brianric

Lives in United States Pennsville, NJ, United States
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Joined on Nov 17, 2002

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On article Opinion: Film photography has found its feet again (635 comments in total)
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MistaHaid: Film photography is a great way to make photographic documents. The negatives are "readable" with your naked eye. You dont need a electricity, certain machines or software for it. I Made prints from a 35mm Film which was taken by my dad,when he was a young man in the 1950s. The negatives are still perfekt. You can not tell the difference between them and negatives i made last month. Will it be possible to look at a digital File in 2090 without any Problems? How much effort would it Take to make Sure you could (storage). The rolls of my dad where in a closet nearly all the time. With Zero effort to save them.

Doubt that I'll be able to look at negatives or prints in 2090.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2020 at 08:20 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III review (1532 comments in total)
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MUSTDOS: Oh, Olympus finally upgraded their electronics to make the EM1X smaller and rebranded it as E-M1 iii.

Second slot is UHS-I.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 08:10 UTC
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beavertown: This is hurting the D500 sales.

Far from it. No dual slots, no high-speed slots, no joystick, no front control dial, ergonomics sucks.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2019 at 07:40 UTC
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Edymagno: The internet of things and now this.
I wonder how much electromagnetic radiation humans can put up!
There must be a limit.

It's called death.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2019 at 17:49 UTC
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photoaddict: If you still use a 10 years old computer, it's time for you to upgrade. I'd rather lose you as a customer as you would cost me more than what I'd earn from having you by maintaining backward compatibility.

I have a nine year old Mac Pro and plan on staying with OS 10.14. As long as I can continue to use the version on my computer I'm good, otherwise it will be time to say goodbye to Adobe. I'm 69 years old in poor health due to Parkinson's. I'd rather spend my limited financial resources on camera equipment then replace a computer that still meets my needs.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2019 at 20:28 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1X review (2410 comments in total)
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ttran88: This is one camera you wouldn't mind getting on Craigslist a few years from now for much less.

In the meantime I will have taken many of thousands of pictures with my 1X.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2019 at 19:12 UTC
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(unknown member): No Olympus lens profiles! Anybody know why?

M43 lens already have corrections built into their lenses.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2019 at 16:17 UTC
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Lucas_: I still use ImageIngesterPro for automatically renaming photo files in my cards and downloading them to internal HD directories / folders organized by dates taken ( year/ month/ day ) plus a back up copy on an external HD. My photo files add up to around 100,000 originals at this time. Unfortunately, that excellent and simple software is not supported anymore and I just can't find a similar substitute to my liking. It's already showing some "hickups" on Windows 10 latest versions. If anybody shares my concerns and knows of a simple app ( free or low-cost ) that does that job, please let me know! Thanks!

Downloader Pro is useless for Mac users.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2019 at 03:34 UTC
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PaulSnowcat: I see Em1x as a camera with ALMOST no audience. Tracking abilities of this camera are not that impressive as Nikon's. It has basically the same IQ as EM1II, which is half the price. It is bulky and destroys probably the only doublecrop advantage - lightness of the system. All die hard Oly fans I know personally said that they will not buy this camera, because it has nothing new to offer above EM1II that can cost 3k instead of 1.2k. Existing wildlife shooters? They are usually equipped already. I don;t see them switching to Oly from Nikon or Canon or Sony... Only some new wildlife shooters remain. A terribly small audience...

It would be different is the price tag was 1.5k, not 3k. Then all those beautiful trinkets added to camera MIGHT make someone to try it. But not as it is now...

It appears on your biased review that you don't like the $3000 price, understandable for someone who won't or can't afford this camera. I have two E-M1 Mk II and a D500, and if the overheating issues I had on the E-M1.2 are resolved and has has a faster acquisition which according to the specs it does, dual UHS-II high speed slots built in grip, improved weather sealing, built in GPS, USB C in body charging, more rugged shutter makes it worth the price Olympus is asking for. Hope to have mine in my hot little hands no later than February 27.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2019 at 16:39 UTC
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photogeek: Gonna have to drive to Oregon to buy expensive stuff in person now. No sales tax there.

Sales tax free Delaware is 5 miles away. i visit my sister in sales tax free New Hampshire once a year. P:roblem solved.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2018 at 17:44 UTC
On article Video: Diving into the demise of Kodak (224 comments in total)
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hammarbytp: This is not a story limited to Kodak.

It goes like this. You are a market leader in your area, maybe close to a monopoly. Your products are profitable because you are the only supplier, money roles in and there is little need to invest in product development. Most goes to branding and advertising

Then a disruptive economy comes along that threatens your market. The guys at the top are not stupid, but they have a dilemma. All there money is tied up in the old technology. There can't just dump it and switch to the new stuff because it is risky. Some of the new guys, say this us where the cool stuff is, lets get in. But if they do, they legitimise a competitor. So you either try to kill it, or do a poor implementation in case it competes with your cash cow.

