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D700, 24/1.4, 50/1.4, CZ100/2, 24-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8, SB600, NEX5, 18-55


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On HTC introduces One M8 for Windows Phone post (12 comments in total)

If you're gonna go Windows Phone, Nokia is the way to go.. the Nokia suite of apps is awesome, esp. the Drive and Here maps. And they give you dedicated WP hardware, not, recycled last generation cr@p with a different OS rom.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 13:03 UTC as 3rd comment
On Samsung NX3000 real-world samples article (41 comments in total)

I dont think I've ever seen a Samsung mirrorless camera (or compact) in real life.. and i live in a really touristy area. Their phones are everywhere though.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 13:00 UTC as 3rd comment | 5 replies
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (285 comments in total)

DPR comments are the same level as YouTube...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 17:10 UTC as 67th comment | 11 replies
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (447 comments in total)
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historianx: Sony still cameras = glorified GameBoy stations. Pass.

wth is a "GameBoy"

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 16:23 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (447 comments in total)

Looks like a great camera. But, sad to see that they abandoned the 16mp APSc format, that was the perfect ratio of pixel count to sensor size, imo.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 13:02 UTC as 65th comment | 3 replies
On Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK article (214 comments in total)

Doesnt Zeiss have a lens with a similar focal length?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 19:03 UTC as 61st comment | 4 replies
On Accessory Review: Drobo Mini RAID article (141 comments in total)

I dont see how this can get 4.5/5 given the major limitations.. e.g. not as portable (which is the sole purpose of this), only fast with expensive SSDs, Apple time machine support (useless for non apple users), huge footprint, proprietary data format, etc.

Given the huge cost and more sensible solutions (esp. for travel), this should be a 2 at most.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 13:20 UTC as 49th comment | 2 replies
On Manfrotto announces carbon fiber BeFree tripod article (104 comments in total)

If youre carrying 4kg camera/lens combo (which is what this supports).. is saving 300g on the tripod that important? Thats less than the weight of a standard 500mL water bottle.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2014 at 19:45 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply

I never understood the appeal of metal phones. Mine is dropped regularly and i toss it around.. i just need it to work. Plastic is far, far better in the case of phones.

Most iPhone users use some sort of case ($50 for a piece of injected plastic)... thats part of the appeal of the iPhone.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2014 at 18:50 UTC as 20th comment | 5 replies
On Weather Channel announces photo contest winners article (23 comments in total)

Seems like every organization is hosting some sort of "photo contest" .. guess its cheap way to get royalty free stock images and free publicity on sites like DPR.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2014 at 14:06 UTC as 13th comment
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (224 comments in total)
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Poweruser: I guess this camera is fine and all. But it´s still a brick and a technological dead-end. I know my little mirrorless is "worse" on paper. But so much more fun to have it with me all day.

Couple the D810 with a decent Nikon zoom and what you get is almost grotesque in size and weight.

Can't believe you guys bit into the obvious troll-bait.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2014 at 12:57 UTC

The stabilization of consumer video footage is really secondary. This could have uses for machine vision, navigation, way finding, 3D mapping, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2014 at 20:17 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
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Felix E Klee: It says 2013...

.. because it's an image from the traffic cam from today.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 20:15 UTC
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LeitzKameraAktion: I think this is one of the greatest album covers of all time. It's a simple picture, yet amazingly difficult to bring off - as anyone who has ever tried to take a duplicate version will tell you.

Imagine if you'd been asked to shoot the Beatles that day; could you have come up with an iconic shot like this given the surroundings? Placing the Beatles on the crossing was inspired.

The way the four Beatles are equally spaced on the crossing, with their legs perfectly aligned, creates a wonderful sense of symmetry and balance. Given the very different clothes all four were wearing that day, a normal group shot would have looked very unharmonious.

The image looks to have been taken from a fairly high vantage point - the photographer must've been standing on a ladder? - and that's another reason (aside from the original crossing having been moved) why it's so difficult for amateurs to replicate this shot.

From the DPR description, it sounds like the photograph was very well planned and perhaps even rehearsed (to get their stride properly).

There were probably many passes and the photog probably took multiple shots and picked/cropped the one where the legs were in perfect pattern.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 19:00 UTC

Is the HTC actually allowing selective focus?

It seems like its just capturing depth info at the pixel level and applying fake digital blur based on that how far that pixel is from what is in focus. In this case, its not refocusing at all... its more like digital blurring based on depth information.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 19:46 UTC as 7th comment | 5 replies

Most people in pro shoots use external everything.. i.e .audio break out boxes, external recorders, follow focus, battery packs, etc. So, i dont see the issue with not having 4k recording on board.. esp. when you need to shoot 400-800 + mbps to get decent output from 4k.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 17:56 UTC as 46th comment | 1 reply

"a work owing its form to the forces of nature and lacking human authorship is not registrable." .. a lot of remote photography would apply to these.. e.g. those camera traps that are triggered by animals braking an infrared beam.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 15:36 UTC as 159th comment | 6 replies
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dr8: if by "losses" they figure 'em like the rest of corporate America, then that simply means - 'Hey, we did not make as much PROFIT as we thought/planned/hoped/told our investors/ we would.' - It does not mean that actual $$$ left their is pointed out that profit was 1 cent MORE per share than what "analysts" THOUGHT it would be.

There is a lot of missing/wrong info in the DPR article.

The net loss is $19.8 million on $244.6 million in revenue.. and there was no real profit at all. Even though they are taking in a lot more money (38% more) they have significantly increased their operating costs.

The 8 cent per share figure is only if you exclude certain items from the balance sheet... i.e. funny math to confuse the public and make the company appear healthier. Normal people are not allowed to simply ignore losses... "oh hey, im not in debt at all if you ignore my $50k student loan"

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 19:04 UTC

Not really surprising. The market is saturated. Everyone who wants one, has one and most consumers are not gonna upgrade because the gimmick/novelty has worn off.

People who use it for professional purposes will upgrade if the ROI makes sense or if they can write it off.

My bet is that GoPro is holding out to be bought out by a larger firm that can incorporate the action cam into a larger portfolio of products.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 13:28 UTC as 36th comment
On Canon EF-S 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 sample gallery article (99 comments in total)
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marc petzold: CAs seem to be a bit high...check the building onto the right side...and the lens looks a bit soft.

prob. becaiuse most cameras are auto-corrected nowadays.. e.g. all of the m43 and most Sony E-mounts are auto-corrected for CA.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 12:48 UTC
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