ianp5a

ianp5a

Lives in Germany Munich, Germany
Works as a Designer
Joined on Nov 19, 2007

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ikfoto: Dell XPS 13 no-touch + mini-mouse + Xubuntu 16.04 + RawTherapee 5.1
Light, stable, safe, affordable.

(will need a T5 screwdriver to replace a crappy Wifi module with Intel's)

Yes there are so many PCs, of all different prices to choose from.
And the choice doesn't stop there. It's not just about Windows. I use Ubuntu with Raw Therapee along with Digikam to manage the photo library. Which lets you integrate any other application you like. Such as LightZone and Gimp. It's choice all the way.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 08:16 UTC
On article Google will no longer develop Nik Collection (390 comments in total)
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ABM Barry: Another reason to detest google!
Take something good, ...
a/ cover it in pop-up adds
b/ break it
c/ throw it away!

I'm too busy detesting Google about other things to let this get to me.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 12:43 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.

@entoman. Yes they will be taking multi image processing to new levels. Making lots of new things possible. They just need a lot of data.

Also, regarding subject movement, surely the images will be taken all at the same time. But if not, in-camera fixing for movement is already available for HDR and moving sensor Hi-Res imaging in the current Olympus EM-1 for example.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 11:23 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.

1) The images will be calibrated and aligned in software. Without that, none of this would be possible.
2) A lens hood that looks like a cheese grater should do it.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 08:58 UTC
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henrikbengtsson: What surprises me with the design alone is how it managed to make its path from the drawing board all the way to the production center without anyone saying "....wait a minute. NO!"

But I guess they all relied on hipster-oritended designer opinions.

They need to be different. And while I don't really care about those looks, many of their customers want to be "seen to be different". But producing something radically different means you often don't know how well something will be accepted. So nice try, but Apple stuff is too gimmicky for me.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 11:08 UTC
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TFD: 4/3 was born when DLSR's had 6M APS-C sensors and the pixel wars had not started and at a time when sensors were more costly and difficult to make. 4/3 was perhaps a reasonable size to squeeze 5-6M pixels into.
With the advent of APS-C and FF sensors in the 24-50M range the 4/3 is now penalized in its ability to complete (this applies to the M4/3 as well). What make the current M4/3 cameras doubly disadvantaged is they are not cheaper than their APC-C competition either from a camera or system perspective.

The one advantage 4/3 had was to offer smaller lenses and larger zoom ranges. Given that you can find multiple APS-C zoom lenses in the 18-250 and 16-300 range it should have been possible to make a 4/3 lens in the 12- >250mm (eq. 24-500++) range. As a travel camera a 4/3 camera with a long range zoom lens could have been an appealing product, sadly no one ever built one...

Yet despite that, it's clear that there is still in demand. And Oly/Panasonic++ are bringing out even more new cameras with more innovations at a rapid rate. And lenses too. Don't forget the 75-300 and 100-400.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 11:02 UTC

This is great, but also look at http://www.missingmaps.org where you can use satellite imagery to help vulnerable people and aid agencies, by creating the maps in those blank spaces. Yes, archaeology is important. But relieving sickness and misery is also important. Try both!

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 13:25 UTC as 2nd comment
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Marty4650: Nothing succeeds like success.

Adobe has been wildly profitable since moving to a subscription based sales plan.

This is exactly the same way Rent-A-Center will rent you a $500 sofa for $20 a month for the rest of your life. It sounds cheap at first, until you realize ten years later that you paid $2,400 for a $500 sofa and still don't own it.

It's 'really' expensive If you don't need or want the extras. If you upgrade every 3 years it works at at 6 times the cost!

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 12:10 UTC
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paulbysea: Still seems like good value to me. And if you don't like it, go and use an inferior product that costs less.

I use a superior product that costs less.
It's in fact beneficial for 'everyone', 'including' Adobe users, that there is a 'variety' in the market. It keeps pressure on Adobe to improve, and stop them charging even more!

