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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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cgarrard: Inconvenient, who cares. That's the point really. Film was, but now we can develop ourselves. Raw files (dng format especially) would be best then you don't have to worry about white balance. No preview of your images, just reliance on good photography fundamentals without the hassle of film after.

I think if someone makes a full frame one that shoots up to 200 images or more on one charge, it's an instant success. Period.

I'd go get one then go buy some more film cameras tomorrow. It's a great idea, soon as someone does one successfully its going to sell in boat loads and you'll probably see film camera prices go up too. Imagine using a Contax G2 with this. Oooooops!

First cam I'd get is a Contax N or Maxxum 9 Ti, then go have a fricken blast.


For me, it would be a Hexar RF, Maxxum 7, and OM-1. It would be a total kick in the pants and I think it would be very successful even today. I do think it would be easier to replace the entire film back though for certain cameras like the OM-1. Having a LCD, slot for a battery and microSD card, and a few controls would be nice. That seems more possible to me.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 10:21 UTC
On Sony A3000 preview (676 comments in total)

Kind of brilliant. Really affordable for kids, students, first time system users, or those who are intimidated by technology but want the serious looks of a "real" camera. In the USA, people want something that says "I mean business." But they don't really mean business--but they want the image to match their huge pickups and SUVs. This gets them what they want for much cheaper than the competition. Alongside the SL1 and D3000 it might be hard to resist for the masses.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 11:57 UTC as 193rd comment | 1 reply

Most of the popular SLRs had removable doors on the back. Why not make camera specific removable "film backs?" OM and FM for starters. It seems like it would overcome most challenges except viewfinder crop. (This could be helped by custom focus screens that were also removable).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 10:35 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On Olympus stems losses but PEN sales disappoint article (233 comments in total)

Well well well. Release an amazing OMD-Pro to replace the E-5 and we'll see if I can help you recover your losses further. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 20:40 UTC as 76th comment | 3 replies

I would have thought Olympus had patented the 5-axis IS through the roof. Do you think they are sharing with Casio in some joint venture?

Of course this is better than a cell phone, and the super zoom lens dictates a small sensor. There are trade offs for all cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2013 at 01:40 UTC as 36th comment | 3 replies
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)

I always wanted an LC1.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 11:36 UTC as 357th comment
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)

It seems to be a timely topic as people start to realize how good smaller system cameras and compacts have become. They are perfect for side kicks to larger systems or total solutions without a great sacrifice in breadth of uses. The venn diagram "convenient" and "capable" are overlapping more and more.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 00:22 UTC as 164th comment

Pricey but cool idea. I did a tutorial for youtube last week and this would have made it much easier. I would also like to record some of my classroom lectures--don't know if this is the best idea with a fisheye type lens, but could work. What's the wide angle competition out there?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 00:05 UTC as 22nd comment
On 12 stunning photos of Godafoss - Waterfall of the Gods article (78 comments in total)

This page is a tribute to the glory of the changing seasons, the drama of the skies, the beauty of light, and the whining of armchair fauxtographers who can't see past their own big heads. Love JStephane and Vincent's renditions.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 12:27 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply

Great screen specs, front and rear cameras for skype, new Android, great price. Yay.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2013 at 00:12 UTC as 40th comment

Dang, my eyes were closed.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2013 at 01:56 UTC as 20th comment

Summary: one doesn't have to have the theoretical "best" to be happy. Those who realize this are happier.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2013 at 01:49 UTC as 73rd comment

They didn't study the user reviews for the famed "571" banana slicer on Amazon because why would anyone not own a "571" banana slicer in the first place, and second, you can tell when someone experiences the bliss of conversion.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 02:14 UTC as 102nd comment

I believe the new flickr to be far cleaner, more photocentric, nice on space, and the adds are tasteful. The design will lend well to future developments and compatibility with touch screen devices. I can't think of anything right off I like better about the old flickr. I will use flickr more now simply because of it's clean look.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2013 at 11:38 UTC as 4th comment
On New CompactFlash card to allow RAID-style 'mirroring' article (100 comments in total)

Maybe it will be as good as RAID. If so, then what a boon. If the two partitions are insulated from each other correctly that is... and time will tell. Auto backup in one card is a fantastic idea in theory and it will only take a bit of time to see if this idea delivers the goods or not. Naysayers, maybe it's not as good as it sounds (message that scarcity mentality), but you have to admit that if it does provide highly reliable mirroring in one card well that could be amazing for mission critical shooting. I'm in favor.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2013 at 19:38 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Preview preview (380 comments in total)
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photo perzon: How can a tiny sensor compete with APS sensors?

35mm FF = 864mm squared.
Nikon APS-C = 373mm squared.
Canon APS-C = 329mm squared.
Sigma APS-C = 286mm squared.
Oly 4/3 = 243mm squared.
2/3" digicam = 58mm squared.

Here are the numbers so we don't have to rely on hyperbole. You can see that APS-C ranges in size. I agree that a tiny sensor can't complete directly with a comparatively huge sensor. But how much of a difference in size is required to see huge gains in IQ? That's an important question. I'll let you determine that by comparing the numbers and looking at studio tests here at DPR.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2013 at 20:08 UTC

Yes, a sign of the times, but in the sense that these days good management and visionary leadership is rare. It's certainly lacking here. This is horrible news for photographers employed by newspapers. I really feel for them because I bet a lot of them work their tails off, have families to support, and are very skilled in their field. IMO, they should keep 1/4 of their best photogs and train them in video production if that's what they need now. People are not expendable to business and when managements starts to employees that way, it may be time to find someone else to work for anyhow. My sympathy to the good folks who lost their jobs.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2013 at 19:54 UTC as 86th comment

Living a life well comprehened and rightly conjectured is a fading art. Most people exist by impluse. No, they don't give mind to what is done to create the images they see in pictures, and even correcting their "information" doesn't necessarily bring understanding or change to their perceptions--instead they act like they have been cheated. In my opinion, advertising is largely consumer driven--so I argue that skinny sells because skinny is idealized and photographers who get flack over their editing should shoot back with a pretty strong dose of "why don't you think critically about your world rather than cast blame on others for your own naivety.

So I'm quite opinionated on this one. I do also see the other side where young girls are led to unhealthy obsessions about themselves as they grasp for meaning. It's a complicated issue.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 00:36 UTC as 10th comment
On Olympus to axe V-series point-and-shoot cameras article (124 comments in total)
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devlin2427: Olympus should've gone the Apple/Leica way a long time ago: very few high quality products priced at the limit of affordability/snobbism.

Trying to compete with giants with giants like Canon and Sony in the lower end of the market was going to be troublesome. I'm still surprised Fuji, Pentax and Samsung haven't abandoned this bracket.

I doubt they are doing very well with their D7200 yet. ;)

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2013 at 10:21 UTC

Looks like a great lens. Lots of people will recommend newbies buy a Rebel with kit lens just because Canon makes this lens--you know because it's the professional's choice. This lens is for bragging rights and/or working pros.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2013 at 10:32 UTC as 87th comment
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