Biowizard

Biowizard

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tinternaut: I’m not sure I see the point. Sure, you get the depth of field expected from this format, but not the print sizes due to the low resolution. Wake me up when the 200+MP version comes along.

Agree with Tommi K1. Even the 5MPx of my previous camera (Olympus E-1) produced stunning A4 prints and some incredible posters. At the time, when Canikon types were bragging about their new sensor resolutions, I just said, I'd rather have 5 million good pixels, than 10 million smaller, inferior ones!

Brian

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 10:25 UTC

Why on earth does this baby need 900GB of internal storage, when it only has a 12Mpx sensor? And with those enormous sensor sites, why is maximum ISO quite so limited? Surely they could make this one see in all but total darkness?

On the plus side, at least there is now a camera which looks like those icons you see on Police Speed Camera signs!

Brian

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 10:21 UTC as 45th comment | 4 replies
On article Blackmagic Design announces Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (401 comments in total)

If only I could be bothered with video, I might actually love this new camera. Not least because I am already in the m4/3 world thanks to my OM-D E-M1. But I'm not: stills are my love. Nonetheless, I wish this particular BlackMagic camera all the success possible.

Brian

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 01:09 UTC as 13th comment
On article Google reportedly to acquire Lytro for $40 million (166 comments in total)

Rich Boy buys Broken Toy ... times 10 ^ 6.

Brian

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2018 at 00:36 UTC as 4th comment
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Biowizard: Seriously, folks, what is the point? $350 to make your iPhone as bulky as a mid-sized point-and-shoot? When £219.00 can buy you a Nikon Coolpix L340 with 28-times optical zoom? Or if you prefer, a Fujifilm FinePix S9400W for £259, with 5-axis image stabilisatoin, WiFi (so it can talk to your iPhone), and a 50-times optical zoom lens?

The only reason folks shoot iPhone is that it's what they have in their back pocket all the time. Bulky clip-on lenses will not fit in your Levi's, and even that little slider rack, is going to fill with pocket fluff so quickly, that you'll spend more time taking it apart and cleaning it than using it.

Want a camera that does more than an iPhone? Save yourself the hassle, and GET one!

Brian

Franz, let's put it this way: If I shoot the same image on my E-M1 and on my iPhone 7, and later compare them, there is NO question that the E-M1 photos massively outshine those from the phone. Sure, in bright, sunny weather, the iPhone makes a perfectly reasonable point-and-shoot. But try hand-holding in dingy light in a night-time street scene, or focusing in on a small bird 30 metres away in a tree. I am far more interested in photography, rather than video, and have no device that can display 4k video other than when downsampled, so that particular feature of the newer iPhones is of no real interest. On those few occasions I have taken videos on the E-M1, I have been very grateful for the amazing, gimbal-like in-camera mechanical image stabilisation.

Brian

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2018 at 13:32 UTC
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Biowizard: Seriously, folks, what is the point? $350 to make your iPhone as bulky as a mid-sized point-and-shoot? When £219.00 can buy you a Nikon Coolpix L340 with 28-times optical zoom? Or if you prefer, a Fujifilm FinePix S9400W for £259, with 5-axis image stabilisatoin, WiFi (so it can talk to your iPhone), and a 50-times optical zoom lens?

The only reason folks shoot iPhone is that it's what they have in their back pocket all the time. Bulky clip-on lenses will not fit in your Levi's, and even that little slider rack, is going to fill with pocket fluff so quickly, that you'll spend more time taking it apart and cleaning it than using it.

Want a camera that does more than an iPhone? Save yourself the hassle, and GET one!

Brian

On older, trad cameras, perhaps. But a lot of cameras now come with WiFi links that let you access their photos wirelessly from your phone or tablet - my Olympus OM-D E-M1 is just one such example. And with that link, it takes moments to grab a fave photo from the camera and place it on Facebook, Instagram or whatever.

