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On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (507 comments in total)
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DotCom Editor: "When I started shooting sports for college publications..."

And when I started shooting sports it was on a twin-lens reflex 6x6-cm camera with 120 roll film. There was no such thing as "frames per second." And no autofocus. And no through-the-lens metering. And no histogram. And no instant image review. And no tethering. And no blinkies. Today's "photographers," who are really just shutter-button-pushers would have absolutely no clue what to do if all those features were taken away.

Riveredger, indeed, I feel good. In fact, I always feel good. You should feel good, too: I spared you the story of my college camera club that had a penchant for sending new members out to photograph (American) football with a Speed Graphic, a satchel full of 4x5-in sheet film magazines, a Gossen Luna Pro meter, and a darkroom stocked with HC-110 and Dektol.

PNad, I don't ride horses. They smell.

Famous photographer Tony Corbell has it right: He sometimes requires his workshop students to cover over the LCD display on their cameras. Thus, they are forced to actually LEARN about exposure.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 16:32 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (507 comments in total)

"When I started shooting sports for college publications..."

And when I started shooting sports it was on a twin-lens reflex 6x6-cm camera with 120 roll film. There was no such thing as "frames per second." And no autofocus. And no through-the-lens metering. And no histogram. And no instant image review. And no tethering. And no blinkies. Today's "photographers," who are really just shutter-button-pushers would have absolutely no clue what to do if all those features were taken away.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 12:49 UTC as 77th comment | 19 replies
On article Canon will add C-Log to the EOS 5D Mark IV for $99 (444 comments in total)
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DotCom Editor: "The camera will also be available for sale (body only) with the feature upgrade pre-installed starting in July, with an estimated retail price of $3,599.00."

Does this mean the price for all new 5D4 bodies will go up by $100 USD? It is not clear from the press release if we'll be able to buy a new body with the feature or without it.

I vowed that I'd never again be an early adopter after the 1D3 fail-to-focus fiasco of 2007. With this 5D4 mid-stream modification, I'm very glad I decided to wait. I may wait until late 2017 to buy the 5D4. In the meantime, my 5D2 is more than good enough.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 01:31 UTC
On article Canon will add C-Log to the EOS 5D Mark IV for $99 (444 comments in total)

"The camera will also be available for sale (body only) with the feature upgrade pre-installed starting in July, with an estimated retail price of $3,599.00."

Does this mean the price for all new 5D4 bodies will go up by $100 USD? It is not clear from the press release if we'll be able to buy a new body with the feature or without it.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 20:58 UTC as 52nd comment | 4 replies
On article Leica offers free fix for faulty AF in some S lenses (91 comments in total)
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DotCom Editor: Arrogant and condescending. PR Fail.

The policy, no. The wording in Leica's statement, absolutely.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2017 at 01:29 UTC
On article Leica offers free fix for faulty AF in some S lenses (91 comments in total)

Arrogant and condescending. PR Fail.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 22:34 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies
On article We try out the new HassleVlad (100 comments in total)
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Albert Valentino: So what is the take away here? Is this an April fools post. Or is it a attack on the camera's loud shutter?

Vlad wears noise-canceling headphones to block the sound of the demolition of the building next door. Unfortunately, the headphones do not cancel out the sound of the HassleVlad's shutter. 😈

Yes, it's an April Fool post, alas, not one that's particularly clever or witty.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 14:28 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Nikon D70 (220 comments in total)

Throwback? I know someone who still uses a D40x every day.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 12:29 UTC as 104th comment | 1 reply

"...and focus on the company's areas of strength."

I see what you did there.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 18:54 UTC as 129th comment
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fedway: DPR and Rishi actually did Fuji a huge favour with this article. Previously, Fuji was not even in the conversation when people talked about best IQ. You had d810 at iso64, K-1 pixel-shift, 42mp sony sensor bodies and perhaps 5dsr. 645Z was seen as just another planet. Sure Fuji diehards and fan boys tried to get into the conversation from time to time with X-trans swooning but were promptly booted out.

Now Fuji is in the middle of the room and everyone is talking about her. Product strategy planners in Fujifilm. Job well done.

And we all know, camera companies make their money in the lenses, and DPR just created a bigger demand for more expensive Fuji lenses in the future. If I were Fuji, I would treat DPR staff to an all expenses paid trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

Not until this moment did I know that Fuji is a "her."

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 19:48 UTC
On article GoPro to cut 270 jobs as part of restructuring effort (79 comments in total)

Which round of layoffs is this?

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 21:22 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply

Surprising that the inventory shelving appears to be in the middle of a common business area and not locked inside a steel security cage.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 20:14 UTC as 26th comment
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villagranvicent: Those extra $10 of the face scanner will translate in $300 more for us customers.

It's just software. And as we all know, hardware is nothing more than software that breaks if you drop it.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 16:27 UTC
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photomedium: So now that all the fingerprints have been collected and forwarded to NSA, time to collect facial recognition data. iPhone 10 will have DNA collection. iPhone 11 will have a small explosive charge built in so that US intelligence can take out all the 'bad hombres' without messy and expensive black ops.

Um, no. These devices, just like the fingerprint pad on many laptop computers and other devices neither collect nor store fingerprints. Read about "fingerprint minutiae" and you will learn a great deal. These devices scan your fingerprint when you register it, and store only the generated minutiae. It is the minutiae that are used for comparison, not an entire fingerprint.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 16:25 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Nikon D80 (243 comments in total)

I have a friend who still uses a D40x — and still get great results.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 22:25 UTC as 40th comment | 2 replies
On article This camera is made of 32,000 drinking straws (177 comments in total)

Looks like the results my Canon 1D Mark III from 2007 before it was recalled (three times) to fix the infamous "failure to focus" problem.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 11:04 UTC as 64th comment

Inexpensive Chinese knockoff can't be far behind. I'll check eBay in a few weeks.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 21:48 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
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Alex Permit: The company comment
"That's the power of Kickstarter: You're not just placing an order and waiting for a product to arrive; you're part of the highs and lows of bringing a new product to market. You're making products possible that wouldn't otherwise exist. You're helping entrepreneurs take insanely big risks to follow a vision for a product. They often succeed (Pebble, Form 1 printer, The Coolest), but sometimes, they fail."

I say, that's the PROBLEM with Kickstarter. The backers provide the money to bring new products to market. They let entrepreneurs take insanely big risks WITH THEIR money. If the product succeeds, the entrepreneurs get richer. When it fails, the backers get poorer. The backers take all the risk, the sponsors get all the reward.

"...The backers provide the money to bring new products to market. They let entrepreneurs take insanely big risks WITH THEIR money..."

Exactly. It's the miniature version of being a VC (venture capitalist).

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 21:20 UTC
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DotCom Editor: The only parties profiting from Kickstarter fundraising campaigns seems to be the people at Kickstarter.

Just saying that it seems the bulk of Kickstarter projects don't succeed. No actual number to prove or disprove, just anecdotal recollections.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 23:26 UTC

The only parties profiting from Kickstarter fundraising campaigns seems to be the people at Kickstarter.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 21:53 UTC as 18th comment | 11 replies
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