DeanAllan

DeanAllan

Joined on Mar 22, 2012

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On Drobo launches Mini with 8TB pre-loaded article (40 comments in total)
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DeanAllan: Firstly, from what I can see here, the most vocal ones unfortunately, does not seem to understand what backup and raid means.

In simple terms, backup means you have a copy of the data file located in another location.

If you keep all your files in a storage box, be it a Drobo, Synology or even souped up NAS running on ZFS that you built yourself, that is not a backup solution. You have simply built a storage box.

Some might point up "but I have raid with raid 10 and 8 disks" etc, etc. Guess what? Raid (RAID) is not backup. It provides redundancy, that is what the 'R' stands for. It allows you to continue operating while you get the faulty part replaced. This is useful for those who have datelines to meet and answerable to clients.

So what is the point of my rambling? Drobo is for people who are not really IT savvy and needs a portable (yes portable) 4x 2TB hdd DAS. And in that respect, it works perfectly fine.
Yes there are cheaper solutions but I find those works better if you know what you are doing. And some of the rest of the cheaper made stuff are simply not worth spending money on.
I have to admit that I have recommended Drobo to some of my friends and acquaintances simply because it is easy for them to setup and I'm too busy to help them with the other solutions.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 16:47 UTC
On Drobo launches Mini with 8TB pre-loaded article (40 comments in total)
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DeanAllan: Firstly, from what I can see here, the most vocal ones unfortunately, does not seem to understand what backup and raid means.

In simple terms, backup means you have a copy of the data file located in another location.

If you keep all your files in a storage box, be it a Drobo, Synology or even souped up NAS running on ZFS that you built yourself, that is not a backup solution. You have simply built a storage box.

Some might point up "but I have raid with raid 10 and 8 disks" etc, etc. Guess what? Raid (RAID) is not backup. It provides redundancy, that is what the 'R' stands for. It allows you to continue operating while you get the faulty part replaced. This is useful for those who have datelines to meet and answerable to clients.

So usually in offices they have a storage box backed up to another storage box or tapes and usually these backups are kept offsite to minimise data loss.

It is pretty much what I tell my friends to do too. They can have a NAS storing all their data but make sure it is backed up to another storage as well.

Storage is cheap nowadays, better to spend more on data loss prevention than paying much, much(much) more for data recovery.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 16:35 UTC
On Drobo launches Mini with 8TB pre-loaded article (40 comments in total)

Firstly, from what I can see here, the most vocal ones unfortunately, does not seem to understand what backup and raid means.

In simple terms, backup means you have a copy of the data file located in another location.

If you keep all your files in a storage box, be it a Drobo, Synology or even souped up NAS running on ZFS that you built yourself, that is not a backup solution. You have simply built a storage box.

Some might point up "but I have raid with raid 10 and 8 disks" etc, etc. Guess what? Raid (RAID) is not backup. It provides redundancy, that is what the 'R' stands for. It allows you to continue operating while you get the faulty part replaced. This is useful for those who have datelines to meet and answerable to clients.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 16:34 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1046 comments in total)
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arhmatic: Oh, bubbly cameras...
Why everything these days look more and more like a melted bar soap?

By contrast, Fuji, Olympus - well done!

Actually, it is precisely because it weighs 1.3kg that it needs to be ergonomic.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 05:10 UTC
On Pentax K-3 preview (959 comments in total)
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Mr Darma: There was no Takumar 50mm f/1.2 lens for the Spotmatics. Pentax couldn't make a 1.2 lens until 1975 with the K mount bayonet lenses. The flange on the screw mount used by all Takumars was too small.
Of course you were only 14 then and memory sometimes plays tricks. :)

That said, this new K-3 seems to be an ace new camera....you should really enjoy it.

K just googled it to make sure.

Yep here it is -> http://www.tomioka.de/e_55mm-Dateien/e_55mm_revuenon.htm notice the hand-cut rear elements, giving it, its unique bokeh.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 14:01 UTC
On Pentax K-3 preview (959 comments in total)
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Mr Darma: There was no Takumar 50mm f/1.2 lens for the Spotmatics. Pentax couldn't make a 1.2 lens until 1975 with the K mount bayonet lenses. The flange on the screw mount used by all Takumars was too small.
Of course you were only 14 then and memory sometimes plays tricks. :)

That said, this new K-3 seems to be an ace new camera....you should really enjoy it.

