BJN

BJN

Lives in United States Salt Lake City USA, UT, United States
Works as a Graphic design
Joined on Apr 30, 2001

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Good news, it won't crash if the battery has a problem.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 20:03 UTC as 16th comment
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (710 comments in total)
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NAwlins Contrarian: Beginners?!* No, this camera only makes sense for experts who know how to live within its severe limitations, and want something very inexpensive / disposable for use within this camera's narrow performance envelope. Beginners would be much better-served by a used MILC from Sony, Fuji, Panasonic, Olympus, or maybe even--dare I say it?--even a used Canon EOS M. In fact, I think in most cases beginners would be better served by an original Sony RX100, which is still available new for just a little more than this camera.

*"Conclusion ... Good for: Beginners looking to move from their smartphone to a platform that delivers higher quality photos ...."

It isn't a good choice for anyone, no matter how carefully you couch the language.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 20:26 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (710 comments in total)
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agentlossing: Comparing this to class-leading M4/3 cameras like the Panasonic G85/GX85, Olympus EM5ii and EM1ii, etc. and it doesn't look so good.

However, compare it to the two other companies' first forays, the G1 and EP1, and it looks pretty fantastic, at least that sensor does. It's illustrative of the fact that technology has matured a lot in the years since the format's inception, but that we have a lot to thank Panasonic and Olympus for in terms of their design and iterative process, as well. Hold a latest-generation M4/3 camera, and shoot with it, and you will realize what a lightning-fast, all-around stellar piece of kit it is.

I'm excited to see future innovations from YI if, and it's a big if, they decide to go all in and stay with these cameras. A new manufacturer with an entirely new mindset might do great things for the format.

Even rolling back the clock the YI AF would be lousy by comparison. The market doesn't work in time machine mode. I think before a company can be innovative, they at least need to be adequate.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 20:22 UTC
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W5JCK: Oh goodie, another dumb bleeping Kickstarter project slash stupid non-photographers gadget. Buy a real camera from a company that knows how to secure financing. Kickstarter is just a ripoff web fiasco that allows undesirables to take money from morons to pay the salaries of lazy jerks who have no intention of ever bringing a final product to market, much less support that product. Vaporware would be the better term to use.

A product on Kickstarter isn't a product. A few companies have a good track record, but treat everyone else with extreme skepticism. I don't like equipment news sites giving coverage to crowdfunding campaigns for products that don't yet exist.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 21:00 UTC

Nice work on the gallery images.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 18:32 UTC as 86th comment
On article Affinity Photo beta now available for Windows (75 comments in total)
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Lan: "The company bills its software as a much cheaper but no less robust alternative to Adobe Photoshop"

Well it is in beta afterall ;)

The license for the non-beta Mac version is $49.99. I'd assume the pricing for the Windows version release will be the same.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 20:23 UTC
On article Affinity Photo beta now available for Windows (75 comments in total)

Poor noise reduction via the raw image engine. There's no alternative engine option as on the Mac version that uses Apple's engine. And the platform is 32-bits, meaning 8 bits for RGB plus one 8-bit alpha channel. For someone who just needs an 8-bit editing application, it's cheap and seems versatile.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 20:15 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies

Can you guys quit using bokeh as a synonym for shallow focus? The word describes something much more subtle and very specific...the quality of out-of-focus areas. By misusing the word you also rob it of its utility.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 20:02 UTC as 20th comment | 12 replies
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Denis of Whidbey Island: I gave up my search for a belt clip that works with Arca-Swiss plates. Seems strange that vendors don't cater to that large market.

The Camera Clips do indeed use an Arca-compatible plate. The plate isn't large, but it works with Arca clamps on my monopods and ballheads. There's an accessory that creates a soft belt mount. If I'm using a backpack, I prefer to hang the camera from a shoulder strap.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 01:49 UTC

If you have to ask if anyone needs this, you don't need this.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 14:39 UTC as 104th comment | 1 reply
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mariuss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlDzYIIOYmM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1C6QRodsc8

"...and end-to-end life capture solution." Ugggh.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 20:58 UTC
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Nobby2016: i once had a DJI phantom... DJI is the worst company i had ever to deal with.
i will NEVER EVER buy anything from them again.

their support is abysmal.

but this gopro karma drone is tempting.
i might buy it.

GoPro has had some of the worst support I've ever dealt with.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 20:54 UTC

Your strings of asterisks look like bleeped language. You might consider using superscript numerals for footnote references. Just sayin' **********.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 16:45 UTC as 258th comment
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Richard Franiec: When the original Eos M was introduced, it quickly became a laughing stock for already well developed M4/3 and Sony Nex users and reviewers. Maybe rightly so.
Now, after four years, Canon has something that other mirrorless makers might to start worry about.
It is not uncommon that adapting to the new realities takes time for a large corporation but when they finally do, they can make difficult for smaller companies to compete for the long run. Looks like that time is around the corner.
Likely, Nikon will do something similar if not better. We'll see.

It'll be a while before the lens options make any M camera interesting to me.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 18:33 UTC
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Eric Glam: The battery life says it all - meaning, it's not for me.
Thanks, but no thanks, Canon.

Poor battery life isn't ameliorated by owning more batteries. Frequent battery changes are a pain.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 18:31 UTC

A photography blog should know better than to equate a soft focus background with bokeh. It seems many photographers don't grasp the concept of bokeh meaning the characteristics of the out-of-focus areas, not the amount of blur or not. If you're going to post a listicle, at least stick to the general DPReview tradition of accurate description and photo education,

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 03:46 UTC as 324th comment | 4 replies
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (396 comments in total)
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damian5000: Looks great, but they forgot to add a $2 touch display. All that incredible tech, and still no tap focus.

Ed Ingold: Touch focus on EVF cameras is a brilliant use of the technology. You don't need to see your finger to be able to precisely move the AF point when looking through the viewfinder, any more than you need to watch your finger when using a trackpad or a mouse. You can touch the wrong spot accidentally, but it's so much faster to directly touch the point you want that I've never needed to resort to a 4-way pad for selection. Of course I prefer fully articulating displays so I don't need to worry about where my nose might hit.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 03:14 UTC
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Truebar: This truly is from the time when technological product design was on top of the drawing board / agenda. How sad that that sort of thinking (which should be timeless) is gone by now. That is what happens when competition is practically non existent.

Eyeroll. Misplaced nostalgia for expensive and barely useful cameras.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 15:04 UTC
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Suntan: We had some mavica cameras at work back in the day. They were awesome for getting a picture quick. Everyone in the office could use them without needing to have IT install "twain" drivers and all the rest.

Awesome for getting really, really lousy pictures quick. Twain drivers weren't much of a penalty to pay for decent quality scans.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 15:01 UTC

Yeah, right. The June "Tomb Raiders" NG cover is a Photoshop illustration using a Getty stock image of a leather-gloved hand superimposed over a photo of Tut's golden mask. I'm looking forward to my subscription running out.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 20:28 UTC as 40th comment
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