Timbukto

Joined on Nov 30, 2011

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Tazz93: Is it just me or does the stopped down aperture on the 100mm look terrible?

You mean the last product photo showing an irregular and almost off centered aperture opening? Gives me fair warning to not expect miracles even if these are 2nd generation YongNuo.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 14:41 UTC
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Mark Hollister: I hope this company succeeds. iPhones today are far better than when the first year's model, in the same way this technology could also turn into something really incredible.

Even if one were to just make the claim, 'oh its just the software', we do realize in this day and age the critical performance of software being well built and *timely*? You can't always get away with the YI M1 release methodology of building the hardware before the software/firmware. What had more financial repercussions for Apple...bendgate and antenna problems? Or the massive failure of Apple Maps as a spatial app/software platform? Regardless of what is at fault, hardware, or software...something is not right. And just because the fault *may* be in the software does not make it a miraculously easy fix. And software *just* like physical hardware, has a first impressions consumer branding/association factor. Plenty of software platforms can substitute for one another on a technical level, but at a marketing level the one that gets enough done right fast enough is usually the winner.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 00:16 UTC
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Mark Hollister: I hope this company succeeds. iPhones today are far better than when the first year's model, in the same way this technology could also turn into something really incredible.

To me it looks like the concept could work if all cylinders (or optics) are properly firing. But the concept may be ahead of the optics here (in getting so many lenses to be in good enough spec in perfect harmony with one another to not get random globs of blur all over the place).

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 00:01 UTC
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Mark Hollister: I hope this company succeeds. iPhones today are far better than when the first year's model, in the same way this technology could also turn into something really incredible.

I wouldn't make investments or purchases based on hope. In a way I feel sad to see a product/company with folks emotionally not to mention financially vested in it, but with such obvious flaws to be utter commercial failure. A lot of technical smarts involved with the product development, but how much market smarts do you need to know that anyone with an iota interest in camera's producing *large* resolution files have a certain 'minimum' quality threshold that needs to be met. If your camera does not meet this minimum quality, *downsize* the output. People who care about high MP do not want to see 100% crops like these, and people who don't care about high MP do not care about esoteric photography gear anyhow...

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 23:59 UTC
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Timbukto: Just use the Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX. Mine works fine on FX. First two YN lenses I saw weird optical consistencies from what reviewers published. I see weird consistencies from the YI M1 kit lense too. Just because you can make 3rd party flash devices (which you have to admit just is something that is easy to send to China as it is far from cutting edge technologies), does not mean you can make consistently great optics (which often *does* require cutting edge technology which when reading LensRental blogs you come to appreciate).

Only recently did even 3rd party Japanese lens manufacturers with *years* of experience and knowledge produce some 1st party tier or beating lenses. Just because that happened recently doesn't mean YongNuo can magically catch that wave of optical improvement right after producing 3rd party flashes, and the results of the first two lenses show exactly that.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 18:54 UTC

Just use the Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX. Mine works fine on FX. First two YN lenses I saw weird optical consistencies from what reviewers published. I see weird consistencies from the YI M1 kit lense too. Just because you can make 3rd party flash devices (which you have to admit just is something that is easy to send to China as it is far from cutting edge technologies), does not mean you can make consistently great optics (which often *does* require cutting edge technology which when reading LensRental blogs you come to appreciate).

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 18:51 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
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J A C S: "Traditional cameras require photo film of longer than 35 mm."

Yeah, 35mm long film is way too short. The most used ones were 1m long or so.

"Previously, when the shooting was in remote sites it was mandatory to carry a number of batteries with photographer and downloading that images in the computer may be laborious. "

Yeah, those rangefinders and mechanical SLRs used to eat batteries like crazy. Downloading film to computers was hard.

"Hence, professional photographers are switching to digital cameras..."

Yeah, going digital removes the need for good batteries.

Well this one made its way past the spam filter LOL.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 19:09 UTC
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J A C S: "Traditional cameras require photo film of longer than 35 mm."

Yeah, 35mm long film is way too short. The most used ones were 1m long or so.

"Previously, when the shooting was in remote sites it was mandatory to carry a number of batteries with photographer and downloading that images in the computer may be laborious. "

Yeah, those rangefinders and mechanical SLRs used to eat batteries like crazy. Downloading film to computers was hard.

