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Joined on Oct 3, 2011
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On article PIX 2015: Kiliii Fish on Living Wild (94 comments in total)

I have nothing against people inventing various even wacky ways of entertaining themselves and battling boredom. But when they start promoting myths of some noble, eco-friendly, peaceful primitive savages, it's time to set the record straight.
Ignoble savages were nasty to one another as well as to their environments. Surveying primitive and civilized societies, University of Illinois anthropologist Lawrence H. Keeley ... demonstrates that prehistoric war was, relative to population densities and fighting technologies, at least as frequent ... as deadly ... and as ruthless ... as modern war. One pre-Columbian mass grave in South Dakota, for example, yielded the remains of 500 scalped and mutilated men, women and children. (Michael Shermer, Scientific American)

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2015 at 02:04 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies
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noyo: If you haven't already done so, perhaps you should google 'world's most expensive photographs' and take a look at what is valued as collectible or investable in photography.

What passes as art and the value placed on it, for me, is somewhat jaw-dropping - flat, uninspired, poorly photoshopped, vacuous and not necessarily original.

The clue here is that art is not about the best/most expensive gear, the best technique, best composition, prettiest subject or scene.

Simply owning a camera or taking photos doesn't make an artist, just as owning a football wouldn't qualify us to be a professional footballer or referee. It helps if we have a range of good skills and knowledge about the game.

Perhaps on order to make, understand or judge art we need to know about it, the industry and what passes as art, although we can all certainly shout from the touchline or from the comfort of our chairs.

"If you haven't already done so, perhaps you should google 'world's most expensive photographs' and take a look at what is valued as collectible or investable in photography."

Yeah, the upside down airplane postage stamps are collectibles and very good investment?

The truth is that the definition of art for gathered here photography enthusiasts and art collectors or other groups is not the same. And there is no merit in imposing one group values on the representatives of the other groups.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 00:16 UTC
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mikeodial: More of David Stewart ... to give you an idea of where this idea came from

http://teenagepre-occupation.com/gallery.html

More of the same.

Wacky is not a synonym for talented, though some people think it is.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 00:05 UTC
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Death89: What an easy £12k... Next year I'll enter a shot from my upcoming Christmas meal. Should do well, our am I missing the point?

I think I'll submit a picture of a defecating dog. It's so much more interesting.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 08:08 UTC

Apparently, it was a competition for the most boring picture.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 08:02 UTC as 43rd comment
On article 2015 Roundup: Advanced Zoom Compacts (148 comments in total)
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Donglei: I do love the way dpr compares several p&s cameras with a graph of equivalent aperture and focal length. But it only appears in the camera news and later we can never find it again. Could you make such a chart tool and embed it into your comparison system? And it would be greater if dslr lenses are also included in this tool!

That's not very flattering to the small sensor cameras -- manufacturers will be offended. They like converting the focal lengths, but conveniently forget about the apertures.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2015 at 06:05 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Advanced Zoom Compacts (148 comments in total)

It's funny the top two winners are Sony and Panasonic, which are clearly inferior to Canons and Fujis -- just look at the provided pictures.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2015 at 06:02 UTC as 20th comment
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-800 (276 comments in total)
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Prime_Lens: I just don't understand DPR's rating and award standards..
Why give something 80% rating with gold while you give something 81% with silver?
What is the catch here?
Because I am confused.. when I see 81% with silver and 80% with gold.. it makes it feel like that 81% with silver has penalty of -10%.

