sandy b

sandy b

Lives in United States Southern Minn, United States
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Joined on Jan 4, 2002

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Majauskasson: Seriously? This is the best Nasa can do? If we're actually to believe Nasa even got to Mars (think again). It's pulling another Apollo hoax except instead of studios they now use Devon Island in Canada. Look at this pathetic low resolution, out of focus photoshopped junky picture of some nondescript inserted blue blob. Does anyone really buy this? Ever seen pictures from real Earth orbit satellites? Super resolution. Astounding detail. Small dogs on their master's leash. That's what modern satellite cameras can do. From 250 miles up through Earth's thick atmosphere. Nasa pulled the same nonsense with the moon orbiter, LRO, with deliberately low res pictures purporting to show the five lunar landers. Nasa keeps pumping out this baloney and people keep buying it. They want you to believe. And astonishingly most people keep on swallowing this nonsense.

^^^^^ This is why the aliens won't talk to us.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 19:25 UTC
On article Finishing the line: Nikon 28mm F1.4E ED sample gallery (128 comments in total)
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Scottelly: I wonder if Sigma will now make a 28mm f1.4 Art lens that offers better image quality and sells for $899.

;)

When did we get this Dufus? How long till he is banned and his IP sprouts a new user name?

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 18:50 UTC
On article Finishing the line: Nikon 28mm F1.4E ED sample gallery (128 comments in total)
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vFunct: This lens by itself is a good enough reason to sell your other cameras and lenses just to get this with a Nikon full-frame camera. It's at a very useful focal length - 28mm is standard for cell phones - and has some of the finest bokeh of any lens.

It should be the default lens of any photographer. Other camera & lens manufacturers are garbage compared to this Nikon setup, and I'm glad Nikon exists for REAL photographers out there, who knows that the focus is about art instead of math.

If you are trying to measure this lens's quality, you have already failed.

Ignore him, he's just being an ass.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 18:48 UTC
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rz350: So, since this is from Sony sensor and not Sony camera, this sensor is available to any camera company who wants to pony up the cash. So Canon, Nikon etc. have equal access to this sensor for the same cash that Sony camera has to pay. Isn't allowing this technology to be accessible to all going to hurt Sony camera? Or is another Sony camera designed sensor that Sony camera has unique access to?
This little article doesn't go into any depth regarding this. DPR needs to give us a little more depth in their articles because of the implications for other camera manufacturers. Sony Semiconductor is supposed to be a arms length from Sony camera.

Jackie semple, not quite. Sensors developed by and ordered for Sony camera are exclusive. Sensors developed by the sensor div are open for purchase.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 17:28 UTC
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sandy b: About ten years ago little brother Opportunity had its picture snapped on the rim of Victoria crater. In some ways a much more dramatic image.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_(crater)

And the latest lunar orbiter showed images of the lunar landers and tracks from the lunar rover's they drove and even tracks of the astronauts visible in the lunar dust.
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/news/apollo-15.html
Fascinating stuff.

Ah, a denier. Member of the flat earth society too? How 'bout the center of the earth is inhabited?
It always interests me when Luddites hang out on technological pages. Anyway, I have seen the moon rocks, been at an observatory when they bounced a laser off a mirror reflector left on the moon by Apollo astronauts and seen the verification by Soviet lunar satellite's, You and your ilk will go down as a footnote in history, a testament to the deception the mind is capable of. Either that or a desperate scream for attention.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 14:04 UTC
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jameszhan: For those who are already criticizing this lens's IQ:
1) You haven't even USED it or SEEN any image samples. Sure, zoom sacrifices IQ, but how much? Remember technology is rapidly advancing, and zoom lenses now are vastly sharper than zoom lenses from decades ago. As a major third party lens contender, Tamron will strive to push boundaries. It could be sharper than you expect, or worse--criticizing its IQ based on pure guesswork is simply nonsense.
2) This lens doesn't belong to Tamron's pro-grade line, the SP line. It's marketed for versatility. So there's no need to yell at it if the IQ is not that great on your what, 50 MP sensor?
3) For those who said they would choose prime over zoom just because they are printing their images--with the limitation of prime, sometimes you don't even get to capture a moment, let alone print it.
4) Try to view this lens as a first step of ultra zoom lens. If this does well, other companies will try to keep up with better equivalents.

Real review. It works, but it sure aint pretty. Or anything special. Its only special feature is 400.

http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/reviews/lenses/tamron-18-400mm-f3-5-6-3-di-ii-vc-hld-review

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2017 at 00:43 UTC
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jameszhan: For those who are already criticizing this lens's IQ:
1) You haven't even USED it or SEEN any image samples. Sure, zoom sacrifices IQ, but how much? Remember technology is rapidly advancing, and zoom lenses now are vastly sharper than zoom lenses from decades ago. As a major third party lens contender, Tamron will strive to push boundaries. It could be sharper than you expect, or worse--criticizing its IQ based on pure guesswork is simply nonsense.
2) This lens doesn't belong to Tamron's pro-grade line, the SP line. It's marketed for versatility. So there's no need to yell at it if the IQ is not that great on your what, 50 MP sensor?
3) For those who said they would choose prime over zoom just because they are printing their images--with the limitation of prime, sometimes you don't even get to capture a moment, let alone print it.
4) Try to view this lens as a first step of ultra zoom lens. If this does well, other companies will try to keep up with better equivalents.

