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On article OMG Life Autographer Quick Review (122 comments in total)

There's an App for that.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2013 at 23:27 UTC as 19th comment
On article Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' (551 comments in total)
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Hwirt: A camera like this would have been ideal at the start of the digital age and would have eased the transition by looking and feeling familiar, but now I don't see the logic. Other than looking cool in a nostalgic way it would likely be a step or several steps backward in ergonomics and functionality. If nostalgia is what you want there are plenty of beautiful film cameras available on the used market. Perhaps there are some who would like this but at best it will be a niche product.

I think you're probably right.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2013 at 21:30 UTC
On article Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' (551 comments in total)

I like the sound of Pure photography - Take a D800, but smaller with no video. Set autofocus, aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance using on-camera controls. Dispense with the rear display all together (you can review your pictures when you "develop" them on computer). I'd keep the bracketing button, because of this, but I always bracket manually.

Removing the display also allows you to get rid of image review, trash button, image lock button, zoom in and out buttons, OK and live view buttons. Keep the top LCD, so you can see limited menus and set date/time etc. Vastly reduce the custom features and totally remove the retouch menu. I'd keep picture controls for the JPEg shooters.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2013 at 21:26 UTC as 170th comment | 5 replies
On article Just posted: Sony Alpha NEX-6 Review (330 comments in total)

We will soon see an FF Nex.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2013 at 00:48 UTC as 79th comment | 2 replies
On article First Impressions: Metabones Speed Booster (356 comments in total)

It won't be long before we see a FF mirror-less camera, probably a Sony NEX, that will change the game again.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2013 at 03:17 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply

Jeez. Lighten up. It's just an experiment. Not perfect, but at least they are experimenting. It took a lot more effort than typing a whiny comment into an internet forum.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2013 at 03:05 UTC as 37th comment

Who is the target market for this lens? What do they shoot with it? This isn't a sarcastic remark, I am just interested.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2013 at 01:11 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies

A camera that, when I blink, converts brainwaves from my visual cortex to images that are transmitted wirelessly to my computer, phone, Cloud, etc

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2012 at 00:31 UTC as 189th comment
On article Five of the best tripods for under $450 (87 comments in total)

There's only one consideration that matters to me in a tripod - does it hold my camera and lens rock solid still. It doesn't matter how inexpensive a tripod is if it lets the camera move, because it is a waste of money. It doesn't matter if a tripod is light if it doesn't work, because I may as well have left it at home and saved carrying the extra weight. Rigidity is everything in a tripod.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2012 at 21:20 UTC as 16th comment
On article Is Instagram 'debasing photography'? (291 comments in total)

I guess first you have to define what "real photography" is. I remember when David Hockney went off on Digital photography saying the art of photography is dead. I don't see much difference between Instagram and someone slapping an Antique filter on a DSLR shot in Lightroom.

What is there to "debase" exactly? Just do what you want and don't worry about it. David Hockney is now doing his art on an iPad and doesn't seem too worried that he might be debasing the art of painting.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2012 at 23:55 UTC as 27th comment

Australia's top rock photographer was asked the question "A lot of music photographers get irate about the contracts you're forced to sign that take away your copyright. Is that an issue for you?"

Here is what he said: http://www.messandnoise.com/articles/3564717

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2012 at 03:49 UTC as 50th comment | 3 replies

Facebook is a wet dream for government snoopers. Who would have thought we would all have divulged so much personal information about ourselves without even being asked? If there were laws saying you had to tell the FBI everybody you were remotely connected to we'd be screaming about loss of freedoms. Sorry to be off topic, but I hate FB. I would like nothing better than to see FB crash and burn.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2012 at 22:59 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
On article Just Posted: Canon EOS 5D Mark III review (705 comments in total)

Wow, after extensive testing the D800 and Canon 5D Mk III both score exactly 82%. Those boffins in their separate labs seem to get exactly the same result all the time according to you guys. I wonder why you score out of 100 hundred. If you scored out of a gazillion would you still order the same points?

Link | Posted on May 23, 2012 at 01:12 UTC as 228th comment | 5 replies

This is why I am waiting until there are plenty out in the field and the firmware has been upgraded. Every new camera has issues, or perceived issues, some I remember being Blinking Green Light of Death (BGLOD), excessive moire, and back focusing.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2012 at 19:43 UTC as 47th comment | 3 replies
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doctor digi: Good to see a return to London images.

I once worked for a large photo printer company in San Diego. The company sold its printers to labs in England. The printers produced color prints of San Diego as part of the calibration process. We had complaints from England saying the color was off. When asked for specifics, they said that it was impossible for the sky to be that blue!

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2012 at 22:49 UTC
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VipinJoshi: I still think Sony has a long way to go, but most of the effort needs to be in educating the masses. People need to know that DSLRs were primarily evolutions of film SLRs, with the film giving way to Digital sensors.

The mirror mechanism has remained the same over the years, even though the DSLRs have become multitasking devices, what with live view, video recording et al. The mirror is almost a deterrent in the performance of the camera nowadays, as it has to physically move everytime live view is engaged or a photo is clicked. The OVFs will be replaced with EVFs in the near future for sure, though it will take some more time for people accept the change.

I think it is more the people's perception, of Sony not being a camera company (and Nikon & Canon being synonymous with SLRs) which is the reason for not preferring the Sony SLTs. Also, with the new range of models A35/A57/A65/A77 there are far more choices, which will only get better with the full frame SLTs in the near future.

I tried an A77 and hated the dark electronic viewfinder.

I'm not sure that it's just perception. Sony can't seem to get it together regarding their distribution channels. As the head of one camera dealership recently told me, "They're in, they're, out, next minute, they're in again. Sony don't seem to have their act together."

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2012 at 14:57 UTC
On article First Impressions: Using the Nikon D4 (183 comments in total)
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jon404: It takes good pictures.
But isn't a camera like this too complicated to use rapidly in the field?
So many buttons, joysticks, and menu options...

By this logic, wouldn't a Kodak Instamatic be the way to go? I want everything to hand through a well thought out placement of controls, which is much faster than going to menus. Once you master your camera, changing settings is fast and easy. A must is being able to change the aperture and shutter speeds on different dials, which Nikon implemented on their higher cameras some time ago, but phased out on lower end cameras soon after the D70.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2012 at 15:52 UTC
On article First Impressions: Using the Nikon D4 (183 comments in total)

I don't much like the choice of functions on top of the left control dial. I much prefer them as they are on other cameras, like the D800, with White Balance, ISO, Qual, and Bracketing. These are the four functions I want to check when I first turn my camera on. Having the metering mode under my thumb that could easily be switched as I assessed the shot through the viewfinder was very useful to me and moving it to the top left dial is not an advantage.

I also preferred the old AF point select switch on the back where you could just see the mode it was set to and flick it to another instead of having to press one button, while turning a dial, while looking at the LCD screen.

I'm all for improved ergonomics, but I don't yet see these changes as improvements.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2012 at 16:35 UTC as 69th comment
On article World Press Photo announces 2012 contest winners (168 comments in total)

A picture is worth a thousand words. And opinions are still two a penny.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2012 at 02:34 UTC as 46th comment

Free enterprise and market forces will prevail as usual. Digital photography has demystified photography in the eyes of the public resulting in a devaluation of its perceived worth. In the recent recession, one of the biggest segment of new business startups was wedding photography, as recently laid-off workers turned to their hobby to try and make a business of it. While there are photogs prepared to do the job for $300, however badly, I can't see the overall wedding photography market getting firmer any time soon.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 16:45 UTC as 162nd comment
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