Craig Gillette

Lives in United States Chino Hills, CA, United States
Works as a teacher, etc.
Joined on Feb 21, 2003

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One wonders who the face recognition templates may have been shared with.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2021 at 18:03 UTC as 31st comment
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Astrotripper: Nice to see the addition of DX lenses. Who knows, maybe Nikon will end up having a decent APS-C offering at some point. Not holding my breath, though.

This 12-28 and the announced 18-140 should be a very tempting and useful travel kit. While I never got around to one of the wide zooms with my NEX6 or A6400, the 18-135 is a great, light, convenient travel lens. Fully attached to Sony mirror-less these days, having the 28-200/2.8-5.6, I've stuck it on the A6400 a time or two., as well.

Not sure size wise but think I've seen good reporting on the Nikon 24-200, the 12-28 and 24-200 might be a good cross over pairing on the aps-c bodies. Like Sony with compatible mounts, aps-c and ff is a both systems together possibility. OTOH, Fuji doesn't have any ff to work with and Canon's approach to integrating aps-c and ff with the new mount isn't settled?

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2021 at 00:59 UTC
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Photography Raptor: That 12-28mm DX lens sounds really interesting

Yes, it does. While I'd likely not make it my only lens often, I can see it being a good fit for "city" walk around. I used a 12-24/4 on my D7200 extensively wandering around Washington, DC, as an example. Although soon thereafter I added Sony aps-c mirror-less. While not a 10mm or 11mm, it's usefully wider than a 16mm and that 28mm long end should work to keep down lens swapping.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2021 at 00:38 UTC
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Reza S Moghadam: Who the heaven! would buy a monitor which disrespect human being with omitting monitor stand and charging 1k more for it? (Apple one)

No kidding. I was skimming this while grabbing lunch and saw the mention of the $1000 monitor stand. Wow. I suppose it's an insanely good stand. Not for me.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2021 at 17:57 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 Di III-A RXD (71 comments in total)
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Nikita66: Nice review, as always, by Chris.
Although, he does describe this lens as "affordable." IMO, the price it pretty high, and is what's stopping me. I'm thinking the new AF Samyang AF 12mm 2.0 is more what I can afford.

The competition is the Sony 10-18/4 at $900, not the various primes. Not that they may not offer some advantages in price, f stop, etc. If this one is consistent good quality and with the f2.8 advantage it's likely to be very popular.

It's also a little interesting that this lens and the 17-70/2.8 might also be competing with the recent Tamron and Sigma ff offerings which strike strongly at the pricing of Sony zooms.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2021 at 07:39 UTC
On article In-depth tripod review: Sirui SR-3204 (71 comments in total)
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ZilverHaylide: Comparing the vibration damping test results between this and the recently tested Gitzo, there's a huge difference. What good is the money savings from buying this, if it is appreciably worse in damping performance?

Even if camera/lens dependent, the head/body/lens could be swapped tripod to tripod. With these, it might even work to transfer the whole thing using a 75mm half bowl. Or, select a satisfactory head, body and lens - or all three, the 12mm, 70-200 and 500/4 on the same body - and run them on the these tripods and the last set, too.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2021 at 23:01 UTC
On article In-depth tripod review: Sirui SR-3204 (71 comments in total)
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S Castle: I like the length markers on the legs. I wish my Gitzo had that. I've been thinking of scribing my own but I haven't found an acceptable tool for it yet.

I used a paint marker to mark a couple of points on the legs of an older tripod. They can be found in white or silver which wold probably do fine.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2021 at 22:38 UTC
On article In-depth tripod review: Sirui SR-3204 (71 comments in total)
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bolt2014: $550.00? Affordable? For who? Certainly not me!

Just as an example, look to the aluminum SR-3004. It was selling, for a while, under $300 - I didn't grab it but thought about it. Now $400 at Adorama and $300 on amazon. I did grab the SR-3203 3 section when I had a $300 opportunity. While I also recently added the Sony 200-600, I'm not looking to it as a landscape lens, nor the tripod for "travel" far from the car.

