Benfr69

Benfr69

Lives in Belgium Belgium
Has a website at https://bnbphoto.jimdo.com/
Joined on Apr 3, 2010

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Isn't an iPhone a disposable camera in the first place ... ? With the added option to occasionally pass a call ...

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 20:13 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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daowei: There are thousands of miles of unused railroad track in the United States. Not only is it ridiculous that people got riled up by a photo of something as harmless as a person standing on a railroad track, it doesn't even take into account the fact that there's basically a 50/50 chance that the tracks aren't even actively used.

Samuel C `The problem is millions of instagramming selfie-stick using morons see the photo, hop on the tracks, and nature takes its course.`

That's called natural delection and survival of the fittest. ;p

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 21:40 UTC
On article Nikon D5600 review: making connectivity a snap? (366 comments in total)
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Benfr69: It would be just nice that Nikon just put a second command dial and a pentaprism viewfinder on their 3xxx and 5xxx series. That is what has always rebuked me on the entry-level models and I personally think that if Pentax can do it, why can't Nikon.
The sole reason I left Pentax for Nikon was AF performance, even on the older models. But I hate the fact that on the Nikon entry level line the controls just suck. Nikon used to put twin command-dials and pentaprism viewfinders on their upper entry-level segment (D70-D80-D90), I wonder why they stopped.

I thought enthusiast level cameras were sealed, the D90 is not. And also the D90 is the successor to the D80, which in turn is the successor to the D70s, which was definitely Nikon's entry-level camera at the time it came out..
Anyhow, my point is that it would improve ergonomics drastically to add these two features (e.g; dual command dials and pentaprism viewfinder) and in my opinion will get new clients over to Nikon.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 21:28 UTC
On article Nikon D5600 review: making connectivity a snap? (366 comments in total)
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Benfr69: It would be just nice that Nikon just put a second command dial and a pentaprism viewfinder on their 3xxx and 5xxx series. That is what has always rebuked me on the entry-level models and I personally think that if Pentax can do it, why can't Nikon.
The sole reason I left Pentax for Nikon was AF performance, even on the older models. But I hate the fact that on the Nikon entry level line the controls just suck. Nikon used to put twin command-dials and pentaprism viewfinders on their upper entry-level segment (D70-D80-D90), I wonder why they stopped.

D7200 is not entry level. It's an enthusiast / semi-pro camera. I compared the D5300 to the Pentax K-70, which are in the same market segment, and the Pentax beats the crap out of the Nikon in what concerns ergonomics.

Heck, even the EOS 760D has twin-command dials.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 20:35 UTC
On article Nikon D5600 review: making connectivity a snap? (366 comments in total)

It would be just nice that Nikon just put a second command dial and a pentaprism viewfinder on their 3xxx and 5xxx series. That is what has always rebuked me on the entry-level models and I personally think that if Pentax can do it, why can't Nikon.
The sole reason I left Pentax for Nikon was AF performance, even on the older models. But I hate the fact that on the Nikon entry level line the controls just suck. Nikon used to put twin command-dials and pentaprism viewfinders on their upper entry-level segment (D70-D80-D90), I wonder why they stopped.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 15:28 UTC as 32nd comment | 8 replies
On article Adobe Creative Suite 6 has been officially retired (352 comments in total)
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villagranvicent: I use both Photoshop and Illustrator for my work and they are excellent tools, so even though I hate their monthly subscription I have learned to live with it.

@String: Hmmmm... so supposing that I pay 1 month and then stop I still am able to load my RAW files into another editor and recover my work ?

I calculated an average of 30 years, taking into consideration a minimum career in photography. However my model is scalable if you wish.
I am pretty sure that with open source software I will be able to open my RAW files in 30 years.
Also, I took Aftershot Pro and PSP as an example, since they are comparable products. There are many other on the market. Of course none has the monopoly Adobe has.

Which brings me to the point, which is that Adobe abuses it's industry standard position to impose their business model and slow down innovation. It's not about the 10 $ / month, it's about the principle.

