james s. kennedy

Lives in United States Seattle, WA, United States
Works as a avionics engineer retired
Joined on Feb 22, 2002
About me:

owner of fuji 6900z, s602, canon a650, nikon d70, nikon D200


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I own about 10 Leica 35mm cameras, from a Leica III made in 1934 to an M6. They are kinda magical despite awkward ergonomicas. All were bought used. I have to say that Canons that accepted screwmount lenses are easier to use. Mostly, I use my Leica lenses on Sony E-mount cameras with inexpensive adaptors.

I can't imagine paying $14K for a camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 19:20 UTC as 12th comment
In reply to:

Cameracist: I'm waiting for a version with elephant phallus hide grip ('Rockwell Edition').

Rub it and it goes from 35mm up to 4x5.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 19:12 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)
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Mindlessbuttonmasher: Those poor schmucks with their big expensive DSLR's, what were they thinking?!

They look like a bunch of photos taken with a smartphone to me; certainly not professional-looking images. The photojournalist is a great photographer (the edit on ESPN is a much better representation of his ability), but images shot on a smartphone look like images shot on a smartphone.

HCB seemed to do OK with ancient cameras.

I don't need to carry a large hadron collider.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 18:26 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)
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Macist: It seems that the iPhone 7 achieves generally a good balance, even under less than ideal light conditions. No, not as good as a DSLR, but that's not the point, is it? It's a phone camera and as such is looks to be a very good one.

DSLRs are most likely going the way of the dinosaur over the next few years, BTW.... :)

My degree in mechanical engineering is 58 years old and many mechanisms have been replace by electronics. The SLR concept will continue without the mechanical mirror. Goodby to mechanical shutters also.

I would like digital cameras to somehow add a built in polarizing filter.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 18:23 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)
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Mindlessbuttonmasher: Don't forget, it not only takes great photos, but has no headphone jack to get in the way of also using it as a phone.

Who carries headphones all the time?

Not me. I don't need headphones to make a phone call, and I don't need to be constantly connected. My iPhone 6plus has a fairly decent camera, but I most often bring along a LUMIX ZS100, which does a good job 25-250mm.

I rarely make prints but I find my iPad a good way to view photos.

My best camera is probably my Nikon D700, but it weighs a ton when you are 80 years old.

I don't enough about the iPhone 7 to evaluate upgrading.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 18:18 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (940 comments in total)
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bear740: Anyone buying any smart phone for taking pictures are the same minded people that bought Kodak Instamatic film cameras and thought they took great pictures!

I have taken very pleasing photos and videos of my grandchildren.

Not as spectacular as my old film cameras Corona, Gambit, and Hexagon.


Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 18:14 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (940 comments in total)

I won't ever leave home without my iPhone 6splus but I usually bring along my recently acquired LUMIX ZS100.

As an old timer, a cell phone is a life insurance policy.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 18:10 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (232 comments in total)

I'll stick with my X30 and xPro1 for awhile, and see what comes next.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 17:50 UTC as 13th comment
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (232 comments in total)

As a long time resident of the Seattle area, I love it that many reviews are authored by Seattle residents. Really nice to see the familiar landmarks of our beautiful city. I enjoy reading the excellent reviews here of even cameras that are beyond my wildest dreams, like anything carrying the Leica label.

Keep up the good work. You are always the first photo site I turn to.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 03:14 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (232 comments in total)

It resembles an interchangeable lens version of the Fujifilm X30. I recently bought a refurbed X30 for $250 and I love it. Have to start saving my nickels and dimes.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 03:05 UTC as 53rd comment | 3 replies
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jdonalds: Thanks for the real world gallery. I can certainly see the softness of the lens, and the grain. I like my photos very sharp but at the same time I just wanted a good compact camera so I can sometimes leave the DSLR at home. I know there will be compromises. The 10x zoom coupled with the 1" sensor sold me from the first moment I learned about the existence of the ZS100.

I used my wife's Samsung pocket camera at the soccer field where I found using the zoom feature and trying to capture action wasn't easy. With the ZS100 I can assign zoom to the lens mounted control ring which will make it feel more like the DSLR. This was also an attractive feature to me.

I've ordered the ZS100 and can't wait to get my hands on it.

