Rocky Mtn Old Boy

Rocky Mtn Old Boy

Lives in Canada Rocky Mountains, Canada
Works as a Mine Engineer
Joined on Dec 30, 2013
About me:

Ex pro shooter. Switched to mine engineering about the time photography became "the" occupation to have. Now taking pictures is a wonderful part of my life. I suppose it's the difference between "want to" and "have to". Cheers!


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On article Sony a1 review (2595 comments in total)
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havanna60: I understand the temptation to use the term "A1", in American culture it is really meaningful. Possibly the next version is going to be "A1+". Still, this camera should have been named A9III to respect the Minolta/Sony naming tradition where 9 was the full-time professional model number, 7 was for advanced enthusiasts, semi-pro, 5 was for enthusiasts, 3 was entry. In this sequence 1 could be sub-entry level. In the digital era the A-mount A900, A99 and A99II were absolutely stunning professional bodies just like A9, A9II in the E-mount line. Possibly some outsider jumped with decision power into the board who had no clue of this tradition. Actually shame on Sony. Nikon, Canon product managers would never allow such a naming discrepancy.

Should've called it "Bob". I'm not so fussed about the name other then when I think A1 I think of a Canon A-1.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2021 at 21:17 UTC
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PDL: So he comes up with a automated film transporter. The user has to supply:
The camera
The Lens
The camera stand/tripod
The light box
This product is just a machine that transports the negative. I own two slide/film scanners plus a flat be scanner. This does not impress me one little bit.

Just sayin.

I feel like those that scan a lot of film already have devices far more advanced than this. I have two (Nikon and Epson) and I don't scan a lot of film any more.
The best this does is remind me that I should sell/give away one of them, lol.

'just sayin.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2020 at 00:23 UTC
On article Hands-on with the new Sony a7C (289 comments in total)
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Austin7642: A child's camera great for the immature children of Sony. 10/10 would recommend.

Austin7642... um, wow. After that comment, I can see the level of maturity you possess. Don't let the door hit you on the way out, lol.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2020 at 14:27 UTC

Too bad it wasn't a water buffalo... then this story would indeed have the appropriate conclusion.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2020 at 03:12 UTC as 20th comment
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henhen: Sorry but in this digital age...they tell kids (and everyone i guess): dont post it if you dont want it to be seen (or something like that)..or dont do it if you dont want consequences..blah blah

meaning, if you dont want your boss or future employer to see your drunk naked rant last weekend..dont post in will be there for years and years and forever.

it is difficult or even impossible to stop people from downloading or screenshooting anything and sharing it.

unfortunately if you dont want people to share send distribute your photos...dont post it anywhere!

i know it sucks for photographers..i mean thats their "exposure".. but its true.

MrBrightSide ...I was thinking along those exact same lines. There is almost zero chance I would advocate for or even trust someone that didn't have a few minor skeletons in his or her closet. Anyone who doesn't isn't real or some kind of weirdo sociopath that I wouldn't want as dog catcher, let alone running for offices of government/corporate.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2020 at 15:42 UTC
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Kyle Style: This is DRPreview.

In the comments section we need to talk about how pinhole cameras with 135 film are superior to those that use 110.

btw, I love playing with pin hole cameras. They are very easy to make, and good for teaching kids.

Lol... I taught a night school photography class and slapped a piece of duct tape over my old A7, poked a hole in it with a pen and took a selfie for the class and while not too sharp, you could easily see the image.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2020 at 15:17 UTC
On article The gear that got away: reader responses (237 comments in total)

FM2 with drive and the venerable 105mm 2.5 plus a Metz 60CT4
Sold it all so I could afford another year of college in the mid-80s. Sigh.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2020 at 22:58 UTC as 79th comment
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24Peter: Attack of the drones... :-)
Did I miss the video specs on the Zenmuse H20's?

This is likely geared more as an industrial piece of gear rather than a flying video platform. I'm thinking inspection, surveying, etc. That's why the laser range finder, thermal imaging option and huge flight range. I work for a large mining consortium and this would be ideal for highwall inspections and digital modeling.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2020 at 17:33 UTC
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hrp: I find them pointless and distasteful. Just because they were shot during self isolation doesnt mean they are any good!

