dinoSnake

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turvyT: Dpr deals awkwardly with MF. Everytime a MF camera has been tried here, somehow we can see the same negative tendency in the text, the same opinions coming from writers used to their DSLRs (or MLS now) who don't understand what a MF system or lens is. MF lenses have always been less luminous for physical reasons. However, MF has always been the choice of studio pros. Just check the lighthouse picture and check it out carefully. The Nikon one is just second rate (Rishi said in another post that it was a faulty lens, but if you want to prove ypur point just change it). Also, as others noted, this is a low blow for Fuji and an ode to Nikon/Canon far from fair.

"Could you clarify what it is, then, that we just 'don't get'?"

Because, as many other respondents here note, you make the very same 'complaints' against MF on every single review you post. So [we] are not lone voices in this, it simply is apparent that you look at some property of MF shots that users of the format do not, and this is a trend across history. It may be that you are looking at edge acutance while they are looking at color zone microcontrast or smoothness of tonality, etc., but it seems that numerous photographers somehow prefer the "look" of a MF shot but that difference seems to pass you by.

It is not damning but simply an observation. When brought up to the sizes that most MF users prefer to print at, which is one of the main points when choosing the format in the first place, many people seem to like the look of MF. Therefore, research needs to be done on this topic so that reviews can take these qualities into account during the analysis.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 14:21 UTC
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turvyT: Dpr deals awkwardly with MF. Everytime a MF camera has been tried here, somehow we can see the same negative tendency in the text, the same opinions coming from writers used to their DSLRs (or MLS now) who don't understand what a MF system or lens is. MF lenses have always been less luminous for physical reasons. However, MF has always been the choice of studio pros. Just check the lighthouse picture and check it out carefully. The Nikon one is just second rate (Rishi said in another post that it was a faulty lens, but if you want to prove ypur point just change it). Also, as others noted, this is a low blow for Fuji and an ode to Nikon/Canon far from fair.

Because the writers / reviewers of MF just don't get the format. Almost nobody buys a MF camera and worries about high ISO performance...because almost no MF owner would ever shoot their camera much above minimum ISO.

If you use MF in the studio...you add enough light to get the exposure in the range you need for best performance. If you use MF in the field...it is most often to photograph landscape, which doesn't move (much) and where detail and depth of field, most often, matter, so you are lowest ISO for detail and stopped down, with tripods.

The DPR crew wants to buy a MF camera to use handheld like a Canon 1D in a basketball arena, and wonder why the AF speed, the low light performance, handling and lens selection isn't the same. These cameras are not being marketed as do-it-all speed demons. These are special cameras ideal for specific uses.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 20:53 UTC
On article GoPro to cut 270 jobs as part of restructuring effort (79 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: 270 on top of the 200 from November, that still leaves 1,000 too many for a company that will cease to exist.

Go watch the Karma launch video, the entire development team looks like they spend the last six months doing extreme sports and not actually working. When the drone failed, it took 3 months to design a latch for the battery.

I know! It's horrible! A video camera company making a high quality, visually eye- catching introduction video!

Disgusting! Next thing you know, these hot to trot still camera companies will show great photos at their introductions!! And then puppies will play with kittens...mass hysteria!

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 00:39 UTC
On article GoPro to cut 270 jobs as part of restructuring effort (79 comments in total)
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dinoSnake: I just read all of the comments and, as a non-GoPro user, I don't understand all the GoPro hate. Can someone please share?

But as far as I understand it, GoPro pretty much MADE the market for high resolution action cams. Before GoPro, the idea of an "acton cam" was cheap and minimal.

So now the competition, very often knockoffs, are either cheaper or an improvement so GoPro is now "garbage"?

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 18:19 UTC
On article GoPro to cut 270 jobs as part of restructuring effort (79 comments in total)

I just read all of the comments and, as a non-GoPro user, I don't understand all the GoPro hate. Can someone please share?

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 04:16 UTC as 5th comment | 4 replies
On article Olympus working on 8K video for Micro Four Thirds (219 comments in total)
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princecody: Why can't Olympus & Panasonic have interchangeable firmware? This is micro four thirds after all. 🤔

Because firmware is low-level hardware (CPU, supporting systems), not attribute (shape and size of chassis, sensor, screen, etc), dependent. Micro Four Thirds is a specification of the sensor, the lenses and the interplay between those two, plus some other things like TTL flash communication (at least, between Panasonic and Olympus sharing the technology). The guts inside each and every camera is different, meaning different firmware is required.

