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My plan is to ever improve my trade, my hobbies, and my relationships with family, friends, and my God. My trade is teaching Math and Computers. My primary hobbies are lutherie (guitar building) and photography. My God is slow to anger and abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us for our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is His love for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us. If you have questions or gripes about my God, I always enjoy talking with someone who is a seeker. Rock throwers are rarely convinced of anything spiritual and I can respect their desire to believe differently than myself.


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SirSeth: My dream is that someone with brute force, like Amazon or Google will make a smart phone that allows a true choice against expensive cell carrier data allowing me to dispense with redundant mandatory data purchasing (I live in Wifi). I will buy that phone. True freedom = choice to not be force to pay for services I don't want. Let me choose my own network.

Thanks Lars. Having a GSM with sim flexibility would be nice, especially for international use. They try to make that as difficult as possible by locking as many GSM phones as they can. Yes, you can unlock some phones (often against company policy) if you know what you are doing. I just think there is a huge market for Amazon or Google to make a smartphone that has voice and text services and wifi only and very straight forward hardware data-blocking that is actually customer focused. I'm mean really---who actually likes and trusts a cell provider to be consumer oriented rather than gluttonous empires of greed and villainy? This could go a long way to win some loyalty--a provider that actually cares about saving customers money without sacrificing service.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 13:06 UTC
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SirSeth: My dream is that someone with brute force, like Amazon or Google will make a smart phone that allows a true choice against expensive cell carrier data allowing me to dispense with redundant mandatory data purchasing (I live in Wifi). I will buy that phone. True freedom = choice to not be force to pay for services I don't want. Let me choose my own network.

Verizon is the only game in town. There is no easy way to get out of a data plan on CDMA. Probably the best option is PagePlus I guess, but I'm scared of their customer service if I do have a problem.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 11:41 UTC

My dream is that someone with brute force, like Amazon or Google will make a smart phone that allows a true choice against expensive cell carrier data allowing me to dispense with redundant mandatory data purchasing (I live in Wifi). I will buy that phone. True freedom = choice to not be force to pay for services I don't want. Let me choose my own network.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 01:49 UTC as 33rd comment | 14 replies

As others have said--very predictable. 1. Lightroom will move toward subscription only. 2. People without high speed internet (even honest people) are shafted. 3. Forced upgrades rather than running with one version through many upgrades to save cost.

But that last one is much less bad now that Adobe is creating a more affordable subscription just for photographers. At $10/month, it would take years to equal the cost of the full programs which may work out to be the same as waiting a few generations to run a massive upgrade. All of what photographers need and none of what they don't. That's more customer friendly than when they first started subscription services. Personally, I think Adobe botched the introduction of CC and there was a backlash from certain segments of the community. If they had done this from the start, it may have gone smoother. Personally, I'll use my full LR5 untill I can't and then I'll see who has entered the market that Adobe left wide open.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 18:01 UTC as 62nd comment | 5 replies
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CameraLabTester: What a refreshing feeling to see a photography awards event devoid of war photos, conflict dramas, human atrocities, suffering and unhappiness.

Call it whatever you like, Sony has got it right.


I'm looking at the first image by Lewkowicz and trying to see any evidence of domestic violence. What am I missing? Maybe there are more pictures in a series?

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2014 at 09:56 UTC
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Hugo808: What on Earth is going on in #10? Looks positively hallucinogenic. Not a real place surely?

Yep. I know. Art is far superior to reality. Those who insist that photography should be more about reality and less about art should be lined up an summarily cloned out of existence in photoshop.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 17:37 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (660 comments in total)

Looks lovely and the price is right. Should be stunning for those looking to purchase in this segment.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 11:17 UTC as 161st comment
On Judge strikes down fine against drone photographer article (131 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Sounds to me like NOW is the time to buy your drone (or two), and enough spare parts to keep it flying for years to come ...

... it is only a matter of time before these devices are suppressed by the authorities.


Everything is only a matter of time, place, and perspective. Innovation and ideas are always going to be more plentiful than "the authorities" who are reactionary and up to their hips in their own quagmire.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 12:19 UTC

I would like to learn how to approach and engage strangers in a way that makes them feel comfortable. It looks like this guy thrives on that and my hat is off to him. I'm not sure he even sees strangers when he goes out. A gift of his personality.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 13:12 UTC as 22nd comment
On Panasonic announces 4K-capable Lumix DMC-GH4 article (118 comments in total)

Looks like a dream come true for videographers on a budget. I think that whiners don't understand that large sensor interchangable lens video cameras were more expensive than most cars a few short years ago. "Pro-video" quality is more accessible then ever and Panasonic is specializing in this niche in a big way. Good on them and stop your whining--it's not like there are no cameras around here that take photos (including this one). It's silly to act as though Panasonic insulted you personally by making a very video capable camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 21:16 UTC as 6th comment
On Panasonic announces 4K-capable Lumix DMC-GH4 article (118 comments in total)
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Musicjohn: So when are manufacturers going to design a photo-camera which excells in taking photographs (just as the word PHOTO-camera implements) instead of concentrating on video features? If I want to make superior video images, I'll buy a video camera instead.

