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Tonkotsu Ramen: What makes these silly?

Maybe, just maybe, Canon earned that collective 'meh' from both editors and readers... I know that's hard to fathom under fanboy sensibilities tho.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 14:50 UTC
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Roland Karlsson: Hmmm .. a DPReview mug maybe?

Does the DPR mug tell you if your coffee is acidity invariant and/or does it inspire endless debate about decaf vs instant vs xyz?

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 14:47 UTC
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FLruckas: DPR mugs look like Sony lenses....
BB's mugs have red dots on them....
Just kidding...
I already have a black coffee mug that looks like a Canon L lens.
A photographer friend gave it to me years ago.
Sometimes when I'm out shooting with a photographer I haven't shot with before I bring it along and drop it.
It's good for a laugh when they realize the red ring that just hit the ground is just a coffee mug.
Mine actually looks a lot more like an L lens than the Canon one shown here.

I know right? Canon's copy of existing mugs that are a copy of their L glass actually ends up looking worse, the irony... I gave one as a gift to my sister years ago too. Canon's might actually be a better mug tho, who knows, that would be a meta twist.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 14:44 UTC

Kind of ironic that the knockoff mugs/thermos in the image of L glass that have been around for ages (just search Amazon) actually look better than the ones made by Canon itself... :P

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 14:41 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
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sapple: Patent is not at issue just trademark. If Fuji is using a design (the size and shape of the borders) to generate good will for their product then Polaroid has a case. I doubt it will be dismissed. It remains to be seen how much it's actually worth.

You're generalising when you say Instax makes you think of Polaroid tho, as not all Instax has the same classic squared/similarly framed border... The devil's in the details. They're going after one specific Instax square format, I dunno how well the claim will hold up given the number of times Polaroid assets have changed hands or remained out of business tho, I'm no lawyer... That seems to be Fuji's defense tho.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 14:38 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: This has got to be one of the more dumb pursuits of royalties in the photography business (at least, between companies, not photographers vs. magazines or whatever). I mean, who invented the 4x6 photograph size...? Is that person or company going to go around suing everyone else who makes 4x6" photo paper too?

I guess the other question is (and I haven't checked) was there a license agreement between Kodak and Fujifilm at any point? Also, did Polaroid bother to actually register (or could it have) officially register the square format used as a patent or trademark? I have a hard time believing that this will amount to much, if anything. Now, the technology for creating instant photos like that (is it printed on the paper by the Fuji instant camera or is it "developed" instantly like Polaroids were back in the day) might be patented, but I doubt that the shape along is enough to create a full blown lawsuit.

Or trademark for that matter...

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 14:34 UTC
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fbuis: Just remember the Kodak Film vs Polaroid in the 70s:

"Polaroid filed suit against Eastman Kodak in April 1976 for the infringement of ten patents held by Edwin Land and others on his development team relating to instant photography. In September 1985, the United States District Court of Massachusetts ruled that seven patents were valid and infringed, two were invalid but infringed, and one was valid but not infringed by Kodak. Kodak appealed but was denied and an injunction prohibiting production of their instant film and cameras was put into effect. Kodak's appeal to the Supreme Court was denied a few months later, and in January 1986, Kodak announced it would no longer be producing their instant line of products. In 1991, Polaroid was awarded $925 million in damages from Kodak." (Wikipedia).

The world is full of big competitors that could've bought out their main opponents at one time or another (Coke/Pepsi, MS/Apple, etc)... Hindsight is 20/20.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 14:31 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: This has got to be one of the more dumb pursuits of royalties in the photography business (at least, between companies, not photographers vs. magazines or whatever). I mean, who invented the 4x6 photograph size...? Is that person or company going to go around suing everyone else who makes 4x6" photo paper too?

I guess the other question is (and I haven't checked) was there a license agreement between Kodak and Fujifilm at any point? Also, did Polaroid bother to actually register (or could it have) officially register the square format used as a patent or trademark? I have a hard time believing that this will amount to much, if anything. Now, the technology for creating instant photos like that (is it printed on the paper by the Fuji instant camera or is it "developed" instantly like Polaroids were back in the day) might be patented, but I doubt that the shape along is enough to create a full blown lawsuit.

Many of Apple's suits against Samsung were based largely on the shape and home button location of their phones, you'd be surprised what companies can get away with patenting.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 14:23 UTC
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mbot: No OIS, no IP68, no expandable memory, no audiophile DAC, no DAB radio. Seems OnePlus is a waste of time.

