New Nikon Mirrorless Z6 and Z7

Nikon just announced the Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras today. The specs look pretty interesting. I’ve been waiting for this camera for a while, since I have a couple of Nikon lenses I want to keep using. While the new camera offers a new mount, they have an adapter that should work with my lenses. I’ll probably end up getting a couple of the new S lenses to take advantage of the 5 axis stabilization at some point.

Anyway, I’ve held out for several years now and it’s probably time to upgrade. The main feature I wanted was video, and I think the new Nikon bodies offer it. The problem with the old cameras is the focusing and video dynamic range. The ability to shoot 10bit 4:2:2 on an external drive is really interesting. I wanted to get into doing some vlogging, and this might be my opportunity.

The question now is, which one to get? I’m leaning towards the Z6 because of the price point. It doesn’t have as many features, but it saves a little money, which I can put towards either more glass or accessories (like extra batteries, memory cards, external monitor/drives, etc). I’m probably going to put in my pre-order within the next week. Stay tuned!

PS. I don’t really care that it only has one card slot. I’m not a pro photographer, so I don’t need the redundancy. My d600 has dual slots and I’ve rarely found it useful. I think if photographers need dual memory slots, go for the d850, or wait for the Z8 (which will probably be a sport model).

Oracle Acquires AddThis

At last an exit! My previous company (AddThis) just announced that they’re in the process of being acquired by Oracle.

I just wanted to take a moment to congratulate the AddThis/Clearspring team. I also wanted to give a high five to all the alumni as well.

I remember when AddThis was acquired by Clearspring in 2008. Here’s my original blog post. Photos from the 2009 holiday party. Here are some pictures of some folks from 2010. Oh yeh, and here’s a pic of Dom back in 2010 as well. Here’s the a 2015 kick off. When we went go karting. And the original GB9000.

I’d like to thank the AddThis/Clearspring team for hiring me back on October 6th, 2007. It’s been an epic chapter in my life, and I will always be grateful for all the friends I made on that ride. As a designer, I’m really proud to have designed for a product that reaches billions of people.

Way to kick off 2016. This is going to be a great year.

Possible Thieves in Tysons II

I went to a company party tonight and noticed there was a couple driving around doing something very suspicious. A man and women were driving around the parking lot of Tysons II as though they were trying to find a parking spot. Then I saw a girl hop out of the Land Rover and started to check if cars were unlocked.

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Anyway, they did this a couple of times, and I assumed they were trying to pull a quick one on folks who left their car doors unlocked.



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It was an old Green Land Rover Discovery. Anyway, I reported this to the security immediately and they were on it.

Make sure to lock your doors and don’t leave any valuables in your car this holiday. One of my coworkers had her car broken into yesterday because they left a present visible.

RIP H.R. Giger

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One of my favorite artists, H.R. Giger died. He was a huge influence on me, and I’ve always loved his work. Everything from his Alien design, his paintings, to his furniture.

This is a sad day indeed.

Fake Sign Language

I went to a RedMan concert when I was in college and I remember a guy that signed the entire show. The interpreter looked exactly like Santa Clause—so just imagine a old white guy with white hair and a white beard signing along to RedMan. A part of me thought it was total fake, but there were actually a huge number of deaf kids there. They even had a light show that was synchronized to the performance.

Anyway, it’s kind of sad to see someone fake sign language.