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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RobertSigmund: A real problem. We depend on reviews because we rarely can seriously try our stuff before purchase. I have been fooled for example by Michael Reichman with his glowing review of the crappy Arctic Butterfly sensor cleaning brush, and this was by far not the only time.

Apparently Amazon doesn't agree that it's a serious problem. I've come across numerous reviews over the years (increasing greatly more recently) from fake reviewers who had obviously cut-and-pasted reviews for items from the same company, or multiple users who had given 5-star reviews to EXACTLY the same groups of items.

Amazon has yet to respond to any of my notifications, and all of those fake reviews are still there.

At this point, I look over a reviewers history carefully before I believe anything they have to say.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2013 at 22:56 UTC
On Nokia launches 41MP Lumia 1020 for Windows Phone 8 post (147 comments in total)
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Rage Joe: Please,

I've already asked this many times on this forum, but no answers. So I ask it again. Please tell me:

What was all that talk - that "serious photographers" with tons of glass loved - that small lenses just couldn't resolve (due to bla bla bla....) ? What was it?

I mean this. I want to know. Where are the limits, and what are they?

:rj

If you don't know the role played by the sensor, then it's no wonder you couldn't understand the answers to your questions.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2013 at 15:23 UTC
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attomole: Not sure that sticking an Android operating system on really helps, The camera phone market is lost to Nikon I just don't see what value they can bring to that, at the very best they will just be another struggling to make a profit, phone manufacturer, the cameras that Samsung Apple and Nokia are fitting to smartphones are good enough for that market, and improving

Nikon should drop Coolpix completely, concentrate on G series, 1 series, DX and FX sensor cameras only, built to a high quality with a standard suite for connectivity to WIFI or smartphones, as we will all be carrying one anyway (a smartphone) we will not want to pay for an additional data contract, particularly with travel so I don't see the point in building GPRS 3/4 G into a camera.

Obviously, by basing their OS on Android, they could allow non-Nikon folks to build apps like in-camera filters and better menu systems.

It's a VERY positive move, but Nikon missed the boat by making it next to impossible to develop for. Yes, I can run other Android apps on it (SLOWLY!) but really customizing the camera is WAY more difficult than just flashing CHDK on a Canon P&S. Devs need low-level access, and Nikon wants to lock users into their awful menu system.

Nikon should have partnered with Samsung, or even Cyanogen, to create an amazing photographic tool that would also appeal to developers and hobbyists. They could have done for the camera what Apple did for the phone.

Instead, they made a camera that can play some apps -- a toy, basically.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2013 at 23:25 UTC
On French student creates SLR using 3D printer article (156 comments in total)
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salehdidit: in a few years, everyone will be printing their own bodies and putting in sensors etc.

That will also signal a dramatic drop in the amount of whining on these boards.

"Seems a waste of time considering the current price of cameras."

Yes, I'd much rather spend $700+ on that magnesium alloy body than ~$15 on printing my own plastic one.

That's good thinking', PC Wheeler (and I believe lenses were included in the OP's "etc.")

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2013 at 23:14 UTC
On French student creates SLR using 3D printer article (156 comments in total)
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Turbguy1: Next thing you know, 3D printers will be printing more 3D printers!

This has already happened -- in 2010! http://www.geekosystem.com/3d-printer-prints-itself/

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2013 at 23:07 UTC
On Nikon Coolpix AW110 preview (96 comments in total)
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arhmatic: With camera phones getting so much better, there is little reason to get a point and shot. The latest camera phones from Sony Xperia are waterproofed. Not as good as this nikon, but it's work in progress I suspect. More and better will come.

Point and shot manage to stay afloat with this niche markets, but this markets are getting smaller and smaller. The only way to stay in business is getting much better with image quality. Lx7 is a benchmark IMO.

It'll be a cold day in hell before I take my phone into the ocean with me, waterproof or not. There will *always* be a good market for waterproof point-and-shoots.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2013 at 03:51 UTC
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tkbslc: Too bad the author doesn't appear to know anything about moon photography.

Timer for long exposure? Widest aperture?

Really bad advice.

Just think of the great tips you could have posted instead of being an ass.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2013 at 23:16 UTC
On Samsung unveils Galaxy S4 Zoom camera/phone hybrid article (222 comments in total)
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cgarrard: Being a photographer first I rather like this product. Let it be known that I absolutely hate the abuse of cell phones in our society and myself have a super bare bones pay per minute 40.00 cell phone that I only use in case of emergencies.

That said, this is the first time I can truly say a product with a cell phone with a camera gave me pause to consider actually buying it. I think the design is rather nice actually and unique among the sheep.

Carl

Agreed. Had I not JUST bought the Galaxy S4, this would be my next phone.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 16:28 UTC
On Samsung unveils Galaxy S4 Zoom camera/phone hybrid article (222 comments in total)
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wayoutwest: I don't buy expensive phones and the camera probably wont be any better than a cheap compact, so this wont be on my shopping list.

