babart

Lives in United States ME, United States
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Has a website at www.brucebartrug.com
Joined on Jun 23, 2008

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Cerebral Knievel: How is bokeh relevant on a 58mm lens? Who shoots portraits with a lens of that length?

@Dave Oddie: Technically speaking, (REALLY technically speaking), the 58 mm will always show the perspective and (potential) distortions of a 58mm lens, whether the sensor crops the image or not. That said, however (and REALLY technically speaking), the cropping by the sensor requires a longer distance between camera and subject to get the same framing as an 85mm on full-frame, so any distortions introduced by the 58mm would largely be mollified. And THAT said, any lens in the 55-65mm range can give a very pleasant head and shoulders portrait, even on full-frame. Await your really technical reply :).

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 14:17 UTC
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Cerebral Knievel: How is bokeh relevant on a 58mm lens? Who shoots portraits with a lens of that length?

I do, too.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 01:45 UTC
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AlanG: That looks pretty easy. Why not just use an old lens? How about a copy of the really old design 200 inch Hale telescope at Mt. Palomar? Now that's lens.

Yeah, and only $2.5million :).

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 01:44 UTC

I applaud Clay's professionalism in his planning and his handling of equipment and setup considering the brief time available to shoot Ms. Lawrence. I see a lot of nay-sayers pontificating below, but one must admit Lawrence is not only a lovely young woman but a good actress. She deserved the award for Winter's Bone. It's gratifying to see her giving money to needy children. Nice shoot, Clay!

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2017 at 21:25 UTC as 71st comment | 1 reply
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cosinaphile: flying standards and regulations with a world wide focus is one thing

collecting personal information for a world wide database of owners and having a pseudogovernment like the un administer it is an entirely different thing

how can anyone conflate the two ? you would almost need antithinking training
to parrot such nonsense

these are moves to slowly institute a worldwide fascist surveillance state
with its headquarters in nyc ...... put the bottle of stupid pills down and ask yourself
what world you wish to bequeath to your descendants

your children....................... your grand children.... youe courage at this moment defines the furure

or you can giggle on cue like a trained monkey and make sarcastic links to aluminium foil sites

a degree of cluelessness and self-abuse that would make the filth trump himself proud with mindless self-promotion and narcissism that would shame any decent human

I see what you mean. I'm a veteran, too, and I don't see this as a world takeover attempt. Rather, I feel it's a silly idea that will never fly.....no pun intended. Why the UN would propose something like this probably has more to do with air travel and potential terrorist activity than with putting everyone in a cage. If the latter were the reason, they wouldn't be "targeting" just the owners of drones. Cheers.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 15:24 UTC
On article iPhone X: What you need to know (409 comments in total)
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babart: All I need to know is that it costs too much.

OK, agreed. Too much for me.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 15:20 UTC
On article iPhone X: What you need to know (409 comments in total)

All I need to know is that it costs too much.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 12:32 UTC as 8th comment | 5 replies
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cosinaphile: flying standards and regulations with a world wide focus is one thing

collecting personal information for a world wide database of owners and having a pseudogovernment like the un administer it is an entirely different thing

how can anyone conflate the two ? you would almost need antithinking training
to parrot such nonsense

these are moves to slowly institute a worldwide fascist surveillance state
with its headquarters in nyc ...... put the bottle of stupid pills down and ask yourself
what world you wish to bequeath to your descendants

your children....................... your grand children.... youe courage at this moment defines the furure

or you can giggle on cue like a trained monkey and make sarcastic links to aluminium foil sites

a degree of cluelessness and self-abuse that would make the filth trump himself proud with mindless self-promotion and narcissism that would shame any decent human

@ cosinaphile: That's another issue.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 12:31 UTC
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cosinaphile: flying standards and regulations with a world wide focus is one thing

collecting personal information for a world wide database of owners and having a pseudogovernment like the un administer it is an entirely different thing

how can anyone conflate the two ? you would almost need antithinking training
to parrot such nonsense

these are moves to slowly institute a worldwide fascist surveillance state
with its headquarters in nyc ...... put the bottle of stupid pills down and ask yourself
what world you wish to bequeath to your descendants

your children....................... your grand children.... youe courage at this moment defines the furure

or you can giggle on cue like a trained monkey and make sarcastic links to aluminium foil sites

a degree of cluelessness and self-abuse that would make the filth trump himself proud with mindless self-promotion and narcissism that would shame any decent human

Perhaps not. But it will.....you can bet on it. There is also the possible use of drones by terrorists that must be bothering someone in high places. I admit the idea of global registry is rather silly....I suspect most countries would reject the notion as yet another insult to privacy. But drones that can carry a camera can also carry a C4 charge, and I'm surprised ISIS et alis haven't tried that approach to bring down airliners and blow up check points. A registry of sales might help after the event, but there's nothing that would ever stop a clever terror cell from using one.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 22:17 UTC
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cosinaphile: flying standards and regulations with a world wide focus is one thing

collecting personal information for a world wide database of owners and having a pseudogovernment like the un administer it is an entirely different thing

how can anyone conflate the two ? you would almost need antithinking training
to parrot such nonsense

these are moves to slowly institute a worldwide fascist surveillance state
with its headquarters in nyc ...... put the bottle of stupid pills down and ask yourself
what world you wish to bequeath to your descendants

your children....................... your grand children.... youe courage at this moment defines the furure

or you can giggle on cue like a trained monkey and make sarcastic links to aluminium foil sites

a degree of cluelessness and self-abuse that would make the filth trump himself proud with mindless self-promotion and narcissism that would shame any decent human

