doctor digi

doctor digi

Lives in United States CA, United States
Works as a Photographer / Club Owner
Joined on Jun 26, 2001

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"We have reached out to Metz"

No, you didn't. You emailed or rang them and asked them to comment. They aren't living in a tree. They aren't painted on the roof of the Sistine Chapel.

Gee - am I getting sick of this phrase...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2014 at 15:22 UTC as 12th comment | 5 replies

Sounds like the work of the Devil...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2014 at 23:16 UTC as 12th comment
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 comments in total)

It's only gold plated - cheap muck.

Give me a camera body carved out of a block of solid 24k gold.

Now that would really be worthy of being hideously wealthy, no brains and no taste.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 20:28 UTC as 21st comment
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 comments in total)
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ljclark: If this was around the first of April instead of around the first of November...

Considering how ugly the Df is anyway, this has got to be one of the best illustrations of "lipstick on a pig".

Pigs are nice and the most intelligent of farmyard animals. Please don't insult pigs by comparing them to this. And a pig certainly would be smart enough not to buy one.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 20:21 UTC
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (180 comments in total)
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bed bug: I have had the DJI Phantom 2 Vision + for a couple of months now. Thought I would list some positives and negatives.

Positives
1. The gimbal works very well producing very stable images (I had the Phantom 2 Vision before and the images are not stable).
2. Quite easy to learn how to fly.

Negatives
1. I only get around 15minute flight time, maximum.
2. There are problems with the video transmitter in the drone such that I am unable to fly the drone via the camera as the link keeps dropping out. I am battling with the service division where I bought it from trying to get this problem sorted out.
3. The gimbal/camera unit is very flimsy, in a very minor crash, the camera unit was ripped off the gimbal. Unfortunately both need to be replaced which is around 2/3rds the cost of a new drone (ridiculous!!!).
4. The gimbal & camera is one unit, if one is damaged then the whole unit needs replaced.
5. DJI serivce is non-existent, I have been trying 2 months to have the camera repaired, cont...

Topples over on landing? Not had that - but I use down throttle to turn it off as the other way with both sticks is prone to causing a topple-over. BTW, it's better to hover it and catch it instead of landing it - easy to do so long as it's not blowing a gale.

I would also not recommend carbon-fibre blades from the reading and viewing I've done. They shatter on impact and there is no real advantage weight-wise - you might get 20 seconds more flight time.

Also, you can tilt the camera with the V2+ by tilting the controller if you switch the app to that mode - no need to take hands off anything.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 23:46 UTC
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (180 comments in total)
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Shaun Bell: My only comment... Fly away lol! Seems DJI autopilots don't like to stay on lease : )

Only if you don't bother to set up properly. Fly aways are 90% user dumbness.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 22:26 UTC
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (180 comments in total)
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JackM: Why is the horizon tilted?

This is the one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iTz3Dd2Ecs

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 22:23 UTC
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (180 comments in total)
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JackM: Why is the horizon tilted?

The angle can be adjusted by accessing the screw at the rear of the gimbal assembly. There's a video about how to do it on YouTube.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 13:49 UTC
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (180 comments in total)

BTW, the article is wrong in several parts - some have already been mentioned. Here's another: rotating the drone is not to calibrate the GPS, it's to calibrate the compass. You only need to do that once so long as you don't move far on subsequent flights from your initial flight starting point.

You'll also find that the controller has a range limit of 400 metres in Europe and 800 metres in the US (there is a potentiometer on the rear that can switch between the regulated power outputs - it is currently set as default to be the lower limit, even in the US). That's due to radio interference regulations.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 20:38 UTC as 48th comment
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (180 comments in total)
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KAllen: Where you are allowed to shoot with these legally in the UK makes them no real alternative to shooting from an aircraft.
Surprisingly it is often more cost effective to shoot commercially from a Cessna.
The BBC use a lot of drones to film with, which is fine because they are in control of the area. Joe public will not often have that luxury, which limits their use.Good little toy if you use them far from people and buildings. Limited for anything else.

I think you need to look at YouTube. Not saying it's "legal" per se, but the Blackpool gig is very cool indeed.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 20:21 UTC
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (180 comments in total)

Coincidence. I bought this model yesterday. It's brilliant - if you can excuse the camera-phone-quality stills it takes (14 MP doth not a good image make). Video is very good. I wish they'd provided support for a narrow angle camera - the "narrow angle" on this is 85 deg and is really just a crop from the 105 deg original.

I plan to strap on a Panasonic GM1 for stills. A shame they have made it such that it's not easy to carry any extra items. It would have been nice if the gimbal was detachable without having to cut and destroy the "anti drop kit".

They missed a trick with the waypoint mode. They should have allowed orientation for each waypoint. As it currently stands it is useless as you can't perform automatic dolly shots or orbits. It's more a gimmick than a useful tool. I don't see why this can't be done as effectively the drone has no "front" and can fly "forward" in any orientation.

That said, it is a really nice machine and it performs perfectly straight out of the box.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 20:17 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply
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IonPortraits: Fact is, that the monkey can't loose or gain anything from this selfie, but others will. So, the one who can only loose is the actual photographer (without whom this selfie would have never happened!). Therefore, the situation as it is, is not correct. It is just common sense.

