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mxx: Several stills from WoodSwimmer are available as prints FOR SALE from Brett's website.

There, fixed.

I see what you did there...

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 13:38 UTC
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meanwhile: "Regarding gear" - What about the woodworking tools used?

Indeed, the ability to shave a repeatable thickness layer and remove all tool marks while maintaining the subject in a specific spot is pretty impressive.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 13:37 UTC
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Enginel: no 2nd card slot, deal breaker, no buy! </sarcasm>

No wireless, less space than a Nomad. Lame.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 19:34 UTC
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Petrogel: The only place those iPads look and work great is at Apple's keynote

I have 5 iPads in my house and one Surface Pro 4. I'm going to give you one guess as to what I use to make a living, and my hint is going to be that it has an Intel CPU.

Selective demos always look amazing. Even the SP4 is wildly oversold in the keynote demos by Panos.

I'll take a crack at the stock market question: I expect that the Dow will be between 20,000 and 22,000 this week, and will be between 20,500 and 22,500 when the new iPads are released. There's, of course, a very small chance I could be wrong - but history is on my side with that prediction, as it's on the side of Petrogel in his post.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 12:45 UTC
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autoxnyc: I use Macs for post processing but I don't understand why Apple still have not made changes so people can run Photoshop on the iPad pros. What's the point of having the stylus if you are limited to iOS apps. I just pre-ordered the new Surface Pro for editing on the go with full version of LR and PS.

With the 30% cut Apple takes for every app sale, and the move to per-person rental pricing on the computer side, Adobe has no real incentive to devote hundred of thousands of programmer hours to re-create the CC library on a third OS. The tablets may be powerful enough, but the OS (and chip) is entirely different framework for coding and would require a third, full-blown team to keep it up to date even after it was ported. I don't see much desire for $3000+ iOS apps, nor $500 annual subscriptions for iOS (remember that 30%?).

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 12:39 UTC
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ezradja: Apple, PLEASE stop calling "PRO" on something "CONSUMER". Sincerely, "not" apple hater

@JT26 - afaict, the iPad "pro" still runs iOS, a tablet-centric, limited operating system which cannot load professional applications, such as the full versions of Adobe CC software, AutoCAD (Vanilla, Revit, or Inventor), and many other envronments which would be considered for use by full time professionals who design or create. In many professional fields, a tablet-OS-based device is not sufficient to be their only machine, which makes it more of an accessory than a primary computing device.

The iPad Pro added the ability to take handwritten notes, but the processor could be 10x as fast as it is and still not qualify as a primary machine for a professional demand. As for "web browisng and gaming" - that's EXACTLY what the processor and system is geared towards, because that's how most people actually use their tablets - playing games and watching videos on web sites.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 12:31 UTC
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5DMK3: Haha OMG compare that to Olympus 300mm f/4 IS Pro + MC-14 teleconverter at f/5.6 840mm in terms of cost and weight!

Compare that with a Sony H400 - more zoom range and 1/10 the weight. Clearly the Sony wins, amirite?

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 21:52 UTC
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Gord Clark - Rockburn QC: Seems to me a better solution would be to ditch the uber-long and heavy lens for a Vivitar 800mm f8 Catadioptric lens - short light (2.6 lbs) and affordable.

Grant you, its an manual focus jobbie, but it promises the same performance. So the aperature is fixed at f8 - now just find a shutter speed that will cover the majority of lighting conditions and shoot - away.

Gord Clark
Rockburn, QC

And you get the goofy looking donut bokeh as a bonus.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 21:50 UTC
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thx1138: Gosh good to see the smaller bezels even if it took them far too long to deliver them. I'm interested in the 10.5" and stylus, maybe around Xmas I'll replace my old iPad Air.

If you think zero bezel phones don't cause problems, you haven't use them much. I have a S7 Edge after losing my Note 7 to the battery fiasco and I have to keep mine in a case to avoid spurious edge touches. Even the Note 7, with the tighter radius and better edge rejection was impossible to pick up from a flat surface while ringing without an errant touch being registered. At least for phones, you can cradle them in one hand, mostly avoiding the edges. A tablet of this size requires an edge grip or two hands to hold effectively/safely while interacting with the screen using touch or inking. Bezel size is currently an un-solved UI issue (though adaptive borders with full screen imaging is one solution).

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 12:55 UTC
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dash2k8: I love my iPads but have long given up trying to draw on this surface. I have over 30 years drawing experience and thus am married to the texture of real paper. A glossy surface just doesn't do it for me. I will, however, continue to upgrade my iPads at every-other generation and use them for recreational purposes. Can't beat the eye candy.

It's not just the texture but the ability to ink (lead? graphite?) the way a pencil responds to paper. As a designer, I go through 1000+ sheets of paper a year for work that gets scanned and then entered into CAD by a technician (sounds inefficient, but it isn't), or compiled into calculation packages. I've had three digitizer interfaces (Wacom pad - no good for me without a screen, Sony Flip, Surface Pro 4) and tried out numerous others including the iPad Pro. They're so far from the accuracy and sensitivity to light touches that pencil is it's like night and day. I can get along with the SP4 pen now, in a pinch, but it's not a great medium for accurate pencil sketches and slows me down about 50-100% over pencil and paper. And, for me, time is money. I keep hoping they get better, though.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 12:50 UTC
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IEBA1: Time for another RUGGED ROUNDUP!!!

Just repost the one from 2 years ago. Or 3 years ago. Or 5 years ago. Nothing has changed but the video spec and whether they've added or removed GPS.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 01:20 UTC
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GodSpeaks: Today, anything with less than a 1" sensor is to be avoided.

Use a 1" sensor. throw in that 30 Meter depth rating and they would have had a winner. Just make sure it saved RAW and had an addon lens suitable for UW use. 24-120mm (eq) is great above water, but wider is needed UW.

