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SirSeth

SirSeth

Lives in United States Hagerstown, United States
Works as a Teacher
Has a website at wallygoots.smugmug.com
Joined on Feb 8, 2004
About me:

My plan is to ever improve my trade, my hobbies, and my relationships with family, friends, and my God. My trade is teaching Math and Computers. My primary hobbies are lutherie (guitar building) and photography. My God is slow to anger and abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us for our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is His love for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us. If you have questions or gripes about my God, I always enjoy talking with someone who is a seeker. Rock throwers are rarely convinced of anything spiritual and I can respect their desire to believe differently than myself.

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Howard: Another prime lens for FE? Maybe should divert some effort to making a decent and fast midrange zoom for APS-C E-mount?

I know apples and oranges, but Sony hasn't released any APS-C E-mount lens in 3 years!

@T3 Amazon's best selling "interchangeable lens" cameras list is not dependable data. For example, the #2 spot goes to an $88 digicam that is not interchangeable lens. The #4 spot goes to a FF camera that is not released yet. The 1,2,5,6,9... and more spots are all the same camera (Canon T5). So if you base your assumption of APS-C sales on this, then you could be very skewed in your perspective. You might at least question if people are preferring to purchase their more expensive gear from a different store front than where they buy their diapers. Also, why are Canon, Nikon, and Sony not acting like APS-C is selling by the boat load? By all accounts: lens development, product cycle, advertising, reception on the internet... they are doing very well with FF and APS-C not so much.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2016 at 02:18 UTC
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Howard: Another prime lens for FE? Maybe should divert some effort to making a decent and fast midrange zoom for APS-C E-mount?

I know apples and oranges, but Sony hasn't released any APS-C E-mount lens in 3 years!

"It just so happens that Sony APS-C is only mostly dead. There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dad. Now, mostly dead is slightly alive. Now, all dead... with all dead... there's only one thing you can do."
Buy a flagship camera by moving to FF or get a flagship crop camera from someone else. But, Sony won't make a flagship APS-C system because they have every incentive to protect, promote, and upgrade everyone to their FF line. Stinks, but I'd bet that's how it plays out. They will keep it alive for those who don't need to flesh out a lens system but want a capable camera with a few kit lenses. There are plenty of folks in that category. But what do you think the market is on top grade glass for E-mount when most of those looking for a flagship could/would/have sights on FF? Not that FF is everyone's salvation and ultimate end, but is plays to Sony's benefit and strengths to convince everyone that it is.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 19:24 UTC

I'd be interested to know how this new Canon fairs compared with the current best. At rolling shutter in general and at frame grabs from 4K. Are the other cameras that it tested against the best or just new 4K capable cameras? Is the GH4 or A7s II better? Was it just a hope that this new 5D IV would kind of solve a problem all other cameras up till now exhibited and sadly it doesn't?

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2016 at 05:58 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (1243 comments in total)
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Mbaris: Great outdoors, eh? Who will exactly thug that 900gr beast (before the lenses and tripod) to a hiking trip? The pros carrying around tens of kilos, and other support equipment, would they care about the "new" features? Aren't they redundant to a pro? The serious-amateur, wouldn't they prefer something much lighter for their personal trips? For someone doing studio, there are much better used Canons than this one. I think this camera is targeted for wedding photographers, which can burn cameras fast, and buy new to replace. This makes most of the new features just a marketing trick

Those zillion other photographers using DSLRs are also a demographic that are most at risk of heart disease and early onset Alzheimer. They can't find their car in the parking lot, but can reminisce all day about the film days and the greatest collection of native lenses of any system ever and the superiority of the OVF and how if the camera has video they don't want it. ;)

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 13:22 UTC
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Kaso: What's the value of this article? How can Lr be mentioned together with Ps? What about Capture One Pro and Corel Paintshop Pro, to name just two worthy competitors?

DPReview should stick to camera reviews. When doing so, DPReview should adopt a "suggestive" tone, not a "definitive" one. The serious (non-troll) comments tend to be more insightful than the articles themselves.

