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SeeRoy

SeeRoy

Lives in United Kingdom south, United Kingdom
Works as a retired
Joined on Jan 13, 2009

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On Holga Digital camera project launched on Kickstarter article (137 comments in total)
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Kirk Bruner: Why did Holga need kickstarter to do this? Why didn't they use their own money? They can't be paying much for the electronics and sensors for this camera. It's probably all leftover gear from days past. They're already manufacturing everything else. Meanwhile, if you want that look, you can get a Holga lens made for Canon, Nikon, and Sony DSLR/Ts.

To every rule, there's an exception. Not enough data to make a specific judgement.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 09:53 UTC
On Holga Digital camera project launched on Kickstarter article (137 comments in total)
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Sitting Duck Photos: I want one.

It's impossible to overestimate the gullibility of consumers in this market. That's all this proves.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2015 at 18:17 UTC
On Holga Digital camera project launched on Kickstarter article (137 comments in total)
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Kirk Bruner: Why did Holga need kickstarter to do this? Why didn't they use their own money? They can't be paying much for the electronics and sensors for this camera. It's probably all leftover gear from days past. They're already manufacturing everything else. Meanwhile, if you want that look, you can get a Holga lens made for Canon, Nikon, and Sony DSLR/Ts.

Holga figured that if people are going to be stupid enough to buy this pointless product, why not let the suckers fund it for them too?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2015 at 18:15 UTC
On Holga Digital camera project launched on Kickstarter article (137 comments in total)

"Never give a sucker an even break"
W.C. Fields

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2015 at 18:13 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
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BigShooter: I'll stick with my 645z for now...

So will Michael Reichmann at LL - from my reading of his review. Probably because the Pentax is a much better camera.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 18:02 UTC
On Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review article (579 comments in total)
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Sirandar: In some ways Oly is a victim of their own overall excellent design mantra.

I have a EM5 and really for most purposes what more could I ask for?

Only Sony has anything tempting for me because they are attempting to give me most of what I have with the EM5 is a smaller package with a single lens. Changing lenses is such a pain (but worth it usually)

They are not there yet and I think my EM5 has at least 5 more good years.

It is very nice having every photo tool I have (except tripod) fit right into a small camera bag (EM5) or a small Peilcan Case .... it would be nicer if it fit into my pocket. We aren't there yet ... but Sony made a good attempt.

"I have a EM5 and really for most purposes what more could I ask for?"
You could ask for a camera that doesn't have appalling handling characteristics. I have one too.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 16:29 UTC
On Lens Rentals Canada closes its doors article (178 comments in total)
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RolliPoli: Do the people spouting all the anti-union, anti-worker venom really believe that goods and services are cheaper, faster and safer when frontline staff are underpaid, abused and have only a marginal attachment to their workplace? I got a decent upbringing and education because I grew up in a household sustained by hard work that was exchanged for fair, union wages. I've worked in both union and non-union environments and have no doubt at all which is best. I'm union all the way.

There are some real dickheads spouting their nonsense here. Unfortunately these attitudes are the consequence of a combination of gullibility cunningly addressed by Big Capital's propaganda.
No sane person would claim that unions always act sensibly or even in their own best interests - just like governments, banks, and corporations large and small. Just wait and see what sort of society is going to result from the total victory of capital over labour. It's not going to be nice.
I live in the UK so I have no idea what Canada Post's like - it sounds pretty bad - however to extrapolate from a single organisation and make a general case is plain stupid.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 20:34 UTC
On Lens Rentals Canada closes its doors article (178 comments in total)
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Pritzl: Canada Post strikes again. I know that my wife has had 3 out of 4 packages arrive late over the last 18 months. Considering you get refunded the shipping cost for late deliveries, no wonder they can't make ends meet and service is suffering.

The bandits at the helm in UK are hell-bent on dismantling anything publicly owned and will create situations where this looks like a sensible decision. The Post Office has for decades provided an incredibly important social function, enabling older and less than wealthy citizens to access their pensions, social security payments, pay bills, TV licenses etc - whilst providing a generally very reliable and reasonably priced postal service. There's a Post Office in every sizeable town and village. Had the PO been able to actually operate as a retail bank (not just as an outlet for another bank) dedicated to the routine, basic, requirements of working people (mortgage payments, wages deposits etc) it could easily have managed to operate profitably. Of course this is the last thing the public schoolboy cabinet wants. There's a huge property asset waiting to be stripped by their chums. As happened with the Trustee Savings Bank - illegally.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 20:28 UTC
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R Stacy: Now all we need to do is figure out 19 years of food and water and some willing career participants to send a couple blokes along next time.

Having just watched a program about the manned Mars project, I fall into despair about mankind's limitless stupidity.
We watch our incredibly beautiful planet and its amazing fauna and flora degrading at an ever increasing rate, simply because no-one seems to be able to make the connection between the ruling economic system and its requirement for an ever-increasing number of consumers - Ponzi-style. Population growth: if ever the room contained an elephant... Does anyone seriously imagine that any of the planets in our solar system are capable of sustaining mankind other than in a living hell?
Meanwhile the resources needed to effect a manned mission would generate vastly more useful information if used intelligently, even in space research. I would say that this planet with its exploding population should be the research target.
Of course the exclusion zone at Chernobyl shows that the planet recovers fairly fast in our absence... maybe that's the best we can hope for.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 17:00 UTC
On Nikon D810A: An astrophotographer's perspective article (113 comments in total)

This guy does it without one of these cameras.
http://skysurvey.org/blog/2011/2/17/for-all-the-nights-stars

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 16:41 UTC as 3rd comment
On Nikon D810A: An astrophotographer's perspective article (113 comments in total)
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jforkner: I think a few of the posters are missing the point of the criticism given. From the title & the intro, this article was supposed to extol the virtues of the D810A as they pertain to astrophotography. According to Nikon, “Based on the award-winning full-frame D810, the D810A records the brilliant red tones of H-alpha emission nebulae with a level of detail and sharpness, wide dynamic range and rich tonality almost unimaginable until now. Reveal the faintest celestial objects with exposures up to 15 minutes long; and noise-free performance at ISO levels as high as 12,800 (expandable to 51,000).”

