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Biowizard

Biowizard

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Sony has always loved compression - look at the investment it put into MiniDisc all those years ago, when the rest of us were trying to get our hands on uncompressed recording solutions.

Performing any kind of lossy compression at the point of original capture is bone-headed beyond belief: once lost, the data can never be recovered.

Poor move, Sony.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 18:07 UTC as 186th comment | 4 replies

24 hours in, and the more I think about this, the more I like it. At last a quick way to attach/detach from my assortment of roller-skate dollies, microphone stand adapters, drum kit stands, table tripods and more.

KUDOS to the inventors and Bah Humbug to the predictable and ultimately dull and boring naysayers.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2015 at 20:20 UTC as 3rd comment
On Holga Digital camera project launched on Kickstarter article (143 comments in total)

NOOO!!! Please NOT more lo-fi, blurry lens cameras - digital or otherwise.

You wanna take crappy shots? Buy an old 1st gen DSLR, wash its lens in the dishwasher and then sand-paper the front and rear elements.

Or just use a decent camera, and ruin your photos in Photoshop.

Toy Cameras are for Toy Photographers.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2015 at 19:58 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply

Trouble is the whole of Facebook, Twitter, Instragram and more is stuffed with N'th generation copies of images, with the result that most re-posts and shares have disgustingly corrupted photos or even text slogans.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 13:00 UTC as 12th comment

Sorry All, and don't get me wrong - I love the fact we have a "Royal Family" and our amazing "Queen".

But hey, why get all prissy of a few dozen (or more) low-life hack paparazzi want to take pics of your grand kids? Some or your "subjects", who pay for your existence, want to see what they are paying for.

So let them.

Personally, I couldn't give a toss either way. Small kids are small kids, end of.

I was totally SICK of all Diana's bleatings, while she actively wooed the Press with her poses, pouts, and sidelong glances. She was ONLY who she was because of her carefully managed press coverage. Her death was sad and premature, but ultimately of her own making.

Back to now - if you want to live the privileged life of a British Royal, on money contributed by everyone living in your realm, then PUT UP with photos for those of your contributors who can be assed to want some value for their money.

And for the rest of us, I couldn't give a [Fluffy Bunny] either way.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 21:16 UTC as 7th comment | 5 replies
On Rough and ready: Olympus Tough TG-4 review article (243 comments in total)

Love my first-gen TG-1 ... would buy the TG-4 in an instant if the latter got damaged or stolen.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 21:38 UTC as 42nd comment | 2 replies
On Graava action cam automatically edits POV footage article (47 comments in total)

You can get the same effect by simply not turning your GoPro on ...

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 09:10 UTC as 12th comment
In reply to:

pavinder: A simple look at the video should silence the critics...anyone still left complaining seems like a troll to me.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bPuT7R7JVxk

Shame the Youtube video is itself only 360p - gets no-where near showing off the resolution even of this 2MPixel camera.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2015 at 14:54 UTC
On Shooting with the Canon PowerShot G3 X article (316 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Pity this camera managed to lose 90% of its telephoto power from the dpReview news headline (24-6000mm (equiv)) and the actual overiew/impressions (24-600mm (equiv)).

At least it didn't end up as a common-or-garden 24-60mm (equiv)!

Brian

I see the headline is now fixed!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 13:58 UTC
On Shooting with the Canon PowerShot G3 X article (316 comments in total)

Pity this camera managed to lose 90% of its telephoto power from the dpReview news headline (24-6000mm (equiv)) and the actual overiew/impressions (24-600mm (equiv)).

At least it didn't end up as a common-or-garden 24-60mm (equiv)!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2015 at 15:17 UTC as 71st comment | 1 reply
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (581 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 157th comment | 2 replies
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (581 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 (581 comments in total)
In reply to:

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
In reply to:

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)
In reply to:

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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