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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hypo: "the butch high-end compacts that we enjoy today are the grandchildren of the feature-rich ambition that dropped as seeds the day the flower heads of the APS system dried up and died"

That has to be the most wonderful, baroque statement to have appeared in DPR since Phil launched the site.

Even more wonderful because the more often I read it the better it sounds (and makes me smile) and the more I realise I don't have a clue what Damien's talking about.

Well done Damien. I look forward to following your future articles.

Keith.

Indeed! I also loved that line.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 21:19 UTC

I thought the picture was an infrared conversion, but no...

The comment about sexist patronizing....? Huh? When every other camera is made to appeal to Darth Vader?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2014 at 00:41 UTC as 29th comment

Wow! The comments below are mostly scathing. And I agree with most of them. Canon is trying to milk the same formula that worked for them in 2004. Not sure how long that can last. There are still many faithful who wan't ever seen another camera besides Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 21:38 UTC as 96th comment

I think it will be a very good very "safe" camera that follows a predictable formula that has worked well for Canon. Incremental upgrades without stepping on their own toes when it comes to moving people to a more expensive model. Is it the best Canon could do? I don't think so. Is it the best they were willing to do while still pumping their higher tier cameras. Probably. Will Nikon follow suit? If they do, it will be the same formula--a very good but "safe" camera that pleases some without negating D750 sales. I suspect they won't go there though.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2014 at 21:37 UTC as 113th comment
On Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 article (437 comments in total)

It seems to me to be a near perfect remake of a camera I've always fancied owning: the Panasonic LC-1. Hello beautiful. The small size of that lens on that large of a sensor in a body also offering 4K is pretty stellar and almost too good for the LX line. Might have called it an LC-2 instead. ;)

The tripod socket placement is unfortunate and to the poster who said "if you can carry a tripod, you can carry a larger camera" that's all well and good for casual photography, but this lens looks fantastic for macro, landscape, and video which all really do benefit from a tripod.

I agree that the lens extended looks not so sexy as the LC-1, but it's still a marvel to have such a small fast lens on such a large sensor.

And all those people complaining about lack of a flash. Tape a pen light to the top and it would do better than most on board flashes. I'll take an EVF over a on board flash any day. Comparing it to other cameras that have flashes but smaller slower lenses is silly.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 03:40 UTC as 59th comment
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lambert4: Where are the micro four thirds mounts? Come on Sigma give us a little love for our little sensors.

I like how you think... "minor change".... shouldn't be a problem. I'll let them know. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 22:52 UTC
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lambert4: Where are the micro four thirds mounts? Come on Sigma give us a little love for our little sensors.

This lens is designed for DSLRs with a longer register distance than mirrorless. It's designed for PDAF--also a DSLR thing (except for dual focus on the E-M1). They didn't even announce for Pentax which is a DSLR mount, so I'm guessing 4/3rds isn't a priority for this size of a lens.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 19:12 UTC

I hope Sigma makes the 150-600mm in Pentax mount someday--after all, the K5/K3 are all sealed and there is no competition in Ricoh's own line up. No news yet on this one though. Maybe if I start taking viagra they will hook me up.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 19:10 UTC as 18th comment
On Week in review: Photokina is in the air... article (63 comments in total)
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RStyga: K-01 is not only a great camera in terms of performance but also beautifully designed. For those who oppose to the latter using the argument that K-01 lacks ergonomics (i.e., "its a brick!", "this rubber SD card & ports flap is annoying!" etc) may I say that Leica's bricks are no ergonomics miracles either (not to say, also, a bit technologically-challenged); but who would dare question the mighty Leica, eh? Well, now that Newson has designed a Leica with Ives and started working for Apple, people might tone down their K-01 phobia a notch.

The flange distance will have to stay the same, however, the body can be much thinner front to back other than the lens mount area--this would improve the grip and ergonomics and make it less boxy.

As for the KS-1, I think the design is brilliant for the target market--of which I am not. It's like a aftermarket car audio system--made for teenagers with flashing strobe lights and a thick layer of plastic icing. Some people like that--just not us and that's ok.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 19:01 UTC
On Week in review: Photokina is in the air... article (63 comments in total)
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RStyga: K-01 is not only a great camera in terms of performance but also beautifully designed. For those who oppose to the latter using the argument that K-01 lacks ergonomics (i.e., "its a brick!", "this rubber SD card & ports flap is annoying!" etc) may I say that Leica's bricks are no ergonomics miracles either (not to say, also, a bit technologically-challenged); but who would dare question the mighty Leica, eh? Well, now that Newson has designed a Leica with Ives and started working for Apple, people might tone down their K-01 phobia a notch.

