Lihkin

Lihkin

Lives in United States Los Angeles, CA, United States
Works as a Finance
Joined on Sep 8, 2007
About me:

Nikon D850, Nikon 16/2.8 Fisheye, Nikon 14-24/2.8, Nikon 24-70/2.8, Nikon 70-200/2.8 E FL, Nikon 105/5.6 El Nikkor, Nikon 200 F4 Micro, Sigma 150-600 Sports, Nikon PB-6 Bellows, SB910s, Pocketwizard Flex TT5s and Mini TT1, RRS TVC-33, RRS BH-55, RRS Panorama Kit.

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Warren MacroPhotoFly: Avoid - they clearly like to rip off unsuspecting customers. I bought PL5 and then <2 weeks later v6 came out. No warnings or beta to suggest it was. If I want to upgrade they want another £89.
I contacted their customer support and got a very snotty reply basically telling me to pay the extra or go away.
Clearly they don't care about their customers after extracting the initial money from them

BTW, you are lying that you bought your software less than two weeks before the release. If you did then DXO would've given you a free upgrade if the purchase was within 30 days of the upgraded software release. So you either bought the software much before the release of the new one or are not telling the truth.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2022 at 15:56 UTC
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Warren MacroPhotoFly: Avoid - they clearly like to rip off unsuspecting customers. I bought PL5 and then <2 weeks later v6 came out. No warnings or beta to suggest it was. If I want to upgrade they want another £89.
I contacted their customer support and got a very snotty reply basically telling me to pay the extra or go away.
Clearly they don't care about their customers after extracting the initial money from them

You're kidding right? They literally release updated software like clockwork every Fall. It's your fault for not researching and buying the older software. This is like those folks that blame GoPro when they buy a camera two weeks before the new model comes out in September.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2022 at 15:48 UTC

Great images - I am missing something though. The contest still seems to be open if you go to https://www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy/competition/enter-the-competition with a closing date of December 9, 2021. Do they have two such contests a year (given that it seems they have announced the winners)? Or maybe the entries for the 2022 contest are currently open.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2021 at 16:00 UTC as 10th comment
On article Roundup: Six Large Tripods For Heavy Duty Use (122 comments in total)
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photography-lover: Shame on DPreview for continuing to review Leofoto products.

This brand has too long a history of IP theft.

@ericbowles - that is just not true. I had even emailed RRS when I first saw Leofoto' s ball-head offering and they told me they are "addressing it". Obviously they cannot do much given that Leofoto is selling by way of multiple US retailers. And to the post by Impulses above - very true about how RRS essentially forced 3 Legged Thing to withdraw products from the market.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2021 at 21:45 UTC
On article Roundup: Six Large Tripods For Heavy Duty Use (122 comments in total)
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photography-lover: Shame on DPreview for continuing to review Leofoto products.

This brand has too long a history of IP theft.

@ericbowles - yes, they are a Chinese knockoff. But they sell the product in the USA openly. If they were indeed infringing on RRS's patents, RRS would have sued them a long time ago (just as RRS has sued other companies). But given that Leofoto continues to sell their products here, shows that RRS has nothing on them. (BTW, no one is talking about suing them in China. My point is that since Leofoto is able to sell the products in the US - which they wouldn't have been able to if they were infringing on RRS patents - shows that Leofoto is not doing anything wrong.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2021 at 14:50 UTC
On article Roundup: Six Large Tripods For Heavy Duty Use (122 comments in total)
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jdulej: I have a hard time buying the "they will last a lifetime" reasoning. Yes, they likely would not break, but they will be made obsolete in 5-10 years (or less) by technology improvements. I have an old Gitzo Reporter, top of the line in its day, that will outlast me, but it is relegated to holding a spotting scope by the living room window because it's so heavy. Today's carbon fiber is tomorrow's aluminum. My point? I go for light weight and stability, but I assume I'll be replacing X with a shiny new Y every 5 years or so.

Tripods don't get out-dated. Unless they find something lighter and more rigid than carbon fiber, there is no other innovation needed. The only time these tripods will be updated is if someone creates a tripod that follows me around a few feet behind me and sets itself up automatically when I command it to.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2021 at 14:31 UTC
On article Roundup: Six Large Tripods For Heavy Duty Use (122 comments in total)
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photography-lover: Shame on DPreview for continuing to review Leofoto products.

This brand has too long a history of IP theft.

I keep hearing how they ripped off RRS. If there was IP theft, RRS would have gone after them by now and these products could not have been sold in the US. Which tells me that RRS does not have any patents that are being infringed upon by Leofoto.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2021 at 14:28 UTC
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pylorus21: Its underwhelming IMHO...Nothing ground breaking. Its one of those cameras where people will be debating its flippy screen and other minor design changes. Really sad to see Nikon playing catch up game with the big boys. Canon R3 is 3 model below their top range camera and Nikon Z9 is already short of what Canon offers in their R5/3

Time for your meds.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2021 at 19:30 UTC
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ZeroOne01: Does anyone know if there’s a gimbal for iPhone that doesn’t show when I walk? I mean I can tell when I use the gimbal and walk. The footage looks weird. Like riding a wave.