I don't remember any Takumar 50mm f1,2 but if memory serves me right, there was a Chinon 55mm f1,2 or rather the Tomioka lens for m42?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 13:59 UTC
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Biowizard: This is 100% the fault of the lens manufacturer: the lens design should allow clearance between the front lens element and the base of the filter screw thread. It's a poor design that lets the front element protrude into the same plane as the threads.

Brian

@ new boyz, then they should have made it protrude more with a bigger filter diameter.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2013 at 08:17 UTC
On Pentax K-3 preview (959 comments in total)
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johnmanoah: When talking about innovation, why aren't these companies considering these easy-to-have innovations?

1. Rotatable (up/down) flash head - so that we could bump the flash to a ceiling or elsewhere. Currently, the in-built flash forces light upon the target which usually results in bright spots or over exposure

2. 3G sim card slot - so that the camera is connected to the internet and sharing/storing is simple

3. Bluetooth

4. Touch screen

Ricoh/Nikon/Canon - Are you listening?

Well for number 1, the mechanism tend to spoil easily.

For 2,3,4 - I don't know if you've heard of it. It's called a smartphone.

Nothing against you, I'm just saying this in general. Are people getting to be such attention whores that they need to upload everything to facebook -there and then?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 09:10 UTC
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Marty4650: "Body cap lens"..... where have I heard that before?

Hmmmmmm....

@GWYNOXY

Regarding OTF plane metering, I agree though I would have worded it as "refined" Olympus's metering.
OM2 and LX - 2 great cameras sigh...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 06:24 UTC
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Marty4650: "Body cap lens"..... where have I heard that before?

Hmmmmmm....

This body lens cap isn't anything new. For example you have loreo, which was kinda fun during the film days. And before that I use to poke holes on my lens cap for some pinhole photography.
I think some are having an issue with you Marty for saying that Pentax is copycatting Olympus which simply isn't true.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2013 at 04:02 UTC
On Pentax MX-1 Preview preview (211 comments in total)

Love the look! I love the idea of a camera made to wear**

Judging on how Pentax many to coax a decent quality out of the q10, I think it'll be good enough for me to bring everyday.

It would have been cool if they had the assignable lens ring but I guess they want to make sure the camera can be worked one-handed, which is great too!

Meh, the lack of external flash shoe doesn't worry me, I can always get a cheap Yong Nuo flash and use the flash trigger or even better get a hammer head camera flash and use it with that.

I'll be getting it for sure.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2013 at 17:55 UTC as 31st comment
On Accessory Review: Kata Digital Rucksack 467-DL article (48 comments in total)
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Henry Falkner: Your camera reviews are few and far between. You can't afford to allow yourselves to be distracted with baggage.

@Henry
hahaha, caught it on my second read. Nice.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2012 at 12:17 UTC
On Accessory Review: Kata Digital Rucksack 467-DL article (48 comments in total)
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Mike Sandman: For all of you who laughed at seeing the OM-D in the photo at the beginning of the article:

I have the slightly smaller version of this bag, the D466, and it holds my Canon 5D Mark II with 24-105 lens attached in the bottom compartment along with at least one and sometimes two other short-barrel lenses. It's a tight fit and it's heavy, but it works. It also holds a 15" laptop, a quart-size Ziplock bag with assorted cables, and the computer's power supply. Sometimes I can even squeeze in an apple (the edible kind). It's my go-to backpack for long business trips when I will have a day off or a weekend to explore a new place. The chest strap is very helpful in keeping it on and comfortably in place. It's been around the world at least five times (all the way around...) and it still looks like new. One can sneer at the concept and at OM-D in the photo, but people who own these bags have the last laugh.

Actually I do. My day job requires me to bring a laptop. When I have a shooting gig at night, my camera's all neatly packed. Plus I cycle, the bag is right up my alley. I use 3 similar type of bags.
A Thinktank shapeshifter, when I have a gig. A Kata Sensitivity V for the weekend(small but I love it) and a Timbuk2 backpack with camera-inserts for my daily commute bag.
I would love a small bag and just carry a camera with a 50mm around but I realise I love my hands free even more. I tend to dump in rolls of film inside as well as whatever I find/buy on the way.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2012 at 12:13 UTC
On Fujifilm X-E1 preview extended article (113 comments in total)
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Hubertus Bigend: Is it just me, or is my impression correct that since Amazon's acqusition of dpreview even the most popular cameras take longer and longer to get reviewed and more and more reviews only come in trickles? If I still was the "early adopter" of camera tech I kind of used to be for some time, dpreview could not exert much influence on my decisions anymore these days.

