Valiant Thor

Valiant Thor

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On article Zenmuse Z3 is DJI's first aerial zoom camera (52 comments in total)

Nice, but $900 buckaroos.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 02:05 UTC as 5th comment

I'd like some hands on with that one too.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 22:54 UTC as 11th comment
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gonzalu: Unbelievable quality, detail, smoothness... if only I had a Hedge Fund!

Yes, we should have gotten our degrees in quantitative economics and be working for Goldman Sachs sacking the public and buying toys like this.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 00:48 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1230 comments in total)
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108: Some samples are impressive . High iso so much better than XT1 , almost unbelievable . Why shoot in raw when you have that jpeg quality ?

Here in Colorado, the top award-winning wedding photographer (who's images are phenomenal by the way) only shoots jpg.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 12:35 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1230 comments in total)
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Melchiorum: This is a first camera that actually got me freaking excited in years. I was looking for a good mirrorless all-rounder, but all I could see was compromises. A6300 came close, but it's overheating issues, horrible rolling sh*tter and beyond poor 1080p quality prevented me from buying it. On the other hand, I love Fuji and X-Trans for photography, but every camera of theirs was a compromise in one way or another as well. X-Pro 2 was almost a perfect photo-tool, but its abysmal ISO dial, small grip, lack of articulated LCD and poor video quality prevented it from being a good all-rounder.

X-T2 ticks literally all the boxes in my book (at least on paper). It's a freaking Fuji with proper video, good new sensor, articulated screen and what looks like an amazing grip option. I will buy the crap out of this camera if they don't screw it up in some major way.

Also, in this same class camera, our local Costco has a Canon 80D Kit with 2 lenses for $1399. The image quality, fast focus and video look great. No 4K though.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 12:32 UTC
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dulynoted: "There's no photographer in the world with a job quite like Pete Souza's. As Official White House photographer,"

Uhm other than every other official photographer for every other world leader? So at least 150 people I'm guessing...Its nice when Americans assume our country is the only one in the world.

True. Americans are really a legend in their own minds.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 04:56 UTC
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Yake: With a Sony sensor he could be doing those most excellent shadow pushes that are so critical to saving highlights and producing usable pictures, as every informed amateur knows. He must really struggle with that old inferior sensor, poor guy.

Shame on Canon for crippling these cameras and not giving them the dynamic range of next year's 5DIV or the 2020 1DX Mark III. But then Canon is strictly run by some dude in the Marketing Dept. who doesn't crave on-chip ADC new fab nanometer blah-blah like all real photographers do.

Before you start thinking that this Canon is a good camera, remember that pros often don't have a choice about which camera they use because their employers choose for them. They just run with whatever the boss hands them and can't say a bleep about. Oh yeah, and the cost of switching to a better brand like Sony would be too prohibitive for a pro with a vast inventory of lenses like this guy has. ;-)

P.S. But seriously, he's a great photographer!

Probably Obama picked this camera for him. The same Obama who picked Hillary (warlock) for Secretary of State and Valerie Jarrett (Muslim) as his Senior Advisor.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 00:50 UTC
On article The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review (415 comments in total)
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Interestingness: I have a tween daughter that has a birthday next month and she wants a camera. Dad shoots with a Canon, and her friends parents have Canon's. She's young, it will probably be dropped and broken before it ever wears out and if it doesn't get stolen or left behind somewhere, there is a good chance it will suffer water damage from the pool.

You guys that are OBVIOUSLY pro's based on your well thought out comments (and those amazing galleries and personal webpages you hold) are totally correct - instead of buying her something like this I should drop $10k+ on the latest and greatest full framer and a bagful of lenses, right?

Dumbasses. Every time I read the comments here my IQ goes just that much lower.

Pawn shops are loaded with DSLRs in the $100 to $300 range that would be just fine for a beginner.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 00:40 UTC
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Bombastic: This screams "STEAL ME".
I wish it was a less conspicuous.

I knew it wouldn't be long before the "steal me" paranoids showed up. How would you make a case like this "less conspicuous"? Maybe on yours you could put a sticker on it that says SCEPTIC TANK TEST SAMPLES - BIOHAZARD!

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 01:30 UTC

Superior German technology.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 12:46 UTC as 8th comment

You can download here:

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 19:13 UTC as 36th comment
On article Mosh pits and sunsets: Shooting with the Panasonic GX85 (146 comments in total)
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Jostian: Just don't like the plasticky feel of the GX85, so I went with the GX7 (love that 'made in Japan' bit), sure no 4k but I don't shoot video so it's no biggy, and the built quality and magnesium alloy body just exude class.

