sean000

sean000

Lives in United States Bellingham, USA, WA, United States
Works as a Technology - IT Support
Joined on Feb 16, 2005
About me:

35mm f/2.0D
50mm f/1.8D
90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro (Tamron)
80-200 f/2.8D
300mm f/4 AFS
Kenko Tele Pro 300 1.4x TC
Speedlight SB-800 & SB-600 Flashes
Gitzo 1227 Tripod with Markins M10 Ballhead

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On Best Digital Cameras for Kids article (141 comments in total)
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sean000: My kid has the Vtech, and it is crap. Yes it is really designed to be a toy, but they could have included a better camera. The image quality is... probably worse than the first cell phone camera. It's that bad. I think my first VGA webcam produced better photos. It's also chock full of silly effects and games that my daughter has zero interest in, because they just aren't that fun. She does like looking through the dual-viewfinders. It's actually good for a 2-year-old who is more interested in looking through a viewfinder or just having a camera that she can hold and press the buttons for (as opposed to "Daddy's camera").

Now that she is 3 years old, she is starting to pay attention to the actual results of taking a photo, and she is starting to realize that the Vtech takes lousy pictures. Now she uses one of our old iPhone 3g phones in a drop-resistant case. You'd think for $40 VTech could have included a camera that is at least on par with a 2008 cell phone.

Oh...I should add that the VTech isn't really any easier to use than a real compact P&S. My daughter will turn 3 in two months, and she can figure out how to operate our "real" cameras. She knows where the shutter is, and what the Play button looks like for reviewing photos. She can also take photos and review them easily on an iPhone (has been able to do that for at least a year). So I think her next camera will be a compact P&S off Craigslist for $25. That should buy a better camera than the iPhone 3G, far better than the VTech. She will be able to get real results, and if she breaks it then it is no big loss...and will teach her how to treat things like that carefully.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2013 at 16:03 UTC
On Best Digital Cameras for Kids article (141 comments in total)

My kid has the Vtech, and it is crap. Yes it is really designed to be a toy, but they could have included a better camera. The image quality is... probably worse than the first cell phone camera. It's that bad. I think my first VGA webcam produced better photos. It's also chock full of silly effects and games that my daughter has zero interest in, because they just aren't that fun. She does like looking through the dual-viewfinders. It's actually good for a 2-year-old who is more interested in looking through a viewfinder or just having a camera that she can hold and press the buttons for (as opposed to "Daddy's camera").

Now that she is 3 years old, she is starting to pay attention to the actual results of taking a photo, and she is starting to realize that the Vtech takes lousy pictures. Now she uses one of our old iPhone 3g phones in a drop-resistant case. You'd think for $40 VTech could have included a camera that is at least on par with a 2008 cell phone.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2013 at 15:58 UTC as 53rd comment | 4 replies
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)

At least it's not as ugly as the Hasselblad Lunar :-D

I knew the red dot would translate to "Expensive Panasonic Lumix, but dang that's one pricey camera for what it is! The protruding, yet slow, lens puts it in the same size class as a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, which (as countless others have already pointed out) will be much cheaper with the included kit zoom. The difference in price would pay for some fast lenses.

The next question is: How much are they asking for a re-branded Panasonic LVF2?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 15:48 UTC as 267th comment | 1 reply

I don't care if he invented the GIF... "JIF" still sounds wrong. Is the 'G' sound in "Graphic Interchange Format" a soft 'G'? No! You don't say "Jiraphic Interchange format," so why would you say "JIF?"

I think Mr. Wilhite has a sadistic, yet patient, tendency. He waits 25 years to settle the debate, only to say that the least logical option is the correct one. Grrr

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 23:33 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply
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HowaboutRAW: And of course, if you want to transfer say 8gigs of raw photos from say an SD card, you'll need a specialized card reader that can plug into the iPad's Apple only port.

Will Adobe be supplying these special card readers or some kind of dock? Why not just stick with a Mac Air or good Windows tablet, or small Windows laptop? (I know that this small laptop/capable tablet point has already been made elsewhere in these comments.)

And no, I don't want to read the preposterous assertion that it's simple and quick to transfer several gigs of data over wifi--perhaps in 20 years, but then photo files will be even bigger.

