Dennis

Lives in United States CT, United States
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Ramchi: People are happy with the results of pictures taken out of their mobile phones. They know its limitations and accept it. Even with Leica entering smartphone game, it cannot replace DSLR cameras.

If Leica Mobile is for mass market then Smartphones are way too complex for a camera company. If it is for limited(niche) audiences, then smartphones may not be ideal since it is not a luxury item anymore.

Then why are the phone companies themselves investing so heavily in r&d - from sensors to processing to multi-lens options ?

People "accept" the limitations of the phone because there's nothing better (short of carrying a camera in addition to the phone). That doesn't mean there aren't millions of people out there who would love for their phone to be a better camera.

The trick is to figure out what, exactly, people will buy ... how far can you go in making the phone a better camera without making it an undesirable phone ?

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 18:23 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Next from Screw Bar: An app featuring a rotary dial that disables all other phone functions and requires you to actually do the semi-circular movements to dial a phone number.

Remember when you had to call long distance and the number had mostly 9's and 0's in it ? And then on the second to last number, your finger slipped and you had to start over ?

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 16:40 UTC
On article Ten ways to shake 'photographer's block' for good (89 comments in total)

None of the "try something new" suggestions have every worked for me (I don't really want to branch out into new things, photographically - I like my ruts !) but suggestions #7, 8 & 10 work for me. I know when I carry a camera everywhere, it helps when I'm in a lull. My favorite one is to "compose even when there's no camera". I was doing that regularly for a while a couple years ago and it made me want to get out and shoot whenever possible. I'll have to remember that next time I need inspiration (I usually resort to taking out some of my photo books and that usually helps, too). The biggest thing that keeps me shooting right now, though, is my daughter and her activities - it's hard to go very long without some event to shoot.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 14:32 UTC as 55th comment
On article Ten ways to shake 'photographer's block' for good (89 comments in total)
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DPPMetro: Pretty much none of this is applicable to 99% of this forum, who shoot flowers for 45 years, thinking each one of their 15,000 flower pics are special and individual, or they are too busy shooting for forum tests and to title threads "Brand X shoots yyy". So consequently, the forum is mostly just shooting test shots to justify how good their camera is, no reference to whether they are good or not.

"How to Make Friends" by DPPMetro. I guess since you don't post any pictures, we should assume you're too busy insulting people to do any photography at all. Hopefully this article inspires you to go out and shoot instead of slumming with us gear heads.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 13:18 UTC

So here we have a forward looking car company (first major company to announce no more gasoline engines in their cars) and yet, they clearly haven't bought into the "trend" some people see that says cameras must keep getting smaller ... and if the best camera is the one you have with you ... I think smart phones might have some stiff competition in the near future.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 16:16 UTC as 40th comment
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ybizzle: Decent lenses at great prices. This is what brings photography to the masses.

Fair enough. I was going to reply that it shouldn't cost thousands to get modest primes, but I don't know if there is anything in the 24mm range for e-mount besides the $1000 24/1.8 ... Samyang has a couple 35s that are in the $400 range (one with AF and one that's f/1.4). Hopefully these new lenses are decent. You can't expect much for the price, but if they punch above their weight, they could be good options.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 16:58 UTC

Over on Amazon, the text for the 25/1.8 says 7 elements in 5 groups and 12 blade "ideal aperture" but if you hover over the images on the left, what looks like a sales brochure claims 5 elements in 3 groups and a 7 blade aperture. No mention of glass or coatings, just copper and aluminum. Hopefully the elements are glass ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 03:05 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
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ybizzle: Decent lenses at great prices. This is what brings photography to the masses.

Manual focus lenses for Leica M and mirrorless mounts that you won't find in Walmart or Target Best Buy ? Smart phones are what are currently bringing photography to the masses. (Before that, it was cheap digicams).

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 02:56 UTC
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Dennis: What am I missing ? Looks like a couple seconds of footage playing over and over again in a loop ...

