SDPharm

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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 (211 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 18th 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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AstroStan: The Luddite effect is amazing.

I know people who thought the computer mouse was frivolous and time wasting (which in fact it can be for some programmers, who to this day prefer keyboard text editors with minimal or no mousing).

The advent of touchscreens was ridiculed. Even to this day many Mac users pretend it is not useful (because Apple is so far behind the tech curve that is has not yet implemented it). Blackberry users had disdain for the iPhone because it didn't have a keyboard and stylus.

And even though everyone communicates primarily via voice, many fail to see how that ability could be useful. The instant ridicule and negativity here are a sad indicator of lack of imagination and fear of new things.

And the use of a straw man is foolish. Just because voice commands are implemented does not mean you are required to use them or that the mouse, touchscreen or keyboard will suddenly not work.

> Mostly ... well ... it sucked

I can see why. Many people simply can't communicate well verbally.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 18:41 UTC
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Dave Oddie: If people are hung up on the price then why not the same reaction to any camera above 1600 in price, the price of a Pentax K-1?

Nikon D500? Useless isn't it! I costs more than a Pentax K-1 and has a puny aps-c sensor. Isn't a D500 actually more expensive than a Nikon D750? Pah! Useless!

Of course it isn't useless. People will buy it for what it can do regardless of the sensor size.

Which is exactly the same for this Oly. Both the D500 and it are sophisticated cameras. Their smaller sensors bring advantages as well as disadvantages.

The fact you can buy a full frame camera for less than these cameras is of no consequence if you do not want what comes with a full frame sized sensor (much less d.o.f and the need for long focal length lenses for action/wildlife).

I don't own an Oly camera so am no fanboy. I just don't get the angst.

When people have too much time in their hands, they whine. It's like a hobby in some way. A way to show off their pseudo knowledge and to kill time in a long night.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 05:22 UTC
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MShot: Sirander, my dead EM-5 is a MKI. I'm reacting to pain, not saying all are poor quality. Makes Panasonic G85 I held at an EXPO this weekend for $900 MSRP very interesting, especially for price of the EM-1 MKII. LOVE the G85 grip. Panasonic offers THREE YEAR warranty, has repair center in San Jose, California - nice for "left coasters". OLY reps said they keep asking for better repair service and west coast location, but OLY has NO INTEREST. Spoke with Jay Dickman. He says EM-1 MKII a real game changer; getting calls from pros interested in switching from FF based on what OLY SEZ about capability. Jay says forget specs/price; performance with two quad processors is UNREAL. C-AF+T can track birds flying erratically in front of a tree line. That's in Canon/Nikon territory at half the size/weight/price, much more capable than MKI. No need to jump 10 feet to get over a 5 foot fence. Just have to jump 5 feet 1 inch. Maybe give the MKII a chance, see how it performs, not be a spec/price nerd.

> No need to jump 10 feet to get over a 5 foot fence. Just have to jump 5 feet 1 inch.

Quote of the day!

Since I don't take flying bird pictures in the woods, a G85 might just be my tool of choice.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 05:12 UTC
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Roman_93: In a time where the goverment is allowed to scan every part of private life (or simply does it...) it is kind of ridiculous to limit private people so strong.

> There is no way what is on your phone screen will be recorded in a legible way. Unless you have a 40" phone.

And no one really need more than 640kb RAM.

Heard of telephoto lens? If satellites can real car license plates, drones can eventually read your phone. Sooner than you can imagine too.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 19:07 UTC
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Roman_93: In a time where the goverment is allowed to scan every part of private life (or simply does it...) it is kind of ridiculous to limit private people so strong.

But it is entirely understandable that people don't want some random drone flying around peeking into people's backyard or their bedroom windows. What if their high resolution camera can read what you have on your phone?

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 21:37 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)
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rbach44: Full frame user (switched from M43 once upon a time) not looking to troll but asking an honest question:

Looking at the 25mm 1.2 makes me think the same thing as when I saw the f.95 Noktons: Isn’t this just the wrong system for shallow DOF? Putting a big, heavy, and expensive lens on a system built around portability makes no sense to me…

Especially considering that the cost of this lens is the same as a used D600+50mm 1.8, which will provide similar DOF characteristics at little size/weight penalty when considering the whole combo. And that is not even considering the (at least in my opinion) poor ergonomics of a big lens on a small body, the IQ advantage of full frame, and the (presumably) poorer performance at f1.2 compared to a good ol’ f1.8.

Of course M43 has its other advantages, but doesn’t a larger format just make more sense for shallow DOF than shoehorning a very fast lens into a system that really just doesn’t excel in that area? Am I missing something here?

> doesn’t a larger format just make more sense for shallow DOF...

Sure. But these are special lenses that probably not many M43 users buy. It's not like everyone puts a gigantic lens on their M43 camera.

You can ask the same question the other way, why many people lug around a big FF camera when all they need (in terms of usability and image quality) is a little M43 'toy.'

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 17:19 UTC
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Fogsprig: Sorry, but bokeh simulation results seem crappy to me and I've used a lot of diabolically bad compact cameras in the past.
Everything else looks alright though.

One can not help noticing the irony of photographers focusing on the out of focus area.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2016 at 18:13 UTC
On article Lenovo Yoga Book features unique 'on-demand' keyboard (89 comments in total)
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szhorvat: I am not familiar with such input devices. Could someone explain why they may have chosen this design instead of one where we can draw directly on the screen and there is a real keyboard with real keys?

> Could someone explain why they may have chosen this design instead of one where we can draw directly on the screen and there is a real keyboard with real keys?

Stupidity?

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2016 at 18:36 UTC

Isn't it up to Library of Congress to sue Getty, since she gave them images to them? Unless, if she specifically retains the rights to commercial use.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 19:12 UTC as 85th comment | 1 reply

Good concept. Don't know how they are going to make it work. If everyone wants to try out a hot new camera, they will quickly run out of stock. It's going to be a logistics nightmare. But I guess that's why they, rather than I, are doing this.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 20:40 UTC as 9th comment
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