But then again, it is just my own opinion.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 23:22 UTC
On article Adobe Creative Suite 6 has been officially retired (352 comments in total)
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villagranvicent: I use both Photoshop and Illustrator for my work and they are excellent tools, so even though I hate their monthly subscription I have learned to live with it.

@villagranvincent: as long as there is no real competition to Adobe and that people don't turn away to alternatives there won't be any change.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 14:12 UTC
On article Adobe Creative Suite 6 has been officially retired (352 comments in total)
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villagranvicent: I use both Photoshop and Illustrator for my work and they are excellent tools, so even though I hate their monthly subscription I have learned to live with it.

@String: What happens if you stop paying for your CC license ? Are you still able to access your edited files ? Also, what guarantee do we have that pricing will remain stable ? For me, and that is my own opinion, it is like hijacking my work. Would you rent a Mac for the rest of your life, knowing that you have other options which allow you to purchase and own the product ?

Some math: 10 $ / month assuming you use the software for 30 years costs you a total 3600 $. Now purchasing a RAW editor and image editor like e.g. Aftershot Pro and Paintshop Pro costs you around 140 $ every 2 years (new release cycle), which after 30 years would cost you 2100 $. During the product's life time you also get updates and even better, you choose which updates you want.

The main difference being that in the second case you actually own the product license and in the case of Adobe you rent it.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 13:27 UTC
On article Adobe Creative Suite 6 has been officially retired (352 comments in total)
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villagranvicent: I use both Photoshop and Illustrator for my work and they are excellent tools, so even though I hate their monthly subscription I have learned to live with it.

@String: I checked mxx's gear list. They are mostly old DSLR's and the glass is far from being pro-grade, except the two Limited lenses.

@imagery2: I think that the 10$/month just adds insult to injury as th subscription model is no better then ransomware. Having to pay to access your work is just disgusting.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 09:17 UTC
On article Adobe Creative Suite 6 has been officially retired (352 comments in total)
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tkbslc: Fortunately the competition saw this coming and we have a lot of good new products. (i.e. Affinity Photo, On 1 RAW, etc.)

Perhaps this is the opportunity Corel has been waiting for to make their come-back. Aftershot Pro 3 looks promising and has a native Linux version too.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 09:09 UTC
On article Adobe Creative Suite 6 has been officially retired (352 comments in total)
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Reilly Diefenbach: Adobe haters all present and accounted for? Let the weeping begin!

What I have on my computer is my concern. That's called privacy and that is the main reason I use open source software. As I said, for me (and that is my own opinion) any company providing tech support by remote controlling my computer, in other words by linking into my computer through their software is disturbing indeed. Not only does it leave a back-door open for anyone, but it means that they can login through it at their leisure.

Perhaps you should read 1984, or talk to some former residents of the DDR to get a reminder of where that can lead.

Still, it is a free world and people should use whatever software suits their needs, just the way people should use the camera gear they feel best with. Because just as cameras, software is just a tool.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 01:02 UTC
On article Adobe Creative Suite 6 has been officially retired (352 comments in total)
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Reilly Diefenbach: Adobe haters all present and accounted for? Let the weeping begin!

I am in no way an Adobe hater or lover (actually I couldn't care less, I use FOSS).
Now that this is out of the way:

Reilly Diefenbach: "Adobe also has excellent tech support, including remote control of your computer if necessary."

Now that is a scary thought. If they can control your computer remotely it means that there is a serious security issue. And believe me, if they can do it any well versed hacker can. I know that I wouldn't want any multi-billion dollar company holding a monopoly to mess around in my computer.

Also in my opinion the main argument against any commercial software is longterm support. What guarantees that I can open my RAW files in 30 years from now ?

And besides, there are tons of alternative RAW converters.

