Alley in Pisa, Italy

by Lars Kotthoff

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bio website flickr.com/photos/max_sang
location London, United Kingdom
age 41
visits member for 3 years, 8 months
seen Oct 16 '13 at 21:57

Programming: Experienced programmer with a scientific background. Good C++ knowledge, know some stuff about UNIX, Linux, Python, Java, Android.

Photography: Experienced amateur. Shooting with an SLR on-and-off for 20 years. Current gear is a Canon 5D, 20D and more lenses than I deserve. Also an Olympus EP1 and a couple of pancakes. My flickr page.


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answered What are the major differences when digitizing slides/negatives with a DSLR vs. a scanner?
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answered How long does undeveloped film last?
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comment What is the point of film canisters?
As well as protecting from dust and moisture, bear in mind that the film casing is rather fragile. Quite gentle crushing can crack the seal and fog the film. If the film is in a soft plastic canister it can take much more punishment.
May
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comment Why are tripods forbidden in some public spaces and how to deal with it?
I agree with Nate. Plenty of train stations and other public places explicitly permit photography but forbid tripods. They stick out to the side and people are often looking up at information boards and so not really concentrating on what's in front of them. It's purely a health and safety rule, and the same applies to flash which is usually forbidden on platforms because it can disorientate the train crew. When photography in general is forbidden, then that's a different matter!
May
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comment “One size fits all lens” for Sony and Nikon, or a Nikon lens plus adapter?
I wish something like that would be resurrected. These days electronics in the adaptor could allow autofocus and auto-aperture without much difficulty. The only long-term future for Sony/KM, Pentax, Olympus, Sigma etc mounts is through some kind adaptall standard which would allow the whole family to compete with Canon and Nikon. I can only dream :-)
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answered “One size fits all lens” for Sony and Nikon, or a Nikon lens plus adapter?
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comment Why don't today's lenses come with a polarizer by default?
True - that's the downside.
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revised Is Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens that much better than Sigma 24-70mm f2.8?
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comment What options do I have for a normal and fast prime lens for a Canon APS-C camera?
Just look at the photo pool in any of Flickr's fast prime groups. 99% of them don't need sharp corners, but being soft in the central portion would be a big issue. It's not an assumption - there are a few people out there who really need that corner sharpness in a small fraction of their photos, but statistically, most people never need it. And if that can save you thousands, it's worth knowing.
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answered Coffee Table Photography Book
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revised Why do it “in-camera” rather than in post-processing?
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answered Why do it “in-camera” rather than in post-processing?
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answered What is the best lens for taking photos of birds?
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answered Why there is no Canon 50mm *IS* lens?
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comment Which photographer do you find inspirational?
He also shot in colour, but nobody was able to print it to his satisfaction so most of his shots remained unseen until recently. A book of them was published recently.