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On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (634 comments in total)

To me, this sounds like a Ricoh GR(II) or Fujifilm X70, but with an optical zoom?

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2017 at 14:54 UTC as 30th comment
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for students (68 comments in total)

One point to note would be to determine if school has any equipment to borrow, in addition to peers. If a school has Canon and you can borrow equipment, get Canon. If Nikon or Pentax, get one of them. :)

Also . . . don't plug in any old flash equipment as a high trigger voltage may fry your camera!

And if taking a course or program, see if there is any requirements or suggestions.

One of our friend's kids got into a photography program. They already had a Canon 5D MK II. But the instructor told them to keep their digital cameras at home. 1st semester was all done on old film SLR cameras.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 13:07 UTC as 19th comment
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for parents (128 comments in total)
In reply to:

mailman88: Waiting for the 2017 Buying Guide....
Best Camera for Blind People.
Best Camera for Handicap People
Best Camera for Really Dumb People

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Well. I don't know if you're trying to be funny.

I actually had a scare a while back while visiting my eye doctor.

He looked in my eyes and there was a great look of concern on his face.

Apparently there were tears in my retinas and I eventually had laser eye surgery to try to reduce the chance that my retinas would fall off the back of my eyes.

While I waited for the surgery, I wondered . . . how would I take pictures if I went blind.

And if you look it up, there are actually a lot of blind artists that take pictures.

http://content.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1897093,00.html

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/aug/20/blind-photographers-talk-about-their-work

http://peteeckert.com/

The scare made me value the time I have and really made me step up learning about photography.

And if I do end up losing my eyesight, I would not hesitate to give photography a continued go.

Take care & Shoot while you can. :)

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 19:15 UTC
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for parents (128 comments in total)

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+1,000,000 :)

IMHO Great Buyer's Guide!

In fact, I think DPReview has a solid list of Great Buyer's Guide centered around how a camera gets used, rather than simply price point.

Beginners, Students, Parents, Sports and Action . . . and Pocketable!

Something that I personally think will come in handy to many, many people.

:)

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 17:33 UTC as 14th comment
On article Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Review (274 comments in total)
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rrccad: "The G9 X Mark II has a time-tested 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor that is unfortunately let down by a mediocre lens. The focal range of the lens (28-84mm equivalent) doesn't have a lot of reach, and starting at 24mm would've been a better choice. At wide-angle its F2.0 maximum aperture is relatively fast, though it slows down quickly as you zoom in, topping out at F4.9. By comparison, the lens on Canon's step-up model, the G7 X Mark II, has a more versatile 24-100mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens, that also offers more control over depth-of-field and superior low light image quality."

While I agree with this, little is said that most of this is because of the size of the camera, the lens will certainly be compromised to fit into the smallest possible form factor.

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+1

If you add 24mm or make it a faster lens, then it will be bigger and not fit in your pocket.

Basically, you end up with a Canon G7X. :)

Which, if your objective is to have a pocket camera, the Canon G9X(II) may "fit" your objective better, in which case, it is the better camera.

If your objective is to have a faster lens, then the Canon G7X would be the better camera.

It simply depends on what your wants / needs are. :)

Since Canon has a range of 1" sensor compact cameras, it looks (at least to me) that this is a well thought out product that fits a real (useful) need / want.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 15:55 UTC

I like shooting with compact cameras. I actually put down my dSLR back in 2012 to stop thinking about apertures and shutter settings to try to get back to seeing again.

RE: A comment from the photographer . . .

"In fact, high-end cameras, once you’re pretty good at shooting, make it too easy to produce an acceptable image. Where’s the fun in that?"

I like to shoot with compact cameras, because I find them limiting, and I find it a challenge and a lot of fun to try to figure out how to get the shot regardless.

But . . . having a high-end camera, I think can also be challenging. When you no longer have any excuse of why you didn't get the shot, or you've mastered getting the shot, IMHO the question becomes, what's next?

That can still be a big and fun challenge.

What is the next idea? What is the next concept! :)

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 15:45 UTC as 151st comment
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Richard's choice: Sony NP-FZ100 (248 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: Oh, I am the first to comment, how cool. This morning this was my exact feeling, after using my A9 on a single battery for a week or so, I can say, I fully understand your choice. Originally, I was quite suspicious to handle another kind of battery. I hate what Nikon does, for each and every camera they invent a new battery.

