Najinsky

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On a dirt path in a remote village in Thailand there was an opening in the bushes that lined the track. Once I was driving past on my motorbike I glimpsed through the opening and saw a body of water lined with beautiful silver bark trees with golden yellow leaves. I made a mental note to return when I had my camera with me. And I I did, but the leaves were now more green. I got some nice shots but decided I had to return when the leaves were yellow again.

Next time I returned, there was a concrete road in place of the track, the bushes had gone, as had the silver bark trees and with them the leaves they used to carry.

This is why I take so many more photos with my iPhone these days, not only does it provide a visual and GPS record of what I saw and where, it may be the only record.

I know some people have a reflex vomit reaction at seeing the words photography and iPhone in the same postcode, but really, that's their problem. A tool is a tool, whatever it's name.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 21:24 UTC as 21st comment | 5 replies
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Fois Giovanni: BTW, it´s time to take more Pisa tower photos ....

LOL, nice comment. Although I visited the leaning tower 3 times, I never got a shot I'd care to share. I got the obligatory one of my (then) wife heroically holding up the tower with her hands, which was fun to show friends, I never managed any serious take on the tower. They were either same same or just fail.

Not sure more trips would help, unless I was alone and untethered from family duties and tour schedules.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 21:02 UTC
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tetsumo: I wonder why they take all the pictures using the LCD and not the Viewfinder, for me a viewfinder is a requirement.

@Hachu21

"Edit : grilled by Najinsky"

Not at all. We both said the same thing at the same time. You with elegant efficiency, me with my usual excessive verbiage.

;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 17:42 UTC

Excellent content. Not sure what I enjoyed more, the story telling, the video work or seeing Barney in a pinny.

Only slight criticism would be I don't feel there was enough feedback on how you both felt the camera performed. General impressions seem that it performed very well and the compact size and easy of use were appreciated.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 11:49 UTC as 57th comment | 3 replies
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tetsumo: I wonder why they take all the pictures using the LCD and not the Viewfinder, for me a viewfinder is a requirement.

It's a lot easier to find more interesting angles and points of view when your eye (and the head, neck and torso that comes with it) isn't tethered to a viewfinder.

For me, I find I can take more interesting photos using the freedom of the rear screen, especially if it tilts.

But it's not a one size fits all kind of thing, for telephoto shooting such as wildlife or sports, I find a viewfinder still provides a better shooting experience. Also when shooting in bright sunlight it can make the screen difficult to see, so a viewfinder is preferred then too.

That's why I prefer the M6 to the M5, an optional finder allows for an even smaller package, but still have access to a viewfinder when appropriate.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 11:45 UTC

Shame, it really was a hands on, I was hoping for a hands off look too. Is there a reason you didn't show it in use?

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 10:01 UTC as 67th comment
On article Canon PowerShot G9 X II sample gallery (108 comments in total)

Very nice. Perhaps a little too punchy and too saturated for some tastes but looking beyond that, there is oodles of detail, well controlled noise and fairly nice transitions from focus to OOF. Hard to imagine a 1" sensor delivering much more that this at the moment.

Perhaps Nikon also got hold of a pre-production copy and that's what sealed the fate of the DL ;)

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 13:07 UTC as 32nd comment
On article Sony FE 85mm F1.8 sample gallery and first impressions (137 comments in total)
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John C Tharp: Sony's working hard to eat Canikon's lunch- an 85/1.8 USM this lens ain't, what little axial CA (LoCA) exists is surprisingly unobtrusive, similar to Sigma's Art primes.

Now if Sony would just release a full-frame E-mount body that can compete with the ergonomics and responsiveness of a 5D IV or D500 (and presumably D7x0 and D8x0 replacements).

Interesting that the headline image is of food. Aside from the front focus, the resulting OOF area of the blackberries have a slightly green tinge, presumably the green fringing referred to, but giving the blackberries a hint of mold.

So no, no lunch eating for me, just a loss of appetite!

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 03:42 UTC
On article Google AI adds detail to low-resolution images (150 comments in total)

8 bit RGB x 8 x 8 =
256 x 256 x 256 x 8 x 8 =
~1 billion source combinations

Given there are 7b people on the planet it's already down to1 in 7 accuracy at best.

