Bing Chow

Joined on Jul 15, 2011


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OhWeh: Big feet on a tripod are obviously nonsense. If you are in the nature, the optimum are three spikes. If you are in the at home studio, three normal feet are fine., if the tripod feet don't wobble.

But wait! The tripod on the right side of the image is nobad joke? 5 pullouts? NOW I understand, why you need the big feet, they should have suction cups.

Get serious Gitzo!

By "pullouts," you mean 5 leg sections? What's wrong with 5? Some people want height but also the ability to pack it shorter for travel, and is willing to accept some compromises. Designing a tripod will always be a balance of size, weight, height, stability, capacity, and cost.

Please share with us your infinite wisdom on how a tripod should be engineered. And more importantly, what other people should buy, how they should be using a tripod , and why Gitzo is not serious.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 18:11 UTC
On article Behind the Shot: The Shadow Towers (68 comments in total)

Thanks for sharing your adventure, Erez. It's nice to read about the planning, logistics, and hiking gear require to reach some of these more demanding places. Makes me want to set off on some adventures of my own.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 02:25 UTC as 5th comment
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jakegrahamphotography: Anyone have any advice on non-wheeled camera travel bags that are backpacks?

Look no further than Think Tank Photo. The Airport line can be wheeled or in backpack form. I have the Airport Accelerator which is their largest backpack. I'm a landscape guy so quick access is not a priority for me. Because of its size, it's very easy to work out of; you can simply toss things in, and move to the next site without fitting gear back in like a jigsaw puzzle in smaller packs. And if you don't load it to the gills, you can carry extra layers, a small meal, snacks, sunglasses, sunblock, filter kit.

It really depends on what kind of a shooter you are. Because that will dictate equipment, how you work, and your priorities

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 23:51 UTC
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Bing Chow: To those who downplayed the situation in Oregon 2 weeks ago, what do you have to say now?

Almeida: Not caring about it is fine. But I'm sure you wouldn't deface it like those clowns did.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 22:06 UTC

To those who downplayed the situation in Oregon 2 weeks ago, what do you have to say now?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 16:45 UTC as 29th comment | 11 replies
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noflashplease: Wow, 18 FPS with AF-C or 60 FPS with AF-S? Impressive, unless you forget about that dinky 1/4 frame sensor. Big deal. The world has moved on to full frame and Olympus is stuck with the same FourThirds sensor dimensions. Sure, it's the convergence between still photography and video, but I could really care less about any 2x crop body, no matter how fast the frame rates are?

Olympus needed to bring out a full frame mirrorless body at Photokina, but instead we have yet another boring MicroFourThirds body, albeit a very expensive one. They're pushing a professional body in an amateur format. Sad, Olympus, very sad. At least now that the EM-1 II has premiered, Olympus can reassign the engineers back to the profit generating colonoscopy business.


Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 17:13 UTC
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (337 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Folks need to know there will be punishment, it is real, and it will happen. Imagine what would happen if texting while driving resulted in lifetime license suspension. Not a "positive" approach but an effective one.

Pain and humiliation are the best teachers. It is unfortunate that people often have to resort to those things in order to learn a lesson. That said, I'm not one of those who called for jail time, ridiculous fines, death, use of nukes, or mutilation of certain boy-parts. That's just mob mentality.

I think the vandals need to come clean, their identity be made public, and spend considerable time in the community talking to the public on what they did wrong, and why the parks need to be respected. I want to see some education of our younger generation, and who better to do it than the vandals themselves. Even if it's scripted, it will drive the message a lot farther than some park ranger. And plus, it's humiliating too.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 20:49 UTC
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (337 comments in total)
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Terry Breedlove: Might have saved someones life actually. That thing was ready to come down at a moments notice. Might have killed some child playing under it.

I could be wrong, but from what I've read, that area is fenced off anyway. So nobody should be climbing on it, touching it, or having a picnic underneath it. Had it collapsed due to natural forces, it should not have posed a risk to anyone. Can't help those who choose to ignore the warnings.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 04:21 UTC
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (337 comments in total)
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Terry Breedlove: Might have saved someones life actually. That thing was ready to come down at a moments notice. Might have killed some child playing under it.

Let's just fill in Grand Canyon. Some kid might fall into it.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 03:20 UTC
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Ruy Penalva: Is Tamron a Sigma brand?

I think he's pointing out the cosmetic similarities. I noticed Samyang is also copying the Sigma look.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2016 at 01:42 UTC
On article Behind the shot: Praia da Adraga at blue hour (91 comments in total)

I think a lot of photographers (esp new ones) could benefit from understanding how images can be made, and not just grabbed from a tour bus in the middle of the day. The effort it takes to plan, the logistics of traveling, creating the images, and processing them, can be daunting for some. Even if you don't like this image, this article has a lot of merit. Thank you Otto for sharing your work. It takes courage to be put in the spotlight and be judged.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 15:44 UTC as 18th comment
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Steve Sanacore: How do you prevent light from getting behind the filters? It looks wide open on top and on the bottom of the holder. I've used the Lee filter holders for years and had to tape off the top and bottom to prevent flare from behind. But this is a much larger area to block.

In some of the Asian brands, the circular part of the filter holder has a foam gasket. It should seal against the filter that is closest to the front element. The 2nd or 3rd slots won't seal so one should use the grads there. But for 10+ stop filters, use the first slot. My Haida holder for Nikon 14-24mm seals perfectly.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 13:41 UTC

Let the bitching and whining begin.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 13:37 UTC as 62nd comment
On challenge Spring Green (2 comments in total)

Is stitching considered a composite? Or do you mean multiple exposures or sky replacements?

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2016 at 18:43 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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Horshack: The issue with traditional AFMA techniques like the one described in Joey's thoughtful article is that they rely on engaging the AF system to take images as part of the process of arriving at the optimal tuning value. The problem with this is that every AF cycle has the potential for shot-to-shot variation; these variations impact the user's evaluation for each tested AFMA tuning value (they affect the sharpness of each photo) yet they actually have no bearing on whether a given AFMA tuning value is correct or not.

This shot-to-shot AF variation occurs from two sources. The first source is variation in the precision of the phase-detection mechanism itself, ie the ability of the camera to correctly establish the optimal phase differential to know when focus is best. The second source is from mechanical variability of the AF system, be it the camera's in-body motor (older) or the motor inside the lens.

This is why I believe DotTune (and similar techniques) is the better AFMA solution.

that's why I don't just take one shot for each tuning value. i shoot 5 or 6 frames and look at the average and discard the outlier.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 03:16 UTC
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endofoto: I dont understand the price of D500 which is higher than D750. Nikon D7200 is more than enough for wildlife, why one would pay 2000 bucks for crop sensor camera.

If you can't appreciate the feature set that the D500 offers and you can't get out of the mindset that DX is "inferior", then it's your loss.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 16:05 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (744 comments in total)
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Thuravi Kumaaran: Is Good, Good Enough?

It is interesting.

That discussion was simply beautiful. Two level headed guys distilling this madness down to its essence: image making. Content is what matters.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 04:30 UTC

I think the hood is fixed. And no mention anywhere of filter size. Size and weight will be an issue for some. But not me! Will wait for test results.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 18:16 UTC as 73rd comment
On article Apple reveals 12.9-inch iPad Pro (212 comments in total)

Sorry if this had been said before:
Don't like the name "Photoshop Fix." Suggests that you did something wrong in camera. Unless that is Adobe's message:
"You don't need to be a good photographer. Just buy our product and we'll give you professional-looking results."

Post processing is not rescue and repair.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2015 at 17:00 UTC as 9th comment
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