infocus

infocus

Lives in United States Washington, DC, United States
Works as a New Media Producer, Smithsonian American Art Museu
Has a website at http://about.me/jeffgates
Joined on Aug 27, 2002
About me:

I taught college level photography for 20 years and am now a new media producer. I firmly believe the best camera is the one you have with you. I used to lug around a huge Pentax 6x7 with assorted lenses. But found I was taking less photos and losing my infatuation with photography. I now am looking for a camera that will produce the highest quality image in a compact, lighter-weight form. I want to simplify my photographing experience. While I own many film-based SLRs I've never owned a dSLR. I appreciate shooting with what I have, which at the moment is either my iPhone or my Canon G 1X.

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On article Adobe Camera Raw 9.5 introduces new color scheme (127 comments in total)

I agree. The UI is horrible. This issue first arose with the update of Photoshop CC at the beginning of the year. It is now so hard to see what tools you're using it has become a nightmare.

More importantly, Adobe has refused to discuss this issue with its users. We've tried. But they have refused to even discuss it with the Photoshop community. Many are fed up with them. Here's the thread on this issue: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/adobe-just-ruined-the-photoshop-cc-user-interface

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 18:00 UTC as 8th comment
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CameraLabTester: What Adobe should really fix is the glitch on the CC 2015 opening page where registered users are greeted with a "trial" page (for the software they have paid for) and announcing 32767 days to join CC before their trial expires.

Wow! Almost 90 years of free trial!

Way to go Adobe™ !!

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I just posted above a problem similar to yours but I get a screen telling me they can't verify my subscription.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 16:03 UTC

Every time I open Photoshop CC 2015 I get a notice saying they can't verify my account. I spent an hour with an Adobe rep who even took over my screen to figure it out. It finally stopped, only to start again the next day. Sigh.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 16:01 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies
On article Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know (614 comments in total)
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sdh: I think Canon should have given this camera a built-in EVF.
Between the protruding lens and handgrip, the camera is already bulky. (I'm not at all saying that's a bad thing.) Why not go all in and include the EVF too?

More generally, I think once it's established that the camera will have a non-fully-collapsing lens barrel, it innately becomes a "bulky" camera. At that point I think a handgrip and EVF should automatically get included.

Conversely if the lens fully retracts then it can go either way, although built in EVF's are still nice (Sony RX100), and it's still possible to create a subtle but effective grip (Canon G15/16).

I can't see the lens fully retracting. Not with those zoom specs. That's a dealbreaker for me. I don't want a bulky camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 17:44 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review (707 comments in total)

I have the original G 1X and have loved using it. I find the image quality to be very good (and I used to teach college photography, if that means anything).

I looked closely at the image comparisons between the original and the Mark II, both on DPR and Imaging-Resource. I compared low light, high ISO to see the quality. IMHO, the Mark II sometimes produces sharper detail than the original G 1X, especially on the images from Imaging-Resource. Here on DPR, I saw a mix. Sometimes the original is a bit better and sometimes the Mark II is. They are very close as the review states.

That being said, I miss the 5x optical zoom of my G11. I'm not sure about the screen. I do like the fully articulating viewer.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 17:02 UTC as 67th comment
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review (707 comments in total)
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Boky: since when does the jpg and raw quality of 55% mean silver award... a wait a minute, it's canon

Nick

I have the Mark I (love how the "Mark" moniker has been attached to the original G 1X) and the IQ is fantastic, especially in low light situations and high ISO. This is not mediocre considering its size.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 16:57 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review (707 comments in total)
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Davidbailey: Looking at the images when compared to the mk1 they appear inferior, I have the g1x mk1 and think I will be keeping it, this silly comparison with the tiny sensor sony is exactly that silly. The nearest comparison with the g1x is the fuji x100-ricoh gr. The rx100 is a fantastic small sensor camera I know I have had one. But to me it's nearest rival is the lx7 compared with size plus the sensor is nearer the size than that of the g1x. The original g1x might not have the fastest lens but the fact that it of high quality glass and you can use 1600 ISO with no loss of detail more than make this a match for a entry level dslr. Can't wait for comments on this.

