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ecube

ecube

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Joined on Nov 22, 2005
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Occasional visits (DPR) to pass the time

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ecube: Being frequent traveler on Bus Tours, I use an oversize flexible lens hood made of rubber. With the lens hood flushed against the glass pane, all shots I take of the scenes are reflection free. I do not block the views of my fellow tourist passengers and they get a good laugh at my improvised contraption. I don't have to waste time on post processing too.

Where do I get those hood? From any store that sells plumber's helper.

IMHO and my hundreds of shots thru rain soak glass pane , the rain did not affect the reflection, check for yourself. Same for the glass being clean, smudges on and clarity of the image would be affected but reflection is not. Do you think the MIT developed process would not be affected by dirty glass? Would you take photos through dirty window pane?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 17:36 UTC

Being frequent traveler on Bus Tours, I use an oversize flexible lens hood made of rubber. With the lens hood flushed against the glass pane, all shots I take of the scenes are reflection free. I do not block the views of my fellow tourist passengers and they get a good laugh at my improvised contraption. I don't have to waste time on post processing too.

Where do I get those hood? From any store that sells plumber's helper.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 17:30 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (682 comments in total)
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ecube: I will not buy this camera ONLY because I do not have a need for MF because I am too old to carry heavier camera.

I have had Asahi Pentax in the 1960s and have always been impressed by the Takumar lenses. I also like the feel of the original Asahi Pentax in my hand.

To me, Pentax 645Z is a WINNER.

While I did settled on Nikon, I started with Spotmatic in the very early 1960s. The bayonet style mount of Nikkor lenses versus the screw mount of Asahi Pentax was the deciding factor. Regardless, I always am impressed by the Pentax products. I hope you find some extra greens for you to get the 645Z.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 01:44 UTC
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (341 comments in total)
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ecube: Have bought Nikon SLR since the early 1960s. Started Digital with D90 in the mid 2000s then D600, D5100, D800, and recently D5300 AND was considering getting D750 to complement my D800. Have four prime and and five zoom lenses.

BUT . . . I'm getting tired of the problems that seem to have started with the D600. I guess I'll stop buying anymore Nikon bodies.

@marma - I used to repair film cameras. Except to accidental drops or "forced trauma" I have never had to repair Nikon. It was always built to last. Most of the cameras I repaired were Canons. For that reason, I stayed with Nikon. But then, all Nikon cameras, lenses, flash were designed and manufactured in Japan. Moreover, Nikon made the components that were used in their cameras.

If your D600 and D750 has no problem, why waste your investment on the cameras and lenses that works very well for you?

Perhaps this "globalization" that forced Nikon to manufacture outside Japan is the problem. It appears Nikon did away with Systems Engineering and Systems Integration resulting in lack of coordination and very poor communications between component design engineering and manufacturing.

Based on my experience repairing cameras, I would not buy Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 05:57 UTC
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (341 comments in total)

Have bought Nikon SLR since the early 1960s. Started Digital with D90 in the mid 2000s then D600, D5100, D800, and recently D5300 AND was considering getting D750 to complement my D800. Have four prime and and five zoom lenses.

BUT . . . I'm getting tired of the problems that seem to have started with the D600. I guess I'll stop buying anymore Nikon bodies.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 05:44 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (170 comments in total)

http://g2.img-dpreview.com/64B0292F81FC4DBD9EB7AC7D7D6AE208.jpg

Not cute but it works

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 02:32 UTC as 20th comment
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (170 comments in total)

sorry . . . I can't erase this post

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 02:10 UTC as 21st comment

I purchased three post 2008 Nikkors FX made in Japan few months ago. I'm surprise that the serial numbers are printed on the boxes but not on the lenses. However, the SN are engraved on my DX lenses, the boxes, and the registration cards.

Looking at my (film) cameras and lenses made before 1980, serial numbers are engraved on the front element bezel on Nikkor and Konica lens and on the aperture ring on Canon.

I am not an advocate of government intervention, but perhaps government should mandate uniform labeling by engraving of SN on lenses similar to the VIN on motor vehicles.

I have registered with the respective manufacturers all my lenses, camera bodies, electronic flash. Have taken pictures and created an inventory stored in my computer and copies on multiple portable drives stores in fireproof box and safety deposit box, incase of insurance claim from theft, fire, & losses.

Recovery of items that has no SN is impossible but I'll not waste my time engraving the SN.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 21:34 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply

I'll return the camera for a full refund.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 23:04 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (170 comments in total)

Having a piece of left over 4 inch of rubber backed laminated hardwood. I cut a 6 inch piece, drilled 3/8" through the center, push through a 3/8" x 1-1/4" stove bolt. Secured with washer and lock nut. Mounted an Acra-Swiss ballhead from my tripod. Since I leave the QR mounting plate attached to my camera, mounting the camera to the ballhead is a snap I mount this gizmo on top of the table or any flat surface. My hard shell camera bag or books afford the height adjustment, if needed. Takes less than a minute to assemble or disassemble. Fits nicely inside my camera bag. This is very handy in gatherings where tripod is not practical. This easily supports my Nikon D800 fitted with 85mm f/2.8 lens. Except for the ballhead, this contraption is practically free.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 00:00 UTC as 24th comment
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (605 comments in total)
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ecube: Ho hummmm . . .
Good eyes, great imagination, and good technique makes better photos than the best camera in the hands of a wannabe photographer.

