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This is actually pretty funny, and a good commentary on the evolving narcissism of the selfie.

Just today, I was talking to someone who leads winery tours. She said that a few people have been on her tours and said, 'Oh, we haven't taken photos and uploaded to Facebook, it's like it hasn't happened!' They were actually questioning the value of doing something without the validation of Facebook. Now that is scary.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2015 at 08:27 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On Massive $33,500 2450mm f/8 NASA lens surfaces on eBay article (235 comments in total)
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chillgreg: I bet Ren Kockwell bought that with his "donations"...

What would Ken need a lens like that for? If anything, NASA would approach Ken for lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2015 at 00:10 UTC
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raydream: Use this to find Yeti in Nepal.

That's nepaling. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 00:49 UTC
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JackM: The people who click "I own it" or "I had it" really need to grow up.

@M Jesper - "they have a right to be rebels."

Yes! Canon rebels!!!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 06:22 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (812 comments in total)
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Mike99999: Canon informercial from a site sponsored by Canon. No surprises here...

This camera is a RX10-clone disguised to look like something better. The RX-10 has a target audience, but for 4K use I don't see why anyone would choose this Canon over the flexibility of a GH4.

@BarnET - I was thinking along the same lines, but then remembered the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, which has an even smaller sensor but produces quite remarkable image quality in the right conditions. The quality of the XC10 lens remains to be seen, but the smaller sensor size should not be discounted.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 08:50 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (812 comments in total)
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rallyfan: If the XC10 were a big deal, would it need press pieces explaining that it's a big deal?

This DPReview article is not a 'press piece', it's an editorial opinion piece by an independent source. A press piece would have been written by Canon themselves.

And given that DPReview readers are by definition mostly photography enthusiasts with little interest/knowledge in professional video, it would make sense to explain to them why the video features of this camera are important.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 08:16 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (812 comments in total)
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jukeboxjohnnie: Yes but photography is mainly a stills hobby I couldn't care less about video I've never used it on my camera since digital started

Which means, as stated in the article, this camera is not for you. QED.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 08:10 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: This camera is going to bankrupt a lot of small time Video studios.

They will see the specs and think that they can’t compete without buying or renting this camera and a bag full of lenses that are worth more than their weight in gold. In the end they will realize that the specs don’t justify the price.

If the camera does not perform to relative standard, people will not rent it beyond the first few tries. And a lot of people rent these things to find out whether they need to buy one. As for lenses, these cameras are aimed at Canon users, so they will already have lenses. Those buying the PL mount versions either own their own PL glass or rent it as needed, and if they own their own PL glass, chances are they have the money to buy or finance a C300 II.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 08:09 UTC
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hippo84: 24-240/2.8-5.6? Sony RX10 with 1" sensor has 24-200/2.8

That seems to be the only gotcha in the specs. For a camera of this nature, obviously aimed at professional newsgatherers and documentary makers, a constant f2.8 zoom would have been a welcome feature.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 08:01 UTC
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DStudio: The right to record such incidents is absolutely a constitutional right, and must be maintained to preserve our freedom. I'd be VERY concerned to see this taken away.

However, we still have another problem, in that much of the media is more interested in a story then the truth. And much of the general public - as well as juries themselves - fail to view such video clips with common sense. The whole incident, situation and context must be taken into account. This problem goes back at least as far as the Rodney King incident, where people ignored the fact that King refused to pull over for 20-40 miles, driving at high speed under the influence, and was a big man who then charged officers just as a person under the influence of PCP would. The police had to use batons because their use of firearms (and even tazers now) is restricted. King's skin color and last name made it sound worse.

But the Texas law is an AWFUL response to the public's lack of discernment. There's no place for it!

@darkgoob - that sounds like a terrible scam of the system, but it also seems like a really convoluted way to make money. It's only a matter of time before that person gets noted as a vexatious litigant or similar.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 04:31 UTC
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s_grins: This is a perfect lens tight interiors and for me. Unfortunately, I can't afford this beauty, so all my hopes are to raise some money within my friends and family.
BTW, if I did not miss something, this is a rectilinear lens, is not it?

Rectilinear, yes, not a fish eye in sight.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2015 at 00:03 UTC
On Sony sells half of its Olympus stake article (90 comments in total)
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Prairie Pal: How hard can it be to design an endoscope? It's basically a GoPro attached to a rubber hose.

Wow, if all the other camera manufacturers get in on it, just think:

Canon: "Imagine the Excretion"

Nikon: "I AM Your Anus"

RED: "An Epic Journey"

Pentax: "Be In-thrusting"

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 01:20 UTC
On Sony sells half of its Olympus stake article (90 comments in total)
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Prairie Pal: How hard can it be to design an endoscope? It's basically a GoPro attached to a rubber hose.

