boinkphoto

boinkphoto

Lives in United States Lebanon, USA, United States
Works as a Computer Specialist
Has a website at http://boinkphoto.com
Joined on Feb 24, 2009
About me:

To tale pictures of course!

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Dang, they look cuddly, but those claws show the truth.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 23:24 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
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SteveY80: How do the screen and trackpad compare?

The main reason why I bought a MacBook pro a few years ago was that I tried a number of laptops and the trackpad on the MacBook was clearly better than the alternatives. To me this is very important for a laptop that I'll be using for photo editing on the move.

That sounds like a witty reply, but the answer is obvious, external mice have their advantages. Windows laptop users use external mice too, and probably not because they hate their trackpads. An external mouse in some situations is more convenient than any trackpad.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 01:08 UTC
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Binone: I switched from Windows to a Mac in 2006 because I was just tired of the constant crashing. But, Apple is really getting frustrating: I have a Mac Pro, 2012 vintage with the big case where I can add extra drives, easily upgrade memory, or the video card, or I/O cards, etc. The new coffee can looks very nice, but is expensive and expansion is a pain - if it can even be done.

I also have a MacBook Air and gave some thought to getting a new MacBook Pro for editing on the road, although the 2015 Air that I have does a pretty good job. So, I went to the Apple Store and still have my Air. With a dongle needed for USB, memory cards - almost everything, there's no way I'm going to shell out that kind of money because I know that I'll get to a job site, need the computer, and not find the dongle.

Apple really has to stop making changes for the sake of change, and think about their customers. Go ahead, add USB-C, but keep a USB and memory card port - why not???

Outside of thinness, leaving those ports would have hurt how?

I say this as a dedicated Apple user.

I would also note Dell, does makes some damn nice computers, like the Precision series.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 01:04 UTC
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xiao_xiang: These discussions will always have the appearance of being won by the Apple crowd.

Why? Because Windows users... Use the product.... And by and large don't care about these pointless debates.

Why? Because it's just a tool and don't care about the brand.

Apple users ALWAYS have to leap to the defense of the brand.

Just like screaming, placard holding, offense taking, religious nut jobs.

The "religious nut jobs" comment makes it clear that Apple owners aren't the only ones who get overzealous in their opinions.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 00:59 UTC

I've gone all Mac for day to day use and love them, but I do believe the USB-C dongle hell is a major step back. I get it on the 12" models, but when you buy a MacBook Pro you are, or at least you were, knowingly buying a larger device to get more features/interchangeability.

Frankly I regret they removed the DVD drive, where you could shove another hard drive if you wanted.

Anyway, I don't think Windows is a bad OS - I spent more years on it than I have Mac, but the Mac is just seems to be better integrated and run better. I still have Win 10 boxes, and despite people's claims of it being totally fixed (it is better), I still get the random Windows wonkiness where stuff just hangs or suddenly stops working and you're scratching your head and Googling like crazy.

Anyway, I don't think Windows users are stupid in the slightest, I just have come to prefer Mac. Mostly I see articles like this as click bait, which as I'm writing here, worked.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 00:56 UTC as 253rd comment
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SteveY80: How do the screen and trackpad compare?

The main reason why I bought a MacBook pro a few years ago was that I tried a number of laptops and the trackpad on the MacBook was clearly better than the alternatives. To me this is very important for a laptop that I'll be using for photo editing on the move.

If there is a trackpad on a Windows box (and I come from Windows) that is as good as a Mac, I have yet to meet it. It alone is a massive plus.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 00:48 UTC

I think the moral questions are fair, but I have to admit I'm glad to have an additional, albeit small, window into what happened. I can't help feeling that this is probably something someone wouldn't want us to see, which inclines me to think we should see it.

As far as it being a grave, well, so are graveyards which many of us traverse recreationally for one reason or another. As long as you are respectful, which I don't see signs the photographer wasn't, then I can't get too concerned.

Still, the law is the law. If he's prosecuted I can't argue that it wasn't the risk that he took going into it.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 17:47 UTC as 6th comment

Seems like there are benefits outside the AI, but if the AI part were to actually magically guarantee great photos (insert intense skepticism here), it kind of loses the whole point of photography. The object is not to collect great photos, the object is to create great photos that *you* took.

It would be a bit like buying Watson, having it win every game of chess with your friends, and then declaring what a great chess player you are because you bought Watson.

I think we need to step back and remember that technology is the means, but the betterment of human condition (enjoyment, quality of life, love, family, relationships, community, etc.) is the end. Having more stuff like iPhones is not progress, having stuff like iPhones that help us all live better and more fulfilling lives *is* progress (and I would note, not having more stuff like iPhones and all being happier would be progress too - there is life outside of technology).

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 16:44 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply

X-E2s with 27mm lens should be listed. I love mine.

