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Kostasm: Mac pro 2013 is a great desktop workstation but should have been placed between imac and mac pros classic tower design. Professionals need performance and expandability.

So, what would be great for a revamped 2018 mac pro

- 10x 2.5 inch trays
- 4x high-speed pci, multiple gpu card support
- 2x slots for E5, E7 xeon (several configurations)
- multiple PSU configurations
- 8x thunderbolt
- 10gb ethernet
- no glossy finish

I like the systems where you mount an SSD drive into a hot swap cartridge.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 17:43 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D Sample Gallery (110 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: Interesting phrase: "the midrange camera in Canon's lower-end DSLR lineup" -- perhaps Canon's making too many models? They certainly are in the PowerShot line, with a new crop every year that's nearly identical across multiple models and years, but has a fleet of new model names and minor differences. Also, is $750 body only really a lower-end price now?

Exactly.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 15:07 UTC

Good read, Barney. The X0D series has been a valiant one for Canon.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 22:22 UTC as 37th comment
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greencurry: I thought the trash can was pretty cool looking when it came out. Nevertheless, I run a high end MacBook Pro with too many wires snaking to various drives on my desk. I'd sure be happy with a plain box with similar processing power, a bunch of drive bays, card reader, and some TBolt and USB3 ports. Big slow quiet fans would be nice too. How hard is that?

Beige G3! One of the finest computers Apple ever offered.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 22:46 UTC

It makes no sense to offer Final Cut Pro X and not have a reasonable, customizable after the sale suite of workstation computers.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 22:43 UTC as 36th comment | 4 replies
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Gesture: Basically, Apple is much more interested in closed devices that get replaced in short cycles versus computers that can be upgraded. This has been going on for a while now and, actually,, this was the vision of Jobs. He didn't want all those G3 and G4 towers to take upgrades; didn't like computers whose memory could be expanded; etc.

Old hands remember that Firmware Update that prevented the Blue and White G3 from taking a G4 processor.

The iMac is an outstanding value given its screen, if it fits your needs, but it is a closed system for the most part. The Mac mini has been dumbed down, instead of some creativity like making it a bit bigger and allowing hot swaps of, say, 2 laptop sized drives or even M2 gum-stick drives. Memory is fixed at time of purchase, etc.

Actually, I'm surprised that the creative community hasn't migrated to PCs, where you can build anything you want. The proprioception issues have been solved and in my experience PCs do as well as Mac now.

with an old, cumbersome, proprietary, bloated OS.

How so. The Finder is one of the powerful features of Mac OSX and lest we forget, integral networking, superior proprioception, integrated color management, extremely useful for their time interfaces like Firewire, integrated PDF printing, drag and drop, no forced updates ..... in most cases, I believe, well in advance of Windows

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 15:15 UTC
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108: Been using Apple privately for the last 20 years , and Windows at work ... one of my nightmares would be to wake up in a world with no Mac and a big fat Windows 10 I can't get rid of that controls my computer from far away ...

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Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 14:47 UTC

Basically, Apple is much more interested in closed devices that get replaced in short cycles versus computers that can be upgraded. This has been going on for a while now and, actually,, this was the vision of Jobs. He didn't want all those G3 and G4 towers to take upgrades; didn't like computers whose memory could be expanded; etc.

Old hands remember that Firmware Update that prevented the Blue and White G3 from taking a G4 processor.

The iMac is an outstanding value given its screen, if it fits your needs, but it is a closed system for the most part. The Mac mini has been dumbed down, instead of some creativity like making it a bit bigger and allowing hot swaps of, say, 2 laptop sized drives or even M2 gum-stick drives. Memory is fixed at time of purchase, etc.

Actually, I'm surprised that the creative community hasn't migrated to PCs, where you can build anything you want. The proprioception issues have been solved and in my experience PCs do as well as Mac now.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 13:55 UTC as 70th comment | 14 replies

Sad that Apple not interested in a reasonably priced mini-tower that would be a better solution than the Mac mini.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 13:26 UTC as 74th comment

Sony is also aware that it needs to get better at catering to the needs of professionals in a more general sense - not only when it comes to the spec sheet of their cameras. Post-sales support for professionals is something that Canon and Nikon have perfected over decades, and is one of the main reasons why major news outlets and picture agencies still generally stick with one or the other.

Exactly. This is where investment dollars needs to go, or Sony's products are more like Fuji's-great stuff for advanced amateurs and enthusiasts.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 14:50 UTC as 44th comment | 3 replies
On article Ming Thein joins Hasselblad as Chief of Strategy (346 comments in total)

Interesting. Much success. Now, what if Nikon hired Thom Hogan as Chief of Strategy?

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 01:36 UTC as 71st comment | 14 replies
On article Canon EOS M6 sample gallery (114 comments in total)

Nice gallery, Sam. Interested to see how the dynamic range compares to the original model and if there is a better implementation of manual focus. Many of us never imagined Canon getting beyond M2 or M3, so this is good news. I think this form factor could be turned into an even simpler interface. Let's have a box camera for APS-C!

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 14:40 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
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EmotoPhotos: As we approach 'peak camera'. All imaging devices move towards say 40mp, 12fps, etc.. Where does the real difference between entry level and Pro' start/end. It was easy when improvement cycles were REAL, but look at NIKON (for example) and the D5x00 range. Manufacturers may within 3-5 years have nowhere to go. That is what happened with Samsung. First entry was a game changer for value and features. But where to go then.... The end is near.