Just ignore that. In my experience their ratings and medals don't correlate with anything anyway. Their reviews are as relevant as the measurements they perform. Only those numbers should be taken into consideration.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 23:02 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-800 (276 comments in total)

No surprises here. The best colors and tonality come from Nikon, Canon, Olympus, and Fuji. The worst: Panasonic and Sony. And Samsung is in the middle.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 22:59 UTC as 36th comment | 3 replies
On article Into the woods: Samsung NX500 Field Test (75 comments in total)

This review is 6 months too late. Everybody who was interested in this camera already bought it, tried it, and sent it back.
There are at least two very serious drawbacks that somehow the reviewers missed.
One is the kit 16-50 lens. It's so bad that it can compete with Sony 16-50 for the worst kit lens on the market. Selling 28MP camera with such poor lens is a complete waste of megapixels.
Second, other reviewers noticed, and I verified it myself, is the shutter shock problem with this camera & kit lens. It's pretty bad, people need to be aware of it.
It's also strange that the reviewers praised the low light performance. It's actually pretty unremarkable. There is a blue noise in dark areas, and the resolution goes down the tubes.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2015 at 19:05 UTC as 40th comment | 7 replies
On article 2015 Roundups: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (231 comments in total)

Just looking at the colors and tonality of the sample images, Fuji looks a lot more appealing than the others.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 01:52 UTC as 48th comment | 1 reply
On article 2015 Roundups: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (231 comments in total)
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Pandimonium: The Ricoh is the only one that will fit in your pocket so according to the best camera is that one you have with you mantra you should get that one.

Forget the cameras, I can barely fit a cell phone in my pockets. So it must be the best camera. No, wait, I don't need to stuff a camera into a pocket to have it with me.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 01:40 UTC
On article 2015 Roundups: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (231 comments in total)
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KonstantinosK: At base ISO the Sigma possibly has the bast image quality of all the cameras mentioned here. I just wish it came in a Ricoh-like package.

Image quality is not the same as resolution. Other cameras have more to offer than that one trick pony.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 01:35 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (744 comments in total)

Two things come to mind immediately reading this blog.

Firstly, we already know all that information, all we get is author's interpretation of it.

Secondly, you can't talk about success or failure of a particular technology or design without mentioning the target market for it. All the author does he mentions "many other photographers". He doesn't even admit that the masses with cell phones and camera for hire people may have completely opposite requirements. And there is a whole big spectrum of users between those two categories.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 19:03 UTC as 128th comment
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1513 comments in total)

It means that Panasonic FF is coming soon!

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 03:21 UTC as 308th comment | 3 replies
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1513 comments in total)
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Zeisschen: "The only real issue with the EVF is that your nose can end up touching the LCD panel which, on several occasions, resulted in inadvertently changing the focus point."

Thats the only reason the Sony A7 never got a touchscreen...

Sony buyers don't have money for a good nose job.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 23:31 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1513 comments in total)

It's Leica's Halloween edition.

" I've been called ugly, pug ugly, fugly, pug fugly, but never ugly ugly" -- Moe Szyslak.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 22:59 UTC as 362nd comment
On article Hands-on with the Sony a7S II (288 comments in total)

Sony is responsible for a lot of technical advances. But even the latest and greatest (and quite expensive) cameras still can't produce good skin colors. On the other hand, Sony still struggles to produce good quality lenses, even the Zeiss badge doesn't help. Until they fix those issues they'll do better as a sensor supplier to the other companies.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 00:22 UTC as 24th comment | 14 replies

I just noticed that DPR uses filtering to hide the comments. You see different comments when you logged in and when not. I wonder why? Are they so upset by people not sharing their enthusiasm about the subject? Isn't the whole point of this discussion to allow people to speak their mind, rather than having ditto heads.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2015 at 08:45 UTC as 35th comment
On article Adobe issues Lightroom 6.2 apology and update (230 comments in total)

"Adobe was aware of the issues but due to 'the scope of the bug' being unclear, the company decided to ship the software regardless"

Translation to English: we knew it was buggy, we did no formal testing, but we were under pressure to work quick and dirty, so we shipped half-backed product to meet the deadlines and report success, hoping we can deal with the bugs quietly later.

As it was written long time ago: programmers under pressure don't work better, they just work faster.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2015 at 23:07 UTC as 63rd comment
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