brumd

brumd

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Golfhacker27: I have Aurora HDR Pro and four other Macphun products.
But I certainly will NOT buy this upgrade.
1. I have to pay more than half the standard purchase price to upgrade?!?!
2. Aurora is a disaster with skies - purple banding. Has this been fixed in this update? Who knows. The only way to find out would be to buy it, because....
3. Macphun is just about the only company selling such products who don't have a user forum and technical support forum.

Time to forget about MacPhun and move on to PhilterClown, like all true professionals do.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 07:35 UTC
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brumd: I owned a 808; apart from the camera - which is really good - everything else was dreadful, really dreadful. Symbian Belle is an OS hardly worked. I assume the later phones with Windows perform better, but still, the problem remains: most photographers use camera specific apps, and usually they are only available for Android and OIS.

Buying a Windows phone means accepting that you will never be able to run most of the apps that have been discussed on DPreview. So, you need an extra device for that. And the idea to have a decent compact camera on your phone was that you wouldn't need an extra device.

I don't see it happening most app-developers will start making Windows compatible apps, so in my view, it doesn't really make sense to make high quality cameras for non-Android/non/IOS mobile phones.

Os25:
for example the camera specific app to remote control/tether it. The software to make wifi-SD cards work etc. etc. Just have a look at the number of apps that have been discussed on DPreview over the years, and count the ones that are available for any non-Android/non-IOS devices.
A smart phone isn't a just a phone-with-camera but a multifunctional portable computing device.
If you think outside photography, e.g. the apps for publict transport. Hardly any of them are available for windows. I use them a lot, since I travel a lot.

Choosing a non-Android/non-IOS phone just means you accept you seriously limit the availability of interesting and useful software applications.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 16:41 UTC

I owned a 808; apart from the camera - which is really good - everything else was dreadful, really dreadful. Symbian Belle is an OS hardly worked. I assume the later phones with Windows perform better, but still, the problem remains: most photographers use camera specific apps, and usually they are only available for Android and OIS.

Buying a Windows phone means accepting that you will never be able to run most of the apps that have been discussed on DPreview. So, you need an extra device for that. And the idea to have a decent compact camera on your phone was that you wouldn't need an extra device.

I don't see it happening most app-developers will start making Windows compatible apps, so in my view, it doesn't really make sense to make high quality cameras for non-Android/non/IOS mobile phones.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 12:26 UTC as 12th comment | 6 replies
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (114 comments in total)
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bereninga: I was so excited until I saw the price tag. Also, only around 340 shots per battery charge? At least it'll make you think harder before clicking that shutter.

Yep, exactly what Impulses says.
I don't know excatly how my Olympus OM-D E-M5 is rated, probably around 350 as well, but while travelling I easily get 600-700 shots on 1 battery, and while shooting concerts using burst mode, getting 1000-1500 pics on 1 battery.
And oh, I'm using cheap 3rd party batteries, usually priced around $7.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 21:00 UTC
On article Under pressure: Canon vs. Nikon in a hydraulic press (295 comments in total)

I watched this video on the default white background, then on the black background, in which case the cameras seem to pop out a bit more, speaking in terms of equivalence.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 12:58 UTC as 61st comment
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Baenwort: Can you please make the theme choice save in the user preferences?

I kill cookies after every session and I'd like to have a way to retain my preferences.

"I kill cookies after every session and I'd like to have a way to retain my preferences."

Haha.
You just described the exact reason cookies were ever invented: to retain preferences. So, if you choose to indiscriminately delete every cookie after a session, then you make that choice to NOT have your preferences retained.

You can't delete your cookie and eat it too.

Simple and very effective solution: don't kill the cookie.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 06:54 UTC
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brumd: IF
-the RAW files could be handled by Adobe - or- 2nd option: the camera would output lossless TIFFs.
-the camera is signicantly more responsice than the DP1 Merrill I once owned
-it will take at least 300 pics on 1 battery

THEN
I would be really really interested in a Foveon ILC at this pricepoint. I look forward to the review.

