kociasek

Lives in Poland Wroclaw, Poland
Works as a translator
Joined on Dec 6, 2005

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otto k: Yay for Samsung NX mount version! Who said NX was dead? /s

My NX500 is certainly alive and kicking! Probably the best pocketable camera on the market.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 13:16 UTC
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salamander1: photographers who don't use lens hoods are sloppy shooters who produce sloppy pictures and videos. at least half the sun flares could have been avoided or more artistically presented with the use of a lens hood, let alone increasing the natural contrast and clarity of the pictures. it's so unprofessional.

@hypnotictortoise
"it's really overcast here today, and I'll be going out to shoot a little later, is it necessary for me to use a lens hood?"
Really overcast = rain or snow is likely = lens hood will help to keep the front element dry. Besides, it ALWAYS protects against bumps, dirt and fingerprints, flare from artificial light sources etc.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 14:21 UTC
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shooter45: I've invested in Nikon since 1990 and at this point, I have probably 20k. It would be difficult to switch to Cannon but I wish I could. Lenses are cheaper, cameras are as good as Nikon cameras are and their lenses are also very good.
Probably ( and I could be wrong since I am not probably updated on this info ) the only department where Nikon is better is on their lighting system and as I said, this is debatable. Well done Cannon !

Yes, it would be difficult for you to switch to Cannon 'cause Cannon doesn't sell cameras or lenses, only cables and connectors.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 11:25 UTC
On article Canon launches refillable ink printers in the UK (134 comments in total)
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Torsten Hoff: I have no doubt that these printer will still not fix one common way of wasting ink and extracting money from owners: they will clean the nozzles of colors that aren't used.

The majority of the printing I do with my Canon multi-function printer is black and white only, and I have the grayscale feature enabled to allow color to be output using just gray and black. Yet my printer shows the ink levels of all colors diminishing at a rate not far behind that of the black cartridge. Once the color ink levels reach a low-enough level, the printer refuses to print even if all I try to print is a page of black text.

To me that is a bigger insult than the cost of the ink.

BTW, here is the official confirmation from Canon that "duplex mode" always eats up color inks (even for black and white printing): https://support.usa.canon.com/kb/index?page=content&id=ART154057

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 18:58 UTC
On article Canon launches refillable ink printers in the UK (134 comments in total)
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Torsten Hoff: I have no doubt that these printer will still not fix one common way of wasting ink and extracting money from owners: they will clean the nozzles of colors that aren't used.

The majority of the printing I do with my Canon multi-function printer is black and white only, and I have the grayscale feature enabled to allow color to be output using just gray and black. Yet my printer shows the ink levels of all colors diminishing at a rate not far behind that of the black cartridge. Once the color ink levels reach a low-enough level, the printer refuses to print even if all I try to print is a page of black text.

To me that is a bigger insult than the cost of the ink.

@cosinaphile
Thank you for your kind reply! I’m glad you found it helpful. Best regards from Wrocław, Poland.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 18:36 UTC
On article Canon launches refillable ink printers in the UK (134 comments in total)
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Torsten Hoff: I have no doubt that these printer will still not fix one common way of wasting ink and extracting money from owners: they will clean the nozzles of colors that aren't used.

The majority of the printing I do with my Canon multi-function printer is black and white only, and I have the grayscale feature enabled to allow color to be output using just gray and black. Yet my printer shows the ink levels of all colors diminishing at a rate not far behind that of the black cartridge. Once the color ink levels reach a low-enough level, the printer refuses to print even if all I try to print is a page of black text.

To me that is a bigger insult than the cost of the ink.

After some investigation I have found out there's another reason (apart from nozzle cleaning) that Canon printers use color dyes even if you print just black and white documents - it happens if you automatically print text on both sides of a sheet of paper, the so-called duplex mode. DO NOT use it for printing text, use the so-called manual duplex instead (you pull out the sheets printed on one side, reinsert them so the opposite side is ready for printing). Here's more on this topic: http://randomzucchini.blogspot.com/2013/05/canon-pixma-inkjet-printers-print-using.html

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 17:04 UTC
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JohnK: IMO it's nothing to do with art, it's about acquiring people's faces and names, just sayin'.

Exactly! Lars is really naive if he thinks this feature is there just to entertain us. I would expect more prudence from a technology writer. Fortunately this gimmick probably won't be available in Europe because of EU data protection laws.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2018 at 19:39 UTC

"Unfortunately, it appears that if you are, like myself, living outside the US, you are currently out of luck as the new feature has not been rolled out globally yet."

Face recognition is not available in Europe on programs and apps made by US software giants (including Google Photos, Facebook Moments etc.) because of EU data protection laws. And rightly so. It's the Americans who are unfortunate that no one protects their privacy. By fooling around with this app you feed Google with even more data about you, you naively provide them with yet more images of your face so they can spy on you a hundred times better.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2018 at 19:24 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies

"displaying colors well outside of the old (can we say 'boring') sRGB standard of yesteryear. "
sRGB is still the current standard. What is boring is your silly, geeky excitement with each "flavor of the month" tech - 3D, VR, 8K UHD, HDR-TV etc.

"That means they can display colors well outside of old photochemical printing devices, so you can edit far more saturated and interesting colors "
You mean even more lurid colors than those in the landscapes displayed on the monitors above? Yuck!

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2018 at 17:16 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article These are the 15 most popular Flickr photos of 2017 (208 comments in total)
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SteveAnderson: Do composites count as a "photo"?
Interesting images there but as i looked again, too many are just massively over- photoshopped.
Title "Best Photos" throws me i guess.
I dis-like many of them. Just my opinion obviously.

