Vlad S

Lives in United States San Francisco, CA, United States
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They have already painted themselves in the corner with the Cube, why did they have to do it again?

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2017 at 01:23 UTC as 5th comment
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Mark Turney: The Universe provides no free lunches. There will be a loss somewhere even if on the surface it looks good. And mark my words, it will only be a matter of time before Google forces this space (thus cost) saving technology on all of the images you have stored with them for "free".

Compare the saturation of the reds on the left side of the eye, or of the greens at the bottom of the pupil. The loss is quite obvious, actually.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 22:32 UTC

Looks an awful lot like "the Photographer's Ephemeris."

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 22:28 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta's prosumer DiMAGE 7 (202 comments in total)
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Satyaa: I liked the black 7 Hi more than this one.

Except 7Hi won't appear for a few more years.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 03:19 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta's prosumer DiMAGE 7 (202 comments in total)

That lens was fantastic! When I got a mirrorless camera with a kit lens I almost felt cheated, even though the new lens was billed as the best kit lens ever (Panasonic 14-45)

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 03:18 UTC as 34th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta's prosumer DiMAGE 7 (202 comments in total)
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davidjlee: Battery life was a deal-breaker with the DiMAGE 7, especially if you used flash. If I got to 10 shots on a fresh set of batteries I was lucky. I honestly thought something was wrong with the camera. But I got some pretty great family shots from it before its limitations forced me to get a DSLR. It was my first digital camera that gave results on a par with film in a low-end camera. I still have it, though I can't imagine using it again.

It drew too much current, and the usual alkaline batteries could not keep up with it. The Ni–MH rechargeable batteries worked great – two sets usually lasted me a full day on a vacation trip. My Dimage 7 got stolen and I really missed its versatility when I bought an interchangeable lens camera to replace it.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 03:14 UTC
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docfink: The Olympus certainly is an impressive camera, but I doubt the D500 would have been that much bigger or heavier...either are great travel companions, imho.

E-M1 is not positioned as a travel companion. It's a professional grade camera. An E-M5 or E-M10 would be a much more convenient choice for travel.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 00:15 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)
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Vlad S: So, you get your fotage on film, and then what do you do with it? Scan back to digital so that other people could watch it?

Hmm, I looked at some Super8 footage on Youtube, and I can see the difference from HD, but it's definitely not in Super8 favor. Blurry and grainy. Which is not surprising, given the frame size.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 01:49 UTC
On article Lily Robotics sued over claims of false advertising (140 comments in total)
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Tord S Eriksson: Reminds me of DPReview that used an A77S when making an informercial about another Sony camera, how good it was when actually it was not used for the drone scenes out over the water, which were decidedly awesome.

But we all were given the impression that the other camera was used — that must be called shady practices, too!

As stated above:

“Everyone in the market must follow the rules. By protecting consumers, we protect confidence in our system of commerce.”

Well, at least someone is taking a stand!

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 01:38 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)

So, you get your fotage on film, and then what do you do with it? Scan back to digital so that other people could watch it?

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 23:23 UTC as 49th comment | 5 replies

Why "readily available"?

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 03:16 UTC as 208th comment

He might be a good designer, and a good photographer, but I doubt he's had much of real-life experience with wrenches.

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2016 at 21:18 UTC as 13th comment
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (124 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: This is making me nostalgic. A really wide lens without tons of barrel distortion. (This was the norm in the film era when there was no way to correct the distortion.)

Personally, I'd rather see more lenses with low distortion than more gold coatings and bubble-shaped bokeh, etc. And the bonus is when there is no distortion to correct, sharpness does not suffer from having to move all those pixels.

@p5freak most likely because there is a prejudice against software corrections. When micro 4/3 introduced such corrections as a standard on their lenses, there was a huge amount of outcry that the image quality was "fake".

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 02:49 UTC
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skanter: And why would I want a slide film look?

And why would it matter whether you want it or not?

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 20:19 UTC
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sharkcookie: Every week some scientists claim to have been making a breakthrough energy storage technology. Interestingly it is never ready for commercial use and no sample of the product is available.

Scientists work on the new energy technologies all the time, but the lab environment is more forgiving than the real world, so much of that tech does not survive once it's released into the wild. Nevertheless, progress is still being made: the NiMH rechargeable batteries were a huge improvement over the Ni–Cd, and the Li–ion batteries were another huge improvement on those; even the Li ion batteries themselves have seen a huge improvement in their useable life during the last 5 years or so.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2016 at 17:41 UTC
On article TIME releases 100 most influential images of all time (165 comments in total)
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John Koch: The photos evoke places, events, and people of the past. Some of the images are striking, for assorted reasons. Others conjure nostalgia among Americans who bought the Time-Life magazines over the years. But, except for publication or award decisions, did any of the photos themselves influence or cause any actual events?

Missing: the 1962 U-2 photos of Russian missile sites in Cuba. This was perhaps the sole case where pictures affected potentially earth-frying decisions.

The linked web site actually explains in detail what influence every photograph had. I suggest you read the footnotes – they may expand your horizon too.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 21:59 UTC

I wonder what Phil Schiller uses to transfer his photos to his MacBook Pro.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 00:34 UTC as 116th comment | 4 replies
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disraeli demon: I'm sure Panasonic know their market but instead of this I really wish we could have some good, sharp, reasonably- priced f2.8 14mm, 12mm and 10mm lenses with clutch focus.

What's so magical about f2.8? Why is 2.8 good enough, and f3.5 or f4 is not? If your creative vision includes low light, or the Milky Way shots, then 2.8 is not such a great option at all.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 00:27 UTC
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CreeDo: Just out of curiosity, is VR video usually done with such an insanely wide field of view? If the goal is to provide a reality simulation, wouldn't it make more sense to use something closer to a normal human field of view?

The only difference between taking one or two ultra-wide angle shots and a bunch of "normal" shots is in having to stitch together the shots. The wider is the angle, the less stitching you have to do. Any projection distortions are corrected on the fly during display, so they have no bearing on the simulation being realistic.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 02:49 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (279 comments in total)
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Mlumiere: In general the new cameras have a term of technological life rather short, but very good lenses remain almost eternal, with a street value remains higher + more new used availability. I look first is the availability of lenses for a given camera format.

@obsolescence: for quite a while Olympus has been producing lenses that are optimized for video under the mark "MSC" (movie and still compatible). There's no need to buy new lenses.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 01:19 UTC
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