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Gitzo GT1545T Traveler tripod w/ FLM CB-32F ball hd, RRS BH-25 ball hd
RRS TVC-24L tripod w/ FLM CB-38FTR ball head
FLM CP34-4L Series II tripod w/ FLM CB-48FTR ball head
Gitzo GT3532LS tripod w/ Manfrotto 502HD video head
Various Arca-Swiss compatible clamps, plates, brackets, rails
Vixen Optics Polarie Star Tracker

Scanners - Nikon Coolscan 5000, Epson Perfection 4870
Computer - Win10 Pro, Intel Xeon Broadwell 6-core 3.6GHz 32GB, Nvidia GTX1070 8GB
Display - NEC 2690WUXi2 (1920x1200)
Color Management - SpectraviewII (X-rite for NEC)
Printers - Epson P600; Epson WorkForce 7520 large format all-in-one

***Film Cameras***
3D (!) ranging from 1950s Stereo Realists and TDC Vivids to 21st century RBT X4 Stereo SLR w/2x Pentax SMC Takumar 24-90mm
35mm - Pentax MX, SMC Takumar 28mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4, 100mm f/2.8

Canon HF100, HF G10
Software - Affinity; DxO Elite; Topaz AI; AdobeCS6 Suite; Avid Media Composer; Boris Continuum Complete; Pinnacle Studio Ultimate v20


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Will upgrade from my OM 3 if the OM 5 can easily handle the iPhone 13 PRO MAX (but I am NOT glueing on their magnetic adapter!)

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2021 at 20:52 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies
On photo Rising Above the Bottom in the folks in motion 2017 challenge (4 comments in total)

A priceless moment, captured in time.

Well done, Pete!

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2018 at 19:23 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Affinity Photo for iPad Review (97 comments in total)
In reply to:

DrSL: It is realy necessary to have so complex iPad app?

My perception of such apps is to have an evaluation tool for images on the go with a very limited set of tools. The final edits are still done at home...

There are already many simple photo editing apps, and finally we have a “real” RAW developer and photo editor for iOS. I still do a majority of my RAW processing workflow on a desktop, but it is incredibly handy to be able to do practically any heavy editing when I’m traveling ultra-light.

I’ve been using Affinity Photo on iPad Pro for about 6 months now, and it has been an amazing addition to my Road Warrior tool set.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2017 at 04:53 UTC
In reply to:

bluevellet: Camera site reports camera battery explosion... Yet fails to specify camera brand/model.

Or perhaps more importantly, battery brand and model.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 07:20 UTC
On article Yashica is teasing a comeback to the camera market (297 comments in total)

It will be interesting to see what comes of this, although at present it's just a brand name owned by some unrelated company.

My first personal 6x6cm camera was the twin-lens reflex Yashicamat D (at least I think that was the model - too lazy to research that just now). My sister had a Yashica Electro TL (again, I'd have to research to get the model precisely correct), and I now have it, along with the wide and tele converters, packed away somewhere in my closet.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 18:27 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
In reply to:

Jacques Cornell: A gray card is a fraction of the cost of the ExpoDisc.

Reply to mrschmo's comments "Why on earth would a grey card not be neutral? My main purpose for one would be white balance."

For the same reasons that we shop for displays which have adequate color gamut and inherent capabilities, and then calibrate them. For the same reason that we spend extra money to buy a quality color checker or color chart, or gray scale chart.

Not all grey cards are made with materials, color-managed printing, and QC to ensure true neutrality, ash that is not their purpose unless stated so by a trustworthy manufacturer as an additional feature; their primary purpose is to aid in setting exposure. And even the old Kodak 18% "neutral grey" cards tended to yellow with age (somewhat impacting exposure, though not significantly) and had to be periodically replaced.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 22:07 UTC
In reply to:

Jacques Cornell: A gray card is a fraction of the cost of the ExpoDisc.

...but only useful for setting white balance if that grey card is "neutral" - most are not, as their main purpose is to set exposure.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 16:27 UTC
In reply to:

LJ - Eljot: It is not that important what you use for mobile editig as long as it has a good matte screen.
I would say it depend on what you have as a desktop computer. If you allready have a mac, why should you choose a PC as laptop and vice versa? Isn't it that simple?

True for many or most people about tending to have laptop and desktop the same OS, though I have been giving more thought than ever to possibly making my next OS purchase a switch from Windows to Mac, now that soon all apps important to me will be available on both -- then it comes down to a lot of compatible factors to consider.

I upgraded from my 9-years-old desktop a few months ago, and kept with Windows because at the time I literally got 3x the overall processing power at half the cost compared to the available Mac offerings (it would have to have been an iMac Pro).

