Marty4650

Marty4650

Lives in United States NC, United States
Works as a Retired Industrial Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2005

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Of course, the real elephant in the room is that smartphones are temporary devices, that are constantly updated by never versions. And very often those newer versions aren't the same size, shape, or configuration as the older ones. This makes any money spent on "very expensive accessories and ad-ons" pretty risky.

For example, how useful is a credit card scanner that plugs into your phone's headphone jack when the new iPhone has no headphone jack? I suppose you could always use a dongle, or something to make it work, but it sure isn't an elegant solution.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 16:50 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply

You really have to wonder why an $8,000 camera requires bug fixes so soon after introduction. Was this camera hastily rushed to market, and not thoroughly tested prior to introduction?

I can understand getting new features via firmware, but any new camera that costs this much should be bug free.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 16:01 UTC as 8th comment | 15 replies

Isn't it just a lot cheaper and easier to buy a real camera?

I just don't understand this bizarre need to convert a cell phone into a real camera, without much regard for the resulting size, cost or weight. Are people doing this just to prove "it can be done?"

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 15:38 UTC as 47th comment | 5 replies

I think many people are looking at this backwards.

The Leica TL isn't a overpriced version of the Sony NEX7... it is a dirt cheap version of the Hasselblad Lunar.

I probably should pre-order one!

:)

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 12:46 UTC as 7th comment
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (369 comments in total)
In reply to:

Clyde Thomas: This should be a fantastic product for Leica. Luxury gift markets are reaching for the $2G level. They hit the premium laptop price range. Excellent optional gift for a graduate... who is not a serious photographer... but doesn't need another MacBook.

Bravo Leica! More of this please.

Wait.... you say you want lenses?

OK, now you can double or triple the price...

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 20:14 UTC

So..... for $2,000 you can get something from Leica that isn't as good as an $800 Samsung NX500. But.... it does have a nice fit and finish and a nice red dot.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 20:04 UTC as 21st comment | 10 replies

What really happened is "the worst is over.... we have now leveled off at 75% below our peak sales...."

And I suppose that is something worth celebrating.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 19:29 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply

I could be wrong of course.... and I often am.... but I really doubt that many cell phone photographers really want (or need) a pocketful of very expensive attachments to carry around with them. To transform their cell phones "into real cameras."

Certainly, a few gadget obsessed people will. But up until now, every attempt at creating a modular smartphone has failed commercially. (Think Moto Z mods, Project Ara, LG G5.)

http://gizmodo.com/nobody-wants-a-modular-smartphone-1786099302

It isn't so much the cost that turns them off. It is the inconvenience of having all these extra parts to carry around. The entire smartphone photography ethos is based on simplicity and convenience.

But like I said.... I could be wrong...

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 15:58 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies

Motorola went to great lengths to avoid bumping into Apple and Samsung by holding their product introduction in Ghana.

This probably means that HTC will launch their next phone in Madagascar....

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 02:28 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
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Marty4650: "An amazing journey" funded with someone else's money. And the other folks got stuck holding the bag.

To be precise about this... "crowd funding" means "professional venture capitalists and investors didn't think our idea had any merit, so we will offer a nice discount on a very inflated price to amateur backers instead. And they may or may not get anything in return."

No matter how good, or how innovative a product is, a "professional investor" will always ask "how soon will I get my money back?" and then say "if this doesn't return a profit, then I have no interest in funding it."

Smart money is always risk averse, especially if the upside results promised are very modest. Why bother, at that point. If the final product could attract a large audience, and be very profitable, then investors are certainly willing to assume more risk.

So, when all the smart money says no, then the amateur and not so smart money steps in. The amateur money isn't motivated by profit... but only by helping to bring something to market they feel is worth while. And I believe they already know they are taking a risk that their investment could be completely lost.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 16:47 UTC

"An amazing journey" funded with someone else's money. And the other folks got stuck holding the bag.

To be precise about this... "crowd funding" means "professional venture capitalists and investors didn't think our idea had any merit, so we will offer a nice discount on a very inflated price to amateur backers instead. And they may or may not get anything in return."

