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On Beautiful Dreamer: Garret Suhrie's moonlit landscapes article (56 comments in total)

David Clapp must be feeling really strange, seeing hordes of people making carbon-copy duplicates of his Kirkjufell / aurora photo. The original was breathtaking. The clones are just sad...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2015 at 18:16 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
On Alien Skin offers Exposure 7 with Raw support article (50 comments in total)

Hmm. Just tried all the examples on Alien Skin's site, and in every case I prefered the original... And in second place the emulation that cam closest to the original. I actually do shoot film, regularly, mainly Provia 400X, Portra 400 and Kodak E100G, and the emulations just don't give me at all the same impression. There's more to it than saturation and grain....

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 22:02 UTC as 1st comment
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (425 comments in total)
In reply to:

robogobo: Please, everybody calm down. Back away and look at the big picture. Much like FCPX, Pages 5, etc, the new Photos app will likely be anemic in the beginning and then have stuff added back in by request... level headed requests. For all intents and purposes, Photos is Aperture 4. Look at the screenshot. Look at the official statement. All your Aperture edits will carry over, and they'll be treated exactly like the move from Aperture 2 to Aperture 3. Old sliders will be treated as legacy and new sliders there to replace them.

All this panic and negative speculation doesn't do anybody good. Aperture will keep working just like it does now, even in Yosemite, and maybe Photos will even be better. Who knows? Let's wait and find out. And give Apple feedback through the official channels in a constructive, adult manner. https://www.apple.com/feedback/aperture.html

So basically, we should not only carry on with Aperture's no longer cutting edge processing toolset for another 6 months, then tolerate an even weaker set from Photos for x years, all in the hope of what, exactly? And while continuing to build up creative investment (metadata and non- destructive edits) in the hope that Apple might one day deliver us to the Promisec Land? Well, that might work for Apple fanboys, not so much for photographers... Apple is basically spitting on 8 years of invested effort from my side here. It is a totally, but absolutely, untrustworthy company, and anybody who sticks with them out of some religious fervour needs their head examined.....

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 21:16 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (425 comments in total)

Can somebody (DPR staff, perhaps?) point me to this reported "Apple Announcement" ? It doesn't appear that Apple has announced any such thing. This is all coming out of a rumour-level blog post by Jim Dalrymple of The Loop. Which may be more credible than most, but still, it is not an official announcement from behind the Iron Curtain.

Still, maybe it will force Apple to do some damage limitation. Not that I'm holding my breath.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 09:42 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (425 comments in total)

Well, there goes the last reason for my next computer being a Mac. Then again, I doubt Apple will make computers either for much longer.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 18:03 UTC as 146th comment | 1 reply

Hmm. It starts off really well with the hint of a paradox between unambiguously modern scenes captured with an obsolete process which defines a past time. But then the photographer seems, by & large, to seek out architectural subjects which are pretty much unchanged since wet plates were cutting edge - in others words, he's seeking out 19th Century England with a 19th Century process, very little 21st Century in there. Even Star Wars is pretty much 20th Century culture. So, without wanting to be impolite, it does indeed seem to be more about technique than anything else. There's a lot more potential in there.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 10:10 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
On DSC00130_ISO125 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Nice photo!

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 18:38 UTC as 2nd comment
On Portfolio: Photography student Luke Evans article (172 comments in total)

Interesting, sometimes compelling, and very erudite.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 17:35 UTC as 38th comment
In reply to:

Naveed Akhtar: what's the advantage of this lens over Pany 25mm? other then bit cheaper and lighter!!

I own the PL-25mm. It hardly ever goes out of the house. It's bulky, clumsy to handle on my E-P3, and the aperture chatter drives me nuts.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2014 at 08:43 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1656 comments in total)

It's weird that when comparing this to the OM-D nobody mentions a major, major difference, far more significant in creative terms than all the measurebator stuff: aspect ratio. In terms of how you view the world, the difference between 4:3 and 3:2 is way more significant than the rest of the spec sheet... Well, IMHO, of course.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 18:12 UTC as 306th comment | 5 replies
On Tamas Dezso offers glimpse into post-Communist Romania article (232 comments in total)

While it is really nice to see such excellent, poetic photographic work featured on DPReview, and I really commend and thank the editors, it's also crushingly depressing to read some of the comments here. What is it about digital photography that attracts such a fantastically high proportion of morons?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 11:48 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm X-E2 Preview preview (454 comments in total)
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Photoworks: 16mp ... yawn !!!

Depends what you're trying to compensate for....

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 07:47 UTC
On Fujifilm X-E2 Preview preview (454 comments in total)
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Rod McD: Evolution, not revolution, but sensible updates - making a good camera better. As someone considering buying a mirror-less, it goes up in contention. Still not enviromentally sealed though - something Fuji needs to address in future models.

@caver3d - I have exactly the same experience as you, but I would say that the E-5 is exceptional in this case. I've seen other alledgedly weatherproof cameras give up in conditions that the E-5 shrugged off (same for the E-1).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 07:46 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)
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photobeans: I'm hoping Olympus will be next to join the FF mirrorless segment.

so should Nikon switch as well ? Doesn't make any sense. Anyway, what is this "the Sony sensor" you speak of ? Olympus is using a Sony sensor. Sony another. Nikon another still. Ricoh ditto...


Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 17:36 UTC

"We've reached out to Adobe". FFS, can't you just say "asked" ??? Or do you prefer to leverage new paradigms rather than use English?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2013 at 20:07 UTC as 26th comment | 5 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2067 comments in total)
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StevenE: It's micro 4/3, so you can forget about shallow DOF.
If that doesn't bother you, then this format could work.
Non starter for me, unless it can fit in my pocket.

So, according to sdribetahi a PhaseOne is not a pro camera.. since it is USELESS for video, for sports, for, well, endless things. So many camera users (owners, even). So few photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 16:55 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2067 comments in total)
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chris96326: Focus Peaking (apparently m4/3 lenses only??)
Better Grip and button spacing
Phase Focus (apparently legacy 4/3 lenses only)
More buttons (but in a different arrangement, why?)
Keeping the tilt screen -- no lousy swivel, selfies are for amatuers

Looks like a market winner and a great evolution camera on paper. Sample images on this sight are nothing to write home about. I will sit this one out and wait for the GX-7 to ship.

I am more interested in the new lens to compete with Panny's 12-35mm.

On a tripod, using live view, in portrait orientation, being able to swivel the screen to almost any angle to (a) avoid glare and (b) adapt to awkward positions is a huge handling advantage. And frankly my experience is that the E-3 / E-5 swivel mount is bullet proof... while the E-M5 version feels quite fragile.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 15:07 UTC

Oh, he used a Leica S2, so it must be art.....

Leaving aside sarcasm and cheap shots, which given the prentention of this series are all to easy, from an art perspective I don't see much value either. There seems to be no coherent vision, just randomness. And absolutely no oiginality of expression.

Whatever, he's not hurting anyone.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 10:54 UTC as 87th comment | 1 reply

I had a Fuji DS 300. It was the first digital camera which put more emphasis on "camera" than "digital", and the lack of an LCD really didn't seem a big deal. Before that I had an Apple Quicktake 200 - a rebadged Fuji.... It went through a set of lithium AA batteries in about 30 shots, and they were not only scary-expensive but pretty hard to find.

Thanks for the nostalgia :-)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 10:22 UTC as 58th comment

This is nuts. How are we supposed to know if it is any good if we don't know what freakin' camera he was using???????

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2013 at 10:32 UTC as 14th comment | 7 replies
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