Dennis

Lives in United States CT, United States
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Joined on Oct 25, 2002

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noflashplease: Do you really want to approach a lion with a 20mm equivalent lens? Apparently, Casio photographers have the audacity to sneak up on a lion at night. I'm impressed. What's next? A fisheye lens attachment for close-up photos of grizzly bears?

To be entirely serious, it's nice to see something different and far more original than yet another GoPro clone. Casio is being clever and that's just what a camera company needs to survive in the smartphone era.

No problem. Just crop ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 20:28 UTC
On photo I am an Elephant in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 5, E challenge (24 comments in total)
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Midwest: What sandbagging idiot gave this great photo a single star?!

Thanks for your honest Bibix. Must have been a sight to see in real life :)

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 19:02 UTC
On photo I am an Elephant in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 5, E challenge (24 comments in total)
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Midwest: What sandbagging idiot gave this great photo a single star?!

I didn't vote, so it wasn't me ... but why is the elephant glowing ?

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 15:14 UTC

"May you always have the sun at your back"

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 23:48 UTC as 11th comment
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Yxa: The new trend in photo gear
We are selling less let's hike up the prices to compensate for that
Is it a successful tactic?
How many camera manufacturers will be left in a couple years time?

You're right - it's not just Olympus. Sony at $1400 for nice electronics in a mediocre body; Panasonic at $900 for the G85 - getting tougher to find a mirrorless body with an EVF built in at entry level prices, unless you buy something old. Sony pushing the RX100 up to $1000. The XT2 at $1600. I think Canon and Nikon are going to start regaining some lost market share.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 12:35 UTC

Amazon has a pair of gloves on sale that would be ideal for shooting with this camera:
https://www.amazon.com/IsA-Kitchen-Silicone-Resistant-Grill-Gloves/dp/B00S96Q2UO/ref=gbps_tit_s-3_0082_a2b224ec?smid=A3VZQ1OBES4GGU&pf_rd_p=2644760082&pf_rd_s=slot-3&pf_rd_t=701&pf_rd_i=gb_main&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=E86BQRT0TBV9ZHXBFDF1

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 00:56 UTC as 4th comment
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Dennis: Mike, I'm not sure whether piling on is welcome, when this is simply something dpreview posted for our enjoyment, but you seem to be open to critique. First off, I see from your website that you're a photographer first and your photography and the footage in this video are just amazing. Someone posted that this stuff is within everyone's reach if they put the effort in ... but that's why I respect this type of photography so much. The effort (and expertise learned through practice) is just beyond what 99.99% of us will put forth. Great work. As for the video, the music might be a little over the top, but I liked it - however, I found that the footage didn't really follow - there seemed to be little rhyme or reason for some footage having ominous music and other footage with quiet parts. The whole thing never really went anywhere - it was footage, footage with lightning, footage without lightning. I kept expecting to see some flooding or some result to make a story out of it.

Thanks for your comments, Mike. Like I say, some of the editing didn't work for me and the whole thing was a little too long, but the contents were truly remarkable ... I offered my critique of the video as a whole, but the fact is, I'll never have a single piece of footage as impressive as any portion of your video (well, unless I sign up for one of your workshops, maybe !)

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2016 at 12:48 UTC

Mike, I'm not sure whether piling on is welcome, when this is simply something dpreview posted for our enjoyment, but you seem to be open to critique. First off, I see from your website that you're a photographer first and your photography and the footage in this video are just amazing. Someone posted that this stuff is within everyone's reach if they put the effort in ... but that's why I respect this type of photography so much. The effort (and expertise learned through practice) is just beyond what 99.99% of us will put forth. Great work. As for the video, the music might be a little over the top, but I liked it - however, I found that the footage didn't really follow - there seemed to be little rhyme or reason for some footage having ominous music and other footage with quiet parts. The whole thing never really went anywhere - it was footage, footage with lightning, footage without lightning. I kept expecting to see some flooding or some result to make a story out of it.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 04:31 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
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stratplaya: What's the objective of roller derby? Just skate in a circle and grab others?

Not complaining, just curious.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=roller+derby

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 15:48 UTC

"Our primary goal in designing the camera was driven by a utilitarian approach, seeking a specialist grip material that would respond to the scale of the camera with millimetre precision."

Really ? They sat around and came up with that goal before designing it ?

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 13:57 UTC as 58th comment | 1 reply
On article Abandoned America: Photographing a forgotten history (77 comments in total)
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Brooks A: This is similar to John Griggs's excellent photography, which can be seen on his website Entropic Remnants http://www.entropicremnants.com/

This is way better, IMO. The stuff on that Entropic Remains site is cartoonish.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 13:27 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (385 comments in total)

Basically, a $300 cheaper RX100-IV without an EVF.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 12:35 UTC as 134th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (385 comments in total)
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Osa25: Since when did 1" CMOS become a "big sensor"? Is this written from advertising point of view or the readers?

