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: Just for laughs.... they should have thrown an iPhone into the mix....

Will it blend?

Apparently.... it will!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftuUiXpFhwU

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 03:00 UTC

Just for laughs.... they should have thrown an iPhone into the mix....

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 01:21 UTC as 97th comment | 3 replies
On article How to buy used gear (and not get burned) (132 comments in total)
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justmeMN: On Craigslist, I have sold the same camera many times. I tell the buyer to bring cash, and we meet in an alley behind a local bar.

It might pay to meet the seller at the front door of the local police station.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 15:43 UTC
On article How to buy used gear (and not get burned) (132 comments in total)
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bobbarber: ebay has always worked for me. I've had to invoke buyer protection a couple of times, but they've always backed me up.

There are also good deals on craigslist if you're patient. No buyer protection there though. A lot of ripoff artists too. You really have to look.

One good trick on both platforms is to look for a camera and lens deal, even if you have the lens. You can sell the lens and your total cost is low because the camera and lens together are already priced lower than they would be separately.

EDIT: One more trick is to look for items marked "For parts only" on ebay. Sometimes they work but have some minor flaw that you can fix or live with that a seller felt obligated to list. There are honest sellers on ebay. I'm one. 100% feedback, and I never misrepresent an item. There are others out there.

Bob.... once you understand what Craigslist is and isn't, it all snaps into focus.

Craigslist is essentially an internet enabled garage sale or flea market. Cash and carry, with no warranties expressed or implied.

If you know a lot about the item you are buying, can test it yourself, and get it for a good price it can work great for you. If you are inexperienced with the item, or naive, you could get burned. It has a few advantages over ebay in that there are no fees or shipping costs, and you can simply walk away if there is anything wrong.

I always check Craigslist, and sometimes have found some really good buys. But you do need to be cautious since there is zero buyer protection. Just like a flea market or garage sale.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 15:41 UTC
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Marty4650: If there is any bias here then it is economic, and not racial. B&H has a "bias towards making profits and staying in business."

ALL well run companies hire the best candidates who are willing to work for the least pay. This isn't racism.... it is capitalism. If those workers happen to be Hispanic, then that wasn't because B&H wants to exploit them. It is because they are the best workers who are willing to work for the least pay.

Amazon, Walmart, Target, UPS, Toyota and everyone else does the exact same thing. But since they aren't owned by "religious Jews" no one seems to notice it or have a problem with it.

The only employer who doesn't hire the best people willing to work for the least salary is the U.S. Post Office. And this might explain why they are constantly losing money, and why FedEx and UPS are thriving.

Doug, a settlement is neither a finding of guilt nor an admission of guilt. It is just an agreement reached by both sides to stop the case and get on with business.

And I realize that logic tells us "why would someone settle a case if they weren't guilty?" Then we assume they must be guilty. And not just guilty of one charge, but guilty of all of them.

But it just doesn't happen that way in the real world. In reality, settlements happen every day because it serves the interests of both parties better than long, drawn out, and costly litigation does.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 15:45 UTC
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Marty4650: If there is any bias here then it is economic, and not racial. B&H has a "bias towards making profits and staying in business."

ALL well run companies hire the best candidates who are willing to work for the least pay. This isn't racism.... it is capitalism. If those workers happen to be Hispanic, then that wasn't because B&H wants to exploit them. It is because they are the best workers who are willing to work for the least pay.

Amazon, Walmart, Target, UPS, Toyota and everyone else does the exact same thing. But since they aren't owned by "religious Jews" no one seems to notice it or have a problem with it.

The only employer who doesn't hire the best people willing to work for the least salary is the U.S. Post Office. And this might explain why they are constantly losing money, and why FedEx and UPS are thriving.

Even if there is "some truth" in some of the charges, this doesn't mean they are "all true."

Anyone who has ever gotten sued knows that the charges are generally over stated with the knowledge that some will be sustained while others will be dismissed. This strategy gives the attorneys negotiating room for settlements. This is also why people sue for incredibly huge sums of money, when they are very happy to settle for a lot less. It allows the judge to give something to both sides, and for both lawyers to claim victory.

It is pretty common for a union to fabricate or exaggerate charges when they are attempting to organize a shop. They literally pull out all stops and throw everything they can, including the kitchen sink, to make the company seem evil and immoral.

