skyrunr

skyrunr

Lives in United States Upstate, NY, United States
Works as a Support Engineer/Manager
Joined on Dec 16, 2001
About me:

D300
16-85mmVR DX (love it)
18-55mm G DX EDII AF-S (ultra light and small, a bargain!)
24-60mm 2.8 EX DG Sigma (low distortion only $219)
60mm 2.8G AFS AF-S N Micro (speaks for itself!)
180mm 2.8D ED (lighter and value v. 70-200 VR)
Giottos 1001-652 ball head
Bogen 322RC2 (a bit bulky, but quick/ez to adjust)
PT Carbon Tripod (awesome buy from ronthemon2, ebay)
LowePro FB 250 (near perfect + PC, but no tripod rig!)
MountainSmith Paragon Backpack (awesome weekender)

Tried just about EVERYTHING else out there under $1,000, very happy with everything above. ;) I miss my D70 and 35-70mm/2.8 the most of everything I've sold to fund new purchases.

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On Review: Ona Lima camera strap article (133 comments in total)

Check out the OP/TECH USA ENVY. It has memory foam, quick clips, and you can buy any attachment style you'd like. I originally paired it with a P7700 and it surprisingly works very nicely with a full size DSLR and medium lens.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 19:16 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (269 comments in total)

LOVE my Arca SP1 with a 65mm ball. It isn't very popular, but it works great on a monopod, tripod, or even a Joby Focus Pro. There is only one little tab for rotation that sticks out, so it stores just about anywhere without getting snagged on cords or anything else.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 16:37 UTC as 79th comment
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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keither11: I was excited about this camera, but I feel they dropped the ball. For this price it should have the 51 AF point system, taken out the AA Filter (sharper,) and put dual CF & SD slots ( mix of old and new memory.) I'd be all over this camera!

I would have definitely used the EN-EL15 battery, a pro battery! No video, fine with me. I would have paid up to $3500 for a camera like that, but not $2800 for what it is now. I'll stick with the D800 for that price, even the D610 is a much better deal. I think Nikon has great photo designs, but bad execution sometimes.

@Shamael I've used a D600 (39pt) along side a D300S (51pt) and the D300S clearly locked focus faster in low light on the rim of a glass using the same lens. Otherwise, I'd agree that fewer focus points are necessary as long as they are spread out across the frame, rather than crammed into the middle as Nikon is currently doing.

What do you think about a more retro body with a touch screen interface? I'd personally like the retro look with a modern and perhaps fully customizable interface.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 03:04 UTC
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cknapp61: Closed architecture is why I NEVER began purchasing iApple products in the early 1990's.

In the PC world, the open architecture of MS Windows based PC's fostered 3rd party competition (better video cards, sound cards, RAM boards, etc.), which grew the base product. Similarly, I suspect that that open Android OS is today, more innovative than iApple's closed system.

Nikon, by closing architecture will likely stifle or at least slow down competition, thus innovation will slow down.

Though I have a love/hate relationship with MS. MS Werd (mis-spelled on purpose) is just as stupid and un-intuitive, with respect to auto-paragraph/sub-paragraph numbering conventions..compared to Word Perfect v6.0 for DOS was in the mid-1990's...and still, in 2013, no native dual pane browser like Norton PC Tools for DOS offered in the mid 1990's...despite the fact that everyone ingests/exports files to/from external devices. Sorry, but I digress...end of MS rant.

I thought I was the only one who ever used and LOVED PC Tools. I kept using it in XP even though it didn't support many image files.

It is pretty simple; don't gouge us by charging twice as much for something. I really don't mind paying a little more for name brand in general, but not twice as much.

It is just like those HP print cartridges that expire electronically.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2013 at 16:58 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (216 comments in total)
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jimkh: I don't understand this vague putdown of the RX100 and the RX100II with the "unengaging experience" tag. While this is obviously a very personal reaction by the reviewer it cries out for a more detailed explanation. What is "unengaging" and how do other cameras reflect engagement?

Jimkh

I have an RX100. Just try and turn the flash on and off between a few photos, and you'll see how unengaging it is. The shutter and power buttons are way too sensitive. There's no feel to the pre-focus. The camera strap mount blocks the usb (only 2.0) door which is required to charge the battery.

Pictures our of this camera are REALLY nice when you can hold it still enough. Without some protective grippy stickers on it you will drop it a lot. I had dust issues with mine as well which took two trips to Sony to resolve.

You also can't preview videos and images without changing between respective folders.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 21:34 UTC
On Roger Cicala gives Nikon D610 a clean bill of health news story (91 comments in total)
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Adrian Van: Sales just went up for the D610 after any potential buyers read this review from lensrentals, especially for anyone on the fence on whether to buy (...or rent from lensrentals).

Did not want a D600 because of issue. Now back on my consideration list for next purchase for D610, to upgrade from my D300s once I sell D300s privately. I need the great low light IQ of D610 more than the AF speed of a D300s, plus HD video nice to have.

DF is not even being considered for me, too pricey, and lacking some D610 features like video.

