tonywong

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Focus Shift Shooting: Still waiting for the 8TB Black drive from WD.

I'd pay more for them than these 14TB drives from Toshiba any day.

No one should be counting on a drive not to fail, but there are brands that certainly are worse than others.

Just like car reliability. You can really hose yourself by buying brands that are notorious for high running costs vs ones that have low running costs.

Seagate drives are run by Backblaze as well and they give you their statistics.
https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-failure-stats-q2-2017/

Look at the list and tell me seagate didn't produce a couple of real dogs there.
3 out of my 4 4TB Seagates died while all 20 of my HGST 4TBs are still running fine.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 01:31 UTC
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Focus Shift Shooting: Still waiting for the 8TB Black drive from WD.

I'd pay more for them than these 14TB drives from Toshiba any day.

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/a-look-at-backblazes-toshiba-hard-drives/

Toshiba is quite reliable. I've had failures of all kinds of drives, WD is merely good for me. Seagate, frankly, junk. Toshiba/HGST very good.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 23:13 UTC
On article Have your say: Best compact camera of 2017 (134 comments in total)
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entoman: I think that perhaps the wisest way of conducting this type of competition/award, would be to change the criteria. Instead of limiting the choice to cameras that were introduced during the current year, a better choice IMHO would be to include ALL cameras that are currently IN PRODUCTION and available new.

I think you should split the difference, by adding in *last year's* winner into the mix.

That way you can filter out the noise eventually, whilst retaining a champion over time. If it couldn't beat last year's winner, it likely won't beat this year's crop either.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 17:04 UTC
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sludge21017: This is complete BS. This guy is now a veterainan and knows this PB is starving? How does he know the bear is not simply sick beyond anything. Where are the OTHER starving PBs? Finding one does not imply many are starving. This PB looks like grandpa.

He knows the bear is starving because it went and pulled an old snowmobile seat out of the trash and ate it, and it looks pretty emaciated.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 16:55 UTC
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Nikuza: People should stop messing with nature. There is nothing we can/should do about it. Our abilities to change it are as null as the ability to cause it! The only thing to be fixed is our primitive perception of it.
This is just another "photographer" trying to get attention to himself. The climate is changing... now let's make money out of it. This is the thing that has to be changed but there are not enough bullets unfortunately.

All of your statements are in conflict with one another.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 15:07 UTC
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Nikuza: People should stop messing with nature. There is nothing we can/should do about it. Our abilities to change it are as null as the ability to cause it! The only thing to be fixed is our primitive perception of it.
This is just another "photographer" trying to get attention to himself. The climate is changing... now let's make money out of it. This is the thing that has to be changed but there are not enough bullets unfortunately.

Your statements make no sense.

Stop messing with nature? We do it all the time, plowing a tract of rain forest for agriculture, or draining a marsh for a suburb, it does have an effect on the environment. Or dumping toxic waste into streams and land. Try building a home over a disused gas station and you'll change your belief about man's ability to cause any problems with nature.

What is your advanced perception of 'messing with nature'?

Paul Nicklen is one of the top nature photogs on the planet, he doesn't need any more attention for himself.

Climate is changing, let's make money out of it? What a fatalistic statement that denies the impact of such change. I guess you think that there is nothing out of the ordinary with selling gas masks in Beijing because no one can do anything about toxic pollution days.

Have no idea what the bullets comment is about, let's hear you expand on this with your advanced thinking.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 18:56 UTC
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John Koch: Even with political will, no quick reduction of CO2 levels, or restoration of "normal" polar temperatures and ice would be feasible. The polar bears' plight is fragile anyway, since they must forage extensively, compete violently, and their habitat is dark and forbidding for months on end. The best hope for survival might be a conservancy that fences 250 bears into "pastures" with ponds stocked with fish they could catch and eat. The annual cost would be less, and the impact more tangible, than quixotic lobbying to alter world ocean temperatures..

Saving the bears is not the only goal, the decline of the polar bears are emblematic of the extreme climate change happening because of manmade contributions.

Just because we don't see the cold in the poles personally doesn't mean it doesn't directly benefit us. We have to be good stewards to the environment or else the environment will become difficult for us to live in, and cost us even more to maintain over time.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 18:19 UTC
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for beginners (75 comments in total)
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Stefanos T: What exactly could learn a (willing to learn) beginner, about photography, with a camera like (for example Sony a5100) ? Ok, "set everything in auto and shoot". Then what is the difference from a smartphone? Hmmm...

Market inertia is *huge* thing for beginners. Not mentioned by anyone at all is the classic question, what do you shoot? So beginners looking for advice from 'pros' (anyone with an SLR) will more often than not encounter a Canon or Nikon shooter. Most owners of ILCs never venture beyond their own system and are hesitant about helping someone when they don't know the system's controls and menus.

Almost all systems are *good enough* nowadays, very few dogs on offer, so I'd recommend for anyone getting into photography to consider a system that their closest mentor would use.

It is difficult to recommend that a beginner pick up a Canon when all of his peers and mentors use Nikons etc.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 16:30 UTC
On article Teardown: Sony a7R III weather sealing examination (21 comments in total)
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anticipation_of: I think the criticism that Sony gets for their weathersealing is pretty valid. Maybe their strategy of tight fittings and large overlaps works just as well as putting gaskets everywhere, but it definitely doesn’t inspire confidence in the same way. They either need to up their game in future models, or prove that their system works by subjecting their cameras to some serious torture tests alongside competing models.

