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Half of these comments are from photographers who take pictures of people all the time in public with their fancy cameras with no thought to the privacy desires of the people around them, but turn the lens on them and it's all "1984" and "I'll shove your camera where the sun don't shine."

You should be glad that most people don't feel about your photography like you feel about theirs, or you'd spend a lot of time with your multi-thousand dollar cameras smashed on curbs.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 13:55 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
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obsolescence: I don't see this as a novelty, but rather as a security device. When I'm out shooting with expensive equipment and somebody either hassles or threatens me, I'll point to the pendant and tell them they are being recorded to the cloud. 2 hours' live streaming is not bad.

@Gary3635 - but security cameras *do* assist in finding and prosecuting robbers.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 13:50 UTC
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Fujica: I think these devices - just like google's glass - are an intrusion of my personal privacy. It takes away freedom of others.

I do not want to spied upon. I do not want to be filmed all day long by other people.

There is no reason to be in someone elses life for the sake of that person wanting to record his own personal life. Especially because these things are mostly connected to the internet.

Please take a lesson from George Orwell's 1984 and 'The Circle'.

If you're a photographer (you are on a photographers site), and you take pictures in public places where there are people from whom you have not gathered consent (which is a large portion of photos taken), then your statement is rather hypocritical: "I do not want to spied upon. I do not want to be filmed all day long by other people."

Please take a look in the mirror before you criticize other's photography pursuits.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 13:47 UTC
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HeyItsJoel: Give me an iPhone with an UWA lens and manual controls of the aperture and shutter then I'll believe what this article is claiming. Until that happens, no.

How wide do you need to go?

You're unlikely to get true ultrawide, but the Galaxy flagships have a 26mm WA lens and manual control of ISO and shutter speed. There is no aperture control because there's no iris, not that closing down the iris is going to give you much more depth of field, nor would you be able to go very far before hitting the diffraction limit on such small sensors.

Choose your shutter, set your ISO for exposure (or visa versa), write to RAW, and push/pull in post. Need wider? Use the panorama mode, or stitch panorama in post from multiple images. You can even add distortion in post, if that's what you want.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 16:45 UTC
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noisephotographer: By the way if the sensor is not large, this wouldn't be the largest aperture at all.
The Panasonic Cm-1 has a full frame equivalent aperture of f/7.7, the Lumia 1020 has an equivalent aperture of f/9.3, the HTC U Ultra (nearly a 1/2" sensor if the image resolution is not interpolated) has an equivalent aperture of f/9.6, the Galaxy S8 has an equivalent aperture of f/10.2, the Pixel has an equivalent aperture of f/10.8, the iphone 7 has an equivalent aperture of f/12.4, the LG G6 has f/13, the Huawei P9 has f/15 and the front camera of the Moto C has f/58.
If the V30 uses a 1/3.06" sensor, then the equivalent aperture will be ≈ f/11.9.

If you want to talk about aperture size, please use the correct units: [linear unit]^2

Using "equivalents" is just obfuscating the measuring process. You may as well be measuring your p***s in "equivalent girth multiples" the way you are doing it.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 00:50 UTC
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beatboxa: Leave it to a photography site to confuse aperture & f-number.

Especially if the sensor is smaller and remains "wide angle," since then, the lens needs to have a smaller effective focal length. F/1.6 may indeed have a smaller aperture than F/1.8 on a larger sensor.

I didn't see any error in the text by DPR - did they update the article? The quote from LG may be incorrect, but the text from DPR is accurate - that the f number will result in a "faster" lens (interpreted as allowing a higher shutter speed for a given ISO).

I find this less egregious than every blogger out there talking about how the Galaxy Note 8 will have a "[2X/3X] optical zoom" due to their having two camera modules with different focal lengths.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 00:47 UTC
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Nicolas06: It is not very clear if money was asked before, how much and if it was clear that an additional amount was to be provided before getting the high resolution photos.

As a consequence it is very difficult to understand this case. Who was really unfair. Even if the ruling give some hints and that the behavior of the blogger couple was not nice, by far.

What I undertand is more and more people want lot of photos but they don't want to pay the real cost of it, to allow for the photographer to make a decent living out of its job, so many tricks are used to reduce the apparent cost.

Some photographers don't ask for money at all, but only ask if you want prints and everybody in the family can pay. That's a way to spread the cost. They actual have the photos in "hostage", from fact, but this is agreed from the beginning. You can't get it all and honestly $125 doesn't look like much.

It sounds a lot like the couple never bothered to read the contract for services.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 18:34 UTC

With how insane it is to create a "transformative" work in audio (see: Met At Work / Down Under / Kukaburra suit), I would expect that in an equivalent scenario you would have to make the original photograph essentially unrecognizable to be transformative in a way that does not infringe.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2017 at 17:51 UTC as 16th comment

The good news is that it will be cheaper than the upcoming iPhone 8.


Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:10 UTC as 9th comment
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tkbslc: Considering RED makes professional products that aren't really intended for mass market, I'm going to assume this product isn't targeted at most of us.

That said, I can't really imagine a director or cinematographer wanting a film rig that required snapping a phone into it in order to use it.

Okay, I'll bite:

"That said, I can't really imagine a director or cinematographer wanting a film rig that required snapping a portable computer into it in order to use it."

That's an odd statement since most high cinema cameras are modular, no? You almost always have a separate data recorder, or separate viewfinder/screen, separate control attachments, separate lenses.

"That said, I can't really imagine a director or cinematographer wanting a film rig that required snapping a chicken into it in order to use it."

Okay - I'll give you that one. Unless you're Gonzo, chickens and filming don't often go together.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:09 UTC
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tkbslc: Considering RED makes professional products that aren't really intended for mass market, I'm going to assume this product isn't targeted at most of us.

That said, I can't really imagine a director or cinematographer wanting a film rig that required snapping a phone into it in order to use it.

It all depends on whether you call it a phone or CPU and Display module. That's mostly what "phones" are these days - super high quality tactile interface and screen with a multicore processor, RAM, and high speed flash memory. It has a GPS chip that happens to also include an LTE radio for data comm when not on wifi. And that LTE can make a "phone call" using the embedded microphone and speakers (or an external set) with the right software (which happens to be included, along with a calculator)

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 17:31 UTC
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Boomanbb: While I'm not against what the photographer did, I do wonder how people would feel if he had asked you for permission to take pictures of the inside of your house and you refused so he comes back when you aren't home...

Your argument is not a good parallel. If you'd said that someone came and asked to take pictures of one of the largest houses in the world - which was damaged beyond use or refurbishment - and was about to be demolished and picked through for scrap metals like pipes and wires, then you'd have an accurate parallel.

It's less about invasion of someones personal space, and more a concern that if you let them enter and they got injured you'd have a lawsuit. The dumb sob went in anyway, despite denial of entry and reasonable security measures.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 14:59 UTC

It may be the best in it's class, but is it actually *substantially* better than the half-dozen other, nearly identically spec'd cameras on the market - including the TG4? This may be a reasonable camera for someone getting their first tough cam, but for all of us who have a camera 3-5 years old, it appears to add very little practical value.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 18:17 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
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Francis Sawyer: If it has a headphone jack (on the bottom, of course), it's a win.

If you can update its OS, it's an even bigger win.

After all, the iPhone is approaching $1000 anyway, and it's pathetically crippled with no headphone jack and almost no battery.

Had the jack been on the *top* it would have been a big win. I've not found a particularly good way to have my phone out and have the headphones plugged into anything, save a specialty cradle.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 20:31 UTC
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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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(unknown member): 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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