SirSeth

SirSeth

Lives in United States Hagerstown, United States
Works as a Teacher
Has a website at wallygoots.smugmug.com
Joined on Feb 8, 2004
About me:

My plan is to ever improve my trade, my hobbies, and my relationships with family, friends, and my God. My trade is teaching Math and Computers. My primary hobbies are lutherie (guitar building) and photography. My God is slow to anger and abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us for our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is His love for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us. If you have questions or gripes about my God, I always enjoy talking with someone who is a seeker. Rock throwers are rarely convinced of anything spiritual and I can respect their desire to believe differently than myself.

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On Massive $33,500 2450mm f/8 NASA lens surfaces on eBay article (213 comments in total)
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TSeiler: My Fuji S1 has a 25-1200 lens and a great doubler built in giving me 2400mm. It is only $250 and has built in image stabilization. And I can shoot it without a tripod and get great images.

I could shoot this one without a tripod too. "Just put it over there on the ground. Yeah, a little to the left. Ok, Sweet." :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 21:38 UTC
On Canon XC10: What you need to know article (230 comments in total)

Interesting. Canon seems to be a formula following company and this really breaks the mold. Kind of an oddball attempt to be innovative and I'm not sure if it's going to be amazing or a dud. Time will tell. And price.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 13:16 UTC as 73rd comment | 2 replies

Like everyone else is saying, if the price were $299, or the magnification was 1.5:1 or 2:1, or it was a 150mm with a tripod collar, or it was f4 and much smaller than the legacy options it might have been compelling. I wish Samyang well, but unless your mount doesn't offer this the same lens in AF for less or equal money, then why?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 13:31 UTC as 24th comment
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (795 comments in total)
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TNT DJ: I am seriously considering the A77II; do you think it's a better camera for a hobbyist, considering the price of lenses (including adapted MF lenses) than the A7II? I get the feeling that it's better to go with the A77II for now and then jump to the A7RII once it has IBIS (and the FE lenses come down in price, and I have had years and years to save for the whole system.). Upgrading from Sony A200 / kit lenses; I need better IQ as I capture my wife's artwork. / I use the IBIS in my A200 all the time in low light (concerts.)
Thanks for anyone's thoughts; I'd be willing to switch systems but in my mind I just can't give up the total value of IBIS. As a hobbyist, why pay for IS in each expensive lens, when I can throw on a crazy old Russian lens and use IBIS. OIS is priced for people who shoot for a living, not me.

I have the A7 and E-M1. ISO 50 is nice. High ISO, while not a leader among FF cameras is very good in my A7 compared with the E-M1. I do not get more blurry photos than with the E-M1, but I do use the two cameras differently. A7 blows the E-M1 away in night photography on or off tripod imo. I would prefer the A7s to either of course if that was a main squeeze, but FF rocks smaller sensors when it comes to low light and night.

As to IBIS, I've never used anything better than the E-M1. It's brilliant. My former Pentax K5iis didn't compare to the E-M1 and I'd be surprised if Sony's A7ii is as good because it has a lot larger a sensor to move in not much more space. It may be great and it's better than no IBIS and I love that it works with all legacy lenses, but still, Olympus does do some things right and this is one of them. Dust busting is another. No system is as good. Cheers, Seth

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 02:45 UTC
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (795 comments in total)
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TNT DJ: I am seriously considering the A77II; do you think it's a better camera for a hobbyist, considering the price of lenses (including adapted MF lenses) than the A7II? I get the feeling that it's better to go with the A77II for now and then jump to the A7RII once it has IBIS (and the FE lenses come down in price, and I have had years and years to save for the whole system.). Upgrading from Sony A200 / kit lenses; I need better IQ as I capture my wife's artwork. / I use the IBIS in my A200 all the time in low light (concerts.)
Thanks for anyone's thoughts; I'd be willing to switch systems but in my mind I just can't give up the total value of IBIS. As a hobbyist, why pay for IS in each expensive lens, when I can throw on a crazy old Russian lens and use IBIS. OIS is priced for people who shoot for a living, not me.

PM me if you want to hear my opinion coming from Olympus E-3 to Pentax K5iis, to A7 + E-M1. Might take a day or two to get back, but I'd be happy to share. What other priorities besides IBIS do you have? If you really value in body IS, what are your thoughts on the E-M5ii?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 04:25 UTC
On Video: DPReview panel at CreativeLive's Gear Day 2015 article (28 comments in total)
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Amir Danesh: About PENTAX !
I think it not going to be a FF because all of the APS-C lens in pentax design for 1.3 crop and thats why i am thinking about a camera with 1.3 crop sensor size!
a camera betwin FF and APS-C...

