spqr_ca

spqr_ca

Lives in Canada Toronto Area, Canada
Works as a Senior Manager, Software Engineering
Has a website at http://www.grumpyjohns.com
Joined on Oct 19, 2009

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The new Surface Pen is the big news for me, that's a major leap forward in capability for those of us with the Studio or Book. It's on my purchase list now.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 02:26 UTC as 4th comment
On article GIMP seeks funding for future advanced features (239 comments in total)
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spqr_ca: Affinity Photo would be my general recommendation to anyone looking to avoid Photoshop these days.

@merkaba - If people are turning to the GIMP on Mac/Windows, then they're looking to avoid paying a lot of money for software.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 15:13 UTC
On article GIMP seeks funding for future advanced features (239 comments in total)
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spqr_ca: Affinity Photo would be my general recommendation to anyone looking to avoid Photoshop these days.

@Drive - I did say Photoshop, not Lightroom. However, I don't have issues with their raw development, but mileage may vary. In comparison to other PS alternatives? I can't see what beats it, but Lightroom is a different discussion.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 03:35 UTC
On article GIMP seeks funding for future advanced features (239 comments in total)

Affinity Photo would be my general recommendation to anyone looking to avoid Photoshop these days.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 05:07 UTC as 24th comment | 7 replies
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Scottelly: $1,800 for a 27" display? Because it has a touch screen and glass on the front and can be placed flat on the desk in front of you? Wow. That's GOOOOOOOD marketing! lol

It's QHD, unlike the one you linked below. It covers 100% of the Adobe RGB color space. It has an active digitizer and a capacitive surface and comes equipped with some additional items to speed up a graphic artist or retoucher workflow. It also checks in much cheaper than the 27" Cintiq which does less.

Clearly you're not in their target market if you're not seeing the difference...

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 05:56 UTC
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noflashplease: How much does a Korean 27" QHD display cost these days? Throw in a capacitive layer, delete the stand and there you go. Profit!

If Dell doesn't have a 500% to 1000% profit margin on this thing, something is very badly wrong. It's a 27" QHD display. Not even 4K!

It's $1,800 and it's just a 27" QHD monitor. Profit!

It covers 100% of Adobe RGB, has an active digitizer, capacitive surface, etc. Just finding a 27" display with 100% aRGB is already pushing towards $1500 and has none of the other features.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 05:48 UTC
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Danny: The problem is that all these expensive add-ons are for a mobile phone, and with all the technological developments on the mobile market, mobile phones have such a short lifespan these days.

Phones do, but form factors and interfaces don't necessarily suffer there. As long as the modules can span over several generations, I don't see the issue. The combined set of this phone and it's current add ons is around the same price as an iPhone 7 plus with nothing added...

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 00:28 UTC

A couple of weekends ago, my company brought a charity hackathon to Toronto (I'm trying not to be commercial, but check out http://giftthecode.ca for details, simply one of the best weekends of my life putting that on) and Dan Makoski, the head of design behind Project Ara at Google, was a guest judge. He had, with him, the Moto Z and that's basically the spiritual child of Ara in the end. He showed the phone, and all the gadgets you can get for it, to a lot of the participants at the hackathon and they went gaga over it.

I'm generally an iPhone guy, but I will say that this phone is pushing buttons in the gadget loving tech community. I think it'll be a hit. I'm still considering it, despite a pretty deep investment in the Apple ecosystem. It is really well done.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 00:25 UTC as 16th comment
On article Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod hands-on preview (152 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Speaking of "modularity" ... has anyone noticed that Google has scrapped their plans for their Project Ara modular phone?

http://www.theverge.com/2016/9/2/12775922/google-project-ara-modular-phone-suspended-confirm

This phone was announced just three months ago, amid very similar fanfare. It also promised multiple features modules that would snap on to provide greater functionality.

A few days ago Google killed the project, but said they are willing to license the technology to "someone else who wants to lose money on it." (or... words to that effect).

Actually, Ara goes back a lot further than that... The original project kicked off in 2012. My sense is that it's still ahead of its time to be modular to that level, but I like the experimentation mindset that created the project in the first place.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 00:15 UTC
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cosinaphile: yes 12 mp spread across 15.5 sqmm sensor as a raw dng file ..... im frickin getting chills here .... should be groundbreaking and will clearly identify 2016 as a landmark year in the history of photography

The iPhone 7 sensor is the same as the 6s and that is a Sony sensor. You're simply wrong and you clearly can't read and/or comprehend what was written around the rest of it and then make up statements from me. Ciao, you're ridiculous and now on my ignore list.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 10:31 UTC
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cosinaphile: yes 12 mp spread across 15.5 sqmm sensor as a raw dng file ..... im frickin getting chills here .... should be groundbreaking and will clearly identify 2016 as a landmark year in the history of photography

Nonsense. Sony makes amongst the best, if not the best, sensors on the market and the size of the sensor is clearly not the whole story when it comes to image quality. What a ridiculous assertion, it's like you totally missed the last decade of improvements in sensor technology. Floated right past you.

