hiro_pro

hiro_pro

Lives in United States washington, dc, United States
Joined on Sep 2, 2005

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On article Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested (286 comments in total)

Thanks for the great article. it might not be perfect but it is the best one on the subject i have seen. i do not know of a more complete scientific evaluation and comparison of heads out there. i dont think i have ever seen anyone do a better job of addressing the problem of sagging once the head is locked. if anyone does, share a link.

based on the recent series of articles i am predicting two more roundup of smaller heads (fingers crossed). maybe medium and compact/travel?

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 14:30 UTC as 109th comment
On article Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested (286 comments in total)
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ExposureMeter: One of the better heads the Acratech GP which I have does not even get a mention, shame.

i love my Arcatech GP. It is the best looking lightest head out there. i would even say it is smooth like butter. BUT it would not do well in the sag and lock competition. the head drives me nuts for macro work. you almost need geared rails to make it work beyond 1:1.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 14:25 UTC
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)

i have seen too many companies that require constant authentication crash. now you are stuck with unusable software until they can verify subscriptions again. the gaming industry has already had huge fails in this arena.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 20:31 UTC as 152nd comment | 4 replies
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)
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AD in KC: OK, I'm softening on my anger at Adobe. $10/month isn't so bad - especially now it includes some cloud storage - which is fairly useless still because you can't up-load folders, but I suspect they'll fix that eventually. Dropbox and others charge nearly as much for storage alone.

And I understand that they need to make a return on their investment. PS is the very best and I gotta have it for what I do for my livelihood. They deserve compensation.

if you need cloud storage try crashplan. there are plenty of forum posts from people talking about unlimited storage for $50 a year. carbonite has been there for a while too. true online backups keep your file structure. stay away from cloud storage from people that dont know what they are doing (adobe, micro$oft, norton).

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 20:26 UTC
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)

and how much is it at the end of the 12 months?

20 GB of "cloud storage." wow, sign me up. now what do i do with the other 650gb i have with carbonite? maybe i'll just convert all my NEF's and TIFF's to jpegs.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 19:32 UTC as 172nd comment
On article Tamron to develop 150-600mm F5-6.3 ultra-telephoto zoom (193 comments in total)
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Kris in CT: I shoot with a Tamron 200-500 for well over a year and it was a very good lens for the price. The recent trend with Tamron has been much improved optics. IMHO this lens will set a new standard in budget wildlife photography. If the rumored price point at 1500 is true, this lens will smoke anything near it, and I see it giving the Nikon 80-400 AF-S a very serious competitor for far less money. Seeing that AF limiter makes this a very serious lens indeed. The VC in Tamron is pretty awesome too... I have since moved on to a Sigma 120-300 OS but this new Tamron will be quite interesting. If I can put a link in here, here is a shot from the 200-500 wide open of a wild red tail.. http://www.flickr.com/photos/coastalconn/8421259528/in/set-72157632626570024

Kris in CT had some of the better birding shots i had seen in a while. isnt that why we put them out there.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 16:26 UTC
On article Tamron to develop 150-600mm F5-6.3 ultra-telephoto zoom (193 comments in total)
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Kris in CT: I shoot with a Tamron 200-500 for well over a year and it was a very good lens for the price. The recent trend with Tamron has been much improved optics. IMHO this lens will set a new standard in budget wildlife photography. If the rumored price point at 1500 is true, this lens will smoke anything near it, and I see it giving the Nikon 80-400 AF-S a very serious competitor for far less money. Seeing that AF limiter makes this a very serious lens indeed. The VC in Tamron is pretty awesome too... I have since moved on to a Sigma 120-300 OS but this new Tamron will be quite interesting. If I can put a link in here, here is a shot from the 200-500 wide open of a wild red tail.. http://www.flickr.com/photos/coastalconn/8421259528/in/set-72157632626570024

great shots. i'm not sure vs is a fair way to describe what happened to the mr rabbit.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 17:18 UTC
On article Tamron to develop 150-600mm F5-6.3 ultra-telephoto zoom (193 comments in total)

this should be the kit lens for the Nikon DF. sorry i got caught up in the hype.

i have had great success with tamron and VC. i cant wait to see this in the local shop and give it a try. i wonder if the VC will be enough to hand hold this beast at 600?

anyone want to guess how long this lens will be when racked out to 600?

and how much is a 95 mm polarizer? rhetorical. please dont answer.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 16:27 UTC as 44th comment | 5 replies
On article Adobe hack affects 38 million users, not 2.9 million (156 comments in total)

i was affected and it killed my activation. fortunately i now do most of my work in capture nx2. i bet adobe will be real helpful when i need to reactivate PS CS5. "oh we lost your account why dont you try CC instead. here is a 30 day free trial."

