Dylthedog

Lives in United Kingdom Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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Joined on Jan 5, 2006

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(unknown member): Hmmm, does it mean I will suddenly be bombarded with ads for wrinkle cream and nose hair clippers?

You're confusing Apple with Google.

Apple just want you to buy more of their stuff; it's Google that sell your soul to everyone and their dog.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 21:38 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Canon EOS 77D (448 comments in total)
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kty: To all that blind-minded fanboys that don't even tolerate the slightest criticism:
I ADMIRE CANON MORE THAN YOU GUYS!
Just like many, Canon 300D was THE camera to make me love photograpy. Not only that, it was again a Canon, namely the A1 which inspired me to dive in the world of film cameras. Now after years, i make my living out of these. I have been a keen admirer of Canon for nearly 20 years.
BUT
exactly for this very reason i am frustrated and angry for what they have turned into. My only hope is that they (and you too) will someday realize why Canon is NOT doing right. Before it is too late... Just like Leica, Rollei, Kodak and many other companies which also were making huge profits in their prime days but now are either deceased or shells of their former selfs.

It was the 350D for me. The only game in town back then, for even double the price point. Since then I've had every 5D (except for the IV) and spent £10k on Canon glass.

The 5D Mk IV does the stuff I wanted a few years ago, but Canon lost me a while back if I'm honest. Too slow on sensor development and more compact alternatives is the root of it for me. I fully accept others have different needs that Canon fulfill very well, but this micro segmentation is something I think consumers will find confusing and will work against them in the long run.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 21:26 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Canon EOS 77D (448 comments in total)

Canon's next press release:
Today Canon announce the 78.5D, which sits between the 81.3333D and the T7.25i (called the 900005D some regions).

Canon says the sensor dynamic range has been extended by a whole percentage point, and can now output video at 3.9K.

The new Mirrorless camera from Canon, the M7, has an extra button but it doesn't do anything.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 09:43 UTC as 75th comment | 3 replies
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tinternaut: I haven't had the email yet, but living in the UK I assume I'm affected. Trouble is, I like Lightroom. I also like Photoshop, but mostly use Photoshop for final sharpening (typically USM before publishing), and occasionally use Photoshop's more advanced features (layers and content aware fill being firm favourites for some problems).

I could get a perpetual Lightroom licence plus something that would do what I currently do in Photoshop*, but that's another learning curve.

* No! Not GIMP!

I second Pixelmator, I've stopped using Photoshop now. Similar but different enough from Photoshop to be annoying to start with, but you soon get used to it. The principles are the same, so it's just familiarity with GUI.

I don't print that much though, so mostly for digital.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 17:21 UTC

When you compare the two, it makes you wonder how Canon got away with selling the MKII.

The MKIII looks like a fab lens.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 21:52 UTC as 26th comment | 10 replies
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Androole: The fish's eye, the monkey hand, and the bison are the three weakest images, but the others are exceptional. Hard to decide!

@JamesF168 Love is oxytocin essentially, a brain chemical that occurs in most higher mammals (including dogs). So my use of that word no more anthropomorphises them than calling them 'smart'.

No apology needed, BTW, it's expected :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 14:19 UTC
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Androole: The fish's eye, the monkey hand, and the bison are the three weakest images, but the others are exceptional. Hard to decide!

I like the bison picture, shows impeccable timing and probably took a lot of stalking. The Chinese monkeys is weaker to me, but each to their own.

As far as the anthropomorphic monkeys go, the term seems tad self indulgent to me. That's not accidental behaviour that looks human, that's just their behaviour; they are smart, loving creatures.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 17:20 UTC

Simon Frederick, I love his portrait work...

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 22:03 UTC as 54th comment
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)
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Rishi Sanyal: To take a step back from everything, Nikon is not stupid, and has at least realized the need for mobile integration, to force mobile users to CHOOSE their DSLRs over their iPhones.

That's what they're trying with SnabBridge - to limited success of course. But give this time. Heck, plead with Nikon that they instead choose to work with proper app developers to get this process of ingesting and curating Raws and JPEGs seemlessly from devices to content management systems embedded in all devices (phones, computers, web browsers), & finally even Joe Schmoe will shoot the shot of his kid with the D500, not the iPhone.

That's the biggest fight they have to fight. And Nikon knows this and are at least trying to fight it.