The idea is that you wouldn't need to transfer full res RAW files to the iPad (although they say you could if you wanted to... and the demo shows a full res RAW file). What he suggests in the video is that mobile Lightroom will read the RAW file and transfer a smaller/lower RES version to the iPad. He says it's not the preview JPEG, but an actual lower res RAW file (doesn't say how it's accomplished). That wouldn't be great for detail work like sharpening and noise reduction, but it would be adequate for Library module work like culling, tagging, etc.; as well as for basic Development module adjustments like exposure and cropping. The full-size RAW files get copied to your desktop computer, and Mobile Lightroom only needs to sync the text that contains your library and development work from the iPad. I would love to do the tagging, culling, and basic development on my iPad.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2013 at 05:36 UTC

I would love to be able to use both the library module and do some development work as well on my iPad. I'd probably use it for initial culling, flagging, tagging, and perhaps some basic development work. I don't spend as much time at my computer these days, so it would be nice to just focus on the final development steps (including editing with my Nik plugins) and printing when I'm at my computer. The killer workflow would be to use the Lightroom iOS app to download lower resolution versions from a WiFi SD card, doing all that first level library and development work on the iPad, and then download the full size files to my computer (from the SD Card) followed by syncing up the editing steps from my iPad. That would rock.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2013 at 21:32 UTC as 14th comment
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sean000: I think this is a sign that Google is preparing to integrate Nik-like development capabilities into Picasa (or perhaps a "Picasa-Pro" premium version). Step 1: Get the Lightroom users hooked on all the Nik products. Step 2: Offer a new premium Picasa application that has the organizational and workflow features of Lightroom, but with the Nik products fully integrated. Throw in huge amounts of online storage for a premium Google Drive / Google+ account. Step 3: Make it possible to go cloud-based with full features. Google has doing a lot to make Google+ attractive to serious photographers, so it only makes sense that they want to compete with Adobe (at least Lightroom), and offer the kind of cloud-based (and potentially collaborative) experience currently lacking from Lightroom. That said I love using Lightroom (as well as my Nik plugins), so I will wait until Google offers me a Terabyte of online storage and I have the bandwidth to use it.

You're correct HiRez... Picasa isn't anywhere close to Lightroom at this time, but I wouldn't be surprised if we see a "Picasa Pro" or some other named product before too long.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2013 at 03:06 UTC
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sean000: I think this is a sign that Google is preparing to integrate Nik-like development capabilities into Picasa (or perhaps a "Picasa-Pro" premium version). Step 1: Get the Lightroom users hooked on all the Nik products. Step 2: Offer a new premium Picasa application that has the organizational and workflow features of Lightroom, but with the Nik products fully integrated. Throw in huge amounts of online storage for a premium Google Drive / Google+ account. Step 3: Make it possible to go cloud-based with full features. Google has doing a lot to make Google+ attractive to serious photographers, so it only makes sense that they want to compete with Adobe (at least Lightroom), and offer the kind of cloud-based (and potentially collaborative) experience currently lacking from Lightroom. That said I love using Lightroom (as well as my Nik plugins), so I will wait until Google offers me a Terabyte of online storage and I have the bandwidth to use it.

@pedroboe100: And it comes with 1 TB of Google Drive storage for 3 years! I'm telling ya... they could probably sell me pretty easily on a Pixel with 1 TB online storage and cloud-based photo-management/development with tools as powerful and Lightroom and Nik. It's only a matter of time before they lay all their cards on the table and go after Lightroom users full-tilt.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2013 at 00:08 UTC

I think this is a sign that Google is preparing to integrate Nik-like development capabilities into Picasa (or perhaps a "Picasa-Pro" premium version). Step 1: Get the Lightroom users hooked on all the Nik products. Step 2: Offer a new premium Picasa application that has the organizational and workflow features of Lightroom, but with the Nik products fully integrated. Throw in huge amounts of online storage for a premium Google Drive / Google+ account. Step 3: Make it possible to go cloud-based with full features. Google has doing a lot to make Google+ attractive to serious photographers, so it only makes sense that they want to compete with Adobe (at least Lightroom), and offer the kind of cloud-based (and potentially collaborative) experience currently lacking from Lightroom. That said I love using Lightroom (as well as my Nik plugins), so I will wait until Google offers me a Terabyte of online storage and I have the bandwidth to use it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2013 at 21:28 UTC as 74th comment | 4 replies
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BigEnso: Bummer. I hope they send a second notice. I found the email in my Gmail spam folder and since it did look like spam ( I am overly cautious), I deleted it rather than sending it to trash so it is beyond recovery. Evidently the email link is the only way in to get the free bundle if you already have some of the apps.

