Joe Tam

Joined on Jan 30, 2009

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Joe Tam: I have purchased 3 Shapeshifters since they were introduced for various gear. I had the Lowepro Stealth backpack and the shapeshifter was an evolution of that design.

On a daily basis I now tend to use the original Airport Security backpack(IIRC) for transporting my cameras to events and then just use a Camelbak Coronado(great backpack) or Camelbak Mule NV to hold a Macbook 12" and hotspot, charger, card reader and 1-2 primes.

I wish Think Tank would release a Shapeshifter lite. I am so used to the Camelbak Mule NV which is about 3 pounds lighter than my Shapeshifter.

I have a lot of Think Tank pouches, bags, roller cases, battery cases, and cf card cases. As a working pro I really appreciate their level of customer service and their high quality products.

I've had their Airport Security roller since October 2009 and it was well worth the $369 investment as I have carried 300 or 400mm/2.8 lenses, 2 camera bodies, lenses and other gear all around the country with it. The wheels were close to wearing out in 2015 and TT sent me new wheels for free.

I previously had a lowepro roller case(biggest one) and their customer service was not very helpful when I had an issue.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 04:11 UTC

I have purchased 3 Shapeshifters since they were introduced for various gear. I had the Lowepro Stealth backpack and the shapeshifter was an evolution of that design.

On a daily basis I now tend to use the original Airport Security backpack(IIRC) for transporting my cameras to events and then just use a Camelbak Coronado(great backpack) or Camelbak Mule NV to hold a Macbook 12" and hotspot, charger, card reader and 1-2 primes.

I wish Think Tank would release a Shapeshifter lite. I am so used to the Camelbak Mule NV which is about 3 pounds lighter than my Shapeshifter.

I have a lot of Think Tank pouches, bags, roller cases, battery cases, and cf card cases. As a working pro I really appreciate their level of customer service and their high quality products.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 04:10 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply

What next? Aerial tintypes with the force of 8 octacopters? Just because someone hasn't done it before doesn't make it good.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2016 at 02:52 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply

I have the Think Tank Airport Security since 2008 and it's still going even after 100 trips on airplane overhead and below(smaller planes). I had zero issues except for having to replace the rubber on the wheels a couple of months ago. Contacted TT and they sent me a replacement set of wheels at no charge. Took about 10 minutes to replace and the roller case is ready for another 8 years of service. Amazing company, products and service. I have two shapeshifters, their older airport security backpack, skin pouches, cable management pouches...

I was trying to decide between Production manager 30 and 40. I think the 40 is just right for my needs. But the 50 is tempting becuase I would love to be able to carry a c-stand to many location shoots.

I had Lowepro roller and stealth backpacks. Both had zippers that broke.
The TT AS and shapeshifter have never had any issues.

$600 is pricey but for the amount of service and usage you get from TT it is a fair price.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 03:23 UTC as 7th comment

Sigma should send this photographer one for testing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkIWW6vwrvM

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 03:53 UTC as 29th comment

I know a photographer who shoots portraits in a similar way with a 14-24. The results are horrific.

It would have been nice to have comparison images with a slightly longer focal length. I don't know what the model looks like face to face but it appears her nose and forehead have a lot of distortion.

I understand a lot photojournalists use wider angle lenses to capture environmental portraits. Taking a step back usually helps.

I remember my teacher telling me about distortion in photo 101 2 decades ago when i turned in a close up photo of a model shot with a 50/1.8. I examined my friend's nose in the picture and realized what the teacher meant.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2016 at 23:34 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2487 comments in total)

$1700 and no touch screen or tilt function like on the x70? the touch af point on and tiltable screen on gx8 are very useful.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2016 at 17:11 UTC as 434th comment | 3 replies
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nicolaiecostel: Working with it for 5 years and it is THE raw conversion tool.

I've tried. The presets for camera manufacturer's profiles back in when the D4 was introduced was why i switched to capture one.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2015 at 11:44 UTC
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OBI656: C1 PRO new ver 9.x is amazing. Simple as that.
For working pro or demanding artist, there is no out here RAW converter which can substitute at this moment the C1 Pro ver 9.x.

Postscript: I LOVE new improvements at PHASEONE www. Good job folks at PHASEONE.

I'm glad they stick with Lightroom. The C1 color looks has given me an edge in my field where up to a dozen other photographers can be covering a news assignment. Many still shoot JPEG and that has certain disadvantages. But for those who shoot RAW, most use Lightroom, the C1 look stands out.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2015 at 01:06 UTC
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nicolaiecostel: Working with it for 5 years and it is THE raw conversion tool.

I used Lightroom since first version. Always knew something was not quite right. Found C1 by accident in 2012 and never looked back. The color is spot on.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2015 at 01:03 UTC
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borgein: And yet, Capture One Pro still lacks the following basic functionality:

1. Cannot open 16-bit grayscale tiff files.
2. Cannot open layered tiff or psd files.
3. Struggles with some zip compressed tiff files.
4. Still lacks lens correction for ALL Leica lenses except the older Summicron 50mm f/2. Also lacks lens correction for many other brands as well.
5. Still has a subpar library functionality.
6. Still clutters the image folders with subfolders and sidecar files.

These are basic usability features that should have been fixed a long time ago. I had v7 and v8, but I will not upgrade until these basic features are implemented.

C1's strength is in processing raw files. Use photoshop for TIFFs if you need.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2015 at 00:51 UTC
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Allan Ostling: I have the stand-alone Lightroom 6.1.1. Is this upgrade only for the CC version? I can't find a link for upgrading the non-Cloud version.

edit: I found the link, and now have 6.3.

Hi Allan, what is the direct download link for non-cloud version? Thanks.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 03:05 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review (892 comments in total)

I read the FZ-1000 at 300mm+ becomes fuzzy. Can anyone confirm if this is true. I am planning on getting this camera for long lens shots and want to avoid the kind of softness I get on my 100-300mm Panasonic at the long end. Thanks.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2014 at 19:34 UTC as 46th comment | 3 replies
On article Phase One announces Capture One Pro 8 (60 comments in total)
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Joe Tam: phase one is forcing cap 7 users to upgrade because their last release of 7.2.3 crashes all the time. Do they traditionally upgrade older, buggy versions. 7.2.2 was a lot more stable but doesn't support gh4 files.

Hi Dcolak, THAT is exactly what I was doing. Thanks for the tip. I tried rebooting, renaming files, creating new catalog, etc. to make this problem go away. I will try your tip and hope it works.

I have about 142 items in my applications folder(give or take 10-15 system apps). NONE crash as often as C1 Pro. Very sloppy coding. Lightroom 5 and about a 100 other apps never crash like C1.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 20:12 UTC
On article Phase One announces Capture One Pro 8 (60 comments in total)

phase one is forcing cap 7 users to upgrade because their last release of 7.2.3 crashes all the time. Do they traditionally upgrade older, buggy versions. 7.2.2 was a lot more stable but doesn't support gh4 files.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 17:07 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies
On article Ethics of prize-winning photo debated (151 comments in total)

https://nppa.org/node/38306

Another controversy. This time it's removing referee with photoshop(or equivalent).

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2013 at 12:16 UTC as 76th comment

My eye-fi pro x2 all have CHA error problems. How good is eye-fi with replacing these cards when the CHA problem happens on Nikons?

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 05:58 UTC as 8th comment

Anyone know how fast class 10 SD on the eye-fi can get?

I have a class 10 sandisk extreme pro and it states 95mb/sec but is much slower than that on d7000.

i have 3 eye-fi pro x2 cards are they are sloooowww even when writing JPG basic files.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 08:12 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
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