ecm

ecm

Lives in United States OH, United States
Joined on Aug 16, 2004
About me:

Using cameras:
Canon T3i, 18-55 II and 55-250
Panasonic G5 with Panasonic 14-45 and 45-200
Pentax Q, 02 and 06
Panasonic ZS15
Olympus C-5060WZ with underwater housing.

Old equipment:
Oly E-PL1 with collapsable junk lens.
Oly E-300, 14-45, 40-150

Really old stuff:
Nikon FG-20 and EM 35mm.
Nikkor 28 f/2.8, 50 f/1.8
OM 50 F/1.4, 200 F/4, 300 F/4.5

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On Adobe leaks 'Lightroom Mobile' app article (212 comments in total)

I wonder if this app will be a front end for a mainframe at Adobe actually doing the grunt work - then most of the processing overhead at the tablet or phone would be uploading/downloading and graphics rendering. It's the only way I can get my head around the price they've proposed.

I also wonder if Logmein or one of the other remote desktop programs could do something similar for less.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2014 at 14:00 UTC as 24th comment | 6 replies
On Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer article (628 comments in total)
In reply to:

newe: So...what is the best price for people to eliminate the complaints?

I have thought about this a bit...if I could get just photoshop cloud for $5 a month I would do that, with NO price increases. I may even sign a contract (like a cell) for 3 years.

Wonder why they don't do that?

Because after three years of paying Adobe, the first month you don't pay you lose access to three years of your edits. Free would be too much.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 13:03 UTC
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jkoch2: The "pocket" appellative merits clarification. The camera is small, but not pocketable, but is suitable mainly for pros with lots of money and batteries in their pockets. The camera body is only a fraction of what one must buy to make proper use. People without time or incentive to edit h.264 MOV or AVCHD video won't need ProRes or CinemaDNG any more than a kid on the lap of Kris Kringle (or Edmund Gwenn) will need a real locomotive or a B-29.

It is possible to admire this camera, as one might admire an RJ Corman GG10B, without having any impulse to buy one.

Folks anxious to capture or edit CinemaDNG, and who have the requisite equipment, time, and fine eye to take advantage, may be disappointed when the fruits of their labors fail to register in the 3mbps 480p version most people actually see, or the absence of any incremental pricing they'll be able to pass on to clients to cover the costs.

@archiver:
"and big productions that can afford a dozen or more for crash cams." - which may explain why it's on backorder.... :)

Thanks for the info.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 01:45 UTC
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jkoch2: The "pocket" appellative merits clarification. The camera is small, but not pocketable, but is suitable mainly for pros with lots of money and batteries in their pockets. The camera body is only a fraction of what one must buy to make proper use. People without time or incentive to edit h.264 MOV or AVCHD video won't need ProRes or CinemaDNG any more than a kid on the lap of Kris Kringle (or Edmund Gwenn) will need a real locomotive or a B-29.

It is possible to admire this camera, as one might admire an RJ Corman GG10B, without having any impulse to buy one.

Folks anxious to capture or edit CinemaDNG, and who have the requisite equipment, time, and fine eye to take advantage, may be disappointed when the fruits of their labors fail to register in the 3mbps 480p version most people actually see, or the absence of any incremental pricing they'll be able to pass on to clients to cover the costs.

Agree with you - a very specialized piece of equipment. Still, it's a very interesting object in and of itself - a lot like the locomotives and B-29s you mentioned. I've got to wonder what it's being used for, and by whom....

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 21:57 UTC
On Hands-on with the Olympus Stylus 1 article (47 comments in total)

I might have to give up my Oly C-5060WZ for this baby..... too bad it's not just a little bit more like a brick; it coulda been a contender....

Seriously, though, what a nicely thought out camera; if the images hold up (up to ISO 400 anyways) I might have to give it a go when the price drops a bit.

This camera typifies what I love Olympus for; it's fresh, original thinking, unafraid of those who will poo-poo it for it's modest sensor. It's like a Panasonic FZ-series for the modern age; it will certainly give Canikon a thing or two to think about.....

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 21:47 UTC as 10th comment
On Samsung announces curved Galaxy Round post (144 comments in total)

It strikes me as a solution for a non-problem; I've never thought, "Jeepers; if only this phone was CURVED somehow I could get it in my pocket". If it's not comfortable or it doesn't fit in your pocket, perhaps a smaller phone? Or looser clothing? I dunno....

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2013 at 14:25 UTC as 30th comment

The real story is how few of us actually care WHAT happens to Adobe any more.....

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 00:51 UTC as 80th comment | 3 replies
On iPhone 5s Studio Comparison article (263 comments in total)
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ecm: Not one real camera to compare it to. I don't usually say this kind of thing but this article seems to be a waste of time on a photography website. I feel like someone is trying to sell me a Kodak Instamatic when I came here to buy a Nikon F100.

Nice straw man.

"It's not a real camera. It's a phone with a camera." vs. "If it's capturing still images, it's a camera, and it's photography."

So, which is it?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2013 at 15:34 UTC
On iPhone 5s Studio Comparison article (263 comments in total)

Not one real camera to compare it to. I don't usually say this kind of thing but this article seems to be a waste of time on a photography website. I feel like someone is trying to sell me a Kodak Instamatic when I came here to buy a Nikon F100.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2013 at 12:41 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm X-M1 Review preview (217 comments in total)

Hm. I looked through the samples and thought, "The Fujifilm is getting it's butt handed to it by the likes of the Olympus E-M1 and Canon 100D" - and then I read the article's conclusion.... there's a disconnect between what I see in the comparometer and what their conclusions are.

