forpetessake

forpetessake

Lives in United States Transylvania, United States
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Joined on Oct 3, 2011
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On article Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM review (584 comments in total)
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pwmoree: So 1000 euro equals 1390 usdollar. Why is this lens 39 percent more expensive here in Europe? The 390 $ difference almost buys you a plane ticket to the USA to go and get one and have a weekend in NY included..

@pwmoree: we had those here too, marching under "make love, not war" slogans. As Reagan quipped, "Those guys look like they can't make either of both"

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 23:41 UTC
On article Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM review (584 comments in total)
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pwmoree: So 1000 euro equals 1390 usdollar. Why is this lens 39 percent more expensive here in Europe? The 390 $ difference almost buys you a plane ticket to the USA to go and get one and have a weekend in NY included..

You can avoid paying US sales tax by ordering out of state(except if you live in People's Republic of New York). I usually buy from B&H tax free, plus perks. I'd like to see how people can avoid confiscatory taxation in EU/UK.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2014 at 17:43 UTC
On article Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM review (584 comments in total)
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pwmoree: So 1000 euro equals 1390 usdollar. Why is this lens 39 percent more expensive here in Europe? The 390 $ difference almost buys you a plane ticket to the USA to go and get one and have a weekend in NY included..

Only those who pay little or no taxes love high tax rate paying by all who work hard to achieve their prosperity. Another word for socialism is parasitism.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 18:43 UTC
On article Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM review (584 comments in total)
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pwmoree: So 1000 euro equals 1390 usdollar. Why is this lens 39 percent more expensive here in Europe? The 390 $ difference almost buys you a plane ticket to the USA to go and get one and have a weekend in NY included..

The price of socialism (actually only small part of it).

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 17:19 UTC
On article Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM review (584 comments in total)

There are good questions as to why the lens is so big and heavy, weighing as much as Sony FE 55/1.8 with the camera. I haven't seen good answers though.
It's not because of the flange distance, it's a normal lens for Pete's sake! There are plenty of normal lenses, sigma included, which are a lot smaller and lighter. And it's not because this lens is much brighter -- it's practically the same as Sony, i.e. measured T/1.7 for Sigma and T/1.8 for Sony.
It's because the lens has a retrofocal design, c.1950. It's a well known fact that retrofocus lenses require more and larger glass elements with bigger light loss. Therefore manufacturers avoid retrofocal designs unless necessary (wide angle lenses). The moment Sigma decided to make a ormal lens retrofocus it had a FAIL written all over it.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 17:16 UTC as 60th comment | 1 reply
On article Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM review (584 comments in total)
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Absolutic: so Andy you are concluding it is the best AF 50mm lens currently on the market. Are you saying it is better than Sony Zeiss 55 FE lens for E mount, that is half the weight, and the price is the same? You mention the 55FE but does not talk about it in your conclusion. I know it is comparing F/1.8 to F/1.4 which is half-stop in difference but nevertheless, which one is better? DXO said at the time that 55FE is the best AF lens they have ever tested.

The DXOmark measurements show that Sony FE 55/1.8 is slightly ahead. And even the transmission on both lenses is almost the same, Sony is T/1.8 lens and Sigma is T/1.7 (only 12% brighter). But Sigma is 3 times heavier -- FAIL.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 19:08 UTC

"Massimo Cristaldi documents cost of migration" -- no he doesn't. His are some random images, technically poor, bearing no thought on the subject. Had he actually contemplated the cost of illegal immigration he would take images showing how it destroys the cities, regions, and the whole countries overrun by illegals.

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2014 at 08:25 UTC as 4th comment | 4 replies
On article Street photography tips with Zack Arias (152 comments in total)

Fuji is offering lessons in voyeurism, aka "street photography".

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2014 at 20:10 UTC as 44th comment | 9 replies
On article Samsung NX30 Review (431 comments in total)

Samsung seems to be missing the obvious, that a good quality comprehensive lens line-up is what prevents many people from considering their cameras. Their bodies are fine, but nowadays the lenses are primary and bodies are secondary.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 19:39 UTC as 87th comment | 7 replies
On Connect post Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 3 tablet to replace laptops (270 comments in total)

Looks delicious, I can see how this makes most laptops (except high performance) obsolete. It won't make any difference for the desktop users though.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 23:43 UTC as 48th comment
On article Lytro Illum in the hands of five leading photographers (164 comments in total)

