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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On article Fujifilm X100F steps up to 24.3MP, adds AF joystick (24 comments in total)

I like Fuji products, but age and budget make me happy I bought a refurbed X30 about a year ago, which does have a tilting LCD and a great EVF. I try not to be a Luddite, but I miss the days when Nikon would bring out a new top of the line film SLR about every 10 years.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 07:59 UTC as 2nd comment
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xlabsmedan: Still wait a NEW leica film camera for $10.000,- ...

I know they will make it!

:D

In two days, we will be asking "How much is that in rubles?"

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 04:54 UTC
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iAPX: A noisy picture on the NYC subway at ISO 500, and a grainy one at ISO 3200, with a 24MP "newly developped" full-frame sensor?!?

It's at 2 or 3 ISO-level far away from the now old D610 or D750.
In fact at 3200 ISO, with pixels having the sam exact size as my old D300, it seems to be a par, but it's 10 year's old technology!

What is this mess about?!?

My first 35mm camera was a Konica auto-S2, $35 brand new in a PX in Vietnam In 1966; still takes good pics.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 04:48 UTC
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skanter: Fixed LCD? - deal killer. $6000 and useless for me. I'll take my $500 Sony a6000.

I love my a6000 (wish it had the Nex6 viewfinder) and enjoy using it with ancient classic lenses, but few cameras have a pulse like Lieca and Zeiss Contax.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 04:07 UTC

I'll stick with LN M-3, M-6 classic, my lightly care-worn M2, and my battered, but functionally perfect M-4. But the M-10 looks great, and the sample photos were impressive. I am 80, and my wife, who doesn't know an f-stop from a doorstop, pledges that all of my 200+ film cameras will be $5 each when I go f/512.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 04:02 UTC as 66th comment | 3 replies
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gizmowiz: Undoubtedly there will also probably be some dramatic footage as someone takes out their anger against Trump. He is a trouble magnet.

Obama was pure class. I'll miss him.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 02:58 UTC

Ugly comb overs give me the creeps.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 02:56 UTC as 28th comment

Wouldn't a Panasonic zs100 be even more versatile. 25-250mm zoom lens with a 1inch sensor, plus EVF.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 08:03 UTC as 1st comment
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Henry Alekna Photography: So they recommend either Nikon, or a type of explosive weaponry?

The least they could do would be to spell 'Cannon' correctly.

Cannon is appropriate for divorce photographers.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 06:05 UTC
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steelhead3: The US has a long history of treating people of non-northern European as less than human (left over from the tribes of Europe) and even adopted English attitudes towards the Celtic immigrants. The beginning of Concentration Camps were called Reservations for the native American inhabitants where we starved them into submission. If we recognize our shortcomings we can make sure it never happens again.

My father came from Scotland in 1912 and his father shared at least three battlefields with Winston Churchill in Sudan and South Africa. The Irish immigrants were not as well received.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 18:10 UTC
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Mark Eberts: "evacuation" ???
How about calling it detention or
deportation to a concentration camp ?
Our own history is told with so many euphemism ... better known as "lies".

If you have seen the great movie "Conspiracy", evacuation was the term Nazis used to eliminate Jews.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 18:02 UTC

Our original sins were slavery, denying women's rights and treatment of Native Americans. Our founders did bless us with a godless Constitution, feeing us from Bronze Age fairy tales. Now if we could just be sensible about guns. Guns for sport hunting, yes, but not our insane vigilantism. Crazy that it took so long for civil rights, and that many parts of our country still honor traitors like Lee and Jackson. We have a long way to go.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 17:59 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
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entoman: Greg Lecoeur's stunning composition stands head and shoulders above the other images here in terms of photographic skill, but in terms of pure relevance, the shot of the dead polar bear by Vadim Balakin is the one that hits hardest. So sad, and so preventable, is the impact of global warming on the wildlife of our planet.

Are you listening, Mr Trump???

