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Non-event. The photo industry is getting awful mature.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 22:38 UTC as 79th comment
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similaar: That is unheard of!!
Oh, no, wait, I did the exact same thing 18 months ago...
http://www.similaar.com/foto/oldcam/oldcam.html

What surprised me most is that the image didn't look "old" by itself: the lens in that 100-year-old camera is slow but not bad at all.

Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 14:45 UTC

There was a time when lenses had pictorial qualities and we treasured the idiosyncrasies of lenses. In the modern age, it's all sharper, more contrasty, more of this, more of that. That's why so many of us were excited about using vintage lenses on APS-C and Micro 4/3rds sensors. It isn't all about lpm.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 03:19 UTC as 14th comment

Sounds great, DPR. I did quite a bit in the olden days with 9x12 and 10x15 folding plate cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 03:12 UTC as 15th comment
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (179 comments in total)

Strange tone to the writeup. This is an incredibly impressive offering as a first camera from a newcomer. I can think of dozens of ways it could have been streamlined or cheapened. Taking a cue from Samsung, who doesn't hamstring lower cost models.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 16:16 UTC as 57th comment
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (179 comments in total)

Very impressive specifications and feature set, including focusing control and size of focusing box.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 16:12 UTC as 58th comment
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (179 comments in total)

Good for them and do well. DPR misses the real story, perhaps. There are sub-assemblies and components that clearly can be bought off-the-shelf to order up a camera. It sure seems like all the major brands are using common elements right down to the shells and menu symbols, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 16:08 UTC as 59th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (758 comments in total)
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Daniel Lauring: I have two big issues with Sony cameras, improperly working fill flash and hotshoe compatibility. This one loses the hot shoe so the 2nd isn't an issue but does it's fill flash work properly? ie. does selecting fill flash NOT change exposure settings. On other Sony cameras the exposure changes with fill flash on, making the backgrounds darker than they should be.

Olympus does a wonderful job with fill flash on compacts like XZ-1, XZ-10. You can throttle down flash to 1/2, 1/4, 1/8. 1/16, ... right down to 1/64th power. Works beautifully in outdoor work.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 15:40 UTC
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abluesky: If it weren't for the subscription model, I would never have been able to afford Photoshop and Lightroom. For me, it's more economical to pay the subscription fee. I also appreciate all the updates. If you really want Adobe products, they are all pirated anyway, even CC. If you are going to blame anybody, blame the pirates.

The boat has sailed but many of us old-timers prefer to install programs when and where we want to on our computers.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 18:35 UTC
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spatz: I would be happy to subscribe if Adobe used open formats. Proprietary formats mean locking myself to one vendor, and I'm not willing to do that no matter how attractive the "special offer" might appear, unless I can be certain that I will have access to *my own work* at any time in the future.

So far, I am using Lightroom 4.4, which I bought, but when my next generation camera is no longer supported, I will almost certainly switch to a competitor.

Yes, See my suggestion above. I am navigating to GIMP. Not interested in any program that can only be used on a single computer; have to ask permission to install when you change hard drives or partitions, etc.

Those who use these programs to make a living must bite the many bullets.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 18:32 UTC

Very simple solution which I am surprised that this sophisticated audience doesn't demand: PhotoShop Reader program that can open any .psd file for viewing and conversion. In earlier days, we have Reader programs for many software programs. Microsoft still has them for PowerPoint, etc.

You stop your subscription, you can still read and convert your files.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 18:29 UTC as 60th comment | 1 reply
On Olympus Stylus SP-100EE Real-world Samples article (17 comments in total)

I see Amazon is being more clear about warranty status. Interestingly, the Import costs more in this case,

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HWRHGEW/ref=twister_B00KRZJBE4

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 18:55 UTC as 2nd comment

Why gloat?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 03:33 UTC as 107th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images article (175 comments in total)
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Peter62: What a major step BACKWARDS for Nikon!

This camera is made for beginners, but costs more than most semi-pro DSLRs!

Nikon, where are you going? Believe me: next year this 1V3 will be sold for € 299 - including the lens!

Ain't that the truth. Nikon and value equation don't fit in the same sentence, I guess.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 17:55 UTC
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Guy Parsons: Good to see people willing to do things the hard way.

Wet plate was the only way in the olde days and an "extreme" photographic collection of wet plates from then is the Holtermann Collection held in Sydney, Australia, http://blog.sl.nsw.gov.au/holtermann/ for info and links.

Amazing things done back then, his largest wet plates measured an amazing 1,36 x 0,95 metres, yes, metres. That's about 53 x 37 inches.

The detail in those old Holtermann plates is superb, basically grainless and limited only by the lenses of the day. Get into zoom mode in a few of them and see the detail.

Yup. I have scanned many a 5x7 and 8x10 glass negative. Marvelous detail, tonality, information capture with what would be considered "primitive" lenses but are hardly that.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2014 at 02:26 UTC
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Danny: Looking at the subjects chosen, these could just be old Ambrotypes. Great to bring back this process to the present, so why not choosing contemporary subjects instead of 19th century buildings..? The pictures themselves are pretty boring and uninspiring. Start taking pictures of Tokyo or NY or something, rockets, the plane graveyard in arizona, you name it, then the contrast between subject and medium becomes very interesting.

Agreed. See what the discipline of wet collodion impresses on other sujects.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2014 at 02:23 UTC

Thanks for posting. Many in the US are practicing wet plate photography, as well as the full range of alternative processes for print out. With exercises like this, it is not simply the final result that counts, but the preparation, thought, routine, pace that goes into the total process, just as it would be using 120 B&W film in a TLR these days.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2014 at 02:21 UTC as 22nd comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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bzanchet: The Studio shots as Always doesn't mean anything.

Real life are very very diferent.

We understand the goals of a test scene. Color discrimination and accuracy, resolution, image quality at the center versus periphery, centering, etc. But this scene always looks like a parody. Not moved by pictures of pictures. I'll take some real-world, 3-dimensional objects lit in an interesting way.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2014 at 13:51 UTC
On Samsung NX30 Review preview (418 comments in total)

Today's Wall Street Journal (5/21/13) gave Samsung NX30 highest rating of five cameras compared for "How They Work Connected." Competition was Canon 70D, Sony A6000, Leica C and Nikon D5300.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 02:51 UTC as 49th comment | 3 replies
On Samsung NX30 Review preview (418 comments in total)

Silver fine. Although negatives are somewhat weak, but if video is lacking that's a reasonable dig. Samsung does have world class ergonomics and a superior form gestalt. That to me is worth much more than a bit higher ISO performance. Great lens lineup at a semi-reasonable price.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 20:59 UTC as 68th comment | 12 replies
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