Lives in United States Oxford, OH, United States
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Joined on Feb 23, 2007
About me:

I have an Nikon D2X, Panasonic GF1, 20 1.7, Canon 5D MK II, 5D, Canon 20D, 80-210mm 2.8, Sigma DP2 Merrill, Sigma DP1, Sigma SD14 with a 18-50MM 2.8 EX Macro lens, and a 70-300MM Sigma. A Fuji F20. A lot more stuff but too lazy to type it all in lol.



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sfpeter: My 750 is in the affected range, and after some trial and error I've been able to reproduce it. Use a wide open prime, in my case a 50mm f/1.4, in live view. Point a bright light source at the lens from high up and gradually move it down. At about a 45 degree angle, give or take 2-3 degrees, it will appear. You're basically pointing it right at the AF sensor.

How big this is depends on the type of shooting you do--and as been repeated ad nauseum, it's not flare but an internal reflection off the AF sensor, and in a very limited 2-3 degree range. The "dark band" would be completely black if something was blocking it.

If I shot video all the time and used flare this would be an issue, I'm not sure if this is important enough for me to bother--I haven't seen it any actual photos I've taken.

Yeah but if you decide to sell it, the person buying it might find it important to bother. That is the problem, re sale value without getting yours fixed by Nikon..

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 12:16 UTC
On Sony shows off upcoming full-frame lenses at Photokina article (337 comments in total)
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Zeisschen: It seems some people expect Sony to catch up to DSLR mounts from 1987 (Canon EF) and 1959 (Nikon F) in less than one year in lens selection, otherwise just whining and complaining... Looking at their own shelves those people probably look at 2-4 lenses they actually bought from which they use 1 lens 90% of the time on their bodies. Still enough to complain about this rediculous Sony who doesn't fit their needs because they only have around 50-70 lenses available per mount.

Some of the best photographers used just one length all their life, and that how they became good.

Today it seems noone can take pictures anymore without F0.95-F1.4 primes and F 2.8 zooms. Those must be really be bad times today for photography...

Yeah pretty crazy how people complain. At the price of each of these lenses are going to cost and good quality costs a lot, I really doubt that the average person will have 2 maybe 3 of them ever.

So why are people complaining there is Only 5 lens to buy. I would have to win the Lotto just to buy 2 lens and a A7r body.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 15:08 UTC
On Video Product Overviews article (14 comments in total)
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ovatab: dvreview

You are missing the boat then.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2015 at 14:12 UTC
On Crocodile Feeder-8791 in the -Dumb Ways 2 Die- (Full Colours Only + Border ) challenge (10 comments in total)

Talk about a hard way to make a living! I would think it is only a matter of time. Wow.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2014 at 09:40 UTC as 2nd comment
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (104 comments in total)

This would be a dream camera for a Wedding photographer if they get the MP up and further refine it. Never have to worry about missing focus would be a huge relief, and being able to just pick people out of the crowd like the Brides mother etc. would and could be a deal breaker for the client.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 13:42 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (249 comments in total)

The problem I see with this camera is not only the initial cost of the system, it is the cost of a really good Tripod, ball head for it and a Printer to take advantage of its output, not counting paper costs.

This is a pretty big outlay of money to even begin to see why you bought it. Too rich for my blood with probably few shots you are ever going to print large, and I mean large to take advantage of the MP. I have shot tons of weddings and portraits and I really doubt many women want to have them taken with a 50mp camera. My old Canon 5D is just about perfect for that and is the reason I still have and use it at times.

So I think the 645 Z is more of a Landscape, Fine Art camera. I will pass on it.

The Nikon 810 is really pretty much what most people would ever need. So I think that is the biggest hurdle it has to rise above. I have had all the Hassy's, Mamiya's I ever want to hand hold lol. The Sony 7 series cameras are looking better to me every day!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 09:20 UTC as 20th comment
On Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD real-world samples article (110 comments in total)
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tsk1979: The zoom range is impressive. I guess only a full test with MTF graphs will reveal how good or bad it is.
But this lens has one thing going 24mm equivalent at the wide end. For landscapes, and basic architecture, that is the bare minimum must have.

At the tele end even 200mm is fine for a walkabout, but most 18-2xx lenses are limiting at the wide end.

The day someone makes a 14-140 kind of lens for APS-C or a 20-200 10X lens for full frame, it will be the ideal walkabout!

Why do people always say you need that wide of a lens for landscapes? How wide do you think your own eyes see? Oh I bet it is about 45mm. So if your own eyes are impressed at 45mm to take a landscape shot why on earth do you think a 24mm is better?

