phips243: Surprise, Surprise! As every year the winner is a picture related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And it goes without saying that there is no chance in hell that it ever would depict the Israeli side of the story. But I guess, rockets fired at Israeli civilians from beside a kindergarden in Gaza don't make as "good" news as children killed in a strike on those same rockets...
@ricky There is probably equal amount of violence at both sides (otherwise, one of the sides would have already won, don't you think?). Israelis are just more efficient when it comes to defend their children, you'll have to admit that. Anyway, do you know the ratio between the number of Americans killed in 9/11 to the number of Al Qaeda/Taliban fighters that perished in Afghanistan together with their kids and wives?
mkandil: congratulations for the wining photo.Also it can be a daily photo since isreali crimes never end in that region !
@mkandil Your argument doesn't make any sense in the context of your country being in the middle of the conflict while Jordan and Egypt are not. Yet you call them ridiculous... I feel sorry for your beautiful country which was called Switzerland of Mediterranean before you let Hezbollah to turn it into hate mongerers nest.
@JuanInsurrexit You wanted some photos from the other side?
There are other muslim countries sharing a border with Israel. Yet, they are nor occupied, neither attacked. I am sure your people can learn a couple of things form Jordan or from Egyppt which could help your country to stay ouf of the next conflict (a hint - how about signing a Peace treaty with Israel?). And by the way, people of both Jordan and Egypt do support Palestinians, yet both countries are officially in the state of PEACE with Israel.
ogl: HAMAS puts the rocket launchers near civilians homes. They also make "human shield" from kids and women. HAMAS hates Israel more that they love their children. The winining photo is too much post processing. And too politically committed.
Our society is sick if the photos of dead children are at 1st place.
@Maloy Not sure what your point is ogl simply rephrased a famous quote from Golda Meir: "Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us". She also had another famous one -"What bothers me most is not that Arabs kill our children, but that they force us to kill theirs".
While I feel sorry for loss of innocent lifes, the role of journalists in the conflict is questionable. Here is the remarkable work of a young Italian photographer named Ruben Salvadori. Ruben's project "Photojournalism Behind the Scenes won Milan's prestigious Photodreaming Contest organized by the Forma Foundation.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_Dx9LjnQOY
Well, that's what you get for supporting a side which is engaged in active military activities against another country. That's the way it works, pal, whether it is wrong or not. Just check the history - Mussolini's Italy, Japan in 1945, Talib's Afghanistan, etc. they all failed victims of their own choices. Perhaps, your country should do best to stay away from the next conflict it doesn't belong to...
Pat Curley: I also have some difficulty with challenges which promote uninvited intrusion into peoples’ privacy, particularly telephoto shots taken at moments of intimacy even if they are in a public or semi-public setting (where one’s expectation of privacy should be limited by the setting). In saying this, I am not advocating a total prohibition on photographs of couples. However, the photograph of the couple in the pool is, in my opinion, inappropriate. I doubt the photographer has their consent. I would be less than happy if the young, clearly identifiable girl in the shot was my daughter or my sister. If I had come upon the scene portrayed in the shot, I would have felt compelled to leave my camera in its case out of respect for the privacy and dignity of subjects of the picture.
My feelings on this matter are deepened because voyeurism can be implied from the title of the competition (I Spy…), the advice given by the host (“Be careful not to be caught…”) and his rules (“You are a spy”)
@Pat Curley: "...the photograph of the couple in the pool is... inappropriate... I would be less than happy if the young, clearly identifiable girl in the shot was my daughter or my sister"
I am not sure if it is the photographer to blame for hurting your feelings. The couple clearly enjoys the chances of "being" caught as a part of their love game, so why would you feel less than happy about a photo of your daughter having fun while enjoying being herself?
The American taxpayer has just paid $6 bn dollars for the elections. That's almost $2000 dollars for each of the 3 million likes. I think I could get a cheaper deal.
ForeignerOnEarth: The single focal lens could be much better than this one is. Nothing sharp at f/2, bokeh is not O.K. and by smaller aperture the edges should be better.
