goblin

goblin

Lives in United States Bronx, NY, United States
Works as a IT
Joined on Aug 14, 2009

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The only company where calling tech support gives you a human picking up the phone at the second ring, which would gladly let you speak with a tech if you have questions. Or the tech working on your gear if you have questions about that one

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 01:28 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply

Not exactly sure whether all light pollution is equal, but it cranks me up a bit that in all the comments what is basically the astronomer's nightmare is becoming the root of all evils.

No, you can't see the Milky Way in my city (yes, I've seen it enough and yes, it is beautiful and majestic) - so what.

You have a glowing night sky instead, with glowing clouds, with glowing fog, with rivers that reflect pure fire. You have a forest of glass skyscrapers which on fall and spring mornings bring you the vision of people who are both back and front lit, with amazing light falling from the weirdest angles at the weirdest moment, reflected by all that glass. Just walk on 42nd street from 3rd ave to Lexington on an autumn morning between eight and nine (daylight savings time, please).

A photography forum should be the place where people are able to appreciate what they have. Night cityscapes have never been so beautiful. And in the big city, everything is 45 miles away. Dark spots too.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2017 at 02:33 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
In reply to:

Ebrahim Saadawi: I still can't understand how an excellent tripod can be redesigned specifically for a Sony Alpha camera. Perhaps lighter weight to match the small/light body? A tripod plate that's designed for camera bottom (around the battery compartment)?

Unless it's something radical like a built-in cage or top handles or similar stuff intergrated within the tripod I can't think of any.

Maybe they're colour matched?

It can be designed specifically, when the company that makes it also makes a cure for everything photographic from hemorroids to hurricanes (forgive me, FZ :) ).

Be ready for the Sony specific backpack that will be tailored to the Sony specific tripod with the baseline pair of Sony lenses, etc. If smartly designed - it will be also airplane cabin compatible (size), etc.

This is a whole ecosystem, and there's no harm in designing it.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 14:18 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Sigma SD1 (232 comments in total)

This remains to this day an ultimate tool for garment shoots, sabotaged to this day by the lack of any civilized/non-geek way of creating dcp color profiles for it.

From a happy SD1m; DP1/2/3m; DP2Q; SDQ (between others) owner.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 21:09 UTC as 32nd comment

It stops being blackmail in the low millions. North of that it becomes a business model. At this level, even Mel Gibson as Tom Mullen would pay his monthly...

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 17:04 UTC as 35th comment

My first (Soviet) Zenit lasted till I gave it away. It probably still works.

My second (Russian) Zenit was purchased in the mid 90s at a Customs auction selling equipment seized from Russian tourists (there was one such auction every couple of months, always the same thing - binoculars, Zenits, and sometimes Minox 35 copies by Korsar or whatever the name was) lasted 12 shots.
The leatherette still had that typical Zenit smell of a cow not quite dead yet. The winding mechanism got stuck at frame 12, and that was it.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 20:21 UTC as 117th comment | 2 replies

DPR is doing a great job putting Hermann Rorschach out of one.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2017 at 16:59 UTC as 121st comment
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yousaf: With Modern smartphone and apps like Geo photo, builtin GPS on camera is no more a desirable feature. it only consumes your camera battery. You can adjust the app for better smartphone battery life.

BoIIocks.
Sure, I want to play with a phone or waiste hours in PP rather than having them tagged automatically in camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 13:58 UTC
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Sacher Khoudari: When will we get the first phone with a 360 degree display?

Yotaphone (almost) has one

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 14:11 UTC

SHARP's commandments:

- Thou shall design the most strikingly beautiful phone of its time, the Aquos Crystal, and thou shall make sure it is burdened with so-so specks and thick as a thumb, because perfection is an insult.

- Thou shall give gradual evolutions to the Aquos Crystal, but remember !!! Slimness is Evil !!! Thou shall keep it thick !

- Thou shall discontinue the design of the Aquos Crystal and switch to bland, motonexueveryotherphone design that shall have no corners and will look like an average phone made of chocolate has been left to melt halfway through then put in the freezer.

- Once yer phone legacy is forgotten and yer reputation as a designer is gone, from yer sleeve thou shall pull a bezel-free phone again BUT REMEMBER !!! Sharp corners thou shall not use (even though SHARP you are), as beauty thou clients need not, and thou shall KEEP IT THICK, as slimness and elegance is Chinese territory now.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 14:06 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
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SmilerGrogan: Doubleposted

In a market where half the products come from Chinese sellers, unsafe products with unverifyiable quality and sellers with 5 stars ratings because they'll refund in full without asking for the product back at the slightest hint of a problem just so one doesn't have to think too deep and realize that they bought a piece of dangerous junk but hey, at least the seller was nice, Amazon Basics is a nice and easy way of getting verified quality at a low price.

