Tom Stites

Tom Stites

Lives in United States Atlanta, GA, United States
Works as a Retired
Joined on Jan 19, 2017

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Color me impressed by this lens, regardless of the price, especially with how it holds up on the A1. I'm viewing on a 32", calibrated, 4K monitor, btw. After viewing this gallery, I went over and had a look at the Leica 28mm f/2...given that some of the photos were taken in the same locations and had some of the same elements, I could get a rudimentary comparison of the two systems (camera and lens). IMHO, not a good showing for the Leica, somewhat surprised by that.

What I'm not particularly impressed with is the noise level of the A1, even in some of the fairly low ISO shots...color me surprised!

Cheers!

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2021 at 14:33 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies
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Tom Stites: I can't speak to Nikon's situation, but with a large number of companies that make and distribute photo, video and audio products worldwide, the selling organizations in each country or region, whether owned by the manufacturer or independent distribution companies, are typically responsible for the warranties on the products they sell in their region. The factory in Japan or wherever does not reimburse the selling companies for their warranty costs other than in an extreme situation where there might be a gross manufacturing defect that affects a high percentage of units.

The regional selling companies have to set aside a percentage of sales revenues to cover warranty expenses in their selling region. Obviously, they aren't going to have money set aside to cover repairs of a product sold in another part of the world. It would get very complicated, on many levels, for the regional companies to engage in exchange of warranty monies if someone needed repair outside their home region.

Another matter, for both a factory and distributor is parts inventory...how many to put on the shelf to cover warranty and repair needs through the life of a product. It's a crap shoot, an expensive crap shoot...and in this day and age, when electronic components often have a short life cycle before becoming obsolete, if you guess wrong and run out, you're hosed. Manufacturers have to plan spare parts inventory along with what they need for production and buy in quantity, then sit on the parts inventory for year and years. It's not likely you can go back to a subcontractor after 10 years and buy 30 more focus motors for a lens that is still popular, but has motors failing. If you guess wrong and have to write off a ton of EOL parts inventory, someone's going under a bus! And that's a constant battle between factory and distributor...neither want's to have that inventory on their books and take the risk.

Looks so simple until you stick your head under the Kimono!

Cheers!

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2021 at 06:41 UTC

I can't speak to Nikon's situation, but with a large number of companies that make and distribute photo, video and audio products worldwide, the selling organizations in each country or region, whether owned by the manufacturer or independent distribution companies, are typically responsible for the warranties on the products they sell in their region. The factory in Japan or wherever does not reimburse the selling companies for their warranty costs other than in an extreme situation where there might be a gross manufacturing defect that affects a high percentage of units.

The regional selling companies have to set aside a percentage of sales revenues to cover warranty expenses in their selling region. Obviously, they aren't going to have money set aside to cover repairs of a product sold in another part of the world. It would get very complicated, on many levels, for the regional companies to engage in exchange of warranty monies if someone needed repair outside their home region.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2021 at 06:41 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply

If the comments here are any indication, people (you know who you are) really have lost their sense of humo(u)r.

This humo(u)r in this segment had nothing to do with camera brand...in fact it had nothing to do with cameras!

It was a skit about the range of human personalities and how different people approach the same thing. It could just as easily have been about 3 guys' approach to buying gear to go on a motorcycle adventure and one showing up in $3000 worth of Klim riding gear and another showing up in a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops. The same skit could be constructed about many topics where some are all about the "gear" and others are all about the experience. Get a life, people!

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2020 at 14:43 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies
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Tom Stites: I'll be darned...it works...with caveats...

Doesn't seem to be any means to select an alternative folder to store the incoming files in...they go into Pictures/Imported from Photos Companion.

At least it works when I'm at home and both my phone and desktop computer are connected to the same network. I have yet to test to see if it works if you just have a laptop and phone and don't have a wireless router in place. I'll test that shortly, but I'm guessing it's a no-go. To be cont'd...

DaQi,

As I mentioned above, go into "Settings" in the Photos app on your PC and scroll almost to the bottom of the settings window and make sure "Preview" is switched on. The option to import via WiFi does not show up unless that box is checked. Restart the program and it the option should now appear.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2018 at 16:40 UTC
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vadims: > Both devices have to be connected to the same WiFi network

What if the smartphone is in Hotspot mode, and the notebook is connected to the WiFi network created by the mobile? Will transfer work then?

As noted in an earlier comment, I tested that configuration and it does work.

Cheers!

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2018 at 04:13 UTC
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Foxjet: What am I missing here? To transfer any number of photos from/to phone to computer I just plug in the USB charging cord that came with my phone. No pairing required, quick and easy. WT(F)? I just select the photos to transfer by date and put them in any folder I choose. Sometimes wireless is not the best way to go.

No, read harder...it's right there in the title. "Microsoft Photos Companion app offers easy transfer from smartphones to PC". The Microsoft Photos Companion app is not the app that runs on the PC, it's the app that runs on an IOS or Android smartphone or tablet.

