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Black Friday Deals 2014 for Photographers
Getting closer to Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

What other deals of you guys spotted?

20 27/11/2014 - 9:32 AM
By davidburleson
What are the Terms and requirements for ePhotozine competitions
Great stuff! Hopefully your workflow can be quicker now without needing to resize your photos for ePHOTOzine.

Happy ePzing!

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24 27/11/2014 - 9:29 AM
By davidburleson
Happy Thanksgiving
Ditto! Happy Thanksgiving. I for one, think that Thanksgiving isn't something that should just be celbrated by the US. The real meaning is to think about what you are thankful for.

So, what are you thankful for?

1 27/11/2014 - 9:27 AM
By davidburleson
Publicise your event on ePhotozine to share with others
There is nothing stopping anyone putting together an event. Plus, it doesn't really take much planning either.

Next time you're thinking of going out somewhere to take some photos, why not create an 'event' for it a few days before. The system will automatically create a forum topic about it. This will give it a little bit of publicity. You don't need to have a big agenda planned (unless you want to). Just put in the details about where you are going and what time. If people show up, happy days!

I had a similar experience a few years ago with a car club I was a part of. They only operated a simple forum and I wasn't very 'active' in the community. I didn't post alot unless I had a problem with a my car. But I read alot of the topics. One day, I noticed someone posted a topic mentioning a meet in Sheffield on Saturday. They gave details about the location and time. All they wanted to do was park the cars up and maybe go for a drink or something to eat. No plans really. So, I thought I would go as I had nothing better to do. There were only 5 members who showed up, but it was still fun. We got to look at each other's cars, talk about them, take some photos. Best of all, I came away knowing a few of the other members which I then became more connected with on the car forum with and started meeting up more with. It built community and a snowball effect started.

That's all it takes. There are many many people who will be 'silent members' who are reading this who are maybe a little reluctant to take the plunge and make an event themselves because no-one will know who they are. Why not make it easier for them? Take the first step, schedule an event and see who shows up. If no one shows up, it doesn't matter, you're still there taking photos and enjoying the day. If others do, well, that's where the magic is!

At the end of the day, rather than continuing about how there aren't any events and how the people who scheduled the events are no longer on the site, why not schedule an event yourself? "Going out to (insert location here) to take some photos. Meeting at (time) at (address)".

It's that easy and I think that's what JackAllTog is trying to get across.


10 27/11/2014 - 9:16 AM
By davidburleson
iPod Alterative
I also have a Creative ZEN MX. It's a very old model now, but does what I need it to do. Creative does a good range, so does Sony.

15 27/11/2014 - 2:12 AM
By StrayCat
This year's bumper Christmas prize draw is almost here!
Hi Tanya,

We've corrected the typo. It's the same newsletter.


9 26/11/2014 - 3:19 PM
By icphoto
Need help with Article
Or, flip it on it's head, write about despite all the commercialisation of Christmas, where can the true spirit of Christmas still be found. Or how it has evolved throughout the years.

28 27/11/2014 - 1:47 AM
By IshanPathak
black friday sales in store uk
We've got a few posts on this topic:
http://www.ephotozine.com/forums/topic/black-friday-deals-2014-for-photographers...
If you find any more, please add to that topic.

3 26/11/2014 - 7:14 PM
By Craggwildlife
Publicise your event on ePhotozine to share with others
I wouldn't say it's any more buried than it was before. Before the groups/events feature merge, you could access the events from Community > Members Meetings. This would present you with a list of events.

Now, you go to Community > Groups and events which present you with a list of events. Some which are specific to a group and some which are by themselves.

Creating events are just as easy as they were previously too. You no longer have to create a group to create an event. Just press 'Create Event', fille out the details and you've created an event. We still give you the option to automatically create a discussion forum topic for the event too.

However, we can understand that, like many other features on the site, the features are tucked away. You have to know where they are to find them. Not the most ideal when you consider how much is on offer on ePHOTOzine.

