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ddtwenty: Camera on ISS?
Why the position of image is so static?

I thought ISS will fly in very high speed all the time.

Put your mouse cursor on one of the tall skyscrapers and you will see the movement. Ground level things like roads don't show enough depth to indicate much movement from the high altitude, but tall objects do.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 21:30 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know article (556 comments in total)

The original G1 X remains the only decent "X" model of the "G" series. And even it had a lackluster Canon sensor, compared to Sony sensors. But it did have a VF and a fully articulating LCD and plenty of dials and buttons. The other "X" models of the "G" series have all been too compromised by cost saving design changes to be worth buying. And while 600mm f/5.6 sounds good to the uninitiated, that translates into a slow lens that would be as dark as an f/10 on an APS-C sensor camera. So if you are going to shoot at 600mm the subject better be well lit, otherwise you better use a tripod and a long shutter and hope nothing moves within the FoV. And at 600mm f/5.6 I bet it is not sharp anywhere but perhaps in the center. Most likely that lens will need to be stopped down to at least f/8 and possibly f/11 to get a reasonably sharp image beyond the center.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 14:49 UTC as 70th comment | 4 replies
On Sony adds XAVC S and high bitrate video to a6000 article (173 comments in total)
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Wolfgang Fieger: Not so impresdive as the same company never offered any firmware update for their pro model A99. Thought that body really needs some improvements that could be provided easily with updates

If you got 2 or 3 FW updates for a Sony camera you should be happy. Try owning a Canon which will rarely, if ever, get a FW update unless they are nailed to the wall by a major flaw they need to fix. Canon will gladly sell you the next model, but forget FW updates. And oh BTW, only a moron would think the FW update for one camera is not impressive because they haven't released one for another unrelated camera. @pcblade nailed it, though some morons apparently didn't get his sarcasm!!!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2015 at 15:01 UTC
On Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review preview (432 comments in total)
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Rodrigo Ayres Bordin: Is it possible to connect the camera to the computer, and download the pictures directly to a folder (Windows), or the camera only connects to smartphones?

Probably easier just to pull out the SD Card and plug it into the PC. Almost every PC has a card reader now. That way you don't have to mess with the Canon software unless you just want to.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2015 at 20:46 UTC

Butt ugly with too few dials and buttons. Looks like a high school class project. I'll leave it for pompous idiots with way more money than photography sense.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 14:41 UTC as 47th comment | 6 replies

Kickstarter, the place to go to beg for money when you are too lazy or too stupid to write a business plan and secure proper financing. Most of that KS crap never even makes it to market. Some of the KS projects have been little more than a scam to raise money for people who were too lazy to work. Enough with the BS KS crap already.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 14:29 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies
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Michael Ma: A filter for a lazy photographer to can't be bothered to take the photograph properly.

You are assuming this algorithm is just for professional photographers. It is for everyone, including the tourists on trains, planes, and in automobiles who cannot open a window to get the shot of a lifetime. Even pros find themselves in that situation on occasion.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 14:29 UTC

I like the new look in the Public tab. It looks more like the website now. I don't like the Camera Row tab, but I'll never use it anyway as I never post photos from a smartphone to Flickr. I only post photos that look more professional and are taken with real camera equipment not toy cameras. BTW, unless you want every darn photo you take on your smartphone automatically uploaded to Flickr you better turn off that option.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 15:07 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

This sight sucks worse every day. How does a lame POS item like this get on the front page?

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2015 at 19:07 UTC as 140th comment | 4 replies
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Mark Alan Thomas: Here’s the link to the Lightroom 6 Standalone version which Adobe has basically hidden from customers:


Click “edit” to switch to upgrade pricing.

Still doesn't work on my computer. You can also get to the Buy page for the Full version 6 here, but it doesn't allow the Upgrade option either. Typical Adope BS--hide the non-CC products and make them insanely difficult to purchase.


Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 18:13 UTC
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ozturert: The results are as bad and as good as I expected. The price and optical quality are not in line, I think. I'd say the lens deserves max 600$.

