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I live 2 design books and magazines. I'm slowly hitch-hiking my way across the globe, and currently reside in southern california.


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if i wanted something which screamed "uppity" i'd buy Think Tank.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2015 at 13:41 UTC as 14th comment
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mrmut: Something is seriously wrong with this camera. You simply can't have banding on the camera of this price point, and I don't really get it why it should be any banding there. It is not that 24MP is a big deal today.

Now, apart from this banding issue (which is a complete dealbreaker), the camera produces nice images of excellent color, altho a bit too noisy. It is weird to see that much noise at ISO160. The lens are excellent tho.

When you charge something for premium price, better be sure it is good before you ship it, or the community will kill you.

I don't get what is the deal with Leica and their camera lineup. They have SIX systems. Why?

Leica's biggest challenge is growing their brand in a contracting market. these acts of diversity seem to me like they've realized their old blood lines are stretched to the max. new direction is a gamble, but not to gamble leaves them susceptible to death by indecision and then attrition. JMO.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2015 at 14:43 UTC
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Zvonimir Tosic: Kill Kodak, you kill film photography. Kill Sony, you kill digital imaging. I would not be surprised if Kodak was not deliberately sabotaged and expropriated, at least to an extent. So when one day Sony Imaging goes bust in the deflationary economy, like Kodak did, imaging industry goes the way of film, at an accelerated pace.
And we are back to the drawing board, pencil and pen. So we should invest in Steadtler's and Faber Castel's shares? :-)

kodak killed themselves by way of a 1000 paper cuts. failure to innovate quickly enough, bad investments (a.k.a. Sterling Drugs), failing to promote Kodachrome after 1990 ... instead promoting their cheaper, less archival, Ektachromes which moved Fuji Velvia forward. stealing, but then eventually paying $1 billion dollars for Polaroids patents, etc, etc.. also a parade of CEO's whom milked the company of their core assets.

all this BEFORE the photo industry transformed itself from one medium into another.

kodak had the world leading photo engineers and resources to adapt to a changing world, but management's short sightedness bled them to death.

JMO. :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 00:00 UTC

something about the G5x reminds me of the Nikon V2 design.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 13:02 UTC as 67th comment

NASA: a place where Science imitates Art. :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2015 at 20:14 UTC as 5th comment

NASA: a place where Art imitates Science.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2015 at 13:03 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply

Think Tank ... the Hermes of camera gear Fashionistas. :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2015 at 12:52 UTC as 27th comment

hope to see this version discounted on Black Friday as much as the original. :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 03:36 UTC as 39th comment

i had the same thing happen with a kodak disposable camera. it lived. :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 12:42 UTC as 7th comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Zhi Yuen Yap (60 comments in total)

it's easy to become de-sensitized to a place if one's there long enough. it's important to know when to put the camera down, live a little, and when to pick it up again. thanks for sharing your adventures with us. :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 02:59 UTC as 15th comment

my Gitzo's are keepers. but so too are my Benro and Sirui carbon legs. they're all solid.

Gitzo may add an iteration of "finish" to their products over most competitors, but when it comes to the critical functions of weight/support, Gitzo only equals some of their much less expensive Chinese made cousins.

all things being equal, i'd prefer to blow my budget on better glass than pay tribute to a slightly better finished set of legs. JMO.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 22:41 UTC as 8th comment | 5 replies

this isn't a common sense issue. it's an issue of supply and demand. the public demands photos. the paparazzi supply them.

demand can be mitigated by way of offering greater authorized access to the royals. or it might go the other way and royalty can attempt to educate or shame the public into suppressing their demand. more draconian laws might help reduce supply, with the undesirable consequence of making any (creatively acquired) photos even more desirable — and/or the monarch's subjects despising them. JMO.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2015 at 04:25 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
On article Gitzo introduces three new Center Ball Heads (41 comments in total)

i own several Gitzo heads, but i lost interest in the brand once they obstructed the clamps from being removed and replaced with true arca-swiss clamps. since then i became introduced to some very well made Chinese made arca-swiss alternatives.

i'm confident these Gitzo's are of very high quality. whether they're any better value than some of the Chinese made arca-swiss brands is an entirely different matter. JMO. =:-/

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2015 at 20:04 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
On article Rough and ready: Olympus Tough TG-4 review (266 comments in total)
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Cane: It's a shame this segment insists on such a small sensor. Such great potential, such bad image quality. Wash, rinse, repeat.

You either get the choice of a crap IQ p&s, a leaky Nikon, or a crazy priced bulky diving housing for a real camera. There's a giant hole in this market. Hope someone will wake up and fill it.


+1 regarding the cheap part. the results are a shade of most features but master at none. :(

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 13:09 UTC
On article Rough and ready: Olympus Tough TG-4 review (266 comments in total)

in theory, this has to be one of the best weatherproof digital compacts to date. while sensor size may be a concern to some, the other thing not addressed is it's fore~bearer's frequent tendency to fog up.

olympus and other manufacturers have the tech to build argon/nitrogen filled lens units which _are_ hermetically sealed to eliminate fogging. perhaps at this price point it's not feasible to "fog proof" — but until it is the issue remains a barrier to obtaining a true weatherproof camera. =:-/

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 13:06 UTC as 78th comment | 2 replies

i can use a good weatherproof RAW enabled backup camera. Olympus should build these like they do their fog free binoculars — with sealed optics pumped full of nitrogen or argon gas. this is perhaps still the biggest barrier preventing me from pulling the trigger on one of these.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 04:50 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply

one may appreciate this "once-in-a-lifetime" beauty in a couple of ways:

as a magic moment which leaves the viewer in stunned awe, or by deconstructing it into the montage of different moments it was — panned, mined, and glued together with loving craft by it's creator.

only one thing can be certain, in that it really does fuzz up the boundaries between photography and illustration.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 15:23 UTC as 97th comment
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Raist3d: Amazing how many people are still so attached in their identity to a brand. This is simple- Canon sensors are behind Sony's in dynamic range. That doesn't mean your Canon camera (if you have one) stopped working. It does mean for those looking for a camera, that's one thing to weight against the Canon vs the Canon advantages it may or may not have over what they are considering.

Pick what works for you. All cameras are good now. DR is not a Canon advantage- just put it as a cons in your list vs the Canon pros and make your choices accordingly. If the Canon in the end works pick that. If it doesn't, pick something else. If you already have one and love the glass, get out and shoot.

There's no need to have a heart attack for the performance of a product of a capitalist company.

as it was in the beginning, so it is in the end. controversy sells.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 12:43 UTC
On article Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR (331 comments in total)

the MTF's aren't too bad either:



Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 04:30 UTC as 95th comment | 1 reply

film, digital?
pinole, lens?
canikon, leica, sony?
compact, mirrorless, d/SLR?

*pulls vinyl outta' sleeve*
*taps foot on floor*

what's the matter with the crowd i'm seeing?
don't they know that they're out of touch?
should i try to be a bokeh queen baby?
if i should then you think too much.
don't you know about the new camera honey?
all you need are gimmicks and a whole lotta money.
it's the next phase, digital wave, mirrorless craze, anyways
it's still 'bout photography to me.

everybody's talkin' 'bout the new camera
funny, but it's still 'bout photography to me.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 21:00 UTC as 119th comment | 1 reply
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