alfredo_tomato

alfredo_tomato

Lives in United States Bluegrass region, KY, United States
Works as a retired
Joined on Mar 2, 2010
About me:

old fart

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On article Hell on Earth: Shooting in the Danakil Depression (66 comments in total)

I lived in Eritrea (pre independence) for three years, but never made it down to the Afar region. Some friends travelled there and had an incident. They came upon an Ostrich in the road. They pulled up to it to make it move. It didn't. The driver blew the horn and that startled the Ostrich. It kicked the radiator, causing a leak.

They were lucky they had another car that towed the disabled vehicle to civilization.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 15:53 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On article Hands-on with the Fujifilm X70 (248 comments in total)
In reply to:

brownie314: $200 for optical viewfinder - wtf?

That's why God invented eBay. ;)

Would the Ricoh GV-1 work?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2016 at 16:54 UTC
On article Good genes: Samsung NX500 review posted (512 comments in total)

Doggoneit. I wanted Samsung to survive. I knew they had it in them to make excellent cameras, but it came too late.

Trying to find one in a big box store in the US was nearly impossible. Now that they have shuttered their operations, it's going to be a bit harder.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2015 at 15:43 UTC as 89th comment | 6 replies
On article Leica Q First Impressions Review (601 comments in total)
In reply to:

Anadrol: The RX1 does enter a large jacket pocket, the RX2 should even be smaller...

The Leica Q is too big to enter a pocket, what's the advantage then to have a fixed lens ???

If it's in your pocket, you aren't using it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 16:12 UTC
On a photo in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Sample Gallery sample gallery (8 comments in total)

Bring back those wonderful offenhauser powered roadsters. You could actually see the driver.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 17:02 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo P1000319 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (8 comments in total)

Bring back those wonderful offenhauser powered roadsters. You could actually see the driver.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 17:02 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Field Test: Sigma 19mm, 30mm and 60mm F2.8 DN lenses (167 comments in total)
In reply to:

garyknrd: Since M4/3 is an open system. Does that mean the AF will be just as good as the OEM's?

They are fast on mft. I really like the 30mm.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2015 at 01:04 UTC
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polizonte: I have always used iPhoto and LR but the new "Photos" App Editing features are more limited than ever...too bad.

I thought that at first, but after working with about 100 photos, I am getting the hang of it. I start off in Photos, and finish off in GIMP.

I find little use for the filters, but maybe some day down the road. They are a blunt object that can be tweaked in edit.

The straightening tool is much better than the one used in iPhoto.

The crop function needs the ability to set a default aspect. It keeps defaulting to freeform.

I'd like to be able to export to GIMP or other applications from Photos.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 17:35 UTC
On article A Compact PEN: Olympus Stylus SH-2 Hands-on (150 comments in total)
In reply to:

Franz Weber: I simply can not see any improvement over the SH1:
Where is the tiltable screen? Where is the micro usb charging plug?
Where is the brighter lens?

I liked the SH1. But this cam does not improve in any way.

The 5 Axis IS?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 15:56 UTC
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Kekal B Hollow: best product of the year? sigma DP2Q...

Somebody had to say it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 20:45 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH Review (7 comments in total)

This is a fine lens. The colors will knock your eyes out.

Yes, AF isn't blazing, but it's fast enough for the type of photography I do. I've been shooting Manual lenses, so I might be sensitive to any lag, no matter how small.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 04:36 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Samsung NX1 real-world sample images (326 comments in total)

I like the skin tones.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 03:28 UTC as 59th comment | 2 replies
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ProfHankD: Not relevant to digital photography and hence not to DPReview. Yet another company trying to distinguish itself by echoing a past that never really was. The irony here is that Land and Polaroid were all about developing new technologies, from instant film to sonar sensors for autofocus. This is just sad.

A toy doesn't need to produce anything more than pleasure. If people want one and enjoys experimenting with it, fine.

If DPREVIEW wants to report on it, that's their right. I have no problem with that.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2014 at 13:59 UTC
On article Photokina 2014: Hands-on with Leica X and X-E (134 comments in total)
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schaki: Cool, Leica X but unfortunately that lens is just too large to make the camera pocketable.
What is it with the Leica X-E that might make a real diference to the X2 ?
Quite likely it is the same 16 mp sensor unless it is a new revision of the same.
Same can be said about the lcd screen unless it have better light-sealing. But with that said I've never seen a X2 IRL so I dunno how that Lcd is to use in sunlight.
Probably the same lens as well if not Leica made a new tweaked up revision of it.

If the camera is in my pocket I'm less likely to use it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 15:12 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 (349 comments in total)

This is their answer to the Canon SL1

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 04:41 UTC as 99th comment
On article Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 (148 comments in total)
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mm1975: This is not Thailand photographed with a Nokia Lumia 1020 - it a few monkeys photographed in Thailand.

It's their country too. Humans are just another mammal inhabiting the land.

I have gone to a zoo and only photographed the people.

I come from the era of box cameras, these photos remind me of those days, so I got something good out of it. It was like rummaging through a shoebox of old prints from my mom's Hawkeye. It doesn't have to be art to be worthwhile.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2014 at 15:02 UTC
On article Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 (148 comments in total)
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Roadrunner123: This is obviously a joke. It this is what Jan Ras thinks Thailand is he really needs to take his head out of his rectum and explore the country. This is beyond pathetic. It is an insult to the country and its citizens to describe taking some monkey shots as 'Thailand photographed'. I thought it would be impossible to get anything worse than What the duck, but no, I was wrong. Can it get any worse than this? Coming next week... London photographed: 10 photos of toilet roll holders from London's railway stations.

I think it is refreshing that he didn't do the typical street photography of the human ape. If there is any failings in technique, it doesn't matter as long as the images were entertaining.

Photography is supposed to be fun, even if you make your living behind the lens. Lighten up.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2014 at 14:56 UTC
On article Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits (108 comments in total)

I talked with a Dolica rep about offering a shorter central column/stack.

I made one out of a shortened 1" dowel, a bolt, pvc endcap drilled to accept the bolt, and epoxy to secure the bolt. I had to shave down the dowel to fit the tripod. It works well.

Wood, like Aluminum, will dampen vibrations.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 18:45 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut (102 comments in total)

Funny stuff.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2014 at 04:31 UTC as 22nd comment
On article A look at the Lomography Petzval 85mm F2.2 lens (174 comments in total)
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RichRMA: Nikon's 85mm f/1.4 $1800 lens has similar issues with deformed blur circles at the edge of the field, but it's not as pronounced as the Lomo. Honestly, unless spherical aberration and that effect are going to be used a lot, you are far better of just spending $300 on a manual Samyang 85mm f/1.4 or one of its variants.
The rack and pinion mechanism could be used on a long lens as well, like 500mm f/8.0 or something.

Yeah, when doubt, f8.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 05:01 UTC
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