babart

babart

Lives in United States ME, United States
Works as a Pharmacist
Has a website at www.brucebartrug.com
Joined on Jun 23, 2008

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On Manfrotto 190 Series Carbon Fiber Tripod Review article (72 comments in total)

God, I love my aluminum Giottos (two of them.) I saved over $200 compared to this carbon model by Manfrotto. The weight difference is 6 ounces and they hold the same payload.

BAB

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 12:50 UTC as 10th comment

What Amber said.

How often I've encountered the same need to cool my own ideas. For too long. I'm retired now and can do what I want.

BAB

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 02:21 UTC as 6th comment
On Review: Ona Lima camera strap article (144 comments in total)

Sort of nice looking, but too many buckles and things that scratch. Too, if you're planning on taking your Fuji to a tropical country don't use a leather strap. These rot and break in about two weeks in hot humid climates.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 17:30 UTC as 29th comment
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PicOne: Why am I confused on this matter? Ok, it's 12mm. 12mm is 12mm. BUt how does a 12mm offer the same angle of view (98.9 degrees per above), irregardless of the sensor's crop factor (eg. M43 vs. APSC, etc?)

You're not wrong. That's why 12mm gives 12mm coverage on full-frame sensors, but only allows the equivalent of 18mm on APS-C and 24mm on MFT. The 18 and 24 are the full-frame equivalents of the crop factor imposed by the smaller sensor, which can only "see" a portion of the circle thrown toward the sensor by a 12mm angle of view.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2014 at 12:49 UTC
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Rod McD: Looks like an interesting lens. Some of the posts below are amazing. It was announced today, not one has been sold and no-one has seen an image from it. Surely critics and potential buyers alike should wait until we see what the lens's IQ and characteristics look like before passing judgement?

You could be right, Rod, but I've used borrowed Rokinon lenses before and found them to be quite sharp and contrasty. Reviews say the same. Perhaps Samyang/Rokinon can put their money into glass instead of focus motors and anti-shake devices. In some cases, simpler is just fine, as it's less expensive and lighter in weight. Generally speaking, the subjects usually portrayed by super-wide lenses aren't moving very fast :).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 17:48 UTC

At last! I'm getting in line. I really want a 10 or 12mm lens, but I've put off buying another two-pound zoom that takes up half your camera bag. I was, however, considering the Fuji X 10-24, but at $1000 vs $400 for the Samyang, the latter is a no-brainer. Samyang lenses are excellent optically, and who needs autofocus at 12mm?

BAB

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 23:22 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon D4s: CP+ Hands-on and interview article (54 comments in total)

Oh wow! I've been waiting with bated breath for this!

Snore.
Why anyone, even a pro, would spend $6000 on a camera body I haven't the slightest.

BAB

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 16:00 UTC as 2nd comment
On Getty and Flickr to cease partnership article (19 comments in total)
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plasnu: I feel that Flickr is dying, very unfortunately. Their search engine and the way of show pictures is so unsophisticated...

I couldn't agree more. Now that Getty isn't looking at Flickr images I may migrate to Ipernity, which at least doesn't blare images like a teen-aged car radio and where one can navigate without being a programmer. I have friends on Flickr but frankly I see many people just not bothering with it anymore.

BAB

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 14:20 UTC
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babart: Besides photography, I also work as an illustrator. There is the same conflict in professional artwork. But among illustrators, selling the rights to future use in any form exacts a much higher price than work done for specific project or client in which the artist retains rights to the work.

To me, this offer seems a bit suspicious, as does anything that seems too good to be true. $175 is a decent price for a photo, but I suspect that many photographers will save their best images for selling more than once.

BAB

I ran this by some illustrator friends and they had the same notion I stated above. Selling your rights to art work, including photos, isn't the best way to profit from your best work. Most of the images sold at 500px will be those from photo enthusiasts -- and they'll be lucky to get sold once. Pros will keep their work to sell as they fit, in prints, books, stock where they keep the license, and anywhere else they can find a buyer.
BAB

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2014 at 13:00 UTC

Besides photography, I also work as an illustrator. There is the same conflict in professional artwork. But among illustrators, selling the rights to future use in any form exacts a much higher price than work done for specific project or client in which the artist retains rights to the work.

To me, this offer seems a bit suspicious, as does anything that seems too good to be true. $175 is a decent price for a photo, but I suspect that many photographers will save their best images for selling more than once.

BAB

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2014 at 12:38 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies

Where does it say Getty will make money from advertising without paying a share to photographers?
BAB, a Getty Contributor

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 20:25 UTC as 19th comment
On Miggo Strap and Grip review article (85 comments in total)

There are some good ideas here, especially a quality neoprene camera wrap. I applaud the originators for wanting to think outside the little padded black box. However, a camera wrap/protector that wrapped/protected a camera regardless of what type strap was being used, then quietly folded up into a pocket or such when not being used would seem to be more practical alternative. Especially if same were waterproof, more or less. Keep thinking, dudes, and best of luck. Everything else out there is samo, samo.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2014 at 21:40 UTC as 20th comment
On Fujfilm interview: 'The only way is to keep innovating' article (228 comments in total)

How refreshing -- so transparent! Fuji has always made great lenses, and I own a Fuji medium format camera, so I'm more than familiar with the brand. There were two things that prompted me to buy the XE-1. First was the decision by Fuji to upgrade the X100, a discontinued model. That showed Fuji was in the market for the long haul, and, to me, proved they would stand by their customers with a high level of service. Second was the remarkable low noise of the 16mpix X sensor. I applaud the decision to stick with this low noise sensor rather than simply pump up the megapixels, until they can develop a higher megapix sensor that retains that wonderful low noise ratio. Kudos all around.

