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Soon fireworks are going to lose their job.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 00:01 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On article The people and the sights of WPPI 2017 (16 comments in total)
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John Koch: Why hasn't DPR reviewed the "coffee face" gizmo used in photo #10? Think of the market there might be for similar "face" products for cake frosting, pizza topping, body paint, nail polish, bubble bath, sky writing, or auto windows.

Resolution sucks, $4 per print, fades in 2 min. There's your review. :)

On the plus side, prints are biodegradable.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 05:59 UTC
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junk1: It'll be interesting to see the sentence. Even drunk drivers do not go to jail in general, and if you walk up and punch a stranger in the face you probably won't get jail time unless you have a criminal history...

At a R/C event (the NEAT fair) 10 years ago, a VERY young kid flew a large helo into the crowd, causing an old guy to lose his eye. I never heard any hint/talk of criminal charges even though any accident could be "spun" to seem criminally reckless. The fence keeping spectators at safe distance was not far enough from the pilot, for example, but nobody talked about charging anyone with a crime.

Interesting observation. People are much more intolerant of accidents now compared to the old days.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 21:04 UTC
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AstroStan: The Luddite effect is amazing.

I know people who thought the computer mouse was frivolous and time wasting (which in fact it can be for some programmers, who to this day prefer keyboard text editors with minimal or no mousing).

The advent of touchscreens was ridiculed. Even to this day many Mac users pretend it is not useful (because Apple is so far behind the tech curve that is has not yet implemented it). Blackberry users had disdain for the iPhone because it didn't have a keyboard and stylus.

And even though everyone communicates primarily via voice, many fail to see how that ability could be useful. The instant ridicule and negativity here are a sad indicator of lack of imagination and fear of new things.

And the use of a straw man is foolish. Just because voice commands are implemented does not mean you are required to use them or that the mouse, touchscreen or keyboard will suddenly not work.

> Mostly ... well ... it sucked

I can see why. Many people simply can't communicate well verbally.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 18:41 UTC
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Dave Oddie: If people are hung up on the price then why not the same reaction to any camera above 1600 in price, the price of a Pentax K-1?

Nikon D500? Useless isn't it! I costs more than a Pentax K-1 and has a puny aps-c sensor. Isn't a D500 actually more expensive than a Nikon D750? Pah! Useless!

Of course it isn't useless. People will buy it for what it can do regardless of the sensor size.

Which is exactly the same for this Oly. Both the D500 and it are sophisticated cameras. Their smaller sensors bring advantages as well as disadvantages.

The fact you can buy a full frame camera for less than these cameras is of no consequence if you do not want what comes with a full frame sized sensor (much less d.o.f and the need for long focal length lenses for action/wildlife).

I don't own an Oly camera so am no fanboy. I just don't get the angst.

When people have too much time in their hands, they whine. It's like a hobby in some way. A way to show off their pseudo knowledge and to kill time in a long night.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 05:22 UTC
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MShot: Sirander, my dead EM-5 is a MKI. I'm reacting to pain, not saying all are poor quality. Makes Panasonic G85 I held at an EXPO this weekend for $900 MSRP very interesting, especially for price of the EM-1 MKII. LOVE the G85 grip. Panasonic offers THREE YEAR warranty, has repair center in San Jose, California - nice for "left coasters". OLY reps said they keep asking for better repair service and west coast location, but OLY has NO INTEREST. Spoke with Jay Dickman. He says EM-1 MKII a real game changer; getting calls from pros interested in switching from FF based on what OLY SEZ about capability. Jay says forget specs/price; performance with two quad processors is UNREAL. C-AF+T can track birds flying erratically in front of a tree line. That's in Canon/Nikon territory at half the size/weight/price, much more capable than MKI. No need to jump 10 feet to get over a 5 foot fence. Just have to jump 5 feet 1 inch. Maybe give the MKII a chance, see how it performs, not be a spec/price nerd.

> No need to jump 10 feet to get over a 5 foot fence. Just have to jump 5 feet 1 inch.

Quote of the day!

Since I don't take flying bird pictures in the woods, a G85 might just be my tool of choice.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 05:12 UTC
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Roman_93: In a time where the goverment is allowed to scan every part of private life (or simply does it...) it is kind of ridiculous to limit private people so strong.

> There is no way what is on your phone screen will be recorded in a legible way. Unless you have a 40" phone.

And no one really need more than 640kb RAM.

Heard of telephoto lens? If satellites can real car license plates, drones can eventually read your phone. Sooner than you can imagine too.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 19:07 UTC
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Roman_93: In a time where the goverment is allowed to scan every part of private life (or simply does it...) it is kind of ridiculous to limit private people so strong.

