freediverx

freediverx

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Joined on Jan 11, 2009

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BigBen08: I'd rather have the information in a book form, either printed or online.

These are clearly no good for quick reference. No way to quickly find the one you want. They’re meant to be a variation on a stack of index cards used to learn or study something.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2020 at 11:06 UTC
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Zymurgist: A keyboard and trackpad on an iPad, wow! That's an about face. Looks like Microsoft was right after all.

Huge difference in the implementation details

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2020 at 22:50 UTC
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Mister J: Needs a brush tool.

And selective editing... and dehaze.

Though it’s missing some features, the quality of the software and user interface are top notch. And unlike Adobe, it works seamlessly with iCloud Photo Library. This is well made software that feels at least right at home in apple’s ecosystem.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2020 at 22:11 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (891 comments in total)
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n8vz: I downloaded the Fujifilm Camera Remote app for my iPhone X. I noted that it had horrible reviews. I concur that it's extremely clunky. Notwithstanding that criticism, I wonder if it's possible to actually get it to perform one of the functions it's supposed to be able to do: add GeoTag information to photos as you take them with the camera.

I've got it setup so that it will remotely control the camera and download files from the camera. However, I cannot get it to simply supply GeoTag info to photos I take while it is connected to the app. In fact, while connected to the app it disables the shutter button completely, and only allows remote control of the camera. That's a function I would use only rarely.

I want to be able to have the iPhone in my pocket, take photos with the camera, and have GPS information added to the photos as they are taken. I read a description of the app and it's suppose to be able to do that. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. -

Carl

I just bought this camera and am shocked at how bad the Remote app is. I haven't even tried using the geotag feature because I can't even get it to maintain a wireless connection for more than a few seconds at a time for remote operation.

Completely worthless camera if you need any wireless functionality.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2019 at 16:30 UTC
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fredmason: Holding out for the $300 Limited Edition Paul Smith-themed Leica app.

With ostrich-skin background wallpaper.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2019 at 14:22 UTC
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focuspulling: The SSDs are not competitive at all.

And to distinguish themselves, these manufacturers really need to start offering portable SSDs with included mounting options (which would cost them about a penny more to manufacture).

Re: the glaring lack of mounting options, this is pure laziness on their part. Not the kind of company I like to do business with.

I'll happily pay a bit more for better performance and quality from companies like DJI and Samsung.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2019 at 20:25 UTC
On article Alien Skin Exposure X3 review (235 comments in total)
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BlueJakester: You had me at "no subscription." I'll never rent software. Lightroom 6 is the end of the line for my purchase of Adobe products, now that new versions are subscription only.

Re: losing non-pro users, I don't think they care. Adobe doesn't want anyone who spends a couple hundred bucks on an app and then uses it for years. They want a captive audience (enterprise users) who will provide consistently recurring revenue.

This is the same mentality as Microsoft in the 90s. Why struggle to please millions of demanding end users when you can bribe IT managers to choose your (possibly inferior) product for all their employees?

Link | Posted on May 30, 2019 at 13:29 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (891 comments in total)
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K1000usr: I would be curious how well X100F does panoramic shots.

I have the X100S. Typically in brightly lit scenes, X100S panoramic shots are full of bands of varying brightness, and practically a waste.

Re: panoramic photos, it's pathetic that camera makers still struggle with a feature that Apple got right on their first try 6 years ago with the iPhone 5. Taking a panoramic photo on an iPhone is simple and intuitive, and the results are usually great so long as you're not too close to our subject. Reading tips on how to get similar effects on $1000+ standalone cameras in 2019 makes my head spin.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2019 at 12:55 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Leica Q2 first impressions review (220 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Classic Leica issues, little tech, high price.
Great review as always, very entertaining.

Blackmagic design P4K review, please! 😊

Have you used it?

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2019 at 12:31 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Leica Q2 first impressions review (220 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Classic Leica issues, little tech, high price.
Great review as always, very entertaining.

Blackmagic design P4K review, please! 😊

A CDAF-only AF system that is almost as fast as a PDAF system... For anything other than tracking moving subjects (this was never heralded as a camera for sports photography) it works remarkably well.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2019 at 11:02 UTC
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BeaverTerror: Montana, the shithole of America.

Odd that you seem more offended by my tongue-incheek population estimate than by the other fella calling you your state a shithole

For the record I have nothing against Montana or any other state. I do have an issue with the xenophobic and racist attitudes that seem prevalent in certain areas and the idea that we are a supposedly democratic nation increasingly ruled by a corrupt minority.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2019 at 21:36 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Leica Q2 first impressions review (220 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Classic Leica issues, little tech, high price.
Great review as always, very entertaining.

Blackmagic design P4K review, please! 😊

Regardless of whether or not you've owned one, your comment suggests a dismissive attitude towards the brand, and perhaps the opinion that only gullible sheep would buy their products.

For the record, I think it's perfectly fair to object to their pricing, or to state that their products aren't a good match for your needs. I just object to the notion that they make sub-par products whose success is based entirely on the exclusivity of the brand and its heritage.

All brands make tradeoffs in their product designs, and with the exception of price, I find Leica's approach to product design far superior to that of their rivals, at least with respect to the Q.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2019 at 15:15 UTC
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BeaverTerror: Montana, the shithole of America.

