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On Behind the scenes: Garry Winogrand at work article (52 comments in total)

It's interesting that Winogrand disliked the term "street photographer". In the recent interview featured on dpreview (31 Jan) with Don McCullin he said he did not like the term "war photographer" and didn't want to be remembered as that.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2014 at 13:56 UTC as 4th comment
On Behind the scenes: Garry Winogrand at work article (52 comments in total)
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tmurph: As already mentioned, could you get away with photographing people in that manner today?
The answer is yes, in a city like New York or as seen in the film around the Los Angeles/Hollywood
area because of it being a tourist attraction. Try doing it in your local town and see what kind of reaction you get. Of course it's all down to the way you approach the subject and it's also a question about confidence but even so, today it's become harder to go about taking pictures without someone causing a fuss and calling the police.

I think this is more common. Maybe city folks in dense areas are also more focused on just getting from A to B by their routine, whereas with more space photographers lifting a camera stand out.

I've also been approached by security in a shopping centre here in the UK. I was just taking general photos not necessarily of people (testing out a new lens as it happened). While it's a right to take photos in a public place, most shopping centres are privately owned and they are within their rights to ask you to stop, although they still can't confiscate your equipment or ask you to delete anything.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2014 at 13:51 UTC
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kwa_photo: It may not be Aperture 4...but it's a full .x update with a lot of bug fixes and some new functionality. I think they must be saving upgrades/updates to actual photo processing until the eventual version 4.0. It's taking quite a while, so I hope the wait will be worth it. I've been tempted many times to go to LightRoom but the Aperture workflow and tight integration keeps with with 3.5 :-)

In the Apple keynote Phil Schiller referenced a new version of Aperture that the Mac Pro, coming in December, took advantage of.

I am sincerely hoping that that means Aperture X coming by the end of the year, and not this relatively insignificant point release...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2013 at 21:28 UTC
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Robo2k: Well Aperture is one of those products that Apple gives as much attention as to the iPod classic. Seriously, why should anyone bother using it when Adobe is doing a much better job?

Yeah @smorti, I tend to agree. The problem is that as you can see by a number of comments that people who would otherwise have stuck with Aperture if it kept pace have instead jumped over to LR.

Personally I generally do very little post processing on my photos so Aperture's other strengths e.g. in cataloguing and integration have kept me on board.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2013 at 21:26 UTC
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praktinafan: I still use the boxed version of Aperture (comes on a DVD) and so I can not upgrade to 3.5. This update only works with an AppStore license! Bummer

I still use the boxed version of Aperture (came on DVD), and I'm now running 3.5. This update worked fine! Awesome

Except the update is a fairly minimal maintenance release. Where is Aperture X??

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2013 at 21:22 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Review preview (507 comments in total)
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george2013: The name of the game is wide depth of field. People today watch tv, and on tv you see no out of focus areas. When people look at photographs, they expect the same. The winner will always be the camera that creates clear focused pictures with no out of focus areas.

Did I miss a huge amount of sarcasm here? Sorry if I did, but if not, then not only is it untrue what you are saying about TV shows being shot entirely within depth of field, but achieving large depth of field has always been far less challenging for cameras than narrow depth of field, with the proviso that in low light the photographer needs to be able to either slow the shutter or use higher ISO. But that has forever been the case. I also fundamentally disagree with the comparison between moving images and stills.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2013 at 10:30 UTC
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Biowizard: Beautiful camera - lousy English ...

"and no FEWER than 1000 prototype parts."

