jjlmoose

Lives in United States Bayville, USA, NJ, United States
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On article Taking your drone to a wedding? Read this first (92 comments in total)

Having actually learned to fly real and r/c aircraft (planes and helicopter), I learned to actually pilot the aircraft without additional navigational aid. It's amazing how many of these "experts" don't even know how to fly their aircraft without GPS or heading reference. Just like getting a real pilots certificate, UAV pilots should have to demonstrate their pilotage skills before earning a certificate.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 02:55 UTC as 28th comment
On article Taking your drone to a wedding? Read this first (92 comments in total)

Image #7 "The drone jumped up and immediately lost it's GPS and compass heading, putting it into an uncontrolled frenzy in ATTI mode. I struggled through almost the entire battery charge to get it under control, and experienced the highest degree of stress I've ever experienced when flying a drone."

This is what scares me about most of these clowns that don't actually know how to "fly" anything. ATTI mode is not "uncontrolled" by any means. It simply means the aircraft won't maintain precisely it's current position and if you let go of the controls.

I routinely fly my drones in attitude mode because it gives you the most freedom to maneuver like a real aircraft. "Flying" in GPS mode is not really flying at all but letting the aircraft do the flying while you merely tell it where to go...

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 02:55 UTC as 29th comment
On article DJI Spark Review: Small but mighty (131 comments in total)
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Spectro: This is only $350 now bare bone, so I might get it, still debating. What is holding me back is the 1080, which mean I might upgrade in the near future. Mavic is $900ish bare bone. This is a good price but like entry level camera baby nikon or rebel, you end up upgrading sooner rather then later. It is so small I see it get slapped in the wind in some conditions.

Buy it, you won't regret it. I travel with mine and if it takes a dunk in the ocean, I'm only out $350...not $900.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2018 at 04:15 UTC

Stunning series. Well deserved.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 22:07 UTC as 21st comment
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basshead: Nikon guys must be weeping

Nah, they're out taking pictures...

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 04:19 UTC
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Stefan Sobol: The FAA has gone after people for simply posting their videos on YouTube. YouTube is a commercial operation. Putting your drone video up there means you are participating in a commercial activity which is against the FAA rules (even if you don't get any money). Unless you have a commercial exemption for your drone operation.

Not trying to start a debate about what you should know in regards to the certificate you hold, but if you've gone to the trouble to obtain any type of Airmans Certificate, you should be held to a higher standard. I think we both agree about that. My point was to illustrate that just because one representative of the FAA goes after a guy for posting a drone video to YouTube, that doesn't make it illegal. Many people (myself included) for years have posted pictures and videos taken from their airplanes on ad supported photo sharing sites. Does that constitute commercial usage? If so, I've never heard of the FAA going after anyone for it..

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2016 at 17:00 UTC
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Stefan Sobol: The FAA has gone after people for simply posting their videos on YouTube. YouTube is a commercial operation. Putting your drone video up there means you are participating in a commercial activity which is against the FAA rules (even if you don't get any money). Unless you have a commercial exemption for your drone operation.

If you have an Airman's Certificate, then yes you should be educated on the FARs and shouldn't get in to trouble in the first place.. If you do have a violation, the the FAA has every right to take a certificate action.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2016 at 16:10 UTC
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Stefan Sobol: The FAA has gone after people for simply posting their videos on YouTube. YouTube is a commercial operation. Putting your drone video up there means you are participating in a commercial activity which is against the FAA rules (even if you don't get any money). Unless you have a commercial exemption for your drone operation.

Most FAA airworthiness inspectors don't even know their own regulations... Trust me, as a 20+year A&P mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), pilots license and long time R/C flyer and quadcopter operator...I've had to "train" a lot of new FAA officials as to the intent and disposition of their own regs. As a pilot, you're not partaking in commercial operations unless you're getting compensated for your time or services. A part 135 operator can operate under part 91 rules if there's no paying passengers aboard. Point is, there's some overzealous inspectors out there but the case wouldn't stand up in court if the UAS operator didn't receive compensation from YouTube or DPreview.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2016 at 15:39 UTC
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Ken Aisin: Did Nikon do this on purpose to screw third party manufacturers?

How ridiculous...

Link | Posted on May 9, 2015 at 22:39 UTC
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FelixC2013: It looks like very sloppy reverse engineering on Phottix part. The photo shows very poor alignment with the Nikon contact points. It is not Nikon's responsibility to provide every manufacturer with their specs for their hot shoe. The problem with reverse engineering is that you do not know what the tolerances are of the design, so your product is a crap shoot, it may work with one camera and the next it won't.

And for those are are crying ISO, Nikon specs says they provide a accessory shoe, no where do they state it is an ISO hot shoe.

Phottix took a short cut and now will pay the price.

I'm sure Nikon's flashes work just fine with Nikon's cameras... Why should any manufacturer making proprietary accessories have to conform to any standards?