Call me dense, but reading doesn't help. I'm not sure what "not a single time-lapse but a composite of a few" means ... I get that there's some WA stuff overlaid with tele shots and maybe video and stills mixed together, but it still looks like a 5 second clip repeated over and over again.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 17:09 UTC

What am I missing ? Looks like a couple seconds of footage playing over and over again in a loop ...

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 16:57 UTC as 36th comment | 5 replies
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Gatoraied: You have to question a veteran photographer who just recently had this eureka moment. Really, he's a veteran pro photographer and he just now realized its not about having a great technical image? He may be a veteran photographer but...

Agreed. I read some comments, then watched it, and it seems like a 5 minute ramble to say that good photographs are more than snapshots and to be a good photographer, you have to learn stuff. None of the thoughts on what makes a good photograph seem usefully coherent. Nothing objectionable, but it wasn't worth watching.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 13:00 UTC
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Mariano Pacifico: WHAT MAKES A GREAT PHOTO:
1. Have a renowned art critic say: "WHAT A GREAT PHOTO!" Everyone would rock & droll about it
2. "THIS PHOTO WAS SHOT WITH A LEICA!" Hands-down I'd hear a chorus of ooohs & aaahs

Don't forget to title your photographs and only show few of them. Doesn't matter if all you do is snapshots - if you convert them to b/w, give them titles and only show people one every couple days, it makes it seem like you're creating art.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 12:50 UTC
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Fujica: Canon and Nikon are just milking their DSLR users.

The figures show that the future is in mirrorless.
Those that are starting out in photography or would like to reinvest in a camera system would be stupid to buy themselves a DSLR to start with.

As a matter of fact it would be wiser to sell your DSLR now, while there is still some demand for them. The day that nobody wants your 2nd hand DSLR comes closer each day you wait.

CaNikon just wants you to believe there is a future, but I am sure they know all too well that it will be a dead horse in a few years time...

With each generation of MILC cameras we see big improvements in performance and technology innovations. While there has been a standstill for DSLR innovations and those that have been done (dual pixel AF) are actually be meant for future mirrorless cameras...

And yes DSLR still outsells MILC by 2:1. Howver 5 years ago that ratio was 8:1... The gap is getting smaller and soon we will reach the tipping point.

@Fujica - The vast majority of photographers using ILCs are using F mount or EOS mount systems - never mind that those still outsell mirrorless, even if by slimmer margins than in the past - there are plenty of people using Nikon or Canon who haven't bought a new camera in the last few years. So *if* the "future is mirrorless" then it will won't be mirrorless until Nikon and Canon go mirrorless (and millions of users switch to mirrorless). In other words, as long as Nikon and Canon keep selling DSLRs and as long as people keep shooting DSLRs, the present includes DSLRs and at some point in the future, if only mirrorless is available to buy (and all the old DSLRs have died off) then Nikon and Canon will have played a major role in that change. No need for Nikon & Canon users to feel "milked". Unless you're envisioning some future where everyone switches to Fuji :)

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2017 at 14:18 UTC
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Fujica: Canon and Nikon are just milking their DSLR users.

The figures show that the future is in mirrorless.
Those that are starting out in photography or would like to reinvest in a camera system would be stupid to buy themselves a DSLR to start with.

As a matter of fact it would be wiser to sell your DSLR now, while there is still some demand for them. The day that nobody wants your 2nd hand DSLR comes closer each day you wait.

CaNikon just wants you to believe there is a future, but I am sure they know all too well that it will be a dead horse in a few years time...

With each generation of MILC cameras we see big improvements in performance and technology innovations. While there has been a standstill for DSLR innovations and those that have been done (dual pixel AF) are actually be meant for future mirrorless cameras...

And yes DSLR still outsells MILC by 2:1. Howver 5 years ago that ratio was 8:1... The gap is getting smaller and soon we will reach the tipping point.

@T3 - sure, they're niche products, but who would have guessed ? Sony's producing vinyl records for the first time in 28 years. My point is that most "the future is" posts are worth the bits they're written with.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 21:37 UTC
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Fujica: Canon and Nikon are just milking their DSLR users.

