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by dvincent
Sat Aug 15, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Sony A7RIV + Sigma 60-600mm Help
Replies: 4
Views: 858

Re: Sony A7RIV + Sigma 60-600mm Help

First thing I would do is test the lens against subjects that aren't moving at both near and far distance. Try to take motion blur and subject movement out of the equation. It's still possible to get a mediocre example of a lens, or one that's weaker at different subject distances. Copy to copy vari...

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by dvincent
Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Sony A7RIV + Sigma 60-600mm Help
Replies: 4
Views: 858

Re: Sony A7RIV + Sigma 60-600mm Help

It's entirely possible that you got a bum copy of the lens (it happens even with the spendy ones). What kind of conditions were you dealing with? Don't forget atmosphere plays a lot with very long reach. Do you have any image samples you can share? Does it look like focus problems, or is it issues o...

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by dvincent
Sat Jul 11, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Thoughts on the new Canon R5/R6?
Replies: 2
Views: 1097

Re: Thoughts on the new Canon R5/R6?

People here know I'm critical of Canon, but these cameras by and large appear to be the real deal. Even if they dragged their feet towards making them, they did exactly what they had to do in terms of features/capabilities. They took their lumps and responded to criticism in the right way, by making...

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by dvincent
Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Which tripod for camcorder? (Amateur)
Replies: 2
Views: 1447

Re: Which tripod for camcorder? (Amateur)

Video heads are very different than photo heads.

What's your budget looking like? A light camcorder doesn't need super heavy legs but you can get a lot of tripod that will last for a very long time for $300.

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by dvincent
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photographer's choice
Replies: 53
Views: 6773

Re: Photographer's choice

It could also be an opportunity for a "Viewer's Choice" voted on by the photo-viewing public. That's called "Top 5 of the last 24 hours" ;) Most-viewed photos would automatically receive the most votes. Besides it gives an unfair advantage to the photos promoted by A.net on Face...

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by dvincent
Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photographer's choice
Replies: 53
Views: 6773

Re: Photographer's choice

If PC voting does not attract a lot of votes every day and is subject to manipulation, then it might be time to do away with having the photographers select PC and replacing it with stand out shots selected by the screeners during the screening process. Other option could be for screeners to tag st...

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by dvincent
Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Canon EOS RP: first impressions & some questions
Replies: 7
Views: 1443

Re: Canon EOS RP: first impressions & some questions

My biggest criticism is how the EVF freezes momentarily while the shutter opens; it's not too much of an issue when you're not holding your finger on the trigger but it makes the 'spray and pray' approach for fast subjects more difficult. I know some mirrorless cameras (Sony) don't suffer from this...

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by dvincent
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Is a bridge camera good?
Replies: 5
Views: 1156

Re: Is a bridge camera good?

The Sony RX10 series (especially the latest model) is perfectly capable of doing action, continuous AF and drive. It uses the a9's high-speed shutter and on-sensor AF, just in a smaller sensor. It has an excellent lens that performs very well at 600mm equivalent. The only gotchas are the motorized z...

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by dvincent
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Recommend A Slide Scanner Under £400
Replies: 3
Views: 7524

Re: Recommend A Slide Scanner Under £400

Depends on how much money you want to spend. Nikon still sells Coolscan slide scanners, but you're going to be paying a lot for one. Minolta scanners will still run on Win7, if you can find one. There's plenty on eBay. Refer to this Dyxum thread. https://www.dyxum.com/dforum/how-to-run-old-minolta-s...

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by dvincent
Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 2702
Views: 421817

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

I only fly WN out of BOS if they're going to a place that B6 doesn't go, and if the calculus of their fare with two bags is cheaper than Delta. With their recent scheduling shenanigans (not surprised they're killing MKE given the awful schedule) and the cutbacks, the desire just goes down and down.

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by dvincent
Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?
Replies: 26
Views: 13030

Re: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?

No, there are two modes for continuous AF on the EOS R. One is shooting speed priority AF at 5 fps, then there is accuracy priority AF, at 3 fps. It works with both RF and EF lenses. The only difference between RF and EF lenses for the EOS R is that with RF lenses, you also have the option of high ...

