GeorgeD200

Lives in United States The Great Lakes State, United States
Works as a Educator
Joined on Nov 20, 2007

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Tommi K1: When they come out with f/1.4 and f/2 lenses then there will come many buyers more.

Also, f1.4 lenses would be massive and heavy. f/2 might come along someday, but I doubt it.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 20:03 UTC
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upptick: So, the main reason I believe there is a God is because humans are able to devise machines and instruments that are far, FAR more complicated than what would be needed for mere survival --- Darwin would say that there is simply no selective / competitive pressure and therefore no survival advantage to create anything nearly as complicated as this Sony lens. Yet, here it is. What an exquisite beauty!

This has nothing to do with Darwin. Try Marx. "Prestige Value" items that cost far more than their function would dictate.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 04:19 UTC
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ABM Barry: I shouldn't judge this lens family, however, they look rather plain and rather agricultural when you compare them to Sigma, Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Panasonic, Fujifilm and most of the well established makers.
There is no way on Earth I would pay their asking price given the competition.

I like the look: minimalist, straight lens tubes, not a lot of flaring or ornamentation, simple fonts and knurling. But then I like classic Leica lenses, too, which is clearly what they're aiming at.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 21:41 UTC
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DVT80111: Since new camera has IBIS, I hope they remove the OSS feature and give us cheaper and more robust lens.

Cheaper? ROFL. Sorry DVT80111, but I don't think you know how this game works. Did Sony's SLR lenses turn out to be cheaper, because they didn't need OSS?

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 03:48 UTC
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Zoron: any sigma Medium Format art lens for Fuji GFX 50s ?

Not likely. The market is too small. If Sigma isn't going to produce lenses for Sony A7 Series, you can be sure Fuji MF is out of the question.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 03:05 UTC
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (717 comments in total)
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Lassoni: How is this thing any better than GX8? That lens looks a little bit like the panleica 15mm

Well, it has 3.84x the sensor area, and doesn't use a Bayer pattern to predict color. It also has an optical rangefinder. Frankly, it will kick the snot out of a GX8 for B&W.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 14:08 UTC
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (717 comments in total)
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alexisgreat: I love my sensors bare, no filters allowed. That means no Bayer, no AA, no IR/UV cut filter. I add filters as I please, whether they be for narrowband imaging for light polluted areas or broadband color imaging or even UV or IR imaging.

I hate how manufacturers decide whats good for us and they add the filters "built-in" and cater to the lowly masses. I like building my own computers, telescopes, and cameras. It's how you LEARN. No wonder society is being dumbed down- no one likes to innovate anymore.

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Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 17:44 UTC

Perhaps we photographers can't see the forest for the trees. This looks like a gimmick to us, but how would a cell-phone buyer look at it?

Maybe Sony isn't trying to sell more cameras, but more phones. Sony now offers something that no other phone manufacturer does, and you don't even have to buy it at the same time as the phone, you can always upgrade to it later. Maybe they will bundle them together, or offer combined rebates.

I'm a full frame DSLR user, and my first question when buying a new phone is "How good is the camera?" --because I don't always have my SLR with me. Sony's answer now is "Best in the business!" Sure, these can be used with other brands of phone, but do all brands fit to the back as well as the Sony does?

That said, I won't be buying this, but I can see why some people would.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 15:13 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
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dash2k8: "Khaldei, who staged his photograph a couple of days after the event, is reported to have hoped that the image would have the same impact as Joe Rosenthal’s famous photograph ‘Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima’."

I'm sorry, but the Berlin picture is nothing close to the Iwo Jima picture. Iconic for sure, but the Iwo Jima picture is the standard of "raising banner over hostile territory" while many commoners have never even seen this Berlin picture.

I tend to think that this picture has a lot in common with Imo Jima -- they were both staged by the photographer, and are probably both considered by most "commoners" to be authentic. ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 23:33 UTC
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munro harrap: Somebody asked about the future worth of digital equipment and "Iconic" photographs made with them. Well, the advantage is that many identify the image as from that particular machine.iDs Canons, for example have serial munbers you cannot alter for each image and a code linking image to machine.

But that Leica could be one I had years ago- there is no way anyone can prove what pictures a film camera took, so the chances it is not that camera are substantial, and I would not bid on it.

More and more of this kind of nonsense is going on. Possibly the photo of the guy is with a Leica, but he surely would have been using Fed or Zorki Leica copies made in the USSR rather than a machine made by the people the USSR was fighting.

The WW2 Russian war hotographers completely outclassed anyone in the West, but I believe they were equipped with their own gear.

