ovengloves

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Many years ago I bought Minolta Dimage A1, after a few years sold it to a friend.
A few years later it failed so he sent it in for repair, expecting it to be scrapped.
They repaired it for free because it was a manufacturing fault and it was over 5 years old.
Now that was what I call customer service.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 09:48 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (892 comments in total)
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Kerensky97: What is with the obsession over EVF lag? Do a lot of photographers have Parkinsons? I may be weird but when I take a picture I'm trying to hold the camera steady instead of wiggling it around to see if there is lag. Yes, I know that high speed sports photographers will notice lag, but most of the militant comentors arguing camera stats aren't sports photographers, just keyboard photographers.

It's easier to preempt something in real time than when there's already a delay.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 08:32 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta's prosumer DiMAGE 7 (207 comments in total)
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ovengloves: I always liked Minolta kit and the way they were going with their digital cameras, they always had plenty of physical controls so you didn't have to get lost in menus.
Pity they sold up to Sony.

I personally don't think there's much innovation these days, sensors get a little bit better but there's a weird obsession with making cameras look 50 years old and uncomfortable to hold at the moment.
The DSC-R-1 looked ok, I actually had a DSC-F828 but sent it back after a few days, wasn't impressed.
I think the Minolta in them has been diluted to the point of non-existence now.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 08:46 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta's prosumer DiMAGE 7 (207 comments in total)

I always liked Minolta kit and the way they were going with their digital cameras, they always had plenty of physical controls so you didn't have to get lost in menus.
Pity they sold up to Sony.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 12:27 UTC as 111th comment | 4 replies
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SELEES: All of this nonsense could have been avoided if Samsung and all other players, namely APPLE, would get it out of their heads that we consumers are desperate for a thinner phone.

I have NEVER heard anyone, after getting their new Apple iPhone or Samsung Note etc, say, "Love the phone but gee I wish it was thinner!" No!

We all want others things like, better camera, better battery life (ie: thicker, bigger longer lasting) and in the case of Apple in particular, a MicroSD card slot so that we can add our own memory expansion without the Apple Tax!

NetMage, the micro SD card isn't system memory and needn't be slow or cheap.
Most companies do put a memory card slot in so you can use it for expansion, backup or whatever.
iDevices don't put the slot in so as to encourage you to pay a massive premium for a few extra gig. It's not that they are technically better they are just trying to get more money out of you.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 16:31 UTC
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Juck: Bravo,, wonderful images. I'm not going to scroll through the comments,, I can only imagine the childlike pointless criticisms from the usual 'Armchair Ansels' we have here.

You should scroll through the comments, some of them are almost as entertaining as the pictures and article are good. But for the wrong reasons :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 23:58 UTC

Scraping the bottom of the barrel for features I think.

Wouldn't be so bad if they had image recognition though I suppose.
"Select Uncle Johns face"
"Make him look happy"

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 10:24 UTC as 35th comment
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Fujica: Once global shutters become affordable the DSLR will be an ancient tool like film loaded cameras are today.

Once they have perfected matter transporters, the car, bus, train, plane, bicycle, scooter, motor bike, lift, food trolleys and walking will all be an ancient tool like film is today.
Or like vinyl records, oh wait, they have become fashionable again!!

You're going to need a bit more than a global shutter to fix the issues with the alternatives to DSLRs to kill them off.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 10:07 UTC
On article Cokin launches vintage-styled Riviera Classic tripod (95 comments in total)
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Paul JM: Fantastic looking piece of kit. Would be nice to hear some hands on experience so we can hear how well it works in the field, but for the naysayers below, if you dont like the look, or think that the look of the gear is irrelevant, then dont read the article, go take some photos, and cease whinging on these forums. If a manufacturer has taken the time to make their gear aesthetically pleasing, then good on them. I spend hours drooling over the craftsmanship of my combination of a gitzo CF tripod and ArcaSwiss head, and dont feel guilty about it for a moment. I was under the impression that photography was all about aesthetics, well certainly in the shots. Nothing to feel guilty about wanting great looking gear

