Kabe Luna

Kabe Luna

Lives in United States Seattle, WA, United States
Works as a Grapher Designer + Photographer
Joined on Sep 25, 2006

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On Sigma USB Dock quick review article (139 comments in total)
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Thomas Kachadurian: It is impossible to make every lens match every camera given today's high resolution. This is the best solution.

Yes, until the subject starts moving.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 21:29 UTC
On Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Preview preview (347 comments in total)

I'm so excited to see Sigma really delivering the goods with its current generation of lenses. The 50/1.4 EX (optically) and 35/1.4 DG (mechanically and optically) are both so great I have purchased not for their price but for their performance. If I were an APS-C shooter, I'd get this zoom in a heartbeat.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 18:39 UTC as 19th comment

Maybe this will work out for Adobe, but it won't get my continued patronage. I have never upgraded every 18 months because the updates aren't typically significant for the work I do, so a subscription actually will cost me MORE money than an outright purchase amortized over 24-36 months. I'll replace InDesign with QuarkXPress (thank goodness they managed to persevere) or whatever the best option is at the time I need new capabilities. Photoshop? Hardly use it anymore, but there are enough image editing programs out there to handle what I do use it for. Illustrator has always sucked (too bad Adobe bought Macromedia to kill Freehand, which was a far superior illustration software). And if Lightroom goes down the same road at some point, I've got Aperture and Capture One Pro. The integration of the Creative Suite has been convenient and mostly efficient this last decade, but its not so great that I'll have this subscription service forced down my throat. Cya, Adobe!!

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 16:08 UTC as 233rd comment | 1 reply
On David East: Stills photography with a GoPro article (29 comments in total)

mook360, what do you feel is inherently more beautiful or different about these images compared to any other fisheye/ultra wideangle photos? The subject matter isn't particularly novel, nor is the lighting and/or mood evoked. Just wondering about the basis of your comment.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2013 at 20:46 UTC as 17th comment

In twenty-plus years of shooting, I've only suffered theft once–and it was by far because of my own carelessness. I don't need (or want) Nikon or Canon or any other manufacturer to protect me from myself or any potential miscreants because, honestly, what are the chances that the thief will know (or care) that all my gear is "registered" and, therefore, unusable to anyone but him. Likely by the time that happens, it's already been stolen (and maybe I've been assaulted in the process). So, other than the inconvenience of yet another password to remember (and/or forget), what *really* does this gain me?

And let's be honest–what electronic security systems can't be defeated by a knowledgeable and motivated enough person?

Yet another reason to stay away from further investment in Nikon gear.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2013 at 15:26 UTC as 24th comment

Maybe ultimately he'll produce a set of strong images, but the ones currently on display warrant neither the expense of the setup nor the aggravation afflicted upon the subjects. I wonder if these will have a life beyond the digital realm where the appetite for editorial content is voracious, opening the door for 10 minutes of publicity for just about anyone.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2013 at 17:25 UTC as 31st comment

Why in the world would I want to make full resolution images freely available to the public?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2013 at 20:05 UTC as 17th comment | 5 replies
On Samsung launches Galaxy S4 superphone post (108 comments in total)

Smart pause is creepy. The only way that works is if the front facing camera is always leering at you, using facial recognition to know when you're not facing the screen. Who knows what privacy-averse Google is doing with that video stream. No thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 18:03 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies

Nearly double the cost of the outgoing lens? Fantasy pricing for this slow lens - unless, that is, build and optical quality are beyond reproach. We'll have to see.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2013 at 08:21 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies

Yikes on the price for this slow optic! IQ had better be beyond reproach across the zoom range for that price.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2013 at 08:09 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D7100 Hands-on Preview preview (492 comments in total)

I wonder why they (rather unconvincingly) faked the "In Your Hand" photos rather than just take pictures of the camera in the hand? Think they didn't actually have a D7100 to preview?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2013 at 04:47 UTC as 142nd comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D7100 Hands-on Preview preview (492 comments in total)
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EDWARD ARTISTE: Canon just got served. Look at that base price for the body. WOWO.

Seriously contemplating going Canon + Nikon...who the f wants to wait months for an overpriced, feature cut 70d.

Oh, one more thing- Nikon has raised prices in the past before a launch. With the reaction this cam is going to get, its always a possibility.

Good show, nikon.