The figures show that the future is in mirrorless.
Those that are starting out in photography or would like to reinvest in a camera system would be stupid to buy themselves a DSLR to start with.

As a matter of fact it would be wiser to sell your DSLR now, while there is still some demand for them. The day that nobody wants your 2nd hand DSLR comes closer each day you wait.

CaNikon just wants you to believe there is a future, but I am sure they know all too well that it will be a dead horse in a few years time...

With each generation of MILC cameras we see big improvements in performance and technology innovations. While there has been a standstill for DSLR innovations and those that have been done (dual pixel AF) are actually be meant for future mirrorless cameras...

And yes DSLR still outsells MILC by 2:1. Howver 5 years ago that ratio was 8:1... The gap is getting smaller and soon we will reach the tipping point.

@RawBob: "I'm not really sure where the argument is here."

Like you, I have a Nikon DSLR (D7000) and Sony mirrorless (A6000 and A6500). Each does things better than the other. But some people can't see shades of gray; only black and white. (Makes you wonder why we need 14 bit raw files when so many people have 1 bit opinions about things). Things that are in decline have to die; things that are increasing have to "win". Trend lines can't taper off; there are no asymptotes. And the future can't be many things. All cameras will be mirrorless (or something else; depends on which evangelist you ask) and all restaurants will be Taco Bell.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 14:25 UTC
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Fujica: Canon and Nikon are just milking their DSLR users.

The figures show that the future is in mirrorless.
Those that are starting out in photography or would like to reinvest in a camera system would be stupid to buy themselves a DSLR to start with.

As a matter of fact it would be wiser to sell your DSLR now, while there is still some demand for them. The day that nobody wants your 2nd hand DSLR comes closer each day you wait.

CaNikon just wants you to believe there is a future, but I am sure they know all too well that it will be a dead horse in a few years time...

With each generation of MILC cameras we see big improvements in performance and technology innovations. While there has been a standstill for DSLR innovations and those that have been done (dual pixel AF) are actually be meant for future mirrorless cameras...

And yes DSLR still outsells MILC by 2:1. Howver 5 years ago that ratio was 8:1... The gap is getting smaller and soon we will reach the tipping point.

"The future is ..."

Meanwhile, vinyl record and analog film sales are both on the rise.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 13:28 UTC
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Mark9473: What's the length of the extension?

It's about 10mm (9.86) at max extension. (I emailed Fotodiox).

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 01:59 UTC
On article 2017 iPhone Photography Award Winners Announced (185 comments in total)
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bgmonroe: Just more proof: it's not the gear, it's the photographer!

@bgmonroe " My point is these photos would have been great regardless of the camera the photographers used"

To the extent you consider these "great", that's true, but it's kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you show good pictures taken with an iPhone, then of course the iPhone is capable of taking those pictures. Unless you want to restrict your photography to those pictures, it doesn't say anything about whether it's "not about the gear".

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 20:49 UTC
On article 2017 iPhone Photography Award Winners Announced (185 comments in total)
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Hideg: A truly forgettable bunch of images. Just my opinion.

There are decent photos among the winners (particularly if you look at the website) ... but having looked at results from any number of contests over the years, I have to agree that there's nothing great here. I don't understand the kneejerk "let's see your photos" reaction to a comment that points out that these aren't that great ... these are contest winners and, according to the cell phone brigade, "proof that it's not the gear" so why should we not hold these results up against winners of other contests ? Look at the website - browse through the different categories - there's nothing there that would stand out in a contest NOT limited to iPhones. The problem is that, as pointed out, "it's the photographer" - and the best photographers aren't using iPhones.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 14:06 UTC
On article 2017 iPhone Photography Award Winners Announced (185 comments in total)
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bgmonroe: Just more proof: it's not the gear, it's the photographer!

And in other news, race car driver Carl Edwards drives a Ford Fusion hybrid off the track, offering further proof that "it's not the car, it's the driver".

<zzzzzzz>

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 13:43 UTC
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