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lmtfa: They had to because of the swarm of enviro nuts pushing their bs globule warming on us.

Back to Laos. You can can train anyone to sit in a production line to assemble parts. Difference between doing it in the West vs East is the stinking UNIONS.

"Globule" warming? I'll bet your major problem with the concept is your lack of ability to conceptualise...anything.

Surrounded by 'enviro nuts' and 'stinking unionists'? Suicide's probably your best bet. Ciao.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2013 at 08:43 UTC
On Nikon issues service advisory on D600's dust issue article (240 comments in total)

Even allowing for the fact that 'noise' gets amplified on the interwebs, this issue has made me reluctant to purchase a D600. There is very little useful information in this advisory, although simple acknowledgement of the problem is welcome. I would like Nikon to put a number on it. If they could say, "20% of customers have experienced this issue" or whatever the actual number is, that would at least let us know the scale of the gamble. Even at 20% (I'm just making this number up) I would be more rather than less inclined to go ahead and get one. The main dissuader has been Nikon's silence, and simply not knowing.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2013 at 00:19 UTC as 72nd comment | 2 replies
On Nikon issues service advisory on D600's dust issue article (240 comments in total)
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daciangroza: I do architectural photography mostly at f/8-f/11 with a D600 and even though oil spots are visible in the top left corner when shooting a white wall, I have never had a problem with them in real photos.

I'll send the camera in sometime for cleaning and I'm curious if they'll show up again. My guess is that they won't. From what I read the shutter splutters oil on the sensor when the camera is new and stops after the excess oil is off the mechanisms. I don't worry too much about it, I found imperfections in all my gear. Nothing is flawless, unfortunately.

It seems that Nikon's loss is Copper Hill's gain.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2013 at 00:12 UTC
On Nikon D600 Hands-on Preview preview (718 comments in total)
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avbee: "can't adjust aperture during movie recording." that's a big problem... As I know, that D600 has to turn off the Live view to change aperture. How about use viewfinder instead of Live view? Can we adjust aperture with Live view off and use the viewfinder?

The mirror has to be up to take an image (for both stills and video), so you're not going to see anything through the viewfinder.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 21:40 UTC
On Just Posted: Hands-on Nikon D600 preview article (376 comments in total)
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bossa: Teds Cameras in Australia have the D600 body listed at A$2699 :-(

PS: That includes 10% GST (goods and services tax)

Digital Camera Warehouse has it listed for AU$2479.

I find with Teds that they always display the RRP but will haggle or price-match.

In any case, if you wait 12 months it will probably come down to the low $2000s. It won't be the newest kid on the block, but it will be the same camera. The first very low mileage second hand ones will be turning up then too.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 10:21 UTC
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cononfodder: Good for Samyang! I am glad to see someone take an interest in a relatively obscure special purpose lens. If it receives reviews as good as their 85mm 1.4 they will have a winner. My gut tells me the street price will be in the $550-$650 range. If lower what a bonus; if higher might want fo find a used version one Canon. The older ones are real good, however the new II is spectacular if you can justify the price. I wonder if they could build a 17mm to sell at under a grand? I'd jump on that one. I also wish that they would work on a macro that is as good as the old Vivitar 105mm. They would sell them like hot cakes. ? for Rescuer or else what? 73 Jerry

I think it will be at least AU$1000 - I paid around AU$580 for the 14mm f/2.8 AE, so the TS will be more than that. Still only around 1/3 the asking price of the Nikkor but I'll bet the IQ will be at least 95% of the Nikkor, if not equivalent.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2012 at 22:00 UTC
On sunset in the The journey home after work challenge (1 comment in total)

I like this image. I think it captures commuting through through an urban / industrial environment really well. The two tiny figures near the red sun and the gloomy, grungy look work very well. I think this image should have placed much higher in this challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2012 at 09:25 UTC as 1st comment
On Driving_DSC9676_DskTp in the The journey home after work challenge (2 comments in total)
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backwoods: perfect one

Thank you backwoods.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2012 at 22:04 UTC
On There Is My Bus! in the The journey home after work challenge (3 comments in total)

Congratulations on your win!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2012 at 10:32 UTC as 2nd comment
On Weathered Glass in the Americana, through the eyes of Pete Turner challenge (2 comments in total)

Excellent composition, exposure & detail. Well done.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2012 at 03:02 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On 63 Fin in the Americana, through the eyes of Pete Turner challenge (1 comment in total)

Good composition and use of light.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2012 at 03:00 UTC as 1st comment
On Quit Fidgeting! in the Switch The Faces of Your Subjects challenge (10 comments in total)


Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2012 at 11:27 UTC as 4th comment
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Scott Everett: This is not the first photography forum to feature a comment fueled series of debates about the merits of Erik Kim, it will not be the last. But like him and his photography or not, he is getting people engaged, out shooting, exploring techniques. I can only hope that anyone interested in learning photography is willing to explore more than a currently popular photoblog, whether it be Eric Kim, Zack Arias, or Natsumi Hayashi.

