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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deanfuller: NPS: Don't drive there. Don't walk here. Don't even LOOK at that. Just another part of the federal leviathan staffed by functionaries . . . . some with guns . . . .

Thanks Samuel. I'll keep on supporting the dual mandate of the NPS. It's a tricky balance. I do believe that we need to take positive ownership of our parks. But it's corporate ownership, not selfish disrespect, which is needed. This means no one individual can disregard protections and safety that guards access and enjoyment for all Americans. For private property I would always opt for no covenants and no HOAs because I want to do what I please on my own private land. But people who want to take ownership of land with covenants (in this context the Constitutional right of our government to set up protected accessible land treasures for the people), then we need to respect those covenants that protect those lands.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 04:19 UTC
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deanfuller: NPS: Don't drive there. Don't walk here. Don't even LOOK at that. Just another part of the federal leviathan staffed by functionaries . . . . some with guns . . . .

I live near Yellowstone where 4+ million people visit from all over the world each summer. Last year someone loaded a baby bison in their SUV to "get it out of the cold." Never mind that they doomed it to death by doing so. Someone flew a drone into the Grand Prismatic Spring too. Oops. Fines. Then there are those who try to take selfies with 3000lb bison just to be gored half to death and flown out by helicopter. Lastly, the young man who tried to take a dip in a hot spring and by the time rescue could get out to him there was literally nothing left to salvage when the microbes were done. That was last year. That's how people act. I love rangers who both promote access and try to protect our national treasures from the way some would act if there were no guidelines for safety and respect in our parks. For those of us who want unbridled nature there is amazing back country to explore! It is fabulous and the wilderness wields no gun but there is no mercy for the foolish either.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 20:51 UTC
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photog4u: I'm a huge fan of Olympus ... my E-M1 has never failed me as long as I didn't try to push the m43 sensor beyond it's capabilities. However, having shot the Sony A7 series full frame cameras quite extensively, I find that more and more, I'm missing the larger sensor. You just cannot ask a tiny sensor to do the things a full frame sensor can do e.g. DR, low light, high ISO performance and true f numbers without crop factors so that if I want to shoot wide open at f1.8, I can, instead of f3.6. Speedbooster's work ok but it's just not same, for me. People go on about that "full frame" look but I find that it IS real, especially when shooting with Zeiss lenses. So today instead of spending two grand on another m43 body, I'm going to take advantage of some of the full frame bargains going on right now (A7 $998) less with trade and maybe the Zeiss 55f1.8. I'll spend 1800 bucks to compliment my E-M1 with full frame goodness since AF speed and tracking are not a priority.

I went A7 + FD and OM adapted lenses as well. Even purchased FD 500mm f4.5L. All my lenses can also adapt to future m4/3rds or APS-C body, but the A7 is a good compliment and super cheap if you have lenses to adapt. You have to be made of money to afford an A7Rii + compliment of auto-focus lenses by Sony and Zeiss. It would undoubtedly be cheaper to stick with m4/3rds or go Fuji XT if you needed the speed and auto focus, but I manage with manual focus and the A7 is brilliant. Everything is a trade off. Would love an E-M1ii, but can't afford it so I stick with FF. ;)

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 14:02 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1160 comments in total)
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FLruckas: What is going on?

Sony full frame cameras. Itty bitty bodies. BIG FAT LENSES.

GH5. BIG FAT BODY. Itty bitty lenses.

I miss the GH1/2 form factor...Itty bitty body. Itty bitty lenses.

Yes I know. That's the point. Not everyone is looking for a pocket-able mirrorless camera as the holy grail with no concern for competitive battery power, cooling, storage, sealing, and ergonomics. Small size is nice, but a trade off and personally, I like a happy medium where power lasts and I have dual cards and no limit to movie recording.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 23:55 UTC
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MrALLCAPS: Honestly, what's the reason for getting a E-M1 MkII for over this camera, aside from just being an Olympus?
Panasonic has trumped Olympus as the real leader of Micro Four Thirds. It has the same image quality, which isn't saying much really for the FT sensor, it's ibis is on part with Olympus, even better in longer focal lengths with the dual I.S., and Panasonic video is leaps and bounds better than Olympus.

If anyone truly wants to shoot sports, they're going to use a D500 or a 7D MkII. I don't see a pro using M43 for sports or wildlife over those 2 cameras. Yet, pros are using the GH series for video.

Now all Panasonic need's to do is return the GX series back to a primary stills user. One without a flippy screen, thank you. The one on the GX85 will be quite fine.

Mr all caps, were you responding to my comment about 4/3rds glass? If so, you missed some words in my comment that might have helped you understand that I was speaking of my preference. You don't have permission to tell me that it's not my preference.