Because of this, we have big plans for the future to improve the way the site works and make it easier to discover features and content which you are interested in easily. All the feedback is very useful and we will consider it all when to come around to re-developing the area.

10 27/11/2014 - 9:16 AM
By davidburleson
Black Friday Deals 2014 for Photographers
going slightly off topic...

If you know of any friday/cyber monday deals (online or offline), please share them here!

20 27/11/2014 - 9:32 AM
By davidburleson
Black Friday Deals 2014 for Photographers
Hi Everyone,

It's "Black Friday" this Friday. The time of year where everyone flocks to the shops to take advantage of any Black Friday deals that are put on by the retailers. Don't forget Cyber Monday deals too by online retailers!

If you know of any Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on photographic equipment, please share them here with everyone.

20 27/11/2014 - 9:32 AM
By davidburleson
Introduction and a question VS Mode challenge
Welcome to ePz Malcolm.

VS Mode can be found from the 'Photos' menu at the top of the page:
http://www.ephotozine.com/vs-gallery
It's a feature which pairs up 2 photos based off their similarities in the tags they have used. The viewer then decides which photo is best and clicks on it. The VS mode feature will then produce a 'VS mode rating' based off these results.

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4 21/11/2014 - 11:24 AM
By malcsf
Topics Have Disappeared
It's on my right as well Tongue

9 21/11/2014 - 8:58 AM
By davidburleson
Topics Have Disappeared
1. Go to the Forums - http://www.ephotozine.com/forums 2. Select 'Manage Forums' or 'Manage Topics' from the Browse menu on he left:
3. Review the settings and ensure nothing is set to 'Hide' that you don't want hidden.

Hidden topics will be displayed in the 'Manage Topics' page.

9 21/11/2014 - 8:58 AM
By davidburleson
Win A Samsung Memory Card

Quote: Doesn't work for me either.

You have to click on a piece next to the free space (not click and drag).

9 20/11/2014 - 8:52 PM
By AlanPerkins
Christmas photography
I'd suggest going to some of the Christmas markets that are open this time of the year. You can get some really nice photos at night as everything is lit up, but you will need a tripod or something stable for a longer exposure.

6 20/11/2014 - 5:43 PM
By Mochrum
Win A Samsung Memory Card
you don't click and drag.

You only have to click on the piece next to the 'free space' to move it into the free space.

9 20/11/2014 - 8:52 PM
By AlanPerkins
Topics Have Disappeared

Quote: I went through about 10 pages twice last night, and did 2 searches and nothing, must be getting senile. Thanks David.

lol, happens to all of us Tongue

Review your hidden settings and see if anything might be hiding things from you.

9 21/11/2014 - 8:58 AM
By davidburleson
Hacking on my computer

Quote: Thanks David, I already have AVAST free edition but will give the malware a go. Microsoft tried to sell me a blocking programme for 60 just for one year. Do you know much about their free down load Microsoft Security Essentials?

Pete

Hi Pete,

To be honest, I have never had a need to look for any further protection than what I have stated.

31 22/11/2014 - 10:46 PM
By keithh
Pop Up Ads

Quote: get out with the cam

Probably the most important thing. Make sure you upload your results to the gallery!

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14 19/11/2014 - 8:55 PM
By chensuriashi
Emotions icons.

Quote: [quote]Are these emoticons really that irritating?

I find them so, there's something rather childish about them, although I can also see Paolo's point.


[/quote]

When you consider some of the rather heated or serious discussions that occur, a bit of childish, or as I see it 'light-hearted', tone is needed to keep things in perspective. It's funny how a little emoticon can often diffuse an argument Wink

13 19/11/2014 - 11:42 PM
By KevinEllison
Hacking on my computer
Yes,

Avast Antivirus Free Edition - http://www.avast.com/en-gb/index
Malwarebytes Free Edition - https://www.malwarebytes.org/

31 22/11/2014 - 10:46 PM
By keithh
Emotions icons.
Are these emoticons really that irritating? Our set of emoticons are quite tame and very limited. We have even re-designed them so they are less 'in your face'. They can also be very useful to reflect the tone/mood of the message.

