robjons

robjons

Lives in Russian Federation Russian Federation
Joined on Jul 26, 2010

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robjons: Interesting project, so so photos.
This reminds me of how little progress has been made in air travel. Same tiring travel times for 44 years now. Sure Concorde, but the airlines gave up on it for, I don’t know, greed? Branson, step up!

As I understand it, the airlines concluded it was easier (cheaper) to make money selling first class tickets than to invest in new technology. Money, not the technology itself, killed progress.
Maybe it was a sound business decision, but I wish there were a faster alternative sometimes.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 07:47 UTC

Interesting project, so so photos.
This reminds me of how little progress has been made in air travel. Same tiring travel times for 44 years now. Sure Concorde, but the airlines gave up on it for, I don’t know, greed? Branson, step up!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 13:09 UTC as 20th comment | 7 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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white shadow: At the end of the day, it all depends on what kind of person you are. If you are a travel photographer you may appreciate the FZ1000 for the extra reach in one package.

Given the price and similar size, I would rather stay with my DSLR which is more versatile.

“90% of the time shallow DOF is just an excuse for people with no creativity.”

This is nonsense. DOF is one of many creative tools and is a viable approach for many photographic scenarios, and as always, it’s better to take the shot as close to the final concept as possible rather than add it in post. And, imo, it is one element that distinguishes the feature set of a more comprehensively equipped camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 09:28 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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white shadow: At the end of the day, it all depends on what kind of person you are. If you are a travel photographer you may appreciate the FZ1000 for the extra reach in one package.

Given the price and similar size, I would rather stay with my DSLR which is more versatile.

Agree with w. shadow, stick with DSLR. I don't care about video, but the real killer for these cameras is equivalent aperture range: 7.6 max. Good luck finding shallow DOF. The bigger the sensor the better.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 05:59 UTC
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (176 comments in total)

Great memories? Kodak? All I remember is the frustration of not feeling free to experiment or even bracket because of the high price of film and processing. Maybe US$7.50 (about $33 today!) for both, for 36 frames in the mid-70's for what was basically a bulk commodity.
I hated them and their dominance (like I hate Gillette now :).
Hope this camera does well, but good riddance to the traditional film behemoth.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 06:24 UTC as 19th comment

Oh damn, M4/3. These would be v cool specs for an APS-C travel zoom.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 12:44 UTC as 12th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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munro harrap: If Dpreview wishes to avoid prosecution in the UK under the Trades Descriptions Act will it please STOP telling punters this and others like it is a 1" sensor. It is NOT.
I get a little tired of reading unprofessional lies whose intention is to deceive people into buying or believing anything, it so boring

Still, munro has a point. The sensor naming scheme can be stupidly confusing and misleading. The industry should decide on a logical, accurate and consistent format. DPR is using sq. mm, or maybe a diagonal measurement like a TV.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 12:44 UTC
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wetracy: “The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”

-Elliott Erwitt

That's what I thought when I saw these images several years ago when I worked in prisons and wrote about them. They could just as well be night shots of oil refineries out on the plains. Hardly seems a good way to "illuminate" the prison disgrace of the U.S.

However, I'm not surprised it's coming from an "editor" for whom I have such low regard. And yes, you don't have to remind -- that's MY opinion (as is everything else I've ever said in my entire life!).

Kind of agree, the subject is unclear in these. Just stark landscapes mostly.
But okay, I'll bite, what's the "prison disgrace of the U.S"?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 04:00 UTC
On 900MP portraits show human face in extreme detail article (289 comments in total)

At least start with some attractive (female) faces…

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 09:25 UTC as 45th comment | 3 replies
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes article (147 comments in total)

Potentially good idea poorly executed. Not really interesting.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 03:15 UTC as 7th comment
On In Photos: Olympic torch to make first-ever spacewalk article (117 comments in total)
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Waimak Stud: Um... Priorities? A country that doesn't yet want people to have equal freedoms under the law wants to send an Olympic torch into space? That doesn't make you look great, it kinda just makes you look like d1cks.

