Bing Chow

Joined on Jul 15, 2011

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Mnemon: I'd Kickstarted this bag - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/compagnonbags/the-most-comfortable-camera-backpack-compagnon-exp/description - and they are about to deliver. I can't, obviously, review the product - but this is probably what the bag up there should have been like.

I'd always wanted a bag that combines the carrying portions of a proper hiking back (in this case deuter) with the outline and features of a camera bagpack. That kickstarter just happened to be the first time anyone tried. I do hike long distance upmountain with gear and stay over night - and there really is a significant difference between proper hiking bagpacks and most photography bags if you are walking for hours on end in mountainous terrain.

Mnemon: When you get a chance to put your bag through a trip or two, be sure to share with us your thoughts. I'm always on the prowl for a camera/hiking bag. I'm a photographer 1st and a hiker 4th. I've done the insert + Gregory Baltoro and it isn't the best solution for me. That style will always have its fans, but none of my trips involve long-distance trekking.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2018 at 15:02 UTC
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Mnemon: I'd Kickstarted this bag - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/compagnonbags/the-most-comfortable-camera-backpack-compagnon-exp/description - and they are about to deliver. I can't, obviously, review the product - but this is probably what the bag up there should have been like.

I'd always wanted a bag that combines the carrying portions of a proper hiking back (in this case deuter) with the outline and features of a camera bagpack. That kickstarter just happened to be the first time anyone tried. I do hike long distance upmountain with gear and stay over night - and there really is a significant difference between proper hiking bagpacks and most photography bags if you are walking for hours on end in mountainous terrain.

I wouldn't say that Compagnon is first to try. Right now, Shimoda is the most promising to my eyes for a camera bag that is big and featured enough to carry overnight gear. BTW, that bag you kickstarted, that larger one, with the added 12L for non-camera equipment, isn't that too small still? I don't rough it that hard; I want a 2P tent, 3 season bag, sleeping bag, enough clothes to stay warm, stove, and enough calories to not suffer.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2018 at 17:49 UTC
On article Video: How to pack for a two-month photo expedition (56 comments in total)
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santamonica812: "Something else that stuck out was Morrow’s approach to gear. As shown in the video, Morrow has three basic rules for buying gear. If these three rules can’t be followed, he won’t buy the equipment:

Buy everything in cash; no loans, no debt..."

This is objectively dumb advice. Of course one should not buy on credit cards anything you can't pay off that first month--the interest rates on credit cards is crazy-high. But I have had credit cards for 30 years. And there are A TON of benefits to photographers, if you buy your photography equipment via credit cards. For example:
-Double the warranty period
-Full theft protection (my card has only a $50 deductible)
-Can get full reimbursement, if you've been sold a defective product

In addition, if I buy an airline ticket with my card, I get to bring an extra bag with no fee.

I can't believe that any photographer would deliberately leave these benefits on the table, due to a decision to always pay cash. Odd advice indeed...

Putting it on credit card and paying it off on your next billing cycle is essentially using cash. You don’t have to be so literal.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2018 at 00:38 UTC
On article Video: How to pack for a two-month photo expedition (56 comments in total)
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darlot: I bet this guy can't make enough money from photography for a living.

I can't tell if you're being serious or not. But I'm pretty sure you're wrong. I think he left a cushy 6-figure job some years ago to pursue this dream. He had to scratch and claw his way back up but in one of his videos, he suggests he's in the same position now.

I follow him on YT and while I am not pursuing anything close to him, I could learn a lot from his backpacking and outdoor, and post processing skills.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2018 at 16:17 UTC

Late doesn't mean anything. If they do it well, I'm in.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2018 at 14:52 UTC as 167th comment

If I wanted more exposure, I'd just leave the shutter open longer.

While I'm not a pro photographer, I still hate to see photography race to the bottom like this.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 21:01 UTC as 59th comment
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anticipation_of: Actually I could easily envision filling one of these. If you're out shooting every day with a high-resolution camera, doing a lot of burst mode, and not throwing away or compressing your culls (which why would you, if you don't have to) you could probably generate 100TB of data in a couple of months. And that's not even getting into video.

If there's one thing experience has taught me, you can never have too much storage capacity. As soon as drives get bigger, people find a use for the extra space.

Great.......encourage digital hoarding.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2018 at 03:40 UTC

Nice to see an Arca foot, but I can't help but think it might be light enough that it will be body-heavy with a FF DSLR.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2018 at 19:31 UTC as 30th comment
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Touraine: Well I think it looks absolutely blôody fantastic.

Nothing wrong with a camera looking stylish and chic.

