Impulses

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ChickenBalls: I have played GTA 5 online, a lot, but never quite understood why many players are so obsessed with the ingame sports cars. It's even more ridiculous than those rich people paying millions for a car. Maybe they just want to compensate for something...

So you never had a poster of a car/jet/cool machine of any kind as a kid?

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 04:36 UTC
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Impulses: --for the first month or so he’d say, “Why are you here?” Or: “What are you doing?” Or, “You have more golf photos of me than [anything else].”--

Heh... That aside, I thought it was an interesting interview, she seems to be achieving her immediate goal of getting comfortable with the subject and vice versa and her long term policy of remaining neutral. What isn't inherently obvious is who she actually works for... She's the president's photog but she doesn't absolutely need his (or someone else's) permission to post? Doesn't that make her just another journalist?

I would've figured it you're the POTUS' photog there's some degree of collaboration beyond just courtesy where the administration wants to have a say in how it's portrayed... I'm speaking in general terms here, couldn't care less about the specifics of what this administration is or isn't doing in this regard. Is this a role that just changes with administration and doesn't have a set protocol?

Sounds like a pretty intense job regardless, probably doubly so under the current conditions... I imagine there's more photogs than ever vying for space and/or churning out same-y shots of the going ons.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 06:03 UTC

--for the first month or so he’d say, “Why are you here?” Or: “What are you doing?” Or, “You have more golf photos of me than [anything else].”--

Heh... That aside, I thought it was an interesting interview, she seems to be achieving her immediate goal of getting comfortable with the subject and vice versa and her long term policy of remaining neutral. What isn't inherently obvious is who she actually works for... She's the president's photog but she doesn't absolutely need his (or someone else's) permission to post? Doesn't that make her just another journalist?

I would've figured it you're the POTUS' photog there's some degree of collaboration beyond just courtesy where the administration wants to have a say in how it's portrayed... I'm speaking in general terms here, couldn't care less about the specifics of what this administration is or isn't doing in this regard. Is this a role that just changes with administration and doesn't have a set protocol?

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 06:01 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
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dash2k8: Let's just say video game graphics have come a very long way since Matrix was making 3D graphics "accelerators."

I gotta say tho, Starfox might've made 3D rendering cool but for me it still didn't seem like all thay much of a jump... It looked interesting but not necessarily better, and there wasn't any extra depth to gameplay. I'm not sure any SNES game really made 3D seem like a big jump to me, I might be forgetting some (did have a ton, far more than for any other console).

A couple years down the line 3D graphics did kick things up a lot on the SNES, with games like DKC and the rest of Rare's stuff (Killer Instinct etc), they definitely started taking the arcade's crown by that point... But still nothing really changed gameplay the way Mario on the N64 did, and that's the first game I remember where it would be cool to run somewhere just to be there and look out at the world... (in a 3D space anyway, the sense of exploration from a Zelda/Metroid game but multiplied many times over)

Dreamcast was my last console, the Switch looks mighty tempting tho.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 05:37 UTC
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dash2k8: Let's just say video game graphics have come a very long way since Matrix was making 3D graphics "accelerators."

I had one 3dfx Voodoo card (can't remember if it was a II or what) as well as a Riva 128, because that was actually what my last Dell system came with IIRC (but some games only supported GLIDE etc)... Pretty sure that was my one and last 3dfx card tho, or maybe I had two, this was around Pentium 2... Can't remember if there was ever one on the original Pentium system preceding that.

I think that might've been it actually... Because I had a TNT too, unless I upgraded the existing PII? Damn memory is getting foggy. PIII onwards was definitely all NVidia cards for me even tho 3dfx was still clinging to life (original GeForce IIRC), more AMD (ATI at one point) lately but probably more NVidia overall. Once I caught that hardware bug I started caring less about consoles.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 05:36 UTC
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Toselli: The photo-mode is actually quite old, it was there from gt4 on ps2, that didn't even have an integrated memory so you had to plug a thumb drive to the ps2! Even at that time you had the option to choose the focal length and aperture, and if I recall correctly you could go up to a 250 mm f/1.0! (that combination was pretty insane!)

