samfan

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(unknown member): I'm glad that there are people insane enough to imagine and build lenses like this. And that there are entities and people who will pay for them to get built.

Maybe in the 60's, today it would be more like 1%.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 23:48 UTC
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (474 comments in total)

So we can expect a D510 with proper Wi-Fi in a couple of months?

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 23:45 UTC as 147th comment
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webber15: I've though street view was an ill conceived idea from the beginning...
Really,,apart from having your home "cased" by occasional burglars/professional gangs...what use is it??

@AlanG you nailed it! Ban the streets. To get across town, we'd need to go through other people's houses and properties, potentially through windows. That would keep everyone so much on alert, burglars and terrorists wouldn't have a chance.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 00:44 UTC
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AlanG: If the Mumbai attacks involved photographic reconnaissance separate from Google's Street View, what does that tell us?

Ban all photography, that's what.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 22:14 UTC
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webber15: I've though street view was an ill conceived idea from the beginning...
Really,,apart from having your home "cased" by occasional burglars/professional gangs...what use is it??

And we should also ban all maps, GPS navigation and compasses, and maybe computers and eyes too, because all these tools can help you find and see someone who, despite giving you information on where to find them, doesn't want to be found.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 22:13 UTC
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Old Cameras: I do t know that the street view function serves any necessary purpose. Maybe for businesses but I don't particularly like a picture of my house being so easy to access. It's just not necessary, they do it for geewhiz factor and because they can. Those images could easily become higher resolution, and to no purpose. India may have more nefarious reasons for denying it, however. Google Maps? Yes, I'm a regular user, I depend on it to navigate to job sites. It's invaluable. But street view? I have no use for it. Yes, you can drive by the house yourself, but that's a lot of trouble. This is an example of just more and more information being gathered and crunched that someone might leverage to make a buck. Just extrapolate, what if the images were updated more often? Like everyday? What if it was a continuous high resolution live feed? Where do you draw the line? If a tree trimmer knocked on your door and said "I noticed on Googke street view that your tree limbs could use some trimming...." Then you'd get mad...

Maybe you'd talk differently if you'd need to go to places with horrendous parking. When I'm going somewhere, I often literally scope for possible hidden parking spots in advance. It's pretty invaluable.

I value my and everyone else's privacy very highly but I also believe that what you can see from the street is inherently not private.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 21:58 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: While Google street view may be good for the honest individual, I think in general it's a bad idea. It raises security concerns (and for those who are concerned about security, I'm with you). I mean, yes, the images are often times outdated, but the neighborhood and houses don't generally change that much themselves, so yes it is a concern that every American (or rather, everyone across the world) should be concerned about. I know Google probably created it with good intentions, but like other services (Facebook for example) the bad guys exploit the services for their own good, thus giving it a bad name and reputation.

What is the concern, exactly?

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 21:48 UTC
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razadaz: We seem to live in a world where photographing people and things is becoming taboo. It looks very bad for the future of photography. I look at some of the wonderful documentary photography taken in the 20th century and wonder if future generations will have the same quality of records for this century. If Cartier-Bresson had been born in this time he would probably have been arrested for privacy violation by now.

Exactly. People overshare so much that there are apps to find nearby people based on their breakfast sharing facebook posts, but take a photo of a stranger and all hell breaks loose.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 21:45 UTC
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samfan: As much as I dislike the Google big brother (I probably shouldn't be writing this from my own, internet-enabled computer, right?), Street View is one of the most practical things on the internet, second only to Wikipedia. Where I live, the roads and traffic signs are pretty crazy so when I'm going somewhere new, I often check the area in GSV in advance.

I don't quite get the privacy/security concerns in this particular case. GSV is basically just a bunch of photos. If you tried, you could probably get the same photos from Flickr or whatever, just with less convenience. So this seems like the same kind of fear mongering like when cops used to stop everyone from taking photos of bridges. I knew a guy who was stopped by a cop because he was drawing a sketch of some government building.

In other words, people are often completely fine with having everything about their personal lives out there on social networks and clouds, often fully public, but flip out when a tourist takes a photo which contains the back of their head while they walk the street. That's a bit backwards if you ask me.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 20:08 UTC

As much as I dislike the Google big brother (I probably shouldn't be writing this from my own, internet-enabled computer, right?), Street View is one of the most practical things on the internet, second only to Wikipedia. Where I live, the roads and traffic signs are pretty crazy so when I'm going somewhere new, I often check the area in GSV in advance.

