KentG

KentG

Lives in United States Martinsburg, WV, United States
Works as a Computer guru
Joined on Aug 5, 2004

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On photo C17 AT WORK in the December Flying challenge (11 comments in total)

They practice T&L right over my place most days of the week here in WV. Nice photo.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 25, 2015 at 21:33 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)
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marc petzold: It sounds to me like Nikon wants to say "hello, we're still here, and now developing the D4S sucessor D5 atm, please stay calm and seated!"

Jokes aside, i think Sony really hits some nerves into the Nikon Managment, and Nikon seems to be surprised about all the Sony buzz lately, especially with their A7R II.

This announcement is the so-called pre-emptive strike perfected by IBM in their mainframe days. Announce a new super model, don't give any particulars so speculation gets rife, and then fence sitters will hold back from switching until you actually get it out which could be as long as a year and with their current equipment from you they will likely not switch.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 21:25 UTC
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)
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marc petzold: It sounds to me like Nikon wants to say "hello, we're still here, and now developing the D4S sucessor D5 atm, please stay calm and seated!"

Jokes aside, i think Sony really hits some nerves into the Nikon Managment, and Nikon seems to be surprised about all the Sony buzz lately, especially with their A7R II.

Most of the camera division profit of any company is made on the quantity sales of smaller sensor cameras. In ratios of 20:1 or more. FF cameras, especially pro ones are designed to do 2 things, give the pros what they want and get their cameras out to events where people can see the name so they will remember that when they go to buy an APS-C camera. Companies don't care what happens to those customers after they buy their camera and 2 kit lenses because hardly 1 in 10 go on to a bigger and better camera (based on studies) (read as FF or whatever you prefer). But to keep that 10% that will go farther they need a total system from top to bottom (in this case a new pro FF) even if that customer goes no farther than say a D750. They make more on lenses than cameras anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 21:18 UTC
On photo Motorbike Mechanic in the Its Occupational-Mechanics challenge (14 comments in total)
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papa natas: AWESOME...!!

You are correct, sir, my mistake, they were 4-strokes, but like I said the engine was a stressed frame member. The Kawasakis were 350cc two stroke singles so I assumed the Aermachis were also.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2015 at 23:09 UTC
On photo Motorbike Mechanic in the Its Occupational-Mechanics challenge (14 comments in total)
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papa natas: AWESOME...!!

Technically this might not be true to the Challenge because the "mechanic" has racing leathers on so he is likely the owner and rider of the motorcycle in question and is his own mechanic. While he may be a motorcycle mechanic its more likely he is retired. Might even be somebody I ran against in the 70's but can't tell thru the facial hair.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2015 at 00:46 UTC
On photo Motorbike Mechanic in the Its Occupational-Mechanics challenge (14 comments in total)
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papa natas: AWESOME...!!

No front down tube because the engine is a stressed member of the frame. Think of it as a single cylinder two stroke Ducati and you will be close. Aermachi made planes and other things during WWII and after the war got into making motorcycles for several decades.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2015 at 00:42 UTC
On photo Motorbike Mechanic in the Its Occupational-Mechanics challenge (14 comments in total)
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papa natas: AWESOME...!!

Its an Aermachi 350 setup for roadracing (vintage). They had a deal with H-D so that the team roadracers like Cal Rayburn had a bike to use in the 250cc roadraces back in the late 60's to late 70's (250cc Twins and 350cc singles, two-stroke).The Kawasaki
team riders like Yvon Duhamel used to use a converted Kaw Bighorn 350cc dirt bike as their roadracing platform until the radical Kaw KR-250 rotary twin came out. One way to tell it is current vintage racer is the transponder attached to the left front fork. Those did not come out till the 90's. Note also the monster front drum brake, as those were phased out in the early 70s (when I raced). My first race bike was an ex-factory Kawasaki 500 GP bike and it had an even larger drum brake on the front than that 350, until I converted it to dual disk brakes.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2015 at 00:33 UTC
On photo Wasp spider in the B/W Spiders challenge (4 comments in total)

Its hardly poisonous to humans at all, not even in the top 20 world-wide. Still a nice photo.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2015 at 23:38 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon D810A: An astrophotographer's perspective (113 comments in total)
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bladerunner6: These are lovely photos but they are not astrophotography. Astrophotography is about "astronomical objects" and these are really night landscapes.

And I agree with another poster, that this article is so misguided is the fault of DPReview, not the photographer featured in the article.

What would be a useful article is comparing the 810A to similarly priced (or less expensive) systems using different gear such as a telescope with some sort of tracking system or a Pentax K-3 with its built in Astrotracer.

That sort of article would be useful. And my guess is that they might well show that the Nikon system is not the best bang for the buck. This article just shows some lovely shots that are not astrophotography and have nothing to do with the feature set of this particular camera.

