bobbarber

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On article Throwback Thursday: the Nikon D80 (227 comments in total)

I looked closely at the D80, along with the K10D and E-510. (Hope I got the letters and numbers right!) Went with the E-510. I thought it was the best deal at the time, with in-camera IS, two lens kit, etc. In retrospect, maybe I should have gone with the Nikon, since 4/3 DSLRs went down the tubes. Or maybe they didn't go down the tubes. I still use them. Best.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 14:19 UTC as 62nd comment | 1 reply
On article Throwback Thursday: the Nikon D80 (227 comments in total)
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Josh Leavitt: Some of the 10+ year old cameras aren't half bad, even by today's standards. Sure they probably won't hold up well in low light, or produce decent files above 1600 ISO, or burst beyond 5 fps, but there's still a few gems out there. I just picked up a Canon 5D "Classic" and have been amazed by the color rendition.

Look at the photos--horse, wedding, water, barrel. Mostly in good light. A lot of us take photos like that. I still use an "old" camera. Works great!

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 13:07 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Canon EOS 77D (410 comments in total)
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Fujica: Apparently DSLR doesn't need to be huge bricks, but I am thinking its too late for the DSLR to make a return.

I'll think we will still see a decline in sales of DSLR volumes over the longer term and a small but steady growth of the MILC systems.

What's weird about the whole debate to me is the "IQ" issue. I guess if you pixel-peep the BEST cameras, DSLRs win by a miniscule amount. But in low and mid-level cameras, what you can achieve technically with mirrorless is higher, especially when you consider critical focus, etc. But DSLRs are less hassle and more fun, at least to me. DSLRs are supposed to be for "serious" types, but I like them just to grab and start shooting. I've been down on DSLRs for years, but now I don't think I'll ever get away from just wanting to look through a viewfinder and snap, er, press the shutter release. This camera fits the bill. Best.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 13:10 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (231 comments in total)
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bobbarber: Zooms have improved since film days. A lot of the "zooms are terrible" stuff originated then, and people have not updated their opinions. Not arguing with the article's basic point, but zooms are plenty usable these days.

Also, one of the "advantages" of a crop format, is that you only use the sweet spot of lenses that were manufactured for a larger format. Some of my 4/3 lenses are rebadged lenses from Sigma, built for larger formats. No edge problems for me.

davev8

Nobody is doing selective reading.

Here is what YOU posted above, in your first post on this thread:

"The 'sweet spot' is a myth... "

No, it is not a myth. It's real. I hope this helps.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 17:51 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (231 comments in total)
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bobbarber: Zooms have improved since film days. A lot of the "zooms are terrible" stuff originated then, and people have not updated their opinions. Not arguing with the article's basic point, but zooms are plenty usable these days.

Also, one of the "advantages" of a crop format, is that you only use the sweet spot of lenses that were manufactured for a larger format. Some of my 4/3 lenses are rebadged lenses from Sigma, built for larger formats. No edge problems for me.

Flruckas

Fair enough.

I guess I figure that seeing the sweet spot should be good enough!

Anybody who has looked at enough photos knows it's true.

I don't think that my 4/3 cameras are as good as FF, and he seems to be arguing that. It's a point I readily concede!

Best

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 16:23 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (231 comments in total)
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bobbarber: Zooms have improved since film days. A lot of the "zooms are terrible" stuff originated then, and people have not updated their opinions. Not arguing with the article's basic point, but zooms are plenty usable these days.

Also, one of the "advantages" of a crop format, is that you only use the sweet spot of lenses that were manufactured for a larger format. Some of my 4/3 lenses are rebadged lenses from Sigma, built for larger formats. No edge problems for me.

"I think you'll have your answer between different sensor size and sharpness in the sweet spot...."

Sure, but that wasn't the question here.

There IS a sweet spot. Period. It's not a myth.

Who gets better results in that sweet spot, using what format, etc. is an entirely different question. I just put rechargeable batteries and a 2Gb flash card into my 1.8 Mp point and shoot Kodak from 2001. It's good for 3,000+ photos, all printable at 4x6. Lots of fun, and good enough for me. The sweet spot on FF lenses, which inarguably DOES exist, is good enough for me on 4/3, irregardless of whether another photographer would get better results in that same sweet spot with another format.