Let's be clear 99% of cameras on the market today are pig ugly. Walking around with a large Nikon DSLR with a large lens makes you look and feel like idiot. Especially in a city. Well, anywhere really.

So yeah, I would buy one if I could afford. I think Leica should be congratulated. An excellent camera and it looks good.

Thanks Touraine! I didn't know that there are people out there who judge others based on their cameras. I'm gonna sell my Nikon gear, send back the tripod I just bought, and instead, buy something hip and fashionable like the Q. Shudder to think......I was a laughing stock all this time. Thanks for saving me!!!!

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 13:50 UTC
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Bing Chow: The lack of compassion by some is astounding. Unless you knew him personally, you don't how much planning and care he put into his tours. It's so easy to judge with one hand on a mouse and a coffee in the other.

iAPX: I don't know anything about this case beyond this article. So for the moment I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. I'll keep my mouth shut until proven that he was reckless and put the entire group at unnecessary risk to get the money shot.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2018 at 22:39 UTC

The lack of compassion by some is astounding. Unless you knew him personally, you don't how much planning and care he put into his tours. It's so easy to judge with one hand on a mouse and a coffee in the other.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2018 at 16:48 UTC as 31st comment | 5 replies
On article Sigma announces full-frame 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art lens (233 comments in total)
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Jerry Pruce: 2.5 lbs. for this lens, give me a break. If they made it out of light weight plastic, got it down to around 300 grams and reduced the price to around $400 I might be interested.....

Whatever Jerry is smoking, I want some.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2018 at 07:16 UTC
On article Sigma announces full-frame 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art lens (233 comments in total)

Sigma has come a long way since the original 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM. Reminds of Hyundai 25 years ago when you would only consider them because you couldn't afford a Honda or Toyota. Now both companies are disrupting their respective markets, offering compelling options for us all. Congrats Sigma!

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2018 at 07:10 UTC as 22nd comment | 4 replies
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xPhoenix: Legal questions aside, it is some pretty sweet footage.

xPhoenix: No hobby drone is going to bring down an aircraft. But if one forces an unscheduled landing, can you imagine how many peoples' travel plans would be affected? Do you know how much it costs to make an unscheduled landing? How much paperwork and investigation ensures? It's not a bathroom break at a gas station. All because one guy thinks it's "pretty sweet." And if one a-hole can do it.......next thing you know, others will fly it around trains, cruise ships, govt buildings, public events...

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 19:29 UTC
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Bing Chow: If convicted, the name and face should be made public. A criminal record + potential of hurting future employment should be sufficient for a stunt like this. There's plenty of toilets to clean in this world anyway. The law needs to send a message to wannabe social media stars.

Rosember: Of course I'm not a judge, nor do I set the laws. We're just spitballing over an internet article. But what is worth saying is I believe our (North American) penal system is way too soft. I'm sure many offenders enjoy greater human rights protection than the victims. A little slap on the wrist ($1000 fine, community service) does nothing for park vandals. The punishment of course still must fit the crime, but just step up the heat for F sakes. If this is real, did the drone operator consider the human rights of the passengers on that flight?

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 18:56 UTC

If convicted, the name and face should be made public. A criminal record + potential of hurting future employment should be sufficient for a stunt like this. There's plenty of toilets to clean in this world anyway. The law needs to send a message to wannabe social media stars.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 15:57 UTC as 99th comment | 4 replies

Sheeple. There's probably a hundred lonely trees in water in Louisiana alone, but everybody has to photograph this one. There are dozens of quaint fishing villages on the NA east coast, but everybody flocks to Lofoten. Find your own gawdamn adventure.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2018 at 23:49 UTC as 69th comment
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D500 001: Well, if the president of the United States can claim to have the LARGEST turnout EVER to his inauguration, Nikon can claim this too.

MrHollywood: Nicely done. You made me laugh with food in my mouth :)

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2018 at 01:50 UTC
On article This is the world's first variable graduated ND filter (150 comments in total)
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Bing Chow: Raise your hand if you commented on the location of the transition without watching the video first.

Tom: Aurora could really do themselves a favour by stating that feature upfront. I'm guessing a lot of photographers, myself included, would poo-poo it right from the start without watching the vid. They're missing out on potential sales.

They still can't do anything about the hard transition, but at least the movable line has piqued my interest.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2018 at 21:36 UTC
On article This is the world's first variable graduated ND filter (150 comments in total)

Raise your hand if you commented on the location of the transition without watching the video first.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2018 at 20:51 UTC as 43rd comment | 2 replies
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