"Hence, professional photographers are switching to digital cameras..."

Yeah, going digital removes the need for good batteries.

I found this article highly educational. Who knew that instead of sweat shops, entry level data entry, or shilling companies, we now also have market analysis reports made from Indian college grad's web scraping together what they can get from wikipedia, financial reports, and other webpages. It's still a lot better than lorem ipsum! Would love to know how many doofus sales/marketing MBA's fell for it and are demanding their money back via support. Or how many are *really* falling for it and are reporting these figures up the chain of command. Finally how many *engineers* would it have passed the sniff test on?

Still DPReview never posted *one* article by ByThom....but somehow this made the cut? Time to return this coal to the stocking....

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 18:26 UTC
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Timbukto: Isn't it a huge omission to not mention the original source including smartphone/cellphone camera's as *inclusive* to this analysis. And because its included this market research says *nothing* shocking whatsoever?

Don't trust a market research firm that most likely writes its own customer testimonials -
" We received a very quick response to all our queries on the report and we were also given a free consult with analyst for 15 minutes. It is refreshing (and increasingly rare) to have a new company go the extra mile to win the confidence of the customer."

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 07:07 UTC
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Timbukto: Isn't it a huge omission to not mention the original source including smartphone/cellphone camera's as *inclusive* to this analysis. And because its included this market research says *nothing* shocking whatsoever?

https://www.glassdoor.com/Jobs/Zion-Market-Research-Jobs-E1494753.htm

Looks like they are hiring more market research experts in Pune, India.
They are just spreading these market reports out like an STD -
https://www.zionmarketresearch.com/news/Global-STD-Diagnostics-Market

My brilliant market research says maybe they are not 'headquartered' in Sarasota, FL.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 07:02 UTC
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Timbukto: Isn't it a huge omission to not mention the original source including smartphone/cellphone camera's as *inclusive* to this analysis. And because its included this market research says *nothing* shocking whatsoever?

Okay I understand now, they use the term 'Camera Cell Phones' as camera's that double as a smartphone vs just any other smartphone. The free analysis and abstract - https://www.zionmarketresearch.com/market-analysis/digital-photography-market is written in a English as not a first-language manner IMO. Actually a lot of it just doesn't make sense -
"Traditional cameras require photo film of longer than 35 mm. Previously, when the shooting was in remote sites it was mandatory to carry a number of batteries with photographer and downloading that images in the computer may be laborious. Hence, professional photographers are switching to digital cameras which would lead the significant growth of the market over the forecast period."

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 06:08 UTC
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Timbukto: Boy oh boy, OLED is premium now? Thought Apple fanboy's would always argue it was inferior with fake clowny colors! Oh but this is the Apple version so it will just be magically better. I've *always* preferred OLED and can see how it substantially reduces eyestrain and mental stress compared to LCD. Apple is finally taking 1 step to building a smartphone I might actually purchase (disclaimer: I am actually an Apple stockholder and have an iPhone due to work).

Oh I have a lot of Apple stock! I own nearly 2.7e-6 percent of the entire company! But with products like this - http://www.anandtech.com/show/10836/the-oneplus-3t-mini-review/2 Which the author just revised because the manufacturer issued a fix for color profiling of all things, I'm waiting for the next big thing or will get rid of my Apple position in face of the threat of making America great again. My portfolio is happy due to Trump optimism, I'm just wondering if/when I need to sell before the optimism fades.

Also very nice camera on it - http://www.gsmarena.com/piccmp.php3?idType=5&idPhone1=8416&idPhone2=8345&idPhone3=6849

When I get more excited about a made in China mid-priced/budget smartphone over an iPhone announcing OLED adoption, I think maybe I need to sell or hope for Apple Car hype.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 00:35 UTC
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Timbukto: Boy oh boy, OLED is premium now? Thought Apple fanboy's would always argue it was inferior with fake clowny colors! Oh but this is the Apple version so it will just be magically better. I've *always* preferred OLED and can see how it substantially reduces eyestrain and mental stress compared to LCD. Apple is finally taking 1 step to building a smartphone I might actually purchase (disclaimer: I am actually an Apple stockholder and have an iPhone due to work).

