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DiffractionLtd: Why do companies and products in the computer and phone realm have such silly, childish names?

They come up with those names because it is not as easy as you think to come up with a name. And, because people like you complain no matter what.

If they come up with friendly, human names, you complain that it's "silly and childish."

If they go with rational, ordered names, you complain, or at least someone complains about the camera names like G85, GX85, GH5, or car names like 3, 5, 9 (Mazda) or Model 3 (Tesla).

There is an additional complication that names need to not be trademarked by anyone else in any other country, so some companies like Microsoft and Intel use un-trademarkable geographic names like Kaby Lake and Cannon Lake. Apple uses place names like Mavericks (beach), Yosemite, and Mojave, and people complain about those too.

Doesn't matter what name you come up with, somebody is going to complain about it. It is a game that is difficult to win.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2018 at 00:35 UTC
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Stigg: The Namibian Holocaust committed by the Germans in 1908 or so would be for me a much worthier subject than the same old sand dunes if going to Namibia. That genocide is still unresolved with the Germans finally admitting to it but trying to avoid any reparations or restitution. The key Namibian figure in gaining recognition would be Ida Hoffman. You should have met with her for a photo shoot and also to shoot the many infamous massacre and concentration camp sites.

Aside from the historical genocide, there exists an extreme form of apartheid in Namibia which is both easy to see and shoot. The ethnic Germans still occupying enormous masses of land and living in luxurious dwellings alongside dessicated shanty towns is quite a photographic sight.

Genocide awareness is certainly a worthy subject, but Namibia is like most other countries in that there are a variety of possible legitimate subjects. Maybe there should be more photographers covering that, but there is no need to limit those shooting the desert.

I would not tell a visiting African photographer documenting the beauty of Yosemite National Park or the Utah desert that they really ought to be documenting the homeless in the alleyways of the rich tech town of San Francisco. That doesn't work, no matter if economic disparity might be a more "worthy" moral/social/political subject.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2018 at 23:33 UTC

The DPreview summary said "nothing could prepare him for the conditions he witnessed on his most recent visit" but it is clear that he was a very prepared photographer, and that is why he had these images to show.

When conditions change like this, you have to know your equipment and understand how to adapt. Clearly that is how this went, like when he told his students "we needed to make very good use of the mist. It could dissipate before sunrise or even in a few minutes, and so deep focus and efficiency was needed to capture as many good images as possible." That's what you gotta do, focus, adapt, execute.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2018 at 20:24 UTC as 46th comment | 1 reply

According to the video, it also prevents snakes and bee swarms from attacking you as you photograph them up close!

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2018 at 04:31 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
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jonathanj: I like Peak Design straps and I would happily pay a premium price for something that meets my needs, but I really don't get this recent obsession with "packing cubes" for luggage. Just wrap your clothes in a plastic bag!

@HRC2016, "Having separate compartments built into luggage is best" I tend to dislike built-in compartments because they are usually never quite set up the way I want for the gear I have, so they go unused, as non-removable space-sucking dividers.

Cubes let my pull out modules of items for selective packing/unpacking. With a cube, if I don't need it on the trip, the cube doesn't go in the bag, the bag has more free space than if equivalent dividers were built in.

I just bought another cube. Why? Because I got tired of moving my mouse, headphones, charger, cables, and USB dock between the bigger and smaller bag I use for my laptop. When switching bags I often forgot to bring something that was in the other bag. One solution would be to buy an entire second set of items for the other bag - no way. Much cheaper solution: Buy a cube, put the accessories in it. When I switch bags, I simply grab the cube, put it in the other bag, and everything is present and accounted for.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2018 at 23:15 UTC
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milkod2001: Would think twice if it was $150 but $300 feels like massive rip off for just another bag. At this price i'd KICKstarted them right into butt.

Even at $300 it is not too far out of line for a premium bag of this volume, for travel.

That doesn't mean you or I should buy it. I won't. But in its class, it is not outrageously priced. This is a specialized bag to accommodate photo gear and needs, when you throw in things like the side access and the flexible gear dividers then it sort of justifies its premium over comparable travel backpacks like those by Osprey, Eagle Creek, etc. The Kickstarter discount price is totally in line with the competition.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2018 at 23:41 UTC

I love my well-designed Peak Everyday Backpack, but I won't be getting this because after years of backpack travel I now need travel luggage with wheels. But it is evident from the comments here that many have posted negative opinions and pre-judgments of this new bag without reading the actual page and specs which contradicted what they said. It's as if they needed something to hate. I know that's trendy these days, but come on.

