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goblin

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On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (795 comments in total)
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goblin: DPR, I feel indeed strongly about you spendin I don't know how many pages out of 10 to the FD mount. This is a mount'a been dead'a for 30 years, and is a sign of what's wrong with this article:

- Photography is mostly lenses

- Lenses do age (yes, they do. Even mechanical ones).

- When recommending a system to have fun with - resale value be damned - the FD system is the worst possible. Aside from not being better than the others, it consists mostly of bodies which had a lot of electronics for their time, which is by now failing (the AE-1, specifically, has that beautiful shutter squeak).

Of course, all these concerns can be voided if you had mentioned the correct monster to use with this system: The Canon T-90

- The best film system is the one still made: Nikon still sells film cameras (B&H has them). There are also numerous brand new Vivitar clones (Phoenix, as well as said FM-10) in Nikon mount.

- Voigtlander is still out there, with amazing products.

To be continued :)

DL Taylor, with all due respect - I stand by my opinion that recommending the FD system on close to half the "article" while not mentioning the availability of new as well as new old stock systems is skewed enough to make every opposing comment sound like FUD.

Lenses do age, glass does yellow, aperture blades oil does evaporate, and in general - all other things being equal (price, quality, availability) - a system discontinued in the late eighties is a worse choice than one that died in the early 2000 or is still available, any way you spin it.

Putting the FD at the same level as Nikon, Pentax, or even the latest Minoltas is a joke at best, if not sloppy work. The former are systems where the lenses still have some outlet, the latter is a system abandoned years ago.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 14:30 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (795 comments in total)
In reply to:

goblin: DPR, I feel indeed strongly about you spendin I don't know how many pages out of 10 to the FD mount. This is a mount'a been dead'a for 30 years, and is a sign of what's wrong with this article:

- Photography is mostly lenses

- Lenses do age (yes, they do. Even mechanical ones).

- When recommending a system to have fun with - resale value be damned - the FD system is the worst possible. Aside from not being better than the others, it consists mostly of bodies which had a lot of electronics for their time, which is by now failing (the AE-1, specifically, has that beautiful shutter squeak).

Of course, all these concerns can be voided if you had mentioned the correct monster to use with this system: The Canon T-90

- The best film system is the one still made: Nikon still sells film cameras (B&H has them). There are also numerous brand new Vivitar clones (Phoenix, as well as said FM-10) in Nikon mount.

- Voigtlander is still out there, with amazing products.

To be continued :)

My bad Franco. Never got too much the distinction between Cosina and Vivitar, at least not in the US.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 14:23 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (795 comments in total)
In reply to:

goblin: DPR, I feel indeed strongly about you spendin I don't know how many pages out of 10 to the FD mount. This is a mount'a been dead'a for 30 years, and is a sign of what's wrong with this article:

- Photography is mostly lenses

- Lenses do age (yes, they do. Even mechanical ones).

- When recommending a system to have fun with - resale value be damned - the FD system is the worst possible. Aside from not being better than the others, it consists mostly of bodies which had a lot of electronics for their time, which is by now failing (the AE-1, specifically, has that beautiful shutter squeak).

Of course, all these concerns can be voided if you had mentioned the correct monster to use with this system: The Canon T-90

- The best film system is the one still made: Nikon still sells film cameras (B&H has them). There are also numerous brand new Vivitar clones (Phoenix, as well as said FM-10) in Nikon mount.

- Voigtlander is still out there, with amazing products.

To be continued :)

...As for "Which defunct system to look at"-look at those who ended up their lives with a lot of inventory:

Olympus OM:

- While the best of them, the OM-4Ti, is difficult to repair once failed, there's a real OM guru out there at zuiko dot com, who repairs them all to better than new. Also, at least in the US, there was a huge stock of unsold OM lenses which was carried on forever (new OM lenses were still in stock at BH a few years ago), which means there are plenty of lenses out there who have another 30 years of life at least.

- Konica:

One more that was excellent, and which closed with a lot of unsold stock on their hands. New Konica lenses still popped on a regular basis as recently as a few years ago. They have been decimated by us 4/3 users who hacked them to work in our 4/3 dslrs, but that's over now.

- Best for last: You want to speak GEMS ? You can't miss the Contax NX. Don't know what it was ? They, too, closed with a huge stock of unsold new gear. Still easy to find.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 15:18 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (795 comments in total)

DPR, I feel indeed strongly about you spendin I don't know how many pages out of 10 to the FD mount. This is a mount'a been dead'a for 30 years, and is a sign of what's wrong with this article:

- Photography is mostly lenses

- Lenses do age (yes, they do. Even mechanical ones).

