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About me:

Aspiring photographer and gadget collector.

Sony A850
Sony A350,A700x2
Minolta Maxxum 7, 7xi
Sony DT 11-18mm
Sony DT 18-70mm Kit lens
Sony 50mm f/1.4
Sony 18-200mm DT f/3.5-6.3
Minolta 24-105mm f/3.5-4.5
Minolta 28-135mm f/4-4.5
Minolta 50mm f/2.8 Macro RS
Minolta 70-210mm f/4 x2
Minolta AF 500mm f/8
Tokina AF ATX 80-200mm f/2.8
Tamron SP 35-105mm f/2.8
Tamron SP 500mm f/8
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DL Macro 1:2
Sigma EX 105mm f/2.8 DG Macro 1:1
Sigma EX 18-50 f/2.8 DC
Sigma EX 30mm f/1.4 DC
Sigma EX 24-70mm f/2.8
Sigma 135-400mm APO
Sigma 500mm f/4.5 APO
Sigma 1.7x & 2x APO TCs

Sigma 28-300mm compact telephoto (Film only, needs rechip)
Rokinon (Samyang) 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical

Manual Focus:
Minolta SRT101, SRT 202, X-700
Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 58mm f/1.2 (x2), 24mm f/2.8,50mm f/1.4,200mm 3.5,135mm f/2.8,135 f/4 bellows lens
Lester-A-Dine 105mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro

2x Pentax Asahi Spotmatic
Pentax Asahi Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4 (plain & S-M-C), 35mm f/2.0,135mm f/2.5
Vivitar 200mm f/3.5 TX
Rubinar MC 1000mm f/10 m42


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Too bad they've refused to even support EXIF orientation flags in Windows since Windows XP.

If you import photos using Windows image importer it will actually rewrite your image to put it right-side up without changing the orientation flag.

If you import your portrait oriented photos with another program and then try to view it with Windows you will find that the photo viewing programs included with Windows and Windows Live will ignore the orientation flag embedded in the image.

This has been a known issue for almost a decade and is still not fixed!

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 18:29 UTC as 15th comment | 4 replies
On a photo in the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM (Canon) Preview Samples sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Wow that looks so much like my boat. Same model and everything And it is in Seattle too.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2013 at 20:59 UTC as 1st comment
On photo IMG_4.acr in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Wow that looks so much like my boat. Same model and everything And it is in Seattle too.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2013 at 20:59 UTC as 1st comment
On article Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction (1842 comments in total)
In reply to:

Just a Photographer: Lets rename 'Creative Cloud' to 'Creative Crock'

I like "Creative Crook" even better.
They have essentially decided to produce ransom-ware!
You better pay up this month or you will be locked out of your files.

Can you imagine this scenario with Lightroom CC? Fifteen years down the road you will still be paying them a monthly fee or you'll never be able to view your images, reprocess them or export them again.

This is an unethical business model. Also, what if Adobe goes bust or decides to kill one of the CC products? What happens to your copy? Since they won't be charging you again, they can allow the software to die and you'll again be locked out of all your edits.

Thieving bastards!

Link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 15:42 UTC

Amazing! Shame about being only for APS-C though.
Anyone notice that it won't be available for Sony/Minolta mount?
I think that mount is almost dead despite all the protesting to the contrary
Perhaps Sigma and Tokina know more about Sony DSLR sales than Sony itself is willing to let on.

This sucks as all my gear is Sony/Minolta.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2013 at 19:44 UTC as 53rd comment | 5 replies

Despite the large gamut support, I'm not impressed with the pricing. By now these companies should be selling 4K 30-36" large gamut monitors for $2,000 or less given the large profits they have made these last ten years selling practically the same old 30" monitors.

More than twelve years ago, IBM was selling a much higher resolution 22" monitor.

Where is the innovation for larger , hires computer displays??!

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2013 at 02:16 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies

Stupid LCD monitor manufacturers like Panasonic will put 1080P on 5 inch cellphones,1200P on a 10" tablet and 4K on a 20" "tablet" but refuse to produce and sell affordable 4K monitors for use by normal people.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2013 at 16:03 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies

yipee! i hope 4k spreads to computer monitors because i'm sick and tired of 720p and 1080p monitors especially for photo editing and viewing.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2012 at 15:42 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

prices are too high. The 35mm f/1.8 needs to cost around $250 at most.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 04:40 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies
On article Canon significantly improves EOS 7D with firmware v2 (296 comments in total)

Wow! Canon should be commended for improving the functionality of their 3year old DSLR. SONY which generally ignores its cameras once they are purchased should learn something from Canon. Firmware updates , especially those that respond to customer feedback are a key way to improve customer/owner satisfaction and prove that the Company is in it for the long haul.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2012 at 14:44 UTC as 67th comment

Meanwhile, SONY is in the corner sucking its thumbs and planning to release another revision of its NEX camera bodies! ha!

