onlooker

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Blackdog68: Interesting article, but I have a hard time believing it would have been written if the exact same camera were introduced by Canon or Nikon as their new, super premium mirrorless MF system. Let's see a serious comparison of highlight rolloff in a real life studio setting. Seems the point of the article is to defend FF, which is perfectly fine, and may be true, especially for enthusiasts, but this isn't a camera that an enthusiast is going to buy.

"I have a hard time believing it would have been written if the exact same camera were introduced by Canon or Nikon [...] Seems the point of the article is to defend FF"

No, the point is to explain rationally relative advantages and disadvantages of both, but like rationality in politics, it is lost on the majority of people who consider logic to be conspiracy against hysteria.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 15:38 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (651 comments in total)
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Hellraiser: The lens is a bit outdated. Time to bump its specs a bit? f1.8?

"too used to Sony sharpness" -- What lens?

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 21:58 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (490 comments in total)
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Shlomo Goldwasser: You could have the same fun with a dslr if you turn off autofocus, don't use the viewfinder or liveview, and turn the lens manually 'by estimation'.

Only major difference is that it doesn't have to cost 6000euro for just the body.

"As a bonus you can get surprising compositions" -- I get surprising compositions even when shooting with a viewfinder. :-D

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 15:04 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (490 comments in total)
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Shlomo Goldwasser: You could have the same fun with a dslr if you turn off autofocus, don't use the viewfinder or liveview, and turn the lens manually 'by estimation'.

Only major difference is that it doesn't have to cost 6000euro for just the body.

"Like stated in my proposal, no viewfinder is allowed. I say this because the point is to handicap yourself for 'fun', like the Leica M10 does" -- Actually, Leica has an excellent viewfinder. Too bad I am mildly astigmatic, so the rangefinder method of focusing does not work as quickly and positively for me as it does for others.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 13:55 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (490 comments in total)
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Shlomo Goldwasser: You could have the same fun with a dslr if you turn off autofocus, don't use the viewfinder or liveview, and turn the lens manually 'by estimation'.

Only major difference is that it doesn't have to cost 6000euro for just the body.

(1) Most modern lenses do not have depth of field scale (and some are focus by wire)
(2) If you wanted to raise it to your eye and focus quickly manually, modern day focusing screens are horrid for that purpose

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 11:11 UTC
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onlooker: Wait a cotton-pickin' minute. Did DPR just glance over this part: "The most noted and still ongoing of these projects started in 1994, when Rineke Dijkstra encountered and photographed a six-year-old Bosnian girl named Almerisa Sehric in a Dutch refugee center for asylum-seekers. She has continued to photograph Almerisa every few years, documenting her transition into a teenager, then a young adult becoming a part of Dutch culture, and eventually becoming a mother."

Arrange those photographs in the right order. It changes everything.

"just find someone with a great story" -- But of course, I am not denying that. To vast majority of people it's the story that counts, not fine aspects of your photography. Now combine this story with the hot political topic of mass migration from the Middle East in Europe now (including Sweden), and you have a winner. The "mundane" presentation is the perfect one for this story to win, and ideally suited to the political aspect of it.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 00:50 UTC
On article Leica M10 in Japan: Updated samples gallery (151 comments in total)

It's strange that DPR arranged most of them in a reverse order this time -- post-processed first, then out-of-camera second. That confused me for a bit. Now looking at it I am surprised by more barrel distortion in Summilux 35mm than I expected. Then some photographs are in the opposite order. Then some post-processed have no OOC equivalents at all. It would have been more intuitive to have them all arranged OOC first, then post-processed second.

Also, I will join others requesting that F stop be preserved manually if possible for viewers' education.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 16:36 UTC as 34th comment

Wait a cotton-pickin' minute. Did DPR just glance over this part: "The most noted and still ongoing of these projects started in 1994, when Rineke Dijkstra encountered and photographed a six-year-old Bosnian girl named Almerisa Sehric in a Dutch refugee center for asylum-seekers. She has continued to photograph Almerisa every few years, documenting her transition into a teenager, then a young adult becoming a part of Dutch culture, and eventually becoming a mother."

