l_d_allan

l_d_allan

Lives in United States Colorado Springs, CO, United States
Works as a retired software composer
Has a website at berean.zenfolio.com
Joined on Jan 16, 2009

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On Drone films SpaceX rocket launch and landing news story (55 comments in total)

Maybe I'm easily impressed?

But I'm IMPRESSED ... by the rocket technology (less so with the drone + camera, but I WANT ONE).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 14:13 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (402 comments in total)

The default front grip could easily have been larger, since the lens protrudes quite a bit from the body when turned OFF. That could have allowed a larger battery also.

A larger grip wouldn't matter to the size of the jacket pocket that could hold the camera, since the lens is the determining factor for thickness / depth.

And it's annoying, imo, to have an optional, deeper grip. This is nearly as bad as an excessive charge for a lens hood, and precludes a design with a larger battery.

My 2¢

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 20:57 UTC as 105th comment | 1 reply

How much bigger and more expensive would it be for this camera to also be a fully functional phone?

Even better ... to also have a 1/1.7" sensor like my Canon S110? It's easily shirt-pocketable, and almost front-jeans-pocketable. If it had a shorter zoom range like 3x (28-85mm equiv) instead of 5x (24 to 120mm) and fully retracted into the body, it might be front-jeans-pocketable.

Or even to have a 1" sensor like the Sony RX100? It's not much bigger than my S110, which I consider to be impressive engineering.

I'm amazed at how tall and wide some of the popular smart-phones like the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3" are getting to be. Even with their shallow depth/thickness, I'd think it would get old carrying them around in a front pants pocket.

So, if those tall/wide phones are selling well, might a thicker phone-camera with the following find a niche market?
* glass lens
* 3x zoom with stabilization
* decent sensor size (1/1.7" or larger)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 14:58 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon 1 J4 sports new sensor, improved AF system, and Wi-Fi news story (207 comments in total)

One of my "pet peeves" is small cameras that could have a small "grip" on the front, but don't. To me, unless the lens fully retracts into the body so the front is completely level, the designers might as well have a grip + larger battery ... and full size SD card in the case of the J1 thru J4.

As long as the lens protrudes somewhat from the rest of the body when powered off, you might as well have a grip that protrudes a similar amount.

For example, my S110 is quite a small camera that easily goes in a normal size shirt pocket. I'm mostly really happy with it, except for limited battery life and no grip.

When powered off, there is still about 3/16" of the lens protruding (~5mm). If there was a grip that protruded the same 3/16" inch, it wouldn't detract at all from being pocketable. Plus, the battery could be larger.

My 2¢

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 12:58 UTC as 30th comment | 5 replies
On Nikon 1 J4 sports new sensor, improved AF system, and Wi-Fi news story (207 comments in total)
In reply to:

sla: "To keep the size of the camera down, Nikon is now using microSD cards"
What a nonsense!
101 x 61 x 29 mm vs 100 x 60 x 29 mm... WOW! Really size down...

I've found microSD cards to be a hassle to work with. I also can't believe that the small decrease in size justifies the hassle to the end-user.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 12:48 UTC
On Nikon 1 J4 sports new sensor, improved AF system, and Wi-Fi news story (207 comments in total)
In reply to:

Manfred Bachmann: again a new akku? slowly i think nikon needs a break!

akku? Am I being slow here?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 12:42 UTC
On Nikon 1 J4 sports new sensor, improved AF system, and Wi-Fi news story (207 comments in total)
In reply to:

Donnie G: The good news is this camera won't be sold in the U.S.. Thanks Nikon!

Also good news ... there will probably continue to be "fire sales" on older One cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 12:37 UTC
On Nikon 1 J4 sports new sensor, improved AF system, and Wi-Fi news story (207 comments in total)
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Jozef M: color space sRGB ... no Adobe RGB?

sRGB or AdobeRGB? ... It doesn't matter if you shoot RAW.

However, it does seem like an odd omission to not allow JPEG + AdobeRGB. Perhaps it actually does?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 12:34 UTC
On Adobe Camera Raw 8.4 and Lightroom 5.4 now available news story (67 comments in total)

Am I the only one to consider the LR update procedure to be primitive?

The PS/Bridge update procedure is smooth and modern, but the LR procedure seems like it is from the 1990's. Is the Mac update procedure for LR better?

Or perhaps I'm doing something wrong?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 04:31 UTC as 3rd comment
On Canon EOS-1D X overview article (363 comments in total)

At least, include NR values in the comparison widget (if you have them).

