Indulis Bernsteins

Indulis Bernsteins

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On Lily Camera flies itself and follows its owner article (155 comments in total)

Not the only one...

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2015 at 15:41 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies

I think the ETTR "rule" should be changed slightly... my change in uppercase

"ETTR. In the most simple terms, it means using the brightest exposure you can possibly get away with, without information YOU CARE ABOUT clipping to white."

For example, I took a closeup photo of someone's face, with a bright background. I actually wanted the background to clip and become white.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2015 at 15:38 UTC as 13th comment
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GaryJP: They might be assuring us they are going to keep Lightroom as a standalone product, but it is a nightmare to get through their site without being signed up to a Creative Cloud you don't want. They are just pushing the standalone right to the periphery.

Liars. As we always knew.

If Adobe wanted to stick to the letter of their statement that "there will always be a standalone LR" then they can release future LR versions with no new features, just a new version number (and camera model support). I would not trust the future actions of a company based on a pr statement today.

There are enough big holes in the meant-to-be-reassuring statement, that it isn't.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 10:33 UTC
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (352 comments in total)

"Too expensive to do RAW mode"- what a big fat lie. Every camera produces raw data. It is doing additional processing like jpeg that takes time and effort. Of course the real reason for no raw is that Canon want you to buy a separate camera for stills, so make sure they "cripple" the features in the camera. A lot of Canon cameras with "missing" features had their firmware examined and modified to enable the features and software that was already there.

In other words, Canon spent money removing features.

This Canonization started with the 300D. Good to know the feature removal division still has jobs!

Made me stop reading, who knows what other bs is there.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 09:44 UTC as 40th comment

Kudos to Fujifilm for admitting and concentrating on the shortcomings of their cameras. This is a great advance from the earlier "there is no problem!" culture. I hope it is a company wide attitude! So well done, and it is very much appreciated by your customers.

I would add two more things- ergonomics of the cameras and lenses... we don't want aperture rings that move when brushed against lighty. We also don't need camera knobs with locks on them so we can't move them easily.

Just get the amount of "click" and tension correct. The ergonomics of an early 1980s Pentax SLR and it lenses are an ideal to be strived for! Buy an old Pentax SLR for your development team to feel and use and compare against.

Also, go into partnership with a dedicated flash manufacturer, you can't do this as well as they can, and flash is a major hole in the camera product line.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 01:07 UTC as 5th comment
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neatnclean: the article is totally misguided.

EOS M system and the EF-M lenses are positioned exactly where they should be:
* decent APS-C image quality
* smallest possible size
* low street price

I got all 4 EF-M lenses, I like them all. I would not have purchased if they were any larger, heavier or more expensive. there is oly one more native EF-M lens I'd consider - an EF-M 75/2.4 ultracompact, sharp and cheap portrait "pancake" at 199.

For everything else else - macro, tilt-shift, longer tele, wide aperture, f/2.8 zooms I use the EF-S and EF lenses I already got.

I let those Fuji X-retro buyers and all those camera-as-a-fashion-statement happily buy 56/1.2 lenses at € 1250 a piece - only to find out they work on APS-C only and must discarded, if Fuji ever manages to bring a full frame sensored camera.

I'd also never trade my EF-M glass for mediocre Sony E lenses or those expensive Zeiss-badged f/4 failures.

Hey- you mean just like the "sucker" Canon EF-S lens buyers will need to throw away their expensive EF-S lenses?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 15:45 UTC

The "not wanting to cannibalize its own market" is the result of corporate "silo mentality" where the company tries to make each division its own little profit centre (e.g. DSLR division vs mirrorless division). What you end up with is less focus and effort on what customers want, and more focus on internal squabbling and infighting (and backstabbing) to stop another division's good product being released and biting into your division's mediocre or aging product. A sign of weak and lazy management at the top- and the reason why smaller "single product" focus companies continue to advance the state of the art..

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 15:41 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies

3 things which Fujifilm need to fix

Flash support: work with 3rd party flash vendors to get some products out there to match what is available for Canon and Nikon SLRs. It is clear that flashes are not Fujifilm's area of specialty, so forget about "not invented here" and "can't share information", learn from market successes like the IBM PC and Linux: share information = grow your market

Autofocus: the X range of bodies and lenses might be the camera equivalent of the "best running shoes on the planet" but the awful and inconsistent autofocus is like a stone in the shoe. Eventually the runner will get tired of the pain and take off the shoes.

Lens design: include end users early in the design process. Continuing flaws in the lenses are aperture rings that are not firm enough & change by brushing them lightly), and zoom lenses with no capability to put a lens ring with tripod mount onto the lens. Some simple design changes could make a big difference. Another "stone in the shoe".

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 12:05 UTC as 3rd comment

A bunch of Italian designers are laughing into their champagnes... they were employed for a year or two and swanned about doing pretty much nothing, partying and living it up. Then the day before the design deadline, it was a "frantic" 1 hour session to decide to go with either a marble column handgrip, or a wooden handgrip, and what colour the "H" sticker should be.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 14:17 UTC as 47th comment
On Accessory Review: Drobo Mini RAID article (149 comments in total)
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hzmeyer: Sorry, but Drobo is not idiot proof. I had one for several years. It had 3 HDs and I thought my photos were totally protected. One day I wanted to format a travel drive and casually placed the cursor on that drive- I thought. It actually was in between that travel drive and Drobo in MY COMPUTER and, as you might guess, it chose Drobo. I clicked FORMAT and years of photos were gone in an instant. You might say to always have several backups. Well, I thought I did- 3 to be exact.

