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Joined on Jan 23, 2012
About me:

Working on my 76th year of life.


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Fishchris: Their is no way in the world this device can hold your camera rock solid with a person's weight flexing around on the seat. I don't even like to touch my tripods when I'm shooting with them.... Let alone sit on them !

Won't work.

It does seem pretty sketchy, but the basic idea is good. As a very tall 76 year old with a bad back and unable to carry a heavy tripod on a long hike (tall tripods are always very heavy), it sure would be nice if it worked -- and was light weight.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 02:16 UTC
On article Canon EOS M100 review (780 comments in total)
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Najinsky: My dear Sony fanpersons, trolls, shills, or however it is you like to be addressed.

It seems you are unaware that an ILC camera requires 2 elements to become a photo-taking machine. One is the body, the other is a lens.

You repeatedly post on these threads for other cameras saying, just buy a Sony Axxxx with pancake lens.

Did it ever occur to you that many have considered this option and rejected it?

Perhaps you are not well acquainted with actual lens performance, so let me help you out. Please see the graphic on this post:


If you are not a graphics kind of person then let me express it in words.

Put a pancake lens on a Sony and you get image recording performance almost on par with an RX100.

Put a pancake on an EOS-M and you get image recording performance approaching that of a midrange DSLR with an 'L' Lens.

When Sony learn how to make compact lenses that perform like good lenses, I may reconsider. But for now, its rejected.

Buying an M100 pocketable camera because it can use so many lenses is silly. To me only native lenses count. Sure, the native lens assortment isn't great, but, who buys a dozen lenses for a body like the M100 anyway. Admittedly, I'm mainly a landscape shooter, but I've got five M lenses, more than I would ever pack into the field at one time, yet am always well covered by just two or three. Not many photographers that would use an M need more. One that is missing is a portrait lenses (85mm equiv. And fast) but the M bodies are not ideal for portrait work. Another is a fast telephoto for sports, but the M' s are hardly suitable for sports. The available lenses seem to cover well the needs of most M users.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 01:40 UTC
On article In praise of shooting monochrome landscapes (335 comments in total)
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schralp: These are some nice images. A more effective illustration of the premise for the article might have been to show both the color and B&W images so the reader can decide whether they agree or not.

I tend to agree with schralp, The upsides of B&W relative to color (or downsides of color relative to B&W) are discussed but not demonstrated by the B&W images alone. The hypotheses are not well proven without both.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 04:13 UTC
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The Name is Bond: The X-rite is a usability nightmare. Such clunky software.

As a longtime Spyder user (now have the 4th gen) I agree their software is a usability nightmare. Knowing where to click next takes a lot of study and practice. It's almost like they tried to make it confusing. But, once you get around the confusing and illogical interface, the software does work. I would not recommend the Spyder, but if you like the price and have a lot of time and patience, you can make it work.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 05:08 UTC
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Dude with a camera: What screen calibration systems are you guys using? I need some recommendations. Thanks.

Using the Spyder Pro 4. Very happy. What I like best is that one of my computers is in an area where the ambient light changes from pitch black in the late evening to very bright from large skylights. I set the colorimeter in its cradle where it is when first measuring the ambient during calibration and leave it there set to adjust monitor brightness to compensate for ambient brightness. It's set to update the profile every 10 minutes (if the ambient light changes). This works very well. It's not a feature that Datacolor pushes but can be very useful.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 04:54 UTC
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Reactive: I hardly care about the specs anymore. Every time I look at a micro SD card I still can't believe it can hold even 1 GB, let alone 256! But then I grew up in an era of 1.44MB floppy disks that took a minute to fill up ;-)

Shall we stop whining about speeds and capacities?

You remind me, I have some 5.25" floppies that need to go into the trash. The 8" were dumped some years ago. :)

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2016 at 19:53 UTC

Something I find missing in most reviews of longer lenses is how well they stack up IQ-wise against a shorter reach lens combined with cropping or an extender to get a similar field of view. For instance, the Tamron 150-600mm versus the Canon 100-400mm IS II (both on a 5D Mk III in my case). The 100-400mm is mentioned in the review but not in terms of IQ at an effective 600mm. How much advantage (other than cost) does the Tamron 150-600mm used at 600mm have over cropped images from the Canon 100-400mm II?

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 18:46 UTC as 6th comment
On article Photo gifts for every budget: 2015 Holiday Gift Guides (20 comments in total)
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Ben O Connor: You folks also should recommend "traveling options" too. For example an Istanbul or Amsterdam trip would be very nice, different, even exotic for anyone's photography!

Yes to new & needed gear, more photography, more travelling!

