RichRMA

RichRMA

Lives in Canada Toronto, Canada
Joined on Feb 17, 2013

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munro harrap: There is also another good reason for keeping all the art we have here here. Its called war. You can see online what IS and the Taliban do, so their people's culture would be safer were it in the UK, all of ity, rather than in Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan, and we now also have to control who is allowed to buy stuff as any number of artworks purchased privately not only disappear into bank vaults,

but can be bought by people who then destroy them as ideologically unacceptable.
I dare say that is already happening, so stop sales and guard our human heritage.

During wars, artworks are secured from damage from bombings and from the potential theft/destruction by the enemy. Unfortunately, some groups in this world are behaving like the same people who destroyed the library of Alexandria and some "progressives" in the West turn a blind eye to it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 05:00 UTC
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JDThomas: Is England going to require the return of all foreign works of fine art to their country of origin? What is the British Museum doing with Egyptian mummies and Greek statues?

Surely they should be returned to their rightful place in the world?

Not politics. Religious fanaticism that has resulted in the destruction of art from giant carved Afghan Bhuddas to ancient ornate Mosques and countless pieces of priceless statuary. Given the way it's going, it wouldn't surprise me if that photobook was burned in a Britain, say around 2040.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 07:11 UTC
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Rooru S: So, the guy is Swedish, lived in England...so...why don't they offer some swedish museum a joint effort to keep the album in good shape and take turns to exhibit it or make it available for researchers and students?

Unless he took images IN Sweden, they have little claim to it (and no real interest, I'd guess) in it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 05:45 UTC
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JDThomas: Is England going to require the return of all foreign works of fine art to their country of origin? What is the British Museum doing with Egyptian mummies and Greek statues?

Surely they should be returned to their rightful place in the world?

Yes, return art to Iraq, Syria, and Libya. So ISIS can destroy it...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 02:24 UTC
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Papi61: So, this is a British national pride issue. To hell with the FACT that the photographer was actually Swedish... Priceless.

But then again, these are the same people who used to claim that Egyptian obelisks and artifacts retrieved from archeological sites were rightfully theirs... (and even though they might have changed mind on that, I don't think they're going to return anything any soon...)

Just to be clear, I'm against all forms of stupid nationalism. Yeah, I'm perfectly aware that the latter is tautology... :)

Human art belongs to all humans, regardless of nationality.

As Clint Eastwood said in the movie, The Eiger Sanction, the idea that "art belongs to the people" is stupid. Art belongs to those who can truly understand and appreciate it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 02:22 UTC
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Boss of Sony: Love these images. If only photography had been invented centuries earlier. Or even millennia earlier. Wouldn't you love to see photos of the pyramids being built, Jesus being crucified, Buddha meditating, medieval villages during the Black Death, primitive humans fighting woolly mammoth, Macchu Picchu in all its glory, mad medieval Europeans burning witches at the stake, etc etc.

Well, supporting Sony, given its current financial status is as much "faith in nothing" as any religion.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 06:36 UTC
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TBLF: Remember when the store brands had cheap medium format no-name camera's like the "seagull" and had 35mm SLR's that used a Pentax K mount?

Maybe full frame digital has finally a stage where they are cheap enough to make knock offs that use a common, non patented mount. M42 for the zillions of Pentax, various Russian, Zeiss, etc, lenses out there on the used market might appeal to a minimalist niche market. Who knows. It would have to be dirt cheap, and take better pictures than a Holga. Heh heh.

Well, the cheapest FF is $1700 and the body is has is barely a notch above consumer level, so the sensors must still cost a bit.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 06:15 UTC
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DCPhotography: Oh blah blah blah people! Give them a break. Maybe they know something you don't?

Internet technical "experts". What a joke.

I say we wait and see what the finished product is like. I'm enjoying the concept.

Don't confuse skepticism with fear of difference.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 06:01 UTC
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Maklike Tier: Please, minimalism is so 2007. I want at least two function dials that I can assign whatever function I like. Who wants to look at the LCD every time they want to change a setting?

A modern miracle is someone who keeps a camera long enough to be able to change settings by touch, without looking.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 05:55 UTC
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Stigg: stupid industrial design - exactly what i wished would be replaced - for the last 40 years. for pretentious poseurs only. the sony a3000 is considered garbage by many of the pp here, but for digital i love it for the grip, ability to adapt lenses and pq.

just looked at their site. what BS: purest photographic experience?? period? bag that. ever heard of pinhole cameras, view cameras, manual slr, film rangefinders?

