CopCarSS

CopCarSS

Lives in United States Pueblo, CO, United States
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Joined on Mar 3, 2003

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Interesting to see the Graflex there. Mark Dalzell of The Film Photography Podcast shot a Folmer and Schwing Auto Graflex at the Race of Gentlemen as he discussed on Podcast Episode 164. Complete with some oval wheel shots a la Lartigue. Try that with the Phase 1 camera! ;-)

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 16:34 UTC as 1st comment

Baggage handlers must have been Zeiss fanboys...

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 20:51 UTC as 163rd comment | 1 reply

I'm surprised by the lack of people shooting with box cameras for a different look. Given a choice between a Holga and a Number 2 Box Brownie, I'll take the latter every time. It's far less likely to have light leaks, the vignetting is nowhere near as bad, the negative is 50% larger and I like the overall look much more (though YMMV on that last one, of course). There are a gazillion box cameras out there. Some are stupidly cheap, some are great users (the No. 2, for instance, takes 120 film) and some are fantastically good looking (ever seen one of the Beau Brownies?). With the exception of the viewfinder glass which gets dirty and hard to see through sometimes, they should mostly be functional thanks to their simple construction. Even the shutters are amazingly simple and more than likely ok to shoot with. In a rut? Pick up a box camera and try a roll through it!

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 00:10 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies

One would think that a photographically oriented company would create posters that contain...you know...photographs when celebrating a major anniversary.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 23:56 UTC as 76th comment
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CopCarSS: Bring back the Goerz Hypergon and you might get me to pledge a lot of money on Kickstarter.

Toselli - It would be. Hence my enthusiasm if such a lens were brought back!

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 21:12 UTC

Bring back the Goerz Hypergon and you might get me to pledge a lot of money on Kickstarter.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 01:46 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies

I want some just for the box. Fabulous design.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2017 at 15:10 UTC as 32nd comment

Is this the digital equivalent of a film stock being discontinued? Did anyone write a song about Lexar cards that we can all start singing like we did with Paul Simon's Kodachrome on December 31st, 2010?

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 23:29 UTC as 38th comment

If they had made it anymore dramatic, one of the pilots would have had to go inverted to "communicate" with the other.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 22:45 UTC as 108th comment | 1 reply

Towels. The most useful thing for photographers and galactic hitchhikers!

"A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 14:25 UTC as 86th comment
On article Sphere of frustration: Nikon KeyMission 360 review (202 comments in total)

Wow, I don't think I've read a negative review on this site in at least 10 years. Anyone can earn a gold or silver rating at DPR. It takes special talent to get a 2.5 star rating. Way to go, Nikon!

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 15:00 UTC as 76th comment | 4 replies

For $250, I'll send a signed print and bottle of Colorado Native Amber Lager. Such a deal!

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 17:01 UTC as 6th comment
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Favorable Exponynt: This is how they make lenses at Meyer Optik.

Don't forget that Meyer Optik has to run a Kickstarter campaign first so that they can get everyone else to pay them 4 digit prices for their crappy...er...artistic lenses. ;-)

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 18:10 UTC

Question: Back in 2007, DPR had an article covering a Kodak sensor patent that included RGB as well as filterless pixels. The idea was that it would blend the benefits of a color sensor and a monochrome sensor. Here's the article:

https://www.dpreview.com/articles/8732455081/kodakhighsens

Did that sensor design die a slow death in Kodak's bankruptcy and liquidation of its intellectual properties or is there some technical reason why this never caught on?

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 15:12 UTC as 57th comment | 5 replies
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CopCarSS: That the KeyMission series was greenlighted and the DL series was axed because of "profitability concerns" is solid proof that Nikon is completely out of touch with both the camera market in general and their loyal user base in particular.

@kreislauf - Given that Nikon is engaging in a "fundamental company-wide restructuring," I must not be the only one that thinks that they're out of touch. Apparently their board must not be terribly impressed with the performance of the "strategists and management," either.

But I suppose you're correct. I've only been watching the camera industry and talking to individuals who use cameras — from camera phone selfie shooters to top professionals — from the time I was 9 years old. I obviously have no idea what any of those photographers want from a camera. I'll just back out of the way and watch the crowds swarm to the KeyMission 80 that the strategists and management know will be the hottest item selling as we approach graduation/father's day (traditionally the second busiest camera sales period of the year).

The political commentary is not necessary, BTW. I come to DPR to escape politics...

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 22:16 UTC

That the KeyMission series was greenlighted and the DL series was axed because of "profitability concerns" is solid proof that Nikon is completely out of touch with both the camera market in general and their loyal user base in particular.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 16:27 UTC as 276th comment | 5 replies
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (237 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: While being scientifically sound, this blog article does not address factors contributing to the image rendering other than sharpness. Take the same picture with 2/50 Zeiss Planar and Leica Summicron lenses at f/5.6, and images will look different, albeit equally sharp.

LensRentsals never claims to do complete reviews. If you read their piece on third graders (https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2016/08/my-third-grader-analogy-for-lens-reviews-and-testing/), they even poke fun of themselves (and just about everyone else) when it comes to testing. Roger and his team have never said that they were the be all and end all of lens testing. They merely have a unique opportunity: multiple copies of lenses and optical testing equipment. While other lens performance measures may not be present, I really appreciate the time and efforts they spend offering insight into lenses.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 09:39 UTC
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nametaken: If the APD element is supposed to make bokeh more pleasing in portraits, why does the lens only open to F2.8? Is it too difficult to make an APD element large enough to accommodate a wider aperture?

It's about quality of bokeh, not quantity. If you crave ultra thin DOF, this probably isn't the lens for you.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 02:01 UTC
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Edgar_in_Indy: Why no comparison to the original Sigma 85mm 1.4 EX? That lens, which I own, is also extremely sharp...it's the sharpest lens I've ever owned. A direct comparison would have been of use to those of us who already own the 85mm EX.

The colored lines represent the various numbers of line pairs. Fewer line pairs relate to lens contrast while more line pairs relate to resolution. Solid vs. dashed is indeed tangenital and saggital. So for your Sigma vs Sigma question, the Art lens is more contrasty and really resolves a lot more detail, especially when you get out to the corners. As Roger said, it's not really even a comparison. The new lens blows the old one out of the water as far as MTF measurements go (keep in mind that MTF is just one measure of a lens, though).

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 17:12 UTC
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Edgar_in_Indy: Why no comparison to the original Sigma 85mm 1.4 EX? That lens, which I own, is also extremely sharp...it's the sharpest lens I've ever owned. A direct comparison would have been of use to those of us who already own the 85mm EX.

Again, it's covered in the article. Per Roger:

"For those of you who don’t speak MTF, it’s pretty simple. “0” Image Height is the center of the lens, “20” is almost to the corner. Higher MTF is better, and if the dotted and solid lines are close together for each color, that’s good too. There’s a lot more to MTF, but that will get you by."

More comprehensive articles on MTF can be found at a couple of places online:

https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2014/05/mtf-the-english-translation/

https://luminous-landscape.com/mtf/ (Note: Luminous Landscape is behind a paywall.)

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 16:53 UTC
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