AlanG

Lives in United States Silver Spring, United States
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at www.goldsteinphoto.com
Joined on Mar 3, 2003

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zzzxtreme: I hope this becomes the next big thing and replaces fireworks completely. Hate that bloody fireworks noise. And it should be cheaper no?

These use small motors and small blades. You would probably not hear a thing once they are 50 feet away.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 14:14 UTC
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TwoMetreBill: Just what the world needs, more toxic chemicals. Humans don't deserve to survive.

I've used the same cameras and memory cards for around 4 years now. I'm a commercial photographer so probably shot more than a hundred thousand photos. How much pollution did that cause compared with shooting 3,000 rolls of film and processing it? Add in the cost of shipping the chemicals to the film manufacturer, the energy used for that, transportation of workers, disposal of all the film wrappers, energy used to ship the film to me, transport it to the lab, pick it up, etc. Doesn't the film manufacturer, lab, UPS, Fedex, et al use computers? Then I would also need a scanner and computer to make use of the photos so even film shooters have a similar computer based environmental impact in addition to their film based environmental impact. There are computers in many film cameras and AF/IS lenses used on film cameras too.

So we really are only comparing a relative handful of long lasting memory cards against all that other stuff needed for a film based workflow.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 05:21 UTC

Aerosim is software I like for simulating multirotors and other RC aircraft. I like X Plane for real aircraft simulation.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 16:28 UTC as 2nd comment
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AlanG: This seems totally stupid. If you want to teach a child how to use an actual camera instead of a cell phone why not get an inexpensive real camera for them? There must be tons of cheap old ones that have manual controls.

Oh and I graduated to a 20x24 inch camera by age 12. All my friends had similar cameras. My junior high camera club had 35mm Technicolor cameras.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2017 at 19:51 UTC
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AlanG: This seems totally stupid. If you want to teach a child how to use an actual camera instead of a cell phone why not get an inexpensive real camera for them? There must be tons of cheap old ones that have manual controls.

B.S. You must have had a sheltered childhood. My dad gave me an 8x10 when I was 7 and I was off shooting landscapes at Yosemite shortly thereafter... just me, my donkey, and Deardorf. I mastered dye transfer printing by age nine. I don't think my story is atypical.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 22:18 UTC

This seems totally stupid. If you want to teach a child how to use an actual camera instead of a cell phone why not get an inexpensive real camera for them? There must be tons of cheap old ones that have manual controls.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 21:08 UTC as 20th comment | 5 replies
On article Google AI adds detail to low-resolution images (149 comments in total)

Run the Zapruder film through this and see if Ted Cruz's dad is holding a gun on the grassy knoll.

Will generating pictures this way from unrecognizable pixelated images actually be evidence?

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 01:19 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply
On article Leica announces M10 with new sensor, slimmer design (113 comments in total)
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Kivivuori: Hmph,

"(....) M10 measuring just as thin as a film-era M4"

Not even close (M4: 33,5mm)

And just that`s why M4 feels much different - and better - in hand than M6TTL-models or any digital-M so far.

That quarter of a millimeter is a total deal breaker for me. I'll wait for them to get it right.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 23:36 UTC
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AlanG: This is all backwards. Forget film emulation... there are many ways to get there.

What Kodak has to do is come out with a 35mm film that can emulate the resolution, look, color quality, lack of grain, performance, flexibility, and consistency of the best FF 35mm digital cameras... at a really affordable price.

@ Svet Do I need to use a sarcasm indicator? Sometime ago Kodak was a big sponsor of ASMP. I remember being at meeting and they could not give away free bricks of film as door prizes. All of us were shooting digitally.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 02:29 UTC
On article Lily Robotics sued over claims of false advertising (140 comments in total)
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CheersUK: A shame, but no surprise.
Its already been mentioned, but DPR really need to think about promoting crowd funded projects in the future through their news section. I'm sure they'll say that its their job to make their readers aware of the latest photo related news etc, but that should be balanced with a regard to potential consumers rights issues.
Too many crowd funding ideas end in failure and leave consumers out of pocket. My view is, if an idea has to resort to crowd funding instead of the recognised areas of investment (banks, investment speciists), then its either not a good idea or the business plan sucks.

