Clyde Thomas

Lives in United States St. Louis, MO, United States
Works as a Photosopher
Has a website at www.ctphotographx.com
Joined on Dec 4, 2010
About me:

Commercial/Editorial/Fashion photographer for nearly four decades.
Here to help. Here to learn.

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On article Have your say: Best high-end compact of 2016 (91 comments in total)
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Clyde Thomas: No consistent sensor size should then allow Hasselblad X1D as a tiny medium format. It's smaller than the Sony RX10... And one might think more "high end" as well.
http://camerasize.com/compare/#678,672

Ah yes I see it now. Of course.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 14:23 UTC
On article Have your say: Best high-end compact of 2016 (91 comments in total)

No consistent sensor size should then allow Hasselblad X1D as a tiny medium format. It's smaller than the Sony RX10... And one might think more "high end" as well.
http://camerasize.com/compare/#678,672

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 04:02 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies
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Clyde Thomas: On a99II
"While it may not be a camera that photographers will ditch their current system over,..."

Did we really need that passive aggressive opinion stated so blatantly for a99II... but not any other camera in this roundup? Which camera in this comparison doesn't deserve the same passive aggressive editorializing?

Was it not good enough to let the second half of the sentence stand on its own merit?
"...the a99 II's feature set makes it one of the most appealing SLR-style cameras on the market."

DPR should consider the second half of that sentence may be reason enough to contradict the first part of the sentence. Think-abouddit... None of the other cameras got a highlight sentence stating what the camera "may not be".

Dwa? Ok I'll go along with you electrophoto. No need to argue about how the term can or should be used.

Not worth letting that miss the point of my comment. Which one of the other cameras in this comparison doesn't deserve the same first half of the sentence awarded to the Sony AMount a99II? Why was the Sony AMount the only one highlighted in this way?

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 04:40 UTC

On a99II
"While it may not be a camera that photographers will ditch their current system over,..."

Did we really need that passive aggressive opinion stated so blatantly for a99II... but not any other camera in this roundup? Which camera in this comparison doesn't deserve the same passive aggressive editorializing?

Was it not good enough to let the second half of the sentence stand on its own merit?
"...the a99 II's feature set makes it one of the most appealing SLR-style cameras on the market."

DPR should consider the second half of that sentence may be reason enough to contradict the first part of the sentence. Think-abouddit... None of the other cameras got a highlight sentence stating what the camera "may not be".

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 03:46 UTC as 54th comment | 5 replies

To incarcerate or not. THAT is the question.

Answered by the High on Life web search slogan... "If you can, you should".
https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=High+on+Life+clothing

Or Trump could build a wall and make the Canadians pay for it?

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 09:24 UTC as 94th comment | 1 reply
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Slouch Hooligan: Ferrari 488 GTB: 661bhp, 205mph. ...
Ferrari F12 TdF: 770bhp, 211mph. ...
Jaguar Project 7: 567bhp, 186mph. ...
Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV Roadster. ...
Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2: 572bhp, 199mph. ...
McLaren 675LT: 666bhp, 205mph. ...
Porsche 911 GT3 RS: 493bhp, 193mph. ...
Tesla Model S P85D: 691bhp, 155mph.

All that horsepower and NOT ONE of them comes with a buggy whip holder.
Deal breaker?
YOU decide!

No one was using a buggy whip holder before they bought a Ferrari. And no, the Amish don't buy Ferrari's. Terrible analogy, if that's what you're comment is attempting.

The overwhelming majority of photographers do use SD cards right now. Unfair comparison to buggy whips and Ferrari's. Ridiculous comparison actually.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 18:30 UTC

This guy looks to have major problems with his dongle connections for many USB-C adapted devices. Interesting video report on dongle anomalies. Weird stuff here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYVjIjBMx6o

Before you judge, know that Rossman repairs and teaches repair on Macs. He takes it apart at the middle of video.

Camera connection causes his browser to freeze. HDMI remote monitor blinks and causes cursor to lag. External USB drive causes browser to freeze or slow down. Other stuff. Doesn't have the problems with his 2015 Macbook Pro with dedicated ports. Worth a look. His opinion is more valuable than mine.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 18:24 UTC as 74th comment | 2 replies

Think Differently
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Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 19:01 UTC as 140th comment
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G G: I suspect that Apple anticipate the day when cameras will not have SD (or any other) slot and be all connected to the Cloud...
The essence of this business is obsolescence.

Essence of their business is not the essence of my business, which revolves around delivering what clients want affordably, predictably, without needless hassles. Essence of Apple's business seems polar opposite to that.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 18:50 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: Yep I use SD as portable drive all the time. BAM! Instant backup of current project. BAM instant transfer to client computer. BAM instant transfer to designer art director computer. BAM instant transfer to photo buyer computer. BAM instant transfer to my car audio. BAM instant transfer of camera card...

...WHILE I'M WALKING TO THE NEXT LOCATION.

Try downloading photos while walking to next location with a dongle cable external drive setup. Go ahead. Try. Let me know how that works out for you.

They certainly don't like waiting for my card to download when I hire them for fashion spreads.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 17:25 UTC

I can tether to my Vaio Canvas and write the backup to fully inserted SD card with one standard USB 3 cable from camera to computer. Can do the same with my 2015 MackBook Pro (though card not fully inserted).

This new Mac forces extra adapters and effort to accomplish the same with no speed benefit. Adapters NEVER improve the reliability of data transfer. How does this new MacBook Pro help me as a working photographer responsible for efficient client workflow?

