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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 (204 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 (204 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 (204 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 (204 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
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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
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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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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

It's worth noting that the Chrome bounties are in line with what DJI is offering (max being around $30K) but Android bug bounties actually scale way higher... Still, they've paid out a few million in bounties either way, so it actually is "a thing" and not just a PR stunt, at least as a concept. Will be interesting to see if DJI publishes data on the program like Google does.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 04:19 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

Google has run a similar program for decades and it's actually been pretty successful, both for Google and for developers who've made pretty good coin off it... There might be an implicit trust or understanding that isn't there with DJI tho, but in the face of it I'd say it's not a bad idea.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 04:16 UTC
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CallumG: See that Nikon/Canon? That's how you make existing customers happy, and maintain brand loyalty. Panasonic and Fuji have it down.

Panasonic really only does this for their flagship anyway, even the other models that are still nearly TotL don't get as much love as the GHx. Not that others do much better, Oly at least goes down one notch with firmware updates for their midrange bodies tho (E-M5 II/PEN-F).

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 16:43 UTC

Is there a Huston in Houston or did DL actually post a typo in the headline? :P

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 16:07 UTC as 10th comment

I tried to make some travel plans to the zone of totality but they ultimately fell thru... Had bought a couple lens filters and everything, oh well, will try again in 2024. If I could simply drive over I would've.

It was still fun to watch a partial eclipse from my doorstep, and you're right about people's reaction, I loaned out some of the glasses I had to kids that live on the street and their reaction was priceless every time (glad I bought a 4-pack!). The shadows were pretty trippy too.

The palm trees on my patio filled the entry path with loads of little crescent moon shaped shadows, and when a breeze would catch the palm trees the shadows would end up looking like bubbles:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYEnh82lobV/

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 03:09 UTC as 23rd comment
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cosinaphile: i told a young computer science student 5 years ago i will never trust a basically unknowable and unaccountable corporate cloud with my data

it is this kind of inevitable betrayal to consumers over security promises that should be a wake-up call to trusting consumers making the mistake of using corporations to store or protect or influence anything you consider valuable or important from you property to your mind cheers

^ Anyone that understands this was already prepared, people definitely shouldn't use a cloud solutions as their sole means of backup but out of all the stuff out there Crashplan was amongst the few that LEAST insinuated anyone should.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 18:52 UTC
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cosinaphile: i told a young computer science student 5 years ago i will never trust a basically unknowable and unaccountable corporate cloud with my data

it is this kind of inevitable betrayal to consumers over security promises that should be a wake-up call to trusting consumers making the mistake of using corporations to store or protect or influence anything you consider valuable or important from you property to your mind cheers

Nothing is permanent, that's the point, nobody ever said cloud solutions will survive the zombie apocalypse etc. That's why we're saying backup is all about multiple redundancies and the cloud can very well be one of those due to sheer convenience. Unlike other backup solutions Crashplan actually stressed that point and the software made it a point to urge you to have local backups as well.

Even if they'd shut down more suddenly and taken everyone's data, anyone using the service as intended or as they should would have A) the original copy of their data on personal systems and B) a local backup in the house in case something happens to A (or C - the off site/cloud copy). That's just how a good backup strategy works, so there's no point in being an alarmist over this.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 18:52 UTC
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Bgfreeman: Like others I was annoyed by this announcement. I always went (went it was available) for the 4-year unlimited Home plan. I have 1.6 years left and then a 75% discount on the Small Business plan.

I'll probably stay with them for my reasonably small (300Gb) requirements since that will only grow, and NO other service I could find offers the local backup+cloud backup option.

I backup to a local external drive as well as cloud so restores are super quick.
I also backup just photo files (jpg,png, RAW) to Amazon because my Prime sub gives me unlimited storage for those.

This coupled with Dropbox getting rid of the super-useful Public Folder and thereby invalidating millions of posted links means it's been a week of frustration.

Huh, I hadn't even noticed that Dropbox change... I didn't use Public a ton, I get why it's a bummer for anyone that used it to essentially host things in other places/sites but that was never the intended purpose, although from what I read it wasn't even canned over bandwidth concerns but security concerns (links out of the Public folder had a unique user identifier the you were essentially broadcasting).

You're still free to share files and folders publicly, just create a public link to any folder/file (which won't contain that identifier FWIW), it's virtually the same functionality... Just can't use it to embed stuff as easily since I think it links point to an HTML wrapper page where the people you're sharing with can then view/download the stuff.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 18:42 UTC
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JamesJimmy: I recently switched from Backblaze to Crashplan because Crashplan will keep the last version of a deleted file forever while Backblaze will forget after a month. This transition took about 3 months. I had to switch to Comcast unlimited data plan to go beyond the 1 GB threshold per month which costs and additional $50 per month. Now that I have finished the transition Crashplan is cancelling their home plan! Ok, so I looked at their small business plan which is $10 per month. I'm OK but when I tried to transition I got an alert that I have more than 5 TB and if I wanted to transition, they will need to start from scratch. This means that I will need to pay Comcast $50 per months for another 3 months to upload again. They claim that there is a technical issue to transfer more than 5 TB but clearly this is a ploy to get rid of customers like me who have a lot of data to backup.

Ahhh that's more reasonable, still a hassle but workable...

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 22:28 UTC
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SantaFeBill: My backups are all to local media. I really do not comprehend why anyone entrusts irreplaceable data to a place that can be compromised or taken down at any time.
Yes, local storage can be attacked also. But at least I can decide on, and am responsible for, the measures taken to protect my information.

" No one in their right mind maintains all back-ups in the same location "

No enthusiast in their right mind, the vast majority of the world can barely be arsed to backup and when they do it's strictly to one place (which speaks more to lack of redundancy but anyway).

Anyway, I still think it's a mistake to assume local means "drives I own but don't keep in my house", most people just say off site and then qualify it if it's in the cloud or whatever.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 22:27 UTC
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Raist3d: Always shoot raw? No please. Some new agencies now require JPEGs- so please don't spread the one size fits all mentality.

Unless you're shooting action and your body takes a big performance hit in shooting RAW+JPEG, I don't see a reason not to do so most of the time, specially if you're even remotely interested in default processing and/or post processing, both have their place.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 20:06 UTC
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zodiacfml: Are those contrails or shooting stars?

Smaller one closer to center of frame too...

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 20:05 UTC
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