Hope that the wedding scene gets back on track soon.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2020 at 17:19 UTC
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ContaxIIIa: Oh Wow - Learn how to take Portraits with Natural Light Wow? Question didn't we learn this WHEN WE WERE SHOOTING WITH FILM??? Come people it is the same style technique, and thinking in your mind when we were all shooting with Film. Remember theses Photo Magazines? Modern Photography, Popular Photography, Petersen's Photographic, Camera35, US Camera & Travel Natural Light Photography? They all had the same articles in photographing Natural Light Photography in using medium to fast speed films. If your a Movie Film expect like watch the Film Noir films like the film Dark Passage, that their is a film to learn a film of Lighting.... Get with it people faster ISO's and high pixels is NOT going to bring back the days of Film Noir style, as YOU have to Develop a style of your own. And again it is not the camera that cost $4000, it is you..... A Camera is only a Tool, and you have to develop, and use that tool right, not in what it has the Bells & Whistles.

ContaxIIIa Slow down, put on some chill music and relax a bit. Not everyone here has the same education or experience. You seemed to have learned the craft through buying magazines... where others may choose to watch their favourite Canadian photography vloggers put on yet another great episode of DPReviewTV.
And yes, I am old enough to remember film (sheet film no less lol).

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2020 at 18:18 UTC
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iShootWideOpen: Not relevant to this site.

iShootWideOpen Have to disagree. I (and the company I work for) are definitely potential customers. We are pretty happy with the many contractors we have that currently do this work for us, but there have recently been discussions of bringing this work in-house due to the somewhat confidential nature of what we do... which is mining. The addition of NIR lens on this would greatly help our environmental dept. which I am guessing is now at about 300+ people world-wide.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2020 at 18:41 UTC
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mosc: so I assume this is a pair of IQ4 sensors, one with a new filter on top of it to capture IR instead? Still, that's some massive sensors and only a 90mm focal length (which since it's 645 format that's really 45mm equiv). So based on that I assume this is some kind of manufacturing camera. They show spyplane type shots, wouldn't you want more reach for that? Do they make a 90mm macro that this is based on? I only see the 120mm macro that would fit the bill.

Then again maybe the split cameras have a very limited focal range where they overlap? Perhaps the 45mm equivalent is optimal for the overlap. Macros FOV distorts at extreme magnification so that might also account for the difference?

Insert stupid joke here about $455,000.00 so somebody reads this post and actually wants to discuss.

Cool... I assumed it was NIR and RGB... but the dual sensor RG/GB setup makes sense as bigger sensors likely means slower captures and when your fixed wing is flying at even stall speed... that's still pretty fast.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2020 at 18:30 UTC
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GreatOceanSoftware: I ran my own aerial mapping business from 1988 to 2010. Two, actually, one in Michigan and one in Texas. These cameras can do amazing things but it’s difficult to find non-government clients, so the market is pretty limited. And there’s lots of competition from other camera manufacturers. I did the whole business loan thing, bought a photogrammetric camera way outside my comfort zone, and travelled to Germany for delivery and training. The camera did pay for itself in just over a year, but I had a contract with a local engineering firm to do hundreds of sites. Fun but nervous times as I recall.

I can say these cameras are beasts. Despite some pretty awesome mounts they endure a lot of vibration.

GreatOceanSoftware... yeah, it would be a good time not to be in that business, lol. LiDAR (with RGB output) and all the mom and pops with their $2000 drones eating into your business. I work for a large mining consortium and we would've been a typical client for you and in many places (though no where near Michigan or Texas) around the globe. We typically fly our sites once a year and update/patch with drone photogrammetrics/LiDAR.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2020 at 18:26 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: Could someone please explain how the images from these two closely spaced cameras are put together? Saying it "generates a central projection image from two 150MP nadir images" is not informative.
I presume the process is a lot more complicated than just pushing the "Photo Merge" button in Lightroom.

Two lenses, two sensors. One RBG, one NIR (near infrared).
These are used for photogrammetry and environmental purposes.
I am literally using an image from an aerial survey flight on my other screen, lol... but then again, I am a mine designer (engineer).

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2020 at 18:17 UTC
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lnsmr: Good jokes aside, certainly not something for everyday photographers. Seems to make a lot of sense for companies like google. Imagine much higher resolution on google earth. Half a mill seems like a lot, but that's how much a single business class seat costs on a 787, and pocket change for large companies amassing geodata.