Uhm..... what has film's death(or apparent slow demise) got to do with slow reviews?

The site's name is dpreview, it does reviews on digital photography. People come to the site for the reviews. If it does not have the latest or is not forthcoming with the reviews on digital photography, it sort of defeat the purpose of having a gear review site in the first place doesn't it?
Dpreview is expanding more into other aspect of photography other than just gear reviews, I find that commendable and I do like it but I still stand by my earlier point.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2012 at 13:22 UTC
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Light Pilgrim: So Zeiss understood that they are loosing the business and are coming, finally, with an AF lens for Canon and Nikon?

@Albino
The only exception* would be the Pentax 43mm f1,9 that Pentax made in a ltm mount.

*discounting the t-mount and m42 and m39 mounts of course.

**Apologies to Albino, now that I think of it, they did not reverse engineer those mounts, it was open to begin with. So yes, your statement is correct.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2012 at 17:33 UTC
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Superka: nothing can compare to Sigma 50/1.4. Why to bye this one?

@Joe.....
Most 50mm lens design are derivatives of Zeiss's original planar design.
I would highly suspect, the Sigma is the same too. That being said, there are no real bad 50mm and pretty much all are on par. Most are pretty sharp, have high resolution and have good contrast. That is why before the advent of dslr(for the benefit of others, I'm sure you know this), the 50mm is the lens most beginners start with as it is also the most affordable and you go wrong with one.

The thing is, it is not about sharpness, there are other aspects of a lens that one might prefer over the other, perhaps the contrast, the saturation, the bokeh, the unsharp qualities, etc.

If somebody wants to buy a Zeiss, whatever floats their boat. The same as anyone wanting to buy a Sigma 50mm f1,4.

I could have easily as said, anybody wanting to buy FF cameras are poseurs but who am I to say right?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2012 at 11:49 UTC
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D1N0: How did they do that? Copied an ancient pentax design. http://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/data/27/SMC_Pentax-M_40mm_Pancake.jpg

Uhm pancake lens predated Pentax's own you know.

Konica Hexar has a 40mm f1,8 lens way back then as well. Carl Zeiss did, so did some other less know lens maker.

In regards to its good performance, well it's based of the tried and true planar design(purportedly) which orginated from Carl Zeiss. A design used and refined by many lens and camera makers. So duh.....

Although due to its compact form, I would be more incline to believe it's more of a tessar in its design. Also a design originated from Carl Zeiss and also a proven performer.

If Canon actually screwed up in either implementation, I would dare say that Carl Zeiss himself, will not only roll in the grave but dig himself out, search for the Canon engineers and give them a proper smackdown.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2012 at 02:30 UTC
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Barbu: Bad Kreuznach. Go to your room ;)

Yet another brainwashed press release, unfiltered at the producer and unbelievably unedited on this site.

Even the rumors sites are more careful with what they publish...

?
Explain.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2012 at 15:27 UTC
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K_Photo_Teach: When you see the effort required to eek out the best resolution from this camera it becomes clear that lack of in body image stabilisation should be negatives in the reviews.

Amazing detail from the 800E though, simply amazing.Well done Nikon - i think its a game changer

I think you are mistaking marketing and market presence for usability.
And don't forget that Nikon and Canon makes quite a number of booboo as well. Remember Canon's 24-105 L issue? The light leaks on their new body? Nikon's battery issue? AF contact misaligned? Every brand has them, just that not every brand has very vocal minority dumb noobs who don't know how to use a camera and blinded by the problems that other brands has as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2012 at 03:37 UTC
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xlotus: I don't know what's wrong with these people, whining about the focal length.

m43 has 20mm (=40mm FF). There. It's not just Canon.

It's small and inexpensive. I will get one for sure.

@plasnu

Ummm I dunno, maybe take pictures with it. I don't thing I'll be using it to hammer any nails.

Perhaps Canon is bringing in a new line of lens using STM so that it can be used for both phase and contrast af.
Could the new Canon mirrorless be coming? Ala K-01

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2012 at 05:09 UTC
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