FYI, the URL is http://imaging-resource.com

Link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 16:43 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary (533 comments in total)

Here is Canon's spec sheet on the Mark II in English:

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fcweb.canon.jp%2Fcamera%2Fdcam%2Flineup%2Fpowershot%2Fg1xmk2%2Findex.html&act=url

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 17:11 UTC as 87th comment
On article How many megapixels do you need? (229 comments in total)

The difference between the iPhone 5 and 5S is not enough to get me to "upgrade." But I have been interested in getting better quality from the images I do take. I use the Noiseware plugin in Photoshop which can easily reduce of the noise found in low light iPhone images. And, I have also found Photo Resize to be of help in enlarging photographs.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2013 at 16:43 UTC as 17th comment

Before telling you my "must haves" let me preface this by saying I am a photographer, art photographer and taught college-level photography for 23 years. Also, as I've aged, my back is simply not what it used to be. My last film camera was a Pentax 6x7, the grand daddy of SLRs and heavy as they come. I started to not enjoy taking photographs and that was a critical line I crossed. I didn't like that feeling. Okay, with that in mind, here are my "requirements" for my perfect camera:

1. Lightweight (must fit in my backpack but not take up my entire backpack). I want a camera that is as unobtrusive as possible.
2. Huge sensor for the best quality images I can get. I like to print BIG.
3. Low noise at high ISOs.
4. Widest aperture I can get for low light situations. f1.4 anyone? LOL
5. Quick AF and quick burst.
6. Usable viewfinder for brightly lighted situations
7. Adjustable electronic screen
8. Easy to access controls

Umm, did I forget anything? LOL

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2012 at 17:36 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review (519 comments in total)
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infocus: Just think of all the incredible photos all of us could have taken with the various cameras we own and love if we were out taking pics instead of rehashing the pros and cons of this camera.

Well, Dan, if one is really interested in the camera, then they should read at least some of the comments before chiming in. That's what makes for a solid online community. And what about those of us to are more regular to these forums? Why should we have to reread the same pros and cons over and over?

i have suggested to dpreview that they always have one thread devoted to the pros and cons of any equipment. There you could post your opinions to your heart's content. But, instead we have these same comments in just about every thread about this camera.

I've been a part of online communities for quite awhile. What I'm suggesting is an effort to make this community work better. And, make our time here more efficient.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2012 at 11:06 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review (519 comments in total)

I was a bit disappointed that the G 1X didn't come with a "real" instruction book, just a PDF. I like to carry around the instructions with me as I learn a new camera.

So, I took the PDF and transferred it to both my iPhone and my iPad as an iBook. Having it on my iPhone will be very helpful since I have my phone with me all the time.

If you want to know how to do this here's a link that shows you: http://www.simplehelp.net/2010/06/22/how-to-add-pdf-files-to-read-in-ibooks-on-your-ipad-ipod-touch-or-iphone/

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2012 at 13:04 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review (519 comments in total)
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infocus: Just think of all the incredible photos all of us could have taken with the various cameras we own and love if we were out taking pics instead of rehashing the pros and cons of this camera.

Dan, my comment wasn't a generic "we should be out taking photos instead of sitting in front of our computers." It was specific to the comments on the G 1X. I've religiously followed all the comments on this camera at dpreview because I thought I might be interested in it.

And after reading every comment the main pros and cons of this camera were stated over and over and over again. It got repetitive and boring. It was as if no one was reading previous comments before posting.

Each of us has qualities we're looking for in a camera. And what's important to you may not be important to me. Initial comments about the pros and cons were helpful (as were all the reviews I read). But restating the same pts over and over does not make for a vibrant online forum.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2012 at 13:00 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review (519 comments in total)
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Carlos AF Costa: Now you guys forced me to decide. I’m gonna make! How it will be the best camera ever? Well: It will be a full frame, will fit in the palm of your hand, weighs three ounces, focal length of 6 mm to 1200 mm. The features will be limited only by your thinking: Everything you can think and desire the camera will do perfectly. I mean it will be led only and just by your mind! Will have so much resolution that you will have doubts if it is a reflection of reality that you have in your hand or the reality itself. Finally it will cost you a dollar. Something still to criticize?

