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On Quick Review: That Steady Thing article (65 comments in total)
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Jogger: Not sure I would want to shoot flowers at 1/15 outdoors unless there is absolutely no wind, since the flower is gonna be swaying and such. Its better to just bump up the ISO and and shoot a faster shutter to avoid subject movement.

Soooo relevant!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 18:26 UTC
On Nikon announces full-frame D810 with no OLPF article (97 comments in total)
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marzipan61: I just don't need or want 36MP. The small RAW however went too far. 9MP? Ugh. Hate to be a Goldie Locks - but 12 or 16MP would be the appropriate size. Looks like I need to stick to my D700 for a while longer. We were so close.

9Mpxl is one quarter 36. That allows them to perhaps combine 4pixels to make 1, or only capture every other pixel over the full frame. To do 16/18 would require a higher-res native mode.

My thought, anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 21:37 UTC
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JackM: Great, but... should we wait for more lenses for the a7/r, which won't be usable with this sensor, or should we wait for this system? Argh.

Does the comment about fixed lenses mean that this sensor can only work with prime lenses unless some mechanism is designed that will allow the sensor to vary its curvature as a zoom lens changes its focal length?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 01:59 UTC
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JackM: Great, but... should we wait for more lenses for the a7/r, which won't be usable with this sensor, or should we wait for this system? Argh.

Yan, don't confuse fixed lens (permanent mount) with fixed focus (like a disposable film camera). It's not that this technology can ONLY work with fixed lenses, but that today's lenses rely on a flat plane sensor so would not work with this new sensor. Manufacturers can create new interchangeable lens cameras for this new sensor, but they will need to be designed for the curved sensor and thus traditional lenses will not be compatible and lenses designed for this sensor will not be compatible with flat-sensor cameras.
Sounds like the reasoning is that putting these into a fixed-lens camera is the simplest way to test the technology in real life: lenses are simpler so less expensive, the cameras maybe can be smaller, and it gives the mfg the ability to field-trial their technology without investing in an entirely new lens line.
But downstream I would expect that manufacturers will design new interchangeable lens systems specifically for curved-sensor cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 01:55 UTC
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p5freak: "I did it all for the bokeh." And he uses MFT. LoL.

"A LOT more bokeh!"

That is like saying that my tall 8oz glass of water has a lot more water than your short 8oz glass of water. Brokeh is subjective and cannot be measured as a quantity. It can only be measured as a quality.

What you are talking about is depth of field, not bokeh.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 19:59 UTC
On Did Amazon just patent the seamless background setup? article (133 comments in total)
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davidbindle: Maybe by filing on March 18th, Amazon thought it would become aware to the public on April 1st.
I think I'm going to apply for a patent for a particular way to walk where the opposing arm and leg are in the forward position at the same time, therefore ensuring maximum use of energy whilst walking. If I see anyone using my walk that hasn't paid royalties... look out.

They didn't file on March 18, the patent was granted on that date.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2014 at 19:23 UTC
On Nikon D3300 Review preview (232 comments in total)
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fdfgdfgdgf: Very good review
like the photo samples, just need to clarify if the video samples were taken on tripod. i prefer handheld to test the lens VR

Someone please tell me the relevance of hh vs. tripod for a CAMERA review. That tests 1) ability to hold still; VR of the LENS.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 01:47 UTC
On Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK article (165 comments in total)
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Artistico: I thought people only lost lens caps when they are attached to the camera and you bump into something without noticing that makes it come loose, not when you have taken it off to take pictures.

As we all know, you can't take pictures with a lens cap on, so it should not stay on unless you change lenses or put the camera away in a bag, pocket or under your jacket when it starts pouring down.

I think most people know exactly where they put it too, so this sounds to me like a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. Not to mention the "tack" in the name might easily be short for "tacky", for it doesn't exactly look cool wearing your lens cap like that.

If you can remember putting a lens cap on the tack, you can also easily remember putting it in the same pocket every time you take it off the lens. If you're the kind of person who forgets easily, you'd most likely forget to bring your HACKxTACK anyway...

If you can't remember to put your lens cap in your pocket as soon as you take it off your lens, how will you remember to put it on the magnetic hanger-onner thingy?

As others have said, the solution to this "problem" is simple: every single time you remove the cap it immediately goes in your pocket. You don't remove the cap; you remove-and-store the cap.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 00:18 UTC
On Nikon to offer D600 replacements if 'spots' continue article (174 comments in total)
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nathondetroit: Angrily, the truck owner vents to his friend: “I’m so sick of these gas stations. Filthy equipment, rude employees, and I have to stop every 300 miles.”

To which the Nissan Leaf owner responds, “What gas stations?”

Sorry, but I don't plan to switch to EVF anytime soon. There are situations where the older technologies are far superior to new.

Eventually the manufacturers will solve the slow refresh, lack of resolution, white banding and other issues that plague current EVF technology, but they have a long way to go yet.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 19:12 UTC
On Judge strikes down fine against drone photographer article (127 comments in total)
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dynaxx: the headline says "strikes down" and the first line of the article says "stuck down" - a job for a proof reader / editor here ? It just gets in the way of understanding and never happened in professional newpapers

I am constantly amazed at the chutzpah and ignorance displayed by those who complain.

