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The news is fine, but DPR editors, I'd like to see a disclaimer at the bottom of the story that B&H is a competitor with Amazon for far more than just photo gear and that Amazon is the parent company of DPR. Just sayin'

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 02:32 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
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WT21: I was in a national park (Bryce) a few weeks back, where there is a no-drone policy, and sure enough -- drones. But I can see the point about the professional tool kit. I don't like them much, but the results are clearly desirable. I am all for licensing, though, to keep the numbers down, and limit them more or less to commercial needs or those who are serious about them as a hobby.

We require fishing licenses even for fishing for sunfish, for the common good. This falls into the same bucket, IMO.

Good point. Even with a license, if your drone fails, how do you get it?

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 21:36 UTC

And it's such a joy to shoot with an iPhone. Swipe, unlock, tilt, oops -- hit video button by accident -- lens is filthy ,blah blah blah. I have my phone everywhere with me, and hate using it. I get the shot more reliably with my m43 on a camera strap.

It will be sad if makers stop making compact ILC cameras (compact I care about, not "super cheap") because the sub-par crap phone experience is "good enough"

I haven't seen iPhone 7 results, but for the shots I take -- many are used for banner web page images -- iPhone 6 results are garbage. I hope/am assuming that the 7 (and soon 8) are better, otherwise blurred background isn't the only issue, for anything bigger than the tiny pics in this article

edit >> dang, I think I just fed the clickbait headline /sigh

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 16:12 UTC as 212th comment
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WT21: Makes sense, but "challenges to the First Amendment by the current administration, state, and local government" -- it's not just the government and it's not just the right wing. Remember the professor who called for "muscle" to remove who she acknowledged was a reporter? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kVGtqp7usw

The left and the right -- both sides -- are working to suppress our 1st amendment rights. Right or left -- if you believe in free speech and expression, we need to stick together.

true

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 15:35 UTC
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WT21: Makes sense, but "challenges to the First Amendment by the current administration, state, and local government" -- it's not just the government and it's not just the right wing. Remember the professor who called for "muscle" to remove who she acknowledged was a reporter? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kVGtqp7usw

The left and the right -- both sides -- are working to suppress our 1st amendment rights. Right or left -- if you believe in free speech and expression, we need to stick together.

I agree, btw. They did, though, reference the "current administration" which is right wing (or maybe Other Wing -- not sure what it is), but even the last 2 administrations have been pushing down individual rights. I'm less concerned about wings and parties and more concerned about freedom.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 14:43 UTC

Makes sense, but "challenges to the First Amendment by the current administration, state, and local government" -- it's not just the government and it's not just the right wing. Remember the professor who called for "muscle" to remove who she acknowledged was a reporter? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kVGtqp7usw

The left and the right -- both sides -- are working to suppress our 1st amendment rights. Right or left -- if you believe in free speech and expression, we need to stick together.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 18:01 UTC as 1st comment | 6 replies
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julianstravels: I know this will not bring a lot of comfort to someone living off maxed out credit cards just to finance the next shoot and also eat.
But it's far worse to be a failed artist than someone who at least tried. You see them all the time in all kinds of jobs from accounting to academia and they are deadly to anyone who has to believe that there is another way. I know everyone says you can still do your art and be an accountant by day but believe me that duality will cost a lot more than money. That is why we need to create all kinds of safe environments for young photographers and truly fund apprenticeship programs.

MRBolton, I appreciate your thought, but I just don't think you are correct. Power centralized in government cannot be contained (nor power centralized in Big Business -- in the US, the first is the Dem's wish, the latter is the GOPs wish). I hope your either/or extremes don't come to fruition, but whether they do or not "universal income" is not going to save us from a bleak future. UI is easily manipulated, the value of money easily destroyed and even things like the block chain (the "democratization of money") depend on the goodness of democratic-minded government to continue to support an open internet, and those very governments are looking shaky at present.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 10:53 UTC
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julianstravels: I know this will not bring a lot of comfort to someone living off maxed out credit cards just to finance the next shoot and also eat.
But it's far worse to be a failed artist than someone who at least tried. You see them all the time in all kinds of jobs from accounting to academia and they are deadly to anyone who has to believe that there is another way. I know everyone says you can still do your art and be an accountant by day but believe me that duality will cost a lot more than money. That is why we need to create all kinds of safe environments for young photographers and truly fund apprenticeship programs.

