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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There are still some British photo magazines around. My favorite “What Digital Camera”. Ended about a year ago. I subscribed to both Shutterbug and Pop Photo. I stil subscribe to about 20 mags of which my favorite is “New Yorker”: my wife and I have about 15,000 books in the House. I have five degrees and still have all my textbooks. I have read every Spenser, Nero Wolfe, and Travis McGee novel 4-5 times. Helps me get over America’s death spiral. I am too old to learn how to communicate in Chinese. Glad to have lived here when we were at the top of our game.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2018 at 06:50 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200/TZ200 Review (546 comments in total)
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james s. kennedy: As an engineer for most of my life, maybe the solution for shirtpocket travel cameras lies with the shirtpocket, not the camera. My always with me camera is the iPhone 8+, and it is too big for a lot of my shirtpocket. Maybe a vest is the way to go. The last time I used an airplane, I went for a Viking river cruise of 6 days on the Danube. I had a Nikon D300 at the time, but I brought Canon 850 which I carried on a belt pouch, zoo 35-210mm, powered by 4 Lithium AA batteries, which seem to last forever. I was pleased with the photos I brought home. I have no financial connection with Viking Cruise lines, and the room, meals, and staff were superb. I am approaching age 82, and I hope for a final trip to my hometown of Niagara Falls. The city is a rust belt slum but the Falls are still magnificent. Thinking of using the train from Vancouver to Toronto, since Toronto is only about 60 miles from NF. THE Canadian side is nicer than the New York side.

The Canon I took was actuallly the A650IS.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2018 at 14:57 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200/TZ200 Review (546 comments in total)

As an engineer for most of my life, maybe the solution for shirtpocket travel cameras lies with the shirtpocket, not the camera. My always with me camera is the iPhone 8+, and it is too big for a lot of my shirtpocket. Maybe a vest is the way to go. The last time I used an airplane, I went for a Viking river cruise of 6 days on the Danube. I had a Nikon D300 at the time, but I brought Canon 850 which I carried on a belt pouch, zoo 35-210mm, powered by 4 Lithium AA batteries, which seem to last forever. I was pleased with the photos I brought home. I have no financial connection with Viking Cruise lines, and the room, meals, and staff were superb. I am approaching age 82, and I hope for a final trip to my hometown of Niagara Falls. The city is a rust belt slum but the Falls are still magnificent. Thinking of using the train from Vancouver to Toronto, since Toronto is only about 60 miles from NF. THE Canadian side is nicer than the New York side.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2018 at 01:21 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200/TZ200 Review (546 comments in total)
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PhotoPoet: Was going to upgrade then realized my much older ZS50 has a longer zoom... yeah less "pixels" but, 720 vs 360... stick with older... strange for me... ( and I don't shoot much if any video)

I own the ZS50 and 70 as well as the 100 and 200. I prefer the 70 to the 50, but they are both OK.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2018 at 17:32 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200/TZ200 Review (546 comments in total)
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l_d_allan: Was I the only one who had trouble finding one of the .... if not THE ... most important spec .... price?
(about $800 at B&H and Amazon ... maybe I didn't look hard enough, but I never did come across the MSRP in the review)

The ZS100 is now significantly cheaper. I bought my ZS 200 from B&H for about $800 because of free shipping and no sales tax.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2018 at 17:29 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200/TZ200 Review (546 comments in total)

I received a ZS200 yesterday. I have had the ZS100 for about 2 years. My initial impression is that the changes are insufficient to warrant an upgrade, but it is still early days. The new grip is a significant imorovement but a grip I added to the ZS100 2 years ago for $13 from Amazonis as good or better. It is no longer offered as far as I can see. The higher resolution of the LCD and EXF on the ZS200 are insignificant. I use the EVF on these cameras only as a last resort. The EVF on my Fuji X30 is far superior. The image quality of the two seems about the same, but I am still testing this. The increase in focal length is trivial for my purposes. I ordered the ZS200 before the DPR review was available, but I would likely have done so after reading the review. I hope the addition of Bluetooth turns out to be significant. I will let you know. I still claim that the purchase of a Fuji HS50EXR is the best way you can spend about $400, but it is not a pocket camera.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2018 at 17:26 UTC as 16th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200/TZ200 Review (546 comments in total)
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ZC Lee: My Japan tour with ZS200: http://bit.ly/2qyaNWq
(note: I am engineer, not photographer)
Yes, the lens is soft even in center.
However ZS200 let me recall the lovely memory with TZ1@2006.

Magnificent!

Thank you for the lovely photos.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2018 at 03:48 UTC
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Karl Persson: Sony´s problem is they don´t "have it".
Nikons do, Canons do.

Sony will never be nr 1 (or 2).

