Dan Ortego

Dan Ortego

Lives in United States Yuna, AZ, United States
Works as a Retired
Joined on Nov 6, 2009
About me:

Not much to say because I live in Yuma.


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On article Hot mess: Remembering the Leica M8 (155 comments in total)

I read this article with interest as I recall my experience with the M8 and the 28mm chron'. After about eight months I purchased the hard chrome 50mm Lux'. Then, I purchased the 21mm hard chrome, and ultimately the 35mm chrome. I should've stopped with the 28mm and 50mm. When the CEO promised the original M8 owners of an M8.2 to upgrade mod; I decided to invest in more primes. Then he recanted on his promise, so I sold everything and switched systems.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 04:14 UTC as 19th comment
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1495 comments in total)

I gave up my Leica gear in 2010 and said I would never return. However, this particular offering is tempting. I had one foot in the door with the new A7rII but I was turned off by the menu system and it's smallish construction. Even so, it will certainly take some real soul-searching to drop 10~13k on this new contender with a lens.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 11:39 UTC as 226th comment

I've been happy with my old A900 with ZA primes and frankly, I never found the A7 series all that appealing until I learned of the ZA f1,4 35. Just ordered it today as a starter for the A7xx that's yet to come to my bag. Nothing like placing the cart in front of the horse.

Anyway within hours I was dreaming of a equally good Macro lens to go with it and presto, I see it's already in the oven! By comparison these are still smaller and lighter than my current ZA primes so the size doesn't really bother me. Now I have the motivation to upgrade ~

Link | Posted on May 31, 2015 at 01:40 UTC as 4th comment

My initial impression is 'not for me' but I said the same about Leica, Sony and the A7x, etc. Heck, I have enough fun just trying to improve my photog' skill in general and I really can't see myself warming up to this type of photographic morph.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2015 at 00:15 UTC as 12th comment
On article Go wide! Hands-on with Canon's 11-24mm F4 L (229 comments in total)
In reply to:

AbrasiveReducer: This is good news for photo magazines, websites and LensRentals. Being introduced along with 50mp cameras, I'm sure it's wonderfully sharp. It will be interesting to see what looks attractive at 11mm.

But why, oh why, is it that Canon can meet or exceed Nikon in lens quality, variety, even price, but the bodies are never as nice? This was true in the film era too, so they've had some time to work on it.

You're so right about this and after being a Leica and Sony shooter I'm looking to come back to either Canon or Nikon. The 5Ds should be a no-brainer, but the Nikon D810 is really good. Also, the 14-24 is clearly more universal than the 11-24 and that's a big driver for me.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 13:54 UTC
On article Lee releases pricing for SW150 Mk ll filter system (39 comments in total)

Ironically, I just ordered the FotodioX WonderPana 66 Wide Angle System Holder. Based on the currency conversion it seems about the same as the FotodioX. The kit I ordered comes with the swivel bracket, a CPL provision and lens cap. I can use circular filters w/o the panel bracket that also serves as a lens hood for frontal protection.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2015 at 22:41 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Go wide! Hands-on with Canon's 11-24mm F4 L (229 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: For the record, I hate this... because it might finally be something wider than what I use now, but it's way more expensive and even a little more awkward than what I use now. I absolutely adore ultrawide zoom lenses (and Sigma is the one to beat for that with their 8-16mm APS-C and 12-24mm FF), and I know they are hard to use simply because of their ultrawide view, but can't they be a bit more user friendly?

If anyone is listening, I think there's a huge market for an ultrawide that starts around 12mm (on FF, or 8mm on APS-C), is cheaper but still high IQ, and is small enough to carry around normally -- even if it's f/5.6 or f/8 wide open. I've happily used little fisheyes that started at f/8. As long as the aperture isn't past the diffraction limit, a slow aperture really isn't much of a penalty in such a lens.

You hit the nail on the head in my book. I was quite pleased with the 14-24 demo on the 810 combined with the FotodioX WonderPana 66 System. I really can't see this as an option with the 11-24 even if they were to make one.

For me, this is too much of a good thing' and the 500+ positive reviewers' of the 14-24 is a fairly decent track record. Less weight and less size and a perfected filter kit that doubles as a 'getter none' lens cap is sweet.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2015 at 17:59 UTC
On article Go wide! Hands-on with Canon's 11-24mm F4 L (229 comments in total)

Hmm, very tempting for a guy in the midst of switching from Sony A-mount (the real one) to either Nikon or Canon. Prior to reading this and seeing the sample photos I was sold on the Nikon and the 14-24. This lens makes the choice more difficult although this cannon of a Canon would be more of a challenge on the street.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2015 at 17:45 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Eye-Fi Mobi Wi-Fi SD card review (107 comments in total)

I still long for the day where some camera manufacture such as Sony, will offer true Wi-Fi that transmits images directly to the web. Yes, this would require a subscription just like your smart phone or tablet. However, I think this would be worth paying a monthly service fee similar to that of the iPad.

