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miles green: Someone please tell all these new-to-the-buusiness luxury camera bag makers that clunky metal buckles and (glass) front elements do not pair well.

This is what happens when you have new bag manufactures who lack experience. The huge metal catch on the front of the bag is ridiculous. It is much simpler on the Fogg bag that these bags appear to be based on. 5 of their bags have detachable straps when the bags do not even have another method of carrying them. Very poor design.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 08:40 UTC

The designs look like they are based on those of the Fogg b-laika camera bag which is also designed for Leica's. Although these bags do not look as good a quality as Fogg. The bags are altered in design in places but overall design looks basically the same. Same main opening, same materials. Would sooner purchase an original.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 03:05 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article Sony Xperia XZ camera review (90 comments in total)
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Jostian: Aargh! IQ is horrid, over-processed junk (even at base iso) detail is just GONE when looking at 100%. Cant believe the Sony with some of the best sensor tech in the world cannot sort out their processing... The XZ is actually a little worse than iPhone 7 at 100%, the iPhone 7's IQ is also pretty shocking, long gone is Apple's natural processing, just watery/waxy stuff, but the XZ is actually a little worse! Just look at the photo of the rose at 100%, no detail at all, just fuzzy gunk...

Even when downsized to 8 or 12mp it still looks poor compared to other smartphones of that size.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 01:05 UTC
On article Sony Xperia XZ camera review (90 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: People are judging the pics wrong. Resized to 6MP they're as good for detail as an iphone (albeit with blown highlights). Even the higher ISO pics are ok. At a height of 1600 (retina on some smaller imacs), they look fine.

Unless you're using one of the specialised phones, no photographer with good sense should be taking pics at full resolution.

The Sony Z5 was an unmitigated disaster, but this one is acceptable when resized to something sensible.

The real test is what the lower MP settings produce. But the gallery doesn't show that. I'm resizing with a good resizer and not adding in sharpening or noise reduction.

Even smaller than the size you suggest and the photos still look poor. The fine detail still looks smeared. Edges still look poor.

The photos might look fine to you but to many they are unacceptable.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2016 at 01:38 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1230 comments in total)
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tecnoworld: Best m4/3 to date, but still not enough (and still way too expensive) to make me consider departing from my (imo still superior) NX1.

Perhaps mk iii or iv will eventually match and surpass it, but...at what cost?

technoworld you can get NX-1's for $1239 or £999.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2016 at 22:50 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1230 comments in total)
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nokinonacynos: Looks like an amazing cam. However, I think MFT will continue to struggle. Once the cam is not pocketable, size becomes less of an advantage. People are realizing that a certain size is required for comfort and ergonomics. With a Pro lens, the package is similar to APC. So no advantage. In fact, the 25mm 1.2 is bigger, heavier and much more expensive than a 35mm f/2 for APC let alone a 50mm f/1.8 for FF.

This camera will have to sell on inherent qualities rather than size and weight.

nokinonacynos the Canon 85mm is not equivalent to a 75mm when used on a crop APS-C.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2016 at 10:04 UTC
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Brian OReilly: Fellow Readers...
Are you out there?
Did you all read this thread?
Did you actually look at the images?
The photographer clearly stated that he used more than one camera
He also clearly stated that he was not sponsored or bribed
He clearly stated that these images were taken from the camera that allowed him to process his images quickly and that the images from the other camera will follow
I have to say that I am totally disappointed by the hatred poured on these images and on the seemingly very sincere photographer who showed sensitivity by using a simple camera to get shot he might have failed to capture using his other camera.
I, for one enjoyed his images and look forward to seeing images from his 'real' camera.
Please - enjoy the images
Or, publish your images of Morocco so we can enjoy your vision...

I to thought they were good photos regardless of the camera that was used. The fact they were taken on the iPhone 7 Plus is more remarkable because the camera is clearly better than the test chart photos show. The way it produces the shallow DOF is impressive. What it shows is that this phone is capable of producing photos that will sell if the photographer knows what they are doing. It allows you to take photos you might not be able to take with a larger camera. It is also useful to have in the pocket a phone camera that can be used as a back up if the main camera fails. To me it looks like Michael enjoyed the challenge of using a camera with limited features. Wish the features were in the iPhone 7 and not just the iPhone 7 Plus. It is awfully tempting though.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 22:44 UTC
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Androole: A 16" 4K pen & touch enabled display for $1500 is actually a really good price.

Looks like Wacom is feeling the competition from the Microsoft Surface and the other Windows manufacturers in this space now. Finally, it's about time!

CheersUK, Surface Studio is not a contender for serious work with a gloss screen and a pen that is not as good as the Wacom. Plus the Surface Pro cannot go totally flat.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 13:48 UTC
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Phileas Fogg: Seriously none of these images are compelling, tell any real story or have any outstanding photographic merit. If this is the state of photography as a technical, artistic and story teller for today, well PUT A FORK IN IT, IT'S DONE!

15,000 English pounds as a prize for a simple head shot that is done by the thousands each day, REALLY?

The next two are just cheesy snaps shots that one can see similar on Instagram each day.

The last shot has some lighting merit, but tells no story other than some old person shot in the nude.

:-(

damian5000 it is far from a snap shot and shows you are missing the point of the photo and what is going on in it.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 01:17 UTC
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Phileas Fogg: Seriously none of these images are compelling, tell any real story or have any outstanding photographic merit. If this is the state of photography as a technical, artistic and story teller for today, well PUT A FORK IN IT, IT'S DONE!

