balios

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On article What you need to know: Canon G1 X Mark III (396 comments in total)
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Madden: I keep hoping to find a smaller replacement for my LX100 with a bit more reach while keeping a good deal of its physical manual controls, the built-in level, its bright lens and 4k Video for less than $1000. Higher resolution, touchscreen and better jpg engine would be appreciated bu are not mandatory to me.

But it doesn't seem to happen, even after almost 3 years now. So I keep taking the LX100 on my multi-day hikes / bicycle travels and keep missing more reach and less weight while loving the combination of sensor size and bright lens...

If there is a LX200 with longer reach, I just hope that longer reach doesn't mean sacrificing the speed of the lens.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 14:50 UTC
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PhotoUniverse: That's IF Google doesn't cancel the service before 2020!

Back in my day, we stored stuff on hard drives. Unlike the completely unreliable cloud services, nobody has ever lost information stored on a hard drive. Hard drives last forever and are never stolen or lost in a fire.... (sarcasm)

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 15:59 UTC
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faterikcartman: Delayed by the one feature I refuse to use but overreaching police wanting to snoop will be glad you did.

People should choose a lock method that balances convenience and security based on a personal assessment of risk.

So if you're constantly being stopped by cops who snoop through your phone or if you have information of your phone that will result in your going to jail, then perhaps facial recognition is the wrong choice.

But I've never had a cop snoop anything from me. I'm not aware of any cop that wants to snoop anything from me. Nor do I have anything on the phone that harms me if snooped on by a cop. Low risk of occurrence + no real consequences on occurrence = low risk. Therefore I don't let that scenario determine my lock method.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 20:43 UTC
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balios: So you can't photoshop your model to look anorexic, but I see nothing about hiring anorexic models. A photographer going after a certain look will now just have to be more picky about who he hires, likely increasing demand for skinny models.

From their email I see no exceptions:

...effective October 1st, we have amended our Creative Stills Submission Requirements to require that you do not submit to us any creative content depicting models whose body shapes have been retouched to make them look thinner or larger.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 19:51 UTC
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balios: So you can't photoshop your model to look anorexic, but I see nothing about hiring anorexic models. A photographer going after a certain look will now just have to be more picky about who he hires, likely increasing demand for skinny models.

In the French law. But Getty is banning these photos entirely.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 19:30 UTC
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AlanG: I think that we are too accepting of the fact that it is OK to be overweight. That is much more of a threat to a person's health than the few who get caught up in thinking they need to be unusually thin. So if anything requires a disclaimer it should be on photos of anyone who is even the slightest bit chubby. "The Surgeon General has determined that even a few extra pounds may be harmful to your health."

When I was a kid, Coke came in 6 1/2 ounce bottles. There was even the idea that a young couple would share that Coke at a soda fountain. Now people shamelessly buy 64 ounce sodas and drink continuously while driving.

I don't think anyone has ever looked at a photo of an obese person and wanted to be obese.

But according to research, some young women look at photos in beauty magazines, define their concept of beauty based on those photos, and develop or aggravate an eating disorder.

So regardless of whether you agree with the French law or not (I don't), at least the French law is actually acting on a cause of eating disorders. Adding warning labels to photos with obese people does not.

If you want to address obesity you should be directing your concern to the ads that glorify eating unhealthy foods. For example, commercials that brainwash young kids into wanting sugary cereal.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 19:19 UTC

So you can't photoshop your model to look anorexic, but I see nothing about hiring anorexic models. A photographer going after a certain look will now just have to be more picky about who he hires, likely increasing demand for skinny models.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 16:53 UTC as 31st comment | 4 replies
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landscaper1: "By all accounts, this flight was highly illegal and DPReview in no way condones this activity."

Oh, yes, you do. I defy DPR to explain how its use of this "highly illegal" video is any different from the guy who downloads kiddie porn even though he'd never actually take porn pictures of kids. If the act itself is illegal, then all products and uses stemming from the illegal act are themselves illegal.

Possession of child porn is illegal by a specific law that says possession of child porn is illegal. The person who downloads child porn is breaking the law because they are now in possession of child pornography as per that specific law. If that law didn't exist, simple possession of child porn would not be illegal.