Exactly right Michael! The same as the world's best RAID storage system won't stop a water pipe bursting and destroying all the electronics in your room. So you need an *OFFSITE* backup as well as 2 "active" copies of your data to prevent operator error (that's us, folks!) from destroying your data!
PS even large companies are not immune to the "all my eggs are in one basket" syndrome
PPS anyone using RAID should know that it is designed to cope with TOTAL DRIVE FAILURE, if you get some other errors like a "lost write" then single parity RAID can't recover from these.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 18:20 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (684 comments in total)
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TFD: 37,000 vs 8500 is not a order of magnitude

2 binary orders of magnitude!

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2014 at 23:29 UTC
On Lytro announces Illum light field camera article (348 comments in total)

It reminds me of the "e-book readers will empower users to create their own comments and paths through books". But no, the users wanted books to read. I think the technology in this camera is similar, it is OK to play with but people sometimes want to be passive passengers. The best use for it is probably advertising, so a single frame can be used to create multiple perspectives and a journey through the image. Sort of "bullet-time lite".

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 21:54 UTC as 44th comment | 3 replies
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plevyadophy: This is a stupid move for a medium format cam maker. Whilst CMOS sensors offer higher ISO settings, CCD sensors are BY FAR superior in image quality at low to moderate ISO settings and medium format should be about quality and NOT bragging rights on a spec sheet.

Hassy would have been better employed commissioning Sony to use their talents to design an improved CCD sensor.

First Hassy buy discontinued Sony cams and pimp them up and sell them at silly prices and now this CMOS thing. It's really sad to see what Hassy is becoming .................. a shadow of its former self.

I hope Phase One ignore this spec sheet CMOS bragging rights nonsense and stick to CCD sensors

It is also about manufacturability of the sensor, the cost-per-unit-of-quality (however that gets measured by a particular market!). So a higher yield CMOS may allow some more $ left over for processing, or better body, or.....

And other engineering targets and tradeoffs.

So it may be that to get fast writes to work, or to enable parallel threaded access to the sensor (to speed up image acquisition and processing). Who knows. You and I don't. So all my speculation is just like everyone else's. The designers have made a choice for (likely) very good reasons.

Unless they are using the "wooden grip" dudes!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 15:27 UTC
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rad00p: The only good news here is that maybe old grips start to appear on ebay for some reasonable price. Like £20 which they are worth.

Thank you Fuji for charging us so much for sometime that should be included for free.

Stop complaining, Canon would have sold you the X series lenses without lens hoods and charged 1/4 the price of the lens for one.

PS in reality I agree that it seems a *little* expensive, but you can always wait for a sale.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 11:18 UTC
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photo nuts: It's funny that customers need to fork out extra cash for manufacturers' mistakes.

JD- there should be an appropriate, internationally recognised emoticon for "I am being sarcastic" (at a pinch it could also be used for when you are being ironic too).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 11:13 UTC
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jwalker019: I think it's great they're finally releasing an upgraded grip, but why would they not just have designed the camera properly in the first place?

Even more importantly, why doesn't the body have *any* sort of grip protrusion as standard?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 11:11 UTC
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PinPoint: wow, a dumb rubber cost around 20% the price of a camera body with sophisticated electronics and mechanics... I changed all the 4 tyres of my car and that cost me around 2% the price of car body...

Look up the Oxford English (yes English) dictionary, and remember that the web extends beyond the USA ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 11:10 UTC
On Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 R review preview (6 comments in total)

If there is one thing that anmnoys me with Fujifilm lenses it is the sloppy aperture clicks, which make it too easy to bump out of your setting. It would be an easy thing to fix, but each new lens has the same problem.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2013 at 11:22 UTC as 4th comment
On Fujifilm X-E2 Preview preview (454 comments in total)
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Chil75: Wish this had the Time Lapse recording feature....

hahnel Giga T Pro II, remote release and time lapse (Canon version works with X-E1)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2013 at 12:18 UTC
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Peter Bendheim: This should do the haters proud. There is the blind hatred of Apple coupled with an equally obsessive dislike of Leica. It will be a case of one plus one equals 5. I don't understand the hatred - Apple created unique products which have really changed the way we live with technology - not just pretty designs. Leica made a camera some 90 years ago which changed photography from bulky cameras to 35mm.
Why do so many people hide behind anonymous names and spew such hatred and venom...because products designed by Leica and Apple are recognised by most books on industrial design as important in the history of design. You display your own narrow mindedness and ignorance of modern industrial design.
I wish I understood what it is about iconic products that bring out all the hatred and resentment in people, so unnecessary especially given that this is a once off project to raise funds for HIV/AIDS (and at least two people are unable to even comprehend that there is only one camera and not 500)

It is worth reading the words of a real designer: Dieter Rams: ten principles for good design. He says it better than I could. The one principle that leapt out at me was "Good design is honest: It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept."

Take that, celebrity designers.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2013 at 21:14 UTC
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