Marty4650

Marty4650

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

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On article Samyang teases 'summer blockbuster' lens announcements (124 comments in total)
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nofumble: Sony FE lenses cost an arm and leg. It is a no brainier that SamYang will target Sony mount first.

Sony can't seem to make a decent lens for under $1,000..... Perhaps Samyang saw a business opportunity and will take advantage of it?

You have to give them credit for that.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 01:36 UTC
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Iamnotarobot: Are these supposed to be documentary photos?... or are they intended to be some kind of macabre 'art' photos with random human poses...?

These are pretty much "disaster selfies." This could be the next hot trend.

The photographer appears in six of ten of the shots. I would have preferred him not to appear in any of them. But that is just my preference.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 23:16 UTC

It really strikes me as odd that everyone just left everything and walked away.

Had that happened in the USA, there would have been looting, despite any risk of radiation.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 20:06 UTC as 27th comment | 6 replies
On article 2016 Roundup: Enthusiast Long Zoom Cameras (118 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I think there is some confusion as to what a "long zoom camera" is. If the 8.3X and 10X zooms belong in this group, then maybe the 25X zooms need to be in another group.

I realize 8.3X was once considered "long zoom" but that was back in 2004. Today, long zoom means "30X, 40X, 50X and more."

DPR has assembled a group of 5 SLR styled "bridge cameras" and 1 compact travel zoom camera of various zoom ratios, and called them "long zoom camera." The only things they really have in common is they have sensors 1.0 inch or larger, and they all "cost a lot."

Thank you.

I probably should have been clearer.

It seems the definition of "enthusiast" shifted very quickly to cameras having a sensor 1" or larger. So quickly in fact, that a roundup just the prior week was including cameras with 2/3 inch sensors as "enthusiast compacts."

My comment was directed to Jeff saying "enthusiast means 1 inch sensor" for this roundup, but not for the one done a week earlier.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 15:19 UTC

Lars, I think this premise is seriously flawed. I think Motorola is missing the plot.

Most smart phone users DO NOT want or need "the best image quality." They are very happy with "pretty good image quality" for their snapshots and facebook photos.

Of course, there will always be A FEW who value the best image quality from their smart phones, but this is a tiny percentage of smart phone users. And not what anyone would consider enough of them to justify a larger, heavier or more expensive device.

I will believe that "best image quality" matters when one of these new high end phones with multiple cameras, high megapxels, or larger sensors starts to outsell the Apple iPhones or Samsung Galaxy phones.

I just don't see it happening. Because almost all of the users don't need the best.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 12:58 UTC as 31st comment | 6 replies
On article Under pressure: Canon vs. Nikon in a hydraulic press (295 comments in total)

of course, the real question here is....

will it blend?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zcdoa0XCFo

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 17:46 UTC as 123rd comment | 1 reply
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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Marty4650: So this is essentially a Nikon D810...... only a little bit better, and selling for $1,000 less...

Sounds like a dream come true for Pentax users.

Barry, that is a Pentax thing. Their camera bodies always give you more features for less money. It is what they do best.

The sad part is they will never be able to crack the "top two" because their installed base of users with Canon and Nikon lenses is so huge.

But, despite that, cameras like this one are certainly good news for Pentax users.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 18:45 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)

So this is essentially a Nikon D810...... only a little bit better, and selling for $1,000 less...

Sounds like a dream come true for Pentax users.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 18:24 UTC as 395th comment | 8 replies
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Marty4650: I wonder if this technology could also disable the phone part of the smartphone? That could be very useful in places where cell phones are an annoyance. Like restaurants, libraries, funerals, churches or anywhere else where people enjoy sharing their conversations with the whole room.

Somehow, the human race existed for 100,000 years without cell phones.

This just doesn't rank up there with food, shelter and oxygen.... unless you are a kid. In which case it ranks HIGHER than oxygen on your priority list.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 01:41 UTC

I wonder if this technology could also disable the phone part of the smartphone? That could be very useful in places where cell phones are an annoyance. Like restaurants, libraries, funerals, churches or anywhere else where people enjoy sharing their conversations with the whole room.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 23:07 UTC as 183rd comment | 9 replies
On article The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review (417 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Just a friendly warning to budget conscious DSLR buyers.... if you are on a very tight budget then you might be better off buying a high end fixed lens camera. Even if it is used, or an older model.

The whole point of interchangeable lenses is "buying more lenses" and most decent lenses cost more than this camera does. If your budget doesn't allow for additional lenses, then why do you need an ILC?

