mandophoto

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Lars V: This is not simulated depth of field - it's just masked blur. The nearby background has the same level of defocus as the horizon.

You are correct but other than fastidious and knowledgable photographers I doubt many would notice or care.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 21:17 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 1 - Crop-Sensor (387 comments in total)
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Nobby2016: --------------BREAKING NEWS-------

TOKYO -- Nikon plans to eliminate about 1,000 jobs in Japan, or 10% of its domestic workforce, as the company shifts resources away from once core businesses to medical devices and other growth areas.
The cuts over the next two to three years will mostly affect Nikon's money-losing semiconductor equipment operations and its shrinking digital camera business.
Nikon likely will offer early retirement to workers at facilities including its Kumagaya plant in Saitama Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, which makes semiconductor lithography systems. Severance payments and other restructuring costs are expected to total hundreds of millions of dollars over two to three years.
Nikon is seen missing its forecast of a 64% jump in net profit to 30 billion yen ($287 million) for the fiscal year ending in March. Its net profit has fallen from a peak of 75.4 billion yen in fiscal 2007 to 18.2 billion yen last year.

And how much have Olympus, Fujifilm, Panasonic and Pentax grown? What percentage of the camera market do those companies have? Please show substantiated proof.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 21:54 UTC
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (185 comments in total)
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arhmatic: What about in terms of "features"? This camera completely lacks any form of manual control that actually make a camera... no WB, ISO setting and such... This is only a comparable in terms of pixel peeping, if any, and I am NOT impressed...

@arhmatic: Apple is not in the business of making cameras. The camera in the iPhone and other smartphones is a feature, not the main purpose of the devices. We notice a lot of smartphone photography because that is what WE are about. Most smartphone users are not we. As Lars pointed out to you, the advanced photography options are there, YOU just have to make a bit of an effort.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 17:56 UTC
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (185 comments in total)

I get that smartphone cameras are not meant explicitly for professional use. Nevertheless the ubiquitous adoption of these cameras for most of the photography being done nowadays suggests a level of competency should be considered in their design. To that end, perhaps a test on shutter button/actuation lag could be considered.

The photo samples clearly show why the stand alone camera is in decline. Well, photography by any means is still photography.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 16:27 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply
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mandophoto: Apple is undoubtedly saving money by not including an SD reader in the new MacBooks but it is also pushing the envelope. Considering all the bobblehead, conditioned knee-jerk criticism of Apple, I sometimes laugh at what the digital world would look like if Apple had not existed:

You guys would happily still:

Be using floppy disks
Be using command line prompts
Be using flip out phones
Be using, (actually do use,) Windows.

There would be no choice except Microsoft based products (now there's a nightmare.)

OK, I'm having a little fun, but you guys are almost a parody of the old timers stuck in the past. I transfer my pics using an SD card not because I want to, but because our camera industry steadfastly refuses to implement easy to use, reliable and fast WiFi in our cameras.

So do a search for battery/SD card door replacement and repairs. It is a common repair of digital cameras. Even SD card slots get damaged by the continual insert and removal of the card.

Peace :-)

@falconeyes: You are correct about Apple successfully implementing good tech not of their own making. It is a point many choose to ignore. The fact is we all want the latest tech as illustrated by the incessant upgrade cycle we photogs impose on ourselves. Apple may be the best at understanding how desirable new tech is, and Sony also seems to have figured it out. Something Kodak unfortunately missed.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 15:32 UTC
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mandophoto: Apple is undoubtedly saving money by not including an SD reader in the new MacBooks but it is also pushing the envelope. Considering all the bobblehead, conditioned knee-jerk criticism of Apple, I sometimes laugh at what the digital world would look like if Apple had not existed:

You guys would happily still:

Be using floppy disks
Be using command line prompts
Be using flip out phones
Be using, (actually do use,) Windows.

There would be no choice except Microsoft based products (now there's a nightmare.)

OK, I'm having a little fun, but you guys are almost a parody of the old timers stuck in the past. I transfer my pics using an SD card not because I want to, but because our camera industry steadfastly refuses to implement easy to use, reliable and fast WiFi in our cameras.

So do a search for battery/SD card door replacement and repairs. It is a common repair of digital cameras. Even SD card slots get damaged by the continual insert and removal of the card.

