Sirandar

Sirandar

Lives in Canada Guelph, Canada
Joined on Oct 29, 2004

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On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (239 comments in total)

So you like carrying around a extra device yo overcome the crippling Apple deliberately does to their devices.....".?
But I am intrigued ... Can mobile lite do everything a simple USB flash drive can in Windows and Android .... If so I might buy on and actually start using my ipad

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 02:54 UTC as 24th comment
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (239 comments in total)
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Terry Breedlove: I can't think of any reason for a micro SD card slot anymore. That is so old school and nowadays just not needed.

So you like carrying around a extra device yo overcome the crippling Apple deliberately does to their devices.....".?
But I am intrigued ... Can mobile lite do everything a simple USB flash drive can in Windows and Android .... If so I might buy on and actually start using my ipad

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 02:54 UTC
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (239 comments in total)
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Terry Breedlove: I can't think of any reason for a micro SD card slot anymore. That is so old school and nowadays just not needed.

With 64Gb built in this isn't as much of an issue but it is very rare to see these phones offered from carriers except for Apple which charges a fortune for it.

The last time I checked Apple did not allow you to transfer any files except pictures to a mobile device via even their own proprietary cable.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 16:05 UTC
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (239 comments in total)
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Terry Breedlove: I can't think of any reason for a micro SD card slot anymore. That is so old school and nowadays just not needed.

Universal free Wifi was a nice dream but it can only go downhill from here as there is not enough drive or payback for this. Being locked to Wifi, the internet or a proprietary cable to move or store your files isn't nearly as good as having a 128Gb microSD card for your picture, video and music collection. There is really no comparison. With microSD you sync once and have everything with you always. With Apple and Google you constantly need to sync or rely on slow internet to get your files. On-line files cant be cataloged easily either so searches don't work well.

In Canada to use free Wifi requires logging into a HTML web site and signing an agreement and then it might work. It takes 5 minute to do this and you need to view advertizements. Then you often get very slow spotty Wifi.

If you think this is a good experience .... enjoy. I like having everything with me so I can choose anything anytime anywhere. All except documents which I do keep on Dropbox.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 16:02 UTC
On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (314 comments in total)

Looking at the studio comparison the X30 isn't even close to a good micro4/3 in terms of detail and clarity and falls apart very quickly as ISO goes up. Also a micro4/3 with a pancake is about the same size, but the good ones are fixed focal length.

So it comes down to the lens. The 28-112mm equiv. F2.0-2.8 is a good choice for landscapes and portraits and the good F numbers mean that ISO issues are not as much of a problem. The low-ish MP count and relatively poor detail capture means cropping may be limited so the X30 has limited reach.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 13:45 UTC as 67th comment
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fastlass: Take off the filter, bang your camera around and live a little!

Do you ride bareback too?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 16:27 UTC
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Simon97: Transparent aluminum! (oxide)

Obviously a Trekkie ....!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 16:27 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Maxime Siegler article (48 comments in total)

Wow ... interesting perspectives

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2015 at 15:47 UTC as 15th comment
On Battle of the Wi-Fi Cards: Eye-Fi vs. Transcend article (180 comments in total)

Range is a double edge sword if it suck your battery dry ...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2015 at 15:52 UTC as 5th comment
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Sirandar: Interesting interview ....

Did he say the word customer? my goodness I think he did ...... ;)

Do I care the EM5 II is only 16mp ..... only a little. In the end its what comes out and for whatever reason what comes out of my EM5 stacks up pretty well until you get to full frame. But all my gear except a tripod fits in a small bag that I can actually take with me. FF is getting there but not yet.

Do I care the the EM5 II has a articulating screen that I can turn inwards when not using it? Yes .... then I don't need to baby the camera so much. My old EPL2 got a huge ding in the first week from my zipper.

Do I care about the better 5 axis? Yes, 2 stops, if it is real, really increases your options and allows reduction of ISO.

Will the EM5 II have the same or better dynamic range as the original .... I wish that question was asked ..... as dynamic range does make a visible tangible difference when shooting under some conditions? DR was one of the reasons I bought the EM5.

The 40mp mode ..... sounds interesting ..... the original 40mp images on DP review seemed like they were actually worse than the original EM5 16mp .... but I had a look and the 40mp clearly do have more resolution now ....

Tempting camera .....

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 20:54 UTC

Interesting interview ....

Did he say the word customer? my goodness I think he did ...... ;)

Do I care the EM5 II is only 16mp ..... only a little. In the end its what comes out and for whatever reason what comes out of my EM5 stacks up pretty well until you get to full frame. But all my gear except a tripod fits in a small bag that I can actually take with me. FF is getting there but not yet.

