jhinkey

jhinkey

Lives in United States Seattle, WA, United States
Works as a Aerospace Engineering Consultant
Has a website at www.hinkey.zenfolio.com
Joined on Dec 27, 2005

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pictureAngst: This time around they should build drum scanning into the developing workflow and include it in the price - best of both worlds.

Yes, and where am I going to be able to get Kodachrome, which was already hard to find a lab to develop it, developed?

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 19:52 UTC

How will I keep my desk top (actual, not virtual) as cluttered as it is now if I have to use it as a touch screen!

Cool though.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 20:20 UTC as 25th comment
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TFD: While picking up a $100 used MF Russian lens is interesting as a cheap and cheerful toy. The idea of modern and expensive manual focus lenses is just dumb. Regardless if it is an $800 Tokina or a $3000 Zeiss. Tokina knows how to make autofocus lenses selling a MF lens is just a marketing gimmick.

Maybe the next step will be uncoated lens, might as well just go further back in time.

"as always the truth lies somewhere inbetween ... "
But sometimes the truth is 99% on one side of the argument.
This Tokina is not a legacy MF lens in M-mount. It's a modern optical design, likely with very good ergonomics and electronic comm. with the camera body.
Clearly there is a market for modern MF lenses in E mount, it's just not for everyone. Price seems reasonable, especially if the build and optical quality are top notch.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 19:24 UTC
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TFD: While picking up a $100 used MF Russian lens is interesting as a cheap and cheerful toy. The idea of modern and expensive manual focus lenses is just dumb. Regardless if it is an $800 Tokina or a $3000 Zeiss. Tokina knows how to make autofocus lenses selling a MF lens is just a marketing gimmick.

Maybe the next step will be uncoated lens, might as well just go further back in time.

The idea of taking the optical, size, weight, reliability and cost compromises for an AF lens when I don't need AF at all is also just dumb. The inability to put yourself in the shoes of other gear users is also not too smart.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 14:35 UTC

OK, I get it. This could be a lovely lens. But I really need a 20mm/4 that's sharp wide open, has great flare/ghosting control, and makes great sun stars on my A7RII. Oh, and it needs to be relatively small. Something besides this 20/2 and the Lox 20/2.8 would be great to have as a travel lens.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2016 at 23:16 UTC as 3rd comment
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maxnimo: Hard to believe that any 20mm lens would need to be so tall (long), especially in this age of excellent pancake lenses.

Yeah, the 20/2.8 AIS is not a lens to hold up as an example of optical excellence.
It's no dog, but optically excellent it's not.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2016 at 23:01 UTC

And 15 years from now it will be features on DPR's "Throwback Thursday" article . . .

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 21:01 UTC as 2nd comment

Very cool.

Here in the PNW you can see the cities grow, tree cutting on the national forest & private lands (cutting patches progressing, new growth following), and our glaciers retreating.

Mer de Glace in France shrinking considerably.

Take a look at Mt. St. Helens as it recovers from the big blow out in 1980.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2016 at 01:44 UTC as 1st comment

The MK-II does look slightly sharper in RAW compared to the MK-I. Noise looks like a toss-up, which is what one would expect in reality.

For me it's the price. Don't need 4K and some of the other goodies.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 22:23 UTC as 51st comment
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BobT3218: 121 autofocus points? Why? Seems to me this gives 120 chances of the camera selecting the wrong point. Is this going be another pixel war thing?

Now I have even more freedom to select the portion of the image that I want the AF to use. This is not a bad thing as long as it doesn't slow things down.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 22:17 UTC
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LaurenceSvirchev: It says Mountainsmith. If you're in the wilderness for more than a day, you need a bag like this to haul gear, extra clothes, tent, food. Or hire a 'sherpa.' It's not a city bag.

Actually I find it the other way around. These bags tend to be optimized just for carrying camera gear and not much else (though you can certainly use the volume to carry anything you want). As I said below, anything other than a short hike from the car or around town and you'll likely want to use something else. These bags also tend to be quite relatively heavy with padding and lot of extra features - another reason I like to adapt a light weight backpack for in the wilderness photography activities.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 17:08 UTC

These photo-centric bags always look cool, but I find them to not work out in general for my outdoor activities that involve camera gear. If I'm doing nothing but photography and don't need to carry water, food, 10 essentials, extra clothing, etc. then these are OK. But invariably it makes more sense to start with a lightweight backpack and make adaptations to carry my camera gear along with my essentials.

Of all the things that MountainSmith makes the kit cube stuffed inside the lumbar pack is the most useful for me. The cube can be put inside a standard backpack and the lumbar pack, completely empty, can be compacted down and used for a day gear pack when out on extended forays into the wild (or even on a major vacation).

