dmartin92

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Everythingis1: The people who don't appreciate this simply have no idea about the unbelieveably massive and painstaking about of research and work it takes to do this accurately in order to respect the original image. A single image can take MONTHS to do. The ignorance in these comments is outstanding.

It would probably take a lot of effort to fill in the Grand Canyon, but that doesn’t mean it would be a good thing.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2017 at 16:42 UTC

That’s fine with me. No problem. If Nikon were going out of business, this would be awful news, but it is far, far from being that. Great, they will focus on serious cameras. For a few of their better compacts, they will continue to sell them. Fine.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 20:24 UTC as 102nd comment | 2 replies
On article Meet the Canon PowerShot G1 X III (327 comments in total)
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pro photo 2011: In this day and age, Canon puts out a $1300 camera that does not have 4K video, has a short zoom range (less than 3X) and small apertures throughout its zoom range. What is Canon thinking?

People used to say “the wider the range, the worse the lens”. If it is 3x and sharp, that would be good.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 18:02 UTC

I just have a lingering suspicion that 360 degree is a gizmo technology that attracts a certain amount of gizmo fans, but it will fade away after the novelty wears off.

That said, it seems great for Google Street View, but for serious content, as a viewer, it doesn’t appeal to me, and is distractingly annoying.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2017 at 12:00 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article Google Pixel 2 sample gallery (141 comments in total)

Ouf, 3 or 4 years ago, we wouldn’t even be having the discussion. Now, quite obviously, we are having the discussion. Not everyone agrees, but that is par for the course. But both sides are right. Yes, a small pocketable camera can do better. But this is worthy of a discussion, when one takes into consideration the images come from a smartphone.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 22:33 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On article iPhone 8 Plus sample gallery (203 comments in total)
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NJOceanView: Can Jeff or someone else confirm that Portrait Mode works on all objects, not just people? A previous DPR article comparing the Apple 8 with a comparable Samsung said Apple's only worked on people whereas Samsung's worked on all objects. I got in touch with David Pogue (NYT; Yahoo) who said it absolutely works for all objects for him. I reached out twice to DPR in the comments for clarification but no one answered and I'd love to get an official response from the experts. Thanks. PS: Impressive photos and thanks for posting.

Yes, it works with all objects. I own one, I know, for sure.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 23:55 UTC
On article iPhone 8 Plus sample gallery (203 comments in total)

Tomorrow will be two weeks of owning the iPhone 8 Plus. I am very happy with it. But I bought my last smartphone 3 and a half years ago, so I needed a new one.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 18:36 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
On article Nine things you should know about the Google Pixel 2 (114 comments in total)
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TMHKR: Only two things for me: 1) it's uber-expensive, 2) it's not available in my country
EDIT: No 3.5mm jack? Pixel 2 erased from brain successfully.

Same here. Not available in my country. I bought an iPhone 8 last Saturday. I didn’t even wait for the Pixel. Last year, I waited... and waited... and waited. Even last April I was hoping they’d eventually offer the Pixel 1 in France. Never happened. I’m seeing... iOS is fine, even if one cannot directly access the file system. I can pull photos off of the iPhone without installing Apple software on my PC. That’s a very good start.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 18:37 UTC

Essentially, for me, the big question is will I continue to be storing my mobile photos on Google Photos or iCloud. My current smartphone is a Google Nexus 5. So I am a Google person, even if I limit my storage to less than 15 Gigs, and never play them anything for storage.

But the Google Pixel was never even available in Europe. I will wait to see what Google says on October 3rd or 4th. But it better be good, and even if it isn't bad, I have doubts.

If it won't be available in Europe on day #1 in the U.S. then Google has lost me to Apple. I have already offloaded stuff from my free 5 Gigs on iCloud, so I am ready to buy the iPhone 8.

Even the iPhone 7 was available in Europe, but apparently Google didn't think their computerized assistant was ready for a non English speaking area. Fine, I will just forget about Google. I need a better smartphone camera. I,cannot wait for more of this nonsense from Google.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 19:33 UTC as 113th comment
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BokehFanatic: I remember when Sony released the S700 phone with 1.3 megapixels and I was thinking "oh my god, this will replace my compact camera". Then Nokia had a "smartphone" N90 with a Zeiss lens with 2 megapixels and Sony had a "dumb" K750i. Then the K850i came with 5 megapixels... And the "battle" is still going on (although practically without Nokia).

For me the hype after that K850i was over. I settled on the opinion that phones take awful photos compared to "normal" cameras from the same generation. Yes, it's nice that, to remind me of something, my phone can take a photo that is not blurry compared to that 2007 K850i. Or that I can distinguish my friends on a group picture at night. But really, what's the difference between the newest phone and the previous one?

Is there any "photographer" that will say "Wow, this photo is great, is it the newest Pixel? Because it surely can't be an iPhone 7!" I don't think so. If so, where do these photos end up that a pixel-level difference matters?

Last year, with the iPhone from Apple, and the Pixel, and a few others (Samsung ?), smartphone camera image quality "arrived". It's not that it is any better than a serious camera, it's just that I don't always have my real cameras with me.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 03:39 UTC
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newe: When will be the new fire sale on the old Pixel?

I think they have sold almost all that they manufactured. Looking a month ago, at Best Buy, all they had was white ones.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 03:33 UTC
On article iPhone X: What you need to know (417 comments in total)
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photoac: I wonder what the ‘X’ signifies? Could it be eXcellent eXcel eXceed eXalt eXotic eXcite eXact eXquisite eXemplary eXpress, or perhaps eXtreme eXtortionate eXpensive eXorbitant eXcessive eXclude eXcreta eXplode eXpire eXpletive?

it's the ten year, Roman numeral X, version .. for the ten year anniversary of the first iPhone.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 17:55 UTC
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dmartin92: A former friend of mine, that I am no longer in contact with, criticized me for taking pictures. He said it was better to just enjoy the trip, and soak in the beauty. I disagreed with him, and I still do. At least for myself. For him, if that's what he wants, fine.

