Richie Beans

Joined on Jan 10, 2012


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On article Leica SL Review (1101 comments in total)
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zilver: Spot on review. I had the SL for a while and found the good and bad points you mentioned spookingly exact, glad to continue to see detailed and honest reviews on DPreview.

Holy smokes! You had 8 grand to drop on one single camera?!?

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 01:06 UTC
On article Getty Images asks court to throw out $1B lawsuit (97 comments in total)

Some useful links that offer a primer on Getty Images Loathsome Business Model:


Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 20:52 UTC as 36th comment

I take this kind of imaging resource very seriously, and I consider Googles results here very poor. It looks like Google used a zillion dollars of technology to photocopy some cheap museum book. Canvases are shot with flat, non-oblique lighting and lousy overall resolution. Paint texture is gone and fabrics flattened, like looking at a bad poster.

Compared to my own photos of museum works, Google has completely missed the boat with this effort, creating dull, lifeless, one-dimensional, poorly rendered amateur screensavers. And where are the frames that surround most of these paintings? Who told Google not to photograph these critical components of these artworks? Just including the frames would have gone a long way to livening up these dead pictures.

Seriously disappointed.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2016 at 21:06 UTC as 1st comment
On article Relio is a powerful LED light in your pocket (26 comments in total)

I've personally tested dozens LED lights for reproducing 35mm slides and I can tell you that there are serious differences in emission spectra between these light sources. Auto white balance doesn't come close to fixing many of these issues, and sometimes the LED (RGB) color is so way off, that no amount white balance can correct for it.

Of course, you can shoot all of your LED-illuminated images with a calibration card included and then PP in LightRoom, or you can save yourself a lot of grief and drop a C-note on a cute little cube that emits a CRI light in the %90+ range.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 05:33 UTC as 4th comment
On article Cinetics Axis360 review (69 comments in total)
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Richie Beans: What's the plan for compatibility with cameras that don't have remote shutter capability, i.e P&S cameras or the Sony NEX and new Alpha line?

I can see how that would (likely) work....but seems like a half-baked solution. At least Gigapan has a mechanical shutter-press for mirrorless camera integration. I recommend a similar solution as MILC are far lighter (for your smallish ball head) and present a smaller profile to wind for outdoor time-lapse shooting.

I absolutely love this concept but it's useless to shooters like me who bought a MILC so that we could make use of our legacy tools. Make an integrated mechanical plunger and I'll buy a unit right now!

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 23:05 UTC
On article Cinetics Axis360 review (69 comments in total)

What's the plan for compatibility with cameras that don't have remote shutter capability, i.e P&S cameras or the Sony NEX and new Alpha line?

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 05:47 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies

I'd have used 4 cameras and spun the subject on a lazy susan.

...and would have taken my rig to the beach and shot the SI swimsuit issue.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2013 at 14:44 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On article A Serious Rangefinder Compact Camera (137 comments in total)

If it doesn't have a fully articulated screen, it's just an ideal paperweight.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2012 at 06:52 UTC as 38th comment
On article A sneak peek at our forthcoming camera test scene (320 comments in total)

For the life of me, I don't understand the value of analyzing photos of other photos.

Also...eliminating the box of thread is a mistake. That was a VERY useful point of comparison.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 02:13 UTC as 151st comment | 2 replies

You took this image from a plane..... slacker.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2012 at 18:52 UTC as 1st comment
On article Just Posted: Sony Alpha NEX-5R hands-on preview (127 comments in total)

What!? No optical viewfinder? Curse the gods!

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2012 at 15:47 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On article Just Posted - Sony NEX-F3 review (129 comments in total)

"....quality of manuals is not great"

Man, you gotta dig hard to find something wrong with this camera!

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2012 at 21:47 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply

Put an articulated screen on it and watch Canon's market share in these types of cameras disappear.

AA batteries in compacts RULE!

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2012 at 06:03 UTC as 30th comment

For you pixel peepers..... save yourselves 2.5 billion dollars! If you want 24Mpx, hi-res images of dirt, take your fancy-ass cameras to Nevada, shoot, and PP with a mud filter. Voila!

Kudos to NASA for proper design!

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2012 at 02:01 UTC as 71st comment | 1 reply
On article Review: Nokia 808 PureView (347 comments in total)
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WalterPaisley: The problem with a review like this is that it focuses on the camera feature of a phone that is otherwise receiving pretty mediocre reviews. Just read Wired Magazine's article.

Then there's the cost. $650+ unlocked on Amazon.

I'd rather have a mediocre phone attached to a killer camera than what I have now... a mediocre phone attached to a junk camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2012 at 23:13 UTC
On article Review: Nokia 808 PureView (347 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: amazing how nokia and zeiss got to this. nokia did a job i never expected them (nokia) to do in the photography area. they (nokia) did not content themselves to compete in the phone market, but in the photo market. i mean, professional photo market.

man, to have a phone being compared to a d800 to give us an idea how good it can perform is... weird?, great!?, absurd?, annoying? right? disorientating?... to which one would they compare if the d800 were not launched then? haaa!

and zeiss, my gosh... german lens engineering at its best. what the heck of a resolutive lens! and give a look at their lens design. i just found this image of it (

congrats nokia (and zeiss)! i'm amazed.

Sick! I wondered how they managed to illuminate that large sensor! Thanks for the link...

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2012 at 23:10 UTC
On article Review: Nokia 808 PureView (347 comments in total)

I had an old Motorola candy bar phone with a Kodak 5M camera. I bought it knowing it would take better photos than any other phone at the time. I wish my current HTC incredible 8Mpx phone took photos half as good as my old phone did.

Great quality shots from your phone are a revelation! Wish I had the 808. Go Nokia!

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2012 at 06:34 UTC as 111th comment | 1 reply
On article Just posted: Fujifilm X10 in-depth review (145 comments in total)

Man....that's a pretty camera!

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2012 at 01:27 UTC as 54th comment
On article Leica unveils X2 16MP premium large-sensor compact (207 comments in total)

If it doesn't run on AA batteries, it's a punter's photojournalist camera.And what's with all that crap glued to it's exterior?

2 grand for a "photojournalists" camera, and I have to duct tape a viewfinder to the top? Are you effin' kidding me?

Link | Posted on May 11, 2012 at 05:01 UTC as 55th comment
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