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WastingTime: 1968: In 50 years there will be flying cars and we will go on vacations to Mars:
2018: Trump on twitter and Kodak bitcoin miner.

You might be up to something. Seems to me many of the 1968 social movements degenerated into fighting reason and common sense.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 15:25 UTC

One thing missing from the discussion is the price. Assuming he acted honestly, would his work benefit community or be just another 20K graciously spent by local government to one of their favorites?

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 16:56 UTC as 4th comment
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ZurichPhoto: Oh, he's an artist, alright: a BS artist. Here's his response to the city's decision to remove the work.

On Wednesday, artist Derek Michael Besant said in an emailed statement that he wanted to “apologize to all concerned.” “When I received some torn-out pages from a handout flyer with these faces, my impression was they were already out in the public domain,” Besant said. “Therefore, I thought they could be collaged as backgrounds to be further interrupted with text elements for the 4 Street community art-site concept.”

Ah, the classic "I thought it was in the public domain" line. Never gets old.

Ah that slimy Vincent

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 16:51 UTC
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AlanG: Is Ivanka Trump behind this?

Well, as your reply is definitely neither subtle nor clever tell us when you are buying diamond covered Canon to improve your photographic output?

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 04:54 UTC

Trolltunga is really nice, moderate hike but rather congested. The spotty weather could actually be a blessing - shorter queue to make that photo at the end of the trolls tongue. Like most of wilderness photographs - the real story is outside of the frame.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 19:33 UTC as 67th comment | 1 reply
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fotogrofur: So with modern advances in technology the high end Pixel and iPhone both seem to have worse screens than previous models. And the screens suffer from color shifts and burn in (per Apple memos). So how are we advancing???

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Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 14:28 UTC
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entoman: Some people here seem to be attempting to restart the Cold War.

I come from a poor background and had a mediocre education, but as a result of hard work and a lot of determination I built a reasonably successful business and have travelled to over 40 countries.

One of the first things that you begin to understand, when you travel widely, is that people of every nation, every colour and every religion are exactly the same. They raise families, they work, they have hobbies or interests, and they want to live their lives with a reasonable degree of comfort, be properly fed, and live in peace.

Well. One does not have to travel to 40 countries to realize you are wrong. Countries, cultures and religions differ as widely as individuals who create and support them. All have their own good and bad traits. They are not created equal and it is a fallacy to pretend some are not better then others. You can pretend the world is homogenious but it is simply thankfully not true.

It is true that there is a lot that humankind shares but that should not close our eyes to major differences which create room for conflicts. It is just a plain fact confirmed by history of human relations. You can try to hide from that fact behind your rose colored glasses but that won't make the reality disappear.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 14:21 UTC
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ChickenBalls: This is what happens when Microsoft copies Apple products...

After using Mac Book Pro for a year I must say both companies should learn from each other's best solutions. That way I would not be daily frustrated by half baked, weird and inconvenient approaches to doing simple daily tasks. For all the hype and somewhat good looks Apple notebooks are rather crude in many respects. Form over function.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2017 at 04:03 UTC
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mart1234: The only Sony I have used that had proper ergonomics and interface. Good looking too. Sadly, the limited lens range at the time forced me to change brand.

After using A6000 and A7R I share your sentiments. Somehow the overall package suits and makes making photographs a breeze whereas many things just come in my way when I use mirrorless bodies.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 12:40 UTC
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chshooter: I had one back in the day but I exclusively saw it as a studio camera. The noise was just too much at everything but base ISO and the focusing coverage with only 9 or 11 points was pretty bad even back then. The fact that it totally missed out on the upcoming features like live-view and video was also a letdown.

It was the resolution king but pretty bad at everything else.

I used A900 exclusively for outdoor photography until I bought A7R few months ago. In many aspects it is still a camera that stands far above A7R. It has its limitations but those that you mention (lack of live view, few AF selection points and noise at high ISO settings) are not real showstoppers for average photographer. I snapped many great landscapes and portraits, mostly using base ISO setting but few at 800 to 1600.