And don't come back and tell me you get to see more of the landscape in it, because that is NOT the same perspective you were looking at to start with. The trees etc. where not a mile away like they are with the 24mm shot.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 10:14 UTC
On Sony announces US pricing for full-frame Alpha 7 II article (177 comments in total)

Why do people come on here and knock a camera they probably are not going to buy. If you don't like it don't buy the damned thing.

But don't mock people that want to buy one, or would if they had the money. Jesus, this site is just getting goofier everyday. Sony has just come out with probably the best camera 99% of the people on here could only have dreamed of 3 years ago, and all they could ever need and still knock it.

Go out and take a picture, which 95% of the people on here will never print, or make a penny off of and have a nice day. Its just a camera people. A darn good one at that.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 18:14 UTC as 22nd comment | 4 replies

This new camera features wise, price wise, for FF is just now become really too hard to pass up. So much for paying off my Visa card!!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 14:13 UTC as 189th comment
On Samsung introduces Galaxy Note 4 phablet with OIS post (75 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: The Note Edge has peeked my interest. I am going to wait for that one.

I really don't get this hate on a Plastic Back. I have a Note 2 for 2 years now. Not a scratch on it, and I have NEVER had a case for it. This is the old Canon versus Nikon crap with the EoS film cameras with plastic body versus Nikon's Magnesium bodies. I have had both and I like the feel of the Canon. You can cast plastic a lot nicer than metal can be. And they can take a beating better than metal can. I would rather have a scratch than a dent anytime.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 17:31 UTC

I would just rather stick to my 70-200 2.8 and 1.4 extender. About the same money and a lot more useful all around. Just walk a little closer. I don't regard this lens as a Birder anyways. Still too short unless on a crop camera.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 10:06 UTC as 47th comment | 18 replies
On hands in the An act of kindness challenge (9 comments in total)

Well done. Like the B&W.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2014 at 13:46 UTC as 4th comment
On FroKnowsPhoto guide to DSLR video now available article (154 comments in total)

Just go to U Tube and you can learn all you sort of need to know to start out. Video is like photography, trial and error. Takes years to get good at either, but I like a lot more than one opinion on anything. Video is HARD ASS STUFF to do well. And you had better have deep pockets to make a fairly good output.

But I would suggest anyone young get on the bandwagon because it is the future. Frame gabs will be the thing not just going out and taking 5 pictures all day. The DSLR thingy we know now will be like still shooting with a 8x10 View Camera 5 to 7 years from now.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 19:46 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies
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GabrielZ: The iPad Air 2 is quite an impressive upgrade, even though I was hoping for an even higher 3x res screen to take it to nearly 400 ppi. But the new laminated display with antireflective coating is a worthy improvement in its own right and seems to solve the Air's only real display drawback - the visual quality out in sunlight and under bright lights.

As for the iPad mini 3, that was a real disappointment! They shouldn't call it the mini 3 but more accurately the mini 2+. Apart from Touch ID and that optional gold finish its the same model as last year, with that sub-par colour gamut display (you can see the difference in colour quality between the mini and the Air) and inadequate performance nowadays of the A7 SoC for this application.

Yeah but you can go to Wal Mart and buy 16gb micro memory for like 9 bucks. Tell me all these manufactures are not raping us??

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 15:55 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1656 comments in total)

Canon is so out of touch it is scary. Wise up.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 14:02 UTC as 113th comment
On Drobo launches Mini with 8TB pre-loaded article (40 comments in total)
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Langusta: And to think that first HDDs I had were 40MB & 250MB ...

The first one I had wad 4meg. IBM XT computer. Cost nearly 5k in and around 1976, 1978 when I bought the whole thing.. I think I opted for the 36k memory instead of the 16k. Had a Color and a monochrome monitor hooked up both at the same time. I think I was the first in the world, at least for a IBM computer, to do it. They wrote me a special program just to make it happen. They though I was off my rocker at first to even want to do it lol.

I had a million floppy disks it seemed and still could not fill it up with only 4meg. Pretty crazy.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 12:33 UTC
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Aroart: All negative commenters are losers. It's simple , this will be better than the last and there will be better in years to come. Haters need to get a life...

These are just a Galaxy note 2 and a Samsung 4. Wow, big breakthrough.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 15:16 UTC
On WRC World Rally Championship in the Extreme sports photography challenge (7 comments in total)

I bet they need a new air filter after that race!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 12:57 UTC as 5th comment
On Control Room With Supplies in the Old Store Room challenge (11 comments in total)

Control room for what??

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 12:55 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply

Like anyone that owns one can't afford to have insurance on it or even takes it out to take a picture. Silly, just silly.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 12:53 UTC as 44th comment
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