ecube

ecube

Lives in United States Sterling Heights USA, MI, United States
Works as a Registered Professional Engineer (ME-EE) retired
Joined on Nov 22, 2005
About me:

Returning to photography after 30 year hiatus.
To learn the finer points of digital photography.

To capture the precious moments of my grandsons' formative years with the marvelous new tool, the digital camera.

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On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (375 comments in total)

What has happen to Nikon? I am disappointed and somewhat now gun-shy on buying Nikon Product. I had to return the D600 before the sensor problem was even announced due to problem with the SD card slot. Looking for a graduation gift, I tested the Coolpix P530 and P600… zoom was extremely sluggish on both and did not work about 16X on the P600. Last night, the pocket size Nikon of a friend was very erratic.

In my having owned and used Nikon since the early 1960s, I have never encountered nor was aware of this type of problems. I find myself recommending Lumix or Olympus to casual and fairly advance shooters.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 23:41 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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Foroa: Sorry, but nowadays, I would expect a flash with rechargeable Lithium batteries that can provide guaranteed (sub-)second recycle times and built-in wireless remote control. This one is just repackaging/refreshing an older model.

@Foroa - would you be refering to the Li polymer batteries used in cell phones and cameras? Any idea on how much it cost for speedlight?

The Metz website published a matrix of recycling time for various power sources. As I recall, the AA batteries are: Alkaline, NiMH, NiCd, Li. The recycling time of Lithium battery not the fastest, nor does Li have the best rated CPA. The matrix was not specific on whether it is lithium or Li-on battery.

Caveat: NiMH of the same size and voltage rating has different current rating. Same goes for NiCd. I did not bother to observe Li or Li-on AA batteries.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 17:20 UTC
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Qwntm: Fuji??? Seriously... There is NO decent flash for Fuji's. WTH? When?

Do you mean DEDICATED flash exclusively for Fuji? What Fuji camera model are you referring to? Shall I assume your Fuji is a DSLR? If so, what external flash (speed light) do you currently use on your Fuji? Are the photos you take with the external flash not acceptable? If the flash lighted photos are acceptable, then shall I assume you are bothered by having to set the flash / camera MANUALLY.

To me, some of the features are superficial. Nineteen out of twenty, I am able to accomplish the desired result with my 38 year old Vivitar 283 that I expect and get from my Nikon SB-800. Unfortunately, my 3 month old Vivitar DF-583-NIK dedicated to Nikon DSLR has not fared as well.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 16:13 UTC

While this forum is about the Metz 64 AF-1, I an reminiscing the good old days.

Is there anybody who used the "Flash Gun powered by three D-size batteries, open reflector, and the "Blue-dot" flash bulb? That was my first experience with flash photography in the early 1960s. Photographers then have to replace the bulb for every shot and adjust the aperture. Shutter speed was set around 1/50 or 1/60 seconds. Then came to electronic flash powered by wet batter (I think it was 12V. that yield at least 200 shots per charge. Synch speed went as high as 1/125 second for focal plane camera and up to 1/500 for lens shutter camera. Surprisingly, close to 100% of shots taken with flash were keepers.

Now, were are spoiled by the fully automatic, intelligent speed lights.
My Nikon SB-800 is easy to use and is excellent. My Vivitar DF-583. is acceptable for fill-in light. Surprisingly, my 38 year old Vivitar 283 performs almost as good as the Nikon SB-800.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 02:17 UTC as 1st comment
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Fleabag: I've had up to 3 58AF-1's at a time. Still have one and IMO they are great flashes. They have responded to user complaints about the plastic foot and replaced it with the updated 58AF-2 and it continues with this version. Although my flashes always seems to creak a bit, it never failed in performance. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.

People complain about the user interface and from experience you just need to get used to it. Looks like they updated the interface on 64 so hopefully it's even easier. For the several years that I owned the 58 AF-1's they have added features via the usb interface, another great feature.

