Tom K.

Tom K.

Lives in United States Tulsa, United States
Joined on Mar 6, 2002
About me:

Retired aerospace engineer

Feb 2000 - Canon A50 (Sold Aug 2000)
July 2000 - Canon S100 (great early pocket camera)
Oct 2000 - Olympus C-2100UZ (a classic)
Nov 2003 - Minolta A1 (CCD died 8-2006)
May 2005 - Panasonic FZ5 (given to wife after I got FZ30)
Sep 2005 - Panasonic FZ30 (great camera in its day, seems dog slow now)
Jan 2006 - Fuji F10 (don't like it-overrated)
Apr 2006 - Kodak CD33 (2 from eBay for grandkids to use)
July 2006 - Nikon 4500 (from eBay for digiscoping-disappointed)
Aug 2006 - Panasonic FX07 (lost)
Sep 2006 - Minolta A2 (from eBay to replace A1)
Aug 2007 - Kodak P880 (from eBay on a whim)
Apr 2009 - Panasonic ZS3 travel zoom
Dec 2009 - Panasonic GH1 with 14-140 lens (finally a decent EVF)
Sep 2012 - Panasonic FZ200 (lightweight, wanted more zoom reach)
Apr 2013 - Panasonic ZS19 (replaced ZS3 when zoom function got intermittent)
Feb 2014 - Panasonic GF1 (bought cheap to have a dedicated body for the Samyang 7.5mm fisheye)
Jun 2014 - Panasonic ZS40 (replaced ZS19 which lacked EVF)
Dec 2014 - Panasonic FZ1000 (4K video, beautiful EVF)
Mar 2015 - Panasonic ZS50 (replaced ZS40 due to improved EVF)
Nov 2017 - Olympus OM-D E-M10 body with 45mm f2 lens
Jun 2018 - Panasonic ZS200 (replaced ZS50 - improved EVF, sensor)


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"In video mode the camera records 4K HDR footage in a 21:9 cinema aspect ratio."

No, now we will have super-narrow 9:21 vertical video.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2019 at 15:47 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
In reply to:

BobT3218: It makes an Earth desert look like a tropical paradise.

Except that those places have air you can breathe. The worst place on Earth is a million times better than the best place on Mars.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2019 at 15:36 UTC
In reply to:

santamonica812: Amazing image.

One quibble. "...The data was received by the Netherlands' Dwingeloo Radio Telescope from an amateur radio transceiver built by a team at China's Harbin University of Technology...."

It's, "...The data WERE received..." Data refers to more than one datum.

"The datas were received...."

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2019 at 05:45 UTC
In reply to:

Zoc: Unbelievably stupid comments here. This video was shot on iPhones; probably mostly watched on iPhones or competing smartphones. If any of you geezers were a few decades younger and had ever held an iPhone, you’d notice that they’re easier to hold with the long dimension oriented vertically. That’s why this video was shot vertically.

"...they’re easier to hold with the long dimension oriented vertically. That’s why this video was shot vertically."

So, vertical video is for the unbelievably lazy. Got it.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2019 at 17:30 UTC
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BasilG: Essentially essentially... essentially?

Also they get to keep and use all the other entries for free. Right?

"Providing a Submission constitutes entrant’s consent to give Sponsor a royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, publish and display such Submissions in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed for one year for purposes of implementing the Contest."

Looks like they can use the losers submissions without having to pay. It does say, "...for purposes of implementing the Contest" but I'm sure they can spin that to still use the image however they want without paying.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2019 at 16:59 UTC

"Photographers who shoot the final ten (10) winning photos will receive a licensing fee for use of such photos on billboards and other Apple marketing channels."

Since the fee isn't specified, that means it's up for negotiation, right?
Winner: "I want one million dollars for my image."
Apple: "We'll pay you a dollar, take it or leave it."

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2019 at 16:54 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply
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jyw5: how do flat earth people explain this?

Flat Earth people don't explain anything, they just stick their fingers in their ears and say, "Lalalalalala...Ican'thearyou...lalalala."

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2019 at 06:36 UTC
On article The 10 most inspiring drone images of 2018 (215 comments in total)

The thumbnail image on the front page is of the "four-season" road intersection shot. I was quite intrigued when I first saw that, wondering where and how such a shot was captured, and what kind of trees looked so different all at the same time? Then I read the caption and found that it was photoshopped. It instantly turned from something spectacular to something crap.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2018 at 16:47 UTC as 79th comment | 4 replies

An advertisement that is not completely honest? I'm shocked. Shocked!
Well, not that shocked.

