Paul Farace

Paul Farace

Lives in United States Cleveland, United States
Works as a photographer/writer
Joined on May 21, 2007
About me:

Camera collector/scrounger facing the horrors of the digital
evolution -- the nullification of all his film cameras! Now, two
years into digital and loving it... still, all these film cameras do
not make good door stops or paperweights.
Other work: curator of a WW II submarine, USS COD,


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Paul Farace: Not blown away by the final image... maybe I need to see the actual campaign. Would have been cool to put some "replica" funiture in the pool to make the background 3D. But bravo for the effort to create a sales campaign that is above and beyond the average.

Samhain I liked it... too bad you're obviously a constipated, friendless Hassy fanboy. I feel so sorry for fanboys of any type. They live lives devoid of real relationships...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 16:59 UTC
On Just posted: Hands-on preview of the Canon EOS 100D/SL1 article (379 comments in total)

Aside from the small improvements in tech features, the point of this seems to be the small size... but it's not that much smaller than other Rebels... you can't make it much smaller than it is without eliminating buttons and the large screen. So why bother? Maybe Asians feel the Rebels are "too big" but my (hammy fully grown Occidental) adult hands find the current T4i on the boarderline too small as it is! So unless there are legions of skinny small-handed photogs clamoring for smaller bodies... I can't see how this is going to bring more market share to Canon. Good luck to them in any case, I'm invested in them rather deeply.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 16:52 UTC as 77th comment

Not blown away by the final image... maybe I need to see the actual campaign. Would have been cool to put some "replica" funiture in the pool to make the background 3D. But bravo for the effort to create a sales campaign that is above and beyond the average.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 18:11 UTC as 42nd comment | 2 replies

If you ever get to the USAF museum in Dayton, check out the Cold War gallery display on aerial/space photo recon systems... what they can show is AMAZING, both from a film standpoint (think roll film 20 inches wide and many yards long!) and a lens technology standpoint (ultra-precision lenses ground to exacting tolerances and they're the size of large trashcan lids!)... and that's what they CAN show us! So it's basically early 60s tech at best!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2013 at 03:44 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply

Free pair of clown shoes that squirt water when you purchase the kit version with zoom and flash! Water-squirting flower is optional...
But you'll not likely lose this camera in a dark camera bag or in the equipment drawer! Well done Pentax!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2013 at 03:50 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
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chino: Not to rain on everyone's parade (and tirade), but:
There's absolutely no 'Kodak' in this thing, besides the name its realtors are hawking left and right. And who's JK Imaging? Did anyone know about them a year ago? The only real news here is the manufacture of a full (albeit low tech/quality, at least initially) mirrorless line by a Chinese company. It won't take more than a couple of years-at most, before they flood the market with their own branded mirrorless everything, all based on the open source (and free) Android OS. Further reads:

I have news for everyone above... there has been little or no Kodak content in many of their cameras for decades! Their best cameras, Retinas, were made in Germany... all the crap below was made in the USA... and then made in Japan, Taiwan, and China the last few decades. So I am happy the Kodak badge will be around, but I sadly have had some bad experiences with below-par SD cards with their brand on them... so I may have to consider them "DEAD!"

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2013 at 02:44 UTC
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Lucafeb: I bought my 6D last week in Japan. Before buying it I had the chance to use for few hours the 6D and the D600. The 6D felt good immediately: ergonomics, weight and feeling. The D600 was intimidating ( I own several camera bodies, so I am not a rookie) , It has buttons and dials everwhere, very messy feeling. The menus of Nikon are longer than then the screen so actually many items are hidden unless you scroll down. The raw photos I shot with both camera look fine to me. blowing out the image on the latest 27 inch I mac there were no big issues. I noticed that despite the canon AF Has less points I could focus much faster and accurately in the dark environment.
The bottom line: the cameras are both great at take fantastic photos but Canon has packaged the sensor and the electronic in a more user friendly body. At the end of the day the best camera is the one you have with you when needed and I would feel more incline to walk with the 6D that with the d600

You should write for DP! Good insights and although I don't have either th6D or D600 (5Dmk2 and Nikon D200 in my kit) I totally agree... Nikon is a button freak's dream. But remember, until recently Canon had one long, scrolling list of options (20D, 30D)... the only real differences are user-interface techniques!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2013 at 03:39 UTC
On Hands-on with Fujifilm's X100S article (62 comments in total)

Thank God they beefed up the OK button... really, the X100 is a fantastic camera and I expect the X100s to be even better, but the one thing that most makes me mad about the X100 in the two months I've had it is the fact that I can't get a definitive "OK" on delete or function select!!!!! It seems to toggle to cancel as much as it selects OK... I know I have fat fingers, but really... it needed improvement!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2013 at 04:39 UTC as 10th comment
On Canon Powershot N first impressions article (112 comments in total)
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Turbguy1: Kinda looks like a Hassy, only smaller, no?

