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On article The DJI Spark is a $500 HD mini drone (96 comments in total)
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M Chambers: I can't wait to test out my HK94 on one of these.

Buzz. Boom. Toothpicks.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 11:50 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: That sort of sucks, because I was over in Switzerland back in 2009 and I wish I knew what I know now about photography when I was over there (plus, I wish I had a DSLR back then, rather than a simple P&S). But really, this type of stuff is going to kill trips for those who love photography. I understand that the locals probably hate having a ton of people come in and shoot (photograph) the place. But at the same time, banning photography might also affect tourism rates. I mean, photography is half the reason I go far away for vacations--is so I can see and photograph stuff I normally don't see every day).

However, despite this town banning photography, there are many other options. Lots of architecture in Zurich, and most of the small towns are just beautiful with the landscapes and houses. Even if you can't photograph in this particular town, I would encourage people to visit Switzerland, as there is definitely lots of photographic opportunities wherever you go.

I'm counting on Switzerland passing similar laws as well to cover then entire country. Then we could forget about their little protection scheme forever.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 11:10 UTC

The 9th of April 1967 seems so long ago, especially in terms of an airplane's lifespan. I worked on the design of the 737 overhead control panel. It turned out to be quite a good plane, with more manufactured by far than any other. About a couple of weeks before the maiden flight, a fellow designer and I needed some information as to the interior configuration, so we inspected all existing planes at the time. I was surprised to learn how they tested, with several large tanks of water mounted to the floor, connected via piping, valves, and pumps to transfer the water for weight studies.

Congratulations to Boeing on making such a popular design, and much continued success in the future.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 12:03 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply

Hopefully Florian will continue developing his app and share it so everyone with a smartphone can enjoy similar results. Preferably sooner rather than later.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 14:17 UTC as 4th comment
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WillWeaverRVA: "You can't go beyond the zone's boundaries, can't crash your drone into another drone, and can't stray outside of minimum and maximum altitudes – autopilot will kick in and prevent you from doing any of these things."

Aw, that's no fun! ;)

My thoughts exactly. Otherwise how would we get to fly one of them around in the lion's den at the zoo?

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 12:26 UTC
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xiao fei: Regardless of how obnoxious you think the drone is, the appropriate course of action is to record it and or just go inside and call the police instead of shooting firearms into the air. If your rights are being infringed, there is a legal system for that.

Take a pic and call the cops?

In some areas crime, wrecks, etc are so prevalent the cops can't even get to the scene because they are overloaded.

They're so busy they aren't able to investigate someone selling dope to kids, ho's working the street, and who knows what else.

And they will come to investigate every time someone takes a pic of a pesky drone? In what century do you expect them to arrive?

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 11:59 UTC

Pesky drone.


It's raining toothpicks.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 11:48 UTC as 4th comment
On article Leica SL Review (1092 comments in total)

The cheapskate is surfacing in me, but $7450 for a camera - and the body only at that? Ouch.
For that kind of money, I could be driving something.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 12:27 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
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ELLIOTPAULSTERN: I am sorry. What am I missing here. I do not see any images at all except a terrible blur. Mesmerizing????? More like a waste of time. :(

No, no, no. You're just not reading fast enough using your magnifying glass.

What I found interesting is how the percentage of space devoted to photographs steadily increased over time, and that if you click on the screen it will stop and you can (sort of) see the photos on individual pages.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 12:46 UTC
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spikey27: Hanging is too good for the clowns and their flying contraptions operating near people or structures.

ASINMT: How many times has your stunt kite flown into a bystander and injured them?

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 13:17 UTC
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Rick Knepper: You use your smart phone to trigger your DSLR. Now, people are buying triggers for the trigger?

Kindof what I thought - why do you need a trigger to trigger a trigger?

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 13:15 UTC
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TempusFugit2012: Unlike the old RC community UAS operators have very little "skin in the game". It used to be that you would spend time building your RC craft and then because of the time spent, you would certainly be exceptionally careful with the operations. However today the price of entry is simply a Visa/Amex and the B&H URL. Operators much approach UAS flight as professional pilots do: Plan the flight, prepare with contingency plans, and minimize risk to people on the ground.

There are no fail safe systems in the UAS (nor will there ever be) that provide better protection than an informed operator.

Mike and Tempus: Thanks for sharing. If regulations (not so dirty a word after all) require that everyone who flies a drone has to take meaningful training, I think there would be more respect for them as they wouldn't be so demanding that they could fly an infernal contraption in off-limits places.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 13:21 UTC

Hanging is too good for the clowns and their flying contraptions operating near people or structures.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 13:15 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies
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danny006: Amazing !! So many years ago when there were no cars in the streets.

Watch where you step.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 13:03 UTC
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mokara: I don't think you need a model release in situations were someone is incidentally in a larger picture. This photograph as shown in reports appears to be part of a much larger image, as judged by the lack of detail and grain in the image.

Also, the person in the image is not identifiable. This woman will have to prove that she is the person in the image, and that will be really hard given that it is essentially a vague shape of a face. She also claims that the hair was "digitally altered", meaning that she did not actually look like that at the time. She claims that she was approached by someone looking like the photographer.....who the hell remembers the appearance of someone they incidentally encountered 8 years ago? This claim does not have a whole lot of credibility.

What about a photo of a crowded street scene anywhere in the world? Does the photographer have to get a release from each of the hundreds of people shown?

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 14:27 UTC
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Edgar_in_Indy: Anybody have a link to the photo?

If that is the photo, give her a prepaid Chipotle gift card and call it even.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 14:24 UTC
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vscd: Don't forget to bring back the developing machines, too. Especially in europe. It would be a shame that I know it's available again but I can't develop it in the EU. Great news, anyway.

The same goes for elsewhere. If I recall correctly, the equipment for processing Kodachrome is quite a bit more elaborate than for other films.

And Kodachrome retains the throne as having the most faithful reproduction of colors ever made in such a product - despite its "slow" speed of ASA 25.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 13:31 UTC
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Peiasdf: It is just some glitch with the SONY camera module. By design it shouldn't over heat and from experience, it won't. I recorded 50 minutes straight of my father making dinner last week and no overheating issue. That's 4K with OIS in a warm kitchen and my hand(s) holding the phone.

Peiasdf: Are we to conclude that you have the only one that works properly?

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 12:51 UTC
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wetsleet: All phones get warm. But no screen, that takes courage. Of course Apple will claim they were the first with this, but we photographers know that Leica beat them to it!

Hey, maybe super-patent-troll Apple will figure out how to get this patented. That would prevent anyone else from using it, and if they were unfortunate enough for this to happen on their product, Apple could sue their pants off, Huge win-win for Apple.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 12:38 UTC
On article Pulse: Extreme weather in black and white (56 comments in total)

Nature is fantastic - ranging from sheer beauty to its incredible destructive ability.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 12:21 UTC as 10th comment
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