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by dvincent
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?
Replies: 26
Views: 13030

Re: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?

And yes, adaptors aren't perfect, but they're A. not as necessary anymore and B. Every firmware update (from both Sony and Metabones) has improved them. Obviously native lenses perform the best, but I'm still shocked at how well the adaptors work given constraints. But those same arguments cut both...

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by dvincent
Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?
Replies: 26
Views: 13030

Re: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?

Karl, They have little to offer outside a 24-70 under 100mm. People still posting FUD like "Sony's lineup is still small" in 2019 is hilarious. It's not 2014 anymore. The holes are niche and are being filled in year over year. Of course regular EOS has more lenses, but it's been around fo...

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by dvincent
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 200
Views: 36836

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

I make prints nowadays, and there's only so much a 96 DPI monitor can show. Sometimes, density is a good thing. Looking at a proper photo on a retina screen or even just making a reasonable print can make even an average photo look nicer. Living the 42 MP life and haven't looked back in two years.

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by dvincent
Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Anyone running a 5k monitor?
Replies: 8
Views: 7361

Re: Anyone running a 5k monitor?

clickhappy wrote:
Dan - I went with the LG 34BK95U-W 34" 21:9 UltraWide 5K2K WUHD Nano IPS Monitor. Whatever that means :laughing:


You should be fine, it's a good display with a lot of working room.

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by dvincent
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Anyone running a 5k monitor?
Replies: 8
Views: 7361

Re: Anyone running a 5k monitor?

Which 5K monitor are you looking at? There's several, and the opinion is different depending on the one you choose.

Most of the Ultrawide 5Ks have densities similar to 1440p monitors, so it shouldn't be too hard to keep in line in terms of what resolution is being expected.

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by dvincent
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?
Replies: 26
Views: 13030

Re: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?

Right now I'd say there's nothing wrong with holding out a little bit to see where the EOS R system goes. You could try picking up a less expensive used 5D mark4 and then just sell it again when you're ready to move on. I don't think you'll be missing much by waiting a year. If you were to divest of...

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by dvincent
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?
Replies: 26
Views: 13030

Re: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?

I would really suggest you try a metabones before you write off adapting. I know lots of people that use them with great success, especially on the mark 3 bodies. I know the rental shops usually carry them.

I actually don't know what you have for a lens collection these days. What's in your stable?

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by dvincent
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?
Replies: 26
Views: 13030

Re: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?

The a7ii is not on the same level as the mark 3 bodies, and I would avoid it except as a backup. On a final note, am I right in thinking that the A7III doesn't have a fully articulating screen? I believe it only flips up 180 degrees? This is where Canon is winning, with it's articulating touchscreen...

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by dvincent
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?
Replies: 26
Views: 13030

Re: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?

D'oh, yes, I forgot that with an EVF it's always LV! Just to clarify, are you saying that, in your experience, DSLRs such as the 7DII and 5DIV can't compete AF-wise with the A7III? Or were you referring to the EOS R cameras? I have an 80D but rarely use it so can't really vouch for it's AF competen...

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by dvincent
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?
Replies: 26
Views: 13030

Re: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?

Thanks Dan. Is it dual pixel outside LV? I already have a 6D but it's not the best at maintaining focus lock in AI servo, especially if you zoom in or out. The issue is compounded by very bright light, which is what made me assume that the AF points were contrast detect. In low light, however, the ...

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by dvincent
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?
Replies: 26
Views: 13030

Re: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?

The EOS RP uses Dual Pixel AF, and its continuous frame rate with continuous focus with it is rather abysmal compared to its contemporaries. It's a bigger advantage for video than stills. It's a mirrorless 6D in functionality and features. AF will be more accurate (that is, when it locks focus it'll...

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by dvincent
Fri May 31, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: DSLR vs MIRRORLESS
Replies: 14
Views: 11684

Re: DSLR vs MIRRORLESS

Sony, Olympus, and Fuji are the choices to make right now. RF mount and Z mount just aren't there yet, but that situation will change over the next few years.

