Lives in United States Carlsbad, CA, United States
Works as a Photo Editor
Has a website at http://www.jphotog.com
Joined on Apr 6, 2003
About me:

Photo Editor for the Gemological Institute of America. If you shoot gems - why haven't
you called me? (Or mines and factories, and other stuff related to gem/jewelry industry.)
I use a 1Ds Mark II at work, but thinking about getting a D200 or D2X for myself.


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On article Mobile Speed: Portable SSDs for photographers (202 comments in total)
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Terry1010: I am looking forward to product similar to WD My Passport, but with SSD. Which will be much faster and reliable during transportation.

Why big suppliers, eg Sandisk, Samsung etc have not spot this need?

Considering reliability of WD drives in general these days, I'd steer clear of their products.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 16:31 UTC
On article Mobile Speed: Portable SSDs for photographers (202 comments in total)
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rrccad: the only issue with SSD's for this type of usage, is that you are re-writing data alot.

the age of the SSD is entirely determined by the number of bytes written to it, and the write error rate and once it reaches a point of no return, the controller will first stop writes to the SSD, and then the next subsequent reboot - most will entirely brick the SSD. no reads, no writes.

RAID for most controllers doesn't buy you anything, since the number of bytes written would be the same, and *usually* both drives would fail at around the *same* time especially if they were made from the same batch.

SSD's are great for speed - however there is certainly much more caveats when it comes to continual changing data as a dump, backup,etc device.

you also have more potential issues with disconnection of the drive from the computer than you would with a spinning hard drive especially as the SSD gets older as the wear leveling takes more time post write.

SSDs have plenty long lifespans. With normal use, will run longer than spinning drives. You just don't want to use them in data centers where writing to drives is constant. For a photographer in the field, that is not an issue. They'll outlast their usefulness by being too small before they stop writing.

As for bricking, once they stop writing, you don't use them until you dump the data.

There is no down-side to these drives in practical terms. To create such unfounded worries about these drives makes me wonder how much experience you have with SSDs from the past few years.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 16:29 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1249 comments in total)
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SteveNunez: Wow, I'm unimpressed.....for $2000 I thought we'd get much better detail and shadow/highlight detail retention and when compared to the old EM10 and the tiny Panny GM1, I see nearly identical results using the "comparometer".....I'm not seeing a jump in image quality to warrant a $2K price when cameras like the Sony A6500, Fuji XT2 and even the full frame Sony A7II can be had for less........this is a "no buy" for me.......for half the cost you could get the Canon M5 which seems like it would surpass this camera in still image quality............was really wanting this MKII- but not anymore. I'm sure it'll suit many buyers but the quality jump in m4/3 seems limited if this is the best Oly can do...........let's see what the GH5 can produce........if there's no jump in IQ then I see the m4/3 just stagnate or become video-centric cameras.

What are you smoking? The top Sonys cost more than $3,000.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 18:28 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1249 comments in total)
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Photo_AK: Still a BS camera ... it's supposed to have it all, but still it lacks high image quality and low weight ... As a Nikon D810 and Leica Q user I don't even know why I'm comenting this ... my bad.

They said that about Leica for decades. And talk about overpriced cameras, the Leica Q takes the cake.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 18:26 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1249 comments in total)
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erichK: A hundred years ago, Oscar Barnack revolutionized photography by patenting tiny, take it along anywhere format. Ninety years ago, Leitz took a huge chance by producing a thousand specimens. Eighty years ago, W Eugene Smith was fired from jis first real job at Newsweek for daring to use such a toy, not serious format instead of a 4x5 Speed Graphic(?). Fifty years ago, those were garage-sale items. With resolution and general image quality on some cell phones and GoPros now meeting and sometimes exceeding what was possible on those speed graphics, isn't finally time to consign the sensor size of mFT to the minor point that it has become?

Before Gene Smith, there was Andre Kertesz. He was told he couldn't work for the New York magazines because he used that Leica toy, not a manly 4x5. So he made his Leica prints at home, and the editors were none the wiser. (As a photojournalist for 15 years for newspapers, things have not changed on the wise editor front.)