I will be interested in your impressions. I guess I will keep mine, but not with much enthusiasm.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 22:31 UTC

I have had the ZS100 for about two weeks. I bought it used from B&H condition 9 for about $125 less plus no sales tax, but in like new condition.

The ergonomics are not good. They are improved by flipxbac from Amazon for about $14. Take a look at the Canon SX620 front hand grip to see a close resemblance. It does help. Otherwise, you get the slippliest camera I have ever tried to hold. Still it is difficult to hold without inadvertently pushing other buttons. Bokeh is bad. Lens is soft.

Good points. It is small, focal range is good. I also recently bought a refurbed Fuji X30 for $250. If I had to give one these two cameras away, I would keep the X30. I think HCB would have loved the X30. I sure do. Smaller sensor than the ZS100, but sharper lens, and far better ergonomics. But still, early days for both.

I am a collector with about 200 cameras, 80% film. Pure enthusiast amateur. Except for Air Force days, when I was involved with spy satellites that used film.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 22:29 UTC as 1st comment
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wallbreaker: I wished it was 1 inch sensor

Cy, I bought a later model X-S1 in May 2012, and all of these issues had been addressed. It's a great camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2013 at 18:14 UTC
On article Confessions of a camera snob (89 comments in total)
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Townsie: I'm a camera snob, I'll admit it. That's why I shoot mostly film.
On the other hand, I do enjoy shooting with the iPhone for the superior ergonomics. The ultimate point and shoot.

However, every article or argument on the merits of phone photography fails to mention that which I feel is the biggest drawback - all automatic controls.
You can't control shutter speed or aperture meaning you're cut off from those venues of artistic control.

What we sorely need, for the next generation of phone cameras is for Apple (or whatever the manufactorer of the phone is) to expose APIs for developers to build apps which allow setting manual controls.

The reason they don't do that, however, is that Apple is really good at designing the experience of its users, and the people watching over the shoulder. You'll never get a blurry, or overexposed shot, they simply wouldn't allow it.

I bought the IPhone 5 before Christmas specifically because it had the best camera. But, I always have with me a Canon ELPH 310, 320, or 330 which all are smaller than my IPhone. I live in a suburb of Seattle and enjoyed the photos. The hateful comments remind me of when I was stationed in segregated Dixie, surrounded by redneck Jesus freaks.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 00:58 UTC
On article Nikon announces D600 24MP enthusiast full-frame DSLR (235 comments in total)
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mosum: Intervalometer? AF micro adjustment?

mama mia, that's a lotta camera, but also a lotta bucks. I would want to know in detail of how it is better than the D700. Until then, I will be happy with my D300 and D90.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 04:52 UTC
On Article:4110039430 (2 comments in total)

Thank you for your treatise. A few months ago, I made a very casual comparison of my Nikon D90 with a 70-300mm lens and my SX40 at full zoom. You have encouraged me to repeat it in a more rigorous manner. I don't know if surprise or chagrin is the proper discription of my feelings when I compared the images. The SX40 was clearly the winner. The optic-sensor combination gives the edge to the SX40 as you show, But I also suspect that it took a very refined algorithm to keep the noise at bay and to allow the high resolution to come forth. Certainly the SX40 produces results at ISO 1600 that my expensive DSLRs struggle to approach. Thanks again for a stimulating discussion.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 at 05:19 UTC as 1st comment
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Aleo Veuliah: I wonder what camera they use, NASA uses Nikon, anyway wonderful images

As someone who was part of the space program, I know that the man in space efforts were mostly empty hype, devoid of science. Unmanned programs are where the payoff is.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2012 at 16:44 UTC

Is this an admission that the P7000 was a failure? My rule of thumb is go with Nikon for DSLRs and Canon Powershot for P&S. I have owned and passed on to relatives the Canon A80, A95, and A620 and I currently use the A650IS. All have viewfinders, flexible LCDs and use 4 AA batteries. Use lithium batteries and you are set for over a year. I have installed freeware CHDK on the 650 and now produce raw as well as JPG. I have a live histogram in record mode. The only thing I miss is not having a wider lens than 35 mm (equiv).

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2011 at 20:36 UTC as 6th comment
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