I don't quite get the privacy/security concerns in this particular case. GSV is basically just a bunch of photos. If you tried, you could probably get the same photos from Flickr or whatever, just with less convenience. So this seems like the same kind of fear mongering like when cops used to stop everyone from taking photos of bridges. I knew a guy who was stopped by a cop because he was drawing a sketch of some government building.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 20:04 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
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Rexgig0: My wife has been using a Sun-Sniper sling since shortly after its introduction. She later added another type of attachment point, that allows for tripod mounting, made by a company other than either Sun-Sniper or BR. Perhaps because she lived in Europe for several years, she prefers the version with the metal cable inside the strap; perhaps thieves cutting camera and bag straps is more common in Europe than North America?

Following my wife's lead, I acquired a Sun-Sniper sling system, but I disliked the camera being upside down. It works better (for me) when attached to the tripod foot of a telephoto lens, with the tripod ring rotated so the camera hangs more upright.

I misplaced my Sun-Sniper sling, and substituted a Magpul sling; rather than something inspired by a carbine sling, I now use an authentic carbine sling. (When not using a large tele lens, I prefer using a Peak Design Slide, Think Tank Strap, or Leica strap, depending upon the size/weight of the camera/lens.)

I've been using a PacSafe strap http://www.pacsafe.com/camera-bag-accessories.html for a couple years. Strangely, it's also one of the more comfy straps I've had, despite its hardness.

My favorite thing about it are the slugs (is that the right word?) like on a bicycle chain which can be used to strap it directly to the camera. It's pretty badass and very easy to take off.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 10:01 UTC

I haven't been following this, but a few years ago Canon (I think) was adamant that sling straps like these aren't healthy for the tripod mount since it's not constructed for this kind of wear. Has there been anything new on this matter?

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 09:57 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
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M1963: The concept of "advanced entry level" baffles me, but kudos to Pentax for making a budget DSLR with two rotary dials. Canikon, take notice.

Pentax doesn't fight for anything. It's a hobby, most likely hemorrhaging money but Ricoh doesn't care for the moment, fortunately. Fuji is in the same position.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 12:15 UTC

Damn, I really should get a Pentax SLR. Not that I need it, but just because their cameras are so great. Even though I'm not a fan of SLRs without a separate status LCD.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 12:11 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1086 comments in total)

I haven't held it yet, but it seems to bring good memories of when I was familiarizing myself with my D200 10 years ago.

Still, it's very unlikely I'd ever buy a Nikon again. As good as their engineers are, the managements craps on customers. It might be possible for them to regain trust of customers such as me, if the company even survives that long.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 11:49 UTC as 82nd comment

For those not familiar with the original LL:

https://web.archive.org/web/20150205221840/http://www.luminous-landscape.com/index.shtml

The D30 vs Provia comparison:

https://web.archive.org/web/20150108201522/http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/d30/d30_vs_film.shtml

And read everything Leica rangefinders-related :)

https://web.archive.org/web/20150206200814/http://www.luminous-landscape.com/areas/reviews/#L

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 20:35 UTC as 139th comment

Ouch. RIP. I haven't read LL in a long time (since they changed the black background format), but I used to read and re-read and re-re-read lots of his old articles, Leica reviews in particular. His photos were inspirational 10+ years when I was getting into serious photography; I even wanted to buy one of his signed books, unfortunately I couldn't afford it.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 20:22 UTC as 143rd comment
On article Instagram gets a new logo, monochrome interface (88 comments in total)
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samfan: What's with all the companies having such terrible, unimaginative logos lately? Everyone seems to fire their designers and outsource logo creation to 6-year olds.

Nope, you can trust me that file size has nothing to do with the icons being stupid. Even if it was a factor, it's not the app makers that would care (to make the phone faster), it would be the phone makers - but they care even less. First, look at all those visual gimmicks Samsung and co. fills their phones with which slow the OS and hw down immensely. Second, if the phone is slow, they can sell you a faster one next year.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 02:31 UTC
On article Instagram gets a new logo, monochrome interface (88 comments in total)
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samfan: What's with all the companies having such terrible, unimaginative logos lately? Everyone seems to fire their designers and outsource logo creation to 6-year olds.

Except that most such logos these days use bright flat colors, but this one even has a gradient, yet is still super lame.

I had to check my work phone for the old Instagram icon. Not a huge fan but at least it had a concept and some content. What the hell is the current one supposed to imply? And those other 3 icons shown in the article, what are those? The hell.

6-inch phones these days have 2560*1440 screens, so much stuff can fit on that space, yet all the logos, icons and graphics have to be as retarded as possible. God forbid we have anything resembling real-life objects or *gasp* - text to read!

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 19:43 UTC
On article Instagram gets a new logo, monochrome interface (88 comments in total)

What's with all the companies having such terrible, unimaginative logos lately? Everyone seems to fire their designers and outsource logo creation to 6-year olds.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 15:13 UTC as 2nd comment | 6 replies
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