Tom_A

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On article Flickr Marketplace image licensing program shuttered (91 comments in total)
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JeremiahL: Given Yahoo's history with their other acquisitions, and some of their decisions with Flickr, it's really amazing that Flickr is still around.

I was happily paying for a "Pro" account that I rarely used until Yahoo stepped in and cancelled it a few years back.

Fortunately I moved everything over to SmugMug a long time ago. I keep the Flickr around because there's no reason to delete it.

Sonyshine, run out and find me that child!
(Actually a Groucho Marx joke)

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 01:00 UTC
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Tom_A: This is a rebranded chinese product.
I still have and occasionally use a classic Rolleiflex, which was probably the camera that gave me most joy. Compact for being medium format, very high quality results, - such a pleasure to see the results in the darkroom, usable without tripod, and a camera that made me slow down.
For me a perfect medium format "dream" camera would be a Rolleiflex with a full 6X6 sensor behind it (36p is more than enough)

Joe, I agree about a classic rolleiflex being a superb companion.
The results are so very good.
Even back then in the 1990s when i mainly used it, many people thought the Leica M6 was the ultimate walkaround camera, and of course it was great. However I found the mechanical construction of a rolleiflex at least as impressive as an M6 and the results, at least for pictures where you can take a bit of time, blew all the 35mm cameras away.
Btw an SL66 was splendid but a nightmare to get serviced nowadays. Don't be tempted.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 02:50 UTC

This is a rebranded chinese product.
I still have and occasionally use a classic Rolleiflex, which was probably the camera that gave me most joy. Compact for being medium format, very high quality results, - such a pleasure to see the results in the darkroom, usable without tripod, and a camera that made me slow down.
For me a perfect medium format "dream" camera would be a Rolleiflex with a full 6X6 sensor behind it (36p is more than enough)

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 21:47 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies
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padang: I don't get it.

What is the point of a larger sensor which gives you 1 extra stop of light vs fullframe, but the lensea are 1 stop slower ?

Dudes. Please. F4 is f4, if you use a hand light meter you don't need to set the film/sensor size. It will expose like f4.
Only equivalence of note is for depth of field.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 09:17 UTC
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qwertyasdf: This is a medium format with the best pedigree IMO (Better than Hassy)
Just look at the impressive range of MFs offered by Fuji in the film days,
The GW645 is my all time favorite film camera, I also have the GW690,
but I still lust after the GX617 and the monster GX680.

O, it would be so good if they made this a megasized X-Pro2 rather than X-T2

I also love the the film medium format fujis. I have and still enjoy the mechanical GW645, GW690III and the autofocus GA645
Excellent travel cameras!

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 07:51 UTC
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kristof93: 1.7x larger sensor (and relatively low resolution) isn't really worth all the hassle this brings over well developed FF systems that have brighter lenses anyway.

Kristof, frankly, what are your credentials? Don't you think it is ever so slightly arrogant that you as an amateur user if a mft system understand it better than pros who would be prepared to pay for this? Google: Dunning-Kruger for the symptoms I see here.
The low iso quality and dr and the subtle tonality of even a "small" mf system like this is beyond the FF experience. Just like an FF system pictures will look better than a same generation mft or aps system.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 01:39 UTC
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TN Args: Yes yes yes. Although the Hasselblad would be extremely tempting as the price points seem to be in the same ballpark. Blad is far more compact and its leaf shutter is vibrationless unlike the Fuji -- and no chance of shutter shock.

Good on you Fuji.

I can imagine they would also add a lens with shutter eventually to the range.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 00:12 UTC
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kristof93: 1.7x larger sensor (and relatively low resolution) isn't really worth all the hassle this brings over well developed FF systems that have brighter lenses anyway.

It's not that simple, typically MF sensors can deliver a subtle tonality that is beyond what you'd get with admittedly already great FF cameras.
Do you really think that the target audience for this kind of camera knows less about photography than you do?

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 00:10 UTC
On article This film camera is 100% 3D-printed, including the lens (142 comments in total)

Despite resulting limitations, a very cool project, for example check the shutter mechanism on his blog!
I can see in the future and with better 3d printing tech other designs coming like medium format bodies etc. Very cool.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 07:48 UTC as 31st comment
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)
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Tom_A: The quality is pretty good for a camera that you can always have with you, without any effort.
Of course out dslrs are better, but at least I don't have mine with me all the time. In practice I take many pictures with my iphone 6+, 2 generations older yet within its limitations also quite good. I use it when simply on the go such as on the way towards a business meeting if I notice something interesting. It's really quite good as a backup camera, it is also very easy to share and with apps like hipstamatic I can immediately make a decent conversion to black and white or other processing.
Here are 2 pictures I quickly grabbed with the iphone in 2 airports when coming back from business trips, both postprocessed in hipstamatic. I think they look quite acceptable. Yes my fuji or a scan from my medium format film cameras would be better, but i don't carry them in my suit pocket. For info these pictures were shot through glass, you can notice that a bit for example in the sky.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160909/df237c3414cdf01e3a8752122c1ca7da.jpg