Much like every ad on television for electronic devices that say briefly in tiny print at the bottom, "Sequences shortened. Images simulated." Except there was no fine print in this ad.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2018 at 20:20 UTC as 56th comment
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PostModernBloke: I really prefer the 'before' images. They look like the real world, places I'd like to visit.
The 'after' ones (particularly the desert scene) resemble bad CGI to my eyes.

Different strokes I guess...

Same here. Fakety fake fake. The more I see overly processed images the more I prefer straight out of camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2018 at 17:04 UTC
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Rensol: DJI just like majority of chinese companies in the business of misleading and deseiving!
Their only goal is to sell more by all means even if those means include jeopardizing citisend of other countries
They should be charged for any damage caused by their drones!
Research is correct.
While particular plane might not fly that fast most passenger aircraft can and do!
It would cause similar damage so accept and move on.
Situation is similar to tobacco manufacturers denials of harm of smocking.

@Ken Seals - I said, "the leading edge thickness".

So if the skin thickness of a Mooney is .050", the skin thickness of a commercial airliner would be half an inch? Well, drone strikes certainly wouldn't be a problem as the airliner would never get off the ground.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2018 at 03:04 UTC

After reading the comments, it appears that there is an astonishing number of people who would not correctly answer the question, "Which is heavier, a pound of lead or a pound of feathers?"

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2018 at 14:03 UTC as 33rd comment | 4 replies
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MichelBB: I guess terrorists did not know how easy it is to down a plane with a drone, until now.

"....trained ISIS Ibis."

Trained "In Body Image Stabilization"?

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2018 at 02:21 UTC
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cosinaphile: i wish someone would do a survey on how many would buy a fuji x series camera with a 1 inch or apsc sized trifocal equiv of say 18 21 35 mm equiv in a compact camera
with some evf action on the side

why are makers clueless as to what would sell?

" many would buy a fuji x series camera with a 1 inch or apsc sized trifocal equiv of say 18 21 35 mm equiv in a compact camera with some evf action on the side"

When you describe something that specific? Only you.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2018 at 05:55 UTC

I wonder what percentage of DILC owners are sick and tired of the bulk, weight and expense and considering getting rid of them, and just using a smartphone or P&S camera? Does the survey address that?

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2018 at 01:35 UTC as 51st comment | 4 replies

From the look of the photos, this pancake lens includes syrup.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2018 at 03:20 UTC as 52nd comment | 2 replies
In reply to:

BobT3218: I've had the Olympus EE-1 for a while. It's a stand alone hot-shoe device that will work with any lens any camera with a hot-shoe. It needs to be adjusted for parallax, dioptre and brightness. Be warned, the cross-hairs image is a red laser image and if set too bright, can cause a seriously sore eye. Personally, I don't think it is that useful except for birds in flight. Gun totting red-necks will love.

An RDS works great for sports too, such as soccer and football. You can follow the ball or a particular player without losing awareness of what else is going on. I use one all the time.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2018 at 05:38 UTC
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davesurrey: Does this fit on the camera hot shoe. In which case could it be used on cameras other than, dare I say it , Nikon?

@davesurrey - In the first place, it's airsoft, not airshot. What you should Google is "red dot sight hot shoe adapter" without quotes. Or search this forum for red dot sight or RDS and find lots of information.

The most commonly used mount is made by Photosolve.
You can mount most any RDS on their adapter, and there is no need to pay big bucks. Just get one that is compact and light enough to suit you.

Then there's this one, which I don't know anything about:

Here's one on Amazon that looks pretty secure but you have to mount it, then mount the sight on top of it, so it's not easily removable;

I wasn't satisfied with any of these so I made my own. It is secure, easily removed, and maintains its position.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2018 at 13:55 UTC

Relatively newer Panasonic cameras such as my FZ1000 can be controlled via smartphone with a Panasonic app. However that means you have to dick around with a smartphone, which I find inconvenient. It's bulky and you have to be looking at it to use it.

I much prefer a simple RF wireless remote shutter release, which the FZ1000 has a jack for. Unfortunately other Panasonic cameras such as the ZS200 do not have a jack, and a dumb smartphone is your only option.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2018 at 14:10 UTC as 27th comment
In reply to:

HosseinG: This article is not about ten years of Mirrorless, this is Mirrorless at ten years ago.

That's because Panasonic and Olympus got it right pretty much from the get-go.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2018 at 13:19 UTC
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