Alphoid

Joined on Jun 24, 2011

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  • Scenario 3: I want family photos. Since my first kid was born, I've had much less time for photography, and I'm sad I'm missing memories of parts of his childhood.

    One of the differences between...

  • I'd buy one if there were a rock-solid privacy policy. I'd want the AI in the device (not in their cloud), and for the photos to live on the device. I'd like it to be able to sync locally, where...

  • In my opinion, this should depend on your employment contract. I look at IP ownership when I evaluate things like salary. One of the upsides of academic work, government work, and not-for-profit...

  • Replied in It's not
    But in general: (1) Entry-level cameras tend to have one knob and a few buttons. Settings are adjusted through menus. They're "easy-to-use" and annoying to use. They tend to feel plasticky, and do ...
  • Blur isn't my "artistic preference." I like my photos true-to-life.

    Aliasing artifacts like moire harm photos a lot more than a little bit of blur, and are visible viewed at any size. The kind of...

  • To be honest, the slight bit of blur seems perfect for making up for the lackadaisical AA filter. The circles in the mechanical versus e-shutter look horrid without the shutter shock. And a bunch...

  • I'll pay good money to have a compact, high-quality camera in my pocket all the time.

    This phone seems nearly ideal. The only thing lacking -- and I can probably make due without -- are telephoto...

  • The EPL series is a good option. They're compact, but don't have great manual controls (which is to say, you can control everything, stepping through menus). I like the original EPL1 since it's ...
  • I'd buy one for $400 if it didn't upload my data to Canon or talk to the Canon cloud. If it did, I wouldn't. The last thing I need in my home is a cloud-connected camera.

    The bokeh (of the PICK,...

  • Replied in Organic decay?
    "Organic" roughly means it uses carbon covalent bonds, not that it's made of rotting meat, leaves, and fungi. Organic compounds in your camera include polymers (plastics like nylon), synthetic ...
  • Your best option is: (1) Basic stereo microscope . You might have one in the office. Kids models run $65. Practically, though, you should be looking to spend $250-300 for something like this. Having a ...
  • No it will not. If it will calm you down, do two exercises: (1) Theory: Calculate the total glass surface area in your lens. Estimate the area of the spec. See how much additional reflection you get ...
  • Absolutely! You will have worse flaring! And likewise, you will not be able to identify the worse flaring, likely even with laboratory equipment. A link to a good article on the impact of front ...
  • Erm, it's a thoughtful post, but the above is still a bridge a little bit too far. Apple is a well-known consumer of child labor and forced labor . Kids have small hands, and teenagers are old ...
  • Replied in Yeano
    .... no. I'm wondering if anyone on this forum has ever interacted with someone from another culture before. The level of stereotyping and ignorance here is more than I've run into before. India is ...
  • Replied in Yeano
    Not in China. (1) Labor violations in China are far less common than made out in the news. That's not to say factories are fun and games, but child labor for making a lens? I don't see it. The sorts of ...
  • Replied in Yeano.
    I'd suggest making a visit to China at some point to get just a little further past the stereotypes. Or even talking to someone who lived in China. Or even reading a book.
  • Replied in Not the answer
    That would be the answer if: 1. We had worldwide free trade with no barriers, subsidies, or interference . That's not the world we live in. If we pretend that there isn't cheating, we'll get taken ...
  • Replied in Premium lenses
    I thought we were talking about f/0.95 full frame lenses too....
  • They do, until they don't. The 3 cent diode maximizes short-term profits. At some point, one of two things happens: (1) Companies realize there is no long-term, as with disappearing markets
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