gipper51

Lives in United States Bellevegas, United States
Works as a BIM Manager
Joined on Sep 10, 2005
About me:

My "day job" is a Design Technology Manager in the Architecture/Construction industry, and I do architectural photography on weekends for a small client list of architects and builders. When not photographing buildings, it's mostly pictures of family and my kid's sports. I don't have much free time to explore other avenues in photography, but someday I'd like to pursue landscapes.

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Just another piece of the AI puzzle in place. How many more are needed until Skynet becomes self aware? :)

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2021 at 01:27 UTC as 25th comment
On article Nikon Z6 II vs Canon EOS R6 - which is best for you? (647 comments in total)
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gipper51: It's amazing how quickly mirrorless went from way behind DSLRs in performance to being a significant leap ahead. As a well entrenched Canon shooter, the R6 is looking very tempting. The Nikon Z system looks very compelling as well. Honestly, if I were starting from scratch today I'm not sure which I'd choose between Canon, Nikon and Sony. All 3 systems have merits I like.

Entoman - I'm aware of decent OVFs. My 5D4 and 6D have pretty decent ones, and my 7D2 has a pretty good one by APS-C standards. Just saying, they are all still puny if you ask a MF or LF shooter's opinion.

Around here we tend to think of 35mm as a big format. It's still pretty small in the format pecking order.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2020 at 00:22 UTC
On article Nikon Z6 II vs Canon EOS R6 - which is best for you? (647 comments in total)
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gipper51: It's amazing how quickly mirrorless went from way behind DSLRs in performance to being a significant leap ahead. As a well entrenched Canon shooter, the R6 is looking very tempting. The Nikon Z system looks very compelling as well. Honestly, if I were starting from scratch today I'm not sure which I'd choose between Canon, Nikon and Sony. All 3 systems have merits I like.

No single camera is best for everyone. OVF on DSLR? Don't forget about those who still prefer large format. The puny OVFs of DSLR don't cut it for them either. Horses for courses.

But we can't deny that autofocus and FPS abilities have gone through the roof in the last several years and will only get better. Want or need doesn't matter, the DSLR is yester-year's tech. Doesn't make them any less usable or still have their merits, but they've peaked.

And I write this as an owner of 3 DSLRs and zero mirrorless cameras...

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2020 at 19:21 UTC
On article Nikon Z6 II vs Canon EOS R6 - which is best for you? (647 comments in total)

It's amazing how quickly mirrorless went from way behind DSLRs in performance to being a significant leap ahead. As a well entrenched Canon shooter, the R6 is looking very tempting. The Nikon Z system looks very compelling as well. Honestly, if I were starting from scratch today I'm not sure which I'd choose between Canon, Nikon and Sony. All 3 systems have merits I like.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2020 at 15:56 UTC as 104th comment | 11 replies
On article Canon EOS 6D In-Depth Review (99 comments in total)

I owned this camera from about 2014-2018 and always enjoyed it. Just picked up another 6D for a song. Even owning much 'higher spec' Canon bodies, I'm happy to have this little gem back in my rotation. Still a pleasure to use and the image quality holds up well. This camera's simplicity is now part of its charm. No fuss, no frills, basic but accurate AF. Just shoot. And it still delivers.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2020 at 14:46 UTC as 3rd comment

Canon TS-E lenses on 100mp medium format. Still with some room for shift ability. Yes please.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2020 at 16:42 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
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scokill: The manufacturers could reduce the variance by tighter tolerances and increasing rejects. Think lenses are expensive now? A small reduction in variance might double the cost of a particular lens...or more.

Part of the issue now is that our expectations have risen dramatically with digital. In the film days, no photographer worth his salt considered printing 'large' from 35mm...it was a small format. So most photogs only saw 8x10 prints, and many lens flaws were hidden at that size. Now we expect a lens for 35mm format to make 5' prints and have it be sharp corner to corner. That's a tall order for any lens. We want critical sharpness with a 40x enlargement!

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2020 at 03:48 UTC
On article Canon EOS R5 review (2972 comments in total)

Lovely camera, but I can wait 3 or 4 years when it's 1/2 price.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2020 at 20:11 UTC as 163rd comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon Z7 II initial review (774 comments in total)
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gipper51: Considering Nikon's "Time to get excited" statements, this feels underwhelming. Seems they missed the opportunity to update the big 3 in the mirrorless spec sheet wars: EVF, AF and IBIS. All three look to be trailing the pack on launch day.