Edit: Im not saying banks are a shining example for having good business plans and fleecing people, but you know what I mean.

What I'm saying is why is DPReview reporting on vaporware from unknown companies? I don't expect them to investigate the likelihood of it succeeding so they should not report on it until there is a product to test and buy.

If someone announced that an unknown company was raising money on Kickstarter for a 10-500mm full frame f2.8 lens for $499, would they report that without questioning it?

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 21:47 UTC
On article Lily Robotics sued over claims of false advertising (140 comments in total)
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CheersUK: A shame, but no surprise.
Its already been mentioned, but DPR really need to think about promoting crowd funded projects in the future through their news section. I'm sure they'll say that its their job to make their readers aware of the latest photo related news etc, but that should be balanced with a regard to potential consumers rights issues.
Too many crowd funding ideas end in failure and leave consumers out of pocket. My view is, if an idea has to resort to crowd funding instead of the recognised areas of investment (banks, investment speciists), then its either not a good idea or the business plan sucks.

Edit: Im not saying banks are a shining example for having good business plans and fleecing people, but you know what I mean.

@dquangt What it wrong is they reported a lie. "Lily Robotics has unveiled Lily Camera, a self-flying drone designed to autonomously track and record its owner." The headline says, "Lily Camera flies itself and follows its owner" That would make one think that the copter exists and actually can do this. Much else in the article is misleading also.

In what way was this product "unveiled?" Did DPReview test one? Did one capable of doing what the company promised ever exist? Did anyone at DPReview get suspicious that the video used to sell the product was way too good for anything that could be made by the copter being shown and described? Did DPReview even ask Lily if that was footage from their own copter?

So what kind of reporting is this?

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 03:01 UTC

This is all backwards. Forget film emulation... there are many ways to get there.

What Kodak has to do is come out with a 35mm film that can emulate the resolution, look, color quality, lack of grain, performance, flexibility, and consistency of the best FF 35mm digital cameras... at a really affordable price.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 02:52 UTC as 3rd comment | 4 replies
On article Lily Robotics sued over claims of false advertising (140 comments in total)
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CheersUK: A shame, but no surprise.
Its already been mentioned, but DPR really need to think about promoting crowd funded projects in the future through their news section. I'm sure they'll say that its their job to make their readers aware of the latest photo related news etc, but that should be balanced with a regard to potential consumers rights issues.
Too many crowd funding ideas end in failure and leave consumers out of pocket. My view is, if an idea has to resort to crowd funding instead of the recognised areas of investment (banks, investment speciists), then its either not a good idea or the business plan sucks.

Edit: Im not saying banks are a shining example for having good business plans and fleecing people, but you know what I mean.

@mxx This is how advertising and marketing works. You get free publicity via press reports and various "influencers." Sometimes people and companies in reality are compensated for this "free" publicity but it does not fit the old definition of paid advertising.

This kind of publicity and reports by so-called independent reporters and influencers is usually more effective at swaying individuals to make a purchasing decision. The reason it is more effective is that DPReview is looked at as in independent biased source whereas people are more skeptical of claims in typical advertising.

So in this particular case, some may have interpreted the Lily coverage in DPReview as being an endorsement.

If DPReview wants its readers to respect the reporting it provides then it has an obligation to investigate the stories and not publicize whatever some company sends it. At minimum they need to run a disclaimer that distances themselves from the story when it is unverifiable B.S.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 02:01 UTC
On article Lily Robotics sued over claims of false advertising (140 comments in total)

It would be interesting to see the actual quality of the video from the Lily to compare it with the promo video.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 22:29 UTC as 14th comment
On article Lily Robotics sued over claims of false advertising (140 comments in total)
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CheersUK: A shame, but no surprise.
Its already been mentioned, but DPR really need to think about promoting crowd funded projects in the future through their news section. I'm sure they'll say that its their job to make their readers aware of the latest photo related news etc, but that should be balanced with a regard to potential consumers rights issues.
Too many crowd funding ideas end in failure and leave consumers out of pocket. My view is, if an idea has to resort to crowd funding instead of the recognised areas of investment (banks, investment speciists), then its either not a good idea or the business plan sucks.

Edit: Im not saying banks are a shining example for having good business plans and fleecing people, but you know what I mean.

imsabbel wrote, "DPR does NOT have to advertise every scam or snakeoil thats for offer. Its their choice."

