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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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

There should be more leather wrapped cameras with baseball stitching. That's pretty much the only thing I can say nice about this.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 03:24 UTC as 178th comment
On article Have your say: Best prime lens of 2016 (152 comments in total)
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brycesteiner: A popularly contest for the 90% who have never touched any of these.

Covetous contest for me. ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2016 at 02:35 UTC

Looks like a lot of fun. A camera that can handle the elements without flinching inspires confidence. I wish the price made the camera more accessible, but maybe it's worth it. I think the IQ is good for current tech.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 14:28 UTC as 56th comment
On article Kodak Ektra 'photography' smartphone goes on sale (90 comments in total)
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NaBalam: It is worth mentioning that this is not 'KODAK' per se. It's just a brand USING the Kodak name. As far as I know, is the same company that produces CATERPILLAR and Land Rover cell phones.

In other words.. poo.

It's worth mentioning that most brands outsource some or all of their branded products, but I agree it's not the same Kodak that went bankrupt that is producing this product. That may be a good thing and it should stand on it's own merits. We'll see if it lives up to its name or not. (I mean the good old days name and not the failed bankrupted company name).

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 17:05 UTC
On article Kodak Ektra 'photography' smartphone goes on sale (90 comments in total)
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dansclic: It is absolutely stunning to see so many people being excited for the Chinese Y1 M1 which is a low cost and miserable performing camera while,here so many are bashing a product before even knowing what it might offer.....

The M1 is interesting because of price, established 4/3rds mount, and camera/smart phone interface melding. The RAW quality is good, AF is poor. Even more exciting would be if they made the software completely open source and kept the price low on subsequent models. I think this phone is interesting too, but would like to see IQ. Making a smartphone camera-like is not as novel as really making an ILC smartphone-like. With the M1 people with 4/3rds lenses could add a fun/second/backup body for cheap. Others can get into a ILC that shoots good RAW and video for less than a competing camera.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 16:52 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (348 comments in total)
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a voice of reason: i dont agree with a single suggestion of dp review

use your 500 dollars to buy something better used a 6000

an x 30 a xe2 an zpro 1 an gx7 an a nex 7 ...gm 5.... an endless list

Hey Richard, I'll write an article about buying value leading used cameras as long as there is a way to update and discuss "recommendations" with the community. :) Many of us keep a pulse on used markets. We are market mavens and it could be valuable for the community to have such a resource. For example, the under $100 range is particularly interesting.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 17:18 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1382 comments in total)
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Aroart: Sorry, but I would rather take an xt2, d500 or 2 d7200's for that price...

So, I think what you all are getting at is that there are other options for less money (and better IQ) that are attractive in this segment. There are no duds, and with competition this good, it is possible to price a product unrealistically. The chief complaint of this camera is the price is higher than most think it should be compared with the other options. Whether the other options are better options is up to each person to decide. So has Olympus chosen a price the market will bear? I don't think so--not for anyone but early adopters, wealthy, or those very heavily invested. I think the price will have to drop sooner than other cameras and I don't think it's good for marketing or Olympus' reputation to price things higher then the market believes they should pay. Pentax and Nikon have a very different pricing strategy as seen with the K1 and D500. People were not fixated with the price of these cameras as the major drawback.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 21:32 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1382 comments in total)
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photog4u: Consider this Christmas season you can get a:

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II + 25mm f1.2 Pro m43 for $3,199
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Sony A7 Mark II + Zeiss 50mm f1.4 FULL FRAME for $2,996

I guess it really depends on whether or not you want the incredible light gathering capability and shallow depth of field that a great big full frame sensor provides or a tiny, albeit speedy sensor will suffice?

Kharan, though I do shoot the A7 (and not just portraits or landscape), the price comparison was about the A7ii which outclasses my camera by quite a bit. Yes, the E-M1 is faster as I stated. The A7ii is also faster than the A7. So while I agree with you, I wouldn't go nearly as far as you do with the comparison. I didn't find the E-M1 to be "that" fast and neither camera tracks well, but the E-M1 has an edge. Also, I did mention the m4/3rds optics were on average smaller, but from experience with both, the system size is about the same. I added an l-plate to my A7 because it's just a little bit too small and when I was using the E-M1 it was much the same. Smallish lenses on bodies just about the same size felt and have about the same feel and I used all the same bag space for either system. Basically, folks may exaggerate the size difference, but there's not much to it.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2016 at 06:54 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1382 comments in total)
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DualSystemGuy: Looks awesome, but overpriced IMO at the same price as a D500. I realize that isn't a direct comparison and that the Olympus can do some things the D500 can't (and vise versa), but I think $1499 or so would be a better point for that body and it's smaller sensor. I love the mirrorless innovation that's happening, and I love that more and more companies are putting PDAF in them (previously one of their largest drawbacks other than the awful EVFs) but pricing them the same as the very best DSLRs I think is a little overzealous. Just my opinion.