While the included photographs are nice, they do nothing to demonstrate how this new camera is better at capturing the nebulae referenced in the intro or Nikon’s description of the camera. Nor do they reveal anything with a long exposure.

The criticism is of the the article’s purported intent, not the photographs themselves.

Stellar performer? Astronomical price?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 16:27 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)

" 100-300mm F4-5.6 will not be compatible with the system"
How very considerate of Panasonic toward their existing customers. I own this lens so I'll be sticking with Olympus, thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2015 at 12:54 UTC as 57th comment | 3 replies
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SeeRoy: The EU primarily exists for the benefit of Big Capital. There may be some real benefits for some countries (like being able to **** off to a previously civilised country, in order to reap the benefits of centuries of social development) but primarily it's about ready access to markets and suppression of wages (for the working classes only, obviously) in order to maximise corporate profits.
For most of us, especially in Britain, it's the absolute worst thing that has happened since WW2. At least in WW2 we managed to escape being invaded.
This sort of legislation is just one more example amongst many.
Let's hope the Greeks initiate stage 1 of the EU's disintegration. Stage 2 should be Britain's exit.
For decades I supported the EU idea - but I've seen the consequences.

Whatever the bill in question contains - I certainly haven't bothered reading it - it's just one more example of micro-management by a huge, self-perpetuating bureaucracy. Which bought us, for a single idiotic example, a ban on vacuum cleaners > 1600 W on the justification of "sustainability" or "climate change". We miss most of this stuff as it gets passed into legislation without any exposure to the citizens of the countries it affects.
There are multitudes of similar crazy policies being implemented.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 17:58 UTC
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RunningTurtle: This whole pan 'EU' nanny thing has turned into quite a monster. I'm surprised how Europeans can put up with so many bizarre and silly laws interferring with their lives.

The reaction against the EU, certainly here in Britain amongst many ordinary citizens, is distinctly hostile. But the interests who want to maintain the status quo have bamboozled and terrified the public. Any attempt to point out the negative consequences of EU membership is met, typically, by accusations of "racism" - an accusation designed to terminate further rational discussion. Consequently many people are frightened to utter any overt criticism.
Now, in advance of the referendum the public schoolboys who constitute our current government (which wouldn't look out of place in the 18th C) are about to engage in a frightener campaign to demonstrate that exiting the EU would result in there being no food, or jobs. Unfortunately the public at large, narcotised by consumerism, sport and celebrity culture (by courtesy of the same interests who benefit from the EU) are almost certain to vote to stay in. We'll have to hope that chaos elsewhere continues the rot which started in Greece.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 17:50 UTC
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SeeRoy: The EU primarily exists for the benefit of Big Capital. There may be some real benefits for some countries (like being able to **** off to a previously civilised country, in order to reap the benefits of centuries of social development) but primarily it's about ready access to markets and suppression of wages (for the working classes only, obviously) in order to maximise corporate profits.
For most of us, especially in Britain, it's the absolute worst thing that has happened since WW2. At least in WW2 we managed to escape being invaded.
This sort of legislation is just one more example amongst many.
Let's hope the Greeks initiate stage 1 of the EU's disintegration. Stage 2 should be Britain's exit.
For decades I supported the EU idea - but I've seen the consequences.

"Does a lot of good work..."
And Mussolini made Italian trains run on time.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 17:40 UTC

The EU primarily exists for the benefit of Big Capital. There may be some real benefits for some countries (like being able to **** off to a previously civilised country, in order to reap the benefits of centuries of social development) but primarily it's about ready access to markets and suppression of wages (for the working classes only, obviously) in order to maximise corporate profits.
For most of us, especially in Britain, it's the absolute worst thing that has happened since WW2. At least in WW2 we managed to escape being invaded.
This sort of legislation is just one more example amongst many.
Let's hope the Greeks initiate stage 1 of the EU's disintegration. Stage 2 should be Britain's exit.
For decades I supported the EU idea - but I've seen the consequences.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 17:04 UTC as 157th comment | 7 replies

14mm... macro.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2015 at 09:00 UTC as 10th comment
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Johannes Zander: And what did he play?

I imagine Dmitri Shostakovich would be tempted to name the piece "A Russian composer's kazoo to justified criticism." A perfect response to accusations of bourgeois formalism. Putin'd probably still walk out in the interval though.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 11:56 UTC

As with so many high end consumer devices, the justification for this product has little to do with either functionality or aesthetics. It relies on the desire of people with an surfeit of funds to indulge their own self-image. Like every other camera currently on sale it'll be gathering dust on a shelf within - let's be generous - 10 years.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 08:21 UTC as 73rd comment
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SeeRoy: "Never give a sucker an even break"
W.C. Fields

"Non-related"?

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 08:53 UTC
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