Yes, I know that it would probably require an external battery pack tethered to your camera, but I would definitely be willing to do all that in order to have instant posting to photo servers. Then again, maybe it already exist and I'm just not aware of it.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2014 at 13:14 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On article Miggo Strap and Grip review (86 comments in total)

Ridiculous in my opinion but perhaps I'm just old-school, or at least sorta. I've been using UPstrap products for years, on everything from cameras to luggage, and I still believe it's the best kept secret out there.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2014 at 14:07 UTC as 32nd comment
On article Sony Alpha 7R Review (813 comments in total)

Heck, I'm still dumping accessory money into my A900 and doing just fine. However, if I was to buy something small it would definitely be the new Fuji X-T1 and not a Sony!

Up until recently I was referring to Sony's technology as flavor of the year, but now it's fast becoming flavor of the month, so no thanks.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 19:23 UTC as 140th comment
On article DxO Optics Pro 8: What's New (110 comments in total)
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designdog: What is missing, unfortunately discovered by me after I purchased it, is support for the Fuji X Pro1...

I haven't used DxO since version 7 so I just downloaded this v.9 to take a look. Just like others have mentioned, it still doesn't support DNG from my Sony Alpha 900.

The layout is cleaner and the auto-lighting adjustments are nice. Even so, I don't see it as a replacement for LR5 which is vastly more convenient and polished.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2013 at 20:40 UTC
On article Bad Weather = Good Photography (77 comments in total)

I agree the photos are too processed for my taste. Then again I'm still shooting an A900 with ZA glass and B+W filters.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2013 at 14:04 UTC as 9th comment

I think the 5s is a significant upgrade although not enough to get me on board. Now, the new MacPro is another thing altogether. I'll just stick to my A900, and I'll use my iPhone 4s for those documentary shots in the wild.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2013 at 22:37 UTC as 10th comment
On article Lightroom 5 Public Beta: What's New (90 comments in total)
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Carsten Saager: Played with it a bit under Vista x64 - at least so far it continues to work on this older OS

That's encouraging news, because if it works on Vista it will work on anything.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2013 at 20:24 UTC
On article Lightroom 5 Public Beta: What's New (90 comments in total)
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elixer: Seems all good however, for years lightroom has been making upgrades and giving us new versions without addressing the issue of "logo placement" being more versatile. One would love to be able to complete photo-processing by placing 'a' logo at different points on each photo(and logo placement is important) before exporting. It'll be so much easier to edit logo placement in one smooth flow towards the end of our processing compared to the current time consuming method available.

+1 for sure!

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2013 at 20:22 UTC
On article DxO Optics Pro 8.1.5 extends support to Nikon D7100 (18 comments in total)
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dennismullen: Another update without a fix for the Sony A99 Raw green shadows problem!


Yeah, DxO doesn't appear to be that interested in supporting the Sony platform. There is still a couple of lens/body combos overlooked on the A900 and Zeiss. Likewise, the whole DNG thing frustrated me so I simply had to move over to LR. Also the non-update pricing scheme they have makes it hard for me justify the $199 a year when they release major version updates.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2013 at 14:01 UTC
On article Tamrac Evolution 9 Photo Backpack Review (105 comments in total)
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english_Wolf: Well, this a flag for that says: Expensive stuff 'rob me!!!'

I have an old decrepit back pack that does everything from carrying a 17" laptop to my cameras and lenses w/o advertising what is inside.

I love the do it all thingies, especially when they really do nothing!

Sorry but I leave my gear in the hotel and take the strict minimal when I go out: I have no need to carry anything that will never be used on the field.

Yeah me too. I prefer bags that don't look like camera bags or just some generic rolling carry-on. Any camera specific branding is a big no-no as well.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2013 at 16:52 UTC
On article Tamrac Evolution 9 Photo Backpack Review (105 comments in total)
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raztec: The problem with every camera bag I have ever tried, is that they're not designed to be carried for extended periods of time. When fully loaded, anything more than 15' is painful.

First of all, they need to be taller and less wide or deep so the center of gravity is closer to the body. Second, they need to have a proper hip belt that can carry the bulk of the weight. And finally, the shoulder straps need to be properly padded and load lifters included.

I wish a good back pack manufacturer would get into making packs for camera gear. These companies like Tamrac or Lowepro don't know a thing about human anatomy and physiology.
Check out: http://www.mec.ca/AST/ContentPrimary/Learn/Packs/IntroToPacks/ChoosingABackpack.jsp

Boy do I ever agree with you on that! It's very easy to get overloaded and uncomfortable in no time. I like my TT Sling-O-Matic-10 for its nicely padded strap and reversible shoulder sling fixture. Anything larger in terms of content, then I prefer a roller if the terrain permits.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2013 at 16:48 UTC
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