Wally Brooks

Lives in United States Austin, TX, United States
Joined on Jan 15, 2011
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I live in weird yet humble town of Austin, TX

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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 2nd comment | 1 reply
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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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De Fotoman: Bugfixes and expanding camera support......very little real value

Bugs shouldn't be in there in the first place. I know bugfree software doesn't exist, but with a good development process there shouldn't be many. Expanding camera/lens support is just maintenance, useless for most (current) users.

Meanwhile lightroom is getting slower and slower on my high end pc and laptop.

A soon as there's a good alternative, preferably with conversion tools I'm gone,....
But thats the thing; competition is not there yet and converting catalogues and changes is near impossible.

Let's hope Adobe is the Nokia of the future.

Agreed and software that gets big can get slow and harder to fix. I see some postings that indicate Adobe realizes Lightroom is getting slow and working to speed up - what ever this means!

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 11:55 UTC
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Wally Brooks: How about 10-bit color depth, which requires the hardware, OS, monitor, and graphics card are all 10 bit compatible. None of which the Mac supports....

I use Macs at work-CEO mandate- and I use a PC for my photo editing too.

But it didn't happen till hardware which shipped in 2016. My mac book pro used in the office is a 2016 model with thunderbolt 2 (great) and it doesn't give the same results with my Eizo as does my PC. It's a tool rather than a life style.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 11:52 UTC
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Wally Brooks: How about 10-bit color depth, which requires the hardware, OS, monitor, and graphics card are all 10 bit compatible. None of which the Mac supports....

I use Macs at work-CEO mandate- and I use a PC for my photo editing too.

OK, the latest MacBook supports 10BIt it's an issue as stated and I am now corrected. It does not change the fact that till now Macs' didn't provide the best technology

My Opinion now: Most Mac users wouldn't know this.... PC's seem to be leading edge technology wise and I think will continue to do so as MacBook brings in relatively little revenue to Apple. The market simply isn't there to keep up with this kind of innovation.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 22:05 UTC
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De Fotoman: Bugfixes and expanding camera support......very little real value

Bugs shouldn't be in there in the first place. I know bugfree software doesn't exist, but with a good development process there shouldn't be many. Expanding camera/lens support is just maintenance, useless for most (current) users.

Meanwhile lightroom is getting slower and slower on my high end pc and laptop.

A soon as there's a good alternative, preferably with conversion tools I'm gone,....
But thats the thing; competition is not there yet and converting catalogues and changes is near impossible.

Let's hope Adobe is the Nokia of the future.

I primarily use Lightroom and am starting to check out On 1 (Portland Oregon, USA). There are other alternatives to Lightroom showing up. Phase One seems like its highly regarded too.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 11:27 UTC
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tkbslc: My Mother taught me it was impolite to discuss religion and politics, so I'll stay out of this one.

Ahhh the Cult of Apple.... You are wise beyond your years....

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 22:42 UTC
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Wally Brooks: How about 10-bit color depth, which requires the hardware, OS, monitor, and graphics card are all 10 bit compatible. None of which the Mac supports....

I use Macs at work-CEO mandate- and I use a PC for my photo editing too.

Thanks There is nothing wrong with a Mac except that better gear is available which renders better images. I think most photographers don't do due diligence on Computers in terms of rendering images. The Mac lives on its carefully calculated creative reputation which today has been surpassed by PC related technology.

Advocating in favor of ease of use, speed to boot, support of a given program for post ignores the lack of better technology which in turn affects the quality of the images one could produce.

It's a tool that can not be a muse and can not impart divine inspiration...

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 22:40 UTC

How about 10-bit color depth, which requires the hardware, OS, monitor, and graphics card are all 10 bit compatible. None of which the Mac supports....

I use Macs at work-CEO mandate- and I use a PC for my photo editing too.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 22:21 UTC as 293rd comment | 8 replies

Hmm from what I have read online this looks like good optically. MFT charts look like there is very good optical quality across its entire range including the 300 mm end.

Some have speculated this is for an upcoming full frame mirrorless camera!

Others that Nikon finally came out with Canon and other 3rd party lens equivalent. It's the sharpness at the 300 mm that gets interesting. Looks like a good travel lens. Light weight can be used on a tripod or handheld and you can add the optional collar for more money - Nikon always charges more for this kind of accessory- groan...

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 12:20 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply

Good!

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 00:50 UTC as 29th comment

Re Blind Spot. This may be due to receiver and transmitter being too close to each other. Transmitters and receivers generate radio waves & electromagnetic fields which will interfere with each other and cause misfires, missed communication re settings. The design of the shielding on the units in relation to the frequency used allows this to happen. This is the Pocket Wizzard-Canon flash problem from a few years ago.

The problem becomes worse the closer you get as the fields get stronger. A particular angle may be more susceptible to interference. You have to experiment to see where the gear is more suspectable. A practical fix is to separate the gear relative to the transmitter and receiver.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 11:47 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
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jyw5: I would rather pay more and buy a Ferragamo or Bottega Veneta bag.

I would have ordered the Backpack in Denim only that's not my best color and I can't bring myself to give up Prada for photographers

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 12:41 UTC
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (637 comments in total)
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Dimitris Servis: Looks like a pretty interesting camera but I wonder how it would work with my existing manual full frame lenses. I don't really care about high ISO and I don't care about the colors which are just different to the ones of other cameras, not wrong. Anyone shooting film is more used to ISOs smaller than 1600 and a different character built into different negatives and slides.

Interesting comment regarding adding Large Format lens to a Digital body. I don't know if anyone is making a large format lens adapter for Sigma mount! In theory, you get better acuity and micro contrast with fewer elements if the lens is well designed and built. You could make your own adapter using 3d printing it would not be coupled and could be a work around!

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 11:30 UTC
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (637 comments in total)

When I moved from 4X5 to digital I bought the Merill DP2&3 for Landscape work. Sigma Merrills matched the results I got with large format. It's slow to use, long to process, battery life?????, you should use a tripod, cable release, shoot at low ISO pray for no wind..... just like landscape photographers have always done. Want run and gun point and shoot go spend millions of $$$ on a Sony/Nikon/Canon. It's a tool stupid!.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 11:21 UTC as 54th comment
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (291 comments in total)
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Fujica: There is no reason to upgrade from the D7200 to the D7500.
It would make no sense. It will not make you a better photographer and it just has nothing to offer that makes the upgrade really necessary.

I do not see the target audience for Nikon with the D7500.
In more then a few ways its a downgrade from the D7200.

Such a pity to see Nikon fall so hard as if they loose all grip on how to run a camerabusiness.

I think Nikon should really reconsider its line-up.
All that is needed is:

1 low end APS-C Model
1 Mid end APS-C Model
1 High end APS-C Model

1 Mid end FF
1 Mid end High Res FF
1 High end model.

So that makes 6 camera models in total instead of 13.
You could even ask yourself if it is worth to even make a low end model these days.

Also I think its about time to move to mirrorless.
Even though some still think it is not the future - I am personally convinced that DSLR are on the end of their life cycle. The next innovation in this market will be global triggered shutters.

Agree with you I think the d7500 is aimed at all who with older gear like the D90. Lots of this gear works perfectly well- outside of the video. And that is the rub. The D90 had the D300 sensor and processor which for what it is works great for those who (I owned one) owned one!

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 11:40 UTC
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