With two GoPros, they could get 3D footage! Oh, the mind reels with possibilities!!!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 02:40 UTC
On Sony sells half of its Olympus stake article (90 comments in total)
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Prairie Pal: How hard can it be to design an endoscope? It's basically a GoPro attached to a rubber hose.

I can just see it now. "Craptastic Voyage" in 4k!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 01:01 UTC
On Sony sells half of its Olympus stake article (90 comments in total)
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Prairie Pal: How hard can it be to design an endoscope? It's basically a GoPro attached to a rubber hose.

Sounds like a business opportunity. Imagine how much money you could make, selling 'medical GoPros' to people who want to stick them where the sun doesn't shine.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 23:04 UTC
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mjordan1: Please, please! No more reference to "fluorine" coatings. Fluorine is a gas at room temperature and very reactive. The coatings used are " fluoride" coatings e.g. calcium/magnesium fluoride, both of which are ionic compounds and not elements like fluorine.

A flouride-coated lens might be perfect for enhanced selfies, making your teeth look whiter with one click of the shutter!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 00:47 UTC

@ Think Tank Photo: I met with a number of you at the 2010 PMA Show in Melbourne, and was really impressed with the range and quality of product. I own two Urban Disguise bags, which have rocked out my gear all over Australia and to Hong Kong and China with aplomb.

I've moved away from DSLR's and to a smaller and lighter gear footprint all the time, and this includes the bags I carry. I've passed on your other offerings because I want:

- a bag that opens with a top zip like the Urban Disguise, not a flap which gets in the way

- a bag that is slim and non-boxy, about the size and shape of a Billingham Hadley Pro, which does not stick out from the body like the UD bags

- a bag with just enough give to mold to the body, while protecting gear

At the moment I am using a Crumpler Dry Red No 2 Boarding Bag, which works very well, but it doesn't have the overall build quality and multiple pocket features like Think Tank.

Please, please, please consider making something like this!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 01:31 UTC as 13th comment
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Gediminas 8: "Low contrast black" blah blah...

Same black nylon as most other photobags for the last two decades. Same self-promotion by way of conspicuous logo right on the front.

Pass.

I have two Thinktank bags and a number of others from Lowepro and Kata, and the build quality and materials are a world apart. They are even better than my Ari Marcopolous bag from Incase. My only problem with TT bags is their tendency to be boxy and bulky. Great for protecting and storing your gear, but not quite so good for convenience or comfort of wear on longer walks.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 01:17 UTC
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yslee1: Another rant: Front opening backpacks need to die already.

@tkblsc - I've never had an issue with zips scratching my gear, and I carried my Leica M9 (scratch magnet) in a zippered Thinktank for a few years. Most camera bag manufacturers use plastic coated zips with smooth edges. The Thinktank and Crumpler zips are especially high quality and scratch-free.

On another note, this zip issue has turned me off using a number of fashion company bags, as they often use sharp metal zips, or even plastic zips with sharp edges. Ugh.

@darngooddesign and SirSeth - I didn't know that Tenba had zippered openings now. I'm looking at the DNA and classic Messengers, and they look excellent. Thanks for the heads-up.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 01:09 UTC
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Drewpy: I have to agree, flap bags are ridiculous when you want to get to your camera. When I had my Nikon FM2 I used an Army medical bag which I bought at an Army Surplus store for 15.00. Now it's become a Think Tank bag and costs 100's of dollars. I bought a Derek Alexander 'top zip bag' in which I carry my E-M5 and 17 1.8 with an extra battery, SD card and micro cloth. There's side pockets for a small book and pad and pen also. That's all I use when I travel, 'easy-breezy'.

For the last year, my everyday bag was the Lowepro Streamline 150. There are two padded pockets on the front which are perfect for a couple of compact cameras, or a couple of m43 primes. The interior of the bag can hold a small m43 body and a zoom lens or two with no worries. Both compartments have direct zip access and no daft main flap.

At the beginning of this year, I got a Crumpler Dry Red No 2 Boarding Bag, and it is just fantastic. It has thicker, more waterresistant nylon than the Lowepro, even better quality zips, and holds a lot more in the main compartment. No cumbersome flap, and direct access to whatever you want. I just folded a couple of padded velcro inserts from another bag into the bottom, and it is as close to perfect as I could want from an everyday camera/man bag.

Camera bags which require flap access need to die!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2015 at 08:01 UTC
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