Tom_Bruno

Lives in United States USA, CT, United States
Joined on Nov 1, 2005

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On article DPReview TV: The gear that changed my life (158 comments in total)

The SpiderPro holster changed my whole attitude towards using my DSLR's. I also hate the neck straps, can't stand how they feel, unresponsive and all that. So I too wrapped the neck strap around my wrist, and that got me through the day, but also not comfortable and made my wrist ache after a few hours. I do use a hand strap for my compact camera, but the DSLR puts too much strain on the wrist to use all day.

Then -- music, please -- I discovered the SpiderPro belt holster. Wow! It's on a belt around my waist, much easier on my body than a neck or wrist strap. Can rotate it left or right, keep it comfortable. The DSLR clicks into the holster, leaves hands free, and when you want to shoot, you just grab the camera and bingo! it's out of the holster and up in your hand.

Genius! In my photo activities, it was, and is, life changing!

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2020 at 15:38 UTC as 30th comment

Terrific article. And of course it's true. For quite some time now, cameras and lenses have been excellent, more than enough for all but a few special needs. Great images are possible with any of the current offerings, used skillfully.

My D750 handles everything I use it for. The limit is me, not the camera. On any day, I would love new gear, but at some point using what I've already got, which is of high quality, makes more sense.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2020 at 01:29 UTC as 127th comment

I suspected that coffee machines are filled with friendly spirits. Now my instincts have been confirmed! Good work!

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2019 at 22:51 UTC as 5th comment
In reply to:

DejayRezme: Thanks, I hate it.
It's probably a weird, useless and impolite thing to say, but most of these invoke actual dislike in me (The first one is great of course)
Not sure why. Most of them could be from the "man in air at distance" category. There is no motion, they feel staged and the people artificial and isolated. Like the humans have become a prop. Like you take a nice landscape and then photoshop some contorted guy with a logo in there. Artifacts.
Something like "men doing what they shouldn't be doing in places where they don't belong, but please admire their incredible perseverance". Maybe they remind me too much of motivational posters.

They are obviously great photos and finalists so I must be pretty alone, but I looked through the gallery twice now and I hated almost all of them. Which is fascinating because I enjoy most photos I see.

Agree completely. "Man in air at distance," sums up the boring, posed nature of nearly all these shots. For me, especially annoying was the moron flipping a skateboard within a body's length of a sheer 1,000 foot cliff. It appears staged, or created in Photoshop, and may well have been.

Hmmm: Creative? Beautiful? Original? Genius? Well, naaa.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2019 at 22:47 UTC

Interesting, and somewhat disappointing. Specifically, the noise reduction! The first thing I noticed when watching this video is that the NR is so heavy-handed the skin has no pores, and looks like flesh-colored ceramic. Like an AI animation. The effect jumps out at you! It might not be so bad if there's a way to adjust it to more sane, semi-realistic levels.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2019 at 01:54 UTC as 23rd comment

So where's the Canon G9Xii?

I have that camera, and I love it. I compared its output with that of the RX100vii, and it was close enough that for me the Sony wasn't worth the extra premium. Plus, I prefer the skin tones, for all nationalities that I've shot, as well as landscape tones. And, for me the menu and ease of use of the G9X is far more user friendly than the Sony.
Last, and by no means least, the G9xii is truly pocket size! It's the smallest 1" camera with advanced settings on the market. I love it! It should have been included here.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2019 at 22:23 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
On article Phase One IQ4 sample gallery (207 comments in total)

Nice! Okay, I want it!!

Mind-blowing detail and color depth. Simply amazing images.
For my next billboard commission, I'll get one of these. Until then, this level of technology -- commercially available! -- qualifies as art and beauty, and I'll appreciate it on that level. Thanks for posting these.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2019 at 21:06 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies

Great video! Very informative, top tips from a top pro that you can actually use. His ability to communicate and teach these basic but incredibly useful techniques is awesome. Loved it! Thanks for posting this.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2019 at 14:28 UTC as 18th comment
On article Nikon Coolpix P1000 Review (642 comments in total)
In reply to:

makofoto: Why do these Sample photos look so poor? Much better quality on the P1000 Facebook groups: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2142493812654578/

It's a closed group. Can't view any pictures. Do you know any other examples?

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2018 at 16:49 UTC

Ummm - so what? Another big yawwnnnn here. New York from above. I do believe I've seen that before. Once or twice. At least once daily if you watch TV. Hi res? I suppose, although on a computer monitor it looks about the same.
That's the problem with ultra-high res: It doesn't say anything different, all by itself. Technology alone is not involving. CGI graphics have looked sharper for years. What's needed is creativity, and an aerial shot of NYC is markedly un-creative.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2018 at 19:43 UTC as 51st comment | 3 replies

Yawwwnnn. I'm sorry, but this picture is like, so what? Just because you can do it?
It's London, day and night. I've seen that before. So what's new here? Are we impressed at its gigapixel size? Again, yawnnn. Who is going to actually look at this? Maybe it's of some use as advertising for the virtual reality sponsor, but come on. Art? A machine made it. Compelling? No.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 01:42 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies

Musical bands, for years now, have to pay the NFL huge amounts of money to play as the half-time entertainers at the Super Bowl. You'd think the NFL would have to pay for their talent and abilities -- but instead they're ripping off the artists. Here too.
Sheesh.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2018 at 02:05 UTC as 51st comment | 2 replies
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fatdeeman: Not sure what happened to the comment thread that I replied to but people criticising the artistic merit of the sample shots seem to be missing the point by a country mile, they are sample shots, not a photographic essay.