All weather sealing systems still require maintenance, unless one can guarantee that they check their seals regularly it's pretty tough to prove that something is not working right. At least water tight systems can be dunked to look for escaping bubbles as a sign of ingress, but you can't do that on a system that is rated any less.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2017 at 20:09 UTC
On article Teardown: Sony a7R III weather sealing examination (21 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: Come on Sony, pay someone to bash and smash and soak this and let's see what we find.

The only interchangeable lens camera that is *waterproof* is the Nikon AW1, recently discontinued(?).

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2017 at 20:05 UTC

You need better click bait titles.
"Other Dads hate him..."
"He Saved Christmas with One Cool Trick!"
"Only Sony's Dynamic Range could do this!"

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 23:38 UTC as 30th comment | 3 replies
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rfsIII: I’m not too proud to ask the rookie question...what does 99% of Adobe RGB mean? Are they claiming that it will display 99 percent of the colors in the Adobe RGB space? And what is in the missing 1%? I presume it’s the outer perimeter of the chart or is there a hole somewhere?
And why couldn’t they hit the full 100 percent? Is that a threshold that no monitor is capable of?
Or, as usual, are we talking spurious accuracy.

Here is a basic primer on colour management, and why it's important:
http://artsites.ucsc.edu/cave/colormanage.html
https://help.gnome.org/users/gnome-help/stable/color-whyimportant.html.en

Not just being vivid, but describing relatively similar colour across different devices is important. Can get very technical depending on how picky you want to be.

An easy example is a red sweater on Amazon. Can be viewed as different shades on different monitors, and what may be a pleasing red on one screen might be a muddy brown on another. Which depiction is right and what will you when you open up your parcel?

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 20:21 UTC
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rfsIII: I’m not too proud to ask the rookie question...what does 99% of Adobe RGB mean? Are they claiming that it will display 99 percent of the colors in the Adobe RGB space? And what is in the missing 1%? I presume it’s the outer perimeter of the chart or is there a hole somewhere?
And why couldn’t they hit the full 100 percent? Is that a threshold that no monitor is capable of?
Or, as usual, are we talking spurious accuracy.

Yes, it is the outer perimeter somewhere, and there are monitors capable of getting 100% ARGB and beyond, but the price usually gets way higher because of the narrow market appeal. The technologies necessary to replicate the range of colours and brightness/darkness can eventually encompass all of Adobe RGB in the consumer space.

Whether you need to show the entire range is really up to the content that you want to show.

Adobe RGB space vs sRGB linked. This monitor's envelope will closely match the Adobe RGB triangle, and in some areas may go well beyond it, but 1% of the periphery will still be uncovered by this device.

https://d1w5usc88actyi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ColorRange.jpg

To be honest, if you aren't looking at this level of colour precision now, you don't really have to worry about it, simply because you'll need to understand the colours you capture on the device too, colour control is pretty much all or none.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 20:13 UTC
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cruz031: Embedded video is 1080p only. It would be much nicer if we could select 4k. Can you fix that?

Btw, nice video! I enjoyed watching it.

Sdaniella,

Always the Canon apologist. Sure a 4k workflow is more difficult to deal with but then again we may as well shoot in SRAW or jpeg for everything because it's easier to upload to the web. For that matter, we may as well just whip out our iPhones to shoot everything.

1080p is nice but as technology moves forward you will likely rue not having 'oversampled' your footage to be able to present on higher resolutions and bit depths later.

More 2k regrets, not that those were great movies anyhow:
https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWars/comments/7e3clu/can_attack_of_the_clones_and_revenge_of_the_sith/

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 20:00 UTC

Grey is the new black I guess. So the top bag is going to MSRP for 600 Euros, and still has optional cost add-ons?

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 17:56 UTC as 50th comment
On article These are the best cameras you can buy right now (479 comments in total)
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User3787089555: Poor Canon

Only pity is that Canon still doesn't have 4k recording except on the 1Dx2 and niche cameras, or crippled somehow. They keep slicing the sausage so thin that it is transparent now.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 05:46 UTC
On article These are the best cameras you can buy right now (479 comments in total)
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tvstaff: 1DXMKII and 645Z should have been on the list

Not trendy enough, sadly.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 05:44 UTC
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SarahTerra: too bad this is apple proprietary, looks amazing...but it will just mean another format war and a decade before an adoption is decided

This is *NOT* Apple proprietary. Not saying it is open either, but Apple does not control this specification.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Efficiency_Image_File_Format

MPEG standards group.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 22:23 UTC
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Adrian Green: What happens to the guys left leg and his dogs feet in the bottom pic?

Nothing is perfect but if it gets me 90-95% of the way there in one click it's still a huge time saver. Masking can be tedious work.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2017 at 17:50 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1093 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Were I cameraless, this is now the system I would adopt for my own work IF its waterproofed and comes with a 7 year warranty.

I can see that its the way to go, but still need that waterproofing and dustproofing to be perfectly well done, so I can work in the rains of the monsoon and the freezing winters of my home country (Tibet)

The Nikon 1 AW110 is the world's first rugged mirrorless camera. The camera body is able to dive 15 meters underwater, be dropped from 2 meters, or be exposed to temperatures as low as +14F/-10C. Do note that only certain 1 System lenses will be able to hold up to those conditions. At the time of the AW1's release, the choices include the 11.0-27.5mm and 10mm F2.8 'AW' lenses.

https://www.dpreview.com/products/nikon/slrs/nikon_aw1

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 20:24 UTC
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