Hubertus Bigend

Hubertus Bigend

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While those stats could be interesting if interpreted correctly, and while smartphones including the iPhone are used by more and more people to take more and more pictures, so the headline is something that would have to be expected some day, the big question is, how representative is Flickr?

I still have a Flickr account, but I've stopped actively using it many years ago, shortly after Yahoo acquired Flickr and started using users' images for their own advertising without asking anyone. Many pros and enthusiasts already left back then, so their cameras don't show up in the stats, either.

(Since then, things have become worse. Starting in 2007, Flickr search results are censored in many countries including Germany, Romania, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea. Beginning late 2014, Flickr commercially sells users' images without offering profit participation. Which is only legal because many users unknowingly uploaded their images under the CC BY licence which allows just that.)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 10:30 UTC as 56th comment
On Samyang launches 135mm f/2.0 lens for stills and video article (150 comments in total)
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Retzius: Are these lenses made in Korea or in China?

Right, I expect it to be really good, too!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 15:27 UTC
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Hubertus Bigend: The text says that the flash can work as a slave in a wireless setup; does that mean it cannot work as a master? I'm not up to date there, but I remember earlier Metz flash units having such a limitation. In that case, it could not replace the small separate flash unit that comes with many mirrorless cameras, I would still need to carry both (plus the big flash I sometimes need, and which I'd like to trigger remotely).

Thanks to Peter 1745 for the explanation. As I thought, the Metz is no full replacement for the Olympus FL-LM1/2, either.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 16:02 UTC
On Samyang launches 135mm f/2.0 lens for stills and video article (150 comments in total)
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Retzius: Are these lenses made in Korea or in China?

Right – and actually, it's about *caring* about people in other countries of the world, too, and how they get along economically.

This isn't a subject that would justify bad-mouthing "PC" per se, though.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 15:51 UTC
On Samyang launches 135mm f/2.0 lens for stills and video article (150 comments in total)
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Retzius: Are these lenses made in Korea or in China?

If we agree that quality doesn't need to be an issue of manufacturing country, one might still want to ask that question out of pure interest. Anyway, why should anyone think manufacturing quality was worse in China, compared to South Korea? Or vice versa, for that matter? I find it interesting that many people react with such an expectation in mind.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 06:24 UTC

The text says that the flash can work as a slave in a wireless setup; does that mean it cannot work as a master? I'm not up to date there, but I remember earlier Metz flash units having such a limitation. In that case, it could not replace the small separate flash unit that comes with many mirrorless cameras, I would still need to carry both (plus the big flash I sometimes need, and which I'd like to trigger remotely).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 06:07 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies
On Samyang launches 135mm f/2.0 lens for stills and video article (150 comments in total)
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ealvarez: Is this manual focus lens? $599? I can get 135mm f2L canon for about $600 used and Nikon 180 f2.8D even cheaper used.. I don't share much of the enthusiasm. Maybe I would if I was Sony E-mount shooter.

One of the significant differences between the Canon and the Samyang is that the Samyang offers excellent image quality whereas the Canon is not nearly as good.

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ko&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Flcap.tistory.com%2Fentry%2FSamyang-135mm-f2-vs-Canon-EF-135mm-2-L

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 05:44 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1304 comments in total)
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Hubertus Bigend: What a stupid, trivial article. Photography is an individual matter. Of course the "upgrade path" plan is not a good plan for everyone, but of course for some people it indeed is. Case closed.

@Joseph Black, @Babka08: I don't know where you're from or what photographic communities you follow and the ones I follow might be somewhat non-mainstream, but I cannot see a full-frame upgrade-path dogma out there in any way except for some people buying into a system considering that they may or may not want to buy a full-frame body too some day. Which is perfectly alright. The article says absolutely nothing an average prospective DSLR or mirrorless camera buyer was too stupid to know. Really, the article insults the intelligence of its audience. Or am I too optimistic there?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 21:31 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1304 comments in total)

What a stupid, trivial article. Photography is an individual matter. Of course the "upgrade path" plan is not a good plan for everyone, but of course for some people it indeed is. Case closed.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 20:21 UTC as 298th comment | 4 replies
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (574 comments in total)
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shadowhumper: On the RX1r "No built in viewfinder" how is this a con in a compact full frame? Do you take points of DSLRs for not being as compact as well?

Sounds like you are trying to find something else what is wrong and could not so started nagging about other things.

Another con: doesn't come in pink

I'm glad finally someone points out that not to have a built-in viewfinder is a major disadvantage for a camera, no matter at all what size it is.

By the way, if manufacturers would offer built-in viewfinders for more of their compact cameras, that might be a real reason for some people not to be content with their smartphone.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 23:43 UTC
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simpleshot: When somebody claims "equivalent", most likely, it is not.

The word is wrong here, because if it's anything like what Hasselblad does, it would be perfectly real 40 MP.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 06:18 UTC
On Enthusiast interchangeable lens camera 2013 roundup article (467 comments in total)

The "honorable mentions" here are confessions of failure and gross evidence of incapacity for dpreview. What, you publish a "roundup" and announce a winner, but you want to tell us with an "honorable mention" that one or more other cameras might just as well have been winners if you only had completed their reviews in time, while those cameras have all been out for many weeks now?

