Lives in United States Everman, TX, United States
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Joined on Dec 10, 2011
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An Extra Class amateur radio operator and very amateur photographer who enjoys night sky photography.


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I don't see any need for this. Why turn a lossy format into a more lossy format. If you need to make your crappy website load faster, then hire someone who knows how to code it properly and stop using that garbage called Adobe Flash. JPEGs are not slowing down the internet much in the age of high speed connectivity. Lousy web page designs and video slow things down way more. Again, this is trying to solve an issue that doesn't really exist, and it does a terrible job in the process.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2017 at 13:45 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies
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Edward48: Don't you just love public forums? 6 posts and already, without a shred of evidence, libellous posts pointing the finger at the victim.

It is NOT libelous to consider all the possibilities. I guarantee the police are considering that as well as a lot of other possibilities. But I do wonder if this was perhaps a troubled company in financial trouble or going to be in financial trouble if they got stuck with a lens that didn't sell. Perhaps the design failed, and it was better in their minds to dump the failed lenses in the Pacific and stage a burglary. That scenario is just as possible as a burglary, and more probable too.

And do we know for a fact this was even reported to police? Maybe even just a cover story for clients who were expecting lenses soon but the company couldn't deliver them so they concocted an internet hoax. Question everything, or be taken in by a lot of BS.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 14:19 UTC

To date the only Sony app I have found to be useful is the Time Lapse app which I use as an internal intervalometer. But that app is totally clunky and kluge and has limited value. I merely use it for the intervalometer feature to time my photos. Once done shooting I transfer the RAW images to my computer, process them in Lightroom and/or Photoshop, then create my video with another app. I don't ever allow Sony apps to process my files as they will make a mess of them.

This new app seems to be in the category of useless to me. I can just shoot bracketed images or multiple images from a tripod, then better process them in LR and/or PS. Sony apps like this will take too long to set up and will be too clunky to use. The moment will be long gone by the time you get that darn app set up to take the photo. Sunset will have already passed and the middle of the night will be upon you!

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 14:56 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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MargoB: Boy, most of the commenters here are the life of the party.

I think there are a lot of unimaginative morons here that wouldn't understand history if it crawled up their backsides and called them momma. Well as they say, you can't fix stupid.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 18:41 UTC
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Frank666: Mesmerizing? How is something one can't see mesmerizing?

If you just watched to first few seconds, then yes pretty boring. But if you watch the whole video then you see as line drawings start to be used, then later line drawings are replaced with B&W photos, and later still they transition to color photos. And there are many other transitions shown as well. The transitions mark the history behind the newspaper and how it evolved over a century and a half.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 18:37 UTC
On article Super Bowl Halftime lit up by choreographed drone show (96 comments in total)
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Bombastic: Damn fine half time show.
NOW if only that incredibly obscure sport would be half as interesting.

American football is at least interesting, unlike a sport in which a bunch of wussies kick a ball around for a long time with little to show for it. I'd rather watch grass grow than watch soccer game.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 18:00 UTC

Hmmm, another crowdfunding ripoff. I think the vast majority of crowdfunding projects are nothing more than ways for crooks to make a good salary for a few years then fold up leaving the investors high and dry. I have absolutely no sympathy for the investors. A moron who invests in a scam that is clearly a scam gets what they deserve. If inventors don't have the wherewithal to obtain legitimate funding from financial institutions, much less even create a decent business plan, then only morons will invest with them.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 21:03 UTC as 42nd comment | 6 replies

Just look at Polaroid photos from a few decades ago. What happened to your memories? They faded away, or nearly away. Instant film is notoriously short lived. I doubt the film for these is going to fair much better. So the irony is, you have expensive film that produces a short lived, lackluster photo, and you need to scan and save it to a digital file if you want to still view it a decade or more down the road. Hmmm....pass!