Don't be sorry - I was just playing on your typo for the movie name :-)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 21:57 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (302 comments in total)

At least they got it right this time on one thing - no more being forced to have a double flash when the camera is completely in manual mode (making off-camera slaves almost impossible to use).

However, I bet they still haven't fixed the inability to turn off auto-rotation of the image when the camera is rotated on the smartphone app (making face-down or face-up shots a nightmare because the image constantly flips).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 21:48 UTC as 23rd comment
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PicOne: A bit off topic. But can say a 6 month old baby who accidentally pushes a button on a camera own copyright? I guess I'm asking if it was the fact that an animal took the picture, or whether the issue is that an "author" of a work, in order to claim copyright has to have mental capacity to be aware of what they're doing?

Copyright law, AFAIK, makes no mention of mental capacity. In the case of a baby - well, they'd own the copyright and could make money from the picture when they grow up.

Moral of the story: get a baby to take the selfie, not a monkey.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 21:04 UTC
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Rick Kent: I do not believe this photo was actually taken by any monkey but instead by David Slater himself.

Damned if he does and if he doesn't - if he admits he took it himself then he's a liar but keeps copyright. If he maintains the monkey took it then he loses copyright.

I suspect the former. Perhaps he should just let it rest and go and shoot some other things.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 21:00 UTC
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IonPortraits: Fact is, that the monkey can't loose or gain anything from this selfie, but others will. So, the one who can only loose is the actual photographer (without whom this selfie would have never happened!). Therefore, the situation as it is, is not correct. It is just common sense.

Would that be loose as in "Every which way but loose"? There was a monkey in that. Or did you mean "lose"?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 20:58 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (354 comments in total)
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doctor digi: I bought one and it would be a truly great camera except for some annoying "features". Such a shame it always sets the flash off twice when you take a picture - there is no purpose for the initial flash if the camera is not set to red-eye reduction and the camera is in manual mode with a pre-determined white balance. So that makes using slave flashes almost useless.

The wifi app too would be great if it actually followed the settings on the camera. No grid lines displayed? No ability to force the view to be fixed instead of following camera orientation?

Bah! Who writes the firmware for these things?!

Oh - and no Android API or SDK, so I can't write my own replacement for the app. Almost tempted to use wireshark and reverse engineer it.

Yes, I know about pre-flash. It isn't required for manual exposure - as I stated.

It's a design flaw in the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 09:17 UTC
On AP cuts ties with Pulitzer-winning photographer article (166 comments in total)

Well, he wouldn't win a Pulitzer for cloning. You'd think that if you were going to "cheat" (well, I have nothing against some creative editing if it doesn't alter the story being told) he might just have spent a few more minutes cloning the ground more randomly so it wasn't obvious.

Lacking brains? Yes.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2014 at 17:00 UTC as 4th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (354 comments in total)

I bought one and it would be a truly great camera except for some annoying "features". Such a shame it always sets the flash off twice when you take a picture - there is no purpose for the initial flash if the camera is not set to red-eye reduction and the camera is in manual mode with a pre-determined white balance. So that makes using slave flashes almost useless.

The wifi app too would be great if it actually followed the settings on the camera. No grid lines displayed? No ability to force the view to be fixed instead of following camera orientation?

Bah! Who writes the firmware for these things?!

Oh - and no Android API or SDK, so I can't write my own replacement for the app. Almost tempted to use wireshark and reverse engineer it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2013 at 15:53 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
On OMG Life Autographer Quick Review preview (123 comments in total)
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doctor digi: Several points:

Whether you love or hate this (or Glass), it's coming and you may as well get used to it. This reminds me of early digicams - large, clunky, and with poor image quality. The next gen., or several after, will be cheap, very small, and take great pictures.

As for privacy - what privacy? (if in public). I get photographed by CCTV a zillion times a day - so if people on the street do it, who cares. What I DO have issue with is if someone did this without my knowledge in my home.

What will be even more interesting is when micro-UAVs the size of an insect are (eventually) produced. That's perhaps more a worry than what people can stick around their necks. And that too is coming - perhaps sooner than people realise.

As for this device - way too expensive, way too big. But as I said, this is early days. I'd wear one because I'd like to make a diary and I have no time to write one each day, but I'd only be interested if it was not intrusive (which this thing is).

Trollshave: it is you who are taking my opinions as "more than that". While I am partly stating "my opinion", I'm mostly just stating what is inevitable - personal always-on camera recording is here to stay, whether you (or I) like it or not. Now, unless you are so sure that there is a chance to legislate in every country in the world and remove the right to take street photography, then I'd say the chances of stopping this are close to zero. Don't forget - you'd have to legislate against street photography, because why should someone holding a camera have more rights than someone wearing a camera? And how will you define holding/wearing once the cameras become really small?

As for my *opinion*. I'm neither for nor against. I can see useful things and also misuse with this tool. My main concern is what happens in private. In the street (i.e.: in public) I still say "who cares".

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 21:09 UTC
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