Mike Gerstner

Lives in United States Downeast, ME, United States
Works as a Photography, Web Design, Kayak Guide
Joined on Aug 26, 2003
About me:

Find Yoda.

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On article Throwback Thursday: Canon EOS 5D (222 comments in total)

Love the original 5d, and still use it on occasion, even though I have a Mk III.

If I remember correctly, it had a "relatively" weak AA filter, which contributed to its pixel level sharpness/micro contrast. Hoping the Mk IV has the same, but we'll have to wait & see, I have my doubts.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2016 at 02:21 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1296 comments in total)
In reply to:

Thematic: WOW!

https://goo.gl/sZjwM5

I own a Canon 5Dmk3 and was thinking about 80D as a backup.....Is canon that far behind Fuji, Sony, Nikon?

yikes.

appears so, "proof is in da pudding"

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 22:33 UTC
On photo Norwegian Coast in the Best Landscape with at least one Lighthouse in it. challenge (12 comments in total)

That is a very nice photograph/piece of art.

a well deserved win.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 14:00 UTC as 4th comment
In reply to:

reptile9985: Who cares of Apple? Never had it and never will...

I think hes trying to live outside the bubble, actually.........which becomes more & more difficult each day, as Big Brother controls/dictates how we live our lives, which in most cases does not really improve our quality of life.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 11:06 UTC
On article Canon EOS 80D Field Test: Barney builds a boat (220 comments in total)

a refreshing break from the often anal bantering that goes on in the forums.

Thanks, Mike

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 04:03 UTC as 88th comment | 1 reply

The goal of this software team/company is to sell something to the general public to make a profit, not necessarily help them with becoming a better photographer, much like most of the apps/hardware/consumer goods in general that are on the market today.

There are a lot of people with too much disposable income looking to buy "something" everyday, just to buy something, use it once, and then look for the next "cool" thing to buy, ad infinitum.

The whole computer/electronic industry is rife with similar products, most of which do nothing to improve our lives, or our photography.

Something we all know, but on occasion still get sucked in.
To quote Monty Python, "Run away....run away!"

Link | Posted on May 24, 2016 at 11:32 UTC as 10th comment
On photo Female Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) in the Fear of Flying challenge (4 comments in total)

Nice composition, lighting, etc. When I first saw it I was impressed with the detail, & said "what camera took that?"

I was surprised that it was a 7D. Seems like in good hands it's still a nice kit.

Congrats, Mike

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2016 at 00:23 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)
In reply to:

Rosember: I like the new design - except for the white background (and somewhat grey text). There is too much brightness to the eye to make reading comfortable, especially with grey instead of black text (judging from viewing on a computer screen). A solution would be to turn down the white to 10% grey but to use really black text.

fwiw........ the text is black

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 13:34 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

Not good......all that "white" on a 16 x 9 monitor makes the pupil close up and shadow details in photos get harder to see.

People who work in digital labs work in darkened rooms with hoods on their monitors for a reason.

Great idea, having the option so the user can choose either black on white or white on black.

Kudos.........again

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 13:18 UTC as 342nd comment | 1 reply
On article DPReview is hiring! Software development manager (109 comments in total)
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Mike Gerstner: The current presentation/navigation/menu system/interactivity of DPR is among one of the best, if not the best, around. A lot of sites are going to a template based "responsive" design that is neither attractive nor functional. Be cautious of who you hire, and make sure they are capable of knowing when to use the "overrated" responsive design capabilities, and when not to. A lot of web developers these days are buying into the universal "responsive" approach because "someone" told them it was the best, and that "someone" may be great coder, but has no idea what is both functional and attractive.

thanks, Mike

a little bit of a follow up: the site on smaller devices (phones, pads, pod, etc.) is approaching the " less functional" territory mentioned above, but is at least usable.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 16:31 UTC
On article DPReview is hiring! Software development manager (109 comments in total)

The current presentation/navigation/menu system/interactivity of DPR is among one of the best, if not the best, around. A lot of sites are going to a template based "responsive" design that is neither attractive nor functional. Be cautious of who you hire, and make sure they are capable of knowing when to use the "overrated" responsive design capabilities, and when not to. A lot of web developers these days are buying into the universal "responsive" approach because "someone" told them it was the best, and that "someone" may be great coder, but has no idea what is both functional and attractive.

thanks, Mike

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 16:05 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On article Field Test: The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV in Mexico (135 comments in total)

Some nice "natural" talent there. Very cordial, for lack of a better word ...and good photography/video/editing also.

(fwiw, not really interested in the camera, but you've created some interest, which I guess is the "subliminal" message.)

thanks, Mike

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 19:48 UTC as 47th comment
On photo Sunrise at Porters Lake in the Abstract Photo of a Sunset or Sunrise challenge (6 comments in total)

That is a beautiful image......care to share what you did to achieve the effect?

thanks, Mike

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 14:03 UTC as 1st comment
On article Kodak revives Super 8 with part-digital cine camera (367 comments in total)
In reply to:

daddyo: This is excellent! I can see where every owner of the Walley POS-86 would want this in their arsenal too. Serious videographers must surely be beside themselves with this announcement!

https://vimeo.com/93325163

Be sure to check out this promo for the Walley POS-86.
Alas, I'm sad that I'm stuck in the still photography rut.

Don't do a lot of video, but this made me laugh out loud, thanks for posting the link. Great chuckle for any geek/gear head, real or wanna be. love the name POS-86.

best, Mike

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 17:40 UTC
On photo MUTE SWAN and Cygnet in the Ducks, Geese & Swans challenge (14 comments in total)

A true money shot.....just beautiful.

Congratulations, Mike

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 23:55 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
In reply to:

NoMirror99: At long last!!! Finally! Now Sony Camera div. will feel free to buy Canon sensors!!!! Jestially speaking.

:)

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2015 at 21:42 UTC
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Mike Gerstner: Coma....If it has the coma of the Samyang 14mm I'm in, but I seriously doubt that's gonna happen.

Otherwise, looks like a very nice lens if you need/want the speed.

I do use the samyang 14mm, but the edge resolution on the newer lenses (Canon & Sigma) at f2.8 is so much better, but the coma is not good on those lenses. I don't lose any sleep over it, but I do wonder why these newer lenses fall short in the coma dept?

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2015 at 18:57 UTC

Big Brother is watching...with more resolution than ever, but the same DR, shadow noise, harsh highlight clipping, & less than optimal tonal gradation (all based on their track record).

Technologically an achievement for sure, but it really only benefits the military/law enforcement industrial complex, which is a very scary, out of control environment.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2015 at 12:36 UTC as 81st comment | 1 reply

Coma....If it has the coma of the Samyang 14mm I'm in, but I seriously doubt that's gonna happen.

Otherwise, looks like a very nice lens if you need/want the speed.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2015 at 18:53 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies
On photo Rocky in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (11 comments in total)

Very nice...one of the better wide angle ocean/foreground shots I've seen.

I read about the ND filters used, very helpful.
Was there any other "out of the ordinary" processing done?

thanks, Mike

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 17:56 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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