As to the "composite" issue - even if there are any composite pictures there (hard to tell for sure), they are still made of two or more photographs, and not computer drawn or generated elements. So, they still count as photographs, like other photos made of a number of photos, e.g. stitched panoramas, multi-frame HDRs, sensor-shift high-resolution photos etc.
Personally, I share your dislike for mixing composites with other types of photos. Unfortunately, with each passing year it will be more and more difficult to tell them apart. Adobe Sensei AI software already generates rather convincing composites at a click of the button.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 17:16 UTC
On article These are the 15 most popular Flickr photos of 2017 (208 comments in total)
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SteveAnderson: Do composites count as a "photo"?
Interesting images there but as i looked again, too many are just massively over- photoshopped.
Title "Best Photos" throws me i guess.
I dis-like many of them. Just my opinion obviously.

Is this gibberish answer supposed to be witty? You claimed the title was "Best Photos". It's not - neither here nor on Flickr. "Top" and "most popular" doesn't mean "best". Simple as that.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 16:23 UTC
On article These are the 15 most popular Flickr photos of 2017 (208 comments in total)
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SteveAnderson: Do composites count as a "photo"?
Interesting images there but as i looked again, too many are just massively over- photoshopped.
Title "Best Photos" throws me i guess.
I dis-like many of them. Just my opinion obviously.

Read the title again, SLOWLY. It doesn't say "Best Photos" but "most popular" (and on Flickr the title says "Top 25 Photos", which means same as most popular).

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 19:29 UTC
On article These are the 15 most popular Flickr photos of 2017 (208 comments in total)
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VadymA: Typical Flickr. I knew exactly what I am about to see when I read the title. This is an equivalent of pop music in photography. Nothing wrong with that, they certainly deserve to be best in this category. You want something less pop-culture or mainstream? There are other venues and awards for that.

I agree that these are like winners of a mainstream pop music festival. However, I assure you that you can find all other styles on Flickr, too: ballad, punk, country, classical, electronic etc. (to follow your music genre analogy).

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2017 at 11:47 UTC
On article Chaos, color, and community: 10 days in India (142 comments in total)
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Lusis100: The trouble with India it is like fishing in a bucket

@entoman
Sadly, it seems you resort to verbal abuse when you can't refute other people's arguments. FYI I was not commenting about *personal* hygiene, but about widespread lack of toilets, often unsafe food storage and preparation, cow dung in the streets etc.
Your tirade against Trump is beside the point and totally misplaced, I'm not from the States. Anyone, lots of Americans hate him, too :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 15:03 UTC
On article Chaos, color, and community: 10 days in India (142 comments in total)
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Lusis100: The trouble with India it is like fishing in a bucket

@zxaar
I'm afraid you also don't have first hand experience, after all you are an Indian MAN, which probably explains your bias and denial. BTW, the overwhelming majority of rape cases in India go unreported (marital rape law doesn't even exist). And I have no doubt that some mothers-in-law haggle over the dowry - doesn't change the fact that it makes the life of Hindu women miserable.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 06:15 UTC
On article Chaos, color, and community: 10 days in India (142 comments in total)
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Lusis100: The trouble with India it is like fishing in a bucket

@zxaar
Sorry, you are totally ignorant. Educate yourself about the following: the dowry system, property rights, honor killings, rapes per capita, acid throwing attacks, triple talaq, child marriages, sex selective abortions, scale of domestic violence, sexual harassment. Enough said.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 04:47 UTC
On article Chaos, color, and community: 10 days in India (142 comments in total)
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Lusis100: The trouble with India it is like fishing in a bucket

@entoman
"have a very different approach to driving "
LOL, the power of euphemism. They also have "a very different approach" to ecology, women rights, hygiene, child labour, safety at work, etc.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 01:55 UTC
On article Chaos, color, and community: 10 days in India (142 comments in total)
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Arastoo Vaziri: Lovely photos. People who shoot in India tend to make Steve McCurry-like clichés - some people never get tired of shooting portraits of long-bearded elder men wearing turbans with cigarette smoke hovering around them -, but these ones have the merit of originality. And I like the fact that the colours are slightly muted, but not so much as to lose the colourfulness of India. Well done indeed.

Actually, one of the the photos is a portrait of a bearded elderly man wearing turban and smoking a pipe :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 01:46 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1079 comments in total)
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Gonard: Which one is better. Get the grammar right.

Read the last sentence: "they're genuinely two of the best cameras the world has ever seen". So, this title is supposed to mean "Which one is the best in the world?", not "Which one is better?".

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 14:07 UTC
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radissimo: Mac users first, Windows users 3 months later? Fuji should study market share first.

@retr01976
Same story, you just say what you believe, giving no evidence. In fact, your comment proves you are completely clueless.
1) "Android or Google phone". Google phones, now called Pixel, run on Android. One is a brand, the other an operating system (from the same company).
2) "Most households no longer have a PC". You just made it up, didn't you. In Europe everyone I know, apart from the oldest generation, has either a desktop or laptop (or both). I travel to other developed countries – same story.
3) "Microsoft is a slowly dying giant. " Total BS. Check Microsoft stock performance over the past 5 years, climbing up and up. BTW, latest news (CNBC, 29Nov) “Microsoft is planning a huge upgrade to its headquarters, adding room for 8,000 new people”.
4) Is it surprising that people who use iPad tend to use other Apple hardware? FYI, we have a tablet at home and I know several other families with tablets – all run on Android. Apple is popular in the States, much less so over here.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 02:06 UTC
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