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On Nikon D810A: An astrophotographer's perspective article (113 comments in total)
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white shadow: Nice series of shots but do you really need this camera to shoot them?

Nikon thinks so.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 16:31 UTC
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six34sigma: One of the many problems will be encouraging already over exhuberant law enforcement. Canary Wharf in the UK, private security, cops who do not understand the law come up and threaten you. Just for reference, I can take as many pictures of Wall Street as I like.

This will expand those threats to other locations. You have a big camera, stop taking pictures. Never mind the elements around commercial use, those will be conveniently forgotten.

What about if I see something that is news worthy, can I take a picture at the Louvre, Petit Palace, St. Andrews ..... and can that be published in a newspaper or shown on television. This is the sort of confuson I am talking about. May be crystal clear to you but not clear to others, including those that enforce laws.

$3-6 million Euro as has been mentioned here is a huge price to pay for increasing revenue. Really.

Iin the US, as challenged as congress is on many topics, its not as silly as the lawmakers in the EU.

In the US, try taking photos of a federal courthouse and see what happens. This was back in the days when you had to use a tripod to get a sharp picture so maybe that's what did it, but I ended up having a nice, long chat with a couple of federal marshals.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 17:40 UTC

Follow the money. At the end of the day, nobody cares what you take a picture of, unless you find a way to make money from it. When that happens, they want the money.

If the photo has no commercial value, no attorney will touch it and no law will matter because there is no money to be made. But if the image is capable of making money, somebody else wants that money.

Ironic, isn't it, that billionaires are made by convincing people to give up their privacy yet companies that own entire buildings don't want you to even take a photo.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 21:23 UTC as 50th comment
On Sony: An eye on focus article (758 comments in total)
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ArtAlt: Thank you for your honesty (the "drawbacks" section). This is RARE in reviews of Sony cameras, which are often extremely misleading.

I've gotten badly burned twice by misleading reviews trumpeting the blazing fast AF of the a6000 (without mentioning the low light problems) and the amazing quality video (without mentioning overheating).

As a result, as much as I love my a6000 I don't trust Sony or most of the reviewers. When it comes to Sony I am in "show me" mode.

So you're saying its possible to own and love a Sony camera yet admit it has flaws? Wow.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 00:52 UTC
On Canon warns about dangers of counterfeit camera gear article (153 comments in total)

Imagine that. Some factory in China that makes flashes has made a counterfeit flash that looks amazingly like a flash made in China. How is that possible?

BTW, even Amazon has had problems with fakes, as I discovered when reading user reviews of supposedly OEM batteries. Same for memory cards. It's a little scarier with flash though, because they can be dangerous.

I understand batteries and cards are cheap junk but with flash, they could go back to making them in Japan. But I guess the Chinese would copy the MIJ, too.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 19:01 UTC as 64th comment
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (156 comments in total)
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Miron09: I use a Gitzo 00 series with an Arca Swiss P0 (MFT camera). Weighs less than 500 grams, the 70cm max height usually suffices

That's a nice combination.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 21:31 UTC
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (156 comments in total)
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Mssimo: Also a good one: TFA-01: Pocket 'Pod

Leg Material: Aluminum
Number of Leg Sections: 1
Load Capacity: 100 lb / 45kg -------- AWESOME LOAD CAPACITY
Platform Diameter: 1.3" / 34mm
Height Fully Splayed (to top of platform): 1.7" / 44mm
Diameter Fully Splayed: 11.1" / 28.1cm
Folded Length with Stud: 6" / 14.5cm
Weight: 5.1 oz / 146g ------ Only 146 Grams



Unfortunately it's $98 for the legs.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 16:23 UTC
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Celsus: Wayyyy overpriced. Gimmicky 1-trick lenses don't have more value than the standard version, they have less. I'd like to see it holding a selling price above $500 a year after release.

The Japanese will go crazy for this but why not forget the legendary manufacturer and just make a modern triplet with a 15 blade diaphragm? I suppose a modern lens might be too sharp, but with 3 elements, I doubt it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 23:02 UTC
On Otus Readings: the Zeiss 85 F1.4 Otus Comparison article (223 comments in total)
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Stollen1234: some argue its too expensive compare to nikon or canon lenses..this could be right..
both canon and nikon lenses are very good for general use..but if perfection is needed then you look for these lenses like Zeiss or Leica..

there is a reason why they say: you buy what you really need.

If I had a dollar for every company with a slogan that includes "perfection" I could afford multiple sets of Zeiss lenses for each camera body. Even in world where everything is above average, perfection is hard to come by.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 18:59 UTC
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Just a Photographer: I know one thing for certain.
Fuji takes care of its customers.

For a Autofocus update like this most other camera manufacturers would bring out a new body instead.

More then 40 new features have been added to the Fuji X-T1 since its introduction. No that is not bugfixes, but complete new features that weren't in the camera when it was released.

And for those that want to bash.
Then not that this camera always performed as advertised and people bought it upon the specifications as it was released.

I'm sure it's an excellent camera, but has it occurred to you that some or all of these enhancements could and should have been in the camera in the first place?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 16:28 UTC
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Stephen Scharf: You've got to feel for Fuji....they do the right thing for customers, and they get bashed for it.

They put out a wonderful and significant enhancement to a superb camera FOR FREE, and they get bashed. They don't put out a free enhancement, and they get bashed.

