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On Focus Stacking in Macro Photography article (129 comments in total)
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Timmbits: " it’s better to change the focal point by moving the lens physically back and forth rather than using the focus ring"

I am curious as to how to do this...

I'm imagining my camera on a tripod, and I have to move it by a fraction of a millimeter... how does that work?

With all the motors and electronics in some modern lenses, it would be easy enough for a company to design a macro lens that automatically incremented the focus over a series of exposures. I know some cameras have limited focus bracketing, but do any of them shoot a long sequence easily? Something to ask for.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2013 at 21:02 UTC
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steveh0607: What he does is actually a traffic safety hazard. Other drivers could be temporarily blinded by the light and hit something or someone. This guy needs to rethink what he's doing.

If he's in the right lane, crawling along, his lights won't be blinding other drivers. They're aimed to the side, not towards traffic. Too bad they're such ugly photos. How they were taken is the most interesting thing about them.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2013 at 06:54 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 preview (101 comments in total)
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Shamael: By the way, launch price with the new 14-42 lens is 680$. Sony will have a big smile for this one then.

The GF6 has WiFi, nicer menus, more and better controls, including a more useful touch screen. The NEX-3N & lens are smaller, lighter, cheaper, have more useful photography modes and features, have a better zoom range, a powered zoom, a bigger, better sensor, and costs a hundred dollars less. If this were the same price as the Sony the fight would be interesting. Buyers at this price point don't often buy a whole bunch of lenses, so that advantage of MFT doesn't matter much. In any case, a big upgrade for the previously pathetic GF line. Back to its glory days, even? Makes me wonder if there is any need for a GX1 replacement, unless they move it way upscale, with a built-in evf to compete better with the NEX-6. I hope so as I like MFT and we need a stronger lineup from Panasonic or it is doomed.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2013 at 09:24 UTC
On Nikon D7100 Hands-on Preview preview (492 comments in total)
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Nukunukoo: 24MP is definitely the threshold for Crop Sensors. The next tech will involve BSI and Stacking to gain >20% more on the large-sensor photosite area. And when that happens, I hope they stay at this resolution and focus more on pixel quality, even for just a while. Considering that Stacked Sensors will allow the read electronics to be faster and more resistant to noise, we would hopefully see the end of those pesky high ISO shadow noise banding!

Stacking will be a huge change in sensor technology. BSI is fairly irrelevant for photosites this big (or even half as big). The color splitting technology Panasonic has in the works (I have to assume others are also working along those lines) may prove to have most of the advantages of stacked photosites without the complexity. I can't wait to see the first cameras using that technology.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2013 at 01:05 UTC
On Just posted: Nikon Coolpix A real-world samples gallery article (105 comments in total)
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gl2k: Fence image (DSC_0127) shows that there is pretty much DOF. More than I would like to see. I credit this to the APS-C sensor and f2.8 aperture.
Most of the sample images could be taken with any P&S as well. If this camera style is what I like I would rather buy a V1. Dirt cheap and gives me the same shooting experience.

Not comparable, really, except that Nikon makes both. The V1 sensor is smaller, and the camera is bigger, has a nice electronic viewfinder, and offers impressive speed. The A gives you a bigger sensor in a smaller body. I really do like my V1, and the low price I paid, but this clearly offers more potential image quality.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2013 at 07:02 UTC
On US Judge rules for Eggleston in dispute with collector article (300 comments in total)
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Chuck Lantz: I have a background in limited edition prints. Not photos, but graphics, and the legal principal is the same. If I do an edition of one image using one type of printmaking, for example a plate etching, I can then legally do an entirely new - and legal - edition using serigraphy, stone litho, or whatever, still using the same image.

As someone else has commented, I could even do another edition of the same image, but using different colors or paper, and again, it would legally be a separate and unique edition.

The key is in how each edition is described by the artist. So, "An edition of 100 plate-etching images on d'Arches cold-pressed paper" would be legally unique from "100 plate-etched images on DFK Rives paper" , even if the images were identical.

Buyers of expensive art are not idiots, usually. Even if they are, it's not the artist's responsibility to educate them on the details of the art world. It's no secret that there are often multiple editions of prints. If the artist makes misrepresentations, sue him. And maybe lose, if he didn't make specific promises not to reissue that image in another form.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2013 at 06:53 UTC
On US Judge rules for Eggleston in dispute with collector article (300 comments in total)
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afterswish1: I think the artist was just biting the hand that fed out of pure greed. In my opinion Sobel was right despite what the ruling said.

