thinkfat

Lives in Hessen
Works as a Project Manager, Linux Hacker
Has a website at http://thinkfat.blogspot.com
Joined on Jan 23, 2009
About me:

Go to Italy. Be a cobbler.

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On article Don't buy another lens, buy a flash instead (347 comments in total)

Heh, for parties at home I made it a habit to place one or two off-camera flashes somewhere in the room that fire against the ceiling. On the camera I have a flash controller to trigger the remote speedlites, usually I have set them up in TTL mode. It works quit well and allows for good quality informal portraits or group shots without disturbing conversations too much.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 07:08 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
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zlatko: Believe it or not, PETA's official position is "monkey owns copyright":
https://www.peta.org/blog/peta-appeal-monkey-selfie-case-grounds-monkey-owns-copyright/
Copyright protects an author's exclusive right to make copies. That's why it's called copyright. But how exactly is the monkey going to MAKE copies of the photo? How does the monkey distribute copies, exhibit copies, sell copies, license copies, derive copies, inspect copies, approve copies, sign copies, publish copies, promote copies, limit copies, etc.? When, where and HOW is any of that supposed to happen? Did anybody think this through?

The monkey may be unable to do such. But it may sell the right to somebody who is able to. Err, no. But still the ability to exercise the copy-rights is not a precondition for protection under the law. I may have a disability preventing me to in person conduct what the law grants to me, but I may still own copyright.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2017 at 07:04 UTC
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Mariano Pacifico: Is it possible the cause of the shutter problem is because Nikon outsource the manufacturing in Thailand? Lookit above. MADE-IN-THAILAND !!!

Designed in Japan made in Thailand !

A child could assemble a modern camera. That's the whole idea behind "mass production". It doesn't really matter where the child is living, Thailand or Japan.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 06:55 UTC
On article How water droplets came to life for a Gatorade ad (103 comments in total)
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nachos: A few years ago the moma had an installation called the rain room that featured a large area of pouring "rain" but it would use cameras to turn the nozzles off as you stepped under them so you wouldn't get wet. It was pitch black except for a single klieg light at one side to highlight everything. It was pretty amazing and worth the multi-hour wait.

best comment i've seen today :)

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 08:42 UTC
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Dimijis: Brilliant marketing and PR !!!

Well if it keeps away all the sourpuss' who can't get a joke, it'd already helped a lot.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 20:11 UTC
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Majauskasson: Funny that NASA can take detailed pictures from 250 miles above Earth showing Bergun in all its glory. From 250 miles up yet. But can't take decent pictures of the "Lunar Landers" from just 50 miles above the moon. But they do show what they say are the landers. These tiny black dots they say are the Landers. Photoshop, maybe? Not NASA. Good luck Bergun. Careful what NASA tells you. (Google "LRO" lunar landers - it'll make you laugh). Bergun can relax.

*facepalm*, on so many levels

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 20:08 UTC

If your only tool is a hammer ...

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 19:42 UTC as 27th comment
On article New Sony a9 firmware fixes overheating warning (85 comments in total)
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dtibi: Most electronics work fine well above 50-70 Celsius degrees. Of course it may increase noise, and reduce somewhat the lifespan. I work in electronics. Lithium batteries are the biggest problems above 50C. Otherwise I don't really understand why the Sony firmware is so paranoid with the temperatures.

There's two aspects: component temperature itself, which may cause latch-up or lifespan degradation, and product safety, which requires staying below a certain product surface temperature to prevent burns. The camera for sure has temperature sensors inside, but the heat propagation through the camera case is not really something you can compute beforehand. You have to "guesstimate" the energy transfer and then set a temperature trip point for the internal sensors. Maybe Sony was a bit too conservative initially, to be on the safe side of safety requirements.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 11:41 UTC
On article New Sony a9 firmware fixes overheating warning (85 comments in total)

Looking at all the postings, it seems obvious that nobody who actually has that issue cared to comment. So how bad can it be?

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 19:01 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2747 comments in total)
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PorscheDoc: Interesting specs, but how long does it take to clear the buffer. I have heard anywhere from 36 seconds (Tony N.) to 3 minutes.

Yes, but apparently you cannot do much else. Entering menu is not possible and starting filming a video isn't either. Chimping works but slowly while the camera flushes the buffer.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 15:20 UTC

Unfortunately, the AI's sense for quality entirely depends on what the training teaches her. Classic "crap in, crap out".

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2017 at 12:51 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On article Extremely dramatic video touts Canon's CMOS technology (196 comments in total)

thanks for linking to the video from the Oregon Star Party :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 14:09 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Yongnuo YN 85mm F1.8 lens now available (251 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: BTW, for people that never bothered to look it up, here are the stats:

Canon is 9 elements in 7 groups, f/22 minimum aperture, 75mm diameter * 72mm height and 425g.
Yongnuo is 9 elements in 6 groups, f/18 minimum aperture, 81mm diameter * 79.5mm height and 460g.

I love how people like Edmond Leung, bardick, Marksphoto, dansclic immediately call this a copy and trash with absolute no facts.

OK, so when the optical formula is different, and the mechanicals are different and the only common thing is the focal length and aperture and the mount it's still a copy? What exactly did they copy, then?

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 12:06 UTC
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Sergey Borachev: Interesting. However even more interesting, and relevant, would be test scores for cameras that people here can actually buy now and use. Has the Olympus E-M1 II been tested by DXO? YI M1?

Why would someone not spend $2000 on a micro four thirds camera? I recently spent more than that amount on a 5D Mk III, for no better reason than to entertain myself (not a protog). I could have as well spent the same money on the Olympus, had I been so inclined.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 10:48 UTC
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panther fan: Many have stated it already. DXOMark themself said these results are not comparable, because RED likely uses temporal noise reduction on their RAW Files.
This means they unfortunately didn't trick physics.

How do you know that? The camera has no mechanical shutter, so how would you tell how the exposure was achieved? It could be multiple frames and a clever algorithm that suppresses the noise floor.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 10:45 UTC
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Roadrunner123: Is it still possible to have Kodachrome developed anywhere?

No.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 08:27 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (200 comments in total)
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vegasdood: IMHO this is another one-and-done experiment like the Motorola. I will bet you $1 that the new flagship Nokia phone will put this phone to shame from a camera standpoint, hardware and software. Plus with Samsung sort of in a "nothing-new" purgatory, until their S8/N8 reflect a delivery date, Pixel is the only 'new' phone out there now.

I'm looking. Snapdragon 652 cpu and Adreno 510 gpu does not sound even remotely like flagship. And rumoured does not sound like upcoming, either.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 22:31 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (200 comments in total)
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vegasdood: IMHO this is another one-and-done experiment like the Motorola. I will bet you $1 that the new flagship Nokia phone will put this phone to shame from a camera standpoint, hardware and software. Plus with Samsung sort of in a "nothing-new" purgatory, until their S8/N8 reflect a delivery date, Pixel is the only 'new' phone out there now.

There won't ever be a Nokia flagship phone again. That ship has sailed. There will be some phones under the Nokia brand of course, but cheap and for emerging markets. IMHO. YMMV.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 08:37 UTC

It's easy to share photos from a smart phone. Maybe the flickr app on the iPhone is very good. Uploading photos from a DSLR is much more involving, so the numbers are lower. Plus, smartphone cameras nowadays ar epretty decent and the photos totally worth sharing. No surprise here.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 07:55 UTC as 16th comment
On article Narrative will stop selling its life-logging cameras (49 comments in total)

Wrong direction. Had the clip taken a Selfie every thirty seconds it would have been a success.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 06:13 UTC as 15th comment
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