Matt Random

Matt Random

Lives in United States CA, United States
Joined on May 29, 2005


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WACONimages: Where is the haze removal function in my bought/payed copy of LR6???

That was a huge failure Adobe to leave that out and only available for the monthly subscribers. No way I ever gonna do that.
I didn't find/read any documentation that the Haze Removal function weren't in the full payed single copies of LR6

Exactly what I thought when I read this. The differentiator between LR CC and LR# should be the mobile features. Not something like the dehaze feature that may very well have been held back from the initial release just to further differentiate LRCC and LR6.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2015 at 13:40 UTC
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win39: I think that critique is spot on. The camera I had the most self confident control of and which I loved was a Leica M3. Second was an Olympus OM4T, which was also pretty simple to use. I think most people don't have a clue about most of the features of current cameras. Many of the more self confident shooters set them up like an old aperture priority film camera and just shoot that way and most of the rest just put it in auto or program. On the other hand people who make the effort are taking much nicer photos with higher image quality because of more capable cameras in my opinion.


Even if you put the camera in one mode and leave it there you still have the problem of accidentally changing something. I recently picked up a camera I had once been very familiar with, but hadn't touched in a while. I accidentally hit a button and it took me a while to figure out what I had hit since it had been so long since I'd last used it and had forgotten some of the non-standard features.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 20:01 UTC
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Francis Carver: Man invents the canvas camera bag. Now, at what price does he do it?

Let me see now... USD $195 is the discount price. Which is off by a whopping $55 from the "regular price." Oh, really?

1. Why is this bag's normal price $250 -- instead of say $70, max?

2. How can you have a discount on something that is not even produced yet, maybe produced in six months time, or maybe never get to be produced?

KickStarter can be a risk, although I've been lucky in that all seven things I've backed have been delivered. Only one of the delivered products turned out to be a bit of a dud.

PeakDesign has a proven track record on KickStarter and this campaign is already funded. PD delivers a high quality product and they stand behind it (springs on their latch thingy comes to mind). If you need the item now then KS isn't a good option.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 17:49 UTC

Looks interesting. I was thinking it's too big, but they kind of sold me on the fact that it's an everyday bag that you can also put your camera in when you want. I drag a backpack to and from work everyday so I can see the usefulness of this. Still, I'd like to see a half size version of this that would work well for something like a Sony a7/Fuji X-T1 and a second lens. I like the inclusion of the Capture attachment point.

The problem that I see here is that there's no returns (that I'm aware of). Bags are the type of thing that either works for you or doesn't. What if after you try it you find it just doesn't fit your needs. Can you sell it on eBay for what you paid? Maybe they should do a KS exclusive color or a special logo or something that sets it apart from the retail release.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 17:37 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
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jtan163: A $30 pledge now gets your a $10 discount later?
So that reward is you get to pay $20 more than someone who does not pledge?

I really like Peake Design's products and have bought a number of them. including multiples copies of some.

But I think that is a really crappy way to reward someone who is willing to invest when you need it most - before the product ships.

The pledge comes with a reward - i.e. the product. You pay $30 for the pouch instead of the $40 that it'll be sold for after the campaign.

I have no doubt that PD will deliver. They've delivered the promised product for all of their KickStarter campaigns so far.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 17:27 UTC
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Mike FL: All these kind of bags do not look good/right.

He should try to make this bag looks like "Jack Bauer's Vintage Canvas Messenger Bag" which is a better looking bag after the TV.


I've always wanted to turn an Indiana Jones style bag into a camera bag. WontonCraft has some similar styles but are pricey.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 22:16 UTC
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Martinka: Similar to Foldio

I have the Foldio2. The price was much less and it comes with 5 backdrops. I've been happy with it thus far.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 21:15 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1567 comments in total)
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markie_jan61: Agreed—an amazing camera. I'm old school and like to think of Sony as a descendant of Minolta which was my father's primary camera while I was growing up.

But the inclusion of an internal charger (versus a separate unit) would always be a deal-breaker for me. Not sure why they continue this practice.

I've grown to love the internal charger since I always have the cables attached to a speedy 4 port USB charger on my desk. When I'm in a hotel the 4-port charger goes with me and takes care of the camera, phones and tablets.

Sony makes a super tiny USB charger for this battery type that I also take with me. The charger, retractable USB cable and wall plug are smaller than the AC charger that came with a couple of extra batteries.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 16:26 UTC
On Sony: An eye on focus article (763 comments in total)
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Pro shooting digital since 92: How is this useful for anything other than a single person without touch screen? Help me out here. I'd buy Sony if they had touch screens.

@ Zeisschen

I had a Canon SLR many years ago that would automatically select which of three focus points I was looking at. It was really useful.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 15:45 UTC
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chrisfromalaska: Geez I wish Sony would poach the Fuji development team, a published lens roadmap with future lenses outlined, regular firmware updates to improve functionality, fix customer usability complaints and most notably add new features instead of flooding the market with new body after new body (except for A-mount, sorry) that addresses some complaints and creates others (still waiting for the stinkin level for the A6000).

Kudos to Fuji for making a great camera even better and not giving current owners the finger (known as "The Sony") by releasing the X-T2 instead. Bring out a higher MP sensor and better video and I'll buy a Fuji.

FYI, not Sony hater, I've been in on the E-mount from almost day 1. I'd like to see this kind of update for the A6000, but more likely I'll be selling it and getting the A6100.

