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On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)

You can buy a really really sweet, perfectly running, mostly stock (classic) 1982 or so Harley Sportster for HALF the cost of one of these Nikons or Canon full frames (that will be ho hum in a year or two when they come out with the next 'upgrade') !!
A damn Sportster people! Listen to yourselves sniveling about IQ deficiency and the auto focusing not being a nanosecond faster in cave shooting, etc. Men have turned into some kind of castrated creatures in the last couple decades.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 03:34 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)
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scokill: Back in my day we didn't even have cameras....we just took a mental picture...and we liked it!

my mental photos were always a bit soft. don't know what was wrong.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 03:27 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: I know I want to upgrade when there is something new that's better than what I have. It is how I ended up with an A7R II after EX-S600, F31fd, D90, E-PL2, X-E1, RX100, G7 X and GX7. Gear lust alone wouldn't justify the cost, what drives me the need to preserve memory.

There is nothing like trying to find photos of love ones and wish you have more photos, higher resolution, better low light capability, etc. I buy what I can afford and use it to help me remember what's most important to me.

a hundred years ago people shot their loved ones with kodak folding cameras. Many of the prints are still beautiful today. I think what we have today is Exactly gear lust, as you put it. Conspicuous consumption it was once called.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 03:20 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)
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james s. kennedy: I have over 200 cameras, 80% film, and 90% previously owned. Over 50 Nikon SLRs. I would love to buy a used F6 if it ever got down to $500. I have a dozen Leicas, 4 Ms and 8 screwmounts. I could never afford a 35mm camera, until I was sent to Vietnam, over 50 years ago, and I am making up for lost time. I now love digital Sonys because with cheap but effective adapters, I can use nearly all of my old but great lenses. I also have a ton of photography books, emphasis on Leica. I hope to be buried with my Zeiss Contax IIa.

why on earth would you want to own over 200 cameras??
I'd like to understand this desire to just have many things. how does having 200 cameras Make up for Lost time, simply because at at early age you couldn't afford the one you wanted? In the old days, the Dentists would come in to Ken Hansen's on broadway, pay tons of money for Leicas.. which many of us felt was a total disservice to actual shooters who couldn't afford them because most were locked away in these guys' safes somewhere.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 03:17 UTC
On article Trends to watch at NAB 2017 (25 comments in total)

I don't even want to Read about anything that has anything to do with that godawful
disgrace called Las Vegas!

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 23:23 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Headed to Havana? Check out these photo spots (61 comments in total)

I find it hard to believe that there is an article here showing camera club pictures listing good places to take more of same in CUBA. Is this readership really That lame?
Someone sure thinks we are. If one is interested in seeing a big group of seriously great photos of Cuba, sans lists..... look up Ernesto Bazan's Cuba.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 04:01 UTC as 2nd comment

how many ws is a nikon sb800...900?

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 23:19 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm XF 23mm F2 R WR sample gallery (285 comments in total)

I'm waiting for Fuji to listen to us and finally make an 8x10 size sensor! They're just not listening!!

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 23:15 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Leica Summilux-SL 50mm F1.4 sample gallery (368 comments in total)

do you all realize that you could buy an awesome, like new Sportster, for $3500, a great xt2 with lenses and have plenty of money left to ride across the country (of your choice) photographing!? this $8000 leica talk is a staggering waste of time I think.
Hey.. how bout if leica gave a real photographer a camera for each one they sell to a dentist?

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 23:07 UTC as 6th comment
On article Leica Summilux-SL 50mm F1.4 sample gallery (368 comments in total)
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Soggoth: For some reason most Leica gear reviews I saw featuring strange sample shots: some random stuff, parts of buildings and blurry foregrounds. I guess it suppose to look "artistic" because it shoot with Leica, but to me it just looks like random snapshots.

of course. I doubt that they have the budget to hire an actual great photographer to spend a day or a half day, shooting for this.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 23:00 UTC
On article Leica Summilux-SL 50mm F1.4 sample gallery (368 comments in total)
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EduardoKleinFichtner: The best lens ever made. Period.

if you just happen to be someone who uses a 50 mm lens. I could name a long list of better lenses, for me.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 22:57 UTC
On article 2016 Challenge of Challenges winners announced (62 comments in total)
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Derek Dean: I find it interesting that so many folks on DPR feel that increasing the saturation in an image (if that indeed was done) is such a bad thing, as if the only permissible way to present an image is to make it look exactly like it did when the image was taken.

I've always felt that photography was about trying to share a "feeling" that the photographer experienced when the image was taken, and that whatever the photographer decides needs to done in post to help get that feeling across is fine.

I really like this image and feel it does a good job of expressing the idea of "the golden hour".

And don't get me wrong, I enjoy realistic photos as well, but I don't think that's the only way they need to be presented.

