plantdoc

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The ultimate objective is develop AI that will take very good pics without having to know anything or learn any skills. I believe this is just what most people want. You can then jump into your self driving car because you don't know how to drive. Can't type either because voice AI is perfect and can translate immediately into any language. No need to learn one anymore. Travel and see the world? Not necessary. Artificial reality is just amazing and no crowds to deal with. So it goes....

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 18:30 UTC as 79th comment | 5 replies

I use LR 6 and Elements 14. These changes seem rather confusing especially the synch process and limitations described in the article. I don't need more complexity and more time spent on updates, new features, bug fixes, security threats, etc. Life is increasing getting too short for this type of "sit" activity. Not healthy according to all reports. While I like the combo I am using, I realized a limitation compared to my previous work using other software. There were always to folders in the end result. The original pic files and another with the edited files. With LR if the catalog gets trashed or some other major bug, I still have the originals but not the edits. Recently, I have started to export the edits to another external drive that has both the originals and the edits. These files on this drive are not linked to LR or any software. However, they are archived on a cloud storage and some are linked to a digital photo frame via wi-fi,

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 17:55 UTC as 192nd comment
On article What you need to know: Canon G1 X Mark III (419 comments in total)

Seems like a G5x but with a bigger sensor and less lens zoom and slower lens. A larger sensor and more megapixels is usually only an upgrade if the lens is up to the task. The G5x was not noted for a consistently sharp lens and my G9x has some issues with only a 28-80mm range. A weak link in the push towards larger sensors. Of course, low light performance can be better, but slower lenses off set that advantage. And, if lenses aren't sharp then more megapixels don't help much. Both factors need to work as team.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 17:12 UTC as 59th comment | 1 reply

I believe the objective is remove as much of the human element or skill learning as possible. Just take the pic and the AI software will try to make it the perfect picture. No learning, skills etc necessary. Then jump in your self driving vehicle and head to the robo eatery. No driving skills, no cooking knowledge. However, I will admit that fixing closed eyes would be very helpful in our family pics. I suspect in the future you will have a small sensor on your hat that will automatically recognize a great pic and take it for you without any guidance.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 00:32 UTC as 36th comment | 7 replies
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D Review (565 comments in total)

Without micro focus adjust, this camera is missing a sometimes critical function (like all Rebels). I discovered that 3 of my best lenses (100-400 mk1, 70-200 f4, (from film days) and 15-85mm) won't focus accurately on my sl1 except in live view. The stm kit lens and an old 17-85 are fine. Great AF without MFA isn't great in my opinion. Fortunately, my 70D can correct the problem with a few hours of work. I returned a new sl2 and sprung for the M5 for a very compact travel camera that can use all my EF and EFS lenses without AF accuracy problems. I would have preferred the M5 to be more the size of the sl2 and not need a lens adapter. I wish the sl2 hotshoe could take an EVF. Best of all worlds. Always compromises.
Greg

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 22:19 UTC as 75th comment | 1 reply

Automation may be good for reducing costs for a company and it assumes that the "gone" workers will find other employment so they can still buy the products. However, the end result if almost all jobs are eliminated by automation and AI for think jobs, who will have the money to buy anything except the tech workers. The positive thinkers believe workers will always find something meaningful and profitable to do. I challenge them with "what?" And how long will those jobs last before they are eliminated. Not everyone can be a coder. Can't stop change. Just something to think about.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 16:56 UTC as 15th comment | 5 replies

Good enough is the key. Most photos will never be printed or saved. They will be viewed on a small device and most likely not be around in a few years unless shooters take a special effort, which I suspect few do. Photography as a serious hobby is not what most folks want. They dont want to learn about exposure, shutter speeds etc. Not interested or too much work. Just take the pics and under any and all conditions, the pics should be acceptable without any knowledge or work. This is where smartphone cameras are rapidly heading. AI, software can do it. No knowledge or skill required. Just point and shoot.. perfect pic. Hit the road in your self drive vehicle. No need to learn that ancient skill of driving. Tell your 3D printer and cooker to make a nice steak. No skill required. No sense playing chess or Go because your household Bot can always be you. Ah... the future. But no need to worry about that need heart transplant. A cloned version is waiting for the robo surgeon.
Greg

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 18:27 UTC as 181st comment | 1 reply

No debate about marketing, sales, etc. Just watch Mad Men for a good depiction. What bugs me is not more expensive hardware added to lower priced models, but apparently, intentionally leaving about capabilities that are firmware based while adding a confusing mix of features that I doubt many people use. My complaint is not including Micro Focus Adjustment on the newest Rebel models. This omission can create a significant problem that can easily be fixed with MFA.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 18:27 UTC as 36th comment

What will most people do with 4k and 60fps except watch it on their Phone? Then does 4k matter?

