tonywong

tonywong

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So who owns the copyrights to the images the cat has made? Maybe the cat will take a selfie of it catching a weasel topped woodpecker in flight and eating them both.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 21:19 UTC as 35th comment
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zsedcft: They had a working prototype. They decided to change the whole internal design after the funding period was over.

Haje has been working his way round the internet outlets claiming that he is doing this good of the current customers. What he fails to mention is that triggertrap mobile already have a working product and an app. They don't really need much support, they will be fine on their own.

The kickstarter backers have no product. Haje remains the CEO of a company that has ripped off 2000 loyal backers (a lot of whom have supported them from the start).

There are other, similar projects that raised less money that have succeeded. They wasted the money thinking that there was a bottomless pit. They announced today that it was going to cost 62% of the total they raised to even produce the product - 3x what they budget for (which they didn't notice until 13 months after the project funded). It is incompetence and mismanagement in the extreme.

Sounds like Haje and his crew partied like rock stars when they hit nearly 600% over target and thought they owned the world.

Redesigns and changes to fundamentals whilst drawing salaries on such a small user base were never going to end well. Offering a pittance on return is just adding insult to injury.

As usual Kickstarter did and does nothing for the poor souls who trusted them to help ensure that projects are sanely managed after the funding goals are reached. Kickstarter takes a portion of the proceeds after disbursement and does not care one whit about the project or the backers after this.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 23:41 UTC
On Lowepro launches Echelon luxury bag line article (62 comments in total)

None of the promoted features really makes me want this. Given the restrictions by airlines now, lighter luggage would be where I'd be interested in putting my money.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 18:22 UTC as 46th comment
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tonywong: Not ripping into Mr. Burrard-Lucas but I guess everyone will want their share of the drone photos before it gets commonplace and/or regulated. Since he spent a year in the area he likely exercised due diligence and caution regarding the welfare of his subjects but other photographers may not.

I am conflicted about the use of drone photography in wildlife photos. In the crush to get the closest and newest photos and perspectives that no one else has gotten yet, will the animals now be surrounded by a cloud of flying drones and wheeled remote buggies during an animal encounter?

It is bad enough to see multiple rows of jeeps surrounding a lion hunt in eastern Africa, but now everyone will have to contend with photoshopping out the remote cameras popping in and out of their photos.

I think that there may have to be a policy once these devices become commonplace and common courtesy is forgotten, and the animals will be constantly harassed by these devices.

@wetsleet,

Southern Africa doesn't have as much animal density as the East but Botswana and South Africa have much better jeep management so the animals are not as crowded by the spectators.

Eco-tourism does keep them alive to a degree but the big predators are being increasingly hemmed in by human incursions and boundaries, and will likely become threatened/endangered regardless of the current levels of tourism.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 00:52 UTC

Not ripping into Mr. Burrard-Lucas but I guess everyone will want their share of the drone photos before it gets commonplace and/or regulated. Since he spent a year in the area he likely exercised due diligence and caution regarding the welfare of his subjects but other photographers may not.

I am conflicted about the use of drone photography in wildlife photos. In the crush to get the closest and newest photos and perspectives that no one else has gotten yet, will the animals now be surrounded by a cloud of flying drones and wheeled remote buggies during an animal encounter?

It is bad enough to see multiple rows of jeeps surrounding a lion hunt in eastern Africa, but now everyone will have to contend with photoshopping out the remote cameras popping in and out of their photos.

I think that there may have to be a policy once these devices become commonplace and common courtesy is forgotten, and the animals will be constantly harassed by these devices.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2015 at 17:56 UTC as 33rd comment | 6 replies
On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (316 comments in total)
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Earthlight: Quote from the article:

"As far as I can remember though, Canon has never offered us two cameras with the same sensor and asked us to pay more for one, to get some extra features before"

But what about the 18 mp sensor they used for years in their crop bodies?

