bilmenot

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On article ThinkTank launches PhotoCross 15 rugged backpack (49 comments in total)

The bag looks ok but no external pockets for small items and food like energy bar, the waist belt has no molle to attach a pouch, the bag is for urban more than use in the wild, there are other more practical backpack suitable for camera gears.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2019 at 05:05 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply

Please excuse my ignorance I don't have any Sigma camera, but eagerly wanted to try out the Foveon sensor, and planned to get a new or used Quartto. It is interesting how Sigma set the price of their cameras, to make the SD Quartto a very affordable buy so why bother with the fixed lens models ? some said the original DPs are still the best in terms of IQ, the Quattro has different sensor design to make it works better at low light in the expense of some IQ, I don't know but I want a Foveon camera that works reasonable well in real world situation that requires ISO 400. I also want DNG support, I don't want to limit to PS, LR...etc. there are many other s/w support DNG.

I wonder why Sigma decided to enter the full frame business with new Foveon sensor, what about the SDQ H they already have ? I don't think FF is significantly better than APS-H unless with great low light support, and joining the L-camp means future cameras and lenses will be expensive, so I will stick with the SDQ-H.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2019 at 01:34 UTC as 7th comment
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PLShutterbug: “Some people like to have a lot of stuff dangling from their bags...”

When I was in Scouts, our leaders forbade ANYTHING from from dangling and swinging around from our packs or anywhere else. They explained that first it was noisy; second distracting; and third unsafe as stuff could get caught in protruding branches, etc.

As an adult I still find stuff dangling from a pack to be annoying, and I don’t understand how anyone can put up with something swinging around and constantly smacking them.

Things like hand sanitizer, small key chain flashlight, a whistle and couple carabiner hooks dangling is must have and acceptable for a hiker, especially when you are on the go can't find a place to put your bag down to dig things out. The main reason I think no big heavy object should dangling in the bag is balancing, and you will be more tired with them swinging around while walking or running. What I don't like is a bag that big load with stuffs does not have waist strap support.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2019 at 04:20 UTC

The target audience are those born after film tried hard to mimic film with PS, now they can save some time and get this crap ! btw my first SLR was the Yashica FX3 not too bad for beginner. I am hoping to see someone re-invent the Polaroid 35mm DIY development kit with improve quality at reasonable price.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2019 at 06:57 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On article CP+ 2019: Zeiss interview - 'Let’s do something new' (337 comments in total)

I can never afford a camera like this, but I already feel painful and tired holding it to shoot, 'ergonomic' is out of the equation in German (still ?) design, you have to dress like that to use it !

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2019 at 04:44 UTC as 18th comment

Must be drunk to come up with the idea cheers Xp

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2019 at 05:22 UTC as 56th comment
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bilmenot: I am a Pentaxian and I am poor, Pentax is very reasonable priced with features not commonly found on other made at the same price range, such as weather sealing, strong metal chassis and pentaprism even on entry level models. Pentax is old school, slow to produce, many people wanted Pentax to die, but it survived. Pentax is deeply rooted in photography, it is practical no gimmick no nonsense, I still use their film cameras, their lenses are highly praised by seasoned photographers. Pentax does not have huge budget to buyout business like what microsoft did, Pentax design and produce many of it's cameras and lenses, I am a proud owner of Pentax, my K3 still ticking after 5yrs. of heavy use bumps and drops, please try with your newly acquired toy.

I also interested in the OM, I picked Pentax long time ago because it was the 2nd brand beside Nikon able to adapt M42 lenses, I used lot of Russian lenses back then, and they came in F and K mount versions beside M42, today is different.

Btw my first DSLR was the OM E300, a FT not MFT DSLR, it was already used when I bought it, it produced very nice photos, then I found Pentax at a clearance sales and I bought it, I'm glad that I did.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2019 at 09:03 UTC

I am a Pentaxian and I am poor, Pentax is very reasonable priced with features not commonly found on other made at the same price range, such as weather sealing, strong metal chassis and pentaprism even on entry level models. Pentax is old school, slow to produce, many people wanted Pentax to die, but it survived. Pentax is deeply rooted in photography, it is practical no gimmick no nonsense, I still use their film cameras, their lenses are highly praised by seasoned photographers. Pentax does not have huge budget to buyout business like what microsoft did, Pentax design and produce many of it's cameras and lenses, I am a proud owner of Pentax, my K3 still ticking after 5yrs. of heavy use bumps and drops, please try with your newly acquired toy.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2019 at 08:44 UTC as 49th comment | 2 replies
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bilmenot: I did some B/W film and print at home and it was easy, color is difficult especially temperature control, and the chemicals are more poisonous, I just wish Polaroid or others re-introduce the 35mm processor for small volume hobby use.

Forgot to say I mean E6, and I used Daylab to print B/W, never done any color print as was too difficult for me.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2019 at 01:15 UTC

I did some B/W film and print at home and it was easy, color is difficult especially temperature control, and the chemicals are more poisonous, I just wish Polaroid or others re-introduce the 35mm processor for small volume hobby use.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2019 at 07:59 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies
On article Photokina 2018: Zenit and Leica collaborate on new 'M' (486 comments in total)

I used to love Russian RF cameras like the Fed, Kiev and Zorki, and don't mind the bubbles on the lenses that's the Russian quality made the image unique, I am not a pixel peeper and can't afford top of the line glasses...

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2018 at 06:29 UTC as 29th comment

I am happy with my pin hole lens cap, I pass for that price !

