Impulses

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Waxbag1030: Apple is aware of consumer demands. So instead of designing a better and more powerful MBP they go ahead and create a lackluster water down hardware and charge you more. The biggest insult is saying they will reduce the price on their peripherals because they have no intentions on changing their ways. USB is not legacy, SD is not legacy, ethernet us not legacy. Apple removes a hardware feature and charges more for a laptop and then adds peripherals on top. At the end of the day, the consumer is paying more for having less as a standard. Makes complete sense doesn't it. SMH.

Not offering 32GB on their top end model is inexcusable tho, and I think that's far more egregious and damaging in the long term than any port controversy...

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 18:56 UTC
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Waxbag1030: Apple is aware of consumer demands. So instead of designing a better and more powerful MBP they go ahead and create a lackluster water down hardware and charge you more. The biggest insult is saying they will reduce the price on their peripherals because they have no intentions on changing their ways. USB is not legacy, SD is not legacy, ethernet us not legacy. Apple removes a hardware feature and charges more for a laptop and then adds peripherals on top. At the end of the day, the consumer is paying more for having less as a standard. Makes complete sense doesn't it. SMH.

To be fair Thunderbolt/USB Type C ports are still, well, USB... And they're not alone in tossing Ethernet overboard. None of this would even be making headlines (specially on DPR) if they'd just kept the card reader; something they were often lauded for as they usually built in faster or more up to date readers than many PC makers which end up forcing you to use a USB reader anyway if you card is even remotely current and you wanna exploit it's full speed.

Having pro-sumers and enthusiasts up in arms over it is still kind of amusing tho, pros weren't using SD cards to begin with and card readers are pretty cheap if you step out of Apple's bubble. In a handful of years whatever reader they build in will be obsolete anyway, there's quite a good chance we'll have moved on to UFS cards before the useful life of a current MBP is over... Tho I guess UFS is just one more excuse for people to reach for their pitchforks.

I've never bought a Mac and probably never will btw.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 18:51 UTC

A couple of the cables on sale might actually be decent deals for Google Pixel owners, considering what a mess the Type C aftermarket space currently is (lots of out of spec cables and chargers) and the prices of stuff verified to be spec compliant and safe. Might have to go over the list myself...

I bought two USB 3.1/Thunderbolt Type-C to C 3ft cables right after I ordered my Pixel... The better built one of the two ran me over $20 (a Kanex, really nice), and the cheapest decent one I could find was still like $13 (the shielding isn't as nice and the plugs are folded/stamped rather than extruded from one piece, pretty solid otherwise).

The third party market is such a mess that Google's $35 charger + 6ft USB 2.0 cable (slower for data but still great for charging) is actually a good deal... If we were talking micro USB & 2.0 that'd be highway robbery, granted full speed Type C cables *are* considerably more complex internally (way more conductors, e-marker chip, etc).

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 18:45 UTC as 54th comment | 3 replies
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jl_smith: Really unfortunate as I like my 2012 MBPr and was looking to upgrade to a more powerful machine.

Apple has one chance to get another buy from me -- update the 2017 refresh to at least have SD slot and 32GB RAM max. If not those two options, looks like a Dell XPS 15" for me.

They're not gonna add the SD card reader in again, that's almost guaranteed... After tooling up for the first new chassis in years and doing extensive R&D on the internal design they're not gonna upend it over this, it's just not their MO. They've always been quick to drop stuff they consider legacy or inconvenient, going back decades.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 18:37 UTC
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write2alan: Apple gets much of the publicity free of charge by being an *ss. No headphone jack and no SD slot. Very clever! I won't bite again.

I thought they did leave the headphone jack in, they took it away on the iPhone...

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 18:35 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (681 comments in total)

I think Panasonic is literally the only ILC maker that still refuses to enable EC with auto ISO in Manual (and they only started enabling auto ISO in Manual on models from about a year and a half ago to today), never mind a more refined auto ISO implementation. It's like they're completely oblivious to requests for this or just have a bizarre policy against it.

