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tkbslc: Why does it seem like only Apple based computer hardware makes it to the news feed?

The only way this gear is "Apple-based" is if being a fanboy or hater blinds you to the fact that Thunderbolt 3 is driving many new Windows PC laptop performance solutions including external GPUs.

The words "Apple" and "Mac" cannot be found appear anywhere in the news story or LaCie's quoted press release.

This reminds me of the many Internet commenters who have complained about the "proprietary Apple" Thunderbolt connection, even though it's actually an Intel technology...

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 23:39 UTC
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photowurks: Why isn't Nikon making this kind of material!?!?

Because Nikon already got eclipsed by Fuji.
https://www.dpreview.com/news/1896381164/sony-is-now-2-in-the-us-full-frame-interchangeable-lens-camera-market

Canon's telling us to get ready, they're going to be eclipsed next...

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 23:17 UTC
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Ebrahim Saadawi: I'd take a 5DsR + 16-35mill. Make huge prints.

(A d810/a7r would do great too but one likes that 5D body/controls)

You have some gorgeous places to take pictures of, we're so unlucky out here in Egypt... Sun, desert, No colour.

"Sometimes it's hard to see past the familiar." Too true. I knew a guy who moved up north from the American Southwest. On the relatively few days the sun comes out up here, everyone looks for an excuse to skip work and go outside, but he would be the only person in the city who would prefer to stay inside. The unending days of hot sun he grew up with left him with the ingrained idea that being out in the sun was everyday, uncomfortably hot, and boring...

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 00:23 UTC

Although I have moved on to an LX7, my LX3 is still in use around our household. The LX3 was a great travel camera despite the short zoom, and a great camera to sneak into a concert thanks to the fast lens, if you can get close to the stage. For the better part of the last decade, the LX series has lived in my daily commuter bag and when I can't bring a bag it goes in my jacket, and I've got a lot of great shots because of that pocket-sized take-anywhere portability. My smartphone can't match the larger sensor, and doesn't zoom either.

One of the biggest things that held back pocket cameras before were the slow, mediocre lenses. If nothing else, we have to at least thank Panasonic for changing that with the fast Leica glass they put into the LX series.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 23:36 UTC as 41st comment | 3 replies
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chupacabra1: I'm fine for a safer America. It's not the end of the world guys, lol.

If you are fine for a safer America, a true patriot...you should be against this as a misdirection of priorities.

Because if you look at the causes that kill the most Americans every year, terrorism does not make the list. A fierce defender of American lives would prioritize the efforts that would prevent the most American deaths each year.

Some of the top killers of Americans, that kill literally millions of Americans every year, are heart disease, cancer, stroke, influenza, and diabetes. Terrorism does not make the list. Terrorism is not killing millions of Americans, but these things do, and they are already on our soil.

A true American patriot would defend against these killers of millions of Americans by supporting decisions that provide accessible, preventative health care to as many people as possible. A true American patriot would recognize that over-prioritization of terrorism is an obvious fake distraction away from what really kills the most Americans every year.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 23:35 UTC

As usual many are saying this proves iPhones are "overpriced." That is not proven by the data.

All it proves is that the iPhone is set to a price that the market will bear. That's how markets work. If the iPhone was overpriced, it would not be as profitable or not profitable at all. People have many, many less expensive phone choices. No one forces them to buy an iPhone. That many choose an iPhone means they freely decided the iPhone contains value that justifies the price.

In fact, because of the sheer margin of profit, on a free market basis some could argue that the iPhone might be underpriced.

No, I don't even own an iPhone 7 or 6. My free market choice was to choose a less expensive phone.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 00:11 UTC as 52nd comment | 5 replies
On article Lightroom Mobile update brings Raw HDR capture mode (59 comments in total)
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skanter: Do people actually PP photos on their phones?

@mlewan Zooming on the phone is even easier than you described. Instead of pinching, you can just double-tap and it toggles between Fit and 1:1. About the same amount of time as pressing Z on the keyboard between the two magnifications, and no wasted time fiddling around with how far to pinch.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 00:36 UTC

Digital Pie Review must be getting ready for Pi Day (3.14…)

I don't care if this is sponsored, I ate it up. Even then, it shows why Canon needs to do more with their mirrorless line. While the M5 looks pretty good especially with Dual Pixel AF, after 11 years of Canon DSLRs, I recently got my first mirrorless, and I chose…the Panasonic G85. It was largely because of the lens selection.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 00:30 UTC as 36th comment
On article Lightroom Mobile update brings Raw HDR capture mode (59 comments in total)
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skanter: Do people actually PP photos on their phones?