Personally, I do not get along well with a glossy screen, especially for a laptop which by definition I'm often working in environments over which I have little to no control over the ambient lighting and seating position, so that rules out Dell and many others, but the iMac Pro Retinas have decent reflection suppression even if on the slightly glossy side - overall very beautiful screens I've had only Thinkpads ever since the first IBM ones, and that little red tracking stub is like an extension of me, whereas I have never felt comfortable with a tracking pad. Finally, I am a speed typist, and so the thinkpad is stil the best keyboard for me - I tried the new MBPs and just don't think I could ever really adjust to such a short key travel, although I think their feel is a bit better than the Dell XPS.

So, the Thinkpad screens (higher res IPS ones) are not as wide gamut as the MBPs, but on the other hand I don't do much image editing on my laptops, so full RGB coverage is good enough for me. Still, I must admit that a fully decked out Thinkpad ultra-light is getting darn close to 2017 MBP prices, the lines are blurring for me...

I would seriously consider

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 19:19 UTC
In reply to:

(unknown member): Which XPS 15 config is $1000 USD and matches any modern 15" Macbook Pro Retina again? Oh wait that's right, there isn't. Oh, so which one matches at $1800? Oh wait, there isn't either. Hmmm. Oh wait, $2149 gets you there; but it doesn't match the nvme SSD or color gamut for $2149. Oh wait we can't get a dell that matches a Macbook Pro Retina for less.
What was the 1st point again?

Read again. He is comparing a roughly $3k Apple to a $2k Dell. It's a $1,000 SAVINGS by going with the Dell.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 21:08 UTC

Wow, if turns out to come true!
My favorite film during my many years of shooting stereo transparencies. I was about to sell most of my stereo film cameras, including my best stereo SLR, but now I'm thinking to wait and at least go on a Kodachrome binge to my favorite spots before I sell it (in a few years?).

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 18:19 UTC as 36th comment
In reply to:

Astro Landscapes: 1.) 2.8 lbs is not all that light, if it only goes to 55". Though I suppose the sub-2 lb tripods out there usually only support ~10 lbs... (AKA, do a worse job of stabilizing the same ~5 lb kit in a light breeze)

2.) 5-section legs are a real pain to set up, and a compromise in strength and longevity. The anti-rotation design that these tripods all use, namely the cheap plastic shims, are a major cause of break-down. So I'm very curious to see how this "uni-shim" design holds up to long-term abuse. (And if spares are conveniently available!)

3.) Even if they do use super high-quality anti-rotation shims, (Gitzo, RRS) I'm still a bit shocked by the MSRP. Unless I am mistaken about the quality and FLM is trying to be the next RRS. Hey, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. Though I'd never pay that much for a 5-section tripod, personally. Personally, I'm happy with my 1.9 lb Slik 614CF Pro that goes to 61". Even though it was discontinued many years ago, you can still find them.

"3.) Even if they do use super high-quality anti-rotation shims, (Gitzo, RRS) I'm still a bit shocked by the MSRP. Unless I am mistaken about the quality and FLM is trying to be the next RRS."

Have you seen RRS' pricing on their version of a travel tripod? Even at MSRP FLM are much lower cost, and the introductory pricing is an even better deal! This is a more compact tripod, so in a slightly different class, but FLM have not just made a more compact version of their CP26 tripod series, they have employed new engineering and materials to make this tripod the "best in class". And many FLM customers who have experience with many other brands consider them to be in the top class along with your cited Gitzo and RRS.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 16:19 UTC
In reply to:

ngollan: It looks the same as the legs Benro, Sirui, and many others are peddling with minor variations.

You might as well say that all DSLRs look the same.

FLM design and manufacture their tripods at their own factory in Germany. It takes real engineering to design the strongest joints, optimum geometries, and best materials choices to maximize performance, reliability, and maintainability.

Someone else further down here called FLM an "obscure" company - a ridiculous statement, as they are popular and highly regarded in Europe for many years, and they have been steadily growing in the North American marketplace for the past several years.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 15:58 UTC
In reply to:

Richard Murdey: This might compare with a Gitzo Traveller ($950+), or it might compare to a MeFoto Roadtrip Carbon ($350~). It's hard to tell without having it your hands. "About half way between the two" as per the MSRP of $635 doesn't seem completely unreasonable.

The problem I have with 4-5 section tripods in this price bracket is you end up paying a awful lot of money for a design that is inherently much less stable (as well as way more fiddly to use) than a set of (often substantially cheaper) 3 section legs. If you say "well, I don't need stability anyway I am more interested in compact design" then there is little reason to buy such a fancy tripod in the first place. It's a bit of a catch-22.

