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Ian

Ian

Lives in United States Tallahassee, FL, United States
Joined on May 18, 2001

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On Lens Rentals Canada closes its doors article (178 comments in total)
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JBurnett: I've had many items to me from across Canada via Canada Post and other couriers. Most of the Canada Post items have arrived a day earlier than the expected delivery date, and everything has been in perfect shape.

The other day I ordered something and chose FEDEX at checkout because it was a dollar cheaper, and they estimated delivery earlier than Canada Post. So, it's now a day later than CP said they would deliver; the FEDEX tracking system shows my package hasn't been scanned anywhere for 4 days, and the system now shows expected delivery as "unknown".

I guess every carrier has issues.

I'm just talking about my experiences shipping stuff across the border. I would help that Canada-to-Canada shipments are better.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 23:16 UTC
On Lens Rentals Canada closes its doors article (178 comments in total)
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JBurnett: I've had many items to me from across Canada via Canada Post and other couriers. Most of the Canada Post items have arrived a day earlier than the expected delivery date, and everything has been in perfect shape.

The other day I ordered something and chose FEDEX at checkout because it was a dollar cheaper, and they estimated delivery earlier than Canada Post. So, it's now a day later than CP said they would deliver; the FEDEX tracking system shows my package hasn't been scanned anywhere for 4 days, and the system now shows expected delivery as "unknown".

I guess every carrier has issues.

I live in the US but have sold some items on eBay to Canadian buyers. It seems no matter what shipment type I use, even overnight, as soon as it gets to Canada, it disappears into a black hole known as Canada Post. There is no tracking information, or worse, incorrect tracking info, even though my packages have all arrived (late).

I didn't receive any sort of delivery confirmation on any of the packages, either. Thankfully I had honest buyers as it would have been way too easy for my buyers to have claimed that it never arrived.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 13:03 UTC
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Ian: Stanley Kubrick is smiling down on us about this one!

Ha, that could be true! He certainly pushed the limits of shooting in low light, however.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 16:36 UTC

Stanley Kubrick is smiling down on us about this one!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 13:39 UTC as 65th comment | 4 replies
On Flickr brings back Pro account option article (74 comments in total)

"...there’s no such thing as Flickr Pro, because today, with cameras as pervasive as they are, there is no such thing really as professional photographers..."
-Marisa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo, May 2013

So does this news mean that there are in fact "professional photographers"?

I couldn't resist...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 20:14 UTC as 24th comment | 12 replies
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jquagga: Midnight ... where? I mean if this a global event does it start midnight UTC? EDT, PST? Do I need to factor in the leapseconds?

I hope they're kind to us Eastcoasters who can't stay up to 3am on a worknight...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 20:08 UTC
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Nat Whilk: The PrimeLiving Photo Contest shouldn't accept any entries shot with zooms.

Nice one!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 20:05 UTC

For us photo snobs this might seem silly, but if you talk to the photo lab guys at Walmart & Costco, they will tell you that they print tons of Instagram and Facebook screenshots from phones, so this could be huge, or at least 4x6 ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 15:24 UTC as 3rd comment
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Ian: I understand the guy's concerns, but he's just making photographers out to be even whinier than people think. The business has undergone radical changes, but the excessive whining and complaining by certain groups of photographers doesn't seem to be doing anyone any good. Fortunately most of DPReview's coverage is of the photographers who are adapting the changes and exploiting the new technologies.

@Ionian, yes, that's what I'm trying to say. There was a time when I could charge ridiculous (by today's standards) prices for my work because of the time & expense required to learn film photography. These days, certain types of photography (particularly events) can be shot by just about any idiot with a DSLR so pay and leverage are all but gone.

To survive in the new world, you either need to up your game and be the best, offer something very unique, or go into areas of photography that still require higher levels of skill like architecture.

