DtEW

Joined on Feb 17, 2012
About me:

After 5+ years of active participation, I will no longer participate-in nor visit this website on any regular basis for what it has turned into. What started off merely as differential approaches to forum rule/etiquette enforcement between camera marques, has turned into a fanboy trolls' paradise when people found they could pretty much do anything to disrupt one brand's discussion forum due to that forum's laissez-faire (non)management, while knowing their own brand's forum would stay peaceful and productive from active and strident enforcement of rules/etiquette.

As such, DPR is effectively (if not intentionally) partisan against the camera marque community I wish to be involved in. Therefore they will not get my business (unless it's unavoidable).

At least to one user, you have become un-favorite-ed, DPR.

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Leo Pan: it is a condom for a camera

Let's hope it doesn't reduce the camera's sensitivity. :P

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2017 at 08:19 UTC
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DtEW: This wouldn't be for for any sort of serious diving, as the water pressure would depress all the buttons. I don't think that's who they're marketing to, though.

Assuming reasonable durability, I can see some interesting applications with waterfalls (Yosemite's-Mist-Trail/Kings-Canyon's-Mist-Falls/Niagara-Falls come to mind), tidepools, rafting/kayaking, and canyoneering.

For protection against extreme-misting, splashes, and the occasional submersion, this product should offer more protection and better flexibility (pun unintended) over typical rain covers, but without incurring the cost/weight/bulk of full dive casings.

(For the purposes of canyoneering, you are already traversing/downclimbing extremely complicated terrain with a 30+ lbs pack of just ropes and descending equipment. Last time I took a camera into a technical slot canyon I incurred an 8 pound penalty on top of everything with the camera and pelican-type equipment case. I had to had somebody else sherpa my tripod).

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And water pressure builds up faster than you think.

At 10m of depth, water exerts an extra ~15lbs/sq. inch of pressure over atmospheric pressure. Few buttons are 1 sq. in in surface area, but bigger surfaces (think top LCD, battery hatch, card hatch, etc. ) are definitely larger than 1 sq. in. You think you can load those surfaces up with 15 lbs of pressure?

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2017 at 20:47 UTC
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DtEW: This wouldn't be for for any sort of serious diving, as the water pressure would depress all the buttons. I don't think that's who they're marketing to, though.

Assuming reasonable durability, I can see some interesting applications with waterfalls (Yosemite's-Mist-Trail/Kings-Canyon's-Mist-Falls/Niagara-Falls come to mind), tidepools, rafting/kayaking, and canyoneering.

For protection against extreme-misting, splashes, and the occasional submersion, this product should offer more protection and better flexibility (pun unintended) over typical rain covers, but without incurring the cost/weight/bulk of full dive casings.

(For the purposes of canyoneering, you are already traversing/downclimbing extremely complicated terrain with a 30+ lbs pack of just ropes and descending equipment. Last time I took a camera into a technical slot canyon I incurred an 8 pound penalty on top of everything with the camera and pelican-type equipment case. I had to had somebody else sherpa my tripod).

spatz, you should probably read their disclaimer and warranty with better care.

http://www.outex.com/learn-more/

"Outex is ideal for rain, dust, dirt, mud, snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, and it works well even under water. Outex products were not designed as deep-diving or scuba gear,and it does not protect your equipment against severe underwater pressure..."

"LIMITATIONS: The Outex product seal is certified up to 33 feet (10 meters), but water pressure... is not protected by Outex."

The cover is rated IP08 to protect against water intrusion to 10m, but they repeatedly and explicitly disclaim against protecting the camera against water pressure (and it is obvious to anyone that this can only be the case with this type of product). Do you understand the difference?

Before the camera reaches the point of having its weaker surfaces pushed-in by water pressure (eg. hatches), the buttons will be depressed first, rendering the camera useless for diving at even moderate depths.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2017 at 20:40 UTC

This wouldn't be for for any sort of serious diving, as the water pressure would depress all the buttons. I don't think that's who they're marketing to, though.

Assuming reasonable durability, I can see some interesting applications with waterfalls (Yosemite's-Mist-Trail/Kings-Canyon's-Mist-Falls/Niagara-Falls come to mind), tidepools, rafting/kayaking, and canyoneering.

For protection against extreme-misting, splashes, and the occasional submersion, this product should offer more protection and better flexibility (pun unintended) over typical rain covers, but without incurring the cost/weight/bulk of full dive casings.

(For the purposes of canyoneering, you are already traversing/downclimbing extremely complicated terrain with a 30+ lbs pack of just ropes and descending equipment. Last time I took a camera into a technical slot canyon I incurred an 8 pound penalty on top of everything with the camera and pelican-type equipment case. I had to had somebody else sherpa my tripod).

