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On article Ask the staff: wedding season weirdness (277 comments in total)
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HeyItsJoel: It was June of 2012, and I had been BLACKMAILED into photographing my first wedding.

Them: "If you don't want to take photos," I was told, "then we just won't have any photos."

Me: "Sucks to be you."

That certainly gets into the lighthearted spirit of this excellent and entertaining article.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 15:43 UTC
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CameraLabTester: Bill Gates wasn't very happy when he learned that the Annual Reports of Microsoft were done on Macs for a number of years.

But he's not so annoyed anymore after buying into Apple shares after that personal revelation.

Ooops! Wrong forum...

Carry on, then...


Hey it took time to reverse engineer Lotus 1-2-3 and repackage it as a Microsoft product.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2017 at 17:04 UTC

So camera phones are the modern equivalent of the box cameras of the last generation. As we suspected all along.

Yes I realize the metaphor is not exact since camera phones are not fixed focus, fixed exposure, fixed everything. But the gap between a camera phone and a real camera is roughly the same.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2017 at 17:00 UTC as 32nd comment
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (765 comments in total)
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Cipher: Nikon FM2n. Worked great even when the battery was dead.

Ain't low tech wonderful? My old Minolta was also perfectly usable with no battery. All the battery did was power the meter, and it doesn't take long before you don't really need the meter.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 22:13 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (765 comments in total)

First camera of any kind: a box camera that took 120 film that I got from an offer on a bubble bath box.
First serious camera: Minolta SRT101

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 22:10 UTC as 333rd comment

Seems pretty common sense. I don't want your drone that's over my house having any legal protection.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 00:33 UTC as 30th comment | 3 replies
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T0ASTERvan: I had a vision last night during my sleep.. I dreamt that batteries became obsolete and were replaced with the old fashion "winding" mechanism used on the old fashion movie cameras. Wind up your smartphone for 10 mins and get 1 hour of talk, text and to take pictures..

LOL, I kept my first SLR as long as I could because if the battery died, the meter was no good, but I could still advance the film and release the mechanical shutter. There are certain advantages to low tech....

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 02:56 UTC
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (717 comments in total)

Why would anyone spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a Ferrari, when you can't fit your kids into it? Why would anyone spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a Rolls Royce when you can't win a race with it?

I have no plans to buy a Leica on my budget, but I have no beef with those who want to buy the best thing of its kind in the world, and have the means to do so.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2015 at 01:38 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply

The battles are so fierce because the stakes are so low.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 23:02 UTC as 44th comment
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jsis: Photography should be a part-time job then, if the photographer spends that amount of dedication and resources to keep up the business. I never thought in my mind that photography is a good full-time career, because the amount of work you get is spotty at best depending on your area and what time of the year it is.

As far as I know there is a shortage of good photographers. Anyone these days assumes that he/she is a good photographer by picking up a DSLR camera and charge $3000. Photography takes talent, skills, and planning. Not all of those skills are learned through experience, some people are artistic, so they're naturally skilled.

That is true of artists, it is true of musicians, it is true of actors. I don't know of any creative fields that don't require supplemental income for all but the top 1%.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 19:19 UTC
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waxwaine: So you work 4 months of 12 a year. I want that job.

Not true that the wedding season is 4 months a year. Maybe somewhere it is, but not everywhere. My daughter works in floral design and does multiple weddings every week, year round.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 19:15 UTC

Emotions are running high here. Strip away the histrionics and she has a reasonable question: why does she have to pay what some people make in a month for a day of photography.

IMHO, instead of addressing the question on an annualized basis, it would have been best to keep it simple and say that it's actually more like 3-4 days' work plus expenses and list the prorated expenses.

Or, like a lot of people stated, point out that a free market seeks its own level, or range of levels.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 18:57 UTC as 140th comment | 3 replies
On article Kodak files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (99 comments in total)
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John Mackay: I think I identified the potential for this as far back as 2005 when Antonio Perez took over the CEO reins.

Kodak - First in sales but last in profits

A sad day.

Actually it sounds like Mr Mackay thought that Perez could potentially save Kodak through radical downsizing but had to deal with a recalcitrant board. At least that's what I took away from the article.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2012 at 21:47 UTC
On article Kodak files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (99 comments in total)

I find this very sad. Kodak gave us a vast system that addressed every photographic need in its time. A fond memory to me is walking into a camera shop with an entire wall of every kind and size and weight of printing paper available, shelves stuffed with various options of chemicals for processing, and of course the wide range of films. Not to mention processing services, reference and instructional books, etc. Any other player in the industry would have to measure themselves against Kodak, because Kodak had no peer when it came to a comprehensive system. When I was starting out, I did not find them unaffordable, and I certainly did not have much money. I guess changing times caught up with them but it's undoubtedly the end of an era.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2012 at 21:42 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply

I have always been skeptical of all the reported "bad copies" of lenses in the past. I found it hard to believe that an industry that makes instruments of such high precision, would have so many out-of-tolerance products going out the door.

Roger's article certainly has opened my eyes. Unfortunately, in this day of mail order, with fewer and fewer actual local camera stores to deal with, when you get a lemon you have to embark on a journey of shipping back and forth, with less guarantee, in my opinion that the replacement product will be any better than the original. I can't speak from experience having never returned a lens. I did send a P7000 in for warranty work, and while the repair facility was as prompt and responsive as it was able to be, it was still harder than it would have been to drive down to the local store and get the matter resolved on the spot.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2011 at 15:27 UTC as 14th comment
On article Nikon CoolPix P7100 announced and previewed (29 comments in total)
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Tigadee: Mark - It's a Canon patent thing, so Nikon would have to pay Canon to implement that style of swivel screen. I can't imagine that the P7100 would be any different from the P7000 IQ-wise, so it's only improvements in the firmware or internal hardware to resolve the AF and operational speed issues we'll see (plus the screen, of course). Small but nice touches... If only Nikon would offer the firmware and speed improvements tp P7000 owners like me.

Tigadee - you might want to search the forums about P7000 improvements. I think I remember that somebody who actually had worked in camera development posted an informative item about what can be improved in firmware and what cannot.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2011 at 21:20 UTC
On article Nikon CoolPix P7100 announced and previewed (29 comments in total)

The G12 comparisons based on appearance are ludicrous. Take a look at 35mm cameras from the film days when there were a lot more companies in the market: they all looked fundamentally alike. Form follows function, people.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2011 at 21:12 UTC as 4th comment
On article Nikon CoolPix P7100 announced and previewed (29 comments in total)

Interesting assertion WERAQS, considering this camera is not yet available for purchase.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2011 at 18:27 UTC as 11th comment
On photo DSCN0408 in the Book cover: Melancholy beach challenge (1 comment in total)

BTW this is not a black and white shot, the fog just makes it look that way.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2011 at 22:22 UTC as 1st comment
On article Content commenting system launched (128 comments in total)

I do get kind of tired of having to register for umpteen million web sites in order to make a comment or ask a question. But I'm already registered on dpreview, so for me, the question is moot :-)

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2011 at 15:06 UTC as 29th comment
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