AbrasiveReducer

AbrasiveReducer

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On Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK news story (141 comments in total)

But that's not all...Hack 'n Tack is also a tie tack, refrigerator magnet and fishing lure. The kids will have hours of fun playing with Hack & Tack, while learning the secrets of magnetism.

What would have taken this from good to great would be if these guys were located in Hackensack, New Jersey but it's still pretty cool.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 22:58 UTC as 57th comment | 1 reply
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z news story (359 comments in total)
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smafdy: Why would anyone buy this or any camera when they can have a smart phone that does the "same thing."

And I'll bet this Pentax doesn't have games, take calls or locate restaurants.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 17:14 UTC
On Windows XP is dead. Long live Windows XP 'Bliss' news story (100 comments in total)

I thought this was a group photo of all the people who never had problems with Windows.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 22:23 UTC as 40th comment | 3 replies
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (404 comments in total)
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REDred Photo: I bought this camera the minute it was available. I'm using it exclusively with my collection of Contax Zeiss manual focus lenses with a Metabones Speedbooster. It's THE perfect Contax S2 35mm film body replacement. The Fuji color palette is the most film-like digital I've seen. The Zeiss glass and the Speedbooster focal reducer means no crop factor and truly stunning f/1.0 potential and sharpness you have to see to believe.

I shoot Hasselblad/PhaseOne in the studio. Sold off all my Canon gear a couple years ago in favor of the EM-5 and beautiful Olympus lenses. I loved the m43 system but always felt I was sacrificing image quality for convenience compared to the 5D. Now I've sold off all my m43 gear in favor of the Fuji X-T1 with Speedbooster and I couldn't be happier.

X-T1 plus Contax Zeiss / Speedbooster is even finding a place in my studio work next to the Hasselblad/Phase One. I've never had anything work so beautifully for natural window light portraits! :-)

Very interesting, thanks. This sounds like a great set up.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 17:41 UTC
On Past and present: NYC's changing streetscape news story (48 comments in total)

I think it misses the point to judge these storefronts on their "beauty". The point is that any sort of uniqueness, any personality has been replaced by sameness. It's like visiting a mall in a distant city. Everything is identical to what you have at home. But some people take comfort in this. Mediocrity rocks.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 17:37 UTC as 7th comment
On Past and present: NYC's changing streetscape news story (48 comments in total)
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saralecaire: Don't see what's the big deal about this? It doesn't inspire any feelings or message to the general viewer. Photography-wise, doesn't show anything outstanding either. Unless you were among the people who lives in that neighborhood perhaps it might speak to you.

I live thousands of miles away yet I find this quite interesting and this type of record keeping a good use for photography.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 17:32 UTC
On In photos: Taking the lid off America's trash cans news story (39 comments in total)

This had so much potential. You take 10 families. Nine have the same stuff--chips, laundry detergent, Bud Lite. Then, there's one family that looks like all the others. They smile at the camera just like the others but their trash is, well, different.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 04:30 UTC as 4th comment
On Nikon 1 J4 sports new sensor, improved AF system, and Wi-Fi news story (208 comments in total)
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bgbs: Nikon 1 failure.
It's simple, if you cannot sell it in the USA you've failed.

Asia is huge and these are people who want the things everybody else has had for decades. They are making up for lost time.

The reason wacky colors are not sold in the US is that people don't buy them--including dealers for whom they're an inventory nightmare.

As for increasing sales by not allowing people to make returns, while this is an amusing idea, with places like Calumet going under, many people have no choice but to buy a camera, sight unseen.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 21:10 UTC

If this could be adapted to an electric car battery it would be really be something.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 21:04 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies
On Lomography launches Russar+ for L39 and M mount cameras news story (111 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: Looking at their gallery, IQ looks disturbingly much like that of my Spiratone 18mm f/3.5 (YS/M42 mount) on a Sony A7. The Spiratone cost 1/10 as much, and I'm not sure it was worth that....

It was made by Sigma, BTW. The construction would impress people nowadays because even cheap lenses were metal and made in Japan, but it was exceptionally lousy. Even Pop Photo gave it less than a perfect score.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 18:57 UTC
On Lomography launches Russar+ for L39 and M mount cameras news story (111 comments in total)

They weren't that great in '58 so I'd be wary of getting one with too much "unique character" but these will likely turn up on eBay at very good prices.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 18:47 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply

It may not be sharp but man, it's convenient. They even reference the original 28-200 in their press release. Not something I would want to remind people of but they know this market better than anyone.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 17:01 UTC as 29th comment
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Richard Franiec: It is really refreshing and encouraging to see the smaller player like Sigma to go toe to toe with the legend like Zeiss. For fraction of the price.
I'm watching recent Sigma's unpretentious approach to their new product with awe.

This lens among the other Art Series lenses should serve as a bucket of an ice water on the heads of disillusioned profiteers from major brands.

I looked at the SLR gear review. It's refreshing to see the word "soft" used to describe the corner performance of the Canon and Nikon lenses. Fans, it's true. Your favorite brand has some stinkers. But the people who test these things work so hard at pulling their punches that it takes a really exceptional lens to compel this type of candor.

You can't say "While somewhat disappointing, this level of performance is in line with everybody else" when somebody else is a whole lot better.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 16:40 UTC
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Chris Yates: Sigma woke up one day and said "Let's stop sucking and kick some a$$ instead!" I just truly hope the quality issues and inconsistencies are over.

It's true. It wasn't that long ago that using a Sigma lens meant you were on a budget or just didn't know any better. But if these are consistent, coming close to the Otus is flat out remarkable.

Come to think of it, for the price difference, even if you have to try 3 or 4 of these to get a good one it's still a fantastic deal. I wonder what Digilloyd will make of this.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 16:29 UTC
On Canon recalls about 14,000 PowerShot SX50 cameras news story (54 comments in total)
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bizi clop: Sometimes I would like to see some different recall news. Like "Canon recalls the Panasonic FZ200" or "Canon recalls the finale of How I met your mother".

"General Motors recalls the Kardashians."

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 04:14 UTC
On Canon recalls about 14,000 PowerShot SX50 cameras news story (54 comments in total)
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stratplaya: This could be a new ad campaign for Nikon.

"The D600, it won't burn your face and blind you".

"If you don't stop using Canon cameras, you'll go blind!" Hey, its no worse than pure photography.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 04:03 UTC
On Canon recalls about 14,000 PowerShot SX50 cameras news story (54 comments in total)

I wonder if Nikon's experience with the D600 encouraged Canon to be extra forthcoming. Not only did they recall the cameras (and apologize, for those who think that matters) but they threw in a chemistry lesson with the exact details of what's going on.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 03:51 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
On Olympus sued for $273 million over accounting scandal news story (42 comments in total)

As the attorneys know, there is more money in colonoscopes than cameras, both figuratively and literally.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 22:52 UTC as 21st comment
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (438 comments in total)

The amount of enthusiasm for this camera is a story in itself. You expect this with Nikon and Leica, where people are personally offended when a product turns out to not be that great; but Pentax? Where were you folks when people were complaining the Spotmatic still had a screw mount?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 21:01 UTC as 93rd comment | 1 reply
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (438 comments in total)
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Just Ed: Know that DP likes to beat the drum for the "little guy" but in Sacramento, CA no one carries them (DSLR).

Not Fry's, nor BB, nor the two actual camera stores.

It would be of concern to anyone seeking to adopt the P

For as long as we have so many camera brands, a lot of people will have use mail order and free returns. Ken Rockwell says he never buys retail which sounds like he's influential enough to get a discount but it just means he orders through the mail.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 20:51 UTC
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