The article is about both, an IOS or Android app for a phone or tablet that provides an alternative way to transfer photos on your phone or tablet to your Windows PC via the Photos app on the PC.

I tried it, it works as advertised...no more half-baked than just about any other v0.9 piece of software. As I mentioned in my original post, would be nice to choose an alternative directory to download to, but I can see some logic to staying consistent across machines, too.

Nothing personal, just facts...

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2018 at 21:23 UTC
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Foxjet: What am I missing here? To transfer any number of photos from/to phone to computer I just plug in the USB charging cord that came with my phone. No pairing required, quick and easy. WT(F)? I just select the photos to transfer by date and put them in any folder I choose. Sometimes wireless is not the best way to go.

Foxjet...Oh really, you can connect your phone to your laptop via the charging cable and transfer files via file explorer? Who'd a thunk it! NSS!

Have you actually tried the app? Pairing the devices takes less time than plugging in the cable and you get direct access to your entire photo library, not having wait for File Explorer to read the thumbnails or look in different storage folders that you typically find on an iPhone.

If I wanted to copy or backup my entire photo library or a substantial part of it, probably best to use a cable, otherwise, I'll do it the easy way, tyvm.

Options, I like having options!

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2018 at 17:40 UTC
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Tom Stites: I'll be darned...it works...with caveats...

Doesn't seem to be any means to select an alternative folder to store the incoming files in...they go into Pictures/Imported from Photos Companion.

At least it works when I'm at home and both my phone and desktop computer are connected to the same network. I have yet to test to see if it works if you just have a laptop and phone and don't have a wireless router in place. I'll test that shortly, but I'm guessing it's a no-go. To be cont'd...

Yes, my original test was from an iPhone to my desktop editing machine which is part of a wired network in my home that includes a wireless router.

I have no easy way to try VPN, but should work, as long as your phone has VPN access to the network.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2018 at 14:25 UTC
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CaPi: To my knowledge most school children in the US use chrome books and cloud services to work on projects .
That’s not the solution for that. This is the 90s pda sync all over again with less cables.

Yes, indoctrinate and assimilate the little kiddies into the Google ecosystem as early as possible. "Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated" And I remember when people thought M$ was the evil empire...ha!

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 19:16 UTC
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Tom Stites: I'll be darned...it works...with caveats...

Doesn't seem to be any means to select an alternative folder to store the incoming files in...they go into Pictures/Imported from Photos Companion.

At least it works when I'm at home and both my phone and desktop computer are connected to the same network. I have yet to test to see if it works if you just have a laptop and phone and don't have a wireless router in place. I'll test that shortly, but I'm guessing it's a no-go. To be cont'd...

I did a little more testing and there is a way to transfer files to a laptop without having to have a wireless network set up.

I set my iPhone up as a hotspot and connected my laptop to it...voila...instant wireless network and the photo sharing works!

One other note...on my Surface tablet and Dell laptop, when I upgraded to the latest version of Photos, I didn't realize that you have to go to settings and enable the "Preview" option to make the wifi sharing with mobile device work. For some reason, I didn't have to do that on my desktop machine.

I hope MS evolves this handy app. Would be nice to go both ways, as I often want to add a few photos from a Windows machine to the phone.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 16:52 UTC

I'll be darned...it works...with caveats...

Doesn't seem to be any means to select an alternative folder to store the incoming files in...they go into Pictures/Imported from Photos Companion.

At least it works when I'm at home and both my phone and desktop computer are connected to the same network. I have yet to test to see if it works if you just have a laptop and phone and don't have a wireless router in place. I'll test that shortly, but I'm guessing it's a no-go. To be cont'd...

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 15:43 UTC as 14th comment | 6 replies
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David Chien: Seriously? Comparing $6400 imac pro versus lesser equipped, cheaper computers?

That's like comparing a Ferrari to a Camry.

Instead, start with $2500-5000 Xeon powered pc desktops.
http://www8.hp.com/us/en/campaigns/workstations-z8/index.html

Then you'll see the iMac pro cry.

I suppose all one can take away from this test is that if you lack the knowledge or inclination to do some research and put together your own system, you better have deep pockets. The only reason to go with a Xeon processor over an i7 or i9 would be for ECC memory or a dual processor system. As mentioned, the iMac Pro has ECC memory, but I don't see that making sense for this type of system. I've built many workstation type systems for everything from CAD to photo/video editing and have never had memory issues. Now if I were running a mission-critical server application, then yes, ECC memory/dual processors makes sense.

For considerably less than $5K, one could put together a core i9, 3.2GHz, 10 core system with GTX1080 GPU, 32GB memory, Samsung 960 Pro SATA m.2 1TB primary storage and 4TB HD secondary storage in the machine...along with typical case, PS, KB, I/O panel and OS. Performance would far surpass the iMac Pro and would be upgradable as required down the road.

Cheers!

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 21:14 UTC
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