To me it does a good job of showing that if you can afford a ticket to Burma, a real long Telephoto lens, and don't realize when you went a bit too far with Photoshop, and get your inspiration from those posters that are supposed to give good employees inspiration while having to spend the year in a cubicle... You Too can be a contest winning photographer.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 15:20 UTC

oh yeah... we all know how well photographs have made the world a better, calmer place. Seeing this shot of this guy with a gun in his hand says nothing. Does nothing.
Especially compared to the many thousands of closed circuit videos in stores during shootings/stabbings that we can watch all day long on youtube. But sure.. go ahead and try dissecting this particular picture... until the next picture of the next photogenic
killer.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 18:16 UTC as 17th comment
On article Fujifilm XF 23mm F2 R WR sample gallery (285 comments in total)
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henrikbengtsson: And there they are again. The Fuji-colors. Seriously, just by looking at these samples makes me want to ditch all my fancy-pancy Canon gear and go all-in Fuji. If the XT-2 was a fullsize body I would seriously consider it.

I don't know... they just know how the colors and tones make you feel good. Probably not a high score from a technical perspective, but who cares about that anyway.

Color is art, at least for me.

if enough people Do ditch the big fat nikon and Canon stuff for little great stuff like fuji, olympus, etc. the sooner nikon, canon will give us better cameras. And the more fuji, etc. will make what people are asking of them.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 18:08 UTC
On article Fujifilm XF 23mm F2 R WR sample gallery (285 comments in total)
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Robert Garcia NYC: Seem ok. Most cameras/lens combos do fine job nowadays.

True..... but imagine if everyone realized this? No endless reviews of every damn plastic camera made in china coming out this week! No more commenting back and forth about whether or not Leica cameras (Thee camera for Dentists) are worth the million dollars they now cost (with free body cap!) People would be forced to talk about photo content (ha, there goes 99.9 % of the images they all are making every nanosecond), the stock companies wouldn't have the billions of images to sell at 29 cents each(unless you buy their LaughableCheapPackageDeal for so called art directors who don't give a @*#^ as long as they acquire near free images). People would have Nothing to do with the time spent looking at amateur 'baby pictures' and comment in Depth
on the practically unseeable, unimaginable tiny qualities of stuff, none of which make a turd bit of difference in a Good photograph.... that is, one that when viewed inspires emotion or awe. "Cute Baby" is hardly Awe. More like "OY".

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 18:06 UTC
On article Fujifilm XF 23mm F2 R WR sample gallery (285 comments in total)
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Searching: Well, it's a nice lens but really its nothing that special either. My Olympus m4/3 lenses exceed the sharpness of this lens and colours are more accurate.

Do you have this lens with fuji body in addition to your Olympus you mention?
What I am trying to understand is.... are people here talking about sharpness of this lens because of their experience making big prints? Are some people
making their comments about it simply from looking at the pictures in this Gallery? I can't tell how they are judging it

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 17:26 UTC
On article Fujifilm XF 23mm F2 R WR sample gallery (285 comments in total)
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arra: Fuji - why oh why there is no FF version :/
Still it's true and best mirrorles offer on the market at least till Sony'll announce new cheap A7 III FF body.
I also hope that Olympus'll (love Olympus colour rendering) dump this ridiculous tiny sensor format soon and bring something with normal sensor size - a true digital OM system.

do you feel that you need the ff because you need to make huge prints?
Is it because you cannot get the lower dof that the larger sensor gives? Do you just like the frame dimensions of a ff? I would sell my d700 and lenses if I could get another fuji and a lens or 2.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 17:21 UTC
On article Fujifilm XF 23mm F2 R WR sample gallery (285 comments in total)
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Mateus1: Nice lens for family shots, but if you shot at f2 portraiture at closer distances and make larger prints, forget about it, its very soft and you have to sharpen the images very aggresive which spoils the image.

Its rendering is also rarther ordinar compared to 23/1.4 rendering.

are you saying that the 1.4 is better to shoot, as you say, Portraits,
close.... at f/2 ?

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 17:12 UTC
On article F is for '4th': Hands-on with Fujifilm X100F (424 comments in total)
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George1958: I really don't understand the fashionable trend to bash new products because they don't have this or that or the other feature. This upgrade to the X100 series is in sum a better camera than its predecessor. Surely that is a good thing if you are considering buying.

this fashionable trend is only fashionable to the people doing it. It's nice and comfy sitting in their barcalounger writing pithy snide comments rather than being out in the world trying to make images that are Meaningful. These people should spend a bit more time studying the work of eugene smith, koudelka, Sudek and less time bitching about non issues. I love when people write things here like ... it's af issue fast that it will do Anything I need to do with it, But, it just doesn't work as fast as xt2, etc. As if it's some contest rather than a damn camera, and a damn good one. I so miss the days of serious photography and few camera options.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 14:40 UTC
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villagranvicent: I am glad with each new release the M9 keeps losing value and gets closer to my camera bag.

Shigzeo..... Time to migrate?? Maybe you haven't been watching our new
superduper president to be. He'll meet you at baggage claim, call you some degrading name (and say something nasty about your eyes) and throw you right back onto the next flight out! Then he'll promise to build a wall between japan and here!

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 01:33 UTC
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