landscaper1

landscaper1

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On article Roundup: Six Large Tripods For Heavy Duty Use (109 comments in total)
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landscaper1: Look, not to diminish the fine work of the reviewers for this article, but there's a much easier way to use your existing tripod in sand or swamp conditions. Next time you know you're going to be shooting in such places, pack a few of the long plastic bags provided for storing wet umbrellas. Just slip one over each leg of the tripod and use a little tape to keep them in place.

@fz750 ... Of course, and I'd like to buy some of those lovely RF lenses from Canon but, like a lot of other photographers, I've gotta make do with what I have. Not everyone has the money to spend. As for Amazon, they're just conveniently marketing products being made and sold by other manufacturers through other vendors as well. I noticed you didn't include any of those other vendors in your critique.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2021 at 20:10 UTC
On article Roundup: Six Large Tripods For Heavy Duty Use (109 comments in total)
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landscaper1: Look, not to diminish the fine work of the reviewers for this article, but there's a much easier way to use your existing tripod in sand or swamp conditions. Next time you know you're going to be shooting in such places, pack a few of the long plastic bags provided for storing wet umbrellas. Just slip one over each leg of the tripod and use a little tape to keep them in place.

You can buy a hundred plastic umbrella bags from Amazon for just under $19.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2021 at 17:02 UTC
On article Roundup: Six Large Tripods For Heavy Duty Use (109 comments in total)

Look, not to diminish the fine work of the reviewers for this article, but there's a much easier way to use your existing tripod in sand or swamp conditions. Next time you know you're going to be shooting in such places, pack a few of the long plastic bags provided for storing wet umbrellas. Just slip one over each leg of the tripod and use a little tape to keep them in place.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2021 at 13:42 UTC as 33rd comment | 4 replies
On article Video: An angry raven nearly takes down delivery drone (150 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: It's a disturbing sign of modern times when animals are the ones drawing the line on what is stupidly inadmissable.

Hitchcock's ghost must be thinking, "I tried to warrrrn you."

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2021 at 08:34 UTC
On article Video: An angry raven nearly takes down delivery drone (150 comments in total)
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Francis85: What a noisy drone this is.
If this is the future ahead, then please no.

Drone pilot seem to be inexperienced.
By hanging still the drone was an easy prey for the raven.

Bird attacks require the pilot to steer the drone straight up, then make his way out.

I'm definitely onboard with getting rid of the lawnmowers.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2021 at 08:31 UTC
On article Video: An angry raven nearly takes down delivery drone (150 comments in total)

Without defending the use of delivery drones (for ANY purpose), may I suggest the drone manufacturer apply a lattice of thin copper wire on the drone and connect it to the battery? Then, when an angry raven tries to grab the drone, it'll get a hot foot.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2021 at 08:29 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
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brentbrent: My wife said, "No." :-(

@DGrinb ... My wife and I have been married almost 30 years and have never, NOT EVEN ONCE, argued about money. I've never questioned how she spends her earnings and she's never questioned how I spend mine. We split all the household and necessary expenses and what each of us does with his or her leftovers is his or her own business.

It's amazing what two people can work out when neither thinks the other "owes them something."

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2021 at 07:34 UTC
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brentbrent: My wife said, "No." :-(

Keith, some of were joking. Maybe you missed the emojis?

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2021 at 23:27 UTC
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Copal Fit: Next up: 007 ghost edition. It turns into smoke after you have paid for it.

Naw, that would be the Mission Impossible edition which sends to Director's message via the viewfinder and an earpiece that plugs in somewhere on the side.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2021 at 00:14 UTC
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brentbrent: My wife said, "No." :-(

You poor sod ... having to ask your wife for permission to spend your own money. Do you have to raise your hand to be ask to be excused when dinner is over? :^))

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2021 at 00:12 UTC
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lnsmr: Great idea. But these are expensive stickers. Just printed out a bunch of labels for my lenses using a $20 label printer. Not as nice, but works the same for me.

Ditto, and once you've got one of those label printers you find lots of other uses for it, too.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2021 at 20:16 UTC
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PhotoFactor: Meanwhile, DSLR users are dismayed!

@Er20west ... At the prices they're charging for those RF lenses I'd expect their profits to be obscene.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2021 at 20:12 UTC
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PhotoFactor: Meanwhile, DSLR users are dismayed!

No reason why they should be. The handwriting's been on the wall for some time.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2021 at 18:47 UTC

Veddy intellesting! That front right side shutter release button suggests this design was begged, borrowed, or stolen from Ihagee of East Germany, makers of the Exakta cameras.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2021 at 20:32 UTC as 14th comment | 5 replies
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ProDude: The Pelican I picked up does much the same and is completely configurable. No need for this thing

@Djehuty ... If you use Pelican's TrekPak dividers it's not at all the same as using foam blocks.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2021 at 13:31 UTC
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ProDude: The Pelican I picked up does much the same and is completely configurable. No need for this thing

Indeed. In fact, once you get past how attractive they look on the inside, you have to realize there's a tremendous waste of space. Either use it to carry more gear or shrink the case size to avoid the waste.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2021 at 18:52 UTC
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FTOG: It's almost as if there was a reason no fully manual SLR has been announced in 25 years. And make it modular too? Yeah, that's a way of pushing complexity - and therefore your required budget - through the roof.

Now, had they gotten 10 times as much funding than they did, maybe they could've gotten there. But asking for less than 200 grand for project as ambitious as this hints at some serious lack of foresight in their project plan.

Like Geekapoo says below, no surprise they burned through it, but certainly surprised they estimated their funding as (relatively speaking) low as they did, to develop and produce a modular camera from scratch.

Rule #1 in evaluating a Kickstarter project: Assess the complexity of the proposed product and whether the quoted funding target seems realistic. If you don't feel like you can make that assessment or if you feel the funding target may be low, then don't bet your money on it.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2021 at 20:58 UTC

Maybe I've just been in the dark. I've known about counterfeit Canon products for years, but don't recall ever reading about counterfeit Nikon or Sony products. Is it just a Canon issue?

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2021 at 12:44 UTC as 35th comment | 6 replies

If 23mm @ 50MP is 1X, then how is 8MP @ 5X any different from "digital magnification?"

Just askin'!

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2021 at 15:48 UTC as 80th comment | 5 replies
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Kit Lens Avenger: Look at that mess! No wonder cameras are becoming unaffordable.

How much of that pile could go away for a stills-only build?

@Androole ... "High burst frame rates and high bitrate video are absolutely the main selling points of many cameras."

Sure wasn't when I bought my R5. In fact, I have to admit I didn't think about it at all.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2021 at 21:53 UTC
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