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2012 at 19:06 UTC as 16th comment
On article Just Posted: Nikon D3200 preview samples gallery (499 comments in total)

Actually this Nikon may be using an Aptina 24mpx sensor. Afterall, this is a high volume camera for Nikon and I'm sure Nikon would prefer not to enrich Sony with this model and I'm sure that Sony is very unhappy that Nikon is deploying 24mpx at the lowest end cutting of its air supply at the mid-end with the A65/A77

Aptina also developed the sensor with phase detection for Nikon used in the "1"-series cameras.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2012 at 13:58 UTC as 47th comment

At least this 24-70mm f/2.8 lens telescopes out for longer focal lengths and the hood does not move with the internal barrel. This is unlike my Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 lens which telescopes out for the shortest focal lengths (24mm) and is most compact at the 70mm setting. Also the hood moves along with the telescoping making the lens even longer at 24mm.

Also my copy of the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX Macro (old version, not HSM version) seems a lot sharper on APS-C, even the central region. Can't explain this. I was not impressed with medium to longer focus distance quality pics from the lens on full frame (SONY).

So I would consider upgrading to this Tamron but the lack of in-lens IS/VC for Sony mount while selling for close to the same price as a used Sony Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 puts me off.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 15:18 UTC as 10th comment | 4 replies

Tamron is robing Sony users of the VC functionality which they have paid for based on the equal selling price of both VC and non-VC variants.

Why on earth would Tamron spend the manufacturing & assembly costs of removing VC optical mechanism when the buyers of the lenses would prefer to have VC in lens especially for video.

It doesn't make any sense.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2012 at 20:03 UTC as 55th comment | 4 replies
In reply to:

HopeSpringsEternal: When will Adobe start delivering Lightroom 4 updates as delta patches instead of forcing the download of more than half a gigabyte each time a new camera is released or few bugs fixed?

I don't see where the user confusion comes in. I'm not asking Adobe not to still have the full downloads available. I asking why they don't support the same kind of auto-update facility that they already use for Adobe Photoshop and other members of the creative suite.

Just compare the size of equivalent updates for PS and Adobe Camera Raw versus the hundreds of megabytes for Lightroom.

Finally, each time you install a lightroom update the installer installs it into a brand new directory named after the minor version of the software. This means that all my shortcuts stop working as they point to the old version.

There is no reason to keep on doing things this way. There should only be one directory for version 4 and new minor version updates should install into that same directory. Shortcuts should not be changed. If someone wants to know exactly what minor version they are running they can go to the about screen.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2012 at 00:19 UTC

When will Adobe start delivering Lightroom 4 updates as delta patches instead of forcing the download of more than half a gigabyte each time a new camera is released or few bugs fixed?

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2012 at 19:49 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies
On article Lightroom 4 Review (460 comments in total)
In reply to:

TomFL: Does anybody actually use the Quick Develop module in Library view???? And why on earth are these still not sliders????

I can't believe this wasn't removed or revamped. I think I must be missing something here. I get that these are intended to be relative changes to a group of pictures instead of absolute, but I find them almost never useful and they have a prominent place in the GUI.

Better sensitivity in exposure slider is a big plus, this drove me crazy.

I've put through 10,000+ scanned slides in Lightroom 3 and have found it to be an enormously useful tool. 50 years of my family photographs.

Face recognition would have been useful but I see that most people don't require this, I was able to hack through Picasa face recognition into Lightroom to get about 80% of it done, but even these algorithms are still not really ready for prime time, you still have to go back and check almost every photo.

Maps is a nice addition, wish Canon would put a GPS in 5D MK3.

I never use Quick Develop. In fact I would prefer that the library/develop dichotomy be completely removed. It is unnecessary.

Many times I'm editing images (even if just to adjust white balance or crop) and I need to view or edit the metadata such as camera model or caption and I can't without abandoning the Develop task and switching to Library mode.

Also, with monitors today being quite "short" and "wide" with TV aspect ratio I would have hoped that Lightroom would support placing the filmstrip vertically to preserve vertical real estate when editing portrait aligned images. But no go. Both Capture One and Aftershot Pro let you do this.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 15:33 UTC
On article Lightroom 4 Review (460 comments in total)

I'm really disappointed in this new release. The improvements to the RAW decoding engine and develop panel are appreciated but there are very little much requested features for this to be a major version release requiring a new purchase/upgrade cycle and investment in new Photoshop CS6 in order to get the compatible version of Adobe Camera RAW.

Where is support for adjustment layers and selection of adjustment masks using anything but a paint brush?

Where is support for real clone/heal tools like in Photoshop.

Where is support for people tagging? Tagging of faces, etc..

Where is support for 10bit+ displays?

Where is support for in-pipeline plugins? I don't want to have to render my images and make a second copy just to apply a plugin. I want my plugins to participate in non-destructive editing.

I'm sure there a lot more feature requests on the Adobe feedback site but so far it seems that Adobe expects people to upgrade to 4.0 just for the highlight/shadow adj improvements.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 15:28 UTC as 99th comment | 2 replies
On article Lightroom 4 Review (460 comments in total)
In reply to:

mjoshi: Does this thing have a capability to display focus point in RAW file same as Digital Photo Professional does for RAW files created from Canon camera ? It is important and comes handy when editing to see what was point of focus.

Actually the information for focus points is available. I have PhotoME free application for Windows and it has no problem displaying the focus points in Canon images -- even JPGs.

Also, there are many EXIF and makernotes that have already been decoded and implemented in EXIF Tool however Adobe chooses not to use any of this knowledge.

For example for Sony DSLRs, Adobe does nothing to support new lens identification information in the JPG files.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 15:12 UTC
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