Matt Random

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Joined on May 29, 2005

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On article Grab a free copy of DxO OpticsPro 9 while you can (187 comments in total)
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sh10453: In my experience, DXO has the lousiest, least helpful, and most arrogant customer support I have ever encountered.
Besides, this is 2 versions old. Current version is 11

I always end up fixing my issues before DXO does.

The application is flaky. I get a message warning (version 11) saying that my drives aren't configured properly for DxO (external drives). It also refuses to open files sometimes. One example was a RAW where I added some general EXIF. DXO was OK with the file before. It continued to refuse to open it even after I restored the original file. Another example was a TIFF that was produced by DXO itself. Other applications could open it. I didn't report either of these issues since past experience taught me that it is pointless.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 16:06 UTC
On article COOPH reveals new leather accessory collection (39 comments in total)

Everyone should check out the website. They have some really innovative products. I like the ability to store a lens cap on my head. And the camera mittens really speak to my inner child who isn't interested in photography.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 16:15 UTC as 8th comment
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grey pilgrim: Another Ditto on the zero interest in the subscription model. Really interested in the App since I have a iPad Pro and pencil, but I will fight all the way to the end against the subscription model.

I'm actively researching Lightroom alternatives, assuming Adobe is going to forget their "promises" sooner or later about Lightroom continuing to offer a non subscription version.

I did this over the holidays to see about dropping my CC subscription. I settled on On1 Photo RAW. I'm currently using my existing copy of DXO in batch mode for RAW conversion, but plan to go all-in with On1 PR once they support the embedded lens correction profiles. I can use Affinity Photo for the rare task I used to do in PS.

I've been an LR user and regular upgrader since the original beta, but I haven't touched LR since I started using On1 PR.

BTW, I suspect that Adobe has already forgotten their promise. I do not expect to see a LR7.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 02:06 UTC

I'm admittedly old school, but I just can't get into talking to my devices. I also tend not to be in environments where chatting with my computer or devices would be permissible. I can't imagine an office setting filled with the constant noise of everyone talking to their devices. It's hard enough to concentrate with the occasional person talking on the phone or hallway conversation going on. If I was sitting in my home office talking to PhotoShop I would fully expect that my family would keep closing my door so that I don't disturb them in the next room.

I'm still waiting for my computer to track my eye movement so that it knows which window should have the focus. That is something I could really use!

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 01:45 UTC as 52nd comment | 5 replies
On article Macphun announces Luminar photo editing app for Mac (38 comments in total)

The lack of a decent organization system in all of these editors is what keeps me using LR more than anything. I spend quite a bit more time culling, rating and keywording images than I do with adjusting the photos. When it comes to adjusting I find that staying in LR is easier than going to something else via a plugin or file exchange method.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 14:17 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1166 comments in total)

I haven't seen any problems with write speed and I always use RAW + JPEG. Prior to the Q I was using an RX1 and routinely had writes stall the camera.

I haven't had any problems with the continuous AF as of yet. But I have just started using it recently. It does seem like it constantly seeks. However the resultant images have nailed the focus.

I like the touchscreen - a lot. The touch shutter comes in very handy for cases where you need to rapidly focus on different areas of the frame from shot to shot. Touchscreen operation can be subjective so it's a good reason to demo the camera if you are considering it.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 23:36 UTC as 155th comment

Won't read some of my Leica Q images for some reason. It does read the copy of the images that I made upon import. Anyone know if DXO has a cache or something that I can clear?

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 04:37 UTC as 6th comment
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Matt Random: Looks like they increased the 'Pro for Sony' price. It was $30 for v8 and is now $50 for v9.

Looks like the upgrade would be $40 USD for me. I had to check it through the 'Capture 1 for Sony' page since the standard Capture 1 page says that the license is ineligible for upgrade.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 17:04 UTC

Looks like they increased the 'Pro for Sony' price. It was $30 for v8 and is now $50 for v9.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 01:30 UTC as 21st comment | 15 replies
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macr: What I would be interested in knowing, is how many stops of light lost through the filter?

I asked that question and was directed to the transmission charts. I'm not say enough to relate one to the other.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2015 at 03:40 UTC

I'm looking for a higher quality bag to replace my CaseLogic Reflexion (small) that is showing signs of wearing out quickly after the first trip I took it on.

This Tenba looks nice and is the closest I've seen. Being able to hold a water bottle is a strength of the Caselogic bag (although the elastic has already lost it's spring). The side pockets on a lot of bags aren't much more than a slit. The case logic is also just large enough to hold a regular iPad which I like since I don't carry a huge amount of gear. The small Tenba looks to be a good size for me, but can't fit an iPad. The next one up seems like it may be too big for me.

