Dan Vincent

Dan Vincent

Lives in United States MA, United States
Works as a Software Quality Assurance
Joined on Oct 8, 2005

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Clyde Thomas: Has anyone found a workaround for the Known Issue with macOS 12 Monterey.
https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/kb/macos12-monterey-known-issues.html

Cannot "Save As" when using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign on extended monitors.

I had to return my M1X Pro because of this. Please report if you've found a workaround or anything at all. No reviewers are talking about this and I want to get back to work with a new M1X Pro.

Clyde,

I believe this is fixed in 12.1 (currently in beta 4). I used PS 2022, and I tried "Displays have separate spaces" turned on and off. I got Save As / Open dialog boxes when PS was on both the primary and secondary monitors (LG 4K). I don't know if the number of monitors matters, but I'm not going to plug four monitors in to check. :)

It may matter how the monitors are arranged (maybe the secondary monitor on the right or left matters). If you still had your machine, I would have suggested upgrading to 12.1 beta. Odds are that 12.1 will be officially out in the next week or two since this is beta 4.

FWIW, I've been on 12.1 beta since I got my machine (I have a release day 16 inch M1 Max) and it's been fine, but I totally understand waiting until the official release.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2021 at 00:03 UTC
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Dan Vincent: Was hoping that the points about UHS-III/SD Express would have been addressed given that:

1. UHS-III and SD Express cards don't really exist

and

2. SD Express cards have some backwards compatibility foibles (like falling back to UHS-I speeds when used in a UHS-II slot).

It's fair to point out that the slot is only UHS-II, but I was hoping that more context would be given that even if it did have such a slot, you can't take advantage of it. The UHS-III standard is stillborn and who knows the future of SD Express.

The only laptops I know of that support UHS-III cards are Razer's, but there's no actual UHS-III cards to use in them, so it's kind of a moot point. Also, no cameras on the market support UHS-III (or SD Express) yet, either! Also, SD Express slots don't support UHS-II/III speeds because the pin layout of the second row is different.

Now, if Apple had made a combo CFExpress Type A/SD Slot (a la Sony), we might be on to something here...

@darngoodphotos Yes, hence my mention of Sony's combo SD/CFE Type A slot.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2021 at 19:37 UTC

Was hoping that the points about UHS-III/SD Express would have been addressed given that:

1. UHS-III and SD Express cards don't really exist

and

2. SD Express cards have some backwards compatibility foibles (like falling back to UHS-I speeds when used in a UHS-II slot).

It's fair to point out that the slot is only UHS-II, but I was hoping that more context would be given that even if it did have such a slot, you can't take advantage of it. The UHS-III standard is stillborn and who knows the future of SD Express.

The only laptops I know of that support UHS-III cards are Razer's, but there's no actual UHS-III cards to use in them, so it's kind of a moot point. Also, no cameras on the market support UHS-III (or SD Express) yet, either! Also, SD Express slots don't support UHS-II/III speeds because the pin layout of the second row is different.

Now, if Apple had made a combo CFExpress Type A/SD Slot (a la Sony), we might be on to something here...

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2021 at 17:39 UTC as 83rd comment | 3 replies
On article Fujifilm GFX 100 review (877 comments in total)
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maiaibing: LOL! When Canon made the 5DS/R dpreview said it could not be used outside a studio environment. Now with the 100 MPIX Fuji you will "get the most out of 100 megapixels even when you leave the studio behind you".

Anyway good that dpreview has left the more MPIX = studio camera myth behind. And cudos to Fuji showing the way with a blazing 100 MPIX camera. Cannot wait to see Canon's high MPIX mirrorless.

Shutter shock, mirror slap, and lack of IBIS certainly hurts the 5DS/R.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2019 at 17:38 UTC
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Ken60: They don't seem to indicate if it is an A7lll or A7lV on the camera body........... is that because they come out so quickly there is not time to change the screen print ?

It's printed on the top plate, where it has been for the past revisions.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2019 at 15:23 UTC

If I were Sony, announcing a new camera per month until October would be a pretty good way of keeping in the news. Fanboys want everything now, but from a marketing/publication standpoint, the next major tradeshow isn't until October, so one can fill in the lineup until then.

Announcing the RIV first over the SIII is also probably the right move, given that it will sell a lot more and is a more mainstream choice. But everyone knows that the 7SIII and the a9 II are coming—it's a when, not if. Avoiding the "everyone announces a bunch of stuff at once" which just happened with AMD and Nvidia is probably the correct move, because you'd be fighting for attention in both benchmarks and press.

But that's just a third party's observation. The RIV clearly looks to be an adjustment versus the S1R and Canikon's moves, addressing the flaws of the mark 3 to avoid easy marketing traps. Take a look at the photos-there's a lot of subtle but still major changes going on in the body sculpt.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2019 at 15:19 UTC as 373rd comment
On article DPReview TV: Our USB ports should do more! (95 comments in total)
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Dan Vincent: USB Type C is a form factor that describes the connectivity of the port. Multiple protocols and functions can happen over the same form factor thanks to USB Alternate Modes. This is how Thunderbolt and DisplayPort work over Type C. Chris' features will face a few roadblocks from a technical standpoint (though not for the reasons I mention above).

