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chris_j_l

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On Nikon D3300 Review preview (167 comments in total)

I liked the Pro: Customizable Fn button allows for direct access to ISO or white balance.

Ahahahaha.

I'm struggling to think of a DSLR that doesn't have direct access to these quite important functions as separate buttons and not as a "will I be wanting to change ISO or WB today?" fn button.

Any other camera and this would be a Con.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2014 at 22:23 UTC as 40th comment
On Ryan Brenizer on how to shoot engagement sessions news story (70 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: Sadly DPR seems to be a magnet for people who can make foolish pronouncements on people that are doing great work in photography.

So you don't like the work.... snarky comments don't make anything better other than to inform the world that you are insensitive, unhelpful and most likely ignorant of the history and the business of photography.

Maybe if you studied the field a bit you might understand what it is you are seeing and why it exists and what came before and what are the trends and issues in that genre.

Quite - much of what is hanging in art galleries are commissions, by benefactors of artists, to document the life events of the benefactor and their family. The only difference is that in one case it uses oils and months of labour and in this it is days and Photoshop - yet inexplicably we have a clique here that look up to the former and down on the latter. What a difference a few centuries make.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2014 at 23:17 UTC
On Apple patents remote control for iPhone camera post (48 comments in total)

That remote looks a bit complex. Is there a nano iRemote to control the iRemote - preferably with a single button?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 21:03 UTC as 11th comment
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Just a Photographer: Though an interesting product in itself this pitch is waaaaaay too long.
The boring video and voice doesn't appeal which will make it harder to sell his idea.

And probably wants to change the name from being a contraction of "Stuarts Stabiliser". But we should probably be grateful he isn't called Richard.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2014 at 10:12 UTC
On Tamrac launches rugged-looking photo messenger bags news story (106 comments in total)
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arhmatic: All this camera bags are just screaming they are camera bags.
Just waiting to be stolen.
Terrible style.

Just put your camera in a pouch, then throw it into any bag, so it looks like any random bag.

If it's a larger SLR, then it might eb tricky, but with mirrorless and 2-3 lenses, you can fit it into any shoulder bag. And all this "protection" worries are non-sense. You are not in a war zone

@Eric - no need to be in a warzone - try photo/filming a documentary in Costa Rica - we were robbed 3 times in a fortnight. No violence - all opportunistic stuff - and it was the Peli cases that were targeted. I do have doubts that a bag that looks like a messenger bag would deter many pick pockets from trying.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 19:46 UTC
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (352 comments in total)
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inti4444: I am more interested in a Camera review, DPREVIEW.
dpreview is way behind witha lot of cameras to review.
For example the sony rx10, etc ...
I have the feeling dpreview has changed the past year, such a pity that dcresource has vanished.

I have a feeling that DPR is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Digital photography is rapidly broadening beyond a "this camera has a fangly 5000 and 16 squoozats" and into "I have taken a photo and I want my friends/people/something to see/use it as soon as possible" and DPR will lose relevance quickly if they miss a trick. They must appeal to everyone from hardcore gear heads to professionals plus everyone up to and including people who back in the celluloid day "had snow at both ends of the film".

I suspect with time the 12+ page review here will be a rarity limited to cameras with genuine innovative features or 1D/D4 class creatures. I expect a 5 page round-up will be a norm - just to keep pace with the products.

Personally, as I just take photos, a review like the ones in DigitalRev combined with an ePhotozine/PhotographyBlog type view are more of use to me. I get an off the cuff handling overview + a feature set overview.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 18:38 UTC
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David Rosser: Article is a bit behind the times. My year old Nexus 7 updated to 4.4.2 a couple of days ago.

Sorry - meant a week, not 48h - I've been through a 4.4.1 and 4.4.2 in 1 week so far.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2013 at 22:44 UTC
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David Rosser: Article is a bit behind the times. My year old Nexus 7 updated to 4.4.2 a couple of days ago.

I do hope that is a joke. I know DPR get stick for reviews that come out close to the manufacturer EOLing the camera, but here they managed to get a well thought out 2 page review and 9 sample shots along with all the other stuff they are doing *in 48h*.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2013 at 19:59 UTC
On TIME's top photos of the year news story (153 comments in total)
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InTheMist: Wow

I can't understand news organizations laying off photographers. Such a powerful media!

@marike - you are way off the mark its unbelievable. The Chicago Sun-Times is not immensely profitable. They have been slipping for a while. In 2004 they misrepresented their sales figures (a way of getting advertisers to pay more for space). In 2009 the filed for bankruptcy protection. They have been haemorrhaging reporters. In 2011 they closed their printing and moved it to being printed by the rival Tribune. This saved all of $10M.

They are desperate. They are slashing jobs for economic reasons. Pure and simple.
If you have evidence that they are sitting on an enormous pile of cash, having their yachts and private jets fitted out with gold taps and rolling cigars with $100 bills then bring it forward. Until then, all evidence points to them needing every cent.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2013 at 14:17 UTC
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SteveNunez: I really like the look of this Nikon but am somewhat disappointed in the image quality as posted by the sample studio image for comparison. My Oly OMD EM5 easily beats it and as such I can't justify the expense of the DF (even though I truly like the look of the camera itself)......I truly hope the sample picture is out of focus as it looks too soft......big let down .......I think the Sony A7 & &r will be the cameras to beat this year pending the new GH4 (or whatever it's called)....interesting times ahead.

