Kilrah

Lives in Switzerland Payerne, Switzerland
Works as a Electronics engineer
Joined on Aug 4, 2008
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On article Sony a7R III sample gallery (261 comments in total)
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djanssen: My copy of CC has updated raw profiles, yet I'm unable to open these a7riii .arw files. Posts from the a7rii with .arw files open fine. Have I missed something?

No support yet, the camera was only just announced. Will probably have to wait for LR7.1.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2017 at 17:18 UTC

Looks pointless - too big to be used as a phone, too small to be comfortable to use as a camera like a mirrorless is.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 20:10 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
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CreeDo: Anyone else find it sad how jaded people act about this stuff?

If I had put in the work to capture some of these shots, and the work paid off and I got footage as gorgeous as this, I'd be so overjoyed. But here we see all this "ugh drones, ugh time lapse, so boring and cliché, yawwnnnn".

Technology is "too" advanced and available, it is known that pretty much anything's possible and everybody's doing it every day, so there isn't much that is still "surprising" or that exciting anymore and isn't just "yet one more of which I see one everyday".

There are a few impressive things in nature and life, and getting to see them was a one-time event or really truly rare to see it in potatovision on TV until recently, but obviously they became sought after subjects and now that it is "easy" to capture and show them in wonderful 4K quality we see them all the time and the rarity that made them exciting is gone.

Regarding "empathy for the physical efforts put into it" - personally when I really feel like doing something I like, which I would imagine is the case of the people who worked on this, it doesn't feel like work or "something hard", it's enjoyment... so no I don't see why I'd need to have empathy for someone who obviously did what they love.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 19:02 UTC
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Kilrah: "Yes, they were technically shot on those phones" Not even always the case as proven several times...

Funnily enough I've worked on such a shoot and SOME images were shot on the phone, but some from other cameras were mixed in too. And since the production company made no proper prior research to check whether mounting a phone on the intended "thing" was possible nor whether the phone's features were even at all capable of shooting what it was supposed to in the first place (hint: they weren't) it nearly ended being all lies.
I did drool a little when proposing a solution and getting the OK to root the sample phones from the representative of the manufacturer on location so that we could edit system parameters and use a couple of apps to work around the limitations and make the whole thing work at all.

There was no "technique to make the best images", it was merely "put the phone on an action thing where there's usually a GoPro so we can show the phone fiming something crazy"... when the GoPro is obviously much more appropriate. There were only a few seconds of worthy non-vibrating phone footage, but that did the job for them.
Was 2 years ago for "a popular Android phone that charges fast".

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2017 at 07:26 UTC

"Yes, they were technically shot on those phones" Not even always the case as proven several times...

Funnily enough I've worked on such a shoot and SOME images were shot on the phone, but some from other cameras were mixed in too. And since the production company made no proper prior research to check whether mounting a phone on the intended "thing" was possible nor whether the phone's features were even at all capable of shooting what it was supposed to in the first place (hint: they weren't) it nearly ended being all lies.
I did drool a little when proposing a solution and getting the OK to root the sample phones from the representative of the manufacturer on location so that we could edit system parameters and use a couple of apps to work around the limitations and make the whole thing work at all.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2017 at 07:32 UTC as 41st comment | 4 replies
On article How water droplets came to life for a Gatorade ad (103 comments in total)
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Joshua Teoh: the first 30 sec is real as the water felt down due to gravity... After that all are CG..

Same afterwards, just synced with the strobes.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 06:39 UTC
On article How water droplets came to life for a Gatorade ad (103 comments in total)
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Reactive: Why waste all that effort, engineering, and expense to produce an effect that could have been done in about two days by a couple of CGI artists?

It works the other way, it's not some marketing whiz who said "let's do this", it's certainly a film production company who wanted to work on a project like this and had great fun doing it, just happens that it fit the bill for that brand and could get funding for it through that.

Now granted, what's annoying is the fact that in order to fund that kind of project you have to bow down to having it be used for a stupid marketing campaign for a BS product.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 06:36 UTC
On article Light's L16 camera is in final stages of testing (305 comments in total)
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entoman: Kudos to Light for an extremely interesting design, and I don't want to appear negative about such an innovative camera, but there many potential problems, e.g:

It can produce UP TO 52MP using a combination of sensors, but the individual sensors are only 13MP. Presumably the longer focal lengths use just one of these sensors?

The degree of precision needed in assembly and in aligning the 16 images during in-camera processing will be challenging for the manufacturers to meet, to say the least.

The 16 lenses are slightly sunken, but surely there will be a lot of flare if sunlight falls on the front of the camera, which it will in any situation when the sun is even slightly in front of the camera axis.

There are 6 sensors with the tele lens. A tele shot will be a merge of all of these, not just one.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 10:02 UTC
On article Light's L16 camera is in final stages of testing (305 comments in total)
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Nephi: Please keep in mind they have not posted a single full rez image to date. All they have posted are noisy, scaled down images. If this camera can rival a DSLR and shoot 52 MP surely they post at least one sample?

