plevyadophy

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On article Sony warns against use of unauthorized third-party apps (183 comments in total)
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plevyadophy: Sony need to learn from the past.

Nokia, and Sony Ericsson between them at one point had something like a whopping NINETY PERCENT of the smartphone market to themselves (their only "serious" challenger was the Blackberry).

Sony messed up BIG time by not making it easy for developers to make apps for what was then, and in my view still is, one of the two best smart phones ever made (Sony Ericsson P990i and Nokia Communicator).

I still have a SE P990i and hate Apple iPhones (I don't like not having proper hardware keys, and I despise having my battery held hostage (one can't simply swap out a drained batt for a freshly charged one). However, I was given an iPhone about a year or so ago, and given the usefulness of the Apps available for the platform, I have this week made the painful decision to finally retire the old SE P990i, grit my teeth and live with the Apple device.

- Part 1 of 4 -

Sony are inherently anal control freaks, loving proprietary this and proprietary that (who remembers the Sony R1, a lovely camera, where Sony provided two memory card slots, one for their proprietary Memory Stick and the other of standard Compact Flash, where they intentionally crippled the speed of the CF slot (see DPReview review of cam)?).

Let's see if Sony can break the habit of a lifetime.

Oh, and whilst I generally like neither Apple or Sony, one thing that can be said of Apple is that whilst they too are control freaks locking you into their "eco system", at least Apple have excellent customer service and repair; Sony's is total rubbish. Nor do Apple habitually create new ranges and then ditch them after "two minutes" (Sony Clie anyone?) or make a zillion variants of the same thing (Sony Vaio and Sony Alpha) within the space of a few months.

- Part 4 of 4 -

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 05:24 UTC
On article Sony warns against use of unauthorized third-party apps (183 comments in total)
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plevyadophy: Sony need to learn from the past.

Nokia, and Sony Ericsson between them at one point had something like a whopping NINETY PERCENT of the smartphone market to themselves (their only "serious" challenger was the Blackberry).

Sony messed up BIG time by not making it easy for developers to make apps for what was then, and in my view still is, one of the two best smart phones ever made (Sony Ericsson P990i and Nokia Communicator).

I still have a SE P990i and hate Apple iPhones (I don't like not having proper hardware keys, and I despise having my battery held hostage (one can't simply swap out a drained batt for a freshly charged one). However, I was given an iPhone about a year or so ago, and given the usefulness of the Apps available for the platform, I have this week made the painful decision to finally retire the old SE P990i, grit my teeth and live with the Apple device.

- Part 1 of 4 -

They are 100% correct to warn consumers of the potential perils of using unauthorized apps on their cams, and they are also 100% correct to not wish to warranty a device or deal with issues arising from the use of such apps. However, what Sony need to do is to also encourage a community of developers to develop good apps. And no, encouragement does not mean, as they did with the Sony Ericsson P Series smartphones, charging insane amounts of money for the SDK such that small software development companies and private individuals get priced out and can't develop for the platform (the growth of Apple iOS and Android is almost entirely driven by small independent software developers).

- Part 3 of 4 -

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 05:23 UTC
On article Sony warns against use of unauthorized third-party apps (183 comments in total)
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plevyadophy: Sony need to learn from the past.

Nokia, and Sony Ericsson between them at one point had something like a whopping NINETY PERCENT of the smartphone market to themselves (their only "serious" challenger was the Blackberry).

Sony messed up BIG time by not making it easy for developers to make apps for what was then, and in my view still is, one of the two best smart phones ever made (Sony Ericsson P990i and Nokia Communicator).

I still have a SE P990i and hate Apple iPhones (I don't like not having proper hardware keys, and I despise having my battery held hostage (one can't simply swap out a drained batt for a freshly charged one). However, I was given an iPhone about a year or so ago, and given the usefulness of the Apps available for the platform, I have this week made the painful decision to finally retire the old SE P990i, grit my teeth and live with the Apple device.

- Part 1 of 4 -

If one goes to the My-Symbian website one will see the bitter complaints there from folk dismayed by what both Nokia and Sony Ericsson did, or more to the point did not do, to their class leading devices.

The ONLY reason Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxies exist in such large numbers is because both Nokia and Sony Ericsson gave Apple and Samsung the market through neglect (or should that be correctly described as negligence?). To go from a combined market share of ninety percent down to whatever it is now (5%?) is criminal and surely a case study for a business management course.

And here we are again with Sony and apps. Let's see if Sony make the same mistake.

- Part 2 of 4 -

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 05:20 UTC
On article Sony warns against use of unauthorized third-party apps (183 comments in total)

Sony need to learn from the past.

