Barty L

Barty L

Lives in Australia Adelaide, Australia
Works as a Lobster Deportment Tutor
Joined on Jul 23, 2016
About me:

Blurting out random nonsense since 1965.


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bs1946: Ask the UK about the EU commissions and all their great ideas

I would, but they're a bit busy trying to find and purchase food and fuel at the moment.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2021 at 01:22 UTC
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Hilifer: One could reach up and touch the moon from one’s backyard around the time that the Andromeda galaxy was forming; if, of course, one was around back then... and owned a backyard.

Andromdeda is thought to be around 10 billion years old. Sol is thought to have formed 'only' 4.6 billion years ago, with Earth and it's (major) moon having formed at some time after that.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2021 at 09:25 UTC
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MNE: It is just sad that the whole purpose of m43 has been lost. I got rid of all my heavy Nikon gear so I could move to a smaller, lighter, and less costly option. My Nikon gear stayed home most of the time. My m43 equipment goes with me all the time. am not the only one.

I carefully reviewed Fuji and Nikon lens options and was very discouraged. Very few available and they are large, heavy, or expensive. Another major selling point of m43 which is also lost I am afraid. I hope JIP is reading our comments and changes their approach to managing brands.

Now, everyone expects vendors to grow their equipment physically - what are so many hung up on size? Lol.

“My camera has 1000 more pixels than yours ... ha ha
As they post 800x1200 images on the web ...

I go out with a pair of the monstrous, huge, unbelievably heavy, bulky, boat-anchor E-M1.2 bodies and at least a pair of the enormous purpose-crushing f/2.8 zooms. It covers a greater FoV range, takes up less space and weighs a little more than half of my single-body D700 kit - which I haven't used since I moved to m43.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 21:00 UTC
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Georgescanvas: Not surprised they are closing their online store.

Most camera companies are price gouging here in Australia.. The R5 is retailing for AUD $6500... The R6 is AUD $4400. This is extortion.

Mostly a function of the garbage state of the dollar, but in an environment where wages have stalled for years it's way too rich for the average punter.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2020 at 03:45 UTC
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Brotherbill: Can they paint the damn things matte black so at least we don’t have to see them littering the night sky?

The purpose of a solar panel is to absorb light energy, not reflect it. And the main reflective element for terrestrial PV panels is the glass covering there to protect the panels from hail and bird poop. Not a lot of hail or birds at orbital altitudes. A glass covering won't offer protection from space junk or micro-meteorites and matte-black will absorb lots of light at IR frequencies.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2020 at 22:41 UTC
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Astro Landscapes: As someone who has done a LOT of night time-lapse photography in the absolute middle of the night, I can definitely say that any claims of "addressing the issue" are an almost completely hollow gesture that will do nothing except dim the absolute worst culprits while they are in LEO near blue astronomical twilight. (A problem we've already had since the "iridium flare" days.)

Plain and simple, flooding the skies with thousands of new satellites could be a HUGE mistake. If we're doing it just so that there can be high-speed internet in the backwoods, I think it is definitely a complete travesty and a poster child for everything that is wrong with capitalist greed and the rather American attitude of, "I do what I want!"

This should not be happening without significantly greater oversight, questioning of motives, who stands to profit, who could be served, what might be at risk, long-term maintenance and other issues...

Instead, by the time we first heard of it, it was already too late.

I'm using high-speed internet right now. Via fibre-optic cable buried in the street. I doubt there's very much, if any, of the information I've accessed today that either was or needed to be, delivered by satellite. When you look up at the night sky, you don't see my internet service infrastructure.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2020 at 22:36 UTC
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A Owens: Some very nice images. Though I find myself feeling a little disappointed to read some of them are collages.

If not told they were collages I wouldn't have known. They exhibit a skilful use of software, but beyond that a great compositional skill. It's one thing to 'see' an existing composition, another to conjure it from disparate elements.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2020 at 22:37 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: Have to read up on this. I wonder if business insurance covers this hacking and if it does, how much longer insurance companies will provide coverage.

Maybe Biden can give Edward Snowden a pardon and put him to work on these hacks. Wonder where all the money is going? Probably not to the Red Cross or Habitat for Humanity.

@clickhiker - Person, Man, Woman, Camera, TV...

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2020 at 12:06 UTC
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gefrorenezeit: Looking forward to the entry footage. As far as I know no one has ever seen those 6 minutes of terror.

So many things to go wrong with these missions. But the hardest to confront for those involved must be disasters on entry/landing. All those years, all that effort, all those kilometres, only to fall at the last hurdle.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2020 at 21:41 UTC
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(unknown member): 2, 11 and 16 are really good, a couple more are ok, but most of the compositions and subjects are uninspired. Perhaps the next stage of AI should be to let the photographer know when a composition has any value?

