RobBobW

Lives in Canada Calgary, Canada
Works as a Engineer
Joined on Sep 14, 2004
About me:

I've been enjoying Photography for over 30 years using everything
from Instamatic cameras to large format. Digital experimentation
began in 2001, but I still use film when it is more appropriate.
Regardless, my darkroom is now fully digital and my enjoyment of
this hobby keeps on growing. I take delight in sharing with other
people, the wonders I see in God's creation.

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On article DPReview TV: Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV review (296 comments in total)
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JoeTuner: I have an E-M10 Mark II. It's kinda pathetic that my 5 years old camera has faster mechanical shutter burst rate (8.5 fps), more customizability options (you can basically assign anything to any button), and also better build quality (the whole top plate is metal).
Don't get me wrong, this Mark IV is still a good camera, but I don't get why they downgrade in some things. I hope OMDS will step up the game.

I think they were worried about the 10 mk2 cannibalizing sales it the 5 mk2. I love my 10 mk2. Very powerful little camera.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2021 at 22:40 UTC
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(unknown member): F11 on m43 so f22 on 35mm... diffraction may just kill the point of such tele converter combination

So look at the sample images to confirm your supposition.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2020 at 01:17 UTC

This is great. The main problem with FF mirrorless cameras has been the lenses are generally still enormous and way too heavy. These will provide for a nice light weight kit!

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2019 at 19:22 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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Johans81: Well unlike the whiners i Actually got ahold of this lens Today and was really impressed by the rf 70-200 and i love this design. Felt like a 70-200 f4 lens more cause it was so light and the quality feel was top notch. Om actually happy they designen it this way cause its so compact and Will tanke much less space in the bag. Optimal performance Will be Class leading to. Felt so Much better on the eos R and rp then the ef version. Well Done Canon im glad lever made the switch to another brand.

It is still 30% heavier than the 70-200 f4 IS. Weight gain here is made up by the lighter body. It all comes out a wash with a still equally heavy system. I was originally tempted by the lighter bodies compared to my 5DIII, but the lenses are still too heavy to make me want to go back. The prices are insanely high as well.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2019 at 06:47 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Canon EOS M6 Mark II review (305 comments in total)
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RobBobW: Video reviews are a wast of my time. Please at least provide a text version as well or go back to text only. With text, I can quickly scan for the key info I want and decide if I want to take the time to read more. With a video only review, I am forced to sit there listening to the reviewer ramble on and hope they will eventually say something interesting or useful. As it is now I must sit through 12 minutes of jabber for a minute or less that interests me.

I misread the title due to the late hour. I was expecting the full written review and was not expecting a video version. Had i correctly read the title I would not have written the post the way I did. That said, there is a disturbing trend toward more and more video only reviews and articles on the web. The only way to discern their value is to watch them or just ignore them altogether. I did watch the "wrap-up" in the referenced video and did not find what I wanted. No one forces anyone to watch a video or reply to a comment. We choose to do that. I do, however, look forward to the full text review of this camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2019 at 21:16 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Canon EOS M6 Mark II review (305 comments in total)

Video reviews are a wast of my time. Please at least provide a text version as well or go back to text only. With text, I can quickly scan for the key info I want and decide if I want to take the time to read more. With a video only review, I am forced to sit there listening to the reviewer ramble on and hope they will eventually say something interesting or useful. As it is now I must sit through 12 minutes of jabber for a minute or less that interests me.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2019 at 05:43 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies
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Alex Permit: Beautiful photographs.

The Webb telescope will be a wonderful thing, but it won't be taking these sort of photos. Unlike Hubble, which operates in the visible light spectrum, Webb will operate in the infrared and near infrared spectrum. It would be more accurate to describe Webb as the "successor" to Hubble, not the "replacement".

Since the Space Shuttle was scrubbed, there is no way to access and repair the Hubble. It will still be a long time before that capability is even possible.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2019 at 18:07 UTC

It is interesting but I would hardly call it “Incredible”.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2019 at 20:50 UTC as 6th comment

I was impressed until the obvious fake moon overlay with the aurora behind the moon. Please don't rush things to publication without properly performing necessary corrections. Unfortunately, this affects the credibility of the work. How do we know this was all recorded at the same time and not just a pretty overlay for purely artistic interpretation rather than a presentation of an actual event?

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2018 at 19:12 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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Thomartin: So!
Maybe this will answer many questions/remarks on the situation ! ( And maybe dpr should have included it in the article)

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/starving-polar-bear-video-climate-change-spd/

They indeed point out:
- The crew had no way to help the bear
- The crew didn't watch it die, dead is assumed
- Starvation is a conclusion from observations on the bear
- Population is steady, thanks to those in Russia
- Climate change is a threat to the bears living in regions dependant on seasonal ice
- Antarctic ice covers ~10^6 sq miles less than in 1979

"No biologist is saying all polar bears are in trouble right now," said Amstrup. "But those that are in trouble right now are giving us a signal for what's to come."

