AlanG

Lives in United States Silver Spring, United States
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at www.goldsteinphoto.com
Joined on Mar 3, 2003

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Where did this film come from? It seems to me if there was anything good on the rolls the photographer who made the photos would have processed it. On the other hand why would anyone shoot so much and not process it?

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 20:59 UTC as 55th comment | 3 replies

Considering their latest camera system is mirrorless, what could they mean by stating, "mirrorless is 'probably' the future?" Isn't it definitely, without any doubt, their future?

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 23:40 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
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FantasticMrFox: It saddens me to see a brand as old and thoroughly accomplished as Leica jumping onto a bandwagon driven by offering meaningless gadgets for the rich that promote style over functionality. They used to offer the exceptional for a large amount of money, now they are adding the pointless for even more money ...

Yes Leica pioneered the concept of special editions for the luxury market and collectors. I don't think you'll find too many Sony collectors. If your wife collects purses and shoes that total many thousands you 'll need to find a way to keep up.

If you consider the alternative of paying $170,000 for a special clock in your Bentley, customized Leicas are a bargain.

http://mashable.com/2015/09/18/bentley-bentayga-clock/#WKr_3fc2bkqF

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 15:43 UTC
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FantasticMrFox: It saddens me to see a brand as old and thoroughly accomplished as Leica jumping onto a bandwagon driven by offering meaningless gadgets for the rich that promote style over functionality. They used to offer the exceptional for a large amount of money, now they are adding the pointless for even more money ...

Don't begrudge Leica for taking advantage of the luxury market.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 02:15 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (789 comments in total)
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StevenE: This thing is barely medium format. The sensor is only 22% wider than full frame.
For perspective, full frame is 62% wider than APS-C, and more than 100% as wider than MFT sensors.
Previous Hasselblads were 50% wider than full frame

The simplest solution is to refer to any format by the area of the sensor in sq mm. This gives a very clear comparison. Consider if pixel pitch is identical a quadrupling of the area will give twice the resolution. (Everything else being equal in the optical system.)

What we mostly expect from larger format over a smaller one is? More detail? Less noise at higher ISOs. The possibility for shallower dof with a particular lens? Tilt shift lenses? Anything else?

1" Type - 116
M4/3- 225
APSC - 329-370
35mm - 860
Then we have for what some call MF... 1350 Leica S, 1452 X1D, 1803 Kodak, 2159 H5D, 2178 IQ180, etc.

And of course one could see the area for smaller sensors in the 15 to 43 range.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 15:57 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (789 comments in total)
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gipper51: Hmmm...can't wait till somebody like Metabones makes adapters to get 35mm format T/S glass on this body. It should cover the image circle, but probably lose shift. That will open up quite a system if you can deal with all-manual focus glass.

Plus I would imagine just about any medium format lens ever made could be adapted to this body.

How would you take a photo using those lenses if the camera has no shutter?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 05:38 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (789 comments in total)
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gipper51: Hmmm...can't wait till somebody like Metabones makes adapters to get 35mm format T/S glass on this body. It should cover the image circle, but probably lose shift. That will open up quite a system if you can deal with all-manual focus glass.

Plus I would imagine just about any medium format lens ever made could be adapted to this body.

There is no focal plane shutter. Only Hasselblad lenses with leaf shutters will work. If they ever make a version with a global electronic shutter then other lenses will work on it.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 04:11 UTC

They should make a "Trump" signature version. He loves everything in gold.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2016 at 00:36 UTC as 45th comment | 4 replies
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (455 comments in total)

DJI and Hassy formed a strategic alliance last year. So maybe this product is the first result of them teaming up.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 21:49 UTC as 189th comment | 1 reply
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webber15: I've though street view was an ill conceived idea from the beginning...
Really,,apart from having your home "cased" by occasional burglars/professional gangs...what use is it??

Let's ban cars since burglars often use them to get to and from a home. Maybe get rid of streets altogether because if it's really hard to get to a home, you are probably not going to rob it. Let's get rid of Ebay too because people have been known to sell stolen goods there. Terrorists have been known to use streets and cars also.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 23:09 UTC

If they made all buildings look alike, removed all street signs, house numbers and building signage; terrorism would stop. Right?

