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On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (329 comments in total)
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FranciscoPhoto: I sincerely hope that none of these things happen however It's quite possible that in the not so distant future we'll all be regulated by the following:
1. Pre-flight approval for every flight and realtime GPS monitoring by a governing body.
2. Recreational drone flight will eventually become illegal.
3. Local authorities will have the ability to take control of your aircraft while in flight.
4. Professional drone flight will eventually become heavily restricted and illegal in many Jurisdictions which will force large manufactures out of business due to a significant drop in sales and future demand.

There will be ways to work responsibly and officially, although I think you may be right about recreational users-from safety and personal privacy aspects.

Also, one wonders: are drones hackable; how secure are they once in flight?

But I think the industrial-commercial use of drones is still in its infancy, including in areas like real estate, the construction industry, agricultural and livestock inspection, pipeline inspection, ranching, search and rescue, etc.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 16:28 UTC
On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (329 comments in total)
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Adam007: This discussion is interesting to me on several levels, but I'll focus on just one: the role of tort law - which governs liability for accidents.

I think many commentators here have an unrealistic understanding of the legal situation drone manufacturers will find themselves in, when - not if - that long-dreaded collision with a jumbo jet occurs. DJI (or whomever) will be sued by everybody involved, and unless DJI can demonstrate that it did *everything* technologically possible to minimize collisions, it is eventually going to lose one of these bet-the-industry cases.

I doubt the typical drone operator has liability insurance - I also teach insurance law, and the drone insurance market is nascent. The few who do are unlikely to have coverage sufficient for significant accident. I totally get that many people here want to be treated as responsible adults, but the the reality is that the legal system will treat them as "children" inadequately supervised by their "parents" - DJI.

Yes. I see a lot of drone footage on YouTube and it is amazing that (more) accidents don't happen. Flying among dense arrays of taller buildings, by places where people aggregate, etc.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 16:05 UTC
On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (329 comments in total)

What other companies produce drones of comparable quality and service support and what are their policies?

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 17:33 UTC as 71st comment | 3 replies
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Al wants a bagel: I imagine this is so that they can make a small full frame compact camera. The curvature of the sensor probably allows for the use of smaller lenses, without running into aberration issues.

Imagine a full frame camera that's pocketable. Shut up and take my money.

However, I sincerely doubt that Nikon would maximize that design. Even Micro 4/3rds-the camera body and lenses seem much larger than what could be attained. Most of the bodies still dwarf the sensor.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 14:16 UTC
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flashcactus: Having read some erudite and also some smart- Aleky replies, I suggest that rather than recalculating everything for a specific curved sensor, sensors will adapt their curvature to the specific lens fitted. That makes universality possible.
Besides that, (some) lenses of the future could actually be flat, and use metal instead of glass. That has been tried, and would upset quite a few calculations.

But what percent improvement over we have now is possible? Chasing rainbows. I think the OEMs would do better to work on ergonomics, interfaces and connectivity of cameras. Photography is alive and well, just being done on smart phones. Sharing, viewing, transmitting.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 14:15 UTC

Can't remember a camera line so informed about as the DL Series being cancelled?
Nikon, we know great DSLRs are your bread and butter, but do something exciting. Coolpix A-abandoned. 1" sensor with fixed lenses-abandoned. Nikon 1-???

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 14:13 UTC as 8th comment
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (284 comments in total)
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Gesture: Beautiful photos. PROPS PROPS PROPS to Panasonic for getting an excellent size sensor in a number of outstanding compact form factors with EVFs DONE RIGHT.

Good comments. Still give Panasonic great credit for these form factors. Hadn't seen the corner EVF since an early Nikon consumer model. I'm not expecting a $1,000 EVF.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 02:01 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (284 comments in total)

Beautiful photos. PROPS PROPS PROPS to Panasonic for getting an excellent size sensor in a number of outstanding compact form factors with EVFs DONE RIGHT.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 17:53 UTC as 31st comment | 13 replies

What happened to letter boxing. Let me see the full image and I will scale it approximately to the monitor or TV I am viewing it on. Ain't rocket science.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 20:29 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply

I would focus instead on replicating Dagor, Rapid Rectilinear, Rapid Rectigraphic. These are non-modern lenses that can produce wonderful images without drawing notice to themselves. The whole idea of photography for me is that the technique should disappear, not squawk or bleat.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 16:40 UTC as 10th comment

Of all the similar videos on YouTube, why did you pick this one?

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 01:14 UTC as 19th comment

Then EVERYTHING will be stock photo.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 18:10 UTC as 31st comment
On article Should I buy a Canon EOS 6D Mark II? (440 comments in total)
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Gesture: Has trade journalism advanced at all. So many recent features, it feels like I have opened the pages of a (now-digital) Popular Photography or Modern Photography of years gone by.

