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phoenix15: Sorry, he is very stup*d entering red zone without proper permit from local authority. If the radiation is still there at high dose, he should cover his body entirely. I don't understand what he was looking for ?

No, he was looking for publicity. Which he got. The story he is telling is not documentary, it is fabricated. Nothing wrong with that. However, it's a real shame because he had an opportunity to do some real documentary work for the short time he was there, but instead decided to use his time setting up his tripod so he can take trite selfies.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 09:07 UTC

The whole gas mask and selfie thing really ruins these photos for me.

The concept itself might have been interesting like 10 years ago, perhaps in a less significant urban-ex setting, for a fine-art/self-promo/commercial shoot. But for this particular subject, I would have preferred to see a more documentary approach. The actual subject matter is very interesting. However, the photographer including himself in many of the photos makes the whole series feel very, very cheesy.

The technical nature of some of the photos leaves much to be desired. Especially those taken outdoors with obvious post processing artifacts.

I almost want to give the photographer credit for having the balls to go into the exclusion zone, but it seems he was driven primarily by ego and foolishness. In any case, he got what he wanted from this project: lots and lots of publicity. And if he suffers and adverse health effects from this venture, it'll be the Malaysian people who will be stuck with the bill.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 09:02 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony prices 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS G Master at $2600 (211 comments in total)
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acidic: I like how they made it look like a half-Canon/half-Nikon hybrid.

People around here used to have a sense of humor. I even left a smiley for crying out loud!

The Sony/Minolta crowd are a touchy bunch, it seems.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 08:42 UTC
On article Sony prices 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS G Master at $2600 (211 comments in total)
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acidic: I like how they made it look like a half-Canon/half-Nikon hybrid.

Ahhh yes, you are right. I should check into the Sony Propaganda site (aka DPReview) more frequently.


Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 00:19 UTC
On article Sony prices 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS G Master at $2600 (211 comments in total)

I like how they made it look like a half-Canon/half-Nikon hybrid.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 01:02 UTC as 14th comment | 5 replies
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (811 comments in total)
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wolfie: Another nail into the DSLR coffin ... :))

People here do not have a sense of humor.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 07:16 UTC

Hell yeah!

Finally a lens that matches my front teeth!

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2016 at 00:45 UTC as 44th comment
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villagranvicent: What's the point of a 12mm 1.4 lens? You are getting basically infinite DoF with it regardless of aperture. In bright sunlight you need to close it down a few stops anyway.

I´ll save my money for the new Hasselblad anyway.

Are you suggesting that the only reason one would get a fast (e.g. f/1.4) lens is for shallow DOF?

Also, take a look at the photo featured above. Infinite DOF, huh?

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2016 at 00:44 UTC
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armandino: Such a lens... on a 40D?????????

You should buy it, adapt it for use on a Sony A7R2, and the sell it in a decade, so others can say "Such a lens... on a A7R2?????????"

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2016 at 23:07 UTC
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MrTaikitso: Professionally done, but visual evidence of why cities are not fit for human occupation. No green spaces or wide walking streets, just the odd tree - unlike cities built hundreds of years ago. So you live on level 50 of a glass tower. No garden to tend, park for the kids to run about in playing football. We appear to be creating a world that will be aesthetically interesting in a video game (and to blow up, such as in Battlefield 4), but that is detrimental to our QOL. (Quality Of Life.)

Anyway, this is a photography forum, so I will get off my high tower and be gone. ;)

Good city planning can fix the issues you speak of. A well planned city is densely populated (especially near transit hubs), with lots of green space scattered throughout. And it's very walkable and transit friendly. Try going to Vancouver, BC, Canada for a great example.

The alternative would be sprawl, resulting in poor public transit and increased carbon emissions.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 01:38 UTC
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Bev81 from France: Very nice work, and fascinating city
But I'm glad I live in a house in a small town (only 3,000)
I'm a human, not an ant ! I'm not too positive concerning Human future

If all of humanity lived in densely populated urban centers, the environment would be in much better shape than it is now.

