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I'd never check-in any gear/item with glass.
Since years my wife and I are flying somewhere for vacation. So my trick (since I am not able to pay business or first, hence being granted carrying two pcs. handluggage) my trick is to book an additional suitcase where we put everything of our handluggage in, and have the deal with my wife that our handluggage is photo gear luggage. :-)

Seriously. I tried to additionally book handluggage overweight or additional pcs.
No way to get that. Drives me really nuts. Willing to pay, and to put it underneath the seat in front. No way. Priority luggage paid - no way.
The also cannot guarantee proper treatment. I considered purchasing Peli cases, but heavy power when cases are thrown - I would still fear possible damages.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 20:23 UTC as 129th comment
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Gary Martin: Geez, 47 people here own this lens? I feel so poor right now ...

For most the lens just costed a click on a button...

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 20:09 UTC
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dbo: I am using Macbook Pro for a couple of years. For business reasons I need to run virtual Windows on it, and everything is working fine for my environment. Currently running the TB model 15". Yes, the port story is a little bit inconvenient, but it's well workable.

For me there are three things wrong with the latest 15" models.
1.The insanely price increase, especially SSD option
2.No 32GB Ram option
3.Apple refusing to bring touch to OSX

They have had the option to satisfy pro users with the upcoming iMac Pro.
The hardware options are pretty cool indeed. But why still no touch?
And why all ports to the back where in many offices it will be hard to access.
The SD card slot on the back of the machine? Which designer is designing that, and which product manager is accepting that?

Hm.
"Generation compromise" shall be no excuse. But wan't it due to the commonly used chipset? Some Notebook companies were able to fit 32GB.

For touch I would agree.

Regarding iMac ports I am well aware that there are desk dock options.
But seriously? Paying several thousands Euro for a professional iMac which contains the ports I need at an absolutly unergonomic position and your recommendation is to put a third party brick onto the table?
Hell no. I am probably arguing by principle, but rightful to my opinion.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 13:01 UTC

I am using Macbook Pro for a couple of years. For business reasons I need to run virtual Windows on it, and everything is working fine for my environment. Currently running the TB model 15". Yes, the port story is a little bit inconvenient, but it's well workable.

For me there are three things wrong with the latest 15" models.
1.The insanely price increase, especially SSD option
2.No 32GB Ram option
3.Apple refusing to bring touch to OSX

They have had the option to satisfy pro users with the upcoming iMac Pro.
The hardware options are pretty cool indeed. But why still no touch?
And why all ports to the back where in many offices it will be hard to access.
The SD card slot on the back of the machine? Which designer is designing that, and which product manager is accepting that?

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 06:16 UTC as 201st comment | 3 replies

Quote: "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sued him on behalf of the macaque in 2015."
How idiotically can this world become?
So if a person smashes an ant, PETA can sue him for murder on behalf of the other ants?
Or a camera drops onto the street and releases due to that the shutter, the street owns the photo?

A worldly wisdom says "Envy is no good mentor"...

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 17:30 UTC as 208th comment | 1 reply
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lacix: Unbelivable! - So its not the adapters fault, but the Sony A9 falls short. - This guy must have a law degree of some sort.

"Sarcasm on"
It is a colossal impudence that Sony is not checking its FW with two dozen other brands adapters and its main competitors lenses for flawless operation.
"Sarcasm off"

It will be both. There will be some shortcomings in the adapter to camera as well as in the adapter to lens communication.
Secondly - of course Sony is not fully supporting competitors lenses (limited IBIS, limited AF point coverage, etc.).

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 15:33 UTC
On article The DJI Spark is a $500 HD mini drone (96 comments in total)

For me a drone would be just fun. So I didn't spent 1k€+ on the phantom.
This one seems to be able to find its way into my equipment room. :-)

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 11:50 UTC as 17th comment
On article Are we impressed by Eye AF on the Sony a9? Yes and no (48 comments in total)

@Rishi
Would you consider it's being possible to improve tracking behaviour via FW?
I understand it as a matter of the camera evaluating available parameters so the algorithms processing it would need to adapt in order to do better?!?

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 07:21 UTC as 4th comment
On article Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM sample gallery (96 comments in total)
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blackcoffee17: Looks like a very good lens. Congrats to Sony! We need a third big player in the full frame/pro arena. Hope more tele lenses are coming.

I am thinking to pick up an A7R for landscape work but not sure how serious the shutter shock is.

I sold the A7R some time ago in favor of A7RII; with longer lenses I had a workaround with some counterweight.
My experience was, that with focal length below 70mm there was almost no issue independently of the exposure time.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 18:36 UTC
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Kabe Luna: I can barely remember how I've set up the custom shooting banks/modes of my Nikons (primarily because I so rarely need to use them). Honestly, I'd rather have a well-sorted UI and ergonomics to begin with, making it easy to make settings and configuration changes. Poor ergonomics and fiddly handling are, along with power inefficiency, huge barriers to giving the Sony mirrorless system a spin.

@Kabe Luna.
Fair enough. Just to clarify - I didn't intend to offend your skills. It is that your first post implied bias, and you are proving me right with your response stating "everthing else falls short" and the shouting (phrases completely in capital letters are shouting equivalent).
Apparently the overall package with the A7 series meets your dislike that much, that it blinds any objectivity in the judgement.
And that's in fact the reason why responded in the first place.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 21:45 UTC
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Kabe Luna: I can barely remember how I've set up the custom shooting banks/modes of my Nikons (primarily because I so rarely need to use them). Honestly, I'd rather have a well-sorted UI and ergonomics to begin with, making it easy to make settings and configuration changes. Poor ergonomics and fiddly handling are, along with power inefficiency, huge barriers to giving the Sony mirrorless system a spin.

