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photophile: OK - after reading this article, how many of you rushed over to your old camera drawer/bag, fired up an older model you have't touched for a few years and thought - wow, this is wonderful. Then 10 minutes later, started wondering - hmmm....the autofocus takes forever....this screen is tiny...only ISO400 ? and what on earth is a TIFF ?

Well....I did just that with my 13 year old Olympus C-750. I'm still waiting for the TIFF to finish writing on the xD card. Time to put the kettle on - might take a while.

Totally. Thought the chronology is reversed, I recently repaired my old Samsung EX-1 after reviewing some of the excellent photos that came out of that unit. Though it remains slow and sluggish, it produces great images.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 20:48 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: They never heard of drones? (not sure if flying a drone there would be legal either).

As someone else mentioned, do some research first, or perhaps hire a pilot who can help. I can't imagine they didn't know that what they were doing was illegal.

Someone else should be fined for sending out 36 personnel for a potential jumper. Seriously? Thirty-six people for a couple jokers on a bridge? That doesn't seem very efficient.

I'm not sure there were that many law enforcement officers assigned to the Golden Gate Bridge when the apes took over on their way to the redwood forest.

I'm not too surprised by 36 people being brought out to take care of this event. A lot of people tend to be dispatched for emergency events. Even something small and contained like someone with chest pains in an office building will result in 6-12 emergency responders.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 21:07 UTC

Seems like Leica is transitioning from a maker of expensive photography gear to a maker of expensive collectables.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 19:17 UTC as 103rd comment
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composed: Does anyone here use a NAS to serve up your photos?

I have tried them numerous times over the years and found them WAY to slow to be useful in my workflow.

I know what you mean. I have an older (6 years old) Synology box and it is way too slow for direct editing. So instead I work on smaller folders of photos directly on my laptop's super fast SSD and then copy to the Synology NAS when done. It works great as an archive but not very good as a working disk.

This new unit however has significantly faster file transfer rates so maybe it can also be used as a working disk.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 21:26 UTC

I think many commenting here are missing the point. You are not the target market for this product. It is for people with Lomophilia. That's a combination of fetishism over the object (plenty of that in the DPR readership), obsession over the process (some of that here too, but not so much), and a disinterest in acquiring the talents to produce a great image. This camera is primarily a conversation starter.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 15:40 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
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photo_rb: I gues DxOMark needs to add "Test for Flare" to their checklist.

I call focusing on a 1 point difference "myopic metric madness". We see it in my business sector (not photography) too. Customers beat us up about minor differences in metrics. We remind them that they should focus on producing a successful product, not a single metric. Metrics are useful to get a general idea of performance of a single factor, but they don't tell the whole story.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 19:54 UTC
On article Abandoned America: Photographing a forgotten history (76 comments in total)
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Spectro: I like urban and rural decay (building). wished the website linked had more location finder in your area. Granted most are illegal to enter, but still have a gps location and search for buildings in your area.

The problem is that not everyone on the internet will treat these places respectfully. Some will vandalize. Some will squat. Others are arsonists. And even if a visitor is well meaning, not everyone knows how to stay safe in places that are crumbling.

But persist and you will find plenty. Please be safe.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 00:38 UTC
On article Abandoned America: Photographing a forgotten history (76 comments in total)
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Noverdose: How is this subject matter much different, aside from the blood and gore, from Weegie's car crash imagery? It's been postulated that car windshield technology was enhanced by the impact of some of his images. Personally, I don't believe it. I do not see the merit of the relentless documentation of such architectural decay. This is pure voyeurism, nothing more, nothing less. Are some images beautiful, or artful? I suppose. But I can't help but think of the vulture, swooping in on a three day old road kill, when I see modern day ruins, captured by today's breed of urban photographers.
It leaves me cold.

It need not reach everyone to be successful.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 00:31 UTC
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Kavu: Funny how we deride ISIS for destroying valuable artifacts, but then we don't seem to do an adequate job protecting our own precious places.

IS destroying antiquities is deplorable. But not nearly the scale of what they have done to their fellow humans.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 00:15 UTC

Seems like a good ap, but they force you to create an account on their server in order to use this. I don't want to maintain yet another account unless it is required to get the job done, not the case here.

