Timmbits

Timmbits

Lives in Canada Montreal, Canada
Works as a inventor
Joined on Oct 8, 2011
About me:

Deutscher, living in Montreal Canada.
Cycling, chess, design, inventions, nature, photography, are some of the things I like.

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On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (124 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: How surprising! I like to be surprised. Hmmmmm ... you learn something new now and then.

Maybe do something about the noise though. I can imagine that it is quite annoying for the model and the photographer.

nothing that some music can't resolve ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 18:27 UTC
On Did Amazon just patent the seamless background setup? article (133 comments in total)
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SiliconVoid: ...and the irony of it all - the thing that questions the real 'eventual' reason for the patent?? Most of Amazon's product shots are taken in a light-box, because it provides even greater light equalization and shadow correction, as opposed to this 'technique' which is actually more purposeful for portraits than products..

Some where in the bowels of Amazon a greedy little bean counter will eventually suggest to upper management that 'even a measly licensing fee of $0.01 per published photo will make millions'...

This is not an invention or new idea to begin with, but even if classified as so the applicant and application do not even fulfill the requirements of declaration:
Section 1.63:a:3 clearly requires a statement/oath - 'that the person executing the oath or declaration believes the named inventor or joint inventor to be the original inventor or an original joint inventor.'

--The original inventor--

No one, not even Amazon, could believe they discovered this technique...

many patents do not stand up to litigation or challenge.
a patent is only a license to sue. success is another matter altogether.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 18:20 UTC
On Did Amazon just patent the seamless background setup? article (133 comments in total)
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joepasky: John Seymour, who has a patent or two in his name, (John the Math Guy, in the printing industry), has written an insightful and humorous article about Amazon and the white background patent: 'Get out the Pitchforks".

Worth a read:

http://johnthemathguy.blogspot.com/2014/05/get-out-pitchforks.html

hehehe here is an exerpt:
"I'm sure the execs at Amazon had long debates about what color the background should be. I can picture one CFO arguing adamantly for "lilac", with the CTO holding out for "puce". Guys are like that. Somehow they managed to agree on white."

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 17:58 UTC
On Did Amazon just patent the seamless background setup? article (133 comments in total)

USPTO will grant a patent on just about anything, if the patent application is correctly written and assembled, and if there are no prior patents.

Whether the patent holds up in court, to challenges and litigation, is a completely different matter.

This patent is inconsequential, because it is indefendible.

Amazon's attorneys know this, and they are probably twiddling their thumbs most of the time, looking for ways to justify their salaries to those that hire them and don't know any better.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 17:37 UTC as 1st comment
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (635 comments in total)
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Timmbits: I guess there is no HDR/Bracketing?

oh wait... on page 4 (controls) it says that in the Func menu bracketing is available. funky!

specs page needs to have that added.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 22:34 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (635 comments in total)
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Le Kilt: I've been waiting for Canon to include all the good features in a G series camera, and they won't. Why oh why not Canon? Each time the G series camera has one or two of these nice features put back and one or two removed. Arrrg!

- Fast and wide lens (eg 24mm and better than f/2.8)
- Full tilt and swival screen
- Optical viewfinder

Grrr...

I'm sorry. I didn't need the EVF as I hardly use it, and I hate the swing-out swivel screens. I should never have let my preferences be known.

It's all my fault.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 22:07 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (635 comments in total)

Compact, good lens, sensor larger than mft... this can replace my APS camera!

Unfortunately, just no HDR or panorama (although we have software to piece that together on the computer instead of in-camera) - but I don't use those very often anyways. Seems like a reasonable compromise.

If I owned this, I think practicality would have me reaching for this far more often when I step out than any other camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 22:06 UTC as 3rd comment
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (635 comments in total)

I guess there is no HDR/Bracketing?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 21:51 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (635 comments in total)

@DPR: in the comparison chart, why is the rx100iii not in there, instead of the outdated rx100ii, when the information is available elsewhere on the DPR website? perhaps you could correct that?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 21:42 UTC as 5th comment
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (1825 comments in total)
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heftymartingmailcom: It's good that someone with proper understanding of this concept can explain it to those who really find it important. For this, truly thanks. I can always tell full-frame photographers who can't get their head around it, to go here and read.

However... You know what? As a photographer who has never used anything but MFT cameras, I don't know why it should matter to me, or in other words, if you're like me, just stop thinking about it.

Instead, focus on what your camera/lense combinations do, how they affect your photos, and learn when to use them for which situation. This is YOUR tool - get good at it, learn to work within it's limits and capabilities, and trust me, you'll never miss what the others have or even need to think or worry about it. MFT cameras are simply different, but learn what F-stops and focal lengths mean TO YOU and YOUR GEAR.

I think it becomes pertinent, when you are at the point where you are shopping around, evaluating, deciding, maybe thinking about changing systems. It definitely helps with that.
Not to mention countless times when these things pop up in discussions on the wall or in the forums.

