larrytusaz

Lives in United States Tucson, United States
Works as a Database Design
Has a website at http://bit.ly/1DT7VSN
Joined on Aug 20, 2005
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Sony NEX-6
16-50PZ
50mm 1.8 OSS

Nikon 1 J1, 10-30VR

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On article Leaving my DSLR at home: An iPhone experiment (172 comments in total)

I'm content to live solely at the "main" DPreview site, but they linked to this article, so I decided to respond as well.

I understand the desire to "travel light," especially on a trip where you're trying to make sure you're spending suitable time with your wife as the #1 priority, in fact that's great of you & I mean that. That said, being an enthusiast photographer & having recently went on a trip myself, I just can't bring myself down to the PHONE camera level. To me, once you "arrive" at a certain level as a photographer, using something like a camera phone is an anathema. Camera phones are more the sort of thing you'd see the casual snapshooter using for taking "rabbit ears" poses of them & their friends being silly, that sort of thing--which is fine, by the way.

On my recent trip, I used an Olympus E-PL1 (I now have the E-PM1) which had a 2x crop sensor, RAW, the works--while still being much smaller than my D5100. Even on a trip, I can never stop being a photographer 100%.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2012 at 03:58 UTC as 29th comment | 3 replies
On article Interview - Phil Molyneux, President Sony Electronics (129 comments in total)
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tkbslc: I think this part is important for some of the anti-camera-phone people of this forum:

"Understand that this young generation of smartphone users, if you go back five years ago, would pick up a camera maybe once a year on holiday and that's it. They're now using photography every single day. That's a very good sign for the future of digital imaging. Because they will want to do more. Not all of them, but a subsection of that community will want to do more."

Yes & when they want to do more, the idea is they'll buy a real camera at that point to do so. A child may develop an interest in music from playing a toy piano, but ultimately they move on to a real one vs thinking they can play Carnegie Hall using the toy one.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2012 at 21:19 UTC
On article Interview - Phil Molyneux, President Sony Electronics (129 comments in total)
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lancespring: It is true. Sony has shown more innovation in the past couple of years than Canon and Nikon have in the last decade.

The interesting thing, to me anyway, is how they have been a major player in terms of sensors. The Nikon D7000/D5100/Pentax K5 sensor, which has also shown up in other models, was a breakthrough APS-C sensor, as was the one they made for the Nikon D300/D90/D5000 at that time, and the one they make for the Olympus OM-D/EM-5 is the best micro 4/3rds sensor available.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2012 at 21:14 UTC
On Article:4886827527 (249 comments in total)
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Isca: The snobbery of the "real" photographers using "real" cameras is astounding. The best camera is the one that you have with you, ever heard that phrase before? I've been shooting a photo a day for 6 weeks, many times when the other 3 "real" cameras are at home. The iPhone forces me to look at subjects differently so I welcome this refreshing direction that dept has taken (this post typed on my Canon 5D Mk 2).

(gwales) He still could've used a Sony RX100 or Olympus E-PM1 kit and done better. That's what I did on a recent trip we took-- well, it was actually the Olympus E-PL1 (before I upgraded to the E-PM1). Regardless I STILL took my Nikon D5100 and used it too. The phone camera never saw the light of day, to have done so would've been most tacky.

Thanks goodness those articles are over on that side of the tracks where "those people" can be satisfied without goofing up the perfectly great thing we have going on here.

LRH

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 at 18:10 UTC
On Article:4886827527 (249 comments in total)
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Isca: The snobbery of the "real" photographers using "real" cameras is astounding. The best camera is the one that you have with you, ever heard that phrase before? I've been shooting a photo a day for 6 weeks, many times when the other 3 "real" cameras are at home. The iPhone forces me to look at subjects differently so I welcome this refreshing direction that dept has taken (this post typed on my Canon 5D Mk 2).

