jean pierre AKA pete

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I'll try it - like I try heaps of other programs for transferring, cataloguing and post-processing my photos.
But I haven't enjoyed its predecessor. It's flaky & unreliable, when you try using it to transfer images from any of your card readers onto your computer. It won't work on large numbers of images, you have to shunt them through a few at a time. You CANNOT allow it to delete images from your card until you are 110% certain that you have copies of ALL of the images on your computer
And the menu system to do all of that is clumsy and tedious.
There are heaps of far simply, more reliable and more effective programs to do it.

SO - time to download the new version and see if it's any different.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2021 at 12:03 UTC as 12th comment
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jean pierre AKA pete: Mirrorless without an EVF - no, thank you. With - possibly - but then it becomes a cack-handed solution to a problem that didn't exist before mirrorless, because we all had a pentaprism & TTL viewfinder system.

I agree with the comments that won't join this debate. It raged forever, over rangefinder vs SLR. And the rangefinders are still in production. I used them for half a century - no probs.

Some of them combined rangefinder with the pentaprism, some were "pure". Which, come to think of it, is a bit like mirrorless with or without an EVF

I will add one, too. It's a bit like the debate that continues to rage in the background over cellphones (as "cameras") vs "real" cameras. It's utterly pointless to argue over it. It's like saying "this bicycle is better than that vacuum cleaner". They simply serve a different purpose and a different market. End of argument.

I'm afraid you missed my point entirely. It has nothing to do with analogies. It has to do with comparisons.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2020 at 07:34 UTC

Mirrorless without an EVF - no, thank you. With - possibly - but then it becomes a cack-handed solution to a problem that didn't exist before mirrorless, because we all had a pentaprism & TTL viewfinder system.

I agree with the comments that won't join this debate. It raged forever, over rangefinder vs SLR. And the rangefinders are still in production. I used them for half a century - no probs.

Some of them combined rangefinder with the pentaprism, some were "pure". Which, come to think of it, is a bit like mirrorless with or without an EVF

I will add one, too. It's a bit like the debate that continues to rage in the background over cellphones (as "cameras") vs "real" cameras. It's utterly pointless to argue over it. It's like saying "this bicycle is better than that vacuum cleaner". They simply serve a different purpose and a different market. End of argument.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 05:20 UTC as 101st comment | 4 replies

We have a saying - you probably do, too - "à chacun son goût". I think your version is "each to their own".

This idea of "better" stems from competition between different people. That's fine, on a tennis court - because it's the objective of playing tennis.

But without wishing to give offence to anyone, I think it's absurd to import competition into a creative art, by asserting that film is somehow better than digital or vice versa. They are simply different. To argue which one is better is like suggesting this elephant is better than that pair of high heeled shoes! - or this banana is better than that water pistal.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2020 at 06:32 UTC as 125th comment

I'm not sure that I agree with your comments on UV filters. Personally, I use one of SIGMA's clear ceramic protecter filters on my lenses - especially the more expensive ones.
That said, I do have UVs on the cheaper lenses - for the same reason. As you yourself say, while they might be considered "unnecessary", they are a LOT cheaper than buying a new lens.
Ignoring all of that. though - I have found in some situations that a UV will enhance skies. I haven't logged it or studied it , so I can't give more detail of what sort of sky it works on. But it does seem to work on digital sensors, somehow, sometimes.
And while I like the idea of SOOC and "capturing what we SEE", not what we can create by photoshopping our images, there's nothing worse to deal with during printing than a weak sky!
(Of course we can also go to the "correct filter" and put the polariser on instead - LOL)

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2020 at 06:17 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply

I'm 120% "with" Mr Steinmetz and Mayor De Blasio on this one.

And a word to the cops responsible for seizing the drone - just because you have a power, doesn't mean you ought to exercise it.

"Good" law enforcement and "good" regulation isn't quite that simple.

First you need laws or rules that make sense - and can achieve some useful end result.

Then you need to place them in the hands of a sensible law administration & enforcement agency.

Both the rules or laws, and the administration & enforcement agency, need something more, before they will be successful. They need to be understand and accepted by the community. Otherwise they are on a highway to hell.

One final point. It is NOT necessary to prosecute everyone who is "caught" breaching the law. Doing that will have the opposite effect - it will teach the entire community to disrespect both the law itself and also the law enforcement agency. That is NOT what NYPD should be doing. Especially at a time like this.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2020 at 06:17 UTC as 63rd comment | 2 replies

Watching GAS spread over the landscape in recent years has been a shattering experience.

Personally, I couldn't keep up with it all. So I made a decision to buy what I wanted, and then stick with it - possibly till the end of my life, since I am nearing 80 already.

And to be honest, I have five main reasons.
1 - the cameras are compatible - a D500 & D850 Nikon
2 - I have the lenses I want
3 - the image quality from both is exceptional - you'd be hard pressed to do any better, without going to medium format
4 - to learn PROPERLY how to handle these cameras will take ages - I already have 4 text books (guides) on them, running to a total of over 3,000 pages - I simply CANNOT learn that much, every time someone produces a new model
5 - and anyway, I can't possibly afford to buy new cameras all the time - so it's non-negotiable!

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2020 at 05:47 UTC as 114th comment | 6 replies

What a ridiculous piece of legislation!

Why don't they develop this approach further, and pass a law making it illegal for trousers for men to have a "right-hand fly"? That should generate massive sales over the weeks following its introduction, as every male in the state has to buy new trousers - not to mention the fun right-handers will have, trying to go to the toilet!

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2019 at 11:43 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply

So what are we expected to do if we don't live in Melville or Los Angeles? Play football with our gear, instead of getting it repaired?
What sort of company treats its loyal customers like this?

