leewardism

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Teila Day: He should be fired and banned from working in law enforcement again in the U.S.. He should also face felony criminal charges. How many shots would've been fired had it been a 250lb, 6'4, dark skinned journalist? Yes... I said it. How would that kangaroo "investigation" wash out? Cop reasonably mistook the Canon® (pun) for a gun? I wonder if the same cop would reasonably mistake a guy coming out of an architecture firm with a long tube of drawings as a bazooka? Nah... probably not...

Meanwhile, Australian woman get shot by police, in white neighbourhood for being no bigger threat than being in her pyjamas. Cop still at work.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 02:40 UTC

Why did the photographer not have a drone with Hellfire missiles is probably the relevant question?.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 02:29 UTC as 40th comment
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1909 comments in total)
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schack: This announcement cements the complete and utter failure of both Canon and Nikon. Especially Nikon who hasn't made any significant new technological announcements the last 5 years. They seem to have lost all momentum.

Photography is headed to a place that lets you have options, even the A9 with an adaptor lets you use canon af glass, fully functioning.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 03:12 UTC
On article Sony a9 first look videos (301 comments in total)

When you look at the depth of facilities and ability to crank out new models, it must be daunting for the likes of Canon and Nikon just offering comparable models.
Sony is big enough to force your hand to produce new models at every price point. Sony is and electronics company in a photographic field, thus used to turning out new models far more regularly. Canikon are not used to such erosion of the marketplace

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 02:40 UTC as 18th comment | 5 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1909 comments in total)
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mxx: Only 24 megapixels? It's 2017, Sony!

It will
'just start at 24 mp. Every new model, a speed bump, humm sounds like a computer "Beige Box" sales routine.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 07:49 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1909 comments in total)
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Noogy: It is only when competition leads to the raising of the performance bar that innovation becomes truly biased to customer benefit. While I do not expect an overnight transition of Canon sports shooters to Sony, this definitely gets Canon's attention to speed things up or risk bigger market share reduction down the road. Appreciate what Sony is trying to do to the digital camera market.

When mechanical shutters are running at high speed, the service intervals go through the roof. As we move to nonmechanical shutters we achieve an immense reliability improvement and long-term capability achievement

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 07:37 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1909 comments in total)
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Triplet Perar: Folks seem to forget the history of photography. 35mm photography used film from *35mm movie cameras* to create a visual art and expression distinguished from movies. It is called the still picture, NOT the moving picture. Now Sony wants to undo the history, and throw us back into pure movie cameras business, because that was their intent all along, to turn the photography market into video market, a strategy of which they bragged about.
Those 20 fps in A9 is "just 4 fps short" of movie mode — now, does Sony think users are that stupid not to see what they do by deliberate design? They cut off at 20, just to have some guts to call this a 'photography camera', and not what it REALLY is. But prudence calls to call spade a spade, and this camera IS a movie camera, pretending to be a 'photography camera'.

It doesn't make a lot of sense haveing to different units that ultimately do the same thing. Our phones have filled that void. I rarely use video but really a flick of a switch and the Delorian lands us there.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 07:27 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1909 comments in total)
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schack: This announcement cements the complete and utter failure of both Canon and Nikon. Especially Nikon who hasn't made any significant new technological announcements the last 5 years. They seem to have lost all momentum.

They resemble they "Beige Box" days of PCs, wow a small speed bump every year and call it progress.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 07:22 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1909 comments in total)

I have to say, where would we be if Sony had not entered the DSLR realm, would we have even got to 14 megapixels by now?.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 07:19 UTC as 99th comment | 8 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1909 comments in total)
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Triplet Perar: Folks seem to forget the history of photography. 35mm photography used film from *35mm movie cameras* to create a visual art and expression distinguished from movies. It is called the still picture, NOT the moving picture. Now Sony wants to undo the history, and throw us back into pure movie cameras business, because that was their intent all along, to turn the photography market into video market, a strategy of which they bragged about.
Those 20 fps in A9 is "just 4 fps short" of movie mode — now, does Sony think users are that stupid not to see what they do by deliberate design? They cut off at 20, just to have some guts to call this a 'photography camera', and not what it REALLY is. But prudence calls to call spade a spade, and this camera IS a movie camera, pretending to be a 'photography camera'.

If we think back to prehistoric times (10 yrs ago) Sony's Beta Cam really was the standard, and stills weren't an issue. All that tech is still there floating in the "Bleachers" it never dies just waits for reincarnation.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 07:14 UTC
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Cine Ray: I think I can get same stf bokeh with a radial gnd filter and 100mm macro. ( if there is one out there) you never get a full f 2.8 with this 100mm gm.

Blurring the daylights out of a pic and running a grad mask is nothing like it trust me.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 05:53 UTC
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Cine Ray: I think I can get same stf bokeh with a radial gnd filter and 100mm macro. ( if there is one out there) you never get a full f 2.8 with this 100mm gm.

