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Manfred Bachmann: interesting why they show it now and not at the photokina!?

Too many pretty girls would have distracted it.

Only now we can truly appreciate such an important release.

And I am not kidding. Think about all the other items it was up against at Photokina.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 04:52 UTC
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Marty4650: If the truth was told.... PhotoShop Elements does everything that amateur photographers need done at a small fraction of the cost of PhotoShop CS.

But, like most of us, I prefer using the "professional program" that has 800 functions I will never need or use.

I'm not so sure about that.

Before I locked into Photoshop/Lightroom CC I did try Elements.

The first thing I noticed was that the Spot tool in Elements did not do as good a job as that in Photoshop CC.

I stoped there and have to say that for 10€ per month I am OK with CC.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 15:26 UTC

This is going to be great with my D800.

Being able to change the aperture without any camera movement has been something I've wanted for a long time. I know there are options and I have tried some but nothing this compact.

Best wishes to the team. Not sure about their name, however. I mean, starting off with the word fool is not something that gives me a lot of confidence.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 19:16 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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Sonyshine: Is that it Nikon?

No DL cameras?

No new 1 series cameras or lenses?

No new DX lenses?

No new DX cameras?

No new FF cameras?

Just toy cameras! 💤

Imagine the response if Nikon announced the D5 and the D500 (not to mention the 300mm f4E and 105mm f1.4) at Photokina?

If Nikon comes out with an FF and DX body every two years we should all be happy.

Maybe you could show us how your D5 and D500 are already no longer up to the job?

Oh, I forgot. You've been clocking up the Zzzs.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 16:37 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)
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estarkey: I can shoot similar photos with a three year old cellphone. What camera made in the last 5 years can't take decent photos on a sunny day?

Maybe, maybe not. But the positioning of the balls in the frames suggests that there are no shutter lag issues.

Also, the one with the guy with cap in the front of the image shows not only a very high level of DR but also absolutely no problems with CA.

Great colors, deep shadows and pretty decent highlights (see the smoothness of the yellow balls).

Not bad at all for a phone, I reckon.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 11:05 UTC
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Owen: Unless I can change the battery I will never buy one. I had the first IPhone, it died right after the warrantee expired. I had the first IPod, the battery swelled up and pushed out the screen. No more Chinese made crap for me.

What non-sense.

Just wait a few weeks and there will be plenty of videos on Youtube about how to change the battery in the iPhone 7.

I am still using an iPhone 4s that I changed the battery myself.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 16:14 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (940 comments in total)
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backayonder: I am a Dinosaur who has a DSLR and has never owned an iPhone.
The next big cold snap is going to kill me.

Apparently, the iPhone 7 has a dedicated dinosaur button that when pressed calls 911 with your precise GPS coordinates as well as send sending an SMS to your spouse or whoever you chose, telling them that you are in a deep hole made by a meteor.

Not too late to save the dinosaurs, it would seem.

And no, I kid you not. There really is an emergency function.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 13:25 UTC
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They call me Hans: "...for Apple devices,"

Stopped reading.

If you stop reading then there is no need to post, right?

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 07:34 UTC
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They call me Hans: "...for Apple devices,"

Stopped reading.

@They call me Hans; It's like saying "... for Canon cameras". Stopped reading.

Childish or stupid, or both.

(If you don't like Apple, don't buy them. It's very simple.)

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 18:32 UTC

The video mentions only the iPad Pro.

I am interested but I have an iPad Air, not iPad Pro.

So, could someone please make it clear for me?

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 18:00 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
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CheersUK: Im not going to knock this. Anything that introduces kids to photography is good by me.

I'm in the market for a rugged camera for my kids and most I think are just a bit too big. This looks perfect.

A lot of trolls would say that the cartoon feature and such are rubbish but they are exactly what kids want. The adult mind has forgotten how kids think.

The auto selfie underwater function (if it works) would be great when snorkeling.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 05:45 UTC

How exactly did #5 qualify as astronomy?

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 13:57 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
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shooter mclens: $2200, though. not sure this is a lens anyone expected, though some will be tempted by the 1.4. the 105mm focal length is generally reserved for macro, but this is a 157.5/1.4 on ASPS-C, which would make it a blazing mid-tele, assuming the AF is speedy. Too bad that at that price, not too many APS-C buyers will bite. Still, good to see Nikon come up with an interesting spec, which proves they're not dead.

An f1.4 lens on FX remains an f 1.4 lens on DX.

