Sirandar

Lives in Canada Guelph, Canada
Joined on Oct 29, 2004

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josh bailey: The eagle could be hurt pretty badly if it got any part of its body in the rotor. Animal abuse, glad it got shut down. Eagle sound distressed as it is standing on the guy's arm.

Protection or not .... I would judge the risk to the bird moderate to high .... mostly to head and eyes and wings due to the chaotic nature of the air to air impact ....

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 06:17 UTC
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Sirandar: In my corner of Canada, I would guess 99.99% of all images shot in 2017 are from a smartphone.

Two of my friends have second hand m4/3 cameras I passed to them .... even in their own homes they would rather pick up their smartphone than walk 15 feet to the pick up their dedicated camera....

This is how things are flowing

Thanks Death89...... I haven't had so many old M4/3 cameras that I could give more than 2 away....

These are the only 2 cases where I know them well enough to with certainty establish that they would rather shoot with a smartphone than walk 5 meters to where they store their dedicated camera.

I get out a lot and used to teach at a university ..... that is where the 99.99% comes from, Those students that do buy a dedicated camera seem to always choose Sony non-ILC ..... they seem very adverse to swap lenses.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 21:58 UTC
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Life recorder: This fits with what many people have told me.
They use their smartphones most.
And even though they might buy an A6000 on sale, they end up using their old Canon/Nikon DSLR instead.
Evidence suggests many "new" mirrorless cameras sit on shelves while their owners reach for their tried and true DLSRs.

Not all M4/3 cameras have undesirable ergonomics ....... The EM5 II I use wonderful to use IMO but still has a small enough body and lenses so every single lens and device I use fits into a smallish bag or Pelican case ....

When I was in the Rockies all my lenses went up the mountain..... Almost without exception the dSLRs had only the kit lens ... Birders are the exception and they carry around monstrous lenses,,,,

Add to this the excellent image stabilization and usually I don't bring a tripod.....

There is one advantage to those Sony's who's ergonomics people tend to hate .... they may not get caught in the Pro photographers gear net that seems to be common these days.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 21:55 UTC
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Life recorder: This fits with what many people have told me.
They use their smartphones most.
And even though they might buy an A6000 on sale, they end up using their old Canon/Nikon DSLR instead.
Evidence suggests many "new" mirrorless cameras sit on shelves while their owners reach for their tried and true DLSRs.

I would disagree ..... non-pro people who actually consider photography an art form pick up the camera they have the most affinity for .... often it is M4/3 .....

Many of the dSLR users you describe only have the kit lens. Any real or imagined advantage of dSLR is negated by this.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 19:53 UTC

In my corner of Canada, I would guess 99.99% of all images shot in 2017 are from a smartphone.

Two of my friends have second hand m4/3 cameras I passed to them .... even in their own homes they would rather pick up their smartphone than walk 15 feet to the pick up their dedicated camera....

This is how things are flowing

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 19:47 UTC as 24th comment | 8 replies
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Sirandar: Plagiarism is rampant not only for art.

Ever looked at a scientific paper and try to figure out who did what?

There was some justification for not having a complete and detailed acknowledgement section in a scientific paper years ago when every character cost $$$.

You can stream a 50GB movie straight to your home ....... but scientific papers are still a few MB .... why is that?

Every scientific paper published should have a complete acknowledgment section describing exactly who did what including links to electronic lab notes for each contributer (LOL good luck with that). Every single output from every single device used should also be included especially for genomic data. Every single algorithm and computer code should also be included in the paper in a compil-ible form.

OR

You can have what we have now ..... nobody knows who did what so nobody except an elite few can get jobs. Nobody can replicate anything .... even simple experiments so we have given up even trying.

It is not very challenging to know why this system exists and who it serves.....

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 15:29 UTC
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Mark Turney: This is what happens when creative endeavors are devalued. We see it all the time now:

“Give us your pics for exposure.”
“What camera took that picture?”
“That’s a great picture. You must have a great camera.”
“How much for a wedding photography package? I’ll just get Uncle Bob to do it.”

You could argue that the world's not dumbing down, it's just getting more segregated with ever widening disparities of access and information ..... The Elites are getting smarter and the rest of the world is getting Dumber......Sadly I see no evidence of this.........

Looking at the state of the internet one can't help but Wonder if all of that disinformation is a deliberate attempt to discredit free information.....