That's because the OEMs (Nikon?) are focusing on refinement (which is good), but not also innovation-applying new technologies and formats that advance imaging science on one hand and consumer choice on the other. No one has worked to simplify the DSLR interface while still delivering outstanding quality under the hood. I would have expected integrated OVF-EVF also.

Everyone seems to be carrying a smartphone and it doesn't look like we are going back. Also, hard to see smartphone add-on lenses and whatnot gaining much traction. I still carry an old flip-phone and a real compact camera at all times-but I am old-fashioned.

It is amazing how many community and world events get captured on smart phones. In that respect, photography is more vibrant than ever. Watch the polished videos folks put on YouTube from cooking shows to travel vlogs. Would be hard to do in the Super 8 era.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 14:29 UTC
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beckmarc: Apple, google, Facebook etc are mega profitable and they dominate mainstream photography. They have cleverly crept up on camera manufacturers and have taken all their customers from the low end up. Now the iPhone 7 is a very capable point and shoot. Sony could have done this but they were stuck in the 20th century mind set for too long. The American IT companies destroyed the music companies, the camera companies and next is the car industry.

JT26. Yes, remember when Walkman and Trinitron were on consumer's lips.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 14:21 UTC
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FrankS009: From the article, some significant restructuring is going on, but there is no indication that Panasonic is leaving the camera business. There is a lot of negative doom and gloom reaction to this report that doesn't do Panasonic any good or any justice. To be more positive, my layman's guess is that Panasonic may make less models but ones that are leaders in the market to reassert their presence.

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Likely, but I believe Samsung did the same thing: moving cameras to under another division before ... Actually, it seems like micro 4/3 has good traction and the GH cameras are popular with amateur videographers?

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 13:31 UTC
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newe: Interesting comments here about phones vs cameras. We just got back from Mexico with our aged D300. Saw Coba, Cozumel and a ton of other stuff. I was the tiny, tiny, tiny minority of those with "real" cameras. People would come over and see just how much better the pictures were. They'd actually ask how they could be so good on a 10 year old camera. I said camera phones don't have good lenses. They cannot zoom or work nearly as well. Pretty much everyone who had a camera phone said they could zoom, and immediately showed me a digital zoom. When I explained what is going on, they shrugged their shoulders. Hey I love my Nexus 6p, it has a cool camera and I use it. Camera phones certainly have helped to get more pictures taken. But they have also dumbed down the general population. Most people don't have a clue how to take pictures anymore. Convenience has taken over and people don't care if their pics are blown out, noisy, blurry or digital zoomed...they just don't.

Image quality isn't first priority. There has been a lot of activity in photography, more for vlogging, action cameras (GoPro Hero, etc.), photos in hostile enviroments and drones. This is what people are in to and some neat stuff is being done. More markets missed by the traditional OEMs.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:22 UTC
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nicoboston: I went to a brick and mortar Best Buy store and the digital camera section is virtually gone... I could see only a few old (and broken) DSLRs and about 5 cheap compacts. The "high end compacts" section is completely gone.
Well, now I have to admit that digital cameras are about to become a niche market. I remember the same BB store (not such a long time ago) with at least 50 cameras displayed.
My recent Panasonic camera is probably the lat member of its family! It's unbelievable though. Even my oldest functional compact camera makes much better images that my iPhone 7! And I'm not even talking about my DSLR.
QUALITY : 0 - QUANTITY : 1
On the positive side, let's hope that there will be room in the niche only for really good cameras.

Wow. I remember quite a large camera section at Best Buy. What does sell at electronics stores these days?

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:20 UTC
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beckmarc: Apple, google, Facebook etc are mega profitable and they dominate mainstream photography. They have cleverly crept up on camera manufacturers and have taken all their customers from the low end up. Now the iPhone 7 is a very capable point and shoot. Sony could have done this but they were stuck in the 20th century mind set for too long. The American IT companies destroyed the music companies, the camera companies and next is the car industry.

That Apple commercial of black and white photography on the iPhone 7 is very impressive. From someone who always a traditional compact camera (Panasonic LX5, Canon 300HS, Olympus XZ-10, etc.)

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:18 UTC

http://news.panasonic.com/global/

http://www.panasonic.com/global/corporate/history/chronicle.html

Gives some of the range. Connected homes, connected cars, connected cities are high on the dream list of electronics companies like Panasonic.

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Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 19:30 UTC as 118th comment
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Silat Shooter: As others have mentioned, more sadness after reading this latest news of another brand hurting in the photo business. It feels like the mass public just doesn't care about cameras anymore. They use their phones for all their imaging. I think the real issue is making the images super easy to upload to social media. That seems to be how images are shared today.

I like Panasonic cameras, they focus superbly well and their touch screen implementation is also terrific.

What needs to happen to stop this bleeding in the industry?

Yes. Watch any televised event and dozens/hundreds in the audience are filming with their smart phones. The most amazing thing-we seem to be getting video, often live-streamed, from most anywhere. I can't believe people are allowed to film what is going on in a plane, but it is done everyday. If we tried with one of our conventional cameras, I expect we would be challenged. This represents the triumph of the smart phone.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 19:23 UTC
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