John Swenson

Lives in United States Bend, Oregon, OR, United States
Works as a Writer
Joined on Nov 3, 1999

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On article My experience at an Instagram influencer party (49 comments in total)
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minababe: What a vapid, shallow materialistic generation. I have never seen a generation more willing to whore themselves out to corporations than this one. It's unreal.

Vapid is indeed the perfect word to describe these people.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2017 at 00:33 UTC
On article Review: Nikon D7500, speed and capability (524 comments in total)
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rhurani: On the articulating display: I have a camera with such display; I glued it to prevent its articulation

That's just weird.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 13:07 UTC
On article 2017 iPhone Photography Award Winners Announced (178 comments in total)
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CallumG: Why discriminate? How about just "phone" photography?

Exactly! Many of the latest, more expensive Android phones are just as good or better than the latest iPhones at taking photos. And more people use Android phones now than iPhones. But I wonder if this IPPA organization is sponsored by Apple. That would explain why they put "iPhone" in the title of the contest.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 16:48 UTC
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tinternaut: Out of curiosity, I bought a Chinese knock off of the Surface Pro, complete with the latest Kaby Lake Core M. Impressive battery life* and performance** so I'd expect the actual Surface Pro to be very impressive. At the moment, I'm boycotting Micrsosft hardware because Microsoft thinks charging the best part of £1000 for a device with 4Gb of system memory is acceptable. My device? I wouldn't recommend the screen for photographers. It's usable for me because I have a degree of trust in the output from my equipment.

* Only 6-8 hours, but the battery is comparable to what you'd find inside a Galaxy Note. The internals of the Surface will be somewhat better thought out.

** Tested it with Photoshop, Lightroom and a couple of Linux virtual machines running at the same time and ticking along nicely.

You are "boycotting" Microsoft hardware in the same way you're probably "boycotting" Mercedes and Aston Martin cars, too ;-)

Just because something is too expensive for your budget doesn't mean you're boycotting it. (For the record, I also find the Surface Pro PCs too expensive, although at $930 with the optional Type Cover, they are getting more affordable.)

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 15:38 UTC
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HenryDJP: Sad how there are Windows fanboys here to blindly defend Microsoft by attacking others with an opinion here about that bloated monstrosity Windows 10. EverythingisNOT.....just my opinion. 😁

Why exactly is Windows 10 a "bloated monstrosity"? Please share your computer wisdom with the rest of us ignorant Windows users.

This line of reasoning is getting a little tired. With today's modern PCs and their huge amounts of memory and processing power (relative to PCs of even just 5 years ago), those old arguments about "bloated" software don't matter anymore. Unless you're using a creaky, under-powered PC you haven't updated in years.

And isn't this article about new Microsoft hardware, not Windows 10?

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 15:32 UTC

No woman I know would ever wear this on their pants. Reminds me of those cell phone holders that attach to your belt. I've never seen a woman wearing one. Only techie guys. :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 16:25 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
On article Google's Pixel phones: What you need to know (122 comments in total)
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LFPCPH: I don't care how good a camera it has. It's a phone and I refuse to take pictures with a phone. I have never taken a picture with a phone and I will go to my grave without ever doing so.

You sound like you are at least 70 years old.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2016 at 11:39 UTC
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art real world sample gallery (216 comments in total)
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Infared: The most amazing thing wasn't the lens. It was that the sun was out AND the sky was blue in Seattle!!!!!! LOL!

Wow, so true. And not a single photo of some hipster drinking craft beer in a hip Seattle brewpub ;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 15:05 UTC
On article Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod hands-on preview (152 comments in total)
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Jylppy: And just why would I want to buy this?

Why would I want to invest a price of a pocket camera into an accessory that is 100% tied to one single handset model from one company? What if I my phone breaks and I want to buy different brand next or my phone? How does Moto guarantee that the next phone version is 100% compatible with accessories designed for this version? And the size of the accessory is the same or even bigger then similar pocket camera.

Fancy idea, but.

I can't tell you how many times I've been somewhere shooting with my smartphone and wanted to zoom in closer than the phone's wide-angle view, then I remember "Oh yeah, this is my phone. I can't zoom in without making this photo look like crap."

That alone will make this snap-on useful for many photographers.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2016 at 18:37 UTC
On article Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 ED VR real-world sample gallery (111 comments in total)
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John Swenson: Love these shots of the desolate Eastern Washington farm country in winter, old farm equipment and Palouse Falls! I can appreciate them even more because I've done a lot of shooting all over Eastern Washington myself over the years.