Overall A900 is the camera that is much better than A6000 that I used and comparable to A7R to put it frankly. Photographer with better skills that I posses would have no problems with capturing excellent photographs with ease in all kinds of situations.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 12:35 UTC
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TheWhiteDog: Thank you so much for this article!!! Here I was racking my brains out figuring how I could upgrade to this camera from my Fuji x30- you just saved me a bundle of money- I have no idea how I'll ever be able to thank you enough! All kidding aside, excellent article and a very good cautionary tale on why jumping at "the new next best thing" is not always wise. These cameras will develop further 100MP sensors, better autofocus etc but right now they are in their infancy- but it has to start somewhere.

The only problem is that no one wrote similar article when new FF Sony, Nikon or Canon were issued and similar arguments could be brought forward using older, much cheaper models or smaller formats.

To me that article is weird. Not because it does not contain valid arguments, because it undoubtedly does. Reading it is amusing because I can remember where in many respects half baked cameras (like my new used A7R ;-) for example) were reviewed on that website, generating awe and praise regarding that holy grail of photo IQ improvement not perceptible to 90% of users, at the same time lightly skimming through all shortcomings like sluggish operation, EVF/LCD quirks or battery consumption.

I hope that new found sober commonsense approach will translate to reviews and the conveyor belt of silver and gold rewards will be replaced by summaries that provide adequate focus to all shortcomings and are not afraid to downgrade rating by more than few % points.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 14:29 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1582 comments in total)
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Vivid1: Another whiz bang camera from Sony that looks like it should appeal to pros, yet it has no pro following because it has no pro system. Why does Sony not decide which system they want to support, spend money on expanding their lens lineup, then convince some pros - maybe they'll get some customers...

@Viviv1 has a point. Please find me those thousands or event hundreds of great Minolta lenses being offered on the used market. Quick search from today: 100 AF f2 - one offered on ebay. This is at the time when a lot of A-mount users already jettisoned to other systems. The prices are low, but I do not think it is such a good thing. I bought my copy of 100 2-3 years ago and it already lost 60-70 USD in value. I saw modern Zeiss being offered 300-500 USD less than their store price. When I used Canon, I was able to sell lenses for my own purchase price and fast as used lens market was much deeper on both buyer and seller side.

A mount might be ok if one wants to search for a infrequent bargain on a good classic Minolta lens. However buying body for 3.2K (that has features that can't be taken advantage of with those older lenses) is somewhat of a contradiction to that approach.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 14:26 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1582 comments in total)
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Deven-D7: To those who want to know to whom this camera is marketed to, it is made for people like me. I am a long time Minolta user that never gave up on the A-mount. In fact, I keep adding lenses and made a point of getting only FF ones (Zeiss if possible). $3200 is an incredible amount of money to spend on a camera that will likely become outdated in a few years but to me at least, the A99ii likely will be something I do not move on from for a least a decade. I think the A99ii represents the pinnacle of technology. It does everything extremely well.

The whole point to getting such a camera is to team it up with many of the outstanding lenses in the Sony lineup (and yes, many have been updated recently). To me the main 'knock' on the Sony lineup of lenses is that they do not have 'cheaper' versions in the lens lineup (like F4 lenses, or the 24-105 lens). Lenses last 'forever' while bodies will come and go. It may take years to 'collect' lenses, but the A99ii should still be there.

This is great FF camera but there is no lack of great FF cameras from various manufacturers at this moment. I use(d) A900 for the last 6 years but A99II is just not a replacement. It is prohibitively expensive to create modern A mount system.

Problem is that Sony mintains systems that are kind of mixed bags. For example, A7R I bought recently to potentially replace A900, is so much behind the old camera as far as the ergonomics and speed of operation are concerned that it is not even funny. It produces great output but as camera it is simply unrefined.

With A99II I can see two options: have another mixed bag (great camera, not so great lenses) for around 3.2K USD or spend twice as much in order to refresh camera and lens lineup. For some it could be viable approach. For an amateur that does not need updated AF system A99II brings little to the table over available 1K cameras do.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 13:54 UTC
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caribousteaks: As a die hard Aperture user in denial and owner of C1v8 and v9 I really really desperately want to love C1.....but I don't. I really hate to say it but C1 despite being much more powerful and better than Aperture just does not have the flow nor the intuitiveness and better looking layout as Aperture does. I am desperate, as many in my camp are, to find a replacement for dead as a dodo Aperture but I completely struggle with C1. Where is the...? How come its like that...? etc. etc. the visual simplicity that Apple created with the layout in Aperture and easy flow of work in editing tools and use especially over bulk processing images simply makes C1 cumbersome and a chore. I really want to love C1 but so far with v8 and 9 it has not won my heart. And then this nickel and dime v10 on the heels v9...come on thats ridiculous. This isn't Adobe people...bad move Phase 1 that should be a free upgrade not 100$ not a year from the prior version. Makes customers feel like being had

