FodgeandDurn

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On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (708 comments in total)
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ZJ24: Lovin' the red dot ... I mean rounded square. Looks so familiar ...

Either way it is a smart, bland design, which is probably a very good thing. The Kodak Pixpro s1 tried something a bit different and I don't think that was successful.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 15:32 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (708 comments in total)
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krassphoto: Is it just me, or it looks just like Samsung NX's

And the Leica T. Ultimately though, that is a slightly harsh criticism for a new player with limited resources. How much time do you want to spend re-inventing compact camera box design, when you have so many other priorities and deadlines? Once a design just 'works' it's a little unfair to expect every other manufacturer to come up with something vastly different. Just look at smartphones, they are all the same brick shape, but how else would one do it?

All this said, I'd love it if the design was more unique, but fortunately it is a lot better than the kodak pixpro s1, the other Chinese MFT camera everyone forgot about almost instantly.......

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 15:29 UTC

You know what I miss, the old 'drama' slider. I especially appreciated it on older phones without the very best cameras. I often walked along the river at lunch time, and an overcast day would suddenly become exciting and moody. I shared so many 'drama' landscape scenes with friends, back in the day. RIP Drama :(

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 00:35 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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jooyoonchung: New editing features - wonderful. But can we get better orgranixatuon features? How about different sorting modes? The ability to star favorite photos? Keywording?

Agreed.

Something I hate is that you cannot file a photo away in a folder and yet not have it in the main photo reel. There are so many circumstances in which I want a photo kept in the cloud (think password screenshots or ID, amongst so many others) that I do not want appearing when I scroll through the main list.

At the moment I have a choice, do I delete those pictures and lose easy access to them on all my devices, or do I carefully vet my phone as I am showing others my photos?

Bizarre.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 00:32 UTC

My one major gripe with Google Photos is that in the past they've been far too willing to get rid of useful features over update cycles. They have some terrific 'assistant' functionality, but this too also seems to be in a constant state of flux.

I've been using Google Photos heavily since 2014, and must have the best part of 50,000 photos stored on there. I've enjoyed using it for all that time, however the lack of feature consistency is worrying.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 00:27 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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fatdeeman: I like all of them although 12 seems out of place.

I always look at stuff like this and ask myself why have I not gotten this good after 10 or so years but then I remember I haven't even taken a camera out for over a month and when I do I go to the same familiar places. I really need to start living and breathing it again like I used to in the beginning. I bet there's people out there that take more photos in a month than I do in a year. So many times I've told myself I will take a decent camera with me everywhere go but I never do.

Sorry for thinking aloud, I think I might have just had an epiphany lol

Some of the nicest (as opposed to best) photos I've ever taken have been wandering across the road to the park with my camera : https://goo.gl/80WMWc - https://goo.gl/qElCLi and yet I routinely go up to a couple of months without getting my camera out of the bag. Then when I do go out, I have to spend precious time re-learning basics.

I'm sure 95% of what separates competent people from great people is consistency. Taking photos isn't always simple though, and for me the inevitable time spent sitting in front of a computer sorting is a huge downer.

One thing that might help is watching YouTubers like Thomas Heaton, or reading magazines, anything to keep ideas churning in your head, and far more useful than reading about the latest tech!

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 17:51 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2176 comments in total)
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princecody: Why no touchscreen Fuji?

I imagine this is related to development life-cycle.

When this camera and it's interface were conceived, Fuji perhaps had good reason to expect that touch was not popular enough to include.

Now in 2016 not being able to pinch and zoom to review focus seems stubbornly backwards. Not being able to use touch to control menu's is borderline inexcusably un-ergonomic.

I suspect that Fuji will be aware that this is the last big release they can do without it, but were unable to respond in time for the T2.

I hope. Because great hipster-inspired design can also mesh beautifully with the latest human UX standards - just ask Apple.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 11:50 UTC
On article Google's Pixel phones: What you need to know (122 comments in total)
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LFPCPH: I don't care how good a camera it has. It's a phone and I refuse to take pictures with a phone. I have never taken a picture with a phone and I will go to my grave without ever doing so.

Thanks, I really appreciate the reply, and apologies for such an uncompromising post - blame too long commenting here.

The LG G5 has an ~18mm equivalent ultrawide second camera, and I've enjoyed having it a lot. https://goo.gl/GLtk6h - if you ignore the horrible initial in-camera processing job I did to get it out to friends straight after I took it, I find the composition and memory of a great trip pleasing enough that I might get it printed 6x4 and hang it in the bathroom. If I had hung around to get my XT1 at that point, with evening coming and a long portage ahead, my companion would have been 'unsympathetic'.

Despite the inferior camera quality, I have come to appreciate the expression 'the best camera is the one you have with you', and the term 'in emotional focus' can also apply to 'nice composition/memory even if you can't print it huge'.

If you go on Instagram and find the right people, get past the selfies, there is some really incredible cellphone camera talent out there.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 17:15 UTC
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John Bean (UK): Too "box-like" for me. I have similar bags with reverse opening zips and while convenient in some ways they never seem to hang well cross-shoulder, which is how I always wear shoulder bags.

I currently use a Tenba Messenger DNA 8 that I first saw in DPR "news" announcement and it ticks most of the boxes for me so I quite like these infomercials. And yes, I did buy it from Amazon ;-)

The Tenba shares the distinction of being another one of far-too-few bags that have immediate zip access into the camera compartment.

I also saw the Tenba on here, however in the end I didn't get one because I thought it reminded me too much of something I'd have taken my laptop to school in.

