MikeFairbanks

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On article Teardown reveals Sony image sensors in iPhone 7 (131 comments in total)
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Nick Brundle - Photography: We live in a world where losing your iPhone is way more dramatic than losing your virginity

What about getting it wet?

I'm talking about the phones, guys. The phones. ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 23:16 UTC
On article Teardown reveals Sony image sensors in iPhone 7 (131 comments in total)
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Kirppu: Sony should stop making cameras and double the price of their sensors.

I've lost mine a few times (so I'm sure you know that I'm talking about the phone).

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 23:15 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: Sign of the times. The current political climate developed over the last few years dictates that it's okay to do what you want and that "big government" is always wrong about everything. So if "big government" says no motor vehicles, then someone is going to passively-aggressively rebel. Just like the coal rollers (guys who purposely emit extra amounts of smoke from their big pickup trucks in order to make a political statement).

Some people would love nothing more than to see rapid, uninhibited development and destruction of the National Parks and other preserved areas.

Where we see beautiful greenery, others just see green. $

Yes, there really are Coal Rollers. I don't know the specifics, but what they do is somehow modify their trucks to purposely emit more smoke than what would normally occur. They do it as a man-boy way of sticking it to environmentalists, outdoorsman, cyclists (especially), etc. If you do a simple search for Coal Rollers on Youtube you'll get an eyeful.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 01:48 UTC
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Dheorl: Although I'd love these, I'm more happy about how cheap it will make the current session to match with my Hero 4 silver.

The new one might be better (image quality), so if that's the case then it would be perfect for ski tips. The device is about the size of a golf ball. It's small and very light. Plus it's durable. I had it mounted to the front bumper of my car and then I rear ended an SUV.

The car was totaled but the camera did fine.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 19:51 UTC

Sign of the times. The current political climate developed over the last few years dictates that it's okay to do what you want and that "big government" is always wrong about everything. So if "big government" says no motor vehicles, then someone is going to passively-aggressively rebel. Just like the coal rollers (guys who purposely emit extra amounts of smoke from their big pickup trucks in order to make a political statement).

Some people would love nothing more than to see rapid, uninhibited development and destruction of the National Parks and other preserved areas.

Where we see beautiful greenery, others just see green. $

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 19:44 UTC as 21st comment | 5 replies

That's an interesting concept. I'll have to keep watching this.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 19:35 UTC as 10th comment

I read as much as I could, but didn't see if there was a silent shooting mode like the mirrorless A7s line. Even if it slowed everything down it would still be a nice option for those of us who need no click at all during various events.

Anyone see anything I missed? Any silent shutter mode?

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:23 UTC as 39th comment | 3 replies

I'd have to do a LOT of photo shoots to justify getting this camera, but it might be worth it. What a winner. I'll likely pass, but not for lack of want. It's going to be a player.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:13 UTC as 40th comment
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noflashplease: I'm surprised that we're seeing another generation of the small form factor "Session" after the first one flopped?

The first one flopped because it started out at $399 and everyone balked at the silly price. They then dropped the price a hundred, and then another hundred, which messed up the credibility of the device. To further compound the problem was that Polaroid issued their cube about the same time for 99 bucks. That really threw off GoPro.

But the worst thing, from my perspective, was the image quality. I owned the original Session (glad I only paid half price). I was quite disappointed with the image quality. It couldn't compare to the other models.

I am once-bitten, twice shy about the sessions, so I'll likely get one of the other models.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:07 UTC
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Dheorl: Although I'd love these, I'm more happy about how cheap it will make the current session to match with my Hero 4 silver.

Don't get the first Session. It's not that good. I had it.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:04 UTC
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steve ohlhaber: So, does this mean non interchangeable battery? This is really a camera for the non enthusiast.
- Water proofing at 33ft vs hero 4 which is over 100ft
- No improvement in 4k shooting
- No battery change? what
- Stabilizer yay, one positive
- gps - who cares
- post to the cloud - who cares

After the session failure I thought they understood that the session is for the masses, but they needed one for the more serious people. So, are they going to make a dive housing for this hero 5, or do you have to restrict your dives to 33ft. One button, great, what do I have to do, talk to it now. Is pushing a button too hard for most people. They went and screwed up their flagship. Unreal. How could they possibly think those were good ideas.

I think the 33 foot depth rating is without the housing.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:04 UTC
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StefanW: I think the biggest let down is that in a rapidly declining market everybody expects to get something better from an expensive dedicated camera than from a smartphone. So far for most users the major advantage of dedicated cameras is the superior image quality.
As the big camera makers are failing in respect of easy sharing images and videos like the smartphones do and as the smartphones add dual lenses and smart software to enhance images more and more, the big camera makers should at least excel in image and video quality. So bringing out a new, expensive camera without 4k, without fast, small, lightweight zooms and stabilized primes proves that the gap narrows more and more down in respect to image/video quality. And that is very disappointing.
Dual pixel is very nice, but fast focussing alone is not enough ... see the Nikon 1 R.I.P.