OK Turbguy... don't go to Sweden for the next few years... I am sure the Hasselblad Mafia has a hit out on you for that comment! :o) Maybe an SWC that never reached puberty?!? Oh no... now I can't go to Sweden either! I think this camera came out of the same department that created the Dial 35 and the O-series back in the film era... nice to see they are not letting their creative juices stagnate. Still, don't go to Sweden unless you're i disguise... just sayin....

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 03:20 UTC

NO GPS???? If you don't know where you are, then maybe you need to visit the doctor! :o) The thing doesn't have an OPTICAL VIEW FINDER!!!! That kills it for me!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 15:43 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... article (1412 comments in total)
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malabraxis: I'm a Nikon user, born and bred, but you have to admit that the Olympus OM-D looks sexy! Technicalities aside, it's got a certain aesthetic touch that most DSLRs lack. Just like todays cars, they all look the same; and then you get the Zondas and Koenigseggs!
Oh well! Back to my outdated D200 I suppose...

How are you born and bred as a Nikon user? Did your mom feed you with a Nikon logo'ed milk bottle -- were you taught to disassemble and reassemble a complete Nikon F2 with MD2 and battery pack before you learned to tie your shoes shoes? Were you taught the recipe for Nikon glass as a teenager? As a photographer most of my life (55) I've learned they are tools... and not religions or political parties. Just sayin... I have both Canon and Nikon DSLRs and appreciate the pros and cons of each... as well as how Fuji, Lumix, and others see cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2013 at 22:34 UTC
On Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... article (1412 comments in total)

I won't argue with vox populi on the poll... but as far as the Olympus goes, if Maiatani (sp?) was still on the job, he' have found a way to slip a prism into that ersatz prism head and give us an optical viewfinder!!! And I'd be one of the owners of that camera... but alas... it's not 1980 anymore. Someday, if and when, EVFs become indistinguishable from OVFs I'll spring for the OM-D's successor.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2013 at 22:28 UTC as 80th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm X-E1 preview extended article (113 comments in total)
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rusticus: without a "window" on the front of the camera is ugly - the classic style is broken. . .

I'm with rusticus... I have the X100 and love the hybrid viewfinder... and it has shown me how an EVF CAN sometimes be good (like in macro mode when it eliminates paralax)... but I still want an OPTICAL VIEWFINDER BABY!!! Even a cheap one that slides on to the hotshoe and is matched to the lens.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2012 at 02:38 UTC

Damn! And I sold my F and FM2n !!!! Whether they ever do it or not, I am not selling my S-2 rangefinder .. in case they actually do this for cameras that have removable backs! Or as the poster below said... I can just shoot film and scan it! Nothing is impossible, but it would be like putting a jet engine on a Ford Model T -- it can be done, but why do it? Besides, today's automotive cup holders are light years ahead of anything a Model T had. And the autofocus, ergonomics, etc., of today's cameras blow the doors off our beloved classics!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2012 at 23:50 UTC as 26th comment
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Reilly Diefenbach: Homo Sapiens, the oversized locusts!

You're always welcome to check out! I tend to look at the positive impact humanity has made in addition to our shortcomings. Remember, God made the world for mankind and gave us dominion over it. We have not messed it up too bad, despite what some radical environmentalists would have you believe!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2012 at 17:09 UTC
On A Serious Rangefinder Compact Camera article (137 comments in total)

flying the space shuttle would be easier than taking a photo with this button-festooned machine! Simplify it a bit and Ill buy one!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 03:53 UTC as 79th comment | 2 replies

There never was the perfect 35mm rangefinder, SLR, medium format, etc. and so why expect there to be a perfect digital? But I say we already have the perfect SLRs Canon 50D, 5d, 6d, Nikon D600, yadda yadda. The Fuji X100 in black is sweet, but maybe something APS-C with interchangeable lenses (a pancake among them) with optical hybrid viewfinder and under $800! I will keep dreaming...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 03:51 UTC as 385th comment

Amazing time lapse, but sad in the bigger framework... I saw the first orbiter arrive at Kennedy in 1979 -- it was the beginning of a wonderful era... seeing this orbiter arrive at its tomb underscores the fact we have ended large-scale manned space flight, maybe forever. I hope not, but I don't see a groundswell of support for even the minimal support NASA had for shuttle ops. I thought for sure I heard "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" as they pulled the orbiter to its final resting place...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2012 at 03:45 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply

Why do we call this tiny sensor a 1-inch sensor when it's not! One inch is 24.7 (something) millimeters... this is much smaller... call it APS-T (tiny)...
I really don't like the effects of the tiny sensors and I welcome the further development of a class of 4/3 sensors and APS-C sensor-based compacts with good zooms 24-28 to 90-100 with 2.8 apertures or better... or interchangeable lenses and OPTICAL VIEWFINDERS, even if its just a slide-on accessory like the ones I use on my 35mm rangefinders! We're getting closer and closer, but still too many turns onto dead end streets IMHO.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2012 at 14:43 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies

Isn't this a bit early for the April Fool's edition?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 11:49 UTC as 113th comment
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