AbrasiveReducer

AbrasiveReducer

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On Apple is on camera-engineer hiring spree post (87 comments in total)
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Daniel Bliss: Perhaps Apple could buy out Nikon and finally teach them something about customer service and systems integration and marketing. If course, if you're going to get buy-in from the staff of the takeover target, it helps to demonstrate technical prowess in their area of expertise.

I picture Jony Ives holding the newest Nikon, with that strained expression, almost crying as he explains how every molecule has been refined.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 18:53 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review preview (273 comments in total)
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Horshack: Anyone notice how the conclusion page of the reviews have gotten longer and longer? No doubt because most readers jump directly to that page anyway :)

I try to guess if there's enough wrong to get a silver award--say a Foveon camera for example--and then jump to the end to confirm the camera has gotten the gold. I thought I was clairvoyant until the review of the Df.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 17:07 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (821 comments in total)
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Photographer Jonathan: I see allot of comments about who needs 400.000 ISO, because no one would ever shoot using ISO that high, but I don't think these people get what ISO really is, but I compare camera ISO to a guitar amplifier, and if you turn a guitar amp up to 10 you can hear the buzzing of the amp, and maybe the buzzing starts at 4 but gets strongest at 10, but with a sensor when you turn it up to 10 witch is the highest ISO, you can see the noise the most, so with a guitar amp, the more powerful the amp is, the less you need to turn it up to get volume out of it, so you get the volume with out hearing the buzz, and with a camera sensor, if it goes up to a higher ISO, it's the same as a more powerful amp, it means that at 12800 ISO it isn't working as hard to amplify the sensor, so at 12800 ISO it's going to have less noise than a sensor that only goes to lets say 24.000 ISO, or 200.000 or so on, so in theory if the sensor went up to a million ISO, maybe 12800 ISO would look like the noise of ISO 500

An interesting analogy since quiet, transistor based guitar amps have been around for decades yet almost nobody uses them--instead preferring old-fashioned tube amps which sound great but hum like crazy.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 16:59 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (821 comments in total)

It says something (not sure what) that people are actually discussing 400,000 ISO. They should have a contest "justify this feature" where somebody creates an image that really benefits from having this.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 16:52 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
On Behind the scenes: Garry Winogrand at work news story (51 comments in total)
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RobertSigmund: I knew this movie. A pity he died so early. Maybe because of his big fat belly! :-(

One of the great things about DPR is that even when a comment is off-topic, you can learn from it. Who would have guessed that there's not much connection between being overweight and lifespan.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2014 at 20:52 UTC
On Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores news story (195 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Sad, and I hope the employees have the good sense to not try for jobs in the ever-contracting photo industry. That's like losing a job at Best Buy and eventually landing a job at Sears.

I worked more than 30 years in the industry and toward the end it was so small I thought I knew everyone personally. I tried to stay in and got an offer to product manage Canon inkjet. They they wanted to take on Epson but weren't committed to doing what it would have taken.

As for it being "all they know" an awful lot of specialized photo knowledge is unfortunately worthless these days. Somebody buys a D800 and a stack of business cards that say professional and they're ready to go. You don't exactly need knowledge of sensitometry.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2014 at 17:48 UTC
On Nikon D4s unboxing: It's arrived! news story (265 comments in total)
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Black Box: It's garantee but warranty. Warrantee is a person who receives the warranty, i.e., in this case, is you.

If you're in the US and the box has an international warranty card, you won't get any warranty, warrantee, guarantee or guarantee unless you see your attornee.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2014 at 17:14 UTC
On Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores news story (195 comments in total)

Sad, and I hope the employees have the good sense to not try for jobs in the ever-contracting photo industry. That's like losing a job at Best Buy and eventually landing a job at Sears.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2014 at 18:14 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies
On Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores news story (195 comments in total)
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karl722: Oh no! I guess this is a minor concern, seeing as all these people will lose their jobs, but still: I wish I'd purchased a backup pair of flash bulbs for my Genesis monolights!

How very considerate.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2014 at 17:52 UTC
On Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores news story (195 comments in total)
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fredphotog: It's kinda funny - a lot of you on here think that B&H is the only place to buy stuff (online), and they are not, so try to hold down the free advertising, please.
Also, Amazon IS having an effect on ALL retailers - that's why you see many places having contractual agreements between all retailers - the price you pay for something at B&H, Adorama, Wal-Mart, Best Buy is the same as the price at Amazon.
Calumet was always the highest price place around, but they also catered to a special market - large format - 4x5 or higher, Horseman, etc.
Soon almost all 'camera only' retailers will be gone, they cannot sustain profitability, but camera stores are not alone, I don't see many hi-fi stereo stores today, either.

