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

My "day job" is a BIM Manager in the A/E industry (Revit geek), 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 my two young kids. 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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Kudos Sony for bringing a unique product and not just another "me too" lens. Stuff like this is exciting to see.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 03:32 UTC as 22nd comment
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cirtapfotos: Now Sony I am confuzed, what is it? 2.8 or 5.6 and what about that "T" ...what does that mean? And Sony how come you didn't slap a 2 grand plus on that 100? U OK?

Allow me.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 23:54 UTC
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Tequila MockingjayBird: eh? Sandisk already makes it. It is called Sandisk Connect.

SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is the flash drive reinvented to work with both your computer and your mobile devices. With the Wireless Stick in your pocket, in your bag or across the room, you can wirelessly access your media or transfer large files, stream HD videos and music1, and save and share photos and videos to and from your mobile device2.

Lars - not sure what you mean by "USB type does matter...". They are both type A connections, so except for transfer speed there is no functionality difference. But...buying anything USB 2.0 in late 2016 makes me pause. If this supported Type C to directly plug into the newest mobile devices, that could have some merit.

On another note, how long does battery life last in that Sandisk stick? As a Note 7 owner currently on the hunt for a replacement device, I was writing off the Note 5 due to lack of expandable storage. This could be a solution.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 02:33 UTC
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Timbukto: I'd just get the S7. Where as the iPhone 7 doesn't get all the camera goodies the plus has (OIS and telephoto prime), I honestly can't figure out what the Note 7 does that a S7 doesn't except explode! Also disappointing that no one has used extinguished as a pun. Otherwise yah Google Pixel looks nice, not as weather proof as the Samsungs but more fireproof.

A generic stylus is nowhere close to the integrated units in the Note, especially for handwriting. It's not a substitute, unfortunately.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 03:11 UTC
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gipper51: I'm looking at the LG V20. But damn...I've grown to love that stylus for note taking and sketching. The Note 7 was my first Note, and it's the best productivity phone I've ever owned because of that stylus. I'm not happy about switching it out. Swapping phones is a hassle, but there isn't another device like it I can replace it with.

It's a consideration, but even the 64GB version will be tight on space for my needs. SD expansion is practically a must-have for me.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 02:46 UTC

I'm looking at the LG V20. But damn...I've grown to love that stylus for note taking and sketching. The Note 7 was my first Note, and it's the best productivity phone I've ever owned because of that stylus. I'm not happy about switching it out. Swapping phones is a hassle, but there isn't another device like it I can replace it with.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 02:15 UTC as 88th comment | 5 replies

The Terminators will require this type of logic processing. Good job Skyne...i mean Google.

Sorry but A.I scares me :( Bill Gates and Steven Hawking feel the same.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 21:53 UTC as 29th comment | 5 replies
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (806 comments in total)

Hmmm...can't wait till somebody like Metabones makes adapters to get 35mm format T/S glass on this body. It should cover the image circle, but probably lose shift. That will open up quite a system if you can deal with all-manual focus glass.

Plus I would imagine just about any medium format lens ever made could be adapted to this body.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 04:02 UTC as 156th comment | 7 replies

Kudos to Sigma, looks like an amazing lens and is certainly a bold attempt at something truly unique.

Lenses like this and the excellent 18-35 f2 combined with high performance crop bodies like the 7D2 and D500 would be a pretty strong system.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 04:58 UTC as 48th comment

Nice review. Good to hear about the great build quality and "most engineered zoom lens" comments. I think with their Mk II lenses, Canon realized it's probably more efficient to over-engineer them and make them highly serviceable than have every third copy returned because it's "soft on my 50mp camera". The reality is that today's high res sensors make every imperfection in a lens stand out like a wart on your forehead. 35m was never intended for this level of scrutiny.

Canon seems to be raising the bar on quality of construction for AF zoom lenses. This bodes well for the lens still performing great after 10 years of use.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 18:16 UTC as 76th comment | 3 replies
On article A classic reinvented? Domke Chronicle Review (126 comments in total)

I was hesitant to pay $370 for a Manfrotto Roller Bag 70 last year. But I needed a large roller case to lug around a ton of stuff while on the job, and feel confident the gear inside could survive tumbling down a flight of stairs. I paid for space and bulletproof protection, and glad I did.

