MGJA

MGJA

Joined on Jun 19, 2011

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On article Aura is a next generation digital picture frame (74 comments in total)

Attention frame manufacturers! You want to charge me $400 for a frame? Well, by all means. But here's a condition - it can't be for phone shots. My phone stuff is already displayed on screens everywhere and lives comfortably on Instagram, Snapchat and Flicker, not to mention in various clouds. But make this sort of thing work with my real camera, including the wave-at-it-to-download and the auto filtering all the AF misses and we can actually talk. Oh, it has to do RAW. Now get back to the workshop.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 22:51 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Readers' Showcase: Christopher Michel (71 comments in total)

Ok, I admit it, I'm envious. Some dudes just have cooler lives than others.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 15:28 UTC as 28th comment

Instax is the sleeper hit that nobody would have thought had a chance in the age of mobile phones and instagram. And yet, I have found it to be a first class social ice breaker and an incredibly popular way to interact with your photography subjects. In particular with those so young that they have never really seen a paper photograph before, except in papers and books - to them, Instax is a revelation. I am still amazed at just how popular this little thing is proving to be each time I take it to an outing or an event.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2015 at 17:25 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply

I have next to no idea about IR - what, pray tell, is a "hot mirror"?

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 18:07 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
In reply to:

pacnwhobbyist: You have to wonder, in retrospect, if that "ditch the dslr" offer they were running was a way to offload excess inventory before closing down.

I have to say, when I heard they'd dropped the Netherlands, the first thing I thought was that Samsung Europe was doing their own campaign: Ditch the Dutch!

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2015 at 17:31 UTC
On article Video Field Test: Theron Humphrey and the Sony A7R II (188 comments in total)

Excellent video. You are really getting good at this, DPR folks. Informative, fun, well paced... well worth the time. And that is very rare on the net, where video is almost always a waste of time that would have been much more productively spent on text. Nice to see someone has a firm grip of what makes the medium sing, as it were.

Although that accent does simply not go with the lumberjack shirt and the cowboy hat. I kept hoping Barney would switch to a tweed jacket with suede elbow patches, a bow tie, and round Oxford commie glasses. Oh well.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 21:19 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)

The funny thing is that this press release could have been a bombshell.

If they had announced that they were definitely, positively working on a D400, that is.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 22:12 UTC as 55th comment
On article 2015 Roundup: Advanced Zoom Compacts (148 comments in total)
In reply to:

Donglei: I do love the way dpr compares several p&s cameras with a graph of equivalent aperture and focal length. But it only appears in the camera news and later we can never find it again. Could you make such a chart tool and embed it into your comparison system? And it would be greater if dslr lenses are also included in this tool!

And speaking of that magnificent chart - it is horribly unparsable for the partially colour blind. You can happily use black, white, red, yellow and blue. No green, no orange, no brown, no purple. If you need more, why that's why dotted lines were invented.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2015 at 20:32 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony a7S II (288 comments in total)
In reply to:

bluevellet: I like the euphemism about unified design and ergonomics and implying this requires effort.

Except insomuch some of those savings are passed on to the customers. Which, given the price differentials between these things and their CaNikon functional counterparts, they seem to be, at least partially...

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2015 at 13:45 UTC
On article JPEG Committee contemplates adding DRM to image format (186 comments in total)

Yes, JPEG DRM is stupid for all the reasons outlined here in the comments already.

But you know what? I'm fine with that. Let them. If they ruin the jpg format, perhaps we can finally get some other output standard format that isn't mired in the 1990s. Higher colour bit depth, modern compression, transparency control... These formats are out there, and if jpg manages to discredit itself sufficiently perhaps camera manufacturers and third party software vendors will finally wake up and smell the coffee.

So go, JPEG Group, go! Implement the harshest, most restrictive, most cumbersome, most useless DRM imaginable and utilize the most disproportionate legal means to enforce them that lobbyist money can buy. Do it. Do it now!

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 14:18 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply

So. Mr Welling not only has The Eye for composition and light, he has the Timing for the Moment and the patience and knowledge required to make those other things happen.

And the result is the best, bar none, image series ever published here at dpr. Well done, sir, well done indeed.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2015 at 07:04 UTC as 19th comment
On photo 20141015-EM1A8924-2 in the Rainy days challenge (13 comments in total)

All it needs is a flying car, and then it'll be Blade Runner.

Fantastic mood capture.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 10:15 UTC as 12th comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Alexander Jikharev (34 comments in total)

One of my favourite sets or reader showcases. Impeccable framing and a great eye for light and light's effect on mood.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 16:50 UTC as 8th comment
On article Video: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD Field Test (102 comments in total)

I'm really enjoying these videos. It doesn't hurt that Rishi is plain mean behind that viewfinder, too.

Although Barney... rolled up trouser legs are an offense against everything that fair and just in this world. Immediately vaporizes any accent-derived cultural goodwill that might otherwise accrue. Just sayin'.

Other than that... kudos. Oh, and third part manufacturers? Start working on a filter holder for this puppy, please.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 17:19 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies

Sometimes pictures speak loud and clear. Line up like a bunch of soccer guys walling a free kick near the goal - family jewels well and truly protected... Apparently they came expecting some hard shooting.

DPR did try. Bounced off the corpo-speak wall, but given that picture I guess we can't be surprised.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 15:54 UTC as 63rd comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Rutger Bus (44 comments in total)

Very fine. I particularly like how you get so much out of equipment many dpreview:er forum dwellers would dismiss as antiquated.

A reminder that for the vast majority of us, skill, time and practice is what's lacking, not gear.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2015 at 18:24 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply

It has certainly been instructive to read this series of interviews with industry execs. So many things unsaid, but glaringly obvious nevertheless.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 18:04 UTC as 167th comment
On article Starstruck: Adam Woodworth's nighttime photography (60 comments in total)

Adam, if you read this... thank you.

Tremendous skill and compositional talent. I'm crazy envious.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 19:10 UTC as 25th comment

From the contest rules:

"17. The winner and other participants agree to the use of his/her name, image and entered photograph in any publicity material related to the contest."

... reasonable. They're not claiming the rights for anything but contest promotion.

"20. The equipment given to the winner is only on loan and must be returned to Phase One. Receiver takes full responsibility for insurance, while in his/her possession. Receiver is financially liable for returning the unit within the agreed time. In the event that the unit is not returned as agreed, the unit is due for payment."

... not even insurance? That's a downer.

Personally, I would hate to be in hock for $50k in case something happened to that box. And getting a one month insurance extra is going to be fairly expensive, too.

What does it cost to outright lend this stuff for a similar period of time?

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 23:26 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
On article Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 (370 comments in total)

This video review format is very nice. Some real world usage to balance the numbers games. Relaxed and informative, striking the right balance between viewer interest and geek thirst for data. Solid stuff, folks.

Although I guess the proof is in the pudding - let's see what happens when DPR hits on a product that deserves some serious panning.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 16:08 UTC as 79th comment | 1 reply
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