Peter G

Lives in Canada Canada
Joined on Aug 23, 2000
About me:

Not a photog, just vacation snapshooter that likes tech.

Digicam Chronology:

Canon SD880

Canon G6 (gone)

Canon S400 (gone)

Nikon 950 (gone)

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I'd be worried about the eagles getting injured by the drone blades.

Need to equip the eagles with fricken lasers, so they can shoot down drones without injuring themselves.

Though then you have the issue of what to do when laser equipped eagles start terrorizing people.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 20:17 UTC as 43rd comment

Both are paying a monthly Tax to use software, so I don't care about either.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2017 at 16:32 UTC as 192nd comment
On article Hello Lightroom CC: Embracing the future (510 comments in total)

Serif needs to create Affinity Darkroom.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 22:53 UTC as 157th comment | 3 replies

"Manny shot the A9 photos at F2.8, and the A6500 photos were taken wide open at F1.8, "

Well if you are going to handicap the Full Frame by stopping it down to equalize the DOF with the crop sensor, then yes you are going to get essentially the same results.

But one of the big advantages of Full Frame, especially when shooting portraits, is that you will usually have a shallower DOF available to you.

When workhorse lenses like the 24-70 F2.8 and 70-200 F2.8 get crop equivalent lenses, they are usually also F2.8, giving a much shallower DOF option on Full Frame.

IMO Shoot some portraits at F2.8 on both and then you should see some difference.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2017 at 16:04 UTC as 177th comment | 5 replies

I preferred the Canon colors in a lot of those shots. The Alexa seemed to have bit of greenish tinge.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2017 at 19:25 UTC as 68th comment | 2 replies
In reply to:

danski0224: Vol. 2 was not as good as Vol. 1....

Exactly, every review I saw, said it was better than Vol. 1....

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 00:23 UTC
On article Poor piloting causes terrifying cycle crash (10 comments in total)
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allenclark: Bizarre. You can see the drone fall and apparently strike the front wheel at 0:50, sending debris flying across the road. The rider wobbles a bit but recovers. Then at 0:53, the remains of the drone apparently jam the wheel, causing the endo, but it doesn't make sense that the wheel could still turn prior to that. Weird. Hope the rider's OK.

A drone is a complex object with lots of protrusions. Some how it managed not jam the wheel for a couple of revolutions (possible breaking some bits off) until something caught solid.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 20:59 UTC
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Peter G: They haven't really said anything new. Super/Ultra capacitors have been fast charging and extremely long lasting for ages.

The capacitor problem is one of energy storage capacity. At BEST they have 10% the capacity of Lithium Batteries by Mass.

So your 20 gram phone battery becomes a 200 gram battery, that weighs more than your phone.

There is continual hype around this idea, mainly to attract investors. But it would be foolish to invest a dime until they can show you a testable prototype that actually has reasonable storage capacity.

@Peacekeeper. I read it. All I see is vague Hype statements.

A Rehash of the EEstor fiasco. Back in 2006 they were promising a better than battery Supercapacitor. They were were supposed to deliver a real Electric Car battery in 2007. 7 more years of empty hype followed.

In 2014 they finally released some detailed specs.

Their energy density was only about 1% of their original claim. 8 years of hype that amounted to nothing. Since then I have seen a couple more Supercaps hyped without energy density numbers (the most important number).

I want to see real energy density numbers. Not vague hype statements and not theoretical numbers.

Build a demo cell and measure it's energy capacity and weight. Better yet have a third party verify.

I bet when that happens it will be right back in the realm of Supercaps already on the market.

Supercaps have been the snake oil of the past decade. It isn't unreasonable to ask for some real numbers to back the hype.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 01:28 UTC
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Peter G: They haven't really said anything new. Super/Ultra capacitors have been fast charging and extremely long lasting for ages.

The capacitor problem is one of energy storage capacity. At BEST they have 10% the capacity of Lithium Batteries by Mass.

So your 20 gram phone battery becomes a 200 gram battery, that weighs more than your phone.

There is continual hype around this idea, mainly to attract investors. But it would be foolish to invest a dime until they can show you a testable prototype that actually has reasonable storage capacity.

Where is that claim? This isn't the first time I have seen this story and I followed to it's sources and I have never seen an serious mention of energy density.

All you get meaningless hype statements, like : "Charge in seconds and work for a week".

It's the same BS I have been hearing about Super/Ultra Capacitors for over a decade.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 21:23 UTC

They haven't really said anything new. Super/Ultra capacitors have been fast charging and extremely long lasting for ages.

The capacitor problem is one of energy storage capacity. At BEST they have 10% the capacity of Lithium Batteries by Mass.

