Joe Tam

Joined on Jan 30, 2009

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Regarding the 'something you have vs something you know' issue that would compel you to unlock your phone by law enforcement... why doesn't apple allow double authentication of passcode and fingerprint. I would prefer two-factor authentication(passcode and finger/face) because someone could unlock your phone if you are sleeping by pointing the phone at your face. With fingerprint it would be a little harder.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 00:37 UTC as 61st comment

What kind of Broncolor kit can you get for $24000? a scorro pack, 2 heads, and maybe a para?

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 20:26 UTC as 6th comment
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TN Args: Very pleased to see my 100-300 updated. The current model is effectively crippled to 2 fps in CAF by its aperture mechanism. The new one should AF with the best lenses now.

I use the 100-300 a lot and it has allowed me to grab many breaking news images without having to run around with the 400/2.8. I hope they fix the slow 2fps issue. It has also lately had issues locking focus from the 550mm-600mm range. While it was never that sharp at that range I am wondering if a lens element is off-spec.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 04:13 UTC
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Old Cameras: I visited a Gatorade bottling plant once. Plastic bottles between 12 and 64 oz were injection molded and later filled, stacked and shipped. The raw material is polyethylene pellets and a certain percentage of recycled plastic (shredded rejected bottles). 2.2 million a day, every day, and that was just one plant and one product. They used a lot of compressed air to blow mold the bottles in their various sizes. The volumes just seemed staggering.

I bought a second PUR 18-cup filter dispenser for my fridge because our family drinks so much water. I drink about a 1/2-3/4 gallon of water a day and stash a couple of Nalgene 32oz bottles in my car during my work day. I have used the Nalgenes for years. I also love the Vapor 1L collapsible water bottles when I fly.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 00:54 UTC
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Joe Tam: I was interested in the Shapshifter v2.0 but the model for sale on the outlet store is an earlier model.

i often travel with the airport security roller and would love the roller handle pass-through sleeve. I also like the water bottle pouch and separate slot for ipad in the laptop compartment. i also like the new additional pocket at top(front) for emptying your pockets at security checkpoints.

https://www.thinktankphoto.com/collections/shape-shifter/products/naked-shape-shifter-17-v2-0

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 00:44 UTC
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sh10453: Installing C1 10 was a breeze (Windows 10 Pro 64), and it was quick (i7 machine and SSD drive), needed one reboot, ... but ...

I have tried and tried to like this software since ver. 8, but I just find it to have weird interface and menus. Very non-intuitive to me.
Every software package has its learning curve, but C1 seems to have a much steeper curve than average.
Hovering over any tool icon does not instantly pop up text to tell you what it is for, unless you hold the pointer there for a frustrating while.
Lens selection seems to be non-functional in the Sony version, grayed out .

I don't see that C1 is giving me any benefit over the software I already have. In fact it is the opposite for me.
I know that many people swear by C1, but it's a matter of personal preference.
I'll stick to my favorite program, which is probably the oldest kid on the block, Corel's PaintShop Pro.

sh10453:

There are tons of video tutorials for C1 and it becomes second nature after slow and steady effort. I found Lightroom to be difficult when I first started using it at v2. I used it till v5 and never liked the color rendition. I loved how C1 would allow you to customize your own workspace(tools where you want them) as well as allow you to program your own keys. I am so thankful I don't have to press "Command Shift E" each time I export an image. I set C1 to export using the ` key. C1 RAW processing is also exceptional. The color rendition is spot on with minimal work. I often shoot in crappy lighting situations and the other photographers who I transmit images next to often notice the better color rendition from C1 when we compare images. Many are used to the Lightroom workflow and don't want to put in the effort to switch. C1 also excels in skintones.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 23:28 UTC

I was interested in the Shapshifter v2.0 but the model for sale on the outlet store is an earlier model.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 04:32 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies

Straps are waaaay too thin especially with tripod and all that gear. I have a Camelbak Mule nv and the straps on that are about the same. I use it to carry a 12" macbook and some peripherals but anything heavy like a tripod and the straps start cutting into your shoulders.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 17:23 UTC as 13th comment
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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 3rd 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 31st 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 35th comment | 2 replies
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2485 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 441st 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
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