Suntan

Suntan

Lives in United States Twin Cities, United States
Works as a Engineer
Joined on Aug 30, 2004

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On Fast and full-frame: Nikon announces 24MP Nikon D750 article (406 comments in total)
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darklamp: A new FX camera to dilute the sales of existing FX models but which will not generate any new sales.

Sounds daft as a brush to me.

Of all the things we want from Nikon ( D300 replacement, missing DX lenses, a proper MILC without a fantasy price tag ), the one thing no one needed was yet another FX model sandwiched between the existing ones.

I can only hope that this isn't their plan for survival, because it's not going to work.

If I were looking to replace my camera, I would get the 750 in favor of the 810 or 610.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 18:00 UTC
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Foroa: What means "Secondary reflector with two output settings" ?

Similar to the higher model NISSIN flashes. BAsically it obsolves you of having to dink with a flash card rubber-banded to your flash to get a little fill light directly at your subject when bouncing off walls/ceilings.

It's actually pretty useful.

-Suntan

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 18:11 UTC
On Accessory Review: Drobo Mini RAID article (149 comments in total)
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maljo@inreach.com: I'm also from the school that multiple USB external backup drives is preferable to a RAID. The proprietary data storage of a RAID is concerning. What if the company goes out of business?

Oh... 8 whole TB... Why that would require someone carrying two whole, separate 4TB USB3 drives over from their offsite storage area. Why that would be almost 5lbs to carry. Of course it would also mean plugging in two cables....

Look if you think raid works wonders for you, have at it. That said, maljo started this subtread pointing out relevant issues why complete backup redundancy is superior, you commented back, so I brought up more issues.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 14:37 UTC
On Accessory Review: Drobo Mini RAID article (149 comments in total)
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maljo@inreach.com: I'm also from the school that multiple USB external backup drives is preferable to a RAID. The proprietary data storage of a RAID is concerning. What if the company goes out of business?

What if you accidentally hit the delete button?

What if the place you have it stored burns down?

RAID is not a backup plan. It is just a feel good strategy that the march of technology has made even less relevant for most people.

-Suntan

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 15:48 UTC
On Accessory Review: Drobo Mini RAID article (149 comments in total)
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Jogger: I dont see how this can get 4.5/5 given the major limitations.. e.g. not as portable (which is the sole purpose of this), only fast with expensive SSDs, Apple time machine support (useless for non apple users), huge footprint, proprietary data format, etc.

Given the huge cost and more sensible solutions (esp. for travel), this should be a 2 at most.

Agreed. Things like Drobo once had a place for some people... maybe.

But the reality is that a person could get completely redundant (and separable) backups, based on open interface standards (not a proprietary RAID controller) for less money and more portability.

-Suntan

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 15:45 UTC

Has anyone yet to see "sample" pictures, from any of these companies touting their selective depth of field cameras, that are actually compelling pictures?

That's my biggest issue. Every image they use to show off how fancy their technology is always ends up looking like a bag of half warmed poo...

Creepy-grin-corner-stalker lady is a classic example. "Hey look, you can take this horribly composed image and blur different parts of it!"

-Suntan

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 17:27 UTC as 8th comment
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dash2k8: "Khaldei, who staged his photograph a couple of days after the event, is reported to have hoped that the image would have the same impact as Joe Rosenthal’s famous photograph ‘Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima’."

I'm sorry, but the Berlin picture is nothing close to the Iwo Jima picture. Iconic for sure, but the Iwo Jima picture is the standard of "raising banner over hostile territory" while many commoners have never even seen this Berlin picture.

I can't believe there's a bunch of dinks on the internet calling anything having to do with WWII a "sideshow." Or trying to measure out and thus put down the merits of anyone involved in that period of history.

How amazingly offensive.

Should I tell my elderly grandmother, widowed now for a little over 70 years, that her husband died a horrible death along a hedgerow in France during a 'sideshow'?

Tossers. Every last one of you.

-Suntan

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 14:52 UTC
On Quick Review: That Steady Thing article (68 comments in total)

I struggle to come up with too many scenarios where a regular monopod, as well as my camera pack, can't offer similar flexibilities/constraints.

Rest the monopod mounted camera itself against the tree, pretty stable with a bit of practice. Wedge the pack under the monopod and press down with some weight and you have a stable platform a few inches off the ground too.

Meh. I guess more camera gadgets of varying usefulness isn't the end of the world though.

-Suntan

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 20:53 UTC as 25th comment
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)

After lugging a Nikon D300 with a couple of lenses around recently to take pictures of the kids while on vacation, a small camera with SLR-like focus and general reflexes is starting to sound a lot more appealing.

One wish, eliminate that big back screen altogether and use that cost to integrate a better EFV into the housing permanently.

-Suntan

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 18:06 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
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Prognathous: Is Adobe really committing to never increase the price? I would really like to read the fine print. Too bad the "special offer" page linked above doesn't get me anywhere useful ("We're updating our store... Please check back again later.")

@NetMage

Yes, it is completely different. With all those things you mentioned, if you don't want to upgrade them you can happily continue using them as is.