Yes, TIFFS are bigger than RAWs, but at least you can access TIFFs in other software, and that's the point.
One of the reasons my DP1 Merrill stayed on the shelf after a few months was that I had to use this Sigma Photo 'Pro', which is anything but pro. From SPP I would export as a 16-bit TIFF, then import that in Lightroom so I could continue editing there, and more important: all pictures end up in the same catalogue.

@Collie Camp:
even Foveon-users are willing to admit these cameras have serious flaws. I love what they *can* do, but they simply aren't allround cameras. I wish they were. I would be happy to buy one.
Getting 50 shots on 1 battery (especially when you do long exposure landscape shots), and a 5 second freeze after every (RAW) picture is simply too much. And then of course the ISO limitation and (until now) the lack of a decent flash.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 15:54 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: Since this is a photo site, it makes sense to offer a black background because it increases the perceived contrast and pop of the pictures.

Flickr, 500px, Smugmug, etc. etc. are 'photo sites'. DPreview is a REVIEW site, with long reads. That's different.
And oh.. the galleries etc. still have black backgrounds, to make those pictures pop.
And oh.. we all have a choice..

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2016 at 20:03 UTC

IF
-the RAW files could be handled by Adobe - or- 2nd option: the camera would output lossless TIFFs.
-the camera is signicantly more responsice than the DP1 Merrill I once owned
-it will take at least 300 pics on 1 battery

THEN
I would be really really interested in a Foveon ILC at this pricepoint. I look forward to the review.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2016 at 15:25 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies
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brumd: Very surprising and interesting to read that generally there is 70/30 majority in favour of the light theme, and that people who do use that light theme spend twice as much time on the website. If you look at the comment section you get the impression this would be exactly reverse.

It makes me wonder what that means for the forum: what really keeps me away there is this default 'threaded view'.
It could be interesting to find out what the ratio really is of people preferring flat view/threaded view.
I would love to have an option there to never see that 'threaded view' again. I would read so much more there.

BTW: I like the light theme and the new font.

Using 'backspace' is my standard way of displaying the previous page, so that might very well be the cause.
I'll try if I can find a workaround. At this point to me the forums don't look attractive and user friendly enough to explore extensively, so I will leave it for now, but thank you very much for your replies! Appreciated.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2016 at 06:41 UTC
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brumd: Very surprising and interesting to read that generally there is 70/30 majority in favour of the light theme, and that people who do use that light theme spend twice as much time on the website. If you look at the comment section you get the impression this would be exactly reverse.

It makes me wonder what that means for the forum: what really keeps me away there is this default 'threaded view'.
It could be interesting to find out what the ratio really is of people preferring flat view/threaded view.
I would love to have an option there to never see that 'threaded view' again. I would read so much more there.

BTW: I like the light theme and the new font.

I see..
apparently that cookie doesn't work on any of my devices (other cookies from this site do work). For *every* thread in the forum, I have to click 'flat view'. Everytime. And I currently don't see an option in my settings. It's frustrating.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 21:31 UTC
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brumd: Very surprising and interesting to read that generally there is 70/30 majority in favour of the light theme, and that people who do use that light theme spend twice as much time on the website. If you look at the comment section you get the impression this would be exactly reverse.

It makes me wonder what that means for the forum: what really keeps me away there is this default 'threaded view'.
It could be interesting to find out what the ratio really is of people preferring flat view/threaded view.
I would love to have an option there to never see that 'threaded view' again. I would read so much more there.

BTW: I like the light theme and the new font.

I wasn't thinking of 'getting rid' of threaded view, but about having a similar sort of sticky toggle that remembers one's preference.
I mostly visit the forum when I do a photography related google search (meaning your SEO works well, since many times the DPreview forum is the top hit). And in those cases I *always* face this dreaded threaded view which is terribly inconvenient and requires a lot of clicking and scrolling to get a basic idea what the thread is about.
I would spend so much more time reading there, if only in those cases I would land in the forum in normal flat view.
It's a small change, one that I'd appreciate a lot.

And yes, I do my coding on a black background, also my picture editing, but I love reading longer text on a light background. Like most people.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 20:44 UTC

Very surprising and interesting to read that generally there is 70/30 majority in favour of the light theme, and that people who do use that light theme spend twice as much time on the website. If you look at the comment section you get the impression this would be exactly reverse.

