Suntan

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That headline is kind of silly. It's like saying, "And once again, water was the most popular drink of the year."

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 19:59 UTC as 5th comment
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Graham Best: "In my opinion the F-Stop line of camera bags, including the Tilopa series, are by far the best on the market."

It would help the reader of the review, if the author would qualify opinions made. Why is the the reviewed bag "by far the best on the market"? Personally, I've been very pleased with Think Tank products. They've held up well for years, and should something fail, they're guaranteed for life with a free replacement (and a very good customer service department). I've been similarly pleased with LowePro products.

I'm very interested to see the author articulate what quality(s) makes the tested bag "by far" the best.

I agree with Graham. I personally think Kata made some of the best bags. But I certainly haven't had extensive experience with all of them such that I could be qualified to actually say, "by far the best bags on the market."

If a reviewer is going to use such hyperbole, they should be prepared to cite specific details and compare them to other prominent bags on the market.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 17:21 UTC
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Suntan: $300 and (more importantly) 4.1 lbs for a 50L pack before you even add protection for camera gear?

Too heavy on both accounts.

Yes, I am aware that the average camera backpack is heavy. That said, the average camera backpack isn't trying to be a 50L pack with a place to store your avalanche shovel and skies.

I've all-day day-hiked with my full SLR gear in a pack that weighed much less than 4lbs, and I've multi-day hiked with 50L packs that weighted much less than 4lbs. From that experience, I don't really see the desire for a 4+lb pack that can be filled with additional padding for some camera gear.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 17:17 UTC

$300 and (more importantly) 4.1 lbs for a 50L pack before you even add protection for camera gear?

Too heavy on both accounts.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 13:22 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
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iAPX: The value of this camera is clearly not on the low-light possibilities, even if it's better than many smartphones by 1 or 2 stops, it could not compete with 1" or APS-C in low light, not talking about full-frames!

The value is the mobility, compactness, ruggedness of the sensor+lens part, the ability to remotely take photos or videos in harsh conditions, as well as the versatility of the usages.

Where are the accessories to use it like another action-cam?

But how does this have value over a GoPro, or any of the umpteen-bajillion GoPro knockoffs that already offer really good capabilities for "action cam" use?

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 16:30 UTC
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Suntan: A low light camera with a f/2.8 lens... odd.

If only camera companies could figure out a why to reduce the aperture of a lens when a photographer may want that...

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 14:24 UTC

A low light camera with a f/2.8 lens... odd.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 19:29 UTC as 47th comment | 2 replies
On article Slik Lite tripods feature built-in LED lights (46 comments in total)
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Melchiorum: I have to charge/change batteries on my camera, my two flashes, my phone, my video light, my radio mic, my gimbal... Yeah, charging my freaking tripod too is just what I was missing!

@Melchiorum - Just to add some real conversation (to the otherwise preposterous idea of adding a light to a tripod.) While I prefer to use Enloops in my devices that get real use. I'm not going to put $5 worth of rechargeable batteries into every junky, little toy the kids have sitting on their shelves. Most times a non-rechargeable battery will last the lifetime of the toy, before it is shipped off to someone else's house once the kids outgrow it.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 16:03 UTC
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (288 comments in total)
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MinAZ: This lens is everything a lens is supposed to be. I'm in love with it and I don't even normally love 35mm focal length.

You missed the part where MinAZ and I were both discussing the fact that we don't really find the 35mm focal length all that appealing. As such, paying a lot of money for a 35mm prime is not appealing, regardless of the fact that a person could pay even more than that elsewhere.

Alas, this is often what happens when people but+ in to other's conversation in an effort to defend "their" lens...

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 13:47 UTC
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (288 comments in total)
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HarryLally: Rather a 'rave' review - could almost have been written by Canon. The Photozone review (using the same camera) is more balanced IMHO. The lens still gets an excellent review, but it's rather less gushing.

I see where your confusion comes from. You are looking at the BS marketing taglines that company marketing people generate to get the low information individuals thinking it sounds really great.

I was talking about people within the industry that have some knowledge and wouldn't try to waste anyone's time with phrases like "engineering grade."

Just one example - The lowly plastic polyethylene. You find it all over cheap pieces of junk in Wal Mart... You also find it in places like artificial knees and bullet proof vests. So is PE a junky commodity plastic, or one of these fancy "engineering plastics"...?

How about reviewers just offer forth their opinions about a product, "The lens feels solid and well built" instead of projecting information they have no knowledge of and makes them sound like pandering dopes to the manufacturer's marketing department...?

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 13:40 UTC
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (288 comments in total)
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HarryLally: Rather a 'rave' review - could almost have been written by Canon. The Photozone review (using the same camera) is more balanced IMHO. The lens still gets an excellent review, but it's rather less gushing.