DOF is f2 but you can still absolutely shoot at f1.4.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 04:50 UTC
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RPJG: Apart from the Rotaball and the steel reinforcement, this looks just like my BlackRapid - including the underarm strap that the BlackRapid also has. I guess there's only so much you can do with a camera strap.

Has anyone used both, and can comment on this one's effectiveness compared to the BR?

I have the Sun-sniper version 1 and BR Sport. SS-1 keeps slipping which I guess SS-2 has addressed. I almost never use SS-1 now for this reason.

Originally, I thought that there might me some merrit in this anti-theft metal strip. But think about it. There is no way that someone can sneak up from behind and cut say a BR strap, catch the camera before it falls to the ground and then run off without you noticing it.

SS-2 should be good but if BR is cheaper then that's what I would get.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2016 at 04:39 UTC
On article Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial (224 comments in total)
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Thermidor: I don't get it. Why would you want to have everything tack sharp and in focus? Nothing stands out in the frame when everything is sharp. There should be something in the frame that naturally draws the eye there.

@ Chris Williams: When I cook a steak, every atom doesn't need to be cooked equally.

Similarly, every pixel in an image doesn't need to be equally sharp.

By your logic, we need to focus stack for all the corners, centres and everywhere else.

Look, there are a multitude of ways to create an image.

But focus stacking 8, 10, 100 frames is beyond madness.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2016 at 14:51 UTC
On article Heavenly bodies: Nikon D810 & D810A field test (112 comments in total)

Nebulosity. Cool word, very cool guy.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2016 at 10:40 UTC as 21st comment
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FantasticMrFox: Comparing the 'before' and 'after' leaves me wondering what the point is? I like the 'before' result better, but obviously that is down to personal preference - more importantly, the effect is pretty minuscule.

I am just wondering if anyone has actually tried the method that I suggested.

I didn't just go to the “ Journal of Made up Facts”, Mr Fox.

You can read about it by a guy called Harold M. Merklinger:

If you get down to page 74 you will find a photo where even at f8 and 20mm, the foreground is, as Dr Merklinger puts it, “...the detail of the wall by my left elbow is more than acceptably sharp.”

This means that for 16mm and f11/f8 (focus at infinity) whatever is in the foreground will be even sharper than something shot at 20mm and f8.

But hey, if people need to have their noses pressed to a print to appreciate how “sharp” an image is then you gotta do what you gotta do.

Incidentally, I run photo workshops and sell prints. I have never not sold a print because it wasn't deemed sharp enough. People buy my prints because they connect to the scene. It gives them some sort of meaning.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 09:11 UTC
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FantasticMrFox: Comparing the 'before' and 'after' leaves me wondering what the point is? I like the 'before' result better, but obviously that is down to personal preference - more importantly, the effect is pretty minuscule.

Believe me, everything is acceptably in focus.

What is acceptable to me may not be acceptably to you.

That is the only difference.

For landscapes with huge depth of field, the human brain/eye needs to see what is at infinity to be sharp.

The brain allows for what is 1 foot away to be slightly less sharp than what is at infinity.

I have done some tests with a whole bunch of lenses and have found that even at 35mm at f11 (with focus set to infinity), everything is adequately in focus down to 3 feet.

Put it this way. Print something and show people. I will bet that if viewed from an appropriate distance no one will be able to tell from your method to one where focus was simply set at infinity.

Don't get me wrong. I think it's great that people like you are passionate enough to go to the nth degree for “perfection”. But don't think that what you have found is some sort of Holy Grail.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2016 at 18:26 UTC
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FantasticMrFox: Comparing the 'before' and 'after' leaves me wondering what the point is? I like the 'before' result better, but obviously that is down to personal preference - more importantly, the effect is pretty minuscule.

Or you could just set focus to infinity and shoot it at f11.

At 16mm anything and everything from one foot to infinity will be adequately in focus - in print!

Focus stacking 8 frames? You gotta be kidding me.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2016 at 17:22 UTC
On article Student takes 2016 Zeiss Photography Award top prize (228 comments in total)
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Frank_BR: The winning photo has a lot of noise, chromatic aberration and poor definition. The opposite of what is expected from a picture taken with a Zeiss lens...

Definitely, you do not need a Zeiss lens to win a Zeiss Photography Award top prize. Now, the student will receive Zeiss lenses worth €15,000 and may never win another Zeiss prize. Who knows?


It's more than one photo. It's a series. Check it out on the ZEISS site before passing judgment.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 05:04 UTC
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