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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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 27th 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

Nice, but unless Samsung puts back the replaceable battery and water proofing like the S5, this is a total non-starter for me.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 21:24 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
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hotdog321: I genuinely wonder why there is such an emotional attachment to mirrorless cameras, and the Sony a7RII in particular. The a7RII appears superb on paper and in leisurely situations, but clearly isn't "there" yet for action and for most pro usage. The overheated rhetoric is more akin to a religion or favored sports team than a reasoned discussion.

Folks, trust me. If and when mirrorless cameras surpass DSLR bodies for pro still photographers, we will be the first to dump the old Rube Goldberg DSLR and grab a mirrorless body.

JunzInc. Read my two posts above again--I never said or implied such a thing. I think the a7RII is a dandy camera within its limitations. No one says you can't use the a7RII for sports; it is simply a poor tool for tasks of this sort.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 16:18 UTC
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hotdog321: I genuinely wonder why there is such an emotional attachment to mirrorless cameras, and the Sony a7RII in particular. The a7RII appears superb on paper and in leisurely situations, but clearly isn't "there" yet for action and for most pro usage. The overheated rhetoric is more akin to a religion or favored sports team than a reasoned discussion.

Folks, trust me. If and when mirrorless cameras surpass DSLR bodies for pro still photographers, we will be the first to dump the old Rube Goldberg DSLR and grab a mirrorless body.

No, many pros never shoot sports or wildlife. BUT! but after 35 years of earning a living with cameras, it is my humble opinion that nothing uncovers the underlying weaknesses of a camera/lens better than a sports assignment. It tests ruggedness, weather sealing, battery life, focus speed, focus accuracy, frames per second, low light sensitivity, and handling in pressure situations. A camera that can handle a sports assignment can handle just about every other situation. But a camera that performs well for landscapes or the studio may or many not be able to handle action.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 15:31 UTC

I genuinely wonder why there is such an emotional attachment to mirrorless cameras, and the Sony a7RII in particular. The a7RII appears superb on paper and in leisurely situations, but clearly isn't "there" yet for action and for most pro usage. The overheated rhetoric is more akin to a religion or favored sports team than a reasoned discussion.

Folks, trust me. If and when mirrorless cameras surpass DSLR bodies for pro still photographers, we will be the first to dump the old Rube Goldberg DSLR and grab a mirrorless body.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 13:49 UTC as 37th comment | 14 replies
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sony shooter: As a Sony Shooter. This article show how hard it is to go from DSLR to a Mirrorless.

You haven't gotten into the menus to shut of image review, its obvious that you didn't spend time learning how to use focusing system such as focus locking, and most of all how to use the drive by wire focusing that is new with the Sony mirrorless cameras.

BTW it took me over a month to learn how to use Sony mirrorless coming from a Canon and Sony DSLR. its been rewarding yet difficult. Maybe you should give it a second shot after you learn the menus and functions.

Just my opinion.

"BTW it took me over a month to learn how to use Sony mirrorless coming from a Canon and Sony DSLR."

This line alone shows an inherent flaw in the Sony system. If it takes a freaking MONTH to learn to operate the darn camera, there is something horribly wrong with the ergonomics, menus and design.

When I switched from film to my first Canon 1D camera, I was shooting comfortably in 1 HOUR. Any system that requires the user to wade though hundreds of pages and settings is messed up.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 20:30 UTC
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