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by dvincent
Thu May 30, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 2702
Views: 421817

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

It can get bad at Logan at times, nowhere near the insane times MCO hits though. Example: The regular security line at Terminal C at Logan Airport last Friday before Memorial Day weekend went all the way through the normal area, past the JetBlue check-in kiosks, all the way to the Burger King at th...

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by dvincent
Thu May 09, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 2702
Views: 421817

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

I'm in the middle of revamping my analysis to a daily version because the difference in days is quite startling as to the usage, the only piece i won't be picking up is the B6 usage for domestic departures from those gates. Fun fact, on my recent departure to MCO, I was listening in to a B6 pilot t...

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by dvincent
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 2702
Views: 421817

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

I was stuck waiting for the bridge recently (after arriving on a red-eye from LAX, sigh), because I always use the PreFlight parking facility when I park at the airport. It didn't feel that long. I think they remodeled the bridge recently to speed up the process. Still, that process should be banne...

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by dvincent
Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 2702
Views: 421817

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

I completely agree with Riverside. The space is already used as a pick-up/drop-off point for some buses, but turning that area into a major transportation hub would make excellent sense. Here's the challenges: the parking lot there is already full from weekday Green Line commuters. The MBTA recentl...

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by dvincent
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 2702
Views: 421817

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

The problem with the Watertown mall is that buses would have to backtrack 10-15mins to get to the mass pike or drive on crowded residential streets to get to the airport. Don’t get me wrong Watertown itself could definitely use better service to the airport but having people go from neighboring tow...

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by dvincent
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 2702
Views: 421817

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

For an airport that’s one of the most convenient geographically to the city it’s a shame how much of a hassle it is to access conveniently and affordably. For many of us ride sharing was the one salvation in that issue but it sounds like that might be ending soon. How about some Logan express servi...

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by dvincent
Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 2702
Views: 421817

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

I work at one of the local TV stations in Boston, and as someone who uses the airport quite often for personal trips (via Logan Express), I've been playing email tag with Massport PR officials. The #1 goal of Massport is to move people away from using ride-sharing and getting them to use public tra...

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by dvincent
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 2702
Views: 421817

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

I'm actually curious how the Central Parking pickup scheme will work in practice. Are you going to be the guinea pig? :D I am going to stick to curbside drop-off/pick-up by whatever means necessary. Really hope people won't get mugged at night in some dark corner of the central parking structure......

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by dvincent
Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 2702
Views: 421817

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

The pickup fee isn't going up, the drop-off fee will match the pickup fee at 3.25 and there's a 1.50 discount for carpooled rideshares. I also think this includes the fix for the recirculation problem that they had by allowing those that just dropped off pax to pick up at the same time without going...

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by dvincent
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 2702
Views: 421817

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

The terminal roadways of an airport are a shared resource and need to be managed as such, otherwise we have a tragedy of the commons. I do use Lyft when I'm at airports (but not at BOS), and it puts the stark difference of the design of some airport roadways in focus. People want the convenience of ...

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by dvincent
Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Night Time Panning - Sony Alpha Equipment
Replies: 15
Views: 2808

Re: Night Time Panning - Sony Alpha Equipment

Panning technique is the same regardless of what equipment you use. Sony is still a minority within this community, so what you're seeing is simply a matter of numbers, not that it cannot be done. I assume you're handholding and you're keeping steadyshot on and using a lens that allows for hybrid st...

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by dvincent
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 2702
Views: 421817

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

I do not know much about Woburn Express etc. but my colleagues who live in the burbs like Hopkinton etc. complain it is not easy for folks who have a compelling reason to take the first flight in and out of the city or having to take the last flight. My colleagues all pretty much use rideshare as p...

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by dvincent
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 2702
Views: 421817

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

Way back in the day when I lived in Wakefield I used to take the commuter rail to N.station then either taxi or subway to the airport but that's because I had a pass so it cost me nothing :) I would love to be able to do that today but the commuter rail from this far out is painfully slow and expen...

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by dvincent
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 2702
Views: 421817

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

I'm a Merrimack Valley resident living just steps from the commuter rail and I've never once taken the commuter rail to the airport. Woburn Express is my preferred option for long trips but I've also used Preflight in Chelsea, Lyft, or wife's drop-off/pick-up, all depending on the circumstances. A ...

