The_WB

Lives in United States Las Vegas, United States
Joined on May 31, 2009

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On article Kodak distances itself from failed Bitcoin scheme (75 comments in total)

Surprise, surprise . . . . Incredibly stupid idea right from the start and Kodak was (and is) even dumber for going along with it.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2018 at 15:06 UTC as 29th comment
On article Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds (449 comments in total)
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gatesbuster: I don't understand why camera companies would not include the same intelligence in their processor. What about putting the same type of processing and computing capability on a regular sensor? That would make a fantastic camera. Samsung and Sony should be able bring this technology to their cameras

I completely agree! My biggest gripe is about how can cell phones get White Balance nearly perfect every time in varied lighting conditions and DSLR's (in auto mode) are hit and miss at best. I don't even want to go down the pathway of all the other issues.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2018 at 16:13 UTC

GoPro was and is caught in "Catch 22". The absolute flood of cheap Chinese 4K knockoffs that flooded the market through Amazon and alike has put intense pressure on the company for sales. Decent cameras, but grossly overpriced.

I thought about one a number of years ago, but the price point was too high for the unit back then. Now, with cheap competition, GoPro had to react to the market and drop price to a more realistic level.

I still want to see how this new unit will perform (once some reviews come out) before I give this new Hero any further consideration. It just may be in my future. Wait and see.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2018 at 15:48 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies

Back in the day, Agfa was my go to slide film. That was 35+ years ago.

Like a lot of things in our lives, progress marches forward and older technology is left behind. Agfa film is just another of many distant and fond memories of simpler times.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 18:26 UTC as 6th comment
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The_WB: Most people will buy this model and package for one thing and one thing only -- PRICE! A new camera that in the uninformed mind is better than a refurb unit.

They are also getting a better camera for the money than a point-n-shoot, with a basic normal zoom lens for the price and a new product warranty. We all know Canon refurb my Canon has the very same one (1) year manufacturer warranty as a new camera from Canon has.

Also, on the other hand, we look at this as very dated hardware, but Canon is looking at bringing a cheap DSLR camera to the masses, much like Henry Ford did with the Model T auto. We will not buy it, but many unknowledgeable consumers will purchase this camera in lieu of a mid-priced P&S camera.

Wait until the sales numbers come out before we stone this camera and more specifically Canon for making a real a bone head move with this camera. Put pitchforks and torches down for now..

Keepcalm, you totally mischaracterized my statement. Uninformed is NOT stupid. People have reservations about refurbished items, if it was bad or returned once, can it happen again? Human nature.

Secondly, I didn't know refurbs by Canon are NOT available outside the states. That could have been brought to my attention a bit more tactfully.

Lastly, I am in full agreement that the 4000D is a very capable beginning camera and will be brought to many who are looking for a better camera than a P&S or cell phone camera. And yes, I'm looking forward to see it being sold here in the states.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 23:33 UTC
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The_WB: Most people will buy this model and package for one thing and one thing only -- PRICE! A new camera that in the uninformed mind is better than a refurb unit.

They are also getting a better camera for the money than a point-n-shoot, with a basic normal zoom lens for the price and a new product warranty. We all know Canon refurb my Canon has the very same one (1) year manufacturer warranty as a new camera from Canon has.

Also, on the other hand, we look at this as very dated hardware, but Canon is looking at bringing a cheap DSLR camera to the masses, much like Henry Ford did with the Model T auto. We will not buy it, but many unknowledgeable consumers will purchase this camera in lieu of a mid-priced P&S camera.

Wait until the sales numbers come out before we stone this camera and more specifically Canon for making a real a bone head move with this camera. Put pitchforks and torches down for now..

Yes, I'm in the states. We can get factory refurbs direct from Canon. I have no link to Canon refurbs elsewhere.

I believe Canon will broaden the market for this model worldwide by the time Christmas comes. If they sell in the UK< they will sell in the states.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 23:05 UTC

Most people will buy this model and package for one thing and one thing only -- PRICE! A new camera that in the uninformed mind is better than a refurb unit.

They are also getting a better camera for the money than a point-n-shoot, with a basic normal zoom lens for the price and a new product warranty. We all know Canon refurb my Canon has the very same one (1) year manufacturer warranty as a new camera from Canon has.

Also, on the other hand, we look at this as very dated hardware, but Canon is looking at bringing a cheap DSLR camera to the masses, much like Henry Ford did with the Model T auto. We will not buy it, but many unknowledgeable consumers will purchase this camera in lieu of a mid-priced P&S camera.

Wait until the sales numbers come out before we stone this camera and more specifically Canon for making a real a bone head move with this camera. Put pitchforks and torches down for now..

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 22:03 UTC as 19th comment | 6 replies

Jeff, I enjoyed your web site for camera news and consumer model reviews. I also appreciated the pics you took, of the same locations, so I could easily compare one camera models performance to another with a common frame of reference.

Seeing the pics of San Francisco always reminded me of my business trips from Sacto to the City. It put a smile on my face.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 15:36 UTC as 37th comment

The owner's car probably looked like crap and the photo did it justice!

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2017 at 16:36 UTC as 54th comment
On article How to buy used gear (and not get burned) (141 comments in total)

In one form or another, a majority of sellers misrepresent the item they are selling. I had that today from a reputable seller through Amazon on a small garage door part.

Recourse against a rogue seller is tough given the seller is either out-of-state or in a foreign country.

Sometimes you can score a great deal from someone selling an item directly and they are truthful and honest. Other times, you get the opposite.

The Amazon story in PetaPixal is the dark side when using Amazon as the in between party and leave the customer holding the bag. Amazon marketplace -- I liken it to eBay or Craigs List. Caveat Emptor when it comes to making purchases from these sellers.

I came to a realization many moons ago, buy from the most reputable sellers, if at all possible. You will pay more, but if there is a problem, their reputation is what they are also selling. They know if it gets tarnished, it will take a lot to bring it back sterling again.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 18:33 UTC as 54th comment | 6 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: the Olympus C-2100UZ (130 comments in total)
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3pin: Also, few remember its sister camera, E-100 RS, which had the same body and lens but a whopping 15 FPS ! It also had a revolutionary pre-capture mode - remember this was 2001.

The E-100 RS never got much play because it was only 1.5 MP but it was probably the best sports camera of the young digital era.

Almost bought one at Fry's Electronics back in 2001. Great camera (E100RS) and a real leap with the optics in early bridge cameras. Great memories.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 17:12 UTC

FlashPath by FujiFilm, used on my old Quantex Pentium 100 system back in 2000. This old computer was great, but running Win 95 with NO USB and using a serial cable through Picture Shuttle was worse than waterboarding! 8 Megs of pics, I could have dinner and drinks before the job was done.

Thank goodness we progressed to what we have today. Old days, like these are long forgotten and let's keep it that way!

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 18:45 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (765 comments in total)

1960 Nikon F with a 5.8 CM f1.4 lens. My father gave it to me back in 1976. Still have it today!

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 18:45 UTC as 67th comment
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