It seems the obvious answer being imprinted on us is that we need a king or priest to make our decisions for us and we need to go back to feudal society.......

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2017 at 16:16 UTC
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Mark Turney: This is what happens when creative endeavors are devalued. We see it all the time now:

“Give us your pics for exposure.”
“What camera took that picture?”
“That’s a great picture. You must have a great camera.”
“How much for a wedding photography package? I’ll just get Uncle Bob to do it.”

Sadly I have never been to one of those weddings ...... ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 20:36 UTC
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lemonadedrinker: If I were a Calgary taxpayer I would ask for better use of public money. Or, perhaps, that's the joke...taxpayers always shafted!
In fact these conmen are everywhere stealing money from regular people and it's good that this noodle was found out. Well done, Bisha!

It would be interesting to see who this artist is connected to in the Alberta government...... ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 18:39 UTC
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Mark Turney: This is what happens when creative endeavors are devalued. We see it all the time now:

“Give us your pics for exposure.”
“What camera took that picture?”
“That’s a great picture. You must have a great camera.”
“How much for a wedding photography package? I’ll just get Uncle Bob to do it.”

LOL .... The most problematic is that due to tech and general public skill increases in photography ..... "Uncle Bob" might do a great job on those wedding pictures ....

There are so many Uncle Bobs in the world now with pictures in the personal "portfolio"s that would make them world famous even 10 years ago (maybe 5) .... right now Uncle Bob couldn't pay people to look at them.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 18:37 UTC
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Sirandar: Plagiarism is rampant not only for art.

Ever looked at a scientific paper and try to figure out who did what?

There was some justification for not having a complete and detailed acknowledgement section in a scientific paper years ago when every character cost $$$.

You can stream a 50GB movie straight to your home ....... but scientific papers are still a few MB .... why is that?

Every scientific paper published should have a complete acknowledgment section describing exactly who did what including links to electronic lab notes for each contributer (LOL good luck with that). Every single output from every single device used should also be included especially for genomic data. Every single algorithm and computer code should also be included in the paper in a compil-ible form.

OR

You can have what we have now ..... nobody knows who did what so nobody except an elite few can get jobs. Nobody can replicate anything .... even simple experiments so we have given up even trying.

Whats more important: a scientific paper or a another Avengers movie?

Why is one 2Mb and one 30GB?

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 18:18 UTC

Plagiarism is rampant not only for art.

Ever looked at a scientific paper and try to figure out who did what?

There was some justification for not having a complete and detailed acknowledgement section in a scientific paper years ago when every character cost $$$.

You can stream a 50GB movie straight to your home ....... but scientific papers are still a few MB .... why is that?

Every scientific paper published should have a complete acknowledgment section describing exactly who did what including links to electronic lab notes for each contributer (LOL good luck with that). Every single output from every single device used should also be included especially for genomic data. Every single algorithm and computer code should also be included in the paper in a compil-ible form.

OR

You can have what we have now ..... nobody knows who did what so nobody except an elite few can get jobs. Nobody can replicate anything .... even simple experiments so we have given up even trying.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 18:16 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies
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BostonC: Once phone cams have 5 modules, the consumer ILC camera market will collapse. The makers of ILC are not investing enough in the computing photography to match the advances of phone cameras. It's not even close in contest.

Get pixel shift tech working for moving backgrounds ....

The pixel shift images from my Oly EM5 II are amazing as long as nothing moves ......

I would guess that the camera would have to shoot 2 images 1/250th a second apart for it to work ..... not easy

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 18:25 UTC

LOL No matter how much internal storage there is .... why wouldn't you want to doble or triple it for not much cash if you are willing to wait a bit .....

Also .... popping out the microSD card and transferring 128GB of data via USB 3 reader takes minutes ..... over the crippled buggy copy protected MTP it will take many hours if it works at all ........ it may take many hours or days via Wifi if it works at all

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 05:00 UTC as 34th comment
On article LG V30 camera review (129 comments in total)
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Sirandar: I have a V20 ,,,, There were none of the usual frustrations and disappointments with it .. Obviously I'm not upgrading, but it the V30 would be the first place I would look if I was...

