Al Valentino

Al Valentino

Lives in United States NJ, United States
Joined on Oct 25, 2012

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On Past and present: NYC's changing streetscape news story (49 comments in total)
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citizen2012: Socialism has finally taken over the US

Crony capitalism

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 12:40 UTC
On Past and present: NYC's changing streetscape news story (49 comments in total)

Joe's Pizza, the best slice in NYC. Always went out of my way to stop buy and eat, standing up, packed together. All part of the experience. Then the rents skyrocketed and, well you know...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 12:21 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes news story (147 comments in total)

Excellent set. All about pre visualizing the shot

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2014 at 15:08 UTC as 28th comment
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JonB1975: Don't get me wrong - I like that the firmware updates keep improving the camera - but I hate having to set up my film settings each time........

No. Only for major revision updates. The latest updates do not change any settings

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 23:12 UTC
On Tamrac launches rugged-looking photo messenger bags news story (106 comments in total)

Variation of the Tamrac Rally series. I have the Rally 4 and love it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 14:50 UTC as 30th comment
On Olympus announces Stylus SP-100 superzoom with dot-sight news story (89 comments in total)

No RAW option unlike some of Fuji's Bridge cameras like the new S1. This difference can mean a lot to get the best out of a tiny sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 14:25 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On Russian Mother captures atmospheric photos of sons on farm news story (591 comments in total)

Superb. Makes me wish I grew up there instead of the Bronx

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 13:16 UTC as 240th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera news story (921 comments in total)

Looks nice but i wish there was a way to screw on a soft shutter button like the other X cameras. I find that accessory is both stylish and useful.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 13:45 UTC as 181st comment
On Wyoming's stunning weather and landscapes in time-lapse news story (231 comments in total)

Wonderful job. Been there and miss it terribly

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 13:56 UTC as 44th comment
On Fujifilm launches updated grips for X-E and X-Pro cameras news story (118 comments in total)

I use a iPhoto L bracket with grip which also lets you remove the side L part of the bracket when not desired. Grip is slightly bigger and slightly less attractive but probably more functional than the Fuji version. Easy access to battery compartment. $69 shipped on ebay. So i get more for half the price!!!

A grip is almost a must if you use longer lenses like the 55-200 and my 90mm Tamron f/2.8 adaptall macro lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 23:45 UTC as 38th comment
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (269 comments in total)

I have owned several heads and tripods over the years including the RRS BH55. Sold the big stuff when I switched to mirrorless.

Now i own the Induro BHL2 head and Their CT213 tripod. Love the tripod and liek the head. My only nit with the head is I wish the knobs were on the other side or the drop notch was on the other side as I orefer to tighten with my left hand as I position camera with my right. So I just simply use with the notch on my side unless. I need it for macro.

My Induro head was a bit defective but I called induro and they swapped out for a new one within 24 hours of return. That is great service. Also, a 10 year warranty on both is outstanding.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 14:39 UTC as 40th comment
On Have Your Say: Best Lens of 2013 news story (89 comments in total)
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Al Valentino: The Fuji 14mm is worthy of note. Not simply because it is sharp as a tack but also because as a wide angle lens it is nearly optically perfect distortion wise, not software corrected.

Announced in 2012 but not shipped until the middle end of 1st quarter 2013.

Using this logic the recently announced fuji 10-24, expected in mid-march will be exempt from consideration this time next year!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 14:39 UTC
On Have Your Say: Best Lens of 2013 news story (89 comments in total)

The Fuji 14mm is worthy of note. Not simply because it is sharp as a tack but also because as a wide angle lens it is nearly optically perfect distortion wise, not software corrected.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 14:38 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows news story (1513 comments in total)

Shot Nikon for 10 years but moved over to a Fuji mirrorless and sold everything Nikon this summer. no regrets. I also prefer the APS format, smaller lenses work for me. This camera looks nice but it is too little, too late for me.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 18:07 UTC as 410th comment
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)

Been a dedicated nikon shooter for about 10 years but in 2013 i sold all my Nikon gear for a Fuji XE1 with zero regrets. However, i have been watching pentax and if i ever decide to reinvest in a DSLR i suspect Pentax will be it. I like what they are doing and also think the body design is superior.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 14:23 UTC as 186th comment | 4 replies

It looks more like a toy than a tool, which is what a camera is. I need a functional eyepiece, to see, not a clever iViewfinder that some might think looks cool to the college crowd.

All the good intentions aside, would I want this? Personally, no. I prefer the aesthetics of my Fuji mirrorless and also the regular Leica M design far better than this iCamera.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 02:24 UTC as 165th comment | 3 replies
On Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS review preview (136 comments in total)

As an owner of this lens I can say the IQ is fantastic. I did a few quick tripod tests stopped down against my old Nikon 70-200 VR I and they tied. Shortly after sold the Nikon lens and began selling off the rest of my Nikon gear. I use Capture One 7 Express when I shoot RAW but jpegs are often good enough.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 12:57 UTC as 46th comment | 4 replies

Fun stuff captured over about a year or so - look at the grass.

I particularly love the shot with the Pentax hat. These are the type of pictures one looks at later in life to remind of simpler times and happy days.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 12:28 UTC as 49th comment
On Carl Zeiss drops 'Carl', becomes 'ZEISS' news story (116 comments in total)
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Rachotilko: I hope at least somebody here has found this an opportunity to pay respect to this creative and industrious man: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Zeiss

Thanks for posting the link. Remembering the man that built the 'name' brand helps to understand the foundation of his legacy.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2013 at 13:44 UTC
On Carl Zeiss drops 'Carl', becomes 'ZEISS' news story (116 comments in total)

Carl Zeiss was a household name and seems more personal than simply Zeiss. It portrays a man that had a vision and built a company that excelled at quality products. Dropping the founders name makes this somewhat impersonal - a company taken over by the bean counters.

If they should change any name it should be the "Touit" name that now goes with their new mirrorless line of lenses. Touit sounds silly and girly.

These days it seems many companies keep breaking things that never needed fixing. I prefer leaving the name alone. But, I am okay with Fujifilm shortening the name to simply Fuji for obvious reasons.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2013 at 13:42 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
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