Are you sure it's the problem of the camera and not of the DPR rendering engine? Check the originals instead.
Why? Not saying the old one was good, but this layout really sucks!!!
MrTaikitso: Where is my comment? I hope DPreview didn't remove it because it contained witty British humor. If it was, I plan to close my account and stop supporting this site immediately after many years of patronage and constructive dialog - with humor inserted when the opportunity obviously invites.
If this is repressive socialism now spreading to our favourite photog site, we have something to worry about. It's called dystopia, and it appears to be spreading everywhere.
My comment was removed too. I guess marking jokes as "inappropriate"gives some people the same feeling as getting a "Like" on a social web site. I guess we'll see more censorship from social networks mob in the future, so get ready for your flickr account to be closed for posting a photo that upsets a couple of most active bigots.
Nishi Drew: Nikon Creates D600 and tempts other users to switch systems.Canon creates 6D to prevent their own users from switching.
That sums up this party, and who's at the center?
Brilliant summary :)
Just pictures was already mentioned in the Comments, however it is worth mentioning again and again :). It is simply the best viewer for photos from all photo-services, flickr, Faceook, Picassa, etc.
locke_fc: What I don't get is why all manufacturers insist on releasing 50mm lenses for APS-C bodies.The 50mm has all reason to be for FF, as it approaches the normal angle of view. In APS-C though, it's pointless. The equivalent 75mm is neither here nor there: too short for portrait, too long for walk around and general purpose shooting.
So why this fixed mentality that APS-C needs a fast 50mm? I don't get it. Anyone looking for a portrait lens on cropped sensors would better served by a 60-70mm lens.
> Anyone looking for a portrait lens on cropped sensors would better served by a 60-70mm lensOr by the 50-135/2.8 for the combination of the IQ and flexibility... Unfortunately it is more expensive $238
il_alexk: Well done, congratulations!!!!!
You well deserved it :)http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1036&message=41537063
Well done, congratulations!!!!!
viking79: You comment on how heavy the camera is, but does the aluminum body give it a quality feel?
Now we are back to the ultimate argument of all Pentax fanboys, "The magnesium body". This argument alone is supposed to overweight all disadvantages of Pentax cameras. However it doesn't - the camera must have a comfortable grip, accurate and fast AF, good IQ, etc. Magnesium body may be considered a bonus when the first three criteria are satisfied but useless in the absence of any of these
They have too patents.
1.The latest one describes a generic storage device that SD, CF, etc-shaped that can send multimedia files to the internet. It is too generic and was actually filed after they introduced the product to the market, in other words after the idea became publicly available. The validity of the patent can be easily disputed in court
2. The older one is about configuring a wireless device over wireless network. It is too specific and has nothing to do with the SD Card with WiFi. It just describes a novelty configuration protocol. It is possible to build a similar device which will require configuring the network by plugging the SD card directly into a PC, for example. Therefore, this patent will not be able stop competitors from building the same device.
Anyway, even a useless patent still has its monetary value and however it rarely exceeds the cost of the legal steps required to nullify it.
Francis Carver: Wow, lookedy-lookedy here. Yet another 1/2.3-inch = 6.1 x 4.6mm sensor digital camera. We surely don't have enough of those already, folks. Just what the world has been waiting for. Thanx a bunch, Pentax. It's been.... well, real.
What will be Canon's response, I wonder? Surely, a 1/3.6-inch = 4 x 3mm sensor wundercam.
@Raist3d> - Not sure what you are talking about, medium format DSLR's start at around $9,000+ MSRP.
If Q can't be more expensive then medium format DSLRs simply because of its small size, why the hell should Q's size justify the price higher than of better performing mirror-less cameras?
> It turns out the Q 1/2.3'' does the best of all of them
The problem is that it does not do the best of all of them. There are cheaper cameras with a better IQ, and there are cheaper cameras with the same or even better IQ and they are equally pocketable
> but honestly what it shows is that the people who do this in knee jerk reaction probably don't know much photography
Claiming that "Q does the best of all them" hardly indicates a knowledge of photography either