jonathanj

jonathanj

Lives in China Shanghai, China
Joined on Oct 2, 2011

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On Accessory Review: Western Digital My Passport Wireless article (53 comments in total)
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Mister Roboto: A nice alternative at a cheaper price would be Kingston Digital 5-in-1 Mobile Companion

Exactly what I was thinking - I have the kingston mobilelite which i guess is the same thing with a different name. About 30 dollars plus the cost of an off the shelf external hard drive. Also, I can backup the same SD card to multiple hard drives. This is good for simplifying your workflow, but it's not the cheapest option.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 04:49 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1031 comments in total)
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jkoch2: Do freshly sold NX1's come with the latest firmware? Or, when turned on for the first time, do they prompt one to log into a WiFi and obtain the firmware automatically? To obtain the firmware, must one register with a "support" service that simultaneously extracts user information everytime one turns on the WiFi? That is apparently what the "smart" Samsung TVs do. They aren't alone in that game, but just what sort of experience do users report?

Also, you can downlod the firmware yourself and install it from he SD card"the old fashioned way", using this site https://samsungnx.herokuapp.com/ (or others)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 04:20 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (802 comments in total)

"Photojournalist thinks camera designed for photojournalist is a big deal"
:-)
For those of us who value still shooting significantly above video, this is just another camcorder....

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 02:33 UTC as 161st comment

I think this is actually pretty good for anyone like me who wants a specific workflow based on upload and forget, *not* synchronization or continuous backup. Basically I want to take the out of camera raw files that I archive on an external hard drive, and make an emergency offsite backup that I will probably never need to look at. Dropbox or google drive are out because they require me to keep the drive connected and synchronized, and I think onedrive operates similarly (anyway, there is no way I will rely on office 365).

I was resigned to working with amazon glacier (making 20gb archives and uploading them one by one), but this is cheaper and a lot easier. I've signed up for a trial and it seems pretty good so far, I think Amazon have just managed to undercut their own product!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 06:44 UTC as 43rd comment
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teeranui: No RAW support for Olympus???

I imagine it's so they can verify that they are actually images - they need to be able to decode them. Otherwise you could just rename big zip files ".raw" or whatever, and use the "photo only" package for everything. It seems kind of reasonable to me....

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 06:22 UTC
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teeranui: No RAW support for Olympus???

I'm in the same position with Samsung. But just convert to DNG - adds another step, but if this is for a secondary offsite backup it's still workable.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 04:10 UTC

I signed up for a defrozo account a few weeks ago to take a look at it, it seems quite nicely styled and well thought out, and certainly these days there's more money in selling services to photographers than there is in selling photography....

But, there are a whole load of competing services for hosting photos and most of them have a fair sized customer base. Some are even profitable. It's hard to see whether emphasizing CRM and marketing aspects will be enough to gain any market share.....

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 05:23 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies

On the 645Z.... "some of the demand comes from professionals, but some comes from people who want to *look* like professionals"
A surprisingly honest description of your customers there, Mr Saiki!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2015 at 13:36 UTC as 81st comment | 2 replies
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jonathanj: Women's backpacks, fine, but can we have a bit less of the obscure made-up jargon? What exactly is a side pocket "drainage weep hole"? Googling the term just gives a lot of information about a technique in masonry wall construction.... I even looked at the kickstarter page, but it just looks like a normal pocket to me... Does it mean if the water gets in, there's a hole to let it drain out? Wouldn't a waterproof cover be a better addition?

Ah, OK. Well, now I know for next time :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 23:58 UTC

Women's backpacks, fine, but can we have a bit less of the obscure made-up jargon? What exactly is a side pocket "drainage weep hole"? Googling the term just gives a lot of information about a technique in masonry wall construction.... I even looked at the kickstarter page, but it just looks like a normal pocket to me... Does it mean if the water gets in, there's a hole to let it drain out? Wouldn't a waterproof cover be a better addition?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 09:04 UTC as 7th comment | 6 replies
On Drobo launches Mini with 8TB pre-loaded article (40 comments in total)
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Damien Demolder: Drobo isn't getting great comments here! Has anyone else had issues with their products? Who makes the best storage systems?

I am not a professional photographer, but I do store a large number of RAW files and travel a lot, so I guess I should be in the target audience. But I don't understand why I'd buy this over 4 x 2TB WD usb3 external hard drives, say, for half the price, given that I will in any case need to maintain a second backup in a different location (or different bag whilst travellling) as protection against theft or damage of the unit.

