Gary Martin

Lives in United States Montclair, CA, United States
Works as a Graphic Designer
Joined on Feb 18, 2005

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Fascinating - more humans and less robots than I expected. Knowing what goes into producing a high-quality lens certainly makes the cost seem more justifiable.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 16:31 UTC as 79th comment
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semorg: This what happens when you build both the OS and device. Apple is mostly now focused on being a mobile hardware company and it shows in their profit.

At the same time, Google is a new company every other month. Android OS is just part of their focus, along with search, email, cloud computing, enterprise tools, social, phone provider, internet provider (I guess thats ending), etc.

I have both iPhone and several android devices (Samsung Galaxy S6). Android experience is horrible! I have no idea how people use it and are okay with it. With the back button that sometimes is back sometimes it closes the app. Then seeing your apps you have to tap on the app expand icon, etc. The android guys are trying to be too clever.
At the end of the day, you really have two options: iOS or android. Android builders are fighting amongst themselves to cater to emerging markets and lower portion of the market, which Apple is remaining the premium brand for people who want premium.

I have both IOS devices and Android devices, and I vastly prefer Android - but then I'm a guy who likes to tinker and customize. For most people I think IOS delivers an easier out-of-the-box experience. And Apple hardware is second to none.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 22:13 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Ricoh teases upcoming D FA* 50mm F1.4 (95 comments in total)
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photomedium: Yee-ha! A fake 50 and 85! Even the name is tentative! Yaa-Hooo! The plexiglas box probably cost 10x the lens.
I know that you tend to want what you can't have, but this level of tease for a camera company teetering on the brink of failure is really ridiculous.

LOL, my K-1 was once a 3D model in a plexiglass box, and now it's in my camera bag. And Pentax has been "teetering on the brink of failure" for decades.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 16:04 UTC
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jkrumm: Does it come with a trailer to haul it? : )

Yeah, the same one used by Sigma and Zeiss.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 19:00 UTC
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zakaria: Who needs posters. Please update the lens roadmap. Give us k3ii successor with a strong af system. Posters are not what pentax should do.

Please Ricoh, re-train those graphic designers into optical engineers!

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 23:30 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1566 comments in total)
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Clyde Thomas: This camera is not for you. Stay away. Handling one for five minutes will cause you to question everything in your current gear collection. You'll lie awake at night calculating how much you can sell your current gear for. You'll monitor eBay constantly for special deals on AMount lenses. You'll go down the rabbit hole researching old Minolta AF lenses. You'll wonder why you never paid any attention to the thirty year AMount 9 series legacy. You will fall in love again, with a camera...

DON'T GO THERE...!

Love hurts.

Sure, until we see next year's model.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 16:39 UTC
On article F is for '4th': Hands-on with Fujifilm X100F (424 comments in total)
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kobakokh: This Fijifilm has just one small problem: lens is much less sharper then 28mm lens of Ricoh GR. And also if Fuji will add to AF system something like Ricoh's Snap focus, its will be absolutely great camera. That Snap focus is way better then maybe any focus system in the world...

Two very different cameras; the Fuji is using a more popular focal length, has a faster lens, and is a much nicer looking camera. It also has classic aperture, shutter and ISO controls which many people like. The Ricoh is much smaller and lighter (easily fits in a coat pocket), and has useful features like snap focus for street photography. It's also *much* less expensive. I went for the GR, but I wouldn't turn down the Fuji if it was a gift ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 22:04 UTC

Came here for the comments; was not disappointed ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 05:35 UTC as 36th comment | 3 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (402 comments in total)
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zakaria: Ricoh GRII my pocket camera cheaper and has a biger sensor!

Just move in closer ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 23:56 UTC
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Nikonandmore: Great shots & kudos for Michael Bonocore's brilliant work! Thanks for this share and inspiring photos!

But sorry folks, I have an iPhone 7 Plus and the reality goes like this:

Looking at VGA size photos on the web, all looks sharp, detailed and dandy. However, blow them up on the screen, print them any larger than pint size, or shoot in anything out of pitch-ideal lighting conditions (specially using the much slower and not-stabilized telephoto secondary lens), and the iPhone 7 camera/s fall apart like a fly squashed by an elephant's foot. Just about most current 1-inch sensor points-and shoot and some M43 pocket wonders like the LX100, for LESS than the cost of an iPhone 7 plus, eat it for breakfast, digest it for lunch and burp it for dinner.

