Najinsky

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On article 6 tips for shooting fall color (80 comments in total)
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Najinsky: Always wondered if Autumn was such a difficult word for our American cousins to use, why dont they simply call the other seasons, Cold, Grow and Hot?

I'm only teasing. Language evolves.

Still, a bit surprised by the comment about mother tongue though. For example, in Sioux (Lacotah) it would be something like P'ti'-ay-too. Or in a SE Asian language (first settlers now thought to be from SE Asia), like Thai, it would be:

ฤดูใบไม้ร่วง (assume ggl xlate working)
;-)

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2016 at 08:26 UTC
On article 6 tips for shooting fall color (80 comments in total)

Always wondered if Autumn was such a difficult word for our American cousins to use, why dont they simply call the other seasons, Cold, Grow and Hot?

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2016 at 20:55 UTC as 18th comment | 15 replies
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Nikonandmore: I have an EVO S. Small US company, not Chinese. I don't buy Chinese stuff and mostly run away scared from anything made in China, though I hear DJI products are "generally" good, mainly their drones. My EVO Gimbal is killer and works flawlessly. I've had it for a few months and has not failed me once or ever drifted or frozen. And dudes at EVO are supper friendly and supportive, about the opposite of all Chinese companies' support on anything they make. And by the way, DJI sets their price DIRECTLY to compete with the EVO, same at $299. Anyway, I can't speak for the DJI since I haven't tried it (and wont), but if you want a killer gimbal for your phone, get the EVO. Do your own research and check your phone's compatability and reviews etc. But for me, it's been great. And I like to support made in USA stuff. Tired of Chinese crop.. it's all always crop ultimately. These are 2 cents in this..

@bossanesta, yes, but as 'luck' would have it, they moved manufacture here (Thailand) just as severe flooding started becoming a seasonal occurrence, making a large number of factories inoperable/inaccessible for several months. Seven major industrial estates where in up to 10 feet of water, causing supply shortages in automotive and electronics. I believe many are considering relocating again, either to drier areas or other parts of SE Asia.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2016 at 06:02 UTC
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Rob Sims: Been using the new version for a few days and have to say the implementation is very good. I use the SD card-Lightning port dongle to transfer from my camera to my iPhone 6S+ and the RAW part of the development is kept in its own module so as not to confuse it with all the other effects.

In particular, the new faces module is very slick, able to highlight eyes and smooth skin much quicker than I'd normally be able to do back at my desk in Lightroom. So for a mobile app (and a free one at that!) it's a great tool for editing the occasional photo while on the road.

Question, what exactly does Google get out of this? Maybe it's obvious, but I don't know.

The most obvious thing they get is a worldwide license to use any content you load to their services. From their T&C:

"When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This license continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing you have added to Google Maps)."

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2016 at 05:15 UTC
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Kiwisnap: Can you actually access RAW images on an iOS device now?

Always been able to use raw files on iPhone/iPad, just that it wasn't a satisfying or particularly useful experience. iOS itself recognised the files as photos (so they get stored in camera roll (then, now Photos) and they could be used as photos throughout the system, but it iOS and most apps only used the embedded JPEG for faster display.

To use the actual raw data (instead of the embedded jpeg) required an app with its own built in raw processor, like raw photo pro or pirawnha.

These were quite limited in features so usually required saving a jpeg or tiff to work with in other apps.

The big change expected next month, based on a slide at the developers conference is raw photo editing but no one sure of the full meaning of that yet. Sounds promising though.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2016 at 17:10 UTC
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Najinsky: Cool idea. I've always found that when photographers meet up (socially) in real life, they are always much nicer and kinder to each than they are in online social spaces.

If more of these places sprung up perhaps we'd all learn how to be nicer to each other. An ironically sobering thought no?

Note how I had to add the (socially) in brackets, when two photographers competing for the same work meet, it can be very different:

https://youtu.be/K-nyQBygkPc

PS: don't worry, I think it was Canon gear, designed to take these routine knocks.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 08:40 UTC

Cool idea. I've always found that when photographers meet up (socially) in real life, they are always much nicer and kinder to each than they are in online social spaces.

If more of these places sprung up perhaps we'd all learn how to be nicer to each other. An ironically sobering thought no?

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 08:20 UTC as 4th comment | 6 replies

So top feature from the announcement headline is the ability to take selfies. At least they get points for consistency by offering it in pink.

On a more practical note, with the welcome rise to 24MP I hope they tweaked the AA filter. On the A1 I feel the AA filter was a touch too strong, meaning the choice between bayer and x-trans 1/2 was to sacrifice detail or accept some artefacts (for those bothered by such things).

With 24 MP X-Trans 3, on what I've seen so far, I feel the combination smaller sensor pixel, and more data points has led to a much better interpolation, meaning better detail and fewer artefact. I find it very impressive.

