stevenbrantley

stevenbrantley

Lives in United States NC, United States
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Joined on Dec 22, 2012

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"Fugu" is the Japanese name for puffer blow fish, eaten as a raw sashimi sushi delicacy. Highly poisonous and deadly to eat, if not prepared carefully by a skilled Japanese chef.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2022 at 15:52 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies

I have a SONY wrist watch, just purchased in Japan at BIC Camera. It will be replaced later this year with a newer model, and thus worthless. And probably made in China.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2022 at 18:06 UTC as 115th comment | 1 reply

NFTs seem to appeal to Twitter using millennials who don't know reality from fantasy.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2022 at 15:23 UTC as 28th comment | 4 replies

Many Japanese industries that have manufacturing operations in China are now relocating those businesses away from China and into Vietnam, Thailand and other southeast Asian counties. Canon's actions in this article may be a function of the firm moving away from small cameras, which is a logical possibility. But the truth is that Japan no longer views China's political risk or hospitality as acceptable, and is finding equal economic production advantages in more stable, hospitable Asian counties.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2022 at 16:24 UTC as 30th comment | 6 replies

Twitter is for twits.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2021 at 04:19 UTC as 35th comment

I miss "using" my old film cameras (Leica M6, R6, Nikon FE2), but I do not miss "paying" the cost to buy and pay a camera store to process the film, then I edit my shots and throw away half or more of the slides or printed images. Digital revived my interest in photography from a better image quality standpoint, personal digital "darkroom" editing capability, and especially the cost savings. Once I buy my digital camera and lens, and memory card, my image making cost does not increase.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2021 at 16:29 UTC as 31st comment | 3 replies
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TomBe: This watch looks somewhat like a golf club. I like golf but prefer chess. Both very similar I think but I would have preferred a watch which looks more like a pizza. I saw a pizza clock one time at a pizzeria in Loxahatchee. Not very impressive because it was running over a minute fast but the pizza was 20 minutes late. That's the problem with clocks, watches and pizza's. Ones fast the other slow, the other too late but none better than a good burger.

your Alzheimers medication is not working

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2021 at 21:07 UTC

$1 million for the 2016 potato photo? Do we congratulate the photographer or ridicule the buyer?

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2021 at 20:10 UTC as 34th comment | 3 replies

Is putting this lens on a full frame L mount camera, like the Leica SL2, similar to putting Kumho all season tires on a Corvette?

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2021 at 02:00 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies

A $6000 camera just now getting face detection is like a new $100,000 Tesla just getting air conditioning. This camera looks exactly like a re-badged Samsung NX. Give me Leica Q2, priced at $1,000 less, any day.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2021 at 14:03 UTC as 22nd comment | 6 replies
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jcr67: Why does this camera look so familiar? I swear I've seen that body before, but can't remember where...

Samsung NX camera appears to be the earlier clone, so maybe this is a re-badged Samsung NX.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2021 at 14:02 UTC

For all the small people here criticizing Leica as a rich snobs' camera, don't forget Sony's new a1 at $6,500 paired with the new Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM lens at $2,000. This is all relative to what people want and will pay. Me? I don't need a Sony, Nikon or Canon that shoot at 30 frames per second or higher, has poor ergonomics to hold, confusing menus, and unnecessary options.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2021 at 18:47 UTC as 43rd comment | 5 replies
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MrBrightSide: Cool pictures but even if they were awful we need to celebrate this guy for being a minister without acting like one.

cosinaphile, a Minister might normally say, "judge not, lest you be judged". However, regarding Cosina optics and cameras, one might say you picked the lesser choice.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2021 at 14:48 UTC
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jeffharris: How about Sony start with improving ergonomics, interface and handling.

Maybe it’s just me, but every time I’ve handled one, there’s just something not right about how they feel.

Feature-itis isn’t everything.

yes, you are correct - scoring a technical win in the social media game of trivial argumentation. The new SONYs are mirrorless (and soul-less), they are not DSLRs.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2021 at 17:12 UTC
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jeffharris: How about Sony start with improving ergonomics, interface and handling.

Maybe it’s just me, but every time I’ve handled one, there’s just something not right about how they feel.

Feature-itis isn’t everything.

I agree 100% with Jeff. Sony cameras may shoot at 30 frames per second, which is not needed by me and 90% of all Sony DSLR hobbyist owners. Whenever I pick one up, I don't like the material and look, it doesn't fit my hand. The menu looks like it is designed form LINUX software writers. Super Sony specs only appeal to gearhead people, who coincidently populate DPREVIEW, who care more for the camera's theoretical performance rather than the wholistic photography experience of actually using a camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2021 at 16:34 UTC
On article NASA shares Perseverance's first 360° view of Mars (78 comments in total)

Who will be the first to argue here that a Sony mirrorless takes better images and video than the NASA rover? Or a Canon or Nikon÷ Bound to happen here soon.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2021 at 03:00 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies

Including Panasonic's S5 in this review does not forgive the omission of Leica's SL2 and Q2, which are also full frame mirrorless digital cameras owned by an enthusiast. Dpreview.com reviews like this are not worth the Google search by worldwide photographers hoping to research camera gear.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2020 at 16:43 UTC as 20th comment | 11 replies
On article Leica Q2 Monochrom initial review (500 comments in total)
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fPrime: I actually like the 3D Pop that the Leica Q’s give us at 28mm and f/1.7. But once stopped down their output looks as sharp and ordinary as any modern camera.

This begs the question, is it worth spending $6,000 on a one-trick pony? Add to this the fact that it’s largely a Panasonic camera branded as a Leica and that it’s got a fixed lens. This means that once dust makes its way onto the sensor the user can’t remove it.

No, for me the cons of buying a Q camera definitely outweigh the pros.

fPrime, you are incorrect and rely of dubious social media sources. Please find and quote an actual Leica or Panasonic verification that Leica's Q2 is made in Japan by Panasonic. If your vaulted "TheCameraStoreTV" source says so, then it must have evidence straight from the Panasonic and Leica head offices. You can collaborate their claim.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2020 at 17:03 UTC
On article Leica Q2 Monochrom initial review (500 comments in total)
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fPrime: I actually like the 3D Pop that the Leica Q’s give us at 28mm and f/1.7. But once stopped down their output looks as sharp and ordinary as any modern camera.

This begs the question, is it worth spending $6,000 on a one-trick pony? Add to this the fact that it’s largely a Panasonic camera branded as a Leica and that it’s got a fixed lens. This means that once dust makes its way onto the sensor the user can’t remove it.

No, for me the cons of buying a Q camera definitely outweigh the pros.

fPrime - no, the Leica Q and Q2 are NOT made in Japan by Panasonic. Do you own one? The Q and Q2 are fully German designed, built and shipped, with no Panasonic heritage.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2020 at 17:40 UTC

Looks like a very nice, Japanese quality made camera, for $6,000. Full frame with 37 megapixels, and a nice f/2.0 lens. However, it suddenly makes LEICA's full-frame Q2, with 47 megapixels and a f/1.7 lens, at $4,995 appear "affordable".

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2020 at 15:20 UTC as 82nd comment | 3 replies
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