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2018 at 07:31 UTC as 48th comment

I've no interest and money to purchase this camera, but to me it is more like a finished product than the Nikon Z

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2018 at 08:12 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4476 comments in total)

I no longer use any Nikon but I will not doubt this is state of the arts, but there are couple things I don't feel comfortable with it. At the first look it reminds me of the Nikonos RS, the tiny finder head looks weird to me, and the body is boxy like many other new cameras, this is just a personal preference has nothing to do with it's functionality. The other thing I don't like is the lens release button of the new mount, it still put so close to the left edge how could one change lens without first 'un-grab' the camera ? beside Pentax I think Sony is the only other camera that do it right, I can keep holding the camera steady with my right hand and press the lens release button with my ring finger and change lens with my left hand, I don't know how Nikon fans do it quick especially with big heavy lenses. When you invest huge amount of money on a piece of equipment you will expect more than it's functionality, I don't feel 'good ergonomic' is the right word to describe this camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2018 at 14:21 UTC as 927th comment | 1 reply
On article Review: The Wandrd Prvke is a near-perfect camera bag (353 comments in total)
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Rod McD: The main problem with backpack camera bags is that they're on your back. They can be good for transport, but they are not good to actually work from on the move. And secondly, if you're actually hiking, there's insufficient space for all the other usual stuff - raincoats, hats, food, gloves, water bottles, stoves, maps, torches, and so on. What do the designers think - we leave home with just a camera?

Many bags lack bump and crush resistance and in this case the walls and dividers IMO look thin. I'd also be suspicious of weather resistance with so many openings. Not for me. There was a time when you could buy heavily made soft cases with very solid build quality, heavy exterior and interior padding and rugged zips. Eg the original Lowe AW series. Not any more. Bag design and build quality seem to be a race to the bottom.

Mine is made with Cordura material with flexible medium padding, 50% more space slightly heavily but cost 20% less, it got a collapsible side pocket for water bottle that extend to the outside. Most backpack water bottle pocket share the space with the main compartment, I got 2 LowePro just like that, the pocket is simply a sew on piece of elastic nylon net, if the bag fully loaded there is no room for even a 500ml bottle, let alone a 1L+ one for long trip. My bag also got a camel bag compartment which I used for document, plus room for a notebook if I can reduce the gears, I can add on stuffs via Molle and 'hook and loop'. One thing I have not mention is the waist belt, it is a must for heavy backpack to spread the load evenly, if it is too narrow and thin it will not only causing fatigue but also rubs against the clothing and cause pilling.

I spent and wasted too much money on backpacks that not practical in real use, I will not look back when I purchase my next bag !

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2018 at 08:49 UTC
On article Review: The Wandrd Prvke is a near-perfect camera bag (353 comments in total)
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Rod McD: The main problem with backpack camera bags is that they're on your back. They can be good for transport, but they are not good to actually work from on the move. And secondly, if you're actually hiking, there's insufficient space for all the other usual stuff - raincoats, hats, food, gloves, water bottles, stoves, maps, torches, and so on. What do the designers think - we leave home with just a camera?

Many bags lack bump and crush resistance and in this case the walls and dividers IMO look thin. I'd also be suspicious of weather resistance with so many openings. Not for me. There was a time when you could buy heavily made soft cases with very solid build quality, heavy exterior and interior padding and rugged zips. Eg the original Lowe AW series. Not any more. Bag design and build quality seem to be a race to the bottom.

Exactly ! this is a storage bag not good for actual use while on the go, there is not enough padding and the water bottle side pocket is not big enough, I doubt this bag and many modern so called camera backpacks are designed by real photographer. There are better bags out there not by mainstream photography bags maker has better design that cost lot less.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2018 at 04:13 UTC

A bag that size without a waist belt is next to useless to me, why put all the load on the shoulders !? there are very few real good camera backpacks in the market, the rest are bad designed impractical for daily use or wear out quick, you will have better chance to find a good one to search out of the 'photographic bag' category ! I got mine from a military backpack manufacturer at half that price, it is super rigid and comfortable to wear and use. For what I see most of the new fancy camera backpacks are designed for 'tight packing', looks tidy but extremely hard to use when on the go, I better off grab any bag I like and get a camera insert to make my own bag !

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2018 at 06:40 UTC as 14th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200/TZ200 Review (615 comments in total)

Great, but I still like the LX100 more coz I need a bigger EVF

Link | Posted on May 19, 2018 at 05:06 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X-H1 Review (1596 comments in total)
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bilmenot: I am sorry too I am also in the 'Fuji-meh' camp, tried the X-30 and XE-2, loved the sensor and lens but hated the handling, finally Fuji came up with something more 'grippy' , previous models are too much front heavy, together with the inconvenient menu design I felt extremely tired using it, I am going to the Lumix camp with my DSLR bye now !

Since I already left Fuji I no longer care the changes, but I will tell my problem with it anyway. There are at least 2 'flaw' with the menu design, that may already corrected with new FW.

1. Custom menu

There are 7 custom settings on the XE-2 C1-C7, whenever I return from custom settings to the default one, C1 ? C1 will get over written by whatever I used previously, so there is no real default, I must create my default with a custom one.

2. The delete mode

Say, after I took 10 similar photos, I want to check the sharpness of each and delete those I don't want, I can go to the view mode to zoom in each of them to check no problem, but if I want to delete any photo I must exit view mode and go to delete mode, to pick the one I don't want, I must also remember the file name to delete it, for 10 photos it will not be too much trouble, but with 50 or more shots will be a pain in the neck to do it. I am using Pentax, I can delete photos right away with delete button zoomed or not.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2018 at 07:10 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-H1 Review (1596 comments in total)

I am sorry too I am also in the 'Fuji-meh' camp, tried the X-30 and XE-2, loved the sensor and lens but hated the handling, finally Fuji came up with something more 'grippy' , previous models are too much front heavy, together with the inconvenient menu design I felt extremely tired using it, I am going to the Lumix camp with my DSLR bye now !

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2018 at 08:09 UTC as 102nd comment | 2 replies
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