Having done astrophotography since I was in JHS in 1962, I agree this is not really astrophotography although he uses some of the same techniques. Mostly known as nightscapes. The same thing could have been done with the old Canon 20Da or the newer 60Da as long as you are willing to stitch exposures together or use a Sigma 8-16. I think the photos are very well shot and composed.
The word "astro" is from the Greek astron which means star. The term "nightscapes" means any combination of earth and sky shot at night were both are represented and shot at landscape perspectives. If he had shot the Milky Way without the earth in the photo then it would more clearly represent astrophotography.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 05:29 UTC
On article Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed (190 comments in total)
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Mssimo: Also a good one: TFA-01: Pocket 'Pod

Specifications
Leg Material: Aluminum
Number of Leg Sections: 1
Load Capacity: 100 lb / 45kg -------- AWESOME LOAD CAPACITY
Platform Diameter: 1.3" / 34mm
Height Fully Splayed (to top of platform): 1.7" / 44mm
Diameter Fully Splayed: 11.1" / 28.1cm
Folded Length with Stud: 6" / 14.5cm
Weight: 5.1 oz / 146g ------ Only 146 Grams

$98.00

http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/Shop/Aluminum-Tripods/TFA-01-Pocket-Pod.html

$98 does not sound so bad considering I already have a Joby Ballhead X on my Clik Elite photo backpack.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 20:13 UTC
On article Meta35 pulls metadata from film cameras (38 comments in total)
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GodSpeaks: Film cameras?
Did I miss a memo, or something?

Dang! And I sold my Maxxum 9 when I went digital. I just knew I should have kept it around for another decade or two.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 20:12 UTC
On article Sony SLT-A77 II Review (531 comments in total)
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Igor Adamovic: Image stabilization in this Sony is very nice thing to have. If you pair it with Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 without VC you have very professional gear for weddings cheaply. I do not see drawback to buying this translucent mirror digital SLR, but only if you already do not have bunch of lenses with image stabilization from Nikon or Canon.

All Sony DSLRs or SLTs have IBIS because Minolta was the first company to make it work all the way back to their first DSLR the 7D. And you can use ILIS lenses on IBIS cameras as long as you turn one or the other off. Sometimes one is better than the other. Obviously if you own Canon or Nikon lenses of any type you won't be buying this camera. Unless you want to go dual system.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 20:57 UTC
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AlexisH: One more thing you don't need with a mirrorless camera. Although I guess they could still finely tune auto focus to account for focus shifting.

If your mirrorless camera has interchangeable lenses you still need to clean the sensor. Not sure why you added that trailing off sentence.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 18:36 UTC
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Peiasdf: There is a lot of repetition in Pentax's line up. There are 11 primes covering the 30-55mm range, 6 standard zooms from 16mm-50/85/135, etc. I'd imagine Nikon and Canon might be the same but either company sold ten times more cameras than Pentax.

It was designed and built before they started weather sealing lenses. It means they may or may not come out with a later weather-sealed version.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 07:24 UTC
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nerd2: One fun fact - guess who made the first FF DSLR? It's Contax.

While the Pentax ME-F was the first AF SLR they were not the first successful one, which was the Minolta 7000 in 1985. Everything up to then, including Canon's T80 was a basically half-a** solution.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 22:17 UTC
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nerd2: One fun fact - guess who made the first FF DSLR? It's Contax.

What do you mean by "still going strong". Contax was finally owned by Kyocera and they stopped producing Contax cameras back in 2006.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 22:11 UTC
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Mariusz lmrl: Unfortunately — years too late… :(

Only way to distinguish on the mature market is to add really valuable unique features.

I’d like to see other sensor’s formats than boring 3:2 very much — 4:3 or especially „human natural” 5:4… Or, even better, to implement multiratio sensor on FF image circle! From 3:2, through 4:3, 5:4 to 1:1 FF physical format!

And there is ready slogan for _E_V_E_R_Y_ FF format more „square” than 3:2 — „Bigger than FF!” (3:2) (even if not much).

If you want 4:3 then get a 645Z.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 09:12 UTC
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ttran88: I'm a current K5iis and A7 shooter and if this FF camera comes with an EVF I will make this my next camera. Almost certain will come with a Sony sensor, same as D750 with Pentax pixie dust. I wonder if the 3 FA limited lenses will go up in value now?

Yeah but the larger the sensor the larger the needed shift. Minolta (Sony) had just about the largest lens opening plus they were the originators of SR. They did it in the A900 when experts said it could not be done in a FF camera. We shall see what Pentax decided to do. I know it will have some type of SR since their new lenses don't but how much is the question.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 09:09 UTC
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tbcass: While I own a Sigma 17-70 for my A mount Sony's and it works great there have been issues with some other Sony cameras and their lenses requiring firmware upgrades. Personally I'll stick with Tamron as a 3rd party vendor from now on because they actually pay licensing fees to the manufacturers rather than trying to reverse engineer.

You do realize of course that Sigma isn't allowed to buy a license from any of the camera makers. They hold grudges like elephants.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2015 at 05:37 UTC
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LEGACYMOMENTSPHOTOGRAPHY: The picture with the police in a line, reminds me of a battlefield from the Roman Empire days just in the modern world, that was the picture i liked the most, has alot of energy and emotion and depth!

That is what I thought it looked like also. A surreal version of the initial battle scenes in Gladiator transposed to the 21st century.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2015 at 05:24 UTC
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