Bobthearch

Bobthearch

Lives in United States Raton, NM, United States
Works as a Technician
Has a website at http://ratonphotos.com/
Joined on Dec 30, 2009

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I like the zoom range. But for the price it could be a bit faster.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2021 at 15:43 UTC as 26th comment
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Bobthearch: The sub-headline that names the price makes this seem like expensive software, but it doesn't have to be.
I received, and accepted, an offer to purchase Photo Studio Ultimate 2021 for fifty bucks, one-third the price you list. And the photo software came bundled with the Luxea video editor.
If I use the software for two years, my price will be $2/month.

I understand regarding your price listing policy. I just didn't want the listed price to discourage anyone from at least trying ACDSee.
It's nice to have companies like ACDSee, Affinity, and others who make their products affordable to us non-professionals and modest-budget enthusiasts.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2021 at 21:00 UTC

The sub-headline that names the price makes this seem like expensive software, but it doesn't have to be.
I received, and accepted, an offer to purchase Photo Studio Ultimate 2021 for fifty bucks, one-third the price you list. And the photo software came bundled with the Luxea video editor.
If I use the software for two years, my price will be $2/month.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2021 at 04:05 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
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Reilly Diefenbach: I guess every aspiring software review now is mandated to begin with "and there's no subscription."

AfterShot has needed a major rebuild for a long time. Glad to see it. I'm a fan of PaintShop Pro, and believe two programs need much better integration.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2021 at 03:53 UTC
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MinAZ: Finally, ACDSee is getting some coverage on DPR. Thanks for covering the upcoming 2022 release with pertinent and timely... oh wait.

Yeah, kind of odd timing, with 2022 coming out next week.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2021 at 02:18 UTC
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Djehuty: Kodak sold off its cmos sensor segment in 2007, so what part of this phone is Kodak?

The name, in exchange for a license fee.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2021 at 18:25 UTC
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Samuel Lucifer: Foam cutting is not too difficult a steady hand and a surgical blade is what you need.
Cut straight down 90 degrees to the silhouette you want to follow and ONLY angle when its deep enough. I've done it for the gears in the toolshop. Its time consuming but satisfying in the end.

The case done for the GFX looks really nice.

You can make or buy a hot wire cutter, slices right through the foam with no tearing.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2021 at 05:12 UTC
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ProDude: The Pelican I picked up does much the same and is completely configurable. No need for this thing

Seahorse/Serpac cases are very good too. We used them for carrying scientific instruments in underground coal mines for years with no problems.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2021 at 05:09 UTC
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mkochano: Isn't small backpack better than a bag? It stays in place when you move, you can unload weight from the spine with waist strap and the load is symmetrical which probably is a healthier solution.

I use - discontinued, unfortunately - Lowepro Orion Trekker II and it seems Lowepro doesn't have such a small backpack anymore. What a shame.

My hiking solution is to wear a backpack that contains hiking gear and heavier camera items ~and~ a small shoulder bag with camera and lenses that I want within reach while walking. I can do that with either a backback or a daypack.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2021 at 13:20 UTC
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mkochano: Isn't small backpack better than a bag? It stays in place when you move, you can unload weight from the spine with waist strap and the load is symmetrical which probably is a healthier solution.

I use - discontinued, unfortunately - Lowepro Orion Trekker II and it seems Lowepro doesn't have such a small backpack anymore. What a shame.

"Isn't small backpack better than a bag?"

I've seen very few, if any, camera daypacks that were suitable for photography and hiking. Poorly designed / un-ergonomic bags, poor straps, no space for hiking gear, no way to access camera and lenses while hiking...

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2021 at 17:01 UTC
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Kummik: I will never understand the point of dedicated camera shoulder bags when you can just take any bag you like and put a padded insert in it.

