Tom Schum

Tom Schum

Lives in United States Washington DC area, AK, United States
Works as a Electronics
Joined on Aug 30, 2010
About me:

Photo hobbyist, Sigma user


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On Sigma to pay Nikon $14.5 million for VR patent infringement news story (200 comments in total)

If Sigma is working on a new DSLR or Mirrorless camera, this fine might put a serious dent in their schedule. We might be stuck with another year of delay in the Sigma development process.
On the one hand, patent infringement is a serious problem and ought to be enforced with fines. On the other hand there can be far-reaching effects against competition in a case such as this. Since Nikon was asking for ten times as much money as they actually got, the judgement seems lenient to me.
Thinking about in-lens image stabilization in general, it seems to me that there is not a whole lot of choice regarding how to do it: move a lens or an element of a lens. In-camera image stabilization is a similar situation: you move a sensor.
Either way, one false move and you have re-invented something previously patented, and there will be infringement issues to deal with. I doubt Sigma had any criminal intent. This is an area for the patent trolls.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 12:55 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies
On Welcome to our studio test scene article (274 comments in total)

The resolution lineset now goes to 50, but since the phase 1 IQ180 easily resolves this, my impression is the resolution lineset is going to soon be useless.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 23:12 UTC as 61st comment

I still remain attracted by the latest and the greatest. As a previous poster said, financial limitations tend to moderate GAS.
At any moment I'm ready to drop $1000 on a new lens, or a new camera. Soon, the money might be there. Meanwhile I am enjoying using my existing equipment, and wondering why I want to buy more stuff.
Perhaps the best I can hope for is to be a recovering GASaholic.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2013 at 14:12 UTC as 66th comment
On Just Posted: Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIS Review news story (268 comments in total)

Looks like the K5 IIs makes a generally crisper and clearer photo. Too bad my X-E1 gives me a moire-free view of the resolution test chart. Perhaps the limits of bayer CFA technology have been reached.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2013 at 16:13 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply

Quite a large lens, compared to the 18-55.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2013 at 16:36 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon issues service advisory on D600's dust issue news story (240 comments in total)

These hi-res sensors see ALL!
Also a serious issue with my Sigma SD1.
Will try (again) to set up a sensor cleaning service with Sigma USA.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2013 at 14:25 UTC as 26th comment
On A Serious Rangefinder Compact Camera article (136 comments in total)

A Sigma DP2M with interchangeable lens mount on the front. That's all I wish for.
At this rate I might have to settle for a Fuji X-Pro1 instead.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2012 at 00:09 UTC as 27th comment

If Fuji can pull this off with good success, their XPro-1 sales will see a boost.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2012 at 00:42 UTC as 68th comment

I think we are watching the end of the point-and-shoot: with phones getting this good, there is no longer a need for them.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2012 at 01:53 UTC as 127th comment
On Similar, but not copied, image found to breach copyright news story (738 comments in total)

An image of mine remains mine only until somebody else complains that my image is too much like one of theirs.
This is depressing!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2012 at 00:59 UTC as 24th comment
On Preview:sigmasd1 (56 comments in total)

When will DP Review produce a full review of the SD1?

Posted on Aug 8, 2011 at 16:12 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
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