We removed the feature to disable emoticons as a step forward to simplify the site and rid it of the countless feature creep options which we had introduced in the past which only a very small minority of users utilised. All these features make developing more complex, longer and makes our already bloated user settings overly complex and confusing. I actually can't recall many (if any) sites that even provide a feature like this these days.

There are more important things out there to get annoyed and irritated about in the world today Wink

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13 19/11/2014 - 11:42 PM
By KevinEllison
Topics Have Disappeared
Are you talking about these:
http://www.ephotozine.com/forums/light-hearted-chat-233
If you don't see them, i'd suggest reviewing your hidden forums/topics settings:
http://www.ephotozine.com/forums/manage-views

9 21/11/2014 - 8:58 AM
By davidburleson
Pop Up Ads
I'd also strongly suggest downloading, installing, updating and running Malwarebytes Free:
https://www.malwarebytes.org/
It's solved any problems I've encountered 90% of the time.

14 19/11/2014 - 8:55 PM
By chensuriashi
What are the Terms and requirements for ePhotozine competitions

Quote: After selecting five images at random from the gallery, the norm seems to be around the 1000k mark, depending on the overall pixel count of rthe image

That's because we only display a 1000px sized photo max at the moment. These photos may have still been uploaded at a larger size then what is displayed.

24 27/11/2014 - 9:29 AM
By davidburleson
What are the Terms and requirements for ePhotozine competitions

Quote: Will this auto-resizing be as good as if it were done by the individual, David?
I would have thought if you're entering an image into a competition, you would want the image as perfect as possible, and if this means personally resizing to get a better end result, then sizing should be specified.

Over the past year, we've worked with the community to tweak the auto-resizing formula to ensure that it doesn't cause noticeable differences to the photo. The most recent update to the formula (early Aug 2014), as receive a number of public tests and discussions in the forum and it appears that it's been nothing but good feedback on the results.

There is only one way to find out, try uploading a high-res and see if you can see any difference.


Quote: Then all I want to know is what is it if it is not 400 K

There isn't one. I'll probably regret saying that, but we've yet to experience any problems. Some people are uploading image files as large as 45mb.


Quote: For example, sharpening an image at say 4000 x 3000, which is then reduced to 1000 max will have a negative effect on the quality, or is the site's software capable of sorting this out?

Back in August, we had a very lengthy discussion about this with the users in a topic. Apart from other technical hurdles that some members had to overcome, we only received good feedback from users who uploaded full-resolution images to the gallery. Here are a couple of tests users had posted:
http://www.ephotozine.com/user/answersonapostcard-17804/gallery/photo/test-for-s... http://www.ephotozine.com/user/slowsong-84915/gallery/photo/evening-in-paris-411...
All I can suggest is try it out yourself and see for yourself. The versions feature is really good for this.

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24 27/11/2014 - 9:29 AM
By davidburleson
What are the Terms and requirements for ePhotozine competitions

Quote: It still doesn't look like anyone knows what TOO SMALL means in the context of this competition - Keith,yes, 600 pixels seems common sense but is an assumption, it may be correct, it may be not. And yes, Ishan, I know that there is no maximum filesize, what I am asking about is the MINIMUM file size (see my earlier comments, please.
This is the first competition I have come across ever, where no-one, including the organizers, seem to know what minimum file size and what format are required.
What's going on?

There isn't a minimum filesize or dimensions. Needless to say, if you upload a photo at 20x20 pixels, it probably isn't going to get you very far in the competition. Why resize at all? Just upload the full res and the site will resize the photo for you. We accept JPEG files only which is a pretty common practice on the web.


Quote: And why we are on the subject, what is the actual upload size for members and non members? I do not want to see the response that the site software will adjust to suit - what is it these days as it is no longer in the T &C's

There isn't one. That's why you can't find one. Upload any size you want, the site will handle it (the answer you weren't looking for). That's the way the site works now. We will take your photo and produce a 1000x1000, 600x600, 240x240 and 130x130 sizes of the photo to be used on the site. However, uploading a full resolution image will ensure that if we decide to increase the display size of photos, your photo will also increase in size.

