xMichaelx

xMichaelx

Lives in United States NV, United States
Works as a Web Usability Specialist / Librarian
Joined on Aug 26, 2010

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On Shooting Raw with the Nokia Lumia 1020 post (72 comments in total)
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shaocaholica: Where's Apple?

Apple wants ease of use, not awesome features that <5% of users will actually use.

This flexibility is why I use Android; it's only a matter of time before Android offers RAW.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 19:37 UTC
On Shooting Raw with the Nokia Lumia 1020 post (72 comments in total)
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oselimg: Ok, Nokia raw gives slightly better DR but slightly grainier/noisy look than Nokia jpeg, it's a trade off. But how about technically comparing it to an ordinary DSLR or M4/3? I can't imagine people suddenly shedding their cameras for Nokia phones even as hobbyists. Another gimmick for wannabes.

Yes, anyone who wants to take decent snapshots on their phone is a "wannabe."

A wannabe what, though?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 19:33 UTC
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ChrisKramer1: I was looking at them all today - Olympus, Panasonic and Fuji - all new models well over a thousand Euros. In fact, Fuji's models with lenses were all above a thousand. That new teensy weensy little Lumix m/43 was over a thousand with the handgrip (what handgrip? LOL!) and the Olympus OMDs too. The OMD5 was priced well into the stratosphere and placed so high up on the display I could hardly see it anyway.

Just who is going to buy this stuff? The market is saturated! (And, of course, you can buy a full-frame cam for that price anyway.)

"That new teensy weensy little Lumix m/43 was over a thousand ..."

Wow, it's almost like it costs more to have great image quality in a very small package. One might even start to think that the people buying these cameras are doing so -- and paying a premium -- because of their small size!

With your amazing observations, you should be a techwriter or something.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 19:27 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary article (535 comments in total)
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Gesture: Closer to EOS-M. Wonder how video will be. But bring something like this home closer to $500. Which is still a lot of money. Where is the value proposition.

@ Menneisyys : In 6 months or less, a refurb will be $500. At that point, I'll have to decide between this and the Olympus E-M10 (which will probably be $400, refurbed).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 16:33 UTC
On Tamrac launches rugged-looking photo messenger bags article (105 comments in total)
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Rod McD: University of life : Water resistance is better than no water resistance, but.....
- All fabric backpacks and bags leak. Sooner or later.
- No fabric bag offers crush resistance worthy of the term.
- Cameras in a backpack are behind you and on your back.
I haven't found a better solution (for me) than hard shell cases, but they aren't perfect either. Only very few models can be worn over the shoulder and opened to work from without putting them down.....

I've been backpacking in the Grand Canyon with no bag at all - the camera around my neck and lenses in the backpack pockets and easily accessible.

Life's too short to use nothing but hard bags.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 17:43 UTC
On Tamrac launches rugged-looking photo messenger bags article (105 comments in total)
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contadorfan: I realize there aren't a lot of women on this site, but it would be nice if DPR would review some of the fashionable camera bags for women: Kelly Moore, JoTotes, EpihanieBags, CheekyLime. Those are bags that a gal wouldn't feel like a dork for carrying one around, yet I wonder how comfortable and practical they are for a day out with a camera & several lenses.

Not all women are stereotypes.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 17:41 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (619 comments in total)
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yabokkie: I thought Oly had put this design behind them and expected a mini E-M1. why should they use this design again and again when they know how to make a better one?

The are 2 totally separate product lines aimed at different types of users, obviously.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 19:50 UTC
On CES 2014: Nikon Stand Report article (61 comments in total)
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WACONimages: What happened to the Nikon 1 series??? Like the waterproof version, or a new V3 for example. An underrated system because of it sensor. But a camera is more as its sensor size alone!

A camera is only as good as the images it creates. Sensor is a major part of that.

I can put my phone in a ziploc and take underwater pics, but that doesn't make it a good tool for me because the images are crap. Ditto for the Nikon 1 series.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2014 at 18:11 UTC
On CES 2014: Nikon Stand Report article (61 comments in total)
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WACONimages: What happened to the Nikon 1 series??? Like the waterproof version, or a new V3 for example. An underrated system because of it sensor. But a camera is more as its sensor size alone!

A camera is only as good as the images it creates. Sensor is a major part of that.

I can put my phone in a ziploc and take underwater pics, but that doesn't make it a good tool for me because the images are crap. Ditto for the Nikon 1 series.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2014 at 18:11 UTC
On Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan article (616 comments in total)
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marike6: So this is where mirrorless fans come with their unrealistic views of the camera market to laugh at the EOS M.

In the meantime, Canon will continue to dominate the camera industry and they will continue to laugh all the way to the bank. :-)

"But I get called the "F word" (i.e., "fanboy") so frequently in these comments now I try to avoid mentioning my preferred brand at all."