I'll chime in about PSP. I tried Serif and Elements before settling on PSP because the features & stability were there for the very reasonable one time price. Serif was slow and buggy back when I compared while PSP has a pretty fast and sorted platform that has been improved over the years. Other products may have improved, but PSP is still intuitive, stable, and not cutting back to protect a flagship product above it. I may use a version of PSP through a couple of upgrades which saves money greatly compared with subscription models and once you buy PSP, the discounts for upgrading are excellent, further reducing the bleed. The bottom line is that I'm saving 150-600 a year by using an alternative to Photoshop without suffering any loss in features I need.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 19:58 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: With all these alternatives, it's surprising that we get in the habit of using Photoshop and just keep paying. You can look at something like Affinity Photo and get an idea of what PS should sell for, if it was something you could own. No wonder Adobe loves, loves, loves subscriptions.

The thinking that "I can afford $20 to have it now" is why people are in debt up to their eyeballs. Payments that never end is a basic strategy for reducing the barrier companies have to hooking customers who stink at math. As a business expense for those turning a profit it may be a no-brainer, but I'd say the rest are paying exorbitantly for how they actually use the product when a much less expensive product would do nicely.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 19:33 UTC
On article 6 tips for better wildflower photos (59 comments in total)
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SirSeth: I've heard (but have yet to experience) that a tilt-shift lens can be a great gear choice for wild flower vistas. It lets you tilt the focus plane to include small foreground objects and distant mountains without needing to focus stack or use an f-stop that might bring in diffraction limitations.

Good feedback Rich. Thanks. Experience is so telling with these things and I see exactly what you mean from your description. So when it works it's golden and it's good to have other strategies.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 23:13 UTC
On article 6 tips for better wildflower photos (59 comments in total)

I've heard (but have yet to experience) that a tilt-shift lens can be a great gear choice for wild flower vistas. It lets you tilt the focus plane to include small foreground objects and distant mountains without needing to focus stack or use an f-stop that might bring in diffraction limitations.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 13:55 UTC as 24th comment | 4 replies
On article Gallery update: Nikon 300mm F4E PF ED VR (54 comments in total)

That obvious Canon bias coming through again. ;)

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 19:42 UTC as 20th comment
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PhotoKhan: "While the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II’s autofocus is very good, and leagues ahead of earlier-generation professional Canon cameras, the D5 leaves it in the dust".

..."leaves it in the dust" !?... Quick, there's still time to inform all Canon-PJs before the opening ceremony, so they call Nikon for a "blitz" supply.

See how, with grandiose editorial comments like this, your emotionally-based bias for Nikon is quite easy to spot?

...It's actually a bit cute and quite harmless as, otherwise, this is another "tour de force" of journalistic and technical competence.

It is possible to "hear" bias that is not intended--especially by us vs. them thinkers--and I don't think Rishi or Barney are blindly biased. Of course humans tend to be bias which can either be blind bias which is more of a prejudice or individuality which I highly value hearing. Reviews without passion can be written based off of spec sheets but those are incredibly dull. Having two authors is great and I felt that the article showed individuality and balance. But not blind bias. Great job.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 02:27 UTC
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doady: This article is disturbing but hilarious at the same time. It reads like something from The Onion, like a satire of corporate overreach or something. Not only taking and selling thousands of public domain images without the photographer's permission and without giving either credit or compensation to her, but also threatening her and trying make her pay for posting her own public domain images on her own website. Very weird but unfortunately this the new normal. Public domain has increasingly become the corporate domain. This is something the people of the USA should keep in mind if they are thinking of voting for that corporate puppet Hillary Clinton in the upcoming presidential election.

Or people of the USA could vote for who ever they want because not all corporations are evil and hey puppet shows.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2016 at 14:41 UTC

MindShift is trying to solve the same problem of access without removing and setting down the pack. I prefer their hands free solution after rotation and the possibility of carrying other stuff for longer outings (or my less used gear) in the top of my gear.

In the video he uses both hands to close the zipper and get the bag back on his back. This only worked out because he put the camera back in the bag; otherwise you would need three hands and that temps one to take a picture one handed and risks dropping your gear if you want to keep the camera out of the bag while you move. Basically the idea looks to cause more problems then solutions for the way I would use it. Maybe others see how they would use it differently.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 23:34 UTC as 21st comment
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Kelvin L: I'll definitely get on board with a mirrorless system once decent perspective control / tilt-shift lenses start appearing for them. I think the only mirrorless with a kinda-native TS lens is the Canon EOS-M (with adapter).

Good to see Fujifilm acknowledging tilt-shift, even if it's low priority.