The G85 and GX85 are still some of the best mirrorless ILC bodies for the money out there, and probably the ones I'd recommend as well, but I think the way Oly does certain things is starting to grow on me despite their more confusing UI... If only they'd put out a body w/OSPDAF that doesn't sit at the TOtL, that's really holding them back and propping Panasonic IMO.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 19:16 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies
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MeganV: These are not gonna move at $2000.

I wouldn't blame Olympus for trying to ride pre-orders and the holidays at a steep introduction, but I bet we see a $1700-ish USA street price and/or deep lens-combo discounts by February.

(Then again, the Pen-F has held tight at $1200 for months and months. Given the competition--like the A6000 for half the price!!--I didn't think it would move, either. Apparently discounts haven't been warranted.)

Anyway, it's disappointing. Especially since the new 25mm f/1.2 PRO M.Zuiko's introductory pricing--arriving around $500 less than the Nocticron--offered hope that Olympus had found reasonable economics for serious m4/3 kit.

I always thought there wasn't enough of a gap between the three OM-D, they kinda went to the other extreme now... Whatever, personally I was never in the market for it and one 2 grand body doesn't suddenly make the rest of the affordable M4/3 lineup disappear.

The PEN-F has seen some sizeable discounts in Oly's refurb outlet btw, tho I thought that body was also grossly overpriced from the start, specially compared to their own E-M5 II (never mind Panasonic/Sony). Seems Oly's high end body prices are just trending up across the board.

It'll be interesting to see whether they try bumping the price of mid range successors as well or if they just want this wider gap in between... At one various points the older E-M1 has sold for the same or even less than an E-M5 II, which didn't make much sense, but a 2x gap is an over correction.

Personally, I just hope none of this impacts any plans for more Pro primes. I want a 17mm f1.2 darnit! I'm afraid slow 25/1.2 (because there's a million 25s) and E-M1 II sales could set back their lens development. Good thing there's still Panasonic, someone has to make a great 17 sooner or later...

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 19:02 UTC

Paid $1,000 for a DC290 in 2000 or 1999, or well, my father did... That was my first digital camera, and that's still the most we've paid for one since then (I guess the Oly is over it by MSRP but I got it for $700). Kodak actually made pretty solid digicams for a while, shame the concepts of scripting and programmability were dropped like a rock by everyone. Nothing's really gone close to that since...

Android cameras from Samsung et al were severely locked down (but had huge potential), Sony never built a proper API/SDK for their apps, and everyone else is allergic to the concept unless it's in highly experimental fashion with things like the Oly Air (which just guarantees their obscure nature and less development interest).

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 16:57 UTC as 10th comment
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Terry1010: any technical guys here? why there is NO ( fully ) scriptable camera in the market from the big companies right now? I remember Nikon and Samsung had released Android based cameras. however, I dont know if they were scriptable.

Is it becoz of real technical challenge? eg slower to operate, or unstable? I really want cameras to be more scriptable or customizable! Make the work flow of photography easier!

Those Android cameras were less hackable than your average phone, never mind scripting. It was basically an Android device with a camera app that happened to control a camera bolted to in. There's no technical reason we can't have cameras with scripting or an SDK, or at the very least a decent API so developers can add apps (Sony flirted with the concept but never delivered and the execution of even their in-house PlayMemories apps could be much better).

It comes down to politics and company policies really... For one reason or another cameras have trodden down a much much different path than your average consumer electronics gadget, in both a technical and philosophical sense. Companies treat them like black boxes and never fully disclose a ton of internal specs, and the press and the consumers at large have allowed them to get away with it.

If reviewsers can't even press a company to reveal why X model can do A and Y model can't, or what's readout new in Y beyond "faster processing", then things like scripting and SDKs are a pipe dream, they're happy to keep selling new models with software features that could be implemented in old ones, etc.

A new phone comes out and within a week we know what processor it uses, at what speed it runs, what components are used for wireless signals and things like audio (like, the specific chip models, which often come from various different companies, as in a camera), whether the bootloader can be unlocked, etc etc. That's just one random example, but we don't know that much about the vast majority of cameras out now.

