skyrunr

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

D7100 P7700, HS300IS - STILL waiting for a D400 or D750 in a D800 body!
SOLD DSLR's: D70, D300, D300S, D600, D800
SOLD P&S: RX100, RICOH GR
Nikon 28mm/1.8G, 24-85VR/f3.5-4.5, 35-70mm/2.8D, 50mm/1.4, 180mm/2.8
Arca-Swiss Monoball p1
PT Carbon Tripod (awesome buy from ronthemon2, ebay)
LowePro FB 250 (near perfect + PC, but no tripod rig!)
MountainSmith Paragon Backpack (awesome weekender)
I sure miss my D70 and 35-70mm/2.8 with Macro!

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On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1935 comments in total)
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AnHund: "This is good news, although for D800 shooters it might leave a slightly bitter taste in the mouth (there's really no reason why the D800's JPEGs couldn't look sharper, too with tweaked firmware)."

Despite a nice and fair review the above statement is complete nonsense imho. The jpgs can be very, very sharp from the d800, but I'm not sure who would ever shoot jpegs with any of the D8xx series, well yes, I think Ken Rockwell would :-)

IMHO it is spot on. I owned the D800 for eight months. There is NO reason why it shouldn't render JPG's, or why they can't address that in firmware.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 11:30 UTC
On article Nikon D7100 In-Depth Review (118 comments in total)
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Westmill: Actions speak louder than words..... Just ordered a second body :)
Sigma 18-35 F1.8 on one body and the Sigma 50-150 F2.8 on the other !
Also ordered the 18-140 as a walkabout for when I am not in the mood for carrying a lot of weight :)
Still waiting for the D400 though... grrrrrr Please wake up NIKON !!!!!!!

There's another BIG advantage to DX. The focusing points cover/spread into the 1/3 area of the viewfinder. Why not a D610? The 39pt versus 51pt IS very noticeable.

It also doesn't have the pro (D200/D300S/D700/D3/D4) body layout. The D300S I came from toasted the D610 in low light focusing. I had a D800 for a little while, but it was too valuable (expensive) to take everywhere.

I ended up with the D7100. It wasn't my first choice, but for the money (refurbished) I couldn't be happier with it.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2014 at 21:39 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review (862 comments in total)
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turvyT: The review continuosly emphasizes this idea: "In terms of pocketability, the RX100 III is tremendous - it's considerably smaller than anything else that comes close to it in terms of image quality." which is simply not true. Ricoh GR (APSC) is smaller and with a clearly better image quality. To cite one. It doesn'y have EVF, it's fixed phocal, but in terms of IQ there is no doubt. Dpreview repeated statement should be revised.

...I still prefer my P7700 which is a much better value even though it isn't pocketable. It can be sluggish and if you hold another button (they are all over the place) by accident the shutter won't release. The delayed on/off button can be annoying, but the RX100's (too sensitive) caused the camera to frequently turn on when I put it away or set it down.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 13:24 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review (862 comments in total)
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turvyT: The review continuosly emphasizes this idea: "In terms of pocketability, the RX100 III is tremendous - it's considerably smaller than anything else that comes close to it in terms of image quality." which is simply not true. Ricoh GR (APSC) is smaller and with a clearly better image quality. To cite one. It doesn'y have EVF, it's fixed phocal, but in terms of IQ there is no doubt. Dpreview repeated statement should be revised.

I currently own the Ricoh GR and previously owned the RX100. The GR is a bit longer and found it less pocket friendly. There is a Ruggard case that fits perfectly which overall is easier to access than an RX100 in a similar pouch. You'll also avoid dust from pocket lint. My RX100 experienced dust on the sensor within 10 months of light use. I've owned Canon IS300's for years without a single spec.

Worth mentioning, a few of the buttons stick out on the back. The exposure compensation buttons gets pressed accidentally all the time. Reviewing images on a Ricoh GR is futile without image preview. It also can't zoom in on JPG images without heavy pixelation.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 13:23 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review (862 comments in total)
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skyrunr: Can you please test/review turning the flash on and off (flash fill specifically) quickly? I had the original RX100 for a year and this drove me crazy. First you had to enable the flash in a menu, then half-press the shutter, then it would pop-up, then you could take a photo.