Unfortunately, drones are beginning to interfere with "international aircraft" all over the world. If drone users would have the sense to keep them away from areas trafficked by jets carrying 200 people, I might agree. But without some sort of enforcement, with confiscation of the offending drone and stiff fines or jail time, I suspect that won't happen. The UN seems a strange organization to be proposing something like this, but perhaps it's because "local governments" mentioned several places here are doing very little. Just a thought.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 22:13 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-E3 (201 comments in total)
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Jens Evensen: Time to sell the Leica CL.. The Fuji X-E3 looks nice!

@Mokutaru.....I guess I meant the E series, although I didn't specify that in my comment. Back in the '50s I wanted an M3 so bad.....but I felt OK with my E1 and a couple excellent Fuji lenses. :) To be hones, the T2 isn't that heavy and I like the retro style with knobs on top.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2017 at 23:14 UTC

Nice, if it converted to DNGs instead of jpegs.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 13:33 UTC as 25th comment
On article Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-E3 (201 comments in total)
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Jefftan: I wonder how many sales Fuji lost because of

X-trans sensor and ISO start at 200

don't want to argue right or wrong, Many don't like X-trans sensor and of course no one like ISO starts 200 (don't even know why Fuji make it so)

I've read more than one article indicating anything below 200 is a waste of effort. Sorry I can't post references.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 23:18 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-E3 (201 comments in total)
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Jens Evensen: Time to sell the Leica CL.. The Fuji X-E3 looks nice!

I often feel my Fujis are poor-man's Leicas :)

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 23:17 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-E3 (201 comments in total)
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FoxShutter: No built in flash is a huge disappointment.

And the E2 as well.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 13:56 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-E3 (201 comments in total)
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Dave Andrade: Eh, I dont know how to feel about Fuji. I know you can't get a Ferrari at a Ford Focus price, but despite all the impressive specs....the lack of IBIS, for example, along with the expensive lens prices make this system a little out of justifiable reach for me. If they come out with an impressive "budget" version, I'd be all over it.

There is already a budget version, the X-A series. The A3 is a 24mp sensor and comes with a 16-50mm zoom for $600. There is a low-priced long zoom for this model, and Fuji's small primes of 23, 27, 35, and 50mm can be had for $400 or so when on sale. Even less used. The 27/2.8 pancake is a super lens that weighs 6 ounces (18 ounces total on the A3) and can fit in a purse, small pack, or jacket pocket.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 13:54 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-E3 (201 comments in total)

I couldn't wait any longer for this model as, like the DPR staff I suspected the E2 was the last in line, so bought the X-T2 just a couple months ago. Think I'll stick with the X-E2 for back-up and small carry-around though, as the E2 has a built in flash and I'm not totally in love with touch menus. The T2 also has manual dials and a flip screen. I'm liking this extension of the very compact E-series design, however, and will probably acquire the E3 in the future for it's better auto focus and follow focus with moving subjects. I can learn touch menus. Fuji continues to impress.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 13:44 UTC as 25th comment
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qunamax: Policeman should be taken away his driving license as a first in a series of measures that should be taken against him, because if he can mistake a guy setting up a camera on tripod on the parking lot of a restaurant for a German WWII soldier setting up a machine gun, he is blind and can't be trusted to even drive a car.
The gun and shooting situation in US amazes me every time, so trigger happy on both sides, both police and scum, with total disregard to the value of human life. Pulling out a gun should be the absolute last resort to the situation from hell, not a way to check out what is that guy setting up on a parking lot.

dgumshoe: You're obviously a police officer. Certainly one of the toughest jobs in the world, and you have my respect. So tell us what you would have done in this situation.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 23:18 UTC
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ovatab: lessons learnt:
1. stick to you plan - photograph lightning
2. use FF camera with high ISO sensor
3. carry bright tele
4. don't startle any jumpy man with a big gun
5. record video with action camera

Especially Ohio, where a 12-year old boy was killed by a police officer giving no warning.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 22:20 UTC
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Ken Takes Photos: I'm heartened by those who see that the officer was wrong here. It's obvious. But it is concerning to say the least that so many of you don't think he should lose his job. It was just luck that the bullet didn't his heart or straight into the brain. I'm certain that the law allows criminal charges against the cop even. Graduating from the police academy doesn't grant license to kill by mistake.

An essential part of choosing to be a police officer is assuming an amount of risk. It's the job! If you are confronted by someone with a firearm you are required to identify yourself and give commands. You can't just shoot because you are afraid. This guy shouldn't be a cop for another minute.

Giving every police officer in every shooting incident a free pass just because he's a civil servant in a dangerous profession doesn't cut it. This officer should lose his badge and spend time in jail. I seriously doubt that would affect the response time of other officers in actual dangerous situations, which this was NOT.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 22:17 UTC
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