But I like to take pictures.

But the "smartphone vs. real camera" conversation seems like the same debate, at another level. And all those people that take smartphone photos, and don't carry around a real camera, maybe the reason that that are so very, very numerous is because they have a valid point of view.

Even more valid than the "don't take photos" viewpoint.

But I have a good camera, and I use it, often. Not always, but often.

In the end, the idea is that there is good reason to accept the idea that other people don't look at things the way we do. There is no reason to criticize others on such an insignificant matter.

jjz2 ... there is nothing that you have said there that I disagree with.

But for me "taking too many photos", that was not the case. As I said to Franz Weber ... there were other issues. We just stopped getting along as we got older. And that's the generous and charitable explanation.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 16:10 UTC
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dmartin92: A former friend of mine, that I am no longer in contact with, criticized me for taking pictures. He said it was better to just enjoy the trip, and soak in the beauty. I disagreed with him, and I still do. At least for myself. For him, if that's what he wants, fine.

But I like to take pictures.

But the "smartphone vs. real camera" conversation seems like the same debate, at another level. And all those people that take smartphone photos, and don't carry around a real camera, maybe the reason that that are so very, very numerous is because they have a valid point of view.

Even more valid than the "don't take photos" viewpoint.

But I have a good camera, and I use it, often. Not always, but often.

In the end, the idea is that there is good reason to accept the idea that other people don't look at things the way we do. There is no reason to criticize others on such an insignificant matter.

Franz Weber... the fact that he would criticize me for enjoying photography, it was just one issue among many others. There was no issue for me with his lack of interest in taking photos. In fact, I could even see his point of view. But he could not see mine.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 14:51 UTC

A former friend of mine, that I am no longer in contact with, criticized me for taking pictures. He said it was better to just enjoy the trip, and soak in the beauty. I disagreed with him, and I still do. At least for myself. For him, if that's what he wants, fine.

But I like to take pictures.

But the "smartphone vs. real camera" conversation seems like the same debate, at another level. And all those people that take smartphone photos, and don't carry around a real camera, maybe the reason that that are so very, very numerous is because they have a valid point of view.

Even more valid than the "don't take photos" viewpoint.

But I have a good camera, and I use it, often. Not always, but often.

In the end, the idea is that there is good reason to accept the idea that other people don't look at things the way we do. There is no reason to criticize others on such an insignificant matter.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 10:22 UTC as 75th comment | 5 replies

I was thinking to myself that in the extreme sense, there are two types of photographers. One type is interested in capturing and sharing visual impressions with others, and the other type is interested in having "the biggest gun", and winning 1st prize at the local photo contest.

But this is a very unfair comment. Those folks that want to have the very best, they are interested in "capturing and sharing visual impressions" too.

But smartphone cameras are getting better and better, and the lack of good image quality is becoming less of an issue. If the camera is so bad that the quality of the image distracts and lessens the ability of the viewer to receive the visual impression, then that's an issue. But smartphones cameras are getting better.

But as always, if you want to carry around two devices, one for communicating and one for photography, then you can, and the quality of your images will be better.

But not everybody wants to carry around two devices.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 07:17 UTC as 94th comment | 1 reply
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dmartin92: I have been thinking about my next camera purchase, and I have been wondering about lenses. Maybe the 50L ? Maybe the 35L ?

But the other day, I said to myself: where are my best photos coming from ?

My best photos are coming from my 3 year old Nexus 5 phone. I have decided to hold off on the L lens purchase, so that I will have cash ready for the Pixel 2 phone, when it comes out. This is where I will get the most improvement in my photography for the money spent.

It's not an opinion. It's just the reality.

Sactojim... I cannot imagine by what logic you concluded that. But very often, the only camera I have with me is my smartphone. Sometimes I don't even have that. But upgrading my smartphone, that will do the most for me, I am sure.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 04:18 UTC
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girlperson1: My Canon 6D with the 24-105 L lens is with me everywhere I go, it never leaves my side. My cellphone is also with me everywhere I go,. It too never leaves my side. One, is for taking pictures and one is for making calls. Can you guess which is which?? LOL ;)

This last Saturday afternoon I took the train out to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Lavaux wine vineyards on the banks of Lake Geneva. I went with my 6D and my 35mm (cheap) prime. I got good photos, Saturday afternoon. But late Sunday afternoon I wanted to take the train out from Lausanne, and go there again, to the vineyards. It was nice having a light backpack. Only some water and my smartphone. The 6D is great, but the smartphone is lightweight.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 18:01 UTC

I have been thinking about my next camera purchase, and I have been wondering about lenses. Maybe the 50L ? Maybe the 35L ?

But the other day, I said to myself: where are my best photos coming from ?

My best photos are coming from my 3 year old Nexus 5 phone. I have decided to hold off on the L lens purchase, so that I will have cash ready for the Pixel 2 phone, when it comes out. This is where I will get the most improvement in my photography for the money spent.

It's not an opinion. It's just the reality.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 17:41 UTC as 194th comment | 3 replies

It did seem odd that they were having so much trouble. I would have guessed that they were a company "on the up swing", but they must have gotten ahead of themselves in terms of growing (too much hiring, too many projects).

Apparently they have gotten the message about how bright their future is. Not to say that it isn't bright. But maybe just not as amazing as they imagined.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 18:04 UTC as 7th comment
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