Two faulty conclusions there. That "tiny screen" doesn't have to be the end of the process, and the screen doesn't have to be tiny, either.

What's wrong with making a good first pass at a shot on your phone to share (remember iOS is now system color managed), then finishing it up on the desktop? I would have said it's a waste of time if this is all JPEG, but it's all non-destructive raw edits. It doesn't matter how bad my first edit is on the phone, I can fix every last aspect of it on my calibrated desktop later because it syncs raw.

On the screen not having to be tiny. I have played with the in-camera DNG before this release, and what I didn't account for was that once taken with the Lightroom camera, the fact that it syncs to the cloud means when I open LRMobile on my iPad, the image is also there. Now I am editing on a screen that is not so tiny. If it was an iPad Pro, it would not be tiny, it would 13". When I get back to my desktop, the image syncs there and the screen is 27".

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 00:54 UTC
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EOS Paul: Why do people feel the need to take selfies? I can imagine they are useful as an alibi, but they are very narcissistic.

I don't take many selfies, but I understand them. I've taken thousands of photos on a trip and gotten home, and realized there's not a single photo of me in them, and regretted that I don't see any record of myself in those places. Now I try to remind myself to take a self-portrait once in a while.

Nobody complained about all the self-portraits done in the last 1000 years. Everybody finds them fascinating, organize exhibitions around the theme, etc.

Now we change the word to "selfies" and suddenly people call them narcissistic...

Even though I don't personally enjoy taking selfies, 50-100 years in the future, I have a feeling that most families will treasure the selfies of their long gone loved ones more than the same loved one's picture of a rock or tree or sunset with no people in it.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 00:48 UTC
On article Nikon D5600 review: making connectivity a snap? (346 comments in total)
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Stejo: With smartphones obliterating the low end of the market, the differentiating factor for midrange models should be giving you full control of your camera in a way smartphones can't. Yet they keep releasing single dial models to protect sales of high end ones. They truly are blind and deserve what they get.

Richard Butler wrote: "Personally I think you can deduce a lot about who Nikon thinks this camera is for by the fact the touchpad doesn't control AF point by default: presumably because the target user is assumed not to understand or want to move the AF point."

Seems like an odd conclusion. I just bought my first camera with a touchscreen (Panasonic G85), and after trying out how to set the AF point with it, I came to the exact opposite conclusion:

"A touchscreen on a camera is a natural and obvious feature, because these days, almost everyone who buys an enthusiast/pro camera body has already logged thousands of hours of familiarity and muscle memory setting the AF point on their smartphone, and would naturally have an expectation that their MFT or DSLR would work the exact same way."

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 00:38 UTC
On article Kamerar Lens Zoom Kit for iPhone 7 Plus review (27 comments in total)

Looks like someone had a nice day in Madrid...Parque del Retiro is a great park

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 01:25 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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angus rocks: Will this fit into my K-1000?

The problem is that like Sony, the bottleneck is not storage. If I try to shoot at more than 2 fps on my K1000, my thumb starts to cramp up on the film advance lever.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 00:31 UTC
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Sean65: Very clever technology. So apple own a database of million of peoples fingerprints and now facial recognition. Wonder where this is going. Haha

@pagou, you posted a 6-year-old link about a problem that was fixed long ago. You can stop this on your own iPhone by going into iOS Location Services today and turn off Frequent Locations. It wasn't even "tracking" a specific location...it was a local cache of crowdsourced access points.

If you object to this concept, you must also object to Google and Android, because this is the same idea used by Google to crowdsource information like traffic conditions and which hours businesses are busiest. They get that data by anonymously aggregating connection data from phones passing through certain locations.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 01:02 UTC

Since DPR asked our opinion, my view is that this is too much at the rumor stage to be covered by DPR.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 00:42 UTC as 60th comment
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Kabe Luna: I can't imagine how it's NOT relatively easy to fool face recognition. Certainly, it'd be easier than the fingerprint scanner. And it would require, potentially, acquiescing to your phone always watching. I'm not down with that. Hell, Siri is permanently disabled because I don't want to agree to being monitored. Hell, typing a password isn't sufficiently burdensome that I'd pay for the privilege of losing a measure of privacy.