I think ILCs have been oversold. People who don't need them are buying them, and they may never need the ability to swap out lenses. Bottom line.... buy what you need, not what everyone else tells you to buy.

villagranvincent .... You're probably right about that.

Canon will sell a lot of them because they will be in every Walmart, Target, and Costco store, and the price is right. These will fly off the shelves.

Just do the math. There are over 4,000 Walmart stores in the USA alone. If each store sells one camera a week that's over 200,000 cameras in a year! And in some places they might sell one or two a day.

The less informed shopper is more likely to make an impulse purchase. The well informed one will research it to death, then buy from an online seller. This is a market that Sony, Fuji, Panasonic, Pentax and Olympus just can't crack.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 21:16 UTC
On article The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review (417 comments in total)

Just a friendly warning to budget conscious DSLR buyers.... if you are on a very tight budget then you might be better off buying a high end fixed lens camera. Even if it is used, or an older model.

The whole point of interchangeable lenses is "buying more lenses" and most decent lenses cost more than this camera does. If your budget doesn't allow for additional lenses, then why do you need an ILC?

I think ILCs have been oversold. People who don't need them are buying them, and they may never need the ability to swap out lenses. Bottom line.... buy what you need, not what everyone else tells you to buy.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 20:50 UTC as 60th comment | 8 replies

The most interesting question here isn't "what is on this film" by "why does this film even exist?"

Even back in the 1950s we knew film had a shelf life. We knew it had to be used and processed quickly. Yet someone shot 1200 rolls and never processed any of it. Instead, he wrapped it up for "posterity" or something.

Just based on the one sample roll developed it is clear this was no eccentric artist like Vivian Maier. These are some very bad snapshots.

You really have to wonder why they were even taken, much less preserved for processing at some future time. A time when recovery would be difficult if not impossible to do.

This will probably always be a mystery. If there was one decent photo on that roll, then someone might be motivated by curiosity to develop all this film.

But right now, it looks like Vivian Maier's legacy is safe.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 10:30 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
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Mike FL: It is better than Hasselblad in the sense of that Leica is dressing up its own cameras while Hasselblad was dressing up SONY.

Here's the biggest difference. Greed.

Leica would take a $500 Panasonic, rebadge it as a Leica, and sell it for $750.

Hasselblad would take a $750 Sony, rebadge it as a Hasselblad, add an exotic wood grip then sell it for $7,000, making the Leica seem like a bargain,

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 04:40 UTC
On article Rare Nikon 1200mm F11 pops up on eBay (119 comments in total)
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nobes: I'll wait for the VR version

henricoo..... I'd say you are exactly right about that.

When you see the amazing results some birders can get with their 300mm lenses and APSC cameras.... you really wonder why they would want, or even need, an extreme telescope lens. Especially one that costs so much and represents "state of the art in 1985."

I think these extreme lenses are mostly collector's items due to their rarity.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 11:48 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (811 comments in total)

This isn't the camera for me, but I really do like the IKEA like styling.

There is something very crisp and clean about Swedish design.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 18:59 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply
On article Rare Nikon 1200mm F11 pops up on eBay (119 comments in total)
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steephill: f11? Pfft, Pentax made one in f8 - http://kmp.bdimitrov.de/lenses/primes/extreme-tele/A1200f8.html

Ahhhhhhhh..... the good old days!

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 18:57 UTC
On article Rare Nikon 1200mm F11 pops up on eBay (119 comments in total)
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nobes: I'll wait for the VR version

Probably because these lenses are very expensive to make, and they lose money on every lens they make.

Even at $100,000 a lens.... if you only sell a small handful of them, you could lose money.

I would bet that these "Ultra Lenses" were produced for prestige and for the halo effect, and not to generate profits. Think about it. Where is their version 2 or update? If these types of lenses were profitable, the lens makers would have them in their current catalogs.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 15:27 UTC
On article Rare Nikon 1200mm F11 pops up on eBay (119 comments in total)
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steephill: f11? Pfft, Pentax made one in f8 - http://kmp.bdimitrov.de/lenses/primes/extreme-tele/A1200f8.html

Olympus.... please note.... Canon included a FREE case and hood with their 1200 mm f/5.6 lens!

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 15:23 UTC
On article Rare Nikon 1200mm F11 pops up on eBay (119 comments in total)
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steephill: f11? Pfft, Pentax made one in f8 - http://kmp.bdimitrov.de/lenses/primes/extreme-tele/A1200f8.html

Thanks steephill!
That link is from a really fascinating website.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 00:36 UTC
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