Impulses

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justmeMN: (USA) I really sick of trigger happy, incompetent cops.

They're not the norm tho, but they do have to be weed out of the ranks, if the account is accurate this was an utter failure in basic procedure that should've been ingrained at the academy.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 17:06 UTC
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falconeyes: Overall, I very much like this video and the circular motion around the sun's circimference. But the effective resolution is FullHD at best, no need to make this 4k. A better use of 4k would have been a wider angle, also better capturing the moment, I guess.

Moreover, I heard the corona was much wider than captured in this video. An s-log video color-graded to show it all would have been appreciated (by me).

I imagine the corona appears wider or tighter depending on how you expose for it, having never seen one in person I dunno whether atmospheric conditions or location might also alter it's appearance when seeing it with your own eyes.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 17:00 UTC
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K E Hoffman: As someone who was there just miles from where this was taken. This video does not even capture the experience. Heck the exposure was not even corrected well enough to capture what as a spectacular corona this time. I like seeing the prominences but I can see those in still shots.
This for me is a case of too much gear not enough art. It isolated a spectacular and very emotional event for many into data collection.

Don't be such a negative Nelly, those of us nowhere near totality still appreciate every vantage point and detailed look at the event. What's wrong with data collection anyway? He used an automated mount so in all likelihood the shooter was free to experience it just as you did while the camera did it's thing.

Not everyone thinks of themselves as an artist, some or more analytical or scientific by nature, some are happy to be spectators, and most are some sorta combination of all of it.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 16:58 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: Wait, specialized CAD and gaming mice have existed for years. With those, once set up correctly and assuming the software isn't garbage, one doesn't have to take one's hand off the mouse once one knows the controls.

But with this keyboard you'd have to move you hand (left?) from either the keyboard or the mouse to operate this wheel. Seems odd, or only useful for very circumscribed uses.

Making this attached to the keyboard's left corner is a definite flop IMO tho, without an established use case I'd need to to be repositionable by either hand (and easy to move out the way) to even care, at least MS got that right.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 16:41 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: Wait, specialized CAD and gaming mice have existed for years. With those, once set up correctly and assuming the software isn't garbage, one doesn't have to take one's hand off the mouse once one knows the controls.

But with this keyboard you'd have to move you hand (left?) from either the keyboard or the mouse to operate this wheel. Seems odd, or only useful for very circumscribed uses.

For work duties I'm not sure I'd wanna be taking my hands off keyboard or mouse constantly either, ergonomically it'll get tiring, but I can see how it might still be interesting... Specially when combined with touch and direct screen interaction as the MS Dial purports. Still not sure where high end gaming mice come into the picture tho. :p

There's some gaming peripherals that aim to replace the keyboard, they're like mini boards and some have a wheel, dunno if you meant those, the wheel is usually the same as a mouse's tho. There's very likely some new fangled VR controllers I'm totally unaware of tho, between that, touch, and other mediums we're probably gonna see more experimentation for a while.

Trackballs *were* common at one point in engineering offices, tho I imagine it's been a couple decades now... Some people still prefer them ergonomically to a mouse, for one thing it's easier to let go of a trackball without disturbing pointer position.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 16:39 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: Wait, specialized CAD and gaming mice have existed for years. With those, once set up correctly and assuming the software isn't garbage, one doesn't have to take one's hand off the mouse once one knows the controls.

But with this keyboard you'd have to move you hand (left?) from either the keyboard or the mouse to operate this wheel. Seems odd, or only useful for very circumscribed uses.

Interesting, thanks for the links, tho there's a big difference between more complex controllers aimed at moving in a 3D space (tho there does seem to be a range of those at different price points) and a more simpler dial meant to operate one axis/level/setting with maybe one extra contol point/button...

This thing by Logi and the MS Surface Dial seem like they aim to be the latter without the former's complexity. You might be right tho, it could very well be a passing fad, it's not the first time we've had simple discrete dial type controllers aimed at consumers and prosumers... Griffin made one for years before they stopped supporting newer Windows versions.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 16:36 UTC

Looks like it's not compatible with the Dial API for MS' own Surface Dial, the seems like a missed opportunity to gain free support amongst some existing software... Haven't looked too much into the MS Dial, tho being Bluetooth and running on AAs is kind of a turn off.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 16:17 UTC as 25th comment
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mychoice: Nice idea, however far too expensive for one additional dial.
In my opinion Palette Starter Control Surface Kit would be the better investment, since it is even modular.

Looks interesting, tho rather overpriced, the button modules should have 2-4 buttons that can be programmed to macro functions in order to be really useful... Not a single arcade sized button (literally looks like an arcade console button). Any first hand experience with it? $200 is still not that outrageous if their software was well polished, not throwing $200+ at something without good programmable UI tho

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 15:50 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: Wait, specialized CAD and gaming mice have existed for years. With those, once set up correctly and assuming the software isn't garbage, one doesn't have to take one's hand off the mouse once one knows the controls.

But with this keyboard you'd have to move you hand (left?) from either the keyboard or the mouse to operate this wheel. Seems odd, or only useful for very circumscribed uses.