I echo others in their remarks to Fuji: thanks for a quality product and thanks for listening to your customers and treating us as people not just numbers. Your reward will be brand loyalty.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 13:38 UTC as 69th comment
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (269 comments in total)

Great project, and some useful information as well. I especially liked the cold weather evaluation, being from Maine. In the winter I switch to an older tripod with all metal screw locks to avoid breaking the plastic levers so common today. It's good to know which ballheads continue to work smoothly in that climate.

BAB

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 13:16 UTC as 45th comment
On Lady in the Full Body Female with Modern outfits walking on the street challenge (3 comments in total)
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BYRON MCD 77-81: Lovely ! Grecian pose with mobile phone.

Regards

Byron.

I can hear her now, "Out, out, damn spot."

BAB

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2013 at 14:06 UTC
On Blending modes: Tools for post-processing article (10 comments in total)

So. Precisely how does this take less time than, and improve upon, simply cloning the discolored area with large soft circles derived from the undamaged area? At least cloning would yield a repair with the same pattern as the rest of the paper.
BAB

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 02:35 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 preview (99 comments in total)

Sigh. Or maybe yawn. Or both really. For my money, Panasonic would have been better off to put a better sensor in the GF-1, which still is one of my favorite cameras in spite of the (today) lower sensor quality and poor Hi-ISO response. It's that camera that's always with me. Of course, Pan needs to sell a lot of cameras to the smart-phone crowd, but couldn't they pay just a bit of attention to the significant number of photographers that bought something really useful -- the GF-1.

BAB

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2013 at 13:23 UTC as 29th comment
On Accessory Review: Kata Digital Rucksack 467-DL article (48 comments in total)
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slncezgsi: I am confident that this backpack will be very well made, but I have in general not the best experience with small backpacks for heavy-ish gear - something like 10 - 15 kg - that have no waist belt, because all the weight hangs on shoulders. On top of that - the backpack is short for an average sized adult torso it pushes on your back just above the waist (the small of the back) - unpleasant after longer time.

just a thought ...

I noticed that, too slncezgsi. A serious mistake, in my humble. The response immediately above yours also reads well to me. I've been looking for a backpack that is ALSO able to store camera equipment, not the other way around.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2012 at 19:33 UTC
On The DSLR Field Camera article (180 comments in total)
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Rod McD: Thanks for this article. I used to use a 4X5 camera and later medium format with tilting lenses for landscape work. I've missed them in the digital era. Once you know the magic of the Scheimpflug effect, there's no forgetting it. It's always seemed to me that photography without tilt and shift has something missing...... I can't afford an FF DSLR and TS lenses, but am contemplating a mirror-less with a tilt adapter and 35mm lenses. I think that would suit me for the print sizes I'm doing these days). (A mirror-less with an even bigger sensor would be even better!)

I haven't tried stitching. Unfortunately, the downside I'm getting from all the learned discussion below is that rather a lot of time appears to be needed at the computer. Not my preference - I'd rather be out there hiking.........

Me, too, Rod. I looking forward to the Sansung t/s. Not certain it will completely eliminate using large format, though, especially for architectural work. The convenience of digital will be a nice addition to some perspective correction and, especially, the depth of field with the tilt function.

The more rabid of this articles detractors haven't the slightest notion of what they're talking about.

Cheers,
bab

Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2012 at 19:22 UTC
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ebsilon: I think one needs actually two ideal cameras - a system camera and a compact travel/walkaround camera. Since I'm happy with my Nikon DX (although missing some lenses), I'll sketch out my ideal compact:

24-100mm f/2-f/4 range (alternatively 28-140mm)
1" sensor with PDAF - oversized both horisontally and vertically to provide aspect ratios fro 16:9 to 4:5
Sensor performance of current 1" is good enough, but will always wish for more
RAW format - maybe DNG?
State-of-the art EVF
Tilt or sviwel screen - with excellent visisbility in sunshine
Sized and design like Canon G12 or Nikon P7700
External controls like P7700
Weathersealed/splash proof
Hotshoe and remote CLS triggering

Actually, I think the technology is already more or less here - just hoping for someone putting this together. Maybe for next Photokina?

Panasonic missed a really good opportunity by NOT putting a updated 15mpix sensor in the GF-1. If you want the perfect compromise in usability (all the important controls are on the outside), size, and interchangeable lenses, the GF-1 takes the cake. It's a poor mans Leica M3.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 13:45 UTC
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