Spectro

Lives in United States Seattle, WA, United States
Joined on Jul 9, 2012
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architect and photonerd

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On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (358 comments in total)

probably because the government and faa is breathing down dji neck and already telling them on future changes and lawsuit. Laws will change and be amended, since drone is somewhat new. Drone law maybe minor now, but the book will bigger in a few years. DJI is future proofing their product. DJI is the biggest of the drone companies so they would go at them first and go after the smaller guys in due time.

Most people would click the warning and just fly thru. So planning ahead to work in a restrict area makes sense. I work on government/institutional building not for public, you need clearance before hand, not just when you walk up and click on the door bell.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 18:06 UTC as 81st comment | 1 reply

1 bee sting I would put in pain and out of service for a while, this guy must have hundreds or thousands of stings overtime. His body must be immune or leather skin.

Plus no fear of heights with basic hemp latter.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 20:08 UTC as 16th comment
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (329 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: My take on this gallery is that the PNW is a brilliant place in the Summer.

brilliant in the summer as most places, it it seem way better when the sun comes out. But most time of the year it is cloudy and grey sky. It doesn't rain that much really. Perfer rain over just grey overcast cloud. But for photography it has almost everything. air balloon, cave, canyon (they call gorge here), sports, weird people, culture, plenty of portrait events, outdoor, wild animals, ocean, cityscape, etc.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 19:17 UTC

6 out of 10

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 07:06 UTC as 81st comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon IXUS 50 / SD400 Digital ELPH (62 comments in total)

this is like the 3rd cameras I owned on this throwback list. I spent like 450 or so back in the days around 2005. Got it because I wanted a canon, it was small, metal and compact. But I didn't use it much, slow focusing. Did regret buying it, it was an impulse buy. the metal grade in front collected too much dirt. Gave it to my parents so it is still around back home.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 06:30 UTC as 15th comment
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Spectro: make you shots count then, and avoid the darkness.

"your" not you edit in original line.

The white lenses are the storm troopers, but the dark side is just the opposite. I actually have the original a7 and only 2-3 lenses. Won't buy into sony lens system tho.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 14:39 UTC

make you shots count then, and avoid the darkness.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 04:27 UTC as 343rd comment | 3 replies
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Jason: He got a virus on his Mac? The last time I read about a Mac virus in the wild, contracting it pretty much required a willing infectee.

Regarding price: Mac components are often better. The SSDs on 2017 MBPs, for example, are really fast. I think it would be hard to find an equivalent SSD upgrade. Also, in my experience, no other large company will go so far to ensure satisfaction. Apple has repeatedly replaced/repaired out-of-warranty products for me free of charge, saving me thousands over time--well worth a higher initial price.

Plus, Mac OS system-wide keyboard shortcuts make screen life worth living.

I have a 2017 13" MBP. It has been fantastic so far. Lack of ports has been a non-issue. I got two USB-A adapters for $9 on Amazon, and got on with my life. I sold my 5 year old MBP for $850!

My 5 reasons to buy PC over Mac:
1- You can't spend more than a few hundred bucks
2- You run Win-only software and can't/won't emulate it
3- You love tinkering with hardware
4- Gaming
5- ?

components are the same really. If you get a higher end gaming laptop most of the spec are about the same or better. thin laptop use ssd pcie as do mac, they look like memory ram size. A high end laptop (with metal body) vs a mac there is only a 10-20% price different really. I call it the apple tax. No a similar spec laptop isn't 30-50% cheaper, people dont compare apple to apple, maybe apple to orange.

your pc vs mar reason seem reasonable. #1 is true and also not. 75-80% f the world are pc to say all don't want to spend more isn't ignoring teh high end pc laptop market. Gamers and professional will spend a few k on a good rig. High end pc and laptop are actually more expensive then the top end mac because you can configure it top the latest and best components that mac don't carry. You don't get nvidia 1080ti, top of the line quatro, amd ryzen on a mac at all.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 22:25 UTC
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Quantum Scientist: Everybody talks up the Dell XPS 15 but there are others. I have the Gigabyte Aero 15 with latest 7th gen Intel® Coreā„¢ i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 GDDR5 6GB graphics, 32GB ultra-fast DDR4 ram, 1 TB PCIe M.2, fantastic screen with narrow bezel with Pantone certified colors and many ports (no dongles required) for about $1800. Blows away any MacBook Pro and even the Dell XPS.