I don't think he could have been using a FED or Zorki -- I had always heard that the Soviets had no camera industry until after they carted it back, parts, machines, technicians, and all from Germany after the fall of the Reich.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 23:26 UTC
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jeremyt: At the end of the academic year a photographer comes to class and he takes a photo of you and all your schoolmates. It doesn't even matter if you want your picture to be taken or you don't because this photos are for your parents and your family predominately. For marketing purposes photographers then put their copyrighted art on the internet where everyone who has access to the internet can look at your face and your body. When someone disagrees with how a horrendous watermark destroys his own body image and decides to combat for his own image there suddenly comes the rage of the artist and all his colleagues. It is as if a photographer has changed his watermark from PROOF to WANTED.

How weird everyone is talking about copyright here and no one actually see this Jesse Chen human rights have been violated for good.

jeremyt, to suggest that anyone would think another person was poisonous because a photographer put a yellow watermark over black clothing is ridiculous. My eight-year-old would laugh at this supposition. Perhaps you like to make ridiculous statements just to argue. Congratulations, that is BY FAR the most absurd thing that I have ever read on DPR, and that is saying a lot!

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 17:56 UTC
On article Instagramer makes $15,000 in one day by selling prints (119 comments in total)

Sorry, I know that art is in the eye of the beholder, but I wouldn't pay $150 for a set of ALLof his work, much less just one. It's no wonder he was broke. I'll admit that he does have a handful of interesting shots on instagram, but most if his stuff is average at best.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2014 at 16:38 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies
On article Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores (195 comments in total)

To everyone who says that the service had gone downhill and the staff were arrogant:
How many times do you think you can beat the staff over the head about how the internet is cheaper and better stocked and doesn't charge sales tax before you stress them out until their performance begins to suffer?

I just left a brick and mortar camera store job after 10 years in the business and it was like coming up for air. I feel like I got water-boarded every day for the last ten years. (No offense intended to anyone who has ever really been tortured). It was very stressful to hear every day that you didn't measure up to online, and it did make me grouchy and arrogant. You can only take so much criticism before it affects you.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 02:57 UTC as 68th comment | 1 reply
On article Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores (195 comments in total)
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DanielFjall: It happens all the time. If you ain't big you just can't compete - especially in the US.

Yep, you're part of the problem, mvrbnsn.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 02:39 UTC
On article Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores (195 comments in total)
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DotCom Editor: I'll stick with B&H and Hunt's, as I've done for years.

I wouldn't expect Hunt's to last long.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 02:30 UTC

After reading the comments here, I am amazed at all the "MILC are the future" posts. Take note, people: Canon, the company with the LEAST presence Iin the MILC market is the strongest in the industry. They continue to put out 18mp Rebels with incremental upgrades to speed and features (mainly video). I'm not saying that MILC aren't good, but the average consumer doesn't even know what that means. We, the photo gear heads, (and if you're reading this, you are one) represent 1% of the market. I think Sony and Fuji should be applauded for innovative new designs, but 99% of consumers don't realize or care that an A7 isn't an SLR. To them it's a dedicated camera that they have to decide to buy, and then decide to carry (an option) when a cellphone with a capable-for-90%-of-their-needs-camera is a passive decision that they won't leave home without. For the average consumer, carrying a seperate camera, wether compact, MILC, or SLR is a thing of the past. Even if you use the larest greatest MILC, you're still a dinosaur to the masses. Just like view camera users were when 35mm came out.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 11:51 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
On article CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Sigma DP2 Quattro (249 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: Accepting the Quattro shape require breaking the mental barriers of usual and expected.
I've jig saw approximate shape from piece of wood and I'm surprised how quickly the initial confusion turned to acceptance and, in fact, delight with every consecutive try.
Of course, there is different weight distribution in camera with lens compared with a piece of wood without control layout but I would like to caution the first impressions reviewers from jumping the gun based on first grab.
Give this design time to sink in and you'll be surprised...

Oops. disregard.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 16:47 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7 Review (1600 comments in total)

I think I'll wait for the rebadged Hasselblad "Venus" version. I like exotic wood, and am trying to get rid of $9500. I'll probably have to wait another year, too.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 17:31 UTC as 80th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon AW1 First Impressions Review (590 comments in total)
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goloby: 1/60 flash sync. Ha, good luck getting sharp results at that speed

You don't really understand flash, do you goloby? The flash duration, which is responsible for freezing the action, is much faster than 1/60 (usualy 1/200-1/1000 second). 1/60 is just the amount of time the shutter stays open for the ambient light (background) exposure. This will rarely be a problem underwater.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2014 at 18:28 UTC
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