I'll get the LG V30 thankyou very much.

That's always been one of the biggest reasons I favored Android, right from the very start, choice and variety of it.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 15:02 UTC
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tko: "If you ask me, it's just one more reason why smartphones will topple the mighty entry-level DSLR."

Try shooting your kid's recital and post those photos. Or a birthday party at a dimly lit Italian restaurant. Or your kid's soccer or basketball game. What is the zoom range of this cell :( ? How powerful is the flash :( ? Even my wife will tell me, "my phone is gonna be a problem, can you bring the dSLR?"

The point is, dSLR users can pick a thousand situations where the dSLR kills a cell phone. Cell phone user can only pick a few situations where their phone is more convenient, and no situations where it beats a dSLR.

So yeah, post those day light, stationary images and keep hoping.

" The CM1 was thick because the guts were stacked and the body wasnt as wide and long as we are used to now. "

I'd say that's still a mis-characterization of the facts, it was thick mostly because of the optics. The body was still plenty large at 135nm x 68mm for a 4.7" screen (21mm thick). By comparison, my Pixel isn't much larger (and it's a modern phone criticized for thick bezels, go figure) at 144mm x 70mm for a 5" screen (8.5mm thick).

The only way they'd get away with making a thinner CM1, short of a revolution in optics, would be packing the guts into a 5.5"+ sized phone, possibly without the accompanying benefit of the larger battery that tends to go with said phone sizes... And thay might not be the best recipe.

I think we'll continue to see multiple lens modules within phones and continued innovation around that and clever post processing, but again, I don't see how we'll get larger sensors without a rethinking of the format. Somebody else would've tried it by now...

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 14:58 UTC
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pepeta: Breakthrough photography smokes this kit and Lee filters by a long haul...

Huh, I wasn't aware of that, they've got it tucked away on the accessories section... Is it supposed to hold their round filters tho? The wouldn't be much use for people that like to use these systems with grads...

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 14:46 UTC
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Andrei C: Any raw editor on android ?

Photo Mate R3 (have used it since R2) is pretty versatile tho the UI isn't the most elegant. Snapseed is sleeker and will edit RAWs but oddly only in DNG format, even tho the iOS version supports a bunch of different brand specific RAW file formats...

You can run your files thru RAW2DNG first if you really wanna use Snapseed (sometimes I do, sometimes I can't be bothered). Polarr is another option I was recently made aware of but haven't yet tried...

There's Adobe LR too of course tho that requires a CC sub and cloud storage. I think their mobile version of PS Express could develop RAWs as well but it's been a while since I've used it, they kept shuffling their mobile apps around.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 14:42 UTC
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thx1138: Wow a whopping 8 replies, looks like the mobile space is of no interest to dpreview readers. Stick to real news.

Or mobile users aren't quite so prone to salty comments...

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 07:56 UTC
On article DJI Spark Review: Small but mighty (120 comments in total)
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Graham Meale: The first paragraph in "Optional remote" on page 2 is invisible if you're set to "dark". I found it when i switched to "light".

The odd line and context break gave it away for me, I just highlighted over the area to read but it was still tough to make out (tho I do have my brightness set very very low right now to conserve battery, damn you Maria).

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 07:13 UTC
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pepeta: Breakthrough photography smokes this kit and Lee filters by a long haul...

Apples and oranges? I've bought and I'm actively using filters from both brands, but AFAIK BP doesn't make a filter holder system of any kind...

I don't personally need one since every last lens I own has a filter thread, but there's clearly a market for it as quite a few lenses don't take any filters natively. BP's NDs are nice, and utterly useless for a lot of UWA lenses/users.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 06:21 UTC
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tko: "If you ask me, it's just one more reason why smartphones will topple the mighty entry-level DSLR."

Try shooting your kid's recital and post those photos. Or a birthday party at a dimly lit Italian restaurant. Or your kid's soccer or basketball game. What is the zoom range of this cell :( ? How powerful is the flash :( ? Even my wife will tell me, "my phone is gonna be a problem, can you bring the dSLR?"

The point is, dSLR users can pick a thousand situations where the dSLR kills a cell phone. Cell phone user can only pick a few situations where their phone is more convenient, and no situations where it beats a dSLR.