I did not use "blockhead" to offend shooting differently. I said so because the critizism was seemingly based on a interpretation that to my understanding lacks personal experience. Kabe Luna apparently shoots for a while Nikon, so he is used to use Nikon cameras. Others are experienced with other brands, that's what I intended to say.

If "blockhead" is understood differently than "dogmatically sticking to something" I'd apologize. Didn't use it with bad intention.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 11:44 UTC
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Bambi24: It looks more like you're trying to fly a jumbo jet rather than operate a camera.

The constant menu diving would drive me nuts.

@Rishi.
Fair enough. And I am not indicating the system being perfect or taking care of everything - as it is obviously not. Admittedly I made my comment only considering stills photography.
And I doubt there are many who require instant setting change repetedly when doing a couple of shots in a row.
In the end one need to use what's available. And I am still sure that this suffices for the majority of users.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 06:28 UTC
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Bambi24: It looks more like you're trying to fly a jumbo jet rather than operate a camera.

The constant menu diving would drive me nuts.

Honestly I don't understand this horse-riding "Sony menus are so difficult".

One time. Sit down. Take a 10 to 15 minutes.
Set FN menu and c buttons to preferred functions.
Set M1 to shutter priority items
Set M2 to aperture priority items

Ready for 99.5% of daily photography.

Thanks for certifying me as a Airbus A380 pilot. :-)

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 21:25 UTC
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Kabe Luna: I can barely remember how I've set up the custom shooting banks/modes of my Nikons (primarily because I so rarely need to use them). Honestly, I'd rather have a well-sorted UI and ergonomics to begin with, making it easy to make settings and configuration changes. Poor ergonomics and fiddly handling are, along with power inefficiency, huge barriers to giving the Sony mirrorless system a spin.

Maybe it is due to your blockhead thinking, that only Nikon is the jack of trade device.
The magic explanation is whatever you are using, you need to get used to it.

As Sony user from day 1 I can hit the menu items with closed eyes. Admittedly the logic of the item assortments where occasionally weird, but I am used to it, and love the overall content.

If one needs 42 different configurations one need to remind that it is a camera not a gaming mouse or keyboard..

I am no blockhead, and I occasionally try out other brands (call it kind of hobby) - and guess what? I am always happy being back with my camera's "easy-to-use" menu.

:-)

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 21:21 UTC

Sorry, but these discussions (also in some other forum) are in that format quite useless.
And it is in any case you'd do kind of biased for the equipment you compare.

Main reason why I am saying useless - it is no TCO because reasons are too various to properly compare. Switching brand is only secondarily decided by equipment cost, and thirdly by existing support.

Is switching brand beneficial to a degree that accounts for the money spent.
Even a pro needs to spent time to get used to use the new equipment conveniently. More significant is the adaption of the end to end chain - it takes a lot of time to perfect one's workflow.

That all has to be taken into account.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 12:57 UTC as 203rd comment
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (767 comments in total)

Sony is on the right track regarding bodies and lenses, and for some high important pro markets they are starting what was until now barely missing.
Service wise they cannot compete against Canon at the moment, but that needs to be the direction to go.

Talking especially of sports and wildlife shooters I am sure that there will be momentarily not too many brand switchers. Even if Sony would have fast tele primes (400, 500, 600, 800) available it would not be a significant number.
I know some Canon pros who invested up to 40k€ into lenses. Compared to that value the pure body price is negligible.

Sure Sony needs to address that, but momentarily it is important to catch the upgraders and growing pros.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 20:24 UTC as 62nd comment | 1 reply
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alcaher: AI in photography.

Scares me, too.
Some people would get annoyed once this adobe app gets voice function.
"Sorry dude, any modification to this selfie won't help make you looking better.May I add a paper bag over your face?"
:-)

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 06:08 UTC
On article Western Digital launches its first portable SSD (143 comments in total)
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FLruckas: SanDisk technology?

No thank you!!!!

Almost as bad as Crutial.

We've had a much higher percentage of SanDisk media fail than Samsung.

We only buy Samsung now.

Could you please indicate types vs. types?

I made the experience in the other direction.
I have had several fails on Samsung T1, and therefore changed to Sandisk E900.
These E900 are working perfectly without any problem.
Need to add, that I am using portable SSD for second line backup only.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 06:05 UTC
On article Western Digital launches its first portable SSD (143 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Only a 3 year warranty, so beware. Samsung Pro gets you 10

This WD product is consumer electronic as is Samsung T3 for example. And this comes with 3y warranty, too.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 05:58 UTC

As of having three office desks the go for a new Macbook Pro instead of desktop Macs was a budget oriented decision, additionally due to the lack of upgadability of the Mac Pro.

Working now for about 5 month with the new MBP (max config) my resumee is in overall positiv. The lack of a native SD slot and USB3 ports was a little bit inconvenient in the beginning.
Kingston has a proper and cheap dock in the portfolio, and the TB3 to DP cables from Plugable is perfectly working (2k+4k display, GbE at all 3 desks). For the SD I got from Apple the new USBC UHS2 adapter.

If at all, I'd complain about the limitation to 16GB of RAM, 32 should be min, better'd be 64 (working with FCP and need Parallels for MS Project and MS Visio often running simultaneously).

The fp sensor is convenient and its recognicion is perfect. The touchbar itself for me (working stationary mostly) is a nice gimmick but not more.

If an updated Mac Pro would be more investment secure, I'd go for my main desk for one.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 14:10 UTC as 68th comment
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