brumd

brumd

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W5JCK: I don't see any need for this. Why turn a lossy format into a more lossy format. If you need to make your crappy website load faster, then hire someone who knows how to code it properly and stop using that garbage called Adobe Flash. JPEGs are not slowing down the internet much in the age of high speed connectivity. Lousy web page designs and video slow things down way more. Again, this is trying to solve an issue that doesn't really exist, and it does a terrible job in the process.

@MrBrightSide:
Flash *is* on the way out. The reason it is still out there is simply because some websites haven't updated their technology yet. New websites, or re-furbished websites do not use flash, or at the very least offer an alternative. Mobile devices have become the most important, and most of them can't handle flash anyway. And on desktops many browsers simply refuse to show any flash-content for security reasons, unless you have the very latest version of it.
It will never come back, simply because there is no need for it. And I am glad to see it go.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2017 at 19:11 UTC
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W5JCK: I don't see any need for this. Why turn a lossy format into a more lossy format. If you need to make your crappy website load faster, then hire someone who knows how to code it properly and stop using that garbage called Adobe Flash. JPEGs are not slowing down the internet much in the age of high speed connectivity. Lousy web page designs and video slow things down way more. Again, this is trying to solve an issue that doesn't really exist, and it does a terrible job in the process.

Flash, video & JPGs are just 3 very different things.
In modern responsive web-design mostly site-wide images are used. Not only site-wide, but often they are cropped into a portrait format on mobile devices and landscape format on others. Meaning, you use an even bigger 1x1 image. That has nothing to do with 'bad coding', but with the world of today and the nessecity of making very flexible, responsive designs, without having to re-program your site for every screen resolution.

So yes, this helps webpages to load faster, and no, that has nothing to with 'bad coding'.
You don't code responsive websites, do you?

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2017 at 15:26 UTC
On article Leica Summilux-SL 50mm F1.4 sample gallery (368 comments in total)
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marc petzold: I don't like the latest thing which happened here often "all images are processed to taste...." no offense - DPR should release 1:1 JPEGs OOC, or 1:1 OOC RAW conversions from ACR or other RAW converters. In this price class, just unmodified RAW Files would have been better to show the lens quality in general, not only this 50/1.4 Leica now here, nothing bad meant.

It's the same common thing when reading lens reviews onto the web from some amateurs testing old MF lenses for example, and other websites, they do always show (heavy) post-processed samples, so one can be sure for real that a picture would look never that way from lens xyz.

I meant, for an "art" experience or to show some artists work, nothing about post processing, it's all way fine - but not into the terms of reviewing a lens or camera, i would say.

Like said before: the OOC RAW are there, and downloadable.
There is no such thing as a visible 'OOC RAW'; by definition there is a conversion process, so you'd have to choose the converter, the colour temperature, colour space, colour profile, default sharpness/NR etc. What would you consider the 'standard'? And why would everybode else agree with that?
The downloadable RAW file provides you the perfect option to choose the settings of your personal preferences.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 12:58 UTC
On article Leica Summilux-SL 50mm F1.4 sample gallery (368 comments in total)
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marc petzold: I don't like the latest thing which happened here often "all images are processed to taste...." no offense - DPR should release 1:1 JPEGs OOC, or 1:1 OOC RAW conversions from ACR or other RAW converters. In this price class, just unmodified RAW Files would have been better to show the lens quality in general, not only this 50/1.4 Leica now here, nothing bad meant.

It's the same common thing when reading lens reviews onto the web from some amateurs testing old MF lenses for example, and other websites, they do always show (heavy) post-processed samples, so one can be sure for real that a picture would look never that way from lens xyz.

I meant, for an "art" experience or to show some artists work, nothing about post processing, it's all way fine - but not into the terms of reviewing a lens or camera, i would say.

I don't think an 'unmodified RAW file' exists. Every conversion from raw to an image is a modification in itself.
But, why don't you download the RAW-files, and do the conversion to your taste, with your software of choice? I think that is exactly why they are included.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 12:49 UTC
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Saurat: We are always hearing about the professional status of the EM1/EM1ii, but where are all the professionals using them? Where are they hiding, because apart from paid 'Ambassadors' and 'Visionaries' I don't see any. Certainly most pros would guffaw at the dedicated HDR button on these cameras.

