mike051051

mike051051

Lives in United States Farmington, NY, United States
Works as a Retired digicam SME and general annoyance.
Joined on Aug 24, 2004
About me:

Aim: To get better at photography every day.

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Mr. Burgett, love the snarkiness of your last sentence!

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2019 at 14:00 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (401 comments in total)

My first camera was a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash model circa 1956. I used that until Junior High when I obtained a Kodak Retina S1, not much to look at but it took pretty decent pics. Then I graduated to a Canon TL-QL SLR with a 50/1.8 lens.

After those there was a long procession of various SLRs of various brands including Olympus, Nikon, and Pentax, but mostly Canon.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 21:27 UTC as 116th comment

Ah, and the Emperor just got another set of new clothes! I can just imagine what the team on Shark Tank would do to these dweebs..."...so you have a camera that's ugly as sin, with a non-zoom lens that no one wants, for a target market you have yet to adequately define, with need for a 4G communications network that never drops any data, with need for server space rivaling that of the NSA, priced at a level that suddenly makes buying a used Leica an attractive proposition...and you want us to provide how many hundreds of millions of $$ in start-up capital?...you're just a special kind of stupid aren't you? NEXT!..."

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 19:04 UTC as 61st comment
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mike051051: [Rant Filter disengaged]
I once heard a quote ( some 30+ years ago ) that came to mind as I was reading this opinion piece. Words to the effect - A battleship can take quite a while to alter course and bring its guns to bear and while it's doing that other smaller ships are taking their shots. But once those big guns are properly aligned, you're dead.

I'm only speaking about the camera business here and wise decisions still have to be made by those running the "ship" (witness Graf Spee and Bismark for nautical examples of poor decision making). I'll be buying an M5 one of these days because I'm basically a Canon user and I like familiarity of control layout and scheme and because I've been at this game long enough and I've used enough cameras, both film and digital, to be able to use whatever camera I want in whatever way I want without it needing to be the absolute best, class leading-est collection of impressive technology on the photographic planet.
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It perhaps serves better as a metaphor rather than an analogy.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 20:48 UTC

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I once heard a quote ( some 30+ years ago ) that came to mind as I was reading this opinion piece. Words to the effect - A battleship can take quite a while to alter course and bring its guns to bear and while it's doing that other smaller ships are taking their shots. But once those big guns are properly aligned, you're dead.

I'm only speaking about the camera business here and wise decisions still have to be made by those running the "ship" (witness Graf Spee and Bismark for nautical examples of poor decision making). I'll be buying an M5 one of these days because I'm basically a Canon user and I like familiarity of control layout and scheme and because I've been at this game long enough and I've used enough cameras, both film and digital, to be able to use whatever camera I want in whatever way I want without it needing to be the absolute best, class leading-est collection of impressive technology on the photographic planet.
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Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 15:29 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (463 comments in total)

DPR Guys;

I was wondering about your choice of lenses for the EOS M3 test shots, I realize the EF-M 22 f/2.0 is a really nice lens but it's not the best available in the Canon line that would fit on that mount. Utilizing the EF-M : EF lens adapter would have allowed use of something like the EF-S 60 f/2.8 or the EF 50 f/2.5 Compact Macro. But maybe the adapter was not available when you made those shots?

You made some comparisons to the excellent Sony A6300 so I looked at those studio shots and their exif says that you used the Zeiss Sonnar FE 55 f/1.8 ZA lens. Looking at M3 results at Imaging-Resource I see that they used the same lens on the Sony but the Canon EF 50 f/2.5 Macro on the M3. Seems that might be a better comparison in this case? Just asking.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 21:54 UTC as 118th comment | 3 replies
On article Brooks Institute announces closure (135 comments in total)
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Reilly Diefenbach: America has other priorities than education, which is why we are a nation stuffed to the gills with ignorant hillbillies. Any Canadian high school student will mop the floor with a typical American college graduate in a test of general knowledge. We value neither knowledge nor the ability to reason (deconstruct.)
My daughter has three degrees, one each from McGill, Ottawa U and Osgood Law for a grand total of about $10,000, which she paid off in full in a couple of years. Canadians are happy to allocate their tax dollars in aid of education, because they know that when a well qualified individual starts out at 80-120K a year that the taxes on that income will repay the cost of tuition many times over.
Americans are not that smart. 59 percent of American tax dollars will go to military spending instead of improving infrastructure, education, medical care, all the things that make a decent society. We are in thrall to the masters of war and getting dumber by the minute.

@ Reilly Diefenbach,
It doesn't require denial from anyone to refute your 59% figure as being only applicable to the "discretionary spending" part of the annual U.S. budget. The following website goes into detail regarding how the budget is actually constructed, what Congress votes on every year, etc., etc.,

https://www.nationalpriorities.org/budget-basics/federal-budget-101/spending/

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 20:33 UTC
On article Brooks Institute announces closure (135 comments in total)
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HeyItsJoel: A degree in Photography is like a degree in French Literature. Both useless.

Sorry @HeyItsJoel, I can't agree with your opinion.

I have a degree in photography from RIT and that helped me have a 43 year career in the photography business (now retired).

If you meant that having a degree in photography is no guarantee of one being a good/great/successful photographer then I will agree with that, just as a degree in any field does not guarantee one's future success in that field.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 20:45 UTC

Wow, that's a ton of equipment! And here I was thinking that Getty would just scarf images from other photogs, put their own (c) on them and then sue the other photogs for infringement...must be that since they'll be $1 Billion down in the next few months they thought it better to at least LOOK like they were actually capturing images.........DOH!!!

