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brumd

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The main problem of this gadget is that it is only pocketable when you detach it from your phone, meaning every time you want to snap a picture, you have to assemble the two parts, switch them both on (for which both batteries need to work), start the app, and then you have your combo that doesn't even have remotely the ergonomics of a 'real' compact camera.

With plenty of hi quality, very pocketable cameras with built-in wif available, this phone gadget is an awkward choice. I wonder how many of the few that fall for this thing will actually use it after a couple of months.

I bet this thing will feature a lot of 'Silly inventions of the 2010s: what were they thinking?' articles in the not so distant future.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 17:34 UTC as 4th comment
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falconeyes: Another Lightroom without the raw conversion. Why do we need this?
Why couldn't Alien Skin improve on their core competence which is Special Effects?

" Why do we need this?"
Because it is not unthinkable that soon Lr will be subscription based only, so many of us are looking for alternatives.
I will definitely try it out. The less dependent on Adobe I am, the better it is.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 13:15 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2159 comments in total)
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JakeB: I would never buy such an ugly looking camera.

"Who cares about what the camera looks like"

I do. Very much so. Cameras are about so much more than 'the image'. It's a tool that I work with almost everyday, and it matters if I *love* to take it out on the streets. It's how it works for me. So many cameras that have sufficient IQ for my needs and wishes.
Inspiration & creativity are the bottlenecks in 2015, not IQ. If my camera inspires me, than that's a big bonus.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 18:46 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2159 comments in total)
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JakeB: I would never buy such an ugly looking camera.

No need for a Leica. There are plenty of brands that make cameras which looks I love, e.g.: Pentax, Fujifilm, Olympus, my Nikon Df. I like both 'classic' looks, as well as modern more 'unusual' design. It has to make a statement. In my opinion, Sony cameras don't do that. At least, no statement that appeals to me. It's just very plain and dull.
When buying a car, there too is a pricepoint after which you expect it to *look* good, even though most people use it for driving and mostly sit on the inside.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 16:38 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2159 comments in total)
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JakeB: I would never buy such an ugly looking camera.

I'm with you, JakeB.

One of my reasons to not seriously consider a Sony-FF system is the look of the cameras. They just don't look the way I'd expect an expensive camera to look.
I like walking around proudly with a camera that people notice and comment upon; they mistake me for a creative artyfarty person, hence they give me more credit. That motivates me to try harder to get the most out of a situation.

I want a €3000 machine to look like a €3000 machine. Sony cameras could look so much sexier. Employing one good desiger could make the difference.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 14:48 UTC
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dagobah: The G5X looks like a formidably sharp camera - wow! At all ISOs superior to other 1" sensor compacts.

The G9X not quite as sharp, but similar to the older model G7X at base ISO. However, the G9X gets far noisier as ISO increases. To my eyes G9X is superior to Sony RX100 mk 1,2,3,4 at base ISO but things go downhill and the Sonys look superior somewhere between ISO800 and ISO1600.

Despite the similarities of the sensor on paper, the electronics must be quite different between G5X and G9X.

"the electronics must be quite different between G5X and G9X."

..and the lens.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2015 at 21:49 UTC
On article 2015 Roundups: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (231 comments in total)
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User9362470513: The Sigma Merrill cameras are probably the best value prime lens cameras available. The Foveon sensors are amazing quality and have to be seen to be believed.

<100 shots per battery, camera freezes for ~5sec to write a single RAW, RAWs can only be processed with poorly implemented Sigma software, no viewfinder, very limited DR compared to other APS-C cameras, IQ is only impressive at ISO100-200.

These Merrills have so many shortcomings. I thought I could live them, but soon I realized, this camera was way to frustrating to use, even as a 2nd camera.
It's the one purchase that I really regret, my DP1 Merrill. The Quattro has some improvements, but still, in every aspect they fall back behind the competition, except for that one thing: the IQ at base ISO (under the right circumstances).

"Best value"? No way.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2015 at 14:42 UTC
On article 2015 Roundups: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (231 comments in total)
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MarcMedios: I fail to see the allure. Buying a quality point and shoot is still buying a point & shoot. Bottom line, you have a lens that some anonymous engineer decided for you, can't change it, can't zoom in, change your framing... seems like a self-defeating thing to do.