I don't understand the last word of your comment. You say "instead." Ummm... (awkward silence) ... this _is_ a video camera John. This _is_ the instead. Anyone wanting to make superior video images will look seriously at this. Are you mad that it also takes still photographs? Would you be furious if this video camera excels as a photo-camera? That would be a pity but I doubt I'll get all bent about it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 21:02 UTC
On Readers' Choice: Best Gear of 2013 Awards article (194 comments in total)
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drummercam: Snippets: "I am glad that the value of Pentax is finally recognized. Now let's review it."

"So now the K3 has officially won the dslr section, can DPR finally spare a reviewer?"

Even in announcing that the Pentax K-3 won the poll, DPR could not resist pointing out that K-50 and K-500 "got no love." One might have expected that in the short three or four sentences spared for these announcements, that all the sentences would have been devoted to winning item. In adding the unnecessary smack-down of the K-50/K-500, DP Review simply further exposes their bias against the Giant Killer, Pentax. They just don't want the giants slain.

As for their upcoming review of the K-3, it can add nothing to what actual users of the K-3 already have discovered for themselves; namely, the reasons why it won this poll so convincingly (and please don't tell me that Pentax has more gearheads and fanboys that Canikon). DPR has already missed on this one.

And that's how you sweet talk DPReview into realizing "your" mission for their site? Negative clouds on the internet are only about drizzle.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 20:25 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1656 comments in total)
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nathondetroit: This is getting scary... I'm so glad that I bought my DSLR in 2011, because at that time mirrorless was a joke. If I was making that same decision today, I would be laughing at DSLRs. These companies are pushing forward and offering us so many different bodies and lenses, yet Canon and Nikon REFUSE to make competitive mirrorless products. Eventually I'll switch.

Your comment caught my attention. Isn't it the truth! DSLRs have been sorted for years, but since development is crawling there it makes the acceleration of mirrorless rather shocking. But what surprises me are the attitudes of DSLR snobs who feel their technology will always be superior simply because it is their preference. Like all change, some feel that resistance is the smartest and safest move.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 01:17 UTC
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blacklion: As I Russian, I could say, that it doesn't like "family farm" (almost non-existing reality in modern Russia), but more like "summer cottage," or, maybe, "all-year-around cottage", but not "farm" in true sense that they produce some agriculture, grow any food or animals for sell and things like this.
Also, here are photos of good hunting dogs on others pictures at Flickr, and it is strong sign of very high income here, that it completely incompatible with "Farm" in true meaning of this word in Russia.

Pictures are great, and it is interesting to see how author becomes better and better with time.

Oh, I found her Russian-language blog, and in profile she says, that she lives in Moscow and she is professional photograph now. So, it is not "family farm" for sure :)

It doesn't make images worse, of course :)

"family farm" may have a different meaning in English than a literal working farm occupation as you take it to be. Most of the farming in the US is corporate giant industrial farming, however, thousands of old farm houses and farm properties are either purchased or inherited from yesteryear in every state. Some folks raise small herds of livestock, or just have a place for pets, horses,... even though they may commute to the cities for work. These may not be working farms and family bread and butter as much as it is a life style choice. We still call them farms around here though and I see no value in disparaging a woman's artistic work just because she can afford a nice camera and the time to use it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 14:11 UTC
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PredatorsPrey: It's impressive how much retouched/heavily processed work is labeled as photographs nowadays. I would call some of these images photomanipulations (not in meaning of composing, that's a different story) because of all the heavy (selective) processing.

Isn't that like saying there is only one kind of art? What is the purpose of the artist here? Or does "photography" only imply stark realism? Same thing happened to the Monet, Degas, Cezanne... by the "academy."

