Scottelly

Scottelly

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Works as a Photographer, videographer, photo/video editor
Joined on Aug 26, 2011
About me:

Shooting photos for about 30 years (with a little hiatus in my twenties), I am an "aspiring" art photographer with a little experience shooting products, portraits, fashion, weddings, glamor, landscapes and various other stuff.

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On article Real world test: The Panono is a 108MP spherical camera (136 comments in total)
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Tomx72: The concept is good, but this still has a long way to go. In 2016 we should forget those 1/3, 1/4" tiny sensors, use at least a 1/2.3", which sits in my (and many people's) smartphone while 1/1.7 (+0.7-1EV!) is on the way.

To make a 1k$+worth investment, a standalone camera should not lag behind phones.

Optics also has a lot to evolve here, image borders are distorted beyond the limit that would make even 1/4th of the huge pixel-count viable.

Missing video is also a no-go, everybody wants video...

You do realize there are 36 cameras in this thing, right? How much are they supposed to charge for that? At $50 each the cost of this unit would be around $1,800 before profit. They HAVE to make a profit on it or there is no point of making the thing. As it is this thing is expensive.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 18:20 UTC

I think this will be a winner. Now I'd like to see a 50mm f.95 from Nikon.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 13:38 UTC as 42nd comment
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Nikonandmore: I have the feeling, just about all lenses now are "Leica" and MF price range. Sony, Zeiss, Canon, Nikon.. amazing! I don't understand how these manufactures survive to sell enough of these or how people manage to have money to feed this price frenzy. It will only take cell phone sensors, lenses and technology to get a bit better FOR ONE to buy DSLRs anymore. This market is dead and at these prices, sinking faster and faster. Costs 10 grand (or more) these days to buy a pro/enthusiast grade body and 2 or 3 lenses. Sorry, but this and it's pricing momentum is all becoming absurd. And mind you, these new lenses are all mass produced in 3rd world countries and with more and more dubious quality control. Long gone are the "Made in Japan" days with solid products made with extremely qualified manual labor, excellent quality control AND real long-term post sales support! Indeed Leicas start looking really affordable..

Sigma lenses are made in Japan. I bet this new Nikon lens is too.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 13:37 UTC
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)

After a few weeks I still think these cards are a stupid idea. I hope they fail miserably.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 13:14 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)
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halc: People, you need to use SEARCH.

UFS is an industry standard, ratified in 2013.

Supported by Samsung, TI, SE, STM, Micron, SKH. Ratified by JEDEC.

It's not a Samsung proprietary technology.

NO, UHS-II is NOT fast enough (capped basically at 156/312 MB/s). UFS v1.0 already does 530MB/s and insane amount of more IOPS than the silly/old UHS-II can do (that's random read/writes).

Further, UFS has already been updated to v2.0 with much higher link speeds, providing an upgrade path to twice the bus speeds (that's over 1 GB/s, eat that sdcards).

This is the future of small form factor memory cards. It'll take some time for things to transition over, but expect to start seeing phones, card readers and high-end 4K cameras that still use SDXC to start using this in 2017.

The bottleneck in memory cards is NOT the memory, it is the bus speed. SDcard specification is long in the tooth and needs to die.

UFS devices can take both old UHS cards (compatibility) and new UFS cards (speed).

No. The bus speed is dependent on the card, not the form factor. UHS-II is faster than any device available today, and they will double its speed soon enough. But that isn't even necessary today, because they're so fast. A good UHS-II card is faster than a USB-3 hard drive! Do you know UHS-II MicroSD cards have more contacts than a regular MicroSD card? Have you seen the fastest available MicroSD cards? They're available now, and they are faster than any card mentioned here in this article!

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1211501-REG/lexar_lsdmi64gcrbna1800r_64gb_professional_uhs_ii_microsdxc.html

That's what you can buy today. Imagine what they'll have in a year or two, when these stupid incompatible UFS cards are just starting to become popular in phones? These UFS cards are TOTALLY unnecessary, and thy should die a quick death now!

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 13:13 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (228 comments in total)

For about the same size and weight, I think I'd get the 50mm f1.4 Art lens with the adapter, from Sigma. It costs about the same as the cheaper Sony, but it can be used on a Sigma SD Quattro H, which should out-resolve anything else under about $10,000.

