I have a couple of older Manfrotto carbon tripods (443, 444 - the first belongs to a friend but I am storing it) and the similar vintage monopod. The carbon components are great and overall very light but the whole thing is still let down by the need to have a metal head that outweighes the rest of the ensemble.
I have tried a variety of ball heads and also a 3 axis video head type thing and in all cases they are the (weight) problem.
Adrian Harris: SAFETY (or lack of it) is the one word that springs to mind. I would like drones only to be legal if they have propeller guards fitted.
Spinning props make a nasty mess of the face. I can not believe that companies sell drones without them. I hope the manufacturers of 'guardless' ones do get sued.
PS. I am all for drones, they are a great idea, but choose safety, else all sorts of stupid laws will be forced on us (as if we haven't got enough restrictive laws as it is.).
I can only speak of my experience of the Parrot, which I've owned for about a year but not flown as much as I want, and it has very soft plastic rotors that are mostly harmless *and* the motors cut out when the drone detects any impact to any rotor.
I have hit my own skin without any visible impact apart from a slight "slap". I would probably not want to be hit in a soft spot like an eye, but I am not willing to experiment anyway.
Overall, it's safe - even if I have serious doubts over the company's ability to release software the hardware is safe to use.
Peter Galbavy: Still no white balance settings - which are rather important.
I have and I still do. While not my real camera I do occasionally use my phone and tablet for random shots. Editing kills what little JPEG quality is there already.
AWB is defeated by indoor and backlit scenes quite easily.
Still no white balance settings - which are rather important.
Peter Galbavy: Erm, much as I dislike the Eye-Fi card for it's poor support and lack of stated confidentiality (for their mandatory upload-to-cloud-to-auto-share), once it's working it's good. I shoot, WiFi Direct to my tablet, select images and upload. If I wanted to I could also edit but I don't generally.
This is nothing more than a bit of ego-massaging PR. No innovation here. Move along.
Published where? This puff piece is promoting some sort of gosh-wow "backpack", perhaps testing the waters to see if they have a spin off opportunity, when all it is is a change in process. There is nothing here but a workflow, like you say.
Erm, much as I dislike the Eye-Fi card for it's poor support and lack of stated confidentiality (for their mandatory upload-to-cloud-to-auto-share), once it's working it's good. I shoot, WiFi Direct to my tablet, select images and upload. If I wanted to I could also edit but I don't generally.
Android is making it into "real" cameras now so this is to be expected. Look at the Samsung etc.
Has anyone in the EU - and not the US - done a proper analysis of the likelyhood of any of these changes being allowed? Data protection laws actually exist in the EU and while Facebook may claim to be a US business and so only subject to US laws (this was very recently, probably in conjunction with this change) I don't believe the lawyers will see it that way.
Don't forget DPReview is owned by one of the other big, evil, data sucking giants - Amazon.
DaytonR: Very informative review :)
I wish the review had included the E Z share card & the Toshiba`s Flash air card ....
I thought Toshiba got delayed with Eye-Fi patent issues? Is the EZShare card the SanDisk one? If so, it's just a re-badged Eye-Fi.
Peter Galbavy: Eye-Fi as a company are VERY quiet about the safety and security of the images that are relayed via their servers. There is a direct transfer mode but except in a studio setting this is pretty much useless and all the useful features are via their systems.
The problems, and a quick read of their forums shows the lack of interest by the company - or perhaps the lack or response to prevent bad press?, shows a disregard to legitimate concerns over storage and secure deletion of data, long term security of functionality if the company decides to go bust (I am being sarcastic) and many other associated issues.
Oh, and the limitation that *even* if you trust, as you must, their cloud service it will only push to a single sharing service at a time. No upload to FB/G+/etc. for the same shot - no, that would be far too hard. Not.
PS While I own one, and paid a lot in the early days, I would *not* recommend and Eye-Fi to any new users. I am curious about the Transcend, but have no need right now.
martin_k13: What happens to the range when putting such a card in a magnesium alloy dslr body?
It works (my Eye Fi X2 Pro that is). I use mine in both my Canon 1DsIII and smaller, toy, Panasonic waterproof metal camera. It's functionally fine in both. I have not measured range, but in the house/garden it's fine.
Eye-Fi as a company are VERY quiet about the safety and security of the images that are relayed via their servers. There is a direct transfer mode but except in a studio setting this is pretty much useless and all the useful features are via their systems.
Now if only they did something *useful* like allowing a user to *move* an album, with tags and comments to a "page" that would be nice. They might even be able to monetise it.
There's a potential fly in the ointment here for Lens Rentals - hope they realise.
While ML is free not many care. As soon as someone starts monetising it the patent trolls will be crawling out from under their bridges demanding the tolls.
Hope no one gets burnt.
Maybe I've not been keeping up with Lytro but the only thing that is going to win them and their technology market share is if they can get large content carriers like Facebook and Google to support their file format "natively".
steve_hoge: WIFI in an SD card? Don't have those kind of real-time needs, so I could take it or leave it.
But when are we going to see SD cards with auto-tagging GPS built in? I'd LOVE to eliminate that step from my workflow while still being able to shoot with any camera I choose.
Sort of. The Eye-Fi cards record the BSSIDs of the Wifi hotspots around it and they use a triangulation sytem (can't remember the company name) to narrow down the location. This is OK-ish in tourist areas but has severe drawbacks when no WiFi is prsent at *shooting* time (not upload time, doh!) or if you carry your own Wifi hotspot like a tethered phone or MiFi device - then the EyeFi gets it very wrong...
If this can be a phone it'll make a nice update to my Note.
I have a couple of older models but I am pretty much not using them because of the prohibitive consumable costs. Used to be I could buy the 108-sheet/ink packs for about 5p/print. Now the best price I seem to be able to get is closer to double that, sometimes a little less if an offer is on.
Convenience is one thing but being gouged is quite another.
It's not only about the money but also about press freedom. This would be just the thin end of the wedge. What next? Perhaps the music journalist covering the night will be expected to sigh a waiver restricting how they are allowed to portray the event and how they can syndicate their writing?
Wow. Canon is getting with the modern age and updating stuff rather than freezing it at release. Only a couple of other examples - most notably the 5DII - where they have added new features. I wonder (and hope!) they do something similar for my 1DsIII :)