Calvin Chann

Calvin Chann

Lives in Portugal Estoril/Cascais, Portugal
Works as a Finance
Joined on Oct 30, 2002
About me:

Way too much equipment ;)

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The opposite side to you can "see immediately what is in each bag", is, so can everybody else.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 13:35 UTC as 1st comment
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ZeneticX: i love tripods with twist lock legs

I have a Gitzo tripod and a monopod and two Manfrotto tripods. Gitzo with twist locks and Manfrotto with flip locks.

Of the two systems, I prefer the flip locks as they are much faster to deploy and retract.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 12:30 UTC
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BrightTiger: Hi! We're Manfrotto and we are very late to the party. Look! We copied everyone's else homework. Hey - wait.. why are you leaving?

Cain and JACS are spot on about size and weight.. this isn't much to gloat about for a traveler.

Copied everyone else? This is just the travel version of their 190 series. If you want smaller, go look at their BeFree range of travel tripods.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 16:40 UTC
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JapanAntoine: Still nowhere near the Velbon Ultrek tripods... they call this a compact tripod, but it's not so compact!

If you want smaller, look at their BeFree range. This is the travel version of their 190 series.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 14:59 UTC
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h2k: "Who doesn't love free stuff?"
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I. I abhor it. I'd very much prefor to pay money for operating systems etc.., vor a whole host of reasons.

I read a sentence like "Who doesn't love free stuff?" also in a Scott Kelby book.

What do they think of me?

Ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

What they want are your details so they can inundate you with marketing to BUY a product.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 14:58 UTC
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GaryJP: They might be assuring us they are going to keep Lightroom as a standalone product, but it is a nightmare to get through their site without being signed up to a Creative Cloud you don't want. They are just pushing the standalone right to the periphery.

Liars. As we always knew.

The standalone version is not even mentioned on their press release.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 11:38 UTC
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Mike FL: What's the average cost for a 4"x6" print?

So far so good for my CP510. Handy to have a postcard printer available all the time, even though I only use it occasionally.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 15:03 UTC
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lacikuss: Why this short nterview took this long to edit? Did you have to get approval from Nikon? When was CP+?

In journalism this type of editing is done in two hours at max. My questions are relevant to the level of free press and quality of answers you were able to achieve.

And there are just two of you at DPR?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 17:11 UTC
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tonybelding: My impression. . . Well, obviously getting any kind of useful info out of these guys is like pulling teeth. That seems to be typical of most Japanese corporations, though. It's not unique to Nikon.

The other thing that strikes me is. . . It seems like they're still struggling to work around the limitations and problems of DSLRs: micro-focus, mirror slap. And yet, when the subject of mirrorless cameras comes up, all they can say is that DSLRs have the "advantage" of an optical viewfinder that lets you take pictures "as you see them". That's a disadvantage, dammit! It's much more useful to know what my camera is capturing. The image my camera captures is the one I'm going to have at the end of the day, and I need for it to be good.

Yes, that did not make sense to me. Highest tolerances with the lower level cameras? What about the higher level? My guess is that the tolerances are the same, and the cost of implementing micro-adjustment is the issue here.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 17:11 UTC
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jtan163: "And that's really the best you can hope for." - Um. No.
The best you can hope for is something like the interviews that Fuji execs and engineers give.

Nikon have great tech, bundled in crippled products.
They really seem to embody the worst of the stereotypes of staid, reserved, secretive, cradle to grave industrial age corporations - they seem to want control, not conversation.

As I said in another post, it sounded more like an interrogation than an interview with you posing the questions and Nikon denying or trying to say as little as possible so as not to incriminate themselves.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 17:01 UTC

Sounds more like an interrogation than an interview.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 16:56 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (798 comments in total)
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PeaceKeeper: I just can't get over how absolutely huge those lenses are. That 55/1.8 is ridonkulous.

I'd own one of these were it not for the complete lack of effort on Sony's part to make lenses that match the mirrorless systems strengths. It's as though all they did was recycle SLR lens designs and add a spacer to the back.

I just can't get over how ridiculous your comment is unless I vector in the fact that you may have forgotten that the sensor is FF even though the camera is mirrorless. If you compare them to FF DSLR lenses, they are comparable.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 09:49 UTC

Played with one at a recent CPS event. Amazing. And that's not just the price.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 16:33 UTC as 12th comment

Travelling photographers need somewhere for their travel documents, audio equipment and headphones too.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 18:05 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On Elinchrom announces new ELB 400 portable flash system article (23 comments in total)
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AV Janus: £1,169.00 for a 4.1Ah battery and a charger
£300 for a battery charger

Yeezus

Have a look at Profoto. Likely to be even more money.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 13:20 UTC
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neatnclean: I'd be interested but will definitely not buy it is offered with a (native, not additional adapter) Arca-Swiss compatible clamp. Vitec Group (manfrotto is one of their brands) should have realized by now, that most potential users of this type of gear are using arca-swiss compatible plates. At the very least they should offer 2 versions of their geared heads - 410/405/400 ... one with arca compatible clamp, i dont care what they put on top of the other version. Could be square, rectangular or hexagonal.

And where do you get that stat that most people use arca-Swiss plates? I would say that most people don't.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 21:29 UTC
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Gregm61: I do not even like a 28mm equivalent as my widest option, so why would I want even less? I wouldn't buy either of these lenses, but certainly not the Tamron.

In fact, why even post it?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 15:22 UTC
On FAA proposes regulations for commercial drone usage article (119 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: The drone risk to aircraft is exceeded 10,000 to 1 by the bird risk to aircraft. The drone risk to privacy is likewise drastically exceeded by binoculars and long focal length cameras.

To put it mildly, drones are a way lower risk to your happiness and health than some people make them out to be.

ANYTHING sucked through a jet engine is going to be a problem, be it a bird or a drone.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 18:03 UTC
On FAA proposes regulations for commercial drone usage article (119 comments in total)
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Calvin Chann: Recently a flight landing at Heathrow airport was aborted due to a drone. While I have no problems with them, it is true that a lot of owners are idiots.

Doesn't matter how big or heavy the object is. Anything that gets sucked through a jet engine will cause serious damage and an air event.

My opinion of petrol engined models is that it takes a lot more skill to fly one than a drone that basically anyone can fly. Taking more skill, to me, adds a level of responsibility absent from your average drone pilots and hence these models are less likely to cause a problem. No offense intended to responsible drone pilots.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 17:58 UTC
On FAA proposes regulations for commercial drone usage article (119 comments in total)
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Calvin Chann: Recently a flight landing at Heathrow airport was aborted due to a drone. While I have no problems with them, it is true that a lot of owners are idiots.

I guess you've never been aboard a plane in the air and have something sucked through an engine.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 11:31 UTC
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