SDPharm

Joined on Feb 10, 2012

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PhozoKozmos: so all image search results on web are also infringements, too

might as well eliminate all image searches entirely

> Publication is publication...

Right, applying 19th century thinking...

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2018 at 20:55 UTC
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PhozoKozmos: so all image search results on web are also infringements, too

might as well eliminate all image searches entirely

Yep. That's what happens when you try to apply 19th century laws in the 21st century.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 19:41 UTC
On article PowerShot Shootout: Canon's G1 X III vs G7 X II (255 comments in total)

What's up with the Japanese obsession with the letter G? Canon has G1 through 9 (odd number only), Fuji has GFX, Ricoh has GR, Panasonic goes all out with G, GF, GX, GH, GM...I'm sure I missed a few here.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2018 at 06:58 UTC as 25th comment | 6 replies
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SDPharm: I don't get it. Its like giving a 5 year old a Nikon D850.

You can spend $400, buy yourself an Amscope microscope and stick some random objects under it. You'd probably get bored after a few minutes due to challenging lighting and zero DOF. That's what this video shows you.

For some more inspiring images, go check out the Nikon photomicrography contests:
https://www.nikonsmallworld.com/galleries/photo

Yep. One time I got bored in the lab so I stuck one of my fingers under a stereoscope. It was a marvel to actually see sweat beads budding out of the sweat glands.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 20:03 UTC

I don't get it. Its like giving a 5 year old a Nikon D850.

You can spend $400, buy yourself an Amscope microscope and stick some random objects under it. You'd probably get bored after a few minutes due to challenging lighting and zero DOF. That's what this video shows you.

For some more inspiring images, go check out the Nikon photomicrography contests:
https://www.nikonsmallworld.com/galleries/photo

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 05:50 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1092 comments in total)
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MIC37: I am still waiting for a mirrorless Nikon. The mirrorless Sony should be compared to the mirrorless Nikon and not to the DSLR.

> The mirrorless Sony should be compared to the mirrorless Nikon and not to the DSLR. <

No. When I shop for a camera, I consider everything, not just one artificial category. This is exactly the comparison people need to see.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 22:46 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1092 comments in total)
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Theo Ghefner: The only mirrorles cameras with a LCD display panel on the camera's top plate, are Hasselblad X1D and Fuji GFX 50S.
Thus, as good as the new kids on the block coming from Sony(a9 and a7R III) are, my mirrorless choice will be one of the two Medium Format cameras, while on the DSLR family, the lowest choice level will be Nikon D500, while the obvious top place is reserved to D850.
Why, that choice? The convenience of available information at a glance, versus often having to squint looking at the back screen, what I'll always be looking for.

You are forgetting Lumix G9.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 22:23 UTC
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junk1: Well, we would quickly turn China in a glass factory (nuke them) if they ever attacked us, so what can they rally do. They have satellites, plus google images, so it's not as though they can't spy on us from above.
Stealing secret defense information is the issue to worry about. But other than putting viruses onto computers (which should not have secret data on them if they have an internet connection to begin with, except Hillary seems to be exempt), how could DJI do steal such data...

Don't be silly. If we nuke China, who's gonna make our iPhones? Just accept the fact that we exist to serve the Chinese so they can keep feeding us with the toys we love, ok?

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 05:26 UTC
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Steve in GA: I often send photos to my kids and grandkids when Google photos tells me, "these are the photos you took in (e.g.) 2006" Everyone gets a smile from the way hair, clothes and faces change over the years.

But, little did I know that I can sue my kids and grands if they post those photos on Facebook. Looks like I may have a new income stream!

(Hopefully, you know I'm kidding.)

Well, I certainly would not sue my kids, unless they are millionaires. :)

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 19:28 UTC
On article Cinematic 4K footage shot with the Apple iPhone X (310 comments in total)
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ZeBebito: Seems like any video where a hipster appears at sunset is automatically considered "cinematic".

Actually any video is considered cinematic. If you type define:cinematic into Google search bar, you would get: relating to motion pictures.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 00:56 UTC
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chkproductions: This is not to diminish anybody's expertise, but this is scenic, but not necessarily cinematic. We use to do this all the time creating a spot - take a lot of Broll, lay down a sound track, put the footage in the blender (Avid, Final Cut, Premier, etc), spin it up, and presto, instant spot for the client.

I will say the quality of the sensor is pretty good for a phone. Truly amazing. Now go sit at the coffee shop and edit a film for the next Sundance.

Cheers

> This is not to diminish anybody's expertise, but ...

You just did.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 05:05 UTC
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bobbarber: I thought this lawsuit was ridiculous at first glance, and I still do, but reading all the anti-PETA comments, I'm having second thoughts.

I'm not a PETA donor, but I think in a general way many of use PETA as a proxy for animal rights, and this thread doesn't alleviate my worry that animals need people to stick up them, stupid lawsuits notwithstanding.

