ShatteredSky

ShatteredSky

Lives in Switzerland Commute, Switzerland
Works as a Timetravel (i.e. Geology - Paleontology)
Joined on Dec 7, 2006

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StevenE: ho hum . an f/8 equiv zoom

Well, Steven, you've got a point, but besides the ultimate image quality for me its the other features that count at least as much. Even though I am not a fan of Olympus pricing (one of the reasons I went with Samsung in the meantime). I won't go back to DSLR, the only other contender in mirrorless being Fuji, who are similarly expensive. The only company featuring IBIS, weather sealing, build quality, lens selecting amongst others that are important to me are Olympus and Panasonic at the moment. Image quality is good enough for me, I would never claim it is better or equal to others (I see this with the NX500 vs. the E-PL7).

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 18:17 UTC
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StevenE: ho hum . an f/8 equiv zoom

"Use it as a vacation lens ... when the light is good ... and you don't need subject isolation."
That is exactly what I used my sold 12-60 for. Vacation, closeup and documentation. So not hohum for me and many others. Ad to that the sealing and the build quality. For the rare shallow shot I will continue to use the Nx 45/1.8. But of course if Olympus would lower the price I would be the last to complain. Anyway, there is now also the announced 12-60/2.8-4 to consider.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 17:26 UTC
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StevenE: ho hum . an f/8 equiv zoom

If you would bother to read and check things then you would realize I am in no way attached to m43, just interested in bits and pieces. But as usual that is too much effort.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 15:41 UTC
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StevenE: ho hum . an f/8 equiv zoom

Ahhh, as I guessed: another one of those insightful people who have understood absolutely everything. And as a bonus you put false words in my mouth. Well done! It is good that I am not a Pro then ...

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 14:25 UTC
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tashley: Of course they shouldn't have done it - and they should be traced and punished. But is there a silver lining? Might this stop the photogapherds from turning up en masses to make infinite small variations on the same photo? If they banned anyone with any camera more capable than an iPhone 6 from Sentinel Rock and the Slot Canyons and all the other places that people go to copy the work of others, might it not encourage people to explore the world more creatively, individually and satisfyingly?

What is wrong with me taking similar shots for my own private amusement? You can not be infinitely creative, it's like our inane business model of infinite growth. Or it's like saying that classical music, or memorable rock tracks or whatever is worthless and should not be emulated or listened to anymore. Things that are good will stay good, and I do not think its wrong if somebody else wants a piece of it.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 12:49 UTC
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Impulses: No news post yet about the three new lenses Panasonic is apparently developing? (8-18, 12-60, 50-200 all f2.8-4 and PanaLeica branded) That was actually the most interesting M4/3 announcement at Photokina for me, was hoping DPR captured some better photos of the behind-glass prototypes than what I've seen online thus far (so distorted it makes it hard to judge their size).

That 8-18 is particularly appealing to me... Usually I'd be wary of an 'under development' demo like that but the PL100-400 & 25/1.7 didn't take long at all to arrive after Panasonic announced they were under development, under a year I think actually... OTOH the old 150/2.8 that saw a similar announcement years ago was apparently taken out back and buried. Seems this is as close to a roadmap as Pana will provide now.

I was hoping Oly would announce a roadmap for other f1.2 primes, no such luck huh? We already had two 25mm f1.4 and two or three f0.95, 17mm would've faced a lot less competition and possibly more demand, oh well...

Agreed, I will get that 8-18 and/ or the 12-60. Hopefully it does not take too long to get more information.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 09:06 UTC
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ShatteredSky: First let me state that the people doing this are imbeciles (since I got jumped the last time due to selective reading). Why would anybody want to drive there (like plethora of others do in highly sensible dune areas with their quads and motocross; when I criticize this everybody tells me to let people have their fun once in a while and not to be a sourpuss).

But:
"What this means is that these tracks will be there for a very, very long time – if not forever. "

This however, NOT. After the next yearly rain the mud will swell up again and smoothen over its surface. After it dries up you will once again get pristine mudcracks. But of course this idiotic blemish will mar the landscape at least until the next rain.

Yes, as I wrote above I agree with what you said. But one should keep a perspective on things ( it is not like they used an excavator or detonated the H-bomb). How many times was I annoyed about high voltage transmission lines ruining my shot or construction sites ruining city scapes just when I took a trip to a city I will probably never visit again ...

