Scales USA

Lives in United States Spokane, WA, United States
Works as a Electrical Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2007


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On article Fotodiox LED100WB-56 quick review (49 comments in total)
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brycesteiner: >> while poorly-designed LEDs abruptly switch on and off as the power cycles. You won't always notice this with the naked eye but set your shutter speed faster than the frequency of the lights and the difference can become apparent.<<

Many of us can see the flicker and others start having seizures, which is certainly what you do not want in your studio!

The problem is that various LED designs vary in their flickering from relatively slow power line frequencies to high frequencies to virtually none for very expensive lights. This is usually not mentioned in the sales info, so a knowledgeable review and testing really helps.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 18:40 UTC

The amount she is due is the normal amount a person would be paid for a similar photo. Plus a penalty. Likely less than $5,000. I'd doubt that Chipotle is scared.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 06:15 UTC as 62nd comment

We live in a rural area and built our place in 1998. Its not there in 1997, and sure enough, it appears in 1998. I wouldn't be able to identify it, except that houses are really spread out in our area, so its obvious even if just a white block. Those blocks keep appearing, but zoning laws require at least 10 acres, and most have 40 or more, so we are not crowded.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 17:57 UTC as 2nd comment
On article TIME releases 100 most influential images of all time (165 comments in total)

While we can argue all day about the selection of images, I'm wondering how they came to change the world? Photos of multiple wars, none of them seemed to change anything, soldiers are still dying. Same with photos of poor and starving people, things have not really changed.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 05:18 UTC as 47th comment | 2 replies

The Grand Prismatic is not only very fragile, but exceptionally beautiful. Its sad that someone vandalized it. A slap on the wrist, and everyone will be doing it.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 01:49 UTC as 16th comment
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (764 comments in total)

Although I used my Fathers Kodak Brownie in the 1940's and 1950's, the first camera that I purchased for myself was a Argus C3 in 1963. I used those bright press 25B flash bulbs, and left everyone blind for 5 or 10 seconds. (I still have some). Fortunately, I mostly used Kodachrome slide film, color print film faded pretty quickly. I used some cheap Ansco ASA 5 slide film too. I had difficullty getting well exposed images with it.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 03:06 UTC as 269th comment

Li-on batteries are dangerous, and difficult at best. Larger ones have more energy and are potentially nasty. I'm not happy with IOS 10 and my IPhone 6 plus, so was considering selling it. The hardware is fine, but I just do not like the new OS and having to learn to shut down or bypass some of the features that are a nuisance. Its too bad that Samsung has booted it, I am leert of the Google phone, I'll wait and see.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2016 at 21:21 UTC as 112th comment | 7 replies

There is a Sucker Born Every Minute - Probably more like every second.

If you live in Washington State and have lost money, write to the Attorney General's Office. They are not afraid to go after crowd funding Scammers.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 00:28 UTC as 8th comment

NHK has been pushing manufacturers to develop 8K. They want to skip 4K broadcasts and go straight to 8K. That will be a few years, but closer than one might think. I'm wondering about the transmission bandwidth, certainly US cable and satellite TV is way behind on resolution.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 01:34 UTC as 44th comment | 4 replies

I enjoyed the video, It could have been taken at our small town Rodeo here in Clayton, North of Spokane, Washington, but the night photos showed that they had much better lighting than our rodeo. I used my 7D at the local rodeo, and as it got darker, my ISO went up and up, and shutter speeds down until there was nothing usable. What a difference a newer model makes.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 01:53 UTC as 31st comment

I see comments like "Best in Class", which cameras are considered to be in this Class? Is this "Class" including older models like D4, or do you consider the Sony A7R II to be in this class?

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 03:54 UTC as 42nd comment | 2 replies

I'm sure that we have not heard the whole story, lawyers commonly make claims that distort or omit things that conflict.