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2017 at 20:54 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies
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DtEW: Whereas Tannen will receive damages from his suit against CBS, CBS won't with their retaliatory suit.

It all comes down to how much economic damage the copyright violator does to the value of the copyright holder's IP with their infringement. It is easy for any court to see that the former is substantial, and the latter is inconsequential. It is possible that the retaliatory suit will be thrown out of court given the right judge. Or not.

But it's basically harassment through legal channels. CBS can still do Tannen a lot of economic damage (but they might only receive a peppercorn, i.e. token award) though the might of their legal dept.

oldfashioned, guess it flew over your head that I was talking about the mechanism of damage calculation (and why CBS is merely being vindictive rather than trying to recoup real losses) rather than any issues of morality.

https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/copyright-infringement-how-damages-determined.html

It's a little quaint to agonize over morality in a discussion about lawsuits. ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2017 at 16:00 UTC

Whereas Tannen will receive damages from his suit against CBS, CBS won't with their retaliatory suit.

It all comes down to how much economic damage the copyright violator does to the value of the copyright holder's IP with their infringement. It is easy for any court to see that the former is substantial, and the latter is inconsequential. It is possible that the retaliatory suit will be thrown out of court given the right judge. Or not.

But it's basically harassment through legal channels. CBS can still do Tannen a lot of economic damage (but they might only receive a peppercorn, i.e. token award) though the might of their legal dept.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2017 at 05:00 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies

Attach a strap and make an eyepatch out of it.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 17:31 UTC as 35th comment | 4 replies
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Fishchris: And he used a 6D, cool ☺

You might both be right.

A camera is a tool that facilitates creative expression. A good tool is efficient, robust, reliable, and as free of quirks (which represent bumps and potholes in the creative process that you have to otherwise negotiate) as is possible.

I mean, I have a bunch of high-quality tools in my workshop that might have been exciting for the week after I got each one... but a tool is a tool, and ultimately it itself is not very interesting. Their value lies in what they enable me to do, and the creative doors that are opened.

Obviously, some quality about the the 6D enabled Can Tuncer to go above-and-beyond merely pointing his camera at the usual/trite scene/portrait/etc. and instead invest money, time and effort to achieve something beyond the norm.

Now, a thing that is exciting in itself is either a toy (i.e. something built to amuse), or the user hasn't mastered it yet... so there are still undiscovered aspects/abilities/effects that will surprise and delight.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 23:43 UTC
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mick232: Pathetic attempt of being funny.

Critical attempt of meta pathos

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 17:43 UTC
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DtEW: This approach is great if one's idea of photography is limited to <2mpx JPEGs shared on social media. Or printed on a 4x6 postcard.

But it's totally the wrong approach if the photographer was at all serious about monetizing his work (i.e. in any sizable print). Because it's pretty horrendous with any semi-close inspection.

Assuming the shot was not massively cropped (which it doesn't seem to be, given that each pane is 2670x4000px = 2:3) I'd throw all my gear in the trash if my downsized-to-10mpx file looked like that.

That's why you use GNDs or multi-exposure techniques. So you don't have to pull shadows into sh!t-at-anything-other-than-web-presentation-size territory like that.

landscaper1, you're the one that's either missed the point, or are showing your low standards as to what is acceptable on inspection.

In case this has escaped your memory, you can *equally* push shadows from sensors both high and low in DR capabilities. The only difference is one will look better and the other will look worse on inspection.

The fact that this result looks bad on inspection actually shows how "today's sensor" remains inadequate to use in this shooting technique-free, post-process-only way.

It's like Evel Knieval trying to jump 20 cars, but crashing and burning... with you proclaiming that I'm missing the point that Harley Davidson was making through his sponsorship: that it's really a show of how powerful his motorcycle is.

Anybody who isn't instantly-gullible by the argument-framing will realize that, no, his motorcycle actually wasn't powerful enough. That's the only thing the results succeeded in showing. He should've utilized a different technique.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 18:23 UTC

This approach is great if one's idea of photography is limited to <2mpx JPEGs shared on social media. Or printed on a 4x6 postcard.

But it's totally the wrong approach if the photographer was at all serious about monetizing his work (i.e. in any sizable print). Because it's pretty horrendous with any semi-close inspection.

Assuming the shot was not massively cropped (which it doesn't seem to be, given that each pane is 2670x4000px = 2:3) I'd throw all my gear in the trash if my downsized-to-10mpx file looked like that.

That's why you use GNDs or multi-exposure techniques. So you don't have to pull shadows into sh!t-at-anything-other-than-web-presentation-size territory like that.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 17:57 UTC as 61st comment | 8 replies

I can't watch the video from work, but I wonder whether the show addressed the issue of reciprocity failure (of either a 6-minute or 6-hour exposure) , and what that would've meant for developing the shot?