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160909/6deb89b5b038a6da08e6eeffb7da48a4.jpg
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Actually I don't disagree with what you say. My dslr is better, less "thin" as you call it. But, as a backup device that I always have with me, it is quite acceptable; and now v7 is 2 generations newer which from the samples should yield even more acceptable image quality for a non-primary device, and likely sufficient for basic users without any real photography interest.

If you are interested, here are some ore of my iphone pics. I had posted these links in a previous thread on the topic.
The first one below is taken at the same place as my number 2 above, yet I prefer this zoomed one into the above scene because it becomes abstract even while suffering from the digital zoom:

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Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 07:30 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)
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Tom_A: The quality is pretty good for a camera that you can always have with you, without any effort.
Of course out dslrs are better, but at least I don't have mine with me all the time. In practice I take many pictures with my iphone 6+, 2 generations older yet within its limitations also quite good. I use it when simply on the go such as on the way towards a business meeting if I notice something interesting. It's really quite good as a backup camera, it is also very easy to share and with apps like hipstamatic I can immediately make a decent conversion to black and white or other processing.
Here are 2 pictures I quickly grabbed with the iphone in 2 airports when coming back from business trips, both postprocessed in hipstamatic. I think they look quite acceptable. Yes my fuji or a scan from my medium format film cameras would be better, but i don't carry them in my suit pocket. For info these pictures were shot through glass, you can notice that a bit for example in the sky.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160909/df237c3414cdf01e3a8752122c1ca7da.jpg

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160909/6deb89b5b038a6da08e6eeffb7da48a4.jpg
Here

Yes it is true, picture 2 uses a specific setting in hipstamatic i sometimes use to get a warm "Thelma & Louise" kind of vibe.
I think that the app in example 1 and 3 (just above) can do nice b&w conversions without me needing to spend time in photoshop.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 07:01 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)
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Tom_A: The quality is pretty good for a camera that you can always have with you, without any effort.
Of course out dslrs are better, but at least I don't have mine with me all the time. In practice I take many pictures with my iphone 6+, 2 generations older yet within its limitations also quite good. I use it when simply on the go such as on the way towards a business meeting if I notice something interesting. It's really quite good as a backup camera, it is also very easy to share and with apps like hipstamatic I can immediately make a decent conversion to black and white or other processing.
Here are 2 pictures I quickly grabbed with the iphone in 2 airports when coming back from business trips, both postprocessed in hipstamatic. I think they look quite acceptable. Yes my fuji or a scan from my medium format film cameras would be better, but i don't carry them in my suit pocket. For info these pictures were shot through glass, you can notice that a bit for example in the sky.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160909/df237c3414cdf01e3a8752122c1ca7da.jpg

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160909/6deb89b5b038a6da08e6eeffb7da48a4.jpg
Here

Here is another example taken in a popular holiday destination. I mainly
Used my dslr, this one made with the iphone was to quickly share.
I think it looks quite ok, not embarrassing. In fact I printed it at approx 20x20cm in a photo album and it looks good.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160913/0aeb715447b0a74ebea8edc51b66062b.jpg

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 06:58 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)

The quality is pretty good for a camera that you can always have with you, without any effort.
Of course out dslrs are better, but at least I don't have mine with me all the time. In practice I take many pictures with my iphone 6+, 2 generations older yet within its limitations also quite good. I use it when simply on the go such as on the way towards a business meeting if I notice something interesting. It's really quite good as a backup camera, it is also very easy to share and with apps like hipstamatic I can immediately make a decent conversion to black and white or other processing.
Here are 2 pictures I quickly grabbed with the iphone in 2 airports when coming back from business trips, both postprocessed in hipstamatic. I think they look quite acceptable. Yes my fuji or a scan from my medium format film cameras would be better, but i don't carry them in my suit pocket. For info these pictures were shot through glass, you can notice that a bit for example in the sky.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160909/df237c3414cdf01e3a8752122c1ca7da.jpg

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160909/6deb89b5b038a6da08e6eeffb7da48a4.jpg
Here

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 06:39 UTC as 76th comment | 8 replies
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Bassman2003: Yes, another semi-advertisement article on the front page. Yes, it has to do with photography (kind of...) but I really don't care. Apple people always think their products are at the center of the universe, so it is a self fulfilling prophecy.

