RickBuddy

Joined on Dec 27, 2009

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buratino: I never understood the appeal of a short mono shotgun—why not stereo? IMO, stereo is much more universal for run-and-gun. I like my Sennheiser MKE 440, which is a V-shaped stereo shotgun mic.

Cost. Simplicity. Size. Weight. And a lotta times -- street situations, weather disasters, civil unrest --you-re not going to get your subjects to pose in your stereo sweet spots.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2021 at 02:00 UTC

I'm looking forward to the "Back of Iris" "Front of Iris" switch as the latest Eye Focus feature. Personally, I think focusing on eye reflection spectrals and Front of Iris focus lacks depth.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2021 at 06:42 UTC as 35th comment
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RickBuddy: I fully support this. Drone operators as a whole are rude, invade privacy and don't follow rules. That's how the jerks have impressed me. We're punishing too many good people who have shot these annoying things out of the air, when they should get a bounty. Under 200 feet these things are an absolute invasion of privacy -- the operators perverts with toys. Disgusting. This should be a highly licensed, pros-only device.

I live in the countryside of Berrien County, Michigan, amongst the orchards and vineyards that weekenders from Chicago find compelling. Sometimes too compelling.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2021 at 18:14 UTC

I fully support this. Drone operators as a whole are rude, invade privacy and don't follow rules. That's how the jerks have impressed me. We're punishing too many good people who have shot these annoying things out of the air, when they should get a bounty. Under 200 feet these things are an absolute invasion of privacy -- the operators perverts with toys. Disgusting. This should be a highly licensed, pros-only device.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2021 at 02:35 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies

No eye focus.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2021 at 03:52 UTC as 8th comment

Old tech. It doesn't have eye detect AF. NASA is doomed; out of business in five years. ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2020 at 15:42 UTC as 4th comment

This product looks perfect for me. Just placed my order.

I've been looking for a new laptop for field work ever since I had an aging 17" MBP stolen. Thought the 16" MBP would do the trick, but before I pulled the trigger, I heard about the Apple Silicon transition and got hesitant.

I'd thought about an Air for field work, and played with the Missus' 2019 model, with the SD card slot. It did OK with jpegs, and not bad importing my larger D810 files, but any bit of work bogged it down. Faster, lighter, cheaper, this might be the thing to bring me into 2020.

At the moment I have a 2013 Mac Pro set up with an older OS so I don't have to give up Aperture, and a 32" monitor so I don't have to go blind editing. . If I'm doing enough work to heat up and slow the processor, then I should be on the desktop. Simple.

Plus, now I can run the latest OS, import RAW from my Z, then export TIFF so I can edit in Aperture and all its plug ins. All while this entry machine leads me into the future.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2020 at 00:32 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article Here's our wish list for the Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II (621 comments in total)

Going to two cards creates a marketing paradox. You go after the folks who avoided the first generation because of the single-card issue. That is understood, but you create a barrier to purchase for the individuals who did buy into the single XQD and don't want to make a change in cards. The issue then becomes, when do you invite the early adopters back into the purchase cycle? And how is that done?

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2020 at 19:29 UTC as 113th comment | 2 replies
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Toselli: That must be the longest 50 mm ever made, it's funny that they make a 300 mm that is slightly smaller than this 50 mm in both diameter and length!

@ionbar, I understand Nikon used three large vats of quality making these lenses. ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2020 at 13:57 UTC
On article Nikon Z5 sample gallery (220 comments in total)
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RickBuddy: Methinks Dan has a crush on the 24-200 and forgot to test the kit lens.

I'd find both your comments easier to believe if it wasn't so obvious somebody really seems to like this lens. ;)

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2020 at 20:01 UTC
On article Nikon Z5 sample gallery (220 comments in total)

Methinks Dan has a crush on the 24-200 and forgot to test the kit lens.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2020 at 19:20 UTC as 32nd comment | 6 replies

I’ve read that mirrorless is the future. Some future.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2020 at 02:46 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply

I can see these as good entry-level lenses, with some decent walkabout capabilities. Once somebody gets serious about their long tele work, though, I think they will want to upgrade to faster glass after a season or two. After all, they'll know what they are missing once they start using theses lenses.

As for utility, keep in mind, low light performance of modern sensors is outstanding and shooting at ISO 3200 - 6400 is delivering results as shooting ISOs half that or more a decade or so ago. The improvement in low-light performance has created a niche for these products.

I find it ironic, though, that one thing the new user with slow glass will discover, despite the IS capabilities, is that the cost to support these lenses with a decent tripod and gimbaled head is more than the cost of the lens.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2020 at 14:11 UTC as 44th comment | 3 replies

Of course they would sell. After all, that light/weight equation is what the m3/4 market is all about. The closer a FF maker can come to matching the weight and performance attributes of m3/4 lenses, the more attractive FF becomes to that market.

If the big 3 were so determined, It would not take a lot of chipping away at the m3/4 market to drive collapse. Olympus is already gone and the Zukio team is available to the highest bidder. Put them to work on a "mobility class" sharp-wide-open slow lenses and a FF maker has a powerful tool to steal sales and drive m3/4 volume closer to break even levels and tighter margins.

Owning both the Nikon f2.8 20-200 and f4 model I fully understand the tradeoffs between light and weight. I've learned there are plenty of times where light and DOF requirements allow that the weight savings of the f4 drove my preference for the smaller lens.

Would I consider another stop of lost light in exchange for size and weight? Yes. Time and again.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2020 at 19:11 UTC as 112th comment | 3 replies

The stuff I just took with mine on my bicycle on a rutted road in the rain looks much better than their examples. This is what all the elite athletes are using.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2020 at 03:10 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply

My cousin had her marriage annulled because the photographer used a Sony.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 16:08 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies
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RickBuddy: This photographer has courage. Too many times the incident photos come from a camera that quickly hits the floor.

Cowards never appreciate the efforts of the brave.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2016 at 07:31 UTC

This photographer has courage. Too many times the incident photos come from a camera that quickly hits the floor.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 03:15 UTC as 52nd comment | 2 replies

Descriptions of the girl say she was tall and tan and young and lovely.

Rick

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 18:13 UTC as 178th comment | 5 replies
On challenge Runners face (3 comments in total)

It's funny. I shot a sprint omnium over at the velodrome the other day. The athletes were all having fun because I was shooting "pain faces." Too bad this challenge is limited to runners.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 03:08 UTC as 1st comment
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