Also, Peter Stackpole shot the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge with a Leica. When he showed the photos to Ansel Adams, he congratulated him for having moved to a larger format. He was shocked when Stackpole told him the truth. And of course, the last camera Ansel Adams was using before he died was a Leica R4. The old saying about using the biggest camera you can carry for the job works for me!

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 18:23 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1249 comments in total)
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DualSystemGuy: Looks awesome, but overpriced IMO at the same price as a D500. I realize that isn't a direct comparison and that the Olympus can do some things the D500 can't (and vise versa), but I think $1499 or so would be a better point for that body and it's smaller sensor. I love the mirrorless innovation that's happening, and I love that more and more companies are putting PDAF in them (previously one of their largest drawbacks other than the awful EVFs) but pricing them the same as the very best DSLRs I think is a little overzealous. Just my opinion.

The D500 is far from the best DSLR.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 18:18 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1249 comments in total)
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Stejo: These prices are absurd. Almost every new model introduced the past couple years by any manufacturer is significantly more expensive than the previous ones. $2k for a camera body is not ok. Nor is $1.5k or $1k actually.

Not sure what kind of bubble, isolated from the world economy they live in Japan, but maybe it's time for it to burst and this camera industry be put to bed.

You're the one in the bubble if you think this camera isn't worth $500 more than its predecessor. If it isn't to you, that's fine. But to serious photographers, $500 is nothing to get such a capable camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 18:02 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1249 comments in total)
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NickyB66: DP say image quality, especially in JPG not good. I'll stick with the X-Pro2.

Amateurs shoot jpeg-only. It's a non-issue.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 18:01 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1249 comments in total)
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jst13: Fast but Version 1 means M1 has better RAW jpg..and high iso performance thats is what matters and in this 3 categories Fujis X-T2 and xpro2 are even a lot better for less money.

What could possibly make you think the image quality of the files is better in the M1? There is no way.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 17:59 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1249 comments in total)
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QuarryCat: The built quality is better then a Nikon D500?
Good joke.
My experiences with different E-M1 were not good at all,
all bodies used to look very used and crabby after a short period of working with them.
And E-M1II won't be this much better.
Despite this, my Fuji X-T1 looks still like free from the dealer, after shooting a lot.
AF and IS were by far not satisfying with the E-M1 and fist results with the Mark II are far behind D500.
So no more Olympus cameras.
Some lenses are still good, but better on Panasonic cameras.

Olympus E-M1 II is a make believer but nothing more.
And the price is crazy - 1200€ seems to be realistic.
For 1800€ you get the better sensor, the better AF-System, the better viewfinder, the far better lenses from Fuji.

This comment is a joke. Better than a D500 is easy to believe. As a long-time Nikon owner, the pro stuff is built better, and the D500 is not a pro camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 15:47 UTC
On article Woof! Sony a6500 sample images are here (365 comments in total)

That lead photo is dying for a caption contest.

How about: "My name is Alexander Hamilton and there's a million things I haven't done! But just you wait."

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 20:26 UTC as 72nd comment
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (146 comments in total)

If Apple listened to all the whiners, we'd all be still using Firewire. If Apple didn't force people and vendors to adopt USB on the original iMac, we'd probably all still be stuck with legacy ports from the 90s.

There is pain in progress. And when Apple does it, the payoff is big. So criticize all you want. It will be forgotten in two years. Whiners.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 15:31 UTC as 15th comment | 6 replies
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Mateus1: Well, I would never pay in 2016/17 for camera with tiny 1/4 size sensor (of FF) and paying mad $2000 body that is also heavier and bigger then most APS-C (including X-T2) which cost $300-600 less and offer similar features (X-T2, A6500) or better (D500), including FF cameras (K1, A7II, 6D, D750) that all are also cheaper. Why should I buy M1mk2 for landscape (and have to use crop 3:2 that worsen IQ) if all new Fuji, Sony APS-C and a few FF are better and cheaper? For pro sport shooting or BIF? Really? D500 will eat M1mk2 and it's also cheaper. Even X-T2 would be better option. For street, wedding? Cheaper Fujis with bigger sensor and smaller/same size bodies with apertures on lenses can't be bitten by pricely M1mk2. Studio? Give me a brake. M1mk2 could tempt me only if the price is no higher then $1200. No way in 2017 with tiny 1/4 size sensor and such amazing competition on the market with lower prices. I think Oly counts I am blind or unreasonable.

