Suntan

Lives in United States Twin Cities, United States
Works as a Engineer
Joined on Aug 30, 2004

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On article Nikon announces development of D850 (475 comments in total)
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Nikonese: I know it won't be, but, what if it was mirrorless?

The release clearly states...

"This powerful new FX-format digital SLR camera is engineered with..."

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 11:57 UTC
On article Video: How to make a DIY 'beauty dish' for $12 (30 comments in total)

Should be labelled, "How to put a piece of black construction paper on a shoot through umbrella."

Really though, all he did was reproduce the worst aspect of a cheap beauty dish. Namely, the distracting dark spot in the center of the catchlight. If you're going to do this setup, just use the umbrella without the black scrap.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 13:28 UTC as 8th comment

Man, watching these led me to search youtube for more eclipse videos, which led me to find a bunch of flat-earth denial videos... Which led me to a splitting headache.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 19:22 UTC as 4th comment
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RobBobW: The best thing that happened to me while shooting the 1979 eclipse in Manitoba was running out of film during mid totality. It freed me from the tyranny of manipulating my camera with bracketing exposures to simply taking in and enjoying this spectacular event. Take time to marvel and wonder at this upcoming event!

Agreed. Anyone that's ever tried to shoot the moon or sun before will know that it almost always comes out a lot less impressive than you remembered it at the time. Unless you have serious gear set up for it.
Personally, I'm going to set a couple of cameras up ahead of time to take some wide field shots on an intervalometer, then just sit back and enjoy the show.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 18:17 UTC
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lightandaprayer: Fixer-upper cruise ship for sale. Make offer. . .

Craigslist ad claim - "Ran when parked"

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 14:34 UTC
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Reactive: Some of these shots looked a bit familiar, especially the guy 'falling off' the tennis court.... then I remembered Canon's campaign from a couple of years ago, where every shot was taken at an odd angle so people appeared to be doing impossible things. Clones are useful tools, but for me their images have already reached the seen-it-all-before category, probably because every TV show over-uses them.

Have to disagree. They are really just coming into their own for documentary work.
I watched a documentary about sharks the other day, with my son, figuring that it will have nothing in it that I haven't already seen. But I was really impressed by the capabilities and latitudes offered to the endeavor. It didn't just give the shot "a new angle" to the same sequence. It allowed the documentary to show things that hadn't been recorded before.
I don't really have a "thing" for drones (I don't even own one) so I'm not hyping them because I have misplaced delusions that a toy I bought will make me great. I'm just acknowledging that they do offer unique capabilities not really possible before. And creative minds have not yet fully tapped into it.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 12:02 UTC
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Quantum Scientist: Simple matter to register a domain and host it for $30 to $50 per year. You can then upload and link as many images as you want as well as have your own email domain and a website if you want one.

"My top grade hosting account at ICDSoft is $18 per year... ...Their basic plan is $6 per month."

Wut?

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2017 at 11:36 UTC
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LMBC: I’m a Canon customer since Canon G2. I upgraded it to Canon 20D and after that to Canon 7D. I loved it and I upgraded it with “L” lens which improved it a lot.

I started to make family videos and Canon 7D was not up to it, so I waited for Canon 7D mk2. At the time I really needed a better video camera so after Samsung came out with NX1 I bought it just for videos. I realized that NX1 was also a much better camera for photo, so my loved Canon 7D was left in the bag at home.

Samsung left the SLR market which leaves me with a great camera (which I still use almost daily) but without any future. I kept my Canon gear (7D, lens, flash & other) because I was hoping that they would improve their cameras and I was hoping that Canon 6D mk2 was the “ camera”, but I was wrong. NO !@!@!@ 4k???

Now, I will sell all my Canon equipment so that I can invest in other (SONY?) brand in a near future...

So, goodbye Canon. I really loved you...

Mirrorless weight is also much better after a long day...

I'll just weigh in here to address some of the "disbelief."

The videos I take are primarily home vids. Although they are not "pro" level, and usually I ultimately render them out at 1080p, shooting in 4K can be very advantageous for all the same reasons the market justifies 24mp sensors for customers that rarely print larger than 8x10.
Namely, the flexibility to crop/pan/level a sequence in post.
Regardless, arguing that "nobody needs 4k anyway" is just sour grapes. The reality is that nothing technical is stopping Canon from adding 4K shooting to this camera. The only reason it is not there is for product separation. Now one can make a credible argument that Canon has every right to keep product features separated to segment its lineup. But one can also understand some customers having a legitimate gripe about it.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 12:22 UTC
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tassosDA: It's an entry level full frame camera. Price is reasonable, specs look good, handling is easy, what more do you want? Well done Canon, nice camera...

