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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I like the new white.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 02:07 UTC as 86th comment
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backupgeek: If they had less ads, I would actually be able to see posts from people I follow.

I see ads regularly on IG. All the time actually.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 19:36 UTC

Just what I need! Lol

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2016 at 01:45 UTC as 2nd comment
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chkproductions: Several years back I read an article where the most important factor in a consumer making a decision to purchase is from a "trusted friend", someone they personally know. I assume this influencer thing is an attempt to replicate this factor. But the lack of trust that people have with information and commentary outside of their immediate sphere of trusted relationships dooms any real lasting value of purchase manipulation through "influencers". Influencers is just the most current "technique" that will go away and be replaced - much like the technique of the moment in photography styles get replace with the next.

But the real issue to me is this - most everyday people have come to realize they just have too much "stuff" nowadays. They don't need anymore. How many microwave ovens do you really need in your lifetime? And any amount of "influence" isn't going to make you buy more.

You know my parents still have a GE toaster from like the 70s.. still going strong and making great toast!

As for me, I've gone through about 3 or 4 toasters. lol

Link | Posted on May 24, 2016 at 15:59 UTC
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Ross the Fidller: I'll stick with my much better & useful Lowepro Flipside 400 AW (with smaller models for those that want it that way). The only downside with that design is a lack of space for a laptop, but how often would you want that when all you need are cameras, lenses, flashes etc for a number of occasions. The laptop could be in its own bag & left at the hotel (or home), if that is what the day use of the camera bag is.
http://store.lowepro.com/flipside-400-aw

This is why I got the Tenba Roadie for travel as it holds all my camera stuff, room for some personal stuff, and up to a 17" laptop.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1061071-REG/tenba_638_319_roadie_hdslr_video_backpack_22.html

Link | Posted on May 12, 2016 at 20:31 UTC
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Pitchertaker: This Manfrotto bag's features are almost what I want in a second bag, which I'm searching for now.

My entire EM-1 kit fits inside my Lowepro Flipside Sport 10L AW (EM-1, grip, 12, 17, 45, chargers, cables, batteries, cleaning kit, memory, etc.,) and there's room for me to attach a tripod or trekking poles. The hydration reservoir is about the only useless space. I love its built-in rain cover and how flipping it around I can open and access gear without setting it on the ground.

The only problem with this bag is there's no room for me! No room to carry anything personal, I mean. I'm looking for a pack that can carry all of this gear securely in one place while leaving me room to carry more personal items like: lunch, windbreaker, phone,

I want pretty much the same features offered by my Lowepro (wearable rain cover, body-side access) but with the ability to use a portion of the pack for myself.

I'm thinking maybe the Think Tank Urban Approach 15?

Suggestions?

This manfrotto bag is somewhat similar to the Tenba Roadie. I picked this backpack up a few months ago and LOVE it. It has tons or room and goes everywhere I go now.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1061071-REG/tenba_638_319_roadie_hdslr_video_backpack_22.html

Link | Posted on May 12, 2016 at 20:29 UTC
On article Pelican lightens up with Air cases (53 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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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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