To circle back, the reason Taylor Swift's management (and just about everyone else in a similar spot) can demand such ridiculous terms is because that's what "the market will bear." Complaining about it isn't going to change anything because the world of photography has already changed. All it does is hurt the image of working photographers by making them seem less professional.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 13:30 UTC
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Ian: I understand the guy's concerns, but he's just making photographers out to be even whinier than people think. The business has undergone radical changes, but the excessive whining and complaining by certain groups of photographers doesn't seem to be doing anyone any good. Fortunately most of DPReview's coverage is of the photographers who are adapting the changes and exploiting the new technologies.

Happily. The new technologies are what has disrupted the photography industry - for the worse according to the aforementioned whiners - and for the better for many.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 02:30 UTC

I understand the guy's concerns, but he's just making photographers out to be even whinier than people think. The business has undergone radical changes, but the excessive whining and complaining by certain groups of photographers doesn't seem to be doing anyone any good. Fortunately most of DPReview's coverage is of the photographers who are adapting the changes and exploiting the new technologies.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 19:49 UTC as 77th comment | 7 replies
On #1 in France: Hands-on with DxO ONE article (238 comments in total)

For the first time, I actually want an iPhone - or at least an Android version soon. I think DxO may have cracked the code of a small connected camera. If later versions have interchangeable lenses and such, they may truly have a big future selling cameras. The price is the only thing that seems a bit high, but you get DxO Optics Pro and Filmpack, at least for now.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 13:34 UTC as 125th comment
On Datacolor offers Spyder5 with redesigned calibrator article (115 comments in total)
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Ian: It's disappointing to see that they have discontinued the SpyderTV product. It was a great add-on you could purchase and one of the few reasonably-priced ways to do a hardware calibration of a HDTV.

I haven't had any problems with it, but it is tedious to say the least. Are you doing it in a darkened room?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 10:54 UTC

Is it April 1st all over again??? I'm laughing so hard right now!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 14:38 UTC as 43rd comment
On Datacolor offers Spyder5 with redesigned calibrator article (115 comments in total)

It's disappointing to see that they have discontinued the SpyderTV product. It was a great add-on you could purchase and one of the few reasonably-priced ways to do a hardware calibration of a HDTV.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 18:42 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies

I've had the UniqBall UBH 45 (a bigger model) for a few months now and can add a few observations. First, they have come out with a replacement clamp that offers mounting in both orientations (http://www.uniqball.eu/accessories/x_cross_clamp_bidirectional_clamp) which has taken a lot of the frustration out of using the one-directional ballhead.

Also, the outside ball locks as tight as any I've used but the inside (red knob) raises the lens as you tighten it. I guess it's a result of the unique design and takes a little getting used to at first. Fortunately, as the review points out, it is repeatable, so with a little practice, you are able to pitch the lens down a hair so it's perfectly level when tightened.

Finally, an L-plate is almost a requirement for landscape use, and adding a pano clamp (especially a A/S mount one that you can put in the clamp) makes it a killer pano head. According to Autopano Giga, the last few panos I've made with the head are with 1 degree of level!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 19:13 UTC as 41st comment
On DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks article (138 comments in total)

So sad to see the Rollei name on one of these.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 20:12 UTC as 67th comment
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joe6pack: This is a well calculated shot.

OT: who has 1000m lens again?

500 f/4 + 2x extender

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2015 at 01:23 UTC
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RuthC: Congratulations, Ian, on your well-deserved second place in this Camouflage challenge. Your tiny frog is barely visible in the smaller picture format, and it isn't until I view it in Full Screen Mode that I'm able to see it as a sharp, texturally interesting and colourful work of (amphibian) art. I hadn't realised just how small these frogs are until I Googled the name, and learned that they are less than 1" long! A great capture! Ruth :-)

Ruth, thank you for the kind words and yes, they are truly tiny! Very hard to track down, but worth the effort.

Ian

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 05:01 UTC

According to Panasonic, "[T]he lens can deliver portraits with a rich stereoscopic effect". Not sure how this is possible with a single photograph. I think something got lost in translation. Other than that, cool news for m4/3.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 19:35 UTC as 48th comment | 15 replies
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