Humans are related not only to monkeys, but also all life on Earth, including potted plants and bacteria. When you talk about monkeys, you're getting awfully close to people. Chimpanzees share more than 95% of our DNA. No, I don't want to sit down to dinner with a chimpanzee, but I'm not comfortable with animal abuse.

PETA set themselves up with a dumb issue here, likely for publicity (and maybe it worked in their eyes) but animals DO need help. Let's not lose sight of that.

RE: animal rights

The problem is people selectively apply their love. Some animals, people included, get no love.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 06:15 UTC
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tomblankenship-dot-com: My month old Dell XPS has 64GB RAM, i7-7700 processor, 256SSC, 2TB drive, 7 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 3.1 ports, BluRay read-write, 6GB Nvidia 1060 and 4-yr warranty for $1,699. Incredible, screaming box. Apple can't come close to price/performance. That's the way it's always been and will always be.

> You can even send your spec to several companies to shop around for who can do it cheaper.

Can you post the link? I would love to look at this option.

I looked at a Dell XPS 13 this morning, with 8GB RAM and 512 GB SSD it's only $200 less than a Macbook Pro with the same configuration (except the CPU). To me, this is too small of a difference as Mac has a much better resale value.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 22:46 UTC
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tomblankenship-dot-com: My month old Dell XPS has 64GB RAM, i7-7700 processor, 256SSC, 2TB drive, 7 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 3.1 ports, BluRay read-write, 6GB Nvidia 1060 and 4-yr warranty for $1,699. Incredible, screaming box. Apple can't come close to price/performance. That's the way it's always been and will always be.

> You can build a very capable and reliable machine for down to earth money.

Right, assuming your labor rate is pretty low. Of course, it's fine if you enjoy shopping for computer parts and putting the hardware together. I happen to hate the process, so...

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 19:25 UTC
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Jason: He got a virus on his Mac? The last time I read about a Mac virus in the wild, contracting it pretty much required a willing infectee.

Regarding price: Mac components are often better. The SSDs on 2017 MBPs, for example, are really fast. I think it would be hard to find an equivalent SSD upgrade. Also, in my experience, no other large company will go so far to ensure satisfaction. Apple has repeatedly replaced/repaired out-of-warranty products for me free of charge, saving me thousands over time--well worth a higher initial price.

Plus, Mac OS system-wide keyboard shortcuts make screen life worth living.

I have a 2017 13" MBP. It has been fantastic so far. Lack of ports has been a non-issue. I got two USB-A adapters for $9 on Amazon, and got on with my life. I sold my 5 year old MBP for $850!

My 5 reasons to buy PC over Mac:
1- You can't spend more than a few hundred bucks
2- You run Win-only software and can't/won't emulate it
3- You love tinkering with hardware
4- Gaming
5- ?

5- you like to lose most of its value when you sell your computer
6- you love the look and feel of cheap plastics

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 19:16 UTC
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jaykumarr: Now the contest is clear. Monkey vs Robots.

Humans? No, for next few years they will comment in social media until robots take over it too.

You sounded too intelligent. How do I know you are not a robot? (or vice versa)

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 18:20 UTC
On article Looking back: Canon's eye-controlled focus (226 comments in total)
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deep7: I honestly think I'd still be using Canon digital if they had stuck with this system. Mine was on an EOS30, which had something like 11 focus points. To this day, I get frustrated when I have to use my fingers to move focus points around - it feels ridiculously archaic! Had the technology been allowed to develop, it would have made camera-controlled tracking pretty much redundant too.

I do wonder if the reason it didn't work for some people was that you had to re-calibrate two, three or even four times as your way of using the camera changed? We all pick up a new camera a little awkwardly but then familiarise ourselves with it and get more consistent. I remember this process took around three weeks, then it stuck for years.

There really was no chance of actually getting it wrong anyway, as the selected focus point lit up. Such a brilliant system and I have to agree with the writer - bring it back.

> Touch screen is generally less precise and a pain with viewfinder cameras...

You haven't used any of the Lumix cameras, have you?

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 06:57 UTC

Soon fireworks are going to lose their job.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 00:01 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On article The people and the sights of WPPI 2017 (16 comments in total)
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John Koch: Why hasn't DPR reviewed the "coffee face" gizmo used in photo #10? Think of the market there might be for similar "face" products for cake frosting, pizza topping, body paint, nail polish, bubble bath, sky writing, or auto windows.

Resolution sucks, $4 per print, fades in 2 min. There's your review. :)

On the plus side, prints are biodegradable.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 05:59 UTC
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junk1: It'll be interesting to see the sentence. Even drunk drivers do not go to jail in general, and if you walk up and punch a stranger in the face you probably won't get jail time unless you have a criminal history...

At a R/C event (the NEAT fair) 10 years ago, a VERY young kid flew a large helo into the crowd, causing an old guy to lose his eye. I never heard any hint/talk of criminal charges even though any accident could be "spun" to seem criminally reckless. The fence keeping spectators at safe distance was not far enough from the pilot, for example, but nobody talked about charging anyone with a crime.

Interesting observation. People are much more intolerant of accidents now compared to the old days.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 21:04 UTC
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