Impulses

Lives in Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
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JackM: Who shoots portraits at 35mm?

With everyone shooting selfies with WA phones these days (usually wider still than 35mm), I think there may be a subconscious shift in some generations over what 'looks right' and what's acceptable distortion... Not saying ya have to like it mind you, it's possible the market self corrects too (we're starting to see longer FLs on phones for one), or it's possible it all gets mashed together intentionally or not (as in Rishi's video).

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 23:37 UTC
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JackM: Who shoots portraits at 35mm?

https://m.dpreview.com/videos/9908853464/lens-technique-wide-angle-portraiture-with-the-sigma-24-35mm-f2-dg-hsm-art

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 23:31 UTC
On article OnePlus 5 camera sample gallery (99 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: Far too much unintelligent pixel-peeping going on here. These images need to be normalised and compared like-for-like at equivalent ISOs. This camera has impressive ISO performance for a phone.

"Processing of JPEGs are horrible. Even at ISO 125 clouds in one of the images look like a painting."

It's actually quite good when you compare it, normalised, to an iphone. Iphone's only reach 6MP detail at ISO 25 in very bright light.

In fact it's smashes the iphone and I think it's probably better than a google pixel.

Look at the one portrait. Indoor, ISO1600 and yet just about ok at an ipad friendly horizontal res of 1600 pixels. And good at a more reasonable 1080.

Doesn't the exact ISO become kind of irrelevant for the Pixel if you use the camera in its default HDR+ mode anyway? (which many seem to favor) It's stacking and averaging multiple frames by default...

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 10:08 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-A3 sample gallery (90 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: I used to own and used an X-A1 with great joy for several months. I didn't invest into the X-mount lens ecosystem, so I dropped it in favor of the A5100, which is in every respects is a much better camera than any in the X-A series, except that the X-A cameras have hotshoe, which is great. I was very hesitant to go back to Fujifilm, but eventually I sold all my gear, and jumped over to the A9. The X-A takes excellent images, but no way I'd step back from the A9. I even used the brilliant Kipon Tilt-Shift adapter on the X-A1. Now I am using a Canon TS-E 17mm on the A9. Fujifilm ... nostalgia. Thank you for sharing the great pictures.

Have never needed to turn IBIS off to improve sharpness myself (and I have two M4/3 bodies, one with and one w/o), but it's advantages *are* situational and won't benefit every shooting scenario, some people make it sound like this transformative panacea... Totally depends what/how you're shooting.

For candids and people shooting in general it really doesn't do much for me, and OIS has it's own advantages in that it's always stabilizing the view thru the DVD and it seems to work better at really long FLs (or at least the latest really long teles have superior OIS implementations).

I do think it's a drawback X mount will never have it as an option tho, specially when they left OIS off some bread and butter lenses like their standard f2.8 zoom (yet the UWA has it?), that kinda lens tends to have OIS on other systems. Fuji still has one of the best lens collections for a sub-FF system tho.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 08:04 UTC
On article OnePlus 5 camera sample gallery (99 comments in total)
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noisephotographer: By the way it's not good that dpreview accepted to obtain the Oneplus 5 before the announcement. This increases the risk that one gets biased (subconscious). It's very disappointing that so many reviewers accepted this. Reminds me of amazon reviews where often reviewers got a free product in order to review it...

Again with the conspiracy theories? This is a pretty standard practice, how does accepting it earlier or later bias them? All an NDA does is prevent all those with early samples from talking about it until X date, it actually levels the playing field... If they pass on it until it's out or whatever and only publish a review until 3 months after everyone else then the content is highly irrelevant and you'll see commenters complaining about that instead. They do this for cameras of all brands too FYI.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 05:49 UTC

Interesting comment about being unobtrusive and how just being there as a photog influences the moment... The parting comment about making it in this iPhone world is thought provoking too.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 20:04 UTC as 7th comment
On article OnePlus 5 camera sample gallery (99 comments in total)
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noisephotographer: The samples look really awful at 100%. Really awful. Much worse than anything I have seen from Google, LG, Samsung, Apple, Motorola. Just look at her face: https://2.img-dpreview.com/files/p/TS4608x3456~sample_galleries/4311077055/1884439462.jpg

Smear city~

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 19:49 UTC
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panther fan: This seem to be the exact same specs of the oppo R11. (Recently anounced)
Probably a full component block delivered by Sony.

Software and processing is kind of big deal for a phone camera... Google Pixel's camera hardware is as mundane as it gets, doesn't even have OIS, yet they're doing things in software that nobody else is doing -- and it shows in the output and ease of use.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 19:48 UTC

No mention of screen size? Weird... Probably 5.5"+ like it's predecessor but still, no FL for the cameras either.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 19:44 UTC as 16th comment
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iainlea: We run all of our services on Synology gear. Main NAS box is a ds3615xs packed with 6TB disks and a 512GB SSD cache maxed out with 2x 10Gbe fiber connections.

We spent a lot of time benchmarking this new setup before we consolidated our older ds15xx+ systems (now used as offsite DR systems) so would be very interested to see how these lowend systems with slower CPUs and less RAM perform delivering data via a 10Gbe connection.

The short answer will be that unless you are using the newest SATA NAS disks (150-200MB/s) and the 18xx 8 disk Model (more spindles!) and doing "single user" reads and writes of your data the throughput performance will not be good (slight understatement).

Summary: in the real-world these systems will struggle to fill and keep filled a 10Gbe connection. Another point to bear in mind is that a slower CPU means that rebuilding a failed disk in a RAID array will take longer at which point you need to ask how valuable is your data.