People don't get fired for buying Metz ;-)

My first speedlight (used to be called strobe those days) was the top of the line Mecablitz. It was my college graduation gift from my father in 1964. Perhaps that specific strobe was an exception to German made product. It kept on breaking. Luckily, I know how to diagnose and fix electronic circuits. In less than three years I replaced the capacitor twice, replaced couple of resistors of the same kind at least until I have had enough and modified the circuit by adding or upgrading components. That took care of the problem for good. I used it for three more years until selling it to a friend. Ten years later, I saw my friend still using it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 23:36 UTC
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tongki: Been using Metz 43AF,
Thing is small but deadly accurate
You can't compare Metz to Canon flash piece of junk

You'll know when you use it,
Only thing is, Metz draw lots of power

This 64AF will kill 600EX easily if we talk about quality of lights

If you say so.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 19:16 UTC
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KSV: Anyone can explain what the heck is 500W of power? AFAIK flash output measured in Joules or guide number. Watts (power) is used for constant light source like tungsten one.

So your source is Wiki . . . tsk tsk tsk.
Are you aware that Wiki is an "open" source?
A little knowledge is indeed dangerous.
By the way, you post a question and I responded with many others to help you. I guess you are a 16 year old know it all.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 14:53 UTC
On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (81 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: I don't know how anyone could buy a tripod called '3 Leeged Thing Eddie'. Come on, it's ludicrous! If I had one of those, I'd never even mention I had a tripod to my friends. I'd be the laughing stock of the group.
I have a Triopo carbon fibre tripod (OK, I admit it isn't a very serious name either...) that is a clone of the Sirui, save for having only one neoprene grip. I suspect there's a lot of OEM going on here, as the spiders of all tripods (bar the Gitzo) look very much alike. This is not a bad thing, as carbon fibre tripods have become quite affordable while retaining the properties of this material.
I find, however, that the weight advantage evaporates somewhat when the head is mounted. Ball heads can be quite heavy, though they're very practical.

You disparage my country and BRAGGED about your education, now you are making it personal. Yup, your icon reflects who you are.

The research /ranking was conducted by an international organization. The second one was by China. Research the schools listed WORLD WIDE to see if it is Private or Public.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 14:37 UTC
On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (81 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: I don't know how anyone could buy a tripod called '3 Leeged Thing Eddie'. Come on, it's ludicrous! If I had one of those, I'd never even mention I had a tripod to my friends. I'd be the laughing stock of the group.
I have a Triopo carbon fibre tripod (OK, I admit it isn't a very serious name either...) that is a clone of the Sirui, save for having only one neoprene grip. I suspect there's a lot of OEM going on here, as the spiders of all tripods (bar the Gitzo) look very much alike. This is not a bad thing, as carbon fibre tripods have become quite affordable while retaining the properties of this material.
I find, however, that the weight advantage evaporates somewhat when the head is mounted. Ball heads can be quite heavy, though they're very practical.

Hmmmm … I can't see any University from Portugal in the list of Top !00 Universities in the World the last three years. I can't find Coimbra in either of the list below but I read in Coimbra brochure that they are among the list ranked between 401 to 500.

Check these links below and see for your self:

http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/mar/06/worlds-top-100-universities-2014-reputations-ranked-times-higher-education

This next link list the Academic Ranking of World Universities conducted and publish by China.
http://www.shanghairanking.com/ARWU2013.html

I earned Electrical and Mechanical Engineering degrees from MIT and earned Nuclear Engineering from another university ranked 99th in the second list.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 04:00 UTC
On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (81 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: I don't know how anyone could buy a tripod called '3 Leeged Thing Eddie'. Come on, it's ludicrous! If I had one of those, I'd never even mention I had a tripod to my friends. I'd be the laughing stock of the group.
I have a Triopo carbon fibre tripod (OK, I admit it isn't a very serious name either...) that is a clone of the Sirui, save for having only one neoprene grip. I suspect there's a lot of OEM going on here, as the spiders of all tripods (bar the Gitzo) look very much alike. This is not a bad thing, as carbon fibre tripods have become quite affordable while retaining the properties of this material.
I find, however, that the weight advantage evaporates somewhat when the head is mounted. Ball heads can be quite heavy, though they're very practical.