Link | Posted on May 9, 2015 at 22:38 UTC
On article Samsung NX1 Review (1262 comments in total)
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FiveForm: Hmmmm....
Let's see. Fifteen Hundred for an NX1 body and I paid four-fifty for my new a6000 from Adorama this past holiday season. So, this body is worth more than three times an a6000? It is that good? I'm really not seeing where in this review that would be substantiated....
One reason for not changing brands is familiarity and lenses. I feel that all cameras are now at the point where you can buy one and settle on it for a bit, even with the sirens calling from the shores of other brands and models...

I just came over here from DXOMark thinking the same thing after seeing the sensors are virtually the same.. I'm not brand-centric, but it sure make me feel like I got a deal with my A6000.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 23:25 UTC
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mbrobich: Why not let us buy USB to lens connectors like Sigma and we'll apply the goddarn update ourselves. Never seen a Fawking backwards company like Nikon. They want to control us at every turn.........

Because then you would probably just complain about Nikon making you buy a special USB cable and dock to have to update your firmware once in a blue moon ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 12:28 UTC
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codeNsnap: Dear Nikon,

Have a very small feature request for the D750 – a setting to prevent the LCD display from turning on when the ISO button is pressed. The ISO value is always visible in the top LED screen and the viewfinder display. Always turning on the LCD display when ISO button is pressed is unnecessary and distracting for some of us users; so it would be nice to have an option to turn this behavior off. Given the positive direction in which Nikon's customer service response is recently going, I really hope this simple option will be a part of this/next firmware upgrade.

Thanks.

Not a problem if you use auto ISO or easy ISO...both of which work so well I rarely, if ever have to manually set ISO by holding the button.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 23:31 UTC
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AlexisH: My 3 line summary of the interview:

"Thank you very much for your idea!!
We will explore the possibility in the future.
We’ll ensure the best product mix to meet the wide range of customer needs."

They were polite and they deflected all interesting questions into explanations about how great their current product line is. The only time they provided answers was when they could talk about the improvements in their products. I liked the bit about the ISO 200 of the D810A.

Do you think for a minute that if DPreview published information that they were asked NOT to discuss, that they would ever get another interview? Come on...

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 23:54 UTC
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Photoman: Why does Leica make small lenses for their M bodies, but Sony make them big? Do they need to change their body physics?

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/5893009647/sony-announces-alpha-7-ii-full-frame-mirrorless-camera-with-5-axis-is
...talks about how OSS and IBIS work together.. 5 degrees of freedom alone are not enough to compensate unless the center of the sensor is the center of rotation around that axis.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 01:25 UTC
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Photoman: Why does Leica make small lenses for their M bodies, but Sony make them big? Do they need to change their body physics?

IBIS only accounts for moment around certain axis. The in lens OSS compliments it.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 00:18 UTC
On article Nikon D750 flare investigated: Why we're not worried (352 comments in total)
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Mike FL: "I own it = 484" and "I had it = 78".

So 16% of the D750 were being returned. The rest of them missed "Returning Window", and need to be refurbished by Nikon.

Any one got "Black DOT SPECIAL EDITION"?

Don't worry, the only people that click the "I had it" button are haters...
I doubt anyone that's owned and used a D750 want's to willingly part with it ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2015 at 14:00 UTC
On article Nikon D750 Review (2001 comments in total)

Two things that are amazing to me about this whole thing are:
1) the overwhelming number of people in the comments section that seem to think the position of the autofocus sensor CAUSES flare.
2) the fact that I still haven't seen one example of a decent shot that was "ruined" by banding/shading of the flare.
Maybe it's time to stop the witch hunt...

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2015 at 03:43 UTC as 136th comment
On article Nikon D750 flare investigated: Why we're not worried (352 comments in total)
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G1Houston: If the "issue" in the camera causes not only flare but also front focusing, why shouldn't we be worried? Is AF inaccuracy a serious issue?

So by that logic the 5D MarkIII, D810, 1Dx are all not good cameras because they require the same or more adjustment? I'm sure there are plenty of people that don't bother to calibrate each of their lenses to each of their bodies and get perfectly acceptable results. The fine tune is just that...a fine tuning adjustment. No two lenses are exactly the same just as no two bodies are exactly the same...hence the ability to adjust. If you don't feel like going the extra mile to use this feature, you may or may not be getting the most out of your cameras AF...but, there's a reason it exists in all good DSLRs.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 13:45 UTC
On article Nikon D750 flare investigated: Why we're not worried (352 comments in total)
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G1Houston: If the "issue" in the camera causes not only flare but also front focusing, why shouldn't we be worried? Is AF inaccuracy a serious issue?

Read the article...

"the AF fine tune values I had to use were nothing uncommmon: +12 and +4 for the 'worse' and 'better' bodies, respectively, with the Sigma lens. I've routinely had to use AF microadjustment values close to or in the teens for many cameras, including 5D Mark IIIs, D810s, 1D Xs, etc."

...Oh, and the "issue" does not CAUSE flare...

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2015 at 23:56 UTC
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