As I said, surely their sales figures will tell them people like it, they won't tell them why they don't like it.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2016 at 20:20 UTC
On article Cokin launches vintage-styled Riviera Classic tripod (95 comments in total)
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Paul JM: Fantastic looking piece of kit. Would be nice to hear some hands on experience so we can hear how well it works in the field, but for the naysayers below, if you dont like the look, or think that the look of the gear is irrelevant, then dont read the article, go take some photos, and cease whinging on these forums. If a manufacturer has taken the time to make their gear aesthetically pleasing, then good on them. I spend hours drooling over the craftsmanship of my combination of a gitzo CF tripod and ArcaSwiss head, and dont feel guilty about it for a moment. I was under the impression that photography was all about aesthetics, well certainly in the shots. Nothing to feel guilty about wanting great looking gear

I think it is quite valid to post a comment where you dislike something.
It will give manufactures a more balanced indication of what people want rather than relying purely n sales figures.
Personally I don't like anything retro, it just looks old and naff. But I understand why some folks will like it.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 12:54 UTC
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ovengloves: And this is why I only put my phone in the back pocket of my trousers, or any other battery device. Burnt buttocks is one thing but burnt nuts is probably best avoided!

Never.
I actually work in the field of electrical safety and have seen what these cells can do if they fail, although it is pretty rare I have to say.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 14:16 UTC
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ovengloves: And this is why I only put my phone in the back pocket of my trousers, or any other battery device. Burnt buttocks is one thing but burnt nuts is probably best avoided!

tr573, if you've ever seen a lithium cell pop I can assure you that a thigh is too close to your nuts.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 12:32 UTC

And this is why I only put my phone in the back pocket of my trousers, or any other battery device. Burnt buttocks is one thing but burnt nuts is probably best avoided!

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 11:24 UTC as 31st comment | 7 replies

OK I suppose if you don't want to use it as a phone because all that metal in the case is certainly going to hamper the RF signal.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 11:26 UTC as 13th comment
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Tiderace: I am a research methodologist. There is a problem with the validity of the test. The glass is supported by a very narrow circular steel hollow rod beneath the filter. Yes, this produced the result seen. However, the test should have been done with the outside filter ring being supported NOT the center of the glass. This would represent real life validity of impact to filters not the test dynamics. The results might be similar, however, this is speculation only. Impact resistance has many variables including deformity, elasticity, and so on. Sigma may know this, and this is why they did not show us such a test. I find myself healthily wary of this test and its results and its generalizability to real world ability. Why did they not choose the test that would have been obvious, i.e., support of the filter by the circumference of the filter? If I am wrong, I will be glad to consider buying one.

I don't see the validity of this test myself.
Conventional glass is more flexible and failed in this application because it could not flex enough. If the surface area were bigger it is entirely possible it would pass. Imagine jumping on a trampoline.
I do get involved with imapact testing of glass and many other materials and the only way to know if something is going to be any good is to test it as it will be used in the real world.
That asside its a damn site cheaper to have lens insurrance than buy a few of these.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 16:36 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G5 X real-world samples gallery (52 comments in total)
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timo: I'm a bit shocked by these samples - there seems to be a lot of noise even at low ISOs, and the sharpness across the frame looks terrible in some of them. When I picked up the camera in a shop recently I was quite tempted. Not now.

I too understand all the meanings behind noise but it makes me laugh when you buy a camera with a shed load of pixels but you can't actually use all of them.
20MP is twice 10MP but in reality it's probably 15MP when you consider noise unless your shooting at the base ISO, get the exposure perfect and there are no shady areas to show it off.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 17:14 UTC
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Ashley Pomeroy: One day a major photojournalism prize is going to be won by a chap who held his iPhone over his head and clicked the shutter two dozen times, without knowing what he was shooting; the images were selected by the phone's app and transmitted directly to the picture desk. It'll raise all kinds of issues.

I get tired of reading about "Professional" cameras and photographers. Theres way too much snobbery. Professional just means you get paid for doing it. So if you get paid for your iPhone photo your a professional.
And just because your a professional doesn't mean your any good.
Digital photography has made life more difficult for the "Professional" but hard cheese. Lifes tough these days for all professions. So either live with it or get another job.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2012 at 12:28 UTC
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