jtan163

Lives in Australia Adelaide, Australia
Joined on Oct 25, 2010
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Just another guy with a camera.

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On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (150 comments in total)
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Reactive: If one Thunderbolt port can do all of this, then why did the MBP need to sacrifice all traces of real-world practicality to host four of them?

Just imagine if Ford made a car that had four separate fuel filler ports, boasting "You can now refuel four times quicker!" - except that all the filler necks were too small to accept a standard fuel pump nozzle ;-)

@Reactive - Why 4 ports?
So you can run 2-3 external monitors , another 6-7 peripherals (e.g. wacom tablet, SD card reader) on your dock, connect to a
thunderbolt X/FC/10G iscsi RAID and still charge your iPhone.

Yeah most people won't but you can if you're a video dude or data scientist or whatever.
When people moan about it not being pro they forget that for many professions the bottelneck is IO not CPU or video card and 4 thunderbolt ports sorts that nicely.

If only the mac came with an iscsi initiator and multipath implementation.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 12:25 UTC
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (150 comments in total)
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ewelch: If Apple listened to all the whiners, we'd all be still using Firewire. If Apple didn't force people and vendors to adopt USB on the original iMac, we'd probably all still be stuck with legacy ports from the 90s.

There is pain in progress. And when Apple does it, the payoff is big. So criticize all you want. It will be forgotten in two years. Whiners.

@ewelch - No if apple listened to all the whiners we'd still be using ADB, SCSI-1 and mini din-8/9s RS-485

@cosinphile apparently no kaby lake is not shipping in all sectors of the CPU market, and I find it really weird (no you here) how so many people are falling over themselves over the latest MS Surface books which are also running.... last years CPUs for roughly the same cost as an MBP.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 12:22 UTC
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (150 comments in total)
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englishfil: For some of us our 'office' is where-so-ever we are at including up mountains, in bunkers etc. Kit designed for mains supply and desktops is all well and good, but it is a pain to adapt to the ulu. What would it take to gut an Oct 2016 MBP and fit the bits in a larger case along with the working contents of this device and a bigger battery? How would that stand with Apple's EULA? I see a kickstarter on the horizon if Apple doesn't rouse and sniff the Arabica first.

I believe you can just use a normal USB battery booster like those people use for phones and tablets with a USB-C to USB-B connector to charge a Macbook (Pro) with USB-C.
I'm pretty sure they make some quite large ones now, e.g 10-15K mah and maybe bigger.

I'm pretty sure you can also get V mount and gold mount batteries (used to power video kit) with USB ports.

That's one area the USB-C is better than the Mag-Safe or various other proprietary power jacks on PC laptops.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 12:19 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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photosen: That keyboard kills the whole deal.

@Daryl Cheshire I wouldnt be surprised if the whole keyboard was an OLED when that becomes "affordable".

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 17:02 UTC
On article Video: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD Field Test (102 comments in total)
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jtan163: @Barney @Rishi
The Tamron 24-70 and 70-200 2.8 VCs have a problem where AF fine tune (at least on Nikon models) recognises both as the same lens.
I.e. if you make AF fine tune adjustments to the 24-70 they will be applied to the 70-200 (or vice versa).
Are you able to confirm how the 15-30 behaves in this respect?
Tnx

Thanks Snappy.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 22:07 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)
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agentul: the naming convention is horrible. why not just call it E-M2? would it have been so hard? and before you say that it would conflict with the E-M5 eventually, look at what Canon and Nikon are doing with their flagship models. and also, would it be better to call this camera OM-D E-M1 VIII for a future 8th generation? it would have probably made more sense to have different orders of magnitude for different trim levels. instead of E-M5 call it E-M10 and instead of E-M10 call it E-M100. and while we're at it, drop the silly letter-dash combination, it's very easy to get it wrong. the D and the E are redundant by now, since they're not selling any film cameras these days anyway. it's obviously an electronic camera, obviously digital. and OM-D stands for "old man digital", and nothing can get this out of my head now.

i personally like what HTC did this year for its flagship phone. just named it HTC 10 instead of HTC One M10.

"look at what Canon and Nikon are doing with their flagship models. and also,"

Canon do do the same with their flag ship model as Olympus is doing.
I.e. 1DX mkII, 5DMk IV 7DMk II etc.

And Nikon *will* run out of names if they manage to stay in business.
The D750 is about 2 iterations from running into the D800, assuming the D750 line continues.

Little secret for you, not everything revolves around you and your interest.
Or your lack of clue for that matter.

Keeping the model number the same makes it much clearer where the model sits in the range, once you understand the taxonomy.