They *can* be clownish but most major brands do have sRGB or other profiles to select from, but it certainly isn't 'transparent' to the user or 'standardized' by Android.

http://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_S7_ShootOut_1.htm

"the measured Absolute Color Accuracy for the Galaxy S7 Basic screen mode is an impressive 1.5 JNCD, tied with the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 for the most color accurate displays that we have ever measured for a smartphone or tablet, which is visually indistinguishable from perfect, and is very likely considerably better than your living room TV."

To be fair the IPhone 7 sets the bar for color accuracy. But the Samsung S6's and later were more accurate than anything Apple did previously before the iPhone 7.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 21:30 UTC

Boy oh boy, OLED is premium now? Thought Apple fanboy's would always argue it was inferior with fake clowny colors! Oh but this is the Apple version so it will just be magically better. I've *always* preferred OLED and can see how it substantially reduces eyestrain and mental stress compared to LCD. Apple is finally taking 1 step to building a smartphone I might actually purchase (disclaimer: I am actually an Apple stockholder and have an iPhone due to work).

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 20:07 UTC as 36th comment | 7 replies
On article Happy Holidays from DPReview (151 comments in total)

Congrats Rishi on your first born, I thought I could see some extra baby-fat! I'm on my third right now but first boy. Curious to know later if your idea of 'portable' gear has changed any.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 19:55 UTC as 25th comment
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Timbukto: Isn't it a huge omission to not mention the original source including smartphone/cellphone camera's as *inclusive* to this analysis. And because its included this market research says *nothing* shocking whatsoever?

"In the midst of turbulent times for some traditional camera manufacturers comes a new report predicting an impressive rise in the global market value of digital photography, "
Summary text, but given the context of the research *including* smartphones as part of that growth, then wouldn't the continuation of 'turbulent' times be pretty much guaranteed at this point?

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 19:44 UTC

Isn't it a huge omission to not mention the original source including smartphone/cellphone camera's as *inclusive* to this analysis. And because its included this market research says *nothing* shocking whatsoever?

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 19:43 UTC as 20th comment | 5 replies
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Toni Salmonelli: I guess I am not the only one around here who's camera is used a lot for documenting family gatherings and other events. For me, my first accessory flash was the single best photography investment (along with the nifty fifty maybe) and should definitely e on this list.

Most first-time purchasers of nice camera's do it for taking pictures of *family* and *events* not of *landscapes*, therefore even the tripod suggestion favors what you think works for you as a landscape photographer, but most people buying nice cameras for the first time is *not* because they want to take a good landscape picture, but a picture of their newborn or children or even pets, etc. Thus the flash takes higher priority (statistically speaking). Even the first time tripod purchase is probably for a family shot. Someone buying a camera for *landscape* usually is putting in the extra effort, research, and time to not need such a beginner guide anyhow. Just speaking out of my own bias of why I got my own camera, and why I know *others* get camera's, it is getting a flash I can bounce that makes a tremendous difference.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 19:33 UTC
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Toni Salmonelli: I guess I am not the only one around here who's camera is used a lot for documenting family gatherings and other events. For me, my first accessory flash was the single best photography investment (along with the nifty fifty maybe) and should definitely e on this list.

Yes I've used off-brand batteries at times, however the FUD against off-brand memory cards is silly in the same context!

As the Samsung Galaxy Note debacle shows, you just need to be selective or even lucky about your choices, off-brand or not, batteries or memory cards.

i.e. I somehow have a monster digital SDHC card in my possession probably as a thrown in 'freebie'. The idea that I should be scared of using it because its not some 'pre-approved' brand is silly. Yes Monster makes over priced cables and headphones that are cheap made in china products, but which memory cards aren't.

Also I've *never* had a memory card fail yet. No I haven't shot for decades, but pretty sure failure rates are far below roll of film failure rates.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 19:22 UTC
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Toni Salmonelli: I guess I am not the only one around here who's camera is used a lot for documenting family gatherings and other events. For me, my first accessory flash was the single best photography investment (along with the nifty fifty maybe) and should definitely e on this list.

Yah not sure how phone apps made it above flash. 2nd I have memory cards made that are *not* in the 'major' brand name list and I think the FUD is silly. You should worry about using off-brand *batteries* more than memory cards.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 18:19 UTC
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