Arrange those photographs in the right order. It changes everything.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 16:20 UTC as 66th comment | 3 replies
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sop51: It seems Dijkstra spent too much time studying the work of Sally Mann, Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman and Mary Ellen Mark, but failed to understand what they were doing. I have no idea what Dijkstra is trying to accomplish with these portraits. These images have no emotional content, just an overwhelming sense of blandness and banality. Perhaps that's what she's trying to express?

@quietrich -- Where in the world did you read that in sop51's post? If anything, it's the opposite.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 16:10 UTC

Some unusual stuff I noticed in the gallery -- how is it possible that the lens is listed at 100-400, but details show 12 mm focal length (which it obviously is)? Photo 22/72.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 16:11 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies

Shouldn't that be called "The Neil Diamond collection"?

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 17:12 UTC as 15th comment
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TN Args: Very nice, but what's the NG connection?

Also a bit confused by the use of a specific country (mine actually) in the name. It seems unusual thing to do, and not exactly a populous country either. I don't see the commercial logic.

The "Crocodile Dundee appeal". The name Australia is probably supposed to invoke mystique and romance of rugged open spaces.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 17:05 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Canon EOS 77D (446 comments in total)
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Aroart: Wow ... I would be upset if I bought that 80d for Christmas right now.. Shame on you.. Glad I decided on the Fuji XT2..

"Well Fuji makes naming shows it's actually a class lower." -- So your argument is really with the naming convention, then? That's what upsets you?

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 22:54 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Canon EOS 77D (446 comments in total)

Canon, how about you turn it into M77 instead?

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 08:24 UTC as 80th comment
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onlooker: Is it still an interface only a PhD would love?

I don't think there are any cameras in common use that give you options in as raw form as RT, not even close. Look, I know they will have an audience, no doubt.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 23:19 UTC
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onlooker: Is it still an interface only a PhD would love?

Yes, I used it in the past with X-Trans, it produced good results, but it also gave me a headache. I guess it's the jump from using ACR for so many years. ACR/Lightroom tends to isolate you from a lot of this stuff. So yeah, I appreciate all the tools, but to use it one should take a two-week bootcamp first.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 20:19 UTC

Is it still an interface only a PhD would love?

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 19:18 UTC as 38th comment | 4 replies

It may be water repellent, but without side mini-flaps, when carried on your shoulder, the straps pulls on the side walls, and they stick out ready to scoop up rain.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 17:37 UTC as 32nd comment | 2 replies
On article Study: people don't actually like looking at selfies (200 comments in total)
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NJOceanView: I get this totally, and not just selfies. I am stunned by the number of photos, even before smart phone and social media days, that were of person(s) in front of building; person at art museum; person at Eiffel Tower; person at train station. I had a friend who said her family was really into photos, and upon her return from Disney World, had 200 printed (film, pre-digital) photos of her and her family standing here, there, and hither smiling. I have nothing against people doing this if they like it (and they include some of my closest friends who are wonderful people), but I've never figured why they think anyone else would enjoy seeing them. Then add to that all the imageic (sp?) issues with short focal lengths brought about my arm/stick limitations that others have already articulated here, and the issue is exacerbated further.

@agentul -- He was apparently the only one that enjoyed the selfie at the Eiffel Tower.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 22:45 UTC
On article Study: people don't actually like looking at selfies (200 comments in total)
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fiatLuxFoto: Ok. I would like to agree. However, 237 people is not a good enough data set for a social statistical study. You need at least 1,100 to start. This is the same reason why the polls were wrong in the election, the sample set each time a poll was taken was too small.

@Muster -- For the polling companies not to poll battle states to predict electoral results shows that they may understand mathematics but do not understand election polling.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 22:42 UTC
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