ScarletVarlet

ScarletVarlet

Lives in United States Between Mountain and Sea, CA, United States
Works as a Bit-twiddler
Joined on Jun 14, 2012
About me:

Get a better DSLR, old one's burnt out and the P&S cameras are too limiting

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A favorite book of mine is <b>Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin's Russia</b> by David King. Nice to see a familiar photo in the BBC line up. Stalin's photo enhancement team could reduce a room of 11 to 8 to 5 to 3 to 2 to only him.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2012 at 02:49 UTC as 20th comment

I listened to the interview with the photographer, and while I don't entirely buy his version of events, particularly his detached automatic reflex to take pictures and trying to signal the train operator with his flash unit, I can't help but feel the paper's editors are no better for running the photo with that tasteless 'DOOMED' than the vile scum which pranked the hospital and shamed the nurse into committing suicide.

People can be hurt by decisions. When those decisions are made in the name of increasing sales or market share they are made poorly.

The right thing to do would be turn the photos over to the police and not run them at all. I'm not surprised the paper is run by News Corporation. The defects at the helm are not unique to the east side of the big pond.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2012 at 22:48 UTC as 7th comment
On 2012 Holiday Gift Guide article (59 comments in total)
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skimble: the KATA and Gorilla pod a must for any DSLR user who like to travel safe and light.

And know all the best places to find tafoni.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2012 at 04:48 UTC
On 2012 Holiday Gift Guide article (59 comments in total)

Dear Santa,

I have been VVVEEERRRRRRYYYY good this year.

=)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2012 at 04:45 UTC as 29th comment
On Canon EOS 6D sample images added to hands-on preview article (263 comments in total)
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Henry M. Hertz: because this topic came up in this thread (below):

A Time-Lapse Showing How Quickly Dust Accumulates on Nikon D600 Sensors

http://www.petapixel.com/2012/11/21/a-time-lapse-showing-how-quickly-dust-accumulates-on-nikon-d600-sensors/#5T1yXBW7Euu9SGZ8.99

Something about the way Nikon makes their cameras? I took my aging D70s to Death Valley for the Thanksgiving week. Disappointed the old battery isn't performing very well, but that's to be expected. I usually spend a lot of time with Photoshop cleaning up what I can of the damage done by dust in my Nikon glass. No matter how well I cared for each lens I end up with specs, which do not all appear to be dust, but very tiny fragments of paint or similar substance. Interesting article there. Not influencing more, but feels like affirmation I'm moving in the right direction (away from Nikon.) Hoping to have the 6D early next year and have less bother from poor quality components and compounds in the Nikon build.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2012 at 23:45 UTC
On Darth Vader in the Ladybird Ladybird Fly Away Home.... challenge (2 comments in total)

Luke .. I am your father .. er mother.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2012 at 15:45 UTC as 2nd comment
On Accessory Review: Tamrac Zipshot Tripod article (94 comments in total)

Seems like it would be a bit flimsy with Aluminium legs. OK for my mountaineering tent, which has to give a little in winds of 30 knots and stronger, but I wouldn't want to see that flexibility in a tripod. How about using Carbon tubes, which can be more rigid?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2012 at 20:47 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies
On CRW_0013A_JP in the Ghosts of Industry - Farm Equipment challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice setting, but that new door and air conditioner - was there no way to compose them out of the frame?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 16:49 UTC as 1st comment
On Just Posted: Hands-on Canon EOS 6D preview article (590 comments in total)
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aligraham: The addition of GPS tagging would have been invaluable for me for years of doing biodiversity surveys where after the survey i had to use a map to find six figure co-ordinates for the locations of each image then add it to the meta data manually. Invaluable for rare plants and other species which don't move.

If it works better then it it is 300 quid wisely invested. There are means to have more than one shoe.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 03:46 UTC
On Just Posted: Hands-on Canon EOS 6D preview article (590 comments in total)
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VivaLasVegas: Holy smokes........6D is made in JAPAN, sweeeeet, I love sushi. FYI, D600 is made in Thailand for maximum high product output(good luck in QC), and maximum profit.