I do find it weird that these tests show the f1.8 to be sharper on the right side of these samples, while the f1.4 lens is sharper on the left side.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2016 at 15:24 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)
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TonyPM: Why make a new format when you can make the existing format better?

What will happen If micro SD manufacturers make those as fast as samsungs new format but cheaper?

UHS-II has 16 pins - plenty. That format can be improved. UHS-III or some other new style of Micro-SD could still retain backward compatibility, while increasing speed to 500 MB/s or even 2 or 3 GB/s (the speed of many high-speed hard drives. There's really no reason a new format is necessary . . . except for the manufacturers to get you to buy a whole bunch of new stuff you don't need, like a new memory card reader, new cameras, etc. What's going to happen if this new memory card format catches on is you'll have to keep track of your memory cards better and buy more memory cards, because one set of memory cards won't be compatible with a bunch of different devices, like we have now with SD and Micro-SD cards. That's not fair to the consumer, and these new cards offer no major improvement to make it worthwhile switching. I hope this new memory card format dies a quick death. UHS-II is GREAT! http://www.realhardwarereviews.com/lexar1800x/7/

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 20:03 UTC
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: Samsung Electronics has been the world's largest memory chip maker since 1993 and this is the next generation of memory cards for smartphones and other pocket size devices. It's amazing how many clueless posts are here. Stick with your old DSLRs with flipping mirror and CF cards and bent pins.
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3782629

It's not about CF cards or this tiny card. It's about the fact that Micro-SD is the same size as this new card format but compatible with all the SD card devices out there by using an SD adapter. This new card format is just stupid. It's a waste of money and the cards won't be usable in anything else! I have multiple 32 GB Micro-SD cards. I don't want to have to buy a bunch of other devices to make these new cards compatible or readable, and then not be able to use these new cards in my Sony cameras, my MacBook Air, the camera on my drone, my GoPro, my printer, my tablet, etc. etc. So I WON'T BUY PRODUCTS THAT USE THIS STUPID NEW MEMORY CARD FORMAT. It's as simple as that, and the poor people who buy into these little new cards are going to find themselves screwed, when manufacturers stop making devices that are compatible with these things, because they realize that people don't want something that won't use the universal standard Micro-SD memory cards they have and like.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 19:54 UTC
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: The world’s first UFS memory cards have passed Universal Flash Storage Association (UFSA)’s certification program, which assesses electrical and functional specifications. As a result, Samsung will be able to start selling its UFSA-certified UFS cards as soon as the first devices with appropriate card readers launch.

Other makers of NAND flash memory and products based on it, such as Micron, SK Hynix, Toshiba and Western Digital (SanDisk), will also likely launch their UFS memory cards in the coming months and quarters.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/10475/samsung-rolls-out-its-first-ufs-cards-ssd-performance-in-card-formfactor

Hopefully nobody will buy the devices that use them, so this card format goes nowhere. It's just a pain in the ass to introduce yet another format, when we don't need one. UHS-II cards are just fine, whether you buy them in SD size or Micro-SD size. Just look at the speed of those things! http://www.realhardwarereviews.com/lexar1800x/7/

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 19:49 UTC
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)
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sh10453: I am glad that electrical engineers at various card manufacturers don't have the mentality of a large percentage of this audience.
If they had that type of mentality, we would still be using the 5 1/4" floppy drives for storage, with 64KB capacity.

If there is just ONE thing the ignorant needs to know, it is the fact that this is NOT, again NOT, a Samsung proprietary format.
This is a format that was adopted by the consortium of card makers (Lexar, Samsung, SanDisk, Sony, Panasonic, ..., etc.).

This format has already been implemented in fixed memory/disks in your smart phone and tablet, if they were made in the past year or two.
The format should not be a problem for you. If you don't have a device that can use it, don't buy it.

I'm sure future devices will soon begin to welcome and adopt this micro disk format, and you may not have a choice but to buy such devices!

SEARCH, READ, and EDUCATE yourself before commenting and showing the world your level of ignorance.