:-)

@epo001 Biowizard wasn't correcting "nearly 1000" at all, he was correcting "no less than" from the first paragraph. As it happens, it's an idiomatic usage which isn't incorrect, though normally Biowizard would be quite right. But epo001 you have pointed out a factual contradiction where the article initially states more than 1000 prototype parts, then subsequently that it was fewer than 1000.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 11:03 UTC
On Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 Hands-on Preview preview (355 comments in total)
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atakomba: Come on Canon, what a bad joke is this miniaturised dslr. Who on earth will buy this, people who are looking for small camera + lens combination will run away from this to m43, nikon1 etc. Shame, this was the last desperate shot from Canon, a missed one

@Leichhardt I know where you're coming from in terms of being invested in a system. The problem with this being a small camera for street photography is that if you are heavily invested in the system then you are probably touting some good glass. And *that* is where a small body becomes questionable. I loved my 5Dii, but the weight of Zeiss and L lenses made it impractical to me as someone who takes a camera everywhere. This body wouldn't have made the difference for me to keep the system, I already had a 20D second body which was great, but last year the whole lot went in favour of a smaller APS-C mirrorless system and I have to say I'm loving that more.

But... choices are always a good thing to have, and we're all making different ones. I'm actually wondering how attractive this body would be to someone totally new to photography? It's easy to know how we react to it if we've had cameras for 30+ years, but what about today's new consumer?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 10:05 UTC
On Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 Hands-on Preview preview (355 comments in total)
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MisterBG: Once again a Canon which is known by different names in different markets.
When are Canon going to adopt a common naming policy for their products?
A 1 DX and an EOS 5D and EOS 7D are the same in every market, so why can't they do it with the budget end of the range?

@T3 they are only best selling because they are the cheaper, mass-market lines so no surprise that they outsell the 1/5/7 ranges.

I think the point of the "Rebel" nomenclature is because that is more appealing/memorable to mass-market than "1000D" and it's unlikely they will drop it. That said, other manufacturers do fine.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 09:50 UTC
On Photokina 2012: Olympus Stand Report article (48 comments in total)
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buongustaio: any news about the sooo much craved body that would better handle top-pro 4/3 lenses?
17mm aside, this is all i'm asking from this stand :)

Yes, I was waiting for some follow-up on that too. I recall there was some interpretation required as to what exactly the earlier statement meant, so maybe all the expectations were wrong. And given day 1 of Photokina has passed without further announcements, I'm not hopeful that anything else will come up, because after all if they had something to show it would make no sense to reveal it half way through after some of the media will have left.

The XZ-2 looks nice, but given the 12mm black is essentially an existing product, the 60mm macro was announced months ago, and the PEN cameras are getting updated with existing components, you would really think they would have *something* attention grabbing to say about their high end products. A 17mm lens "in development" doesn't amount to a great deal. This is Photokina after all, not CES or a Friday afternoon press release!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 18:01 UTC
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Thomas Tien: I own both Panasonic GX1 and Olympus OMD-EM5 w/ 14/2.5, 20/1.7, 45/1.8, both camera are nice w/ good IQ (for its small sensor size), but I will not invest anymore of my hard earn money on M3/4 systems for one good reason, "the price for M3/4 lenses are just way too high", YES, it's small and weight less, but the small sensor just can't compete with a FF camera, while the price of FF cameras are getting much more reasonable, I don't see a future on M3/4 systems.

Hi Thomas, I'm not sure I agree that lens prices are way too high.

I'm selling out of FF and going m4/3 or Fuji X. My 100 macro got £600, the new m4/3 Oly 60 macro will be $500 (£400?), and my Zeiss 50/1.4 got £400, and the PanaLeica 25mm/1.4 will be £450ish. I was surprised how much some lenses cost (e.g. 12mm Oly), psychologically I expected smaller should mean cheaper. But if the lens quality is *similar*, then there's no reason the cost should be so different.

FF and m4/3 are different in many ways but while m4/3 will never render like FF, at least the sensors are improving rapidly so next year's m4/3 IQ may better last year's FF.

So the question to me is, at what point is m4/3 good enough? You may give up too soon, then again I may buy in too soon. But lenses outlast bodies so I'm prepared to invest because I *do* see a future for m4/3.