All the cameras in this roundup have full manual controls and are therefore not 'a point & shoot'. P&S refers to fully automated settings.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 18:21 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (744 comments in total)
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qwertyasdf: Fairly speaking, Canon and Panasonic mirrorlesses have decent battery life, Sony's bad, and Olympus is absolutely miserable (less than 200 shots per charge on EM5, IBIS off)

I want to suggest something out of the ordinary, how about a collapsible telephoto lens to keep everything small?! Since telephotos really have a lot of air space in them.

Since the picture is showing a Fuji camera, I'm particularly disappointed with them, why the heck are their lenses becoming bigger and bigger?!?!?! I love Fuji, but stopped with the X-A1 and 18--55mm F2.8-4, I have no desire to buy any of their huge lenses.

"and Olympus is absolutely miserable (less than 200 shots per charge on EM5, IBIS off"

Either there is something wrong with your battery, or, you use the plug-in flash for every shot, but this is definitely not right. I easily get 600 shots, using a $7 chinese battery. In burst mode, during concerts, it is not unusual to get over 1500 out of a battery.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 17:41 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (744 comments in total)
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justmeMN: In the USA, what mirrorless is missing is many buyers. :-)

Just observe the groups of japanese and chinese tourists, and compare the cameras today with, let's say, 5 years ago. Undeniably, there is a huge difference.
Mirrorless camera systems are viable options for more and more people. It won't change back.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 16:28 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (744 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: I whole heartedly agree with one observation here in particular...battery life, it's still truly abysmal! At least with my X-E2 it is. While I like my Fujifilm, I have to carry around with me at least 3 batteries to get a decent days worth of shots out of it! That was definitely not the case with my former Canon DSLR, I could shoot for a few days in a row before having to recharge. It's the only thing...performance wise...that I miss from that camera. I also believe that high speed sports photography would of been a lot better with that camera too, but I was never into that, so I don't miss it.

In my experience, with an OM-D E-M5, I never feel battery life is an issue. When travelling, I can easily shoot ~600-700 pics on 1 battery; a $7 cheap chinese copy. In my case, that usually means changing batteries every 2-3 days, whiich I think is very acceptable.

During concert/event shoots I can easily take ~1500 pics on one battery. Carrying one extra battery almost always get me through the show. Or I have a 2nd battery in my grip.

I have a habit of turning my camera off between shots, and I don't use a flash that draws power from the camera battery.

Maybe, the performance of other MILCs is more disappointing, but in my case I never really understand the problem with battery life.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 16:09 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (744 comments in total)
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justmeMN: In the USA, what mirrorless is missing is many buyers. :-)

Maybe, but 96 out of 100 people live outside the USA, so that might be less relevant than you'd think.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 15:48 UTC
On article PIX 2015: Brian Ach and getting the right shot (40 comments in total)
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brumd: Very inspiring talk!
With a well-chosen title; the "right" shot, not the "best", or "technically superb"; it's about creating opportunity, getting the most out of the 60 seconds you get, and make the image that tells the story of the day..
I am glad I watched it, I reallly learned a lot.

yes, a gallery, with pictures, that everyone can see, so people can judge me by my work; I am an amateur photographer, doing more and more payed assignments from people that approach me, not the other way around (I have no ambition to make it my full time job, it is a nice breakaway from my daytime job behind a computer).

The difference is: I am not embarrased by my pictures. I am in a process of learning, and every month I am getting better. And that is why thiis video is so valuable to me. In a few weeks time I have a big assignment on a jazz music festival, where I have to talk my way in musician's dressing rooms, trying to get permission to photograph on stage/back stage.
This video is a treasure in terms of tips and tricks to get the most out of that.

You, on the other hand, simply do not show pics, and rather critique those that do. And that is why your opinion don't matter much.

http://bram.is/fotograaf/p/concerts/

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 07:23 UTC
On article PIX 2015: Brian Ach and getting the right shot (40 comments in total)
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BigOne: "In short, he knows how to get the shot."

He DOESN'T. He's as commonplace and unimaginative as they come.

1. Prince. Shots from below has been used and abused since 1960s. See Jimmy Hendricks photos. Everyone and his cousin has done that with Brian May, Jimmy Page, The Edge and, OF COURSE, Yngwie Malmsteen.

2. G-Unit and 50Cent whoever they are. Just check RunDMC photos from their hayday. Van Hallen, Bon Jovi, any hair band of the 1980's - they were all photographed just like that. This is as "the right shot" as the tourists "supporting" the Tower of Pisa.

3. Taylor Swift. Seriously!? THAT is "the right shot"? A fake "sly squint", dreadful skin texture, horrendous colors and lighting.