15,000 English pounds as a prize for a simple head shot that is done by the thousands each day, REALLY?

The next two are just cheesy snaps shots that one can see similar on Instagram each day.

The last shot has some lighting merit, but tells no story other than some old person shot in the nude.

:-(

Interestingness interesting link and good photos.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 01:16 UTC
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22codfish: Note that the competitive Pentax K-1 is below $2,000.

In the UK it is more expensive than a D750.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 01:00 UTC
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Valiant Thor: Wow, I looked at this and thought, I am a much greater photographer than I previously thought. This so-called "contest" drips of political correctness. They didn't even bother to straighten his tie!

No, it just shows you don't get what makes a portrait photo good.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 00:47 UTC
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Phileas Fogg: Seriously none of these images are compelling, tell any real story or have any outstanding photographic merit. If this is the state of photography as a technical, artistic and story teller for today, well PUT A FORK IN IT, IT'S DONE!

15,000 English pounds as a prize for a simple head shot that is done by the thousands each day, REALLY?

The next two are just cheesy snaps shots that one can see similar on Instagram each day.

The last shot has some lighting merit, but tells no story other than some old person shot in the nude.

:-(

If you don't get what is going on in the photos you will probably continue to take snap shots for the rest of your life.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 23:13 UTC
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (146 comments in total)
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MrTaikitso: No HDMI, the world's most popular video connectivity standard? No sale!

I have just bought, for £300 used, a SUPERB Dell Latitude E7240 i7 Pro equipped ultrabook (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD. It maybe circa 2014, but it is the most well equipped and ergonomically perfect laptop I have ever owned, and that includes from Apple, Lenovos, HP etc. 1080P gorilla glass touch screen, lovely full travel back lit keyboard, finger print sensor, separate volume & mute controls, SD card slot, SIM card slot!, minidisplay port, 3 x USB 3.0, NFC, 8 hr battery life, docking port, 3 year warranty!, grippy polycarbonate case, superb stereo speakers (not as good as latest MacBooks I admit, but very close) and pretty fast for a machine without dedicated graphics, comes with Intel HD 4600. (I play Elite on it with no slowdown.)

If you want to save £1200 to £2000 & most of your life is in the Browser or Adobe CC, not FCP X, it really makes no difference which OS you use today so track down one of these puppies.

It makes a huge amount of difference to a lot of people which OS they run. Also a lot of people want something a lot better made than a Dell.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 21:58 UTC
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Robert Cain: £16.50 Should be free Sir Elton Dear

No I did not confirm that Mais78. You still seem to be struggling to understand how the Tate works. If the Philippe Parreno exhibition had not been sponsored it would never had been put on in the first place. Ticket sales would never had covered the cost. If an exhibition cannot pay it's way then the only route is to get it sponsored or not put it on. With the Elton John exhibition, the money it will generate from ticket sales will allow the gallery to buy more art. It will allow the galleries collection to grow. It allows other parts of the gallery to be free to view. If the Tate was run the way you wanted it then it would end up being closed down due to lack of funds.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 14:20 UTC
On article Affinity Photo beta now available for Windows (75 comments in total)
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Nobby2016: good..... adobe needs to lose it´s market position some day.

KWEnz that is certainly not Serif. They are a small company with very shallow pockets and a previously poor reputation for support. As someone already said if they did ever become a threat which they are not at the moment, Adobe would simply buy them up and close them down.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 08:07 UTC
On article Affinity Photo beta now available for Windows (75 comments in total)
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sankos: Affinity Photo might render Photoshop Elements quite irrelevant, or push its price down. Is it going to successfully replace the LR+PS bundle for photographers? It might, for less demanding jobs, but I can see that happening in a couple of years' time, when the teething problems and gaps get cured. All in all, a good development for the market, putting some necessary pressure on Adobe so that they don't get complacent with their CC (Creative acCounting) plan.

It's a replacement for PS and that is all. It does not do what Lr does and it's Raw rendering is poor.

As for Photoshop Elements. That is a far easier product to use new into post processing.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 18:42 UTC
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Robert Cain: £16.50 Should be free Sir Elton Dear

The Philippe Parreno Exhibition does not have the mass appeal of the Elton John collection. The Elton John collection has had huge press coverage, the Philippe Parreno not. Even if the Philippe Parreno Exhibition was a pay one it would not generate enough income to pay for itself. That's why a sponsor would have been brought in. The Tate know the Elton John collection will generate enough income so therefore do not want to waste a sponsor on it when they can use that same sponsor in a more constructive way. As I said before you do not seem to understand how the Tate's funding fully works.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 15:56 UTC
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Robert Cain: £16.50 Should be free Sir Elton Dear

Mais78 no they cannot. The paid part of the gallery helps to keep the free part free. It is not just an arbitrary decision. If everything in the gallery was free then the gallery would not have enough money coming in to pay for staff and running cost. You clearly have no idea how the Tate gallery is funded. If you don't like it simple do not go to see the exhibition but there are plenty of people who are willing to pay to see exhibitions.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 12:01 UTC
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Robert Cain: £16.50 Should be free Sir Elton Dear

Very simple Mais78, this is in part of the gallery which has paid exhibitions. If this collection was not there another paid one could easily be. Would you sooner the Tate not pay their staff whilst the exhibition is on? The Tate gallery has got to make money to survive or would you sooner the whole gallery closes?

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 11:35 UTC
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