raztec

Lives in Canada Canada
Joined on Nov 13, 2005
About me:

Traveling and paragliding is what I used to love.
But now it's my boy.

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FantasticMrFox: Nonono, unfair! Only the NSA may spy on all our phones, not the Chinese!

I'm not saying it's a conspiracy by some secret society. Only natural human behaviour. You work for the people who pay you or help your campaign.

But these kinds of discussions are pointless - in general, but especially on a photography sight.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 00:37 UTC
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FantasticMrFox: Nonono, unfair! Only the NSA may spy on all our phones, not the Chinese!

I'm glad you recognize that. Next time your leaders try to start a war like Iraq under false pretences perhaps you can remind them to take their meds.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 16:12 UTC
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raztec: Warnings like these are more like endorsements.

Indeed, truth often is stranger than fiction.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 00:29 UTC
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FantasticMrFox: Nonono, unfair! Only the NSA may spy on all our phones, not the Chinese!

Most politicians and spy agencies are there to protect the 1% who own them. You are seriously naive if you believe that they have one iota of concern for the common people.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 23:16 UTC

Warnings like these are more like endorsements.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 23:12 UTC as 59th comment | 3 replies
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HRC2016: "We're deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don't share our values ... "

Hey NSA, FBI, CIA, GOP and Democrats, and Trump:
You don't share the values of us hard-working Americans.
Why should we care about your values or your words?
I'm buying a Huawei phone tonight.

How about legalized bribery, no guaranteed health care, massive tax cuts for the rich, blackmailing other countries and undermining their democracies, raining down bombs on innocent people, supporting dictators like Saudi Arabia and Duarte of Philippines, starting wars like in Iraq and killings millions under false pretences, threatening a nuclear showdown with N. Korea, serious invasion of privacy etc. etc. Get the picture?

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 22:46 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9: What you need to know (190 comments in total)

I can live with a tilting screen instead of a fully articulating one as there are very few situations when the latter prevails but the former helps reduce the size of the camera.

But no weather sealing and a downgraded EVF? That's just being cheap! It's a real shame Panny doesn't realize they just screwed themselves by dumbing down this camera. What were they thinking??

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 17:11 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
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Rod McD: Can we please have the upgrade for the LX100? It's long overdue. We were told a year ago that it was in development...... I understand the appeal of the long zoom compact camera to many users but where's the high grade all-in-one option for the photographer who prefers a shorter range but faster zoom lens?

I don't think the LX100 sold well because it was crippled without a tilting LCD. So perhaps Panasonic gave up on that?

It's a shame when manufacturers go after the mass consumer and short term profits. But you'd think they would know better. Mass consumers don't buy cameras anymore, they just use their cell phones. It's photographers like us who buy multiple cameras and keep these guys in business.

So glad Fuji is doing well. I wish other manufacturers would follow suit.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 07:38 UTC

It's interesting how it seems like no one can touch the Sony RX100V. It's a huge seller at a premium price that never seems to be discounted. You'd think that other manufacturers would go after this market, but no one seems to be able to put all the features that Sony has: tilting LCD, nice EVF, fast lens etc.

I guess Sony pulled out all the stops on that one and even giants like Panasonic aren't able to get the same features into such a small size.

It's obvious Panasonic doesn't have the miniaturizing manufacturing techniques that Sony has so they've gone after the mass consumer who only want a bigger zoom. Big shame considering they were on the right track with the LX3, 5, & 7 which are still considered classic cameras and sought after for their wickedly fast lenses.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 07:34 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies
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Tieu Ngao: I prefer faster lens with less reach for the same compactness. For example 24-200mm f/2.8-4 would be more useful I think.

I agree.

But it seems like you either do what sony does and cater to serious photographers with the 24-70 f1.8 lens in the RX100 series, or go big on reach recognizing that most mass consumers don't know what an f stop is, but do want a bigger zoom.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 07:26 UTC

Cudos to Fuji. Innovative, stylish, full featured cameras and lenses with lots of manual controls.

They are racing to the top, not like other manufacturers who often race to the bottom by dumbing down their products for short term financial gain.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 02:34 UTC as 42nd comment

I don't understand why most camera manufacturers often cripple or retreat when it comes to offering features in their new cameras. I guess most consumers aren't that savvy and will just buy the latest iteration of something thinking it's the best.

With weather sealing and a better viewfinder this would have been the ideal rangefinder style m43 camera.

So happy to see Fuji doing well as they have really managed to cater to serious photographers.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 22:49 UTC as 57th comment | 3 replies
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DuxX: 1 inch sensor... well done DJI! Now shut up and take my money!!

My thoughts precisely! I may just by both the Spark and this Mavic Air Platinumum. One for practice and extreme portability, and the other for the serious stuff.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2018 at 18:39 UTC
On article PowerShot Shootout: Canon's G1 X III vs G7 X II (251 comments in total)
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DarnGoodPhotos: Weird, but at 100% the low light portrait looks better on the G7X.

That's because the G1X is shooting at 12,800 ISO, while the G7X is only at 5000.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2018 at 17:04 UTC
On article PowerShot Shootout: Canon's G1 X III vs G7 X II (251 comments in total)

Great job guys!! These are the kinds of reviews that do your readers a HUGE service!

Of course it would be real nice to throw in a couple other cameras for comparison, like the Panny LX100 or even Sony RX100 series.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2018 at 16:56 UTC as 50th comment | 3 replies
On article PowerShot Shootout: Canon's G1 X III vs G7 X II (251 comments in total)
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Edgar_in_Indy: So more than three years later, the Panasonic LX100 still sets the standard for the best combination of large sensor/bright zoom lens. Not to mention all the other great things about that camera.

And we're still waiting for a successor...why?

If the LX100 had a tilting or swivel LCD it would be almost the perfect camera. That's what people are waiting for in the next iteration.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2018 at 16:52 UTC
On article Film vs Digital: Fashion photography shootout (401 comments in total)

The ONLY advantage of film for me is the fact that using my FM2 with manual focus lenses is a far more engaging experience than my D700 with AF lenses.

The size of the split prism viewfinder + the butter smooth action of the MF lenses truly immerses you into the scene.

As for the colours, resolution etc. I doubt if even seasoned pros could tell the difference.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 16:10 UTC as 73rd comment | 3 replies
On article Have your say: Best prime lens of 2017 (60 comments in total)
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raztec: It's absurd to force people to vote before they can see the results.
What if one hasn't used any of these lenses, but wants to see what people think of them AFTER they've used them?

@jnd The vote is actually completely meaningless as most people have never tried any of these lenses. They only vote to see the results.

Why not have the option of not voting at all. I wouldn't vote to "manipulate" the results if I hadn't tried the lens. I just voted at random to see the results.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2017 at 18:43 UTC
On article Have your say: Best prime lens of 2017 (60 comments in total)

It's absurd to force people to vote before they can see the results.
What if one hasn't used any of these lenses, but wants to see what people think of them AFTER they've used them?

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 16:29 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
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raztec: Who cares anymore what Adobe does?
As far as I'm concerned they're history.

The solution for me is to keep my current LR 6 and photos, but henceforth use another program for all my future shots. I think it's important to pick a program that is committed to stand alone apps. At the same time, one should probably change file formats to DNG that can be used on multiple platforms.

With this move and obvious cash grab, Adobe really screwed many of their customers. I no longer trust them to keep their word and not suddenly double the subscription rate arbitrarily at some point in the future. The deeper you get with Adobe, the more difficult and costly it will ultimately be in the long run. It's a quagmire.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 21:20 UTC
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