Thanks! We were wondering what kind of phone you use. That's really good information that adds to this article.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 16:26 UTC
On Samsung unveils Galaxy S4 Zoom camera/phone hybrid article (222 comments in total)
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W5JCK: A terribly small sensor, a lackluster lens, a cruddy OS, and no camera buttons other than the shutter. Not good, if you ask me. I can only imagine how uncomfortable and awkward it will be to hold and use it as a phone with that big tumor (errr, lens) stuck on the back. Even with the lens retracted it is going to stick out very far.

I rate it:

-- Ergonomically: an F for phone and camera
-- Phone: a C
-- Camera: a D since cheap compacts can out perform it

I question the wisdom and maturity of someone who "rates" the ergonomics of something they've never held and the quality of a phone they've never used.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 16:25 UTC
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)

Even Leica can't make an add-on viewfinder that doesn't look like a ridiculous afterthought.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 15:01 UTC as 292nd comment | 4 replies
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jeangenie: I don't think the photographer understands the statement he's making. Using an iPhone for this is a lose-lose for him.

If people don't like the work, it shows that he is a poor photojournalist, and not necessary.

If people do like the work, it shows that good work can be done with an iPhone ... and again, the guy with the expensive camera isn't necessary.

I grasp what he was trying to say by using the iPhone, but he clearly didn't think it through. There is literally no way that this results in him looking like anything other than another schmuck with a camera phone.

I don't judge people by their tools, only by their creations.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2013 at 20:15 UTC
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peevee1: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/lmj45ldff/no-2-film-video-and-photographic-arts/

The 10 Worst College Majors

No. 2: Film, Video And Photographic Arts

Weird - I was a music major (#5) and my college roommate was an Anthropology major (#1) at a pretty low-level school, and we both make in the low six figures.

I guess it depends on whether you LIMIT yourself to only that 1 field, rather than taking advantage of the fact that most fields are interconnected with dozens of others. One of my co-workers was a photography & dance double major, and makes more than me as an archivist.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2013 at 20:14 UTC
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Kodachrome200: The problem is it is all reproduction work of copyrighted pieces. There fore no one can publish or display them publicly. What would be the point.

" it is all reproduction work of copyrighted pieces. There fore no one can publish or display them publicly"
False. Photographs of copyrighted works are fine, unless they are slavish reproductions. If you take a photo of a statue, the copyright is yours. If you take a photo of a painting, the photo MAY be yours, assuming you've added your own take on it.

"What would be the point."
Even if these were slavish reproductions, there are many institutions (libraries, archives, etc.) that aren't worried about publishing or displaying. The point is maintaining an archive of knowledge that may not exist elsewhere, or that exists elsewhere but is potentially fragile.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2013 at 20:04 UTC
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Anepo: I don't like android nor ios, both have they're issues to be honest & I am not even going to touch the other OS's.
The reasons why I do NOT like ios? To restrictive, Android? it's like a pc, visit the wrong website and your cellphone has got a virus or that android game you downloaded? yea it is stealing your information right now.

"visit the wrong website and your cellphone has got a virus"
False. There has never been an example of this happening.

"that android game you downloaded? yea it is stealing your information right now."

Only if you download random apps like an idiot.

There are reasons not to like Android or iOS. You haven't presented any.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2013 at 16:29 UTC
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Pap38: Simply sad! No value images by someone hoping against hope to be noticed. Crap!
Pap

I have no problem with his methods, but since his pictures are uniformly terrible, I don't see the point.

These aren't even Instagram quality.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2013 at 19:09 UTC
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entertainment: Fujifilm X100S has the disadvantage of having a fairly high price but the quality is the appointment

It looks like English, but the words seem to be chosen randomly...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 15:56 UTC
On Pro DSLRs, Pro Photographers article (100 comments in total)
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vFunct: Far too many moronic non-professional photographers that think they are in the same league as professional photographers.

No, you're not as good as a professional photographer because you are using a consumer dSLR. Any editor can tell who is using high-end equipment and who isn't, in addition to be being able to spot artistic talent suitable for their media brand.

The editor defines who is pro. Not you.

"Far too many moronic non-professional photographers that think they are in the same league as professional photographers."

False. This has nothing to do with amateurs thinking they're pros.

The fact is that, for many things people used to hire pros for, the pics an amateur takes are good enough. Yeah, I want a pro for my wedding, or for a magazine. But for other events in my life (birthdays, graduations, Xmas cards ... whatever) I can use my $700 camera and take pics that are more than good enough to frame and remember the moment, no photographer necessary.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 18:25 UTC
On Breaking the Rules article (142 comments in total)
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mrxak: Everyone should just read Michael Freeman's The Photographer's Eye, to get the basics. Composition is more than just where things go.

As an old advertisement once said, " You've got to know the rules before you can break them."

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2013 at 00:25 UTC
On Breaking the Rules article (142 comments in total)
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Dave Melges: If you think you're breaking the rules and making great art, you didn't know all of the rules.

Good art might follow rules. *Great* art creates new ones.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2013 at 00:24 UTC
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