Doug Frost

Lives in United States San Francisco, CA, United States
Works as a IT Mgr
Joined on Apr 3, 2002
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I can pick up a used Nikon F3 in great condition on eBay for under $200. Why the heck would i want this thing?

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2017 at 05:09 UTC as 83rd comment | 1 reply
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Doug Frost: If the "unprecedented" hype has any meaning at all, it had better be full frame. Because there's no shortage of precedence for compact APS-C and M43 cameras. The world doesn't need another one of those. But a decent compact full frame camera is always welcome.

@Richard Murdey There are major differences between the various models in the Fujifilm X100 series, and every one of them can still be purchased through Amazon, eBay and other retailers. And while styling may be important to marketability, that's entirely besides my point.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 22:00 UTC
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Doug Frost: If the "unprecedented" hype has any meaning at all, it had better be full frame. Because there's no shortage of precedence for compact APS-C and M43 cameras. The world doesn't need another one of those. But a decent compact full frame camera is always welcome.

@Richard Murdey Retro style is just that--only styling. It's unimportant as far as a camera's ability to take good photographs. If Yashica is saying this camera is "unprecedented" for its styling that's very lame indeed. Take away the styling angle and there's no shortage of small sensor compact cameras out there. Even if you include retro styling, there's still the X100, X100S, X100T and X100F. All of which are readily available for purchase. But if Yashica really does have a truly unprecedented camera up its sleeve, and not merely something "goofy", serious photographers might just be willing to pay a premium for it.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 02:46 UTC

If the "unprecedented" hype has any meaning at all, it had better be full frame. Because there's no shortage of precedence for compact APS-C and M43 cameras. The world doesn't need another one of those. But a decent compact full frame camera is always welcome.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2017 at 22:22 UTC as 24th comment | 4 replies
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Doug Frost: Animals don't have property rights. It's highly doubtful that a monkey, or, for that matter, any animal other than Homo Sapiens, has any concept of what property rights are. And it goes without saying that PETA has no standing to file a lawsuit on that monkey's behalf. I hope Slater takes PETA to the cleaners over this insane misuse of our legal system. I'd like to think he'll win enough to retire to some tropical paradise. He's earned it.

@cosinaphile - The courts don't give a damn about what you don't give a damn about. Animal territoriality has nothing to do with property rights.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 16:39 UTC
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Keith57: Who on earth still uses any MS stuff for personal use? I hate using their non-intuitive crapware for work. Couldn't bear to use it at home as well.

@Keith57 Stating that I think you have zero experience using Windows 10 is hardly an "ad hominem comment". I suggest you acquire a better grasp of Latin terms before trying to use them in a forum. We wouldn't want people thinking you're a moron. And by the way, that wasn't an ad hominem comment either.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 02:16 UTC
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Keith57: Who on earth still uses any MS stuff for personal use? I hate using their non-intuitive crapware for work. Couldn't bear to use it at home as well.

@Keith57 I think you're someone who has zero experience using Windows 10. I was a Mac user for 20 years. I switched from Mac to Windows three years ago and have never looked back. Apple no longer innovates. It makes incremental improvements to existing product lines, but hasn't released "the next big thing" since their founder died. No, the Apple Watch doesn't count. Apple has switched places with Microsoft to become the 21st century tech behemoth that rests on its former glory, while Microsoft is now innovating much more than they ever did under Steve Ballmer. Since Jobs' death, the Mac has become the iPhone's poor relation. MacOS has morphed into a bloated mess of dumb features no one wants on hardware that is consistently at least 2 years behind everyone else. Windows 10 is a breeze to use, very stable and has a more intuitive design than the current iteration of MacOS. But most importantly, it's very good at getting out of your way and just letting you work.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 16:05 UTC
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Keith57: Who on earth still uses any MS stuff for personal use? I hate using their non-intuitive crapware for work. Couldn't bear to use it at home as well.

The vast majority, that's who.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 17:09 UTC

I've had a Surface Pro 4 for almost two years. For over a year I experienced random freezes an average of about once a month, which required a forced shutdown and reboot to recover from. But it was more of an annoyance than a critical problem for me. However, since a system upgrade 4 months ago I haven't had any freezes at all. It's been very stable. The SP4 has a beautiful display and it's fast enough for Photoshop work. It's a great small laptop to take into the field.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 17:05 UTC as 67th comment
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Doug Frost: Animals don't have property rights. It's highly doubtful that a monkey, or, for that matter, any animal other than Homo Sapiens, has any concept of what property rights are. And it goes without saying that PETA has no standing to file a lawsuit on that monkey's behalf. I hope Slater takes PETA to the cleaners over this insane misuse of our legal system. I'd like to think he'll win enough to retire to some tropical paradise. He's earned it.

