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Suntan

Suntan

Lives in United States Twin Cities, United States
Works as a Engineer
Joined on Aug 30, 2004

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anthony mazzeri: So does this printer cost $10, but then a quarter of a teaspoon of ink costs $29.95 each?

Considering it is one of the world's most valuable resources by weight - literally a few drops of ink is more expensive than a 44g barrel of oil - I'm surprised there hasn't been more investment into exploration and drilling for new ink wells.

This business model obviously worked brilliantly for them at the beginning but now is killing itself - the extortionate price of ink is why nobody buys or even scarcely uses an inkjet printer even if they do buy one any more unless they have no absolutely other choice.

Agreed. Although not for prints, I bought a laser printer because it was cheaper (with a 2,000 sheet toner) than a pack of ink jet refills.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 20:08 UTC

Since WHCC is local (I live in the Twin Cities) I can get prints the next day.

I can't justify the hassle of a photo printer.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 16:59 UTC as 16th comment
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Josh SZ: I have to say the "Arca Swiss" plate type of mount is a 50-year-old technology. So it is time to have a new design now, but this new "invention" is not the way to go - other than its weakness, it is still old-mount based.

The Arca Swiss design is definitely much older than 50 years... The wedge is older than the wheel.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2015 at 17:38 UTC
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Robert Gallery: From an engineering perspective it offers a lot of complexity for what is a very already a simple task and complexity is just another lot of things that can lead to failure. Also the three threads that grip the tripod screw contact the tripod screw over a very small area. So the load is concentrated over a number of points rather than the very much greater area that it would have if connected to the camera bush. Point loads lead to stress concentrations and mechanical failure unless all the components are engineered to take the stress and tripod manufacturers did not see this one coming.

I was thinking the same.

It is an interesting device, but overly complicated.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2015 at 17:35 UTC
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dynaxx: Just one more symptom of a society that now has a dull and uneducated majority, that used to be a minority. Everything has to be dummed-down to its simplest level so they can cope and the simplest photography is found in a mobile telephone.

Too many examples in modern life but look at newspapers, TV programs, cinema that now use simple language/ideas and avoid complexity because most people can't handle it.

Understanding how photography works does not involve any difficult concepts or skills but the short attention span of the current generation rules out reading a book on the subject that was always the way of learning anything new for my generation.

Disagree with the negative overtones.

Some people just don't put *that* much emphasis on photographs. That doesn't make them "dull and uneducated." That just makes them different from you.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 14:42 UTC
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Suntan: Some people are living in denial.

As much as they don't want to acknowledge it, the reason average cameras have gone away *is* because the average snap-shooter is getting their needs met by smartphones.

@rrccad

Agreed. The reality is that my phone can take a 16MP image, in raw format, that is much better than even a "good 35mm P&S" camera could do back when I was a kid.

There's no justification for the average person to have anything more than what's already in their pocket.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 14:40 UTC

Some people are living in denial.

As much as they don't want to acknowledge it, the reason average cameras have gone away *is* because the average snap-shooter is getting their needs met by smartphones.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 13:52 UTC as 234th comment | 4 replies
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Nereo: Um... I'm beginning to think we need a new standard other than "ISO" to measure light sensitivity.

ISO came from the sensitivity of coated glass collodian plates (ISO ~1 !) Then came the films, and it was still easy to keep track that ISO 100 was 4x as sensitive as ISO 25. But now we've got cameras with ISO 102,400 and now 4 million?! Quick: how many stops between 1600 and 102,400?

Since camera sensitivities now exceed two orders of magnitude, why not have a sensitivity measurement that matches? e.g. ISO 100 = 1, 200 = 2, 400 = 3, 1600 = 4... each double the previous level in sensitivity.
This new camera exceeds "16" on our sensitivity scale!

I appreciate the irony in your rebuttal Bob. The temperature bit particularly.

Seeing as over the last 50 years the use of the celsius scale, with it's more accessible (0 - freezing water 100 - boiling water) range having replaced the higher resolution fahrenheit scale. Not to mention that neither popular scale is close to useful for real measurement, compared to the much more logically laid out Kelvin and Rankine scales.