Regardless; even if FF bodies are getting cheaper, lenses definitely aren't!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 17:37 UTC
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Light Pilgrim: I think these Zeiss lenses are not relevant anymore. They do not work properly with modern DSLRs and Manual Focusing is extremely complex on bodies like 5D MKIII as an example.

I think Canon will introduce 135 F/2 very soon and it will have AF...will be cheaper. The existing Canon lens is just stunning and is costs 50% of what Zeiss is asking for this lens.

I think Zeiss will need to change their business model very soon....of offer AF.

Light Pilgrim, I'm sure you said f/16 just to be inflammatory. Given when you're focusing manually the aperture is at f/1.4 anyway, then yes of course you can nail a street shot wide open. Just because the lens has f/1.4 doesn't mean you use it for every shot. You can stop down a couple of clicks if the composition needs it or to give a bit of margin for error. It's about having the ability to use the tool.

And I think that is part of this MF vs AF discussion. People who have never learned and practised MF will find it difficult and then say it's impossible. Those who have will know it is far from impossible. The 5DIII is a particular case where Canon has decided not to make a focusing screen that is better for MF. As Zeiss said in their reply to you though, there is someone else who does. And your quote from Zeiss also said AF is not good enough at f/1.4 anyway. So I'm not sure what your point there was?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2012 at 16:45 UTC
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Light Pilgrim: I think these Zeiss lenses are not relevant anymore. They do not work properly with modern DSLRs and Manual Focusing is extremely complex on bodies like 5D MKIII as an example.

I think Canon will introduce 135 F/2 very soon and it will have AF...will be cheaper. The existing Canon lens is just stunning and is costs 50% of what Zeiss is asking for this lens.

I think Zeiss will need to change their business model very soon....of offer AF.

Light Pilgrim - on the one hand, how did you manage in the days before AF then? On the other hand, it's fair to say that people should use the right tool for the job. Those that need AF to nail a shot should use it. And given a 50mm manual was my walkaround lens, I did a lot more street shooting at that FL than landscape. If by saying having "eyes in focus" you mean everything else isn't, then that is a particular style of portraiture that doesn't define street shooting by any means. If you just meant that the subject had to be in sharp focus, well you really don't need AF for that even with only a second to react, if the manual focus action on the lens is a good one. And that is one of the strengths of Zeiss lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2012 at 15:20 UTC
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liquid stereo: How do people manual focus? I can't imagine doing it with the default finder/focusing-screen.

On the 5DII you could use the EG-S focusing screen, but even the standard screen wasn't so bad.

However, with lenses like the Zeiss ZE, focus confirm still works so you can if you want use the AF system to check your manual focus. Or you can use Liveview and zoom. The workflow is little different from using AF, with the focus confirm step happening before you take the photo rather than after when most people using AF seem to.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2012 at 14:35 UTC
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Light Pilgrim: I think these Zeiss lenses are not relevant anymore. They do not work properly with modern DSLRs and Manual Focusing is extremely complex on bodies like 5D MKIII as an example.

I think Canon will introduce 135 F/2 very soon and it will have AF...will be cheaper. The existing Canon lens is just stunning and is costs 50% of what Zeiss is asking for this lens.

I think Zeiss will need to change their business model very soon....of offer AF.

OK the point about the 5DIII and its focusing screen specifically is a fair point. But it is disingenuous to broaden that to "modern DSLRs". And it is by no means impossible to manually focus on the 5DIII, or use Liveview and the rear screen magnified, which is what people effectively do with autofocus when they push the shutter, allow AF to do its stuff, then playback and zoom in to "check focus".

Quite frankly, manually focusing means you normally have it right first time and there is no need to check focus after.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2012 at 14:28 UTC
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Light Pilgrim: I think these Zeiss lenses are not relevant anymore. They do not work properly with modern DSLRs and Manual Focusing is extremely complex on bodies like 5D MKIII as an example.