$699 + $449 = $1,148.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 19:44 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
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Ian: Per footnote #5, my apologies on behalf of all us Yanks.

Ditto.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 18:34 UTC

"There's a frood who really knows where his towel is."

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 18:33 UTC as 22nd comment

Given that they released the X100F and therefor the X100T is effectively deprecated, this doesn't seem like major news...

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 12:46 UTC as 9th comment
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Eric Ouellet: Don't photograph train tracks, don't do bike without your helmet, don't walk without shoes, don't look too far, don't breath too quick, don't think too much...

My mom, like most moms at the time, shoved us out the front door at 8 AM and didn't give a thought about what we did until 5 PM when dinner was served. We took all sorts of adventures, including walking the tracks and dodging a train now and then, and I wouldn't trade those memories and the risks that went with it for anything. Yeah, sometimes bad things happened, but nowhere in proportion to the fantasies that the news now spins constantly to us. The world wasn't, and still isn't, as dangerous of a place as we now make it out to be, and the lives of our children are far less vibrant because of it. We're so busy preventing our kids from dying that we're not giving them the chance to, well, live.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 00:57 UTC
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Indohydra: also, don't take photos in the streets, near buildings, around other people or animals or at night...or day, or when anything might happen that you don't expect.

Thank you. Yes, you should be smart around tracks, but the people acting like it's akin to child neglect, need to take a quaalude.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 00:49 UTC

In regards to all this angst about train tracks, my inclination is to say, "Lighten up Francis". Yes, it adds unnecessary risk in your life, but so do things like motorcycles.

I've spent plenty of time taking photos on the rails, and I will continue to. Count me up as a Darwin award if I end up a smear on the cow catcher.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 00:45 UTC as 54th comment
On article Google AI adds detail to low-resolution images (150 comments in total)

Well, it only matters if the resulting photo looks like the actual person. It doesn't do any good if the resulting image looks like someone totally different than taken in the low res original.

The article doesn't seem to clarify whether the result was ultimately a close approximation.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 23:12 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply

Because I love photography I want to agree, but I'm not sure it holds up under scrutiny. There are plenty of photojournalists who might not have ever experienced a threat like this and not held up to the moment. Similarly, I bet you there were non-photojournalists there who have photos on their phone that we would be seeing instead had this photojournalist not been there.

Honestly in the end my bigger fear is about how little it actually matters. Some say below how good information and visual truth is important, but we went through an election where visual and audio truth abounded - where anyone with 10 minutes and Google could fact check. Yet, still on both sides there were people who thought their candidate was the messiah even though the tiniest effort could show neither were.

In fact if anything we find ourselves in a world with so much information, information seems to hardly matter anymore. Someone shot the Russi... Oh look, a squirrel!

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 21:22 UTC as 153rd comment
On article Fujifilm launches X-A10 as entry-level X-series model (166 comments in total)
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Vanitas Photo: I think many are throwing this camera under the bus just because it isn't aimed at them...

Most camera manufacturers drive the most of their income from entry level gear, that's a reality for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax, etc. And Fuji has to start to get income in the same level too (this also serves the purpose of cheap entry into the system which sooner or later they will upgrade).

BTW on social media and selfies: In Hong Kong and other regions of Asia Casio cameras like the EX-TR70 sell like hot pancakes and mind you they aren't cheap (700 bucks) and guess what? it is a selfie oriented camera (retractable handle for selfie and wireless connectivity with smartphones, people are fed up of smartphones for selfies there.)

Vanity is a comodity that is in high demand thanks to social media and camera makers would be dumb to not cash in.

There's the XT-10, XE-2s, XPro2, XT-2 for the serious photographer.

The waist finder is very useful for what you indicate, if not also for more discrete street photography. I actually wouldn't mind the selfie capability. I rarely do it, however if I am, I'd rather use a real camera. That said, I certainly wouldn't put the tilt screen in the critical path of buying a camera.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 17:04 UTC
On article Fujifilm launches X-A10 as entry-level X-series model (166 comments in total)
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Charlie Jin: It looks so stupid to take a selfie using a camera with such a huge lens attached. No one will buy it for a selfie. I don't think that this camera has any place in the market. Sony a5100 is the way to go.

My sense is the X-A# line has been fairly successful. They released an X-A3 with 24mp before they released an X-E3 (which may never come unfortunately).

Not arguing with your logic about the selfies, but there are more reasons to buy than just that and humans are hard to predict.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 16:58 UTC

It's true in this day and age that you can't tell astroturf advertising from reporting and it's also true that these show best condition photography. Still, they are very nice pictures.

I think calling out astroturf vs. non-astroturf is really up to DPReview and similar sites. They should take the time to find out, and specifically call out any cases where the artist and the manufacturer have a relationship.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 15:20 UTC as 79th comment | 1 reply
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