Biowizard

Biowizard

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#TRUMP can't call the latest US Military cock-up or atrocity "#FakeNews" if it's been recorded by military photographers, so he gets rid of the photographers. There's no end to this man's deviation.

Brian

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 13:46 UTC as 13th comment | 5 replies
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KonstantinosK: If it has the 1" sensor, it will be the drone to have.

Even the Spark is solid as a rock except in extreme turbulence, though panning suffers due to the lack of the third axis in the gimble. Mavic should have no troubles keeping a slightly larger sensor aloft and steady.

Brian

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2018 at 23:12 UTC

Might this release, if it includes all that has been rumoured, mark the end of the Phantom series? Those plastic boxes look really out of place and ancient technology alongside the newer, compact and foldable models.

Brian

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2018 at 23:10 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies

Shall we wait until this new drone gets - er - "off the ground", before making any comments. Until that point, it is no better than an imaginary product.

Brian

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2018 at 23:47 UTC as 3rd comment
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capeminiol: "Alexa, start recording"

Haha! My thought too the moment I saw the name! :-)

Brian

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2018 at 20:10 UTC

Gonna need a bigger drone ...

Brian

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2018 at 00:33 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
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Biowizard: #FakeScience alert!

"... can focus the entire spectrum of visible light, including white light ..."

Since when has "white light" been a colour in the spectrum?! It IS the sum of that spectrum, when all colours are present in equal amounts.

Brian

I just think a little "science" would not go amiss from the folks who write for DPReview. If photography journalists don't even know the basics of how light works, then we're doomed! Have they not even noticed there is no "white" stripe in the average rainbow?!

Brian

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2018 at 10:36 UTC

#FakeScience alert!

"... can focus the entire spectrum of visible light, including white light ..."

Since when has "white light" been a colour in the spectrum?! It IS the sum of that spectrum, when all colours are present in equal amounts.

Brian

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2018 at 16:32 UTC as 5th comment | 4 replies

My GoPro 3 Black still suffers software crashes, needing the battery to be removed and replaced to restore functionality. I can't believe that has never been fixed in a firmware update. NO WAY would I buy a FLYING object from this company.

Brian

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2018 at 16:04 UTC as 6th comment
On article Review: Rylo is a 360º camera done right (71 comments in total)

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

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2018 at 23:22 UTC as 20th comment
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Dan's choice: Sony a9 (343 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Another overpriced camera from the company that gave us Lossy Compressed "RAW", and excessive JPEG compression. Still like their audio stuff, mind you.

Brian

If it's an OPTION, then fine. But at one time, Sony was compressing RAW without letting users know, and without providing a method to bypass the compression. So I'll stick to Olympus, thanks!

Brian

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 13:54 UTC
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Scottelly: Some para-cord and a couple of hooks on a 1 ft. long 2x4 with a square bracket screwed to it should do the trick for $15. I just need to angle the cord to get the right speed. I can drop the end of thecord where I start the camera from to get the right to come back to me by gravity. No need to worry about speed settings or charging batteries that way.

;)

Even if you were trying to be serious - forget Paracord (designed with stretch so those idiots who jump out of planes don't garrotte themselves), and at least use a Dyneema or Steel wire!

Kickstarter has been promoting something very similar recently, and while the fad of linear-tracted muppets on Bikes/Skateboards/etc continues, all well and good.

But who actually gives a Sierra Hotel India Tango about all this endless high speed video?

Brian

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 00:52 UTC
On article Buying Guide: Best consumer drones (35 comments in total)
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Reactive: "Until recently, aerial photography (and videography) was an expensive proposition requiring helicopters or airplanes."
That's not true - radio controlled helicopters have been around for years for around the same price as a drone (or less), with hobbyists strapping compact cameras underneath to take boringly similar aerial photos. Not much has changed, except the drones can fly themselves home and are harder to crash, and the countless irresponsible idiots who fly them have spoiled the entire hobby by causing the introduction of unwanted legislation.
Is anyone marketing a drone-killing catapult yet, that fires a net into the sky to bring them down?

Even cheaper, some folks have been flying cameras on kites for many years!

Brian

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 13:30 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Dan's choice: Sony a9 (343 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Another overpriced camera from the company that gave us Lossy Compressed "RAW", and excessive JPEG compression. Still like their audio stuff, mind you.

