kb2zuz

Lives in United States United States
Works as a Digital Imaging Techician
Joined on Jun 6, 2006
About me:

Specializing in Fine Art reproduction, color management, retouching, printing, and
digital asset management.

Other jobs I've held in past lives, in no particular order:

Studio and Location Shoot Photo Assistant
Digital Tech
Equipment Rental
Photographer
Photo Lab Technician (Dip & Dunk Film processing)
Durst Lambda and wide format inkjet operator
Retoucher
Design/Layout
Educator
Inkjet Printing R&D

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On article Video: Diving into the demise of Kodak (199 comments in total)
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Mk7: Stupid, short-sighted managers and executives. I sometimes wonder if GM, Ford and Chrysler executives went to the same business schools as those at Kodak.

Kodak never made a single good user interface. Kodak picture kiosks, digital camera menus. They had amazing scientists but they never had designers. If they went to make an iPhone they would have made the Motorola Rokr. If they went to make instagram or snapchat it would look like it was a Windows 3.1 program.

The problem is hardware doesn't make money. Film and paper were products but they were different, they were consumables. The only thing Kodak may have been able to pull off would be to run an ISP or cell phone service. But even there those markets have huge competition.

Business schools like to give you the simple easy story, but one thing they don't tell you is many companies make it huge because of one thing, but when if that market changes and they've grown so big, it is very difficult to shrink a company gracefully. Sometimes there isn't a path to remain successful.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2018 at 04:54 UTC
On article Video: Diving into the demise of Kodak (199 comments in total)
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Photoman: Died because short sighted greedy bosses...bit like the dinosaurs

I think he meant the Dinosaurs not the dinosaurs. (the tv show).

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2018 at 02:05 UTC
On article Video: Diving into the demise of Kodak (199 comments in total)
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Mk7: Stupid, short-sighted managers and executives. I sometimes wonder if GM, Ford and Chrysler executives went to the same business schools as those at Kodak.

So you're far less short sighted and you even have the benefit of hindsight... so what was Kodak's path? Before you tell me "go all in on digital" ok... but how much money does Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Olympus, and Panasonic make on cameras each year? How does that compare to the adjusted for inflation income Kodak made on film? Even if Kodak had a monopoly on the digital camera market, they'd have gone bankrupt.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2018 at 02:03 UTC

What do they mean by "tethered image support"? Both cameras already support tethered shooting with Phocus.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2018 at 01:06 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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Karroly: So, a camera without a viewfinder to frame and check focus ?
I'll come back when they design one...

Hotshoe viewfinders exist but they pose challenges. For close subjects there's parallax issues, most e-mount lenses are zooms which is not ideal, finally there's no focus confirmation.

Now you can use a hot shoe viewfinder to give you a ball park aim, guesstimate framing of the zoom, and zone focus with a wider focal length and smaller aperture.

It's not clear if the camera has a light meter so you'll probably be using an external light meter or more likely relying on sunny-16. With those issues, it's not much better than a disposable camera and it is inferior to many point-and-shoot style 35mm compacts from the 90's. So that leaves a lot of us reading it saying "ok, this person put a lot of effort, but why am I reading this?"

I think it's a great learning project for the person building it and would make an amazing science fair project for a student. However the issue is for those of us reading the article, it's not exactly exciting or useful.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2018 at 22:22 UTC
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kb2zuz: Do they have a uniformity rating for this?

But isn't the CG-277 in a different class of uniformity compared to the rest of the Eizo line?

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 16:28 UTC

Do they have a uniformity rating for this?

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2018 at 18:35 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
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Albert Valentino: But what if the guy was pulling out a gun? It is easy to judge after the fact when all is calm. Just saying.

If he was pulling out a gun would that have been illegal? Isn't there a 2nd amendment right?

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 01:23 UTC
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mosc: This should have a focal length reducer in it. There's enough room in there, correct? Could just expand the projection of the FF glass to cover the larger sensor. Doesn't somebody make one for Fuji's MF system?

You're thinking backwards... This is larger sensor from a smaller image circle. You need a focal length increaser (also called a teleconverter)

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 00:05 UTC
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LJ - Eljot: Oh, sorry! I thought full frame means 6x6.

cdembrey, 4x5 (12.7x10.2cm) is the M4/3rd of large format. 5x7 (17.8x12.7cm) is the APS-C. If you want full frame you need to go at least to 8x10.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 00:04 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: The Leica M mount isn't believable, well not without mass vignetting.

NottsPhoto you know that the Hasselblad is a 44x33 format and that is larger than 36x24mm format right?

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2018 at 23:58 UTC
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Tommygun45: I have a 2008 MacBook and a 2017 MacBook Pro 15 Loaded.

Yesterday I was trying to reinstall an OS on my 2008 MacBook because the hard drive had blown up and I had put in an SSD. You have no idea the process that was involved in trying to do this. I was on the phone with Senior level tech support guys at Apple and eventually they concluded there was nothing to do but bring it in to an Apple Store and hope for the best.

The problem was I could not download an ISO or dmg file from Apple. Accessing the App Store left me stuck in a "Your Mac does not support this OS" message with my new computer. I had to find a random Google Drive account that hosted Mavericks, download the ISO file, burn it to a thumb drive and boot from it. I figured this out on the phone while talking with Apple Tech Support. At the end of the conversation I told them that this was the final straw. How can it be impossible for an end user to reinstall an OS via USB through official Apple channels?

Greed.