See my reply which I mistakenly posted under p5freak's post below this thread; the systems would not let me edit it.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 08:44 UTC
In reply to:

p5freak: 10kg ? No way, maybe fully retracted, but not fully extended. The last leg extension is 12mm. Thats less than my small finger. Good luck using a 600mm f4 lens and a heavy DSLR on that thing, fully extended.

Sorry about my reply above this one -- I meant to reply to Richard Murdey's post above the one by p5freak... my iPad is misbehaving and the system would not let me edit anymore!

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 08:40 UTC
In reply to:

SeeRoy: I have an FLM 32b ball head. A three-knobber, it's a fiddly thing to adjust and certainly leaves a great deal to be desired. Best of luck to anyone spending >$600 on one of their tripods.
Who knows, people will buy anything in this market.

I also own the FLM CB-32F ball head, and find it to be a very well designed and performing piece of equipment. I wonder if you are using the proper procedure to set up the minimum friction knob? This is the head which I use now on my travel tripod, as I was so impressed with the similar way that my CB-48FTR ball head sets up, and I have not been disappointed. I find the CB-32F easy to set up, smooth to operate, and very solid when locking down; it's the head I'll most be using on my new CP-TRAVEL tripod.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 08:02 UTC
In reply to:

p5freak: 10kg ? No way, maybe fully retracted, but not fully extended. The last leg extension is 12mm. Thats less than my small finger. Good luck using a 600mm f4 lens and a heavy DSLR on that thing, fully extended.

I am familiar with both the Gitzo and the MePhoto CF (carbon fiber) tripods which you cite, and the new FLM CP-TRAVEL is more the competitor to the Gitzo.

Based on my experience with FLM ball heads, and on FLM's reputation, I am confident that FLM have put a lot of research and engineering into mitigating many of the problems which seem to plague lesser compact tripods.

My current travel tripod is a 5-section Sirui ($280) which I consider to be a notch above the MePhoto, but which is too short and wobbly for my purposes. It is, however, very compact when folded and fits into my carry-on bag when I fly.

In comparison to my Sirui, the FLM has a more substantial apex design, uses advanced 10x CF tubing, has longer leg locks (more overlap of leg sections to improve leg joint stability), and FLM's column is removable -- all of which should contribute to a more stable tripod which still fits nicely into my carry-on bag but stands about 5 inches taller than the Siriu.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 07:53 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (718 comments in total)

This is on my iPhone 6s (Using Safari).

I like the option of switching between the dark and white themes, dark is great at night when I'm winding down for the evening in my perfect chair, or in bed; I prefer the white background during the day.

White theme.
- I miss the little circle icon for each comment in a forum subject thread list which tells me if all unread, partially read, or all read. Perhaps a blue icon could be added here, where the white one used to be?

Dark theme.
- highlighting in a forum thread list which comment is being read seems to have recently become less noticeable; I would appreciate a bit more contrast, as it is easy to scroll past it when scrolling through really long threads.

Otherwise, looking good.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2016 at 15:53 UTC as 45th comment
In reply to:

RichRMA: What a pity Amazon enforces trade barriers between countries, forcing you to shop in the Amazon designated FOR your country for things like electronics. This backward, 20th century luddite approach is why I'll never buy from Amazon.ca.

I live in the USA and frequently buy from Amazon UK and Amazon Japan, including some electronic items.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 01:55 UTC

For all the complaints below, I think that this is potentially an excellent lens.

It certainly presages a weather-sealed body (and I'll bet with built-in EVF and better sensor).

If it has excellent optics throughout the zoom range and wide-open, then given the small size, power/internal zoom, and weather sealing it will be well-worth the asking price - even more so when discounted later!

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 23:29 UTC as 41st comment
On article dpreview expands to include printer content (29 comments in total)
In reply to:

aris14: After reading the first test I think there are a lot of things missing...
Ink consumption and cost, ability to calibrate it, the evaluation of the print (something which can be done by printing a specific print target) of a certain printer after calibration, speed and noise level.
I think that there should be articles in printers' node section for papers and calibrating devices too.

You are correct, and I would add one more thing: print longevity and durability w.r.t. the ink sets. Dye inks have come a long way, but only if carefully used with the right papers. For my all-in-one I still prefer the all-pigment ink Workforce series (the new 840 has both duplex printing and duplex copying). True, not quite as "photographic" as the printers reviewed here, but at least my everyday color documents don't smear with the least moisture provocation like the dye-based ones do (though at least the HP has black pigment ink).

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2011 at 22:32 UTC
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