The US just had its worst mass shooting. It was perpetrated by a single individual, who legally and almost effortlessly bought two guns about a week ago, walked into a club and started shooting. He killed and wounded more than one hundred people with an AR15 and a pistol. There probably wasn't much research required on his part.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 15:48 UTC as 22nd comment

If the Mumbai attacks involved photographic reconnaissance separate from Google's Street View, what does that tell us?

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 11:15 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
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ecm: Nonstandard headphones? Forced to choose whether to charge your phone OR listen to music? Nah, not gonna end up in my pocket. Doesn't matter if its "the latest and greatest" if its a sh!tty idea.

I had a phone that connected headphones via the USB port. It came with a tiny 2 way splitter adapter. So I could charge and listen simultaneously.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2016 at 13:04 UTC
On article Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial (219 comments in total)
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caravan: Focus stacking is a useful technique,however kind of miss the likes of Sinar or Arcaswiss that could get everything in focus in one take,minus the software and gimmicks (zooms,touchscreen,articulating LCD).

Thanks for the good article.

Tilting the lens shifts the plane of focus but can't increase depth of field. The longer lenses on large format have shallower dof than the shorter lenses of smaller formats at a given aperture.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2016 at 15:13 UTC
On article Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial (219 comments in total)
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Jylppy: This is something where Canon excels thanks to MagicLantern firmware. It has focus stacking inbuilt. No need to touch camera between the shots.

I worked with view cameras for 30+ years. The movements can shift the plane of focus but can't increase depth of field. So this is a different approach.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2016 at 11:53 UTC
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kodachromeguy: I don't understand. Why the cr@p does anyone listen to what some " influencer" says on social media? Are typical consumers so unable to make the own decisions that they let themselves be directed by shills on social media? Do people really function like that?

Anthony Tortorici, director of public relations at Coca-Cola, told Black Enterprise magazine in 1981 that the "three most believable personalities are God, Walter Cronkite, and Bill Cosby."[3] At the peak of his advertising career in the mid-1980s, Cosby had a Q Score of 70, meaning that 70 percent of those responding to a survey of 1,000 United States residents thought highly of him, thus deeming him the most familiar and persuasive endorser.[4][5][note 1] In 2003, industry publication "Advertising Age said that "during [Cosby's] 14-year reign over the ad industry's public approval index [he had only been surpassed by] the Pope.[6] In 2012, the separate Celebrity DBI index listed Cosby as second most-trusted celebrity on a list of celebrities people pay attention to on television,"

Wikipedia

Link | Posted on May 24, 2016 at 16:14 UTC
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kodachromeguy: I don't understand. Why the cr@p does anyone listen to what some " influencer" says on social media? Are typical consumers so unable to make the own decisions that they let themselves be directed by shills on social media? Do people really function like that?

"As of 2002, Bill Cosby held the record for being the longest-serving celebrity spokesperson for a product, through his work with Jell-O. In 2011, he won the President's Award for Contributions to Advertising from the Advertising Hall of Fame." Wikipedia

Link | Posted on May 24, 2016 at 16:11 UTC
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photogeek: Whoever is the first to make a rectilinear action cam will own the market.

DJI makes the Osmo which is an actively stabilized rectilinear action camera system.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2016 at 13:24 UTC

"Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half." John Wanamaker

It seems to me that when it comes to "influencers," the click through can be measured and their value established.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2016 at 23:42 UTC as 35th comment
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (209 comments in total)
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Retro1976: Hmm, one major major problem with the Sony, you can't see the screen outdoors in bright light. I had that model for just a week and attempted to take pictures of my kids outdoors, no dice, I missed every shot. For that very reason, there is no way i would recommend the Sony.

Considering that the a6000 is small, priced so low and has an EVF, I'm not sure why many would buy the a5100. FWIW my wife and I have 2 a6000s and I also have an a5000 that I fly on my copter for stills because it is so light, but don't use for much else.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 14:39 UTC
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