Good response. That gives me some reading and thinking about what can be done with T/S lenses. I've not really pushed what is possible here besides theoretically because I've not owned one yet. I have admired Bruce's work with the 50mm though and that's the kind of stuff I want to do with one. Thanks Kelvin and have a great week.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 14:26 UTC
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Kelvin L: I'll definitely get on board with a mirrorless system once decent perspective control / tilt-shift lenses start appearing for them. I think the only mirrorless with a kinda-native TS lens is the Canon EOS-M (with adapter).

Good to see Fujifilm acknowledging tilt-shift, even if it's low priority.

Neodp--off topic but you should also consider the pros of EVF because when all pros of OVF are matched without any cons, you'll get so much more than equal.

Kelvin, how do you intend to use TS lenses because I do not see them needing to be as wide because you can shift to get brilliant wide FOVs with less distortion than a single ultra-wide perspective. Check out Bruce Hood who uses a 50 Schneider exclusively for stunning panos.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 13:25 UTC
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Triplet Perar: Yes, tell me the day when execs will openly say, "We have no idea what we're doing, we're just throwing mud to see what sticks to the wall, and will pay no attention to whatever you ask because we will take another, the cheapest option and say *you* asked for it".
This is closer to truth these days, when the global economy and finances are totally screwed up: industry suffocates and buying power of everyday people is killed because all money goes to repay ever rising debts and no money is left for genuine spending.

True. But one shouldn't assume either that because they are expected to be optimistic, that there is nothing to be optimistic about. Sure, some execs will talk like it's sunny even when the sky is falling, and others will actually be enjoying a favorable forecast and proud of their work. How does one know the difference? Well same can be asked of anyone who markets a product--so don't be naive but also there is not necessarily insincerity about being up on a product one is proud of making.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 04:46 UTC
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Triplet Perar: Yes, tell me the day when execs will openly say, "We have no idea what we're doing, we're just throwing mud to see what sticks to the wall, and will pay no attention to whatever you ask because we will take another, the cheapest option and say *you* asked for it".
This is closer to truth these days, when the global economy and finances are totally screwed up: industry suffocates and buying power of everyday people is killed because all money goes to repay ever rising debts and no money is left for genuine spending.

Or maybe execs who don't believe in their product or feel optimistic about their direction just don't last because that don't make sense or money.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 04:13 UTC
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Kelvin L: I'll definitely get on board with a mirrorless system once decent perspective control / tilt-shift lenses start appearing for them. I think the only mirrorless with a kinda-native TS lens is the Canon EOS-M (with adapter).

Good to see Fujifilm acknowledging tilt-shift, even if it's low priority.

For every mirrorless company there are a lot of tilt-shift options with adapter. That's a great thing about mirrorless and since native tilt/shift are typically manual focus anyhow get a good adapter and you are set. Samyang 24mm f3.5, Canon FD 35mm f2.8, Hartblei has a 40mm, 80mm, 120mm, and then up the food chain there are the Canon and Nikon options and the excellent Schneider 50mm Super Angulon and 90 Makro Symmar. The Canon 24mm, Canon FD 35mm, and Schneider 50mm are the ones that speak to me.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 04:09 UTC
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SirSeth: These bags look like they actually bring some new ideas and solutions to common problems. Magnetic closures--are they any problem for technology? I avoid any bag with velcro which leaves me with limited options sometimes, and I really like the stretch expansion and departure from traditional side press quick release closures and zippers for some compartments.

Interesting. Thanks Mosswings.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 22:34 UTC

These bags look like they actually bring some new ideas and solutions to common problems. Magnetic closures--are they any problem for technology? I avoid any bag with velcro which leaves me with limited options sometimes, and I really like the stretch expansion and departure from traditional side press quick release closures and zippers for some compartments.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 21:15 UTC as 18th comment | 5 replies
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Peak freak: Outstanding image, one of my new favorites!
As an hobby adventure photographer myself, I could see the huge potential with drones and started investigating, but a 'basic' set-up with a Nex 5 was around 15k Australian - forget it.
The days of it being about the photographer, and not the gear, are well and truly over. This shot is about technology and budget. I think a lot of photographers have 'ideas' about shots like this, but nowhere near the means.
However, a basic set of remote transmitters have let me do all sorts of things on a small budget which has been a lot of fun (and adventures).

Yes, I like the picture, the effort, and the tech leveraged to get the shot, but I'm not blind to this being a marketing video to highlight what can be done with fancy equipment.

And let's give some props to the paddler who shot a waterfall in the dark after being blinded by strobes. ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 15:14 UTC
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