Are you referring to the phrase "large sensor compact" ?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 12:34 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F707 (137 comments in total)

I still have my F717. One of my more memorable cameras. I liked the design, the lens, the specs. It was very good in its day (for around $1000 it should have been). Glad Sony returned to high end fixed lens cameras with the RX series.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 12:42 UTC as 95th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: the Samsung NV10 (75 comments in total)

My first AF SLR - the Maxxum 7xi - hated the push button UI. I bought it based on specs and price. And it left me with A mount for many years after. Also, the NEX-5. I hung onto it, just stopped using it. Finally gave the lenses a new lease on life by buying an A6000 (a very good camera, and excellent for the money).
Other cameras I've bought have lived up to expectations.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 20:22 UTC as 33rd comment
On article Canon EOS M3 real-world sample gallery updated (96 comments in total)
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Nobby2016: the eos-m is a nice camera on it´s own.
unfortunately it does not exist alone.

i have around 18000$ worth in canon lenses and i still decided to buy a sony A6000.

i wanted a mirrorless for when i travel light.
i don´t need 10 lenses for it.
i don´t want to carry them with me when i travel anyway.

all i wanted was a small camera with an EVF that has an up-to-date sensor, blazing speed, good AF.

in all of these specs the A6000 was the better camera.

i really want canon to give me mirrorless i can love.
but for that it has to be at least as good as the competition.
just cheaper does not cut it for me.

John - no argument there. My point was that best optics is irrelevant when Sony & Canon aren't really competing (in mirrorless) for the same buyers. (Sony is trying to compete with Canon DSLRs with its mirrorless, but that's another story).

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2016 at 17:58 UTC
On article Canon EOS M3 real-world sample gallery updated (96 comments in total)
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Nobby2016: the eos-m is a nice camera on it´s own.
unfortunately it does not exist alone.

i have around 18000$ worth in canon lenses and i still decided to buy a sony A6000.

i wanted a mirrorless for when i travel light.
i don´t need 10 lenses for it.
i don´t want to carry them with me when i travel anyway.

all i wanted was a small camera with an EVF that has an up-to-date sensor, blazing speed, good AF.

in all of these specs the A6000 was the better camera.

i really want canon to give me mirrorless i can love.
but for that it has to be at least as good as the competition.
just cheaper does not cut it for me.

Re: "Wisdom in not investing in larger fast lenses" ... I'm not sure what's wise about that. It basically relegates them to the consumer portion of the market. Whether that's wise or not, I don't know ... you can sell a lot of cameras to that market, if priced well enough, though I'm not sure how price competitive EOS-M bodies are (or how prevalent they are in consumer sales channels). If you're trying to avoid competing with DSLRs, then it's certainly wise. If you think the future is in a mount that relies on adapting DSLR lenses and you can do that well, then it might be wise. But if they're trying to make money, they're trying to do it without competing for sales outside of the entry level market.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2016 at 12:43 UTC
On article Canon EOS M3 real-world sample gallery updated (96 comments in total)
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Nobby2016: the eos-m is a nice camera on it´s own.
unfortunately it does not exist alone.

i have around 18000$ worth in canon lenses and i still decided to buy a sony A6000.

i wanted a mirrorless for when i travel light.
i don´t need 10 lenses for it.
i don´t want to carry them with me when i travel anyway.

all i wanted was a small camera with an EVF that has an up-to-date sensor, blazing speed, good AF.

in all of these specs the A6000 was the better camera.

i really want canon to give me mirrorless i can love.
but for that it has to be at least as good as the competition.
just cheaper does not cut it for me.

"Best optics" ... it's nice when lenses are sharp. But better still when they're desirable. (I'm not defending Sony in that regard - their APS-C lineup is a hodge podge that pales in comparison to Fuji or Olympus). But when your lineup consists of a few f/5.6 and f/6.3 zooms and the 22/2 that you hang your hat on, "best optics" is pretty meaningless.
I think people are frustrated by Sony's lack of certain lenses and subpar performance on certain lenses, because the system has enough going for it to make you want to like it. Canon, on the other hand, probably doesn't crop up on most people's radar - it has a ways to go before it's interesting enough to be frustrating :)

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 21:09 UTC
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Under The Sun: Almost funded this. Good thing I held back the last minute. Kickstarter is such a gamble sometimes.

Nothing grand or important and certainly nothing to brag about (I've never mentioned to anyone before this thread that I've participated in two campaigns). But whatever you want to boil it down to, the campaign is still relying on the funding. As for immediate payment - that's only if the project gets fully funded. As for preorder, lower funding amounts often offer you nothing other than a "thanks". Basically a donation. And some higher reward amounts offer intangible benefits (like dinner with the author, etc) that don't have a cash value like a preordered product. In short, there's more to kickstarter than preordering products for a discount. (Some campaigns don't even involve result in the creation of products - theater productions, for instance).

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 20:02 UTC
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Kaso: I see no reasons for "investing" in product-development projects via Kickstarter. I buy real products from reputable vendors that offer discounts and honour meaningful return/exchange policies. And when I pay for such products, I use credit cards that include extra protection/insurance services.

You're not investing, you're funding in exchange for some "reward" and you're taking a risk to help the project out. Investors typically want large returns on their money in exchange for taking risks. Here, you try to minimize your risk by being cautious and/or only pledging small amounts of money. The plus side is that you help bring something to market that might not otherwise have been funded. So I would only ever fund something I want enough to take the risk. I've only done this for two books so far. It somehow seems more reasonable to me that a person isn't going to find investors for a book, and that the funding needed is tied to the number of copies produced. With other products where the funding is needed to setup manufacturing operations, it seems like a viable product should be able to attract real investors.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 17:00 UTC
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