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Works as a Photographer, videographer, photo/video editor
Joined on Aug 26, 2011
About me:

Shooting photos for about 30 years (with a little hiatus in my twenties), I am an "aspiring" art photographer with a little experience shooting products, portraits, fashion, weddings, glamor, landscapes and various other stuff.


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landscaper1: Maybe it's just because I'm something of a neat freak (defensive measure because I'm always misplacing something), but the ISS interior looks to me a lot like living inside a bowl of spaghetti. It's sure a far cry from even the dirty interiors of the sci-fi space ships (Alien, et al).

Is NASA seriously planning on sending people to Mars living inside a mess like that?

Yeah, at about $5,000 per kilo they're going to send up thousands of kilos of stuff to make it look pretty. lol

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 02:54 UTC

They should have sent a Panono around on auto shooting.


Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 02:49 UTC as 8th comment

I find it annoying that I can't zoom in and out as I look around in those photos. I can zoom when I look around in Google Street View.


Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 02:47 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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Reilly Diefenbach: PC a better deal? Who knew?

Actually, in the long run they're not a better deal. They cost more in frustration and time spent fixing stuff that should have never gone wrong than you can save when you first buy one. This is why I'm having a hard time deciding whether to build a Windows system for much less money, even though I want a more powerful system than I have now. I love my MacBook Air, but the new ones just aren't very powerful, and I want more. I just can't afford it in the Mac world, and I don't want to go into debt by making a commitment to paying those monthly payments for the next few years.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 02:42 UTC
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BadScience: Has anybody, anywhere, at any time, gained any insight when reading a Mac-vs-PC thread?

Has anybody, anywhere, at any time, though "f-me, I've been wrong all along, I'm going to by a Mac/PC" after reading a Mac-vs-PC thread?

Yes. I had an epiphany once, after reading an article about Mac vs. Windows systems . . . and hearing about them from my friend who was into editing music on Mac systems . . . and after seeing another friend edit videos on a MacBook in less than half the time I was able to do it with my Windows tower system . . . and . . .

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 02:39 UTC
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nerd2: I'm typing this using a liquid cooled PC with overclocked 4.8Ghz CPU, 1080 GPU and 64GB RAM and cherry blue mechnical keyboard.... which happens to be cheaper than decked out macbook 'pro'

I doubt any tech savy people will choose mac over pc.

Those specs definitely go with your name nerd2.


I do agree though, if you're going to build a desktop system it makes a LOT more sense to build a system, rather than buy a pre-made system. It's cheaper, and you get better equipment. It's actually hard to believe there isn't a whole slew of new clone builders out there, integrating systems, for which they get discount pricing and charge their customers a $50 build fee plus retail for the parts. I'd probably buy a system like that, especially if they gave me a 1 year warranty and would build it with good stuff in it. I bought a ZEOS system once. That thing was awesome!

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 02:37 UTC
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rialcnis: One reason not mentioned is how the Mac is totally insecure compared to the win 10 PC.

I would NEVER buy a Mac. Ipad is bad enough.

Insecure as in lacking in a firewall or something? Or is that a dig about Mac users feeling insecure about their Apples?

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 02:32 UTC
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daleeight: Money – Okay, I get that it is cheaper, by a long ways. Okay.

Ports – Really? So you are so important and whatever else that you need to haul your laptop around all over and can't be bothered with... how many dongles will you really need here? Assume one is for your eternal monitor that you, I don't know, will carry around too?

Ability to Upgrade – So you need to be able to upgrade the Dell because you didn't buy all the good stuff when you bought the Dell for $1000 less? or are you assuming that Dell or others will come out with a lot cooler items int he next 5 years that you need to stick in there? And if so, what?

Touchscreen – Everybody (pro?) doing real photo editing needs to editing needs to do it with fingerprints all over the screen.

Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU – So no issues with the Dell's card, and no negative on the Mac's either...and this is a win, how?

And yeah, I edit on Windows machine.

