Xeexon

Joined on Oct 5, 2012

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On article Lensbaby unveils Creative Bokeh and Sweet 80 optics (28 comments in total)
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Najinsky: Why are beautiful girls being used to promote this? Didn't we just have an extended thread about how Nikon's sexism will ruin them?

For me personally, the meme of an ugly bloke behind the lens, and a beautiful girl in front of it works pretty well. But I'm not selfish and I understand that my memes are not everyone else's memes.

Please can you post some shots of a fat ugly bloke also demonstrating that sweet bokeh? I'm sure this will go a long way in explaining the important difference between a technical feature and an exploitative one.

Holy crap! That’s like 40 articles ago! Clearly, it was one of the most successful publicity stunts of all time.

Way to go, Nikon!!!

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 00:14 UTC

Would be interested to understand quality of the light (CRI etc) of this vs traditional flash.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 12:34 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply

I'm holding out for the Muncie, In edition.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 17:20 UTC as 127th comment | 1 reply
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mick232: Pathetic attempt of being funny.

Pathetic attempt at meta self criticism

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 17:16 UTC
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mick232: Pathetic attempt of being funny.

Pathetic attempt at meta meta criticism

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 17:16 UTC
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mick232: Pathetic attempt of being funny.

Pathetic attempt at meta criticism.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 17:15 UTC
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photosen: So jews discriminating against non-jews... No lessons learned from their own history?

Yes, you read that article absolutely correctly and appropriately confirmed your own beliefs. Article also said they murdered Christ and drank the blood of Christian children.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 22:02 UTC
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huyzer: If he wasn't a famous photographer, would this photo do anything for you?
It's an interesting and uniquely shaped pepper. But for me, it's not that aesthetically pleasing.

*while = whole

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 18:40 UTC
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huyzer: If he wasn't a famous photographer, would this photo do anything for you?
It's an interesting and uniquely shaped pepper. But for me, it's not that aesthetically pleasing.

I think the artistic quality is enhanced because they DO tell you it's a pepper: looking at it, the shape simultaneously looks organic/alive/moving AND as if it were made of stone. The shapes simultaneously evoke the feeling of something human (embracing lovers, a dance, childbirth) AND something alien/insect/scorpion like. And after you go through this while thought process...you again remember that it's just a pepper!

Pretty amazing, in my eyes!

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 18:38 UTC
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Xeexon: We did this to ourselves. We were whiny, ungrateful, hyper-critical trolls who loved dpreview so much that we destroyed it via the comments section.

This is why we can't have nice things.

Generally, I agree with the premise- and this particular article is more photo/photo tech related than most of the 'fluff' pieces- but I can't help but notice that original content is gradually becoming supplanted by these bits, and these whimsical articles are being presented with a diminishing amount of analysis- e.g. 'See this video on YouTube'. Which adds little value, in my opinion.

Of course, one could use the analogy of a photog's portfolio: if you have three Magnum worthy photos and 200 carelessly framed snapshots, I would argue that having the 200 there does detract from the three good ones- and your credibility as a photographer overall. But that's just one perspective.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 11:10 UTC
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Xeexon: We did this to ourselves. We were whiny, ungrateful, hyper-critical trolls who loved dpreview so much that we destroyed it via the comments section.

This is why we can't have nice things.

@tech - in short (maybe), perhaps you've noticed what a few other posters continue to point out from time to time: that dpreview has recently become more of an aggregator of internet flotsam and jetsam rather than a producer of high quality original content and insightful commentary. I liken it to the NYTimes becoming Yahoo! News. Sadly, there's probably a sound economics argument for this change- but I'm imagining a whimsical scenario where dpreview is doing it to punish us for our ungrateful behavior vis a vis the negative, snarky cesspool that the comments section has historically been.

So, in conclusion, that's why we can't have nice things. Bring on the cat videos.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 23:23 UTC

We did this to ourselves. We were whiny, ungrateful, hyper-critical trolls who loved dpreview so much that we destroyed it via the comments section.

This is why we can't have nice things.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 20:23 UTC as 36th comment | 10 replies
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huyzer: Go big, or go home.
I'm talking about the guy's hair. :)

He's hiding at least six GoPros in there. That's next generation stuff...

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2017 at 18:45 UTC

Ben is a great photographer who creates beautiful images and is doing things that I (random internet person) could never do. I appreciate his commitment to social change and helping other people.

With that said, I feel like the concept of native peoples being adversely affected by climate change gets a bit lost here: in spite of the 'indigenous' person standing in the middle of a burning hot lava flow, he seems powerful and in control (impressive feat by the model), like he belongs there, not precarious and vulnerable- which would seem more in keeping with the intended concept.

Either way, cool looking images. Great work under extreme conditions.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2016 at 02:59 UTC as 4th comment
On article Quick review: Nextbit Robin camera (45 comments in total)
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PeaceKeeper: I have yet to figure out why the public is more comfortable with the horribly ambiguous sounding "cloud" as opposed to, say, "distributed file service", or "integrated file server".

Clouds are fluffy and I can see them! Sounds like a good place to store my data!

I have an excellent solution- it's subtly brilliant (though you have to trust me). There is a Google Chrome extension called 'Cloud to Butt'', and how it works is by changing every occurrence of 'The Cloud' you come across to 'the Butt'. That's it.

I always forget I have it and almost die of laughter every few months. Happy clouding.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2016 at 05:27 UTC

Beautiful talk - really gets at the heart of why I liked photography: a subtle magic that is honest-to-goodness real. Your soul touches the soul of your surroundings, you learn about the world and about yourself, you develop that 'magical' intuition and vision that allows you to slow down and capture the moments between moments. The world is constantly speaking truth to us, but that truth is often a painful space in which to exist - so we collapse the moments with distraction and life becomes a race to the finish. It's inspirational to see someone who is brave enough to follow truth, to live truly.

Thank you for posting this - dearly needed and appreciated.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2016 at 18:08 UTC as 22nd comment

I'm with all those who say it's a new format altogether-why else would they go on and on about all the firsts of this company and then use 'brand new format' (all errors notwithstanding)? As improbable as it seems, I think it's even more improbable that whoever wrote this press release has the capacity to be ironic.

Ricoh/Pentax isn't afraid to innovate, beyond even what was already mentioned. There's the Theta, Q series, (nearly) disruptively inexpensive medium format, pro level features in a reasonably priced consumer camera, all the games they play with IBIS, etc... Not all these are great, but you cannot accuse Pentax of being afraid to try something new.

A new sensor format niche would also seem logical vis a vis competing in a nearly saturated full frame market.

Call me what you will, but here's hoping that this is more than just a stall tactic. At least for this bleeding heart Pentaxian, something new (and good) would be a very welcome concession after years of waiting.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 02:35 UTC as 73rd comment | 7 replies
On article Readers' Showcase: Tom Goodman (91 comments in total)

It's refreshing to see a return to portraying photography as what it is: an artistic medium.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2015 at 01:07 UTC as 36th comment | 3 replies

I propose a dpreview drinking game: 1) Prepare your drink of choice 2) Randomly select an article on this site and go directly to the comments section. 3) Take one shot or sip (however bad your night is going) for each time someone makes a comment related to FF equivalent focal length or size of image circle, two shots for a dissertation on depth of field/angle of view, and three to five for complaints on how much dpreview slanders their camera system of choice.

Who's with me?

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 03:36 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
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