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 17:56 UTC as 20th comment | 5 replies

Oh goodie, another dumb bleeping Kickstarter project slash stupid non-photographers gadget. Buy a real camera from a company that knows how to secure financing. Kickstarter is just a ripoff web fiasco that allows undesirables to take money from morons to pay the salaries of lazy jerks who have no intention of ever bringing a final product to market, much less support that product. Vaporware would be the better term to use.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 14:39 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies

Or you could buy a really good chipped adapter for less the $100 USD and buy ND filters for lens(es). If you already have a need for ND, then you probably already own the ND filters. This adapter is a very expensive one-trick pony.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 16:10 UTC as 6th comment

Yuk. Were the judges mostly blind? The starling photo was at the bottom of the list for all the photos shown. It is not a good photo at all. I'm not sure how it even made the final cut, or even the first cut!

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 16:51 UTC as 40th comment | 2 replies
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Ben O Connor: We need no cooler in Finland! There is the thing called "winter" here !

We don't need it in Texas either, even in summer. Heat really isn't that much of an issue.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 17:29 UTC
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Ross the Fidller: I can see 'die hard' traditionalists being unhappy, because they won't be able to use the OVF. :D

Astrophotographers don't use the OVF. We use the LCD in Liveview and/or we hook up to a computer or external monitor. That being said, I really don't see the need for a huge fan attached to the back of the camera for cooling. Even in Texas during the summer I rarely have issues from overheating.

If you are wondering why in AP the OVF/EVF is not used, then imagine a camera on a tripod pointing up at 60° above the horizon. Now imagine your neck and body aches from trying to contort yourself into a position where you can use the OVF/EVF! :)

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 17:27 UTC
On article Canon EOS M10 real-world samples (61 comments in total)

"The Canon EOS M10 is the most beginner-friendly camera of that manufacturer's mirrorless family, doing away with many physical controls and embracing touchscreen functionality."

They made it easy ONLY for consumers who shoot in full auto mode. If you want to take FULL advantage of a camera like this, then you need to shoot in full manual mode. Good luck with that. The lack of external controls means that by the time you fish through the Canon maze of menus to properly set up the shot, the thing you wanted to capture is long gone. The old G1 X was a great camera for consumers and prosumers, the M10 not so much. Canon is getting their backsides beaten badly by Sony and other manufacturers, and they deserve the beatings.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2016 at 14:52 UTC as 2nd comment | 3 replies
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jake werner: To be honest, I did think that most of these were a little unexceptional. I think it says a lot about how photography is evolving.

I totally agree. A few were good, but most were unexceptional. One, the billiards table was terrible with 40% of the photo completely blacked out. Many looked like the photos you would expect any vacationer with a fully automatic camera to occasionally capture by happy accident. It kind of reminds me of millennial kids competing in sports; they give them all a trophy just for showing up. Total meh....the new norm for DPR.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 14:06 UTC

I wish DPReview would stop showing Kickstarter projects. Most are just ripoffs designed to make a lot of money with no work for the project team, who will then simply disappear from the scene. If a startup company has enough savvy to write a good business plan and to build a good prototype, then they can get financing from a bank. But Kickstarter frauds don't won't to deal with banks because then they would have to be legitimate and actually build their bogus product.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 14:06 UTC as 8th comment

Not sure what universe you people live in. A sharp lens with good IQ does NOT capture photos that look like a watercolor painting!

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 18:27 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies

To be honest, beyond ISO 25600 in RAW it is NOT going to be very useful. You might salvage a RAW image at ISO 51200 with a lot of post processing, but at a high cost to IQ. JPEG is JPEG, meaning it is not really worth shooting in for pros or enthusiasts with an ounce of talent. So why even bother to add the totally BS ISO 3276800 setting in the menu, or for that matter, anything beyond ISO 51200. Just because you add it to the menu does NOT mean it is usable at all.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 16:49 UTC as 86th comment | 1 reply

I've been using a $79 Signstek EF-NEX Lens Mount Adapter for the past 18 months on my a6000 and it works well with IS, AF, and aperture control. It is really kind of a waste to pay $400 or more for a hyped up adapter that is not any better. I've also used it with my a7 and the Canon 400mm without any vignetting.


Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2016 at 16:09 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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