Dylthedog

Lives in United Kingdom Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Works as a Storage Software Professional
Joined on Jan 5, 2006

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On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (599 comments in total)
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Hernan1304: I bought the original RX1 shortly after it came out. For the most part, I really really like it. But each time I see an article about the new ones, I feel obligated to say something that reviews often fail to mention: to this day, Sony hasn't issued A SINGLE FIRMWARE UPDATE for my nearly $3500 (with EVF) camera. Not one. I've found this lack of continued support truly disappointing for a camera at this price point.

Which would to some degree (not the presets, obviously) be mitigated by a touch screen.

Sony's attitude on that score is deplorable.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2018 at 18:43 UTC

The fox thinks very like me when it comes to golf...

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 12:37 UTC as 10th comment | 4 replies
On article These are the best cameras you can buy right now (483 comments in total)
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tkbslc: I'm continually shocked that Canon M series keeps making DPR's best of lists. They have the worst specs list, lens selection and sensors of any current mirrorless product.

@entoman - the article says ‘best cameras’ and your opening comment agrees that Canon are inferior, in this class and others. Then you talk about style; stylish is a matter of opinion, and I would say the Olympus is more stylish than the boring black box that is Canon M. Then you go on to apply professional product attributes to consumer products. For the record, I’ve been using Canon professional cameras for much longer than 7 years (and still do), but in the class here, the Oly is better, and DPR have exposed either double standards or advertising dollars.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 20:47 UTC
On article These are the best cameras you can buy right now (483 comments in total)
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tkbslc: I'm continually shocked that Canon M series keeps making DPR's best of lists. They have the worst specs list, lens selection and sensors of any current mirrorless product.

Funny how the OMD EM10 MKIII made runner up in the best under $1000 but the Canon M cameras found their way in here... but the Oly didn't.

Strange.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 18:43 UTC
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Tapper123: These f1.2 pro primes are undoubtedly superb, but it's becoming hard to ignore larger sensored systems when MFT is becoming larger, heavier and costlier.

My first thought was ‘hardly compact’ too...

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 19:35 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1632 comments in total)
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SteveNunez: Subscription based pricing only seems to work with content that is delivered to the consumer- such as Neflix, Hulu.........we don't want to pay for every piece of software we use on a monthly basis.....the consumer is already financially stretched as it is with cable and cell-phone service costs, now we are to add software billing?
Subscription based software isn't for me.......I don't mind paying for software once but not on a monthly basis!
MacPhun will do well with this news.........hopefully Adobe will get the message.

Defo an employee.

If you want to rent your own library of photos from Adobe, carry-on.

I suppose employees will probably get it free anyway, right?

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 12:08 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1632 comments in total)
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SteveNunez: Subscription based pricing only seems to work with content that is delivered to the consumer- such as Neflix, Hulu.........we don't want to pay for every piece of software we use on a monthly basis.....the consumer is already financially stretched as it is with cable and cell-phone service costs, now we are to add software billing?
Subscription based software isn't for me.......I don't mind paying for software once but not on a monthly basis!
MacPhun will do well with this news.........hopefully Adobe will get the message.

The more posts I see from miksto, the more that individual sounds like an Adobe employee...

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 19:27 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1632 comments in total)
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Jamster007: Shame on Adobe. This is a case of putting their shareholders before their customers. They may gain in the short-term financially, but not in the long term as customers find alternatives. I don't want my memories held to ransom somewhere in the cloud. I'm not a cheapskate as I and spend thousands on photography, but this isn't a model that I want to buy into. I think that this will be a turning point that other photo editing software companies benefit from. Both Affinity Photo and Macphun are catching up with Adobe at a functionality level, and they will do especially well if they can find a seamless way for Lightroom users to migrate their photo libraries (possibly using the DNG format?). The alternative in years to come is that I run Lightroom in a sand-boxed virtual machine just to maintain access to my photos, but I’d much prefer to migrate and have my photos in one location.

@miksto: ‘Tiny minority’ - have actual numbers do you?

Or is it a case that adobe can’t be bothered to produce compelling reasons to upgrade, so are happy to take more cash out of a smaller pool for less effort?

Digital transformation puts customers first; arrogance as a business model doesn’t work so well. See if you can find some Kodak execs and ask them.

Due the swap to CC a while back, I dumped Photoshop and have a replacement I’m perfectly happy with. Looks like I’ll have to do the same for LightRoom.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 19:15 UTC
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maculatum: Wow, Troy, you apparently know little about bear biology. Once you experienced this you apparently did little or no research. Bears and other wildlife have frequented the trash dumps and landfills for as long as they have existed. When I started photographing wildlife in the 70's the best place to see and photograph bears was at trash dumps and landfills. It was the one place where bears concentrated in any given geographic areas. Plus in the 70's and 80's there were a lot more local dumps in the less human populated areas of the US and Canada.

I am truly shocked that seeing and experienced this caused such a reaction with you. It is not a big deal. Simply wildlife doing what wildlife does. Look for the most expedient and accessible means of acquiring the necessary calories to survive.

@Mark Banas - thanks for your kind words, but you've just perfectly underscored my point...