But then again that is just MHO.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 21:59 UTC
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cbphoto123: What wonderful click-bait. Have to love how all the non Canon/Nikon users are all bent out of shape over what Brides magazine wrote. Why do you care so very much?
Of course Brides magazine are in no way experts about what cameras Pro's should use and why, but their conclusion that these 2 brands are the ones pros should use are not that off. I assume they came to this because most, if not almost all "pros" they have worked with over the years (and at the time of writing this article) use Canon or Nikon. Not such a stretch to come to the conclusion they did.

I suppose it is because "Brides Magazine" is read by a large audience and it could downturn potential clients if their photographer uses a Hasselblad / Mamiya / Pentax 645Z / ..... (put other great camera / brand here).

As Mister Adams said, it's the 10 inches behind the camera that matter. Obviously the writer of this article is a few inches short.

P.S.: I shot a friend's family event on a Nikon D70s, not really a full format camera (8x10 ?). As mister Z said, learn how to master the gear that you own, learn how to light.

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2017 at 22:49 UTC
On photo Devetashka Cave in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (1 comment in total)

Nice picture, however I would have pushed saturation a tad and made it in a 1:1 aspect ratio cutting out the top hole which is too distracting and unbalances the composition.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 11:09 UTC as 1st comment
On photo trumpets in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (1 comment in total)

Nice colors, but unfortunately, the main subject is too centered.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 10:58 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Little Hands in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

The idea of the picture is great and the square napkin works very well. However there are too many distracting elements like the black blurry thing on the right side and the other person on the left. I would have cropped the image in order to put the hands in the upper third of the image and cropped out the distracting elements.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 10:54 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Street in Glasgow in the Your City - That street you never really looked at before challenge (7 comments in total)

Nice out of the box thinking. I figured it, I am curious to see if I was right.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 22:31 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On article Apple to cease development of Aperture (425 comments in total)

Let's see,in 1999 I moved from win to Apple (OS 9) because of windows instability and MS policy on licensing. I loved aperture when it came out, but .... in 2011 I moved from Apple to Linux / KDE when I saw where OS X Lion was heading. (Desktop iOS with total control over the software you buy). iCloud services confirm that, after all you will just be a milk cow for them since they have your data and they can "milk" you so that you use their software to access and process your data.

Finally I did the right thing, today I have a Digikam + GIMP and Darktable workflow, I don't miss any features from my Aperture + PS workflow.

OSS is the future my friends, for freedom and to make sure that your RAW format will be supported and that you don't loose your libraries.

Just my two cents.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 10:27 UTC as 28th comment | 3 replies
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Ben Tomohiku: Personally I think K-30 really looks like a Pentax, at least from the exterior better than K-01 or Q. Pentax is always so generous to adding better features on their cameras. I bought a Pentax K-X for my sister two years ago, at that time K-X is the best value entry-level dslr.However I am really sad that most of the people don't realize it, they're gonna say "Pentax? Never heard of it" every time when I recommend them some nice dslrs from Pentax, whatever. Pentax really should work on letting more people know about their business.

I agree. Pentax has some serious marketing issues. Nikon and Canon have established huge marketing investments worldwide and that is the reason why they are also the market leaders.
Nikon leads the entry level and mid-range market and Canon the pro-market.

If Pentax would market their products the way the two leaders do they would definitely gain a tremendous amount of market share due to their price to feature ratio.

Let's hope Ricoh will increase the marketing budget.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2012 at 07:51 UTC

Personally I find the design sexy. Now to the facts.
This is a mid-range DSLR playing in the same court as the EOS 600D or the D5100. I am talking here about the price range.

Despite it's pricing the K30 features many "pro" features which are on none of the above mentioned cameras. These features are obvious:

- 100 % weather sealing
- 100 % pentaprism viewfinder
- Eleven point AF system with 9 cross type sensors
- 6 FPS continuous burst shooting
- 1/6000th of a second shutter speed
- Two user modes
- Twin control dials

and last but not least a WR kit lens. And all this in a 900 USD package.

I think it is the best recommendation for people starting out in photography or sports photographers on a budget.

Also this promises a lot for the K-5 successor in September. (Photokina)

Link | Posted on May 22, 2012 at 20:29 UTC as 19th comment | 4 replies
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