Sirandar

Sirandar

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

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On Google launches Nexus 6 with 13MP and OIS post (97 comments in total)
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Sirandar: No matter how good it is, it is obsolete with no micro SD card.

Too bad ... I was interested. If the 64GB one was a reasonable price I might consider it, but you can usually never find those and if 649$ is starting price, the 64GB will be 849$.

My crappy Galaxy S3 with 100GB is still a better phone for me because it is more than quick enough, does everything well enough and I can store all my files, music and pics on it and never sync again unless there is something new I want to put on. And you can get an S3 now almost for free.

To Tom Z:

I would agree that many do not need more than 32Gb, but many also do. MicroSD is not about storing apps as even now it is unwise to put apps on a SD card .... it causes problems eventually as many apps aren't written properly.

microSD is about storing and accessing your own files anywhere any time and never having to sync. A nice sized music collection fits well on a 64Gb microSD and once its there you just enjoy all your music anywhere any time.

Many people have very little music to store or huge pirated collections that would never fit on a phone. But for dedicated music appreciators, A Samsung S3,4,5,6 is the ultimate music device with a good set of earphones or connected digitally to a home audio system.
An S3 running PowerAmp connected to a good audio system is almost all you need even for home audio, but it is much better to use a PC

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 17:25 UTC
On Accessory Review: LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt article (30 comments in total)

I always wonder where the heat does in these sealed drives? Sustained transfer of data and the spin motor generates a fair amount of heat .... maybe that's why people have issues with these drives.

SSD drives generate almost no heat and seem the logical choice for this kind of drive. A platter drive is always suitable to shock especially when it is on and read/writing. Their drop data isn't realistic because you would need to set up the drop test with replicates from every drop angle and pick the worst case, which I doubt they do. It doesn't really matter how tough the case is when the drive itself is the most fragile component. ..... Unless your drive routinely gets run over by a truck. Water resistance is much more important but any drive with a USB port us unlikely to be truly waterproof.

If you really wanted to make a rugged waterproof drive it would probably need to be SSD, completely wireless and chargeable via induction.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 16:28 UTC as 10th comment
On Accessory Review: LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt article (30 comments in total)
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steve_hoge: I wish I could recommend LaCie products, but - while I haven't had any catastrophic failures - my experience of their product support is pretty dismal. After a few years of market life on a device not only do the bug fixes cease (even though the same code base is being updated for new products) but the devices themselves are locked down so you can't maintain them yourself.

I am curious .... how are they locked down ? Firmware or software?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 16:19 UTC
On Google launches Nexus 6 with 13MP and OIS post (97 comments in total)

No matter how good it is, it is obsolete with no micro SD card.

Too bad ... I was interested. If the 64GB one was a reasonable price I might consider it, but you can usually never find those and if 649$ is starting price, the 64GB will be 849$.

My crappy Galaxy S3 with 100GB is still a better phone for me because it is more than quick enough, does everything well enough and I can store all my files, music and pics on it and never sync again unless there is something new I want to put on. And you can get an S3 now almost for free.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 17:39 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies
On Tiny fps1000 high-speed camera boasts 18,500fps article (137 comments in total)

How bright would the light have to be to get 18,500 fps ?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 14:53 UTC as 32nd comment | 6 replies
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Sirandar: This is just a simple dishonest attempt to charge park entry fees and targets photographers because they are figured to have money. It will be unenforceable because the Parks department will have to prove that it is a current photograph and not a pre-legislation one. Then they will have to update the law so all past present and future images of a park are property of the state as per the license.

Or they will just charge a fee to bring a camera into the park, which is really just an entry fee just like we have in Canada.

Why not just cut the crap and the huge legal battles that will make lawyers rich and just charge an entry fee.

This is what the government wants anyway.

Parks don't need protection from cameras. They need protection from people. Manufacturing a camera and driving to the park endangers a park more than any anount of photographs given people can visit the park anyway.

And how will the Forest Service define Commercial. If I take a photo and someone buys it later it is commercial. If someone views my photo on a site with paid advertizing, then it may be considered commercial.

It will come to ugly lawsuits after the fact or a blanket fee to bring a camera into the park.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 16:24 UTC

I didn't update to the most recent version of Lightroom (non CC) because there was nothing in it for me and there were forum posts that it was slower than previous versions.

I have a feeling Adobe is no longer putting its best programmers on Lightroom and every update will be risky. I almost consider it a finished product.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 16:19 UTC as 5th comment

Is this really a viable alternative to Lightroom 5 on a decent laptop?

Or even Lightroom on a desktop? How often do you really have to edit photos on the go? Are these mobile apps even 1/10 as powerful as Lightroom on Windows 7?