@Richard Butler

RE: "Just to be a little pedantic, there are essentially two versions of the Nikon EN-EL15 battery, the older of which essentially don't work in the D500 and D7500 (they work but drain extremely quickly)."

Yeah. I guess I was trying not to be too, too pedantic! LOL.

Seeing as the new version can work in the old cameras all the way back to the D7000.

And if you had the old version, but then bought a D500, Nikon was willing to swap your old batteries for the new.

Take care & Happy Shooting!
:)

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 18:47 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Richard's choice: Sony NP-FZ100 (248 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: Oh, I am the first to comment, how cool. This morning this was my exact feeling, after using my A9 on a single battery for a week or so, I can say, I fully understand your choice. Originally, I was quite suspicious to handle another kind of battery. I hate what Nikon does, for each and every camera they invent a new battery.

@Miki Nemeth

RE: "Again, I am really sorry that I caused so much turbulence, Tactic and Rad."

No need to be sorry.

I didn't consider it to be "turbulence". :)

I was just trying to understand your statement.

It seemed so opposite from what I see with Nikon and their re-use of existing batteries.

Plus, it seems like such a disservice to anyone that comes across that statement and absorbs it as simple truth and stays clear of what I personally consider a solid line of cameras.

Especially when, at least to me, the batteries in Nikon's dSLR camera line-up seems so well thought out. :)

Take care & Happy Shooting!
:)

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 16:07 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Richard's choice: Sony NP-FZ100 (248 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: Oh, I am the first to comment, how cool. This morning this was my exact feeling, after using my A9 on a single battery for a week or so, I can say, I fully understand your choice. Originally, I was quite suspicious to handle another kind of battery. I hate what Nikon does, for each and every camera they invent a new battery.

@Miki Nemeth

+1 LOL.

You have to go with what makes you happy! :)

I think this is a case of YMMV.

I've been happy with the consistency of the battery line from Nikon. From the Nikon D100, a camera from 2002 to my current cameras, I've only had to change batteries once. One change in 15 years. :) And Nikon was forced to do it to meet new regulation requirements. :)

That, to me, is a pretty good record.

As for the Df. That thought has crossed my mind. But I think a case can be made either way. The Df, really is a camera designed to be used with manual focus lenses. Manual focus lenses take less power to operate. So . . . the Df doesn't really need as much power as, let's say . . . a D610 or D750. So, do you build a bigger camera to take the bigger battery that it doesn't need, or do you let the camera be smaller?

At least they used an existing battery rather than introduce a new battery just for the Df. :)

Take care & Happy Shooting!
:)

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 16:01 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Richard's choice: Sony NP-FZ100 (248 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: Oh, I am the first to comment, how cool. This morning this was my exact feeling, after using my A9 on a single battery for a week or so, I can say, I fully understand your choice. Originally, I was quite suspicious to handle another kind of battery. I hate what Nikon does, for each and every camera they invent a new battery.

@ Miki Nemeth,

I believe you are an outlier case.

I don't see too many people that have both a Nikon D4 and a Nikon J5 complaining about them taking a different battery. LOL.

Can you imagine sticking a Nikon D4 battery into a Nikon J5?

Would that be a good design decision by Nikon?

Same for sticking a Nikon J5 battery into a Nikon D4. LOL.

From what I see, Nikon made the right decision to stick a small battery in a small camera and a big battery in a big camera.

Let me know if you think different.

But having a different battery because of the different size and use of a camera is one thing.

To say that Nikon brings out a new battery with each camera is something different.

For instance, I've had a Nikon D100, D70s and D90. All those cameras used the same battery. So I had a good run with those batteries.

Nikon had to change the battery because of regulation changes between D90 and D7000.

But since then, it has been stable. :)

Take care & Happy Shooting!
:)

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 15:23 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Richard's choice: Sony NP-FZ100 (248 comments in total)
In reply to:

Miki Nemeth: Oh, I am the first to comment, how cool. This morning this was my exact feeling, after using my A9 on a single battery for a week or so, I can say, I fully understand your choice. Originally, I was quite suspicious to handle another kind of battery. I hate what Nikon does, for each and every camera they invent a new battery.

