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Joined on Apr 14, 2009
About me:

Writer, editor, translator, photographer, video tutorial producer, in English and German, based in Germany.

Interested in assignments. See link here to my English website.

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On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (287 comments in total)
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karlkk: why not buy a real dslr instead of these toys ?
mirrorless are not that small - far from being pocketable and about as heavy as any dslr , generally they are more expensive , sometimes much more expensive.
why should one not use the real thing instead of the artificial VF ?
PR assaults have a good reason - mirrorless are much much cheaper to produce since they contain less glass , less mechanical parts , less quality plastics (like the ones used for lens barrels). Sorry folks - no go.
And yes - nobody is immune to brainwashing - and many buy them just for a try , after all most photobuffs are immature kids that compensate themselves with various toys.But once you've had one - most realize how silly the whole mirrorless idea is.

"lol thanks karlkk, I had a good laugh when I was reading your post... :D"
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+1

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 08:56 UTC
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M Chambers: I'm surprised to see Turkey on the list. While it is a mostly Muslim country they're not in the Middle East and they're actually extremely tolerant (at least compared to others) of non Muslims.

"Geographically speaking, 97% of Turkey's territory is located in the Middle East."
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Then, what would be Near East? Greece?

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 08:44 UTC
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Iloveaircraftnoise: People need apps to remind them when the sun sets and where the milky way shines?

This really is a sad indictment on humans in the digital age.

I don't know it, i don't understand it - so it must be useless.

What's wrong with that?

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 13:50 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (660 comments in total)
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Andrew Butterfield: Still lacks any kind of image stabilizer. I can't help think that this would become a really serious contender if they could add something like Olympus's five axis system. I know it's a fairly wide angle and fast lens, but it's still lacking that ability to get reliably sharp handheld shots in certain situations, and it would make a big difference for video.

No stabilising, no touch, no vari-angle... feel almost being too negative.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 12:44 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (887 comments in total)
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yoms: Hi Carey Rose, DPR staff,
Thanks for sharing this.

Would you create a poll about that so that we can vote? I'm pretty curious (and maybe camera manufacturers as well) about the results.
I'm all in for OVF :)

If you do post a poll, please consider *4* choices:
- EVF
- OVF
- mainly use fixed outer screen
- mainly use folded-out vari-angle screen

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 09:27 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (887 comments in total)
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Triplet Perar: Most people here will say they like EVFs, because they have been assimilated into Borg zombies. EVF is Borg technology, used for assimilation into dehumanised zombie machines. You remember what they did to Captain Picard?
And as Captain Amasov stated, Borgs, who take out perfect human eyes and replace them with artificial EVFs, or chop off arms to replace them with robotic arms, are relentless and impossible to reason with. Just like DPR's guests who are EVF addicts. ;)

Too Borg to even grasp OP's point.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 09:24 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (887 comments in total)

Didn't read any arguments, but you're wrong anyway. I'm right.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 10:15 UTC as 385th comment | 1 reply
On article Huawei P10 scores highly in DxOMark Mobile testing (47 comments in total)
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ShootFilmNotMegaPixels: It most likely goes without saying but will DPreview do reviews on the Huawei P10 Plus, Sony Xperia Z Premium, Nokia 6, and LG G6?

Looking forward to these reviews too.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 19:36 UTC
On article Huawei P10 scores highly in DxOMark Mobile testing (47 comments in total)
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cdembrey: Who is DxO? And why should I care what they think?

"Who is DxO? And why should I care what they think?"
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Please replace "DxO" with the phrase "cdembrey".

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 19:36 UTC
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NAwlins Contrarian: Lightroom 6.9 is also out, for those of you (like me) who refuse to go the subscription route. I downloaded and installed the update an hour or so ago. Now if I just has a GFX 50S on hand to test it with ...

"what's the difference between standalone Lightroom and Photoshop elements"
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Very complex and difficult question. Not easy to research and answer. Please give me a day to compile a satisfying anser.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 12:54 UTC
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Hanoise: Adobe is a company who has worked out how to rip customers off completely and utterly.
They have worked out how to charge all adobe user to pay for EVERY SINGLE UPDATE and pay through their teeth!

My subscription has finished this month, and I am looking for different options now for video and stills editing software. I would be much happier to pay a one off fee of many hundreds then keep giving adobe money mo th after month for ever.

It will be much more affordable to pay a lot in one hit, then have money ripped out of your account every month forever,.

ADOBE, YOU HAVE BECOME THE TWO HORNS OF THE WHOLE INDUSTRY.......

