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The more I looked a the 'star' guide, the more I see a Transformer...

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 08:22 UTC as 3rd comment
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pleatreet: So...Nikon for action photography and Canon for videos?

You might also think of the Pentax K-70 if you need a weather resistant camera, which is being marketed to outdoorsy types. It's heavier, the AF on most affordable Pentax lenses is old tech, and the battery life is not what I would hope.

But...it has a nice pentaprism instead of mirror prism viewfinder, a swiveling screen, and in body image stabilization and good through the lens light metering for legacy lenses. It also has a pixel shift app for even higher resolution still life photographs.

If you have some good Minolta Maxxum lenses you want to use, there is the Sony α58. At 8 fps, it might be even better than Nikon for action photography.

I agree, I did not like the plastic lens mount of the A68. But besides the plastic mount, it is not more plasticky than the SL2 or the D3400. I had Canon EOS and Minolta AF SLRs in the past with plastic mounts, never an issue.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 04:32 UTC
On article Vintage lens shootout: three lenses, one model (76 comments in total)
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Daniel Lauring: I don't get using an optically inferior lens to create an effect when you can do the same thing, in post, with a filter, unless it is just about saving money on a newer, better lens.

Film is being manufactured again, so I doubt it is 'dead'. Newer lenses are not necessarily better, only the more expensive ones are. Nowadays, anyone thinks they can be a 'good' photographer just because they carry a digital camera and being a laptop warrior. Back in the film days, many won't make the cut. I don't use film anymore but thank God it's not dead yet. People need to appreciate how photographers like Ansel Adams were able to take amazing pictures. Or how sports photographers back then took pics without autofocus. People nowadays can take better pictures because advances in technology makes everything dumbed down for them; it doesn't make them better photographers.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 04:24 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1066 comments in total)
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RyanBoston: I have a 6D and was willing to upgrade to a Mark II, but with the Dynamic range worst then the first one is a no go for me. I do automotive photography and I hated opening shadows even with the 6D. Now this newer model will be even worst.

Last week I decided to get a Sony A7RII and I am blown away. The colors and the ultra clean shadows are amazing. It's easy to use, eye detection is amazing, 42 MP is amazing, 4K is amazing, and the I wish I bought it a year ago.

Selling the 6D and buying all new Sony lenses. I am honestly done with Canon. I am also thinking of adding a Fuji to my setup too. These mirrorless camera are amazing. I did like Canons skin tones on the Canon till I used a Fuji XT20/XT2. Fuji has the best skin tones. Xt2 is a masterpiece!

The images are manipulated 'to taste'. Sharpening artifacts, etc.., a lot of things happened to the image.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 04:08 UTC
On article Vintage lens shootout: three lenses, one model (76 comments in total)
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Daniel Lauring: I don't get using an optically inferior lens to create an effect when you can do the same thing, in post, with a filter, unless it is just about saving money on a newer, better lens.

The old school way of making images without any sort of digital manipulation is, IMO, the more artistic way of taking pictures. Knowing the lens, what it does, and applying it to your subject makes you think things through. Back in the days, you also need to know your film characteristics. There is no preview and once you take the picture, that's it. You also try to make each shot count because, well, film is expensive, lol.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 03:52 UTC
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pleatreet: So...Nikon for action photography and Canon for videos?

You might also think of the Pentax K-70 if you need a weather resistant camera, which is being marketed to outdoorsy types. It's heavier, the AF on most affordable Pentax lenses is old tech, and the battery life is not what I would hope.

But...it has a nice pentaprism instead of mirror prism viewfinder, a swiveling screen, and in body image stabilization and good through the lens light metering for legacy lenses. It also has a pixel shift app for even higher resolution still life photographs.

If you have some good Minolta Maxxum lenses you want to use, there is the Sony α58. At 8 fps, it might be even better than Nikon for action photography.

The Sony A68 with kit lens is only $20 than the Canon SL2 and kit lens.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 04:06 UTC
On article Nikon announces development of D850 (538 comments in total)
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xsamie: looks good

What looks good? the plan?

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 06:38 UTC
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RED i: Just wait till the Ryzen APU chips start to ship in laptops. Oh man good competition is great...

Just wait 'till Apple starts to carry and support AMD CPUs in their notebooks and desktops. Suddenly, everybody looks cool because they now have a Mac (and they can afford them too..).

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 02:15 UTC

Since time began, image and video editing belonged to Apple. Your pictures and videos looks better with Mac than PC, every pro worth their salt knows this. If you want to be a successful pro, use Mac. You go in and show your work in a MacBook Pro, it is already sold.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 01:09 UTC as 249th comment | 3 replies

I would say mechanical shutter problems is a bigger issue than electronic shutter 'banding'.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 14:09 UTC as 53rd comment
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A Owens: I must be getting old but "reaching out" to Nikon sounds melodramatic and like the florid language of a sugary gospel preacher. Just contact them. Unless your warm battery has left you on the brink of total breakdown in which case "reach out" by all means.

