Doug Frost

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There's an even bigger deterrent than equipment cost for pro Canon shooters thinking of switching to Sony: support. Sony's pro support lags far behind Canon's. Canon has 24/7 phone support, 2-day service turnaround, loaners provided during service, plus on-site support at many shows and events. Sony's pro support can't touch that. It is cheaper than Canon's plan, however--$100/year vs. $200/year. But for working pros Canon's superior support is well worth the extra 100 bucks for peace of mind.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 22:34 UTC as 91st comment | 1 reply
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm X100 (173 comments in total)

I bought an X100 early on and found it really frustrating to use with the 1.0 firmware. Even after a couple of updates I still found the camera too quirky to use comfortably. I really loved the IQ, but that wasn't enough. So it wound up sitting in an old camera bag in my closet for over a year. Then about 3 years ago I dug it out of the closet, applied the latest firmware update and re-read the manual. I was amazed. The X100 had become easier to use. I started shooting with it again, taking it with me everywhere. I fell in love with its macro capability and started taking photos of vegetables at my local farmers market. Today it's my go-to when I just want to grab a compact camera to take along with me. And although it's 7-year old CMOS sensor is dated in terms of high ISO performance and resolution, it still kicks the X-Trans's ass in overall image quality. In a world where most digital cameras become obsolete after a couple of years, my trusty old X100 still delivers.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 18:08 UTC as 5th comment
On article UPDATED: Sony RX100 Mark V real-world samples (275 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: So much for Amazon having fast and consistent servers.

Not the first time galleries haven't loaded.

But at least Imaging Resource has samples, wonder if they use Amazon servers?

The gallery loaded just fine for me. Probably the issue is on your end, not with amazon.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 16:18 UTC
On article UPDATED: Sony RX100 Mark V real-world samples (275 comments in total)

The shots look very good. There's not much in the way of bokeh happening here, which is to be expected with a 1" sensor. But otherwise, sharpness, contrast, color and dynamic range look good and noise appears well controlled.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 16:15 UTC as 78th comment

This is nothing special. Even my smartphone has a self-powered video camera in it. I can record and play back videos without connecting it to an external power supply. Plus it has internal power for the phone and a bunch of other stuff, too. Imagine that!

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 20:17 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On article Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2257 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Leica - do you believe your customers are idiots to whom you may lie regarding "optical corrections" while they are buying a Sony NEX cam with Sony NEX glass for 10x the price?? A pathetic way to show that you are going down.

If you're buying a Leica for the name then you don't care about the photograph and therefore how it makes the photograph means even less to you. If you care about the photograph but think there are cheaper cameras that do just as good a job, then how the Leica T does what it does is irrelevant. In both cases, you should still STFU and simply use whatever camera does the job for you.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2014 at 16:05 UTC
On article Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2257 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Leica - do you believe your customers are idiots to whom you may lie regarding "optical corrections" while they are buying a Sony NEX cam with Sony NEX glass for 10x the price?? A pathetic way to show that you are going down.

What's pathetic is anyone caring how Leica achieves the final image. The photograph is the only thing that matters. I don't care if Leica is using hardware, software or magic crystals to generate a photograph. The only question anyone needs to ask themselves is, "do I like what this camera does?" If the answer is "yes", then that's great, maybe it's a good camera for you. If the answer is "no", then don't buy it, move on and STFU. It doesn't matter.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2014 at 15:29 UTC

I'm buying one... just as soon as I win the lottery!

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 18:36 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)
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Bob Meyer: I have to laugh at all the criticism of Adobe. If you don't like it, don't sign up. Nobody is holding a gun to your head.

I have to laugh at those people who say it's "wrong," especially those who tell me what is good for me. It's neither right nor wrong. It's a business decision. If it generates more income for Adobe it's "right" for the company and it's shareholders. Adobe isn't in business to make you happy; it's in business to make money. And what's "right or wrong" for you doesn't matter to me; I'll make up my own mind, thank you.

The only real problem I have with this deal is that it's bait and switch. After 1 year Adobe jacks the price back up to their normal rate, anf you're screwed.

It's true that Adobe isn't in business to make me happy. But then, I'm not in the habit of doing business with companies that make me unhappy.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 02:21 UTC
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ludwik123: Specifications say no image stabilisation ????

