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On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review article (519 comments in total)
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Bob Meyer: The overall rating seems like a real stretch to me. Has DPR gotten to the "don't say anything too bad about anything" point, to make sure their advertisers are happy?

The Lytro got a bad review.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2012 at 02:19 UTC
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Strat13: No link to the download?

Link provided above does not mention OS X.6.8

This only shows Lion Compatibility, not Snow Leopard.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2012 at 02:07 UTC
On Sigma shows latest products at Focus on Imaging article (42 comments in total)
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audijam: make S1D with Canon EF mount, Iwill buy a S1D.

http://sigmacumlaude.com/sigmacumlaude/yetanotherforum/default.aspx?g=posts&t=14

go to your local camera shop and say, "Do this" IS won't work, however.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2012 at 02:23 UTC
On Book Review: Vivian Maier, Street Photographer article (150 comments in total)
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doctor digi: An odd ball who went out and took pictures.

Lots of pictures. Just for the sake of it.

Many she never even bothered to look at herself.

She dies.

Then some people find her "work", publish all the exceptional shots (and there will be a few given the total number taken), hype it, and make a heap of money out of it.

I hope we never discover any more Maiers. They are just a foundation for others to build wealth on.

I agree with the review: go and look at this book in a bookstore. But don't purchase it - unless you can be sure your money will go to the needy.

what the hell? where are all these words going? They must end up somewhere, right?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2012 at 19:40 UTC
On Book Review: Vivian Maier, Street Photographer article (150 comments in total)
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doctor digi: An odd ball who went out and took pictures.

Lots of pictures. Just for the sake of it.

Many she never even bothered to look at herself.

She dies.

Then some people find her "work", publish all the exceptional shots (and there will be a few given the total number taken), hype it, and make a heap of money out of it.

I hope we never discover any more Maiers. They are just a foundation for others to build wealth on.

I agree with the review: go and look at this book in a bookstore. But don't purchase it - unless you can be sure your money will go to the needy.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html

Let's look at it like this. The advances in photography changed how and why people took photographs in the 50's, just like what is happening today.

Here is one new contributor to the purview of her era and generation. Interesting historically and technically strong. We should all go into the business of uncovering the overlooked artists from bygone eras, or even today, it would connect us more with life's wonder.

Not only did these ugly realities occur, but some woman saw fit to capture them, not for capital gain, but just because she was struck by it.

We should be less jealous of the "discoverers" and more awed by the possibilities her existence makes clear. Having a passion for something is its own reward, but there is also actual value there that many overlooked.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2012 at 19:37 UTC
On Book Review: Vivian Maier, Street Photographer article (150 comments in total)
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martygervz: I have this book. Like everyone, I'd like to know more about this incredible woman. The photographs may be eclectic, but there is always that steady gaze in the eyes of the people she has photographed. They must've trusted her. Using a twin-lens camera, as she did, was the perfect snap-shooter piece of equipment. She had to be patient. Those being photographed had to trust her. There is a lovely gentle quality to these pictures.

I feel that same rapport that you note, that many of her contemporaries lacked. Maybe she felt like publishing them would betray some unspoken trust? These images don't have a hint of exploitation, which is really rare! Really really RARE!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2012 at 19:16 UTC
On Book Review: Vivian Maier, Street Photographer article (150 comments in total)
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Kwick1: So you suggest going to a bookstore, whose very livelyhood is being threatened, and read the book for an hour. Essentially stealing intellectual property. It's like standing at a magazine rack at the store, reading the articles that interest you, and then putting it back on the shelf. It's stealing, pure and simple.

Check it out from the library if you only want to peruse it. Otherwise, support your local bookstore and buy one.

At least he's compelling us to visit a bookstore. For a site owned by Amazon, that in itself is heresy.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2012 at 18:59 UTC

We apologize, we were not able to offer this camera for a fair price while the inventor and our President were still alive. Now that they are gone, we want to lower the price before anybody else succumbs.

I'm imagining Yamaki just had an "A Christmas Carol" experience with apparitions of his old boss and Merril saying, "Ooooh, the 800E has no low pass filter and 36mp. lower the price or else you'll have to keep all the excess inventory sitting in the warehouse..."

How far ahead of the competition did they think they were, anyways?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2012 at 13:15 UTC as 59th comment | 4 replies

sweet

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 20:31 UTC as 7th comment
On Michihiro Yamaki, Sigma founder and CEO dies article (56 comments in total)

My condolences.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 20:29 UTC as 40th comment

This photographer doesn't understand anything. She should have said, "1000 dollars could capture the history, but 5000 dollars will permanently record the emotional truth of your love for all time. Not even a divorce can erase the love preserved therein. For another 2000 I can capture the emotional truth of your wedding night, but you'll have to sign releases, etc."

