Najinsky

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Najinsky: It's the responsibility of any responsible government to spy on other governments to ascertain threat and response scenarios. The embarrassment is only ever in getting caught.

Remember a few years back when it was revealed the US was listening to all of Europes phone calls...

@Scottelly

It just occurred to me you are American and may be getting your news only from the sponsored news agencies for that region.

Here's a link to the tip of that particular iceberg.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/08/nsa-tapped-german-chancellery-decades-wikileaks-claims-merkel

Did you really not hear about this in the American media?

Maybe the orange one is actually onto something when he talks about fake news.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 02:25 UTC
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Najinsky: It's the responsibility of any responsible government to spy on other governments to ascertain threat and response scenarios. The embarrassment is only ever in getting caught.

Remember a few years back when it was revealed the US was listening to all of Europes phone calls...

Scottelly, yes it's a big project, but they slice it up into manageable chunks. If you work for government, you get the personal treatment. If you have a criminal record along with political ties, you get the same.

I fell into neither of those groups so had the privilege of being handled by the voice recognition automation squad.

Unfortunately, at that time I was was dating an Eastern German shot-putter from their Olympic team, whose training schedule didn't allow time for acquainting herself with the intimate practice of feminine personal topiary.

Unfortunately an innocent conversation between myself and a good friend resulted in the words 'Bush' and 'Elimination' being detected by the voice recognition software....

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 01:26 UTC
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balios: So if the NSA loses my personal data, there's a backup in China.

It's great when people get it.
It's great when people can express it.

It's exponentially great when someone gets it and can express it.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 22:38 UTC

So it's essentially a tripod for 95 iPhones?

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 22:30 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

It's the responsibility of any responsible government to spy on other governments to ascertain threat and response scenarios. The embarrassment is only ever in getting caught.

Remember a few years back when it was revealed the US was listening to all of Europes phone calls...

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 21:46 UTC as 61st comment | 5 replies

More Leica Glow,

Any other lens, it would be described as 9 elements in 6 groups, but for Leica Glow we get "Inside, you'll find six groups made up of nine lens elements"

I love the subtle ways people use language (I love the not so subtle ways too).

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 20:40 UTC as 13th comment
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Conrad567: This is a genius approach to a problem that FUJI has faced since it began making the X series cameras. Nice job FUJI!

@Vignes, Not even the T-20:

"As of today only the GFX 50S and X-T2 are supported, with the X-Pro2 and X100F to follow in December"

A bit ironic as the X-T20 is the only I was seriously tempted with but ultimately didn't bite because of X-Trans raw processing hassles.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 12:17 UTC
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SarahTerra: too bad this is apple proprietary, looks amazing...but it will just mean another format war and a decade before an adoption is decided

There is no war, that's a wrong way to see it.

Samsung NX1 and some DJI drones already use HEVC compression to fit more recorded footage on an SD card.

Apple are just the latest to adopt it but have done so for both video and stills.

As a benefit, users get to store more photos on their phone. Users don't have to wait until the end of some war to benefit, they benefit now.

And if that feature proves popular, other smartphone suppliers may also adopt it to offer that benefit to their customers.

So it's not about war, it's simply about adoption, and adoption for reasons that make sense.

Perhaps Flickr will support it for uploads, taking up less space on their servers, less time to upload, and saving on customers data plan charges due to the smaller file sizes.

If browsers support it, HEIF versions can come back down the pipe for browsing, again faster and cheaper.

If it attains widespread adoption, maybe even some camera makers will jump in and let us save 10bit HEIF files.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 11:48 UTC
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Jim: I really don't like having to go through Apple-exclusive apps for anything (to wit: iTunes, in the case of music). If HEIF is a good format, I hope that it will be available through anything other than Apple software. Zoner might be a good first step.

It depends on which parts get adopted, for what and by whom. It's a very versatile container that has many potential uses but it's early days.

It uses HEVC for compression which allows the same quality in about half the file size.

Samsung NX1 adopted it for video recording, as did DJI, allowing them to capture double the footage on an SD card.