You are welcome. I thought you would like to enjoy and take photos of the great natural and man-made scenes we have. Too bad you are only aware of the bad things we have. But look at the good side, our freedom of press allow us to know what is happening around us. As for bad public education, it reflect the abuse of freedom we have. Despite this bad public education, the last I heard, the 20 top Universities in the world are in the United States of America. How many Universities in Portugal are in the top 100?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 23:03 UTC
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KSV: Anyone can explain what the heck is 500W of power? AFAIK flash output measured in Joules or guide number. Watts (power) is used for constant light source like tungsten one.

@KSV - I am a retire REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER who was a Fellow in the ASME. I don't know where you got your information about WORK, POWER, and ENERGY but it is NOT entirely correct.

In the metric system, there are properties that are exactly of the same numerical value. I won't waste my time to educate you.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 22:35 UTC
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KSV: Anyone can explain what the heck is 500W of power? AFAIK flash output measured in Joules or guide number. Watts (power) is used for constant light source like tungsten one.

@KSV - We in the USA uses the, in my opinion, archaic English System . . . while practically every industrialized nation on earth uses SI … including Great Britain. If you are an engineer or physicist, then you are aware of the equivalence or conversion to and from the English System to SI. I assume you also know the basics of ENERGY, WORK, and POWER.

Watt is an English System and Joule is the SI unit of ENERGY. Moreover, energy rating of an electronic flash or a light bulb does not necessarily mean the light output (Lumens) of that device.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 18:38 UTC
On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (81 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: I don't know how anyone could buy a tripod called '3 Leeged Thing Eddie'. Come on, it's ludicrous! If I had one of those, I'd never even mention I had a tripod to my friends. I'd be the laughing stock of the group.
I have a Triopo carbon fibre tripod (OK, I admit it isn't a very serious name either...) that is a clone of the Sirui, save for having only one neoprene grip. I suspect there's a lot of OEM going on here, as the spiders of all tripods (bar the Gitzo) look very much alike. This is not a bad thing, as carbon fibre tripods have become quite affordable while retaining the properties of this material.
I find, however, that the weight advantage evaporates somewhat when the head is mounted. Ball heads can be quite heavy, though they're very practical.

Cosmo - you have to take it easy. Don't you have anything better to do in Portugal? Come over for a visit to the USA and see how we live. . .

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2014 at 21:05 UTC
On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (81 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: I don't know how anyone could buy a tripod called '3 Leeged Thing Eddie'. Come on, it's ludicrous! If I had one of those, I'd never even mention I had a tripod to my friends. I'd be the laughing stock of the group.
I have a Triopo carbon fibre tripod (OK, I admit it isn't a very serious name either...) that is a clone of the Sirui, save for having only one neoprene grip. I suspect there's a lot of OEM going on here, as the spiders of all tripods (bar the Gitzo) look very much alike. This is not a bad thing, as carbon fibre tripods have become quite affordable while retaining the properties of this material.
I find, however, that the weight advantage evaporates somewhat when the head is mounted. Ball heads can be quite heavy, though they're very practical.

what turntable Cozmo?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2014 at 17:42 UTC
On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (81 comments in total)
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Alan Ernst: My favourite "rig" for travelling light and for hiking is the Promaster 525t. If you can get this brand in the area you live, do consider it as well (in Canada it is sold through Photo Source). Combined with an older Manfrotto 486 ball head and a Cullmann quick release plate, specs are as follows:
Weight 1.4 kg (just over 3lb)
Lowest height with center column removed 22cm (9")
Extended without center column, 127cm (51") incl. ball head and q.release
Extended with center column raised 147cm (59")
Folded 45cm (18")
This carbon fibre model has five sections but is easy and fast to set up. Included are a bubble level, insulation on one leg, hook on center column to add weight.
Have used it for two years and no issues whatsoever.

If weight is an issue but I need more height, I use the 3 section Promaster T325P which is still ideal for travel and also very light but, with ball head, extends to 170cm max (68") with center column raised.