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 09:00 UTC
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StevenE: ho hum . an f/8 equiv zoom

ho hum, the 10234 moronic comment (I am generous: if you include the ones on the E-M1 ii).

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 06:21 UTC

First let me state that the people doing this are imbeciles (since I got jumped the last time due to selective reading). Why would anybody want to drive there (like plethora of others do in highly sensible dune areas with their quads and motocross; when I criticize this everybody tells me to let people have their fun once in a while and not to be a sourpuss).

But:
"What this means is that these tracks will be there for a very, very long time – if not forever. "

This however, NOT. After the next yearly rain the mud will swell up again and smoothen over its surface. After it dries up you will once again get pristine mudcracks. But of course this idiotic blemish will mar the landscape at least until the next rain.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 06:11 UTC as 45th comment | 4 replies

This confirms what I thought: not internal zoom.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 15:05 UTC as 37th comment
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Tommi K1: "In addition to 80 megapixel RAW and 50-megapixel equivalent JPEG images, it will be possible to select a smaller 25 megapixel equivalent file size."

Sounds like 25Mpix equivalent is a 20Mpix but with true colors without Bayer pattern...?

That would be juicy. I do not need 80 MP, but true colours would be nice. Had a DP1s once ...

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 19:40 UTC
On photo East coast in the Random Items - Challenge 27 challenge (1 comment in total)

For some reason the previews look very compressed / unsharp (on a retina screen). For which screen resolution are these calibrated?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 07:04 UTC as 1st comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon PowerShot Pro70 (110 comments in total)
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Maoby: Digital story !!
I own almost all the first digital cameras, with their original boxes.
See here :
https://www.flickr.com/photos/maoby/sets/72157635352973786/

And for memory cards see here :)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/maoby/sets/72157651212582949/

Whoa, thanks for that. Makes me wanna start my own collection ... there are some incredible designs there, like that polaroid or the detachable screen from Ricoh (I think).

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 07:44 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F707 (136 comments in total)

Back then I thought hard about buying either: the DSC-F828, the C8080 or the Dimage A2. Finally I chose the A2, since the F828 was just too expensive. It had the best EVF and IBIS, though the lens was probably its weak point. The A2 with the C8080 lens would have been a killer.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 10:32 UTC as 24th comment
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (336 comments in total)
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Tronhar: To respond to ShatteredSky: Ken Burns' documentary "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" explores the origins & history of the national parks, & the battle to protect unique wilderness areas of the US from destruction. The USA was first to conceive national parks to let us see what the land was like before we changed it, & give us access to nature at its most beautiful. They provide an excellent revenue stream for those entities that service visitors, & give photographers great images! Tourism, properly managed, is a much more sustainable & long term investment than actually taking thing away.

So despoiling the things that people value in a national park is not only a moral crime, it has financial implications too. Finally, there is the sense of violation of someone despoiling something that is valued, but vulnerable, & should be under our protection.

Vandalism of this sort is often a crime of ignorance, frustration & irresponsibilty. It should be dealt with, not ignored.

Sorry, meant exhaustive reply! I am always open to education :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 18:38 UTC
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (336 comments in total)
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Tronhar: To respond to ShatteredSky: Ken Burns' documentary "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" explores the origins & history of the national parks, & the battle to protect unique wilderness areas of the US from destruction. The USA was first to conceive national parks to let us see what the land was like before we changed it, & give us access to nature at its most beautiful. They provide an excellent revenue stream for those entities that service visitors, & give photographers great images! Tourism, properly managed, is a much more sustainable & long term investment than actually taking thing away.

So despoiling the things that people value in a national park is not only a moral crime, it has financial implications too. Finally, there is the sense of violation of someone despoiling something that is valued, but vulnerable, & should be under our protection.

Vandalism of this sort is often a crime of ignorance, frustration & irresponsibilty. It should be dealt with, not ignored.

Yes, thanks for your exhausting reply. My question was meant rather rhetoric: of course they were created to hinder the destruction of some last refuges.
The problem is that even well educated and nice people will sometimes do stupid / thoughtless things (I see it sometimes with students).

