Lee Jay

Lives in United States CO, United States
Works as a Electrical Engineer / Wind Energy Research
Joined on Oct 17, 2003

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On article FAA bans drones from flying near 7 nuclear facilities (121 comments in total)
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Focus Shift Shooting: I would support drones if they were completely invisible, made absolutely no noise, and were 100% safe.

But since they are going to get in my vision when used around me, and make extremely annoying obnoxious model toy airplane noises x 4 rotors, and can and have crashed and will hurt people if they hit them; then I cannot and will not support their use.

I would rather that this ban affected drones entirely and outlawed them completely!

Cars aren't new technology? The organizations that support model aeronautics began in the 1920s. In other words, it's highly likely that model aircraft are much older than you are.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 02:24 UTC
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icexe: Meh. I used to be on the anti-CC bandwagon, but then after I actually tried it, I really don't mind it. When I thought about it, a ten year subscription at $120/year is still way less than I spend on just one single camera or lens on average, and I buy several of those a year. I would also argue that PS is a far more useful tool for me than any new camera or lens. After a while it just felt silly to be that upset about it.

I use about 75 pieces of software regularly (some photo, some video, some technical, some mathematical, etc.). I wouldn't want to pay $10 a month for each one.

I kept my last camera system in-tact with essentially no spending for 9 years. When I bought new, my total investment was moderate because I sold a lot of the older lenses (all but one, actually).

I wouldn't mind paying for Lightroom at $89 every 18 months the way it's always been. But now it's essentially doubled in price from $89 to $180. I don't like being ripped off regardless of the amount and paying for PS which I never use (because it's crap - designed for graphic artists, not photographers nowadays) is a ripoff.

I'll gladly pay $89 for Lightroom 7 (which they renamed) today, but they won't sell it to me.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 23:10 UTC
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icexe: Meh. I used to be on the anti-CC bandwagon, but then after I actually tried it, I really don't mind it. When I thought about it, a ten year subscription at $120/year is still way less than I spend on just one single camera or lens on average, and I buy several of those a year. I would also argue that PS is a far more useful tool for me than any new camera or lens. After a while it just felt silly to be that upset about it.

Would you pay $10 a month for every piece of software and every application you use?

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 22:30 UTC
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icexe: Meh. I used to be on the anti-CC bandwagon, but then after I actually tried it, I really don't mind it. When I thought about it, a ten year subscription at $120/year is still way less than I spend on just one single camera or lens on average, and I buy several of those a year. I would also argue that PS is a far more useful tool for me than any new camera or lens. After a while it just felt silly to be that upset about it.

I already have LR 6. I won't switch to classic because there's no way to buy it without paying for photoshop as well.

The problem with "another brand" is that none of them support all the metadata I use.

So I'm going to use 6 until I can't anymore.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 21:06 UTC
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icexe: Meh. I used to be on the anti-CC bandwagon, but then after I actually tried it, I really don't mind it. When I thought about it, a ten year subscription at $120/year is still way less than I spend on just one single camera or lens on average, and I buy several of those a year. I would also argue that PS is a far more useful tool for me than any new camera or lens. After a while it just felt silly to be that upset about it.

I find PS useless because I can do everything that needs to be done in Lightroom in a much faster and more efficient way.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 19:34 UTC
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icexe: Meh. I used to be on the anti-CC bandwagon, but then after I actually tried it, I really don't mind it. When I thought about it, a ten year subscription at $120/year is still way less than I spend on just one single camera or lens on average, and I buy several of those a year. I would also argue that PS is a far more useful tool for me than any new camera or lens. After a while it just felt silly to be that upset about it.

That includes cameras for work. I own three, two of which were bought in 2005 and before.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 19:21 UTC
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icexe: Meh. I used to be on the anti-CC bandwagon, but then after I actually tried it, I really don't mind it. When I thought about it, a ten year subscription at $120/year is still way less than I spend on just one single camera or lens on average, and I buy several of those a year. I would also argue that PS is a far more useful tool for me than any new camera or lens. After a while it just felt silly to be that upset about it.

Maybe you should try some Maalox for your GAS.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 19:04 UTC
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icexe: Meh. I used to be on the anti-CC bandwagon, but then after I actually tried it, I really don't mind it. When I thought about it, a ten year subscription at $120/year is still way less than I spend on just one single camera or lens on average, and I buy several of those a year. I would also argue that PS is a far more useful tool for me than any new camera or lens. After a while it just felt silly to be that upset about it.

I find PS to be so useless that even when I had it for free (a 1-year free trial) I didn't even install it. I own CS6 and never use it. Once in a great while I use Elements but not for editing photographs.

I just want a working version of Lightroom. That's all.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 18:26 UTC
On article Canon patents 400mm F5.6 catadioptric 'mirror' lens (220 comments in total)

"In the end, it seems manufacturers (or consumers) decided that the drawbacks of catadioptric lenses were not worth the ultra-compact design. "

Yeah, well, not true of telescope manufacturers. A 2,800mm f/10 would be absolutely enormous if it were refractive. As a Cat, I was able to both afford and handle mine, which I have used to get some terrific shots of subjects like a full lunar eclipse.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 17:19 UTC as 74th comment | 1 reply
On article Have your say: Best smartphone of 2017 (58 comments in total)
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Dazed and Confused: It's amazing how many people in the comments are just voting for phones they like, rather than for what this award is actually for - Best Smartphone CAMERA of 2017.