I think Canon will introduce 135 F/2 very soon and it will have AF...will be cheaper. The existing Canon lens is just stunning and is costs 50% of what Zeiss is asking for this lens.

I think Zeiss will need to change their business model very soon....of offer AF.

I'm not sure why you think they don't work properly with modern DSLRs? Have you ever actually owned one? I've just sold my 5D MkII, but before I did the Zeiss 50mm/1.4 was by far my favourite lens. It wiped the floor with the Canon 50/1.4 which I owned for a month or two before selling on.

I also owned the 135 L and to be honest if I was in the market for a 135mm and the Zeiss was closer in price then, assuming it renders like some other Zeiss lenses, I would probably go for it rather than the Canon.

Autofocus is a convenience but the first thing I do is take autofocus off the shutter release and put it somewhere else, so I can do a quick AF to get close and then manually focus for the photo I want to take without the camera interfering. Maybe it depends on your perspective. For my first 20 years of shooting I didn't have AF and focusing has always been a natural action.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2012 at 14:25 UTC
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ET2: Battery as low as 180 shots per charge in live view?

Gosh that bad ... Even A37 with tiny battery has over 500 per charge

Honestly, if battery life is the best cheap shot you can make, then you really need to just get out a bit more (with whatever camera you choose). Battery life is a problem that was solved for every camera years ago by getting a spare, in case you hadn't heard.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2012 at 16:44 UTC
On Preview:canon-eos-650d-rebel-t4i (274 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: The main question is: Can it beat the smaller E-M5 in image quality?

Unless it can, there seems little point in a big DSLR camera that tries to perform like a compact/mirrorless. Why would any new camera buyer want to buy this if there is no significant IQ advantage? If you are thinking that Canon DSLR owners who already have Canon lenses may OTOH have more interest, then think why a Canon DSLR owner would want to stay at the entry-level model and buy this and not upgrade to some higher model?

I think this is the key question. And having moved up the quality chain over the years from Canon's original digital 300D model to now a 5D Mk II, with a gradual investment in the lenses too, I now wonder whether I will find myself rethinking the whole thing, selling up and going towards something like the E-M5. It is the lenses rather than the bodies that creates the "loyalty", in my case at least. Ultimately I want IQ alongside control/flexibility, but don't mind how I get it.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 at 15:35 UTC
On Preview:canon-eos-650d-rebel-t4i (274 comments in total)
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weput: I've allways had a position on the mirror/no mirror thing.... as an engineer i tougth about putting the sensor directly to feed the liveview screen as a doable thing.... even removing the shutter as the image could be captured electronically

virtually no moving parts inside the camara
virtually unlimited time of service for the device... and given the speed and capabilities of chips nowdays.. (imagine a quadcore qualcom inside one of this things)...

however... sometimes i'm just an idiot dreaming...

@harold1968
Assuming you meant "maximum available capacity in a consumer format", that comes down to price, which points to position on the adoption curve, and not much more. Prices for SSDs are tumbling, hence maximum available capacities are rising. There's nothing to stop you having a 4TB SSD other than cost. There *is* something to stop you having a 4TB hard disk, and that is technology.

Also, to say hard disks are "longer lasting" is likely untrue of today's SSDs if you look at MTBF data. It is definitely worth adding that hard disks can and do fail at any time if you drop them.

In saying "sometimes mechanical is still better" you ignored the benefits of SSDs, chief of which is speed. If you work with large photos or other data then probably the single biggest performance increase in your system would now come from switching to SSD, rather than adding RAM.

Sometimes, I agree though, mechanical can still be better.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 at 15:19 UTC
On Preview:canon-eos-650d-rebel-t4i (274 comments in total)
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Le Kilt: Couldn't the 40mm have been one or two stops faster...??? :-(

Would have been nice to have f/2.0, especially if Canon reckons it is aimed "as much at 5D Mark iii owners"...

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 at 14:58 UTC
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