When I decided to buy my MacBook Pro years ago I tried to configure a comparable Windows system. I couldn't. None had the long battery life or thin form factor. So I decided to see what the most comparable performer would cost, once I had configured it to match the specs of the MacBook Pro. It cost more than the MacBook Pro. I know things are not this way today, but I don't think there is that much money to be saved. What I'm more concerned with is the lack of an SD card slot and USB 3 ports. I don't like dongles either, and I really hate the idea of having to attach two external devices (hard drive AND memory card reader) instead of just one, when I'm ready to dump my memory cards onto my hard drive. With a bigger, 17" Windows computer I can actually put a 4 TB drive in it with the SSD, and not have to plug in ANY external device. I like the idea of that, even though the computer is 3 lbs. heavier and has less battery life. BTW, that monster Windows machine is more than $1,000 less.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 02:31 UTC
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DuxX: Mac is way overpriced. I work on PC. Windows 10 x64, 16GB RAM, 2xSSD + SATA, nVIDIA GTX 950, i5 6600K.... Lightroom + PS. Everything is fast and reliable. My Win10 is about 9 months old and there is no need for system re-installation.

Win 10 is way better than any other Windows before.

I've been using the same MacBook Air for more than 6 years now. No, I have never wiped my hard drive, reinstalled my OS, or upgraded the OS to a newer version. This one works just fine for me . . . though there is a new application that won't run on my old OS now, so I'm considering upgrading to the latest version of Mac OS Sierra (for free). I also have a 12+ year old Windows XP system that sill runs perfectly . . . like a rock. It's slow though, because it's more than 12 years old. It was only mediocre speed when I built it, but now it's really really slow - 2 GHz AMD Athlon XP with 1 GB of 333 MHz ECC DDR RAM on an MSI ATX motherboard with a low-end ATI video card that has 256 MB of VRAM. I rarely use that old system though, because my MacBook Air with the 1.8 GHz i7 processor and 4 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM running OSX 10.7.5 on a 256 GB SSD is so much faster, even though it doesn't have much more VRAM.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 02:23 UTC

I know this is not what the article is about, but there are at least five reasons to still buy a Mac vs. a Windslows computer.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 02:02 UTC as 56th comment | 4 replies
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bobbarber: "Because of the dominance of the Linux kernel-based Android OS on smartphones, Linux has the largest installed base of all general-purpose operating systems. Linux is also the leading operating system on servers and other big iron systems such as mainframe computers, and is used on 99.6% of the TOP500 supercomputers."

You don't buy a PC for "serious work" if you "don't want your hand held." You run Linux. If you go with PC, your hand IS being held.

Macs are better, but it's true that they are expensive and don't give you hardware options. The older Macbook pros had a removable optical drive that you could swap out for a hard drive and run Linux without losing your Mac install. Now they've taken that away. The super-fancy Mac Airbooks, etc. tempt me more than better spec'ed cheaper PCs (Yes, Windows is THAT bad), but the PC fans are right you can't fix or upgrade them without paying through the nose.

No, YOU are confused. Mac OS is based on Linux. Almost everything about it is similar to the various flavors of Linux. When Apple switched from OS 9 to OS X (or 10), they made their own flavor of Unix/Linux. Macintosh computers run on Intel x86-based processors, which means they are essentially Linux machines. How Apple gets away with calling Linux their own operating system I don't know. Maybe it's different enough at the core (kernel). I think they've basically been given a pass though, because they've been the only real competitor to Microsoft. "It is a Unix-based operating system . . ." -

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 15:36 UTC
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brulain: Mac OS is all I want: more simple, reliable and light.
But if you like gaz factories, Windows is for you.

Gaz factories?

