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D1N0: Shot with a German camera. Weren't the Zorki's any good?

The russians never stole technology (or entire factories) from germany. thats illegal. #irony

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 18:52 UTC
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Steve Wilson: The value of this image, and the camera, seem greatly diminished when you know it was a staged shot that occurred days after the actual event.

if memory serves, most of the most memorable photos including the flag over Iwo Jima are staged. the picture still captures the spirit of the moment. this image is worse than staged, TASS made him photoshop the image. the guy in the bottom right actually had two watches on but TASS didnt want the guy to look like a looter. http://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Yevgeny-Khaldei_zoom.jpg.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 18:50 UTC
On Updated: Nikon releases Capture NX-D 1.0.0 software article (105 comments in total)
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Retzius: Nikon should IMHO just end their software development. Its almost always poorly designed and never developed after release. Their wifi iOS app was a joke and really nothing more than just a remote release with live view.

TBH, I think the age of proprietary RAW converters is done. The camera makers should do what they are good at, making cameras, and let the software companies do what they are good at, make software.

Let the cameras output in TIFF or DNG (kudos to Pentax for this) and be done with it.

Capture NX2 might have been a dog but it had the best color handling out there. control points were awesome and you could use nik color effects. i hardly opened photoshop anymore. View was always a solid capable viewer. now i have to go back to photoshop and that program can take forever to open.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 18:52 UTC
On A look at the Lomography Petzval 85mm F2.2 lens article (156 comments in total)

great review. now that i have a d600 which is sharp enough and has enough iso headroom i don't have to worry about every pixel. i feel like i can start to experiment with lenses that might have unique features such as this, a lens baby or some of those old lenses i gave up on years ago. i would like to see more about lenses that have a unique or distinct character. these lenses might not be perfect for magazine work but certainly lends itself well to more artistic endeavors. the price for this lens might be a tad high compared to some of the old russian options but i think if we encourage this sort of lens development we might start to see lenses that focus (pun intended) more on qualities other than sharpness.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 19:44 UTC as 60th comment
On Lomography seeks crowdfunding for Lomo'Instant Camera article (44 comments in total)

wait, is that 1990 calling?

i thought we had iphones and instagram/facebook for that.

now i'm showing my age. i meant hashtags and twitter. #firstworldproblems

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2014 at 21:09 UTC as 16th comment

i guess that is cheaper and easier than scanning and properly indexing all of those images which is what eventually needs to happen.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 18:21 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

the calumet in rockville never had anything in stock so i wasn't surprised when they folded. their canned response was "sure we can order that. you pay now and try it when it comes in." i am not sure there is any benefit to reviving that store.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 18:16 UTC as 17th comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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whtchocla7e: I like this camera and I will likely buy it to keep my tradition of replacing gears every six months. Anyone want a used A7R in mint condition?

you still have a sony a7r? so yesterday. i heard dpreview gave that camera a nasty review.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 17:04 UTC
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fastprime: Wonderful images, thanks for sharing them. Wish I had that kind of talent.
As for all the douche's whining about PP, there wasn't that much done IMO. A little blur on some, a burned edge on some, perhaps some desaturation on some. Pretty minimal compared to what heavy PP would look like, and not dissimilar to film-era darkroom techniques.
Most of the work was done in planning, setup and capture with lighting and composition carefully staged. Taking the studio outdoors as it were.

Flame away!

agreed. she did a great job. i am jealous how fast she picked up photography. it looks like she has natural talent.

i wonder how many of the "old school" complainers ever used a dark room. i remember doing plenty of post processing in the dark room. ansel adams spent hour manipulating images in the dark room. i am just glad that these purest here never use those evil nik or topaz plugins. i personally appreciate how much time i save PP in the digital age.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 20:44 UTC
On AP cuts ties with Pulitzer-winning photographer article (170 comments in total)

it is interesting that cropping is allowed but cloning is not. i have seen too many photos taken completely out of context by cropping down to one dramatic part of a more mundane scene. you see it all the time when they crop down a few kids throwing stones to create the illusion of large scale civil unrest.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 13:52 UTC as 49th comment | 3 replies
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (269 comments in total)
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kaiser soze: I glanced at a few of the reviews just to confirm my suspicion that the group test were rather expensive. I think that the readership would be far better served by a similar review of ball heads that can be bought for under $100. The cost of these ball heads is more than what the typical camera owner spent on their camera, and the reality is that only a very small percentage of camera owners would even consider buying a tripod head in this price range. There are a good many ball heads that sell for less than $100 and that easily meet the needs of the vast majority of enthusiast photographers.

first let presume you have an SLR with more than a kit lens. if you go to b&h and sort the lenses by most popular or best selling you will see that the high-end gear floats to the top so actually there are a large number of photographers working off the high end stuff. Thom Hogan wrote an essay many moons ago about the buying process of a tripod and ball head. he said most buyers go through a process where we start with the cheap stuff but as it fails we move on incrementally to the pro gear. his point was to save your money and buy the pro gear. in the long run you save money because you dont waste your time with the cheap stuff that will eventually fail you. I have high end gear and sub $100 gear i use as backup travel gear and Thom Hogan is spot on. the cheap stuff cant hold a candle to the high end gear

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 22:24 UTC
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (269 comments in total)
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MrSkelter: RRS stuff is over-rated and your money helps fund anti-human rights legislation which targets the families and rights of gay people sponsored by the owner. For those who care it's worth giving them a miss for that reason alone. I know I don't want my money going to fund hate.