Don't forget the D800 matches the button layout of the D200/D300/D300S. I didn't think focusing speed would be an issue, but it was VERY noticeable. I compared my D300S and D600 side by side and confirmed that it was a huge difference using two prime lenses. The built in viewfinder cover and USB 3.0 are pretty darn nice.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 04:43 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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skyrunr: I've really wanted something like this for a long time. I wouldn't buy a camera without a built-in flash because quite often a little fill flash is all I need. Besides that, you want to at least be able to take a picture as good as a point and shoot at any time, seriously.

If they had only added a tilting touchscreen LCD! The contrast of having a retro look with an industry first for Nikon would be WONDERFUL and justify the price. Heck, make it removable and WIFI while you're at it. Think outside the box but make it look retro. While you're at it make it waterproof, but it doesn't necessarily have to be submerge-able.

Price it under $2,000 and we'd have the D400 we want so badly. Having gone from a D200 to D300S to a D600, I prefer the top left button combo-controls, so I ended up with a D800 and couldn't be happier with it. It SHOULD depreciate slower than the other models that are on yearly update cycles.

@Jack Well that is my opinion and I'm entitled to it. It isn't something I've seen anyone else mention which is why I posted it. I also had the top viewfinder mirror for the Nikkormat and it was great for capturing a different perspective. So there's a retro feature I've missed.

My D300S constantly got toggled to manual focus by accident and it is still a two handed process to change from 3D matrix focusing to spot focusing and back. A touchscreen could solve a lot of this and cleanup all of those extra buttons which ruin the retro look. It would also help the weather proofing aspect. The best thing about a tilting screen is that you don't have to tilt it, so why be so rude!?

It isn't like I"m talking about technology that doesn't exist either.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 21:57 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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skyrunr: I've really wanted something like this for a long time. I wouldn't buy a camera without a built-in flash because quite often a little fill flash is all I need. Besides that, you want to at least be able to take a picture as good as a point and shoot at any time, seriously.

If they had only added a tilting touchscreen LCD! The contrast of having a retro look with an industry first for Nikon would be WONDERFUL and justify the price. Heck, make it removable and WIFI while you're at it. Think outside the box but make it look retro. While you're at it make it waterproof, but it doesn't necessarily have to be submerge-able.

Price it under $2,000 and we'd have the D400 we want so badly. Having gone from a D200 to D300S to a D600, I prefer the top left button combo-controls, so I ended up with a D800 and couldn't be happier with it. It SHOULD depreciate slower than the other models that are on yearly update cycles.

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If you make the dials firm enough they don't need to lock and would be easier to use. I never had a problem with the 1967 Nikormat film camera I learned on changing settings on me.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 15:54 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

I've really wanted something like this for a long time. I wouldn't buy a camera without a built-in flash because quite often a little fill flash is all I need. Besides that, you want to at least be able to take a picture as good as a point and shoot at any time, seriously.

If they had only added a tilting touchscreen LCD! The contrast of having a retro look with an industry first for Nikon would be WONDERFUL and justify the price. Heck, make it removable and WIFI while you're at it. Think outside the box but make it look retro. While you're at it make it waterproof, but it doesn't necessarily have to be submerge-able.

Price it under $2,000 and we'd have the D400 we want so badly. Having gone from a D200 to D300S to a D600, I prefer the top left button combo-controls, so I ended up with a D800 and couldn't be happier with it. It SHOULD depreciate slower than the other models that are on yearly update cycles.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 15:54 UTC as 317th comment | 6 replies
On Preview:sony-cybershot-dsc-rx100-m2 (189 comments in total)
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stefanosensolini: Why in the pictures compared of the cameras, expecially the compact ones, DPREVIEW show always the cameras on, with the lens full out! Nobody will hold a camera in a pocket in that way, and since the reason people buys a
pocket camera that cost like a SLR is pocketability,the size compared with the cameras on is pointless; in this case the rx100 and fuji x10 seems similar in thickness, but if we cold see them off we probably would see a very different
pocketability!

Yes, that was the FIRST thing I looked for in the Fuji comparison photos!

Posted on Sep 21, 2013 at 01:39 UTC
On 64-bit Corel PaintShop Pro X6 now available news story (26 comments in total)

With an open mind I thought I'd check this out.

I work in software support, have over 8 years of experience working with hundreds of labs across the country, and thousands of professional photographers. I downloaded the X6 trail today. I added a folder 30 rather small JPG's and the program crashed. It wouldn't even start up. I uninstalled it, cleared my Windows registry, and then only installed the 32bit version. That ran and then did the same thing. Nice!

I go through FAQ's, online documentation, and then try to contact technical support. That didn't work so I contacted sales. They tell me that I'm using an "ONYX PIN" and not a support PIN. Keep in mind that this PIN is listed within the support box of my online account on their website. Of course because it is a trial I don't have a support PIN. I ask for a temporary one, and I get an apology.

