freediverx

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On article This $31 lens will turn any room into a camera obscura (65 comments in total)
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PowerG9atBlackForest: What a funny fatal coincidence: Once the room is dark enough, in most cases, the outside world will be dark as well, the lens will project nothing from outside in.

I still don’t get how you would install this on the blackout curtains without actually cutting a hole in them.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 06:40 UTC
On article This $31 lens will turn any room into a camera obscura (65 comments in total)
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Terkwoiz: They could have spent a bit more time on the design of the website - mainly including more examples and a few images of the device installed. There isn't a single image showing the lens installed in a window. Seems a bit rushed. They do have plenty of pop-ups begging for your money though...

"They could have spent a bit more time on the design of the website - mainly including more examples and a few images of the device installed.”

I’ve been scanning the comments for this exact reason. I have no clue how one would install this based on either the article or the source website. I suspect a large percentage of people gullible enough to order one will be disappointed when they try to use it themselves.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 06:39 UTC
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TwoMetreBill: Everytime I ask a Mac user to show me what works better on MacOS, I get a "deer in the headlights" look. Which is funny because MacOS has one, and only one significant advantage: Time Machine.
I too use both but dealing with the poor performance of Apple products means that I spend very little time on the Mac. That and the imbecilic design decisions such as mounting the SD card reader on the back of the iMac.

However the lack of a truly usable backup for Windows, and I've spent hundreds of dollars on Windows backup software, it is very close to pushing me to abandon Windows. With the Creators Update, MS removed virtually all of the configurability of File History so, pitiful as it was, it is now useless.

“ iOS is grossly unpopular except a few countries... Android is the king on mobile with around 80% market share.”

Android’s mobile marketshare is inflated due to its use in a wide variety of devices that are little more than cheap toys, as well as by its predominance in poor countries. iOS users have more disposable income than Android users, and far more eCommerce is conducted on iOS devices despite the platform's much smaller user base. Apple's App Store makes more money than the Google Play store, despite having half as many downloads.

So if not for iOS’s superior security, the profit motive would make it a far more attractive target to hackers than Android. This is also evident in the availability of better quality of software from third party developers for iOS than for Android, particularly in the tablet space, where the Android app market is a cesspool.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 06:12 UTC
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NicoPPC: @DPR: What about release complete review of the camera instead of piece per piece ?

Sure, this is am information, but the camera is to see as package (inclusive system, lens, etc..).

Maybe the noise performances are good, maybe the center AF is very capable, maybe combine with EF Lens if gives overall great performances for price...

Regards

@photomedium "Above iso 1600 every camera with same sensor size and resolution behaves about the same.”

I beg to differ… Here are some comparisons above ISO 1600 between the Fuji X100F and Canon M3, both of which feature 24MP APS-C sensors.

http://i.imgur.com/KwvrAhR.png

http://i.imgur.com/rTEpMcE.png

http://i.imgur.com/yO3sWeP.jpeg

http://i.imgur.com/Bj5Ydk1.png

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 20:07 UTC
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TwoMetreBill: Everytime I ask a Mac user to show me what works better on MacOS, I get a "deer in the headlights" look. Which is funny because MacOS has one, and only one significant advantage: Time Machine.
I too use both but dealing with the poor performance of Apple products means that I spend very little time on the Mac. That and the imbecilic design decisions such as mounting the SD card reader on the back of the iMac.

However the lack of a truly usable backup for Windows, and I've spent hundreds of dollars on Windows backup software, it is very close to pushing me to abandon Windows. With the Creators Update, MS removed virtually all of the configurability of File History so, pitiful as it was, it is now useless.

"The "attacker" was remote on the Internet, never had physical access to unlocked device, never was in the same office. The test file was prepared without his participation. “

That sounds fishy, to say the least. If true, you should cite specific details.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 19:42 UTC
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TwoMetreBill: Everytime I ask a Mac user to show me what works better on MacOS, I get a "deer in the headlights" look. Which is funny because MacOS has one, and only one significant advantage: Time Machine.
I too use both but dealing with the poor performance of Apple products means that I spend very little time on the Mac. That and the imbecilic design decisions such as mounting the SD card reader on the back of the iMac.

However the lack of a truly usable backup for Windows, and I've spent hundreds of dollars on Windows backup software, it is very close to pushing me to abandon Windows. With the Creators Update, MS removed virtually all of the configurability of File History so, pitiful as it was, it is now useless.

“ Macs are not secure and are easily hackable to intent hacker. They are just not as interesting to hackers”

It’s been repeatedly demonstrated how and why Macs are more secure than Windows, beyond the question of their small market share. Additionally, in the smartphone sphere Apple again reigns supreme in terms of security despite iOS’s popularity.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 19:41 UTC
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BadScience: Has anybody, anywhere, at any time, gained any insight when reading a Mac-vs-PC thread?

Has anybody, anywhere, at any time, though "f-me, I've been wrong all along, I'm going to by a Mac/PC" after reading a Mac-vs-PC thread?