This endless marketing obsession and ridiculous overblown hype about the iPhone, makes me sick. Reality bites and the truth stinks!

But that's just it: VGA on the web reaches an order of magnitude more viewers than any print. This is the primary medium that photography is now consumed, and the photographer here tailored his tools to his medium, like any good artist would.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 15:33 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (342 comments in total)

Very well done review. I'm glad that you're *finally* not judging the JPEGs solely by the default settings, and pointing out that you can customize the output to get "better" results. For some reason, Pentax has always used poor defaults, IMO.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 23:08 UTC as 60th comment
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Paul Petersen: At this price why not spend another 200 USD on an XT-2 that is weather sealed, and has an amazing lens system and control layout.

Systems are more important (IMO) than individual cameras, which are constantly replaced by newer models. I personally find Fuji's lens lineup to be more attractive than Sony's.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 16:22 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F707 (137 comments in total)

I had one and loved it; it was an ugly beast but the design was actually very useful and the image quality was stellar for its time. I sold it to a friend and it *still works*. Too bad that Sony was pushing that stupid Memory Stick, but glad to see they're on board with more common standards now (relatively speaking!).

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 15:54 UTC as 64th comment | 1 reply
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phoenix15: This is what Pentax should really do. Long ago, Pentax can claim as the king of APS-C due to its various lenses. But now, the crown is taken by Fuji.

As a Pentax user I agree: Fuji has been killing it with their lens releases. We've had weather-sealed bodies for *years* but still don't have a weather-sealed prime wider than 55mm. Hopefully the new lenses promised for 2017 will fill that obvious hole in the lineup.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 15:36 UTC
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rafalvonbur: a backpack for only $250? hold my beer....

If you're going to spend several thousand dollars on photo gear, it seems sensible to buy quality bags to carry it around in. Think Tank gear is built to last, and quality doesn't come cheap.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 04:10 UTC

Large, heavy, expensive, won't fit my camera - and I still want it ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 14:41 UTC as 40th comment
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2659 comments in total)
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Gary Martin: Pixel-shift is the killer app for me, and it's a technology that undoubtedly will be improved. Even with current subject movement issues, I find it to not be a big problem: just combine a shifted and non-shifted image in Photoshop, and use a layer mask to remove problem areas. The results are stunning for a sub $2k camera.

Also landscapes and architecture if you're willing to do a bit of post-processing (as I explained in my previous post).

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 22:14 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2659 comments in total)
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SungiBr: Nice review. But sad to read the poor AF performance.
I was expecting a better performance, at least, with single shoot and dark environments, because previous bodies aren't that bad.
Maybe it's a buggy firmware, as the system is claimed to be, at least, better than the K3 (wich you DPreview guys reviewned and it didn't get that amount of failures).
Maybe that better Pentax AF system will come with their next APS-C flagship...

As I said, that doesn't match the experience of any regular user I know of, YMMV.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 21:55 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2659 comments in total)
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Gary Martin: Pixel-shift is the killer app for me, and it's a technology that undoubtedly will be improved. Even with current subject movement issues, I find it to not be a big problem: just combine a shifted and non-shifted image in Photoshop, and use a layer mask to remove problem areas. The results are stunning for a sub $2k camera.

There is no IQ advantage, it's just a matter of process. I can frame a pixel-shift image in the viewfinder and know exactly how the finished image will be composed and laid out. I find that much harder to do with stitching. But with stitching you can of course generate much higher resolution, even with your "ancient" camera, depending on just how many images you want to use.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 21:54 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2659 comments in total)
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SungiBr: Nice review. But sad to read the poor AF performance.
I was expecting a better performance, at least, with single shoot and dark environments, because previous bodies aren't that bad.
Maybe it's a buggy firmware, as the system is claimed to be, at least, better than the K3 (wich you DPreview guys reviewned and it didn't get that amount of failures).
Maybe that better Pentax AF system will come with their next APS-C flagship...

I'm not quite sure what the problem was here, as virtually every K-3 shooter I know, who upgraded to a K-1, reported *improved* AF. I suspect that it takes some experience and tweaking to the default K-1 settings to get good, consistent AF. But there are plenty of K-1 shooters out there already who seem to be doing just fine shooting birds and planes.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 19:08 UTC
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