Biowizard

Biowizard

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On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (559 comments in total)

I'd be first in line for a TRUE MONO version of this camera.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 15:50 UTC as 151st comment | 2 replies
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (559 comments in total)
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Anadrol: The RX1 does enter a large jacket pocket, the RX2 should even be smaller...

The Leica Q is too big to enter a pocket, what's the advantage then to have a fixed lens ???

Fixed lens means (hopefully) NO dirt on the sensor. Simples.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 15:39 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (559 comments in total)
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BJN: Rectangular lens hoods are common in Leicaland since they intrude less into a rangefinder's view. Since there's no optical finder to justify the squared-off, non reversible hood, I can only assume that this one represents style over function.

Ask yourself this: what is the purpose of a lens hood? ...

... yep, correct. To mask out stray light that's out of the field of view, but might impinge on the optics and generate flare. No the second question: should a lens hood be way bigger than the field of view, or match it as closely as possible? ...

... yep, correct again. As close as possible. And given that the sensor is rectangular, and so the field of view is rectangular, the closest shape lens hood you can devise to keep all that unwanted light off the front element is ...

yep, Rectangular!

Function over Style. Bravo Leica!

Give the man a cigar!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 15:37 UTC

The limitation on this device is that fact that even the "WIRELESS" versions are TETHERED to a surface "mini-boat". The reason is simple: radio waves do not travel well underwater, so the antenna for the wireless versions has to float on the surface, tethered to the sub by (in this case) a 10m (33') cable.

This is NOT a self-contained, free diving "drone". It's more like an underwater powered KITE!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 08:52 UTC as 2nd comment
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Biowizard: Given that this is tethered, a cheaper option, complete with greater endurance, would be a simple radio controlled boat with a GoPro dangling off a piece of line, stabilised by a simple paravane.

Brian

Just to be explicit, this text is taken from the TTRobotix website, under the headings for the two "WIRELESS" options:

Includes :
Mini surface boat for WiFi transmission
10m cable connect SEAWOLF and mini surface boat

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 08:48 UTC
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Biowizard: Given that this is tethered, a cheaper option, complete with greater endurance, would be a simple radio controlled boat with a GoPro dangling off a piece of line, stabilised by a simple paravane.

Brian

Kawika, yes, tethered. Radio waves don't travel well underwater, so even the radio-controlled versions of this device have a tether to a surface-floating antenna. So my idea is to put the motor in the antenna float (ie, a radio-controlled boat), and dangle the camera on a string-mounted paravane.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 08:43 UTC
On GoPro unveils Hero+ LCD with touchscreen display article (42 comments in total)
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Biowizard: The only bad thing about this GoPro, is that the camera and case are one integral unit. If the case gets damaged on (say) a GoPro 4, you can cheaply buy a new case and keep the original camera. With the present model, if this happens, you have to buy a whole new camera.

Brian

Fair enough - though I would still maintain that 50 quid spend is preferable to 90 when, for example, the securing clip fractures (as in happened my case) or the front glass cracks.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2015 at 12:27 UTC

Given that this is tethered, a cheaper option, complete with greater endurance, would be a simple radio controlled boat with a GoPro dangling off a piece of line, stabilised by a simple paravane.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2015 at 12:17 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies

Of course ... the Winter is very, very LONG in Oslo ...

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 18:14 UTC as 8th comment

WHAT a badly disciplined orchestra! For a start, none of the rank and file violinists are following their leader!

I'd have been way more impressed if he'd recorded a piece of music with him PLAYING each instrument in turn, and then mixing it all together.

A bit like Mike Oldfield did once with Tubular Bells.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 18:05 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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Biowizard: Russian Optics ... 58mm ... (roughly) f2 ... what does that remind me of? Oh yes, my first ever SLR Lens, the Helios that screwed into the front of my Zenit! Come to think of it, that probably had a brass case under the paint and chrome! And there were plenty of swirly effects you could create with that combination, thanks to the glossy interior of the camera's mirror box!

Brian

The pity was, for the price, the glass was actually rather good. If only they'd used MAT paint it could have been so much better!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 21:18 UTC
On GoPro unveils Hero+ LCD with touchscreen display article (42 comments in total)
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Biowizard: The only bad thing about this GoPro, is that the camera and case are one integral unit. If the case gets damaged on (say) a GoPro 4, you can cheaply buy a new case and keep the original camera. With the present model, if this happens, you have to buy a whole new camera.

Brian

Put another way, my GoPro 3 Black cost something like £300. One of our housings already failed (the plastic clip split). It was far better to pay £50 for a replacement housing, the £300 for a new camera. Definitely better to keep the outer protective/waterproof shell separate from the camera itself.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 23:20 UTC

ER?!! £12,750 ($7450 US)?!! Please tell me this is a misprint ...

... $12,750 (£7450 UK) perhaps?

If not, I have a plane to catch ...

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 21:30 UTC as 125th comment | 1 reply
On GoPro unveils Hero+ LCD with touchscreen display article (42 comments in total)

The only bad thing about this GoPro, is that the camera and case are one integral unit. If the case gets damaged on (say) a GoPro 4, you can cheaply buy a new case and keep the original camera. With the present model, if this happens, you have to buy a whole new camera.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2015 at 21:16 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies
On GoPro unveils Hero+ LCD with touchscreen display article (42 comments in total)
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Cjar: I've never liked that these cameras are called Heroes.
That word should only be used by people who are truly risking their lives to save others.

Plus, these cameras have come to be associated with risky behavior which often results in the need for real heroes to be summoned.

Bah Humbug! "Hero" as a word does relate to life-saving officers or volunteers. Sporting Heroes don't risk their lives; they just attain a level of admiration amongst their fans. Heroes of the Stage are simply principal characters. In mythology, Heroes were demi-gods. There is no reason not to use the name Hero in a product.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2015 at 21:13 UTC

Russian Optics ... 58mm ... (roughly) f2 ... what does that remind me of? Oh yes, my first ever SLR Lens, the Helios that screwed into the front of my Zenit! Come to think of it, that probably had a brass case under the paint and chrome! And there were plenty of swirly effects you could create with that combination, thanks to the glossy interior of the camera's mirror box!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2015 at 09:47 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
On Massive $33,500 2450mm f/8 NASA lens surfaces on eBay article (235 comments in total)

C'mon DpReview - BUY THIS! We want to see what you can do with it!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 22:47 UTC as 5th comment

And while Canon tries to add a celestial touch to its latest sensor, covering it with a veritable constellation of physical artifacts which, brilliantly, make noise at high ISO settings irrelevant to its owners (and, apparently, renters), and while Nikon continues to lubricate its sensors with shutter oil, so as to save the user buying their own can of WD40 to create the desired effects ...

... like a silent goddess from the eponymous mount, Olympus slides in to place to give those of us with faith and love for such things, the finest of all cameras.

CANIKON? No, it can't. Olympus can.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 22:36 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply

I'm pleased Adobe is still providing camera updates for CS6 users ... especially as I've just noticed the addition of a DJI QUADCOPTER profile! As someone who is on the verge of getting his first photographic drone, this is good news indeed!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 12:04 UTC as 2nd comment

Canon's DSLRs are all 3:2 aspect ratio; its Selphys are all 4:3. What i WOULD buy is a dye sub that produced slightly larger prints in 3:2 format or 4:3, depending on media loaded - say 6" x 9" or 6" x 8".

This latest Selphy does nothing I cannot do with my original Canon baby dye-sub printer I bought over 10 years ago.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 16:27 UTC as 3rd comment
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