Anyone know whether it is possible to circumvent creating an account?

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 19:56 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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joe6pack: I have a lot more respect to this guy after learning that he never spend > $15 on a camera.

> I'm very curious about how could do that...

It is easy to buy obsolete hardware cheap at flea markets. I built an 8mm camera collection by paying no more than $2 per camera. For a while, then I stepped up to $5 max :-)

The workmanship on some of those cameras is amazing.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 20:06 UTC
On article 19 tips for better live music photography (108 comments in total)
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Paul Petersen: Shooting in manual at bigger shows with dynamic lighting seems illogical.
Although using spot metering, -1-2 EV comp with RAW makes most sense.
Also Upper end Nikon's with highlight weighted metering is the bomb. Wish my 7200 had it.
If back in the crowd at big shows a 70-300VR works fine since their lighting is plenty good and is light enough to handle all night.

I find lighting a challenge too. The lighting at some shows goes up and down 6-8 stops within a few seconds. From all on to all off (when all you can see on the stage are the panel lights on the sound equipment). Best I've been able to do is to meter for the all-on situation and shoot away. Toss out the shots during the dark phase.

Excellent article and thanks for sharing your experience.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 17:05 UTC
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Hugo808: Can we still shoot them down if they fly over private property?

No comment on the legality from the drone side. But firing a bullet into the air in an urban environment is dangerous and illegal. What goes up must come down.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 19:40 UTC
On article Virtual Reality: It's not just for gamers anymore (140 comments in total)

Thanks Dale. Your experience, insight, and good writing combines to create this this interesting and informative article.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2016 at 23:28 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On article Virtual Reality: It's not just for gamers anymore (140 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I realize that DPreview feels that VR is the "wave of the future." And they might be right, 500 years from now. But for the time being, this is just another useless overpriced gimmick for techies, hipsters, and gamers. And probably for the porn industry too.

For the time being, this will end up on the marketplace trash heap, along with 3D TV, Google Glasses, The Segway, Apple Maps, WebTV, and the APS photo system,

I pity the early adopters.

"I pity the early adopters"

I just invested a whole $1.50 in cardboard goggles and can say that I easily got 10X that in enjoyment within the first day. Give it a try and see if it changes your mind.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2016 at 22:15 UTC
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beber: I think it is a great idea. I know the go-pro is not the first choice still camera, but I use mine a lot for things like trips to beach, or around the kids. Its a great close up fun camera. IMO photography should be as much about fun and enjoyment as it is IQ and perfect final products. Which is why I like the go-pro, its fun. Plus there is that old school film excitement of not knowing what your pictures look like until you get home.

With all that said this is awesome at $20, $30, maybe even $40.

At almost $200 this is just dumb.

Yes, at the $200 price point, why not just buy a purpose-built P&S camera. It might even have other useful features like a zoom lens.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2015 at 19:25 UTC
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LeDide: I have a better idea, just a box with a single button. You press it and the box download from internet the photo you should have taken.
There is no reason to clutter the Internet with the zillionth same picture !

Brilliant. It reminds me of the story I heard of seeing a tourist taking a snap of a poster of the Matterhorn on a day too overcast to see the famous peak.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2015 at 19:11 UTC

This seems fixable in firmware. Create a new "lossless compression" option. Make the user aware that it will both slow the camera down and bloat file sizes. That speed-size vs. quality tradeoff is unavoidable.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 00:58 UTC as 201st comment | 1 reply
On article Opinion - Erez Marom: Whatever it Doesn't Take (188 comments in total)

Well yeah, good photos usually do require effort. But it might just be the mental effort required to visualize the scene or choose the right vantage point or composition.

There is something to be said about getting in position where few have tried (my favorite tool there is the bicycle). But once there there's no guarantee that good will come from it. Pre-visualization on the other hand can improve the odds. And rewards the lazy shooter :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 23:59 UTC as 13th comment
On article Winds of Change: Shooting changing landscapes (62 comments in total)

If you're willing to allow man-made stuff intrude into the landscape then you can find shifting landscapes in locations where the times are a`changin. Actually almost every landscape where humans have intervened are changing, some faster than others.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 20:37 UTC as 13th comment
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