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Works as a retired Professor of Photography
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Triplet Perar: Wake me up when some company delivers a set of lenses all at f/4: 24/4, 35/4, 50/4, 75/4, 105/4, all bijou and petite, optically brilliant, distortion free, excellent 3D rendering, and razor sharp. That will be the day when digital photography may celebrate real accomplishment and we clap that someone started using brains and delivered fully on digital promise.

I finally get a handle on "bokeh" and now need to seek lenses with good "bijou?"

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 21:46 UTC
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Yake: If I had money to burn, this is how I would burn it. :-)

Here's a plan:
In the unlikely event you get "enough money to burn", don't buy one.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 21:59 UTC

This is probably the cheapest, simplest, most easily understood and mastered equipment that the astronauts use.
Yet here we are grinding away on a website devoted to the selection, purchase and use of same.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2016 at 02:17 UTC as 17th comment
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Correction man: "Swedish medium-format camera manufacturer Hasselblad "

shouldn't this read "Japanese" Manufacturer (Fuji)" as that is where these lenses are Manufactured and by whom ????
as are the camera Bodies also

The shutter is a more important lens component than the glass?

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 03:26 UTC
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (712 comments in total)
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Jerry Canon: It is totally beyond my scope of understanding why anyone in their right mind would shell out $7,500 for this very limited camera, other than it's a Leica. Sure it's a Leica but why would you want this thing with its big ugly screw right in the center of its face?

You could buy three Monochrome bodies for the price of that 200HP outboard motor on your neighbor's bass boat.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2015 at 21:15 UTC
On article Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed (197 comments in total)
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steve from indy: no picks for the average guy who hasn't got $100 for a mini tripod?

The nice thing about well made tripods is the "investment" is spread over many, many years. Unless you lose it, you won't have to replace it....
Tripod technology is pretty mature....unlike cameras, it's unlikely we'll be anxiously awaiting the release of "Tripod Mark III" next month to replace our soon to be embarrassingly outdated Mark II model.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 20:14 UTC
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Sannaborjeson: Thousands words with no single picture to support the point.

I wonder if anyone can spot the difference between DSLR image converted to BW in Lightroom and Leica Monochrom output.

"The average person probably can't tell the difference between a D7100 with fast glass and a Leica."

Thus, a dedicated, passionate photographer should look to this "average person's" perception as the high water mark of excellence?

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 21:33 UTC

Looks like the horse in pic #1 had just been informed what duties are expected to be performed by a stud farm's stallion.
Joie de Vivre, indeed.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2015 at 18:00 UTC as 7th comment

In before the usual "These photos are no good."
Oops, too late.

I do look forward to the far better pictures from the keyboard heroes who find these below their standards. Hope they don't get shot or worse while taking pictures of their cats.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2015 at 22:45 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article Readers' Showcase: Documentary and Street photography (108 comments in total)
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triplight: If I ever take a picture of someone walking by with a bag of groceries or checking their phone, my wife has been instructed to bludgeon me.

#8 and #13 are good moments, and I love #14 purely for the movement, color, light and shadow - reminds me of Saul Leiter.

" wife has been instructed to bludgeon me."
I'm guessing she has a list of her own. :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 16:48 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Documentary and Street photography (108 comments in total)

oops.....too late

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 16:44 UTC as 44th comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Documentary and Street photography (108 comments in total)

In before the usual "these pictures stink" comments

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 16:44 UTC as 45th comment

The Pet Rock of the photography world comes up with yet another breakthrough.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 13:59 UTC as 1st comment
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Beat Traveller: Meh. I've tried to use MIT's MOOC stuff before, from the neuroscience courses, and I found it to be massively over-hyped. It's basically just the slides, lecture notes and references from each course: material that costs them nothing extra to produce because they put it up for the students anyway.

Without more detailed explanations it's useless as a learning tool. You might as well borrow a textbook from a public library.

Congratulations, Beat.
By jumping on your "send" key before knowing that of which you speak and complaining about a FREE offering of which you are in no way duty bound to partake,
you have won today's ANG DP Member award. (Archetypical Negative Grouch).

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2014 at 19:20 UTC
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digitall: A Sea of Steps, Frederick Henry Evans: one of my favourite photographs. Wish Australia was closer to England!

Wells Cathedral, truly one of the most magnificent buildings on the planet.
These steps lead to what they called the Chapter House.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2014 at 19:06 UTC
On article Street photography tips with Zack Arias (152 comments in total)
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photoreddi: Handing out free Fuji Instax photo souvenirs to the street people you're shooting is a great ZA tip, especially if Fuji supplies the cameras and the Instax film. Great stuff. Credit card size photos (2.4x1.8") using 20 exposure ISO 800 film packs at $13.40 per pack (B&H price).

I wonder if Zack ever owned or even used an Instax before doing this Fuji promotional video? Here's a tip for Zack. Next time he can look like a pro by getting a Lomography Diana Instant Back + for the Diana F+ Camera.

> This amazing accessory will now allow you to turn your Diana F+ camera into an instant camera, with some tasty twists. The Instant Back uses Fuji Instax Mini film, which is about the size of a business card.

Big "Like", reddi.
I, too, appreciate "well built models".

Link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 13:27 UTC
On article Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM review (592 comments in total)
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nikonman2004: I can't wait for Sigma to re do their 85 1:4

"you don't buy that FL for landscapes."
Actually, you don't. I do.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 20:30 UTC

Looks like it's going to vignette the on board flash

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 15:58 UTC as 13th comment
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xeriwthe: i know that the practical intj type people at my workplace who scoffed at the concept and design of the x100 would be even more disdainful of people who purchased a monster teleconverter to add onto a fixed lens camera that is supposed to be discreet and compact.

but screw those people i want this. i love my x100s for the fun of taking photographs and this would add a little variety to the experience. 28, 35, 50mm.. x100s has me set for life!

ENFP here and I like it, too.

Of course, being such means I impulsively clicked "send" before pointing out that I can't explain why I like it---I just do.
Also, there is no doubt my enthusiasm will inexplicably wane in the future.
It just will. :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 13:05 UTC
On article Fujifilm to release X100S in solid black (25 comments in total)

OK, Fuji, black body fans are now accommodated.
Happy with my silver X100s...But now how about another one with a 36 mm lens? Please?

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 00:02 UTC as 8th comment
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