alexzn

alexzn

Lives in United States CA, United States
Joined on Mar 31, 2002

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If you liked to travel with an X100 series but were yearning for an occasional telephoto shot, here is your camera. Put a 27 pancake on it, and keep a moderate telephoto Fujicron in your travel bag and you are set of 95% of travel photography. The absence of weather sealing is a big miss for anything "adventure", otherwise a solid entry.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2021 at 23:53 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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Nien: Oh here we go. I have been reading articles with this same headline since the iphone 4. I can even remember when the first iphone picture of a photo journalist in some war zone won a prize, which was the very first time this happened.

And ever since, bloggers and writers in general just keep publishing the same crap - oh now phones can take such cool pics ohh ohhhh no more need for camera ohhhh, look, comutational photography, ohhh look hdr ++++++ ohhhh.

This is just pathetic. Phone pictures will keep getting better and that's cool. But it is different than a specialized camera. How hard is that concept?

Sensationalism is the cancer of modern news. I seriously can't understand how is it even possible for an editor to approve so much bull chit.

You are missing the point. A phone camera is the only camera that is always with you. If you can get decent pictures from it, it’s a big advantage. A good iPhone camera In your pocket is much better than Your DSLR left at home.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2020 at 21:20 UTC

Computational photography is the point of using a phone camera. Raw quality will never match what a real camera can do because it had a much bigger lens and a much bigger sensor. But computational photography makes it all moot because the imaging pipeline is attached to a much more powerful computer than any photo camera has. So Sebastiaan is missing the point entirely. It is still surprising that Apple didn’t find a way to leverage better hardware to produce better photos.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2020 at 21:18 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
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Jon555: Deliberately dumbing down some features to make people take photographs in a particular way might work if the price was a lot less than the XT3, but making it a pain to do assorted things to try to make it trendy makes it one for the lots-of-money-want-to-look-cool squad, alas. I was really looking forward to this too...
Issues:
- Can't shoot over-head as LCD doesn't twist that far.
- Lost the Optical VF that works well for wide and somewhat Tele (why why why - cost reduction? then shouldn't it be cheaper, not sure I want to just help their margins)
- No IBIS and no normal-ish stabilised Primes means low-light and video are compromised. I guess you are supposed to buy and bring with you an XT3? Or is one bundled in at the price?
- No D-Pad and can't use the rear screen to move stuff around as it's almost always blocked.
- Also as 10-bit video would presumably have been free to add, then it's absence at this price point is again trying to make you buy another camera, I guess?

The LCD is touch screen if you need to adjust the AF point.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2019 at 05:03 UTC
On article Hands-on with the new Leica M10-P (514 comments in total)
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Weegee: I think Barney Britton is a stressed out chap indeed! He chews his fingernails down to the quick. In my experience as a product/advertising photographer, that would have been a big no-no. It really detracts from the subject. Couldn't someone else with better nails have held the camera for the above shots? I'm sure Leica wouldn't be pleased.
Sorry Barney, but I'm acting like Trump today, except for me, I still love ya even with your "little" nails.

You are a bit of an a$$, leave his nails alone.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2018 at 21:24 UTC
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jl_smith: Scientists can't even accurately predict tomorrow's weather, yet we are to believe they KNOW any global rises in average mean temps are CERTAINLY anthropological in cause....pay no mind to surface reading stations in urban 'hotspots', ridiculous adjustment methodology for ship sensors, etc.

Yes, less pollution is bad. We all agree. We should also agree, then, that the ability to legislate the environment has, as a happy coincidence, the side effect of immense political power. Nothing to see here...move along.

JLMdp: Do you also believe that the earth is flat? Sounds like it to me.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 01:42 UTC
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paulfulper: All polar bears will die one day , of old age ,disease and more......and all those deaths will look very sad , all of them.
I suspect global warming is invented by many scientists manipulated and coached by politicians

You are quoting a blog, which is equivalent to believing everything you read on the Internet... Here is a peer-reviewed research article from Ian Stirling, who even the blog you quote cites a a grand-daddy of polar bear biologists:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1890/09-1641.1/full
That analysis projects a "drastic declines in the polar bear population by the end of the 21st century".