No one should be trusting a single piece of hardware with no backups, "beyond raid" or not, and if you're maintaining a separate backup there's not much point wasting space on the drobo backup functionality, so I guess I just don't see what I'd be getting for my money that would actually be useful....

And then factor in the comments about unit failure, and the proprietary "beyond RAID" software.....

Edit - just to add I use off the shelf WD external drives, and maintain at least 2 copies of everything. A lot cheaper than buying Drobo!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 09:40 UTC
On Post-Photokina polls - Tell us what you think article (198 comments in total)

on your other pol: "With good enough image quality, would you consider a built-in lens camera as your only camera?"

None of the answers are what I would say - I would consider a built in lens camera as my only camera providing it had a manual zoom. (i.e. not a power zoom, not a fixed focal length.)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2014 at 10:18 UTC as 39th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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jonathanj: Sorry, I'm probably missing this, but can someone tell me if the zoom is mechanical or "drive by wire" electronically controlled? I can't see this mentioned anywhere.
-Ignore me, i see the zoom toggle on the picture now! No mechanical zoom then :-(

yeah, it's a big negative for me too. unfortunate, because this looks like a great replacement for my nikon v1. Oh well, the GM5 also looks interesting, and is probably more flexible in the long run.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 01:40 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)

Sorry, I'm probably missing this, but can someone tell me if the zoom is mechanical or "drive by wire" electronically controlled? I can't see this mentioned anywhere.
-Ignore me, i see the zoom toggle on the picture now! No mechanical zoom then :-(

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 02:43 UTC as 198th comment | 4 replies
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (1444 comments in total)
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jonathanj: "Samsung is certainly an ambitious company, and its efforts have paid off with a global mirrorless market share that only falls behind Sony. "

I'd be very interested to see the source for this.... I mean, I'm a happy samsung user with 3 cameras and half a dozen lenses purchased - I think the products are great, but I don't know anyone else who uses them (other than on this site), and I've seen maybe 2 dozen samsung mirrorless cameras over the last 3 years. I would never have thought that samsung is outselling olympus, panasonic, and fuji? Genuinely astonished if this is the case!

Yeah, Korea would make sense (although even when I was in Seoul looking around tourist sites I saw significantly more MFT cameras than Samsungs...) but the rest of the world? I also don't trust Amazon figures - I looked at that list and the NX300 also appeared around the 30th position.
I think Samsung cameras are great but they need to be realistic about where they are in terms of sales, they have a long way to go to reach the level of Sony's sales. (Although I personally hope they make it eventually, by continuing the ongoing development of better lenses and bodies.)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 13:10 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (1444 comments in total)

"Samsung is certainly an ambitious company, and its efforts have paid off with a global mirrorless market share that only falls behind Sony. "

I'd be very interested to see the source for this.... I mean, I'm a happy samsung user with 3 cameras and half a dozen lenses purchased - I think the products are great, but I don't know anyone else who uses them (other than on this site), and I've seen maybe 2 dozen samsung mirrorless cameras over the last 3 years. I would never have thought that samsung is outselling olympus, panasonic, and fuji? Genuinely astonished if this is the case!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 11:52 UTC as 299th comment | 4 replies

Is it possible to view albums in alphabetical order yet?! Until they can get simple things right, I'd rather stick with the default gallery app...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 13:10 UTC as 5th comment
On Samsung NX30 First Impressions Review preview (357 comments in total)
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jonathanj: It looks like the NX30 uses a different battery from the NX20 (and NX10), is that right? Is it the same one in the Galaxy NX or a totally new one?

@itkovian yeah, i know it's not super important, i just wondered as i have spares plus chargers. @ everyone else, thanks for the info!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 20:38 UTC
On Samsung NX30 First Impressions Review preview (357 comments in total)

It looks like the NX30 uses a different battery from the NX20 (and NX10), is that right? Is it the same one in the Galaxy NX or a totally new one?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 08:23 UTC as 88th comment | 4 replies

@dpreview staff, please please comment on the general operating speed / buffer size when you do your first impressions review. I have the NX20 and am very happy with it except for the small buffer and the way the camera locks you out from changing settings whilst an image is saving. Some info on whether samsung have finally implemented a large buffer would be very welcome in helping potential upgraders decide!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2014 at 19:04 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies
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