With this, Adobe wants to raise the rate and you have to pay it, otherwise you are left with nothing to use.

-Suntan

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2014 at 00:24 UTC
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Kaj E: Just chatted with Adobe. The price for $ 9.99/m is not a regular price. It is just a special limited time offer, like the old one. They are not willing to say anything about what kind of a major increase one can expect in one year.

Just the same "blackmail" as before.

I will not sign up until they announce that the $9.99/m is a regular price for the Photography package and not some kind of a limited time special offer.

Even if they did say it was the standard price, nothing is topping them from increasing that "regular price" 6 months down the road.

-Suntan

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 17:20 UTC

This just in... No photographer in the history of the internet lost out on real money by people P-shopping watermarks off of low res thumbnails already posted to the internet.

You can argue that somewhere, someone would have bought the image instead, but inside you know that's a load of poo.

-Suntan

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 17:01 UTC as 41st comment | 4 replies
On How Peter Hurley became a top portrait photographer article (49 comments in total)
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saralecaire: Goes to show that technical know how and skill plays second fiddle to the people/connection you have.

Agree.

Looked through his portfolio, not that impressive honestly.

Not saying I could do better, but certainly not something to "strive for" either.

As you said, if you're looking for inspiration, be inspired to find an angle into meeting rich friends that can set you onto the path for success.

-Suntan

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2014 at 17:32 UTC
On FlashQ: The little cube for flash photography article (53 comments in total)
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Digitall: CR2032 coin battery? Fails already in the design. Pass.

This is the epitome of form mattering more than function.

When you can get more functionality from kits already available on the market for less money and that use decent sized, readily available batteries (AAA) it says that people care about the looks of the thing more than the practicality.

-Suntan

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 13:02 UTC

Exactly what the world needs. Even more uninspiring pictures of poorly posed people, taken in flat light, with their ears and noses completely blurred.

-Suntan

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2014 at 20:14 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On ThinkTank Streetwalker HardDrive Backpack Review article (81 comments in total)
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Artak Hambarian: While have not used this bag, one drawback is evident: you need to put it on the ground - read mud, water, steep slope, ice - to change a lens. The art of bag making still needs to say its word in combining comfort, performance, speed and versatility, in my opinion...

With my Kata backpack, I have become accustomed to resting it on the tops of my feet while swapping lenses. With the zipper open just far enough to access the compartments, but not far enough to let the flap drop all the way open.

It works well when hiking in wet conditions.

-Suntan

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2014 at 21:21 UTC
On Get more accurate color with camera calibration article (208 comments in total)
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Charlie boots: This sounds more like lightroom calibration to match the camera than camera calibration as the calibration is only appliccable when using lightroom and is only appliccable to a specific light colour. Change the location and the light and one needs to recalibrate for the new light situation. This then means that for each photo shoot there needs to be a new calibration. How does one then manage within lightroom as it is not possible to automatically have lightroom change claibration profiles automatically to match each photo shoot. This has to be done manually.

You can make a universal profile for your camera that will still apply in all color temperature situations. It is not as accurate as a dedicated reading specifically for a shoot, but it would still allow for more accurate colors than nothing at all.

Also, FWIW, this works in Pshop too. Not just Lightroom.

-Suntan

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2014 at 15:27 UTC
On Get more accurate color with camera calibration article (208 comments in total)
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Christos Tolis: I've used this particular system myself. It works, but the gain is indeed rather marginal. However, if I am shooting under rather stable and controlled conditions I tend to use it as it saves me some time in post...

Perhaps your camera is just more accurate to begin with. I have used mine to make general profiles of a couple of bodies and it usually makes large differences.

-Suntan

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2014 at 15:24 UTC
On Get more accurate color with camera calibration article (208 comments in total)
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Sannaborjeson: It seems on the picture with monks "before" was better as contained more details and halftones in orange. While "after" just blown out and flat.

@ Mike

You can make a general profile for your camera that will work in all lighting conditions, and will be a big improvement (color accuracy-wise.)

For very demanding shoots, say in studio with lighting that is set and will not change throughout the shoot, you can gain slightly better results still by taking a reading and developing a profile specifically for that shoot.

In addition, the checker is also very easy to use for setting/adjusting white balance, etc.

In a portrait studio scenario, it doesn't take much at all. Get your lights set, place your model in position, open the checker and ask them to hold it right under their nose, then take a reference shot. Put the checker away and start the shoot.

-Suntan

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2014 at 15:20 UTC
On Get more accurate color with camera calibration article (208 comments in total)
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retro76: Personally. I am all about 'attractive' color, not necessarily accurate color. Color taste is quite subjective. I kinda like the Before Examples over the After calibration results.

Depending on what you shoot, I agree. That said, I have found that starting with all the colors dead on is the best option for then *choosing* to make lighting changes from that reference.

I usually process portraits warmer than they actually are, but I have found that getting an accurate starting point to be very valuable.

In short, I personally find the colorchecker passport to be a valuable addition to my kit. YMMV.

-Suntan

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2014 at 15:12 UTC
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