Do I care the the EM5 II has a articulating screen that I can turn inwards when not using it? Yes .... then I don't need to baby the camera so much. My old EPL2 got a huge ding in the first week from my zipper.

Do I care about the better 5 axis? Yes, 2 stops, if it is real, really increases your options and allows reduction of ISO.

Will the EM5 II have the same or better dynamic range as the original .... I wish that question was asked ..... as dynamic range does make a visible tangible difference when shooting under some conditions? DR was one of the reasons I bought the EM5.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 20:48 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Xperia Z3 camera review post (150 comments in total)
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Cartagena Photo: I had 3 different Z2 phones. They all had faults.
Decentered camera lens, Front LCD cover glass not properly aligned, Camera overheating and 4K video recording shutting down after only 2 min. When I had surfed the internet or used instagram for approx. 15 min the phone was 50 degrees Celsius, so if I tried to capture a photo the app closed immediately because of overheating.
I also had very blurry corners or other parts of the frame depending oon where the focus were. One side of the photos were more blurry than the other.

Bought a Galaxy S5 since they took the phone(s) back.

I must say that the Xperia Z2's i had had a photo quality that is worse than my old Sony Ericsson Arc S camera in sharpness and percieved noise.

And the canned answer "just factory reset your phone" is no answer. It took takes ages to get my phone the way I like it and I simply won't factory reset. I would throw my phone away first and switch OS.

Factory reset is a convenient way for Google and carriers to hide their sloppiness.

Because I do things with my phone that few do I have had a huge number of issues and have factory reset my phone only once. Android does not require a factory reset and devs/carriers/Google recommend this because they don't want to fix their issues.

Every single issue but 2 I have had was eventually fixed by an update or uninstalling/reinstalling an app without factory resetting. One was fixed by a reset and one related to fast dormancy will never be fixed because it is caused by both the carrier and the phone.

PS I post here because Google is more likely to see it here than on their own broken and decimated forums ...... lol

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 17:43 UTC
On Sony Xperia Z3 camera review post (150 comments in total)
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Cartagena Photo: I had 3 different Z2 phones. They all had faults.
Decentered camera lens, Front LCD cover glass not properly aligned, Camera overheating and 4K video recording shutting down after only 2 min. When I had surfed the internet or used instagram for approx. 15 min the phone was 50 degrees Celsius, so if I tried to capture a photo the app closed immediately because of overheating.
I also had very blurry corners or other parts of the frame depending oon where the focus were. One side of the photos were more blurry than the other.

Bought a Galaxy S5 since they took the phone(s) back.

I must say that the Xperia Z2's i had had a photo quality that is worse than my old Sony Ericsson Arc S camera in sharpness and percieved noise.

Actually Google needs to BOTH improve the power management model so any app that is keeping the phone awake is clearly identified AND the update process needs to be fixed so the end user doesn't get any 1/2 installs that kill you battery. Perhaps only forcing a reboot before and after updates is the only way to fix ..... just like Windows

This would be a pain but not nearly as much as playing detective to find that on app that was improperly updated. In the life of my Samsung S3 bad updates have caused battery and usability issues at least 10 times and uninstalling and reinstalling an app fixed immediately. Sometimes just rebooting fixes.

Most people just look at their phone and only play games and call. My phone is almost a primary computing device ..... when you use your phone like that issues are common.

That said Google finally fixed Maps and Gmail/calendar has also achieved stability and usefulness for me .... a good direction

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 17:34 UTC
On Sony Xperia Z3 camera review post (150 comments in total)
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Cartagena Photo: I had 3 different Z2 phones. They all had faults.
Decentered camera lens, Front LCD cover glass not properly aligned, Camera overheating and 4K video recording shutting down after only 2 min. When I had surfed the internet or used instagram for approx. 15 min the phone was 50 degrees Celsius, so if I tried to capture a photo the app closed immediately because of overheating.
I also had very blurry corners or other parts of the frame depending oon where the focus were. One side of the photos were more blurry than the other.

Bought a Galaxy S5 since they took the phone(s) back.

I must say that the Xperia Z2's i had had a photo quality that is worse than my old Sony Ericsson Arc S camera in sharpness and percieved noise.

I would agree with you that not everyone has issues .... it depends on how you use your phone and whether you allow updates or not. Not allowing updates greatly reduces this problem as the updating process is also buggy, but if you don't update you don't get improvements and security fixes.

Using your phone as a multimedia device also increases this problem because having bluetooth on all the time eventually causes battery issues. Having a large music collection also causes issues unless you use Poweramp and set it up just right.