- When recommending a system to have fun with - resale value be damned - the FD system is the worst possible. Aside from not being better than the others, it consists mostly of bodies which had a lot of electronics for their time, which is by now failing (the AE-1, specifically, has that beautiful shutter squeak).

Of course, all these concerns can be voided if you had mentioned the correct monster to use with this system: The Canon T-90

- The best film system is the one still made: Nikon still sells film cameras (B&H has them). There are also numerous brand new Vivitar clones (Phoenix, as well as said FM-10) in Nikon mount.

- Voigtlander is still out there, with amazing products.

To be continued :)

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 15:10 UTC as 99th comment | 10 replies
On article Looking back: Canon's eye-controlled focus (208 comments in total)

I used it, and it worked beautifully well for me.

In 2006, after a long-ish photo hiatus I naturally reached towards Canon, to discover that not only ECF was no longer available - it was not commented on, not mentioned, not discussed - it was like that promising son who was meant to do big things in life then suddenly shamed the family and no one ever mention any more. It was like Nikolay Iejov deleted from that picture with Stalin - just a memory in the mind of someone not relevant.

I'd gladly use it today.

I suspect one of two things, or both:
- Reviews were always polarized. People claimed it either worked perfectly, either not at all. I suspect that the system simply didn't work well for some types of eyes. If memory serves, all the complaints I've ever seen were from people past a certain age (I was 25 when I got my A2E, and back then it wasn't a camera young people could afford.

- Or, Canon realized this system could hurt an eye in the long term, and pulled it back in a hurry

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 13:36 UTC as 111th comment

We have helicopter hijacking, jammers, zsu-23-4, crash & burn, ambush & capture and shotgun on one page. We have tripped the correct switches. Our conspiracy is as stealth and hidden as it can be :-D

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 17:51 UTC as 23rd comment
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goblin: So this is basically a $$$ drone with a $$$$$$$$ camera on it ?
I am preparing my drone net. Would someone kindly provide me the flying paths ?

Karroly, I shall be creative :) I'll push Etheral Light in the spotlight :-D

If helicopter hijacking for camera bounty worked, there'd be plenty of heavy duty gyro gimballs on Fleabay :)

A drone net, on the other side...

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 17:46 UTC

So this is basically a $$$ drone with a $$$$$$$$ camera on it ?
I am preparing my drone net. Would someone kindly provide me the flying paths ?

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 17:23 UTC as 28th comment | 4 replies

I think Sekonic just caused me undue harm and stress by subjugating me with yet another gizmo that I totally don't need but absolutely want to need and will most definitely justify needing to the point of needing it enough to think myself into buying it. Should I sue them ?

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 18:21 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply

A nice little technological marvel for its time, sacrificed on the altar of strategic misplanning by beancounting olympic champions in self-foot shooting.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 16:52 UTC as 48th comment | 2 replies
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firemachine69: So... Why hasn't anyone talked about a mini umbrella that just attaches to the camera itself...

And watch your camera tip its tripod away at the first wind gust.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 16:26 UTC
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speculatrix: why isn't there a mini umbrella that attaches to a camera's hot-shoe?

Because in order to be at the same time not intruding in the field of view of wide lenses AND not poking your eye out, it will have to be of an asymmetrical shape. Which would require a different structure and will most likely make it look like a... WAIT !!! LIKE A CANOPY !!! :-D
And, in order to not make your camera jerking and destabilizing your hold, or simply fly away at the first wind gust if left on tripod, it will have to be attached NOT on the camera, NOT on the tripod, and maybe NOT on your hands... maybe on your head... or backpack...WAIT...

Blast. This product might be onto something.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 16:23 UTC

As for the product itself - I won't buy it. I don't need it. But let me play the devil's advocate a bit:

- This product has nothing to do with an umbrella. For anyone who ever had to deal with a baby stroller and bad weather - this thing is an obvious adaptation of a baby stroller canopy.

- It is stronger, more aerodynamic, protecting more, and getting caught less in the wind than an umbrella.

- Should wind resistance become an actual issue, IT IS NOT ATTACHED TO THE HEAD. It is attached to the backpack. It will not jerk your head around before flying away, as a head umbrella would.

- As such, it might actually have some very legitimate uses, even if in very limited case figures. Which - surprise - is the case of a huge percentage of photographic accessories.

