Island Golfer

Lives in United States Thousand Oaks; Ventura, CA, United States
Works as a Attorney
Joined on Sep 23, 2004

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But, it comes in three color schemes.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 21:10 UTC as 20th comment

Had it; used (played) with it; thought it would flop. I mean, who wants to deal with clutsy cameras that use minimal storage space on large square disks? Sigh.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 12:52 UTC as 95th comment

Don't rush out to buy this, yet. A newer version is coming next week-one without a sensor.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 13:26 UTC as 131st comment | 2 replies
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yslee1: It's been years, but they still don't get it.

I don't know about you all, but I buy mirrorless system cameras both for their performance and their size.

Given it's all about power in small sizes, why in the blazes the accompanying computing power is either a underpowered tablet of some kind (with a few exceptions like the Surface Pro 2) or an overweight 15" laptop?

11-13" laptops are the key market here, and bag manufacturers almost always ignore that. Especially so now that laptop makers are starting to get clued in on the smaller sizes (see the Dell XPS 13 and Apple Macbook as examples of laptops with smaller than expected footprints for their screens sizes), making bags to ignore those for small system cameras is just silly.

Exactly on point! I have purposely purchased an old Lenovo X220, put in a solid state drive and max'ed out the memory. Why? Because it is a 12" laptop that works better than any 10" tablet. But, good luck finding many (if any) decent bags that will carry 11" to 13" laptops. Since the tablet de jur is the surface pro (or, it's equivilent), the bag makers seem to think everything they put out should revolve around that.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 22:04 UTC
On article Lowepro launches Echelon luxury bag line (62 comments in total)

Why not ask an outrageous price for these. Look at the prices of lenses and cameras nowdays. Personally, I already feel that the price of the "normal" bags is getting a bit too high. Or, maybe I missed it in the discription-does a camera come included with these?!

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 19:14 UTC as 43rd comment
On article New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens (232 comments in total)
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Island Golfer: The lens does not appear to produce images that are all that sharp-at least, not of the sharpness we see in their 35mm ART lens. I look at the samples, and see a lens that is much softer, especially as the image moves away from the center. Possibly this will improve once the lens is placed on the USB dock; or run through a software program such as LenAligm/FocusTune. Or, perhaps its just the available subject matter we're looking at. But, whatever it is, I don't see buying one at this juncture. I'm hoping we see better performance once it is into production.

Yes, it does have a Fluorinlayered low-pass filter. I think that Joe85 actually meant to say that; but mispoke himself. That was why I responded by mentioning my D810 (which does not); meaning that, on my camera, the images might be sharper. No harm done. I knew what he meant.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 22:25 UTC
On article New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens (232 comments in total)
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Island Golfer: The lens does not appear to produce images that are all that sharp-at least, not of the sharpness we see in their 35mm ART lens. I look at the samples, and see a lens that is much softer, especially as the image moves away from the center. Possibly this will improve once the lens is placed on the USB dock; or run through a software program such as LenAligm/FocusTune. Or, perhaps its just the available subject matter we're looking at. But, whatever it is, I don't see buying one at this juncture. I'm hoping we see better performance once it is into production.

I agree. I think my D810 would give sharper image performance. At this early stage, I really can't be sure. But, judging from the 35 & 50 ART lenses, I have to surmise that the new 24 will eventually show the same sharp images. These early examples probably should not have been posted, as they are not really lab type conditions like DXO conducts. But, I applaud Dpreview for their apparent "scoop" of the rest of the industry.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 14:19 UTC
On article New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens (232 comments in total)

The lens does not appear to produce images that are all that sharp-at least, not of the sharpness we see in their 35mm ART lens. I look at the samples, and see a lens that is much softer, especially as the image moves away from the center. Possibly this will improve once the lens is placed on the USB dock; or run through a software program such as LenAligm/FocusTune. Or, perhaps its just the available subject matter we're looking at. But, whatever it is, I don't see buying one at this juncture. I'm hoping we see better performance once it is into production.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 09:53 UTC as 28th comment | 8 replies
On photo BETASAMPLE_ISO100_SAM_0679 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Wow!

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 02:59 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Samsung NX1 Real-world Samples sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Wow!

