Erick L

Erick L

Lives in Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Canada
Has a website at http://www.borealphoto.com
Joined on Aug 17, 2006

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On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (61 comments in total)

I have an older Feisol 3441 and CB-30 ballhead. The rubber feet always come out so I do without them. Dirt and water gets in and a section has become very hard to pull out (a bit of cleaning on my part would help though). One leg has come unglued after a couple of years. I've lost two knobs in the wilderness (screws aren't captive) but miraculously found one back otherwise the tripod would have been useless. The legs won't "close" in a reverse position with the short column because the ballhead gets in the way. It's a piece of crap.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 05:23 UTC as 3rd comment
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (1886 comments in total)
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Sven44: Heh, I've just spotted the following on a review of Fuji's new lens (which I'm just a little bit excited by....):

"We've been shooting with the Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 R - the fast 85mm equivalent prime lens for Fujifilm's X mount mirrorless cameras. Its F1.2 aperture means it gives similarly shallow depth-of-field to an 85mm F1.8 lens on a full frame body, making it an useful portrait lens"

Makes 100% perfect sense to me, and a great opening paragraph to the review. Does anyone not see it that way? How else should hey have described it?

Nigelht? Maybe a "56mm 1.2 lens which you're going to mount on a normal camera but then you're going to take a crop of it so you have the FOV of an 85mm lens, but let's not talk about the depth of field or sensor gain for that matter because no-one wants to have to multiply anything by 1.5..."?

If you have 30 years of experience, you should be able to find out by yourself.

It's confusing to newbies because reading that a 56/1.2 on APS is like 85/1.8 on a FF means absolutely nothing.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 15:41 UTC
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (1886 comments in total)

Total light on sensor affecting noise doesn't make sense to me. Don't smaller sensors appear more noisy simply because the image needs to be enlarged more, noise included?

Seems to me that saying a FF sensor has less noise because it gathers more light is akin to saying a telephoto lens "compresses perspective".

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 13:48 UTC as 52nd comment | 14 replies
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (451 comments in total)
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Donnie G: Alright, who's the comedian who came up with the term "mirrorless" cameras? Who the heck walks into a Costco, Walmart or Best Buy and says "Hey, can I buy a mirrorless camera? Or, Hey, can I buy a stepless ladder?" Sounds like something important has been left out of the product, doesn't it? I mean I understand what those folks are trying to say: "Mirrors! We don't need no stinking mirrors." I get it. But they need to come up with a new product description or catch phrase to help sell these cameras they claim to love so much. And please no, don't use E.V.I.L. either, unless you want to continue to have warehouses full of "marketless, SLRless" cameras for sale. :)

Cyclists clip in clipless pedals.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 03:20 UTC

If they were AF, people would complain about price.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 23:28 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On Samsung NX mini First Impressions Review preview (563 comments in total)
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Erick L: Would be more interesting if it had a phone in it.

Of course it hasn't happened yet. Nothing happens until it does.

Not sure what you mean by "fully off is what you want". Why? Camera phones already exist and they're pretty damn popular. I'm just asking for a bigger sensor and a zoom like the RX100 or interchangeable lenses.

As for tax code and marketing. Well, I don't know about tax codes but B&H, Amazon, Best Buy etc, all sell both phones and cameras. People don't buy a phone to talk anymore. The camera and web access is as, if not more important than the phone.

I think there's money to be made, more so than with this "Little Wonder". If this is targeted at facebook and instagram users, why not cut the middle man? (the phone, that is).

I'm surprised no one said it would look silly talking with a big camera to one's ear. Well, I don't care if it looks silly, but for those who do, you could have a bluetooth ear piece. Add a button so it doubles as a remote release.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 19:03 UTC
On Samsung NX mini First Impressions Review preview (563 comments in total)
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Erick L: Would be more interesting if it had a phone in it.

You guys have no imagination. ;-)

My phone isn't "gummed up" so I don't see why a camera would. They could always make the camera operable without having android on or vice-versa.

