samfan

samfan

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Lassoni: crowdfunding projects generally tend to either fail or are extremely slow to deliver. I've noticed this with some of games taking "ages" to come into fruition.

Taking broken ages to deliver, right?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 23:11 UTC

Happens. People need to realize that funding a KS project is not placing an order, it is making an investment which may pay off really well or collapse.

I can't really blame them. If they've spent the funds developing the thing, they obviously can't make full refunds because new money doesn't grow on trees (unless you're a bank). If it did, there would be no need for KS in the first place.

So they could go bankrupt trying to deliver the product, or go bankrupt trying to refund, or not go bankrupt and annoy some people who should've known what they are getting into.

Then again, there was probably some mismanagement in place and I do wonder how come they couldn't get a real investor involved considering they already have a working company. Something may not be as well as it seems, but we'll never know.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 23:09 UTC as 31st comment

Now that's what I call a c*ckblocker.

1) FF rangefinder? Hell yes!
2) Click to open the article
3) WTF is this crap?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 15:06 UTC as 51st comment
On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (316 comments in total)

Nikon has been doing this for years with the D3x00/D5x00 series. Usually same sensor, only some extra bits and pieces for much more money. I think what Canon does here is more sensible (e.g. the top LCD, which is still not on D5x00), however in typical Canon fashion they also felt the need to remove features from the lower model to differentiate.

Either way, what Sony does with 12/24/36 MP cameras makes much more sense I think. Ideally the customer could chose from say 6 to 9 cameras from one maker: low-end/enthusiast/pro, each one in hi-sensitivity/hi-speed/hi-res variants.

Shuffing pixels down everyone throats like Nikon and Canon are doing with every 'upgrade' is irritating to say at least. I still don't need more than 10 MP; I don't even WANT more than 16 MP, not before I can have a 40" or something 8k display to edit on, with CPU power and drive space to match.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 06:30 UTC as 15th comment
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samfan: 600mm is certainly very practical without a built-in EVF.

But you know what bugs me most about these supposedly high-end compact cameras? An on/off BUTTON. Press, hold = delay.

I don't know why they don't use instantaneous mechanical on/off switches like on DSLRs and (these days, fortunately) MILCs. Anything that makes you wait in a camera is imperfect design, not to mention access in gloves etc. Besides everyone is going crazy with mechanical elements anyway.

Kawika some bridge cameras that try to look like DSLRs have mech on/off switches, but generally compact cameras don't. And yes sure there's usually some delay either way, but holding the button takes extra time and also you can only use it while you're holding the camera in certain ways, while mech. switches can be flipped while you're raising the camera to your eye.

morepix - HCB was the only person in the history ever who had the right to have a fast and responsive camera?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 15:47 UTC

600mm is certainly very practical without a built-in EVF.

But you know what bugs me most about these supposedly high-end compact cameras? An on/off BUTTON. Press, hold = delay.

I don't know why they don't use instantaneous mechanical on/off switches like on DSLRs and (these days, fortunately) MILCs. Anything that makes you wait in a camera is imperfect design, not to mention access in gloves etc. Besides everyone is going crazy with mechanical elements anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 21:35 UTC as 25th comment | 4 replies
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Julienrl: To answer author's question, yes raw is supported (in the API documentation).

Extra specs:
ISO 200-12800 + a 100 (illuminated) mode

Also seems to be 8fps limit in the API, not 10.

If anyone can help me find the answers to the following questions:
1- will it have in body imiage stabilization?
2- can it work without a phone? (would be nice to be able to pull it out, turn it on and take a picture near instantly using the last input settings or a default to auto for quick unexpected snaps)

"can it work without a phone?"

I'm sure it can. How else would you do selfies?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 19:00 UTC
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AD in KC: OK I really don't get this. It's a camera that sticks to your phone? So your phone is what then, the viewing screen and controls?

It's something which sucks the battery and acts as the most clumsy camera control imaginable.

Good for the teens I guess.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 18:59 UTC
On Olympus 8mm F1.8 'pro' fisheye in development article (29 comments in total)

Love the thumbnail on the homepage.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 18:57 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On Canon 7D mirror box filmed at 10,000fps article (175 comments in total)
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samfan: Even the DSLR haters have to respect such precise mechanics, especially if it works flawlessly after such abuse as this guy puts it through. I really like DSLRs.

Well practicality is relative. For example something based on mechanics requires less or no electricity. Hence you can look through the DSLR viewfinder waiting for the shot without having to worry about battery life. Not so with EVF. And the look and feel of OVF vs EVF is a personal choice too.

And don't forget that digital cameras still need to rely on mechanics - a lens and mounts cannot be just cobbled together. Apertures and their control, image stabilization systems and most shutters are mechanical too.

But regardless I was talking about respect to such mechanics, not practicality.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 18:54 UTC
On Canon 7D mirror box filmed at 10,000fps article (175 comments in total)

Even the DSLR haters have to respect such precise mechanics, especially if it works flawlessly after such abuse as this guy puts it through. I really like DSLRs.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2015 at 17:35 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
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Sdaniella: I'm with Nike
Why? Simple.
JR's shot of Jordan was just one shot of a classic Jordan B-jump amongst any number of shots EASILY taken by JR's contemporaries BEFORE or AFTER JR's shot.
For all we know, that same OFT REPEATED Jordan jump was taken inumerably mind-numbing times by every photographer shooting Jordan before and after JR's specific shot.
That JUMP is NOT UNIQUE to JR's shot, but rather a distinction EXCLUSIVE to the MAN, Michael Jordan, and taken untold number of times by any others, BEFORE and AFTER, JR's ONE shot.
Frankly, JR, like any of his contemporaries, have umpteen more of the EXACT same easily REPEATABLE Jordan jump (by none other, than Jordan, of course) taken BEFORE/AFTER that one shot.
Plus, if Jordan ever were visited by his fans, likely seen, and captured that very same Jordan jump that varies little one from another.
Even any logo artist could redo an idealized concept logo drawn from umpteen similar Jordan jump shots by ANY sports photographer familiar with MJ

I don't know squat about basketball but if it's true that the photog directed the player to jump in a particular way, and that way is not completely common, then there's enough creativity involved.