@Joseph, I am in agreement totally with you. DPR 'moderation' is one of the reasons why a lot of great forum contributors have gone to places like FM. Not sure what En Trance is smoking but he really should share.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 23:00 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2340 comments in total)
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Rational: Poor engineering choices.

To build a high resolution sensor and at the same time to cripple the camera it goes in by not allowing that camera to store the image in native RAW format but only as jpg (which is compressed and hence suboptimal compared to the RAW file) is schizophrenic at best, bad engineering at worst.

Count me out.

You misread it for certain. No one has ever said that this camera will not record RAW files.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 20:22 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2340 comments in total)
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En Trance: Please Sony, please redefine the DSLT for the Industry. PLEASE! Load me up a camera body please. I am buying.

Pray tell, what is my kind that does not like MP? A pellicle mirror loses 1/3 of a stop or so and potentially introduces reflections into the image. If you want absolute image quality then introducing other elements into the imaging phase is not such a great idea. Loss of light can mean higher ISO, which reduces the DR of the image capture too. Since Canon is already behind on this front why would you go even further backwards?

Also, who needs fast AF on a landscape 50 megapixel camera anyhow? Better if there was a FF mirrorless option for this type of camera, with a rotating display.

No one claimed the 5Ds series is groundbreaking other than in megapixels. If you want something different the 5Ds isn't going to give it to you.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 20:14 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2340 comments in total)
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En Trance: Please Sony, please redefine the DSLT for the Industry. PLEASE! Load me up a camera body please. I am buying.

If you are dead set on buying translucent mirror technology you should buy a Sony instead of melting down in this thread. Personally I don't think very many people are choosing the pellicle mirror option.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 07:17 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2340 comments in total)
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En Trance: 5D IV would be the equivalent of Canon running back home with its tail between its legs. No turning back now. UNLESS you think one 5D at 50MP and one 5D at 22MP is somehow REASONABLE and not INSANITY!

The likely reason why it is called a 5D series camera is probably because Canon has painted themselves into a corner with nomenclature.

1D series is used for their top end cameras, with integrated portrait grip. This camera does not have that.

2D. probably not a good idea because it is similar to the problem the next one in the family would pose. Two dimensional imaging would be slightly confusing.

3D. Not a three dimensional imaging camera, so that's out.

4D. Number 4 is very unlucky in Asia because the number four is a homonym for death.

5D. Where they are sitting now, mid range, full frame camera.

6D. Entry level full frame camera.

7D. Pro level crop frame camera.

8D and 9D would be considered lesser than the 6D or 7D so both of those are non-starters.

So pretty much the only realistic choices are 2D and 5D. I don't think this body is high up enough on the features list to justify 2D, so a 5D variant probably makes the most sense.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 18:48 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2340 comments in total)
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princecody: Canon just released this Amazing 5DS R & no rotating screen? Have they lost their mind?

ps: The sensor is made by Sony. Sony also makes the sensor in the Nikon D810 :)

If Sony was making the sensor for Canon, it would have markedly better Dynamic Range, although the rumour is that the 5Ds/r does have improved DR over the 1Dx. Just not as good as the current DR of Sony produced sensors at low/base ISO.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 18:33 UTC
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BigBen08: "We understand that there are currently no plans to bring the camera to market in America."

I don't understand this, can some one explain?

Probably the dealers did not want this after the debacle of the original EOS M launch. Canon execs seem very insular, in that they blamed the buying public for not wanting an overpriced and underperforming body.

Once they liquidated (half price if not more) the EOS M's they sold very well, but the lesson they took from it was that they are taking their mirrorless ball and going home.

Sad but I really like the metering on my EOS M, pokey but takes a decent photo. If Canon were to price the EOS M3 at the fire sale liquidation prices the EOS M left with I bet it would be a hit.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 05:41 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (437 comments in total)
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JeanPierre Thibaudeau: First camera review in almost a month and a half! And a seven pages long.
Congratulations, DPR!