Nokia, and Sony Ericsson between them at one point had something like a whopping NINETY PERCENT of the smartphone market to themselves (their only "serious" challenger was the Blackberry).

Sony messed up BIG time by not making it easy for developers to make apps for what was then, and in my view still is, one of the two best smart phones ever made (Sony Ericsson P990i and Nokia Communicator).

I still have a SE P990i and hate Apple iPhones (I don't like not having proper hardware keys, and I despise having my battery held hostage (one can't simply swap out a drained batt for a freshly charged one). However, I was given an iPhone about a year or so ago, and given the usefulness of the Apps available for the platform, I have this week made the painful decision to finally retire the old SE P990i, grit my teeth and live with the Apple device.

- Part 1 of 4 -

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 05:18 UTC as 24th comment | 5 replies
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h2k: I like a small built-in second flash spreading light directly onto my subject (not directing light against ceiling, wall or umbrella).

I don't know why a "top-shelf flash" like this doesn't offer a smaller second built-in flash for additional direct lighting.

Metz flash have that feature

Link | Posted on May 12, 2016 at 06:46 UTC
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_sem_: Is the CP-E4N Li-ion, finally?

It is not dumb to use AA batteries.

The best thing is to use AA batts as standard and then have an external lithium or even internal lithium option.

Running out of power or losing a battery is a pain if you need to replace with a special purpose battery. Much easier in an emergency to just pop into local supermarket and pick up some AA batts.

Canon have done the right thing sticking to AA. I only wish their pro bodies could also use AA batts.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2016 at 06:45 UTC
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User3787089555: Godox/Cheetahstand has a series of Li-ion powered speedlights, the latest model also has built in 2.4G transceiver. Really disappointed to see Canon still using AA.

It is not dumb to use AA batteries.

The best thing is to use AA batts as standard and then have an external lithium or even internal lithium option.

Running out of power or losing a battery is a pain if you need to replace with a special purpose battery. Much easier in an emergency to just pop into local supermarket and pick up some AA batts.

Canon have done the right thing sticking to AA. I only wish their pro bodies could also use AA batts.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2016 at 06:43 UTC
On article Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta) (754 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: "A Leica rep expressed that anything over 24MP seemed excessive, and that the company put priority on the images and the experience, rather than the sensor resolution."

Tragically ignorant or dishonest, can't decide which.

@Auni

The Nikon D810 Is that camera with the high megapixel count, great image quality and nice (for some, not me) shooting experience.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 22:10 UTC
On article Hands on with the Hasselblad H6D 50c/100c (268 comments in total)
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sean lee: Wow... 100MP.... Unbelievable...
But with that price, I can buy BMW or Audi...
I thought Leica was the most expensive camera...
Wow...

But unless you are a cab driver, courier or some such your car ain't gonna earn you any money plus thet car depreciates at an insane rate and attracts additional costs month on month year on year no matter how little you use it.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 18:30 UTC
On article Hands on with the Hasselblad H6D 50c/100c (268 comments in total)
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WesPerry: This thing looks like a cheap children's toy compared to the PhaseOne XF. I'm sure performance will be comparable.
Also, even though I'm a Sony fanboy, it's a little sad to see that Sony is supplying all the medium format sensors. Is there no one capable of competing with them??

Hi Marcio,

The problem is right there in what you say. One was using 135 format because of a basic flaw in MF. In film days you simply changed the roll of film to shoot high ISO/ASA but now ya gotta change to an entirely different format kit ( body and lenses ) to make up for the deficit in MF ISO performance.

Now with the Phase XF and Hassy H6D you don't HAVE TO as you can now CHOOSE TO and that to me is a paradigm shift in the use of MF and I think now a lot more photogs will choose to use MF whereas previously MF, especially if using those horrid Phase Mamiya DF bodies ( which often had silly glitches ), was a pain in the but ( compared to a very reliable Nikon D810 ).

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 18:17 UTC
On article Hands on with the Hasselblad H6D 50c/100c (268 comments in total)
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WesPerry: This thing looks like a cheap children's toy compared to the PhaseOne XF. I'm sure performance will be comparable.
Also, even though I'm a Sony fanboy, it's a little sad to see that Sony is supplying all the medium format sensors. Is there no one capable of competing with them??

......contd from above

when you compare the old Hassy V series film cameras with small format film cameras of the same generation, the Hassy had the same disadvantages as those cameras but with the added benefit of vastly superior image quality and superior viewfinders.

Now, at least until the recent Phase XF system and Hassy H6D, shooting MF is nothing but a list of pains in the backside; and one couldnt keep a straight face and claim that there is a convincing case to be made for entry level MF in the face of the existence of the Nikon D810.

