Bruce McL

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n3eg: It's fun, but...

I already have a similar camera for my C mount lenses. It's called a Pentax Q. It has a battery, tripod mount, shutter button, flash, and so on. Oh wait, it's not a similar camera at all, is it?

No it's not similar at all. The Q can't be used as a webcam, or a security cam, or a dozen other things the Pi camera can be used for.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2020 at 05:44 UTC
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danieladougan: No viewfinder, no LCD screen, and no battery power. The sensor is too small to be practical for any kind of professional studio use. So who is this FOR exactly?

@danieladougan No, you don't get it. People are already doing interesting things with Raspberry Pi and less capable cameras. This new camera is a step up for those people.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2020 at 05:41 UTC
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Arastoo Vaziri: I'm shocked Apple, Huawei or Samsung aren't amongst the Post Technology Alliance participants.
When will those Netflix hipsters open their eyes to the wonders of smartphones and "computational" imaging?

Your skill at saying the opposite of what you mean is greater than the ability of the readers to decode your meaning. You can blame the readers if you want. Or you can say what you mean and have people understand you. It's your choice.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2019 at 16:28 UTC
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forpetessake: Never got good results from x-rite generated DNG profiles. They seem to be very crude, and out of gamut colors come out totally bad.

I agree with forpetessake, Xrite's software was the worst for creating DNG profiles. Adobe's DNG Profile Editor was a bit better. Lumariver Profile Designer is excellent. It took me some time to learn how to use it. There are several options for dealing with out of gamut colors.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2019 at 14:23 UTC
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JakeJY: Is the 125-mm equivalent folded optics camera a prime lens? Or can it also zoom like the Oppo one?

From the gsmarena article, "Using a periscope-style setup has allowed Oppo to fit the 3x optical telelens in a camera module that's just 5.7mm thin." That doesn't seem like a zoom lens to me.

A lot of websites and reviewers that should know better are using the word zoom to describe the lens in this new phone. It is clearly not a zoom.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2019 at 03:57 UTC
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walker2000: What prevents those phone camera technologies to be used in digital cameras? It has been several years, non of these innovations are seen in cameras.
I wish at least M4/3 cameras could use these innovations.

Money, and pride. Camera companies aren't as big as phone companies. They don't have the R&D budgets that phone companies do. They have made a lot of money in the past without great software or firmware. They can't quite bring themselves to believe how much the world of photography has changed around them.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2019 at 03:43 UTC
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camwow13: This isn't actually Kodak. Kodak has long been licensing out their name to all kinds of random tech companies. The actual Kodak company and their film expertise will have absolutely nothing to do with this service. The box website clearly notes the Kodak name is used under license by AMD Media who I also believe run Legacybox. This website is proudly noting "100 years of history" about Kodak which seems disingenuous.

The max 40pc box will only let you do a max of 1000 slides or photos which works out to 64 cents an image. That's very very expensive for the slide/negative scanning industry. Scancafe is much much cheaper and even higher end shops have better pricing.

Most importantly there is NOTHING on their website mentioning what resolution you'll receive your photos in. Nothing about what scanners they're using, if they're using ICE, or what kind of color correction they'll apply. Big red flag in the scanning world.

Kinda disappointed this article didn't catch any of that

This is the way dpreview always covers Kodak. They write as if Kodak is a company with employees that actually do photographically related things. They are not. Kodak is a few people in an office who read, write, accept, and refuse licensing agreements. That’s it. Anything that says Kodak on it is made, sold, and supported by someone else.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2018 at 22:44 UTC
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Bruce McL: Dpreview's headline is a lie. This phone has ultrawide, wide, and normal lenses. I understand that the phone manufacturers lie about their lenses. I see no good reason for dpreview to repeat their lies.

Another way to put this: when will the change in terminology show up in dpreviews's lens feature search? That part of the site still uses normal and telephoto with the more technical meaning. Dpreview, if you are are going to change, be consistent about it.