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24 27/11/2014 - 9:29 AM
By davidburleson
Forums
@petebfrance I've updated your report (thank you for submitting it). All the problems with quoting should be resolved now. We actually think some of these bugs were present in the old version of the forums too.

@lawbert It's funny you mention adverts working as a couple of days ago they were down for around 1 hour. Something went wrong at Google, who runs our ad server software. This outage caused ads to cease to display on 1000s of sites including many big name sites. I'm sure you can imagine the backlash they got.

In regards to the 'whole evolution of upgrades', I suppose it depends on your perspective and knowledge of what is going on. This phase of upgrades which we call 'v6' primarily focuses on the following:

- total restructured framework allowing for quicker development
- lighter server loads and pages for quicker page responses
- mobile device friendly so our site can be easily used on tablets and smartphones
- improved usability where things can be improved

Along with these points we occasionally find useful features which we can slip in quickly and easily. The re-development of the forums has taken us around 3 months from start to completion. During this time we ran in-house beta tests on other staff members, closed beta tests on moderators and a 2 week public beta. We posted a topic in the forums, sent a private message to everyone and mentioned the beta in a number of newsletters to encourage users to get involved in the beta because the more people that test our development, the less bugs we have when we launch.

During the public beta, only a minor amount of bugs were found and nothing serious. All bugs that we were aware of were resolved before launching the forums. Despite all the testing, we can always expect there to be some bugs still sticking around. These sites can be complex cookies to test when you consider all the different variables (types of membership, action to be taken, what object the action is being taken on, what the object consist of, etc). Testing could quite easily be an endless task if you allow it to be. But that would get us nowhere apart from something being stuck in beta forever.

So yes, bugs will exist. They will always exist. But, once we know they exist, we fix them. The best part is that we are fixing them much quicker than we were with the old forum version thanks to the new framework.

lawbert, you will be pleased to know that we are now moving on to re-developing the portfolios and gallery area. The results from the recent membership poll we ran will be considered as we would like to introduce some long awaited features and make these areas much more visual (i'm sure you can probably guess what i'm hinting at here). I must stress that these areas are still in the planning phase and because of the massive size of them they will also take a while to re-develop. We will go through the exact same testing phases and I hope that you will get involved in the beta as you seem very vocal about what you would like to see, particularly in the gallery.

So, to sum it all up, bugs happen and we fix them as quickly as we can. At the end of the day, we may be programmers, but we're just human (although some may disagree Wink ). Even though we have regular working ours, Rick and I are always 'working' to some extent. The bugs, the features, ways to improve things, what users might think, it's always on our minds (sometimes losing sleep over it). Due to the nature of the job, it's 24hr. It's very difficult to switch off. I suppose they may be because we have a high level of standard for quality and when these bugs occur, we take it personally to an extent. We aren't happen until things are 100%.

All we want is to provide a great experience for all users, old and new. This 'whole evolution of upgrades' has this at it's core. Users want a site that is faster, easier to use, easy to access on any device and better than anything else out there. We're working on it Smile

18 15/11/2014 - 6:29 AM
By davidburleson
Anyone else got any issues uploading images to the forum
Hi Neil,

I've just tested uploading both from my computer and from my portfolio to the comment and haven't had any issues. When you start to ulpoad from your computer, you should get a loading bar display and then disappear. The photo bbcode will then be added into your comment.

We have had a couple of reports where people have had trouble selecting images from the portfolio browser. We believe this is due to their browsers being in 'comptability mode'.

The best thing you can do to help us locate the problem and resolve it is to submit a report:
http://www.ephotozine.com/create-report
When you submit a report, we gather a few technical details about your computer which is extremely helpful in finding and replicating the problem.