I'd also agree on the Slik Pro 700DX being likely a better, more useful tripod for many than the teeny $100 "travel" tripods.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2021 at 21:50 UTC
On article In-depth tripod review: Sirui SR-3204 (71 comments in total)

I happened on an SR-3203 "open box" for $300, just begun using it. Can't really say anything about vibration issues in comparisons. I've used my new 200-600 on it but the subject matter was otters bobbing around so needed higher shutter speeds.

It out performs my old Giottos GB-4180 aluminum beast. "This performance ranks at the bottom of this very demanding type of large tripods but is far better than smaller tripods when faced with the same test."

It might be interesting to see what, impact, so to speak, the same test causes on the smaller tripods. (Like the W2204 just reviewed) Also a test or two on a gimbal. the same gimbal/load could be moved around the different tripods. Or a series test of several gimbals as with the tripods?

Was surprised the Sirui half bowl wasn't compatible but there are quite a few others out there. I got a Leofoto and it works just fine.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2021 at 19:39 UTC as 17th comment

Without seeing or testing this lens myself either, I think I feel safe in predicting it won't perform like $5000 in full frame f2.8 lenses .Ok got that tidbit of wisdom out of the way.

If it performs like recent Tamron offerings, it should be a keeper for many users. I think it might be an interesting "first" lens. For others, perhaps already having something in the mid-range, like me, I already have an 18-135, could this replace it instead of adding the 70-350? I've also added some ff gear but still have kind of a gap in my mirror-less that is covered by my dslr 70-300. This or the 70-350 might make sense when the 200-600 isn't convenient or necessary. That "just in case" option when using the mid-range or wides and a bear walks through the parking lot.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2021 at 17:54 UTC as 16th comment
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Kirnbichler: Usually, tripods are specified with their load bearing capacity. Halve that, and you'll get a somewhat realistic number.

I wonder why this hasn't been mentioned in the video at all.

My most stable tripod is a Berlebach, one of the few good aspects about the east-german region of Saxony. Well built, stable, from vibration dampening wood as ash. And it has a ball the center column goes through, so that it's possible to align that vertically without changing the legs positioning (a real hassle on even ground). When doing panoramic shooting, the next best thing is an inverted ball head with a panorama plate on top.

Depending on models, the Manfrottos can be quite competitive in the all purpose stiffness rankings at The Center Column. "Quality" and results in use are more than just clamp and tube "types."

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2021 at 17:03 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Tripod head roundup (96 comments in total)
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Becksvart: Nice, I don't think I've even seen a "three way head" (I wonder what they would be called here). Tilt heads, I guess "two way head"? are common though. As for the internally zooming FE 200-600 being great for gimbals I really like the https://www.lensmaster.co.uk/buy-rh2.htm lensmaster ones. They are user-cleanable and feel solid. The rh2 looks neat in space silver too.

The "third" direction was typically the top plate being set up to flip to the side for use in "portrait." An L bracket does a better job. It keeps the load balanced and retains the aiming point. A "video" head might not have that movement as one typically didn't shoot videos in portrait until cell phones came along??

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2021 at 21:48 UTC
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KodaChrome25: 'Professional creators and power users need a curated, personalized software and hardware experience that aligns to the different ways they work and collaborate'

What language is that?

I find "curated" rather annoying in this sort of use (even in the puffery context surrounding it here). It's one thing thinking of a Curator of a zoo or museum, etc., who is perhaps the master chooser for the collection as a title reflecting the importance of the job. It starts getting to be rather pretentious in some cases (as in we don't allow just anybody with $5 and a hot glue gun to set up a tent and table in our "Art" Show). But HP isn't choosing or limiting the software and any user is always choosing what they think is "right."

Link | Posted on May 13, 2021 at 00:30 UTC
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Eugene A: Wonder why it is taking so long for laptops manufacturers to adopt OLED displays. And why high-end only?

My Samsung Galaxy S2 (2011) had an AMOLED screen. Isn't 10 years enough time to solve remaining issues and achieve economies of scale?

I'd expect the info is there at the industry level. From a quality/reliability side, the engineers and accountants don't stop with displays when they look for components. The reviews I saw tended to gush on how good the displays looked, but only briefly comment, if at all, on OLED issues in other applications. They aren't "new" any more, so I'd expect discussion of "problems," if they were apparent. Maybe they won't appear until into the 4 or 5 year life area? I'd expect that applications and uses would be dwindling, not increasing, if using them had been a bad idea two years ago.