And if you really want honesty, the internet is ill--abusive, not desiring understanding, and feverish with proving it's own bias by shouting louder than anyone else. Constantly confusing acting sure with being more right, the internet uses bullish language, hyperbole, and personal attacks to try and muscle it's way to a top that doesn't exist.

Are you this kind of person?

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 05:21 UTC
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MrALLCAPS: Honestly, what's the reason for getting a E-M1 MkII for over this camera, aside from just being an Olympus?
Panasonic has trumped Olympus as the real leader of Micro Four Thirds. It has the same image quality, which isn't saying much really for the FT sensor, it's ibis is on part with Olympus, even better in longer focal lengths with the dual I.S., and Panasonic video is leaps and bounds better than Olympus.

If anyone truly wants to shoot sports, they're going to use a D500 or a 7D MkII. I don't see a pro using M43 for sports or wildlife over those 2 cameras. Yet, pros are using the GH series for video.

Now all Panasonic need's to do is return the GX series back to a primary stills user. One without a flippy screen, thank you. The one on the GX85 will be quite fine.

Agree with pdelux. Testing for oneself both of these cameras would easily reveal if the Olympus or Panasonic is a better fit. But the IBIS and sealing of the Oly is hard to beat as is the sheer speed of the processing and AF.

For me, the Olympus supports AF with 4/3rds glass which is a very attractive reason to go with Olympus. Also the video on the E-M1ii is really good enough for most casual videographers and the IBIS is very good in video.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 23:36 UTC
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N13L5: Always been fond of Panasonic, cause they've never sold me a dud in any of their product lines, and past Panasonic purchases have outlasted most everything else I bought.

The only thing that bothers me about their cameras unfortunately are the M43 sensors.

Here's wishing Panasonic will make an APS-C or full frame GH5-B.

Yeah, I know, unlikely...

Yes, unlikely, however you have the A7sII, A7rii, A6500, and XT-2 as very good options if you wanted that size increase. I have an A7 that I use with legacy glass which is a cheap second FF system. I think it would be great if Olympus and Panasonic made joint FF models together at the $3000 price point with new Zuiko glass and very highly specified video. The best of the GH and OM-D series. Made it compatible with old 4/3rds lenses in crop mode and developed a really good AF adapter for Nikon and Canon glass. Yeah, very unlikely...

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 23:25 UTC
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robbinsbox: viewfinder sounds wonderful. wish they had a two eye version:)

I agree, the viewfinder sounds fantastic. I also think there would be some interest with a 2 eye viewfinder from some people. I would like to try it. I feel that eye fatigue can sometimes be an issue if sitting in a blind or on a long session. How about wireless VR compatability? Great for blind and remote work.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 00:19 UTC
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FLruckas: What is going on?

Sony full frame cameras. Itty bitty bodies. BIG FAT LENSES.

GH5. BIG FAT BODY. Itty bitty lenses.

I miss the GH1/2 form factor...Itty bitty body. Itty bitty lenses.

Target market. Not everyone buys mirrorless for diminutive size alone. The sensor sizes allows for smallish lenses (that's why Sony FF lenses are large) so the kit may be smallish, but handing can suffer if the camera is too small as can battery life. Mirrorless allows for great adapting of nearly all legacy glass which isn't always a great match for a super small body (ie I have a FD 500mm f4.5L which would be better on the GH5 than the Pen-F for obvious reasons). Overheating is better handled with a little more space and for a serious video hybrid camera the GH series the ergonomics, battery size, sealing, dual cards are worth their weight and size and the mirrorless technology enables some skills that similarly sized DSLRs can't touch. So no, not everyone has a one item priority list of super small.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 00:16 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1160 comments in total)

Looks to again set the standard for video/stills hybrid. I'm keen to see tests vs. the E-M1ii. The likeness to the GH4 seems to belie the significant advancements inside like the addition of IBIS, full width 4K, dual slots, AF, and viewfinder achievements. The intention for firmware is also telling. I think the price of both the Pana and Oly flagships should have been $200-300 less, but that is bound to happen for street price against the credible competition after the initial honeymoon phase.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 03:57 UTC as 176th comment
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DVT80111: Hmm, it has a tweeny tine sensor but does not look much smaller than my A7Rii. No wonder the product line is struggling to stay afloat.

Larger than your Sony. Not struggling to stay afloat.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 03:41 UTC
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places (122 comments in total)

I really like them all. Especially Norway.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 15:02 UTC as 40th comment

Nothing against the wedding industrial complex here but when I see that link pick I just want to bend that Canon into the back of the net.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 10:22 UTC as 167th comment

That's a beautiful phone. I don't care about features. I'm not buying an $1000 phone, but got to say, it looks fabulous.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 17:02 UTC as 8th comment
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (270 comments in total)

No surprises. It was a good year for credible products.

