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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That's hot! Doesn't it have a lighter app?

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 19:49 UTC as 32nd comment
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EduPortas: Just scanned the 50+ plus winners and finalists on National History Museum website and discovered just one mirrorless camera amongst the lauded pictures (Olympus E-PL1). Lots of "old" DSLR gear: Canon's original 5D, 7D, Nikon D300, Nikon D90 with good glass. Lion's share seems to be shot with the Nikon D800 and Canon 5D Mark III. Heck, there's even a Nikon F4 film camera! Surely mirrorless is the future, right? RIGHT?! (Edit: I only checked the "Adults" section of the competition. Lots of great shots in the younglings section also).

I use DSLRs and mirrorless and I've seen how far mirrorless has come in a short time, so for me mirrorless promises a very bright future. However, what irks me is the incredulity and accompanying sarcasm of the DSLR faithful. It's a paltry showing for mirrorless and a paltry showing for the current generation of DSLRs which says what? I don't know--possibly that DSLRs are really not improving that much? Mirrorless are but there are other factors. Mirrorless isn't doing really long optics, those behemoths of wildlife photography yet. Sony, the most prominent FF mirrorless is noticeably short on long glass. Class leading weather sealing, battery life, and storage is also not keys to the impressive marketing effort of mirrorless, not to mention that we don't know the age of the optics being used by the photographers. How many of these guys have a bevy of glass that precedes mirrorless--so DSLR it is. Meaningless notions about the facts are still off the mark despite being facts.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 01:40 UTC
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EduPortas: Just scanned the 50+ plus winners and finalists on National History Museum website and discovered just one mirrorless camera amongst the lauded pictures (Olympus E-PL1). Lots of "old" DSLR gear: Canon's original 5D, 7D, Nikon D300, Nikon D90 with good glass. Lion's share seems to be shot with the Nikon D800 and Canon 5D Mark III. Heck, there's even a Nikon F4 film camera! Surely mirrorless is the future, right? RIGHT?! (Edit: I only checked the "Adults" section of the competition. Lots of great shots in the younglings section also).

@EduPortas. Naw. Grand sweeping plausible cause is different than probable cause. Each person has reasons why they choose the gear they do. What other reasons are there that wildlife photographers might choose old gear?

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 13:10 UTC
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EduPortas: Just scanned the 50+ plus winners and finalists on National History Museum website and discovered just one mirrorless camera amongst the lauded pictures (Olympus E-PL1). Lots of "old" DSLR gear: Canon's original 5D, 7D, Nikon D300, Nikon D90 with good glass. Lion's share seems to be shot with the Nikon D800 and Canon 5D Mark III. Heck, there's even a Nikon F4 film camera! Surely mirrorless is the future, right? RIGHT?! (Edit: I only checked the "Adults" section of the competition. Lots of great shots in the younglings section also).

Yes. Right. Surely the present for wildlife photography is not mirrorless, but what does that really prove about the future?

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 02:34 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2188 comments in total)
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tbcass: "Subject tracking, while good, is not dependable enough for professional use"

I'm sorry but what makes you say only "professionals" need dependable subject tracking? In fact a skilled professional landscape or wedding photographer probably can do just as well with no subject tracking at all.

It can be taken as an observation about the AF-tracking rather than a value statement about professionals. The author did not say that only professionals need dependable subject tracking or that all professionals need subject tracking. Reading between the lines to infer this is taking it as a value statement about people rather than as an observation about the AF.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 21:14 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2188 comments in total)
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tbcass: "Subject tracking, while good, is not dependable enough for professional use"

I'm sorry but what makes you say only "professionals" need dependable subject tracking? In fact a skilled professional landscape or wedding photographer probably can do just as well with no subject tracking at all.

I'm not sure why you are apologizing for questioning something that wasn't said. The quote is about subject tracking, not professionals or what it implies about the needs of non-professionals.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 20:31 UTC

The aspen stand shots are brilliant. Great idea.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 20:07 UTC as 3rd comment
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tom1234567: Nikon pricing 90% of people out the market with their new price structure.......utter greed! I for one have done buying more Nikon gear......roll on more Fuji.

SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD for Nikon £799need I say anymore just do a Google serch

Tom G

I don't think it's greed (unless you consider all business and selling to be greed). Photography market has shifted drastically over the past decade and these companies, especially if not as diversified as say Canon or Sony, are not reporting record earnings but they have shifted to lucrative high end products because of the squeeze from cell phones and general plateau of luxury purchasing for the middle class that kills low end product structures. I also think that materials and R&D that can keep up with sensor tech are more expensive in today's economy then ever before.

That said... the price of many new lenses are like a kick in the nads for someone like me on a mini-budget. I don't believe in flexing credit to "afford" such niceties.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 13:28 UTC
On article Field Test: Birds in flight with the Nikon D500 (92 comments in total)

Borrowing the ND filter bit was golden. ;)

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 19:34 UTC as 42nd comment
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SirSeth: I do wonder if the hardware could still be used for something. Maybe they could be used as research devices in very cold climates. I'd like to deconstruct one personally to see if a DIY heat sync could work.

