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Posts posted by YellowJersey

  1. Despite Ikea being closed, I recommend getting two trestles ( these are what I use: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/finnvard-trestle-with-shelf-white-80150095/


     and then placing your desktop on top. I particularly like this setup because you can adjust the height of the trestles and therefore your desktop, it's easy to take apart and move, relatively inexpensive, and you can put whatever type of desktop you want on it. I have a cheap ikea desktop, but if you want something nice, it gives you options.

  2. 4 hours ago, VestiaryFlea867 said:

    How big of a switch is it going from an optical viewfinder to an electronic viewfinder? I always prefer to use a viewfinder rather than the touchscreen.

    EVFs these days are pretty good. I prefer them over OFVs as you can see your exposure in-viewfinder. If you're on the fence, try going to into a camera shop and having a bit of hands-on time with them?

  3. On 3/3/2020 at 8:23 PM, GDRRiley said:

    m6 mk2




    I still love the forgotten canon SL2 and SL3.

    SL3 body only are around 550$, grab a few spare batteries and then some decent used lenses.

    75-300 III (USM can be nice)

    50mm (yongnuo's clone is 40-50$ and does fine)

    24mm canon pancake lens

    The SL2 and SL3 are great value and great cameras right now. I hesitate to recommend them, however, as I don't see a clear upgrade path without going into full frame and the price tags that come with it. I'd hate to see someone get into a system without much of a future, which DSLR APS-Cs are certainly facing. Having switched systems (Canon to Sony), it's a real pain in the ass and rather expensive, so I feel more comfortable recommending something like Fuji that is clearly committed to its APS-C system.


  4. 5 hours ago, VestiaryFlea867 said:

    Should I go for the X-T2 or X-T30? I looked at specs and prices (used) and they seemed roughly the same? Also, since I might have to get the body only, what are some good "beginner" lenses? Does the camera have good upgradability?

    Tough call. The X-T30 has a much broader autofocus system so you can focus pretty much anywhere on the frame as well as a newer sensor and touch screen functionality whereas the XT-2 has weather sealing and a bit better EVF. If you don't plan on shooting out in extreme weather, then I'd go for the X-T30. 

     So far as upgradeability, you're primarily looking at lenses. Fortunately, Fuji has a very well fleshed out lens lineup. If you're looking for one lens to cover you in most situations, 18-135mm 3.5-5.6 R LM OIS lens might be one to look out for. I shot with a 24-105mm Canon as my only lens for years. Alternatively, the 18-55mm 2.8-4 OIS lens comes bundled with the X-T30 and I hear good things about it, so you might be able to pick up the combo used for a good price.

  5. 3 hours ago, VestiaryFlea867 said:

    I hate being so broad, but, anything that a "normal person" would shoot? I guess vacation photos, landscapes, cities, friends, and the odd video or two. I also forgot about the used market.

    Ok, so a little bit of everything. I think a Fuji would suit you quite well, particularly as they have a much wider variety of lenses compared to the Canon M-mount.

    Also, I'd probably stay away from the DSLR if you're just starting out as the future is definitely mirrorless and it's always nice not having to switch systems if you can avoid it as you can keep your lenses.

  6. 2 hours ago, colonel_mortis said:

    What would you expect to see in forums for those channels? Postings of each video like in LTT Official, or something else?

     Same deal as LTT official. Just a forum where a thread is posted with the video and people can comment. Maybe one subforum for all those channels?

  7. I'm a bit concerned about the future of the Canon M-mount as Canon seems more interested in the R mount. I actually wouldn't be surprised to see the M mount replaced by APS-C R-mount lenses.

    In that price range I'd probably try to track down a used Fujifilm X-T2 or X-T30.


    What do you like to shoot? That would help narrow things down.

  8. For anyone wanting to give Linux a try:


     It's not nearly as scary or complicated as Linus makes it out to be. You don't need to use the command line.  When I was researching distros, I was looking for something that was as Windows-like as possible and needed little to no knowledge of Linux to get going (I was coming from Windows 7 and was exploring Linux as I didn't like Windows 10's telemetry stuff). After a tonne of research, I settled on Linux Mint (I like the MATE desktop, but Cinnamon seems to be more popular). It's really well-suited for people coming from a Windows environment as it's all good to go "out of the box" (ie, after installation). It has GUIs for everything you need and if you're just browsing the internet, doing word processing, email, and so on, it's great. I did have to look up some command line commands to get my ancient printer working, but that's about it, and I think that was more a problem with my printer than with Linux itself because even Windows has trouble recognising it.