That leads me to wonder why the need to now offer a 24MP bayer camera, as it's also on a camera designed for selfies, could it be an slight admission of the existence of the 'waxy' skin effect? ;)

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 06:26 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (460 comments in total)
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Najinsky: As you have raised the subject, I'd be interested in any further clues you can give as the the fate of the Nikon 1 series.

With the J5, the 1" sensor performance in now ready for prime time, competive with M43 sensors in cameras like th OMD series. But the J5 body is too much P&S and unbalanced with the tele zoom. On the other hand, the V3 body, with hot shoe, optional grip and finder is pretty close to the ideal compact body, transformable from seriously compact, to seriously great controls.

The lens line up is not complete, but there is a very compact and very good wide angle prime, an excellent portrait prime and an excellent tele zoom, which is enough to have serious fun with.

If Nikon 1 is dead, I'm going to start research for a crazy project to take the innards of the J5 and transplant them into the body of V3. I don't fool myself that this would be easy or possible so don't want to start to undertake such craziness until I'm sure all hope for a Nikon 1 V3 successor is dead.

True, I think it may be a really good feature, but haven't had a chance to shoot that way yet.But I think you are right, it sounds like a really well thought out feature.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2016 at 16:38 UTC

Don't worry if you didn't get it.

I have a mint Panasonic Lumix G 3D 12.5mm f/12 lens I can let go. First offer of US $10,000 secures...

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2016 at 09:36 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (460 comments in total)
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Najinsky: As you have raised the subject, I'd be interested in any further clues you can give as the the fate of the Nikon 1 series.

With the J5, the 1" sensor performance in now ready for prime time, competive with M43 sensors in cameras like th OMD series. But the J5 body is too much P&S and unbalanced with the tele zoom. On the other hand, the V3 body, with hot shoe, optional grip and finder is pretty close to the ideal compact body, transformable from seriously compact, to seriously great controls.

The lens line up is not complete, but there is a very compact and very good wide angle prime, an excellent portrait prime and an excellent tele zoom, which is enough to have serious fun with.

If Nikon 1 is dead, I'm going to start research for a crazy project to take the innards of the J5 and transplant them into the body of V3. I don't fool myself that this would be easy or possible so don't want to start to undertake such craziness until I'm sure all hope for a Nikon 1 V3 successor is dead.

The great thing about public forums is you don't need to speak for other people, they can speak for themselves. I shoot with my eye to the finder, using my shutter finger to adjust aperture or shutter speed via a front control dial, and my thumb to adjust a second parameter using a second control dial, based on the mode, but usually exposure compensation. Focussing technique varies based on the scene and the camera features. It might be focus point selection, face/eye detect, or focus/recompose, or others. It's never touchscreen because my eye is to the finder so I can't even seen the screen.

The lack of this dual front and rear control is virtually always a deal breaker for me, it's why the J5 is not an option, but a V3 with current 1" sensor IQ would be.

So, as it happens, you'd be wrong about me, but I don't claim to be most amateurs, just me.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 04:19 UTC

I salute the brave guinea pigs that shell out to be beta testers for a companies first attempt at AF. Your sacrifice is appreciated and may benefit us all.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 08:33 UTC as 1st comment | 3 replies
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (460 comments in total)
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Najinsky: As you have raised the subject, I'd be interested in any further clues you can give as the the fate of the Nikon 1 series.

With the J5, the 1" sensor performance in now ready for prime time, competive with M43 sensors in cameras like th OMD series. But the J5 body is too much P&S and unbalanced with the tele zoom. On the other hand, the V3 body, with hot shoe, optional grip and finder is pretty close to the ideal compact body, transformable from seriously compact, to seriously great controls.

The lens line up is not complete, but there is a very compact and very good wide angle prime, an excellent portrait prime and an excellent tele zoom, which is enough to have serious fun with.

If Nikon 1 is dead, I'm going to start research for a crazy project to take the innards of the J5 and transplant them into the body of V3. I don't fool myself that this would be easy or possible so don't want to start to undertake such craziness until I'm sure all hope for a Nikon 1 V3 successor is dead.

Yes, I think an element of fear has been at work here. Perhaps worried they would cannibalise their own DSLR systems. Irony is, Canon already lost me as a DSLR customer because of my desire to downsize my kitbag, whereas Nikon stopped Nikon 1 development when just approaching the point I was getting ready to jump on board.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 06:03 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (460 comments in total)

As you have raised the subject, I'd be interested in any further clues you can give as the the fate of the Nikon 1 series.

With the J5, the 1" sensor performance in now ready for prime time, competive with M43 sensors in cameras like th OMD series. But the J5 body is too much P&S and unbalanced with the tele zoom. On the other hand, the V3 body, with hot shoe, optional grip and finder is pretty close to the ideal compact body, transformable from seriously compact, to seriously great controls.

The lens line up is not complete, but there is a very compact and very good wide angle prime, an excellent portrait prime and an excellent tele zoom, which is enough to have serious fun with.