"I don't get why people are so personally invested in a bunch of plastic and metal. “

Because after spending years putting up with the hellhole that was the Windows hegemony, switching to Apple was a breath of fresh air that revealed what it was like to own products made by a company that gives a crap about its users. The mere thought of a return to a world controlled by a company like Microsoft (or Google, or Facebook) is enough to send shudders down the spines of Apple customers everywhere.

If it weren’t for Apple, we’d all be using crappy little plastic phones with physical keyboards and a Windows/Nokia logo on the front.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 19:26 UTC
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rialcnis: One reason not mentioned is how the Mac is totally insecure compared to the win 10 PC.

I would NEVER buy a Mac. Ipad is bad enough.

@rialcnis How about citing a source to back up that idiotic statement.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 19:21 UTC
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freediverx: This article basically boils down to "Which is the most attractive platform for shortsighted, penny-pinching consumers with a limited appreciation for quality?'

You are the liberal equivalent of the ignorant right wing voter who follows fake news. You are parroting every sensational headline you read without making any effort to dig into the details of the underlying story.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 15:51 UTC
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TwoMetreBill: Everytime I ask a Mac user to show me what works better on MacOS, I get a "deer in the headlights" look. Which is funny because MacOS has one, and only one significant advantage: Time Machine.
I too use both but dealing with the poor performance of Apple products means that I spend very little time on the Mac. That and the imbecilic design decisions such as mounting the SD card reader on the back of the iMac.

However the lack of a truly usable backup for Windows, and I've spent hundreds of dollars on Windows backup software, it is very close to pushing me to abandon Windows. With the Creators Update, MS removed virtually all of the configurability of File History so, pitiful as it was, it is now useless.

>a friend of mine due to his job knows how to hack via a backdoor or security flaw into Macs.

ANY computer can be infected with malware if the attacker has physical access to the unlocked device. When we talk about Microsoft's security weakness, we're referring to its inherently poor resistance to infection from malware online. On a Mac, the user has to jump through many hoops to allow their computer to become infected with malware, including bypassing a number of default security measures. On Windows, the OS is vulnerable by default, and requires users to run bloated antivirus software as a standard practice.

Just try to scan for past incidents of malware infecting Windows users at large and compare with similarly successful attacks on Mac users. And before you bring up the old trope of "security through obscurity" let me remind you that iOS remains far more secure than Android despite it's significant marketshare.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 15:46 UTC
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freediverx: This article basically boils down to "Which is the most attractive platform for shortsighted, penny-pinching consumers with a limited appreciation for quality?'

> factories in China must put nets around roofs to catch suicides

That was done in response to a few incidents generating wide media coverage. The suicide rate at places like Foxconn (which are almost like mini cities) is actually lower than the average for China or its major cities. You are parroting a bunch of sensationalistic misinformation without making any effort to understand the context.

> we export to china because workers rights in the west trouble capitalists

Name a place in the US where Apple could ramp up production of 200 million new model iPhones every year. The US has neither the expertise, infrastructure, or army of trained workers to support such an operation. And before you ask why we don't develop it, these Chinese companies are already moving towards full automation, so in the not to distant future, those factories won't be employing all that many people.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 15:38 UTC
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fedway: Laptops are so 1999. I've moved on. My mobile photo editing gear is now a 12.9in. iPad Pro and a 10.5in iPad Pro with Affinity Photo as software. When I am at home, I use a Windows 10 desktop with DXO, Capture1, On1, Rawtherapee, Lightzone and Paintshop Pro as software. No Adobe. Laptops are a bad compromise at this point. Not as thin and light as a tablet for travel; and with small screen, limited expandability and bad keyboard compared to a desktop for fixed use. I was still using a laptop a couple of years ago but tablets have improved enough since then to feasibly supplant laptops. iPad Pros with the Pencil and designed for iOS sofware are now a better photo editing mobile device.

@jlabelle

To put it another way, Microsoft's sales pitch is essentially that the Surface is a better laptop than the iPad and a better tablet than the MacBook Pro, lol. Again, though, it doesn't excel at anything when compared to Apple's best offering in a particular category.

The same applies to operating systems. Apple created a dedicated OS for touch-based mobile devices while Microsoft insisted on cramming touch-aware functionality into the Windows desktop operating system.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 14:43 UTC
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fedway: Laptops are so 1999. I've moved on. My mobile photo editing gear is now a 12.9in. iPad Pro and a 10.5in iPad Pro with Affinity Photo as software. When I am at home, I use a Windows 10 desktop with DXO, Capture1, On1, Rawtherapee, Lightzone and Paintshop Pro as software. No Adobe. Laptops are a bad compromise at this point. Not as thin and light as a tablet for travel; and with small screen, limited expandability and bad keyboard compared to a desktop for fixed use. I was still using a laptop a couple of years ago but tablets have improved enough since then to feasibly supplant laptops. iPad Pros with the Pencil and designed for iOS sofware are now a better photo editing mobile device.

@jlabelle

> How can you say it does not excel as a laptop?

