Michael Long

Lives in United States Boulder, CO, United States
Joined on Oct 27, 2000
About me:

Canon 1D, 1Ds, SD10, G7, 16-35/2.8, 24/1.4, 28-70/2.8, 50/1.4, 70-200/2.8 IS,
300/2.8, 1.4EX, 550EX, 420EX, 220EX

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On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (535 comments in total)

Yep. Smartphones are definitely not having any impact whatsoever on camera sales...

/s

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 23:21 UTC as 196th comment
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match14: Wonder if the component costs for other manufacturers flagship phones are similar.

As I pointed out below, a Samsung Galaxy S7, which retails at a similar price point, costs less at $255. The camera costs $14.

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/141123/20160316/how-much-does-it-cost-to-build-a-samsung-galaxy-s7-255-worth-of-materials.htm

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 18:39 UTC
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EskeRahn: What do you mean "high margins"?

They sell it at only 300% of the costs...

BTW, a Samsung Galaxy S7, which retails at a similar price point, costs even less at $255.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 18:35 UTC
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EskeRahn: What do you mean "high margins"?

They sell it at only 300% of the costs...

According to their recent financials, Apple's Gross Margins (based on COGS) are 38%.

There's a lot more to costs than BOM.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 18:28 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (558 comments in total)
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User6915810299: No fully articulated screen, no fully frame back illuminated sensor, no 10-400mm lens ???, no buying !.

They have plenty of full-frame a7's. Some people (including me) like APS-C.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 21:53 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (558 comments in total)
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Frank in Bridgewater: it appears on paper to be a rather disappointing upgrade from the a6300 for 40% more... What do you get for that? Rearranged and color coded menus (hooray for that), in body stabilization (which is handed off to native stabilized lenses with no extra oomph) and a touch screen that all you can use it for is set the focus point, and perhaps turn it off if your nose gets in the way. Oh, and one more control point..

As pointed out several times below, still disappointing APS-C native lenses competitively priced.

Ummm... actually if the lens is stabilized I believe it handles pitch and yaw and the in-body system still handles the other three axis.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 21:52 UTC

Finally. Glad I held off on the a6300. Been waiting for in-body OIS for years now

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 18:17 UTC as 164th comment | 1 reply
On article iPhone 7 real-world sample gallery (50 comments in total)
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inti4444: For the people who are moaning... I think the picture quality of phones in quality have made a great stride the past year.
If you compare these images with a compact cameras , i mean a compact camera... they are pretty close.
People who compare the cameras of phones with m43, apc or dslr... i have one... i would say get a life and stop moaning.
The only problem i have with these new phones is, that they are too expensive.

Dont forget to enjoy weekend.

"...cost half as much as an iPhone and will produce better images in those situations when you happen to have one with you."

There, fixed that for you.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 15:36 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (920 comments in total)
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noisephotographer: I think that the iphone actually needs at least 3 cameras for a realistic bokeh as two cameras with different focal lengths are not optimal for a depth map. Even the Huawei P9 with 2 cameras of the same focal length does not capture a very good depth map. The Light L16 is to use 5 cameras of the same focal length for a more accurate depth map.

Supposedly they're using some AI/machine learning magic as well as using the second sensor to build the depth map in order to isolate the person in the image.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 17:43 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (920 comments in total)
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wetsleet: When did two fixed focal length lenses start being called a "zoom"? Especially on DPR!

From what I've been able to piece together, information from both sensors is gathered and used to do the interpolation.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 17:38 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (920 comments in total)
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Frank C.: nixed audio jack = FAIL
back to the drawing board for you Mr Cook

HowaboutRAW. I don't know what point you're trying to make here, but the HEADPHONE jack on the iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, and 6s Plus is also on the BOTTOM of the phone. Hence there's no real difference in "stress levels" between using a jack and using the Lightning port.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 17:09 UTC

Not sure this is a workable idea. Take, say, 3rd party manufacturers. Is Motorola going to freeze the design of this handset such that an add-on is promised more than a couple of months of sales before a new version or new size is released and obsoletes everything sitting on the shelf?

And if Motorola does promise to freeze the form factor, where does that leave them innovation-wise? I mean, that also locks Motorola into a specific size, shape and specific set of capabilities, which in turn dramatically restricts the number and kinds of changes they can make to future phones.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 21:35 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies

Wouldn't building Bluetooth into each and every panel design require FCC certification for each design?

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2015 at 15:58 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies

Hey, I was all set to buy a new a6000 II this year with APS-C, ISO 200000+, and 5-axis stabilization... but they didn't make one.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 21:05 UTC as 35th comment | 3 replies
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Gasman66: Personally, I don't really care whether there's a mirror or not. But I have no intention of re-learning photography to accommodate the micro 4/3 format. If Canon make a 5D mirrorless that has a full frame sensor and accepts full frame lenses, I'd certainly consider it.

I had no idea learning a slightly different DOF curve meant that one had to "relearn" photography. Aperture, exposure, ISO, shutter speed, composition... OMG, you're right. EVERYTHING needs to be tossed out the window!!!

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 22:25 UTC

As long as you're listening to your customer's voices...

a7000 = a6000 + 24mp high-ISO APS-C sensor. 5-axis in-body stabilization, silent-shutter mode.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 14:08 UTC as 106th comment | 2 replies

Was exited to see this, but then realized that it had a single focal length.

WTF? I mean, if you're going to address the major shortcomings of a smartphone's camera, then you need a zoom.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 17:44 UTC as 95th comment | 2 replies
On article Apple patent hints at super resolution camera mode (77 comments in total)
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Mister Roboto: Lol anything they can think of regardless if it already exists or not must be patented. iPatent =D

Why make your life miserable Apple? Just create a phone camera with larger sensor, optical zoom, 16-24MP and call it a day.

"... it's [sic] likely to pat you because you defend it."

Nor will the great droid pat your little bottom for attacking the iSheep. (grin)

Now that that's out of the way, you're right that it's the same effect, but wrong in that it's accomplished by different mechanisms, and as such, patentable.

By your illogic, there'd be just one "plane" patent, since swapping out metal and jet engines for cloth, wood, and propellers doesn't matter. The thing is still, obviously, a plane...

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 18:29 UTC
On article Apple patent hints at super resolution camera mode (77 comments in total)
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digiart: I may be wrong but it looks like Apple is yet again copying other companies technology...

"...and figured out a slightly different method to produce the same thing."

Slightly different, as in using the already moving OIS system instead of adding additional actuators to move the sensor itself?

Funny, that strikes me as being a little more than "slightly" different...

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 23:17 UTC
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