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Olympus will make more money by selling a replica of that arm...

The Olympus "Selfie Pole" made of realistic Neanderthal Skin...

$9.95 when bought with any Olympus camera.


Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2015 at 08:54 UTC as 3rd comment
In reply to:

NetMage: Why does a story posted today have 3 month old comments?

Cud Chewers.

They regurgitate old items to bury the more important things you should be knowing about:

Low Manufacturing Quality.


Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2015 at 10:51 UTC
On Canon announces 50mm F1.8 STM lens article (308 comments in total)
In reply to:

Togglebolt: 7 blades, sharpened properly can produce a sharp image but the difficulty in disassembling this lens and then to remove the aperture blades to sharpen would be a deal breaker for me. Never mind trying to put them all back together!! Of course if they come pre-sharpened like Nikon's aperture blades, then you can get at least 5K shots before needing sharpening. It's a shame these apertures get dull so easy. I have a closet full of disassembled lenses with dull apertures, such a shame to see all that nice glass not being used. I guess thats how Canon gets everyone to buy new lenses, ship them dull, make them difficult to sharpen and people just toss them & buy a new one, just like a shaving razor!

You can only touch the lenses 1,287 times, and after that they explode into smithereens...


Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 10:37 UTC
On Canon issues product advisory for Rebel T6i/T6s article (139 comments in total)

Canon and Nikon are gearing up to outdo each other for the greatest epic quality control fail of all time:

A camera shipped without any software loaded!

Won't work on the first out of the box experience!

When THAT day comes, this current epic fail will be peanuts!

Come on Canon! Come on Nikon!

Who will win the epic "low quality standard" awards?


Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2015 at 13:39 UTC as 6th comment

A gorilla arm or horse hoof would sell better.

Maybe even a polar bear paw.

...and don't forget the Yoda™ green fingers.

Copyright allowed by George Lucas, of course... or is it Disney™?


Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2015 at 10:46 UTC as 88th comment

Thank you, DPR.


Thank you very much for this.

You have saved a whole lot of heartaches and anxiety for potential suckers, err, I mean... customers, who would have bought into these models.

Without this article, many will spend many nights, sleepless in Seattle, worrying if they could ever get their money back.

Again, thank you for being a watchdog.


Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 14:03 UTC as 62nd comment | 2 replies
In reply to:

CameraLabTester: 60% Fail Rate is totally off the scale for a precision instrument.

Quality Control total fail.


The spots exhibit a dark circular ring with a darker nucleus.

The dark nucleus is the material preventing the complete adhesion of both surfaces.

The dark circle around this nucleus is the space where both surfaces have not touched, being prevented by the nucleus material.

Imagine sugar crystals sandwiched between two layers of 3M™ transparent Scotch Tapes™.


Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 07:46 UTC

60% Fail Rate is totally off the scale for a precision instrument.

Quality Control total fail.


Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 07:35 UTC as 97th comment | 6 replies
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aris14: So $79,000 from 871 photographers makes circa $90 per person.
Fair enough but still what is the reason for the people out there to finance a promo event of a company? Bad attitude Epson.

The cost is $20 per image, not per person.

3971 images submitted multiplied by $20 per image is $79,420.

Let's just say $79,000 give or take a few hundred pezookas. :)


Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 12:28 UTC

As much as $79,000 have been raked by the organizers in the 2014 "competition".

That is not much.

But it says a lot about the company culture, and Epsom.

They could not cough up that budget to make it free entry.



Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 05:40 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies

There is still hope that someday, zombie consumers will wake up from their spell and realize the folly of throwing too much hard earned money on tiny microscopic sensors and being hypnotized by the dredge and drizzles (not bells and whistles) of features lumped to make these cameras look expensive, feel expensive, and therefore: it has to be expensive!


Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 12:27 UTC as 37th comment | 5 replies

Waiting for a laser guided targeting scope to clip on top, matching the grip.

also for the choice of 6" or 8" rifled black metal barrels.

The weapon shoots sideways. (use your imagination...)

Warning: always pull the trigger on your face's front side.

Too much near your temple is suicide.


Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 08:16 UTC as 14th comment
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1229 comments in total)

Samsung has no market segment strata territory to protect, so it can come up with an outstanding product such as this.

Well done, SAMSUNG!

Instead of dividing the spoils and spreading it thinly on mediocre models across the affordability spectrum, you have lumped it into this one wonderful beast.

May you be rewarded handsomely by smart consumers.


Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 13:27 UTC as 148th comment
On Nikon 1 J5 offers 20.8MP BSI sensor and revamped look article (152 comments in total)

If an ugly Nikon camera is born in the middle of the forest...

Will photographers hear the sound of it falling plop on the quicksand?


Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 11:43 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know article (493 comments in total)

Tsk tsk tsk....

Nikon, Nikon, Nikon....

You still haven't FIRED and kicked out your industrial designers, huh?

THEY are the ones killing you... not lack of customers.

Customers want to buy your cameras, loyal customers...

But if you keep on using body designers who have no vision and creativity... then it's your call.


Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 11:38 UTC as 82nd comment | 2 replies


#6 and #16 have the buildings toppling over.

Like a wild rodeo buck, this lens needs to be tamed by the right user.

Comment edited 5 years after posting.


Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 12:18 UTC as 84th comment | 1 reply

The camera market is always open season and never too late for a player with great innovation and leading edge products.

The early runners have the advantage due to hogging their patents and copyright designs, but there is always something new, and have never been done before.

An el-cheapo rock bottom bare bones digital medium format point and shoot sounds nice, eh, Pentax? (hint, hint)...


Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 23:45 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
On World Press Photo revokes prize from Giovanni Troilo article (100 comments in total)

One of the greatest challenges of any prize winning photographer these days, is NOT to get caught cheating.

Any prize winning photographer who is innocent, please throw the first camera.


Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 21:50 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply

"disqualified after reaching the penultimate round, due to digital manipulations of some sort being discovered"


Well, they have to really define this "some sort" fellow.

"some sort" is making quite a stir of some sort to this sort of thing.

Hope they all sort it all out, in some sort of way.


Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 07:49 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
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JonB1975: I normally stay out of these and keep my opinion to myself.... but... no.8??? Really??? there must have been a dearth of entries......

That is what is great about this particular competition.

Anybody can win.



Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 01:36 UTC
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