Apple has three lines of laptops (affordable, portable, or powerful.) Microsoft pushes an all-in-one, so it can't offer the cheapest, the slimmest/lightest, nor the most powerful. Apple laptops can run macOS and Windows. The Surface is stuck with Windows. MacBooks have fully adjustable screen angles and are stable. The Surface has one or two fixed screen angles and is top-heavy and unstable.

> how does it not excel as a tablet?

Apple has two lines of tablets, the iPad and the iPad pro. They're slim and light, work well in landscape and portrait modes and while standing or walking around. The os and apps are all optimized for touch, and battery life is exceptional. The Surface is larger and heavier with less battery life. It's virtually useless in portrait mode. It runs the Windows OS with a mishmash of pointer- vs. touch-based user interface elements. The selection of "tablet" software for Windows is abysmal.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 14:39 UTC
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George1958: The "new camera has less dynamic range than we've become used to" is an expectation.
Camera reviews tend to benchmark comparitively on more DR , features FPS etc and support the aggressive marketing hype.

Buying the latest and greatest is not in its self going to fundamentally transform anyone into a better photographer unless the camera can magically upgrade the photographer.

More could be done for photography as an artistic endeavour by expanding style, technique and knowledge than can be done though the magical thinking of abundant camera specifications.

Its only a personal opinion but for me if the core specifications of a camera are good, the rest is up to me and the effort I put into my photography. I don't feel insecure because of the brand or age of my camera, certainly not enough to be seduced with a marketing vision that promises me more camera but not more art.

@George1958 Any discussion of photography should be split between the creative and the technical side. This site is primarily dedicated to the technical side.

Canon are perhaps the world's second leading camera maker (behind Apple, lol) yet they have developed a track record for intentionally withholding the latest technology from its non-professional camera models.

We've long since passed the point where affordable digital cameras can produce stunning quality photos. One might even argue that focusing excessively on image quality at this point is a waste of time, since most cameras above a certain price threshold can deliver great quality given the right lighting conditions.

But we still have a number of key areas where most cameras struggle. These include autofocus speed, low light, and high dynamic range. So whenever there's a technological breakthrough that provides large gains in those areas, it's understandable that people should demand these from camera makers.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 13:53 UTC
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PaulDavis: if you build your own pc you can load windows or mac or both on it. Plus it is really easy to upgrade components. You don't have to buy an apple computer to have a Mac OS.

@jlabelle I agree that controlling both hardware and software is a huge advantage for Microsoft's Surface computers. I would also venture to say that Microsoft-made PCs are far and away better than anything made by any other OEM (in terms of overall quality, not specs.)

But two things continue to hold them back: 1) Windows' many shortcomings, and 2) Microsoft's insistence on producing hybrid laptop/tablet computers, all running the same one-size-fits-all operating system.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 22:42 UTC
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grandmasterphill: So the $750 Rebel T71 has better dynamic range than the $1999 6D Mark II.

"T7I/80D. It has better DR than D5."

Only below ISO 400.

http://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm#Canon%20EOS%2080D,Nikon%20D5

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 15:00 UTC
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Anyblunder: The new Sony A7III will probably wipe the floor with this Canon 6DII, another huge missed chance by Canon, I say this as a Canon user, they've got brilliant lenses, but this camera will not make up for that, shame.

I want a camera with Canon's lens quality, touch screen, and menu system; Sony's image quality and AF performance; and Fuji's control dial layout; all wrapped in a body with Leica build quality. ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 14:52 UTC
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tonyC1994: Richard, thanks for the review! In next DPR interview with Canon executives, can your coworker ask what's the logic behind this DR issue?

Not only is Canon artificially crippling their mid-priced products, but they're also limiting consumer choice. What if I want the performance of the 5DM4 in a smaller, mirrorless form factor like Sony's A7R2?

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 14:50 UTC
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Abdouh19: Pretty sure the iPhone 7 is better than Canon now.. Nothing new here!

I find this one more interesting...

http://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm#Canon%20EOS%206D%20Mark%20II,FujiFilm%20X100F

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 14:33 UTC
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George1958: The "new camera has less dynamic range than we've become used to" is an expectation.
Camera reviews tend to benchmark comparitively on more DR , features FPS etc and support the aggressive marketing hype.

Buying the latest and greatest is not in its self going to fundamentally transform anyone into a better photographer unless the camera can magically upgrade the photographer.

More could be done for photography as an artistic endeavour by expanding style, technique and knowledge than can be done though the magical thinking of abundant camera specifications.

Its only a personal opinion but for me if the core specifications of a camera are good, the rest is up to me and the effort I put into my photography. I don't feel insecure because of the brand or age of my camera, certainly not enough to be seduced with a marketing vision that promises me more camera but not more art.

Dynamic range is not merely an item on a spec sheet. It has very practical, real world value when capturing images in challenging lighting conditions - which is a very common scenario. DR is one of the key factors that have traditionally separated large sensor, full frame, professional DSLRs from their smaller and lower priced cousins. Today, we have several companies producing affordable, mid-tier cameras with superlative dynamic range, but Canon is not one of them.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 14:28 UTC
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