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Just a Photographer: It does show that mobile phones are taking over a large portion of the overall camera market. But it doesn't say anything about the quality of the images taken with those phones.

The quality doesn't play significant role in most people lives. In fact I don't know any of my smart phone friends who would complain about quality of their images. It is like complaining of quality of mp3 vs CD. Real-life people do not do that.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2015 at 14:36 UTC
On article New GF: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies (401 comments in total)

wow, what a totally new concept.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2015 at 14:28 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On article BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs (204 comments in total)

I look more into this and I smell rat. The HEVC/ H.265 falls under a commercial patent administered by MPEG LA and the patent pool is held by companies like Fraunhofer , apple, Cisco, Ericsson etc...
Why would anybody create a "new" web standard that relies on possible patent and royalty licensing scheme is beyond my comprehension, unless the guy behind it is financed by the patent holders or simply don't care.

The last thing I need is to start using a new BPG format only to realize in few years that I am in a lawsuit for unpaid royalties.

Fool me once with Gif....

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 19:19 UTC as 6th comment
On article BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs (204 comments in total)
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Poweruser: A solution to a problem that doesnt exist. JPG in best quality is already "good enough" for almost anything. If you want something losless, use PNG, TIFF, whatever.

Even if we want to get out of jpeg 8 bit per channel, do we need to create whole new format? It would be easy to make backward compatible jpg+ that can hold more bits. It reminds me Linux where everyone wants to make his own distro.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 19:07 UTC
On article BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs (204 comments in total)

Why would chroma subsampling be put as a feature? As I understand chroma subsampling means encoding chroma in lower resolution than luma. The only reason for doing this is to save file size, everything else is a disadvantage and results in the famous jpeg artifacts. We don't necessary need to save few kb of file space anymore.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 19:02 UTC as 7th comment
On article Nikon D750 Review (2001 comments in total)

After all that experimenting, Nikon is back on track with what they do best.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 18:53 UTC as 353rd comment
On article ACDSee Ultimate 8 introduces layer-based editing (67 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I have used ACDSee as my editing program since 1999. I think their software is the simplest software to learn that can still get the job done in a heavy editing environment.

That being said their RAW support is abysmal. There is list of cameras below that are supported by most other editing software programs but ACDSee does not support them despite the fact that they were given samples for some of these cameras months ago.

Adding new features does you no good if your camera’s RAW format is not supported. They will tell you that you can just use DNG Converter to convert all of your files before you bring them in for editing. That is a time consuming process that makes ACDSee unusable.

http://www.acdsee.com/en/support/raw-formats

These cameras are not supported. They typically add support for a camera within 1 year of it being released. That is not acceptable.

Canon 7D MKII
Panasonic LX100
Panasonic GH4
Canon G7X
Nikon D750

Thanks for pointing at the Photovivo

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 19:54 UTC
On article ACDSee Ultimate 8 introduces layer-based editing (67 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: If I was ACDSee I would be scratching a check to Dave Coffin right now to get the RAW support for the latest cameras out.

I can’t believe a company would allow their entire product line to be dependent on an outside resource that is not obligated to make updates on ACDSee’s timeline. If Dave Coffin decides he doesn’t want to support DCRAW anymore then ACDSee will cease to exist for all customers that would ever want to buy a new camera in the future.

ACDSee needs to either hire Dave Coffin or hire someone else that can do the RAW development in house. I know there are other editing programs in the same boat. They need to make changes as well. One day we will find that Lightroom is the ONLY option simply because they do RAW conversion development in house.

Seriously ACDSee’s recommendation for converting RAW images that their software doesn’t support is to use their competitors software until they get around to fixing their software.

well it is because dcraw doesn't support fuji x due the fuji proprietary algorithms.
But the issue is not by paying fee to a free developer (the dcraw is a mess anyway) the issue is to cough enough money to make your own developer. But that require commitment.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 19:51 UTC
On article ACDSee Ultimate 8 introduces layer-based editing (67 comments in total)
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SantaFeBill: I was very disappointed to find that, at least for the U.S., the trial version dl is only available from Cnet and Zdnet. (Google 'ACDSee Ultimate 8 download'.) The former forces you to use their own dl sw and installer, which, the last time I tried it, wants to load a bunch of junk along with the sw you wanted. The latter requires that you join, with I'm sure the inevitable flood of more junk e-mails.
I'm contacting ACDSee and telling them I'm not going to be upgrading until I can get a trial directly from them, as has always been the case in the past.
(ACDSee Pro fan/user since v. 2.)
P.S. To be clear, clicking on the trial button on ACDSee's own site takes you directly to Cnet - no option to dl from ACDSee.

They don't have the bandwidth? This is not two guys in a moms garage company

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 19:48 UTC
On article ACDSee Ultimate 8 introduces layer-based editing (67 comments in total)
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tex: Hmmm...

"Create, reorder, merge and manipulate layers individually"

"Manipulate individual parts of an image without affecting another area for more precise editing"

LightZone has been doing those 2 things since 2006

"Apply filters and effects to layers"

"Apply Pixel Targeting to layers"

And these 2 things since about 2009 (if I understand it correctly).

ACDsee does some things that LightZone doesn't do, of course, but those 4 above jumped out at me. BTW, LightZone has also been free and open source for 3 years now. We share a problem with ACDsee, though: reliance on another source for part of our raw demosaicing (dcraw).

I don't get it. Doesn't every other layer editor does the same? How is "Apply filters and effects to layers" and all the others unique to ACDSee or Lightzone?

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 19:43 UTC
On article ACDSee Ultimate 8 introduces layer-based editing (67 comments in total)
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Lanidrac: Why can't they just stay with being a good photo viewer instead of this editing nonsense? ACDSee is becoming useless bloatware. Sad.