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 13:59 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (919 comments in total)
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joshuanorthwestexposures: It is worth noting that the size, weight, and dimensions of cameras like the Nikon FM2, Olympus OM1, Pentax MX and others from the late 70s and early 80s are very similar to the Olympus EM1 and Sony A7. There is nothing "breakthrough" in the form factors of these digital cameras. Most interestingly, even with a mirrorbox these older cameras are not substantially thicker than state-of-art pro mirrorless. Moreover, the compact lenses for these cameras are generally smaller than any current APS or FX sensor lenses, with the exception of those built for M mount or as pancakes. Modern DSLRs have not yet undergone the shrinking down that occurred with th OM1 and it's followers. But there is no reason we could not have a FF camera with mirror box and compact lenses very close in size to the current leading cameras with EVF--and a flip down EVF inside the prism finder would give us best of both worlds--except for short registry.

Your post presents a logical premise that because FF film cameras such as the OM-1 were small, today's mirrorless cameras present no real "breakthrough." If I run with the same premise, I think you left some things out. If you added to an OM-1 complex AF motors and film advance motor drive for multiple fps, film stabilization, an integrated dark room that would instantly develop and display your picture on a handy monitor (and I'm not talking Polaroid), film lab level customization and scanners to digitize your prints, capacity for not just one ISO of film but all of them simultaneously, motors and electronics for lens mounts, weather sealing, and enough battery power to run all these innovations for at least 500 shots (if not 1500 shots).... well, you'd have something the size of the Nikon F4 or F5. So yeah, if you take everything out of the MILC, it's easy to see how they are not really breakthrough cameras compared with the film darlings of the 70s and 80s. Oh then there is weight?

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yslee1: 25 seconds to open a RAW file even on a Snapdragon 800? Ouch.

25 seconds to convert; not to open a RAW file. And that's a 20mp file. A little slow, but it's a little slow in LR on a fast computer.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2014 at 03:08 UTC
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Jogger: I could see these doing well in Walmart, Target, Staples, or Radioshack. There is a place for cheap off-brand, products like this. And, in many places around the world, American nameplates are still well regarded; e.g. Buick is considered a luxury brand in China.

Kodak is hardly a name that will be considered a "cheap off-brand in these store. Most folks won't know about JK Lol Rofl or what ever they call themselves.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 01:55 UTC
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Andreas Stuebs: My vote went to the K-3. It was a tough decision between the Omd-1 and the K-3, the K-3 won with me as I prefer OVF. Purely subjective.
But lets face it - ether cameras are not really revolutionary, more an evolution over what has existed before. I like the handling of the K-3 when I had the chance to hold one in my hand. I have not handled the OMD-1 but I hope it handles better than the OMD-5 - wchich I did not like without the additionla grip.
As I said purely subjective.

The only new camera this year was the Sony A7. But somehow it doesn't do it for me. And it did not make it into the finals.

Congratulations to Olympus. To me a worthy winner.

I agree with you on almost all points. The K-3 is very good and best between the two if one prefers an OVF. I would contend that the E-M1 (and A7) are a bit more revolutionary than the K3, however for the following reasons: 1. First "pro" oriented mirrorless (whatever that means) 2. Dual AF brings legacy optics and new pro optics together seamlessly. 3. Leaps ahead previous gen. for tracking and compatibility. 4. 5-axis is more refined than ever. 5. EVF is finally good enough to convince many skeptics (not all of course). 6. Basically, the leap in performance of mirrorless in the last 5 years is about as revolutionary as it gets. Public opinion has shifted and even die hards are adding mirrorless systems to their kits.

The K3 is a little better than the K5ii which is saying a lot since that camera was already so good. It's also saying a little since the K5ii was already so good.

Not that the K3 shouldn't be your top pick though. I agree, it's a hot camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 20:28 UTC
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ET2: Most of these online polls are bogus. If you google "dpr k-3 poll" you will see Pentax fanboys had orchestrated campaign on various Pentax forums (outside DPR website) about the poll. That kind of campaign would obviously have impact on the result.

Yeah, fanboys post to a zillion forums about the poll (outside DPR website) and that will obviously have an impact on the result.

Pretty meaning results, and pretty pathetic.

I googled what you suggested. It's not a conspiracy--they are just excited to see the K3 sweeping because they are just not used to that. Polls are supposed to be impacted by human factors. Advertising (whether by word of mouth or corporate campaign effect public opinion/polls). What did you expect. Don't you think that Nikon/Canon/Sony fanboys have impacted public opinion before? So, while I agree that the results are "pretty meaning," I don't think that is what you meant. I think that taking the time to sleuth out and blame fanboys for the K-3s' success here and not attributing anything to the K3 being a really good DSLR is pathetic. As much as I love my equipment and feel that it meets my needs, I can't help casting a jealous eye toward the K3 (and K5ii) now and then.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 20:14 UTC
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