Biowizard

Biowizard

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On article Real world test: The Panono is a 108MP spherical camera (131 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 9th comment | 4 replies
On article Real world test: The Panono is a 108MP spherical camera (131 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 15th comment
On article Nico360 to be 'world's smallest' 360-degree camera (24 comments in total)
In reply to:

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
In reply to:

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 (505 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 18th 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
In reply to:

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
In reply to:

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
In reply to:

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, sorry I overlooked his PhD. Doesn't change my fundamental sentiments though, or opinions, of a wonderful contemporary alumnus.

Brian

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 21:28 UTC

FFS - 360 degree images is NOTHING to do with true VR, an altogether more immersive experience. All that a "360 degree" image is, is where the Photographer abandoned all and any attempt at framing and composition.

Enough already - this misinformation is damaging our art.

Brian

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 23:04 UTC as 4th comment | 3 replies

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)

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 19:02 UTC as 6th comment | 4 replies
On article Primer: What is VR, and why should photographers care? (142 comments in total)

VR in the true sense is MUCH deeper than simple "360-degree, scrollable flat images". You should be able to move forwards and backwards in order to get different viewpoints; inside buildings, upstairs, looking out through the windows. And you should do so with the full immersive senses of touch, texture, smell, temperature and more. Not to mention that images should be stereoscopic, with true depth (so that the eye can focus at different distances).

Like so many interesting areas of perceptual science, VR is being cheapened into something altogether less interesting and fundamentally trivial. 360-degree images will sell some cameras, maybe many, but ultimately, the lack of composition and framing will simply bore the rest of us to tears.

Brian

Link | Posted on May 24, 2016 at 11:43 UTC as 24th comment
On article Yi action camera updates original with 4K video (48 comments in total)
In reply to:

PixelJ: I wish these action camera companies would offer swapable lenses for 90 degree or 80 degree fields of view.

Totally agreed Steve. My GoPro 3 goes places I would never even think of taking a "real" camera (note the quotes, I am fully aware that the GoPro is real too!). And mostly, the 180 fisheye is just perfect for what I need. Where it disappoints is in things like wildlife and landscape, where even close up to subjects, there is far too much background detail. I'd buy a second GoPro with (say) 60-degrees diagonal vision in an instant.

Brian

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 11:21 UTC
On article Yi action camera updates original with 4K video (48 comments in total)
In reply to:

PixelJ: I wish these action camera companies would offer swapable lenses for 90 degree or 80 degree fields of view.

Agreed - but then again, every "swappable" part, is another potential ingress point for water. So we all have the option, of buying a "real" camera - then adding a housing.

Brian

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 21:55 UTC
On article Yi action camera updates original with 4K video (48 comments in total)

SEVEN "layers" of OPTICAL glass? OMG - there's even a chance, they're trying to give this thing a lens!

Brian

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 21:38 UTC as 11th comment
On article Making a splash: Nikon D500 real-world sample gallery (228 comments in total)
In reply to:

Steve in GA: The high quality of these photos make me wonder:

If Nikon APS-C has gotten this good, why would I ever want to ditch my current Nikon APS-C gear and move to full-frame?

You want better bokeh, RomanP? "FF" (or "FX" in Nikon-speak, as in 135, "35mm") always was a compromise, used for sticking images on Cine film (for convenience) while wasting nearly 1/3 of the emulsion for the sproket holes.

What makes you think "FF" gives you the best? You need a Hassleblad or Pentax 645, mate.

Brian

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 19:14 UTC
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