They try to paint a picture where you 'reach out' to Nikon, and Nikon swoops in for the rescue like it wasn't their fault in the first place.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 03:23 UTC
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rjp85: That video was almost like a comedic parody...

An old man walking around with a 4x5 to show the young kids how dumb they are with their phones and their digital cameras, talking about how art is more important than technical quality, yet his images are neither technically good or artistic in any way, and are, in fact, very amateurish and extremely cliche. Is this a joke?

Well played.

Your train of thought is all over the place. Seriously, has anybody told you that you come up with some really random stuff out of nowhere? You have a problem, go get some help. Talk to your mother.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 03:13 UTC
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rjp85: That video was almost like a comedic parody...

An old man walking around with a 4x5 to show the young kids how dumb they are with their phones and their digital cameras, talking about how art is more important than technical quality, yet his images are neither technically good or artistic in any way, and are, in fact, very amateurish and extremely cliche. Is this a joke?

Well played.

Dude you are trying too hard to sound 'deep'. You continue to examine your thoughts and illusions (or delusions) while I do something worthwhile.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 01:06 UTC
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rjp85: That video was almost like a comedic parody...

An old man walking around with a 4x5 to show the young kids how dumb they are with their phones and their digital cameras, talking about how art is more important than technical quality, yet his images are neither technically good or artistic in any way, and are, in fact, very amateurish and extremely cliche. Is this a joke?

Well played.

"or the same op? look with a modicum of intellectual honesty and logic and you will see that heroes of the people being assassinated at 100 times the rate of heroes of conservative forces or even fascism suggest a coordinated effort of the highest most disciplined order".

LOL, WT* are you talking about? You need to ease off whatever you are taking. You are starting to sound like Kim Jong Un...

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 02:34 UTC
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rjp85: That video was almost like a comedic parody...

An old man walking around with a 4x5 to show the young kids how dumb they are with their phones and their digital cameras, talking about how art is more important than technical quality, yet his images are neither technically good or artistic in any way, and are, in fact, very amateurish and extremely cliche. Is this a joke?

Well played.

A 'lone crazed gunman' can share the same ideals as a bunch of other people but just because they have the same ideal doesn't mean they complicitly conspired with each other. That is guilty by association.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 10:41 UTC
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rjp85: That video was almost like a comedic parody...

An old man walking around with a 4x5 to show the young kids how dumb they are with their phones and their digital cameras, talking about how art is more important than technical quality, yet his images are neither technically good or artistic in any way, and are, in fact, very amateurish and extremely cliche. Is this a joke?

Well played.

"Personally, I dislike this kind of 'show us what you got, bigmouth' tactic designed to discredit someone's opinions, which may after all be valid on their own terms."

And I also dislike people who have trash opinions, like jumping into conclusions that he is 'showing young kids how dumb they are with their phones', etc. Did the photographer say these things? No. Trying to read between the lines when even the lines are not there is in the realm of conspiracy theorists. I say if he thinks the images are not that great, then show his to back-up his strong opinions.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 10:11 UTC
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XeroJay: Since my start in digital in 2001, I've been using Lexar almost exclusively. I've had card failures with Sandisk and Transcend, but never with Lexar. I'm going to miss the comfort level I have with their cards. Hopefully This doesn't drive the prices of other "professional" brands up, though logic tells me it likely will.

Do me a favor and do a search on NAND or flash memory market share and tell me what the results are. Here is one article http://www.ubergizmo.com/2017/01/samsungs-position-memory-market-threat/

Toshiba actually manufactures Sandisk memory cards.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 15:19 UTC
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XeroJay: Since my start in digital in 2001, I've been using Lexar almost exclusively. I've had card failures with Sandisk and Transcend, but never with Lexar. I'm going to miss the comfort level I have with their cards. Hopefully This doesn't drive the prices of other "professional" brands up, though logic tells me it likely will.

Lexar is hardly Sandisk's main competitor. In the flash memory world, I think Samsung and Toshiba ranks ahead of Sandisk.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 01:33 UTC

He needs a carbon-fiber rig to decrease the weight even more.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2017 at 18:16 UTC as 7th comment
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (553 comments in total)
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linzdoctor7d: DPR won't compare the A77m2 to anything I wonder why?

Brendon1000. I don't understand what you mean by 'huge' gap between A77II and A99II. So A88 maybe, so it can bridge this 'huge' gap?

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 19:07 UTC
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