Marty4650

Marty4650

Lives in United States NC, United States
Works as a Retired Industrial Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2005

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Marty4650: I'm looking forward to Dpreviews 100th Anniversary Hologram when it comes out in 2098.

I'd say Nikon has a much better chance than I do.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 14:17 UTC
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Marty4650: I'm looking forward to Dpreviews 100th Anniversary Hologram when it comes out in 2098.

Dpreview has earned that vote of confidence by doing a better job than anyone else.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 13:23 UTC

I'm looking forward to Dpreviews 100th Anniversary Hologram when it comes out in 2098.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 12:31 UTC as 52nd comment | 5 replies

There would be no such thing as a 17 page Terms of Conditions unless some team of lawyers felt it was necessary. And when you find 17 pages unnecessary and unreadable, then you hire another team of lawyers to trim it down and translate it into common language.

Sounds to me like the lawyers are getting the best end of this deal. They create a problem, then you pay them to fix it. Just like those "Microsoft Alert" malware scammers.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 18:28 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On article Dell's 8K monitor goes on sale in March for $5000 (223 comments in total)

This is a highly specialized tool for professionals that very few people will need. But if they need it, they will buy it.

Everyone else will wait a few years and buy one when the price becomes much more affordable. I remember seeing a flat screen TV for the first time in 1999, in a high end audio store. It was made by Philips and had a 20" screen with something like a 16:7 aspect ratio, and had a $15,000 price tag on it!

Well, the next time I visited that store, it was gone. So someone bought it. And today a similar LCD TV would probably cost $150 or less.

You pay an awful lot to be on the cutting edge.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 13:07 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On article A comfortable fit: Panasonic Lumix GX850 overview (116 comments in total)
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GodSpeaks: Ok Panasonic, enough is enough. No more G, X, 8, 5, 0 letter/number combinations for naming cameras. This has gone beyond stupid.

Actually, he is right.

Those letters used to mean something. H meant flagship. X meant enthusiast. M meant high end compact. F meant entry level. But now X means "three different things, at three different price levels."

Panasonic seems to be transitioning away from using letters to indicate class of camera, to using the number of digits to indicate price level. Much like Canon does with their xD, xxD, and xxxD designations.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 20:22 UTC
On article A comfortable fit: Panasonic Lumix GX850 overview (116 comments in total)
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justmeMN: "in the US in early February for a body-only price of $549" -DPR

In my experience, taking photos without a lens produces poor results.

Even if you already have "a bag full of lenses" you will probably want this very tiny lens for a very tiny camera. Especially at such a small cost.

Unless you plan to use it with a pancake prime you already own, I just don't see any good reason to NOT get the kit lens for $49 more. I see them being resold on ebay for $150 or so. You could just get it and sell it to pocket the difference, as you suggested.

After all, why even get a tiny camera if you plan to use it with a lens that defeats the whole purpose?

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 15:49 UTC
On article A comfortable fit: Panasonic Lumix GX850 overview (116 comments in total)
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justmeMN: "in the US in early February for a body-only price of $549" -DPR

In my experience, taking photos without a lens produces poor results.

Anyone who ever owned that lens will tell you to "get the lens." At $49 over the body only version, it cannot be beat.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 01:29 UTC
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J A C S: So that would be a phone for taking portraits. For landscape oriented pictures, keep your old one.

When you see all the vertical videos on YouTube, you realize that many iPhone users have no idea their phones can be rotated 90 degrees....

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 15:25 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2016 - Barney's choice: Nikon D500 (216 comments in total)

Barney.... a really excellent choice.

The D500 may end up being "the ultimate APSC DSLR" packed with the right combination of features, performance and with a very reasonable price. All of the whining over the long delay in upgrading the D300 came to an instant halt with this camera.

It was worth the wait.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 12:52 UTC as 45th comment | 3 replies
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)
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King Penguin: For gawds sake......you commenters really are a bunch of GOM (grumpy old men)......and many of you are probably not that old! Quite frankly, I'd be happy to have taken any of these images.

I know Flickr ain't perfect, but before I joined a few years ago the only people who viewed my pics were my family and my friends.......and often they weren't always appreciative about viewing my output. Now more people see my photographs on a daily basis than saw them in the whole decade before.......and when one of them is 'explored' (I've had 32 so far, the highest ranking one got to no.7), the feeling one gets as the views and 'likes' increases over a 24 hour period is very pleasurable.

I've also been contacted by people looking for images and now some of my pics grace album covers and books and have been featured in magazines, etc.......none of this would have happened had I not joined the Flickr community.

I believe my photography has improved immeasurably since joining as I see others peoples images, compositions, colours and locations and try them out for myself.

To me Flickr is a window into our beautiful, diverse, wonderful yet sometimes cruel world.......all all images are different yet all are familiar.

So come on guys, stop prattling on about how your mirrorless marvel is so light and some unimportant last year yet essential this year gizmo will helped you 'nail the shot' or getting annoyed 'cause your camera keeps overheating when taking endless 4K videos of your goldfish swimming around it's bowl and get out there shooting and sharing.........who knows, you may actually enjoy it!

