Bud James

Bud James

North Wales, PA

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    Vero – It’s About Time
    on: November 5, 2022 at 6:13 am

    Kevin,

    Thanks for the article. Good luck on the platform.

    Sounds like another time sink without a financially sustainable future, unless they charge. I’ll wait before jumping in because promoting my photography to other photographers is not a good use of marketing dollars or time.

    Regards,
    Bud James

    Please check out my fine art and travel photography at http://www.budjames.photography.

    Bud James
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    Re: iPhone 14 Pro as a compact camera substitute?
    Reply #1 on: October 8, 2022 at 7:51 am

    I’ve had my iPhone 14 Pro for a few weeks now. The camera is a nice improvement over the already excellent iPhone 13 Pro.

    I’ve been playing with the RAW files in my favorite RAW processor, Capture One Pro, with good results. The potential to create really nice portfolio images is definitely exciting.

    Here are a few snapshots taken at a recent “Cars & Cigars” event hosted by one my vendors at the Capital Grill in King of Prussia. These are SOOC converted from HEIC to JPGs in Apple Photos.

    I got to drive the Porsche 911 Carerra S that I’m standing at. Wow! I want one! After pricing out the Porsche, I realized how “cheap” my Leica cameras are. LOL!

    Regards,
    Bud James

    Please check out my fine art and travel photography at http://www.budjames.photography.

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    Re: iPhone 14 Pro as a compact camera substitute?
    Reply #2 on: October 5, 2022 at 7:19 am

    With the new iPhone 14 Pro, I’m starting to wonder if it’s possible to substitute a high-quality compact camera. After what you read here, that seems to be the case:

    https://www.austinmann.com/trek/iphone-14-pro-camera-review-scotland

    Until now, despite many Mac’s (computers) over the last few years, I never had an iPhone but always Android smartphones, because I had a) got used to the Android user interface and b) the iPhones were honestly too expensive for me compared to the Androids.

    The iPhone 14 Pro could change that for the first time.

    Oliver

    For years, my compact camera of choice was the excellent Sony RX100 series. My wife used my previous camera, RX100Mk !V, and I used the RX100Mk VII. These are great cameras, except my wife dropped a previous version and it could not be repaired so I had to spend $1,000 to buy a replacement.

    These cameras have been sitting unused since we upgraded our iPhones to the 13 Pro. My wife has the iPhone 13 Pro Max and I just upgraded to the iPhone Pro 14. The cameras in these phones combined with the iOS 16 software is insanely good.  So good in fact, that I just sold our Sony RX100 cameras to MPB.com so that they could find a worthy home for them.

    Another plus is that the iPhone is very sturdy and water resistant. As I explained, this is not the case with compact cameras, or any camera for that matter.

    I used to take my Sony RX100 as a back up for my Leica M10 for travel. Earlier this year, I spent 3-1/2 weeks vacationing in Europe. I took my Leica M11 with APO Summicron 35mm and my iPhone 13 Pro. The iPhone was great for snap shots, recording GPS data and for the ultra wide and tele lens capabilities. Looking at the resulting images, I didn’t miss my Sony RX100. Attached are a few shots taken with my iPhone 13 Pro.

    My advice, ditch the compact camera and embrace the iPhone Pro. It’s awesome!

    Regards,
    Bud James

    Please check out my fine art and travel photography at http://www.budjames.photography.

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    Re: Need new printer
    Reply #3 on: August 18, 2022 at 5:25 am

    Ten years is a great life for a printer although I don’t know about the volume of your printing.

    If the 17″ max width still meets your needs, then I think it’s a no brainer to upgrade to the P900.

    I purchased the P900 as an upgrade to my P800. The ability to switch back and forth between photo black and photo matte ink without wasting ink was the biggest selling point for me as I was very satisfied with the print quality of the P800.

    Now that I’ve been using the P900 for six months, I’m very happy with it. I now find myself randomly using my stock of matte papers because I don’t worry about the cost of switching the black ink. The image quality is an upgrade from the P800, especially with printing B&W.

    I have owned a number of Epson printers over the past 15 years. As my printing needs are modest since photography is a hobby, my printers can sit for months turned off. I have never had any issues with print clogging or other print quality issues with any of them.

    I highly recommend the P900.

    Regards,
    Bud James

    Please check out my fine art and travel photography at http://www.budjames.photography.

    Bud James
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    Re: mac mini or mac studio
    Reply #4 on: August 15, 2022 at 5:43 am

    I replaced an 1997 iMac Pro with a new Mac Studio M1 Max, 64GB RAM and 2TB in May. Based on GeekBench tests, the MacStudio runs rings around the iMacPro.

    The Mac Mini with M1 chip is not a slouch, but since I can keep my Macs for years, I went for the much more capable MacStudio. We spend thousands of dollars on our camera gear so having a capable Mac that will perform for years is a good investment.

    I use Capture One Pro as my primary image processor for my 40 and 60 MB files from my Leica cameras. The MacStudio handles these with ease. It’s a screamer.

    If you have an Apple credit card, you can buy Apple products directly from Apple with 0% financing on a 12 month payment plan for new Macs and MacBooks. Apple also gave me $1,900 for trading in my iMacPro towards the cost of a Mac Studio.

    Regards,
    Bud James

    Please check out my fine art and travel photography at http://www.budjames.photography.