Gerard Hoffnung

Gerard Hoffnung

Joined on Oct 17, 2011


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On Budget X: Hands-on with Fujifilm's new X-A2 article (155 comments in total)
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minzaw: The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has officially confirmed what many people thought all along: taking ‘selfies’ is a mental disorder. The APA made this classification during its annual board of directors meeting in Chicago. The disorder is called selfitis, and is defined as the obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self and post them on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy. APA said there are three levels of the disorder:

Chronic selfitis: Uncontrollable urge to take photos of one’s self round the clock and posting the photos on social media more than six times a day

I read it on the internet so it must be true.
Actually that extract is from a spoof article from the Adobo Chronicles a "creative news" web site which claims everthing on it's web site is the truth except for the lies.
Sadly this is now being passed around the internet as being real.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 16:04 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)
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tbcass: DPR says "Something we didn't particularly care for on the previous two RX100's was the shooting experience. The user interface, cluttered controls, and, in particular, the 'clickless' wheel around the lens that gave no tactile feedback just took the 'fun' out of using the RX100 Mark I and II."

Of course that is a SUBJECTIVE OPINION with which I disagree with completely.

"Something WE didn't particularly care for". Of course it's subjective, just like your opinion.

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2014 at 02:09 UTC
On Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses article (368 comments in total)
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tongki: I keep 17-40mm for extra 5mm reach
and don't need stupid IS

if you can not handheld your camera in wide angle,
then hire a photographer that can do it

Excellent comment. This 70 year old photographer needs all the help he can get when it comes to reducing camera shake. I use a monpod almost all the time and a tripod when I can but sometimes handheld is the only way to go and then IS is of paramount importance to me.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 04:17 UTC

I love classic cars and these shots capture the feel of the era of the models.
Almost as impressive is that there are no whining complaints about something or other (so far).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 04:16 UTC as 26th comment
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (236 comments in total)
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showmeyourpics: I did try it, loved it, bought it and am having a jolly good time using it. The EVF could be better but is a huge improvement over the typical optical viewfinders (I had the G12 for 2 years). With a $24 8MP UHS-1 card, write time for 12MP Raw + jpeg is about 1.5sec/frame or 9sec for a 6 frame sequence. I don't understand the issue of interface sluggishness. Yesterday, I photographed the sunset jumping from 5 frame exposure bracketing for HDR rendering to manual series of 5 shots for panorama stitching, everything without taking my eye off the EVF and/or appreciable complications. The articulated LCD with Manual Frame Area is great for basic product photography. The lens range up to 200mm is definitely a unique plus for me.

BTW, I am a part-time pro with over 40 years of experience with all kind of film and digital gear shooting many different subjects. I normally work with pro-level equipment but carry the P7800 with me everywhere to be ready for any unexpected photo opportunity

Presumably the Nikon P7800, it's the only one with a 200mm zoom length.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 02:41 UTC
On Niki Feijen's haunting images of abandoned houses article (218 comments in total)

HDR or not, I find these images very evocative. In the first image it appears as though the occupants simply dissapeared leaving behind their belongings such as the suit hanging on the wall. What happened to them, why did they leave? My imagination can fill in a few scenarios but would any of them be close to reality? Enjoy the images for what they are.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2013 at 02:17 UTC as 31st comment
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Braxton7: Top one reminds me of a Dali painting. Haven't looked at the website. I do often wonder about the clothes and shoes you see on the side of the highway sometimes. Where do they come from and why?

Interesting point. I was out riding my bicycle recently and noticed a sports bra lying in the ditch alongside the road. Kept my imagination going for quite a while as I tried to figure various scenarios as to how it got there :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2013 at 01:08 UTC
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Optimal Prime: Artsy stuff is great. But not at the expense of camera reviews. That's not why I visit this site.

Given the prodigious backlog of reviews, shouldn't DPR put more effort into clearing it and finally be as current as other major review sites?

