speculatrix

speculatrix

Lives in United Kingdom Cambridge, United Kingdom
Works as a IT
Joined on May 10, 2007

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Steve Garratt: I am VERY..repeat very happy with my Bargain Basement priced EOS M, with which I have the 22mm, 11-22mm and 18-55mm lenses, plus the adaptor for EF lenses.
The results that this little gem produces, still make me smile greatly, 6 months after purchase.
Very handy as a casual travelling camera for discrete use, where my EOS 5D MKIII + L glass, would attract unwanted attention.

I think the EOS M series became good value when heavily discounted, but if you'd paid the original full retail price maybe you'd not be so impressed?

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2015 at 08:37 UTC
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Full Stop: Here is a very simple idea for Canon and Nikon:

Make a small, elegant and fast body for the MFT-system
- WITHOUT a viewfinder!
Add 3-4 excellent & expensive primes, like a
digital CONTAX G2.

1. It will be better than high-end PS cameras with 1" sensor.
2. Enough lenses on the market to start with body-only.
3. Still good reasons for entry-level DSLR cameras.
(IQ, VF, lens-system, ...)

you mean like the Panasonic GF series, or the various Olympus Pen?

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2015 at 08:35 UTC
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Fredy Ross: the M3 has more megapixels than my sony nex 6 but the sony has a bigger sensor. So which will produce better quality? I thought to buy the m3 as it is silent but now I wonder whether I should just stay with the nex 6? What do others think? I have ef and efs lenses so would need the adapter.

I guess it depends on whether your need for a mirrorless camera is to be compact and light; if so, the Sony might be the best choice. On the other hand, if you're really looking for a second body which can act as a standalone point-and-shoot, but takes your main lenses, the Canon might be the best choice.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2015 at 08:34 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (404 comments in total)
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Hen3ry: The specifications look excellent, rather more than the doctor ordered! All I wanted was the new sensor in the G6. It almost looks like more camera than I can handle now! :)

I actually am not much taken with the squared off design. It actually looks a little like the old Topcon. The G6 might look a little shapeless but it has grown on me and except for a few touches, I would have been happy to see that shape continue. Great in the hand and rugged - my cameras lead a hard life.

Looking at the G7 capabilities, though, I am wondering how long I will stick with the GX7 I bought a month ago as a back-up for my G6. The GX7 might be a candidate for eBay so I can buy a G7 and use the G6 for back-up.

Pity they don't do n all-white version or even an all-silver one. I live and work in the tropics and a black camera absorbs heat more readily than I like.

I don't understand why people would buy a shiny white or silver camera, because then the camera is easy to see in any reflective surfaces, especially if sorting through glass.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2015 at 00:11 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (810 comments in total)
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Donnie G: What makes the Canon XC10 better or more brilliant than the GH4, A7s, NX1, etc.? Well, instead of building a "me too" version of those other cameras, Canon chose to create the 1st. affordable, purpose built, multi-media device for today's up and coming multi-media professionals. Traditional enthusiasts are not the target audience, although many of the ergonomic and other design elements, such as the clip on viewfinder, will surely find their way into products designed for enthusiasts in the near future. Meanwhile, Canon will sell millions of these new multi-media cameras to those who do see the brilliance and bang for the buck in its design. Great job Canon! Great article DPR! :))

How many shares in Canon do you own, Donnie G?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 23:02 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (810 comments in total)

The Panasonic GH4 seems a better product for video as it's more mature, has good connectivity options, a big pool of lenses to choose from.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 23:02 UTC as 189th comment | 2 replies

at last, a new micro four sixths camera, half the size of its predecessors.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 16:47 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (388 comments in total)
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Gesture: Neat Camera. Panasonic gets it. Except this should sell at $325.

Some models of Lumix cameras depreciate like crazy. I bought a virtually unused gf5 body, boxed with all accessories, a fraction of its new price, on eBay.
The lenses, on the other hand, apart from the 14-42 kit lens, tend to hold their value quite well.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 23:26 UTC
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sneakyracer: Canon does not seem to agree. They have yet to make a decent IL Mirrorless Camera

The EOS-M was quite unimpressive considering Canon had so many excellent competitors' cameras to learn from.
It was disappointing to many Canon fans who thought it'd be a good second body.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 08:51 UTC
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backayonder: Camera's evolve but the human eye doesn't.

Camera's what evolves?
Or do you mean cameras evolve?

