RedDog Steve

RedDog Steve

Lives in United States Music City, TN, United States
Works as a In-house print shop
Joined on Aug 28, 2012


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On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (131 comments in total)
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Nokaoi: Nice review. Very informative. I wished you had included the Slik Mini-Pro III and the MeFoto Daytrip. I think those would be worthy contenders.

I have an old Pentax tabletop tripod that borrows the Leica tabletop tripod design concept. However, I find that it's a bit difficult to pack because it's angled legs and ballhead make for an awkward package. Sturdy though.

I just got the Slik Mini II.
overkill for a tabletop but the price is right

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 20:55 UTC
On Going solo: DxO introduces 20MP 'ONE' connected camera article (124 comments in total)

No flash, no zoom, Apple/iphone only ?
next ...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 14:04 UTC as 50th comment
On ... you too! in the Fuji Fish Fry challenge (4 comments in total)

Taken in a time machine ?

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 01:05 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
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Gesture: Once again, this is why camera makers (although these are under $1,000) should have official recalls and technical service bulletins as the automakers do.

Auto makers have recalls because a defect can kill people.
I've not heard of someone being injured by poor image quality.
That does hurt to look at, though. ;->

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 08:38 UTC
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pidera: As pointed out by others, the summarizing phrase "There are three factors that affect how much light is available for your sensor to capture: your shutter speed, f-number and the size of your sensor." is a bit unambitious. Shutter speed and physical aperture do the trick, no need to bring in sensor size except for the fact that sensor size and available options for physical apertures are somewhat linked (albeit more in the past than now).

Richard, I think you succeeded. Very digestible read without being too simplified. Anyone with any "left-brain" at all will have followed easily. Looking forward to part II.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2015 at 02:17 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know article (493 comments in total)

Nice grip.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2015 at 19:46 UTC as 7th comment
On A Compact PEN: Olympus Stylus SH-2 Hands-on article (150 comments in total)
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Zigmont: Make it a 24 to, say, 140 mm max with f2.8-4.0 and I'm interested. 600mm lens? Really? And other than marketing, the reason for that is...?

I guarantee no one can hold this thing steady at that range, multi-axis stabilization or not.

Anything over about 140mm or so is unnecessary for a travel camera. I've traveled the world multiple times with many point and shoots from back in the B&W film days until now and never found the need for anything over 120mm. Most shots taken at wide angle to 70mm or so.

600mm (equiv) would require a tripod thereby defeating the usefulness of "pocket"
Millimeter wars is the new megapixel wars.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 05:41 UTC
On For the family album in the Look at the Birdie! challenge (23 comments in total)
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tedolf: I hope that this is a family member.

This is a very unflattering/derogatory pose for a woman.

"Birdie" is also a derogatory word for a woman in UK affiliated countries.


"Look at the Birdie" is the first phrase I associated with photography, at probably the same age as the subject in the photo in the photo.
I think she's ready to go grab the kid before he falls, I doubt it's a "pose".
Note the heels.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 06:43 UTC

Note that Panny is still using the 2 different stabilizing systems: Mega OIS on the macro and Power OIS on the portrait lens.
Curious, since these are both primes and not all that far apart in FL.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 02:00 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
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princecody: Is the Panasonic 42.5mm a mini Nocticron or an alternative to the Olympus 45mm (which I returned because of the akward focal length compared to the Nocticron & cheap feel)?

Isn't the 85-100mm (equiv) range the ideal portrait FL ?
The Oly 45 may have its quirks but awkward FL isn't one of them.
Maybe the 75mm is awkward ?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 01:27 UTC

I would have liked f1.4 for the portrait lens, but still, nice to have as a choice priced well below the "Leica".
Stabilized too !

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 01:24 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
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PicOne: Can't they just decide what brand and name they want to use..? Getting old with the Ricoh announces the latest Pentax yadda yadda. "Ricoh's Pentax Q-Mount Roadmap".. is this all really necessary?

Kinda like saying "Procter and Gamble"s Crest Toothpaste Cool Mint"..