In it's heyday, this site was usually one of the first to publish a complete, professional review of a new camera, whereas today it very often posts reviews after everything is already said and done in the rest of the net and people have long since made up their mind whether to buy that camera or not. In fact, many will already have bought it and what they're going to say is oh, they've finished the review of my camera, time to look out for a new one ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 10:48 UTC as 68th comment | 1 reply
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 rumored to be out of production article (211 comments in total)
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PedroMZ: what was very irritating and frankly unhelpful of Olympus is that they did not install the means by which you could AF the older 4/3rd lenses despite the cost of the OM-D-5, yet 6 months later they offered it on the OM-D 1 . Few of us could afford to trade in 6 month old kit, worth half its initial value, for this facility.

The problem was, "the means" is a completely new sensor that still needed to be fully developed when the E-M5 came to market. Other than the E-M5 and E-M10 with their Sony sensor, the E-M1 has a – possibly more expensive – completely different Panasonic sensor which includes elements to perform phase detection AF, which is necessary for the task. By the way, this still is the only existing imaging sensor fully able to drive the AF of conventional DSLR lenses in the world. Not even Sony has something similar yet, even though it would tremendously help them to get their A-Mount and E-Mount lines of products closer together.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 10:23 UTC
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Tal Shachar: Sony & Hasselblad can't work togethe because they have different size sensors.

Hasselblad should join companies like Mamia and Sinar (double full frame sensors) and Sony should join companies like Canon and Nikon (full frame sensors) so their accessories will fit all 3 camera company brands. (like Olympus and Panasonic did with micro 4\3)

isn't it nice that if you want to buy a new body from different brand without buying all the accessories again?

Indeed it is, which is one of the reasons I'm using Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds cameras. That notwithstanding, Sony does make sensors in all kinds of sizes, including the latest 50 MP medium format sensor used by Phase One, Pentax and, indeed, Hasselblad.

It's good, though, that the Hasselblad versions of some of Sony's consumer cameras are stopped. Not enough value for their ridiculously high prices.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2014 at 22:03 UTC
On Olympus Stylus 1s camera announced in Japan article (93 comments in total)

Interesting camera. For one who uses not-too-huge DSLRs and mirrorless cameras for his usual photography and who wants something versatile with significantly less size and weight as a compact camera while expecting some, but not too much compromise in image quality, I come to find 1/1.7" hitting just the sweet spot in sensor size. Actually, that's why I'm still using an Olympus C-70Z the design of which is ten years old: it offers a decent zoom range in a pocketable body, a viewfinder and a RAW option. The only wish I had for the Stylus 1 is to be even smaller. As it is, I find the Panasonic DMC-LF1 (which has probably the same 1/1.7" 12 MP sensor) even more attractive, although its lens only goes up to 200mm equiv. focal length and isn't quite as fast.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 22:13 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (500 comments in total)
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Daniel L: she is cute.

@karlwunsch: "I don't like his original comment very much. But I found your reaction far more concerning, than his action" – well, looking back at the thread, you're at least as rudely and aggressively defending your position as he is his, while all you're against is a person correctly, if somewhat strongly, criticizing an event of sexism in a forum. If anyone, you've been the one to escalate the discussion which could have ended shortly after Joseph Black had made his statement. And in demonizing his statement, you _are_ implicitly defending the original issue of sexism, whether you're making a point of not much liking the guy's comment or not.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 21:46 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (500 comments in total)
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Daniel L: she is cute.

And I think that you're factually wrong and completely misguided denouncing a criticism that was, except maybe for that f-word in the very first reaction, absolutely civilised, as a "spiral of hysterical escalation". Yours, sir, is a massive overreaction, if anyone's.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 19:19 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (500 comments in total)
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Daniel L: she is cute.

@Daniel L: Being born in the seventies obviously doesn't keep you from cultivating an attitude befitting the fifties. No false assumptions here at all, and it doesn't make things better if you start comparing the fair criticism you got with beating up people or calling the authority.

Publicly commenting on a photographer's looks in the context of a professional article is inappropriate in most parts of today's civilised world, and that's a good thing.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 18:50 UTC
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bmcdad: Its like saying AT&T will restart production of Rotary Phones... Art does not require a time machine. You can't reminisce evolution to a halt.

@bmcdad: Why should my pictures compete with anything? I shoot for fun and pleasure, not for competition, and technical image quality is not the most important aspect of what makes a photo good and has never been.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 06:39 UTC
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misha marinsky4: Ferrania house label films were generally lower quality. They made the Walgreens house brand, IIRC.

I have been reading the comments with amusement. To paraphrase Zone Zero, 'A film camera is like a mortgage, with payments for life.'

With a digital camera, it costs zero to press the shutter release. With a film camera, it costs even if it's a dud. I can't delete the shot for another. I still have to pay for development and a contact sheet. A memory card is quite literally an unlimited supply of 35mm film.

Like the look of film? There's DXO Film Pack, for starters. There's Kentmere, an inexpensive Ilford line. There's Freestyle, which sells inexpensive silver halide products.

With the Pentax MF, bodies have dropped below $10K. It's still not cheap, but Moore's Law applies to them, too. Sometime in the future, MF will compete with 35mm FF. The Mamiya ZD used a Dalsa chip; it was only usable at ISO 100, and they're cheap on eBay.

No one can stop the relentless march of technology.

Everyone knows the technical and economical disadvantages of film compared to digital. Nevertheless, film can still be fun, because technical image quality and money isn't all there is to photography. Seeing that the Ferrania funding didn't even need half of the funding period to succeed does show that there are some people who still think so, too.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 06:30 UTC
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