I bought into mirrorless to travel. I still have to carry a phone for the odd call, checking email, maps and other touristy stuff. There's no reason this couldn't be done with a camera. It would be just a phone with a larger sensor and interchangeable lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 16:42 UTC
On Samsung NX mini First Impressions Review preview (563 comments in total)

Would be more interesting if it had a phone in it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 14:57 UTC as 81st comment | 9 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review preview (318 comments in total)
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Sad Joe: PLUS: Nice new cheaper OM model. CONS: Perhaps they should speak with their pals at Panasonic about video before bringing out anymore...

"... agreed that Oly should concentrate more on still and Pana on video."

Olympus is worse at both IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 20:26 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Sigma DP2 Quattro article (256 comments in total)

Looks like an office phone.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 17:43 UTC as 23rd comment
On Manfrotto 190 Series Carbon Fiber Tripod Review article (72 comments in total)
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Erick L: Those leg locks are an annoyance for nature photographers. They catch on everything.

Newer twist locks are faster as they can be unlocked all at once. I've had several flip-locks tripods and they were nothing but trouble. On top of catching on branches and twigs, I got pinched fingers, broken levers and the constant need to tighten them. Twist-locks don't have these problems by design.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2013 at 01:51 UTC
On Manfrotto 190 Series Carbon Fiber Tripod Review article (72 comments in total)

Those leg locks are an annoyance for nature photographers. They catch on everything.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2013 at 16:02 UTC as 28th comment | 3 replies
On TIME's top photos of the year article (153 comments in total)

The year ain't even over yet!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2013 at 00:49 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On Classic photographs recreated in Lego article (123 comments in total)
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Scrozzy: Did anyone else flick through hoping to find the one of the dogs playing poker? I now realise the obvious reasons why this was never going to happen, but my anticipation was through the roof for a good 60 seconds to begin with.

I was hoping for the Napalm Girl.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2013 at 17:36 UTC
On Tamron to develop 150-600mm F5-6.3 ultra-telephoto zoom article (193 comments in total)
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semorg: The tripod collar doesn't seem sturdy enough. It might be fine for some wildlife stuff, but not reliable for some landscape work

"I bet they hadn't even thought of that."

You'd be surprised how may lenses have inadequate tripod collar.

http://www.naturfotograf.com/lens_tripod_collars.html

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 16:27 UTC
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Erick L: Instead of the QX100, why not make an RX100 with a phone in it?

The Nx is much larger and I don't think it has an actual phone in it. I'm aware of of the S4 zoom but that one has a small sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 01:03 UTC

Instead of the QX100, why not make an RX100 with a phone in it?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 00:37 UTC as 68th comment | 2 replies
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1514 comments in total)

When you don't have content, change the container.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 02:06 UTC as 267th comment | 6 replies
On Nikon D5300 preview (278 comments in total)
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Zigadiboom: Ok guys lets not get carried away here. Yes its true Sony and co have been putting out some great stuff lately. Kudos to them.

But in relation to pricing just keep in mind that the D5200/D5300 coupled with a Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 comes to around the same price as the new Sony RX10. Yes the Nikon wont have the same zoom range but as far as image quality is concerned there would simply be no comparison when it comes to dynamic range, high iso and overall detail output.

It is not a groundbreaking upgrade but considering the D5200 hasn't been around that long I'd say its a modest but decent upgrade. One that'll probably cannibalise some sales of the better handling and more customisable D7100.

I had a D5100 and it was an ergonomics nightmare. Excellent sensor though. Nikon lost it when they killed the D70/80/90 line. I guess they ran out of numbers.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 17:16 UTC
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cgarrard: I don't know about the post below me but I think this is an overdue and excellent idea for mirrorless cameras- heck, for any type of camera. Nobody has made a real waterproof enthusiast camera to date.

I didn't see a button that could be programmed for AEL lock though. I'll read up on it before making a final initial opinion on it. Have to have an AEL lock button.

Either way, excellent idea Nikon, good for you to bring something like this to the market and actually put the first body out for the 1 system that garners any of my interest what so ever.

C

You can get an E-pm1 with lens and case for 500$.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2013 at 04:53 UTC
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