Ken Phillips

Ken Phillips

Lives in United States United States
Joined on Nov 26, 2001


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DStudio: The right to record such incidents is absolutely a constitutional right, and must be maintained to preserve our freedom. I'd be VERY concerned to see this taken away.

However, we still have another problem, in that much of the media is more interested in a story then the truth. And much of the general public - as well as juries themselves - fail to view such video clips with common sense. The whole incident, situation and context must be taken into account. This problem goes back at least as far as the Rodney King incident, where people ignored the fact that King refused to pull over for 20-40 miles, driving at high speed under the influence, and was a big man who then charged officers just as a person under the influence of PCP would. The police had to use batons because their use of firearms (and even tazers now) is restricted. King's skin color and last name made it sound worse.

But the Texas law is an AWFUL response to the public's lack of discernment. There's no place for it!

Dark Goob,
You, and virtually every citizen of the USA completely and utterly misunderstands the Constitution. It is NOT a grant of rights to the people, it is a LIMITATION on the powers of government.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 13:18 UTC
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Trk: That law is very clear for me as outside US observer. In Colorado there is long term actual problem with citizens taking images of police activity within 15 feet, therefore they want law which will function against that.
Because I live in central EU I would interpret this as issue with police which often violates laws during police activity and they want to make impossible for citizens to collect evidence, maybe police in Colorado is connected with organized crime as in my country therefore lobby can easily present such a laws.

D Webb, you forget the US Gov't, the biggest bunch of crooks that ever lived. I'll take Big Oil over my huge tax load any day of the week.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 13:14 UTC
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Mescalamba: Thats interesting actually.

Otherwise, sapphire in this case is just synthetic corundum. Rather easy to make in large quantities. Not much to do with that sparkling blue gems. :) Im not sure if it even has same oxides as natural one. But sure, sapphire glass sounds much better than corundum glass. :D

Or simply aluminum (aluminium) oxide ... you know, sandpaper grit.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 13:29 UTC
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Summi Luchs: What about the coating (compromising the durability of the glass itself) ?
If the material has a transparency of 99.9%, as said, there ist only 0.1% reflection (an attenuation of around 10 F-stops) my guess would be they don't need coatings. OTOH they write of 'superior coatings' in their press release. Then I ask what's the point of extremely durable glass, when the coating gets scratched.

I believe that the transmission number takes into account anti-reflective coatings.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 13:28 UTC
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RaghavBaijal: Is that an APSC lens?? It looks Huge! I though it would be much smaller (Diameter) considering Full Frame lenses are about that big...

Yep, all 300 mm f/2.8 lenses must have a front element of at least 107.14 mm, so there's only a little to be gained (or lost, as weight) by making everything else smaller.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 12:54 UTC
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BobORama: If you look CAREFULLY at the R, G, and B ray path images provided, you see the problem immediately. While the lens is achromatic for in focus subjects, the OOF image areas are not. And they cannot be. "Show me the bokeh." I expect it to be an incredible melange of badness.

-- Bob

As daarkfire says, all lenses are only color corrected for the part that is in focus.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 13:21 UTC
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Vegetable Police: Let's make everything wireless! It might even be safe for humans. We're not sure yet, but it could be. There's a small chance that you will not develop any health conditions being exposed to wireless signals all day long, and we like those odds.

I'm not particularly worried about non-ionizing radiation. Heck, your house is full of it, 24/7, unless you are completely off the grid and living without electricity.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2015 at 14:09 UTC
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babart: Problem being that standard Manfrotto camera plate, which, when the camera body is moved to vertical position, allows the camera to rotate on the mount screw. Especially if it has a heavy-ish lens mounted. In this case, of course, "heavy-ish" might be misleading :).

That's why you use the spring-loaded locating pin, that fits in a hole in ... nothing, I guess. You could always drill another hole in the bottom of your camera!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 14:15 UTC
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Mark Banas: A cautionary tale about the risks and responsibilities of crowdfunding, to be sure. I've backed a few kickstarter and indiegogo campaigns, and all but one managed to get their ducks in a row. (Still waiting for 2013's Colorright Power Panel, Drew!) Maybe I'm good at analyzing the presentation for pitfalls?

Given the number of folks here that believe that any failed KS project owes them a refund, I wonder if they are the same folks that wanted their favorite bank or auto company bailed out? Those certainly failed due to poor business decisions and gross mismanagement.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 13:08 UTC
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Jozef M: How much weight? How big/small is this apparatus? Use the metric system too, please.