I agree with the comment that a bag in this price range shouldn't have velcro. Even the $70 Reflexion has snaps with finger loops on the bag facing side to ease snapping. It would also be nice if the top flap of the Tenba wrapped around the edges more like the Billingham.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2015 at 21:22 UTC as 11th comment

Maybe they think only women need "extensive pockets and compartments for added capacity" in a camera bag. This is the first one I've seen in a while that has side pockets that can be used for something other than a single business card.

Wish they had a smaller size. Something akin to a Mirrorless Mover 10 or even 20.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 00:30 UTC as 24th comment
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WACONimages: Where is the haze removal function in my bought/payed copy of LR6???

That was a huge failure Adobe to leave that out and only available for the monthly subscribers. No way I ever gonna do that.
I didn't find/read any documentation that the Haze Removal function weren't in the full payed single copies of LR6

Exactly what I thought when I read this. The differentiator between LR CC and LR# should be the mobile features. Not something like the dehaze feature that may very well have been held back from the initial release just to further differentiate LRCC and LR6.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2015 at 13:40 UTC
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win39: I think that critique is spot on. The camera I had the most self confident control of and which I loved was a Leica M3. Second was an Olympus OM4T, which was also pretty simple to use. I think most people don't have a clue about most of the features of current cameras. Many of the more self confident shooters set them up like an old aperture priority film camera and just shoot that way and most of the rest just put it in auto or program. On the other hand people who make the effort are taking much nicer photos with higher image quality because of more capable cameras in my opinion.

@Caerolle

Even if you put the camera in one mode and leave it there you still have the problem of accidentally changing something. I recently picked up a camera I had once been very familiar with, but hadn't touched in a while. I accidentally hit a button and it took me a while to figure out what I had hit since it had been so long since I'd last used it and had forgotten some of the non-standard features.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 20:01 UTC
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Francis Carver: Man invents the canvas camera bag. Now, at what price does he do it?

Let me see now... USD $195 is the discount price. Which is off by a whopping $55 from the "regular price." Oh, really?

1. Why is this bag's normal price $250 -- instead of say $70, max?

2. How can you have a discount on something that is not even produced yet, maybe produced in six months time, or maybe never get to be produced?

KickStarter can be a risk, although I've been lucky in that all seven things I've backed have been delivered. Only one of the delivered products turned out to be a bit of a dud.

PeakDesign has a proven track record on KickStarter and this campaign is already funded. PD delivers a high quality product and they stand behind it (springs on their latch thingy comes to mind). If you need the item now then KS isn't a good option.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 17:49 UTC

Looks interesting. I was thinking it's too big, but they kind of sold me on the fact that it's an everyday bag that you can also put your camera in when you want. I drag a backpack to and from work everyday so I can see the usefulness of this. Still, I'd like to see a half size version of this that would work well for something like a Sony a7/Fuji X-T1 and a second lens. I like the inclusion of the Capture attachment point.

The problem that I see here is that there's no returns (that I'm aware of). Bags are the type of thing that either works for you or doesn't. What if after you try it you find it just doesn't fit your needs. Can you sell it on eBay for what you paid? Maybe they should do a KS exclusive color or a special logo or something that sets it apart from the retail release.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 17:37 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
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jtan163: A $30 pledge now gets your a $10 discount later?
So that reward is you get to pay $20 more than someone who does not pledge?

I really like Peake Design's products and have bought a number of them. including multiples copies of some.

But I think that is a really crappy way to reward someone who is willing to invest when you need it most - before the product ships.

The pledge comes with a reward - i.e. the product. You pay $30 for the pouch instead of the $40 that it'll be sold for after the campaign.

I have no doubt that PD will deliver. They've delivered the promised product for all of their KickStarter campaigns so far.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 17:27 UTC
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Mike FL: All these kind of bags do not look good/right.

He should try to make this bag looks like "Jack Bauer's Vintage Canvas Messenger Bag" which is a better looking bag after the TV.

No?

I've always wanted to turn an Indiana Jones style bag into a camera bag. WontonCraft has some similar styles but are pricey.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 22:16 UTC
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Martinka: Similar to Foldio
http://orangemonkie.com/foldio2/

I have the Foldio2. The price was much less and it comes with 5 backdrops. I've been happy with it thus far.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 21:15 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1561 comments in total)
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markie_jan61: Agreed—an amazing camera. I'm old school and like to think of Sony as a descendant of Minolta which was my father's primary camera while I was growing up.

But the inclusion of an internal charger (versus a separate unit) would always be a deal-breaker for me. Not sure why they continue this practice.
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I've grown to love the internal charger since I always have the cables attached to a speedy 4 port USB charger on my desk. When I'm in a hotel the 4-port charger goes with me and takes care of the camera, phones and tablets.

Sony makes a super tiny USB charger for this battery type that I also take with me. The charger, retractable USB cable and wall plug are smaller than the AC charger that came with a couple of extra batteries.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 16:26 UTC
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