zakk9

Lives in Thailand Samut Prakan, Thailand
Works as a Graphic designer
Has a website at http://epixx.wordpress.com/
Joined on Sep 18, 2004
About me:

Some Fujis, Nikons and a Panasonic,
and a few Nikkor, Zuiko, Tamron, Panasonic and Zeiss lenses

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And remember: There's a camera in your microwave!

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 16:02 UTC as 6th comment
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zakk9: I visit some of the countries on that list on a regular basis, I'm always treated well and I always feel safe and not least welcome. I don't visit countries that discriminate people based on race, religion or ethnic background, and certainly not to countries that send their soldiers uninvited to other countries to wage wars against them. I guess I'll just continue to travel to the Middle East then. I won't go the the United States anytime soon though. Problem solved.

Hijackings of airplanes existed long before 9/11 and security controls as well. The 9/11 flights were supposedly hijacked with box openers, remember?

Last year, it was dangerous to carry those computers with batteries in the checked-in luggage. This year, it's dangerous to have them in the cabin. This has nothing with security to do. The Lockerbie bombing was done with a bomb in the checked in luggage. All you need is a timer.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 16:00 UTC
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acidic: Trump is upset with the subsidies these foreign airlines receive from their governments. It makes it difficult for US carriers to compete. This is just a backwards way for Trump and his clown posse to retaliate, with the added benefit of sticking it to Muslim majority countries.

There are dozens of Muslim countries, but the ban is only implemented on airports where American airlines don't fly. In other words: to bring your camera as carry-on luggage from these airports, you need to fly via a third country where there are no such restrictions, making it less attractive to fly the very competitive (and subsidised) airlines from the oil rich Middle East countries.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 05:47 UTC

I visit some of the countries on that list on a regular basis, I'm always treated well and I always feel safe and not least welcome. I don't visit countries that discriminate people based on race, religion or ethnic background, and certainly not to countries that send their soldiers uninvited to other countries to wage wars against them. I guess I'll just continue to travel to the Middle East then. I won't go the the United States anytime soon though. Problem solved.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 00:16 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
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Sirandar: Trump may be an idiot, but not everybody who serves him is.

There are very sound reasons for this ban.

The battery is the part of the computer that can be replaced with explosives.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 00:02 UTC

So will I die from AIDS if I don't have a red iPhone or do I need to have sex first?

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 00:11 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply

There's a simple solution to this: Don't go to the USA. And if you're a US citizen returning home from one of those (Muslim) countries, you're probably a security treat anyway and will soon be stripped of your citizenship.

Now, if only they could make this work both ways, and refuse American airplanes carrying real bombs leaving the Donald Duck state and stay home. Recent research has shown that planes carrying real bombs represent a higher risk for those at the receiving end than passengers carrying laptop computers. Just sayin'.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 00:07 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply
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james s. kennedy: After 22 years in the Air Force, I spent 24 years as a Boeing software engineer. The last half of my career was on the F-22 stealth fight, which carried the equivalence of 2 Cray supercomputers, original design had 3. I was asked to study the feasibility of automated target recognition. I had all the necessary security clearances (my USAF career was largely spy satellites that used film), and I had long discussions with every involved key player I could find, Lincoln Labs, Sandra, Livermore Labs, USAF aeronautical systems. This was 1995. My conclusion was not in my lifetime, and maybe not in God's lifetime. Very frustrating since we humans can easily do it, tell our children apart, but no one knew how we did it. Now even very cheap digital cameras have face detection. How? Was the answer neural nets, which held the most promise back in 1995. I have been retired since 2005, and no security clearances.

1. For the camera companies, there's money to be made from this, and money is always a good motivator, even more so than finding novel ways of killing people.
2. The Japanese have shown over and over that when it comes to innovative use of new technology, they are very hard to beat. There are many good reasons why leading electronics companies mostly come from Japan or from neighbouring South Korea, China or Taiwan.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 00:31 UTC
On article Oberwerth launches Donau line of leather lens pouches (53 comments in total)

They do actually look very nice, and I'm sure they feel nice as well. For the price of two of these though, I cam buy myself a pretty decent sewing machine and...

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 00:23 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (494 comments in total)
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BBQue: "I also collect vinyl. Not because I believe it sounds better than CD or MP3 (it doesn't), but because..."

