article (143 comments in total)
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Spectro: Drobo gets a lot of mac press since they use thunderbolt compared to regular NAS or any external HD.

Is this product any good, maybe. I don't use external usb/firewire/thunderbolt external storage, I use a NAS. Most NAS buyers would past on it as short term option or not as full feature of some NAS (networking, can be use online for some web hosting). Not like you move a nas around much, the size doesn't really matter. Most NAS you can pull the HD out quickly and they have a little key lock too. This does look like a better version of my usb jumbo hardrive device that I have.

I edit all my raw photos, even some video off my NAS with CAT6 cable. I haven't raid my 5-bay NAS yet, but will after I buy a new 4tb HD and I will have 3 bays left for future expansion.

good info on NAS:
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/

Derek,

That was the first thing I tried to do with Lightroom ,when I got LR4, to save the catalog on the network, you can't. Called them up and they say they can't do it. You can do it for nikon editing software, edit the same files on any computers you want.

Ryan,
direct connection and file already on the local HD are always faster. I find the network more convenient and useful. Nothing I done has really tapped out the NAS speed limit. I don't transfer terabyte of files between 2 devices around for fun. Copying raw files from my sd card on my laptop to the HD is as fast as sd card straight onto the network. I can access the files anytime, anywhere. any computer on the network or any dlna device like the tv, PS3, etc without having to cloud every files and leave my computer on for the shared files. Even editing a movie clip, most of the time it is processing, not the file actually being saved/moved. I was a big fan of the firewire external drive before I went NAS.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 23:46 UTC
On Accessory Review: Drobo Mini RAID article (143 comments in total)

Drobo gets a lot of mac press since they use thunderbolt compared to regular NAS or any external HD.

Is this product any good, maybe. I don't use external usb/firewire/thunderbolt external storage, I use a NAS. Most NAS buyers would past on it as short term option or not as full feature of some NAS (networking, can be use online for some web hosting). Not like you move a nas around much, the size doesn't really matter. Most NAS you can pull the HD out quickly and they have a little key lock too. This does look like a better version of my usb jumbo hardrive device that I have.

I edit all my raw photos, even some video off my NAS with CAT6 cable. I haven't raid my 5-bay NAS yet, but will after I buy a new 4tb HD and I will have 3 bays left for future expansion.

good info on NAS:
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 20:15 UTC as 39th comment | 6 replies
On Accessory Review: Drobo Mini RAID article (143 comments in total)
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Greg Gebhardt: There is much cheaper and more dependable storage available.

Jvkelly, goggle smallnetwork builder, dpreview for nas

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 16:16 UTC
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robjons: Interesting project, so so photos.
This reminds me of how little progress has been made in air travel. Same tiring travel times for 44 years now. Sure Concorde, but the airlines gave up on it for, I don’t know, greed? Branson, step up!

It is called sonic boom. Concorde were too noisy and many cities banded them. Nasa is working on ways to lower the boom.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 15:07 UTC

the one thing that manfrotto pistol grip missed the ability to swivel locked horizontally. Looks like the top of the pistol grip here can move horizontally separate from the ball head.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2014 at 02:43 UTC as 7th comment

I would visit Cincinnati for the older library, not the new one, guess I don't have to visit Cinnci. That is amazing space, function, and ideology. Most library today are open space for people to surf the web and some might do research, but books are part of the background.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 23:35 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (1995 comments in total)
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olypan: What is the fundamental motivation behind this article. Could it be to stem the tide of discontent with the Canikon duopoly and the realisation their end is near?

@richard bulter

the odd thing about medium format (mf) and Large format (LF) is the ISO never went too high and processor/burst rate weren't there. Those makers weren't exactly electronic guru as most of the consumer camera makers are. Maybe it is the limitation of ccd sensor, but sony new mf cmos sensor might change somethings. LF & MF weren't not meant for sport/action tracking, mostly for studio and still type photography.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 21:08 UTC
On Leica T Typ 701 real-world samples gallery updated article (104 comments in total)
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T3: You don't buy a Rolex because it tells time better than other watches. The same goes for the Leica T. It's not pixel peepers and price comparison shoppers who are going to be looking at the Leica T. This is for the people who regularly fly business or first class, not for the rest of the people sitting in coach or economy class.