I have a decent Win7 laptop with a SSD drive with Lightroom and I don't even don't even use that much because a desktop is just so much faster for building and viewing previews. Checking fine focus on multiple pics can be taxing even on a decent laptop. How long would an IOS device take to build previews on the fly. Does it have any photo database strengths like Lightroom?

If Android and IOS Lightroom is as quick and feature rich as the Windows version ..... then Adobe is almost criminally guilty of poorly optimizing Lightroom and should fix it.

There is no excuse for equivalent performance on a Ipad/OIS device as compared to a PC with an SSD, 4 cores and a good gaming card.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 16:14 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply

This is just a simple dishonest attempt to charge park entry fees and targets photographers because they are figured to have money. It will be unenforceable because the Parks department will have to prove that it is a current photograph and not a pre-legislation one. Then they will have to update the law so all past present and future images of a park are property of the state as per the license.

Or they will just charge a fee to bring a camera into the park, which is really just an entry fee just like we have in Canada.

Why not just cut the crap and the huge legal battles that will make lawyers rich and just charge an entry fee.

This is what the government wants anyway.

Parks don't need protection from cameras. They need protection from people. Manufacturing a camera and driving to the park endangers a park more than any anount of photographs given people can visit the park anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 16:24 UTC as 46th comment | 7 replies

Parks Canada and Ontario Parks charges quite large fees just to enter parks, usually 20$ just to enter and up to 50$ a night to stay, despite the taxes we pay already. An this money doesn't even go back into parks as that would give taxpayer far too much control. This is also an embarrassment.

If the US and Canadian governments had any integrity, they would charge a reasonable fee just to enter a national or state park based on actual costs of maintenance and that money would be directly invested back into that particular park. But then governments would wait a few years and cut tax funding and then charge exorbitant park entry fees so only the privileged could enter.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 16:20 UTC as 47th comment

What is the US coming to ? ..... what an embarrassment.

Pure corporate greed .... now they are saying the light bouncing off natural environments is corporate property. Yes corporate as the US gov, like most are controlled corporately.

If you look at the US and Canada from above from a plane the landscape looks like a virus infection due to agriculture and development. It is utter devastation and it is only relatively stable soils that prevents a complete washout like you see in rainforest devastation.

The US and middle-southern Canada is devastated in terms of what would be there without our activities.

Now the law wants to protect parks from unsanctioned theft of photons.

Such a destructive activity. It is photo Fraking ....

Greed and control ..... plain and simple

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 16:08 UTC as 48th comment
On Olympus Capture software now available for E-M1 owners article (34 comments in total)

Over a 1000$ in current after tax dollars is a huge amount of money these days plus the expensive lenses .... and I expect post purchase software updates wherever possible .....

If Oly expects to keep my loyalty it needs to not forget about cameras that are still heavily used like the EM5. The E-M1 has not made the EM5 obsolete.

Oly needs to explain on the software side why it isn't supporting the EM5. If there is a tech reason that is fine unless someone later hacks the program a reveals its a lie .... thats a sure ticket to no repeat purchase.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 03:45 UTC as 5th comment
On Olympus Capture software now available for E-M1 owners article (34 comments in total)

I don't understand why Oly doesn't release this for the EM5 .... I don't understand at all.

Camera makers used to ensure loyalty by proprietary lens mounts. M4/3 tried and partially succeeded in breaking that dirty game. This is one of the reasons it was successful. Now new cameras from Sony and Pana may make low mid range and eventually mid range interchangeable lens cameras much less desirable. I will do a little dance for joy when I don't have to ever buy a lens again and swap lenses in the field. For my needs I could do it right now ..... but I do like my EM5 so I won't and the image quality is quite a bit better ...... but if I were to buy a camera today I could go either way.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 03:45 UTC as 6th comment
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Eamon Hickey: Despite my low expectations for concrete information about future products and strategies from any company, I will say that I was a little bit struck by his answer to the question of what he would improve on modern digital cameras.

He said responsiveness and image quality. I think connectivity, defined broadly, should be a much bigger priority, given its abysmal current state in standalone cameras and its importance to consumers.

In Mr. Akagi's defense, he may have been thinking only in the context of high-end DSLRs since that's what he had been discussing (and where connectivity isn't as important), or he may simply have had a momentary brain blip and forgot to mention it.

I can't say I agree with you. responsiveness and image quality is far more important than connectivity as there is still nothing even remotely as fast as having a camera write to a SD card and then copying it to a computer via USB3.

When wireless and battery technology progresses to the state where wireless transfer doesn't chew your battery and is as quick as SD then maybe it can take a higher priority.

Lightroom and Photoshop (and other similar desktop programs) still have market share so all your images go through a PC or Mac anyway. When we have a mobile platform that is a quick and powerful as Lightroom then maybe connectivity will be a priority.

On point and shoot cameras for casual use things are different.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 18:05 UTC

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

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 14:09 UTC as 19th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1415 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 272nd 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 7th comment
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