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A 10-year old camera isn't so bad -- that's 50 years younger than the astronaut, and he seems OK!

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 05:40 UTC as 12th comment
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sh10453: I have had an eBay account almost since it was founded.
Aside from one bad purchase in 1999 or 2000 (seller was from Reno Nevada, if it makes a difference, and was banned from eBay since that time), I haven't had any issues that eBay or PayPal couldn't resolve satisfactorily, and I have made hundreds of purchases, including some $multi-thousand ones.
Most important is to look at the buyer's or the seller's feedback/history, over how many transactions.
I won't bother with sellers who have 98% or less positive feedback, but I also look at that negative feedback, because some of it could be unfair, coming from unreasonable buyers.
All you need is just some common sense.
There are scammers out there of course, but there are many more decent and honest people who are trying to make a living.

Personally, I would NEVER use Venmo to make a payment (or to accept one) in a sale transaction. I just do not trust Venmo.

Weirdly, Venmo is owned by PayPal, but doesn't offer the same protections as PayPal does.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 06:10 UTC
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Toselli: I'd like to know how much the test varies after dpreview publicized it to us, that I think we are not the average people as far as those things are concerned!

When I did it, it had a specific question about photography interest.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 22:09 UTC
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upptick: I think "post processing" is part of photography and the degree to which a photograph is manipulated before it becomes "fraudulent," per se, is debatable, seems to me.

In the instructions when they illustrated the types of manipulations you would see, they didn't go into that type of thing.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 21:50 UTC


Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 21:50 UTC as 130th comment
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net1994: 8 out of 10! It's all about the shadows.

At least one had a non-shadow manipulation, in my case.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 21:49 UTC
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BadScience: "what gender do you identify as?"

what is the point of this nonsense? Is there going to be some analysis about how those with gender dysphoria view photographs? No...because they don't ask the simple question about what sex the person is, so any information they get about gender identity is irrelvent.

Stopped after this nonsense.

Unless they are really interested in correlation between ability to identify manipulated photos and what gender someone identifies as.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 21:48 UTC
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T3: I see A9 as initially starting off as a second body for a lot of pros. That's one "in" that the A9 has- adaptability. Would a Canon user ever get a Nikon body as a second body? Or vice versa? No, because there's no possibility of adaptability between them. So this is one way that A9 gets its foot in the door, a way that isn't really available to DSLRs.

Not sure why you are saying that it's presented as either/or. If you read to the end of the article, they also present the scenarios where you keep your lenses and get Sony bodies, or you replace one of your Canon bodies with a Sony.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 17:00 UTC
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megared: better dynamic range goes to fuji follow this link

What are they doing to get the flat response from 3200-12800?

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 03:11 UTC
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Stanislav Evstatiev: Just HAD to comment on this!
1. Compare? No? What's the ...
2. Low light (noise) performance - Just sliding a tiny bit down and seeing the text will give you a whole new level on how noise and contrast are a whole different level on the medium format.
3. Tiny vs FF in macro should give ADEQUATE understanding of FF vs MEDIUM? What is wrong with this word actually... Yep, they might be not sufficently bright lenses in the medium format to match 1.2 on FF, but how many 1.2 FF with more than a finger tip center sharpness can You list?
4. Portrait lens obviously start at 50mm for the most and goes to 100 mm for some pretty obvious perspective distortion reasons. Yes I've shot portraits with 8mm and it works - but these are not my USUAL ones :-) I've thought You shot the same shot along with the Fuji GFX 50S with Fujifilm GF 63mm f/2.8 R WR Lens on it? No? You didn't? Then what is the point of showing some sunset light unrelated portrait shot with one of the three best of FF world cameras?

The one on the right is the GFX, though its not totally blind, as I saw the other photos in the article.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 03:09 UTC
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jleom: From today:


The difference is that is someone is a jerk in a regular job, the consequences are quite a bit less severe. Usually no beatings, arrests, shootings, etc. There's a higher bar when there's more power involved; like how you have to get a license to drive a car, but not with a bike, because the consequences of messing up will have less of an effect on others.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 01:34 UTC
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panchorancho: I film police all the time, just get a small unobtrusive camera. You can't expect low IQ government employees to understand complicated concepts like the Constitution and civil rights!

