Ken Phillips

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MikeFairbanks: This is remarkable. It's hard to believe it's really Mars. Looks just like California, Nevada or Arizona.

I know that the density of the Martian atmosphere is only about 1% of ours, so we cannot survive without a suit or dome of some kind, but I wonder if you could survive for five to ten seconds unaided (in order to feel the air and ground). That would be something.

Then, of course, you would have to somehow figure out how to get back inside quickly, including dealing with rapid pressure changes.

Just a thought.

You could survive for a couple of minutes. How much of that you'd remember (after you were revived) I don't know.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 15:16 UTC
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Dutchphotographer1: Interestingly, if you select full size instead of comp size in the DR comparison (comp size is the default view for DR comparison, but full size is the default for the studio comparison), the per pixel noise it equal to the Sony. The sony's advantage is only from the downscaling due to the higher megapixel count. On a per pixel basis, Canon has fully catched up with Sony (although with slightly larger photo diodes in this comparison, which gives a bit of an advantage). If canon is able to maintain this per pixel noise on a slightly higher megapixel count for the 6DII and 5DIV, they will be on a level playing field DR wise.

Anyway, I think that far all practical purposes, the image quality is so close, that it is irrelevant in real world usage.

Suntan, there is nothing for Sony to sweat about; Sony does not have a comparable camera. Nikon, on the other hand ...

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 13:31 UTC

What I would like to have is a sensor module - with perhaps an APS-C or larger Sony sensor - with which I could create my own system (use Canon or Nikon glass, etc.)

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2016 at 13:49 UTC as 1st comment | 3 replies
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Reilly Diefenbach: In another ten years, Canon might catch up to the D7200.

No, Joel. I'm saying that if this is Canon's first attempt, and Sony has years under its belt, then Canon may have greater room for improvement than Sony - who may have plateaued. And osan, I used the "Nikon/Sony" nomenclature for those who don't know that Sony makes most Nikon sensors.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 18:06 UTC
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Reilly Diefenbach: In another ten years, Canon might catch up to the D7200.

Think about it: this is Canon's FIRST attempt at on-chip ADC, and it's very good; the others (Nikon/Sony) have much more experience and perhaps their technology is mature.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 15:43 UTC
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sleibson: Yow! $175 for a filter. I've bought entire lenses that are less expensive.

So have I. I gave them away as gifts.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2016 at 19:45 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (617 comments in total)
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RPJG: "However, the +/- exposure compensation button on the top plate doesn't work in M mode"

How does something like that get past the QA and "common sense check" processes? Seems ludicrous.

RPJG, there are a zillion things I find wrong with Canon's ergo (and it's worse for me, 'cuz I switch between 7D and 1D series). And, given my definition of what M is (you know, the actual definition it's had for the many years - since the A1 - that I've been shooting auto-metering SLR cameras), the exposure button works properly. Still, neither of us like the controls (I'd have killed for a MLU button in the past), but I'm certain that ultimately, we'll have a reliable and easy to use app that sets everything up to our liking, lets us transfer it between cameras, and everyone will be happy. Except for the autofocus. And dynamic range. And colors.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 20:58 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (617 comments in total)
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RPJG: "However, the +/- exposure compensation button on the top plate doesn't work in M mode"

How does something like that get past the QA and "common sense check" processes? Seems ludicrous.

If you are in "M mode with auto ISO" then in my opinion you are NOT in M mode at all. You are in "Auto ISO" mode. That should simply be another option besides T, A, and M. (I ignore all of the other modes!)

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 13:52 UTC
On article FAA officially launches drone registration system (173 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Plastic Flying Toy? REGISTER OR FACE JAIL

Assault Rifle? HAVE A NICE DAY. ENJOY!

America is crazy.

Brian

Wow, ropausa ... so you are saying that WHATEVER the gov't does is OK. Brilliant.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 16:51 UTC
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RaghavBaijal: Even though this is impressive and all, 10-15 years from now, I wouldn't be surprised if I see a 100MP APSC sensor in a rangefinder sized body. And, it would probably do better high ISO.

And people would still be complaining about how the Kit Lens doesn't resolve more than 40MP because of which their pics look like horse $#@.

Misolo, a noiseless sensor (theoretical best) that could detect a single photon per cell (minimum quanta) would be a bit more than a couple of stops better than what we have today!

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 20:07 UTC
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The Squire: What? No 4K? At that price??

Irony ... or sarcasm?

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 20:04 UTC
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CekariYH: Wow, twice+ the price of my car, want one but can't afford it.

