sh10453

sh10453

Lives in United States Michigan, United States
Works as a Electrical & Computer Engineer
Joined on May 2, 2010
About me:

My large collection of Canon FD lenses is back to life. Thanks to mirrorless cameras and adapters. I particularly love the FD 35-105mm w/macro, f/3.5, which is well known for its clarity and sharpness, and the FD 50mm, 1.2, L.

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On article Canon patents 400mm F5.6 catadioptric 'mirror' lens (199 comments in total)

My 500mm Canon FD mirror/reflex lens from many years back has had a new life over the past couple of years, mounted on a Sony A6000. It does a good job, with its 750mm equiv. when I need the extra reach.
I certainly would be looking at this lens if it makes it to production.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 02:20 UTC as 4th comment
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Edmond Leung: What a silly comparison!
Just like comparing the accuracy of SEIKO quartz watch with a VACHERON CONSTANTIN mechanical watch.
Accuracy is meaningless when you buy the VACHERON CONSTANTIN mechanical watch.

That's right, UNLESS the purpose of buying a watch is for time-keeping.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 16:41 UTC

"But does the massive lens library, top-notch engineering, 'simplicity of operation,' and that pretty red dot help balance out the cost at all?"

Well, of course, the red dot does, especially accompanied by $6K or $7K, or even much more!
A camera without the red dot cannot produce acceptable images!

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 16:21 UTC as 111th comment | 1 reply
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User6520519204: Hopefully, I can shed some additional light on the subject. I manage sales and marketing in the Americas for Schneider Optics.

I'm not sure where they came up with the term, "x-effect", but what they are referring to in the optical industry is known as a maltese cross. It's most noticeable in still photography and with shorter focal length lenses. This filter is designed similarly to the B+W Vario ND which is also limited to 5 stops as that filter was designed for still photography. Schneider's Vari ND is designed for the motion picture industry and goes to 11 stops. It's the only one I have seen that does so.

Vari ND filters such as these are made using two polarizing filters. It's a neat concept but not without the limitations mentioned above. To achieve higher densities for still photography using a vari ND filter, it's best to use the filter in combination with a Full Spectrum ND.

I hope this helps,
Don Shafer

"It's best to save your money and buy a higher end filter when possible or simply use high quality FSNDs."

But, but, but, Don,
Didn't Lens Rentals' recent exhaustive testing show that there was hardly any difference (in the results) between the most expensive and the least expensive filters?
At least this is my recollection. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 13:48 UTC
On article A fully loaded iMac Pro will cost you $13,200 (474 comments in total)
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Bjrn SWE: We recently ordered Dell Precision workstations at my job for Revit and Autocad work and it was €&£$% expensive and not very fast, and t takes a looong time to start (no flash/ hybrid disks). And I have to say that Windows is (still) as bad as it's reputation. iMacs are way cheaper and definitely faster and I would never, ever use anything but Macs if it was my own decisions.
(Have an iMac 27" and a MacBook Pro 13")

The low-end Dell Precision workstation is not that expensive. But you sacrifice performance by opting for a low end machine, which is not the fault of the machine or the operating system.
I have a 2-years old Dell Precision workstation, with a quad-core i7-M processor (i7-4990 Q-M), with Windows 10 Pro 64, Samsung 512GB EVO 850 Pro, and just 8GB RAM, and the machine is faster than I can feed it with tasks to do.
Obviously you got some machines that are poorly spec'd. So it is convenient to lay the blame on Windows.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 00:51 UTC
On article Have your say: Best compact camera of 2017 (136 comments in total)
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sh10453: My say is the one that has been left out, the Canon SL II.
That's what I would get if I was buying an APS-C body, so I won't have to buy lenses. My EF lenses would be ready for it.

I like it with a mirror. I use the mirror to shave when I'm on a camping trip :)

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 01:15 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (504 comments in total)

Fierce competition, which is good for the consumer.
Maybe now the Canon folks can feel the heat and get off their lazy butts and start some serious innovation and competition, both in tech and prices. They have been left in the dust.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 14:36 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On article These are the 15 most popular Flickr photos of 2017 (208 comments in total)
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DominicVII: Women are the worst photographers; all too prone to kitsch of the most embarrassing kind. The pictures by Shumilova and Podlasinska are cringeworthy.