If you don't find vinyl sounds better than MP3 then you haven't heard a classical music recording on vinyl on a high end audio setup. Just saying :)

The definition of "better" is important. Vinyl sounds better than MP3 the same way Tri-X looks better than a D810 and an E-Type drives better than an R8. Perfect harmonies are often the results of contrasts, sometimes harsh ones, and modern day electronic products tend to strive for harmonies all the way throughout the process. It's like they are inhuman... cyborgs of a kind.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 23:04 UTC
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Favorable Exponynt: It didn't really get smaller did it?
http://camerasize.com/compare/#206,692

Here, the E-420 and the GM5 :)

http://camerasize.com/compare/#206,570

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 07:28 UTC

Some of the best lenses aver were made for this system. I've been using the PL 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 extensively both on the L1 and on assorted m4/3 cameras. It really, really shines on the E-M1, and it's still a zoom lens that it's hard to beat for depth, bokeh, colours and contrast.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 05:06 UTC as 70th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 real world samples (64 comments in total)
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Osa25: "...Like the GM5 it replaces, it's just barely coat pocketable with its collapsible 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens attached...."

I don't understand this (above) in the description. Today I walked about with my GM5 and Panasonic 42.5mm f 1.7 attached, and no problems getting this in my coat pocket. No weight problem either. The kit lens would be even smaller.

I carry the GM5 with the 12-32mm in the cargo pocket of my shorts or trousers all the time. It's the camera I choose when I don't want to carry a camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 01:36 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 real world samples (64 comments in total)
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MikeF4Black: What does this device cost? The image quality is way below par. Despicable.

MikeF4Black's argumentation reminds me of a 6 year old boy that I encountered once who, when confronted with a well assorted breakfast table stated "I don't like anything on this table". It would be interesting if you could specify exactly what you think is bad about these photos.

As for myself, I sold my D810 a year ago and now take photos, also commercially, exclusively with a GX8 and a GM5. Although the D810 offered better image quality, the change has not affected my ability to sell my images in any way. Rather the opposite actually, since the lighter kit enables me to carry my cameras in situations where it wouldn't have been possible or desirable with the heavy Nikon gear.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 22:58 UTC

I could be wrong of course, but the criteria for earning that NatGeo label seem to be:

- Earth colours.
- Premium price
- Lacking ergonomics.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 12:35 UTC as 20th comment
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Toni Salmonelli: Wow, Sigma as independent lens maker releases 4 DSLR lenses on a single day. That is as much as the total line-up of Sigma DN lenses for mirrorless cameras if I counted right. I may be wrong, but it seems as if Sigma market researchers do not see as much potential in the mirrorless market as in the DSLR market in the near future. Or does anybody have another explanation.

Still, there are three times as many DSLR cameras sold as mirrorless cameras. Add to that the fact that all those DSLR cameras are mostly shared between two mounts, Nikon F and Canon EF and two sensor sizes, while the much smaller Mirrorless market is divided between three sensor sizes and m4/3, Fuji X-mount, Sony E, Canon M plus a couple of Leica mounts. The fact that there are already tens of millions of DSLR cameras in active use probably counts also.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 00:23 UTC
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zakk9: So if I buy a MacBook and an iPad Pro plus some third party software, I have a MacBook with a touch screen and tablet interface... kind of?

Me thinks Apple is lagging behind in some areas.

Lack of touch screen and tablet functionality on MacBooks. But for Apple it makes commercial sense. Customers have to buy two devices instead of one. I'm buying a Chinese tablet that runs Windows as well as Android to replace my MacBook for travel.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 00:20 UTC

So if I buy a MacBook and an iPad Pro plus some third party software, I have a MacBook with a touch screen and tablet interface... kind of?

Me thinks Apple is lagging behind in some areas.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 10:20 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
On article Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom features dual-cam with 2.3x zoom (27 comments in total)
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PhotoUniverse: They are shameless!

It does look exactly like iPhone 7!

I visited a couple of phone shops yesterday. As far as I could see, all the phones look the same. The only way to tell them apart was by looking at the logo.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 21:58 UTC

I'm reading this just as I've gathered all my old 320 and 500GB HDDs, wondering what to do with them now that all my photos have been transferred to 2TB disks. Oh well... progress I guess. I can now carry more or less my entire image archive with me on one disk, being able to re-edit old photos anywhere, any time. That's convenient :)

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2016 at 01:20 UTC as 1st comment
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