Point being... don't believe every charge made is true.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 14:52 UTC

If there is any bias here then it is economic, and not racial. B&H has a "bias towards making profits and staying in business."

ALL well run companies hire the best candidates who are willing to work for the least pay. This isn't racism.... it is capitalism. If those workers happen to be Hispanic, then that wasn't because B&H wants to exploit them. It is because they are the best workers who are willing to work for the least pay.

Amazon, Walmart, Target, UPS, Toyota and everyone else does the exact same thing. But since they aren't owned by "religious Jews" no one seems to notice it or have a problem with it.

The only employer who doesn't hire the best people willing to work for the least salary is the U.S. Post Office. And this might explain why they are constantly losing money, and why FedEx and UPS are thriving.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 12:44 UTC as 22nd comment | 14 replies
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henryp: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/bh-agrees-settle-outstanding-government-claims
-- Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video

I am still patiently waiting to hear some progressive politically correct soul complain about Muslims shutting down their businesses five times a day for their prayers.

My guess is ... it will never happen.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 21:06 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: "Though the lawsuit concerns discriminatory practices at its Brooklyn Navy Yard warehouse, the consultant will also work to ensure the problems don't arise at B&H's future Florence, New Jersey warehouse."

Gee, moving the warehouse to New Jersey, wonder want that stops?

There's a certain irony about an Amazon owned website noting bad warehouse working conditions that attracted the attention of the Dept of Labor.

Amazon has had their own problems with discrimination suits at their own warehouses.

https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/225255-amazon-warehouse-workers-seek-3-8m-wage-and-hour-settlement-approval/

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 20:57 UTC

Nowadays... it is pretty hard to find a large business that hasn't been sued for discrimination, and hasn't settled the case to keep the cost down.

If you doubt this, then just do a google search for "settles discrimination suit" and see what comes up.

https://www.google.com/search?q=settles+discrimination+lawsuit&oq=settles+discrimination+lawsuit&gs_l=psy-ab.12..0i7i30k1l3j0i8i30k1.29354.30023.0.34587
.7.4.0.0.0.0.180.357.0j2.2.0....0...1.1.64.psy-ab..5.2.353...35i39k1.9WDctPmGZcI

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 20:50 UTC as 87th comment | 12 replies
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Jonathan Brady: Between this reticle and the review, it's pretty clear where DPR stands on the 6D Mark II... Unless you're IN LOVE with Canon or are looking for a backup body, then pass on the 6D Mark II. Better choices are the 80D (better value = invest in lenses) or another brand's entry or even mid level FF (because the price is the same or lower for better tech/results).
I have to agree. In terms of benefits for consumers, the 6D Mark II is a rather narrowly targeted camera. Very few people are better off choosing it over something else. Unfortunately, most people won't bother to educate themselves regarding the options and/or they're so married to the brand that they can't wrap their heads around the fact that they're paying more for less.

The term "crippled" is thrown around a lot here, and it really is misused.

It really means "product differentiation." Is the Toyota Corolla "crippled" because it lacks all the features of the Toyota Camry? Or is it just a different product?

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 18:00 UTC
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Jonathan Brady: Between this reticle and the review, it's pretty clear where DPR stands on the 6D Mark II... Unless you're IN LOVE with Canon or are looking for a backup body, then pass on the 6D Mark II. Better choices are the 80D (better value = invest in lenses) or another brand's entry or even mid level FF (because the price is the same or lower for better tech/results).
I have to agree. In terms of benefits for consumers, the 6D Mark II is a rather narrowly targeted camera. Very few people are better off choosing it over something else. Unfortunately, most people won't bother to educate themselves regarding the options and/or they're so married to the brand that they can't wrap their heads around the fact that they're paying more for less.

I really wonder if the 6D II was intentionally designed to sell more 5D IV cameras?

If it isn't good enough for us.... then Canon offers us other options at higher prices.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 15:07 UTC
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Shiranai: If I'd ever get a 6D Mark II, I'll wait till next summer cash back. By then, it'll probably be down to a more reasonable 1400.
But currently I'm leaning towards Sony, cause Canon seems to be stuck regarding their innovations. Dual pixel seems to be the holy grail for them. They'd better take a sneak peek to Magic Lantern's Dual ISO and implement that technology (among other stuff that this software offers).

