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 EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (1213 comments in total)
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Mbaris: Great outdoors, eh? Who will exactly thug that 900gr beast (before the lenses and tripod) to a hiking trip? The pros carrying around tens of kilos, and other support equipment, would they care about the "new" features? Aren't they redundant to a pro? The serious-amateur, wouldn't they prefer something much lighter for their personal trips? For someone doing studio, there are much better used Canons than this one. I think this camera is targeted for wedding photographers, which can burn cameras fast, and buy new to replace. This makes most of the new features just a marketing trick

Count me in.
When I'm out hiking in the wild, and looking for elusive, fast moving animals, I want a camera that is RESPONSIVE and won't let me down.
I have tried the light weight mirror-less, and had more disappointment than success.
The 5D series is my faithful tool. Even if it was 500 grams more than the mirror-less, that's not much of a load to alter my choice.
Did you watch the Rio Olympics? Was there a single photographer using a light weight mirror-less camera? I didn't see a single one!

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 10:22 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (1213 comments in total)
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Favorable Exponynt: In the leak of the specs it said the shutter was rated at 15 million actuations. Can't find anything about that here.

I doubt that any photographer would shoot 15 million frames in his/her lifetime, not just the lifetime of the camera, although many cameras will outlive the photographer!

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 10:05 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (1213 comments in total)
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Anysia: Shiny, but for some unfathomable reason the price mark up for Aussie Market is outrageous. Even with the exchange rate, and the extra tax Aussie gov't puts on it, the RRP in Australia is $2000 more than the 5DS. No joke. Going RRP price is $5800 AUD. My 5D3 was $3680 AUD brand new out of the box. Even the 5Ds is under $4k AUD. Looking at the above prices, I can't understand why the inflated price for Aussie market, when the US market has all three cameras in the same price range +-$200

They probably want you to buy from the USA .. :-)
Adorama has announced the price this morning, $3200
http://www.adorama.com/g/canon-eos-5d-mark-iv?emailprice=t&hotlink=t&utm_source=rsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Email082516CanonNPA

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 10:01 UTC
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TonyPM: Has anyone tried Photoscape?

I've been using it for a few years now.
It's free. Works pretty well and it isn't too complicated.

If you are happy with what you have, then stick to it. Every product has its own learning curve.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 21:48 UTC
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TonyPM: Has anyone tried Photoscape?

I've been using it for a few years now.
It's free. Works pretty well and it isn't too complicated.

Paintshop Pro and RawTherapee serve completely different purposes.
I love PSP as an image editor. I am on version 8 ultimate.
RawTherapee is good for RAW file processing and conversion.
Photomatix (not free) is my favorite program for HDR. I settled for it after I tried more than a dozen other HDR programs. It proved over and over it can align images better than any other program I tried.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 21:23 UTC
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TonyPM: Has anyone tried Photoscape?

I've been using it for a few years now.
It's free. Works pretty well and it isn't too complicated.

You may want to try RawTherapee for your RAW images.
It's free, and quite powerful.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 21:03 UTC
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sh10453: Thanks for the article, Jackie, but ...
Hard to believe that you'd miss the big names, the major competitors!

- Corel Paintshop Pro (I believe it's even older than Adobe Photoshop, and has been its main competitor for the whole life of Photoshop)
- On-One
- Phase One (Capture)
- ACDSee
- Zoner Photo Studio (ver. 18 is quite powerful)
- Paint.Net (Free) for lighter editing chores, but tons of free and powerful plugins

These are just a few examples of well-established programs.

Some of your entries here are hardly known to most people, or even heard of.

I used PSP while it was a DOS version, but I did not say that version 1.0 was a DOS version.
PSP 1.0 was released about a couple of months after Windows 3.0 was released.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 19:59 UTC
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sh10453: Thanks for the article, Jackie, but ...
Hard to believe that you'd miss the big names, the major competitors!

- Corel Paintshop Pro (I believe it's even older than Adobe Photoshop, and has been its main competitor for the whole life of Photoshop)
- On-One
- Phase One (Capture)
- ACDSee
- Zoner Photo Studio (ver. 18 is quite powerful)
- Paint.Net (Free) for lighter editing chores, but tons of free and powerful plugins

These are just a few examples of well-established programs.

Some of your entries here are hardly known to most people, or even heard of.

You maybe right, but Wikipedia says August 1990, so I went the safe path.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 17:59 UTC
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sh10453: Thanks for the article, Jackie, but ...
Hard to believe that you'd miss the big names, the major competitors!

- Corel Paintshop Pro (I believe it's even older than Adobe Photoshop, and has been its main competitor for the whole life of Photoshop)
- On-One
- Phase One (Capture)
- ACDSee
- Zoner Photo Studio (ver. 18 is quite powerful)
- Paint.Net (Free) for lighter editing chores, but tons of free and powerful plugins

These are just a few examples of well-established programs.

Some of your entries here are hardly known to most people, or even heard of.

I used PSP when it was a DOS version. So it's as old as PS if not older.
Version 0.9 was released in early 1990.
Version 1.0 was released in August, 1990.
Corel acquired PSP from JASC software in 2006.
Ulead has nothing to do with PSP, but it was also acquired by Corel.
Ulead had a number of products before Corel acquired them, like Photo Impact, Phot Express, Photo Viewer, Animator, etc.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 17:27 UTC
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TonyPM: Has anyone tried Photoscape?

I've been using it for a few years now.
It's free. Works pretty well and it isn't too complicated.

