Dan Ortego

Dan Ortego

Lives in United States Yuna, AZ, United States
Works as a Retired
Joined on Nov 6, 2009
About me:

Not much to say because I live in Yuma.

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On Eye-Fi Mobi Wi-Fi SD card review article (100 comments in total)

I still long for the day where some camera manufacture such as Sony, will offer true Wi-Fi that transmits images directly to the web. Yes, this would require a subscription just like your smart phone or tablet. However, I think this would be worth paying a monthly service fee similar to that of the iPad.

Yes, I know that it would probably require an external battery pack tethered to your camera, but I would definitely be willing to do all that in order to have instant posting to photo servers. Then again, maybe it already exist and I'm just not aware of it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2014 at 13:14 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On Miggo Strap and Grip review article (85 comments in total)

Ridiculous in my opinion but perhaps I'm just old-school, or at least sorta. I've been using UPstrap products for years, on everything from cameras to luggage, and I still believe it's the best kept secret out there.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2014 at 14:07 UTC as 31st comment
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (795 comments in total)

Heck, I'm still dumping accessory money into my A900 and doing just fine. However, if I was to buy something small it would definitely be the new Fuji X-T1 and not a Sony!

Up until recently I was referring to Sony's technology as flavor of the year, but now it's fast becoming flavor of the month, so no thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 19:23 UTC as 125th comment
On DxO Optics Pro 8: What's New article (110 comments in total)
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designdog: What is missing, unfortunately discovered by me after I purchased it, is support for the Fuji X Pro1...

I haven't used DxO since version 7 so I just downloaded this v.9 to take a look. Just like others have mentioned, it still doesn't support DNG from my Sony Alpha 900.

The layout is cleaner and the auto-lighting adjustments are nice. Even so, I don't see it as a replacement for LR5 which is vastly more convenient and polished.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2013 at 20:40 UTC
On Bad Weather = Good Photography article (77 comments in total)

I agree the photos are too processed for my taste. Then again I'm still shooting an A900 with ZA glass and B+W filters.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2013 at 14:04 UTC as 9th comment

I think the 5s is a significant upgrade although not enough to get me on board. Now, the new MacPro is another thing altogether. I'll just stick to my A900, and I'll use my iPhone 4s for those documentary shots in the wild.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2013 at 22:37 UTC as 8th comment
On Lightroom 5 Public Beta: What's New article (90 comments in total)
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Carsten Saager: Played with it a bit under Vista x64 - at least so far it continues to work on this older OS

That's encouraging news, because if it works on Vista it will work on anything.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2013 at 20:24 UTC
On Lightroom 5 Public Beta: What's New article (90 comments in total)
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elixer: Seems all good however, for years lightroom has been making upgrades and giving us new versions without addressing the issue of "logo placement" being more versatile. One would love to be able to complete photo-processing by placing 'a' logo at different points on each photo(and logo placement is important) before exporting. It'll be so much easier to edit logo placement in one smooth flow towards the end of our processing compared to the current time consuming method available.

+1 for sure!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2013 at 20:22 UTC
On DxO Optics Pro 8.1.5 extends support to Nikon D7100 article (18 comments in total)
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dennismullen: Another update without a fix for the Sony A99 Raw green shadows problem!

http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/a99-dxo-raw-shadow-problem_topic96783_page1.html

Yeah, DxO doesn't appear to be that interested in supporting the Sony platform. There is still a couple of lens/body combos overlooked on the A900 and Zeiss. Likewise, the whole DNG thing frustrated me so I simply had to move over to LR. Also the non-update pricing scheme they have makes it hard for me justify the $199 a year when they release major version updates.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2013 at 14:01 UTC
On Tamrac Evolution 9 Photo Backpack Review article (106 comments in total)
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english_Wolf: Well, this a flag for that says: Expensive stuff 'rob me!!!'

I have an old decrepit back pack that does everything from carrying a 17" laptop to my cameras and lenses w/o advertising what is inside.

I love the do it all thingies, especially when they really do nothing!

Sorry but I leave my gear in the hotel and take the strict minimal when I go out: I have no need to carry anything that will never be used on the field.

