Greg VdB

Greg VdB

Lives in United States Bern (Switzerland), United States
Works as a geologist - happily working in Switzerland
Has a website at www.pbase.com/gbleek
Joined on Sep 6, 2002

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"According to a Storedot representative the smartphone could then be operated for two to three hours with that charge"

So not yet of a high enough capacity/size to be used in real life situations, but it's an interesting new technology, and there's a huge market out there to ensure a quick development.

By the way, development of batteries is definitely not standing still. Here's another example of a new battery design, geared (besides having other advantages) towards quick charging of the high capacities required for instance in electric cars.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3945924/
The researchers have also said their technology could be used in small batteries (cameras, phones) as well.

And there's probably more solutions in development out there, so it looks like we're close to a battery revolution!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 10:06 UTC as 18th comment
On Shockproof flagship: Olympus 'drops' new Tough TG-3 news story (106 comments in total)

Still no RAW? Neeeeeext!!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 05:52 UTC as 36th comment | 5 replies
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)

I heard a rumor that a subtle name-change is imminent:
www.d-preview.com...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 15:44 UTC as 92nd comment | 6 replies
On Nikon D4s and Lexar 400x or 1000x memory card problems news story (36 comments in total)
In reply to:

Jay A: Can't ANYTHING be brought into the marketplace anymore without SOME kind of issue?

Turning the saying around: "good news is no news". So yes, of course you'll hear of products with issues, but in no way does that mean that ALL products come to market flawed. Most are perfectly fine...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 00:04 UTC
On Nikon D4s and Lexar 400x or 1000x memory card problems news story (36 comments in total)

Would be interesting to know what exactly causes the problem, why only some cards are affected, and why the problem surfaced (or was recognized) only when used in the D4s...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 23:15 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
On Pentax O-FC1 FluCard: The wireless details article (118 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: It's exactly five months ago that the K-3 First Impressions article was posted on DPR. Good to see that the wireless control app had priority over the full camera review...

@dg90: you wrote that in the comments section of a review concerning Pentax ;-)

I personally don't believe that DPR favours one brand over the next, but here's some numbers that BorisAkunin gathered a bit more than a month ago:

"Nikon -vs- Canon:
In 2010, the reviews for the 60D and D7000 where both done 76 days after the announcement, 2-3 years later the 70D-review and the 6D-review took 121 and 148 days while the D7100- and D600-reviews only took 63 and 61 days. The Nikon reviews seem to get priority...

Olympus:
The OM-D E-M1 review was done 48 days after the announcement. 18 months earlier, the E-M5 took 82 days but the E-P5-review took 146 days just recently. It looks like the E-M1-review was fast-tracked...

Pentax:
The fastest was the K-5 review at 89 days, the other reviews took much longer (K-30: 161, K-r: 183, K-5II: 267).
The K-3 review is at 119 days and counting, the K-50/500 review at 236 days and counting...
(slowest Nikon: D5200, 129d; slowest Canon: 5DII, 149d)"

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 11:27 UTC
On Pentax O-FC1 FluCard: The wireless details article (118 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: It's exactly five months ago that the K-3 First Impressions article was posted on DPR. Good to see that the wireless control app had priority over the full camera review...

To avoid controversy: my sarcastic comment was intended mostly for satirical purposes ( I'm not a Pentax fanboy, neither do I believe that this review would in any way delay the camera review). As I've said in the past, I think it's time DPR reconsiders their review strategy. Manpower is obviously and understandably lacking to review all new cameras in a decent time window, hence choices have to be made:
1) do we stick to our exhaustively detailed reviews meaning we only manage a couple per year, or,
2) do we change the review format so that we can provide reviews more often and more timely.
I know that the exhaustively detailed reviews have become DPR's unique selling point, but as it stands, DPR's reviews are taking so long to finish that by the time they appear, they often have lost their importance to dozens of other review sites and user reports. It makes DPR more of an encyclopedia than a usefull review site...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 09:43 UTC
On Pentax O-FC1 FluCard: The wireless details article (118 comments in total)

It's exactly five months ago that the K-3 First Impressions article was posted on DPR. Good to see that the wireless control app had priority over the full camera review...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 08:14 UTC as 55th comment | 12 replies
On CP+ 2014: Canon stand report news story (59 comments in total)

off-topic nitpick of the day: the mineral shown in #19 is called "fluorite", not "flourite".

/mineral collector out...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 09:45 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply

finally a camera for people with one finger and four opposing thumbs!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 14:15 UTC as 175th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (456 comments in total)
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Naveed Akhtar: Who are the fantastic four who chose the option "I had it" ..