If you don't like the National Post, how about the good old CBC?
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-monday-edition-1.4442887/viral-video-of-emaciated-polar-bear-may-not-be-what-it-seems-nunavut-bear-monitor-says-1.4442892
I get my news form multiple sources to try to see beyond their biases. The truth is usually somewhere in the middle. :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 21:20 UTC
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Okapi001: Every single bear dies at the end, and most of them of hunger, we just don't see them. And this has nothing to do with climate change.

The rest of the story.
http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/what-everybody-got-wrong-about-that-viral-video-of-a-starving-polar-bear

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 18:06 UTC
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Thomartin: So!
Maybe this will answer many questions/remarks on the situation ! ( And maybe dpr should have included it in the article)

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/starving-polar-bear-video-climate-change-spd/

They indeed point out:
- The crew had no way to help the bear
- The crew didn't watch it die, dead is assumed
- Starvation is a conclusion from observations on the bear
- Population is steady, thanks to those in Russia
- Climate change is a threat to the bears living in regions dependant on seasonal ice
- Antarctic ice covers ~10^6 sq miles less than in 1979

"No biologist is saying all polar bears are in trouble right now," said Amstrup. "But those that are in trouble right now are giving us a signal for what's to come."

http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/what-everybody-got-wrong-about-that-viral-video-of-a-starving-polar-bear

Says it all. Perhaps Nat Geo and DPR should have included this too.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 18:03 UTC
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RobBobW: Fake news from the National Geographic? They should have checked with locals to get the real story instead of looking to sensationalize something that was not and try to push their activist agenda. I love this quote about how much earlier the ice is melting now compared to 40 years ago. Yup, that makes a huge difference! 😉.
"Since 1979, sea ice melted an average of 1.26 days earlier across the the four polar bear ecoregions and 19 subpopulation areas, the researchers said."

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-monday-edition-1.4442887/viral-video-of-emaciated-polar-bear-may-not-be-what-it-seems-nunavut-bear-monitor-says-1.4442892

Did you even read the linked post or any of he other articles out there confirming that this was a non-story and that the NG author admitted to not really knowing the cause of death of the bear? What evidence do you have that 1.26 days could possibly make any difference in the food supply for large animals like polar bears? The locals all indicate that there are more polar bears than ever and they are very healthy. I was not questioning anything about climate science, but rather I was questioning the use of flimsy or fake conclusions and sensationalism to push an agenda. Using bad or fabricated evidence only hurts the credibility of people doing real science.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 08:50 UTC

Fake news from the National Geographic? They should have checked with locals to get the real story instead of looking to sensationalize something that was not and try to push their activist agenda. I love this quote about how much earlier the ice is melting now compared to 40 years ago. Yup, that makes a huge difference! 😉.
"Since 1979, sea ice melted an average of 1.26 days earlier across the the four polar bear ecoregions and 19 subpopulation areas, the researchers said."

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-monday-edition-1.4442887/viral-video-of-emaciated-polar-bear-may-not-be-what-it-seems-nunavut-bear-monitor-says-1.4442892

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 00:58 UTC as 66th comment | 2 replies
On article Shooting with a used DSLR kit that cost me just $80 (282 comments in total)

My Old Canon Rebel XT - 350D is still going strong and has always taken great images. It is compact and light weight (except for the L glass), but with the new STM lenses make a great combination. Sure it has its limitations, but you learn to work around those. I could even "push" the ISO to 3200 by shooting at 1600, underexposing by 1 stop in RAW and bumping the "exposure" in post processing up by 1 stop. Still looked great! I have a friend who shoots with a Canon 10D and gets terrific results. He is on his 3rd body and has spent only a fraction on hardware compared to buying new.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2017 at 19:08 UTC as 33rd comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon IXUS 50 / SD400 Digital ELPH (70 comments in total)

I still have and use my SD1100. A wonderful little camera that I could and did take anywhere. With a little practice, I could essentially fool it into letting me take control of the exposure to get lovely night photos. It still does excellent time lapse work.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 20:32 UTC as 33rd comment

The best thing that happened to me while shooting the 1979 eclipse in Manitoba was running out of film during mid totality. It freed me from the tyranny of manipulating my camera with bracketing exposures to simply taking in and enjoying this spectacular event. Take time to marvel and wonder at this upcoming event!

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 17:03 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On article Google will no longer develop Nik Collection (392 comments in total)

Yet another reason to avoid Google and all their apps in the future. Buy a great company and then kill it. Great business model! Nope!

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 22:36 UTC as 18th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom (114 comments in total)

I picked up an 8080 in 2004 when it went on sale for $1200 CDN. It was a bargain for what I got. Loved the camera. Built like a tank and wonderfully sharp images. My only issue was the inability to manually focus to infinity (a documented "feature"). I took many thousands of images with it before it was stolen in 2007, allowing me to move on to a DSLR. Lots of fond memories of this camera!

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 17:01 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply

So, having half an SD card sticking out is cumbersome, but a dongle and card reader hanging off the side of your ultra thin laptop is not? Sorry Phil, I don't buy your story and how am I supposed to use WiFi when outside the city where there are no WiFi networks available? I won't be using my cellphone to set up a network to transfer multiple Gbs of photos.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 05:04 UTC as 233rd comment | 2 replies
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