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I guess there's not much you can patent on a bag but these look very similar to the ThinkTank City Walker. LowePro has already copied the ThinkTank Retrospective so why not?

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 01:32 UTC as 27th comment

These look like great workshops. You can't go wrong with glaciers and ice.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 17:53 UTC as 12th comment
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allkar: "There's nothing in particular that we learned from Nikon or Sony ..."
This is really sad.
What a pity!

I'll bet they learned something from the Df, D600/D610 and D750. What to do and what not to do. Test reports and DxO are great but there is something to be said for letting somebody else do the "innovating" and seeing what sells.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 17:17 UTC
On article A Compact PEN: Olympus Stylus SH-2 Hands-on (150 comments in total)
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rallyfan: TL;DNR

For that much money it needs to be much thinner and it needs to make phone calls. Lollipop 5.0 supports raw. Olympus are behind. Fail.

I'm against price drops!

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 16:25 UTC
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oselimg: Mr. Maeda is either a snob with his head in the sand or he feels so relaxed to the extend of being casual because Canon is coming up with something big. Just remember what happened when they introduced the EF mount. I think that a company like Canon with an extensive range of quality lenses and know-how wouldn't let things slip off their hands as easily as some commentators here think.

Canon needs to avoid over confidence. Just because the entire company is in a strong financial position and the camera division sells more than anybody else, and most competitors are not in good shape financially and the mirrorless cameras that were supposed to wipe out SLRs have yet to do so, is no reason to be complacent.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 00:50 UTC
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bronxbombers4: "If another company made a sensor that we believed to be truly the best quality, we would not hesitate to use it."


About as believable as his prior claim that nobody at Canon has ever heard of DxO or has ever heard that Canon sensors are behind in dynamic range.

Just more evidence, sad to say, it's time to look at Nikon/Sony.
What a shame.

He wouldn't be where he is (or employed at all) if he acknowledged that a competitor's sensor was significantly better. Why not ask an executive at Volkswagen if he thinks Toyotas are really more reliable.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 00:44 UTC

Pointless. But in fairness, some of the questions were silly too. "If, (in Canon's opinion), a better sensor existed, would you use it?" DPR answer: "Glad you asked! Sony sensors have ours beaten, hands down! Sometimes, I wanna hang my head in shame! I just told my wife, honey, buy a Sony, they rock!"

Q: "If you could sell the 11-24 lens for less, would you do it?" DPR answer: "Heck yeah. You know, I was just in a meeting and I suggested selling that hot new lens for $450 with a $500 rebate. That would make them fly out the door!"

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 17:09 UTC as 188th comment | 2 replies
On article Making 'Art': We go inside Sigma's lens factory (195 comments in total)
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alcaher: manufactured landscape... nothing nice about it, very robotic-posthuman enviroment. But that is what it is and we use their products.

How can it be post-human if we're still here?

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 05:58 UTC
On article Making 'Art': We go inside Sigma's lens factory (195 comments in total)
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thoth22: Remember the early-mid 2000's and Sigma was often bashed, pros particularly wanted nothing to do with 3rd party lenses. It's funny how things change.

It's Sigma that's changed.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 05:54 UTC
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RichRMA: "Targeting loyal customers" is pretty much all the DSLR sellers have left. Nikon does it by continually raising lens prices with each upgrade, knowing certain buyers will get rid of perfectly good lenses "to keep up with the Joneses." But not enough new people are buying bodies so they need to go after "the converted."

Judging by the Pentax fervor, the existing cameras are pretty great. But this business, especially for underdogs like Pentax depends on people buying lots of stuff they don't absolutely need.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 01:57 UTC
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CameraLabTester: The camera market is always open season and never too late for a player with great innovation and leading edge products.

The early runners have the advantage due to hogging their patents and copyright designs, but there is always something new, and have never been done before.

An el-cheapo rock bottom bare bones digital medium format point and shoot sounds nice, eh, Pentax? (hint, hint)...