The V20 has a very similar wide vs zoom dual cam and I find this a perfect compromise.... The only issue is the lag when switching ..... I wonder if that got reduced in the V30

LG phones are really catered to my style of use .... microSD is a requirement and the V20 and 30 have it. LG seems to know how to do microSD as I have had no issues with errors or card dropouts .... not one in 8 months with a 128GB card. Quick charging is pretty standard but LG has a good implementation of it.

My V20 has a removable battery ..... I doubt the V30 does ...... I prefer removable but the Li-ion tech is getting so much better that usually your phone dies or is subject to a calamity before the battery dies...

Thanks EwanMC

I used to root all my phones ..... with the V20 there just wasn't enough non-removable, non-hidable bloat to annoy me into rooting

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 18:19 UTC

The picture of the algorithm interpolating of the stateroom image is by a very very wide margin the most impressive I have ever seen ..... seems almost miraculous ...

I would be head pressed in Photoshop to rebuild that image, it automagically correctly rebuilt the door and the ironwork in front of it ..... I could do it in PS but it would require my understanding of the image and a lot of fine manual work......

That this algorithm can do it is revolutionary IMO

EDIT

Had a look at the paper ...... it really didn't fill in as much information as I thought.... it was impressive but not revolutionary

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 18:45 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On article LG V30 camera review (129 comments in total)
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Sirandar: I have a V20 ,,,, There were none of the usual frustrations and disappointments with it .. Obviously I'm not upgrading, but it the V30 would be the first place I would look if I was...

The V20 has a very similar wide vs zoom dual cam and I find this a perfect compromise.... The only issue is the lag when switching ..... I wonder if that got reduced in the V30

LG phones are really catered to my style of use .... microSD is a requirement and the V20 and 30 have it. LG seems to know how to do microSD as I have had no issues with errors or card dropouts .... not one in 8 months with a 128GB card. Quick charging is pretty standard but LG has a good implementation of it.

My V20 has a removable battery ..... I doubt the V30 does ...... I prefer removable but the Li-ion tech is getting so much better that usually your phone dies or is subject to a calamity before the battery dies...

If the FM application isn't in your app drawer .... that means the ROM flashed to your phone is from a country that has issues with it and removed it ....

If you flash a international version it should be there ...

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 16:16 UTC
On article LG V30 camera review (129 comments in total)
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Sirandar: I have a V20 ,,,, There were none of the usual frustrations and disappointments with it .. Obviously I'm not upgrading, but it the V30 would be the first place I would look if I was...

The V20 has a very similar wide vs zoom dual cam and I find this a perfect compromise.... The only issue is the lag when switching ..... I wonder if that got reduced in the V30

LG phones are really catered to my style of use .... microSD is a requirement and the V20 and 30 have it. LG seems to know how to do microSD as I have had no issues with errors or card dropouts .... not one in 8 months with a 128GB card. Quick charging is pretty standard but LG has a good implementation of it.

My V20 has a removable battery ..... I doubt the V30 does ...... I prefer removable but the Li-ion tech is getting so much better that usually your phone dies or is subject to a calamity before the battery dies...

You need to have headphones attached as that is the antenna

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 11:13 UTC

Kodak and HP had a falling out .....?

That would have been an interesting conversation ..... Too bad for all the staff working on this who wasted their time on this for years and/or got laid off....

I would guess the bigwigs finally figured out the digital was here to stay and people are printing less and less.

It may also be the ink jets in their $40,000 printer were clogging every second day..... Or produce subpar prints

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 18:07 UTC as 6th comment
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Sirandar: Growth is a relative term .... It compares where you are to where you were, unless it is projection.

400 million euros? That is a lot of cameras even at Leica prices ....

Interesting ..... In Canada I have not ever seen one Leica camera in my entire life being used in the real world ..... not one.... that says a lot about many things when you think about it .....

@ String

Lol .... I did a 4 month Ontario to BC trip last year ......

Even in Lake Louise where the avarage overnight stay costs 2 weeks net income for the average Canadian family.... I didn't see any Leicas. Not even in Tolfino ....but it was mid Oct so there wasn't many people shooting ....

I did see many many people lugging their dSLRs up the mountain with only one lens .....

Canadians do love thier dSLRs from Costco .... You do see alot of those .....

But nothing comes even close to the smartphone ...... I would guess numerically 99.99% of Canadian snaps are straight unmodified from their iPhones or Android devices....

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 04:18 UTC
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