SmoothOperator

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On article Casio: the innovator that time forgot (153 comments in total)

I liked my Exilim. Excellent consumer camera. Very well built very compact and small yet with a heavy metal frame. The UI and presets actually made sense and the optics were great. No images like that coming out of my cellphone. I was sad that they got out of the business.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2020 at 16:51 UTC as 56th comment

I can't speak for the broader market, but the big thing for me was mirrorless. I would have been locked in a very narrow market if it weren't for mirrorless. I would still be deciding if I could afford that 5.6 zoom lens I always wanted, and still using a kit lens. Even worse, I might still be using a point and shoot.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2020 at 12:51 UTC as 13th comment

I tried using thinigiverse to make a tilt shift adapter, it was a no go. The plastic was way too flimsy.

Its kind of cool to see it work for an extension tube, but there are so many other better solutions. For macro, all you need is an enlarger lens and a bellows. I found an inexpensive enlarger lens, I got to looking in a catalogue, might be the best optics lens in my kit.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2019 at 23:16 UTC as 5th comment

Was that one of the radio active lenses? Kodak was well known for using thorium.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2019 at 23:42 UTC as 11th comment

Is there a camera that I can has shots like that, ah geez those are fabulous.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2019 at 23:34 UTC as 34th comment | 3 replies
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Franz Weber: It is sad to see what some eagles do just to be photographed and win an award.

Eagles are clearly jealous of heron's.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2019 at 23:28 UTC

I've suspected there was a little more to the heron bill than a convenient way to catch fish, and preen those showy feathers. My favorite bird watching area has herons, eagles, and geese. They all cohabitate. After watching one spear a fish, I got to thinking, if the herons and the eagles both eat fish, why don't the eagles chase the heron's off? Ah, but of course the answer is obvious, the eagles aren't the apex predators...

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2019 at 13:04 UTC as 75th comment

I kind of don't see the point in mirrorless long telephoto lenses. As a mirrorless owner myself, I prefer to have adaptable lenses.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2019 at 01:19 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies
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SmoothOperator: Unfortunately, these are the kinds of occupations we actually need more of to have a vibrant economy. I suspect the culprit more than anything is over population. More poor people aren't going to hire photographers, it doesn't matter if they have cheap cell phones.

There is wealth, and there are people. The sad fact is that more people, consume more resources, and while people may have more financial wealth, they are pretty much loosing out in space and time, hence the quality of life is poorer. They may have more money, but they also have to spend more for decent housing... Electric toys can only compensate so much, if you are one of the lucky few that gets to telecommute, for example, but for pretty much everyone else, the commutes are longer, the housing prices are higher, the groceries are more expensive, there is more pollution... See the pattern here.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2019 at 01:19 UTC

Unfortunately, these are the kinds of occupations we actually need more of to have a vibrant economy. I suspect the culprit more than anything is over population. More poor people aren't going to hire photographers, it doesn't matter if they have cheap cell phones.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2019 at 01:05 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
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ovlov: Quality doesn't matter anymore. We are in a collective race to the bottom. Conditioned to expect less and accept less.

Yep, nickeled and dimed by pie in the sky AI.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2019 at 01:01 UTC

I wonder how it compares to a surface tablet with a stylus?

I think for extended working times, I think I would prefer the sperate tablet.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2019 at 01:17 UTC as 9th comment
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Docno: There are hundreds of photos out there of young men fighting in war or dead on a battlefield. Many, if not most, of them were draftees who did not have a choice to fight or to die in battle. Is being drafted into war really much different from slavery? Yes, they were often paid a (meager) wage, but I suspect many would be happy to fore go that and keep their lives. They were not given the choice. So, you do this for photos of slaves and what does it mean for all those battlefield photos?

I think they recently changed the law and everyone can be drafted now.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2019 at 10:52 UTC
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usernamealreadyinuse: Maybe Harvard should use some of its 'student admission bribery scandal' money to pay these damages? Just a thought.
BTW, it's doubtful these enslaved family members signed Releases allowing their photographic likenesses to be sold or licensed (since they themselves were "property"), so their modern-day family members DO have the right ("legal standing") to go after Harvard. imho

@Chris Noble, it has a lot to do with who is doing it, and what their relationship is to the communities involved, as to how it is received. Blanket statements like it helps remember slavery, aren't necessarily received well. There was an article in the Washington Post, where parents were upset when teachers had students pose in slavery roles in class, the white parents didn't have any problems with there students posing, but black parents were having none of it.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2019 at 22:57 UTC

And you wonder why Native Americans and African Americans refuse to participate in studies, either at the tribal level or individually at a much lower rate.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2019 at 19:06 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
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Mariano Pacifico: I agree and on the side of Tamara Lanier. Harvard should not profit from the slaves and Tamara should not also profit from her lawsuit. The lawsuit should only take down all pictures of slaves. No money involved.

There should not be pictures so slavery can be forgotten If ever there are pictures of slaves Tamara should be paid, of course, not for profit. Whatever.

Often times there are better things to remember about people, than their circumstances.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2019 at 18:59 UTC
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usernamealreadyinuse: Maybe Harvard should use some of its 'student admission bribery scandal' money to pay these damages? Just a thought.
BTW, it's doubtful these enslaved family members signed Releases allowing their photographic likenesses to be sold or licensed (since they themselves were "property"), so their modern-day family members DO have the right ("legal standing") to go after Harvard. imho

It doesn't matter when, or who collected the image, or what the chain of custody is. Harvard is profiting on images of human slavery now.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2019 at 00:19 UTC
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entoman: Lanier might quite possibly be motivated by money, in this sue-everyone culture.

But it's equally possible that her actions were designed to ensure that the horrors of slavery and racism are not forgotten or swept under a table. It can be argued that if we forget about past wars, slavery, racism etc, that they are more likely to re-emerge. Not that they ever went away.

@Roland Karlsson, I think it has to do with the fact that they are generating revenue. Its akin Facebook running ads on Holocaust humor(sic) sites, they aren't donating the proceeds to help the descendants...

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2019 at 23:38 UTC
On a photo in the Zenit 50mm F0.95 sample gallery (3 comments in total)
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Nothing new: Beautiful bokeh. Some color fringing. These pictures show how difficult if is to precisely focus a manual lens. Look at the eyes of the model in the 2nd sample.

It's the F.95 problem, like shooting a macro, very thin dof. I use a focal reducer on my F1.2 for a combination like F.95, at first I thought there was something wrong with the lens, but no its just the dof, is hard to center.

This lens looks pretty nice.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2019 at 00:42 UTC
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Shiranai: It seems to me that Sony is slowly getting to the end of the physically possible, so they gotta put huge investments to drive technology further.

I don't think they are approaching physical limits anytime soon. If you take a human eye as an example, its like a 15mm 500mega pixel sensor that can see in the dark.

Not to mention there are lots of room in color rendition.

There may be limits in the current engineering standard, for example lens optics may not resolve to 500mega pixels.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2019 at 21:23 UTC
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