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by dvincent
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 2702
Views: 421817

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

9. Commuter Rail/Other Lines - North Station sucks for connections to Logan, basically if you come in from say Lowell, you have to drive to the station, park (or pay for a lyft etc. ) get on the train, get to NS, swap to Orange/Green, then Blue out to the airport, then bus to the terminal. Woburn L...

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by dvincent
Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 247254

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

What time of April? It's probably an April school vacation week special.

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by dvincent
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN) - 2018
Replies: 1004
Views: 87071

Re: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN) - 2018

True, but they might be useful for Rectrix unless Massport is going to let them use Gate 4 as a walkdown gate rather than a jetbridge. Ramp space will likely be at a premium with all four jetways installed. It's possible that they could stripe things in such a way that 5 and 6 could be used if 4 is...

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by dvincent
Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN) - 2018
Replies: 1004
Views: 87071

Re: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN) - 2018

I think i have found the answer to part of the reason on the long lead time for the DL DTW flight. http://www.massport.com/capitalprogramsattachments/W283-C1/W283-C1.pdf Massport awarded a bid for $249k for the building of 2 more jet bridges for Gates 3 and 4 (I am sure 3 will most likely be for DL...

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by dvincent
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN) - 2018
Replies: 1004
Views: 87071

Re: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN) - 2018

Also, having ORH as capable of taking RJ/A320/B737 sized diverts isn't something to ignore. With the Cat-III landing system in place, ORH is at least capable of playing defense in bad weather now versus shoving its hands up in the air. A B6 gate agent told me that a bunch of BOS-bound travelers wou...

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by dvincent
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN) - 2018
Replies: 1004
Views: 87071

Re: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN) - 2018

I have no more qualification to speculate than most posters here, but here's my two cents, for what they're worth. One wonders if that wasn't some of the reason why it's such a long lead time. I am sure DL would want their own branding up there. it kind of makes sense if that was the case, as like o...

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by dvincent
Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN) - 2018
Replies: 1004
Views: 87071

Re: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN) - 2018

The temperature I got from the early-risers that were on the JFK flight is that they were all locals. Bunch of people making connections, and many going to New York directly. I have a hunch that if there was regular Inland Route Amtrak service that the people going to NY directly would have taken th...

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by dvincent
Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN) - 2018
Replies: 1004
Views: 87071

Re: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN) - 2018

So, flew out of ORH this weekend. Both the AA PHL and B6 JFK flight were departing so the terminal was pretty hopping. I hadn't been past upstairs security at ORH before, and it was neat to see the area that was the two unused jetway gates. My flights were on-time (even arrived a little early on Sun...

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by dvincent
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN) - 2018
Replies: 1004
Views: 87071

Re: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN) - 2018

I'll be flying out of ORH to JFK on B6 for the first time next month. Mostly as a curiosity (I've flown from the airport before in a GA context). The fare was $100 RT for a weekend trip. I wonder what the loads have been like. Did you take the flight yet? If so how was it? Departing this Saturday. ...

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by dvincent
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Sony SX10 Mk IV
Replies: 2
Views: 3131

Re: Sony SX10 Mk IV

Do you mean the RX10 IV? If so, yes, it's a perfectly good single lens camera. You can't change focus while zooming, otherwise the AF is very snappy and the IQ is good for good-light situations. It can keep up well with its 20FPS frame rate.

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by dvincent
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Technological advances, A.net and editing
Replies: 12
Views: 3577

Re: Technological advances, A.net and editing

No, you'd just need an external, non-retina monitor.

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by dvincent
Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Technological advances, A.net and editing
Replies: 12
Views: 3577

Re: Technological advances, A.net and editing

Thanks for the comments. Something else I have now noted, having had a few 1600px photos just accepted: when I open up such images on the Mac, the large versions of the images are displayed relatively large on the computer screen - i.e. they have been significantly upscaled. The actual 1600px image...

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by dvincent
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 247254

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

Where would one build a new tower at BOS if the current twin-pylon tower is retired? You kind of have to put it in the place where the current tower is to have the best survey of the field.

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