I got so caught up in appreciating the actual photos that I forget we were supposed to be analyzing every shot for sharpness, bokeh, chromatic aberrations, color saturation, etc. I never got past focusing on the actual photography. Imagine that ;-)

Oh, I'm into gear. Really into gear! But for once I just looked at the photos. Probably because I'm not interested in a 24-70 lens that costs $2,400 and weighs 2.36 lbs.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 22:18 UTC
On article Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 ED VR real-world sample gallery (111 comments in total)
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photomedium: Nice pics, where were they taken?

I didn't shoot them, of course, but I can tell that most of the country shots were taken at Palouse Falls, WA and the desolate farm country around there in Eastern Washington. The family shots in the woods look like they were taken in a rural Western Washington community, like maybe Vashon or Bainbridge Island (trees, moss, sogginess, and green.)

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 18:22 UTC
On article Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 ED VR real-world sample gallery (111 comments in total)

Love these shots of the desolate Eastern Washington farm country in winter, old farm equipment and Palouse Falls! I can appreciate them even more because I've done a lot of shooting all over Eastern Washington myself over the years.

I got so caught up in appreciating the actual photos that I forget we were supposed to be analyzing every shot for sharpness, bokeh, chromatic aberrations, color saturation, etc. I never got past focusing on the actual photography. Imagine that ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 18:17 UTC as 43rd comment | 3 replies
On article Picture this: Our revamped galleries system is now live (115 comments in total)

Great improvements!

It's even easier now to see how many cameras and lenses just don't look very good at 100% ;-)

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 01:16 UTC as 58th comment | 1 reply
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John Swenson: I just received the Sigma 24-105 f4 lens that is on back order just about everywhere. I've wanted it for months and it finally arrived today. I'll use it on my Nikon D800.

I'm sure a lot of photographers (me included) want to know if the Sigma 24-35mm is significantly better (or any better) at f4 and above in the 24-35mm range than the Sigma 24-105.

Even if I had this fast f2 lens, I would probably still shoot at f5.6 or above most of the time for more depth of field. That's why I'm interested if it's much better stopped down than Sigma's other "Art line" zoom lens (the 24-105 f4).

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 21:49 UTC

I just received the Sigma 24-105 f4 lens that is on back order just about everywhere. I've wanted it for months and it finally arrived today. I'll use it on my Nikon D800.

I'm sure a lot of photographers (me included) want to know if the Sigma 24-35mm is significantly better (or any better) at f4 and above in the 24-35mm range than the Sigma 24-105.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 02:14 UTC as 43rd comment | 5 replies
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piratejabez: Any idea when this update will be widely available?

I already bought and downloaded the $79 upgrade version of the standalone software (not a subscription.) Installing it now....

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 18:52 UTC
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Mahmoud Mousef: electronic paper (re-usable, durable and infinitely rewritable) & printers that print on various affordable e-paper sizes will get my wallet out and excitement levels up. Far too much e-waste with the backwards pricing of inks, clogged printers and cheapened laser printers with low yield toner too. I think we are all tired of these cheap tricks and the waste of experimenting with expensive inks and single-use photo paper.

Bring on the e-paper revolution.

Those large prints on electronic paper sound fantastic. Let us know in 2025 or so when the technology is ready, for sale and reasonably affordable.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 02:01 UTC
On article DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks (134 comments in total)
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CallMeAlan: I can't believe DPR is actually wasting time and electrons even mentioning this sort of stuff, even in a so-called "humorous" way, when there are so many important cameras they haven't even done a quick preview on.

I think the average DPReview reader must be around 70. They always get upset when someone says something positive about cameras getting touchscreens, the rising popularity of selfie sticks, GoPro cameras and other newfangled photo inventions.

"Why would anyone need those?! I've done just fine without them for the last 40 years!"

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 16:23 UTC

It seems obvious that Nikon kept the tilt-screen off the D7200 to further differentiate it from the D750 and encourage people to buy the more-expensive D750. That's lame. Any $1,200 camera released in 2015 should have a tilt-screen -- better yet, a fully articulating touchscreen like the D5500. The D7200 is too little, too late.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 05:11 UTC as 24th comment | 8 replies
On article Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom (225 comments in total)

When is Lightroom 6 coming out? Any rumors of a release date? Or at least the beta release date?

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 00:29 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
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