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Mahmoud Mousef

Mahmoud Mousef

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (395 comments in total)
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phazelag: So Panasonic makes the LX100, FZ1000, GH4, and GM5 all of which are innovative and they make one camera with one feature possibly aimed at a younger market and people act like its a photography apocalypse is happening.

I have been told the photography doomsday has been here since I was 16 years old with my Minolta X370. These days any young whipper snapper with a disposable kodak can take photos. What will the world do with "real" photographers!

OMG with a flip screen people will actually be able to take photos of themselves to remember important moments. Whats next robotic cameras that follow us around with their helicopter wings? Oh yeah we have those too.

Photo Apocalypse is when the designers have to look backwards for design inspiration (and I don't mean flipping the LCD when I say that..)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 11:06 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (395 comments in total)

Panasonic management:
"...and we have given it an old-school retro look..."

Me:
"This is a terrible mistake guys. This is the first time I've seen such brash retro-inspired design from Panasonic. OK maybe the second time. I feared it would come to this."

*goes home and looks lovingly at the DMC-GH3 and DMC-G5*

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 11:02 UTC as 44th comment
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zeyno44: 2 x AAA Batteries? How many shots can you actually get? It would've been perfect if it had built-in rechargeable battery - in my opinion.

I still don't get the aversion to AA and AAA (in general).

People perceive them to be disposable when you can easily get eneloop rechargeables cheaply on amazon. People think that having one proprietary rechargeable in the flash will somehow give them so much more power (you wil get more energy density wiqth Li-Ion) but it won't totally prevent you from having to carry a spare just in case travwelling. And of course you need charger for that proprietary battery. AAAs are far cheaper than the alternative proprietary batteries. So cheap that you can often buy 4 batteries (2 sets) and a quality charger (like the Panasonic BQ-CC17) for less than the cost of the proprietary batery alone. Today's rechageable batteries (like eneloop) don't lose their charge if left unused for long periods).

Anyway, long story short: AAAs are a good choice here. So are AAs in bigger flashes. Though I will always wonder why they can't make it swivel as well as tilt (like the Nikon SB-N5).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2015 at 03:11 UTC
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Mahmoud Mousef: Olympus management:
"We need to do something about megapixels. Our competitors are making us look like laggards. What does Engineering have?"

"Boss, they have nothing beyond 16 megapixels."

"Bring on the 'equivalent' megapixels!"

GWYNOXY, amazing photos can be made on phones too, but to convince a higher-end enthusiast to spend hundreds on a camera is a different proposition. The manufacturers are aware they must offer some marketing punch to get people to hand over the money (if not technical punch). 16mp might be all that is necessary but Olympus said the same thing abut stopping at 12mp.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2015 at 07:35 UTC
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Mahmoud Mousef: Olympus management:
"We need to do something about megapixels. Our competitors are making us look like laggards. What does Engineering have?"

"Boss, they have nothing beyond 16 megapixels."

"Bring on the 'equivalent' megapixels!"

I am not bashing Olympus; just making a half-joke with probably some truth to it. I like (and use) various brands, including Olympus. Each has their strengths and weaknesses.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2014 at 11:49 UTC

Olympus management:
"We need to do something about megapixels. Our competitors are making us look like laggards. What does Engineering have?"

"Boss, they have nothing beyond 16 megapixels."

"Bring on the 'equivalent' megapixels!"

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2014 at 21:39 UTC as 7th comment | 6 replies
On SanDisk unveils 512GB Extreme Pro card article (162 comments in total)
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Marty4650: In a couple of years when cards with this much capacity are selling for $19.95, they will completely replace flash drives, CD Rom, DVD and BluRay storage devices. A card this big can replace a remote storage drive.

A card with this much storage ability can store 90,000 jpegs from a 16MP camera, 9,000 raw files, or 1,875 hours of video at 30 fps.

The only problem right now is the price. But we all know, it will come down over time.

Marty4650,
The talk of encyclopedias fitting on a card (and so forth) is nice from an enthusiast standpoint but how is the Average User supposed to buy content or transfer his own encyclopedia to it? That requires support from publishers releasing original content to the format and readers (players) that will play it faultlessly. The SD card today - despite massive advances in storage - is still only used in digital cameras & maybe as a portable storage for computer files (& MicroSD in phones). This leaves codec variables down to the device (TV, blu-ray/dvd player card slot)

Most people just want to play content simply without thinking about this (plus buy pre-recorded content and know it will work). Manufacturers want mediums very cheap to replicate. Outside of portable (gaming) devices and phones I'd argue there isn't much value in a small storage format. Cost and ease of replication is a bigger issue for manufacturers. I think the future is very much like today: mixed-bag.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 01:36 UTC
On SanDisk unveils 512GB Extreme Pro card article (162 comments in total)
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Marty4650: In a couple of years when cards with this much capacity are selling for $19.95, they will completely replace flash drives, CD Rom, DVD and BluRay storage devices. A card this big can replace a remote storage drive.

A card with this much storage ability can store 90,000 jpegs from a 16MP camera, 9,000 raw files, or 1,875 hours of video at 30 fps.

The only problem right now is the price. But we all know, it will come down over time.

I disagree.

CD, DVD and Blu-Ray are still the main pre-recorded formats so they will always have a lowest-common-denominator appeal to the masses. SSD really isn't the same as an SDXC card; the tech and performance and reliability characteristics are totally different, so I don't see cards like this replacing these drives at all.

Optical discs and downloads with a computer are probably among the cheapest ways to share piecemeal content. One is far simpler than the other for most users who aren't computer-savvy.