"What other profession has an error rate of a few questionable deaths/mistakes/faults out of 12 million actions?"

Many of them -- like teaching, working in a store, etc. Most of those professions usually don't involve weapons being carried on a daily basis, which boosts the likelihood of a serious injury or death when something goes wrong.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 01:31 UTC
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Angrymagpie: The third picture of the Chinese opera singer putting on make-up is documentary photography at its best. I strive to uphold to such a standard.

I think it would be easy to take a picture *like* that one, but it might not have all the elements that would make it as good.

(Though there could also be better similar photos that weren't in the contest, as well.)

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 19:14 UTC
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Scott Eaton: Good luck finding somebody locally to process the stuff, and if somebody wants me to set up a line for them I'm too expensive.

I stopped shooting E100 years before digital because Astia / Provia were light years better films. Fuji grabbed so much Kodak market share because E100's mediocre image quality and ancient materials like Kodachrome stuck around so long because of it. Truth hurts.

So, in a nutshell what this means is those of you who still haven't figured out digital can dust off your F3's and Leica's, and fill another shoe box or two with a bunch of processed 24x36mm emulsion in cardboard frames you can't do anything with because along with the demise of film processing few labs do film scanning, and those that still do will certainly do a dismal job. When you see retail scan of 35mm reversal film printed on paper you'll run screaming for your smartphone. Nothing like taking digital pictures of film vs the original scene because to some idiots that makes sense.

There's Dwayne's Photo in Kansas, which was also the last lab to develop Kodachrome

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 06:49 UTC

What is the green/magenta noise(?) in image #4 (the wheat). Is it moire? JPEG artifacts? lens flare?

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 04:29 UTC as 58th comment | 1 reply
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Trk: Let's be honest here, photo won because boy is from Africa, multicultural/migrant situation in EU, esp. UK. Photo does not communicate anything else. Complete nivelization od photography.
Rishi's review portrait photos are million times better.
I hope Donald's influence arrives soon here in EU.

How do you all feel about the previous winners?


Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 00:18 UTC
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shigzeo: I guess I see myself in the winning image: fifteen or whatnot and sick of wearing the necktie and of the photographer. Wanting to get back to messing about with mates. But in all of that, the 37 year-old me is wondering: what's special about this winning image? What cultural or school-daze story does it really tell? Am I missing something? Is the entire story told in the frumpy suit, the tilted tie, the petulant look? If so, I've got dozens of winning portraits from my days in school taken by nothing more than snapshot school photographers with umbrellas.

> It's all PC, obvious statement about changing populace.

Not sure this has anything to do with changing populace. It was taken in South Africa, I think he is pretty much typical for the populace.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 00:12 UTC
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biza43: Great images, and worthy winners. For all the nay-sayers:

Go out there, do better, come back, and share your great images...

I think the idea of people posting their own pictures is a good one. I'm not saying those picture would be better or worse, but it would be a lot more interesting than a bunch of complaining.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 00:08 UTC
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jonny1976: what surprise and amazed me evrytime i see this award, i took part in many win sometimes also, is the complete lack of joy.
in the last 10 years every big award has been given to photo and theme who lack joy and happiness, colors.
I'm pretty sure photographer like mccurry in these era would have been completed undiscovered.

Though his most famous photo, the Afghan girl, is the opposite of joy.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 00:01 UTC
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fpvnoob: Political correctness gone mad, I see this all the time.

At school they used to let the scruffy kid hold the rugby ball in school photos because they felt sorry for him and knew it would be nice and encouraging.

It won because the kid was black and the judge was probably some lesbian liberal who wants to heal the world.

Nothing to see here kids but just more evidence on why America voted trump.
People are sick of the BS.

The doomsday clock has not changed. There was a meeting this week to discuss it, but any changes will not be announced until next year.


Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 05:09 UTC
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