The only way to implement what you suggest is to virtualize the hardware via a HAL (hardware abstraction layer). In other words create a VM (virtual machine) that actually controls the hardware at a base level ("bare metal VM"), then have the firmware act as an interchangeable OS above the VM. The problem? More heavy lifting for the CPU, therefore a performance hit.

So that's why they stick to bare metal firmware (firmware that directly controls the hardware) - it means no interchangeability but it means absolute best performance.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 19:44 UTC
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RichyjV: Portable, sleek, high quality screen, and with no dedicated graphics capability you can watch in amazement as it takes a mere two minutes to apply some filters on your 36mp images. For non photo processing needs however, looks quite convenient.

With a dual-core i5 and 8GB RAM (top model)? No, it will not take 2 minutes to apply a filter to a 36Mpx image, no need to sensationalize, sorry Only a few commands are GPU-acceleration supported in Photoshop to begin with

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-cs6-gpu-faq.html

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-cc-gpu-card-faq.html

and a quick referral to Intel shows that the "7th Gen Intel® CoreTM i5 processor, Dual Core 3.1GHz" part is the either the Intel® Core™ i5-5257U (if Samsung is quoting the 3.1gHz turbo and going for a low 28W TDP, which is most likely) or the Intel Core i5-5350H (quoting base speed and willing to suffer the 48W TDP)

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/processors/core/i5-processors/i5-5257u.html

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/processors/core/i5-processors/i5-5350h.html

Both have integrated Iris Pro Graphics, both support OpenGL 4.3 and therefore are fully supported by Photoshop's GPU acceleration.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 03:54 UTC
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Hachu21: I5, 8Go ram but 256Go ssd max.? Seriously ??

Yes, seriously. 2-in-1's are combination tablet / notebook, not desktop, replacements. This is not a workstation, and 256GB of SSD is generous capacity for the class. 8GB of RAM is the comfortable spot for Win 10, less you get a performance hit, more you get very decreased returns for the cost.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 01:41 UTC
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RUcrAZ: If a very small percentage of the millions of annual visitors acted the way these self-centered, self-interested, rule-scoffing people behaved, there would be little beauty, little grandeur left for the rest of us; and perhaps none for the generations to come.

Yes, we know OlyPent, how horrible for you, not being able to do anything and everything you want regardless of how that may impact others.

Must be terrible, other people not respecting the fact that you are master of the universe.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 05:22 UTC
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kelstertx: Charged with "riding a bike in the wilderness". Um... what?

They got penalized for "riding a bike in the wilderness"; exchange a different phrase, "Walking off a marked trail in a protected area", and you'll get what the message is.

They biked where bikes were not allowed so as to protect the natural conditions from excessive damage and so that everyone coming after them would get the very same experience they did.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 04:50 UTC
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Teila Day: How much does the printhead cost if a new one is required?

Is the printhead easily user installable? (yes, I realize that many printers require printhead installation by user during set-up anyway)

New coatings reduce clogs by what % in independent testing?.

Can printer sit a week and print w/out issues?

What has Epson done to make the printer more practical to swap blacks, reduce ink use, etc..

How much ink used in cleaning process?

How does it compare to the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 17 on a practical (not technical) note? ... e.g. what increased quality will a client readily see in the Epson print over the Canon?

Epson produces the best prints in my opinion (price dependent) but I still won't give Epson a dime because I view their products as poorly designed tools that I'd rather not have to deal with. I hope they redeem themselves with this printer.

@Vik2012:Oh yeah, at work for example I gave up on inkjets long ago, I have 4 lasers online including a color one, it never clogs! :-p

But, again if I may, Canons just don't seem to ever be bothered with cleaning cycles before use. I just printed out a few pages on my Canon about 15 minutes before writing this. Turned it on, waited a bit for it to prepare itself, Print. No muss, no fuss, no manual cleaning cycle demanded at all and I haven't used it in a month.

