parallaxproblem

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Fogel70: If would say this is a list of most influential gadgets the last 200 years. In a list of most influential gadgets of all time a iPhone would probably not make it to the list.

In a list "of all time" things like - wheel, axe, bow, pen and paper would be much higher ranked.

Gadget: "a small mechanical device or tool, especially an ingenious or novel one.
synonyms: appliance, apparatus, instrument, implement, tool, utensil, contrivance, contraption, machine, mechanism, device, labour-saving device, convenience"

The things you mentioned were never gadgets...

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 21:52 UTC
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Fogel70: If would say this is a list of most influential gadgets the last 200 years. In a list of most influential gadgets of all time a iPhone would probably not make it to the list.

In a list "of all time" things like - wheel, axe, bow, pen and paper would be much higher ranked.

Wheels, axes, bows, pens and paper aren't really 'gadgets'... they are the foundations that societies are based upon

This list, however, is just some teenager's idea of what is 'cool today' with a couple of older items they found on an internet search (like the Box brownie and the Polariod) thrown in

The perspective is narrow and things like the safety razor, the pocket watch, the biro, the 45rpm record that propagated 'rock and roll' etc (all of which took existing processes but integrated them more easily into daily life) are conspicuous by their absence

Actually a very poor article when you think about it...

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 00:07 UTC
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parallaxproblem: The Box Brownie and its successors were indeed incredibly important and influential

The Polaroid? Not so much I think... more relevant to the bedroom and subsequent low-level blackmail I suspect, though I'm a bit too young to be sure. Certainly the phrase 'we have the Polaroids' appears to have had a certain significance in that period

No digital watch in the list?

No Casio or Texas Instruments or Hewlett-Packark pocket calculator?

iPhone the most important? (FFS, it wasn't even the first smartphone)

The person compiling the list seems to have chosen the Polaroid because the 'immediacy' reminds them of modern digital cameras so they consider it a type of 'parent'

I don't think this is the case. I don't remember Polaroids being particularly widely used and hardly ever saw them out and about. They sold, but were still rather 'niche' (children's parties, the above mentioned... can't really think of anything else)

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 11:42 UTC

The Box Brownie and its successors were indeed incredibly important and influential

The Polaroid? Not so much I think... more relevant to the bedroom and subsequent low-level blackmail I suspect, though I'm a bit too young to be sure. Certainly the phrase 'we have the Polaroids' appears to have had a certain significance in that period

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 11:24 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
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Bach Photo: I had hoped this trend had lost traction. But then again the "dress on fire" image has been around for a long time....

Wasn't there a Pink Floyd album cover in the mid 1970's which was somewhat similar?

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2015 at 23:34 UTC
On article Video: What's in the future for Sony's Alpha system? (269 comments in total)
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AeroX: I was waiting for that burning question that didn't come: When will the Alpha 6100 hit the shops

@Cartagnena Photo
This is my transcript of the relevant part:
“Is Sony interested in having a seamless almost native like experience with A-mount lenses on the A7rII?”

“I’m really glad you brought that up because I want to assure all A-mount users were are not putting A-mount, we are still going to develop and A7rII they can use A-mount lenses via the adapter but we introduced that just because we wanted to give more options not make this an A-mount camera per se. Obviously FE lenses work best and some A-mount lenses work really really well with the camera but we understand that some of them are not going to work as good as native lenses”

“I think one of the limitations we found was that 5fps continuous shooting doesn’t work”

“Right, Right, so there are some limitations using A-mount lenses and we understand that and we understand the frustrations when I comes to that and that’s the reason we still need to create A-mount lenses, I mean cameras”

My question still stands...

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 19:08 UTC
On article Video: What's in the future for Sony's Alpha system? (269 comments in total)
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Blumfeld: I really like to like this system. But the ergonomy doesn't work for me and the characteristics of the output doesn't please me.

Hi Pat

To be honest I find the ergonomics on my A77II vastly superior to those on my NEX-5R, but the size and weight makes it much less attractive in terms of portability whenever I have to take it anywhere. For taking static, outdoor subjects the ergonomics are not such an issue, but the instant that 'the pressure is on' then the ability to change parameters quickly and easily becomes very important

With film SLRs things were much simpler... you focused the lens using the microprism spot in your pentaprism and then moved aperture and/or shutter dial until the needle in the VF was in the appropriate position between + and - (or later LEDs instead of needle and maybe let the camera do some of it for you). Now we have to adjust ISO, change shooting mode and AF-mode, select focus spot and umpteen other parameters which just didn't exist in the days of 35mm or which were 'set once' when you loaded the film!

