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" I will still be alive fifteen minutes before I die "


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Isn't that life's mantra. When you're down, life kicks you in the teeth.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2017 at 19:50 UTC as 59th comment | 3 replies

I use my Nikon 180mm f/2.8........close enough to 200mm and at $ 395.00 a bargain. Yes, I need an adapter for my Olympus....that's another $ 50.00.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 14:42 UTC as 62nd comment | 2 replies
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Dheorl: There's plenty of other beautiful European coastal towns, I doubt anyone will really care.

Yeah, like the Cinque Terra villages!

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2017 at 18:10 UTC

Or, you can buy the original ( better investment?) for $ 4000. on Ebay.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 16:50 UTC as 114th comment
On article Take a look inside Leica's factory in Wetzlar, Germany (136 comments in total)
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photoMEETING: Never saw a 'golden' Summilux 50mm Asph. before (#33).

Don't wonna have/buy one, however.

Probably the brass before it is plated with silver or black paint.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 12:53 UTC

We want a good, sturdy travel tripod that is 1 ft. long, carbon fiber and pistol grip head for $ 200. Is that too much to ask for?

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 23:45 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
On article Here's why your beloved film SLR is never going digital (285 comments in total)
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tedolf: What makes all of this interesting is why this is even still considered desirable. It is because existing DSLRs are obese, overly complex monsters. Everybody says, "why can't they just make an Olympus OM-1 sized digital SLR with a shutter speed dial, an aperture ring, a focus ring (manual) and that's all".

Nikon chickened out and came up with the horrendous Df.

Fuji gets some credit for aping the old control layout.

Lieca M10 comes closest but is way too expensive.

If Pany/Olympus would make a m4/3 Leica clone with three f/1.7 manual only lenses, 14mm, 20mm and 42.5mm it would sell like hot cakes. This could be done but it would take some corporate courage-or an angel investor.


My Olympus EM5 with 17mmf1.7 was already invented!

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 23:24 UTC
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Marty4650: Not too long ago I found this Yashica T4 Super D selling at a Goodwill store for $2.00.


I bought it, then listed it on ebay and got $300 for it.

Funny thing. My 95 year old mother is still taking pictures with the black T4 I gave her over 25 years ago.
I'm still using my Zeiss Contina IIA!

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 12:54 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Sigma SD1 (237 comments in total)
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Weegee: That burl wood model will be a classic of the future! Probably worth $ 10,000 in 2035.

Cameras are not meant to be investments. Just tools to make money to then invest.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 12:08 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Sigma SD1 (237 comments in total)

That burl wood model will be a classic of the future! Probably worth $ 10,000 in 2035.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 13:49 UTC as 58th comment | 2 replies

Seems odd that he mentioned some were out of focus. Isn't the sun " at infinity ". Best on shots like these to deactivate the auto focusing mechanism!

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2017 at 14:39 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply

Not that many "film" projectors left!

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2017 at 12:08 UTC as 1st comment
On article Video: Olympus OM-D E-M10 III 4K sample reel (112 comments in total)
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BostonC: It does nothing better than the lower priced GX85.
If you want to showcase the video quality, some more indoor & outdoor shots of people, hair&eyebrow details will be telling.

Am I missing something? Is the first part of the video ( pixelated and slightly out of focus ) at 1080 and the next part at 4k? Big difference and the quality at 3200iso remarkable!

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2017 at 17:59 UTC
On article Should you upgrade to a Nikon D850? (663 comments in total)
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lapomattiabarambaniviendalmare: Sooner or later I'll buy this one or maybe the upcoming D760.
I miss a BIG viewfinder too much.
Let's hope that I won't miss the extra reach of the D7200 for sports.

I already have a D760. It was made by Kodak. 6 mp. and still great images. See if you can pick one up on E-Bay for $ 1500.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 21:57 UTC
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obscurelines: I don't get this article. Huge file capability shown off with some perfectly nice BW shots that any camera in the world could take.

In reply to The Davinator. All shot with Olympus OMD-M1

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 12:33 UTC
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Percival Merriwether: If I see one more photo of a tattooed person...

Excellent photos but so-so post processing.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 12:27 UTC
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vadims: None of these images has the quality I always associated with good film B&W: rich midtones -- the photos somehow used to be made entirely of shades of gray, almost completely devoid of black, *and* yet managed to look contrasty. The byproduct of the huge exposure latitude of B&W film, I guess... The images accompanying the article exhibit none of those traits.

One would think that it's the artists who went for this super-contrasty look, but I've seen enough images of XF IQ3 Achromatic and Leica M Monochrom to conclude it's not just that; B&W look as we knew it seems to be lost, for now. At least, it's not reproducible with current HW (and FW). So, that hardware, as well as results obtained with it, are most definitely not my cup of tea.

If you want to see some exquisite B & W made from digital files, check out Ming Thein's site. B & W doesn't get any better than that.
Granted, modern tastes prefer "snappy" images. Just look at an Ansel Adams photo printed by him in the 1940s and 1970. At least 2 grades of contrast jump.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 12:25 UTC
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Bing Chow: Great. Another device to assist people in being more self-indulgent than they already are. "Look at what I'm eating!" "Hey, I'm taking a dump!" "Look where I am!" "Isn't this view great?"

Great MrTaikitso! I'll be waiting. I'm sick of everything being tied into smart phones.
The two banes of my life have been electric guitars and the smart phone!

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 12:23 UTC
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maxnimo: About 40 years ago there was a Sci-Fi TV show about a secret agent that wore a camera like this. Don't recall the name.

Secret Agent Man, starring Patrick McGoohan.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 12:16 UTC
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jmclean: Great article, Ben! Thanks for posting. Not everyone on this forum is gracious enough to say something positive: let me credit you for your generosity in sharing! Hope you don't regret putting your thoughts and experiences out here. And may you never get blisters!

Gear heads? Differing views? Post links to your articles! Haters? Such behavior is very unbecoming: learn to show a little class. That would be nice in these difficult times.

I agree. All these comments from anonymous readers don't amount to a hill of beans. If you're not willing to identify who you are you are a nobody!

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 14:07 UTC
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