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Joined on Aug 26, 2011
About me:

Shooting photos for about 30 years (with a little hiatus in my twenties), I am an "aspiring" art photographer with a little experience shooting products, portraits, fashion, weddings, glamor, landscapes and various other stuff.


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stevo23: This makes the news? I admit, it's kind of amusing, but seriously?

I'm actually finding it more fun that I thought it would be (reading through the comments here). I wonder what ridiculous crap will be posted on this website next.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2017 at 15:11 UTC
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pro photo 2011: Don't buy from a seller who gives these hazy and muddy pictures, no matter how attractive the price may be. Either the seller has something to hide, or he/she hasn't taken good care of whatever being sold. On eBay, I only buy from reputable sellers who also provide a larger number of pictures (>8) showing the item in good detail from all angles.

That's excellent advice. I think you should give more advice like that.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2017 at 15:09 UTC
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PhotoUniverse: Does anyone else hate the term "going viral"?

An epic fail that goes viral IS a game changer!

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2017 at 15:09 UTC
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TRIALG: It is the modern world where futility is promoted, any crap is reasonable.


Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2017 at 15:05 UTC
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cosinaphile: well we have the makings of a new Instagram filter

"car screen"

I think we think alike.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2017 at 15:03 UTC
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wolfychi: Knowing how the modern art works (equate to nothing), I hope he had copyrighted that image, someone is going to snatch it, blow it up to life size, give some nonse caption, and sell it for millions as high art.

This is an opportunity to make an app to "enhance" Instagram posts with the cracked screen affect. You can slide a slider to make the affect more washed out in the middle. You can slide another slider to make the cracks longer and brighter. There is the haze affect switch to turn on and off the extra haze. And last, but not least, there is the scratch slider - more scratches appear and get brighter as you slide it to the right. No, you can't slide it back to the left. That makes the app more fun!

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2017 at 15:03 UTC
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mr.izo: who say original pictures were made by same author?

Probably not original pictures made by same author. Probably friend's phone pictures and did not know how to move pictures or pictures of other car and wants to trick customer to think it is same car. That why smart marketing and make article in major website owned by Amazon. Very slick. Very sneaky. Famous car now. Many customer. Sell for high price!

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2017 at 15:00 UTC
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Mark Turney: I’m generally against AI ... but in this case?!

Why are you generally against artificial intelligence?

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2017 at 14:57 UTC

I just want to know what brand of cell phone that is.


Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2017 at 14:56 UTC as 48th comment | 1 reply
On article Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 G2 sample gallery (95 comments in total)

I see blur and chromatic aberration, when looking at this photo:

I'm not impressed. I guess you get what you pay for.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 13:01 UTC as 7th comment
On article Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 G2 sample gallery (95 comments in total)
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marcio_napoli: Just took a carefull look at the gallery. You have all the rights to disagree, but *IMO*, if that's what mp race brings to the table, then one word: yuck.

Lens IQ: yuck. Sensor performance from the 5ds R: super mega yucky. Those ISO 100 shots... are them really ISO 100? That much noise, ISO 100, really?

If the lens and the sensor can't handle this resolution, then what's the point of 50 fre#king mega-pixels?

People looking for IQ (and I assume 50mp shooters are) should take a serious look into DMF, even old CCD backs. That's what 50mp should look like, not this soft, blurred corners, noise fest.

Even ancient old 30 mp DBs run circles around this.

The sensor is what makes the 50 megapixels possible, so why are you suggesting that the sensor can't handle the resolution?!?

Still, I agree with you about the noise. Photo 8 has a ridiculous amount of noise in the blue sky (especially visible in the top right). So does photo 14. It's scary how bad that looks. Photo number 35 looks quite a bit better though.

Oh, wait . . . those other photos were shot at ISO 250 and ISO 640? Hmmm . . .

When it comes down to it, you need to be careful what you're talking about. Show us examples. You say ISO 100, but maybe you were seeing noise in photos shot at higher ISO and just assuming they were shot at ISO 100. Could that be the case? Please refer to which photos you're talking about. Some look better than others.

Why would they shoot at ISO settings above 100? I'm not sure. You'd think they wouldn't do that in the daytime, right? I mean it's a VC lens, right? Isn't VC supposed to give you the ability to shoot at a lower ISO setting?

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 12:59 UTC
On article Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 G2 sample gallery (95 comments in total)
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Triplet Perar: People buying >FF cameras<, and then attaching large zooms on them, is a mystery of modern photography. By balancing out resolution and sharpness, but not delivering tonal fidelity (which this lens cannot see at all), this zoom did not resolve any interesting tonal values out of sunsets or skin tones. No opulence of colours, just sharpness, and lots of tonal clipping. I wonder, why lug an FF camera and this lens when equally sharp and tonally compromised photos can be done with any smaller camera and its competent zoom? Is not the purpose of FF sensors to maximise on gain, and therefore, using well made primes with least number of elements is the only option for maximising the recorded >fidelity< of the scene? This is why I love simple primes.

The best lens DXO has ever tested (a prime) also has many lens elements (14 elements in 12 groups) and more than many zoom lenses.

Does the Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art have as many elements as this new Tamron? No. It does have a lot of elements though, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

The Nikon 800mm has 20 elements!

