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 Under pressure: Canon vs. Nikon in a hydraulic press (296 comments in total)

This is actually really funny. I'd like to see a modern flagship built body in there to see what happens. How about the Olympus E-1? Probably pop out of there like a grape seed.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 03:36 UTC as 86th comment | 1 reply
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1298 comments in total)
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CosminMunteanu: A new boss in the mirrorless world :-) ...one can hardly ask more from it, Fujifilm did it again (and there are more to come, like the much expected 23mm f:2.o WR lens).
IBIS could be a good adition but, yet again, the world did not jump in the Pentax or Minolta (then Sony SLT) because they have IBIS (unlike Canikon) ;-)
Fuji's sensors (this 24 Mpx evem more) seems to hadle image noise better then other APS-C sensors (not to mention m4/3). True, in the real world this is not much of a difference and many times when the aperture jumps over f:5,6 towards f:11 even the out of focus areas (I mean DOF :-D ) of, a let say, 24 until 85 mm lens is less obvious while compared with a FF system.
All in all, Fujifilm has become the best APS-C sensor size mirrorless system.

Fuji becoming the best APS-C mirrorless camera system is a great observation. Especially since Sony isn't going all out with APS-C to protect their FF offerings and Canon/Nikon are still in DSLR land. Olympus/Panasonic are 4/3rds and Samsung quit the game (though the NX1 still stacks up quite nicely against the XT-2 despite it's age).

Kind of like the hand being voted consecutive years as best to pick things up with. Not like any of this is a bad thing. I think companies refining their niche is a good thing and Fuji is certainly rocking it. I'd say the dual cards and 3 batteries option is huge progress for mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 22:03 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 real-world sample gallery (145 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Nice photos, but as far as I can tell, the pixel shift is the only thing that sets these images apart. So you have to be knowledgable enough about cameras to appreciate pixel shift, yet willing to roll the dice on a Pentax system. The night shot of Mt. Saint Helens is cool but so much has been done to it, it seems that the camera is almost secondary.

Once you throw out SR, the price difference, the robust build/weather sealing, the unique LCD mechanism, lens compatibility, and pixel shift, then there really isn't much setting it apart from the competition. But what's wrong with that? There are few weaknesses with any of these cameras; just priorities. I think the camera (Pentax in general) is different enough from the others to be compelling depending on what one does. Same with Sony who has gone a different direction with their A-series which I shoot and like. But this Pentax looks great from where I'm sitting.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 02:10 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 real-world sample gallery (145 comments in total)
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PeterAustin: No difference between pixel shift and without in the Punch Bowl Falls images (I used the magnifier, didn't download the images, though). I do have a high res screen, and used my reading glasses :) What am I missing?

And what you are not missing is that the sensor is producing detail rich sharp results that look great on almost any viewing medium if not artificially enlarged for pixel peepers. Not that someone won't find a way to milk every advantage out of the pixel shift technology and I'm in favor of doing so, but really the camer seems to be doing really well with and without pixel shift.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 01:59 UTC
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Fujica: Another Vivian Maier?
At least another person leaving a lot of roll film on the shelves until he dies. Hope they get all the film processed.

Watching the promo video made it more clear that Levi considers every undeveloped roll of film a treasure even if it doesn't have artistic merit. That someone clicked the shutter without ever bringing the images to light is enough reason to "rescue" the images. I don't totally disagree, especially in this case where the photographer seemed so intent on packaging and cataloging the film the way he did. It doesn't have to be a Vivian to merit spending the time and money to see why the photographer did this and what is on there. Historical significance of 1200 rolls of images from the 50s is news enough without it being Vivian Meier quality art.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 13:14 UTC
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Fujica: Another Vivian Maier?
At least another person leaving a lot of roll film on the shelves until he dies. Hope they get all the film processed.

It's easy to imagine brilliance and eccentricity leading to unseen glories on any roll of "lost" film. I doubt this is a repeat. Eccentricity is much more common than brilliance--but it's the rare Vivian that stirs our curiosity and makes us want to peak.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 21:01 UTC
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EcoR1: Aarrg. Read some commments below and I'm just astonished by the ignorance of some people. This Panasonic lens will gather as much light as any f2.8 full frame lens when mounted on the full frame camera. There is no debate. There is no "other" truth. If you think otherwise you are wrong, and that's it . If you wan't to consider the possible size/weight benefits for any full frame lens, the only comparison must be made for the 24mm f2.8 lens. That's it people.

Insistent language doesn't make one more right.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 14:25 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Semi-Pro Interchangeable Lens Cameras (265 comments in total)
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Jonathan F/2: How the heck does the A7R II wins this round? It doesn't even have dual card slots. Lenses cost an arm and a leg and battery power sucks compared to a traditional DSLR. I don't think DPReview thinks about the practical aspects of what a semi-pro body should be capable of.

