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On Lomography launches Russar+ for L39 and M mount cameras news story (112 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 news story (235 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 14th comment | 2 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 13th comment
On Father's family photos capture the delightful chaos of youth news story (159 comments in total)

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 news story (179 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
On 'Building Absence': Stephen Tourlentes' prison landscapes news story (155 comments in total)

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 seeking consent news story (325 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
On 500px Prime goes live, photographers now get 70% not 30% news story (91 comments in total)
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designdef: With Art Directors, Clients and Account Managers thinking they are photographers anyway.. does anyone actually BUY images anymore? Is there somewhere we can see worldwide sales figures of images compared?

Are we a little arrogant here, doubting that typical users here and there can sell their work?

There are millions of very fine quality pictures of Flikr, 500px, as well as many other sites.

Many enthusiasts, who have other real life jobs, take pictures as a hobby, for their own enjoyment, and have been doing it for decades. They do great work, but they have no interest in selling pictures.

The late Ansel Adams would hesitate to make such bragging!

Congratulations on being able to sell your pictures, but a little bit of humility would be nice.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2014 at 17:04 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)

I hope someone will now make an adapter for this camera to use Canon's manual focus FD lenses.
Tons of them out there. It would be well worth making it so the L-line FD can be put to good use. If such an adapter is made, I'd buy this camera without hesitation. I have a huge collection of Canon FD (L) lenses.

Of course Canon won't make adapters for any camera to use FD lenses since they want to sell more EF lenses!

Overall, good job Fuji, but I'm not sure if DPR is biased towards Fuji (for a while now) or if the products are really that good.
I haven't used any of Fuji's recent products (over the past few years), so I can't comment.

It surprises me that some people are almost writing their own evaluation in the comments even though this camera is not on the market yet, and they have never touched it in their hands!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 15:41 UTC as 77th comment | 7 replies
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (604 comments in total)
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intruder61: I'm sure this little beauty will produce that wonderful Sony trademark ORANGE skin.

Good idea, @intruder61.
I'll start mounting orange filters on my glasses when I look at skin images from Sony cameras, like you have done!!!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 23:57 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary article (532 comments in total)

Impressive lens speed at the low end, but f3.9 at 120 is not the greatest, at least for me.

I would also pass because there is no built-in view finder.

Try to take a picture on a sunny day, with a foot or two of snow covering the ground, using an LCD screen!
Such circumstances demand a view finder. No I don't want an optional one!
But not everyone uses the camera the same way, or under the same conditions. To each their own.

No doubt that cameras will continue to make strides very quickly, like they have done in the past couple of years, but quicker. Thanks to fierce competition!
So if this one doesn't exactly fit certain needs, another manufacturer will most likely put a better spec'd camera on the market in a year or so.

Canon deserves a credit though.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 23:03 UTC as 63rd comment

The whole trend is a new form of slavery, and not just by 500px, but any site that charges over 10% to 15% commission.

Just think about it; their cost for storing and selling your images in an automated process (on huge sites like Getty's, Flickr, or 500px) may not exceed pennies, I would think!

Some correction to this trend is badly needed.

Freelance photographers, in particular, should join hands and make their own site, as shareholders, and pocket their fair fees (and not allow the big players to buy the site out).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 16:12 UTC as 35th comment | 8 replies
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Jim Salvas: Well, I licensed some my photos through Getty on Flickr and that was a worse deal. They sell an image for $800, and I get just $160.

So that is 20%, and they keep 80%.
Even slavery would have been a better deal, I think!!!
Where do I apply for "Slave Photographer Wanted"?

Last spring, it took me 3 trips to a nature area, that is 60 miles away (360 miles total), and, of course, 3 full days (over a period of one week), to produce one single image that I was satisfied with as publication quality!

Do they think we aim at our backyards, from the comfort of our home, and shoot through the kitchen window to make the images we submit?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 15:48 UTC
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Steve Bingham: What an insult! Another penny stock socking it to the photographer - with free advertising from dpreview! No thanks. In fact, this does not speak well for dpreview. 30%? My gallery gives me 50% on my prints and I get 100% when I market my images. Preparing and uploading images takes time! And they want me to first kick in $250? This really is a sucker deal.

I think you may have misunderstood the $250 (minimum) license fee issue.
My understanding is that there is no fee to pay as a photographer.
It's a fee paid by buyers of images.

If I'm wrong, I hope someone would correct me on this.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 15:33 UTC
On AP cuts ties with Pulitzer-winning photographer news story (170 comments in total)

He would have been safe if he had sent both images, the original and the altered, and let the agency decide which one to publish.

News organizations, especially in the USA (TV networks, especially), are extremely biased, controlled by wealthy individuals or groups of them.
They twist and publish what is sensational, and what is in line with the political views of the owners of such networks. They heavily influence simple minds.

Their lack of ethics is one of the main reasons I don't watch our network news. I simply have no faith in their reporting or ethics.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 18:04 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On Russian Mother captures atmospheric photos of sons on farm news story (592 comments in total)

Many of the images can't be described by words. Of course there is always room for "critique"; a professional critique, that is, for those who learned it in college.

Incredible captures of the harmony between the children and the animals, staged or not, regardless of post-processing, which, in some cases, may not have been suitable to everyone's taste. But it is her art, and her taste.
If you don't like her art, remember that not everyone likes YOURS either!

For me, many of these images really explain the meaning of "A picture is worth a thousand words"!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 16:24 UTC as 211th comment | 2 replies
On Reminder: Vote now for your product of 2013 news story (64 comments in total)
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Ralf B: The many times this poll gets re-used redefines "rumination".

Sorry Barney, I have to agree to Ralf, aside from the fact we are asked to compare apples with oranges.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 17:52 UTC
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