Photoscape is a good program and a pleasant interface.
I would recommend it for anyone who is looking for a free editor.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 15:52 UTC

GIMP 2.9.2 was released back in November 2015, with 16/32-bit support.

https://www.gimp.org/news/2015/11/27/gimp-2-9-2-released/

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 15:50 UTC as 86th comment | 6 replies
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Nuno Souto: And after so many years, GIMP still does NOT support 16-bit colour depth in any tiff image! Unbelievable!

I think GIMP 2.9 Beta supports 16-bit.
I tried and tried and tried over the years to like the GIMP, but I found the interface to be horrible, and that makes the learning curve very long and very frustrating.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 15:40 UTC
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GarysInSoCal: 500 award winning images here... edited with only ONE software program... Photobrush 5.0! I downloaded it 15 years ago for $20... verses $10 a month for Photoshop... look at all the 1000's of dollars I've saved... ;)

http://www.modelmayhem.com/2623

How do you find so many models?
Do you have model-growing farm??? :-) ... How many acres, Gary?

Gorgeous images!

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 15:19 UTC

Thanks for the article, Jackie, but ...
Hard to believe that you'd miss the big names, the major competitors!

- Corel Paintshop Pro (I believe it's even older than Adobe Photoshop, and has been its main competitor for the whole life of Photoshop)
- On-One
- Phase One (Capture)
- ACDSee
- Zoner Photo Studio (ver. 18 is quite powerful)
- Paint.Net (Free) for lighter editing chores, but tons of free and powerful plugins

These are just a few examples of well-established programs.

Some of your entries here are hardly known to most people, or even heard of.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 14:47 UTC as 103rd comment | 12 replies
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ChicagoInPhotographs: Speaking about the migration, SmugMug’s CEO Don MacAskill said, ‘For us, this is not about customer acquisition, it’s about doing the right thing and helping the photography community keep their photos safe. *B.S.*

Rather than concentrating on Don's statement and doubting his intentions, he deserves a BIG THANK YOU from Picturelife customers.
They are being given 2 weeks free access to retrieve their images without any obligation.
Of course Don hopes that some of those customers would join Smugmug, and a half-price offer for the first year sweetens the deal. Is that a bad thing?

This is simply a good business practice. Nothing is wrong with that at all. Smumug, or any similar site, is not a charity organization. They cannot survive without customers who will actually pay their bills.
Incredible negativity by so many!
For once try to see the positive side of things.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 13:43 UTC
On article Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: What you need to know (147 comments in total)

Good summary. I like pointing out the weaknesses of the camera, and the strengths of the main competitor.
Some of these weaknesses can probably be corrected with a firmware update.
Despite these weaknesses, this is still one heck of a beast that will handle the toughest assignments a photographer may encounter with grace.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 15:22 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: What you need to know (147 comments in total)
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jwkphoto: Nope, I don't need to know anything about a Cannon camera. My last Cannon was the original 5D and was a piece of junk. The shutter button fell apart at 8,000 frames after 1 year and 3 months. Cost $250 to get it fixed and sold it on Ebay. In May, 2008, I went to Sony and love it!

My original "piece of junk" "Cannon" 5D classic is 11 years old now. I have not encountered a single problem with it.
Could it be a user issue?
It is never a good idea to use a hammer to strike the shutter button with!!

I acquired a Sony last year, based on all the hype in various reviews. I mainly wanted the Sony to use it with my large collection of Canon FD lenses, using an adapter.
After almost a year of frustrating experience (using both Canon FD, and Sony AF E-Mount lenses) in trying to really make it my go-to camera, it now sits in a cabinet, and I still prefer, and love my original "piece of junk" 5D.

A switch can malfunction on any camera, or any device. That doesn't make the lines of products from a manufacturer pieces of junk.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 15:07 UTC
On article Corel PaintShop Pro X9 arrives with improved workflow (45 comments in total)

Upgrade prices are $59.99 (Standard), and $79.99 (Ultimate).

I'll wait until they send me their upgrade coupon, which they had done before.
So far I'm quite happy with X8 Ultimate. No need to rush and upgrade now.
I usually upgrade after the first update (service pack) is out.
That's when the program has been debugged.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 15:12 UTC as 5th comment
On article Corel PaintShop Pro X9 arrives with improved workflow (45 comments in total)
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Prognathous: I'm still (happily) using PSP X7 and will likely skip X9 (just like I did X8), as I don't find features that make much of a difference for me. Here's what I'd like to see:

- Option to automatically tag RAW and JPEG files with location names (based on GPS coordinates embedded in my Sony A77 files)
- 100% Photoshop plugin support
- Tool to create a sheet of passport pictures
- Option to hide all toolbars and palettes with a keyboard shortcut (like Tab in PS)

@Prognathous:
- I have yet to run into an Adobe PS plugin that was not compatible with PSP, although I have used 100s of such plugins.
- Have you tried "Print Layout" (from "File"), i.e. File>Print Layout? There is a plethora of options that will allow you to print sheets of wallet size, stamp size, etc.
You can also install the free Avery software for even more options.
- For GPS/geo-tagging, here is a tutorial:
http://learn.corel.com/tutorials/geo-tagging-your-photos/

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 14:56 UTC
On article Corel PaintShop Pro X9 arrives with improved workflow (45 comments in total)

PSP has been my favorite, and my go-to image editor for many years.
I started using its first version around 1989/1990 time-frame in the DOS days, and have owned almost every version of the software.
I'm currently on PSP X8 Ultimate (version 18), which was an upgrade from PSP X7.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 14:15 UTC as 6th comment
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