I found my notice in the spam folder as well. GMail said it appeared to be a phishing scam. You'd think they'd whitelist their own sender accounts.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2013 at 19:59 UTC

Sharing photos, or any information online, is always a balance between convenience and security. At least with the pay services like Smugmug and Zenfolio the provider bears more responsibility. That's still no guarantee that a glitch won't expose your photos, but if you want to share photos that's a risk you must be comfortable with. Personally I feel like the increased responsibility and enhanced security features of a site like Smugmug is worth paying for. I also share some photos on Facebook and Google+. The latter has much better security features, but I'm not going to post anything on those sites that I wouldn't be comfortable with my mother seeing. If you are worried about someone just waiting to download all your photos so they can sell them, then use a more secure host and/or don't post high resolution images. If you are worried that your private album of fetish photos will suddenly be open to your mother's browsing eyes, create a separate alias to represent your kinkier side.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2013 at 22:31 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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sean000: I'm excited. I hope they didn't cut any corners to get the lower price. I might actually sell my Nikon 300mm f/4. I know my Nikon is superior optically, but I've seen samples from the original version of the Oly that are pretty close for being muche smaller and lighter.

Believe me...I understand the differences between a 300mm f/4 and this lens. I've been shooting the 300mm f/4 for about six years with and without a TC. It's a superb lens, but these days I almost never use it. It's just more lens than I can carry most of the time. Now that I have small children I rarely get to go out specifically to photograph birds and other wildlife. When I do I usually have the kids with me. Believe me... it's not fun to carry a semi-pro Nikon DSLR, 300mm f/4, etc. while carrying a toddler on your back as well. Of course this lens won't be as good as the 300mm f/4. I know that, but what's the point of have a stellar lens you never use?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 17:35 UTC
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kev777zero: most comments below go on the line of:
A: "what?! such a slow lens for such an expensive price!"
B: "what do you want then? anything faster would've made it HUGE!"
A: "but look at those FF lenses, they are faster! and not much bigger"
B: "no, smaller sensor size does no necessary make the lens smaller"

THEN WHAT THE HELL DO I WANT A SMALL SENSOR CAMERA FOR?!

@kev777zero: I guess we have different expectations for how small a lens should be. I know your point is that a 75-300mm m4/3 lens should be much smaller than a FF 70-300mm, but there are challenges to making this smaller as well... especially with modern internal autofocus systems (which have to move a lot of glass in a lens like this). Half the sensor area does not necessarily mean the lens can be made half as big. If you look at lens sizes for the tiny-sensored Nikon 1 series, the lenses aren't as small as you'd expect. I know this lens won't be optically as good as my Nikon 300mm f/4 (which I do sometimes use on my E-M5), but it's much more portable and the shots I've seen from the original version of the Oly are the best I've ever seen out of a consumer super-tele. The promise of a more potable kit for m4/3 is there. I can cover ultrawide to super tele carrying a much smaller bag and much less weight compared to my DSLR gear.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 17:30 UTC
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kev777zero: most comments below go on the line of:
A: "what?! such a slow lens for such an expensive price!"
B: "what do you want then? anything faster would've made it HUGE!"
A: "but look at those FF lenses, they are faster! and not much bigger"
B: "no, smaller sensor size does no necessary make the lens smaller"

THEN WHAT THE HELL DO I WANT A SMALL SENSOR CAMERA FOR?!

@kev777zero: I think you're missing the point that don_van_vliet is making. The point of a super-telephoto is to get more pixels on the bird (or whatever you're photographing). So if you're standing on a platform photographing the same bird using a 16 MP m4/3 camera and a 16 MP FF camera, and you want the same number of pixels on the bird, you're going to need 600mm on FF to get the same shot a 300mm lens will get you on the m4/3 camera. Now if you have a 36 MP FF camera you can probably get by with that 300mm lens since you will have a lot of room to crop the image. Now you are correct that a 300mm lens is a 300mm lens no matter the format, and the Oly 75-300mm is significantly smaller and lighter than the Nikon 70-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR because it doesn't need to produce as big an image circle. But again, you will need 450mm for APS-C and 600mm for FF to get the same angle of view you get with 300mm on m4/3.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 00:53 UTC
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kewlguy: I thought one of the benefits of smaller sensor is smaller image circle thus lenses can be made compact while maintaining similar f/stops. If there are so many f/4-5.6 FF lenses with similar focal length, why does Oly have to make it f/4.8-6.7?? It's not cheap, too.

