shoevarek

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For 50$ without any trouble I can buy slightly used ilc with much better sensor. I can see an appeal for people interested in programming or maybe having some very specific needs not catered for by run of the mill camera. However I have a feeling this kit is heavily overpriced for what it really is.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2020 at 14:10 UTC as 40th comment | 5 replies
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liquidsquid: The real question then becomes why? If researchers are going to spend so much effort on creating this sort of tool, there must be a fairly compelling monetary or political power reason to do so.

Cool technology, but gut feel is this will cause more harm than good.

@astrotripper I thought about the same thing. I am not sure if it is some kind of the breakthrough. I guess it is not, there are probably many other companies and groups that work on the same capability. When perfected that will be definitly used as political weapon on national and international scale. I am however less optimistic regarding the state of jurnalism. I think it never really had any coherent moral code and today it is mostly in the gutter.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2019 at 22:09 UTC

On one hand it is scary to think about the amount of fake news and deception "proved" by real footage that will enter public web space. On the other, given current level of misinformation and outright lies that mainstream (and other) media produces every day, additional volume might not make any difference.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2019 at 22:00 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
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shoevarek: I have a feeling we have long ago reached the moment in digital camera development curve where additional advancements in photo quality can't be adequately demonstrated by most reviewers.
I have visited Florence few years ago and used 24mp camera. After looking through picture galery I would have hard time justifying spending any money to buy new camera - just do not see much difference in photo quality of provided samples.
Fuji obviously has higher pixel count, newer sensor etc. In hands capable of exploiting this it might show its full potential. Reviewers can't do it however. If they can't (and they use cameras constantly) so can't majority of amateur photographers with average talents. It seems to me that value of recent camera reviews is limited mostly to entertainment, alternatively to finding some ergonomic hints and getting familiar with camera look (in the absence of in store camera handling). Picture galery is just to show that camera indeed takes pictures as advertised.

I do not deny that all new features have their uses by someone that has needs and can utilize them properly. What I was suggesting is that as technology progresses, and cameras of all sizes and prices become pretty good, it makes it more and more difficult to show off advantages using the medium such as simple internet review. Paradoxically as reviews on surface become more and more detailed I find them more an entertainment than actual help in making buying decision. I can't really see any obvious quality advantages by looking through picture gallery. High ISO comparison, while seeming useful, becomes more and more abstract when we are moving to ISO 25K and beyond. AF comparison has so many variables that I can't really put much value in it as well. The best part is just product shots.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2019 at 16:18 UTC

I have a feeling we have long ago reached the moment in digital camera development curve where additional advancements in photo quality can't be adequately demonstrated by most reviewers.
I have visited Florence few years ago and used 24mp camera. After looking through picture galery I would have hard time justifying spending any money to buy new camera - just do not see much difference in photo quality of provided samples.
Fuji obviously has higher pixel count, newer sensor etc. In hands capable of exploiting this it might show its full potential. Reviewers can't do it however. If they can't (and they use cameras constantly) so can't majority of amateur photographers with average talents. It seems to me that value of recent camera reviews is limited mostly to entertainment, alternatively to finding some ergonomic hints and getting familiar with camera look (in the absence of in store camera handling). Picture galery is just to show that camera indeed takes pictures as advertised.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2019 at 14:55 UTC as 29th comment | 4 replies
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chrshale: Anti-semitism is on the rise again in Europe and the US. A significant minority are Holocaust deniers, and even more have no knowledge of what actually occurred. As long as the world thinks it's OK for one "religion" to call for the extinction of Jews, the potential for another Holocaust rises.

@tailings Squeezing your post to get a meaning one gets the message that humans are not perfect. That's a novel idea deserving Nobel prize. Religion is just set of ideas and I am puzzled why you charge religion with all the calamities humanity faced. People can do great and bad acts in the name of religion, religion by itself can only be forgotten. Overall I would think we are on the plus side given the fact that we progressed to the point we are now so religion can't be so bad.
Additionally, I lije your cause-effect reasoning. I am kind of cross today as I woke up on the wrong foot. That's why I am writing that sarcastic remark. Instead of working at taming my temper I should, following your way of diagnosis, probably cut my left foot and be closer to your view of paradise.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2019 at 13:38 UTC
On article Leica Q2 review (1671 comments in total)
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D7000ShooterUK: Sorry but a camera at this price point is simply not permitted to have bad out of camera JPEG colours!

