Not Your Everyday Banana

by Bart Arondson

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Jan
13
comment How to avoid burnt photos with nikon d300?
I've used the d300 for years and not seen 'burnt' photos. But I must echo ysap-- please post an example.
Jan
13
answered How do you mail a large framed print?
Jan
12
comment Is Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens that much better than Sigma 24-70mm f2.8?
It's tricky to wade through, but sometimes people post full-sized images on the site. For me, this kind of comparison is helpful because it lets me see what kinds of shots people can get with the lens. Doing this showed me that the tamrom 180mm macro is definitely comparable to the nikon 200mm macro, but that the sigma (priced between the other two) was far inferior.
Jan
12
answered Is Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens that much better than Sigma 24-70mm f2.8?
Jan
11
revised What do the red values mean on the distance scale of a lens?
grammar correction in title
Jan
10
comment How can I validate my monitor's color calibration?
Yes, once someone else is doing the printing, you really can't know exactly what they're doing. Having said that, I've found that the more reputable labs will give you the option to print using the exact color profile you give them with the image, rather than making their own adjustments. Take a look here for the adjustments labs can make: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/6453/…
Jan
9
answered How can I validate my monitor's color calibration?
Jan
8
comment What's “real” and what's “virtual” on a (digital) camera?
I went your route when learning photography, buying more and more camera until I found one that I felt suited me. I can say that it's a fun ride, but you might get more out of switching to an SLR, getting a prime, and shooting things in A or S modes. That's when I felt that my learning really took off.
Jan
6
comment Is there a camera bag that could serve as a diaper bag, or vice versa?
I have this bag, and it's really not a good idea to use it as a diaper bag. I think it's very necessary to have a separate sippy cup holder, distinct from your equipment. The space in the top of this bag doesn't have dividers for drinks.
Jan
6
comment Are airport x-ray scanners safe for DSLRs / lenses / storage media?
@Reid, absolutely. But the idea of 'radiation dose' actually has real, quantifiable numbers behind it, so much so that I had to learn about dosimetry (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dosimetry) when studying x-ray radiation and imaging. Now, whether the differences in dose is significant is another issue, and one that can be determined by putting a meter in the bag and outside the bag, etc. When not inside luggage, there is a higher chance that more photons will hit the electronics, but for the most part, they won't do anything if they do.
Jan
6
answered Is there a camera bag that could serve as a diaper bag, or vice versa?
Jan
5
comment Other than the iMac, what's a brilliant display for my images?
Course, you could also bootcamp that iMac. I bootcamped my MBP's (v 1.1 and 6.2), and they are the best Windows laptops I've found.
Jan
5
comment Are airport x-ray scanners safe for DSLRs / lenses / storage media?
@Reid-- that's not technically true, depending on the way that the radiation machine is configured. If there are a lot of low-energy photons emitted from the machine, they would get absorbed by the bag or container, rather than the outer surface of the camera. Higher energy photons would just pass right through. Some medium energy photons are absorbed by the bag; that's why the bag is detectable by the machine.
Jan
4
answered Are airport x-ray scanners safe for DSLRs / lenses / storage media?
Jan
3
comment Prime lens or flash: which upgrade will most improve baby photos?
@John-- glad you could make a decision. Hopefully, you'll get some good shots of the wee one :)
Jan
3
comment What photograph-manipulation application matches my specific feature wishlist?
A bit of a nitpick, but I think that good software engineering practices solve user problems. UNIX-style software engineering emphasizes the use of many small tools combined to solve problems, while other approaches do use 'monolithic' tools to solve a task or set of user tasks (ie, excel or word). It's more of a style thing of whether to have one or many programs, not a 'best practices' thing.
Jan
2
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Jan
2
comment D80 vs D100 vs D1X
As a Nikon shooter, I agree with this assessment. The D100 is not worth it compared to the D80, but if you really can wait, save for a used D200. That is a pro level body, with weather sealing, similar IQ to the D80 but with metering on older lenses (if that's what you require). If you don't have the older lenses, just go for the d80.
Jan
2
comment Really? Why does a Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 cost almost $2,000?
But to say that it's purely technology is to buy into the marketing reasons that the companies give, rather than paying attention to the profit motive. Canon makes an equivalent lens that's selling for $1.4k, certainly cheaper than the Nikon. I have used neither, and so cannot say which one is better, but on paper, they are equivalent. So is Canon undercharging, Nikon over, both under, both over? That's the market and pricing, not the tech or the materials. I suspect that the tech, materials, production, etc, are dictating a bottom edge, but I don't think we're seeing it (yet).
Jan
2
comment Really? Why does a Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 cost almost $2,000?
Dude. Seriously. Could you possibly be more condescending? Maybe you should try running a business sometime, and see what it takes to set prices.