What happen to Joe Mama, I hope he was not "kick-out", he was such a gentleman. I just remember the name of the guy from Montreal, I think it is Pierre.

Thanks for the update.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 23:42 UTC
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Papi61: If six rotors allegedly make the craft perfectly stable, how do you explain that the professional octocopters used in movies/tv/commercials/etc. *STILL* have gimbles? See images below, in my answer to m3. Those are very expensive drones used by major Hollywood productions.

@cgarrard - LOL

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 13:21 UTC
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Papi61: If six rotors allegedly make the craft perfectly stable, how do you explain that the professional octocopters used in movies/tv/commercials/etc. *STILL* have gimbles? See images below, in my answer to m3. Those are very expensive drones used by major Hollywood productions.

I wonder if those who freely throw jargons around understand what they are saying. LOL

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 20:20 UTC
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Papi61: If six rotors allegedly make the craft perfectly stable, how do you explain that the professional octocopters used in movies/tv/commercials/etc. *STILL* have gimbles? See images below, in my answer to m3. Those are very expensive drones used by major Hollywood productions.

I have flown a single engine Cessna. I have work for NASA JPL as a design engineer in the early 1970s. But to paraphrase Sargent Schultz, "I know nothing" about helicopters nor do I care what makes this gizmo tick. If I can afford it, I'll buy one.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 04:17 UTC

I accidentally accepted the upgrade to PHOTOS and was panicked that it replaced my iPhoto on my selected Apps bar. Forcing myself to overcome my anxiety, I plunge-on, half-heartedly, and was impressed by the various options for organizing my photo files. I notice very strong similarities to a database (Access) app I wrote for a client 20 years earlier. . . I'll definitely explore more of PHOTOS.

Meanwhile, I restore the iPhoto icon back on my apps bar . . . for my wife to be able to view the recent shots from our two-week tour.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2015 at 16:25 UTC as 13th comment
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (605 comments in total)
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ecube: Ho hummmm . . .
Good eyes, great imagination, and good technique makes better photos than the best camera in the hands of a wannabe photographer.

@Rishi - Thanks. While I do not agree 100% of the time, I enjoy your structured and critical analysis.

I miss the early to mid-2000 with the likes of Joe Mama, Dez, and The Montreal Guy and many more. They share their talent with wonderful with their post of wonderful photos NOT enhanced by post processing. It seems to me that sharing and helping others were the norm at that time. Now, it seems to me that showing-off and up-manship is the norm in the DPR.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 16:51 UTC
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (605 comments in total)
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ecube: Ho hummmm . . .
Good eyes, great imagination, and good technique makes better photos than the best camera in the hands of a wannabe photographer.

@Rishi - you maybe right. Most readers of DPR are here to read reviews of Digital Photography equipments and accessories. Yes, I joined DPR about 12 years ago when I return to photography after close to 30 years hiatus. While my film cameras are still in perfect like new condition, I did not want to wait for the film to be process to see the photos I took. While I learn about the nuances of Digital Photography from DPR, I have gravitated to Luminous Landscape, Nikonian, and Thom Hogan the last three of four years.

Perhaps it is time for me to stop wasting my time participating in DPR forums. I'll confine myself to reading DPR.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 02:33 UTC
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (605 comments in total)
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ecube: Ho hummmm . . .
Good eyes, great imagination, and good technique makes better photos than the best camera in the hands of a wannabe photographer.

@Stanchung - very well stated.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 19:13 UTC
On Nikon D610 Review preview (381 comments in total)
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ecube: Why would I buy a D610 when D750 is a much better camera. Why is this 610 being compared to a Canon EOS 6D, D800 and not the D750. I smell 7 day-old uncooked fish.

Thermidor - your choice is your prerogative and your resources is of no interest to me. Mine is NONE of your business.

Please leave it at that.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 04:06 UTC
On Nikon D610 Review preview (381 comments in total)
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ecube: Why would I buy a D610 when D750 is a much better camera. Why is this 610 being compared to a Canon EOS 6D, D800 and not the D750. I smell 7 day-old uncooked fish.

@Thermidor - What part of "How much work will it take to update the article to include D750 which was release September 2014" don't you understand? What part of Marty4650 don't you understand?

Since you stated using mirrorless, you shoot down your argument between the shutter "noise" between D610 and D750.

I repeat, I did not claim there is no market for D610. that is NOT the issue. Neither is the affordability in "the third world country.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 05:47 UTC
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