Duckie

Duckie

Lives in Australia Australia
Works as a Dabbling
Joined on Feb 6, 2006
About me:

401s->801s->Coolpix 950->D50->D90 D7000 D610 SB-26 SB-600 Coolpix A, Q, LX3

25/2.8 ZF.2
35/1.4 AIS
45p
50/1.4 AI S.C.
55/1.2 S.C. AI
105/1.8 AIS
180/2.8 AIS ED
28/2 AIS

Sigma 10-20mm
20/2.8 AIS
24/2.8 AIS
28/2 N.C. AI'd
35/2 AIS
50/1.8S AIS
50/1.8 AF
85/1.8 AI'D
105/2.5 AI
25-50/4 AIS
TC-14A
Sigma AFD 17-35/2.8-4
55-200 AFS DX
105/2.8 AIS Micro
55/2.8 AIS Micro
Sigma 24/2.8 AIS Macro Superwide II
Tamron 35-105/2.8 AF SP
Sigma AFG DC 18-50/2.8
Tamron 2X MC7 TC - Sluggish AF
135/2.8 AI
85/1.4 AIS Polar
16-85 AFS

Tokina 20-35 F3.5-4.5 still beats nikon AFD 20,24,28
18-55dx I & II
Tamron Adaptall: Bad coating
- 28/2.5
- 135/2.5
- 200/3.5
- 300/5.6 SP
Kenko Macro Tube - electronically unreliable

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Joachim Gerstl: So it can carry an apple too. Impressive!

That's easily the great breakthrough in the history of photography! DPR is increasingly entertaining!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 22:27 UTC

If the material insulates, cans of cold beer can be put inside and then brought into a studio!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 21:19 UTC as 14th comment
On tn__DSC2475 in the Beautiful Fingers doing Beautiful Work-1 challenge (16 comments in total)

Looks like a painting from a museum! Wonderful!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 13:07 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies

As long as the lens protrudes, even if a camera is as small as the Q it is still sort of bulky (like to "80-200" zoom or even the "normal" lens), in shape, even though not in terms of absolute bulk. If sensors (like phones) can go significantly smaller and the camera shape is box shaped rather than having anything protruding (like those vertical zoom point and shoots from Panasonic and Nikon) then the size advantage really means something. Also the gain in depth of field is quite necessary with improving sensor capability. Nowadays, even in very low cost cameras, you can clearly see where the clarity ends (and sadly, where the sharpening tries to "help" the picture). Most people tries to take a natural and clear picture most of the time. Artists and experts all deserve their own special or even self-modified gear anyway. A lighter and smaller camera should have its appeal for the rest of the population.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 05:55 UTC as 79th comment
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BeefCoffee: What exactly happened to this website? People are so rude here, and over what? What is it about the personal attacks and pokes that people show here that translates from reviews of tools and technology to creative use of such? This photo, I think, is cool. Some of you think, it's uncool. And you know what? That's awesome! We have opinions, that's amazing to be able to share! But you guys just attack. It's getting to the point where I used to be excited to read more opinions in comment sections of gear sites (because why would just ONE opinion be enough?) to where I hesitate to continue scrolling, or even check out a site because it's just a mess of people without manners or respect for their own. It's all too bad.

A significant portion of the population has mental issues of differing degrees. This is just a reflection of that.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 11:09 UTC

Reminds me of Agent Smith!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 10:55 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On The Bone Doctor: Dr. Paul Koudounaris and Memento Mori article (25 comments in total)

I want my lenses buried with my bones, not on a separate shot!

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2015 at 22:05 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On Hawaii-June 1969 & June 2014 in the Memories challenge (35 comments in total)

Great story!

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2015 at 10:11 UTC as 10th comment

This is a great story.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 10:51 UTC as 7th comment
On Lensbaby introduces Velvet 56mm f/1.6 article (166 comments in total)
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JackM: I just can't take a company called "Lensbaby" seriously.

Nothing wrong with funny funky toy lenses. The real problem is they are taking themselves too seriously, especially in their pricing!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 12:16 UTC
On Lensbaby introduces Velvet 56mm f/1.6 article (166 comments in total)

The glow effect seems to come from lack of proper coating. Of course this is an "artistic" effect lens and should be viewed differently from normal lenses. I keep the money in my pocket!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 12:12 UTC as 20th comment

The music is great!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2015 at 12:02 UTC as 14th comment
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rrccad: didn't eyefi x2 pro support RAW anyways? is RAW transfers really that new?

however nice to see them upgrade class 10 from class 6.

They much tell you want they support. Because they are doing price discrimination. They charge you different by file type. This is outrageous. Let's not mention the horrible software and flash memory quality issues for now.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 22:25 UTC
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Just a Photographer: If you are in for a Wifi SD card then the Toshiba FlashAir III is a much better choice.

- No need for your data to go over the eye-fi servers first.
- No hassle with eye-fi's (horrible) software.
- No need for a wireless wifi connection over the internet

But with the Toshiba FlashAir III you do get
- RAW, JPEG and movie file downloads and uploads wirelessly.
- an FTP server
- the ability to set up an ad-hoc connection.
- Free acces to an SDK so you can write your own software if you wish.

Thank you for pinpoint these differences. You are right, I always find EyeFi too much of a big brother of my contents. BTW I always call their software intuitive to Martians!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 22:19 UTC
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OngNikon: I was very excited many years ago and got 2 of their "PRO" ( I think). But the software is terrible, speed horrible, "user friendliness - sad state. etc... Stop using it after maybe less than 10 times. That was 3, 4 years ago.

From what I can gather of this Ultimate thing.... I feel sad for eyefii - the company... I sincerely hope I am wrong. But I wont buy this....

Fully agree. I have very bad experience and low satisfactory with Eyefi. I look for competitors to surpass Wifi. Sooner the merrier! The software is bad, but NOT AS BAD as the QUALITY of the MEMORY CARD ITSELF! What the use of junk memory cards that many camera reject?
Their policy of charging you different accordingly to what format you want is outrageous! There are no kind words suited for such behaviour!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 22:11 UTC
On New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens article (230 comments in total)

DPR, we need real life side by side comparison with other brands. This would be helpful. Otherwise people would scream great whenever they see the word "Art".

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 05:48 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies

The CA is high and I would not call it a sharp lens. Good to have more choices in the market but not my cup of tea.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 08:38 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies

Long live the D760!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 10:09 UTC as 19th comment | 6 replies
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1461 comments in total)

If size and weight and picture good quality are so important then high end single focal length compact cameras should be highlighted (Sigma DP series, Nikon A, Ricoh GRD, Sony and Fuji). This article is too narrow focused on formats. 2 to 3 such cameras can cover much shooting needs and is lighter and smaller and more versatile than a body (be it full frame or crop) plus 2 to 3 lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 19:38 UTC as 179th comment
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1461 comments in total)

APS-C crap is a serious topic. Not that APS-C is bad of cheap but the money grabbing mentality of manufacturers.

Who can remember the Disc camera and the APS film camera? They sold you simplified stuff, easier and cheaper to manufacture together with the format change to maximise profit.

Luckily in modern digital world progress is still plentiful. But they modify the format to create new markets e.g. Remember the outrageous claims that old lenses are so unsuited for new digital cameras of the same DSLR mount. This is untrue and I can attest to that since the 6 mega pixel age (with Nikon lenses, not the cheapest tier though). Shooting ancient lenses with modern digital bodies is not rare as the forums can show.

Format change is good if it really suits you. If you have already invested in something and that something is good, think twice before giving up good stuff!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 09:47 UTC as 237th comment | 1 reply
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