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 18:28 UTC
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (336 comments in total)
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ShatteredSky: Well, just call it anthropoerosion and be done with it ;-) That's not because I condone vandalism, but as a geologist I would say it would have toppled in a few years anyway if they could have pushed it over as easily as that. Anyways, since all the people below me complain about stupid kids and so forth, maybe a little education may go some / or a long way? I can not shake the feeling that this is what you get when you cut down on eduction in a general sense (or having lazy parents, parents having not enough time, all that opens just the proverbial can of worms). Everybody is just so quick with heavy punishment these days ... and do not forget many of us did some stupid things at that most horrid of ages (if I got that correctly). It's not like they used explosives.

And maybe thinking about what gets destroyed every day due to building projects and the likes. Next time an ugly slug gets eradicated people also should probably think twice, since it was not a thing of perceived beauty?

I did not accuse yourself with the cry for for harsh punishment, but many of the others crying out below. Yes, I agree with most what you said. And the topic of the game trails returns us to that philosophical question: is man a part of nature, and if she/he is, than all of his actions are natural? That implies the idea of letting everything run as it is, people running wild, factories polluting rivers etc. Not the most pleasant picture.

That again returns to my gripes with the cuts in educational system during the recent years, the remaining ignorance, the lassitude of some, and the increasing pressure on institutional and familial upbringing. But as someone stated below, the past was not better, mostly it was worse. Cultural value (as in art etc.) is much easier to convey in my opinion than natural / landscape beauty.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 18:17 UTC
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (336 comments in total)
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Tronhar: To respond to ShatteredSky: Ken Burns' documentary "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" explores the origins & history of the national parks, & the battle to protect unique wilderness areas of the US from destruction. The USA was first to conceive national parks to let us see what the land was like before we changed it, & give us access to nature at its most beautiful. They provide an excellent revenue stream for those entities that service visitors, & give photographers great images! Tourism, properly managed, is a much more sustainable & long term investment than actually taking thing away.

So despoiling the things that people value in a national park is not only a moral crime, it has financial implications too. Finally, there is the sense of violation of someone despoiling something that is valued, but vulnerable, & should be under our protection.

Vandalism of this sort is often a crime of ignorance, frustration & irresponsibilty. It should be dealt with, not ignored.

Yes, that is all true and nice. But in the end this just aids in creating some last refuges against the ever encroaching civilization and its hunger for space and resources (öuckily some people realised this early on and got active). Not that altered landscape might not have some benefits (otherwise central Europe would still be a relatively monotone forest wilderness).

And I never said that it should be ignored. But educational "Punishment" might be more productive than the drastic measures proposed by many here (I know I also have my dark days when I think that humanity has lost it entirely ...).

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 17:51 UTC
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (336 comments in total)
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ShatteredSky: Well, just call it anthropoerosion and be done with it ;-) That's not because I condone vandalism, but as a geologist I would say it would have toppled in a few years anyway if they could have pushed it over as easily as that. Anyways, since all the people below me complain about stupid kids and so forth, maybe a little education may go some / or a long way? I can not shake the feeling that this is what you get when you cut down on eduction in a general sense (or having lazy parents, parents having not enough time, all that opens just the proverbial can of worms). Everybody is just so quick with heavy punishment these days ... and do not forget many of us did some stupid things at that most horrid of ages (if I got that correctly). It's not like they used explosives.

And maybe thinking about what gets destroyed every day due to building projects and the likes. Next time an ugly slug gets eradicated people also should probably think twice, since it was not a thing of perceived beauty?

Then I forbid you hiking in the parks, mountains etc, since man made paths create artificial weak zones were erosion sets in much stronger than on the surrounding areas were grass is still growing.

But I agree, pushing the stone was not a nice / productive, but rather stupid idea. But calling down medieval punishments on the culprits still leaves the wrong flavor, does it not?

Working as geologist / paleontologist we face the dilemma what to do with important outcrops. Designate them as geotopes so nobody is allowed to touch them anymore? That only works were natural erosion keeps the outcrop open. Otherwise it quickly gets overgrown by trees and the too steep slope leads to rockfalls and landslides. PAF, educational / scientific value gone.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 17:45 UTC
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (336 comments in total)
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cgarrard: Educate them. Kill them with kindness. Make them watch "National Parks- America's Greatest Idea", make them do a tour with a senior Park official who can show them the reasons parks exist in the first place. Anger begets anger. The problem is that they never learned why or how to respect nature- moreover, other people's respect for nature. You can try to blame parents, penalize them, put them in jail, but none of that will motivate or educate them going forward.

Agreed on both comments. Another thing to think about in the context of this story is: why do we even need the concept of national parks? What led to their creation?

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 13:13 UTC
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