@fz750
let see I own(ed over the years) 1 dell, 1 lenovo, 3 vaios (1 was an ultrabook touchscreen) for laptop, 1 gateway netbook. 1 micron pc and one current pc I built and maintain by upgrading. Only the lenovo died on me as there was a power surge and the mb fried. IBM service was good to fix the lenovo speaker problem. The cheaper price items are slow but they weren't defective. My touchscreen vaio didn't boot up so I called sony. They paid for shipping and all and it was working again. Then it happened again, went to the sony store to complain and they told me to hit the reset button with a pin under the laptop. I guess sony update their mb bios and these tablet ultrabook are effected, but not my other laptop. Can't really use a mac in architecture as most of the software are pc base and we need to update parts every 1.5 years to stay competitive. Most higher end workstation card too. Maybe iOs will have touchscreen someday it is nice to have.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 20:58 UTC
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (1995 comments in total)
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Thomas Kachadurian: The one clarification that is missing is that this does not hold with exposure.

If I expose a photo at f4-1/125-iso400 with my Canon 6D and a 50mm lens, and it is the correct exposure, then make second photo in the exact same conditions f2-1/125-iso400 with my Olympus EM-10 and a 25mm lens the second photo will be 2 f stops over exposed.

Exposure for that scene will be f4-1/125-iso400 with any lens camera combination a Sony RX100II, a Panasonic GH4, A Nikon d7000, a Canon 5D3, or a Hasselblad film camera. Crop factor does not change exposure.

I cannot tell you how many of my students come to me confused about their photos because they read about equivalency on the web and adjusted their exposure accordingly.

yes page 4.

for exposure: the iso will be the same if the shutter speed differ; if you want the shutter speed to be the same then the iso will differ. I could of said vice versa. The difference here can tribute to shooting style on a tripod or handheld. Somebody earlier below wrote that a smaller sensor are better for landscape. Maybe for a hiker hand holding, lighter gear in some cases. But some of the best landscape photography is done on a tripod base iso100 and with ND filter on longer exposure. So how you shoot differ among cameras. Some photography teachers only want their students to buy dslr, since the equivalent are very similar and they don't have to do the math or explain why things differ. A teacher should be able to explain the differences if they truly get the concept regardless on camera types.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 20:24 UTC
On Leica T Typ 701 real-world samples gallery updated article (104 comments in total)
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T3: You don't buy a Rolex because it tells time better than other watches. The same goes for the Leica T. It's not pixel peepers and price comparison shoppers who are going to be looking at the Leica T. This is for the people who regularly fly business or first class, not for the rest of the people sitting in coach or economy class.

another comparison is a mac book pro/ apple in general. Same intel processor as other, same ram, lesser graphic card this most gamer laptop, but in a nice body for a higher price. Sony tried to do this with vaio but its advertisement, appeal didn't resonate for people to spend more.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 20:03 UTC

except for the sony speedlight prices, I like how sony flash head can be rotated and tilt up, in some way eliminating the need for a l bracket. Plus sony has the fill light lcd too. which higher end metz do have. These are lower models then what they offer for other brands. Wished nikon would get a rotate and tilt up flash head plus fill light update like sony speedlight.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 16:06 UTC as 4th comment
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)

Nikon will discontinue support soon for capture NX-2 which is a bummer. Really there are few raw editors left, there are plenty of raw converters. Adobe gets richer with the cloud, nice timing.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 04:12 UTC as 69th comment | 1 reply

I like 5, then 3 and 10 the most.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 22:29 UTC as 48th comment
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Artpt: What about cats...I don't think any member here suggested using cats in these dream like photos and underwater....

Yes, the cats will likely need sedation (they hate water) and judicious use of a breathing helmet...

I think the cats will definitely satisfy most opinions here....

:)

yeah he definitely missed the opportunity to tag "cat" in this photos. Much more people will google that and then see this project.

actually this scene is missing a shark with a freak-en laser attached to its head or just more fishes.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 15:41 UTC

Those models are most impressive, they have to hold their breath and wait for the photographer to adjust their settings and take test shots.... And everybody else has an oxygen tank but them, I see one photo where they are getting oxygen feed.

Not sure why he is using the d90 when he usually use a d800, must didn't have an underwater case for the d800.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 15:24 UTC as 13th comment | 4 replies
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