That's a Canon for you (other Canon owners, I believe, will volunteer the same thing).

My Epson printers? Turn on, first thing: go into the driver's Maintenance page and run a Nozzle Check...then the quite inevitable cleaning cycle resulting from those nozzle check results. HP and Canon owners are simply trying to tell you: that is not standard across the inkjet industry. We can do better.

B&H has the 4900 shown and it only gets a 3-star rating...with users complaining about clogs.

Thanks for the great replies!

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 04:15 UTC
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Teila Day: How much does the printhead cost if a new one is required?

Is the printhead easily user installable? (yes, I realize that many printers require printhead installation by user during set-up anyway)

New coatings reduce clogs by what % in independent testing?.

Can printer sit a week and print w/out issues?

What has Epson done to make the printer more practical to swap blacks, reduce ink use, etc..

How much ink used in cleaning process?

How does it compare to the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 17 on a practical (not technical) note? ... e.g. what increased quality will a client readily see in the Epson print over the Canon?

Epson produces the best prints in my opinion (price dependent) but I still won't give Epson a dime because I view their products as poorly designed tools that I'd rather not have to deal with. I hope they redeem themselves with this printer.

Well, again, you are asking *people in the business*. That means they do VOLUME. And, as we all note, Epsons do well in high volume conditions because their print heads don't have the time to actually clog - they work beautifully.

If your Epson sits...then you'll have nothing but headaches (been there, done that, no more).

So if you are doing a print no more than, say, 3 days apart, get an Epson, you'll be really happy with the output and the third party ink availability. No problems, you'll probably be a super happy customer!

But, if you only print once a week, or once every 2 weeks, or once a month on the printer you plan to buy...

We, and everyone else on the forums *and* internet *and* YouTube, have warned you.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 02:48 UTC
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Teila Day: How much does the printhead cost if a new one is required?

Is the printhead easily user installable? (yes, I realize that many printers require printhead installation by user during set-up anyway)

New coatings reduce clogs by what % in independent testing?.

Can printer sit a week and print w/out issues?

What has Epson done to make the printer more practical to swap blacks, reduce ink use, etc..

How much ink used in cleaning process?

How does it compare to the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 17 on a practical (not technical) note? ... e.g. what increased quality will a client readily see in the Epson print over the Canon?

Epson produces the best prints in my opinion (price dependent) but I still won't give Epson a dime because I view their products as poorly designed tools that I'd rather not have to deal with. I hope they redeem themselves with this printer.

@Gerald D C:

True, But the owners of the Epson P4900, the immediate predecessor to this new P5000, were more than happy to chime in to the LL thread with reports of the same problem (clogs, clogs, clogs).

Anyway, back to that earlier series . An informative video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf6kOEtgQqE

But let's discuss the P4900

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyVRONzrCV8

Mention various fixes, all at your $$$$. Customers should really not have to go to this level of trouble when the inevitable clog happens.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 01:55 UTC
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Teila Day: How much does the printhead cost if a new one is required?

Is the printhead easily user installable? (yes, I realize that many printers require printhead installation by user during set-up anyway)

New coatings reduce clogs by what % in independent testing?.

Can printer sit a week and print w/out issues?

What has Epson done to make the printer more practical to swap blacks, reduce ink use, etc..

How much ink used in cleaning process?

How does it compare to the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 17 on a practical (not technical) note? ... e.g. what increased quality will a client readily see in the Epson print over the Canon?

Epson produces the best prints in my opinion (price dependent) but I still won't give Epson a dime because I view their products as poorly designed tools that I'd rather not have to deal with. I hope they redeem themselves with this printer.

I spent most of last night, into the wee hours of the morning, reading the LL forum thread on the Epson 7900

http://forum.luminous-landscape.com/index.php?topic=61585.0

Go ahead, read all (or most, if you can) 77 pages of it. UGLY.

UGLY UGLY UGLY UGLY.

You want to clean the head on an Epson wide-format pro printer? You can't, even according to Epson (if their cleaning fluid fails to clean out the clog). You have to replace that head...at $1200 PLUS the service call costs (in order to calibrate the head once it has been replaced, unless you can get your hands on a copy of the maintenance program).

And then Epson makes replaceable wear items that they don't inform the user to actually maintain and replace on schedule.

