deep7

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a writer/photographer/ecologist
Has a website at deeppics.com
Joined on May 10, 2008
About me:

God makes it, I see it and photograph it. Sometimes that works well!

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On Connect post iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (184 comments in total)
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maximme: once the phone is in your hands
you will be asking
NOW, what's the new thing i can do with it
that I can't do with the old 4S ?

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Not that I want to call a total stranger a liar but I find that incredibly hard to believe!

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 19:32 UTC
On Connect post iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (184 comments in total)
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maximme: Delighted to discover ( it took some work )
that the ram is a overwhelming
1 Gb RAM

the LOWEST in the market

This link seems comprehensive. It says 2. http://www.gsmarena.com/apple_iphone_se-7969.php

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 19:14 UTC
On Connect post iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (184 comments in total)
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maximme: once the phone is in your hands
you will be asking
NOW, what's the new thing i can do with it
that I can't do with the old 4S ?

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

I have a 4S and it's brilliant. Sadly, moving to a later operating system and trying to run more recent programmes has shown it's limits. The 5SE looks like a logical move now.

If I'd stayed on iOS5 I'd probably have kept the 4S till one of us died...

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 03:26 UTC
On Connect post iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (184 comments in total)
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maximme: Delighted to discover ( it took some work )
that the ram is a overwhelming
1 Gb RAM

the LOWEST in the market

I just read it was 2...

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 03:21 UTC
On Connect post Huawei P9 teaser reveals dual-camera setup (20 comments in total)
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belle100: I was expecting "MediaTek launches Imagiq ISP for dual cameras" before I enter this.

This certainly wasn't the article I was expecting.

Is the link broken??

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 03:19 UTC
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Mark9473: "23 elements (in seven moving groups), seven of which are made from glass with anomalous partial dispersion"

I have zero interest in owning this lens, but I have to admire the skill that went into designing and producing it.

That "size of lens" is extremely common. Most 70-200/2.8 zooms are right in that range...

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 10:12 UTC
On article Affinity Photo coming to Windows (144 comments in total)
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Alexdi: (4/5)

* It's also missing a lot of small features. Many tools aren't nearly as flexible. Previewing options that you can get by holding down modifier keys tend not to exist. Some raw tools have inadequate adjustment range. Exposure is +/- 2 stops, for example, and there's no ability to set negative clarity.

* Speed is a problem on my late-2013 rMBP. In the raw converter, some effects (exposure, gamma, cropping, etc.) have immediate previews and reactions. Others (CA correction, gradient masks) can be more than an order of magnitude slower than Photoshop. It gets worse in the main program when you start stacking layers. The strain is mostly CPU. My system fan (that I almost never hear) was running full-bore for most of the testing period. To edit full-res files, you'd want a much more powerful machine (even for things like Gaussian blur).

I'm very surprised. I have a modest MacBook Pro and Affinity has been very smooth. On the other hand, I haven't used Photoshop for a long time, partly because it gets very slow when it has a lot to do. Clearly it varies depending on what you are doing.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 10:07 UTC
On article Affinity Photo coming to Windows (144 comments in total)
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gembira: I love this program on the Mac. I am a long time user of Photoshop, but I like Affinity Photo better and it is so much less expensive. I am tired of Adobe's nearly yearly updates. And Affinity has plans to provide an expensive or maybe free program for file management.

I am sad to see it move to Windoze. As a Mac exclusive application, the focus stayed on Mac. I worry that they will do like many developers and issue Windows updates before Mac updates.

They said that they took on an entirely separate team to develop the Windows version and the Mac developers are still going full steam. That said, just about any software/hardware these days seems to go backwards in one respect when it goes forward in another. I'm happy enough with this software just as it is!

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 20:20 UTC
On article Affinity Photo coming to Windows (144 comments in total)
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Alexdi: (4/5)

* It's also missing a lot of small features. Many tools aren't nearly as flexible. Previewing options that you can get by holding down modifier keys tend not to exist. Some raw tools have inadequate adjustment range. Exposure is +/- 2 stops, for example, and there's no ability to set negative clarity.

* Speed is a problem on my late-2013 rMBP. In the raw converter, some effects (exposure, gamma, cropping, etc.) have immediate previews and reactions. Others (CA correction, gradient masks) can be more than an order of magnitude slower than Photoshop. It gets worse in the main program when you start stacking layers. The strain is mostly CPU. My system fan (that I almost never hear) was running full-bore for most of the testing period. To edit full-res files, you'd want a much more powerful machine (even for things like Gaussian blur).