To do what? Get the tip of the windshield wipers in focus and nothing else? :P

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 05:24 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: As long as your card can write, say, around 45MB/s and you're shooting stills, you should be fine. Yeah, don't buy the bargin bin cards as they are slow (maybe 10-20MB/s) but most of the mid-range cards are just fine for most people's needs, unless you're doing 4K where you need high-speed cards, like those that can write 60+ MB/s. SD card speeds also vary with the device and the task, I believe, as well, so you can run all the tests you want but you still won't get a firm accurate reading in my opinion. As long as the card works for your needs (and isn't too slow or super excessively expensive, who care's which card brand or what not is better). Also be advised that some devices, like my D750, actually can exhibit a performance decrease when I use UHS-3 cards versus the recommended UHS-1 cards....

Yeah I agree their testing methodology is poor, dunno why DPR chose to highlight that one test tbh...

" Don't know why exactly, as I would assume that the device would just read/write as fast as the card was capable of. "

As I alluded to above, even tho that's a fair assumption that's simply not how the cards work or how they're treated, and it's not very well documented at all. When a UHS-II card is put into a UHS-I body it may not drop down to what you would assume would be capped UHS-I speeds, depending on firmware and other factors it may drop down to a mode where it's (intentionally unintentionally) capped to a lower speed tier than a card with a lower rating/ceiling.

It's kinda bonkers, but that's why it's necessary to actually test cards in camera as well, unfortunately. Frankly I think it's a failing of the spec but it could very well be the spec is properly written to avoid this and card/camera makers just aren't following it correctly by supporting all possible modes.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 05:22 UTC
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Jefftan: Anyone know if there is lens profile in any RAW program to remove heavy vinetting at F2?

Sure about that? I thought the G80 and GX80 did in fact get bumped down to 10-bit w/e-shutter as well and it was only the GX8/GH5 that didn't.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 16:35 UTC
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attomole: Just save up for the another decade and get the Fuji with the GF 23 mm F4.

???
If you're gonna comment in outrage you should probably pay more attention, attomole was probably half kidding ("save for another decade") and the GF 23mm is a MF lens equivalent to 18mm, not 35mm. Granted that's still not as wide as this 15mm EFL lens but still.

The Fuji/Sony mount Samyang 12/2 is probably the most obvious comparison for a cheaper, manual, UWA, mirrorless prime... Tho it too isn't nearly as wide. It seems like UWA options explode if you go FF but the Laowa was all I could ask for in M4/3 land.

A chip for EXIF might've been nice tho.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 16:34 UTC
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Mike FL: If you want to know the lens better, below is the Lab testing & real world samples for this lens:

http://www.photozone.de/m43/1001-laowa75f2mft?start=1

That and Mirrorless Lessons' updated review seem to paint a pretty complete picture of what it's capable of.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 16:29 UTC
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Impulses: It's possible mSD cards might be thermally constrained after being in use for a while, or the test was bottlenecked in some other way (reader, stuff going on in the system, hard drive read speed if it's not a high end system w/SSD, etc)... I've seen Amazon user reviews that proved more conclusive/useful tbh.

Dunno about mSD as I haven't used any in a few years (even on my phone), but the SD cards I've bought lately all managed to hit/surpass their stated read AND write sequential speeds... Obviously if I try to throw a directory with thousands of <2MB files they're not gonna hit peak sequential speeds tho.

Even tho all the wizened commenters usually cry bloody murder at the deceptive specs, I don't tend to find that to be the case at all if you know what the specs actually mean, and the seemingly most beloved brand in SanDisk tends to be the absolute worst about obfuscating write speed for their lower end products.

It really really annoys me when it's not even listed in the fine print and I have to go find an Amazon review just to see what range max sequential write speeds will be in. They seem to do it for all their cheaper USB drives too in addition to the lower end cards.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 16:26 UTC
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Impulses: It's possible mSD cards might be thermally constrained after being in use for a while, or the test was bottlenecked in some other way (reader, stuff going on in the system, hard drive read speed if it's not a high end system w/SSD, etc)... I've seen Amazon user reviews that proved more conclusive/useful tbh.

Dunno about mSD as I haven't used any in a few years (even on my phone), but the SD cards I've bought lately all managed to hit/surpass their stated read AND write sequential speeds... Obviously if I try to throw a directory with thousands of <2MB files they're not gonna hit peak sequential speeds tho.