But this bag at $350??? Thanks, but no thanks.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 06:07 UTC as 50th comment
On article Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? (1069 comments in total)

Great looking camera. My next body may be a Sony instead of Canon, though the 5Ds is tempting. I hope the AF claims with adapters is true, though much of my ancient glass probably AF. What will likely make my decision is 18 months this camera will be $1500 while used 5Ds bodies are still fetching $2700. Yay for me.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 23:06 UTC as 181st comment
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Franka T.L.: Well Samsung NX1 and now A7R-II VSI finally made it big ( literally ) .. really its quite an achievement by both of the S teams .. can't wait to see how well the BSI would work out on this sensor. Canon really can feel the heat now I would wager

Maybe true, but don't forget probably 80% of these high end cameras are sold to said affluent amateurs and gear aficionados. They are the ones keeping the high end profitable.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 18:16 UTC
On article Canon USA drops prices on 31 high-end L lenses (58 comments in total)
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Neez: The only advantage to buying factory glass is in camera lens correction. But for all the recent Tamron and Sigma lenses, i'm going aftermarket from now on and using lightroom for corrections. They should drop their prices much further to stay competitive with lenses with third party counterparts. But for about half the price, i'll go third party.

Autofocus performance is still usually better in factory glass.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 17:38 UTC
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Snikt228: Talk about major head in sand? I think most executives would at least say something about the competition and use creative wording but this guy just says basically "Nope"

When you look at mirrorless cameras from your competitors, what scares you the most?
Looking at all of the mirrorless cameras out there, there’s nothing that really frightens us.

You must watch the industry very closely - what did you learn from watching sony and Nikon go before you, in terms of offering nigher resolutions?
There's nothing in particular that we learned from Nikon or Sony

Hard to tell if it's truly "head in sand" or "don't tip your hand" from what he's saying. If public statements lead competitors to believe you are not paying that close of attention to what they are doing, that can only work in your favor.

I find it hard to believe Canon is not paying attention, they just won't acknowledge it publicly. Is it arrogance or "playing the game"? Hard to know.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 17:18 UTC
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aldrichjennings: could you guys take some pics and upload the RAW files? I'm looking to replace my Nikon but I have to make sure it's as sharp... especially the corners

@ Barney - I think steehlead3 is referring to the fact that DPR officially reviewed a total of 5 lenses in all of 2014, with the latest being in June. I can see how one might postulate DPR doesn't do lens reviews these days.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 03:29 UTC
On article Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review (1324 comments in total)

It's a great camera for sure, but man, oh man are Canon's sensors really showing their age. Glad to see this DR disparity finally getting some serious attention and criticism in the major reviews.

You need to fix this, Canon! Or start sourcing Sony sensors.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 21:54 UTC as 289th comment
On article Real-world test: Nikon D750 at the Museum of Flight (280 comments in total)

C'mon Canon...time to get off your duff. As big a lead as Canon held in sensors in the early-mid 2000s, I think they are that much behind today. It's pretty amazing what can be extracted from these Sony sensors. If the next gen FF Canon bodies don't make significant strides to close this gap, it may be time to switch. Kudos Nikon on a killer camera.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 01:32 UTC as 86th comment
On article LensRentals looks into the Canon EF 16-35 f/4 IS (62 comments in total)
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Boky: 7 or 8 years ago I pulled apart the 24-105 L F4 because I could not obtain consistently accurate focus. The PCB (almost identical to photo #2) had a large number of very high inductance chokes placed everywhere across the whole PCB. The only reason why such chokes had to be used was to combat a large amount of noise generated mainly by the lens electronics, but also to filter the noise coming from the camera power supply, i.e. the voltage rails used to power-up the lens. I was shocked to see what canon had to do to keep the noise under control. I also could not believe at the amount of placement tolerance the AF (auto-focus) sensor PCB, located at the bottom of the camera body; I was able to move the little AF PCB freely with my fingers in both directions more than 0.5mm. Needless to say, I sold everything and never looked back at canon gear for achieving consistent focus results. The canon gear I owned was not cheap - around AU$4,500.

I love quality metal as much as the next guy, but I'll take high quality plastics for durability. Metal may satisfy the basic human attraction for "shiny objects" , but truth is good plastics neither dent or deform on impact. I've dropped "quality metal" before and was rewarded with a dent. Plastic bounces and keeps on ticking.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 19:28 UTC
On article SmugMug Films: Master of illusions (40 comments in total)

Wow, the negative comments on this site amaze me.

Love or hate the guy's work, there is no doubt he has talent, skill, a consistent style, and works hard. That's what it takes to make it as a pro.

And hate to break it to you, but comments like "he's not not a photographer, he's a photoshopper"...well...paying clients want somebody who can do more than just click a shutter button at ISO 6400. The image matters in the end, not how it was created. This guy is obviously getting paid some big bucks by big clients.

If you want to be a hater on actual working pros who have "made it" in this field, please post a link in your hateful comment to your better pictures you've been paid to create.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 22:14 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
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