They can't chase down all the "FUD." For all we know, if they were really too hot, they'd be advertised as a computer/kitchen appliance. Time for a break? Flip it over and grill a sandwich for lunch.

I think there is some expectation that the purchasers, many of them at least, know the differences between laptops and desktops, and choose one or the other for the right reasons.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2021 at 20:33 UTC
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Eugene A: Wonder why it is taking so long for laptops manufacturers to adopt OLED displays. And why high-end only?

My Samsung Galaxy S2 (2011) had an AMOLED screen. Isn't 10 years enough time to solve remaining issues and achieve economies of scale?

Beats me. I asked about them not too long ago and the only answer I got was some other OLEDs in other applications get burn in or didn't work out. But no real discussion of these OLEDs in this application. They are obviously getting wider and wider use. Then I was treated to the "I don't use one and don't know anyone who does." I happened to go with a different Dell with a 16:10 display but never got what I considered any recent or studied answers of why they wouldn't work out or why so many laptop makers would be using them in more and more places if they were inherently flawed.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2021 at 18:52 UTC

I moved off the Maxxum mount unhappily years ago. They were good cameras but got behind in support and lens support, especially but not only 3rd party. Many were available in Canon or Nikon but not A. I don't think Sony ever kept up to it's promises/potential when they acquired KM. The ergonomics if nothing else.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2021 at 22:24 UTC as 142nd comment
On article DPReview TV: Tamron 17-70mm F2.8 lens review (117 comments in total)
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ecka84: And this 17-70F2.8 RXD costs nearly as much as the FF 28-75F2.8 RXD, which covers both 18-50F1.8 eqv. and 28-75F2.8 in crop mode. I mean, any FF lens on a high-res FF camera is worth at least two crop lenses.
I don't get it ... It's pointless. Same size, same weight, same price, only much less capable than the FF alternative.
"Good enough"? - Well, who cares?! More is more. Better is better.
Horses were "good enough", but then we made cars. Wake up people!
Crop is dead.

Except to get the 26 mp similarity to a 24 mp aps-c, one needs to buy the $3500 A7Riv. I'm not going to buy an A7Riv to use aps-c lenses on it. I can put this lens on an A6400 for what an A7c costs. Putting the 24-105 on an A7rc is $3000. Putting the 24-105 on the A7Riv is $4700, this lens, $4300.

The 18-135 is kitted on the A6400 at $1300, the Tamron 28-200 on the A7c is over $2500.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2021 at 21:56 UTC
On article Gone but not forgotten: Adobe Flash is no more (169 comments in total)

One thing I miss in Flash? The (US) National Weather Service used Flash on some of it's weather products. I'd loop the weather radar imaging during stormy weather to get an idea of how weather was progressing across the local area and adjacent regions, etc.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 07:33 UTC as 27th comment
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Roland Karlsson: I am trying to understand. But, I failed. What is this?

Assembly Bill 5 was a California state law passed to address "problems" with "temporary" or "contract" employment. The perceived problem was that in temp/contract situations, the contractor would get full time employee results but not pay taxes, provide benefits, etc. A temp or contract employee should be hired or work at rates that allow them to pay taxes and/or provide their own "benefits," make retirement investments, etc. Note that "full time" also kicked in required federal health related. costs/benefits, too.

The Ca. legislature impacted Hollywood writers, studio/gig musicians, journalists, photographers, university faculty, car services, delivery services, and a lot of second jobs, etcs.

And lest one think that it's only California, similar legislation was copied and approached in other states and in Congress as well. So, if one does temp/gig work, it's worth checking out your own state and congress critter's actions, too.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2020 at 21:50 UTC

We've got phones and tablets that work fine for family pass arounds. Finally found a reasonable Logitech. About 2 weeks ago.. The Logitech is working in some things but having trouble on others. Now this. I tried Imaging Edge with OBS and was having some problems. May give this a try. It's free.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2020 at 16:26 UTC as 23rd comment
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