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I see a combination of factors that can end in tragedy. First is that with wide angle lenses "Objects are closer than they appear", while telephotos restrict your field of vision. Second, trains are much noisier to the side than from the front, and in open country there is little to reflect the noise. The divergent perspective from the rails can be duplicated with walls, a line of vegetation or a pedestrian tunnel for portraiture. And lets add the distraction of a pretty girl.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 16:29 UTC as 24th comment

Some memories...Herbert Kepler's opinion could make or break a new camera or lens, the view camera editor said to just buy whatever lens was newest, reading the tiny price listings in the back of the magazine, the editors defending the use of professional images in an amateur magazine, watching the emergence of Olympus SLRs and Vivitar Series One lenses.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 06:09 UTC as 46th comment | 7 replies

No gunstock camera bracket? Where's the RPG replica?

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 14:25 UTC as 9th comment

One of the things that makes this image special is the high resolution. High resolution enhances the immediacy of the moment.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 18:09 UTC as 63rd comment

Destined to be the rarest Leica ever.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 13:36 UTC as 15th comment
On article Under pressure: Canon vs. Nikon in a hydraulic press (286 comments in total)

At least he's an equal opportunity offender.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 00:46 UTC as 19th comment

The multiple bulb light source was a carryover from contact printers of the day. I can't imagine him feeling that good about making enlargements when contact prints were easier and sharper images. I wonder if Ansel ever reversed his "enlarger" and used it as a "Process Camera".

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 15:56 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply

Two usable images so far does not make me confident in the outcome. Maybe the big story is in the photographer, Paul.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 15:47 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
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Michael Ma: I don't know what influences me, but all I really want these days is a Boosted Board, a Canon 70D, and some dollar pizza.

And now we know what many of the mysterious business meetings on the other side of the country are about.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2016 at 00:44 UTC
On a photo in the Nikon D810 Real-world Samples sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Not that I recommend shooting a portrait with a wide angle at full aperture, but look at the sharpness of that hair crossing her cheek.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 05:46 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Nikon D500 Sample Gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

SOHCAHTOA is a memoric used to remember basic trig functions. 200-500mm looks sharp in these photos.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 00:01 UTC as 1st comment

Color negative film, but you get back a positive film to view? I'm glad scanning is included in price. Does anyone remember just how fuzzy Super 8 Kodachrome was and now they are going to introduce film grain as well? I wish they had done this in 16mm so the film would be worth viewing. Does Kodak have a low cost scanning service for the box of Super 8 films I already have?

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 06:56 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon D750 Review (2018 comments in total)

This is not rocket science. Put your own camera on a tripod in live view mode and hold an LED flashlight at various angles into your lens while observing the rear display. I just finished doing this with my D7100 and 17-55mm lens. I got some doozies. Look for some large banding when you reach just the right angle. Now repeat the procedure with your sun shade in place and you only get some minor glare. I am glad that this will make the manufacturers more attentive to shielding the AF sensors.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 22:05 UTC as 141st comment
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DanK7: This just shows what engineers left alone without production, marketing, accounting and other unnecessary hangers-on can come up with, haha. Interesting to see what sector of the industry will find a useful application for this package. Any ideas? I think I'd put my money toward a Pentax 645 not knowing any better.

Photo booth

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 05:02 UTC
On article Inside RA001: World's first Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet' (127 comments in total)

The third most photographed airplane after the Spruce Goose and Concorde?

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2014 at 14:14 UTC as 54th comment
On photo DSC_8547-ACR in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Focus point is the railing. Compare sharpness of motorcycle engines to the wood texture of the railing.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 03:05 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Nikon D810 Real-world Samples sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Focus point is the railing. Compare sharpness of motorcycle engines to the wood texture of the railing.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 03:05 UTC as 1st comment

Kodak brought out a set of curved field lenses for their slide projectors back in the 1970's when their testing revealed that cardboard mounted Kodachromes all bowed identically in their card board mounts. Up till then you had to remove the cardboard mounts and remount the positive in thin glass plates if you wanted a sharply projected image.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 04:52 UTC as 48th comment
On article Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolight Review (45 comments in total)

Any durability test should at least include a few 3 foot falls to a hard floor. Lighting equipment never gets the same respect as cameras and lenses.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 01:41 UTC as 4th comment
On article Hands on with the Pentax 645Z (706 comments in total)
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plevyadophy: Have all the Pentax fans actually considered the fact that this thing is NOT really medium format; it's not true medium format in sensor size nor is it digital medium format.

It's more like the medium format equivalent of a Leica M8 or Canon 1D with their APS-H sized sensors, and some have even gone as far as referring to this new Pentax's sensor size as Medium Format DX.

Really, in my view, things only matter when the diagonal of the sensor/film roughlydoubles/halves. So going from micro Four Thirds to 35mm,and then from 35mm to 645 or 6 x 6, and then up to 10 x 8 all make a significant difference. For those going from Pentax APS-C sensor cams to this Pentax 645Z there's gonna be a MASSIVE difference but I don't think it's worth bothering with if you already own say a Nikon D800e.

The camera body is superb though, the best on the market in my view. It's just a pity that they didn't provide a fully articulating rear LCD instead of the mere flip up and flip down variety.

I'm still dreaming of a full size digital back for my Mamiya 6x7.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 02:27 UTC
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