In the end however technology has a momentum of its own, and eventually the market flips and they find themselves obsolete

And that is how Canon and Nikon lost the camera market to mirrorless :)

High end mirrorless does NOT performs as well as a equivalent DSLR. Last year I had an E-M1.2 overheat and shut down after taking 3,500 pictures in 90 minutes. This year I shot 15,993 pictures in 5.5 hours with a D500 and had no heat issues.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2018 at 16:11 UTC
On article The New York Times is looking to hire a Photo Director (64 comments in total)
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steelhead3: Until the Times matches the digital price of Amazon owned Washington Post, it will continue to slide. I love a national paper but so much of the news is repeated by every outlet and local news is on the edge of extinction.

What are you taking about, it's $8 a month.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2018 at 18:59 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review (1031 comments in total)
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Ben O Connor: I'm in love with 15mm panaleica lens. Oh dear, it looks so beautiful that everything it attached becomes beautiful too.

Even that hideous looking nonsense huge camera body looks pretty. :)

Battery life is nowhere near a dslr, why still sticked to that shape?

I've gotten over 4,500 pictures with 18% battery life remaining on my E-M1 Mk II on one of my shoots last year, and routinely get 2,500 to 3,000 shots. Battery life on mirrorless is based on how long the camera is continuous on, not how many shots you have taken.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 20:55 UTC
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Karroly: If an external storage is useful for many people (including me), the removal of the SD card slot helps make better weather-resistant devices. The next step will be the removal of the USB socket thanks to wireless charging and high-speed wireless data transfert...
Plus I predict an embedded SIM card that will be initialized through a Wi-Fi connection before first use... So the smartphone could be totally sealed.

At that point I say adios to smart phones. Without the ability to transfer backups to my computer or being able to use navigation programs in my car without charging the phone then there's really no need for a smart phone. As it is right now I cannot make a call using hands free in my 2016 Honda Civic Touring without my iPhone plug into the USB port.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 23:35 UTC
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(unknown member): It don't make sense to choose such a heavy camera for space. It's expensive to lift it up in space and cost extra fuel and other payloads.

Weight may not matter in space but it sure does matter getting it there.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2017 at 17:53 UTC
On article How to buy used gear (and not get burned) (141 comments in total)
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Ambulater: Ask for shutter count.....unless you're buying Fuji gear.......I haven't found a way yet to get a shutter count from the two Fuji bodies I've had (X-T1 & X-T2). There don't even seem to be any third party utilities that allow you to do this for these particular cameras.

@Ambulator: I do believe the finite number of shutter actuations you refer to on a mirrorless camera applies to the mechanical shutter. It is my understanding there is no wear when using the electronic shutter.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 16:15 UTC
On article How to buy used gear (and not get burned) (141 comments in total)

I disagree on #7. Manufacturers do not guaranteed their shutters by so many actuations, the shutters are rated so many actuations. Case in point, the Olympus E-M1 Mk II is rated for 200,000 actuations and in the United States carries a one year warranty. I can have 500,00 actuations on the shutter when it fails, and Olympus will replace the shutter for free if the camera is under the one year warranty. I could have 30,000 actuations before the shutter fails and be outside the one year warranty in the United States and Olympus is under no obligation to repair the shutter at no cost to the owner of the camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 16:11 UTC as 61st comment
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Alec: OK if we look back, Apple did it before with USB. USB was widely seen as technically excellent but struggling for acceptance on any platform, because, chicken-and-egg problem: PC makers don't want it because no peripherals, and peripheral makers don't invest because, no PCs have it.

Until Apple decided to ditch mouse / keyboard / serial port etc and ONLY have USB. It single-handedly saved USB.

Yes, it is inconvenient in a short term, but c'mon. This new connector is clearly superior and in a couple of years it'll be everywhere.

BTW I'm not an Apple fan. Don't even have Apple. Typing this on a Dell XPS13, with one Thunderbolt 3 port.

In a couple of years I'll still be using my D810, Df, D700 and GX-8 cameras, all of which will require USB-3 card readers or built in SD reader. I'll pass on the new MBP and start looking at non Mac alternatives.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 20:10 UTC
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (176 comments in total)
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SW Anderson: I'm with photogeek. There comes a point at which miniaturization reaches diminishing returns. At that point, a camera, accessory or memory card becomes so tedious and fiddly to handle that whatever benefit its small size provides is outweighed by the nuisance factor.

Anything, even a good thing, can be overdone. I think that's what photogeek was getting at. To make out that saying enough is enough amounts to being against progress is a bogus argument. There's probably a just-right size for every individual. Overall, in the car world, a Toyota Corolla or Honda Accord is the right size for many more people than a Fiat 500. I can see many more people preferring an SD-size flash card to the micro variety, and even fewer wanting anything smaller.

1DX2 and D5 support CF.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 17:31 UTC
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Sad Joe: I'm sure this new Zeiss will be a cracker - HOWEVER its twice the price of Canon & Nikon best 135 lenses - perhaps, just perhaps it might just be a shade better being newer but this remains far from certain -(example - Canon 'soft' 50 1.4 is better than the more expensive Zeiss and the Nikon G 50 1.4 is simply better all round) this Zeiss is simply too expensive, perhaps if it were a REAL Zeiss lens made in German you could understand the price point. Sorry this will only sell to Zeiss nutballs - then again that's the whole point.

I'll have to just put up with my Nikkor 200/2.0 VRII for portraits.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2012 at 22:55 UTC
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