Doesn't that tell you something about yourself?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 22:05 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)
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PenGun: Another idiotic review. If you morons could not get sharp pictures because auto focus was off, find someone who can work a camera.

No one who needs 36 MP cares about the grip, or even what it looks like.

Another puff piece.

@Shawn: dpreview writers have a horrible habit of feeding trolls. Please stop and maybe they'll just go away.

Also, WTF happened to the old "block" feature. That was the greatest think about the old comment system.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 00:11 UTC
On Olympus Stylus 1 Preview preview (326 comments in total)
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Digitall: Nice looking camera, very nice specs. but the tiny sensor vs. body size do not make my day. Sure that Olympus could put a sensor M4:3 here with this fixed lens camera. maybe one day...

I would have forgiven the small sensor if the lens had a 1.7 (or so) max aperture. The whole problem of the sensor for me is low light; a faster lens would have helped.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 16:53 UTC
On 5 new must-have photo editing apps post (99 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: There are better photography apps than the standard filter, frame stuff that everyone else has.

Artstudio is a wonderful app that can do a lot. It has layers, clone and healing brush (that are real, not automated), adjustments for colors, and much more. It's extremely functional.

I think most people forget about the art apps because they don't think of them as photography apps, but they work great.

Artstudio is the closest I've gotten to Photoshop. Those other photography apps are really more about filters. Their algoritms are simple compared to real art apps.

On Android, Pixlr is pretty amazing as far as image editing, but Camera FV-5 is great at actually taking pics and offering easily configurable options without a million menus. It also offers lossless PNG files, which is a BIG step up from JPG if you do post-processing in Photoshop.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2013 at 22:14 UTC
On 5 new must-have photo editing apps post (99 comments in total)
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Pentax_Prime: Posting articles like this on your main news page is destroying your credibility as an actual photography site. There is nothing 'must have' about any of this junk.

And yet you are here, rather than at some other site that hasn't yet destroyed its credibility.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2013 at 22:08 UTC
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liquid stereo: Jony Ive should give back all his awards. The guy is a design goofball.

First IOS 7 and now the POS M.

He really did need Steve Jobs to say "no, that's a turd."

Agreed. Form over function at all times.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 18:13 UTC
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Paul B Jones: I wonder if this is analogous to Photographer A taking a picture of an image by Photographer B - and then Photographer A selling the new picture.

That certainly does not seem right.

It's not analogous. At all.

It's clearly established that photographing a 2D work for the purpose of creating a copy (which is what you describe) is not allowed. And that photographing a public domain 2D work for the purpose of reproduction DOES NOT give the photographer (or anyone else) copyright over the new image (see Bridgeman v. Corel).

However, it's also established that when photographing a 3D object like a sculpture or building, fair use CAN apply, depending on the whim of the judge. In this case, an awful lot of legal scholars are weighing in, and most are as amazed as anyone else who's familiar with the case law (even though it tends to be inconsistent).

Lots of people here seem happy about this ruling, but think about it: Have you ever photographed a building or sculpture? Of course you have.

This is a very bad ruling for photographers, making the case law even more grey than it already was.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2013 at 01:38 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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lxcellent: This is an ugly camera. I know that you should not judge a book by its cover, but why not make it look more like the classic rangefinder like they did in the LX1. Shoot. Follow Fuji's lead on this.

...and yes, the way a tool looks DOES make a difference!

What happened to DPreview's "Block user" functionality?

There's little point in coming here if trolls (lxcellent, in this case) can't be blocked.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2013 at 15:32 UTC
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Markol: I really wonder what it is he could not do with a current 400$ DSLR and the right lens. For what do they need the crazy resolution? Ok, maybe billboards. But technically, a modern DSLR should do the job just fine- I think.

The goal isn't to create something just for today's technology; it's to create something future proof.

4K it the Next Big Thing, but it's not even close to the Last Big Thing.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2013 at 15:54 UTC

As in all areas of tech (and just about everything else), the less someone knows, the more they insist that what THEY use is the best.

It's similar to Mac vs. Windows vs. Linux. Those of us who actually develop software don't really care that much which we use -- they are tools to create, rather than religions to adhere to.

Caring about Nikon vs. Leica vs. Canon would be like a carpenter arguing vehemently that ONLY Dewalt hammers can build a decent house. You would instantly know that the houses this man builds are crap, because otherwise he wouldn't be so focused on the tools he needs.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 19:32 UTC as 58th comment
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ajendus: Interesting story but unless this thief kept opening Dropbox, this story is false. Dropbox for the iPhone will only upload photos for 10 minutes, and only over wifi unless said setting is changed, before it stops the camera upload. Only does it resume the next time the user opens Dropbox again.

It's not an iPhone; it's Android, which can automatically upload all pics to Dropbox.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 01:38 UTC
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