Russian equipment looks scary, but has done better safety-wise:
By space program, 18 NASA astronauts (4.1%) and four Russian cosmonauts (0.9% of all the people launched) died while in a spacecraft.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 02:18 UTC

I say good riddance. Like the old AT&T they unjustifiably screwed consumers for years on what was essentially a bulk commodity. A management team that just couldn't see the way forward.
Nikon, are you paying attention?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 03:59 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM | C review preview (89 comments in total)

No mention of how this lens compares optically to its predecessor.
Is it sharper or less sharp than the previous version??

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2013 at 10:27 UTC as 26th comment
On Then and now: Photographing the Bay Bridge article (29 comments in total)

Having grown up in the area, you take the bridges for granted. I wonder why the new east span doesn't maintain the double-deck design of the original?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2013 at 12:51 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On Photographer turns camera on teenage 'freighthoppers' article (189 comments in total)

ahhh, brings back good memories.
I spent much of my high school and college years riding freight trains around the western US. It wasn’t a “lifestyle,” but it was an adventuresome diversion. The second shot looks like the coast line on the former SP, a great but cold ride.
I have to admit I’m jealous of these shots, very nice tone.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2013 at 10:50 UTC as 25th comment
On Just posted: Fujifilm X-E1 Review article (527 comments in total)
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robjons: DP, can you please be more thorough about listing retail price in your reviews?

Any product review should always start with or at least include MSRP, not "street price" or Amazon price. In the above article I don't even see the price mentioned in the introduction.
Then there is this line: "The X-Pro1 was generally well-received, but its price was always likely to limit its appeal." Okay, you imply a high price but don't bother to specify it. I have to scrounge around for it. Again MSRP only.
Also, 'key feathers' should start with price as should the spec sheet (which I know usually does).
Thanks.

Because, in the mist, I'll explain the obvious: in 1958 the US gov began requiring MSRP stickers on all new cars. This provided consumers with a universal starting point. It was more difficult to cheat new car buyers after this. You will not see car tests/reviews without the MSRP being listed. DP should simply list the maker's price, thats all.
Everyone knows an MSRP in an article is the price at the time of publication, and that you may be able to find it cheaper.
And change so fast? The D7000 was the same MSRP for about two years and the D7100 is the same price... as that, etc...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2013 at 19:05 UTC
On Just posted: Fujifilm X-E1 Review article (527 comments in total)

DP, can you please be more thorough about listing retail price in your reviews?

Any product review should always start with or at least include MSRP, not "street price" or Amazon price. In the above article I don't even see the price mentioned in the introduction.
Then there is this line: "The X-Pro1 was generally well-received, but its price was always likely to limit its appeal." Okay, you imply a high price but don't bother to specify it. I have to scrounge around for it. Again MSRP only.
Also, 'key feathers' should start with price as should the spec sheet (which I know usually does).
Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2013 at 07:38 UTC as 128th comment | 2 replies
On Just posted: Fujifilm X-E1 Review article (527 comments in total)

So sad... "Auto ISO now allows use of ISO 6400, but sadly there's still no way of influencing the minimum shutter speed."
I guess using the word sad in this context is British writing convention, but it evokes visions of people in a camera shop with tears streaming.

Sad is when your dog dies, not when some consumer electronic device is missing a minor feature. But I'm so sad I felt compelled to write this.
Its a sad sad turn of events.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2013 at 06:16 UTC as 133rd comment | 2 replies

Thanks for the review and especially for being clear about suggesting the Sigma over the Tamron. Nice to see an actual pick. I get tired of the conclusion, "it all depends on what your needs are..."

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 19:54 UTC as 7th comment
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marike6: The sample images actually look very good. I could see this lens being useful for a traveller or tourist. Also really like when DPR shoots samples in London as it's much more interesting than Seattle (a nice city, but not nearly as much history and cool sites).

I value Cobain too, but that's hardly the big picture. In fact world history and development owe a lot to Buckingham Palace, even if indirectly.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 19:43 UTC
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