Here's what I don't understand. You will wait for cash back to save money... yet you are thinking of moving to Sony. And you already own $5,000 worth of Canon gear (according to your gear list), so switching would cost you a whole lot more than you could possibly get from any cashback savings.

Is switching systems a smart way to save money?

Or, are your needs so demanding that you absolutely need a Sony for better DR or dual card slots?

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 14:28 UTC
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Jonathan Brady: Between this reticle and the review, it's pretty clear where DPR stands on the 6D Mark II... Unless you're IN LOVE with Canon or are looking for a backup body, then pass on the 6D Mark II. Better choices are the 80D (better value = invest in lenses) or another brand's entry or even mid level FF (because the price is the same or lower for better tech/results).
I have to agree. In terms of benefits for consumers, the 6D Mark II is a rather narrowly targeted camera. Very few people are better off choosing it over something else. Unfortunately, most people won't bother to educate themselves regarding the options and/or they're so married to the brand that they can't wrap their heads around the fact that they're paying more for less.

True... that's what DPR basically said, and you and I agree that there are better choices than a 6D II that offer more value.

But this is really just hot air, because Canon is the market leader and is increasing their lead over the others. So they must be doing something right, even if they aren't preferred by the pundits, they seem to be preferred by the actual camera buyers.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 14:20 UTC
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Jonathan Brady: Between this reticle and the review, it's pretty clear where DPR stands on the 6D Mark II... Unless you're IN LOVE with Canon or are looking for a backup body, then pass on the 6D Mark II. Better choices are the 80D (better value = invest in lenses) or another brand's entry or even mid level FF (because the price is the same or lower for better tech/results).
I have to agree. In terms of benefits for consumers, the 6D Mark II is a rather narrowly targeted camera. Very few people are better off choosing it over something else. Unfortunately, most people won't bother to educate themselves regarding the options and/or they're so married to the brand that they can't wrap their heads around the fact that they're paying more for less.

Canon sells so many different DSLR styles, then every one of them is "narrowly focused" and custom tailored for a very specific market niche.

The net effect is that Canon is essentially competing against themselves. And that is a pretty smart business decision.

Has anyone else noticed that the topic has moved from "Should I buy Canon or Nikon" to "Which Canon should I buy?"

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 13:34 UTC
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Marty4650: PS3 or PS4...... I never knew PhotoShop 3 or PhotoShop 4 had handheld controllers!

I learn something new every day!

I think it is fair to say that lots of elderly people today are pretty much tech savvy. You can visit any nursing home and see people in their 80s and 90s with tablets and smartphones. And WIFI is mandatory in these places. Just remember, computers were introduced to the workplace around 40 years ago, they were all working.

True, there are some who aren't... but that is true for some younger people as well.

And I am not so sure that game playing really means anything. Being adept at Grand Theft Auto won't qualify you for a job.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2017 at 16:25 UTC
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Marty4650: PS3 or PS4...... I never knew PhotoShop 3 or PhotoShop 4 had handheld controllers!

I learn something new every day!

evogt... you spoiled all my fun!

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2017 at 01:38 UTC

PS3 or PS4...... I never knew PhotoShop 3 or PhotoShop 4 had handheld controllers!

I learn something new every day!

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 21:44 UTC as 29th comment | 10 replies

Many years ago I looked up my car on their Frequency of Repair Survey and noticed it was down rated for "electrical problems" and "body hardware problems" and my car had neither of those things. Yet... within a few years, it developed both. I think these surveys can be remarkably accurate predicters of service problems if the sample is large enough. And 90,000 users seems like a really big sample size.

So I am a believer. If their survey says other users had a particular problem, then you will eventually have that problem too.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 00:17 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm GF 23mm F4 sample gallery (90 comments in total)
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Marty4650: We probably should stop calling this sensor size "medium format" because it isn't even close to the 6x7cm, 6x6cm or 6x5cm film medium formats of the past. It is much closer to a full frame sensor, and probably should be called "Super Full Frame" instead.

Yes... in fact I remember when 35mm film was called "miniature format."

But somehow somewhere along the way to digital, someone decided that 35mm was "full frame" and everything else was a "crop sensor." And the irony of all this is that the step up from "full" is now called "medium."

I used the term "super full frame" because that relatively small "medium format sensor" is just 30% larger than "full frame." And not even close to what we used to call medium format.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 02:16 UTC
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