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2017 at 16:41 UTC
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maculatum: Wow, Troy, you apparently know little about bear biology. Once you experienced this you apparently did little or no research. Bears and other wildlife have frequented the trash dumps and landfills for as long as they have existed. When I started photographing wildlife in the 70's the best place to see and photograph bears was at trash dumps and landfills. It was the one place where bears concentrated in any given geographic areas. Plus in the 70's and 80's there were a lot more local dumps in the less human populated areas of the US and Canada.

I am truly shocked that seeing and experienced this caused such a reaction with you. It is not a big deal. Simply wildlife doing what wildlife does. Look for the most expedient and accessible means of acquiring the necessary calories to survive.

Easy meal as it may be, I have to say I'd rather their habitat wasn't eroded.

Man will fail by its own hand; failure to look after the environment and excessive population growth will see its downfall. Sorry to be depressing...

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2017 at 16:25 UTC
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Dylthedog: I've enjoyed using iPhone, but the iPhone X is nice, but also is crazy expensive and the 8 is just an S in previous years' interactions.

My current iPhone is just fine...

Haha - I already called Tim anyway. He said he will put some of iPhone X stuff into cheaper models to keep me happy in the next release schedule.

I also let him know that the cutout on the top will drive people crazy when they watch video, and he said he was waiting for the flames already :D

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 19:46 UTC

I've enjoyed using iPhone, but the iPhone X is nice, but also is crazy expensive and the 8 is just an S in previous years' interactions.

My current iPhone is just fine...

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 20:46 UTC as 162nd comment | 2 replies
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (204 comments in total)
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devonjk: I personally have a distaste for this design.
A crazy mix of different radii, chamfered and rounded edges, awkward combination of concave and convex curves, terrible fusion of shiny and glossy surfaces, chaotic accentuation of buttons, brushed vs. sandblasted surfaces, the use of 'well intended but not well chosen' fonts...

...imho it just looks like a cheap prop from a bad sci-fi movie.

Edit: This being said, I believe the black version is a bit more forgiving..

I like the design too.

What it does give is great handling. I have a MkI and it's my favourite camera to use for that reason.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 07:07 UTC
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armandino: Entry level offering 4K? Oly should get marketing strategies hints from Canon!

4K should be table stakes now. Nearly every new phone has it.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 19:35 UTC
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tinternaut: It's not like Apple doesn't have a history of letting down its Pro software users. Other than OSX itself, I no longer use any Apple software. And Windows is now good enough that my next PC will probably not be a Mac.

@tinternaut - tell that to my work colleagues. I'm a 1 in 100 Mac user at work, and all my colleagues lost a whole work-day (some more) with the last update on their Surface Pros. My MBP (which is totally compromised due to no touch screen, apparently) and iMac both did theirs flawlessly, and I lost no work time whatsoever. I didn't even notice it on my personal iMac as it was completely done in the background, and even my work MPB took just ten minutes.

And my colleagues were also interested in how my MPB screen is so clean. Doh!

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 18:05 UTC

If I didn't have such a big investment in Canon glass, I'd switch. Honestly.

When folks have asked me in the last few years what to buy, I've said look at Nikon, every time. Canon need to take a long, hard look at where they are.

I'm a photographer first, and gear is a means to an end. I've had every 5D since the start, except for the MK4. Despite key improvements, it just looked like another Canon half crippled by marketing choices. Nikon have proven what can be done.

Good work Nikon. Thanks.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 21:07 UTC as 52nd comment | 10 replies
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Kavu: Made by Samsung...so you know it will last at least a month (or so)

The only SSD I've had fail so far was a Samsung. It just died, and unlike a normal hard drive can sometimes do when they go, they don't give you any warning.

Someone at the time said it was probably the internal controller from the description of the problem. I had a backup, so no big deal, other than a wasted few hours trouble-shooting, getting a new drive and then recovery. I bought a brand with a lifetime warranty to replace it...

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 07:07 UTC

Canon do this camera-by-numbers thing, and it's worn me down.

I shot Oly on film, got a Canon when I went digital as they had the best sensor around back then. Then I got a 5D (which I loved), then a 5D II, moaned directly to Canon about the focus arrangement. I clearly wasn't alone, so when they launched the 5D III got one straight away again. So I got the handling I wanted, but always thought the dynamic range was lacking compared to the competition .

They fixed that to a point with the MKIV, but they've lost me now. Keeping my MKIII, but think of binning it and the £5k of lenses. The the lack of decent support for 4K on the MKIV doesn't help either; my phone does that, it's now table stakes.

I kinda hope the 6D II falls on its backside TBH. Canon are sitting on their brand, and failing their customers.

Canon are applying old-world thinking to a world that's transforming around them.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 20:12 UTC as 24th comment
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Liu Jianguo: Proof positive that pro-photographers are more trouble than their worth.

To echo someone else, have the attendees snap photos with their cellphones and then crowdsource their images!

Much cheaper and expedient.

This bride and groome would probably have sued the guests if the photos weren't good enough...

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 20:10 UTC

A great example of how framing is in fact the real art of photography, and indeed cinema photography.

Can't wait to see the film!

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 20:01 UTC as 64th comment
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