The creativity of the shots varies because presumably the person taking them was travelling and didn't have time to set up professional art masterpieces. They probably had time constraints and had to deal with the lighting as it came.

Besides that, we all take snapshots and we all take opportunist photos that lay somewhere in between, these samples are more than adequate.

Right. These are more to show the abilities of the camera in difficult and extreme lighting conditions. There are useful pairings of ooc jpegs coupled with files edited to taste in camera raw, which show a fairly enormous DR on this camera. I'm impressed! Your average snapshooting character (me, for example) can rescue descent shots out of horrendous contrasty shadows with the 7500. A good and useful group of samples.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2017 at 13:38 UTC
On article Study: people don't actually like looking at selfies (196 comments in total)
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sop51: It's not just selfies people don't want to see, the world is completely awash in boring images no one wants to look at. The currency of photography has been completely devalued by the billions and billions of pointless snapshots made every single day. Unless it's a picture of Elvis stepping out of a UFO ~ in perfect focus, expertly composed and with beautiful bokeh, mind you ~ nobody wants to see it.

I say bring back Daguerreotypes. People valued photography when you had to polish a sheet of silver-plated copper to a mirror finish, treat it with fumes to make the surface light sensitive then expose it for ten minutes in a huge camera. In the good old days folks paid good money just to look at crappy daguerreotypes on a wall. These days you couldn't pay me enough to even glance at the stuff saved on most people's smartphones. Unless it's a picture of a cat.

"Unless it's a picture of Elvis stepping out of a UFO ~ in perfect focus, expertly composed and with beautiful bokeh, mind you..."
...And unless there's high rez audio, with him singing 'All Shook Up" with girl aliens doing backup, nobody's gonna care. Too many too many snaps and selfies already, arrgghhh.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 03:08 UTC
On photo Elephants Performing in the Random Items - Challenge 29 challenge (32 comments in total)

Terrific shot! Very engaging. The elephants look like they're having a lot of fun.

There are some nonsense posts here, about animals being "tortured." No, no. These guys are lovingly pampered by their handlers. The real risk for elephants is when they're in their "natural" setting in the wild, and being killed by poachers. These guys have a terrific, safe, loving home. And they're very clever, agile and photogenic. Good stuff!

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2016 at 14:03 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies

It's getting pret-ty wild. Pretty soon you'll be able to make anything look like anything else, and anybody to look like who you want. Cameras? Who needs 'em?

Check out this link about a "neural photo editor." Play the short video to get the idea:

http://petapixel.com/2016/09/27/neural-photo-editor-like-fully-automatic-photoshop/

It's a wild world, in that there Photoshop place.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 01:53 UTC as 13th comment
In reply to:

nunatak: Analysis: "The gentlemen we spoke to didn't quite say it, but let's be honest - the D500 is a camera for DPReview readers. All those who complained for years that the D300S didn't have a proper replacement can take pleasure in the fact that it was your complaints that lead directly to the creation of the D500"

indeed, let's be honest. DPreview had far less to do with this, i think, than Thom's persistent and nagging criticism. to be fair, when Thom engaged daily at DPreview, he got the crowd going. if he had his own forum, Nikon would have read his readers complaints there. simply said, w/o Thom stirring the pot as hard as he did ... i suspect the chances of realizing a D500 were far, far less. JMO.

Yes, Thom was instrumental here. On his own website, bythom.com, he has been presenting knowledgeable business analyses of the compelling need for a D300s replacement, for years. He has met with top Nikon executives. They know him. They respect him.

I'm sure all the folks here have made a compelling case for Nikon to make the D500. DPR forum members have been vocal and unanimous in clamoring for a true D300s replacement. Nikon has surely been motivated by all of us here. After all, we're the ones spending the money that keeps them in business!

The only mystery is -- why didn't Nikon figure this out themselves? Why should it take years of customers vocal insistence to come out with a camera that's bound to be a big seller? Even more mysterious, why did Nikon opt instead for a camera no one was asking for, the One series?

Ah, the mysterious East. But they are making great cameras still. Congrats to Nikon -- and to us.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 13:17 UTC

I LOVE my D750! I love it more than my D800E. A lot more, actually. It's powerful, compact, feels great in the hands, solid strong build, so far quite weatherproof, very quick focus, phenomenal detail in the images, amazing DR, amazing in low light, full bracketing options. And a flippy screen, which one day I might actually use.

Negatives? Nothing serious I can think of. It's easily the best camera I've ever owned. And, I repeat, that includes the D800E.

I would agree on the D750 being the best of the year. And not just because I own it. The D750 has (temporarily) calmed my gear lust. It's that good. It's a pure delight. You just want to keep using it!

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2015 at 15:40 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On article Happy Holidays from dpreview! (117 comments in total)

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR,
to all DPR staff and members!

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2015 at 03:51 UTC as 29th comment

As you said on the front page, it was obviously a slow news day.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2014 at 03:00 UTC as 47th comment
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