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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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On article Quick Look: Parallelism in Landscape Photography (109 comments in total)
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skytripper: To me, articles like this try to teach color-blind people to see in color. The visual relationships referenced in the article may, in fact, exist in a given shot. But photographers who have a "good eye" recognize such things without any analysis whatsoever. Is it possible to improve ho-hum photos by applying teachable visual principles? Yes. But only through long and diligent practice can one learn to see visual relationships more intuitively.

With good examples people will get to like that and will imitate and then start the journey. Over-analysis is a risk, when everything gets defined to death. So more photos, less words (but keep the hints) and it is good. Readers come with having different levels of needs. Some may start from "initiation" stage. Others need a periodic refresh or inspiration.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 20:48 UTC

These days one would expect better photos in a competition. There is no wow factor.

Strange world. Nowadays everyone got a good enough camera. (I dare say the previous camera of most people are good enough!) There are so many photographers / photo-takers. Can't figure out why........

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 09:40 UTC as 5th comment
On article Samsung launches Galaxy TabPro S Windows tablet (98 comments in total)

Samsung android devices have, for a long time over many examples, problems with flash memory and it slows downs are a few months and become erratic, requiring total reset and the cycle restarts, this remind you of the very old windows days when you have to reinstall the windows periodically.

Samsung washing machines have repeatedly caused a few fires in Australia and is being recalled. (Do a web search for the facts please)

I had Samsung DVD player that didn't quite play with me!

Non-mainstream brand computing equipment..... not my cup of tea either (in general)

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2016 at 20:58 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1175 comments in total)
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CIASpook: But when will they release the D400?!


Hope not another D510 due to *cough* oil stains!

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 09:28 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1175 comments in total)

I appreciate the fact that it does not turn up the pixel count. Image quality may gain from that.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 21:37 UTC as 253rd comment | 1 reply
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Flex M: I wonder if this one is from the same Co.

This one the specs can't do 1080 60. Also DX is troublesome. Stay away from it!

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 01:08 UTC

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

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.

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!

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 10:59 UTC as 5th comment
On article Manfrotto launches Pixi Evo mini tripods for DSLRs (34 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!

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2015 at 11:53 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Light L16 packs 16 cameras into a single portable body (393 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)

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2015 at 10:47 UTC as 51st 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....

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.

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

Jealous! Most of my incidents were unlucky!

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 10:13 UTC as 55th comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Nature and Wildlife (35 comments in total)

Wonderful pictures!

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2015 at 05:40 UTC as 5th comment
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (713 comments in total)
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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!

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!

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!

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!

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