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MichaelKJ: The Oly scandal was of some interest while things were unfolding, but now it is yesterday's news. Woodford has his money and will soon be forgotten. I can't imagine why anyone would want to read his book and the comment in the article about a possible movie is nothing more than PR.

>why anyone would want to read his book

Because it was a years-long, if not decades long behind the scenes agenda to hide losses from public disclosure. The scope of it is still unknown, and it's common knowledge that many Japanese companies engage in this kind of behavior. When you overpay multiples for little companies, with mysterious consultancy fees going to undisclosed intermediaries, you know it's not a small thing.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2012 at 07:30 UTC

In retrospect, the signs were in plain view when Olympus starting buying nothingburger companies like Gyrus for obscene amounts of money. Woodford is a bit of a load mouth, but that shouldn't be an excuse for what happened. Carlos Ghosn is an even bigger loudmouth non-Japanese, but is loved at Nissan.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2012 at 23:13 UTC as 48th comment | 1 reply
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joe6pack: I must be missing something. If the photographer is being paid to take a photo, doesn't that mean he transferred the copyright to the buyer? Without the new law, can't the photographer pre-negotiate the contract before accepting the job?

Actually, under the old system, the copyright defaulted automatically to the commissioner of the work , and pre-1998, it didn't matter if they paid the photographer or not, because they commissioned the image, they automatically held the copyright. Presumably, what this does is swings the control back to the photographer; as the creator of the image, the photographer automatically has rights, and then can choose to assign them afterwards.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2012 at 00:16 UTC
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Reg Natarajan: Terrible change, and I type that sitting in my office in Vancouver. Copyright law and patent law are destroying innovation, exactly the opposite of what they were intended to do. Before copyright law, we had Beethoven, Bach and Mozart. Since copyright law, we have Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne and Nelly Furtado, and it's not lost on me that the latter three are all Canadian. This is an improvement?

.... so you're against photographers having protections for the work that they create...?

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2012 at 00:07 UTC

It still amazes me that they considered the roof of the pentaprism a viable area to house circuit boards. So much crammed in there.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2012 at 19:32 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi (392 comments in total)

This seems like a new sensor. They're using 24.1mp to describe it, not 24.2 like the D3200.The official press release uses "new" in the pres release.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 06:39 UTC as 109th comment | 2 replies

iPad "4" was really about ramping up for international markets. I don't think photographers are going to be disappointed, the mini is about building the iBooks ecosystem, more than anything else.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2012 at 20:04 UTC as 46th comment
On article Interview - Phil Molyneux, President Sony Electronics (129 comments in total)
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Gesture: Good interview. Interesting how he keeps using the word "disruptive." Better than paradigm-shifting, I guess, but I think there must be a more apt word for what he is driving at.

"Disrupt" is a marketing term... cliche actually. The marketing guys say "disrupt". The management guys shift".

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2012 at 19:24 UTC
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limlh: From the samples, I think the Bayer sensor has reached its limit. The X-Trans sensor of Fujifilm X-Pro 1 is now king of high ISO. So will be the X-E1.

You outta have a look at:

That artifacting would make me think twice.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 05:22 UTC
On article Canon EOS M hands-on preview (565 comments in total)

APS-C with on-board phased detection AF in a compact body would be an excellent proposition, but the two things that hold this back are that the they kept compatibility with the EF mount (large flange diameter) and the control layout. When you look at it, nobody in the mirrorless is putting it all together.

My vote:
- EOS-M sensor
- Fuji X-1 body
- Sony NEX manual control layout

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 19:19 UTC as 68th comment

No continuous AF for stills but AF in movies? Inevitable comparison to the D600, which can do subject tracking in liveview. Sounds like Sony are rushing to market; it wouldn't likely be a good implementation but it's conceivable in the year 2012.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 18:28 UTC as 32nd comment | 6 replies

They should be called 'iPhones'...

Seriously, this is a product category that nobody asked for. If you want a connected device, you're posting to Facebook etc, and the image is going t be downsized anyway. Your smartphone does this already, why buy another device?

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2012 at 18:28 UTC as 98th comment | 2 replies
On article Photokina 2012: Tamron Stand Report (15 comments in total)

Interested in how they do VC + piezo motor for the 70-200, but in the last couple of lens where they added VC to a venerable line (28-75 to 24-70 and 17-50), the optical results were okay, but not a home run.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2012 at 20:40 UTC as 4th comment
On article Photokina 2012: Interview - Dirk Jasper of Nikon (216 comments in total)

" is the D600 the new D300S"

Love how Barney indirectly asks if there will be a D400, and then the question is indirectly shirked off.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 15:50 UTC as 64th comment | 3 replies

All Leica's are beautiful, but this is not necessarily a beautiful Leica. I suppose the LCD needs to be bigger, but the proportions on the back panel don't look optimal.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 21:30 UTC as 90th comment

Not sure who it will do in this increasingly crowded market space, but that's some striking product design right there. Put this side by side with the classic F-31d and it's like the cameras came from two different companies.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 05:08 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies

Every year at this time Apple has a way of making stuttering video and crashing liveblog forums exciting. I thought I would never get my morning back from the 4s launch... I was wrong. It happened again today.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 20:25 UTC as 70th comment

Is it me or does anybody else think that the price is insane? Assuming that this is the Nikon D600 sensor in a compact body... no mirror, no PD array, no colour sensitive metering sensor... what is there to justify $2,800 other than 'demand'? If the D600 does come in around $1,800 ish, compact or no, this is going to look like an expensive toy. It's typical Sony, you can't tell if it's genius or if somebody forgot to grab hold of the reigns somewhere along the line.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 05:15 UTC as 52nd comment | 5 replies

Similar pixel density to the D800e, was bound to happen on a 16mp+ crop sensor, though the modern ones seem to be already lighter on filtration than in the past.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2012 at 22:22 UTC as 89th comment
On article Is Instagram 'debasing photography'? (291 comments in total)

I think this is a fair point. I'm not against Instagram because it gets people into taking pictures, but her point is valid, everybody's pics end up looking the same. If it's fun, I'm all for more people to use Instagram. Afterall, I had an Instamatic 126 camera as well.

But, the artistry part of it, yes, I agree. Instagram creates faux nostalgia by taking away some of the image quality of a picture. However, the past masters did nothing of the sort, they were living in their own contemporary time, and when you looks through photos of a bygone era, you can see that they were just as careful about their craft as we are now, and that even though the film chemistry dates older pictures, the photographers were doing everything they could to extract the most image quality out of their pictures.

This was my own writing on these points.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2012 at 20:42 UTC as 176th comment
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