The last few cards I bought were Lexar 1000x UHS-II and they can absolutely read large video files off card at around the quoted 150MB/s AND write fast enough to keep up with my main camera which can write to the card at around 75-80MB/s when doing bursts...

I think that's a little under the max but it gets closer still to the max write rating of 90MB/a on a USB reader (within 2-3MB/s), there's some extra overhead and more random I/O in a camera. I'm not partial to any one brand, I've bought SanDisk, Sony, Samsung, and Transcend too).

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 16:24 UTC
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It's possible mSD cards might be thermally constrained after being in use for a while, or the test was bottlenecked in some other way (reader, stuff going on in the system, hard drive read speed if it's not a high end system w/SSD, etc)... I've seen Amazon user reviews that proved more conclusive/useful tbh.

Dunno about mSD as I haven't used any in a few years (even on my phone), but the SD cards I've bought lately all managed to hit/surpass their stated read AND write sequential speeds... Obviously if I try to throw a directory with thousands of <2MB files they're not gonna hit peak sequential speeds tho.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 16:24 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
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GodSpeaks: Is anyone really surprised? I blame the SD card association (or whatever it is called) for allowing manufacturers to get away with meaningless statements and bogus numbers regarding speed. Why are they allowed to list the READ speed when the truly IMPORTANT number is WRITE speed? Try and find the missing write speed numbers on some manufacturer sites. It is not easy sometimes, as they are very well hidden.

Ok DPR, here is a job for you. Do accurate and meaningfull speed tests of all memory cards and start holding manufacturer's feet to the fire when write speeds are not up to snuff, are not clearly listed or are completely missing. Ditto for misleading advertising.

There's several sites that already do that kinda testing. Imaging Resource does to an extent within their reviews, and cameramemoryspeed.com does extensive per body and per card tests.

You can totally extend the buffer with a fast enough card and even make it irrelevant at times, I'm sure there's other more relatable examples but my E-M5 II can shoot indefinitely at 5fps with a decently fast UHS-II card and the E-M1 II can ratchet that up to 10fps. I believe DPR's review of the D500 also quoted some impressive write speeds...

A 40-60MB/s card won't do if your trying to push things that far tho, whereas it'll mostly be fine for many kinds of 4K... Dunno why people keep saying video is more demanding than stills. Unless you're shooting 200mbit 4K your body will probably benefit from a faster card for stills before it matters for video.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 16:07 UTC
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Richard Murdey: fwiw I can get almost 95 MB/s from my Samsung PRO+ cards with a USB3 card reader and Crystaldiskmark. Above 90 anyway. Same with my older Toshiba Exceria Type 1, but the IOPS of those cards aren't as good as the Samsung.

You can't blame the manufacturer if the user can't get the advertised speeds. 95 MB/s is the limit of the UHS-I spec. At that point, it's the bus speed that's the bottleneck, not the flash memory and real world performance is going to depend very much on the link used to access the card.

The best UHS I cards are marked 90/95 by the manufacturer, e.g. the samsung PRO+, sandisk extreme pro, Toshiba Exceria Type 1. In my experience they deliver very close to the listed speeds.

For most cameras and most applications it's rare that you can take advantage of it though.

Want even more speed? Upgrade to UHS-II and compatible equipment.

"most cameras and most applications" is a pretty broad generalisation... My E-M5 II isn't exactly new and a decent (not the fastest) UHS-II card still halves buffer clear times compared to a UHS-I and actually allows me to ignore the buffer entirely at 5fps (it can write fast enough to card to shoot indefinitely). Newer bodies (E-M1 II, D500, some Fuji's, etc etc) can write to cards 2-3x faster still.

Even if you don't care about shooting bursts or action, cutting down on buffer clear times is still pretty handy for bracketing and other scenarios where the camera ends up writing a lot of data.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 16:02 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: As long as your card can write, say, around 45MB/s and you're shooting stills, you should be fine. Yeah, don't buy the bargin bin cards as they are slow (maybe 10-20MB/s) but most of the mid-range cards are just fine for most people's needs, unless you're doing 4K where you need high-speed cards, like those that can write 60+ MB/s. SD card speeds also vary with the device and the task, I believe, as well, so you can run all the tests you want but you still won't get a firm accurate reading in my opinion. As long as the card works for your needs (and isn't too slow or super excessively expensive, who care's which card brand or what not is better). Also be advised that some devices, like my D750, actually can exhibit a performance decrease when I use UHS-3 cards versus the recommended UHS-1 cards....

