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Alex Permit

Alex Permit

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Alex Permit: Amazing results, kudos to the team at MIT. MIT is a remarkable institution. Bringing together thousands of creative, smart kids from around the world and forging them into an incredibly strong community by making them help each other through a lot of really difficult problem sets that made them cry at night, and giving them the tools to contribute to the world.

The lead author of the paper is a 3rd year Ph.D student. Of course i'm not forgetting the faculty. A university is, by and large, its faculty.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 23:29 UTC

Amazing results, kudos to the team at MIT. MIT is a remarkable institution. Bringing together thousands of creative, smart kids from around the world and forging them into an incredibly strong community by making them help each other through a lot of really difficult problem sets that made them cry at night, and giving them the tools to contribute to the world.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 03:08 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
On Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras article (454 comments in total)
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Photato: FF is kind of overkill for the masses.
Sony should consider APS-H instead for best value. There is nothing magical about FF.

The beauty of APS-H is that it is the largest sensor that can be imaged with a single mask bringing costs down and yields up. A cost threshold if you will.

If produced in enough quantities it should be considerably more affordable than FF sensors can ever be.

If not Sony I hope Canon goes that way since they have previous models with that sensor including current experimental ones.

I was under the impression that FF sensors have been made with a single mask for several years now.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2015 at 23:45 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1552 comments in total)
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MarcLee: Drab images in the name of high dynamic range, particularly on the beach front photos.

It's a trend I am seeing more and more. Everything grey. No snap.

I have a theory some of it is considered more acceptable due to the fact that looking at your images on an iPhone or iPad actually gives them extra artificial snap.

And it seems to be creeping even into the latest Canons like the G7X.

I seem to be in the minority though.

Haha, yes. Drab light leads to drab photographs. Darn these digital days.

Give us back our Kodachrome. Give us those nice, bright colors. Give us the dreams of summers. Makes you think all the worlds a sunny day. Oh yeah. Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 01:42 UTC

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2015 at 05:30 UTC as 8th comment
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Richard Murdey: I'm going to posit that dpreview is going to love the Leica Q for more-or-less exactly the same set of reasons dpreview loved the Fuji X100.

The Q is a Fuji X100. Bigger, better, and more expensive, but in essence it's the same camera, for the same purpose, aimed at the same kind of person.

Not me. I'm done with this faux-rangefinder, film-camera-nostalgia, slow-photography shtick. Give me modern controls, a lens mount, and an on-axis viewfinder any day of the week!

Surely: even better. I use both electronic and optical mode on my fuji. The electronic is nice but you can't see "beyond the frame" like you can using the optical. Thats a big advantage for real rangefinders, as well as the fuji.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 00:50 UTC
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Richard Murdey: I'm going to posit that dpreview is going to love the Leica Q for more-or-less exactly the same set of reasons dpreview loved the Fuji X100.

The Q is a Fuji X100. Bigger, better, and more expensive, but in essence it's the same camera, for the same purpose, aimed at the same kind of person.

Not me. I'm done with this faux-rangefinder, film-camera-nostalgia, slow-photography shtick. Give me modern controls, a lens mount, and an on-axis viewfinder any day of the week!

The x100 has an optical viewfinder, the Q is electronic. That's a huge difference. The Fuji is more old school "Leica" than the Leica Q

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 02:41 UTC

How do you adjust tonality or color balance for different lighting (eg tungstun, daylight)? I guess its back to using color filters like in the old tri-x days?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 03:51 UTC as 92nd comment | 3 replies
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nananananana: get a life MIT

That was Ed Thorp, famous author of "beat the dealer" and his follow-up "beat the market". He's a legend on wall street, as are many other MIT alum such as Jim Simmons.

MIT attracts the brightest and makes them even smarter. Other schools are known for their style, panache, and relationships. MIT is known for its brains. Not only is it the best engineering school in the world, its in a class by itself.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 21:23 UTC
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nananananana: get a life MIT

No.

Read the article carefully.
The "algorithm" used by the state lottery was flawed, and MIT students figured that out and took advantage of it.

