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 Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system (699 comments in total)

Just checked usability with a tablet, 10" Archos 101XS - not that bad. I expected the "image view mode" to be a big problem, but actually it works nicely, fills the screen, allows easy viewing of the images. Better than having to click on each photo to enlarge it.

What's not good is the amount of "mouse-over", at least not for tablet. If you have an actual mouse, the popups work well e.g. as a preview of the message content when you hover over a post in the thread view. But on tablets, and it appears to be the same on Android and Ipad, the mouse-over is triggered after each swipe or scrolling gesture, at the position where you finger left the screen. That is highly disturbing.

Oh, and a big thanks for toning down the contrast in the message view. I see you changed the background from bright white to gray. It's much better that way, especially if you read the forum in a darkened room. Kudos for that!

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 13:12 UTC as 204th comment
On article Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system (699 comments in total)

Not bad. The white-on-black goes nicely with the rest of the site, but keep in mind that hard and heavy contrasts are not easy on the eye. Allowing to chose the "Yellow" color scheme helps a bit, but not much.

Functionally, what I don't like is the waste of vertical space in the thread view. It's waay to much scrolling. A collapsed view like in the topic view would be much appreciated.

The "image viewing mode" is disturbing. I could go with a fullscreen mode for viewing images, but the popup is just evil. Not sure it'll work well on a tablet. Also, on a tablet you will hit it accidentally a lot because it pops up when you tap. And who hasn't tapped when he wanted to swipe.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 06:20 UTC as 265th comment | 1 reply

The new design of the topics list per board is nice, but looks wasteful towards screen height. Even the collapsed view has a lot of "dressing" on top. Means more scrolling to see the recent topics. But could be OK if you keep the number of topics per "page", which is already too small for high volume boards.

The thumbs-down button is a good idea, IMHO. Since DPR doesn't aggressively moderate the boards, thumbs-down together with a feature to hide posts with a sub-zero rating might discipline some people better than the "complain" button.

I like the "top answer" thing. Will prove helpful if people use it.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 05:40 UTC as 247th comment
On article Accessory Review: Tamrac Zipshot Tripod (94 comments in total)

So, I can mount an iphone on that one, right?

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2012 at 13:30 UTC as 25th comment
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_sem_: Apple copying oversized tablet phone form from Samsung and HTC :) :) :)
Fashion will have to adapt with bigger pockets ;)

Fashion invented the baggy pants way ahead of the iphone 5...

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 09:21 UTC
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Peiasdf: In other word, designed by committee.

Good thing the launch wasn't delayed until 2020 otherwise we would have RC cars more advanced than this.

I like NASA and really don't like private space companies but I bet they would not have made similar choices due to better managements.

The total daily data budget is 250 million BIT, not byte. So, about 25MB. Per day. Keep in mind that any meaningfully efficient compression algorithm for images is lossy! What sense does it make to capture high resolution images only to drop most of the pixels in compression because you can not store or transmit them?

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2012 at 09:35 UTC
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qwertyasdf: Hands on preview, anyone?

Yes they do have. There is for sure an exact duplicate of the complete rover in a NASA lab, as a working sample for problem solving.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2012 at 09:25 UTC
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larrytusaz: Well now THAT'S more like it. The images may not be as absolutely superb as is humanly possibly, but still, to get good photos, you need good gear. It's heavy, it's huge, it's expensive, & gear alone does not guarantee superb results--but hey, the better your gear, the better chance you have to get of getting them. Pros went crazy over the D3 and D3s's for a reason--a big one being the high ISO performance for such existing light conditions. You don't bring a knife to a gunfight at something like the Olympics.

That said, I am wondering if something like a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR would be better. I have never photographed at something like the Olympics but it would seem 200mm would provide good reach from the sidelines, and certainly f/2.8 would help a lot vs f/5.6. Nevertheless, it sure beats using a smartphone at something as "high profile" and only every 4 years as this.