I know people out there love their headphone jacks, microSD cards and swappable batteries, but none of those are actually what this poll is about.

https://www.theverge.com/2016/10/18/13315168/google-pixel-camera-software-marc-levoy
"But the way the mathematics works, if I take nine shots, the noise will go down by a factor of three"
"Every shot looks the same except for object motion."

I have an Elph 500 HS. f/2, Xenon flash, BSI sensor, IS that actually works (no problem with 1/2 second exposures), 24-105 equivalent, zoom slider, dedicated shutter button, wrist strap.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 14:12 UTC
On article Have your say: Best smartphone of 2017 (58 comments in total)
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Dazed and Confused: It's amazing how many people in the comments are just voting for phones they like, rather than for what this award is actually for - Best Smartphone CAMERA of 2017.

I know people out there love their headphone jacks, microSD cards and swappable batteries, but none of those are actually what this poll is about.

Well, I've read what Google says, and what they say is that it's just stacking and that it therefore doesn't work well on moving subjects and it's only good for at most 1.5 stops.

And not having that list of things I wrote is exactly why they are all the same. For instance, my 2011 pocket ultra-compact has all of those things. I wasn't talking about an ILC.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 21:05 UTC
On article Have your say: Best smartphone of 2017 (58 comments in total)
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Dazed and Confused: It's amazing how many people in the comments are just voting for phones they like, rather than for what this award is actually for - Best Smartphone CAMERA of 2017.

I know people out there love their headphone jacks, microSD cards and swappable batteries, but none of those are actually what this poll is about.

Everything I've seen about HDR+ shows that it does almost nothing aside from what the shadow slider does in Lightroom. And it only works at all in a limited set of conditions.

Still no wide angle.
Still no telephoto.
Still no xenon flash.
Still very poor low-light capabilities.
Still very poor ergonomics.
Still very poor optical IS for stills.

Differences yes, but they are small and relatively unimportant.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 19:58 UTC
On article Have your say: Best smartphone of 2017 (58 comments in total)
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Dazed and Confused: It's amazing how many people in the comments are just voting for phones they like, rather than for what this award is actually for - Best Smartphone CAMERA of 2017.

I know people out there love their headphone jacks, microSD cards and swappable batteries, but none of those are actually what this poll is about.

They're all within 2mm of 28mm equivalent.
They're all within a half-stop of f/2.
They're all right around 12MP.
They're all using sensors right around 1/2.3".

There are a few outliers like the Nokia 808.

There are also a small number with a second camera that's either a little wider or about twice as long. Those are the only real differences and they're still pretty small.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 19:06 UTC
On article Have your say: Best smartphone of 2017 (58 comments in total)
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Dazed and Confused: It's amazing how many people in the comments are just voting for phones they like, rather than for what this award is actually for - Best Smartphone CAMERA of 2017.

I know people out there love their headphone jacks, microSD cards and swappable batteries, but none of those are actually what this poll is about.

All the smartphone cameras are so close to each other in capabilities that there's little point in distinguishing them. So you have to vote based on other things.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 14:54 UTC
On article Have your say: Best smartphone of 2017 (58 comments in total)

It's like choosing which is the best Cheerio in your bowl.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 14:01 UTC as 12th comment
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photoaddict: I actually would love to see that in DSLRs. I often wish for that because I am tired of taking out the card and putting in SD slot or forgetting to put the card back in and so on. It would be nice if everything can be done wirelessly.

I still haven't ever connected my current SLR to the computer via a cable. At least on all my other ones, doing that was a hassle (the rubber seal over the connectors on the camera is hard to open and reseal) and moving data was very slow (around 3MB/s). My card in my card reader can transfer data at 100MB/s and the card door is a snap to open and close.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 08:20 UTC

The Tweet for this says "desktop levels of storage".

My desktop has 4.5TB of storage. I know many people with tens of TB on their desktops.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 02:13 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies

Definitely top 5 of the coolest things I've ever seen.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 18:22 UTC as 72nd comment
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Lee Jay: My astrophotography lens is 2,800mm.

Never thought I'd see a 14mm assigned the same term!

I shoot planetary astro, but not DSOs. I live in a white zone and I don't have guidance equipment. Yeah, I've taken a few single frames of things like M13 and M31, but that's just goofing around, not true deep-sky astro.

But I wouldn't exclude someone like Damian Peach from the "astro" category because, well, just damn! That guy's images are amazing!

Google "Hubble vs Damian Peach".

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 00:29 UTC
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Lee Jay: My astrophotography lens is 2,800mm.

Never thought I'd see a 14mm assigned the same term!

Yeah, I get it. I generally shoot planetary.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 22:02 UTC
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