Interesting. So was it the battery used or the phone itself? Seems like they could replace the battery in the Note 7 if that was the case unless it's integrated.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 19:10 UTC

I do wonder if the hardware could still be used for something. Maybe they could be used as research devices in very cold climates. I'd like to deconstruct one personally to see if a DIY heat sync could work.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2016 at 21:01 UTC as 115th comment | 4 replies

Note to self: replace blow torch with fake fireplace for quiet evening at home.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2016 at 20:58 UTC as 116th comment
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (339 comments in total)
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Everythingis1: I'm starting to believe that either a lot of people who use this website are idiots, or there are just a huge amount of paid marketers constantly trash talking everything about their competitors on the most popular websites. It just doesn't make any sense for their to be so much non-nonsensical trash talk about freeking digital cameras.

You've never read YouTube comments? Idiots on parade is the scorge of anonymity.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2016 at 04:59 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (554 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Well, one long burst at 11 fps and you need to change the battery!! Never mind the video limitations. I rejoice it has now the features it could have had, and should have had when it was the Nex7 five years ago, but the 300 shot battery life puts it close to a Sigma Merill in order of usefulness, especially in view of its advertised here abilities. Bigger grip, bigger battery? I thought to myself, but how naive I am.

So I take it you will be getting the battery grip then?

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2016 at 04:04 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (279 comments in total)
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maciek sz: This is a serious question, not a hate game - what is the reason to buy this over X-T1 or A6300 if the Olympus is bigger in dimensions? I don't get it really, you get in both cases bigger APS-C sensor... I understand models like EM10, but this? Why?

People tend to want to boil complex perspectives down into oversimplified self-validating clear cut solutions. But considering camera body size only I think the body size is a function of the size of the screen on the back, the amount of direct controls for the target market, the size of the lenses that might be used on the camera, the size of the battery used, dual cards or not, and heat dissipation needed for video and photo processing. All these contribute to a certain minimum practical size. Any other mirrorless could be about the same depth and width.I think the E-M1 looks just about right. I prefer the larger battery, dual slots, and more secure grip to absolute thinness in the grip area. Bigger mirrorless bodies are still not DSLR size with their mirror and prism system, but everything else (like a reasonably sized LCD, heat management, battery, slots...) still have to be there. The lenses are a completely different story. That's more relative to sensor size.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 20:05 UTC
On article Abandoned America: Photographing a forgotten history (76 comments in total)

Beautiful corridor!

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2016 at 01:20 UTC as 17th comment
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Jonathan Brady: "Regardless, I’m really hoping that we won’t have to wait until the next Photokina to see a brand new or even an updated camera from Nikon or Sony to replace the aging D810 and a7R II, respectively, but I’m not holding my breath."
Uhhhh... Canon waits 4 years to upgrade higher end cameras. 2 years (Sony and Nikon's current time since launch) is nothing. It's also unsustainable. Be prepared to wait.

I looked it up, Jonathan, and it was Kenta Honjo who said that. He's product manager for mirrorless cameras and lenses, so I think it's credible. I think the earthquake had an effect on timetable.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 13:37 UTC
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xarafan: Now we know what the DL stands for: 'Didn't Launch' ...

I agree with DME. A DL interchangable lens line with 4/3rds or APS-C sensor would have been a better move. They would have had to be bold understanding that really good mirrorless ILCs would cut into their entry level DSLR sales. Canon was somewhat bold with the M5, but still cautious compared with Olympus and Fuji offerings imo. If Nikon really brought it (dumped their Nikon 1 line for the new DL mirrorless ILCs) they could really cement themselves against Canon.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 02:17 UTC
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mmcfine: Photokina 2016 reflects where photography and imaging technology stands and it's quite bloated with nothing new. And it's OK. it simply shows the maturity of technology on our daily life. We can do very well with a four year old camera and 20 year old lenses, and can use Photoshop 7 just as well as the latest bloated CC.
Did we just become an obsessive creature?

No, we've been obsessive for ever.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 02:14 UTC
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Jonathan Brady: "Regardless, I’m really hoping that we won’t have to wait until the next Photokina to see a brand new or even an updated camera from Nikon or Sony to replace the aging D810 and a7R II, respectively, but I’m not holding my breath."
Uhhhh... Canon waits 4 years to upgrade higher end cameras. 2 years (Sony and Nikon's current time since launch) is nothing. It's also unsustainable. Be prepared to wait.

Except Sony reps have been saying that Sony plans to release every 6 months and the A7ii is overdue. Mirrorless improvements are paced differently than flagship DSLRs--the new technology is significant in 12-18 months.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 02:13 UTC
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