Wow, nearly the price of my car.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 20:02 UTC
On article FAA officially launches drone registration system (173 comments in total)
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Alex Permit: Can I register if I'm on the no fly list?

bobbarber,
Of course you can buy a gun if you are on the no-fly list (if you have no other disqualifications, that is). Or the "watch list". They are just lists of people to ... be watched. Nobody on them has been convicted of anything, or they'd be on another list: prison roster.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 17:40 UTC
On article FAA officially launches drone registration system (173 comments in total)
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Raymond Bradlau: Just like any law its only going to affect the honest safe people... the reckless and unsafe flyers wont register. One more law to fix a fake problem started by the media.

ChapelThrill23, I cannot find the "hundreds of incidents" in the NTSB aviation database. Nobody can.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 17:35 UTC
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rowlandw: Registration required for drones but not for guns? Just sayin'.

Dear vFunct, not likely. I'm a liberal, but I'm not a collectivist who wants to run everyone's life with a thousand little rules, and a thousand fees and taxes. If you want to confiscate guns, you'll need the military to do it. After working at a military base for eight years, I can guarantee that won't go over. At all.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 17:34 UTC
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racin06: I hate the term "drone"...which is a military term. What the media refers to as "drones" are actually multi-rotor (mostly 4 rotors) RC model aircraft. The "drone" reference can also be misleading or confusing because these new FAA regulations apply to ALL RC model aircraft (airplanes, helicopters, multi-rotors) within the stated weight range. Being an avid RC airplane/helicopter builder and flyer, I have mixed feelinsg regarding the FAA registration process. I do all of my flying at a sanctioned AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics...www.modelaircraft.org) flying club; therefore, I am not the problem. The AMA currently has 185,000 responsible flying members. The problem are the idiots who are flying RC model aircraft near airports and in restricted air space. Yes, there should be some regulation; however, this registration process will do nothing to make the skies safer. The irresponsible people won't follow the registration process to begin with.

My day job involves FAA and EASA jet engine certification (I'm also a private pilot; between those two I'm likely more familiar with FAA regulations and procedures.) We shoot eight pound Canada geese through our engines, along tons of hail, and thousands of gallons of water. It's quite likely that most drones will not shut down an engine (and if it did, you'd not find enough of it to ID it, even if we were required to give make/model/serial numbers) and in fact may not cause all that much damage. The other thing is that of the "hundreds of incidents" that triggered this end-run around rule-making procedures (and it is) seem to be largely - OK, perhaps totally - absent from the NTSB's accident/incident database (http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/index.aspx).

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 17:29 UTC
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Nuts About Photography: I see a gun nut trying to justify no rules to hand gun and assault rifle ownership and registration, this time vs Quadcopters and similar hobby items, or tools for videography and photography.

Drones don't kill people, people with guns kill people. You've had over 355 multiple shootings as of the California shootings. I'll help you with your math, that's more than one a day.

IT DOESNT HAPPEN IN ANY OTHER 1ST WORLD INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT IS NOT AT WAR!

Still people like you will try and equate it to something stupid.

Please have one of your family members be next to be shot in one of these crazy situations, and tell me it was the Killers constitutional right.

Yeow. You are repeating the same misinformation that the MSM is repeating (would you count an kid pinging folks with a bb gun a "mass shooting"?) And you utterly don't understand that the Second Amendment isn't about duck hunting. It's about taking out an oppressive government. I know that many (politicians, for sure) are so afraid of that fact that they won't acknowledge it (HHH was one who did.) The number of shooting deaths has been on a downward trend, whilst gun ownership is on an upward trend, so a lot of folks need a "logic reset". BTW, I have used a firearm to stop a woman from being further beaten by her husband.
This registration is the government run amok - they aren't even asking for the type for recreational users, they only want to know WHO has one. That frightens me, because I know what governments are capable of.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 17:18 UTC
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Biowizard: Plastic Flying Toy? REGISTER OR FACE JAIL

Assault Rifle? HAVE A NICE DAY. ENJOY!

America is crazy.

Brian

We have the assault rifles solely to give We, the People, the means to remove an oppressive government.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 17:12 UTC
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grasscatcher: I'd be curious of the charge time to 100%. I know that on my S5, it charges very quickly to 80% or so. The last 5% seems to take longer than the first 50%, although I've never timed it.

As far as electric cars, why not keep charged swappable batteries at all the gas stations? Swapping out for a fully-charged battery wouldn't take any longer than filling up a tank with fuel. However, I'm sure the oil companies would never allow it, or would sabotage it if forced to allow it.

Eric, that's not so. Other than the voltage, there are dozens of different sizes for auto batteries, as there are for cell phones. There are different terminals as well.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 14:25 UTC
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