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forpetessake

forpetessake

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On Lytro sheds jobs as it shifts focus to video article (506 comments in total)

A distinctive feature of all successful startups -- once they reach the market they grow very quickly. The only thing Lytro is doing quickly is burning through the investments. It's not a startup, it's a start-down company. But I admire their CEO being able to sell another $50m whopper to the investors.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 20:16 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies
On Lytro sheds jobs as it shifts focus to video article (506 comments in total)
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AZPhotog86: I've used the Illum and it's a disaster with a terrible workflow--with eventual poor results. The inventors of this technology should have licensed it to Apple/Samsung as other have said. Would've saved them a lot of grief...

It's a lot of wasted investors' money, but their patents won't disappear, they will be sold to the highest bidder when the company will be liquidated. It's not long to wait.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 20:07 UTC
On Lytro sheds jobs as it shifts focus to video article (506 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: This move makes sense to me and laying people off is frequently a sign that a company is moving into the big time.

You sound completely clueless.

Reducing the footprint was likely the demand of the investors. In most startups, expenses = people and decreasing expenses = firing people. You should lean more toward firing people if the source of your trouble is overhiring. If you went out and hired 15 people before you even knew what you were building, you've created a broken company. So the solution may be to shrink and then figure out what direction to grow in. Massive firing is always a sign company is dangerously close to going out of business and desperately trying to avoid an imminent death.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 20:03 UTC
On Lytro sheds jobs as it shifts focus to video article (506 comments in total)

"The potential of light-field is hard to explain to traditional stills-oriented photographers ..." -- that's a non-starter.

The only interesting thing about that company is where they found such clueless investors. The company is reading as a failure for at least two years now, and there is still somebody adding $50m more to the future losses.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 19:50 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply

"cheaper than Photoshop," -- misplaced concern, Photoshop is already cheap enough so users care more about functionality than about price.

"comes with the added benefit of silky-smooth operation, at least according to its maker" -- solving the problem that doesn't exist? Photoshop is silky smooth, whatever it means.

"because it is newly created for the latest hardware, Serif says Affinity Photo offers performance that Photoshop struggles to match" -- very dubious claim, it's actually a red flag when companies choose such language.

In other words, they want to compete with Adobe but couldn't come up with any serious points why customers would want to switch.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 23:51 UTC as 48th comment | 9 replies

That thing spawned a 100 threads, chewed for a minute and produced a perfectly good panorama from a video. Amazing. Kudos, Microsoft.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 04:38 UTC as 29th comment
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forpetessake: Every company (modulo Olympus) is going to release FF cameras. The falling prices of the sensors and electronic parts are pushing the market in that direction. We'll eventually see all sorts of FF cameras -- compact and large, cheap and expensive, with fixed and interchangeable mount.
Despite what the uneducated people believe, the size-weight characteristics of the lenses aren't significantly affected by the bigger sensor.

@daggochgryning, have you seen Minox 35mm camera? I actually used one, Panasonic is huge brick compared to Minox.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 05:28 UTC
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forpetessake: Every company (modulo Olympus) is going to release FF cameras. The falling prices of the sensors and electronic parts are pushing the market in that direction. We'll eventually see all sorts of FF cameras -- compact and large, cheap and expensive, with fixed and interchangeable mount.
Despite what the uneducated people believe, the size-weight characteristics of the lenses aren't significantly affected by the bigger sensor.

Every APS-C lens is just one 1.5x focal reducers away from an equivalent FF lens and every FF lens is just one 1.5x teleconverter away from an equivalent APS-C lens. In general APS-C designs would require more glass weight and FF more barrel weight. Which is going to outweigh the other? -- The idiosyncrasies of the individual lens designs make much more difference for the equivalent lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 04:18 UTC
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timo: All my great old K-mount primes will come into their own again. This won't do a lot for K3 sales though.

For me, a lot will depend on price, size and weight. I'm confident about the performance.

It'll be interesting to see how the Pentax lens range develops.

Yeah, but the old glass isn't that great anyway. People already tried all those lenses on Sony A7 and they aren't great wide open, contrast isn't great, coatings neither, CA is visible, and the corners are soft. The old lenses aren't really a viable alternative to the modern ones.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 04:10 UTC

Every company (modulo Olympus) is going to release FF cameras. The falling prices of the sensors and electronic parts are pushing the market in that direction. We'll eventually see all sorts of FF cameras -- compact and large, cheap and expensive, with fixed and interchangeable mount.
Despite what the uneducated people believe, the size-weight characteristics of the lenses aren't significantly affected by the bigger sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 04:06 UTC as 91st comment | 9 replies

The problem with those pictures is that they look staged, heavily processed -- everything intended to manipulation the reaction of a viewer. As a result a viewer has zero trust that anything displayed is close to reality.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2015 at 20:59 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies

Old glorious names are complete disappointment nowadays: first Hasselblad, now Leica becoming the synonyms of expensive mediocrity.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 22:35 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
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Sir Nick of High Point: Corner sharpness high iso dynamic range megapixles raw jpeg sensor..
Yeah, but does it take good pictures?

By Sir Nick of High Point: "Corner sharpness high iso dynamic range megapixles raw jpeg sensor..
Yeah, but does it take good pictures?"

Cameras don't take pictures, people do.
Can somebody take a good picture with Leica? -- Sure.
Can somebody take a poor picture with Leica? -- Sure.
Is somebody in a better position to take a good picture with Sony rather than Leica? -- No doubt about it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 22:31 UTC
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)
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JEROME NOLAS: It's DSLR size, the 16-50mm lens is heavy and very expensive. What they were thinking about?

By JEROME NOLAS: "It's DSLR size, the 16-50mm lens is heavy and very expensive. What they were thinking about?"

They were thinking about the same thing every other manufacturer is thinking, namely, how to make advances in the market place and increase their profits. Obviously they did their market analysis before committing to production. Are you offended by the fact that they didn't ask your opinion? You are apparently some kind of clairvoyant since you are so quick to offer your opinions without any analysis or facts.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 23:56 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X Review preview (467 comments in total)
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monkeybrain: So the Samsung NX Mini's (also 1 inch sensor) sample's gallery was up and the camera on sale before the Canon was announced. But DPReview clearly prioritised the Canon review because it'll get more hits and have (presumably indefinitely) sidelined the Mini review despite the sample's gallery having some very promising shots.

How long does it take to write a review, really? Some sites seem to be able to write them in scores.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 00:10 UTC
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neo_nights: Don't miss those Hassy cameras so much. As I'd commented on SAR, there's always some marketing "genius" loose out there, wishing to convince companies that those "luxurious" and "unique" cameras are a good way to go.

So, those guys are fired today but they'll soon find their way somewhere else :)
(Pentax/Ricoh, anyone?)

Pentax already had one genius, who created a yellow brik :-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 02:42 UTC

What took them so long? Forget the sales, they tarnished the brand, which is worth much more. People were laughing at those cameras calling them Frankenblad.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 00:53 UTC as 182nd comment | 1 reply
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MikeFairbanks: but is a Lexus not a Toyota, an Infinity a Nissan, and an Acura a Honda!

You don't slap a different tires on a Toyota and call it a Lexus, especially when your tires are freaking ugly.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 00:49 UTC

Color reproduction has been always problematic for Panasonic and it still is.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2014 at 18:34 UTC as 22nd comment | 5 replies
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RonHendriks: Camera's need larger screens then 3,2"!

An easy solution would be a swiveling LCD, like in camcorders and move all buttons to the lens itself. You get both large screen and footprint not much bigger than the lens.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2014 at 18:12 UTC
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