Pretty sure nobody were burdening themselves with 800mm focal length and put up with the lack of flexibility and the weight if a position closer to the action was an option. It's a tool you choose when you exhausted other options to no avail.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2012 at 10:46 UTC

Panasonic must be pretty confident about the G5

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 20:29 UTC as 80th comment
On article Lytro Light Field Camera now works with Windows (39 comments in total)

I just saw that in a video from DigitalRev. It's sweet technology, but the small sensor makes this "focus after the fact" feature pretty useless. The focal length is so small that everything is in focus anyway, if you don't shoot flowers.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2012 at 06:32 UTC as 13th comment
On article Behind the photo: Apple's Retina MacBook Pro zebras... (28 comments in total)
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facedodge: It's a nice photo... now for my ticket to Africa, personal helicopter pilot, and 70-200 2.8.

Another case of "If only I had a [...], I would totally [...]" ?

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2012 at 06:21 UTC
On article Zebras on the MacBook Pro - how the picture was taken (69 comments in total)
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Manic Tuesday: what is with all these postage stamp-sized photos? this is utterly ridiculous. the story is pointless if i can't see the photos it relates to. i even stopped reading it once i discovered the miniature pictures are not clickable.

if this guy, whatever his name is, won't let you LOOK AT his photos unless you pay him 60 to 1440 pounds than this not a guy whose pictures i want to look at.

what the hell happened to good old showing of photographs to other people? for free?

i'm surprised the stamps above aren't covered in watermarks. or maybe they are, they're just so tiny you can't even see them. ridiculous.

Says the man with no photos in his gallery and zero challenge entries. yeah, right.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2012 at 06:09 UTC
On article Zebras on the MacBook Pro - how the picture was taken (69 comments in total)
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Petka: Still no word about when this shot was taken. I bet it was pulled from stock, and shot before the digital era, maybe 2005 at the latest. So it is not a question of sudden film love, but something else.

Like, newer photos are better photos? Makes me wonder... What is a good photo, for you?

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2012 at 06:06 UTC
On article Zebras on the MacBook Pro - how the picture was taken (69 comments in total)

The most important question remains unanswered: what film did he use?
:-)

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2012 at 12:03 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On article Canon significantly improves EOS 7D with firmware v2 (296 comments in total)
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zstan: Looks like Canon has explicitly tell the whole world that the 7D mark 2 won't be available anytime soon.

Exactly my interpretation.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2012 at 21:08 UTC

I like that he tested a whole batch. Gives a good idea about the sample spread. Very interesting for us customers for what to expect when we buy our own copy.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2012 at 06:42 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply

Interesting. Banding with only one particular lens. The metering program could be wrong with a f/1.7 lens, like underexposing the sensor and digitally pushing the image with banding appearing.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2012 at 18:51 UTC as 67th comment | 4 replies
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glmac: 40mm pancake is ideal for a full frame compact or am I just dreaming?

Not with the standard Canon flange distance.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2012 at 06:08 UTC
On article Canon offers EOS 5D Mark III firmware v1.1.2 (26 comments in total)
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John P.: Does it fix the light leak issue?

Should be easy to fix in software. Just disable the light source before metering, then enable it again. Effect will be a flicker of the viewfinder, of course.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2012 at 16:18 UTC
On article Canon offers EOS 5D Mark III firmware v1.1.2 (26 comments in total)
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Steve0902: Let's face it: despite the product improvements, it's hard to get excited about upgrading to this from the 5DMII, particularly in the face of the Nikon D800 with its 36MP, actually better low-light performance (per DxOMark), lower cost, and the widely-better-regarded Nikon lenses. While I don't know what I'd actually do with that many megapixels, I feel more like switching to Nikon than upgrading to the 5DMIII.

Ah, but that depends on your use case. The 36MP per photo come with its own share of problems, storage size being the obvious. Slower continuous drive speed and longer time to empty the RAW buffer are other examples. The D800 might end up in the nowhere land between lower spec'd medium format cameras and high end SLRs, despite the hype around the raw sensor performance.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2012 at 16:16 UTC
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