SW Anderson

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Excellent presentation. Very nice done and very helpful. Thanks!

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2020 at 03:10 UTC as 6th comment
On article Best online printing services (140 comments in total)
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CaNikonianite: Bayphoto for me. I did my own test and sent out one picture to get printed from several online labs + my local Costco printing services. Costco was good for convenience and price. Decent photo for those undiscerning folks.

But in the end, Bayphoto won my business. Their dream prints are so delicious.

How do Bayphoto's prices compare to those in the review and Costco, which I wish had been included in the review?

Link | Posted on May 12, 2020 at 23:32 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / 250D Review (187 comments in total)

A couple of observations in the wake of all this, strictly my opinion for whatever anyone reading thinks that's worth.

First, this video review is to a good, thorough, written dpreview or other camera resource review what a Swanson's TV dinner is to a good, home-cooked, three-course meal.

Second, Canon has given effete photographic snobs and hardware drama queens a gift that goes on giving: a chance to generate sound and fury signifying little more than the freestyle naysaying of a few. You don't like this new model Canon DSLR? OK, weigh in with what you find unacceptable and finish with, "So, I don't like it and won't buy one." Assigning various kinds of evil or selfish, or just plain stupid, motives to the company and making out that it has one hell of a nerve to perpetrate an outrage like this is, to put it mildly, over-the-top drama queenery.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2019 at 21:44 UTC as 12th comment
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SW Anderson: There's no shortage of affordable fisheye and ultrawide lenses for micro four thirds and APS-C formats these days. Great for enthusiasts on modest budgets.

I wonder, though, if Kamlan might've done better to add some AF and/or AE contacts to gain an edge on 7Artisans and the Rokinon/Samyang twins. Especially so since this new lens will apparently cost more than the 7Artisans to begin with.

@Revenant, OK, but don't you suppose that if Kamlan or other third-party lensmakers were to talk to the MFT consortium, as I suggested above, Kamlan and/or others would become supporting companies?

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2019 at 08:50 UTC
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SW Anderson: There's no shortage of affordable fisheye and ultrawide lenses for micro four thirds and APS-C formats these days. Great for enthusiasts on modest budgets.

I wonder, though, if Kamlan might've done better to add some AF and/or AE contacts to gain an edge on 7Artisans and the Rokinon/Samyang twins. Especially so since this new lens will apparently cost more than the 7Artisans to begin with.

@RMGoodLight, you're right about the great depth of field of fisheye lenses making AF unnecessary. Which leaves AE as still useful and helpful in a wide range of situations.

@Revenant, rather than reverse engineering, Kamlan or other third-party lensmakers could talk to the MFT consortium about paying a royalty to gain rights to use the software needed to add AE and AF to their lenses. There's a strong trend afoot at camera makers now to appeal to pro's and upscale amateurs. Availability of a good selection of low and moderately priced lenses is surely helpful to drawing new amateurs to micro four thirds, as opposed to DSLR's, and thus in the micro four thirds camera makers' interest.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2019 at 09:17 UTC

There's no shortage of affordable fisheye and ultrawide lenses for micro four thirds and APS-C formats these days. Great for enthusiasts on modest budgets.

I wonder, though, if Kamlan might've done better to add some AF and/or AE contacts to gain an edge on 7Artisans and the Rokinon/Samyang twins. Especially so since this new lens will apparently cost more than the 7Artisans to begin with.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2019 at 05:30 UTC as 16th comment | 8 replies
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mais51: At the cost of a Leica lens hood - not bad at all

"Not good if it's worthless photographically, as most cheap Chinese glass is. We are not kidding."

Protogonus1, your several comments on this add up to an agenda. Tell us, is it to posit yourself as The Ultimate and Final Authority on what is and is not photographically acceptable for everyone else or just run-of-the-mill trollery?

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2019 at 05:17 UTC
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cumulusnimbus: And they still do not UNDERSTAND what 50% of LR is about: ORGANIZING.
Why do they refuse to give their customers the power of smart collections?