With all that, I'd rather be able to just "wish" the perfect photograph or to be able to take the perfect photo with my eyes. Then I will be able to simple wish it to the printer, after I've invented bio WiFi. LOL

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2012 at 15:49 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review (519 comments in total)

Just think of all the incredible photos all of us could have taken with the various cameras we own and love if we were out taking pics instead of rehashing the pros and cons of this camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2012 at 12:44 UTC as 41st comment | 6 replies
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review (519 comments in total)
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acidic: I've had the G1X for a few weeks and shot around 100 frames with it in varying conditions (rain, sunlight, twilight, incandescent lights,...).

I really like the image quality. I like the handling. I like the size. I don't care for the exposure compensation wheel on the top plate, but don't really mind it (would prefer the rear dial controlled EV in Av mode, like Canon dSLRs). Macro sucks compared to earlier G series, but don't really mind it.

What I hate is the slow overall responsiveness from shot to shot (in single shot mode), especially when trying to make a quick adjustment between shots.

I also hate the price.

If the G1X were $650, I would happily keep it.
If the G1X were faster, I would happily keep it.

Since neither of the above apply, I shall not be keeping the G1X. In the meantime, I will be continuing to use my 5DII bodies for 90% of my photo taking, and using my just-as-slow-but-way-way-waaay-cheaper Olympus EPL1 for the rest.

That is all. Have a pleasant weekened.

I'm a recipient of an open-box G 1X. Looks like it was never used. And I got it for $80 off.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2012 at 12:42 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review (519 comments in total)
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645D: Canon is on drug or something these days. There is no advantage to buy Canon. For lower end, I would rather buy NEX or NX, which offer smaller body with equal or better IQ and similar price. For higher end, D800 is hands down winner.
For the record, I am no hater of Canon. I own Canon stuff for 20 plus years, still have 2 F-1New, original EOS-1 (film), EOS-RT, and current 1D mk3, with over ten Canon glasses. These Canons were the technology leader at their time. Last week, I was tempted get a 60D for $685, but passed, considering that I could get a NEX 5N or NX200 for similar price and easier to carry around.
Canon doesn't offering any "wow" stuff now:-(
It's Nikon and Sony and even Olympus now keep offering great surprises at great prices:-)

I think the issue is that this camera is not easily pigeon-holed into any other class. So comparing it to, say the NEX, which is unwieldy IMHO, isn't quite fair. There are so many categories for comparison, each of us has our own important things we're looking for.

Unfortunately, people keep reiterating and reiterating them. Personally, I'd like to move on and discover other insights everyone has.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2012 at 15:24 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review (519 comments in total)
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Chris Lofty: Well, I've been using the G1X for 2 weeks now and am really beginning to love it, even with the few niggles!
Why so many negative remarks? The reason I love it and bought it is that compared to my 50D and L glass it's like carrying a feather; size and weight are relative to what you are used to!
I'm a fairly fit Senior citizen but I am finding it more and more of a burden lugging my 'Big' gear around on my back whilst cycling and Hiking, I was looking for an alternative for these occasions but still retaining excellent IQ for my Hobby and sales to Microstock. The G1X is almost the perfect answer to this,
I accept the criticisms and shortcomings but overall I believe Canon has gone down the right route with the G1X and my aging back is already thanking me!
The G1X is not replacing my DSLR just complimenting it.

Well, I'm not quite a senior citizen yet (but it's getting closer) and this is exactly why I bought the G 1X. And, shocking as it may be to some of you, this will be my main camera (and I am not just an enthusiast --taught photo for many years).

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2012 at 15:19 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review (519 comments in total)
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bigdaddave: This camera is so nearly good, but it falls neatly between every stool.

It's more expensive than a base dslr or 4/3rd cam
It's lens and FPS are too slow to make it usable for anything other than static subjects
It's too big for a compact - if you're going to take this why not a 4/3rds?
It's viewfinder isn't good enough

All in all a fail

It may not fit in my pocket but it fits nicely in my small backpack. And I have a case that allows me to wear it on my belt if necessary. Good enough for me.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2012 at 11:32 UTC
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