skyrunr

Lives in United States Upstate, United States
Works as a Photography Software Support Manager
Joined on Dec 16, 2001

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larrytusaz: Not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, I used to love my Canon S50 and Coolpix 5700 and in fact recently I've been reorganizing my images from the period when I had those cameras. It is pleasing to see how not all that bad of a job they could do even with the landscapes I like to shoot. Also, if nothing else it's refreshing to hear someone gush about their experience using a REAL camera, to me a phone just doesn't qualify as a legitimate tool to use in enthusiast photography and probably never will. Plus, the old cameras had some features that they seem to leave off, like the optical viewfinder of the S50 and the LCD status panel of the 5700. Most of all, they are more portable than an SLR and that is nice sometimes. Lastly, those cameras she got for so cheap, if she loses or drops them, she's not out much money, I find that portable cameras are so easy to lose.

That said, I also think of how I could get a Sony RX100 for these occasions & how much better it would do, so--why?

If it means anything, I enjoyed using my Nikon CP950 WAY MORE than using the RX100 or even the Ricoh GR2. I guess I had much higher expectations of the the newer gear. I had no expectations or even comparisons to the CP950. Even the CP990 and CP995 lacked the enjoyment of the CP950. Would I trade a CP950 for my p7700, heck no.

PS Even the out of box experience was better because it was the millennium edition with a 3x3' blue Nikon box, a few accessories, strap, and case.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 15:31 UTC
On article These are the best cameras you can buy right now (480 comments in total)
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tex: OK. So, let's quote: "These are the best cameras you can buy right now"

No digital medium format, no Sony RX1RII. Look at the quotation again.

Has DPR lost all its editors?

I have to agree, just sold my D750 for a D500. It was without a doubt an upgrade.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 23:04 UTC

I think DPR has a responsibility to mention some of the recent feedback on Google Play regarding this app. Y I K E S ;)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nikon.snapbridge.cmru

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 21:56 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
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MatVicensPhoto: i'd hate to be a Nikon user right now. completely abandoning all of their users if they don't have the "latest (not so) greatest" from them. good luck using a "P" series lens if you have anything older than a 3300. for example.. 7100,7200,5100,5300,5500,3000,3100,3200 (that's about twice as many models than the new App even supports, Just sayin.) .........I don't own any of these, but a couple of my friends do. Nikon is really sticking it to them lately. Not sure whats going on here.

Since they offer a WIFI you think they'd also offer a Bluetooth add-on device.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 21:52 UTC
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ondrejbobek: I would like something like Behringer X-Touch Mini (with MIDI2LR), but with less resistance of buttons (original are harder to press).

Check out the PileUSA mixer.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 02:05 UTC
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sh10453: Part1
I have tried Luminar for Windows, Beta version.
I think it is a good product for people who simply want to do click, click, click, done!
Plenty of presets already baked in, but the user has little of precise control.

As a PaintShop Pro user, I prefer an editor that gives me full control to do precisely what I want to do.
Presets are fine for many users, and for some situations, but I think they are not for people who want to control their editing process.

To this day Alt-F +S is "open-as" in Photoshop instead of Alt-File Save like EVERY other Windows program made. Control-Z and Control-Y are also common undo/redu in Windows that aren't brought over in Photoshop. It is the first thing I customize when I install Photoshop. A great starting point building a Windows UI is to look at notepad.exe, File Explorer, and Internet Explorer. SERIOUSLY!

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2017 at 15:42 UTC

fireproof?

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 22:03 UTC as 25th comment
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (2004 comments in total)
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AnHund: "This is good news, although for D800 shooters it might leave a slightly bitter taste in the mouth (there's really no reason why the D800's JPEGs couldn't look sharper, too with tweaked firmware)."

Despite a nice and fair review the above statement is complete nonsense imho. The jpgs can be very, very sharp from the d800, but I'm not sure who would ever shoot jpegs with any of the D8xx series, well yes, I think Ken Rockwell would :-)

IMHO it is spot on. I owned the D800 for eight months. There is NO reason why it shouldn't render JPG's, or why they can't address that in firmware.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 11:30 UTC
On article Nikon D7100 In-Depth Review (125 comments in total)
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Westmill: Actions speak louder than words..... Just ordered a second body :)
Sigma 18-35 F1.8 on one body and the Sigma 50-150 F2.8 on the other !
Also ordered the 18-140 as a walkabout for when I am not in the mood for carrying a lot of weight :)
Still waiting for the D400 though... grrrrrr Please wake up NIKON !!!!!!!

There's another BIG advantage to DX. The focusing points cover/spread into the 1/3 area of the viewfinder. Why not a D610? The 39pt versus 51pt IS very noticeable.

It also doesn't have the pro (D200/D300S/D700/D3/D4) body layout. The D300S I came from toasted the D610 in low light focusing. I had a D800 for a little while, but it was too valuable (expensive) to take everywhere.