Brian

RubberDils, I actually think Olympus has the best out-of-camera JPGs. Source - my own research and comparisons.

Brian

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 23:54 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Dan's choice: Sony a9 (343 comments in total)

Another overpriced camera from the company that gave us Lossy Compressed "RAW", and excessive JPEG compression. Still like their audio stuff, mind you.

Brian

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 22:26 UTC as 10th comment | 11 replies

As it's the UK, I'll spell "offense" the proper way! ;-)

Thing is, this proposed new set of rules almost entirely, already exists. We already have a 400ft / 120m flying ceiling (above ground); we are already banned from flying near or over airports; we already have to keep our drones within line of sight. And responsible flyers, like me, do that. Because I want to be socially aware and be allowed to continue with my flying.

Oh - and our amazingly tech-savvy (NOT!) government, will "work with drone makers" to introduce GPS-based geofences around sensitive locations. Huh?

ALL this stuff is ALREADY THERE GUYS!

The ONE and only NEW thing - is that all drone pilots should be forced to sit and pass a "safety" test. AND ...

My ONE and ONLY gripe, is that I wonder WHO is going to be made to pay for that test? Yep, you gottit. Jo Public is going to be paying Yet Another Tax.

Of course, the "Bad Hombres" will continue in their misdoings, while WE pay the price. No OFFENCE intended!

Brian

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 20:04 UTC as 15th comment | 6 replies
On article The Leica CL is (almost) what the TL should have been (424 comments in total)
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Biowizard: SERIOUS TECHNICAL POINT: quote "... 18mm F2.8 pancake, ... and the ~F4 aperture (in 35mm terms) limits ..."

No, the F rating does NOT undergo some weird "crop factor" division. F2.8 is F2.8, and never F4 or F anything else. Because it's a ratio of Focal Length divided by Lens Optical Diameter, and has nothing to do with frame size.

Jus' sayin'

Brian

Boys and Girls, no flounces needed here, but the point needs making again. The "f" number is a ratio of optical diameter to focal length. a 100mm-wide (optically) lens with a 200mm focal length (f2) will allow exactly the same amount of light through as a 50mm-wide (optically) lens with a 100mm focal length (also f2). That is the whole point of quoting "f" numbers.

This is true whether you are talking about 645 Medium format, 135 "Full Frame" format, 4/3rds format or anything else. It's simply physics. And Barney, you are simply WRONG on this occasion.

Brian

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 11:17 UTC
On article The Leica CL is (almost) what the TL should have been (424 comments in total)

SERIOUS TECHNICAL POINT: quote "... 18mm F2.8 pancake, ... and the ~F4 aperture (in 35mm terms) limits ..."

No, the F rating does NOT undergo some weird "crop factor" division. F2.8 is F2.8, and never F4 or F anything else. Because it's a ratio of Focal Length divided by Lens Optical Diameter, and has nothing to do with frame size.

Jus' sayin'

Brian

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2017 at 23:29 UTC as 40th comment | 22 replies

Funny thing, if you asked the average Jo in the street, to put "Full Frame", "Medium Format", "2/3" and "4/3" into order of increasing size, most would say:

Medium (say 0.5) < 2/3 (0.6667) < Full (obviously 1.0) < 4/3 (1.3333).

Of course, if you also mixed in APS-C, Foveon, 1/1.25 more, heaven only knows where they'd rank them.

Notwithstanding which, when are we going to see a true (dare I say, "Full Frame") medium format sensor - minimally 645 format (6cm x 4.5cm) or even better, Hassy-style 6x6cm?

And why don't folks quote crop factors for any sensors bigger than 135 format?

Brian

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2017 at 10:43 UTC as 5th comment
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tabloid: In film days I used to use a Contax 645, (and Hasselblad) . The reason it was called a 645 was because the film size was 6x4.5.
In digital format, what is the actual size of the sensor.
Hasselblad film size was 6x6.

Yep, I consider 6x4.5cm as the "Full Frame" of Medium Format, even though Hassy was 6x6cm and of course that enormous Pentax model, based on the shape of a typical 35mm SLR, which was 6x7cm.

Brian

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2017 at 10:32 UTC
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