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Photographer, tech head, and extreme sport enthusiast.

I'm an amateur who likes to shoot everything from portraits to landscapes. My favorite venues are half way up a 14k mountain, Ontario in Fall, and the Mediterranean at sunset.

I love talking technology, new equipment, and Canon lenses.

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Mar
1
comment How to determine if a new lens is a subpar copy?
I agree with your analysis. Especially because the asker mentioned in a comment "But I'm serious about technical quality with photography. I wouldn't necessarily know yet if my $1600 lens is a dud if it acts like a $500 lens.". If one really cannot tell the difference between a $1,600 lens and a $500; they probably were not ready for the expensive version and should probably worry about other things. People throw money at photography all the time as if money is what makes art.
Mar
1
comment Does shrinking the upscaled picture improve its quality (in terms of blur)?
Is fft supposed to be something generally known? I've never heard that term in photography.
Mar
1
comment Capturing steam coming out of a cup in a snowy day
You might want to practice with incense or similar as it burns long and slow. Hot things can stop producing steam quickly especially in the cold and if they aren't agitated.
Feb
28
comment How to determine if a new lens is a subpar copy?
If by "the reviewers" you mean reviews at DPReview and photozone.de for example - The answer is that they use lab tests such as Imatest and Dxo Analyzer. If your idea of "reviewers" is every guy with an opinion in a forum, then the answer is that most of them have no idea what they are talking about :) But most of the well trusted reviewers will use a combination of the two; subjective assessments and Imatest or similar. I'm not sure that Bryan Carnathan at The-Digital-Picture even uses lab tests per say, he seems to simply use similar methods as our Q&A on: "How can I test a new lens..."
Feb
28
comment How to determine if a new lens is a subpar copy?
Note that I believe the title should be updated if you want to compare a lens to the spec sheet. And if that is the case this is a duplicate of: What are the standard tests available to quantify lens parameters?. If your question is how to test if a lens is a dud, this is a duplicate of How can I test a new lens to make sure it is operating correctly?
Feb
28
comment How to determine if a new lens is a subpar copy?
I'm going to take a shot in the dark that the quote you provided is describing a 24-70mm f/2.8 L lens that is notorious for having copy to copy variations, especially in the used market. Most modern lenses from Nikon and Canon have far less issues like that. Complex designs, zooms, and plastic parts all play into how much variation exists. If you are buying a simple 50mm prime I would expect much less variation for example.
Feb
28
comment Do photographers see ambiguity in the color of the blue/black (gold/white) dress?
I don't see what is fairly obvious about the comparison. Please explain.
Feb
26
comment Can I take macro photo with a mirrorless camera as easily as with a compact camera (even without a macro lens)?
Yeah for sure. Every person I know personally who owns the EOS M also owns the adapter though. I'm simply suggesting that this person asking the question too might also be considering that adapter.
Feb
26
comment Can I take macro photo with a mirrorless camera as easily as with a compact camera (even without a macro lens)?
This is all correct, but it's important to note that an EF mount adapter exists so you can use more then what is just native.
Feb
25
comment What should I expect in maintenance costs after shutter failure for a DSLR?
Why are you comparing a camera to a car? That is not the situation. Also, does your car manual tell you the price of a new engine? Of course not.
Feb
24
comment Is an 18-200mm lens sufficient for an Alaska trip?
Bog-standard? What is that?
Feb
22
comment Canon 750d very slow focus speed
Telling us the details of the camera would help. What mode are you using? What focus points? What focus mode? What lens(es) specifically? Are you in low light or in bright light? Are you in Live view or standard?
Feb
20
comment What's the advantage of an expensive industrial camera over a consumer device for microscopy?
You are asking what is the difference between a 35mm camera that shoots at 205fps and a smartphone? Even regardless of framerate, you must understand that a full frame sensor has advantages over the minuscule sensors in smartphones.
Feb
20
comment How can I fix my Canon rebel XT?
Every time I pickup my old Rebel XT I'm amazed at how small the LCD screen is. Beyond all of the obvious sensor upgrades and such, modern LCD screens are not something I would ever want to give up!
Feb
19
comment What is the native color gamut of a modern digital sensor?
In Jristas answers to two questions he answers at least some of this: How much of a difference do different color spaces make?, and more of it in this: What are Color Profiles and where would I find information on using them properly?. In particular: When using RAW, the full color range supported by the camera sensor will be available, which in modern digital cameras can greatly exceed the sRGB or Adobe RGB gamut.
Feb
17
comment Charging similar battery packs in a charger intended for only one of them appears to work; Are there non-obvious reasons for not doing this?
@EvanPak - The question was worst that could happen after all :)
Feb
16
comment Why does a speedlite not fire when taking a still during movie mode?
I don't even understand why they allow still photos to be captured during movie mode in the first place. Seems pointless. I have never been capturing a movie and thought about capturing a still at the same time. They are two separate activities.
Feb
15
comment How do I improve the quality of lowlight back-lit bottle photographs with a point and shoot camera?
Maybe an example of what you are trying to achieve would help us. What do you mean "bottle lights"?
Feb
15
comment Performance of large libraries
I agree that you have a few questions here(which is part of the problem, as questions should really be separated on this site). One of them is "What should I use to replace Apple Aperture", and we have a great Q&A on that already here: Apple Aperture replacement. Secondly, you asked specifically about how LR performs with "large libraries, and that is a pretty obvious "It performs well" because that is exactly what its purpose is. How well it performs is covered in the linked to Q that this was marked a dup of.
Feb
13
comment Camera for high volume automated shooting of product pictures
I think what you are describing lands in the machine vision field which may not be suitable for this site. It certainly isn't my area of expertise.