Xerien

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No thanks. I will rather have HP Envy 15 with last generation hardware and components I can replace. Or if I want style, Dell XPS 15 with ever so slightly better service than others and a lot better service than Razer. Or if I want it to be slightly more practical, a ThinkPad P1.
Razer knows that they can charge whatever they want for that 16GB memory thing - their marketing thing is surely good. But ultimately, these are devices which are designed to fail as soon as the warranty period is done for.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2021 at 22:57 UTC as 5th comment
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Bob Janes: Sony has supported A mount for 15 years and are committed to another 5 post discontinuation for parts and servicing. Coincidentally this will match the 20 years that Minolta supported the mount for.

"Support" is different from developing. I'm not sure how long the supplies for A-mount cameras will last. Unlike Nikon/Canon, Sony A mount SLTs never took off, so I assume Sony is not stockpiling on spares.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2021 at 12:37 UTC
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Xerien: I'm looking forward to Apple wwdc - if they announce native MacOS app support for M1 ipads, I can finally replace my tablet and my laptop with a single device.
The potential is there - common OS core based on BSD, common libraries and a common SOC now.....

I'm pretty sure this iPad can run the full version of photoshop with some plugins without any issues whatsoever.

Android and Chrome OS share a slightly different relationship compared to iOS and macOS. Chrome OS uses Gentoo as a base, whereas Android is..... well android with a highly modified Linux kernel. Chrome OS is much closer to Linux than android is. On the contrary, iOS and MacOS are both proper *nixes.
I don't think M1 macOS "emulates" iOS environnement to run iOS apps.
Regardless - I just want Photoshop or DXO photolab on my iPad and I will be happy.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2021 at 22:52 UTC
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Xerien: I'm looking forward to Apple wwdc - if they announce native MacOS app support for M1 ipads, I can finally replace my tablet and my laptop with a single device.
The potential is there - common OS core based on BSD, common libraries and a common SOC now.....

I'm pretty sure this iPad can run the full version of photoshop with some plugins without any issues whatsoever.

Maybe they can run MacOS. iOS and Mac share common set of libraries and what not.
Having M1 means now they can share common set of applications which are designed for M1.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2021 at 10:50 UTC

I'm looking forward to Apple wwdc - if they announce native MacOS app support for M1 ipads, I can finally replace my tablet and my laptop with a single device.
The potential is there - common OS core based on BSD, common libraries and a common SOC now.....

I'm pretty sure this iPad can run the full version of photoshop with some plugins without any issues whatsoever.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2021 at 22:32 UTC as 60th comment | 21 replies
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Mariano Pacifico: No matter how fast the iPAD is it is still uncofortable to use. I prefer MacAir. Wait ... I have to EDIT. That is a Sony lens up there paired with iPAD ! It is definitely a Sony. There will be protests ...

Historically, Apple advertising has used Sony cameras along with iPad. It might be the rumoured "Sony' influence. Even though the comment is a bit sarcastic, Apple has historically held a soft spot for Sony.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2021 at 22:28 UTC

X series is just beautiful with pure focus on photography. Another thing which I want but I don't need. It might not have the technical chops as Fuji, but does feel good to operate on the street, and behaves surprisingly well with single hand operation using 2,8/65. The video is full with fancy talk and hyperboles though....
If I had the money, I would buy this. Until then, my Sony A7ii handles well enough.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2021 at 23:09 UTC as 38th comment

This looks like a nice camera which I want but don't need.

Regardless, people arguing over lens costs (faux mf vs ff) - does it matter that much when one is spending more than 5k on the camera body alone. I'm yet to see anyone using Samyang lenses with their A9....people usually go for Sony G / G master, which is not cheap and around 30% less than their GF counterpart (100mm F2.8 costs around 1600, whereas GF110mmF2 costs 2200).
So I assume the crowd which needs this camera will be comparing lens costs relative to Hasselblad X series lenses, rather than Sony or otherwise.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2021 at 14:35 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies

I wonder if price alone is the reason behind exclusion of ibis. If Sony can fit IBIS in A7s, surely fuji can do it...this with added IBIS would have been perfect!
Still, overall this is the perfect walk around camera!

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2021 at 14:23 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies
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tzm41: Really wish it could have added built in GPS. The phone app is a bit behind the time and not very robust.

I completely agree on this. Lack of GPS is something stupid at this price point. What's even more annoying is the fact that Sony makes GPS chips for various sport oriented watches, including the well received Garmin Fenix series - meaning Sony can theoretically include a low power GPS chip in the camera itself without any major battery issues.
What I do now is to use my gpsx files from my Garmin watch and sync it with the photos. Extremely annoying.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2021 at 23:41 UTC
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Xerien: This is kind of sad?
Sony and Nokia(pre Microsoft) had Zeiss partnership before, and those early camera phones were quite good for their time. Now I wonder how much did Zeiss contribute to them.....I do remember seeing a Zeiss lens marking on one Nokia phone, not sure which one was it.