@citizenlouie Sure, cats are the rightful rulers of the galaxy. Everyone knows that. But getting that to hold up in court is another matter.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 16:41 UTC
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Roland Karlsson: You can have diverse opinions whether monkeys can hold Copyrights or whether the guy holds the Copyright to images taken by monkeys. We can discuss that till the sun goes down.

But one thing I am quite certain is true is that he has only himself to blame becoming broke. How on earth could he have been better off if this picture never was taken?

It's hardly a matter of opinion as to whether monkeys can hold copyrights. Only human beings have property rights of any kind. The law is unequivocal on that. Opinion doesn't factor into it. PETA had no case and no standing. And whoever in that organization decided to file the lawsuit deserves to be sacked. Slater can't be blamed for defending his copyright. He may be broke at the moment, but that's about to change. PETA will end up shoveling money into his bank account over this farce of a lawsuit.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 00:29 UTC

Animals don't have property rights. It's highly doubtful that a monkey, or, for that matter, any animal other than Homo Sapiens, has any concept of what property rights are. And it goes without saying that PETA has no standing to file a lawsuit on that monkey's behalf. I hope Slater takes PETA to the cleaners over this insane misuse of our legal system. I'd like to think he'll win enough to retire to some tropical paradise. He's earned it.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 00:22 UTC as 16th comment | 8 replies

No built in flash? Good riddance. Never used one on a DSLR. And if I ever do need a flash, the last place I'd want it to be is mounted on the top of my camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2017 at 01:58 UTC as 35th comment | 10 replies
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Doug Frost: The photo wouldn't exist without Slater's concept, planning and equipment. It doesn't matter that he didn't actually press the shutter release. It's every bit as much his photograph as if he did.

The house will always belong to a human. Monkeys don't have property rights.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 05:47 UTC
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Doug Frost: The photo wouldn't exist without Slater's concept, planning and equipment. It doesn't matter that he didn't actually press the shutter release. It's every bit as much his photograph as if he did.

@Lawn Lends - Conceiving, planning, and having the equipment to build a house makes the house yours, just as taking the analogous steps to produce a photograph makes the photograph yours. You could give a pen to a baboon and have him scribble on your deed and it would not affect your ownership of the house.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 21:26 UTC

The photo wouldn't exist without Slater's concept, planning and equipment. It doesn't matter that he didn't actually press the shutter release. It's every bit as much his photograph as if he did.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2017 at 04:24 UTC as 77th comment | 8 replies

It's missing some very basic features, such as dodging and burning brushes. It was interesting to play with, but it's merely a passing curiosity at this stage.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 18:05 UTC as 23rd comment | 5 replies

It's Hollywood telling a story, not an infomercial, for god's sake. If we were to cull every movie that misrepresented technology for the sake of dramatic effect there would be precious few remaining. Entire franchises would be wiped out, from 007 to Star Wars to every superhero movie ever made. I think we can manage to suspend disbelief enough to allow for a supernatural Polaroid camera in a horror film without getting our panties in a twist. Get over it.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2017 at 22:56 UTC as 29th comment

There's an even bigger deterrent than equipment cost for pro Canon shooters thinking of switching to Sony: support. Sony's pro support lags far behind Canon's. Canon has 24/7 phone support, 2-day service turnaround, loaners provided during service, plus on-site support at many shows and events. Sony's pro support can't touch that. It is cheaper than Canon's plan, however--$100/year vs. $200/year. But for working pros Canon's superior support is well worth the extra 100 bucks for peace of mind.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 22:34 UTC as 91st comment | 1 reply
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm X100 (175 comments in total)

I bought an X100 early on and found it really frustrating to use with the 1.0 firmware. Even after a couple of updates I still found the camera too quirky to use comfortably. I really loved the IQ, but that wasn't enough. So it wound up sitting in an old camera bag in my closet for over a year. Then about 3 years ago I dug it out of the closet, applied the latest firmware update and re-read the manual. I was amazed. The X100 had become easier to use. I started shooting with it again, taking it with me everywhere. I fell in love with its macro capability and started taking photos of vegetables at my local farmers market. Today it's my go-to when I just want to grab a compact camera to take along with me. And although it's 7-year old CMOS sensor is dated in terms of high ISO performance and resolution, it still kicks the X-Trans's ass in overall image quality. In a world where most digital cameras become obsolete after a couple of years, my trusty old X100 still delivers.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 18:08 UTC as 6th comment
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