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Michael Ma: A filter for a lazy photographer to can't be bothered to take the photograph properly.

You are assuming this algorithm is just for professional photographers. It is for everyone, including the tourists on trains, planes, and in automobiles who cannot open a window to get the shot of a lifetime. Even pros find themselves in that situation on occasion.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 14:29 UTC

I like the new look in the Public tab. It looks more like the website now. I don't like the Camera Row tab, but I'll never use it anyway as I never post photos from a smartphone to Flickr. I only post photos that look more professional and are taken with real camera equipment not toy cameras. BTW, unless you want every darn photo you take on your smartphone automatically uploaded to Flickr you better turn off that option.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 15:07 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

This sight sucks worse every day. How does a lame POS item like this get on the front page?

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2015 at 19:07 UTC as 140th comment | 4 replies
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Mark Alan Thomas: Here’s the link to the Lightroom 6 Standalone version which Adobe has basically hidden from customers:


Click “edit” to switch to upgrade pricing.

Still doesn't work on my computer. You can also get to the Buy page for the Full version 6 here, but it doesn't allow the Upgrade option either. Typical Adope BS--hide the non-CC products and make them insanely difficult to purchase.


Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 18:13 UTC
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ozturert: The results are as bad and as good as I expected. The price and optical quality are not in line, I think. I'd say the lens deserves max 600$.

I've taken a look at its images and they are anything but sharp. The build quality means nothing, nor does the fast focus, when it cannot take sharp photos and has that much distortion. I agree it is a sub $600 lens being sold for way more. :(

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 18:26 UTC
On B-grip launches Uno holster for compact system cameras article (108 comments in total)

Meh...As bad of an idea as the spaghetti westerns were.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2015 at 21:03 UTC as 28th comment | 4 replies

BTW, the 20mm pancake (SEL20F28) works on the a7, even without using the APS-C crop mode. In crop mode you get a 30mm equivalent 10.3 MP image. If you use it without crop mode it does vignette, but crop it down to 5001 x 3334 px, apply the lens profile in Lightroom or ACR, change the manual vignette setting to 100%, and you wind up with a great 24mm equivalent 16.7 MP image, which is much wider than the 30mm crop mode image. Add the VCL-ECU1 or VCL-ECU2 to the SEL20F28 and you have a full frame 18mm 16.7 MP image. Or add the VCL-ECF1 to the SEL20F28 and you have a full frame 15mm 16.7 MP image.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 16:02 UTC as 3rd comment

The listed specs for the new VCL-ECU2 don't add up, or multiply up I should say. The older VCL-ECU1 is specified to be a 0.75x lens meaning it will turn a 16mm into 12mm and a 20mm into a 15mm rather than a 16mm as listed. The VCL-ECU2 is likely the same lens repainted black and 0.75x too. Are we to believe it is 0.75x on the 16mm pancake and 0.80x on the 20mm pancake? I doubt it. And as already mentioned, the older VCL-ECU1 works fine on the 20mm pancake and it is cheaper.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 15:49 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2981 comments in total)
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maboleth: 3699$ or 3999 euros! Should've been the opposite. 1 eur = 1,13$

maboleth, in the USA we don't have VAT as we have sales tax, and each state and city sets its own sales tax rates. Therefore it is impossible for the manufacturer to know what the sales tax will be unless they know exactly where you live. Therefore it is much easier to list items without sales tax added and let the buyer add it up on their own to know how much the total cost will be.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 17:25 UTC
On FAA proposes regulations for commercial drone usage article (119 comments in total)

If they don't seriously restrict drone traffic there will be safety issues on an increasing level. If they don't seriously address the privacy issues there will be drones in peoples faces filming them from every angle. If they don't seriously address the noise pollution the average day will sound like Saturday morning in the neighborhood with all the neighbors busily and nosily blowing their leaves into each others yards. We have had fairly strict rules governing the use of model aircraft for years and very few have really complained about those rules. We should highly regulate these drones to keep them from being flown by every nerd with a few dollars to spend. Too annoying, too invasive, too loud! Keep them restricted and make it difficult to get a license to operate one, and put heavy penalties on those who use them in an inappropriate manner.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 16:26 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
On FAA proposes regulations for commercial drone usage article (119 comments in total)
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King Penguin: I expect the people of Afganistan are happy about this.......