I suppose it could be the lens - I've been fooled before by a fantastic lens on a so-so camera here at DPR - but it looks more like over-agressive noise reduction to me. The green feathers are a blur at any ISO.....

I also recognize that ultimate sharpness and detail is not everything; it's something that I crave, but others might prefer the warm almost "creamy" smoothness of the Fuji's output - with the right subject and at the right enlargement it would be quite nice.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 17:43 UTC as 41st comment | 7 replies

Hey Hasselblad! See what they did there? You should take notes!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 23:43 UTC as 33rd comment
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MarioV: These are great photos regardless of what was used to capture them.
Its always amusing and sad to see the "experts" come out with their 2 cents to find reason to complain or compare as if they have some need to feel superior.
Enjoy life. Be happy.

They ARE great photos.... at the 3X5" resolution they're shown in this article. If I wanted to actually print one of those photos at a reasonably size for display - life would not be happy. At all.

If that's all you want then yes, snap away with your iphone or whatever and be happy; I've gotten some surprisingly good photos with my Nexus 4. But if vacation snaps were all I wanted I'd not bother spending time at a website like DPR....

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2013 at 20:35 UTC

I'm sorry, but.... you've got the right time, the right light and the right location.... however, clearly, you have the wrong tool for the job.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 21:04 UTC as 75th comment
On Just posted: Our Canon EOS 70D hands-on preview article (355 comments in total)

Interesting changes. Its the first update from Canon that actually makes me think about upgrading my T3i.....

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 09:21 UTC as 69th comment
On Adobe releases subscription-only Photoshop CC article (398 comments in total)
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ecm: I do think that DPR's news writers should make it more clear - $19/month only applies if you buy a year at a time. Photoshop is $29/month if you buy month-to-month.

If you're an amateur as I am, there's the silver lining in this "creative cloud" - if I have any desire to use Photoshop I can rent it for a month when I need it, rather than having to buy the whole $600 package. I imagine that's why Adobe made the month-to-month so much more expensive.

I can't see myself doing any such thing, mind you; there's many good, relatively inexpensive (or free) stand-alone tools for blemish correction, unsharp masking, color management, HDR and printing now available. Perhaps Adobe is right (gasp!) - only the pros should want/need Photoshop.....

@SemperAugustus - too true, that was a point I was thinking of but decided to not elucidate - and one of the main reasons that I wouldn't want to have to rent PS CC.

I learned CS1, slowly and painfully, only to have to abandon it when Adobe stopped ACR updates for my version. Subsequently, however, GIMP was a snap to pick up - once you've got the gist of a top-end photo editor with layers, masking and so forth you know what to look for. I would assume it works both ways, and since I'd probably only be renting it for a single specific proprietary tool I wouldn't have to learn the whole program.

@dbateman - the 16-bit thing has been dogging GIMP for a lot of years. I'm not keeping my fingers crossed; last I heard it was on hold, now I hear the 16 bit project is alive again..... too bad I'm from the Pascal and Fortran era, can't be much help to the C++ crowd.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2013 at 20:28 UTC
On Adobe releases subscription-only Photoshop CC article (398 comments in total)

I do think that DPR's news writers should make it more clear - $19/month only applies if you buy a year at a time. Photoshop is $29/month if you buy month-to-month.

If you're an amateur as I am, there's the silver lining in this "creative cloud" - if I have any desire to use Photoshop I can rent it for a month when I need it, rather than having to buy the whole $600 package. I imagine that's why Adobe made the month-to-month so much more expensive.

I can't see myself doing any such thing, mind you; there's many good, relatively inexpensive (or free) stand-alone tools for blemish correction, unsharp masking, color management, HDR and printing now available. Perhaps Adobe is right (gasp!) - only the pros should want/need Photoshop.....

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2013 at 15:28 UTC as 146th comment | 3 replies
On Pentax announces Q7 with larger 12MP BSI CMOS sensor article (232 comments in total)

I'm reasonably happy with my Q with 02 and 06; it's better than any pocket camera I've ever had. Nice to know that there's a true upgrade path, not that I feel the need to actually fork over the money right now... I kind of wonder how far this can go - a 2/3 sensor like the one in the old Olympus C8080 could be awesome with today's technology.....

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 23:40 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply

Wow. Just..... wow. I don't know whether to laugh or cringe. It's like watching a train wreck in slow motion, you know that people are dying but you just can't look away.....

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2013 at 19:20 UTC as 106th comment

I just don't believe you any more, Adobe. You've shown your true stripes.

I suspect it's not going to be all that long before we'll be given a choice - between "Pro" LR CC that has all the bells and whistles, and standalone "LR Elements" for us amateurs you said you don't want using Photoshop CC.

Good thing I'd already started to move away from Adobe products - the only one I use with any regularity any more is LR 3.6. Don't worry, it'll soon be replaced; no more non-pros getting their dirty little fingerprints on YOUR products, right?

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 14:45 UTC as 74th comment
On Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction article (1853 comments in total)

On the upside, we should see the verb "to photoshop" disappear fairly quickly.....

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 19:17 UTC as 120th comment | 2 replies
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