So your 20 gram phone battery becomes a 200 gram battery, that weighs more than your phone.

There is continual hype around this idea, mainly to attract investors. But it would be foolish to invest a dime until they can show you a testable prototype that actually has reasonable storage capacity.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 21:10 UTC as 46th comment | 14 replies

I always figured at some point we would have some kind of context aware image up-sampling.

My main use wouldn't be still images.

I have a lot of old DVD resolution movies and TV shows that I would love to have up-sample with some kind of really superior algorithm.

So far everything else I have seen is just hype. But true context aware able to recognize sky, trees, grass, people, animals, buildings, cars, etc, should really be able to do an amazing job filling in missing detail.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 21:41 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
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Rex Block: To demolish a body (and lens) for no purpose, no metric, no test, is really pointless. And kind of sad and sickening too. There was truly nothing else you could do with this rig?

It was an old film camera with a super cheap lens. It was pretty much landfill candidate before they cut it.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 15:30 UTC
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entoman: slice Trump.

Just saddened that Americans have collectively lost their minds, and elected someone that should be under supervised care.

Hope you enjoy the massive price increase on camera gear when Trump puts up all the new trade barriers.

But at least poor people will lose medical insurance. That is something to be proud of.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 15:22 UTC
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Peter G: I have an SD card reader, that I never use. I just plug my camera into the computer.

It's more work taking the card out of the camera.

I seriously doubt that is a problem I have never had a USB port fail.

My tablet, my phone, and mp3 player all charge via these ports and transfer via these ports, multiple times/week for years without issue on any of them. No choice here either, since they all have internal fixed storage, and internal batteries that only charge via USB.

But I should worry about my camera USB port? Which gets much less insertions than my phone/tablet?

I just have a USB cable permanent attached, so it is plug in/transfer/charge and unplug.

If you are a pro with many cards then I see the point, but I have one big card and it just stays in my camera forever.

It is unquestionably easier to plug/unplug cable, than take out the card, plug it into a reader, take it out of the reader, put it back into the camera. I am not the least bit concerned my USB port will fail because of this.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 05:24 UTC
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Peter G: I have an SD card reader, that I never use. I just plug my camera into the computer.

It's more work taking the card out of the camera.

Leonche64: I not sure how taking a card in and out of the camera is better for the camera than using USB. Can you explain?

ICEXE: USB-C ports are compatible you just need a matching cable. Just like now where my camera has Micro-USB and my computer has USB-A. I use a Micro-USB to USB-A cable. If my computer had USB-C, I would use Micro-USB to USB-C cable. Its just a connector, and you just need the proper cable. I really don't get why everyone is flipping out about this.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 03:12 UTC

I have an SD card reader, that I never use. I just plug my camera into the computer.

It's more work taking the card out of the camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 19:09 UTC as 379th comment | 8 replies

On the camera, Better late than never.

But IMO, lacking a truly desirable lens holds it back.

I would want something like the EF-S, 15-85 F3.5-5.6 or the 17-55 F2.8.

Both seem MUCH better than the general wide to short tele lenses available in EF-M.

I don't care how good the camera is, if it doesn't have a lens I want to use most of the time.

Also, the headline is a bit more like clickbait than usual for DPR.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 12:47 UTC as 329th comment | 4 replies
On article Lenovo Yoga Book features unique 'on-demand' keyboard (89 comments in total)
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szhorvat: I am not familiar with such input devices. Could someone explain why they may have chosen this design instead of one where we can draw directly on the screen and there is a real keyboard with real keys?

Free marketing. Every tech site is covering the because of the novelty factor.

I consider it's novelty aspect a negative, but they are still getting a lot of coverage.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2016 at 19:02 UTC
On article Lenovo Yoga Book features unique 'on-demand' keyboard (89 comments in total)
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notime: I imagine the on-screen keyboard would have more usefulness switching between other languages, especially languages that have more than 26 characters.

On a more powerful system, all of the Photoshop menus, brushes and tools could replace the keyboard, and the screen is just the picture.

The second half is not a second screen.

It's a giant touchpad, with a permanent keyboard image painted/etched on it. You turn on the backlight then you can see the keyboard image. There is no changing it.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2016 at 18:58 UTC
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LackingCommonSensor: Cameras like this appeal to me in all ways with the notable exception of image quality. For a lower investment, an M43 kit could do as well. That's the rub.

With what set of lenses to match this range?

That question is open to anyone, since so many seem to be saying something along these lines.

M43: 24mm -600mm equivalent with decent lenses? Or the same with APS sensor mirrorless/DSLR.

I really don't see many quality setups, that don't weigh a whole backpack in weight and cost several times the price.

This really does seem like an ideal travel camera.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 14:17 UTC
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