Respecting tradition is GOOD, & anyone who PURPOSELY leaves their SLR home to use a phone instead is being foolish. I have no interest in reading about what "those people" are doing "over there," mobile was spun off from this site for that very reason. Do you think SLR users care about what Coolpix shooters do? I don't. I can tell you that I would at least take a micro 4/3rds or Sony RX100 if I thought carrying an SLR was like backpacking for a week-long mule-back trek through the Grand Canyon.

(Dan Tong) nailed it. The tool isn't EVERYTHING, but it DOES matter. That prior article about the AP photographer who used an iPhone at the Olympics is the sort of foolishness I'm talking about. If someone commissioned me to photograph Michael-stinking Phelps's last hurrah in the pool, & I have prime real estate shooting position, you think I'm photographing that with a stinking phone? Give me a Nikon D3s or D4 & good glass. Only a FOOL would shoot something like that with a PHONE.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 at 13:54 UTC
On Article:4886827527 (249 comments in total)
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Class Four: What? Cell phone photography? That's not real photography. I've had the latest top of the line smart phones for years and taken next to zero pictures with it and zero videos with it. The few I did take were worthless. dpreview should be for avid amatures, semi pros. and pros. using high quaility cameras. Also the mid-range and lower end stuff (point and Shots) should be reviewed so we can make informed decisions on backup cameras. I having real trouble understanding how a bunch of semi-crappy photos (blurry, underexposed) of the people across the table at the dinner making silly faces or a pic. of your expensive cup of coffee from the coffee house is going to have any real value. Pull the plug and focus on good quility cameras and good quaility photos. I like this site the way it is.

And (Simon Joinson) you have my full support on this. I would say your tapping into this market is akin to how Nikon tapped into the point & shoot market years ago with its auto-do everything 35mm point & shoot cameras (Nikon "One Touch" I think it was) even though models like the Nikon F3 & their Nikkor lenses were still what they were mostly known for--and they continued to do well with it. I have certainly been one of the most vocal about not embracing mobile photography & maintaining a line separating us enthusiasts from the snapshooters, but I know you wouldn't have "spun off" the connect site based solely on little old me. There are plenty of others who feel much the same way, and I am delighted you listened to us. I cannot tell you enough how much better I feel about DPreview when I see that you're listening to us enthusiasts.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 at 13:47 UTC
On Article:4886827527 (249 comments in total)
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Reg Natarajan: People are people. The mostly-stupid discourse we see in this very comments section won't occur at the new site, of course, but it will be replaced by equally stupid discourse on other topics. The Apple people will say you can't do anything on Android. The Android people will say you can't do anything on IPhone, and that Apple people all hide pictures of Steve Jobs in their underwear. The guys using Android cameras will be snobs about how much better their IQ is, much like the DSLR/Mirrorless crowd here looks down on camera phones. Again, people are people, and they like to bicker.

It won't be perfect but I'll take it. I'm happy the new site exists, and I'm happy they're splitting mobile/connected photography out of the main site. For me, the best part is that, over there, I presumably won't have to read a bunch of old fuddy duddies being fuddy duddies while writing that it's nothing about being a fuddy duddy.

And for us enthusiasts who strive to take GREAT photos (even if we miss a lot), presumably it means we won't have to read still more drivel about how "the tool doesn't matter" (which always begs the question, why then don't Nikon & Canon just fold up their tents & exit the DSLR business altogether?) or how it's nothing but dried-up, washed-up, pent-up, stuck-up snobs who don't embrace mobile photography and worship it like it's the second coming of Jesus or something. They can continue to live in the allusion that they're "photographers" while we here can get back to talking about ACTUAL photography for once.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 at 13:42 UTC
On Article:4886827527 (249 comments in total)
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photo perzon: This is a great opportunity to moderate and censor the mean language and bullies that have been posting in the forums. There are members using bad words and mean comments that do not belong in this fine website.

I will say that I think the definition of what a "bully" is is getting a bit ridiculous. A bully is someone who beats you up or shames you as a PERSON in terms of your REAL name. People posting passionate opinions & us debating these opinions under aliases is hardly bullying.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 20:42 UTC
On Article:4886827527 (249 comments in total)
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Isca: The snobbery of the "real" photographers using "real" cameras is astounding. The best camera is the one that you have with you, ever heard that phrase before? I've been shooting a photo a day for 6 weeks, many times when the other 3 "real" cameras are at home. The iPhone forces me to look at subjects differently so I welcome this refreshing direction that dept has taken (this post typed on my Canon 5D Mk 2).

