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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hotdog321: I honestly don't know how the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II can be significantly improved other than to make it lighter and less expensive (HA!) Maybe a 1.4X insert? But that would be mind-mindbogglingly expensive. Some minor tweak to the optics are likely to be invisible in real-world terms.

Sure, the f/4 version is due for an upgrade, but a 70-200 f/2.8L IS III sounds like a giant money suck on a lens that doesn't need upgrading.

The 70-200 f/2.8L IS II is carried by almost every Canon pro on the planet. A wide angle on one body and the 70-200 on the other covers me on 95% of every assignment I've ever shot. Maybe they will make it 60-210 or add macro ability, which would be useful. Shrug. I'm keeping mine.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2018 at 12:12 UTC

I honestly don't know how the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II can be significantly improved other than to make it lighter and less expensive (HA!) Maybe a 1.4X insert? But that would be mind-mindbogglingly expensive. Some minor tweak to the optics are likely to be invisible in real-world terms.

Sure, the f/4 version is due for an upgrade, but a 70-200 f/2.8L IS III sounds like a giant money suck on a lens that doesn't need upgrading.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 13:07 UTC as 18th comment | 7 replies

Astonishing! It appears to weigh the same as Canon's phenomenal 11-24 f/4L, but has a f/2.8 aperture. It also appears to have a removable lens hood (though I'm not sure that is a great idea with that bulbous front element.) Could be a real game-changer for those shooting starry landscapes if the edges are decent. Price? Performance? Hmm. Looking forward to seeing more information on this bad boy.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2018 at 17:05 UTC as 39th comment | 3 replies
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hotdog321: Man, this just reinforces my decision decades ago to become a photojournalist instead of a wedding photographer. I would far rather go with police into a crack house at midnight than shoot a wedding. Seriously.

Now THAT sounds like fun! "The bride and groom look winsome wearing matching handcuffs."

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 23:02 UTC
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hotdog321: Man, this just reinforces my decision decades ago to become a photojournalist instead of a wedding photographer. I would far rather go with police into a crack house at midnight than shoot a wedding. Seriously.

Yeah, in all honesty it is a lot of fun. Note that I go in BEHIND the police, tho.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 16:38 UTC

Man, this just reinforces my decision decades ago to become a photojournalist instead of a wedding photographer. I would far rather go with police into a crack house at midnight than shoot a wedding. Seriously.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 15:34 UTC as 32nd comment | 6 replies
On article Canon patents 400mm F5.6 catadioptric 'mirror' lens (220 comments in total)

Previous mirror lenses suffered from all kinds of optical issues. If Canon could get this right it might be a pretty good deal. Mirror lenses were smaller, cheaper and lighter.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2017 at 02:16 UTC as 37th comment | 6 replies
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hotdog321: Well, I can't tell jack from the video, but I've shot on HS, college and NFL sidelines many times and they are a freakin' zoo. You've got cheerleaders, ball boys, umps, marching bands, coaches, a whole herd of heavily armored players, carts, TV, sound crews, cables, friends, friends of friends, medical staff, tables, Gatorade vats, poles, kickers practicing against a net and much, much more. Then photographers are severely limited in their shooting positions and must run this gauntlet 50 times a game while trying to shoot around people wandering onto the field out of their proper positions. No kidding that accidents happen! Over the years I've seen photographers knocked out, get broken legs or arms during games. I blame the miserable organizers. Pro photographers know what to do and what not to do.

It is very odd to see someone in a suit shooting a football game. I think the guy might the someone from the school's PR staff.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 23:01 UTC

Well, I can't tell jack from the video, but I've shot on HS, college and NFL sidelines many times and they are a freakin' zoo. You've got cheerleaders, ball boys, umps, marching bands, coaches, a whole herd of heavily armored players, carts, TV, sound crews, cables, friends, friends of friends, medical staff, tables, Gatorade vats, poles, kickers practicing against a net and much, much more. Then photographers are severely limited in their shooting positions and must run this gauntlet 50 times a game while trying to shoot around people wandering onto the field out of their proper positions. No kidding that accidents happen! Over the years I've seen photographers knocked out, get broken legs or arms during games. I blame the miserable organizers. Pro photographers know what to do and what not to do.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 20:52 UTC as 12th comment | 5 replies

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 14th 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 56th 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 15th 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 4th 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 30th 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
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