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 09:47 UTC

PS offers some productivity features that some people need. They saw the subscription as good value. Many of us, including hobbyists, can get the same results with other software. Where the PS, £1-per-use, is really expensive for no benefit. Affinity, for example, costs ~3 months PS.

Sadly, many people use PS purely because they were told "it's what the pro's use", rather than pick something suitable to their needs. It's these people, now that are rethinking the costs.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 09:19 UTC as 88th comment
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1383 comments in total)
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nerd2: Sports/action camera with noisy sensor that are more expensive than 7D2/D500?

Why don't use Nikon 1 system instead, which has even faster fps, exceptional AF and extremely long reach?

To answer your question, (nerd2) because each camera has its pros and cons. The Nikon is nice, but so is the Olympus. People will pick, depending on what their priorities are. Not your priorities.
So promoting a brand war is pointless, and far removed from intelligent "constructive criticism".

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 09:28 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1179 comments in total)
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ianp5a: Nice to see a sensible 4:3 ratio sensor keeping the size down. What Sony should have done. Instead of going for the panorama 3:2 legacy ratio.

I'm not thinking mathematically or about video or legacy paper standards. For still images, the longer and thinner crops are used less. Luckily most sensor formats are the 4:3 ratio.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 11:52 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1179 comments in total)

Nice to see a sensible 4:3 ratio sensor keeping the size down. What Sony should have done. Instead of going for the panorama 3:2 legacy ratio.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 12:42 UTC as 329th comment | 9 replies
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (454 comments in total)

They should rebadge a low tech Lomo camera. Now that would be cool. Pointless. But cool.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 13:30 UTC as 45th comment
On article Apple Photos gets smarter in iOS 10, macOS 'Sierra' (61 comments in total)
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Scott Birch: For 'smart' read 'creepy'. It's not Apple's business who's who or where. Puke.

Doing it locally is much better than the Google approach. Google keep it that way to get access to your data. It is the same with Google's GPS navigation that needs internet to use, but a 'normal' satellite navigation does not. When I'm travelling in other countries and remote areas often without any internet, Google's navigation is useless. The same goes for their recognition feature.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 08:13 UTC
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ianp5a: It's a good thing that CSC makers are offering powerful firmware upgrades. Keep it up Olympus and Fuji etc.

Lots of things to like. Focus Bracketing/Stacking especially. And you can now customise and save the control panel (SCP). (Finally)

There is a high probability that you do.

Some can't use it because dopes like Olympus don't port much of their software to it. Not by merit or peoples choice. Olympus and others cause this problem. Luckily Linux has become more popular than all other OSs as a whole if you include mobile devices.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2015 at 13:30 UTC
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ianp5a: It's a good thing that CSC makers are offering powerful firmware upgrades. Keep it up Olympus and Fuji etc.

Lots of things to like. Focus Bracketing/Stacking especially. And you can now customise and save the control panel (SCP). (Finally)

They didn't bother to make a Linux version of any of their software. The numpties.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2015 at 16:13 UTC
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ianp5a: It's a good thing that CSC makers are offering powerful firmware upgrades. Keep it up Olympus and Fuji etc.

Lots of things to like. Focus Bracketing/Stacking especially. And you can now customise and save the control panel (SCP). (Finally)

Yes. I just spotted that. Shame no customised SCP. Shame Capture doesn't work on my PC. Come on Olympus. Buck up!

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 13:20 UTC

It's a good thing that CSC makers are offering powerful firmware upgrades. Keep it up Olympus and Fuji etc.

Lots of things to like. Focus Bracketing/Stacking especially. And you can now customise and save the control panel (SCP). (Finally)

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2015 at 11:32 UTC as 34th comment | 10 replies
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bovverwonder: How about shortening the time the E-M5 II takes to wake up from sleep mode? It is quicker to turn the camera off and back on (which already takes time). My only gripe for now.

They improved it in the firmware update. But I reccomend to switched off Quick Sleep mode.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2015 at 11:27 UTC
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