Just used M4/3 bodies as examples because it's what I'm familiar with btw, but something like a D500 will definitely exploit faster cards as well...

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 15:57 UTC
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Rambalac: Test is extremely stupid and absolutely useless. Most important minimum writing speed with mostly full card is not tested. That guys are just incompetent.

Why does performance near full matter so much? All storage media starts to choke up when it's near capacity (tho for different reasons), even high end SSD suffer when used at capacity. It's a good idea to not fill a card up to the max if not absolutely necessary, if nothing else it keeps things consistent and minimizes the need to do a full format very often.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 15:54 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: As long as your card can write, say, around 45MB/s and you're shooting stills, you should be fine. Yeah, don't buy the bargin bin cards as they are slow (maybe 10-20MB/s) but most of the mid-range cards are just fine for most people's needs, unless you're doing 4K where you need high-speed cards, like those that can write 60+ MB/s. SD card speeds also vary with the device and the task, I believe, as well, so you can run all the tests you want but you still won't get a firm accurate reading in my opinion. As long as the card works for your needs (and isn't too slow or super excessively expensive, who care's which card brand or what not is better). Also be advised that some devices, like my D750, actually can exhibit a performance decrease when I use UHS-3 cards versus the recommended UHS-1 cards....

Some brands have leveraged what those cards are capable of quicker than others... But 45MB/s is pretty pedestrian/inadequate for any recent body that has made even a remote effort of exploiting newer tech, and it's not always about shooting action either, can help with bracketing, etc.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 15:52 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: As long as your card can write, say, around 45MB/s and you're shooting stills, you should be fine. Yeah, don't buy the bargin bin cards as they are slow (maybe 10-20MB/s) but most of the mid-range cards are just fine for most people's needs, unless you're doing 4K where you need high-speed cards, like those that can write 60+ MB/s. SD card speeds also vary with the device and the task, I believe, as well, so you can run all the tests you want but you still won't get a firm accurate reading in my opinion. As long as the card works for your needs (and isn't too slow or super excessively expensive, who care's which card brand or what not is better). Also be advised that some devices, like my D750, actually can exhibit a performance decrease when I use UHS-3 cards versus the recommended UHS-1 cards....

Meanwhile there's a ton of newer and not so new bodies that can totally benefit from a faster card for stills shooting, it can make a massive difference in buffer clear times and bust performance. My E-M5 II, which has been out for a few years now, can literally shoot indefinitely at 5fps with a fast enough card (around 90MB/s) since it can write quickly enough off buffer for it to become irrelevant.

Newer bodies like the E-M1 II can push data 3x as quickly to the card when shooting stills... A decent UHS-II card can literally cut a buffer clear wait from 10s+ to just 2-3s (vs a much slower UHS-I card), obviously the difference isn't as extreme if you look at more closely matched cards but when cutting buffer clear times in half seems huge to me.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 15:52 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: As long as your card can write, say, around 45MB/s and you're shooting stills, you should be fine. Yeah, don't buy the bargin bin cards as they are slow (maybe 10-20MB/s) but most of the mid-range cards are just fine for most people's needs, unless you're doing 4K where you need high-speed cards, like those that can write 60+ MB/s. SD card speeds also vary with the device and the task, I believe, as well, so you can run all the tests you want but you still won't get a firm accurate reading in my opinion. As long as the card works for your needs (and isn't too slow or super excessively expensive, who care's which card brand or what not is better). Also be advised that some devices, like my D750, actually can exhibit a performance decrease when I use UHS-3 cards versus the recommended UHS-1 cards....

Compatibility issues aside, you can absolutely test card performance on an even playing field using a fully compatible reader on a PC... It may not tell you the ideal card for an older body (or even a newer one the simply can't write fast enough to saturate the fastest) but it still tells your plenty about what the cards are capable of.

I actually disagree on the importance of a fast card for stills vs video, most 4K video doesn't require very fast cards at all (no more than 30MB/s in many cases) unless like dealing with a GH5 and using exceedingly high bitrate options, in which case you know what you need (and it's probably still not gonna be the absolute fastest card FWIW).

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 15:50 UTC
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