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phototransformations

Lives in United States Danvers, MA, United States
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Wow. The next big thing in photography is turning a DSLR into a box camera?

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 14:24 UTC as 101st comment

I love this idea, though using water as a lens is a very old concept. For instance, there's the water-drop microscope which, as this post (and my memories of being a cub scout) shows, can be created by a child:

http://boyslife.org/hobbies-projects/projects/200/make-a-microscope/

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 14:20 UTC as 23rd comment
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (476 comments in total)
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phototransformations: Having just bought one a month ago, I have to admit I'm pleased to see the G85 as the recommended camera, if only to validate my sense that this is the best-handling camera I have owned. Except for the limitations of the Auto ISO configuration, so far I can't think of anything I'd like to see different. In terms of still image quality, it's only a shade better than the G3 it replaces (except with my 45-175 lens, which was prone to showing shutter shock on the G1 and G3 but not the G85). But man, what an improvement in shooting experience!

I don't know yet. So far, I've just been shooting stills of mostly still subjects and have only used AFC and AFF. As I branch out, which I intend to do now that I have a camera I really enjoy using, I'll see how it does with tracking and maintaining focus on moving subjects.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2017 at 17:19 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (476 comments in total)

Having just bought one a month ago, I have to admit I'm pleased to see the G85 as the recommended camera, if only to validate my sense that this is the best-handling camera I have owned. Except for the limitations of the Auto ISO configuration, so far I can't think of anything I'd like to see different. In terms of still image quality, it's only a shade better than the G3 it replaces (except with my 45-175 lens, which was prone to showing shutter shock on the G1 and G3 but not the G85). But man, what an improvement in shooting experience!

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 14:59 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
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pjl321: It's still a phone sized sensor so the image quality will only be that of a phone (or lower as a phone uses a prime lens). Yes, you do get 30x zoom which has benefits but it's at the cost of low light and wide angled bokeh. A decent phone today offers F1.7, this camera at it's widest is F3.3 and going all the way to F6.4 at the telephoto end. Anyone who cares about IQ would only be able to use this under the brightest of conditions as the ISO won't be great from such a small sensor.

I'm not trying to knock this camera, i'm sure Panasonic has made a class-leading product here but i am just not sure we need this class anymore. For a camera to sell it needs to set itself apart from a phone. A 1 inch sensor is a minimum now, even if that is at the cost of zoom range. A customer has to *choose* to buy this camera and then *choose* to carry it with them over their phone which they will always buy and always have with them. You have to give customers a real reason to spend their money.

Although I agree with you about the shortcomings of a small-sensor camera like this, I still carry my ZS40 with me in a belt pouch everywhere I go. My phone is faster, but I'm stuck with 28mm and it doesn't shoot RAW, nor is it very easy to see what I'm shooting in bright light. Together, a camera like this and a smartphone make a reasonable "go everywhere" combination. At some point, when phone cameras have reasonable telephoto lenses, this kind of travel zoom will go away. Not there yet.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 14:37 UTC
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sierranvin: She could get more if she threatens to unleash sharks with lasers on their heads inside Chipotle locations!

Would the reporters who photographed the carnage (if any survived) need to get releases from the laser sharks? Or the victims? If so, difficult, but it's an incredible story, so this could go on in perpetuity.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 12:34 UTC
On article 2016 iPhone Photography Award winners announced (72 comments in total)
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Wild Shooter: I think these competitions are rigged. Other than the winners which are awesome, I didn't even get a mention for my shots which I personally believe are better than a few people sitting on the beach.

Although it's true art is subjective, the stuff that survives for more than a few years seems to be what manages to satisfy on a deeper level than what's either briefly popular or never noticed. Lately I've been posting a series of images I call Flower Mandalas on Instagram to see how they are received. These images are a superset of ones I submitted for a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. One year, I got a form rejection letter. Two years later, submitting others from the same series (as well as 2 that still qualified as recent enough), I won the grant. On Instagram, the same images I'm able to license repeatedly also get the most "likes," though it's hard for me to see them as significantly better than the less popular ones. Still, they must have a little of that mysterious artistic quality that the others lack. Hard to name it, at least for me.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 02:12 UTC
On article 2016 iPhone Photography Award winners announced (72 comments in total)
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Wild Shooter: I think these competitions are rigged. Other than the winners which are awesome, I didn't even get a mention for my shots which I personally believe are better than a few people sitting on the beach.

