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Reg Natarajan

Reg Natarajan

Lives in Canada Vancouver, BC, Canada
Works as a www.esecuredata.com
Has a website at www.regnatarajan.ca
Joined on Nov 9, 2001


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I'm big on Fuji X these days but I have to admit, I'm very impressed with what Samsung is doing.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2013 at 22:03 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras article (421 comments in total)
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Tinjaw: I know this isn't the best/appropriate place to ask, but please forgive me as I want to get people to answer this that have read this guide.

I have never owned a "real" camera. I don't know how to use one. I have decided to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 as B&H had it for $299 (oddly the white versions was $449).

I am going to buy a book and some online courses to learn how to use it and take photos.

*My Question is* What low cost flash should I purchase that will work with this camera that will be good enough to use while learning? I have no idea what I need/should buy.

Just my two cents: you're doing it backwards. Shoot your shots. See if you need a flash. These days, the low light capability of modern cameras makes flash photography unnecessary most of the time. If you find you do need one, the built-in flash of the DMC-LX7 might well be enough. One of the biggest lessons to learn in photography is to buy the gear you need, not to invent needs to justify buying gear.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2012 at 11:57 UTC
On Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras article (421 comments in total)

Anyone know if the X-F1 has the Advanced Low Light mode of the X10? Not the EXR High ISO mode, but the Advanced Low Light mode that combines multiple images into one final image. That mode is far superior for handheld night time street photography in my experience.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2012 at 15:59 UTC as 76th comment | 1 reply
On Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras article (421 comments in total)
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cancerrak: our hipster gained some weight.... seriously, Fujifilm x10 is something I would recommend just for having fun and to discover photography once again as I did recently.

I feel exactly the same way. My X10 makes photography both fun and real again. Photography isn't my business. It's my hobby. Carrying a DSLR rig has no place in my real world. Carry my X10 is easy. It's also the best looking compact anywhere, at least to my eyes.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2012 at 15:47 UTC

Anyone remember this? http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/01/12/PolaroidAndroid

Who cares what Polaroid announces? Tell us when they do it. That company is all talk and no action of late.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 23:33 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
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rfsIII: So has anyone tried really using this camera to make Skype phone calls? Is there a special blocking circuit or firmware that prevents owners from using it like a phone?

If it works fairly well as a phone, this could be the paradigm shift—just as people used to say "who needs a compact camera when I can take great pix with my phone" maybe now we can turn it around and say "who needs a phone when I can make calls with my camera."

People keep mentioning Skype, which is fine as Skype works well. There are dozens of options, though. Personally, I use RingCentral, Vonage and Skype. All have excellent Android apps. This lack of cellular calling is nearly irrelevant.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2012 at 05:51 UTC
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wansai: for the price of admission, surely any sane person would get one of the more recent and VASTLY superior mirrorless cameras like the Nex 5R, which incidentally is about the same size roughly (possibly even smaller). the price is about the same and you have some connctivity options as well as options to change your lense specific to your style of shooting.

these phone cameras, the thing is, you must work around the tool. i have always felt tat the tool should work towards my needs, especialy if i'm going to spend half a grand upwards for it.

the quality of the picture is poor even by modern phone camera standards and the price high for a poorly performing superzoom.

what i don't understand is, why are mobile photographers not more discerning or critical about their tools? i think it's a valid form of photography and i enjoy viewing it, but one should not be so dismissive about the critical flaws of a product you're about to spend money on.

@wansai I think you're missing the huge point that for many people, this thing can be a single device to carry, rather than two (camera and phone). I have several ways to make and receive calls on Android with VOIP, and I use Android mainly for email anyway, so the lack of cellular calling is irrelevant to me. As for the price, it's cheaper than most smartphones.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2012 at 05:47 UTC
On Fujifilm XF1 Preview preview (131 comments in total)
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Reg Natarajan: This is shallow of me but I do wish it came in black.

I meant all black. I've never been into that two tone silver/black look.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2012 at 10:54 UTC

Pity. I enjoyed his comments here. Straight shooter.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2012 at 20:13 UTC as 19th comment
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 review article (338 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: Hmm. Isn't this most directly competing with the Fuji X10?

The specs and form factor are strikingly similar, as are the dpreview scores, although Canon's late entry somehow gets gold while the year-older X10 gets silver? Not saying I love the X10 (I only have one because of software I wrote to fix the white orb problem), but I don't see why it isn't at least one of the defaults for comparison with the G15.

