Gerard Hoffnung

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On article Film Fridays: 20 film cameras worth buying right now (118 comments in total)
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Phileas Fogg: My Canon T-90 is still my personal favorite film 35mmSLR. When it came out in 1986-87 I was just wetting my feet into professional photography. I scrounged up the money as quickly as I could and by Spring 87 I went to my favorite local photography store and snapped up a T-90 of my own.

Every part of it blew me away. I had my other Canon bodies at the time a T-70 I bought for what was then my hobby in 1984 and I had a Canon AE-1Program too. But the T-90 and me fell in love.

It became my go to 35mmSLR for any pro work needing such and as a back up to my first medium format camera, a Bronica ETRS, I bought in Summer 87.

Even after all these years and going into digital with numerous Canon DSLR'S and now Olympus for mirrorless, the T-90 is my favorite and most special camera. I have enjoyed all cameras film and digital. That said my Olympus EM-1 is or has become my next favorite camera body after my then old classic Canon T-90.

Forgot to mention that my T90 has a data back which really helped me get better images.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2020 at 22:06 UTC
On article Film Fridays: 20 film cameras worth buying right now (118 comments in total)
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Phileas Fogg: My Canon T-90 is still my personal favorite film 35mmSLR. When it came out in 1986-87 I was just wetting my feet into professional photography. I scrounged up the money as quickly as I could and by Spring 87 I went to my favorite local photography store and snapped up a T-90 of my own.

Every part of it blew me away. I had my other Canon bodies at the time a T-70 I bought for what was then my hobby in 1984 and I had a Canon AE-1Program too. But the T-90 and me fell in love.

It became my go to 35mmSLR for any pro work needing such and as a back up to my first medium format camera, a Bronica ETRS, I bought in Summer 87.

Even after all these years and going into digital with numerous Canon DSLR'S and now Olympus for mirrorless, the T-90 is my favorite and most special camera. I have enjoyed all cameras film and digital. That said my Olympus EM-1 is or has become my next favorite camera body after my then old classic Canon T-90.

I also had a T90 stolen in a break-in. Luckily I got mine back when the police caught the culprits. When I developed the film that was in it when it was stolen there were all these nice photos of the dumb jerks that stole it. Passed them on to the police who yukked it up and said "I don't think any of them will be pleading not guilty"
I still have a complete T90 kit but got no interest when I tried to sell it.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2020 at 21:58 UTC
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NexLupus: Based on the review by Richard Wong, the Z6 is quite a bit better in stills than the D750..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCAHPf7j8TQ

Except this isn't a review it's an opinion piece and in Dan's opinion the D850 is a better camera for his needs, something he clearly states in the article.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2018 at 15:32 UTC
On article A wildlife photographer's perspective on the Sony a9 (492 comments in total)
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FarawayPictures: He's obviously talented, but I couldn't help thinking these pictures are more linked to being in the right place rather than the right equipment. I'm sure he could have got something good with a Canon or Nikon too.

Being in the right place at the right time doesn't happen by accident when you are shooting images this good. It takes planning, time,money and above all patience. Well done Aaron.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2018 at 15:53 UTC
On article The Lexar brand makes a return (156 comments in total)
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I have a dream: Funny all these negative comments about China, Chinese companies and Chinese products. It looks like people forget even their beloved iPhone "Designed in California" is made in China with Asian components.
Chinese can make high quality if they really want to.

@saiko Exactly. Same thing happened with Japanese products years ago. While we were sleeping.....

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2018 at 14:27 UTC
On article The Lexar brand makes a return (156 comments in total)
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barrym1966: Aweomsome now people will buy Chinese cards thinking they are buying quality lexar cards

Just like all those people that think they are shooting kodak and Polaroid cameras....

I'll avoid these thanks, trading on a previously successful brand name is very misleading

I have a number of Lexar cards that have seen extensive use and travel and have never had a problem with any of them.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2018 at 14:23 UTC
On article The Lexar brand makes a return (156 comments in total)
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dccdp: This selling and reuse of brands has become too extensive, and in many cases brands don't mean anything anymore.

I believe that serious review sites like dpreview should switch from analyzing brands to analyzing actual manufacturers. Instead of reviewing, for example, a new Lexar card, the headline should include the Chinese company's name.

Brands have become just words, they don't depict manufacturer expertise, tradition and standards anymore, therefore customers should be educated in this respect through quality journalism.

Headlines are a brief sentence introducing the subject. The Chinese companies name is in the second paragraph. The body of the article is what counts unless readers are too lazy to read the whole thing, and I don't mean you, but too many people barely get past the first sentence before passing judgment.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2018 at 14:19 UTC

I'd buy the Spark in a heartbeat if Alpine Labs fixes the software bugs. I've found myself an involuntary beta tester too many time in the past.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2018 at 15:31 UTC as 25th comment
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(unknown member): What about the old string bipod trick? Take a loop of some thin but sturdy cord and tie it around a 1/4" 20 screw. Screw it into the base of your camera. Stand in the loop woth your feet apart and pull upwards, making a triangle under tension, thus steadying the camera pretty effectively. Costs only a dollar or two and fits in your pocket. Seems about as useful as this contraption is likely to be.