Rather than judge, it will be interesting to see if this actually makes it to court, many times, a settlement is reached which is confidential and saves everyone from spending tons of money on a court trial.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2016 at 22:16 UTC as 12th comment

Smart Phone manufacturers are seeing the bottom drop out of sales. They are looking for ways to give buyers a reason to upgrade to newer phones.

It seems pretty universal that improved cameras are seen as a feature that brings in new buyers and upgrades. Since all the manufacturers are doing it, its pretty obvious that lots of surveys show that many people want better cameras on their phone.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 18:24 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On article Fotodiox releases new LED studio-in-a-box (49 comments in total)

I wish it had been available years ago before I built my own larger setup. There are so many ebay and etsy sellers taking photos with their smart phones on the kitchen table who could benefit. I started by lining a large cardboard box with cloth, it had sides that could swing open or close, and I used a 750 watt Tota Light with my 1990's digital camera that needed a ton of light to function. I could only run it for a few minutes before things got too warm. So, I built a large photography light table using 12 - 98 CRI 4 ft tubes that can also have a flash as supplement. It can be lit from below as well.

Sure, a dedicated studio is great, but there are so many who will see a huge improvement in product photography that the potential is there.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 02:10 UTC as 11th comment

I think that questions about the project could be answered by visiting the link to the rescued film project. I see it as a form of social anthropology. Home made movies and old photos sell well on ebay and Etsy, so its a popular thing, perhaps a view through someone's window in times gone by.

And, of course, there may always be a valuable Elvis or Beetle photo or other potentially priceless image.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 05:29 UTC as 15th comment
On article Sony warns against use of unauthorized third-party apps (183 comments in total)
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tech_head: Here in America that means nothing.
The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act requires them show that the modification lead to the failure.–Moss_Warranty_Act

So if the dial falls off they cannot void the warranty because you used different software. If they can prove the malfunction is dues to third party software, then and only then can they void the warranty.

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act confuses a lot of people. When was the last time you saw a product that did not have a "Limited Warranty". By issuing a limited Warranty, claims against a manufacturer are severely limited. Implied Warranties are always eliminated in a Limited Warranty. You cannot install a supercharger on your car engine, and when it blows, claim the engine was defective. You cannot defeat the overheat preventions in a camera and then claim that the sensor meltdown was a warranty issue. You can use any brand of camera strap, any brand of compatible memory, and any brand of compatible lens, but if you interfere with the operating system and brick the camera will get you nowhere unless its Canon, who is very forgiving when it comes to things like that. They may not be tomorrow.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 04:13 UTC

While I'm happy to see lower costs of photo rated LEDs, as far as cost per lumen, it does not hold a candle to high CRI CFL's where 85 watt lamps usually sell in the $20 range. Compact CFL's use a extremely high frequency power supply, so they do not flicker because the frequency is much higher and the decay time of the phosphor is relatively slow.

The nice thing about LED lights is that they do not heat the subject nearly as much as a Tungsten lamp. A 500 watt or 1000 watt tungsten with a reflector gets a nearby subject very hot and very quickly. I also doubt that two of these would come near to matching the light output of my 750 watt Halogen Tota Lamps. They are extremely bright, and even hotter. I've tried 35 watt LED's, even multiple ones did not cut it.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2016 at 15:01 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply

Michael always made my day a little brighter when I read his articles. I'm glad that he is no longer suffering.

Its a rare talent to not only be a expert on a subject, but to be able to communicate your knowledge to others in a clear and enjoyable way.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2016 at 21:18 UTC as 5th comment

The Smart Phone business is dying, the market is saturated, and phone makers are trying to find a way to boost poor sales. I really doubt that most buyers pay a lot of attention to the camera in their phone, but even if 10% do, it can boost sales.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2016 at 16:07 UTC as 6th comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Phil Garcia (71 comments in total)

I liked no 5. From a technical point, its very difficult to get white on white, the camera will capture the image as gray, so you have to really master the settings manually, get a perfect exposure, etc.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2016 at 03:08 UTC as 29th comment
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