jtan163

jtan163

Lives in Australia Adelaide, Australia
Joined on Oct 25, 2010
About me:

Just another guy with a camera.

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On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (1468 comments in total)
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jtan163: One thing I want to thank DPR and Richard for is actually writing a decent, useful and informative article instead of more filler "what the duck" style fluff while we wait for photokina announcements to start.

Please Sir, may we have some more?

Well querza if you tire of these articles you can always go read back issues of "what the duck" or photographer's vest reviews from the 80s...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 16:10 UTC
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jtan163: Do people really think these changes are aimed primarily at camera phones?

I more wonder if Google is aiming for more "real" cameras in the medium (or perhaps even short term).

Using cheaper opensourced OS might be a really easy way to reduce costs.
Yeah your OS looks like everyone else's but you can still add extra features, either in the OS itself or as apps.

Howaboutraw - I think you think that the thing you see on a phone or tablet is the OS.
It's not.
It's a GUI.
The OS is underneath.
I'm not trying to be rude, but it sounds like you are not familiar enough with OS principals to be having this conversation with.
Sorry I'm really not trying to be an ass, but you need to understand the different layers of abstraction e.g. , kernel, libraries, shell GUI, Apps before we can discuss this.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 16:08 UTC
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (1468 comments in total)

One thing I want to thank DPR and Richard for is actually writing a decent, useful and informative article instead of more filler "what the duck" style fluff while we wait for photokina announcements to start.

Please Sir, may we have some more?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 11:50 UTC as 40th comment | 3 replies
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jtan163: Do people really think these changes are aimed primarily at camera phones?

I more wonder if Google is aiming for more "real" cameras in the medium (or perhaps even short term).

Using cheaper opensourced OS might be a really easy way to reduce costs.
Yeah your OS looks like everyone else's but you can still add extra features, either in the OS itself or as apps.

You know you (you personally or the manufacturers) don't have to install all the apps?
They can just use the kernel. libraries and a shim layers as required.
They get a kernel, wireless, 3/4G , an imagine pipeline, a GUI toolkit, all of which they can customise.
You realise that margins and sales are dropping?
Easy way to reduce cost of producting a camera - an increase the feature set.

Whats more if you want to break Adobe's image processing strangelhold, what better way to do it then get your OS into cameras, still, video, lightray or otherwise?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 11:35 UTC
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (1468 comments in total)

Here we go M43 versus 35mm AND the aperture equivilance question.I predict religious war in the comments and forums for months.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 14:07 UTC as 121st comment

Do people really think these changes are aimed primarily at camera phones?

I more wonder if Google is aiming for more "real" cameras in the medium (or perhaps even short term).

Using cheaper opensourced OS might be a really easy way to reduce costs.
Yeah your OS looks like everyone else's but you can still add extra features, either in the OS itself or as apps.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 11:12 UTC as 6th comment | 8 replies
On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (162 comments in total)
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Joe Mayer: I must be a dino. I have no interest in manipulating any images on my i-anything. I don't see the point in using Photoshop AND Lightroom. LR is simply PS-lite and if you have PS, the "free" LR is of no use unless you really have poor cataloging skills and need a program to keep track of your stuff. As for the new features of PS, well, Adobe has always introduced new touch-feely stuff to attract people to update. In this case, they are giving it to those subscribed and are trying to tempt the hold-outs. I don't need to blur my photos and selecting according to sharpness is something I don't get. If I have a shot with great bokeh, I want to select the sharp part? Most people want to select the model so they can create fake bokeh. I'm sure there's a use for it but I can't figure any for my use so for those who can, enjoy. The only use I've seen for sharp masking is in the selection of a group of photos where you can immediately see which ones nailed focus.

Why do you want to select the sharp part?
So you can invert the selection and de-saturate the rest.
It's like you've never heard of selective colour.

Next you'll say you don't like HDR with black clouds....

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 12:03 UTC
On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (162 comments in total)
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desaint: Everybody complaining,i think 10 dollar a month is a bargain for such a great software tool.

If your phone stops working, that's becase you elected to buy a subsidised copy.
That's a choice. And you can get antother phone and still call your friends.

There was no choice with CC.
If you have psds you preety much go to pay if you want to keep using them as OS support for whatever version of PS you stopped at dies.

WHereas you can still call your friends by buying an unlocked phone.
You can even legally unlock your phone once oyour out of contract.