Real review. It works, but it sure aint pretty. Or anything special. Its only special feature is 400.

http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/reviews/lenses/tamron-18-400mm-f3-5-6-3-di-ii-vc-hld-review

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2017 at 00:15 UTC
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Photomonkey: Despite all the criticism of IQ on an unreleased lens, this promises to allow a lot of flexibility for APS-C users.
The design is leveraging the compact sensor to produce a small lens that will not be burden to leave on the camera at all times.
IMO the IQ issues will be small as the vast bulk of images appear online, on phones and in small prints.
More joy, less hassle.

LOl, that fact that you think you speak for others. Go play with your perfect lens.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 04:42 UTC
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Photomonkey: Despite all the criticism of IQ on an unreleased lens, this promises to allow a lot of flexibility for APS-C users.
The design is leveraging the compact sensor to produce a small lens that will not be burden to leave on the camera at all times.
IMO the IQ issues will be small as the vast bulk of images appear online, on phones and in small prints.
More joy, less hassle.

I would like to add that I find the Sigma 80-400 MUCH less of a compromise and at $799 and incredible bargain that will find it's way into my bag.
I think ultra wide to ultra long is just a bridge too far,

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 21:20 UTC
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Photomonkey: Despite all the criticism of IQ on an unreleased lens, this promises to allow a lot of flexibility for APS-C users.
The design is leveraging the compact sensor to produce a small lens that will not be burden to leave on the camera at all times.
IMO the IQ issues will be small as the vast bulk of images appear online, on phones and in small prints.
More joy, less hassle.

"For most photographers this is a perfect lens"

That's either insanely sad or insanely wrong.

It's not a horrible lens. It works for snaps and picnics etc.
If it was my only lens I would have got a bridge camera.
And there are many inexpensive quality used lens available.
I bought a 18-200 when I first got into the hobby. When I knew better I sold it.
And not for snob reasons. I have the new 18-55 silent lens for stealth mode. Optically, it's much better than this.
IMO, even with lightroom auto fixing this stuff, it's too much of a compromise for nearly $700.
But it is convenient. And adequate.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 20:23 UTC
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Tom Holly: The image quality of compact with all the convenience of a DSLR

It has 3 plastic extension tubes. Probably the limiting factor on VR.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 15:11 UTC
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Photomonkey: Despite all the criticism of IQ on an unreleased lens, this promises to allow a lot of flexibility for APS-C users.
The design is leveraging the compact sensor to produce a small lens that will not be burden to leave on the camera at all times.
IMO the IQ issues will be small as the vast bulk of images appear online, on phones and in small prints.
More joy, less hassle.

1 1/2 pounds is not a small lens, nor is it even slightly unobtrusive fully extended.

As a day lens, not bad as long as one understands it is not light and not very good. Adequate seems to be the word.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 15:07 UTC
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HaroldC3: Only 2.5 stops of IS. I guess if they made it 4 it'd be even larger.

LOL, refreshingly adequate. Only $650.00.

Nothing wrong with a state fair lens. That seems a little spendy for a not so great one though. It will be $500 in a year tho.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 15:04 UTC

Full review with a production copy.

http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/reviews/lenses/tamron-18-400mm-f3-5-6-3-di-ii-vc-hld-review

State fair lens.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 15:01 UTC as 65th comment | 5 replies

About ten years ago little brother Opportunity had its picture snapped on the rim of Victoria crater. In some ways a much more dramatic image.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_(crater)

And the latest lunar orbiter showed images of the lunar landers and tracks from the lunar rover's they drove and even tracks of the astronauts visible in the lunar dust.
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/news/apollo-15.html
Fascinating stuff.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 11:29 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies

Call of duty??

Does it include a free super computer?

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 20:54 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2726 comments in total)

Nice camera, good job Sony supporting their users.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 01:28 UTC as 174th comment
On article First pictures from the new Nikon 8-15mm fisheye (139 comments in total)
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beavertown: The old Canon counterpart seems to be better in image quality.

Actually, it doesn't.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 12:09 UTC
On article Shooting experience: how the Nikon D7500 won me over (194 comments in total)
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steelhead3: That 3d tracking is really incredible tracking still subjects on stage

Have you ever passed up a Nikon attack?

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 04:08 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Canon EOS 80D (265 comments in total)
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endofoto: As D7200 has better lab results than D7500 sensor, it is here compared to the worst sensor around. All want to know why should I buy D7500 with poorer sensor, but has better AF and faster processor. Why did they make a poorer sensor, just to shoot high ISO which I never do. High ISO is an advantage for birding bec you cant apply flash on a bird far from you, but you have D500 for this purpose.

Perspective: in crop sensor cameras, the D500 sensor is better rated than all but five other crop cameras, and they are close. It is better than every Canon, Oly, Ricoh, Fuji. It is beaten by the D7200 and a few Sonys. That's pretty damned good. Of course, The D7200 is #1 ranked crop sensor, and it is available refurb for around 600 dollars the last few days. If you don't need video, it is a GREAT camera, possibly the best bargain in all of dslr sales.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 03:42 UTC
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