Wally Brooks

Lives in United States Austin, TX, United States
Joined on Jan 15, 2011
About me:

I live in weird yet humble town of Austin, TX

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gbdz: Then let's sit back and wait how it performs on the field before we throw all our Canon stuff in a ravine and start everything al over again.

"Taking the lenses is so true" No camera manufacturer can survive without expanding their lens line. Nikon is 16 years without a lot of DX primes and if/when they go mirrorless and go to a different mount have a lens problem. Of all the APS-C camera companies- the MFT companies also delivered- I think only Fuji has delivered on their lenses lineup. Disclosure I'm a Nikon APS-C user.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 11:14 UTC

Its a great editorial Photograph in a single photo tells a story and evokes a lot of responses. Having lived in Alaska for 7 years the best place to show visitors a Bear was at a dump.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2017 at 11:18 UTC as 109th comment
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gbdz: Then let's sit back and wait how it performs on the field before we throw all our Canon stuff in a ravine and start everything al over again.

Don't throw crummy cannon gear in a ravine send it to me and I will
"recycle it"

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2017 at 11:29 UTC

Video and photo evidence is considered damning in a court trial....and you - the drone operator-just self-incriminated your self. Also being a Railroad -federally regulated- I believe the case would fall under Federal Jurisdiction.

Kewl video.

This is something I would not do.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2017 at 22:11 UTC as 72nd comment

Roll Film/120-220?? 4X5 Sheet Film??

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 22:53 UTC as 10th comment

Argh!!!! Technical Discussion in a Photography forum. Argh!!!! Run for the hills. Argh!!!

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 11:14 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply

I suspect the ability to increase the functionality in ASIC design and other improvements in surface mount electronics design and manufacture allows for automated assembly of product reducing costs.

In this respect, camera circuitry manufacturing is no different than Refrigerator circuitry manufacturing, Medical Infusion pump circuitry manufacturing, Blow out valve circuitry manufacturing for Oil and Gas Drilling, or any other device where integration of functionality means fewer parts and less reliance on product assembly.

We no longer use very many Type Setters either...

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 11:11 UTC as 21st comment
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Wally Brooks: I read an article about night photography written by a photographer who was also a police officer. The article covered photography permitted use under the law.

Photography in America is a constitutional right covered under freedom of speech laws. Also covered are rights which interfere with photography including private property, zoning laws, and regulations enacted by cities, counties, states, and government organizations.

You got the right to take photos you don't have the right to trespass to get the image, set up your tripod on a sidewalk without a permit, or photograph in a national park without permission.

Don't like it. You have the right to remain silent....Or you may get off with a slap on the wrist and a bill for the considerable cost of police and fire who responded.

It's a great image too.

I meant to say I think its a great image. By the time I caught my error DP timed out and I could not make a correction to my comment

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 03:27 UTC

I read an article about night photography written by a photographer who was also a police officer. The article covered photography permitted use under the law.

Photography in America is a constitutional right covered under freedom of speech laws. Also covered are rights which interfere with photography including private property, zoning laws, and regulations enacted by cities, counties, states, and government organizations.

You got the right to take photos you don't have the right to trespass to get the image, set up your tripod on a sidewalk without a permit, or photograph in a national park without permission.

Don't like it. You have the right to remain silent....Or you may get off with a slap on the wrist and a bill for the considerable cost of police and fire who responded.

It's a great image too.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 11:21 UTC as 39th comment | 3 replies
On article Should you upgrade to a Nikon D850? (663 comments in total)

One area to look at is the price of used camera bodies. At $3299 this should undercut the used market. I looked at used prices for bodies at KEH. D4s is currently $3799+, D4 $2799 +, $D810 $2099+, D3X/D750 around $1650+. With the upgraded feature set including higher frame rates, it may pull upgrade shooters from APSC and also undercut the used market for APS-C. For those buying used bodies - always filled with risk - this may drive prices down. Let's look to see if used bodies start showing up en masse and move the market.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2017 at 13:39 UTC as 179th comment | 1 reply
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Wally Brooks: I copied the jpeg image of the fly fisherman (I know...fisherperson and no fish were hurt in the creation of this image) in photoshop on a surface pro 3 tablet. The image is down sized to 4X6 and look to be poor quality. Photoshop says the image is locked
and is 4X6 inches.