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 01:40 UTC
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RobBobW: Fake news from the National Geographic? They should have checked with locals to get the real story instead of looking to sensationalize something that was not and try to push their activist agenda. I love this quote about how much earlier the ice is melting now compared to 40 years ago. Yup, that makes a huge difference! 😉.
"Since 1979, sea ice melted an average of 1.26 days earlier across the the four polar bear ecoregions and 19 subpopulation areas, the researchers said."

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-monday-edition-1.4442887/viral-video-of-emaciated-polar-bear-may-not-be-what-it-seems-nunavut-bear-monitor-says-1.4442892

Sadly, it does make a difference. I suggest you brush up on basic statistics before you write another ignorant post like this. You are entitled to your beliefs whatever they are, but the fact may not support those beliefs.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 01:29 UTC
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alexzn: This company truly deserves its location in the Palo Alto's "row of ridiculously overfunded startups" on University Avenue. This is a seriously dumb idea. If I am out with a beginner camera, I want to see my picture, soup it up right there and then and share it to my social feed. All of which I can do on my smartphone that is getting better than this Canon Rebel in a fancy orange leather case. At least they had the guts to put in a prime lens, which is something every photographer appreciates. That is everyone except the beginners who want zooms. Oops...

Who gives a damn about what camera it actually is?

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2017 at 21:28 UTC

It is a really nice camera, however it suffers from the same disconnect that Leica cameras have in the digital era. It's inevitable that the build quality and design is fantastic and me to last but the sensor will be obsolete on the years. You used to buy a Leica and know that it will last as long and deliver to performance as you own the camera. This is still true for Leica lenses but not Leica bodies. So you are putting for the tractor exoeriments of using a premium body. Small Cabins and Fuji bodies are not that far behind and are a 1/4 off the price. Oh yeah and the legs are just as good

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2017 at 21:27 UTC as 46th comment | 2 replies

This company truly deserves its location in the Palo Alto's "row of ridiculously overfunded startups" on University Avenue. This is a seriously dumb idea. If I am out with a beginner camera, I want to see my picture, soup it up right there and then and share it to my social feed. All of which I can do on my smartphone that is getting better than this Canon Rebel in a fancy orange leather case. At least they had the guts to put in a prime lens, which is something every photographer appreciates. That is everyone except the beginners who want zooms. Oops...

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2017 at 07:16 UTC as 33rd comment | 3 replies

Creative and well done! Chapeau!!!

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 05:36 UTC as 33rd comment

This is a strong demonstration of Google's chops in machine learning, and this is not even relying on Google's cloud services and software. It is also a harbinger of what to expect in the next generation of Android and Pixel phones. As soon as Google closes the hardware gap with Apple, the cellphone landscape will start shifting. Given the shortage of real AI knowledge and talent in Silicon Valley, it will be very hard (if not impossible) for Apple to close the software gap with Google.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 06:03 UTC as 9th comment
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princecody: Does Google outsource their phones to Samsung or HTC or something 🤔

They outsource hardware, not software, and they collaborate on hardware.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 05:59 UTC

Thanks!

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 14:51 UTC as 3rd comment
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Affan: And all i hear is gear does not matter, LOOK at those shots from dany! d800+85 1.4. That is one of the sharpest combo according to Dxomark.

And you are judging sharpness from a video clip???

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2017 at 01:04 UTC
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mick232: Strange video. Nerdy photographers, weird talking, a girl photographer that looks better than the model but struggles with the camera, some mediocre results particularly in sets 3 and 4.

And show us your beautiful portraits, please? Preferably with level horizons, like in this example:
https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/1499551525/photos/2494410/dsc07100

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 16:00 UTC
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barrym1966: never trust a photographer that uses a manufacturers neck strap

I am sure you have spent countless hours choosing the best neckstrap that fits your work aesthetics and lifestyle. I am sure your pictures benefited enormously. (hint: sarcasm).

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 15:56 UTC
On article Domke F-803 and F-5XB review (76 comments in total)

I am surprised nobody mentioned Billingham bags yet. Hadley Pro: Similar idea, a little more organization, and fully bombproof. Also stylish if you are into that kind of style.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 01:17 UTC as 21st comment
On article Video: Removing a stuck lens filter... with a band saw (139 comments in total)

That's a B+W filter, those are not supposed to get stuck.... brass threads and all...

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 01:12 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies
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