The Epsons are all reported to work best when used heavily, every day. I both accept and agree with this, when used almost daily you'll get big workloads and reliable use out of them. Otherwise, beware.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 00:02 UTC
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Debankur Mukherjee: .......let the clogging begin...............

LOL So true

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 07:25 UTC
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AstroStan: I wonder if they have finally addressed the issue of clogged ink lines that has affected their printers from the $50 all-in-one to the top-of-the-line photo printers. If an Epson is not used for a few weeks then I find it is necessary to waste time and ink running out the lines. My Canon photo printer can sit idle for months without any such problem.

@HBowman:

Exactly, and you ENTIRELY missed the point of this thread's OP post!

With his / my Canon, you DON'T have to run a cleaning cycle nor a "verification test" every time you let the printer stand from disuse. Just turn on the printer and GO.

I've had to run the cleaning cycle once on my Canon in the past 5 years. Once. I had to run a cleaning cycle on my Epsons EVERY TIME THEY WERE TURNED ON.

I'm sorry, that's not a benefit.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 07:22 UTC
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Teila Day: How much does the printhead cost if a new one is required?

Is the printhead easily user installable? (yes, I realize that many printers require printhead installation by user during set-up anyway)

New coatings reduce clogs by what % in independent testing?.

Can printer sit a week and print w/out issues?

What has Epson done to make the printer more practical to swap blacks, reduce ink use, etc..

How much ink used in cleaning process?

How does it compare to the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 17 on a practical (not technical) note? ... e.g. what increased quality will a client readily see in the Epson print over the Canon?

Epson produces the best prints in my opinion (price dependent) but I still won't give Epson a dime because I view their products as poorly designed tools that I'd rather not have to deal with. I hope they redeem themselves with this printer.

@virtualreality:

"From what I hear these issues occur now and then for printers from all brands"

Very true. The problem with Epson isn't that it happens, for as you say it happens to all inkjets. The problem with Epson's design is the non-user replaceable head; Canon and HP have interchangeable heads so, when and if they clog beyond recovery, you simply buy a new head. No can do with Epson so, if the clog cannot be cleared, you either have to throw the unit out and replace it completely or send the old unit out for repair (which costs as much as a new unit, thanks to the company's "razor and razor blade" pricing scenario).

As Teila said, I wonder just how many Epson printers are clogging up our landfills right now thanks to their miserable design. I know I've got at least 2 landfill Epsons adding to that pile...

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 06:07 UTC
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Teila Day: How much does the printhead cost if a new one is required?

Is the printhead easily user installable? (yes, I realize that many printers require printhead installation by user during set-up anyway)

New coatings reduce clogs by what % in independent testing?.

Can printer sit a week and print w/out issues?

What has Epson done to make the printer more practical to swap blacks, reduce ink use, etc..

How much ink used in cleaning process?

How does it compare to the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 17 on a practical (not technical) note? ... e.g. what increased quality will a client readily see in the Epson print over the Canon?

Epson produces the best prints in my opinion (price dependent) but I still won't give Epson a dime because I view their products as poorly designed tools that I'd rather not have to deal with. I hope they redeem themselves with this printer.

I will agree 100% with Teila. Until Epson makes a printer with either a replaceable head or inks that no longer clog same, I won't be giving them another dime of my money. Been there, done that, put a bullet in my head before I do it again.

Epson printers produce excellent prints...when the printers are actually working. After the heads clog, or the purge tube on the head suction system clogs, or the purge sponge overflows, or you use 30% of your ink reserves in an attempt to rectify these problems, you'll understand.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 01:03 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: What, pray tell, is x-pattern interference?

https://www.ephotozine.com/article/tiffen-variable-nd-filter-review-20475

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 03:14 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus E-10 (161 comments in total)

My new boss (at the time) had this camera and it was the first camera, beyond medium format, that gave me hope that left-eyed eyeglass-friendly camera ergonomics were, indeed, possible.

Loved, loved loved this camera's ergos, sad that Oly dropped the wonderful idea after the E-1. I think that a lot of camera users are so conservative in their tastes that a lot of new ideas get pushed to the rear.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 14:47 UTC as 54th comment | 1 reply
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