vivanchenko: And speaking about propaganda, numbers of people killed and contribution made by different nations one must remember that the USSR and Russia are not the same thing. For instance, Ukraine had to sacrifice more people than the US and the UK put together. Unlike Russia and most other nations excluding Germany almost all of Ukraine and Belarus lay in ruins back then.
It is amazing how western intellectuals avoid influence of sophisticated western propaganda and how easily they fall pray to the very primitive propaganda coming from Moscow. The Russians term them rather aptly as "useful fools" and useful fulls they are.
I agree with your statement. Do yo know why people believe Moscow and don't believe US? Its quiet simple. Almost anything America does is transparent and wide open for anyone to see. And even when its not its eventually out, due to the democracy. Its really easy to judge country that has no secrets and you can easily spin any actions US takes as negative. US often being accused of double standards, true, its easy, imagine you being watch 24/7 by the world, everything you do and say will be analyzed by everyone. And to complicate things US has Liberal and Uber Conservative TV, so its really easy for US enemies to present US as evil. If I was watched 24/7, I'm sure 80% of the world would hate me.
And on the other side we have Russia, almost dictatorship, no accountability, no transparency, almost all media is state run. Full corruption and no opposition. You can watch russian channels for month and never once you will hear a joke about Putin. So you have illusion of greatness.
vivanchenko: By the way, one of the two guys who raised the real thing, when fighting was not over yet, was Georgian.
The Jacal: I love it when I see a news story about anything Soviet / Russian. So many people, usually Merkans, start chest beating and critcising anything they can, from 'it was staged', 'he was wearing seventeen watches', 'the Americans won the war', 'the British were useless'.
The Cold War is over, feel free to ignore the propaganda.
This picture is not much different form picture of Nazi solders parading thru France. This picture represents death and horror for millions of Eastern Europeans. If Nazi is 10, USSR is 9.5 on Evil scale.
But the scary part this this picture is still relevant. While Germany and Japan publicly acknowledged and apologized and even in some cases compensated$ for their mistakes in history, Soviets never did. On contrary they up and kicking again. Military Parades and speeches about Empire are back. President himself talks about greatness of USSR.
There is nothing wrong to reminisce about the Empire of Evil, its not propaganda its the truth, so people don't forget, because some people in Russia already forgot, and look whats happening in Ukrane now.
Regarding "European Socialism", it was a sarcasm. You have no Socialism in France. Unless you can prove me, that lets say 50,000 Bretons were killed by French Parliament and buried and a shallow mass grave somewhere in Loire Valley in 1979.
First of all, I'm not just American, I'm also Russian. I spent 50% of my life in USSR and 50% in US. And what does my nationality or my origin has to do with being right or wrong?
I know its easy to be all anti-American now a days, nobody likes strong, transparent giant. It feels almost nobel to protect poor Soviets, just because they lost cold war. Big American propaganda machine against Socialism, you asking us to ignore? No, because that propaganda did not even scratch the surface of atrocities Soviets committed.
You know that this picture is/was printed in school books for 3rd graders, and they teach you all the lies. They tell you how peaceful USSR was, how Socialism and Communism is all about peace, how we help our neighboring countries. And they make you believe that this picture is truly worth those 30 millions that we lost during the war, because we were innocent bystanders, leaving details like invading Poland, Finland, Baltic States, planning to get whole Europe.
Vadimka: who did he have to kill for this camera? :) I mean literally, who?
yes, you got it
When I talk about European "Socialism" I use " in front and " at the end. So what I mean its really not socialism. What you have in France and England is a Capitalism with more hints of humanity than we have in US. Its not socialism at all.
You did not hit any nerve, my skin is thicker than that.
All I'm saying Western Europeans should be happy that US, British and Canadian troops came as far as they did. So should be South Kereans, (and I know they are happy, and US troops still there standing still). You know American propaganda, doesn't scare me a bit, nor does american lifestyle.
I know its probably cool and hip to be all nice and fuzzy about Soviets, being born and raise in Western Europe. But let me tell you this is not, its empire of evil for a reason, lets just leave it at that.
I hope you know that Hammer and Sickle and the Earth on the back ground is not just a cute picture, its actually a modo. If you read Carl Marks you would find that communism will only work under one condition, it has to start simultaneously all over the earth. And if that not enough you can simply read what it says below the hammer, it says, "Bolsheviks of all countries in the world unite". So yes, this is the plan and always was. If you think that Communist have been spreading to China, Korea, Vietnam, Africa, Cuba just for fun you are mistaken.