Or to look at it another way, it just means Apple will start producing hideous "art" phones and limited edition expensive iPods that cost twice as much due to their homely looks. ;)

I'm kidding man. I am tempted by a cheap K-01 for my K and A lenses. I do feel that Pentax could make a really successful K-02 that the majority of people find attractive. I would like to see an EVF with slimmer body with style props to the Panasonic LC-1 or Hexar RF. Even a larger Q shaped rangefinder body with EVF would be really nice. (I understand the mount would protrude if they kept with the K mount--so it wouldn't be entirely RF-like).

Cheers, Seth

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2014 at 22:14 UTC
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thx1138: Not many comments bout the actually quality of output from PSP. How does it perform as a RAW converter compared to LR5 and and say DxO 9 or C1 7 Pro?

I haven't yet. I most commonly use LR and sometimes ASP. Thanks for the recommendation though. The developer that got me shooting RAW was Pixmantex RAW Shooter Essentials and I still am a little miffed that Adobe bought them out. I may check out RAWTherapee.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2014 at 12:10 UTC
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thx1138: Not many comments bout the actually quality of output from PSP. How does it perform as a RAW converter compared to LR5 and and say DxO 9 or C1 7 Pro?

The RAW converter within PSP X6 is useless to me. AftershotPro, which is Corel's comparable software to LightRoom is decent. I use LR and Aftershot. Using Aftershot for RAW and PaintShop for editing just as people use LR and PS in tandom is a decent solution.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 04:45 UTC
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newe: Are there any coupons on this? At 30-50% off this would be a good price. Not sure otherwise.

Corel offers good discounts for students/educators. But really, the price is extremely low already for what is offered.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 04:42 UTC
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (230 comments in total)
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SirSeth: Looks like a nice camera. I'd like to try one. The cost is more than my net financial worth, but heck, I'll take two. ;) Do they make one with a Brazillion Rosewood grip? This sure makes the Pentax 645Z look like a deal to me if I were really wanting medium format.

Yep, I purchased a new K5iis recently because it was sub-$700 but felt like my old E-1 which was love at first touch a dozen years ago. Such class in a sealed rugged body that doesn't cut corners to protect an entry level FF. Body replacements really drive the prices down--it makes spending 50k on a body that will depreciate very quickly a little foolish unless you're making bank with your photography and get a tax write off for your business.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2014 at 00:15 UTC
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (230 comments in total)

Looks like a nice camera. I'd like to try one. The cost is more than my net financial worth, but heck, I'll take two. ;) Do they make one with a Brazillion Rosewood grip? This sure makes the Pentax 645Z look like a deal to me if I were really wanting medium format.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 22:19 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies
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SirSeth: Why the cost? Just curious. It seems like a good lens but I thought Ricoh was trying to bring affordable medium format to morals.

Thanks for all the generous replies to my inquiry. I get that production run is small, and R&D is expensive. The sticker still was a bit of a shocker. I'm not looking into the 645z, and prices like these would keep me from doing so I suppose. I had also not looked at Phase or Hass lenses to compare. I suppose there is some of "well people expect to pay" and "what the market will bear" attitude with a lens like this and if so, I hope it goes well for Pentax and the sell a lot of them. If no one else is really making new value lenses for medium format, then this may be a winner at the asking price. Still gave me a start though.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 21:38 UTC

Why the cost? Just curious. It seems like a good lens but I thought Ricoh was trying to bring affordable medium format to morals.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 23:29 UTC as 9th comment | 13 replies
On Readers' showcase: Landscape photography article (90 comments in total)
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maxnimo: Seems like you need an ultra wide angle lens to win awards these days. I guess people just love those distorted-reality images. Soooo... off to the store I go to buy me a 3 mm lens and start snapping away. By next week I should be super famous.

No you won't. Super wide lenses are harder to use than wide or normal walk around. But by all means, everyone should dabble with lenses that interest them and give the look that they enjoy. Then maybe in a couple of decades dedicated to landscape--getting up earlier than 99.5% of other humans you'll be super famous.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 15:43 UTC
On Readers' showcase: Landscape photography article (90 comments in total)
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FMagalhaes: I found something to like in each of the photos. Congratulations to all of you who were selected.
I was wondering if anyone else noticed the peculiar artifacts in the strip of bright reflection that divides the mountain from its reflection in the water in photo #14. The part I'm referring to can be seen between the posts holding up the dock, and it's only easily noticed in the enlargement. There seems to be a discontinuity in that strip of bright reflection that doesn't look quite real. I like the image very much, but I'd like to know what's going on in that part of the water. Since it's DannH's photo maybe he can tell me what's up.

Step back and it looks good. The photographer did some work to eliminate distractions I'm guessing. Up close, it's looking pretty chopped.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 15:37 UTC

I think it's a good concept. If you are rolling with the OEM strap that came with the camera, a nicer detachable strap would be an upgrade imo. I have a wrist strap made of parachord from SF hobby shop that is quick release. It's much better than the OEM strap for my uses. Little things make a difference.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 11:27 UTC as 8th comment
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