In greater Cleveland, Ohio where I live, Dodd Camera caries Promaster tripods, ball heads, quick release mounting plates, speed lights and other accessories. Promaster products are made by various manufacturers in China. Some are very good, some are very bad.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2014 at 15:08 UTC
On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (81 comments in total)

Here is one site for REALLY SERIOUS photographers who NEED the BEST tripod for their work.
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/accessories/is_this_the_worlds_best_tripod.shtml

you be the judge if the price is justified.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2014 at 14:07 UTC as 3rd comment
On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (81 comments in total)
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MayaTlab0: Thanks a lot for these reviews. I've been using for a long time tripods I inherited from my grand-father - needless to say I needed an update regarding current tripod designs and this provided a little help.

Luminous Landscape has much better review than this. The reviewer is NOT paid nor accept freebie. If you are from the USA or Canada, you might appreciate the products reviewed are made in the USA. Unless you are a REALLY SERIOUS PHOTOGRAPHER, the price might scare you . . . The REALLY RIGHT STUFF is over $1,000

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2014 at 13:21 UTC
On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (81 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: I don't know how anyone could buy a tripod called '3 Leeged Thing Eddie'. Come on, it's ludicrous! If I had one of those, I'd never even mention I had a tripod to my friends. I'd be the laughing stock of the group.
I have a Triopo carbon fibre tripod (OK, I admit it isn't a very serious name either...) that is a clone of the Sirui, save for having only one neoprene grip. I suspect there's a lot of OEM going on here, as the spiders of all tripods (bar the Gitzo) look very much alike. This is not a bad thing, as carbon fibre tripods have become quite affordable while retaining the properties of this material.
I find, however, that the weight advantage evaporates somewhat when the head is mounted. Ball heads can be quite heavy, though they're very practical.

Manuel - That is Cosmo Kramer. George Costanza is the bald headed round face bespectacle guy. How can I take you seriously?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2014 at 13:15 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1493 comments in total)
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ecube: I have reservations about the "Real World" sample photos presented here. What are the sample photos suppose to illustrate? Good looking pictures does not mean anything for evaluating the camera performance because there is no basis of comparison. As for the processed RAW, what does it proved regarding the camera capability? If the purpose is to illustrate the dynamic range, then the three or four samples illustrate the shortcoming of this D810. I have gotten better results of high and varying lighting condition from my D800 than the samples shown in this review. It seems to me that the shooter did not set the HDR properly.

Is the purpose of the sample photos is to compare the D810 against the D800 and D800E, then why not make a side-by-side shots from all three cameras? The comparison to the Canon camera shows the lack of knowledge by the tester because there is no common and controlled basis of comparison. Moreover, it is not relevant.

Was I expecting too much from DPReview?

Oh yes, REAL WORLD photos of outdoor scenes, bridges, buildings, lakes/rivers/mountains, sporting events . . . name it. The point is the "side-by-side" comparison of JPEG files right off the camera. While you did not mention RAW, I have nothing against raw files, only that I prefer to compare the ability of the camera on the consumer's view point. Of course D800/800E/810 are not for the average consumer who thinks that raw applies to how their food is prepared.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 16:09 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1493 comments in total)
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ecube: I have reservations about the "Real World" sample photos presented here. What are the sample photos suppose to illustrate? Good looking pictures does not mean anything for evaluating the camera performance because there is no basis of comparison. As for the processed RAW, what does it proved regarding the camera capability? If the purpose is to illustrate the dynamic range, then the three or four samples illustrate the shortcoming of this D810. I have gotten better results of high and varying lighting condition from my D800 than the samples shown in this review. It seems to me that the shooter did not set the HDR properly.

Is the purpose of the sample photos is to compare the D810 against the D800 and D800E, then why not make a side-by-side shots from all three cameras? The comparison to the Canon camera shows the lack of knowledge by the tester because there is no common and controlled basis of comparison. Moreover, it is not relevant.

Was I expecting too much from DPReview?

@Inthe Mist - In the 2003-2006, DPR used to present a side-by-side photos of subject taken by cameras being compared against one another. Shots were of identical setting from identical lenses. Test charts were also used. The side-by-side photos illustrates the tester's point and removed reliance on memories. As I recall, the photographs were NOT post processed. . . I wonder if you recall those times.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 01:13 UTC
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