For a backpack somewhat geared towards photographers the LowePro Photo Sport AW series is a great combination of backpack + photo backpack that works well for me.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 15:23 UTC as 7th comment
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J A C S: That was a cheap shot. Slice a Phase One with a $10k lens.

No, abrasive waterjet cutting is a not terribly precise way of cutting things in half, especially parts much thicker than the jet. It's solely a method of quickly cutting materials.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 18:02 UTC
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Sir Punk: What a waste of time, pointless act, and environmental waste this created, a camera to throw away and some contaminated water that will end up in a river or ocean.

The camera was going to be in the trash/electronics recycle pile someday anyways, cutting it in half did not change a thing.

Contaminated water - technically sure, but the amount is nothing compared to that already flowing to the oceans. Plus, you can't just flush your abrasive waterjet leftovers down the drain anyways (or at least you shouldn't be able to).

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 17:34 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)
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Ansel Spear: It's no wonder they're having a regroup when you consider their eye-watering array of some 15 PAS cameras in assorted colours, 3 or 4 premium compact cameras, 12 or so consumer DX DSLRs, 4 prosumer FX DSLRs, 2 Pro FX DSLR's, retro and Nikon 1 ranges, Nikon's offerings appear so unstructured and scatter-gun. Surely it's time for them take a long hard look at their market and slash this lot down to a couple of choices in each group.

To add, I was excited about their DL lineup, but:
- Came out too late for me - bought an LX100
- Seems they always make strange configuration option decisions which tend to make the low end body versions too expensive and the high end versions too crippled, thus it's a tough sell

Wonder if the DL lineup will ever come out . . .

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 16:47 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)
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Ansel Spear: It's no wonder they're having a regroup when you consider their eye-watering array of some 15 PAS cameras in assorted colours, 3 or 4 premium compact cameras, 12 or so consumer DX DSLRs, 4 prosumer FX DSLRs, 2 Pro FX DSLR's, retro and Nikon 1 ranges, Nikon's offerings appear so unstructured and scatter-gun. Surely it's time for them take a long hard look at their market and slash this lot down to a couple of choices in each group.

Generally agree that their offerings are kind of unstructured.
No problem with their number of FX offerings, but what they do have doesn't necessarily seem logical at times
DX was/is a mess - it appears that their strategy was to just churn out models with slightly different, slightly incremental offerings hoping that people will drop what they have and upgrade for little to no meaningful difference other than it's "new".
Nikon 1 was technically a great achievement, but was still-born with their bland body and lens offerings.

Df, though very nice, was a waste of time and resources and could have been so much more

It all just seems to smack of company leadership that is disconnected from their customers and the market trends, afraid to make bold moves to stay relevant and profitable in the long term.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 16:45 UTC
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dr8: seems like most of the comments miss the real issue : They could have DIED. Their actions embolden OTHER folks to disregard the signs & walkways and venture onto fragile crust over BOILING water. The issue is safety of not-so-bright park visitors. Some who have actually JUMPED into thermal features to rescue other peoples pets, and then died as they sat on the edge of the pool watching their skin slough off & acknowledging that what they did was a "big mistake".....

No, most others did not miss the real issue. If they died by their own stupidity, too bad for them.
It's the continued damage to this treasure and other treasures like it and the precedent/example that it sets.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 23:59 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)
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jhinkey: As a long time Nikon user I've seen them be terribly non-creative and non-adaptive.
My recent $$ have all gone to Sony and the A7 series. If Nikon had made a full frame mirrorless, even still the size of the D8XXX series I would have bought that.
But they seem to be a slow lumbering dinosaur unfortunately.

Adapt or die, and they don't seem to be adapting too well . . .

I'll modify my previous comment - the Nikon 1 system WAS innovative in many ways, it's just that it should have been and APS-C sensor system.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 23:52 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)
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jhinkey: As a long time Nikon user I've seen them be terribly non-creative and non-adaptive.
My recent $$ have all gone to Sony and the A7 series. If Nikon had made a full frame mirrorless, even still the size of the D8XXX series I would have bought that.
But they seem to be a slow lumbering dinosaur unfortunately.

Adapt or die, and they don't seem to be adapting too well . . .

I also bought m43 gear for a compact system - the Nikon 1 system came out too late and too limited in lens selection for me. Another instance of Nikon not getting my $$ . Late to the game and not innovative.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 23:39 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)

As a long time Nikon user I've seen them be terribly non-creative and non-adaptive.
My recent $$ have all gone to Sony and the A7 series. If Nikon had made a full frame mirrorless, even still the size of the D8XXX series I would have bought that.
But they seem to be a slow lumbering dinosaur unfortunately.

Adapt or die, and they don't seem to be adapting too well . . .

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 22:37 UTC as 33rd comment | 7 replies
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