NetMage

NetMage

Lives in United States Danville, AK, United States
Works as a Systems Manager
Has a website at http://scw.us
Joined on Jan 22, 2006

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HowaboutRAW: How does Flickr posting break down if only raw capable cameras are counted.

The last time I posted something to Flickr, it was a scanned negative--probably Kodak film, Noctilux, Konica RF mount body.

I doubt that raw capable cameras are used for raw shooting by the majority.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 17:15 UTC
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Mister Roboto: Well if you will consider the tons of worthless pictures uploaded here and there then yes Apple will take some place

Why don't other smartphones dominate then?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 17:08 UTC
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Richard Murdey: 1. Flickr didn't bother including the K-3 in their database. I think everyone here can agree its a 'serious' dSLR, and Pentax is a bit under-represented as a result.

(you'd think Pentax USA would have given the guys at flickr a call before now...)

2. Yes, smartphones are cameras. Yes, they are popular. But worrying whether Nikon is "more popular" than Apple doesn't really make much sense since iPhone sales hardly impact how many dSLRs Nikon is going to be able to sell. The data above mostly just shows the flood of the iPhone and Android (Samsung) smartphones, its hard to get a sense of how the different camera manufacturers are doing relative to each other.

What I would have loved to see the same "user" data, but just the ILCs and plotted for the last 5 years as absolute numbers rather than percentages, to be able to watch the rise of Fuji, Sony and other mirrorless and whether that correlated with any contraction in Nikon and Canon users or not.

But it is interesting that the ease of use argument doesn't seem to apply to other smartphone manufacturers - given the domination of instalked base and Samsung's domination of Android you'd think they would be number one and other Android manufacturers would at least make a showing.

The fact that Flickr doesn't seem to include all exif models is a more damning criticism of their statistics I thjink.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 17:06 UTC
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goblin: Wow !!! Now THAT'S Relevant information !!!

According to the same (type of) statistics, the Ford Crown Victoria in yellow) is the most owned car in New York city. It must be the best car ever :-D

Point to a post?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 17:01 UTC
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Bernard Carns: Site to be soon renamed Digital National Photography Inquirer Review

Sadly your posts show the truth of your bias.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 17:00 UTC
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Jos12: When I upload a photo made by my Nikon camera from my Ipad to flickr, all the data are stripped. Does Flickr count anything from these uploads, and how does it see it, as A Nikon or as an Appel upload?

The iPad isnt going to add exif data for images so they won't count at all.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 16:58 UTC
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aandeg: So with actual cameras it's Canon, Nikon, Sony, then the other mirrorless are not even noticeable. That certainly helps explain why Panolympus can't make any money.

The question isn't does everyone share photos, but rather are flickr users a representative sample. It seems someehat unlikely to posit that there is a bias among Flickr users not present in the general public beyond the ease of connected devices giving them a disproportionate presence on any sharing site.

Why would more Canon owners share photos than Olympus owners?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 16:53 UTC
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PhotoKhan: People complaining about how Flicker might be no longer relevant, how it even does not recognize some camera brands and all other "logic" limitations for this article scope are missing the point.

This has been written and is being propagated because it has reached a "minimally true gestation state" where it CAN be written.

Little details, like the fact that a smarthpone manufacturer is being ranked among camera's manufacturers just because its products also happen to make photos, in the same way that we could rank McDonald's ahead of any star-distinguished Michelin restaurant by sourcing any "food photography" channel is of little relevance for today's "journalism".

If an headline can contain the "expression Apple overtakes xxx" it WILL be written, no matter how irrelevant the base data might be, if the actual switching rank being an "obscure" second or how much logic-twisting has to be performed.

Hey...There are even some very serious and business like graphs included!

It is sad how bothered some are by Apple's successes.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 16:50 UTC
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Boxbrownie: Its not a camera ranking though is it........its a photo downloaded ranking, so its not surprising Apple is so popular with all the i-phones and i-pads being used by consumers (not enthusiasts) for taking piccies......bit of a dumb table really.

Since devices are counted one per user per week, the effect of the popularity of smartphones is reduced.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 16:48 UTC
On Fujifilm announces new rugged and long zoom compacts article (28 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: My 8 inch diameter telescope is only 800mm! Why in the world do people think they need 16 megapixels with 1200mm? Spotting scopes for rifles don’t even have that kind of focal length.

If they can shoot people miles away with a shorter focal length then you certainly can take a picture of them with a shorter focal length.

Your 800mm 8" telescope also used eyepieces to magnify its image giving it a lot more than an effective 1200mm unless you normally stick with 35mm and above eyepieces.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 16:13 UTC
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prossi: It's too late for canon&nikon to do a resonably good job with mirrorless as Sony, Samsung,Fuji and Oly/Panasonic capture more and more DP market share. Why would they launch a product that fights with the bread&butter DLSR line?

Because if they are smart like Apple they would rather be the one that sells you a mirrorless system than a competitor. That DSLR sell is already lost to some, best to be the alternative there.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 23:41 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: Samsung has the exact opposite strategy as Canon. Samsung knows that if they build a quality product with lots of features their customers will still be willing to spend the same amount of money and not ask for rock bottom prices.

They also know that if they are not leading the industry then there will be no catching up. It is lead or simply get out of the way and die by the roadside.

Canon on the other hand believes that its customers are for life. They believe that as long as they don’t change things too much their customers won’t want to change too much. Canon’s market share will be drastically reduced by the end of this year thanks to innovations by Sony, Olympus, Samsung, Panasonic, and even Nikon.

