Matsu

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I am not a lawyer. The university has sought to protect itself invoking he principle of sovereign immunity. Essentially the state must consent to allow itself to be sued. I understand the purpose, to prevent frivolous use of the court to pester the state with lawsuits on behalf of anyone who merely disagrees with some aspect of the government. I am fine with this principle, provided the state has described a set of criteria under which it does in fact allow itself to be sued, and entrusted a body with such responsibility to decide and permit such legal action by citizens with just cause. It seems to me that protecting this photographers’ rights to sue in this case serves a greater public good than protecting the state institution from lawsuits.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2019 at 14:23 UTC as 88th comment | 1 reply
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ChicagoRob: People are pigs

Well they’re tastier.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2019 at 21:43 UTC

Didn't the original inhabitants destroy the eco system there already?

Link | Posted on May 21, 2019 at 17:29 UTC as 62nd comment | 1 reply

This thread is hilarious. In a contracting market, news of declining sales from one manufacturer shouldn’t be interpreted as evidence of increase among any other manufacturers. They are all in an overall trend of shrinking sales volume.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2019 at 01:24 UTC as 137th comment | 12 replies

Nicely blown highlights :LOL:

Link | Posted on May 8, 2019 at 16:09 UTC as 161st comment

I'm really interested to see if the firmware improves continuous AF performance (particularly in low light) and whether it modifies the UI routine for initiating tracking. Eye tracking is nice I guess, but not something I find particularly necessary - better that the camera quickly tracks/sticks to the point I select.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2019 at 15:28 UTC as 64th comment | 3 replies

On the surface this looks like particularly bad management by an organization that deals with journalists. Journalists face significant burdens to get the story right and get it on time, the ethics of this requires patience/diligence in the face of urgency and chaos. If you can’t verify, you shouldn’t publish. It’s very easy to slide from reportage to propaganda if you get the balance wrong. If there is a story that can be verified, tell the story, but to suggest there is a story (without so much as specifying what it is) and use the suggestion to impune someone without producing the story so that it can either be verified or refuted? This behaviour doesn’t meet the standards to which a press organization ought to operate, and rides dangerously close to being slanderous. If there is a story you haven’t got, yet, then stay quiet until you’ve got it.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2019 at 16:55 UTC as 35th comment

Most seem sort of weak/amateurish.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2019 at 17:55 UTC as 47th comment
On article Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 S sample gallery (207 comments in total)
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Matsu: Let's be careful not to buy into the marketing spin too much. The new 24-70 f/2.8S is a lot smaller than the 24-70 f/2.8E, but that lens has VR and is more than a little portly by 24-70 standards.

Canon's 24-70 EF2 weighs the same as this new S, despite the old mount. Nikon's G weighs only 100g more, as does Tamron's 24-70 G2 (which has VR) This new S lens sports conventional size/weight for a 24-70 - nothing more or less.

I should say the new mounts are not changing that trend.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2019 at 01:11 UTC
On article Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 S sample gallery (207 comments in total)
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Matsu: Let's be careful not to buy into the marketing spin too much. The new 24-70 f/2.8S is a lot smaller than the 24-70 f/2.8E, but that lens has VR and is more than a little portly by 24-70 standards.

Canon's 24-70 EF2 weighs the same as this new S, despite the old mount. Nikon's G weighs only 100g more, as does Tamron's 24-70 G2 (which has VR) This new S lens sports conventional size/weight for a 24-70 - nothing more or less.

Hey Barney. I think the folks at DPR do a very nice job of reviewing/presenting new technology. My comments are more a reflection of the general impression many camera enthusiasts have about what new mirrorless cameras represent than how articles are presented. As Digital created a shift in what sort of output was possible in a given format, lens designs have evolved to deliver greater wide open performance - generally at the expense of more complex (and larger and heavier) optics. Mirrorless doesn’t really change that trend - maybe we get higher performance in some designs - though we’ll need to see some new DSLR designs for a true direct comparison - we should naturally expect a 2019 design to outperform a 2015 or 2007 design - and the mount can play a part too, I’m not discounting it. However, lenses are still getting bigger as we chase greater performance, the new mounts are changing that trend.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2019 at 01:09 UTC
On article Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 S sample gallery (207 comments in total)

Let's be careful not to buy into the marketing spin too much. The new 24-70 f/2.8S is a lot smaller than the 24-70 f/2.8E, but that lens has VR and is more than a little portly by 24-70 standards.

