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Joined on Dec 29, 2007
About me:

Wow, I haven't heard the term 'plan' since the Unix days!
Anyway, I've got a modest kit - a Canon 7d, 17-40L, 10-20 EF-S, Sigma 30mm 1.4, 100-300 (the cheap one without IS), 580EXII, and some gadgets like flash bracket, remote cords and such. I've been lurking on here for years. So I guess you could say that my 'plan' is to contribute more to the discussions here.

I'm always looking to learn...


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On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)
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Mindlessbuttonmasher: Those poor schmucks with their big expensive DSLR's, what were they thinking?!

They look like a bunch of photos taken with a smartphone to me; certainly not professional-looking images. The photojournalist is a great photographer (the edit on ESPN is a much better representation of his ability), but images shot on a smartphone look like images shot on a smartphone.

In the bad old days, many pros carried a film or digital point and shoot. Guys like Alex Majoli made entire careers out of point-and-shoot cameras, until a few of them got purchase-endorsements by companies like Leica.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 14:16 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)
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ttran88: A few more nails in the dslr coffin. Not completely shut yet but getting there.

Weddings are only a VERY SMALL market for photographers. For every wedding you can't shoot with an iPhone, there are millions of others you can.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 14:14 UTC
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Toselli: Ok the old optical design, ok manual focus, ok the price (more or less), but why would I want a new (and pricy) lens that can only be used in stop down? For mirrorless it's ok, but it's not a great fun shooting on a reflex with dark viewfinder... Given that you can have the same shooting experience and lens character with something like 20 dollars...

I'm willing to bet the kickstarter lenses are nothing like the original MO lenses. These are modern retro-interpretations.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 14:36 UTC

Back when Meyer-Optik was actually making lenses for cameras, their lenses were considered the "cheap and cheerful" of the German lens lines.

Their lenses were actually pretty poor performs but they came free with many german camera bodies, so nobody really complained much - until they bought a lens by any other German (or anything, really) manufacturer.

I thought the whole hipster thing was dying off. I was so happy that people with ironic beards were no longer lustily staring at my film cameras in the street.


Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 14:34 UTC as 9th comment
On article Meyer-Optik Goerlitz launches 3-element 95mm F2.6 (124 comments in total)
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keepreal: These lenses are very expensive. Does anything suggest there is a decent justification for this? I would not be interested even if they were giving them away. If three elements lenses can be that good, why are other top quality brands like Leica and Hasselblad not also producing them?

My suspicion is this is a case of the "King's new clothes", the marketing aiming at people who have too much money to know what to do with it, as I also suggested about the new exotic metal Trioplans.

What on earth is the point of forking out for this lens or those others? You cannot show it off like a Lamborghini.

It's not THAT expensive to coat optical lenses. It's down to an exact science. I HIGHLY doubt they coat their own lenses. They likely come ground, shaped, coated, and sealed from companies like Hoya. Whoever is behind the otherwise defunct Meyer-Optics name is just marketing.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 23:39 UTC
On article Meyer-Optik Goerlitz launches 3-element 95mm F2.6 (124 comments in total)
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FelixCatana: That guy who keeps on claiming less lens elements gives you "a better 3D rendering" must be jizzing in his pants right now

Well, he has "stumpled" so that explains his reasoning.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 23:35 UTC
On article Meyer-Optik Goerlitz launches 3-element 95mm F2.6 (124 comments in total)
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jsimoespedro: This is borderline fraud.
The sample photos at manufacturer's website are soft. How the hell are the claimed 60MP going to be met?
The optical layout looks like a Cooke triplet with performance to match. This is simply the simplest, cheapest, lowest performance lens to make.

Actually, honest-to-goodness Meyer-Optic lenses of years gone by were soft and poor... So if they're pitching the name for poor quality, they're bang on. They obviously found a group of silly people who were willing to buy it for the price they set.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 23:33 UTC
On article Meyer-Optik Goerlitz launches 3-element 95mm F2.6 (124 comments in total)

People seem to be jumping on this as if it's a luxury brand. Meyer Goerlitz tended to make lousy camera optics. Most of their lenses were cheap-and-cheerful. Now they're recreating them and charging a fortune for them.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 13:08 UTC as 20th comment
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (651 comments in total)
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disasterpiece: AF only covering half of the frame's width? What time is it, 2004 maybe?

It's "loser" not "looser", bro.

Keep in mind that, like most contemporary PDAF systems, the boxes represent the centre of each focusing element. The detectors themselves likely extend outwards enough to detect focusing cues closer to the edge of the frame. Of course, you better not have any curvature of field in that lens you're using or you're in for a surprise, anyway.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 16:46 UTC
On article Nikon's New D5 and D500 Push the Boundaries of DSLR (737 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: Unfortunately DSLRs are only really for pros nowadays. Nobody I know wants to lug around a dslr anymore. Even my friend who has been a full time pro photographer for 15 years has switched entirely to Fuji with the x-t1.

I think the point here is "never say never"... Never say you can't shoot a wedding with Mirrorless gear. Likewise, never assume someone with a D810 actually knows what they're doing... ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2016 at 17:47 UTC
On article Kodak revives Super 8 with part-digital cine camera (367 comments in total)
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Stephen McDonald: Nest thing you know, Quadraphonic records will be back and maybe this time, they'll get it right, so you can actually hear something from those rear channels. And I can't wait to use my 8-Track recorder again.

Well, with stereo there's no real requirement that you sit absolutely still, in just the right spot to hear your music properly. Let's not even talk about having to have at least twice the number of speakers, twice the number of amplifiers, twice the preamps, twice the space to hold it all...

