Erick L

Lives in Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Canada
Has a website at http://www.borealphoto.com
Joined on Aug 17, 2006

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mosswings: Good Gaia, where's the real waistbelt for this thing? Honestly, I think pack designers these days think that every photographer is 22, ripped, and won't wear the pack for more than 2 hours.

I WOULD like a nice comfortably carrying 20-25 L bag that can hold a camera if I want and a good selection of personal items and has an office organizer in it, but only if it has a real waist belt and back suspension. This is sort of a "pick 2" challenge; the MindShiftGear Ultralight 25 comes close for the first 2, but it seems when you add in the office organizer all consideration for ergonomics and carry go out the window. I suspect that it's because waist belts that work are too dorky for office/commuting duties.

Years from now the formerly hip with nerve pinches in their shoulders and a pronounced curve to their cervical spines will understand how too much vanity is a bad thing.

matthew, I hike with a pack full of photo gear, 2L of water plus food and extra clothing, etc. I don't know how much it weighs. I like to run down the trail with a knife between my teeth and scissors in my hands. The more I move, the less I like belts. They hinder movements, rub against the skin, reduce airflow. I just hate them. I even remove the belt on my 60L backpack on occasion.

I also backpack with a 30L pack without a belt. It's an Ultimate Direction Fastpack made for running. A problem with many packs (nearly all) are soft narrow shoulder straps with thick useless padding. Often the sternum strap can't be cinched tight enough so the shoulder straps and dig in instead of spreading the weight over the torso. The Fastpack has thin wide straps with a bit of stiffness, almost like a vest. The stiffness comes from integrated shoulder pockets that I use for lenses and accessories.

Bag makers could learn from companies like Ultimate Direction, Zpacks, Palante or Gossamer Gear.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2018 at 15:18 UTC
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mosswings: Good Gaia, where's the real waistbelt for this thing? Honestly, I think pack designers these days think that every photographer is 22, ripped, and won't wear the pack for more than 2 hours.

I WOULD like a nice comfortably carrying 20-25 L bag that can hold a camera if I want and a good selection of personal items and has an office organizer in it, but only if it has a real waist belt and back suspension. This is sort of a "pick 2" challenge; the MindShiftGear Ultralight 25 comes close for the first 2, but it seems when you add in the office organizer all consideration for ergonomics and carry go out the window. I suspect that it's because waist belts that work are too dorky for office/commuting duties.

Years from now the formerly hip with nerve pinches in their shoulders and a pronounced curve to their cervical spines will understand how too much vanity is a bad thing.

I'm 44, not fit and hike all day, and find waist belts useless on a 20L pack.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2018 at 14:21 UTC

That monkey has such a troll face.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2018 at 21:23 UTC as 46th comment
On article Olympus PEN E-PL9 headed to the US and Canada (181 comments in total)

DPR, could you put "USB charging/power?" in the specs for every camera from now on? Thanks.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2018 at 14:22 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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entoman: Perhaps foolish of me, but I thought one of the main reasons why people take photos with smartphones was for convenience and portability, i.e. because they don't want to lug a "proper" camera everywhere.

It seems rather odd then, that smartphoneographers would buy selfie-sticks, accessory lenses, and camera supports such as this. Soon we'll find Lowepro and other bag makers producing "system accessory bags" for smartphones (presumably in pink, to match the selfie-sticks).

An expensive camera that can't connect to the internet is quite an inconvenience. It might be too large for selfie sticks and twisty pods as well.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2018 at 08:48 UTC
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WongFeiHong: Afterall, the sensor is still a puny one....

"Yes the sensor is puny. It's 1/4 the size of a FF sensor. However, it is also 1/4 the weight."

Except they're nowhere near 1/4 the weight. Some APS kit are lighter.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 15:42 UTC

It charges via USB but can it be powered via USB too?

Could you make USB charging/power a permanent box in the specs for future cameras? Thanks.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2018 at 04:07 UTC as 3rd comment
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pdxtrojan: Photographers ruin everything.

https://petapixel.com/2016/02/23/crowd-photographers-looks-like-firefall-yosemite/

That's not as bad as I thought.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2018 at 01:35 UTC
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Jake2046: this is the same as me taking my Toyota Camry to the race track...it will get me to the finish line but I would be dead last.

Using a SLR with several lenses for what the author does is like showing up at a car race with a dump truck.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2018 at 21:31 UTC

This article wouldn't exist if we had decent cameras with full internet access.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2018 at 21:27 UTC as 85th comment | 1 reply
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cosinaphile: the thing that inspires these attacks on trees, animals, geological formations, salt flats , and other examples of pristine natural beauty is the endless search for fame meaning and validation by worthless individuals who put their energy into promoting their egos, twitter accounts , followers , you tube views, and other banal. greed based metrics of personal worth in our current soulless age .

