Sessility

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Malling: Won’t be long before it requires permission and a “driver’s” license with the constant report of such things happening (true or not)

Where I live it’s max 100m and it’s not allowed to get’s out of sight, get near nature reserves, fly over private property, airports, helicopter platforms and military facilities, there are specific allowed areas you can go to without problems.

But basically most of the capital is off limit.

"Won’t be long before it requires permission and a “driver’s” license"
...and so it should! (at the very minimum) ...and that doesn't even consider the annoyance factor for anyone within earshot.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2021 at 07:51 UTC
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Fourbillionyears: Yet one more reason why drones should be outlawed and all existing machines confiscated and destroyed.

Almost completely agree - drones should be as available to consumers/hobbyists as automatic machine guns, basically NOT.
They are dangerous in the wrong hands, of which there seem to be many, and annoying in just about anyone's hands for everyone around them.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2021 at 06:56 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR (164 comments in total)
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Foveonite: guys, according to the latest news on Fujirumors, the reason for this lens is aimed at RESOLUTION! hinting a higher resolution APS-C X-mount camera is coming soon! maybe 40+MP

Ugh - give me low light over resolution (past 16MP) any day.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2021 at 07:07 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: One thing I should put here for those running home NAS systems or if you just have a second drive in your computer, replace it about every 3 years. Moving HDDs do wear out, and many consumer-level drives aren't designed to be on all the time. They will work fine for 1-3 years but after that, you're asking for problems probably. They don't make drives like the used to (I had a Quantum hard drive that ran for about 9-10 years under normal use, but I've had newer WD and Seagate drives fail after a few years of normal use).

So replace your drives every few years (3-4 years) and make sure you have a backup somewhere else. Also there are tools that can help you clone your drives too, and in some larger NAS systems (like 4+ bays) if you only use 2 bays, you can set up a second set of drives and copy the data over to those and then either keep the original 2 drives operating, or disable them and keep them as an extra backup somewhere.

It's not a question of IF they will fall, but WHEN...

No need to preventatively replace drives, that's the whole point of a RAID configuration in a NAS. If you really want to be extra-prepared, you could keep a spare handy though, in case one drive fails, so you can immediately swap it.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2021 at 22:48 UTC
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Sessility: If you upload your photos to be used for free, then you should be doing so because you're happy just to share them, with no payback or benefit to you, because you're feeling altrustic, however you want to word it. Anything else (on the internet) is incredibly naive.
Yes, it sucks that Getty will now make money off it, but the reality is that eventually even Getty's days are numbered. Face it, photography is one of these "jobs" that's becoming mostly obsolete. There are millions of amateurs/hobby photogs freely sharing their photos, I'm one of them. The chances that one of them puts a photo on the internet for free that is similarly good as the one you're trying to sell only goes up over time.

...I say "mostly", because sure there will always be a very small number of people with exceptional talent, but more in the direction of fine art, in the same way that probably only 1 in a million of people who paint are exceptionally good enough to make a living off it.
No different to other jobs that have already become mostly obsolete as a *paid* job by technology.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2021 at 22:03 UTC

If you upload your photos to be used for free, then you should be doing so because you're happy just to share them, with no payback or benefit to you, because you're feeling altrustic, however you want to word it. Anything else (on the internet) is incredibly naive.
Yes, it sucks that Getty will now make money off it, but the reality is that eventually even Getty's days are numbered. Face it, photography is one of these "jobs" that's becoming mostly obsolete. There are millions of amateurs/hobby photogs freely sharing their photos, I'm one of them. The chances that one of them puts a photo on the internet for free that is similarly good as the one you're trying to sell only goes up over time.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2021 at 22:02 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

Excellent interview/news - the Fujifilm lens selection is great so far, but it's good they're acknowledging the need for at least one >400mm lens and re-visiting the slower autofocus of older 1st gen lenses.
Also great to hear they're not resting on their laurels re autofocus performance of the X-T4, but pushing for further improvements for sports photographers.

