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What nonsense. WHO is "everyman?" This thing is expensive and is NOT made in the USA. Why are we discussing this? Aren't there bags made domestically that one can use instead? (Hint: yes... Even this site's owners sell some domestically-made bags that are decent options. I don't recommend anyone shop there, but if you must, you can in fact buy a US-made bag even there).

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 07:01 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies

"Gather all data now, sort it out later" in a relatively small camera package would be extremely useful in capturing the events and people in, say, public areas, then running everyone through face recognition, background checks, behavioral pattern analyses, routine mapping, and other such democracy-enhancing screening criteria. With the US not apparently interested in Article 1 of their constitution muich at this point, and given their track history (this is a nation that bought Segways...) maybe Lytro have got a shot now.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 03:01 UTC as 42nd comment
On article On assignment: the Leica Q at a Portland wedding (212 comments in total)

Extremely useful review!

The field of view is repulsive, giving almost everything a "look" between a snapshot and a fishbowl.

Combine that with Leica's offputting "customer service" in my area, and the answer is clear: shop elsewhere.

I'm actually relieved. I really dislike the current distro organization and was dreading having to deal with them if people suddenly saw a "need" to replace our working body/lens setups with this for the more modern sensor and ostensibly capable lens. I don't think I'll have to.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 06:11 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (262 comments in total)
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stevo23: Swell lens - impressive results. I think it may set a new standard and bravo Sony for making it.

That's OK, I'll wait. Somebody PM me in 3 to 5 years. Thanks.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 20:44 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (931 comments in total)

On the one hand it's tempting to jump on the bandwagon and condemn for lack of features, tech, this, that, or the other; on the other hand it's hard to find a competitive product when one has several Canon lenses and needs a new body. For the price, well, it'll sell. I don't see anything to dislike -- is there?

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 07:13 UTC as 62nd comment | 1 reply
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (262 comments in total)
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stevo23: Swell lens - impressive results. I think it may set a new standard and bravo Sony for making it.

I think this will be even "better" in a few years when there are used samples to be had for better pricing (hopefully). All good things come to those who wait.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 07:11 UTC
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (262 comments in total)
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Esstee: Can't speak for others, but I'd be interested to see how these new lenses stack-up on the A7R II against the K-1 pixel shift using mediocre lenses. :)

I can't disagree, the comparison would be a must-read.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 07:10 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1092 comments in total)
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Lassoni: It seems that the comment someone else made, and my reply to it (regarding the interest why GX8 has not been reviewed while this has been) were removed. I noticed some notification, which lead to this article, yet I can't find my commend anywhere. Either someone else replied something that struck as offensive, or my observation regarding olympus having aggressive marketing could be truthful (me citing the rather early olympus 300 f4 review on SLRgear to be source of my suspicion).

I also made the remark that dpreview might be "pushing" the pen-f , since I feel GX8 has wider variety of options / styles to shoot with, thus find it sad for dpreview not to give GX8 the attention it deserves, by not reviewing it.

The comment was baseless, off-the-wall, and unsubstantiated enough... to be removed?

The site is owned by a large commercial entity that sells cameras. As long as that is the case, as long as the site accepts advertising, and as long as the site is a commercial site rather than, say, a scientific journal that subjects all articles to peer review, questions about the timing, content, and conclusions of the articles will continue to arise.

In fact, questions about the timing, content, and conclusions of articles sometimes come up even in the case of peer-reviewed scientific journals. The hope that a commercial site will somehow avoid them, or convince readers of editorial independence axiomatically, is optimistic to the point that I can't imagine believing this and also staying up at night about anything.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 07:07 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 First Impressions Review (972 comments in total)

Leave it to Dpreview to headline a significant release of a long-awaited camera by using a... drug reference in a title intended to be "catchy." Bravo boys.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2016 at 16:49 UTC as 31st comment | 3 replies

If you search google images you'll see pictures of imbeciles sitting at Starbucks in front of... a typewriter. In the second decade of the 21st century.

Others insist vinyl records "sound better" and use valve amps, never mind that when they play something it sounds like they've left the window open and there's traffic outside for all the noise.

If you are very lonely and insecure, and really do need the attention, and hauling a typewriter around rather than a laptop plus listening to vinyl records popping and hissing just isn't getting you noticed enough -- and provided of course you already have a neckbeard and are constantly vaping -- then this product's for you!