Leica is not the Ferrari of the photo world. If you use car equivalent it is maybe the Lexus, Volvo or some other luxury brand. In that braket one usually expects competency of all important (from average user standpoint) features.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2019 at 13:54 UTC
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mclaren777: But the Trump administration has a finite and (likely) short length.

Moving manufacturing seems like a crazy move.

Conflict between USA and China did not start with Trump's election and will not end with the change in white house. Tariffs are one instrument that can be used in that conflict. If it is true that cost of Chinese labor is increasing it might be still more prudent to move production to country which is both cheaper and politically less risky.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2018 at 16:06 UTC
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Light Pilgrim: I have deleted my Facebook account, Instagram page, Facebook fan page with 14.000 followers and removed myself from social media entirely. Have never been happier:-) I am more creative, more free, have a lot more time back to focus on important things. Social media is addictive for people and adds nothing positive

Isn't DPR one of the realizations of social media concept? In the mean though I tend to agree with you that social media is mostly used to exchange trifling news and carry discussions on meaningless topics. That thread and my post in it are the examples ;-) Something to occupy few minutes of time waiting for my coffee.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2018 at 13:45 UTC
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Aroart: I'm pretty what he meant to say was we really saw a dramatic decrease in sales after Sony released the latest a9, a7r3, A73 and noticed there lens line up is catching up.. We also saw how many of our cameras were on the used market.. We put out these cameras to keep or current Nikon users happy.. We also did not put a second card slot so we can keep them from ditching there dslr's and kill our entire line ... We also know that there still allot of stupid people that buy our cameras purely on reputation.. Most of our pro users aren't aware how much better Sony mirrorless is but there starting to catch on.. There to busy making a living. Oh we forgot to mention how stupid we were a few years back when we put a 1inch sensor in an ilc ..
Don't get me wrong, Nikon Dslr's are awesomely amazing.. D850 is insane.. They should have just made at least the z7 with 2 card slots.. I think Nikon users should be really offended at such a slap in the face and ..

Somehow these professionals, who make such bad decission regarding their photo gear purchases, are also quite successful in what they do for a living. How that is possible? Could it be that they actually buy and use gear that best suites their requirements?

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2018 at 13:49 UTC
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(unknown member): The first one, sliding the camera on a slab of butter (with something in between the camera and the butter to protect it) is actually kinda genius and I can see it getting used at some point. It's the kind of trick you'd want to keep in your back pocket just in case the right moment ever arises. It looks pretty dumb, but it's the kind of thing that just might save the day one day and which would make for an amusing anecdote afterward.

I can image two situation it might be useful.
1) Outdoors
- People jumping over that puddle make for an interesting picture. Ha, i have some butter in my pocket. Let's make oskar worthy artsy video.
2) Indoors
- Look my dear, that jumping beautiful sandwitch on the kitchen table!
- No problemo Cartier. There is some butter in the fridge. Quickly, take it, we might capture decisive moment!

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2018 at 14:59 UTC
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MannyZero: Let's go back to coal, while at it...

What's wrong with coal? As far as I know if you use 21st century technology it is actually pretty good source of energy, so your analogy is partially wrong. Merits of shooting film over digital might be more debatable but I can see where for some users it might be a better option, more enjoyable and sometimes cheaper too.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2018 at 01:32 UTC

Imagine what climate change did thousand year ago to polar bears when Vikings colonized green pastures of south tip of Greenland. Through their yearly raids, looting and burning, they caused temperature rise of about 1 degree above current average temperatures. It is a pity humankind did not have technology to capture the sorry plight of white furry animals confronted by receding ice cap. I bet musk oxen had hard time then as well. It is a miracle they survived.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2018 at 04:50 UTC as 18th comment | 4 replies
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Fog Maker: I liked several of the shots and the stories

What I don’t like however,

is to be redirected to a pure propaganda site
like Radio Free Europe

I tend to think Russian government actions are most effectively acting as anti-russian propaganda. They have such effect now and frankly they had such effect in the past couple of centuries. This is just an effect of aggressive imperialistic policies carried mostly through blunt instruments such as military force or covert operations. It raises concerns and resentment among weaker neighbours and distant powers alike. I do not even think Russian government is worried about such effect. It might actually be to their advantage. It is easier to keep peace at home front when surrounded by perceived enemies. The unimportant matters of pathologies in Russian society can be moved to low priority item basket.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2018 at 14:28 UTC
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srados: Documenting misery, this could be done in US as well with 46 million on food stamps...these people at least trying to work.