Yeah me too. I prefer bags that don't look like camera bags or just some generic rolling carry-on. Any camera specific branding is a big no-no as well.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2013 at 16:52 UTC
On Tamrac Evolution 9 Photo Backpack Review article (106 comments in total)
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raztec: The problem with every camera bag I have ever tried, is that they're not designed to be carried for extended periods of time. When fully loaded, anything more than 15' is painful.

First of all, they need to be taller and less wide or deep so the center of gravity is closer to the body. Second, they need to have a proper hip belt that can carry the bulk of the weight. And finally, the shoulder straps need to be properly padded and load lifters included.

I wish a good back pack manufacturer would get into making packs for camera gear. These companies like Tamrac or Lowepro don't know a thing about human anatomy and physiology.
Check out: http://www.mec.ca/AST/ContentPrimary/Learn/Packs/IntroToPacks/ChoosingABackpack.jsp

Boy do I ever agree with you on that! It's very easy to get overloaded and uncomfortable in no time. I like my TT Sling-O-Matic-10 for its nicely padded strap and reversible shoulder sling fixture. Anything larger in terms of content, then I prefer a roller if the terrain permits.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2013 at 16:48 UTC
On Tamrac Evolution 9 Photo Backpack Review article (106 comments in total)

I wish I had a dollar for every bag I purchased, and then subsequently decided I didn't like it. As a rule I typically buy the high-end stuff but even those tend to be more hype than function. Yes I'm no different from anyone else as I tend to grow out of the smaller bags so in the end, you essentially have to have an entire wardrobe of bags for different occasions.

This particular bag looks promising although it seems to have quite a few compartments and that's not really my thing'. I invariably forget where I put the smaller items as I'm going through a dozen zippers just to find that one item.

I prefer bags that can be used for more than just one thing such as the Crumpler Extravaganza for air travel/carry-on.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2013 at 16:29 UTC as 24th comment
On Fashion Shoot: Tips from a Pro article (82 comments in total)

I too appreciate the time and effort devoted to this posting and I actually learn a lot. Thanks!
Dan

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2012 at 17:41 UTC as 29th comment

Ok I’ll bite. An RX1 with an integrated VF and/or a slightly updated A900 that retains the OVF with the ability to use a low-profile shoe mounted EVF.

BTW: The rendering provided is the most hideous looking camera I've seen in a long time.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 20:10 UTC as 216th comment
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A99 samples gallery article (159 comments in total)
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aardvark7: For heaven's sake do samples need such comments?

It would seem that opinons of them vary from being fabulous to downright awful, yet all the while 'my' opinion of samples should not have the remotest effect on 'your' decision to buy (and vice versa).

I get the distinct impression it is more about a combination of 'fanboys' and ego: praising or castigating the camera simply because of the manufacturer, and being derogatory of the pictures because 'I'm a fabulous and knowledgeable photographer who would do so much better...' !!!

I don't know about the 'voting thumbs', I think DPR should bin the comments section!

You think its bad here; you should read some of the trash from the snot-nosed kids on some of the 'rumor' websites.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2012 at 13:25 UTC

Granted, I struggle with the interface and there really aren’t any cool training videos available like Adobe offers, but I still like the lens profile corrections. They are much better than what I have used in LR4.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 23:34 UTC as 5th comment
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 sample images article (294 comments in total)

These last few additional photos are impressive, and I'm caring less about the price at this point. The photos of the Books, Bottles and 'The Big 4' are my favorites.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2012 at 14:34 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 sample images article (294 comments in total)

Well, I like the RX1 but this set really isn't all that great. Still, for the conditions and settings used, it's really hard to form a fair conclusion.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2012 at 00:17 UTC as 98th comment

Boring as hell subject but I read the comments and learned a lot, so thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2012 at 15:24 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)

The explanation of Community Moderation is unclear to me. However, I do believe that the forum needs Moderators or if they do exist, they most certainly need to do more to keep out the trash.

As to the new forum layout, it seems fine by me.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:52 UTC as 355th comment | 3 replies
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