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 02:59 UTC as 1st comment
On article Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm (340 comments in total)

I really have no use for an 85mm lens. I had the 85mm ZF.2; and sold it off to get the much better 135mm ZF.2. It's hard to imagine that this new 85mm Otis lens shows any more sharpness than the existing Zeiss 135mm ZF.2 lens (at least anything anyone would be able to see). What Zeiss needs more than this focal length is a sharper 35mm lens.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 13:25 UTC as 46th comment
On article Quick Review: That Steady Thing (70 comments in total)

Seems kind of silly to carry this stuff with you, when you can simply bring along a lightweight tripod. It's very similar to the concept of the tripod whoes one leg screws out to become a momo pod. My Triopo does this; and folds into a very small package that easily fits into my on-board carry-on bag.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 13:33 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies
On article Lowepro expands 'Passport Series' line of camera bags (10 comments in total)

I just received a notice from United airlines that they are cracking down on casrry-on luggage. They intend to inclue handles and wheels in their new dimensions. To go in the overhead, it has to be no larger than 22" long x 14" wide x 9" deep. To go under the seat, it has to be no larger than 17" long x 10" wide x 9" deep. If they actually do start looking at the carry-on sizes more closely, It appears as if neither of these will pass their scrutiny.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 01:34 UTC as 9th comment
On article Tamrac launches rugged-looking photo messenger bags (106 comments in total)

This is actually something I have been contemplating. However. on initial observation, I see two things I don't care for. First is the double-zippered rear slot that accomodates slipping the bag over the handle of your other luggage. Why the zippers? There is no need for it; and it is one more thing to unzip & deal with in the terminal. Lowepro has the same feature, without this nuisance. Second thing I don't like is that it appears as if even the Apache 6 is not deep enough to accomodate a D800 + a 24-70 + its attached hood. But, all manufacturers seem to short their bags in this way. All that's needed ia another 3/4 of an inch.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 14:37 UTC as 31st comment | 3 replies

$27 for folded paper?! I wonder how much they want for the shipping? What are these guys smoking? And, they put the entire design on their site. Anyone can simply make it themselves out of cheap white poster board and contact cement.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2013 at 23:23 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)

Gee, isn't this what companies try when no one is interested in buying the original deal? Now, "everyone" can have the deal that no one wants. Wanna bet that, still, no one buys into this?

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 20:12 UTC as 155th comment | 2 replies

Oh yeah...I'll be taking my $3,000 camera and $2,000 lens underwater in one of these homemade jobs.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2013 at 22:39 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
On photo DSCN0005 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Since Nikon's first entry into point & shoot underwater photography was rated at a mere 10 feet, I can understand why they would want this camera to be rated a bit better. I had two of the Nikon Action underwater cameras that both burst under pressure and leaked at less than their rated 10 foot claim (both where the flash was sealed into the body). However, anyone who is diving to a depth of 60 feet is most likely not taking an AW110 with them. I fail to see the point. The casual user, taking this to Hawaii, for example, will not go deeper than 8 feet. After trying two Nikon Action point & shoots, a Sea & Sea and a Nikonos IV, I went to a Canon SD550 and matching UW Canon case. The results were better than any previous underwater camera I had tried. I now use a Canon s95 and the matching Canon underwater case. It's simple to use. It has an underwater color balance setting. It takes great pictures above and below water.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2013 at 21:17 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Nikon Coolpix AW110 Review Samples sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Since Nikon's first entry into point & shoot underwater photography was rated at a mere 10 feet, I can understand why they would want this camera to be rated a bit better. I had two of the Nikon Action underwater cameras that both burst under pressure and leaked at less than their rated 10 foot claim (both where the flash was sealed into the body). However, anyone who is diving to a depth of 60 feet is most likely not taking an AW110 with them. I fail to see the point. The casual user, taking this to Hawaii, for example, will not go deeper than 8 feet. After trying two Nikon Action point & shoots, a Sea & Sea and a Nikonos IV, I went to a Canon SD550 and matching UW Canon case. The results were better than any previous underwater camera I had tried. I now use a Canon s95 and the matching Canon underwater case. It's simple to use. It has an underwater color balance setting. It takes great pictures above and below water.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2013 at 21:17 UTC as 1st comment
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