Forpetesake... How come I can't buy a 200-600mm f/5.6 zoom with stabilization that is as small and as cheap as this lens for my Nikon DSLR? I do have a 300mm f/4, but it cost more than twice the price. It also becomes an f/5.6 or so when I use a 1.4x TC. When I use the TC I actually stop down another stop because it mitigates the loss of sharpness the TC causes. So I have to use a tripod or ISO 1600 to 3200 in order to get fast shutter speeds since this lens isn't stabilized. I have a 45-200 f/5.6 for my EM5. I get the tight angle of view in a smaller and cheaper package. I really don't care that the DOF isnt as shallow.... It's still shallow. I also don't give a hoot that less light is being gathered. The em5 can still produce excellent photos at high ISO. I'm afraid your reasoning is outdated compared to the capabilities of modern cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2013 at 04:40 UTC

I'm excited. I hope they didn't cut any corners to get the lower price. I might actually sell my Nikon 300mm f/4. I know my Nikon is superior optically, but I've seen samples from the original version of the Oly that are pretty close for being muche smaller and lighter.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 04:16 UTC as 25th comment | 4 replies

Thanks for the comparison. I haven't tried anything outside of Lightroom for years (except Photoshop and the Nik plugins). These other two products look great, but this kind of confirmed that LR4 still offers the most efficient workflow while providing robust RAW editing capability. I used to prefer Nikon Capture over Photoshop for RAW, but it was such a dog for workflow and speed. When I tried Lightroom 3 I never looked back. With any of these products you have to learn how to get the best out of them. I don't shoot Nikon much anymore anyway ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2013 at 23:26 UTC as 137th comment
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tbaker: This is really disappointing news. M4/3 mount, really? Even Panasonic will admit(in closed doors) that they only have m4/3 just to take your money, because the kit lens options are average at best(even the 14mm f2.5).
What they should have done/do was/is take the amazingly perfect Panasonic FZ200 lens+glass and pair it with a 1/2" or even 2/3" Forven like sensor(to keep size down) to make the perfect camera for everyone, in every situation. People will be quickly dropping their DSLC and other similar cameras in a second for this. But, alas Kodak is setting themselves up for big failure, again. Sad to see.

@tbaker: I never said you had to buy legacy glass. I only mentioned it because legacy lenses extend the versatility of the format. The FZ150 may very well be a nice camera, but not as versatile or as good as a GX1 or E-M5 with excellent lenses like the Panny 14-45mm, 20mm f/1.7, 25mm f1.4, 100-300mm, Oly 45mm f/1.8, 12mm f/2, etc. The FZ150 is a fine option for general photography under favorable conditions, but not in the same league as m4/3 when the lighting gets lower. Even in daylight the super zoom lens isn't going to deliver the sharpness and microcontrast of the lenses I mentioned.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2013 at 05:12 UTC
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tbaker: This is really disappointing news. M4/3 mount, really? Even Panasonic will admit(in closed doors) that they only have m4/3 just to take your money, because the kit lens options are average at best(even the 14mm f2.5).
What they should have done/do was/is take the amazingly perfect Panasonic FZ200 lens+glass and pair it with a 1/2" or even 2/3" Forven like sensor(to keep size down) to make the perfect camera for everyone, in every situation. People will be quickly dropping their DSLC and other similar cameras in a second for this. But, alas Kodak is setting themselves up for big failure, again. Sad to see.

So you wrote off m4/3 because you had a 2nd generation (barely) GF2, and did not own a single top-tier m4/3 lens? (the 14mm is compact, but hardly top-tier) The GX1 is way ahead of the GF2, and the E-M5 and GH3 are better still. As someone who owned a GF1, passed on a GF2, and bought an E-M5; I can tell you that the 3rd gen Sony sensor m4/3 cameras are a huge jump over the GF2. Combine that with some better m4/3 lenses and legacy glass and you would see why m4/3 is gaining in popularity.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2013 at 23:39 UTC

I'm actually going to suggest this for our local photography club. We have been looking for ways to interact more outside of monthly meetings. I was leaning towards just using more conventional Google Groups, but Google+ Communities look much more useful for a photography club. I can create a private community that ties in with Google Pages, where members can post photos that allow both EXIF data and a histogram to be displayed. I also much prefer browsing photos through Google + than through Facebook or Flickr.

I have had a Google+ membership since it started, but I've barely used it since all my family and friends are on Facebook. But I would use Google+ for something like this.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2012 at 00:33 UTC as 2nd comment
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