HiRez

HiRez

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Joined on Oct 19, 2005

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It's slightly less ridiculous looking that the other 2 new Hasselblads. Which isn't saying much.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 02:29 UTC as 182nd comment

The periscopic lens is really interesting, but it would be a lot cooler if they built that *inside* the phone instead of as an awkward clip-on. Maybe if they make these rumored 5"+ iPhones, there would be more space for it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 06:10 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On Hands-on with the retro Nikon Df article (230 comments in total)

The rubber port flaps also stand out as out-of-place to me. Ahatever that big round thing is next to the Df logo ruins the top lines. And they should have just lost the top LCD and placed a bigger shutter buttony there. It's an interesting concept, but ultimately, not one that works for me. I'm still using my D700, I guess that is retro enough now.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 18:17 UTC as 21st comment
On Adobe hack affects 38 million users, not 2.9 million article (158 comments in total)
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Lightime81: Maybe the best part of this is that I got a snail-mailed letter about this from Adobe offering me a free year's credit monitoring with... wait for it... Experian! I don't know if anyone's familiar, but I read a story last week about how Experian had been fooled into selling data to a credit theft organization! I admit freely I did not completely understand the article, nor was I that sure about the source (Krebs On Security), so this article could be all wrong, or old news, but there you go.

Sweet! A year of free Experian, which no doubt when the year expires and I forget about it, will start charging me a monthly fee.

Yeah, I got the same letter and had seen the same Experian article. What a joke.

My wife had her identity stolen once and was offered a similar free few months of credit monitoring services. They won't tell you when your free time runs out and will charge you like $15-$25 monthly forever, and it's really, really difficult to get them cancel it too...shocker.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 20:19 UTC
On Adobe hack affects 38 million users, not 2.9 million article (158 comments in total)

I just got my letter from them. Apparently credit cards numbers were stolen, which they say were encrypted (but who knows what that means). More disturbing is it says that some credit card numbers (maybe all of them?) were decrypted by the hackers inside the system, using Adobe's own tools. So it sounds very much to me like all your information including credit card numbers, was likely exposed and at risk.

Anyone can get hacked, but leaving the ability of the hackers to decrypt the card information using their owns software is inexcusable.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 20:17 UTC as 67th comment

"With Smart stabilization active, the effective ISO is raised for a brighter result while noise is kept under control."

Yes, by absolutely smearing the hell out of it with NR.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2013 at 00:21 UTC as 28th comment
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Frank_BR: This lens is basically the Nikon's answer to the battle of egos between the executives of Zeiss, Leica and Nikon, to see who makes the best abnormal ... oops, "normal" lens for FF.

P.S.: Zeiss stopped making cameras long time ago, Leica's camera production is on life support, and Nikon… well, Nikon is following in the footsteps of Zeiss and Leica.

"MF-only makes a lens useless for portraiture"

So there were no portraits taken before the invention of the autofocus lens?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2013 at 19:02 UTC

Very cool. My only disappointment is the most negative flash comp you can dial in is still -2/3 stop. I'd love to see options for at least -2 or -3 stops.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2013 at 18:58 UTC as 37th comment
On In pictures - Nikon's large and pricey AF-S 58mm F1.4G article (111 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: Why so much empty space inside?

It appears as if it could have been made into a pancake, yet...

I like the sunk front element, same design as the 50mm f/1.4G, allows me to use it without a filter, and even without a lens hood in some cases (although the larger element here would be more likely to catch flare). Then again, with a $1,700 lens, I'm not sure I'd have the confidence to leave a filter off.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 03:36 UTC
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lazy lightning: If this Haruo Sato designed lens performs as well as my 85 1.4G, then I'm all in!

I would actually hope it performs better. The 85mm f/1.4G has some issues wide open, including a lot of CA. So for a lot of things I usually end up stopping down to f/2 where I would prefer to shoot at f/1.4.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 03:25 UTC

The biggest problem I have with this is the 22.8" minimum focus distance. That is disappointing and makes it hard to get good detail shots. Yes, I realize it's not a macro lens, but that is a longer minimum focus distance (even adjusted for the 8mm focal length difference) than the 50mm f/1.4 G lens (18"), 50mm f/1.2 (20.4"), and the 24mm-70mm f/2.8 (~18" at 50mm).

Everything else looks pretty nice though, I wonder how fast/accurate the autofocus is.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 03:11 UTC as 13th comment
On Samsung announces curved Galaxy Round post (144 comments in total)
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Rockaw: Congratulations, Samsung on your first original idea. Very cool.

Hopefully, the shipping version will not have over a second of blank screen before the time appears with the roll effect.

Original? Maybe. Very cool? No. Please tell me what the point of this phone is. Don't confuse coming up with something not currently available with coming up with something useful.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2013 at 00:02 UTC
On Canon PowerShot S120 real-world samples (UPDATED) article (67 comments in total)

Ugh. Terrible dynamic range, witness the leaves in front of the elephant and the hand and bird feathers that are completely blown out. Not impressed.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 01:12 UTC as 19th comment
On iPhone 5s Studio Comparison article (263 comments in total)
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naththo: Samsung Galaxy S4 still win over all others unfortunately.

Not really, the S4 is smearing fine details (see the spools of thread and the green fluff) while at the same time showing oversharpening artifacts.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2013 at 03:35 UTC
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siberstorm27: You can get anyone to use your device and say anything about it if you throw enough money at it. From pop stars like Katy Perry to photographers for Vogue. The more desperate you are, the more money you throw. HTC has already sunk billions on Robert Downey Jr., even though their company and device portfolio is imploding. I've seen stunning photoshoots with the iPhone 3GS. It's all about lighting and preparation and professionalism. I am not impressed that Nokia and Microsoft continue to use misleading and/or distasteful marketing ploys when the actual Lumia 1020 phone isn't so hot and the camera quality is overblown compared to other phone cameras.

Nonetheless, when you're paying someone, professional or not, chances are they aren't going to say your product is crap. I'm not saying the Lumia phones are crap, but you're only going to hear the good things out of these scenarios, and usually in a hyperbolic manner at that.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2013 at 18:53 UTC
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3systermuser: I tried it once at local Zeiss event here and I was truly impressed with its wide open performance.
I think it is reasonably priced for what it is , even consider it cheap a bargain.
but for me it is just too huge , it is about as big and heavy as my Nikon AF-S24-70mm f2.8GED N lens.
I owned the zeiss 135mm f2 APO but I sold it for the Zeiss 50mm f2 MP and Zeiss 18mm f3.5 because I could not tolerate the weight and size of the 135mm APO, I think the 55 f1.4 won't sell well enough to justify this new line(they are just too heavy and awkward to use.

Reminds me of that scene in Jurassic Park where they are stuck in the cars.

GENNARO: Are they heavy?
TIM: Yeah.
GENNARO: Then they're expensive. Put them back.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2013 at 02:19 UTC

Wow, that is one bigass 55mm lens. Why can't they make an autofocus version of their lenses though?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2013 at 02:14 UTC as 28th comment | 7 replies
On Snowy Egret - Nobody sees me in the Water Reflections in Nature challenge (3 comments in total)

Wow, really love that. Perfect moment caught.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2013 at 08:15 UTC as 1st comment

Good lord, what is happening? My 500C is weeping right now.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2013 at 23:26 UTC as 179th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Pentax WG-3 GPS Review preview (68 comments in total)

It looks like a cel phone prototype ("for girls!") from 2003.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2013 at 00:09 UTC as 35th comment
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