Scales USA

Scales USA

Lives in United States Spokane, WA, United States
Works as a Electrical Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2007


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I see this as Apple's view of the demise of DSLR's in favor of the cameras on smart phones. They are right, sales of high end cameras are dropping, so Apple is just anticipating that their users will be making simple edits with their Iphone images.

Fortunately, there are other choices and for a few dollars, ACDSEE Ultimate 8 does everything and even has layers. I use Lightroom / Photoshop, but I have used ACDSEE for simple edits for years, in fact, since before the world wide web. I bought their flagship version last weekend for $49. Its quite capable and, like Lightroom, it has a database to keep track of your images.

My only gripe is that ACDSEE has been slow to update their RAW support for new camera models.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 04:32 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply

I came away with the impression that he really knows his product and about the tradeoffs in designs.

Its kind of refreshing to read as opposed to business types that only talk generalities and know products only at a high level.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 18:07 UTC as 9th comment

Like Black Silicone, the press release sounds like someone applying for more taxpayer grants. Diffractive optics does pretty much the same thing.

Lenses can be made shorter, but the aperture and focal length determines the diameter.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 02:51 UTC as 4th comment

I have a eye-fi pro, and use it with my 5D MK III. Its a great card. The speed of a wi-fi connection and the signal strength makes a big difference to upload speeds. I updated my wi-fi hotspots to high speed professional grade units and compared signal strength using free software. They are much faster and do not drop out like my router based all in one units do. I was also able to select a channel where there was no interference, that speeded up the transfer as well.

By the time I'm finished taking photos and return to my computer for editing, jpegs are already there. Raws take a little longer.

I'm considering one of the new units, but if the cut prices on the pro model, I might grab another.

I like being able to pop the same card into any of my cameras with a SD slot and it just works, no need to change the setup or fool around.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2015 at 18:15 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

expect lots of lawsuits. They will likely go bankrupt as a result.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 04:55 UTC as 24th comment | 8 replies

All they need to do is purchase it!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 23:47 UTC as 31st comment | 11 replies
On Lytro sheds jobs as it shifts focus to video article (506 comments in total)

I haven't bought one, because I see no practical use. Its a nice technology demonstrator, but so far, I see no use to justify the expense. Same for video. I don't use VR, so I have no opinion there.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 02:09 UTC as 74th comment
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1915 comments in total)

As a Canon owner, I'm not really worried about buying from Canon or Nikon, all cameras have a personality, and the most important thing is the response from the manufacturer when a issue is discovered.

I do think that some go overboard about a almost undetectable issue.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2015 at 03:16 UTC as 98th comment | 1 reply
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1457 comments in total)

Before I went from APS-C, I made a list of lenses that would be good on both FF and APS-C cameras. The 15mm FE, 24-105mm L, 100mm Macro, 70-200mm f/4 L IS, along with my 17-55mm EF-s.

After buying that first 5D MK II FF body, I continued to use the EF lenses on my 40D along with the 17-55, and after upgrading the 40 D to a 7D and then eventually to a 1D MK III, I sold the 17-55.

For me, there was a middle ground, and it worked well.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 03:12 UTC as 267th comment
On Flickr Wall Art removes Creative Commons prints article (44 comments in total)
In reply to:

DavidKennard: There are a variety of CC licenses, some allow commercial use of images, and some don't.

The main issue I would think with this service is that all of the general CC licenses require attribution of the copyright owner, and that the type of CC licence used is given as well. So presumably to run this service legally, each print would have to include a line of text at the bottom giving the name(s) of the copyright owner(s) and the type of CC licence it was licensed under.

Or maybe this info would be OK just included on the back of the print? The CC licence terms aren't too clear on this point.

Using that Logic, I could take any image, and sell prints, since I'm only charging for the printing service and the image has no value - Yea!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 25, 2014 at 17:05 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (205 comments in total)

I remember when jpeg replaced gif images. It was painful.

Changing over the web browser infrastructure will be much more difficult than it was in the early 1990's. It was a clear choice due to very limited bandwidth, but the image quality suffered due to artifacts.

I'd go for a new standard, but likely won't live long enough to see it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 06:59 UTC as 41st comment | 6 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1275 comments in total)
In reply to:

Greg VdB: Bring it on trolls 'n fanboys! :-)

It certainly makes it unpleasant to read the comments by Trolls and Fanboys. Some of them post the same thing multiple times. I don't have a issue with the review, its well done.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 00:07 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (247 comments in total)

I enjoyed reading both viewpoints, I've been interested in the camera, but I'm not deliberate, and like fast AF, so I identify with Sam. My results would likely be like his at first, although I tend to first take very controlled shots just to prove to myself what a camera is capable of. Then, I can teach myself to duplicate those results in less controlled situations.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 04:34 UTC as 31st comment

I think its a good idea, and I'm sure his recent bout with Cancer makes him feel very mortal. What better way to help photographers while ensuring that his legacy continues than to start up the endowment.

good for you, Michael!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 19:22 UTC as 7th comment
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (369 comments in total)

I enjoyed seeing the video, I lived in Western Washington and got to see salmon running out my front window as a kid.

I also managed to do a lot of fishing in the ocean and around Puget sound over the years.

Its been a struggle to keep salmon runs going, they are just a tiny shadow of what they used to be.

Getting those shots in the heavily shaded areas along the creek is difficult.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 06:28 UTC as 61st comment | 2 replies

Google also has facial recognition, so it can name the persons in a photo, and even inform the FBI if a wanted person is found.

The potential, as noted sounds both wonderful, and also frightening. Snapping a candid photo of a person and having them named? Its possible now for millions of people, but so far, Google is holding back due to potential privacy issues. (big $$$$$$$$$ lawsuits)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 02:07 UTC as 9th comment | 5 replies

I've pre-ordered. I like my sharp version of the MK I, and this one has exactly the improvements I wanted.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 11:28 UTC as 43rd comment

I've started using my G1X II for casual travel shots where absolute image quality was not the highest priority. There is always a trade off, but there is less of a trade off with this camera than many point and shoots. I was at the EMP Museum in Seattle this weekend, and took some shots in very low light situations (No flash is allowed). I did not use raw, since I was just taking some snapshots. I'll be interested in seeing how they come out, a first look was encouraging, considering that some of the lighting was so low that I could not see details.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 03:41 UTC as 22nd comment
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1656 comments in total)
In reply to:

Kabalyero: Timer just reached zero...nothing happened. Am i missing something?

The timer is a simple thing, programmed by a kid at the ad agency. It does not take into account other time zones, so depending on the time zone, you see a different time. Poorly Done! I hope what they are advertising is better!!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 02:40 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1656 comments in total)

In that Canon interview, here is what they say:

"Currently no Canon camera offers more than 22MP. Do your DSLR customers ask for higher resolution?

Yes. We know that many of our customers need more resolution and this is under consideration. In the very near future you can expect us to show something in terms of mirrorless and also a higher resolution sensor.

The very near future is only 13 hours and 22 minutes from now here on the West Coast.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 02:37 UTC as 597th comment
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