MPA1: Why on earth does it capture sound on the video when underwater?! That is just annoying.
And you should have heard Beatles' Octopus's Garden!
brecklundin: these sort of things are crutches for newbies and those who don't care to learn the craft of product shooting. You can do far better work with a couple inexpensive off camera flashes and some inexpensive foamcore board or just white craft paper.
These things are FINE if you want a sloppy shot for ebay I suppose (I honestly never noticed an increase in selling price with good photo's on ebay items. In fact I often suspected the opposite...people are fickle and thing Facebook quality photos are "good" photography.) And it's not bad for the price. However for a bit more cash and a few hours practice you can achieve far superior results even if using used flash units bought that a thrift shop (I have a number of those I bought for $5/ea & still use).
Google DIY product photography or visit a Flickr group "Creative Tabletop Photography". A useful group.
Last spend the cash to buy "Light: Science & Magic" by Fil Hunter. It's the best book for understanding lighting objects.
"These things are FINE if you want a sloppy shot for ebay I suppose..."On the other hand, isn't a fair amount of sloppiness kind of reassuring when looking for used stuff?I mean, it implies the photo is most probably of the actual item the seller is offering, rather than a photo from a promo brochure...
edu T: To foldio's creator: I can see you're using a 9V battery for the LEDs; this is a bit of a nuisance inasmuch you need to carry a thick battery besides and apart from the folded panels. (That is, if you don't forget the battery at home.)So, hmm... what if you try to mount 3 lithium coin batteries side by side instead?(e.g. CR2032: 3V, 240 mAh, 20mm D x 3.2mm H, 3 grams, about 50¢ ea. for 500 pc.)
OK, Juhaz and Foldio's creator: I'll settle for 6 AAA alkalines, inside a thin tubular holder running next to the LEDs.BTW, do you know what you'll find inside if you pry open a 9V batt? Six AAAA cells connected in series, indeed...IOW, 6xAAA will run longer than a single 9V "transistor battery", besides fitting inside the device!
OnTheWeb: Looks pretty cool but, of course, needs to be larger.
This size is wonderful for watches and earrings. Nevertheless, rumor has that over the next few months we'll see sizes for wall clocks and necklaces, small trucks and furniture, yachts and refurbished space shuttles.
To foldio's creator: I can see you're using a 9V battery for the LEDs; this is a bit of a nuisance inasmuch you need to carry a thick battery besides and apart from the folded panels. (That is, if you don't forget the battery at home.)So, hmm... what if you try to mount 3 lithium coin batteries side by side instead?(e.g. CR2032: 3V, 240 mAh, 20mm D x 3.2mm H, 3 grams, about 50¢ ea. for 500 pc.)
peevee1: Great photographs!
Tiny sensors are the best for macro. People buying FF or even APS-C for macro are just clueless. m43 unfortunately is the smallest ILC format with native macro lenses, but sometimes manual focus etc is just fine, and then cameras with even smaller sensors should be used. Or simply P&S if the built-in lens is OK for macro.
If Pentax ever gets around to making a dedicated supersharp macro lens for Q, something like Q10 will suddenly start to make a lot of sense.
"Why are tiny sensors best for macro?"
Because the lenses they come with have relatively very short focal length, which is a real boost to your already critically shallow depth of field at short distances.
(An A650 zoom, for instance, has a "normal" angle of view at 11 mm; what matters here are the "real" mm, the ones marked on the lens barrel, not the "equivalent" FL.)
IOW, the relationship between sensor size and DoF is a case of correlation, not causation.
Tony Ellis: I love these photos! - I have no idea how it is done? I get that it is a compact with a lens 'reversed' but not sure how it all gets put together... What is under all that tape? If anyone can post a link to a good site where it is explained I would be very grateful
Does it work with lenses that are not around the 50mm area?
The author himself cared to explain his well thought out optical contraption:http://chaoticmind75.blogspot.ru/2013/08/my-technique-for-snowflakes-shooting.html
--and, not to be overlooked, the whole noise averaging process:http://chaoticmind75.blogspot.ru/2013/08/about-averaging-identical-shots.html
If you are feeling "very grateful" now, then thank him... :)
A 1"-type sensor is NOT, as mentioned, "slightly larger in size than that of an advanced point-and-shoot camera."It has TWICE the area of a 2/3" sensor (fuji X20, XQ1) and 2.7x the area of the more common 1/1.7" (G16, LX7, XZ-2, etc.)
edu T: (what I'd like to know is) WHO's the soundtrack by...?a nice juxtaposition of '70s-ish all-too-familiar elements --hence the integration with the cliche images-- but with the bonus of elaborate, haunting vocal harmonies (0'48").thanks anyone!
Thanks, Rowel. Loved your painstakingly well done volley sequence, http://roelh.zenfolio.com/p1046028174/h5854a698#h5854a698 . (BTW it was a neat touch, setting the axes of most of the zooming in/out action on those off-center balls.)
Thanks, Laureen, I see you added the info to the copy.
(what I'd like to know is) WHO's the soundtrack by...?a nice juxtaposition of '70s-ish all-too-familiar elements --hence the integration with the cliche images-- but with the bonus of elaborate, haunting vocal harmonies (0'48").thanks anyone!
qwertyasdf: If I were to recommend a Canon entry DSLR to a friend, without a doubt, it will be the 550D.
Good point, tkbslc: more than just seasonally planned obsolescence or gift freshness, there HAVE been effective improvements.
I might even agree, except for a minor issue: the 550D/rebel T2i b is thrice removed from this Christmas twenty thirteen season.
Hugo808: I got as far as number 7 before deciding that if I'd taken them they would have gone into the bin and never been seen by anyone!
Then you'd only waste a chance to have your shots appreciated 48 yrs later.
springsnow: You have to get a data plan yourself. So you have to spend $200, and pay more to your carrier for a data service that is just for this camera to work. Imo it's DOA. They should just do a wifi version for $100 and develop a smartphone app that the camera can pair with so people can use their existing data plans.
Should they? Then who would buy a low-end-phone-class camera only to pair it with a smartphone?
JEROME NOLAS: To DPR staff- why don't you have photo-contests too?
Challenges are also kind of contest, you know, only that they tend to be held by what was described as "a bunch of artsy types that wouldn’t know acutance from aberrations"...
Iliah Borg: One category is missing - shots made with self-made digital cameras.
That sounds promising. Suppose a *self-made* camera can shoot itself as the subject; then the next logical breakthrough is a "self-replicating" camera.
alexzn: Well, if the image is correct, the achilles heel of this camera will be the bulbous lens front element. It will get scratched in no time and bye bye clean videos. It looks like a really questionable design decision. I don;t like GoPro, but at least there you don't have to worry about scratches.
Good point, but hopefully they were clever enough to give the front element a pretty hardened surface (even if not optically ideal).Am I being too optimistic?
Camp Freddy: A pretty ugly concoction, but somehow Olympus ( and Sony therefore as major share holder) are committed to a superzoom and retro PEN / OM styling.|Better off doing an mFT 16mpx chip with a non interchangeable 24-120 collapsing zoom for around the 700 USD mark IMHO. Let Fuji amd Panny fight it out with Nikon following soon after in the superzoom sector.
@ caver3dYeah they do indeed. For the full scoop I suggest this neatly illustrated article, http://www.dpreview.com/news/2008/8/5/microfourthirds
@ Wim1964"mFT16mpx chip" is a 16-megapixel Four Thirds-size sensor on a camera whose lens mount is micro-Four Thirds.