"Adobe is a company who has worked out how to rip customers off completely and utterly."
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Why should this topic come up now? So surprised.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 12:53 UTC

A nice article indeed. Would still have liked to hear the photographers' thoughts on taking video for publication and on doing photography + text-reporting (+ video?) simultanuously.

I thought filing photos while eating pizza is neither good for filing or gear nor for photographer's mental and physical health. I guess it's a reality, but not a good one i feel.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 10:41 UTC as 8th comment
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historianx: To the DPR editorial staff: Never begin a story with an acronym, and certainly NOT in the headline, because you can't assume that a reader that's not in the Pac NW will know what "PI" stands for. Headline should have read: "Behind the scenes with Seattle Post-Intellegencer Photographers." Then use the full title again in the lead paragraph, followed by PI. Good grief, Journalism 101, people.

I agree that the headline with the acronym is slightly confusing, though not terribly so. Seen together with the photo of the two photographers and the word "Seattle", it seems quite clear that the article is about photographers working for the local press.

Still i'm also not completely happy with either
- the acronym or
- the full, lengthy newspaper's title in the headline.

Perhaps in this case, the headline could have been

"Behind the scenes with Seattle press photographers Genna Martin and Grant Hindsley"

It's not ideal either, though, because at least Seattle people might want to learn from the headline which press organ is reported about here.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 10:27 UTC
On article Nine tips to help you win at photography competitions (100 comments in total)
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BadScience: I've won several competitions, always with photos that are not the greatest (not even my best). Here are my observations (some of which are at odds with the tips given here)

1) Judges LOVE cliches. If you are submitting, say an Autumn theme, crank up the oranges. Doesn't matter that those colours don't exist in nature - most of the time a saturated, fake photo will look more appealing than a natural one. This is the current fashion. Things may change.

2) Cute children - always a winner

3) Beautiful young women

4) Cliched ethnic tropes - gnarled asian man in market selling peppers; hunters etc.

5) animals. (Not cats)

6) For news stories : Misery and/or poverty always tend to be preferred over happiness and affluence. When was the last time a good-time story won a press or news photo competition?

7) Drones are in fashion. They used to be called remote control helicopters when I was a kid. Now they are drones. If you can combine one or more of the themes above with a drone...

"I can't tell if it is satire or if that post is serious..."
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Nice read anyway.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 08:44 UTC
On article Nine tips to help you win at photography competitions (100 comments in total)
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Autriche78: I haven't entered any competitions because I don't think that photography is about competing. If I'm satisfied with a picture I've taken for my own personal use, then that's good enough for me. If someone has asked/hired me to take pictures of an event based on what they've seen of my work, and they are satisfied with the images I've produced for them, that's also good enough for me.

Of course, I'm an aberration in today's world, where everything is about competition and recognition. I'm quite happy to be an anonymous guy, alone with my camera, looking at the images I've taken years later and enjoying the memories of that moment in my life.

"I'm an aberration in today's world, where everything is about competition and recognition. I'm quite happy to be an anonymous guy, alone with my camera."
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If so, then why do you write a 2 para public statement on DPR?

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 08:40 UTC
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Derek Dean: A lovely group of sample images that do a fine job of showcasing this lens. Well done.

Contentwise, I also find the images very likable overall.

Occacionally i switched to 100% and never saw crisp sharp representation.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 09:24 UTC

So this sequence of pictures never shows the selfie drone in flight?

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 12:28 UTC as 51st comment | 2 replies
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Tan68: "The noise created will be acceptable outside and at parties, but this isn’t the kind of drone that can be deployed to capture a romantic moment in a restaurant without annoying the other guests."

Well, thank goodness something will prevent people doing this.

Is there any drone that can be 'deployed' in a restaurant. Even silent, this ..sounds like a bad idea.

"Thank goodness something will prevent people doing this."
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Don't smile prematurely. I guess the urge to 'selfie oneself' will override any considerations regarding noise disturbances. "I selfie, therefore I am."

"Is there any drone that can be 'deployed' in a restaurant. Even silent, this ..sounds like a bad idea."
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Something will crash-land in your Tom Yam Kung before late.

And the drone's owner will sue you for obstructing his drone's flight path.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 12:26 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: As long as the camera is visible to others, that's fine. I'm just concerned that people will start concealing the cameras and mic (possibly to use against people, etc)...

"As long as the camera is visible to others, that's fine."
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Not with me.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 20:42 UTC

I hope that hat camera can do selfies - otherwise, who cares.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 20:41 UTC as 49th comment
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