1. I could see the elimination of HDMI ports and use the Alt Mode to provide video in various formats. From a tech standpoint this is the easiest one to do.

2. The camera COULD act as a USB Power Delivery host (much like a Macbook Pro) but the camera may have power delivery limitations internally that would prevent it from doing that. Battery grips (as suggested) could fill in this bit by allowing accessories that are PD compatible to draw from the battery.

3. The extra SD card / SSD attachment is a natural idea but there may be limitations based on the processor of the camera. (cont)

(cont) while one port to rule them all is a nice idea in theory, it doesn't come for free. This should hopefully give a little more context to how the port works and what can be gained (and lost) by making such a switch.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2019 at 14:21 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Our USB ports should do more! (95 comments in total)
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Dan Vincent: USB Type C is a form factor that describes the connectivity of the port. Multiple protocols and functions can happen over the same form factor thanks to USB Alternate Modes. This is how Thunderbolt and DisplayPort work over Type C. Chris' features will face a few roadblocks from a technical standpoint (though not for the reasons I mention above).

1. I could see the elimination of HDMI ports and use the Alt Mode to provide video in various formats. From a tech standpoint this is the easiest one to do.

2. The camera COULD act as a USB Power Delivery host (much like a Macbook Pro) but the camera may have power delivery limitations internally that would prevent it from doing that. Battery grips (as suggested) could fill in this bit by allowing accessories that are PD compatible to draw from the battery.

3. The extra SD card / SSD attachment is a natural idea but there may be limitations based on the processor of the camera. (cont)

(cont) For example, the camera may only have so much throughput to be able to send via I/O to the various ports. Adding the SSD or SD card may not be viable for simultaneous shooting, only for a backup or transfer mode unless the camera is designed around it.

4. Dongles are not a good feature (IMO). They are a good option if you have nothing else, but the workflow should be built around USB C as a primary connector. This brings up the next point, which is how many ports do you want to do for this? A camera can have multiple ports (USB, remote, flash, video, audio) so you may need to have three or four USB C ports. Do you want to have a hub off your camera? I don't. But there could be brteakout box workflows for video that could be helpful.

5. Manufacturers like having proprietary connectors so as to protect their accessories margins, even if they get reverse engineered. (cont)

Link | Posted on May 22, 2019 at 14:19 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Our USB ports should do more! (95 comments in total)

USB Type C is a form factor that describes the connectivity of the port. Multiple protocols and functions can happen over the same form factor thanks to USB Alternate Modes. This is how Thunderbolt and DisplayPort work over Type C. Chris' features will face a few roadblocks from a technical standpoint (though not for the reasons I mention above).

1. I could see the elimination of HDMI ports and use the Alt Mode to provide video in various formats. From a tech standpoint this is the easiest one to do.

2. The camera COULD act as a USB Power Delivery host (much like a Macbook Pro) but the camera may have power delivery limitations internally that would prevent it from doing that. Battery grips (as suggested) could fill in this bit by allowing accessories that are PD compatible to draw from the battery.

3. The extra SD card / SSD attachment is a natural idea but there may be limitations based on the processor of the camera. (cont)

Link | Posted on May 22, 2019 at 14:14 UTC as 36th comment | 3 replies
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Class A: The description here suggests that a single unit is compatible with all sorts of brands whereas there will be one version of the trigger for each of the compatible brands.

Godox has cross-system compatible TTL. You do need to have a brand-specific transmitter (e.g. an X2T-C for Canon) but it can control any Godox hotshoe radio flash regardless of the shoe on the flash, and you can do it in radio TTL. The flashes automatically switch protocols when detected. I've used Canon-footed Godox flashes wirelessly with my Sony system, it just changes to Sony radio TTL mode when detected.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2019 at 13:49 UTC
On article LIVE from Sony launch event in San Diego (213 comments in total)
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Gemini2525: Where do you suppose to attach the hot shoe mic if the screen gets in the way?

Can always attach something to the tripod socket.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2019 at 18:50 UTC

The Manchester Hunt's is smaller than their big Melrose, MA store, but Hunt's itself is no small potatoes. It's a chain with multiple stores across New England. The Melrose store is the closest thing New England has to B&H. The NH store is convenient to me and I've purchased things from them several times. Break-ins like these are a tragedy. I hope the thieves are swiftly caught.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2018 at 03:41 UTC as 69th comment
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PredatorsPrey: "But, now that it's become commonplace, it's the absence of USB charging that would be seen as a negative." Good luck USB Charging those huge >11V Batteries of the pro Nikon and Canon bodies. Getting 5V 2A to the charging voltage (12,6V), you're left with 0,8A if you have an impossible perfect dc dc converter, guess you probably would have somehting around 0,7A which would take incredible long per battery, it should be something between 9 and 12 hours, so up to 24hours for two batteries which might be empty to charge on a daily basis if you take (4k) videos along stills.

