acidic

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I will say that I've checked in lenses and computer monitors and a number of other fragile things in my checked bag on numerous occasions. Not ideal but sometimes that is the best option for a given situation. If fragile items are packed properly, and in such a way that security can easily repack it should they have to examine it, then these items should be able to survive any trip. Lenses wrapped up in clothing is not a good idea, as they may not be re-wrapped properly if security examines it. Better put these items in an adequately padded camera bag with dividers before packing in checked luggage.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 16:35 UTC as 185th comment
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widgetbox: Makes you wonder what state the guys luggage is in.

If the guy packed his bag poorly (e.g. lens next to a hard object with inadequate padding), his luggage could very well be fine.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 16:28 UTC
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Andreas Voigt: Usually, I don't check any lenses or body, but recently I had to. Carry-on weight limits are getting more severe every year. With a carry-on weight restriction of 6kg I had no choice.

I've had my carry on luggage weighed a couple of times. I've seen many reports of it happening with the budget carriers as well. Ryanair seems to like to play the gotcha game by weighing suspect carry-ons at the gate, and if it's overweight, they charge the passenger full price for a checked bag (vs the discounted price if you pre-pay for your checked bag).

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 16:27 UTC
On article Photo of the week: Torment (74 comments in total)

Too bad the photographer used Canon. Can you imagine how much better it would be if it were shot with a Nikon? Wouldn't have needed to deal with a pesky ND grad, not to mention the added image degradation from that extra piece of glass.

:-)

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 16:54 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply

I like my Surface Pro 4 i5 256GB, but if you are planning to run Adobe programs, you will need the latest version because older versions won't scale properly and your tools/palettes will be extremely tiny and difficult to see.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 07:11 UTC as 34th comment | 3 replies
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Mike FL: What a nice/good looking machine. this only can be done after Microsoft cuts all ties with Bill Gates. Why? as Steve Jobs said to MS: Has no taste!

MS stock also gained 200%+ after Microsoft cuts all ties with Bill Gates. Why? as current CEO said about Bill Gates: Wrong vision!

Steve Jobs is the greatest! Great taste + Great vision.

Aside from anything MS related, Bill Gates is a great man and him and Melissa's foundation is doing wonderful philanthropic things. Unlike Steve Jobs, who was quite the visionary but was never known to donate anything.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 07:08 UTC
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sh10453: Aside from the obvious, such as Wi-Fi, I think any device of this caliber needs to have a few essentials:
- SD card slot. Real cameras use SD cards, not Micro SD.
- USB-C
- Audio in and out plugs.
- HDMI.
Any one of the above missing on a device, that device will not get my money.
Nice to have, and would give the device an edge:
- e-SATA port.
- Multiple USB-C ports.

you should just get a laptop.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 07:05 UTC
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cosinaphile: why does a full size device such as this allow itself to be crippled with micro sd ports??
and a pathetically poor level of ports in general??? why !

no usb c really ? one usb port ..... idiocy !
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while i applaud some of the good design and Microsofts forward thinking on these machines afa power is concerned
but seriously these hing less floppy wonders need a proper hinge between keyboard and display .... they also need removable batteries , easy access to ssd and ram and less insane prices for the i 7 processor's

propping up a laptop like a picture frame is stupid

It's a lightweight convertible design, and as such there will be compromises. Sounds like you'd be better off getting a heavier non-convertible laptop than complaining about the SP.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 07:04 UTC
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John Koch: Is the plane photographer-friendly?

Boeing's report of the 737 Max 9's first flight tells us only that it has 16 more seats, and more range than prior models. Perhaps the overhead bins remain the same size, and early check-in clients will continue to dodge $25 baggage fees by hauling over-sized bags right up to the aircraft door. DPR should have asked Boeing to test how much camera gear they could cram in a carry-on and (with a zone 4 boarding pass) make it fit in an overhead when passengers seated earlier have already stashed bags above your seat. What share of the seats have two half-window (half covered by seat backs) but no single whole window rows? Will every coach class passenger have a USB and low amp AC slot to charge things?

Of course, these days most savvy travelers take a phone only and pull down the window shades to avoid screen glare that interferes with their games or videos.

Why are you bringing up the Space Needle? This is not a Seattle tourism/landmark/architecture forum! Stick to photography please.

:-)

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 21:56 UTC
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John Koch: Is the plane photographer-friendly?

Boeing's report of the 737 Max 9's first flight tells us only that it has 16 more seats, and more range than prior models. Perhaps the overhead bins remain the same size, and early check-in clients will continue to dodge $25 baggage fees by hauling over-sized bags right up to the aircraft door. DPR should have asked Boeing to test how much camera gear they could cram in a carry-on and (with a zone 4 boarding pass) make it fit in an overhead when passengers seated earlier have already stashed bags above your seat. What share of the seats have two half-window (half covered by seat backs) but no single whole window rows? Will every coach class passenger have a USB and low amp AC slot to charge things?