Yes it does look interesting. I've used a fisheye lens and done some de-fishing of the images to get ultrawide. It is fun to play around with UWA.
I'm waiting for 28-50-85 though - wide, normal, telephoto. The headline was confusing and disappointing to me. I see dpreview has changed the word "normal" to "standard" in the headline now.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2018 at 06:59 UTC
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Bruce McL: Dpreview's headline is a lie. This phone has ultrawide, wide, and normal lenses. I understand that the phone manufacturers lie about their lenses. I see no good reason for dpreview to repeat their lies.

Another way to put this: when will the change in terminology show up in dpreviews's lens feature search? That part of the site still uses normal and telephoto with the more technical meaning. Dpreview, if you are are going to change, be consistent about it.

No, it's not subjective, it's technical. Normal lens has a technical meaning in photography.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normal_lens

28mm equivalent will never be Normal, in the technical definition of the word.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2018 at 23:21 UTC

Dpreview's headline is a lie. This phone has ultrawide, wide, and normal lenses. I understand that the phone manufacturers lie about their lenses. I see no good reason for dpreview to repeat their lies.

Another way to put this: when will the change in terminology show up in dpreviews's lens feature search? That part of the site still uses normal and telephoto with the more technical meaning. Dpreview, if you are are going to change, be consistent about it.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2018 at 17:08 UTC as 30th comment | 4 replies
On article Review: The Wandrd Prvke is a near-perfect camera bag (352 comments in total)
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Mike CH: I am not sure about a product from a company that is _that_ short on vowels... 😉

Next model will be for gear fetishists only, called the Prvrt.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2018 at 16:55 UTC
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DtEW: This actually seems fun. (Worth is another matter, and obviously totally personal.)

@Battersea "A digital/ film hybrid would be awesome..." Well, there's the Fujifilm Instax SQ10. It's been out for a year or so, and uses the same square film as the Diana Instant Square. It does cost a lot more though.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2018 at 00:59 UTC
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dlb41: Can't we live without these devices?

“Why doesn’t everybody in the world do what I think is best for them?” would be a more honest way of expressing yourself.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2018 at 17:51 UTC
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V Ahrlenz: Clearly a few of you guys are just plain out of touch with our youth's new ways of doing things. I know I am. But what's there to be angry about? So we're checking out soon. Nearing the end of the conveyor belt. Life's big parade has passed us by. Don't be so bitter! Just own it. Party's over for us. This Neistat guy will probably be the President one day! Nothing surprises me anymore. Who ordered the pureed broccoli and chicken? And take that big, old Spotmatic off the table. There's no place to put the salad! Anybody else think it's a bit too cold in here? My nephew said he's coming to visit next Saturday. And the past? What a time it was. The times we had. I'll tell ya.

"This Neistat guy will probably be the President one day!"
He's already passed that level. He's the Johnny Carson of his generation. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some hair in my ears that needs trimming.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2018 at 16:56 UTC
On article Lytro is officially shutting down (207 comments in total)

Pour out a glass of Juicero for Lytro.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2018 at 03:45 UTC as 37th comment
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Triplet Perar: A film camera does need to sport 135 format frame to be a good, pocketable film camera. 135 format is odd, in truth unsuitable for a film camera when entire film infrastructure is a shadow of its past. 135 is a detriment even in digital world. Its awkward 3:2 frame was taken as acceptable in times when everything was recorded on film and nobody asked about the cost of film, or size, because it was used by the motion picture industry. But optically, legacy of that format only brings problems. Lens designs for that elongated format must be bigger than necessary, and more corrected than the lenses for 4:3 frame format. That means heavier and cameras too must be bigger. Everything about 135 format is sheer clumsiness users do not really need.

I have never heard anyone admire a photograph for it’s efficiency. 4:3 may save some camera resources, but digital screens designed for people to view use wider aspect ratios. If the reason you take photos is to feel good about your camera, by all means stick to 4:3.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 15:14 UTC
On article Intro to drones part 2: How to choose your first drone (48 comments in total)
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Bruce McL: This article should be called, "How to choose your second drone." The first drone should be one of the toy drones that dpreview decided to ignore. Buy the first drone to crash, and the second one to use. Ask any long time drone photographer how often they crashed and how much equipment they destroyed before they got good at it.

