Sirandar

Sirandar

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

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Looks like a winner ...... the useful camera that is always with you.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 14:09 UTC as 1st comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (833 comments in total)

Very Compelling .... The zoom range might be a little narrow for some but if the image is sharp and clean at 75mm F2.8 this will be a very versatile camera.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 17:07 UTC as 140th comment
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0MitchAG: The new 14mm is just an aesthetic refresh? It seems the value of the Mk1 just went up... Very glad I bought one for $169 then :D

I have the MkI version of that lens and it is very useful for landscapes and my copy is more than sharp enough. It would have been better if was 12 or 10mm but ...

It has a wide depth of field so it isn't really the same category as the Oly 12 prime.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 17:00 UTC
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Neloy Sinha: Looks good and sounds also good but there are many emerging competitors in the market. There is Samsung K zoom, whose price has been slashed considerably ( reduced by INR 10,000). Indian market is completely different. Other small cameras with optical zoom of at least 10X and WiFi embedded are available now. So Nokia should have innovative marketing strategy to sell their premium product. At this price range the targeted clientele already have good smart phones. Will they shift? Again Android 4.4 kitkat is in different league with so many user friendly soft wares in the present market (most of which are free). I personally use android smart phone and a tablet too. Since I started using them, I am using less and less of my Windows 8.1 pre loaded laptop. It takes longer time to start and sluggish to obey commands (2 GB only RAM) and does many a things in a detour. Windows might have a suitable answer. But for me, as an end user Android backup gives me mental peace in day to day use.

An this is not critical of Samsung at all .... For a period of a year my S3 ran flawlessly and it still could now if Android wasn't broken. It is Google and the Telecoms issues .... I know because at least some of the battery issues are related to a particular cell tower and fast dormancy.

I will probably try Windows Mobile next .... if it is 1/2 as good as my Windows 7 desktop I will be happy and hopefully I won't have to nurse my battery like Android.

Yes I have Better Battery Stats and yes I know how to use it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 17:30 UTC
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Neloy Sinha: Looks good and sounds also good but there are many emerging competitors in the market. There is Samsung K zoom, whose price has been slashed considerably ( reduced by INR 10,000). Indian market is completely different. Other small cameras with optical zoom of at least 10X and WiFi embedded are available now. So Nokia should have innovative marketing strategy to sell their premium product. At this price range the targeted clientele already have good smart phones. Will they shift? Again Android 4.4 kitkat is in different league with so many user friendly soft wares in the present market (most of which are free). I personally use android smart phone and a tablet too. Since I started using them, I am using less and less of my Windows 8.1 pre loaded laptop. It takes longer time to start and sluggish to obey commands (2 GB only RAM) and does many a things in a detour. Windows might have a suitable answer. But for me, as an end user Android backup gives me mental peace in day to day use.

I still have my Galaxy S3 but my next phone probably won't be Android. I still love my S3 and will use it until it dies probably but Android is past its Best Before Date.

Google messed up Maps badly and it still crashes and takes like 8 fiddly button presses to navigate.

Androids battery handling is abysmal .... it simply can't control wakeup even for Google Apps let alone others. At least once every 2 weeks my battery completely drains in 2 hours because some app wakes the processor while my phone is locked in my pocket. And like I am going to factory reset every 2 weeks to see if it might fix the problem.

The play store is mess and Google actively took measures recently so I can't quickly search for critical reviews by end users of apps. Like I am going to load an app without seeing what power users think.

Even Google forums are being removed or pruned by Google so I can't see when people have issues like I am having.

Google is in decay mode. I hope they can recover.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 17:27 UTC

The Epson R200 was the last photo printer I will ever buy. The output even 8 years ago was more than good enough. Eventually is clogged permanently which it will if you don't print regularly.

These printers just make no sense. For home use they are too expensive and clog if not used regularly. If you are a pro there must be a better cheaper way to print (maybe I am wrong).

Look at the number of cartridges in this thing @ 40$ per cartridge. It is cheaper to cover your home or gallery in LCD monitors controlled with a motion sensor than it is to print (That's what I did but no sensor)

When cartridges are 5$ a pop and they figure out a way that the print head doesn't permanently clog when the printer is not used every few days I will revisit. An even if it doesn't permanently clog, the cleaning cycle with cost you 10$.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 16:29 UTC as 6th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (649 comments in total)
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Sirandar: I am fairly impressed with this camera, and if I hadn't bought an EM5 I would probably get one.

The dynamic range and low light performance isn't nearly as good and the FZ1000 seems pretty noisy above 800

BUT

To never have to change a lens actually outweighs both these cons for everyday practical use.

From my experience with the Pana FZ30, I found that the lack of dynamic range and telephoto end that was too slow to be useful are the only reason I am stilll not using it, megapixels be damned.

The dynamic range on the FZ1000 isn't bad .... may not be a limitation.