I just took a look at your gallery and was impressed. Found it to be truly cringe-worthy as well. :)

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 16:17 UTC

The poor guy's intentions were good. He just wanted to demonstrate to naive people like me the meaning of "con 'artist'"

Aside from that, this is the most stupid idea to decorate an underpass that I have seen in a long time.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 11:24 UTC as 28th comment
On article What it’s like to photograph a sandstorm (27 comments in total)

This brings back memories from a while back during the days in the service.
I had been through two powerful sandstorms that, to this day, I haven't seen anything even close to them.
One thing from my experience that may be worth mentioning is that we had a communications truck at the edge of the camp. During the storm, there was a steady stream of sparks from the bottom of the vertical antenna to the truck's metal body on the outside (although the antenna mount was a 5" high rubber mount). Radios in the truck were turning on and off erratically, although we had switched them off earlier, and the mechanical switches were still off.
By the time it was over, none of our radio equipment was functional anymore.
It was a frightening experience.
Mother nature should be respected at all times.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 00:37 UTC as 5th comment

As if poachers, all along, throughout centuries, were doing their ugly business totally dependent on Instagram or FaKebook

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 15:30 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies

This is a waste of their time. The market is already flooded with quick release straps and heavy-duty plates at a fraction of the price.

How can you compete with eBay sellers selling the heavy-duty straps with single plates for as low as $5, and the dual strap with dual plates for about $9?

I bought the dual plate/strap a couple of years ago for $10, and I have no issue attaching full frame Canon cameras with heavy lenses all the way to 500mm, with quick release and easy mounting to tripods, as well as easy access to batteries and storage cards.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 13:44 UTC as 1st comment
On article Have your say: Best compact camera of 2017 (136 comments in total)

My say is the one that has been left out, the Canon SL II.
That's what I would get if I was buying an APS-C body, so I won't have to buy lenses. My EF lenses would be ready for it.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 21:44 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies

A cool Starwars / Darth Vader backpack, but not for me. I never cared to watch Starwars.
It's a gadget, but it doesn't seem to be a backpack for photographers.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 19:53 UTC as 35th comment
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Sdaniella: is the (new) pinhole an actual hole (unsealed opening)
or have some thin clear optical layer to prevent undesirables from entering camera interior?

i realize traditional camera obscura (pinhole) were just that, an open but tiny pinhole

The Kickstart page says no glass.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 19:29 UTC

Thanks for sharing this image, Michael.
When viewing the full size image, one can appreciate the magnificence of these majestic mountains, which, to me, are the most impressive part of the landscape in this image.
The night sky, with its stars, serve as an icing on the cake, or as confetti at a party.
To me, they are not the main subject, but they provide a beautiful decor.
The Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L is a great lens, and it shows in this image.
I assume it's quite an effort to get to these mountains. It would've been nice, and more informative, to include more details about getting to where you were.
Well done.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 14:16 UTC as 30th comment

Looks like a new gen of the Samsung "Beat", from the mid 2000s (2006?).
I still have one as a spare, for just in case.

https://www.phonearena.com/image.php?m=Articles.Images&f=name&id=13589&kw=

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 23:37 UTC as 53rd comment

Wow!!!
I'm sooooo surprised.
DJI spying on the USA for China???
Kaspersky spying on the USA for Russia?

Who could've imagine that???

NSA needs to tighten its own doors and windows (and their legs too).
They have been screwed left and right, hacked to death, and hackers got troves of most secret, and most sensitive information.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 23:28 UTC as 11th comment
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sh10453: Generally speaking, I have found ZPS to be a good product. I have been using a previous version (17) on & off for quite some time now (on Windows).
It has an interface that should be familiar for Lightroom users.
That's a reasonable price too.

@Jolana,
Thank you for stepping in to answer the question.
I'm sure X is a more refined product with more features, but even my old version (17) is a capable product.
Good to know about the plans for the upcoming version, as well as the 3-month update frequency.
To the best of my recollection, ZPS (the company) is in Finland. Correct?

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 18:31 UTC
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sh10453: Generally speaking, I have found ZPS to be a good product. I have been using a previous version (17) on & off for quite some time now (on Windows).
It has an interface that should be familiar for Lightroom users.
That's a reasonable price too.

I think I am not the best person to answer the question because I had only worked with Lightroom on a 30-day trial basis, a long time ago. I don't use any Adobe products.
But I hope someone from Zoner Photo would step in to answer.
If I am not mistaken, ZPS has a 30-day free trial. So that might be the best way to do it to see for yourself.
They have lots of tutorials online (on their web site) as well, and you can subscribe and receive notifications in email to new tutorials.
They don't spam their subscribers. I admire them for that.

My main editor is Corel's PaintShop Pro and Corel's AfterShot 3.0 (along with Perfectly Clear, and a large number of others, as plug-ins).

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 00:47 UTC
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