Changing the model number for each generation is far less clear.
And to casual observers with no idea or interest it makes no difference.
Same for people new to the system - in either case they need to learn the system.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 12:07 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D IV: What you need to know (181 comments in total)
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yabba dabba doo: Does DPR purchase their sample cameras or does Canon give them to them?

One reason to ask about purchase versus supplied by manufacter is not about trusting the writer but the company.
The company may have for example tuned the cameras supplied to an organisation like DPR or placed in minor tweaks in firmware and the writer might not know, especially at the early stage of release where it is not easy to compare with other copies.
I'm not saying Canon have, but I'm saying if a reviewer buys their test camera from a shop then there is no possible question.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2016 at 22:21 UTC
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nwcs: Small typo: " complete the 'end of life' stage on September 16, 2015" I believe that's 2016.

Makes sense for them. You can only bring up old tech and programming techniques so far before you have to do a big redo.

It would make sense if you didn't need their servers to change settings.
But since you do they need to offer something better than a 20% discount on a new card which will be unsupported in the future too.

They need develop us a tool to allow us to make settings changes without their servers.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 01:37 UTC
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Kiwisnap: I've been largely unimpressed with EyeFi cards. I've returned 3 for warranty replacement and have simply given up trying to make them play nice with my Nikons now.

Me too my first one did not fit well in my D7000 and eventually split.
I replaced it at my own expense and the second one was just as bad, but as yet has not split.

The whole software server thing sucked anyway - and it really sucks that they're just gonna drop it.
The least they could do is a firmware upgrade or app of some kind to allow us to change settings.

Really annoyed.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 01:35 UTC
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JimiV: Anyone who things thinks Google street view is some wonderful boost for terrorists or burglars is kidding themselves. They show nothing more than anyone would see driving by the house or building. Something anyone can do.

Do they think terrorists are thinking "Gee, I really want to bomb xxx, but damn, it means I have to drive there and look."
Or that burglars who are going to rob a house are going to depend on what can be seen in a photo months old?

Google street view makes planning for things overseas or in distant states easier, less expensive and more convenient for tourists and businesses, so there is no so there is no reason to suggest it can't make planning a terrorist attack less expensive to implement.

StreetView might make 2 international terrorist attacks (i.e. planned and originating in another country) possible for the price of one.

So yeah there is a legit security concern. No question.

The question is does the security implication outweigh the other utility for lawful use?

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 18:13 UTC
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d2f: The reasoning is faulty given that any attacker is free to walk the streets and gather human intelligence. If they fear another country like China then Google street maps will not make a difference given that China has informants with camera phones and recon satellites that have already mapped all areas of interest to at least three foot resolution. If China were to attack India they would take out the government and military within seven days not attack the millions of people at the street level. India would in the end respond with nuclear weapons and that is what everybody should fear.

The security reasoning is not faulty.
Small or "lone wolf" terror groups don't necessarily have a lot of resources travelling to a place to do recon is expensive, so this overall lessens the ease of planning.

So the question is "does the security benefit outweigh the other benefit", not " is there a security implication".

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 17:54 UTC
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Francis Sawyer: You had to question Flickr from day one, though: What genius created a site with "flick" in the name, but no video hosting?

Flickr does (or did) have video hosting.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2016 at 23:04 UTC
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Retzius: So Nikon recommends DX lenses with its professional level DX camera (the D500) and then doesn't make a professional level DX lens lineup.

Ok then

No the D500 is an advanced amateur camera.
It has 2 different card slots.
So be happy with the amateur DX range....

I just hope there will be an FX version of the high end amateur D500.
Like the D700 replacement so many DPR readers are asking for.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 11:25 UTC
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jtan163: @Rishsi.
Thanks Rishi. Great article.
IMO shows the total superiority (again IMO) of the Nikon control/menu model over all others I have tried. Total control over every important, fundamental parameter/setting/feature in the camera with eye to the view finder and hands in shooting position. A beautiful concept, well executed.

HOWEVER...

One question: Have setting banks changed on the D5/D500/EXPEED 5 generation?

Can you save banks on the EXPEED 5 models so that you can later return to the exact same settings you started with in a session as you can with the U1/U2 settings on the lower in the range models?

Has Nikon finally allowed what should be an incredibly useful feature to reach it's huge potential?
Or are banks still just a disappointing tease and a total waste firmware bytes, menu and manual space?

ZJ24 - with U1/U2 you "set" the changes in the menu.
At some time in the future you select U1 and shoot your session and can make changes to the camera settings.
Then next session you can select U1 and you camera settings will be set the same as they were when you first set/saved the changes.

If you do the same thing with banks at the start of the second session the bank would have the same settings as at the end of the end of the first session, not the same settings as the start of the first session.

Basically you need to set up banks at the start of every session. U1/U2 are set until you save the settings.

Intended for 2 different purposes, but a lot of ppl (like me) really find banks less useful and less powerful.