Ricoh has officially announced development of a FF camera. I think they also revealed it will have a crop mode for their less than FF coverage lenses. The newest lenses are certainly FF size and probably FF price and developed for this FF camera.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2015 at 20:58 UTC
On Video: DPReview panel at CreativeLive's Gear Day 2015 article (28 comments in total)

Nice blurb about DPR at the end. Are there really a lot of people interested in photography (and having an internet connection) that don't know about DPR?

Anyhow, that was fun. I like hearing the various opinions of the staff here and I agree that the current cameras are so good and the improvements don't look like they are slowing down. It's a great time to into photography.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2015 at 20:55 UTC as 10th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (754 comments in total)
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panpen: $1100 for a camera with a tiny sensor when you can get a Sony full frame for only $100 more? No thank you.

Yes, if you only were to buy a body only and no lenses you have a point. Cameras are not much good without lenses. Oh, and if one were allowed only one camera then you also have a point. Oh, and if your priorities were better met by a larger sensor you have a point. And if the lenses available in Sony FE mount completely satisfied your needs you have a point. But since that combination of ifs is pretty much essential (especially if the money is important to you)... then you have a pointless point. I use an A7 and E-M1 right now. What a combo!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 18:39 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (754 comments in total)
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Oli4D: @ panpen: Well, the sensor size is not the most important thing. Sonys A7 is a good camera for sure, but with full frame you have the problem of large / heavy lenses, especially the tele zooms.
Also, full frame DOF is not always an advantage. For macro work for example, the E-M5 II with the MFT sensor has actually an advantage.

I have the A7 and E-M1 that I traded out APS-C DSLRs for. Sensor size is an important thing in both directions depending on priorities. I don't have a problem with large and heavy lenses for my A7. It depends what one chooses for lenses. This "problem" is overblown. Long telephotos for any system are larger than mirrorless cameras tend to run with comfortably. Throw on a vertical grip and it balances. My largest lens is 300mm f2.8 and the size goes with the telephoto territory and not with the A7 as opposed to the E-M1. This isn't a mirrorless problem as much as it is people wanting something different than what mirrorless is really good at. My E-M1 kit is larger since I tend to use the E-M1 with telephoto zooms! E-M1 = 2x teleconverter! ;) As far as DOF goes with macro (and landscape) your logic is solid, but in practice the disadvantage of FF on the deep side of things really isn't there where as the shallow DOF advantage is clearly the realm of the larger sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 14:59 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (754 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I have one simple question. Why did the Canon 70D receive a MUCH higher score(83 vs. 81) and the Gold award? What does the 70D do that the E-M5 MK II doesn’t?

If I picked up the 70D right now and shot it side by side with the E-M5 MK II what would the 70D be that much better for? Both cameras are still at a similar price point today and they are in the same category. So what makes the 70D so much better?

Is the issue that the 70D was rated against the competition of 2 years ago and the E-M5 MK II is rated against the competition of today? Shouldn't the ratings value always increase if the cameras are always getting better? Why are cameras like the A6000 and the E-M5 MK II rated lower than the 70D?

I still cannot fathom why I should choose a Canon 70D over an Olympus E-M5 MK II. If I purchased solely based on your conclusions and ratings then I could see no other option. Thankfully, I didn't wait for the review and bought the E-M5 MK II sight unseen. I don't regret it that one bit.

As I understand it, the rating is against cameras that are currently contenders in the target field. The good competition is the only reason the E-M5ii scores lower. You might say that APS-C DSLR competition at the time of release of the 70D was quite a bit different than the new crop of capable mirrorless cameras that are jockeying for a place in the market right now. If the A6000, XT1, NX1, and others were not upping the game, scores would be different. So basically, they are fluid and not empirical. Cameras ratting 81 today could very well be better than cameras rating 83 a year and a half ago. Both would be better than cameras rated 85 three years ago.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 14:43 UTC
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yslee1: Another rant: Front opening backpacks need to die already.

