Gerard Hoffnung

Joined on Oct 17, 2011

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On article LG G6 comes with dual-cam and 18:9 FullVision display (69 comments in total)
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RedFox88: Their name is a non starter. You should never stumble over a product name. LG G6. The ..G G... is the problem. They can't say G6 because nobody knows who would have made that unlike the iPhone or s7.

When I was 4 years old I used to say gee-gee every time I saw a horse.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 20:29 UTC
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MistaHaid: nice, but heavily photoshopped! There is no colour under water.

Apparently you have never snorkeled or scuba-ed under the right conditions.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 01:09 UTC
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ThatCamFan: I would also like to point out Reynisfjara in Iceland (the black beach)
People keep going there to close to the sea where we have worlds most dangerous sneaker waves.
Guess what they do? They won't just pull you out to sea. they will actually keep you down and drown you in a mix of water & sand and you cant escape even if you know how to swim.
We have people loosing they're lifes every year and people nearly being pulled out DAILY!

We have put up tons of signs and even giant ones and people keep ignoring them, if you get pulled out NOBODY is trying to save you.

From earlier this year
http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/news/2017/01/09/another_death_at_iceland_s_reynisfjara_beach/

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 19:00 UTC
On article Buying a second lens: what lens should I buy next? (295 comments in total)
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Vegetable Police: Kit lenses are lame. There has never been a good photo in the history of the world taken with a kit lens. You need at least f1.8 or you might as well just throw your camera in the trash. When I see someone taking a picture, I ask them if that's the kit lens. If they say yes, I throw my tea at their camera in hopes to short circuit the lens and save them the hassle of having to look at those awful pictures.

Unfortunately, some of these lenses are now weather sealed. I find a combination of tea and sand still works pretty well though.

One of the more useless comments I have seen lately. Not only elitist but also hopelessly inaccurate.
Petapixel took on this issue and you might want to read it.
https://petapixel.com/2014/07/18/kit-lens-excellent-lens/
Here is one line from the article
"First of all, the sharpness and resolution of all modern kit lenses are nothing short of excellent."
The article here is intended for beginners not experts and I hope they (beginners) listen to DPReview and not be put off by comments such as yours.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 16:33 UTC
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Aberaeron: Wow, so much armchair criticism it's unreal!

One of the highlights of this video for me is the pronunciation, by an American, of the word 'Nikon', heard about 75% through to the end, in the European English way. Nik-on, rather than the usual 'Mercan way of Nike-on.

@villagranvient
"most people in the US think America is a country not a continent"
That's probably because America, or more correctly the USA, IS a country and not a continent. It is part of the continent of North America.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 16:11 UTC
On article DJI reportedly takes majority stake in Hasselblad (191 comments in total)
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Flashback: You just can't help thinking that all they want is the historic Hasselblad brand name. Hope I'm wrong though.

Thank you for that information. The acquisition, if it takes place, makes much more sense now.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 21:12 UTC
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Jeff Peterman: The problem with most of this type of bag is the weight. Making it from leather and making it "flexible" adds a lot of weight. I prefer my Thinktank UD60 with backpack kit - light and flexible. But not stylish enough for a "hipster."

It took some digging but there is a FAQ at the very bottom of this page that gives the weight.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1237779776/the-48hr-switch-backpack-messenger-briefcase-in-a
I'm sceptical that a bag with so many features can come in that light, I have an inexpensive but well made canvas messenger bag that weighs nearly 1Kg.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 16:17 UTC
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Frank C.: Silly music in their ad kinda killed it for me.

Not serious? Presumably Adobe Photoshop is not serious enough for you also. Try reading some online reviews.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2016 at 18:15 UTC
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Sir Corey of Deane: With the ease of photo fakery, EVERY image on the Web can be questioned and thus the value of these blah blah blah awards, competitions etc.

I've seen what I consider better pics posted by 'ordinary' DPReview members.

Sir Corey of Deane
"YOU have a problem in differentiating between 'there' and 'their'."
And you "Sir" have a problem differentiating between "their" and "they're"

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 22:50 UTC

The Kingfisher shot is almost exactly the same as the image taken by Alan Mcfadyen who says he spent 6 years and took 720,000 shots to get it.
http://petapixel.com/2015/11/25/this-shot-of-a-diving-kingfisher-was-6-years-and-720k-photos-in-the-making/
My wife who is a reddit freak says Mario Cea was on reddit and said his was a composite image though I can't find it myself after a short time searching.
I'll go with Mcfadyen's image myself as it is far more natural and you have to give him credit for determination.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 17:20 UTC as 28th comment | 4 replies
On article Spoilt for choice: which Sony RX100 is right for you? (303 comments in total)
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Tieu Ngao: My wish list for Mk VI:
- touch screen
- better control
- better menu
- better grip
- NOT made-in-China
- better battery (min. 500 shots)
- price ~ $700 (that's the reasonable price for 1" sensor compact)

@ Boused1234 I'd have to rebut that. My first digital camera was an Olympus C5050-Z. The same amount of money I paid for that, even with inflation, would buy me a lot more camera today. Features and specifications continue to imrove with little corresponding price increases.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 21:19 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-3040 Zoom (119 comments in total)
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ian_labay: I owned the C-5050. Man, I loved that thing!