There is plenty of great free viewers, some are even better in many ways than any ACDSee version. The fact that they are still in business with the same 15 years old business model is astounding.
It is obvious to them that they need to add value, or people will simply turn away. I am not sure making a me-too editor is the correct way to do it. It is still fighting the previous war.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 19:41 UTC
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Harry Von Zel: To all who believe this sale is factual or any other sale that's been reported as $1,000.000.00 on up; I've got news for you.
Recently Andy Warhol paintings were sold for $150,000,000.00 in NY at Christies Auction House.....just as did Andreas Gursky's image of The Rhine....and who still holds the world record for the highest paid (and verified by the ever reputable Christies Auction House).

I am ashamed to say I purchased a Lik image some years ago and to see what he's done with images such as this "Phantom" a clone of his image "Ghost" and then bold face lie by creating nothing less than "propaganda" and claiming (from his own camp) that some anonymous buyer collected the image is just horrible and a very desperate move for publicity.

People wake up!!!
This is bad and it's not truthful. Boycott any artist who operates unethically. Look at Thomas Kincaid. Lik is operating horribly and I find this to be a direct insult to those of us as collectors.

Look at an image called "Solace", now look at "Endless Summer
Look at "Ghost" now look at Phantom.......this is total BS....buyer beware !!

I like your buyer beware comment. Thanks, I was almost going to spill $10 million on his next picture just to outbid all the others pixel peepers on this forum. Because we all know this is exactly the forum where multimillionaires go discussing their cameras.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 02:53 UTC
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marc petzold: To be honest, i don't know *if* that particular picture is worth that amount of money, but into my eyes - it looks way artificial, just like a phenomen from a upcoming prometheus-alien saga movie...into other words...it's way cool...

Why do you think the buyer cares if it is photoshoped or not?

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 02:43 UTC

Some people are just geniuses.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 02:42 UTC as 79th comment
On article Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z (249 comments in total)
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iAPX: I've read many comments, and disagree with most, saying that it's just for print.

Last week I bought a retina iMac with it's incredible 5120x2880 physical resolution, planning 3 weeks of photo sorting, editing, tagging during the hollidays. I could say that many (if not all) of my APS-C D70/K10D/D2/D300-era pictures are not worth keeping to be displayed on it. Tablets are on the QHD era now, computers will be giving higher resolutions in the following years.

More than 24MP is a loss on a Full-Frame, due to the resolution of the optics themselves, and it shows. You could be fooled by the noise (it's an interesting fact), but if you would to construct your portfolio for the years ahead, you must bethinking about really high resolution, and this gear is perfect for that: landscape, architecture, and naturally studio shoot.

As I am throwing away most if not all of my photos from the last decades, I wonder if I should think forward and go medium-format instead Full-Frame?!?

This is a golden. So almost all your APS-C images are now not worth keeping because you 've got higher resolution display? Wow. Maybe photography is not your thing?

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 18:04 UTC
On article Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z (249 comments in total)
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paulbysea: I have ignored this camera until know. These two reviews have given me pause for thought. I currently have a 5D3 and was wondering about getting a 7D2 for my more action orientated shot and keeping with the 5D3 as I develop as a landscape and product photography. Now I wonder if I should sell the 5D3 as well and go for the Pentax. Or maybe I should wait and hope canon bring out a similar camera, albeit one where you can use EF lenses to crop down the body to FF in a similar way that Nikon can with their system. Whatever I do will be after xmas, probably spring time. Need to sell some classic Naim amps and Meridian 104 tuner first to free up some cash first.

This is a camera that needs two things: a reason to use and a preparation time.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 17:53 UTC
On article Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z (249 comments in total)
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Samuel Dilworth: Well, I found both of these reports interesting, and Sam Spencer’s observations had me fairly chuckling.

A lot of the criticism in the comments is overly literal. Of course we all claim to know a nice camera won’t improve our photography, and yet many of us ‘upgrade’ every couple of years despite this supposed knowledge. A humorous and rather well-written piece reminding us of this folly – while pointing out certain areas where this particular dream camera might actually have some useful strengths – should not be so controversial.

And if you’re moved to complain about someone’s self-deprecating report on using a new camera, at least be polite about it. Some of the comments below are inexcusable.

I am sure it was a satire piece, but a bit too long and with too many bad examples that gave it that "I had never used a camera" vibe. A person armed with a cellphone for a day would likely produce few interesting images even if by accident. So this had to be a deliberate put-down piece.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 17:49 UTC
On article Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z (249 comments in total)

I assume the Sam Spencer review was meant to be a humorous piece where Sam deliberately selected his worst images to sort of contrast it with the high $8k price. Otherwise it would not make any sense. There is no way that in a day of shooting those would be the best examples he could find. No way, so I am taking this as a satire.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 17:41 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On article Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature (104 comments in total)

It is obvious what they are doing, isn't it? Basically trying to sell customers an inadequate proof of concept with hopes that someone big will buy them off. As we had seen wit foevon, this "catching up" can go on for perpetuity. The underlying tech is interesting, but at the end professionals still use tried and true and amateurs loose patience faster than you can say rip off.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 16:51 UTC as 16th comment | 7 replies
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imrich: This looks exciting.

I'd be happy to test this with 'real' firearms (pistols and/or rifles), under controlled conditions on an indoor range with the ability to be blacked out using a Nikon D810 and/or a D200.

TTMatt, feel free to contact me, or check your private messages here for a message from me.

Best of luck with this product!

Just curious, how do you sync it to the gun shot? With an audio trigger?

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 05:53 UTC
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