Two weeks of crashing a cheap drone like the BWhoop B03 or Sbego 127W will give a photographer valuable experience (and reflexes) that would take years to get from flying an expensive drone.

The BWhoop is under $20.00, has altitude hold, but no video. I just finished learning to fly on it and it was perfect for learning to fly indoors - very durable and safe. The Sbego is more expensive ($35.00), more difficult to learn because it does not have altitude hold, but has video. There are many more brands and models - you can pick and choose what size and features you want for under $40.00. Find a couple of good reviewers on youtube to help you make your choice.

I think the Phantom 4 makes a lot of sense if someone is serious enough to take a class or pay for individual training. And the controls for a good video drone are definitely much different than for an under $50.00 toy drone. It takes a step up to the $90-$200 range to get GPS and return to home. Hubsan and MJX are two brands that have models in this price range.

I still think that, before going all in on a "first" drone, bashing around indoors for under $50 and then being a bit more serious outdoors for under $200 is one way to learn.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 01:43 UTC
On article Intro to drones part 2: How to choose your first drone (48 comments in total)

This article should be called, "How to choose your second drone." The first drone should be one of the toy drones that dpreview decided to ignore. Buy the first drone to crash, and the second one to use. Ask any long time drone photographer how often they crashed and how much equipment they destroyed before they got good at it.

Two weeks of crashing a cheap drone like the BWhoop B03 or Sbego 127W will give a photographer valuable experience (and reflexes) that would take years to get from flying an expensive drone.

The BWhoop is under $20.00, has altitude hold, but no video. I just finished learning to fly on it and it was perfect for learning to fly indoors - very durable and safe. The Sbego is more expensive ($35.00), more difficult to learn because it does not have altitude hold, but has video. There are many more brands and models - you can pick and choose what size and features you want for under $40.00. Find a couple of good reviewers on youtube to help you make your choice.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 19:27 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
On article 2017 iPhone Photography Award Winners Announced (178 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Leica Oskar Barnack Award: “The competition is not limited to photos taken with Leica cameras. The camera system used is not a criterion.”

The Hasselblad Masters Competition “is open to all photographers who have been active professionals* for more than three years and who are using digital cameras of at least 16 Megapixel, or film cameras, regardless of brand and format.”

iPhone Photography Awards “Entries are open worldwide to photographers using an iPhone or iPad. Photos should not be published previously anywhere. The posts on personal accounts (Facebook, Instagram etc.) are eligible. The photos should not be altered in any desktop image processing program such as Photoshop. It is OK to use any IOS apps.”

Apple - experts in self promotion and insularity.

"Oh dear, I seem to have upset people – didn’t mean to…"
I think you are lying there.
"Bruce McL – you’re right that there’s no formal link; but surely you’re not naïve enough to believe that ..."
Why bother using the word naive unless want to upset people?
"a competition that specifies the use of only Apple products has no connection to Apple?"
There are thousands of scam sites that use Apple's name and products as bait. This one is more sophisticated than most. They harvest email addresses and photos and sell them for as much as they can.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 19:29 UTC
On article 2017 iPhone Photography Award Winners Announced (178 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Leica Oskar Barnack Award: “The competition is not limited to photos taken with Leica cameras. The camera system used is not a criterion.”

The Hasselblad Masters Competition “is open to all photographers who have been active professionals* for more than three years and who are using digital cameras of at least 16 Megapixel, or film cameras, regardless of brand and format.”

iPhone Photography Awards “Entries are open worldwide to photographers using an iPhone or iPad. Photos should not be published previously anywhere. The posts on personal accounts (Facebook, Instagram etc.) are eligible. The photos should not be altered in any desktop image processing program such as Photoshop. It is OK to use any IOS apps.”

Apple - experts in self promotion and insularity.

"The 2nd and 3rd place winners of the 18 categories will win a Palladium Bar from the most recognizable private gold mint in the world."

That is not Apple's style at all.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 15:31 UTC
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