One reason I prefer fingerprint unlocking over typing a password is because then my password can't be visually observed and recorded. Not just by the person sitting next to you on the train or plane or movie theater, but by the ubiquitous overhead cameras in restaurants, grocery store checkout lines, etc.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 00:41 UTC
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rugosa: Reminds me of my mother back in the 1990's saying that a finger print would be great for ATM instead of a PIN # until I told her that a thief could just cut your finger off and use it later. If you passed out at a party, or were asleep, or dead could a person unlock your phone with this 3D facial recognition? How about if you stole a famous persons phone and took it to one of those wax museums?

I believe I read that some fingerprint systems perform additional analysis to make sure there was blood flowing inside, i.e. verify it is a living human finger. Something similar could be done with 3D scanning so that it would say for instance "That isn't human skin, it's wax. Access denied"

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 00:38 UTC
On article Extremely dramatic video touts Canon's CMOS technology (196 comments in total)
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MrBrightSide: More casual racism from the hipster set. Everything the author so gleefully mocks can be attributed to cultural differences between Japan and the very insular world of Seattle
The person who translated the voiceover definitely could have done a better job of omitting or contextualizing the culture-specific elements but all in all the mirthful reaction to the video just shows how ignorant the buttahkusai are to one of the worlds most intriguing and subtle nations.

"the very insular world of Seattle"

Your comment became suspect as soon as you said that. Insular Seattle? The Pacific Rim city with one of the busiest ports in the world because it's closer to Asian cities than other American ports? Inside the state that had an Asian governor for 8 years recently?

On a website where key staff moved to Seattle from England?

It's hard to get less insular than a staff from Europe working in North America in a building that probably has a view of the container ships coming in from the Pacific Ocean...which your last camera probably came in...

I watch a lot of NHK World television and to me, the Canon video is simply a typical example of the way the Japanese make videos. Which to me is always a little over-dramatic and emotional, which I laugh at from time to time, without being "racist." Just as I would laugh at the cliche explosions of a Michael Bay movie...that doesn't make me racist either.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 18:00 UTC
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Shlomo Goldwasser: When I look at this, I'm like: I want it. But when you think about it there are not that many things to film in slomo that are not gimmicky. You could film your cat jumping or attacking or a watergun squirting. This is cool once or twice, but it hardly warrants a three layer sensor specifically made for this functionality.

I can only think of two frequent uses for this: sports and adult industries.

You left out a third of many other uses: Research.

I watch nature programs on TV, and slo-mo is frequently used so that you can more easily see the motion of fast-moving animals. With some animals, the frame rates of today's affordable cameras (60-120 fps) is not enough. The 1000 fps of the sensor in this article is better for subjects like hummingbirds.

There are many other ways to use high frame rate video to observe and analyze. It is easy to imagine cheap high speed video becoming useful, if it isnt already, in areas like manufacturing failure mode analysis, biology and wildlife management, etc.

We know time lapse video is useful in all kinds of creative and scientific pursuits. High frame rate video is simply the other end of that spectrum, and it has just as many opportunities.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 21:47 UTC
On article GIMP seeks funding for future advanced features (239 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: Has he added a shadow/highlight slider yet?

bobbarber - We are in agreement much more than you think. Earlier I said that many images might require both curves and shadow/highlight. I understand how precise and valuable curves are, and how much more valuable they are when masked to specific areas. But shadow/highlight is also a valuable third way.

It sounds like you're underestimating the shadow/highlight sliders. Remember, there are some types of control you have with those that are difficult with masks. I understand masked curves. But I also understand that S/H and curves cannot completely replace the other.

If you want to work exclusively with curves, that's 100% OK and wonderful. But I strongly believe that dismissing shadow/highlight because it's "just one slider" is as misguided and self-limiting as Scott Kelby's claim that we no longer need to use curves because we now have shadow/highlight. Both are not true.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 00:32 UTC
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