I wonder who is the target audience for all those promotional videos. Is that the public who so far showed that they couldn't care less about Lytro? Or is it the investors, who are ready to pull the plug?
The worst thing a startup can do is coming to the market with a dead end idea. It's much easier to sell fantasies to the investors than to sell a product to the public.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 19:05 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply
On article Light Field Cameras - Focusing on the Future (142 comments in total)

The future is not this contraption, the future is holographic thick multi-layer sensors. But that would require billions of pixels to get useful image quality. Probably will take another 10 years to get there and another 10 years to make it to video.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 19:08 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply
On article Light Field Cameras - Focusing on the Future (142 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: It would be nice if people stopped touting every pseudo-innovation in photographic equipment as "the future of photography".

But how else can they get money from investors :-)?

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 19:04 UTC
On article Light Field Cameras - Focusing on the Future (142 comments in total)

A solution in search of a problem.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 17:49 UTC as 55th comment | 11 replies
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review (700 comments in total)
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mamiller: . . . and why would DPreview award that camera a Silver rating?

If you don't please manufacturers you don't get any favors from them in return. DPR nowadays remind me the market analysts before the market crush, those also had high ratings on everything that tanked. The DPR scores and award have to be adjusted due to this bias.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 18:54 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review (700 comments in total)
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forpetessake: "24-120mm equivalent F2.0-3.9 lens"

When manufacturers lie it's call an advertisement. But of all sites DPR should know better than repeating the lies and leading the ignorant readers astray. The lens is 12.5-62.5mm F2.0-3.9, not the stated equivalent. The FF equivalent lens would be 24-120mm F3.8-7.5 -- a big difference.

IGNORANT READERS NEED NOT TO REPLY.

@RichardButler:

Now, that's a good way to weasel out, I smell a lawyer. Except, it's not the only place. I wish to hear how would you construe this apparently misleading statement: "replaced by a much more appealing 24-120mm F2.0-3.9 lens"

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 18:42 UTC
On article Samsung announces NX3000 mirrorless camera (193 comments in total)
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instamatic: This is impressive. A small, APS-C camera with broad wireless transfer options. Take pictures and selfies, and post almost instantly to social network sites and more importantly: to cloud galleries. This time the image quality will beat that of smartphones too. Smartphones killed the compact cameras, and actually paper prints as well for the most part. Samsung appears to embrace this inevitable trend very well - much better than the competition in my opinion.

Looking at the lens selection, it appears that all the prime lenses are there, including ultra wides (sorely missing today from the major camera brands).

A revolutionary, and much needed, mold-breaking product, and at a decent price too.

Nobody cares about picture quality on Facebook, they are taken with the phones and watched on phone screens. It would be stupid to try to compete with phone cameras for that target audience. For the photo enthusiasts, on the other hand, all those wireless/facebook options are completely irrelevant, they expect high quality, performance, good choice of lenses -- all areas where Samsung is trailing back the leaders.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 18:23 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review (700 comments in total)

"24-120mm equivalent F2.0-3.9 lens"

When manufacturers lie it's call an advertisement. But of all sites DPR should know better than repeating the lies and leading the ignorant readers astray. The lens is 12.5-62.5mm F2.0-3.9, not the stated equivalent. The FF equivalent lens would be 24-120mm F3.8-7.5 -- a big difference.

IGNORANT READERS NEED NOT TO REPLY.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2014 at 23:17 UTC as 167th comment | 15 replies
On article Did Amazon just patent the seamless background setup? (133 comments in total)

"...represents the company's attempt to shield itself from attacks from patent trolls..."

By filing a troll-type patent?

The best protection of the society from patent trolls is to finally make the trivialities non-patent-able. We are filling up so quickly with the patent trash, so soon it will become an insurmountable obstacle to any entrepreneurial development and the society will die under the weight of the trash pile of the stupid patents and lawyers.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2014 at 02:09 UTC as 57th comment
On Connect post Samsung launches Galaxy K Zoom with 10x optical zoom (115 comments in total)

Here is a suggestion how to achieve a large sensor performance in a small size factor: put 16 small sensors (4x4) in a square fashion, each with its own small lens, then in software align and add the images. You get same SNR response as from 16x larger sensor, i.e. a crop factor of 1.4 -- much better than m4/3 and slightly better than APS-C. It would also be possible to use 8 green, 4 red, and 4 blue sensors and get rid of demosaicing.

Now it's in public domain, nobody can patent this idea :-)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2014 at 22:40 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
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