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On article Readers' Showcase: Tom Goodman (88 comments in total)

Fresh. Brilliant.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2015 at 14:32 UTC as 20th comment
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II added to studio test scene (210 comments in total)

I understand what is being said about curvature of field, but I put in the Nikon D810 as a comparison it seems to be notably sharper in every area of the target. Am I missing the place where you explain what lens was used? I have never found it in your reviews. Is the lens on the D810 a similar focal length to the lens on the Sony? I also wonder whether on the Sony it is field curvature or as you also say it is a lens very close to the sensor. That would be softness due to non-parallel rays which is very different. Soft corners due to field curvature don't happen in a three dimension subject, but inability of the sensor to capture light at the corners because of the angle of incidence is not really recoverable.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 20:28 UTC as 51st comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (430 comments in total)

Shouldn't the development be over with or nearly so? Nikon never makes an announcement like this. Does this mean it is delayed?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 19:24 UTC as 57th comment | 2 replies

What a clever idea. Shooting in black and white suggests the animals are already gone. It is like discovering a trove of Billy the Kid and Abraham Lincoln prints. Guarantees an emotional sense of loss that is probably good if you are trying to save them.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2015 at 15:27 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (755 comments in total)

I am sure that a list of the faults compiled of all the available DSLRs would be nearly as long.
No doubt mirrorless autofocus can be improved, but at least it does not have the very serious lack of sync between DSLR body mounted body sensors and the image sensor that has required lens AF tuning tools to built into pro cameras. Has any DSLR provided a serious manual focus tool?

And what is it with the love of reprogammable buttons? Nothing is more confusing and difficult than that to me. Give me a camera with a nice collection of dedicated and labeled dials and buttons and I will learn how to use it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 16:56 UTC as 141st comment

Canon has a new cube camera. What will they do? Oh, nooo.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 21:35 UTC as 18th comment
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raztec: This would be a valid argument if Polaroid was the market leader and some other small company copied it's design to try to fool people into thinking they are getting an equally good product. That's why design patents exist.

However, in this case it appears that Polaroid are simply going for a cash grab instead of riding on the coat tails of Gopro and bettering their product.

The business leaders at Polaroid should realize that imitation is the best form of flattery.

As I understand it Polaroid went out of business. Some businessman bought the right to license the name. The Polaroid Cube is a cheap rip off of the GoPro by one of those licensees. This is like someone patenting a flat rectangular shape for a phone and then suing everyone for patent infringment.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 19:19 UTC

Hasselblad should sue Polaroid and GoPro then. Cube shape with a lens on the front is not new. Patent the shape of a camera, an awkward one at that? One button cameras are not unique. Now we know how Polaroid is going to make any money. Patent pirate.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 19:12 UTC as 22nd comment
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1407 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: This seems to address all the issues with DSLRs. They're too big, they're too heavy and they're too expensive. At last, these problems have been solved.

Brilliant. Unlike the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 19:21 UTC

Some wonderful art pieces and illustrations there. Talented artist. Images with Photoshop are just the medium, not oil or watercolor.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2015 at 16:16 UTC as 45th comment

I think that critique is spot on. The camera I had the most self confident control of and which I loved was a Leica M3. Second was an Olympus OM4T, which was also pretty simple to use. I think most people don't have a clue about most of the features of current cameras. Many of the more self confident shooters set them up like an old aperture priority film camera and just shoot that way and most of the rest just put it in auto or program. On the other hand people who make the effort are taking much nicer photos with higher image quality because of more capable cameras in my opinion.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 16:24 UTC as 191st comment | 2 replies

Well, duh.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 19:01 UTC as 38th comment

What is it with the sound? I can barely hear it with the volume turned all the way up.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 15:10 UTC as 17th comment | 5 replies
On article Shooting with the Canon PowerShot G3 X (322 comments in total)

A camera with an optional add on viewfinder is not a serious camera. It is just a big point if you can see it and shoot.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2015 at 15:35 UTC as 69th comment | 4 replies

I wonder whether Lens Rentals has ever tested a single lens 10 times and gotten variation?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2015 at 15:31 UTC as 30th comment | 3 replies

Ooh. New market for counterfeit boxes on ebay. How easy that will be.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 16:59 UTC as 5th comment
On article Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed (186 comments in total)
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Phil Askey: Great round-up but you missed out my personal favourite (and often used), the Leica Tabletop tripod, not as flexible certainly but amazingly well built.

Mine has an engraved script Leitz on it instead of the red dot and the feet have more like resilient socks instead of the clunky shoes. Vintage about 1975.

Thank you for creating the original of this site.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 17:59 UTC
On article Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed (186 comments in total)
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jwkphoto: I keep in my camera bag a Leitz Table Top tripod I bought in 1969. I've used it hundreds of times and made many of my best photos with it. It still works perfectly!

Me too. The lack of deterioration seems almost magical. Not light though 1 ½ lbs with the large ball head. Occasionally it has worked against my chest.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 17:47 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review (596 comments in total)

Lovely looking camera. I have gotten spoiled by grips and zoom lenses, but I used an M3 for 20 years without either.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 15:46 UTC as 165th comment
On Leica Q First Impressions Review (596 comments in total)
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Eric Glam: Nice camera, but not for me, I'm afraid...

1. LCD doesn't tilt/swivel - very important for various situations

2. Being stuck on a single focal length is VERY limiting (I should know, I only have a 35mm f/1.8G Nikon lens).

3. Something is very wrong with the way the Q renders Reds - it's like the RED slider was pushed to the left in LightRoom, but here it happens in-camera.

4. In these modern times, I need good video as well. They should have offered at least 2560p @ 60fps. Hey, they don't even mention bitrates, so no go for video here.

5. No headphone jack and no Mic jack. Important stuff for video which sadly is missing here.

6. Compared the studio shot (in RAW, low light) to the D750. The D750 takes the cake.

7. Sony RX2 just around the corner!!

8. PRICE. 'Nuf said.

If the RX2 gets a viewfinder, perhaps it can be taken seriously.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 15:43 UTC
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