Statistics might say so but who is to blame? My mother came to US at her late 40s, without knowing the language. She quickly managed to find job with basic pay. She was able to bring up my sister and send her through university. At the same time she never collected any food stamps and she never had less than 400$ in her bank account. We did not have car for everyone, didn't live in expensive apartment, had cable TV or frequented junk food joints every day, but still enjoyed good life.

I lived in so-so neighbourhoods and travelled through country USA. There are poor people. What usually struck me however is how majority of people uses their capital. You give that same money to any poor from other country and they will make a living and be ashamed to collect food stamps. The rich might eventually destroy civilization but the "poor" do not seem capable of moving it forward.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2018 at 14:13 UTC
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Rensol: Unfortunate reality of 90% of world population...
Blind lottery of being born in particular place and time.
Those born in wealthy families or in upscale neighborhoods should remember there it is not their accomplishment! And should always help those in need
Donate to different causes.

I have nothing against helping (with head of course). However I have few comments regarding your neat theory. These living in affluent neighbourhoods in their majority achieved it through their own hard work and continue living in such neighbourhoods because they continue working hard for themselves and their children.

Not many a thing is given for free in this world. This is concept that many of the heroes of that blog do not understand judging by their descriptions. Guys in their 20 or 30 preferring getting drunk, living wild, getting stoned. Somehow their stories do not move me. My family was neither poor but also not even moderately rich. I had luck and with some work I used it. If I did not get a break I would end up like majority of my family in my old country, living not affluent but decent live, something that majority of your 90% of world's population does. Many of the heroes of that blog do not belong to that group. For them just decent life is not worth bending for.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2018 at 13:45 UTC
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shoevarek: So is there anything substantial that new model provides for landscape/portrait photography over original A7/A7R?

Yes. I referred to original A7/R. I use A7R which set me back 850. It has a lot quirks, mostly from usability standpoint, but I have no complaints regarding picture quality. Judging the responses I guess it just boils down to deciding if usability improvements are worth 1K for me as a user.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2018 at 15:57 UTC

So is there anything substantial that new model provides for landscape/portrait photography over original A7/A7R?

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2018 at 04:26 UTC as 30th comment | 8 replies
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Scintilla Aquila: Canon's 5D line took 4 years to get its last update, the 6D 5 years, the Nikon D8xx 3 years. Why are people disappointed that a 36x24 DSLR from Pentax isn't getting a major upgrade after only 2 years?

Especially since no one else has offered a hardware upgrade for owners of the outgoing model.

Exactly. Sony A7R is a used market bargain but it is very unrefined camera in many respects. Even in comparison to other Sony models issued at or before its time..

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 13:43 UTC
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quadraticadder: People who don’t like drones don’t want flying cameras taking pictures/videos of them. They wonder if immature people or creeps fly them. They wonder if the drone is being safely operated. They wonder who’s going to pay for damages or injuries if there’s no name on a crashed drone. Now they will wonder (more
than they already were) if drones will fly into airplanes, maybe carrying bombs.
Why is anyone defending this guy or praising the footage? He’s helping drive the nail into recreational drone use by the vast majority of conscientious, law abiding operators.

That is exactly on the point. So far all drones I have seen were flying by above my backyard in the built up neighbourhood. I am not interesting subject so I do not care if I were in the footage or not. However the annoying noise drones make is what I want to live without. Freedom of arrogant drone user must end when my freedom is invaded. If he can fly over my house give me the freedom to shoot it down with the pellet bullet. After few couple hundred dollar looses the owners might eventually start thinking and seeing other people points of view.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2018 at 14:29 UTC
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