Baba Ganoush

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Toni Salmonelli: One question: Since when do words, that have been adopted by other languages, have to be pronounced correct in the new language? ;-)

The Oxford English Dictionary gives for 'bokeh' the same pronunciation as for 'ok'

Not according to Mr. Nagase, at least as I heard the audio track. The O in the word okay is a long-O. But as Mr. Nagase pronounced it, the O in the word bokeh is a short-O, as in the word boss.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 05:52 UTC
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Marty4650: The important question is... does this new iPad have a headphone port?

Yes, it does, according to the Tech Specs listed for the new "iPad" on Apple's Web page.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 02:09 UTC
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trungtran: When will manufacturers make budget telephoto primes. Simpler than zooms to build and better IQ and they can even charge the same price.

@Dragonrider: I'd say the main reason they don't make them is because of physics. A relatively fast telephoto lens requires large diameter curved glass elements, which are expensive to make. The Nikon 300mm f/4 takes a 77mm filter, which is a reasonable size. The front glass elements of a 600mm f/4, however, have to be at least 150mm in diameter. In turn, to build a relatively light weight telephoto requires the use of special materials that are also expensive, like fluorite lenses and magnesium bodies. I don't know how many people would be willing to spend as much as $3K for, say, a light(er) weight f/6.3 500mm lens, perhaps not many, but I would be willing, even if I used the lens only a few times a month. But $10K for the existing Nikon 500mm f/4, which weighs 3 kg, is way out of my comfort zone for an infrequently used lens when photography is my hobby, not my profession.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 22:04 UTC
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trungtran: When will manufacturers make budget telephoto primes. Simpler than zooms to build and better IQ and they can even charge the same price.

@Richard Murdey: But in a sense both Tamron and Sigma have! Tamron sells a 150-600mm zoom for $1400 and Sigma a 150-600mm for $980. Both lenses are very heavy, more than 1900 g. So why don't they design and sell a 600mm prime that's significantly lighter in weight or even a bit optically better and/or faster for around the same or modestly higher price? That's the question @trungtran asked, and I agree with him: why can't we buy a light weight, maybe even fast 600mm prime lens for $2-3K?

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 06:15 UTC
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trungtran: When will manufacturers make budget telephoto primes. Simpler than zooms to build and better IQ and they can even charge the same price.

@Richard Murdey: I'd be willing to spend $2-2.5K for an optically decent Nikkor 400mm f/4 or 500mm f/4 when the only options Nikon offers these days cost more than $10K. Nikon sells a 300mm f/4 FX prime lens for $1500 and another version for $2K. Why not build out the offerings of primes to 400mm and 500mm for the birders among us? Nikon probably already has a portfolio of engineering designs and maybe even an optical bench-tested prototype or two that might suit the purpose. Why not bring them to market? Those products would not directly undercut the market for the expensive pro lenses that few of us can afford.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 03:00 UTC
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Arn: Oh, wow.... How is it even possible for a company like Nikon to make such an amateur mistake and miscalculate development costs? This is pretty much unheard of and I'm sure there is more to the story. More like there was a grave design error that was found too late and was too costly and time consuming to fix. Anyway, this is going to cost Nikon a lot as bad PR.

Such a shame. I have not waited for a camera so eagerly as for the DL series in ages. We would have finally seen some actual competition for the Sony RX-cameras, which have grown to be horribly over priced and frankly boring.

I think there was a power struggle within the company, and the cost cutters won out over the management contingent who supported innovation and new product lines like the DL. The fear of failure won out. But for how long will cost cutting keep Nikon afloat? A couple of new releases like the D5, D810, and D500 should do wonders for the Nikon bottom line over the next few years, but unless there is some forward-thinking, new-concept product already in the R&D pipeline, Nikon as a company will be back in financial crisis 5-10 years from today, if not sooner. Based on recent market shares, Canon has its corporate boot on Nikon's neck. That's got to be mighty uncomfortable for the bosses at Nikon HQ.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 18:24 UTC

I bought quite a number of sets of the XUME rings when they first came out and thought they were very convenient. However, it turned out the adapter rings were made of a different metal than my camera lenses and so they expanded and contracted at a different rate as a function of the ambient temperature. Eventually the adapter rings became so tightly stuck on my lenses, they could not be unthreaded. In one particular case, out of desperation for a solution I put the entire lens in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to cool it down so I could unscrew the adapter and get it off my lens. At that point I put all my XUME rings away and have not used them since. The concept is excellent, but in practice, because of the threading/dethreading issue, they were more trouble to me than they were worth.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 21:10 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies
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Rick Knepper: I assume I am taking a risk every time I strike out on a hike. The NPS sets boundaries for a variety of reasons many of which benefit NPS and their budget.