Hard to know if Canon has been "served" without knowing the specification of the 60D replacement. But this certainly does eclipse the 60D in most respects. As it should, being three years newer.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 17:20 UTC

Ha! This is why I keep my images on my own private web site, and share images with those I want to specifically via FTP. Anytime you put your photos–and other sensitive information, now that "the Cloud" is all the rage–you take a risk.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2013 at 21:00 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies
On App tutorial: Give portraits depth with HDR feel post (41 comments in total)

Ha! "HDR" is an acronym for "High Dynamic Range," which is actually what you started with (well, relative to the end result). What you've ended up with here is, more accurately, "LDR."

Also, blocked shadows, blown highlights and loss of significant subject detail–not to mention poor composition–do not "depth" make. Adding depth would ostensibly involve revealing more detail at the extremes of the tonal range, not less.

Purely as a portrait, blocking the shadows so that the environment is lost, while also losing the subjects eyes in the dense black pools under his brow, weakens the image greatly. Unless, that is, the subject is the texture of his skin, which you have amplified prodigiously.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2013 at 17:00 UTC as 6th comment

I'm mystified by the 18-35/3.5-4.5 – a focal length range that was exciting when introduced back in 2000 but today seems terribly pedestrian. And for the premium, and having to suffer the variable max aperture, it'd better be optically pristine.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2013 at 08:06 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies
On Hands-on with Nikon V2 article (454 comments in total)

In this case, form follows function to a catastrophic end: The 1 system cameras, in general, are as homely as Nikon's DSLRs are generally handsome, and this V2 is the homeliest yet, looking like the b@st@rd child of a Coolpix 990 and V1. By far, the most visually unappealing camera I've seen since the T-series Canons of the mid-80s. The stylists and sculptors of this thing must have been made to work in the dark. Yuck. If a camera is going to have such a prominent viewfinder bump, why not fit a semi-transmissive mirror and an optical (or at least hybrid) viewfinder? Sure, you'd lose a little light and, possible, degrade the IQ a little bit, but with such a tiny sensor, it's not like image quality is the priority or anything, right?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2012 at 15:51 UTC as 36th comment
On Leaving my DSLR at home: An iPhone experiment post (171 comments in total)

If the camera of my iPhone 4 didn't deliver images with a prominent green blob in the center, I might actually consider using it for all my casual photography. But, it does produce said central green tint. Apple wants me to jump through all kinds of hoops before they even acknowledge the problem, even though I have noticed that many iPhone 4 cameras have the same flaw. It's not worth the trouble for me to go through the song and dance with Apple. If I want a high quality pocket camera, there are far better choices anyway than the iPhone.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2012 at 23:10 UTC as 40th comment
On The iPad Workflow post (76 comments in total)

Longtime Apple user here. The cost of an iPad, given it's usefulness/functionality (or lack thereof) is just silly. Which is why I don't own one and can't foresee doing so in the near future. And why in the world would anyone interject an iPad into their workflow as an intermediate device when there are tools less expensive and more capable that can accommodate a photographer's workflow start to finish? I don't get it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2012 at 23:05 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On Sony09_10-18_DSC099 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Distinct lack of textural detail thanks to heavy-handed noise reduction. I'd like to see what RAW conversions look like, because these JPEGs are far too artificial-looking for my taste.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2012 at 22:29 UTC as 1st comment
On Canon EOS 6D preview (1035 comments in total)
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Pritzl: I would have traded the built-in wifi/GPS in a heart-beat for a few more cross-type AF points, a few more fps, on-board flash, a 100% view-finder with a transmissive screen and an articulating rear LCD screen. Yes, I know that would have probably cost a lot more, but for that spec, I would happily shell out the difference.

Come to think of it, those specs sound a lot like the 7D, even if it is <i>only</i> APS-C. Throw in an articulating screen and a better sensor (ISO and DR-wise) and Canon might have a winner on their hands. If there is a mark II in the works along those lines I wouldn't mind waiting.

Only problem is you can't readily get specialist focusing screenings with transmissive LCD finders that are user-interchangeable–say, for instance, one designed for easy manual focusing. This is important because the stock screen isn't accurate for focusing at all, in my experience. I'm happy Canon have kept at least one current full framer with user-interchangeable focusing screens. If I needed to manually focus, the 6D is the one I would choose.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2012 at 10:26 UTC
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