Marty4650

Marty4650

Lives in United States NC, United States
Works as a Retired Industrial Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2005

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(unknown member): A photographer using the medium of photography to try to convey a message - a bit of a refreshing change from all the gear talk...

...IMO...

So what is your alternative plan?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 03:29 UTC
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CraigArnold: The richest country in the world with 5% of the world's population but 24% of the prisoners.

A fascinating series - I hope to see the prints soon - I expect most of the "not impressed" would be impressed with the real prints. With a bit of luck there will be a show in London soon.

Perhaps we need more prisons because we don't execute petty thieves and homosexuals like they do in Iran and China?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2014 at 23:06 UTC
On Nikon to offer D600 replacements if 'spots' continue article (175 comments in total)

Perhaps Nikon should offer to replace your defective D600 cameras with a Canon 6D or a Sony A99?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2014 at 09:07 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
On Zeiss announces Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30mm T2.9 lens article (62 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Way too expensive!

Do you suppose that Lucas Films, or Paramount can't afford it?

This lens wasn't made for you to take videos of your daughter's dance recital. It was designed for professional film makers. And for them, the price is pretty reasonable, compared to all the other lenses they buy.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 23:02 UTC
On Pentax K-3 preview (959 comments in total)
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stevelatinner: Why are all these reviews incomplete? They've remained useless first impression reviews for months with no update. Not like the Dpreview I knew for years.

Can you imagine how much they will dread the announcement of the Pentax K-1?

I will be the Pentax K-3 saga again.... only worse.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 01:17 UTC

The applications for POV porn are astounding!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 19:10 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On Sony Australia releases a3500 with new kit lens article (143 comments in total)
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Marty4650: It must be a test, to see if people are stupid enough to pay $100 more for less camera.

Or maybe it was just designed to make the A3000 kits fly off the shelves?

Perhaps the A3000 was designed as a loss leader... that still never sold very well.... leaving Sony stuck with a huge stockpile of inventory.

So the solution is simple.... create another version of the same camera, with a 20% price hike, then ship it with a cheaper lens. But just produce a handful of these, because no one will want to buy them. They are created just to help move the stockpile of A3000 kits off the shelves without having to cut the prices even further.

With the A3500 as their new product, Sony can sell out all the remaining A3000 kits at full list price, rather than discounting them.

And lets be honest, at $399 they are a huge bargain. So why cut the price even further? Just create some motivation to buy them "before they are all gone."

Heck.... I might even buy one. You just cannot find more value than an A3000 kit at $399. Anyone who purchased one for $254 really stole it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 17:23 UTC
On Sony Australia releases a3500 with new kit lens article (143 comments in total)
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Rod McD: I'm not a customer for this camera (so maybe I'll never understand the marketing rationale) but I have to confess to being slightly miffed as an Australian. We too are in a bit of a retail downturn. If Sony want to boost sales, why not just reduce the price of the existing model instead of reducing the specs for the regional market?

The plan may be NOT to sell any of these, but to clear the shelves of a high inventory of Sony A3000 kits.

If anyone was even remotely thinking of getting an A3000 kit, then they better hurry before they are all gone. Because the A3500 is just a 20% price hike with a cheaper lens.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 13:53 UTC
On Sony Australia releases a3500 with new kit lens article (143 comments in total)

It must be a test, to see if people are stupid enough to pay $100 more for less camera.

Or maybe it was just designed to make the A3000 kits fly off the shelves?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 13:50 UTC as 19th comment | 4 replies
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Marty4650: Personally, I find these photos just as exciting as those What The Duck cartoons.

Yes, it must be.

But thanks anyway for pointing it out.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2014 at 23:40 UTC

Personally, I find these photos just as exciting as those What The Duck cartoons.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2014 at 21:04 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
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(unknown member): A photographer using the medium of photography to try to convey a message - a bit of a refreshing change from all the gear talk...

...IMO...

If having prisons is a problem, then we must consider what the possible alternatives are.

I suppose we could just turn violent criminals loose, so they could victimize the population again.

Preventing criminal behavior is a lot easier said than done. You might have to enforce our drug and immigration laws. You might have to enforce some sort of mandatory socialization on small children to teach them right from wrong. Oh wait... that just wouldn't be popular today.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2014 at 20:59 UTC
On Kodak reborn: A look at JK Imaging's 2014 lineup article (195 comments in total)

Does the "Kodak" brand have much status today?

