keeponkeepingon

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On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (649 comments in total)
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Flashback: Pentax now joins Nikon and Canon, in defiantly ignoring the mirrorless movement. I think we know where we stand now.

My K-01 disagrees with your comment.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 01:12 UTC
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keeponkeepingon: While I love using a wide angle lens to show some context when taking picturs of people, unlike the author I think the extreme perspective distortion in the closeups is unflattering and irritating.

As he's shooting and editing the pictures I imagine Rishi Sanyal singing a slightly modified version of the popular Sir Mix A Lot tune:

"I like big noses and I know not why
You other brothers can't deny"

Here's a great resource explaining "big nose" distortion.
http://stepheneastwood.com/tutorials/Tutorials_Lens_Perspective.htm

Here's a direct link to the image used in the tutorial if strange web pages make you nervous. Most folks would contend that the first picture is better than the last:
http://i.imgur.com/c0wXVaX.jpg

Slight Barrel distortion author referring to:

http://sigma-rumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/sigma-24-35mm-f2-art-distortion.gif

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 11:13 UTC
On article Newly enthused: hands on with the Canon EOS 80D (706 comments in total)
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paulnelson88: Other than having a ton of canon lenses why would someone get this instead of the A6300 coming out? The video and photos look to be much better on the Sony.

"By tonywong (1 hour ago)
Some things don't show up on a spec sheet. Like the infamous Sony lockup mode when the camera is writing images, "

Exactly. DPREVIEW failing to mention this in their review marks for me the transition from honest reviews to marketing.

I picked up the A6000 for my kids soccer; while the sunny day PDAF (which is useless in basketball) tracks ok the lockups makes the camera a PITA to use versus my DSLRs.

Imaging Resource "did the right thing" and had a follow up to their review taking sony to task for the lockups.

BTW the big names such as Fong pushing the A6000 shoot almost exclusively in jpeg and it is a bit more responsive. For example it takes one or two seconds instead of three when zooming in on image review.

I'm waiting to see if the A6300 has the same issues.....

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 09:43 UTC
On article Picasa will be phased out in favor of Google Photos (155 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: Way to stick it to the little guy.

Get rid of one of the best easy to use free desktop photo editors.

Replace with clunky, slow, less featureful cloud tools dead set on destroying any organization you had for your photos and only usable if you have decent bandwidth.

You would think they would make a way to transfer the metadata from the desktop app. For example design the photo app to upload all of the picasa stared photos to google photo? Nope. All the zillions of hours wasted "starring" photos and training the facial recognition is down the drain.

But hey it's in the cloud so I can share my pictures with another gmail/google photos user the way I could with picasa web?

Nope, you can only share via a "link" or google+/facebook. For a google product photos is inanely stupid about non-plus google users.

Does this affect me? Nope but it sure as heck affects my parents, my brothers/sisters and ton's of friends. What's the alternative?

"Google doc control with non gmail-account is... a link hidden in a button. "

I understand that there's no other way for non google account holders. I was referring to sharing among google account holders. Other than "plus" it's non-existent. It's like they only implemented the worse sharing features and are holding back the best for some reason.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 15:37 UTC
On article Picasa will be phased out in favor of Google Photos (155 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: Way to stick it to the little guy.

Get rid of one of the best easy to use free desktop photo editors.

Replace with clunky, slow, less featureful cloud tools dead set on destroying any organization you had for your photos and only usable if you have decent bandwidth.

You would think they would make a way to transfer the metadata from the desktop app. For example design the photo app to upload all of the picasa stared photos to google photo? Nope. All the zillions of hours wasted "starring" photos and training the facial recognition is down the drain.

But hey it's in the cloud so I can share my pictures with another gmail/google photos user the way I could with picasa web?

Nope, you can only share via a "link" or google+/facebook. For a google product photos is inanely stupid about non-plus google users.

Does this affect me? Nope but it sure as heck affects my parents, my brothers/sisters and ton's of friends. What's the alternative?

"Actually, it is not that hard to export the faces. It is all stored in plain text files. One in each picture folder and the actual people name in a more central folder. I forgot the details as I did this a few years ago. Sure you need to write a script but at least it is not in some proprietary opaque binary format. Ok, you loose the trained data to recognize new faces."

It's easier than that you can save the name tags to the photos xmp data. I did know picasa added that feature as I have not used it in some time. It still sucks to loose all that training.....

http://www.photools.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/pif_003.jpg

From
http://www.photools.com/3612/google-picasa-face-tags-imatch/

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 15:35 UTC
On article Picasa will be phased out in favor of Google Photos (155 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: Way to stick it to the little guy.

Get rid of one of the best easy to use free desktop photo editors.

Replace with clunky, slow, less featureful cloud tools dead set on destroying any organization you had for your photos and only usable if you have decent bandwidth.