It'd be the greatest shame to see Nikon tech buried amongst survival concerns of cell phones and misunderstandings that don't understand that Nikon camera technology *actually* has something to offer that NO OTHER camera manufacturer has to offer at this level (AF perf).

Actually they all took a protectionist stance; denied the reality of the market.

It's understandable, boardrooms are full of people saying 'but if we do that it will kill our profits'.

Ironically I think it was Mr Jobs that said 'you have to cannibalise your own market before someone else does'. They practised that too; they cancelled one iPod line when it was their best selling product (nano I think).

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 20:27 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)
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Rishi Sanyal: To take a step back from everything, Nikon is not stupid, and has at least realized the need for mobile integration, to force mobile users to CHOOSE their DSLRs over their iPhones.

That's what they're trying with SnabBridge - to limited success of course. But give this time. Heck, plead with Nikon that they instead choose to work with proper app developers to get this process of ingesting and curating Raws and JPEGs seemlessly from devices to content management systems embedded in all devices (phones, computers, web browsers), & finally even Joe Schmoe will shoot the shot of his kid with the D500, not the iPhone.

That's the biggest fight they have to fight. And Nikon knows this and are at least trying to fight it.

It'd be the greatest shame to see Nikon tech buried amongst survival concerns of cell phones and misunderstandings that don't understand that Nikon camera technology *actually* has something to offer that NO OTHER camera manufacturer has to offer at this level (AF perf).

iPhone was the number camera brand used on flickr for a good while, not an answer to you question but a good indicator of the problem...

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 10:46 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)
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Rishi Sanyal: To take a step back from everything, Nikon is not stupid, and has at least realized the need for mobile integration, to force mobile users to CHOOSE their DSLRs over their iPhones.

That's what they're trying with SnabBridge - to limited success of course. But give this time. Heck, plead with Nikon that they instead choose to work with proper app developers to get this process of ingesting and curating Raws and JPEGs seemlessly from devices to content management systems embedded in all devices (phones, computers, web browsers), & finally even Joe Schmoe will shoot the shot of his kid with the D500, not the iPhone.

That's the biggest fight they have to fight. And Nikon knows this and are at least trying to fight it.

It'd be the greatest shame to see Nikon tech buried amongst survival concerns of cell phones and misunderstandings that don't understand that Nikon camera technology *actually* has something to offer that NO OTHER camera manufacturer has to offer at this level (AF perf).

The issue is not largely about getting the stuff to your phone IMHO; I've had cameras that can do that for ages; wifi and dongles work OK.

I believe that the problem is that people look at kilos of gear and bags then look at the phone in their hand and think, 'nah, I'll just take my phone, it will do.'

Folks here will wonder why on earth you would that I guess, but that's what normal people are doing. I do it. Whether we like it or not, for most people phones have become 'good enough' and convenience will win every time.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 08:16 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)
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NikonD2X: No surprise! In Gemany you say: "He that will not hear must feel". The world is NOT waiting for a D3400 and a D5600! Germany is not waiting for a (in the beginning) 2300 Euro D500... I am waiting for a Nikon EOS M5-counterpart! Not those insane 1" Nikon toys! Yes Nikon, celebrate your 100. birthday in 2017 and close 2018... If you proceed offering unwanted and overpriced equipment. My last brandnew Nikon (D800) is from 2012...

The thing is that while Olympus have been producing great cameras, in the format the OP wants, they have also seen a drop of 30% in sales.

This decline in demand issue is across the board.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 08:04 UTC
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Dylthedog: When Apple drops an interface, boy does it die fast.

I mean, when was the last time you saw a VGA connector for a display?

That will be every time I present in just about every office I go to. Maybe 1 in 10 I get a HDMI option. Worked well there didn't it?

@Kiste, you totally missed the point. I get totally hacked-off with the amount VGA connectors I STILL encounter.

@magnusphotos, big, corporate offices. If you're in the graphics business then I'd kind of expect you to see/work with people that appreciate a decent display tech. In corporate offices, banks, commerce, manufacturing and public sector, I'm presented with VGA time after time when I have to present in boardrooms and auditoriums.

My own HQ in the US is all Mini Display Port and HDMI, mainly due to the prevalence of Surface tablets (and modern display gear). And guess what? I was over there last week and had to un-plug a VGA dongle to use the native HDMI connection!

