Mahmoud Mousef

Mahmoud Mousef

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On SanDisk unveils 512GB Extreme Pro card article (161 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 (161 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 (161 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 7th comment | 3 replies
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (310 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 (453 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 (453 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 133rd 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
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Ozyxy: Is this the same company that is mentioned here? https://fstoppers.com/business/updated-2-gopro-issued-dmca-notice-digitalrev-3589

GoPro upset about sales outside of official channels. They are crazy and arrogant for not contacting DigitalRev first. I see them in a more negative light now. Thanks for the link.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 03:49 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 16th 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
On Canon India teases 'something big' coming soon article (150 comments in total)

A canon printer that prints on erasable, durable electronic paper at last. With some help from out-of-work materials scientists poached from Kodak.

Or a lovely new photocopier marketed to Home User enthusiasts happy to give the voluminous unit some prime real estate in their bedrooms and to show it off to their friends and family.

Or a printer range with higher unit price while selling the ink for a fifth of the price of their nearest competitor. All the while massively reducing the amount of tossed printers that end up in landfill worldwide once people find out how expensive they are to run versus buying new.

Any of these would make me get my camera out...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 22:38 UTC as 43rd comment

Both of the Out of Focus backgrounds are available now for $205.59 / £118.95
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Hungry photogs are willing to take models on location for that sort of money. Plus those sample pics look sterile. If there is a market for this, I am in the wrong business.

Lastolite:
the last choice for good value?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2014 at 09:01 UTC as 16th comment

*Photographer sells image to convicted Monopolist & NSA associate, Microsoft.
* Photograher shares image on file-sharing site (flickr) owned by NSA associate Yahoo.
* Photographer is surprised the site lacks decent security.
* Photographer seemingly unaware that a watermark could have done far more to bring people to his site.
* Photographer very grumpy about this fame business.

Meanwhile, NSA says: "we love your Fuji pic, Kris. We helped ourselves to a nice print for the office...oh and the holiday home."
http://www.nsa.gov/about/leadership/index.shtml
http://www.theguardian.com/world/the-nsa-files

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2014 at 08:30 UTC as 38th comment

The units look pretty slick. Great to hear AAs are used (I was fearing an embedded rechargeable battery). Seems like a fair price for what it offers. Exciting times.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 13:21 UTC as 20th comment
On Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (201 comments in total)

both will be compelling choices to me once 600 USD territory is approached

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 13:08 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
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