But our choice to share the thoughts of Eric Kim is purely driven by our interest in seeing photography where it is today. Reading the comments is actually a fascinating look into the passonate and personal investment we all make into this artform, and we'd be disappointed if our site was not a platform for that reality to be put on display.

Thanks for publishing this article and recent ones like it.

In common with most of these articles the actual photography I can take or leave, but the insights into the methods and thoughts of the photographers is useful and interesting.

Gear reviews brought me to dpreview. Articles like this one make it a more interesting place to re-visit.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2012 at 09:38 UTC
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aardvark7: Pretentious nonsense and most likely you'd get arrested and put on the sex offenders register for the one shown here...

If you live in the sort of place where a photographer might actually be placed on a sexual offenders list on account of any of the photographs in the linked article, I feel bad for you.

However, if you actually think Shore *should* be placed on such a list on the basis of any of the linked images - you're the sort of hysterical moralist making life increasingly difficult for any photographer that doesn't want to stay at home shooting setups on their coffee table. Thanks for nothing.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2012 at 09:31 UTC
On Evolution of an image article (123 comments in total)

The real value of this article is the insight into the planning and persistence required to get the images and the fact that the thinking and planning continues.

I went to a book launch by South Australian photographer Stavros Pippos years ago. He spoke about location scouting up to a year in advance of capturing his glorious large-format images, of consulting almanacs to establish the precise time of sunrise / sunset at the exact point on the horizon he wanted and the patience required to get certain images. One of the images was of a herd of sheep coming in to drink at a trough in the red last light of the day. He waited under a hide in the dry bed of a nearby creek for three or four evenings for the weather (and sheep) to behave as desired to get that image.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2012 at 21:56 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply
On Yarra River in the Rivers challenge (18 comments in total)

The beautiful Yarra! I'm tempted to add, "Who knew?", but you do apparently. Really nice shot and a deserved winner.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2012 at 11:52 UTC as 11th comment
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Sam Carriere: It would be wonderful is Dpreview left this NASA boondoggle to the newspapers and concentrated on matters of interest to photographers.

I'm a photographer. This article is about photography. I find this interesting.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2012 at 09:15 UTC
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aired: Very likely another fake landing. Black and white photos again? Low res photos? !!!Average person will associate low resolution and grinny and de colored photos as more authentic and real than vivid high resolution photos!!!

Black and white photos and videos can mask the fake artificial lights. In pro photography world one that can shoot and edit color professionally can do black and white easily. But not the case for black and white only photographer.

The light source that look too close to the subject can be identified

Shouldn't you be off campaigning against vaccinations or searching for unicorns or something?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2012 at 09:10 UTC
On First Pictures by Joel Sternfeld article (35 comments in total)
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Russell Fielding: Struggling to see much of interest from those three photos. Maybe they look better larger. The last two especially could've been taken by anyone with a compact camera to hand. They're snaps to me. Sure the carelessness of carrying a baby like that is semi-arresting but is the only thing that makes the picture interesting. The first one of the buildings shows perhaps some understanding of composition but the content of the photo, to me, seems humdrum. My points are not to diss the guy so much as to suggest that on the basis of those three photographs the majority of people on this website could have taken similar or better shots. And following on from that is it not luck that some photographers become famous and some don't? Or perhaps these are unrepresentative of the guy and his other stuff is far superior.

It may be that the work seems better in context, ie when seen with with a greater number of other images. Then the images can be seen as part of a body of work with a consistent approach and style. This still might not be to your liking, but if the photographer sets out with a definite outcome in mind and achieves it, then they are in control of their craft and the rest is about personal taste.

Having written that, I also find the latter two images to be a bit "snapshotty". I can find things to like about the first one - the formal composition, the figure providing both scale and a sense of space or emptiness, even the subject matter. Some places are banal, dreary, desolate, ugly. This should also be recorded along with the sunsets and the models, mountains and motorbikes.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2012 at 08:56 UTC
On First Pictures by Joel Sternfeld article (35 comments in total)
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Cy Cheze: A derelict property with a stange guy shuffling by, a babe in peril, a slipper-clad minor in a tease pose. Honestly, how does one take such shots without getting into all sorts of trouble?

The fact that you think a child hamming it up for the camera is adopting a 'tease pose' says something revolting about you, not the photographer or the child.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2012 at 21:51 UTC
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