You clearly don't understand the market, economics, or the fact that what isn't important to you can be important to others.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 15:39 UTC
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jhinkey: “They’re really nice, funny, smart 20-something professionals, and they travel around to show people how much fun they can have,” Fleener said. “They intended no harm in any of this. The entire thing has been overblown. Hopefully in the future people will realize that.”

They should know better. The penalty needs to sting. I see too much of this kind of behavior - people know the rules, but think their actions won't have any effect. They were clearly doing this for work purposes and thus it was likely premeditated.

Stupidity and carelessness should be punished accordingly.

We certainly know the smart part of that comment is not true.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 20:35 UTC
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Sportsgal501: $2,000 ?
And not even a kit lens included?
Trick or Treat?
Not sure if I was reading that right...LOL!

Why include a lens that anyone buying this body is going to never use?

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 15:03 UTC
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goblin: I call this level Olympus OM-D SD1 crazy. Maybe an year or so down the line they will get the same "...tremendous new updates to our production facilities that now allow us to lower the price of our sensor (cause', you know, that's what made us ask $8k for our SD1 but now we no longer have to !)" epiphany as Sigma did, and the OM-D SD1 Merrill will be released at a decent, "I'm now two years older and I don't matter that much" price.

From a full MSRP early E-5 adopter, full MSRP early order 4 months wait E-M5 adopter, full MSRP early E-M1 adopter: OLYMPUS, SEE YOU ON BLACK FRIDAY 2017, PUNKS !!!

But wait. GH-5 is coming. Same camera, but no PDAF. But wait, they do have Depth From Defocus, which is good. But wait - IT REQUIRES PANASONIC LENSES.


Where in their literature does Olympus say you have to buy this camera? The M5 mk II is sitll there. The Pen-F is still there. Who's holding a gun to your head saying buy this one? Panasonic has nothing that competes with this camera. Who are you to say Olympus can't make a camera that's not for you?

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 15:01 UTC
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burnymeister: Makes my A7SII purchase at just over $2k seem almost cheap and that camera takes photos and videos in the dark. Literally.

I loved shooting with the Pen-F this past summer but Olympus and other m43 manufacturers are playing the wrong game here. They should be going for SMALL, LIGHT, WEATHERPROOF gear.

They should not be chasing the FF crowd.

What are you smoking? This is small, light and weatherproof. You want a pro-level M43 camera? This is the first real still M43 pro camera. This is what I bought into the Olympus system for in the first place. I'm a still photographer. I have zero interest in doing video. If I were interested in video, I'd hold out for a GH5.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 14:59 UTC
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FrankSG: I've decided to brighten my morning, by taking the money I've saved up for the new Mark ii and plan a vacation to relax and enjoy using my existing gear. 😄

If he had saved up $2k for this, he'd be spending it on the camera. Now he'll be spending what on his vacation? $1,500? $1,300?

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 14:55 UTC
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The Davinator: Dead camera walking.....

Glad to see there won't be any problems getting my pre-order on day one.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 14:53 UTC
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Aroart: I wonder if this camera will be able to take better photos than a Nikon d7200.... or even a d3400 . I seriously doubt it... you can buy 2 d7200's or 1 with some great glass....

Olympus is saying the image quality is better than any APS-C body. We shall see. The sensor is new. Not the same one in the Pen-F or the Panasonics with 20 mp. This was designed by Olympus' medical engineers and is being produced by Sony.

Not to mention all the other features that are in this camera that no other camera has at any price.

It's a bargain. I have a Canon 1DX at work, and I can tell you, after a day of letting that beast hang around my neck with a 70-200 2.8, 24-105 f/4, or 180 Macro, the Olympus system is a breath of fresh air.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 14:52 UTC
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