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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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)
In reply to:

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
In reply to:

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 (236 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 15th 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 (1454 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 176th comment
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1454 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 234th comment | 1 reply
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1454 comments in total)

I find this opinion confusing and unhelpful. There is no single dimension truth!

E.g., I have both benefited and suffered from using full frame lenses on APS-C body. (Benefiting from clear edges. Suffering from lower peak sharpness of PARTICULAR lenses).

Yes careful choice of focal length is required with aps-c + full frame but it is not rocket science with a multiplier. Come on!

Incidentally 64mm on full frame would be great for me!

Wrong: only lens that will be useful for both are tele. No way!! E.g., 28mm is great for full frame and good standard (42mm equiv) for aps-c. 24mm becomes 36mm equiv (1.5 crop factor). 20mm becomes 30mm equiv, which I like a lot.

There are real catches that are not mentioned by this article (unless you borrow/rent the missing equipment for actual trial):
1. Edge performance of full frame lenses can't be judged from aps-c body
2. Full frame lenses with lower peak sharpness can still perform great in full frame bodies but will suffer in aps-c bodies.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 09:29 UTC as 239th comment
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Valiant Thor: It seems that many people who purchase the first release of a Nikon DSLR these days often find that when the defecation excrement impinges upon the rotary oscillator, they find themselves stranded in the proverbial tributary without the necessary implements of propulsion.

Very well put!

There may be a D760 soon (just like D610 coming out of the ashes of D600).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 10:08 UTC
On Starstruck: Adam Woodworth's nighttime photography article (60 comments in total)

Wonderful!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2014 at 04:52 UTC as 1st comment
On 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: $25-100 article (17 comments in total)

Unexpected items from a supposedly photography site? I am confused! I'd better wonder off to proper shopping sites!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 10:27 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (104 comments in total)

Let's hope Lytro diversify and survive. Very daring company with guts and innovation. Should not deserve to serve to die yet.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 20:11 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1656 comments in total)

I had very limited Canon equipment before. Still disappointed. We need Canon alive to keep the other guys honest. I don't want to see Canon flatline.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 11:47 UTC as 127th comment | 1 reply
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (362 comments in total)

Q has poor body size to image quality ratio. If you want a tiny system. It is very much fun. If you want IQ at the same time, can't accommodate.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 13:19 UTC as 4th comment
In reply to:

nerd2: We used to have this kind of portable backup devices like 10 years ago - I used one with D2X. That said, this looks much better than those ones.

I still have that thing, though even back then I found it slow!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 11:18 UTC
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