Midnighter

Midnighter

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Joined on Jun 25, 2009

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Sad to see.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2013 at 22:04 UTC as 203rd comment

I am in awe of what the human race can achieve every now and again, and this is one of those times.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 02:20 UTC as 138th comment
On Ethics of prize-winning photo debated article (151 comments in total)

If a photo is presented 'as is' people are free to make up their own minds. If I have a photo of myself with a gorgeous woman viewers can guess if its my wife, girlfriend or relative, that's up to them.. They can bring their own opinions to the viewing of the photo. However if I say its my wife and its really a hooker, its a sham.

To answer the question you have to ask, is it an award winning photo because of content only or because of stated context? In this case context WAS responsible for it being chosen I believe. Therefore people need to either just look at a photo free of any context OR the context needs to be stated correctly.

Thats why I hate even giving titles to photographs.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2013 at 23:41 UTC as 111th comment
On CP+ 2013: Interview with Canon's Masaya Maeda article (490 comments in total)

In my opinion if you go with APS-C in a compact mirror-less camera you still cant make a lens system small enough relative to a similar full frame system, I guess because of sensor size and aspect ratio. Thats why micro four thirds just feels like a balanced system and not lens-heavy, its the Goldilocks zone between sensor size and aspect ratio for a compact interchangeable system. APS-C will slowly sail into the half way house between micro four thirds and full frame I think.... too big to be made compact but never big enough to replace full frame.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 07:40 UTC as 144th comment | 2 replies

There was a time I would have been interested in such a thing, now I can only think of such a thing as a curiosity.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2012 at 20:55 UTC as 93rd comment

Brutal, very brutal. But is this dust and not a lubricant spatter problem as has been seen in some other cameras? It looks like the 'dust' is clustering to me... not good.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2012 at 21:03 UTC as 169th comment
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Rooru S: Why so many negative comments? To me, seems like a very good camera, and people is buying it (3rd spot overall on P&S section, Amazon USA) even if that camera is priced way much higher than 1st and 2nd spot. Large 1.0 Type Sensor, 28mm at f/1.8 (although I don't like the long end aperture) and many customizable buttons and dial, and even 1080p60 with manual control. All This in a pocketable camera good enough for most situations where I can't get to use a large sensored camera.

The bad thing about being included in the 50 best inventions of 2012 is because it's a Sony? Wondering what could happen if it had another label.

Its an amazing camera, it deserved a gold award, but the negative comments are about Time magazine. I went through their list of 'inventions'. Some are worthy of the title, many look tossed in there to get the number up to 50. But 50 is more impressive than 20 isn't it? They could have run 30 Best Products and 20 Great Inventions. That would have been more meaningful. By doing it the way they did...tsk... its not about the Sony camera at all.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2012 at 20:02 UTC

Its an amazing camera but... an invention? Kind of a lose definition I think and I have to wonder how it made it in.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2012 at 05:39 UTC as 134th comment
On Photo contest: Enter for a chance to win $5,000 article (130 comments in total)
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zakk9: The property/model release term indicates strongly that this is not really a photo competition, but a competition for photos specifically to be used for commercial marketing purposes.

Oh, and my Burmese friend can't participate. Not that she cares, but she does like to take photos. Can she be in the photo, I wonder...

Why don't you like people from Burma, dpr? Haven't they been through enough problems already? How is it OK that you discriminate upon them as well?

No, Señor Joinson, thus have we made the world.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 03:14 UTC
On Just Posted: Hands-on Nikon D600 preview article (376 comments in total)
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George Veltchev: Wait guys ... brand new pleasant surprises are coming from Canon shortly this week .... be excited !

Who were they again?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 07:36 UTC

Goody grief! Give Aldrin some kudos!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1c/Neil_Armstrong.jpg/589px-Neil_Armstrong.jpg

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2012 at 04:45 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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mrb375: I have switched to Nikon and Sigma.. but the current E-5 and 12-60 lens is very nice. The 4/3rds sensor (however) tends to blow out highlights and has less in RAW for shadows.

I've owned OM, EP-x, E-420, 520, 620, and E-30. All perform *decent* but lose out to APS-C & FF.

