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The Fotodiox product pre-launch internal review:

Design team: 'ta-da!'

Product manager: 'what the hell is THAT???'

Design team: 'It's what you asked for'

Product manager: 'huh???'

Design team: 'you clearly said "make a cool Sony Alpha battery charger" '

Product manager: 'Doh!'

Senior manager: 'Looks cool - ship it!'

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 14:21 UTC as 22nd comment
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sop51: Siegel's next project should be arranging photographic equipment to form cats. DPR's panel of art critics might find that more acceptable; their favorite subject re-imagined using bits and pieces from their favorite hobby. What could be more appropriate?

Or more challenging - arranging cats to look like photographic equipment.

...like a catadioptric lens.
...or an Olympus Mju.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 10:03 UTC
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pictureAngst: This time around they should build drum scanning into the developing workflow and include it in the price - best of both worlds.


You send it back to Kodachrome in the included mailer, just like the old days. Kodak could email you when the scans are ready to download, then post the slides back.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 20:56 UTC

This time around they should build drum scanning into the developing workflow and include it in the price - best of both worlds.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 16:48 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
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FF Pro: I would be happy if someone were to bring back a nice film 35mm camera. I know there are film cameras still made but $2500 for the Nikon F6 or $4000 for the Leica M7 seem really steep, even if the build quality is all that. I am talking about a Contax G2, Canon AE-1 Program like camera. I would take whatever I could get.

I would go all in for a brand new 503CW regardless of price.


Dynax 7! Awesome kit - the film Fuji X-T!

I remember the really cool databank feature where it would store the settings for each shot and etch a reference number on the film between the frames.

When you got your prints back and wanted to check why it was underexposed, all you had to do was track down the negative, note down the reference number, fire up the camera, and scroll through the databank to find the entry - it was the future!

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 16:44 UTC

Let me see if I've got this right...

A bunch of journalists, likely from wealthy countries, travel around a war zone in a conspicuous, unfortified, and expensive vehicle that provides whoever is in it with enhanced abilities to observe and communicate ongoing movements on the ground and from the air.

Sounds perfect - I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 09:19 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies
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AbrasiveReducer: So where's the smart lawn?

It spotted its arch enemy Genius Grass and rolled itself up and out of the hall to avoid a turf war.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 22:11 UTC
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davesurrey: As someone who appreciates "old" technology and has enjoyed repairing many such devices over the years I greatly admire this gentleman.
However, these are NOT analogue cameras. They are FILM cameras. The opposite of digital may be considered analogue when we speak of computers but it's inappropriate and wrong when we are talking about such cameras.


You hate sloppy communication, and yet you're reading an online forum.

Are you into sadomasochism by any chance?

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2017 at 21:56 UTC
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D Gnatat: What is interchangable lens camera ?

It's an expensive camera that you sell on eBay a year later to fund the next expensive camera. This is why they're called interchangeable.

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2016 at 09:51 UTC

Great article!

I'd also add advice that one of my colleagues could have done with a few years back...

If your camera kit is labelled as 'weather-resistant', this DOESN'T mean you can change lenses or cards or open any of those little flaps in the middle of a torrential downpour. Nor should you disassemble and rinse your kit in a bucket of water if it gets mud on it!

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2016 at 09:46 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On article Gear of the Year 2016 - Barney's choice: Nikon D500 (216 comments in total)

Great backstory, thanks so much for sharing.

Not a Nikonian myself, but looks a phenomenal and (even more important) enjoyable camera. Well done Nikon!

Many thanks,

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 10:15 UTC as 55th comment
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moranjr: This camera has been backordered for longer than I remember any previous model. I suppose it is a combination of its popularity and the difficulty of ramping up production after the earthquake. I wish Fuji would release a statement about future availability.Kudos to Fuji for their firmware upgrade policy.

@moranjr, that's like saying you'll pass on a Ferrari if the latest Hummer shows up.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 11:11 UTC
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evogt500: Sorry I am always skeptical about new battery technology.

Does it make you feel flat?

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 22:59 UTC
On article Announcing the PDN Gift Guide 2016 (1 comment in total)

The linked page has mangled formatting, at least on my iPhone 5 - missing images, a burger menu icon that doesn't do anything, and a page canvas that's twice as wide as my screen but with no content in the right half.

Perhaps it's subliminal marketing to get me to upgrade my phone :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 11:13 UTC as 3rd comment
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speculatrix: And the next DP Review article: How I travelled the world with one hand tied behind my back, with nothing but a biscuit tin acting as a pinhole camera, using monochrome photopaper to capture the scene.

...and still managed to take better photos than I could even dream of :-(

Rather than worry about the phone make or model, I tend to approach these articles in same way as the 'gave a famous photographer a disposable film camera' articles and enjoy the skills evident in the shots.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 22:39 UTC
On article Field Test: Wedding Photography with the Fujifilm X-T2 (233 comments in total)

Great video and lovely pictures. Seeing the close-ups I'm really tempted by the 90f2.

One slight criticism - there's quite a lot of times when Carey is using the 23 f2 in the video, but the sample photos are from a 23 f1.4. I appreciate that not all sample photos need to tie in with the lens being shown, but as this happened many times with the 23mm in the video it became quite misleading/confusing.

Apart from that, really nice video.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 12:45 UTC as 16th comment
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RedFox88: $20,000 is not that much money for a drone. Higher end engineering related drones are $100,000+

Ah but all the $100k+ drones are in Syria.

Or to be more precise, above Syria.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 22:04 UTC

I had a beautiful experience with a chocolate covered Krispy Kreme donut at lunchtime - perhaps I should get a KeyMission.

Perhaps I could start an 'extreme cholesterol' category. That superwide lens would come in handy for selfies.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 18:32 UTC as 24th comment

When this lens was originally made, 400 ISO film was crazy fast, colour still had novelty, and image stabilisation meant holding back on the whisky the night before.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2016 at 18:59 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2197 comments in total)
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PanchoVilla: This is the camera of the year! Fuji has the best cameras, best lenses and best image quality! This beats the Canon 1DX and Nikon D5 out the door! Who needs FF, when the XT2 has FF quality beating even the 5DR and D810! The high ISO samples look awesome at 52000 ISO and Fuji colors are the best colors of any camera, even beating medium format! Fuji is the top dog now. Sony and all the other mirrorless brands are a distant 2nd or 3rd!

@PanchoVilla, did Fujifilm deliver an XXL bottle of Kool-Aid to you?

I'm a Fuji devotee through and through, but I had to fetch a bucket after reading this post!

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 17:57 UTC
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