S B McCue

S B McCue

Joined on Aug 31, 2011

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On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (491 comments in total)

The First Impressions article leaves the distinct impression that reviewers consider the E-PL7 a mediocre camera. I am heavily invested in MFT; I already own an E-M5 and a stable of Oly lenses. So I took the plunge anyway.

This little camera is a genuine jewel. I can carry it all day without noticing, which was my goal. The only real bother is the clip-on flash. I intend to buy a VF4, so having the hot shoe free for that means I'll be switching back and forth a bit ... but I'm trading the bulk of the not-always-needed EVF for considerable size savings.

Autofocus speed is very good, even in some challenging indoor environments. I first took the camera on a trip to New Orleans and found the fold-down screen somewhat useful, which surprised me since I expected not to use it at all. When I go back overseas with my E-M5, I will also take the E-PL7. I wouldn't be surprised to have the E-PL7 around my neck most of the time.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 13:30 UTC as 8th comment
On Canon and Microsoft sign patent agreement post (73 comments in total)
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S B McCue: Well, I guess there won't be another Canon in my future. I like things that actually do what they're supposed to do without my having to "screwdriver" them. I've never run across any MS product that didn't require substantial "tweaking" ...

Actually, I own three companies. I've worked for myself since 1983.

Microsoft has succeeded to this point because (a) the founders had the courage natural to thieves and (b) because they offered the cheaper alternative. These days, thankfully, businesses are aware that they are squandering much time, talent and money by forcing their employees to use "inferior products." That was a harder sale to make a decade ago.

Lacking substance or credibility is your value judgment ... you'll forgive me if I don't agree. My original point - now lost in the mire of an overlong thread - is that I'm walking away from Canon because I cannot bear the thought of associating myself with anything in which Microsoft has a hand.

As a previous poster noted, I doubt Canon will miss my business.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 23:19 UTC
On Canon and Microsoft sign patent agreement post (73 comments in total)
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S B McCue: Well, I guess there won't be another Canon in my future. I like things that actually do what they're supposed to do without my having to "screwdriver" them. I've never run across any MS product that didn't require substantial "tweaking" ...

John Ruskin noted that there would always be a market for inferior products (anything Microsoft has ever produced has been inferior, in my view) and that folks like you, who consider price alone, would be the legitimate prey of companies that sold schlock. My time is worth quite a lot ... and I do not enjoy spending it trying to solve the routine computing problems that Microsoft seems content to foist on the world. I've owned a lot of Canon G series cameras and have been content with them, but if they're joining hands with Microsoft, that's the end of my association with the Canon brand. I'll switch to something I know works ... and I imagine it will be "prettier" than anything MS and Canon can produce.

The fact that "90% of every computer in the world" - your inelegant phrase, not mine - runs Windoze doesn't make Windoze right or even a superior product.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 18:38 UTC
On Canon and Microsoft sign patent agreement post (73 comments in total)
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S B McCue: Well, I guess there won't be another Canon in my future. I like things that actually do what they're supposed to do without my having to "screwdriver" them. I've never run across any MS product that didn't require substantial "tweaking" ...

Where Microsoft is concerned, pessimism is usually justified.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 22:18 UTC
On Canon and Microsoft sign patent agreement post (73 comments in total)

Well, I guess there won't be another Canon in my future. I like things that actually do what they're supposed to do without my having to "screwdriver" them. I've never run across any MS product that didn't require substantial "tweaking" ...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 20:39 UTC as 23rd comment | 7 replies
On Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores article (195 comments in total)

Another great one falls. I've spent many enjoyable hours in their Manhattan store; Calumet will be missed.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 00:40 UTC as 76th comment

Maybe this product will be the death knell for the grossly-overpriced PhotoStudio solutions.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2013 at 16:18 UTC as 10th comment

Let me admit my bias up front: I own a P7700. I abandoned the G-series at G10, but I do have a nostalgic fondness for the G7 and G9. I thought the G10 was a misstep at the time it was introduced and haven't changed my opinion since then.

That said, all the criticisms leveled at the P7700 are accurate ... it does not handle particularly well, has some operational lag and the write times can be frustratingly slow. In capable hands, however, it certainly turns out stellar images. I have some ground to cover before I call myself "capable," but I've seen the results others have achieved.

There's just something about the G15 that gives me the impression that it was designed in a woodshop. It lacks true Canon art, whereas the P7700 is the current refinement of Nikon's enthusiast-class offering. I'm disappointed that the Coolpix A appears to suffer from some of the same operational glitchiness as the P7700; it's an enticing upgrade for me after some years with the P series.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2013 at 00:42 UTC as 68th comment | 4 replies

Steve's Wordpress blog has a production line?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2013 at 00:54 UTC as 62nd comment

New Oxford Street will not be the same without Jessops.

I agree with a number of posts ... this was bound to happen at some point. Over the past decade, Jessops had become just a shadow of what it once was. Back when the Routemasters still passed by on Route 38, you could often find a salesperson who knew his or her stuff and prices that were competitive.

I well remember the last time I visited that particular Jessops - back in September, 2011. I was looking for a particular mid-level compact and was told by a clueless counterperson that "we don't carry that one." There were four of the camera I wanted sitting on the shelf behind her, but that didn't seem to matter much.

I went across the street and bought it from Jacob's.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2013 at 18:06 UTC as 12th comment
On Nikon CoolPix P7700 Preview preview (192 comments in total)
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camerosity: The Canon G15 was announced a month after the Nikon P7700, yet the G15 already has a full review posted. I've noticed dpreview has had a pro-Canon bias for years. When will they give Nikon a fair shake? Image test results show the Nikon superior to the G15.

The specifications may not be "particularly outstanding," but I've owned and used every iteration of the P7--- series as well as Canon G series from G6 to G12. The P7700 is a terrific performer; IQ beats the G15 and the ergonomics are generally superior. The letdowns are slow RAW shot-to-shot speed and the lack of even a vestige of an OVF. This is the camera Canon should have built ... and the one Nikon should have introduced in late 2010 rather than the heavily flawed P7000.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2012 at 02:13 UTC
On Fujifilm XF1 Preview preview (129 comments in total)
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Jonne Ollakka: Really like that SX-70 theme going in the brown camera, with the bag.

On second glance, you're right ... Edwin Land would have enjoyed seeing this camera. I'm a little unsure of the lens mechanization, but this looks like a solid alternative to the S110. I'm an Oly guy, but I'd probably buy this over the XZ-2.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2012 at 17:54 UTC
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