When you admit OVF can also do things EVF cannot, then I will consider your judgements - and that soon has been hanging around a long time.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 23:38 UTC
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coldcut: I like the bold tone from Samsung. No overconfidence, just self assurance leaning towards innovation and a firm belief that there is a lot of technical improvements left to implement. Others just rest on their laurels, waiting to see what the next big thing will be, hoping somone else will do the heavy lifting.
I really hope Samsung will drive this home.

Are there good mirrorless ILC systems that compete in the price ranges of the entry level Canon and Nikon systems, though?

Mirrorless systems still seem to me to be more expensive than DSLR entry level, especially if you add some lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 23:36 UTC
On Fujifilm announces XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens article (295 comments in total)
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Conrad567: Metal construction. Weather sealed. Zooms to 84mm instead of 70mm while maintaining a constant 2.8 aperture all for less than 2/3 the price of the mighty Canon 24-70mm ii. (Which I own BTW) This also has a Filter thread of 77mm instead of the 82mm of the Canon. If it performs at least as good as the Canon or the FUJI 50-140mm then this lens will be a bargain.

It really seems to me that FUJI is trying to build professional type lenses in the hope of breaking into the fashion and wedding business. It will be interesting to see if it works. I have an X-T1 and 7 FUJI lenses. All of them are great lenses. Certainly expensive, at least when they are first released, but they do take a nice photo.

Shouldn't you be comparing the cheaper EF-S 17-55 f/2.8?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 15:39 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1231 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: If I had a bunch of Canon glass I wouldn’t even consider buying any other Canon camera but this one.

There. I kept it totally positive.

Seems like some serious limitations on AF:

Autofocus speed is very slow and inadequate for most moving subjects. The autofocus speed is unfit for professional use for sure, and it would disappoint most enthusiasts.
Only Canon-branded lenses introduced in or after 2006 are officially supported. Autofocus may be disabled for older Canon lenses and most third-party lenses, including most Sigma, Tamron and Tokina lenses and all Contax N lenses modified by Conurus.
Continuous AF is not supported.

Not really a good solution.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2014 at 00:22 UTC
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tkbslc: Very disappointed that 60D is not supported. 70D and 7Dmk2 have not been out that long and the 60D is still a current product. Part of the reason I've stayed with Canon is that I really love the output quality of DPP. Very frustrating for Canon to ignore people that bought fairly high level APS-C cameras not very long ago.

I assume they will continue to add older camera models as time permits.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 15:27 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (206 comments in total)
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Usee: Sorry, but within the comparison tool it wipes away the pattern in the green area around the Nike logo on the shirt of the left player - even at the "Large" setting...

OK, it reduces the file size noticably, but I would have liked a comparison with JPEG 2000 and also different jpeg compressions...

...I see only examples of "noise reduction" with a heavy loss on detail.

They should at least improve the comparison tool, or maybe also, the format...
...b.t.w. which is the reason why JPEG 2000 isn't used that much?

'And what means "Kakadu"?' was the question Google can answer easily.

Unfortunately I don't think there is a way to tell what artifacts are introduced by Kakadu versus other JPEG2000 encoders, but given comparisons stating differences are much less significant for JPEG2000 I would guess all encoders would show similar artifacts:

https://www.google.com/search?num=20&es_sm=122&q=comparison+jpeg2000+encoder&spell=1&sa=X&ei=8sWQVLuAH6i1sQSv6ILYAw&ved=0CBwQvwUoAA&biw=1707&bih=980

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 23:56 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (206 comments in total)
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Usee: Sorry, but within the comparison tool it wipes away the pattern in the green area around the Nike logo on the shirt of the left player - even at the "Large" setting...

OK, it reduces the file size noticably, but I would have liked a comparison with JPEG 2000 and also different jpeg compressions...

...I see only examples of "noise reduction" with a heavy loss on detail.

They should at least improve the comparison tool, or maybe also, the format...
...b.t.w. which is the reason why JPEG 2000 isn't used that much?

Google is your friend:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakadu_%28software%29

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 15:04 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1231 comments in total)
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Dave Oddie: Seems to me this camera is all about the pro level tank-like build quality, fast AF and the 10fps.

Very useful for a pro sports photographer with the crop sensor giving more reach but outside that market it is pretty disappointing. Not many amateurs need the tank-like build and even my "old" A77 is faster at 12fps.

If you are a typical amateur who shoots a variety of subjects it doesn't seem compelling at all due to the sensor limitations, especially given the price.

Canon cameras always handle really well with well thought out ergonomics but this and tank like build are not enough anymore.

Modern Ferrari's have finally surpassed the Acura NSX, but the general point is still there - some want a two seat sports car, and some want a four passenger sedan, and some a pickup truck.

This 7D II is a much more limited camera than the original 7D or even the 70D, but is unsurpassed today for those that need its capabilities.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 23:52 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1231 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: The Auto ISO logic and customizability of this camera sounds perfect. I wish Panasonic would finally switch to doing it this way. Their current logic in the LX100 is really good for an Auto mode. However, they don’t offer any customization of the Auto mode like Canon does.

Auto ISO is a very underutilized option. That is probably because it has been so bad in the past. The current crop of cameras offer good Auto ISO logic and even if you chose to use different settings than Auto ISO starting with Auto ISO gives you a good estimate of what settings are optimal.

I think the Auto ISO is nice, but it still doesn't quite match the scene mode exposure programming where you can have the emphasis move from fast shutter to small aperture, etc. depending on the image you are taking. When Canon has programmable EV tables or functions that emphasize fast/slow shutter or large/small aperture or high/low ISO as desired, they will have the next generation PASM modes.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 23:49 UTC
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