mactheweb

mactheweb

Lives in United States Port Townsend, WA, United States
Works as a web design
Joined on Apr 3, 2009
About me:

I love making photos of my town and surrounding area, and find infinite possibilities in the everyday details of life.

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On Post-Photokina polls - Tell us what you think article (198 comments in total)
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MrRoger: I do believe Ansel Adams always used large format.

He probably drove a Model T, too. How is this relevant to today's technology?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 22:09 UTC
On Post-Photokina polls - Tell us what you think article (198 comments in total)
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gmke: In my silly opinion, who cares, the question is somewhat spare. It makes more sense if you ask, what size sensor would you consider as a minimum for an enthusiast’s only camera, his second camera, or his best camera? The which camera variable changes the answer. Such questions are of limited hypothetical range unless you also consider the availability of funds. If you have to scrape to put $400 together, a few of those 1:1.7 cameras would have to be considered a great treat, and very useful too. For an only camera on limited funds, I wish I could get a 12-megapixel one-inch camera with a fast lens. I think Sony overshot the 20-megapixels. It is a gimmick. Is there a camera that would work for some as the only camera and for others as a second? That market sounds pretty fat, yeah? I would nominate the LX100. I think 1-inch works only when you have another camera with a couple of fast lenses and excellent ISO 3200 performance. That way the fall off the 1600 ISO cliff is not so painful.

Mostly agree. I'm looking at a 1 inch sensor for my backup. The Sonys and the new Canon are pocketable and offer as good a print quality as a DSLR of 7-8 years ago. I don't think the 20 MP is a gimmick. I've printed from a friend's R-X100 II and was impressed with the results at up to 800 ISO. I'd be happy with 6400 ISO for web photos.

For my main camera I'm selling my Nikon D610 and gear for Fuji. As you say, the extra megapixels are, if not a gimmick, not totally relevant either, and I fell in love with the Fuji look. Lenses are great, too.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 22:08 UTC
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Realll: I would ask you WHY to buy camera with limited zoom and so small image size (only 12 mp)? The size of the camera is almost same as my Sony a5000 with 16-50, but Sony has big APS-C sensor and 20 mp images... Yes, I know- the glass is important. But amouont of light is approximately equal. So with Sony and 16-50I have same size, same zoom, almost twice bigger images for beautiful crops and I have it on half-price of the LX100... So again WHY ?

We'll have to see how good the lens is. The Sony lens is small but slow and very soft in the corners. I'm judging by my NEX 5N with the collapsible kit lens. The main point for me would be the controls. Not having to did into Sony's less than great menu system is a huge plus.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 17:42 UTC
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (310 comments in total)
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white shadow: This camera is a tough sell. Time will tell.

For simplicity and reasonable performance, I would prefer the Canon S120.

For better image quality, flexibility and ease of carrying around, I would prefer the Lumix GM1.

For best image quality in a small package with excellent user interface and best B&W result, I would prefer the Ricoh GR.

It is best to save the money for more travel opportunity and use whatever camera one is having. Keep the extra to have a few beers while waiting for the right photographic moment.

You nailed it. Three years ago this would have been spectacular. Now the competition has eroded the value of a high priced, bulky, smallish sensor point and shoot.

I'd add the Sony RX-100III to your mix. Bigger sensor and pocketable.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 18:39 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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brownie314: Did Nikon pee of Sony? Why didn't they have this sensor in the V3?

If you had ever experienced the terrific focusing speed of the Nikons you'd understand.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 18:39 UTC

I am glad that this is a genuine upgrade and not mostly a fix for an unacknowledged problem as was the D610.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 22:55 UTC as 31st comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)
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Beckler8: This is more like a variation than an upgrade model. Video gets a big upgrade but audio, with no hot shoe and no mic input gets a huge downgrade. (Don't bother mentioning external recorders.) As the review points out, some will like the lens variation. Others, like me, would much prefer more/longer zoom range at the expense of lens speed. Not everyone wants maximum low-light performance at the expense of being able to do nothing zoom-wise...yes, 2.9x zoom is essentially nothing, esp. in video where presumably none of the smart digital zoom is usable. I'd gladly trade the flash for the hot shoe too! There must be a way to have both though. Anyway on a camera of this stature then, there needs to be 2 (or more) versions, catering to different preferences.

Th RX10 isn't equivalent - too big. I love the fast lens. The EVF is brilliant. Losing the hot shoe makes this a non-starter for me. Sony giveth and Sony taketh away.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 17:04 UTC
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (894 comments in total)
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dlkeller: I didn't realize these things were using power zoom,. My experience with this on other cameras has been very bad compared to manual zoom. What is the general feeling concerning this?

You're right, the power zoom is not that great. The zoom is hard to use with precision. I prefer Sony's original kit zoom.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 04:33 UTC
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (894 comments in total)
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DVT80111: EVF downgraded from 2.36M to 1.44M.
No new sensor technology for low light.

