sh10453

sh10453

Lives in United States Michigan, United States
Works as a Electrical & Computer Engineer
Joined on May 2, 2010
About me:

My large collection of Canon FD lenses is back to life. Thanks to mirrorless cameras and adapters. I particularly love the FD 35-105mm w/macro, f/3.5, which is well known for its clarity and sharpness, and the FD 50mm, 1.2, L.

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Excellent article comparing smart phones here.
Lots of data and charts.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/flagship-smartphones-specs-benchmarks-and-prices-for-iphone-samsung-huawei-and-more/?loc=newsletter_small_thumb&ftag=TRE0fb9d06&bhid=2220772

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 22:35 UTC as 11th comment

Bummer!!! I just added 2 Seagate, 6TB each to my storage.
I guess there will always be something more powerful than what we have.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 18:19 UTC as 18th comment | 5 replies
On article Yashica is teasing a comeback to the camera market (299 comments in total)

It's unfortunate that Kyocera had acquired and quickly destroyed these two iconic names.
I hope that Contax and Yashica will rise from the dead, although they would be completely different firms, except for the names.

A cigarette in an ad in this day and age??? That is not very smart.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 17:16 UTC as 33rd comment | 27 replies

Lots of great features, but I think the price is too high IMHO

I hope that by the time they make the mark 5, technology would enable them to achieve 800mm, (I wouldn't mind it at 12 fps). Only then using my DSLR becomes rare.
I understand that not everyone needs the 800mm zoom range, but this kind of camera is not for everyone.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 16:51 UTC as 74th comment

Bummer!!! They don't have the 95/500 film for the Captiva SLR. I hope they add it to the list of films.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 16:06 UTC as 5th comment

I like the Lenovo P2, 64GB ROM, 4GB RAM, unlocked, huge battery that lasts for a week, up to 128GB MicroSD, dual SIM, ..., $207.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 15:37 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
In reply to:

yslee1: I just hope they don't remove the headphone jack as rumoured.

Ah, who am I kidding, I'm not going to pay the price they want for it anyway!

Bluetooth headphones solve this problem, and give much more freedom.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 15:30 UTC

I prefer to use the macro lens, or the bellows, depending on the situation at hand.
I also use the macro tubes on my Canon and on my Sony gear, with Canon EF and FD adapters on the Sony E-mount.

I got the bellows several years ago, and it was a combo purchase with a 75mm lens made for macro/closeup photography. A very sharp lens.

Since distance and focus adjustment is manual (using the bellows), the process is a bit slow, but high precision.
For quicker action, I use the macro lens or the extension tubes.

For light, I just use a Cree XML-T6, powered by a 3.7 volt, 18650 Li-Io, 6000 ma/h, which provides a lot of lighting, and the battery lasts for a very long time (weeks, for light use). One needs to be very careful directing (aiming) the flashlight.

I don't shoot much of "true" macro anymore, but plenty of closeup relying on zooms.
Somehow I don't bother with shooting insects anymore, aside from some exceptions.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 01:38 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply

Too late for me. My new build has been around the Xeon E5-2683 V3 (14 cores).
Nice to see real powerful machines for consumers though.
No doubt Dell, Lenovo, and many others will be following with their own versions soon.
3TB of RAM is beyond current Windows ability to handle, I believe, but the upcoming version of Windows 10 for workstations is supposed to handle twice this amount.
The processor alone that is spec'd in the highest end Z8 has an MSRP over US$10,000.
So two of them plus 3TB memory, plus ..., ... = 2 arms and 2 legs, probably even more!

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 00:06 UTC as 52nd comment
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sh10453: (Part 2)
As for the database, and as long as one is not doing, or planning on doing, something illegal, they should have no problem with this proposal.
However, if the intention is to be able to catch the bad guys, then the standard (and the database) will have to include measures to uniquely identify the drone (like it is done in airplanes).
That would facilitate catching John Doe if he sends his drone to capture naked images of his ex wife while sun-tanning in her backyard, or sending it to hover over a military base, for examples!!!

Registration could be done automatically at the time of purchase.
Any suggestion of licensing fees for private use is a bad idea, aside from a small, nominal, initial registration fee. Commercial use is a different matter.

Some rules for all to play by is far better than chaos.

Exactly, Scott

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 01:03 UTC
In reply to:

damian5000: Done! Mr Slater wins!

"Peta's appeal on the "monkey's behalf" was dismissed but Mr Slater has agreed to donate 25% of any future revenue."

Will Peta now be responsible for two years of legal fees?

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-41235131

Yep, I read the story on the BBC earlier today.
Good thing that the appeal judge in SF ruled in Slater's favor.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 19:59 UTC
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rgwaller1: Stupid is as stupid does. The person doing the video was the smart one.