I am not going to buy a seperate camera for one hand shots, obviously. The previous generation of OM-D had it right, and that's why I did somewhere 150.000-200.000 shots with my E-M5 and E-M1.
There is a more than 50% price increase (Em1 was €1300 at introdution, and Em1-2 is €2000), and it is primarily for improvements in video, and ultra-fast shooting, which do not have my interest.
Since street photography is now a lot more problematic, my prime reason to hold on to this system is no longer existent.
Olympus lost me as a customer. And before I buy into a different system I'll make really sure if that company is really committing to stills shooters. Of course, lots of people benefit from still/video hybrid cameras, but as a customer I should have a choice whether I want to pay for advanced video functionality that I will never ever use in my life.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 17:15 UTC
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Saurat: We are always hearing about the professional status of the EM1/EM1ii, but where are all the professionals using them? Where are they hiding, because apart from paid 'Ambassadors' and 'Visionaries' I don't see any. Certainly most pros would guffaw at the dedicated HDR button on these cameras.

That's fine, but it is a *choice*. And you know what? I do a LOT of portrait orientation pics. It is not impossible without flip-out screen, you know.
However, what is impossible, is to take stealth street shots, or operate your camera with one hand while climbing (which I do a lot), with a flip-out screen.
I am asking that *ALL* cameras have a tilted screen, I am asking for choice.
I am pushed out of the system, simply because I am not given that choice. And I am quite desperate with what I should replace it. I like my Nikon Df, but it is just too much for my hiking expeditions. I like Fujifilm a lot, but also, it is going to be a much bigger pack when carrying 5-6 lenses the way I used too.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 16:52 UTC
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Saurat: We are always hearing about the professional status of the EM1/EM1ii, but where are all the professionals using them? Where are they hiding, because apart from paid 'Ambassadors' and 'Visionaries' I don't see any. Certainly most pros would guffaw at the dedicated HDR button on these cameras.

And before someone wrongfully repeats that there is a choice to have a tilted screen on a top-end m43 camera. These are the top models: EM5-II, Pen-F, EM1-II and GX8. They all have flip out screens.

Other models are out of the question since they have more limitations. I don't invest in lenses and then not being able to use the cameras that get most out of it.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 16:45 UTC
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Saurat: We are always hearing about the professional status of the EM1/EM1ii, but where are all the professionals using them? Where are they hiding, because apart from paid 'Ambassadors' and 'Visionaries' I don't see any. Certainly most pros would guffaw at the dedicated HDR button on these cameras.

The EM-10 II and GX85 are not top-end models. *ALL* top-end models have flip screens.
No, I mean stills photography first. I have been using m43 cameras for the last 6 years for travelling. Street photography is an essential part of that (shooting 18fps is not. That is nice for a sports camera, which m43 camera's are not).

The key selling point of m43 was always its compact size, and that's why I bought into it. And because of its size it is perfectly suited for travel photography. Calling that, or an essential part of it: street photography "a niche within a niche" is ridiculous. It is essential.

Trying to point me to 2nd choice cameras - which do not have the standard for professional use - is no good. I don't invest >€5000 in lenses to settle down for a mid-level camera, just because Olympus & Panasonic to primarily cater the video shooter (and justify the price increase, by forcing advanced video features without choice)

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 16:38 UTC
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Saurat: We are always hearing about the professional status of the EM1/EM1ii, but where are all the professionals using them? Where are they hiding, because apart from paid 'Ambassadors' and 'Visionaries' I don't see any. Certainly most pros would guffaw at the dedicated HDR button on these cameras.

Nope, no more tilted screens. *all* have flipout screens now. I can't tell you how much I hate it. I loved travelling with my EM5-I. And I eagerly awaited the much needed upgrade, only to find out that there simply no new generation camera that with a tilted screen.
Meaning, it is end of the road for me. No use to keep my 9 lenses unused in the closet losing value, so this is where it ended.

I wish they only kept *one* camera that is 'stills photography first', but I guess it was too much to ask for. It's really too bad. :(

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 16:10 UTC
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Saurat: We are always hearing about the professional status of the EM1/EM1ii, but where are all the professionals using them? Where are they hiding, because apart from paid 'Ambassadors' and 'Visionaries' I don't see any. Certainly most pros would guffaw at the dedicated HDR button on these cameras.

>>Fun4all: "One pro even told me he enjoys shooting with Olympus because the lenses are small and stealthy. He can go places and shoot without distraction".

Well, that was last generation of m43 cameras. Now all the top-end models have flip-out screens rather than the tilted screens of previous generation. Goodbye stealthy. And it's a real pity that the user is offered a choice in this.
My #1 reason to quit the system after 6 years.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 15:52 UTC
On article DPReview and the TWiT Network team-up to talk cameras (24 comments in total)
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brumd: Middle-aged guys getting excited about technologies from their younger days having a small comeback. Oh, the nostalgia! I guess there is an audience for this. Somewhere.

@Dale: I am sorry for expecting a higher standard on this website. I like additional content, but this show simply doesn't provide anything that would qualify as such. Please, don't lower the bar too much.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 08:00 UTC
On article DPReview and the TWiT Network team-up to talk cameras (24 comments in total)
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brumd: Middle-aged guys getting excited about technologies from their younger days having a small comeback. Oh, the nostalgia! I guess there is an audience for this. Somewhere.