Regression through progress? :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 19:03 UTC
On article Video: What's in the future for Sony's Alpha system? (269 comments in total)
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AeroX: I was waiting for that burning question that didn't come: When will the Alpha 6100 hit the shops

Rishi, thank you for the interview

Can I just ask, was it your understanding from the interview and the discussions that you must have had before and after that Sony is planning to release new A-mount bodies in the future?

Excellent news if it is true: it would be very nice to have 100% confidence on this!

It sounded like that in the video but the words were a bit garbled, he didn't complete the phrase 'We are going to develop..' but started talking about the A7rII instead and the specific word used later sounded like 'create A-mount lenses' which he then corrected to 'bodies' with your help... again that could be open to interpretation

Many thanks for your clarification on this...

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 18:49 UTC

Kimio Maki is obviously hoping to become CEO of a similarly soon-to-be independent ‘Sony Photographic and Video Imaging Corporation’

His current product strategy makes much more sense in this context if he plans to rename any such new company to ‘Sony-Hasselblad Imaging’ (if the name isn't too polluted), ‘Sony-Zeiss PhotoVideo’ or similar and dedicate his product line to expensive FF photo/video bodies which would compete with Leica, albeit in a slightly (but only slightly) lower price bracket

Vis-a-vis goodbye APS-C E-mount. Goodbye P&S except the expensive RX 1/10/100 series. Goodbye ‘A’-mount and any remaining Minolta legacy products...

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 09:58 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
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new boyz: So.. Canon can finally buy Sony sensor from a non-competitor company? I hope so. I would like to see more flavors of Sony sensor. Pentax flavor is the best for now.

Canon already buy Sony sensors for their P&S cameras and have done so for years

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 09:41 UTC
On article Sony SLT-A77 II Review (539 comments in total)
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sierranvin: Thanks for catching up the workload and reviewing this, fellas. I learned a lot from your work that I will both test and apply to my own shooting with this quality niche camera. I've been among the howlers about this missing review and I definitely appreciate it's completion!

Dare one ask for a "BIF Shootout" among your staff w/ each tester using the Canon, Sony, Nikon and yes, the new Samsung body, passing them around, each body w/ appropriate long zoom attached? IMO that would make for a great head to head comparison in a very important real-world use for crop sensor cameras. There are a lot of us who buy APS-C just to get the crop factor (plus enhanced portability) for long zoom work...

+1 on the BIF Shootout idea!

I bought my A77II and upgraded my 70-400G to the 'mk2' version for specifically this purpose and am currently a bit frustrated (but it may be my own poor technique)

It would be really nice to see how the 7DII+100-400 and D7200+80-400 (and maybe Pentax K3II with that new 150-450 zoom when it is released) compare with the A77II+70-400 in this role. Preferably when used by an experienced wildlife photographer

Baseball players are all very nice but they are a very different subject from birds/wildlife (for example my A77II seems to 'track' the subject fine when shooting birds but I'm still having problems getting the sort of pin-sharp results the lens is capable of at 400mm, though that may well be my own fault)

I'm guessing a lot of people are buying these mid-range body/lens combo's for precisely this purpose as the high-end bodies with an 500/4 are unrealistic for most and the lower-end bodies and zooms offer neither the performance nor the IQ necessary

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 13:01 UTC
On article Samsung NX1 Review (1256 comments in total)
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WetCoast: And A77 II review? ;)

Quote: "The NX1 sits in a crowded field of excellent cameras - both DSLR and mirrorless - such as the Nikon D7200, Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Panasonic DMC-GH4 and Fujifilm X-T1."

The A77II didn't even make it into this list alongside the 7DII and the D7200! They seem to have a blind-spot regarding that camera

Pretty poor on the part of DPR, really

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 02:35 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 77 II firmware update improves AF speed (153 comments in total)
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Serious Sam: Now can we have our 7D2 VS A77ii performance test??