5 14/11/2014 - 6:49 PM
By NeilS
Post Your Pets
Here's an early one of our Sergio.




61 25/11/2014 - 11:13 AM
By SlowSong
You'll never believe what happened next to this girl, my jaw dropped to the floor and it literally changed my life.

Quote: Seen any good ones recently?

No, because I've become blind to them along with 'find out what (insert random noun) you are' quizzes.

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17 13/11/2014 - 9:01 PM
By Pete
I Need a Word Processor

Quote: Strange, I have had many PC's/Laptops and its always been on everyone of them.

Unless it came included in a special promotional bundle to include Microsoft Office, Microsoft doesn't usually give Microsoft Word out for free. Might you be thinking of WordPad which is a basic word processor included in Windows since I can remember?

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17 14/11/2014 - 7:48 AM
By saltireblue
I Need a Word Processor

Quote: Libreoffice is also very good (Windows & Mac versions) - I installed this on my daughters laptop, and prefer it to Open Office (it opens much quicker), but both are excellent alternatives.

I also recommend Libreoffice. After sun took over OpenOffice, some of the original developers forked it and developed Libreoffice. I find it more stable, quicker and the upgrades seem to be more progressive than OpenOffice.

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17 14/11/2014 - 7:48 AM
By saltireblue
Facebook Untrusted Site
Hi Norma,

I'd be interested in knowing the full message you receive. It's not something i'm receiving on firefox, which makes be believe something else is at play.

oldblokeh suggestions is worth trying. Confirm that the date and time on your computer is correct as these security certificates sometimes depend on date and time comparisons.

You might also want to make sure that you are visiting facebook via www.facebook.com in the address bar. If it doesn't start like that, you may be accessing a 'phishing' site which is a site that poses as another site.

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8 13/11/2014 - 8:57 AM
By rhol2
Help Beta Test "v6" Forums

Quote: Thanks Malc. It's OK on the PC, but on my tablet there is no column for number of replies. The name of the latest poster and time is underneath the type but there are no columns to the right. Why don't the number of posts show on the tablet pse?

This is due to the resolution size on your tablet. It's quite a small resolution which means the site reverts to 'smart phone' display. We have remove some elements which aren't as important to de-clutter on smaller screens.


Quote: In the forums we used to be able to hover the cursor over a Topic Heading and read the first post, without actually going in...............can we no longer do that now?

Unfortunately, we've had to remove this feature. We found during testing that providing these details caused additional loading times and was extremely bad practice for site design. It also bloated the page excessively which would have caused even more loading time, especially on mobile devices which aren't even able to access this information.

I can only suggest that you click on the topic to view the initial comment.

55 11/11/2014 - 3:20 PM
By KarenFB
New System - Advice Needed
With 800, you shouldn't really have a problem getting a good PC together. I think the specs are pretty good. The only thing I would possibly suggest is see if you can get a SSD (solid state drive) instead of a standard disk hard drive. SSDs are much faster so accessing files and start up should be quicker.

It's also worth checking the 'upgrade' availability for things like processor speed and memory so when the day comes that your PC just isn't cutting it, you can upgrade the processor and memory.

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6 11/11/2014 - 8:07 PM
By Dabber
Help Beta Test "v6" Forums
Yep, we literally just went live with it this minute.

55 11/11/2014 - 3:20 PM
By KarenFB
Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014
I quite like the winner too. It's quite an artistic minimal landscape. Not the typical photo. I quite like 'London Bridge Station' too.

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21 11/11/2014 - 7:00 PM
By fazzer
Help Beta Test "v6" Forums

Quote: Hi David,
Perhaps I did not explain it to well

At the moment I click on the forums link and I can quickly scroll down all 40 (give or take one or two) topics and see what date I want to see regarding latest posts

Your new system is not like this at all

We've swapped the Recent Activity and the Forum Categories page on the Beta. On Beta, click on 'Forum Categories' and you will get what you expect. This change was done as the majority of users access the forums via the Recent Activity page and thus we have given it more priority.