This initially created usability issues as editors didn't support it and neither did video upload sites. The market responded and now it's supported, by editors and sites like Vimeo (and now YouTube I hear) for uploading. It was in their interest to do so because smaller files are faster to upload and take less space to host.

Apple have gone a step further and adopted it for both video and stills.

The initial benefit is users can store double the photos on their phones and so now there are HEIF files being created.

The market is responding, with editors adding support.

Where next? Maybe image upload sites will support it for uploads.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 10:59 UTC
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amf1932: I assume that this new format won't work on older versions of Photoshop.
If that is correct then other areas will create many many problems.

Lightroom Mobile now supports HEIF, so it seems Adobe are onboard with the format, but I don't think that's going to help with older software. However, that's a common problem with older software and the way it's usually handled is when you receive an unsupported file to work, you convert it to a supported format such as TIFF. For HEIF images, a better format to convert it to may be openEXR which has similar features.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 09:46 UTC
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Najinsky: HEIF has very little to do with Apple. It is simply a vastly superior container and compression format that brings a lot of potential benefits to photography.

Presenting it in an Apple vs PC click-bait format does nobody any favours. Please, grow up and recognise what is good for photography. If you can name a better battery as gear of the year using rational argument, why the hell can't you do the same for a better image file format?

Apple's only involvement is recognising the benefits and deciding to offer some of those benefits to its users. Yes they are one of 600 companies that have a minor Patent claim on some of the technology, but so does virtually every other technology company, even the ones not yet implementing it natively.

This is simply about doing something better. Get on board.

The first paragraph of the article starts: "Apple introduced the HEIF (High Efficiency Image File Format) image format with its latest iPhone models..."

This is not really true, as they didn't introduce it, and makes it sound like an Apple innovation. Inevitably that leads to the instant hate that the compulsive Apple haters are compelled to feel. And that does this photographer friendly format no favors.

HEIF is a standard developed by the MPEG group. Nokia have provided free open source tools for working with it for almost two years:

http://nokiatech.github.io/heif/

Drone makers have supported it (via HEVC) for several years, leading to user pressure that convinced Vimeo to support it, and now YouTube too.

Almost any 4k TV built in the last 2 years will have hardware support for it

iOS devices with A9 chips or higher have hardware (meaning fast) support, as do newer Macs and probably newer PCs.

500pix is keen on it too:
https://iso.500px.com/heif-first-nail-jpegs-coffin/

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 09:21 UTC
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Najinsky: This has nothing to do with the Camera, it's all about the cute chick.

Will she give up smoking, if she does, will she get fat. If she gets fat, will she still be as cute?

If they really make the camera, will she have any clue how to use it?

It's the prospect of answers to these questions that drives this insane madness forward. And I can't say I object, because she really is very cute. And if this is what it takes for me to see her some more, go for it Yashica!

Roland, I fear you're jumping the gun a bit.

Season 1 finale will show her frustrated by missed shots due to lack of immediate feedback. She'll get a twinkle in her eye, hinting she figured out a way forward, the end of season cliff-hanger...

Season 2 opens with her taking the same shots but now a small square print will emerge from the back of the camera, a knowing smile confirms she got the shot. This will launch the next round of funding for the new model with built in printer.

Season three plays on environmental issues of excessive paper consumption, leading to V3 with rear LCD screen, and the next round of funding.

Season four shows her vulnerable to memory fatigue, where she forgets to bring the different chips with her, leading to V4 with a mode dial, and another round of funding.

Season five is where she wakes up in the shower and realizes it's all been a bad dream, she smiles and looks fondly at her Fujifilm X100 and pledges never to take it for granted again.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 23:48 UTC

HEIF has very little to do with Apple. It is simply a vastly superior container and compression format that brings a lot of potential benefits to photography.

Presenting it in an Apple vs PC click-bait format does nobody any favours. Please, grow up and recognise what is good for photography. If you can name a better battery as gear of the year using rational argument, why the hell can't you do the same for a better image file format?

Apple's only involvement is recognising the benefits and deciding to offer some of those benefits to its users. Yes they are one of 600 companies that have a minor Patent claim on some of the technology, but so does virtually every other technology company, even the ones not yet implementing it natively.