Here, I'll shoot a case where it could be useful TO ME: the lens hood of my Zuiko 50-200mm SWD is so huge it actually catches wind on a bad day . With this gizmo covering the sides, wind bursts won't jerk my camera

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 15:07 UTC as 29th comment

I find this whole article a bit troubling.

First thing first - DPR, you will NEVER erase the shame of the Nimbus Cloud Dome review (deleting it from the website didn't heal the burn in our memories). Don't try ! WE SHAN'T FORGET :-P :-P :-P

Second - the whole article here is quite a bit self-serving. Tongue in cheek humor is like a good spice - it can make propel a meal to stratospheric heights or sink it to abyssal depths, but one thing is sure: no spice can replace a meal on its own.

Throughout the years, DPR has not used us to putting news with the only goal of bashing a product, no matter how ridiculous. Obvious scams and ripoffs aside (of which I don't remember you having debunked any), a bad product can be simply ignored. You don't have to lower your level to the level of the products you bash.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 14:58 UTC as 30th comment
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noodle yum: Or get a camera with weather resistance (like I have an Olympus OM-D E-M5) and not looking like a dork ;p

Weatherproofed camera and lens won't help one bit against the rain drops going down your front lens element or filter, which this (or any other similar) device is about.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 14:46 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (350 comments in total)
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Marty4650: "We had many discussions, and we chose to be bold and aim for a hit a higher consumer value point."

translation:

"We talked it over, and we decided to charge a lot more for it. As long as the camera performed as expected, we knew that our customers would pay a much higher price for it. And we needed a much higher price due to our sales volumes shrinking. It turned out to be the right decision."

"...As long as we had some poor s#ckers still holding on to their 4/3 lenses, we could charge anything we wanted, as this still remains the only new camera in the range to support them. So we just creatively used "...will be slightly more expensive..." in our interviews last year, and made that "slightly" be $600. Our bellies still ache from the laughs..."

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 11:15 UTC
On article Leica offers free fix for faulty AF in some S lenses (92 comments in total)

Oh, the Goodwill !!! Doing a regular technical recall on a faulty product !!! Amazed I am !!!

This is the final proof that Leica is the love child of a threesome between apple, chipotle and abercrombe & fitch while Wholefoods was watching: they are nicer than we deserve. Repent !!!

Nah, I'm venting. I'm sulking because they never replied what ping pong rubber brand they used in the amazing ping pong M (https://www.dpreview.com/news/6905957779/leica-announces-special-edition-m-p-in-red-table-tennis-bat-rubber)

Is it German made too, like - Dr Neubauer long pimples - if yes - which one ? The Viper ? The Desperado ? The Boomerang ? The Scalpel ???

Or is it Chinese, like - Friendship ?

I was ready to pull the trigger on that one, but I-am-not-getting-me-no-M-with-Chai-nese-rubber, no Sir. Eh. They lost me on that one.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 19:28 UTC as 38th comment

This is something we eagerly expected, but...

NOTE TO SIGMA:

As of today, Sigma Capture Pro (the camera tethering software which allows control via USB cable from a computer) FORCES DNG OFF.

Even if the camera is set to DNG, controlling it from SCPro forces it to the old choices (RAW, RAW+Jpeg, etc). DNG IS NOT AVAILABLE.
Disconnecting the camera from SCPro reverts it back to DNG.

At this point, this still makes any "standardized" studio workflow impossible.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 18:42 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
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gipper51: Hmmm...buy these 9 lenses... or a new Porsche 911 and save some money?

Look for B&H # LESLC10LSF on their website. Probably still less expensive.

"...This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable..."

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 20:26 UTC
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Arastoo Vaziri: Please don't overreact: I don't condone what the bloke in the van did in any way, but the photograph of the van (not the one with it being removed) is far more interesting than the rather commonplace one with the creases.
And I wonder whether the towing vehicle tracks weren't even more harmful to the ground. Couldn't they have used an helicopter to remove the van?

A bunch of people feel completely right to expect NATIONAL PARKS to be respected according to THE LAW, and do not feel one bit guilty about being entitled to that.

It's part of the social contract, and damn right we are entitled to it, just as you are ENTITLED to not having some monocell brain drive their van over YOU because they felt like it, even if at this point some here might approve.

Yours is brain jerking off at the most boring level. This is a protected park, protected by law. It is protected because indeed - a bunch of people did the right thing to protect it from both idiots and pretentious idiots alike.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 15:22 UTC
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