And the attitude of the others is astounding as well. Some "snobbery" is GOOD, it means we have STANDARDS. If we extrapolate your line of thinking to, say, the culinary arts, then the culinary artists are "snobs" for RIGHTLY dismissing Hot Pockets heated in the microwave as being beneath what they aspire to.

Enough of this "best camera is what you have with you" horse manure. Get real. A Sony RX-100 or, even better, an Olympus PEN with a Panasonic 20mm 1.7 is way smaller than even smaller DSLRs like the Canon Rebels, & produces MUCH better image quality than any stinking iPhone ever could. Gee whiz, you people act like carrying a camera with you is like backpacking for a week-long mule-ride through the Grand Canyon. My goodness.

Like I said, if this new site means that this site can now focus almost exclusively on REAL cameras for REAL photographers, I couldn't be happier. Let the soccer moms & hipsters flock to connect.dpreview.com so we can get back to REAL photography in here.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 20:31 UTC
On Article:4886827527 (249 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: If it means I won't have to read about iPhone photography (an oxymoron if I ever heard one) so often now, I am all for it.

I have to respectfully disagree about it being wrong that serious photographers are separate from "snapshooters." Of course they are. It has always been that way, and the existence of smartphone cameras doesn't change this. The only difference is that 20-30 odd years ago the snapshooters used a Polaroid SX-70 or Kodak Instamatic, while the enthusiasts & professionals used 35mm SLRs or medium format. Now, it's smartphone cameras and/or point & shoots, and DSLRs or mirrorless (or medium format).

And in both cases, the serious users make attempts to learn things about lighting, composition, taking control with f-stops and white balance etc--whereas the snapshooter has no interest in learning the f-stop/white balance stuff & just points/clicks without much, if any, regard to lighting (maybe composition a LITTLE). They ARE separate worlds & should be treated as such.

Photographers may be able to make a halfway respectable image with a phone, but why would you deliberately dumb yourself down that way? "I don't always have my DSLR with me?" Me either, but I do have my Olympus E-PM1 with me. I would rather be thrown in a pool full of piranhas than to DARE use a PHONE for anything other than a goofy shot of me doing the "rabbit ears" to my buddy. I'm delighted these articles about the snapshooters & their phones will be over there vs in here so much. Dpreview can have the other staff to placate the soccer moms & hipsters and leave Dpreview itself free of that silliness.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 12:12 UTC
On Article:4886827527 (249 comments in total)
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HubertChen: I wonder why two sites instead of one? By this choice you emphasize how different mobile photography is from what you refer to as "serious" photography. I believe this is an opportunity lost for dpreview to grow as a community. By your choice of two different sites you are promoting the focus on technology rather than photography. It is a subtle difference if dpreview a) focus on the technical aspects of photography to be complimentary to other websites who focus on the artistic side or b) focus on the technical side of photography because this is all what you can see. This difference of view is shaping attitude. Where readers of type a) would embrace mobile photography and look for things to learn from this new exciting community, readers of type b) would alienate. I am afraid for dpreview that your choice of two sites will attract more readers of type b) and repel more type a), making dpreview a less attractive place for me to come back to.

I think that, if this split means that DPreview is responding to the fact that many of us are serious or hobbyist photographers and consider mobile phone snapshots to be beneath what we aspire to and want dpreview.com to mostly be about the more serious stuff, then I think it's great.

It has nothing to do with being a "fuddy duddy." I liken it to how Nikon makes the Coolpix products even as they make their DSLRs. I can appreciate their fine DSLRs without having to goof around with their Coolpix soccer-mom cameras. Sure Nikon is still making soccer-mom Coolpixes for the snapshooters I see as beneath us enthusiasts, but it's a separate division from the DSLRs they make for us enthusiasts.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 09:09 UTC
On Article:4886827527 (249 comments in total)
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DuncanDovovan: I'm sorry, but I do not like this decision. I'd like to see 1 site grow. Splitting off content and readers does not contribute to people opening up to new ideas in my view.

