Glen Barrington

Glen Barrington

Lives in United States Springfield, IL, United States
Works as a Retired
Joined on Mar 21, 2003
About me:

I look good fat, I'm gonna look good old. . .

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On Samsung Galaxy S5 camera review post (85 comments in total)

I own the S5, and like all phone cameras, the ergonomics were ignored, making it impossible to hold steady. In my mind, it is a camera of absolute last resort, I'd rather use a $30 Walmart 'special' kiddie camera. I'm not impressed.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 19:36 UTC as 6th comment
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h2k: I agree that PaintShop X6 seemed confusing compared to Photoshop, but it may be the case that we are all used to Photosho too much.

I think that a person who never handled either Photoshop or PaintShop would not find PaintShop that much more confusing - maybe a little more confusing.

I guess to get better reviews, Corel needs to make PaintShop more similar to Photoshop, just so that the reviewers used to Photoshop won't scoff at PaintShop's "unconventional" solutions.

Of course then PaintShop may be called a copycat.

Certainly in several areas PaintShop offers at least more than Photoshop Elements, simple things like macro recording and curves.

I'm surprised at your comments. I've always thought PSP had a superior UI compared to Photoshop. Yes moving from Photoshop to PSP X5 was a bit disorienting, but by the end of a month, it was no problem for me at all. X6 has been a joy for me to use. It has been fast and accurate for me.

For me, the big thing is that with workflow tools, I'm using ACDSee Pro, photo editors no longer have the importance they used to have. ACDSee Pro, or Lightroom, and their competitors have supplanted much of the editor's role. Editors, of any brand, just aren't as important as they used to be. For me, it makes no sense to spend the money for Photoshop for the light duty use I put an editor to.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 12:42 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (424 comments in total)
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Mike FL: Olympus M43 seems like Nikon 1 system, lot of variations but nothing really stand out other than patches after patches to fix problems.

I would disagree in that Olympus really only has two major variations, the Pen line and the OMD line though I admit there are offerings at various price points within those lines. Most of the differences are carried in programmable ROM, so other than build quality, I should think maintaining difference is relatively easy and cheap to do.

Both seem to sell relatively well globally. At least well enough that Oly hasn't yet felt the need to reduce the number of price points offered. However, I'm sure that is coming. I suspect the Pen line will eventually be pared down to one standard offering and perhaps an occasional 'special' limited time offerings.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 15:06 UTC
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (303 comments in total)

I think there is still room for a 12 mp camera. That alone wouldn't stop me.

I am concerned that they have compromised too much on size and weight. For me, the whole point of a camera like the Canon G series (which this camera is aimed at, competition wise) is the "take with" appeal of a camera that gives you a bit more control than a simpler P&S. The optical viewfinder is a great way to compromise on Size and Weight. An evf, in this case, turns the camera into some other kind of camera.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 16:19 UTC as 28th comment
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Ron A 19: I'm Canadian, and a lot of comments here make it seem like Canada Post is incompetent. Not necessarily the case. How does lens rentals know the specific depot in Mississauga where these lenses are being "stolen"? Did Canada Post give them that information? This is a crime, and someone should be held accountable. It's a federal offence to steal or open someone else's mail.

Sorry, I don't think it sounds incompetent, I think it sounds corrupt.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 14:14 UTC

There is more depth to this story, when I think about it. For Lens Rentals Canada to stop all orders because someone (or a group of someones) is stealing their gear, tells me one of two things.

1) The theft and corruption is so bad that Lens Rentals doesn't think The Canadian postal authorities can stop it. And that the corruption extends beyond a single organization, otherwise they would have found alternate shippers.

or
2) Lens Rentals Canada is looking for any excuse to halt operations.

I wonder which it is?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 01:39 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies
On Samsung Galaxy S5 camera review post (85 comments in total)

I own the S5, I guess it's a good thing that the camera is better than many other phones.

But I'm a photographer, and I've put the S5 through its paces as a camera. Let's just say it isn't likely to replace my Oly OMD E-M10 any time soon. It is NOT a serious photo tool.

It IS however, a really good phone and PDA, and as a photographer, I think that is a good thing.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 20:00 UTC as 15th comment
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Everyone has different preferences. The real question is... who is this camera designed for?

This camera is confusing.

It is bigger than it needs to be. So it isn't the best design for a compact carry camera. It is more expensive than some semi-pro DSLRs are, so it isn't a good value. Is this camera worth more than an E-M5 or an X-E2 or a NEX-6? Because it sure costs more.

It uses a cell phone memory card, for some reason that no one can seem to understand. Perhaps they just wanted it to be different?

Having a separate and "optional EVF" might seem like a good idea on paper, but in reality it just creates the need to carry something else around. Something that could be lost, dropped or misplaced. This might be why Olympus has been more successful with their OMD line than their Pen line.

To me, it looks like this camera only makes sense for a Nikon fan who wants a "companion camera" for his Nikon DSLR, and cannot tolerate any other brand name sitting in his camera bag.

I agree with you, Marty. I don't doubt it is probably a pretty good camera, overall, but I simply don't see the target demographics that this camera was designed for.

When I ask myself which of my "hot buttons" this camera presses, the only response I can come up with is "size and weight". Is that going to be enough to tip the scales when I can get an E-M10 for $800 USD? I don't think so.