Just as importantly, the image was quite obviously recreated by Nike on purpose. "See this photo, mr. photog #2? Do the same thing."

I dunno I don't like copyright claims much because anybody can claim similarity with anything but this looks like an obvious copycat.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 06:06 UTC

Seems like a solid case. Photographer creates an image (not just pushes the button, but directs the action).

Nike likes the image, licenses it, then makes pretty much the same photo with the same player. I don't think the intend was to rip off the photog, they probably wanted to enhance the image for the logo. But still, it's "we want the same just a tad better".

Question is, why wait 30 years, with Nike of all things. Was the photog in a coma? Unless he couldn't afford to pay the copyright or court fees (which may be prohibitive, admittedly), he had no reason to 3 decades. Business probably isn't going well.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 06:01 UTC as 48th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (385 comments in total)

This selfie craze still isn't over? Geez.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 07:13 UTC as 111th comment | 7 replies
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (208 comments in total)
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samfan: In the past few years, both Google and Microsft introduced their replacement formats and both failed miserably.

It's weird. Is there any other file format as old as JPG still so widely used? Besides plain text I mean.

JPEG became standard in 1992. Same year as Intel Indeo came into existence as a video format. Remember Intel Indeo? We've probably had 20+ major video formats between then and now. That's how old JPEG is in computer terms.

Well, considering that even GIF is still a thing, I hope for an image format that can replace JPEG, GIF and PNG all at once. Heck ideally it could have some compressed RAW capability, maybe that would give it traction at least in cameras.

True, mp3 as a format has existed for a long time, but the actual compression algorithms have evolved significantly. The old mp3 algorithms are a far cry from what is achievable today. As far as I know, JPEG algorithms haven't changed much in all that time.

Furthermore, mp3 isn't actually as ubiquitous. Apple's AAC at some point rivaled mp3, OGG has a lot of momentum where compression is needed and FLAC/ALAC is pretty popular too.

If you have any decent video player on your PC, I can send you a OGG, FLAC or whatever and you'll be able to play it. If I send you a photo in LWF, probably not.

Now that I think about it, ZIP still exists as a go-to solution for compressing stuff though also not by far as ubiquitous as JPEG.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 18:15 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (208 comments in total)

In the past few years, both Google and Microsft introduced their replacement formats and both failed miserably.

It's weird. Is there any other file format as old as JPG still so widely used? Besides plain text I mean.

JPEG became standard in 1992. Same year as Intel Indeo came into existence as a video format. Remember Intel Indeo? We've probably had 20+ major video formats between then and now. That's how old JPEG is in computer terms.

Well, considering that even GIF is still a thing, I hope for an image format that can replace JPEG, GIF and PNG all at once. Heck ideally it could have some compressed RAW capability, maybe that would give it traction at least in cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 08:43 UTC as 34th comment | 3 replies

You know what, I think this particular camera looks good in silver with the grip. For a reasonable price, I'd dig it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 15:57 UTC as 30th comment
On Canon introduces new $78K 50-1000mm cine lens article (173 comments in total)

T5.0-8.9 doesn't sound impressive, at least in the lower range (and I doubt it's gonna be T/5 until 999mm). How do cine people deal with bad speed in low light? I get it that with 1080p it's not such an issue compared to 36 MPx prints, but with 4k I guess things start getting noisy.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 18:09 UTC as 8th comment | 5 replies

Geez, what's your problem guys, so they asked a fashion designer to make a bag and put a white camera inside it. Big deal. It's just a white camera in a white bag. Something you can buy for your wife as a gift if you you know she doesn't appreciate the standard big black cameras. (And while I don't know SmC's work she's probably known enough that the bag itself would cost as much when bought separately.)

It's not like they had to pull firmware programmers or lens designers from their work on your dreamed out Canon MILC to make this.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 17:39 UTC as 50th comment | 3 replies
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vFunct: 4k should only be done on a professional cinema camera.

It should NOT be in any dSLR.

In fact, dSLR for video is useless. A real cinema camera is always better than dSLRs. The dSLR body is not designed for video, since the mount points are always near the center of gravity, causing it to be unstable and shaky.

Additionally, the full-frame sensor causes everything to be out-of-focus. Professional editors constantly complain how horribly unfocused dSLR videos are. You end up with much better shots with a smaller sensor, like super-35mm.

At this point, only amateur photographers shoot video with dSLR videos. I never hire dSLRs videographers and always choose cinematographers with real video cameras for jobs.

Once you add all the cinema accessories to a dSLR rig, you're just better off with a real video camera, for better quality results.

I hope Nikon comes up with a separate cinema system, like what Canon did.

4K may not be important for consuming yet, but it will be in 5 or so years and when that comes, 1080p video will look bad, just like when you try to watch VHS today, or impress with 5 MPx images. Simple future proofing, an important thing especially for people who hope to still sell their product 5 to 10 years from now.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 21:21 UTC
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