Feel free to start a charity to fund the Pollyanna jousting at windmills. With private money. Yours if you like, or others like minded. But it's a dead end pursuit. Social Darwinism? Actually, reality.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 00:46 UTC
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julianstravels: I know this will not bring a lot of comfort to someone living off maxed out credit cards just to finance the next shoot and also eat.
But it's far worse to be a failed artist than someone who at least tried. You see them all the time in all kinds of jobs from accounting to academia and they are deadly to anyone who has to believe that there is another way. I know everyone says you can still do your art and be an accountant by day but believe me that duality will cost a lot more than money. That is why we need to create all kinds of safe environments for young photographers and truly fund apprenticeship programs.

I don't agree at all. Photos are a commodity in a way they have never been before and that's not going to change. They few brilliant photogs will find their way, but people lacking talent do not need safe spaces and money to pursue something they will never excel at.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 23:16 UTC

I was in a national park (Bryce) a few weeks back, where there is a no-drone policy, and sure enough -- drones. But I can see the point about the professional tool kit. I don't like them much, but the results are clearly desirable. I am all for licensing, though, to keep the numbers down, and limit them more or less to commercial needs or those who are serious about them as a hobby.

We require fishing licenses even for fishing for sunfish, for the common good. This falls into the same bucket, IMO.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 13:24 UTC as 60th comment | 4 replies
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bobbarber: I thought this lawsuit was ridiculous at first glance, and I still do, but reading all the anti-PETA comments, I'm having second thoughts.

I'm not a PETA donor, but I think in a general way many of use PETA as a proxy for animal rights, and this thread doesn't alleviate my worry that animals need people to stick up them, stupid lawsuits notwithstanding.

Humans are related not only to monkeys, but also all life on Earth, including potted plants and bacteria. When you talk about monkeys, you're getting awfully close to people. Chimpanzees share more than 95% of our DNA. No, I don't want to sit down to dinner with a chimpanzee, but I'm not comfortable with animal abuse.

PETA set themselves up with a dumb issue here, likely for publicity (and maybe it worked in their eyes) but animals DO need help. Let's not lose sight of that.

I don't think animal abuse is related in any way related to copyright claims. What would a monkey do with the royalties? Let me guess -- PETA would suggest the monkey donate them to PETA, lol.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 01:40 UTC

I don't care, so I'm not going to research it, but how does PETA have any standing here? And they certainly can't have the monkey as a client, unless the judicial system is suddenly allowing animals to have standing in a court.

Silliness.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 01:38 UTC as 66th comment | 2 replies
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WT21: Who is she and why should i care??

Oops. I edited down my comment the same time you replied. Sorry about that.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 10:39 UTC
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WT21: Who is she and why should i care??

Her narcissism fits well with the current zeitgeist.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 10:25 UTC

Who is she and why should i care??

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 03:10 UTC as 13th comment | 9 replies

Great and loooong overdue article, but the multitude of socialists and the brand fanboys all over DPR might have some issues lol.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 17:24 UTC as 102nd comment

Can you do keywording on mobile yet? That's what I really wanted :)

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 22:10 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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WT21: Basically, Manny's point is: price for what you get, which has always been the argument, so nothing new here...

EXCEPT -- dongles, which I agree 100% with him on. Apple is stupid to drop the MagSafe, and force people to dongles (same with the iPhone). For that they get a boot to the head.

The irony is thick enough that you need a steak knife to cut it!

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 22:06 UTC

Basically, Manny's point is: price for what you get, which has always been the argument, so nothing new here...

EXCEPT -- dongles, which I agree 100% with him on. Apple is stupid to drop the MagSafe, and force people to dongles (same with the iPhone). For that they get a boot to the head.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 22:33 UTC as 288th comment | 5 replies
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WT21: Do you ever wonder if this is technology lifted from a contract manufacturer -- perhaps even not so legally, and sold off or applied by a sister company, to compete with the original? Or do we really think these Chinese companies are doing independent R&D on lens design? Are we support possibly illicit actions by purchasing these?

Just thinking out loud...

Unless, of course, they are just using out-of-patent designs. I suppose that's possible, too, and would certainly not be an issue at all. Maybe someone here knows the answer??

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 00:23 UTC
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