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On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 (50 comments in total)
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Deleted pending purge: Another unnecessary disappointment. It really begins to look like a conspiracy, because it is simply hard to believe that among all the World's caera manufacturers there is not one designer capable of understanding what an underwater-capable camera should comprise.
Don't they understand that part of the market? Apply all the proper principles, get rid of all the useless crap, and what remains should be an indestructible camera capable of withstanding 10 Atm/Bar, with interchangeable lenses, with IR commands to wirelessly control the lighting accessories, etc. It can be small and coat-pocketable, and it WILL sell. It will be unique like Nikonos III, and usable in the rainy city, in the hospitals, in the depths, on boats, in mines and caves, in ultralight flights etcetera.
But no, they simply have to follow the half-chewn solutions of some "experts" who think they think... and we get products that fall short in every aspect, just to fit someone's idea of "pocketability".
Really sad.

I think there could be a more capable and serious rugged/underwater camera out there someday. The question remains how much are pro-sumers willing to spend before we enter the realm of professional equiopment and housings for them; replete with their astronomical prices?
As for the legendary Nikonos here is a re-post form a month ago:

Seems there was at one time an "Area 51" Nikonos :

For the serious underwater guys there are all sorts of housings for DSLR's and HD video equipment. They may be a better investment that that Hasselblad Lunar:

Personally I would like to see a pro-sumer level camera even if it didn't fit in my bathing suit pocket. Something like an underwater Canon G1X or Sony RX1 or NEX even a Fuji X Pro 1. If one of these were made, it would still be a $3.000 to $4,000 camera. Any takers?

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2013 at 13:38 UTC
On article Then and now: Photographing the Bay Bridge (29 comments in total)

Great images! B&W stuff is edgier, both stimulate my vertigo.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2013 at 13:30 UTC as 11th comment

If you made a toilet brush with a teak wood handle and stainless steel wire it would probably last longer too.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2013 at 18:56 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 (50 comments in total)

Sound of crickets, tumble weed rolls past, dog looks away bored.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2013 at 18:46 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
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TruePoindexter: I'm excited - much of the cost is in materials and smaller production runs. Brass isn't exactly cheap after all.

Further not all photography is about absolute perfection - we frequently add vignetting back into our photos despite wanting lenses to have none. We want perfect flat fields of focus at high resolutions and yet spend a lot of time in post softening skin.

Appreciate this lens for what it is - a modern recreation of a classical lens design made with quality materials and generates a unique look. It's not for everyone but I find it quite attractive and will add it to my collection.

Glad to see some of the people here get what this lens is all about!

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2013 at 18:40 UTC
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Dimitris Servis: I never want to hear complaints again about Cassegrain donuts.

Did you own one of those 800mm mirror lenses too? So nice to think I'm not alone.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2013 at 15:12 UTC

I think it's always cool to combine old and new technologies. The Petzval lens represents just one part of the time line in lens development; Double Gauss, aspheric and ED glass may seem prehistoric someday. It's interesting too how we all clamor for the sharpest of the sharp but want to soften things up as well. Two that come to mind were the various Softars I bought for my Hasselblad system and the 150mm Mamiya lens with insertable soft discs. Neither were cheap!

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2013 at 14:28 UTC as 29th comment

I was thinking of a really good April Fool's camera parody after reading about the Lunar and the Vario but alas, pathetic reality trumps fiction. Again.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 18:16 UTC as 34th comment
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ABM Barry: I have a good solution:
A web site should be established containing a list of NAMES of those shallow sods that have been stupid enough to be conned into making the purchase of any RE-Badged Stellar priced fashion accessory. (I don't class them as cameras)

The HusselBlunder Lunatic has a BODY ONLY price of $8,300 in Australia !!!
For those that aren't aware: "IT'S JUST A SONY NEX-7"
I'm told that it also just ships with the very ordinary Re-Named SONY/SUNY Kit lens!