@Miki Nemeth,

I am a bit confused by your comment about Nikon batteries.

I am a Nikon user, and have exactly the opposite perspective.

Nikon had to introduce a new battery with the Nikon D7000 because of regulatory changes, I believe. But since then, it's been very stable. The battery in my Nikon D7000, a camera introduced in 2010 can still be used in any of the later D7x00 models including the D7500 introduced this year (2017), seven years later.

And that battery is usable in the Nikon 1 V series, D500, D6x0 series, D750 and the D8x0 series of cameras.

I am currently sharing batteries between my D7000 and D750.

And the battery in my Nikon D5100, can be used in any of the later D5x00 models as well as the Nikon Df.

The other 2 batteries from Nikon are the smaller battery that is in the Nikon 1 S series of cameras and the bigger battery in the Nikon D5.

To me, this seems pretty clean and well thought out. :)

Take care & Happy Shooting!
:)

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 14:48 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2110 comments in total)

OMG!

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 12:00 UTC as 384th comment
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Garug: Yes I understand, they just want to sell more cameras, the marketing people.

Engineers just want to make great cameras.

Maybe the marketing people shuld listen a bit more the enginees and the company that does that is the winner.

Build it and they will come?

You can build the most perfect widget, but if no one wants it, what good is it?

And will it sell?

Marketing, especially when you talk about including market research completes the cycle so that the company can develop a guess at what customers want (or are going to want) and build that.

What is desirable will change with time. It is the goal of the marketing cycle to keep abreast of what is happening and keep making minute changes in the direction of the company. :)

Take care & Happy Shooting!
:)

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 23:23 UTC
On article Composition tips: simplification and negative space (85 comments in total)
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D200_4me: Keep it simple. Don't follow any rules. Just do whatever looks good for the subject you're shooting and don't worry about it. Some people put way too much philosophy and thought into photography. We're not saving a drowning child here. We're just making photos. That's it. Enjoy it but don't overthink it ;-)

@ D200_4me

Sorry. I mistook your original post as meaning, don't learn the rules. :)

But as far as taking vacation pictures . . . I still find myself fiddling with composition. LOL.

I don't take as much time to get a shot. I will make lots of compromises. But . . . in the end, I still find myself quickly looking around the frame and making minute adjustments.

I find, having learned some composition ideas, it's hard to simply turn it off.

It, to me, is like riding a bike or catching a ball. Once you learn it and you can do it, it is kinda second nature and is almost automatic after a while. :)

So, even though I don't take my dSLR on vacation all the time, even if I'm shooting with my lowly Fujifilm XP80 waterproof camera, I still find myself exploring composition. :)

Take care & Happy Shooting!
:)

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 23:15 UTC

We are all "A Target Market of One!" :)

I find marketing interesting. Actually took a few courses at college.

One lesson, the professor pulled out an Ad and asked if we liked it. Everyone agreed it was poorly designed, with regards to design elements. But then he asked us if we would buy the product based on the Ad. We answered no. And then he asked us, if we'd ever buy the product. And then we all said no, because it was for a younger audience. So, he said, you are not the target market. You can't base your impression of an Ad unless you take into account the target audience.

I took that lesson to heart, and think the same way about cameras. If I don't get it, I'm not the target market.

But . . . I don't think if you decide you want a particular feature added to a camera that you are "wrong". You're simply "A Target Market of One!" LOL. So, not feesible to target. But there are some products / services that allow that type of customization. :)

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 14:26 UTC as 126th comment
On article Composition tips: simplification and negative space (85 comments in total)

+1

Great post!

I watched the video and loved it!

IMHO . . . the more rules and ideas you learn, the more complex your pictures can become. You don't need to apply each and every single rule you know to every picture. Just pick what you think accentuates the subject you are taking. :)

But negative space is IMHO one of those things that affects most pictures.

Even if you crop into a subject so there is no background, then the elements within the space become the subject, and the space around it can be considered the negative space. LOL.