They must feel they are damned if they do, and damned if they don't.

Fortunately they have a good heart and good spirit, so even though they get bashed either way, they still do the right thing.

Kudos, Fuji....you continue to lead by example!

Fuji is an imaging company; a camera company. Sony is an electronics company and would not even be involved with cameras if they weren't digital and almost entirely electronic. Nothing wrong with either but I doubt it would occur to Sony to design a camera that looks like a Leica M, for example.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 16:26 UTC
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brendon1000: Sigh. One more case in point to avoid third party lenses for cameras.

As things get more and more complicated it's just common sense there will be problems with non-OEM lenses (and OEM as well.) At least this one seems fixable. I'm surprised people think Nikon and Canon are under some sort of obligation to make sure somebody else's product works.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 17:45 UTC
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vadims: I wonder if Canon will ever fix their lenses that do not work well with Sony bodies (or rather Metabones adapter).

All my Canon lenses except 50/1.4 work fine. The 50 would not autofocus, and that is an expected behavior according to Metabones site.

Come on, Canon, it's time to take care of firmware in your lenses on other companies' bodies...

I'm sure they're eager to deal with issues that arise from the use of another company's product. Or another company's product plus another company's adapter.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 17:40 UTC
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MSTR Photography: I think the mistake everyone here is making is not looking at what can keep Hasselblad viable in today's and tomorrows market. There is nothing wrong with branching out into the ILC market or the APS C market or even the full frame market to help the company grow.
Instead of trying to bring the bling like Leica does to an over-priced product, they need to consider bringing the quality they are famous for to a reasonably priced product. I don't mean dropping their prices to Sony, Canon or Nikon levels (which are all making great cameras), but following the example of Pentax in making a product which is affordable to the semi-pro photographer while maintaining their ever-present quality standards would go a long way to keeping them in the ever trembling photography market and help to strengthen their position as a top of the line company with both the product and the photographer in mind.

There's a reason the camera industry moved from Europe to Asia long ago. Leica has the cachet and name recognition that has attracted a string of wealthy eccentrics who have propped it up (for now) but with Hasselblad, everything argues against this. Labor costs, technological development, production efficiency, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 16:35 UTC
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ProfHankD: Like Canon, but even moreso, Hasselblad is a company somewhat trapped by their historical success; they know they need to evolve, but they know any change will require lots of effort (development cost) and might cost them loyal customers. I'm happy to hear Hasselblad realizing that RED is a real competitor in a variety of ways. Partnering with Sony still makes perfect sense as a way forward, but they have firmly proved that minor tweaks on a Sony product will be seen as "not really Hasselblad" (except for the RX100, which is interestingly where Canon also was able to leverage some Sony guts).

In sum, this all sounds like Hasselblad is finally on the right track, but it also sounds a lot like the same track that led Minolta's camera business to be handed to Sony 2007. Either way, I expect to see some high-framerate sensors in V-like bodies soon.... ;-)

One could say Canon is spoiled by success because no matter what they do (or how little) they sell lots of cameras and make money. Hasselblad is a brand for medium format professionals only, which would be ok except that this is a much smaller group than "photographers" which means everybody.

Anything cheap enough for the non-professional market can't come from Sweden and Hasselblad can't buy in enough quantity to get re-branded products that are sufficiently disguised so that people can't tell they're buying a Fuji or Sony product.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 16:26 UTC

Not a chance. As soon as they start the comparisons to brands that are more well known and products whose function is something almost everybody needs, like a car, it means one of two things. Either (a) they're not getting it or (b) they can't think of a better idea than to piggyback onto somebody else's name recognition.

I remember going to a meeting with an advertising agency that was going to turn around the fortunes of a well known German camera. The guy said "we've made London Fog the most well-known raincoat in the world and we can do the same thing with your $3000 camera!" Then, during a break, he asked me "What makes this camera better than a $1000 Nikon?"

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 17:24 UTC as 78th comment
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Horshack: If I were to photograph a Taylor Swift concert I would gladly hand over the copyright to my photos in exchange for ear plugs.

Of course it will all depend on who has the better lawyer.

While I can see that super star mega concerts are probably a huge drag, if somebody can make a living from it, seems a lot easier than working in a meat packing plant or coal mine. Then again, if you had to attend a Justin Bieber concert....

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 21:17 UTC
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Marty4650: Would you buy a lens from a company that can't get their website to work?

Just sayin'.... this is pretty basic marketing. You issue a press release with a website listed. Then the website doesn't work. This doesn't bode well.

I'd still buy an Alpa, with the wooden handles but honestly, if Arca can't manage web page, probably not. As for the Chinese lens, I'd buy several, in the unlikely event there's some variation among them.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 16:41 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3412 comments in total)

The comments about Canon becoming a lens supplier to Sony are amusing, but I can't help thinking that if Canon does move to a better sensor, it's all over. Sony will still handle the "innovation" by making what nobody else does (same for Fuji) but from Canon's point of view, access to all Canon lenses, no adapters, Sony sensor quality, that would pretty much cover SLR users.

Come on Canon, let Sony make the mirrorless electronic wonders and also the sensors in your SLRs so we can have Nikon quality, without having to deal with Nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 16:34 UTC as 120th comment | 18 replies

Looking at the photos, I think they consulted with Roger Corman on the design.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 00:40 UTC as 35th comment
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