Marty4650

Marty4650

Lives in United States NC, United States
Works as a Retired Industrial Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2005

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FelixC2013: Your news articles are always so timely. He died nine days ago and Petapixel broke the story last Saturday and you guys finally decide to run with the story today?

This really is the wrong place to discuss this, but I will say this much. You are right that they are not SUPPOSED to get these things, but you are wrong when you say they don't. And your statistics are way off. But like I said, this is the wrong place to go into detail over that.

The entire debate isn't over immigration. It is over uncontrolled and illegal immigration. We all know we need immigrants. The only question is whether we should have rules and laws about who they and how many we admit, are or whether we should just take in everyone who wants to come here. There is nothing "fascist" about wanting a sensible and orderly immigration system.

And your Foxophobia doesn't make you seem any smarter. Chanting slogans rarely helps solve problems. Your biggest obstacle seems to be that you refuse to admit a problem exists.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2018 at 22:54 UTC
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FelixC2013: Your news articles are always so timely. He died nine days ago and Petapixel broke the story last Saturday and you guys finally decide to run with the story today?

Words do matter.

If everyone you disagree with is a "fascist" and huge sums of money are "a mere pittance" then you are right not to attempt reasoning.

It a whole lot more than a "few people" but we both know there are lots of factors that put us $20 trillion in debt. Too many to list here.

Laugh it off if you must, but gross exaggeration is another sure sign of of a widespread mental defect fed by ignorance.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2018 at 22:13 UTC
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FelixC2013: Your news articles are always so timely. He died nine days ago and Petapixel broke the story last Saturday and you guys finally decide to run with the story today?

cosinaphile..... there is just no way to reason with any person who thinks several hundred billion dollars are a "mere pittance" and that anyone who doesn't want to feed the entire world is a a mindless fascist.

I suppose if someone is sufficiently brainwashed they can honestly believe these things. I believe a "sucker" is someone who goes into debt in order to supply non citizens with generous benefits. Of course, you will disagree. Which is your right.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2018 at 21:04 UTC
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Marty4650: You can write new rules, and enforce them vigorously, but I wonder if terrorists and criminals will follow those rules? Criminals will break the law, which is why we call them criminals.

This is a lot like the gun control issue. Rules can often prevent accidents but they can never prevent intentional crimes.

This video might be faked, but what if it isn't? I don't have a solution for this, but it is just a question of time before some idiot with a drone causes a serious accident while making a cool YouTube video.

No, you still need rules to prevent those accidents.

But the only way you can really prevent intentional crimes is to aggressively pursue and prosecute the criminals. In this case, the idiot probably wasn't trying to harm anyone, so a set of rules and stern enforcement could be a good deterrent. In some other cases, where the intention is to harm you need other methods.

Like I said, I don't know the answer. Perhaps some technology could be developed to disable all drones within 1000 feet of an airplane?

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2018 at 21:59 UTC

You can write new rules, and enforce them vigorously, but I wonder if terrorists and criminals will follow those rules? Criminals will break the law, which is why we call them criminals.

This is a lot like the gun control issue. Rules can often prevent accidents but they can never prevent intentional crimes.

This video might be faked, but what if it isn't? I don't have a solution for this, but it is just a question of time before some idiot with a drone causes a serious accident while making a cool YouTube video.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2018 at 14:52 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies
On article Zack Arias on Unsplash and the 'race to the bottom' (281 comments in total)

If Zach is correct then the problem will solve itself.

Thousands of Upsplash users will be sued for not having proper model releases, and they will endure considerable costs that end up making something free cost them a fortune. Then Upsplash will disappear.

Of course he may not be correct. And not very many will be sued, and Upsplash will continue to exist.

Time will tell.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 15:15 UTC as 10th comment

One sure way to make a $5,000 Sony camera and lens combination look like an outstanding value is to compare it to a $50,000 pro video kit.

This really just illustrates the law of diminishing returns. If you need pro video gear, then you will pay dearly for it. And if you really do need it, then it will be well worth the expense.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 14:49 UTC as 22nd comment
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Ebrahim Saadawi: Why would any photographer take this instead of a 24mp eos m or a OVF equipped SL2 (still tiny) or even a GX85?

It just needs to be cheaper being that entry-level of a camera with a 16mp m43s sensor and no EVF.

The GX85 with lens was $799 when introduced almost two years ago. Today it is "around the same price" as this brand new EPL9. Which means many of us will prefer the older (and higher spec) camera at the same price.

Come back two years from now, and the EPL9 will be selling for a lot less than the $649 it is selling for today.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 12:38 UTC
On article Zack Arias on Unsplash and the 'race to the bottom' (281 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I really sympathize with Zack, but I don't see any practical way to prevent people from donating their photos for free use.

Yes... it is killing his business, but if people want to give away their photos it is impossible to stop them. There is nothing illegal about it, and it isn't even unethical. Unless you feel that the food bank giving away free food is harming restaurants.

That is probably a good analogy because the free food... like the free photos... isn't always the best quality. Someone who needs free photos or free food probably wouldn't be capable or willing to pay $200 for a photo or a meal. So the high quality supplier isn't being harmed at all.

It just means it will become impossible to sell clip art and stock photos.

