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 Hot mess: Remembering the Leica M8 (129 comments in total)
In reply to:

Zeegee: Some of us will never understand Leica buyers, however I do ike my Bessa R3M with the 40f1.4...enough said

I can understand Leica film camera buyers, because I are one. Great history, but crappy ergonomics until the M series. But still, the screwmounts have a pulse.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 18:30 UTC
On article Hot mess: Remembering the Leica M8 (129 comments in total)
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Dave Oddie: These throwback articles are interesting but for me underline one fundamental truth, that old digital camera of this "vintage" are basically crap compared to what we have today.

This is ironic in a way because an even older Leica film rangefinders will never be obsolete so long as film is still made and able to be processed. You can use modern film and lenses with your older film camera but you are stuck with that outdated 10mp sensor with an M8. The same applies to other makes as well of course not just Leica but the virtually guaranteed obsolescence of a digital camera means I'd be far happier to have shelled out the amount of cash we are talking here for an M7 than for an M8

Any film camera in history, Androole?

I think the Gambit circa 1960s, would give it a run for the money, although it cost hundreds of millions, but shot in stereo.

Reviewed at www.nro.gov

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 18:26 UTC

I think the ideal tool to shoot today's bands would be an AK-47.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 15:49 UTC as 2nd comment

Strange how light photography seems to be driven by rock concerts. Strange to me since no music has been written since about 1980. Remember Cole Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein, and when singers were required to have good voices? The bands that are prominent now appear to be in dire need of a fumigator. Rap is crap.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 15:45 UTC as 3rd comment
On article 2017 Roundup: Consumer Long Zoom Compacts (166 comments in total)

I just received my ZS70 two days ago, and I love it so far. I already had and have the ZS50 and ZS100. The ZS70 has significantly better IQ than the ZS50. The tilting LCD is a nice addition. I am still climbing the learning curve.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 16:42 UTC as 4th comment
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Mike Ronesia: After spending 18 years in Seattle I can relate to it still being sweatshirt weather there. I can think of worse ways to spend a Saturday, but Summer started a long time ago where I live and it is just too hot now to spend a lot of time outdoors. We will be at a dog event Saturday, so pictures will be taken, but nothing interesting.

In Seattle, we often use the fireplace on the 4th of July, then warm weather with almost no rain until mid September. I don't like November thru Feb, not cold, but pitch black ar 4 PM, and I no longer drive after dark. Bought a new car Dec 2012 and have only 9000 miles on it. Old age sucks.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 22:59 UTC
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sh10453: "What will you photograph this year, if you participate?"
Definitely will not be photographing beards!

With Tricare, we see any doctor, no copays, no caps, no deductables, no nothing.
Generic meds are free, others are cheap since TriCare can negotiate with Pharms.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 22:53 UTC
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sh10453: "What will you photograph this year, if you participate?"
Definitely will not be photographing beards!

I wear a very short beard and mustache and try to keep it trimmed to less than 3/8 inches long. Why? Because it avoids shaving the hardest parts to shave, the chin, under the nose, around the lips. I shave the broad flat part of the cheeks. Quicker, and less scraping. When you are in your 80s, and have severe rheumatoid arthritis, you try to conserve energy. I am in my 17th year of bad arthritis. The meds you see advertised on TV, like Enbrel, Humira, Remicade, Orencia, Actemra have one thing in common, a monthly cost of $2500. They don't know causes arthritis, nor what cures it. It is an auto-immune disease where your white cells go crazy. The drugs weaken your immune system to lessen the damage. I have a rich Uncle who picks up the tab. He adopted me when I served 20+ years in uniform. The plan is called TriCare. It's for retirees and I have nothing to do with the VA. Cost is $100/month for wife and me and it comes out of social security. Best plan on earth. Uncle Sam

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 22:47 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Enthusiast Long Zoom Cameras (275 comments in total)

Just ordered my ZS70, to go along with ZS100 and ZS50.