uhmm, the base price is 1899 for 16gb and 500mb of the pcie m.2. That the one I wanted to but it was 1899, but got a cheaper almost same spec 16gb msi stealth pro with a thin aluminum body from newegg. Grant it screen is little less impressive (but it is matte), but I use an external dell graphic ips monitor spyder 4 for editing. Why most of my images are over saturated or too much contrast/deep black. They do look contrasty and saturated on a glossy tablet screen. Love the keyboard rgb colors you can fine on pc/laptop. The king of the thin performance laptop is now the asus zephyrus. An nvidia top of the line 1080 max q on a thin metal laptop.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 05:28 UTC

The amateur photographers bough the amazon chinesse knockoff lightings/strobes and the pro got the name brand. When the pro saw the amateur getting as good of a shot, they too got some knock-off to save money, end of bowen and other. I know quite a few switching to Godox as the go to portable solution.

I agree Chinese company are good at knock-off as they are the one commission to make them anyways. But innovation and customers support is really bad. I got Chinese products, I had to call main land china and got hung up. The other was a home camera door bell. Chat support was a fake screen with one one answering,...

Buying future electronic product might be dicy, but that is where it is heading toward. Just better hope it works. But China universities is getting better, westerners can't rest on their laurels either.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 05:40 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
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dash2k8: Is it me, or is this comment section looking really like a "Canon vs. Sony" or "Canon vs. Nikon" or "your brand vs. mine" sort of thing? This article is filed under "OPINION" for crying out loud, it's one man's preference. The article is not trying to persuade anyone to jump ship, so it's puzzling why people are all up in arms about this. Relax, have a cup of coffee, and go back to your OS and hardware of choice.

Oh wait, did I just start a war between coffee and tea drinkers? ;)

I only get chai tea latte with soy or almond milk, no coffee for me.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 04:36 UTC
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ewelch: MacOS. End of story for me. AppleScript and Photoshop have no equivalent on the PC. Javascript? Not the same. Not as easy. And it's not as universal with applications or the OS as AppleScript is.

And if the difference is $1,000 then the hardware is not equivalent. It doesn't take into consideration the integration of all the parts with the OS like a Mac has.

Many people prefer PCs, that's great. I'm just saying for me, what makes me stay is the technology, OS, and integration. And the smug PC users who call Macs toys. That's pathetic.

yeah that was odd comment too about photoshop. Maybe he is stuck in the 90s when photoshop was designed first for the powerpc processor for MAC and ported over to the PC. It ran faster back in the days. But now adobe is design for the x86 chip, which is intel, which run on both. The only different in photoshop speed is the spec and photoshop isn't spec hungry.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 03:37 UTC
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Thomas Kachadurian: mac for twenty years. just bought an asus over a mac book pro. better hardware, more ram, bigger ssd. same processor. saved $1200. turns out, windows 10 isn't as dumbed down as the mac OS, and I like it better. the macbook is prettier.

ASUS Zephyrus is the top of the line in performance and slimness. I like dell ultrabook (mac air size) looks and size but they don't have a gpu. Window 10 is the best, started the shift with window 7, before IOS maybe cooler, now its the same really except for the software part.

@bossanesta, maybe because it is an ultrabook, they don't have a dedicated graphic card, so video will get a huge hit. Ultrabook gpu is tiny and is on the same chip as the cpu and they share system ram. Where a video card has it own gpu chip and its own ram.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 03:17 UTC
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Spectro: pretty standard spec for a 1k laptop with a nvidia 1050 gpu. I would spend a little more for a better gpu.

For me the #1 reason I look at when I buy a PC/MAc is the software and how fast it runs it. 4 genres: architecture (PC) MAC are almost noexisting here because of the cad and 3d software. A few years ago MAC just got autocad, but the specs were slower and you can't upgrade as fast. 2. photography (tie) here, the major software are found on both. 3. Work, most company more then 10 people are PC, unless it is graphic shop. I can work from home and it is using pc window software or some special vpn. 4. gaming (PC ftw). I can upgrade my spec whenever to the best/price.

I did used to work in a computer lap in college, mac did run faster for a few software since they work designed for it. PC computer were slower until you jump on a workstation then it was no contest. In the mid 2000 MAC OS was cooler with widget and other little things. But PC is much better now in the OS.

and yes my laptop has RGB color keyboard waving for the record and it is cool.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 03:02 UTC

pretty standard spec for a 1k laptop with a nvidia 1050 gpu. I would spend a little more for a better gpu.

