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A rodeo is a very easy environment for a camera's autofocus system. Plenty of light and hard edges on the subjects. Piece of cake compared to photographing the first dances at a wedding reception when the lights are low or the location is outdoors or otherwise dimly lit.

I have to wonder if the PR flacks set up these easy tests so their cameras will perform well in place of a meaningful situation that truly tests the autofocus system under difficult conditions.

No doubt the flagship Canon camera with its autofocus system designed for sports shooters is excellent but a rodeo "test" tells me nothing.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 19:49 UTC as 50th comment | 7 replies
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (477 comments in total)

There have been public standards for WiFi and Bluetooth for many years and these have been adhered to by device manufactures as the whole point has been interoperability between different manufacturers products. Nikon's product managers evidently do not understand this.

To get Bluetooth connectivity between the D500 and a GPS Bluetooth receiver I had to buy another Aokatech adapter so no different than any of my other Nikon cameras. I get Wifi and Bluetooth I cannot use and no GPS and no Commander flash. Nikon has become like Microsoft where it takes three tries to get it right.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 00:59 UTC as 10th comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Giulio Magnifico (78 comments in total)

Hate when people produce distorted images with wide angle lenses and think they are being artistic when nothing could be further from the truth. No idea how this gimmicky approach of using a wide angle lens to photograph started but it should challenged and let people decide if a photo with a chosen subject and lighting setup looks better when a 35mm lens is used or when a 105mm lens is used. Doubt many people would pick the clownish image taken with the 35mm lens.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 18:28 UTC as 4th comment | 4 replies

Backfocus in my own experience with Nikon DSLR cameras has been always the result of the camera's autofocus system selecting something behind the subject that provides greater contrast with a harder edge that is aligned so the single axis autofocus sensors can use them to compute when the lens is properly focused. The end result is perfect focus on something behind the primary subject and the new system while maybe easier to use will do nothing to address the key backfocus problems of the past.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 18:50 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (618 comments in total)

If someone wants to shoot 4K video they get a card slot that takes the standard Canon Cfast memory card. If a pro shoots stills only then they lose a card slot.

As with Nikon I wish the camera manufacturers would work on making smaller and lighter cameras for those who don't use tripods and hand hold the camera for hours at a time.

Instead we get higher fps that the majority of photographers will seldom or never need. It is like the auto industry that gives us faster and larger gas guzzlers with more horsepower for the buyers that are deluded by the marketing hype.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 19:01 UTC as 53rd comment | 5 replies

Love the image and the inclusion of the horse rider as a focal point. Placement of the rider in the frame is great.

Usually too wide an angle and perspective is used but in this case 42mm on a crop camera seems a little too tight. Hopefully you shot this scene at a variety of focal lengths and perspective angles. I would like to see these scene with the perspective of a 35mm or slightly wider focal length and its field of view.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2015 at 23:36 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On photo Midnight Train to Georgia in the Photo with a song challenge (24 comments in total)

Overall this is a very nice image. I think it would be stronger with more space to the left of the locomotive. It would give more of a feel that the train is heading off to distant places in the night. It needs more room to run in the image.

The selection of the trestle crossing was a very good choice as the old wood ties in very nicely with the ancient locomotive and this works very well as a B&W image that adds to the old times feel of the image.

Brilliant concept that would be fun to play with, both variations of the shot and alterations to the post processing.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 18:14 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Great Egret and Chicks in the Bird Homes In Nature challenge (10 comments in total)

Great image. Not sure about the caption as it is a little late to be nest building.

Personally I would have tried shooting with smaller apertures with a shorter shutter speed as 1/2500 seems like overkill for birds sitting in a nest and f4 is marginal with a 400mm lens. Would have liked to compare this image with ones shot at f5.6 and f8 to the one posted.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 01:50 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On photo Going Home in the The American Cowboy challenge (8 comments in total)

Image had potential but it is cropped poorly with the horse and rancher dead center in the frame. The cropping takes away a lot of the potential impact. Appears to be a bit overexposed as well and this also takes away some of the atmosphere of the overall environment.

Hopefully this was captured as a raw image file and it is not so tightly cropped. Shows the importance of taking a series of shots at different zoom settings so as to have options later in post processing.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 19:08 UTC as 6th comment
On article Nikon D750 Review (2008 comments in total)

What was overlooked is how when changes are made to camera settings such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc. the entire rear LCD screen displays everything and uses a very large font that is more than 10x what one would usually see on a rear or top display on a Nikon camera.

It is interesting that Nikon put the tilt LCD screen on the D750 but not on the premier landscape photography camera from Nikon, the D810. With landscape shooting and in particular when using live view and a PC-E lens the ability to tilt the display with the tripod mounted camera is a tremendous benefit. Somebody's ego got in the way of adding this feature and functionality to the D8xx cameras.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2014 at 23:40 UTC as 285th comment | 10 replies
On article Ricoh announces WG-30W and WG-30 rugged compacts (77 comments in total)

I want GPS for auto geotagging of pictures. Wifi is of no value to anyone with a SD card reader.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 23:33 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On article Photoshop CS6: Top 5 Features for Photographers (98 comments in total)
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curlyone: I was using photoshop 3 about 20 years ago,

Problems arise when a company has a monopoly and needs to raise revenue by forcing people to buy upgrades. Get a new digital camera and you have to purchase the latest version of Photoshop. My first version of Photoshop was 3 and that was because Adobe bought out the software company whose product I was using and killed the software. They did that with the company that produced the product that became Lightroom, Adobe did it with Pagemaker, and they did it with Macromedia which produced Freehand and Flash. Adobe has through the years bought up its competition until now there are no competitors for Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, etc. and Apple is not really a competitor when they only produce software versions that will run only on Apple computers.

This is reflected in the price of the Adobe software and their low level of customer service.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2013 at 20:06 UTC
On article Just posted: Our in-depth review of the Olympus E-P3 (81 comments in total)

The AF improvements are going to be of little or no value in real world situations. One still has to select the point of focus, only now with a finger, and then reframe the shot which is not going to be practical for photographing anything that moves.

Both an optical viewfinder and a separate focus point selector button is needed to make this type of camera truly practical for shooting moving subjects. For now a small DSLR is far superior in these two aspects and are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2011 at 21:59 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
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