Marty4650

Marty4650

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

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Nothing succeeds like success.

Adobe has been wildly profitable since moving to a subscription based sales plan.

This is exactly the same way Rent-A-Center will rent you a $500 sofa for $20 a month for the rest of your life. It sounds cheap at first, until you realize ten years later that you paid $2,400 for a $500 sofa and still don't own it.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 11:01 UTC as 68th comment | 12 replies
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BBQue: Thank you Brexit

I've never heard of anyone lowering prices due to "fluctuations in currency exchange rates." I suppose it could theoretically happen, but I haven't seen it yet.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 10:55 UTC
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Greg VdB: Well there's a surprise... I happily keep on using Lightroom in conjunction with a 50 bucks 2nd-hand copy of Photoshop CS4.

I'm pretty happy with CS5. But there is a downside. I have to convert my raw files to DNG since there are no more updates for new cameras.

Perhaps someday I will switch to Elements. Most amateur photographers may not need more than that.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 10:53 UTC
On article Stunning time-lapse captures the seasons of Norway (65 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Am I the only one who finds the choppy and jumpy images disconcerting? This distracts from an otherwise stunning video.

I'm no video expert, but it seems that the editing was lacking.

Morten.... I believe I found the problem, and it was indeed "just me."

I re-watched your video, making careful notes of the times I detected a jump or shift. I found around a dozen of them. Then, just to be certain, I repeated the process, and found around the same number, but in different places.

This tells me there is nothing wrong with your video. My computer was having trouble loading and running the file. Had the video been the problem, then the jumps would have happened in exactly the same spots. But since they had moved.... then it really was "just me."

This also explains why almost no one else experienced the same problem. I couldn't find "the sun that would not set" so perhaps AstroStan also had a problem running the file.

Please accept my apology. It really is a spectacular video, and when viewed on a computer with sufficient memory it is very likely flawless.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 22:08 UTC
On article Stunning time-lapse captures the seasons of Norway (65 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Am I the only one who finds the choppy and jumpy images disconcerting? This distracts from an otherwise stunning video.

I'm no video expert, but it seems that the editing was lacking.

I realize that.... but I have seen other time lapses that were almost seamless. It seemed as if the camera was moved around during some very short sequences. The scene would jump up.... and then back down again, creating a very jerky motion.

I just feel it interferes with otherwise stunning photography when the image is twitching all over the place. I think it can be done better than this, because I have seen it done better than this.

But like I said.... I am no video expert. Perhaps this was the best that could be done, under the circumstances and with the equipment used?

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 17:33 UTC
On article Stunning time-lapse captures the seasons of Norway (65 comments in total)

Am I the only one who finds the choppy and jumpy images disconcerting? This distracts from an otherwise stunning video.

I'm no video expert, but it seems that the editing was lacking.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 14:30 UTC as 28th comment | 8 replies

When this camera was brand new, it was probably a very expensive precision gadget. The Swiss just don't make very many things that aren't extremely well made.

Going through those 40 simple steps to load the film, set the aperture, f/stop, shutter speed, and focus makes you appreciate what we have today. We lack the build quality and the beautiful design, but the whole process of taking a photo got a lot simpler.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 19:17 UTC as 21st comment

Allison.... this might have made a great Throwback Thursday piece, especially since very few people ever owned one or even heard of one. Much like my Canon EOS iX Lite DSLR!

I noticed one of these Compass Cameras recently sold on ebay for $3,000. And another one is currently for sale for $7,449. These must be exceedingly rare collectors items.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 19:11 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (632 comments in total)

You never know. It could be a big hit if it delivers on image quality.

Pentax gives you an awful lot for $1,000....

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 22:34 UTC as 199th comment

Unless they brand it "Leica"... I can't see it costing so much....

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 22:26 UTC as 25th comment
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)

I think the Canon M10 is really a nice camera.... no wait.... this is the Leica M10..... OK.... never mind.....

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 01:14 UTC as 39th comment

Well, any sensible person knows that no one really does anything for free. Every free ap involves some method of gleaning your personal data, then selling it to someone else, or using it to custom advertise to you. This is why you have to agree to sell them your soul before you can download them.

And that is probably true for some of the aps you pay for too. So the only real way to avoid this is to avoid using any of them.

I bet that google does more spying than the CIA or the NSA does, and has much better information about us.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 14:02 UTC as 14th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm X100 (171 comments in total)

Great camera.... but really way too new to be a "throwback."

These should be great digital cameras from the past. Ones that we vaguely knew about, and have probably forgotten.

What next? Will the Olympus EM5 from 2012 get a "throwback article" too? Or perhaps the iPhone6 from 2015?

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 17:10 UTC as 55th comment | 2 replies
On article Leica Boss: Hands-on with new Leica M10 (168 comments in total)
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EOS Paul: What an ugly device. If that was used during WWII then fine, but it looks very much out of place today.

$6000+ for something that has half the bits missing.

Would it take a better photo than my X-T2?

A Leica will take much better black and white photos of old men with wrinkled faces smoking pipes.

This is simply a well known fact, and beyond dispute.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 23:51 UTC
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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 53rd 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 (215 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 (117 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
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