For me the #1 reason I look at when I buy a PC/MAc is the software and how fast it runs it. 4 genres: architecture (PC) MAC are almost noexisting here because of the cad and 3d software. A few years ago MAC just got autocad, but the specs were slower and you can't upgrade as fast. 2. photography (tie) here, the major software are found on both. 3. Work, most company more then 10 people are PC, unless it is graphic shop. I can work from home and it is using pc window software or some special vpn. 4. gaming (PC ftw). I can upgrade my spec whenever to the best/price.

I did used to work in a computer lap in college, mac did run faster for a few software since they work designed for it. PC computer were slower until you jump on a workstation then it was no contest. In the mid 2000 MAC OS was cooler with widget and other little things. But PC is much better now in the OS.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 02:54 UTC as 230th comment | 1 reply
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RED i: Just wait till the Ryzen APU chips start to ship in laptops. Oh man good competition is great...

intel has been sitting on their laurels, and it is a monopoly. Their chip are expensive with minimal performance increase over the years as moore's law is over on clock speed. They can can add more processors on the chip for mulitasking, but most software don't use more then one processor, but you can open a lot of windows software at once. What intel and nvidia has done which amd hasn't is put performance and energy efficiency in a smaller package like laptop chip version. As you don't see many amd cpu and gpu in the mobile world (good spec one). Neither AMD Ryzen nor vega has a mobile version of the chip, and maybe not till next year. Yes videographer/ editor will benefit but lightroom and photoshop won't very much.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 02:39 UTC

yeah, I seen some of these articles on petapixel a few days before too or sometime on nikonrumors and other sites. This one was on msn.com for a few days and that is a bigger site.

I don't care really, dpreview is getting more viewers so they need to diversify their contents some. More viewer's clicks equal more advertise money. This site has to be paid by somebody. If I don't like some of the articles then I don't read them or comments, there are more to look at now. As long it has some photography elements too it then it is fine. I do remembered another site that dpreview path is following. It's Cnet, they used to be just a review site then later they blogged or retweeted many other articles. Their review wasn't very en-depth anymore, so I didn't follow them anymore. I used to read their camera and tv review. Man, cnet's camera review is just generic.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 02:27 UTC as 27th comment

very creative, wished I did more myself. But it does take planning and creativity to do.

Maybe some kind of sub architectural photography subcategory. It doesn't show much of the building, more of the minimalism/tonalism of the facade, some space and colors with with human goofiness. Then there is architectural detail photography, which only an architects takes photos of. Seen this article on petapixel earlier in the week, DPr tends to grab this article after the other sites.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2017 at 20:12 UTC as 63rd comment
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Spectro: Have my d750 since the first month of release, haven't had any issues yet nor sent it in. Might have a recall for the af reflection but it was hard to replicate so I never sent it in. I have other cameras, so sending it in isn't an issues, but there is no need since it works fine.

I am guessing the d750 is nikon top seller for FF cameras, so it is more likely to have more owners and lemons. Even if the camera is on the service advisory doesn't mean all shutter is bad. The d600 on the other hand was a mass issues. I am closing in on 20,000 clicks according to the exif when i look on flickr. But I wouldn't mind sending it in to get a new shutter if it was effective. Nikon attitudes has changed since the d600 fiasco.

@Dave Braun
sure could happen to any camera. If you feel like you need to get it sent in, then do it. I have this camera since the beginning, it works fine, haven't even check the serial number. Now if it was a car service advisory (not recall) (I got like 5 from Volkswagen for some reasons, 1 from chevy) then it is going in asap since I don't want car issues or an accident.

Everytime I traded or sold a camera, as long as it work, they will take it. If it is on the list the next owner can send it in if they are paranoid, even if it works fine. Just saying a few people were effected, not everybody on the recall list. Nikon doesn't truly know, but estimating which batch. For a record, I bought a refurnished nikon d600 that had oil splat, they fixed for free over a year later.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2017 at 19:28 UTC
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tkbslc: I honestly didn't know Oakley still existed.

of course oakley is still around, go to sunglass hut. The thing is like tequila said one company owns almost every single brand. It is a monopoly. Why sunglass cost so much when they are really cheap to make. Adobe photoshop/ lr is a monopoly why it is expensive, and diamonds etc.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2017 at 07:59 UTC
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