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On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1414 comments in total)
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calking: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton coined the phrase, "it depends on what 'is' is" during congressional hearings. With regards to this particular matter of upgrading I would suggest that an upgrade in the photographic equipment realm doesn't mean just a bigger sensor or faster lens or sturdier tripod, etc. in other words, one can "upgrade" by selling his FF gear and going APS-C or m4/3 if it means the new gear will be used more, or for a different purpose that's appropriate.

The problem here is the ongoing perception that bigger and faster are "better", when in fact they're just different. You can dig a hole with a pick and shovel or use a backhoe. It will take longer to do manually versus mechanically, but has the benefit of physical exercise that the excavator cannot provide. If someone is a professional hole digger it would probably make sense to own a backhoe even though it costs much more than a pick and shovel but is necessary in the interest of production for income.

FYI, that statement was in front of a Grand Jury not Congress.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 20:58 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1414 comments in total)
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Mond: I think you've missed a trick here. There is no point in buying an expensive, all-dancing-with-bells-on camera if the glass you put in front of it is rubbish. A good camera will not get good shots from bad lenses.

Concentrate on getting the best lens and an affordable camera to go behind it and the results will ten times better than the other way around.

Paul, Look at these two web pages, compare the two lenses, side by side on two browser windows, whether it's vignetting, achromatic distortion, lens distortion, resolution values at three points, the better lens is easy to see. BTW both are measured on FX sensor, FX/DX sensor measurement will be even more dramatic. Simply put, quality cost money, specially true in zooms. BTW I own a couple of the 1.8G primes not the 1.4G, difference between those wasn't anywhere as far apart as these two zooms. So basically it comes down to $ and compromises, compromises does not improve anything. I use DxOMark and to make decisions on purchases. Newest FX sensors demand better glass, period. I started out in DX(D300s) then went to FX(D700, D800).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 20:53 UTC
On Adobe to acquire Fotolia for $800 million cash article (25 comments in total)

Adobe can take its CC thingy and stick it in Russia for all I care.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 05:07 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies
On ShareGrid offers peer-to-peer gear rental article (32 comments in total)

I read with fascination an article two years ago, or so, how Burrow Lens test and calibrates their rental lenses after been rented out. I also know some people are naturally klutz and some treat others property rather poorly. I'll be a cold day in hell before I "rent out" my expensive 70-200 lens to a stranger.
Hello Mr. Occasional Lens Rental dude, I got some bad news about your lens, they broke into my car and stole the lens I rented from you, sorry dude.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 05:57 UTC as 10th comment
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (379 comments in total)

trade: Olympus XZ-1 w/Richard Franiec grip for a Leica M9 + $380.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 02:30 UTC as 85th comment | 1 reply

Phase One is hiring I hear. Newest position that opened up was V.P. of Marketing.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 22:09 UTC as 19th comment

I own a gazzilion dollars(for me it's a chunk of change) of Nikon cameras, lenses, Nikon sync radio triggers and will keep most of it, FF for sure. APS-C might be going buh-bye and will be replaced with Fuji APS-C mirrorless camera. I'm lucky that I didn't buy one of Nikon's nightmare releases with dust on sensor or left focus points problem. I decide not to be a beta tester of new Nikon cameras, I waited till the bugs were fixed and new models were announced and bought older bug free and di$counted versions. Also hate Nikon's f'ing de-content strategy. Yes my avatar is a X-100, tells you were my money will be going in the future.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 21:30 UTC as 22nd comment

Cleary the Hassy marketing department is not getting enough light during their winter months.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 02:59 UTC as 10th comment

Way less cost then a Hasselblad Lunar in gold and deerskin.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2014 at 02:25 UTC as 29th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)

Wins the equivalent aperture chart hands down, this will be a big seller for Pany. I won't be buying it because I already own too many cameras already. GAS is better then heroin addiction I suppose.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 00:15 UTC as 156th comment
On Sigma announces dp1 Quattro article (200 comments in total)

This article should be listed under the Weird Camera News. So that thingy is a mirrorless solution to DSLR's viewfinder ?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 19:37 UTC as 9th comment

Monkey selfie, Mr. Slater claimed it was a monkey selfie, as in the monkey pressed the shutter button, end of story as to who was the photographer.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2014 at 01:14 UTC as 24th comment
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Rocky Mtn Old Boy: The monkey cannot own the copyright, so in all likelihood, it falls to Slater - though given the nature of his recent behaviour, does not deserve it. I think the one thing we can all agree on, is that Wikimedia doesn't have it. Slater is the closest thing to an owner and since he PP'd and posted the photos, he likely has the right to ask them to take the images down.

He's a knob for doing so... but ultimately has the right.

" I think the one thing we can all agree on, is that Wikimedia doesn't have it. "

No, not everyone is agreeing with your point.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2014 at 02:11 UTC
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120 to 35: The photos are conceptual art.

Copyright belongs to the artist. In conceptual art, the artist does not usually create the work himself. He provides the concept, gets his associates to produce the work, and presents the end results as his work. The photographer is the conceptual artist who made the monkey take the pictures with his camera. He therefore owns the copyright.

"The photographer is the conceptual artist who made the monkey take the pictures with his camera."
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No he did not make the monkey take the photographs, the monkey was handling the camera and accidentally took many images(100 or so) that were worthless and this one by chance. Sorry I'm a facts guy and many post here have false "facts" including yours.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 01:15 UTC

From Huffington Post article: He added that he believes Wikipedia editors, most of whom are volunteers, "have a communistic view of life."

"It's potentially being run by people with political agendas," Slater said of Wikipedia. "The people who are editing it could be a new Adolf Hitler or a new Stalin ... They're using whatever suits their agenda."

He urged people to stop using Wikipedia. "It's important to tell people that Wikipedia should be not used as a source of truth," he said.

I'm sort of speechless.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 02:08 UTC as 439th comment | 8 replies

IMHO the real monkey is the author, so Wiki is correct. My 0.02 cents.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 22:35 UTC as 489th comment | 1 reply
On Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut article (102 comments in total)

LOL very creative.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 00:27 UTC as 5th comment
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1586 comments in total)

D810 will be a great DSLR, just be aware you need good glass, need to use good camera handling in order to get the best out of the 36.3MP sensor. The ultra resolution will be diminished by low shutter speed if not mounted on a tripod if you break the one over focal leanth-shutter rule or VR lens isn't used.

Here is a great article on diffraction by Thom Hogan

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 01:35 UTC as 223rd comment | 6 replies
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (425 comments in total)
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RadPhoto: Apple only cares about products related to iPhone.

Gee, iPhone support only huh? This reply written on iMacBook Pro, late 2013 model, w/5.18million pixel retina screen, 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 proc. with 6MB shared L3 cache, 16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory, 512GB PCIe-based flash storage, Intel Iris Pro Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching, USB 3, Thunderbolt 2, 4k HDMI support, . . . . I'd say they are still kicking Bluescreen of death PC's with Mac/OS X development !

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 01:09 UTC

I can see one, two maybe three corvettes in that hole.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 04:18 UTC as 105th comment
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