Locked phones are another annoyance.
The presumption of the phone comapny that I am there customer for life, that they own me.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 12:01 UTC
On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (162 comments in total)
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Barry Pearson: My career was in the computer industry, working for a company which made part of its income from software revenues. So part of my own income came (in effect) from software revenues, which for our own operating systems tended to be on subscription/rental. So I have a different view from many people here, and I am comfortable with the CC model. (And I don't see software piracy as a victimless action).

I have long said that I believe the first software to be considered by club-level photographers should be Lightroom or the equivalent, rather than Photoshop which has been the traditional first product in the UK. Then editing software can be added if needed. I know people who make effective use of Photoshop Elements, with or without Lightroom. I also know many people who use Photoshop and struggle with it, while they clearly don't need anything beyond Elements or the equivalent.

Photoshop is not a monopoly. Even Adobe don't think so, hence Elements, which is not CC.

The problem with your comment Barry Pearson is that it does not acknowledge that for years certain markets, e.g. where I live, Australia were being charged at times over double the price for the same software.

The usual excuse was "localisation" and "local support".
Only the local support was a joke if indeed it existed and the localisation for the moSt part appeared to be adding the menu item "English(Australian)" the to language menu, and then giving us US spelling anyway.
Presumably a few place names were added to a dictionary.
The local support died a total death about 10 years a with a ubiquitous intrnet and IP telephony.

Even in the last few years the prices changed when you logged in from an APNIC as opposed an ARIN IP.
Same software, served from the same servers, in the same data center, different price

A lot of ppl don't feel too bad pirating when they know they will get screwed if they buy legally.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 11:51 UTC
On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (162 comments in total)
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DRNottage: I use Lightroom 75% of the time for my workflow. If they go to subscription-only with it, screw them. And Lightroom for ios only? As I said, screw them. (Because they ARE screwing us, no matter how one attempts to rationalize it.)

Yes light room will be de-activated after you stop paying.
That's the point of a subscription model, to keep bleeding you.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 11:42 UTC
On Stream your photos... via backpack? article (36 comments in total)
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tongki: I can't imagine the power drained by laptop and heat problems

to all saying about this good and bla bla bla ...

think about simple problems, battery drain and heat transfer inside backpack,
compare to it's practical side, not worthed

also USB mounting and put it in the backpack,
is it stable connection for the USB ? risk from being hit or wreck ?

you need a better solution to do that, something like wireless post to communicate the link

creative? Yes
usable and workable ? NO
smart innovation ? It's kinda stupid

What makes you think they have laptops?

These would be pretty easy to build with off the shelf components such as Raspberry Pis and similar and a USB cell phone modem, or portable personal hot spot. Or an android phone or tablet.
All of these devices meet the description "small battery powered linux computer".

So while you're perfectly correct in your you "I can't imagine ..."statement - I think you're probably a bit off the mark with the rest of it.

You could record and digitise sound and send that back too so you can "caption" the shots on the fly.

imagemagick for thumbnails.
EZ PZ no japanEZ.

Actually you can do this with eyefi and a cell phone, as long as you don't mind not having diverse paths.

If you have a camera with two SDIO slots then you can probably do it via two networks just like that. D7100, iphone HTC One and 2 x eyefi pros.
Done deal. More diversity? Not sure if you can connect one eyefi card to two phones, but that would be the first avenue to look investigate.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 15:26 UTC
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maksa: Sigma has discontinued 50-150mm F2.8 OS. The next step we are waiting is to announce 50-150mm F2.8 III. 800 grams, 140 mm, stabilized with Pentax and Sony DSLRs.

OK, let’s it would called 50-150mm DC APO OS HSM Art.

Let'shope they improve increase the aperture size a little, lihe they did with the 18-35 - gives us APS-C shooters a little more light - god knows we need it.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2014 at 12:50 UTC
On Accessory Review: Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod article (50 comments in total)
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LachieC: So, review doesn't contain any data; I think everyone agrees.