Canon's 24-70 EF2 weighs the same as this new S, despite the old mount. Nikon's G weighs only 100g more, as does Tamron's 24-70 G2 (which has VR) This new S lens sports conventional size/weight for a 24-70 - nothing more or less.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2019 at 15:07 UTC as 43rd comment | 9 replies

In part I feel our expectations of the legal system are too low when it comes to protecting the public domain. There's an argument to be made that we ought to be more zealous in its protection than we are with the protection of private interests. Think of water resources, environment, biodiversity, genomics, agriculture, medicine, telecommunications, transportation infrastructure, and why not information in general (like photographs, films, books, and other public works). Each has numerous examples of egregious rent-seeking behavior, some of these rife with it, some legitimized/codified by lazy-corrupt policy makers.

In the case of Getty, their crimes should not be considered lesser for defrauding in the public domain rather than for stealing from a private individual, rather greater. In part for restitution to the individuals harassed/persecuted by their deceptive practice, and in the other part reflecting a valuation of the public's interest interest in the public domain.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2019 at 12:41 UTC as 7th comment
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CeeDave: Looks lovely. The mount details probably matter less for telephoto than normal and wides, and also for merely fast (>f/1.4) versus super fast (<f/1.2) lenses. Still, stellar.

The Rokinon 135/2is anamazing (manual focus) alternative for less than US$500, and is amazing on APS-C. There’s a review in which it compares well to the Zeiss APO Sonar 135/2 at LensTip.

Actually Sony’s own original statements about the E mount described the mount as optimized around an APSC sensor. They’re now trying to ret-con their own marketing by saying it was conceived for full frame all along. The fact that clearly their FF lenses are working fine with an undersized mount is not evidence of original design intent, but it indicates something I’ve argued with folks many times on this site - in practice the mount doesn’t make nearly as much difference as some pretend - no matter whose marketing dept. is spinning the story. In practice, a number of DSLR designs remain the top performers a their speed/focal length segment despite the presumed disadvantages of their mount spec.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2019 at 22:54 UTC

Nothing about the company’s recent products or marketing suggested anything other than snake oil.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2019 at 18:56 UTC as 61st comment

Some of the usual Godox sources are indicating that an AD200*Pro* is immanent. Ad 200 with AD400Pro color stability? Could be useful...

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2019 at 18:29 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
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rospotte: The size alone will allow wedding shooters to charge more. And the paying customers seeing how the camera is larger than their cousins D-7000 DSLR will feel better about paying the higher cost for prints.

It's not the main factor, and for some clients not at all. But some people definitely notice the state of your equipment, just like they notice the quality of your website, state of your studio, the way you dress, etc... There are times when your camera gets you noticed and you want that, and other times when you don't. I'm currently building an illuminated dry cabinet for our new studio. Translucent shelving, glass doors, back illuminated, everything inside it looks like a 3D close cut image. Some of the stuff is just sentimental - my dad's old Nikons - the rest is stuff we use. It's basically an equipment wall, but one that's both aesthetic and functional. Why not? Let's people know we're super organized, care about how things look, and that we use high end equipment.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2019 at 16:00 UTC
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rospotte: The size alone will allow wedding shooters to charge more. And the paying customers seeing how the camera is larger than their cousins D-7000 DSLR will feel better about paying the higher cost for prints.

Funny, and true...

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2019 at 13:04 UTC

So teenagers secretly want to look like aliens.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2019 at 20:32 UTC as 67th comment
On article Fujifilm GFX 50R Review (1777 comments in total)

Resolution differences may be more evident as pixel counts climb. In the sub 50MP realm, it’s close enough to call it even. This is probably worth revisiting when we begin evaluating 80-100MP sensors and the newest primes.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2019 at 14:10 UTC as 153rd comment
On article Panasonic S1/S1R review in progress (1555 comments in total)

Soon another tribe will be able to argue over who make the best full frame system, fun!

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2019 at 16:35 UTC as 200th comment
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