@Carol T wrote: "Interesting. The reason I left Lr is I hate the whole militant DAM thing. I want to look at files and cull them, THEN put the ones I want in a catalog (or not), rather than be forced into a workflow that causes me a lot of headaches."

Amen; you said it for many.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2018 at 04:29 UTC
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PLShutterbug: Do me a big negative was the lack of an EVF. I’m not interested in a system camera I cannot hold up to my eye.

The V3 has an accessory but the total was $1500 - almost what I paid for my far-more-useful RX10-IV.

What is the point of an advanced amateur camera without a viewfinder?

Lack of an EVF was likely due to corporate schizophrenia: Yes, we want a share of the profits from small, high-IQ mirrorless cameras; but no, we DON'T want to lose any DSLR sales. So, what to do? Well, we design these as high-IQ snapshooter cameras -- dumb down the mode dial, no standard accessory shoe, only sell a proprietary mini flash. And, for some, no EVF! Let those who want full features buy our DSLRs.

As if those people couldn't buy an Olympus or Panasonic MILC with a less-costly add-on or built-in EVF (back then) AND a standard accessory shoe and controls.

Nikon did create some really good 1 system cameras, even with their quirks and limitations. Lack of EVF, except the more-expensive V's, coupled with brutally high MSRP's which, for the V2 and V3 never seemed to come down much, proved off putting for too many amateurs and smartphone snapshooters who could get more bang for the buck elsewhere.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2018 at 20:35 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1607 comments in total)

Richard Butler, you said it for me, and said it perfectly.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2017 at 06:24 UTC as 59th comment
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ybizzle: Great news for the 5 Pentax Q owners.

Q owners who lust after such devilish lens speed but don't have an f/1.2 Nikon lens lying around face a steep financial path to available darkness nirvana. Expect an outlay of about $1,000. Talk about a niche product!

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 04:53 UTC
On article Yashica is teasing a comeback to the camera market (297 comments in total)
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HB1969: definitely a film camera. at 0:06 you can see her winding the film to the next frame.

Yes, it's clearly a Yashica Electro 35.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 23:35 UTC
On article Yashica is teasing a comeback to the camera market (297 comments in total)
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wolfie: Wonder what they can bring to the market that anyone else isn't doing?

I can think of three interesting things a resurrected Yashica camera co. could bring to market.

First, a digital rendition of the twin-lens reflex. Instead of a fresnel lens-frosted glass viewfinder look down into, a hooded LCD you look down into, one with its own synced zoom lens. An advanced model might have an LCD that could tilt upright, hooded, for eye-level shooting.

Another possibility: a retro rangefinder-style competitor for Fujicas, I would hope at more "popular-price." level. Maybe if that goes well, an advanced interchangeable-lens model, my preference being micro four thirds. If it looks retro, like a modified Electro 35 or, better, an earlier YK http://bit.ly/2x5pq7Q or YL http://bit.ly/2f2SJgP model so much the better.

Just as interesting, IMO, would be a digital update of the very interesting Komaflex S, a low-priced Japanese SLR that took the ill-fated 127 film. http://bit.ly/2yfAGMK

Ah, the memories — and possibilities.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 23:29 UTC

This is sad news. I picked up my first Modern Photography issue in 1958 and started buying them more or less regularly with my allowance. A year or two later I bought a stack of back issues from '54-'58 at a secondhand store. Eventually, I subscribed for two or three years running. I've subscribed repeatedly, although not constantly, to Modern and/or Popular Photography over the years since. Except, the past eight or nine years I've kept it going, hoping in part to keep Pop Photo going.

I will miss Pop Photo as I've missed Modern, especially Herb Keppler's SLR columns and features, since his passing. And then, there was Jason Schneider's fascinating Camera Collector columns. This announcement is like discovering an old friend is ill and isn't going to make it. Sad news, indeed.

My thanks to past and present staffers at Modern and Pop. I wish you well in whatever you turn your considerable talents and expertise to.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 06:20 UTC as 126th comment

Nikon can make fine non-DSLR cameras, but will only do that at prices at or above DSLR prices. Nikon sees DSLR's as its core business, its real moneymakers. Everything else takes a backseat.

