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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On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (271 comments in total)
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George Zip: Let the arguing begin

Ahh as Richard III said now is the winter of our discontent.....

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2016 at 11:32 UTC

On reversing the focus ring and zoom control. I am seeing a lot of pro comments that don't like this decision and question Nikon for doing this.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 11:25 UTC as 24th comment

70-200 specs look good, Criticism Nikon looks like Microsoft gets it right the 3rd time. I think i am sticking with my 80-200 $500 used! I don't go on safari, shoot weddings, and other than my grandchildren playing soccer, too much sports.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 10:51 UTC as 25th comment
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antares103: Wouldnt a TT1 make more sense for the mirrorless crowd?

You are right. PW should have done a photo with the Mini as the mini is much smaller.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 12:11 UTC
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CapturaPhoto: Now Panasonic and Olympus shooters can be as frustrated as the rest of us with PW! I hated my Flexes/Minis ... nothing but problems and very awkward to use. And far too expensive when compared to Cactus V6 or V6 II.

There were known problems with PW and Canon with electro magnetic interference(EMI). Nikon didn't have the same problems. Part of the issue deals with the frequency of PW's (400 MHz range) that merged with the frequency used by Canon and how the resulting EMI caused units to mis fire. Higher frequency compeditors like Cactus and Phottex avoided the problem in part by being in the Giga Hertz range

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 00:13 UTC

This image shows the larger flex transcever. PW also makes the Mini trasmitter for Canon and Nikon. If PW makes the Mini for MFT the footprint will be much smaller

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 00:06 UTC as 2nd comment

I use this system on my Nikon D7200 and it works exceedingly good. I have a GX7 and would like to see this system work with my existing Panny system.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 02:07 UTC as 13th comment

Editorial comment- If you cant do 10 bit color depth why bother with good enough....

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 14:08 UTC as 22nd comment


Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 14:07 UTC as 23rd comment
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Tactical Falcon: I am intrigued by the Foveon sensor. I heard shooting flesh tones or portraits it is quite good. I have heard many negative comments about this system. Would love to try one myself to see, because at least in concept it makes sense to me.

I have a DP2M & DP3M not the Quatro . They are slow to process images in camera, the SPP software is slow to process Quattro images- slow-slow-slow-slow you get the point here it is slow! The cameras are ugly. Battery life terrible. High ISO for color a complete joke. Best use is carry a big heavy tripod, show up at dawn, use shutter delay for vibration control, pray the wind does not blow due to low ISO requirements.

Shoot B&W? google how to use the blue trick for 1600 ISO wth little noise a complete surprise!

If you can stand all of this - the fanboys/girls don't, stupid!- you get the most remarkable image quality with the Foveon trademark look for under $1000 there is. I clam On par with Leica Cannon, Nikon and MF like Pentax and new Hassy.

This is a camera for practicing the craft.

X 4X5 zone system film shooter

PS Ugly Cameras on a tripod don't draw attention compared to DSLR on Tripod!

The police never bother a 4x5 view camera shooting "old time cameras"

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 12:00 UTC
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tkbslc: It's a prime that zooms!

Prime Zoom Zoom Prime! :-) ;-) :-p &-)

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 12:28 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Hands-on with new Sigma SD cameras and lenses (307 comments in total)
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unbelievable: Well the question is not whether Sigma can create good camera's and lenses, but when it is no longer required to use hellish software.

I do not know if there is a good alternative. i have nor used Sigma software other than convert o tiff. I am not certain if there is any other way of image manipulation other than Sigma Software or to convert to Tiff.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 14:00 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Hands-on with new Sigma SD cameras and lenses (307 comments in total)

My Merrill DP 2&3 = last "normal" body design- fat body too. Weird Look = Sigma!

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 12:53 UTC as 10th comment
On article CP+ 2016: Hands-on with new Sigma SD cameras and lenses (307 comments in total)
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unbelievable: Well the question is not whether Sigma can create good camera's and lenses, but when it is no longer required to use hellish software.

Sigma Merrill DP 2&3 user. Convert to Tiff in Sigma and use Processing software of choice!

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 12:50 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Hands-on with Nikon DL compacts (313 comments in total)

For APSC I shoot a Nikon D7200. I like the design on the Sony RX 10 better than the 24-500. Talking only about how the camera looks.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 00:09 UTC as 22nd comment

As a Sigma Merrill DP 2&3 user I want to see how high we can set the ISO before noise becomes an issue. ISO limits and noise has been a weak point for Foveon sensors. You can get around low ISO with good technique like tripod cable release/Delayed shutter setting. Higher ISO does have its place and the Merrills have to be shot at low ISO to minimize noise. Looking to see what improvement Sigma is bringing to the market.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 03:09 UTC as 16th comment

What's wrong with shooting at ISO 200? I still shoot a view camera at ISO 300.

If this provides superior image quality will you use it?

Disclaimer i have a Sigma Merrill DP 2&3, a D7200 when pixel depth is needed, and a rx100 when a pocket camera is needed.

i get it you want iso 6400 to shoot at midnight so choose a sony of get a used D3!

Body looks sigma wierd! Right side viewfinder?

view camera technique: show up at dawn, heavy tripod, cable release, pray for no wind, anything else change gear.... stupid.

A guy I work with prints lots of nice pic taken on a mobile phone.

Gear has nothing to do with vision....

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 13:07 UTC as 55th comment | 2 replies

I shoot stills and occasionially video of my grand children usually on a cell phone in spite of good gear (D7200 and Panny GX7). I'm guessing this is the camera makers banding together to set the stage for the next round of ... wait for it.....marketing!

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2016 at 13:34 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Google launches Cardboard Camera VR app for Android (20 comments in total)

Analog 3D!

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2015 at 14:34 UTC as 8th comment
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