Dynaxx complained about poor writing, yet:
- he started with a lowercase "t"
- he failed to realize that newspaper headlines almost always are written in the present tense
- he does not understand that "has struck down" is both correct English and consistent with style
- he placed a space between the last character in his lead sentence and its ending punctuation mark
- he misspelled "proofreader"
- he forgot the ending period.

Please. If you are going to complain, make sure your complaint is error-free.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 19:32 UTC
On Nikon D4s unboxing: It's arrived! article (265 comments in total)
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km25: They will not review this camera. The Pros that use it could careless. It must just fell my old F2s with Md11 motor drive. It was not only a camera, it was nearly a weapon.

No, I think he meant careless. Why else would he have predicted that the camera falls better than others?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 00:39 UTC
On A look inside Sigma's lens factory article (89 comments in total)
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vbuhay: On the Sigma II video at the 45 sec. frame shows an employee glueing 2 lens elements by hand with out any tooling???? Wouldn't that cause decentering from on unit to another? How do you insure its centered???Surely this method could not be that precise!!!

Vbuhay, obviously you appreciate Sigma's quality or you would not have purchased 4 of their lenses (I have one, a 28-105 purchased years ago for a film Nikon). Given this, why are you suddenly concerned about their quality NOW, after watching a five minute promo video, when you have the output of your own lenses to provide concrete proof of your satisfaction?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 01:34 UTC
On Homemade rig captures extreme macro shots of snowflakes article (186 comments in total)
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Lea5: It's the little things where you can see god's art at best.

A saying from Andrew Carnegie I read years ago seems appropriate here: "a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still."
How does it harm you that the poster believes in a Creator? He definitely was not attempting to push his religious views on you personally ... can't you just appreciate that he appreciates these stunning images, albeit in a different light than you, without beating him up for his beliefs?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 18:14 UTC
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Sergey Kostrov: Impressed by 60x optical zoom and it is clear that the 'Zoom War' continues.

>>...Viewfinder resolution: 202,000

It is really too low.

>>...Sensor size: 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)

A pixel size is ~1.34 microns and I look forward to seeing real images taken with the camera.

If youve used a 1Mp EVF you'll never want to look through a 200Kp EVF again. FZ200's EVF is fantastic.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2013 at 03:44 UTC
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Sbona: Leica lens? There is a Leica symbol in the body, but not at the lens.

It's the Lumix "L", not the Leica dot.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2013 at 03:42 UTC
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tkbslc: Or you could put a $100 Takumar 50mm f1.4 on a NEX......

Just sayin'.


To say it's a stop darker and then in parentheses say f/2.8 is wrong.

Yes, f/1.4 is a stop "darker" than f/1.0. But it's still got the same gathering capability regardless of format. A 4x5 view at f/1.4 (assuming there could be one) would shoot at the same shutter speed as an f/1.4 micro 4/3 lens with the same ISO and lighting.

The f/2.8 equivalence is in DoF, not light gathering.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 18:42 UTC
On New CompactFlash card to allow RAID-style 'mirroring' article (100 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: I would never trust my data to be stored on a single card as most often its the controller failing and not any of the datablocks itself.

This solutions provides only false feeling of safety - Beware!!

Both replies here just support "Just a..."'s point. Backing up a CF card to another partition on the same card is not backing up at all - if anything happens to the card, both the original and the "backup" are both lost.

Backup strongly implies the ability to retrieve from a separate store if the original store is lost.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2013 at 06:52 UTC
On Leica teases 'Mini M' for 11th June release article (304 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Wow, at $6000, that's a great deal. Shut up and take my money.

Doesn't matter what Leica make. It is going to be 40% over priced.

No, if it's just a re-badged Panasonic it's 40% (or more) overpriced.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 20:11 UTC

I'm bothered by the phrase, "... the photographer’s own vision ..."

A fine art, or commercial photographer has a "vision" of the kind of effect she wishes to create with her images. Photoshop all you want - you are not attempting to depict reality.

A photojournalist, however is on the scene to help the rest of the world understand what was going on in the moment. She is an interpreter of reality, and just as I would not want a language interpreter changing the words of a world leader by using his "vision" of what the leader could have said, I don't want a photojournalist altering a photograph any more than absolutely necessary.

If the photographer remembered a high-contrast, primarily grey battle scene but the camera showed lower contrast with more color, adjust the image to fit what you remember was accurate. But don't change it to fit your "vision" of what a battlefield scene should look like - that is dishonest.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 01:39 UTC as 64th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Nikon D7100 in-depth review article (397 comments in total)

The menu grid for HDR mode Notes says "Available in JPEG and TIFF modes only" but the available Image Quality choices are RAW and JPG.

Where is the error? Does this camera support TIFF too, or should that be "Available in JPEG and RAW modes only?" - which means there really is no limit?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2013 at 00:20 UTC as 52nd comment | 2 replies
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