I have a suspicion that the telephoto end of the FZ1000 and may be still to slow to capture great pics in anything but the brightest light. That and the noise at high ISO, may limit this camera at the long end.

The 5 axis stabilization on the EM5 has trouble getting truly sharp images at the long end of my 40-150 Oly lens and looking at the magnified live view in manual focus shows why .... there is a terrible amount of shake at 150.

I would also guess that stabilization will also struggle on the long end of the FZ1000, perhaps even in good light. The image won't be terrible, but looking at 1:1 you will see ghosting that makes the overall image fuzzy.

I wish Pana made this camera with a shorter zoom but a wider aperture. I have a feeling that the zoom range in anything other than bright light would be better if cropping is considered. Maybe not.

I wonder why Pana didn't make this camera more weatherproof as there is less to seal. It would make an awesome bush camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 16:04 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (649 comments in total)

I am fairly impressed with this camera, and if I hadn't bought an EM5 I would probably get one.

The dynamic range and low light performance isn't nearly as good and the FZ1000 seems pretty noisy above 800

BUT

To never have to change a lens actually outweighs both these cons for everyday practical use.

From my experience with the Pana FZ30, I found that the lack of dynamic range and telephoto end that was too slow to be useful are the only reason I am stilll not using it, megapixels be damned.

The dynamic range on the FZ1000 isn't bad .... may not be a limitation.

I have a suspicion that the telephoto end of the FZ1000 and may be still to slow to capture great pics in anything but the brightest light. That and the noise at high ISO, may limit this camera at the long end.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 16:04 UTC as 110th comment | 5 replies
On Dronestagram contest winners announced article (120 comments in total)

New been a fan of noisy drones but these pictures offer a unique perspective.

I notice that the 2nd picture taken in Manilla, the bicycles the young boys are riding seem to be of much higher quality than seen in Canada, if they are representative.

The average bike ridden by children and many adults are just thrown together piles of junk bought at Canadian Tire or the like.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 15:17 UTC as 41st comment
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backayonder: I don't have CC as I only have limited broadband bandwidth per month so will continue to use Lightroom and Cs5 as a photographer I don't need anything else ie upgrades to Photoshop.

I guess by moving to the cloud Adobe have cut down on pirated software?

Oh how wrong you are ..... Downloading an executable is very handy. You just download the file wherever you can find good internet (work, friends house ...) and then copy to a flash drive and install on your internet challenged computer at you leisure.

Try that with Steam or other similar service .... you have to move your whole computer to a internet location.

And as for updating only the changed parts of LR in a small update. That has been the source of a million bad user experiences where you need to wipe the program with special software or reinstall Windows.

I have 6GB of mobile internet only and tether my home PC.

I love how LR is updated.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2014 at 15:40 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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40daystogo: Why would anyone choose to get either the Lumix FZ1000 or the Sony RX10 - both of which only have 1" sensors - when Sony's A6000 with 18-200mm lens cost roughly the same as the RX10 (admittedly before the discount), and which has a larger APS-C lens, with the A6000 combo weighing less than the RX10?

Never having to change lenses is a big plus if you are shooting a lot.

You like changing lenses in the winter with gloves on? You like searching though your bag when the photo op is passing?

Pana should have made this camera weather sealed.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 17:00 UTC
On Blast from the past: Photographing steam locomotives article (72 comments in total)

Stunning work with loving care .....

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 14:33 UTC as 30th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

This little piece of current events so illustrates that camera pricing has very little for do with manufacture costs.

Did the cost to make a Sony RX10 drop 300$ overnight? The price of a camera is what the market will bear.... until you get close to the bottom.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 18:54 UTC as 90th comment | 5 replies
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Sirandar: Interesting .... but no microSD and a 100$ whallop for 64GB

I am well and truly sick of Android and all it's battery mayhem. It seems Android has become a buggy mess. If FireOS was written from the ground up to actually manage your privacy and battery life this phone may actually survive.

Android seems totally incapable of preventing apps from constantly waking up phone even when it is locked in your pocket. Better Battery Stats helps but often doesn't because Android isn't really set up to identify what is actually waking your phone = deleted wakelocks and wakelocks you can't control

Once a month I am troubleshooting because my phone can't make it through the day in my pocket unused because of some update, issue or other. I don't even load new apps anymore because it is just too much trouble. Sometimes it is Google apps at fault, the Play Store for one. Try forgetting to manually kill that task and see what happens.

Post Post note ...... 2 full days of battery life ... and the only thing I did was use Tasker to force the phone to only have Location Services "on" when I want it.

I wouldn't even dream, of complaining if Android actually allowed you to easily Identify what app or system process was waking your phone constantly ..... I would simply delete any app and blacklist the developer ....

But you can't do that because more often than not there is no way to figure our which app is the problem and often it is Google's own apps.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 01:07 UTC
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Sirandar: Interesting .... but no microSD and a 100$ whallop for 64GB

I am well and truly sick of Android and all it's battery mayhem. It seems Android has become a buggy mess. If FireOS was written from the ground up to actually manage your privacy and battery life this phone may actually survive.