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2016 at 15:51 UTC as 81st comment
On article Gear of the Year 2016 - Barney's choice: Nikon D500 (217 comments in total)
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SirSeth: I shoot mirrorless for a variety of reasons, but if I were buying a new DSLR, this would be it. Also I think as a little brother to anyone using D750/D810 this seems like a great choice. Nikon took their time and it shows. The AF, buffer, sealing, and control layout is very refined.

Great article and video too Barney. Wish I could have met you all. I'm not as experienced or so much a man crush as Ronan, but would have loved to show you some of the local spots. Yellowstone in the back yard is still a dream come true for me and it's a wonderful place to photograph birds and animals, but some of the backpacking and animal subjects outside the park are less photographed and also stunning. It's maybe even a little fortunate that you had to play it by ear due to fires because it led you to be spontaneous with the camera and really explore an area less photographed.

Makes me wish Nikon would also produce a serious mirrorless. Not that I'm anti-DSLR really. I own one of those. However, almost all my lenses can be adapted to any mirrorless and not DSLR. What would a D500 or D810 level mirrorless from Nikon look like? The 1 series had some strengths but with a strong non-competition bias towards DSLRs. Anyhow, the D500 is an amazing camera and I would say one of the best in the space.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 04:54 UTC
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Biological_Viewfinder: I hate, abhor, detest, despise, that someone who was not even holding a camera and instead used a noisy, annoying, toy to take a picture and won a bunch of money.

Other people did their best, got on their knees in the muck, took bracketed shots to later blend so the dynamic range was there, and did their level best to portray the scene; and got beat by someone who artificially flew above the ground. Not even in a plane or helicopter, he just plain cheated; and still won.

I hate drones! HATE is too small and quiet of a word to describe my unbridled, uncontained absolute rage and malice I feel toward the drones and everyone associated with them.

Everytime I see one, I see some *$(@)*$&@ that is so selfish that he does not care if his loud, obnoxious, annoying, bee-buzzing ruins the experience someone else is having on their walk, hike, camping trip, or their attempts at photography with all the oppressive distraction of some toy model making noise.

Biological_Viewfinder, it sounds like so far... being persuaded is not really your thing. I wouldn't hold my breath on that one, but I would recommend Bose noise canceling headphones and a good book.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 21:43 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2016 - Barney's choice: Nikon D500 (217 comments in total)

I shoot mirrorless for a variety of reasons, but if I were buying a new DSLR, this would be it. Also I think as a little brother to anyone using D750/D810 this seems like a great choice. Nikon took their time and it shows. The AF, buffer, sealing, and control layout is very refined.

Great article and video too Barney. Wish I could have met you all. I'm not as experienced or so much a man crush as Ronan, but would have loved to show you some of the local spots. Yellowstone in the back yard is still a dream come true for me and it's a wonderful place to photograph birds and animals, but some of the backpacking and animal subjects outside the park are less photographed and also stunning. It's maybe even a little fortunate that you had to play it by ear due to fires because it led you to be spontaneous with the camera and really explore an area less photographed.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 21:19 UTC as 19th comment | 4 replies
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Biological_Viewfinder: I hate, abhor, detest, despise, that someone who was not even holding a camera and instead used a noisy, annoying, toy to take a picture and won a bunch of money.

Other people did their best, got on their knees in the muck, took bracketed shots to later blend so the dynamic range was there, and did their level best to portray the scene; and got beat by someone who artificially flew above the ground. Not even in a plane or helicopter, he just plain cheated; and still won.

I hate drones! HATE is too small and quiet of a word to describe my unbridled, uncontained absolute rage and malice I feel toward the drones and everyone associated with them.

Everytime I see one, I see some *$(@)*$&@ that is so selfish that he does not care if his loud, obnoxious, annoying, bee-buzzing ruins the experience someone else is having on their walk, hike, camping trip, or their attempts at photography with all the oppressive distraction of some toy model making noise.

Similar distaste may be leveled against snowmobiles, jet skiers, ATVs, bikers, ... Anyone playing with such toys without any sensitivity of others are annoying and selfish. But I find even more selfish anyone who rails against _all_ users of such technologies from their sacred soapboxes as if everyone using a drone is equally irresponsible or insensitive. People love freedom as long as it's only their own. But profiling and flinging unthinking hate at entire groups is what is wrong with my country today. Narrow selfish scarcity ideology is robbing freedom & humanity. I guess that's my soap box, but the difference between profiling Joel without knowing him and picking out a problem of abuse is that I'm not confusing the value of people with the problem. The problem is hate and abuse that is chosen and rationalized without understanding. Not all internet posters are abusive. Not all drone pilots are insensitive. The quickest road to prejudice is lumping them all together.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 15:22 UTC
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Kiwisnap: I do not regard shots from a drone as photography other than in the literal sense. There is little or no opportunity for the skill of the photographer to influence the outcome.

There are a million ways to rationalize fear of new technology.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 14:34 UTC
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