The GX8 was an option but its quite a bit bigger and has no built in flash which can be useful at times, Panasonic have a nice range of cameras and lenses at present. Got the 12 to 35mm F2.8 lens, what a cracker!

I have a GX85 and it does not feel plasticky at all. Mine is a solid as heavy metal rock.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 01:31 UTC
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tinternaut: Time we had a 1" format Tough.

What is the DLS please?

Link | Posted on May 30, 2016 at 16:43 UTC
On article Sony Xperia XA Ultra comes with 16MP OIS front cam (25 comments in total)

OK, but does it make good phone calls?

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 04:41 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
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biza43: I am glad that there are still human beings that place themselves under danger and harsh conditions to document wars and suffering. It requires courage to go there and take pictures, period.

To those who say are tired of this same BS, or whatever, keep hiding your head in the sand, and go shoot rosy photojournalistic stories. War, conflict, human suffering, gloom, despair, agony ,depression, and misery, are unfortunately part of the daily life of many millions of human beings in the 21st century in the so-called civilized world... it is a lot easier to shoot beauty and wonderment subjects that uplift the spirit...

I'm glad you appreciate the war and suffering however there's not as much out there as you may think. A few years ago, a group of us took off about 18 months and visited every country in the world on a trip that was years in the planning.

Bottom line: all that were on the trip agreed that the world in general is a ~99.7% beautiful and peaceful place. All were shocked to realize that the mainstream media as well as photo-journalistic awards such as this managed to take that tiny .3% and rub the public's nose in it in a never ending stream of sheeple programming. The media attention and these awards always seem to go to the .3%, which judging from your comment you have been well conditioned to appreciate and defend.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2016 at 14:12 UTC
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Valiant Thor: Congratulations! As expected, award goes once again to depictions of war, conflict, human suffering, gloom, despair, agony, depression and misery. I can't decide which is better, these awards or the Sony acid in the face awards.

I guess good ole photography that uplifts the spirit with beauty and wonderment just ain't the "in" thing anymore.

Photojournalism is my bag. My comment is about what subject matter gets the awards. There's a lot of other photojournalism besides war, terror, and human suffering.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2016 at 03:38 UTC

Congratulations! As expected, award goes once again to depictions of war, conflict, human suffering, gloom, despair, agony, depression and misery. I can't decide which is better, these awards or the Sony acid in the face awards.

I guess good ole photography that uplifts the spirit with beauty and wonderment just ain't the "in" thing anymore.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2016 at 02:50 UTC as 8th comment | 6 replies
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tkbslc: f6.6? I guess it's good for outdoors in the afternoon.

Yes, and perfect for my next trip to the surface of the sun.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 04:55 UTC
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Aaron801: Frankly all of the criticism of the "suffering and misery" shots here is pretty depressing. It seems to me that a competition like this is in a sense about telling stories about the world around us. Since the world is unfortunately full of suffering and misery a collection like this is going to reflect that. With these documentary categories being all about documenting the world around us, do folks thing that this is all going to be pretty? I think that perhaps there a re a lot of folks who are really clueless about how much of the world lives. Those of us on a site like this are mostly a very privileged few and we need to realize that much of the rest of the wold is living in much more dire circumstances...

Actually the misery and dire circumstances you mention comprise but a minute percentage of what is happening in the world at any given time, most of which is wonderful. The media loves to take that small, ugly percentage and rub the public's nose in it as much as possible and then honor it with contests like this. Most of the shots are terrific.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 22:37 UTC
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graybalanced: What is it with people in the thread blaming Nikon incompetence for this? Do you have any idea how bad the Kumamoto earthquakes were? The video coming out of it was shocking...4-lane highways wiped out by landslides, bullet trains derailed, hundreds of thousands homeless due to destroyed buildings... and this is in a country with excellent earthquake preparedness as you can see in the much higher death toll in comparable earthquakes in other countries.

Remember the 2004 Asian tsunami? Hard drive production was severely constrained by factories knocked offline, and prices went way up for a while. This is that type of situation.

I have no vested interest in defending Nikon other than being interested in the DL. My SLR is Canon and my compact is Panasonic.

There will be a slight delay in the arrival of your new toys, cranky Westerers with disposable income. You'll live...

No one "deserves" it. We live in an energetic universe of cause and effect. And no, it's not just the pesky Asians. The Pacific Ocean has been decimated by mass commercial fishing from many countries. The Japanese are just especially pathologically wicked in their disregard.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 01:54 UTC
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