Special-purposed storage slots and pockets, comes with padding and dividers that fit perfect, designed for accessing the camera and gear quickly, storage/straps for carrying a tripod, light-colored interior...
I can't see adapting a bag into a camera bag when you can just buy a camera bag in the first place.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2021 at 14:46 UTC

Looking at the lineup of Vanguard VEO bags, I'm sad to see how many of the cool features are absent from the smaller models. The easy-access opening, the bottom straps, zippered compartments...

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2021 at 21:59 UTC as 28th comment
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D Lynch: Carrying gear in a bag, or pack?

How long does it take to take out your gear, set it up and actually get results? Take an image? Start taking a video?

This will show whether the case or pack is for shooting or just storage.

My bag and your Retro 10, Domke, and Billingham are all shoulder bags.
I thought you were comparing backpacks to shoulder bags.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2021 at 19:29 UTC
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D Lynch: Carrying gear in a bag, or pack?

How long does it take to take out your gear, set it up and actually get results? Take an image? Start taking a video?

This will show whether the case or pack is for shooting or just storage.

From a shoulder bag, it takes a few seconds to draw the camera, turn it on, and take a photo.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2021 at 15:54 UTC
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Discombobulated: my view is a garbage dump.

That's not the device's fault. :)

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2021 at 18:28 UTC
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Rod McD: It's extremely difficult to find a good bag - bag makers seem to be in a race to the bottom. I didn't like any of these. C&J carried a body and lenses, but their test 'kit' didn't include a host of small accessories that need to be carried and therefore stored and organized - cards, spare batteries, filters, hoods, remote release, lens cleaning kit, a note book, pen.... For some unknown reason, manufacturers seem to have dropped separate external zipped pockets where these things used to fit.
These bags look pretty floppy to me - not much crush protection. And a number of them don't even zip closed - they rely on a top flap and buckle - not interested. I still use an old bag that has three zipped external pockets, one on each end and one on the front - so much easier to organize. If a manufacturer wants to sell me a new bag, they need to be more robust and have multiple external pockets that all zip closed. And if it looks less chic and more like a camera bag, that's fine.

Ruggard seems to be the king of organization nowadays.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2021 at 17:42 UTC
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HRC2016: Maybe soon they can do a review of neck surgeons sometime.

Putting too much weight on one shoulder is really bad for your back/neck, usually the C4-5 disc. It can lead to arm/hand nerve damage.
I have photographer friends who have either had surgery and/or given up shooting. Yes, they were all careful, too.

I would never recommend a sling or shoulder bag. I recommend a waist bag or backpack, both of which center the load on your body.

I don't know if this injury risk was mentioned in the video. But I know that losing the use of an arm will cut into one's ability to buy/use camera gear.

The best shoulder bags are contoured and slender, keeping the weight closer to your body. My large heavy shoulder bag is mostly reserved for transport, not all-day wearing.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2021 at 17:36 UTC
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Calphate: How to transfer the weight of a shoulder bag to your body:

https://fotoeng.wordpress.com/2020/11/28/make-shoulder-bags-great-again/

I wish shoulder bags had vertical tabs on the back for attaching a waist strap, for bicycling.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2021 at 17:28 UTC
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Akpinxit: I say that bags with velco flap lock and without main apartment zipper should be filtered out from test

Agree. Any bag or pocket that can spill it's contents if it rolls over is useless.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2021 at 17:25 UTC
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Bobthearch: A comment on the video: Very watchable. The 'tablet' was clever. The machete was a bit silly; could have used a tripod.

Regarding the bags, ugh, so expensive. No way it costs that much to manufacture. Some of those must have 90% profit margins.
Any bag with a main compartment that doesn't zip closed is immediately eliminated from consideration. Ditto any bags with outside pockets and pouches that don't zip. I also filter shopping searches to include only bags with weather covers.

I'm not opposed to spending a little extra for better quality. But a week's worth of take-home pay for a camera bag? Some of these companies are ridiculous.
I don't begrudge them trying to make money, but they don't need to make it all at once from me on a single purchase.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2021 at 06:46 UTC
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