I agree with all these comments. The X10 is far nicer looking, has as good a lens and imaging system, and has its advanced modes which combine multiple images to reduce noise and improve detail at high ISO (as opposed to Canon's HDR-only, tripod-only multiple image capability).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2012 at 23:47 UTC
On Transcend releases new Wi-Fi memory card post (47 comments in total)
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KeeChiuPeng: How does it differ from eyefi ?

AmnonG, sorry for the slow reply. I don't come to this site every day. Like Jack1611, I also don't experience any slowdown. Both my cameras start up quite quickly and EyeFi cards don't seem to affect their start up time, but I don't have any experience beyond those two.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2012 at 17:30 UTC
On Transcend releases new Wi-Fi memory card post (47 comments in total)

What we really need is a wifi MicroSD card, as several newer pocket cameras are starting to use that format.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2012 at 08:33 UTC as 11th comment
On Transcend releases new Wi-Fi memory card post (47 comments in total)
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KeeChiuPeng: How does it differ from eyefi ?

Just a quick comment on "Eye-fi has not allowed you to upload to anywhere but their servers". Eye-Fi (which I currently use) lets you upload to Flickr or Picasa (not both), and you can also configure the client to download both RAW and JPG into your Dropbox or Google Drive cloud storage. I do all that in production and it works fine. I know some have found the client buggy, but I have never had any issues with it, myself.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2012 at 08:31 UTC

What's next? How about emails? In my company, many people who work for me write emails. Some of them are really quite creative and well written. Barring a contract, can these employees now republish their work emails without my consent? I suppose it's no sillier than Apple winning a billion dollars from Samsung for having copied Ericsson first.
People can say it's an unfair comparison all they want. It won't make it true. The fact is that art was BETTER before copyright law. All copyright law has gotten us is huge media companies peddling trash. Now those companies protect their turf by suing our kids for downloading music. This is not in the public interest.

We are over-regulating and over-legislating EVERYTHING. It is not leading to more innovation. It is not leading to better art. It's not leading to anything except more lawsuits and more lawyers. We need a serious rethink of all intellectual property law, the sooner the better.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2012 at 22:36 UTC as 13th comment | 5 replies
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Eleson: Does this cover pictures taken in Canada by anyone, or by canadians anywhere, or only canadians in Canada?

Canadian law covers anyone in Canada, citizen or not. When outside Canada, Canadians are subject to the laws of the jurisdiction they are in.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2012 at 22:17 UTC

Terrible change, and I type that sitting in my office in Vancouver. Copyright law and patent law are destroying innovation, exactly the opposite of what they were intended to do. Before copyright law, we had Beethoven, Bach and Mozart. Since copyright law, we have Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne and Nelly Furtado, and it's not lost on me that the latter three are all Canadian. This is an improvement?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2012 at 23:46 UTC as 43rd comment | 8 replies
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Vincent Aquilino: For all the cry babies who complain about the small sensor,If you can't take a
good picture with a small sensor,you certainly can't take one with a bigger sensor.

Maybe the best comment I've ever seen here.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2012 at 05:10 UTC

This whole concept isn't my cup of tea, but even for those who like the idea, this thing is doing it wrong. Two shots a minute mean you need to spend hours sifting through the hundreds of images a day it will take to get the good ones. The Autographer has some logic built in to shoot when things are interesting. Much better. Much fewer junk photos to sift through that way.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2012 at 05:00 UTC as 1st comment
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Francis Carver: 528 comments already on the Nikon V1 camera, wow!! Heck, that's probably more comments than actual V1 copies Nikon was able to sell so far, huh?

"It can shoot at up to 15 frames per second."

That's good, now let's see if the Nikon V2 can do that 15fps frame-rate sustained with 4K video as well, like the $399 GoPro Hero3 Black Edition can?

As usual, the gearheads here have no clue about what the market actually wants in a camera, or what actually sells.

"sales of the newly released the Nikon 1 series and Nikon 1 interchangeable lenses have been robust. Despite a reduction in the market for compact digital cameras, we have been channeling energy into expanding sales in this area, and as a result, achieved record sales for the quarterly period."


Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2012 at 19:56 UTC

I know this is entirely subjective but I think this thing is hideous, and I'm partial to Nikon, generally.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2012 at 03:17 UTC as 49th comment
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