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 15:26 UTC

Yes, I have considered it, and I still am. I don't want a computer that doesn't have a built-in SD card slot, and none of the new MacBook Pro computers have one. I thought about upgrading from my 6 year old MacBook Air, but they've hardly progressed in 6 years! The new 2.2 GHz i7 processor is only about 50% faster than the 1.8 GHz i7 in my old MacBook Air. I think that's pathetic. Yes, the new one has a much more powerful GPU, and it has USB 3 ports, which is another thing I want, but the new MacBook Air is limited to 8 GB of RAM and that's only twice what my 6 year old computer has. You'd think Apple would at least offer an upgrade option to 16 GB, but nooooooooo. Apple seems to be getting more and more like Microsoft too, while the Windows 10 operating system seems to be much better than Microsoft's previous offerings. All this makes me seriously consider switching back to a Windows machine. It's as if Apple has decided to help Microsoft dominate the World, since Steve Jobs died.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 15:24 UTC as 110th comment | 4 replies

I don't know much about Bowens, but they seem to be more expensive than Alien Bees, which are probably responsible for a number of strobe manufacturers going out of business. Too bad, because it looks like Bowens makes some good stuff. It's hard to believe they can't keep running, with all that they have in place (over 300 products listed at B&H - a few dozen in stock). It seems like the hard, up-hill work has already been done. I can't find Alien Bees at B&H at all.

Of course there is the cheaper competition, like Impact and Interfit, and a lot of buyers choose those, rather than the more expensive stuff. It could be that those companies are offering good enough equipment now that there's no need for most photographers to pay twice as much to upgrade later. When I started with a set of Impact 160 WS lights, they recharged to full power in 5 seconds. I thought I needed more speed, and I didn't take very good care of them, so when one stopped working, I bought a set of Alien Bees.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 15:08 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
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spencerda: Can you imagine trying to put on and synchronize 16 little polarizers?

Maybe you can just put a polarized cover over the front of the camera, like a pair of sunglasses, but one big sunglass.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 14:16 UTC
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noisephotographer: According to the user guide you can not choose different shutter speeds for the module groups. This could be a major problem. When you shoot at 28mm, you would need a shutter speed of at least 1/28s for the 28mm module group and 1/70s for the 70mm module group, but apparently you can not do this. So probably you have to choose at least 1/70s for the best sharpness at 28mm.

Of course they're doing stitching Roland. Why else would they have multiple cameras of each focal length? To think that a camera with 16 sensors isn't doing stitching is a very unusual thinking process. I applaud your ability to not make the same assumptions most others would make Roland. I think that must be part of your genius and how you were able to create Kalpanika, when even Sigma could not. Congratulations on being one of the most innovative people on DPreview!


Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 14:14 UTC
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Mike FL:

Are you trying to say that this new camera will allow people to create cinamatic VR content, like Lytro is doing?

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 14:07 UTC
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Old Cameras: Move along. This is not the game changing computational future of photography you're looking for.

Probably not, but you can say that about every new and innovative camera, and you'd be right most of the time. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 14:00 UTC
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supeyugin1: Why not to use good ol' zoom instead of this computational junk with microscopic sensors? In for Canon G9X II!

Can you put that G9X in a shirt pocket?

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 14:00 UTC
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marc petzold: OMG, Nikons Quality Managment does really have some serious started with the D600 and oily spots onto the Sensor...even the D610 is somehow affected, and the D750, being a great FF DSLR, doesn't get out of the news either....i am just wondering myself, does it have to-do something that many DSLRs aren't "Made in Japan" anymore by Nikon? Fujifilm, Canon is still producing "Made in Japan"...not into China, not into Thailand...all these D6x0/D750 Nikon DSLR do have one thing in common: issues with the Shutter...

Steelhead3 . . . it seems absurd to me that you say, " . . . this is a consumer level camera with low specs and probably not up to Nikon's normal quality." If the D750 is not up to Nikon's "normal quality" then what is? They sell more cameras, like the D7200 and D7500 than they would sell of the more expensive, full-fame D750, and they would surely sell a lot more D5500 and other less expensive cameras. What do you mean by "normal" anyway? Do you mean to say their most expensive high-end cameras, like the D5 and D500? Those are actually NOT their "normal" cameras. Those are the very top high-end cameras, and they sell VERY few of those.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 20:49 UTC
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