I don't find the image with the tripod compelling enough to agree with the boundary set by whatever agency did it on the basis of safety. What would be a more compelling deterrent for me is the quality of the composition from that angle. Moving closer would probably set off alarms that I am not going to get anything really useful vs. the risk that I couldn't get back behind the boundary with a long zoom.

There are hidden dangers that can arise if you hike across the lava field of an active eruption (which I have done multiple times, once with Observatory personnel). Apart from the obvious danger of having a bench along the ocean, like the one in the video, collapsing underfoot, there is also the possibility of stepping on a weakened lava tube and having it collapse under your weight. Perhaps all you'd get is a minor scratch or two. But if the tube is large enough, you could fall through its collapsed roof and get seriously hurt, even burned if the interior of the tube is hot. You may be aware of such dangers and willing to chance them, but for many others it's an unfamiliar environment, and for that reason it makes sense for the NPS park rangers to err (if at all) on the side of caution.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 22:00 UTC
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Autriche78: I understand that people have always, and will always, build residences in areas that are inherently more risky than others for a variety of reasons, one of which certainly can be lack of a safer alternative.

What I do not understand is building a business/plant that produces a product requiring very precise technical calibrations in an area that is known to be prone to earthquakes. Even if the building could be made perfectly safe for human workers, which should be the first priority, I would imagine that proofing the assembly process against violent shocks would be prohibitively expensive and likely impossible.

Why not build the plant someplace where there is less likelihood of devastating earthquakes, or at least have more than one plant in operation in diverse locations to have some degree of redundancy?

I am clearly not a businessperson, and realize that maybe the economics of such a solution don't work. It seems to me that adding the cost of such damage and the rebuilding process over repeated instances must certainly be far more costly than the cost of a relocated or second plant...

"Why to live in the US if you have Trump?"

Because he will make America Great Again. Deal with it.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2017 at 00:58 UTC
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justmeMN: Put all (or most) of your "sensor manufacturing eggs" in one basket, then place that basket in the world's most earthquake-prone area. Great business strategy.

Remember the Japanese idea of "Just In Time Inventory" system, where your company carried a barebones inventory of goods in order to minimize inventory capital costs and instead depended on your suppliers to deliver you stuff just in the nick of time when you absolutely needed to have it? For a while it was the newest way to do business, a bit of a fad...until it turned out that in the real world outside of Japan it didn't work so well.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2017 at 00:50 UTC
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CQui: For me a time-lapse is good when it accelerate a slow movement, on this one, flames are only taken at random moment and that kills the effect of time-lapse.

It might have been of interest if we actually saw the lava flowing but the angle necessary for that kind of picture was probably not possible or too dangerous, Real time film or a series of stills would have been probably better for many of the sequences.

You get a better orientation of the flow from a boat on one of the lava boat tours, which is an indication this is not really a "somewhat rare" event. One of the many impressive things about Kilauea volcano on the Big Island is the persistence and consistency of its activity over many decades. Trust me, it's way more thrilling to see it live instead of on video.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 19:05 UTC
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CameraCarl: I sure hope Pete makes a book of his photos.

I believe the photos belong to the government. IIRC, he is not allowed to delete or edit any of his images. All of them go from the camera to a staff that curates them, eventually for the National Archives. A good portion of them will probably be loaned out for exhibit in the Obama Library in Chicago after it has been constructed.

There's not much artistry in his photos, but his job as WH photographer is to record history, to do it quietly and unobtrusively. As the official photographer, he is a visual witness to history but not part of that history. That's probably not always so easy to do.

Personally, I think way too much is made of the entire ritual of recording the daily goings-on of high government officials. These are the ultimate selfies. Let them do their jobs. Period. A few pictures every once in a while when the White House hosts an important foreign dignitary is enough for posterity.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2017 at 06:11 UTC
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NikonD2X: I don’t know if every real Nikon-Fan knows these wonderful two Nikon-videos. It is in Japanese language but no reason not to lean back and enjoy. The videos bring good vibes, better mood. It’s really worth to look!

Enthralling, even without subtitles. Thanks for posting the links.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 06:31 UTC
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juvx: The amount is just a negotiation tactic, they will settle out of court for 200-300k One mil, tops.