There is no such law for possessing a video of somebody trespassing. Nor is there a general law for possession of a video showing somebody breaking the law.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2017 at 20:10 UTC
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c45: "... this flight was highly illegal and DPReview in no way condones this activity. "
DPR decided to post it and by doing so it clearly condoned its content.

Showing a video of illegal activity doesn't mean you condone the activity. It only means they condone people viewing the video.

If you're the kind of person who thinks the public needs to be sheltered from such videos, then I guess you'd see DPR's actions as wrong.

IMHO, I hope many people see this video, because it demonstrates the need for clear drone laws. People look at their friends who are flying their drones with reasonable caution and ask we need drone laws. The reason is people like this. People who think a train is a toy and that we should just trust that these people will "self regulate" and not take it too far.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2017 at 18:34 UTC
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Sdaniella: is airspace at/on/above rail lines owned/regulated by railroad companies?

is airspace at/on/above highways owned/regulated by state/municipalities, etc?

is airspace at/on/above wilderness below 1000ft or 1000m owned or regulated by anyone explicitly?

is airspace at/on/above one's private property owned/regulated by private property owners?

public property?

space up in orbit ...

beware ... of the terrorist posing as a wandering (flying) railway riding hobo ...

I double checked. Most, but not all states have specific laws regarding trespass on railroad property. NV (where this supposedly occurred) does not. That means the railroad owner would have to file trespass charges. They wouldn't be automatic.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2017 at 17:52 UTC
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Sdaniella: is airspace at/on/above rail lines owned/regulated by railroad companies?

is airspace at/on/above highways owned/regulated by state/municipalities, etc?

is airspace at/on/above wilderness below 1000ft or 1000m owned or regulated by anyone explicitly?

is airspace at/on/above one's private property owned/regulated by private property owners?

public property?

space up in orbit ...

beware ... of the terrorist posing as a wandering (flying) railway riding hobo ...

All US states have laws regarding trespassing on railroad property. Many of these also have laws regarding throwing any object towards the train, which may be applicable.

Navigable airspace is 500 feet+. 0 to 500 feet is a grey area. The FAA claims jurisdiction for this entire region, however the Supreme Court has ruled that property owners have ownership of the airspace above their property as is reasonably required to use the property ("superadjacent" airspace is the term they use). Flying a drone in the airspace that a train passes would be considered trespassing by this definition.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2017 at 17:32 UTC
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OliverGlass: Never sell it to a chinese company. Please.

Whether it's a Chinese company or not is irrelevant. A Chinese company may decide to keep production in Germany while an American company could decide to shift production to China (for example). The issue is whether the buyer only cares about short term profit and maximizing the return on investment to shareholders.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 21:16 UTC
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Tim C.: First world problems.

True. But so is 99% of what is discussed on these forums.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 20:41 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D Review (544 comments in total)
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Bambi24: Rebel cameras are great.

But...PUT A LARGE PENTAPRISM IN THEM ALREADY.

Every single person I have seen trying to decide between an entry level DSLR and mirrorless, notes how small and dim the pentamirror on rebels is. It's terrible for manual focus or just trying to find your subject when it's dark.

Pentax does it, Canon should too.

The viewfinder does suck. Pentaprism is nice, but will likely never happen.
If anything, Canon will simply rip out the mirrorbox and install a cheap EVF. Same body, same flange distance, just a mirrorless that looks like a DSLR.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 20:05 UTC
On article iPhone X vs. Samsung Note 8 (378 comments in total)
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cheetah43: Visually, design wise, the X is a failure from the front. The substance is there at a big premium for the brainwashed to boast the bitten fruit logo. User-specified blurring and lighting options for portraits are advantages in order not to pay that silly premium - the stylus is a bonus too. If the Note could somehow bring in the front camera into unlocking the device ... [a matter of software?]. Yes, the Note is a much more elegant piece.

"S8's face unlock can be fooled with a photo"

Most phones have a variety of unlock options with varying levels of convenience and security. It is up to you to choose the one you want, depending on your level of paranoia.