Keep clickin'.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 13:41 UTC
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tkbslc: f6.6? I guess it's good for outdoors in the afternoon.

@BarnET: Your original message stated: "You can't something worthwhile in your shirtpocket. Except for casual snaps that is. And in that case any half decent smartphone will beat this due to a much brighter lens."

The Galaxy 7 is hardly "any half decent smartphone." Undoubtedly it and its peers will do better in low light than the Canon for wide-angle shots. 26mm equivalent is the focal length of the Galaxy 7's lens. How will these images look if you crop in to simulate a 600mm equivalent focal length compared to the Canon's optical 600mm equivalent? As you say, just simple physics, optical telephoto vs digital "telephoto."

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 13:18 UTC
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tkbslc: f6.6? I guess it's good for outdoors in the afternoon.

Henrik Herranen: Contrary to popular belief, apparently someone CAN be that clueless.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2016 at 11:19 UTC
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tkbslc: f6.6? I guess it's good for outdoors in the afternoon.

Oops!

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 14:15 UTC
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tkbslc: f6.6? I guess it's good for outdoors in the afternoon.

At wide angle (which is all you get with a smartphone), this lens is only about a half stop slower than the typical f/2.8 smartphone lens. So no, the phone won't beat the camera by much at wide angle, and it won't come close at telephoto, which is the major attraction of small superzooms.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 14:10 UTC
On article Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 (442 comments in total)
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Cal22: The LX100 aims at people who want an all-in-one solution. And the camera has a lot to like. I like especially the full manual control with control dials on the top plate for your right hand and a ring at the lens' mount for your left. And the camera body is big enough to making it not fiddly.

What I don't like: The camera has no tilting rear screen and no tilting EVF either. How to shoot from ground level? And a bundled flash should come up with more options than a built-in flash can provide; whether Panasonic will deliver in this respect, we may doubt until now.

The lens' zoom range is a little limited. Let's hope the image quality lives up to the name Leica!

The other benefit to a screen that tilts down is for candid shots where you don't want it to be obvious you are taking someone's picture. The camera-to-eye and the camera-held-out poses signal "I'm taking your picture now," which is not always the effect I want when photographing people. I find my FZ200 is more discrete than my LX7, though it's a much larger camera, because it has this feature.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 01:37 UTC
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phototransformations: Anyone know a direct download link to ACR 8.6? My Photoshop machine is not connected to the Internet. Thanks!

I wonder if it was there, at the bottom of the article, yesterday. Hard to believe I would have missed it, but I'm so used to hunting for this information that I may have assumed it wasn't there!

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 12:29 UTC
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phototransformations: Anyone know a direct download link to ACR 8.6? My Photoshop machine is not connected to the Internet. Thanks!

Thanks! How did you find this link?

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 01:53 UTC

Anyone know a direct download link to ACR 8.6? My Photoshop machine is not connected to the Internet. Thanks!

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 01:36 UTC as 4th comment | 7 replies

Anyone know a direct download link to ACR 8.6? My Photoshop machine is not connected to the Internet. Thanks!

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 01:33 UTC as 5th comment
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Sandler Photography: Where can we download the (non release-candidate) Adobe Camera Raw 8.5?
I can only seem to find the link to the DNG converter or the RC.

Oops, that turns out to only be the DNG converter. Anyone know where to directly download the Camera Raw plugin? I would like to install it on a computer that doesn't have Internet access.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 13:57 UTC
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Sandler Photography: Where can we download the (non release-candidate) Adobe Camera Raw 8.5?
I can only seem to find the link to the DNG converter or the RC.

This worked for me:

http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5794

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 13:02 UTC
On article A GoPro Hero's journey into a dishwasher (167 comments in total)

Oy vey!

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 21:11 UTC as 26th comment
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