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GabrielZ: 28-75mm? That’s an odd zoom range IMO. Usually fixed aperture f2.8 standard zooms are in the more useful 24-70mm range no?

I bought a Sony 28-75mm lens for my full frame a-mount Sony camera because it was less expensive by far than the 24-70mm lenses. I still get f2.8, and it's light weight & fairly compact. It's a nice walk around lens with a good useful range, I find. Not tip top build quality, but image quality is excellent. The Tamron version is half the price of my Sony lens, but no microfine focus adjustment option & it doesn't utilize all 399 focus points.

I have an old Minolta 35-70mm lens that takes wonderful pictures, but found 70mm to be frustrating. 75mm doesn't sound like much difference, but the bit of extra reach makes me much happier.

And 28mm is wide enough for my general shots. If I need wider, I just got the excellent Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 at a great used price.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 13:22 UTC
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MrBrightSide: No one could possibly name their company "TLDR Capital." Or "Project Boosto"? To boost is underworld slang for steal. The other clue is that Mr Abosch is described as a "conceptual artist" and we all know what that means.
This whole thing sounds like an old-fashioned hoax created by seasoned media pranksters. Did anyone call the parties involved to make sure this is a real story?

"Mr Abosch is most famous for creating and selling his iconic photographic portrait of a potato – 'Potato #345' for more than US$1 million in 2016..."

Well, heck, that means my cat picture is worth at least 20 g's.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2018 at 00:02 UTC

Good opinion piece in the NY Post about tech giants consolidating distribution to the detriment of creators. It uses authors & musicians as examples, but the same issues affect photographers too. It shows what's happening in general.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2018 at 14:40 UTC as 11th comment
On article The ultimate seascape photography guide (20 comments in total)
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HRC2016: I do not like it when people suggest going to other websites for ideas. It's not much different than stealing an image.

Calling it stealing is too extreme, HRC2016. Getting artistic inspiration & ideas from others is as old as mankind. If you put your work out there for the public to view, you have to expect that people will try to duplicate your style. If the style is any good, that is. If your work stinks, ain't nobody interested to try your style.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2018 at 15:46 UTC
On article The ultimate seascape photography guide (20 comments in total)

Super helpful, perhaps not so much for experienced shooters, but definitely for photographers like me who have yet to include bracketing, filters, & photo blending in the tool bag. Anton's explanations of how these things help were clear as a bell.

I've been jonesing for that Tamron 15-30mm lately, so Anton certainly isn't helping to calm down my GAS attack ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2018 at 15:34 UTC as 7th comment

"...there's a reason the Irving Penns and Henri Cartier-Bressons of the world ..."


Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 03:36 UTC as 36th comment | 3 replies

I'm grateful for the hay day of digital cameras ten years or so ago. I wouldn't have gotten into photography if it hadn't been for the ubiquity of digital point & shoots and the rise of DSLRs. Film photography was too fiddly, complicated, & expensive for this busy working mom, & I was content to use Kodak disposables from the drug store. Sorry to see that real cameras are in decline, but I'm glad that so many enjoy using their phones. Image making is perhaps more popular than ever, it's just the tool preferences that have changed.

p.s. I hate using phone cameras.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2018 at 17:42 UTC as 75th comment | 4 replies
On photo Going to mass. in the Your City - One color challenge (6 comments in total)

This is truly beautiful.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 00:48 UTC as 5th comment
On article Buying Guide: Best cameras for parents (138 comments in total)
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xiao_xiang: Fantastic use case.

What I feel is missing is some FF options. Why? Because in this use case you have low light situations and also high movement in low light. A good quality FF with affordable fast prime is just what the doctor ordered.

Whether it's a sleeping baby, a private moment between mother and baby, or the kid running full speed out of their room not wanting to go to bed - low light and high shutter speed with best of class focus is what is needed.

I agree with mmartel. Fast prime is a misnomer, in a way. It makes you think a lower aperture will solve all your indoor toddler picture problems. But the too shallow depth of field negates the advantage of the "fast" aperture. I'm getting more keepers using flash & slightly higher apertures than when trying to use no flash & a "fast lens."