It would be just an almost useless gimmick for pro bodies making them just heavier - so why would it be a con? It might be a good option with usb-c chargers as they theoretically could output more power but it's still a while from it.

"Very few cameras have USB-C, and the most notable bodies that do (Sony A7III and A7RIII) do NOT support USB-PD. In fact they don't even really support legacy charging rates. An A7III will only pull around 1.4A@5v into a completely dead battery, and will only pull 0.8-0.9A when the power switch is turned to "on" - which BTW is insufficient to keep the battery from discharging in video mode. :("

Yes, but that's not relevant to batteries in the Canon/Nikon high end pro bodies. My point was that it's not impossible for the next round of Nikon/Canon flagships to support USB power.If they did, they would use USB PD, because that's the only spec capable of delivering the necessary power.

Whether or not the lack of USB charging is a "con" is in the eye of the beholder, I guess. If it's common within a class of cameras (e.g. full frame mirrorless or APS-C mirrorless) it being missing would certainly be a con, just like not packing in a standalone battery charger is itself a con in my book.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2018 at 23:19 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Best and worst of 2018 (448 comments in total)
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jackf00: How can you reward on December 2nd, in your DPREVIEW AWARDS 2018, Sony A7III as Product of the Year ahead of Fuji XT3 in second place, and now on December 22nd, Fuji XT3 as Best Camera ahead of A7III ?

https://www.dpreview.com/articles/6476469986/dpreview-products-of-the-year-2018?slide=27
https://www.dpreview.com/articles/6476469986/dpreview-products-of-the-year-2018?slide=26

Because this video is Jordan and Chris' personal opinions, versus the whole site consensus.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2018 at 13:42 UTC
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PredatorsPrey: "But, now that it's become commonplace, it's the absence of USB charging that would be seen as a negative." Good luck USB Charging those huge >11V Batteries of the pro Nikon and Canon bodies. Getting 5V 2A to the charging voltage (12,6V), you're left with 0,8A if you have an impossible perfect dc dc converter, guess you probably would have somehting around 0,7A which would take incredible long per battery, it should be something between 9 and 12 hours, so up to 24hours for two batteries which might be empty to charge on a daily basis if you take (4k) videos along stills.

It would be just an almost useless gimmick for pro bodies making them just heavier - so why would it be a con? It might be a good option with usb-c chargers as they theoretically could output more power but it's still a while from it.

There's a thing called USB Power Delivery that supports many higher voltages and can charge them just fine, and those pro bodies would certainly use it instead of the old-style USB charging.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2018 at 16:19 UTC
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derfotograf: I'll stick with my Intuos 3 A4 tablet. It features buttons and strips on both sides and it is wired via USB. Nothing, really nothing beats a rock solid connection with a cable. But wait - the new iMacs lack the array of USB slots... so maybe the new toy-iMacs with reduced connectivity are well suited for this bluetooth gadget?
<Irony on>
Maybe you can even use it with your phone, where you have installed the latest Affinity Photo for iOS? Waaaaa, what a progress in the brain of the small minded image smearer.
<Irony off>

iMacs (including iMac Pro) still have USB A ports. So do the new Mac Minis. The new Intuos tablets also offer wired connections in addition to wireless. But these don't have fixed USB cables, so you can simply use a USB C to B cable if you want.

Also, Intuos 3 is on very shaky ground with driver support at the moment. You're running unsupported drivers at your on risk on anything newer than 10.12 on your Mac. Good luck.

(I have the rare Intuos 3 6x11 widescreen format model at work. It's very close to being a paperweight. I've got an Intuos 4 pen compatible Cintiq at home, which will last far longer)

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2018 at 18:29 UTC
On article Sony announces lightweight FE 24mm F1.4 G Master prime (396 comments in total)
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trungtran: Aperture ring is a nice touch. Wonder how long it will take Sony to introduce a control ring instead.

The 400mm f/2.8 has a control ring, though its options at the moment are limited (Crop or motor focus pull). Perhaps it will filter into more lenses and get more options as time goes on.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2018 at 18:35 UTC
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Kyocera: I'd say that a product gets judged by merit and price. Pelting each other to prove who is more "pro" in photography, even before the product and its price are known ... what to say? drink more chamomile tea?

Chamomile tea, the sleepiest of all teas.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2018 at 12:25 UTC
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Mortal Lion: One year and four months to complete a full review. better late than never.

Reviewing this camera after some time is probably a fairer thing for the camera as a whole. Hasselblad has put a lot of work into the firmware; the camera when it was initially released was borderline unusuable.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2018 at 18:24 UTC
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Dan Vincent: I remember the last time a "Matte silver" lens came out and people griped endlessly about the color. Wonder if this will get the same treatment?

The specs from Fujifilm say "matte silver." Pearl white is more of a luminescent color with a tinge of pink. Go look at a car with a pearl coat; this isn't that color.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2018 at 15:08 UTC
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