Alec

Alec

Lives in United States New York City, NY, United States
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at http://karasevstudio.com/
Joined on Oct 24, 2000
About me:

I'm a photographer serving New York City’s theatre and fashion industries as well as industrial and advertising photography needs of the city’s businesses. My O2 (Optically Opinionated) blog contains ideas, tips, and industry commentary.

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Alec: This should be open source and blockchain based

Horshack, jnd, Eric Calabros, mick232: THANKS!

SigmaChrome, Joseph S Wisniewski I think you hear Blockchain and think Bitcoin / Ethereum. Those are insanely inefficient by design (although Ethereum will eventually become considerably more efficient).

By comparison, Solana (e.g. when minting an NFT - similar use case) takes abt as much energy as a couple of Google searches.

Why would you EVER want to put control of your image's prevalence, authentication (licensing, sales, access, other features possible), into the hands of a private corp?? Here's a partial list of cloud services that have gone extinct:
https://www.macobserver.com/columns-opinions/devils-advocate/the-cloud-is-a-lie/

Pls note, the majority are established and rich corporations - don't give me that "Sony Adobe won't ever go bankrupt". Sure. Neither will Google. That didn't stop Google, Apple, Samsung, Cisco, Dell, Microsoft from shutting down cloud services on some C-suite manager's whim.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2022 at 15:18 UTC

This should be open source and blockchain based

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2022 at 03:16 UTC as 22nd comment | 9 replies
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Alec: Reading between the lines: M43 is dead, just like APS-C - not enough of a gap vs smartphones on one flank and full-frame on the other.

Good insight. Action cams basically have a "smartphone plus" camera (maybe leading by a generation & tuned for action) withOUT being a smartphone - i.e. more replaceable, plus more mount options. So they have a niche. 360deg cameras, ditto. For normal pix / vid - smartphone or full frame (or medium format). The reason there's "not enough profit margin" in M43/APS-C is that very reason. People no longer see the value in those intermediate sizes vs full-frame options available, and hence the manufacturers lose the ability to price those intermediate products higher if they expect them to move. Hence less money for next generation R&D, and the tailspin continues.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2021 at 00:58 UTC

Reading between the lines: M43 is dead, just like APS-C - not enough of a gap vs smartphones on one flank and full-frame on the other.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2021 at 00:12 UTC as 54th comment | 7 replies
On article Apple confirms it’s discontinuing its iMac Pro lineup (410 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: What was wrong with letting the user choose their own monitor and drives to suit their exact requirements? No wonder the Mini has been a hit. Sure, make an all-in-one unit for those who can't stand the sight of cables, but there should be something that's a snap to configure between a $1000 Mini and a $20,000 MacPro.

@Gmon750 no facts were hurt in the making of that response. Sounds like you're the perfect customer for that $999 optional monitor stand.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2021 at 13:15 UTC
On article Apple confirms it’s discontinuing its iMac Pro lineup (410 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: What was wrong with letting the user choose their own monitor and drives to suit their exact requirements? No wonder the Mini has been a hit. Sure, make an all-in-one unit for those who can't stand the sight of cables, but there should be something that's a snap to configure between a $1000 Mini and a $20,000 MacPro.

You view a mac as a tool. Apple (and Adobe) would like to regard their products as more of a tax than a tool.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2021 at 18:09 UTC
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Razor512: If someone has that kind of money to spend, then wouldn't they just buy the Sony A1 instead in order to have a camera that is astronomically better across the board?

No. Sony A1 is chav.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2021 at 22:21 UTC
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symmetriebruch: what´s up with the rediculous difference in pricing? 6500$ = 5396€ not 7300€ that´s absolute insanity paying that much more for nothing. they might as well make it a us only release i´d feel like an absolute moron buying it in europe.

EU laws have consumer protection far beyond that in other parts of the world, and the manufacturers are passing on the associated costs. It's a simple equilibrium of prices vs costs of doing business + taxes, and manufacturers have no incentive or "hidden agenda" to somehow "punish" the Europeans.

