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Into m4/3rds, Pentax 645, others - many, many others.


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CameraLabTester: Comparing the "straight" print to the final print AA produced as shown on the computer screens, it is overwhelmingly evident that AA was also an excellent artist and craftsman who was able to metamorphose a regular negative into a work of art.

Photography is not just pressing the shutter and travelling to exotic dangerous places, it is also producing a work of art that could fetch upwards of $600,000 with just a single print.

If AA had Lightroom and Photoshop, he would have a brain explosion from all the excitement of handling this newfangled arsenal.


Tommi - that 'revealing' is what Adam's created in his darkroom. And his visualization changed through time. If, as the saying goes, art is in the eye of the beholder, then Adams' work is seen by many as art. Their opinion holds as much worth as yours. And you may be in the minority.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 14:57 UTC
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FantasticMrFox: I will take this video, save it somewhere and keep it ready to rub in the face of anyone who whines about modern digital editing as opposed to the 'true' photography done in the old days ...

Tommi - I don't think you understand photography or it's history very well. The vast majority of photographers work in a darkroom - traditional or digital - to finalize their interpretation of the image they wish to present. The techniques employed may be minimal to quite altering. This can and usually does take much longer than the time spent actually taking the image. This is what Adams did. It is where the final image is created - the performance. The idea of pure photography is just that - an idea. The reality is it doesn't exist - every photograph is manipulated in some way.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 14:53 UTC
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dash2k8: If flying over crowds is a no-no, then lots of marathons and other crowd events will have to resort to different equipment to obtain overhead shots that will be safer but also much more limiting. I agree it's better to be safe than sorry, I merely point out the small cost of that safety. I was once hired to shoot the local Iron Man Triathlon with a drone and obviously the drone flew over people. Those same amazing shots of hundreds swimming in the sea will now be either unavailable, or require REAL helicopters. Again, I'm not arguing against safety, just thinking out loud.

how was your liability insurance for possible accidents?

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 16:28 UTC
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (473 comments in total)
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Mrkunty: The real issue here is the painfully slow Bluetooth transfer speeds on the d500. The d7200 absolutely floors the D500 at less than half the price. 25-30s vs 2-3s, I returned my d500 as it was a complete disappointment. Bluetooth is capped at 1mb/s this is a total facepalm by Nikon.

If you purchased the D500 just for its wifi capabilities, then you are not its audience. If you looked at the 10fps and 200 shot buffer and purchased it, wifi is not high on the list of necessities.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 18:16 UTC
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (473 comments in total)
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Joed700: This is a typical Nikon philosophy: for every 2 step forward, take one step backward. Some say the D500 is the D300 replacement, but where is the built-in flash? On the spec sheet, the D5 doesn't really look that impressive compared to the D4/D4s...

you want a built-in flash, buy a d7100. Or buy a real flash.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2016 at 21:12 UTC
On article Striking: Photos from a lightning hotspot in Venezuela (34 comments in total)

Another place to visit - too bad the country is in the condition that it is in.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2016 at 15:40 UTC as 22nd comment
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1101 comments in total)
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MikeF4Black: Just a question: why would anyone get the Pen F (with a say 35/40mm ff eq prime) over an X-E2?

for me, its size. I think that glass wise, in terms of quality, they are similar but when you compare the size of those lenses - its Olympus and these days, when you travel, size can mean a lot.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 17:02 UTC

I am seeing a lot of pure image posters here who must present their own images as flat ooc files with no post. And heaven help the sanctimonious ones who use something like tone- mapping or hdr. The guy won a camera bag in Malaysia - get over it.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 15:39 UTC as 22nd comment
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belle100: That's refreshing for a change. Nikon admitted the blunder and apologized so quickly now. perhaps the D600/D610 episode hurt them so much.