And that's assuming the source is a simple face portrait. It could be a full body shot, in an infinite number of poses. Or a cat. Or a bowl of fruit, or a fish bowl, with one fish, or two, or seven, or a mountain, or a field, or a flower, or a mountain surrounded by fields of flowers, or a picture of mar, or the Milky Way, or or or...

The kind of accuracy that gets plumbers shot on subways by anti terrorist squads...

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 19:13 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
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Najinsky: This has the potential to be a polarising issue between enthusiasts and imaging professionals.

IPs have to eat many costs associated with providing their service, of which this is just one. The costs are factored into their pricing and so increases get passed onto their customers and for the most part they are not unduly impacted. However, customers can also shop around for a better deal, so if IPs are forced to raise their prices, it can impact their competitiveness in an already competitive field.

But a bigger impact is for enthusiasts, who are currently seeing price hikes come at them from every angle, and who don't have a way to offset those costs as it is primarily a hobby. I think it's feasible more and more enthusiasts may seek alternatives.

Personally, I've gradually been weaning myself off adobe products for many years. Their offerings border on cumbersome and overkill for me. And they are so slow to move. Lightroom still doesn't have full support for exploiting GPUs.

Yes, for sure, some have, but others are thriving too. It's not unique to imaging. One way to keep relevant is to have what is in demand. Another is to do what others do but do it well and keep your customers happy. Some thrive, some survive, some fall by the wayside.

Thinking you own the game is a common mistake. You always need to keep an eye on the rear view. Adobe have been thinking they own the game for a long long time, love em or hate em they have proved resilient, who knows if they are in end game or new era territory, but it has the feeling like it might be one or the other.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 20:45 UTC
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Najinsky: The £ has been this rate against the dollar before.

Ergo, in between then and now, the £ strengthened.

But good luck trying to find a corresponding Adobe announcement where they reduce the price for UK buyers due to the stronger £.

@Eamon

Yes, for physical products like cameras that a retailer has already bought stock of, a rebate is a sensible way to deal with a price cut, but not so much with digital downloads.

And there is also the balancing act of trying to encourage new sales with a discount, while not upsetting recent purchasers who paid a higher price.

Discounts are trickier for sure. But the comment isn't really about price rises, it more about blaming/Justifying that rise on exchange rates that can fluctuate in both directions, especially for a digital download.

And then there is the second half to the 'story' which is this price rise, which is apparently due to exchange rates, just happens to coincide with the retirement of the non-cloud version....

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 18:28 UTC

This has the potential to be a polarising issue between enthusiasts and imaging professionals.

IPs have to eat many costs associated with providing their service, of which this is just one. The costs are factored into their pricing and so increases get passed onto their customers and for the most part they are not unduly impacted. However, customers can also shop around for a better deal, so if IPs are forced to raise their prices, it can impact their competitiveness in an already competitive field.

But a bigger impact is for enthusiasts, who are currently seeing price hikes come at them from every angle, and who don't have a way to offset those costs as it is primarily a hobby. I think it's feasible more and more enthusiasts may seek alternatives.

Personally, I've gradually been weaning myself off adobe products for many years. Their offerings border on cumbersome and overkill for me. And they are so slow to move. Lightroom still doesn't have full support for exploiting GPUs.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 17:05 UTC as 41st comment | 5 replies
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Najinsky: The £ has been this rate against the dollar before.

Ergo, in between then and now, the £ strengthened.

But good luck trying to find a corresponding Adobe announcement where they reduce the price for UK buyers due to the stronger £.

The pound previously dropped below 1.40 around 2009, but admittedly you have to go back somewhat further for when It went below 1.30.

But exchange rates are often little more than a convenient patsy, even more so with digital and cloud products.

There can be a kind of 'country tax' due to local regulations but for the most part that has already been included in the existing RRP.

I have a gut feeling this may be more related to America pulling out of TPP, which was a much darker thing than it's marketing blurb conveyed, but I haven't spent any time contemplating what the connections to that may have been, particularly given the UK/Europes geography in relation to that. But it's a complicated world!

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 16:10 UTC

The £ has been this rate against the dollar before.

Ergo, in between then and now, the £ strengthened.