Boy, talking about customer satisfaction. Any NEX-6 owners out there should be very happy that your camera has not been obsoleted yet.

I guess we all want something different. I'm not happy about the lower res EVF, but I've already place my pre-order to B&H. The faster AF and NEX-7 quality images are more important. Anyway, I've shot both the NEX-6 and 7. If you down res the images from 24MP to 16 the ISO performance is equivalent.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 04:31 UTC
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Gerard Hoffnung: I guess I am in a minority in that I find that very often, I learn something from a comment that I probably wouldn't have learned otherwise. Discussion in comments sections, particularly on very technical issues will either clarify something for me or drive me to further research on the internet. I read at least some of the comments on any article I read and find it easy to skip the nonsense and focus on the good comments. On more than one occasion, some very funny comments have been posted that give me a belly laugh that just makes my day. I'm OK with comment sections.

For me that's the main reason for reading DPreview comments.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 19:48 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: I suggest you go back and shoot a few very old models as well, such as the D70, 10D, and 5D, so we have some history as well as recent models.

Nice idea. Very time consuming. Just trying to keep up with recent models is tough enough.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2013 at 05:32 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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rfsIII: And for heaven's sake, please, please, please test a couple of medium-format digital cameras, at least a Phase P65+ and a Hasselblad H4D-200MS so that we can have a benchmark from which to judge the other cameras. I'm sure that some kind soul in Seattle will loan them to you, or at least rent them for a day.

Or if you want to text against the camera with the highest DXO score, try the Nikon D800E. Much higher scores than the medium format cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2013 at 05:30 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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bobcn: I like the articulated viewfinder. I'm hoping someone will take the next step -- a removable viewfinder that can be worn or attached to glasses. How convenient would it be to be able to wave a small CSC camera around. Hold it high, low or at arms length pointed around a corner. You'd still be able to set up your shot.

You mean like Google Glasses?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2013 at 03:22 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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AndyW17: Why is the flip-up viewfinder useful? I can see it if you're using a short tripod or a cat up a tree - but otherwise? What am I missing?

I have the tilting EVF for my NEX 5n. Love it. However, you're not supposed to store the camera in a bag with the viewfinder on. That's true for all Sony add on EVFs. Levering the thing could break it. A built in EVF that tilts sounds terrific.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 22:35 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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bobcn: I like the articulated viewfinder. I'm hoping someone will take the next step -- a removable viewfinder that can be worn or attached to glasses. How convenient would it be to be able to wave a small CSC camera around. Hold it high, low or at arms length pointed around a corner. You'd still be able to set up your shot.

Cool idea.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 22:31 UTC
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)
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xmeda: All you need is Pentax K5II + DA18-135. Still quite small and easy to carry, while it covers 90% needs.

I used a Pentax K-5 for a couple of years. People definitely responded differently when I used that camera rather than my Sony NEX 5n. The 5n is a funny looking point and shoot and doesn't make people as camera shy as the K-5 did.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 20:33 UTC
On The Lightroom catalog article (315 comments in total)
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cknapp1961: Tried LR about a year ago. As a 51 year old guy who grew up on Kodachrome 25 in the 70's, still develops film up to 4x5, prints up to 16x20 from B&W, started using digital in the late 90s and shoot with a Nikon D700 now, who scanned thousand of old family photos a long time ago, learned to use a DOS DB before learning to use a WP, and cringes every time I hear someone say "folder" when they mean "sub-directory, I found LR unacceptable.

I like knowing where my files physically are, under ONE primary Sub-directory making it easy to backup to a secondary or tertiary drive, sync to Carbonite, or automatically add files to my system screensaver.

I learned 12 years ago to create a sub-directory structure, YYYY MO DAY DESCRIPTIVE WORDS (up to 64 characters), using 2xExplorer (a dual-pane file MGR), ThumbsPlus (a photo browser-linked to external programs such as PS). I learned 12 years ago to save edits simply by adding a "c" (for change) to the file name.

Never lost a file or photo.

And this has what to do with the article?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2012 at 18:26 UTC
On Finding macro wildlife article (35 comments in total)

Thanks. This is very helpful.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2012 at 19:20 UTC as 17th comment

I just got mine last week. (I'd made a Kick Starter donation) The strange looking round extension actually makes the plate sit flat on a table, unlike a standard Arca Swiss plate, which causes the camera to tip over onto the lens. The little loop on the end allows me to attach it to my Black Rapid strap. All in all, a useful plate.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 02:44 UTC as 7th comment
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danaceb: umm good job Tamron, pick something we already have -sigh-

ummmm how about a fast 35mm(50mm) with AF already?

And pancake size.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2011 at 01:43 UTC
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