Not installing any apps greatly reduces this problem but does not eliminate it as Google Apps are sometimes the biggest culprit (Maps post V6) But not installing apps is like having a car and not driving it ... pretty pointless.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 17:28 UTC
On Sony Xperia Z3 camera review post (150 comments in total)
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Cartagena Photo: I had 3 different Z2 phones. They all had faults.
Decentered camera lens, Front LCD cover glass not properly aligned, Camera overheating and 4K video recording shutting down after only 2 min. When I had surfed the internet or used instagram for approx. 15 min the phone was 50 degrees Celsius, so if I tried to capture a photo the app closed immediately because of overheating.
I also had very blurry corners or other parts of the frame depending oon where the focus were. One side of the photos were more blurry than the other.

Bought a Galaxy S5 since they took the phone(s) back.

I must say that the Xperia Z2's i had had a photo quality that is worse than my old Sony Ericsson Arc S camera in sharpness and percieved noise.

True that does work and I do regularly kill apps, but about once every single two weeks some update or condition will arise that wipes my battery while it is locked and in my pocket. Sometimes a reboot fixes, sometimes another update and sometimes the app is identified with Better Battery Stats and uninstalled or reinstalled.

It is far too much work being a detective and killing tasks. Android should be able to automatically tell me what apps are keeping my phone awake. But often Google apps themselves are guilty so I guess Google doesn't want this. Google own battery tools are useless and even using Better Battery Stats your wakelocks end up being the the Deletedwakelocks category and untraceable.

If you don't have these issues that is great, but search Android drain battery on Google and see the party ,,,,,, ;)

That said OIS may be no better, but that is no excuse.

ANDROID needs a better power management system, which maybe they have now ... I still have my S3

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 03:30 UTC
On Sony Xperia Z3 camera review post (150 comments in total)
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Cartagena Photo: I had 3 different Z2 phones. They all had faults.
Decentered camera lens, Front LCD cover glass not properly aligned, Camera overheating and 4K video recording shutting down after only 2 min. When I had surfed the internet or used instagram for approx. 15 min the phone was 50 degrees Celsius, so if I tried to capture a photo the app closed immediately because of overheating.
I also had very blurry corners or other parts of the frame depending oon where the focus were. One side of the photos were more blurry than the other.

Bought a Galaxy S5 since they took the phone(s) back.

I must say that the Xperia Z2's i had had a photo quality that is worse than my old Sony Ericsson Arc S camera in sharpness and percieved noise.

My Galaxy S3 had the same type of overheating issue you described. It turned out to be Google Maps and last month an update came that completely fixed my overheating. When using Google Maps in the car my phone would sometimes shutdown giving a thermal overheat warning.

One update of Maps and the problem was fixed so it was clearly an Android/Maps problem not directly related to Samsung.

Android battery management is a nightmare and one rogue app can suck your battery dry in an hour and make your phone overheat. It is sometimes hard to figure out which app is the issue and sometimes it is Google's own apps such as Maps post V6. The update process can change an app from well behaved to a battery sucking nightmare and only reinstalling the app from scratch fixes.

Power management is the biggest problem with Android and more often than not offending wakelocks cannot be attributed to a specific app so fixing can be a real pain. I don't know if new versions Android are better.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 21:54 UTC

Very impressive shots.

Remotes are safer for the photographer and better for the wildlife. A win win.

Close encounter with wildlife make for interesting shots and stories, but every encounter with a human being pushes a given animal reduces fear or increases interest in human beings both which may lead to a poor outcome.

Even if remotes garner curiosity they won't be as much of an issue especially if the photographic community adopts good practices:

1) Treat the device to reduce human scent
2) Treat the device so is smells like something not human.
3) Bring a porta-potty with you as animals may consider your waste a delicacy and be exposed to all our microbial community which sometimes has bad results.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 18:49 UTC as 9th comment

Very tempting ..... fewer lens changes .... lets see what DXO says if they every review it

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 19:59 UTC as 1st comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1392 comments in total)

Comparing the standard res Mark II images to the original OMD E5, they just don't look as sharp or crisp with the II. Am I missing something? Look at the green feathers...

Also, the addition of a articulating display is very welcome, but can you turn the display to face inwards when not using it? Since even with a screen protector the display tends to rub against stuff and take damage, turning it in would make shooting a much more carefree experience.

My old Pana FZ30 had this feature and I took advantage of it a lot as I tend to use the viewfinder.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 19:17 UTC as 221st comment | 9 replies
On 3,200MP LSST camera gets construction approval article (257 comments in total)

I am interested in what this camera may see and whether more MP will actually result in seeing more or whether other limits such as light gathering, stability and noise will come into play.

I wonder if eventually NASA will park a telescope in orbit on the non-sun facing side of the moon.... there is probably no accessible place darker ..... but is may be more gravitationally wobbly.

PS ..... that may be the biggest ND filter ever made.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 14:57 UTC as 63rd comment | 1 reply
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