>>"To address your assumption, this content has a lot of value here on DPReview (even if it seems basic to you). "

The point is that everything that is said in this video is *already* on DPR, there is literally nothing in it that can't be read on this website already, so there is really nothing to learn from this. It's just some guys chatting away, feeling good about themselves.
I really can't see any added value in presenting this on DPR itself. But hey, what can I do. It is how it is. I just hope there won't be too much of this.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 22:15 UTC
On article DPReview and the TWiT Network team-up to talk cameras (24 comments in total)
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brumd: Middle-aged guys getting excited about technologies from their younger days having a small comeback. Oh, the nostalgia! I guess there is an audience for this. Somewhere.

Apparently this twit-show has a very different target audience and it assumes next-to-zero knowledge with their viewers. Fair enough. The result is a pseudo-spontaneous chat about the 'good ole' days', which is nothing more than a shallow summary of what is already written on DPR. I can imagine this is very informative for this show's target audience, and that it is good publicity for DPR, but I don't believe it has too much value to give attention to this on DPR itself, since you can assume that even occasional readers are already familiar with everything that is said.

Whatever topics will be discussed in future shows: after viewing this episode I have no hope it will mention anything that isn't already widely discussed on this website.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 09:45 UTC
On article DPReview and the TWiT Network team-up to talk cameras (24 comments in total)

Middle-aged guys getting excited about technologies from their younger days having a small comeback. Oh, the nostalgia! I guess there is an audience for this. Somewhere.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 22:33 UTC as 6th comment | 8 replies
On article GearEye is an RFID-based gear management system (45 comments in total)

It's a great idea!
I do very different shoots, needing different gear (especially the number of flashes, light diffusers, triggers, stands vary greatly). This would save me a lot of time to check what's in my bags and what not.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 08:57 UTC as 21st comment
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)
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brumd: The cameras used in these 10 images:
-camera w/ m43: LX100
-camera w/ aps-c: D5100, D5200, X-Pro2
-camera w/ ff: D610, 6D, 5Dii, 5Diii
-drone: DJI FC330
(& 1 unknown camera)

which again shows that it really is the photographer that makes an interesting picture, not the camera.
Most cameras are older models, many are dismissed as "toys" by many a DP-review commenter.

that's exactly my point.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 19:26 UTC
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)

The cameras used in these 10 images:
-camera w/ m43: LX100
-camera w/ aps-c: D5100, D5200, X-Pro2
-camera w/ ff: D610, 6D, 5Dii, 5Diii
-drone: DJI FC330
(& 1 unknown camera)

which again shows that it really is the photographer that makes an interesting picture, not the camera.
Most cameras are older models, many are dismissed as "toys" by many a DP-review commenter.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 14:05 UTC as 76th comment | 6 replies
On article 'Ethereal' takes you to Iceland in 4K (81 comments in total)

What I like about this video is that it mostly tries to avoid the biggest cliches, while giving a perfect image of what the inlands of Icelands are about, in all its glory. OK, it has a few seconds of Jökulsárlón and Askja/Vítí, but a lot of these canyons and valleys most people will never see.

In so many video's or image galleries Iceland gets reduced to again and again to the same views of Gullfoss, Dettifoss, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysír and a couple of more famous 'must see' landmarks. It gets boring after a while.

This is the Iceland I love. Well done!

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 14:23 UTC as 27th comment
On article 'Ethereal' takes you to Iceland in 4K (81 comments in total)
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Ad B: Holy Mozes,

Breathtaking movie...
When I'm coming back on earth after my death (not in the near future), I want to be a bird.
A very big bird, so I won't fit in someone's food chain...

Bit first I'm going to take a look there, already planned...
From 27-12 till 8-01.
Hope to see this all and make pics of it.

Hate to say it, but if you go end of this month you won't see anything that is shown in this vid. First of all, it is dark 20 hours per day. The landscape will be mostly covered in snow. And, most of this footage is shot in the highlands, which are closed until ~June.
Not that it isn't worth visiting Iceland in winter - it definitely is - but you'll be seeing a entirely different country.
Take a sturdy tripod and gloves to keep your fingers warm.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 13:36 UTC
On article Have your say: Best midrange ILC of 2016 (53 comments in total)

Bit off-topic:
How about a category of 'best Kickstarter project of the year'?
DPR puts a lot of Kickstarter initiatives in the spotlight, but afterwards you rarely hear anything again.
It would be nice to have a sort of a 'round up' at the end of the year to see how many of these 'best innovations since sliced bread' acually succeeded, and how many failed.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 21:30 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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