If Nikon 1 is dead, I'm going to start research for a crazy project to take the innards of the J5 and transplant them into the body of V3. I don't fool myself that this would be easy or possible so don't want to start to undertake such craziness until I'm sure all hope for a Nikon 1 V3 successor is dead.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 03:42 UTC as 46th comment | 7 replies
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beenthere: Maybe next time the IOC should visit a location before selecting it? While on the subject, aren't they just a wee bit overpaid considering they demand athletes be "amateurs"?

Yes, in the continuing wake of the FIFA scandal it's likely the IOC selection process and money flow will come under some scrutiny.

I was planning to visit many parts of South America but too many travellers I meet tell same story of robbery, assault and injury from the moment they arrived.

Naively, perhaps, I was happy with the selection of Brazil as I thought the money inflow and security required to stage the event would result in the place cleaning up its act and make it a safer place to visit, so I could resume my plans to travel the region.

Unfortunately, it's starting to feel like rather than the place getting cleaner, the money just got dirty.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 04:19 UTC
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oriomenoni: Mr. Costello has been very, very naif in hanging out at a bar in Ipanema with a bag full of gear.
I mean, every tourist guide warns you about that. Every single one.

I just wanted to prick your conscience a little, and from your reply it seems I have.

Take a look at how you have chosen to spin the story, he was ordering a coffee in a coffee shop, but you have elected to spin that as 'hanging out', presumably because you feel that makes him more stupid and more at blame.

I've been travelling for 6 years straight, sometimes alone, sometimes with companions. Many parts of south America were on my to visit list, but plans to do so abandoned following the stories that fellow travellers exchange. It just sounded too crime ridden to be able to fully relax and enjoy it.

But the reality is, no matter what stories you hear, until you actually visit a place first hand, it's hard to put it all in context. As Brett is a working photographer and this is the Olympics, I certainly understand that he may feel the need to be there despite the dangers.

I'm just happy he is safe, and hopefully his story can help others to be more vigilant.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 03:30 UTC
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oriomenoni: Mr. Costello has been very, very naif in hanging out at a bar in Ipanema with a bag full of gear.
I mean, every tourist guide warns you about that. Every single one.

When you travel alone, it's tough to maintain 100% focus 100% of the time. Is it such a crime to want to relax for a few minutes with a coffee after lugging a heavy gear bag around?

I'd be interested in hearing your views on whether you think girls who dress provocatively deserve to get raped, or if there is some other form of logic you apply before deciding to blame the victim.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 02:52 UTC
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (428 comments in total)

A much needed shot in the arm for Canon. I'm just an enthusiast who downsized to 'Pro' quality Sony and Olympus mirror-less, from Canon. The tech is there but performance, reliability and service are all worrysome in respect to the 'Pro' label.

Canon always have these areas nailed, and this brings the tech up to par too. Good job Canon. Nice review too.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 14:47 UTC as 53rd comment
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (428 comments in total)
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Graham: Great review, but I am puzzled that RAW performance is tested using ACR, not DPP. The package consists of the camera body, a battery, RAW conversion software and accessories. The camera is tested with the supplied battery, not a third party substitute, so why are RAW files evaluated using third party RAW converters?

I attended a presentation of the new camera by Andy Rouse, who explained that his lovely high ISO images of kingfishers had been processed in DPP, that he could not achieve similar results with ACR or Lightroom, and that DPP seemed to be performing some kind of magic not available to Adobe.

Maybe that has changed since the beta version of the camera and ACR has caught up, but would it not be a more valid comparison to test ISO performance with the software supplied by the camera manufacturers instead of, or as well as, a RAW converter made by a third party? After all, everyone buying the camera will have the maker's software, but not everyone will have ACR.

Nonetheless, DPP can do things that ACR can't, for example diffraction compensation based on the lens, FL and aperture used, and more accurate lens corrections in general.

ACR/Lightroom is great general purpose software that many people would be lost without it, but Graham's point is still valid.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 14:33 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (373 comments in total)
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Greynerd: The thing that wins for me with the FX70 is that the lens is not pumping air in and out of the camera. It is impossible to know how much of a problem sensor dust is with these cameras but we keep hearing about it and the manufacturers are never going to say anything about it, Probably better just to err on the side of safety and take a marginaly softer edge to the image against the unknown possibility of random blobs all over the place with the Ricoh if one needs to stop down. I am not saying there is a problem just that there is no way of telling the scale of a perceived problem.
I wonder if it may be prudent to factor in a 50% premium on the price of a collapsing fixed lens for future cleaning costs?

While the retracting lens may be one more vector for dust ingress, it's only one vector. There is no reason to assume the X70 won't suffer from dust ingress, it isn't environmentally sealed either.

Most PS compacts are not environmentally sealed.

The retracting lens of the GR makes it pocketable. If you want pocketable it's a great design.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 12:42 UTC
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