@ Timbukto - I'm a design engineer, I've been working with different types of plastic for close to 20 years... I work with vendors and with our own, in-house, injection molding site where we buy gaylords of bulk resin by the trainload. I've never heard anyone from SABIC (or from GE before them) refer to one of their resins as "engineering grade plastic" so please could you educate me on what engineering grade plastic is...?

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 20:35 UTC
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (288 comments in total)
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MinAZ: This lens is everything a lens is supposed to be. I'm in love with it and I don't even normally love 35mm focal length.

@Yake - You completely missed the entirety of my post.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 19:38 UTC
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (288 comments in total)
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NAwlins Contrarian: Seems like in recent times Canon's new lenses have been outstanding, and on the whole notably better than Nikon's and Sony's new lenses. Combine that with their recently-improved sensors (on the 5D Mk. IV, 80D, and 1Dx Mk. II) and Canon is selling a very capable photographic system. Innovative? Not really. Exciting? No. But considerably improved from where Canon was just a couple of years ago? Sure seems like it. A very reasonable choice if your income depends on your nailing the shot today? Definitely.

P.S.
I'm mostly a Sony user. Sharp competition is a good thing for all of us.

I won't pretend to have complete knowledge of all the camera makers lineups, but I would suggest that Nikon has made some smart moves in the 1.8 prime area recently, at the expense of coming out with extreme capability 1.4 lenses.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 16:26 UTC
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (288 comments in total)
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Robemo: Man, impressive as it is I still wonder where this is going. I mentioned in another comment the rising prices of camera models (Sony) in a time where the economic prospects are not that bright. It's only a small group of people that need that non-plus-ultra quality in this fast moving world of social media where images are taken with phones. I hope the photo-industry can cope ...
But impressive it is for sure ...

Agreed. Impressive, but I'm not in the market for huge, heavy primes.

Remember when everyone argued for primes because they were small, cheap and light?

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 16:22 UTC
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (288 comments in total)
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entoman: It seems that lens quality has now caught up with 50MP sensor quality, but that leaves an interesting question - will the optical qualities of the lens be apparent on older cameras such as 5DMkiii, or will they only be noticed by users of 5DS, 5DSR and possibly 5DMkiv?

I would think the improved color fringing would be apparent for most discerning work. The extreme sharpness capabilities, probably not. But then I've been of the opinion that the obsession with sharpness has been overblown for years now.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 16:19 UTC
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (288 comments in total)
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MinAZ: This lens is everything a lens is supposed to be. I'm in love with it and I don't even normally love 35mm focal length.

Kinda my thoughts. Great looking capabilities, but at the end of the day, spending $1,600 for a 35mm lens doesn't sound too appealing.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 16:17 UTC
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (288 comments in total)
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HarryLally: Rather a 'rave' review - could almost have been written by Canon. The Photozone review (using the same camera) is more balanced IMHO. The lens still gets an excellent review, but it's rather less gushing.

I'd have to agree. Surely the lens looks to be quite good at what it is intended to do, but the review just goes too far.

Why was the 2 stops of falloff in the corners not mentioned? Yes, vignetting is easily handled in post processing, but it should still be discussed, as 2 stops is pretty big for such an expensive 35mm lens.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 16:16 UTC
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Suntan: Everybody loves to look at how everything is so horrible, but feel free to search for: - " Puente Hills Landfill, Crossroads Parkway South, City of Industry, CA, United States "

Landfills? Surely the epitome of human destruction. Zoom right in and watch how all the horrible, nasty human waste creates... a hillside.

You're so full of it. The covered over landfill has the same small scrub brush growing on it that the surrounding "natural" land has. The same small animals that use them for cover don't give a care for what is underneath and it takes no time for them to populate the area. Once there is small foliage for cover, they overrun an area.

This is located in the center of a town called "City of Industry" for freaking sakes. It isn't like this is silver back gorilla habitat.

Anyway, I'm out of here. So feel free to consider yourself correct. Yes, yes, humans are univerally horrible and everything we do or touch is complete destruction.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 22:07 UTC
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Suntan: Everybody loves to look at how everything is so horrible, but feel free to search for: - " Puente Hills Landfill, Crossroads Parkway South, City of Industry, CA, United States "

Landfills? Surely the epitome of human destruction. Zoom right in and watch how all the horrible, nasty human waste creates... a hillside.

Look at a picture of Puente Hills area, it is a hill that is literally surround by city.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 19:56 UTC
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AshMills: That looks depressing, but interesting!

So humans flourishing is depressing...?

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 14:30 UTC
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