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 12:30 UTC as 22nd comment | 7 replies
On article Ask the staff: wedding season weirdness (273 comments in total)
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a1shot: Uncle Bob, can and very often does produce far superior images to some of the so called "Pros" -

How hard is it for the best man, or some other family member, to make an announcement before the wedding procession begins?

Something like... "The bride and groom have paid a lot to hire a professional photographer, and they would appreciate it if the guests did not prevent the photographer from getting the shots they asked for. Please refrain from using flash or blocking the aisle or their view of the wedding party. Thanks."

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2017 at 15:03 UTC
On article Ask the staff: wedding season weirdness (273 comments in total)

The truly amazing thing is that so much money and effort is devoted to weddings today, when half the couples end up divorced within a few years.

I wonder how many very expensive wedding albums end up in trash bins? I've actually seen custom made wedding accessories selling at thrift shops for pennies. Things like toasting glasses engraved "Amber and Jason Forever, June 19, 2011." Sometimes "forever" means just a few years.

However, it is the job of a wedding photographer to do exactly what the client wants done. And many times, the client isn't the bride and groom, but the bride's mother, who pays for all of it.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2017 at 14:58 UTC as 67th comment | 7 replies
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williams359: If it had duel card slots I would order one today. I retire in 25 years time, will I see a canon camera with duel card slots with a tilting screen before then. :(

I'd really prefer dual card slots over the duel kind.

I'd hate to have two SD cards fighting it out with swords.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 21:39 UTC
In reply to:

arhmatic: just like watching that head & shoulders commercial...

I tried it too, then realized that I was the problem.... since I don't have any hair for them to run their fingers through.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 21:30 UTC
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Fujica: Shouldn't this then be considered as false advertising?

Ok an iPhone is being used, but look at all the equipment and lenses that are being combined with it.

Then, perhaps the ad should say "shot with an iPhone using 35 pounds of additional equipment that costs $20,000"

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 21:27 UTC
On article Hands-on with Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D (234 comments in total)
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miggylicious: Canon should also make a mirrorless pro version of the SL2 (once their DPAF tech is good enough). A small sized mirrorless pro dslr will be really amazing.

Canon is a market leader that "leads from behind" and is usually the last maker to adopt the most popular and innovative features. They were among the last to adopt live view... the last for WIFI... the last for touchscreens... the last for articulated LCDs. They really seem to be risk averse.

It is very easy to criticize their conservative market approach, but it is very hard to argue with their market share success.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 17:22 UTC
On article Hands-on with Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D (234 comments in total)
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retr01976: Ironically this is the better option for most people over the full frame 6D Mark II. 90% of the image quality and most of the features in a smaller more compact body. As someone who owned the original 6D and a rebel I found the differences marginal sans high ISO.

Not to mention..... at around 75% less than the price of a full frame 6D II.

I think the real irony is that the 6D II exists in a very profitable and growing market for Canon, while the SL2 exists in a space that is rapidly disappearing.

I really hope both products do well, but if I was a gambling man, I'd put my money on the 6D II as adding more to Canon's bottom line right now.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 17:17 UTC
On article Hands-on with Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D (234 comments in total)

A "Canon EOS M Killer" ..... and it comes from Canon! If this doesn't force the price of the EOS M cameras down, then nothing will.

Overall, I do believe it is very smart of Canon to offer so many very similar products, each one appealing to a different customer.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 13:11 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies
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photog4u: It's not a fanboy thing, I'll buy ANY great camera. It's just that Pentax, Sony, Panasonic and Olympus are building cameras with so many interesting and useful features that announcements like this one seem vanilla to me.

If you compare $2,000 cameras from different makers, you get some interesting results. The MILC cameras offer some big advantages in terms of size, weight, live view, and video ability. The DSLRs at this price point offer their own set of advantages, especially for those who prefer OVFs and who already are deeply invested in their lens systems.

The bottom line is that digital cameras have never been better than they are today, and you now have a dizzying array of choices.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 13:05 UTC
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