The guy won a fricken bag. Bunch of sanctimonious nerds here.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 15:30 UTC
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D135ima: Waiting Pentax

since this sensor is a result of a collaboration between Phase and Sony, you may be waiting awhile before something this size comes to Pentax. Be happy that a new Z is 1/8 the price of this beast.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2016 at 19:52 UTC
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RedFox88: The 5Ds made the Hasselblad worthless.

the Blad is a totally different environment over Canon/Sony/Pentax Z. Those systems don't have leaf shutter lenses or True Focus - major selling points for some photographers. It ain't all about resolution and some folks just don't understand that.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 13:41 UTC

Another IR version - just like the 645d. Nice. Now, give me a monochrome version.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 17:10 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
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They call me Hans: For the average Joe, doesn't make much sense. For the average business man using the 645z, this will probably be imperative.

Dstudio: actually, I am very familiar with the Pentax mount. In the past, I have built collections around the LX, the PZ-1, and now the K5iis. I also own a pair of 645zs. I also own the Nikon D810, the 800e and llthe D3x and Df. I own glass. Rather than talk about the cameras, I own them. The 810 is a much more versatile camera than the 645z. Resolution is close - it is even closer to my old 645d. Nikon/Canon has tilt shifts, super telephotos, fast primes in their current catalogue not left over from film days. The only current place where Pentax has it better is small DX primes.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 14:48 UTC
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They call me Hans: For the average Joe, doesn't make much sense. For the average business man using the 645z, this will probably be imperative.

Canon has bodies with 50mp now, Nikon is close and both are more of a complete system than the 645z. They are also more usable over more situations. A FF Pentax body gets a sensor that is not that much different in size from the current 645d/z size and is probably more a response to all the current Pentax users who want one than getting market share. Face it, the Pentax lens line up for such a body is pretty minuscule compared to Canon/Nikon.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2015 at 15:49 UTC
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Bob Ell: This is a very good and well timed move for Pentax. I would assume that when the new full frame body is released this program will expand to incorporate the new body.

Without this type of service, the company can't possibly be considered to have a pro level product line.

Considering the cost of the system, this quality of service should be included in the current price.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2015 at 15:42 UTC

Considering the price of these cameras, the benefits of these programs should be built in. This just shows how bad current service is.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2015 at 15:40 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
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Sports Dad: I call this the "Samsung" effect. :)

More like the Fuji effect. Constant upgrades with good stuff.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2015 at 02:51 UTC
On article Lens Rentals Canada closes its doors (178 comments in total)
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Greynerd: I wonder if the number of people who want to go through the process of swapping lenses on a camera is diminishing. Now that large sensors are going in to long zoom fixed lenses cameras this probably will be having an affect. These top end fixed lens cameras may be nibbling away at the ILC sector as much as smartphones are nibbling away at the entry level compacts.
There will always be an appeal for ILC cameras but probably not the sort of mass appeal needed to sustain the current ever swelling different lens mount bubble.

if demand was still growing but the current operator wanted out, then it was a saleable business. The fact that the business wasn't sold indicates something else was the issue.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 20:22 UTC

so, interesting that now Taylor's new album is going to be exclusively on Apple … is that smell a rat?

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2015 at 15:33 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
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CharlesB58: Well, it's obvious some of the comments posted here are not only made by people who are not working music photographers, but not working photographers at all. The return a photographer gets of a given use of a photo is usually a fraction of what the record label saves with their unlimited use provisions. If you know the industry, you know that labels do all they can to screw their own artists out of money. The greed factor trickles down hill and is often disguised as Intellectual Property Rights.

I've dealt first hand with musicians who loudly protest the idea of of not receiving fair compensation for performances or distribution of recordings then tell me with a smile that they want to use my photos "for credit". I smile back and point out that I am every bit the professional they are. Sometimes we then agree on a usage fee. Other times they resort to using crappy smartphone photos taken by people who are thrilled to get their names on the artist's website.

Many times an artist would like to use my photos, but his/her contract requires approval by his/her label's publicity department. Dealing with those people, who are the ones who come up with the crappy photo contracts, is like undergoing dental work without anesthesia, unless you are already on their approved list.

So please, if you aren't an actual music photographer, consider that your comments don't have much weight in this discussion.

by that logic, every musician who is paid for their work - i.e.. concerts, are working for the concert goers.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2015 at 15:20 UTC
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