Scales USA

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


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So a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 could be replaced by a Sony 16-35mm f/4? Wouldn't that pro have a Canon 16-35mm f/4 if that would do the job? And to think a Sony 100-400 is even closely equivalent to a Canon 300mm f/2.8?

There is a huge stretch of the imagination to believe that someone would pay a additional ton of money for a system that would not do the job. I see a sea of 400mm f/2.8 lenses at sporting events, perhaps they are not considered pros?

Nothing wrong with buying Sony equipment if it will do the job, but it does need to do the job, or its worthless. Then, saying that a Pro could use Canon to Sony adapters, with their well known history of locking up??? There would be some Pros out on the street looking for another job if they took that advice.

So, for them, add in the cost of moving to a new city, finding another job, and repurchasing Canon equipment. Not to mention the cost of additional spare Sony equipment due to the 3-6 month turnaround for Sony repairs.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 23:12 UTC as 80th comment
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (350 comments in total)

My First Digital Camera was a Olympus, back in the late 1990's, I recall it was a DL420L back in 1997 or 1998. I purchased it for use in the company I worked for. It was very good for the period, but ate expensive lithium batteries, they only lasted a few shots.

Then, from a really good start, Olympus lost their way, as did several other companies. They made strange looking cameras that did not look or feel like conventional cameras, and before they knew it, Canon was churning out the Digital Rebels that put many manufacturers in a hole.

I'm not a fan of 4/3 sensors, nor APS-C for that matter, but I do hope Olympus regains their position as a premier manufacturer of cameras and lenses. I have several Olympus film SLR's, they were well made and have held up well over the years.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 19:18 UTC as 32nd comment

Getty Images will copy them, and claim they have the copyright and sue you if you use one. That's their specialty.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 03:33 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

One unmentioned advantage to users is that Canon designs lenses for efficient assembly. The converse is that they are relatively easy to repair. This means lower cost of ownership and faster turnaround. The complexity of a high end lens extends to the maintenance facilities where custom tools and software programs along with spare parts must be delivered along with deliveries of lenses themselves.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 15:45 UTC as 84th comment
On article GoPro to cut 270 jobs as part of restructuring effort (79 comments in total)

Sales for cameras of all types are tanking. Some more than others, but its tough for all the manufacturers. Those who take the tough actions needed to survive have a chance, just spending more money and hoping things will get better is going to result in disaster. I've been expecting some of the weaker companies to fall by the wayside, but there has been relative little of that in the past year. For the most part, failing companies will just merge with a stronger company who will either put their business in order or just let them fade away. There used to be many great camera companies but now they are gone, or the name lingers on but just barely.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 05:34 UTC as 4th comment

The 4/3 size never appealed to me, and I have sold my APS-C bodies. After using FF for several generations, I just like the results better.

That does not stop me from feeling sad that people may have invested a lot of money 5 years ago, and will have no upgrades to their body coming. I think their lenses can still be adapted to micro 4/3, so those lenses will have a future for another 20+ years. As I understand it, they are very desirable lenses to own.

Times are tough for camera makers, and some may disappear, or cut models that are not selling. As the market shrinks, Canon seems to be increasing market share, which means others are hurting. Olympus was a great name in Cameras, I wanted a pen back in the 1960's, but they were expensive for what you got. I also wanted a Pentax, but finally bought a Canon FT-QL because camera shops had plenty of them readily available, and lenses were easy to get too.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 05:12 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies

I noticed that she generally did not use the viewfinder, That macro lens with the built-in light seems like a good idea. I wonder what kind of lighting was used, were their full blown studio lights involved? The lighting seemed to be too good for casual shooting. With so many cameras being so good, its the lighting that makes the difference.

Perhaps a piece on how the lighting was done? I'd certainly like to learn more.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 06:10 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply

I have a difficult time with my fingerprint reader on my iphone. Its working correctly, its just that my fingerprints are not easy to read, probably from poor circulation and neuropathy. I'd welcome some alternate that worked.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 03:24 UTC as 13th comment

Stacking is definitely a potentially low cost way to increase depth of field. With tiny smartphone sensors, depth of field is already pretty large, so macros or very close photos are where the benefit is.

Many cameras do stacking, but with large sensors it is more difficult and much slower, many more lens positions are needed, and much more complex calculations.

Its good to see research going on. Apple might sell or trade patent rights to other camera makers, that's how it works, patents can be traded like cash.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 20:06 UTC as 2nd comment

I, for one am glad to hear that a camera maker is doing well enough to stay in business. I bought a very early Olympus in about 1997? It was excellent compared to most other similar cameras of the time. Then, they lost momentum while Canon and Nikon seemed to hit the accelerator, Minolta was dying, and Pentax did not get it at all.

Now, Minolta has become Sony, Pentax is Ricoh, Fujii is doing much more, and Olympus is coming back to life after their finacial fiasco. Samsung is ??. This is all good for photographers.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 17:17 UTC as 46th comment | 4 replies

I've been thinking of a new phone this year, but I'm patient and will see what others offer. I have a Iphone 6+ currently, but am open to any brand. I think that Samsung will have a tough time selling a S8, too many people think the S7 exploded (It was the Galaxy Note 7) so there is the confusion factor that will make for slow sales.

I only receive Verizon out in my rural area, so a Pixel with ATT is out.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 01:58 UTC as 23rd comment | 4 replies
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (634 comments in total)

It does look a lot like my old Pentax SLR's. Ringo Starr used one in one of the Beatles Movies, and is a accomplished photographer. I could not afford one, so I bought a less expensive Canon SLR back in the 1960's. Now I have several classic SLR's, Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, Minolta, Yashica and more.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 06:16 UTC as 113th comment

As someone who is losing control of his fingers, and has tried almost every ergonomic mouse and touch pointer, I'd certainly welcome voice assisted editing, For me to edit a 1200 photo shoot, its a lot of pain, and very difficult.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 05:54 UTC as 5th comment
On article Fotodiox LED100WB-56 quick review (56 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 64th 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? (766 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 271st 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
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