Goodmeme

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On article Manfrotto launches stylish Windsor Collection bags (57 comments in total)

Looks like a Billingham bag - but ugly and inferior rather than classic and timeless.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 07:37 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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Charlie Jin: The camera faked the mother nature in the first place since it lacks the dymaic range. Later technlolgies try to compensate it. Especially when the image is completely blown out, there is no reason why we have to oppose. So, fake done by the camera is OK? And fixing the fake done by camera is not OK ?

While I agree with you in principle, both vision and sensors are subjective and compromised. That the rgb pixel references were 'there in some form or another' is arguably a false and weak starting point for attempting to attach objective rules to artwork and humanity's subjective, faulty memory systems. At its heart perhaps is the conflict between photography as memory replacement, memory confirmation, artistic or emotional enjoyment etc. I only shoot in raw and don't usually have a need for this technology, but used sensibly to replace blown out jpeg skies, it seems pretty clever to me, and I congratulate the creators of said technology.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 09:29 UTC
On article Epson's 4K home projectors to go on sale next month (63 comments in total)
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Hasa: oh so sad! still no correction of the headline and content that is just strongly misleading marketing blurp and not the real deal: "whether they’re displaying native 4K content or digitally upscaling Full HD 1080p content" - no, they cannot display 4K content at the true, native 4K resolution. They pixel shift their full-hd lcd panels to something in between full HD and 4K. They do not carry 4K pixels on the 3 lcd panels. They do not compare to a true 4K tv that has 4 times the pixels of a full HD tv. It somehow reminds me of the 16 megapixel Foveon sensors that were marketed as "equivalent" Bayer 48 megapixel sensors.

Also 'what most people expect from a 4k projector' is on the one hand about specification sheets and actual, objectively defined pixels. On the other, it is simply the subjective perception of more detail based on their own subjective minds and compromised eye sight. Both perspectives are true from a certain point of view.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 09:18 UTC
On article Epson's 4K home projectors to go on sale next month (63 comments in total)
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Hasa: oh so sad! still no correction of the headline and content that is just strongly misleading marketing blurp and not the real deal: "whether they’re displaying native 4K content or digitally upscaling Full HD 1080p content" - no, they cannot display 4K content at the true, native 4K resolution. They pixel shift their full-hd lcd panels to something in between full HD and 4K. They do not carry 4K pixels on the 3 lcd panels. They do not compare to a true 4K tv that has 4 times the pixels of a full HD tv. It somehow reminds me of the 16 megapixel Foveon sensors that were marketed as "equivalent" Bayer 48 megapixel sensors.

Epson is not the first to create and sell an 'e-shift 4k' technology in the projector market. While I dislike the terminology I certainly don't blame Epson for competing in the market and using similar wording to its 4k e-shift competitors. Were it not to do so, it might lose market share, perhaps catastrophically. Your black and white view - if accepted - could quickly remove the most honest and fair culture competitors from almost all markets unless you operated a damagingly complex and expensive central enforcement, communist style. So while I agree with you in principle, perhaps in practice the world must necessarily be less black and white, and consumers make up their own minds. Certainly I can see the case for banking and insurance and other regulation, but there is surely less cause for worry regarding what TV or projector specification well-off people are buying. We will have to wait for 4k at this price point, I'd personally prefer laser/led over 4k.I still plan to buy a 9300.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 09:14 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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raindance: So many Windows trolls out tonight. Guys, you lost get over it. You failed in the mobile space that is now heavily dominated by Android and iOS, you have no eco system like that of Google and iCloud that cohesively works across your devices, you are the only game in town that still uses an antiquated operating system full off security and privacy holes that is not based on the Linux kernel. You have no home automation market, no investment in health, fitness, secure payment, messaging, music, and streaming media. You want Apple to fail for some pointless reason, but it's just not working and the stock price and value is a constant reminder of their dominance. Your sleeping giant might have woke back up, but unfortunately they missed the last ten years. Game Over, move on..

Do Apples have a right click yet?