A lot of it has to do with the quality/material of the zipper and how the lining is attached. My Lowe Pro has the zipper partially in a flap so there is no rubbing on the inside and no scraping when removing or replacing camera gear. Again, there is preference and some folks like different functionality than I do, but I like a zipper plus flap like the new Tenba mirrorless bags have.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2015 at 19:21 UTC
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yslee1: Another rant: Front opening backpacks need to die already.

That's why I think that a variety of products with targeted designs is nice. I prefer the zipper if done right. I've never had a scratch on any of my stuff, but of course we have different habits and needs. I hate velcro closures because of the noise they make, some people don't mind them.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2015 at 18:15 UTC
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yslee1: Another rant: Front opening backpacks need to die already.

I have a front opening and rear opening backpack. I prefer my front opening. It does, however, open directly down the middle which is a little different than most.

As far as flap style messenger bags go, I agree. But if there is a zipper on the top without opening the flap, then great! The new Tenba bags are designed this way. I also have a Lowe Classified 160 with a zipper on top and the flap covers accessory compartments on the front of the bag. It's brilliant.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 23:09 UTC
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CanonKen: In all fairness, isn't a Sony a7 kit with the larger lenses effectively the size of a non-f/2.8 DSLR kit? Totally get it for things like the a6000, X-PRO1, E-M1, etc., but the a7 rig is pretty close to most DSLR rigs (again, with non-2.8 zooms and such).

I have a Sony A7 and E-M1. The size requirements I find to be nearly identical and can use the same size bag for each system. I have a different bag when I want to carry large lenses (300mm f2.8). My K5iis, a pretty small DSLR, and my old E-1 take more room front to back and the lenses tend to be larger to equiv. focal lengths compared with mirrorless lenses. The bags for DSLRs need to be deeper front to back and when one moves up to a FF DSLR, like Snikt228 mentioned, it becomes harder to make sleek photo bags. (Not to mention those with vertical grips built in). So I can see the advantage of slightly slimmer mirrorless system bags. It's good news that companies trying to provide choices.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 23:05 UTC

Well done and informative video imo. It covers the features nicely and the bags look versatile, convenient, and comfortable. They are visually appealing and I do see the advantage of bags designed for mirrorless systems specifically.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 03:54 UTC as 22nd comment
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cgarrard: Might be nice to see a few budget primes for this lineup too, get people into the system with less outlay.

An aggressive announcement regardless, and showing strength for the FE system.

I also agree that the margins are higher on high end enthusiast products that have mass appeal. But it's a curve because high end stuff can also have fewer buyers and can be made in smaller quantities which means the margin's may not be as high as you would think. This is something the Sigma interview revealed and that makes sense to me. So what they will try to do is make enthusiast level lenses that have broad appeal.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 03:19 UTC
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cgarrard: Might be nice to see a few budget primes for this lineup too, get people into the system with less outlay.

An aggressive announcement regardless, and showing strength for the FE system.

Budget products are just really hard to make money with right now. Every company is trying to tap the higher end where the margins are better. They are also trying to raise the A7 line in the perception of DSLR users and thus need to focus on providing enthusiast products. I'd love to see more sub $500 lenses and believe that will come with time--especially if non OEM starts supporting FE mount.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 19:21 UTC

The new lenses look fantastic. They are expensive as are most new lenses from Canikon. I really would love that 90mm macro though and the 28mm with converter looks like an innovative idea.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 05:02 UTC as 64th comment
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cgarrard: Might be nice to see a few budget primes for this lineup too, get people into the system with less outlay.

An aggressive announcement regardless, and showing strength for the FE system.

How about the Canon FD 50mm f1.4 @ less than $75?
Or the Rokkor 50mm f1.8? Or the Rollei 50mm f1.8? Or just about any other 50mm ever made.... ;) Totally agree though that Sony should produce a few more non-$1000 lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 05:00 UTC

Sometimes we start out with an idea and a plan to make it happen and then things that are unforeseen pop up. How we handle these failures really matter. Leadership sometimes messes up, and sure that probably happened. What the leadership is doing right is admitting failure candidly and apologizing for while trying to make amends where possible. It is very good if they actually release all the work as open source. People could really use this as a springboard to continue on. Yes, it sucks, yes they know it. It will hurt their company and they will have to dig out of a hole with many people before their reputation is recovered. This will be a long road, and as they experience success with future products I think they should continue to do everything in their power to reach out to their backers and restore faith. A small company can recover from these things with good leadership. If that is not in place, there is no hope for TriggerTrap.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 02:59 UTC as 26th comment
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