i was contacted. fortunately i had setup a one off user name and password because i never felt any adobe loyalty.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 18:06 UTC as 94th comment
On article 5 new must-have photo editing apps (99 comments in total)

i am always surprised at the negativity in the comments section of these reviews. i am guessing that no one here post processes their DSLR images? really?

these are quick and dirty cheap tools for cheap cameras (cell phones). they allow us to take a picture, adjust it to capture the feeling of the scene and post it without having to go home and down load the image to our computer.

to those of you who think this stuff looks like cr*p you should go back and scan some of your old film images. you will be a little humbler about how far cellphone photography has come.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2013 at 17:28 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On article 5 new must-have photo editing apps (99 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: Other than the occasional sepia effect, which itself can get very old & overdone, I'm just not feeling this "vintage" trend of making shots look like they were taken with a Fisher Price camera. What's wrong with a "straight up" shot with just a tinge of color added? This trend is just a silly fad, just like other ones like the family portrait shots of the family walking away from the camera holding hands at a railroad track, & the baby shots having 80,000 "props" in the photo. They're "click a preset" gimmicks for those who just too lazy to do things like getting the white balance correct and the eyelashes in focus etc, a "quickie" for making a so-called "boring" shot suddenly look new.

But I must give DPreview credit for one thing here--at least this article didn't have the usual "next, next, next, next, next" layout which I completely despise, they have everything on 1 single page once again, as they ought to. That's MUCH better.

with my d600 i have a ton of options for getting the photo i want that best illustrates the scene as i see it. my iphone doenst have most of those options. instead i have to do more post processing to capture the feeling of the scene. it is a cheap tool for a cheap camera.

put another way it is still a heck of a lot better than my old polaroid.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2013 at 17:21 UTC
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Frank: A cool decision from apple to not follow the Megapixel Hype.
Bigger sensor, same pixel Count = better IQ.
Who don't manages to make good pictures with 8 Megapixel will not do with 36 or 80.
8 Megapixel are enough to print a real good 30x45cm (11x17") print. But only if you have a good IQ.
Apple did understand what that means. Or why do you think a Nikon D4 has the underwhelming spec of only 16 MP compared with a Nokia with 41... Or a Canon 1Dx only 18!

Since Dpreview was bought by Amazon... such headlines as underwhelming specs are more and more common...

Good headline would have been - Apple focuses on Image Quality instead of useless higher pixel count. There are lot of things to comment critically on the new iphone but not the camera...

i feel like DXO is not relevant to smart phones. i see too many pictures online where the phone missed focus or because of low light there was too much camera shake. not to mention blown highlights or other issues. setting a cell phone on a tripod and taking 20 shots at a target just doesn't seem relevant.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 13:24 UTC

great idea but for the price i wonder if i could find a used Leica...

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 17:50 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
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hiro_pro: i cant believe how defensive some of the responses are. i have a d600 and an iphone 4s. yes my d600 takes better pictures not to mention the lens options. are there times when i am out and all i have is my phone? sure. are there times when i can snap a quick iphone picture to express or capture something? yes. the iphone (any smartphone) is making photography accessible to a large number of people that may never have explored the art before. we should celebrate that. eventually some of these new photographers will want to improve their art and upgrade. maybe camera sales will increase (or prices with drop- happy thought). are these the best mobile pics i have ever seen. no. i have a ton of friends on instragram that are taking better pictures. why? because their iphone made photography accessible to them. sure, i also have friends who should black out their camera lens and delete the camera icon but i have also seen some bad pics in the slr forums here

PS. who is this group that had the contest? were these pics the most viewed on instagram cracker, bookface or tumblr? to say that the pics are the best iphone pics implies that they review a vast majority of iphone pics. i am sure dpreview could run a smartphone a week photo contest and at the end of the year pick more deserving winners.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 19:13 UTC

i cant believe how defensive some of the responses are. i have a d600 and an iphone 4s. yes my d600 takes better pictures not to mention the lens options. are there times when i am out and all i have is my phone? sure. are there times when i can snap a quick iphone picture to express or capture something? yes. the iphone (any smartphone) is making photography accessible to a large number of people that may never have explored the art before. we should celebrate that. eventually some of these new photographers will want to improve their art and upgrade. maybe camera sales will increase (or prices with drop- happy thought). are these the best mobile pics i have ever seen. no. i have a ton of friends on instragram that are taking better pictures. why? because their iphone made photography accessible to them. sure, i also have friends who should black out their camera lens and delete the camera icon but i have also seen some bad pics in the slr forums here

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 19:04 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
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