.. it is an unstoppable wave of all that is low and indecent in our new socially
managed culture fed by crassest corporate need and simplistic human desire to validate and enrich.

a synergy of-of all that is worthless, corrupt, egomaniacal and superficial
designed to create revenue, that feeds parasitically on the easiest to manipulate human weaknesses ... self and greed .

....have i cheered you up yet ???

These "attacks" are nothing compared to the amount of garbage we generate.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2018 at 22:30 UTC
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sh10453: FIRST???
What about "Headlands International Dark Sky Park" in north Michigan? It has been there for years.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Headlands+International+Dark+Sky+Park/@45.7754705,-84.7829389,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4d4a7557cb2bc1b5:0x7e3e3585becd746d!8m2!3d45.7754705!4d-84.7811722

First "reserve", not park.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2017 at 04:05 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (619 comments in total)
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KLO82: So compared to G5X/ G7XII/ RX100V, use a larger sensor, and then lower the light gathering capability by using a slower lens. So whats the point?! Thanks a lot dpreview for publishing the equivalent aperture graph!

Better enlargements.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 14:08 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (619 comments in total)
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KLO82: So compared to G5X/ G7XII/ RX100V, use a larger sensor, and then lower the light gathering capability by using a slower lens. So whats the point?! Thanks a lot dpreview for publishing the equivalent aperture graph!

Not everything is about light gathering ability.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 12:43 UTC

They were broken in during daylight while the staff was doing their yearly drunken review. The broken window is just Jordan who threw some Canon.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 14:32 UTC as 13th comment
On article How to photograph the northern lights (80 comments in total)
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Tungsten Nordstein: Not so long ago dpreview chose to run (link to) an article critical of how Instagram is 'liking natural wonders to death'.

https://www.dpreview.com/comments/4135488301/instagram-is-liking-natural-wonders-to-death

And now here is an article promoting the photography of the Aurora Borealis or Australis. Something you really need to do by travelling (flying) into the Arctic or Antartic circles. Just what is dpreview's stance on this kind of photo-tourism?

If you whistle, the auroras will come down and get you. I lost a friend that way.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 15:41 UTC
On article Canon patents 400mm F5.6 catadioptric 'mirror' lens (220 comments in total)
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Gil Aegerter: I've owned a couple of the old Nikkor 500mm mirror lenses -- bought the first one in 1986, the only new Nikkor I've ever owned. Image quality could be good in the right conditions, but the basic problem I found was one of steadiness. These lenses are very light for their focal length, and hence very susceptible to shake. I found I had to shoot from a very rigid tripod or put it on a monopod so I could act as an absorber. Maybe newer bodies with stabilization could solve that. https://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/nikkorcreflex500mm

"I dunno why Nikon (what I shoot) and Canon can't figure out that in-body IS is a fantastic thing."

IBIS in a SLR doesn't stabilize the viewfinder.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 03:30 UTC
On article How to photograph the northern lights (80 comments in total)
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Tungsten Nordstein: Not so long ago dpreview chose to run (link to) an article critical of how Instagram is 'liking natural wonders to death'.

https://www.dpreview.com/comments/4135488301/instagram-is-liking-natural-wonders-to-death

And now here is an article promoting the photography of the Aurora Borealis or Australis. Something you really need to do by travelling (flying) into the Arctic or Antartic circles. Just what is dpreview's stance on this kind of photo-tourism?

Anywhere you can see them. Auroras span the globe so there won't be people waiting in line to be photographed in front of some famous landmark.

BTW, the auroras come further south in eastern/central Canada.

Safety tip: Do not whistle!

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2017 at 18:46 UTC
On article How to photograph the northern lights (80 comments in total)
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Tungsten Nordstein: Not so long ago dpreview chose to run (link to) an article critical of how Instagram is 'liking natural wonders to death'.

https://www.dpreview.com/comments/4135488301/instagram-is-liking-natural-wonders-to-death

And now here is an article promoting the photography of the Aurora Borealis or Australis. Something you really need to do by travelling (flying) into the Arctic or Antartic circles. Just what is dpreview's stance on this kind of photo-tourism?

You don't need to go to the Arctic and they are not a popular landmark that's being overrun. They can photographed from anywhere.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2017 at 15:39 UTC
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lemonadedrinker: If we are supposed to think that Global Warming has done that to this bear, then as a species we don't have that long. I didn't watch the video, and I don't know if any other reasons were put forward for the creature looking like that, but it is obviously very ,very ill and the fact that the photographers and clapper board guys and everyone else would just stand about and wring their hands while watching the bear die is grotesque.
All these mealy mouthed people witter on about what they're doing to save the World...but they're the one's flying everywhere, leaving their rubbish at the top of Everest or empty cans wherever this was photographed, then jumping back in the chopper for the next Crusade. Next week comes along and it's forget the bear, get me some peasant women in Haiti, you know, the ones in the colourful dresses with oil drums on their heads. Come on, kids, the chopper's waiting

From your link:

"estimated the global population at 22,000-31,000 and stated the trend was ‘Unknown’. "

How did you come up with a 600% increase?

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 00:17 UTC
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