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On Canon EOS 5D Review preview (12 comments in total)
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SculptedPhotography: The 5D was and is my first digital camera. It has served me with spectacular results. It's main minus for me has been its inability to use the higher ISO's, as anything higher than 200 produces visible grain in images that I print very large on my epson 24" printer. I almost always shoot with a monopod to assure the results.
Technology has changed and improved and I am searching for a replacement. I am invested in excellent Canon lenses and want to stay with Canon. I also want a camera that is not as heavy as my 5D (I am old and am fatigued by the weight of the 5D which I affectionately call "my brick".) Price is an issue too.
Still casting about trying to find a replacement.

Since you have invested in Canon lenses, I think the Canon 6D is what you are looking for, if you are still looking.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 05:19 UTC

I do not believe for a split second that these pictures are "selfies" taken by a wild monkey.

Of course I don't believe that this wild animal is suddenly becoming a technical guru, capable of operating a modern-day camera, and becoming a challenger to Ansel Adams.

Mr. Slater brings his reputation 100 meters below ground level with such a ridiculous story.
It's amazing to see so many naive folks who actually believed this BS!

As for the copyrights, and since Slater had brought it onto himself, the copyrights belong to the monkey, the wild animal monkey, that is!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2014 at 13:23 UTC as 164th comment | 5 replies
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 article (102 comments in total)
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justmeMN: Big camera: 17% wider and 9% taller than a Canon SL1 /100D DSLR.

But you you forgot to add a 400mm lens to the SL1 (let alone the entire range of the FZ1000's lens)!!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 14:14 UTC
On High-end pocketable compacts 2013 roundup article (264 comments in total)
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johnsaxon: I've been shooting with a Canon S90 (earlier version of S120) for many years. This camera fits very easily in the front pocket of my jeans or shorts and it's small and light enough that I don't even realize that it's there. The lens doesn't stick out much and the corners are rounded so it's very easy to slip in and out of the pocket. You just can't beat this camera for portability. It takes great sharp pictures and focuses close at all focal lengths. I think the RX-100 is too chunky to be carried constantly in my pocket, so the extra pixels don't really matter to me. I can just shoot with my Canon 5D if I'm needing a large file.

I just bought the LF1 yesterday, to add to my large collection.
I like it a lot. Image quality is very pleasing. WiFi is very convenient. I like the ring as well.

I'm impressed with Panasonic products (I have 2 FZ-200 also).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 03:57 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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JJLMD: You're fixation with clicking dials cost me money. I've been using the RX100 and RX100m2 with astonishing results. Both my brother and brother-in-law bought one when they saw the IQ coming out of something they can stuff in their pockets. Because of your persistent criticism of the RX100s as uninvolving, I bought the Olympus XZ-2. Yes, it has clicking dials and the colors were nice but the noise, limited dynamic range, and inferior resolution compelled me to sell it after one outing. Oh, and it's about as big as my RX1R.

With that experience, to see you dwell again on this issue strikes me as petty. The RX100s produce class-leading IQ, are built well, are snappy performers, and allow a lot of creative control even for experienced photographers.

Good job Richard!
Pointing out the weaknesses is as important as pointing out the strengths, fixation or not.
Much appreciated, and very helpful.

With nearly a dozen pocket cameras in my collection, I'm not in a rush.
I'll wait for some competitive products that are coming out soon, especially from Panasonic.

Keep up the good and honest work!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2014 at 01:27 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)

Thanks for this good report that pointed out the strengths and the weaknesses of this camera.
I don't agree with some voices that very much wanted to suppress pointing out any weaknesses simply because they owned one or another version of the RX-100.
This report helped me decide to wait for other competitive products that should be coming out soon.

Without pointing out the weaknesses, products don't get improved.

Now only if you guys get on Panasonic's tail and let them issue a firmware update for the FZ-200!!! It's long overdue!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2014 at 01:19 UTC as 105th comment
On Leica M Monochrom now available in grayscale (sort of) article (137 comments in total)

Part - 1

Just my humble opinion. Fanatics (with money burning holes in their pockets) please hold your horses!