@John C Tharp (18 hours ago)

Quote: " And the 70-400/G II is no gem; Nikon's 80-400G VR is better"

Not according to DPR when they compared the Sony and Nikon lenses:
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/7890621965/lens-reviews-update-dxomark-data-for-nikon-nikkor-80-400mm-lenses

Review Comment: "On DX/APS-C format, the Sony compares very favourably to the Nikon. The former is a touch sharper wide open at the short end, but the Sony pulls well ahead for sharpness at 400mm F5.6. In other respects the two lenses run pretty well neck-and-neck." (similar results on FF - and the long-end is the important end on these lenses)

You are showing an almost personal dislike for Sony in this thread, did they do something to upset you?

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 11:39 UTC

Quote: "Before we introduced the A7S we didn’t know who would buy it." What????!!!! Sony didn't bother to so any sort of research or analysis concerning their target market before developing and releasing a product? I find this genuinely shocking

Another quote: "In the beginning, we had a lot of demand from gadget lovers, who really liked it. But after that initial boom was over we’ve had a very stable level of business. It’s maybe still a niche, but this is our challenge". In the DPReveiw interview with another Sony Exec, Kimio Maki, a year ago he was crowing about the 'success' of the QX range and how he had humiliated his manager who asked 'why to I want this' with a response that the manager was not the target audience... seemingly not many people apart from a few 'gadget lovers' were the audience

Sony seem to be 'winging it' with their product releases and I see no evidence of a clear strategy for their product lines. As a Sony owner I am rather disturbed by this

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 01:30 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies
On article Sony a5100 First Impressions Review (589 comments in total)
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parallaxproblem: You state in your first paragraph: "The a5100 picks up where the NEX-5 series leaves off"

This is NOT a replacement for the NEX-5T

It is a continuation of the NEX-3 series and basically a mild update of the A5000 to include the latest sensor/chipset and a touchscreen (though you don't mention the touchscreen in your preview)

In comparison to the NEX-5 series:

- it does not have a Metal body. Front plates on all NEX-5 models were alloy as were the top plates on earlier products in that series

- it does not have any form of feature connector so you cannot connect an external EVF or microphone or external flash, as you can with the later NEX-5 models (this is a big disadvantage of the A5xxxx series)

- its LCD only tilts upwards whereas the NEX-5 series LCD's also tilted downwards as well as upwards

- it does not have the top dial of the last NEX-5 series models

PLEASE UPDATE THE INCORRECT STATEMENT IN YOUR PREVIEW THAT THIS IS A REPLACEMENT FOR THE NEX-5T

The 20MP sensor actually performs very well in terms of IQ, it just lacks the PDAF sensor sites which allow the fast 'hybrid AF' which this model and the A6000 sjare

There is a good chance that the older 16 and 20MP sensors and their associated chipsets are no longer manufactured and so this update is probably somewhat 'forced' if Sony are hoping for another 12 months of manufacture of this model

You get a new video codec and a touchscreen, otherwise there seems to be little change. Yes, I think 'mild update' is a perfectly reasonable description, and the camera DOES NOT FOLLOW ON FROM THE NEX-5 SERIES, which was the point of my first comment

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 09:26 UTC
On article Sony a5100 First Impressions Review (589 comments in total)
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parallaxproblem: You state in your first paragraph: "The a5100 picks up where the NEX-5 series leaves off"

This is NOT a replacement for the NEX-5T

It is a continuation of the NEX-3 series and basically a mild update of the A5000 to include the latest sensor/chipset and a touchscreen (though you don't mention the touchscreen in your preview)

In comparison to the NEX-5 series:

- it does not have a Metal body. Front plates on all NEX-5 models were alloy as were the top plates on earlier products in that series

- it does not have any form of feature connector so you cannot connect an external EVF or microphone or external flash, as you can with the later NEX-5 models (this is a big disadvantage of the A5xxxx series)

- its LCD only tilts upwards whereas the NEX-5 series LCD's also tilted downwards as well as upwards

- it does not have the top dial of the last NEX-5 series models

PLEASE UPDATE THE INCORRECT STATEMENT IN YOUR PREVIEW THAT THIS IS A REPLACEMENT FOR THE NEX-5T

NEX-5 series had EVF as an option which could be attached by the feature connector

A6000 does not have a metal body so you are wrong in that statement

I'm happy for you that you don't like the feature connector of the NEX-5 series. Those who brought accessories with that connector might not share your sentiments, as might not those who would like to attach a flash, or an EVF, or a microphone to this camera (all possible with the NEX-5, not possible with this series)

This is actually a rather limited camera in comparison to the NEX-5 series and I suspect that most of its target audience would be better-off with an RX100 unless they really need the better ISO performance or faster AF, as the 24MP will be lost on the kit lens that most of them will keep glued to the body

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 08:22 UTC
On article Sony a5100 First Impressions Review (589 comments in total)
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Kiril Karaatanasov: What is "Touch-enabled LCD"?