I was very pleased when, as a teen forty-five years ago, the US was in the process of converting the official standard to metric. My family always had imported motorcycles, and metric was in our heads! (Heck, one cigarette manufacturer had commercials stating that their cigarette was 101 millimeters in length, "one silly millimeter longer, 101" was the slogan.)
What a disappointment when that conversion effort failed (no doubt that congressmen were pressured by manufacturers.) And we still have artifacts from that failure: automobiles with a mixture of metric and inch fasteners!
I'm a metric person in an imperial world (the US), but I speak both fluently. (An engineer I work with told me yesterday he still changes US dollar prices into pounds/shillings/pence; that change happened about the same time the US was supposed to change.)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 13:52 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off prototype 120MP CMOS sensor article (255 comments in total)
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rj conklin: 120 mp matches the human eye!

Regarding the DR of the human eye, it's nowhere near what has been listed here on an instantaneous basis! There certainly is an upper limit to brightness recorded - your eyes will close when you point them at, say, the sun! Also, eyes must undergo that chemical change that makes them more sensitive to low light, a change that is "undone" by bright light. (For those with the type of minds that notice such things - I do - the human eye in very dim light produces a lot of noise, certainly more than an old 1Dinosaur at ISO 3200!)
So on a 1:1 comparison - a quick glance, a single shot - I'd bet that most DSLRs would beat the human eye in dynamic range.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 16:32 UTC
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mais51: Typical Nikon charges you heap more for not so much change. Just like the D800/D800e twin -$300 extra for removing a filter.

Actually, the D800e has an ADDED filter, to cancel the AA filter, just as Canon's new DSLR has.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 13:01 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: I wish all of the camera manufactures realized what Canon has already figured out. Canon knows that if you get the word out there that your cameras are the “best” then it will take a long time for the general public to figure it out if that no longer is true.

Basically Canon is still riding high on their PR campaign from more than a decade ago. They still sell some cameras simply because most people don’t even realize that Samsung, Olympus, and Panasonic even make cameras.

I hate to say it but the other camera companies better start investing more into Advertising and getting their entire line of cameras in stores like Best Buy. It doesn’t matter how good your product is. Not enough people will buy it if they don’t even know it exists.

Canon still sells cameras because it's all about the glass. Cameras come and go, and the difference between the best and worst isn't all that great. (Shoot transparencies for a decade, and the DR issue becomes moot, for example.)
So if you have $20K in Canon glass, you'll deal with whatever cameras they release - and then, only if the improvement over what you have is great enough.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 15:21 UTC
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (603 comments in total)
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WayneHuangPhoto: I'm seriously considering selling all my Canon lenses and my old 5D mkI to finance the purchase of a D750 and one really good super wide angle lens. What do you all think?

I'm considering selling some of my Canon stuff and getting an EOS-5Ds R plus that new 11-24L mega-wide lens. Should cost ~$7K or less.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 20:15 UTC
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Steve Balcombe: I've been earning my living from created works since about 1987 - photography, graphic design, computer programming and web site design. So I have a vested interest in preventing copyright theft.

But for goodness sake, does this guy think that because he published a photograph of a basketball player with his legs split in 1985, he owns every photograph of the same thing? Utterly ridiculous.

Actually, making a near-likeness of a photo (or painting, etc.) to avoid paying for the use of the original is a copyright violation.
The only issue here is the 30 years of non-enforcement.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 14:01 UTC
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JRFlorendo: This is a SLAM DUNK class action law suit, an engineering flaw by Nikon engineers, can't get any easier than that. Nikon just needs to slow down, it seem like they are coming out with a new FF camera every six months, at that rate, something is bound to get neglected. Sony and Toshiba already providing you with top grade sensors, slooow down and get the engineering and quality control right.

Actually, there's little "damage" for folks to collect (as the issue isn't usually apparent) and the only folks that will benefit will be the shysters. So I'll assume that you are an attorney.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 16:45 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: Sounds good. I know they want to sound prestigious but I don't think I would have chosen this name.

Bill & Melinda Gates used their names on their foundation.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 13:55 UTC
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 comments in total)
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Joseph Black: Or donate that money directly to starving people who need medical care. I'm sure we're all kind of hypocritical about things since we all own riches that would make people hundreds of years ago think we were all kings, but this camera really is on one of the upper tiers of being a rich douche.

There is nothing wrong with being a one-percenter ... I'm busy working my way upward, having started in the bottom half! And yes, Kim L., many are poor because they are lazy. Some are poor because they aren't smart. I already give enough to them via redistribution of my tax money.
To whomever can afford this type of bangle, more power to you. (I'm not a fan of shiny things for the sake of shiny things; I'd never buy something of this sort anyway.)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 19:34 UTC
On First Hasselblad in space goes to auction next month article (84 comments in total)

How is this NOT property of the citizens of the USA? Was it merely lent by Hassy, and then changed hands a few time? Curious minds want to know.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 13:09 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (338 comments in total)
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47872Mike: I would love to understand the point of such a lens.

Hmmm ... it's the best performing 85mm lens to fit our DSLR's. The BEST. And it costs more, of course - the best of something is always priced to what the market will bear. So some of us will buy it, as we want the best 85mm lens on the planet. And you will not.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 23:27 UTC
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