But good luck trying to find a corresponding Adobe announcement where they reduce the price for UK buyers due to the stronger £.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 12:40 UTC as 57th comment | 8 replies
On article Hasselblad CEO Oosting to leave next week (164 comments in total)

I'm a little concerned by this story.

The X1D is a very interesting camera. The sample image quality is absolutely stunning, the design appears simple, beautiful, elegant and hopefully will be ergonomically successful too. It's a little pricey for my hobby, but my interest is such that I would consider returning to work for a few months to fund the purchase.

But abrupt management shake-ups while needing to raise finance and significantly ramp up production more commonly lead to disasters than success stories. The fear on one side is that of lengthy delays with poor information disclosure, while on the other is the fear of the kind of short-cuts and compromises that can impact QA, reliability and performance.

Wish I'd gone to photokina and pre-ordered on first day!

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2017 at 16:24 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies

DPR: "It has a pentaprism viewfinder with 'nearly' 100% coverage and a 0.63x equivalent magnification"

Press release: "With a nearly 100-percent field of view and magnification of approximately 0.95 times, it provides a wide, bright image field for easy focusing and framing."

Is crop factor/equivalence being applied to viewfinders now?

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 03:02 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies

Nice App. Especially useful is the combined serial number and report as stolen feature. If more people used that it would become harder and riskier to buy and use stolen gear, which in turn could reduce the incentive for gear theft. A long way off perhaps, but the ease and convenience this app offers is just the kind of thing to kickstart the process.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 10:23 UTC as 16th comment
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LLM208: If Jared intends to not release an Android-compatible version of this app, he will be missing out on a lot of business, like Camera+ has, and the opportunity to truly be competitive with an existing dual-OS app (Lenstag). For now, I will use Lenstag, which is essentially the same thing, though there is some promise with the features MyGearVault has incorporated so far.

I'm an App developer. The biggest issue with developing for Android is there is not one Android.

Not only are there multiple active versions, but a plethora of diffent device capabilities, sizes and graphical front ends, collectively this is called Android fragmentation.

A few years back when the app industry attempted some metrics, a commonly accepted metric was 10-20 times the development effort for initial release and maintenance up to first major upgrade. However, with some scaling back of the supported targets and using more efficient IDEs, the generally accepted figure is now 2-3 times more development effort per release.

This extra effort is a major factor in why solo and small team app developers focus on IOS first, especially for free apps.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 10:06 UTC
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Najinsky: Perhaps I'm alone in this, I often am, but my mind can't resist to draw parallels with what is happening here on DPR in their quest/side effect of forcing/encouraging manufacturers to add every latest feature under the sun to their product or suffer the consequences of a low review score. The result, cameras that overheat, and/or have additional heat management systems contributing to the larger and more expensive bodies.

Kudos to Canon for still knowing how/when to buck the trend and make a great stills compact that doesn't try to do too much, and does what it does very well, in the most part.

Kudos to me for taking a phone topic back to cameras ;)

It makes little sense viewing today as distinct from the past. We are here because of how we got here.

In body film stabilisation was not practical at the time of film, so stabilisation was added to lenses. Canon introduced the first interchangeable lens with IS in 1995. It was specifically to address slow shutter speeds due small apertures at the tele end of zoom lenses. As it added to cost and design complexity, it was only to those lenses where it was most useful. As Canon moved to digital, they didn't need to address stabilisation again because it was already taken care of by the lenses.

Much later in the day, Olympus developed the fantastic 5 axis IBIS (which spread to Sony) and Pentax it's SR. Panasonic and Fuji went for lens based IS, but Panasonic is now changing too.

Canon had the least reason to adapt, but the benefits are evident for all to see so adapt they will. And, probably, like most things Canon, in their own time but done well.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 06:03 UTC

Perhaps I'm alone in this, I often am, but my mind can't resist to draw parallels with what is happening here on DPR in their quest/side effect of forcing/encouraging manufacturers to add every latest feature under the sun to their product or suffer the consequences of a low review score. The result, cameras that overheat, and/or have additional heat management systems contributing to the larger and more expensive bodies.

Kudos to Canon for still knowing how/when to buck the trend and make a great stills compact that doesn't try to do too much, and does what it does very well, in the most part.

Kudos to me for taking a phone topic back to cameras ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 15:18 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
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