Isoruku

Isoruku

Lives in United States IL, United States
Works as a Journalist/adjunct lecturer
Joined on Jul 24, 2009
About me:

Primarily, I write analyses of Eurasian current events for a variety of publications, but also take pix for my articles.

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On article Canon EOS 77D Review (283 comments in total)

If I ever move to Canon and need this as a backup, then this camera saves me the expense and trouble of having to buy a Sharpie or Magic Marker in order to black-out the irritating "Rebel" name on the front - a definite plus.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 23:22 UTC as 10th comment
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AustinMN: The most important info may be that for the best locations, there are no accommodations left. So if you are planning on travelling to the eclipse zone, plan on sleeping in your car (or watching from a place that is more likely cloudy than clear).

If you already have a location, you better plan on picking other locations within driving distance (I'm talking 200 miles, 325 KM in each direction along the eclipse path) to insure that you will actually have clear skies.

Back in early January, I watched in awe as your average Carbondale hotel (say, a Holiday Inn) went from $110 on Aug 20 to nearly $300 in 24 hours, then up to $473 a day or two later, then became booked solid. I didn't want to stay in Carbondale anyway, thinking that by sacrificing a few seconds of totality I'd get a city (or cities) that was more fun.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 19:17 UTC
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AustinMN: The most important info may be that for the best locations, there are no accommodations left. So if you are planning on travelling to the eclipse zone, plan on sleeping in your car (or watching from a place that is more likely cloudy than clear).

If you already have a location, you better plan on picking other locations within driving distance (I'm talking 200 miles, 325 KM in each direction along the eclipse path) to insure that you will actually have clear skies.

I've reserved hotel rooms in four different cities along a roughly 600 mile swath. Will cancel in three of those cities depending on the weather. Yes, the rooms are disappearing, but still possible to get a room at an affordable price if you are willing to drive an hour on eclipse day to a good spot. Easy to check on tripadvisor, for example.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:26 UTC

Just starting reading the Canon blog, and already found some misinformation, such as this: "Never look at the sun without accredited and approved solar filtration over your eyes. There are special solar viewing frames that can be used over your eyeglasses or solar viewing glasses for those that don’t wear glasses. Permanent, irreversible eye damage and/or blindness can result in seconds.

Never point your camera into the sun without this special solar filter. All camera lenses need an accredited and approved solar filter. Not using a solar filter at eclipse magnifications will ruin your camera in seconds."

The whole point of this eclipse is that it's total. During totality, you can and should look directly at the sun, as I did in 1979. As for photography, it's not necessary to use a special filter on your lens during totality.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:22 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (540 comments in total)

Why is this camera necessary?? The D7200 seems to have better dynamic range, two card slots, etc. The release of the D7500 suggests a unique and almost self-destructive cluelessness.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 23:46 UTC as 41st comment | 7 replies
On article Submit your best shots of 2016! (79 comments in total)
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DWinter: Is anyone getting an error message when trying to post, too?
Look what I just got:
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Please contact us if you have any questions.
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Here's the new link, just in case you haven't seen it: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58825382

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 21:40 UTC
On article Submit your best shots of 2016! (79 comments in total)
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DWinter: Is anyone getting an error message when trying to post, too?
Look what I just got:
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An error has occurred
The requested thread has reached the maximum number of allowed posts.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
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Yes, and I sent a private message to Allison Johnson - am hopeful that she can look into the problem.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 19:25 UTC
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sonics: Looks like a great lens, but gone is the compact m43 format:

http://camerasize.com/compact/#594.613,660.545,hd,t

Since I don't know how to edit or delete my posts, I'll start again, since my previous post made no sense due to cutting and pasting. What I was trying to say was that the lens looks great but is disappointingly big, given the m43 format. Apologies for confusing first sentence earlier.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 15:30 UTC
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sonics: Looks like a great lens, but gone is the compact m43 format:

http://camerasize.com/compact/#594.613,660.545,hd,t

No, they won't "blow up," but the focal length range of this lens, but "sonics" has a good point. The compactness aspect of m43 is undermined when an otherwise sweet lens is so large that it almost dwarfs the body.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 15:04 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1174 comments in total)
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Isoruku: No U1, U2, etc settings? Can that be right? (Tell me it's there and I missed it.)

I didn't say anything about scene mode. But the ability to save settings and access them in an instant (as on the Canon 7D II and 5D Mk III, which are no slouches) is a very convenient feature and ought to be offered on "serious bodies."

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 09:45 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1174 comments in total)

No U1, U2, etc settings? Can that be right? (Tell me it's there and I missed it.)

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 03:55 UTC as 151st comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon D7200 Review (642 comments in total)

I'm impressed. This could be the first Nikon CMOS sensor to render reds as red in jpeg instead of orangey-red. Very nice to see.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2015 at 00:11 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon announces SB-500 Speedlight for stills and video (26 comments in total)

Dumb question, but can I use the SB 500 as a slave (either with the pop-up as a master or some other external flash)?

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 19:47 UTC as 4th comment
On article Canon EOS 70D Review (718 comments in total)
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SaulMDetofsky: It's not the camera, it's the person behind the camera.

So Saul, I assume you will never read DP Review again, is that right?

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 02:41 UTC
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jake werner: I can't take cameras without viewfinders seriously.... even Nikon. Just not practical on bright days. When are the manufactures going to learn.

I agree with Jake. While the P7700 seems on paper like a great camera, the lack of a VF really deters me from considering it. Nikon sees that consumers love live view and then deletes VF's from an otherwise very useful pocket camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2012 at 17:21 UTC
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