Perhaps with people over 50, or in some foreign markets, but here in the USA the brand Kodak meant "cheap camera that does OK, for what it cost you."

Those high end Retina Rangefinders and Kodak DC SLRs are the exception, not the rule. And they were never manufactured by Kodak anyway. They were just marketing cameras made by German or Asian companies.

I am 65, and for most of my adult life Kodax was grinding out cheap instamatic cameras that came in kit boxes, and were given as Christmas presents with a tag on them that said "open me first."

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 16:11 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies
On Kodak reborn: A look at JK Imaging's 2014 lineup article (195 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I think we should remember that the Kodak "legacy" isn't for making high end cameras.

Their legacy was always "cameras for the masses" like the Brownies, 126 and 110 Instamatics, Disc cameras, etc. While they did occasional produce a high end camera, their main goal was make photography easy and affordable. So these Kodak branded cheapies might fit right in.

These are probably aimed at emerging third world markets.

@ Mescalamba...

It is ALWAYS a mistake to make product decisions out of "fear of cannibalizing your other products." Because you cannot control the entire market, just your own portion of it. If you don't compete with yourself, then someone else surely will do it.

This might be why no one who made typewriters became a successful computer company. Even those who tried, waited too long, and were behind their competitor's technology.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 16:05 UTC
On Kodak reborn: A look at JK Imaging's 2014 lineup article (195 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I think we should remember that the Kodak "legacy" isn't for making high end cameras.

Their legacy was always "cameras for the masses" like the Brownies, 126 and 110 Instamatics, Disc cameras, etc. While they did occasional produce a high end camera, their main goal was make photography easy and affordable. So these Kodak branded cheapies might fit right in.

These are probably aimed at emerging third world markets.

I'd say you are all right.

Kodak made a lot of money selling film, paper and chemicals, and weren't in a big rush to push digital imaging, which would have certainly destroyed their other divisions.

Unfortunately for Kodak, the other makers didn't feel that way, and digital imaging hit the mass market hard, and the net result was exactly what Kodak feared would happen. So they ended up bankrupt, selling their brand name to some investors who wanted to use it to market their goods.

This is almost the same thing that happened to Polaroid, with the same result.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 16:00 UTC
On Kodak reborn: A look at JK Imaging's 2014 lineup article (195 comments in total)

I think we should remember that the Kodak "legacy" isn't for making high end cameras.

Their legacy was always "cameras for the masses" like the Brownies, 126 and 110 Instamatics, Disc cameras, etc. While they did occasional produce a high end camera, their main goal was make photography easy and affordable. So these Kodak branded cheapies might fit right in.

These are probably aimed at emerging third world markets.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 11:28 UTC as 47th comment | 8 replies
On Samsung NX mini First Impressions Review preview (559 comments in total)
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AndreSJ: Apparently 3 people have already had this camera and got rid of it hahahahahaha

Things move very quickly in the Internet World!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 15:24 UTC
On Chinese government orders Nikon to stop selling D600 article (228 comments in total)
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Retzius: Meanwhile, in China, a 14 year old makes iPhones for $4.00 a day.

Consider the hypocrisy.

Many here will demand a $10 per hour minimum wage in the USA, but line up to buy cell phones made by people earning $4.00 a day.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 13:34 UTC
On Chinese government orders Nikon to stop selling D600 article (228 comments in total)
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Marty4650: This would be the perfect time for Dpreview to create a "reboxing video" for the Nikon D600.

Just think HOW EASY it would be to create that video.

You just find a D600 "unboxing video" on YouTube and play it backwards. Then redub the audio portion. Now you have complete instructions on how to ship your D600 back for shutter replacement.

This would involve very little work, and would result in tens of thousands of hits.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 10:07 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review preview (337 comments in total)

At this price point, with a fairly good EVF built in, and the incredible feature set.... we can pretty much assume that the Pen series is dead.

Perhaps not officially, but defacto.

Would anyone buy an EPL5 for around the same price?
Does the EP5 make any sense now?

The Pen Mini might be the only survivor, for those who must have the absolute smallest and cheapest.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 09:56 UTC as 51st comment | 4 replies
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