Their 3 "full size" images are still only 20MP though, not 52. They could be genuine since some of the defects this tech is bound to create can be seen such as non-linear DOF on the portrait, you can see that some hair that is at a distance that's between the ear and face is more blurry than the ear is, and uneven sharpness on the "J104" landscape.

No images have any EXIF though which is shady by definition. They're all wide angle too, so no idea of what's left of the quality when you "zoom" in.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 09:59 UTC
On article Light's L16 camera is in final stages of testing (305 comments in total)
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PortableLover: Does anyone else feel that some of those sample photos are fake? I mean, they probably have 1/2.3" sensors AT MOST due to size constraints. Sure, you could get bokeh with 150mm F2, however in 35mm terms that's 150mm / f11. Not exactly very shallow DOF numbers!

If the bokeh is achieved by software, one must keep in mind that it works sometimes and sometimes doesn't. No serious photographer wants to walk around with a camera that "might work". This has potential to be immensely fun toy, emphasis on word toy. I like the fact that someone is trying to innovate, but claiming it's 52mp and comparing it to DSLR and pricing it at $1,700 are three big strikes in my book.

Bokeh would come from the "long lens" sensors which are focused to infinity, and are thus a bit blurry at subject distance. It's the focus-stacking-like technique that would hopefully blend the sharp subject from wide lens sensors onto the blurry background from the tele ones, most likely indeed with added software blurring.

Whether the result meets expectations remains to be seen of course.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 09:47 UTC
On article Light's L16 camera is in final stages of testing (305 comments in total)
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Kilrah: Bleh. I've preordered/deposited a year and a half ago but really hesitating about giiving up...

Yes I did, and that's why I'm wondering whether I should click that button or not...
Frankly it would be nothing more than a curiosity for me, just because I'm interested in the tech and in seeing what it can put out in comparison to my other gear. I don't see myself carrying it around and using it everyday, especially since I already have something for that (RX10III).
I placed my deposit a year and a half ago at a time where $1300 for the fun of it was no issue, but things have changed and I'd rather put that towards something else. Especially since the deposit is refundable.
Could get it anyway and just sell it after trying, but I'm not sure it will be easy to find a buyer.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 14:25 UTC
On article Light's L16 camera is in final stages of testing (305 comments in total)

Bleh. I've preordered/deposited a year and a half ago but really hesitating about giiving up...

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 08:30 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies
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BubbleGum: Am I the only one wondering whether you can make two of these collide?

That's pèrobably the first thing everybody would try... and no, it of course doesn't let you.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2017 at 09:19 UTC
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h2k: Did anybody ever check if these drones and sites physically exist?

Yes, if while flying you go as close to the launch site as you can you can see the guys changing batteries on the drones that just landed for the next round etc, also you can see each other in flight. Not sure if it's still there as I haven't checked it out lately but during the beta there were even dogfight games, had to find the others, chase them and "shoot" at them with overlayed graphics. Worked great.
They were using Inspire 1s.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2017 at 09:18 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta's prosumer DiMAGE 7 (214 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: the zoom on the fuji x30 at 28-115 equiv is a joy of mechanical precision, i also lament that everything in this category of fixed zoom cameras today seems to rely on unprecise telescoping power zooms unlike this minoltas mechanical zoom .... this was quite a beast , in its day ... as it happens the fuji x30 has an excellent 12 mp sensor the same size as this minolta , a 2\3 58 sq mm , which is one of the larger compact sensors , sitting below the 1 inch , but above the other enthusiest 1 1'8 1 1.7 etc sensors.

The servo zoom is the only gripe I have about my RX10III. The camera is perfectly able to cope with high action scenarios, except for the eternity it takes to change FL.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 08:27 UTC
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Azathothh: DNG? Who uses that?

There are as many 3rd party software supporting the proprietary files as there are that support DNGs, or maybe even more... so the probability all of them decide to disappear at the same time is non-existent.
And there's certainly a time where there will be something better than DNG, and everybody stops supporting it as well.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 08:44 UTC
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El Chavo: Exciting news.

Finally some new tech in sensor that will give Sony a run for its money. It is about time.

The black and white sensor alone costs more than an entire Sony top end camera.
So once the color version makes it into a camera the product would probably cost around 3 times as much as Sony's full frame cams. No "run for their money" at all, unless you're in the market for a $10k cam.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 09:56 UTC
On article Grounded: GoPro recalls Karma drone (54 comments in total)
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photo_rb: I wish GoPro had instead concentrated on a gimbal stabilization platform that could be used handheld and mounted on any make of drone.

That wouldn't fly (sorry for the pun) today anymore. Integration between the drone controls and the camera is now paramount, and you can't do that without tight coupling between the 2.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 09:51 UTC
On article DJI goes portable with the Mavic Pro (161 comments in total)
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Martinka: I feel sorry for GoPro and Karma, but that is what it's called wrong time wrong place. Karma should have come 6 months earlier.

Or you could argue it's much worse, since it's a GoPro with its useless fisheye lens.
Nobody wants fisheyed drone footage since DJI made it easy to supply rectilinear one.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 03:32 UTC
On photo G-BIKO in the Best Aviation Photo ever... Period. challenge (1 comment in total)

Sexy 757!!

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 18:19 UTC as 1st comment
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