...as does Photoshop!

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 20:15 UTC
On article Affinity Photo coming to Windows (144 comments in total)
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ihv: This is the only serious alternative to Photoshop.

Photoline has too small icons, Corel is unintuitive and by far what one call robust, Gimp lacks features (functional healing).

It's an excellent alternative.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 01:07 UTC
On article Affinity Photo coming to Windows (144 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: Serif's Photoplus has nested layers and non-destructive adjustment layers, An absolute dream for very little money. Except.....

They evidently didn't 'eat their own dog food', the microsoft programming principle, becaue it has been consistent in long standing, significant bugs across versions of more than a decade, plus crazy limits on parameters to the controls that only made sense when pics were a maximum of 4MP. And let's not forget the batch processing that was utterly brain-dead.

The program was unusable for anything more serious than a bit of touching up.

Even though I hate to leave the nested layers and non-destructive adjustment layers (I was raised on photoshop), I've ended up using Gimp.

So sad.

What "Bond" is saying is just not relevant to Affinity Photo, which I have used for a while and love.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 01:02 UTC
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deep7: Any thoughts how that compares to the Olympus ZD 35-100/2? I guess the two are similar in ambition.

oopsibrokeit: That's your opinion and you're welcome to it. It's of no relevance here, nor to my question. I'm not sure if you have a genuine bias or are just ignorant about various aspects of the photo industry (I suspect the latter, due to your use of the word "ridiculously", in that context) but I'll leave you to it.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 09:21 UTC
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (262 comments in total)
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noflashplease: I'd wait for Sigma to release the 85mm F/1.4 ART. You can be certain that it will be cheaper, sharper and will work well with the upcoming Sigma E-mount adapters.

Your certainty may be optimistic!

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 18:46 UTC
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deep7: Any thoughts how that compares to the Olympus ZD 35-100/2? I guess the two are similar in ambition.

oopsibrokeit: The Zuiko is an f2 lens with a decent range and top build quality. It's an appropriate weight and price for such a specialist, low volume lens. It set a benchmark for fast zooms designed for small formats, which is why I asked how the Sigma compares. You provided no useful information!

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 18:39 UTC

Any thoughts how that compares to the Olympus ZD 35-100/2? I guess the two are similar in ambition.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 01:49 UTC as 59th comment | 8 replies

Vastly better than I expected! Well done, Panasonic.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 08:42 UTC as 11th comment
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (494 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Can someone remind me - just HOW big is a "1 inch" sensor? I know it is anything _but_ 25.4mm diagonal.

PLEASE can we start coming up with a STANDARD way of measuring sensor sizes that does NOT keep harking back to ancient vacuum tubes?

Brian

According to Edgar above, 7.66mm.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 20:17 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (494 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Can someone remind me - just HOW big is a "1 inch" sensor? I know it is anything _but_ 25.4mm diagonal.

PLEASE can we start coming up with a STANDARD way of measuring sensor sizes that does NOT keep harking back to ancient vacuum tubes?

Brian

Giving a measurement unit is the best way to indicate the size of something!

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 19:26 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (494 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Can someone remind me - just HOW big is a "1 inch" sensor? I know it is anything _but_ 25.4mm diagonal.

PLEASE can we start coming up with a STANDARD way of measuring sensor sizes that does NOT keep harking back to ancient vacuum tubes?

Brian

Thanks Edgar. Sensor diagonal is by far the simplest and most useful system. It separates out different formats very cleanly and doesn't pay homage to any particular size (it's neutral). Further, area based systems end up going logarithmic and that's harder to get your head around, even if the absolute area is so relevant.

I'd love to get away from that silly "full frame" nonsense...

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 06:03 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (494 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Can someone remind me - just HOW big is a "1 inch" sensor? I know it is anything _but_ 25.4mm diagonal.

PLEASE can we start coming up with a STANDARD way of measuring sensor sizes that does NOT keep harking back to ancient vacuum tubes?

Brian

Jeff Keller/Richard Butler: the power is in your hands! Start using something sensible and see if it takes off. It certainly would with your readership. I wouldn't worry about a format looking a little clunky. We are used to that with photography. "6x4.5mm" is super easy to visualise and not hard to write. Likewise, "27 square mm" is simple enough but actually a bit harder to visualise. Or just use the diagonal linear measurement, e.g. "8mm diagonal". That would be so easy.

Do it! Go on, I dare you...

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 00:06 UTC
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