Sorry, but your argument is nonsensical. Having the ability to capture and edit raw sensor data on the 6S and up line makes a lot of sense, as it does in any of the smartphone lines.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 02:38 UTC
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cosinaphile: yes 12 mp spread across 15.5 sqmm sensor as a raw dng file ..... im frickin getting chills here .... should be groundbreaking and will clearly identify 2016 as a landmark year in the history of photography

Indeed.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 02:10 UTC
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cosinaphile: yes 12 mp spread across 15.5 sqmm sensor as a raw dng file ..... im frickin getting chills here .... should be groundbreaking and will clearly identify 2016 as a landmark year in the history of photography

So then, your suggestion is that they shouldn't improve the usability of the camera on the single most popular photographic device on the planet?

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 02:06 UTC
On photo IMGP8135 in spqr_ca's photo gallery (2 comments in total)
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Kater Karlo: I really like this picture. I can feel the lightness of the bird and the joy of the man, trying not to move, breathing slowly. Nice!

Thanks! He feeds the birds around there regularly, I think he quite enjoys being around them.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 16:03 UTC
On article Week in Review: One for the history books (161 comments in total)
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odpisan: I do not understand some writers of comments here.

Are they so extremly stupid?

For K-1 we have plenty & all kinds of diferent lenses which work perfect on FF.

But some poeople think that if Pentax did not make FF-camera until today there also is no lenses for FF - or what? Why they show their stupidity here & do not first look in the Pentax site?
>:o(((

"A Pentax user with lot of old lenses wouldn't switch either."

Not true. I sold two K5s and 10 lenses on a switch to the D800 a few years ago when it was looking like the Pentax FF was a dead dream. I don't regret that, I really like the D800, but I wish Pentax had moved faster. I'm not the only one that did this, there's a rather prominent professional fashion photographer that did this around the same time as well... The history of which is actually in these forums, I listed my gear for sale here.

So, the idea that a system switch is a big issue depends. There are many Nikon/Canon shooters with crop bodies and matching lenses, so they are often in for a full upgrade if they decide to jump to full frame (yes, I realize that you can use a crop lens on a FF body on Nikons, but then you crop, which eliminates the reason to move up). At that point, it's worth the look around because, if nothing else, you'll educate yourself into a decision.

Still not sure what your beef with Pentax is

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 03:33 UTC
On article Week in Review: One for the history books (161 comments in total)
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volks 1: Canon D6 or Nikon D750 are better choices, maybe not on paper but everywhere else where it counts. But hey, who am I to judge.

Jorge seems to be disputing it... You'll note that I agreed it wasn't the be all and end all, I do shoot Nikon now, after all. For sports and such, not seeing how it beats a stabilized lens, but for other purposes, well... Clearly astrophotography, super high resolution, AA filter on demand, and so on is a massively clear advantage of the concept when executed well.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 11:34 UTC
On article Week in Review: One for the history books (161 comments in total)
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odpisan: I do not understand some writers of comments here.

Are they so extremly stupid?

For K-1 we have plenty & all kinds of diferent lenses which work perfect on FF.

But some poeople think that if Pentax did not make FF-camera until today there also is no lenses for FF - or what? Why they show their stupidity here & do not first look in the Pentax site?
>:o(((

"No brand is better than the other one but Pentax users won't get it."

Even if that were true, and I don't know that it is, why would you care? Is this some kind of life mission for you? A Pentax shooter once beat you to shot or something?

"I don't see fans of other brands getting that fanatic about their gear."

Then you're not looking.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 11:30 UTC
On article Week in Review: One for the history books (161 comments in total)
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odpisan: I do not understand some writers of comments here.

Are they so extremly stupid?

For K-1 we have plenty & all kinds of diferent lenses which work perfect on FF.

But some poeople think that if Pentax did not make FF-camera until today there also is no lenses for FF - or what? Why they show their stupidity here & do not first look in the Pentax site?
>:o(((

@Jorge - your recent activity, your history is visible you realize, suggests that your protestations of camera agnosticism is rather suspect. We get it, you're not a fan of Pentax. Not sure why your self-worth is wrapped up in that fact...

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 02:48 UTC
On article Week in Review: One for the history books (161 comments in total)
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volks 1: Canon D6 or Nikon D750 are better choices, maybe not on paper but everywhere else where it counts. But hey, who am I to judge.

"it is all about advertising. some folks think that IBIS is the holy grail of photography."

Hyperbole much? It isn't, but if you have IBIS, you can have both, as having IBIS doesn't prevent lens-based stabilization. If you don't have IBIS, well... Not a lot out there yet, but if I recall correctly, Sigma did lens-based stabilization for Pentax and Sony a couple of times, so it's an option you can't get on a Nikon or Canon body.

In any case, if you're on a camera line where there is a lot of old glass kicking around, as is the case with Pentax, then IBIS is a very, very, useful feature.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 02:42 UTC

I recently picked up the Air A01... This would look funny as heck on that which, admittedly, makes it tempting.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 03:45 UTC as 43rd comment
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