Of course, these days most savvy travelers take a phone only and pull down the window shades to avoid screen glare that interferes with their games or videos.

Most of your questions can only be answered by the airlines who purchase this aircraft, as the airlines are the ones who configure the seating and other features (USB, etc) to their liking.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 19:42 UTC

Trump is upset with the subsidies these foreign airlines receive from their governments. It makes it difficult for US carriers to compete. This is just a backwards way for Trump and his clown posse to retaliate, with the added benefit of sticking it to Muslim majority countries.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 00:45 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies
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Michel Aristegui: There are so many people killed while driving their cars that all this agitation about terrorism is pointless. Not to mention mass shootings.

Implementing driving restrictions/ban is politically not viable.
Banning electronics in the cabin of 8 foreign carriers is not.

(not that I disagree with you)

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 00:43 UTC
On article Study: people don't actually like looking at selfies (200 comments in total)

I don't mind selfie culture at all. A good friend of mine constantly takes selfies, but doesn't share them. She just likes to document her outfit or her hair or her makeup. Sure, much of it is nothing more than narcissists wanting the world to know how attractive or cool they are, but these are easy enough to filter out. Plus a significant number of these people are quite attractive and nice to look at, so I don't mind occasionally browsing an instagram feed from one of these people.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 20:52 UTC as 7th comment
On article This camera is made of 32,000 drinking straws (177 comments in total)

This is really cool. It has inspired me to design a mobile app to create this effect. I will call it "INSTRAWGRAM"

Straw photography will no longer be limited to the artistic elite who have countless hours gluing straws together (some of us have jobs!). Everyone with a phone will be able to take straw photos!

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 20:37 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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juvx: The amount is just a negotiation tactic, they will settle out of court for 200-300k One mil, tops.

They will settle for much for than a million. Here's some precedent:
http://articles.latimes.com/2005/feb/01/business/fi-taster1

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 00:02 UTC

$15.6M in 2005 for unreleased photo on instant coffee packaging:
http://articles.latimes.com/2005/feb/01/business/fi-taster1

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 23:59 UTC as 88th comment | 1 reply

I probably ate around 10,000 Chiptole burritos as a result of seeing this Chipotle ad featuring Ms. Caldwell and digitally added alcoholic beverages. So I think $2B is fair.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 23:52 UTC as 89th comment
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Matsu: It would be interesting to see the results for 35mm shot on modern lenses, but an F6 costs way too much for what it is. In all likelihood digital SLRs will probably still completely outclass it in most usages, but it still be interesting to deconstruct the look the other way around: we've seen plenty of vintage lens on digital media, not a lot of modern lens on analogue media.

In terms of pure detail captured, 25-30MP from 35mm fiilm would be a stretch imho. I think with a slow, fine grained film, you'd maybe get 16-20MP worth of detail max. That's with the grain obscuring (or distracting from) fine details. This is based on my anecdotal experience shooting and drum scanning various low grain film stocks, including Ektar 25 which was known for it's fine grain.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 09:14 UTC
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philm5d: You are all completely barmy (US translation - crazy), just like the latest fad to produce music on vinyl. I thought I was behind the times being born in the early 50s but it's all the king's new clothes - it's different - so it's better or should I say "cool". I grew up with film, when anything over iso 400 was special order, had to be kept in a fridge and had grain like a coal heap (Fuji 1600 trannie film). I spent countless hours in smelly darkrooms - goodbye to all that and good riddance. My local Maplins (like Radioshack) is full of record turntables to play the "new" vinyl music records. Me? Well I still wince when I play a certain ABBA track that I scratched on Vinyl back in the 70s - now it's on CD I still can hear the loud click in my head when it comes to that part on the CD track - as I said you're all barmy...

I'd like to add that I knew some wedding and event photographers who were resisting the switch to digital in the last decade because they did not want to become the lab. It was easier for them to continue shooting negs and handing it off to their trusted lab to process proof and print. For one of my friends, that all changed when their lab closed up and they decided it was about time to learn digital. Once she got her workflow optimized, she noticed a significant boost in her margins. For her, it getting over the hump.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 09:02 UTC
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philm5d: You are all completely barmy (US translation - crazy), just like the latest fad to produce music on vinyl. I thought I was behind the times being born in the early 50s but it's all the king's new clothes - it's different - so it's better or should I say "cool". I grew up with film, when anything over iso 400 was special order, had to be kept in a fridge and had grain like a coal heap (Fuji 1600 trannie film). I spent countless hours in smelly darkrooms - goodbye to all that and good riddance. My local Maplins (like Radioshack) is full of record turntables to play the "new" vinyl music records. Me? Well I still wince when I play a certain ABBA track that I scratched on Vinyl back in the 70s - now it's on CD I still can hear the loud click in my head when it comes to that part on the CD track - as I said you're all barmy...

" if time is money and you spend hours post processing digital then film saves you time and hence money. It assumes you are good at getting it right in camera."

If you can get it right in camera, why can't you just shoot jpeg?

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 08:59 UTC
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