And the HasselBlunder Stellar is, ... Wait for it! :
"IT'S JUST A SONY RX-100" priced at USD$3200 !!!!!!!!
Now, "Off you go, it's time to take your Yellow pills"

I think you're onto something here - I don't think that revealing their identity would be appropriate (or interesting). Rather, I would suggest sightings, complete with photographs of these "partnerships" in the wild. Something similar to what birders do.there's a website called people of Walmart along similar lines.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 18:09 UTC

What would Victor Hasselblad say about all of this? An inventor, entrepreneur and a gentleman. Shame on them!

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2013 at 00:41 UTC as 55th comment
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chillgreg: *includes exclusive Hassleblad iron-on transfer for your t-shirt!!!

I'll settle for a stencil and a can of spray paint - think versatility.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2013 at 00:36 UTC
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fuxicek: I wonder, if they include Allen key for unscrewing the hand grip?

Hammer and chisel will work just fine. Be sure to use a bench vice and wear safety glasses (safety first, you know). Also, please record the entire grip-ectomy for our viewers. I hear Sony makes some excellent video cameras.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2013 at 00:32 UTC
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aerorail: i have a grip like that on my .357

May I borrow it? My reply would be flagged however.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2013 at 00:26 UTC
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Clint009: It is one of the most beautiful camera design I've ever seen is this pocket camera sized.
Same specifications as the 20.2-megapixel Sony RX100, which features a 1-inch sensor behind a bright 3.6x (28-100mm), f/1.8 Zeiss-branded lens in a compact body.
If the the mirrorless Hasselblad Lunar compact system camera, which went on sale last month for $7,000, is also based on a Sony camera (the NEX-7) and features wood or carbon fiber handgrip options, this Stellar Hasselblad would be at around $3000. ?!
It is looking it is the new tendency for high quality pocket size camera. Think also at Lumix DMC LF1, etc...
Leica with Panasonic, Sony with Hasselblad, etc...

Vinyl "alligator" shoes , Schmolex watches.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2013 at 00:22 UTC
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white shadow: Those travelling to Australia with this camera are sure to have their camera confisticated to be destroyed if they forget to declare it.

In Australia, they are very paranoid of allowing anything made of wood to pass through without quarantine.

Good luck if you have one.

I hear you have world class termites in the outback. Why not just leave them to nature?

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2013 at 00:20 UTC

Here we go again! Well, let's be nice; some people just feel more comfortable dressed in drag no matter the cost. I'm thinking about press on decals of all sorts (licensed of course) that we can paste on our favorite gear. The crowd that buys grills and fascias to make their Chrysler 300's look like Bentley's will surely go for this.

Stellar, eh? Stellar bad taste perhaps. The only Stella' I like is from this clip (wait through the advert.):

Other exciting news. Lexus has placed it's decals on Colnago bikes. Great cars, great bikes - not so sure if it will do for me until I see a bike rack on an LFA:

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2013 at 12:48 UTC as 102nd comment
On article Nikon says it wants to 'change the concept of cameras' (134 comments in total)
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spencerspencer: It's good that the big players are being pushed out of the compact market. This means they will make fewer models that will have to be more carefully considered to meet the needs and expectations of the market segments remaining to them.

With hope, this will result in my dream camera becoming a reality.

What's that? What is my dream camera you say?

Doesn't need to be a DSLR but I'd love it if it had the features below.

Very high shutter speed
Phase and Contrast detect autofocus - or better
Full Frame
100% Viewfinder
Hyperfocal focusing mode - no guides or A-rings anymore
Something like Ricoh's snap focus
Focus Peaking
NICE BIG SCREEN (- maybe a pop out one?)
Smart Flash and Commander that isn't line of site.



This is very interesting. I'd like to start an ideal camera(s) thread. What do you think?

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2013 at 14:43 UTC
On article French student creates SLR using 3D printer (156 comments in total)

Cool. Frankencamera.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2013 at 14:41 UTC as 8th comment
On article Pentax WG-3 GPS (67 comments in total)

Well it does look less than a tub-toy than the Canon does, especially in all black.
I own a non-GPS-3 and am happy with it for what it is. Yes, I'd like to see something sturdier in so far as water sealing - I owned a Nikonos at one time.
Here's a link to an image I made last month:

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2013 at 14:11 UTC as 20th comment
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