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On A closer look at the Nikon Coolpix P900 megazoom article (165 comments in total)
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Daedbird: I really wish Nikon would build a 1" sensor bridge camera, competing against the Sony RX10 and similar ilk from Panasonic. This is an alright camera, and has a market, I wish they would branch out...

They have the Nikon 1 platform, and it seems like it would be real easy for them to build something similar to what Sony did.

I'd like to see the company that licensed the Kodak name do something like that. Wonder over to Kodak Forum and folks are reporting on these new badged cameras-which are quite good.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 20:26 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7S Review preview (405 comments in total)

One of the great values in contemporary photography.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 22:00 UTC as 65th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (694 comments in total)

Time to "clean sheet" the digital SLR. Sony did in a way, but seems to have retreated. Not saying that a D7200 isn't a good product or value, just find the format and interface bewildering.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 14:05 UTC as 105th comment
On A closer look at the Nikon Coolpix P900 megazoom article (165 comments in total)

I wonder who really designs and develops these "point and shoots."

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 13:41 UTC as 56th comment

Seems to be more forthcoming than some of the other OEMs?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 04:49 UTC as 31st comment
On Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Review preview (86 comments in total)
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donaldsc: I do not own the product so I am commenting on the basis of the review only. To me, it sounds like a totally crappy camera attached to a non-phone. However, I guess that the social media types who buy these sort of things are incapable of and are uninterested in knowing anything about photography and are only capable and/or interested in taking selfies of themselves blocking whatever object they are standing in front of. To them, it will probably be a great product.

It seems like with all those phones now given WiFi, this product has less appeal, especially as it doesn't do 4G, only WiFi?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 03:28 UTC
On Lytro sheds jobs as it shifts focus to video article (504 comments in total)

Understandable when they went from a $300 not that powerful camera to a $1,500 one. Still, great to see new ideas in the marketplace.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 02:56 UTC as 69th comment

Props to gallery for making the exhibition PDF available.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 02:10 UTC as 10th comment
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mapgraphs: Now, if it was a Bessa D, to go along with a new 50/3.5 Heliar and a 35/1.4 Nokton...

Surprised (disappointed) that Cosina never pursued its own successor to the Epson RD-1.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 01:04 UTC
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Marty4650: There seems to be a real disconnect between making an "affordable camera" for lenses that cost between $4,000 and $10,000.

I mean... why bother?

Can't the Leica lens owner afford a Leica camera?
If someone can't afford those lenses, they why would they buy this camera?

Did I miss the part where Konost was planning to create a few affordable lenses for their affordable camera?

I'd say Konost is solving a problem that doesn't exist. Perhaps they might have been better off creating an affordable rangefinder camera that uses Nikon F lenses?

Yes, AF is super-duper. But many of us still find great appeal in manual focus and the rangefinder aesthetic. For starters, the lens blades needn't move during exposure allowing for more circular lens diaphragm, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 21:45 UTC
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adr23: My kick starter company is making a new car. A true classic.
It'll be on leaf springs, with 2cyl 600cc engine, drum brakes, no powerlocks or powerwindows and no airbags. And it will look like a classic beetle, made out of stainless steel and accept standard sized tires from Bridgestone and Michelins via an adapter.
It will be priced competitively to current well established auto manufactures..., why?

Exactly. Only Contax in film days and Fuji in digital days have tried to modernize the viewfinder.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 21:23 UTC
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Petrogel: A new photography company, with a 3 year old, 20mp FF sensor that'll be released next year (but with great 4k potentials), is a fast rabbit on a dog race.

Wow, the sensor race, as if extraordinary images can't be created with the sensors of 5-6 years ago. The modern digital camera is too complicated; too jury-rigged, partly because it is clear that the underlying digital boards constrict the placement of buttons and dials and functions. All the OEMs seem locked in to existing templates. There's a reason all the new cameras are variations on a theme.

I welcome any "clean sheet" approach.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 21:21 UTC
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misolo: The engineer in me is puzzled. It's odd that they give zero details of their key technology: how the "digital rangefinder" would work "without the need for calibration". The secondary digital image has to be (digitally) shifted laterally as the focus ring is turned. Somehow this digital shift will have to be calibrated to the mechanical action of the focus ring on the lens.

How do the laser rangefinders for construction use work? I welcome any new approaches to viewing and focusing. The "big boys" don't seem interested, only Fuji.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 21:18 UTC

Superb focal lengths. Panasonic is on a roll.

Yes, I like the APS-C sensor a bit more than micro four-thirds, but can't deny how well micro four-thirds has filled out: Olympus with high-end "digital SLR" form and Panasonic with video-centric GH, DSLR-like G and compact form cameras with integral EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 17:48 UTC as 56th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1343 comments in total)

Vanguard of the Micro Four-Thirds movement.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2015 at 04:44 UTC as 48th comment | 1 reply

Why are reviews a section at a time?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 14:37 UTC as 6th comment | 4 replies
On New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens article (222 comments in total)

Look forward to this lens. Wonderful focal length. Good thinking, Sigma. Also, smart to concentrate on high end. Gone are the days of kit SLRs and saving a bit by buying the Quantaray lens.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 02:48 UTC as 35th comment
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (356 comments in total)
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chriscotec: Photoshop is fantastic software but Adobe is obsessed with controlling the market. They can afford to, as there are really no direct competitors at the top level of it's capabilities.

I am one of those who will not pay the cloud fees. I don't need any features that were introduced since I upgraded to CS6. I really could do my work with CS5 in fact. The developments in Lightroom's image processing have been more important to me. My needs are basic compared to some other users but I will not pay the cost Adobe charges for a subscription, for updates I don't need.

Adobe hate people like me. They have already ceased support for my software. I source third party information when I need it. I would love to see alternative software give them some serious competition. I would jump ship in a heartbeat.

Unfortunately, this is the nature of modern software. Any graphic designer has to know Photoshop, Dreamweaver. I still remember when we had multiple web building and illustration programs. Remember those competitive upgrades.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 15:34 UTC
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (356 comments in total)

Let's also not forget Amiga computers and its pioneering software, including some of the first digital derkroom programs. I remember seeing them in about 1988-printouts on dot matrix color printers!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 15:31 UTC as 60th comment
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MartinB77: The 760D is really a nice one. Top-LCD, new sensor, new dial, WiFi, somewhat new AF - all o.k..

But personally, as 550D I want a much better viewfinder! I really get sick with this small, dark and slightly misaligned pentamirror viewfinder.

So canon - please be nice and hand over the 80D :-)

Visit Pentax booth.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 03:06 UTC
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