Android seems totally incapable of preventing apps from constantly waking up phone even when it is locked in your pocket. Better Battery Stats helps but often doesn't because Android isn't really set up to identify what is actually waking your phone = deleted wakelocks and wakelocks you can't control

Once a month I am troubleshooting because my phone can't make it through the day in my pocket unused because of some update, issue or other. I don't even load new apps anymore because it is just too much trouble. Sometimes it is Google apps at fault, the Play Store for one. Try forgetting to manually kill that task and see what happens.

Post Note: After suffering through the small pain of rooting my S3 (Knox made it harder than it should have been) and installing 3 utilities Tasker, Superuser and Secure Settings ........ I can finally stop my phone from spending 50% awake.

All it took was only allowing location services ON when I wanted on.

And No I am not Factory resetting my phone every month.

What an embarrassment to Google and their Android model. When the phone is locked and in your pocket, there is no excuse for more than 10% awake time.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 23:23 UTC
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Sirandar: Interesting .... but no microSD and a 100$ whallop for 64GB

I am well and truly sick of Android and all it's battery mayhem. It seems Android has become a buggy mess. If FireOS was written from the ground up to actually manage your privacy and battery life this phone may actually survive.

Android seems totally incapable of preventing apps from constantly waking up phone even when it is locked in your pocket. Better Battery Stats helps but often doesn't because Android isn't really set up to identify what is actually waking your phone = deleted wakelocks and wakelocks you can't control

Once a month I am troubleshooting because my phone can't make it through the day in my pocket unused because of some update, issue or other. I don't even load new apps anymore because it is just too much trouble. Sometimes it is Google apps at fault, the Play Store for one. Try forgetting to manually kill that task and see what happens.

To Lars .... Many people Android using android phones have this issue .... battery management is one of Androids biggest shortcomings. Some think that location services must be disabled to get decent battery life.

How easy is it for an end user to only have Location services on when they use Maps. Except for remembering to manually toggle, there is no way.

I finally broke down and rooted my phone .... now I can use tasker to finally shut down all that crap in the background.

There is no excuse whatsoever except very sloppy OS management for a phone not to last 2 days when you don't use it. Android is doning way too much in the background that a un-rooted end user has no control of.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 16:19 UTC
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Sirandar: Interesting .... but no microSD and a 100$ whallop for 64GB

I am well and truly sick of Android and all it's battery mayhem. It seems Android has become a buggy mess. If FireOS was written from the ground up to actually manage your privacy and battery life this phone may actually survive.

Android seems totally incapable of preventing apps from constantly waking up phone even when it is locked in your pocket. Better Battery Stats helps but often doesn't because Android isn't really set up to identify what is actually waking your phone = deleted wakelocks and wakelocks you can't control

Once a month I am troubleshooting because my phone can't make it through the day in my pocket unused because of some update, issue or other. I don't even load new apps anymore because it is just too much trouble. Sometimes it is Google apps at fault, the Play Store for one. Try forgetting to manually kill that task and see what happens.

To Lars ..... About once a month I get a situation where some app or Android process gets stuck in some kind of loop and my S3 won't sleep, even when locked.

Yesterdays mayhem was related to fast dormancy and the wakelock ril-fd. The one before that was the play store. The one before that was related to syncing my Google account and only deleting my account from the phone fixed that.

It is like a full time job keeping Android running

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 15:53 UTC

Interesting .... but no microSD and a 100$ whallop for 64GB

I am well and truly sick of Android and all it's battery mayhem. It seems Android has become a buggy mess. If FireOS was written from the ground up to actually manage your privacy and battery life this phone may actually survive.

Android seems totally incapable of preventing apps from constantly waking up phone even when it is locked in your pocket. Better Battery Stats helps but often doesn't because Android isn't really set up to identify what is actually waking your phone = deleted wakelocks and wakelocks you can't control

Once a month I am troubleshooting because my phone can't make it through the day in my pocket unused because of some update, issue or other. I don't even load new apps anymore because it is just too much trouble. Sometimes it is Google apps at fault, the Play Store for one. Try forgetting to manually kill that task and see what happens.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 04:52 UTC as 25th comment | 12 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

Thank you Sony and Pana for making cameras like this again.

I used a FZ30 for years longer than I should have just because it was such a great camera in good light. It's dynamic range and low light capabilities left much to be desired though.

If the Pana engineers can deliver a competitive dynamic range compared to M4/3 this camera will be a very powerful and versatile tool.

From the test images on DPreview it looks like the high ISO performance is only adequate, but this offset by not having to change lenses, which is huge IMO. It looks usable up to ISO1600 which allows some indoor photography without a flash.

I am a little puzzled why they didn't make it at least splash resistant as it seems it would be easier for this type of camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 17:17 UTC as 187th comment

A simple but groundbreaking idea .......

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 17:04 UTC as 57th comment
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