Take care & Happy Shooting!
:)

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 11:56 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On article Composition tips: simplification and negative space (85 comments in total)
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D200_4me: Keep it simple. Don't follow any rules. Just do whatever looks good for the subject you're shooting and don't worry about it. Some people put way too much philosophy and thought into photography. We're not saving a drowning child here. We're just making photos. That's it. Enjoy it but don't overthink it ;-)

@D200_4me, in some ways I agree with what you say, and in some ways I don't. I suspect that some composition rules are based off how our brains work, like feeling if something is balanced or not. It is built into us. We don't need to learn it. But to use an analogy. I may know I like Pho Noodle soup. Me liking that dish might be built into me, or it may be learned. But just because I know I like Pho Noodle soup doesn't mean I can make it. LOL. For that, I need a recipe. And even with a recipe, I can't make it as good as the cook at the restaurant. To me, composition tools, are recipes for composition. They are just a starting point to get you thinking in terms of design. Or to be able to explain why you like a picture. But it is not the reason it works. And I suspect, good photographers, like good cooks, once they know the recipe, they can deviate from it and make something better. For me, I struggle just following the recipe to make Pho Noodle soup. And it doesn't even taste good. :(

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 11:49 UTC
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sh10453: Good job Carey. I'd leave the selfies to the smart phones, though, because they don't serve any rugged testing purposes, but that is me.

As for the wish list, I also add my voice to 1" sensor, aperture priority option, and full manual control option, but I wouldn't want to sacrifice the zoom range.
Thanks for this review.

@sh10453
RE: Selfie. LOL.
But with a bit of seriousness, a couple of the waterproof cameras that I've had, it was a lot harder to do selfies (and show the background), because they only went to a 35mm equivalent focal length. (Fujifilm XP10 and Olympus 850SW.) When I got my Fujifilm XP50 with its 28mm equivalent focal length, it was a lot easier to take selfies! :) I think the latest Olympus TG-xxx series goes to 24mm equivalent focal length? And has a flippy screen. Now . . . that is the selfie waterproof camera! LOL. :)

The other way I look at that is . . . these are great vacation cameras. And when on vacation, having a wide angle lens makes for taking great vista pictures! Perfect for those sunrise / sunset pictures while camping! :)

As for a 1" waterproof camera. Yes. Although I'm waiting for the price to drop down to the $500 mark. In the meantime, I guess I'll keep using my Fujifilm XP80. :)

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 13:04 UTC
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TacticDesigns: +1. I love waterproof cameras. I have been using them since 2011. I have my Fujifilm XP80 charged up and ready for our camping trip next week.

As for scratching the rear screen, I buy cheap screen protectors and put them on and just replace them as needed.

"But the Olympus Tough TG-5 stands alone in its ability to stand up to the elements and get you photos in situations where no other camera could (or situations where you simply wouldn't be willing to bring a dedicated camera at all)."

But there are more waterproof cameras. There is the Nikon Coolpix W300, Fujifilm's XP series and Ricoh's WG series.

Even though my cellphone takes great pictures, my waterproof camera is simply easier to use to get a picture, and I take it into harsher conditions. So I get more pictures and more dramatic pictures then shooting from dry land with my cellphone.

Even if your cellphone takes great pictures, I think there is a compelling case to have a waterproof camera. :)

@blacklion,

Which Pentax / Ricoh WG cameras did you try?

All the waterproof cameras in this group have small sensors. They are going to be more noisy than a big sensor. I guess Olympus has done 3 things to make things better. BSI sensor. Faster lens (TG-1/2/3/4/5). And now RAW.

The Pentax / Ricoh had the BSI and faster lens on the WG-3/4/5 I believe.

If you tried the other WG-xx cameras, they would have the slower lens. Like my Fujifilm XP.

But, IMHO, it's not IQ that is compelling with these waterproof cameras. It's perspective. I get shots with my waterproof camera that I don't usually (or ever) get with my other cameras. :)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tacticdesigns/9228264181/in/album-72157631300869284/

Personally, I'd rather have a noisy picture (with a chance to delete it if it just didn't turn out) than to no have a picture. :)

RE: Trying the TG-5. Yes. My buddy got the TG-1 after I told him about it. A quick and responsive camera! :)

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 12:56 UTC
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Kostas L: The Olympus TG-5 is the best rugged compact you can buy right now, because it is the only new rugged compact you can buy right now.

What about the other waterproof cameras available, like the Nikon Coolpix W300, the Fujifilm XP series or the Ricoh WG series? They are also available new right now. :)

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 11:45 UTC
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