Even in the worst implementations, stereo provides a pleasing method of reproduction. There are ways of creating additional rear sound imagery with two speakers - that's pretty much what happens now. It was kind-of like how MiniDisc and DCC didn't take off... It just wasn't the right combo of practical and groundbreaking.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2016 at 16:37 UTC
On article Nikon's New D5 and D500 Push the Boundaries of DSLR (737 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: Unfortunately DSLRs are only really for pros nowadays. Nobody I know wants to lug around a dslr anymore. Even my friend who has been a full time pro photographer for 15 years has switched entirely to Fuji with the x-t1.

You wouldn't photograph a wedding with a Fuji XT-1 because C-AF couldn't keep up? What kind of weddings do you attend? Ones where everyone is running away in chaos from each other?

People forget that some of the coolest baseball card shots were taken with 'Blads on the diamond. Apparently those guys with 800mm Zeiss manual focus lenses and focus tabs knew how to track a runner...

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2016 at 16:09 UTC
On article Behind the Camera: A conversation with Peter Hurley (64 comments in total)
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papa natas: Well, I'll get hell back here from the teeming millions on account of what I think, and by the way, I NEVER write OMHO.. I'm not humble.
1- It's stupid to ass-u-me that we ALL have converted to 4K. That goes to whomever had the brilliant idea to post this video in 4K.
2- This Hurley guy, of which I never seen his work, may have or be rough talent. Then, I cannot help but to reminisce the Old talent: those guys such as Hamilton, Adams, Leidmann, Clarke, Newton, and the list goes on, who were issued from the Plastic Arts & Visual Media environment; then came to discover photography with MANUAL cameras.
They had to LEARN the trade the good old way: to master composition, f stop and shutter speed with a narrow window of 36 shots. Nowadays it will be a capital sin not to get a dozen of decent images out of 500 shots. It's like shooting fish in a barrel, mind you.
For these guys Bokeh wasn't an artistic expression.

So, here we see an example of someone who couldn't possibly get the photos Peter Hurley gets. Why? Because he spends time on DPReview trolling, and because he appears to be a grumpy individual.

Who cares about Gary Bernstein... We're not talking about him here. But he appears to be living quite comfortably in California. Certainly, shooting with a now obsolete film was his choice, not to make it harder on himself, but because it was easier for him to ship the film off to a local Kodachrome developing house and get his slides back and many of his clients (because of the times) simply wanted K64 slides.

Don't make it sound like film-photographers toiled in despair while those who choose digital cameras have it easy. You still have to be a nice person and be there.

Good luck.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2015 at 15:50 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (741 comments in total)

Did I miss something, or did I not see the lens used for some of these tests.
The image on the conclusion page is interesting. It was shot with a Sigma lens. That noise (the patterned banding) look like the noise I used to get on my older 7D using a Sigma lens that wasn't quite right in its head. After I sent it back to Sigma, they swapped out the circuit and I never had an issue with it again.

I don't know if it's wise to test those sorts of things with out-of-system reverse-engineered components. Canon, out of all the camera companies out there, has been the absolute worst at providing guidance to third-party lens manufacturers. By using a third party lens, you've basically poisoned the test results for some of those images - because Canon never guarantees compatibility with anything from Sigma.

It wouldn't surprise me at all if some of the worst shadow noise you found was caused by that Sigma lens.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2015 at 13:18 UTC as 85th comment | 9 replies
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AntonH: Still no leaf shutter? If Pentax wants to get a piece of this market, it must release new leaf shutter lenses for studio photographers. There is a big gap that needs to be bridged. The x-sync from DSLR is snail slow.

Not only that but the light falloff at 1/500 sync for most leaf shutters makes flash photography at that speed more of an effect than a problem-solver.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2015 at 01:49 UTC
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TriezeA72: Polaroid should redo the SX-70 Land camera, like the original SX-70 it will be an instant film camera, but also a digital camera that works in conjunction with your smartphone, all digital images will be directly stored on your phone and you can mount your phone on an inbuilt retractable craddle and use it as a live view screen.
Hipster or not, these would sell like hot cakes

A company called C&A Marketing, actually... Production is farmed out, too. Polaroid makes nothing. It's identical to Vivitar. It's only a name to be licensed out.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 22:17 UTC
On article Light L16 packs 16 cameras into a single portable body (400 comments in total)

I doubt any consumer would ever buy this. But I doubt they'll ever make something to mass-market to consumers. I'm sure they hope some large company buys them out and purchases their technology.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2015 at 16:40 UTC as 25th comment
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Mike Davis: Quoting the article, above: "The reporter is also amazed that the screw heads in the body of JH Darumeya’s stereo camera from 1860 are all perfectly aligned. "

JH Darumeya? LOL

His name was JH Dallmeyer - search for it.

"Darumeya" is how an English-speaking Japanese national would pronounce "Dallmeyer." The reporter needs to do his homework.

I know, it's pretty funny. They could have checked the wording before posting. I'm going take a guess that a lot of the DP Review staff don't know who JH Dallmeyer is.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2015 at 14:34 UTC

The fact that the display in the examples shows "NEIN" reminds me of every poke at Germans Monty Python has ever made. This is a joke, right?

"The shutter physically retracts..." How emasculating! ;-)

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2015 at 15:43 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
On article Heavy lifting: Leica S (Type 007) sample gallery (197 comments in total)
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JEROME NOLAS: I am signing off forever, I can't wait forever when the loupe starts working. I will not buy a new comp. every time you "upgrade" anything that was working

I'd love to see these RAW files render on a typical workstation used for photography. It may actually not be so bad.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2015 at 17:11 UTC
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