Steve Ives

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Works as a z/OS Systems Programmer
Joined on Aug 23, 2001
About me:

Sony DSC-F55 - Sold.
Sony DSC-F505V - Sold.
Canon EOS-10D - Sold.
Sony DSC-M1 - Sold
Canon EOS-1D Mk II - Sold
Nikon D100 - Sold
Canon 350D - Sold
Panasonic TZ7 - Sold

Sigma 100-300 f4 - sold
Sigma 12-24 - sold

Epson 2100 - Sold
Epson R2400 - Sold
Epson 7800

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Sdaniella: it would make sense to offer 4k video capture (dci & uhd) on a smartphone
ideally, 4k hdr capture

... provided one could have at least a 4k dci/uhd display
to watch the videos, too

and a decent bright 1000+NITS capable display (now normal) on high end smartphones (like Samsung Galaxy S7/S8)

Is there really any need/benefit to recording and watching 4K on a phone? Surely if you’re recording 4K then it’s for viewing on a big screen and/or incorporating into a bigger Project?

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 09:16 UTC
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dylanear: Maybe it will help push Wacom prices down to more reasonable levels. The 27" Wacom Cintiq is $2,399.95 right now with a $400 discount, normally $2,799.95. Lovely tablet, but outrageously overpriced. Wacom needs to get realistic or they could be out of business in a few years with all the more realistically priced competition coming out left and right.

I want the Cintiq Pro 16, but think it should cost $1000, not $1500. When will there be discounts on that? Or an actual price drop?

Check out some of the Chinese-made Wacom alternatives. 20” for $500. Good reviews too.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 09:12 UTC
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Hanoise: what! $1800?!
why pay less when you can pay triple that amount with apple's less impressive option!?

Don't you want to flash your fruits around like a member of that cult group?

Err, actaully, what *exactly* is Apple’s ‘less-impressive’ option to this?

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 09:10 UTC
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Hanoise: what! $1800?!
why pay less when you can pay triple that amount with apple's less impressive option!?

Don't you want to flash your fruits around like a member of that cult group?

So many people get home with their iMacs, take them off the stand, lay them on their desk and then try and draw on the screen and fail, and then berate themselves for their poor decision making...

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 09:09 UTC
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camera fan not photographer: The Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 910 has a tilt or lay-flat 27" UHD (3840x2160) multi-touch display for only ~$1000, and that comes with the computer included. This $1800 27" lower-res display must be better in some other way I guess.

If one is just a touchscreen, the it probably won’t have pressure and tilt sensitivity, which the canvas probably will. That’s enough to make it. Ot an option for most digital artists..

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 09:08 UTC
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maxnimo: What do you when the battery goes bad?

No - by one of those high-street phone repair shops in 30 minutes.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 06:13 UTC

they should have made it more realistic:

"I found an old Polaroid instant camera!"
"Oh - the films ruined - it won't work"

The End.

If the camera didn't work, there's be no movie, so they have to take liberties with that.

Also, the capacitor noise is a bit like the 'binocular view' - it just tells people what is happening.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2017 at 09:03 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply

To the regulars here - has GEONYC ever posted anything useful?

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 07:20 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
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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.

Dash2k8 - try a matte screen protector. Makes a big difference to the feel of the Pencil.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 10:22 UTC
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Funkyd3121: eyePad? Nope - not in this household. Bye

If his parents want one, I'm sure they'll buy one. Don't let the little kids control the
household buying decisions.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 10:19 UTC
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maxnimo: So is this better than using 5 inch floppies? I'm skeptical.

Pinched cards are rubbish - they get all out of order if you drop them. Punched paper tape is better.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 15:30 UTC
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Sirandar: You have to wonder what this article has to do with photography.
There is some implication that a photographer did this.

It is incredibly unlikely that this van was left there by anybody who would call themselves a photographer.

If we had real news instead of fake news we would know if the van even had plates (probably not) and if the VIN number was traced, or even if the van was reported stolen. In Canada, out of province people routinely buy old junker vans to travel the west coast to save $$. When they no longer work they are abandoned.

Because being an actual reporter is no longer a viable occupation, there is nobody to "report" these little details.

Um, relevance to photography? Incredibly popular photography location potentially spoilt? Seems relevant to me.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 17:25 UTC
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Steve Ives: I can see this bing useful for people producing training videos e.g. Golf, skateboarding, etc etc and who, previously, have had to press friends and relatives into action to follow them around with a camera.

Arastoo - if you can't formulate a coherent reply, then don't bother. Setting up straw men as arguments just to knock them hem down seems to be the main sort of argument these days, as is thr "I don't have a use for this so why on Earth did they make it?"

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 13:07 UTC
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Steve Ives: I can see this bing useful for people producing training videos e.g. Golf, skateboarding, etc etc and who, previously, have had to press friends and relatives into action to follow them around with a camera.

Not sure you've thought this through Arastoo - people who produce any sort of tutorial (for example) when they need photos or videos of themselves already have a use - this may just facilitate that.

If your needs vary, then I'm very happy for you, but don't assume that your requirements are everyone's requirements.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 10:02 UTC

I can see this bing useful for people producing training videos e.g. Golf, skateboarding, etc etc and who, previously, have had to press friends and relatives into action to follow them around with a camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 15:42 UTC as 17th comment | 13 replies
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cosinaphile: how often do divers go below 15 -20 feet? a 60 foot dive is extraordinary and rare

silly depth rating silly to take an iso 20 phone with a 17 .5 sqmm sensor... the smallest anywhere
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into the depths

Novice divers in the UK are limited to about 60ft. The usual for scuba dives is about 30m/100ft. Advanced divers can go up to 50m/ 160ft.

At 6m and less, boyancy control is a pain, due to the relatively large changes in pressure that asmall change in depth can produce.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 17:02 UTC

If you put the bits in a bag of rice, would that get the water out?

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 12:24 UTC as 14th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon EOS D30 (138 comments in total)
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turvyT: The idea of recovering old cameras is fun, thanks for it. But certainly the anecdote about what you called BDG's is neither nice nor fun. "Schadenfreude", pleasure because someone who did not do anything mean to you spilled wine on his own camera? Nasty feelings there. And the footnotes...

Lighten up. We all know exactly what he means.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 11:39 UTC
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Steve Ives: These sort of algorithms are impressive - I can ask my phone for pictures of 'birds' and it's scarily right. I can also ask for 'eagle' or 'owl' and it gets that right. Ditto for 'dog' and 'cat' although I can't imagine how it can tell them apart - neural network perhaps. Very useful for a quick search.

Austin - 100% of the images on my iPhone don't have captions, yet the built-in search (not, as far as I am aware, powered by google) is still capable of identifying the images.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 06:28 UTC
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Alex Permit: Useful description to use in search. But as captions they add NOTHING to the photo. What is the purpose of reading a brief description of what you can obviously see? Useful captions add information or insights that are not in, or at least not obvious in the image.

The captions are *purely* for search purposes. They're not there to tell you what is in the photo once you've found it.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 06:25 UTC
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