PS: and even for you, when you see that lens you want to buy - don't you want to know what the aperture is really equivalent to? When it's an f2, is it good enough, or do you want better? I think it's important to be able to make such assessments.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 20:53 UTC
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (1825 comments in total)

I am thinking that for the APS samples, any camera with a bayer pattern sensor would have been a much better choice! In the night scene, the Fuji is very noisy!
(Sony, Samsung, Canon, Nikon... so many choices)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 20:49 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (1825 comments in total)
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LingoDingo: For the past 150+ years of photographic history, "equivalence" meant EXPOSURE equivalence, where the ONLY variables that mattered were F-Stop / Shutter Speed / ISO...

Now we have a new religion called DOF Equivalence, which photographers and film-makers of the past 150+ years did not give a sh*t about.

I've shot professionally for 30+ years now, using everything from a Minox "spy" camera to the Polaroid 20×24 inch studio camera, and while DOF was always important, I was never concerned about matching the DOF between camera formats.

This new DOF Equivalance religion is very misguided in my opinion, as it appears to be all about matching camera formats, and not about getting the best performance out of each unique camera.

Nobody cares if your Minox shots match the look of your 8x10 Sinar shots, if the shots your are producing are mediocre.

in your day, (in our day), we didn't have crappy 1/2" sensors!
we didn't have manufacturers that advertised f2.0 on a tiny sensor camera leading people to believe they had something "just as good as...".
Once everything else was understood by the masses, this is the last topic most don't seem to get. we see evidence of that by what people are buying, by comments they leave here and in threads. so this article was obviously long overdue and most pertinent.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 19:04 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

Fuji:
having owned a X-S1 from Fuji (24-624mm, 2/3" sensor), I am confident that if/when Fuji introduces the replacement to that, it may offer the best of both worlds:
the 1" sensor, good zoom range, rugged and quality construction, as well as awesome controls.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 17:48 UTC as 14th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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ericsan: Just hope that Canikon will wake up and delivers their own 1'sensor compact & bridge cameras shortly (Photokina in september) to have a wider product choice...

...or maybe just a long zoom for the J1? that would resolve it for Nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 17:46 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Timmbits: page 8: "The portrait example shows several things, including skin tone reproduction, noise reduction, and bokeh. The cameras were set at their maximum apertures: F2.8 for the Sony and F4 for the Panasonic."

This is a mistake. Because now we do not know, if the sharper image on the Panasonic is due to more depth of field, or due to better picture processing.

You SHOULD HAVE done both images at the best COMMON aperture, namely f4. Then we would have a good comparison!

You did it correctly for the night scene (where the Sony edges ahead according to you), so why not do it correctly with all scenes?

@DPR, this leads to an obvious question:

Are Sony's "mediocre jpegs" due to using different apertures (less in-focus detail)? Or are we to extrapolate that, where you did use identical aperture, the Panasonic now has worse-than-mediocre jpegs?

Using inconsistent methodology, the answer isn't clear. But we would like to know. Good no-fuss JPEGs might influence some of us.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 17:43 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

page 8: "The portrait example shows several things, including skin tone reproduction, noise reduction, and bokeh. The cameras were set at their maximum apertures: F2.8 for the Sony and F4 for the Panasonic."

This is a mistake. Because now we do not know, if the sharper image on the Panasonic is due to more depth of field, or due to better picture processing.

You SHOULD HAVE done both images at the best COMMON aperture, namely f4. Then we would have a good comparison!

You did it correctly for the night scene (where the Sony edges ahead according to you), so why not do it correctly with all scenes?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 17:21 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

"The RX10 doesn't shoot 4K, but it does have full sensor readout, which means that no lines are skipped."
Not at 1080i (60i) it doesn't!
At 1080p(60p) you have full sensor readout.
This is merely a characteristic of the chosen HD mode.
Interlaced (1080i) or non-interlaced (1080p).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 16:44 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Sam808: FZ1000 photo is sharper on the right side and RX10 is sharper on left side of the frame, it's weird!

Is it a lens issue or focus problem?

it could be either. if an object left and right is at exactly the same distance, you are witnessing the problems that exist with such immense zoom range lenses. if the objects are at different distances, you are merely witnessing what the camera's focus system gave priority to and locked on to.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 16:41 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Henry Falkner: After my Olympus SP-570UZ I stopped buying bridge cameras when pocket P&S jobs started having less noise with the same sensor size.

The FZ-1000 tweaks the features I appreciate in my current Olympus SH-1 pocket zoom (namely 5-axis IS and HD video, which is fun).

The 1" sensor with 20MP resolution makes the larger bridge camera format tolerable. The FZ-1000 also has a hot shoe again, and a wired remote.

It is tempting.

ibis is cute, when added as a bells-end-whitles feature to dress up a tiny 1/2.3" sensor. not matter how you hash things up, it will never compare to these much larger sensors. don't kid yourself. once you go through your photo albums of pics taken with the larger sensor camera, you will never want to, not even be able to, go back to your old tiny sensor camera. there is just no comparison. less noise, maybe, but sharpness and contrast is closer to your cameraphone than to these cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 16:03 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (227 comments in total)

I just hope that Fuji re-introduces a new version of the X-S1, but with a 1", instead of 2/3" sensor.
It had the best controls, a reasonably good menu, very robust and high quality: it was a pleasure to use, with surprisingly good results, and was built to last.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 23:37 UTC as 4th comment
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