I think Leica has no idea what direction to take. Leica needs to get rid of its marketing staff, or at least the top figures in that department.

This company used to be (long, long, long time ago) a photographer's company, and it needs to get back to be a photographer's company.

Nowadays it is targeting the wealthy who hardly knows how to take pictures, but buys the camera for bragging rights, and to keep up with the Jonses!

$8,000 for the M-Monochrome? Is that really targeted at photographers, enthusiasts, or journalists? ... Sorry, I forgot to add the 10% local taxes, but it is simple to calculate!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2014 at 16:51 UTC as 1st comment
On Leica M Monochrom now available in grayscale (sort of) article (137 comments in total)

Part - 2

The company went bankrupt not too long ago, but even after coming back to life they haven't learned the hard lesson.

If it wasn't for the powerful Panasonic keeping Leica alive, by using its Leica lenses on many of its cameras (including one of mine), I doubt very much that Leica would survive, or would have survived!

I hope that Leica would get back to its roots, and start making affordable products that are for photographers and enthusiasts / hobbyists.
Take some lesson by looking at what Sony, Fuji, and Panasonic are doing.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2014 at 16:50 UTC as 2nd comment
On Sony a6000 Review preview (764 comments in total)
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Hazza1: Microphone jack is neither here nor there. A 3.5mm unbalanced mic is only marginally better than the inbiult mic. If you want decent sound, shoot double system.

This camera is only a disappointment because it is curently top of the line Sony mirrorless APSC.

I have a Nex-7 and Zeiss 16-70 (which DXO Mark has never reviewd - work that one out), and which side by side with my tests with a 5D MK3 with crappy 24-105 so-called L series - even in low light , is superior to the 5D.
So what I want Sony is an APSC camera with the performance of a 1DX.

I want a "high end" APSC mirrorless. - no I don't want to switch to Fuji.

Why have Sony abandoned the high end APSC format philosophy? The Nex-7 with phase detection a/f (and continuous focus on burst) + weather proofing would be my dream camera.

I must be out of touch!!!

When did the Canon 24-105mm L become "crappy", and "so-called L"?

I don't think that you'd find many who would agree with such a statement.
If you have a "scientifically accepted" comparison test, we would love to see it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2014 at 15:32 UTC

11 million images!!!
If they were to scan 100 images a day, for 300 days a year, including post processing corrections and enhancements, wouldn't they need about 367 years to finish this collection???
Formidable task!

Good entry by DPR. Many, if not most, of us didn't know that this collection or project existed before this article.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2014 at 16:45 UTC as 1st comment
On Lomography launches Russar+ for L39 and M mount cameras article (120 comments in total)
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TWIZEEL: just few words to clear off skeptics -
BRASS - that is perfect optical instruments material, very stable for time.
Hand made - means all lenses have been setup on optical bench for adjusting. That is not mass production conveyor stuff. So it no need software corrections inside or outside camera.
No batteries, no wires : ))

You cant buy it ten bucks per kilo in moscow streets. I've visited russia in the past and last year and it is now definitely not USSR. Shops full of people and goods. Salary and wages much better, people looks happy. So may be some of you cant bear mr putin but russians likes him.

You maybe right about Russians like him, but Germans liked Hitler as well back then, and you know where he drove Germany (and the word) to!

Is history about to be repeated? It looks like it, but let's hope not.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 19:39 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7S in low-light: See video at ISO 409,600 article (246 comments in total)

The bar continues to be raised, and pretty fast, by all camera manufacturers.
While I have always used Canon equipment, I think Sony's Alpha 7, 7R, and now 7S, are very impressive full-frame small cameras.
I am leaning towards getting one of these, but only if I could use my stash of Canon L lenses on them.

If Sony has not caught up with Canon or Nikon sensors, as some comments have suggested, I have no doubt it won't be long before they surpass Canon and Nikon.
Teaming up with Zeiss gives them a source for lenses that is second to none!

The other camera manufacturer that will most likely make big surprises down the road is Samsung.