If all of humanity lived in small towns, you can say goodbye to lots of open space, and hello to more carbon emissions.,

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 01:34 UTC
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quangzizi: Hum let see:

Canon 24 2.8: 7 bladed - 11 elements in 9 groups - No sealing - Plastic construction - Heck, even the 24 1.4 only have 8 blades - 13 elements in 10 groups

Nikon 24 1.8: 7 bladed - 12 elements in 9 groups - No sealing - Plastic construction

Nikon 24 2.8: 1990s lenses - 7 bladed - 9 elements in 9 groups (no ED or any special element, questionable coating compared to modern lense) - No sealing - Plastic construction

Panasonic 12: 9 bladed - 15 elements in 12 groups - Weather sealing - All metal construction

Ah let me throw this in as well. Panasonic gives you a metal hood.

Any objection here?

How about the weights of a FF body and a m43 body? And while your at it, include another couple of FF lenses and m43 lenses and add them all up.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 01:30 UTC
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Lassoni: This is the most useless lens for m43, right after olympus macro 30 3.5 or whatever the new lens is.

Why? Because it creates huge disharmony. This lens has nothing to do with a m43, it's just too big. I can understand 42.5 f1.2 , because it's a portrait lens, there's actual need for wide aperture lenses for portraiture.. but I seriously don't see the need in wider-than-1.8 12mm lens.

You know what would make lots of more sense? A 90 or 100mm macro lens for some insect macro, or a 12mm T-S lens or something. If they want make 12mm prime, they could've kept it 1.8 or 2 , keep it smaller and lighter than Nikon 24 1.8 .. why would you want a FF size prime lens on a m43 ??? Might as well get a Sony a7 at that point imo

"Might as well get a Sony a7 at that point imo"

Sure, if you are going to have a one lens arsenal. But if you are going to have many lenses, m43 still makes sense from a portability standpoint, even if one wide, fast lens happens to be huge.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 01:26 UTC
On article Video: Canon EOS 7D versus leaf-cutter ants (48 comments in total)
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James Benet: The reason they took the plastic and the other bits is because you left a sweat or smell imprint on it. The ants do not eat the leafs or insects they take. They hoard it deep into their nests and let it rot to grow a fungus that is their true food source. The plastic and other parts by having bacteria and human oils and sweat would also help in growing the fungus. As a nature photographer myself the water containers help but are just a starting defense. You need to use White Petrolatum or Vaseline in the tripod legs to stave them off as that is something they easily stick to and thwarts their advance.

I would assume that if enough ants get stuck on the petrolatum, it will allow others to walk over them in order to get to anything else unprotected (e.g. the camera). Ants are social and altruistic, and self-sacrifice for the good of the colony.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 09:28 UTC
On article Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial (224 comments in total)

Just use TS-E lenses. Faster, easier, immune to wind.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2016 at 23:25 UTC as 47th comment | 7 replies

Technology for lItterbugs.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2016 at 01:30 UTC as 26th comment

This has the potential of making my Instagram account interesting.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2016 at 20:21 UTC as 26th comment
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Spectro: LED is a nice addition for any macro. But the 28mm even with the 1.6x factor is just too close. You need a tad longer for insect or live creatures. A short length can be use for static macro which you can control with your own DIY lighting. I guess it will be good for macro flower shots outdoor.

A longer lens with a larger working distance will require more powerful LEDs.

if you double the working distance, you will need to increase output by 4x.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2016 at 22:52 UTC

"Two curved flash units surround the front element of the lens, with the ability to illuminate both simultaneously, or one at a time. Users are also able to adjust the brightness of the Macro Lites between “bright” and “dim” settings."

This doesn't really specify, but can bright and dim settings be applied to each LED independently? Or do you have to choose between bright or dim for both, with the option of independently turning each on and off?

There are at least 7 possible configurations for the LEDs, and possibly up to 9. Yet there appears to only be one "light" button. Anyone know how that's supposed to work?

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 01:43 UTC as 4th comment

1.2x macro on a 1.6x APS-C body will yield almost 2x equivalent magnification in 35mm terms. Now if only I can figure out what the equivalent aperture would be.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 01:36 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
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