This is simply about doing something better. Get on board.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 22:02 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Richard's choice: Sony NP-FZ100 (247 comments in total)

Pre-order on Amazon for $3,317.99

Wow, that must be some battery.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 14:48 UTC as 75th comment

This has nothing to do with the Camera, it's all about the cute chick.

Will she give up smoking, if she does, will she get fat. If she gets fat, will she still be as cute?

If they really make the camera, will she have any clue how to use it?

It's the prospect of answers to these questions that drives this insane madness forward. And I can't say I object, because she really is very cute. And if this is what it takes for me to see her some more, go for it Yashica!

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2017 at 23:56 UTC as 57th comment | 4 replies
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BostonC: Carey's picture taking is getting better since his arrival.

I'm not sure all the pictures are from Carey, but I agree, his picture taking journey has the most parallels to my own.

He's a great addition to the team.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 19:42 UTC
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Najinsky: Very good choice. Everything I like in a lens, nice feel, great rendering, great performance with reasonable size and price.

Strong contender for my gear of the year too.

Only problem for me is my A7 is the worst camera to hold I ever owned. When I pick it up, the torque generated from its centre of gravity instantly tries to force it out of my hand. Holding it firm requires conscious effort and instantly takes my attention away from the reason I picked it up. Maybe my hands have become too adjusted to much smaller lighter cameras and this is the unforeseen consequence.

Frustrating because the system size and lens selection is getting quite compelling (until it gets to fast teles where all good FF lenses are huge monsters)

My main issue is for the last 7 years I have been a near permanent traveler. I've learned from experience that size and weight are inversely proportional to utility.

A small light camera will go with me everywhere, while a larger heavier one won't. In fact a camera over a certain size will only go with me when I go out specifically to shoot.

It's actually a very complex equation. For a while I thought the RX100 series offered the answer, but there is something about the rendering that I don't enjoy, despite the convenience. I've reverted to using my APS-C Ricohs as they deliver the rendering I want in a package I can carry.

There is no one size fits all, but A7 with either 55/1.8 or 85/1.8 can offer a size that works, but the handling doesn't. If I added the grip, the handling might work but the size wouldn't.

A Petax K1 is something of a killer combination but the lens lineup is more complex than Brexit.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 19:15 UTC

Very good choice. Everything I like in a lens, nice feel, great rendering, great performance with reasonable size and price.

Strong contender for my gear of the year too.

Only problem for me is my A7 is the worst camera to hold I ever owned. When I pick it up, the torque generated from its centre of gravity instantly tries to force it out of my hand. Holding it firm requires conscious effort and instantly takes my attention away from the reason I picked it up. Maybe my hands have become too adjusted to much smaller lighter cameras and this is the unforeseen consequence.

Frustrating because the system size and lens selection is getting quite compelling (until it gets to fast teles where all good FF lenses are huge monsters)

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 17:08 UTC as 9th comment | 7 replies
On article The Leica CL is (almost) what the TL should have been (421 comments in total)
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Najinsky: How does a 5cm lens differ from a 50mm?

Arastoo, I understand. But 'once upon a time' and 'equivalence' don't share the same page, no matter how good the fairy tale.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 18:50 UTC
On article The Leica CL is (almost) what the TL should have been (421 comments in total)
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Najinsky: How does a 5cm lens differ from a 50mm?

:-) Yes, I know.

It reminds me of a story astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tells about when he was called up for Jury duty.

During jury selection, when the charges are being read, the judge says "the defendant was caught in possession of TWO THOUSAND MILLIGRAMS of cocain".

Tyson questions the judge and asks why the charge was read like that, as most people would say two grams, a small quantity, but it sounded like the charge was read to give the impression it was a large quantity.

Naturally Tyson didn't make the cut to jury and was dismissed.

Back to this article I just found it a bit 'sort of weird' to see 'Leica glow' in action.

'We are talking Leica now so we have it make it sound different even if it isn't'.

I realise that's what the lens says it is (because it's old) and so there was a hint of cover, but as soon as the equivalence figure was quoted as 7.5cm, that cover was blown. If was either Leica glow in action or a joke, and we know Barney doesn't do jokes ;-)

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 06:47 UTC
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