Her lawyer is being a jerk. Normally in a situation like this the plaintiff would file for unspecified damages and the court, if it sided with her in the absence of an out-of-court settlement, would award a reasonable compensation figure plus cover her legal costs.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 07:29 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (866 comments in total)
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sirhawkeye64: I feel that Apple is slowly killing itself. It's lost its visionary (Jobs) and really only has a matter of time left before their marketshare falls below double digits. I really seriously wonder if Apple listens to customer input when designing new products. It seems to me that Apple has lost in the business market (unless you're business is media or art), so why don't they just focus on those sectors of the market and design something that nobody else has done, for the photographer or videographer, animation studio, etc. They obviously won't win in the corporate office in many industries (ie. CAD, accounting, etc). It used to be that using Apple computers was like an elite thing or a status symbol but that's slowly dying as people are becoming more fed up with Apple as the years roll on.

"Did you know you needed a smart phone before Apple made one, how about a iPod or the iPad."

I don't need or own any of those three, but I do need a new, upgraded Mac Pro (mine's the perversely designed desktop Trash Can 2013). I will wait patiently to see if Apple deigns to give us new desktop hardware in the next year or two, possibly with a new file system and OS that actually works instead of breaking bundled apps like Safari and Mail, but I have to say the MS machines are beginning to look good to me.

As for the complaint that Apple doesn't listen to its customers, I don't buy that. Its most profitable products are aimed squarely at its most prolific target market, 13 year old girls.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2016 at 02:09 UTC

One of the fall-outs from the concerns with Li-ion batteries is that Amazon will not air-ship certain third-party batteries to places like Hawaii, and they post warning statements on the Web pages for those products. However, their shipping restrictions seem to be applied inconsistently. Sometimes they will refuse to air-ship batteries offered by one vendor but will agree to ship nearly identical batteries that are offered by another vendor. And often the same batteries Amazon refuses to air-ship can be purchased readily from other reputable on-line merchants. Here, for example, is the warning statement Amazon supplies for the Wasabi batteries I recently tried to purchase for a Lumix camera:

"Special Shipping Information: Due to federal and international regulations, this product can only be shipped within the continental United States."

I was able to buy and have air-shipped to me the same batteries from another well known on-line camera dealer.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 18:49 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article BenQ announces 32" 4K high dynamic range monitor (84 comments in total)
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Henry Alekna Photography: If you take off the cost of a monitor like this from the price, the 4K iMac seems like quite a good deal!

@matthew saville: $3K? Heck, with all the bells and whistles (including 20TB of SSD storage in multiple Thunderbolt RAID enclosures), my Mac Pro cost about $10K. And my monitor is an ASUS, just as garygech mentioned. Note his point that Apple no longer sells monitors because a third-party company like ASUS can do it cheaper. But what it really says about Apple, I think, is that the luster of the Apple brand has become tarnished, and people no longer see any reason to be loyal to The Fruit Company. If Apple were as innovative as they used to be, they'd find a way to produce monitors that offer something different people would pay extra for, instead of buying brand X strictly because of a lower price. When it comes to computers, Apple has lost its focus. It is no longer innovating in a way that creates loyalty among its customer base.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 05:54 UTC
On article BenQ announces 32" 4K high dynamic range monitor (84 comments in total)
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Henry Alekna Photography: If you take off the cost of a monitor like this from the price, the 4K iMac seems like quite a good deal!

@ScanSpeak: The comment by garygech below the article you linked at TechRadar should be sobering for all Mac users. I think his comment about the future of the Mac line is quite insightful. Like him, I'm now seriously thinking about the MS Surface Pro line as an eventual replacement for my Mac Pro. I'm not rushing to leave the Mac. However, as Aperture users know from experience, Apple has no compunction about doing unto its users before they do unto Apple.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 03:01 UTC
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marc petzold: Nothing & nobody comes close to Ansel Adams...what he had archived over decades was his legacy, outstanding work, although with the techniques of his time.

I really admire his work since my teenage days. I do like especially his El Captain, Bridalveil Fall, The Tetons and the Snake River, Winter Sunrise and many name just a few photographs of him. Just the note that he was developing negatives for 8-12h a day...says a lot of his personality...he was truly obsessed to archive to get the best results, and quality possibly for his very own standards, a perfectionist.

Hmmm, that sounds like hero worship. I think there are a lot of very excellent photographers working today, who may not yet have Adams' exalted reputation, but their work is outstanding and someday future generations of DP Review readers will be praising them as having no equal. Personally, an Ansel Adams photo reminds me of an Ingmar Bergman film. Ingmar Bergman films are depressing.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2016 at 03:00 UTC
On photo GoldCoast Australia in the Random Items - Challenge20 challenge (8 comments in total)

A rather awkward crouching stance, I'd say, making it look as if her head was pasted after the fact onto another person's body. All a question of timing, I realize, but if I were taking this shot I'd prefer she were standing up a bit taller on the board for a more eye-pleasing composition. (And yes, I do a fair amount of shooting of surfers myself.)

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 21:38 UTC as 2nd comment
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