elmo

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GrapeJam: So it'll be like 10 years from now till this technology reach a full frame 50mp form?

I'm still enjoying some 8 to 12 Mp cameras. Maybe on the way to full frame 50 Mp, some low Mp sensors will become the hot setup.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2018 at 14:31 UTC
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crsantin: It’s a great development. I suspect the price of new cameras will rise significantly once this technology hits the market. I’m pretty much priced out of the new camera market. In Canadian dollars the starting point for any camera I would be interested in seems to ge $1500 at least, often 2k or more. I buy strictly used now and even those prices can be outrageous. It’s getting tougher for regular folks to find this hobby and that’s a shame.

I would think the prices would not necessarily go up, since leaving out the mechanical shutter would offset some amount of additional expense.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2018 at 14:25 UTC

This review is 2 weeks old. Seems unusual that it's still in the prominent display position on the DPR home page. Right? Idunno.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2018 at 20:36 UTC as 2nd comment
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Kirk Bruner: What about an individual who is not part of a workshop or anything pertaining to commercial photography? If I go as an individual under amateur status, can I not take a tripod? It's ridiculous.

Yes, an individual can take a tripod. Where's your ridiculous?

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2018 at 14:47 UTC
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elmo: Not an entirely bad idea, since there are wait-y situations where sitting would add much comfort. The obvious problem, though, is that it will not be useful for using the standard viewfinder -- that would entail awkwardly leaning forward, and maybe lowering the camera support. Would be for LCD wait-for-it and video use, only.

Using a camera viewfinder is a more intimate or unified or "focused" or natural/old-school experience. I do agree that LCD can be useful. But, I prefer the viewfinder.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 02:48 UTC
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Ebrahim Saadawi: I'll give my opinion:

Cons:

-This, (and actually all tripods) is not very compatible with fixed back viewfinders, so the LCD is going to be the main viewfinder when shooting with this product product (even more so than tripods),

-It doesn't have separare contact points with the floor for the camera, therefore not very suitable with very long exposures, say 4-5+ seconds. (Due to the non-fixed stability of human seating of course)

- Camera platform is positioned very anterior to the seat and due to the much higher weight of the camera, sitting up will cause the whole assembly to fall forwards, with an impact point being lens' front element.

(Both 2 & 3 are fixable with adding an extra small leg/rod with a hinge at the bottom of main camera-carrying rod/leg so it could optionally swing open forwards giving an extra counter-tipping and stabilizing contact point)

Good point about the weight distribution.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 21:15 UTC

Not an entirely bad idea, since there are wait-y situations where sitting would add much comfort. The obvious problem, though, is that it will not be useful for using the standard viewfinder -- that would entail awkwardly leaning forward, and maybe lowering the camera support. Would be for LCD wait-for-it and video use, only.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 21:14 UTC as 100th comment | 2 replies
On article This is the world's first variable graduated ND filter (150 comments in total)
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Peter Dhaeze: Nice flexible filter. My idea of the ideal ND/grad-filter is a in-build layer in the lens which is light-sensitive (like smart windows) that darkens in bright areas. The strength of darkening can be electronically controlled on the lens or in the camera.

That should be do-able. Like my welding helmet -- the lens is LCD, and "instantly" reactive to the flash of light... and the light blocking intensity is adjustable.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 14:44 UTC
On article Film vs Digital: Fashion photography shootout (401 comments in total)

Meh, would be much more interesting using the same poses and light, so the images could be A/B swapped for inspection.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 14:21 UTC as 81st comment
On article Canon patents 400mm F5.6 catadioptric 'mirror' lens (220 comments in total)
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Tom Schum: I have a Samyang 300mm F6.3 catadioptric lens for my Fuji X-E1. It is very difficult to focus since depth of field is very thin, and needs to be used on a sturdy tripod. Also the lens vignettes strongly at the edges.
So Canon might have to include optical stabilization as well as autofocus. Has anyone heard of an optically stabilized catadioptric lens?