All just the things I wanted to hear :-)

Reading through the comments there are the typical posts deriding APS-C compared to FF, and as usual they're by people who don't use a Fuji X camera. For what it's worth, for me, I couldn't care less about APS-C vs FF - the difference is way smaller than other factors, not least your ability with the camera (personally I love the Fujifilm ergonomics and find them way better than PASM/menus).
Hypothetically, if the X system discontinued overnight, I cannot think of any other camera I would like, and would have to resort to used ones if my current one breaks. Here's to many more years!

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2021 at 03:37 UTC as 24th comment | 4 replies
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Bookie: “Fujifilm pushes out…”
What an odd expression. Has the word ‘releases’ been retired?

It's actually not just odd, but wrong. "Push" in technical terms is e.g. a server actively sending something to a client or destination.

In this case, the user still has to choose to download the firmware update from Fujifilm's server and install it. That is a "pull" interface ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2020 at 02:42 UTC
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vegetaleb: Another promising tech that will die
I have a Spark for some time now and the only place I could use it was on the border of a ski slope toward a valley (to not endanger people) and that's it
Too many forbidden places to use drones killed the drones for photography and video amateurs.
Add to that most drones use Wifi connection and if any wifi antenna or even a router is close this drone will go to Mordor

Sorry, but one does not simply fly into Mordor...

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2020 at 02:25 UTC
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RhonaldJR: Why would they have X-T3 and X-Pro lines? Thought they'd have IBIS for this one aiming at the pro (nope, not buying it either ways coz I am not a pro, just a hobbyist) and some more differentiating features.

The build is titanium and so the street shooters can throw this at someone if they are attacked. Other than that, there is little differentiating this and x-t3 line IQ and shooting-wise.

Not complaining, just curious.

@myself, sorry I meant right-eyed shooters of course

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2019 at 20:17 UTC
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RhonaldJR: Why would they have X-T3 and X-Pro lines? Thought they'd have IBIS for this one aiming at the pro (nope, not buying it either ways coz I am not a pro, just a hobbyist) and some more differentiating features.

The build is titanium and so the street shooters can throw this at someone if they are attacked. Other than that, there is little differentiating this and x-t3 line IQ and shooting-wise.

Not complaining, just curious.

I thought the difference between the X-Pro line and the X-T line is pretty obvious - viewfinder position and the hybrid viewfinder. Even if everything else is the same, those are two very important differences - ask anyone who has either of the two, especially the X-Pro owners who are left-eyed shooters - I think many would rather go to an X-E than an X-T.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2019 at 04:34 UTC

"doesn't quite tilt far enough for high-level shots. Boo." - yeah it does, just hold the camera upside-down with the LCD flipped out at 90 degrees, which makes sense because then you can see the controls on the top plate.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2019 at 19:19 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
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Jeff Greenberg: =====
> 512GB capacity

2009 called.
They want their capacity back.

That's plenty when you compare it with USB sticks and with this small form factor that's what it should be compared to convenience-wise.

I'm considering getting one as a backup on the go (on holiday)...

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2019 at 20:21 UTC
On article Canon's 32MP chip marks the end of the 24MP APS-C era (493 comments in total)
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paulfulper: I still prefer less than 20MP because the hard drives fill up fast with high MP cameras

It's not just the immediate storage (and with SSDs space is still reasonably expensive), it's also the cost of space for backup and archive.

More importantly, bigger files need more processing power, which either means slower response times from programs you use to work with your images, or having to buy completely new hardware (PC/Mac) to keep working intuitively fast.

I would rather have 16MP or 24MP with better low noise. I really hope 32MP is the max we end up for APS-C, it just doesn't make sense from a lens resolution and diffraction point of view (I would have thought 24MP is already a pragmatic limit).

