Sirandar

Sirandar

Lives in Canada Guelph, Canada
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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 33rd 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 47th 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 48th 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 49th comment
On Olympus Capture software now available for E-M1 owners article (35 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 6th comment
On Olympus Capture software now available for E-M1 owners article (35 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 7th 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 23rd comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 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 371st 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 8th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (754 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 (754 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 153rd 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
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