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 Buying a second lens: what lens should I buy next? (295 comments in total)

Richard,
"Normal' lens shows approximately the view you see with the naked eye: neither zoomed-in nor zoomed-out. They're great for capturing the world around you, so you may find it makes sense to buy a sharper or brighter lens that covers the same range as your kit zoom."
This statement needs editing. It would totally confuse a beginner.
The confusing part is:
"so you may find it makes sense to buy a sharper or brighter lens that covers the same range as your kit zoom.", since we are talking here about a fixed FL, the Normal lens in the example, which obviously cannot cover "the same range as your kit zoom".

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 17:12 UTC as 25th comment | 4 replies
On article Buying a second lens: what lens should I buy next? (295 comments in total)

Good article for the beginner, Richard.
It's quite entertaining to see some folks bending over backwards or yawning because the articles is not meant for their "prestigious status" or their self-declared "experts" on photography.
In fact, true experts would not make such arrogant, nonsense comments.

Photography (light) is a lifetime learning journey. When you think you have learned EVERYTHING about it, that's when you've begun failing.

An excellent reference for the beginner that I recommend, which is the book I started with back in the early 1980s, is PHOTOGRAPHY, by Charles Swedlund. It was a college textbook for Photography 101, back then, at the University of Arizona. Although its gear examples deal with old equipment, photography itself remains the same. It really teaches you at 101 level.
The reader can skip chapters that do not apply to today's technology (film processing, darkroom, etc.).
Aside from that, the Internet has no shortage of material/tutorials for the beginner.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 16:59 UTC as 26th comment
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sh10453: DPR: Please arrange to setup another 360 simultaneous broadcast from the Kremlin and the Red Square, since they are going to be celebrating Mr. Trump's inauguration as well.
The Russians might even play some of the sex videos they captured Mr. Trump with. That part would take viewers' eyes off the other screen, and you'd have the larger audience! So make sure to post an Adult Warning.
Don't worry, we can watch both on the dual monitor system.

Better than CNN is this PDF file:
https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3259984/Trump-Intelligence-Allegations.pdf

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 15:55 UTC

He must be the official photographer of the NRA :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 23:36 UTC as 21st comment

DPR: Please arrange to setup another 360 simultaneous broadcast from the Kremlin and the Red Square, since they are going to be celebrating Mr. Trump's inauguration as well.
The Russians might even play some of the sex videos they captured Mr. Trump with. That part would take viewers' eyes off the other screen, and you'd have the larger audience! So make sure to post an Adult Warning.
Don't worry, we can watch both on the dual monitor system.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 23:22 UTC as 43rd comment | 7 replies

Great images! Thanks for sharing them, and for the right-up. Lucky you, being close to such beautiful icons.
Good for you that you have the time and luxury to spend 2 weeks on planning for a single shot!!!
In November, I made my plans to shoot the super moon, one evening before the event. I went and climbed a hill, which is part of the City's Recreational Department' parks, mainly used during winter for people to slide down on snow.
I observed some landmarks to pinpoint the moon rising spot.
Next evening, and quite a cold one, I got my fairly heavy gear and set it up on top of the hill, well before darkness.
There were scattered clouds, but the moon rising area looked clear.
By the time the moon was about to appear, the thick clouds had already filled the moon rising area. No trace of the moon; gone!!!
Same situation for the next few nights.
I'm still sitting on my hands trying to get them warmed up :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 22:30 UTC as 29th comment
On article Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS II USM sample gallery (131 comments in total)
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sh10453: Quite a jump in price.
Current IS USM version is around $340
http://www.eglobalcentral.com/canon-ef-70-300mm-f-4-5.6-is-usm-lenses.html

Personally I haven't used any of the previous versions. So you have a good point regarding a jump in image quality.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 15:59 UTC
On article Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS II USM sample gallery (131 comments in total)

Quite a jump in price.
Current IS USM version is around $340
http://www.eglobalcentral.com/canon-ef-70-300mm-f-4-5.6-is-usm-lenses.html

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 15:12 UTC as 23rd comment | 6 replies
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sh10453: At first, from the name, I thought it was a silicon chip manufacturer for cell phones!