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2019 at 02:37 UTC
On article Sony a6400 vs Fujifilm X-T30: Which is best for you? (454 comments in total)
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(unknown member): best looking camera wins hands down. otherwise id be driving a shoe box ;-)

I agree with you, but to be fair on the other hand *a lot* of people drive generic boring shoe box cars.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2019 at 21:16 UTC
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mferencz: This is what you get when your trying to compete with FF and your not FF. It looks like a giant spotlight you'd mount on a boat. Fuji will sell very few of these to the very few pro's who haven't abandoned APSC. Enthusiast lenses. That's the key Fuji.

I really don't get why some people get so hung up on sensor size of APS-C vs FF (other than being defensive/insecure about having to justify FF).
These days the image quality difference related to the sensor size is negligible and certainly insignificant compared to bigger factors like camera ergonomics, performance, features, rendering of tones, ergonomics of lenses and their resolution - just to name 6 that can easily be more important than whether the sensor is a bit smaller or larger.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2018 at 05:03 UTC
On article Sample gallery: Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS (171 comments in total)
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Saramarisu: Remember the days dpreview called it football ;-)

It should never be called football, that's too ambiguous, there are half a dozen of codes of what some might call "football". Much better to call it by its specific term ;-)

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2018 at 23:41 UTC
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Blaklynx01: Since rent-a-software is cheap, why not rent ALL software on your PC and see if you can afford it? Anybody care to calculate all their software at say $10ea / month and see how many Starbucks coffees you'll need to give up?

C'mon, let's see some real numbers from you rent-a-software fans...

@Thoughts R Us: I work in IT, software development to be more specific.

What you are saying is so absolutely wrong, I felt compelled to reply:

Pretty much all software still works - new hardware is almost always backwards compatible with older software, and if you have extremely old software, you can also run it in either an emulator or a virtual machine (VM, and in short, it's actually not a physical machine, it's sofware).

I can point you to much more extreme cases than the "software in the 90's and early 2000's" you cite: You can happy run any DOS programs from even earlier than that in DOSBox, you can run whole old operating systems that aren't even sold anymore in a VM, there are even convenient emulators for some things (heck, even Commodore!) that run in a browser!
I could go on, but as others have pointed out, your Adobe fanboy-ism is so extreme & unreasonable to the point of being ridiculous that it is highly likely you are paid by or work for Adobe, so there's no point.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2018 at 02:12 UTC
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Sessility: Screw Adobe - I'll be making my best effort to never pay that company a single $ and encourage everyone I know to do the same.

I have nothing against companies making money, that's what they're there for and that's what they need to do to survive. However, screwing customers by limiting their options, milking them through a situation similar to a monopoly (i.e. lots of people are too wedded to it or used to it), and then on top of it making a record profit is highly unethical.

I'm not surprised they're partnering with Microsoft, another one of those blood-sucking companies creating crap solutions from a technical point of view, but having good marketing and name-recognition. Microsoft of course has been there/done that re monopoly and it's still in their corporate DNA, same as with Adobe.

I urge people to do the right thing and look at alternatives of which there are plenty good ones, they just may need a bit of getting used to it, but in the long run it's worth it for everyone!

@String - Huh? Your reply doesn't even make sense. Where I live, fuel is provided as an end product by competing retail service station chains - sure the crude might come from a near monopoly of only a handful of countries, but even they have competition and besides your car doesn't have to run on petrol or diesel (mine doesn't :-), so again you have choice. So what were you saying again?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2018 at 00:21 UTC

Screw Adobe - I'll be making my best effort to never pay that company a single $ and encourage everyone I know to do the same.

I have nothing against companies making money, that's what they're there for and that's what they need to do to survive. However, screwing customers by limiting their options, milking them through a situation similar to a monopoly (i.e. lots of people are too wedded to it or used to it), and then on top of it making a record profit is highly unethical.

I'm not surprised they're partnering with Microsoft, another one of those blood-sucking companies creating crap solutions from a technical point of view, but having good marketing and name-recognition. Microsoft of course has been there/done that re monopoly and it's still in their corporate DNA, same as with Adobe.

I urge people to do the right thing and look at alternatives of which there are plenty good ones, they just may need a bit of getting used to it, but in the long run it's worth it for everyone!

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2018 at 04:18 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
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