Unless you do the Ninja walk with this, you will have the issue you highlighted. A GoPro does not show that issue and is very smooth - makes me wonder how GP can achieve that while Apple can't?

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2021 at 04:49 UTC

This gimbal is a let down as it can barely balance an iPhone 13 Pro Max. Additionally it seems that the degrees of freedom (of movement) are now more limited as compared with the OM4.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2021 at 04:46 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On article In-depth tripod review: ProMediaGear Pro-Stix TR344 (110 comments in total)
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JonB1975: Yet another tripod with twist-locks. Don't manufacturers realise many of us out there much prefer flip-locks?

And many of us prefer twist locks... horses for courses!

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2021 at 17:57 UTC
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C G Astro: I compared tripods and ballheads for Milky Way photography. I've been looking for a tripod & ballhead that I can travel with to astro workshops but provide height, quality and stability for long exposures with the 14-24mm F2.8 lenses as well as 70-200mm F2.8 lenses. I'm 6'2" and not as young anymore, so I dont want to bend down. I want good quality and functionality. Price was not the main factor for me, but I want value. I tested the Sirui AM284, Feisol CT3442, Neewer N55C, Arctise HS80C, & RRS 24L. Politics aside. The Neewer was the lightest and tallest & folds compact, but a little less stable. Sirui was very stable, but a little short without a center column. Feisol was tall but least stable with skinny legs at the end, RRS24L better not most stable. Arctise HS80C absolutely most stable and tallest with thickest CF legs and 1/5th price of RRS 24L but it folds to 23" and weighs 4lbs. RS folds 3" smaller and weighs a few ounces less, but not as strong as the Arctise.

I too tested some for taking on my hikes and settled on the Sirui 284. It is shorter, but I just use the tilt screen on myD850 and don't have to bend over. That tripod coupled with the CTC Highline ball-head is just stellar. And so much lighter than my RRS combo.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2021 at 03:49 UTC

I wish you had included the Colorado Tripod Company's Centennial Tripod and the Highline ball-head. I have the RRS TVC-33 with the BH-55 but that was getting too heavy for my hikes. I got the CTC Highline ball-head and coupled that with the Sirui 284. It makes for a fantastic combination at around 3 lbs of weight and under $300 (Sirui also has multiple sales throughout the year when these legs sell for $160 - a bargain for what they are).

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2021 at 03:38 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
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SRHEdD: I saw a tripod on amazon. It was silver and had three legs. It looked suspiciously like a Manfrotto. How dare they?

Yes, but unless Dalen had a patent on the design (which he did not), there is nothing he can do about it. The Chinese suppliers that made his product, probably sold it to other private label parties too - who then put their own label on the tripod and sold it under their brand name. That is what private label is, isn't it? I find it odd that Dalen is complaining about a generic product that he outsourced and sold in the US.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2021 at 20:40 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 100S review (925 comments in total)
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Wide-Open: 500$ more and you get the Sony Alpha 1, Fastest AF, Fastest Shutter, Best low light performance and The best glass in any system, That's not even an unpopular opinion.

Thanks for the morning laugh - needed it! :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2021 at 15:17 UTC

I loved Capture NX-2 (even though it was so clunky) until I discovered DXO Photolab. I have been using that software for the past 3 years now and am really happy with it. It is now in its v4 iteration and only seems to get better. Their PRIME noise reduction feature is stellar.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2021 at 15:52 UTC as 82nd comment | 2 replies
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keepreal: Could DP Review please start a Lunatic Column and put this item in there. I do not care how good this tripod is but paying these sorts of prices ought to be enough to get one committed to an asylum, unless of course you own a Lamborghini and still have pockets bulging with cash.

How dare you be logical?

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 22:43 UTC
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redli0nswift: Can you review the Sirui AM series? Its comparable to this style but for way less $$$ IMO.

I ordered mine from https://store.sirui.com/ and the tripod was dispatched from their warehouse in NJ.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 04:36 UTC
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StefanD: Nothing more personal than a tripod. It must be a fantastic tripod, but for traveling I prefer my Sirui T-025X, which is much smaller and lighter. It still carries 6kg (which is enough to put my camera on top and hang my bag from the hook) and now that I've got a mirrorless camera, it doesn't matter to me that it doesn't extend to eye level. (even without a tripod, I rarely shoot at eye level)
And it leaves $1250 in the pocket...
I can see its point if you're traveling with a 600 f/4 though.

Their new AM line is excellent. I bought the AM 284 legs and coupled that with the Colorado Tripod Company's ball-head - excellent combo for hiking.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2021 at 23:11 UTC
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redli0nswift: Can you review the Sirui AM series? Its comparable to this style but for way less $$$ IMO.

I agree- I bought their AM 284 legs and coupled that with the Colorado Tripod company's 'Highline Small' ball-head (rated at 50 lbs) for under $350 total.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2021 at 22:34 UTC
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