I was an Air Force meteorologist for 22 years and have been a member of the American Meteorological Society for over 55 years. (ametsoc.org, 617-227-2425). They will supply their findings and conclusions and quantify their confidence levels. I accept anthropogenic global warming, but consider religion to be the greatest hoax ever foisted upon humanity.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2016 at 01:20 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (393 comments in total)
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james s. kennedy: The question is which is more important to you. The 25-250mm range of the ZS100 or the 2 stop faster 24-72mm lens of the LX10. I enjoy my ZS100, but it did handle like a wet bar of soap until I got the glue-on $14 part from Amazon that adds some friction and looks great on the camera. Panasonic should have provided a rubbery coating. My $250 refurb Fuji X30 has a fast sharp lens and covers 28-112mm. Both the X30 and ZS100 have viewfinders. It didn't occur to me that viewfinders were an age issue but I am 80 with recent cataract surgery. I tend to use the LCD with reading glasses. Otherwise, it is constant on-off on-off with the damn reading glasses.

I am satisfied with the pics I have taken at the 250mm end handheld as long as the light is decent. Carrying a tripod kinda doesn't seem right with a pocket sized camera. The $14 bomber grip makes a yuuuge difference in having a secure grip, even if you don't have orange hair. As a pure amateur, I only have to please myself. I wasn't all that thrilled with the camera at first, but it grows on you. I carry it in a belt pouch in summery weather.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 06:25 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (393 comments in total)

The question is which is more important to you. The 25-250mm range of the ZS100 or the 2 stop faster 24-72mm lens of the LX10. I enjoy my ZS100, but it did handle like a wet bar of soap until I got the glue-on $14 part from Amazon that adds some friction and looks great on the camera. Panasonic should have provided a rubbery coating. My $250 refurb Fuji X30 has a fast sharp lens and covers 28-112mm. Both the X30 and ZS100 have viewfinders. It didn't occur to me that viewfinders were an age issue but I am 80 with recent cataract surgery. I tend to use the LCD with reading glasses. Otherwise, it is constant on-off on-off with the damn reading glasses.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 02:03 UTC as 13th comment | 4 replies
On article Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom Review (2 comments in total)

I still have my Fuji 6900Z and S602, both in working condition, and fine cameras for their time. Top ISO was 400. The 602 used AA batteries and lithiums have a long life. Only about 13 years ago. Remember when the average time span for top of the line Nikon film SLRs was about 10 years. Seems like current shelf lives are about 3 months. Glad Fuji is still going strong. Love my X30, a $250 refurb and my used X-Pro 1, LN for about $400. Still a bottom feeder.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 07:01 UTC as 1st comment
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2499 comments in total)

I am an amateur bottom feeder. I bought the Nex-7 and the X-Pro 1 in like new condition each for about $400-500. I like them both. The great thing with these cameras are the low cost adaptors that allow one to use lenses from a wide group of manufacturers including Leica bayonet and screwmounts.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 19:37 UTC as 19th comment
On article Tiny marvel: Panasonic LX10 sample photos (77 comments in total)

I'll stick with my LUMIX ZS100.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 22:49 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On article Google Pixel XL real-world sample gallery (103 comments in total)

I live in a Seattle suburb and love the photos of places I see nearly every day. But I expect to see a review of the iPhone 7, according to your email.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 08:50 UTC as 6th comment
On article Google Pixel XL real-world sample gallery (103 comments in total)

At age 80, I always have cell phone handy because it enhances my personal survivability. It is a iPhone 6s Plus, and its camera does performs well within its typical domain, plus its capability is much more than just a phone with a P&S camera. In addition, I usually take along a Panasonic ZS100, which fits nicely with a jacket or vest pocket, a messenger bag (which can handle an ipad) or a belt case. And I still have one hand free for my essential cane. These fit nearly all my amateur needs and hobbies. I will check out the iPhone 7 because of curiosity. Always love to read the reviews, but new gear costing an "affordable" G-note has long since failed the diminishing returns test.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 08:42 UTC as 7th comment
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