Powerful PCs have ultra low power idle/hibernate states too you know... And running two devices probably consumes more power in the long run than just one.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 02:26 UTC
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Eleson: I have a hard time understanding ppl saying NAS is overkill for home use.
(These for sure are, though)
Most homes have more than one PC.
As a storage and backup solution they make perfect sense to me, and pricing starts well below $100 + disks for a 2-3 disk solution, and double that for a 4 disk solution.

I think the people saying it's overkill for *them* (not for home use in general) are single or single system homes... I have a desktop, plenty of drive space in it, even if I had a laptop I'd just use some sorta docking station... It'd be faster to access either way, cheaper, and easier to manage. Now for families and anybody that's managing 3+ PCs then yeah, a NAS makes a ton of sense IMO.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 19:44 UTC
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Neez: The 32 vs 64bit architecture doesn't make much of a difference for most people. It's the fact that the Annapurna cpu is an ARM processor vs the intel which is x86. This make a huge difference because apps have to be written for either. ARM is much more limited in apps, it has nothing to do with business apps are mentioned on this review, the app store is far more limited in general.

However, most photographers probably won't care about apps. They just want a huge file server with raid redundancy incase a drive fails. Both will be fast, and either will do the job just fine.

I agree, they make a ton of sense for work teams, families, and environments with lots of laptops... Because keeping 2+ external drives per system for storage+backup just gets messy... They're kinda overhyped by some enthusiasts tho.

For single user scenarios and particularly desktop users that don't need a ton of storage (4K video etc), a category I'm in too, I'd rather just keep it local and directly attached... Faster, cheaper, and a cloud service is good enough for off site redundancy.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 22:11 UTC
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sh10453: In addition to the cloud storage, I'm quite happy with my two, simple, 6TB, USB 3.0, External drives.
I had looked at NAS systems, a while back, and decided against them.
For the cloud I use Degoo (a Swedish company) for most of my cloud storage.
They give 100GB of free cloud storage, which is quite generous (link below), but you can buy as much more as you need; not a bad offer to try them out:
https://degoo.com/g/IbJT56H

I have used Degoo for the past year, and I have never encountered any down time.

Disclaimer: I am not associated with Degoo in any way.

Laptop users are the other common scenario for NAS... Since most of their storage will be external to begin with which means two disks right off the bat, I'm still clinging to my desktop and probably always will as long as it makes sense to build my own.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 22:07 UTC
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sh10453: In addition to the cloud storage, I'm quite happy with my two, simple, 6TB, USB 3.0, External drives.
I had looked at NAS systems, a while back, and decided against them.
For the cloud I use Degoo (a Swedish company) for most of my cloud storage.
They give 100GB of free cloud storage, which is quite generous (link below), but you can buy as much more as you need; not a bad offer to try them out:
https://degoo.com/g/IbJT56H

I have used Degoo for the past year, and I have never encountered any down time.

Disclaimer: I am not associated with Degoo in any way.

NAS really start to make sense if you're collaborating or just sharing content (work teams, families, etc), or if you just have loads of content (namely video, 4K in particular)... As a single user I'm sticking with a couple of externals myself and a cloud solution for off site redundancy.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 22:04 UTC
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AgatePassPhoto: Honest question: was DP Review paid by Boeing to post the video? If I recall, DP Review staff are in Seattle (aka BoeingLand)

Such a pressing question that you had to write it in twice in the same comments section!

/smh

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 22:01 UTC
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mosswings: DPR: home of wet blanket whiny commenters. That's some dang good formation flying, folks.

They at least need to step up their wit, angry and whiny is just not very amusing...

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 22:00 UTC
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fullstop: Looks as if DPR is expanding and moving away from being. still photographers site and is becoming more diverse ".........it is the only way to survive in this day and age

The Britton Destroyer of DPR!

He must be doing a pretty awful demolition job if DPR is still going 8 years later... Man up Barnacle!

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 21:57 UTC
On article Nikon announces prices for 100th Anniversary products (114 comments in total)
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CrimsonKng: Now that they are down, let's kick them and make them feel worse. I don't know what its like to run a multi-million dollar company but I'm sure its an undertaking of huge proportions, that neither you or I know anything about, but how quickly we stand in judgement, instead of showing loyalty by writing letters of commendation instead of letters saying what we would do, if we were in charge. How proud and puffed up we can be at times. I am ashamed to see that this is how we act. This is Nikon's 100th year in business, wouldn't it feel better to applaud them and let them know how much you appreciate their labor, instead of voicing what you think they've done wrong and picking apart the things they put together, to celebrate their achievement. Why because you don't agree with their choices, or you think they are charging too much? Just don't buy them. Join me in showing them our gratitude, for what they've done to this industry that we all love so much. Stop kicking them they are hurt.

Corporations don't need anyone's gratitude nor pity... If they're down at all it's because they haven't been listening to customers to begin with.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 21:50 UTC
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Impulses: Interesting... But the backed seems like it's gonna rely on quite a bit of AI and/or automatic algorithms, is it done server side or what (didn't read the details sorry)... Seems like you could get the same end result with a GoPro on an appropriate attachment/clip and Google Photos' Assistant, the latter can produce pretty good looking clips all on its own using both photos and videos... And it lets you re-edit it's automated stuff to change the music etc.

meant backend not backed

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 12:28 UTC

Duh, also... Make sure you know what you're wiping off it and never do it in anger, so to speak... Rubbed the anti glare coating off a 1" section of an old 19" Samsung CRT that way, granted it was like 7 years old so it was probably bubbling or something, still looked worse all scratched up tho.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 12:26 UTC as 6th comment
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