Best Under $100 Flash.

Best Entry Level DLSR under $800.

Which camera case should I buy.

Wow.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 16:05 UTC
On article Should I buy a Canon EOS 6D Mark II? (440 comments in total)

Has trade journalism advanced at all. So many recent features, it feels like I have opened the pages of a (now-digital) Popular Photography or Modern Photography of years gone by.

Best Under $100 Flash.

Best Entry Level DLSR under $800.

Which camera case should I buy.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 14:30 UTC as 96th comment | 1 reply
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TwoMetreBill: Everytime I ask a Mac user to show me what works better on MacOS, I get a "deer in the headlights" look. Which is funny because MacOS has one, and only one significant advantage: Time Machine.
I too use both but dealing with the poor performance of Apple products means that I spend very little time on the Mac. That and the imbecilic design decisions such as mounting the SD card reader on the back of the iMac.

However the lack of a truly usable backup for Windows, and I've spent hundreds of dollars on Windows backup software, it is very close to pushing me to abandon Windows. With the Creators Update, MS removed virtually all of the configurability of File History so, pitiful as it was, it is now useless.

One of the main features of the Mac, the OS is not locked to a serial # and you can boot from a great variety of external devices. I don't mean to install the system or run repair utilities but your full working system. Windows OTG has started to have something like that (I have done such an install), but I often feel most users don't really get the difference.

But, clearly, the PC platforms have evolved much more than Mac and offer some really exciting stuff these days, everything from the 2-in-1s with touch screen to computers not much bigger than a box of breath mints.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 19:21 UTC
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Matpan: Long gone the days where mac had an upper hand over PC with their POWER PC RISC processors and different architecture altogether. Macs ARE PCs (overpriced ones at that)... only difference is the OS and their closed form factor.

You can build a much more powerful PC for the same budget you purchase a Mac for and run their OS if you prefer. Although there is virtually nothing Windows 10 does not do better or equally well. Virus? yeah, sure, if you surf the internet like a 12 year old you can make a mess. Mac is not totally impervious by the way....

Over 15 years working as a professional illustrator for the ad industry and as a concept artist for games and movies. Worked with both PC and Mac paired with Wacom... Tried every single combination. Been forced to use Mac at various jobs, most of which just bought Mac because "clients like to see we work with macs, it makes the studio look more professional". It is ridiculous the amount of studios that choose Mac just for the brand logo

Back in the day it was about build quality. I've seen some similar PCs but there is nothing quite like the Beige G3 as far as build quality. I have used Apple laptops way out past 7 years and same thing with Windows PCs. The PC world has so many imaginative and useful form factors these days that it really has surpassed Apple as "computers" versus as "devices" IMHO.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 01:51 UTC
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Matpan: Long gone the days where mac had an upper hand over PC with their POWER PC RISC processors and different architecture altogether. Macs ARE PCs (overpriced ones at that)... only difference is the OS and their closed form factor.

You can build a much more powerful PC for the same budget you purchase a Mac for and run their OS if you prefer. Although there is virtually nothing Windows 10 does not do better or equally well. Virus? yeah, sure, if you surf the internet like a 12 year old you can make a mess. Mac is not totally impervious by the way....

Over 15 years working as a professional illustrator for the ad industry and as a concept artist for games and movies. Worked with both PC and Mac paired with Wacom... Tried every single combination. Been forced to use Mac at various jobs, most of which just bought Mac because "clients like to see we work with macs, it makes the studio look more professional". It is ridiculous the amount of studios that choose Mac just for the brand logo

There was a time when the Mac interface had superior proprioception and networking.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 21:29 UTC
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keepreal: if anyone thinks this is a defacto dell advertisement, as cosinaphile suggests they might, they should take into account experiences like mine.

I used to have a Dell desktop and a notebook.

One of the switches on the monitor for the desktop jammed, so would not work after just a few months. Things like that can happen but they sent me two replacements in succession. Neither functioned on first switching on. Furthermore, they were not new but from their repair department. I complained very vocally and was relieved finally to be given a new monitor. But I should not have been put through this.

On the notebook, there was no hard drive, 16 gb of flash memory. That failed three months after the warranty expired but they replaced it free. However, the replacement failed about nine months later.

After that, I will never ever buy anything Dell. You might wish to take my experiences into account.

These switches remind me of the windshield washers on cars. Technology generations apart.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 21:26 UTC
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Gesture: What a demonstration of how good the modern camera is: autofocus, autoexposure, etc.

That's true. Still impressive.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 16:38 UTC

I like it. A value Leica.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 16:37 UTC as 30th comment
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