Brian

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2018 at 00:52 UTC

Could help make a very useful Photoshop plug-in, especially for those creating posters and other advertising artwork!

Brian

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2018 at 11:52 UTC as 7th comment
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Biowizard: Seriously, folks, what is the point? $350 to make your iPhone as bulky as a mid-sized point-and-shoot? When £219.00 can buy you a Nikon Coolpix L340 with 28-times optical zoom? Or if you prefer, a Fujifilm FinePix S9400W for £259, with 5-axis image stabilisatoin, WiFi (so it can talk to your iPhone), and a 50-times optical zoom lens?

The only reason folks shoot iPhone is that it's what they have in their back pocket all the time. Bulky clip-on lenses will not fit in your Levi's, and even that little slider rack, is going to fill with pocket fluff so quickly, that you'll spend more time taking it apart and cleaning it than using it.

Want a camera that does more than an iPhone? Save yourself the hassle, and GET one!

Brian

esorensen, thanks for repeating the exact point I made in my original post! YES, the best is the one you have with you. My point goes on to suggest, that bulky clip-on lenses costing (collectively) more than a pocketable camera, will NOT be with you! And so are a waste of space.

Brian

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2018 at 01:09 UTC

Seriously, folks, what is the point? $350 to make your iPhone as bulky as a mid-sized point-and-shoot? When £219.00 can buy you a Nikon Coolpix L340 with 28-times optical zoom? Or if you prefer, a Fujifilm FinePix S9400W for £259, with 5-axis image stabilisatoin, WiFi (so it can talk to your iPhone), and a 50-times optical zoom lens?

The only reason folks shoot iPhone is that it's what they have in their back pocket all the time. Bulky clip-on lenses will not fit in your Levi's, and even that little slider rack, is going to fill with pocket fluff so quickly, that you'll spend more time taking it apart and cleaning it than using it.

Want a camera that does more than an iPhone? Save yourself the hassle, and GET one!

Brian

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 11:20 UTC as 7th comment | 8 replies

Is there ANY reason to pay big money for a Cintiq in these days of Microsoft Surface Studio, Pro and other direct-touch/pen devices?

Brian

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2018 at 20:01 UTC as 1st comment

Cameras (whether or not drone-mounted) that edit movies for you? Yet another abuse of the "AI" bandwagon! Perhaps I should write some software for your Mac or PC, that can watch the results, and "enjoy" it on your behalf, so you don't have to ...

Brian

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2018 at 23:50 UTC as 5th comment
On article CP+ 2018: Hands-on with Tokina's 50mm F1.4 and 20mm F2 (73 comments in total)

Lovely looking lenses - but I am just a little bemused by how the classic 50mm F1.4 (as embodied in my Olympus Zuiko OM-1 prime, and later Contax Zeiss T* prime) keeps growing LARGER?! These new lenses are ENORMOUS - and do they perform any better than my Zeiss Planar?!

Brian

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 17:41 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
On article Review: Rylo is a 360º camera done right (80 comments in total)
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Biowizard: One of the more intriguing 360/Spherical cameras - but guys, this is NOT "VR". The term "VR" implies immersion in a 3D world, around which you can "move", and peer behind objects. This device just makes 360 images for subsequent, single-point-of-view processing.

Brian

I know, AustinMN. I studied computing at Imperial College way back in the early 1980s, when VR was more a dream than reality, other than with very basic vector graphics machines and text-based adventure games. So I _do_ know what the term was supposed to entail, that was sure has heck NOT just spherical perspective.

Brian

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 16:21 UTC
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mandm: Some comments are asking why was the helicopter so close to the ground and others are saying the instructor made up the story of a drone to cover up his error. News reports are below.
1: The incident on Wednesday involved a student pilot and an instructor, both of whom told investigators that a small drone appeared directly in front of them.
2: The student was practicing low-altitude hovering in a remote area, according to the police report. As they turned the aircraft around to continue the lesson, a small white drone appeared, the instructor told police.
After maneuvering away from the drone, the copter’s tail hit brush or a tree as the instructor attempted to land. The helicopter then fell on its side.
The four-rotor drone appeared to be a model group known as the Phantom, manufactured by SZ DJI Technology Co. of China and one of the most popular in the world, he told police. The drone and its operator weren’t located.