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 19:52 UTC as 13th comment
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Joe Ogiba: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza taken with the 42mp Sony A7r II and FE 55mm F1.8 :
https://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/21511378622/

Yep, I saw that. Interesting but I could only find the one image made with the Sony out of the 324 in that album (but I may have missed some). I wonder if he was testing it out?

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 22:24 UTC
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mike051051: ..so these guys are at it again? I thought they would have gotten tired of running the same scam over and over and over again, but I guess I underestimated their capacity for misjudging the market, promising the moon and stars and delivering green cheese late and 4X over budget. The Emperor still has no clothes!

Produce this stand alone and operable totally independent of any Lytro cloud or servers, as you can do with Photoshop etc, and allow it to be output in whatever the prevalent file format is for commercial film distribution is these days and I might change my mind.

+BigOne: misjudging a market can mean being ahead of time but it can also mean guessing it wrong and failing to realize it soon enough.

Steve ohlhaber & nicolaiecostel: I'm not as technically challenged as you might think but I'm certainly not a genius either. I spent 17 years in digital camera engineering, much of it in the frustration of dealing with marketing and project managers lack of understanding of what makes a good digital camera.

Halc: My remarks about Photoshop were not based on compatibility with it, but rather to say that when Lytro's imaging post-process workflow can be shown to be operable free from any linkage with their servers, IOW as a totally stand-alone application, and when the final results can be output completely separate from any Lytro application,in a similar manner that the output of any current commercial film/video editing system can be stand alone, then my opinions about Lytro might change.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 21:35 UTC

..so these guys are at it again? I thought they would have gotten tired of running the same scam over and over and over again, but I guess I underestimated their capacity for misjudging the market, promising the moon and stars and delivering green cheese late and 4X over budget. The Emperor still has no clothes!

Produce this stand alone and operable totally independent of any Lytro cloud or servers, as you can do with Photoshop etc, and allow it to be output in whatever the prevalent file format is for commercial film distribution is these days and I might change my mind.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 15:12 UTC as 22nd comment | 4 replies
On article Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion (475 comments in total)
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Karl Summers: This review is bunk, and she is not a pro photographer. That is all I have to say.

Says the man with the T2i.............

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 19:47 UTC
On article Post-Photokina polls - Tell us what you think (196 comments in total)

I voted that the sensor size doesn't matter because I think the primary consideration is resulting image quality, not sensor size.

Also, I think the polls would be better stated if the "reasons" were left out, e.g. I don't "worry" that a fixed lens might limit me in the future because I don't "worry" over anything to do with cameras. I realize that would shorten the number of poll questions and perhaps make it less entertaining, but I think it would be more to the point.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2014 at 11:42 UTC as 69th comment
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jhinkey: What are those dimensions they are listing on their web page - length x diameter?

8.5mm - 239×179mm
12mm - 182×136mm
25mm - 125×93mm

I hope not . . .

You're right, it's the field size at closest focus distance. Here's a translation from babylon.com:

A photography range at the time of the most proximity 125×93mm

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 22:17 UTC
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Fabian2: Robert Capa is the name of the fictional character invented by the pairing of Ernö Friedmann and Gerda Taro. Images taken by both were signed either with the same pseudonym so no one knows who was the author of them. However, it has always been associated more with Gerda Ernö that known work.

Ernö Friedmann was born in Budapest, Hungary. While Gerda was born in Stuttgart, Germany. They were known for portraying as one some of the most significant wars of the twentieth century. If Cartier Bresson decisive moment looked like few layer approached the picture as anyone. In fact it was the first war correspondent to use small format cameras to tell what was happening on the front.

http://www.xatakafoto.com/fotografos/robert-capa-lo-suficientemente-cerca

It might be that I just can't stop laughing after reading your post and that's affecting my judgement, but...you're being sarcastic, right?

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2013 at 21:43 UTC
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Pat Cullinan Jr: It was staged. Even the New York Times revealed this. Read http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/18/arts/design/18capa.html?ref=arts, if you dare.

Oh, and as if the NY Times was such a bastion of truth in journalism...

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2013 at 21:30 UTC
On article Olympus stems losses but PEN sales disappoint (219 comments in total)

>...PEN sales had fallen 12% in the first quarter, but that it expected the
> year's income from mirrorless models to be consistent with last year's
> figure <snip> ...said the camera business is on track to break even this
> financial year. <snip>...but Olympus says its restructuring plan will allow it > to 'move to a cost structure suitable for the scale of the business.'

Ouch, this kind of talk makes me nervous for Oly's camera business. This is the exact same line of rhetoric used by Kodak Senior Management about two years before the Chapter 11 filing and the dissolution of their camera business.

I sincerely hope that Olympus's senior staff and directors are more focused than were Kodak's (pun intended).....

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2013 at 04:28 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply

I'm a bit surprised that the level found was only 5%, but that may be due to the product being a clothing line and not electronics. In my previous job (retired now) I found that camera reviews on seller's sites ran closer to 8-10% disingenuous regardless of brand, and that includes both overly positive and overly negative reviews. I can still usually spot it when a review is from a falsely proclaimed "owner" or when the problems in question are essentially self-inflicted. Always gives me a chuckle.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 03:46 UTC as 95th comment
On photo IMG_9412_s in the Mopar challenge (6 comments in total)
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Mostly Lurking: Cyan color cast, over-exposed, over-sharpened, over-saturated, poor composition. Otherwise, a great photo! ;^)

Can't agree with you Mostly,
The color is from the reflected clear blue sky; the exposure looks to be spot on with highlights pushed for effect; the sharpening and saturation are also for effect and the composition is excellent. Deliberately cropping off the right rear corner of the car is a technique, not a mistake. I don't see this as a plain record for posterity but rather a shot taken to emphasize the visual strong points and aesthetic of the car.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2012 at 03:27 UTC
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