Well, a cheap medium format digital camera would be something nobody's done before. But other than that, unless they come up with the next OM-1 or Maxxum/Dynax, I think DPR was right to ask, um, isn't a bit late?

Thom Hogan will be glad to see his interest in the image review part of the process.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 01:42 UTC
On article World Press Photo revokes prize from Giovanni Troilo (100 comments in total)

I like the photo. Looks like Rube Goldberg's house.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 20:15 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article World Press Photo revokes prize from Giovanni Troilo (100 comments in total)
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razadaz: Photo manipulation of one kind or another has long been an issue. Many years ago Weegee would often be accused of part staging his photos, such as moving a gun into a position that would give a better composition. Even as far back as 1855 Roger Fenton was suspected of adding cannon balls to his famous photo Valley of the Shadow of Death for dramatic effect. There have always been many ways of manipulating a photo long before electronic imaging. Even simply printing something darker can give a completely different feel to a photo.

You rock, Weegee. And you are so right. It's a crime what they did to you with that Joe Pesci movie.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 20:13 UTC
On article World Press Photo revokes prize from Giovanni Troilo (100 comments in total)
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Lassoni: wow... photojournalism contests = ppl have no integrity or honor

what happened to capturing the moment?

Capturing the moment and then spending an hour with Photoshop plug-ins, doing things that weren't even possible on film.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 20:10 UTC
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Albert Silver: Roger Cicala from LenRentals tested the two lenses on a $200,000 Optical Bench and came up with similar results. Said that within the focal range of the Nikon, the Tamron performed essentially as well. He measured at 15 and at 23 and came away just as impressed. Bear in mind he used five copies of each lens, and was averaging the results.


Those darned extreme corners. Who needs 'em anyway? (kidding.)

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 17:21 UTC
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Toccata47: I read through this with the impression there was a price gap between these two. While the tamron might be $200 less initially, it won't hold value as well and it won't have the same level of support.

Big deal.

In the US, both Nikon and Tamron support are legendary. And not in a good way. The Tamron seems like a better value so long as there are no compatibility issues. I would wait a few months to see if all the Tamron lenses are working without problems.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 17:18 UTC
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Aur: I wonder if in those pictures any barrel distorton was fixed in post

because those lines in the architecture shots are crazy straight and just look so right

even though I prefer optical viewfinder, I am so jealous of the shorter flange distance of mirrorless, none of the 35mm seem to suffer from barrel distortion

Great news that they took care of of this so the photographer doesn't have to. But looking at #24, I'm not so sure those lines are straight.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 00:34 UTC
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DanMichael: Nice shots. About time Sony made more lenses for the A7, but really what I don't understand, is why so big? The whole point of mirrorless is size - might as well get a D750/ D810 and have more lens choice!

Well, it's true that a piece of dust trying to reach the sensor won't have to worry about a mirror getting in the way.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 00:30 UTC
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Horshack: Amazing how $1,800 lenses can have a decentered/tilted element. It's something you expect (and get) on a Samyang 14mm but not on a class of lens like the 14-24mm. Sadly it's a problem seen on many expensive optics. I've tried three different copies of a Canon 24-70 f/2.8L II and all have had significant tilting issues.

Yup. When you tell people you've tried 3 or 4 "copies" of an expensive lens, trying to get a really good one, they think you're too fussy. You know, like expecting 4 tires to wear at the same rate

The tiniest misalignment or decentering takes the corners from stellar to acceptable on an ultra wide. I'm a big fan of Roger's tests at LensRentals because when he has access to more than one lens, he tests a bunch. They usually don't vary much from one to the next but the spread between best and worst is often pretty impressive.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 22:06 UTC
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Greg VdB: Rishi, any thoughts on how usefull the image stabilization is on a lens this wide? It seems to me that most landscape photographers would put it on a tripod given the weight, and for event photographers shutter speeds can't be too long anyway. The only scenario I can think of off the top of my head are places like museums where tripods aren't allowed.

Sure, but what harm does having image stabilization do?

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 21:52 UTC
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