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 10:56 UTC
On article Epson's 4K home projectors to go on sale next month (63 comments in total)
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Hasa: oh so sad! still no correction of the headline and content that is just strongly misleading marketing blurp and not the real deal: "whether they’re displaying native 4K content or digitally upscaling Full HD 1080p content" - no, they cannot display 4K content at the true, native 4K resolution. They pixel shift their full-hd lcd panels to something in between full HD and 4K. They do not carry 4K pixels on the 3 lcd panels. They do not compare to a true 4K tv that has 4 times the pixels of a full HD tv. It somehow reminds me of the 16 megapixel Foveon sensors that were marketed as "equivalent" Bayer 48 megapixel sensors.

No! Based on the one review I've read, the tw9300 is incredible. I plan to buy one. What most people don't realise is you can use a grey screen, or even paint an ambient light )dark grey or black mixed with metallic silver paint screen, so blacks are inky black in daylight. The Epson projectors are very bright so they can cope with darker screens, especially in smaller sizes like 70" diagonal for example. Then when you are watching in a dark room, you can get out the big white screen for 3D at 100 inches plus.

Is it completely 4k? No, but it's better than 1080p as it smooths the pixels. If you need resolution, get a 4K monitor or TV. If you want a cinema experience at home, then get one of these. If you want both, then spend an extra few thousand on the Sony 4k projectors and see if your viewers will notice the difference...they probably won't and I'm saying that as someone with 20/10 vision.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 17:54 UTC

Post financial-crisis, Canon have acted sensibly, which is to say, cautiously. Is it frustrating? Yes. Would I rather they took more risks and potentially risk letting their camera division fail? No. It's as simple as that, in my opinion. Just because Canon haven't brought many brand new innovations to market post crisis does not mean they cannot or will not when market conditions require or allow it.

I'm afraid the world's financial situation is still grounds for caution. One could argue smaller firms are simply desperate to get market share so they are more willing to take risks. I don't see Canon as particularly threatened, although I do think they should have been quicker to react to the explosive growth of mirrorless -especially retro mirrorless a la Fuji - in order to retain market share.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 11:42 UTC as 78th comment

I learned from his writing, not just about cameras, lenses and photography, but about how to recognise what is important; and that what may be important is not always what we had in mind. Though I never knew him, his life seemed graceful, and his attitudes to be admired and perhaps emulated.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 12:08 UTC as 57th comment
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Toccata47: By and large, I suspect the nikon will provide greater resolution outside of a narrow shooting window when used for everyday photography as is made evident by the large disparity in quality between the nikon and pentax lenses.

I haven't kept up with the news but I sincerely hope pentax has plans in place to accommodate what the sensor is capable of.

Last point: 177.5m per pixel shifted file? Wow. That will take some getting used to.

I was just thinking that they are practically identical for everyday use. But for some very still landscape photography, where one appreciates greater resolution, the Pentax pixel shift looks like it can excel.

Nevertheless I won't personally be buying my next camera based on resolution anyway, and I wouldn't want to plan on using this feature in case it took up too much of my attention, or otherwise made things worse.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 12:49 UTC
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justmeMN: Girly Men can't handle a camera that's this big. They have to use mirrorless cameras. :-)

If you ever get the chance to use a 1 series camera, I doubt you would keep that opinion. I use a 5Dc as only occasionally professional. Think viewfinder, focus, battery, image quality...usually everything is better with the professional camera lines from Canikon vs their other offerings.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 15:09 UTC
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Random Photographer: Wow. I was hoping that eventually Canon would do something amazing with their Dual pixel tech, which was great for video when I had the 70D, but with that camera the video quality was so so and the sensor wasn't that great. But nope just incremental changes after 3 years and they didn't even put the tech in the M series, which would've been nice.
For $1200 I cannot fathom why anyone would get this over the new A6300. Not trying to bash Canon fans. I really don't care what side you're on (I don't even know why there are sides when having choices is a great thing) but as a consumer, why would I get this camera? I'm actually asking.

@rubberDials,

you only have to look at some photos to see that some of the film era L lenses are sublime. There are very few - if any - prime L lenses to my knowledge that are disappointing in real-world use.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2016 at 20:28 UTC
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DualSystemGuy: 80D Body only: $1199

7D MKII body, free printer, free memory card, free bag, $1199 @ B&H

Hmmmm

It is nuts for anyone who cares about this stuff not to go with the full frame line imo, or at least the 7d series if its the same money.