The A3000 is a junk body with a great sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 07:28 UTC
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Glen Barrington: I wish this company and this camera well. But is this REALLY gonna sell in numbers large enough to last more than a year and get a few collectors excited?

It might function well enough to spur other manufacturers to explore this quasi-rangefinder focusing mechanism, (I'd love to see something like this in m43s, it could revitalize the moribund Pen line, for example); but I would be very surprised if this particular camera was in any way successful.

Shareholders and others push companies to cut costs and sell more and more. Which is why the concept of quality is going to Hell. There is nothing wrong with a company building a quality product and selling fewer at a good profit than mass-produced junk that most sell today.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 07:14 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1300 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: Does this camera have anything over Sony a6000 apart from IBIS?

Aside from their ignored but estimable DSLRs and transparent mirror things, Sony bodies are second-rate, even the A7 with its $2000 price tag.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 05:15 UTC
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RichRMA: I could care less about video, however it was only a matter of time before a carbon fibre body appeared. But I thought it might have been from Nikon. But they're still living in the DSLR-only Dark Ages.

The Nikon's use "chopped" carbon fiber which is not the same was continuous, woven, cross-linked carbon fiber. Just ask Gitzo.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 04:04 UTC
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princecody: Panasonic created the Best macro lens in the world now. Its also $100 cheaper than the Olympus 60mm :) Can't wait to use it and see how it compares.

Using macros with short focal lengths and if they don't have 1:1 it's difficult to shoot things like live insects without spooking them.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 05:34 UTC

I could care less about video, however it was only a matter of time before a carbon fibre body appeared. But I thought it might have been from Nikon. But they're still living in the DSLR-only Dark Ages.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 03:43 UTC as 30th comment | 5 replies
On Pentax K-01 Review preview (6 comments in total)
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dagobah: Too bad this camera was considered a flop. I feel it was very misunderstood. Personally, I have been happy with mine for thousands of images. It makes me shoot in a way that's quite different than looking through a viewfiender, and for landscapes I've found it's been incredible for composition. Good for street photography, too. Looking at the LCD is much less conspicuous than looking through a viewfinder. It is not good for anything fast (e.g. sports). Anyway, mine has been great for travel. It fits into a tiny bag with the 40mm XS, so that allows me to fit an extra lens in my carryon compared to a DSLR.

The K-01 like every other camera pretty much has/had to make in the American market and the European market to succeed. You don't brush-off the biggest markets on Earth. Having said that, I've owned and used one for some time, because I just like the style and the simplicity and the relatively noiseless sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 06:50 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1300 comments in total)
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intruder61: Th first time you see the circus it's WOW!!...the second time you go you want to see some different acts...the Hi-Res is a nice party trick, other than that nothing Wow.
If Sony can put decent C-AF tracking with an APSC sensor for under $700, there is no excuses for the others.
That would have been the nice new act in this circus.

You don't know the history of Sony cameras. Sony apparently DID use recycled polycarbonate from compact discs in their DSLR bodies.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 06:44 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1300 comments in total)

If the on/off switch mark really is annoying, confusing, then 0.001ml of black paint applied with a fine-tipped brush will cover enough of the white mark to fix the problem.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 06:32 UTC as 57th comment | 2 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1300 comments in total)
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intruder61: Th first time you see the circus it's WOW!!...the second time you go you want to see some different acts...the Hi-Res is a nice party trick, other than that nothing Wow.
If Sony can put decent C-AF tracking with an APSC sensor for under $700, there is no excuses for the others.
That would have been the nice new act in this circus.

If only Olympus had built the camera out of recycled, ground up Sony CD's like the 6000, then they'd have extra money left over to do that.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 03:42 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: Publishing photos of that small girl with food plastered all around her mouth is tantamount to child abuse. Girls have very fragile self esteem as it is, there is no need to feed it into the internet for further punishment. Internet content never goes away and those pictures will condemn the poor child to a lifetime of shame, obloquy, and ridicule.
One imagines that the person who took them thinks of them as innocent documents of a life stage, or humorous examples of a childish lack of self awareness. But they are neither, what they are is cruel.

Don't project your neurosis and insecurities onto a little girl. But keep going to those group therapy meetings.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 03:40 UTC
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