nathantw

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Love my aluminum Reporter Studex 224 from the 1980s. It's still my main tripod and I've had major pounds of equipment on top of it. It literally has been halfway around the world with me in all kinds of weather and conditions. It has never let me down.

That said, I heard Gitzo isn't what it used to be, though they kept the high prices. It would be interesting to hear decades from now if the tripods made today are still being used.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 03:41 UTC as 34th comment

Wow!!!!!

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 01:52 UTC as 4th comment
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WastingTime: "This video is unavailable" :(

Not available for people in the U.S. too.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 01:46 UTC
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exit4: Instead of a 12-volt battery for counterweight, how about a cooler with a 12-pack inside. A perfect setup for beach photography. ;-)

Problem with a cooler and a 12 pack is the counterweight will lose efficiency after an hour or less. 😉

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 01:42 UTC

There's no way a photographer today would miss either shot since their cameras have the capacity for thousands of shots at a time and up to 20fps. The editor could examine every nuance of 50 frames of the same scene before choosing the perfect one.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 14:07 UTC as 4th comment
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (805 comments in total)
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dickgrafixstop: Surprised no mention of the Rollei 35s - rugged, excellent sonnar lens and 40 years and
hundreds of film rolls later still working like a charm!

The problem with the Rollie 35 was that they were manal guesstimate lenses. You had to guess how far a subject was. Otherwise they were fantastic cameras.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 04:09 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (805 comments in total)

I found an XA on top of a pinball machine. I felt bad for the people who lost it and would have given it to the owners if they were around. They weren't. I ended up taking the camera and using it to until it started falling apart. My sister borrowed it for a trip and someone stole it out of her purse. She bought me a new camera and I got a Nikon L35AF.

I used that camera everywhere. What I liked was the pop-up flash that automatically popped up. If I didn't want to use it i just held it down and I had long shutter speeds for proper exposure. I was able to put a filter on the front and change the asa anytime. The only downside was that it had 9 focus points but it always chose the correct one. Awesome camera.

By the end there was loose glass in the viewfinder and it was a mess. Funny thing, my coworker out of the blue, gave me his wife's L35AF and it's in mint condition.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2017 at 16:18 UTC as 169th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon reshuffles management structure (248 comments in total)

Okay, this is important to non-employees because why? Do we see org charts on every company out there?

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 20:35 UTC as 63rd comment | 1 reply

Stop the presses!

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 21:39 UTC as 10th comment
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Stigg: 100 megapixels but no matter if its billions, its still digital and thus just a glorified digital point and shoot with it 1s and 0s.

Looking at the files (not photos) at high magnification there is nothing special going on, just the same old digital look.

If I wanted to print extremely large I'd spend much less than 1/10th the price of this back and buy an 8x10 setup. By the time they move, copy, edit, resize and ftp 100mp files I would have processed all of my sheets and scanned them, unless they spent another $50,000US for a supercomputer.

I have nothing against digital image acquisition for quick snapshots and hobbies such as birding where many shots are expended to get one final file.

I'm assuming you're talking about using film then. When you make your print get your graphite pencil ready or your 00000 brush and some spotting dye to take out spots. ;-)

At this point with the larger CMOS sensors I just don't feel they have that much of a difference over a full frame DSLR, so I guess in essence I agree with the OP. However, I just shot a roll of b/w 120 film and processed it. It looked okay. I wonder if you'd think it would have that "digital" look if you didn't know it was film. https://flic.kr/p/TmkQEn

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 06:20 UTC

This is all for show to help make it look like their lenses are meticulously and lovingly made by hand. Sort of like how Rolex does that in their videos. In reality and behind the scenes machines are cranking these suckers out with machine like precision at a rate of 100 every minute. LOL. Yeah, I'm just kidding...at least in the case of Canon. Thanks for showing us the background on the lenses. It's always fascinating to see these things.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 15:06 UTC as 91st comment | 1 reply
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EdnaBambrick: STOP WASTING OUR TIME NIKON WITH YOUR LEICA'ESQE 'YEAR OF THE TORTOISE' SPECIAL EDITIONS.

What we want is for you to stay ahead and at the top of the sensor IQ game.

More dynamic range, more resolution, better all around top of the prosumer line camera. The 'wish lists' have all been published since the release of the D810.

Time to deliver.

Nikon had always made commemorative editions. So this is nothing new.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 19:28 UTC

Apparently the problem with the Keymission was the software. I wanted the 360 but when I started reading about how horrible the software was I stopped wanting it.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 19:27 UTC as 44th comment
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Dragonrider: When a company starts spending too much time talking about their hallowed past, it is usually a sign of the beginning of the end. Atari did it all in record time and the retrospective internal employee motto was "Wonder, Thunder, Blunder, Plunder, and Under"

When the band Van Halen had Sammy Hagar as the lead vocalist they were a commercial success. The manager of the band or someone wanted to bring out a compilation and Sammy Hagar said exactly what you said. That was the beginning of the end for Sammy Hagar and the band. So you're right.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 19:24 UTC
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munchaussen: LEICA SO SEXYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

You sound like Kai! Lol!

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 03:19 UTC
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DVT80111: At least one photography related death each year in Grand Canyon.

When I was at the Grand Canyon I couldn't believe the amount of people that sat with their feet dangling at the very edge of a shear cliff that dropped hundreds of feet straight down. Then the kids who run around being chased by another as they approached the edges. I had to turn away a few times watching this all take place at a distance.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 22:14 UTC
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nathantw: But I thought lava was okay to walk on? I mean, just look at the Star Wars movie where Anakin and Ben were fighting. They made it look okay.

OMG! That's just beyond my comprehension, faterikcartman! It would be cool and all, especially feeling the lava under the feet, but oh man, that takes guts!

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 22:09 UTC

Cool places and photos!

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 20:54 UTC as 35th comment
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vscd: Just throw the ring into the lava...

NO! My precious!

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 20:53 UTC

But I thought lava was okay to walk on? I mean, just look at the Star Wars movie where Anakin and Ben were fighting. They made it look okay.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 20:52 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
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