I've taken a look at its images and they are anything but sharp. The build quality means nothing, nor does the fast focus, when it cannot take sharp photos and has that much distortion. I agree it is a sub $600 lens being sold for way more. :(

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 18:26 UTC
On B-grip launches Uno holster for compact system cameras article (110 comments in total)

Meh...As bad of an idea as the spaghetti westerns were.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2015 at 21:03 UTC as 29th comment | 4 replies

BTW, the 20mm pancake (SEL20F28) works on the a7, even without using the APS-C crop mode. In crop mode you get a 30mm equivalent 10.3 MP image. If you use it without crop mode it does vignette, but crop it down to 5001 x 3334 px, apply the lens profile in Lightroom or ACR, change the manual vignette setting to 100%, and you wind up with a great 24mm equivalent 16.7 MP image, which is much wider than the 30mm crop mode image. Add the VCL-ECU1 or VCL-ECU2 to the SEL20F28 and you have a full frame 18mm 16.7 MP image. Or add the VCL-ECF1 to the SEL20F28 and you have a full frame 15mm 16.7 MP image.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 16:02 UTC as 3rd comment

The listed specs for the new VCL-ECU2 don't add up, or multiply up I should say. The older VCL-ECU1 is specified to be a 0.75x lens meaning it will turn a 16mm into 12mm and a 20mm into a 15mm rather than a 16mm as listed. The VCL-ECU2 is likely the same lens repainted black and 0.75x too. Are we to believe it is 0.75x on the 16mm pancake and 0.80x on the 20mm pancake? I doubt it. And as already mentioned, the older VCL-ECU1 works fine on the 20mm pancake and it is cheaper.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 15:49 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3324 comments in total)
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maboleth: 3699$ or 3999 euros! Should've been the opposite. 1 eur = 1,13$

maboleth, in the USA we don't have VAT as we have sales tax, and each state and city sets its own sales tax rates. Therefore it is impossible for the manufacturer to know what the sales tax will be unless they know exactly where you live. Therefore it is much easier to list items without sales tax added and let the buyer add it up on their own to know how much the total cost will be.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 17:25 UTC
On FAA proposes regulations for commercial drone usage article (119 comments in total)

If they don't seriously restrict drone traffic there will be safety issues on an increasing level. If they don't seriously address the privacy issues there will be drones in peoples faces filming them from every angle. If they don't seriously address the noise pollution the average day will sound like Saturday morning in the neighborhood with all the neighbors busily and nosily blowing their leaves into each others yards. We have had fairly strict rules governing the use of model aircraft for years and very few have really complained about those rules. We should highly regulate these drones to keep them from being flown by every nerd with a few dollars to spend. Too annoying, too invasive, too loud! Keep them restricted and make it difficult to get a license to operate one, and put heavy penalties on those who use them in an inappropriate manner.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 16:26 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
On FAA proposes regulations for commercial drone usage article (119 comments in total)
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King Penguin: I expect the people of Afganistan are happy about this.......

Failed attempt at humor...the FAA has no jurisdiction outside of the USA and its territories.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 16:16 UTC
On FAA proposes regulations for commercial drone usage article (119 comments in total)
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nikanth: What is FAA?

USA Federal Aviation Administration. The agency that makes and enforces the rules and regulations regarding air traffic in the USA.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 16:15 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1392 comments in total)
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prossi: Finally a paintbrush and sponge static sample wedge that that can compete the apsc and ff from sony and nikon! It was getting depressing listening to all the praise of 4/3 cameras and be confronted with such crappy IQ for landscaping.

It is just a gimmick. The camera is still a crappy, old style 16MP M4/3 that cannot compete against APS-C, much less FF, in anything except the minds of those who are stuck on M4/3. The only thing M4/3 can compete against with any luck is the 1" sensor cameras. Using this thing at 40MP will be very similar to the 19th century photographers and their gunpowder flash unit, "Okay don't breathe for the next 5 minutes!"

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 15:24 UTC
On Canon's Q4 earnings report shows camera sales are down article (315 comments in total)

As long as Canon continues to sit on its corporate backside and turn out lackluster improvements that are merely minor updates to cameras long ago released, they will continue to slide. They need to innovate and push the envelope. Minor tweaks to outdated designs just won't cut it in today's market. That is why so many of us have jumped off the Canon wagon in search of better equipment.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 18:34 UTC as 67th comment | 26 replies
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