Ken Phillips

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shadowcatch: I came to know why DSLR cameras are so expensive. Manufacturers transfer the burden of R&D expenses to buyers.

Geez, I work for a jet engine manufacturer ... guess what? Customers pay for R&D and profit. Same for drug manufacturers, software developers ...

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2019 at 14:22 UTC

Hmmm, taking the work of others, and passing it off as your own "art". Brilliant.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 11:37 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
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teh herp3r: Another crowdfunded campaign bites the dust. Surprise, surprise...

Most businesses fail. Most. It's how it's always been.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 20:31 UTC
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JonB1975: I had been hoping for the 1Ds mkII to be covered - this is the next best thing... :-) I still have my 1Ds II, now with a Zeiss 50mm 1.4 permanently attached - gorgeous images....

I have a 1Dinosaur and both versions of the Mk. II, which I am simply keeping. I've retired from pro photography, so mostly you'll find me with a 7D or something, with a birding lens on it. A new 1D with that 50 mp sensor may, however, get me back to full frame.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 16:40 UTC
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biza43: So changing systems is not cheap. What's new? In the late 80's and early 90's, when Canon introduced the EOS system, with innovative AF, USM, and IS, lots of folks changed from Nikon to Canon. Not cheap at the time...

Truth is, pros will use what the agencies provide them with, or what they need to get the job done.

Heck, it was just as expensive to switch from the Canon FD system to Canon EOS with its EF lenses! I actually had an adapter for the lenses, hated it. But I was prepared when digital came around (though I confess to keeping a box of A1s and several really good FD lenses for way too long.)

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 14:16 UTC
On article This camera is made of 32,000 drinking straws (177 comments in total)
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Preamp: Lesson 2: Use nanotube straws on a 1/3" digital sensor.

Just a type of "pinhole" camera, where diffraction is the name of the game.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 15:59 UTC
On article Hopes of Kodachrome relaunch put on ice (162 comments in total)
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tom43: Why just looking into old film stocks and not designing a complete new slide film with state of the art charactertistics? Better colors, higher resolution and less grain would be a great opportunity....

Yep. Even my ten-year-old transparency scanner showed up the grain on most film stock (as did my twenty-year-old scanner that cost about half an automobile - pop told me nearly thirty years ago that digital was the wave of the future. At that time, you still captured with film, then scanned, then waited minutes for each change in your editing software ...

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 16:38 UTC
On article Hopes of Kodachrome relaunch put on ice (162 comments in total)
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antonio petrone: Those who have never taken with Kodachrome can not understand.

At the least, shooting Kodachrome teaches you how to work within a very narrow dynamic range. But as Greg OH states, digital sunk that ship (I was a great fan of Velvia, as well.)

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 16:35 UTC
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JF69: Beautiful imagery!
Even though imagery of a hypocrite & apologist, who waged 8 years of wars on foreign soil, images of a man tied with extremist CAIR.......still beautiful imagery.

Um, which wars have ended? Not that I'm OK with the latest person in office.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 13:32 UTC
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sknai16: The amount of course is never going to be alotted, even if the woman wins the suit. If the company can not show a signed release, they will pay and so they should. The amount will be negotiated, of course. How about 2,5 million?

How about zero? Or how about triple what she would have gotten for posing for the picture - that's the max that should be allowed (heck, triple damages is the limit under the RICO statute!)
But if Chipotle can show that the photographer indicated that there was a release, the woman should pay Chipotle's legal fees.
Frivolous lawsuits (the amount made this one frivolous) should be handled accordingly.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 14:04 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)
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mike emerson: I can't really see the point of bringing Super 8 back. The quality was simply awful. The money that's been wasted developing this 'Lomo-esque' product could be better spent bringing back and improving Kodachrome...there's still a good market for that i believe. Another example of 'retro' being taken a bit too far in my opinion.

When you say "the quality was simply awful" do you mean footage shot by ANYONE, or the stuff that your neighbor shot, of the kids on vacation? A well-made motion picture would be good at 320x240, a poorly made motion picture would be a travesty even at 4K.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 18:44 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)
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newbeltane: A novelty product and one I predict will soon die. Most folk are happy with their smartphones for video and who wants to wait for Kodak to develop your cartridge? Analogue maybe but vinyl records make sense, this doesn't. Film (as averse to digital) is also making a comeback (some say it never went away) but I can't see this as being anything but a here today gone tomorrow product. What a shame that Kodak has come to this!

Two grand for a retro camera may seem harsh, but you've compared that to [essentially] the price of film. What does a good turntable and amplifier cost? Two grand would be the low end, and I've seen them for twenty times that.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 18:42 UTC
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (146 comments in total)

Why doesn't it have legacy Thunderbolt ports (old-style connector)? Do I still have to buy a $60 adapter for that?

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 20:48 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (146 comments in total)
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five5pho: That is not a new product category, there are a few companies offering similar products for years any reason that is being mentioned as something new ?
Apple use to be a company I loved.

It's not a new category, but as Thunderbolt 3 is new, and uses a different connector, this product is unique. For a week or two, anyway.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 20:47 UTC
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sierranvin: @ Damien Demolder -
"so that dark frames don’t have to be made directly after each image – they can be made at the end when the subject has passed."

You left me in the dust with the reference to these dark frames, which in the context you've written sound important. Could you please briefly explain what they are and their purpose? Thanks in advance!

One can make "dark frames" (literally, exposures with no exposure) and "flat frames" (exposures of an even light source) to characterize the proclivities of a given sensor under certain conditions. The flat frames will show where heat noise and hot pixels appear, the flat frame will map the exposure characteristics that vary across the frame. Both can be used to modify the actual astro image to reduce the contribution of the sensor's defects to the final product.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 16:09 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1641 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: I'm happy - a serious effort from the sales king, with some appealing technology and features.

I'm curious how many of these Canon will sell in the next year, compared to say X-T1 (because it's a similar price), or GX8, or a6300 sales.

I want Sony (and Fuji, even thought I don't shoot Fuji) to adopt that same touch-screen tech.

If, say, your focus point selected on the touch screen is reflected instantly in the EVF, one could perhaps use a finger (or a talented nose) to select the point on the screen without chimping.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 19:51 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: This story mentioned nothing about noise levels. I'm sure that particular Nikon produced more noise than any other camera in history.

Brown noise, most likely.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 18:12 UTC
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FrancoD: Reserve not met yet..
The seller pointed out that the average price of the known 9 to ever been sold on the net was $55k USD . That should give an idea to would be bidders.

Of course, there is a chance that there is market saturation, as which point, any "late comers" are going to be disappointed with their take.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 13:53 UTC
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JanMatthys: In the meantime...millions of dollars are stolen every week by wall street & banks, yet no one reports it......

The government is the biggest theft ring in existence.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 20:15 UTC
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mcshan: Sorry but this would not have happened to me.

It could happen to anyone. A couple of years ago an attractive woman bumped into me at a Cincinnati Reds game. It appeared to be intentional to me, and as I'm not particularly young or attractive, I turned around immediately to find her two "friends" nearly up against me, apparently aiming at my wallet. They ran away as soon as I spotted them. If I was a little less cynical, I'd be minus my wallet.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 14:12 UTC
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