Beckler8

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On article GIMP seeks funding for future advanced features (187 comments in total)

I don't like the non intuitive design of gimp. I admit I haven't used it in any depth but that's because I've hated it every time I open it. Like just today I was trying to just simply add some text onto an image and the little text popup is all buggy and crazy - you can't select text properly and the first character won't delete and the box covers a bit of your text., etc., etc....totally illogical.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 23:11 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies

The fact that this: "Panasonic has also added a 'My Menu' tab, meaning that users can get fast access their most-used settings..." has to be mentioned as an important feature, is so ridiculous. Sony is struggling with the same thing apparently. Stuff that is incredibly simple and obvious, really important to the usability of the camera, and yet really horribly done. Why these companies are so clueless in this regard I have no idea.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 22:05 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (417 comments in total)
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Mr Sellars: When you see the results projected on a screen, you will see its charm.

But no detail or good color.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 23:18 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (417 comments in total)

I want to like all this since I was into Super8 back then and it was so fun. But imagining going back...the problem is it's *extremely low quality*. Why would you do it? I'm going to assume there must be super8 emulation effects available for video. So only reason therefore would be nostalgia/fun of using the camera system. Would only do it I think if funds were unlimited, but just my opinion.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 23:16 UTC as 103rd comment | 1 reply

I'll be very interested in seeing the amount of rolling shutter here. As interesting as Sony's a6500 is, one can't help be disappointed in its video problems. Its 1080 is low-quality (soft) and its 4K, I would argue, is unusable because it looks like smartphone-jello if you're not careful (and often even if you are). I really don't know how that's not a devastating problem to people.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 02:49 UTC as 76th comment | 2 replies

"These numbers probably don’t matter to someone shooting cat videos for YouTube, but for a camera aimed at enthusiasts and pros they're a big deal."

So what about all the professional cat shooters? Don't they matter?

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 02:41 UTC as 77th comment | 1 reply

I guess they've determined there's a market for this. How they determine there ISN'T a market for a slightly larger RX100 with better zoom range but still pocketable, is beyond me.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 23:25 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
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tsk1979: Fail. They should have launched it with a full frame sensor with constant F1.8 aperture and 12-2400 200X zoom range, with a 500$ price. The ISO range (native) should be from ISO 10-ISO 1,000,000

IT should also have global shutter, do 4K at 1000fps.

These features will ensure that they will have decent sales. To make it a winner, they should attach a shark with a laser

:D

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 22:01 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1128 comments in total)

Sad thing is, if you go thru the Cons list in the review, almost everything is easily fixed, i.e. is a trivial problem. It's just that they apparently have bad designers working over at sony mirrorless division. :D Seriously.

The bigger problems like rolling shutter, overheating, etc., could probably be improved just by ironically making the camera slightly bigger (for more processing power, heatsinking). There's no advantage to having the body absolutely as small as possible since they don't even make any really small lenses where you could actually pocket the whole camera (unlike Olympus and that intriguing 14-42 which would seem to allow just that) - and certainly not if it's at the expense of major problems like processor power and an unusably dim LCD for outdoor video! If it was a few mm larger in each dimension and it fixed the problems, it would be WELL worth it. Stupid, stupid sony...

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 15:31 UTC as 51st comment | 2 replies
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1128 comments in total)

The video capability is disappointing then. Seems like it's suited for a tripod, slow panning only, in MF. But otherwise the IS doesn't look good, touchscreen is garbage, rolling shutter at 4k, bad quality at 1080 (which is a bad thing because it means forget about good footage from all those slo-mo modes, too.) Will wait for GH5 results...

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 04:10 UTC as 85th comment
On article Gear of the Year: Richard's choice - Fujifilm X-T2 (169 comments in total)
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SETI: Water-painter of the year!

SETI, wow it appears you are correct, sir, tho I'm not sure how it compares to Sony for example. In Greg7579's nice album he posted above, download this image original-size:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/139148982@N02/29709276195/in/album-72157673832957566/

Of course you don't really see it if you fit to fullscreen, but still at full size, how can the distortion possibly be that strong? Unbelievable...