Not saying it's not an amazing camera, I mean, all the new top mirrorless cameras are. But it seems to lack any "Oh wow!" features compared to the competition. Kudos on the pricing.

@NexLupus - yeah they addressed some shortcomings, but didn't seem to raise the bar any further in this bracket. As hot as the FF mirrorless segment is right now, feels like if you're not making big leaps you're falling behind.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 05:01 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II initial review (774 comments in total)

Considering Nikon's "Time to get excited" statements, this feels underwhelming. Seems they missed the opportunity to update the big 3 in the mirrorless spec sheet wars: EVF, AF and IBIS. All three look to be trailing the pack on launch day.

Not saying it's not an amazing camera, I mean, all the new top mirrorless cameras are. But it seems to lack any "Oh wow!" features compared to the competition. Kudos on the pricing.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 04:27 UTC as 147th comment | 9 replies

Good grief, the size! It's only a few mm smaller than the Canon 200 2.8.

Then penalty for chasing optical perfection I guess. I'm sure it will be stellar...

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2020 at 03:01 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
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MiWo: Could somebody please make a similar handling camera but with a FF sensor in square (36x36mm)? I don't care if the body isn't smaller, but the ability to use 'standard' lenses and not needing to worry about how it handles in portrait mode would be awesome!

Because the imaging circle of 35mm is only designed to cover the diagonal distance of a 24x36mm rectangle, and is about 43mm across in diameter (roughly). A 24x36 sensor fits within this 43mm circle diameter, a 36x36 does not.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2020 at 19:28 UTC
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MiWo: Could somebody please make a similar handling camera but with a FF sensor in square (36x36mm)? I don't care if the body isn't smaller, but the ability to use 'standard' lenses and not needing to worry about how it handles in portrait mode would be awesome!

Typical FF lenses won't cover a 36x36 sensor. You'll only get about 30x30.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2020 at 18:05 UTC

I like my Pro 100. I've gotten at least 2 or 3 free or ridiculously cheap in bundles. I don't print much at all but when I get the urge, nice to have a larger printer like this. Ink prices are stupid though. Do the math and at $16 a pop for ink the stuff is about $4,700 a gallon. I mean...c'mon!

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2020 at 01:19 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies
On article Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM sample gallery (471 comments in total)

Honestly, I really like this lens. I'm a prime example of a customer this appeals to. I don't shoot wildlife (or whatever 600/800mm lenses are 'supposed' to be used for?), and there is no way I would pony up for a big white super tele. But there are instances where I would like a lens of this focal length. It's not very often, but they do come up. I can stomach spending this kind of money for an occasional use specialty lens...I can't and won't spend $5K+ for a big white. So my choice is either this lens with some compromises that I can afford, or no lens at all.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2020 at 04:44 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply

I'm inclined to agree with the author here. The R5 certainly grabbed my attention first, but the more I learn about these two, the more the R6 seems like the smarter choice for me. Would I prefer more pixels than 20? Sure, but if I'm being honest I don't need them, even coming from a 30mp body.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2020 at 21:26 UTC as 39th comment

I'm a Canon user, but this looks like a brilliant little camera for stills shooters! Good ergonomics, AF joystick, dual card slots, good enough sensor, IBIS. I think the launch price is fair all things considered. Wish the FPS were a bit higher, but can't have it all. I'd definitely choose this over the Canon R or RP at this point. I dig it.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2020 at 03:49 UTC as 38th comment
On article Canon EOS-1D X Mark III review (1366 comments in total)
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NexUser: Big and heavy cannot be a Con for this class camera. It may be big and heavy for the reviewer but the target group prefers the size and weight. It is a personal choice, not like high ISO comparisons.

Really wish Canon would implement a hotshoe mounted EVF (with its own hotshoe for strobes) that could be added to its DSLRs. This really could provide the best of both worlds.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2020 at 15:36 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony 12-24mm F2.8 review (112 comments in total)

Very nice lens for the Sony collection. Like so many of the newest mirrorless lenses, it's too rich for my blood, but I'm glad they brought this out. We really are spoiled for choice these days.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2020 at 16:40 UTC as 10th comment

Just goes to show, even though we've been launching payloads into orbit for over 50 years, it's never a trivial task. Launching a rocket is not easy.

Even if we see space flight for the masses in my lifetime, not sure I'd have the guts to ever do it. Would love to, but the thought of "will this be the rocket that blows up?" would probably keep me on the ground lol.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2020 at 02:27 UTC as 31st comment
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