I'd like to see Sony have more of a commitment to supporting their products. The A7Rii is appealing, but I find it hard to spend $3200 not knowing how much Sony will support it going forward. It'll probably be good out of the box, but there is always room for improvement or little things that could be fixed.

The in-camera apps are an interesting idea, but they seem like islands of isolated functionality instead of being natural feeling and well integrated extensions to the camera's functionality.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 16:36 UTC

I don't mind paying for the subscription. I like LR CC (although it's slower than LR5 for me) and PS CC. But, I abhor the little CC app. The thing often stops working and requires a reinstall. It goes through periods where it doesn't want to connect. And with the latest version it tries to connect each time my computer wakes up and it feels compelled to leave the menu bar applet window open. I also don't like that it's an upsell tool. I don't plan to download other Adobe products and I won't ever be purchasing the clipart and assets and such.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 15:15 UTC as 15th comment
On B-grip launches Uno holster for compact system cameras article (110 comments in total)

Looks over designed with all the levers and locks and offset mounting and such. The Capture is a more elegant design and still has the locks. The Spider has less frills, but works really well as long as you don't mind a ball sticking off the base of your camera. I also suspect that the use of the u-bolt and belt coat hanger could lead to sliding on a backpack strap and pressure points on a belt.

I generally prefer a wrist strap to a neck strap or sling and I find these clip systems complement that nicely. Much faster than dropping the camera back into a bag when you need to free your hands. The best setup I've found is the CapturePro with the ProPad on my belt. I like how the ProPad allows the camera to sit a bit lower than it would if directly mounted on the belt. Plus it positions the CapturePro for drop-in use.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2015 at 18:08 UTC as 38th comment
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HowaboutRAW: Samsung NX1?

Adobe is untrustworthy so there need to be other Sam RAW options.


DxO didn't come with the Sony a65, RX1 or a7ii. So, if it was bundled at one point it seems like it hasn't been for a while. At least not sense the time of the SLTs. The a65 came with the not so good Sony SW. I don't think that the RX1 came with a CD so I've never bothered to check what's bundled with it. The a7ii has no CD.

Sony users can download a free version of the what I believe was previously CaptureOne Express and can upgrade to Pro for $30 (both usable for select Sony models only) which supports all 3 models I own.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 16:02 UTC
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snapa: Great, the the percentage of people who own the LX100 or Sony A7 II is .01% of people who own cameras. The people who have DxO OpticsPro v10.2 software is .001%. This article should pertain to maybe .005% of people on earth that own cameras. Great article DPR, very interesting stuff :/

How about doing more reviews on cameras and lenses, like you used to do, which if what made this site so interesting?

I'm in your super tiny 0.005% so maybe I should play the lottery!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 02:09 UTC
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heartdisease: Is this a better choice than the Sony flash on the A6000?

@Mike FL

Unfortunately, the Metz website indicates that the Sony version doesn't have a metal base. I wonder if this is to avoid shorting the MIS contacts that live in front of the Sony shoe.

An advantage of the Sony flash is that it can be used as a commander (if I remember correctly).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 02:08 UTC
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tkbslc: C'mon, a 24-240 superzoom? Is that really why people are buying FF bodies?

The 24-240 is the one I'm looking forward to and will probably be the one that's always mounted when the camera is stilling idle so that I have a good chance of getting an impromptu shot when the situation arises. I find this range to be quite flexible and if the image quality is as good as the DT 18-250 I'll be quite happy. I can live with an image that may not be the sharpest as opposed to not getting the shot at all by having a lens that is too wide or too long on the camera at the time. For example, I looked out my window this morning and saw some deer on the hill a few houses down. I knew they were too far away for the lens I had mounted and that they'd be gone by the time I changed to the LA-EA4 adapter and DT 18-250.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 22:54 UTC
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nerd2: I just want an affordable 50mm 1.8 like everyone else.....

I'm also using the LA-EA4 and a Minolta 50 I picked up a few years back. I haven't noticed the light-loss from the mirror being a problem. Manual focus seems to work well when the AF points don't cover what you need. I just don't use a 50mm enough to justify the cost of the Zeiss.

I've also been using the adapter with my DT 18-250 until the FE 24-240 comes along. The AF point spread here is better since it's cropped. I suspect that the EA4+18-250 combo will continue to be useful for the occasional situation where I need faster AF than what the a7ii offers.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 22:45 UTC

Does the Focus Mask work for JPGs?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2015 at 03:35 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Sony announces US pricing for full-frame Alpha 7 II article (177 comments in total)
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aqasem: Now we need the Global shutter into next a7iii :)

And a6000 class AF. Of course by then another a7x one-trick-pony will have come along with some new technology that will be held back for the a7iv.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 17:53 UTC
On Accessory Review: LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt article (40 comments in total)
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nachos: I've owned a few lacie ruggeds over the years. I still buy them because they're the least worst among the rugged sector. They will inevitably fail after awhile though. It's always been the connection circuitry and not the drive inside. You can open the case, remove the drive and attach a USB->SATA converter and keep using it.

I once kept a drive going for a year doing this.

Same here. The Rugged enclosure failed long ago, but the drive inside is still in use.

Had the same problem with a Seagate enclosure, and again that disk is still use via a SATA-to-USB converter. Enclosures I've never had any problems with are IOMega and a $20 no-name.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 21:54 UTC
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