Used to pay living wages for those knowledgeable employees and incredible as it might seem, some stores even provided retirement benefits so a person could make a modest career.

Now that everyone with a website is an expert and everyone with a D800 is a professional places like Calumet do seem old fashioned.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2014 at 17:49 UTC
On 500px Prime goes live, photographers now get 70% not 30% news story (91 comments in total)

From 30-70 to 70-30. Just like that. Must be the same person who thought up the fee structure at eBay. Special promotion: Users of 4/3 cameras receive 133% of each sale.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2014 at 02:33 UTC as 33rd comment
On The Photography Show 2014 - tidbits from the show floor news story (49 comments in total)
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perry rhodan: DPR does a very good job on the reports of the show! Really like what is presented here! Thank you DPR!

Some of the minor quibbles:
G1 X Mark II, "It sports a near-SLR-sized sensor" is a hyperbolic statement.
Read this first: http://www.dpreview.com/articles/0528662139/canon-powershot-g1-x-mark-ii-a-quick-summary

The Canon is not an interchangeable lens camera so even without a larger sensor it's not a direct comparison to a m4/3 camera. What can be said is the current G1X gives better image quality than the RX100, so if the G1X-2 is even better, that's even better.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 21:28 UTC
On Sony plans March firmware update for Alpha 7 and 7R news story (120 comments in total)
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Paul1974: This is just to keep the firmware-update trolls from trolling. Even though there really isn't anything that needs to be adressed by these updates, people will simply feel better when there is one. It's like mirrors, you don't really need them but some photographers cling to them.

To a fan, all is perfection so updating firmware would mean admitting a flaw. But these things rarely do any harm so why not.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 19:43 UTC
On CP+ 2014 interviews: What we learned article (93 comments in total)

We need to do more, better and faster. We need to innovate, but with an eye to our customer's needs. We need to embrace what's new without disregarding the past. We need to realize that things are changing which means they are not staying the same. Cell phones are not a threat to cameras although lots of people use them instead of cameras. We have many exciting things in the works but obviously cannot discuss them.

The one thing that sounds like it might have some relevance to something is the notion that small cameras are less popular because they're small. I hope they also consider other reasons like electronic viewfinders and touchscreens vs. prisms and buttons.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 17:54 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies

If a thing can be stolen, it will be stolen. Such a simple concept that even Getty understands it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 17:42 UTC as 19th comment
On Fujifilm X-E2 Review preview (283 comments in total)
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4054: @DPReview,

As tough as the crowd is, I'm sure everyone loves your reviews.

I'd like to share an idea. Time & budget permitting, I was wondering if you guys would entertain the thought of including a 'Tips and Tricks' section for the particular camera - the best settings and uses for certain types of shots (portrait, landscape, night time, increase in body sharpness to prevent, etc).

Now I know this adds an additional layer of work and time - but no other review web site does this (and probably because it would be so exhaustive) but since you guys already do a pretty comprehensive review, you guys might have insights that others may not. Could help and differentiate it from the other websites that do exactly the same thing.

Just a thought,
4054

An especially good idea with Fuji, where there are so many different options and settings. I remember users published flow charts for the X10.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 21:31 UTC
On Fujifilm UK previews customized X-series cameras at TPS news story (125 comments in total)

The only bad thing about this is that when companies start with the custom color, limited edition, laser-cut box, certificate of authenticity it usually means they were in a meeting, sales numbers weren't good enough and somebody came up with this idea.

If it goes well, mark my words, there will be X series anniversary editions, unique serial numbers saved for celebrities. I don't think you can gold plate these bodies but don't rule it out.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 18:15 UTC as 16th comment | 5 replies
On Fujifilm UK previews customized X-series cameras at TPS news story (125 comments in total)
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pelliengee: Suffering from unbearable GAS right now.

Sorry!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 00:34 UTC
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peevee1: This Masaya Maeda comes off as incredibly smug, even in the picture.

"Up to now, we've been known by consumers as leaders in still photography,"

By ignorant consumers maybe.

It's true that the EOS-M sold well (finally). But that's because they gave it away for $300. They have to find a way to get $600-700 which means big improvements, or forget it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 22:21 UTC
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topstuff: Whats this about Americans not liking small cameras?

It is bizarre. Do Americans think that large = better?

Makes no sense. No sense at all.

Maybe they can make the same camera in small (Asian), medium (European) and large (North America). What I really want is a car the size of a Mini with the gas mileage of a Hummer.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 22:17 UTC
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