I want to see original sized images to compare.

You would think Nikon would release better quality 4x6 images. Oh...that would mean Nikon's own software would be capable ... Not.

when I opened the fly fisherman in photoshop it said image size - I am remembering here and did not save it the total image size was around 750K and opening a control -don't remember which- indicated the size I had copied was 4X6

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2017 at 19:22 UTC

The sample images are all over the place in image quality. I just looked at a full res D850 Bird in Flight image copied to my desktop and opened in Photoshop. JPEG At 300 PPI, 130M it looks really good. The Fly Fisherman is so downsized/re-copied as to be terrible! Clearly, someone is releasing/copying, or re-copying copies of copies of some poor quality images.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2017 at 13:05 UTC as 42nd comment
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aftab: So far all available images, including RAWs, look good, mediocre, crap and excellent. Nothing unusual or extraordinary. Just another FF camera as far as the IQ goes.

The sample images are all over the place in image quality. I just looked at the Bird in Flight image copied to my desktop and opened in Photoshop. JPEG At 300 PPI, 130M it looks really good. The Fly fisherman is so downsized as to be terrible! Clearly, someone is releasing/copying or re-copying some poor quality images.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2017 at 12:57 UTC

I copied the jpeg image of the fly fisherman (I know...fisherperson and no fish were hurt in the creation of this image) in photoshop on a surface pro 3 tablet. The image is down sized to 4X6 and look to be poor quality. Photoshop says the image is locked
and is 4X6 inches.

I want to see original sized images to compare.

You would think Nikon would release better quality 4x6 images. Oh...that would mean Nikon's own software would be capable ... Not.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2017 at 11:37 UTC as 49th comment | 2 replies

Jumping in with both eyes wide open should you leave the NAS running 24/7 or turn it on and off as needed. I would have a UPS too

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 11:43 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
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daddyo: Raid is excellent! I use it to kill all manner of roaches and unwanted pest bugs. Their wasp and hornet spray works well too.
I don't understand all the debate here, if you don't like Raid try Black Flag.

I still find a use for my analog fly swatter. May bugs were intentionally hurt in the creation of this post.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 11:34 UTC

Could DP review clarify.

One headline indicated Surface Book and the Surface Laptops had issues, not the Surface Pro 3/4. Is the Surface Pro 3/4 included and if so did Consumer Reports break percentage of Surface Pro 3/4 affected? Sometimes it won't boot - the solution is hold down power on and volume button. A Kluge not a break...

Dropping your tablet, Stupid, shouldn't count

If not Fake News.

Disclosure I have a Surface Pro 3 with no breakage issues, I don't work for Microsoft, use a Mac Book Pro for work (company policy), and a Surface Pro 3 with Lightroom and Photoshop driving Eizo monitors.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 13:33 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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upptick: I work as a patent attorney but have never investigated Nikon's patent portfolio -- until now. I just did a quick a dirty search for "Nikon" as the patent owner (or "assignee, in patent lingo), with the keyword "sensor" in the patent specification (which is the technical description of the technology being patented). I got more than 3200 hits, meaning Nikon has the rights to that many patents and patent applications related to sensor technology. In comparison, Sony has more than 10,000....

I believe Kodak was there first. Dr. Bayer as in Bayer Layer was a research scientist at Kodak...Management missed the market.

One could say the same about Nikon's management. Nikon has a history of 3 steps forward (D300 D7200 D 810) and two steps back Nikon 1 V1 - which I own and still use but failed in the market- their late entry into the Gro Pro market.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 12:13 UTC

Just make certain the body looks like a retro design rather than some Nikon management inspired fantasy weirdness only appealing to Aliens on Alpha Centauri. No Aliens from Alpha Centauri were injured during the creation of this posting.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 12:04 UTC as 27th comment
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Josh Leavitt: If it's a full-frame, fixed lens leaf-shutter 35/2 digital rangefinder with retro styling queues from the legendary S models, then please take my money. Otherwise... Just announce the D820 so we can get on with our lives.

Just make certain it looks like a retro design rather than some Nikon management inspired fantasy weirdness only appealing to some Aliens on Alpha Centauri

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 12:03 UTC
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