AbrasiveReducer

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At one extreme, Barney's shot #27 is genuinely unusual, whatever it is. At the other end, #9 guy in front of building and #26 boats are pure Popular Photography. I would not be surprised to find these were scanned from old magazine covers.

The photo of the pool table is a real grabber, IMO. Subject, mood, composition, the real deal.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 01:24 UTC as 10th comment

Wouldn't it make more sense to scan photos for signs of happiness? Something like 60% of people hate their jobs; most photojournalism is tragedy; poliitcs is tragedy, etc. How difficult can it be to detect depression?

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 16:45 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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Lars V: We're nowadays pretty far from the original meaning of "mint condition".

Think of it in eBay terms. If an item is "mint" or rare, you can be sure that whatever it is, it isn't mint or rare.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 23:15 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (461 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: The EOS M3 should be in the bargain bin for $199 soon . Canon is still clueless about mirrorless after four years.

If Canon introduces a more full-featured M camera, that's exactly what will happen--$249 or $299 after rebate. But, far from being a desperate move, that's the way they work these days. Get folks to buy into the system, instead of some other brand.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 18:22 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (461 comments in total)
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Ignat Solovey: The thing is, EOS M3 is not mirrorless 760D. It is mirrorless 700D in everything but sensor itself (which is suspected of Sony origin, but pointlessly, I think). Hence all the outdatedness.

The sensor does not have the dynamic range of a Sony sensor but being a full APS, image quality is very good for a small camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 18:08 UTC

This is news to me. I didn't know any pocket film cameras had a curved film plane. it sure looked flat. Also interesting is that digital technology still hasn't reached a point where a pocket camera that fits in a pocket can have a 35mm sized sensor.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 16:19 UTC as 104th comment | 1 reply
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FelixC2013: The Manfrotto tripod center column sucks really bad, poorly design. Why would Benro copied a clearly flawed design?

Because they're Chinese?

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 23:40 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (461 comments in total)
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RubberDials: If this were a Sony thread, it would be full of Canon users laughing at the poor battery life.

It seems however that the Canon mirrorless has the worst battery life of any mirrorless, much worse than the A6000, A6300 and A7rII, despite offering fewer features and the battery being slightly higher powered than the Sony at 1040 mAh versus 1020 mAh.

Rather than laugh at the irony I'll instead make the useful point that Sony have actually introduced more efficiency than people seemed to have realised in their implementation of the power-hungry mirrorless format.

I've had an M3 since they were Asia/Europe only, and did not know about the poor battery life until I read this review. In any event, carrying a spare battery hasn't been too much of a hardship.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 16:29 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (461 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 125th 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 23rd comment | 1 reply
On article Brooks Institute announces closure (132 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 (132 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 31st 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 (45 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 (45 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 (45 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 (100 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 22nd 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
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