And, where is the Nikon 1 AW2 (20MP sensor and 4K video)? Not to mention an AW version of the 6.7-13mm.

I have been a Nikon shooter since the early 70's, and now I am starting to lose faith in Nikon. Come on Nikon, get your ass in gear.

Has Nikon EVER had a market-leading compact?

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 01:18 UTC
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noflashplease: Why does this category of camera still exist? The world is full of cheap, but entirely waterproof, action cameras in the generic GoPro form factor. Of course, Nikon tried that market with the Keymission fiasco.

They exist because (1) they're drop rated and waterproof without a special housing and (2) they have an optical zoom lens and a layout optimized for photos rather than video. The "ooh, look we have 4k video" to make you think they'd be an action camera is just a ruse to cover up the fact that the optics and image sensing are from 2009. And not a good 2009, at that.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 01:17 UTC

It's official: at this point, the Rugged market teams from all the manufacturers are just mailing it in every year with a new number in the model, maybe a new color case, and improved software and processor to bump the video resolution or rate. Same lousy optics, same cheap/small sensors, same questionable ergonomics (for a camera likely to be operated with gloves).

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 01:14 UTC as 6th comment
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Ocolon: 1" sensor compact rugged/underwater camera: SeaLife DC2000
(The picture you see on that page shows the housing which can be left at home. The camera inside is also rugged and can be used without its housing.)

Just posting this because according to the comments most people seem to think there isn’t a compact 1" rugged camera yet. I don’t have any experiences with the SeaLife DC2000 myself.

Fair enough, if accurate. I've only ever seen the overall dims as 5.9 x 4.0 x 3.2 and 1.5 pounds. The bigger size is definitely NOT pocktable, and for that (price and size) could could buy a Sony RX100 and a hardshell waterproof enclosure.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 22:42 UTC
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Slouch Hooligan: The 2/3" sensor size used in the Fujifilm X-10, X-20 and X-30 would, I believe, be the sweet spot of small size and good image quality.

You would think a camera of this general size, a few mm thicker, could use an offcenter optic and folded optical path to get a decent zoom range from a 1/1.7 or even 2/3" sensor.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 23:21 UTC
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Ocolon: 1" sensor compact rugged/underwater camera: SeaLife DC2000
(The picture you see on that page shows the housing which can be left at home. The camera inside is also rugged and can be used without its housing.)

Just posting this because according to the comments most people seem to think there isn’t a compact 1" rugged camera yet. I don’t have any experiences with the SeaLife DC2000 myself.

Expensive, single, normal focal length (neither wide nor tele - basically the same as a phone), huge (compared to rugged/action) cameras. You pay a stark premium but have to give up a lot of functionality and convenience. It's perfect for underwater, but not as a replacement to a rugged all-around camera.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 23:18 UTC
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JordanAT: Does the remote shooting option have a live-view?

After destroying traditional compact cameras in a 12-18 month cycle, I switched to these "rugged" cameras for work (building forensics and alteration) . Having something that fits in my shoulder bag or coverall pocket and can be dragged through crawlspaces/tunnels/culverts/bridges, and in tight ceiling/highbay/piping areas, with the occasional fall onto concrete or other surface, and a lens that isn't easily scratched, is critical to the camera's survival. One of the problems I have is getting good photos of areas which are nearly inaccessible, or beyond reach. I have a "selfie" stick that can be used to reach these areas, but using a timer delay isn't ideal in most cases. A live view would be good for both inspection and getting documentation in hard to access areas.

I never need time/shutter accuracy for my application, just "what does it look like" or being able to reach and take a record photograph of a monitor (30mmx30mm grid with a reticle) that's 10-15'' in the air, or over a ledge, without setting up a ladder or walkboards. The ability to save me 15 minutes in the field, a dozen times a year translates to $600 in billable time I can spend on some other project, so the camera pays for itself in that way. I can also see setting up the camera on a mini-tripod to take shots while I hold a scale in the frame (hard to do on a one-man review).

Thanks for the info - this will prob make my short list this year if nobody else comes out with something having really nice IQ.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 17:28 UTC
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John Koch: "Hermetically sealed construction provides waterproof performance for worry-free shooting underwater,"

Out of the box, this may be 100% true. The problem comes after the first marine foray, when opening the sealed doors to use the USB ports and swap or extract the SD card or battery. Micro grit or dried brine will leave a residue that, unless cleansed with care and precision, will eventually compromise the seals and cause the camera to fail after multiple dives. Salt water seepage is fatal. A quick rinse may not be sufficient. Think of the bitty grains that remain deep in your ears, or under your nails, after tumbling in the surf, even after a thorough fresh water shower.

To be fair - the instructions explicitly state that you are supposed to thoroughly clean and rinse the camera before opening the seal. The Panasonics were notorious for having bad seals that folded and failed, but the Olympus TG seem to have a better gasket (I own a TG-4...or maybe a 3). Of course, the optics are horrible, but the seal stays in place. :-D

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 17:19 UTC
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Bambi24: Would have been at least semi-interesting if they provided a bigger sensor than 1/2.3". You can find so many "rugged" action cams and smartphones with those sensors too. And since smartphones have almost no physical buttons, the waterproof smartphones are probably way more waterproof than this olympus.

And $450? *gulp*. Get real olympus, this isn't going to sell.

SeaLife DC2000? For a rugged, carry with you cam? It's a fixed focal length camera with *only* underwater modes and is (literally) 5x the size of the TG-5. If you're going to spend double to half-again as much as a TG series, and go with something that's an unpocketable 5" x 6", you may as well get the Sony RX100 and underwater housing for your $700 ($450+$250) and get the zoom.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 17:15 UTC
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