So yeah, in a sense cameras turned into appliances very quickly rather than gadgets, for all the complaints about digital and "non-camera companies" entering that fray, the truth is cameras are treated more like your washing machine than your laptop (even by the older camera companies, perhaps more so). You probably trust what Sears tells you implicitly and it just works how it's made to, period.

Not that the current approach doesn't have it's advantages as far as things like stability, reliability, and possibly even sustaining a niche market with more players that might otherwise be possible in a market where everyone knows more about what's really going on inside that black box... Smartphone makers are falling like flies in a commoditized and saturated market, whereas we have what, 5-6 major camera companies in a far far smaller market?

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 16:51 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (553 comments in total)
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steelhead3: I can't believe Rishi is confused by the differences between the 3 models

They really should've called it the a7000... Might've been slightly less recognisable to the average consumer but it probably would've meant less whining around here. :P

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 08:58 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (553 comments in total)
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Tonkotsu Ramen: That part about the touchscreen is extremely disappointing. Why does sony give us half the touchscreen features when the hardware is there already?

Makes perfect sense Richard, although adding touch for image review shouldn't turn off anyone and it enhances that process (zooming around and moving the zoomed in box on an image) as much as it enhances the AF point selection process. Menus I'd give them a pass on tho...

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 08:55 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (553 comments in total)
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SteveY80: It's a bit odd that the menus can't be controlled from the touch screen, but does anyone really consider that a big deal?

To me 99% of the reason for a touch screen is to quickly change the focus point, especially on a camera that lacks a dedicated joystick. I change the focus point far more often than I change menu settings that don't have a physical control assigned.

As long as touch AF is implemented well, I think this is a really significant usability enhancement. Hopefully it'll appear on the A7 series too.

I use touch for image review (and AF obvs) but not for menus, on my 3 very different M4/3 bodies... Maybe occasionally for menus but I like the dials and buttons enough on my bodies that they feel quicker and more precise... Camera menus, even in the best of cases, aren't fully optimized for touch targets IMO.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 08:52 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (553 comments in total)
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thx1138: Hook line and sinker, the Sony price extortion continues unabated. Expect the A7RIII to be close to $4K and the A9 $5K.

Eh, price seems ok for what's now their ToTL APS-C body with some very real and all new advantages. The biggest issue seems to be the name, if they called it the a7000 there'd probably be less whining... I'm guessing they think there's enough mindshare around a6xxx that it's worth the marketing trade-off.

Body style is a different matter IMO, it seems clear between the a5/6xxx line and A7 that Sony just likes their tilt screens and somewhat smaller bodies... Whether it's by design or a matter of saving on R&D. Dunno whether they'll opt for an X-T2/GH4 body size/style/shape with an articulated screen anytime soon, but you can do such a thing on the cheap just as well (see G7/G80).

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 08:49 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (553 comments in total)
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Nigel Tafferham: A touchscreen but why so crippled ? These days touchscreen should drive any/all functions that make sense - Strange !!

How much $ was the touchscreen, $50 of the increased MSRP ? That IBIS has to be most of the increased costs.

Touchscreen a nice addition but still half A$$ solution, no ?

Is the battery upgraded capacity wise to power the IBIS & new processor and the Touchscreen - didn't think so !!

IBIS and a touch layer actually add a negligible amount of power draw. We've had M4/3 bodies with and without IBIS for years and the former aren't pulling ahead in battery life in any significant way, nor has disabling touch ever resulted in significant savings.

Even AF operations with larger lenses places a very distant third/fourth on the list of things that draw the most power, the two biggest culprits are by far the constant sensor feed and the act of lighting up the displays (be it EVF or rear screen).

I mostly only use my touchscreen for image review and AF point selection btw (on three different M4/3 bodies), somehow I still find it quicker to operate most other functions and menu selections thru buttons and wheels, I was weaned on console/PC video games tho...