Nice to put out a roadmap though. nice idea I wish more companies did.

Nobody calls a Lincoln a "Ford Lincoln".
It's Pentax plain and simple.

Was it ever called "Hoya Pentax" ?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 00:12 UTC
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AshMills: Other than body size and lens size, can someone explain why a FF mirrorless should not have DSLR flange depth? That's all I want- an om4- sized full frame, silent, G mount, Nikon mirrorless.

Pentax K01.
Without the mirror there is a lot of wasted space behind the flange.
Space that can be compressed to make the body smaller if there is no need for backward compatibility for lenses.
It's either a deep body or redesigned lenses/mount.
There's no free lunch.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 02:29 UTC

I don't think the Canon "M" line was even taken seriously by DPR.
A listing for the M2 is nowhere to be found.
The fact that the M3 won't be marketed to the US only reinforces the impression of lack-o-commitmentitis.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 23:49 UTC as 113th comment | 2 replies
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babart: Considering the $2500 price of the two new zooms, I'm ever so glad to have purchased a used a7 (one kilobuck) and an adapter ($50) for all my Pentax "full-frame" lenses from the film days, from 20 to 400mm. I'm set. Except for auto focus. (Have that on the APS-C K-5.) Beats waiting for another brick of an SLR that charts out at about 4 grand for one camera and one lens. I was hoping for a mirrorless from Pentax, and they missed their chance by not putting a full-frame sensor in that ugly little toy camera they produced a couple years ago. Those would have sold like hotcakes. However, I am happy to see that Pentax isn't going to fade away. They've made some excellent -- and practical -- cameras since the mid-twentieth century. Glad I save all that legacy glass.

While I question some of the recent overly styled faddish designs, at least they are putting out product that attempts to capture market share. Having (for example) a 645 says "we are serious" and having the flashing lights and neo-industrial design says "hey kids". As long as in the end the product works as stated.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 17:03 UTC
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RichardBalonglong: It's time for me to save and have funding for this full frame Pentax before its release at the end of this year... I'm going to put up a Lemonade Stand... Lots and lots of Lemonade Stands to include the funding for the two new lenses..! LOL! =)

Let's hope the lemons stay in the lemonade and out of the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 16:57 UTC
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Howard: Amazing that they are still in business.

The name's been sold a few times but it's nice to see Ricoh make the commitment to keeping it "real".

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 16:37 UTC
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Petroglyph: This is the same as RIcoh released the 645Z. They showed a prototype (concept camera) at CP+ last year and the 645Z was available by summer 2014. I still expect the final model of the new FF to be available in the summer 2015 but they've given themselves some leeway by saying sometime in the year. Likely features; high resolution FF sensor with optional 'crop mode', fully WR sealed body on an all metal frame (magnesium & stainless steel), similar ergonomics to other Pentax cameras, 3-position AA-simulator (off, low, high), In-body image stabilization, TaV mode, astro tracker OGPS, diffraction correction (jpeg), 8 fps burst, 14bit lossless raw compression, industry leading dynamic range, compatibility with about 65 million lenses, temperature operating range -10 to 45 C , 200000 mtbf shutter, 1/8000 shutter. etc. Also likely about 8 more lenses by 2016. What an interesting camera news day.

The crop mode will likely be a major bullet point, since so much recent Kmount glass only fits the smaller circle.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 03:57 UTC
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microbi: years to late!
i switched to nikon 4 years ago – im still happy
with the body (700/750) and lenses.
a mirrorless ff-body should be the better choice!

Haha, NO !
Still have all my SMC and keeping it for now ;->

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 03:48 UTC
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microbi: years to late!
i switched to nikon 4 years ago – im still happy
with the body (700/750) and lenses.
a mirrorless ff-body should be the better choice!

Oh, I'd expect mirrorless to follow.
Think K01.
It's that flange-back distance that's the gottcha when designing for an existing mount.
Does the K-mount deserve a mirrorless FF body ?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 01:19 UTC
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