America has so many shitholes, I'm not sure Montana (population 150?) would range particularly high.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2019 at 13:51 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Leica Q2 first impressions review (220 comments in total)
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Ken60: How nice to see DNG as a format from card. Open in Photoshop 6 from a new camera with no messing about. About time a few more freed photographers from the continual upgrade blackmail game. When you see the high ISO from these new sensors at near 50mp, you understand just how far behind Canon are.

Canon's main problems are a) they intentionally cripple features and capabilities on most models to avoid cannibalizing sales of their pro DLSRs, and b) like Sony, Nikon, and others, their cameras are bloated with too many useless features aimed at beginners, at the expense of user experience for more advanced users. I refuse to buy any camera with a prominent PSAD dial and no dedicated controls for shutter speed, aperture, and manual focus.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2019 at 13:35 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Leica Q2 first impressions review (220 comments in total)
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freediverx: Great initial review. I'd like to hear how it performs relative to the Q1 in the areas where it came up a bit short: AF speed and accuracy, buffering, low light noise, touchscreen responsiveness, JPEG colors... Is it better, worse, or about the same?

If the Q2 is at least as good as the Q1 in all of the above categories, I'd consider it a complete success. But I'm very concerned about any actual regressions and tradeoffs vis-à-vis the previous model.

I enjoy Chris's style when addressing the camera's faults - honest and factual, but civil and diplomatic. How very Canadian! But I think he may be inadvertently overselling the waterproofing. Referring to the Q2 as "completely weather sealed" doesn't convey the limitations of an IP52 rating. For reference, an iPhone XR is rated to IP67 and a XS is IP68. I wouldn't expose this camera to anything beyond a light drizzle and wet fingers.

Oh, I agree! I wasn't knocking Leica, but just pointing out that this is a sensitive topic and reviewers need to be careful not to set unrealistic expectations.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2019 at 13:29 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Leica Q2 first impressions review (220 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Classic Leica issues, little tech, high price.
Great review as always, very entertaining.

Blackmagic design P4K review, please! 😊

And as usual, lots of strong opinions from non-Leica fans who don't understand what makes these cameras so appealing beyond the snob appeal. Kind of similar to the comments we see from Android and Windows users about Apple products.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2019 at 13:08 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Leica Q2 first impressions review (220 comments in total)
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geopapa: Considering the Leica Summilux-M 28mm 1.4 is about 6500$ this is a bargain and you get a camera glued to it as well :)

> The lens on this camera will still probably be stellar 10,20,30 years from now, but you'll be stuck with that body

True, but the same can be said for the $6000 M body you'd have to buy to go with your $6000 lens. ;)

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2019 at 13:06 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Leica Q2 first impressions review (220 comments in total)
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(unknown member): I'm not sure about the shape of the Q2. Chris mentions that it's a bit slippery in the hand, and I can see that being an issue. It's a small camera, but not so small that it couldn't have benefited from a small grip on the front, even just a ridge to give one's fingers a bit of purchase. Leica sometimes takes minimalism too far, leaving out features not because it makes for a better experience but just for the sake of minimalism itself. See also the deletion of the USB port. Minimalism should be a means to an end, with the end being a satisfying user experience, rather than an end in itself.

I'm sure that a grip case of some kind will be available but in my opinion it would be better if the camera handled nicely right out of the box rather than needing to have stuff added onto it. Of course, all of this is just my opinion. Perhaps some people don't mind the lack of a grip and think that having one would spoil the camera's looks. Usability trumps looks every time though, for me.

For me, the Leica Q's body design is nearly perfect as-is.

There are various accessories you can purchase to provide a more secure grip. I much prefer having this as an option for those who prefer it, rather than having a molded grip as part of the camera's design forced upon all users.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2019 at 13:03 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Leica Q2 first impressions review (220 comments in total)

Great initial review. I'd like to hear how it performs relative to the Q1 in the areas where it came up a bit short: AF speed and accuracy, buffering, low light noise, touchscreen responsiveness, JPEG colors... Is it better, worse, or about the same?

If the Q2 is at least as good as the Q1 in all of the above categories, I'd consider it a complete success. But I'm very concerned about any actual regressions and tradeoffs vis-à-vis the previous model.

I enjoy Chris's style when addressing the camera's faults - honest and factual, but civil and diplomatic. How very Canadian! But I think he may be inadvertently overselling the waterproofing. Referring to the Q2 as "completely weather sealed" doesn't convey the limitations of an IP52 rating. For reference, an iPhone XR is rated to IP67 and a XS is IP68. I wouldn't expose this camera to anything beyond a light drizzle and wet fingers.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2019 at 12:39 UTC as 20th comment | 4 replies
On article Leica Q2 sample gallery (168 comments in total)
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ZeBebito: $5000 is a little too much for an IQ my Sony A7Rii + 28mm F2 can easily match. A Q with 35mm Summicron would be something special though.

You shouldn't have to open the manual, expect perhaps to look up some technical detail occasionally. The Q's functions and settings are designed so that you can figure them out intuitively.

Asian companies, while great at hardware, are terrible at software and human interface design. They see software development as a lamentable business expense instead of as a crucial element of product design.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2019 at 18:00 UTC
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