Similar for bolt torque. Measuring bolt torque is a sloppy and imprecise indirect *estimate* of the clamp load on the fastener, which is really the important value. But measuring torque is the popular measurement because it is easier to measure, and more accessible for lay-people.

At least we can agree that improving accessibility by toning down the geeky-ness of a measurement is a good thing for growing acceptance in the general population. Even if you don't realize it.

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Eleson: What is the intended usage and audience for this camera?

Very dedicated Peeping Toms.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 16:31 UTC
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Nereo: Um... I'm beginning to think we need a new standard other than "ISO" to measure light sensitivity.

ISO came from the sensitivity of coated glass collodian plates (ISO ~1 !) Then came the films, and it was still easy to keep track that ISO 100 was 4x as sensitive as ISO 25. But now we've got cameras with ISO 102,400 and now 4 million?! Quick: how many stops between 1600 and 102,400?

Since camera sensitivities now exceed two orders of magnitude, why not have a sensitivity measurement that matches? e.g. ISO 100 = 1, 200 = 2, 400 = 3, 1600 = 4... each double the previous level in sensitivity.
This new camera exceeds "16" on our sensitivity scale!

I suggested something similar back a few years as a method of making photography more accessible to people that don't want to be tech-nerds.

I was ridiculed by the purists that I "didn't get it." That it was important to keep the conventions as they are because change is bad and only people that devote the time to learning nerd-stuff deserve to understand how to use a camera, etc. etc

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 16:28 UTC

Why the 3.5mm mic jack? Seems rather out of place on a $30K video camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 13:38 UTC as 67th comment | 1 reply
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PowerG9atBlackForest: Guess what? We've seen it all already! Not the one million minutes in one piece - but bit by bit: Twiggy and Marilyn, and wasn't that terrible at Lakehurst and Pearl Harbour. Oh, those sweet clips of nostalgia every now and then!

My son is 8. He's never seen it. If/when the time is right to discuss it, I can quickly find it on Youtube. That's a great resource to have.

Too bad people just get snarky as they get older...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 13:54 UTC

Meh. Don't like their contract, don't show up at their venue to take pictures... Pretty simple really.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 20:11 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
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joelakeland: Amazon Prime is awesome for shipping and if you live in a state where sales tax isn't collected, still better. Amazon Prime for TV streaming and Music streaming...not so much. In fact, they ought to shut the TV streaming down. I'm in the market today for a another camera so next week is too late for me.

Meh, I was about to say that prime shipping by itself isn't all that great, but when you add on streaming video and music, it becomes a heck of a deal. I personally would not keep a prime account if they shut the "TV streaming" down.

To each their own.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 17:47 UTC
On Nikon D810A: An astrophotographer's perspective article (113 comments in total)

I just wish there was more than one option for buying this camera from Amazon. I don't know, maybe offer it as part of a bundle or two...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 15:57 UTC as 26th comment
On Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR article (331 comments in total)

$1K and only 7 blades...?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 02:54 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On Otus Readings: the Zeiss 85 F1.4 Otus Comparison article (223 comments in total)

Still not good enough to take pictures with my dog's eye in focus and his nose out of focus.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 15:02 UTC as 61st comment
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Suntan: Very impressive tech. Too bad Sony can't cram a usable aperture dial and a shutter speed dial on that little RX100.

Jeez pal, find someone else to critique, the internet is big enough. I simply commented on what I would like to see. I'm not interested in having a grand, metaphysical discourse on the universal harmony that is Sony's business plan...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2015 at 13:02 UTC
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Suntan: Very impressive tech. Too bad Sony can't cram a usable aperture dial and a shutter speed dial on that little RX100.

I already have the LX100, because I believe it has a vastly better control layout than the RX100. That doesn't change the fact that I think the RX100 would be a better camera as suggested above.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2015 at 00:28 UTC
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Suntan: Very impressive tech. Too bad Sony can't cram a usable aperture dial and a shutter speed dial on that little RX100.

They can eliminate the amateur "mode" dial and put the shutter speed dial in its place. Then put the aperture dial around the lens. Basically, they should copy the LX100 layout for shutter and aperture control.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 12:51 UTC
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