Good job Sony; no one was even dreaming of, or imagining, a 400,000 ISO, just a short while back!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 19:25 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies

So many innocent lives have been lost, so many widows, so many orphans, so many destroyed homes, ...

The more killing, and the more destruction, the more profits for our (civilized) Western weapons manufacturers, and the more ego satisfaction to our corrupt politicians.

Photojournalism in war zones is an extremely dangerous business, but it brings to us the sad and ugly face of war.

What a sad ending for this woman!!

May all of those who innocently lost their lives be resting in peace.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2014 at 23:17 UTC as 25th comment | 6 replies
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RLPhotoAndImaging: I think many here might be over-analyzing what I see as a wonderful, ongoing album of a chronicle of a little girl's life through the eyes of her loving father, in a creative, comical, and sometimes intimate way.
Viewing this album makes me jealous that I lack many captured moments with my daughters, and therefore in my book, this succeeds immensely.

Absolutely ... Right on!
Good for him.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 22:49 UTC

Very cute little girl!!

I don't mind the background.
Someday when she is an adult, she'll know where these pictures were taken, and I bet she will want to visit that spot!!

This is not studio portrait photography. Just a father who loves his adorable little daughter, and is taking some snapshots, with some creative arrangements.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 22:48 UTC as 15th comment

No comments on the pictures from a photography point of view, since there are already lots of comments, for them or against them.

But I like "the scene" in No. 3.
No tablets, no smart phones, no laptop, no gadgets of the stuff that's invaded our lives nowadays, on top of the table!!!

Life was simpler.

Just an simple observation.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 22:39 UTC as 36th comment
On Kodak reborn: A look at JK Imaging's 2014 lineup article (195 comments in total)
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Parampreet Dhatt: Its sad to see one of the pioneering brands in photography being "resurrected" to market cheap Asian knockoff MILCs.
George Eastman must really be turning in his grave.

I have nothing against these cameras as such, in fact I'm sure they'll make very good, value for money entry-level cameras.
Its just sad to see a brand like Kodak being reduced to this.

I agree. Very sad to see Kodak's ending. It's an icon!!

But you can't make a company prosper, or survive, without good leadership.

You can't make a technical company prosper if the engineers' hands are tied behind their back by the bean-counters, who reward themselves generously, and you end up with a poor and sluggish product due to budget constraints.

A company like Kodak (the camera division) cannot survive by making and selling the cheapest little cameras in the industry. Not much profit can be generated from such products, especially when the performance is sluggish.

I bet the bean-counters who ran the company down are now enjoying their $multi-million homes and their wealthy life, while the poor engineers are still looking for work, anything that puts food on their families' tables.

That's Corporate America, sadly.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 05:14 UTC

Different eyes will form different opinion.
My personal humble opinion is that I see nothing great and nothing interesting in these pictures.
I don't know the editor / photographer. He might be a great photographer, but in this case I have to give thumbs down to these pictures.
The more I looked at them, the more I had issue with their composition.

Again, it's simply my personal opinion.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 04:46 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies
On Hungarian law bans photos taken without consent article (321 comments in total)
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Ahmet Aydogan: Here's a another instance of a laws being written by people with little or no understanding of the matter in question. I think an appropriate response could take two different forms. One method would be immediately eliminate any distribution of any images from Hungary. Another response, my preferred way, would be for everyone to shoot photos of everything and everyone in sight. Fill every social media site with as many photos of as many Hungarians as possible. The Hungarian legislative body has proven its complete incompetence in this matter.

Just make sure you take clear pictures of every member of the legislature, every policeman on the street, every judge at every court you can catch, especially if they happen to be picking their noses!
And we thought the Soviet Union and the KGB era was gone!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 19:08 UTC

What happened to good old journalism of verifying stories?

I hope DPR writers start taking Forbes stories with a grain of salt.

Look at his images, Lars, do you pay 150 cents ($1.50) for any of them?
Please use some common sense before reporting fiction like this.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2014 at 19:10 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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