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On article Flickr Marketplace image licensing program shuttered (87 comments in total)
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Sonyshine: The Verizon deal is not done yet. The recent Yahoo scandal may make them pull out of the deal. Flickr is in decline and it's probably worth moving if you haven't already.

No real equivalent. It's okay and probably good to just keep on using it and enjoying it. I do. I store photos at Smugmug, but I share them on Flickr where I find a variety of mostly friendly people.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 01:16 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)
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rbach44: Full frame user (switched from M43 once upon a time) not looking to troll but asking an honest question:

Looking at the 25mm 1.2 makes me think the same thing as when I saw the f.95 Noktons: Isn’t this just the wrong system for shallow DOF? Putting a big, heavy, and expensive lens on a system built around portability makes no sense to me…

Especially considering that the cost of this lens is the same as a used D600+50mm 1.8, which will provide similar DOF characteristics at little size/weight penalty when considering the whole combo. And that is not even considering the (at least in my opinion) poor ergonomics of a big lens on a small body, the IQ advantage of full frame, and the (presumably) poorer performance at f1.2 compared to a good ol’ f1.8.

Of course M43 has its other advantages, but doesn’t a larger format just make more sense for shallow DOF than shoehorning a very fast lens into a system that really just doesn’t excel in that area? Am I missing something here?

For a lot of people the premium m43 lenses fall into "just right" territory wide open. And many people like just one system. I have both full frame and an EM1, and every time I use the Olympus I'm struck with how easy it is to get great looking shots.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 17:16 UTC

Sounds good, but please don't use the word "vision" in that way when talking about photography. Makes it sound like you climbed a mountain, took some peyote, and the camera gods whispered in your ear that you needed to underexpose 4 stops and raise the shadows for the perfect shot.

(Sorry for the unneeded snark, but I couldn't resist this time)

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2016 at 20:35 UTC as 95th comment | 5 replies
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jkrumm: Looks like my Pentax FA 50 2.8 macro too, somewhat.

I forgot that Ed was on these forums, on the lookout for the inane and incomprehensible. Next time I'll know better. Thanks for putting me in my place.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 16:03 UTC

Looks like my Pentax FA 50 2.8 macro too, somewhat.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 14:04 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies

Mylio looks like an interesting Picasa alternative, less of a Photoshop alternative. It's importing my giant pile of photos now. Works well so far.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 13:09 UTC as 124th comment

What I want to know is, will it jam the controls of my Jetliner?

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 13:21 UTC as 54th comment
On article Brooks Institute announces closure (132 comments in total)

Move to Germany and you can get a quality photography education for close to free. I heard an interview with a guy who was finishing up his doctorate. It can be very valuable to have several years to focus on learning your art, and learning about art. The guy who was just selected to be the official photographer to document National Park architecture, guess what, he studied photography at school.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 00:35 UTC as 23rd comment | 6 replies
On article Samyang introduces full-frame 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC (159 comments in total)

Surprised they offer it in regular 4/3 mount in addition to micro 4/3.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 16:10 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies

Neat stuff

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 10:08 UTC as 12th comment
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stratplaya: What we need are higher bit rates, not more resolution. The current infrastructure in the states can't effectively handle the high bit rates that 4K video needs to shine.

I know. I typically still rent most of my online movies in SD to watch on my HDTV. It upscales well, still looks great, and the writing, acting, directing and cinematography all matter much more than the definition.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 14:00 UTC

I like Flickr. I'd be happy if they left it the same and slowly worked on the groups/social side. But I've hated Verizon ever since they claimed I never cancelled an account (no record) and kept charging me for months of unused service and then refused to write it off. Pure evil.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 16:02 UTC as 8th comment
On article Real world test: The Panono is a 108MP spherical camera (155 comments in total)

My dog wants me to buy it.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 18:11 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
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kingslayer: If hasselblad could make a $3500 camera. They will sell like hot cakes

Thanks to the low carb fad hot cakes aren't very popular these days.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 04:27 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2655 comments in total)

I've been using a K1 for a few weeks now with a couple old FA primes (screw drive). The 50 1.4 is not so great with single point af, but is not bad at all with the small group setting (9 points?). I would not count on it to catch a dog running at me, nor a child running at me. Mostly I bought this camera for slow walks in the woods, sometimes with a tripod, mostly without. For that it is superb.

There are still some new lenses in the works, so perhaps a combination of better motors and improved firmware can help the speed and accuracy a bit.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 17:38 UTC as 418th comment
On article Pentax K-1 real-world sample gallery (145 comments in total)
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Mac McCreery: Great looking camera. Great images. I guess for those in the market for a top value tool who are not looking to produce top class video, or you feel the need to own every lens in a brand's range, you can't go far wrong.

This is my first Pentax. We all have our fingers crossed that they follow through with the lens roadmap and make the modern primes they plan in 2017. Right now I'm using film era FA lenses, not the limited ones. They work better than you'd expect and are surprisingly small, plus still cheap. Other well reviewed Pentax primes, the manual focus wide angles, are getting hard to find anywhere. Probably too many Sony users have bought them.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 01:28 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 real-world sample gallery (145 comments in total)

Some of the forest greens look a little funky. I've been having a lot of luck with my K1 by setting the auto white balance fine tune to amber +4 and magenta +1. I like the variety of samples.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 18:25 UTC as 60th comment
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (811 comments in total)

My camera is handmade in The Philippines.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 20:04 UTC as 50th comment
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PedroMZ: One should bare in mind the huge carbon footprint of this type of photography. Fortunately few people can afford it.

It appears we are about to be squished by the carbon foot.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 16:08 UTC
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EcoR1: Aarrg. Read some commments below and I'm just astonished by the ignorance of some people. This Panasonic lens will gather as much light as any f2.8 full frame lens when mounted on the full frame camera. There is no debate. There is no "other" truth. If you think otherwise you are wrong, and that's it . If you wan't to consider the possible size/weight benefits for any full frame lens, the only comparison must be made for the 24mm f2.8 lens. That's it people.

Twong is right. It gathers more light per square millimeter, the same amount as a full frame f 1.4 lens. That's what matters as far as shutter speed goes. Full frame only gathers more light in that it covers a larger area.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 14:15 UTC
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