Bill Bentley

Lives in Canada British Columbia, Canada
Joined on Sep 13, 2004

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kbryd: It is the software that is the problem. These models will be forgotten by Asus after 8 months, which means no new Android OS updates, no security updates etc.

This is true and Google is considering steps to help rectify it.

http://mashable.com/2016/05/25/google-may-shame-carriers-android-updates/#rU.vBIzGyiqT

Link | Posted on May 31, 2016 at 15:05 UTC
On article Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial (180 comments in total)
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Joerg V: I am torn between "wow" and "weird".

The final image is mesmerizing but my brain (trained to find the best focussing distance to get the best perceived overall sharpness) screams "does not compute".

Yup. The foreground cacti are far too bright in relation to the sun. I realize the photographer wanted to "highlight" this area of the image since the sharp needles look cool, but it's about 50% overdone imo.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2016 at 15:21 UTC

I wonder how hot the smartphone gets while using this. I bought the Knox Labs cardboard VR box a while back and you could almost fry an egg on the phone (Nexus 5) after about 5 minutes of viewing.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2016 at 20:14 UTC as 23rd comment
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zeratulmrye: Hmm... After reading this post I got the feeling that a 600mm equivalent lens is quite useless for landscapes, you just couldn't get a shot with good clarity and details because of the atmospheric distortion.

@stereo. LOL, Well, maybe not on my belly, but down on one knee is okay. :-)

I should also mention I have the f4-5.6 IS version. It's not that much of a monster.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 20:10 UTC
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zeratulmrye: Hmm... After reading this post I got the feeling that a 600mm equivalent lens is quite useless for landscapes, you just couldn't get a shot with good clarity and details because of the atmospheric distortion.

"Telephoto focal lengths are fantastic for all types of landscape photos."

Yes, and a good example from the images on this page would be the wildflowers. Zoom to about 300mm, get down close to ground level and isolate the flowers. You should achieve pleasing bokeh. I use this technique with my Canon 70-300mm on APS of FF all the time. I rarely shoot flowers any other way except for macro.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 16:18 UTC
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villagranvicent: At least on my computer the shots at 100% view looks pretty crappy. Too much noise, lack of detail and blown highlights. But what the heck, is a SONY right?

"Who ever does view images at 100%"

I do all the time, especially upon import. It's the only way to truly tell if you achieved 100% focus on your intended target. Plus, with most post-processing you should be zooming in and out of 100% view to really see what's happening.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 16:09 UTC
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BigMac3: I'll probably try, but it would be a lot more attractive if On1 had a full featured package, including export to different file types/dimensions, plus printing. If you have to export to use Lightroom and to keep track/update 2 browsers it won't be worth much.

It's basically a full featured program now, minus RAW development. You will be able to export to multiple formats and there will be no need to export to another program unless you choose to for further editing (i.e. Silver eFex, Color eFex Pro, etc). Not sure about the print options (module) though. I have Perfect Effects Suite now but don't print from it.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 17:56 UTC
On article Affinity Photo coming to Windows (144 comments in total)

"Does your vision extend to the full range of Affinity apps eventually competing against the Adobe Creative Suite as a whole?"

Adobe Creative Cloud Suite is very comprehensive with Photoshop being the heart of the range, but I believe Affinity Photo will chip away at its success and establish our competitiveness with the suite. I don’t think people will actually talk about Affinity as a true competitor until we have released Publisher and
show how all these applications work together in way that I believe is a game changer.

Tony Brightman - CEO, Serif Labs
https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/affinity-review/

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 21:54 UTC as 29th comment
On article Affinity Photo coming to Windows (144 comments in total)

Tutorials galore. Very excited for this.

https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/tutorials/photo/

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 21:14 UTC as 30th comment
On article Affinity Photo coming to Windows (144 comments in total)
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Simion1: Is this a UWP application or Win32?

64 bit OS

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 21:04 UTC
On article Affinity Photo coming to Windows (144 comments in total)
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LEGACYMOMENTSPHOTOGRAPHY: I have been tempted by this brand but can't get enough info on older products I've seen. Does it do layers etc...

Go watch the video link I posted below.

*answer = yes*

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 20:51 UTC
On article Affinity Photo coming to Windows (144 comments in total)
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Suntan: So what does it do? Does it just offer pure "editing" like photoshop, or does it offer full RAW developing (ACR/Lightroom) as well?

I just went to their web site and watched the features video. It mentioned RAW support among a myriad of other things. Looks like this is LR & PS rolled into one. I signed up for the BETA. Fingers crossed I can finally move from LR4 and PS6.

https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 20:50 UTC
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StevenE: Nice ... but why in the world does Sony not put touchscreen on the A7 and 6300 cameras? It's an obvious must-have feature that would give touch focus pulling in video

Can this not be done via phone and app? Would much rather control video focus this way vs. actually touching the camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 17:01 UTC
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jonny1976: canon is the most boring photo company in the world really..

So is Honda for cars, and look where that got them.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 15:58 UTC
On article Adobe releases Lightroom mobile for Android (3 comments in total)
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Impulses: Seems kinda backwards they released it for phones before tablets (you cab side load it but it's buggy and crashes, go figure).

The way I read it was that the editing works fine on a tablet but that the tablet camera is not connected. I don't shoot with my tablet but would prefer to make the edits there vs. on my phone. Or did I read it wrong?

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 16:50 UTC
On article Photo Mate R3 brings improved Raw editing on Android (12 comments in total)

Looks good.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 19:09 UTC as 4th comment

I can't see a mention of space limits anywhere. How many GB's does this include? Unlimited image hosting?

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 17:09 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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watson076: Over the last few years manufacturers have really lost touch with what photographers love, but I believe Fuji really hit the reset button. 40-50 mp this and that, 4k video, blah blah blah - who the f**k cares ? What I want is a true photographic experience (and I speak for many friends of mine who feel the same way). Fuji concentrates on what true photographers want, not what focus groups tell them to manufacture. Thank god someone is listening.

@watson076, sandy b did not miss your point or put a spin on it. And your lengthy, defensive reply was childish.

You want a camera you can "connect" with? Good photographers can make good images with $25 instant cameras. Of course ergonomics are important too, but that is not what this discussion was about.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 17:02 UTC
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