DxO scores only tell so much. After that it's what you do with the camera and how well it operates in your hands. Could be a great camera, but so much negativity on specs alone.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 03:44 UTC
On Just Posted: Hands-on Canon EOS 6D preview article (590 comments in total)
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nffeeee: I have been a Nikon user (D700) for a while (six months, four years ago) before switching to Canon and still very happy about my decision. I have a 5d MKII and a 5d MK III and I would NEVER change to Nikon. Why?
1) Canon glasses
2) Canon colours
3) Canon Services
4) Would you spend your time choosing one of the 345 AF points instead of understand the right focal plane to focus with a single point?
5) Nikon's images look always greenish and artifical, no matters more MP.. I tried the D800.. I am not able to get what I want from Nikon RAWS with PS (I am still a Kodachrome fanboy).. I get great results with Canon in 5 minutes

So please TRY the 6D before judging... when I bought the 5d mk III I just saw the specs and I was sure it was only a real small update.. I change my idea when I started to use it.. USE IT AND JUDGE IT!!!

Well done!

I like a voice of reason in a blizzard of snow. I'm switching to Canon from Nikon because of my disgust with how my last Nikon held up (or failed to, I found I was not alone with many of the flaws in the camera and the frustrations of trying to push the camera to do things it was incapable of - it's finally dead so I'm in the market.)

I'll be waiting to see how this camera stacks up in actual use before making a choice. I'm already accumulating bits and pieces of kit, the body will be last to purchase because glass, filters, et al will work across the line.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 03:33 UTC
On Just Posted: Hands-on Canon EOS 6D preview article (590 comments in total)
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VivaLasVegas: Holy smokes........6D is made in JAPAN, sweeeeet, I love sushi. FYI, D600 is made in Thailand for maximum high product output(good luck in QC), and maximum profit.

Let's take a step back from the specs, take a deep breath and consider actual performance of the camera. Build does sound good (as it should) and it does have a new sensor. It would have been nice to have the built in Ferrari features, but it's as expected and entry level FF.

Proof will be in the pudding. Could prove to be a very good camera in use. I'm wary of looking only at features as some cameras I've had fell flat on their body caps when the theoretical was put to test.

I want to see how it stacks up in actual tests and field use before bawling out Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 18:51 UTC
On Just Posted: Hands-on Canon EOS 6D preview article (590 comments in total)
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George Veltchev: I can smell another top selling new entry from Canon ! Bravo!

Looks like the 6D will be shipping tomorrow. Assuming there are no grip recalls.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 18:43 UTC
On Just Posted: Hands-on Canon EOS 6D preview article (590 comments in total)
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aligraham: The addition of GPS tagging would have been invaluable for me for years of doing biodiversity surveys where after the survey i had to use a map to find six figure co-ordinates for the locations of each image then add it to the meta data manually. Invaluable for rare plants and other species which don't move.

I do a considerable amount of hiking and like to tag photos where I've been. Good patches for wildflowers, scenic vistas, mineral outcropping, perhaps a tree with a special character. GEO tagging is big priority for me. I'll wait to see how well this integrated unit works out. I was hoping for non-integrated, where I could add the GP-E2, which appears to be a solid unit specializing in that function. Built-in GPS generally are considerable battery draws. (Yes, you can turn it off and on, but the whole idea for me is not to see how many buttons I can press while taking a snap.) I still can't get digital photos in near the time I did with my antique 35mm SLR, more technology not always a solution.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 16:00 UTC
On Just Posted: Hands-on Canon EOS 6D preview article (590 comments in total)

Really has built in GPS .. well, that's a job I'd prefer to be left to an external device. Definitely a mixed bag, but promising. Maybe in a couple years the Mk II will spiff it up a bit on the continuous shooting rate and give a few more focus points.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 13:43 UTC as 105th comment
On Nikon announces D600 24MP enthusiast full-frame DSLR article (235 comments in total)
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EmmanuelStarchild: Time to upgrade.

Sincerely,
A Canon 550D user.

If Canon is not asleep at the wheel, they have something in the range of it. Otherwise Nikon will take their lunch money.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 17:50 UTC

Wayne Rooney?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2012 at 16:48 UTC as 2nd comment
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Camediadude: To do before I croak: Watch a 4k movie (can you imagine a movie like say Avatar 2 in 4k, wow...)

Better than 24fps for 3D.

How many times have you watched while a camera pans and high contrast items, such as lights, flicker horribly?

Get that frame rate up and digital will look much better.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2012 at 20:26 UTC
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iAPX: If you are putting $350 on wifi+gps pocket camera, there are chances you already have a smartphone, a much more capable smartphone for whatever you do, except taking pictures and videos...

Put it the other way, did you need 16MP to share pictures on facebook, twitter, 500px or others?!?

Yes, you probably did, especially if you are fed up with your options with mobile phone cameras. This isn't going to be for everyone, but it will certainly appeal to those who want a better mobile camera.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2012 at 13:38 UTC

This isn't so much a mobile device with a camera as a camera as a mobile device. Nicely done.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2012 at 13:36 UTC as 58th comment
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