Nokia cameras were amazing for what they were.
Specially the 808 - and even the N series. I think they were alway a touch better than the Sony Ericsson K series phones.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2021 at 19:49 UTC

This is kind of sad?
Sony and Nokia(pre Microsoft) had Zeiss partnership before, and those early camera phones were quite good for their time. Now I wonder how much did Zeiss contribute to them.....I do remember seeing a Zeiss lens marking on one Nokia phone, not sure which one was it.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2021 at 11:12 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
On article Leica SL2-S initial review (454 comments in total)

That IP54 rating though - it probably requires those expensive Leica first party lenses to be water resistant.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2020 at 14:22 UTC as 101st comment
On article Hands-on with new Sigma 35mm and 65mm F2 DG DN lenses (214 comments in total)
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Platinumkid: For my set I'm collecting the following: Samyang AF 18mm/2.8, Tamron Di III 24mm/2.8, Samyang AF 45mm/1.8 and Sigma DG DN 85mm/1.4. Really hoped they would release the DG DN version of 50/1.4 Art, but it wasn't to be. So the 45 Samy it is.

I like Samyang 45 too. My copy is a bit defective closed down, but it is still an okay enough lens that I don't want to go through repair process. The focus ring though is horrible! I wish Sigma would produce a small and compact 35 with good build quality and a nice focusing ring.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2020 at 14:51 UTC
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Lessiter: Results look nice but they are huge! It's beginning to look like performance can't be improved within the envelope of old lenses. No advances in tech that help us here?

Would be really interesting to see what could be done with a much tighter envelope. Say the ~40-45mm length of old 50 f1.4 or 35mm f2's like the Pentax FA lenses. You'd have more variation across the apertures but sometimes that's fine. Several looks from the same lens.

Perhaps its the fabled "lenses are smallest at the fl of the flange distance". Maybe that's why the 24mm is smaller.

It's a trade-off. Pentax compact primes use screw drive autofocus - and the resulting optics are okay, if not phenomenal.
With switch to mirrorless, autofocus mechanics are purely the domain of lens.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2020 at 14:49 UTC

Expected? - Adobe products use quite specific enhancements tailored for the hardware/os combination.
Although I would have also expected them to be ready at M1 launch, given the time with developer kits. I guess they are in the same boat as Microsoft, dealing with lots of legacy code.

On a side note, Photoshop runs via emulation on Windows on ARM - quite painfully.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2020 at 01:14 UTC as 46th comment | 3 replies
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steelhead3: Poor Intel, laying off thousands, outsourcing building their chips, all sorts of manufacturing problems...the EU is not even threatening them with anti-trust sanctions (the sign of a successful US company).

Intel went through major anti-trust suits at the beginning of the millennium: Intel Corp. v. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
And was investigated by EU - but it's all irrelevant now.
Intel at time had StrongARM, which it got from DEC and Alpha, which it got from Compaq, which in turn got it from DEC. Alpha was sacrificed for the horrible Itanium. If only anti-trust investigations had looked into these dealings.

Essentially, Intel wasted two great opportunities: Alpha and StrongARM; could have helped Intel to move beyond x86.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2020 at 05:27 UTC

I like the laptops - good design and battery life. Good productivity tools in general with sensible pricing (compared to Surface laptops).

What I don't like is the hyperbole around performance with phrases like "Worlds fastest CPU core". This is similar to the performance claims by Intel, where they select applications optimized to use AVX-512 extension and voilà, get better numbers on Intel CPUs.

I'm seriously thinking of getting the Apple silicon macbooks, but I'm also waiting for Microsoft to release Windows 10X - which is supposed to get rid of legacy code embedded deep into Windows and use VMs for classical(old) applications. If it can deliver the level of experience MacOS delivers, I would rather buy Windows + ARM/x86 than mac and get that sweet sweet x86 compatibility + windows application catalog.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2020 at 03:50 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply
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Breakfastographer 2: I started being super underimpressed when they said the M1 MBP was only 3x faster than the best-selling Windows laptop. What's the chip in the best-selling Windows laptop, a 1.1GHz ultra low power consumption chip, maybe? The best Windows productivity laptop is probably five times faster, so what's the story here?

Credit where it is due. PowerPC 970(G5) was indeed the first 64bit mass produced processor in consumer space. Intel released pentium 4 with 64 bit extension in circa 2004. Arguably, AMD was the first to release a 64 bit x86 processor in similar time frame to AIM alliance.

But I dislike the current Apple marketing claims - 3x means nothing unless they tell which laptop they used as a base. Apple silicon performing better than AMD renoir? Ahahahahahahahaha

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2020 at 03:27 UTC
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StoneJack: It seems M1 graphics are as fast Radeon Pro 560X and few times faster than Intel integrated graphics

Intel UHD Graphics 630 (Mac Mini 2018): 3.150 GPixel/s, 25.20 GTexel/s, FP32 403.2 GFLOPS

M1 Mac Mini 2020: 41 GPixel/s, 82 GTexel/s, FP32 2.6 TFLOPS

A12Z FP32 1.1 TFLOPS
Radeon Pro 560X 2.056 TFLOPS
Radeon Pro 5300M 3.2 TFLOPS
Radeon Pro 5300 4.2 TFLOPS
Radeon Pro 580X 5.530 TFLOPS

Teraflop number hardly tells the whole story. Historically AMD GPUs out performed their nvidia counterparts in terms of raw computing power. Yet the applications (read games and high performance computing) usually performed better on nvidia GPUs because of better driver support and well written APIs (CUDA etc).

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2020 at 03:19 UTC
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