Most users who don't want to faff around with more variables with other storage tech. Blu-Ray is having a hard enough time reaching the ubiquity of DVD as it is, and if SD cards had any chance to replace DVD it would have happened already (8GB SD cards are cheap but nowhere near as cheap as pressing an optical disc or buying a blank rewritable). But I think the key is usability. Everyone knows how to stick a DVD in their drive and have it play with far less roadblocks.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 23:37 UTC
On SanDisk unveils 512GB Extreme Pro card article (162 comments in total)

Nice. I expect to buy one in 2018 or so. I just started buying 64GB due to now-reasonable pricing.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 20:56 UTC as 33rd comment
On Ricoh surfs into action camera market with WG-M1 article (108 comments in total)

Paint job looks very prone to wear. Motion Detection sounds good. Phone software; I wonder how good it is.

If criticism is called-for, may I suggest pointing the finger at Panasonic management who are still making point-of-view cameras with wired controllers.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 13:39 UTC as 24th comment
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Mahmoud Mousef: electronic paper (re-usable, durable and infinitely rewritable) & printers that print on various affordable e-paper sizes will get my wallet out and excitement levels up. Far too much e-waste with the backwards pricing of inks, clogged printers and cheapened laser printers with low yield toner too. I think we are all tired of these cheap tricks and the waste of experimenting with expensive inks and single-use photo paper.

Bring on the e-paper revolution.

which part is confusing? We need re-usable rewritable durable paper that is written on with electrical charges coming from the printer. Not ink.

Imagine putting up a large print in a frame that was printed 8 times before you got it perfect and all you used was that single sheet of electronic paper with no ink coming from
the printer.

In other words, paper that reproduces all colours that is sensitive to electrical (or optical or magnetic) charges coming from the printer.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 21:23 UTC

electronic paper (re-usable, durable and infinitely rewritable) & printers that print on various affordable e-paper sizes will get my wallet out and excitement levels up. Far too much e-waste with the backwards pricing of inks, clogged printers and cheapened laser printers with low yield toner too. I think we are all tired of these cheap tricks and the waste of experimenting with expensive inks and single-use photo paper.

Bring on the e-paper revolution.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 20:48 UTC as 9th comment | 4 replies
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (312 comments in total)

http://www.fujifilm.com/about/management/message_from_president/

Shigetaka Komori:
"I'm about to retire, whether you buy this camera is inconsequential to me. Buy what you want. Buy Canon for all I care."

Shigehiro Nakajima:
(uneasy chuckle) "...we are investigating all options in the enthusiast compact space. We believe the small sensor is the optimum choice and the finest choice today."

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 04:36 UTC as 47th comment
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (471 comments in total)
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Maurizio Tuccio: I've JUST bought the X20 for every day shooting and what they do????made the X30!!!!
I Hate you!!

hopefully you got the 'run out' pricing?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 06:56 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (471 comments in total)

The hard-sell for manufacturers today is convincing the enthusiast public that a smaller sensor can be premium with premium add-ons like a nice viewfinder and nice LCD and controls and so forth.

I offer $199.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 06:51 UTC as 143rd comment
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (230 comments in total)
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makofoto: Is Hasselblad still in business?

apparently Sony paid for the life-support gear...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 05:47 UTC

the company explains that the losses themselves were largely due to regulatory costs and inflated expectations from going public as well as research and development
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Of course this is the reason (ahem). Can't get investors jittery. Nor can you talk about massive money being made from the IPO as the company gets increasingly more and more competition from household names. It's all about R&D and regulatory compliance. Please invest.

Still, as video technology becomes easier and cheaper to produce, GoPro is facing stiff competition from imaging companies like Drift, JVC, Panasonic, Sony and many more.
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I don't think GoPro considers Panasonic competition. Last I checked they had wired models with non-removable batteries. Panasonic engineers must be thinking this is a segment that will just die off soon while they dip their toes in to test the market. The JVC and Sony models (and others) are far bigger competition than Panasonic.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 00:59 UTC as 18th comment

Photoclinic Japan sounds expensive. I would want to trade that in for some Canon gear instead. By the looks of the photos above, nobody likes composing with the lcd...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 09:05 UTC as 11th comment
On Canon India teases 'something big' coming soon article (150 comments in total)
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Photoman: If it's a new EOS-1 camera, let's hope it doesn't have bad AF like the 1D MK3 or MAJOR, MAJOR problems like in the 1DX. Canon Australia tried to cover up the 1DX problems and even got a lawyer to make blatant lies in small claims court. Give me a car that leaks a bit of oil than a cruddy lemon that breaks down and keeps stopping.

photocounter link is very juicy. Shame on Canon...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2014 at 03:21 UTC
On Canon India teases 'something big' coming soon article (150 comments in total)
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joyclick: It will not be something that people want or need but it will be something Canon thinks should be forced on them,like EOS-M etc.

Love my EOS M. Ranks as one of the classic mirrorless bargains if you can live without super-fast focus. In any other manufacturer's offering the 22mm bundled lens alone would sell for the price of the camera+lens bundle that I got from Canon. I doubt we will see discounts on the next model anywhere near the eos m discounts.

Output is like their dslrs. With a cheap adapter it is all backwards-compatible, even if the focus might be slow. I fail to see the problem; Canon has to go mirrorless and the fundamentals are sound. I am just grateful this sort of lens quality in a small size can be had so cheaply. New models will of course be improved (usually).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2014 at 02:22 UTC
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