Peak asked for $500,000. They blew past that before the first day was over. Pledges are now at $1.2 million. Peak has delivered on their Kickstarters in the past, and everyone knows it. I'm glad I backed them earlier because I saved a lot of money (I wasn't going to pay full retail for my Peak bag).

The only thing wrong that I can see in the story is the picture of the guy using his laptop in a cafe. You don't want to put your full pint glass right next to a MacBook Pro like that, that's a $2000 accident waiting to happen! At least move it behind the lid...

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2018 at 01:34 UTC as 10th comment
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jonathanj: I like Peak Design straps and I would happily pay a premium price for something that meets my needs, but I really don't get this recent obsession with "packing cubes" for luggage. Just wrap your clothes in a plastic bag!

I freaking hate plastic bags for packing. They're unventilated, they make noise, they get filmy and sticky and then retain grime, they are the wrong shape (no cube walls) so they compress the edges more than the middle, so they end up using space inefficiently. I have traveled internationally for almost 3 decades and mesh packing cubes are the best for clothes.

Packing cubes do not have to be expensive. Many affordable alternatives are available.

For electronics gear, I prefer padded cubes, but those are less easy to find. I might have to go for some of these Peak ones at some point.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2018 at 01:26 UTC
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obsolescence: All zippers must be operable one-handed, so they need to be reinforced with a stiff gusset. The same goes for the tripod opening. I don't see that in the info, although I like the rigidly supported side walls. My biggest complaint about photo bags is their zippers typically need two hands to quickly open/close. That requires setting the pack down somewhere which is not good.

I've been using a Peak Everyday Backpack for over a year, and your issue with zippers never occurred to me because I've not had a problem working the external or internal zippers with one hand.

I specifically bought the Everyday Backpack for the easy side access while on body, and it excels at that. I never have to put the bag on the ground. I travel internationally and from a gear security point of view, it is a major benefit to be able to keep the bag on the body at all times. If the new Travel Bag is designed similarly, I anticipate no issues of the type you are only speculating about.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2018 at 01:22 UTC
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barrym1966: or better still you could address the problem at hand , rather than put a big band aid on it.

The issue at hand if you need this is you should have bought a desktop with the correct spec to run the software you need

There are many posters in this thread who are not aware how much the share of desktop computers keeps falling. People want portable. They don't want to have all their creative endeavors shackled to a desk in a single location.

I've been looking forward to the eGPU because it allows me to own one reasonably powerful computer for mobility, then upon returning to the desk, take one Thunderbolt cable and plug it into power, a disk array, a large monitor, and now, a nice powerful eGPU to drive the large monitor with.

This relieves the laptop of the need to carry a discrete GPU which adds to cost and destroys battery life, yet at the desk, the eGPU allows the laptop to use a graphics card that can be much more powerful than anything that could have fit inside the limited space, power, and cooling envelopes required by a laptop.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2018 at 23:31 UTC

Not into packaged hipster film food compressed into flavorlessness ...

...gimme some fresh RAWmen instead

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2018 at 23:17 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
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Tungsten Nordstein: Do colour-graders wear suits whilst they work, in Australia?

@mbraduch No, it's rare that a monitor is calibrated after they leave the factory, cheap montiors may not be calibrated at all, then they drift until calibrated again (which in most cases is never). Some are profiled (not the same as calibration), mostly by creative professionals who know about it, but probably 95% of monitors are neither calibrated nor profiled after leaving the factory.

You might well be right about the less caffeine though. :)

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2018 at 21:44 UTC
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photofreak1972: This is just not a new thing, there are graphics amplifiers from Dell for their Alienware Laptop Range since some years now. Same system for giving more graphics performance to the Laptop.

William understands this better than photo freak1972.

If you want to criticize Apple for this, that's the wrong argument.