I do not have experience working with Aperture but just have general comment. In my work I just switched from Windows to Mac. My initial impressions were how the hype is far cry from reality, how the Mac (hardware and software) feels unrefined and cumbersome. How form over function makes life more difficult. After few weeks I am getting along. There are several thing that still amaze me why Apple went a long way to make life complex but overall it is another system with its own advantages and quirks.

Bottom line. You worked with Aperture for so long that you got stuck in its ways. You feel it fits you like a glove. CaptureOne has many advantages over your old app. Accept it and try to leave or work around its pitfalls. Over time you will feel you can't work with other application. I wish there was but there is no perfect software.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 14:46 UTC

Thank you for showing beauty of Polish landscape. Few years ago, following Zygmunt Glogier's fascinating book, I made trip along Narew river, a bit south off Drweca. Great advanture, spying on moose families, being chased by wild hog, seeing misty river mornings. Drweca joins Wisla river near beautiful city of Torun. The idea for my next trip. Thanks a lot.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 14:05 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
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krikman: Seems that this technology already implemented in news TV.

You are right and it works for more than just images. Depending on the media some facts morph into silence, or myths morph into facts. Most of the time anything morphs into world shuttering news. That is amazing.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2016 at 15:58 UTC
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Cariboou: Here Canada price of 70-200 Sony 3.599$ Nikon 2.699$

It all depends what perspective we try to use. Existing customers have little choice if they want to keep their systems. For a completely new customer I find Sony E/A mount FF systems rather expensive. I am not sure why Sony chose that strategy. They started from moderately priced bodies. Now when they finally ironed out major usability issues they decided to offer the solution at premium prices, sometimes charging even much more than their competitors.

For someone looking at moderately priced FF system that still does not compromise convenience Sony seems to offer nothing. Pentax, Canon or Nikon have better choices.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 14:26 UTC
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Tobamory: We now have a reasonably priced 12 FPS FF Camera. Well done Sony...Just need an E to A convertor and I'm in :).

Reasonably priced? In the times when competitors are churning great FF cameras for half the price of that new Sony offer?

You might like all bells and wistles that Sony put into second iteration of A99 but you can't say it comes cheap. Users who need good tool for general photography still can't find a replacemen
t for their aging gear. If one does not shoot video what is one's incentive in shelling additional 1.5K USD for that camera as opposed to buying Pentax, Nikon or Canon?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 14:28 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Here we go again, visiting DPR's "Canon Editorials Rule Book."

In a 2-paragraph piece Allison still found the space to slip-in the "meh!" comment.

The EF-M 28mm isn't the fifth lens for the "M" line, no...It is JUST the fifth lens for the EOS M system.

Come, come. They are as brave as the football player entering the field. They are paid good money for that and they are not chained to their desks or, what is probably more true in that agile world, to nice orange plush team work sofas. To suffer potential glimpse at our ruffian comments is entirely their decision and the more comments the merrier they are.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 14:43 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1174 comments in total)
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churchward: I have a Q. I find this review odd; I think it misses the point. It tries to compare a Rolex to a Seiko. Each has its purpose each; each does what it does very well indeed. The Q can sort of do what a Japanese techfest does but it isn't really designed for that. I doubt anyone actually uses the touchscreen feature and and yes a smartphone does better video, and probably other things. What the Q does do is reconnect the user with the fundamentals of photography, forcing you to think about what you want from the image and how you will best achieve it. You will spend time on this. It is worth it. The images I get from my Q are simply astonishing - and I use top Canon glass as well. I have rediscovered monochrome. The Q is a delight to hold. It needs a half case (Lim In Korea makes a superb one), and perhaps a silk strap. You need to process the DNG files in the (free) Lightroom. If you have the cash (there is little justification} indulge yourself. You won't regret it.

If you should loose weight and buy gym membership to force youreslf to do it, instead just going outside enjoying nice weather, then most probably the only weight you are going to loose is the difference in your wallet.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 15:25 UTC
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