The Nikon 1 saga is schizophrenic. Flood the market with low-end J models, with little or no improvement from one to the next, at first. Those are for snapshooters, so no EVF's. Slow-walk V-series models with EVF's and price them high. Limit 1-series lens offerings and price them high. OK to sell MILC's, but only at greater profit than DSLR's. Then, inexplicably, offer more-sophisticated J models at the price of mid-level DSLR's. Then, abandon the 1 series altogether and develop not one, but three sophisticated, expensive compact, fixed-lens models. Surely, 1 series enthusiasts will gladly dump their cameras and lenses to buy new DL's. This all suggests a strong internal conflict that makes long-range product planning incoherent and disjointed, more reactive than proactive.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 22:13 UTC as 161st comment | 1 reply

Dan Bracaglia makes an excellent point emphatically with AP photographer Burhan Ozbilici's powerful photo. Bravely, professionally, Ozbilici shows us the mad-dog face of murderous hatred.

That is not the face of a soldier. It is not the face of someone impassioned with an honorable cause. Rather, it is the face of a sneak assassin armed and intent on killing in the midst of unarmed potential victims. It is the face of evil madness — a mortal danger to all who are not madly aligned with that killer's personal choice of evil.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 05:41 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies
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agentul: so, after the whole "give us your phone number for your security" intimidation, and having to manually delete hundreds of spam messages periodically from my inbox, and them killing Messenger, this is what finally pushed me to delete my account. now i need a new crap email address for creating accounts on sites that i don't really care about.

also: MS/Outlook.com is now keeping my inbox hostage until i give them my phone number "to send a verification code over SMS". this happens only when i access it using a web browser - POP3 and IMAP seem to work for now. still... again with the phone number? i'll probably have to do what GradeAunderA advised and use a prepaid card just for these stupid services that assume i'll hand over my personal data so easily. yes, for "security".

I got a warning from MS about a hack attempt on my account early this year and had to get verified to redo my password and security questions. This seemed to me a no-nonsense effort to make things more secure. I have had no reason to believe I get more spam e-mails or spam phone calls since then than before.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 04:50 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: Is PS Elements 15 incredibly slow like PSE 14, but unlike PhotoShop CS6?

@Tom Barry, thanks for a valuable, helpful tip and for going on to tell how to do it.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 21:56 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: Is PS Elements 15 incredibly slow like PSE 14, but unlike PhotoShop CS6?

Very well, you're curious about PSE 15's speed, but as you said above: ". . . PhotoShop CS6+Bridge 6CS runs quickly on my computer. So that's massively more powerful that runs much faster than the slow as molasses PSE 14."

Given that, there's something about your question and remarks that come across something like if the owner of an $84,000 Cadillac CTS-V (640 hp, 200 mph) were to take time out from a busy life to berate a $19,000 Chevy Cruze (153 hp, 110 mph) for being pokey and wondering if the 2017 Cruze is faster. It just begs the question, why would it matter to someone who owns and is presumably pleased with his Cadillac CTS-V?

FWIW, I have a somewhat faster than average desktop PC with 8 GB of RAM, Intel graphics chipset, running Win10, and PSE 14's speed has yet to be an issue in any way.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 06:04 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: Is PS Elements 15 incredibly slow like PSE 14, but unlike PhotoShop CS6?

@HowaboutRAW wote, "You read like you don't know what PhotoShop CS6 is."

You write like you don't know what this post is not about (PhotoShop CS6) and, more to the point perhaps, like someone who just wants to start something. There's a name for that, one that's not assigned as a compliment.

Since you do like CS6 and don't like PSE, including a new version I'm sure you've neither tried nor seen a review of, why bother to comment beyond a simple, "Not for me; I find it too slow"? Then again, if you just want to start something, I suppose it's no bother to go on about it, criticizing others' thoughts and comments along the way. The better, perhaps, to start something.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 20:06 UTC
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