It's a bit like doping in cyclism: "everybody" does it, and they all shed crocodile tears when they get caught red-handed...
Artpt: I am not a professional photographer, but tried an old Minolta lens on a Sony A57 versus the kit....I have to wonder if aging lens are up to the standards of today's sensors? The Minolta was about $17, but none of the images were colorful and sharp. I suppose recent lens would be better, but vintage lens don't seem a good fit.
Professionals and enthusiasts, please comment.
Old is not synonymous with good.There are, quite obviously, good old lenses and good bad lenses, just as there are good new lenses and bad new lenses.
They had some problems with extreme focal ranges (very wide and super tele) before the advent of CAD/CAM (e.g. apparent chromatic aberrations with 200mm+ lenses, which are now corrected with complex multi-lens design while in the 70s you had 4- o 5-lens designs for the most part), so normal focal lengths are probably a safer bet.
That said, a 10$-bargain-bin lens is just that, a 10$-bargain-bin lens.
paulbysea: Where is the android version?
I never said that: if you took the trouble to read what I posted you would have noticed it.The other user was saying that you cannot update an Android device to the latest version of the OS.I pointed out that it is possible, unless hardware constraints get in the way.
dccdp: Oh, well. Yet another boring photographer trying to exploit stupid cliches... Yes, Eastern Europe is awful, people there still live in trees, eat bananas, and have never heard of Lego and TVs. As oposed to Westerners, who are all exceptionally cool, intelligent and have never ever encountered old towns, homeless people or abandoned factories.
An advice for those who still have this old propaganda-induced image about those "lesser countries". Just visit them, and you will see that they are perfectly normal, with rich European traditions, populated by normal people living in clean towns and working probably harder than most citizens of the old continent.
Wake up, forget your (bordering racist) preconceptions and be smart. :)
Well, I've actually been to Bucharest and no, it's not "perfectly normal", not even the town centre.
I don't mean it in a disparaging way, because I found it intriguing and fascinating, but when paved roads stop abruptly and you start walking on dirt at the turn of a corner; when you have a perfectly sound building next to one with a big red "seismic risk evaluation" mark and the doorstep full of trash; and still bullet holes from the last revolution in the walls of some of the most beautiful palaces then you start thinking.
Many capitals in south-east Asia (Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Manila... I'd say Hanoi is quite on par) are better kept that Romania's capital.
Very beautiful pictures, and tastefully edited too.I really dig the "white" look, even though I'm generally allergic to even the slightest highlight clipping.
@basalite:"Considering that the iPad generates over 80% of all Internet tablet traffic, it is quite obvious which tablet is in people's hands."...which is exactly my point (apparently you read my post in a hurry).Since when the masses are always right?
@Just a Photographer:1. it's "Beginner", not "bigger"...
2. It's obvious that you know *nothing* about Android: see, the best thing is that you don't have to wait for your manufacturer to do that for you! There are plenty of fast and efficient "cooked" roms around and you can even compile your own.So you can install the latest OS on a 2-3 year old phone, provided that the hardware is powerful enough to handle it.
Never got a virus, BTW.
Oh nothing, just the most powerful, versatile, mind-blowingly customisable mobile OS on the planet.But it's just for those who want to be able to take their tools into their hand and are not really fans of the need-to-know-basis OSes that have such a widespread following...
Wonderful!This is going to be a hit...
LensBeginner: Astonishing!How'd he manage to move the frame? camera movement on a slow-moving rig or PP?
Isn't 3D printing a feature that would make much more sense in a 3D CAD?Isn't PS supposed to be an image editor?What am I missing?
Astonishing!How'd he manage to move the frame? camera movement on a slow-moving rig or PP?
Foto21: D40x had a focus motor, and realistic image rendering and a battery that lasted a while. Since then, Nikon has decided to hobble its most portable dSLR size, not by making openly amateur, but by having it have pretenses to more while being enough a ripoff that you keep it past the trial date.
Meanwhile the oily D600, and mammoth D7100 (with other rumored problems), prove why Nikon bodies have yet to recover from the tsunami of 09.
Fanboys, give me a break. I'm still waiting for an afforable Nikon that doesnt suck. I guess I should buy a D610 since I can't get a good Nikon body for less than that price.
He's referring to the Thai one, were many hi-tech factories got submerged and months worth of production of hi-tech stuff got ruined.Prices of hi-tech goods (including hard disks, that I remember of) soared for half an year.
Virvatulet: Could be an interesting niche product for special use. But only if it had some active means, like mass gyros, to stabilize its movement (especially rotational) during flight. And accelerometer optimizing algorithms to choose the right moment for shutter release for the required exposure time.
Without those I doubt this will have any impact whatsoever; could keep one parents' garage busy though...
Well said, I suppose this would involve some calculations...However, while the force of the throw is unknown, both the mass of the object and g (to some degree) are known.A more accurate value of g could be inferred with a GPS module, perhaps...Variables like wind, temperature and atmospheric pressure add some complexity to the mix....
Caerolle: The Nikon Df: the camera of choice for the manly, self-assured old dudes in the Viagra TV promos.
Please, Ferrari is about uncompromised quality.Nikon is just consumer electronics.
cheddargav: Why review this camera? It's a novelty and the ones buying it won't care about performance, they'll know it'll be reasonably capable but mainly it'll be bought for the nostalgia it invokes.As others have said, it would make much more sense to have reviewed the Pentax K3 by now.
@InTheMist:Not everything that many people like is good.
This one's just a novelty. It will come and pass, as all the vogues do.
racketman: Wonder when it will be available in rip off Britain at £1069, they always just change the $ to £ as do Canon and Apple.
Also usd = euro...
expressivecanvas: I was about 99% sure I will be moving to a Pentax system to replace my obsolete Olympus system but if Tamron is going to be passing on making lenses in Pentax mount from now on, I might need to reevaluate. I'm not implying that I think this particular lens will be a 'good' lens, but Tamron does indeed make some really nice, fast lenses. If they are dropping Pentax, I definitely need to reevaluate systems...
...which is a pity.This one would be nice to have on a Pentax.