55 11/11/2014 - 3:20 PM
By KarenFB
Help Beta Test "v6" Forums

Quote: Another issue if you change the style is that at the moment I can quickly scroll down the forums and check the date of the last post
Very useful

Your new method means this has to be accessed by at least one other click

The dates are all still in the same place. Where are you not seeing this? Could you upload a screenshot to this forum?

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55 11/11/2014 - 3:20 PM
By KarenFB
Quiet of Late
Well, that's that answered Tongue Moving on.

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18 07/11/2014 - 9:47 PM
By SlowSong
Help Beta Test "v6" Forums
As mentioned, this is something that only occurs on smaller screen sizes like your tablet. It's pretty common place for sites which are mobile friendly to adopt this approach. Squeezing all the menu items into the space just isn't feasible and would be very difficult to target individual items with fingers.

But needless to say, we will take your feedback on board. It's just a shame that your tablet is just under the threshold where this occurs.

55 11/11/2014 - 3:20 PM
By KarenFB
Help Beta Test "v6" Forums
The menu is there, you have to click the icon of the 3 bars on the right. This will expand the menu. The menu transforms into this style for smaller resolutions like smartphones.

What screen resolution is your tablet?

http://www.whatismyscreenresolution.com/

Screens which are smaller then 992px wide will display this way.

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55 11/11/2014 - 3:20 PM
By KarenFB
Help Beta Test "v6" Forums

Quote: Just having a second go to double check. Just one thing, when I try to add a smiley the type screen disappears upwards and the smiley doesn't register. So I have t scroll up to try it again. Just a minor glitch.

PS. Can't get the smiley to work at all now. I have to come out of the message and go back in, but then it doesn't work every time.


Quote: OK. Another problem. When I'm in a thread as like here the menu strip is not shown at all.

We're unable to replicate these problems on the devices we have on hand. can anyone else with an android device verify this problem and post a screenshot?

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55 11/11/2014 - 3:20 PM
By KarenFB
Help Beta Test "v6" Forums
Those of you who have experienced the bug mentioned about on Android devices, could you please try beta again and see if the problem is resolved?

The bug was when you tried to type in a text frield (like adding a comment), the menu would get in the way. The menu should now hide out of site when you are typing.

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55 11/11/2014 - 3:20 PM
By KarenFB
Straightening Curved Horizons in Photoshop CS5
Hi Tallmanirl,

I would have thought Lens Correction would have been the best way.

ehow seems to have a step by step on corrected curved horizons which might help:

http://www.ehow.com/how_7302378_remove-horizon_s-curvature-photoshop.html

David

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27 13/11/2014 - 7:39 AM
By mikehit
Are proper cameras doomed?
Google Goggles would have been a better name

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298 03/11/2014 - 7:55 PM
By davidburleson
Are proper cameras doomed?

Quote: Its whether the camera makers can convince them its not enough.

Totally agree. And yes, camera phones are horrible to hold. Maybe one day we won't need to use our hands...Google Glass anyone?

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298 03/11/2014 - 7:55 PM
By davidburleson
Are proper cameras doomed?
Ah, unless manufacturers shift focus to a wider, larger audience. I imagine that compact camera sales have dropped dramatically due to the decent quality of your average camera phone (I have no data to back this up, so it's merely speculation).

No, you're right, there will probably always be a place for a serious camera, but I reckon as phone technology gets better and better, less and less people will see a need to have a serious camera.

My dad, for example, was a hobbyist photographer. He owned a pretty nice 35mm Minolta and quickly jumped on the digital bandwagon and picked up compacts and superzooms. Shortley after I started working at ePz, he bought himself an SLR. This was around the time iPhones started becoming popular. He then went back to a small compact camera and now, doesn't own a camera at all because the phone does enough for him. Saying that, I wouldn't say he's a photographer, more of a snapper.

Saying all this, lightfield cameras seem very interesting....maybe this is where serious cameras will progress.

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298 03/11/2014 - 7:55 PM
By davidburleson