I went from a 10D to a 5D classic years ago. Honestly, I wouldn't replace it with a 7D series, the viewfinders are just too small (although I haven't looked at the mk2).

The only thing that would compel me to upgrade is if Canon put a pop up flash on a 5D series AND dropped the prices to film camera levels plus perhaps a little extra to allow for the sensor.

For what I use it for i.e. not professional, I'm not sure there have been many noticeable improvements over the old 5D classic. That someone would choose to buy these double digit D things new instead of a used 5 series or even a 1 series boggles my mind, and also reminds me I would far rather purchase an old 135 L or 35L to go with my poor old 5d than upgrade the body anyway.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2016 at 20:21 UTC
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Goodmeme: Anyone remember jpeg 2000? The only time I've ever used it is indirectly through a web printing service that converted my files then uploaded them. I imagine this will have similar applications, but it will be almost impossible to replace or even match jpeg.

Thanks for your comment, this sounds like a good idea.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 10:44 UTC
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tkbslc: I've tried several LED lights in my hotshoe for video, but all that happens is that all the subjects in the video cower and shield their eyes due to the brightness.

A normal flash fun, especially without ettl on, will take the photo before the eyes respond. There is no light for people to cower from, except for a few milliseconds when the flash activates.

When you have ettl or equivalent, the short burst which calculates required brightness can sometimes make people squint.

This isn't a problem with auto thyristor modes or manual as these do not use a pre-flash.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2016 at 14:18 UTC
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RPJG: Question from a dummy: are these really just meant for video, or can they usefully/sensibly be used instead of a flash?

Firstly, I'm surprised you ask something, only to say 'exactly' rather than saying thank you. If some one takes time to answer you, and you already knew the answer, well, I'm sure we can do better than that, can't we?

Secondly, the disadvantage is going to be brightness. A traditional flash gun doesn't have to light up the whole time, it's extremely brief and so can be very powerful. This disadvantage is mitigated by the increasing high iso sensitivity of camera sensors.

The most obvious advantage of this sort of lighting versus flash - apart from ease of use via preview - is the colour control. After years of using flash casually, I am only ever happy if the flash light matches the colour of the ambient. But that is easier said than done unless you are carrying a bag full of filters and have the time to test them out and fit them.

Personally I would prefer a conventional flash with a built-in, automated and variable color grid to easily replicate a box of gel filters.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2016 at 14:14 UTC
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Reactive: Isn't this a classic case of a solution looking for a problem? I wasn't aware my existing UV filter's tiny weight was a problem - it's insignificant compared with the lens weight. I wasn't aware it needed to be 10x stronger, as I've never been stupid enough to smash it against objects. I wasn't aware it needed to repel water and oil, since an occasional clean with IPA keeps it spotless. I wonder if Sigma will charge 'Art' prices for their completely clear glass filter? If so, they should move into homeopathy. Perhaps their next product will be a military-grade nuclear-hardened titanium lens cap?

Water droplets can ruin photos and video without you noticing the effects until too late.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 09:18 UTC

Anyone remember jpeg 2000? The only time I've ever used it is indirectly through a web printing service that converted my files then uploaded them. I imagine this will have similar applications, but it will be almost impossible to replace or even match jpeg.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2015 at 18:58 UTC as 65th comment | 2 replies
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Neez: I actually want this over my galaxy s6 because of the micro SD slot.

I wish Google or Samsung would incorporate support for 2 or 3 micro sd cards or even full sized SD, just like hard disks in windows.

I understand they love the cloud, but some people -myself included - do not, ergo there is an untapped market. Perhaps this is Windows' way back into the mobile market.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2015 at 09:12 UTC
On article Western Digital announces plan to acquire SanDisk (70 comments in total)
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cgarrard: Sounds like people with a lot of money buying other people with a lot of money and they are all making money.

Sounds like you need to go to business school :).

Actually, most acquiring companies tend to pay too much for new acquisitions, relative to future value. They are difficult to work sometimes, regarding operational cultures of two different businesses etc. The target company's shareholders usually do well in the short term.

I would say as an outsider this merger makes sense, not just for people to make money but also for human civilisation, for society at large.

You can own stock too, you know. Just like you can get involved in politics. That's the beauty of benign, non-autocratic civilisation, and the efficiency of capitalism.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 19:24 UTC
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