No E-Mount camera has ever had in-body stabilization.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 21:24 UTC

It was never more than a gimmick. Interesting, but not particularly useful for anything beyond being able to impress your friends with it for about 5 minutes.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 20:41 UTC as 45th comment

That kid is f*cking awesome.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 17:44 UTC as 30th comment | 3 replies
On article Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction (1841 comments in total)

This does nothing to lessen my hostility to Creative Cloud. Despite Adobe's assurances, CC is nothing more than Adobe leveraging their near-monopoly in professional graphics applications to force people into paying them a monthly fee rather than allowing them to purchase a license and potentially wait to upgrade until there's a version they find useful, even if it's a few generations later. I hope their strategy fails, big time.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 15:33 UTC as 390th comment | 1 reply
On article Photographer turns camera on teenage 'freighthoppers' (186 comments in total)
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vFunct: Listen up fellas, this is REAL photography.

Learn to photograph like this.

Otherwise, go back to your overprocessed HDRs on that disgusting 500px site where all the morons think sharpness and lens-correction are somehow going to turn you into an artist..

Real photography? Are we to believe that only photojournalism and editorial photographs constitute "real photography"? I don't think so. Yes, Brodie's photographs are great, but be careful not to denigrate other forms of photographic art in comparison. Don't be so quick to dismiss peoples' work that doesn't fit into your narrow definition of artistic legitimacy. And for god's sake DON'T learn to photograph like Mike Brodie! Develop YOUR OWN style and YOUR OWN vision! Don't listen to anyone who tries to tell you how you "should" photograph.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2013 at 16:39 UTC
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Doug Frost: I don't care what your job is, whether you're a photojournalist, a truck driver or a housewife. If someone is being harmed by another and you're in a position to do something about it, you do something about it. I'm not saying that she should have physically intervened, but she could at least have called the police. She could have acted as a moral human being instead of some artiste jerk with a camera whose only interest was fetishizing an act of criminal violence. She crossed a line and betrayed her basic humanity.

Lewkowicz's work hasn't told us anything we didn't already know about domestic violence. Nothing at all. It's not like it wasn't a crime and people weren't locked up for it before she came along. She hasn't revealed any deeper understanding of its causes, either. Her work has made no difference whatsoever. In fact, she failed to make a difference the one time she had a real opportunity to do so. She should not have simply stood by and taken pictures while it happened.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2013 at 22:05 UTC

I don't care what your job is, whether you're a photojournalist, a truck driver or a housewife. If someone is being harmed by another and you're in a position to do something about it, you do something about it. I'm not saying that she should have physically intervened, but she could at least have called the police. She could have acted as a moral human being instead of some artiste jerk with a camera whose only interest was fetishizing an act of criminal violence. She crossed a line and betrayed her basic humanity.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2013 at 19:34 UTC as 45th comment | 9 replies

Think Tank makes awesome camera bags. I love my Retrospective 5. I may look into getting Disguise 20 too.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2013 at 18:42 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? (1507 comments in total)
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hmzppz: I fail to see why would D800E be even the best in absolute terms. If the size, cost, etc, don't matter D800E is still inferior to medium format. Now, some of you would say why is comparison with medium format even relevant? That's because I would never consider Nikon D800, for the same reason many of D800 owners would not consider medium format.

OM-D wins!

As someone who's used medium format and owns a D800E I can speak from experience. Saying that the Nikon isn't as good as medium format isn't idiotic, it's meaningless. Medium format is hardly a level field. In terms of sensor resolution it includes cameras from 39 Mpix up to about 80 Mpix. The truth is that the D800E beats the lower end of the medium format range. For example, compared to the Nikon, the Hasselblad H3DII 39 falls short in every important way. The high ISO, bit depth and dynamic range performance of the Nikon blow the Hassy out of the water. The Hassy may have 10% higher resolution, but so what? The Nikon's images look better, and that's all that counts.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2012 at 21:17 UTC

Congratulations to all Canadian photographers. This is long overdue.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2012 at 21:14 UTC as 14th comment
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Roland Karlsson: Some posters says this is important and some says its irrelevant. Like both of those poster categories, I have not either read the book. Which of course make opinions somewhat uncertain.

I have used the zone system for B&W film. There it works fine. But - later I started to use multi grade papers and a color head and I could compensate in the post processing, and the zone system became less important. But - of course - understanding zones makes it easier to visualize the result.

Using digital is more like using multi grade paper. Its not necessary to expose and develop the "negative" correctly any more. You can fix it in post processing. Its still important to understand zones though.

It helps you to see what images are worth taking. A mish mash of tones will probably not look good. Pure and nice areas of simple constant zones is probably going to look better.

@Roland - Nonsense. It is every bit as important to expose properly with digital as it was with film, unless, of course, you don't mind living with lack of shadow detail or blocked highlights. As with film, if it isn't there in the digital "negative", it just isn't there. No amount of post processing in Photoshop or whatever can make up for it.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2012 at 17:02 UTC
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