Peace :-)

@entoman: A camera can be a WiFi point, and in fact that is the way images are transferred to mobile devices. No need for a separate WiFi network. As for readers, they can break as mine did in my desktop. Not a problem since external reader are easily available (if your not in the middle of the Amazon) or a cable. The real issue is that camera makers have decided not to fully support WiFi in their cameras. Perhaps it's an added cost that is considered non essential, or a drain on batteries. But frankly if I were in the middle of nowhere, a broken slot door or bent pins would worry me more than anything.

PS I am assuming the download is from camera to your personal computer.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 16:16 UTC

Apple is undoubtedly saving money by not including an SD reader in the new MacBooks but it is also pushing the envelope. Considering all the bobblehead, conditioned knee-jerk criticism of Apple, I sometimes laugh at what the digital world would look like if Apple had not existed:

You guys would happily still:

Be using floppy disks
Be using command line prompts
Be using flip out phones
Be using, (actually do use,) Windows.

There would be no choice except Microsoft based products (now there's a nightmare.)

OK, I'm having a little fun, but you guys are almost a parody of the old timers stuck in the past. I transfer my pics using an SD card not because I want to, but because our camera industry steadfastly refuses to implement easy to use, reliable and fast WiFi in our cameras.

So do a search for battery/SD card door replacement and repairs. It is a common repair of digital cameras. Even SD card slots get damaged by the continual insert and removal of the card.

Peace :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 12:28 UTC as 147th comment | 15 replies
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mandophoto: I've never liked having to remove the SD card out the camera. The process of continual opening and closing of the battery/SD compartment door, removing and the reinserting the card is too mechanically prone to problems. So when available I use WiFi (preferred) or the USB cable (which is also too mechanical for long term use.)

@T3: LOL

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 02:01 UTC
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mandophoto: I've never liked having to remove the SD card out the camera. The process of continual opening and closing of the battery/SD compartment door, removing and the reinserting the card is too mechanically prone to problems. So when available I use WiFi (preferred) or the USB cable (which is also too mechanical for long term use.)

I put in my 10,000 film exposure experience and never had a film latch door break, though I went through several cameras to do so. Perhaps I am paranoid but I've managed to break the card reader in my computer which is no real problem. But doing so in a camera means doing without for weeks while repairs are made.

The thing is, digital cameras are not made for repairs though of course can be repaired but at a questionable expenditure. And though I've yet to break a SD/battery compartment door, I have indeed read of broken battery doors, bent CF pins, jammed SD cards. I don't take exceptional care of my gear, and don't care if it gets scratched or dinged as long as it works. Still, compared to my Canon F-1 and Nikon N8008s, digital cameras feel fragile.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 20:48 UTC
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mandophoto: I've never liked having to remove the SD card out the camera. The process of continual opening and closing of the battery/SD compartment door, removing and the reinserting the card is too mechanically prone to problems. So when available I use WiFi (preferred) or the USB cable (which is also too mechanical for long term use.)

@whtchocla7e: Funny.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 19:57 UTC

I've never liked having to remove the SD card out the camera. The process of continual opening and closing of the battery/SD compartment door, removing and the reinserting the card is too mechanically prone to problems. So when available I use WiFi (preferred) or the USB cable (which is also too mechanical for long term use.)

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 19:39 UTC as 366th comment | 6 replies
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EcoR1: You people are hilarious. Blame for camera companies that still haven't created a better method for image transfer. They should have done that years ago. Really.

Apple may be forcing the industry in to future, but the future couldn't arrive any sooner. You can be damn sure that a very few computers will have a SD-slot in a year.

@Don Sata: Wireless is not new in cameras, but as most of us know for the most part the wireless systems in cameras is difficult to set up and slow in usage. That is the camera manufactures' doing. Apple can't force that industry to get off it's collective duff but that's no reason for Apple to not think ahead.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 19:26 UTC
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mandophoto: Adobe needs to do more quality control. To wit:

Lightroom CC 2015.7 with Mac Sierra has serious issues that Adobe is choosing to ignore.

Problems are:
Linear point tone curve cannot be adjusted consistently.
The click and drag tool with the color adjustments does not work properly.
Controlling the size of the adjustment brush is frustrating as small changes are difficult.

The above problems were introduced with the current version of Lightroom CC that was specifically released for use with Mac Sierra. The odd thing is that both Camera Raw and Photoshop (most recent releases) work perfectly.

As of now, I cannot recommend Lightroom CC. Unfortunately the naysayers of the CC plans seem to have been proven right by Adobe itself.

