Bill Bentley

Lives in Canada British Columbia, Canada
Joined on Sep 13, 2004

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GRUBERND: sure, not neccessary, but seriously? build all the infrastructure to get people there and then be astonished that someone is following the human drive to explore? really??

if you don't want people there, don't build a road.
let them walk for a day and all is fine.

How far should they go you ask. I say they went to exactly the right spot. It's the idiots who went TOO far.

I get the hiking/effort/nature appreciation aspect you are referring to, but not everyone is able to do this. To assume those individuals therefore have a lesser appreciation or respect for nature is misguided imo.

Yes, we don't need to pave a road to the top of every mountain but I for one appreciate having a gravel/paved road to a dirt parking lot near a trailhead.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 18:27 UTC
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GRUBERND: sure, not neccessary, but seriously? build all the infrastructure to get people there and then be astonished that someone is following the human drive to explore? really??

if you don't want people there, don't build a road.
let them walk for a day and all is fine.

A bit selfish thinking, no? So someone with a physical disability for example should be prevented from viewing this because of some ass clown behavior?

I get where you're coming from, but National Parks are supposed to be accessed and appreciated. Unfortunately certain groups of humanity (worldwide) fail to understand the significance of it all.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 15:21 UTC
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rfsIII: They definitely need bigger "no motor vehicle" signs. More importantly, someone needs to start a fund to repair the damage. Get a bunch of geology and art restoration grad students out there with a water truck and I bet they could have the whole thing fixed in a month.

Nice thought, but somehow I think trying to repair it that way might actually make it worse.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 15:15 UTC
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naturetech: Sexy lens!!

@Docno Agreed. Those faux rings are ugly.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 16:15 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 sample gallery (5 comments in total)

Nice gallery Dan. Edits look good. Without pixel peeping it looks like the shadows can be lifted quite nicely, and this is with JPEG not RAW.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 16:09 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 sample gallery (5 comments in total)
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Cal22: There's something wrong with the details in the gallery: The photographer used aperture f/2,8 with the Vario 12-60 mm F 3,5-5,6 (23/52, 28/52, 44/52 . . . )!

Looks like #23 and #28 were shot with a 12-35mm F2.8. #44 says 12-60mm though, so that is wrong like you said.

* nevermind. Posted before I saw Dan's reply.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 16:06 UTC
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TristanW: come on, there is only 1 special element here. check out FE 70300G 's construction, how many special glass there.

Totally different positioning & performance

Yes, I have had my 70-300 IS since 2006 and have been very, very happy with it over that time. I paid about $650 new and feel it was worth every penny of that.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 18:41 UTC
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rrccad: The A6xxx series is sony's most successful camera system by far.

and is probably the only camera system made by sony that keeps canon or nikon up at night.

@rrccad "if you look on amazon.. A6xxxx bodies are always near the top of ILC's sold. A7 series.. not so much."

I'm speculating for sure but I don't think the A7 sales numbers on Amazon represent much since A6XXX is more of a prosumer camera than A7. A7 purchasers will probably be buying elsewhere. Just a guess.

I just keep reading stories about pro photographers who have left their Canikon gear in favor of the Sony A7's.

*note: I am a Canon FF user so all of it matters little to me.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 20:23 UTC
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rrccad: The A6xxx series is sony's most successful camera system by far.

and is probably the only camera system made by sony that keeps canon or nikon up at night.

The A7 series may not keep Canikon up at night but it has taken away a LOT of sales from both those camps. I know you don't see the A7 at the Olympics but many landscape and studio Pros, etc have switched.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 17:28 UTC

F-stop = full stop.?

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 15:23 UTC as 27th comment
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Neez: Look at all the youtube videos of the current state of Rio leading up to the olympics. The cops aren't being paid and crime is through the roof, even for non-tourists. They really shouldn't have had an olympics there this year, it should have been diverted to somewhere else that's not going through financial ruin at the moment.

The problem is the Olympics are a 7 year planning ordeal and 7 years ago things were much, much different in Brasil. The oil crash has crushed them (and even more so Venezuela).

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 22:09 UTC
On article Popular Prisma photo app now available on Android (41 comments in total)

This will be even easier to use once Android apps are available to use with Chrome later this fall.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 18:48 UTC as 17th comment

Open toed sandals are a no-no going into that mess.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 19:02 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On article Photographing fireworks: The basics and then some (66 comments in total)
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sherman_levine: For my FZ1000, the ISO 100 / Raw / Bulb / F:8(the narrowest FZ1000 aperture) combination washes out too many of the brighter trails. I find that adding a 3-5 stop ND filter gives me much more latitude for color recovery

https://www.flickr.com/photos/32989985@N07/albums/72157655173515689

https://www.flickr.com/photos/32989985@N07/albums/72157646671694507

Sherm

Great shots Sherm. The only nitpik is the sensor noise as has already been mentioned. It's not horrible, but it does detract. Thanks for the mention of the ND filter. I might try shooting a session with my 4 stop this summer.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2016 at 19:57 UTC
On article Photographing fireworks: The basics and then some (66 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: Simply "moving away" is not going to produce adequate results in getting city skyline, just like in the example here. The idea here is to get the skyline exposed well enough to get at least 1/3 of the attention, giving the rest two thirds to the fireworks.

The trick is to expose it for long enough to make the sky blue. Do not worry about overexposure, as the fireworks are moving, and all you get is longer traces. What you get in return is perfectly exposed fireworks and the city skyline against the lighter toned sky. Below is the example.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57981526

Irakly; while it is nice to have some color in the sky for sure, you cannot push it as much as you have in your example. That is way overexposed as was already mentioned. If the fireworks are in mid-summer then you should have about 10-15 mins of blue hour light left to capture in the image. If it's earlier or later in the year then the sky will usually be very dark by the time the fireworks start. "Typical" fireworks exposures are between 2-5 seconds to capture each burst separately. Here are my examples with some color still in the sky.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/billbentley/14620242460/in/dateposted-friend/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/billbentley/9373463909/in/dateposted-friend/

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2016 at 19:42 UTC
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Bill Bentley: "Lenses equipped with smooth iris support are marked with asterisks."

Can someone elaborate on this please? Are these lenses then the "optimal" ones to be used with the adapter?

Thank you for the explanation cyberstudio.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 15:08 UTC

"Lenses equipped with smooth iris support are marked with asterisks."

Can someone elaborate on this please? Are these lenses then the "optimal" ones to be used with the adapter?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 20:17 UTC as 39th comment | 4 replies
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (460 comments in total)

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okay, enough already. :-)

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 15:35 UTC as 38th comment
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starwolfy: I am a full frame user and I think this lens is very interesting.

24mm with an equivalence of a f2.8 24x36 DOF + a F1.4 light gathering capability is quite interesting for group pictures in low light for example.

I have plenty of F1.4 lenses and thin DOF is always the issue. I usually prefer to go up to F2.8 even in low light because of the DOF issue making me almost never use F1.4.

I think that background blurring capabilities of bright lenses is so over rated. It ads nothing to the image but an empty blur and not context.

Then you're not buying a 1.4 lens. An inexpensive 4-5.6 prime or zoom will add PLENTY of background context. As always one needs to choose the right tool for the job. And when a 1.4 is used for the proper job (i.e portraiture) it's a thing of beauty.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 18:12 UTC
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EthanP99: The new sony handicam x ray camcorder?

I still have my 8mm version in storage downstairs somewhere in case anyone is interested in buying it. :-) The night vision was cool for about 30 seconds. Good thing the camera took reasonable quality regular video too.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2016 at 21:48 UTC
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