I suspect it's too bulky for a purse/glove box camera, and WAY too expensive for the purse/Glove box as well. To me, while it may measure out as smaller than m43s cameras, is the practical difference enough to make a difference? It doesn't sound like it.

Do I believe the IQ will be as high as m43s? Well, I'm willing to be convinced, but at this point, I kind of doubt it.

I'm willing to change my mind, I finally did so with m43s after several years, but at this point, my money stays in my wallet.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 14:15 UTC
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (180 comments in total)
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Klarno: Attractive camera, good for the system. Don't like the different flash pinout. Interested to see the performance of the lenses. This camera doesn't really have a place in my bag when it's outclassed in functionality by my $200 E-PM2 though.

To be honest, I don't think this camera is aimed at you. But rather those non-enthusiast people looking for a "Nice" camera. These are the people Olympus has had difficulty serving with 4/3 and m43s.

If JK imaging can do it, I say more power to them!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 16:15 UTC
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (180 comments in total)

To those who believe this is aimed solely at the "Asian" Market. I suspect it is difficult for outsiders to understand the appeal of the name "Kodak" in North America among people who aren't Professionals or even 'enthusiasts', but who still want a "nice" camera. (Nice defined by THEIR standards, not yours).

I also suspect this brand will find its way to the North American market as quickly as possible and it is to the benefit of Olympus and Panasonic. with the Kodak m43s brand established globally, that takes the pressure off Olympasonic to go to the expense of developing, producing, and marketing the low end introductory cameras that they find difficult to make a profit with. This will allow them to concentrate their resources on the more profitable enthusiast and professional cameras.

If Olympasonic is smart, they will bend over backwards to help JK Imaging to establish this brand in as many places as possible.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 13:33 UTC as 69th comment | 4 replies

I wish they would show it next to an m43s camera so we can get a sense of scale.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 14:16 UTC as 32nd comment

I don't care, it's too much trouble to switch from what I've got.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 15:38 UTC as 89th comment
On onOne Software's Perfect Effects 8 available for free article (117 comments in total)
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joe6pack: Before I install it, can someone tell me more about this software?

How big is the installation? I don't have Lr or PS.

Are there services running in the background even if I don't run the software? e.g. DRM, Update, etc

Review on Amazon isn't so exciting. I understand this is FREE but there are a lot of harm a bad software is capable of doing.

Don't download it don't use it. It's just too dangerous

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 11:16 UTC
On onOne Software's Perfect Effects 8 available for free article (117 comments in total)
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itchhh: What's the catch?

There is one catch, at some point they will come to their senses. Say, when Perfect Effects 9 or 10 comes out and/or when Windows 9 comes out. Then we will all have to upgrade to the latest version for money because PE8 won't run on Win 9 and then they all retire on the proceeds from that instant financial windfall. Sneaky, aren't they?

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 01:34 UTC
On onOne Software's Perfect Effects 8 available for free article (117 comments in total)
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photosen: Pity, I don't have 8G of RAM either...

An upgrade to 8 Gig of ram would cost, what? $99 or so? Think of it as a special deal! An upgrade of ram with free software for $99

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 00:02 UTC
On onOne Software's Perfect Effects 8 available for free article (117 comments in total)
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FRANCISCO ARAGAO: it will run with Photoshop Elements 12?

It's FREE! Download it and find out!

It runs as a standalone application as well, so you can save to tiff and access it that way or use it as an external editor for Lightroom or ACDSee Pro 7.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2014 at 23:57 UTC
On onOne Software's Perfect Effects 8 available for free article (117 comments in total)

I got this for free in the last promotion. It is probably the BEST freebie I have ever encountered. It offers REAL value; and it isn't just some outdated, elderly software that has been recompiled to run on a modern system.

You might not know it yet, but you WANT this software!

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2014 at 22:00 UTC as 50th comment
On 'City of Samba': Rio Carnival in tilt-shift article (48 comments in total)
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Konstantin Mineev: Unbelievable video work. No matter what the author used he is a genius.

The word "Genius" is a bit strong, I think. "Clever" is more like it in my mind. I'd rather save the word 'genius' for guys like you and me. You know, the truly deserving . . .

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 19:42 UTC
On 'City of Samba': Rio Carnival in tilt-shift article (48 comments in total)

I think this technique will have much more commercial and pop cultural influence than it will have artistic influence. Not that these films are 'bad' by any means, but I do think people in the arts will get tired of the effect pretty quickly once the really GOOD subjects are used up.

After that, we will continue to see this effect used in FedEx and investment Banking commercials on TV; and in 3 years, you won't see it used much at all.

That being said, it was a fun video to watch.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 19:38 UTC as 4th comment
On Get more accurate color with camera calibration article (208 comments in total)

How does that work with raw? Isn't it just a way to create presets that would be applied at load time? Over time, don't we all pretty much create presets that are applied at load time? I'm not saying this is a useless product category, not at all, but I am saying this seems to be a ways to automate and produce more quickly, what we already are doing. I don't see how it can be anything else!

If someone knows how this differs, I'm willing to listen. . .

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 17:32 UTC as 41st comment | 3 replies
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