People mention how CF was replaced by SD, but the thing is we already have a little card that's about the exact same size as this new format, called Micro-SD, but it's backward compatible with SD by using an adapter. I seriously doubt this new format is going to come with SD adatpers, so people can use these things in their MacBook Air's memory card reader, their printer's card reader, and their various other devices that use SD cards. THAT is the issue. We DON'T NEED ANOTHER memory card format. The Micro-SD card format is fine and almost ubiquitous. The ONLY thing that adopting some new format that is the exact same size as Micro-SD cards is going to do is force people to buy a bunch of new, more-expensive memory cards. That's ALL. It's STUPID and foolish for people to act as if it's o.k. for this new memory card to even exist! We don't need it, and most people don't want it. Samsung just wants to make some more money, by selling more memory cards (as do the other companies).

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 19:47 UTC
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)
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sh10453: I am glad that electrical engineers at various card manufacturers don't have the mentality of a large percentage of this audience.
If they had that type of mentality, we would still be using the 5 1/4" floppy drives for storage, with 64KB capacity.

If there is just ONE thing the ignorant needs to know, it is the fact that this is NOT, again NOT, a Samsung proprietary format.
This is a format that was adopted by the consortium of card makers (Lexar, Samsung, SanDisk, Sony, Panasonic, ..., etc.).

This format has already been implemented in fixed memory/disks in your smart phone and tablet, if they were made in the past year or two.
The format should not be a problem for you. If you don't have a device that can use it, don't buy it.

I'm sure future devices will soon begin to welcome and adopt this micro disk format, and you may not have a choice but to buy such devices!

SEARCH, READ, and EDUCATE yourself before commenting and showing the world your level of ignorance.

Look . . . ignorant is to think this new format is at all necessary, when every card reader out there is already compatible with Micro-SD cards. So you want to have to buy new card readers and have to get two sets of memory cards now? UHS-II is fast and capable of more speed than these cards. You can buy them RIGHT NOW, and they're compatible with thousands of devices. Buying these cards it absurd, when they could just use Micro-SD cards. Look how fast Micro-SD cards can be! http://www.realhardwarereviews.com/lexar1800x/7/

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 19:41 UTC
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)
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photogeek: This is too focused on Mobile, IMO. For photo and video a larger, SD-card like format would be much better. For one thing, it'd afford higher speeds (just by virtue of having more surface area for contacts, and more data lanes), for another, it'd also afford more capacity (and therefore also more resiliency, since flash storage wears out). And finally you can't lose it by sneezing nearby.

UHS-II already addresses the issues you're talking about. At over 200 MB/s transfer speeds, it's MUCH faster than needed even for 8K video. http://www.realhardwarereviews.com/lexar1800x/7/

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 19:27 UTC
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: Here is info on the future full size SDXC cards coming for up to 8K video :
https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/pls/latest_whitepapers/Video_Speed_Class-The_new_capture_protocol_of_SD_5.0.pdf

What's funny about that is even their fastest "speed class" is much slower than the 1800x cards Lexar makes now.

http://www.realhardwarereviews.com/lexar1800x/7/

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 17:43 UTC
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)
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SW Anderson: I'm with photogeek. There comes a point at which miniaturization reaches diminishing returns. At that point, a camera, accessory or memory card becomes so tedious and fiddly to handle that whatever benefit its small size provides is outweighed by the nuisance factor.

Anything, even a good thing, can be overdone. I think that's what photogeek was getting at. To make out that saying enough is enough amounts to being against progress is a bogus argument. There's probably a just-right size for every individual. Overall, in the car world, a Toyota Corolla or Honda Accord is the right size for many more people than a Fiat 500. I can see many more people preferring an SD-size flash card to the micro variety, and even fewer wanting anything smaller.

There is nothing wrong with Micro-SD. Use an adapter to use it in an SD card slot, and you have the best memory card format that anyone will ever need. As UHS-II gives way to UHS-4 or whatever is next, backward compatibility can be kept, and we will see all sorts of wonderful improvements to the speed of devices, while we will be able to use our memory cards in legacy devices that are ten years old. There is NO need for this new memory card standard. Don't let the big companies try to screw you into thinking there is. Memory cards have been getting faster and faster, just like hard drives have been getting faster and faster. There is no need for a new format. These new cards should have never been made.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 17:39 UTC
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)
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Toselli: In my opinion a bad move from samsung, it reminds my sony of some years ago, who created memory stick and no one but sony used. There were no benefits and they were twice the price of an equivalent sd. The benefit here is speed, but in my opinion nothing that can't be done with a new sd/microsd release. In my opinion also speed is not essential, on a phone (where this size is used) we already have a fast system memory, and the microsd is used almost only for music, photos and videos, which have no benefits with a faster memory. On a camera also speed depends mainly from the buffer, unless you shoot really a lot of long bursts at 10 fps, but the cameras made to do this already have xqd!