So yeah, post those day light, stationary images and keep hoping.

Any other recent/successful phones with 1" sensors? Can you point at an actual trend of phone sensors getting significantly larger with time or a tech advancement that would allow so without bulky motorized lenses? The modular approach seemed a surer bet to me but even that hasn't gained a lot of traction...

Tho the ideal mod has never materialized IMO. We've had bulkier phones with 1" sensors, external 1" modules with zooms, smaller sensor modules with zooms, 1" & M4/3 modules with lens mounts, yet no 1" module with a prime. Basically the CM1 camera in a modular package, on when the bulk is warranted, off when it isn't...

That would've made a ton more sense as a Hasselblad mod for the Z line IMO, tho it might be constrained by Sony's sensor prices.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 06:04 UTC
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tko: "If you ask me, it's just one more reason why smartphones will topple the mighty entry-level DSLR."

Try shooting your kid's recital and post those photos. Or a birthday party at a dimly lit Italian restaurant. Or your kid's soccer or basketball game. What is the zoom range of this cell :( ? How powerful is the flash :( ? Even my wife will tell me, "my phone is gonna be a problem, can you bring the dSLR?"

The point is, dSLR users can pick a thousand situations where the dSLR kills a cell phone. Cell phone user can only pick a few situations where their phone is more convenient, and no situations where it beats a dSLR.

So yeah, post those day light, stationary images and keep hoping.

" Panasonic put a 1” sensor in a regular sized smartphone without needing to rethink the form factor. "

Not really, and it did flop pretty hard too (much as I would've liked to see it succeed)... The specs were closer to that of a phone from 5+ years ago than the thinner/lighter form factor of today. I'm not one to applaud the ridiculous emphasis on this, but it is what it is and there's a demand for it... Otherwise we'd all be walking around with 15mm thick phones with 5,000mAh batteries.

The CM1 was 20mm at it's thickest whereas even midrange phones today are half that, it was more of a brick than the very first 4.3" phones were (my EVO was near 13mm IIRC), and had a lens that needed to be extended out before taking any photos. You may not see that as a different form factor, but it seemed different enough to the rest of the masses... Has there been a CM2 in the couple years since the original?

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 06:01 UTC
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Sc1920: If it didn't run on Windows operating system, it would be compelling. Apple certainly has many annoyances, but none of them come close to the aggravation of using a windows operating system and the endless garbage that comes with it. Apple does things that make me feel like trying Windows, but 5 minutes with a windows machine and I know why I use Apple.

" Windows fanboys are even more nasty than the m43 crowd. "

Been building Windows PCs for like 22+ years and I'll soon own my 10th M4/3 lens (more if I count the 2-3 I sold)... Guess I'm as nasty as it gets baby! :D Been using Android for about 7 years too if that makes me super duper extra nasty, even used to tinker with ROM development.

The only Apple product I was ever enticed to buy was a 2nd gen iPod touch... I don't have any particular hate for Apple tho, I've repaired my fair share of (older) MBPs and Airs, even done the odd screen/lid replacement for MBPr. Didn't get any cooties and AFAIK their users didn't get any nasty off me.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 05:46 UTC
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jvasco: This article is just ridiculously biased. If that was not enough the author imprecisely refers to the touch bar as "scroll bar". Now we know this guy opinions price: you just have to offer him some gear.

Not ALL review sites depend solely on loaned gear FWIW, tho most of the major ones do, there's still a difference between loaners with a semi strict return period (and with more technical testing in mind) and gear given out to bloggers/enthusiasts/existing customers who post subjective impressions...

Not knocking the article mind you, tht author was up front about it and I appreciate the perspective it's written from even if I'd still need to see 20 different benchmarks before buying any such system.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 05:32 UTC
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landscaper1: I got the feeling Blair Bunting likes the Surface Book 2. Can't say I'm surprised. I've been traveling with a Surface Pro 3 for a few years now and I couldn't imagine going anywhere without it.

I wish they'd make another non-Pro Surface, I get why it's a little out of their hands (Intel keeps sandbagging the lower end market because the profit margins aren't as high)... But for my needs it was a more ideal travel companion than the Android tablet I currently take with me. I have a desktop at home, it's never not gonna be a desktop at home... The last Surface they made was really close IMO, an updated model with Type C and/or a better SSD would've been hot stuff a couple years ago.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 05:28 UTC
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