hotdog321

hotdog321

Lives in United States Houston, United States
Works as a Photojournalist
Has a website at http://hartleyphotos.com
Joined on Feb 9, 2009
About me:

Craig Hartley is an editorial photographer based in Houston, Texas.

I am a three-time Pulitzer nominee and serious photojournalist. I was a staff photographer for the Houston Post until it was nuked by the Hearst Corporation in 1995. Bitter? Nah!

These days I offer cutting-edge digital photography and transmitting services for editorial, public relations, corporate and graphic arts clients.

AWARDS: Bachelors, Masters degrees in Photojournalism. First place National Headliners, two first place from Associated Press, first place from United Press International, participant Missouri Workshop & Poynter Institute.

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Well, duh. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know not to put a freakin' $11,000 lens in checked baggage, or even let it out of your sight. Tripods and whatnot, sure. But high-end lenses and bodies need to be hand-carried at all times, or carefully packed and shipped FedEx for pick up at the other end. I wouldn't trust a baggage handler not to steal, destroy or lose almost anything of value.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 15:03 UTC as 12th comment

What?! I've been using Lexar CF cards and readers professionally for over a decade. Superb products.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 21:14 UTC as 55th comment

The big question is did they fix the various software issues? The Surface Pro has always boasted some very nice specs and really nice display, but a large number of users (I'm guessing 25%) had serious software glitches in the power, keyboard, display, operation, sleep, etc. I was going to buy the loaded i7 version, but there were so many Surface Pros being rated one star or simply returned that I decided to give it a miss.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 16:10 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies
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hotdog321: Beautiful images. I bought one of the first 11-24 f/4L lenses and it is an astonishing lens, kind of like a "proof of concept" lens that somehow made it into production. It's definitely not for everyone, but for those with the need (and the money), it is unparalleled.

Many years ago some of Canon's lenses were pretty lame (I owned a few, like the wretched 20mm f/2.8), but their modern high-end lenses are freakin' awesome.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 22:04 UTC

Beautiful images. I bought one of the first 11-24 f/4L lenses and it is an astonishing lens, kind of like a "proof of concept" lens that somehow made it into production. It's definitely not for everyone, but for those with the need (and the money), it is unparalleled.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 15:09 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies

I just installed the 1.0.3 to 1.0.4 update in my two 5D IV bodies. Everything went smoothly, but it took a solid five minutes to update. I don't think I've ever had a camera update take so long. No biggie, just so you will know and not worry. Cameras work fine after update.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 15:09 UTC as 2nd comment

Thanks, guys. Your tear down reports are terrific. We (users) are often guilty of discussing build quality and weather resistance without proof. It's interesting to see how Canon continues to innovate and modify existing designs into the next generation.

That said, the battery tray in the new BG-E20 grip is pretty iffy. Canon grips continue to be rather problematic, most notably the poor construction of the 5D II grip. The 5D III grip was fine, but I wonder how long the pricey BG-E20 grip will last.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 22:49 UTC as 1st comment
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hotdog321: By all accounts this looks like a winner.

But I would very much like to see a corner comparison at f/4 between this lens and the superb 16-35 f/4L IS. Just one corner would be fine at 16mm, 24mm and 35mm.

Center sharpness is always very good on just about all "L" lenses. It was the corners where there was a YUGE difference between the f/4 IS lens and the earlier f/2.8 versions.

Thanks--that looks darned impressive on a graph. I just need to eyeball something--like a bunch of tree leaves in a corner to get a real feel how a lens performs. There is something visceral about looking at the smeary, flaired-out mess of earlier f/2.8 (shot at f/4) lenses when compared to the 16-35 f/4L IS at f/4. Neither is perfect, but the difference really jumps out at you.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 22:15 UTC

By all accounts this looks like a winner.

But I would very much like to see a corner comparison at f/4 between this lens and the superb 16-35 f/4L IS. Just one corner would be fine at 16mm, 24mm and 35mm.

Center sharpness is always very good on just about all "L" lenses. It was the corners where there was a YUGE difference between the f/4 IS lens and the earlier f/2.8 versions.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 21:38 UTC as 28th comment | 4 replies
On article Mobile Speed: Portable SSDs for photographers (205 comments in total)

Good review! I started putting SSD in my laptop and desktop a few years ago and will absolutely never own another computer without them. Dead quiet, cool, resistant to impact, no defragging and far, far faster than a standard spinner HD. I still use spinners for file backup, but my "C" drive is always a SSD. The price has dropped precipitously over the years and I use the 1 TB SSD to avoid constantly messing around with drive maintenance. The idea of external SSD is really appealing.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 15:11 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
On article Mobile Speed: Portable SSDs for photographers (205 comments in total)
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teddoman: Very cool and useful post. I actually have an SSD salvaged from an old laptop that I'm thinking about an enclosure for.

What are the heat characteristics of SSD compared to HDD? I have fan enclosures for my regular 5200 RPM hard drives. What temperature does an SSD run at in a fanless enclosure during intensive operations like formatting or testing?

I put SSD's in both my laptop and desktop. They seem to operate at about room temperature, certainly much cooler than a standard spinner HD.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 15:06 UTC

I've actually been looking for something like this for quick videos. Rigging up my DSLR is a pain. I hope it works on my Galaxy S5. If so, I'll be one of their first customers.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 15:28 UTC as 11th comment

Interesting. Reading though the threads, the instant feedback from most posters are concerns for recording governmental and police misbehavior and very little to do with keeping concert promoters happy. As a career news photographer, it's fascinating how the cell phone has become the tool of the masses to keep thugs in line.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 14:52 UTC as 79th comment

Yes, and it would also be handy for disabling those pesky phone cameras from recording government troops shooting protestors, protest marches and police beatings.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 13:12 UTC as 101st comment | 1 reply

Interesting--I wonder if a full frame version is in the works.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 14:05 UTC as 43rd comment

Great. Another jpeg killer. I suspect this time next year we will have to query Google to know what the heck it was.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 23:51 UTC as 5th comment

O.K., that was pretty cool. Now I've got to get a GoPro. And a rocket. And a launch and tracking facility. :)

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 18:43 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

Not a fan of the "light" version. The blinding white is awfully routine for websites plus it desaturates the photos. I often surf DPreview in a dim room and find the black much more pleasant. I see I'm in the minority, but it's my two cents.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2016 at 22:59 UTC as 499th comment
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hotdog321: Nice, but unless Samsung puts back the replaceable battery and water proofing like the S5, this is a total non-starter for me.

Absolutely ! I forgot they messed that up, too.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2015 at 02:43 UTC
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