landscaper1

landscaper1

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It's truly refreshing to see an interview with an industry executive who answers questions in a straightforward, non-evasive manner. Most of the interviews I've read come across as if the interviewee either doesn't really converse in English, or is working from a mental script designed to make sure they really don't say anything important.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 06:19 UTC as 14th comment
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dennis tennis: That CEO is no leader. He should have attacked Canon and Nikon and Sony of making crap lenses and that in 10 years, Sigma will be the largest lens manufacturer in the galaxy.

Never confuse true leadership with building oneself up by tearing down one's competitors.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 06:13 UTC
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trungtran: I tend to think of Sigma as cheap third party lens provider. They certainly have changed my perception in recent years. Still not perfect but getting there.

"Still not perfect ..." Well, who IS "perfect?" When considering the Art series overall performance and their price points, who IS doing better?

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 06:10 UTC
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stevo23: Go Sigma! A person can now get into a Nikon or Canon (or other) body with a goal of buying Otus quality and never have to buy a Zeiss or OEM lens. Or close to it and IF these all turn out to be as good as their cousins. Well, maybe not all as good as Otus, but still rivaling OEM for less money.

It's doubtful that Leicas need to cost as much as they do, but then the price is part of the cachet of a Leica. The same might also be said of Zeiss lenses.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 10:15 UTC
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Lyff: It's a shame they don't come for Pentax, Ricoh will annnouce some Prime this year but I doubt it will be a 14mm f/1.8 or a 135mm f/1.8.

I hope the sigma 17-50 upgrade will come to Pentax, I understand that the Pentax full frame market share is really small but there is much more Pentax apsc bodies out there.

Just another example of why choosing a camera based on the body is a mistake if that choice unduly limits one's choice in lenses.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 10:11 UTC
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FLruckas: Your dust removal tool is gonna be busy....
And if you use an IR cutoff filter....
Look out.
Are the markings radioactive?
Just kidding....
Well....
Sort of.....
:-)

Unless the Blackstone is able to draw power from the camera's battery, radioactive engravings are the only conclusion I can come to.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 20:33 UTC
On article This camera is made of 32,000 drinking straws (178 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: Cool. Truly creative.

Not digital though. DPR is losing its focus quite often.

@keepreal ... I would hardly call photography related topics (other than digital) "any old rubbish." Perhaps you've not considered that some readers of this site do find the off topics interesting from time to time. It's not ALL ABOUT YOU, you know.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 21:43 UTC
On article This camera is made of 32,000 drinking straws (178 comments in total)
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Will Hikari: Will we get into the mega-straw wars. How many straws do you really need for an image? And how do those straws draw?

The logical extension of their experiment would be to replace the soda straws with hollow plastic coffee stirrers.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 18:21 UTC
On article This camera is made of 32,000 drinking straws (178 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: Cool. Truly creative.

Not digital though. DPR is losing its focus quite often.

Apparently you haven't realized that some days in the world of digital photography are "slow news days" that require reporting on less related subject matter.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 18:19 UTC
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VadymA: I think it's a great idea but should be built into the lens design by manufacturers as well as every cap, filter, and possibly lens hoods for that matter.

Indeed. IMHO it's the best idea to come to front end lens attachments in my nearly 60 years of photography.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 05:49 UTC
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luisflorit: Vignetting heaven...?

Actually, with some wide-angle lenses, vignetting can be a problem.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 05:45 UTC

Maybe it's new for Manfrotto, but otherwise it's old news. I've had and been using Xume adapters and caps for almost a year, and I know they've been around awhile longer than that.

Biggest drawback IMHO is that when the adapter and magnetic lens cap are in place, the lens' own lens shade won't slip over them. The lens shade has to be reversed before the lens cap is magnetically attached.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 05:43 UTC as 17th comment

Like it or not, I think anyone who's honest would at least give them credit for coming up with a unique approach to "the photographer included himself in the image to add a human scale." I also think they deserve credit, whether it was intended or not, for using the very artificial nature of formal attire as a visual counterpoint to the natural beauty of the landscape settings.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 20:08 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
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Hachu21: I guess it's a way for natural selection to still make its job.
You cannot protect people from themselves, especially when they think they are smarter.

One should never confuse intelligence with common sense. Last Spring I had to advise an intelligent lady who had climbed over the railing at Cape Royal on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. She was trying to position herself for a better (and obviously desirable) angle on Wotan's Throne. Unfortunately, her intelligence didn't include familiarity with the fact that loose scree on a tilted rocky surface can carry one downward with sudden and, in that particular case, very fatal consequences. Happily, once informed of the risks, she climbed back over the railing. I can only imagine what might've happened had I not come along at that moment.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 16:10 UTC
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User8303410032: For me a time-lapse is good when it accelerate a slow movement, on this one, flames are only taken at random moment and that kills the effect of time-lapse.

It might have been of interest if we actually saw the lava flowing but the angle necessary for that kind of picture was probably not possible or too dangerous, Real time film or a series of stills would have been probably better for many of the sequences.

I agree. In this instance, if someone had never previously seen video of lava pouring into the ocean, this time lapse would've left that person with an impression of an event much more violent than it is in reality.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 13:17 UTC
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earthbound_ca: You get 60 days for killing someone (http://cjonline.com/news/local/2017-01-09/man-convicted-killing-washburn-professor-glenda-taylor-crash-receives-60-days). 7 days seems a little excessive by comparison.

The NPS has no control over local law enforcement. Actually, 7 days seems pretty mild.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 21:37 UTC
On article Leica Boss: Hands-on with new Leica M10 (168 comments in total)

One of the hallmarks of the Leica was and is its long base rangefinder, unquestionably the most superior focusing device in the days before autofocus became a reality. Looking at the M10, I can't help but wonder if it was possible to extend that long base even further. There's certainly a substantial amount of space on the camera's top right side.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 05:35 UTC as 7th comment
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Fujica: No art involved here - This has been done so many times that it starts to become boring.

I also don't understand what all those Americans have with their obsession for weapons and their lust for violence.

@BenMcK ... I trust you do understand that your opinion of whether blood needs to be shed is of no consequence unless you happen to rule a government in some trouble spot.

The truth is, whether we like it or not, there are violent people in the world and one cannot reason with violent people. Surely it has occurred to you that the only message terrorists will understand is the one that comes from a barrel of a gun.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 11:42 UTC
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Fujica: No art involved here - This has been done so many times that it starts to become boring.

I also don't understand what all those Americans have with their obsession for weapons and their lust for violence.

Not ALL those Americans, thank you very much.

Agreed, there is a violent streak in American culture that is not easily explained. By contrast, Canada is much less prone to gun violence, and generally a more civilized society, despite having an almost identical social and cultural development as it expanded westward across the North American continent.

OTOH, it isn't an exaggeration to say that without America and its fighting spirit, both World Wars might well have been won by the other side. And today, when much of the world needs blood to be shed and national treasure squandered on some vitally important issue, they turn to those violent Americans to do it for them.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 08:43 UTC
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landscaper1: Oh, joy. Just when I thought I would never again (thanks to digital photography) have to pick up someone else' discarded film packaging in a national park, along comes Kodak to resurrect the source of much of that trash.

You know, there's much ado in response to my original lament, which only concerned the potential for a resumption of film packaging littering in our national parks. If one wants to expand from that into other real or potential areas of wasted natural resources, then there's literally no limit to how far one can go.

In fact, it can reasonably be argued that the human species was and is an unnecessary development in the history of our planet because, until humans came along, environmental waste basically never occurred.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 21:03 UTC
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