@Walter: Updated Photoshop CC to 2017 hoping there might be a fix for Lightroom but it was not to be. So I hope you are correct that an update/fix for Lightroom is in the pipe.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 21:07 UTC

Adobe needs to do more quality control. To wit:

Lightroom CC 2015.7 with Mac Sierra has serious issues that Adobe is choosing to ignore.

Problems are:
Linear point tone curve cannot be adjusted consistently.
The click and drag tool with the color adjustments does not work properly.
Controlling the size of the adjustment brush is frustrating as small changes are difficult.

The above problems were introduced with the current version of Lightroom CC that was specifically released for use with Mac Sierra. The odd thing is that both Camera Raw and Photoshop (most recent releases) work perfectly.

As of now, I cannot recommend Lightroom CC. Unfortunately the naysayers of the CC plans seem to have been proven right by Adobe itself.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 18:24 UTC as 4th comment | 4 replies
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DavidB2: Interesting. It sounds like the strange/poor/crippling design and feature choices on the 1 series were intentional; Nikon didn't want or intend its DSLR customers buying from the 1 series. The DL series "fixes" all those issues because Nikon wants its DSLR customers to buy one as a second camera. Too bad Nikon didn't/doesn't seem to understand that if its customers want a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, they are still going to buy one -- but of necessity, from a competitor.

@StephanBG: The stagnant/very slow growth mirrorless industry is not the problem for CaNiPe. What you and others are not understanding is that the WHOLE industry is imploding. Also, my guess is that the mirrorless market is somewhat cannibalistic. The forums here suggest mirrorless folks are doing what CaNi users have done for years, moving from one brand to another. The only company that can seemingly thrive with low sales numbers is Leica. Fujifilm and Olympus as well as others(including CaNiPe) will need to keep raising prices in order to remain viable.

Why should CaNiPe make mirrorless gear when that market is virtually saturated and stagnant?

https://www.statista.com/chart/5782/digital-camera-shipments/

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 20:58 UTC
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DavidB2: Interesting. It sounds like the strange/poor/crippling design and feature choices on the 1 series were intentional; Nikon didn't want or intend its DSLR customers buying from the 1 series. The DL series "fixes" all those issues because Nikon wants its DSLR customers to buy one as a second camera. Too bad Nikon didn't/doesn't seem to understand that if its customers want a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, they are still going to buy one -- but of necessity, from a competitor.

@DavidB2: And if a mirrorless user wants a DSLR, they'll go to the best camera maker, Nikon!

Why are Olympus and Fujifilm still at the bottom of camera sales figures? Don''t misunderstand me, those two make very good cameras and lenses, but somehow even that quality isn't turning the camera industry. So if the answer is in the future, well, that was predicted 5 years ago and still sales have declined further. Another 5, 10 years?

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 12:13 UTC
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FLruckas: I'd rather not see this image on DPR or anywhere.
It is too disturbing.
I've seen it too many times.
The absolute despair and horror detected here is really just too much.
I don't need to see it 100 times to be motivated to make a difference in the world.

@FLruckas: But this image is the one that started this conversation and forced Facebook to change the way it censors photographs. It has been widely republished because of the censorship issue, not because it is graphic.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 21:26 UTC

Some perspective: The monsoons can be dramatic but the apocalyptic sense in this video, especially from the music is melodramatic. Watch the video with the sound off so that the perspective is more grounded.

The monsoons are actually anticipated for the life sustaining rain. Without the monsoons the southwest would be uninhabitable and barren. Also, the rain and cooler air rushing down bring a respite from the searing heat of the desert.

The video is well done and revealing of how these storms work, a fascinating close look at nature. As a 30 year denizen of the area -Tucson- I appreciate Mike Olbinski's effort. Nicely done.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 11:52 UTC as 36th comment | 4 replies
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HowaboutRAW: Does it only shoot lossy raws like the A6300?

@HowaboutRAW: Good question. a6500 has the same .ARW (2.3) format as the a6300. Still, we can hope.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 15:01 UTC
On article Fast and light: Nikkor 24mm F1.8G ED lens review (158 comments in total)

I have a couple of the other "new" Nikkor f1.8G primes and am very happy with those. Besides the quite good optical qualities, these lenses are indeed manageable in weight and size, especially when carrying multiple lenses. Another point is the assurance of the Nikkors' AF accuracy and importantly, consistency.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 15:44 UTC as 46th comment
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