Fair enough, he should have got a contract. It's pretty clear that 'limited edition' implies more copies will not be made whenever the artist feels like it though.

Clear to you, but not in the art world, where multiple editions of some kinds of print are common. The world of 20th century prints is so messy many collectors will have nothing to do with it (partly because of all the fakes), but a real Chagall print can still be worth thousands, even though he authorized massive numbers and they are late, uninteresting examples of his work from long after his brief period of importance. They're valuable because some people will still pay good money for them, even though they're far less significant and no more attractive than this photograph. At least it makes me smile.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2013 at 06:41 UTC
On US Judge rules for Eggleston in dispute with collector article (300 comments in total)
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Binone: When you purchase a limited edition of any art - be it photograph or painting, unless it's the original, it will have a number: x of y, where "y" is the total number of prints, or lithographs, etc. that are going to be produced. The value of any one is very much dependent on how many are produced. I have to agree with the collector here. The artist, in effect, increased y and that results in a decrease in the value of any one of the copies.

My other issue is: Holy Crap!!! I'd have thrown that shot away. Like another poster wrote - where's my kid's old bike.. If I had exhibited that photo at a club where I have competed, at a minimum, I'd have been criticized for the little bit of a car that's on the right. I see a lot of photos that are truly remarkable works of art. But, $250k for this??? I must be getting old.

I'd be surprised if it is overturned. Artists have been making various editions of works of art forever. Collectors may have taken comfort in x/xx in pencil, but barring a detailed contract between artist and original purchaser, what does 'limited edition' mean? Not much. High-end dealers will henceforth require their artists to agree to detailed contracts limiting future reproduction. Collectors will know what they're buying and selling and all will be well. Yawn.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2013 at 06:19 UTC
On US Judge rules for Eggleston in dispute with collector article (300 comments in total)
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Cal22: No judge can decide whether new prints decrease the value of older ones. It's the market! Of course, the exorbitant high prices for photographs (and for so many other things, by the way) might be ridiculous. But these prices have nothing to do with photographic or artistic value. The higher the price the more significance is being put into the collector's item - and in the collector himself. It's the input of humans imagination.
In the 70s and 80s, when I saw Egglestone's photographs (among them the kid's bike) I was interested but didn't attach great importance to them. My view hasn't changed since then. I wonder if photography regarded as art will be good or bad.

It may be judged rare and valuable (or only semi-rare) without being judged very good at all. People collect (and pay a lot of money for) much less pleasing objects than this. Or it may be judged a good example of a particular movement, a point in time in artistic taste. Very few people love stiff medieval depictions of saints, but they are still valued as representative of their time and its tastes. This photo is a good example of avant-garde taste, circa 1970.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2013 at 05:53 UTC
On Service lets you order prints of any Facebook photo post (114 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Seeing things like this popping-up is a bit like reading that story about Phil Bronstein entering a Komodo dragon enclosure, taking his shoes off to reveal white rat look-alike white socks to an animal with a brain size slightly larger than a walnut and then being surprised to find himself with a bleeding foot trapped in the creature's mouth.

Always fascinating...


You forgot the interesting part, that the backstage zoo tour was a birthday treat from Bronstein's wife, Sharon Stone. That's exactly what I'd expect for my birthday present from Sharon Stone - a giant lizard eating half of my foot. Komodo dragons also have filthy mouths and their bites often cause nasty infections. Maybe we can send a Komodo dragon after the head of this photo printing service. He is adding so much to our culture.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2013 at 20:18 UTC
On Tamrac Evolution 9 Photo Backpack Review article (106 comments in total)
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soloryb: Without a hip belt for proper support with heavy loads this thing is not for prolonged equipment hauling. Also, the worst place you can attach a tripod to a pack is on the back, where it's far enough away from your center of gravity to pull you backwards.

Mike, thanks for giving us your take on how well it works in real life. I won't be buying one soon, but it's nice to know what's available.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2013 at 19:59 UTC
On Tamrac Evolution 9 Photo Backpack Review article (106 comments in total)
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windmillgolfer: This looks likes a strong and high capacity backpack but the price seems very high. I guess if you've invested $1,000s on kit then this would be appropriate for the 1% of your time you might have this lot with you. Meanwhile, I'll just keep the LX5, mini-tripod, 18mm LWA52 and EVF1 in my jacket pockets :-)

Cheap and common are bad? Are you a Leica owner? If not, I'm sure they'd love you as a customer.