You apparently believe that it's a one or the other system. I'm sure that dpreview is more than capable of showing other photographers artwork without sacrificing the technical nitty gritty so beloved of some commenters. Isn't the whole point of photography to create an image. Some of photography's most iconic images have been created using equipment that doesn't hold a candle to the quality even a modern point and shoot can do. One of the reasons I really like this web site is that it inspires me with some of the images created by brilliant photographers as well as keeping me up to date with the latest technology. Most modern high quality cameras can produce images far beyond the needs of the imagination of most of us and definitely beyond my limited capabilities.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2013 at 01:04 UTC

I guess I am in a minority in that I find that very often, I learn something from a comment that I probably wouldn't have learned otherwise. Discussion in comments sections, particularly on very technical issues will either clarify something for me or drive me to further research on the internet. I read at least some of the comments on any article I read and find it easy to skip the nonsense and focus on the good comments. On more than one occasion, some very funny comments have been posted that give me a belly laugh that just makes my day. I'm OK with comment sections.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 15:44 UTC as 65th comment | 2 replies
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CharlesGordon: I like the idea of being able to stuff this into the smaller cameras that were far more common in the film days. Although, in the past couple years there seems to be an awakening that some of us just want the bigger sensor, not the bigger body.

Good comment. I still have my XA. I used to motorcycle tour a lot and it was a great little camera for that. Pocketable, excellent image quality and totally reliable. Sometimes, I still miss film.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2013 at 16:55 UTC
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fad: Virginia Postrel put it well:

Ultimately, the debate about choice is not about markets but about character. Liberty and responsibility really do go together; it’s not just a platitude. The more freedom we have to control our lives, the more responsibility we have for how they turn out. In a world of constraints, learning to be happy with what you’re given is a virtue. In a world of choices, virtue comes from learning to make commitments without regrets. And commitment, in turn, requires self-confidence and self-knowledge.

“We are free to be the authors of our lives,” says Schwartz, “but we don’t know exactly what kind of lives we want to ‘write.’” Maturity lies in deciding just that.

Excellent post.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2013 at 02:10 UTC
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AngryCorgi: It seems the people behind Hassleblad thinks all of us are idiots.

Rich idiots.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2013 at 22:00 UTC
On Photographer captures concert with DSLR-mounted GoPro article (76 comments in total)
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daMatrix: Having an automated photo capture stream does not mean a result with great photos.

From his selection of photos shown here only nr 1 is good. The other show photographer failure of showing what he wants to express with the photos.

That said the video shows Pierre had a lot of fun at this concert in his own way and therefor the video is more interesting than the snaps.

You might want to head over to Pierre's blog and look at his gallery there.
I think some of the shots there are excellent and really capture the energy of the band.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2013 at 20:41 UTC
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Ollie 2: Well, my two cents is that grading images is hardly altering or manipulating their "authenticity".

...and in my opinion the two images on this page were more effective prior to the alterations. So what do I know?

It's all about personal taste. I like the after in the first image and the before in the second.
I'm in western Canada and skies like that and a whole bunch more weird are common around here. Prior to a tornado that hit Edmonton in 1987, the skies actually had this bizarre mix of purples and greens.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 02:13 UTC
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Andreas Stuebs: Regrettably the SNL footage cannot be viewed outside USA

You Tube

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 20:30 UTC
On You'll have to wait a "year-ish" for Google Glass post (76 comments in total)
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ryansholl: It WILL change how humans interact.

Namely, the frequency of people randomly being spraypainted in the face will skyrocket.

You're probably right, I really do see fist fights or maybe much worse taking place over these intrusions on peoples privacy.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 21:01 UTC

Powerful images that show the relationships between some people, that those of us lucky enough to be in long term stable relationships, sometimes struggle to understand.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2013 at 02:10 UTC as 82nd comment
On Pentax to ship more affordable WG-10 waterproof camera article (19 comments in total)
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Deleted pending purge: Regardless of the fact that it is just another of tub & shower resistant frustration to divers which wait for some manufacturer to understand what waterproofing is all about, this model is an anatomically undefendable ugly piece of design. There is no ergometry that would require such form.

Waterproof to IPX8 33ft. I really want to see some images of your tub.
Regardless of style, this camera would be great for my kayaking and other outdoor pursuits.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 01:22 UTC

I'm a certified old fart and sadly, my hands are not as steady as they once were. I make frequent use of a monopod but sometimes would like to a carry a lightweight compact tripod. My old tripods are nice but cumbersome, so even at the price point, I'll be checking this out when it becomes available in my area.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2013 at 02:17 UTC as 7th comment
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King Penguin: Wish they would pay tax on their profits in the UK , their actions show no social responsibity.......only greed

So by your reasoning, individual tax payers should not take advantage of any legal tax reduction programs available to them but should pay more taxes than they need to, correct?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2012 at 20:09 UTC
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