Bill Bentley

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

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s_grins: It is hard do decide between 2017 ON1 RAW developer and Affinity 1.5
ON1 software UI is made for photographer, while Affinity UI is more of traditional PS.
Should I buy both? That is why it is hard to decide.

I am thinking the same as you. I downloaded the Affinity beta a couple of weeks ago but have only opened it a couple of times. Last night I spent an hour poking around and it seemed quite good. I couldn't find a history view though, and undoing edits is not as smooth as LR as far as I can see. The UI is pretty intuitive though, especially if you're a bit familiar with PS. I will spend more time with it.

ON1 is also on my watch list. I have their Perfect Effects suite which I like a lot, alongside my Nik plug-ins. They have been pushing the snot out of RAW the last couple of months trying to get people to commit early. It's not at release stage though and a few of the major features will not be coming until spring 2107. I'm sticking with LR4 and PS CS6 for a bit longer yet.

Great to see some promising alternatives to Adobe coming along though. I'm not subscribing to any program.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 20:20 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1164 comments in total)
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gehairing: First picture with the "rocket dog" is excellent :)

+1.

View at 100% and you can see a long strand of dog drool frozen in time. :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 16:32 UTC
On article Vivo Xplay6 features 4-axis stabilized 12MP dual-cam (33 comments in total)
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maxnimo: It would be more convenient and less to carry around if this device was mounted into a shoe ... then you could simply use your shoe to take photos and make calls.

Agent 86. Maxnimo Smart. :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 20:54 UTC
On article Vivo Xplay6 features 4-axis stabilized 12MP dual-cam (33 comments in total)
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MyReality: A word of caution: Three Chinese cellphone manufactures have recently been discovered inserting hardware into their cellphones to report information back to their home office. The companies have Chinese government connections. Source: A Security firm discovered it as reported on msn.com on 11/17/2016.
Maybe you don't care, but I do.

That was only for takeout orders though.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 20:49 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (766 comments in total)

Minolta XD-11. Black body with leatherette. Bought new for about $325. Loved it and still have it.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 15:05 UTC as 526th comment
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DanielFjall: I know cameras that are WAY better than this Pixel phone. The quality of this footage is unusable in any given situation. I prefer to use my CAMERA for taking pictures, my CALENDAR to remember important dates and my CALCULATOR to do my math. Who needs a GPS when MAPS has worked perfectly fine the last 1000 years or so??

For your information the calculator is mechanical and not one of those digital ones. Heavy but WAY more reliable.

I assume you typed your comment on a typewriter and mailed it to DPR.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 15:36 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.

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 (42 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 20th comment

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

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 19:02 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On article Photographing fireworks: The basics and then some (57 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
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