Cheap means an item costs little. That is good. Common means there are many of them, suggesting they have attractive properties or meet the needs of many. All other things equal, I prefer cheap and common to expensive and uncommon.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2013 at 19:46 UTC
On Sony releases two new apps for the NEX-5R and NEX-6 article (68 comments in total)

Light Shaft looks terrible, super cheesy, but Motion Shot is a nice effect familiar from TV sports. I don't shoot action, but if I did, that would be a nice option.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 21:16 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
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MichelBB: What about the 80 percent of the world camera users who do not use ounces and inches ?

In theory and officially they're metric, but in practice many in the UK actually use a mix of old and new. People are still giving their weight in stones, and distances are not uncommonly measured in miles.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 20:23 UTC
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Valiant Thor: I was hoping for a nice small M43 Canon with the ability to use all the M43 Lumix and Olympus lenses, and with a new sensor. I have Nikon, Olympus, and Lumix and would love to get into a nice compact Canon body but what a boring release this is.

I was hoping for a Ferrari shopping cart (oh, wait, there probably is one.) Canon already has the barest beginnings of a mirrorless system and has no reason to abandon it (yet). I would have loved to have seen other camera makers buy into Micro 4/3, but they've all decided to go their own ways. Just as they did with dslrs in years past.

Cooperation is not natural for these very competitive companies. Even Olympus and Panasonic have done things differently enough in their MFT bodies and lenses to discourage mixing and matching. Canon would have been even less likely to stay within the standard.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 20:17 UTC
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Michael Barker: Heckle me all you want folks, I'm gonna say it anyway:

*Camera of the Year*

And yes, one of the biggest reasons is that it is a Canon.

No, that's silly. By the end of the year there will be plenty of other Canon models to choose from if they want to give it to Canon. Maybe even something other than a shrunken retread.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 20:06 UTC

Cool shot. Doesn't matter that others could replicate the shot (though I doubt it's as easy as it looks) as much as his conception of the shot, and working that idea through to a cover-worthy shot. That's what makes him a high-level pro, that he can deliver, and on time. He had one opportunity to get the shot and delivered.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2013 at 00:32 UTC as 17th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Preview preview (416 comments in total)
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Steve: now i'm on the fence between this and the OMD.
I am trying to cut down on weight and size from my D7000... the panny seems to be almost as big as the nikon, although it is 1/2 lighter than the nikon..
i'm using a 18-200mm lens as well. i'm just wondering if this is a deal killer for me... although there are some nice pluses to the camera...
i guess i will just have to wait until i get both in my hands at the same time ?

If you don't see the advantages of the GH3, you aren't who they were targeting. It's not very attractive to still photographers because it was designed for video primarily.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 02:53 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Preview preview (416 comments in total)
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bobestremera: Video notwithstanding, how will the image quality compare to the G5? I'm getting a little interested coming from a 60D with large, heavy lenses and would love to downsize but not at the expense of IQ. My Holy Grail is 16X24 prints with great inherent sharpness. My Canon lenses give me that. I've always liked the Lumix but never trusted the smaller 4/3 sensors but I'm reading that the gap is closing.

APS-C lenses will always be bigger and heavier, as will bodies, typically. Larger sensors will continue to cost more, though the difference will likely narrow. The reasons for creating MFT are as valid today as they were a few years ago. Given that neither Panasonic nor Olynpus make any larger-sensored cameras, why would they abandon aan attractive product line? Sure, sales have been a bit slow, but that's poor marketing and limited access to retail channels. Best Buy can more easily sell Nikons and Canons and even Sonys because they have stronger brands with better name recognition, especially outside Asia. So you don't see many Micro 4/3 models outside camera shops, and camera shops have been dying off fast. Switching to some other sensor size isn't going to solve their problems and it would put them back to having no product to sell.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 02:50 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Preview preview (416 comments in total)
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RyanMancuso: This is a video (footage) comparison of the 5D Mark III and the GH3

Hope you enjoy.

Given that the GH3 is mainly aimed at video shooters, I'd say its pertinent for many. For a still photographer, of course the FF DSLR will have better image quality.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 02:40 UTC
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