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 05:12 UTC as 10th comment
On Connect post Panasonic to launch Lumix DMC-CM10 without phone functionality (132 comments in total)

They've no idea what to do at this point, do they...

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 05:07 UTC as 43rd comment
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Gekneldeland: Some pretty snarky comments here.

I was surprised to see that there's actually a pretty decent community build around super 8mm film. After browsing around a bit and checking out some footage I'm pretty intrigued myself.

Years ago I wanted to simulate some very old film like qualities for specific illustrative purposes in a documentary. I used a digitally simulated effect that kind of worked but the projector recorded images from these films seem just have the right "feeling".

It's the experimental qualities, the failures and unforeseen successes that kind of makes me feel excited for the medium. I don't do video in any shape or form except parties and a few personal stuff. But this looks like it could be fun. Or maybe I'm just a hipster by heart. ;)

What precisely is "Hollywood support?" The city? The residents? Who?

Is somebody going to use this to film the grassy knoll at Dealey Plaza, or maybe a UFO, or Bigfoot?

Never mind, I get it, this is for covering the Vietnam war. OK makes sense.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2016 at 02:35 UTC
On article GoPro's poor holiday sales lead to staff layoff (124 comments in total)
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FRANCISCO ARAGAO: Another victim of mobile phones.

I didn't want just one. I wanted 4 or so for starters.

They never responded to my queries.

We bought something else and are still working with other solutions to our needs. I believe we will now buy a GoPro... never.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2016 at 01:29 UTC
On article GoPro's poor holiday sales lead to staff layoff (124 comments in total)

Their customer service is as bad as Leica's and may even rival Samsung, so it's no wonder they're having problems.

In theory I'd still be waiting for a response to repeated queries regarding which of their products would suit my needs for a lab -- except we have actual work to do so we bought something else and have not looked back.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2016 at 20:09 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (799 comments in total)

We've got a fixed installation -- the camera and lens do not move -- using an 85 mm f/1.4 Nikon lens and this D500 would be EXACTLY what we need. We're working at what was once considered relatively high ISO (2000+) because flash and lighting are not appropriate for our applications. I'm loooking forward to checking the D500 out and will be contacting our rep ASAP.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2016 at 02:02 UTC as 63rd comment
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Juhaz: I don't understand why anyone is using the ridiculous "X" ratings in 2015.

Most people hardly even remember CD-ROM drives, why on Earth should their first-generation transfer speeds be used as a baseline for... well, anything?

It doesn't make any sense. Let 'em die.

I agree, and in fact I suspect I have not bought a disc of any type this decade, much less a CD.

I think a bigger problem is the continued use by some of "35mm equivalence" statements when describing sensors etc.

The few people left shooting 35mm film can quietly go about their business until 35mm is finally extinct in the wild. Can't be long now.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 05:36 UTC
On article JPEG Committee contemplates adding DRM to image format (186 comments in total)

If you post useful images online and I need to use them, I'm using them. You'll get a (C) symbol next to my best guess of your name. Adding DRM won't affect my use; only altering fair use legislation will do so. On the bright side in this case, at least someone is actually finding your images useful.

You're welcome.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 05:31 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply

The aerial idiots are just an extension of the "street photographer" crowd. In their minds, nobody has rights except... them. Good news, bravo FAA.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 05:27 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies
On article Hands-on with the Sony a7S II (288 comments in total)
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forpetessake: Sony is responsible for a lot of technical advances. But even the latest and greatest (and quite expensive) cameras still can't produce good skin colors. On the other hand, Sony still struggles to produce good quality lenses, even the Zeiss badge doesn't help. Until they fix those issues they'll do better as a sensor supplier to the other companies.

The lens thing is an issue, granted (that, or everyone's subjects apparently suffer from icterus). If only all the "experts" and fanbois here would use their undoubtedly immense talent to go help Sony find a fix rather than froth on websites in Sony's defense, it would have been fixed ages ago, but alas...

Odd lenses aside though the body style is easy to use IMO and they've seemed to improve focusing with each iteration of their products, so I'm optimistic about this.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 05:26 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T10 Review (511 comments in total)

I like Fuji and I love the idea of a small cam -- I've been saying the best cam is no cam at all for a long time, and a small cam is second best -- but I do need to actually track moving subjects, and I'm underwhelmed.

Every year I get the feeling "next year will be better, mirrorles will finally catch up to mirrored for sports."

So, maybe 2016?

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2015 at 06:17 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
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