Regardless of the amount that a shrewd lawyer decided to go for (I'm thinking the woman most likely has no clue what a $Billion means), it's pretty basic that you obtain a release before you publish or sell pictures of individuals.

The photographer and the restaurant will learn a good lesson the hard way, no matter what the settlement will be.

The attack on the woman in these comments is probably unfair because this amount was most certainly decided by the lawyer. She probably thinks a Billion is something like half a million :-) .. After all, she is an average American voter. So what do you expect!!!

I believe that the 12 zeros for a billion is defined as "archaic" in the British system, according to dictionaries, and is no longer used.
So the 9 zeros is what the world uses now, a thousand million.
But I only learned how to count to 100. Beyond that I get lost :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 03:47 UTC

It looks like their statement is cleverly (or carelessly) worded. "we are planning to wind down the company and offer refunds to customers."
I'm troubled with "offer". Do they expect customers to reject the "offer" and tell them to keep the money and use it for a nice vacation in Hawaii?
Do they have anything else beside refunds to "offer"?
I'm also troubled by "a refund". Is it 5% of what customers paid? 10%? 50%?
Why can't they come clean and say "we will "ISSUE" a "FULL" refund?

On the other hand, $50 Million is not small money, and with that kind of "seed" money, major banks would be happy to pump in more money if needed (although such amount should be good enough for them to start production).
Therefore, I don't believe they received such a large amount of money in pre-orders.
$34 Million amounts to 68 thousand orders (at $500 a piece), which is doubtful. I think they inflated the numbers for obvious reasons.
Just my 2 cents. Good luck to those who sent their $500 in advance.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 01:00 UTC as 30th comment
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sh10453: I can only pull my hair off, or bang my head against the wall.
Kodak is hanging onto life by a thin, spiderweb-type thread. These "smart" people are insisting on cutting off that thread and ending Kodak's life forever!

There is no logic or any business sense in what they are trying to do (either here or with their super 8 video camera).
It's equivalent to something like Ford deciding to dedicate a factory to, and start making the Model T all over again.
It baffles me why they don't spend this money on an enthusiast-level digital camera that is worthy of the good old Kodak name!
No doubt Mr. Eastman is now rolling in his grave.
It's true that there is no limit when it comes to idiocy.

If I sold them, how am I going to brag to my grandchildren (someday down the road) about all the gear I had used in my younger life??? :-)
Thanks for the chuckle!

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 23:40 UTC
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sh10453: I can only pull my hair off, or bang my head against the wall.
Kodak is hanging onto life by a thin, spiderweb-type thread. These "smart" people are insisting on cutting off that thread and ending Kodak's life forever!

There is no logic or any business sense in what they are trying to do (either here or with their super 8 video camera).
It's equivalent to something like Ford deciding to dedicate a factory to, and start making the Model T all over again.
It baffles me why they don't spend this money on an enthusiast-level digital camera that is worthy of the good old Kodak name!
No doubt Mr. Eastman is now rolling in his grave.
It's true that there is no limit when it comes to idiocy.

In the OP, I really never meant this to be a debate about digital vs. film.
That debate had ended nearly 15 years ago.
I was talking about the business aspects of Kodak's marketing gurus' latest and greatest nonsense blunder.

I'm sure there is still a place for a Ford Model T, and it makes its owner proud to get it out of the garage once a year to drive it around the block.

Personally, I have at least 16 film camera outfits (mostly high-end Canon), but I won't bother getting them out of storage for a moment of nostalgia.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 23:18 UTC

I can only pull my hair off, or bang my head against the wall.
Kodak is hanging onto life by a thin, spiderweb-type thread. These "smart" people are insisting on cutting off that thread and ending Kodak's life forever!