Merry Xmas :)

For me, the best things about Flickr is the generous 1 TB of storage with a "free account, and the thousands of groups you can join. There are groups for just about every topic, technique, location, brand of camera, or interest you might have. And every group has their own photo pool and discussion forum.

If you can't find a group that suits you, you can create a new group. There is even a group about Dpreview on Flickr.

https://www.flickr.com/groups/1578395@N24/

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 03:44 UTC
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)
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dlg521: As an owner of an FZ1000, with a one inch sensor, a 25 - 400 zoom and a body about the size of a small DSLR.....I'm surprised you refer to it as a P&S?

I would consider a "high end compact" in the same class as the Sony RX cameras. Even though it isn't all that compact, it certainly is high end.

Flickr however only uses the categories "DSLR, Mirrorless, Point & Shoot, Camcorder, Cameraphone, Scanner, Film Camera, Digital Back and Digital Rangefinder."

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 03:36 UTC
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)
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Havanai: I only see 10 images, not 25.

You can see all 25 here:

https://blog.flickr.net/en/2016/12/06/top-flickr-photos-from-2016/

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 01:06 UTC
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)

Since someone asked about what cameras were used, I checked the EXIF information on Flickr's Top 25 photos for 2016. Here is what I found:

- 20 were from digital cameras, 1 from a film camera, 1 from a drone camera, and 3 were "unknown" meaning no EXIF

- Of the 20 digital cameras, 13 were full frame, 5 were APSC, and 2 were P&S

- Of the 20 digital cameras, 15 were DSLRs, 3 were MILC, and 2 were P&S

- Of the 20 digital cameras, 9 were Canons, 5 were Nikons, 2 were Sony, 2 were Panasonic, 1 was a Pentax, and 1 was a Fuji

- There doesn't seem to be any cameraphones in the top 25, unless they were the ones without EXIF information. But even this seems unlikely when you read their descriptions and the creators talk about using ND filters and such.

Incidentally, the two P&S cameras represented were from a Panasonic LX100 and a Panasonic FZ1000. There doesn't seem to be any from M4/3 cameras, unless they are among those without EXIF information.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 01:04 UTC as 40th comment
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Gavril Margittai: We get informed about the breach that happened 3 years ago. Will it take another 3 years to learn about the breaches happening right now?

Sensitive information is not to be kept on line. I wonder where all this will take us. The democrats lost an election arguably as a result of mishandling cyber security. What else needs to happen for people to close their accounts?

Why does the media keep reporting an event that happened 3 years ago as if it was fresh news?

Do they want us to keep changing our passwords over and over again? How many more times will they report this event?

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 16:56 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1127 comments in total)
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Marty4650: The lack of a separate battery charger is a cost/value issue. You can easily buy one for around $20. And most users will want one so they can charge spare batteries while using the camera.

It really is disappointing when a camera this expensive lacks a cheap accessory that most users would want. I suppose next, they will start charging extra for the camera strap, or perhaps even the battery itself!

So how are you worse off by having a slower external charger?

How else can you charge a spare battery while using your camera? I will grant you that a fast external charger would be better, but some folks here seem to be saying that Sony was RIGHT to make you pay extra for a wall charger. And that just makes absolutely no sense.

You should be able to do both. And without buying some additional device after spending so much money for your camera. I feel the same way about this as I feel about Olympus making lens hoods optional purchases. Or airlines charging you extra fees for everything that previously came with your ticket.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 16:49 UTC
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Olymguy: Looks more likely both reputation damage and economic gain. What I wonder is why fraudsters left such noticeable traces on their fake production? They could have imitated those trademark logos look as genuine! And needles to say that Canon can take some fake lens samples and send it to forensic labs. Trace element analysis of the lens body could reveal likelihood origin of the lens. They may also need to get other similar high end counterfeit product and do analysis on them as well. ;)

Why would Trump care if Chinese company was ripping off a Japanese company?

He never promised to "Make Japan great again."

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 14:00 UTC
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Scruffy Bob: Dammit, DPReview! You just told the counterfeiters how to fix their mistakes.

I remember seeing an Omega look-a-like watch branded as Omiga. I think this is a common way to say "this isn't a trademark infringement... it's an entirely different brand name."

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 23:09 UTC

Isn't the genuine lens pretty cheap?

This is like counterfeiting $1 bills. If the criminals had any sense they would be counterfeiting L series lenses.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 23:03 UTC as 59th comment | 2 replies
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1127 comments in total)
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Marty4650: The lack of a separate battery charger is a cost/value issue. You can easily buy one for around $20. And most users will want one so they can charge spare batteries while using the camera.

It really is disappointing when a camera this expensive lacks a cheap accessory that most users would want. I suppose next, they will start charging extra for the camera strap, or perhaps even the battery itself!

Hold on.... I never said "remove the USB charging ability"..... all I said was throw the darn $20 wall charger in the box too.

Is that too much to ask when you buy a $1,500 camera?

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 23:40 UTC
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