;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 08:48 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (205 comments in total)
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Peter K Burian: Here's a different perspective on this topic, IMHO:

For a new format to succeed, it would also need to be a capture option that cameras offer. ***Not just a format for use on Web sites.***

That would require all camera companies AND all software manufacturers get on this bandwagon. But they won't. The concept of a familiar JPEG format (especially for 90% of the population who are snap shooters, at best) is essential for the market. The fact that BPG is far superior is not relevant. It boils down to marketing and what the public will accept, as the camera manufacturers see it. Too many consumers would find a new image format to be an extra complication to deal with.

Serious shooters already have RAW capture as an alternative to JPEG. And snap shooters are happy with JPEG; they just don't know any better, and 90% do not even *want* to know.

@Eric ouillet, his code might be bsd licensed, but the algorithm it instantiates is not.
You can write an mp3 encoder from scratch having read the specifications, and publish the code, but the user still needs to have a licence from Fraunhofer labs

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 08:59 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (205 comments in total)
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kb2zuz: Why is someone making yet another standard, we already have JPEG2000 which can save 16-bit files and no one uses outside of server applications where you want tiling and JP2 is better than a pyramidal tiff. We already have WebP which seems very similar to this standard and already works with at least some web browsers has and no one uses it.

jpeg2000 Is encumbered with patents so it's largely been ignored

Jpeg too had patents but became widely adopted before awareness of how patent holders could screw over your business

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 08:37 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (205 comments in total)
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Poweruser: A solution to a problem that doesnt exist. JPG in best quality is already "good enough" for almost anything. If you want something losless, use PNG, TIFF, whatever.

On the one hand, Marshall G is right, but it's only high end panels which offer more than 8 bits per colour, a fair number of cheap panels aren't even 8 bit.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 08:34 UTC

This is great news, Apple have invented a camera that allows people to override the automatic settings.
I wonder if they published the patents for manual camera controI yet?
I see that Samsung, Canon and Nikon and many others have already copied this feature shamelessly, and Apple should sue them for sure.

Ok ok just kidding

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2014 at 21:25 UTC as 2nd comment
On Consumer SLR Camera Roundup (2014) article (122 comments in total)
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justmeMN: Unlike mirrorless cameras, whey you buy a DSLR, you aren't joining a religious cult. :-)

@armandino, what's unpractical (impractical?) about a MILC?
A camera not much bigger and heavier than a bridge, with 99% of the features of an SLR, just not an optical viewfinder and a slightly smaller sensor. What's not to love?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 21:51 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Clouds over Skagsanden article (117 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: Impressive image and nice of you to tell us how you did it.

A little bit too saturated colors for my taste. But ... it is a matter of taste and also balance. It is the saturated colors that adds the wow factor. And you really have to see it larger or in print to really see the full effect.

yes, on my monitor, admittedly uncalibrated, the colours are slightly overdone to my taste.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2014 at 22:54 UTC
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Charles Babbage: For all I understand people in the US pay through the nose for simply being alive. Alas it is comming to Europe, Great Britain being the pacemaker, and it is sad to say the least. We are the only species that has to pay to live on the planet through idiotic notions such as 'private property', 'tax payer's money' and 'free enterprise'. Free IT IS NOT! Everybody pays under this scheme ...

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/apr/29/how-many-have-we-killed/

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 22:27 UTC
On Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR article (197 comments in total)

perfect, just what you need when you're taking a photo and there's some reflective surface in view, a camera with built-in christmas-tree lighting to add reflections.

people who have a white camera* will love this sort of thing.

* I find it amusing when you're in a museum trying to photograph through glass or take a picture of something very shiny, and there's someone with a white camera finding it impossible to not get a clear reflection of themselves. Bonus dunce points for having the flash on unnecessarily!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 00:22 UTC as 67th comment | 1 reply
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wansai: uhh i dont think you need to "hack" flikr. as long as the high res pic exists there, you can get it. it doesnt matter what protection is built in. it is quite elementary.

the best solution, if you really fear you high res being stolen, is not to put it online.

DRM doesn't work. Here's what happens: you encrypt your movie/music/photo and then you let someone watch/listen/view it, so you give them the key to decrypt it. If you don't give them the key, they can't access it, demand a refund and never buy off you again.

Can you see the flaw?

But a more eminent person has written at length about this. Google for "Cory Doctorow DRM". This was written 10 years ago, nothing's really changed... http://craphound.com/msftdrm.txt

p.s. getting an image out of 500px is not trivial but not hard.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2014 at 08:28 UTC
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Branko Collin: If I've learned anything from some of the arm-chair lawyers in this thread, it's that Lensrentals.com must be filthy rich by now because of all the copyrights that automatically devolve to them every time someone takes a photo with rented gear.

LOL. upvoted. and then I LOL'd again at the people who tried to take this comment seriously.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2014 at 11:02 UTC
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