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On photo Wood Carving in the Wood art (In full color only) challenge (8 comments in total)

Nice job with the color palette.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2021 at 12:32 UTC as 3rd comment
On article DPReview TV: Best shooting positions (88 comments in total)
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El Jeffe: Canada has Army Men?
Don’t forget the over-handed lens gripper.

That always gets a sneer from me, when I'm watching TV or movie, and the "professional photographer" character does it.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2021 at 21:24 UTC
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TheRealYeats: I would have expected to see this over at Petapixel.


Link | Posted on May 1, 2021 at 04:07 UTC
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Ranger 9: "...there are 35mm TLRs"... but other than the super-fragile but super-collectible prewar Zeiss Contaflex TLR and the scarce, Italian-made GGS Luckyflex of the late 1940s, I can't think of any. Anybody else? Let's not count the fiddly 35mm adapter kits made for Rollei and Yashica TLRs...

Bolsey Model C, and Agfa Flexilette come to mind. They have horizontal film runs, so, do not have the vertical look of medium format TLRs.

I've got a Flexilette. After getting the focus loosened up, I did some test shots, and they were pretty good.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2021 at 18:46 UTC

Great footage! The sound track does not serve well.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2021 at 02:35 UTC as 11th comment
On photo Abandoned house on the Montana high prairie in the Urban & rural architecture challenge (9 comments in total)

Very nice! You photographed it just in time.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2021 at 13:42 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply

Can't believe folding cameras and box cameras were edged out by instant film and bridge cameras.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2021 at 14:12 UTC as 25th comment | 4 replies
On photo The Nunnery in the Cloning skills challenge (8 comments in total)

Nice work!

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2021 at 19:16 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Wasp Building Nest in the Collages challenge (8 comments in total)

Really nice, and unique.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2021 at 14:24 UTC as 2nd comment

Very nice.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2021 at 13:08 UTC as 4th comment
On photo NXT gas station Boekelermeer in the ISO 100 challenge (7 comments in total)

Love this. At first glance, it's like a ship variant on Star Trek.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 00:33 UTC as 6th comment

That 70-200mm tumbler looks cheesier than the last 3 I've seen on the shelves of local Goodwill stores.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2020 at 22:43 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
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entoman: This is always one of my favourite competitions and the winning photos are as excellent as ever.

The winning shot by Nadia Aly is stunning. It ticks every box and is everything that a photograph should be.

Fascinating subject matter in really beautiful lighting. I can only guess how many shots were taken but regardless of whether it was one or fifty, the photographer has chosen the moment perfectly.

The posture of the fins in the centre-top mobula ray captures the grace of these wonderful creatures, but the composition and positions of the other rays causes the eyes to constantly move around the photograph to explore it, before resettling on the primary subject.

A wonderful image and hearty congratulations to Nadia Aly.

It's also nice to see simple, straightforwarrd artist statments instead of the pretentious drivel that is usually posted by winners of other competitions!

Totally agree, on the artist statements!

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2020 at 21:02 UTC
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DuxX: No. 10
OMG... what a photo... I have chills 8o

At first glance, it appears to be a frame from a sci-fi movie, on the surface of an alien planet.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2020 at 20:59 UTC
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mmditter: I can’t talk anyone out of pixel peeping, but I have no use for it. Seems to me photographers, amateur and pro, should decide who their audience is: customers? Family and friends? Other pro photographers? Other ROOFers?

This makes a huge difference in whether a lens is acceptable. Customers of portrait and wedding photographers are not pixel peeping. They’re looking at poses, eye focus, facial expressions and the bride’s dress.

Oh, and that lens you paid a lot for to get good bokeh? Friends and family don’t care. In fact many non-photographers when asked think a photo with an intentionally bad background is not as good as one taken at sunny 16 where everything is in focus.

So, if you’re not doing technical photography, or some other type of photography that requires ultra sharp pictures, and you’re not posting photos on forums for pixel peepers, any lens that helps deliver pleasing images is fine.

One reason to test new lenses, is that you may not normally shoot the full range of apertures or distances, etc. By the time an issue would reveal itself in normal shooting, time for any recourse has passed.

AND, more than pleasing yourself, one may look at each piece of gear purchased as something that will eventually be sold. You want to feel good about the lens for the buyer, and for your own reputation as a seller. If you do find an uncommonly bad lens, and return it, one hopes you're doing EVERYONE a favor. Though, if returned lenses are simply re-sold, this may be false hope.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2020 at 19:07 UTC
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Copal Fit: Pretty cool idea if you start off with 35 mm film, and you want to experience what the film market has to offer. The website states 6 different 35mm films (3 for each month) for $64 which makes each film roll cost $10.70 which is not cheap. It will force you also to get out shooting to test the films. But you should better get started to develop your own films in B&W, C-41, and E-6, too. Otherwise it can get quite expensive to have them all developed.

Could be more attractive, if they were partnered with an outfit to do well discounted developing and scanning. The story mentions "offers on processing," but, it's too vague to be interesting.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2020 at 12:52 UTC
On photo Wheels Within Wheels in the Wheels challenge (13 comments in total)

Nice. I like the muted tones. Can't tell if it is "as seen," or from processing.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2020 at 16:19 UTC as 1st comment

Er, #7, floral winner -- haven't we all thrown away "that" photo, many times?

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2020 at 15:33 UTC as 19th comment | 5 replies
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TFD: I owned cheap manual focus 500mm T-mount mirror lens, they were hard to use and focus was tricky, with a optical viewfinder F8 is not that bright to focus with. They were even worse with film, you are ISO limited on film ISO 400 maybe push process to 800. on digital you can dial up the ISO and yes I know there is an impact - but you can get a shot.

My Sony 500mm mirror works well with a stabilized body, an electronic viewfinder correcting brightness for the F8 aperture. It is of course auto-focus and easily hand hold-able. Not as cheap but much more usable.

I've had some success with a couple of old mirror lenses, using high frame rate for subjects moving toward me (zipline, skateboard)... pre-focus, then blast away -- 4.5fps on Canon T90, 10fps on Canon 1D MkIV... keep the best shot.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2020 at 21:12 UTC

What's old is new again. I have a couple of old mirror lenses. Fun for limited use.

At least Minolta made an AF mirror lens. I'm kind of surprised Tokina did not go that way -- would be more expensive, but, might appeal to many more people.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2020 at 21:00 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
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