I envision a few of my clients purchasing this new MacBook Pro. I assure you they will be complaining that they cannot take my card and pop it into their computer to get RAW's the designer or 4K to the editor. With or without this new MacBook Pro, I'll probably still have to carry the adapters and/or external hard drives and cables just to be courteous to my clients. I'll have to explain it to them. I'll have to bug them to get my adapters back. Not liking where this is going.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 16:51 UTC as 159th comment
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Clyde Thomas: Yep I use SD as portable drive all the time. BAM! Instant backup of current project. BAM instant transfer to client computer. BAM instant transfer to designer art director computer. BAM instant transfer to photo buyer computer. BAM instant transfer to my car audio. BAM instant transfer of camera card...

...WHILE I'M WALKING TO THE NEXT LOCATION.

Try downloading photos while walking to next location with a dongle cable external drive setup. Go ahead. Try. Let me know how that works out for you.

I honestly think that because I honestly do that. When shooting editorial, or location catalog, we will hit multiple locations each day. Why would I hold the team up for backup when I can backup while traveling to next spot?

BTW... having coffee and looking at beautiful women are not part of the job description. Being technologically efficient for client... is.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 16:36 UTC
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Sean65: The arrogance of photographers who think that Apple's sole remit is to make products for THEM. Haha.

What's happened? Why are the new breed of photographers so uptight about EVERYTHING?

Ignore the genuine customer feedback and label them with names like arrogant and uptight.

That's called Gaslighting. Look it up. A common tactic used by narcissists and cult leaders to avoid the issue and blame those affected most.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 16:15 UTC
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Khun_K: Statistically Apple has about 7.4% of worldwide PC market so it is understandable that potentially 92.6% of people will not favor whatever Apple does. Apple as a small company in PC market has done a lot of contribution, more than its 7.4% of share may be.
They ditch CD slot, removable battery, so hopefully this time they are also right. But if not, there will be solutions. I personally prefer to have the SD card slot, but I will live with the new one without the slot. Nothing is perfect.

Change the F Keys to an OLED. That's enough for me. Remove a card slot that is widely used by professionals, that's not change. That's arrogant and disrespectful.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 15:38 UTC
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photophile: Perhaps someone already mentioned this in the 600+ posts below....but I'll chime in anyway. Even if you did own a wireless file transfer camera, that connected reliably to the computer and you could transfer 100 RAW files - its at the expense of the camera's battery, correct ? In a way, you've created an additional (unnecessary) power drain and passed it on to the camera. You would need to buy/carry more spare batteries, or a charger, if you were doing a photoshoot/wedding etc.

I wouldn't even consider wireless RAW transfer that requires my camera be taken out of commission and set near the computer. I need to get back on set and keep shooting while the computer chews a card. That will happen faster than just calling up the wireless protocols and hoping for a stable uninterrupted connection.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 15:01 UTC
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Khun_K: Statistically Apple has about 7.4% of worldwide PC market so it is understandable that potentially 92.6% of people will not favor whatever Apple does. Apple as a small company in PC market has done a lot of contribution, more than its 7.4% of share may be.
They ditch CD slot, removable battery, so hopefully this time they are also right. But if not, there will be solutions. I personally prefer to have the SD card slot, but I will live with the new one without the slot. Nothing is perfect.

I don't understand the comment "hopefully this time they are also right".

In the face of massive complaints about the missing built in SD slot, hopefully they will listen to customers and make it right for them. There is nothing right about forced compliance away from a standard that so many benefit from.

CD's and batteries were ditched because the need became arguable obsolete with new solutions of high speed internet and better battery technology that benefitted the end user. The missing SD card is not replaced by a better solution that users wouldn't notice missing. It's replaced by EXTRA kit that we MUST carry around just to provide clients what we currently do.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 14:59 UTC
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Brian Slater: I would have thought that after decades of second guessing Apple's moves and motives people would be prepared to give them some recognition for bold decisions that jolt industry standards foward. Peripheral connections have been shambolic for far too long. A laptop that has sufficient dedicated i/o for every kind of peripheral and connector would certainly not be totable. At long last we see real convergence. Sure, lots of folks have SD cards. But many potential users of Apple pro laptops have other card needs that never have had a dedicated slot. Memory manufacturers continue to proliferate different storage media, and camera makers enable them by choosing different types. Then there are all the disparate serial, display and networking types. At last with Thunderbot 3 / USBC-C there is a single standard that can be used to connect just about anything including power. No need to choose which slot or connector orientation. Wireless and TB3: a much simpler and more elegant future.

"a much simpler and more elegant future"

At the cost of a clunkier and more complicated now. The future you describe completely disrespects my current long time workflow.

At some point, computer designers will realize they can't keep pushing new advancement for the sake of advancement alone. They will instead respect the standards and endeavor to make them faster and more reliable than they currently are. Companies will realize that getting us back to work without forcing us to rethink everything is the most elegant solution for now and the future.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 14:48 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (762 comments in total)

Olympus OM-1. Still by far the largest most beautiful viewfinder magnification in the history of 35mm SLR designs. Look for a used one in your local camera store and take a peek through the viewfinder. It's amazingly large.

I always wondered why Oly reduced the size in the OM-3/4, and why others never enlarged the size of their viewfinders to be anywhere near comparable.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 14:31 UTC as 555th comment | 1 reply

Yep I use SD as portable drive all the time. BAM! Instant backup of current project. BAM instant transfer to client computer. BAM instant transfer to designer art director computer. BAM instant transfer to photo buyer computer. BAM instant transfer to my car audio. BAM instant transfer of camera card...

...WHILE I'M WALKING TO THE NEXT LOCATION.

Try downloading photos while walking to next location with a dongle cable external drive setup. Go ahead. Try. Let me know how that works out for you.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 14:12 UTC as 177th comment | 4 replies

Apple is the crazy X-wife who changes all the locks just to prove she can.

Best to leave her, like a rat from a sinking ship.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 05:19 UTC as 229th comment | 1 reply
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