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Learn from your mistakes. But don't waste time trying to turn a bad photo into a work of art.

Many people obsess over things that no-one else sees. Whether you correct these problems or not, makes no difference because no one cares (except you). Some photos are so Bad that imperfection are the least of your problems. And some photos are so Good no-one notices (or cares about) the imperfections.

It all gets back to Ansel Adams' idea of "Sharp pictures of Fuzzy ideas."

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Most exciting thing at Photokina?
« on: September 21, 2014, 04:19:05 PM »

I've been saying, for several years, that sometime soon, a Vogue cover would be shot with a smart phone. The time may finally have arrived :)

Whilst that might well be possible lets be realistic it would still be a gimmick rather than using the best tool for the job.

Would it be a gimmick to a young professional, who grew up using a camera phone. I don't think so, YMMV.

Different generations look at things differently. I think that in a few years the camera-phone generation will look at DSLR users and shake their heads ??? Sorta like a present day DSLR user who sees a Large Format photographer and his back-pack full of film holders.




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Which leads me to my central point:  Camera and lenses as BLING.  I think this is really what it comes down to.

Image quality differences?  Unseen by the outside world (though many on the inside wax lyrical over "test" that prove superiority of one thing over another).  Camera/lens brand?  Clearly blazoned across the strap and around the front element of the optic.

Impressing strangers can be such an expensive sport.


"Impressing strangers can be such an expensive sport." This go to the top of my list of great quotes :)

Yes, a RED Porsche with a 1Dx/70-200mm f/2.8 sitting in the passenger seat can get expensive ;) Middle aged men trying to impress younger women with the size of their lens, is always fun to watch :)

What camera/lens combo you use makes little difference. Fo many years all cameras/lenses are more than good enough.

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Lenses / Re: What do you use your wide angle lens for?
« on: September 19, 2014, 04:42:59 PM »

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Is it safe to assume that it is manual focus only.

Schneider-Kreuznach announced AutoFocus lenses fro M4/3 a long time ago (Photokina 2010 ??) So far the lenses are still vaporware :( But they announced that they ares still planning to make them at Photokina 2014 :) http://www.43rumors.com/good-news-schneider-confirms-mft-lens-development-14mm-f2-0-will-cost-around-1-000-euro/

So the question should not be will they AutoFocus. The real question is will they start shipping before Photokina 2024 ;)

Here's what is available for DSLRs today  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Schneider+Kreuznach+PC-Tilt%2FShift&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 19, 2014, 01:57:20 PM »
Having GPS allows government snooping :( If you have GPS, NSA will always know where you and your camera are located :( I know, I know privacy is a thing from the past and will never be seen again :(

Using WiFi to communicate with a client's iPad, etc is a money maker :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Most exciting thing at Photokina?
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:37:59 PM »
Without a doubt, the Panasonic CM1 phone, with a one inch sensor. This is the ice-breaker, there will be many more high-end camera phones soon.

This kind of phone/camera will kill-off what's left of the P&S market. And it should convert a lot of photo-phone h8ters ;)

I've been saying, for several years, that sometime soon, a Vogue cover would be shot with a smart phone. The time may finally have arrived :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Capture One Pro 8 - Announced
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:26:55 AM »

I will try to dedicate my weekend to testing Capture One Pro 8 and come back with my thoughts.

ps I'm still using Aperture, it's still doing it's job very well, but must start looking to the future.

I love how people panic over software changes ??? Glad to see that other people's panic hasn't stopped you from using a program that still works for you :)

My guess is that sometime next year, Apple will release a new program. One that is a lot better than Aperture and sells for less money.

I'd like to see C1P 8 test.

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EOS Bodies / Re: AE-1 Styled DSLR from Canon?
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:09:08 AM »
Arrrgh! Retro? Call me a forward looking evolution/revolution tart, but I like new stuff. The often subtle changes that bring better design and ergonomics/useability and so on, are my tech tool turn ons. Just so long as the changes will deliver options for me to take better pictures.

It's not how cool I look taking snaps at my local cafe with a "statement" camera, it's the magic in the images that I come back with that count for me.

Whether it be cameras, cars, kettles or toasters, in my possibly narrow zeitgeist, Retro happens at a point where industrial designers have run out of ideas.

-pw
I agree completely! I was born before WWII, I lived through the Bad-Old-Days. Been there done that, don't need to do it again :(

As pwp said, it's not about looking cool. I like simple to use cameras that don't get in my way of making the best shot. A camera. like a toaster, is just an appliance ... not a fashion statement or a religious fetish.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Capture One Pro 8 - Announced
« on: September 17, 2014, 07:06:09 PM »
I use LR5.  I would be interested in knowing how it compares in terms of ease of use and how the pics compare?

Thanks.

Sek

I've used Capture One Pro for many years. I's vastly superior to any Adobe product as far as IQ. You can tether many Canon cameras to C1 if you are shooting in a studio/other controlled environment.

The FREE 60 Day TRIAL is FREE. Test it for yourself. For Me, it's an easy to use Pro Tool, YMMV.

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Photography Technique / Re: Square or not?
« on: September 17, 2014, 06:43:57 PM »
I'd crop it 4x5 (object to left) and tighten up the top and bottom.

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EOS Bodies / Re: AE-1 Styled DSLR from Canon?
« on: September 17, 2014, 06:39:25 PM »
I think the main appeal of the Fuji is that they took the classic style of a rangefinder and added to it to update the camera without losing the classic style. The Nikon seems more like a Franken-Camera, where they pasted bits and pieces of old and new together in some fairly inconvenient ways.

The "M" series might be a bit more popular if it had more of a rangefinder look to it, but honestly, I just took a look at the old Canonets and they seem pretty boxy and clunky, so not sure Canon ought to revive that style.

The Nikon F put the Pro Rangefiders out of business. No more Canon or Contax. The Leica became an expensive camera for Leica collectors. It took the EOS film cameras to get Pros looking at Canon again.

Only the hopelessly-hip would like the hokey-hybrid-viewfinder that Fuji uses. It took the X-T1 for me to take Fuji seriously.

The Canonet, Olympus Trip 35 and others were inexpensive snap-shot cameras -- and they looked the part.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII vs Samsung NX1
« on: September 17, 2014, 06:05:28 PM »
What sports or wildlife photographer will switch from Canon or Nikon to Samsung if there are almost no tele lenses? For the street, landscape and travel photographers though this camera could become a game changer.

I will look forward to a real serious test of the NX1's IQ, high ISO performance, AF preformance etc. compared to the 7D2 and other recent cameras.
 

For ME, Hell would be having to shoot nothing but BIF/Wildlife, Stick & Ball Sports and Events for eternity  :o YMMV  ;)

On paper, the NX1 and 85mm f/1.4 look like a great combo for shooting dirt-track motorsports.


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EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII vs Samsung NX1
« on: September 17, 2014, 05:47:45 PM »
Does Adobe work up a Lightroom raw converter for Samsung bodies?  If not, that would be a pain.  If so, do they take a while to get around to doing it when new bodies come out?

Capture One works with Samsung Raw. And Capture One is about as good as it gets.

Capture One has a FREE 60 Day Trial  http://www.phaseone.com/PhaseOne/Imaging-Software/Capture-One.aspx  BTW there is a list of ALL cameras they support.

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EOS Bodies / Re: AE-1 Styled DSLR from Canon?
« on: September 17, 2014, 05:33:34 PM »
I shoot a lot of film with my Canon Elan 7n :) If I had to use an AE-1, I'd stop shooting film :( Simple as that.

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