You would think they would make a way to transfer the metadata from the desktop app. For example design the photo app to upload all of the picasa stared photos to google photo? Nope. All the zillions of hours wasted "starring" photos and training the facial recognition is down the drain.

But hey it's in the cloud so I can share my pictures with another gmail/google photos user the way I could with picasa web?

Nope, you can only share via a "link" or google+/facebook. For a google product photos is inanely stupid about non-plus google users.

Does this affect me? Nope but it sure as heck affects my parents, my brothers/sisters and ton's of friends. What's the alternative?

"You can "only" share via a link. That's exactly the point of Internet : links (aka URL)."

Are you deliberately being obtuse? I may not want the entire internet to be able to access my picture via a link. Google docs provides a flexible user based access control, again it's inane that google would not provide the same control over our pictures that we have over our google docs/drive files. I have to assume they are trying to shove us over to google+/facebook for user based sharing.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 15:11 UTC
On article Picasa will be phased out in favor of Google Photos (155 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: Way to stick it to the little guy.

Get rid of one of the best easy to use free desktop photo editors.

Replace with clunky, slow, less featureful cloud tools dead set on destroying any organization you had for your photos and only usable if you have decent bandwidth.

You would think they would make a way to transfer the metadata from the desktop app. For example design the photo app to upload all of the picasa stared photos to google photo? Nope. All the zillions of hours wasted "starring" photos and training the facial recognition is down the drain.

But hey it's in the cloud so I can share my pictures with another gmail/google photos user the way I could with picasa web?

Nope, you can only share via a "link" or google+/facebook. For a google product photos is inanely stupid about non-plus google users.

Does this affect me? Nope but it sure as heck affects my parents, my brothers/sisters and ton's of friends. What's the alternative?

That's a good point LegacyGT but I have a hard time recommending "abandonware" to family and friends. Especially picasa. The app does not play well with others (for example no way to export meta data such as "stared" or facial recognition). I've been really disappointed with "photos" as a replacement. (and gosh I've tried, I have 10's of thousands of photos uploaded). If you look at the whole thing as a DAM process Photos is a total fail on the first steps (import/culling) and the rest is totally "meh" to horrible any way you slice it.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 08:51 UTC

While I love using a wide angle lens to show some context when taking picturs of people, unlike the author I think the extreme perspective distortion in the closeups is unflattering and irritating.

As he's shooting and editing the pictures I imagine Rishi Sanyal singing a slightly modified version of the popular Sir Mix A Lot tune:

"I like big noses and I know not why
You other brothers can't deny"

Here's a great resource explaining "big nose" distortion.
http://stepheneastwood.com/tutorials/Tutorials_Lens_Perspective.htm

Here's a direct link to the image used in the tutorial if strange web pages make you nervous. Most folks would contend that the first picture is better than the last:
http://i.imgur.com/c0wXVaX.jpg

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 05:15 UTC as 27th comment | 10 replies
On article Picasa will be phased out in favor of Google Photos (155 comments in total)

Way to stick it to the little guy.

Get rid of one of the best easy to use free desktop photo editors.

Replace with clunky, slow, less featureful cloud tools dead set on destroying any organization you had for your photos and only usable if you have decent bandwidth.

You would think they would make a way to transfer the metadata from the desktop app. For example design the photo app to upload all of the picasa stared photos to google photo? Nope. All the zillions of hours wasted "starring" photos and training the facial recognition is down the drain.

But hey it's in the cloud so I can share my pictures with another gmail/google photos user the way I could with picasa web?

Nope, you can only share via a "link" or google+/facebook. For a google product photos is inanely stupid about non-plus google users.

Does this affect me? Nope but it sure as heck affects my parents, my brothers/sisters and ton's of friends. What's the alternative?

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2016 at 23:05 UTC as 49th comment | 11 replies
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Fog Maker: Finally.

Bridge has such a potential to be really great.

So hope the keep their ''promise'' to develop it further.

My workflow has always been Bridge/Camera Raw, Photoshop

I thoroughly dislike Lightroom.

No I think you are right, no zoom in survey mode. They want you to use the compare tool, look at them two at a time and select the best from 2. If you have the screen realestate I can see how having 10 up and zoomed in would be helpful, especially looking at "bursts" thanks!

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 21:39 UTC

Is there now support for lightroom's pick/reject flag? Ideally I'd like to use something lightweight to pick potential "keepers" then just import the "picks" into lightroom.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 17:39 UTC as 8th comment
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Fog Maker: Finally.

Bridge has such a potential to be really great.

So hope the keep their ''promise'' to develop it further.

