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On article Nikon D850 Review (2013 comments in total)

Sounds like it's time to replace my Instamatic.

Does anyone know a good getaway driver?

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 12:37 UTC as 29th comment
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VadymA: I am sure it is a fine camera, could be even the best for certain tasks. But reference to human eye sounds pure marketing to me. Being produced by nature, each human eye is not exactly the same. Human eye don't use Bayer pattern. There is approximately 100k b/w sensors and 30k color sensors in human eye, if I remember correctly. And color perception is also a function of brain, not just eyes. So how is this all relevant to IQ3 is beyond me. And also, photography is more about "departure from reality" (A.Adams) than reflection of reality. Pictures that look realistic are usually quite dull. Manipulating colors is what helps achieve emotional impact and is considered one of the crafts in photography. So all this human eye reference is pure b/s.

I don't recall where, but a project I heard of claimed the human eye could resolve 1 part in 1000, i.e. sin(x) = 0.001. How does that compare with Tommi K1's numbers?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 04:10 UTC

Many commenting herein have stated something like "the photographer was using a camera mounted on a tripod, possibly with a long lens" all of which could be mistaken for a weapon.

How much more likely would he have been shot if there had been no tripod and the camera had a long lens attached, especially since this occurred in poor lighting conditions?

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 09:27 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply

Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 05:40 UTC as 6th comment

Nice work guys and gals. And you had everything figured out extremely well. Congrats.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 03:41 UTC as 2nd comment
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geopapa: I'm sure all of you whining about it being mandatory, will be the first to install the fresh firmware..
Anyway you must consider that it is something that flies over our heads (and probably high) it's not a fridge for God's sake!

My fridge flies - doesn't yours? Just kidding.

Seriously, I wonder what else was included the manufacturer conveniently failed to mention. I was thinking that something being mandatory would be the ideal opportunity to introduce features nobody wants. In particular, I'm thinking along the lines of snoopware in the computer world.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 12:39 UTC

Perhaps DPReview is where I originally saw this budget tripod: Use a piece of heavy cord or light rope about 10' long. Form an inverted "V" by standing on it, placing one end under each foot, hold it taut by pulling upward on the middle, and hold onto the middle and the camera to steady it.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 12:31 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Intro to drones part 1: Drone basics (113 comments in total)
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scottcraig: Sadly it seems like photography has taken a turn for the worst. IMHO there's nothing artistic about taking snapshots with a drone. Then again I guess that's why we have hobbyists.

@lickity split: Yeah, I'd like to see someone try getting those views using their $29.95 tripod.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 12:15 UTC

You didn't mention what is likely the most convincing argument in favor of the smartphones :

C-O-N-V-E-N-I-E-N-C-E

Although I grew up in the SLR era, I seldom take anything other than the phone with me - show me any SLR/DSLR that can fit into the little pocket on the side of your jeans.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 10:08 UTC as 39th comment
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brn: UPDATE: The story is full of holes.

Kudos to DPR for providing the update though.

Surely you're not suggesting that a company is never above aproach????

Not.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 13:41 UTC

Goody, goody. Now we can all have wonderfully exposed bad and mediocre photos instead of an SD card full of simply bad and mediocre ones

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 13:35 UTC as 1st comment

Photography - especially when taken from aloft - proves the old adage about a thousand words.

Several years ago I was in a courtroom waiting for the case I was to testify in when a young attorney was presenting the client's case, describing - with their hands and no photographs - of how this happened here and that over there. I don't recall who won the case, but I would have given the attorney an F- for not having the simplest of materials, a photo or drawing on a large sheet of paper, to explain their POV.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 13:23 UTC as 66th comment
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quietrich: There are too many posts here slandering PETA on the evidence of a website, and a subsequent report, produced by an organisation - the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) and prior to that called the Guest Choice Network; an American non-profit entity founded by Richard Berman that lobbies on behalf of the fast food, meat, alcohol and tobacco industries.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_for_Organizational_Research_and_Education

Whilst many of PETA’s decisions seem questionable, including this case of copyright, we need to keep thing in perspective. The good they do in terms of animal welfare, as opposed to those organisations like CCF whose agenda is to smear animal rights groups and to fight legislation that protects both the animals, and the consumers who want to eat safely.

Maybe if PETA stuck to what it was intended to do instead of "monkeying around" by delving into other areas, it's image would be improved.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 13:10 UTC
On article Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested (291 comments in total)

Perhaps this is being too simplistic, but how interchangeable are things such as the lever-operated quick-release plate and the top of the ball extension? From the article it is obvious that Arca-Swiss doesn't necessarily insure compatibility between brands. Consider that someone liked one ball-head and another brand's mounting plate. How readily can ball-head "A" be attached to lever-operated mounting plate "B"? Are the mating surfaces made so that type of interchangeability is permissible without making modifications to either surface? Whose equipment is the most adaptable for this type of operation?

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 19:37 UTC as 11th comment

OMG. I'll never fly again. I knew they made those propellers spin so fast you couldn't see just how badly they were warped.

Great description of rolling shutter. Thanks for sharing.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 11:57 UTC as 2nd comment
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Photoman: A shotgun works as well...

Buzz.
Boom..
Splinters...

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 11:20 UTC
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photosen: Someone at Micron doesn't understand the concept of Brand Equity... Not profitable? Fine, but just the name recognition is worth something to us consumers, and hence to the company...

DElliott:

Mr. Spud.

I like it, especially the swimmers.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 21:20 UTC
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
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