Oh, and if you get a really fast UHS-II card you can not only have the speed you want for shooting photos and 4K video, but compatibility with all your devices, such as the memory card reader in your MacBook Air or your GoPro camera. This new memory card format can't claim that and probably never will. It's a STUPID format that is incompatible with devices. Until it gets some REAL speed and becomes cheaper than Micro-SD cards, then it should be left on the shelf, where it belongs.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 17:34 UTC
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)
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Toselli: In my opinion a bad move from samsung, it reminds my sony of some years ago, who created memory stick and no one but sony used. There were no benefits and they were twice the price of an equivalent sd. The benefit here is speed, but in my opinion nothing that can't be done with a new sd/microsd release. In my opinion also speed is not essential, on a phone (where this size is used) we already have a fast system memory, and the microsd is used almost only for music, photos and videos, which have no benefits with a faster memory. On a camera also speed depends mainly from the buffer, unless you shoot really a lot of long bursts at 10 fps, but the cameras made to do this already have xqd!

What phone makers SHOULD do is make their phones UHS-II compatible, so people can use faster memory cards in them, like the 1800x cards from Lexar. Take a look at REAL performance! http://www.realhardwarereviews.com/lexar1800x/7/

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 17:32 UTC
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)
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BfSkinner: Would this type of storage be usable as the actual "hard drive" in new, cheap PCs?
They would certainly take up nearly zero space!

It should STAY inside the phones. Making card slots that take cards that can't be read by anything else is absurd, and I think you KNOW that. Stop acting like some corporate shill. You're posting all over this thread, as if Samsung or the consortium paid you to do damage control. They just want to sell a bunch of cards that people will find useless after a few years, so they can sell more cards, and intelligent people just won't have it!

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 17:29 UTC
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)
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Dr_Jon: I read the White Paper but it didn't say anything that made me think it's a clever advancement of flash technology rather than a tweak to aid performance in the belief that's the thing consumers really want and will pay more for. I suspect Micro-SD may prove to be "just good enough" for most users so it'll have a hard life.

Micro-SD is getting faster and faster all the time. The latest 1800x Professional cards from Lexar already outperform almost everything else on the market, including these new cards. Micro-SD will get faster too. The thing is though, Micro-SD cards work with almost anything out there . . . thousands of different devices, from card readers built into computers to card readers built into printers, to card slots in phones, cameras, and MP3 players. What will this new memory card format be compatible with? Almost nothing for years and years to come. In five years, when there is a new iteration of SD (maybe UHS-4), this "new" memory card format will still be struggling, and the latest ultra-fast SD cards will be compatible with everything. Just like reliability is the most important thing in any new device, compatibility is of extreme importance. Without compatibility you have almost nothing. Any slight performance gain of these cards just isn't enough.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 17:27 UTC
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)
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DiegoRodriguez: Is this compatible with SD standard ? Everybody would prefer a new microSD version which would still be somewhat compatible with older devices, than a whole new standard compatible with nothing else... unless it's a real huge difference maker such as holographic data storage.

Basically this new memory card format sucks for many reasons, but the most obvious is how slow it is compared to Micro-SD cards that already exist (UHS-II cards) and how it is not going to work in your typical Micro-SD card slot, making it incompatible with the majority of devices. It's a STUUUUUUPID idea, but that didn't stop Sony from making memory sticks and sticking with that format for years and years, trying to force people to use them . . . until they finally started making memory card slots that would take both their memory cards and SD cards. I won't buy a device that takes anything but SD or Micro-SD cards, and if I were you, I wouldn't either.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 17:18 UTC
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)
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DiegoRodriguez: Is this compatible with SD standard ? Everybody would prefer a new microSD version which would still be somewhat compatible with older devices, than a whole new standard compatible with nothing else... unless it's a real huge difference maker such as holographic data storage.

There already is a new SD standard that is compatible with older devices that have SD card slots. Here: http://www.realhardwarereviews.com/lexar1800x/7/

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 17:15 UTC
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