It's like having separate DPREVIEW sites for Canon and Nikon to me. Even though I am a Canon owner, I'm not a Nikon killer type of Canon owner. I appreciate to see articles and reviews of other brands and meet their users.

Personally I would have added this new connected/mobile group to this site. The forums that you run is already a good way for people with a similar mindset to connect. That way people from the old world get cross-fertilized to the new wold and visa versa.

Could it be you lack the man power to cover the connected/mobile world in the same depth as on DPREVIEW? And you felt you *had* to do something? And to not get different quality of reviews on DPREVIEW, you set up a new site so you could tick the "we too" box.

I'd love DPREVIEW style reviews for the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy cameras.

"Splitting off content and readers does not contribute to people opening up to new ideas in my view." Maybe some of us don't WANT to open up to certain new ideas.

It has nothing to do with being a "fuddy duddy." It has to do with realizing that, yes, smartphones have gotten better, but "good enough for a snapshot" is not the same as measuring up to what a mirrorless or DSLR can do, and they don't. The users of such devices aren't photographers (or they're photographers who are being "casual" for a minute).

The typical smartphone snapshooter isn't interested in learning technical things & composition at the same level as an enthusiast, and a smartphone isn't up to the level promised by mirrorless or DSLRs. Snapshooters are like the parent who wants good food quickly using pre-bagged dinners vs spending all day in the kitchen making it from scratch. Sure smartphones are good enough for a snapshot, but since when is that the limit of our aspirations, for a snapshot to be "good enough."

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 08:51 UTC
On Article:4886827527 (249 comments in total)

If it means I won't have to read about iPhone photography (an oxymoron if I ever heard one) so often now, I am all for it.

I have to respectfully disagree about it being wrong that serious photographers are separate from "snapshooters." Of course they are. It has always been that way, and the existence of smartphone cameras doesn't change this. The only difference is that 20-30 odd years ago the snapshooters used a Polaroid SX-70 or Kodak Instamatic, while the enthusiasts & professionals used 35mm SLRs or medium format. Now, it's smartphone cameras and/or point & shoots, and DSLRs or mirrorless (or medium format).

And in both cases, the serious users make attempts to learn things about lighting, composition, taking control with f-stops and white balance etc--whereas the snapshooter has no interest in learning the f-stop/white balance stuff & just points/clicks without much, if any, regard to lighting (maybe composition a LITTLE). They ARE separate worlds & should be treated as such.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 08:44 UTC as 54th comment | 7 replies
On article Quick Review: Apple iPhone 5 (217 comments in total)
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PhotoPoet: I've been a photographer professionally and now just for enjoyment not for cash. I love my D7000 and all the other cameras I have gone through, Sony Cybershot DSC-F55E, etc.. When I switched from film to digital I became a truly bad photographer, not composing, just shooting. No longer worrying that I only had 11 rolls of film with me that day... I got over that and as we all have (well most of us) and began to understand and love digital. Film still has a time and reason but not for me. Side note: I don't understand why I would want a Micro Four Thirds system. I tried it in store.. I walk around holding the lens.. weird...I love my D7000 and my iPhone5. The iPhone is not a D7000 or even a PowerShotS110. It is a fantastic, always in my pocket, take anywhere camera/photolab. That is a fact. I get wonderful shots, I edit (no fixer smell) post and enjoy the feedback. Get over it. Phone cameras are here to stay... enjoy them. Welcome aboard to all photographers..

Nah, I would say the most honest person alive (or just plain honest, not necessarily the most honest alive).