Keep in mind this is something my $99 IS300 does more quickly (without an OK confirmation too, like Nikon still does). I'd much rather have a fully articulating screen or touchscreen than a tilt or EVF.

Did I mention the shutter had no feel and was too sensitive? Have they improved the half press detent? I can't for the life of me figure out why we haven't gotten rid of or vastly improved shutter buttons yet. On small cameras they are a major cause of camera shake. I'd didn't care for the shutter location on this model. I'd rather it be out farther. My Android phone takes photos with a whistle. Don't knock it until you try it. ;)

@dpmaxwell Thank you, and thank you for answering my other question in another reply a few minutes later. I didn't mean to be disjointed, and I try not to rant about $800 cameras I want to really enjoy. ;)

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 14:50 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review (862 comments in total)
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MarcusGR: "if it had a credible rival, there's every chance the RX100 M3 wouldn't get a Gold award" ...
Well, then you 'goldened' it just in time before it was too late !
Panasonic LX8 is rumored to be just behind the corner, and its - again rumored - specifications should make it a very credible rival !!
It that's confirmed, RX100 III price-tag should soon reflect it as well ...

@Paul I've felt that way about Sony products for a LONG time. Perhaps since the first tiny pen-like MP3 players featuring amazing technology along with sky high pricing, crippling UI, proprietary cables, proprietary memory, required software, and net-nanny licensing.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 14:11 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review (862 comments in total)
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skyrunr: Can you please test/review turning the flash on and off (flash fill specifically) quickly? I had the original RX100 for a year and this drove me crazy. First you had to enable the flash in a menu, then half-press the shutter, then it would pop-up, then you could take a photo.

Keep in mind this is something my $99 IS300 does more quickly (without an OK confirmation too, like Nikon still does). I'd much rather have a fully articulating screen or touchscreen than a tilt or EVF.

Did I mention the shutter had no feel and was too sensitive? Have they improved the half press detent? I can't for the life of me figure out why we haven't gotten rid of or vastly improved shutter buttons yet. On small cameras they are a major cause of camera shake. I'd didn't care for the shutter location on this model. I'd rather it be out farther. My Android phone takes photos with a whistle. Don't knock it until you try it. ;)

With the long lens extension on start-up they are VERY prone to dust so be sure to get an extended warranty.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 14:03 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review (862 comments in total)

Can you please test/review turning the flash on and off (flash fill specifically) quickly? I had the original RX100 for a year and this drove me crazy. First you had to enable the flash in a menu, then half-press the shutter, then it would pop-up, then you could take a photo.

Keep in mind this is something my $99 IS300 does more quickly (without an OK confirmation too, like Nikon still does). I'd much rather have a fully articulating screen or touchscreen than a tilt or EVF.

Did I mention the shutter had no feel and was too sensitive? Have they improved the half press detent? I can't for the life of me figure out why we haven't gotten rid of or vastly improved shutter buttons yet. On small cameras they are a major cause of camera shake. I'd didn't care for the shutter location on this model. I'd rather it be out farther. My Android phone takes photos with a whistle. Don't knock it until you try it. ;)

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 14:03 UTC as 204th comment | 12 replies
On article Nikon D7100 In-Depth Review (118 comments in total)
In reply to:

TimAZ: To be perfect for class the D7100 needs three things:
* Tiltable touch screen (ala D5300, EOS 70D, EM1, XT1, et al)
* Onboard WiFi
* Onboard GPS
Will we see D7200 at Photokina 2014? Got fingers crossed...

and USB 3.0!

Link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 15:09 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review (707 comments in total)
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white shadow: Being the second generation of the G1X, I am very disappointed with this "upgrade" model. I am expecting a much better compact camera from Canon.

Having handled the camera recently, I must say I agree with almost all the points highlighted by DPR. I am using the G12 at the moment for casual photography and I think I will keep that for a while.