Yes, that is true. Publication in "respected" media lends credibility. DPReview should stick to reviewing actual products and LEGITIMATE corporate announcements. If a company is a start up and has no product and no track record, let them prove themselves first.

Besides the possible loss of money, I wonder how many waiting for this put off buying something they could have used for the past year or more. So this is also a disservice to the good companies that deliver actual products.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 22:20 UTC
On article Lily Robotics sued over claims of false advertising (140 comments in total)
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AlanG: 60,000 people thought this was a good idea and would be useful to them? I'd like to know what percentage of them also voted for President Tweet?

@wkingsie. Did it ever occur to you that you can't help rising to the bait? Just like the king of tweets. Can't you at least try to find a new and improved way to state this stuff?

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 05:45 UTC
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Guido FORRIER: i still have a mf camera but will never use it again . no film anymore . developing film is bad for the environment . slide film has very low DR . digital 35 mm surpasses 35 mm film in resolution , dynamic range and color .
film is not for ever . maybe kodakchrome last longer than ekta , but the support and the emulsion degrade .
digital is simply digits and can be duplicated for ever without any loss . when a storage device is no more available :copy it to an new device/computer system .
film is already processed and you can not go back to the original : digital raw can be also processed in camera ( who knows) but you have always the "original " .
and so on ...(scratches , film not flat ...)
i used film and enveloped it all myself for more than 35 years , so i know something about the pitfalls .
i suppose younger people will buy it as they never used film and will find it "cool" to, go back to the artisanal way .

Guido

I still use strobes too. But on 35mm I only need f8 when shooting home interiors not f16 when I shot 6x9cm and maybe f22 on 4x5. So the strobes are much smaller and lighter now.

As I said, I KNOW I PRODUCE MUCH LESS WASTE AND LESS POLLUTION since switching to digital capture. I enumerated all of the transport and other steps in a post above. I have no idea what cell phones and computers have to do with it. They aren't cameras and you'd be using them if you shot film or not. I'm sure millions and millions of cameras such as Instamatics ended up in landfills. Not to mention the countless single use ones actually called "disposable cameras."

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 01:22 UTC
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Guido FORRIER: i still have a mf camera but will never use it again . no film anymore . developing film is bad for the environment . slide film has very low DR . digital 35 mm surpasses 35 mm film in resolution , dynamic range and color .
film is not for ever . maybe kodakchrome last longer than ekta , but the support and the emulsion degrade .
digital is simply digits and can be duplicated for ever without any loss . when a storage device is no more available :copy it to an new device/computer system .
film is already processed and you can not go back to the original : digital raw can be also processed in camera ( who knows) but you have always the "original " .
and so on ...(scratches , film not flat ...)
i used film and enveloped it all myself for more than 35 years , so i know something about the pitfalls .
i suppose younger people will buy it as they never used film and will find it "cool" to, go back to the artisanal way .

Guido

@EzeE...you need to look up the history of mining silver just as one example. If you just buy a camera such as a Canon 5DIV and use it for 10 years, it will be just like buying a film camera, that also has electronics, and using that for 10 years. A lot of commercial photographers replaced their film cameras pretty often to ensure reliability.

Even if you replace the camera more often, compare that to manufacturing, shipping, processing, trash and pollution from just a thousand rolls a year and a lot of Polaroid for proofing.

When I shot film, I had several different camera systems, a color darkroom and all kinds of things such as color meters, countless color correction filters, many hot lights, powerful studio strobes, a Foba camera stand for my view camera, refrigerators for film and color paper, and on and on. There was a lot of waste and pollution.

You need much less stuff to do comparable photography today.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 22:19 UTC
On article Lily Robotics sued over claims of false advertising (140 comments in total)

60,000 people thought this was a good idea and would be useful to them? I'd like to know what percentage of them also voted for President Tweet?

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 21:28 UTC as 29th comment | 49 replies
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dash2k8: Nostalgia is one thing, I don't think any film revival can be a real source of income for a company. It's going to be a niche market.

There may very well be an unfilled niche market there. And if it were as easy and cheap for Kodak to make Kodachrome and provide the processing for it as it is to make vinyl records, they'd still be doing it.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 21:22 UTC
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