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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.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2017 at 06:52 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
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dharmagreg: This may sound silly, but does taking sunset/sunrise shots, could this cause damage to your lens or camera?

Dunno why he's so incredulous, I've seen the same question pop up on every comments section and thread about the subject...

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2017 at 06:09 UTC
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Hanoise: I wonder if the customers have to au for damages?

I'm sure in some cases they'll get a bill for it, wouldn't be the first time, I seem to recall incidents where Lensrentals billed people who were willfully reckless with their stuff at Burning Man and/or some of those color runs.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2017 at 06:07 UTC
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snapa: I wonder how many camera sensors were just slightly impaired and showed no visual damage? I think all of the cameras rented that week should be seriously tested before renting them again.

Lensrentals seems to be pretty anal (or thorough, if you will) about testing the equipment they rent to make sure it's in good working order, I'm sure they're on top of things. I also imagine there'll be cases where damage could occur that would be undetectable until later on tho... Some people seem to treat rented camera gear as bad as they treat rented cars.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2017 at 06:01 UTC
On article Photo of the week: Hyena at Night (101 comments in total)
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Kostasm: 16s complete still? is it a stuffed animal?

Yeah there's quite a few actually, some are more faint, the most obvious are on the left ear, top lip, and top of the head but there's a whole bunch more.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2017 at 04:26 UTC
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Bobthearch: I don't understand the value of the data. I mean, phone books are free, and anyone wants to send me an email can easily do so already.
IG doesn't have any financial records like credit card and bank account #s, do they?

Huh, although I guess they only stole emails and phone numbers? That only seems useful for stalkers and people doing targeted attacks...

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2017 at 03:58 UTC
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Bobthearch: I don't understand the value of the data. I mean, phone books are free, and anyone wants to send me an email can easily do so already.
IG doesn't have any financial records like credit card and bank account #s, do they?

Well, they're not selling it for much (black market prices for more valuable info goes way higher) and a lot of people do reuse their passwords willy nilly across multiple accounts, do the math there... They're basically selling identity theft (or at least account hacking) lotto tickets if you bank on the latter fact.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2017 at 03:48 UTC
On article Lexar acquired by Chinese flash storage maker Longsys (79 comments in total)

Brands and marketing changing hands is usually not that noteworthy if you care more about the product than the name on the label...

In this case it's actually sort of interesting because it lives up to a lot of the uniformed guesses, there's not that many NAND manufacturers out there so odds were high some random company would buy the Lexar brand and end up buying flash memory from Micron to keep making the same product...

Longsys IS one of those few NAND makers tho, they might even end up selling Lexar branded SSD that would end up competing with Micron's own.

I'm still not holding my breath hoping for any decent CS if one of my current Lexar cards bites the dust.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 21:54 UTC as 4th comment
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WilliamJ: My hand steadyness is not anylonger what it used to be. Thus can I have a set of it with a good IS please ?

Just enjoy your favorite adult beverage on it, everything will seem real smooth then...

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 04:55 UTC
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maxnimo: Think this through: These guys now basically have their life ruined, their future is over ... even though there's no real victim and nobody died. Yet those individuals that start unnecessary wars and destroy a million families get to collect high salaries and pensions without a single day in prison.

Just because they got lucky doesn't mean there was a very real risk for multiple fatalities... Attempted crimes are still prosecuted even if they aren't successful you know.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 05:42 UTC
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Frank_BR: Every year people die trying to climb Mount Everest. It is not just the climbers who die, but also the Sherpa guides and rescue team people. Nevertheless, climbing Mount Everest is not felony, quite the contrary, it is a show of courage and talent. Go figure...

You go up to Everest knowing the risks, the people driving down the bridge didn't sign up for daredevil shenanigans.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 05:39 UTC
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arhmatic: 36 firefighters, eight port authority officers, and seven port authority rescuers.

51 people. Two questions - 1 - isn't the number excessive? 2 - Who's paying?

Tax payers obviously, and hindsight is 20/20, at the time of the event they had no way of knowing if it was a suicide attempt, a junkie, a thrill seeker, or even a terrorist... I imagine all kinds of units were deployed, not to mention it takes more than a few people to shut down a bridge, reroute traffic, etc.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 05:37 UTC
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Mikhail Konovalov: If it printed a flipbook, I'd have been interested. Perhaps.

Or a hologram type animation effect, that'd be pretty cool.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 05:34 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (209 comments in total)
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Nixyz: "Sadly, Olympus has removed the feature that allows the flash to remotely control off-board flashguns."

Can't think of a reason why they did this.

The PEN-F was also viewed as overpriced for it's class by some tho, even within Oly's lineup (pricier than the older E-M5 II yet no weather sealing)... I think they're leaving kind of a big gap out there until the eventual E-M5 III next year, not uncommon but still, why this did entry level refresh take priority? Meh...

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 18:58 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (209 comments in total)
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aliasfox: I think it's $200 too expensive. Aside from the inclusion of 4k and the modified UI, how different is it from the mkII, really? Same sensor, same IBIS, same screen and EVF. A newer processor and a few more AF points, but do those really make for a new camera?