Somehow Phil Askey could do as much if not more as a one man band.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 17:12 UTC
On Nikon D750 flare investigated: Why we're not worried article (364 comments in total)
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ozturert: This is really fantastic. Dpreview (Rishi) and HowaboutRAW have been trying to defend D750 when Nikon withdrew all D750s from retailers silently and issued a statement saying that they will repair affected cameras.
I think you really need to meet Nikon executives and explain that their efforts are futile and they waste their money and time (which is money again).
I'm also surprised (not joking, serioulsy) that 1Dx users have been unaware of this issue. Or have they been aware and not talking about this for years? Or is it really not the case for 1Dx and bigger issue for D750? This really needs to be investigated. Why has this issue been reported widely for ONLY d750 and not for d800, d810, 1Dx etc..? What can the reason be?
And I cannot understand the logic behind saying "why we think that D750 owners can rest easy" when Nikon offered free fix? Personally I'd not buy a second hand D750 if it's not fixed by Nikon.

1Dx owners are happy just to have working AF for once.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2015 at 16:37 UTC
On Nikon D750 flare investigated: Why we're not worried article (364 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: At last, the 1DX review!

;)

Honest question. Why the heck do you guys have a 1Dx and a D4s if you're *not* going to put a review?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2015 at 16:16 UTC
On Nikon D5500 adds touchscreen and flat picture profile article (213 comments in total)
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northwizard: First Panasonic removing the GPS module of it's travelzoom compact, now Nikon! Why?

Why would you blame the user for *requiring* it be turned off or else face a flat battery? Poorly implemented features are better left out. Put it back in when it works properly, and forget the checklist featuresets.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 01:49 UTC
On Nikon D5500 adds touchscreen and flat picture profile article (213 comments in total)
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northwizard: First Panasonic removing the GPS module of it's travelzoom compact, now Nikon! Why?

@Revenant, yes that is true as well. The GPS chipsets used in cameras are pretty low end.

@Menneisyys & @broadbean, never said it shouldn't be done, but I said from the very get go that it is a work in progress.

Also tablets and phones today require charging almost every day and most cannot last a week without going flat. No dSLR requires that except when the GPS has been left running. This needs fixing before it is exposed to the customer.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 22:48 UTC
On Nikon D5500 adds touchscreen and flat picture profile article (213 comments in total)
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northwizard: First Panasonic removing the GPS module of it's travelzoom compact, now Nikon! Why?

Yes, they sip power relatively speaking, but when the system is sleeping it tends to drain the batteries as well. This could be due to a poor chipset, poor software implementation, or that the antenna design is not good enough to get a quick lock so the camera is polling during sleep to avoid a long acquisition delay.

Remember that a camera needs to do more than just power a GPS for 10-15 hours, it has to take photos as well. dSLRs have been very good at sipping power traditionally and users are not inclined to recharging camera batteries every day.

I've turned off my Canon 6D's GPS and wifi because I got tired of grabbing a camera with a flat battery, and when I shoot I rarely remember to turn on the GPS until after the fact, and indoors it can take a long time to acquire coordinates.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 19:45 UTC
On Nikon D5500 adds touchscreen and flat picture profile article (213 comments in total)
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northwizard: First Panasonic removing the GPS module of it's travelzoom compact, now Nikon! Why?

Yes, like Just a Photographer states, it is likely battery life. The wireless functions of the cameras tends to eat into battery life significantly. If you forget to disable/turn off the features you might end up picking up your SLR and looking at a flat battery, and re enabling them always takes a fair bit of time and hassle. Still a work in progress.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 17:40 UTC

This feature set sounds fantastic, for 2005. Only 10 years too late.

CANON IMAGE GATEWAY? Never heard of anyone even using this. Surprised this device doesn't have a Direct Print button either.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2015 at 20:53 UTC as 11th comment
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