My A6000 is either broken or the model does not support touch screen operation.

The A6000 does not have a touchscreen - though the reason for this omission on that model is not clear (other than the NEX-6 was also missing it for inexplicable reasons)

It seems that touchscreen has been added to this model to make it slightly more 'NEX-5' like, but sadly it lacks many of the other useful and more advanced features that the NEX-5 series had

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 08:08 UTC
On article Sony a5100 First Impressions Review (589 comments in total)

You state in your first paragraph: "The a5100 picks up where the NEX-5 series leaves off"

This is NOT a replacement for the NEX-5T

It is a continuation of the NEX-3 series and basically a mild update of the A5000 to include the latest sensor/chipset and a touchscreen (though you don't mention the touchscreen in your preview)

In comparison to the NEX-5 series:

- it does not have a Metal body. Front plates on all NEX-5 models were alloy as were the top plates on earlier products in that series

- it does not have any form of feature connector so you cannot connect an external EVF or microphone or external flash, as you can with the later NEX-5 models (this is a big disadvantage of the A5xxxx series)

- its LCD only tilts upwards whereas the NEX-5 series LCD's also tilted downwards as well as upwards

- it does not have the top dial of the last NEX-5 series models

PLEASE UPDATE THE INCORRECT STATEMENT IN YOUR PREVIEW THAT THIS IS A REPLACEMENT FOR THE NEX-5T

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 08:02 UTC as 154th comment | 7 replies
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parallaxproblem: Poor interview - all we get to know is that the guy has no prior E-mount or A-mount experience... no wonder both ranges seem to be so confused now!

Also that the guy is an intellectual butterfly wanting to 'create something new every six months'... fantastic for gaining new customers, but what about the existing customers who want to see some coherency and ongoing continuity in their product range? And new customers become existing customers as soon as they buy something..!

What does the cancellation of the 'NEX' product range name mean?

What is the future for A-mount?

Will there be future small Emount cameras like the NEX bodies were or will they all be huge monsters like the A3000 or expensive mini-DSLRs like the A7?

Will there be future low or mid-range A-mount bodies?

How are Sony going to integrate E-mount and A mount?

Yep... none of these questions and more were answered

Sorry, I'm disappointed, and I suspect many other current Sony owners are as well!

Hi Barney

Thank you for taking the time to read my comment replying

Is there any way you can find out what the situation is concerning some of these issues for existing Sony customers?

I'm rather surprised that Sony can just announce the end of the NEX branding and that in reponse all the industry interviewers seem to simply nod and smile, and that none of them asks them what that actually means in practice!

I am only seeing comments from Mr Maki in this article on his desire to attact new customers. Sony need to make some effort to convince existing ones that they are still interested in us! (and potential new customers should consider how the existing ones are being treated!)

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 02:59 UTC

Poor interview - all we get to know is that the guy has no prior E-mount or A-mount experience... no wonder both ranges seem to be so confused now!

Also that the guy is an intellectual butterfly wanting to 'create something new every six months'... fantastic for gaining new customers, but what about the existing customers who want to see some coherency and ongoing continuity in their product range? And new customers become existing customers as soon as they buy something..!

What does the cancellation of the 'NEX' product range name mean?

What is the future for A-mount?

Will there be future small Emount cameras like the NEX bodies were or will they all be huge monsters like the A3000 or expensive mini-DSLRs like the A7?

Will there be future low or mid-range A-mount bodies?

How are Sony going to integrate E-mount and A mount?

Yep... none of these questions and more were answered

Sorry, I'm disappointed, and I suspect many other current Sony owners are as well!

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 00:51 UTC as 64th comment | 5 replies
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