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 Leica SL Review (1079 comments in total)

If I didn't know better, I would swear that the Leica SL was designed to make the Sony A7RII look good by comparison. It even makes those Sony FE G Master lenses look like bargains....

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 18:30 UTC as 148th comment | 12 replies
On article Leica SL Review (1079 comments in total)

Carey, thanks for a well written and comprehensive review of a very interesting camera. It isn't a camera for me, but it is arguably the first modern ILC camera produced by Leica.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 18:26 UTC as 149th comment | 1 reply
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Marty4650: This was a pretty generous use of the word "mesmerizing."

Somewhat interesting, perhaps.

But there is nothing mesmerizing about flashing all 166 years of front pages in 55 seconds.

You really need to look at the definition of the word to understand why I said it was used "generously" in this case.

"To hold the attention of (someone) to the exclusion of all else or so as to transfix them. Hypnotizing." Were you transfixed by seeing all those front pages flashing by at lightning speed?

If you want examples...there have been several time lapse videos posted by Dpreview that I would call mesmerizing. Plus many good photographs can be mesmerizing.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 15:29 UTC

This was a pretty generous use of the word "mesmerizing."

Somewhat interesting, perhaps.

But there is nothing mesmerizing about flashing all 166 years of front pages in 55 seconds.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 14:04 UTC as 29th comment | 4 replies
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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Mark Turney: The ultimate goal should be to stop labeling ourselves and each other. Treat each other as human and judge individual merits. I'm not sure another cause that isolates and alienates is the answer.

Allison... lets think it through.

You need to hire a photographer for some project. If your first instinct is to find one on the "Women Photograph Directory" then this means you wanted a woman photographer. For whatever reason you have, this is strictly your right.

And this is precisely my point. This online directory of women photographers is a resource for people who feel they need "women photographers" rather than simply hiring any photographer. Since this client already has a predisposition for this, then it just makes it a bit easier for the client to find the right gender professional for their job.

If anyone set up a directory for "Male Airplane Pilots" or "Male Police Officers" someone would call it sexist. Because today, even the Boy Scouts aren't allowed to limit their membership to boys only.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 18:42 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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Mark Turney: The ultimate goal should be to stop labeling ourselves and each other. Treat each other as human and judge individual merits. I'm not sure another cause that isolates and alienates is the answer.

Mark... without a doubt you are right.

No one seeks a "woman surgeon" when they need surgery. They simply want the best surgeon they can find. The very notion of selecting professional artists or technicians by gender is downright silly.

Unless of course... the photographer's gender is somehow important for the client. And I believe this is what we are seeing here. This is a marketing device for female photographers to find those clients for which this makes a difference. Or the reverse.

Believe it or not, for some it is vitally important. And the customer is always right.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 14:05 UTC
On article Yongnuo YN 85mm F1.8 lens now available (251 comments in total)

While the rest of the industry rapidly moves upmarket to deal with shrinking unit sales, a few Chinese companies head for the bottom of the market (like Yongnuo and Yi) with cheaply made knock offs of lenses that are already moderately priced.

Will this strategy work? Perhaps it will, but I think it would have made much more sense to knock off higher end lenses for systems that have pretty expensive lenses, like Fuji X and Sony FE.

No doubt they selected Canon and Nikon for their huge base of users. It is just hard to imagine enthusiasts pairing expensive full frame bodies with cheaply made copycat lenses. I suppose we shall see it it pays off.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 11:51 UTC as 44th comment | 6 replies
On article Extremely dramatic video touts Canon's CMOS technology (196 comments in total)
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bakhtyar kurdi: Where is that Moonbow? I can't find it

WOW Matthew! That really is much better. Thanks for posting the link.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 17:52 UTC
On article OnePlus 3T camera review (96 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Yet another nice phone.... for people who are into phones. It is sometimes interesting to read about these when patiently waiting for real camera and lens reviews.

Oh well.... I suppose Dpreview knows what they are doing.

Oh, I don't deny that at all.

Great photos are all about subject, composition, emotion and vision. They have very little to do with technical quality. There are some absolutely wonderful photo that were taken by all sorts of devices that were much more limited than a camera phone. That wasn't my point.

My point was... if you want technical quality.... which is something many Dpr users seem to want judging by the constant discussions here about "finding the best copy or a lens" or "why anything smaller than full frame is rubbish" then you should be using a real camera. After all, this is a site about gear, and not about art.

Given a choice between my camera and my phone, I use my camera for taking photos, and my phone for convenient snaps. And so do most other people here. Lets not pretend that professional photographers are showing up for wedding shoots with their iPhones only. Sure, it "can be done" but that doesn't make it a good idea to do it.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 12:43 UTC

I suppose it was too good to be true.

But it is a real shame. The DL series had great design, lots of features, and was planned at a competitive price.

Some of us assumed this would replace their Nikon 1 products, in offering the one inch sensor. But now I guess both product lines are officially dead.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 17:56 UTC as 216th comment | 1 reply
On article OnePlus 3T camera review (96 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Yet another nice phone.... for people who are into phones. It is sometimes interesting to read about these when patiently waiting for real camera and lens reviews.

Oh well.... I suppose Dpreview knows what they are doing.

This is a photography centric website, so we imagine these phones are used for taking high quality photos. And whenever DPreview reviews a phone they are careful to remind you they are only reviewing the camera portion, without any consideration for any of the other features. And their reviews specifically compare image quality from these devices, as if this is important for most buyers.

In reality, image quality is only important for a very few of them. Most of these camera phones are used for very casual photography where "better" image quality is not needed. Things like selfies, or taking snaps to text or post on social media. I sometims use my own phone to take photos of street signs so I can remember where I parked my car.

If best image quality counted a lot, then those camera phones with better image quality would have much larger market share. But they don't.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 15:55 UTC
On article OnePlus 3T camera review (96 comments in total)

Yet another nice phone.... for people who are into phones. It is sometimes interesting to read about these when patiently waiting for real camera and lens reviews.

Oh well.... I suppose Dpreview knows what they are doing.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2017 at 18:21 UTC as 14th comment | 10 replies

$279 might sound like a lot for a purse, but my wife spends more than that for hers.

It probably is very well made, but I will stick with my ancient Tenba shoulder bag.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 21:52 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
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Marty4650: 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.

The problem for Adobe was many folks didn't feel the need to update every year. I used CS2 for around six years before upgrading to CS5. Adobe solved this problem by making it a subscription service with automatic upgrades.

Sure, the subscription model is a "great deal" for anyone who needs to upgrade every year or two to get another gee whiz feature. But for the rest of us it was extortion.

I bet automakers would love it if all we leased our cars rather than buying them.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 12:58 UTC

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
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