That is a very valid set of points you make. And I agree about connectivity. I like my 6D's ability to transfer jpegs to my iPhone as I shoot. Granted, I don't take those jpegs as seriously as I do the RAW files that I put in my computer at the end of the day, but when a photo comes out really good without processing, it's nice to see it in my phone immediately so that I can share it with family, friends, and even clients occasionally.

A camera without wifi and all that jazz is immediately off my radar these days as that's what I'm used to using. I like instant gratification to a certain degree, and my friends/family/clients are always impressed and pleasantly surprised when they get a couple photos DURING the photo shoot to share with friends. To them it's still a bit of magic that a "big" camera can somehow get photos to them within minutes.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 02:04 UTC

To me the biggest disappointment is (and the word "big" fits so well) is the price. I just can't wrap my head around it. Why is it so expensive?

I love Canon (most of the gear I've owned over the years is Canon). Their menu system and ease of use is unmatched. Plus, getting lenses (sale or rent) is easy. Their customer services is also a lot better than the other two on the A-list. Seriously.

But the price of this unit is not worth it, in my opinion. It's just too expensive.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 01:59 UTC as 144th comment | 1 reply
On article Canon EOS M5: What you need to know (543 comments in total)
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Fredy Ross: is it silent?

Good question. Manufacturers need to offer 100% silent options on their cameras for those of use who don't want even a faint click in certain situations.

The Sony A7s and A7s2, along with the new A6300 have 100% shooting options.

This is important for weddings, quiet areas, and especially unit still production on TV and Film sets.

I've been talking to a few unit still photographers (some pretty big names) and they have switched to the Sony full frame system because they can access the camera (they don't need a sound blimp) and it's completely silent.

I wish Canon would do this as it's my favorite menu system and is what I know.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 16:44 UTC
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downwind4final: I like the IBIS and form. Add 4k and I'll start being interested.

You guys forgot to include how macho it is when you did your review. We need a macho-scale for each camera. ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 16:37 UTC
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Pikme: Not sure which is the bigger cliche - the SS cheesy images or the bored hipster bro/heroin chic hipster chick images. I think I might actually prefer the SS cheese.

Bored hipsters. That's pretty funny. Could be a fun band name. Their debut album could be titled "gourmet coffee and a broken razor."

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 16:36 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: Seems kind of expensive for a crop sensor, and the size isn't that much smaller than a Rebel. I had the original EOS-M and liked it, but I eventually went back to DSLR because it's still much faster than any Canon mirrorless, and is a dream on battery usage. My 6D with a 40mm pancake is full frame and can fit in a large cargo pocket in my shorts for concerts, etc. And it will pass a thousand shots on a full charge.

Cargo shorts will never die in my world. Never, I say. I'm even cringing at this current trend that is moving guys back toward short-shorts.

I was shopping for shorts a couple months ago and tried on a pair that were quite short. I asked what was going on and the sales lady said that it's becoming popular again.

Sorry, I don't look like Tom Selleck from Magnum PI, so I'll keep the shorts longer, thank you, and I like my pockets. I'm 48, married, way removed from the dating scene, and so utility beats fashion in my world.

I did try some skinny jeans a few years ago, but it made me feel like I was trying to be younger than I am, and that felt more awkward than looking older.

I'm going to a festival this weekend (Music Mid Town in Atlanta), and my point and shoot is coming with me (6D with 40mm lens). :)

I don't dance; I don't run, so it won't be a burden at all.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 19:32 UTC
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Pikme: Not sure which is the bigger cliche - the SS cheesy images or the bored hipster bro/heroin chic hipster chick images. I think I might actually prefer the SS cheese.

The bored hipster look is a step in the right direction. Prior to that everything was "strung-out, drug-addicted fashion model with sunken eyes" in fashion ads.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 19:19 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: I'm often wrong (just ask my wife), but I'm pretty confident that this one is going nowhere. I can't imagine anyone buying these shirts. They're not really funny.

I get the point they are making ("let's laugh at stock photography cliche's"), but I just don't see how that many people are in tune with those stale images enough to think it's funny enough to put on a shirt.

It seems like something we would see on April 1st.

But I could easily be wrong.

I could be wrong, but I now see that I was wrong about them being for sale.

Thank goodness they aren't. I'd hate to see the backer of these go broke and be stuck wearing these things for the rest of their days.

I'm still right about one thing: It's not funny.

Plus, believe it or not, it's the stock photos with people in them that actually sell the best. Finally, I believe Adobe will actually be selling those exact same kind of images.

But I could be wrong.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 19:15 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (946 comments in total)
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princecody: I am on my 2nd iPhone 5s & wanted to wait to buy the 7 but not having a aux port has got me 😡 On top of that articles I read said the new wireless headphones were gonna be included with the new phone but are apparently an extra $159! iPhone is starting to become the commi phone! Not happy with their direction 😏

How does a person mix up uber-capitalism with communism?

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 19:14 UTC
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