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:36 UTC as 283rd comment
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exdeejjjaaaa: that dude somehow forgot to mention that he is deducting his business expenses taxwise... so he is either stupid (not to deduct) or liar (in his calculations)

1099 ain't what it used to be.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:28 UTC
On CES 2012: Sigma Interview article (152 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: Not all technology progresses at the same rate. Sigma bet on the wrong horse with Foveon, just like Hitachi and plasma displays. The difference is Sigma aren't willing to accept defeat and move on.

They proved it was the right technology with the DP1, here on this website, DPreview said that the resolution easily beat a 12mp Panasonic or Olympus image. Okay so, not 14mp, but 12mp... By Dpreview's logic the SD1 is 42MP, not 46MP, and those aren't crappy P&S pixels, either. Every snarky electronics guy knows if your technology is expensive to produce, the answer is to produce much much more of it. If your favorite camera brand had a foveon sensor version coming out, you'd be pooping yourself with joy.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2012 at 17:00 UTC
On CES 2012: Sigma Interview article (152 comments in total)
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Gene Hack: the problem is not only the steep price of the cam.
If it were a superior camera to all existing DSLRs, people would at last accept it.The fundamental issue is, that they have issues with the sensor. 7F stops dynamical range is something NO PROFESSIONAL photographer, let alone ambitioned amateurs accept.Weak greens, smeared color transitions and lifeless color balance worsen this.
No listening at all to the customer, and having a pitbull defending shilled user base over at the Sigma forum with passive support for this behaviour by the company kill this product.PR at worst.

That's pretty spot on. I'd add that there is a fundamental cheapness of mind in the Sigma management that refuses to allocate software and engineering resources to fully fleshing out the SD1. The reason there's no video is they didn't want to spring the extra $300/unit price for a video card. I was surprised to see them develop live capture (tethered) software for the SD1... It is at least 1mm closer to being a reliable studio camera. Although I haven't used the capture software, and can bet you it is crap.

Quality wise, in my tests, the SD1 more closely matched my betterlight in quality, against a 100mp image, than I could discern - blowing away the 5d mII (but at normal ISO, so...) the betterlight is more convenient... at least it can be tethered.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2012 at 12:07 UTC
On CES 2012: Sigma Interview article (152 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: Not all technology progresses at the same rate. Sigma bet on the wrong horse with Foveon, just like Hitachi and plasma displays. The difference is Sigma aren't willing to accept defeat and move on.

wrong

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2012 at 04:48 UTC
On Preview: Canon PowerShot G1 X large sensor zoom compact article (778 comments in total)

Why make a large sensor camera that is small and handy to use? This looks like another attempt on Canon's part to make a good camera. I am going to preorder this EPIC FAIL!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 20:37 UTC as 45th comment

KODAK's major problem is their CEO. The guy is an EX HP cheif. Remember how well HP handled the digital camera market? There you go.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 20:30 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
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Sevventh: Kodak's value is rarely seen by the consumer anymore, they make the sensor for the Leica M9 and have patents which are worth a fortune however.

they sold off their sensor division to Platinum Equity last month. However, most hollywood films are shot on Kodak film, and not even Red has come close enough to the quality to cause Hollywood to shift... We're talking millions upon millions of feet a film a month.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 20:28 UTC
On Fujifilm X-Pro1 preview (756 comments in total)
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photo nuts: Sample images from Fujifilm here:

http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/x/fujifilm_x_pro1/sample_images/

Expecting to see pixel sharpness rivaling that of Sigma SD1/9/10/14. Didn't happen. Nothing particularly exciting... All hype....

They are Jpegs, so it's hard to say if they resolve higher from raw. Inspecting Jpegs from the SD1 (from camera not photo pro) can lead one to think there is no more to resolve... Not the case with the SD1, far from it. Sadly you have to us PhotoPro to draw the giant images from the RAW, a bad program that they somehow have made worse for the SD1.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 09:39 UTC
On Ricoh to make 16MP APS-C GXR zoom module article (136 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: Filling a gap in the market?

Better Ricoh fill up gaps in their reasoning. GXR system is the most ludicrous approach amongst mindless contributions to the depreciation of any camera value humankind has ever seen.

It wasn't enough we have millions of $100 P&S cameras with tiny sensors weld on lenses thrown each year — now we have $1,000 chips+lenses packages too!

If that was the price of not inventing their own mount, then they'd better be doing something else and actually inventing, like Fuji did with the X100 and invented the OVF/EVF hybrid.

Hope someone from Pentax will start opening windows in their new quarters now, to let in some fresh breeze of reason, start from anew. A mirrorless APS-C mount, a clever and less wasteful system that actually makes some sense for the future.

I guess I needed to finish the thought. My RD1s is nice but large, and I worry about wearing it out, The M8 & 8.2 require filters and they are still quite expensive. The Ricoh M-Mount may depriciate, but I am enjoying using my M mount and m39 lenses now, not just waiting around to afford an M9. That is the niche, a need in the market which was not fullfilled prior.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2011 at 09:18 UTC
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