Failed attempt at humor...the FAA has no jurisdiction outside of the USA and its territories.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 16:16 UTC
On FAA proposes regulations for commercial drone usage article (119 comments in total)
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nikanth: What is FAA?

USA Federal Aviation Administration. The agency that makes and enforces the rules and regulations regarding air traffic in the USA.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 16:15 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1392 comments in total)
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prossi: Finally a paintbrush and sponge static sample wedge that that can compete the apsc and ff from sony and nikon! It was getting depressing listening to all the praise of 4/3 cameras and be confronted with such crappy IQ for landscaping.

It is just a gimmick. The camera is still a crappy, old style 16MP M4/3 that cannot compete against APS-C, much less FF, in anything except the minds of those who are stuck on M4/3. The only thing M4/3 can compete against with any luck is the 1" sensor cameras. Using this thing at 40MP will be very similar to the 19th century photographers and their gunpowder flash unit, "Okay don't breathe for the next 5 minutes!"

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 15:24 UTC
On Canon's Q4 earnings report shows camera sales are down article (315 comments in total)

As long as Canon continues to sit on its corporate backside and turn out lackluster improvements that are merely minor updates to cameras long ago released, they will continue to slide. They need to innovate and push the envelope. Minor tweaks to outdated designs just won't cut it in today's market. That is why so many of us have jumped off the Canon wagon in search of better equipment.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 18:34 UTC as 67th comment | 26 replies
On Gary Fong launches virtual camera tutorial service article (140 comments in total)

His Youtube videos on the Sony a6000 were little more than a pep rally. He talked for perhaps 20 minutes and provided maybe 3 minutes of useful information. After seeing those I knew better than to purchase his "how to" training, not that I would have anyway. Cameras are pretty easy to pick up and learn via hands on use and reading the manuals.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 23:32 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
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Chris Yates: "VERY IMPRESSIVE" price upgrade. :P

onlooker, that is BS, the current model has been selling for $1699 for a long time, so it is a $500 price increase. I guarantee this thing won't be as sharp as my Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 USM. Not even close.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 15:04 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X Review preview (455 comments in total)

Wow, a Cons list that is considerably longer than the Pros list, and questionable IQ, but good ol' DPReview gives it a 77 point Silver Award! Do their reviewers even know much about photography or camera gear? What a joke!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 19:17 UTC as 117th comment | 6 replies
On Richard Franiec offers Canon PowerShot G7 X custom grip article (110 comments in total)

A grip won't help the crappy IQ from the G7 X.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 18:11 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (947 comments in total)
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daddyo: Holy cow!
Has anyone looked carefully and the bottom area of the studio comparison scene (Look at the bottle labels)? I hope the lens on the test camera was defective and not standard issue. The image is so blurry it started to give me a headache looking at it.

I compared the overall image quality with the Panasonic LX-100 and it's not a contest. I know the Pany is more expensive, but geez, if the studio shot is representative of the lens on the G7 X, I wouldn't want one at any price.

And no, I'm not a Panasonic fanboy -- don't own one.

The entire image from the G7 X is soft and fuzzy IMO. So it looks to me like it has bad IQ and is sluggish. The G1 X original was a great camera, but the G7 X is garbage.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 01:07 UTC

I've got the a7 and a6000 E/FE mount cameras, several Sony lenses and a large number of third party Canon and Nikon lenses. None of my lenses or adapters wiggle or have any issues with the E/FE mounts. I think this is merely a product you never knew you needed until a slick "snake oil" salesman convinces you it is indeed necessary! The stupid are so quickly and easily parted from their money by slick salesmen. This is a totally unnecessary replacement part designed to satisfy the growing number of idiots who buy cameras, really good cameras, but have no clue about how they work and function. I bet that replacement mount fits so tight that some lenses won't detach!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 15:18 UTC as 67th comment | 2 replies
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