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On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (424 comments in total)

You have to wonder what Canon is thinking. Under $500 with the viewfinder, and then you add the small and excellent image stablized 11-22 and you have a lightweight, high quality, wide angle camera pretty cheap.

I've never noticed a battery problem (I presume this can be solved by carrying an additional battery) but the M3 is still very slow focusing; it's basically not usable for a lot of subjects. Like the M1 and M2, it's just not an all-pupose camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 20:31 UTC as 113th comment
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Marty4650: Anyone who has ever worked in sales understands this concept.

Every year each sales organization holds a dinner... where everyone gets a nice plaque to decorate their offices with in order to impress gullible customers. Even if the plaques say "Fourth Place" they still impress someone.

In order to hand out so many awards they need to invent new categories. This is how four different high end ILC cameras can win a first prize. Call it "professional" call it "compact" call it "prosumer" call it whatever you want, they are all the same thing. A high end product that less than 2% of their potential customers will buy.

Dpreview does a much better job of this with their Annual Reader Polls for "Best Lens, Best ILC, Best Compact, etc." At least their categories make sense.

Yes. The EISA awards are about as useful as the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Even DxO scores are more meaningful. But it's a very slow time of year.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 16:50 UTC

Following this logic, if one camera focuses much faster but another has more dynamic range, a user who needs both might as well wait. And then there are the things DPR readers discuss but DPR seldom does, like whether the company is good to deal with in the event of repairs, customer service, backorders, etc. Finally, it probably wouldn't hurt to consider whether the manufacturer will be around, or in the camera business in a few years.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 23:15 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On article Brooks Institute announces closure (131 comments in total)
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digidog: The job placement rate was 80% means what, one freelance job?

Actually, a capable color managment professional could make some money.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 21:32 UTC
On article Brooks Institute announces closure (131 comments in total)

Its one thing to run up a ton of debt becoming a doctor and something else again to spend $80,000 learning to take pictures. At least RIT has ties to what remains of the photo industry.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 21:30 UTC as 30th comment
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0MitchAG: The poor Leica CL sits on its own, unbranched.

The CLE wasn't a superior camera; it was a lot less (repair) trouble than the CL. Ask anyone who was there at the time.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 16:25 UTC
On article A photographer's guide to Cuba (44 comments in total)
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selimseval: Yes, Cuba is a photographers' heaven.

1. Try to be discrete and take permission while photographing people. I was carrying a Canon EOS 1Ds MkII and Canon EOS 5 D MkII in the streets with a backpack of several lenses (whites included). I was interrogated by police at the airport on my return flight. If you are photographing as a tourist, bring a tourist camera then it is totally safe and OK.
2. It is safe country, but keep all your gear with you at all times.
3. Make sure that your travel itinerary includes Trinidad and Santiago, in addition to Havana.
4. Have a local guide with you. He/she may take you off the usual tourist paths.
5. Go to a parador (home restaurant) and make friends with the family operating the venue.
6. Go to the cemetery in Santiago. Beautiful place!!! to photograph.
7. No chance that you will miss old American cars.

Enjoy your photography and a glass of Bacardi.

Here is my website for my Cuban photographs: www.selimseval.com/en Go to Places and then to Cuba.

The Bacardi building is the most famous building in Cuba, except maybe for the opera house or El Capitolo (a miniature replica of the building our worthless Congress occupies). But the Bacardi family fled years ago and most of the rum is the locally made crappy Havana Club. Still, with the right company, and a bottle of Havana Club, you could do a lot worse.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 02:32 UTC
On article A photographer's guide to Cuba (44 comments in total)
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MikeF4Black: Interesting images, although, apparently no escaping the old American cars. That's become quite boring, as if a country is defined by only that repetitive feature.

Actually, its getting difficult to get scenes with multiple old cars in Havana. They rent little Suzuki jeeps to tourists and the foreign diplomats all have new Mercedes.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 02:28 UTC
On article A photographer's guide to Cuba (44 comments in total)
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Contra Mundum: How about a photographer's guide to North Korea, or Hitler Germany, or Fascist Italy? Talking about taking wonderful nature shots, etc. in a communist/fascist/nazist dictatorship is absolutely immoral.

Nonsense. In fact, it is the influx of tourists (mostly Canadians until recently) that is moving the island towards a sort of capitalism. When I first went there in the 1990s, it was all black market but little by little, the government is letting people start their own businesses.

Haivng dinner with a Cuban family is an experience not to be missed. Not only are they incredibly gracious; they are smart as well. They know whats coming and no, they don't want a McDonald's on every corner.

Its a magical place for photography, once you get post the old cars which have been photographed so much they are just a cliche.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 02:23 UTC
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Tequila MockingjayBird: why a half page portrait photo of the photographer/subject in an article reporting stolen goods?

I thought the same thing. If he loses his gear he can get work as a model.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 18:50 UTC
On article Canon EOS M3 real-world sample gallery updated (97 comments in total)

I'm really curious to see what Canon does with this at Photokina. If they speed it up and incorporate the viewfinder at a low price, it could be pretty successful. Of course there will be the usual DxO dynamic range graphs, etc, but looking at these shots, it's hard to see how an ordinary consumer, who just wants sharp pictures and too many megapixels, would be unhappy with the results.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 16:41 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
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Richard Murdey: Given the small amount of money I'm inclined to take their story at face value:

If it turns out after the project is greenlighted that the design infringes on a patent you are in a bit of mess. It means a total re-design, costly even if it's practical, which it may not be if the patent is carefully written. The money may have already been spent and the bag could have been in production, before they were made aware of the infringement.

I would imagine that this happens to Kickstarter projects moderately often, as the people behind them likely neglect to search patents before going ahead.

I think you're confusing gifters with grifters.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 22:58 UTC
On article Samyang introduces full-frame 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC (146 comments in total)
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FastGlassLover: We'll see how it compares with the stellar Nikon 20mm f/1.8. The price isn't that far off, and without AF. I normally am excited for third party manual lenses, but don't see how this one will be a good buy for Nikon users.

And, if you ever want to sell the Nikon lens, you'll be able to.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 16:20 UTC
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (397 comments in total)

Sounds like, if they took the 42mp model, and lowered it to 24mp, it would be perfect.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 18:35 UTC as 58th comment | 5 replies
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (397 comments in total)
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bluevellet: I look forward to the D750 vs D610 article or 6D vs 5D article. Long overdue, right guys?

All the cameras mentioned are currently available. They're just not trendy.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 18:34 UTC

A new Olympic event; the 150 yard camera gear sprint.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 22:56 UTC as 115th comment | 1 reply

Canon has made this a priority. They have money, and it shows. Nikon seems better at product placement.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 16:39 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
On article Getty Images sued again, this time by Zuma Press (68 comments in total)

I hope McDonald's hasn't trademarked this phrase, but "I'm lovin' it".

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 16:36 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply

It's difficult to remember now, but cameras like this made it hard to see how digital would replace film. Big blocks of plastic, lots of cool technology, pretty low quality images. I knew a realtor who bought a 2mp Olympus for full list price, about $900. It was a stinker, but even then, some people were willing to pay top dollar for instant gratification.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 16:35 UTC as 64th comment
On article Gallery update: Nikon 300mm F4E PF ED VR (54 comments in total)
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Mister Joseph: Such a nice lens. Law of diminishing returns kicks in really hard though, compared to a "lowly" 70-300/5.6 VR

And in price.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 17:09 UTC
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