Denis of Whidbey Island

Denis of Whidbey Island

Lives in United States Whidbey Island, United States
Works as a photography
Has a website at www.whidbeypanoramas.com
Joined on Oct 5, 2002
About me:

More than 50 years into photography, professional experience started in early '70s at Stock Car Racing Magazine.
More interesting past gear has included a new Nikon F back in the day, Widelux 1500, Art Panorama, Roundshot 65EL, Roundshot Super 220VR, Fuji GX617, Noblex 150U, Canham 5x7, Sinar P, Toyo field, Fuji Texas Leica, Rollei SL66, Hasselblad 500C ...

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Count me among the dis-exorcised.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 23:27 UTC as 60th comment
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Josh Leavitt: $349 with a 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 III seems like a reasonable amount - it could compete with the YI M1 & lens kit at that price.

And you'd look so much more serious with the Canon!

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 20:55 UTC

The Navy has been winding down photography operations for some time. A decade ago, I managed a civilian contractor operation that replaced Fleet Imaging tasks on a naval air station. The Navy was in the process of eliminating the Photographer's Mate MOS, folding into the broader Mass Communications Specialist rating.
For a while I worked (as a DoD employee) alongside someone who had been a PM in Combat Camera. He couldn't talk about a lot of interesting stuff they did, but I learned enough to know that there will be a sad loss of professional documentation of bleeding edge missions with Combat Camera gone.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 05:11 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
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Tom Goodman: Just a matter of time.....

I once did some filming for a Navy "bird aircraft strike hazard" (BASH) video. The military does not scoff at bird-aircraft collisions. But anyone here who thinks a drone can't damage an airliner is welcome to fly through a few.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 16:49 UTC

Back in the '70s when I covered NASCAR and NHRA, photographer safety was looser than today. But I don't recall seeing a photographer stand in as dangerous spot as this example.

Now there was a spot at Darlington Raceway called "the hairy hole" where we'd shoot over the outer wall. Cars doing 160MPH+ were about 24" away coming out of turn two, but they were on the other side of an 18" thick, reinforced concrete wall.

Once the reverse gear went out on a Mickey Thompson funny car after a burnout. The driver and I did a little dance when he looped around on the grass to re-stage.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2018 at 21:46 UTC as 107th comment

I'm trying to understand why people would want to stand in the same spot as a dozen other photographers. The only time I took an on-site workshop was at Joshua Tree and I only spent time with the group in the lecture sessions. I learned from the instructor (John Shaw) each day, then went into the park or surrounding areas to practice what he taught.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 21:44 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply
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Denis of Whidbey Island: I hate to agree with the TSA, but why would you carry all of that mechanism to save space that's probably less volume than the device? OTOH, did TSA ask them to demonstrate what it does?

Clearly not a bomb to you or me but perhaps not be so clear to the agent. A decade ago I took the initial testing to be a TSA agent and I can easily imaging this device attracting attention. The agent probably didn't want to be responsible for something getting through that s/he didn't understand. Could have done what I've had done to me in the past: ask for a demonstration that it is a benign device. Could have been resolved in a couple of minutes.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2018 at 22:16 UTC

I hate to agree with the TSA, but why would you carry all of that mechanism to save space that's probably less volume than the device? OTOH, did TSA ask them to demonstrate what it does?

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2018 at 18:00 UTC as 55th comment | 2 replies

With advance support from more than 12,000 photographers, the latest delay is NG (not good). And why does Apple hold up the product for Android users?
https://witharsenal.com/blog/certifications-quality-control-new-cameras-enclosure-etc/

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 17:05 UTC as 1st comment

I used Nikon from 1969 to 2016, then went to Sony. Remember that Sony did not adopt the Minolta SLR mount with its mirrorless cameras. They did provide viable adapters. If Nikon can design adapters that work on a new mirrorless mount, the move will be a win for them and for users.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 00:19 UTC as 105th comment

Yawn.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 04:40 UTC as 9th comment

These crowd funding efforts get tedious. I mean, what capital investment does it take to launch this?

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 22:19 UTC as 56th comment
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Michiel953: Looks a out as subtle and elegant as the Contaflex I once owned. And for some reason, doesn't seem to
Improve on my thirty years old FM2n.

That antecedent came immediately to mind ... and I never owned one.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 21:16 UTC
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Denis of Whidbey Island: I don't doubt for a moment that the US Navy has equipment on the EA18G electronic warfare jet that can fry the brains of drones. Maybe such equipment should be installed at airports. That would solve the problem with both idiots and terrorists.

I have no classified knowledge of this, but feel pretty confident that military electronic warfare is capable of much more sophisticated targeting than some who post here understand. And, trust me on this, aircraft navigation is not sharing radio frequencies with drones.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2017 at 03:38 UTC

I don't doubt for a moment that the US Navy has equipment on the EA18G electronic warfare jet that can fry the brains of drones. Maybe such equipment should be installed at airports. That would solve the problem with both idiots and terrorists.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2017 at 23:56 UTC as 47th comment | 10 replies
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Denis of Whidbey Island: Wish list for next firmware update:
1) Exposure bracketing for raw captures
2) Cable release capability

The remote app provides a work-around for the cable release issue and insufficient brightness of the LCD.

Honestly, I have hardly used the camera before and just did some quick testing with 3.0. I had mine converted to IR. I just installed the remote app and will probably find more uses for the camera with that.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2017 at 03:49 UTC

Wish list for next firmware update:
1) Exposure bracketing for raw captures
2) Cable release capability

The remote app provides a work-around for the cable release issue and insufficient brightness of the LCD.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2017 at 23:30 UTC as 31st comment | 3 replies
On article Sony announces lightweight FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens (295 comments in total)
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quintana: I wish they would offer something similar for APS-C. Then there should be a weight/size advantage over FF. Sony's excellent APS-C bodies greatly lack good zoom lenses.

Guess I'll stick with my D500 + 16-80/2.8-4 a lot longer as long as nobody can offer me a viable mirrorless alternative.

Are you (OP) referring to the Sony/Zeiss 16-70mm?

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 16:16 UTC
On article Sony developing a 400mm F2.8 G Master lens (134 comments in total)

Wish I could afford it but will have to limp along with the 100-400mm GM.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 03:38 UTC as 8th comment

$69 upgrade seems a bit spendy for me as I own OxO Optics Pro Elite and the Nik suite (paid for it way back). But the Nik tech integrated into DOP would certainly reduce how often I need to go out to PS.
Never upgraded from the original DxO FilmPack, since I like Nik Silver Efex Pro. Guess I'll still have to access that via PS or LR.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 16:42 UTC as 76th comment
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