Now, with the Phase XF and Hassy H6D systems it seems that clear blue water has opened up again between 135 format and MF.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 10:49 UTC
On article Hands on with the Hasselblad H6D 50c/100c (268 comments in total)
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WesPerry: This thing looks like a cheap children's toy compared to the PhaseOne XF. I'm sure performance will be comparable.
Also, even though I'm a Sony fanboy, it's a little sad to see that Sony is supplying all the medium format sensors. Is there no one capable of competing with them??

........contd from above

And now we have MF fit for more modern photographers I can assure none of those lame excuses will persist; no need for high powered lights coz ya can now happily shoot at ISO3200 ( hey, perish the thought, we might even see MF shooters using Speedlights); no need to lug a laptop around because now we have decent LCDs and dual memory car slots; no more shoot and guess and chimp when shooting macro or tilt-and-shift work coz now we have useable live view; and no longer the need to have models hold a pose for eons as if constipated coz we can now shoot at 3 fps.

The reality is CMOS took over because CCD gave up and the justification for continuing to use CCD got less and less credible to the point of ridiculousness ( when the differecnce is only visible by a select few, and even then having to stare at a screen, then the difference isn't really there in practical terms ).

Concludes below....

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 10:36 UTC
On article Hands on with the Hasselblad H6D 50c/100c (268 comments in total)
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WesPerry: This thing looks like a cheap children's toy compared to the PhaseOne XF. I'm sure performance will be comparable.
Also, even though I'm a Sony fanboy, it's a little sad to see that Sony is supplying all the medium format sensors. Is there no one capable of competing with them??

.........contd from above

As for the notion that MF is meant to be used at base ISO, utter rubbish!

The real truth is MF has been LIMITED TO base ISO coz the sensors are crrap.

It's a bit like the silly justifications used by MF users when challenged about the rubbish LCD screens on their cams. They would nearly always say that "pros work tethered". Utter BULL!!! The truth is they HAD TO work that way coz the LCDs were so crrap; so they spent $€30K on a cam and then have to buy a laptop to see anything. Poor, very poor!

Then there is the lame excuse about top pros needing big Broncolor and Profoto lights. They did NOT need them, rather they had to make allowances for primitive cams that can't get much beyond ISO50 or ISO 100.

Contd below.......

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 10:27 UTC
On article Hands on with the Hasselblad H6D 50c/100c (268 comments in total)
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WesPerry: This thing looks like a cheap children's toy compared to the PhaseOne XF. I'm sure performance will be comparable.
Also, even though I'm a Sony fanboy, it's a little sad to see that Sony is supplying all the medium format sensors. Is there no one capable of competing with them??

.....contd from above

So now we have CMOS chips able to provide excellent colour and dynamic range etc due to more light gathering power and the inherent low noise interference of CMOS architecture with the added advantage of PRACTICAL live view.

In the meantime CCD development has been ......erm.... not worth talking about, one could say ZERO.

Even if CMOS had continued to offer better live view and higher ISO settings, if CCD chips had been developed at a level of improvement we were seeing from CMOS year on year, there would have been no need for Phase and Hassy to jump ship and join the CMOS crowd.

I for one would prefer medium format to remain CCD and 16 bit with global shutter.

Unfortunately, comparatively speaking, CCD sensors are now rubbish and MF photography is not about using rubbish.

Contd below........

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 10:18 UTC
On article Hands on with the Hasselblad H6D 50c/100c (268 comments in total)
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WesPerry: This thing looks like a cheap children's toy compared to the PhaseOne XF. I'm sure performance will be comparable.
Also, even though I'm a Sony fanboy, it's a little sad to see that Sony is supplying all the medium format sensors. Is there no one capable of competing with them??

Marco Napoli,

I think your take is rather simplistic, and dare I say it, a little fanboy blinkered.

The fact of the matter is CCD chips, are comparatively a pile of sh!t

Let's say in the era around the time of the Canon 1Ds Mark II (16Mpx CMOS), where that cam was king of the hill and was limited to ISO 1600 ( before silly expansion settings ) medium format offered a CLEAR advantage ( anyone saying otherwise would be an idiot).

Part of the clear advantage was this. Firstly, CCD can do global shuttering EASILY and still can (CMOS electronic shutters to this day are crap because they don't turn off the entire sensor at once). The second BIG advantage is that on a CCD sensor the ENTIRE pixel area is used for light gathering (but yes, things get noisy fast at ISO 400 and above).