I imagine those that grew with touch before button laden controllers might be more adept at the former.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 08:44 UTC
On article Aura is a next generation digital picture frame (74 comments in total)

$400 is too much, might as well just buy a tablet and set it up in exactly the same fashion... If they're smart they would've cut their whole sync/service/software backend and simply supplied HDMI in for a $35 Chromecast to play a slideshow, then just have a motion sensor turn the screen on. Although HDMI certs add their own costs...

The glut of second hand tablets and the immediacy with which people peruse photos had as much to do with the digital picture frame's demise as their race to the bottom.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 19:36 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
On article Ballot-selfies are now legal in New Hampshire (50 comments in total)
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Impulses: How exactly do they ban cameras in half the states? Are they checking people's pockets for phones at the entrance or something?

Then the ban is gonna do absolutely zilch against the thing people are seemingly most scared of (in these comments at least), anyone buying votes and requiring selfie proof would just demand the pic be texted/emailed/etc and anyone one else would be none that wiser.

In effect it's not even a ban on ballot selfies, it's a ban on broadcasting who you voted for which is probably why it wasn't upheld. If we're that paranoid about security there's probably better means to prevent voter fraud/bought votes, I'm sure a specially made paper that's harder to photograph or an electronic voting system could be made so it can't be photographed.

Technology isn't the issue, it's misuse is, and there's always ways around it.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 16:26 UTC
On article Ballot-selfies are now legal in New Hampshire (50 comments in total)
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mosc: There's always pressure to enforce voting on other people. Employers saying things like "submit your Donald Trump ballot pictures here" is closer than most people like to think. Disclosing who you voted for is free speech but being able to PROVE who you voted for is more than that, it's disclosure and then it's not a secret ballot system any longer.

I understand people taking selfies of everything and being proud of both voting and (sometimes) who they're voting for but they have to keep in mind the rights of others to privacy. If disclosure becomes too common then those who do not want to disclose can be retaliated against and then democracy doesn't work.

Or you can use your phone and record whoever is coercing you instead; then blackmail him, take it to the authorities, put it up on FB, etc... :p I know the whole argument for this is more about stopping the one coercing from even having that option but still, how do you even enforce it either way? Are they patting people down for phones before they're allowed to head to their booth or something? That seems like a good way to dampen voter turnout in a country where it's already an issue.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 05:28 UTC
On article Ballot-selfies are now legal in New Hampshire (50 comments in total)

How exactly do they ban cameras in half the states? Are they checking people's pockets for phones at the entrance or something?

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 05:20 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
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ShatteredSky: "That’s what I was hoping we’d see more of this Photokina: mirrorless lenses." Well, for me the 12-100, 25, 30 Olympus and especially the juicy Panasonic 8-18, 12-60 and 50-200 are enough to ponder for the moment. Though granted, except the 30 nothing will be coming well-priced. But ok, this is just m43 ...

M4/3 is actually already littered with more inexpensive lenses...

With M4/3 you don't get something quite as cheap as nifty fifties for DSLR (which are old designs and an odd FL on crop bodies anyway), but in most other regards you have plenty of affordable options, more so than other systems (even vs APS-C DSLR if you actually want wider primes).

I'm very much looking forward to that 8-18 as a step up from my 9-18... If I didn't have the means to spend more on some higher grade lenses I'd be totally content with the M4/3 kit I already have tbh. The 8-18 will be a splurge, and the 7.5/2 an indulgence. :p

I'm actually glad Oly and Pana are focusing on some higher end lenses to broaden's the system's appeal and versatility.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 04:03 UTC
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Rhawi Dantas: Ricoh, if you are listening bring a GR with an 35mm equiv. lens. While at it slap a 24mp sensor and we are done.

I volunteer as tribute for testing. (hard job but someone has to do it.´).

I'd be very interested in a WR version, be it 35 or 40, I'm already used to the latter with my GM1+20mm but it's no big deal either way... Something more pocketable would be appealing tho.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 15:22 UTC
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