For those that are interested here is the link: http://www.flickr.com/groups/865962@N20/discuss/72157612473243424/. the original poster states that

"For those who are interested...

I learned recently (and verified myself via public record) that the owners of Really Right Stuff donated $16,000 to the yes on 8 campaign. If you would like to verify this yourself, go to mormonsfor8.com/ and click on the link for the complete list of donor amounts over $1000. Scroll down to Los Osos, CA. You can cross-check that with the about us page on RRS's site: reallyrightstuff.com/contact/02.html"

I believe the OP is talking about Prop 8 against gay marriage in CA. unfortunately this was posted in January 2009 and none of the links go to where the OP says anymore.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 14:42 UTC
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (269 comments in total)
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PVCdroid: I'm shocked at the prices for these ballheads. I bought a arca swiss compatible on Amazon for < $30 and attached it to a good quality tripod I picked up for $70. I bought a second $30 ballhead to fit a $20 monopod. And I thought L-brackets were expensive. Scary.

i bought one of those amazon $30 ball heads for an extra travel tripod. it is nice for the money but could never compare to a real ball head like an RRS or Arcatech. My Arcatech on my gitzo is like a rock for stability and just so smooth. the $30 head on the $100 tripod feels like the compromise it is. but it is small and cheap and if i lose it or trash it at the beach so what.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 20:16 UTC
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (269 comments in total)
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ExposureMeter: One of the better heads the Acratech GP which I have does not even get a mention, shame.

i would think a larger ball would operate smoother and have more surface area for higher weight load and finer operation.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 17:26 UTC
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (269 comments in total)

Thanks for the great article. it might not be perfect but it is the best one on the subject i have seen. i do not know of a more complete scientific evaluation and comparison of heads out there. i dont think i have ever seen anyone do a better job of addressing the problem of sagging once the head is locked. if anyone does, share a link.

based on the recent series of articles i am predicting two more roundup of smaller heads (fingers crossed). maybe medium and compact/travel?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 14:30 UTC as 101st comment
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (269 comments in total)
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ExposureMeter: One of the better heads the Acratech GP which I have does not even get a mention, shame.

i love my Arcatech GP. It is the best looking lightest head out there. i would even say it is smooth like butter. BUT it would not do well in the sag and lock competition. the head drives me nuts for macro work. you almost need geared rails to make it work beyond 1:1.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 14:25 UTC
On Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer article (628 comments in total)

i have seen too many companies that require constant authentication crash. now you are stuck with unusable software until they can verify subscriptions again. the gaming industry has already had huge fails in this arena.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 20:31 UTC as 152nd comment | 4 replies
On Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer article (628 comments in total)
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AD in KC: OK, I'm softening on my anger at Adobe. $10/month isn't so bad - especially now it includes some cloud storage - which is fairly useless still because you can't up-load folders, but I suspect they'll fix that eventually. Dropbox and others charge nearly as much for storage alone.

And I understand that they need to make a return on their investment. PS is the very best and I gotta have it for what I do for my livelihood. They deserve compensation.

if you need cloud storage try crashplan. there are plenty of forum posts from people talking about unlimited storage for $50 a year. carbonite has been there for a while too. true online backups keep your file structure. stay away from cloud storage from people that dont know what they are doing (adobe, micro$oft, norton).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 20:26 UTC
On Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer article (628 comments in total)

and how much is it at the end of the 12 months?

20 GB of "cloud storage." wow, sign me up. now what do i do with the other 650gb i have with carbonite? maybe i'll just convert all my NEF's and TIFF's to jpegs.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 19:32 UTC as 172nd comment
On Tamron to develop 150-600mm F5-6.3 ultra-telephoto zoom article (193 comments in total)
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Kris in CT: I shoot with a Tamron 200-500 for well over a year and it was a very good lens for the price. The recent trend with Tamron has been much improved optics. IMHO this lens will set a new standard in budget wildlife photography. If the rumored price point at 1500 is true, this lens will smoke anything near it, and I see it giving the Nikon 80-400 AF-S a very serious competitor for far less money. Seeing that AF limiter makes this a very serious lens indeed. The VC in Tamron is pretty awesome too... I have since moved on to a Sigma 120-300 OS but this new Tamron will be quite interesting. If I can put a link in here, here is a shot from the 200-500 wide open of a wild red tail.. http://www.flickr.com/photos/coastalconn/8421259528/in/set-72157632626570024

Kris in CT had some of the better birding shots i had seen in a while. isnt that why we put them out there.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 16:26 UTC
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