Biowizard

Biowizard

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Joined on Oct 21, 2011

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If I need linear motion, I use a simple dolly with roller-skate style wheels. And I can move it a lot further than 40cm, either in a dead-straight line, or if I prefer, in a calibrated, repeatable arc. All I need is an appropriate running surface - a table, the dance floor, even a couple of lengths of 4x2 or extruded aluminium secured between a pair of tripods.

Brian

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 08:29 UTC as 5th comment
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RedFox88: Those ten didn't get PTSD from that plane decent. Lawyers. Wow!

What's next? I can sue the State for a deer running in front of my car getting my heart rate up because they didn't kill enough if them off ?!

Analogy? Hardly, go find a dictionary!

Brian

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 21:33 UTC

Surprised they didn't sue for Whiplash at the same time ... oh, and being mis-sold air travel insurance while they are at it. Bunch of money-grabbing pussies.

Brian

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 15:52 UTC as 19th comment
In reply to:

RedFox88: Those ten didn't get PTSD from that plane decent. Lawyers. Wow!

What's next? I can sue the State for a deer running in front of my car getting my heart rate up because they didn't kill enough if them off ?!

Surprised they didn't sue for Whiplash at the same time ... oh, and being mis-sold air travel insurance while they are at it. Bunch of money-grabbing pussies.

Brian

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 15:52 UTC
On article SpaceVR wants you to see the earth from space, in VR (13 comments in total)

Fish-eye views from 200 miles up on a pair of 4K sensors? Gosh, that will be, er, whelming. You can see little enough on a 4K sensor from a drone flying at 200 feet, let alone miles, up in the air. Utterly pointless piece of space junk.

Brian

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 15:42 UTC as 6th comment
On article Photoshop CC 2015.5.1 available (89 comments in total)

Still lovin' CS6, thanks.

In Perpetuam

Brian

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 23:10 UTC as 8th comment

For once, this IS Rocket Science!

Bravo NASA!

Brian

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 16:37 UTC as 11th comment
On article Real world test: The Panono is a 108MP spherical camera (146 comments in total)
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Biowizard: By the way - do they WATERMARK every one of your ORIGINAL photos?

Brian

Sorry Jonas, but fee or no fee, I find the idea of ANY company putting THEIR watermark on MY photo totally objectionable.

Especially interesting given one of today's "trending" stories, about Carol Highsmith slapping a $1 billion lawsuit on Getty for theft of copyright ...

Brian

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 14:54 UTC
On article Real world test: The Panono is a 108MP spherical camera (146 comments in total)

By the way - do they WATERMARK every one of your ORIGINAL photos?

Brian

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 22:28 UTC as 13th comment | 6 replies
On article Real world test: The Panono is a 108MP spherical camera (146 comments in total)

Hmm ...

1) Looks like a cheap plastic toy, but costs like a serious SLR camera
2) Maximum frame rate in the order of 2-6 per minute
3) Requires both a tablet/phone and connection to "the cloud"
4) Generates massive photos with dodgy stitching, once "the cloud" has responded
5) A 360-degree view is NOT "VR". It's not even stereo. It's just a 360-degree view.
6) Any concept of photographic composition is utterly non-existent

Apart from that, lovely work.

Brian

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 12:28 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On article Nico360 to be 'world's smallest' 360-degree camera (24 comments in total)
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Biowizard: In what respect is a 360-degree view "stereo"?

Brian

That's my point. Single lens per 180-degree "visual dome" does not allow for stereo imaging. Their use of the word "stereo" is therefore misleading.

Brian

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 14:02 UTC
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maxnimo: I'm so glad there finally is an option to having something other than a silly super-wide lens.

Totally agreed. 180 degree fisheye lenses (like GoPro) make for the most boring photos imaginable when a drone is even just 20 feet above the ground, let alone 200 or 2000 feet.

Brian

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2016 at 23:12 UTC
On article Nico360 to be 'world's smallest' 360-degree camera (24 comments in total)

In what respect is a 360-degree view "stereo"?

Brian

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 12:30 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (516 comments in total)

Oh SH!T - another round of Canon Cannot, Nikon Nice bo!!ocks to suffer.

Olympus = KARMA

Brian ;-)

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 16:19 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies

Now that the UKP is crashing in the aftermath of the brainless and stupid "brexit" vote last week, I may as well buy some toys, and a monochrome-only digital has always been something I've wanted. I fancy blue enameling, gold (solid) highlights, and of course, that sapphire glass on the LCD. Heck, also make the thing 50% bigger for me, give it a Hasselblad mount and shove in a 64x48mm 50mpx sensor, please.

Phew. Now Brexit literally cannot cost me a penny more, and I can film my own bankruptcy application in minute detail!

Brian

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 22:34 UTC as 1st comment

Of course, one could always take a, er, how do you say it, "real camera", with you instead of your poxy phone.

Brian

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 17:28 UTC as 56th comment | 3 replies

Hahaha! Best laugh of the year, and need it after #brexit!

So Apple would actually cripple its iPhones while Samsung and Sony continued to allow filming any any location?! Yeah, right! That would SO improve sales figures, NOT.

Brian

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 17:26 UTC as 57th comment | 5 replies

There was a time when a camera simply measured the actual light coming in through the entirely passive lens, adjusted for the reported aperture setting (trasmitted via a mechanical lever), and made the perfect exposure on a fixed-ISO sensor (called film).

Frankly, the idea that a LENS needs firmware is appalling. So many lines of computer code trying to compensate for manufacturing shortcuts which, once upon a time, were sorted by decent design, gear reductions and the pitch of helical-cut metal.

Brian

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 23:06 UTC as 13th comment | 11 replies
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KonstantinosK: Brain May? Really?

Of course, as people so often call me too. Or, at least, their spell-checker does.

But as we (Dr May and I) are both graduates of Imperial College, London, the mispelling fits rather well! ;-)

Brian

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 19:35 UTC
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Biowizard: KUDOS to an amazing man from Imperial College. And thanks for this newsbite - I was hitherto unaware of the OWL, and have now orded two. Possibly to be followed by more, as gifts, experimental platforms, and more.

Stuff Google Cardboard - this is made from real materials.

And if it is true that Mr May likes a silver 6d coin as his plectrum, even more Kudos.

Brian (not May, but Steel, also Imperial College, also a musician)

Fair point, I'd not seen that, and was basing my comments on the recycled packing case that features at the head of of the "VR" DpReview article/thread. Having said that, I'd far prefer to pay the UK equivalent of $37 to a small, UK-based company that pays all its taxes, than skimp with the $17 option that goes to a multi-national that is cheating most European countries out of countless millions of $$$ of taxes.

Brian

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 19:32 UTC
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