The DMC-GH37 comes with a time-travel function...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 10:26 UTC
On Panasonic announces 4K-capable Lumix DMC-GH4 news story (118 comments in total)

Very impressive beast of a video/photocamera. I wonder though if this isn't overkill for most home videographers intending to shoot video with people in it - good luck getting the make-up look good at that resolution...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 10:23 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
On Tamrac launches rugged-looking photo messenger bags news story (106 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: Outwardly, they look a lot like a schoolbag I had in the early nineties ;-)

I'm sure these are well made and perfectly good if you're after such a bag. Personally though, when I go into rugged terrain, I take my Lowepro Rover Pro 45L AW, which is half photo backpack - half trecking backpack, together with a holster type bag. This setup is much more practical I find than carrying a bag like the ones above (too annoying for serious hiking) + a normal backpack, or just a dedicated photography backpack (no room for trecking material).

Well, if you are in an area where there's a high risk of being mugged (or worse), *any* bag you carry will draw attention. Especially if, like me, you're tall and blond and stand out as a foreigner in most places around the world...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2014 at 06:10 UTC
On Tamrac launches rugged-looking photo messenger bags news story (106 comments in total)

Outwardly, they look a lot like a schoolbag I had in the early nineties ;-)

I'm sure these are well made and perfectly good if you're after such a bag. Personally though, when I go into rugged terrain, I take my Lowepro Rover Pro 45L AW, which is half photo backpack - half trecking backpack, together with a holster type bag. This setup is much more practical I find than carrying a bag like the ones above (too annoying for serious hiking) + a normal backpack, or just a dedicated photography backpack (no room for trecking material).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 08:19 UTC as 37th comment | 3 replies
On Readers' Choice: Best Gear of 2013 Awards news story (217 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: So, the Pentax K-3... First impressions on October 7 last year, still no review. Despite the "explanation" R Butler once gave me (http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-df?comment=1981666761), I can't shed the feeling that something went very wrong with that review(er?).

Boris, thanks for your analysis of past reviews - nothing beats objective numbers!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 11:31 UTC
On Readers' Choice: Best Gear of 2013 Awards news story (217 comments in total)

So, the Pentax K-3... First impressions on October 7 last year, still no review. Despite the "explanation" R Butler once gave me (http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-df?comment=1981666761), I can't shed the feeling that something went very wrong with that review(er?).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 09:36 UTC as 43rd comment | 11 replies
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1594 comments in total)

I don't own the camera nor do I intend to, but skimming through the review it seems like a balanced verdict: it's a good and innovative camera, but there's some glitches to be worked out. Exactly what one could expect from a first-generation product, leaving room for improvement in the next installment. Perfectly sensible to me to give it a Silver Award. And on the plus side: this review finally(/momentarilly?) pushes the Df from the "most popular" spot, where's it's been way too long for a half-*ss product... (I'll go hide now)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 07:32 UTC as 274th comment
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (351 comments in total)
In reply to:

Jack Simpson: Works for me. A mate of mine is doing an 18 month round the world bicycle trip with a 11.6 Mac Air (128 GB/8GB) and an Olympus OMD-E kit

If I was doing an 18 month roundtrip of the world I'd need a LOT more storage room than 128 GB ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 08:25 UTC
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (351 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: There's several alternatives by now with ultra-high resolution screens, some not weighing more than a Mac Book Air.
(for instance: http://blog.laptopmag.com/top-retina-macbook-pro-alternatives?slide=1 )
This in itself doesn't make the article uninteresting (I'm all for little glimpses into a professional's workflow), but somehow we never see other brands than Apple mentioned on these kind of articles on DPR... (correct me if I'm wrong)

@ ljmac: I was not bashing Apple... The primary purpose of that article was to show alternatives to the Retina screen resolution. So far, this isn't available in the "Air" (rumoured for 2014), but the competition has it in several notebooks in the 2.6 - 3 pound weight range. I think it's fair to mention that without being accused of brand bashing, no?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 08:21 UTC
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (351 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: There's several alternatives by now with ultra-high resolution screens, some not weighing more than a Mac Book Air.
(for instance: http://blog.laptopmag.com/top-retina-macbook-pro-alternatives?slide=1 )
This in itself doesn't make the article uninteresting (I'm all for little glimpses into a professional's workflow), but somehow we never see other brands than Apple mentioned on these kind of articles on DPR... (correct me if I'm wrong)

It might be a nice idea to compare the current crop of high-quality ultrabooks from a "field" photographer's perspective. Undoubtedly Apple makes some of the best laptops, but recently other companies have catched up pretty well, and it might be interesting even for the professionals to see how far they have come. This would also disprove the apparent favouritism for Apple products in articles like this on DPR, which in itself probably stems from a bias towards Apple in the pro photographer community. The ballhead test was a very nice example of the value of a "photography accessory" group test, and I for one would be very happy to see you expand such tests in other areas.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 08:09 UTC
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