If the inclusion of the TruePic VIII improves the CDAF system so it can track better than the mkII, then that would be a worthy improvement. I kind of doubt that's the case though - and to truly have useful tracking, you need useful C-AF, which Oly hasn't been able to manage on their CDAF only systems.

At $799 with kit, it's $100 more than the 1.5-yr old GX85, which performs similarly, and $100 less than the XT-20, which includes PDAF. I'd say that if 4k weren't important, a refurb E-M5 mkII would be a better buy, at the same price - same sensor, but weather sealing, a bigger EVF, and more control points (toggle switch!) make it more appealing, and the bundled flash that can control off-camera flashes is just icing on the cake.

Agreed, if they're gonna keep the PEN lineup as moribund and it's been (specially the cheaper E-PLx) and this is their entry level play then it can't be perceived as a lesser value than 1-2 year old models even if it does certain things better... It's a tough sell IMO, $650 kit would've been a whole lot more attractive and it's sins of omission more forgivable.

Oly street prices tend not to budge from MSRP at all in the US too, outside their cyclical $100 off sales... So this is likely it as far as pricing for the next year+. I dunno about the X-T20 but the GX85 (never mind the a6000) is likely to keep dropping and seeing more frequent sales.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 18:55 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (209 comments in total)
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Franz Weber: Now, this seems to be the true successor to the original EM5 as it is definitely better in every regard and shares the same looks. But this is 2017 and the question is how does it compare to the G85?

It's more direct competitor is the GX85 IMO, and the a6000, even if neither share the same physical form factor (perhaps the G7 if still for sale)... I think all of those still do certain key things better tho (video, C-AF), but if it's purely for stills and non-action Oly still has an attractive entry level package between their IBIS, specialty modes (Live Comp, etc), and processing.

It probably won't be the best overall value in its class tho, which can be hard to overlook when it's being compared against 1-2 year old models at times... Oly seems intent to keep refreshing this line far quicker than most, I'm still unsure how that'll pan out in the long run (I mean they still sell E-M10 I refurbs at times...).

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 18:49 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (209 comments in total)
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danieladougan: The lack of PDAF in this camera is totally unacceptable. Panasonic's comparably-priced GX85 has DFD autofocus, which is a huge benefit (for Panasonic glass at least). And the GX85 offers 5-axis image stabilization as well.

The Sony a6000 is comparably priced as well and has MUCH better autofocus tracking plus a larger sensor size.

The people at Olympus seem to think PDAF only benefits people with legacy 4/3 glass, but really it benefits people with Micro 4/3 glass as well when it comes to tracking.

I don't think Oly is targeting the E-M10 III as a second body for people with other systems or bodies tho... But entry level models can be a bit ambiguous in scope at times. Stuff like the GX85 & A6000 do C-AF better even if it's not perfect or best in class a la D500 tho, and plenty of buyers in this price bracket (parents, etc) will still want decent C-AF.

I actually think their reticence to build OSPDAF or some other means of improving C-AF into anything below the E-M1 line is actually more of an oversight are this point that whatever sensor/IQ spec people are going bonkers over... Tho sticking with 16MP doesn't help them with the average clueless/entry level market perception either.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 18:45 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (209 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: Adorable and adequate. Looks to me like Olympus is following CaNikon "annual upgrade" playbook, but hey if it works for the two biggest players, why not?

IF they keep refreshing the E-M10 line at that pace it could still be a fine strategy, whatever it's failings are there'll be another one before too long... But if they fall behind and the current E-M10 III needs to duke it out in the market for 2+ years vs the GX85 (or whatever comes after it), the X-T20 (as prices drop), etc then that would be a mistake.

At least IMO... I'm quite happy with my E-M5 II over a year after getting it, I think current Pana bodies are possibly better overall values but for my use the Oly is still ideal. I wouldn't buy another Oly body near a grand without OSPDAF or some other C-AF breakthrough tho, that's the one thing they're getting lapped on by everyone, more so than the sensor performance.

I guess I just wish Oly was more aggressive at the low end like they used to be and how Pana has been lately.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 18:39 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (209 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: Adorable and adequate. Looks to me like Olympus is following CaNikon "annual upgrade" playbook, but hey if it works for the two biggest players, why not?

Olympus actually used to be a lot better about filtering stuff up and down the lineup IMO, they've been more reticent lately, particularly with regards to OSPDAF (and the newer 20MP sensor some would argue, tho I think that makes far less of a real world difference).

Their other lines aren't being updated nearly as often, above OR below the E-M10 for that matter (PENs are sorta moribund right now)... The E-M10 line seems to have fallen into a very iterative cycle tho, where they refresh it just enough to make it interesting every 1.5-ish years, but perhaps not enough to woo existing system users.

There's nothing inherently wrong with that approach, they're targeting new users rather than existing ones... But there's ILCs from other brands, even within M4/3 (cough GX85), that are still far more capable in key areas like video and C-AF.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 18:38 UTC
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cosinaphile: small time hackers might go for it .... but it would be stupid

they would need to ask for 10 times that amount

anyway this seems like just a publicity stunt designed to make dji look like they care and are reaching out to their community

ben franklin said that if you want to make an enemy a friend ask them a favor

Also, when I wrote decades it probably should've been years... :P Chrome's only been around for almost a single decade after all.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 04:21 UTC
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