Why compare to old cameras? With the new Sony sensor in the EM-5 there is not enough of a difference between 4/3 and APS-C to be worth a damn in my opinion. As for Full Frame, sorry but with comparable sensor technologies in all those sizes both four thirds and APS-C are eaten alive. Area = 221mm four thirds, 329mm APS-C and a whopping 864mm for FF.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2012 at 21:09 UTC
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Laminated: DPReview - thank you for posting the details of some of the cameras on the Curiosity rover. I'm surprised you've got so much detail here - typically this info is tightly controlled.

To those underwhelmed by the cameras, speaking as an engineer who has designed parts of a camera in Mars orbit, I can tell you:
- engineers at Malin, JPL and NASA know what they are doing and being cost effective is a daily concern.
- the optical engineers do know how to design a camera and they understand light.
- this is a science mission balanced with generating public support
- the system requirements are very demanding for such a mission - the launch is incredibly violent, weight is tracked to the tenth of a gram, space is cold (duh), temperature swings are Mars are very large, etc.
- power is provided by solar panels, not recharcheable Li-Ion batteries.
- communication to Mars is not like plugging in a USB cable
- if something breaks, you can't take it in for service.

Power is NOT provided by solar cells. Its provided by a NUCLEAR generator!

Here you go:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBtXnug-rgM&f

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2012 at 22:38 UTC

Give them a break will you? The first test images they sent back were 64x64 pixels. They got really excited when it sent back the first high resolution pic... 256x256 pixels.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2012 at 00:41 UTC as 80th comment

Combining this news from two different manufacturers into one item made me initially jump that Nikon was going to do something with Sigma. I believe this link best illustrates my reaction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6K94S3HiEM

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2012 at 12:32 UTC as 11th comment
On User Guide: Getting the most out of the Olympus E-M5 article (262 comments in total)

Thanks for this, seems like a near perfect camera although I would like focus peeking and a fully articulated LCD (and a variable aspect sensor would be candy!) Cant have everything though. I intend to buy into MFT later in the year so unless Panasonic pulls a rabbit out of the hat by Christmas the OM-D looks like it will be that camera. Just need to work on the budget for lenses.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2012 at 04:12 UTC as 102nd comment
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Mtsuoka: if it could be even cheaper and "IF" canon announce FF rebel...that would be perfect

Only a matter of time I think (3 years?) the market for APS-C is being impacted from below, hence the D800 arriving $1000 cheaper than expected. Sell an FF body, make FF money on FF lens sales.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2012 at 11:52 UTC
On Just posted: Nikon D800 test samples article (440 comments in total)
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XmanX: Canon is playing it conservative, expecting their loyal base to just lap it up. And I don't much care for Nikon's color palette; Canon colors are more to my liking.

Waiting for Sony to fire the last salvo in the Full Frame space. If they deliver the goods, I'm willing to get rid of my bag full of L lenses and move to Zeiss glass. I don't use T/S or telephoto over 200mm anyway.

Innovation trumps brand loyalty in my book.

I disagree yabokkie, the Zeiss 16-35mm full frame lens is as good a reason to buy into the Sony full frame platform as the Nikor 14-24mm is to buy into Nikon, or the Panasonic 7-14 to buy into micro four thirds.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2012 at 23:28 UTC
On Just posted: Nikon D800 test samples article (440 comments in total)
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antoineb: Duly shot at f11 where diffraction must be a clear issue - why?

of course the test scene needs f11 for enough DOF - but surely this cannot take precedence over the need to deliver relevant results?

as it stands, these shots at f11 will suffer from diffraction BEFORE they show limits of the sensor resolution.

therefore these are cute test shots - but they're essentially useless.

These should be re-done at f5.6

No need to go down to f5.6, its still clear of diffraction at f8 and would be up to 46MP.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2012 at 10:10 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 low light high ISO sample series article (283 comments in total)
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Dan4321: Thanks but maybe the test scene can include a person next time?
I always want to see the effects of processing on fine aspects like human hair, eyes, and other features, or how the camera renders different human skin tones.

Head of a fresh cadaver would do Andy, someone in the office who did a monumental cock-up on the day.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2012 at 21:40 UTC
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