virtualkyr

virtualkyr

Lives in United States AL, United States
Works as a Mechanical Engineer
Has a website at www.kyleroot.com
Joined on Jul 6, 2012
About me:

Engineer by day, wedding and event video guy on the weekends, and hobbyist photo dude at other times.

I also tutor math and play progressive rock, guitar and keyboards.

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On article Pelican lightens up with Air cases (52 comments in total)

I've had my wheeled Pelican 1610 and regular carry 1510 for over 10 years now. Indeed, between the 2 of them loaded with gear, it's around 75lbs total. I would certainly welcome the idea of 40% weight reduction in the base case!

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 14:01 UTC as 28th comment
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Peter K Burian: They should be smaller and pocketable? Well, that aspect is already taken care of by cell phone cameras. .... Camera makers won't even try to compete with those, so larger, more versatile and capable of much better image quality makes sense as the development goal.

btw, we were on a Caribbean cruise with 2900 other people recently. We went ashore on islands and I watched to see what kind of camera they were using. Some days, I did not see a single person with a DSLR. Overall, I would say that 90% were using cell phone or iPad cameras. It was almost surprising to see a real camera in use ....... Scary for the industry.

... and when I post images of the kids online... parents are always like "Your pictures are so amazing and clear! How do you do that?"

lol

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 16:07 UTC
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Peter K Burian: They should be smaller and pocketable? Well, that aspect is already taken care of by cell phone cameras. .... Camera makers won't even try to compete with those, so larger, more versatile and capable of much better image quality makes sense as the development goal.

btw, we were on a Caribbean cruise with 2900 other people recently. We went ashore on islands and I watched to see what kind of camera they were using. Some days, I did not see a single person with a DSLR. Overall, I would say that 90% were using cell phone or iPad cameras. It was almost surprising to see a real camera in use ....... Scary for the industry.

I've noted this before... like when going to my daughter's chorus concerts or high school sports... the vast majority of parents are shooting with their iphones and ipads.. zoomed in from the back of the auditorium even.

I see very very few point and shoots and even less DSLRs.

I of course always bring my D750 and 70-200. lol

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 16:07 UTC
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brownie314: I have been slowly digesting what these new cams represent all day. I am dissapointed that Nikon did not produce these fast lenses for the 1 system. So there is that. But, other than that one complaint, these new cameras look effin sick. As long as you don't need lots of shallow dof these cameras blow away everything up to the pro level bodies. They destroy any entry level DX body in feature set. I am kinda digging them.

I'd spend $200 because I get very very good images out of my V1.

I've got the 6.7-13 and 10-100 lenses and I like that combo for travel. J5 with better sensor and better ISO performance would be welcome.

Plus, my V1 and 6.7 lens are my wedding processional safety shot for everyone coming down the aisle. (I film weddings primarily) The J5 is a cheaper upgrade than the DL 18-50, until the coming DL fire sale.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 03:25 UTC
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brownie314: I have been slowly digesting what these new cams represent all day. I am dissapointed that Nikon did not produce these fast lenses for the 1 system. So there is that. But, other than that one complaint, these new cameras look effin sick. As long as you don't need lots of shallow dof these cameras blow away everything up to the pro level bodies. They destroy any entry level DX body in feature set. I am kinda digging them.

I'd get a j5 for $200 if the fire sale happens.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 00:56 UTC

I see peaking applies to macro shooting... but does it apply to video? That's what I need to know.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 15:45 UTC as 62nd comment | 1 reply
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noflashplease: $500? Really? Why not just buy a Shanny or Yongnuo for around $100? These days, I even see professionals using Yongnuo speedlights.

Yeah I'm curious I just got a Yongnuo set of TXRX and 560IV flash... all for $100 basically and used that with my SB-700 at a wedding Friday. It worked like a champ.

I hope mine lasts more than a month!

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 02:35 UTC
On article CES 2016: Live from the Nikon press conference (76 comments in total)
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virtualkyr: I just got my D7200 delivered by UPS last night at 6 PM...

Oh well, it was only $899 so I don't feel too bad. lol

Based on my quick and dirty unscientific tests... this D7200 is actually a tad better in sharpness and low light performance than my D750.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 02:28 UTC
On article CES 2016: Live from the Nikon press conference (76 comments in total)

I just got my D7200 delivered by UPS last night at 6 PM...

Oh well, it was only $899 so I don't feel too bad. lol

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 19:48 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies
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virtualkyr: The Surface Pro 4 is slated to be announced next week I believe.

That would probably be a more reasonable solution for those looking to run full blown Adobe CC apps in a more travel friendly package, if size and weight are a concern.

Otherwise, of course a laptop is a better option, if nothing else for the ability to get a 15-17" screen size.

I'm not sure what you're saying there.

Laptops can be color calibrated.

The new surface pro 4 is rumored to have a color accurate/calibrated display as well.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2015 at 20:30 UTC
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virtualkyr: The Surface Pro 4 is slated to be announced next week I believe.

That would probably be a more reasonable solution for those looking to run full blown Adobe CC apps in a more travel friendly package, if size and weight are a concern.