My workflow has always been Bridge/Camera Raw, Photoshop

I thoroughly dislike Lightroom.

studor13 how is bridge better than lightroom's survey mode for comparing multiple images? Thanks!

http://digital-photography-school.com/choosing-images-using-survey-view-in-lightroom/

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 17:34 UTC
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abi170845: Okay, how about battery life? I get over 1000 shots with my dslr. Do you offer radio trigger for flash? Third party TTL flash from phottix etc? Ultra wide lens like the Canon 11mm zoom? How is your after sales service and spare parts? or is this part of BATA (Buy and throw away) product?

A6000 user here. The multiple battery solution is a total PITA. Sure they don't take up much weight but you need to maintain a charge on all of those batteries. You either have five chargers or sit there switching out batteries every 4 hours. Yeah that's not a problem. I'll take decent battery life any day over pricey, hard to maintain and a hassle to constantly switch out multiple batteries.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 00:06 UTC
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (217 comments in total)
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hwzjerry: How's the startup time compared to the a6000?

I think we are in the wrong forum for any info that may be actually useful. Look at the A6000 review on dpreview, they glossed over every issue. I felt betrayed by dpreview when I got the A6000 and it felt like using a point and shoot in regard to startup time, image review, less than perfect light af performance, and lockup after a burst, none of which was mentined in the dpreview review. Oh how I miss phil's reviews with his timings etc.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 11:34 UTC
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (217 comments in total)
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jango: If it had touchscreen it would be great

Finally the biggest gripe I have with the A6000 is how awkward it is to review your work compared to other cameras. When you look at a picture, hit the zoom and you can almost count to 3 one thousand before it actually zooms (for a raw file) then it's zoomed all the way in on a point you don't care about forcing you to zoom back out and/or pan around to get what you want. On my touch screen cameras (and iphone) I just "pinch to zoom" exactly where I want it and see exactly what I want to see at the zoom level I want in a fraction of the time that it takes on the sluggish A6000.

All that said what the A6300 or entire AXXXX line needs is a decent screen. All of the screens are a movie aspect ratio with a lot of wasted space viewing picts. End result: looking at a pict is like looking at a 2.5" screen on any other camera, way smaller than the competition and silly small for this class of camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 11:31 UTC
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (217 comments in total)
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jango: If it had touchscreen it would be great

I've grown to love the touch screen on my EOS-M. When I switch to my A6000 I especially miss:

Choosing a focus point for stills and video. All of the A6000 hacks (zone focus, poor (in low light) AF tracking) don't make up for me being able to rapidly touch and command the camera to focus on a specific point.

Touch to snap or whatever it's called. Your touch does not just select the focus point, it selects the focus point and snaps the shutter. Not a second lost and great for chasing kids around or any other action. An added bonus is you hand it to a stranger to take your picture, tell them it's just like a smart phone and actually get a decent picture exposed on your face in return.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 11:28 UTC
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (217 comments in total)
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bmwzimmer: DPreview, Please do a comparison between the D500, 7Dii, and A6300, & NX1 shooting Ice Hockey (through glass) or a evening football game or indoor basketball game. It's the only way to test if Mirrorless cameras can compete with DSLR's in sports/wildlife photography

"By Thematic (10 hours ago)
https://youtu.be/up8K_xd_iwU

Already done last year..... A6000 second only to Nikon D4s."

How is indoor sports equal to outdoor motorcross racing? My A6000 totally sucks at basketball. I call it "sunny day PDAF" because in anything but splendid lighting the auto tracking falls on it's face; almost useless for indoor sports.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 11:31 UTC
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (217 comments in total)
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Favorable Exponynt: No touch screen. No sale. No ibis no sale, no battery life no sale really for $1000 they should be able to make a more complete camera. They don't even need to put a mirror or a pentaxprism in it nor 3 or four motors operating it all. Only the physical shutter still reminds of a real camera. :p

It's not an "action camera", it's sony top of the line APS-C mirrorless. Most of these will not be purchased solely for action but as a jack of all trades (ref, look at the dpreview forums and see how many action A6000 picts there are versus everything else).

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 11:25 UTC
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (217 comments in total)
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drivecancel: I see it still uses that awful eyecup...

I noticed that too! Almost useless plus loves to fall off. I lost my second and I don't think I'm going to bother to get a third.....

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 09:24 UTC
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (217 comments in total)

dpreview

Since you have one of these to play with can you tell us if it's possible to control the powerzooms from the body?

Specifically I'd like to be able to control the zoom from the body and idealy specify a starting focal length and have the option to remember the last focal length when powering on.

Using the kit power zoom on my A6000 is a total PITA. On my NEX-3n I could zoom in and out from the body allowing for easy one handed operation. However on both bodies I get arguably the weakest focal length (both for sharpness and distortion) when I switch on the camera.

Thanks!

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 09:22 UTC as 29th comment
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