There is no logic or any business sense in what they are trying to do (either here or with their super 8 video camera).
It's equivalent to something like Ford deciding to dedicate a factory to, and start making the Model T all over again.
It baffles me why they don't spend this money on an enthusiast-level digital camera that is worthy of the good old Kodak name!
No doubt Mr. Eastman is now rolling in his grave.
It's true that there is no limit when it comes to idiocy.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 16:44 UTC as 40th comment | 26 replies
On article Fotodiox LED100WB-56 quick review (54 comments in total)
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Battersea: A review with no mention of cost? Nice review except for leaving out just about everyone's main concern.

Take another look ... Just below the title, in BIG amber color font (same size as the title) it says:
"Fotodiox Pro LED-100WB-56 Studio LED Kit
$1000 | fotodiox.com | Buy Now"

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 16:29 UTC
On article Fotodiox LED100WB-56 quick review (54 comments in total)
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Ebrahim Saadawi: Am I reading about extremely high-end hollywood video production lights or am I reading about a breakthrough cheap product that matches higher end lights for beginnners?
I have no Idea if it's useful to me to read, but I did and at the end left Dpreview went to B&H to find they're 1300$. That's not so for beginners! And I have no interest. = Lost time reading the article.

Not being a jerk really I do professional writing on other websites and just want to give an advice that readers' first interest is always "how much". Is it for me? Thus it must be at the top, just like you start your camera reviews stating this is the lowest end Canon in the line/This is the most advanced APS-C in the line, etc.

Thanks for the review mate

LED technology is getting crazy good, I still work with Tungsten and not because of colour quality as some film purists do, it's because of cost. Tungsten lights are so awesome, but the heat is just too much to accept. I am sure every low-end filmmaker would switch from tungsten to cheap LED panels as soon as they produce the same flood of light at the same tiny cost, which I figure is soon. Any technological advancement in the high end LED makes its way into the low end devices quite fast.

Just below the title, in BIG amber color font (same size as the title) it says:
"Fotodiox Pro LED-100WB-56 Studio LED Kit
$1000 | fotodiox.com | Buy Now"

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 16:27 UTC
On article Fotodiox LED100WB-56 quick review (54 comments in total)

It looks like the Throwback Thursday found its way here by some coding error.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 16:23 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On article Fotodiox LED100WB-56 quick review (54 comments in total)

There is a good video here that shows all kinds of attachments/light modifiers/reflectors that are available for this light.
Current price is $300 for one, and a $1000 for a set of 3, which includes other accessories/attachments.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXDK6sdX0Zg

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 16:20 UTC as 15th comment

Not a Nikon user, but I wish Nikon a Happy 100th Birthday.
Their contributions to photography, and optics, in general, have made the world a better place, no doubt.

I don't find the video to be "ridiculous", but it could've been done a lot better, and without the song, which ruined the video.
It's an OK video for, perhaps, introducing a product, but doesn't remotely rise up to a 100th anniversary level. Budget must be really very tight!!!

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 15:33 UTC as 36th comment
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sh10453: At first, from the name, I thought it was a silicon chip manufacturer for cell phones!

Regardless of the amount that a shrewd lawyer decided to go for (I'm thinking the woman most likely has no clue what a $Billion means), it's pretty basic that you obtain a release before you publish or sell pictures of individuals.

The photographer and the restaurant will learn a good lesson the hard way, no matter what the settlement will be.

The attack on the woman in these comments is probably unfair because this amount was most certainly decided by the lawyer. She probably thinks a Billion is something like half a million :-) .. After all, she is an average American voter. So what do you expect!!!

No, not all Americans, but together with the average voter.
There are lots of intelligent Americans, but those had given up on voting a long time ago for obvious reasons.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 00:06 UTC
On article HMD Global releases Nokia 6 Android smartphone (42 comments in total)

Speaking of new phone releases. Here is what's really NEW in smartphones:

The H2 from Chinese electronics manufacturer Changhong is the first smartphone with a built-in molecular scanner to identify the chemical composition of most objects.
Video at the bottom of the article.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/this-phone-is-so-smart-it-can-scan-your-lunch-and-tell-you-whats-in-it/?loc=newsletter_small_thumb&ftag=TRE0fb9d06&bhid=2220772

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 18:36 UTC as 4th comment
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