Apple doesn't require a software key to install (having a copy is the key) but they allow you to buy a copy of old versions pretty cheaply: https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MC573Z/A/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2018 at 18:10 UTC
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Quantum Scientist: All I want is a nice Apple Pro machine that I can upgrade the video card, memory and SSD. I guess that's asking too much of Apple.

It's hard to understand the desire for expansion if the expansion doesn't net you much.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 00:22 UTC
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Quantum Scientist: All I want is a nice Apple Pro machine that I can upgrade the video card, memory and SSD. I guess that's asking too much of Apple.

Thunderbolt is faster than a SATA connection and as fast as a PCI-e connection in the the cheese grater, so graphics is really the only thing holding back new models. I've got 2 Photographers still on cheese grater, and 3 on trash cans. It's the cheesegraters where they're complaining the machines are getting slow and hanging in C1 or Phocus. No complaints thus far from the 5 year old trash cans.

Gonna test out a non-pro iMac in some limited situations and see how that compares to a cheesegrater... at less than half the cost of a mildly decked out iMac Pro or Mac Pro ($8k) if it lasts 5 years instead of 10, it will still be a good deal.

Also Aperture was never a replacement for Capture One.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2018 at 19:21 UTC
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boinkphoto: The vanilla iMac is probably fairly cost competitive given the high quality screen. However, at $14k I would find it hard to believe you couldn't build your own Windows PC that would meet or blow the doors of the iMac Pro.

I say that as a Mac lover and typing on a Mac at the moment.

The iMac Pro isn't going after your average Windows PC. And if you're using most normal programs an iMac or a Standard windows PC will often be faster than the iMac Pro. Now if you want a comparable PC to the iMac Pro, you're not looking at PCs but rather workstations... 10 to 18 core machines with huge video cards and minimum of 32GB of RAM but more like 64 or 128GB... Here you're getting into machines made for 8k video rendering, 3D animation, photogrammetry rendering. Things that the progress bar typically is measured in hours or days and a speed improvement is substantial savings in time. There are PC workstations out there that are comparable in specs, but they are also comparable in cost.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2018 at 16:57 UTC
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the Mtn Man: I'm beginning to think that DP Review has a contract with Apple.

Apple articles are great for click bait, because to paraphrase what they used to say about Howard Stern... The average apple fanboy will click on 60% of Apple articles and comment on 30% of them. The average apple hater will click on and comment on 80% of apple articles.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2018 at 16:53 UTC
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Tommygun45: I have a 2008 MacBook and a 2017 MacBook Pro 15 Loaded.

Yesterday I was trying to reinstall an OS on my 2008 MacBook because the hard drive had blown up and I had put in an SSD. You have no idea the process that was involved in trying to do this. I was on the phone with Senior level tech support guys at Apple and eventually they concluded there was nothing to do but bring it in to an Apple Store and hope for the best.

The problem was I could not download an ISO or dmg file from Apple. Accessing the App Store left me stuck in a "Your Mac does not support this OS" message with my new computer. I had to find a random Google Drive account that hosted Mavericks, download the ISO file, burn it to a thumb drive and boot from it. I figured this out on the phone while talking with Apple Tech Support. At the end of the conversation I told them that this was the final straw. How can it be impossible for an end user to reinstall an OS via USB through official Apple channels?

Greed.

You didn't have the CD that came with your MacBook Pro? You couldn't find a copy of the CD? You didn't have a time machine backup of your old drive that you could have just restored from? Because your computer had a CD, it was before they started the Cmd-R network install which works great on most newer macs, but back then it was expected you'd keep the CD.

Now go ask Microsoft for a copy of Windows XP, because that's effectively what you're asking for. And Microsoft will give you a similar line.

If you do go to an Apple Store, they should be able to install in store for you.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2018 at 16:50 UTC
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thejohnnerparty: I be curious to know what the base model iMac Pro performance would be like compared the fully maxed out model presented in the article.

Depends. If the process is single-threaded, the iMac will win. If the process is decently multi-threaded or extremely GPU intensive, the iMac Pro does better.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2018 at 16:43 UTC
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Quantum Scientist: All I want is a nice Apple Pro machine that I can upgrade the video card, memory and SSD. I guess that's asking too much of Apple.

Cheesegraters are starting to show their age... it's a royal pain to get a modded nVidia graphics card to run on a Mac Pro, it doesn't have thunderbolt in any fashion (much less thunderbolt 3) or USB3. You can add USB3 but not Thunderbolt. And as far as processing speed, a non-pro iMac can outperform the cheese graters in many tasks.

I've got a couple left in the studio but it's getting to the point where they're on the chopping block, once we start getting the new Hasselblad 100/400MP cameras in here next summer, they'll have to be replaced.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2018 at 16:42 UTC
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msegel: There are a couple critical issues with the high end iMac Pro...

1) Lack of NVMe
There is a major difference in terms of performance because of the M.2 interface over SATA . This will improve application performance as they swap/spill to disk. Not sure why they haven't added this.

2) Heat. 18core chips that when running full bore are going to throw off a lot of heat. This means that it will get noisy when you're crunching data. Then fans will run.
While the all-in-one is sleek (I have mine on a VESA mount)

I try to run as quiet a machine as possible, after having lived a decade with a rack of servers in the same room.

The good news is that they've upgraded from 1GbE to 10GbE, however it would mean upgrading your switch to 10GBe RJ45.

Not sure what the complaint about NVMe is, considering every review I've seen if the iMac Pro shows the SSDs to be the fastest they've ever seen in drive speed tests, so whatever they're doing doesn't seem to negatively impact performance (quite the opposite.)

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2018 at 16:35 UTC
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