Mr OneLeggedCat - that is NOT what the Helicopter Pilot even SAID!

Brian

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 22:28 UTC
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mandm: Some comments are asking why was the helicopter so close to the ground and others are saying the instructor made up the story of a drone to cover up his error. News reports are below.
1: The incident on Wednesday involved a student pilot and an instructor, both of whom told investigators that a small drone appeared directly in front of them.
2: The student was practicing low-altitude hovering in a remote area, according to the police report. As they turned the aircraft around to continue the lesson, a small white drone appeared, the instructor told police.
After maneuvering away from the drone, the copter’s tail hit brush or a tree as the instructor attempted to land. The helicopter then fell on its side.
The four-rotor drone appeared to be a model group known as the Phantom, manufactured by SZ DJI Technology Co. of China and one of the most popular in the world, he told police. The drone and its operator weren’t located.

Hang on a moment, a HOVERING Helicopter produces a MASSIVE down-draught from its rotors. No tiny plastic drone would be able to maintain its position in that down-draught. This sounds like a very stupid piece of bravado flying too close to trees, and an attempt to cover up professional incompetence on the part of the instructor.

Brian

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 14:55 UTC
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RedFox88: This is not Kodak but Alaris licensing the Kodak name, correct?

NO company that exists today, is run by the same people who founded it 100 years ago! (Biology and Mortality sees to that, quite apart from Commerce and Finance). Who cares WHO owns it, so long as the products work?

Brian

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2018 at 21:33 UTC
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Biowizard: I'd love to make more use of my existing film cameras (Olympus OM-1 with 4 original Zuiko primes, and Contax S2 with Zeiss T* Planar 50 f 1.4) - but these days, I need my images to be on my computer in short order. My ancient Nikon Coolscan needs a SCSI interface, something absent from nearly all computers these days. What would be my options for serious (say 30 megapixel) scanning?

Brian

Oooh - now USB to SCSI would be a VERY interesting proposition. Just hope my LS-1000 could cope: it was a "fussy" SCSI device at the best of times. For example, it flat refused to recognise my Iomega Parallel (Centronics) to SCSI adapter, that worked great on JAZ drives and the like. But thanks, I will follow this one up!

Brian

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2018 at 21:31 UTC
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Biowizard: I'd love to make more use of my existing film cameras (Olympus OM-1 with 4 original Zuiko primes, and Contax S2 with Zeiss T* Planar 50 f 1.4) - but these days, I need my images to be on my computer in short order. My ancient Nikon Coolscan needs a SCSI interface, something absent from nearly all computers these days. What would be my options for serious (say 30 megapixel) scanning?

Brian

Thanks all for your thoughts. I would prefer to go the scanner route, and my favourite option would be, if possible, to use my old Nikon LS-1000. Trouble is, how to get an old SCSI device working on modern computers which only have USB, Thunderbolt, etc?!

Brian

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2018 at 11:11 UTC

I'd love to make more use of my existing film cameras (Olympus OM-1 with 4 original Zuiko primes, and Contax S2 with Zeiss T* Planar 50 f 1.4) - but these days, I need my images to be on my computer in short order. My ancient Nikon Coolscan needs a SCSI interface, something absent from nearly all computers these days. What would be my options for serious (say 30 megapixel) scanning?

Brian

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2018 at 00:59 UTC as 28th comment | 10 replies
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (460 comments in total)

Nice looking Pentax. But actually, there is nothing I "Need To Know" here. How about, "Might Be Interested In"?

Brian

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 23:47 UTC as 89th comment | 3 replies
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