You can emulate banks behaviour with U1/U2 but not vice versa.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 11:55 UTC
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jtan163: @Rishsi.
Thanks Rishi. Great article.
IMO shows the total superiority (again IMO) of the Nikon control/menu model over all others I have tried. Total control over every important, fundamental parameter/setting/feature in the camera with eye to the view finder and hands in shooting position. A beautiful concept, well executed.

HOWEVER...

One question: Have setting banks changed on the D5/D500/EXPEED 5 generation?

Can you save banks on the EXPEED 5 models so that you can later return to the exact same settings you started with in a session as you can with the U1/U2 settings on the lower in the range models?

Has Nikon finally allowed what should be an incredibly useful feature to reach it's huge potential?
Or are banks still just a disappointing tease and a total waste firmware bytes, menu and manual space?

Ah yep, know the dial you mean.

What modes does it preclude?

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 10:41 UTC
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jtan163: @Rishsi.
Thanks Rishi. Great article.
IMO shows the total superiority (again IMO) of the Nikon control/menu model over all others I have tried. Total control over every important, fundamental parameter/setting/feature in the camera with eye to the view finder and hands in shooting position. A beautiful concept, well executed.

HOWEVER...

One question: Have setting banks changed on the D5/D500/EXPEED 5 generation?

Can you save banks on the EXPEED 5 models so that you can later return to the exact same settings you started with in a session as you can with the U1/U2 settings on the lower in the range models?

Has Nikon finally allowed what should be an incredibly useful feature to reach it's huge potential?
Or are banks still just a disappointing tease and a total waste firmware bytes, menu and manual space?

@Rick - a system can be totally superior overall to all other systems, but still have some annoying features. Nothing is perfect, but of all the imperfect things, one might be superior.

Not sure what control/setting you mean by "release dial".

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 21:00 UTC
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MANZURul: A built in flash in D500 would be very useful.

The "dongle" as far as I can tell is not all that expensive.
Sure it's not cheap (about $150 as fas as I can tell) , but given the cost of some accessories, and the fact you only need one it's not too bad.
The downfall for me is you need to keep menu diving into the Commander Flash menu to adjust the flash settings/power.

If I buy into the SB5000s I'd much rather pay a bit more for a controller that has a display and dedicated buttons for controlling the settings like the SU-800 or similar aftermarket units.

Even shooting tethered in a studio with a D750 so I can tilt the screen to easily see it from my usual shooting position, the fact you need to go into the menu system to make flash changes bites.

It'd be even worse through the VF. Take your face away from VF, bring up menu, adjust etc.

I now use YongNuos 622Ns with my SB900/700s now.
With the YN-622TX controller it is so much faster than the menus, especially now I know the button layout and can make changes "blind" .

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 07:02 UTC

@Rishsi.
Thanks Rishi. Great article.
IMO shows the total superiority (again IMO) of the Nikon control/menu model over all others I have tried. Total control over every important, fundamental parameter/setting/feature in the camera with eye to the view finder and hands in shooting position. A beautiful concept, well executed.

HOWEVER...

One question: Have setting banks changed on the D5/D500/EXPEED 5 generation?

Can you save banks on the EXPEED 5 models so that you can later return to the exact same settings you started with in a session as you can with the U1/U2 settings on the lower in the range models?

Has Nikon finally allowed what should be an incredibly useful feature to reach it's huge potential?
Or are banks still just a disappointing tease and a total waste firmware bytes, menu and manual space?

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 06:52 UTC as 12th comment | 9 replies
On article A closer look: Iconasys Product Photography Turntable (32 comments in total)
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WastingTime: It serves a purpose, but definitely it's not for every product.
I was contacted by a watch maker to create 360 images of their watches, which were full of tiny details. It would require careful hours-long retouching of each photo before been able to produce the rotating image. The price to be charged to produce such image is non-sensical, specially for e-commerce purposes.

But I guess it's fine for "easy" stuff. Still the main product image is the one that attracts the buyer and the 360 image (or a video) it's just additional visual information.

"main product image is the one that attracts the buyer and the 360 image (or a video) it's just additional visual information."

But the details and product description are what sell the item, especially with items where good design is a large part of the appeal.

So yeah you need a hero shot to attract people to look, but once someone is attracted to say 2-3 possible items they need to narrow down there choice - and that's where this kind of thing will be helpful.

Selling something like a vase, this might not be useful, but selling say phone, a camera, a car , a backpack, then this kind of thing should be useful.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 22:14 UTC

"If you don't cannibalize yourself, someone else will".

No C-Log no, zebras.
Are they really saying the only thing that differentiates a C100 from a D80 is C-Log and zebras?

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 21:59 UTC as 10th comment
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