The thing that drove me to Sony is that with low cost adaptors, I could use the zillions o lenses I have from Leica, Canon, Nikon, Minolta and Pentax.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2018 at 15:27 UTC

I have the Sony Nex 6 and 7, and the a6000 and a 6500, and don’t mind reading about Sony cameras, but am unlikely to buy a new SLR. At age 81, portability is my top priority along its IQ. I had hoped to get your review of the Panasonic ZS200, but finally gave up and ordered one, up next Monday. I also like articles on iPhone cameras, but slanted towards technique since I am sticking with my Apple 8+. When I wake up each morning, the first site I visit is DPR, unless some disaster has occurred or is pending. But disaster is now omnipresent thanks to fungus amungus In DC.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2018 at 15:24 UTC as 129th comment

On my iPhone 8+, if you bring up the camera and press down on the 1x for a second or two, it brings up a feature that enables a continuous zoom from 1x to 10x. Same with holding down on the 2x.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2018 at 19:45 UTC as 1st comment
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RandyPD: Can't wait to see it on the next iPhone, Apple implementations of anything are always the best.

Luke, I entirely agree that the iPad should have an SD card slot. The iPad is far from perfect. I was a software engineer on the B-1B bomber and F-22 fighter for 24 years and they are not perfect either. The iPad does some things exceedingly well and is very portable.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2018 at 19:31 UTC
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RandyPD: Can't wait to see it on the next iPhone, Apple implementations of anything are always the best.

Luke, I hear Apple is coming out with a child’s version of the iPad that may appeal to you. There are some things Apple does that are annoying, but I am addicted to my iPad for many reasons. Email, finances, and having a portable library, newspaper and atlas readily available.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2018 at 07:25 UTC
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james s. kennedy: I like my iPhone 8+ with its great camera and it is easy to take the photo wth both cameras in sequence and to view them on an iPad to see which one you like best. The 8+ is a well integrated package and I like the large screen. I often bring along my Panasonic ZS100 with it’s 1 inch sensor and 25-250 zoom. I may upgrade to the ZS200 if I live long enough to view DPR’s comprehensive review, which is coming some time this year, I hope.

Update: The Panasonic ZS200 is now encounte to me and I will cease and desist asking for a DPR review, but will still enjoy and learn from the DPR review when it comes, hopefully with a lot of Seattle area photos.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2018 at 07:18 UTC

I like my iPhone 8+ with its great camera and it is easy to take the photo wth both cameras in sequence and to view them on an iPad to see which one you like best. The 8+ is a well integrated package and I like the large screen. I often bring along my Panasonic ZS100 with it’s 1 inch sensor and 25-250 zoom. I may upgrade to the ZS200 if I live long enough to view DPR’s comprehensive review, which is coming some time this year, I hope.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2018 at 22:22 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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anticipation_of: That's a lot of pixels to squeeze onto a 1/2.3" sensor. Not sure if that's going to work very well.

My ZS70 has the same amount of pixels and does quite well even at zoom of 720mm given decent light.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2018 at 16:01 UTC

I have the ZS50, ZS70, and ZS100. The 50 and 70 have the 1/2.3 sensor and can perform fairly well even zoomed to 720mm depending on the light. They are not low light cameras, but can produce good 8x10 inch prints. I use my iPad Air 2 mostly when viewing the results. The camera mentioned here sounds interesting but unfortunately, at age 81, I am not ruggedized. I am still anxiously waiting for DPR’s review of the ZS200 to help me consider an upgrade to my ZS100, which is itself a fine camera.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2018 at 15:58 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1453 comments in total)

Sigh, still no review of the Panasonic ZS200.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2018 at 17:09 UTC as 143rd comment | 1 reply
On article ESA unveils most detailed 3D star map ever captured (159 comments in total)
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shmn: I suddenly feel very small.

The earth is shaped as an oblate spheroid, with the quatorial diameter larger than the polar diameter. If the opposite were true, it would be a prolate spheroid, like an American football.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2018 at 06:02 UTC
On article ESA unveils most detailed 3D star map ever captured (159 comments in total)

May I suggest an easy to read, humorous but very scientifically accurate book written by the Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman, called “The God Particle”. It lays the groundwork for the search for the Higgs Boson. Lederman explains in the book that he preferred the title “The Goddam Particle” but the publisher objected. Lederman had been the leader of the Fermilab.

I make this suggestion because I read all of the comments. DPR is obviously not a forum centered on quantum physics. And yes, light waves do experience Doppler effects.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2018 at 18:42 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
On article Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds (447 comments in total)

As an 81 year old, I wish these had been around during my grade school years and beyond, to augment my memories. Given GPS, EXIF, ability to share, these are truly marvelous. I spent many years with classified spy and weather satellites, Vietnam and CONUS. When I was a student, if I had such a device, I wonder if I would take notes, or photo the blackboards, or take videos of the teacher. To bad I cant hit the rebound button on my life.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2018 at 22:35 UTC as 16th comment
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