You shouldn't need to. I missed it. Although in the interests of Pedantry, "waive" is what you did. "Wave" is what you might have done :)

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2020 at 23:36 UTC
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jbuzzinco: It is not a question of hardware: phone versus camera. It is a question of final usage. I'm guessing that 25 years ago 90% of people who took a photo never printed it larger than a 4x6 from the local pharmacy/lab/grocery store. Today, I'm betting that same 90% of users is now posting 100x100 pixel images to social media feeds. So we're still left with only 10% of "photographers" actually needing the level of output quality from a high-end camera versus a point-n-shoot or smartphone.

They will be posting images at whatever the native output resolution of their 'phones is, because they are so disengaged with the process that the extra step of scaling etc will not even occur to them.

Other than that I agree with your premises.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2020 at 22:49 UTC
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jimhughes: Mercifully free of photo-journalism and "issues", unlike Sony's awards.

Yes it's just like testing for COVID-19 - the 'unpleasantness' will all just go away if you pretend it doesn't exist.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2020 at 22:41 UTC
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nathantw: It's hilarious that the phone photo contest winners were much better than the contests held by big camera companies.

With 'phone outselling ILCs by 1000:1 presumably there is a larger image pool to draw from.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2020 at 22:39 UTC
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(unknown member): 2, 11 and 16 are really good, a couple more are ok, but most of the compositions and subjects are uninspired. Perhaps the next stage of AI should be to let the photographer know when a composition has any value?

The end-point for that idea is unbending homogeneity. Not creative. Nothing new. Ever.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2020 at 22:37 UTC
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Glen Barrington: JIP seems to be the Japanese Tech buyer of last resort when times get tough. I wonder just how many Camera companies it can afford to buy in this very down market? wouldn't it be ironic if Olympus and m43s was to be "the last man standing"?

Ironic and very, very surprising.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2020 at 22:07 UTC
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Stefan Hundhammer: In every other industry, they would have come together for a common standard for things like lens mount, lens contacts, AF protocols and all that. And it would be a well-documented open ISO standard. But no, they insist in doing their own thing - every single one of them. And they keep it secret, too.

Great job, folks: You are so fragmented that you now have no chance to join forces. You are sitting ducks, waiting to be shot down one by one.

Micro Four Thirds was an attempt at doing exactly that, driven by Olympus no less.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2020 at 22:04 UTC

Market expectations in the rapidly dwindling ILC-buyer demographic are also an issue.

I seem to remember Olympus making a statement a couple of years ago about moving to longer release cycles, so they understood that the incessant model churn was a problem. Yet the forum was still full of "a successor to model-x is overdue! If it doesn't come out next week I'm moving on!" statements.

And lots of people kept making unrealistic demands for "a new sensor with another stop of DR/noise reduction/pixie dust", no matter how many times it was explained why that wouldn't happen given current tech, then being histrionically disappointed when it didn't materialise.

I think some of those expectations were set by the rapid progress in the early history of digital ILCs, but it created expectations that are impossible to meet.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2020 at 22:01 UTC as 105th comment
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Barty L: It's an important step toward further improvements in flexibility and image quality.

The ergonomics and user-experience will still be garbage.

No, "masochist" was the analogy. You were almost there but failed to get it a second time. Or is the problem that it excited you in a way you're not comfortable with?

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2020 at 22:57 UTC
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Barty L: It's an important step toward further improvements in flexibility and image quality.

The ergonomics and user-experience will still be garbage.

A run-of-the-mill ILC provides a user-experience whereby you can peer through a finder, allowing you to see the scene on the display when the sun is over your shoulder; you can hold the device to your face, bracing your arms against your body to obtain a steady shot (which helps even with IBIS). a purpose-designed shutter-button that allows you to take an image without shaking the camera; a range of other dials and buttons that allow easy access to parameters without menu digging; a rear display that can be tilted with respect to the plane of focus.

Have you had no experience of those things, or do you simply see no value in them?

I have two opposable thumbs. I can understand that having only one would change your experience of using a dedicated camera, and might make a simple box - albeit poorly designed for the purpose of photography - preferable.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2020 at 22:31 UTC
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Lightright: They have downloaded the panorama image at a maximum rate of 2MB a second from the rover is like waiting for anything to load up a page using the ancient dial up modem. That and you also have to take the speed of light into account which is about 10 minutes.

Light from Mars takes just a little over 3 minutes to reach Earth.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2020 at 21:25 UTC
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