Anything other than a world-wide equilibrium of prices vs costs of doing business + taxes in each jurisdiction, would in fact be costing them money and sales.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2021 at 03:44 UTC
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fmulta: Color on these images looks amazingly refined. Remains to be seen but if they really retooled their camera to look less cartoony that would be the biggest upgrade for me personally

I do see some posterization on the woman's face

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2021 at 05:23 UTC

"And now the wait for the A2, the one with matured 8K @ 16 bits, begins"
;-) ;-) ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2021 at 05:22 UTC as 23rd comment
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GinoSVK: 8K looks stunning even on my trusty FHD monitor, ain't even imagine that footage on some 8K OLED screen.

It probably looks better on yours due to oversampling / pixel binning on playback. On my HDR 4K, 0:30 (in front of the ear) 0:56 (camera upper-left of her face / her right), etc.: posterization / color depth limitations are plainly visible. 10 bit color depth is a step in the right direction from 8 bits, but with HDR and grading it's not a lot at all.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2021 at 05:21 UTC

Looking forward to toothpicks by Nikon

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2020 at 16:25 UTC as 11th comment
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Alec: Hopefully SONY will buy them within the next 36 months. Given what they've been able to do with MINOLTA SLR & lens engineering heritage, if they add Nikon they'll be even more competitive.

What do you think about this after today's news re: AP switching to SONY? Still far-fetched or perhaps now a bit less so??

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2020 at 03:17 UTC

Conversation between management and engineers:
"ok that feature you said you could do that we told you NOT to do because there wasn't market demand, and also prohibited you from independently assessing market demand - you have to do it yesterday, because sony"

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2020 at 18:12 UTC as 6th comment
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Alec: Hopefully SONY will buy them within the next 36 months. Given what they've been able to do with MINOLTA SLR & lens engineering heritage, if they add Nikon they'll be even more competitive.

Case in point: to live-stream from my SONY camera, I need https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P7Q1WYL

To live-steam from my Samsung Galaxy Android phone, I need nothing of the sort. This dynamic doesn't help the camera market - it is one thing when cameras are insufficiently far ahead of the smartphones in daytime image quality, but quite another when they are actually leaps behind in terms of connectivity.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2020 at 04:01 UTC
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Alec: Hopefully SONY will buy them within the next 36 months. Given what they've been able to do with MINOLTA SLR & lens engineering heritage, if they add Nikon they'll be even more competitive.

Craig, that's sound reasoning. That said, besides gravitas/heritage/brand equity, Nikon has patents and a large customer base. SONY did really great with Minolta's camera and lens engineers (nearly all of whom had stayed on at SONY).

The main reasons the (camera) market is imploding is (1) smartphone cameras are more than adequate for consumers; (2) smartphone ecosystem is far more innovative; (3) smartphones enjoy standalone 24x7 network and cloud connectivity that cameras do not.

With 5G, cheap connectivity will no longer be the exclusive domain of smartphones. Even washing machines will come with a SIM slot. I don't expect cameras to go away any more than say quality microphones would go away for sound capture. But yes, for that to happen, camera makers would have to get off their butts and innovate like there's no tomorrow.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2020 at 03:21 UTC

Hopefully SONY will buy them within the next 36 months. Given what they've been able to do with MINOLTA SLR & lens engineering heritage, if they add Nikon they'll be even more competitive.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2020 at 00:08 UTC as 26th comment | 10 replies
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Alec: Evidently it takes a 80% drop in profit for the company to consider giving users an actually innovative product, as opposed to minimally viable.

ozturert, Toni, you both make good points. That said, there is always a sizable range between "what we can deliver with all-out effort" and "what management thinks we can get away with delivering for the time being". There are always things left in the back pocket, for reasons ranging from intra-company politics, to holding back until next generation thus saving per-generation R&D put in play, to controlling costs by managing down innovation and technological risks it brings along.

That's all speculation - but what IS undeniable, is that this camera offers a substantially greater per-generation innovation than several past generations. There are multiple reasons for it (ranging from general camera market losses to SONY's advance to finally covid-19). Regardless, I'm glad Canon is raising up to those challenges. Even being a SONY shooter - the market as a whole benefits.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2020 at 02:03 UTC

Evidently it takes a 80% drop in profit for the company to consider giving users an actually innovative product, as opposed to minimally viable.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2020 at 04:28 UTC as 25th comment | 8 replies

The diagram depicts DRAM built into the sensor. So it has nothing to do with the shortage of 3rd party stand-alone off-the-shelf DRAM chips.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2020 at 23:41 UTC as 24th comment
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