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401s->801s->Coolpix 950->D50->D90 D7000 D610 SB-26 SB-600 Coolpix A, Q, LX3

25/2.8 ZF.2
35/1.4 AIS
50/1.4 AI S.C.
55/1.2 S.C. AI
105/1.8 AIS
180/2.8 AIS ED
28/2 AIS

Sigma 10-20mm
20/2.8 AIS
24/2.8 AIS
28/2 N.C. AI'd
35/2 AIS
50/1.8S AIS
50/1.8 AF
85/1.8 AI'D
105/2.5 AI
25-50/4 AIS
Sigma AFD 17-35/2.8-4
55-200 AFS DX
105/2.8 AIS Micro
55/2.8 AIS Micro
Sigma 24/2.8 AIS Macro Superwide II
Tamron 35-105/2.8 AF SP
Sigma AFG DC 18-50/2.8
Tamron 2X MC7 TC - Sluggish AF
135/2.8 AI
85/1.4 AIS Polar
16-85 AFS

Tokina 20-35 F3.5-4.5 still beats nikon AFD 20,24,28
18-55dx I & II
Tamron Adaptall: Bad coating
- 28/2.5
- 135/2.5
- 200/3.5
- 300/5.6 SP
Kenko Macro Tube - electronically unreliable


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Why isn't the metal part black? Shiny metal means unwanted reflections.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2015 at 04:18 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply

A universal mount will force compatibility above capability (just like PCs). Vendor specific mounts will allow optimised performance (like a Mac). What's the point? People typically spend time/money finding what they like and spend on "dream combination" and get settled (or move on). It is not a necessity to be able to mount everything with one mount. You just select your gear with good judgement and move on. If you can't make the judgement, the ability to mount more is even more confusing. The planet of so full of excess gear that they need to invent new excuse to sell more.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 20:38 UTC as 36th comment | 5 replies

Instant camera! Quite a distant memory! It used to be "high society" thing and the joy of seeing it "develop" is quite unique! 0.3M focusing is hard to get from a "camera camera" as opposed to a phone camera. But the thought of it costing you money to shoot each shot has become so foreign by now!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 10:59 UTC as 4th comment
On article Manfrotto launches Pixi Evo mini tripods for DSLRs (38 comments in total)

Got the old one for ~8 years never seriously used it once. Too low for non-set-up type of macro and so short that it is similar to putting the camera on the ground (or on a bag cushioned by wallet.......). The shape expects quite flat surface, which is part of the impracticality (outdoors)

The cork at the end of the tripod comes off easily. Bad glue.

The small size is temping to have it and bring it just in case but in reality I never needed it in my usual style of shooting. You can argue easily that everyone needs tripod/monopod but does everyone really carry it around? (my tripods (many) stay at home most of the time and the time I took it/them I regretted! I would rather shoot less well than carry it!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2015 at 11:53 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Light L16 packs 16 cameras into a single portable body (385 comments in total)

One would expect the lenses to be physically of different lengths if they have different focal lengths (or should I say if the lengths are very different)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2015 at 10:47 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply

There are other more funny things to do and what I call "electronic human contacts" and all these takes time (or "mind share"). Photo taking (let's widen the term to cover everybody) is suffering just like TV, Hi-Fi, radio, movies, magazines, movie, books, poetry, music, m-videos....

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 22:41 UTC as 130th comment
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sh10453: Doubtful claim, especially "breaking the granite" part.
If that part wasn't there, one could say "maybe", and that the owner got lucky that the hood is what hit the ground and absorbed all the energy from the fall.
The added spice made the story less believable.

Don't worry, the quarry miners are not buying this as a hammer replacement yet! It wasn't in the fine print that it is guaranteed to break rocks.

Seriously, can the force that mildly bends a piece of aluminium break granite? I think we all know that in mind.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2015 at 12:09 UTC

Jealous! Most of my incidents were unlucky!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 10:13 UTC as 55th comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Nature and Wildlife (31 comments in total)

Wonderful pictures!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2015 at 05:40 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (709 comments in total)
In reply to:

rfstudio: Are you guys serious ? just for black and white without anything over $7000 ?? sometimes we all lack of common sense and this is how we got ripped off..Leica has always been a rip off company this day and age where technology is dirt cheap, everything that they sell is over $4000 and people still buy so a small piece of Sh** equipment where you can produce exactly the same thing using nikon or canon or sony pro line DSLR, but I guess most of us dont have common sense

What you said is true. But the surprise with which you say that is a bit surprising! I am glad that people all have different funny ways to spend their money. If everybody only spend their money only on basic food items, we'll all be in trouble!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 11:01 UTC
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Joachim Gerstl: So it can carry an apple too. Impressive!

That's easily the great breakthrough in the history of photography! DPR is increasingly entertaining!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 22:27 UTC

If the material insulates, cans of cold beer can be put inside and then brought into a studio!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 21:19 UTC as 15th comment
On photo tn__DSC2475 in the Beautiful Fingers doing Beautiful Work-1 challenge (16 comments in total)

Looks like a painting from a museum! Wonderful!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 13:07 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies

As long as the lens protrudes, even if a camera is as small as the Q it is still sort of bulky (like to "80-200" zoom or even the "normal" lens), in shape, even though not in terms of absolute bulk. If sensors (like phones) can go significantly smaller and the camera shape is box shaped rather than having anything protruding (like those vertical zoom point and shoots from Panasonic and Nikon) then the size advantage really means something. Also the gain in depth of field is quite necessary with improving sensor capability. Nowadays, even in very low cost cameras, you can clearly see where the clarity ends (and sadly, where the sharpening tries to "help" the picture). Most people tries to take a natural and clear picture most of the time. Artists and experts all deserve their own special or even self-modified gear anyway. A lighter and smaller camera should have its appeal for the rest of the population.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 05:55 UTC as 79th comment
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BeefCoffee: What exactly happened to this website? People are so rude here, and over what? What is it about the personal attacks and pokes that people show here that translates from reviews of tools and technology to creative use of such? This photo, I think, is cool. Some of you think, it's uncool. And you know what? That's awesome! We have opinions, that's amazing to be able to share! But you guys just attack. It's getting to the point where I used to be excited to read more opinions in comment sections of gear sites (because why would just ONE opinion be enough?) to where I hesitate to continue scrolling, or even check out a site because it's just a mess of people without manners or respect for their own. It's all too bad.

A significant portion of the population has mental issues of differing degrees. This is just a reflection of that.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 11:09 UTC

Reminds me of Agent Smith!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 10:55 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On article The Bone Doctor: Dr. Paul Koudounaris and Memento Mori (25 comments in total)

I want my lenses buried with my bones, not on a separate shot!

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2015 at 22:05 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On photo Hawaii-June 1969 & June 2014 in the Memories challenge (35 comments in total)

Great story!

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2015 at 10:11 UTC as 10th comment

This is a great story.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 10:51 UTC as 7th comment
On article Lensbaby introduces Velvet 56mm f/1.6 (166 comments in total)
In reply to:

JackM: I just can't take a company called "Lensbaby" seriously.

Nothing wrong with funny funky toy lenses. The real problem is they are taking themselves too seriously, especially in their pricing!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 12:16 UTC
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