Pricing the E-M1ii the same as the very best DSLRs in the "smaller sensor" segment would be great! $1499 would be fine and that's what Olympus should have done rather than charge hundreds more because they made a very fast and durable camera with an even smaller sensor. Not only did they not do so, they raised the price by hundreds compared with the previous flagship. In my opinion, it won't fly at that price for long.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2016 at 22:54 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1382 comments in total)
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photog4u: Consider this Christmas season you can get a:

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II + 25mm f1.2 Pro m43 for $3,199
-or-
Sony A7 Mark II + Zeiss 50mm f1.4 FULL FRAME for $2,996

I guess it really depends on whether or not you want the incredible light gathering capability and shallow depth of field that a great big full frame sensor provides or a tiny, albeit speedy sensor will suffice?

I agree with the OP on this post. I shoot an A7 (not A7ii). I shot an E-M1 alone side it. Still shoot 4/3rds sometimes. The A7 and E-M1 for practical purposes are the same size. The optics of the E-M1 were slightly smaller--just depends what you choose to mount. The IQ of the A7 is far superior and the speed of the E-M1 better. I kept the A7. There are reasons for buying either platform, and as witnessed above, they can be stated convincingly, but it still stands that Olympus feels they can charge FF costs (and more) because of the speed and features they can leverage on the platform of the smaller sensor. Will users find a way to justify the price? Some will. But most realize that Olympus for the features can't offer the IQ. Nikon tried to do the same with the 1 series. But they didn't really go all out because the had to protect their higher tier DSLRs. If they had produced a true 1 system flagship for pro use it still would have been a hard sell if the cost was excessive.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2016 at 22:48 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1382 comments in total)
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s.seng: Is this a paid advert? When did they excel in build quality? Many owner of OM1 every moaning about things failing off or breaking repeatedly which is lot higher than other brands.

I've had an OM-1 without problems for 30 years. I've owned an E-1 without problems for 12 years without major issues (hand grip peeling is all). I owned an E-3 for 5 years without problems. I owned an E-M1 for over an year without problems. I did have a lens fall apart once. But one person's experience good or bad doesn't prove the reliability of a brand or model. Having a lemon, and all companies occasionally produce a lemon, is disappointing for sure. If you've had that happen, sorry man. That stinks.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 15:04 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1382 comments in total)
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s.seng: Is this a paid advert? When did they excel in build quality? Many owner of OM1 every moaning about things failing off or breaking repeatedly which is lot higher than other brands.

Since when have they excelled in build quality? At least since 2003 with the E-1. Even in the results of the survey with very small sample size that was linked, many people reported never having problems. Problems exist with all brands, Olympus is no worse and probably better.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 04:55 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1382 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: I am not joining the criticism of the IQ.

It is a trade off - fast speed and amazing IBIS is a function of the smaller sensor. If the camera had the same performance with a larger sensor, it would cost more than a D5. So quit the whining.

However, I will use the opportunity ( and every chance I get ) to rage against Oly for ditching the tilt screen for a fully articulating, sticking out at the side abomination that makes you look away from the subject and the lens axis.

What were you thinking Oly?????? I damn well hate the screen. Deal breaker for me.

I've had that style of screen on 2 of my cameras. I like it. Works for me.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 04:41 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1382 comments in total)
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NickyB66: DP say image quality, especially in JPG not good. I'll stick with the X-Pro2.

Of course it's no contest iamatrix! Simply because no one was contesting that point. So glad I don't have to research what isn't relevant to the discussion. Oh, and webger15, it doesn't matter that the XT2 has video or that you don't care about video. It also doesn't matter if the XT2 AF is better than the XPro2 if the E-M1ii is better than both and what is being compared here is the XPro2 and E-M1ii JPGs. But who cares since cognition isn't really a thing on the internet.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 04:38 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1382 comments in total)
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NickyB66: DP say image quality, especially in JPG not good. I'll stick with the X-Pro2.

webber15, read the comment again if you were replying to me. When I said "blows away the Xpro2" I specified that was in speed, IBIS, and video. (Probably build quality/sealing, dust busting too). There are ways that the Xpro2 bests the other handily. But that's the point, if some people hyper focus on only one aspect because they have a specific need then fine. But some folks throw out any strength because it's not a strength they value--which doesn't mean it's not a strength.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 20:36 UTC
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