Compared with another 16MP sensor (eg the GX-7 which I have) and for below ISO400 there is no perceptible difference. On the other hand, above 800ISO and for textures like the sponge the difference is marked and very impressive.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 17:09 UTC
On Adobe now offers Photoshop and Lightroom for everyone news story (625 comments in total)

I think it is just a ruse so they can leak the whole planets email addresses next time. Maybe 150 million was not enough last time and they are shooting for 7 billion?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 17:03 UTC as 223rd comment
On French newspaper publishes issue with no photos news story (208 comments in total)
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Mark Smiles: If you are going to publish a paper with out pictures, you should write enough words to give your customers some editorial content where the pictures would have been.

This protest was incredibly lame.

Say a hotel was interested protesting the low wages they paid their staff so they decided to not provide all the services they charged their customers for, as a result they would not stock their rooms with clean towels.

This newspaper did not reduce it's price while selling less content.

Mark, Have you actually got the copy of Liberation in your hand? No. If you did, you would know that it is a broadsheet and the photos are most emphatically not thumbnails. There has been some reduction, but a thumbnail they are most emphatically not. But then exaggeration is sign of a weak mind.

I am inclined to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume some idiot has gained access to your account and is posting ill thought out 'arguments' and signing them as you.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2013 at 10:08 UTC
On French newspaper publishes issue with no photos news story (208 comments in total)
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Mark Smiles: If you are going to publish a paper with out pictures, you should write enough words to give your customers some editorial content where the pictures would have been.

This protest was incredibly lame.

Say a hotel was interested protesting the low wages they paid their staff so they decided to not provide all the services they charged their customers for, as a result they would not stock their rooms with clean towels.

This newspaper did not reduce it's price while selling less content.

But it wasn't less content - the photos were included on the last page.

But you would have known that if you had read it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2013 at 00:44 UTC
On Delaney in the Photograph of a Female Photographer challenge (75 comments in total)

The bimodal voting looks 'fun'.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2013 at 12:57 UTC as 31st comment
On Ten one-of-a-kind cameras from the 21st century article (252 comments in total)
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Bernard Hill: What about Olympus E100RS? Only 1.2Mpx but it captured photos *before* you pressed the shutter. Once it was half-pressed the camera started taking photos, and kept the last five in a circular buffer. Make a full press and the buffer was kept and of course the current view was recorded. And the next photos until you release.
I can't understand why no-one else has used this concept (or do you know different...?) but it's great for action shots waiting for a particular event such as a bubble bursting.
I eventually sold mine because my thing is landscape shooting and it didn't do a lot for that <g>

Just about any Fujifilm camera does this - it's a fairly standard drive mode with a few variations. The X20 has a circular buffer of 8 photos and you can choose how many shots before and after the press you want plus how fast (3, 6, 9 or 12 fps).
I have only used it for fun, not in anger though I wish I did have a life so active that did need it :).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 17:19 UTC
On Photo project documents rivers of the interior U.S. news story (14 comments in total)
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Felix E Klee: To me, the photos in the article on wired.com have a look which I remember seeing in the print edition of National Geographic about twenty years ago. (We stopped subscribing.) What's the secret of this look? Grading? Composition? Are photos with people staged?

If you are speaking of colour quality, the National Geographic look and feel is the Ektachrome look and feel. There are Photoshop plugins that do similar and GIMP has a filter to do the same.

The pose (look over my left shoulder at something 3 km away) is likely staged but can be natural - just depends if you have something interesting over your shoulder 3km away.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 16:44 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1202 comments in total)

I won't be waiting to get this at a lower price. The silent shutter is enough to clinch the deal. Drama & Theatre work requires a silent camera and carrying a blimp that just makes my 5D quiet rather than silent is just a PITA. The ISO limitation is a non-issue.
I look forward to finding the first place in the UK that will sell me one.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2013 at 10:52 UTC as 264th comment | 2 replies
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james_f64: Even today Petzval-like designs are used in some of the most highly corrected and expensive telescope objectives that you can buy. I'm talking about diffraction-limited, wide-field telescopes that can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000, like the 4" and 5" aperture telescopes from Tele Vue (U.S.) and Takahashi (Japan).

I'd suspect that a properly designed Petzval of modest aperture using low dispersion glass could perform quite well even by today's standards if used under a restricted set of conditions. At its limit, however, it will likely be larger and heavier than your typical modern telephoto design.

They use FL-51 or FL-53 (normally) so the chromatic aberration is mostly eliminated. Also you don't usually care for field curvature with visual observing and why when you use your telescope for astrographs you spend a pretty penny on a good field corrector.

It doesn't really mean the Petzval design is any good, it means the materials are exceptional.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2013 at 09:24 UTC
On Ireland: A Photographers' Guide article (43 comments in total)

Great to see this - inspirational and may affect my holiday plans to be closer to the UK than previously - especially as Irish gastronomy is making a resurgence.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2013 at 18:02 UTC as 20th comment
On Sigma USA announces price and availability of DP3 Merrill news story (89 comments in total)
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solarsky: In Europe they want 1099€ or what currently translates to 1447$
THAT is one big huge leap from the US price of 999$
Very reminiscent of the 3K$ vs. 3.1K€ for the RX1...

Yet in the UK it seems to sneak in at £740 - it actually seems that they used a conversion other than the normal $1 == £1.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2013 at 19:21 UTC
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