These units are primarily for aerial surveying.
The NIR for environmental context.
The mining company I work for uses these types of images all the time.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2020 at 18:13 UTC
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Artak Hambarian: Evidently it can also do Stereophotogrammetry. In certain cases it can take gorgeous 3d pictures of 3d objects like deep canyons, high cliffs underwater trenches? I am sure, to create a stereopair it should not be restricted by synchronous capture @ its stereobase. Are there some promo samples or videos? ;->

The second lens is for shooting concurrent NIR.
Stereophotogrammetry... wow there's something I haven't heard in a while. I actually went to school for this crazy stuff. And no, it's no longer used - or at least not in the sense you're referring to. The 'stereo' was used back in the day with a pair of photographs flown in an overlap system (as PWBogaart noted) mostly for tree counts or in my case, to create contour maps.
It's all a great deal easier now with modern photogrammetric methods.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2020 at 18:08 UTC
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Erdal Gumus: This camera system seems to be stunning in terms of cartography and Geographic Information Systems analyses based on remotely sensing and aerial imagery. This piece is serious workhorse and is not expensive at all.
I am using much simple "Ebee SenseFlye" drone for aerial mapping which costs around 30ka dollars. It is not a quadcopter, it is a very lightweight foam built glider with a single propeller. The imaging equipment is a 20mp 1 inch sensor SODA which can produce 1-5 cm spatial accuracy depending on your flight altitude. And believe me no commercial satellite can offer you such a resolution. Please consider that most of the cloud free satellite images are mosaics not a single photos which severely limits their usage.
This camera system seems to offer sub centimeter spatial resolution. Iam quite sure such a beast system will be equipped with an aerial LIDAR for sub centimeter point cloud.
I am not sure if any commercial drone can carry this system

This will be for photogrammetry on fixed wing aircraft as a replacement or running concurrent to LiDAR usage... so no, not on 'commercial drone'.
I work for $12B (or what used to be, lol) mining group and we don't even need this on a regular basis (like fly all sites once a year then update with piecemeal drone photogrammetry). And while LiDAR and photogrammetry CAN offer sub-centimeter resolution (if flown low enough)... to what end? It's a bit like having a spectacularly sharp portrait lens... just because you can doesn't mean you should. :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2020 at 17:51 UTC
On article Phase One Capture One 20 software review (418 comments in total)
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(unknown member): I simply don't get how the reviewer could ignore the catalog part of C1. Meaning, the close-to-none-existant catalog features. One can always say "A great RAW converter", but there's the big BUT: It sucks extremely in terms of DAM. If anyone knows an app coming close to the old Apple Aperture, please tell!

C1 is incapable of doing a simple text search for project/album names, GPS features are less than poor and intelligent albums can't be duplicated. I was expecting improvements with this version jump, but that way? No Sirs, I refuse to pay tons of money for a lousy catalog - and the RAW conversion of version 12 is good enough for my needs.


Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2020 at 16:58 UTC
On article Landscape photography with a drone: Gear basics (80 comments in total)
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moimoi: Next article: what is a film camera?

@AbrasiveReducer Well, the purpose of an under $700 drone (if image stabilization and image quality aren't very good)... is to determine if you'd like to go "pro". Basically the same reason you'd buy a $700 camera - to see if you've got what it takes to produce acceptable professional results.

Or maybe just to have a laugh... they're fun as anything to fart around with on a sunny day.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2019 at 19:12 UTC
On article Landscape photography with a drone: Gear basics (80 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: Why is someone who obviously knows little about technology and engineering writing an article with false and misleading technology and engineering information in it?

@ LeeJay >>"Drone" is a reasonable term for a multi-rotor, because every single one of them is semi-autonomous or fully-autonomous. <<
No. No they are not. Firstly, your use of "autonomous" would need explaining... I work for a large mining consortium that has massive autonomous trucks running around - those kind with 1.5M GVW - that are programmed and driver-less. We also use medium to large drones for surveying, geotechnical inspection of highwalls, thermal scanning, air-sampling, animal counts, etc. They can be used in a "semi-autonomous" fashion to use your vernacular, but are most often used free-flying, manual or w/e you'd like to call it when the operator is in full control.
1. DJI uses the term on their website... so drones becomes the defacto term for quad/hex/octocopters of virually all brands.
2. 300 RC nerds do not determine what is or is not the correct term.
3. Lighten up. The OP produced a great piece even if we all don't agree photographically.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2019 at 18:48 UTC
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