     If you need to regularly use proprietary software, then Linux may not be for you unless you're comfortable with diving deeper in. But if you're just looking for an OS that's good to go after installation without needing any tinkering, I do highly recommend giving Linux Mint a try.

    Feel free to DM me.

    (I'm not affiliated with Linux Mint at all, I just think it's a good distro for people like me who aren't super tech savvy but want to get into Linux) 

  9. An HP inkjet printer back in the late 90s. Damn thing was possessed. You know that start up phase that inkjets go through where they make all kinds of noise and it sounds like bits are moving around a lot? It got stuck doing that for an hour and wouldn't respond when I pushed any of the buttons. I ended up unplugging the damn thing and it kept going for five minutes. Tossed it after that. It's now sitting in a landfill somewhere beyond the reach of tech support and exorcist alike.

  10. So I've been watching LTT for a good four or five years now and I've picked up bits and pieces of info about Linus that's formed my impression of him in several capacities. I don't work for Linus, LMG, Floatplane, etc. Today, I want to talk about why, based on what Linus and his employees have said on camera, I think Linus is a good boss.


    First and foremost, it seems that he gets that his position of power comes with a corresponding obligation to his employees (cue Uncle Ben). What drives me absolutely nuts about virtually all the places I've ever worked is that the people at the top enjoy so much power and money and yet feel no sense of obligation towards the people who actually do the thing that people pay the business to do. Linus doesn't strike me as being like that. I've heard him mention a number of times that he employees people who depend on his business to pay their mortgages and so on. That's a quality I haven't come across very often and I think it's an invaluable asset to LMG. The employer/employee relationship is so often parasitic when it should by symbiotic.


    Second, carrying on from that, he also seems to get that if the business runs into trouble, it's his responsibility. Even if it's not necessarily his fault, it's still his responsibility. Save for an employee going on a "frolic of one's own," he seems to get that, while he can take a significant degree of credit for LMG's successes, that, likewise, its failures or troubles are also on him. That's what it means to be at the top. Again, great power, great responsibility and so on. Unlike so many other bosses who aim to pin all the blame on some poor sap, he seems to accept that, at least in part, any failures or problems are also on him, at least to a certain extent. I've seen far too many bosses screw up and then throw someone below them under the bus to save their own skins. Linus strikes me as not being that kind of boss.

     Third, he seems to have a good rapport with his employees to the extent that they're as much colleagues as they are employees. He's not detached from the work of his employees and seems to often be in the trenches with them. He seems to listen to their feedback to better enable his employees to do their jobs. It's a delicate balance to strike, as you don't necessarily want to be friends with your employees (I've seen people get played when they do that) nor do you want be aloof and unapproachable. Nor does he seem obsessed with micromanaging them and content to give them a certain degree of autonomy. If there's one thing I can't stand, it's a boss is simultaneously uninterested in what I do yet constantly breaths down my neck.


     I'm not trying to stroke Linus' ego here and gain points with him (though, Linus, if you are egosurfing, you're welcome ;) ). It's more to illustrate what I think makes a good boss versus a bad one. The nature of my work (often temp office work as an independent contractor) means I've worked for a lot of different businesses, reported to a lot of different people, and I've seen a lot of shit. But as I was catching up on last week's WANshow (or was it the week before that?), Linus said a few things that just got me thinking. So that's why I think Linus, or at least my impression of Linus based mostly on the WANshow, is a good boss and one that I wish I encountered more often.


     Anyway, I should probably get back to work now.

  11. 21 minutes ago, Bombastinator said:

    You wanna hook a thousand dollar tv to a retro $30 retro pi?  I doubt such a device has the horsepower for 120hz anything even if it’s port is rated to do it.


    this isn’t a question about TVs.  It’s a question about how much video a retro pi can put out.

    Well, it sort of is a matter of TVs because if I'm worrying about input lag over nothing then it makes the decision. A retro pi is just one of my use cases.