@ Yoss

D750 is currently $1,797 including some extras, from B&H. Just saying.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1082599-REG/nikon_d750_dslr_camera_body.html

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 11:56 UTC
On article First pictures from the new Nikon 8-15mm fisheye (139 comments in total)

Personally, I can't see fisheye pictures as anything more than a novelty.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 11:05 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2726 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: The Sony A9 killed my GAS. Since I have it, I have zero interest in other cameras. Before that I was interested in Sony A7RII/A6500, Canon M5/5DIV, Panasonic GH5 and especially Fujifilm X-T2. But the A9 is so dams brilliant and utterly versatile, that it replaces all of these. It's an unbelievable great camera. I've been using it for about a week now, and I am blown by its capabilities. Before actually buying I spent a whole day in a Sony showroom experimenting with the A9; still, I found it every day (much) better than I had expected. Looking through the high quality EVF is, as if I was watching a utterly crisp HD TV.
I encourage you fellow photographers, sell all your irrelevant crap you have accumulated during the past years, and buy an A9. The A9 is worth every pennies I paid for it; and I am happy that I've sold my gear pile.

Gear Acquisition Syndrome - ...The desire to buy more stuff.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 12:00 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2726 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: The Sony A9 killed my GAS. Since I have it, I have zero interest in other cameras. Before that I was interested in Sony A7RII/A6500, Canon M5/5DIV, Panasonic GH5 and especially Fujifilm X-T2. But the A9 is so dams brilliant and utterly versatile, that it replaces all of these. It's an unbelievable great camera. I've been using it for about a week now, and I am blown by its capabilities. Before actually buying I spent a whole day in a Sony showroom experimenting with the A9; still, I found it every day (much) better than I had expected. Looking through the high quality EVF is, as if I was watching a utterly crisp HD TV.
I encourage you fellow photographers, sell all your irrelevant crap you have accumulated during the past years, and buy an A9. The A9 is worth every pennies I paid for it; and I am happy that I've sold my gear pile.

Plays with new camera for less than a week, declares GAS officially gone... Gee, haven't we all been there. Get back to us in another 3 or 4 weeks.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 19:04 UTC
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OlyPent: Get rid of the battery and used a spring attached to a back-brace of some kind and the rear of the camera/lens holder.

Jeez, all that to talk about your tripod. If you had just started with, "hey guys, look at the tripod I have." I would have just avoided responding 3 posts ago.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 14:16 UTC
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OlyPent: Get rid of the battery and used a spring attached to a back-brace of some kind and the rear of the camera/lens holder.

Any mount system you may be thinking of is likely designed to limit motion, or to counteract motion. No industry uses springs to offset a mass that then has to be able to move in any significant way.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 04:22 UTC
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OlyPent: Get rid of the battery and used a spring attached to a back-brace of some kind and the rear of the camera/lens holder.

Springs would only work if a person wants to pan horizontally, at a fixed height. Once you try to tilt up and down they become much less useful as the amount of force they produce is based on how far they are stretched.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 15:13 UTC

I'm guessing another benefit of that rig is that people don't crowd close to you while you are trying to pan with the airplanes!

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 15:05 UTC as 10th comment
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fPrime: Deja vu! Am I on PetaPixel? No, it's just DPR mirroring stories from another website three days later. Something about this feels wrong.

The only thing wrong is when people that spend all their time roving 50 different websites all catering to the same hobby, then come on here and get all douchy about the fact that information spreads by repetition.

The next time a site claims exclusive coverage of something you saw 3 days back during one of your expansive web-wide surf sessions, feel free to take umbrage. Otherwise, pipe down.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 14:32 UTC

...Rabble, rabble, rabble, "This isn't the list I'd make!" Rabble, Rabble, Rabble...

Sounds like a lot of people need to go make their own gear review websites.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 11:14 UTC as 55th comment
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Suntan: Serious question (no snark) as I really don't have a dog in the fight w/ regards to the camera, but do a lot of you all actually set up that many overrides/custom shooting settings on your cameras?

Personally, switching back and forth from A to M is about my limit.

If you say so. In the instances that AF seems to go screwy, I usually just repress the AF button. YMMV.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 12:23 UTC

Serious question (no snark) as I really don't have a dog in the fight w/ regards to the camera, but do a lot of you all actually set up that many overrides/custom shooting settings on your cameras?

Personally, switching back and forth from A to M is about my limit.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 11:52 UTC as 109th comment | 10 replies
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