I have this setup in my camera bag. I'd suggest using a 1/4x20 eye bolt and put a 1/4x20 nylon locknut on it. Set the amount of thread protruding past the locknut so it can't bottom out in the camera tripod mount. This will prevent someone possibly over tightening and punching a hole in the camera body. It's a great standby when you don't wont to carry a lot of gear but think you may need some stabilization.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2018 at 01:46 UTC
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Roland Karlsson: Here is a neat solution
https://www.amazon.com/Selens-Portable-Tripod-Holder-Monopod/dp/B01MRNO9FP

Manfrotto also has a monopod belt pouch that might put a too big strain on your trousers though. Breaking the belt and dropping your pants is never fun. For you, at least.

That's a nice simple solution. Unfortunately both my monopods are too long to use comfortably with that. I'd have to go out and buy a new compact monopod. Wait a minute, an excuse to buy more gear :)

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2018 at 23:20 UTC
On article How to photograph fireworks (43 comments in total)

There is an interesting article on Petapixel that shows a different way of photographing fireworks. The results are quite spectacular, at least to me.
https://tinyurl.com/yapudjlt
The link is safe but if your the paranoid type (like me) :) the article is on their home page.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2018 at 03:05 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Canon EOS Rebel T7 sample gallery (86 comments in total)
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pro photo 2011: These cameras have exterior styling that is always so boring. You see one and you've seen them all. They don't look that different than my vintage EOS 5 film camera.

One of the advantages of that is if someone upgrades from say a Rebel XT to a T7i they will immediately feel comfortable. It reduces their learning curve time.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2018 at 19:36 UTC
On article Video: Understanding the science of camera sensors (69 comments in total)
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MannyZero: I went and visited his whole collection of what he calls IQ Courses. Nice effort, BUT...WHAT I was looking for was to DEMYSTIFY & MISIDENTIFY the many explanations coming from camera sales persons about: IQ (this abbreviation can be used as both: for intelligence index as well as image quality. YES, pun intended) Maybe someone among the teeming millions here can answer me about Image Quality: I get crazy with these answers coming from across the counter:
1- The more dpi make better, crisper images.
2-Less dpi make clearer images.
3- Bigger sensors do not necessarily make better images.
4- Bigger the sensor, better the image.
5- Bigger & few dots make better images...Euh..no, the opposite...
6- Buy Sony; its better than Panasonic...(?) :(

Except for the last statement (every brand has it's strengths and weaknesses) all the above items can be true it depends on a whole bunch of variables. Try this article which I think gives a good explanation of why you you might want fewer larger pixels or more smaller pixels.
http://reedhoffmann.com/size-matter-especially-with-pixels/

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 15:06 UTC

Google Lens is definitely a work in progress. It struggled to identify the breed of our red phase border collie which didn't really surprise me but some of the results on some stuff I tried were quite amusing. A nice clear crisp image of a 1938 Model KX Royal Enfield comes back as HAL 9000 :) I'm sure it will get better with time but as there appears to be no way to feed back corrections it may be a little while for the more obscure things.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 00:57 UTC as 5th comment
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Simon97: I've always known I was a crappy photographer. I've watched other's who started off awful and develop an amazing skill in the hobby, but my pictures were always just "meh".

But if you enjoy it and your images please you then who cares what others think.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2018 at 15:21 UTC
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KubeKube: I feel there must be something else to the story - a single unhappy customer bringing down an established photographer business? Not very likely. I wish Emily Liao as much happiness in her marriage as she brought to the life of Kitty Chan. And to Kitty Chan - a speedy recovery and re-establishment of her enterprise.

Both parties in this dispute are Chinese and Liao went after Chan in both English and Chinese language social media sites. Chan's business was primarily from the Chinese community and Liao kept up her online defamation for a year. Not too hard to do serious damage to someones reputation when you take it that far.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2018 at 00:24 UTC
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princecody: Samsung S9 is better than iPhone X and Huawei Leica now?

@Maverick. iPhone X has a Super AMOLED screen and benchmark wise totally blows away my Galaxy S8+. I'm an Android user because I don't like Apple's walled garden but I'm not blind to the strengths of their products. As always, different strokes for different folks and I'm glad I have choices.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2018 at 23:28 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (461 comments in total)
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Polacofede: pretty cool the possibility to upgrade the board!

"owners can ship their cameras to a Ricoh service center, where the logic board will be replaced with the one found in the Mark II."

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 22:43 UTC

Nice work. It gives you a sense of what Canada has to offer. Western Canada and Vancouver Island are a photographers dream so come visit us and see for yourself. If you are from the US the $ exchange is highly favourable to you (yes, I'm from the UK and can't stop putting the u in) so y'all drop by now :)

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2018 at 02:32 UTC as 15th comment
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SirSeth: Solution: take me along. ;) I'll carry the camping gear. Sharing online is great, but sharing in real time with a friend makes being alive even better!

SirSeth, Thank you for your commonsense comment. I', getting a little creaky now at age 74 but have done lots of hiking in "bear country" I'm always cautious and have bear spray handy but I've never been afraid even when my wife and I came across a grizzly about 120 ft away from us a few years back. It knew we were there long before we knew it was there and there was no conflict just an awesome experience. Be aware, be prepared and don't approach wildlife but don't be afraid, most of the time wildlife is more afraid us than we are of them.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2018 at 02:24 UTC
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