Tom_A

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On article Through the lens of black women photographers (203 comments in total)
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a1shot: Who would even consider this Title? -- Bad Choice --
The camera & photographer should remain colorless and in the background...

It is interesting for photography because your background and environment will influence the kind of art you make. Hence I don't see the issue.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 10:36 UTC
On article Through the lens of black women photographers (203 comments in total)
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Just A Number: Like WOW, just WOW! Like, I can't even!

I suppose it was just a matter of time until even photography gear sites get targeted by social justice warriors, feminists and the likes.

@dpreview: Do you really think it is a good idea to politicize a photography gear review site?

Time to pack up and move on, I guess. For me at least.

It is interesting for photography because your background and environment will influence the kind of art you make. Hence I don't see the issue.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 10:35 UTC
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Tom_A: I had an xe1 which makes wonderful pics but its AF is a bit too slow for photographing kids. Hence recently I bought the xt2 (graphite edition, yes it is vain!) and it is superb, and moreover everyone of my friends who eagerly tried mine briefly, was immediately impressed.

Fujica, how it works is not important. Fact is that my xe1 had slow AF compared to many of its contemporaries. I didn't mind then.
Brw I am a fuji dan myself with 3 medium format film fujis.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 11:35 UTC
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Tom_A: I had an xe1 which makes wonderful pics but its AF is a bit too slow for photographing kids. Hence recently I bought the xt2 (graphite edition, yes it is vain!) and it is superb, and moreover everyone of my friends who eagerly tried mine briefly, was immediately impressed.

Hi I mentioned xe1 not xa1
But yes 4 years old.
Not fair to compare to now? Well even my D200 which was already geriatric then could focus quicker. I didn't mind that much then because it makes lovely images (still does) BUT I didn't have kids then. My new xt2 however is quick enough and its images look even better.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 01:09 UTC

I had an xe1 which makes wonderful pics but its AF is a bit too slow for photographing kids. Hence recently I bought the xt2 (graphite edition, yes it is vain!) and it is superb, and moreover everyone of my friends who eagerly tried mine briefly, was immediately impressed.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 03:25 UTC as 25th comment | 6 replies
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Mariano Pacifico: Mirrorless buyers are new to cameras ... newbies buy Mirrorless because it is new tech DSLR is soooo yesterday only oldies buy 'em.

Dude I had plenty of slrs and a d200 dslr. I went fuji for the more compact experience and great almost analogue colours.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 03:17 UTC

Open sourcing it would be a good alrernative, then a group of enthusiasts can maintain it.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 05:26 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (637 comments in total)

It looks like an interesting extra camera to lug along for the truly committed, though I cannot imagine using it as my only camera.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 15:27 UTC as 165th comment | 2 replies
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beavertown: This camera deserves a big YAWN.

Indeed and when it gets dirty, just hold it under the tap. Try to donthzt woth a dslr.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 08:35 UTC
On article Shipment delays hint at new Apple MacBook Pro models (2 comments in total)

Probably more maximum RAM as well.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 06:49 UTC as 1st comment
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beavertown: This camera deserves a big YAWN.

Why? It is an interesting companion for a dusty backpacking holiday.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 06:38 UTC
On article Steve Huff: 'Why I love my Micro Four Thirds System' (60 comments in total)
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captura: A fair article, but why is there no mention of Panasonic?

Because he mentions his own cameras.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 10:40 UTC

Tangential to this, I may have used a ton of cameras over the years, and somehow Inmade my most interesting photos with a classic film Rolleiflex. The slowing down with its all manual operation and also because of the mirror image really makes you think more. And technically the output was fabulous.

My dream camera? A classic 2.8F Xenotar Rolleiflex with a sensor. Perfect contemplative walkaround camera!

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 11:56 UTC as 5th comment
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iAPX: So now we know the lifetime expectancy for a Leica M9 : 5 years.

My old Nikon D300 had a better warranty out-of-the-box (and is still in use, 10 years later).

hating much?
I think they offer a reasonable solution. would a d800 sensor replacement and general overhaul cost less than 982 euro after 5 years? not sure...

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 13:46 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (808 comments in total)
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Tonio Loewald: What continues to boggle my mind is that there were plenty of "full frame" film cameras you could stick in a pocket and yet a full frame camera that isn't enormous is a revelation today. Sure, the film cameras didn't have much electronics in them but they did have to make space for film and winding mechanisms.

A complexity is that light should fall perpendicular on a sensor for best results, this was not an issue for film,
Sensor and pcb is also thicker than film. And typically you want a screen on the back.

But indeed, imagine the MjuII with a sensor. APS size would be ok. It would be a hit!

Link | Posted on May 21, 2017 at 18:12 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (808 comments in total)

Some great choices.
While I had a reflex camera, I brought the Mju2 on backpacking trips. It
Even had spot metering.
My suggestions to add:
- Fuji GA645. Easier for traveling than the Mamiya in the article. Excellent.
Like a big AF compact in use.
-Nikon F3. Perhaps the prettiest slr ever?
- Canon T90. Luigi Colani's incredible design
- Leica R8/R9. Very nice to work with SLRs, simple and relaxing. Really quite something in the hand.
- Yashica T5. The analog era's X100!
- any Rolleiflex 3.5 because smaller and lighter than the 2.8 models at only 1/2 stop slower, and the same splendid quality. I made some of my best photos with one and still use it from time to time.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2017 at 18:08 UTC as 178th comment

A few weeks ago I bought the XT2 (graphite edition - indeed a vanity and indulgence) which replaces my XE1, which in turn replaced my D200. And I occasionally still use a mountain of film nikons and medium format rolleiflex and film fujis.
I have to say that it gives fabulous results. My fuji lenses (35 1.4, 23 1.4, 18-55 2.8-4 and a recent 50 f2 are of course decent lenses and they shine on this body. What I appreciate especially is that unless the light is difficult, its wonderful jpeg output is totally sufficient. I also like its traditional operation style, it feels like my classic Nikon F3 in use.
My main upgrade reason to upgrade from the xe1 is AF speed. The xe1 gave nice pictures as well but difficult to use around hopping children. Though as the article mentions, older lenses focus slower though still quicker than the xe1. In practice this holds the 35 1.4 and the 23 1.4 a bit back though they give splendid pictures in the end. The kit zoom is quick enough and the more recent 50f2 is truly fast.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 12:49 UTC as 55th comment
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ramonjsantiago: "85mm F1.2 is equivalent to 67mm F0.95"
How is that? Maybe its equivalent to to a 67mm F1.2.

To be more complete
This 85mm f1.2 will:

- measure light like any f1.2, it won't be magically quicker
- have the angle of view of a traditional FF 67mm
- all the while it will show the perspective "flattening" of a 85, hence the image will look quite different than a ff 67mm
- wide open will have approx the dof of a full frame 67mm f0.95. I think this may depend innthe focus distance, but less sure about that.

Light gathering, light per image etc are unimportant concepts.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 01:15 UTC
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ramonjsantiago: "85mm F1.2 is equivalent to 67mm F0.95"
How is that? Maybe its equivalent to to a 67mm F1.2.

I don't like all that aperture equivalence, it can be utterly misleading, it is important to state that it is an equivalence for depth of field.
Otherwise it is the same aperture of the lens for light metering. It won't let you take photos in the dark like a 0.9 lens would. Light per image equivalence is not important.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 00:49 UTC
On article Trends to watch at NAB 2017 (25 comments in total)

Would be cool if Blackmagic launches a new Pocket Cinema camera...

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 10:56 UTC as 14th comment
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