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User6972787751: dpreview used to be such a great site, now, it's the last site I visit.....

Please do tell which sites are you visiting that are better - thanks in advance.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 11:20 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (377 comments in total)
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Antek R: I am trying to post an image of my first camera, Polish-made Druh (a 6cm x 6cm box camera) but somehow pasting pictures does not seem to work here.

As a registered reader you are given your own Gallery in Dpreview
Look for it in the second last Item on the Menu Bar
Upload you photograph to your Gallery then link it across here.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2017 at 13:10 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (377 comments in total)

My first real camera was a Pentax SLR Spotmatic with a Super Takumar 50 f1.4 in 1971, I had that for about a year then sold it to upgrade to a Spotmatic II with a SMC Takuma 50 f1.4 in 1972. Ten years on Pentax abandon M42 screw mount lens, no upgrade path. so I switched to Nikon in 1983 with the F3HP and a Nikkor 50 f1.8.
My first digital was a Canon A70 a 3.4mp P&S camera. Bought my first DSLR in 2004 - that was a Nikon D70 with the Nikon AF 18-70 kit lens followed by a D300s in 2009 and currently using a D800 bought in 2013. Time to upgrade whenever Nikon's ready with a D8xx replacement.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2017 at 13:01 UTC as 75th comment
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technotic: Never heard of it so won't miss it. Sorry.

My local public library always has the latest copy on their magazine rack - but we can not borrow it until the next issue is on display - so I normally borrow a few back copies whenever I go in there. I sometimes read the British publication Amateur Photography - but never bought any copy, it was not the same as MP.
When MP died part of the phonographic culture died with it - luckily Herbert resurfaced over in PP saved a lot of heartache - must have brought a huge readership over at the time.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 00:11 UTC
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deserthawk742: When Modern Photography magazine suddenly closed, my consolation was that Pop Photo was still there. Now, there's nothing else.

Mariano - Ads are part of the package - many people including me reading them
there were no eBay, no internet, no websites - how else could we shop for our stuff. Now we don't have classified but we have pop-ups, banners - magazines and websites can't survive without advertising money.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 23:59 UTC
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larrytusaz: I hate towels, I really REALLY hate towels.

I used to read Modern Photography a lot in the early 80s. I loved the camera reviews, the catalog in the back, and "Keppler's SLR Notebook." He did an article where he advocated going through your slides and throwing away those out-of-focus shots as part of culling your collection but also as part of striving for excellence and not settling for mediocrity. I use that idea a lot when my wife gets mad if I delete a photo of our kids which is blurry (doesn't happen with me me but it happens to her ALL the time).

I agree with your wife - a blurry photo is much better than no photo at all
I have a few photos taken during the war while we were running from the advancing enemy. The prints are B&W, blurry and very small - taken with a half frame. Yes remove those fail images provided that you have something similar in their places.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 23:50 UTC
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StevenN: I have every edition of Modern Photography's and Popular Photography's annual Top Cameras issue dating back to 1983. When they would arrive in the mail, I would read them over and over for weeks.

When I was a kid in the 1950's, I would sit in my father's darkroom where he kept his Pop Photos and drool over the advertisements for Rollei's, Yashicas, Minoltas, Contaxes, Topcons, etc., for hours. What memories.

Yes you remind me - we tech heads can't miss that annual bumper edition I have a few myself.

My interest in photography goes back a long way since I bought my first SLR - a Pentax Spotmatic in 1971 with that came Modern Photography. Being an US publication we in Australia had to wait weeks for it to appear on the newsstand in limited number and only in big newsagents. The big topic then was home color printing with many articles written by Herbert. The emerging electronic circuitry and auto focus brought many interesting and ground breaking inventions.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 11:53 UTC

I must admit ever since I discovered Dpreview I stopped buying photographic magazines, only when some special editions that caught my eyes. My local Library stock latest copies of the Pop magazine so I always make sure I have a good read - I shall miss it

I wish to thank the magazine generations of people behind it for the last 80 years including the advertisers. You are the back bone of the photographic industry - keep the light going while we are forced to go through so many changes.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 07:01 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply

I used to buy Modern Photography not so much Popular Photography.
Love Hebert Keppler - Not only the content even the ads in the back of the magazine made good reading. I used to flick through the ads and wished I could buy the equipment at the rock bottom prices offered to the American.
Today with the internet all retailers have their own website - no one buys magazine for the classified so goes the big revenue that keeps the magazine alive.

Sad to see it goes but that the way today.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 13:49 UTC as 93rd comment
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villagranvicent: A digital F3HP please.

You got your Df - don't think NK will make a F3 digital - F3 is a one solid metal camera - I still love mine - cost me AUD$1000 back in 1982 - I was earning only AUD$24,000 before tax pa then.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 13:28 UTC
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brycesteiner: I remember when we DSLR photographers would laugh at the people using 'puny' little SD cards. Real photographers and 'Pro' cameras use only CF cards!

Configure my D800 to send Raw file to CF and JPG to SD
Raw file at 45MB is 3 times larger than the correspondent JPG. Until Nikon can eliminate camera body noise picked up by the on-board Mic video is not considered.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 04:23 UTC

Looking back I've found that Nikon have always been very low key in their celebration,
For the 75th Anniversary they produced a new 50mm f1.4 but for the 80th Anniversary all we had was a Logo

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 00:16 UTC as 31st comment
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Stejo: Wow. Did you see that body cap? They mean business.

Wow - problem is I can't seem to locate mine ones - every camera body has a lens on it.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 11:59 UTC

So Nikon 100th Anniversary is a paint job.
Would any one buy them ? and if they do would they dare using them - the paint may come off.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 07:59 UTC as 97th comment | 1 reply

Should concentrate on making a mirrorless using APS-C sensor and interchangeable lenses - similar size to the DL - DL is always a questionable product

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 02:49 UTC as 129th comment
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perfectionist007: I just don't understand the reason to make it for only Macs.

Double the asking price if it's made by Apple

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 23:36 UTC
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perfectionist007: I just don't understand the reason to make it for only Macs.

Mac Users: they need a specially designed keyboard - won't know what to do with an overlay.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 21:00 UTC
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OahuCameraGuy: Because the filter itself has to screw into a metal ring, you need to buy a ring for every filter you have?

Filter costs upward to $100 each I would rather have it securely screwed in - magnetic never strong enough and if it is too strong then you would have a hard time pulling them apart - don't really see the need. it is a solution looking for a problem !

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 12:09 UTC
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FOTONOTO: Does the magnet affect the electromagnetic components of lenses and bodies? Such as aperture, linear motor, or IBIS´╝č

I am sure it was intended to be a joke - however with cars panel made of aluminium, plastic and carbon fibre I doubt the filter attracted to it magnetically

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 12:02 UTC
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robspeed750: HMMM maybe I won't get new wheels and tires for the car this year....

No get your priority right - a set of worn tyres won't get you very far !

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 02:54 UTC
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