I ended up with the D7100. It wasn't my first choice, but for the money (refurbished) I couldn't be happier with it.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2014 at 21:39 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review (863 comments in total)
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turvyT: The review continuosly emphasizes this idea: "In terms of pocketability, the RX100 III is tremendous - it's considerably smaller than anything else that comes close to it in terms of image quality." which is simply not true. Ricoh GR (APSC) is smaller and with a clearly better image quality. To cite one. It doesn'y have EVF, it's fixed phocal, but in terms of IQ there is no doubt. Dpreview repeated statement should be revised.

...I still prefer my P7700 which is a much better value even though it isn't pocketable. It can be sluggish and if you hold another button (they are all over the place) by accident the shutter won't release. The delayed on/off button can be annoying, but the RX100's (too sensitive) caused the camera to frequently turn on when I put it away or set it down.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 13:24 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review (863 comments in total)
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turvyT: The review continuosly emphasizes this idea: "In terms of pocketability, the RX100 III is tremendous - it's considerably smaller than anything else that comes close to it in terms of image quality." which is simply not true. Ricoh GR (APSC) is smaller and with a clearly better image quality. To cite one. It doesn'y have EVF, it's fixed phocal, but in terms of IQ there is no doubt. Dpreview repeated statement should be revised.

I currently own the Ricoh GR and previously owned the RX100. The GR is a bit longer and found it less pocket friendly. There is a Ruggard case that fits perfectly which overall is easier to access than an RX100 in a similar pouch. You'll also avoid dust from pocket lint. My RX100 experienced dust on the sensor within 10 months of light use. I've owned Canon IS300's for years without a single spec.

Worth mentioning, a few of the buttons stick out on the back. The exposure compensation buttons gets pressed accidentally all the time. Reviewing images on a Ricoh GR is futile without image preview. It also can't zoom in on JPG images without heavy pixelation.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 13:23 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review (863 comments in total)
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skyrunr: Can you please test/review turning the flash on and off (flash fill specifically) quickly? I had the original RX100 for a year and this drove me crazy. First you had to enable the flash in a menu, then half-press the shutter, then it would pop-up, then you could take a photo.

Keep in mind this is something my $99 IS300 does more quickly (without an OK confirmation too, like Nikon still does). I'd much rather have a fully articulating screen or touchscreen than a tilt or EVF.

Did I mention the shutter had no feel and was too sensitive? Have they improved the half press detent? I can't for the life of me figure out why we haven't gotten rid of or vastly improved shutter buttons yet. On small cameras they are a major cause of camera shake. I'd didn't care for the shutter location on this model. I'd rather it be out farther. My Android phone takes photos with a whistle. Don't knock it until you try it. ;)

@dpmaxwell Thank you, and thank you for answering my other question in another reply a few minutes later. I didn't mean to be disjointed, and I try not to rant about $800 cameras I want to really enjoy. ;)

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 14:50 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review (863 comments in total)
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MarcusGR: "if it had a credible rival, there's every chance the RX100 M3 wouldn't get a Gold award" ...
Well, then you 'goldened' it just in time before it was too late !
Panasonic LX8 is rumored to be just behind the corner, and its - again rumored - specifications should make it a very credible rival !!
It that's confirmed, RX100 III price-tag should soon reflect it as well ...

@Paul I've felt that way about Sony products for a LONG time. Perhaps since the first tiny pen-like MP3 players featuring amazing technology along with sky high pricing, crippling UI, proprietary cables, proprietary memory, required software, and net-nanny licensing.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 14:11 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review (863 comments in total)
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skyrunr: Can you please test/review turning the flash on and off (flash fill specifically) quickly? I had the original RX100 for a year and this drove me crazy. First you had to enable the flash in a menu, then half-press the shutter, then it would pop-up, then you could take a photo.

Keep in mind this is something my $99 IS300 does more quickly (without an OK confirmation too, like Nikon still does). I'd much rather have a fully articulating screen or touchscreen than a tilt or EVF.

Did I mention the shutter had no feel and was too sensitive? Have they improved the half press detent? I can't for the life of me figure out why we haven't gotten rid of or vastly improved shutter buttons yet. On small cameras they are a major cause of camera shake. I'd didn't care for the shutter location on this model. I'd rather it be out farther. My Android phone takes photos with a whistle. Don't knock it until you try it. ;)

With the long lens extension on start-up they are VERY prone to dust so be sure to get an extended warranty.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 14:03 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review (863 comments in total)

Can you please test/review turning the flash on and off (flash fill specifically) quickly? I had the original RX100 for a year and this drove me crazy. First you had to enable the flash in a menu, then half-press the shutter, then it would pop-up, then you could take a photo.

Keep in mind this is something my $99 IS300 does more quickly (without an OK confirmation too, like Nikon still does). I'd much rather have a fully articulating screen or touchscreen than a tilt or EVF.