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2012 at 02:44 UTC
On article Quick Review: Apple iPhone 5 (217 comments in total)
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PhotoPoet: I've been a photographer professionally and now just for enjoyment not for cash. I love my D7000 and all the other cameras I have gone through, Sony Cybershot DSC-F55E, etc.. When I switched from film to digital I became a truly bad photographer, not composing, just shooting. No longer worrying that I only had 11 rolls of film with me that day... I got over that and as we all have (well most of us) and began to understand and love digital. Film still has a time and reason but not for me. Side note: I don't understand why I would want a Micro Four Thirds system. I tried it in store.. I walk around holding the lens.. weird...I love my D7000 and my iPhone5. The iPhone is not a D7000 or even a PowerShotS110. It is a fantastic, always in my pocket, take anywhere camera/photolab. That is a fact. I get wonderful shots, I edit (no fixer smell) post and enjoy the feedback. Get over it. Phone cameras are here to stay... enjoy them. Welcome aboard to all photographers..

Oh please, if using a phone camera is PHOTOGRAPHY. then Lucy in "Peanuts" really WAS a "psychiatrist."

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 12:35 UTC
On article Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system (699 comments in total)
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Jim B (MSP): My ability to show a photo via a link to an external database like Pbase has been taken away.
A lot of us use these external sites for our photos.

Jim

I just noticed this too, I am NOT liking that at all. Hopefully it gets changed.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 04:20 UTC
On article Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system (699 comments in total)

There needs to be a "threaded" mode that shows all posts at the same time, the way other sites (vbulletin ones?) do it by "indenting" it.

Sort of like this (if the formatting holds up):

Post 1
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Post 2
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Post 3 is a REPLY to Post 2
``````xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Or, also, have a post partially quote the post it's replying to. I suppose that would need to be the user's responsibility to have a "snipped" reply as such.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 03:59 UTC as 286th comment
On article Quick Review: Apple iPhone 5 (217 comments in total)
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PhotoPoet: I've been a photographer professionally and now just for enjoyment not for cash. I love my D7000 and all the other cameras I have gone through, Sony Cybershot DSC-F55E, etc.. When I switched from film to digital I became a truly bad photographer, not composing, just shooting. No longer worrying that I only had 11 rolls of film with me that day... I got over that and as we all have (well most of us) and began to understand and love digital. Film still has a time and reason but not for me. Side note: I don't understand why I would want a Micro Four Thirds system. I tried it in store.. I walk around holding the lens.. weird...I love my D7000 and my iPhone5. The iPhone is not a D7000 or even a PowerShotS110. It is a fantastic, always in my pocket, take anywhere camera/photolab. That is a fact. I get wonderful shots, I edit (no fixer smell) post and enjoy the feedback. Get over it. Phone cameras are here to stay... enjoy them. Welcome aboard to all photographers..

It's not a personal attack. "You're a dummy/idiot" etc, THAT would be a personal attack. I'm just challenging the notion that using an iPhone is "photography." This thread was about dead anyway, and we seemed to have moved on until next time (with me also acknowledging that Dpreview is now doing lens reviews again & that's just great) so maybe for THAT reason I should have left it alone I suppose.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 23:40 UTC
On article Quick Review: Apple iPhone 5 (217 comments in total)
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PhotoPoet: I've been a photographer professionally and now just for enjoyment not for cash. I love my D7000 and all the other cameras I have gone through, Sony Cybershot DSC-F55E, etc.. When I switched from film to digital I became a truly bad photographer, not composing, just shooting. No longer worrying that I only had 11 rolls of film with me that day... I got over that and as we all have (well most of us) and began to understand and love digital. Film still has a time and reason but not for me. Side note: I don't understand why I would want a Micro Four Thirds system. I tried it in store.. I walk around holding the lens.. weird...I love my D7000 and my iPhone5. The iPhone is not a D7000 or even a PowerShotS110. It is a fantastic, always in my pocket, take anywhere camera/photolab. That is a fact. I get wonderful shots, I edit (no fixer smell) post and enjoy the feedback. Get over it. Phone cameras are here to stay... enjoy them. Welcome aboard to all photographers..

Well by all means, you're free to do as you please. I'm equally free to microwave a Hot Pocket and call myself a chef, as full of bologna as that would be.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 19:39 UTC
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