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Real world "camera design" feedback provider to camera "lab designers" who never get out to see the real world.


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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 80th 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 59th comment | 2 replies
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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 94th 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 36th 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 (1200 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 141st 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
On FAA proposes regulations for commercial drone usage article (119 comments in total)

I have a friend who has a very big problem.

He has just invented a flying skateboard, making users fly like the Silver Surfer™.

His greatest hurdle is regulation.

So he just uses it to hover across the North Pole... undetected.

Santa wants to buy some, but declined when told about the regulation potentials...


Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2015 at 13:37 UTC as 11th comment

The winning images are the reflection of the minds of the judges.

When you have to criticize... remember it is the judges fault.

The categories are not even "gardens"... well, except when they consider the whole Earth as a garden... then it truly reflects the wide open space of the minds of the judges... empty space.


Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2015 at 07:45 UTC as 15th comment
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (366 comments in total)

Adobe keeps on being the leading edge because of constant innovations and the ability to allow third party software to enhance it's capabilities via plug ins.

And patents.

Yes, patents.

(you can't touch this... dum, the-dum, dum-dum)


Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 23:19 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies

"Impressive..." (tshh...pheow... tshh... pheow)

-Darth Vader.


Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 09:54 UTC as 93rd comment
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