tex

Lives in United States baltimore, MD, United States
Works as a Artist, visual arts professional
Joined on Nov 22, 2003
About me:

Working artist [photography only one aspect], MFA. Began photography 1978 (1967 as a kid), 35mm, MF and LF photography, darkroom. Independent curator, art wrangler, fine arts repro photographer, appraiser; former collegiate gallery director, former program director for an alternative space, 10 yrs undergraduate teaching, 2 yrs chair of the department; Exhibits specialist at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Former supermoderator of the late Lightcrafts' LightZone forums. Co-founder and webmaster of The LightZone Project, www.lightzoneproject.org

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Is there a way to find results for other ibis in other systems? Searching is not helping. And if not, why not? I'd like to see tests across the board for all cameras that have ibis.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2019 at 23:08 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies

I think this is an appropriate decision in 2018, and shows a move to better balance in reviews. The Pentax contingent has a few things to say about that, and probably others. I think the rationale is well explained by DPR. The immediate effect is a ding on Canon, and a little on Nikon, but so be it. Nikon at least is acknowledging the market with their new ML releases. The ball is now in Canon's court to demonstrate how their system is superior overall.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2018 at 15:26 UTC as 185th comment
In reply to:

Tom Schum: Points made about the DPR industry influence are well-taken I think.
However, IBIS reduces camera reliability, same as autofocus and auto aperture and in-lens stabilization. And, phase focus pixels corrupt the sensors themselves, so that the camera firmware or processing software has to interpolate around them.
I must be getting too old to be interested in the new cameras.....

"However, IBIS reduces camera reliability..." Got some stats on that? My cameras have had IBIS since my E-3 pre 2010, then through Sony cameras and now Pentax. I have had no issues with reliability, and have seen little to nothing in those forums about it. So, please elaborate.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2018 at 15:08 UTC
On article Sony a7 III vs. Canon EOS R vs. Nikon Z6, which is best? (1234 comments in total)

Hmmm....a curious sample of compare and contrast, with a waffling "conclusion" that seems to ignore the preceding parts of the article---which clearly point to the Sony being the strongest camera.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2018 at 14:36 UTC as 184th comment
On article Buying Guide: The best cameras over $2000 (78 comments in total)

Curiously missing: all of the digital medium format options.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2018 at 22:41 UTC as 4th comment
On article Best DSLRs of 2019 (131 comments in total)

Curious that the category "around $2K" got left out....jumps from $1500.00 to more than double that....

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2018 at 15:00 UTC as 27th comment | 8 replies

hmmm...this looks better than I remember the film looking (used it all the time way back when). So: is it?, or are we looking at digital processing?

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2018 at 16:40 UTC as 89th comment

Sigh....wish the Pentax people were half as cool, and responsive to their customers, as this guy. Maybe Sigma can get big enough to buy Pentax?

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2018 at 15:20 UTC as 81st comment | 1 reply
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Clyde Thomas: Good day for Canon fans!

I'm a Sony shooter, and a Canon fan.

I used to be a Canon shooter and a Minolta fan.
Minolta shooter and a Nikon fan.
Nikon shooter and an Olympus fan.
Olympus shooter and a Yashica fan.

I never shot with a Pentax. Pentax is for weirdos.

I'm a weirdo, shooting professionally, 645Z and K1 converted now to mkII. And all of my Z lenses are downward compatible if I wish through a native adapter. If I had to get out of Pentax, I'd move back to Sony I think based on what I'm seeing from Nikon and Canon.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2018 at 12:44 UTC

A luxury photo product to be sure, but definitely will taste better than a Leica. Me, I'll just use the money for more whisky.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2018 at 14:19 UTC as 62nd comment
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tex: Sigh. Sure wish Pentax would send their marketing people over to Sony to learn a thing or two.....

Oh, and one other thing: Huge kudos to Sony for the Alpha Female program. Compared to the mis-steps at Nikon and Canon, not only enlightened, but cutthroat as well. Sony don't mess around....

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2018 at 15:05 UTC

Sigh. Sure wish Pentax would send their marketing people over to Sony to learn a thing or two.....

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2018 at 14:55 UTC as 185th comment | 2 replies

Hmmmmm....So, no mention of Sony at all? Seems odd, considering Sony did this with APSC and FF, and 4/3 is looking more and more like a shrinking niche (I'm an Oly fan, had those cameras from 2002 to 2010, not a h8r). And, only Nikon and Canon are "major players" at this point? Well, at least that's been defined now. Glad to see the reference to Pentax, though. Nice bit of forgotten history. But overall, it's good to see Panny and Oly getting this credit for innovation.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2018 at 13:37 UTC as 180th comment | 4 replies
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tex: You answer a question below about why it took a while to get this review up, and said that the process was interrupted but now you had a chance to get another copy.

Will you be making the effort to do that with the 645Z? It would seem to me now, that even after all this time, it would make sense to get reviews up for all of the "affordable" DMF cameras. I wouldn't think it would be that hard to get a Z, maybe from Lens Rentals? They have them, and you seem to have a friendly relationship with them.

@ Richard Butler.
Thanks for taking the time to reply, and for giving a clear account of DPR's situation. Thanks also for acknowledging that the situation is unfortunate, and I believe you when you say you would prefer it to be otherwise. I'm not certain I entirely agree that there have been other reviews that DPR wouldn't have added to with at least some different nuances. It's a real pity, as both the D and the Z were truly groundbreaking cameras.

I'll only add that in the event that Pentax comes out with a successor, that DPR ought to redouble its efforts to prioritize and complete that review.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2018 at 21:22 UTC
In reply to:

tex: I guess this makes sense? I found the parallel companies a little confusing---I have products from both. Mindshift is the better value, IMO, for the most part. The belt system is an exception.

@panther fan:
I've got the Mindshift Dual 36L, and it is excellent. I can carry both my 645Z and a few lenses (depends on which ones I pick...) plus my backup K1 and a few lenses, plus flashes, chargers, and etc. It still fits in the overhead bin, and is within regs (as long as they don't weigh it!). Great for travel, and the bag itself does not weigh much. Plus, all that weight rides fine on my back, so that is also well designed. My Think Tank stuff is not as well designed....

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2018 at 19:58 UTC

You answer a question below about why it took a while to get this review up, and said that the process was interrupted but now you had a chance to get another copy.

Will you be making the effort to do that with the 645Z? It would seem to me now, that even after all this time, it would make sense to get reviews up for all of the "affordable" DMF cameras. I wouldn't think it would be that hard to get a Z, maybe from Lens Rentals? They have them, and you seem to have a friendly relationship with them.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2018 at 19:51 UTC as 109th comment | 7 replies

I guess this makes sense? I found the parallel companies a little confusing---I have products from both. Mindshift is the better value, IMO, for the most part. The belt system is an exception.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2018 at 17:52 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
On article Review: The Wandrd Prvke is a near-perfect camera bag (349 comments in total)

Don't see how this is superior to the Mindshift line. Their Ultralight Dual 36L is pretty hard to beat, for instance (and has a camera cube...)

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2018 at 03:20 UTC as 95th comment | 1 reply
In reply to:

(unknown member): Because this is a tech site, and just to put the cat among the pigeons:

The cameras used to produce these images are –

Specialist astro-photography gear - 4
Canon dslr – 4
Nikon dslr – 2

No Sony, Fuji, Olympus, Pany, Pentax. No ‘mirrorless’, just proper cameras.

Um, excuse me? "just proper cameras"...? Well, this tells us much more about you than anything else.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2018 at 00:42 UTC

Ummmm...Haven't pinhole cameras always been affordable?

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2018 at 17:18 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
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