But it is entirely understandable that people don't want some random drone flying around peeking into people's backyard or their bedroom windows. What if their high resolution camera can read what you have on your phone?

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 21:37 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)
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rbach44: Full frame user (switched from M43 once upon a time) not looking to troll but asking an honest question:

Looking at the 25mm 1.2 makes me think the same thing as when I saw the f.95 Noktons: Isn’t this just the wrong system for shallow DOF? Putting a big, heavy, and expensive lens on a system built around portability makes no sense to me…

Especially considering that the cost of this lens is the same as a used D600+50mm 1.8, which will provide similar DOF characteristics at little size/weight penalty when considering the whole combo. And that is not even considering the (at least in my opinion) poor ergonomics of a big lens on a small body, the IQ advantage of full frame, and the (presumably) poorer performance at f1.2 compared to a good ol’ f1.8.

Of course M43 has its other advantages, but doesn’t a larger format just make more sense for shallow DOF than shoehorning a very fast lens into a system that really just doesn’t excel in that area? Am I missing something here?

> doesn’t a larger format just make more sense for shallow DOF...

Sure. But these are special lenses that probably not many M43 users buy. It's not like everyone puts a gigantic lens on their M43 camera.

You can ask the same question the other way, why many people lug around a big FF camera when all they need (in terms of usability and image quality) is a little M43 'toy.'

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 17:19 UTC
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Fogsprig: Sorry, but bokeh simulation results seem crappy to me and I've used a lot of diabolically bad compact cameras in the past.
Everything else looks alright though.

One can not help noticing the irony of photographers focusing on the out of focus area.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2016 at 18:13 UTC
On article Lenovo Yoga Book features unique 'on-demand' keyboard (89 comments in total)
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szhorvat: I am not familiar with such input devices. Could someone explain why they may have chosen this design instead of one where we can draw directly on the screen and there is a real keyboard with real keys?

> Could someone explain why they may have chosen this design instead of one where we can draw directly on the screen and there is a real keyboard with real keys?

Stupidity?

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2016 at 18:36 UTC

Isn't it up to Library of Congress to sue Getty, since she gave them images to them? Unless, if she specifically retains the rights to commercial use.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 19:12 UTC as 85th comment | 1 reply

Good concept. Don't know how they are going to make it work. If everyone wants to try out a hot new camera, they will quickly run out of stock. It's going to be a logistics nightmare. But I guess that's why they, rather than I, are doing this.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 20:40 UTC as 9th comment
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justinwonnacott: The woman with the snake has to be on of the sleaziest, cheesiest promo pix for a major brand I have seen in a long time. Takes me back to the pages of Modern Photography in the 1970's or worse.

I know. It's time to show some male underwear models!

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 17:42 UTC
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SDPharm: One of the very few exciting new cameras out there (Hassy being the other one), once it gets out of vaporware phase.

To be honest, I'm not that familiar with the Quattro line other than it's Foveon sensor. But the DPR cons on DP kind of discouraged me:

* Woeful (and mandatory) Raw processing software
* Rudimentary AF
* Poor high ISO image quality
* No video

Even the Hassy is merely evolutionary, but making a (small) medium format camera into such a small body is cool. L16 is truly different, like how iPhone changed the way people take pictures. And it's easy to understand how it could work.

Lytro is exotic, but I'm sure it's that useful.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 17:51 UTC

One of the very few exciting new cameras out there (Hassy being the other one), once it gets out of vaporware phase.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 23:44 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1179 comments in total)
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maxnimo: Would it still be good if it's "handmade in Sweden" by Syrian refugees or Somali immigrants?

FWIW, Steve Jobs is the son of a Syrian political refugee.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 18:43 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1179 comments in total)

Did I miss something? Why are all sample photos low res?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 20:24 UTC as 86th comment | 1 reply
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1179 comments in total)
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maxnimo: Would it still be good if it's "handmade in Sweden" by Syrian refugees or Somali immigrants?

> can you elaborate on this a little more?

No, please don't.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 18:33 UTC
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Mike FL: I do not think "Battery charger not included" is an real CON, why? b/c if "Battery charger not included", the battery can be charged inside of the camera.

I use $20 Watson charger which has:
- an USB output,
- can be powered by car outlet
- the battery plates can be changed for different kind battery

I can charge two battery same time, one is inside of the camera via charger's USB while other is in the charger. Otherwise, you have to bring two chargers, or wake up in the mid of the night to charge another battery while traveling.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Watson+Compact+AC%2FDC+Charger&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

This DPR reviewer is not living in the real world as the real CON is "can not charge battery inside of the camera".

BTW, I have two camera, Pana and Oly having battery charger included, can not charge the battery inside of the camera.

> In-camrea charging ability is function/feature...

Yep, a very good point that many people missed.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 16:59 UTC
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