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 14:22 UTC
On article These are the best cameras you can buy right now (476 comments in total)

Still no DPR love for the excellent Sony a99ii. Pity

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 16:26 UTC as 46th comment
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landscaper1: My sincere compliments to Mr. Shainblum for the incredible image.

However, I took particular note of the fact that he has a girlfriend who's not only a landscape shooter like himself, but is willing to endure the physical discomfort of that trek (most likely more than her partner) along with him.

I hope he realizes the real treasure of that night was the lady who made that trek up and down with him.

Landscaper1 is right. *Anyone* would be lucky to have a partner willing to come along on such a physically arduous trek to get a photograph. Sad to see ptox interpreted his remark in such a narrow, bilious way.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 22:14 UTC

Beautiful image. If I could make just one shot like that in my lifetime, I could die happy.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 19:47 UTC as 56th comment | 2 replies
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SarahTerra: Right on, sue him good.

Frightening and maddening to me all the millenials who grew up on social media that don't see a problem with using the photo unauthorized.

There used to be a world where your thoughts, privacy and rights were respected and valued.

The programmed youth of our time now give it up without a second thought, in the name of vanity and false hopes of fame. Then whine on facebook about how they are working at starbucks for nothing, and making someone else billions.

Trump 2016

Blaming Trump for decades-old nebulous, complicated copyright laws?! Oh ha ha ha ha ha...

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 13:42 UTC
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MacroBokeh: There's a new cliche "Nikon is dead"...

All the Sony a-mount owners chuckling at your quip...

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 13:54 UTC
On article Sony a7R III sample gallery (253 comments in total)
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VadymA: I don't like Sony colors.

Use Capture One Pro for Sony to adjust the colors to your liking. Only $50 for Sony owners. It's a fabulous deal.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 19:44 UTC
On article What you need to know about Sony's a7R III (614 comments in total)
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hammarbytp: The lack of PlayMemories apps is a weird omission. With Sony hardware improving leap and bounds with each iteration, the deficiencies of the in-camera software become more glaring.

PlayMemory apps papered over some of those deficiencies, and while not perfect, their removal just highlights how poor Sony in-camera processing is, especially when it comes to in-camera RAW processing

Can you still send a picture to your smartphone or tablet, at least? I couldn't live without that feature.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 12:53 UTC
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Stigg: many millions in R&D spent to enable hours of in-focus brat videos and tens of thousands of in-focus brat snapshots. children could sit still decades ago and parents were satisfied with a few dozen imperfect snapshots. it seems that the parents of today are mentally unbalanced as well as extremely spoiled and need to document everything down to potty visits (the kids' and their own - plenty of selfies in the loo about).

sony and other similar advanced toy-makers for adults should invest all of that money in year-round free clinics teaching the fundamentals of photography and offer psychotherapy. maybe that would cure a lot ills, including the GAS problems i read about here.

Stigg wins the Scrooge award for misanthropic cynicism.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 18:43 UTC
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MrImprovement: Capture One works well enough for me in "free for Sony" version; for $50 more I can upgrade to their full version. And I don't have to pay and pay for storage.

$10/month for 1TB = $120 per year, same pricing as 4 years ago from Google etc. Yet drives have increased capacity and cost less per-TB than then.

The Sony/Capture One partnership is a fantastic perk for Sony owners.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 22:45 UTC
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PhotoRotterdam: I use Lightroom for photo management (as a DAM) and DxO for conversion of RAW images.

Been trying other DAM's, but so far haven't found any that can match the support of Lightroom for key words, IPTC etc.

I see the end coming (like Aperture was killed of), so what will be a durable solution? I only want a proper photo management tool with great cataloging and tagging features which plays nicely with other post processing tools.

I like PSP's organization features too. Keywording is easy, & the map feature is great. As for raw, I prefer Capture One or ACDSee. But if working in PSP & I have a raw file that just needs simple adjustments, I just use the Adjust tab & save the results as a jpeg. That bypasses the clunky raw editor.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 22:43 UTC
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grandmasterphill: Can someone suggest viable alternatives to Lighroom?

ACDSee is excellent too. I use both C1 & ACDSee with a little Paintshop Pro thrown into the mix.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 22:36 UTC
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