Zach is actually right to warn about the danger of using "free photos" without any guarantee of a model release. And he is right that without one someone could change their mind once they find out how their photo was used.

But as balios says in the above post.... this was something early in the video. Which makes me wonder if cdembrey watched the entire video. After that the next 30 minutes devolves into a rant against upsplash destroying his business model.

Notice, he creates an "online petition" of photographers... and not of models to protest Upsplash. And his entire rant is directed at the people who give their stuff away for free.

It sure sounds like a classic case of butt hurt.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2018 at 15:13 UTC
On article Zack Arias on Unsplash and the 'race to the bottom' (281 comments in total)

I really sympathize with Zack, but I don't see any practical way to prevent people from donating their photos for free use.

Yes... it is killing his business, but if people want to give away their photos it is impossible to stop them. There is nothing illegal about it, and it isn't even unethical. Unless you feel that the food bank giving away free food is harming restaurants.

That is probably a good analogy because the free food... like the free photos... isn't always the best quality. Someone who needs free photos or free food probably wouldn't be capable or willing to pay $200 for a photo or a meal. So the high quality supplier isn't being harmed at all.

It just means it will become impossible to sell clip art and stock photos.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2018 at 23:18 UTC as 31st comment | 7 replies

I cannot imagine why anyone would take a $10,000 trip to Nepal, and only bring a camera phone with them. Sure, it is a pretty good Point and Shoot camera, but even a five year old Pentax Q would get better results.

I bring my cell phone when I travel to Walmart.
I bring the best cameras and lenses I can find when I travel abroad.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2018 at 17:42 UTC as 238th comment | 7 replies
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tko: Why do they keep pushing cell phones? Obviously, big advertising bucks.

Do you ever see an article that illustrates the short comings? What you missed? Noooo, you get dozens of portraits with the background artificially blurred.

Do you ever hear about the shots the photographer missed? Nooooooooo, you only hear about how light and convenient it is, and how much trouble it is to change lenses.

HINT! The iphone doesn't zoom and you can't change lenses. Why not compare oranges to oranges? You don't have to change lenses with a dSLR if you don't want to.

We can speculate.

Is Amazon heavily invested in Apple stock?
Does Amazon get bigger profit margins on Apple products?
Has Jeff Bezos ordered Dpreview to "push Apple products?"
Does Apple buy a lot of ads on this website?

My own guess is "none of the above."

I assume Dpreview has become a cell phone and drone website because there aren't many cameras to write about today. Back when there were 150 new cameras a year, Dpreview had a staff of four. Today we only get around 30 new cameras a year and they have 15 people on their payroll. So they need to do something to create content.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2018 at 17:37 UTC

What the heck is Instagram?

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2018 at 18:02 UTC as 54th comment | 1 reply
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Marty4650: Human beings will do whatever they need to do to survive.

The real problem here is that these women have no other options than to engage in risky, dangerous, and even perhaps degrading work based on your own ethical standards. This really is a terrible tragedy.

I suppose someone needs to document this, if only to help motivate some change.

I hedge because I realize some women may consider prostitution as their right. Certainly not in this case as you rightfully pointed out, but we know that voluntary prostitution is legal and accepted in many places.

I thought it was obvious that my statement was about the general human condition, and not intended to support human trafficking. But I suppose I was wrong, because you took it that way.

You really have to choose your words carefully these days, because someone will always take offense even if none was intended.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 17:36 UTC

Human beings will do whatever they need to do to survive.

The real problem here is that these women have no other options than to engage in risky, dangerous, and even perhaps degrading work based on your own ethical standards. This really is a terrible tragedy.

I suppose someone needs to document this, if only to help motivate some change.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 16:16 UTC as 38th comment | 3 replies
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Johannes Zander: Why no build in viewfinder at that price?

Perhaps because it cannot be done at that price?

This is a rock bottom entry level model and is priced to compete with the Olympus EPL8, Sony a5100, and Canon M100, none of which have an EVF.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 14:12 UTC
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kobakokh: Can somebody say why Fuji's new A line is A5, after A3? And not A4? Can fuji guys say it?

I bet the people in Japan wonder why we build skyscrapers without a thirteenth floor.....

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 14:07 UTC

From a purely aesthetic sense... that photo would be a lot better if there wasn't an idiot sitting in the tree.

A good photographer would have photoshopped the picture to clone out the tree sitting dope.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2018 at 02:24 UTC as 59th comment | 1 reply
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Marty4650: Rather than putting up some ugly fence that would ruin the view.... invisible laser rays could be installed.

At first, you set them to "stun" and if that doesn't work, you just turn it up to the kill setting. Naturally, an appropriate warning sign should be posted.

All are good ideas.

Once again, Dpreview members PROVE they are good at problem solving!

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2018 at 23:38 UTC

Another sure way to solve the problem.

Sell the lake to the Disney Corporation. They will build a theme park around it and charge a hefty admission fee. They will make certain that no one harms the tree and that there is no cost to the taxpayers.

As an added bonus, Disney will make a huge profit, and New Zealand will get to collect their 28% corporate tax rate.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2018 at 23:06 UTC as 77th comment | 2 replies
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