Sharpness is an unproductive obsession, even from the standpoint of ultimate image quality. I do pixel-peep corners from time to time, and the lack of sharpness almost never bothers me, although it's there. The bigger problem is CA, etc. in corners. You avoid that in the sweet spot.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 16:13 UTC
On article Study: people don't actually like looking at selfies (200 comments in total)

OK, some people have a bone to pick with millenials. I happen to like millenials.

I think selfies are like those photos we used to get stuffing the whole gang into a small photo booth. Lots of fun and smiles for the people in the photos. Not very interesting to anybody else. What's wrong with that? Photography should be fun.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 16:04 UTC as 47th comment | 9 replies
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (231 comments in total)
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bobbarber: Zooms have improved since film days. A lot of the "zooms are terrible" stuff originated then, and people have not updated their opinions. Not arguing with the article's basic point, but zooms are plenty usable these days.

Also, one of the "advantages" of a crop format, is that you only use the sweet spot of lenses that were manufactured for a larger format. Some of my 4/3 lenses are rebadged lenses from Sigma, built for larger formats. No edge problems for me.

davev8

You = don't get it.

You are still arguing sensor size, and not whether or not there is a sweet spot.

Imagine an APS-C camera that could take an image both shooting through the central sweet spot of a full-frame lens, AND shooting an image centered in the corner of that same full-frame image circle. Which image would be sharper?

I was joking before, but seriously, you're like a robot programmed to go into sensor size death battle mode. Somebody mentions formats, and you go there. Take a step back, my friend. There IS a sweet spot in every lens. That is inarguable. It is a fact. Now, whether you get better results in that sweet spot with full-frame or APS-C, or whether you get better results in the poor corner of the image circle with full frame than you do in the sweet spot with APS-C, is another question. But the sweet spot exists. Lenses DO perform better in the center.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 15:50 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (231 comments in total)
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Photoman: Damn that's a big lens you got there fella!

eric333

You were right, my friend. Thanks for the tip!

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 15:38 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (231 comments in total)
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bobbarber: Zooms have improved since film days. A lot of the "zooms are terrible" stuff originated then, and people have not updated their opinions. Not arguing with the article's basic point, but zooms are plenty usable these days.

Also, one of the "advantages" of a crop format, is that you only use the sweet spot of lenses that were manufactured for a larger format. Some of my 4/3 lenses are rebadged lenses from Sigma, built for larger formats. No edge problems for me.

davev8

Sorry. I get it now.

I said "sweet spot."

Your brain mashed that up into "Must go into sensor size death battle mode!"

SMH.

It may well be true that full frame does a better job with the sweet spot than 4/3. That wasn't my point, and I won't try to argue it. My point was, that whether you shoot through just the center of the image circle with 4/3 or full frame or even one of those tiny Pentax ILC sensors, there IS a sweet spot.

Best.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 14:41 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (231 comments in total)
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bobbarber: Zooms have improved since film days. A lot of the "zooms are terrible" stuff originated then, and people have not updated their opinions. Not arguing with the article's basic point, but zooms are plenty usable these days.

Also, one of the "advantages" of a crop format, is that you only use the sweet spot of lenses that were manufactured for a larger format. Some of my 4/3 lenses are rebadged lenses from Sigma, built for larger formats. No edge problems for me.

jorg14 That's been my experience, with a few caveats. You would have to have the right number of megapixels, and of course when you crop (intentionally, if you plan on shooting that way) the camera meters outside of the frame which you actually intend to use. You also have composition issues.

But if the lens is made to cover a wide image circle for a larger format, and you crop from the center of that format, you are getting the best part of that image circle. I've even gone so far as to read reviews for legacy lenses, to look for lenses that are outstanding with the exception of corner resolution, vignetting, etc. Often, when adapted to four thirds, those lenses are outstanding, period.

The most common difference between good and bad lenses is performance at the edges and in corners.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 14:32 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (231 comments in total)
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bobbarber: Zooms have improved since film days. A lot of the "zooms are terrible" stuff originated then, and people have not updated their opinions. Not arguing with the article's basic point, but zooms are plenty usable these days.