They didn't steal this information, they didn't break any rules or laws. MIT may have "gamed" the system, but they certainly didn't scam, or mug anybody.

They were just smarter then anyone else.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 20:04 UTC
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J A C S: "If successful the algorithm may have serious consequences for the flexible rubber lens hood market..."

That was a joke, right?

And a very funny one at that.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 19:46 UTC
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J A C S: "If successful the algorithm may have serious consequences for the flexible rubber lens hood market..."

That was a joke, right?

It's no joke. The music industry, print media, taxis have all been decimated by new technologies. Flexible rubber lens hoods are next. And as goes flexible lens hoods, so goes the entire lens hood market.

Be afraid.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 17:20 UTC
On Big Zoom: Nikon Coolpix P900 real-world samples article (154 comments in total)

The FZ1000 can go up to 1600mm using its digital zoom. I wonder if the image quality would be comparable to the P900 at 2000mm. Take into account that the the FZ1000 sensor is roughly four times the size of the P900.

You do get more megapixels from the p900, but i doubt youre getting 16mp worth of resolution at 2000mm

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 04:15 UTC as 42nd comment | 8 replies
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (352 comments in total)
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Francis Carver: Now, if I could just saw off that wretched, dark as Darth Vader lens and crazy glue another better (read: usable in video as well) optic in its place, maybe we would have something... right after swapping out the smart phone sized sensor to something larger and again, more usable. Oh yeah, and I would have to duct tape a viewfinder on there someplace as well, right?

If you really need timecode because you're shooting multiple cams, get the YAGH box for the GH4.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2015 at 13:27 UTC
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (352 comments in total)
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Francis Carver: Now, if I could just saw off that wretched, dark as Darth Vader lens and crazy glue another better (read: usable in video as well) optic in its place, maybe we would have something... right after swapping out the smart phone sized sensor to something larger and again, more usable. Oh yeah, and I would have to duct tape a viewfinder on there someplace as well, right?

You mean a GH4?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 19:02 UTC
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (352 comments in total)

A souped up FZ1000 for the price of a gh4. For $2500 I'll take a gh4, thank you.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 20:58 UTC as 30th comment | 3 replies
On Sony sells half of its Olympus stake article (90 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Smart investment. They sold half of the stake they owned and made a $390 million capital gain on it. Which means they made the same gain on the other half they still have.

Sony made a potential $780 million profit on this brief investment. Which is probably the best investment they have made in a long time.

As a former currency trader, you know full well they would not buy "the shares just as a currency investment and they overpaid on purpose".

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2015 at 02:52 UTC
On Sony sells half of its Olympus stake article (90 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Smart investment. They sold half of the stake they owned and made a $390 million capital gain on it. Which means they made the same gain on the other half they still have.

Sony made a potential $780 million profit on this brief investment. Which is probably the best investment they have made in a long time.

The value of a stock is what someone will pay you for it. JP Morgan looked at all the internal financials and decided the 5% stake in Olympus is worth Y46bn. They know alot more than we do. The best information we have is that the other 5% stake is also worth Y46bn.

JP Morgan would not buy stock as a round about way to buy yen. If they wanted to buy yen, they would buy yen. JP Morgan is one of the largest market makers in the currency market, which in turn is the largest, most liquid market in the world.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 13:55 UTC
On Sony sells half of its Olympus stake article (90 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Smart investment. They sold half of the stake they owned and made a $390 million capital gain on it. Which means they made the same gain on the other half they still have.

Sony made a potential $780 million profit on this brief investment. Which is probably the best investment they have made in a long time.

They bought for Y50bn. They sold half for Y46bn. The total value of what they still own is Y46bn. The total value of what they still own and what they sold is Y92bn. So they made Y42bn.

Sony is a Japanese company. They paid yen, they received yen. USD does not apply.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 21:49 UTC
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fmian: Seriously needs to have a faster lens.
When I can buy a medium format system camera with f/2.8 lens for $250 why would I want this? Add a bit more money and I can get a polaroid back for it as well. And that would be a well known brand as well instead of an unknown.
Anyway, good luck to them. At least it will get more people interested in analog photography.

nice find

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 02:16 UTC
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