Easy to carry. Viewfinders are far from great, but required when bright sun is shining on LCD.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2017 at 23:11 UTC as 12th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: The Canon PowerShot G3 (94 comments in total)

My particular favorite among the Canon P&Ss was the A650IS. Four AA batteries; use lithiums and forget about batteries for months. 35-210mm zoom, and a flexible LCD. Use the hack app and raw was available. Still have it, and still works perfectly. My wife uses it on her frequent trips to Europe, and she is not a techie.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 19:24 UTC as 33rd comment | 3 replies

I occasionally try to photo powered model airplane flights at Maymoor Park in Redmond. (The DPR staff will understand) and it is challenging for normal cameras.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 21:47 UTC as 21st comment
On article Shiftcam for iPhone 7 Plus review (58 comments in total)

Love my iPhone 7+ but always ready to try new apps. Viewing the results on my iPad replaces 8x10 prints. Plus GPS, EXIF, and communications. I was a software engineer on the B-1B bomber for 13 years, and my iPhone has more compute power than all the 8 IBM computers on the bomber combined. To think I went through MIT with a slide rule, or was it a sly drool? Can't remember.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 21:41 UTC as 12th comment

So Canon has something similar. Big deal. I can buy an adaptor for my Sony a6000. When Canon orphaned FD, I abandoned Canon, but still like my FD gear.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 17:43 UTC as 4th comment

I want it!

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 17:36 UTC as 5th comment
On article Video: Nikon D7500 first look (416 comments in total)
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brycesteiner: The real question I have is how do you pronounce "Nikon"?

I keep getting different pronunciations from various people.

I am American and I pronounce it any way I want. The capital of China is Peking.

One exception I do make is that Aussie is pronounced Ozzie in Australia, and I have adopted it just to be different. I am also one of the few people who know what SOP stands for, and the name of the person who was a Major League Baseball player who,was a Marine pilot in WW2, recalled for Korea p, and hit a homer in in his final at bat in his team's final game of the season at Fenway Park. You may think you know the answers but chances are you don't. Try it.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2017 at 19:35 UTC
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brettmeikle: Fascinating and horrifying by turns. These may well stand as a pictorial decline of America in the 21st century.

Sactojim, I lived everywhere in my 22 years in the Air Force including the segregated south, and I despise redneck Jesus freak knuckle draggers who seem to be Trump's most ardent supporters. My background is science and physics and while religion has some positive aspects, its belief in invisible friends is BS.

Evolution, global warming, and a 13.7 billion year old universe and a 4.5 billion old earth are solid science. If you want to argue climate change with me, bring evidence of a working knowledge of quantum mechanics. My own personal belief is that Odin (Wotan) was licked out a glacier by a giant cow. I am stuck with that because my DNA test shows Viking as well as Neanderthal ancestors.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2017 at 19:15 UTC
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Sactojim: Uggg, some of the most poorly captured images I've ever seen. Vice magazine? LOL..does anyone actually read this trash? Why is DPR even putting this out there? Desperate for attention DPR?

I agree. We should not be sucked into sites like vice.com.

I will treat this as an anomaly, because I really like and enjoy dpreview.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2017 at 18:57 UTC
On article Roadtrip Review Redux: The Fujifilm X100F (173 comments in total)

I can't believe you drove from Seattle to LA is just two days. I love Fujis and 35mm is a good choice if you have just one but why not a zoom? I would have preferred my Fuji X30 with a tack sharp 28-122mm zoom and an excellent EVF. Still, your photos were lovely.

The only thing I don't like about Seattle is the lack of sunshine in the winter, pitch black at 4 PM. But our summers are the best on earth, but no warm water beaches. You can sometime spot Orcas while riding the ferry boats. Seattle is the birthplace of Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks and Costco. We place a bounty on televangelists.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 20:20 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Roadtrip Review Redux: The Fujifilm X100F (173 comments in total)

Welcome to Seattle. I have lived here for the past 40 years by choice. My first 22 years were in Niagara Falls-Buffalo, then for the 22 years I lived everywhere as an Air Force weather officer, my last 3 Air Force years in charge of AFROTC at Udub, AKA University of Washington in Seattle. There is no place else in the US I would prefer.

Seattle is way north. We are farther north than Quebec City or anywhere in Maine. Though infamous for rain, average rainfall is just 35 inches a year, and scarce in the summer. Thunderstorms are rare. Our temps are mild, average 75F highs in July, 45F in January. One year in the 1980s, the warmest temp all year was 81F. Many years we never see a snowflake but drive 60 miles east on I-90, you are likely to see 10 feet of snow and skiing in May. Air conditioning not required, low humidity, few bugs and few bible thumpers. Gorgeous scenerary, snow covered mountains East and west, and a well educated population. No state income taxes.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 20:08 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (691 comments in total)

If adaptors for my legacy lenses, it would worth a try. Still more expensive than my usual budgets.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 02:14 UTC as 100th comment
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