These NR values are available for the non-reviewed Nikon D4, which is helpful as a point of reference for a flagship DSLR.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 12:58 UTC as 10th comment
In reply to:

JRFlorendo: Canon is serious about still photography when they match Sony's EXMOORE sensors, that's what every Canon fanbase has been waiting for +8 years now.

I was surprised / disappointed that the Canon executives weren't challenged more on catching up and leap-frogging Sony electronics and especially sensors.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 12:34 UTC
In reply to:

InTheMist: The first test I compared it to was the D800 (non-e) and Sigma 35 f/1.4 Art.

I'll take the Sigma.

> "Oh and it beat the Canon 35mm f/2 IS mounted on the A7R (Metabones) too."

IIRC, at least some of that difference reported by Roger C. in his LensRental article was the shutter-shock from the Sony A7r causing the Canon 35mm IS to be unhappy.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2014 at 10:45 UTC
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yabokkie: compare it with Canon 40/2.8 and take into account the difference between the bodies (A7R vs 1Ds3), it looks that 40/2.8 could be a better lens (would appreciate any new test be done on a popular body first, or lower resolution A7, for easier comparison).

Canon is able to make the small, well rated 40mm f2.8 for a street price of ~ $150.

For me, the more expensive and larger Canon 35mm f/2 IS made more sense than the 40mm. Canon's 35mm was overpriced when introduced, but its current street price is a big improvement.

I find IS very valuable.

For the price, I would expect the Sony 35mm (and also the Sony 50mm f1.8) to have IS ... full stop.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2014 at 10:39 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Selected highlights of the show news story (33 comments in total)

> "... interesting ... The DP2 Quattro certainly feels very different to its decidedly 'traditional' forebears thanks to a greatly elongated body and unconventional angled grip."

I hope it catches on and leads to more innovation, but ... my speculation is that this very "interesting" camera may have a dramatically lower price by Black Friday of 2015. Or even 2014?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 15:13 UTC as 14th comment
On Challenge of Challenges 2013: the results are in news story (38 comments in total)

Is there a way to sequentially view the images without having to come back to the main page each time?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 17:34 UTC as 6th comment
On 10 essential time-saving Photoshop tips article (88 comments in total)
In reply to:

OliverGlass: Thank you for this. We learn something new everyday from different pros.

Agree.

BTW, the article title is clearly about "Photoshop Tips". It assumes you are using PS, especially to do relatively advanced p.p. that is beyond LR or ACR. Too bad some repliers get OT with more or less irrelevant comparisons to alternatives and PS bashing.

FWIW: I've bookmarked Mr. Park's website to take a look at it when time allows, and hopefully pick up more guidance and useful tips.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 18:14 UTC
On Canon EOS 6D In-Depth Review preview (32 comments in total)
In reply to:

MABurney: "The EOS 6D is Canon's attempt to entice DSLR owners who are looking for the benefits of full frame shooting - including shallower depth of field and wider-angle lens coverage, but can't afford the EOS 5D Mark III."

". . . Canon's compromises have turned what could have a been a truly great camera into merely a very good one. "

This is interesting. Do we want 6D to be like the 5D Mark III? Then why not buy the $3,500.00 camera.

> then why not buy the $3,500.00 camera

Seems like you've answered your own question ... the 5d3 is a Lot More Expensive, especially if your photography equipment isn't a write-off.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 18:47 UTC
On Canon EOS 6D In-Depth Review preview (32 comments in total)
In reply to:

Buck_Lovell: Please quaitfy the autofouce performance in video mode....fast, medium, slow? Continuous autofocus is what I need....fats continuous....

I am mostly ignorant about video and the 70d, so "consider the source". My impression is that the Canon 70d is the only Canon camera with decent auto-focus.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 18:45 UTC
On Canon EOS 6D In-Depth Review preview (32 comments in total)
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Alwynj: I don't understand DP Review. Compare the Canon 6d and Nikon D600 and they'll have you believe that the D600 edges ahead in the high ISO dept, but to my eyes the 6d wins when I use the comparative tool. Images appear slightly cleaner and sharper (in RAW). Move the box to the face of the lady and see for yourself

Some of that may be because the comparison may be on a pixel vs pixel basis. A single Canon pixel may have lower noise than a single Nikon pixel, but there are many more Nikon pixels.

And I tend to get fuzzy when comparing crop cameras to full-frames. It can be "apples and oranges".

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 18:44 UTC
On Canon EOS 6D In-Depth Review preview (32 comments in total)
In reply to:

LongerVogue: Anyone tried eos 6d with 12mm lens. How is it?

Well, it is ultra wide. What info are you looking for?

Sharpness? Vignetting? Which 12mm lens? Electrical connectivity? Focus speed?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 18:41 UTC
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