For about the same price, one can get the Oly EP-5 or maybe save some money with the Lumix GF6. Though it may not be as "compact", I think the overall feel and quality is much better. Once fitted with the upcoming Leica 15mm f/1.8, it will be almost "perfect" with the option to change lens if one wanted to. Price has never being an issue with me if the quality is close to "perfect" but I am not getting that with the G1X Mk2.

Hmm! ......maybe the Ricoh GR is not that bad as a carry everywhere camera despite it has just a fixed lens and that is very pocketable as well.

PSS ...and changing between video and photos in the GR in the dark is nearly impossible. Even once changed the buttons are so sensitive that my videos always stop recording after 3sec. Even being aware of the issue I've lost many key moments and that happened again last week. The RX100 can't show you a photo and video in review without having to change 'folders' Then the P7700 shutter won't work if you are touching one of the buttons by accident. PROGRESS Sorry for ranting.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 14:30 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review (707 comments in total)
In reply to:

white shadow: Being the second generation of the G1X, I am very disappointed with this "upgrade" model. I am expecting a much better compact camera from Canon.

Having handled the camera recently, I must say I agree with almost all the points highlighted by DPR. I am using the G12 at the moment for casual photography and I think I will keep that for a while.

For about the same price, one can get the Oly EP-5 or maybe save some money with the Lumix GF6. Though it may not be as "compact", I think the overall feel and quality is much better. Once fitted with the upcoming Leica 15mm f/1.8, it will be almost "perfect" with the option to change lens if one wanted to. Price has never being an issue with me if the quality is close to "perfect" but I am not getting that with the G1X Mk2.

Hmm! ......maybe the Ricoh GR is not that bad as a carry everywhere camera despite it has just a fixed lens and that is very pocketable as well.

...Obviously I've spent a ton of money on gear over the years searching for a great point and shoot and am left wanting my Coolpix 950 back! Even a D800's liveview was incredibly disappointing.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 14:23 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review (707 comments in total)
In reply to:

white shadow: Being the second generation of the G1X, I am very disappointed with this "upgrade" model. I am expecting a much better compact camera from Canon.

Having handled the camera recently, I must say I agree with almost all the points highlighted by DPR. I am using the G12 at the moment for casual photography and I think I will keep that for a while.

For about the same price, one can get the Oly EP-5 or maybe save some money with the Lumix GF6. Though it may not be as "compact", I think the overall feel and quality is much better. Once fitted with the upcoming Leica 15mm f/1.8, it will be almost "perfect" with the option to change lens if one wanted to. Price has never being an issue with me if the quality is close to "perfect" but I am not getting that with the G1X Mk2.

Hmm! ......maybe the Ricoh GR is not that bad as a carry everywhere camera despite it has just a fixed lens and that is very pocketable as well.

I have a GR (P7700 and RX100) it fails to focus, fails to turn on, often prevents changing flash on/off, and the exposure compensation gets changed by accident all the time. You can't zoom in on a photo in review and it has no preview. In review there are 3-4 buttons in review that do the same thing and they can't be changed. It is hardly a decent action/kids/pets point and shoot (confirmed in most online reviews), but I've gotten some amazing 5,000ISO handheld street shots out of it. It struggles to focus and my 300HS continues to be the best all around point and shoot including video. Oh, that also locks up and I have to reset it once a month.

The GR is oddly long, but certainly not as bulky as the G1XmII or P7700. I like that the P7700 can use a flash but it doesn't meter or white balance well with either an sb400 or sb600. Turning the flash on and off on an RX100 is futile and it is a dust magnet.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 14:23 UTC
On article Review: Ona Lima camera strap (148 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.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 19:16 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On article Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested (286 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.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 16:37 UTC as 87th comment
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(unknown member): 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.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2013 at 16:58 UTC
On article Enthusiast compact camera roundup (2013) (236 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.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 21:34 UTC
On article Roger Cicala gives Nikon D610 a clean bill of health (92 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.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 04:43 UTC
On article 64-bit Corel PaintShop Pro X6 now available (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.

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

$200 pass... DIY

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2013 at 20:26 UTC as 33rd comment
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