The day they release the Not-So-Basic Flash for $99 I'll jump on it, because it will be a quality product at a killer price. As for the advertisement - oh, yeah, they really needed it - no one ever heard of them, good thing there was this brand to help me discover them.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 01:27 UTC
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(unknown member): Maybe it is a great camera which they took into orbit because it:
1. Didn't leak oil. 2. Didn't fail on focusing? They were even willing to put-up with the 2kg it weighs (which is a major deal in space flight) because they knew it wouldn't be a flop when they tried to use it.

Maybe it is a great camera which they took into orbit because it:

...was NOT taken into space, as the article clearly states this was shot in a SIMULATOR in Star City, Russia.

The 2kg the camera weighs WOULD be a huge problem in space and they'd think twice before taking a D3 rather than something newer, then again - the 70kg of photographer meat would be quite more problematic.

A little (critical) thinking rarely hurts.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 01:28 UTC

He's missing the MMF 4/3 to m43 adapter. Won't be able to attach those beauties to his E-M5.

Or he made them with an m43 mount to begin with, which would put him one step ahead of Olympus :)

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 18:59 UTC as 19th comment

Russian dashcams will take any Pulitzer, any day, any time :-P

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 19:58 UTC as 26th comment
In reply to:

Mister J: Shot a family wedding yesterday. Results out of my iPhone SE are generally cleaner than those shot on the Nikon D5500.

Tried bike climbing 181st street from Riverside Drive towards Fort Washington with my cheap bike the other day. Results sucked the same as with my friend's expensive bike.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2017 at 13:12 UTC
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goblin: A few things:
1) There are already enough blogs out there

2) DPR has started, evolved, and survived with three things:
a) Accurate, technical, in depth reviews
b) Great (and fancy looking) comparison tools. Your lens tool for example is second to none.
c) The ability, in the last few years, to sustain the illusion that a) is still there, and that b) is still relevant (let's pass on different lenses used for the studio tool within the same standard and call it a day).

I read you for your reviews. I am interested in what you find about the cameras and lenses you test.

I am interested in the image taking features - image quality, AF quality, image speed acquisition. I still have enough gray matter to figure out factors such as weight, size and extra options on myself. I don't need these to become pros and cons.

Feel free to add a list of useful criteria for useful reference. "Has usb charging, has this, has that". Just don't make them play in the final score.

Do not turn into a blog

Making a review into a personal story and factoring in personal preferences compelling readers to become followers = blog.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 19:52 UTC

A few things:
1) There are already enough blogs out there

2) DPR has started, evolved, and survived with three things:
a) Accurate, technical, in depth reviews
b) Great (and fancy looking) comparison tools. Your lens tool for example is second to none.
c) The ability, in the last few years, to sustain the illusion that a) is still there, and that b) is still relevant (let's pass on different lenses used for the studio tool within the same standard and call it a day).

I read you for your reviews. I am interested in what you find about the cameras and lenses you test.

I am interested in the image taking features - image quality, AF quality, image speed acquisition. I still have enough gray matter to figure out factors such as weight, size and extra options on myself. I don't need these to become pros and cons.

Feel free to add a list of useful criteria for useful reference. "Has usb charging, has this, has that". Just don't make them play in the final score.

Do not turn into a blog

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 14:12 UTC as 57th comment | 2 replies

We non soi impressed one pequeno bit

The Minions

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 14:18 UTC as 6th comment
On article Now we know: Sony a9 is sharper than we thought (394 comments in total)
In reply to:

goblin: DPR, it's quite unfortunate you haven't switched the m43 reviews back to the 4/3 Zuiko ZD Macro 50mm f:2 you used to test with back in the time, or the m43 Panaleica 42.5mm f:1.2.

We can speak for hours about how good yet affordable the 45mm f:1.8 is, the images speak for themselves.

As do studio shots, which have basically not evolved since the E-M5 mk1 (not to mention the discrepancy between the Pixel Shift shots of the E-M5 mk2 and the E-M1 mk2, one shot with the panaleica and the other shot with the 45mm f:1.8)

Well - if they can shoot it with a 90 macro - they should.
DPR has one of the best comparison tools out there, what's the point of shooting it with discrepancies even within the same system ?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 17:15 UTC
On article Now we know: Sony a9 is sharper than we thought (394 comments in total)
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scokill: Are there other camera's test scenes there were impacted by sample variation or slightly off focus? Seems like you would need to do some due diligence or the comparisons would be useless.

Compare the Olympus E-M5 first generation with any other m43 16mp camera released after. Look at the bottom right yellow paint tube.

DPR have been using the m.Zuiko 40mm f:1.8 lens which, while excellent and affordable, is not as good as the ZD 4/3 50mm f:2 Macro that was used before for all m43 cameras (via adapter).

Then compare the Pixel Shift images between the E-M5 mk2 (shot with the excellent Panaleica 42.5mm f:1.2) and the E-M1 mk2 (shot with the 40mm).

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 17:17 UTC
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