Had you read the article, you would've not mentioned the word "stupid", I think

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 14:56 UTC

Those who don't learn from history are "damned" to repeat it.
Kodak didn't learn from history, and now coming from their grave to do a "me too".

In the past, they concentrated all their effort on a long line of cheap point-and-shoot cameras to compete in an ocean of sharks producing P&S,, with a tiny margin of profit, if any.
Cheap cameras cannot sustain the life of a company.
Learn from your own history!!!
Do some serious stuff or stay in your grave.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 14:40 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply

"that's $11,000 off the original retail price."
This tells you how unreasonable the original price was, and how incompetent the Sales and Marketing departments are.
Pure greed.
This is still the price of TWO Pentax MF cameras, and some change.
This company cannot survive unless they rethink their pricing, and be reasonable.

You cannot survive if your customer base can be counted on your 10 fingers.
You need some mass-purchasing power.

I wish my car dealer would've dropped the original price of my SUV by $11,000.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 14:13 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies

(Part 1)
Creating a simple UN database for drones may not sound popular to most private drone owners.
Most people, in general, and understandably, are concerned about their privacy, some are even paranoid.
However, not everyone is abiding by the rules, and there are lots of bad guys out there.

If the UN wants to help manufacturers with regulations, then creating an ISO standard is not a bad idea.
That would help travelers a great deal also, knowing the regulations in their own country won't be different in the country they are traveling to.

Drones are a new-born child, and their use and regulations will be a mess for a while, like any new technology.
So it would be a welcome step to have an International standard.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 13:56 UTC as 38th comment

(Part 2)
As for the database, and as long as one is not doing, or planning on doing, something illegal, they should have no problem with this proposal.
However, if the intention is to be able to catch the bad guys, then the standard (and the database) will have to include measures to uniquely identify the drone (like it is done in airplanes).
That would facilitate catching John Doe if he sends his drone to capture naked images of his ex wife while sun-tanning in her backyard, or sending it to hover over a military base, for examples!!!

Registration could be done automatically at the time of purchase.
Any suggestion of licensing fees for private use is a bad idea, aside from a small, nominal, initial registration fee. Commercial use is a different matter.

Some rules for all to play by is far better than chaos.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 13:56 UTC as 39th comment | 4 replies
In reply to:

sh10453: NC is one of the less-than-a-dozen states I haven't been to.
This is an incentive to go, along with a printed copy, in color, of the governor's proclamation, for just in case the cops down there are not camera friendly, like the sheriff deputy in Ohio ... :

what have I started???
Let's relax and enjoy taking pictures, please!!!!

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2017 at 18:52 UTC
On article Fujifilm XF 50mm F2 R WR sample gallery (163 comments in total)
In reply to:

quietrich: Some quotes from this thread:

“silky smoothness of the photographs taken with this remarkable camera.”
“Jesus Fuji pictures are just mind blowing”
“blissfully exceptional Fujifilm image rendering”
“can make beautiful jaw dropping pictures with very little effort.”
“entire Fuji experience is genuinely everything I had hoped it would be and then some.”
“mundane shots remains radiantly appealing to the viewer”
“organic texture of these shots leave a taste of ultimate image quality”

Some of the evangelical Fuji zealots here should really calm down, LOL. It’s a decent, sharp lens with some flare issues. I did like the gallery though, there are quite a few offbeat shots to enjoy.

quietrich,
Thanks for the chuckle.
Summarizing these quotes saved me from reading the remainder of the comments!!!

To each their own. Some people on this earth worship things that are much worse. At least in this case it's a cute little camera and lens!! :)

Getting my medieval metal shield, and waiting for the darts and arrows to start falling on my head :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2017 at 14:02 UTC

Suggestion to Mr. Chick (doesn't sound right to say Mr. Chick, does it!!!) :)
I'd change the interface a bit.
Move the menu from the bottom to the top, and fix it (keep it visible permanently,all the time). In my case, it was hidden at the bottom, and it took me a moment or two to find it, and to figure out how the tool works.
Dump these large mouse pictures (for left and right clicks), and replace them with text at the top (also permanently displayed).
The menu / text at the top should stay visible when the user scrolls down the page.
More critical is to prevent incompatible lenses from appearing as a recommendation to go with any camera that cannot use them.

I didn't see any non-OEM lens suggestions (3rd party manufacturers, Sigma, Tamron, ..., etc.), so I don't know if they are there in the database or not.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2017 at 13:28 UTC as 21st comment

Not bad for a start, but needs some fine tuning.
Recommending a Canon 6D and an EF-S lens is of course not a good recommendation.
It's most suitable for beginners. I'm sure that experienced photographers know exactly what lenses they need, or wish to have.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2017 at 13:11 UTC as 22nd comment
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