Also, the 290 series are not "...more affordable alternative to the company's 055 pro line.." They are smaller/cheaper ideas brought to life in China.
The 190 series is a lot closer to the 055, the scale is merely smaller.
290 series uses all different hardware, the leg locks are different, the upper casting is different, the leg-angle locks are different etc. etc.
This is Manfrotto's attempt to claw its way into the lower market level where the Velbons and Slik's have been doing well.
I'm my opinion these 290's are good for lightweight DSLR. I can't see them being capable of excellent results under critical inspection with the reviewers camera. Maybe in less than challenging conditions but I suppose it depends how picky you are.
Also, there was some glossing over ballhead limitations, not all ballheads have a single lock lever. Many have separate pan locks.
The 190 series and 055 are *significantly* better tripods.

Actually I looked at the 190 and 290s, and the $300 or so price difference didn't seem at all reflected in the quality.

The 290 has fewer angles to set the legs at and can't use the centre column horizontally like the 190 pro.

Oh and does not have the new accessory arm connection point.

As far as I can see that was it.
The leg clamps were so similar I could not see a difference as were the tubes.

I mainly shoot mirror up remote, but on one occaission I shot controlling the camera directly.
I was surprised by the amount of vibration I felt, but even more surprised at the lack of noticeable effect on my shots.

I'm getting the sharpest shots I ever have, with my D7000 from this thing. The biggest lense I use is the 50-135 Tokina, but I am more than happy with these sticks.
I can't say that a 190 or 055s wouldn't be better - Ive not shot from them.

But I'm really happy with my CF 294 and don't find it at all cheap and nasty.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 11:04 UTC
On Accessory Review: Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod article (50 comments in total)
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tbcass: Only weaklings with money to burn buy carbon fiber tripods. I'll save my money and go for metal tripods every time.

Or people like me with 3 ruptured discs.

The carbon fibre version was only about $50 more.
$299AUD (no head) from a bricks and mortar local camera shop.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 10:58 UTC
On ThinkTank Streetwalker HardDrive Backpack Review article (78 comments in total)
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PatrickDowns: Good review, and I love mine. The one thing he didn't mention (iirc) is the accessory kit to add the D-ring straps on the shoulder straps, which integrate with the TT camera straps. I love mine, and being able to attach the camera that way to the shoulder straps when doing strenuous hiking etc, and still be able to shoot with that camera. Great idea. http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/camera-support-straps-v2.aspx

I very much agree egk4260.
Camera backpacks are good for walking from the car to the event - assuming the event is not more than a K or so away.
I buy real backpacks, with real harneses and use inserts to carry my camera gear.

And not only does the suspension on photopacks suck, but so does the capacity, No room for insulation, rainjacket, lunch/snack and water.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 19:33 UTC
On ThinkTank Streetwalker HardDrive Backpack Review article (78 comments in total)
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NotSteve: StreetWalker? Really? Like maybe the name "Photo Ho" was already taken? (Lowe Pro Photo Ho?)

"But does it provide enough bang to justify its $229.75 price tag?" Discriminating comparison shoppers want to know: What IS the going rate to get banged by a streetwalker these days? Please update the article accordingly.

There saving "Hard On" for then they start their Pelican style hard cases.

I suspect there'll also be a model with thicker closed cell foam walls called the "Semi".

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 19:29 UTC
On Nikon D3300 Review preview (232 comments in total)
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DaytonR: What an interesting camera , Nikon has raised the bar for entry level SLR`s. Its amazing how much cameras have come in a few years !

Very true cameras have come a long way in the last few years.
Olympus, Fuji, Panasonic and Sony are really innovating.

Oh look, another Canikon product increment.
More megapixels you say? How nice.
Oh, you've switched back on a feature you crippled to artificially create a distinction in your product line.
Stellar.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 13:45 UTC

Bokeh balls?
A ƒ/1.4 prime gallery and there are no bokeh balls?
What kind of outfit is this?
SRSLY!!??!
Kinda.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2014 at 17:40 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On Eyefi announces photo sharing cloud service article (15 comments in total)

Pity they can't get product into stores.
I bought a pro before christmas which fell apart.
I ordered a replacement at a bricks and mortar camera store about 4 weeks ago and they claim the distributors here were vaguely aware of not having stock and not all that sure when they might have some.

Not even an ETA, let alone and actual EyeFi pro card....

I think Eyefi needs to put some effort into their channel in Australia.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 11:13 UTC as 7th comment
On Google applies for contact lens camera patent post (29 comments in total)
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Debankur Mukherjee: Google is fast becoming a CIA agent.......!!

Wrong TLA.
Sigint is NSA's baby.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 11:33 UTC
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