I'm thinking he must've done it like an ultra-dry Martini: opening a bottle of developer nearby and hand-wafting over some of the fumes. ;)

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 17:44 UTC as 13th comment
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davids8560: The last time I was there, I was told photography was not allowed in the store. I mean, it's a camera store! That was it for me. Just taking some random tourist shots. You know, here I am at the most amazing camera store in the world, etc. They had a problem with that. It reminded me of that line from the classic, satirical, thermonuclear war movie, 'Dr. Strangelove': "Gentlemen! You can't fight in here! This is the war room!"

I think some of that is paranoia against illegal intentions (prep for robbery, terrorism, etc.)... but it seems more in-vogue these days on any private property.

I was once in Costco (Costco!) shopping for TVs and I didn't care to write down every price and model number. So I took out my phone and started snapping pics of the price badges (an easy way of taking notes I've used in many places) so I can do my research comparing features at home on the Internet.

An employee stopped me.

And of course I didn't buy my TV from there.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 20:28 UTC
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J A C S: "B&H Foto 'systematically discriminated' against Asian, black, and female jobseekers, instead hiring only male Hispanic workers in its entry-level positions."

There is an elephant is in this room.

Well, the elephant is also being discriminated-against.

"B&H promoted and compensated its Hispanic workers at a significantly lower rate than comparable white workers, leading to lower pay, fewer opportunities to advance and a near-total exclusion of Hispanic workers from higher level clerical, managerial and supervisory positions. Hispanic employees were also subjected to racist remarks, degrading comments and harassment at the worksite."

https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/20160225-2

It sounds like the management was hiring people on racial/gender stereotypes and exploitability.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 20:20 UTC
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Neez: Well, I won't be buying from them anymore.

Seriously.

The last order I made from them (yesterday) is the last order I'm going to make from them.

It's not like it's at all hard to opt for an equivalent service at equivalent prices (read: Adorama).

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 19:42 UTC
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dennis tennis: The most oppressed, enslaved group in the history of the world, is the American, white Christian heterosexual men who built this country and are how harassed, maligned and oppressed. Let's not forget that the true victims here are the peaceful protesters, with their guns, marching to support the one truly great leader, President of the Free World, Donald Trump. The vicious alt left with their fascist agenda, secretly armed by Obama with high tech military grade weaponry descended up these helpless patriots. Hundred to Patriots were killed, thousands were wounded but the fake Press created this shameful piece of fiction, the "car event", as authentic as the fake moon landings. The truth is that Obama has divert ed hundred of billions of tax payers' dollars into a secret program to arm liberal fascists with the latest weapons of mass destruction and they are preparing to take over America. Swear absolute loyalty to Trump before it is too late.

As somebody who has seen "dennis tennis" post in the forums, I can tell you that it's all sarcasm (he's probably somebody's alt-nick). Normally it's completely obvious... but for this subject matter he's strayed into Poe's Law.

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Poe's_Law

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 15:15 UTC
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Michiel953: Gruesome, so sad. Nothing to add really. Thanks to DPR for posting this.

Terkwoiz, you sound young and brash behind a screen, yet eager to rationalize your own lazy cowardice by passing judgement on others with more principled conviction and balls than you'll ever have.

(Everyone can play the name-calling game.)

That's all I have to say to you forever.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 23:38 UTC
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Mssimo: f11 is for old timers or hippies shooting film.

Obvious troll is obvious.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 21:59 UTC
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Michiel953: Gruesome, so sad. Nothing to add really. Thanks to DPR for posting this.

Terkwoiz, you're a funny guy, thinking that one can sit at home "fightin' the fight" on your keyboard, and letting the fascists take the streets unopposed. No, the lack of tangible pushback won't possibly embolden the fascists to make more dramatic moves. No, the meeker half- and crypto-racists won't gain confidence from those un-opposed displays and join them. No, overt racism and racist terror won't become normalized. Nope. Just express your disdain from the safety of your home.

You seem to think that people clashing on the streets is about as bad as it could get, and therefore is to be avoided at all costs. I'm merely telling you that anybody who has been a member of a persecuted group will tell you: you are laughably wrong. If you don't meet the fascists on the streets and show society that people resisting at every turn... the fascists and racists will eventually come to your door when everybody grows numb.

You really don't possess any historical perspective, do you?

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 21:42 UTC
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Lisa Kiehls: I have never seen / heard of this magazine. Perhaps that's part of the problem?

Indeed. I *just* found out that they existed from this blog-icle, and went to check them out for the first time ever.

I liked what they were doing so much, I downloaded all 60 issues (~1.2Gb worth!) to put in my phone. Really wish I knew of their existence earlier and could have contributed to their solvency.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 20:26 UTC
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