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Miike Dougherty: Hopefully it's more dependable than my Surface 3. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. It is kept updated with the latest WIN 10. (Remember Patriot's coach Bill Belichick throwing Surface 3 at bench on national NFL broadcast)

Mike works perfectly. Ok, not 100% perfectly, but way better than ANY other tablet on the market. The issues I have are a) pen related (it seems to go to sleep at the oddest times), b) some sites do not work well with pen, I can only image that trying to use my finger would be 1000x worse, and c} typical windows issues.

All in all, very happy with my SP3. So much so, that I will never buy any android or apple table again. A tablet running a full fledged OS simply cannot be beat.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 03:47 UTC
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bubblyboo: Just a heads up the pen isn't included anymore. Have to buy that separately.

And I use the pen exclusively. Go figure.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 03:40 UTC
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sh10453: Aside from the obvious, such as Wi-Fi, I think any device of this caliber needs to have a few essentials:
- SD card slot. Real cameras use SD cards, not Micro SD.
- Audio in and out plugs.
Any one of the above missing on a device, that device will not get my money.
Nice to have, and would give the device an edge:
- e-SATA port.
- Multiple USB-C ports.

The Surface Pro series are TABLETS, not laptops, despite the fact they run a full fledged version of windows and all windows software. So thin and light for portability is the design spec, not a fully festooned desktop.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 03:34 UTC
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Hellstrom: $2700 for the 1TB option. Ouch.

Mike, the SP units are not user upgradable. You must buy them in the configuration you want.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 03:30 UTC
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ChrisH37: How does it compare to the Surface Pro 4? They, oddly, seem to be comparing this to the 3 in the marketing blurb, odd when presumably SP4 users are those most likely to be early adopters looking for another upgrade (if all other specs are at least equal I'd switch just to get a fanless i5, the SP4 is in permanent noisy fan mode when using Lightroom).

Get an SP3. It is silent. I have the SP3 fully loaded (i7) and have never heard the fan.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 03:27 UTC
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Don Wiss: I see the function keys are still backwards. The defaults on the keys are the never used functions to control the screen, volume, etc. And to get to the function keys, you have to shift. I use the function keys dozens of times a day: F2 to rename a file, Alt-F4 to close the program, Ctrl-F4 to close the window. Whomever designed the keyboard must be brain dead. I wouldn't touch it.

Some, or maybe all, Lenovos are also backwards.

I assume you are talking about the Microsoft cover. I use a third party RF keyboard for those times I need a real keyboard.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 03:25 UTC
On article TriLens triple lens holder coming to Kickstarter (165 comments in total)

Anything with Kickstarter in the title gets an automatic pass from me. I will wait for an actual product on store shelves.

That said, OMG, someone must have had a brain f@rt. I just cannot see this as being practical or usable.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2017 at 02:37 UTC as 4th comment

Well this is far more interesting than what Dell announced last week. The big question now is price.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2017 at 01:12 UTC as 16th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta DiMAGE X (134 comments in total)

I had a later Konica-Minolta branded version of this, the X50. Great little camera. Very small and very light and had a 5MP sensor, but a tiny battery. Still have the camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 16:59 UTC as 41st comment
On article Dell announces 4K HDR10 monitor (88 comments in total)
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GodSpeaks: 27" is too small for a UHD monitor. I have a 28" monitor, and wish it was larger. I would say 32" minimum for UHD.

Way too small Hachu. And why 16:10?

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 03:16 UTC
On article Dell announces 4K HDR10 monitor (88 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: I will wait till the majority of people have 4K TV first before getting any 4K monitor.

Why? 4K video looks better on a 4K monitor, as do your photos.

So why must you wait for the MAJORITY of people to have a 4K TV? Buying a 4K TV does not necessarily correlate with buying a 4K monitor, unless, of course, you shoot 4K video.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 05:21 UTC
On article Dell announces 4K HDR10 monitor (88 comments in total)

27" is too small for a UHD monitor. I have a 28" monitor, and wish it was larger. I would say 32" minimum for UHD.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 05:07 UTC as 10th comment | 5 replies
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (766 comments in total)
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fatdeeman: Absolutely true, just look at the Samsung and the NX1, easily the best mirrorless camera on the market at the time and it did nothing to change Samsung's fortunes in the camera market.

The one thing the A9 has going for it is that it has a few features that didn't really exist before, the Samsung just did existing things really well.

It will be very interesting to see if Sony can make a significant mark on the pro market.

The lens issue is one of the truly significant ones and needs to be addressed, I think a lot of prospective customers are put off by the lack of choice. Although Canon lenses do work astoundingly well considering they are adapted they still lag behind native lenses.

It's going to be an interesting year.

The A9 will be a big hit with the Sony fanboys, but beyond that, meh.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 01:50 UTC

I own, and still use, the A850, a sibling to the A900. It was, and still is, an excellent stills camera (no video). Sony have yet to match those cameras.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 17:10 UTC as 50th comment | 2 replies
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x10x10x: M43 have to come up with a 'God' sensor, one that would retain the size but with an extremely high IQ, Olympus have an incredibly competent optics division, all their lenses outresolve their sensors, obviously. This 'God' sensor of course, is not technologically feasible now but it would definitely save the format. Who doesn't love Olympus sized cameras and lenses but feels the IQ due to the sensor is lacking.

I am perfectly happy with the IQ of my Panasonic MFT cameras.
Any new 'God' sensor would likely be available to everyone, especially if it were to come from Sony.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 09:10 UTC
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sunilkumar: should i be worried, i just got 20 mm 1.7 (and pentax 645 medium format film camera too)?

I would be. That 20mm won't work on the Pantax.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 03:48 UTC
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Under The Sun: They could start by simplifying the naming conventions for their cameras.

I presume you mean better differentiation. Rolling most under GX seems silly.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 03:35 UTC
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TwoMetreBill: They have to stop building cameras that their customers need to fight with on a regular basis. I finally gave up on a GH2, a pair of GH3s, the associated lenses and a FZ2500; all purchased new. For example, change what information is displayed on the EVF and the AF settings go crazy. The menu system is just plain nuts and gets worse with each succeeding body. Only a masochist could enjoy working with these cameras. Olympus does much better though with no shortage of problems and a company that is fast headed toward extinction.

Olympus menus are better than Panasonic? Seriously? Maybe you have your brands confused. Panasonic menus are simple and straight forward, one of the best in the business.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 03:33 UTC
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jhinkey: Looks like the beginning of the end and my Pany G85 and PL lenses will have to keep going for a long long time then. Too bad as I really liked the Pany camera externals and UI.
Lets hope for the best. This could make m43 be not quite as stable with just one camera manufacturer supporting it.

Did it say that Panasonic was discontinuing MFT? NO, it did not. Scaling back probably means no more small sensored compacts, and a thinning of the lines of 1" and MFT sensored cameras. Stop being so negative.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 03:23 UTC
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ottonis: At first, phonecameras cannibalized the compact point & shoot camera sales. Next, I guess, will probably be the 1" and m43 markets to lose share to the cameraphones.
As I see it, in the not so distant future, the marjet will dichotomize and consist of advanced (multi-sensor, multi-lens) phonecameras on the one side and people carrying their FF / MF cameras.

Not really.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 03:21 UTC
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