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2019 at 06:10 UTC as 56th comment | 2 replies

I can't even get the previous version to open. Whenever I try, I end up wasting time in correspondence with On1, being told it's all my fault and have I checked my proxy settings and firewall.
Sorry On1 - till this stops, I certainly won't consider buying any more updates

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2019 at 05:12 UTC as 4th comment
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jean pierre AKA pete: In other words, the idiot in the White House should never have imposed the ban in the first place.

Comrade Tao, I ain't the one complaining so your comment is piffle. Anyway, tautological remarks like that take you - nobody else! - around in circles.

And I ain't miserable either, so that remark is also piffle.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2019 at 07:18 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Bring back the custom focus limiter! (178 comments in total)

If this can be done by a software adjustment, why the hell aren't ALL the manufacturers offering it as a post adjustment to their software? There are times when a gesture like that might trigger some customer loyalty - something which seems to be evaporating in today's market, with increasingly alarming movements in sales figures!

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2019 at 06:40 UTC as 30th comment

I am curious. Where are your tests of the real-time focusing of the D5 and the EOS 1DX-II? The only one my search turned up was a reference to a score of 95% for the D5

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2019 at 02:55 UTC as 42nd comment | 7 replies
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jean pierre AKA pete: ASTOUNDING! Half a century ago I used to take a lot of photos of steam locos, so I have a VERY good idea how difficult it is to get a shot of this quality. And on a cellphone! YIKES!

Sorry - as I said, I gave all those photos to my friend in England, years ago.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2019 at 05:07 UTC
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jean pierre AKA pete: ASTOUNDING! Half a century ago I used to take a lot of photos of steam locos, so I have a VERY good idea how difficult it is to get a shot of this quality. And on a cellphone! YIKES!

Ooops - sorry, cjf - only just found your message.
Yes it was in Australia, but about 15 years ago I gave all my railway material to a friend of mine from those days, who now lives in East Croydon.
Loved the Pichi Richi - my uncle lived not too far away from there, and I often had holidays in that region.
One of my favourite shots was taken while I was perched on top of a fence post in a paddock - standing there with no possibility of using a tripod, with a 135mm telephoto plugged into the front of my Zeiss Contarex - first light, before dawn - in a valley, to make sure it was dark! - and a steam train came into view, with the light just catching the side of the train - steam - smoke - the lot.
It was a great tribute to that camera. The shot was (obviously) hand held, and I think from memory it was around 1/50th, but it was still sharp! The camera weighed so much, that it acted as its own built-in VR. Loved it - eventually traded it in after 50 years, a couple of years back.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2019 at 05:16 UTC
On photo Golden Eagle in snow storm in the Best Photo of the Week challenge (23 comments in total)

Brilliant!

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2019 at 09:46 UTC as 3rd comment
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jean pierre AKA pete: These discussions are interesting, but not decisive - probably not even persuasive.
At the end of the day, most of this gear now is so "good" that the differences scarcely matter. And the selection of which camera system ends up as a matter of personal choice.
Went on a group shoot only yesterday - practically everyone was shooting with something "different" - except two guys, who were in raptures, because they had EXACTLY the same camera/lens/the lot. And theirs were Olympus.
And at the end of the shoot, we were all happy with what we'd captured.
Which quite frankly is pretty much where it is - and I think it's where it SHOULD be.
Because we'll all do better with gear that we like, and that we're familiar with.

entoman's final paragraph says it all, for me - since taking up digital, I've shot mostly with Nikon - and the handling differences between a D500 and a D850 are minimal - so it's a great "pairing", for me. Whether it is, for anyone else, is entirely their affair. There is NO "right" OR "wrong" in this.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2019 at 07:09 UTC

These discussions are interesting, but not decisive - probably not even persuasive.
At the end of the day, most of this gear now is so "good" that the differences scarcely matter. And the selection of which camera system ends up as a matter of personal choice.
Went on a group shoot only yesterday - practically everyone was shooting with something "different" - except two guys, who were in raptures, because they had EXACTLY the same camera/lens/the lot. And theirs were Olympus.
And at the end of the shoot, we were all happy with what we'd captured.
Which quite frankly is pretty much where it is - and I think it's where it SHOULD be.
Because we'll all do better with gear that we like, and that we're familiar with.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2019 at 11:48 UTC as 62nd comment | 9 replies

I've just been reviewing some of my photos, and frankly, I'm beginning to think that for most people and most purposes, we've now reached a plateau. It simply doesn't seem to matter which camera I pick up, or which lens - I get clear, sharp, colourful images. What helps is other factors - how intuitive are the controls - for me at least, how fast is the lens - because I do a lot of available light stuff.
These days I'm shooting one Canon and three Niks - and a variety of lenses from Canon, Nikon, SIGMA and Carl Zeiss. Everything from macro to "telescopic" photography (I max out at 1800mm !!!!!! - which I could NEVER have considered till recently).
And sensor sizes are 1/2.3inch, 1 inch, HF and FF. Everything from 16MP to 45.7MP.
I use whatever suits the shot. And to be perfectly frank about it, the results are astoundingly good. Obviously some of this gear doesn't suit some subjects - and I have to make sensible choices. But I can't remember the last time it let me down.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2019 at 07:59 UTC as 113th comment

Nik would be well advised to keep up its range of DSLR lenses, at the same time. If not, it might find sales of its DSLR's tanking. And if people abandon them, their options WILL include looking at what's on offer from all the other companies, most of whom are producing very good and competitive mirrorless cams, too.
Frankly I don't care - I'm "old" and what I have will see me out. But there are a lot of people out there who might get badly bruised, financially, out of this.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2019 at 05:31 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
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