It makes me wonder what that means for the forum: what really keeps me away there is this default 'threaded view'.
It could be interesting to find out what the ratio really is of people preferring flat view/threaded view.
I would love to have an option there to never see that 'threaded view' again. I would read so much more there.

BTW: I like the light theme and the new font.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 18:07 UTC as 60th comment | 12 replies

I totally want to believe this VR hype thing. This app isn't helping.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 09:52 UTC as 8th comment
On article Sand and sky: Photographing Morocco (51 comments in total)
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brumd: My last trip to an islamic country before I visited Morocco in 2013 was to Iran and the Kurdic part of Turkey. And the contrast couldn't have been bigger in terms of willingness of people to be included in a picture. Both in Iran and in Turkey the majority of people are very happy to go on a picture, men and women alike. Quite a few people actively request you to take their picture.

Although in touristy Marrakech some people don't object, I encountered quite a bit of anger, and it wasn't until I got home that I noticed how many more people were hiding their faces.
In the mountains (I hiked the Jebel Saghro), things were more extreme. A shepherd - who I hadn't even seen - came runnning from a kilometer away waving his arms.

Of course, I respect local culture, but I found this experience so frustrating, I decided that it's unlikely I will ever return.

My pics: https://www.flickr.com/photos/beefortytwo/albums/72157633617615291

BTW: the sand dunes are not the 'typical' Moroccan landscape, they can only be found at 2 relatively small areas: Erg Chebbi and Erg Chigaga. Both are very popular. It is adviced to make your trip arrangements before you arrive there in order to keep prices down a bit.

More and bigger sand deserts can be found in other North African countries, but many of those are less easy to reach. In the past you could make longer trips in The Great Sand Desert from Siwa in Egypt (close to Libya), but in current years this has become less feasible, if even possible (it requires a lot of permits/red tape).
Too bad, because a 2-3 week desert tour - with sand, sand and more sand - is the trip I would love to make.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2016 at 14:53 UTC
On article Sand and sky: Photographing Morocco (51 comments in total)

My last trip to an islamic country before I visited Morocco in 2013 was to Iran and the Kurdic part of Turkey. And the contrast couldn't have been bigger in terms of willingness of people to be included in a picture. Both in Iran and in Turkey the majority of people are very happy to go on a picture, men and women alike. Quite a few people actively request you to take their picture.

Although in touristy Marrakech some people don't object, I encountered quite a bit of anger, and it wasn't until I got home that I noticed how many more people were hiding their faces.
In the mountains (I hiked the Jebel Saghro), things were more extreme. A shepherd - who I hadn't even seen - came runnning from a kilometer away waving his arms.

Of course, I respect local culture, but I found this experience so frustrating, I decided that it's unlikely I will ever return.

My pics: https://www.flickr.com/photos/beefortytwo/albums/72157633617615291

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2016 at 14:27 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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PWPhotography: When content-aware fill and crop will become available in Lightroom?

Probably never.
None of the edits in Lightroom transform the actual image. Not even the Spot Removal tool. Maybe in a far future when CPUs are much much more powerful. Until then: this is the realm of Photoshop (or another editor that transforms pixels in the actual image-file)

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 20:26 UTC

The comments are predictable, but I really like this concept. With this pricing there is no need to seriously consider owning it; I never will.
If a company like Fujifilm would ever make a sort of a similarly stripped down X100, I'd be very interested.
Make it so!

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 06:04 UTC as 179th comment
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ecm: Wouldn't the sensor need to be re-calibrated for flat plane and rotation if you took it off it's mount like that? How would you do such a thing without specialized testing equipment?

The host site's name is "Ifixit" - does Panasonic even sell parts to the general public to repair a camera like this by yourself?

Other than "Ooooh, that's cool!" is there really a reason to do this? Guess I don't get it.....

Like "Ooooh, that's cool!" isn't enough reason by itself..
;)

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 16:50 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

Black on white, white on black. There seems to be a group of commenters for which it doesn't matter much: apparently they can't read regardless. :)

For those who missed it: no need for drama, or 'threats'. The new colour scheme is an EXTRA OPTION. Don't like it? Don't use it. So simple.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 10:28 UTC as 350th comment
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