Guys, you really have to use the lens to get an incredible result. Using PS is nothing like the real deal I am afraid.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 05:51 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1582 comments in total)
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lhkjacky: @Sdaniella,
Here is the image that show A99mk2 Full-articulated LCD can face forward, at the same time it does not block the mic jack, headphone jack, HDMI & USB port.
https://s26.postimg.org/ry6dwhqmx/A99_II_w_SAL2470_Z2_tilt_lcd_4a.jpg

When every single nasal hair has to be razor sharp, accept no substitute.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 11:24 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...

This infatuation with "Pro Spec" is very overrated. Some of the Minolta lenses are better bang for buck than most of the new stuff out there. And believe it or not I feel this camera is aimed at expressly those who want a hand full of their legacy or G lenses and an upgrade occasionally. Sony still keeps them brand loyal.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 11:22 UTC
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leewardism: We all jumped at the chance to go digital, because Dev & Print was not cheap, neither was the camera tech. We could shoot 24 or 36 shots and I we were lucky we were really happy with probably 10 % of them.
Now we shoot volumes of stuff, we have to go through, and we still get about 10-15% we are happy with and then we skip into Lightroom and Pshop and wind up doing far to much work for the ROI. What happened to real fun?.

There is an Aussie by the name of Jerry Ghonis who has international awards for wedding portraits with an Iphone. The guy is just over the top. Check it out.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 06:42 UTC
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melgross: I can't understand any of this. I ran a major commercial photo lab here in NYC for many years, until we sold it in late 2004. By that time, we were mostly digital.

When talking to Kodak, I saw the depths that film had come to. In fact, in 2000, I wrote an article for their monthly publication, "Lab Notes" that went to all the independent labs that used Kodak products. In that, I predicted that by 2010, film would effectly be dead, and it was. Kodak predicted the same thing later, in 2002.

We also processed Kodachrome film with our own modified process, which we developed for professional photographers, as Kodachrome was considered, and treated as, a consumer film. We and Kodak signed more than a few agreements over that.

Having said that, Kodachrome was a great film, for its day. But as far as sharpness goes, it's the equivelant of between a 14 and 18MB sensor, and the color is so much worse from batch to batch.

The fact of the matter is Provia is the preferred scan medium. So much more forgiving and the profile is far less invasive.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 11:15 UTC
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Scott Eaton: While K25 in 35mm and the short lived 120 variants provided good enlargement and projection potential nobody does optical / reversal printing anymore which will require you to scan it. Spent enough years trying to get decent commercial scans from Kodachrome, and while it can be done it requires a precisely exposed slide that's underexposed proportionally with increasing contrast. I'll take 120 Provia - thanks.
So, once again what are you going to do with a box of Kodachrome other than try to take pictures of it with a digital camera (scanner)? Nothing. Just another distraction for hipster contrarians who prefer to walk around with ancient cameras and bad mouth digital while stroking their precious Lecias, but don't actually take pictures. IMO, if Kodak wants to bring back a legacy emulsion you can actually do something with I suggest RG25. At least existing minilabs can print it.

Today's drum scanners scan full range, uncorrected and a scan profile is applied, nothing like the fly by the seat of your pants days. An ICC profile for Kodachrome is easy to formulate and it is applied at RGB stage. Nothing like the eighties.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 11:12 UTC
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sh10453: I can only pull my hair off, or bang my head against the wall.
Kodak is hanging onto life by a thin, spiderweb-type thread. These "smart" people are insisting on cutting off that thread and ending Kodak's life forever!

There is no logic or any business sense in what they are trying to do (either here or with their super 8 video camera).
It's equivalent to something like Ford deciding to dedicate a factory to, and start making the Model T all over again.
It baffles me why they don't spend this money on an enthusiast-level digital camera that is worthy of the good old Kodak name!
No doubt Mr. Eastman is now rolling in his grave.
It's true that there is no limit when it comes to idiocy.

The fuji instax is a instant camera that is selling extremely well, why?. Crappy images, silly colour, no jpeg, but that's not the point!. People are actually having FUN, laughing at silliness and how cool those stupid images are.
There isn't anything "madcap" about digital, as a matter of fact it's almost life and death. ( OMG is that potential grain???) yes, and it's OK.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 11:06 UTC
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Sivakumar V: Just funny. After all the film cameras are extinct, who is going to shoot film. It is like making a pen when people use only key board.

No one can afford the cost of film and dev and scans at scale. We shoot far too much and fix downstream, where applying your knowledge and shooting it properly is far more satisfying.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 10:57 UTC
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Yuree: I used ektachrome, fuji velvia and provia, and I would be very happy to try kodachrome. First time i used professional film at 2011 and I cant stop to use it by now. Also since 2011 i use full frame DSLR and since 2014 my cell phones, but analogue films is additional inspiration to me.
Digital cameras are very easy to use, but also very boring. Any way, realistic grayish digital colors are not interesting for me. Often need to spend much time to achieve harmonious and vivid colors. You cant edit whole image at once, you need to edit HSL for individual image areas.
There is something magical in whole analogue process, starting from manual exposure setting, ending with getting scans.

The obvious draw back of positive film is hard shadows. So working with flash to soften the contrast will give you everything you want. If too open you can always use Photoshop on those scans.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 10:53 UTC
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