There is more to a great lens, like the Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art than resolution. Coma is basically non-existent, chromatic aberration is well controlled, etc. All these characteristics work together to make the lens capable of producing amazing image quality. You may prefer a doublet, but you think all art photography requires a good lens, and that shows how much you know about art.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 12:43 UTC

At least the cotton swab us made of cotton and not plastic, right? I wish they made cameras out of metal again.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 17:45 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
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Eamon Hickey: Weird interview (judging by the NikonRumors translation). One amazing thing is that he showed his personal Df with third-party modifications attached to it. Never seen that before. And he spoke about competitors much more directly than is normal.

Part of his agenda clearly was to publicly re-argue disputes he's had within Nikon with other executives. Looks like some were disputes that he lost, and he feels like saying "told you so" about them (especially around the Df).

Feels to me like a guy who no longer gives a f#$k and wants to say his piece. If the translator is correct that his position at Nikon is now a research honorific — i.e. he's already officially retired — rather than an active executive position, that would help make more sense of it. Still, I wonder why Nikon would put him forward as an interview subject, if he's not really taking part in active policy decision-making for the company. Strange.

Plausible deniability. Nikon may have made decisions which reflect his attitude and beliefs, but don't want an official connected too closely to Nikon making such controversial (and potentially incendiary) statements. That might appear dishonorable.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 12:47 UTC

"So far there is no professional using their products." REALLY Mr. Tetsuro? So you're saying that no professional shoots with Sony mirrorless cameras? What a bunch of balderdash! I know of one very successful professional photographer who bought ten Sony mirrorless cameras for herself and her crew about a year ago. No, she doesn't shoot exclusively Sony, but from what I hear she's shooting with Sony equipment now. The rest of the time she probably shoots with Hasselblad, not Nikon or Canon. But she's not a sports shooter. When Sony finally makes a good, image-stabilized, 800mm f5.6 lens in FE mount, Nikon and Canon better watch out. Sony will make an improved A9 sooner rather than later, and it might have their 42 MP sensor in it. If they do, Sony will be offering a camera that roasts the professional cameras from Nikon and Canon. Nikon's new D850 won't save Nikon from Sony, it will help save them from Canon though. Could a 45 MP mirrorless save Nikon from Sony? Maybe.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 12:43 UTC as 74th comment | 2 replies

I haven't read the article - just the title . . . and I can't help thinking that it doesn't make sense, considering the Nikon 1 system is mirrorless and not full-frame, but 1" - smaller than just about anything else, and has lots of advantages over other systems. Is it a development platform? Could full-frame Nikon cameras of the future resemble the Nikon 1 system cameras, such as the V3, but at larger sizes? Could we see cameras from Nikon that make the Sony A9 seem like a kid's toy?

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 12:32 UTC as 77th comment

Well, I have to say the action shots in the sample images are not very impressive. I would expect that the owl could have been photographed as it took off. The soccer players could have been caught in more interesting action (i.e. the goalie leaping for the ball), etc.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 00:09 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon D850 First Impressions Review (1004 comments in total)
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Scottelly: "Timelapse recording Yes (4K or 8K movies)"

Really? I don't think you can get an 8K movie out of a D850. The camera DOES NOT HAVE THAT FEATURE. Sure, you can make 8K movies with photos from a D850, just as you can make 8K movies with photos from a Canon 5 Ds or a Sony A7r II or ANY 24 MP camera (by scaling the photos up a little bit). But none of the cameras, including the Nikon D850, can produce an 8K resolution video that you can watch on an 8K TV. You have to make such videos with a computer.

Why do you insist on spreading Nikon's lie?

My quote is from the specs page silly.

How about reading the article, where it says: "The camera can either assemble the images together in a 4K video or retain the full resolution files, to allow you to create a full resolution time-lapse in third-party software. Nikon uses the camera's high resolution to brand this second capability as "8K Timelapse," since the images exceed the 7680 × 4320 dimension of that video format."

My point is that on the Specifications page DPreview doesn't make that obvious, and people who just look at the Specifications page are likely to believe the lie on that page. I guess you're one of those people.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 04:14 UTC
On article Nikon D850 First Impressions Review (1004 comments in total)
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Paul20: Interesting camera. I'd be more interested if Nikon produced a decent tilt shift lens to use with it, until then I'm still stuck with Canon/Sony.

Schneider made 50mm and 85mm versions of their PC (perspective control - a.k.a. TS, or tilt-shift) lens too. I guess those didn't sell well though, so today you'll have a hard time finding them.

BTW, the 17mm Canon f4 L TS is a bit lacking, from the sample photos I've seen, when it comes to resolution. I wouldn't try comparing it to the Nikon 19mm PC lens.

"The PC NIKKOR 19mm F/4E ED delivers very high image quality." -

"CA (Chromatic Aberration) is not a problem at all. The figures obtained are so low as to make CA totally insignificant. This is an exemplary performance." -

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 21:04 UTC
On article Nikon D850 First Impressions Review (1004 comments in total)
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Paul20: Interesting camera. I'd be more interested if Nikon produced a decent tilt shift lens to use with it, until then I'm still stuck with Canon/Sony.

Huh? Haven't you heard of Schneider?

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 20:43 UTC
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