I know gaming mice have been getting up there in price but I wasn't aware of any that made the leap to a whopping $400... High end norm was still $150 maybe $200 last I saw, and the wheels on gaming mice don't seem any more special than those of your average Logitech MX model.

Now I'm curious about these $400 CAD mice, got any links? I thought at some point designers mostly opted for a drawing tablet rather than mice (or a trackball, tho they've been on the verge of extinction).

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 15:45 UTC
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Petr Klapper: Seems a bit like re-inventing mouse-wheel? Anyway, would be much better with at least 5 customizable smaller wheels on the keyboard to skip the need for midi-controllers for LR for example.

I'd actually prefer a separate module with a couple wheels and maybe macro buttons... I have a mechanical keyboard I like just fine and I'm not ditching it for a rubber dome board with a wheel. Actually my mech Corsair board has a wheel of sorts, it's like a drum but it's meant only for volume control.

Griffin used to make a big old USB knob on a cable exactly for this kinda purpose but stopped supporting it several Windows versions ago AFAIK, there's a market for it out there, lots of geeks would buy one just for volume control with headphones tbh.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 15:41 UTC
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Ab Latchin: This is an entry level camera. With all companies their take their parts bin and create the most compelling camera for a price point.

For existing EM10 owners it adds a ton of video features, and this alone will have me picking one up as a B-roll camera, and a slew of updates. It keeps the 16mp sensor most likely for data reasons. In other words, more data, more processing, more power etc. all putting pressure on the components used.

It is a beautiful little camera capable of taking beautiful pictures at 16mp. If you prefer the Sonys or Fujis etc, don't sweat it, go buy one. M43rds makes a case on size, and this body is currently the smallest in the line-up, well designed with good controls and a solid set of features all for $650.

Sounds good to me.

Ah, that's true, although it's not really significantly smaller than the E-M10 I/II or the E-M5 for that matter... There's basically two sizes of OM-Ds, the 5/10 with more shallow grips and the E-M1 series with a beefier grip.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 03:58 UTC
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mbot: It doesn't do full sensor readout, lineskipping or pixel-binning is involved.

And what is the data-rate/mbps? Does Fujifilm mention it? And is it ALL-I or IPB?

And they should have given this the same sensor as on the Panasonic GH5, better low-light performance and cleaner overall image and improved dynamic range.

Actually, I think Olympus & Panasonic should dump 4/3rds and move to APS/C

See what Sony does next. I'm hoping for 10bit & 4:2:2

8bit video is dregs garbage

It's entirely possible Sony is charging a larger premium for their top end sensor right now than in the days when Oly used the same 16MP sensor across their whole lineup (and Panasonic didn't, which made everyone love Oly). Or it's possible Oly is just cutting costs where it makes sense.

Honestly I don't think the very very slight drop in resolution and DR IS even that noteworthy (between the latest 16MP & 20MP sensors), so if it helped them somehow to hold that back then so be it. It probably hurts them more marketing-wise than it does in direct IQ comparisons. OTOH there's other things they could've done to make this more of an upgrade over the outgoing model, although the biggest one is still sensor related (OSPDAF), unless they figure out some other way to improve C-AF (a la Panasonic).

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2017 at 20:38 UTC
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mbot: It doesn't do full sensor readout, lineskipping or pixel-binning is involved.

And what is the data-rate/mbps? Does Fujifilm mention it? And is it ALL-I or IPB?

And they should have given this the same sensor as on the Panasonic GH5, better low-light performance and cleaner overall image and improved dynamic range.

Actually, I think Olympus & Panasonic should dump 4/3rds and move to APS/C

See what Sony does next. I'm hoping for 10bit & 4:2:2

8bit video is dregs garbage

" Now there is this absurd price gap between them and they are having to shelter that enormous gap by holding back the low end on sensor quality. "

Actually, the previously tiny gap between the E-M1 & E-M5 II seemed like an obvious issue for Oly from the start, some consumers may have liked how it panned out but it really didn't make any sense... They've kinda gone to the other extreme now but that's only because the E-M5 II successor isn't out and fell last in place for an update... I think I'd they can still find a middle ground with the Mk III and they don't needlessly gimp it in any one way then the lineup will make a ton of sense and the gaps will be justified.

I don't think how they structure all three models and the price brackets they go for is intrinsically tied to the sensor either... But without having Sony's sheet prices for bulk sensor purchases it's hard to tell.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2017 at 20:38 UTC
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Ab Latchin: This is an entry level camera. With all companies their take their parts bin and create the most compelling camera for a price point.

For existing EM10 owners it adds a ton of video features, and this alone will have me picking one up as a B-roll camera, and a slew of updates. It keeps the 16mp sensor most likely for data reasons. In other words, more data, more processing, more power etc. all putting pressure on the components used.

It is a beautiful little camera capable of taking beautiful pictures at 16mp. If you prefer the Sonys or Fujis etc, don't sweat it, go buy one. M43rds makes a case on size, and this body is currently the smallest in the line-up, well designed with good controls and a solid set of features all for $650.

Sounds good to me.