Did I mention the shutter had no feel and was too sensitive? Have they improved the half press detent? I can't for the life of me figure out why we haven't gotten rid of or vastly improved shutter buttons yet. On small cameras they are a major cause of camera shake. I'd didn't care for the shutter location on this model. I'd rather it be out farther. My Android phone takes photos with a whistle. Don't knock it until you try it. ;)

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 14:03 UTC as 207th comment | 12 replies
On article Nikon D7100 In-Depth Review (125 comments in total)
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TimAZ: To be perfect for class the D7100 needs three things:
* Tiltable touch screen (ala D5300, EOS 70D, EM1, XT1, et al)
* Onboard WiFi
* Onboard GPS
Will we see D7200 at Photokina 2014? Got fingers crossed...

and USB 3.0!

Link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 15:09 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review (711 comments in total)
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white shadow: Being the second generation of the G1X, I am very disappointed with this "upgrade" model. I am expecting a much better compact camera from Canon.

Having handled the camera recently, I must say I agree with almost all the points highlighted by DPR. I am using the G12 at the moment for casual photography and I think I will keep that for a while.

For about the same price, one can get the Oly EP-5 or maybe save some money with the Lumix GF6. Though it may not be as "compact", I think the overall feel and quality is much better. Once fitted with the upcoming Leica 15mm f/1.8, it will be almost "perfect" with the option to change lens if one wanted to. Price has never being an issue with me if the quality is close to "perfect" but I am not getting that with the G1X Mk2.

Hmm! ......maybe the Ricoh GR is not that bad as a carry everywhere camera despite it has just a fixed lens and that is very pocketable as well.

PSS ...and changing between video and photos in the GR in the dark is nearly impossible. Even once changed the buttons are so sensitive that my videos always stop recording after 3sec. Even being aware of the issue I've lost many key moments and that happened again last week. The RX100 can't show you a photo and video in review without having to change 'folders' Then the P7700 shutter won't work if you are touching one of the buttons by accident. PROGRESS Sorry for ranting.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 14:30 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review (711 comments in total)
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white shadow: Being the second generation of the G1X, I am very disappointed with this "upgrade" model. I am expecting a much better compact camera from Canon.

Having handled the camera recently, I must say I agree with almost all the points highlighted by DPR. I am using the G12 at the moment for casual photography and I think I will keep that for a while.

For about the same price, one can get the Oly EP-5 or maybe save some money with the Lumix GF6. Though it may not be as "compact", I think the overall feel and quality is much better. Once fitted with the upcoming Leica 15mm f/1.8, it will be almost "perfect" with the option to change lens if one wanted to. Price has never being an issue with me if the quality is close to "perfect" but I am not getting that with the G1X Mk2.

Hmm! ......maybe the Ricoh GR is not that bad as a carry everywhere camera despite it has just a fixed lens and that is very pocketable as well.

...Obviously I've spent a ton of money on gear over the years searching for a great point and shoot and am left wanting my Coolpix 950 back! Even a D800's liveview was incredibly disappointing.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 14:23 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review (711 comments in total)
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white shadow: Being the second generation of the G1X, I am very disappointed with this "upgrade" model. I am expecting a much better compact camera from Canon.

Having handled the camera recently, I must say I agree with almost all the points highlighted by DPR. I am using the G12 at the moment for casual photography and I think I will keep that for a while.

For about the same price, one can get the Oly EP-5 or maybe save some money with the Lumix GF6. Though it may not be as "compact", I think the overall feel and quality is much better. Once fitted with the upcoming Leica 15mm f/1.8, it will be almost "perfect" with the option to change lens if one wanted to. Price has never being an issue with me if the quality is close to "perfect" but I am not getting that with the G1X Mk2.

Hmm! ......maybe the Ricoh GR is not that bad as a carry everywhere camera despite it has just a fixed lens and that is very pocketable as well.

I have a GR (P7700 and RX100) it fails to focus, fails to turn on, often prevents changing flash on/off, and the exposure compensation gets changed by accident all the time. You can't zoom in on a photo in review and it has no preview. In review there are 3-4 buttons in review that do the same thing and they can't be changed. It is hardly a decent action/kids/pets point and shoot (confirmed in most online reviews), but I've gotten some amazing 5,000ISO handheld street shots out of it. It struggles to focus and my 300HS continues to be the best all around point and shoot including video. Oh, that also locks up and I have to reset it once a month.

The GR is oddly long, but certainly not as bulky as the G1XmII or P7700. I like that the P7700 can use a flash but it doesn't meter or white balance well with either an sb400 or sb600. Turning the flash on and off on an RX100 is futile and it is a dust magnet.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 14:23 UTC
On article Review: Ona Lima camera strap (148 comments in total)

Check out the OP/TECH USA ENVY. It has memory foam, quick clips, and you can buy any attachment style you'd like. I originally paired it with a P7700 and it surprisingly works very nicely with a full size DSLR and medium lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 19:16 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
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