4. 1983 Lamborghini LP500s. For one, that's Lamborghini Countach LP500S but that's DPR editing at its best. For two, tilting the horizon for "speed effect" was lame back in 1978. It still is.

The guy is just very old(-fashioned). His professional growth stopped in 1982. The big comeback this is not.

You obvioualy haven't watched the video. You don't have to, of course, but your question is clearly explained.

Also: I haven't checked yet. but I am 99% sure that if I check your profile, I will find an empty gallery and no link to any of your 'impressive shot'. (It's always the same).

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 06:43 UTC
On article PIX 2015: Brian Ach and getting the right shot (40 comments in total)
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BigOne: "In short, he knows how to get the shot."

He DOESN'T. He's as commonplace and unimaginative as they come.

1. Prince. Shots from below has been used and abused since 1960s. See Jimmy Hendricks photos. Everyone and his cousin has done that with Brian May, Jimmy Page, The Edge and, OF COURSE, Yngwie Malmsteen.

2. G-Unit and 50Cent whoever they are. Just check RunDMC photos from their hayday. Van Hallen, Bon Jovi, any hair band of the 1980's - they were all photographed just like that. This is as "the right shot" as the tourists "supporting" the Tower of Pisa.

3. Taylor Swift. Seriously!? THAT is "the right shot"? A fake "sly squint", dreadful skin texture, horrendous colors and lighting.

4. 1983 Lamborghini LP500s. For one, that's Lamborghini Countach LP500S but that's DPR editing at its best. For two, tilting the horizon for "speed effect" was lame back in 1978. It still is.

The guy is just very old(-fashioned). His professional growth stopped in 1982. The big comeback this is not.

Watch the video. It might help you understand what the purpose of his talk is. You're completely missing the point here.

i.e. It's not about 'how great' that shot of Taylor Swift is, is how he created the opportunity, to have that 10 seconds when she is on the way from dressing room to stage, and make the best of that.

The only reason you can discuss the quality of most of these pics, is because he was able to manouvre himself in that position to take them in the first place. And *that's* what this talk is about. Watch it! You can learn.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2015 at 09:53 UTC
On article PIX 2015: Brian Ach and getting the right shot (40 comments in total)

Very inspiring talk!
With a well-chosen title; the "right" shot, not the "best", or "technically superb"; it's about creating opportunity, getting the most out of the 60 seconds you get, and make the image that tells the story of the day..
I am glad I watched it, I reallly learned a lot.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2015 at 07:47 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
On article Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta) (754 comments in total)
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Wild Light: all that Leica have proved is they can create a camera, at double the price, that isn't as good as the competition.

Death blow.

Leica knows their customer base better than any other: their customers like "exclusive" cameras that they can afford and others cannot. Pricing their cameras anywhere near the competition would not be the best choice.

Hard to say how long they'll get away with this, but so far they have, where so many other companiers filed for bankrupcy.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 05:38 UTC
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Dirk Nuary: What is the term of 'fast' here? It's manual lens isn't it? Of course can't do fast auto focus. And its name is SPEEDmaster, what is this?

Nevertheless, Galileo Galilei already proved in the 17th century that all lenses are equally fast, when you drop them.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2015 at 17:12 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1513 comments in total)
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brumd: So funny to read all the comments how this mirrorless camera is 'horrendously big' to handle after reading so many threads about mirrorless cameras that are 'rididulously small' to handle.

It would be nice to see them side by side to see how many centimeters is the range between 'ridiculously small' and 'horrendously big'.
Somewhere around 3cm? :)

I can't find a distribution curve of the whole population, but if you look at the data set at this webpage, the difference between the largest and smallest hand of a small group of people is almost 6cm. (15.3cm <-> 21.1cm)

http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2006/bodyproportions.shtml

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 14:54 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1513 comments in total)
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brumd: So funny to read all the comments how this mirrorless camera is 'horrendously big' to handle after reading so many threads about mirrorless cameras that are 'rididulously small' to handle.

It would be nice to see them side by side to see how many centimeters is the range between 'ridiculously small' and 'horrendously big'.
Somewhere around 3cm? :)

well, like we found out: the difference is 2cm wider and 0.8cm taller than a A7II (which other commenters is 'too small' and unbalanced with larger lenses).

And how much is the size difference between human hands?

It's really funny to see people going crazy about this. :)

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 14:29 UTC
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