It's not the smallest M4/3 body by a longshot, not even for Oly...

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2017 at 20:27 UTC
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ozturert: So people keep asking "this is like EM10 II with 4K, why did Olympus even release this?"
Well, in the age of "why doesn't ... camera have any 4K video?" questions, saying "only added 4K" is strange.
In fact, you get 4K video with industry leading image stabilization, very good small camera that still takes excellent pictures, EVF etc.. only for 650 USD.
If Olympus added more and more functions, changed the sensor and some other stuff and priced this 999 USD, then everyone would jump again. Instead, they added some minor functions and 4K video and kept the price very reasonable.
Impossible to make this group happy, isn't it :)

" You might have a point BUT many serious video guys prefer manual focus. "

And the vast but majority of those will still buy Panasonic or even Sony... Just being realistic, the inclusion of 4K on an entry level body (even with class leading IBIS) doesn't move the needle much in that regard, as you stated, it's about a lot more than that for the serious videographer. I own both Pana & Oly bodies FWIW.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2017 at 20:24 UTC
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ozturert: So people keep asking "this is like EM10 II with 4K, why did Olympus even release this?"
Well, in the age of "why doesn't ... camera have any 4K video?" questions, saying "only added 4K" is strange.
In fact, you get 4K video with industry leading image stabilization, very good small camera that still takes excellent pictures, EVF etc.. only for 650 USD.
If Olympus added more and more functions, changed the sensor and some other stuff and priced this 999 USD, then everyone would jump again. Instead, they added some minor functions and 4K video and kept the price very reasonable.
Impossible to make this group happy, isn't it :)

The value of 4K video without better C-AF might debatable at this end of the market tho... But sure, they did just enough to make it relevant and worth the price tag, it's got some decent competition tho.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2017 at 13:27 UTC
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zzzxtreme: As always, great pricing. Plenty features like Ibis, live composite, 4k video, etc.. Sets it apart from its peers like gx7, a6000, eos m.

Been a while since the GX7... The GX85 is probably it's closest competitor, and possibly still a better value despite being a year older. The E-M10 III might have somewhat better IBIS and a better EVF but the GX85 should have much better C-AF and 4K video quality.

The a6000 should have better C-AF too and it's older still, granted no IBIS or 4K. Frankly I think they did just enough to make the E-M10 III relevant but not quite enough to make it truly stand out in it's class. My main body is an E-M5 II btw so I'm hardly biased against Oly.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2017 at 13:23 UTC
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J Random Camera Owner: Thank you very much for posting these. A couple years back I tried to look for images of camera gear with damage from the sun and found only a case of camera on tripod for a long time when trying to capture lens flare and having a melted spot near the lens mount.

Would anyone happen to have a link to a page with the formulas required for calculating how much energy ends up inside camera given the elevation of the sun, aperture and focal length at least? Needs latitude as well to figure out how much atmosphere is between camera and sun? Area of the lens front element? Pointers at least?

It'll be impossible to get an exact answer as we don't know how much energy it takes to raise the temperature of the parts inside camera for N degrees, unless you start dismantling stuff and taking measurements, but some general idea might come in handy. Imagine you have a wide-angle lens and camera on a tripod taking a time-lapse and sun draws an arc across the sensor, or melts the aperture blades.

If you're doing a long exposure with a wide lens in the middle of the day you'd probably be using an ND as it is... Time lapses might indeed pose some of the same dangers tho, never thought about it that, I'm not sure you'd get enough light focused with a wide to damage the sensor but it's plausible... Certainly enough to damage the iris or shutter tho, Panasonic 20mm in LR's blog being exhibit A.

I guess you'd want an iris max at minimum for that kinda task if you're really going for long time spans? It's probably a good idea to cover the camera in general, overheating and battery damage are very real possibilities too.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2017 at 17:15 UTC
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Impulses: I'm kind of surprised someone managed to burn the iris on a lens as wide wide as the Panasonic 20mm pictured... I'm guessing that took more than a few seconds to happen.

Sure, still tho, a 40mm equivalent isn't exactly focusing a lot of or magnifying the sun greatly in the frame... Taking a picture with it in the frame on eclipse day wouldn't be mucj different than most days (unlike a tele that you tend not to aim directly at the sun), I doubt that plastic iris started melting in a matter of 6s as some of the examples shown with longer teles. It was probably left out there time lapsing the sky or something, I would think.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2017 at 17:09 UTC
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grock: So... i wasn't planning on shooting the eclipse so did absolutely no research/prep, but once it was going on, and I was in an area of near-totality, I figured, what the hell. Took a couple shots in live view. How much direct sun do you really need to expose your camera sensor/lenses to to really damage them?

Did you see the video on the linked article? They managed to get a Rebel DSLR to literally end up smoking after a 6s exposure by using a long enough tele and pointing it right at the sun... You can see smoke coming out of the rear element as if it's a gun barrel when they take the body of, pretty impressive actually.

Someone also managed to burn the iris on a 40mm equivalent pancake wide lens, tho I imagine that took far longer to get nice and crispy... So yeah, it depends, but it can happen right quick.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2017 at 06:56 UTC
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