Joel Benford

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You don't stand on the outside of the corner at a rally.

In last year's Monte Carlo rally a Spanish photographer was hit and killed standing on the outside of a corner. Nearby spectators warned him to get out of the way, repeatedly, but he wouldn't listen.

Just don't do it.

"Discussions have focused, in part, on how future incidents like this can be avoided,"

By not standing on the outside of corners, duh.

This is his own fault. The fool is lucky he's alive. The rally organizers should not take any blame for this, and they should not incur any future effort or expense relating to this. The matter should be over.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2018 at 23:57 UTC as 90th comment
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Joed700: I think this site is paid by Canon. Why? If you view the images with an iMac, you can leave the mouse pointer on the images for about a second or two, and it will reveal the camera and lens used for the photo. I tried this three times, even though they have different images, it's 99.9% images made by Canon.

This is not to say that Canon doesn't not produce great images, but come on....

You can choose what lens mount you see pictures for, down the bottom.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2017 at 16:24 UTC

I went through two sets of pictures for Sony FE, and it came up with the 55/1.8 both times. I got no argument with that -- love the look of that lens.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2017 at 16:23 UTC as 70th comment
On article PogoCam is the world's smallest wearable camera (37 comments in total)

I don't suppose they saw fit to tell us the focal length or FOV?

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 19:41 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply

Nice gadget.

I figure if you need it, you know you need it.

Personally I'm colourblind and an objective colour temperature reading would sometimes be very useful to me.

Would like an Android version though...

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 16:31 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply

Another "not really medium format" medium format system.

Well, I think Fuji make most of Hassie's lenses these days, so maybe it could become a cheaper alternative to the hassie.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 15:30 UTC as 145th comment | 1 reply
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1651 comments in total)

Well well.

I found all the previous EOS M more than a little comical. But this is an attractive body.
- DPAF for good AF (including video and with any luck low light).
- An EVF, not a toy camera like previous EOS Ms.
- Dynamic range and noise is fine unless you're an outright specialist in low/back light (in which case you should be using full fame).
- Some dials, and a touch screen that can set the focus point quickly. Hello, my Nex-6 with your godawful controls. Hello my flatmate's A6300 which isn't any better. Do you hear the wolf howling?

I wonder if that focus system that will work better with adapted SLR lenses and their jump-not-shuffle motors than the comedy E mount adapters from Sigma/Metabones/etc.

But... Nice looking body, pity about the lenses.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 17:09 UTC as 298th comment
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Androole: Now that copy stands are not really used anymore to reproduce documents, do people actually buy macros in this focal range?

I mean, I guess they're useful enough as walkaround lenses because of the shorter FL, but they're slower and more expensive than the ubiquitous fast normal lenses, and they have a very short working distance for doing actual macro work that can be challenging even for inanimate objects due to shading from the lens.

I have a 55/2.8 Macro that I quite enjoy using, but I'm using it on a 2x crop camera...

I was wondering why anyone would want a 50mm macro now that there are photocopiers... ...and now I know.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 13:51 UTC
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Joel Benford: What is the focal length?

Thanks. It's really strange how the cellphone world seems to have just stopped mentioning focal length on a hell of a lot of their products.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 14:52 UTC

What is the focal length?

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 14:17 UTC as 17th comment | 5 replies

That does look quite interesting.

I wonder how waterproof the zip is.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 19:54 UTC as 33rd comment
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (371 comments in total)

I don't suppose anyone knows the eye relief on the X-T2's viewfinder?

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 12:48 UTC as 67th comment | 2 replies

So Outraged Of Tonbridge Wells lives on dpreview now.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 08:08 UTC as 5th comment

It's nice to see an award for a documentary *series* rather than individual documentary *images*. Although the video documentary has been taking over from the photo essay in recent years as the technology of acquisition and distribution changes, there is life in the old dog yet.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 14:15 UTC as 12th comment
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Stereodesign: No.4 definitely looks wrong, like overexposed flash; a Google for C.E.N.S.U.R.A. Julián Barón takes you to the website with the explanation:
"In that big circus that politics is, photography and censorship are allied to each other in order to manipulate people through the false use of image as a document, using large mass media to subtly but constantly mask those aspects that do not respond to the claims of the parties, blurring and distorting reality.

However, by focusing on a different way on politics and its leaders, trying to use the camera in decomposition, it is also possible to make photography censor censorship and then, negative against negative, offer something positive, some new perspectives on politicians and their superficial status, revealing how the state they defend so hardly vanishes by their actions, their images and all the paraphernalia that surrounds the ivory tower in which they believe they live in."

So now we know.

#4 works for me, I immediately thought "this is making some point about censorship I guess".

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 13:52 UTC

I like the documentary/journalistic images, all strong work.

The "fine art" pictures seem bland, I guess I don't connect with that aesthetic the way the judges do.

Interesting that #3 in the photojournalism category could have done well in a portrait contest, and #8 in the portraits could have easily turned up on a photo essay.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 13:51 UTC as 13th comment
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (271 comments in total)
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dstate1: Screw it..lets do a 50 the diameter of a manhole cover and see just how crazy we can get...m4/3 mount on top of that!

On E mount, with the narrow throat on the mount... vignetting and consequent cat eye bokeh might not improve much.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 16:32 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)
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babart: For $1000 one can acquire a Sigma 50/1.4 plus the Sigma MC-11 adapter for Sony E mount. The MC-11 allows full auto control and works with many of the Art lenses.
If one happens to shoot Fuji, their 35/1.4 (50mm crop value) is $600. If one doesn't mind manual focus a Zeiss Contax 50/1.4 in mint condition can be had for $350. Like several others here I'm not certain I get the $2000 price tag.

Well yes... but I have the Contax/Zeiss 50/1.4 you mention, and it is *really* mushy and ghosty compared to this. Pixel peep it and it looks faulty, even the mint copies. If you stop it down to f/2.8, it doesn't look special against good modern f/2.8 zooms.

It's not really comparable to this lens, other than DoF and raw light gathering. Of course if you only want web output that might be all you need.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 16:25 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)

The vignetting... Not awful, but not the best. That hurts if you want the lens for low light.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 08:38 UTC as 33rd comment | 3 replies
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)
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PB47: This is off topic but I wish 43mm had become the standard kit lens instead of 50mm. There's a Luminous Landscape article about 40mm lenses that mentions an interview with Sally Mann where she says 40mm is "about right" (she mainly shot with an Olympus 40mm for years). I love the full frame images I've seen out of that Pentax 43mm. 43mm just seems like the sweet spot. Pentax nailed it. If only Canon would make a fast 43mm 1.8 STM. That's my dream lens. But only Pentax will do something that weird.

I really like 43mm too, and this is a great bugbear of mine. Alas, the true standard primes on offer all seem to be f/2.8 or similar and as a low light guy I'm looking for something brighter in a prime. For 43mm f/2.8, I can adjust a zoom to the right length.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 08:36 UTC
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