Otherwise, of course a laptop is a better option, if nothing else for the ability to get a 15-17" screen size.

I'm not sure what you're saying there.

Laptops can be color calibrated.

The new surface pro 4 is rumored to have a color accurate/calibrated display as well.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2015 at 20:30 UTC
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Priaptor: You want a "tablet" to do real work, wait till Oct 6th and get the new Surface Pro 4, which is what the iPad Pro should have been.

If only Microsoft understood sooner how much more advanced their hardware was than Apples, we wouldn't have had to wait so long for the ultimate combination of Windows 10 and a Surface Pro 4 that perform real computer tasks, rather than apps

IMO, the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro series are not aimed at the casual user. And to some degree, that's why I'm confused about the limitation placed on the big iPad.

I think both companies realize that these 2 tablets are more specialized and will not see "mass" sales like a traditional tablet for the casual user.

I could be wrong though.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2015 at 15:31 UTC
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Priaptor: You want a "tablet" to do real work, wait till Oct 6th and get the new Surface Pro 4, which is what the iPad Pro should have been.

If only Microsoft understood sooner how much more advanced their hardware was than Apples, we wouldn't have had to wait so long for the ultimate combination of Windows 10 and a Surface Pro 4 that perform real computer tasks, rather than apps

IMO, the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro series are not aimed at the casual user. And to some degree, that's why I'm confused about the limitation placed on the big iPad.

I think both companies realize that these 2 tablets are more specialized and will not see "mass" sales like a traditional tablet for the casual user.

I could be wrong though.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2015 at 15:31 UTC
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Priaptor: You want a "tablet" to do real work, wait till Oct 6th and get the new Surface Pro 4, which is what the iPad Pro should have been.

If only Microsoft understood sooner how much more advanced their hardware was than Apples, we wouldn't have had to wait so long for the ultimate combination of Windows 10 and a Surface Pro 4 that perform real computer tasks, rather than apps

The Surface is a full blown computer that runs actual software, real world software. Not just a bunch of watered down apps. lol

If Adobe is somehow able to get full Adobe CC capabilities on iPad Pro, then that would be great.

Otherwise, Surface 3 or 4 is the way to go for content creators and enthusiasts who are tied into the Adobe Ecosystem on their desktops.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2015 at 14:41 UTC
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Priaptor: You want a "tablet" to do real work, wait till Oct 6th and get the new Surface Pro 4, which is what the iPad Pro should have been.

If only Microsoft understood sooner how much more advanced their hardware was than Apples, we wouldn't have had to wait so long for the ultimate combination of Windows 10 and a Surface Pro 4 that perform real computer tasks, rather than apps

The Surface is a full blown computer that runs actual software, real world software. Not just a bunch of watered down apps. lol

If Adobe is somehow able to get full Adobe CC capabilities on iPad Pro, then that would be great.

Otherwise, Surface 3 or 4 is the way to go for content creators and enthusiasts who are tied into the Adobe Ecosystem on their desktops.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2015 at 14:41 UTC

The Surface Pro 4 is slated to be announced next week I believe.

That would probably be a more reasonable solution for those looking to run full blown Adobe CC apps in a more travel friendly package, if size and weight are a concern.

Otherwise, of course a laptop is a better option, if nothing else for the ability to get a 15-17" screen size.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2015 at 14:38 UTC as 76th comment | 2 replies

The Surface Pro 4 is slated to be announced next week I believe.

That would probably be a more reasonable solution for those looking to run full blown Adobe CC apps in a more travel friendly package, if size and weight are a concern.

Otherwise, of course a laptop is a better option, if nothing else for the ability to get a 15-17" screen size.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2015 at 14:38 UTC as 76th comment | 2 replies
On Connect post Facebook launches 360 degree video (15 comments in total)

We are now shooting 360 wedding videos.

Just the rig and gear to shoot it was about $2,400. All for youtube. lol

Glad FB is now supporting it too.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2015 at 00:06 UTC as 6th comment
On article Facebook launches 360 degree video (15 comments in total)

We are now shooting 360 wedding videos.

Just the rig and gear to shoot it was about $2,400. All for youtube. lol

Glad FB is now supporting it too.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2015 at 00:06 UTC as 6th comment
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virtualkyr: I'll tell you some anecdotal stories.

This past year, we had a foreign exchange student from Finland (she was 17) live with us. When it came time for their special USA excursion to their choice of locations (NYC, LA, Hawaii...) she chose to go to Hawaii.

Before she came over, her parents had gotten her a nice Canon Rebel DSLR.

When it came time to go for her trip, she opted to not take the DSLR and only took her iPhone because it was easier and smaller.

Our daughter (16), and all her friends love taking pictures... with their iphones... for instagram and FB. This is the upcoming generation. "Good enough" syndrome. And indeed, the iPhone is capable of taking amazing pictures.

I see what you're saying. Maybe amazing wasn't quite right.

It will be interesting to see if Apple starts allowing some kind of RAW format to be shot with the phone... and if they can increase the size of the lens and sensor as well in the coming years.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 00:15 UTC
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