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 19:03 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (766 comments in total)

A Halina 110 in 1980; it had a slide over 'tele' function. Disposable cameras are better now.

Then I got a job at 14 and worked and saved to buy a £110 Olympus OM10 with a standard 50mm Zuiko lens and the manual adapter. That was a lot then.

My world was transformed and I was hooked :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 16:10 UTC as 166th comment

When Apple drops an interface, boy does it die fast.

I mean, when was the last time you saw a VGA connector for a display?

That will be every time I present in just about every office I go to. Maybe 1 in 10 I get a HDMI option. Worked well there didn't it?

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 16:03 UTC as 131st comment | 6 replies
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keeponkeepingon: lol. 2GB! My browser is saying it will take an hour to download with my horrible internet connection. Thanks for pointing out why 4K is impractical for most folks.......

@keeponkeepingon - my point exactly :-)

I'm not saying there isn't still a lot of poor stuff around, but finding great food across a variety of styles and fusion types is a whole lot easier than it used to be, and it's shows like that, that have largely changed things.

10min download for me BTW. Fibre to the cabinet technology is broadly available in the UK now, but still not for rural areas. If you're within shooting distance of even a modest town you can (largely) get it, and even small villages are now doing their own here. My friend and his neighbours are the local ISP company :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 14:15 UTC
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keeponkeepingon: lol. 2GB! My browser is saying it will take an hour to download with my horrible internet connection. Thanks for pointing out why 4K is impractical for most folks.......

@MrTaikitso I'm nearly 50 and when I was growing up, food choices in the UK were indeed limited. I'm glad to say that now it is quite the opposite.

You can of course find terrible food anywhere (I mean in any country) but now due to education, and a growth in foodie culture, the UK really doesn't deserve the reputation it seems to hang on to. Just saying.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2016 at 19:59 UTC
On article iPhone 7 Plus real-world sample gallery (262 comments in total)
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Dylthedog: How many of the folks here laughing at the quality (or lack there of) listen to MP3s? Same deal. People trade quality for convenience and then lower quality becomes normal.

Don't underestimate the power of 'good enough' for the general population. There are probably plenty who still enjoy vinyl and CD's (we all love our art, right?), but convenience is a real winner as MP3s have demonstrated.

Try saying 'bokeh' to the average person, let alone explain what a good one looks like.

This is just another chip away at our love, our art, for the masses. The saddest thing is I'll be using it I expect...

@otto k, I understand your point, MP3 and JPEG are both lossy compressed media files.

What I was pointing out is the knock-on effect on gear. All cameras now shoot JPEGs, but how many people buy high quality CD players and proper amps now? MP3 (and variants) have wiped that stuff out for all but enthusiasts.

Apple's 'blurred background' filter or whatever it is will do the same to cameras, for the masses. For many people buying a camera, that is the look they want. Now their phone will do it, many just won't take that next step. Not everyone of course, but I'm willing to say it will be a decent number, and that will further hurt an industry that's already struggling, hurting us down the line.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 07:35 UTC
On article iPhone 7 Plus real-world sample gallery (262 comments in total)

How many of the folks here laughing at the quality (or lack there of) listen to MP3s? Same deal. People trade quality for convenience and then lower quality becomes normal.

Don't underestimate the power of 'good enough' for the general population. There are probably plenty who still enjoy vinyl and CD's (we all love our art, right?), but convenience is a real winner as MP3s have demonstrated.

Try saying 'bokeh' to the average person, let alone explain what a good one looks like.

This is just another chip away at our love, our art, for the masses. The saddest thing is I'll be using it I expect...

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 18:41 UTC as 75th comment | 12 replies

I agree Barney. I've a full frame Canon system and an M43 system for when I want light, plus an RX1 rII when I want that sort of thing.

This camera does nothing to make me want to swap my M43 for a Canon M. Higher resolution? Yes. Dual pixel AF? Yes.

That's it as far as I can see, but that isn't worth giving up the range (and growing) lens choice I have with M43. Or the hit of selling what I have.

Canon have turned into a 'milk the market we have with incremental change' kind of company, a bit like Apple. The trouble is I don't think that's a strategy many companies can pull off; it might work for a while I guess. Long term, I doubt it the speed things move these days, so let's hope they re-introduce the 'innovative' approach again.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 15:11 UTC as 281st comment | 3 replies
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