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 15:09 UTC as 45th comment | 7 replies

The connection description has me confused. Does the printer support direct wireless connection to a phone or camera? All the info talks about using a network, which has me confused. I want to use phone, camera, tablet and apps to connect directly to the print and not through some other network connection. I found Canons directions for setting up my Pixma all in one rather cryptic and brief. Hope this has better instructions for the moderately computer literate.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 18:25 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply

I think part of QC for hardware and firmware is the necessity for companies to create and produce a rapidly changing and upgrading stream of models. Thorough testing before release may not be adequate. Move on to the next new model with ever increasing complexity

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 20:58 UTC as 108th comment | 2 replies
On article Hands-on with Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D (235 comments in total)

I don't find 9 Af points to be a big issue because I always use the center AF point for servo focusing and focus and reframe for still pics. With my 70D, I rarely use the cluster of AF points because I find the focusing to be less accurate. MFA may or may not be an issue depending on the luck of the draw with your lens. Certainly, fast lens with less DOF will be more sensitive but even slower lens can have a problem or perhaps not. The lack of MFA is the one significant error I think Canon has made with the new Rebels. Sending lenses and cameras to service for calibration makes no sense when firmware could provide a do it yourself solution. I don't think MFA requires more or different hardware because I believe it's a firmware feature. Correct me if I wrong on this.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 00:42 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
On article Hands-on with Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D (235 comments in total)

Amazing price for body only and overall feature set, especially compared to the M5. Is Canon really selling the M5? I see no advertisements or promotions for it. Strange. Just wish it had MFA but I will probably buy one in the near future as my travel camera. Overall a smart move by Canon in my opinion. Of course, there are higher spec and more expensive options if they meet your needs and budgets.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 07:46 UTC as 51st comment

GO surrenders to the machine. Watch EX MACHINA to see the future. HAL said only humans can make mistakes. Interesting times.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 06:50 UTC as 82nd comment

I am no expert on lens design and focusing systems. However if a new mirror less camera system requires all new lenses, then there is no motivation to stick with Canon. Also, with the camera phone onslaught even enthusiasts on a budget, like me, may drop out on any new gear. If I can use my existing lenses even with an adapter and perhaps minor compromises, then I am still in the market. I think there are already too many confusing cameras and systems to introduce another non compatible product in a slow market. Perhaps, pros don't care or rich enthusiasts who can buy the latest and greatest, but is that market big enough for the industry to support shooters not wanting just a phone?

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 18:42 UTC as 79th comment
On article Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review (382 comments in total)
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Tonkotsu Ramen: This beats the crap out of the M5 and M6 in terms of value, I'm not even sure what canon was thinking with the price range for their mirrorless.

Agree about the M5 pricing. Compared to the competition of other mirrorless cameras, I believe the M5 body should be about $650 for what it offers. Not a bad camera, but over priced compared to the competition, which is frequently more advanced or cheaper. I would be interested at $650 since I have plenty of Canon gear. If not, I would look at other brands of leading mirrorless.
Greg

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 19:42 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review (382 comments in total)
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plantdoc: The lack of MFA is a serious omission. I know it's a Rebel but MFA is more important for accuracy and fixable focusing than some other features. I have owned several Rebel models over the years, but no long would buy one for this reason. The choice is either a much heavier and larger camera, like the 70D I bought or switch to mirrorless. Live view is great, but I don't buy an OVF camera to frequently use a screen. When the M5 or successor drops in price to something more competitive with other moderately advanced mirrorless cameras, that's where I will be heading because I have too much invested in lenses, flashes, etc. Just my .02

I also believe that all OVF cameras should have an auto MFA built it. Shouldn't not need to buy software to run on tethered PC. Agree. Not rocket science
Greg

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 00:16 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review (382 comments in total)

The lack of MFA is a serious omission. I know it's a Rebel but MFA is more important for accuracy and fixable focusing than some other features. I have owned several Rebel models over the years, but no long would buy one for this reason. The choice is either a much heavier and larger camera, like the 70D I bought or switch to mirrorless. Live view is great, but I don't buy an OVF camera to frequently use a screen. When the M5 or successor drops in price to something more competitive with other moderately advanced mirrorless cameras, that's where I will be heading because I have too much invested in lenses, flashes, etc. Just my .02

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 20:47 UTC as 35th comment | 5 replies

$499 and a plastic lens mount and 6.3. Seems a bit too much for not enough when the 18-135 stm is $350 and even $129 as a Canon refurbished.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 07:57 UTC as 1st comment
On article Close-up: Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 (127 comments in total)

Another amazing camera with features and technology that I want but actually really don't need. I hope some of the key features move down into a somewhat less spec camera for about 1/2 the price or less. My video needs are more basic and easily handled by a $200 camcorder. Never the less, a very impressive piece of technology.

Greg

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 06:04 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
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