Daniel Bliss

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luigibozi: Epochal invention. RIP.

(As a joke/To think about)
Could anyone get this small piece of info:
how much did he pay for those university programs?
If you know what I mean...

If you're talking about cost of attendance, it's a good question. Since around the mid 1990s the cost in real terms, inflation-adjusted of course, of going to university has tripled in the United States. Opportunity, therefore, is being narrowed, along with social mobility going into decline, just as the supply of good jobs for graduates starts to tighten.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2020 at 23:18 UTC

So is this coming out for Nikon and Canon mirrorless? Or are we seeing a groundswell of third-party lenses to promote Sony and the L-mount and knock the big two out? In any case, nice to see Sigma get down to a reasonable size on this class of lens and back to a broad standard filter size and the specs are solid as well.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2020 at 22:26 UTC as 4th comment

One thing I'd missed earlier in this Sony decision is their 400/2.8, or, more specifically, its weight. This is a 400/2.8 that weighs the same as everyone else's 300/2.8 and is less front heavy than any of them due to elements two, four and six being flourite and due to elements two and three being set back with the middle batch of elements instead of right behind the front element, which now is very lonely. This moves a huge amount of weight back and makes it by far the most manageable lens in its otherwise bloated class. That, combined with the speed of the A9's autofocus and the lack of native mirrorless super-telephotos in other brands, made this a pretty clear decision at least for the staff sports photographers if AP was going to go exclusively mirrorless all at once. What I find interesting though is why they decided not to phase into mirrorless using Nikon and Canon's very full-featured adapters.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2020 at 18:33 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
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User1234567890: Wooden stake through Nikon's ❤️

Bonus: DPR forgot to post a9 ii review. 😰

AP has been mostly Canon until now.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2020 at 15:01 UTC

A new 24/2.8, 105/2.5 and a better 24-85, perhaps with a constant f4, would all be really nice to have in Nikon. Of course at this point they're more likely to come in mirrorless, but the 24-85 in particular in DSLR ought to be updated. The nice thing about smaller lenses is they will make full-frame more competitive in ergonomics with smaller formats and that ought to be of particular interest to Nikon as they seek to consolidate the Z line; as should DX Z lenses. Nikon needs this stuff to keep people from getting distracted with small format options from the likes of Canon, Fujifilm and Sony.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2020 at 03:15 UTC as 81st comment
On article Nikon interview: "We’re at a transitional stage" (494 comments in total)

Sounds like Nikon are fixing to repeat their DX DSLR mistake of no small prime lenses with the mirrorless. Hope I'm wrong.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 23:49 UTC as 79th comment | 6 replies
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KZ7: It's possible that the delays are related to factories shutting down in China due to the current pandemic.
We have an issue with medical equipment delivery because of this. Mindray just confirmed to us delays in equipment delivery due to their factory being temporarily shut down.

All it takes is one batch of circuit boards sitting in a crate at Wuhan airport waiting for a flight to Sendai.....

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2020 at 04:04 UTC
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Vanitas Photo: Funny they go after B&H but not do anything against the larger corporaitons which use tax havens to avoid paying a dime in taxes, as an example many videogame companies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFKnv1YzI3k&feature=emb_title

It's easier to enforce tax law on a company that's inside your jurisdiction than one that isn't.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2019 at 13:50 UTC

This was the last iPhone before official IP water resistance came in with the 7. It sat outside for 13 months getting rained and snowed on, and still powered right up. That's pretty impressive.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2019 at 22:52 UTC as 42nd comment | 13 replies

They must have had the old logo for 40 years. The allusion to a camera shutter in the letter "o" probably was wearing thin given how much Adorama and just about every other camera store has expanded in scope.

Of course with the new branding it means less distraction from the fact that the Adorama and B&H sites have become functionally quite similar in the last few years.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2019 at 14:45 UTC as 10th comment
On article DPReview TV: Canon EOS 90D review (206 comments in total)

"Those are actually mergansers, not duckies -- just so you know." LOL

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2019 at 14:05 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Nikon Z 35mm F1.8 S Review (363 comments in total)

As I've suspected the Nikon doesn't improve all that much on the 35/1.8 for F-mount, though I think they come off looking decent compared to Sony here. The standout in this test is the Canon 1.4 II, showing the possibilities still there for DSLR mounts.

Where Nikon has excelled so far on mirrorless is with the mid-range zooms. Everything else as far as I can see is a function of the price point to which it is designed.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2019 at 21:45 UTC as 11th comment
On article Sony a7R IV: What you need to know (763 comments in total)

Very few people need or even want 61MP. D-range is always handy, but what will make or break this camera is whether it takes care of the basics -- minimal lag time, faster autofocus and so on. And with such a file size, probably the quality of the small-RAW will be of interest too. If Sony doesn't check all these boxes, this will just be an iteration; if Sony do check these boxes, it will be a very impressive all-in-one solution.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2019 at 23:35 UTC as 63rd comment | 1 reply

So the way Canon managed those eye-poppingly good market share stats, only two or three points off peaks from five or six years ago, was by basically giving the product away. OK, then.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2019 at 23:31 UTC as 126th comment | 1 reply

If they'd just bring out the vertical grip they promised and sort out the firmware so the camera doesn't have to ask you special permission to focus-track, they'd be well on the way as it is.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2019 at 23:08 UTC as 67th comment | 2 replies

Seems like something where regulators should be checking for competition, given that this is taking, if I'm not mistaken, probably the two biggest brands on the net for printing images and merging them.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2019 at 04:25 UTC as 5th comment
On photo Rocky Top Mt. in the Best Photo of the Week... challenge (28 comments in total)

OK, I officially need to take a trip to Oregon. Overall, a wonderful capture. I'd also suggest, from this rather tight angle you are positioned at, to try various exposures at different focal lengths on that zoom length. I think in this particular situation, settings in the 35 to 60mm range would really work well, preserving that sweep of the foreground but lessening the distraction on the left-hand side of the image.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2019 at 13:02 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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blink667: Hopefully this is going to start a trend with other merchants who sell online.

I think you misunderstand. B&H makes very clear they continue to submit the sales tax to each state. What they're effectively doing is eating a bigger cost for shipments to nine percent California than for 6.25 percent Illinois, which in turn is bigger than for five percent Massachusetts. The real impact of this is going to be on bricks-and-mortar camera and electronics stores in high-sales-tax states.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2019 at 01:53 UTC

The public's cavalier approach to copyright when it comes to photos is a big problem for photography. In the end it's a form of plagiarism by members public and especially by celebrities that is very damaging to the photographer. At its most basic level, give attribution to the source where attribution is due!

Link | Posted on May 16, 2019 at 17:05 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply

So Type B goes forward for the higher end DSLR and mirrorless market as the current standard, then. I wonder, in practice, what will prove to be the threshold, point of pain, whatever, between A and B? At 29mm the standard B cards are just a touch wider than SD and I wonder if that's kind of been behind the design choices to almost never include two of them. Yup, I hope makers of smaller cameras take a good hard look at Type A and where they are now with SD....but will they?

Type C? Almost the form factor of an SSD device and the capacity to match, no doubt--a studio or TV network's dream for video but not a paragon of portability.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2019 at 12:15 UTC as 5th comment
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