The correct argument is:

Thunderbolt is an Intel standard largely influenced by Apple. Thunderbolt is what allowed a non-proprietary eGPU market to be born. But eGPUs actually got going on the PC side well before the Mac. The correct criticism is that even though Apple pushed Intel Thunderbolt, Apple was incredibly late adding Thunderbolt eGPU support to macOS, allowing the use of current Thunderbolt eGPU boxes to be pioneered by Windows PCs. macOS only got official Thunderbolt eGPU support earlier this year.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2018 at 21:30 UTC
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KevinG: Is there any mention of the GPU box itself being upgradeable? I like the idea of this but judging form the comments, I'm in the minority...oh well :)

@cosinaphile the box costs $700 including both the box and the card!

Are you not aware that the going rate for an empty eGPU box is $300? That leaves $400 for the card, and compatibility is guaranteed (unlike build-your-own eGPU box plus buy-your-own card.) Plus, it has a lot of ports that the majority of eGPU boxes do not have.

I personally will not buy it because it isn't upgradable. But the price is certainly not out of line for what it is. $300 for box, $300 for card, $100 for ports you can't get on other eGPU boxes.

Not much room left for an Apple tax...

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2018 at 21:26 UTC
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Tungsten Nordstein: Do colour-graders wear suits whilst they work, in Australia?

@mbradich So you're saying the T-shirt in the picture is the "colored" shirt I was advising against? On my calibrated monitor, that shirt looks neutral.

Stop consuming your content on a badly calibrated screen. :)

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2018 at 21:21 UTC
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DamianFI: I'm a huge BMD fan, but not at all an apple fan and my Resolve v14 runs fine on my 4 year old $3K Windows 7 PC.

I'm going to guess that your old PC cannot be carried out of the room at will to work in any location, like the laptops that any eGPU is most intended for.

A prime use case for these are people who want an ultralight laptop for anywhere computing, but can plug it into an eGPU at home for fast graphics processing when at the desk.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2018 at 21:12 UTC
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CekariYH: Kind of high price but looks very nice.

It is not a high price. If you have researched eGPUs, this is sort of low-middle of the market.

A typical eGPU enclosure runs about $300, you could already get one for your Mac or PC from several manufacturers. But you also need a graphics card to put in it. If you buy a $400 graphics card, you have now spent the equal of this eGPU.

$380 is the most I've ever spent, but on forums I see a lot of people insist on speccing graphics cards that are in the $800-$2000 range. If you buy one of those, your total eGPU cost is definitely over $1000. Yet this box is just $800.

The Blackmagic eGPU is a midrange performance eGPU for users who want a plug-and-play Mac experience. For customers who do not want to have to figure out which card is going to work in the box. It is not upgradable, so I don't want it, but again, a less technical user would not want to have to research upgrade compatibility so they would just get a newer box.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2018 at 21:09 UTC
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Tungsten Nordstein: Do colour-graders wear suits whilst they work, in Australia?

For color grading, a gray suit is infinitely better than a hipster's colored T-shirt that would reflect a color bias onto the monitor.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2018 at 21:04 UTC
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rallyfan: Hm that's odd. When they introduced the MBPs and people complained the expensive laptops were underpowered, Apple corrected everyone and stated that they are more than capable. Which is it ladies?

@rallyfan That cuts both ways: "It's only money" can also mean "it's only time." What I mean is, I know a lot of the basics of Hackintoshing since I've hacked my old Mac Pro system software to run macOS beyond what Apple allows. And I know that it takes some time and technical knowledge. There are thousands, maybe millions, of users who are not interested in that technical skill level, or do not want to *spend* the time (remember, time is money) to reach that skill level needed to build and maintain a Hackintosh system.

Everyone who has ever built a PC to "save money" ended up paying with their time: Paying yourself nothing for the hours of research and assembly and troubleshooting certainly is cheaper than paying a Chinese factory worker. ;)

As it is, I need to find some time to make adjustments to my hacked Mac, but my time right now is valuable (too many other priorities). So my primary Mac is one that I buy outright. The money costs less than my time would have.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2018 at 21:01 UTC
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J A C S: The 15" model kept its old 2880x1800 resolution. It is low by today's standards.

It's over 200 dpi, isn't it? How much more do you need?

If keeping the resolution allows the battery to last longer, I vote for keeping the current resolution.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2018 at 22:36 UTC
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