Fast forward to say two years ago and we have both Panasonic and Sony getting the light gathering area of each pixel on a CMOS chip to be over 80% of surface area

CONTD BELOW......

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 10:09 UTC
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(unknown member): That was well made advertising video that creates dreams.

And this just should remind everyone, that the gamefield is that few megapixels is enough for most photographers (and with few I mean like 5-8Mpix) and then you just need to jump to these crazy megapixels on largest sensor and skip the FF totally between.

Sweden.... Land of legends in photography!

@Hasselblad Official

I was hoping that you'd come clean about Fuji's major involvement.

Not bashing. I just like a bit more transparency especially if you are going to brag about built in Sweden.

By the way, other than a Hassy 503 or 200FCC this is the only release by Hassy that has made me pay attention. A truly modern feature set worthy of the name Hasselblad (even though I don't like the H Series body design)

By the way, are these cams and the new lenses weather sealed yet?

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 21:32 UTC
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(unknown member): That was well made advertising video that creates dreams.

And this just should remind everyone, that the gamefield is that few megapixels is enough for most photographers (and with few I mean like 5-8Mpix) and then you just need to jump to these crazy megapixels on largest sensor and skip the FF totally between.

Sweden.... Land of legends in photography!

But your lenses are not made in Sweden are they??? For completeness you should have mentioned that too.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 17:32 UTC
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SwedishPhoto: Love the photos! Great video :-)
But, I see that you've taped the camera brand on your camera. I know some pros etc do this. But personally I've never really understood why..

If it's to cover it up for thieves, I still don't get it. The tape itself make any experienced thief wanting it even more. And most often you can see that the camera and lens looks big and expensive.
I'm curious to what your reason is :-)

Is it to not be branded as a "Canon/Nikon guy" etc?
Is it for some legal reason (I can't see what though)?

I'm just curious to your reason :-)

Cheers!

Taping up camera brands.

For me (and some others) there are a number of reasons:

1. To avoid snobbery in either direction

Some will view you as a brilliant or more serious photog depending on the camera brand in your hand ( which is as silly as judging a chef by the brand of utensils they use). And the reverse to that is mockery and general hostility because of your brand of choice.

2. Free Marketing

Some folk don't want to act as a free mobile advertiser.

3. Principled Stance

Some believe the camera model and/or brand shouldn't matter too much. So they take a principled stand by covering brand and model markings.

4. Avoiding Gear and Tribe Talk

Some folk simply don't wanna engage in gear or tribe talk.

5. Anti-Theft

In some places certain brands of electronic goods attract theives and muggers

6. The Tease

Some folk enjoy the tease; watching people stare and wonder at what it is exactly they are using.

DECLARATION

I fall, to some degree, in all the above camps.

I hope my post answers the question for some.

Rgds all

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 09:58 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D5 (409 comments in total)
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dprived prev: to those amateur photographers (here or anywhere) who start bragging about the !!! superiority !!! of a mirrorless camera over an SLR first, but then quit doing so once they receive their proper answers from the pros or other knowledgeable and more experienced advanced amateurs; no offense, but:

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who's the dumbest of all?
Must be the girlie photog,
Who can't handle a large cam?!
Or maybe it is that obese m`am!?

;-)

Interesting.

It wasn't long ago that some diehards were saying that live view is for noobs and wouldn't make it's way to pro cams. Then the Canon 1D Mark III came along with..........................live view!

Then we had the disparaging remarks about face detection being needed only by soccer mums with their point-and-shoots. And we now have, and have had for some time now, face detection on the flagship pro cams ( even though Nikon were too scared at first to call it what it was so gave it some smarty pants techie sounding name).

Leica, probably the industry's most primitive minded company, now has a pro camera with an electronic viewfinder.

So it won't be long before Canon and Nikon both have electronic viewfinders in their flagship cameras ( I reckon, no longer than three more body updates and more likely just two )

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2016 at 21:32 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (617 comments in total)
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RPJG: "However, the +/- exposure compensation button on the top plate doesn't work in M mode"

How does something like that get past the QA and "common sense check" processes? Seems ludicrous.

@RPJG
Yes they did, I have both cams. In fact I have three 1D series models and each one has something the other doesn't, which pi**es me off considering that there is no good reason why for example the 1D X couldn't have kept the features of the other two given that the features are not driven by a particular button having to be in a particular spot; they are firmware features.

And the stupidly of it is, the much older 1Ds Mark II isn't that great beyond ISO 1600 yet it is able to bracket exposure by way of ISO setting. Yet the 1D X, which has a far more capable ISO range, is devoid of that feature. Nuts!

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2016 at 08:32 UTC
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