Focus is difficult. I was shooting a few months ago, with an old Spiratone 500mm f8 mirror lens, on a Canon 1D MkII. Some of my subjects were coming at me -- specifically, on a zip line cable. All I had to do was pre-focus and blast away at 8fps. Some of those were decent.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 20:54 UTC

"...suffered an injury after being hit in the knee by a cameraman..."

The accusation does not pass the smell test. It almost a sure thing that the player careened into the photographer. At worst, the photographer may have made a clumsy or counterproductive attempt to get out of the way.

Likely, the accusation came after 3rd or 4th hand reports mashed up an initial witness account.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 17:46 UTC as 31st comment | 3 replies
On article Shooting with a used DSLR kit that cost me just $80 (284 comments in total)
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Pixnat2: An eye opener for the young generation :

Buy a 200$ phone for social medias, and a 80$ DSLR kit for taking nice pictures and improving your photography.

You'll got access to both worlds for 280$, rather than spending 900$ for the latest phone with so-so IQ.

And as a bonus, you'll make your parents happy ;-)

@junk1, I'm using the gen1 LTE version of Moto G. On the monthly service, though, I am paying $55 a month to Cricket for 12GB high speed data. But, that is my only internet! No home plan for more dollars. Yeah, I don't watch a lot of video.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 16:27 UTC
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Saurat: Lol, well I suppose if one is stupid enough to buy a Leica one is also stupid enough to buy this. I will make do with a Lidl plastic bag like most pros.

May be referring to the models that -- if not for the red dot -- would be Panasonics, at Panasonic prices.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2017 at 10:06 UTC
On photo Classical Shopping in the Vintage challenge (2 comments in total)

Sheesh, what an ambitious panorama. Looks good. How many degrees around are we seeing?

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2017 at 02:44 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On challenge Pet expressions (4 comments in total)
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NOWHITELENS: A LOT OF ENTRIES HAVE NO WHITE FRAME ?!?!

Rule says "white border." I think they all qualify, some with just a thin white line.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 00:29 UTC
On photo Cows Cowering Under Rare California Super Cell in the -The Old Cows- challenge (5 comments in total)
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rugosa: Great shot but why use f/20 with a 10.5mm lens? You could have used a way larger aperture + a lot lower ISO, resulting in great depth of field, fast enough shutter speed and a a lot less noise.

My guess: In a great hurry to get something recorded before everything changes, with settings left over from previous setup. We've all done that.

Nice photo!

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2017 at 21:51 UTC
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elmo: I'm not in favor of pollution. But, it's hard to consider this particular instance "tragic," with the seahorse using the swab to its advantage.

@Graham Austin - Absolutely not. Let me quote myself: "I'm not in favor of pollution." I dispute use of the word "tragic," and I note that that this seahorse, at this moment in time, is doing just fine. "This is the story behind that tragic, viral photo of a seahorse holding a Q-tip" ...no. The photo may imply tragic circumstances, but it does not depict "tragic," -- it is not a "tragic, viral photo"

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 10:58 UTC
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elmo: I'm not in favor of pollution. But, it's hard to consider this particular instance "tragic," with the seahorse using the swab to its advantage.

@Tim C.
Really, Tim? Maybe re-read the 4th paragraph of the story. And, consider: every single thing that seahorse ever does goes toward its survival, including voluntarily latching onto that swab.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 19:53 UTC

I'm not in favor of pollution. But, it's hard to consider this particular instance "tragic," with the seahorse using the swab to its advantage.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 17:27 UTC as 47th comment | 7 replies
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Daft Punk: I have never seen anyone using one of these out in the field.

Anyone with experience care to share what they are like ?

I've use an older mirror lens a bit, years ago, on a Canon 1D. Mark Banas covered the issues pretty well.

Still, I would like to shoot with one occasionally. I had looked at picking one up on Ebay. That had been problematic: the old, legendary Vivitar (Series 1, if memory serves) mirror lenses cost stoopid money; other older mirror lenses were of mostly questionable quality, and their mirror coatings tend to degrade over the years; the newer stuff were all no-name Chinese lenses of dubious quality.

I might consider a mirror lens from Kenko-Tokina, if the price is right.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 21:38 UTC
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