If you think people in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Caucasus, North Korea, many in China, Cuba, just to name a few, if you think those people had fun with Communists, think again. My family certainly did not and we were lucky to survive unlike millions that didn't make it.So please don't you dare to compare so called "Socialist" France and GB to Socialist USSR and its slave countries.
Well I was born in 1970s and half of my life spend in USSR. So let clarify this - YES everything Communist, Socialist and Bolshevik is evil.
Don't confuse European so called "Socialism" with Russian Socialism as a prequel to Communism. Its like night and day, no comparison.
Please don't let American right wing conservative agenda cloud your mind. We, most of Americans, love your European "socialism" and want to get there one day and if you would live in America for even few weeks you would realize this. Most of the media in the US, is pretty liberal. Of course sitting in France or Russia and watching cut offs from American FOX news you might think that US people are morons (and you would be partially right, because those channels have only 3 million of elderly audience)
Books? yes because its in a book it must be true!? :) If Natzi Germany wouldn't have attacked USSR, all of Europe would have been speaking Russian by 1943. USSR had plans to attack Europe, I hope you know that?
I mean c'mon, seriously? You saying "ignore the propaganda", while defending photo of the propaganda. Do you know how many thousands of Russian soldiers had to die unnecessarily, in order for this picture to be taken? I know many families who lost their loved ones in last weeks of war, just so the communist propaganda machine could claim that they captured the Reichstag, so they can claim the East Germany, Poland, Chechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Baltic states etc…
So whether this picture was staged or not is irrelevant - because the whole story that this picture represents is a lie.
(and I'm russian, so I can say this)
who did he have to kill for this camera? :) I mean literally, who?
They will sell few of those, very few. FF horrible, m4/3 is ok, but you have much better options for those. Oh and f&*&^*&^ Putin ;) I'm russian myself, but I hate those commie bast*rds...
The reason this camera went for so low, was because of the auction house. Not very well known place to buy a rare camera.
yabokkie: climate should be blamed, the uncertain economy in China. also in Japan and China, fake Leica copies often sold at higher prices than genuin ones, that genuinity may also be blamed.
what the flack are you talking about??? Clueless as always...
Canon decided to make Pale-White camera in honor of their Marketing Department, after they saw projected End of Year sales figures.
stevens37y: Perhaps an old type in Apple compatible white color.Nikon is teasing the retro guys Canon the Apple guys.
yes, because Apple's secret for success is the white color. Newer-mind they turned the world upside-down and revolutionized the industry, showing the way for everyone to follow.
But back to Canon - looks like another FAIL.
Wow, once again Nikon releasing a bandaid camera to stop the bleeding, and yet again its not going to work. Looks like they forgot one little component, which is innovation.
Nikon is playing safe and trying to make an omelet without breaking any eggs and I don't think its going to work. (Nikon-1 was a great example of that)
They have to understand they are not loosing market share to Retro design, they loosing market share to Innovation and size/weight reduction.
They will sell some, and it might even become a little cult camera for a few people, but it will not stop the a matures and photo enthusiast moving from Nikon to Mirrorless (retro and modern) systems. It reminds me of Panasonic L1 / Leica D3 back in 4/3 era, nice cameras but nothing ground breaking or highly popular.
Tom Goodman: I am as in favor of advancements in technology as the next person but this is just getting out of hand. I don't yearn for the days of old. I don't go to exhibitions because the images were made on a cellphone. And I certainly don't give a hoot whether the photographer used pure rainwater for the final bath or devised a new sharpening tool that takes voice commands. I just want images to change my perceptions and understandings. Let me put this another way: when is the last time you saw an announcement for an exhibition of paintings at MOMA or the Met that said the show will feature work done only with horse hair brushes?
I agree with you, but you forgetting that this is not the art site. This website designed with only one goal in mind, and that is to sell product. This site originated as flamboyant Canikon lover site, but eventually, after it got bought out by corporation, they became closeted multisexual, that love everything for the sake of advertisement. Anything goes, as long as it generates traffic and sales. I'm not saying its bad, its just what they do. You want art, go elsewhere.
Its Canon's desperate cry for attention...
DotCom Editor: Pretty dumb.
don't be so hard on yourself.
Good job Nikon... nice rebound after Nikon-1 fiasco...