The C-5050Z was my first digital camera. F1.8 lens was nice and I was still occasionally using it until about a year ago when for no particular reason the smoke escaped from it. Dead as a pickle :( I got some really nice images from that camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 01:52 UTC
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peter zuehlke: Very nice work! The lighting seems more like portrait lighting than what you would run into in a performance on stage. (Makes for much nicer photos than cold cast rim lighting. ) If people like dance photography, they may want to check out Richard Calmes.

http://www.pbase.com/rcalmes

I'd post links to some of my galleries, but Calmes is brilliant.

I just went and checked your link. I love this guy's work, the "Flour Power" series blew me away. The man is an artist.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 03:19 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (766 comments in total)
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Gerard Hoffnung: used Kodak Retina Reflex and Schneider Xenon 80 mm lens purchased in 1968 at Dixons in Cardiff. I still have it and it's perfectly usable although the pentaprism needs re-silvering. Anyone know where I can get that done in North America ? :)
Also still kicking around the house are an Olympus XA which used to travel with me on my motorcycle back in the day and a Canon T90 with a Vivitar 70-210 Series 1 and Tamron SP 35-80

Which, the Kodak? It's a beautifully made piece that I used to learn a whole bunch. I still have some nice B/W images using Tri-X 400 pushed to 1600. Lovely grain. As much as I love digital I still miss film. I think it forced you to think more about composition and light, something I am trying to be more aware of when I'm shooting digital.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 02:46 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (766 comments in total)

used Kodak Retina Reflex and Schneider Xenon 80 mm lens purchased in 1968 at Dixons in Cardiff. I still have it and it's perfectly usable although the pentaprism needs re-silvering. Anyone know where I can get that done in North America ? :)
Also still kicking around the house are an Olympus XA which used to travel with me on my motorcycle back in the day and a Canon T90 with a Vivitar 70-210 Series 1 and Tamron SP 35-80

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 15:42 UTC as 508th comment | 3 replies
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Peak freak: No. 5 for me. That surreal light on those great stone monuments, it's like science fiction, but is real! I think the juxta-posing of the wind turbines against the mammatus clouds is nailing a good opportunity too.
No. 6? It kind of seems like your uncle saying it's a good photo to encourage you; not sure the photographer will really benefit in this instance. Maybe it prints well.

I've taken a lot of images much like No. 6 trying to capture light in a way it seems I just can't quite get right. Most of them have been consigned to the great bit bucket in the sky but obviously the judges saw something in this particular image.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 22:33 UTC

My wife and I just watched this on a large screen TV in a completely darkened room and it really is impressive. One thing we both noticed is the scenes cut just before the dust or rain reaches the camera. We felt it would have even more impact if the scene ran long enough for the landscape to be briefly obscured before the scenes cut. Just a personal thing and certainly not a criticism of a beautifully crafted piece of work.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2016 at 02:17 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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dynaxx: Another nail in the DSLR coffin. It is so much cheaper/simpler to fabricate a mirrorless camera and the gradual elimination of all the moving parts will give better reliability and a longer life. Taking on Leica/Hasselblad/Ricoh and launching into a new lens mount is a big gamble but Fujifilm deserves praise for their bravery.

I agree. Right now I can hear the crashes as thousands of pro photographers throw their collection of DSLR bodies and lenses out the window and rush out to buy a $10,000 (with kit lens) GFX-50. Maybe serious amateurs can save the DSLR format from an ignominious end

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:45 UTC
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Eleson: A new serious a-mount camera!?
I have a hat to eat ...

Try it with Frank's Red Hot sauce, I'm sure it will taste as good as some of the hot wings I've been served in restaurants :)

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 15:14 UTC
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JoeWall: Looks like a cheap tiny lens with a lot of plastic! I like the new 1XD but this looks like a cheap product from Hasselblad

You got that from an artists rendering of a bunch of rumors, impressive.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 14:54 UTC
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