Also, one of the "advantages" of a crop format, is that you only use the sweet spot of lenses that were manufactured for a larger format. Some of my 4/3 lenses are rebadged lenses from Sigma, built for larger formats. No edge problems for me.

davev8

Not sure what you're trying to say. Did you read the article?

Many lenses are good in the center, but crap out at the edges. If you sample only from the middle, how is the sweet spot a myth? You are not sampling from the parts of the lens with worst resolution, chromatic aberration, etc.

I'm not being sporting here. I'm genuinely confused by what you say.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 14:28 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (231 comments in total)

Zooms have improved since film days. A lot of the "zooms are terrible" stuff originated then, and people have not updated their opinions. Not arguing with the article's basic point, but zooms are plenty usable these days.

Also, one of the "advantages" of a crop format, is that you only use the sweet spot of lenses that were manufactured for a larger format. Some of my 4/3 lenses are rebadged lenses from Sigma, built for larger formats. No edge problems for me.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 13:12 UTC as 66th comment | 18 replies
On article Super Bowl Halftime lit up by choreographed drone show (102 comments in total)
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Aroart: Drones are the future.. 6 years ago I started playing around with drones and friends and family thought I was nuts.. Now there asking me to bring them to functions and train them... Do yourselves a favor, invest in as much time and energy learning this tech. The potential is endless not only in creating visual content but in training people and maintence....

Just curious--Isn't it still illegal to fly drones in all national parks? I know it was at one time, but the ban was expressed as "temporary" or something like that. Anybody know if it is still in effect?

I wouldn't be happy if drones were allowed in national parks. People have complained about helicopters in the Grand Canyon for years. Imagine that you hike in ten miles and then get buzzed by drones. Ugh.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 13:00 UTC
On article Super Bowl Halftime lit up by choreographed drone show (102 comments in total)

Anybody know about this guy: Cai Guo-Qiang?

My wife and I watched a documentary about his work on Netflix ("Ladder to Heaven?", "Stairway to the sky?" something like that...) and it ruined all other fireworks displays for us forever. Everything else now is, "Meh."

He's pretty well known, apparently, so I guess we're the dummies for never having heard of him before. His work is just astonishing.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 21:22 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On article Comedy Pet Photography Awards open for entries (46 comments in total)
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FLruckas: Finally some cat pix that are worth looking at!!!!
:-)
Notice how cats are still stealing the show??????
:-) :-)
All are very cute, though.

belle100,

I guess it depends on your perspective.

Start with a single cell, generated on Earth or carried in via panmyxia, take your pick, and evolve all life. Look at the resulting tree. What do you see?

I see humans related to all life, sea worms, bacteria, whatever. The answer to the question, "Am I related to a potted plant?" is, "Yes." That's why we share such a high percentage of genes with all life, and in fact it is prima facie evidence that we call come from the same place. But now look at humans and cats. On the tree, we are bunched up together, a little too close together for comfort, way out at the end of the tiniest twig there can be. I mean, we are hugging each other, two peas in a pod, when compared to the vast majority of the rest of life on Earth.

We share so much in common, it is startling. And if you open up the discussion to the rest of the universe, and the possibility of myriad geneses and evolutions, then surely we are almost indistinguishable from cats.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 01:19 UTC
On article Comedy Pet Photography Awards open for entries (46 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Would a leech impersonating a president make a good animal comedy subject?

Save that one for the animal tragedy contest.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2017 at 01:43 UTC
On article Comedy Pet Photography Awards open for entries (46 comments in total)
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FLruckas: Finally some cat pix that are worth looking at!!!!
:-)
Notice how cats are still stealing the show??????
:-) :-)
All are very cute, though.

Cats share 90% homologous genes with humans.

They is us.

And that's why we loves them so much.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 22:46 UTC

O.K. Dumb question:

If your selfie is a password, wouldn't anyone who has your picture have your password?

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 18:50 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
On article Comedy Pet Photography Awards open for entries (46 comments in total)

So this is why I've taken photos of my cat all these years.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 18:45 UTC as 14th comment
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