It is evident that DPReview thinks a whole lot about what the capabilities of a semi-pro body should be. They just disagree with you; which is alright. Isn't that why they use the category title "semi-pro"? So those who are kvetching about torrential sealing, or 2000 battery life, or dual card slots... well just read with comprehension and understand why the D5 and ilk are not in this roundup.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 22:34 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Semi-Pro Interchangeable Lens Cameras (265 comments in total)
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Azathothh: OMG the Sony can autofocus 3rd party lenses!! And incredible AF precision and speed? lolz

They don't mean third party lenses like Sigma, they mean you can put Canon EF lenses on a Sony now and retain auto-focus. This is an industry first. Also, the AF hit rates were across multiple shoots so nitpickers would have something else to go off of than an assumption that the camera can only perform in "ideal circumstances." So yeah, lolz.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 22:17 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 1 - Crop-Sensor (180 comments in total)
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mastermoose: After reading this article I can now see why the Samsung NX1 was such an amazing cost effective and versatile camera. Such a shame it was not taken seriously!!!

That is the way forward for NX--to be bought out by someone. Like Konica bought Minolta and Sony bought KM. Of course it would change things significantly and there is no guarantee that they would keep the NX lens mount, but if Nikon bought them out and didn't hold back to protect their FF offerings I could see the D8000 or D500ii being mirrorless and I think that would be great.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 19:58 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 1 - Crop-Sensor (180 comments in total)
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mastermoose: After reading this article I can now see why the Samsung NX1 was such an amazing cost effective and versatile camera. Such a shame it was not taken seriously!!!

Yeah, the Samsung NX is in a class of it's own--a really spectacular camera that was killed by it's own creator. The problem with this is so obvious that even it's merits don't save it as a contender on this list.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 01:51 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 1 - Crop-Sensor (180 comments in total)
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Favorable Exponynt: Plenty of offerings below that price that are better suitable for most, but good to see dslr trumps mirrorless :p

To misquote branden10000, "cameras are not yet there as a complete package and most cameras today are a compromise in some way or another" It's why I am lucky to own a mirrorless and DSLR systems--both are a compromise in some way or another.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 01:41 UTC
On article Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial (224 comments in total)

Oh for a tilt shift lens! This is what they are for and no worries about cloning out motion blur or matching exposures. Of course it's an investment, but so is Photoshop and the equipment used in the tutorial. Of course knowing how to do this is a fun skill to pick up and I'm also in favor of stacking apps like Zerene Stacker and in camera Apps like Olympus has been developing. But Sony should make an E-mount tilt-shift.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2016 at 14:21 UTC as 57th comment | 7 replies
On article Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial (224 comments in total)
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Prognathous: Focus bracketing should be built into any advanced DSLR/mirrorless camera. Including automatic in-camera merge would be even nicer :-)

Thanks for the interesting tutorial!

You would think that it's only a matter of time before everyone does this, but these things are patented through and through and also there is corporate arrogance. For example, Olympus solved the dust problem in 2001 and it took years before Canon would even admit that it was a problem needing a solution. The Olympus solution is still the best, but eventually other manufacturers have tried to improve sensor dust issues. Still it took years.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2016 at 14:16 UTC
On article Canon EOS 80D Field Test: Barney builds a boat (220 comments in total)

As a kayaker, woodworker, and photographer this video was riveting! Very strong work Barney--stunner boat! Congratulations.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2016 at 01:28 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies

I just knock the leg of my tripod about a pixel toward each side and combine in post. ;)

Good job Ricoh. Impressive results.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 02:10 UTC as 108th comment
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SirSeth: I mourned the passing to RawShooter and RawShooter Pro when Adobe bought them out. It was the fastest and most intuitive platform I've used. Using LR since, I've never felt like it couldn't be replaced and I really hate Adobe subscription "service" model. ON1 looks more like RawShooter and it looks like they understand that offering a standalone or subscription is essential. I'm looking forward to trying it out. Curious to see what the standalone will cost. But anything that challenges LR is good for me.

That's why I liked it. Super fast to simply develop and nothing more. RS Pro had more options. Also, it used the folder structure I set up myself which I prefer. I don't like LR catalogs. Anyhow, I'll check out Capture One, but I have hopes for On1.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 04:02 UTC

I mourned the passing to RawShooter and RawShooter Pro when Adobe bought them out. It was the fastest and most intuitive platform I've used. Using LR since, I've never felt like it couldn't be replaced and I really hate Adobe subscription "service" model. ON1 looks more like RawShooter and it looks like they understand that offering a standalone or subscription is essential. I'm looking forward to trying it out. Curious to see what the standalone will cost. But anything that challenges LR is good for me.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 12:49 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
On article Readers' Showcase: Phil Garcia (73 comments in total)

Really great images!

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 13:31 UTC as 54th comment

Not everyone's dream camera, but size and features in that price range strike an attractive balance imo.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 15:28 UTC as 15th comment
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