June 21st, 2010  1530

I just uninstalled Carbonite from my workstation.  I feel they 'bait and switched' me and I'm tired of this sort of game.  They advertise "unlimited backup" but now I learn they throttle your backup to 2mbps which equates to less than 2gb per day.  At that rate it would take 3-5 years to back up all my data!

When I called and asked them about it they referred me to their "Carbonitepro.com" website which conviently wasn't listed on mentioned on their other site.  For my amount of data (2tb) the charge would be close to $1000 MONTHLY.  A far cry from $54 annually they were touting on the other site.

This sort of bait and switch tactic leaves me with a very bad taste in my mouth and frankly is disgusting from a company fo this caliber.  They should have made the bandwidth throttling very clear from the beginning, or at least has a disclaimer to their "unlimited data storage" claim.  Shame on them!


June 20th, 2010    2212

My backup needs continue to evolve as do my methods.  I have three layers of backups and still managed to lose the last few months worth of images during a recent lightning strike.  Backups are most reliable when automatically backed up without human intervention, and in multiple locations including an off-site location.  I've long mulled over building a Drobo or similar RAID type and sending it to my son in the states to plug into his router as a FTP storage device.  Such a unit with at least 12tb would run in excess of $2000 USD's and still be limited by the speed of the internet connections.

Recently I was reading (again) the information on www.carbonite.com, a service that offers unlimited cloud storage for $54.95 a year.  If the limit it indeed unlimited, and the service backs up at a reasonable rate, then the price is a bargain.  I signed up for a trial 2-week period, marked over 9tb's I want backed up, and will monitor the progress.  Stay tuned to see if I sign up for the entire service.  Is this good for just a few gigs of documents, or is it robust enough for a working photographer?  I'll let you know.. :)


June 19th, 2010   1420

Several new reviews will go live at 1900 local.  One detailing the new features of Lightroom 3 and another showing off the delightful features of "Syncing.net", the perfect program/service to keep your files in sync across multiple machines.  We'll also have a feature photograph by Bike Bart and my usual blog musings about my experience inside the doors of Yanhee General Hosptial, well known for its plastic surgery department.


June 18th, 2010   1802

I just finished processing a few 'automatic' panoramics taken with the new Sony NEX-5 in "Sweep Panoramic" mode.  This is a very easy to use mode and  I discussed it a bit in this forum entry. 


June 16th 2010  1658

I just realized the ATTACHMENTS were not turned on in the forum.   I turned them on and they are now functional.


June 14th 2010  1444

I didn't get to use the new Sony NEX-5 in the environments I wanted today, but I did drag it along to lunch and a game of pool with my son.  I've only shot about 30 frames total but so far I have these observations:

1.  The lens is sharp at just about any aperture.  I haven't maximized its potential but based on experience with dozens of lenses in this range I'd guess this will end up being a very sharp sample with minimum distortion.   Without trying I can zoom in on the LCD and clearly make out features such as individual eyelashes.

2.  The super tiny external flash easily sits on top of the camera full time and folded flat is mostly out of the way.  It doesn't bother me leaving it in place.  Sure, it's not very powerful but it's certainly better than most 'attached/internal' flashes I've used when it comes to light quality and distributed coverage and it's powerful enough to fill most rooms in the 3x4 meter range with ease.  This is the sort of shooting I'll be using this camera for.

3.  The review LCD is in the same range as a Nikon D700, Canon 5dII, and that's to say it has great resolution.  You can easily zoom in/out and examine your photos and the LCD is useful (and the only way) for composing your images.

4.  The LCD also articulates up/down considerably.. and I suspect this is going ot be very useful for the type of photography I bought this for.. namely discreet street shooting.  You get the best images when people don't realizet they're being photographed.

5.   So far in public no one takes this camera seriously!  They look at you like you're some clueless tourist.  Perfect!  It's just not big or imposing enough to demand respect and this is exactly what a street shooter wants.

6.  Lightroom 3, Adobe ACR, and Capture 5.2 do not yet support the Sony NEX-5.  I'm sure they'll roll out updates in the next week or so, they always do.  For now you're forced to use the included Sony software and it's no where near as useful or refined as Canon's or Nikon's included software.. which to put it frankly means the Sony software sucks.

7.  The camera is small yet easy to hold.  The knurled finish around the fingergrip area is pleasant to hold and imparts a feeling of security as its mostly nonslip..

Below are a couple sample images from today.  A couple showing the excellent fill of the flash as I capture my son playing pool (ISO 600), and the last is an ISO 800 shot showing the potential for dynamic range with no flash.


June 13th 2010  2133

This afternoon Sony delivered my new Alpha NEX-5 several days early.  I have some initial impressions.  It's very small, easy to hold on to, appears to produce excellent quality images on par with other APC-S DSLR's, and its' been fitted with every gimmick feature in the industry including smile detection, auto HDR, and auto panoramics.  Everything seems very 'precise' and well fitted, the focus and zoom rings turn with the type of precision normally associated with medical instruments.

I'll be using this small 7 ounce camera over the next few weeks in a vareity of venues before writing the review.  I'll share an image or two here on the 'What's New'  page.