If you drop/leave your phone somewhere, the person who finds it won't have your photo. The average thief won't have your photo, unless they are the James Bond of phone theft and are secretly snapping your facial portrait. In reality, this degree of security is sufficient for most people. The people most likely to have your photo would be family/friends, so you probably shouldn't use that feature if you don't trust them.

It's really not much different from a PIN, which is not foolproof either. The average person/thief doesn't have your PIN, but the James Bond of phone theft could easily observe/record you unlocking your phone and note the sequence... But again, probably enough security for most people.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 14:14 UTC
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Kaso: Sony should recruit the complainers for jobs in product design (bigger sensor, tilty flippy screen, dual card slots...) and marketing ($599 price with extra batteries and discount coupons).

Yeah right.

I suspect that the supporters and detractors on this forum have equal skill at product design and hiring either group would be disastrous for Sony.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 17:34 UTC
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Hoffel: Why is everyone complaining about the new and ADDITIONAL way of converting RAWs into JPGs? It's not like all other methods/converters suddenly stopped working. Whoever likes the new system (I just might, will have to see) can use it. What I really wish for though is an iOS version of the software – in case I should indeed like it that is.

@blessingx

1) Having been a longtime DPR member and Fuji owner, I've heard many people say they really like the out-of-camera Fuji jpgs, but would like to create them on their computer.

2) Fuji, having just released a program that allows people to create Fuji jpgs on their computer, obviously think that many Fuji users want to create Fuji jpgs on their computer. Fuji has access to far more customer feedback than anyone.

3) Its not possible that those customers prefer having to attach their camera and process the photos at USB 2.0 speeds.

4) Canon DPP software accomplished the same goal as Fuji's software (for Canon jpgs) except it doesn't require you attach your camera with a USB.

In conclusion many many Fuji customers are looking for a Fuji version of Canon's DPP software.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2017 at 17:27 UTC
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Hoffel: Why is everyone complaining about the new and ADDITIONAL way of converting RAWs into JPGs? It's not like all other methods/converters suddenly stopped working. Whoever likes the new system (I just might, will have to see) can use it. What I really wish for though is an iOS version of the software – in case I should indeed like it that is.

I like the extra option now available. But I don't share your 'be happy with what you're given' approach to life.

Ultimately, many Fuji customers are looking for a Fuji version of Canon's DPP software. X-trans is tricky to convert and people want the same result they're getting in-camera, but with the ability to process large batches of files on their computer without dealing with USB transfer rates.

But that will never happen unless people openly state that preference. When change does happen, you can thank the 'whiners'.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 13:09 UTC
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justmeMN: This camera has 4K, but isn't Contrast Detect AF pretty bad at handling moving video subjects?

Many video professionals manually focus, so lack of good AF shouldn't be the single determination as to whether something offers pro video. But it should definitely be front and center when reviewing/evaluating a camera for video.

Focusing is critical to video because how you focus becomes part of the final product. If your AF hunts then that hunting becomes a major flaw in your final composition. A poorly focused video is as equally useless as an out of focus photograph.

So you either need amazing MF skills + MF focus tools to be able to fluidly and accurately achieve the desired focus. Or you need an AF system that will achieve the same/similar result for you.

I suspect most purchasers on this forum are going to rely on the AF. In that case, things like the codec become a secondary concern to how well the AF maintains focus and transitions between subjects.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 17:08 UTC
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sknai16: And my oh my, engraved with the word Oslo. Gee, why not Stockholm or another of the Scandinavian metropoli? Surely the good citizens of Oslo will line up to buy this attractive deal.
For the same price, I can buy 4 D850, 2.5 D5 and even 2 M246.
If they had engraved it with "Robert Capa" or some name of a well known quality photographer!! But Oslo?? Yes they had the winter olympics in 1952 and the have been an independent country for all of 112 years and they win all the cross country races there are and some nut killed 70 people about 5 years ago and oh yes, the NATO secretary general is a Norwegian, who hardly speaks English, but I still see no reason why anybody of sound mind would pay twice the price to have a Leica M with the word Oslo engraved. Beats me!

It's an exclusive promotion for their Oslo store. You can only buy the camera in Oslo, hence the "Oslo" edition. If they sold the camera exclusively at their Oslo store and called it the "Stockholm" edition, that wouldn't make any sense.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 14:55 UTC
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