I think he means a gift of a photo trip or maybe a photo workshop. My family and son's wife gave my son and I a workshop and it was a great gift. Both of us have renewed interest in photography.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 05:26 UTC
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eyedo: So stealing is at the top of his list for inspiration? You mean copyright infringement is ok by your moral compass Rick Sammon? Shame on you.
It's illegal and not the right thing to do.

You missed his point completely.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2015 at 07:45 UTC
On article The travel photography of HDR guru Trey Ratcliff (233 comments in total)

I agree with smokin. Sure, he's gone beyond simply using HDR to expand his camera's dynamic range, and used that to generate art that otherwise would not have been possible. As viewers we can like or dislike his results, learn from it or not, but it's not right for us to criticize his use of technology.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2015 at 07:55 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On article Adobe launches Lightroom for iPad (130 comments in total)
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rickpoole: Right now I spend a average of $40/yr on photo software. Switching to CC would more than triple that amount. More than I'd care to spend but not outrageous. But, with the prospect that if I choose to end my subscription my software will stop working rather than just stop updating it is and always will be a no go - regardless of the price.

Or you could export your LR library to TIFF with edits applied and simply load them into whatever software you choose to replace LR+PS CC with.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 23:37 UTC
On article Adobe launches Lightroom for iPad (130 comments in total)
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smatty: The CC renting software discussion aside, what serious photographer would really use an iPad to integrate a photo workflow?
We have color calibrated and profiled monitors and printes (labs) to get a consisten color and contrast results and now we want to trust an unpfofiled iPad display???

I got a replacement unit from Apple the other day and held my old and new (replacement) unit next to each other inside the Apple store. The new display was at least 800 kelvin warmer than the old one! This will seriously flaw your results when the file is loaded back to your Mac.

To me LR for iOS is a more of a toy than a serious solution.

I agree. I"m still on a laptop when on the road, but for what I do on it, a tablet would do as well. But it would need to be an Android tablet. Hopefully that version is not far off.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 23:34 UTC
On article Adobe launches Lightroom for iPad (130 comments in total)
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Slynky: Hehe, imagine everyone's surprise after they are hooked into cloud storage, subscription services, monthly payments/updates, etc. and the internet access providers all decide to collectively start charging by the GB (instead of unlimited internet access).

ALL of this "repackaging" into monthly payments by various companies is nothing more than a disguised price-hike that also gives companies a more steady money flow.

As long as the money flow is not excessive and light users pay less, this seems reasonable. My provider already limits me to 300GB and hits me with a reasonable charge if I go over. Verizon does the same on my smart phone.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 23:25 UTC
On article Adobe launches Lightroom for iPad (130 comments in total)
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stratplaya: At first I was skeptical of this business model from Adobe, but now I like it. Before the cloud I just couldn't see myself buying the full Photoshop product for $600 or so when something new would be out next year. Now for $12 a month I get PS CC and Lightroom 5.

I think that's a good deal.

Or not. Adobe has a growing LR+PS CC following to keep happy.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 23:16 UTC
On article Lightroom Photo Import (117 comments in total)
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rikkus: The article implies that the author immediately formats the card after import. Please don't do this.

After import, I set cards to read-only and put them in a specific place. Only after I've seen that the on-site backup and both off-site backups are complete do I enable writes on the card and format it.

This is a nice feature of LR .. if you have your external backup drive handy when you offload the image files from the card to you computer. LR will write the files to the external drive as well as to your computer internal drive during the import. I.e., you get your working copies and a backup in one operation. Of course, do some sort of check on both the in-computer and external drive copies before reformatting the card.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2013 at 05:25 UTC
On Article:9072370262 (6 comments in total)
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tkbslc: Your sample images presume the width of a square and a 16:9 display would be the same. However, generally monitors are priced per area, so a square monitor with the same area as a 16:9 monitor would be 75% as wide, but 133% taller. So your horizontally displayed photos get smaller, but your vertical images get larger. It's a nice compromise, but it also ensures nearly every photo wastes about 1/3 of the screen space instead of half of your photos wasting half the screen space.

The other issue is that movies just look better on a wide format screen. It's not even really a debate. Companies are saving lots of money by converting to all one aspect ratio and that's looking to be 16:9 all the way.

To reinforce what FinDERP said, two monitors is the way to go. There are a lot of reasons to have two monitors and if one must see a portrait image in a large format without scrolling, simply rotate one monitor 90 degrees. Most graphic card drivers support that. It even works if one monitor is smaller than the other. Lightroom supports two monitors! Even if a square monitor were less costly than a pair of conventional monitors, it would not offer the two-monitor benefits.

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 03:58 UTC
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