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 15:51 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1128 comments in total)
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Silat Shooter: I agree with this first impression review. I got a chance to handle an A6500 this weekend and immediately noticed how laggy the touchscreen was/is. That was a surprising disappointment, given that Panasonic's implementation of that function is superb. Everything else felt good and responsive. But found myself focusing and recomposing because I couldn't move the focus points smoothly enough.

One can't express how stupid this is. Tech giant SONY can't even implement a goddam touchscreen properly. This is 20-year old technology, too.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 14:15 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1128 comments in total)

Sony has all this top-spec hardware; could they now please have at least 1 person on their camera design team who knows what the hell they're doing.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 12:25 UTC as 137th comment
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (699 comments in total)

The design of this thing would make Sony proud! Sony, in their never-ending quest for minimal usability and user experience.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 15:54 UTC as 95th comment
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1297 comments in total)

"The Mark II is customizable to the point where it's overwhelming"

Not sure why this is constantly mentioned in the review. The more customizable it is the better - nobody is 'overwhelmed'. If every single control is assignable, that's exactly ideal. If you want to criticize the UI, that's different.

Additionally, if they actually put some thought into UI, they'd have a PC or mobile app that really lets you easily change not only all hardware functions, but all the menus, etc., as you choose, and create preset groups to assign to whatever you want, etc. You could essentially have entirely different user (or use) profiles.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2016 at 15:06 UTC as 86th comment | 2 replies
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1128 comments in total)

I've seen some other youtube 6500 video and unfortunately the 4k rolling shutter is still really bad. :( Clearly the camera isn't ready for 4k, with that and overheating. I think it's a bit ridiculous to have to start planning your shots and worrying which ones might have rolling shutter. I wonder if Fuji XT1 is better; otherwise I guess it's time to wait for GH5.

In fact even look at the second video posted above - with the red gate. No fast action or anything but it looks like a jello-y smartphone video. :D Ridiculous...

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 13:28 UTC as 245th comment | 1 reply

On the b&h site I read many user reviews for the 1st version talking about how the viewfinder is susceptible to color spots appearing (from sun damage thru VF?). I wonder if that's been addressed?

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 20:26 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
On article Woof! Sony a6500 sample images are here (364 comments in total)
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Kharan: I hope the people at Nikon have something better than reheated DSLRs with some Bluetooth fiasco added. Sony is really out to kill them - and at this rate, they will. These press events, their marketing, and their sheer persistence have already put them in the headlines, and have garnered a ton of attention. Nikon? 10% of the workforce laid off, persistent technical glitches, Nikon 1 dead, DLs nowhere to be seen, terrible updates to their low end, shortage of DX lenses (Sony also suffers from this, but they still have a greater native variety, plus LA-EA3).
I really hope Sony come to their senses and release the guts of this thing in a truly deserving body, and not just a gimped POS with the controls from a 2003 Rebel.

'I really hope Sony come to their senses and release the guts of this thing in a truly deserving body'

And they sort of do - the a99ii :) But yes, they should. They've obviously decided to try to heavily differentiate their mirrorless offerings - by knowingly making them less usable. How idiotic.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 01:41 UTC
On article Spoilt for choice: which Sony RX100 is right for you? (302 comments in total)
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Beckler8: So many variants but all with, essentially, little to no telephoto capability. Why the hell don't they just make a slightly larger version with a proper zoom range? Something in-between rx100 and the pointless 30x zoom of their small-sensor models? Also as mentioned by others, non-ridiculous design would be nice too.

70mm just doesn't count as telephoto. Something like 150 would be hugely more versatile. Yes ZS100 shows that it can be done, but I'm talking Sony - and it seems roughly same size as RX100 and with fairly slow lens at T end. As I stated, why not make a slightly bigger 'RX110', still entirely pocketable, but with some actual zoom. RX10 is fairly irrelevant here.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 17:07 UTC
On article Spoilt for choice: which Sony RX100 is right for you? (302 comments in total)

So many variants but all with, essentially, little to no telephoto capability. Why the hell don't they just make a slightly larger version with a proper zoom range? Something in-between rx100 and the pointless 30x zoom of their small-sensor models? Also as mentioned by others, non-ridiculous design would be nice too.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 22:27 UTC as 83rd comment | 12 replies
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