Based on this experience I'm not likely to even consider a Corel product ever again.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 18:05 UTC as 4th comment

$200 pass... DIY

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2013 at 20:26 UTC as 33rd comment
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dmanthree: Pics aren't bad, but it's too bad that the camera is marooned in a Windows phone that nobody wants. It if isn't IOS or Andriod, forget it.

I'm VERY open minded when it comes to operating systems. I have used a Windows phone for over a month. When it comes to BASIC customization and apps, Windows Phone is by far the least productive of all. You can't even view more than 5-7 email messages at a time, change font sizes, snooze an event (for a few hours, day, or week a BASIC outlook function), and most "settings" pages are completely EMPTY!

You also can't sync to a desktop without a third party application or exchange server!

Activate a few live panels and watch your battery power drain away. Which you can't change the size, color, or layout of (yet).

These are all features I had in 2002 technology Palm OS 3.x. Not only that but I had a unknown caller ringtone, audio voicemail reminder, and an LED light I could see. The non-color back-lit LCD screen let me wait about two weeks with light phone use!

Then add RAW support, long press numbers and symbols, alternate keyboard (swipe) support, and you're back to Android.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 20:20 UTC

If ONLY turning the flash on and off wasn't so complicated (4 button presses and a pre-focus). A textured surface would also improve the feel considerably (Like a Canon 300HS in black.)

I've had 4 Canon mid-level point and shoots before my RX100, and NEVER experienced a dust on sensor problem. I also can't stand that all zoom point and shoots can't close focus at full telephoto. Often they focus through the focusing point letting you know it might be physically possible but you're going to miss the shot.

The menus could stand a major update; there's a balance between too many pages left/right and too much scrolling up/down which they need to consider. Or make a quick/custom menu section.

So many limitations on what the camera can do in what mode too, especially related to the dial. I don't regret the purchase, but I can't say I'd buy one for even more money unless all these issues were addressed.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2013 at 14:52 UTC as 14th comment
On Just Posted: Nikon D7100 In-depth Review news story (394 comments in total)
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Bram de Mooij: I wonder if the 51 point AF system is any better or equivalent to the system in my D300. I still wonder if it is worth 'upgrading' my D300 to D7100.

I bought a D5200 recently because of the swivel LCD and low weight compared to the D300, but I am in doubt of buying a D600 or D7100.
(Also own OM-D plus prime lenses).
Build in GPS and proper wifi remote options would mean a lot to me, but that seems a bit besides the point, since D5200, D600 and D7100 are all the same in this respect.

FYI: The D300S focuses much better than the D300. Enough for me to upgrade to the D300S at the time. The D600 did not focus as fast as my D300S with a prime lens in low light. Keep in mind the D7100 and D600 have an entirely different button layout than the D200/D300/D800. The user modes on the top dial is nice, but I MUCH prefer the ISO/WB/QUAL/BKT buttons on the top. I also think that all new DSLR's should have articulating LCD screens!

And the option to assign center focusing a function button for when 3D/Matrix locks onto the wrong subject.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2013 at 14:14 UTC
On Photojournalist unexpectedly documents domestic violence news story (269 comments in total)

Something is pretty clear to me that hasn't been mentioned yet. The photographer clearly knew what they were getting into. They should have been more prepared. Perhaps with pepper spray, a taser, knowledge of self defense, or some sort of protection. Not to mention video being a much better form of documentation for legal purposes.

Putting a camera on someone who obviously wants more attention, and is not worthy of it, only fuels the fire.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2013 at 16:31 UTC as 47th comment | 2 replies
On Adobe posts Lightroom 4.4 and ACR 7.4 release candidates news story (43 comments in total)

How about PNG support?!

I sure hope Adobe fixes the errors when you try to move multiple videos and the one with the preview showing will not move, and there is no dialog to ignore or resolve the issue.

Then remember what filters settings I set either globally or for each individual folder. Currently every time you change filters it resets to none. Absurd that they can't at least make these features optional.

I also can't stand the auto-eject card after importing images and video and that you can't move data on import even though it is greyed out just to tease you.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2013 at 04:09 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Camera Roundup news story (124 comments in total)
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schaki: Nice test, but really, why is not Ricoh GR Digital IV included? fixed focal length or not, it belongs to this group of capable compact cameras.
Hoping to get a good explanation from Dpreview staff and not some 'it is too old' or similar answer, as it still is an actual camera model from Ricoh in the waiting of the GRDV which should be announced in the first half of 2013.

Just go try and buy one. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2012 at 22:02 UTC
On Adobe releases Lightroom 4.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 news story (69 comments in total)

RAW issues are usually easy to work around. We would certainly benefit from DNG being standardized, but that just isn't going to happen. I'd like Lightroom to at least support the PNG format just so that I can catalog web images and screenshots along with my other photos.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2012 at 18:57 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 review news story (373 comments in total)

So what is with the BLURRY queen of hearts face on the card in the studio comparison photos? I also frequently check the batteries on the bottom left and those look more like motion blur. There are many other sections of the photo where the RX100 shines compared to the others.

As tempting as it is to go get one, I'm going to wait a year and buy it next Christmas for under $300. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2012 at 04:29 UTC as 18th comment
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