Ultimately, either choice for me was a poor mans Everyday Messenger, but no way can I justify spending that much on a bag.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 16:55 UTC

Hmm interesting, but I've had a Manfrotto Street Messenger for months now, and that was after several months of looking at it, so surprised to see it in the news section here.

It now looks like it is a reasonable price, I paid $150CAD for it in July (out of desperation when my last bag broke), it now seems to be priced more sensibly.

The one thing people should be aware of - the padded insert only takes up half the bag, so no way are you carrying your camera and more than one small prime. I just put another insert in, but I'm not really sure why Manfrotto think you'd need all that extra space, when a larger padded insert could have served as both 'extra lens' or 'extra other stuff' space quite happily.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 16:51 UTC as 1st comment
On article Google's Pixel phones: What you need to know (122 comments in total)
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LFPCPH: I don't care how good a camera it has. It's a phone and I refuse to take pictures with a phone. I have never taken a picture with a phone and I will go to my grave without ever doing so.

Before my mother passed last year I was able to share about 500 images with her, showing aspects of my life that I knew she would be robbed of an opportunity to appreciate later. These were all on my phone, and I was able to share them with her because I happened to have my phone with me in the hospital a few nights before she passed. The idea that phones have diminished photography is absolute nonsense, I have found them incredibly valuable. If I can use a phone to capture a moment, where I might not otherwise have had a camera, then it has justified it's worth.

I have taken something in the region of 30,000 images on my phone(s), and have found it an incredibly valuable documentary and artistic companion. Yes I have even printed some of them. My current camera (LG G5) can even take manual long exposures in RAW.

Usually I like to allow some lee-way in an argument, to allow for the possibility that other points of view are valid, but in this regard you are just plain wrong.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2016 at 16:11 UTC
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (353 comments in total)
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FodgeandDurn: As someone who left Sony APS-C because I found them uninspiring on a 'pleasure to shoot' level, I still do not regret that decision.

Impressive, no doubt, but I can't help but think they missed an opportunity to inject a bit more flare into the top of their APS-C range. And a dial for your index finger. Etc.

Ha, ok well poor choice of words aside...

RubberDials, I think there is space in this industry for both approaches, and certainly I used to agree with you.

More and more recently I have been leaning towards the view that cameras need to revolutionise their user experience if they are not going to become more niche.

And becoming more niche is fine, let me be clear about that too. I think it would be a shame. I think Sony would be a great company to fly that flag.

People will do wonderful things with these cameras, no doubt. But I for one will not pretend not to be disappointed that cameras aren't doing more to be more relevant to a wider audience, and RubberDials, you should have a hard think before you enthusiast-shame people about that.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2016 at 15:22 UTC
On article Google's Pixel phones: What you need to know (122 comments in total)
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LFPCPH: I don't care how good a camera it has. It's a phone and I refuse to take pictures with a phone. I have never taken a picture with a phone and I will go to my grave without ever doing so.

Lol.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 18:21 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (558 comments in total)
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d3xmeister: I know I'll be trashed for this, but for me this must be the poorest system ergonomy wise. Touch screen finally but poorly implemented, lack of direct control, and look at that 24mm f1.8 prime lens, it's bigger than my 14-140mm ultrazoom. Yes Sony has a 1 stop better sensor than m4/3 but there are many sacrifices for that.

That said, I love what Sony is doing in the past years. It's pushing the whole industry and we all are going to benefit from it.

Well let me be the first to not trash you. User experience should be a core part of a camera's appeal, and the fact that it isn't, either from an ergonomic or software point of view, tells you a lot about why camera sales have been so decimated by smartphones.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 18:15 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (558 comments in total)

In a way this camera sums up all that is wrong with the industry in 2016. The specs are lovely, but they don't seem to have thought about the user/ownership experience at all. All around us tech is striving to blend into our lives seamlessly, and here we have another dull ergonomically flawed device with the same old complex work-flows.

When a camera finally arrives where I can shoot in RAW, immediately edit that shot on a high-resolution screen (either on the camera or immediately available on another device a la SnapBridge), and then share to anyone and everyone I want on all the hundreds of platforms we have available to us, then I will be impressed. The most exciting young photographers of today are on Instagram, and why on earth not?

I remember Steve Jobs explaining that the iPod was software. The iPod was great software first, hardware second, although Apple managed to inspire consumers on both levels. The next frontier of digital imaging should be revolutionising UX, not FPS.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 18:13 UTC as 37th comment | 8 replies
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (353 comments in total)

As someone who left Sony APS-C because I found them uninspiring on a 'pleasure to shoot' level, I still do not regret that decision.

Impressive, no doubt, but I can't help but think they missed an opportunity to inject a bit more flare into the top of their APS-C range. And a dial for your index finger. Etc.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 17:46 UTC as 67th comment | 7 replies

*been redesigned

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 19:59 UTC as 24th comment

Anyone who has done night sky photography, where you wait 15 seconds or more to peel the darkness from the sky, must surely be amazed to see the milky way in a real time video. Noise be damned, this is incredibly impressive.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 07:25 UTC as 1st comment

Is the benefit of MF undone by the relatively slow lenses? I love Fuji and I am glad they've made something so ambitious, I am wondering what advantage this camera has over a high resolution DSLR with an Otus lens, a combination that is considerably cheaper. Of course faster lens adaptation will be a factor.

I can think of uses for this setup, but nothing that 35mm can't do, and a lot of that comes down to the lens map. More of a question than a criticism. I'd love to use this to photograph stars, but even then I wonder whether an A7s wouldn't be just as useful (of course this isn't this Fuji's intended primary use).

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 07:17 UTC as 57th comment | 19 replies

Looks like an X-Pro II? X-T2?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 19:43 UTC as 51st comment
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