Sammy Yousef

Sammy Yousef

Lives in Sydney, NSW
Works as a Computer Software Analyst/Programmer/Engineer
Joined on Jul 15, 2004

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DustSpeck: Kind of embarrassing that NASA would present a story about one of the premier optical creations of mankind in 720P resolution. Even my webcam is 1080P and I have a much smaller budget than NASA. Disappointing.

There are links from the video podcast to the catalog where you have higher resolution images.

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/caldwell-73

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2020 at 23:33 UTC
On article Nikon Z50 review (2010 comments in total)
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WouterTa: I find the negative comments on the tilting screen a joke.
Only vloggers need that functionality and makers of selfies.

The screen can be tilted for overhead use, or for use on the ground or on the table or other platform. Nice for macro shots of insects, mushrooms, flowers, etc.

For me it’s a very good screen, can trigger photo capturing and focus modification at an instance, without the need to press a button. So elimination camera shake.

The kit lenses are very sharp and have a very good stabilization.

Being able to use it from the side is useful at the zoo and in tight spaces.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2020 at 04:50 UTC
On article Nikon Z50 review (2010 comments in total)
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NemanRa: i think that 20mp is more than enough. unless you print a1/a0 and put the print in front of your nose you will hardly notice any difference... that is for printing. as for cropping, additional pixels are welcome.
interestingly, people forgot that not so long ago 20mp was a medium format and 1Ds territory.
regards

Try doing some bird photography.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2020 at 04:48 UTC
On article Nikon Z50 review (2010 comments in total)

Taking out the flash commander is somewhat silly. This is what allowed people to get into off camera flash with only a single external unit and is a stepping stone to more sophisticated setups. At least they didn't remove the flash altogether.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2020 at 04:47 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
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NickS3: They want to sell more new cameras, if repairs are not available , customer have to buy new one:)

It's not just the parts. It's also the labour. You might have 4 hours to fiddle with a $300 lens, but not the tools or expertise to do the job. If you paid someone $30/hr, that's nearly half the cost of the lens without parts. If you send it overseas where labour is cheaper you have to pay shipping and wait a long time.

There ought to be a way to recycle parts at the very least and this is actually a step backwards.

Counterpoint: The new gear is selling for more and with higher margins so repair might be economical again. The down side is you might be paying $1.5k for your next camera body and the repair price scales with the cost of the gear.

The bottom line is they're making the cameras disposable on purpose.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2019 at 07:01 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: I assume this move is to prevent the repair of gray cameras? Can't think of any other reason they would want to keep repairs to themselves.

A monopoly on fixing their gear means they can charge what they like, effectively making all but their most expensive gear disposable once the warranty has ended. More sales in theory. In practice I think lots of people will be turned off Nikon or perhaps consumer cameras altogether.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2019 at 01:03 UTC
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Ixoye: Another nail in the coffin....

I don't own Sony gear. That's one reason I personally don't complain about them. The second is they didn't have something great on offer, which was a selling point for their gear, then take it away. Do you expect Nikon owners to cheer?

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2019 at 01:01 UTC
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kierenlon: Is this just North America or rest of the world also? Having a well reputed 3rd party repair store in London, England was one of the reasons I chose Nikon.

Nikon took away 3rd party repair in Australia years ago. Writing has been on the wall since Nikon stopped selling spare parts.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2019 at 01:00 UTC
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NickS3: They want to sell more new cameras, if repairs are not available , customer have to buy new one:)

The trouble is everything under about $2k has become uneconomical to repair.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2019 at 00:57 UTC
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D200_4me: I’ve had a Nikon camera most of the time since 2004 and I can only remember three or less times that I ever had to send the camera in for repair and that was only during the warranty period to have a recall item fixed, like the D600 sensor dust issue.

Over the last roughly 15 years I have had:

2 shutters die on 2 different D70 cameras. (only one under warranty).

Shutter mechanism die on a D90 with only 42k or so shutter count. Uneconomical to repair out of warranty.

2 70-300G VR lenses die. Attempted warranty repair by 3rd party shop did not bring it to tolerances. Nikon wanted too much which is why I went 3rd party. 3rd party repairer kept my lens for parts and sold me a new lens heavily discounted.

2 18-70dx lenses die. Both uneconomical to repair.

Which consumer glass and cameras it always ends up costing too much to fix them regardless of how you go about it in Australia. So much for environmentally friendly companies and gear being "an investment". It's a joke. The thing is new camera prices have gone up quite a lot and is going to price me right out of buying Nikon going forward.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2019 at 00:55 UTC
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Sammy Yousef: He should shoot with whatever he likes and good on him. I fail to understand how this makes him a hero though.

@Hugo808 So if I choose to shoot with a Box Brownie, am I a hero? Anyone can take a different camera into a situation and use it on a lark. I think we have very different ideas of what a hero is. A father that lays down his life attempting to save his child is a hero, not a guy with a different camera!!!

Judging by the likes on your comment, I'm right to no longer frequent this board often.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2019 at 01:11 UTC

This speaks against the GX 5 Mark II for low light rather than for the phone. DPR's own review of the GX 5 Mark II states in the conclusion that one of the things they don't like about the camera is "JPEG noise reduction at high ISO values lags the competition".

One point is correct. Most people who take phones don't really care about the quality of the shots. They're not striving for better. Just having a bit of fun. So yeah, for them the phone would be perfectly adequate. But this has been the case for about 5 years now. It's not news.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2019 at 06:47 UTC as 57th comment | 1 reply
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Sammy Yousef: He should shoot with whatever he likes and good on him. I fail to understand how this makes him a hero though.

We aren't talking about why I'm not a hero or about me at all. I concede I'm not a hero. I'm asking you what makes a person using an older camera they enjoy using a hero.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2019 at 06:43 UTC

He should shoot with whatever he likes and good on him. I fail to understand how this makes him a hero though.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2019 at 06:37 UTC as 73rd comment | 13 replies
On a photo in the Fujifilm XF 200mm F2 R LM OIS WR sample gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Selectively brightening the planes does wonders for this photo. Just need to be subtle as the tip point between better and fake isn't much.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2019 at 01:36 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Fujifilm XF 200mm F2 R LM OIS WR sample gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

This one pops with a bit of a contrast curve applied to bring out the detail in the planes and then a saturation boost to compensate for the blues going a little purple. Nothing's going to fix the framing though.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2019 at 01:25 UTC as 1st comment
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(unknown member): What about Smellfie?
Is that next?

...Delphied it?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2019 at 07:28 UTC
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generikku: What's next, Stupies?

Way too late to copyright that one.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2019 at 07:27 UTC

Apple can keep their sloths.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2019 at 07:27 UTC as 25th comment
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Svetoslav Popov: PocketWizard still relevant? I thought they left the building

Anyway, it seems they learned nothing from their mistakes.

You'll find them across the road, at the beach, using binoculars to scout for a shark to jump.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2019 at 05:42 UTC
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