Their I-world revolves around every product cycle so it has to be a game changer.

I am being harsh and joking a bit, but seriously, I still do not care. :)

If youbreally don't care, why do you bother replying?

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 15:44 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (946 comments in total)

Because I see that some react very disparagingly about iphone pictures and what it does to photo "culture", here are some that I took the last few months simply because I only had the phone (6+, 2 generations old) with me. All postprocessed directly on the phone with apps.
I think the quality is ok, and while a proper camera would have been better, this was the only camera to hand then. Your brutally honest feedback please!

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http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160909/df237c3414cdf01e3a8752122c1ca7da.jpg

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160909/6deb89b5b038a6da08e6eeffb7da48a4.jpg

Actually, while I like the previous one, I prefer this zoomed one into the above scene because it becomes abstract even while suffering from the digital zoom:

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160909/7ebebf75268d06e7282945233b0d7137.jpg

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160909/3cc82c083fef3c56e823202f6e844bcf.jpg

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Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 05:22 UTC as 36th comment | 3 replies
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (946 comments in total)

The sample gallery looks really good - all taken in Hong Kong from the looks of it.
I currently have the iphone 6+, it is not my "serious" digital camera, and in addition I still enjoy my medium format film cameras. But, I always have it with me. Occasionally I make pictures with it even when on the way to a business meeting. Within its limitations of DOF and low light, the quality can be convincing. In fact I recently made a printed "best of" book with the Printastic app and the quality is perfectly acceptable. The creativity of the photo will elicit more feedback than the technical perfection.
I also sometimes quickly convert to black and white directly on the phone, using the hipstamatic app - this one has a few very convincing combinations to convert to b&w, and thus i only do it in photoshop at home for some of my best pictures, to really get the most of it when needed.

What all this leads to: very happy with another incremental camera quality increase in the iphone. This one is 2 generations newer than mine and will lool better already, i will probably only upgrade at the next iteration.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 05:21 UTC as 37th comment
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (946 comments in total)

The sample gallery looks really good - all taken in Hong Kong from the looks of it.
I currently have the iphone 6+, it is not my "serious" digital camera, and in addition I still enjoy my medium format film cameras. But, I always have it with me. Occasionally I make pictures with it even when on the way to a business meeting. Within its limitations of DOF and low light, the quality can be convincing. In fact I recently made a printed "best of" book with the Printastic app and the quality is perfectly acceptable. The creativity of the photo will elicit more feedback than the technical perfection.
I also sometimes quickly convert to black and white directly on the phone, using the hipstamatic app - this one has a few very convincing combinations to convert to b&w, and thus i only do it in photoshop at home for some of my best pictures, to really get the most of it when needed.

What all this leads to: very happy with another incremental camera quality increase in the iphone. This one is 2 generations newer than mine and will lool better already, i will probably only upgrade at the next iteration.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 04:53 UTC as 40th comment
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nofumble: 23 x 1.5 = 35 on FF. OK

I shouldn t bother to respond to the f2*1.5 = f3 comment but it just gets on my nerves.
It is f2 for light meter, which is the key element. If you use a hand held light meter you don't have to set the film/sensor size. F2 is f2.

Only the DOF difference could be useful to calculate.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 21:08 UTC
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Tom_A: While I had nikon slrs back then, it was the mju-II I brought in my backpacking holidays. By using the spot metering and AE lock it was possible to sidestep the limitations of the all auto system in tricky situations. Very very good camera with an excellent lens. A pity that the article only shows it open, it looks so marvelously sculpted when closed. And that offered a good lens protection.
A mju-II in digital with the addition of a small screen at the back would be an awesome travel compact.

Also on a later backpacking trip I brought a fuji 6x4.5 AF medium format rangefinder camera. Bigger of course but still more manageable than an slr because rather flat, and it was the mju-II that had previously taught me that a simple fixed lens camera could be an awesome travel companion.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2016 at 08:33 UTC
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Tom_A: While I had nikon slrs back then, it was the mju-II I brought in my backpacking holidays. By using the spot metering and AE lock it was possible to sidestep the limitations of the all auto system in tricky situations. Very very good camera with an excellent lens. A pity that the article only shows it open, it looks so marvelously sculpted when closed. And that offered a good lens protection.
A mju-II in digital with the addition of a small screen at the back would be an awesome travel compact.

I forgot to mention its one drawback. With the flash just next to the lens, red eyes were a given.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2016 at 08:31 UTC
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